Gifts for Him and Her

Gifts for Him and Her

The holiday season is here! I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that it is nearly December, but it is and that means it is time to start your holiday shopping. I have started my gift guides for the season and am so excited to share them with y’all! Today, I am sharing my guides for him and her.

Let’s start with the ladies! I developed this guide at several different price points and I think these gifts are most applicable for your friends, sisters, sister-in-laws, moms, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, girlfriends, fiancés and wives.

I have been wanting experiences more than material things this year, but I still love great presentation. I think the *perfect* gift would be the Tuscany Marvel Book with a trip to Italy as a surprise inside of the book! I also love bundling cook books with kitchen tools. If you have a friend who loves to cook, you can’t go wrong with the New Defined Dish Cookbook, Meat Masher, a set of Spatulas and a chic Apron. If your friends already pre-ordered Alex’s new book, try out Big Macs and Burgundy. I would wrap all of this together and add this Have Yourself A Merry Margarita Ornament to the gift wrapping!

If you’re looking for some designer splurges, I always recommend the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (if you don’t have one, I use this every day!), I’m also eyeing these Chloe Geometric Sunglasses, Golden Goose Cowboy Boots and a Bottega Veneta Card Holder. If your girl is trendy, get her this Mint Green Nylon Prada Bag with Pouch. And if you have designer taste without the budget, get this Mini Kelly Dupe…It is less than $200 and looks *identical* to the real Hermes Mini Kelly.

Let’s all take a minute and admit that it is really hard to buy gifts for the men in our lives. With that said, I have learned a few tips about giving gifts to men over the years. For my dad, I know that a handwritten note is the absolute best gift I can give him, but outside of that, I’ve started paying attention to what my dad buys for himself. Mostly golf stuff and Peter Milar anything. So whether it is your dad, husband, brother or grandfather, look at what they buy themselves and maybe get them something they already have in another color or pattern. 

When I was telling my dad about the gift guides, he told me that when you’re thinking of a gift to get the men in your life, you should follow their hobby. So basically, if they’re a golfer or a car fanatic, look at that and then do some research on a great gift in that area. Also, pay attention to what they say they want. My husband and dad both want very few things in this world so whenever I hear them say, “oh wow! I want that!” I immediately make a note in my phone and save it for their birthday or Christmas. 

I hope these gift guides help in your holiday shopping journey and remember to buy things sooner than later as shipping has been taking FOREVER this fall!

XO,

BRIT

Brit’s Holiday Gift Guides

Brit’s Holiday Gift Guides

With Hanukkah in full swing and exactly two weeks until Christmas, we are down to the wire on ordering gifts, y’all! For the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing gift guides for all of the people in your life–friends, significant others, parents, in-laws, grand parents, siblings and co-workers. From stocking stuffers to luxury items, I am sharing all of my gift guides here on the blog today.

Most stores should be able to deliver items before Christmas if you order this weekend! Happy shopping and let me know what you loved most from the gift guides!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Gift Guide for Her, Him and Them

Brit’s Gift Guide for Her, Him and Them

Happy Friday, everyone! Can you believe we made through this week?! Luckily, the gauntlet that is 2020 is ALMOST over and that means Christmas is upon us!! I have started my gift guides for the season and am so excited to share them with y’all! Today, I am sharing my guides for Her, Him and Them.

Let’s start with the ladies! I developed this guide at several different price points and I think these gifts are most applicable for your friends, sisters, sister-in-laws, moms, mother-in-laws, grandmothers, girlfriends, fiancés and wives.

