Gift Guide Under $50 | For Hostess, White Elephant or Home

Happy December, friends! In continuing my holiday gift guide series, I’m sharing some great finds under $50 that would make a fun and festive gift for the hostess, a white elephant party or even just a fun themed gift for the home. Happy shopping and have a wonderful holiday season!

ONE - A copper coffee mug perfect for on-the-go! I’m obsessed with copper anything and I love how these mugs come with a lid for your morning commute. This would be a cute gift with a Starbucks cup or hot cocoa kit!

TWO - These felt ornaments are classic as can be and are currently on sale for $4. These would be so cute tied around a gift bag or as a finishing, holiday touch on a pair of fuzzy slippers, dish towels or a soft blanket.

THREE - I really love the vintage look on these coupe glasses. Perfect for anyone who loves craft cocktails, gin martinis or as an addition to a bar cart. These would be great on their own or with a mini cocktail recipe book like this one.

FOUR - Because a festive candle can do no wrong this holiday season.

FIVE - Add a bottle of wine to this decanter for the perfect hostess gift!

SIX - Or skip the decanter and just give your wine bottle a little festive cheer with this ‘cheers’ wine bag.

SEVEN - This ‘cheers’ weight is another great, festive gift for a bar cart enthusiast.

EIGHT - I adore the amethyst stone on this wine stopper, which is definitely a show stopper!

NINE - How cute is this hot cocoa kit? This would be fun for a white elephant gift, teacher gift—really anyone on your list!

TEN - This cheese platter has the prettiest copper stripe detailing and is a great gift for the hostess—just bring over your favorite cheese & crackers and they get to keep the platter!

ELEVEN - This “Host” cookbook is perfectly fitting for a hostess gift or to pick up for yourself this season.

TWELVE - This is the cutest spice jar and it would be perfect filled with fun tea bags, loose tea or, well spices I guess. 😂

THIRTEEN - Everyone loves snuggling up in cozy throws—especially during this season. These chunky knit blankets are so popular and can be pretty expensive. I found this one on Etsy and you can get it in tons of sizes and colors. The smallest size would be a great throw!

FOURTEEN - I had to include another platter because it’s the season of holiday parties and hosting loved ones and friends. The marble and copper on this one is so pretty.

FIFTEEN - A gift for the wine lover, this 11-bottle wine rack comes in a few metal tones and is such a cool statement piece.

In case you missed it, I also shared my “Classic Gift Guide for Me” on the blog and will have a couple more gift guides up this season! I hope you stop by again and, as always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

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Gift Guide for Her | My Classic Holiday Wishlist

classic holiday gift ideas for her

The biggest thing on my wishlist this year wasn’t something you can buy in a store and it’s not something I’m adding to this wishlist. But it is something I’ve been envisioning and dreaming about…and am beyond excited for. It’s a home. Yard space for Benny and Marlo, somewhere light and bright….a place with more space for us to welcome people into. If you asked me over the last few months what I wanted for Christmas, a home, hands-down, would have been my top pick.

…and we found it! We’ve been in a 1-bedroom apartment for the past two years and while we’ve enjoyed our time there (it’s actually where we met!), we are so excited and ready to be in a bigger space. We’re not ready to buy and will still be renting (thank you, Bay Area, for being so. dang. expensive), but we found something with more space for us and the dogs and can’t wait for this next chapter in a place that really feels like our own home.

Since I feel like a lot of my energy has been going towards sending out good home vibes lately, I haven’t even been thinking about other “things” I might want but it’s still fun to get ideas, so I did put together a quick list of a few holiday things. This list does have some higher priced items but I’m genuinely trying to share things that are timeless, things I genuinely love or things that would be a great addition to any wardrobe. Classic items in case it’s helpful to get ideas for your mom, sister, bff—or you!

Without further ado…here’s…

The Top 10 Classic Things on My Holiday Wish List

  1. To Give Back - I know it’s not a typical thing to put on a holiday gift guide but I’ve been looking for ways to do more and give back and one cause really close to my heart is animals. I was on the West Elm site the other day and found a sweet and easy way to do just that this holiday season. You can buy any of their West Elm x ASPCA Collection and $1 of your purchase will go directly to the ASPCA. The ornaments are really adorable and would be perfect for any animal lover you know or to simply snag something sentimental for yourself this holiday.

  2. Low-Heel Booties - I’ve been trying to streamline my closet lately and have noticed I have tons of booties with 3+ inch heel heights and fewer low-heeled styles that are actually wearable in my everyday life. I still love having a slight heel because I think it tends to look more flattering, but, basically—I need something classic that goes with everything and can bridge the gap between day and night. Sound familiar? Enter the M.Gemi Corsa. These come in several colors and leather/suede options but my favorite is the Mocha Suede. They’re just over 2” which I think is a good in-between.

