Category Archives: Perfect Prezzies

{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 22 Days To Go!

Welcome to the last installment of {mini} Perfect Prezzies week!  Today, I am posting about the accessory of the season — the scarf.  It can be the primary element in an outfit or play a supporting role.  And they are affordable and easy to style. 

I love Boden’s selection of accessories right now, especially their scarves:

I have posted about this one before, but I am still swooning over this bright, fun ikat scarf ($48).  It comes in five additional great colors too.

And, I am mad for plaid lately, so I think a gorgeous, modern tartan scarf would make a great gift for any preppy gal on your holiday list:

{Precocious Plaid Scarf, Anthropologie, $48}

These two scarves from Target would make a great gift, stocking stuffer or “purple elephant” present:

{Global Girlfriend, Darling Dots Scarf, Target, 100% cotton, $14.24}

{Muk Luks, Houndstooth Fur Scarf, Target, $24.99}

I hope this week has given you a few ideas for your holiday shopping.  I am back in town now and hope to be back to regularly scheduled posting next week.  Happy shopping!

{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 23 Days To Go!

This one is for the dog lovers on your list.  I was introduced to Mod Dog over on Alison’s blog My Little Happy Place, and immediately fell in love.

I think I am going to give this print to my daughter for Christmas to hang in her big girl room (with a hot pink background) to remind her of our little bichon Annie:

{Mod Bichon Frise Print, Mod Dog, $24.95 unframed}

They have a bunch of breeds — here are two more of my faves:

{Mod Yorkshire Terrier Print, Mod Dog, $24.95 unframed}

{Mod Doberman Print, Mod Dog, $24.95 unframed}

Mod Dog also sells cat prints and animal accessories.  It’s a great source for all of the animal lovers on your holiday list!

 

{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 24 Days To Go!

How can it be December already??  Don’t sweat it — here are a few more great gift ideas.

I am loving Pottery Barn’s little birdie accessories this season.

{Bird Jewelry Dish, Pottery Barn, $19 and free shipping}

{Ceramic Bird Accessories, Pottery Barn, $14-$24 each}

Don’t you love that little jewelry tray?  And any bathroom would look better with that adorable nest soap dish and the birdie canister.

Any of these would make a perfect prezzie for someone who just purchased a new home, the entertainer or any bird lovers on your list.

{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 25 Days To Go!

One of my favorite gifts to give (and receive) at the holidays is a festively gorgeous set of dessert plates.  I can never have too many!  I love pulling them out and setting them next to appetizers or using them to serve cookies to an impromptu guest.

These are my absolute favorite:

{Boho Holiday Dessert Plates, Acacia Catalog, $54.95}

These would make a perfect prezzie for a couple who loves to entertain, a neighbor or an administrative assistant.

Or me.  (just sayin’)

{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 26 Days To Go!

Well, today, I am battling my way through the Magic Kingdon at Disney World with an over-exuberant 3 year old and a reluctant husband.  In my absence, I thought I would post mini Perfect Prezzie posts.  If you weren’t a reader at this time last year, Perfect Prezzies are posts on holiday gift suggestions!  Can you believe there is only 26 days until Christmas??  Aaaack.

Without further ado, this gorgeous angel wing platter would be a perfect prezzie for any gal or couple on your list.  It would be a great gift for someone at work or serve as a very generous hostess gift.

{Angel Wing Platter, Viva Terra, $89}

This would work beautifully on a console in the front hall or perched on a dresser to neatly collect change, jewelry and sunglasses.  Stay tuned this week for some more Perfect Prezzies!

Affordable Adler

Jonathan Adler, of course!  You can’t help but have a crush on the happy, colorful, cheery designs of Jonathan Adler. 

Have you seen his 10 Commandments for a Happy Chic Home?  

1. Thou shalt embrace maximalism.
2. Thous shalt not deny thyself hotelish comfort at home. 
3. Thou shalt buy an X bench.
4. If thy nest needest zest, consider thy crest!
5. Thou shalt mix fancy with frisky. 
6. Thou shalt honor the funsters of yore.
7. Thou shalt not commit murder (unless thou art murdering for a decorative accessory). 
8. Thou shalt not be afraid of orange.
9. Thou shalt play ping pong.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.

Go check out the narratives that go along with each commandment — so clever!

