Can you even believe that Christmas Eve is tomorrow? We are so ready to finish work for the day and start our own joyous celebrations! Bridget gets out early for Finals (yay!) & Casey is finishing up a few things at work and then we are both officially on WINTER BREAK!!
But before we take the weekend off to celebrate Christmas, we wanted to share with you our latest seasonal video.
Like our summer video and fall video, we captured all of the activities we did during the holiday season. From our Christmas card photo shoot, to cookie day, to days outside in the snow and adventures in downtown Chicago…our 2016 Holiday video has it all! We hope you guys enjoy seeing a glimpse behind-the-scenes around here just as much as we love capturing these memories and sharing them with you.
Holiday 2016 Video
We still can’t believe Christmas is this weekend…. where does the time go?!
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas! We’ll be back here on Monday with our December Happy Hour post, and then we’ll officially be out of the office until we get back from our trip to Mexico (more on those vacay details and our posting schedule next week).
And most importantly, thanks for all of you have done to make this holiday season a magical one here on the DIY Playbook!! We feel so blessed to have you in our lives and beyond grateful for your unwavering support.From the bottom of our hearts, Happiest Holidays from our homes to yours.
Can you even believe that Christmas is 9 days away?! Where did the month of December go?
We’ve both been spending most of the month Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, watching Christmas movies, and drinking our fair share of hot chocolate. This truly is our favorite time of the year & we’re taking advantage of this special time!
We’re guessing you’ve already decked your halls for the holidays, but if you’re looking for EASY TIPS to inject a bit of holiday cheer into your home (perhaps for next year?) then check out this post we wrote for the Zillow blog. We share our tried and true techniques for creating a festive home to celebrate the season.
And if you’re doing some Christmas shopping this weekend, be sure to reference our Holiday Gift Guide! It’s packed full of great ideas for just about everyone on your list. You can find a direct link here, or click through the guide below.
Tomorrow we continue the tradition of our annual Christmas Cookie Day! We’ll be baking (okay…maybe we’ll be on cookie decorating duty…) all day long and cannot wait to celebrate with some of our favorite people. If you’re looking for the best peanut butter cookie, check out this recipe. One of our faves. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, and remember to soak up every last moment of this season before Christmas is here!
HOLIDAY SALES THIS WEEKEND
Loft: 50% off EVERYTHING! <— our favorite LOFT sale!
If you’re anything like us, buying the perfect gift for those husbands of ours is never easy! It’s not that they’re picky (not at all actually), but we always want to make sure we choose something that they’ll get a lot of use out of over the entire year.
Heck if we’ve learned anything about the types of gifts that our husbands love, it’s the fact that their all-time favorite gifts are ones that they can USE ….A LOT! Since we needed a few ideas for them and figured you may need some ideas for the important men in your life too, we invited Matt & Finn to share some of their most used and ultimate favorite items from 2016. Hopefully these ideas will help inspire you (and us!!) to find a gift for all the important men in our lives!
So without further ado, here’s a double dose of gift ideas from Finn and Matt. Take it away gentlemen!
My favorite place for ties, belts, and tie clips: The Tie Bar is a great affordable way for men to expand their wardrobe and accessories. Plus fun and trendy ties for $19 each? SIGN ME UP! I am a huge proponent of tie bars themselves as it makes any man appear a touch more classy and really cleans up a look.
Blazer: I just got this blazer at Express and it was a great addition to the wardrobe. In general these are ideal for any occasion and come in a tailored, slim fit and are 50% off right now! They also have subtle fashion accents like flip out pocket squares and colored lining – allowing you to branch out with no decision to be made!
Watch: Now I don’t personally have this watch, but it’s a big wink-wink to that wife of mine that this is on my wish list. Having a variety of watches is another great way to add some creativity to the outfit and personally I enjoy buying cheap ones just as much as expensive ones to complete the collection.
Travel Bag: This bag is a great price, great color, and it’s the perfect size. It is ideal for 2-3 night adventures and also comes with an isolated pocket to help keep things organized. It can fit a few pairs of shoes and multiple wardrobes or just a simple change of clothes and toiletries.
