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I always dedicate the month of November to Christmas shopping. I always enjoy taking the time to find everyone on my list a thoughtful gift that I know they will love, instead of scrambling for something last minute. Shopping early also helps me stay within my budget and shop around for the best price. Once the Christmas shopping is done, I have the proper time and focus to appreciate the Christmas season without feeling like I lose all of my weekends to shopping at the mall with the masses.
Of course, no matter how hard you try to find a unique and personal gift, there will always be those people on your list who are just impossible to shop for. For these people, we have the GAP family. What I love most about GAP brands (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta), is you can shop at all of the brands using one shopping cart. I love that you can hop back and forth between them so easily and only have to check out once! Even better: they constantly have online deals running AND if you spend over $50 combined (or buy one item from Piperlime!) you get free shipping! These awesome perks make it easy to shop for everyone you know in virtually one place, using one shopping cart! Above are my top ten picks for those guys who are hard to shop for, there really is something for everyone.
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An autumnal storm like last night’s is the perfect excuse to stay inside for an evening with a few of my favorite comforting items. “Heart of the City” is one of my all-time favorite re-reads. Ariel Sabar uses an intriguing summary of environmental psychology as an introduction for his collection of true short stories, documenting nine couple’s first encounters in New York City. Its juxtaposition with science and romance make it easy for me to come back to time and time again, especially on simple, rainy nights in.
Leftover from my last trip to New York City is this marvelous African tea from Ambessa. Given as a gift after a delightful meal at Red Rooster by the remarkable Marcus Samuelsson, this Safari breakfast blend stays true to the passion and quality Marcus so highly values in all of his endeavors. To boot, every Ambessa purchase gives back to a charity that brings clean water to a community in need.
The siren mug from Starbucks embodies one of my favorite Starbucks traditions of the romantic sea and makes me long for summer, but balances with cool tones of fall and is the perfect container for a hot cup of tea.
If you are anything like me, seasonal candles are one of your top-purchased decor items every time the weather turns. I love how this Vanilla Chai candle from Bath and Body Works embodies the fall atmosphere with the vanilla, chai, and subtle cinnamon notes in a welcoming and warm aroma. It’s a great way to enhance the natural scents of apples and pumpkins while maintaining the seasonal appeal. The adorable mason jar can only add to the appeal!
PS: the coaster, vase, and flower are all super affordable and from Ikea!