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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: For The Kids

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Honestly, I just don’t know how Santa does it!

Finding unique gifts for the kids (big and small) is probably the hardest part of holiday gifting. It starts off pretty straightforward when kids are young, but as they get older, our once sweet children become the most difficult parties to please! Ugh, and don’t get me started on those moody, temperamental, too-cool-for-school tweens — challenging, to put it mildly.

Good thing they’re cute.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: For The Guys

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We’re back! THIS time, Santa’s sleigh is full of gifts for the guys in your life!

Buying for the gents can be tricky, but I think I’ve got you covered with some of my favorite go-tos, as well as some out-of-the-box ideas. Again, I grouped the gift options into 4 themes — The Boss, The Traveler, The Homebody and The Entertainer to make your selection process as efficient and easy as possible.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: For The Girls

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Get ready, get set…. GO!

Today we’re kicking off of the THD 2016 Holiday Gift Guide series!  All this week, I’ll be sharing all of my favorite gift ideas for that special someone in your life. Oh, and don’t worry, there just might be a goody in there for you, too.

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A Procrastinator’s Guide To Holiday Gifting

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For every ultra-organized, I-finished-my-holiday-shopping-in-October holiday shopper, there exists a classic procrastinator. Whether a busy schedule, a loathing for shopping, or just a lack of gifting inspiration is to blame — a procrastinator exists in all of our lives.

Who knows!? It may just be you!

It’s not too late to go from gifting zero to gifting hero will my handy-dandy guide to last-minute holiday gift ideas. They’re inexpensive, provide instant gratification and most don’t even require real pants or a trip off the couch to purchase! Best of all, they’re all unique and special enough to let the know the gift recipient you care… which is kind of the point.

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A NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTION

Yes, many people already participate in Netflix’s streaming TV and movie services, but surprisingly, there are still many who don’t. Whether for financial reasons, or simply an aversion to technology I guarantee there are friend and family in your life who have not taken part in the “Netflix + Chill” phenomenon. For you parents of young children — Netflix is also a godsend when it comes to on-the-road entertainment for the kiddies!

ELECTRONIC GIFT CARDS FOR NETFLIX can be purchased in any denomination between $25-100 via a secure Amazon check out. Print out or e-mail a copy to the lucky recipient along with a box of microwave popcorn and pajama pants for a holiday gift that will help them decompress after all of the festivities are over.

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AMAZON PRIME

I need to give my very smart husband credit for this one… he signed us up for AMAZON PRIME last year and my life is changed. Unlimited Amazon 2-day shipping, commercial-free streaming music, unlimited electronic photo storage services,  instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video… just to name a few.

About 80% of my holiday shopping was done via AMAZON PRIME during Cyber Week… and IT. WAS. AWESOME. At $99 for a year of Prime Services, it’s not the least expensive when it comes to gifts, but oh so worth it!

Get your electronic AMAZON PRIME 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP right this way…

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SPOTIFY MUSIC

Ok, so if your gift recipient is all about the tunes, a PREMIUM SPOTIFY MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION will allow them to get an ad-free, unlimited library of music on-the-go. High definition sound and the ability to listen to your music when there is no phone service (just download to listen while on plane, train, or a cellular-free zone!) are just a few of the perks.

You can select an eGift card ranging from $9.99 for a 1-month subscription, all of the way up to $119.88 for 12-months of premium music services — get your card HERE.

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A MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION

Although we’ve definitely entered the digital age, I know most people still like to sit down with a magazine from time to time. Did you know that you could order a magazine subscription for a major discount on AMAZON? Seriously, what CAN’T you buy on Amazon!?

Some of my favorites like REAL SIMPLE, IN STYLE and DWELL can be purchased at a fraction of their retail price. We’re talking $1 or less per issue in most cases!

Pick up a hard copy at the grocery store check out line, tie on a nice gift tag with a copy of the subscription certificate and you’ve just scored a holiday gift home run.

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SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

Subscription boxes are those monthly club memberships that arrive at your doorstep with tons of treats inside. Now, the type of treats really depends on the gift recipient and their hobbies and interests. Some of the subscriptions I’ve personally purchased for friends and family (BOTH male and female), include:

BIRCHBOX (a beauty focused company that is offering 20% off their yearly subscriptions!), DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB (sends a monthly delivery of razors), DIVE BAR T-SHIRTS (sends your giftee a different authentic t-shirt from America’s most interesting and unusual dive bars you’ve never heard of!), MURRAY’S CHEESE (choose a 4,6, or 12 month option of glorious cheese!), BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE (one of my favorite purveyors and roasters of gourmet coffee)…

What I love the most about this gift idea is that your recipient will be reminded of you and your thoughtfulness for months to come… and maybe if you’re lucky, you can share in the bounty they receive!

