Local Love: Made in Connecticut Gift Guide

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When I saw Bethany’s Connecticut Wish List inspired me to put together a Made in CT gift guide! So if you’ve got Connecticut pride (or know someone who does), here are a few favorites from the Nutmeg State’s makers:

Connecticut Heart by B.Meyer Studio.

Holiday Candle Collection by Northeast Nutmeg.

“Shhh… There’s Wine In Here” Mug by Glitter & Bold.

Holiday Spice Scented Confetti by The Confetti Bar.

Lapis Blue Graduated Spike Necklace by Kate Stephen Jewelry.

Soap + Lip Balm Gift Set by Treefort Naturals.

Northern Forests womens hoodie by @cinderandsalt

Northern Forests Lightweight Hoodie by Cinder + Salt.

Small State, Great Cheer Letterpress Greeting Card Set by Hartford Prints!

Vanilla Chai Soy Candle by Rayne Home Decor.

Assorted Hand Lettered Gift Tags by Karri Lee Designs.

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Chocolate Face Mask by Poor & Pretty Apothecary — that’s me!

Don’t forget to place your orders by this Thursday, December 17 to ensure delivery by Christmas. I will be closing up the shop afterwards to make way for a brand-new experience, launching early 2016. Stay tuned. ;)


12 Uncommonly Great things to get your guy for Valentine’s Day

It’s easy to lose ourselves in expectations for Valentine’s Day — flowers, chocolates, fancy dinners, maybe even a show… but guys need love, too! Luckily, UncommonGoods has a fantastic selection of unique things he’ll love — many of which are made right here in the USA. They’ve got so many great finds, in fact, that I’ve made a few mini gift guides for you:

Valentine's Day gifts for the sports fan

For the major sports fan. He doesn’t just watch the Super Bowl; he watches every game. And you know this, because you’ve started thinking of ways to soundproof the living room.

1. Ballpark Blueprints. Not that he needs it; he knows the ins and outs of his team’s stadium better than Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs knew Hogwarts. But it would look nice in his man cave. 2. Wooden Beer Tote with Bottle Opener. It’s like an emergency preparedness kit for tailgating! 3. Hockey Stick BBQ Set. Whether it’s on the ice, or barbecuing in the backyard, your guy keeps his rivals close, but his hockey sticks closer. Handmade from reclaimed hockey sticks, this set comes with a spatula, fork, and tongs.

Valentine's Day gifts for musicians

For the guy who serenades you (even when you don’t want it). Show him you appreciate the thought.

4. Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses. Okay, these are pretty cool even if you aren’t a musician. You’ll play a different note, depending on which line you fill the glass to. The set comes with two, so you can perform dinnertime duets. 5. Pocket DJ Mixer. Maybe he doesn’t claim he’s the best, but he really enjoys making mashups. (Girls, anyone? Thomas-John? Hilarious.) With this kit, he can even make them on-the-go. 6. Pick Punch. Guitarists are always losing picks. This pick punch is a fantastic gift; now they can make their own!

Valentine's Day gifts for casual drinkers

For the guy who appreciates a good drink, but not too many. Here are a few nice things to add to his liquor cabinet.

7. 14th Century Beer Stein. Handmade in New York, this beer stein is inspired by Medieval European stoneware. It holds about 30oz of liquid. He can use it for beer or coffee/tea. 8. Whiskey Stones & Gift Set. With these soapstone cubes, your guy can enjoy his whiskey on literal rocks. Once frozen, these cubes will retain their temperature much longer than ice cubes without watering his drink down, and they’re soft enough not to scratch any glasses. 9. Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses. Carved from Himalayan pink salt, these shot glasses add just a touch of salty flavor to your shots, so they’re perfect for Tequila. As long as you wipe them down after use (and don’t stick them in the dishwasher!), they will not erode. Get a set of four, with or without the bamboo serving tray.

