2019 Valentine’s Day Gifts

My husband and I don’t usually do Valentine’s Day gifts – my birthday is four days beforehand and over the years we’ve opted for travel rather than things for gifts (although he does send beautiful flowers!). But that’s not to say you shouldn’t do regular gifts, as it’s always nice to receive one from someone special in your life, especially if it’s something you’ll use and love.

Whether you’re asking your significant other for something you’ve had your eye on or giving your bestie a treat, here’s a list of my favorite Valentine’s Day gifts of the year. These all make great gifts for any occasion!

Valentine's Day Gifts

1. Flowers that last a year. I had no idea these existed until a coworker got them a few years ago. They’re not cheap, but I do like the concept behind them – these real roses are pretty, come in several sizes and will last up to a year. They also come in smaller & bigger options.

2. A cozy cashmere wrap scarfA couple of my coworkers also have these and swear by them. This is definitely an investment piece, but is such high quality that you can go ahead and get rid of other blanket scarves once you get your hands on one of these. They also come in lots of different colors, so ask for one you’ll wear often. Select colors are on sale here and here.

3. A nice neutral, leather bag or wallet. I have this carryall bag and love it because it isn’t too big but still fits a ton and has a cross-body strap. This brand is one you can count on lasting – the leather is good quality and they keep costs down by selling direct-to-consumer. Their zip-up wallets are also great picks. Everything comes in several colors of leather, but I’m partial to the stone or blush colors because they go with everything.

4. A fresh pair of (rose) sneaks or slides. My husband and I are sneaker lovers, so they make for good gifts in our household. I personally think that rose pink is becoming a neutral – it goes with everything – and I love when that extends into my footwear. I love these sneakers and these slides.

5. Dainty gold jewelry. I’ve been into layering simple gold jewelry and these are pretty easy to pick out for someone else without much guidance. My favorite places to shop for these pieces are Missoma, Mejuri and Gorjana (linked some of my favorites, which more as you scroll the images below!).

6. Book a weekend getaway and accessorize with a suitcase or other travel supplies. You can’t go wrong with a nice suitcase (love this rose gold option) – Delsey sent me their hard shell suitcases last year and they were so great we ordered another set for my husband soon after. Other ideas: a leather passport wallet (less expensive version here) or a travel set with a silk pillow and eye mask. The cashmere travel wrap mentioned above also fits into this category.

7. Nice candles & spa-like skincare products. I’ll never be disappointed if someone gets me a good quality candle. This brand is one of my favorites and they have pretty rose gold sets right now (another here). But I’m also into soy candles like these, which are also rose gold. This set is filled with clean skincare products like a hydrating rose mist, lip conditioner and body polish.

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Ornament Gifts from the Anthropologie Home Sale

I love decorating for Christmas – and for me, the best part of it is decorating the tree. Ornament gifts are the best way to think of whoever gave it to you or a special memory that was had. I was an only child for many years and there was always something so special about decorating the tree with my mom with the ornaments she had collected. Aside from getting dressed up for Halloween, Christmas has to be her favorite holiday.

I remember getting so excited about pulling out our ornaments – each year it was like I had forgotten about them and rediscovered them all. There was one Wizard of Oz set she still has that had each of the characters and then a mini version of the book. I would sit there and read that book to myself for hours – the whole thing is even on home video. Ever since then, I’ve collected ornaments and I get that same happy feeling filled with memories as I open up the boxes that have been stored in the attic since the year prior, whether it’s at my house or my mom’s.

Ornament Gifts Anthropologie Sale

Shop the ornament set above here

Over the years, my mom and I started a tradition that my husband I have also adopted, which is picking up an ornament everywhere you travel. It’s fun to look back on amazing trips we’ve taken in the form of trinkets on our tree. Another thing I do here and there is make ornaments out of photos – we did this with our wedding and a few other special occasions and there are lots of sites to do this on like Shutterfly.

Whether you’re into hunting for your own ornaments throughout the year or not, they make great gifts. This morning, I saw Anthropologie is having a 20% off home sale and now is the time to pick a few up for yourself and as gifts! There are lots of cute ones that can tie in well with the personality or interests of whoever the recipient is. If someone gave me the everything bagel ornament, they’d be speaking to my heart.

