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Modern Girl Gift Guide: For the person who has everything…


Do you have that one person in your life who just really has everything they need? Or who typically buys everything they want themselves? Sometimes I sit and wonder… if price was no issue, what could you buy that person who just seems to have everything?

Of course if money was no object I’d get them the very best in skincare. This La Mer cream claims to be a miracle and I’d assume using it would be like slathering your face with liquid gold. Not that it would matter, but ounce for ounce, I think they are the same price…

Forget countries and bodies of water, this stunning globe from Barney’s shows you the stars! However, we might have to return it since I don’t think it lights up.  How am I going to see the map when I bring it outside to look for the Little Dipper?

The better the perfume bottle looks, the better the perfume smells. N’est-ce pas? This Limited Edition Bond No.9 comes encrusted with Swarovski ruby fanci-stones (what the heck is a fanci-stone?) that claim to be as mesmerizing as the scent. See I told you!

Come on. Who wouldn’t want their own diamond encrusted tiara? Throw on a red dress and you’ll be mistaken for the Duchess of Cambridge as you make your way to dinner. At just under six figures its a small price to pay to be a princess. Happy biding at Christie’s!

For the tush that has everything, a super unique hanging egg chair. Perhaps the recipient will hang the chairs from a coconut tree on their own private island. I mean, a chair this fabulous can’t go just anywhere.

Perhaps for the teacher who has everything, a glass apple votive holder. For best results, bring it to school without a votive or matches. Those are frowned upon in the classroom these days.

Salt, pepper, and mustard should always be dispensed out of a sterling silver frog family. Check out that gilded tongue! If frogs aren’t your thing, theres an owl family too, complete with a gilded beak.

I don’t know about you, but my ears would definitely hear music better on a pair of fox-fur, Swarovski-embellished, gold nappa leather headphones. Although you think for the price D&G would have sprung for real pearls. Next year…

Worried about what clutch to use for all you holiday parties? Now you can carry your Amex Black Card and Maserati keys in style with your very own black swan purse. Covered in Swarovski crystals, it also comes in a white swan style. Remember girls, as Carrie Bradshaw learned the hard way, this purse is not an engagement ring.

Leave it to Versace to create a gold-finished, luxury toilet brush holder. Said to “snuggly” fit  in the corner of any bathroom, this is a gift for anyone. Toilet brush sold separately.

No entry way is complete without a stunning chandelier.  Ralph Lauren outdid himself with this 60.5 inch crystal stunner. Order fast! Its a special order and takes at least 4 weeks to ship. Tick tock!

If Cinderella was going to the ball today, no doubt the fairy godmother would outfit her with these sparkly heels. And you better believe she’s gonna glue them to her feet.

Ok, ok! My fun is over! But couldn’t resist as I do believe that sometimes we all get a little crazy over gifts during the holidays. Most of my favorite gifts are the ones that are the least expensive or flashy. A handmade item means more than a store bought one, and memories from a trip or experience will last longer than a sparkly piece of jewelry. And to be honest, all I want this year for Christmas is time with my family. But can you imagine if I really wanted a pair of embellished fox fur headphones?

But what might really be the best gift for someone who has everything? A donation in their name so that someone else may get what they really need this holiday season. Here are some of my favorite charities:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Doctors Without Borders
Habitat for Humanity
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
World Wildlife Fund

Modern Girl Gift Guide: For the Host & Hostess


I never like to head to a holiday party (or any party for that matter) without a little something for the host and/or hostess. Just a little token of gratitude for thinking of me and inviting me to their place! But the gift will vary depending on the type of event and the person throwing the party.

If its a super casual party with lots of children and families, I might opt to bring a cake or some homemade cookies in a nice jar or tin. Better yet, if the host doesn’t mind a little mess I may bring some gingerbread cookies for the little ones to decorate!  Stonewall Kitchen makes my favorite cake and cookie mixes, and they’re a local New England company!

