Gift Guide | Stocking Stuffers for Everyone

It’s glorious December and the time has finally come — the holidays! Bring on the hot cocoa, the perpetual (and shameless) display of Christmas music on my Pandora station, the hunt for the “perfect tree”, the warm glow of twinkling Christmas lights, flannel shirts, holiday cheer, snuggling up with a good book by a cozy fire, Christmas movie marathons on ABC Family, and of course, the chaotic mayhem of gift purchasing that we all secretly adore. But whether you enjoy the pandemonium of Black Friday sales (or just being in a 1 mile radius of the mall during the month of December) or not, picking out the “right” present for someone can be difficult in itself. So why stress over the smaller things, like Secret Santa gifts or stocking stuffers?

Below is something I cultivated with some fantastic stocking stuffer/gift ideas that will please just about everyone – depending on their area of interest. Hopefully it can at least help you get inspired – it’s definitely made my wheels turn! Everything in the gift guide below is priced under $100. Enjoy!

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1. For the Work Out Queen. For those who enjoy hitting the gym or going for runs, a water bottle is very much a necessity. The ones I’m seeing right now from Victoria Secret are seriously AMAZE because they all have clever phrases and sayings, like the one pictured (“I Just Can’t”) which I actually say on a fairly regular basis. { Water Bottles, $14.95 from Victoria’s Secret }

2. For the Business Gal. I cannot think of too many girls who do not love Kate Spade – and these monogrammed business card holders are so lovely. This gift would be perfect for the busy business chick who is always on the go and attending networking events. { One in a Million Business Card Holders, $30 from Nordstrom }

3. For Host with the Most. Okay, if you have not already invested in Cards Against Humanity, it is about time you do. They are hilarious, fun and…okay, yeah they’re definitely inappropriate, but they make for a great time! This gift would be perfect for the friend who has a sense of humor and enjoys hosting parties and events. { Cards Against Humanity, $25 from Amazon }

4. For the Outdoorsman. So there are actually people out there who absolutely love camping and didn’t just go for their very first time in 29 years like I did. But all joking aside – there are so many outdoor enthusiasts or just people who enjoy gadgets (like my husband, who is a little bit of both). This LED Pen Light is one of the hottest on the market right now and has received rave reviews. It’s compact, lightweight and conveniently clips anywhere. { Streamlight MicroStream LED Pen Light, $24.99 from Cabela’s }

5. For the Style Savvy Guy. If there is one thing I love on a man, it’s plaid and flannel. It also happens to be a very trendy/fashion-forward look this season. This knit scarf from The Rail is extremely well priced for the excellent quality you are receiving and would pair perfectly with a structured military jacket or peacoat this Winter. { Red Check Knit Scarf, $20 from Nordstrom }

6. For the Tween or Teen. Do you have someone a little younger in the family and have no idea what to get them? I run into this problem time and time again. This Essie nail polish collection is seriously adorable and perfect for a small gift or stocking stuffer! { Essie Winter 2014 Mini Four-Pack, $17 from Nordstrom }

7. For the Man Who Enjoys the Finer Things. Do you have a father, brother, friend or significant other than enjoys grooming products? There is no shame in the game because any man that takes care of himself gets an A in my book! The Art of Shaving is a prestigious mens grooming retailer and they have some of the best products out there. This starter kit contains pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm and a shaving brush. Aside from unscented, it also comes in an array of different smells such as Sandalwood, Lemon, Lavender, Ocean and more. This would make the perfect stocking stuffer for him. { Starter Kit, $25 from The Art Of Shaving }

8. For the Whiskey Drinker. To me, this seems like the best gift ever for those who enjoy a glass of whiskey. These whiskey stones bring a new meaning to “serving your drink on the rocks” because instead of using ice which will ultimately water down your beverage, the stones will stay cold and allow you to enjoy the flavor of your whiskey without diluting it. { Whiskey Stones & Gift Set, $20-$58 from Uncommon Goods }

9. For the Beauty Aficionado. One of my best friends has gotten super into makeup and has been learning various application techniques via YouTube Channels and bloggers – apparently it’s this whole subculture that I was completely unaware of. At any rate, I credit her to getting me into things I never even knew I needed or wanted! I just got my first eyeshadow palette and it was pretty much the best decision ever. Eyeshadow palettes are a great gift or stocking stuffer because you get a lot of bang for your buck. These Urban Decay Naked Palettes have been getting a lot of positive attention – they’re so pigmented and pretty!  { Urban Decay Naked Palette, Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – $54/each from Sephora }

