Gifts for Em

17 December 2015

I’ve been feeling the pressure of the last-minute gift crunch the this week, just wanting to get our loved ones things they will LOVE and need or want, not things that will simply take up space in their lives. Sometimes I’m at a loss for ideas, sometimes I’ve got great ideas but they’d require doubling or tripling our gift budget, and sometimes (sometimes!) I come up with a good idea and it actually fits within our budget. I don’t have any gift guides to share this year, but as I work on checking off the last few folks, here are a few things on my own list! Maybe it will inspire a gift for someone you love :)


Clockwise from top left:

— My “fashion sneakers” are reaching the end of their life. I think these blush ones would be a welcome replacement!
— We’re always looking for new recipes, and I’ve heard great things about this cookbook.
This vest would be a perfect layer for our mild North Carolina weather.
— Over the last few years I’ve definitely embraced the idea that a bold lip color can transform a basic outfit. This one looks beautiful (I first saw it here), and as a bonus, all the ingredients are organic.
— I’m thinking this style of PJs will be helpful for nighttime feedings in the months to come. My favorite pattern is actually Jetsetter, but the photo was more scandalous! :)
— John and I are all about adventures, and it would be so fun to have this beautiful canvas to record our travels. Plus, the colors could not be more perfect for me – they’re basically the same as the EFM logo!!
— I also love the colors of this happy little garland, and think it would be so fun to bring out for each family birthday in the years to come!
— I’d put this retro board somewhere on our first floor (maybe in the entryway?) to spell out favorite quotes and fun welcome messages.
Hunter boots are, of course, a total classic, and one I hear is worth the investment. I think I’d go with navy.
— Bonus! After a year of searching, I actually bought these booties on Black Friday, but I had to include them here because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! John teases me because I’ve worn them almost every day since they arrived, but they are a dream – comfortable all day from the first wear, a fantastic color, and they go with everything. With the low heel, I like to think of them as my stylish mama booties. I’m already picturing myself wearing them to chase a little one-year-old around the playground :)

What’s on the top of your list this year? I always get inspiration from what others are wishing for!

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December 17, 2015 9:45 am

I love seeing people’s personal wish lists! :) I got hunters for Christmas last year and have been truly amazed at how often I wear them. They’ve become the item that I recommend to everyone!

December 17, 2015 9:49 am

Love this list! I’d love to see a picture of the booties in action. I’ve been feeling like I need some like this but also like I’m not fashionable enough to pull them off and unsure of what I could pair them with.

December 17, 2015 10:04 am

Hi Rachel! Hopefully this is an encouragement to you – I am usually a very late adopter of fashion trends, but I have found booties like this so easy to wear! So far, I have worn these ones with skinny jeans, with leggings that go down to the ankle, and with dresses. Something about the color also makes them easy to wear with black, so that’s a nice bonus! With a simple pair like this, I think it would be hard to go wrong :)

December 18, 2015 1:37 pm

I’ve had my Hunters since 2011….and they are still my go-to winter shoe. Still holding up well, even after two snowy winters in Austria too. Love those booties too!

December 29, 2015 11:35 am

Literally just opened up a pair of Hunters & that vest in navy on Christmas morning and you’d think I had won the lottery! Love these!

December 29, 2015 2:49 pm

I am chuckling over your comments about the Lucky booties because I bought the exact same pair over Thanksgiving and wear them practically every day! In fact, I’m wondering how I wasn’t just walking around barefooted before I had these shoes! I am planning to get them in black because I love them so much.
Also, I adore the idea of a family birthday garland, and that message board is too perfect! I want one in my kitchen. It would be a fun place to put a menu up for dinner with family or guests.