  • Recipe Binder
    • Tab Dividers for Recipe Binder
    • You’ve probably noticed by now, but I love cooking and I love pulling recipes from all over the place! This adorable binder is such an upgrade from the basic Office Max version I was using before and I truly love it! Such a thoughtful gift for the chefs and hostesses in your life! Pair this set with a cute Apron and Spatulas and you’ve got a beautiful gift. 
  • Rose Carmine Rainbow Sweater
    • I am obsessed with anything Rose Carmine, but particularly this stunning sweater and would love to get this under the tree this year…*hint,hint, Will!!!* It is a bit of a splurge, but IMO, totally worth it!
  • El Arroyo Coffee Mug
    • I saw this mug the other day and laughed out loud. At $13, this is a unique and hilarious gift that is perfect for a friend. Pair it with a Starbucks gift card for some holiday cheer.
  • Mama beaded bracelet
    • So cute for the mamas in your life! Whether it is your girlfriends, wife, mother, sister or in-laws, this is a fun gift for every mama!
  • Nordstrom Pajama Set
    • This pajama set is to die for!! I bought several sets for myself and family members during the anniversary sale and cannot recommend it enough! First and foremost, it is so cozy, but it is affordable and machine washable and dryable!! Seriously saves me so much time compared to my Eberjey and Bedhead sets, but same quality.
  • Lululemon Wunder Under Leggings
    • Whether the women in your life enjoy working out or not, we’re all wearing leggings…a majority of the time lately and IMO, these are the best. They fit many different body types perfectly and last forever! Can’t go wrong with these.
  • Louis Vuitton Neverfull
    • This bag is a must for every woman. It is timeless, durable, practical and elegant. I got mine several years ago and it is my most-used bag to this day. It can also transition from an everyday bag to a work bag or diaper bag seamlessly.
  • Glitter Golden Goose Sneakers
    • Who doesn’t love Golden Goose sneakers? This luxe euro sneaker brand isn’t going out of style anytime soon so why not treat your lady to an extra special glittlery pair for the holidays?
  • Jo Malone Perfume 
    • I LOVE Jo Malone Perfume and think it makes for a wonderful gift. During the holidays, Neiman Marcus stores have artists who come to hand paint all Jo Malone products and I think giving someone one of these painted bottles is extra special. My favorite scent is Earl Grey and Cucumber…it is very light and smells like you just walked out of the spa. I will say that perfume is a very personal choice so maybe check your girlfriend/partner/mother’s bathroom before buying a fragrance. 
  • Hanacure Facial Set
    • Hands down, this is the best at-home facial money can buy. For $30, you are getting fabulous packaging, a fun at-home system and a facial that can tighten and brighten your skin.

Let’s all take a minute and admit that it is really hard to buy gifts for the men in our lives. With that said, I have learned a few tips about giving gifts to men over the years. For my dad, I know that a handwritten note is the absolute best gift I can give him, but outside of that, I’ve started paying attention to what my dad buys for himself. Mostly golf stuff and Peter Milar anything. So whether it is your dad, husband, brother or grandfather, look at what they buy themselves and maybe get them something they already have in another color or pattern.

When I was telling my dad about the gift guides, he told me that when you’re thinking of a gift to get the men in your life, you should follow their hobby. So basically, if they’re a golfer or a car fanatic, look at that and then do some research on a great gift in that area. Also, pay attention to what they say they want. My husband and dad both want very few things in this world so whenever I hear them say, “oh wow! I want that!” I immediately make a note in my phone and save it for their birthday or Christmas. 

  • Hand-dipped Glasses
    • These hand-dipped cocktail glasses come from the coolest store in Houston and now Austin, Manready Mercantile,  and they are a wonderful gift for the guys in your life. You could add a bottle of their favorite drink and you’re all set. They also come in orange and pink if you don’t like the black.
  • Texas Star Tee
    • Also from Manready Mercantile, I love this tee shirt as a gift. Now more than ever, we are living in comfy clothes so why not get cute clothes from a great local shop?
  • Versace Slippers
    • If your man is a little bit extra, these Versace Slippers are sure to be the perfect gift for them! Not only is there extra branding, but the color and quality are fabulous!
  • Tequila Decanter
    • This Jonathan Adler rocket decanter is made for other liquors too, but I know my husband will prefer the tequila decanter. This is great for a bar cart and for when you have company over.
  • Peter Millar Pullover
    • This Peter Millar pullover is a great gift for the men in your life. Classic colors, high-quality and perfect for so many occasions, this is a crowd pleaser for sure.
  • Ugg Slippers
    • Doesn’t everyone need slippers for Christmas? Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m always cold so I wear slippers more than shoes, but most men I know love a good pair of slippers.
  • Cigar Case with Cedar Lining
    • I ordered this for my husband for his birthday this year because he said he wanted it and he enjoys cigars once in a while. It is a beautiful gift from a local shop in Fredericksburg, Texas and relatively affordable. I also got him a few cigars to go in it and he absolutely loved it!
  • Customized Golf Balls
    • From what I’ve heard from all of the male golfers in my life, Pro V1s are the gold standard in golf balls. For my dad’s birthday, I ordered him a custom set of these golf balls with Lar Bear and a shamrock on them. They were about four months late arriving because of COVID, but when they did finally arrive, he loved them and thought they were funny.
  • Zak Tumbler
    • I love these Zak Tumblers from Target! They are ⅓ of the price of Yeti Tumblers, work just as well and come in great colors! My husband uses these every day for everything from coffee to cocktails.
  • ON Sneakers
    • Ok y’all, I’m sure you’ve seen these sneakers everywhere, but my dad bought several colors and he is obsessed with them! Scoop up a pair for your man and I’m sure they will be thrilled!

Now for the couples in your life or your parents or mother and father-in-law. For this category, I’m thinking of your married friends, brother and sister-in-laws, married cousins, etc. When I think of buying gifts for my parents and couples in general, I try to think of things that both a man and woman would like or that would be good for the home or entertaining.

For this gift guide, I’ve shown items individually and have added suggestions of things you can pair them with if you want to elevate your gift.