10. For the Fashionista. Hellooo – I am obsessed with this (first and foremost). How adorable is this Kate Spade iPad folio? Great for the fashionista – just pair with some killer heels and bright red lips – you’ll be a force to be reckoned with. { Kate Spade New York Speak of the Devil iPad Case, $85 from Nordstrom }

11. For the Newlywed. Who doesn’t love a sweet, little trinket dish? Particularly if you are a newlywed (or soon-to-be Mrs.) so you have a safe place to put your ring and other jewelry when you are not wearing them. There are so many trinket/ring dishes out there but I just love this one – which one of my bests just so happened to purchase for me when I got married.  And may I add, it looks fantastic on a vanity! { Mr. & Mrs. Ring Dish, $12.95 from Crate & Barrel }

12. For the Pups. Come on, we could not possibly forget our beloved fur babies, right? If your pups are practically your children and have stockings like mine do, they deserve a little something special as well. If you’ve grown tired of just giving them treats and toys, how about a swanky new collar? I am so in love with these bow tie and flower ones from the SillyBuddy Etsy shop! There are literally over 200 choices available and they seriously the sweetest things I’ve ever seen! { Bow Tie and Floral Dog Collars, $45-$57 from SillyBuddy Etsy Shop }

13.  For the Vintage Lover. If you are looking for something special and unique for someone with a kindred spirit, how about a special, vintage item? You can hit any antique store, but I do also enjoy scouring Etsy for my handmade and vintage gifts. I’m not sure where my random brass pineapple trinket obsession recently came from, but goodness – they are pretty! { Vintage Brass Pineapple, $76 from OrchidandUrchin Etsy Shop }

14.  For the Sports Fanatic. Purchasing a gift for someone that eats, sleeps and breathes sports? Getting them something related to their favorite team is always a safe bet. I mean after all, one cannot have too much sports memorabilia! This knit hat is very suiting for the Winter – ’tis the season, right? { Mens Dallas Cowboy New Era Black Sport Cuffed Knit Hat, $24.95 from NFL Shop }

15.  For the Sugar Junkie. Wanting to stuff someone’s stocking with candy? Maybe you want to purchase something a little different or more sophisticated than what you would typically find at a store? One of my girlfriends recently shared this site with me and everything looks AMAZING – particularly the champagne gummy bears. YES, you heard me. Champagne. Gummy. Bears. No further explanation needed. { Champagne Gummy Bears, $20 for a 12.05 oz box from Sugarfina }

16.  For the Chef. If you know someone that really loves to cook, a custom meat or cheese cutting board would make an excellent gift choice! You can find custom cutting boards on Etsy but I just happen to know a guy named Andy (owner and operator of Handy Andy of Charlotte) that does the most beautiful and intricate work. He makes each of his one-of-a-kind cutting boards by hand and with lots of love.  He’s based out of Charlotte, NC but is able to ship all over and can be reached at alehman39@gmail.com. { Handy Andy Custom Cutting Boards, 9x12x2 board, $79.99} *Contact Andy for other size and price options as he can build made-to-order pieces but also has several that are complete and ready to ship.

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Instashop! {online boutiques discovered on Instagram}

Instagram is hands down one of my favorite apps – it’s a little more artsy/creative/visual than other forms of social media which is why I am so enthralled with it. But what’s really fantastic about Instagram is not just seeing beautiful photography or keeping up with your friend’s lives through images, but discovering unique people (bloggers, photographers, makeup artists, fashion designers, artists etc.) and my absolute favorite: online boutiques and retailers.

I am not stranger to online shopping…in fact, I prefer it. Many times I’ve been asked where I shop and the answer is: everywhere. I am not one to gravitate toward one store or one style – what I wear ultimately depends on my mood and how I’m feeling that particular day. But I will say that between a hectic life, my desire for unique items and a consistent need for instant gratification, online shopping does the trick. Additionally, I like to have a plethora of websites in my arsenal so I can refer to them when I am looking for something specific or wanting to do some virtual window shopping.

In this day and age, many people are not just using social media for personal use, but as a platform to market themselves and/or their business. Therefore, those smaller retailers out there who are using Instagram to make a name for themselves are definitely nailing it. Between accessing new followers through hashtags and having the ability to find your target market in various ways, you are essentially able to market yourself for free while building clientele. That’s the beauty of social media in terms of business – it’s a wonderful tool to use if you know how to do it effectively and efficiently. With that said, I’ve discovered several shops that I’ve added to my “shopping bookmark collection” on my computer thanks to Instagram! WARNING: Apologies in advance if this burns a hole in your pocket. Enjoy!

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1.  Ban.do

Website: http://shopbando.com

{Instagram: shopbando}

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Ummm can I explain how much I adore this site? Ban.do is an L.A. based design house that creates funky (and almost Kate Spade-esque) gifts and accessories! From bags, koozies and umbrellas to shoe clips and hair accessories – there are numerous ways to add vibrant pops of color to your life!

