2013 Gift Guide for the Guys and Gals

Welcome to day 3 of my gift guides! I love to put these gift guides together and share the things I think are cool. None of these are sponsored and they are truly things that I would love to give or get!

Amazon is a great resource for gift shopping for the holidays and any time of the year.  Did you know that you can choose a charity to give back to while you shop?  I’ve chosen to link up my Amazon account with Operation Shower to help them raise money that they need to keep the organization going.  Simply head to Amazon Smile and search for Operation Shower (based in St. Louis, MO) and then shop as usual.
for-the-guys-2013-graphiccool holiday gift guide for guys1:  Custom Sneaker Kit  2:  Weekender  3: The Wes Anderson Collection  4:  Brass Cocktail Shaker  5:  Pocket Sweatshirt  6:  Home Plate Door Mat  7:  White Whale Cocktail Mixes  8:  Man Candles  9:  Nixon Blaster  10:  Seaworth Cold Brew Coffee

My guys is super hard to shop for but I know he would love these gifts.  I would probably buy him the weekend bag (#2) knowing that I would be able to steal it to use. ;)  And that copper cocktail shaker (#4) is so sleek and manly.

for-the-gals-2013-graphicGift Guides for your Girlfiends1:  BKR Bottle  2:  Business Card Holders  3:  Hipsters for Sisters  4: Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After 5:  Sticky Gram iPad Case  6:  Heart Gloves  7:  Lightening Bolt Knuckle Ring  8:  Fold Over Make Up Bag  9:  Foam Magazine Subscription  10:  Hex Nail Jewelry

I realize it is basically a fanny pack, but Hipsters for Sisters (#3) just make sense.  They are perfect for mom while maintaining style.  I made a Sticky Gram iPad case (#5) and it turned out really cute.  It works with your Instagram account and is super easy to customize with them.  Foam Magazine (#9) is not sold in all bookstores making it kind of exclusive.  A subscription would be the perfect gift for the cool girl in your life that has everything.

gift guides1:  Eff Cancer  2:  Trust Your Guts – Now Sold Out but check back and hopefully they will get more in!  3:  Oh My God Beck  4:  No Rest for the Rad  5:  Home T

I love cool shirts as gifts.  I would be so excited to find any of these under the tree for myself this Christmas.  And The Home T (#5) would be perfect to send to all of your friends who have since moved away from home.  Kayla, #5 is for you!

See last years Guys Gifts, Gals Gifts and Books.

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2013 Gift Guide For the Hostess

Welcome to day 1 of my gift guides!  I love to put these gift guides together and share the things I think are cool.  None of these are sponsored and they are truly things that I would love to give or get!

Amazon is a great resource for gift shopping for the holidays and any time of the year.  Did you know that you can choose a charity to give back to while you shop?  I’ve chosen to link up my Amazon account with Operation Shower to help them raise money that they need to keep the organization going.  Simply head to Amazon Smile and search for Operation Shower (based in St. Louis, MO) and then shop as usual.
for-the-hostess-graphic-2013Gift Guide for Entertaining1:  Napkins  2:  Mythology Cheese Knives (no longer available but these are cool too)  3:  Wood Cake Stand (no longer available but I would use the Hexagonal Cutting Board below for my cake for a similar look!)  4:  Cherry Cocoa Almond Butter  5:  Gray Marble Server  6:  Nudo Citrus Club Olive Oil Gift Set  7:  Modern Ice Bucket  8:  Hexagonal Serving Board  9:  Lucite Tray  10:  Blue, Red and Pink Stripe Napkin (no longer available but shop the rest of the napkins here)

hostess gifts11:  Great Balls of Cheese  12:  The Lemonade Cookbook  13:  Trophy Cupcakes and Parties!

I have not read Great Balls of Cheese (#11) yet but if the cover is any indication of the cheese genius I will find inside, I think this would be a great gift.  It was also recommended to me by Erin and she’s legit.  I was sent a copy of The Lemonade Cookbook (#12) for review and LOVE it!  The recipes are easy and sounds delicious.  And it is full of specialty lemonade recipes.  I highly recommend it!  Lastly, the Trophy Cupcakes and Parties book (#13) is pure eye candy.  My friends Jenny and Jenn both helped out on the book and they are extremely talented.  So proud of them!

See last year’s hostess gift guide.

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My Favorite Gift – a Becomb Bracelet

rose gold and black becomb watch braceletMy birthday was a few months ago but I wanted to share one of the presents my husband got me.  It looks like a watch, right?  It is actually a bracelet and here is the story behind it.  He first handed me a card and told me to read it.  I quickly scanned it, as you do when there is a wrapped present waiting to be opened.  Kind, sweet words filled the card.  I opened up the gift and just looked at it.  Like, what?  So he summed up what the card had said, had I paid attention.  He told me that he could tell that I was really enjoying my blog right now and all the things that go along with it.  And when you are doing something that you love, time shouldn’t matter.  Hence, it is not a watch but rather a piece of jewelry to remind me to keep going on the track that I am passionate about.  The time it takes to get there should not matter and it shouldn’t feel like work to get there.  Remember the journey.  How rad is that?

rose gold and black stingray jewelry braceletThis bracelet, by Becomb WARNING THERE WILL BE A PRETTY SEXY PIC WHEN YOU CLICK OVER.  NOT GROSS BUT IF YOU HAVE A 13 YEAR OLD SON BY YOU, THEY WILL PROBABLY LOVE IT (pronounced be – comb), is rose gold with a stingray band.  It is gorgeous in person and I absolutely love wearing it.  I hadn’t heard about this brand before but love their philosophy.  Watch this quick video for more of their story.

becomg bracelet black and rose goldIt comes in a few different colors but I am in LOVE with the rose gold.  I am truly lucky to have a husband who supports what I do 100 percent.  This bracelet is a symbol of that love and the journey that my life is on to live fully and passionately.  What are you most passionate about?

