Because It’s Almost Christmas

For some strange reason I like to wait until the last-minute to do everything. As you can imagine, it’s no surprise that I’ve stalled until December to think about, let alone start, my holiday shopping. Since making the effort to go to different stores will drive me to drink too much, I’ve decided to shop online during this glorious Christmas season. While surfing the Internet, which I somehow find large amounts of time to do, I’ve discovered some pretty cool gift ideas.

Monogram It!

I’m usually not into monogramming because it makes me feel like a totally unoriginal sorority girl (again). If it is done right, however, personalization can add a nice touch to any gift. It makes you look like you went extra out-of-the-way to do something nice, when really it only took about five minutes to order online. I won’t tell if you don’t.

Iomoi has AMAZING custom stationary. I’m such a fan of their colorful products (and not just because Gwyneth Paltrow is, too). The company offers patterns and prints for every personality and age, with a set of 20 personalized cards and envelopes priced at $78. A few of the designs that I live and breathe for:

iomoi Muffie and James Custom Stationary

iomoi Snake Pattern Yellow Custom Stationary

iomoi Rosemary Custom Stationary

iomoi Party Monkeys Custom Stationary

Pillow Talk

How can you not be obsessed with these pillows, designed by Ross Menuez for AREAWARE? These are definite conversation pieces, but of course in a good way.

$40 Bearded Mini Collie Cushion

$40 Elephant Mini Cushion

$40 Panda Mini Cushion

Travel Chic

The holidays mean lots of traveling for me, however far in the mountains I may find myself (and not by choice). Wherever your family leads you, chic and fashionable travel accessories are a must.

Madewell's $35 Zebra-Print Voyage Passport Case

Anthropologie's $18 Cross-Continent Passport Case

Plylones $14 Luggage Tag

Anthropologie's $198 Riveria IPad Case

Beauty Bitch

Beauty brands always offer amazing packages for holiday gift-givers. I stay away from gifting fragrances, but most everything else beauty-related is fair game. Too Faced Sweet Dreams Makeup Collection is a perfect gift for the lady who loves to stay glam 24/7. The set includes my absolute FAVORITE bronzing powder – Chocolate Soleil Bronzer – along with 15 versatile eye colors, a gorgeous highlighting powder, two blushes, and their best-selling Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer. Makeup is expensive and, at a $186 value, this $52 set can’t be beat. Your friend will thank you! Available at

Too Faced Sweet Dreams Makeup Collection

With makeup that keeps multiplying, of course a girl’s gotta have a cute beauty bag. I love cosmetic accessories by Trina, which are affordable, colorful and fun. Available at

$70 Trina "Kelly Stripe" Gold Deluxe Weekender

Trina $36 "Lillie" 3 Piece Travel Pouch


Don’t know what to gift? Etsy is the best site to explore for any budget. Offering unique, often-homemade crafts from jewelry and scarves to the more expensive items like furniture and art, Etsy really has it all. Whether you’re shopping for the terrible children you babysit for or your strange, awkward boss, you’re likely to find the perfect gift here.

$10 Sweet Blue Rose Hair Pins

$18 Ceramic Wine Stopper

$44 Brass Snake Hoop Earring

Happy shopping, all!

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