Anyway, I love all of the affordable Jonathan Adler that is popping up this holiday season.  Here are some of my favorites, all under $40!

{Jonathan Adler Picture Frames, The Company Store, $11.99 each}

{These bookends have been around for a while and I have posted about them before, but I received them as a gift and just love them so much, that I can’t resist: Jonathan Adler Dachshund Resin Book Ends, Barnes & Noble, $39.95}


{Jonathan Adler Laptop Sleeve, Barnes & Noble, $28.95} 

{Jonthan Adler Thermal Mug, The Company Store, $11.99 each}

{Jonathan Adler Mini Notebook, Barnes & Noble, $9.95}

{Jonathan Adler Fancy Pens, The Company Store, $15.99 each}{Jonathan Adler Magnetic Board w/ 6 magnets, Barnes & Noble, $16.95}

{Jonathan Adler Photo Album, Barnes & Noble, $11.95}

Go check it out!  Great for holiday gifts for you (oh, and others too). 

Perfect Prezzies: 39 Days Until Christmas!

Wait, what??  39 days until Christmas??  How did that happen?? 

Welcome to the third installment of Perfect Prezzies (click here for the first edition or second edition).  I hope you find some affordable and fabulous inspiration for everyone on your holiday list!

For the Entertainer

I have given these chic and eclectic cocktail/appetizer/dessert plates as gifts in previous years, and received great feedback.  You can never have too many beautiful accent plates!  Aren’t they gorgeous?

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{Boho Holiday Dessert Plates, Acacia Catalog, $54}

For Him

As I have said before, I think that men are the toughest to buy for!  I love this vintage, retro, black, steel-cased clock.  It has a great masculine look that would complement any nightstand, desk or bureau.  The description says: “It even has an old-fashioned, rise-and-shine alarm bell.”  Charming! 

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{Time-tested Clock, Sundance Catalog, $38}

Speaking of retro, I really like this leather, vintage-looking dopp kit.  Men are always in need of an updated travel case and this one is masculine, sturdy, durable and affordable. 

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{Redmond Shave Kit, Fossil, $60}

For the Gardener

I love to give little pint-sized bonsais!  Bonsais are interesting, pretty low maintenance and they last forever.  Plus, this Gardenia Bonsai flowers a few times a year and who wouldn’t want their house perfumed with the scent of fresh gardenias?  (Also, Red Envelope is very customer-service oriented — I sent a few jade bonsais to family members a few years ago, and they all came in great condition, except for my grandmother’s which arrived partially frozen.  RE returned it for a fresh plant the next day.) 

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{Gardenia Bonsai, Red Envelope, $49.95}

For Her

I just added this sparkler to MY LIST!  Isn’t it so delicate and feminine?  And only $42?  Yes please.  It would look great tied close to your neck with a little black dress, or tied long and worn over a turtleneck or high-necked dress. 

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{Bougainvillea Necklace, Anthropologie, $42}

Check out this marketing genius — who wouldn’t love to receive the 5 very best products from Bliss Spa in a cute little package? 

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{Best of Bliss Set 2009, Bliss, $45}

For Kids

In our family, my sister and I got new matching nightgowns each Christmas Eve.  I still love the idea of receiving new, warm, wintery (and maybe kinda matching!) night clothes for Christmas.  Check out these options:

girlsleep{Girls Plaid Sleep Set, Gap Kids, $29.50}

boysleep

{Boys Plaid Sleep Set, Gap Kids, $29.50}

hanightie

{Dreamy Nightgown, Hanna Anderrson, on sale for $28.80}

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{Unisex Organic Cotton Long Johns, Hanna Andersson, on sale for $33.60}

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING!

 

Perfect Prezzies: 58 Days

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Perfect Prezzies.  58 days until Christmas!  I hope these affordable ideas delight and inspire….

FOR MOTHERS

I love this darling necklace from Cambria Cove!  The larger monogrammed charm depicts the mother’s first initial and the “baby” silver charm represents the child’s first initial.  The curly cursive font used on the charms is adorable!  ($80 for chain, $60 for large charm, $35 for baby charm).

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FOR HIM

Men are such a challenge!  For cold-weather-climate guys, what do you think about this cool collapsible shovel ($29.50) to get themselves and others out of snowy situations?

