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Gift Guide: For KIDS

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Today is all about gift ideas for the kiddos! My kids range in age from 7-13 so that’s where I feel the most versed, however I did my best to include ideas for a wider age range as well as keeping the ideas fairly gender neutral. Some of the larger gift ideas include this Crazy Cart (we have two and they are a neighborhood favorite), lego sets for the older kids (my son is hoping to find this NASA rocket under the tree and this Home Alone house is one I wouldn’t mind working on either!) and a comfy plush chair to relax/read/game in. My older two have a lot Harry Potter items on their list this year, this coloring book being one of them. We also have this trivia game that they love testing their knowledge on. I love that Cards Against Humanity came out with a family friendly game that we all can enjoy. A cute Christmas story and a festive mini waffle maker would also be hits here. I’ve become a sock snob and it’s now rubbing off on my kids! Everyone loves their Bombas and I love their great quality as well as comfort. There’s always the mini polaroid that kids seem to love (my girls each have one) and they have lots of accessories to along, such as this cute picture frame. Practically speaking, my kids always love a new water bottle and they find alarm clocks fun at their young ages (ok, maybe not my teenager). My son and his friends love these cubes as they are easy to maneuver and have magnets inside which some of the other brands do not (don’t ask me, I’m not a cuber!). The Echo Dot is another practical gift that I find beneficial for myself. Our kids each have one in their rooms which allows me to drop in to ask them questions instead of yelling from all over the house! You can also use it as a clock and play music on, which my girls take full advantage of. I hope some of these things will bring smiles to their sweet faces come Christmas morning!

Gift Guide: For HIM

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Today we are moving right along to all those guys in your life. Husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles or friends, there’s something for them all! A lot of the men in my life tend to be very practical, so it only makes sense to gift them something they would put to good use. You can never really go wrong with a great pair of pj’s or slippers, especially this time of year. The same goes for a pair of snow boots for those of us that have plenty of snow in our future. My husband loves his sweats, especially because he works from home, so freshening up his wardrobe with some updated joggers or a new hoodie would certainly be appreciated. The Theragun seems to be a fan favorite…we’ll have to see if that one makes it under our tree this year! For the music lover, I love the look of this record player. It would look great in a home office. For the sports fanatic, these coveted trading cards may be exactly what he didn’t know he wanted. And for the traveler, I included a great duffle as well as a handsome looking toiletry bag. Between those and a few other odds and ends, I hope some things above help you to narrow down your shopping list!

Gift Guide For HER

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Christmas shopping is in full swing and I have a few gift guides coming your way that will hopefully give you some assistance! Starting off with the ladies, I’ve gathered a number of ideas that should cover friends, sisters, mothers and daughters alike. Cozy loungewear and slippers paired with a faux fur blanket would make for a great gift bag! A festive puzzle and coffee supplies would be great to bring along for anyone that may be hosting you this year. For those on-the-go women, a splurge-worthy pullover paired with some chic pants and a cute, yet practical duffle bag would be ideal. For the traveler, anything from an amazing cosmetics bag to packing cubes or a crossbody bag would be appreciated. There’s also a handful of items that would make a great add-on to other gifts you may already have including some amazing socks, cute and festive earrings, a cute hat or cozy gloves. As much of a gift lover that I am, I love being the giver and hope these help to inspire your gift giving as well!

Neutral Layers

Colder weather has made its way in and consequently layers have quickly come in to play. I broke out my cocoon coat for the first time this season and was reminded how much I love it. I have it in a green as well, but I purchased this neutral color last year and had no idea how much I’d be gravitating towards it. They have some beautiful colorways available this year (dying over the purple) including a similar color to what I’m wearing. My pants are older, but you can find a similar style here. These chelsea boots became quick favorites last year and I know they’ll continue to be a closet staple this year as well. They are great with all of the ankle length pants that we all love right now. Varley is a brand that I’m growing more and more fond of. They are a little pricey but the quality and fit are well worth it in my book. I have their longer Vine Pullover and just recently got this cropped pullover which I’m obsessed with. It’s casual by default (you can easily pair it with leggings or joggers) but more dressy than a sweatshirt. Great ideas to add to your Christmas list!

Shop the Look

I’m still here taking in the gorgeous fall we have been having. The weather and the views have been nothing less than magnificent. It’s been perfect sweater weather, this one in particular getting a ton of wear. I love a good quarter-zip and I’m tempted to grab it in a few more colors, especially while it’s on sale. Neutrals have really been drawing me in however. I ran with the neutral inspiration when Kathy of Magpi & Bobbin asked if I’d collaborate on a bracelet stack with her. Together we came up with a stack of bracelets that can be worn with most any outfit. It’s named accordingly as the ‘Marisa Stack‘. We also created a smaller stack of three that would be perfect for any festive holiday outfit you may have planned. I’m so thrilled with how they turned out and hope you all love them too! Kathy was kind enough to offer a 15% discount on any purchase from her site, just use code marisa15 to grab yourself some jewelry and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

sweater / jeans (similar) / sunglasses (similar) / bracelets (use code marisa15 for 15% off your order) / boots