Here are a few of my favorites – and you can view the whole collection of Anthro ornaments here. The 20% off sale is for all full-priced home items, which also includes fun gifts for kids, along with hostess gifts and items for your own home!

Ornament Gifts Anthropologie Sale

Shop the Ornaments:

Dogs / Unicorn / Cheers / Macarons

 Everything Bagel / Palm Tree / Oyster

Camel / Mermaid / Rainbow / Hamsa

Holiday Countdown with Beauty Advent Calendars

This past weekend was the first weekend that I really felt like the holiday season was coming. After just getting back from two weeks in Hawaii a couple weeks ago, I was not happy about the cold temps – but the silver lining is that I realized the holiday season is just around the corner.

So with that, I’m kicking off holiday content on the blog with a post that’s really for you rather than gifts for others. Last year, I saw a few of my favorite brands put out advent calendars that allowed you to countdown to Christmas by opening up a surprise each night. This year, I found a bunch of beauty brands with advent calendars that range from Target’s $15 option to Charlotte Tillbury’s “naughty and nice” set that’s filled with full-size products.

No matter what holidays you celebrate, grab one of these and use it to surprise yourself with daily goodies as you countdown to the festivities – or just open them all at once for a bigger treat! Shop these advent calendars and more via the links and pics below.



2017 Advent Calendars

Shop the Post:

NYX Lippie Countdown / QVC Beauty Advent Calendar / The Body Shop 24 Days of Beauty

AMOREPACIFIC 12 Days of Botanical Beauty / Target 12 Days of Beauty / Charlotte Tillbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box

bareMinerals Box of Wonders / OLEHENRIKSEN 12 Days of OLE GlowL’Occitane Advent Calendar

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016

The pre-holiday season got the best of me and admittedly I am WAY behind on my gift guide content that I had originally planned (sorry!!). The holidays are now here, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who hasn’t quite checked everyone off the gift list yet. One of my favorite things on Christmas morning when I was little was opening up my stocking – my mom wrapped every little thing in it so it took forever!

So today I’m sharing lots of last-minute stocking stuffers from either stores you probably have nearby or good old Amazon Prime. Bought all your gifts already? Pick some of these up for yourself – especially the gift sets that are only available at this time of year and are usually great value! Shop everything via the links and images below, where you’ll find even more options in each category.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope you all get to disconnect and spend time with family and friends.

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2017

Shop the Gifts:

May Designs Desk Calendar / Kate Spade Planner

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette / Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set / BaubleBar Choker / Kendra Scott Earrings

Tory Burch Keychain / PopSugar Must Have Box Ring Dish

Lavanila Cozy Comforts Mini Deodorant Trio / Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Set

Maria Shireen Hair Tie Bracelet / bareMinerals BARE HAVEN Moisturizing Soft Cream

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick / Korres Greek Nights Volcanic Twist Shadow Collection

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer / Avon Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil

Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet MaskExfoliating Foot Mask / Target Copper Bar Tools

Jonathan Adler CandleLL Bean Slipper Socks / Target Mittens

 bkr Water Bottle / J.Crew Hat / Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara


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Last-Minute Beauty Gift Sets & Stocking Stuffers


I’m usually so organized about holiday gift giving, picking out and buying presents for everyone in my list way in advance. For some reason, this year that just wasn’t the case. But thanks to a few of my favorite stores with great free, expedited shipping policies (placed a big order at J.Crew Factory on Monday and it arrived today!) and stores that carry pre-packaged gifts, I’m still good to go.

Today I went into Sephora and there were lots of fun gift sets still available – and they’re even open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so you can still pick some up before the holiday! And I love that most brands package up their most popular products into pretty stocking stuffers. Two of my favorites are bareMinerals’ Pop of Passion, with one of their new lip launches from this year, and Precious Pearls, with their top-selling powder eye shadows – both are actually ornaments! I also love Bliss Spa’s Citrus Stars, which comes with the body butter and soapy suds that I currently use daily, and Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo, also with fun, sparkly packaging.