Boots: Chicago is wet! Need some rain proof boots that you can wear in the snow. I have learned this the hard way time and time again and I finally bought some protective boots and every morning and night I am thankful.
No Show Socks: I have been wearing no-show socks for a long time (Usually stealing Casey’s little socks and using them) but when I would take my shoes off everyone would laugh at me because they would look like ballerina slippers. (My confidence never wavered.) After a few minutes most would ask what they were and how I got them and next time I saw them – boom they had some version of no-shows! However the fashion world has caught up with me and now makes great styled men’s no-show socks that are not embarrassing to show others.
Grooming Essentials: I have learned recently that as we get older it is important we take care of our skin and grooming. (Somewhere my mom is just laughing at that statement thinking about how it was a struggle to get me to put pants on until I was 5…Love you Mom!) However moisturizing and cleaning is crucial, and many men are also into beards these days. Sadly I lack the genetics to produce a lush fun beard, so I am stuck keeping things neat. However these products protect my baby face from the toughness of shaving. I recommend a sampler kit to start and see what products fit your style.
Fleece: Yet another fashion trend I have stolen from my brothers (shoes, beards, shades, etc.), these are warm and work with any outfit. I generally get very warm very fast in heavier coats and I love these on those nice sunny winter days when you want to stay bundled.
Jeans: I have never bought nice jeans before, but it is worth it when you wear them hundreds of times. These are so soft and I love the range of colors. I know they’re a little pricey (Casey even mentioned that she doesn’t have jeans this nice…), but they’re just that good!
W Flag: 2016 has been a very special year for my beloved Cubbies. The decision was made to bring a new addition to our family…the W flag. Similar to Linus and his Blankie, I have grown quite attached to my “W.”
Slim Fit Jeans: If there is one thing I have little patience for, it’s jeans shopping. However, these babies had my heart from the start. I’m trying to rid myself of the baggy, and embrace the slim fit!
TOMS: These have quickly become a staple in my repertoire. Whether it was attending a summer BBQ, or heading out to the Apple Orchard, these shoes were always part of the party. The perfect combination of comfort and style.
Wireless Mini Speaker: There is nothing I love more than listening to podcasts when fixing up some dinner. The JBL Wireless Speaker makes sure that Pro Wrestling Podcasts are permeating throughout Casa de Matkovich on the daily!
Born to Run Book: “Born To Run”- In the Mount Rushmore of interests, Springsteen is my George Washington. So you’re telling me that this book really offers a firsthand account of The Boss’s life in Asbury Park and beyond? I’m all ears (or eyes in this case).
Ray Bans: You know that saying, “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone?” Well, that was all too real this year when my sunglasses were mysteriously misplaced for a few months. When they reappeared in my mother-in-law’s car, I promised I would never take these for granted again.
Yoga Mat: Lately, I’ve been dabbling in some core workouts. This Yoga Mat has been KEY throughout the process.
Polka Dot Tie: Who doesn’t love polka dots? You walk into a room with your head held high, donning a tie sprinkled with polka dots, you’re the poster child of “good time all the time!”
Glass Food Containers: Sunday afternoons have turned into the perfect time to prep food for the week. These glass Food Storage Containers let me bring some of my favorite dishes to work every day. Bridget has mastered the art of flooding my culinary abilities with compliments. Am I that good of a cook? Absolutely not. Do these compliments keep me going back to the kitchen? Absolutely. The method to her madness.
Slim Fit Slacks: These dress pants (Express’ Slim Fit Photographers) are a part of my weekly rotation. Whether it is the Grey, Black, or Blue, they will definitely play a lot of innings over the school year!
Now you tell us, do any of your husbands have any favorites that we need to check out in 2017?
Changing up our shelves is one of the quickest and easiest ways that we welcome in each of the seasons. It’s not that we have new decor for each season (our small homes have absolutely NO room to store this seasonal decor) but we do add a few touches or at least rearrange the shelves whenever we can. Just a simple rearrangement makes them feel new to us, even if nothing on them is actually new to our home.
