Monday, November 21, 2011

Getting ready for some shopping: Our Favorite Things Linkup!

Thanksgiving is only days away and while some of you might have turkey and stuffing on the brain, I am already past that and dreaming about Black Friday. That's right...I am working on my strategies, my checklists and my coffee/bathroom breaks so I don't miss out on any of the 'early bird specials'. There is an art to shopping on Black Friday and over the years, my sister and I have mastered this event. I can't give away all my secrets but let's just say it includes sleeping in your clothes, forgoing a toothbrush and adapting a camel-like bladder for a day. However, for those of you who prefer to shop like normal, hygienic human beings- I strongly suggest you check out the Saved by Suzy Our Favorite Things Linkup to check out some great gift ideas.

One of my favorite gifts this season has to be the West Elm Acacia Slabs. These uber-luscious slabs of amazing wood are a great natural addition to any kitchen or party. And I am just a sucker for something with a monogram! Price range set from $24-$34 plus $7 for monogram and free are talking less than $50 for an amazing gift!

West Elm Acacia Wood Slabs

I just bought one as an anniversary present for my sister and brother-in-laws for their 5th anniversary (wood is the symbol for the fifth anniversary!) and I know it is going to become a staple on my holiday shopping list!

Another great gift for one of your favorite ladies is this Antique Candlestick Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters. How chic would two of these look on a dresser? Chic and functional....sold!
Urban Outfitters Candlestick Jewelry Holder
 I am also LOVING this faux fur throw from Restoration is on sale now so it is even a better deal!
Restoration Hardware Faux Fur Throw
And has anyone checked out the jewelry at Banana Republic lately? I have been loving me some of that! Check out this sparkler for less than $50- great for the holidays!
Banana Republic Eliza Bracelet
And I have always felt that you can NEVER go wrong with something personalized. Everyone gets a little tickle out of seeing their name in print....c'mon, admit it! I was surprised when I opened the Red Envelope catalog and saw this collection of graphic pillows some of which you can personalize. These would be great in a kids room, den, master bedroom, living room...the possibilities are endless!

Red Envelope Graphic Pillows

Ok, I have given you lazy folks a few great ideas. If you need some more, be sure to check out Saved by Suzy for the Our Favorite Things Linkup. Or if you are one of those people who I so envy who finished all their holiday shopping, you should check out her blog anyway- it is always a great read!

Saved By Suzy

Do you have any gift ideas you would like to share? C'mon, don't be up to the party or share right here!


  1. I love your personalized ideas Joanne - I think we're on the right track with not going wrong with something personalized or monogrammed. And I love the wooden cutting boards from West Elm - I forgot about the kitchen goodies on my list. This is fun!

  2. Love the restoration hardware throws...have ones from last year but not the faux fur ones. Also that bracelet from BR is just my style and anything from west elm.

  3. Thanks for joining the party Joanne! So many great ideas, but I really love the personalized pillows and the wood slabs. Happy Thanksgiving (and Black Friday :) ).

  4. I am loving those West Elm slabs, Joanne! I think they're going on my wish list.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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