  • Coravin Wine System 
    • For the wine lovers in your life! The Coravin is a game changer for wine drinkers. How many times have you been at home alone and wanted a glass of wine, not the whole bottle and didn’t want the rest to go bad? This system can serve wine in small amounts without losing the integrity of the bottle. Pair this with a bottle of wine and a set of glasses and you will have an ideal gift!
  • Oyster and Lemon Ice Bucket
    • I absolutely love these Katie Kime ice buckets to give to couples as a gift! My personal favorite is the oyster and lemon design, but there are so many cute options to choose from. You can also get these monogrammed which is a great personal touch. I would pair this with a nice bottle of champagne and you’re all set!
  • Floral Cheese Knives and Marble Cheese Board
    • These cheese knives and marble cheese boards are sure to be a crowd pleaser for your friends and family members! Whether you’re entertaining or just making a cheese board at home, this set is perfect and an affordable gift!
  • Terracotta Pomegranate and or Monogram Paper Napkins for Powder Room
    • This terracotta pomegranate serves not only as a beautiful display to dress up a powder room, but also as a diffuser. I also recommend Monogram napkins as a wonderful gift for friends and family. To dress them up a bit, you can present them with a tray to hold them in.
  • Nespresso Machine
    • This one doesn’t need much of an explanation, but I have never met anyone who doesn’t love Nespresso machines! They are the best and so easy to use. Pair the machine with a sleeve of their favorite coffee pods and maybe some cute mugs and you’re good to go!
  • Gift Card to their favorite restaurant
    • Restaurants have been struggling during the pandemic and we all love a nice out for dinner so think about your loved ones’ favorite restaurants and get them a gift card to their favorite spot. 

I hope y’all loved these gift guides and that I’ve been able to help you kick off your holiday shopping! Come back next week to see my next set of gift guides!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Picks

Brit’s Picks

As I reflect back on the past week, I’m rounding up my favorite items to share with you. From Sun hats to self-tanner, these are the items I am loving right now!

  1. Hanacure Mask 2. Tan Luxe–The Face 3. Agua by Agua Bendita Dragonfly Dress 4. Sarah Bray Sun Hat 5. The Sculpt Society App

The Hanacure face mask is a little bit pricey for an at-home mask at $29.99, but it is TOTALLY worth it! First of all, the packaging and way it is set up is so fun and it seems like you are doing something clinical, which I think is unique. Once you mix up the ingredients, you apply it on your face with the disposable brush they provide you and let the magic happen!

Within minutes, the gel like mask starts literally pulling your face back. It is really fun to look in the mirror throughout the process, because your face will look pretty different. Once you rinse it off, your face will look so refreshed and you will *almost* feel like you’ve just had a professional facial!

I purchased the Tan Luxe–The Face drops, a few weeks ago because I am a spray tan-addict and was getting quite pale. I was a bit skeptical and had never done at-home tanners before, but I was pleasantly surprised! For my face, I blended two drops of Tan Luxe with my Metacell Renewal B3 moisturizing gel and rubbed the two together in my hands before applying it on my face and neck.

Even though it is for the face, I wanted to see what it would look like on the rest of my body too, so I have also been blending the drops with my body moisturizer and applying it to my arms, legs and torso.

I am in love with this linen Agua by Agua Bendita Dragonfly dress! I found it in March at Moda Operendi and kept going back-and-forth about it because it is a little pricey. But luckily, Moda is offering 30 percent off of most of their styles right now with the code BEST30 and this dress was included so I took that as my sign to go ahead and get it!

This dress is just so precious to me and will be perfect for summertime! The linen is breathable, but provides coverage so the dress is not see-through and the dragonfly print is so lovely. I’m not sure if I will have any events to wear this to this summer, but it will also be perfect for having cocktails in my backyard!

Sarah Bray recently launched her beautiful sun hats with vintage ribbons and I could not be more excited for these them! Sarah is a well-established writer and editor who recently moved to Bermuda to be with her fiancée. If you follow her on instagram, you will see she has an impeccable eye for design and style and that comes through in these hats. She has not only created affordably-priced sun hats, but they are also chic and timeless. When ordering your hat, you can pick from 16 vintage ribbons to thread around the brim of the hat which is such a unique touch. You can order as many ribbons as you’d like so you can change the vibe of the hat depending on your mood or to match your outfit.

Finally, my other obsession this week is Megan Roup’s Sculpt Society. This app has been getting me through quarantine! About a month ago, I downloaded The Sculpt Society app and have been doing the workouts every day. Megan makes working out so accessible and fun and it is something I look forward to doing every day whether it is a 10-minute “quickie” dance cardio workout or a 50-minute full-body workout, you will feel so energized and refreshed when you’re done! If you don’t want to download the app, Megan has been posting live workouts on her instagram account that are great as well!

I hope you love all my picks this week!! Leave me a comment and let me know if you have tried any of these and what your favorite things are!

XO,

Brit