Typically we will “shop our homes” and add existing items from other rooms to these shelves and you’d be surprised how different they start to feel, even without spending any money. Please tell us we’re not the only crazy people that do this. Actually maybe we are… our husbands sure seem to think so!
Either way, here are our budget-friendly tips on decorating shelves for the holidays. Hopefully some of these simple tips will inspire you to refresh your home without spending a ton of money!
Instead of completely removing absolutely everything on our built-ins, I decided to remove a couple items and then inject a few festive touches to all of the shelves.
The cheapest and easiest way to do that?! Wrapped presents! I used some of the “gifts” (actually just cardboard boxes…) from our Christmas Card Photo Shoot and placed them on our shelves to inject some holiday color!
This is such a great idea if you plan to change your color scheme up each year since it’s super budget-friendly!
I also added some greenery amongst my shelves. I always love to have some green plants (even if they’re fake) on our built-ins, and swapping out some of those plants for evergreen (these little cute pots are from Michaels) is the perfect way to add a bit of holiday.
A few new accessories (like this adorable santa!) filled out the rest of our shelves and really added some holiday spirit.
And just like Casey, my go-to decor for the built-ins this holiday season were a few “fake” wrapped gifts. I upcycled a few Amazon boxes that were delivered earlier in the season and even wrapped a few books that were previously on the built-ins. This way each gift was a different size and depth, which made it feel a bit less cookie-cutter.
Plus, wrapping the gifts helped me keep the general color-scheme and neutral feel without spending money on new items. Since I’m still honing my “Christmas style” (<– if that’s even a thing), I don’t want to buy a lot of new decor just to realize I don’t love it next season. #rookiemistake
I’ve also found that putting less stuff on my built-ins is better for me. Take this shelf for example, all that’s on it is a ONE gift. No books, no other accessories, just the one gift.
A few years ago, I would have never kept a shelf this simple but now that I’ve lived with these shelves for four years, I’ve found that they start to feel too cluttered when I overdo them. The simpler and less clutter, the better.
I also try to use as much of my regular decor as I can throughout the holidays. I take out the items that are obviously more spring-y or summer-y, but I’m not afraid to mix Christmas in with anything that is neutral or fake plants/succulents that I keep up all year round.
As long as I love these pieces and they’re relatively neutral, I think they can still work for the holidays… especially if you put them in a new spot on the built-ins and pair them with a simple ornament or tiny holiday accessory. Magically this new spot (and new partner) makes the whole look feel new!
Both of us also try to incorporate baskets into our decor. We LOVE them because they offer secret storage, can add texture to the look, and can cut down on feeling like your shelves look cluttered. To make these baskets feel a bit more holiday, we simply keep everything that’s already in them there, but then add a bit of greenery, leftover ribbon, or beaded garland on top. It’s SO easy and so darn affordable.
And last but certainly not least, it’s important that we have fun and mix it up! Unlike Casey, I actually take everything OFF of my built-ins when the new season comes around and try to reorganize the items. The shelves that I really love, I try to keep somewhat consistent but for those other shelves that are just “okay”, I re-work them and add items I have in other parts of the home to make them feel new to me. You would be surprised how much more I start to love an old item when I pair it with something that complements it more. All of a sudden that old item that was always just “okay-ish” is now the shelf’s MVP.
Happy Friday everyone! We’re excited that the weekend is almost here, but we’re extra pumped because today we’re taking part in the annual Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour to showcase our holiday homes! We’ve loved taking part in BSHT (hosted by the fabulous Lindsay!) each December and are thrilled and honored to be included again this year.
And today you’re getting double the fun because we’re each sharing our homes all decked out for the season. Yep…2 for the price of 1 #ourkindadeal
If you’re coming from My Fabuless Life then welcome, we’re so happy that you’re here! And if you’re new around here (first of all, “hi!”), let’s bring you up to speed on The DIY Playbook.
There are 2 of us behind The DIY Playbook and we’ve been best friends since high school.
Casey lives in a condo in downtown Chicago with her husband Finn, while Bridget lives in a home just outside the city with her husband, Matt.
We both live in small spaces, so we only bring items into our homes that we l-o-v-e and we both try to keep our homes as organized as possible.