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CLASS PASS or EXERCISE CLASS GIFT CERTIFICATES

Have you guys used CLASS PASS yet? It’s technically an aggregator of boutique workout facilities, studios and gyms across numerous large cities worldwide. Sorry, Cleveland — only Columbus is currently online at this time! For a $79 monthly fee, you can gift your loved one an open membership to countless classes in their geographic location of choice. It’s the perfect gift for the person who loves to try new workouts and mix it up — which as you know, can get pretty pricey.

For those of us not living in a CLASS PASS city, most boutique studios DO have a gift card option. The gift of good health is priceless and perhaps this is the encouragement your recipient needs to start a new workout regimen or continue on their path to wellness. Throw in a cute water bottle like this BKR or SWELL one and it’s a thoughtful gift any person would be lucky to receive!

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A GIFT-CERTICATE FOR THD STYLING SERVICES!

OK, so clearly I have to do a bit of self promotion here… The Heart’s Delight offers STYLING SERVICES (for both personal style and interiors!), as well as my best-selling 3-HOUR Closet Style-In! If you’re interested in gifting the gift of style this season, or just looking for a fresh new look in 2016 for yourself, shoot me a note via my CONTACT FORM and I’d be happy to hook you up with a digital certificate!

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10 Under $25 Holiday Gifts (That You’ll Want To Keep)

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So here’s the truth: Gift guides are not my favorites.

I find they are an aggressive way for retailers, marketers and YES, bloggers to push product. Often times the gifts are out of price range, not practical, or just plain silly. Everyone does them and you’re probably sick of seeing them.

So what am I writing all of this?

Well, mostly because I think some of toughest gift recipients are generally overlooked in all of the gift guiding. You know who I’m talking about, right?

Those small, inexpensive and not too personal gifts you give to co-workers, school bus drivers, dance instructors and anyone else you may cross paths with on a daily basis. These are the gifts that you wait until the last possible minute to purchase before your Secret Santa gift exchange. These are the gifts that keep you in the crowded, over-heated stores wandering the aisles and wishing you could be anywhere else. Basically, these are the gifts that drive us all crazy…

Unless we’re on the recipient end,in which case you’re highly appreciative of the kind and thoughtful gesture you just received.

Without further adieu, I present to you my 10 holiday gifts under $25 that will be hard to give away!

one (a puzzle that can double as art!) // two // three // four (the plant that even I can’t kill!) // five // six (since the book is on SALE — you can splurge on these COLORED PENCILS too!) // seven — in FUSCIA or RED // eight // nine (the cutest + quirkiest door mats that will brighten any space!) // ten // eleven (a bonus gift idea!)

Feeling a little better now about tackling that list? No need to stress — especially if you’re shopping online. You got this!

Ho, Ho, Ho.

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The Perfect Last-Minute Gift

Over the years, one thing I’ve learned about the holidays is to expect the unexpected. No doubt, there will be a party I didn’t plan for, a gift recipient I didn’t consider, or someone that I totally screwed up and blanked on (#mybad). The other thing I’ve learned is to be prepared with small, special gifts that appear thoughtful and well-planned, even at the very last minute. What’s the worst that can happen? I surprise myself, don’t actually leave anyone off of the gift list and am left to enjoy some holiday goodies that went ungifted. Yeah, I’ll take that hit for the team anytime.

1. Stationary & Desk Accessories

STATIONARY is just one of those things you are always happy to have around, but never want to splurge on yourself. The makings of a perfect gift. Add in some clever PENCILS and a TAPE DISPENSER that is as practical as it is pretty to look at, and you have yourself a fantastic gift.

2. Pajamas

A crisp, timeless PAJAMA SET would please any gift recipient and probably give them a good excuse to retire those 15+ year old pajamas with the dancing Mr. Peanut on them. Oh, wait… that’s me.

