Outfit Details – Sweater: Good Night Macaroon | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Tights: Nordstrom | Burberry Jacket: Neiman Marcus | Steve Madden Booties: Nordstrom | Loeffler Randal Purse: Nordstrom (on sale!) | Lipstick: YSL Nordstrom
Good Morning & Happy Monday!
How was everyones weekend? Ours was really great and as busy as expected, but it all worked out perfectly. As Colton and I were driving to our friends Christmas party on Saturday, he told me that this was the first year in a long time, that it actually felt like Christmas to him and I couldn’t agree more. The past few years have just felt blah to me, but this year, things just feel different. Maybe it’s the cooler weather we’ve had in Texas or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve had my Christmas tree up since before Thanksgiving. Either way, there’s not a grinch in sight in our household.
With that being said though, I did want to take the time to share with you guys some gifts that aren’t as materialistic as my usual suggestions and definitely won’t break the bank. As much as I am in the Christmas spirit, I couldn’t help but feel kind of suffocated over the weekend with everyone telling me to buy, buy, buy. Whether it be at the mall, on TV, on Instagram or on Facebook, I admit, it all gotten kind of overwhelming. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably have another gift guide for you all in the morning – lol, but for today, I just wanted to take a break and let everyone breath. Just a little bit 🙂
Have you and your family gone on a family trip recently? Try making a sweet photo album of all of all of the photos you took from the trip to help relive the memories. I know we all have Facebook, Drop Box & Google Share, but there is just something different about making a photo album and holding the photos in your hand. Flipping the pages of the book with your family as opposed to clicking next on the computer screen.
Sweets & Treats
Every year, I make a few sweets and treats to give away to family members. For example, my sweet & spicy pecans. Colton’s Dad and Papo love them, so I always make a batch, put them in a nice Christmas container and give them to them on Christmas Eve. Want something a little more sweet? I also love this as an idea.
Pass down an Heirloom
Has your little sister or daughter been eyeing a piece of jewelry of yours for years? What about a jacket. Be clear, this is not to be mistaken for a down Hand me downs. Hand me downs are items that you pass down because you no longer want them. I am talking about precious items that mean a lot to you, but will mean the world to them. They are the perfect gift that your loved one will remember forever.
Make something that your loved one could use or love. This list from Country Living really is great. From homemade soaps, to mugs to Mason Jar Lid Coasters, everything on this list, really is great. I especially love the Cutting Board Tablet Holder (#31).
I understand that Gift Baskets may seem boring but try making a basket for someone and really having it cater to them. Try making a spa basket and fill it with fun little items. Example, bath bombs, face masks & sugar scrubs. To really save, try picking these items up at a places like Marshall’s or TJ Max. They have a great bath/spa section that won’t kill your bank account.
If it’s for a guy, like your Dad or Grandpa, buy him his favorite candy that he never has and add it to his basket. Or add his favorite brand of coffee, some golf balls if he likes to golf or just little things you know he likes. These baskets do not have to be extravagant, but do put thought into them to make them as special as possible.
Do you guys have any suggestions to add to this list? If so, I would love to hear them!