The DIY Playbook began almost 4 years ago (time flies when you’re having fun!), and we truly believe that everyone can create a personalized home without spending a ton of time or money.
Okay, now that we’re all on the same page… let’s get to the good stuff!
When it comes to my home, I’m usually a little afraid of color (you’ll find plenty of white & gray around our space). But for Christmas, there’s just something about the color red that makes my heart happy. So this year, I decided to inject a bit of red into our very neutral Chicago condo. I also included a bit of plaid (like in our Christmas tree), because I can’t seem to get enough of that preppy pattern.
Although I absolutely LOVE Casey’s gorgeous red & plaid holiday decor, I opted for something a little different this year. I removed the red that I have used in year’s past and instead, stuck with more neutrals, greenery, and buffalo check. Because I loved my neutral & buffalo check tree so much, I used that as inspiration for the rest of our house and although our holiday decor is pretty colorless and a lot more “boring”, I’m really loving the natural look!!My goal this year was to dress up our home for the holidays without going overboard. And more specifically, I didn’t want to spend a ton of time or money to “deck the halls.” I focused on our dining room, living room, and entryway by adding small touches of natural, neutral holiday elements. I was hoping this greenery, buffalo check and hints of metallic would inject that holiday charm into our home while still allowing us to use most of the decor we have up all year round.
Maybe I’m crazy for opting for a neutral and natural holiday theme (I probably am), but I can’t help but love that this decorating was easy, budget-friendly, and feels so warm and cozy. Don’t get me wrong, I love plaid, red and all things traditional-holiday, but trying something new has been a lot of fun this year!
Wow, 2 homes in 1 post…. that’s a heck of a lot of pictures! We hope you enjoyed touring our homes all decked out for the season & maybe (just maybe?!) found a little inspiration to make your home extra special for the holidays! For more gorgeous holiday inspiration, be sure to visit House Seven to keep the Blogger Stylin’ Home tour moving!
But before you head off, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! And for the DIY Playbook newbies stopping by, we’d love to see you again soon!
Taking the photos for our Christmas cards has become one of our favorite holiday traditions because it usually results in us laughing hysterically at our own ridiculousness. This year was the first year we didn’t have to press the camera’s self timer and run into our places because we recruited Matt to take our pictures. With him behind the camera, we thought things would run A LOT smoother (and would be a lot less ridiculous)… but boy were we SO wrong!
Allow us to start from the very beginning of how this all went down.
Usually we take our Christmas card photo sometime in November and by then temperatures in Chicago are COLD and we are outside freezing our buns off. Since we wanted to do a more “dressy” look this year, we thought taking these photos while the temperatures in Chicago were still warm would be our best way to wear dresses and not freeze in the process.
So we actually chose a date in AUGUST to get this photo off of our to-do list. We figured with our crazy schedules and the busy Fall makeover project, August was one of the only free weekends we could get the photo and guarantee that the weather would be warm enough to be outside.Well we were right about that, the temperature was perfect for our “photo shoot”, however we didn’t account for other weather details that day.
We had a sleepover at Bridget’s and planned to get up super early to get these outdoor photos out-of-the-way before people filled the streets and started looking at us doing our “Christmas in August Shoot” like we were legit crazy. <— we wouldn’t blame them!
We got up, got ready by 7am, and walked outside to a monsoon. IT WAS LEGIT POURING and when we looked at the radar, the rain was not stopping anytime soon.
We should’ve just cancelled the shoot right there, but it was 7am, we were all dolled up, didn’t have many opportunities to get together to shoot, and figured it wouldn’t be a Playbook Christmas shoot without a crazy story like this one. So of course, we opened our umbrellas, tried to get the gifts into the car without them getting wet (fail), drove to this location and waited in the car until the rain let up.
In between showers (literally), we snuck in as many photos as could. As you can see in some of these photos, our curls did not work well with the rain and humidity. #Augustprobs
The good news is that these big smiles on our faces are very genuine because we could NOT stop laughing (once again) at our ridiculousness.
We kept saying that this is what we get for trying to take our Christmas card in August.