3. Amazon Prime

The ideal last minute gift for a last-minute gift giver (kind of meta, no?). Not only does an AMAZON PRIME ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION offer the recipient a year’s worth of free 2-day shipping on millions of items, but it also opens up an entire world of movies, TV shows and e-books.

4. Succulents & Planters

It’s the plant of choice for any “Black Thumb” gardener. Requiring little, to no attention a SUCCULENT TERRARIUM offers a dose of high-style greenery that will outlast any fruitcake. 

5. Jeni’s Ice Cream Subscription & Dishes

A trio of JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAM (CROWD FAVORITES COLLECTION) would be the hit of any dinner party, especially if these cute ICE CREAM DISHES came with it! Now, if you offered to wash those dishes at the end of the night, I guarantee you’ll be on the host/hostesses’ invite list for years to come.

6. Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

A coffee connoisseurs caffeinated dream come true… A BLUE BOTTLE GIFT SUBSCRIPTION will keep the pep in your giftee’s step each month. Why not throw in a cute COFFEE MUG that will keep them smiling?

Do YOU have any gift “go-to’s” for your last-minute exchanges?

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The Experience(d) Gifter

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Hopefully, by now you’ve made some good progress on your holiday shopping list. I’m going to take a moment to humblebrag and let you all know that this girl is DONE! Yeah, baby. I haven’t removed aforementioned gifts from their UPS box(es) or wrapped anything, but at least the hard part is finished. If you’re still stuck on great gift ideas for the wonderful people in your life I think it’s time to step away from the traditional gift guides. Go ahead, get up, stretch your legs and mouse-clicking fingers because it’s time to clear your head and proceed in an entirely different direction.

Now think back to the most wonderful gift you’ve ever received from someone. Chances are it’s not a scarf, a sweater, or even a diamond (wow, you GO GIRL with that diamond!). More likely it’s an experience that you got to share with another person, or even enjoy yourself. It was something intangible, yet more memorable than anything that comes in a shopping bag from Barneys. Sorry Barneys, you know I adore you.

Here are just a few “experience” gifts that I think anyone would be lucky to receive:

Sports Event: SNEAKERS // NBA TICKETS 

Concert Tickets: EARBUDS // iTUNES GIFTCARD // CONCERT TICKETS

Spa Day: BATHROBE // NAIL POLISH // FACIAL MASQUE // LIP BALM // SPA CERTIFICATE

Cooking Class: KITCHEN TOWELS // FIG JAM // CHEESE  KNIVES // CHOPPING BLOCK // COOKING CLASS

Of course, I couldn’t complete this post without a little shameless self promotion of my own…

Have a friend or family member in need of some fashion/style TLC? Or how about a new-mom that hasn’t really had a moment to refocus on herself post-baby? Know someone who’s a weight loss success-story and doesn’t have a winning wardrobe to match their new body? Just want to do something nice for a selfless someone who never takes the time to focus on themselves?

Here’s the perfect gift: a CLOSET STYLE-IN personal styling session with me!

For all of the details on this 3-hr styling package, check out my SERVICES link found at the top of your screen. It truly is a unique experience to give someone you love that will not only leave them with a clean and organized closet, but with a new attitude and confidence about how they look!

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A “Lovely” Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time to partner with one of my favorite new stores in town to curate the ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide.  Grab a seat, maybe a snack (I’m craving apple slices and peanut butter myself… those Pink Lady apples are just THE BEST) and prepare to be blown away, because I’m going to divulge what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day.

Ladies, set aside that “you don’t need get me anything,” or the inevitable “just get me something from the heart”… blah, blah, blah. We all want something, even if we don’t know it won’t admit it; it’s just a matter of matching the perfect gift with the perfect mom recipient.  Luckily, we have Kate, the owner of the very special stationery and gift boutique, Lovely Paperie & Gifts to help guide us through Mother’s Day murky waters.

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If you’re in the Cleveland area (specifically Rocky River), you MUST drop into Lovely Paperie .  It’s a beautiful space filled with beautiful things that you never thought you wanted/needed, but you do.  After years of event planning in Chicago, Kate has a great eye and it comes through in her buying selections and displays.  Everything is just so… well… lovely!

Now, without further adieu, let’s get to the gifting!

THE NEW MOM

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I’ve never been too sentimental with my jewelry, but THIS is a jewelry trend I can get behind.  What new mom wouldn’t want a gold stacking ring set to wear as her “MAMA” badge of honor?  It’s sweet, without being cloying.  Better yet, you’ll be right on trend with your new set of delicate stackables. This one is by Kris Nations.

