Real Life Gift Guide

This time of year I feel like we are always bombarded with gift guides of all kinds. Most of the time I find the guides to be unrealistic so I tried to come up with a way to make my gift guide different. Everything I’ve included in the guide this year is a real life gift guide. All of these items I have and absolutely love and think would make the perfect gift.

A REAL LIFE GIFT GUIDE WITH THOUGHTFUL ITEMS I USE DAILY


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NICKEL & SUEDE EARRINGS– I don’t wear a ton of big earrings but these by far are the most comfortable. They are incredibly lightweight and ones you can definitely wear all day long. Nickel & Suede earrings are so great because they make the best statement pair. I love to throw my hair up in a bun or ponytail and wear these with a sweater or tee. I have watched this company grow from the start and it’s been amazing following their hard work along the way. These would make the perfect gift for yourself or a friend and they are a always a great price point.

CLARE V. TOTE– Those who know me, know I love a great bag and Clare V. never disappoints. I love the structure of this bag, it’s so timeless and classic. This is one of those bags you can have for years and it will never go out of style. Sometimes, I will tie a little scarf around the handles to give it a pop of color. This bag is a little more on the pricey side but a great investment for a good leather bag. You can also get your initials engraved on the bag should you choose to do so which makes it a little fun.

JANE WIN HEART PENDANT– These pendants are my go to everyday jewelry. I am such a fan of Jane’s jewelry, it has such a classic and elegant appeal. Usually, I wear this heart pendant and this coin pendant together everyday. I get so many compliments every time I wear them. They stand out but aren’t too flashy, just enough to draw your eye up to them. I love what each coin pendant stands for and the stories behind them. This is another business that I have loved watching grow over time. Jane is so lovely and you can tell she designs each piece with her heart. These are pieces you will wear over and over and ones you will have forever.

LIVE BEAUTIFUL– My affection for coffee table books runs deep- you can see all my favorite ones in this post here. This book is on that list and full of beautiful photos and loads of inspiration. Plus, it just looks beautiful anywhere you have it out. Coffee Table books are such a great gift for yourself, a friend, or even a hostess gift.

BAREFOOT DREAMS CARDIGAN- I purchased this cardigan during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and I am not sure I have taken it off since then. It’s so incredibly dreamy soft that you can wear it all day for extra coziness. Especially, since we are all spending so much time at home these days. I love to wear this with a tee and some joggers on a day when I don’t feel like getting dressed. It helps me to not feel like I am in my pajamas yet I am still warm and comfortable. This is without a doubt worth the investment.

CUYANA TRAVEL CASE SET– Cuyana is one of my favorite places for unique gifts. It’s a small company based out of San Francisco that promotes sustainability and doing more with less. This travel set is not only functional but beautiful as well. The set comes with a larger bag for bigger items and a smaller bag which fits nicely in my purse. You can also get the set monogrammed as well with your initials.

MASON PEARSON HAIR BRUSH– Last year, I finally invested in a proper hair brush. I was having some issues with my hair not growing. After discussing with my hairdresser, she put me on a specific shampoo and conditioning treatment but also recommended this brush. The bristles help distribute oil properly throughout your hair which in turn helps to promote growth. This is another purchase that I never gave much thought to but worth the investment in a good hair brush.

SILK SLEEP MASK– I use this sleep mask every single night and have for a few years now. There’s just something about putting this on right before bed, blocking out all the light, and falling into a deep sleep. I love this so much I even take it with us when we travel. I never really understood the purpose of a sleep mask until I started using one. Now, I would never not use one to sleep. I love the soft silk feeling of this brand.

DIPTYQUE CANDLE– These are by far my absolute favorite luxury candle but worth the investment. I love the classic glass jars they come in, because they are so pretty on display. But, the smells are amazing as well. I don’t use a ton of scented candles but Diptyque will always be my go to. They are all handmade in France and come in the prettiest box which would be perfect for gift giving.

MARBLE BOWL– Several of these bowls are displayed throughout our house at all times. I love this one but I also love this one from Williams Sonoma in the kitchen to hold fruit. There’s just something about the beauty of marble and the bowls look amazing no matter where you have them displayed. I get so many questions all the time about where I get my marble bowls. They are beautiful by themselves as a decorating piece on a table and also beautiful in the kitchen. I love when function and beauty match up.

NESPRESSO CREATISTA MAKER– By far one of our favorite purchases ever. This espresso machine is like heaven all bottled up. It makes 7 drinks and is incredibly easy to use and clean. I wrote a whole review of this machine here if you’d like to read. If you are thinking about an espresso machine this is one I couldn’t recommend more. We use this machine probably 3-4 times a day easily.

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