A Mint Macaroon Wall Décor– I also have this cute mug. The traveler in your life will love it!
Luckies of London Scratch off Map & Journal– I’ve talked about these items before here. The hubby loves his maps. I also talked about one here that is a favorite of ours. We have it hanging in our stairway landing. Seriously Brandon had the push pins inserted from our last Europe adventure before I even unpacked! So it’s safe to say he loves it!
People have been giving gifts to celebrate anniversaries for centuries. According to Wikipedia, “The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary, and a gold wreath on the 50th. Later, in the twentieth century, commercialism led to the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a named gift.”
Last year when Brandon and I were coming up on our 1 year anniversary I decided that I wanted to stick to what we call today “traditional anniversary gifts”. I reeeaaally enjoy giving gifts so I thought this would be a super fun way to keep things creative! Year one is paper. I thought I could write him a sweet letter about how much he means to me, maybe get some fun prints from our honeymoon and past vacations or even tickets to somewhere! But when he surprised me with tickets to Chicago, a place I have always wanted to go while it was snowing, I thought okay I need to top his gift 🙂 so I bought him an Armani watch. Haha! Okay, I know you are probably like what the?! But really I was so super ecstatic about the trip I literally wanted to give him something just as good. Armani never disappoints and if you look at the “modern anniversary gift guide” year one is clocks so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂 BUT back to my paper gift, I really did want to stick with the traditional gift giving idea I had set out for (even if that meant he got more than one gift every year). A few months after our wedding I actually ended up selling my wedding dress. I know I have talked about this before, but my closet is like a revolving door and this is the perfect example. I mean really, what was I going to do with the dress anyway?!
My husband didn’t know that I had sold it so when we were celebrating our anniversary dinner in Chicago I gave him his watch and inside of the case not only was there this amazing Armani piece but also a check! His paper gift guys! 😉 I mean who doesn’t love cash money?! Okay, if you are still stuck on the fact that I sold my wedding dress we can talk more about that later LOL!
So this year as we come up on our 2 year wedding anniversary we are celebrating the year of cotton! And I am able to share his gift with you today because the gift I ordered for him came in 4 weeks earlier than expected and I totally caved and couldn’t hold it to myself any longer!
**apparently, my right arm is stronger than my left because after 10 takes this is as straight as I could hold it after arm day!**
I was able to get this awesome and top notch quality Personalized World Travel Map printed on cotton canvas via Etsy. You can order it framed or not framed. It is 24” x 36” unframed. They are made with love by a husband and wife in Denver, CO. Your map will come with 100 colored push pins in a mix of red, white and black to mark your map. You can choose to use the colors as you wish. Choose one color for every place you have gone, another color for where you plan to go and you can even mark your favorites! I even read some people saying that they had “his and her” colors, but apparently if Brandon and I haven’t been there together it doesn’t get counted on the map! LOL! I think this is such a great gift for you and your spouse if you love to travel. Heck, I might be buying this for a few of my friends as well!
Here are a few other fun gift giving cotton ideas!
Robe: Purchase a plush robe and surprise him with a relaxing, spa retreat | 2. Personalized Pillows and Monogrammed Towels (I love anything personalized!) | 3. Fun Apron (You can buy one for yourself too and surprise him with a 5 course meal and a romantic night in) | 4. Personalized Canvas with the lyrics to the song you first danced to at your wedding | 5. Nice Suit (Surprise him with a suit and take him on a date!)
I would love to hear your ideas too! And since I know you all are planners we may want to start thinking about the upcoming celebrations!
Year Three: Leather
Year Four: Silk
Year Five: Wood
OMG, diamonds aren’t until year 60!!! Maybe we can switch back and forth between the “Traditional list” and the “Modern list”. At least the Modern list will get me diamonds at year 10! LOL!
Thanks for stopping by loves! Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas! I always enjoy them!
I LOVE making gift baskets for people. It is really like my go-to thing! If anyone is still in need of the perfect gift this is a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them without having to pay rush shipping fees! Plus it is a really great way to incorporate many of the individuals’ favorite things!