Valentine's Day gifts for math lovers and nerds

One of the things I love most about Stan is his brain. As a math nerd, developer, and computer geek, he occasionally says things that go over my head, but I know I can count on him to fix my computer if it breaks or act as my walking calculator. I’m about 85% sure he isn’t a robot, though. ♥

10. Math Glasses. I sure as heck couldn’t figure out the measurements on these cocktail glasses, but they’d be great for a nerdy get-together with your guy and his geekiest friends, or a Breaking Bad re-run marathon. 11. Equation Watch. This watch is pretty cool, even if you’re not a math nerd. Beware: it might be detained during algebra tests. Comes in black or silver. 12. i eight sum pi plates. For the guy who appreciates math humor and good food. Made in the USA, these plates are as American as apple pi. ;)

Want even more? Check out the UncommonGoods Valentine’s Day Collection (for guys & gals) here, and their top Gifts for Boyfriend here.

This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. Read my sponsorship policy here.


Gift Guide: Her


I’m doing a few more posts than usual this week because I’m so excited about the holidays! Here’s my final gift guide: things to get for women in your life.

1. Baked by Melissa cupcakes, delivered. Seriously. They won’t ship on Christmas Day, but you can have them ship on Christmas Eve and hide them somewhere ;) 2. Echo Touch Warmers Zipper Gloves via Echo Design — so she can keep her hands nice and toasty and still use her smartphone. 3. Camp Director Tote via ModCloth. 4. Etanesh Stripe scarf from FashionABLE — give her something that means something. With every FashionABLE purchase, you’re helping women create sustainable businesses in Africa. I love my scarves5. Snow White Druzy Studs made by Jumkha. I’ve never been big into jewelry, but I’m obsessed with Druzy right now. I also love this Druzy necklace6. Santiago Huckleberry candle by Voluspa — a wonderful slightly fruity, slightly sweet scent. Or get it as a reed diffuser7. Flying Bird Botanical Tea in all sorts of wonderful flavors via Leif Shop. 8. Silver Geo Bangle with Rhinestones from Spotted Moth.

Check out all of my gift guides:

Happy shopping!

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Gift Guide: The Crafter


15 days until Christmas! For those procrastinators out there, I’ve got another gift guide for the crafty peeps in your life. (Did you see my color lover gift guide?) These suggestions all make great presents for the friend/family member/significant other who likes to DIY everything under the sun.

1. Maybelle Calligraphy Workshop in a box by ink and belle. 2. Jewelry Starter Kit from Brit + Co. 3. Craft a Life bracelet via BRIKA (available in 5 colors!). 4. Carve-A-Stamp Kit from Yellow Owl Workshop. 5. The BUST DIY Guide to Life by Laurie Hensel & Debbie Stoller — this is truly the ultimate handbook for the hands-on; I love it! 6. For the Makers monthly craft box subscription. I love getting these every month as a reminder to step away from the screen and make things. 7. Craftsy gift card. With dozens of classes to choose from, your favorite DIYer can learn how to decorate cakes as well as Peeta Mellark, and knit, quilt, make jewelry, garden, upcycle furniture, and more. 8. Americana® Clear Chalkboard Coating will transform almost anything into a chalkboard.

See even more gift ideas on my gift guide: crafter Pinterest board!

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Gift Guide: The Color Lover


I know, I know. Thanksgiving just happened, and now we’ve only got 22 days until Christmas! I thought I’d help out a little bit this year with a few gift guides. This one is for the color lovers on your list. (And yes, more than a few of these are on my own wish list!)

1. kate spade new york’s Things We Love is basically the color lover’s bible. 2. Turquoise Chartreuse Two-Tone Necklace by kluster. Get matching earrings here3. Large dots washi tape via Pretty Tape4. Neon glass wall clock via Leif. 5. Miss Pom Pom Graphic Bobble Beanie via ASOS. 6. Vegan, Formaldehyde-free nail polish in all sorts of fun colors from Madison Street Beauty7. As Good As Bold Sweater via ModCloth. 8. Multicolored Wool Ball Garland by murdock design.

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