Christmas

Merry Christmas

Remmy is ready for the holiday with his mistletoe headband.

Christmas Dog-2

OK, really he hates it — the headband that is. Not Christmas.

Christmas Dog-3

Much better! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by the people (and pets) you love.

Christmas Dog

Have a merry Christmas, happy holidays and a wonderful New Year.

-Jess

 

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The holidays are upon us

It’s officially the best time of the year — yes, it’s time for the winter holidays! I have a confession: I already have a handful of Christmas gifts WRAPPED! Am I a crazy person, or what?

Brian and I get so excited for the holiday season. He keeps asking if it’s too soon to decorate, which I find charming. I’ve promised lights before Thanksgiving. Call me crazy, or call me festive — but when it comes to Christmas, the Smiths do not mess around. It’s just how I was raised (thanks, mom!) and I’m glad my man has adopted the crazy.

I’m always on the lookout for awesome gifts for my loved ones and this year I’ve been perusing the endless options over at UncommonGoods. Have you all heard of them? They sell all sorts of stuff and they have a neat feature where they list out gift ideas for different occasions, ages, etc. Really helpful for people who are gift-giving challenged. Need a housewarming gift? Check! A unique gift for a wedding? Check! (Come to think of it, I do need a good gift for my bestie and her hubby-to-be!) Christmas present? You betcha.

What’s even cooler than their ability to make anyone a gift-giving genius is the fact that they incorporate sustainability and social responsibility into all business decisions. As a tree lover and a human being, I really admire that in a company. They also share information about the artists on many of their products, something I also appreciate as a budding design student.

Here are a few things I have my eye on:

Fire Escape Shelf:

Fire-Excape-Shelf

I’ve been in Baltimore a lot lately for class, and I love walking past this one set of buildings and admiring the geometric pattern the fire escapes make. I think this shelf would be the perfect way to bring some city pizzaz to my suburban home. It is going on my Christmas wish list for sure. This would make such a cute housewarming gift, too, don’t you think?

Embroidered State Pillows:

state-pillow

Every time I see one of these state pillows I get huge pillow envy. What? You didn’t know pillow envy was a thing? How could you not want one of these beautifully embroidered pillows to represent your home state? I’ve seen these Maryland pillows in Annapolis and I basically start drooling. Both of my sisters need Maryland pillows to remind them of home — how sweet of a Christmas gift would that be? And, ahem, Santa… I would like one of these, too. #justsaying

Santa is probably miffed because I keep sharing ideas for me. My bad, Santa — I swear I’m really looking for other people!

Better Stuff Doormat:

doormat

It seems like everyone I know is either moving, hoping to move or has just moved, so I have a slew of people in my life that this would be a hilarious gift for. I would crack up if I walked up to a friend’s house and saw this doormat. I bet the mailman and UPS guy would get a good laugh, too.

Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo:

Tree-Trunk-Glassware

I said I needed a gift for my best friend and her man, didn’t I? Wouldn’t this be a sweet wedding gift, especially if you know a couple that doesn’t share the same beverage interests? It’s nice that they could receive a matching, non-matching set. I love that you can have it personalized, too. I may or may not be a sucker for personalization (Spoiler alert: I am).

Tree Trunk Vase:

Vase

Sticking with the tree theme for a couple’s gift — how charming is this vase?!? I’m not sure which I love more, the glasses or the vase? Maybe Dana and Phillip need both 🙂 One as a wedding gift and the other as a First Christmas Living Together gift. … that’s a thing, right?

Enough about my growing list of Christmas gifts to buy people — what are some of your favorite gifts that you’ve ever given? I think my favorites are tied: family recipe book & illustration of Remmy, our golden retriever.

Do you ever look on UncommonGoods? What have you been wowed by? Be careful if you start to browse — they have so much neat stuff it will suck you in. But hey, there are worse things 😉


This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions are my own.

Christmas, Holiday

Happy New Year!

Holy smokes — it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted on my blog! Every time I went to do a blog post in December, I realized I was blogging about a gift for someone who would probably see it. #itshardtobeablogger

I finished up a leadership program I was doing at work on Dec. 18 and have been off work since the 19th — it has been a whirlwind of holiday activities, but now that 2015 is here and I have a few more days off, I have great plans! First, I need to catch up on the blog. It will take me all of January to show you what I made folks for Christmas gifts! (I’m only half kidding.)

Once I’m all caught up, I am getting started on my next project: a master bedroom refresh!

So before I show you the fun projects I did as gifts, here are some of my favorite family photos from the holidays.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and that 2015 is a happy and healthy year for you.