If you don’t have time to head to the store on Christmas Eve, I recommend you check out my gift set picks below, because some are already on sale and available while supplies last. The Sephora Favorites are always great because they include their top products and colors in any given beauty category (lips shown below), giving you the opportunity to try sample sizes before you buy your next lip color. And speaking of lips, the past few years I’ve stocked up on Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish and Creams with their gift sets because of the value – and this year the Leave Your Mark set is perfect.

Shop my last-minute beauty gift set and stocking stuffers using the links below and Merry Christmas Eve!


Shop the Gifts:

Maison Martin Margiela Rollerballs

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm

Buxom Look All You Want & Leave Your Mark Sets

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bliss Citrus StarsbareMinerals Pop of Passion

Sephora Collection Breakups to Makeups Bag



Need more gift ideas? Below are a two more recommendations – Josie Maran’s Whimsical Wonder The Complete Argan Skincare Ritual and ARQUISTE’s Holiday Candles. And you can also check out my gift guide on Fit & Fab Living!


**Samples provided for review; all opinions are my own.**

Nordstrom Sale Gift Finds & $500 Giveaway!

Black Friday may be over, but the sales are still going strong online. Now through Monday (11/30), Nordstrom is offering an extra 25 percent off select sale items, many of which would make great gifts. So today I’m rounding up some of my favorites from that sale, which you can shop using the links below. Not only are nearly all of the items below 40 percent off or more, but if you scroll down, you can enter to win $500 to Nordstrom to continue the shopping and a gold iPad Mini!


Nordstrom Sale Gift Finds

Shop the Sales:

Initial Lights / Throw Blanket / Bar Cart

Scarf / Candle / Cutting Board / Sunglasses

Fringe Bag / Gray Crossbody / Tan Bag

Top Bracelet / Bottom Bracelet

Ring Set / Pink Necklace / Gold Necklace

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and whether you’ll be celebrating with your significant other or friends, I wanted to share some gift ideas, all of which I would love to receive myself. Read on and let me know what you’re wishing for this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Gifts


Gift sets with both jewels and makeup…

Two of my favorite brands – BaubleBar and Benefit Cosmetics – have teamed up for three Valentine’s Day gift sets. I love the Sparkle, Shine & All Things Fine set, which comes with two pairs of statement earrings, highlighter and lip & cheek stain. The Love, Luck & Long Lashes set has two stud bracelets and the popular they’re real mascara, and the Real Romance and a Rosy Future set includes an XO necklace, mascara and lip & cheek stain. {baublebar.com, $34}

Not-to-traditional chocolates…

Chocolates may be a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, but you can take it to the next level with these Dark Chocolate Hearts from Kohler Chocolates. They’re filled with a soft, raspberry ganache center that has hints of champagne and cognac notes, which is delicious with the dark chocolate. And they’re extra festive because they look like shiny red hearts. {kohlerchocolates.com, $9.99-$59.99 depending on size}

Pretty-in-pink flats for any occasion…

I’ve said it before, but I’m so picky when it comes to flats. I used to wear so many different pairs every day of the week, but now I stick to brands with high-quality flats that are comfortable and last. Tieks flats are made with Italian leather and they fold right up and fit in your bag so you can carry them along for any occasion. Plus they come in so many great colors, like this Fuschia, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day and into spring. {tieks.com, $175}

Fancy yet wearable lingerie…

Lingerie is pretty and all, but it’s even better when you can find something nice that’s also comfortable. Hanky Panky’s Candy Hearts Bralette and Thong are just that. They’re both made with the brand’s signature stretch lace and work for both special occasions and everyday. {hankypanky.com, $44 bralette, $26 thong}

Jewelry that makes a statement…

I always feel more put together when I have statement jewelry on, and I usually go with either fun earrings or a necklace. I’ve always loved Sole Society‘s shoes, and I was excited to try out some of their jewelry too. The Crystal Cluster Statement Necklace goes with practically everything in my closet, so it will be getting lots of use. And the Deco Drop Crystal Earrings will instantly dress up an otherwise casual outfit or can be worn with a dress for a special occasion. {solesociety.com, $34.95 necklace, $29.95 earrings}

