12.01.2010

The Gift Guides Part I

Friends it's officially "game on". We've hit December 1st, time for all-in holiday celebrating. The Christmas tunes are getting cranked, we're busting out the hot cocoa and the decorations, endless viewings of Charlie Brown Christmas shall ensue.

And, yes there will be gift guides.

I have to say, I'm a bit obsessed with gift guides...I pour through all the ones in the magazines (Domino used to do the best ones, yes?) and have loved all the excellent guides on the blogs this year (Catherine, Casey and Michelle did especially fantastic ones).

I've been working on my little guide for weeks, sleuthing out all the things I really do want to buy for all my nearest and dearest (and the things I secretly hope I get myself). I also considered the fact that I've spent a lot of time this year doing spending hiatuses and decluttering and generally simplifying, which made me put even more thought into picking things that really felt special and lasting...

So without further ado, the first of the guides. Enjoy!

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For The Obsessive "Declutterer" Who Savors Experiences Over Possessions...



A Jar of your famous homemade salad dressing + a John Robshaw tea towel and the recipe / William Sonoma bay leaf wreath / A membership to your local museum, arboretum, botanic gardens, zoo / A box of clementines + some handmade chocolates + a bottle of proscecco / Gifts for Women for Women International



For Your Mama, Sister, Best Friend, Cousin...
(a.k.a. all those rockin' and amazing women in your life)



MCMC's "Maine" perfume / monogrammed rubber stamp from MaeMae Paperie / Madewell's perfect brass bangle / beautiful note cards from Studio Fludd / Tom Dixon's "Etch" votive holder / A subscription to The Gentlewoman


Up tomorrow -- the kiddos!

17 comments:

la la Lovely said...

Love it all..great ideas.. thanks for sharing!
xo

Jenn said...

I love your ideas! I have been gifting *experiences* for the past couple years and I like that gift guides are coming around to this as well.

emma@themarionhousebook said...

Yay! I'm an obsessive declutterer and a mama/sister/cousin! That means I get both, right!!

the 30 girl said...

Love it! Such a wonderfully curated list here.

Amanda Gibby Peters said...

I am swooning over it all!

fric and frac said...

I'm so intrigued by the Maine scent - have a feeling it smells incredible. Love the gift guides!

Torrie said...

I saw Michelle's also, and am very much (this year) in favor of experiential gifts. But I also love to purchase gifts and wrap them- so this first section is perfect. Thanks for the great ideas!

paula said...

I am so the obsessive one! great picks.

Janette Crawford said...

That bay leaf wreath is beautiful! Lovely picks.

Lovin That! said...

Great ideas! Love that votive holder. Thanks for sharing...

Megan Taylor said...

wreaths! maine! love it!

mydesignchic said...

So many great ideas...needing those gold votives myself!!

kid collective said...

you have a way with words, i adore your personal guides. and, you make me blush, thanks for the gg love.
xo

Anna said...

I knew your gift guide would be great! I look forward to seeing what's next.

pattihaskins said...

lovely list. I can almost smell the bay leaves.

Pretty Mommy said...

awww - thanks J! Now that I've decluttered I think I NEED that votive holder ;)

Melissa de la Fuente said...

LOVE it! Such beautiful & thoughtful pics hun! SO excited for the rest of your gift guides, cause I am SO with you...I LOVE em.
xo
Melis