For a fancier, adults-only party bring along some cheeky cocktail napkins — my favorites are from Domino and blogger Mackenzie Horan’s online boutique, Design Darling. Of course, to go along with your cocktail napkins don’t forget to bring along a bottle of wine or some celebratory bubbly!

I’ve mentioned the S’well Bottle before, but its just because I love it so much. Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours (really!) and hot for 12 hours. I never leave the house without mine. It comes in three sizes and the largest can hold an entire bottle of wine. Picnic anyone?

At a cozier party setting, a nice tin of loose-leaf tea will be appreciated by its recipient. Or surprise them with a fancy Diptyque candle. Choose from a set of minis, or a larger festive scent. Don’t like candles? A fresh floral arrangement delivered a day before or after will leave a lasting impression. Be sure to pick a local flower shop to ensure quality and fast delivery.

And finally, don’t forget the thank you card!!

Modern Girl Gift Guide: Under $30


When it comes to gift guides, I don’t really need too much help with things for my mom, dad, brother or husband, because I try to think of personal things that they want or need. However, where I do struggle is those odd gifts — like what to buy for a yankee swap! Here are a few of my favorite items under $30, perfect for any yankee swap whether its with your girlfriends or co-workers.

If its a girl-only yankee swap with your best gals, a fun pair of glittery studs (only $8!) or an Alex and Ani bracelet would be coveted by all. Not into jewelry? Try a hot-or-cold travel mug in a tropical print, a set of seasonal bath gels, a luxe candle, or a cute travel pouch.

If you’ve got a co-ed crew jazz up the swap with a pair of festive holiday socks (make it a “cozy night in” themed gift with a tin of hot cocoa), a S’well bottle (its amazing!), or a copper corkscrew (pair it with a bottle of red!).  Anyone can use an extra pair of earbuds, especially ones with a built in mic! Or indulge in this year’s newest trend — adult coloring books, complete with a fresh set of colored pencils.

Don’t be surprised if your gift is the one everyone keeps trying to swap for during the exchange!  Stay tuned for the next gift guide… gifts for the holiday party host & hostess!

Modern Girl Gift Guide: From the Heart


I’m trying my hand at something different this year — no gift guides! I’ve seen so many on my own Feedly page, that I just don’t think there is anything else out there I could offer, except for my own plan for Christmas gifts this year. I’m a little late in the game due to my vacation in Costa Rica, but I’m hard at work this week finishing up making all (err… most) of my gifts. Thats right. This year I am giving mostly handmade-by-me Christmas gifts.

Its not for lack of money, and surely purchasing my gifts would be the easier route with regards to time, but I thought that it might be really nice to give someone a handmade gift thats truly from the heart. They may not turn out perfect, but they will be from me and made by me, and hopefully that is better than anything else!

But for those of you who may be lacking in the creativity department, I have rounded up a few ideas for you:

Custom calendar — I made one of these for my Dad two years ago and he loved it! It was quite silly as every month was a photo of me jumping somewhere in the world (Napa Valley, Paris, French countryside, Cape Cod, etc.).  I think I used Vistaprint.com, but there are so many sites you could use.

Painting — Even if you don’t think you can paint, you can! Guided painting places like The Paint Bar in Boston are popular in so many cities and they walk you step by step through the painting. You even get to enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you do it!

Scarf/Hat/Blanket — If you can knit or crochet (like me!) you can try your hand at making one of these items. A scarf is definitely the easiest, but hats aren’t too much more difficult. YouTube videos are really helpful!

Canning — For those foodies out there, try your hand at canning your own homemade jams and butters, or savory items like picked vegetables and salsa. I’ve had this on my list for awhile — maybe next year I’ll try it!

Whatever you decide to do, the recipient is sure to love it. To me, the best part of receiving a handmade gift is knowing that someone one took their (precious!) time and used it to make something just for you.

*Picture above is from an Etsy shop called eineIdee because 1) I can’t actually show you my gifts here yet, and 2) they are just the most adorable crochet bunnies!