 

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FOR MOMS-TO-BE

My sister introduced me to the Gownie ($49.99) — the cute and chic hospital gown made from 100% cotton!  No more exposing yourself to everyone in the hospital with those horrible “tie up the back” neon green hospital rags.  Why didn’t we think of this long before now?! 

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FOR NEWLYWEDS, COLLEAGUES, TEACHERS OR NEIGHBORS

I just love these Garden of Eden Salt and Pepper Shakers from Jonathan Adler.  They are little cheeky works of art for your ktichen table!

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FOR BABY

This blanket ($26) found at Pokka Dots was one of my favorite baby gifts when my daughter was born.  It is so FUZZY and SOFT and makes a perfect stroller blanket.

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FOR HER

Any gal on your list would be thrilled to receive this gorgeous silver Lotus In Bloom Ring ($98) from Sundance

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So, have you started your shopping yet? 

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for the Lexy Lu hat, a perfect prezzie for any kid on  your list!

 

A Lexy Lu GIVEAWAY!

Lexy Lu Designs has very generously sponsored a GIVEAWAY for spark!  Lexy Lu makes the most adorable kids hats, and as I mentioned in a previous post, one of these would make a fabulous holiday gift for any little one on your list.

I love that Lexy Lu was founded by a Virginia mom looking for fun, functional and fashionable options to keep her kids warm.

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And I love the Lexy Lu Christmas styles:

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Lexy Lu will send the winner any of the styles on its website in a size of your choosing, isn’t that sweet?  The sizes range from newborn to 6 years.

So, to enter the giveaway please go check out the Lexy Lu website and comment here with your favorite style hat.  To receive an extra entry, become a follower of spark!, or let me know that you already follow spark!, in a separate comment. (You can follow easily by clicking in the upper right hand corner of this page).

The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, October 29th.  A winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday morning.  Please spread the word and good luck!

Thanks again to Lexy Lu!

Perfect Prezzies: 71 Days

I am starting a new series, Perfect Prezzies, that will run periodically from now until Christmas (71 DAYS AWAY!) to share some fun and affordable holiday gift ideas.  There are some years that I am brimming with inspiration for everyone on my list and other years that I am struggling on Christmas Eve to find ANYTHING for my family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. 

So, I hope this series will give you some motivation to get shopping early so that you can be sipping spiked cider and eating cookies in front of a roaring fire on Christmas Eve, instead of battling traffic and throngs of procrastinators at your local mall!

For Her

I love this delicate and understated bracelet ($95) by Kate Spade.  It is perfect for both work and weekends.  Isn’t she lovely? 

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How awesome is this Guess Drop Waist Peacoat ($138) from Nordstrom?  It’s almost an outfit by itself — pair it with black leggings or jeans and head out the door.  I have been waiting for it to go on sale because it would be a perfect present for my 17 year old step-sister.   

 

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I spotted this glam Nate Berkus Throw ($79.99) over at Matters of Style earlier this week and immediately thought that it would make a terrific Christmas present.  I could design a whole room around this beauty!

 

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For Little Girl

A friend gave baby spark! one of these adorable Lexy Lu hats ($20) for Christmas last year and we wore it all winter.  They are soft and sweet and I love the “whale spout” of grosgrain ribbons!  (For Richmonders, these are available at Rattle & Roll too).

 

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For Him

Aren’t men the hardest to buy for?  My husband, dad and brothers-in-law are always the last ones left on my list.  This masculine, black and white, matted and framed photo of a vintage jaguar ($69.95) from Z Gallerie would make a welcome addition to any man’s office or “man cave.” 

 

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For Neighbors or Teacher

I have been eyeing Red Envelope‘s gorgeous oversized candles for a while and think that this Cherry Blossoms Candle ($49.99) would make a beautiful and thoughtful gift.

 

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Acacia offers the most amazing sets of tableware.  These Japanese Botanical Bowls ($59.95) are so simple and elegant and could be used for everything from soup to cereal to serving snacks. 

 

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For the Dog Lover

We are a family of dog lovers and this fun Buddy Pillow ($88) by Serena and Lily would be perfect for my in-laws who have an affinity for labs and golden retrievers.  It also comes in yellow with a white background and orange with a light blue background.

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Go get shopping, friends! 

Oh, and time is running out, so please don’t forget to click on over to enter into the Shades of Light GIVEAWAY to celebrate spark!’s 100th post.