Category Archives: gifts

Sentimental Find: Loquet


I wear my heart on my sleeve.  But, this new find, Loquet, would let me wear it around my neck, too.  I’ve always been a fan of a heart-imbued jewelry, it’s my girly side shining through.  But since becoming a mom, I am even more delighted by sweet initial and personalized jewelry.

The bespoke collection from Loquet allows the wearer to customize their keepsake with different charms, trinkets and sweet letters or numbers, and because the “locket” can open, you can continue to add to it.

Custom Loquet

Custom Loquet

The website is great and it website allows you to play around and design (and redesign your own!) or peruse the gallery if inspiration is needed.

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What a great gift to mark a special moment in your life!

V-Day Ideas: Yourself


And of course, most of all, spread a love your own way!  You have to love yourself most of all, so why not treat yourself to a sweet Valentine’s Day gift.  It won’t be a surprise, but it should absolutely be special.

Pick things out for yourself that no crush or long time love would choose – in other words, be frivolous and fancy free.  If you’re buying indulgent sweets, make them the most indulgent, if it’s jewelry you’re after make it sparkly and sublime.

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V-day gifts for yourself aren’t about man-bashing, or celebrating single-dom; they’re about celebration Y-O-U!

Shop: nails / hoops / body cream / pops / tee

Recap all of the gift ideas from this week! Continue reading

V-Day Ideas: Guys


Valentine’s Day gifts for guys are hard.  This is a total girl’s holiday and worse, typically, when a guy wants something he’ll just buy it.  So, I’m suggesting you skip the Whitman’s Sampler and get to the heart of the matter with gifts that are playful, pampering and punny.

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These gifts run the gamut from, “I like you, I think…” to “I’m so in lust, good thing you have these (new) sneakers to keep up!”

Shop: card/salami / kiehl’s / sneaks

More fun gift ideas all week long!

V-Day Ideas: Kids


It’s hard not to share the love with your favorite kids – whether your own, or your adorably charming nephew or whip smart sassy niece.  I love these gifts because there is not a drop a teaspoon of sugar in sight, but they are not doubt sweet as can be.

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Shop: bunny/penguin/puppy/mouse

More fun gift ideas all week long!

V-Day Ideas: Girlfriends


Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  Are you planning out pink and red outfits, catchy cards and sweet but not cavity inducing love songs?  Or, you more of a ‘don’t come near me with your Hallmark co-opted faux holiday,’ type of a gal?

No matter where you stand, it’s always a good time to tell the people you love that you do and the coldest month of the year gets warmed up midway through by sweet affections and some similarly sweet tokens.

I love my girlfriends, in college with or without boyfriends we would plan a Valentine’s outing to the Cheesecake factory and share salads but not dessert.  Girlfriends are there for you for an honest opinion, to share stories, recipes and the good, the bad and the ugly.  Besides, it was Carrie, and not Carly, who said “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.”
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Shop: t-shirt/case/macarons/paper clips

More fun gift ideas all week long!

Gifts Ideas for the Domestic Goddess: Reading Material


As a young cook, cookbooks have been essential in my learning my way around the kitchen.  My most helpful cookbook has been one that my mom compiled for me of favorite family recipes.  If you don’t have my mom’s recipes to share these are great for those on your list.

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I have either used all of these books or enjoyed these authors recipes online with great success.  So they are kitchen tested and approved.

Gifts Ideas for the Domestic Goddess: Kitchen Clean Up, Made Cute


This is the gift giving season, but it is also the whisking, mixing, baking and mess making season.  If you’re all about the cute, and you probably are, these are the perfect helpers for your kitchen clean up and kitsch decor.

I have posted about Studiopatro before (for Fall 2011) but I had to share the new items for winter 2012.

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These make a lovely and generous gift for a friend, a holiday hostess or for yourself.

 

Gifts for the Grad


I love Dr. Seuss as much as the next gal, but on the day she graduates she really doesn’t need another book, never mind a rhyming one.  Here are some great ideas, both big and small, for the girl who you think deserves it all. (Rhyme intended)

Shop: Essie, Handbag, Wallet, Blazer, Pump, Charms, Journal, Stationary

A Cozy Valentine’s Day


In the life of a woman I think there are a few must have ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and if you’re luck you’ve had a few really great Valentines.

First is a little girl’s dad, my dad is a great card giver.

Then come a series of puppy-loves, and their Whitman Samplers.

Then come the girlfriends, the rose wine, the shared meals at The Cheesecake Factory, and teary movies.

Then comes true love.  My forever Valentine is always filled with surprises and his thoughtfulness comes through in small gestures and grand ones.

Mark and I have had so many great Valentine’s Days and dates.  But, the truth is, we try to make each day special, and make every day Valentine’s Day if you will.  This year (next week!) Valentine’s Day is a Tuesday – smack in the middle of the week and so it calls for a cozy night at home.

Cozy and Sweet for Valentine's Day 2012

 Shop: Stripe Set ShirtCasablancaCookiesCardSocks

This sweet little inspiration board is just perfect, something sexy, something soft, something cozy and a lot of somethings that are sweet.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?  What makes your day – are you a homemade cards and cookies gal, or champagne and a little box kind of a gal?  Or maybe somewhere in between?

 

Tell in the comments!

2011 Gift Guide: Edible Edition


This year, I really want to make some of my gifts, and since I was never one for shop class our friends and family can expect gifts made from chocolate and flours, not wood and glue.

I know, of course, that during the holiday season you’re able to find a variety of goods and gummies, but nothing says love, and hopefully “yum”, like something handmade and homemade.

Make: Spice Cookies, Pistachio Trees, Spiced Nuts, Savory Cookies, Caramel Sauce, Ginger Sesame Brittle, Meringues, Almond Bark, Gummy Drops

These edible gifts are my inspiration as I head into the kitchen.  There are a variety of flavors, textures and treats.  I love the idea of surprising bites, and taking classic and traditional treats and adding some sophisticated flavors to them.

What is your favorite edible gift to give?  Tell me in the comments!