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4 Minimalist Gift Ideas For Kids

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I’m in the full holiday spirit. I’m exciting thinking about baking cookies, wrapping gifts for loved ones, and spending a lot of free time watching Hallmark holiday movies.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients and people at work about what to get kids for the holidays “as a minimalist.” And it has opened a lot of doors to discuss minimalism more, which is always wonderful. But it made me realize that some people have an interesting view on gift giving as a minimalist.

I’ve realized with minimalism is that it takes more work, time, and effort. You have to be conscious about your decisions, and you have to do some research now and again, but I’ve found it to be a rewarding process. Minimalism definitely has its benefits

Something I wish I could do more minimalist practices with others, but I also believe in respecting the way other people live. I am well aware that the majority of my family is not minimalist in any sense of the word. And, I’m okay with that because that is how they want to live. I don’t believe in forcing a lifestyle onto someone, so I always remain respectful when it comes to gifts. But I do believe there is a happy medium you can reach when it comes to gifts for children. Here are five minimalist gift ideas for kids.

1| Magazine Subscription

I know some people think this brings on paper clutter, but I also think big picture when it comes to gift giving. If you’re giving them the gift of a magazine, chances are, the child/tween/teen will definitely toss it at some point. Whether it’s Highlights magazine for a 7 year old, or Girl’s World for a 12 year old—this is a gift that last all year. And if it’s something you know they will love, it is worth buying for the holidays.

2| Tickets/Passes

Maybe your niece has ALWAYS wanted to go to Darian Lake, or maybe they are into something low-key like a new movie. Whether you decide to spend the day with them, or you gift it to them to go with the family—this is a gift you can’t go wrong with. If you’re talking about a younger child, gift them tickets to the local aquarium or zoo. Take it a step further and gift them a pass for the year for the zoo. I promise the parents and the child will both be happy!

3| Experience Gift

Treat your cousin or nephew to a fun day together doing something they love. Take them to an arcade, go karts, or a round of laser tag. As long as you know it’s something they will enjoy doing for a few hours then you should be good to go. If you’re thinking for someone younger, treat them to a kid’s music class or play area they can enjoy.

4| Educational Gifts

A trip to a children’s museum, or a library card to introduce to the world of reading. This gift can be as elaborate as you see fit. And if there’s an educational gift that’s a toy, or a play set (science/history set), feel free to include that as part of the gift.

Remember, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to a list that a child creates or a give that parents will approve as well. As long as you feel as though it will truly serve a purpose to them—that’s is the important part of buying a gift. Minimalism isn’t about NOT purchasing any “physical” gift, but it’s more about buying a gift that you feel as though will truly serve a purpose rather be another toy they forget about in a few months. You can also find a happy medium and purchase one item from their list that’s a toy, and another gift can be something more minimal.

What gifts are you getting for the kids in your family, or your own kids? I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts in the comments below!

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More for Mom: Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Posted in Lifestyle
on May 3, 2017

It’s time to celebrate your mom who packed your lunch for years on end, made sure you had clean laundry, and who (still) gives you extra food to take home after a family dinner. #Blessed

Mother’s Day is a day where we remind ourselves of all the work our moms have done. Real talk, when you’re a mom—you do it all. So I give TONS of credit to the moms out there who act as a chef, house cleaner, laundry-doer, driver, personal cheerleader, doctor, and so much more. Y’all are amazing.

With that in mind, it’s always nice to do a little more for mom around this time of year, which is why I’m sharing five simple but thoughtful gifts to give to your mom this Mother’s Day that won’t break the bank. These are gifts and gestures your mom will surely appreciate. Be sure to leave a comment below telling me your plans for your mom this Mother’s Day! 

1| What I Love About Mom Book: Francesca’s

I enjoy a personalized gift that will show the time, effort and energy you put into a gift. I had no idea when I got this for my mom, she would cry tears of joy simply from reading my messages inside. If you enjoy personal gifts for your mom, I would definitely recommend this!

2| Coffee Date

Because what’s better than taking time out of the day to relax for an hour or two over some coffee with your mom? Treat her to Starbucks or your favorite local shop in town. It’s a simple gesture, but it’s perfect for the mom who simply prefers to spend time with you rather than receiving gifts.

3| Alex and Ani Mom Bracelet: Alex and Ani

If your mom hasn’t been introduced to Alex and Ani, she will love that her first bracelet is a Mother’s day bracelet! It’s a simple gift, but it’s versatile and can be worn with other jewelry she may have. If she already has her fair share of Alex and Ani bracelets, opt for something more unique from a local boutique in your town.

4| Edible Arrangements: EdibleArrangement.com

Ya’ll, let’s be honest. Everyone knows that Edible Arrangements are amazing, and there’s no one more deserving of this gift than your mom. There are several different packages to choose from, and no matter what—she will love this gift because who doesn’t want chocolate-covered fruit!?

5| Mom Mug: Target

If you don’t live in the same state or city as your mom and can’t be with her for Mother’s Day, send a cute mug like this one from Target with a gift card to her favorite coffee shop, or a package of her favorite coffee to make at home! It’ll be the perfect way for her to enjoy a little down time and think of you every time she uses her mug.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day? What other gift ideas do you have for your mom? Be sure to share in the comments below!

 

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6 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Bestie

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 8, 2017

I may be in a relationship, but Josh and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I definitely prefer to have a girl’s night in with wine, Netflix and sushi. In honor of celebrating Valentine’s Day with your best friends, here are so awesome (and inexpensive) gift ideas for your BFF on the 14th.