  3. A Designer Bag - This is a SPLURGE and somewhat unrealistic with a new house, but a girl can dream. I generally purchase within the $150-$300 price range when purchasing higher-end bags but this Chloe Tess Shoulder Bag might be my next dream bag.

  4. Skincare - Sunday Riley Good Genes has truly transformed my skin. Before I started using this product, I honestly wasn’t comfortable going makeup-free. It’s pricey but so worth it. I will gladly accept this for any holiday or birthday and I think it’s a great gift item for a beauty lover—even in a gift set like this one available HERE and HERE which is under $30! You will notice results within the first week, so a smaller size will do.

  5. Perfume - When it comes to gift giving, can you ever really go wrong with perfume? Aerin Beauty Rose de Grasse perfume by Estée Lauder is the most gorgeous, amazing scent I’ve ever smelled. It’s a pricey one and the gorgeous bottle would make a great git. They also have this perfume set, which would be fun.

  6. High-Quality Travel Bags - What’s more appropriate this holiday season than a gift geared for travel? I’ve been swooning over everything Cuyana for a few years now and love this overnight bag and leather travel case set.

  7. Cashmere - I always love having classic sweaters to reach for and a gift doesn’t get much more luxurious than cashmere. I love this Cashmere Crop Mockneck from Everlane and it’s a brand that’s really transparent and admirable. The $100 price point doesn’t hurt either.

  8. Candles - There’s not much better than coming home after a long day and lighting a candle—especially during this season. I adore the scent of this Babe Soy Candle in Rosa from Anthropologie. It’s a subtle floral that’s a little rich but not overwhelming and makes the perfect hostess or holiday favor.

  9. New Sneakers - I love my Nike sneakers and typically get a new pair to workout in every year or two. I’m due for an update and love the colors available in this Nike Free style.

  10. Soft Nude Flats - I practically live in flats and they’re what I wear most for work—even into the colder months. I know these aren’t practical for colder climates but I’ve been eyeing these Via Spiga loafers for a while—and they’re currently on sale!

I hope this was a helpful or interesting read to get you geared up for your holiday shopping and I’m wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving, safe travels and a wonderful holiday season!

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x, Tyler

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Gift Guide: My Holiday Wishlist

Happy Thursday, friends! I put together my first gift guide for the season and thought I'd start with something a little different. A gift guide for me! 10 things I've been loving and lusting over—and thought maybe you'd find something you love for yourself, mom, friend, sister, etc. too. :) 

1. COZY SWEATER - I love sweaters I can live in all season long. This Free People Cuddle Up sweater quite literally sounds like the perfect thing. It comes in a bunch of colors like black and rose but you know I can never have too many white tops. 

2. COZY COAT - You know I recently snagged this camel coat and I just love the classic color. This Kensie Teddy Bear Coat would be so perfect for more casual days to cozy up in.

3. SNEAKERS - I don't Instagram my athleisure outfits as much but I am in sneakers every. single. day. From taking Marlo for a walk in the AM to working out—even to work!—they're my go-to with both leggings and jeans. I'm constantly on the hunt for neutrals I can wear with everything and while Nike Juvenate has typically been my favorite, I've been on an Adidas kick and love this pair. Neutral. Comfy. Cool. Done. 

4. NEW BOOTS - I have a pair of Steve Madden over-the-knee boots I bought during Black Friday last year for under $100, which—don't get me wrong!—I love! But it would be my dream to have a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots to last forever and I love the low heel. I also love these Everlane Chelsea Boots for daily wear and these sleek Marc Fisher boots in black. 

5. LOAFERS - I've been newly into loafers this past year and I just love how they look casually cool with any ensemble. A (slight) investment pair like these Everlane Loafers in camel would go with everything for every season. But maybe only a California winter. 😅

6. GREY DENIM - I have to admit, I have a couple pairs of grey jeans that I find harder to pair but I just love the faded wash and distressing on these AG Sophie skinnies. I've also been updating all my jeans from mid to high rise, so...I find that a new pair is justified! 

7. ESTEE LAUDER MASK BOOST - I'm just getting into facials and masks this year but I've already found a few I'm obsessed with. This Estēe Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Mask Boost is holy grail status. It's meant to bring out a more rested, radiant, energized and restored complexion after just one use and I can say—it really does! I also loved the instantly illuminating finish so much (it somehow just evens out the complexion) I bought the same product in their Wake Up Balm that I now use as a primer for a similar effect. 

8. ROSE SCENTED CANDLE - Another new obsession...candles! I can't get enough of them. I've been stocking my collection by snagging random ones from T.J. Maxx and Home Goods and have found I love a clean, fresh scent like rose. I've heard amazing things about these Diptyque candles.

9. DIFFUSER - Again, newly scent/ambiance obsessed and I love the look of this Serene House Supernova one. 

10. FIDDLE LEAF FIG - You guys, don't judge me. I killed my fiddle leaf fig. But I realized plants just don't thrive in my apartment because I don't get enough natural light. So, this Christmas, I desperately want to add some (faux) life to my home with a faux fiddle leaf fig. I mean...how cute is this Figgie? That's what I'll call him. 

