Mary and I took our kids to one of the bigger town centers a couple weeks ago for a trick-or-treat event. As we went from shop to shop, hauling our brood, all we could think was “Damn, that’s cute. I wanna go shopping…”.
So it’s a nice little departure to think about things I would want for the holiday. And to be honest, it’s taking a lot of will power not to just buy all these for myself right now.
I worked in a library in college. It’s my personal goal to someday own an antique card catalog. I love that this library cart is blue. Most likely it will be used for kids books, but I consider it a versatile piece.
I bought the J.Crew Lady Day coat about 8 years ago and it’s a capsule favorite. I’ve been wanting to get new investment coat for a while now, and I think this one will be it. It’s much more casual but still polished and cozy.
Stranger Things: The Experience
I find it completely weird that Troy doesn’t love Stranger Things. I love a good Instagram playground and Steve Harrington. This pop-up is in Atlanta through mid-January, so this would be a good little experience gift.
La Pliage Re-play Crossbody Bag
The Longchamp La Pliage bag is my forever bag, but I’ve been wanting a travel crossbody bag for a while. Yes, it looks like a fanny pack, but so does that Lululemon bag that everyone is obsessed with. Now, I just have to think about where to put my hands so I don’t look awkward.
These are my grown-up Converse. I’ve had a pair black platform Vans for about a year and a half now, and they are my go-to. Out to dinner, doing mom-stuff, being the quirky Millennial in a Board meeting; I make it work. I’m also 5’0, so the extra platform helps immensely. Keep in mind, you should replace your walking/running shoes every 500 miles.
Stocking Stuffers, cause it’s the little things:
Delicate Wash from The Laundress. I also like the Wool and Cashmere wash.
Ina Garten’s Go-To Dinners. Barefoot Contessa cookbooks are always the most consistent. I’ve never made anything of hers that doesn’t completely look how it’s supposed to. All of her previous cookbooks are amazing and the photos are always gorgeous. Great for both weeknight cooking and entertaining.
An Audible or Kindle Unlimited subscription/renewal (Promise you will try your public library first)
A Christmas ornament – This was one of my favorite holiday traditions. We would get a new personal ornament every year and when we moved out of the house, we would have a whole box of Christmas ornaments for our first tree. My taste is a mix of cynical emo and Grandmillennial, so a browse through Etsy would get you some cool, shop-small options.
Bullet Journal Stencils (so many options, but I like these from Notebook Therapy)
A Chocolate Orange (My family’s favorite, but you can trade in any of your favorite fancy candy)
Toiletries. I like using travel size bottles, or splitting up a big sample gift box. These set me up for any January/February travel.
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