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Not a Gift Guide: 5 Presents I am Actually Giving to People.

Let’s be honest, there are gift guides galore. You don’t want another one. Today I am showing you what I am actually giving people, as in I bought and paid for with my own money and wrapped all by myself. It’s not aspirational; it’s reality. The great thing is, the prices are great (and there is a lot on sale) because the fact is, between moving and other situations, I have to be very careful what I spend.5 Presents I am Actually Giving to People

I divided it up into five categories: Paper Goods, Beverage Related, Trinkets, Candles, Books. Come and see all the cool things. Here we go…5 Presents I am Actually Giving to People:

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1. Paper Goods

I love to get beautiful calendars for my friends. I happen to have a friend who loves everything Garance Doré does (it’s really beautiful work; you should check it out) who I found a Garance Doré desk calendar for her and another friend, who is receiving a coffee themed gift, is getting a  beautiful coffee and tea calendar. My friends and I seem to trade calendar gifts like these back and forth because once the month or year is over, you can easily frame your favorite or cut it out to send to someone (I plan on doing both with my 2015 calendars gifted to me).

The emoji stickers I just think are so much fun. Even though I am giving them away, I think they could make a great addition to my planner (or anyone’s) and are the right price for me.

2. Beverage Related

The city vignette mugs from Anthro have been making me do the heart eyes emoji all day every day. Yes, their options for monogramed mugs are also beautiful (gold ones here, classic black here, floral here…proving that Anthro doesn’t have to be out of your price range) but these mugs which depict cities I love, cities the people I love happen to love, are beautiful. Several people are getting these.

A bottle opener shaped in a state so you can remember where you came from? Done.

Finally, my dad was one of the hardest to shop for because I always try to spoil my parents and with my budget this year, I am not able to. So I was going to get him a Starbucks card (let’s not even get into how much Starbucks he drinks and how well they know him) and I still am but I am including this mug as well.

3. Trinkets

I love a good trinket and can prove it with the amount of bubble wrap and boxes packed full of them currently. These are some of my favorite. I love the animal planter (which has several animal options) where my friends or family can take care of an easy succulent.

Obviously, I love anything elephant related. The dish has my heart because it says “Forget me not” and as you know, an elephant never forgets. The ring holder is equally cute.

I love foxes. And I love that this has a lid. Also, if the person is particularly foxy, that is a bonus. It’s a super long story but one time, whenever I called a specific person, the song Foxy Lady played. I’ll take it.

Finally, the giraffe is one I own and adore myself. It’s practical to hold the jewelry I take off at night and also so very pretty.

4. Candles

You may think it odd that candles have their own category here but if you have been around long enough you know that the Capri Blue Volcano Candle (in any form) is my Oprah gift. As in, if I had my own show, it would be a part of my favorite things. I would also give them away as she did cars: You get a candle, You get a candle, and You, and You get a candle!

The regulation size Capri Blue Volcano Candle is a great gift for a hostess or anyone really. I have a relative who expects one every year and so this year, this is her present and it fits perfectly in my budget for her.

For my friends, who I wish I could spoil more, the Mini Capri Blue Volcano Candle is the perfect option and price. I am partial to the Rose Gold option and a lot of people are receiving that but I did go off book for a few people too when it came to the finish.

Also, you have to keep in mind that when the candle is gone (so sad) these containers can be placed in the freezer for a few hours and then the wax pops right out and a beautiful trinket container (or a container for anything) remains.

There are other great things that carry my favorite scent (diffuser, room and linen spray, soap, and more) but this year the hand cream is new and amazing. I wish I would have put it on my list to Santa. No, but seriously.

5. Books

Of course, if you know me at all, you know I am giving books as a presents.

This Jane Austen collection is to die for, personally. The set would be incredible but my friends will have to deal with getting one at a time from me because of my budget.

Last year, I gave my sister the Rifle Kid’s Classic, Little Women. This year, I am giving her A Little Princess. There are other options too (for instance, I was between A Little Princess and Heidi this year). While she isn’t old enough for these yet, they are beautifully made and someday, I hope she cherishes these stories as I did and do.

Coffee table books (in some cases literally) are always nice because I don’t think people buy them for themselves. I love Humans of New York as do most people I know so Humans of New York coffee table book was a great option as well as the Humans of New York Stories book. And the Barista Book fit right in with a theme I had going on with a present for friends.

**Please also do not forget to consider gifts like these that can really change the world.

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I am linking up for Five on Friday with April and Oh Hey Friday with Karli.

Look for an incredible story about Monday’s post (incredible, incredible) on Monday and have fab weekend, friends!

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When I was asked what to be a part of a Favorite Things Giveaway, I was instantly excited because it’s so Oprah. In fact, the volcano capri blue candle that the winner gets from me (along with all the awesome stuff from the other ladies) (which you can find at Anthro) is something that I have been calling “my Oprah gift” for about two years. Everyone asks: what the heck do you mean your Oprah gift? And I say, it means: if I was as rich as Oprah, I would be all: “And you get a candle, and you get a candle, and you, and you!”

This candle smells like Christmas time, when you are inside and press your hand to the window as it snows. There is no pine in it. I am not being literal; it’s the feeling. It smells like getting a letter from your favorite friend. It smells like stepping off the plane in your favorite city. It smells like the moment you cross everything off your to do list. It smells like all the best feelings ever. I am not exaggerating. And I am also super picky with scents. You. will. love. this. candle.

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When the dog bites, When the Bee Stings | Volume 3

It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time. (Was that joke too much?) Once again, I am linking up with Mia and Kelli and sharing my favorite things of August which means it is September which means my friend texted me: Can you believe summer is almost over? To which I responded: I don’t want to talk about it. Now will come the real test of my reentry into Chicago. No Pumpkin Spice Latte will save me from a Chicago winter. But now I am off topic. Here are some of my favorite things.

This corner on my desk is not staged. This is my real life. Also please note I have papers in piles because it is a big desk but this corner. Mmm.I love everything about it:IMG_8178

Mug (The EveryGirl) | Elephant Art | Russell + Hazel Acrylic Tape Dispenser| Kate Spade Acrylic Gold Tone Stapler

When one of my best friends married, I got her these mugs with the initials of everyone in the family. Well, they’ve added to the family so I was so happy to go and buy this “A” mug which I kind of also think is the prettiest.IMG_8200This part of my bookshelf is my favorite because of the version of the version of Jane Austen books I found on sale and also this candle from Anthro. If you have been around for any amount of time, you know that I consider this candle to be my Oprah gift. As in, you get a candle, you get a candle! I would buy everyone one if I could. It is a life changer and I have too many. Fact.IMG_8190

Jane Austen: the Complete Works | Capri Blue Volcano Candle
These pillows massively on sale at West Elm bought with gift card. Booyah. (Oh yeah, and they are still on sale along with all the other pillows.) Also this couch to be revealed at a later date. Home Goods. So cheap and so comfy. Just how I like my couches.IMG_8185
These File Folders or the notebook (which I don’t have…yet):IMG_8205

This 2015 Great American Authors Calendar By 1canoe2:IMG_8207I bought it for myself and then realized it was so perfect for a friend so I also gifted it. Paper goods. They kill me. I am on a stationary hiatus currently.IMG_8209Finally, I don’t know if you have been paying attention on Instagram but macarons. #MatchYourMacaronsIMG_8037justdessertsThis link up is always so fun. Thanks to Kelli and Mia!MonthlyFaves ButtonOne more thing, you know these? The shoes I am obsessed with because of how they look and how comfortable they are and how on inexpensive they are? Yeah, well they are more on sale here:IMG_7881What were your faves this month?

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