HOT GIFT LIST | Gift Guide for the Ladies: Animal Rings, Polka Dots, Tech Accessories, Rubber Stamps & Bambino.

Whenever the holidays roll around, I have a lot of trouble answering the question “what should I get you?”  I want to say “this, this, this and this” but what I actually say is: “don’t get me anything!” because I am a classically-trained nondeserver of things.  It’s genetic.  My mom has always told me - as her mom has always told her - “Don’t spend any of your hard-earned money on me, sweetheart.  My family here together is all the gift I need.”

Which we all know is bullshit.  Because who doesn’t want just one little gift – something they can pull the ribbon off of, rip away some pretty wrapping paper, and then experience the joy of discovering what thoughtful pleasantness sits inside?

So, here’s a guide to some simple gifts that are likely to be great picks for some of the ladies in your life, or for yourselves if you can’t resist. :)

And stay tuned for more lists of things we’re wanting… as well as things we are definitely not wanting.  Excited. :)


1.  Madewell Cat Ring / 2.  Cashmere Polka-Dot Sweater, JCrew / 3.  Jonathan Adler Squirrel Match Strike – It’s a fucking porcelain squirrel!  And it’s a useful match-strike!  What’s not to love??!!!! / 4.  Monserat De Lucca Rose Bracelet / 5.  Michael Kors Watch / 6.  -chief Handkerchiefs™ in Broads Converse / 7.  Noir Jewelry Nightfall Crystal Drop Earrings / 8.  Pom-Pom Key Chain / 9.  Bodum – EILEEN 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker (Gold) / 10.  Club Monaco Sybil Dress / 11.  Pear sweater / 12.  Backup Battery for iPhone - I tweeted about this when I first saw it in-store.  Still a little obsessed.  Pricey, but I’m getting closer and closer to buying it because the stress of my phone batt running out is a stress I cannot bear any longer. / 13.  French Bulldog Ring / 14.  French Bulldog Pendant Necklace / 15.  Mini-Bow Ring / 16.  Polka Dot iPhone Case / 17.  Gelley Karrera Bracelets / 18.  Keeper Chambray Shirt - I have this.  I love this. / 19.  DKNY Sparkle Strap Watch / 20.  Kate Spade Love Notes Bow Ring - I have this ring and get asked about it often, so here it is! / 21.  Jonathan Adler Smart Phone Dock I feel silly liking this but it’s ADORABLE! / 22.  Gift Boutique Blackboard Piggy Bank / 23.  Kate Spade iPad Folio / 24/25.  Rubber Stamp Sets / 25.  Mama Bear Mug / Papa Bear Mug - When I texted Honey a pic of the papa one in a Paper Source store he said “BUY!” – I love this mug; it’s huge, yet the perfect size, and just the right amount of adorable.  That’s what she said.

Hopefully some of the above strike your fancy a bit?  Meanwhile, I’m gonna do my best not to buy all of the things, while I work on more lists of more things I need to do my best not to buy.

Oo – any specific types of Gift Lists you’d like me to make up?

xx, Alison

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  1. Nora Rose on December 4, 2012

    I’d love to see some men and parental gift lists. Prices too because now I’m opening alllll of the links to see them… Don’t want to get my hopes up!

    • Alison on December 4, 2012

      Hi Nora – sure thing; we’re working on them right now! Hope you like what we come up with. :)

  2. Nora Rose on December 4, 2012

    Also dying because that frenchie ring is affordable and the last one I found was $170…

  3. Lena on December 4, 2012

    John and I talked about getting a Bambino of our own this Xmas, but I think I’m going to ask for the frenchie pendant in the meantime!

    • Alison on December 4, 2012

      Yes – the ‘slow boil’ approach; I like it. As with the frog, if you introduce the concept of frenchie ownership at a snail’s pace it will come inevitably to a point where you’re both wondering, “how is there not a frenchie sitting between us on this couch, undoubtedly impacting the night’s chances of sexual intercourse breaking out?”

      (Pet ownership, working for us as well as against us.)

  4. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on December 5, 2012

    loving your gift guides! We even had some of the same picks (mine were focused on the stocking stuffers). Also, damn your fella has a big bicep. I even noticed it despite the bambino weenie situation.

  5. Shulie on December 5, 2012

    That gold bow ring. I. DIE. AND ONLY $15?? Thanks for these awesome recommendations! FOR MYSELF. lulz. (Forwarding to bf, now).

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  7. Michelle on December 17, 2012

    Love all the gift ideas – the match strike is particularly eye catching! I’d add to that list items from Aditi Jewelry’s one of a kind designs ( Very pretty and made by hand using precious & semi-precious gems for their healing properties.

    I also love Bambino! Frenchies are a favorite breed of mine and those ears!! Too cute! If you check the link, there’s an item for him too – Charms for Charity! And while buying something pretty and useful, you also help animal rescues in need… WIN WIN!!

    I can’t wait to read more on your blog!!

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