1| Marble Notebook from Francesca’s, $14

Because who doesn’t want a notebook when you can track all your plans, ideas and #GirlBoss goals?! You can never go wrong with a simple gift like this for your best friend because it’s something she will always be able to use. P.S. I’m loving that the marble trend is still in for 2017!

2| Macron Rose Fragrance from Urban Outfitters, $18

I know so many people who love this perfume collection from Urban Outfitters. What’s better is that you can buy her this Macron Rose scent, and also pick up some macaroons to snack on as well. It’s the perfect gift combination! If you’re worried about her be picky about a fragrance, save the receipt if an exchange is needed.

3| Love iPhone Case from Forever 21, $8 

Phone cases are still in and who wouldn’t love a themed case for Valentine’s Day? Personally, I love when people have different phone cases to change out based on the time of year, so this would be the perfect addition to any phone case collection your bestie has.

4| The World Book of Love from Anthropologie, $25

If your best friend loves to read, or have cute coffee table books in her living room, pick up this unique gift from Anthropologie. It’s a collection of insights and testimonies from people all over the world about love. With 100 researchers from 50 countries summarize their particular views on the subject in 1000 words.

5| Be My Heart Pens from Barnes & Noble, $10

I don’t know about you, but I love fun, cute pens. Plus, there are something that everyone needs in their office. So, why not grab this cute, inexpensive set from Barnes & Noble? You can even add in a Starbucks gift card, and a journal (see #1) to have a complete, themed gift!

6| Valentine’s Day Wine Glass from Target, $22

Umm, need I say more? There’s nothing better than wine. Grab this wine glass for your bestie (grab one for yourself, too because #treatyoself) and get your wine on all night long as you binge-watch anything and everything on Netflix. Let’s be real, wine is every girl’s valentine!

What one of these six gifts would you like for Valentine’s Day! How are you spending your Valentine’s Day? Do you have plans with your friends or your significant other? Make sure to share in the comment below!

 

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5 Days of #BlissGifts [Day 5]

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 7, 2016

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We all have that friend who spends more time at the gym than they do shopping. Instead of getting your BFF or family member something they won’t use, why not try one of these five picks that are $30 or less. You’ll love these options that won’t break the bank. You’ll feel a little bliss in your life knowing you got a gift your loved one will love!

1| Find Your Balance T-Shirt from Old Navy, $10

I am all about finding fun, unique and inspirational T-Shirts for working out. What better way to keep your bestie or sister motivated to keep working out than cute workout gear! There are so many awesome options at Old Navy that are very inexpensive.

2| Workout Gloves from Target, $13

Now I know you’re thinking, “Why would I ever buy my friend that, even if they love to work out?!” Trust me, whether they’re lifting weights, or doing a weight-training cardio class, these will always come in handy for your fitness friend.

3| Yoga Mat from Target, $30

I know many people who aren’t into yoga, and still use a yoga mat for warming up/cooling down stretches, ab workouts, Pilates and more. I love that there are so many different colors and patterns, so this can be a personal gift for a friend or family member.

4| Water Bottle from Ban.do, $20

Who doesn’t want this water bottle? And who doesn’t feel this way about working out? I know that any fitness and health lover would still LOVE this gift because pizza is e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. amiright? Adding a quirky item for someone’s present is the best way to complete a gift.

5| Foam Roller from Target, $28

I can’t tell you how great it is to have your own foam roller whether your run, lift or even if you’re not a person who works out everyday. This can even be for someone you know who needs to give their muscles a little TLC. It’s a gift that will be appreciated by any fitness lover.

What other items would you add to this list? Is there anyone on your shopping list that love fitness? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Days of #BlissGifts [Day 3]

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 2, 2016

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Whether you’re spending the night at a friend’s home, or your family member’s home for a long weekend; there will be a time where you’ll need a proper hostess gift. Or, maybe you have a sister who LOVES to cook. Regardless of the scenario, check out all these incredible gifts from Anthropologie that are all less than $40, so you can guarantee that there’s something in your price range!

1| Cookbook, $24.95

There are so many old trends that are coming back in style, and cookbooks are one of them. There are all different types of cook books perfect for whoever you decide to buy this gift for. Whether they love Italian food, desserts, or party appetizers; you will find one your recipient can use!

2| Coasters, $6

Who doesn’t use coasters, especially if you’re gift recipient is hosting a ton of dinners and family gatherings! Give a simple gift that will pair well with their home. I personally love these simple, sleek copper coasters that will work perfectly in any home!

3| Measuring Cups, $34

Whether you want to buy themed measuring cups for your favorite cat-obsessed friend, or you want to go a little more classic and traditional with these measuring cups, these are an essential for any cook or baker. You can be certain this gift won’t go to waste in the kitchen.

4| Marble Serving Board, $38

How classy is this board? I also love that it’s not completely over-priced. I think it’s great to have a sleek, simple serving board you can use for cheese and crackers, or for other appetizers for a holiday party! This trendy yet staple piece for any friend or family member.

5| Recipe Box, $38

As much as I love my Pinterest recipe board, and my Facebook Tasty videos—there’s something about having a recipe box that bring me back to my childhood when I’d watch my mom and grandma cook. Like I said, old trend are coming back in style.

Which gift was your favorite? What other items would you add to this list? Is there anyone on your list you need a hostess gift for? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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