A sweatshirt that can be dressed up or down…

I love that crewneck sweatshirts are back in style, especially because they’re now available in fun colors, fabrics and patterns. I especially love them because they can be dressed up with a statement necklace or dressed down with yoga pants and flats or sneakers. This L.L.Bean UltraSoft Crewneck in dark orchid heather has a more flattering, feminine look than traditional sweatshirts and it’s nice and cozy. {llbean.com, $39.95}

A pouch to keep things organized with…

Big bags are my favorite, but it’s easy for things inside to get a little disorganized, making it hard to find anything. That’s why I love Hayden Reis’ Sea Clear Pouch. You can store your essentials in there – money, lip gloss, etc. – and then throw it in whatever bag you’re using that day. It’s especially good for the beach because it’s water-resistant. {haydenreis.com, $28}

Red and pink beauty products to get dolled up with…

A nice mani-pedi is a must for Valentine’s Day, and I’m loving SpaRitual’s Authentically (red matte shimmer), Dynamics (dusty pink creme) and Fall in Love (mauve red shimmer), along with Sally Hansen‘s new, limited-edition Patent Gloss Nail Color in Moto (red).  And I’m all about lip color lately, so you can finish off your beauty look with the new NYC New Work Expert Last Lip Lacquer, available in lots of different red and pink shades. It has the color of a lipstick and the shine of a gloss, and keeps your lips hydrated with color that stays put.  {sparitual.com, $12 each; sallyhansen.com, $5.99; newyorkcolor.com, $3.99}

Spa-like products to relax with…

I’ve always loved SpaRitual for their nail polishes, but they also have other great products, including candles, massage creams and body oils. As someone who is candle obsessed, I’m always buying new scents to try around the house. The Look Inside Candle is made with pure essentials oils and plant essences and the smell is instantly relaxing. And then both the Close Your Eyes Body Oil and Massage Cream are great for at-home massages. I also like to use body oil in the shower for extra hydration. {sparitual.com, $35 each}

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys & Easy Canvas Giveaway

This next gift guide is for the special guys in our lives, which I find to be surprisingly difficult to shop for! Does anyone else feel like guys tend to buy what they need and want for themselves? These gifts are great for Christmas and really any gift occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day and so on.

Gifts for Guys
  • Easy Canvas PrintsMy go-to gift for my husband and dad are photos, and it’s not just because I love them. They just don’t go through the process of picking out and printing them, so they like when I do it for them. Lately I’ve been loving photo canvases like these from Easy Canvas. They make your prints look really professional and come in lots of sizes ranging from 8 x 10 to 24 x 36. Scroll down to enter to win a photo canvas! {easycanvasprints.com, prices vary based on size}
  • Sharper Image Sheepskin SlippersWho doesn’t want a nice pair of slippers for wearing around the house? These are fully lined up to your ankles and are have comfortable cushioning in them. Plus, they’re good for indoor and outdoor use. {sharperimage.com, $99.99}
  • Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle & Beer Growler: I’ve never seen a water bottle this big, but I know I love Hydro Flask and that my husband drinks a ton of water. This one holds 64 oz and keeps your water (or beer) icy cold for up to 24 hours, while hot liquids remain steaming hot for up to 12. {hydroflask.com, $54.99}
  • Baron Tequila PlatinumYou can’t really go wrong with alcohol, especially when it’s really good alcohol like this tequila. It’s a new, ultra-premium tequila handcrafted in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico and certified gluten free and kosher. {baronspirits.com, $55}
  • Sephora Favorites Cologne SamplerThis is a great way to let your guy find his new favorite cologne because it comes with 12 samples and then you can redeem a voucher that comes with it for one full-size cologne of your choice. {sephora.com, $60}

Giveaway! Easy Canvas is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a 16 x 20″ canvas print below. The giveaway is running now through January 29, 2015 – open to U.S. residents.

And in case you missed my other gift guides and giveaways, you can view them using the links below. There’s still time to enter most of the giveaways too!