And don’t even get us started on trying to find cute, Christmas wrapping paper in stores in August. We were scrambling trying to find paper that worked for the holidays.
Now that it’s December, there’s SO many amazing options in stores! We’ve been snapping pics of the AISLES and AISLES of gorgeous options and texting them to each other saying how nice it would’ve been to have these in our photo! Maybe we should stock up for next year’s early photo?!
But as much as this photo shoot was wet, humid, and did no favors for our hair, we surprisingly had a blast…. and are still laughing at the 7am stormy craziness!
Lesson Learned: Contrary to what we thought, getting your Christmas Card photo done in August may not have been the best idea (who knew!?).
On the other hand, it came with memories that may make us laugh out loud for years and years to come and a photo that may be far from perfect but one we wouldn’t trade for the world!
Whether your Christmas card turns out as perfect as you had hoped or feels like an epic fail, we hope it brings you laughs and memories for years and years to come! And if we’re being completely honest here, what more can you ask for out of this special tradition after all?!
Please tell us we aren’t the ONLY ones who are laughing out loud at ourselves during our annual Christmas Card shoot! We’d love to hear your hilarious/embarrassing/fun/memorable Christmas Card stories!! Or… we’d love to hear if anyone else is brave enough to admit that they tackled their Christmas Card super early <— Are we the only crazy ones?! #dontanswerthat
Creating a Christmas card here on the DIY Playbook has quickly become one of our favorite annual traditions. Not only do we have a blast getting together to take this yearly photo, we especially love the opportunity to send out these cards to all of the amazing companies/people we have worked with over the year and then share our card with all of you!
And this year is no different. So without further ado, we are SO excited to share The DIY Playbook’s 2016 Christmas card!
We chatted about some of our favorite cards back in October (yes, we are those crazy people who ordered our cards months ago) and ended up picking this card from Minted as our winner because we loved the “Happiest Holidays” message.
We personalized the card by adding this year’s “winning photo”, our name, and of course the year so we can add this year’s card to our collection. If you’re new to the DIY Playbook, you can check out our cards from Christmas’ past here —> 2014 & 2015.
It’s only been a few years of sending out this snail-mail, but we already love looking back at cards from the past couple of years and reminiscing.
We know that getting in front of the camera is not always easy, however, capturing these moments in time is so special. So even if your holiday card isn’t “picture perfect”, it’s a moment in your family’s story that you are capturing forever and to us, that’s pretty darn perfect.
But the best part of this year’s Christmas Card (and really every year’s card so far), is the behind-the-scenes stories of how these photo shoots really happen. Although this picture looks like we’re having the best time ever, there’s a LOT more to the story that you don’t see. This year’s photo shoot was especially “interesting” because it almost turned out to be an EPIC fail. Here are some of the cute outtakes…
… but don’t be completely fooled because there’s a whole lot more to this story and we can’t wait to share the details tomorrow. But until then, we are so excited about how this year’s card turned out and just like the card says, we are wishing you and your family the “HAPPIEST HOLIDAYS”.
I know I’m about a year late, but I’ve recently fallen in L-O-V-E with all things buffalo check. From pillows, to throw blankets, to flannels and scarves, I’ve found myself wanting to buy all things buffalo check lately. There’s just something so cozy about this print.
I think it’s that sense of “cozy meets classic” that inspired me to try to incorporate a little buffalo check into my Christmas tree this year. And when I found the perfect beige buffalo check ribbon at Michaels (not even in the Christmas section!), I instantly knew my plan.
Our First Tree!
This year is extra exciting because we finally caved and got a new tree, instead of using my mom and dad’s original tree that they gave us when we moved in. We loved that small colorful tree, but something around the base broke last year and it wouldn’t stand up by itself anymore. #RIP
The new tree is a gorgeous pre-lit tree from Michaels and it was SO easy to set up, like less than 15 minutes to bring the tree from the box to lit up in the family room.
Wrapping Paper Collection
After I had the ribbon and neutral ornaments picked out, I collected the wrapping paper (including more buffalo check!) from HomeGoods. As you guys already know, we’re big fans of choosing 2-5 semi-coordinated wrapping papers and using that collection to wrap all of our gifts under the tree. This little trick allows our presents to play double duty as functional decor under that gorgeous tree!