THE BRAINIAC

Mother's Day Gift Guide Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books make great gifts for a number of reasons… 1) They’re just straight up pretty 2) They are items which are always out on display and remind the recipient of how much you love them (vs. that spring scarf that gets worn once and stashed in the depths of a closet) 3) They’re personal and can be matched up with your mom’s personality and interests 4) They’re collectible… one is never enough!

THE PREPSTER

Mother's Day Monogram Necklance

Let’s start by chatting about that fabulous wallpaper!  I’m in love.  Ok, back to business. Moms. Gift guide. Ah, yes… if your mom is an etiquette loving, Lilly Pulitzer/Tory Burch wearing preppy little lady, how about a custom monogram necklace?  These necklaces by Moon and Lola are not only affordable, but make a statement.  In an understated, proper, lady-who-lunches sort of way, of course.

THE QUIRKY MOM

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Honestly, this mom type is probably the trickiest, but no worries.  As a mom myself, I do know enough about motherhood to tell you that you begin to appreciate good smells more once you have kids.  The downhill smell slide starts early on with diapers, progressing slowly to spilled milk in the car, then onto nasty sports equipment, questionable teeth brushing… you get the point. Long story, short… kids come with a lot of bad smells.  These Fringe candles will ensure that your home smells AMAZING through it all.  They look pretty cool too.

THE STATIONARY MAVEN

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If you have a mom that can’t walk past a Hallmark, Papyrus or even the stationary aisle at Target without getting sucked in, this gift is definitely for you! Lovely has a huge selection of customizable paper goods from stationary, to napkins and coasters.  I’m a sucker for a good letterpress, especially when it’s available with amazing font, color and design options like the ones offered by Haute Papier.

THE ENTERTAINER

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OK, these Beatriz Ball platters and serveware are my new obsession.  In addition to being totally cool looking and modern interpretations of very classic items, they are also freezer AND oven safe!  No joke.  If your mom loves to cook and entertain, she will love this line.  Even if your mom never cooks, never entertains but enjoys a nice glass of pink zinfandel in her fluffy yellow bathrobe, she would love to chill that aforementioned pink zinfandel in the ice bucket.

THE REALIST

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Greeting cards (from left to right): The Social Type, Emily McDowell & Sugar Paper
Hair poufs/pins: Ban.do

I’ve never loved the flowery, mushy, shed a tear type of cards.  These cards above are totally my speed.  They just tell it like it is. BOOM.

So what are you getting your mom this year?

XOXO,

Stella

 

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Unique Bridal Party Gifts For Her

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One of the toughest tasks I had as a bride was selecting a great bridesmaid gift for my very stylish, very selective and very individual girlfriends.  I didn’t want to gift them all the same hum-drum necklace that I knew would be worn once the day of the wedding then relegated to the depths of their jewelry boxes for eternity.  Clutches were just eh… I knew they all owned much nicer bags than I could afford them.  A bottle of booze?  Snooze fest.  After weeks of racking my brain, I ended up giving them each a spa certificate for a mani/pedi and massage.  It was something they could customize to their own tastes and an experience we could share together.

To make your bridal party gifting a much less stressful experience, I’ve assembled some super cute ideas for the ladies in your life. Hopefully, it inspires you to think outside of the traditional bridesmaid gift-box and find something special all the girls will love as much as they love you!

Unique Bridal Party Gifts for Her

Pajama Themed Gift: Madewell polka dot pj / Good Morning/Night sleep mask

Custom Gold Bangle:  Coordinates rose gold bracelet

Champagne Saucers:  Schott Zwiesel champagne glasses (set of 6)

Eyewear Gift Certificate: Warby Parker gift card

Custom Monogrammed Stationery: Sugar Paper Confetti monogram cards

Activity & Sleep Monitor: Fitbit Flex, violet

Tech Accessory: Skinnydip iPhone 5 case

Coffee Themed Gift:  BonJour french press / Kate Spade drinkware / Illy® Ground Coffee, Moka

Essentially, all of these gift ideas are things that a girl would WANT, but not necessarily treat herself to.  By the way, if anyone wants  to get me a gift for no apparent reason, I would take ALL of the above.  Happily!

What has been YOUR favorite bridal party gift you’ve been gifted?

XOXO,

Stella