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Holiday Gift Guide: Yankee Swap Gifts & Temple Spa Giveaway

Christmas may be tomorrow, but my friends and I always do our annual Yankee Swap in between Christmas and New Year’s, when the craziness of catching up with family and whatnot dies down a bit. Yankee Swaps usually have a certain price point, so I’m sharing lots of options below, with everything from jewelry and makeup to candles and vino. And at the bottom of the post you can enter to win an amazing candle from Temple Spa!

And while I love all of the gift ideas below, it’s important to note that the best part of these Yankee Swap get togethers, as well as all of my family events around the holidays, is getting to spent time with loved ones from all over the country. I’m lucky to have healthy, happy family and friends, and that’s all I could ever ask for.

Yankee Swap Gifts


  • For the makeup lover… this Sephora Collection Color Festival ($49.50) is perfect – and under $50. It’s a makeup palette with 130 colors for the eyes, lips, and cheeks, and it also comes with six different tutorials to show you how to use the products. {sephora.com}
  • For the vino or bubbly drinker… go with a bottle from Santa Margherita. I’m a pinot grigio gal and I can tell you theirs is absolutely one of my favorites for drinking on its own or pairing with lots of different dishes, such as pasta, chicken and seafood. I also love the prosecco, sparkling rose and chianto classico riserva. Might have to have the prosecco or rose to celebrate on New Year’s! {santamargherita.us}
  • For the girl on the go… she definitely needs a fun travel mug. This P.J. Salvage Stripe Travel Mug ($22) is perfect! It comes in a pretty gift box already and has lots of bright colors and even a nonslip sleeve for hot drinks. {pjsalvage.com}
  • For the girl who loves to (or needs to) relax… get her the Skin & Co Umbrian Magnificico Bath Set (now $52). It includes three products from their popular lines, the Umbrian truffle exfoliating gel, Organic Rosemary & Verbena Exfoliating Gel and Fresh Lavender Exfoliating Gel. {skinandcoroma.com}

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Giveaway! Enter to win the Temple Spa candle below, now through January 21, 2015. Open to U.S. residents.

And if you missed my other gift guides and giveaways, view them all using the links below:

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this article was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Fitness Lover & Gaiam Giveaway

I love good workout gear, so that’s why I’m sharing some great fitness finds to give as gifts or buy for yourself with your holiday cash. And you can enter to win some goodies from Gaiam at the end of the post!

Fitness Gifts
  • Heading to a yoga or barre class but don’t have time to spend time getting ready for afternoon errands afterwards? Try the bareMinerals Fit and Fabulous makeup kit (now $19). It comes with the essentials – Purifying Facial Cleanser, READY Touch Veil, Locked & Coated Waterproof Lash Topcoat, Jack of All Trades Lip Balm and pretty hair ties. {ulta.com}
  • If you’re like me then you live in yoga pants in the evenings and over the weekends. The Cozy Orange Juno Fitted Yoga Pants ($64) are so comfortable and the gray and black color blocking on the legs even has a slimming effect. They’re perfect for everyday wear and of course yoga and other fitness activities. {cozyorange.com}
  • I love a good water bottle, so I was excited to finally get one from bkr. The website says it perfectly – this “luxe, bubbly glass bottle will change the way you drink your water forever.” I have one in Pout ($30), which is a pale pink that just makes me happy. {mybkr.com}
  • Ritual Wellness Juices taste so good that you won’t even realize you’re being healthy. They give you lots of fruits and veggies, with each bottle of the raw organic juices containing lots of nutrition and healthy vitamins. All you have to do is choose a minimum of six juices at a time from four different categories – Greens, Lemonades, Blends and Mylks. They’re all meant to complement your regular, healthy diet. You can even pair them with alcohol to make cocktails. My favorites were the Lemonades, but they’re all good! {ritualwellness.com}
  • Make goals and track them with Lumo Lift ($99.99), an activity tracker that monitors the number of steps you take and calories burned. Better yet, it also helps you with your posture, vibrating when you slouch. And everything links to an app on your iPhone, so it’s all easy to use. {lumobodytech.com}

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Giveaway! Enter to win the Gaiam Citron Storm Cargo Mat Bag below, now through January 21, 2015. Open to U.S. residents.

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**Disclosure: While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.