The above basket was inspired by and made for the Champagne lovers in my life! In addition to 2 bottles of their favorite champagne I found ways to incorporate many other things they like. This fun basket consisted of the following:
Two bottles of champagne
Gold polka dot flutes
Champagne Jelly Belly
Cute mugs (they also like Star Wars if you can’t tell 🙂 )
Hot Cocoa Mix
Star Wars Jelly Belly
Christmas themed candy corn
I accessorized the basket with tinsel and ornaments. The boxes of tea and cocoa were used underneath the tinsel to ensure everything on top was able to sit at different heights and be stable. Putting this together was so much fun and the recipients loved it! I promise yours will too!
This gift started around the serving platter. My sweet coworker always made comments about my platter when I brought things in for potlucks so I knew exactly what I wanted to get her. I dressed this one up with Starbucks coffee, cute coffee mug, hot cocoa, a bunch of ornaments and garland.
See! Super sweet gifts that are super easy to make and can be personalized for everyone in your life! I hope this helps with any last minute gifts you need!
Okay, on a side note though, who watched Miss Universe last night?! Holy moly! I was going through all sorts of emotions for everyone on stage and I was just on my couch! Poor Steve Harvey he is getting so much crap for this. I know the contestants were all filled with nerves on that stage but I’m sure he was too on LIVE TV trying to ensure he did everything 100% right. Towards the end (before the final 3 were announced) he started stumbling his words already to make me believe he was just nervous as well. Poor Ms. Colombia for having to go through all those great emotions just to find out they announced the wrong winner and poor Ms. Philippines that she didn’t get “her moment” to celebrate. I’m sure she felt bad for Ms. Colombia and also all those people yelling things because they were upset about the mistake. OMG! Well, they all did so amazing and looked so fabulous!! A huge congrats to my cousin (not really my cousin) Ms. Philippines!
Thank you so much for stopping by beauties! Cheers to a short week! And if you have already started your vacation, I’m already a little jealous LOL!
“You don’t need a million bucks to look like a million!”
Beautiful gifts all under $150!
Look, I am all about affordability but I am also a girl who loves fashion so of course you are going to find designer pieces in my closet. Yes, it does take me some time to ponder over whether I really need it or not and then when I come to a decision, which is usually yes :), I think about how much I will actually use the item and that determines how much I am willing to spend!
Like most of us with a long list of people to buy for, you want to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life but also you want to keep a budget in mind because again…you have a long list of people to shop for!
Today I am sharing total designer must haves all under $150 that I promise your fashionista will L.O.V.E!
“Behind the success of every small business, there is a FAMILY”
Happy Wednesday beauties! In honor of Small Business Saturday coming up I am sharing some great offerings from the cutest shops. What’s even better is that you can shop these deals online if you don’t want to fight that holiday crowd AND you can start taking advantage of some of these deals as early as today!
The Hidden Trunk | Giving away a free CC Beanie with every $50 purchase. Enter code FREE CC at checkout. Starts today and ends Sunday 11/29
Rongrong DeVoe | This extremely talented Houston Illustrator is offering $10 off of every $50 purchase using code: BLACK2015. I will definitely be taking advantage of this deal! Starts Thursday 11/26 and ends Sunday 11/29.
Wood Worx Designs | Offering free shipping on ALL US orders using code FREESHIP15. Wood Worx has so many items that will make the perfect gifts! Starts Friday 11/27 and ends Saturday 11/28
Fashion Manor | Offering 40% your entire purchase using code BF2015. Who doesn’t love receiving jewelry as a gift? I know I love it! Starts today and ends Sunday 11/29
Sixth and Vine | This sweet Midwest online boutique is offering 35% off of the entire site using code THANKFUL. Code lasts all of Black Friday 11/27 day until 12am.
Sweetees | This faith based company offers the wittiest tees and I love them all! Get 25% off on Friday 11/27 using code SWEETBLACK. Code lasts all day until 12am EST.
I hope you all have some time to check out these sites and take advantage of these deals! Wishing you loves a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
“Behind the success of every small business, there is a FAMILY”
I love getting beauty items as gifts! Sometimes they’re items that you wouldn’t have tried otherwise and then you end up falling in love! I am sure we all have more than one beauty lover in our lives so the key here is great product at even better prices! All items below are $25 and under!