Other Tips & Tricks
I added a few flocked branches into the tree to add a layered, full look to our new tree. In person these flocks blend in perfectly but for some reason the camera makes them look way too green. Weird, right?! I used gold, white, silver, and natural ornaments to add just a hint of glam to this cozy, buffalo-check tree.
I also bought an extra flock of branches and cut off little pieces of this greenery to add onto some of the gifts. I love the simple look of the greenery paired with the ribbon and twine, such an easy alternative for those of us who aren’t amazing at making bows. (I’m still learning thanks to these instructions from Jan last year!!)
To “tie” together the look of the tree and some of the gifts, I used some of the leftover ribbon from the tree on the gifts.
Overall, I’m so excited about our first “official” Christmas tree and love how it flows with the decor of the rest of our home. Neutral, cozy, with mix of patterns is totally my jam and the fact that I can incorporate this look for the holidays is a win-win in my playbook!
A HomeGoods Giveaway!
Now, we’d love to hear how you’re decorating for the holidays. What patterns, colors, or trends are you loving? Let us know your favorite holiday trends and enter below for a chance to win $100 to HomeGoods, and a chance to shop for all those holiday favorites!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Happy Black Friday everyone! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday surrounded by your loved ones. We both ate & drank to our hearts’ content and we’re excited for another day off today! #4dayweekend
Neither of us have ever been ones to wake up super early to hit the stores for deals, but instead we both like to do some online shopping from the comfort of our own homes! There’s nothing like sleeping in after Thanksgiving, sitting in your pjs with a cup of coffee, and browsing deals online to get a start on your holiday shopping <—that is our gameplan all morning long!
We kept our eyes peeled all week long to see what steals & deals are out there and BOY OH BOY are there some good ones! Here are some items we have our eyes on and may just scoop up today!
This ruffled shirt is simple but can matched with just about everything! I tried it on in store and have been waiting for it to go on sale (today!!) to finally buy it. Because I loved the fit so much, I may it buy it x2 for my sisters. (I hope they’re not reading!)
Love these mittens for just about any of the ladies on my Christmas list
I’ve been eyeing this teepee for awhile (for my nephew) and saw that it’s half off today!! Should I do it or is 6 months old too young for a “toy” like this?! #auntintraining
Although this is more for pre-teens, I’ve heard so much about this book and NEED to read it before the movie comes out. I absolutely LOVE the “choose kind” message and think this could be the perfect (and meaningful gift) for any youngsters in your life.
I got a phone car charger for my birthday and I’m seriously obsessed with this $20 gift, I literally use it everyday!! I know it’s not the most glamorous gift but it’s so practical and it makes my everyday easier. That being said, I think I may buy a few extra as gifts for a few important people on my list.
I’ve been on the look out for flat nude color booties. I haven’t tried these TOMS on but you guys know how much we love TOMS so this pair recently caught my eye. I plan on trying them on next time I’m at Nordstroms and adding them to my Christmas list if they fit (and go on sale!)
Black Friday Savings
Nordstrom: Lots of amazing deals on clothes, shoes, coats & accessories…. & FREE SHIPPING!
You know we’re all about deals here on the DIY Playbook & so we always have our eyes peeled to get the best bang for our buck. We marked our calendars for these upcoming “days to save” and wanted to share these dates with you so you can save too!
Today = Black Friday
Tomorrow (Nov. 26th): Small Business Saturday
Monday (November 28th): Cyber Monday
December 16th: Free Shipping Day!!
December 18th: Last Day to purchase online, pay standard shipping and receive your gift before Christmas!!
And if you missed it, make sure you check out this 2016 Blogger Gift Guide because a TON of the items are currently on sale!! All you have to do is hit the middle “CLICK TO READ” button to view the full, shippable gift guide.
Once the shopping is done, Casey has big plans for the rest of her Black Friday. She is binge watching the new Gilmore Girls (released today!) with her sister, sister-in-law, and mom! It will be a girls day full of snacks, drinks, and our favorite TV show. Anyone else binging GG today too??