So that's (mostly) all. I did add a few more favorites and wants below. What are you hoping for this holiday season and what gift guides would be helpful to see if any? I'd love to know!

x Tyler

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Shop the Look. Boots:  Nordstrom . Jeans:  Nordstrom . Bag:  Rebecca Minkoff . Sweater:  Zara

Shop the Look. Boots: Nordstrom. Jeans: Nordstrom. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff. Sweater: Zara

I can't believe it's almost Christmas! If you're like me and still doing last minute shopping—I've got you covered. Here are a few of my faves that you can still order to arrive by Christmas. For reference, check out Nordstrom's holiday shipping guidelines. You really can't beat their free shipping and ease. I'm also sharing a few things from Anthropologie that you can still snag in time, too. I had to pop into Anthropologie for a White Elephant gift and they had TOO many options! I know they're having an up to 30% off event through tonight, too. Everything I'm linking is also under $50 ! 

FOR THE WHITE ELEPHANT PARTY

FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER

FOR YOU/HER

FOR HIM

Happy holidays! x Tyler

Black Friday Sales

Shop the boots: Black  Cole Haan  boots + brown  Steve Madden  boots 

Shop the boots: Black Cole Haan boots + brown Steve Madden boots 

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving! I enjoyed my annual walk with my mommy and had tons of food with good company. Is anyone running around to catch some Black Friday deals today? I really don't ever do that and think I'm going to continue to sit back and do most of my shopping online. If you are too, I've got you covered with all of the best Black Friday deals and steals. Keep reading to see my faves. The highlights? My favorite (most perfect!) black Cole Haan booties and new favorite brown Steve Madden boots are on sale, along with my new Rebecca Minkoff bag ! Happy shopping!

NORDSTROM // Up to 50% Off select styles 

SHOPBOP // Buy More, Save More Up to 25% with code GOBIG15

 

BAUBLEBAR // 30% off sitewide with code THX

H&M // Deals from $4.99 + up to 60% off + Grab Free Shipping with code 3265! 

URBAN OUTFITTERS // 30% off All Sale. Select Sweaters $39

ANTHROPOLOGIE // 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT 

LOFT // 40% off almost everything with code BF40

SHEIN // 40% off with code COUNT40

 

NEIMAN MARCUS // 20% off sale + $50 off $200 with code THANKFUL

 

Amazon // 30% off select clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and watches with code 30BLKFRI

Ann Taylor // 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE

ASOS // Up to 60% off with code BLESSED

Athleta // 20% off entire purchase with code WORKIT

Banana Republic // Half of sweaters + 40% off the rest of your purchase with code BFRIDAY

boohoo // 70% of everything

Chicwish // extra 20% off with code BLK20

Cole Haan // 30% off + free shipping + 50% off select styles

Dolce Vita // 20% off + free shipping with code BLACK20

Express // 50% off everything + free shipping

Gap // 50% off everything with code EARLY

Gap Factory // 50%-70% off everything

J.Crew // 30% off + Extra 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything with code SHIPGIFTS

Kate Spade // Surprise Sale up to 70% off

Loren Hope // 20% off sitewide + free shipping with code THANKFULLY

Lulu Frost // 25% off with code SHOPLULU

Macy's // Extra 25% off clearance Designer Handbags, 50% off select Juniors, 60% off select coats,  50% off sweaters, 70% off memory foam pillows and toppers

Madewell // 25% off entire purchase with code FRIEND

Nasty Gal // Extra 30% off sale, PLUS 30% off select black styles

Nike // 25% off clearance with code GETOUTHERE

Old Navy // Up to 60% off

Rebecca Minkoff // 25% off all orders + free shipping + up to 70% off

Revolve // 50% off women's dresses and men's shirts with code BLACKFRIDAY20

Sam Edelman // 30% off sitewide 

Sole Society // 30% off all footwear

Stella & Dot // Extra 25% off for a total of up to 50% off

The Frye Company // The James Collection was $229 now $199 + receive $100 for every $400 spent

Tobi // 50% off sitewide

Toms // 10% off sale + free shipping

Tory Burch // 30% off with code THANKS when you spend $250+

Victoria's Secret // Buy one bra, get one 50% off with code DOUBLEUP

BEAUTY

bareMinerals // Free Collection with purchase of $75

Benefit // Get up to 6 deluxe skincare samples with your order

Murad // $25 OFF + free shipping on order $100+ with code BLACK

Shiseido // 20% off sitewide with code FF2015

Tarte // 25% off with code FRIDAY!

Temptu // 25% off sitewide with code FALLFF

HOME

The World Market // 50% off scarves + ornaments, bath towels, 20% off throw pillows + toys + jewelry, 40% off media stands

West Elm // Buy More Save More, Up to 25% off with code MOREISMORE

 

Happy shopping!

x

Tyler