Images take by Lauren

Kids Fashion and Toy Gifts – Gift Guide 2012

Gift guide kid's fashion

lily lately cutest girl's tshirtsFeatured : So I am featuring these t-shirts on my kid’s fashion gift guide because I am absolutely enamored by this brand.  I recently found them at Little Stylings in Newport Beach and they blew my mind.  Lately Lily is THE most perfect brand for little girls I have ever had the pleasure to come across.  The premise?  Lately Lily is a world traveler, daughter to two creative professionals who has grown up seeing the world.

Lily Lately hang tagsEach season is based on a new country and Lily’s adventures there.  The hang tag tells the story of the design and the details are insanely good.  The graphics are cute without being too cutesy and I love that it introduces world travel and life elsewhere that kids aren’t usually shown.

Lily latelyThe colors are always perfection and the website is a wonderful world that I would happily let my kids peruse and learn from.  Lately Lily is a local OC company is amazing and I hope you’ll check them out for your holiday gifting!

kids fashion for gift guide

1 : You know I am a huge fan of Mini & Maximus and their new Boo Yah holiday collection might be their best yet.  Their unisex t-shirts, like this ‘Forever Young‘, are perfect for just about any little guy or girl on your list.

2 : I know I have shared this Lego Black Flag shirt from Hatch before but I freaking love it.  Your little Lego lover will too.

3 : Another favorite from Mini & Maximus, these Boo Yah pants!  Seriously, kids look SUPER cute in these and you know they are comfy too.  Win, win.

4 : What kid wouldn’t want Muno rocking out on their shirt?  This Volcom shirt from Axl’s Closet is perfect for your little YGG lover.

5 : Aven Clothing is a new-to-me brand.  I am in LOVE with their suspenders and think my little guys would look so cool with these!!

6 : While we don’t get a lot of cold weather here in So Cal, these snowboarder hats by Eli’s Lids are so cute.  My little guys like to wear beanies on our walks to school and how adorable would they look in these!

gift guide toys

kids toys for gift guide

1 : My youngest son loves to color, loves dinosaurs and loves to put puzzles together.  Boom.  Except that by the time I posted this the item was no longer available and I’m too lazy to go back and change the image.  So I found something even better.

2 : Are your kids performers?  Both my son’s like to sing and dance.  And both have asked for these Wrap Star microphones.  My husband and I will probably get some too since we have delusional aspirations to be a family band (the only thing standing in our way is our lack of musical talent).

3 : I can’t remember where I first saw these Paper Punk paper toys but I am in love with the designs.  They have a few options and older kids would have a great time with these.  There is also an option for a party pack which I think would make a great activity during a celebration.

4 :  Zara recently launched their home collection including this cool kid’s apron.  It comes in two different colors and would be a super cute gift when wrapped up with some cookie utensils or even a boxed mix.

5 : Like little green, army men, these little green skateboarders will make the perfect stocking stuffers for your little dudes.

6 : Earlier this year, my kids got to be in a Raskullz photo shoot.  We got to check out the bikes and scooters in person and they were SO fun!  My kids were drawn to the T-Rad Rex and the Police bike, but I loved the Sparkle Heart Bike.

7 : My kids are in to every kind of gun imaginable right now.  Especially laser guns.  My oldest has this game, Johnny the Skull, on his list.  And I’m totally certain that my husband and I will play this game after the kids go to bed.  Who doesn’t want to shoot ghosts?!

Other gift guides for 2012:  Hostess Gifts, Books for kids and adults

Book Gift Ideas for Kids and Adults – Gift Guide 2012

Gift Guide for books

gift ideas books for friends

1 : Who doesn’t love Todd Selby?  And now, in Edible Selby, he shares the food world through his art.  Yum!

2 : My husband’s friend, Justin Van Hoy, wrote Milk & Honey.  I was lucky enough to meet Justin and his wife this summer.  Justin passed away last week, unexpectedly, and the world has lost an extraordinary talent and important member of the art community.  The book is AMAZING and is the perfect gift for anyone in your life that loves art, style, and color.

3 : Food Fashion Friends by Fleur Wood may have been on my list last year.  But I still don’t have it.  And I still really want it.  Full of gorgeous images and entertaining ideas this book would make any gal swoon.

4 : Being from Orange County, LA can seem like world’s away due to ridiculously terrible traffic.  But it really is a City of Style with tons of amazing things to experience.  Perfect for people who wish they lived on the West Coast and locals alike.

gift ideas books for kids

5 : You know my family loves Dallas Clayton.  Make Magic, Do Good is his newest book.  This book will be here soon (Shhh, don’t tell my children!)

6 : How rad are these colors?!  I saw the cover of this book on Chronicle Books Instagram and had to check it out.  Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth is stunning and since I have a sweet tooth of course it is a favorite. The graphics are truly exceptional and I think any kid would love to open this up on Christmas morning.

7 : My boys and I read books every night before bed.  There are some books that I tolerate and they love.  There are some that I love and they (impatiently) tolerate.  But Stuck, we all enjoy.  It is charming and humorous and I love to gift this book.

8 : Do you have ‘Children Make Terrible Pets‘?  It is another one of our favorites.  Beatrice Bear is adorable.  My kids heard the author on the radio one day and he was talking about his new book, ‘You Will Be My Friend‘ and the boys demanded we get it.  SO great!  Peter Brown’s illustrations are perfect and the length of these books are just right – not too long, not too short. :)

Did you miss Day 1?  Hostess Gifts