Wow (!!!), let us first start off by saying how BLOWN AWAY we have been by the excitement & support we received this week over the first annual Blogger Gift Guide. Like we said in this post, this project has been a looooonnngggg time in the making and we’re so grateful that you guys love it as much as we do. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Although we contributed a few pages of gift ideas, we got a lot of inspiration/gift ideas from the amazing other bloggers who shared their go-to gifts this holiday season. Heck, some of our shopping is already done (and hopefully being delivered soon!) because of the ideas we got from this gift guide.
Blogger Gift Guide
If you missed it on Monday, you can click on the image above and browse through this magazine-style Gift Guide. Each page is dedicated to a specific “category” so that you can find something for just about everyone on your list. And when you click on the item, you will be taken to that product’s exact page so you can get the details and shop for it in the store OR buy it right there online. Either way, we hope this Gift Guide brings you some new ideas & the chance to find that perfect gift for all those special people on your holiday shopping list. The faster you find these perfect gifts, the more you can sit back and relax this special time of year!
And just for fun, we thought we would browse through the Gift Guide together and give you a little glimpse into some our favorites from each page. Heck, it was HARD narrowing it down to just one item per page because we were inspired by so many of the gifts!!
Gift Guide Favorites
Gifts under $75: This candle is one of Casey’s all-time favorite items. It smells amazing and doubles as an adorable piece of decor.
“Home” for the Holidays: Love, love, love this sleek gold frame. It’s hard to find gold frames that don’t look cheap so when we saw this one, we were instantly sold!
Gifts for the Organizer: If we were filthy rich, we would buy ALL the glass containers in sight so we could store all of our food in them. Could you imagine how amazing your cabinets, drawers and refrigerator would look?! For now though, we’ll settle for buying a few at a time and slowly building up our collection. #someday
Gifts for the Fashionista: We had no idea you could buy a Kendra Scott necklace for $50?! Not that $50 is “cheap” but for a statement piece you could wear everyday, it’s a lot more affordable than you might think!
Gifts for the Working Woman: Casey literally lives & swears by this planner… and she’s someone who has tried a lot over the years. If someone you know loves planners as much as we do, this one is our all-time favorite.
Gifts for the Guys: We’ve always love Chukka Boots, but we especially loved that Katie called them the “little black dress for guys.” We’ve never thought about these boots as exactly that, but she sold us… and had us literally laughing out loud.
Gifts for the Fearless DIY-er: Are you surprised that we want just about everything on this page?! Outside of buying the whole page, we really love the mug and the coloring book as adorable (and very practical) stocking stuffers!
Gifts for the Fitness Lover: We’ve heard a lot of hype about Zella work-out gear but never knew a lot about it. We still don’t know a lot about it but when Meghan (a fashionista + fitness guru) added not one but two Zella products to her page, now we really want to give them a try. Maybe these leggings? Has anyone tried Zella? If so, what do you think?!
Gifts for the Host: You know we’re not very talented in the kitchen (to put it kindly), but everything on Michael’s page was so gorgeous. This pitcher was especially gorgeous. We love that you could whip up a batch of drinks in it OR use it as a gorgeous vase. <– more our speed
Gifts for Mom & Baby: Michelle gifted us these bars of soap when we saw her last and they are seriously heavenly. We didn’t even want to use them because they smelled sooooo darn good. Plus, their packaging is adorable!
Gifts for Pets: Neither of us have pets however we are OBSESSED with these canisters that Kim included. Bridget actually uses these exact containers in her kitchen for coffee and coffee filters. She even bought an extra one to put on the top of the toilet so she can hide an extra roll of toilet paper for guests.
Gifts for your Bestie: We are tied between two of our all-time fashion favorites — TOMS wedges + this vest. We’re pretty confident that gifting either one would win you the “friend of the year” award!
So you tell us…
After browsing the gift guide, what did YOU add to your wish list or shopping list?! Or better yet, what items would you include in your own gift guide? Any favorites or go-to gifts we should know about?! We’d love to hear!
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