• Christmas,  gifts,  holidays

    Last minute Christmas gift ideas

    Last minute gifts for everyone on your list

    Behold, the joy of eleventh hour gifting! Whether you put off shopping or got a last minute invite, rushing to find a Christmas gift is no fun…which is where this guide comes in. Here are easy and affordable last minute ideas for friends near and far.

    Still got a few days left to shop? You might also check out my gifts guides for guys, book lovers, and beauty mavens, and my roundup of fave cozy gifts for practically anyone!

  • Christmas,  gifts,  holidays,  winter

    Cozy gifts for almost anyone

    When winter comes, all I want to be is cozy. My partner and I even have a nickname for this state, “maximum coze”. I’ll admit it might not roll off the tongue as well as “hygge”, the Nordic word for cozy contentment, but it describes how I feel on the first of December. I want cuddly blankets, scented candles, and something hot to drink. I get into major nesting mode as the seasons change and I love making my living space as warm and enjoyable as possible, since the darkness and cold outside really wreaks havoc on my mood.

    With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to create a little list of cozy gifts that you can give almost anyone on your list. They make a bleak winter day a little more cheerful, and many are just luxe upgrades of items you already use everyday, meaning they’re also practical. Some of these are also excellent gifts to keep on standby as last-minute gifts for a hostess or a gift exchange. And the best part? Each of these cozy gifts are under $50, so you won’t break the bank.


    Cozy gifts for almost anyone (and all under $50)


    (1) Mountain Madness Classic Bar Soap, $6 (mountainmadnesssoap.com) (2) Mr. Sprout Herb Kit, $18.99 (amazon.com) (3) Birchwood Brandy Jar Candle, $12.99 (target.com) (4) eReader cover, $29.90 (caseable.com) (5) Q&A A Day 5-Year Journal, $11.89 (amazon.com) (6) Plush Throw, $24.99 (shopko.com) (7) Night Sky Custom Star Map, from $29.99 (etsy.com) (8) Anthropologie Agate Coasters, $11.20 each (anthropologie.com)

    Need more gift ideas? Check out my picks for beauty junkies, book lovers, and guys, or shop last-minute gift ideas that don’t require a wait for shipping!

  • #30before30,  lifestyle

    #30before30: ditching the five (or ten, or twenty) year plan

    "I don't know where I'm going from here but I promise it won't be boring." (David Bowie quote about having a plan)

    Several years ago I wrote a bucket list for my life. It was thirty things I wanted to accomplish before I turned thirty, ranging from personal development to education and career goals. They ranged from getting a degree to learning a new language to traveling to different countries that I’d wanted to visit since I was in high school.

    I don’t remember all the goals on the list, but I do remember that I accomplished almost none of them. When I was twenty-eight, that felt like a failure. After all, conventional wisdom puts a lot of stock in having a five-year plan, going to school, advancing in a career, setting goals for your personal life and checking them off. At twenty-eight I had accomplished none of the major plans I’d set for my twenties, and the things I’d worked at for several years—getting married, putting ten years into moving up the ladder in a career—suddenly dissolved. I hadn’t traveled the world, hadn’t made it to college, and had pretty much shelved art, once my passion, as a dead end.

  • Christmas,  gifts,  holidays

    Gifts for guys under $50

    Disclaimer: this gift guide is based on what I would buy as gifts for guys I know—the things I know they would love and use on a regular basis. However, that’s not to say these are gifts only for guys—they’d work for plenty of girls, too!—and it’s definitely not all-inclusive; it’s just a small sample of things that I think would make great (and affordable gifts) for the guys in your life. Read on for more details and shopping info!

    Gifts for guy under $50