 

2. Wedding Chicks

Website: http://weddingchicks.com

{ Instagram: weddingchicks }

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This is one site that I was fortunate enough to discover before our wedding because I actually purchased tote bags from here and used them as goodie bags for my bachelorette weekend! Wedding Chicks not only has really incredible DIY projects for brides, but also has an array of adorable products that you cannot just find anywhere such as cute dish towels, stationary, favors and gifts. The prices are reasonable and I just adore all of the designs!

 

3.  Private Party

http://shopprivateparty.com

{ Instagram: shopprivateparty }

shopprivatepartyIf you’re on top of your pop culture game and have a sense of humor, please proceed. I stumbled upon Private Party merely by accident because someone I followed was wearing a “FEYONCE'” tee (Get it? Beyonce’? Feyonce’?), and I thought it was absolutely hysterical. This person had the name of Private Party tagged in their photo and so I found their account, checked out their site and the rest was history! This is definitely not an every day purchase but for a special occasion (or if you happen to have a friend who is engaged and want to get them a FEYONCE’ shirt), this is the place to go!

 

4. Hallelu

Website: http://shophallelu.com

{ Instagram: shophallelu }

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So I cannot say that I discovered Hallelu on Instagram, but you could say that I rediscovered it there. Now, I have to give credit to my girlfriends who lived in Wilmington, NC during college (Steph, Sarah & Emily) who took me to the brick and mortar store for my very first time (located in Wrightsville Beach). However, it had been a few years since I had stepped foot in the boutique and I didn’t realize that you could purchase their merchandise online! So needless to say, It was quite a treat stumbling across Hallelu on Instagram as it’s affordable and beachy chic. I love their selection of clothing, shoes and accessories – definitely a good go-to store for the summer!

 

5. For Such a Time

Website: http://etsy.com/shop/forsuchatimedesigns

{ Instagram: forsuchatimedesigns }

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If you’re a gift or novelty junkie like I am, this is a shop you have to visit. Not going to lie, I had a hand stamped “I Do” & “Me Too” dessert fork set made for our wedding…so it comes to no surprise that I was immediately drawn to these clever stamped goodies at For Such A Time Designs’ Etsy shop. I mean, come on…a “Cereal Killer” spoon? How amazing is that? I discovered this shop through Lauren Conrad’s Instagram account. She had a custom spoon made by them and of course, tagged them in the post which led me to their Instagram and ultimately, their website. Check it out – it’s absolutely worth your time.

 

6. t+j Designs

Website: http://tandjdesigns.com

{ Instagram: tandjdesigns }

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If you’re looking for some pretty jewels to spice up your wardrobe, check out t+j Designs. Not sure how I discovered this one on Instagram but I’ve been swooning over the new products they post! There is a large selection of statement necklaces, rings, watches, bracelets, earrings and even bags to choose from. Take a gander – you will not be sorry!

 

7. ILY Couture

Website: http://ilycouture.com

{ Instagram: ilycouture }

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I initially came across this Instagram account because I saw the “Wifey” and “Preggers” t-shirts and thought they were as sweet as can be! ILY Couture has both apparel and jewelry but their graphic tees are what make it!

 

8. Sabo Skirt

Website: http://saboskirt.com

{ Instagram: saboskirt }

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I am ALL about online shopping at U.K. and Australian based boutiques. Why? 1. If you’re looking in the right places, most of the time they will offer free (or very reasonable) shipping and returns and 2. you can discover some very unique pieces that cannot be duplicated or found just anywhere. If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it is owning the same article of clothing that everyone else owns. I found Sabo Skirt, an Australian womens boutique, quite some time ago and enjoy browsing their website for adorable summer dresses, tops, bottoms and rompers (AKA playsuits).

 

9. Hunt & Bow

Website: http://huntandbow.com.au

{ Instagram: huntandbow }

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Another Australian website that I literally drool over almost every day. This is an excellent home decor site that will allow you to shop by style and offers up both eclectic and fun pieces for your home. I cannot get enough of this place!

 

10. Child of Wild

Website: http://childofwild.com

{ Instagram: child_of_wild }

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You can never own enough jewelry and this is one you do not want to pass up – especially if you have a love for Bohemian pieces like I do! I’m almost positive I found this shop through Vanessa Hudgens’ Instagram account. She has a distinct BoHo flair to her style and when I came across Child of Wild’s Instagram account and website, I couldn’t take my eyes off of these beauties! Darling rings, necklaces, bracelets…you name it!

…Stay tuned for more Instagram finds in the blog posts to come! XO