Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping made easy! Can’t think of what to get for your loved ones, friends, neighbors…? I’ve put together a HUGE gift guide for ideas! Also, look for Black Friday deals coming tomorrow for great deals on a ton of these same items!!!

For Her:

Kate Spade New York Tiny Metro WatchKate Spade New York Tiny Metro Watch

Louis Vuitton ‘Neverfull’ ToteLouis Vuitton 'Neverfull' Tote

Chunky Striped-Knit ScarfChunky Striped-Knit Scarf

La Soula Birthstone Diamond Earrings

Birthstone Diamond Earrings

Ann Taylor Boucle Reversible CoatAnn Taylor Boucle Reversible Coat

Karen Walker ‘Harvest’ SunglassesKaren Walker Harvest Sunglasses

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ Rollerball TrioMarc Jacobs 'Daisy' Rollerball Trio

For Him:

Nixon Sentry Chrono WatchNixon Sentry Chrono Watch

Prospector Co. Beard KitProspector Co. Beard Kit

Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo

Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo

Genuine Leather 4 Watch CaseGenuine Leather 4 Watch Case

Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer’ SunglassesRay-Ban Classic Wayfarer' Sunglasses

Brixton Heist BeanieBrixton Heist Beanie

For the Cook: 

The Mac + Cheese CookbookThe Mac + Cheese Cookbook

Grand Dame Recipe TinGrand Dame Recipe Tin

Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden Starter KitClick & Grow Smart Herb Garden Starter Kit

Better on Toast CookbookBetter on Toast

Villa ApronVilla Apron

The Smitten Kitten Cookbooksmittenkitchen-3

For Her Wide Side:

BB Dakota Reagan CoatBB Dakota Reagan Coat

Junk Food Stay Wild TeeJunk Food Stay Wild Tee

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf ClutchClare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

Southward Apparel ‘Outlaw’ Long SleeveSouthward Apparel 'Outlaw'

Sonix Wild Thing iPhone CaseSonix Wild Thing iPhone Case

Christian Louboutin ‘So Kate’ PumpsChristian Louboutin So Kate Pumps

For the Gym Rat:

Trina Turk Laser Cut TankTrina Turk Laser Cut Tank

Tory Burch for FitBit Metal Hinged BraceletTory Burch for FitBit Metal Hinged Bracelet

Nike WindRunner

Nike Windrunner

GoFit Extreme Abdominal WheelGoFit Extreme Abdominal Wheel

Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Breathe’ Training ShoeNike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Breathe' Training Shoe

Fitbit ‘Charge HR’ Wireless Activity & Heart Rate TrackerFitbit 'Charge HR' Wireless Activity & Heart Rate Tracker

But First…Let Me Take A Selfie:

Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone PrinterFujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer

Selfie Click StickSelfie Click Stick

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant CameraFujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

3-in-1 Photo Lens Kit3-in-1 Photo Lens Kit

For the Morning Person (or “not-so” morning person):

Darling Grand MugDarling Grand Mug

ban.do ‘Hot Stuff’ Thermal Travel Mugban.do 'Hot Stuff' Thermal Travel Mug

Golden Monogram MugGolden Monogram Mug

I Woke Up Like This MugI Woke Up Like This Mug

For the Music Lover:

Frends with Benefits ‘Taylor’ HeadphonesFrends with Benefits 'Taylor' Headphones

Crosley X UO Cruiser Briefcase Portable Vinyl Record PlayerCrosley X UO Cruiser Briefcase Portable Vinyl Record PlayerBraven Lux SpeakerBraven Lux Speaker

Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear HeadphonesBeats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Sunnylife Beach Sounds Portable Radio and SpeakerSunnylife Beach Sounds Portable Radio and Speaker

For The Interior Designer: 

Glass House Display BoxGlass House Display Box

Abacus Table LampAbacus Table Lamp

Quentin Chair in Vivid FloralQuentin Chair Vivid Floral

Tapestry Art Deco Woven Wall Hanging by SoulHavenCoTapestry Art Deco Woven Wall Hanging by SoulHavenCo

Peruvian MirrorsPeruvian Mirrors

Iridescent Angles VaseIridescent Angles Vase

For Your Favorite Yogi:

Spiritual Gangster ‘But First Yoga’ TankSpiritual Gangster 'But First Yoga' Tank

Gaiam Thirsty Yoga Mat TowelGaiam Thirsty Yoga Mat Towel

Printed Chic BraPrinted Chic Bra

La Vie Boheme Yoga Navajo Yoga MattLa Vie Boheme Yoga Navajo Yoga Matt

Electriflora LeggingsElectriflora Leggings

For the Travelor:

Sorial Gramercy Convertible BackpackGramercy Convertible Backpack

Wildfox ‘Hibernating’ Eye MaskWildfox 'Hibernating' Eye Mask

J.Crew Calf Hair Luggage TagJ.Crew Calf Hair Luggage Tag

kate spade Cedar Street Dot Makeup Carryallkate spade Cedar Street Dot Makeup Carryall

Anthropologie Birdwatcher WeekenderAnthropologie Birdwatcher Weekender

Fossil Passport CaseFossil Passport Case

Small Leather Travel JournalSmall Leather Travel Journal

For the Jewelry Fiend: 

Made by Mary Skinny Bar NecklaceMade by Mary Skinny Bar Necklace

I Love You Dish TrayI Love You Dish Tray

David Yurman Petite Wheaton RingDavid Yurman Petite Wheaton Ring

Alex and Ani Initial BangleAlex and Ani Initial Bracelet

Anthropologie Conservatory Jewelry KeeperAnthropologie Conservatory Jewelry Keeper

Maya Brenner Long Horizon NecklaceMaya Brenner Long Horizon Necklace

Eirene NecklaceEirene Necklace

Nashelle Be…’Identity’ RingsNashelle Be...'Identity' Rings

For The Gabber:

Sonix ‘Liana’ iPhone CaseSonix 'Liana' iPhone Case

HEX ‘Solo’ iPhone Wallet CaseHEX 'Solo' iPhone Wallet Case

Understated Leather Icon Leather iphone CaseUnderstated Leather Icon Leather Iphone Case

Universal Phone MountUniversal Phone Mount

Stella McCartney ‘Lips’ iPhone CaseStella McCartney 'Lips' iPhone Case

For Mrs. Organization:

Kate Spade New York Stripes Spiral AgendaKate Spade New York Stripes Spiral Agenda

Bag-All Weekend Getaway Bag SetBag-All Weekend Getaway Bag Set

Grocery and Meal PlannerGrocery and Meal Planner

For the Movie Star: 

Trainwreck DVDTrainwreck DVD

Jurassic World DVDJurassic World DVD

Furious 7 DVDFurious 7 DVD

Spy DVDSpy DVD

Gone Girl DVDGone Girl DVD

For the Creature of Comfort:

West Elm Faux Fur Sheepskin ThrowWest Elm Faux Fur Sheepskin Throw

J.Crew Midweight HoodieJ.Crew Midweight Hoodie

Fair Isle Trouser Socks

Fair Isle Trouser Socks

Victoria’s Secret Pink Campus PantVictoria's Secret Pink Campus Pant

Free People Blanket II Pointelle Socks

Free People Blanket II Pointelle Socks

For The Avid Reader:

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train

Modern Romance by Aziz AnsariModern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

Chasers of the Light

Why Not Me? by Mindy KalingWhy Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

The Martian by Andy WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir

For the Animal Lover:

J.Crew for David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Save More Elephants SweatshirtJ.Crew for David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Save More Elephants Sweatshirt

Lagos ‘Rare Wonders – Turtle’ Long Talisman NecklaceLagos 'Rare Wonders - Turtle' Long Talisman Necklace

Stella & Dot ‘Getaway’ BagStella & Dot 'Getaway' Bag

J.Crew Bulldog Trouser SocksBulldog Trouser Socks

Ann Taylor Elephant PendantAnn Taylor Elephant Pendant

For those Who Live in Cold Weather:

Free People Marled Boucle Pom BeanieFree People Marled Boucle Pom Beanie

Anthropologie Shimmered Pocket ScarfAnthropologie Shimmered Pocket Scarf

Bickley + Mitchell X UO Hooded ScarfBickley + Mitchell X UO Hooded Scarf

Pointy Arctic MittensPointy Arctic Mitten

Zigged Formation PulloverZigged Formation Pullover

Italian Wool Shawl-Collar SweaterItalian Wool Shawl-Collar Sweater

For the Hostess with the Mostest:

kate spade new york Dot Glasswarekate spade new york Dot Glassware

Lollia Hand CreamLollia Hand Cream

Humans of New York Table BookHumans of New York

Diptyque Fue de Bois Scented CandleDiptyque Feu de Bois Scented Candle

Anthropologie Snow Dust ThrowSnow Dust Throw

Barr-Co. Hand DuoBarr-Co. Hand Duo

For the Beauty Enthusiast:

Naked Vault – Eyeshadow SetNaked Vault

M.A.C. ‘Irresistibly Charming – Nude’ Mini Lip Gloss SetM.A.C. 'Irresistibly Charming - Nude' Mini Lip Gloss Set

Temptu AirBrush SystemTemptu AirBrush System

The Artist’s Studio Tinted Lip TreatmentThe Artist's Studio Tinted Lip Treatment

Precious Elements Brush Set

Precious Elements Brush Set

Deborah Lippmann Undressed Shades of Nude SetDeborah Lippmann Undressed Shades of Nude Set

For the Tech Obsessed:

ban.do Back Me Up Chargerban.do Back Me Up Charger

GoPro HeroGoPro Hero

Gold HoverboardGold Hoverboard

For the Hair Stylist:

Stellar Hair SetStellar Hair Set

Free People Printed Wide HeadbandsPrinted Wide Headbands

Free People Large Feather BarretteFree People Large Feather Barrette

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Head PieceRhinestone Flower Head Piece

Nume Hair Products ON SALE! Codes expire 12/31

Nume

All Curling Wands for $28, use code: GOTTACURL

Classic Couple: Classic Wand and Straightener for $56, use code: DOUBLEDOWN

The Silhouette Straightener for $26, use code: SMOOTHDEAL

55% off SITEWIDE (minus holiday) + Free Shipping, use code: STOCKUP

Wand Sets (minus octowand set) only $87, use code: SETSONSALE

For the Bag Lady:

Embellished Fringe ClutchEmbellished Fringe Clutch

Onna Ehrlich ‘Sade’ Fringe Handbag

Sade Fringe Handbag

Chloe ‘Marcie – Small’ Leather SatchelChloe 'Marcie - Small' Leather Satchel

Loeffler Randall ‘Work’ ToteLoeffler Randall 'Work' Tote

Ora Delphine ‘Adele’ SatchelAdele_Merlot_Front_1024x1024

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving and good luck at those sales tomorrow!!!

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

This weekend Janell, Brit, and I were making food and decorating for our friend Jess’ baby shower. Brit has a mini donut maker, so we decided to make these the night before as a test run. I could not stop eating them…they are delicious!!! Pretty sure I ate the entire batch…ok I didn’t because we shared…but I could have. You have to try out this recipe!

Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Yield: 24 mini donuts

Total Time: 20 minutes if using electric donut baker!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

For the icing:
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

If using electric donut maker, preheat. If using donut pans, preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease donut pans.

In a small bowl, whisk together milk and sour cream. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In large bowl, or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar, until light and fluffy – about 1 minute. Add egg, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Beat for 30 seconds, scrapping down the bowl as needed.

Then alternating flour mixture and milk mixture, combine all ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix.

Transfer batter into a piping bag, or a ziplock bag with the tip cut off.

If using mini donut pans: Fill each donut indention 1/2 full. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and cool completely.

If using the electric donut maker: Fill each donut indention 3/4 full. Bake according to manufactures instructions, or until the donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and cool completely.

For the icing:
Place wax paper under a wire rack to collect drippings for an easy clean up.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze and transfer to a wire rack to dry. Let set for 10 minutes and serve!

Will keep for a day or two in an airtight container, but are better fresh!

 *found at The Novice Chef

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

 

Ceviche Tostadas
Makes four

For the ceviche
4 grouper or red snapper fillets

Juice of 20 limes
4 serrano or jalapeno peppers, sliced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Saltine crackers or corn tostadas

1. Slice fish sashimi style (¼-inch slices, slicing from top to cutting surface).

2. Make a marinade of lime juice, peppers, cilantro, and salt and pepper.

3. Submerge fish in marinade. Let rest in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

4. Combine fish with garnish (recipe below).

5. Serve atop tostadas or with crackers as a dip.

For the garnish
1 tomato, chopped
¼ onion, chopped
1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped 
1 jalapeno, chopped 
1 avocado, sliced 
Juice of 2 limes
Salt to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Aguachile
Serves four to six

Ingredients
1 lb. shrimp peeled, deveined, and butterflied 
2 c. fresh squeezed lime juice 
1½ English cucumbers 
¼ c. cilantro leaves and stems 
2-3 serrano chilies, coarsely chopped
½ red onion, thinly sliced 
1 avocado, sliced 
1 sm. bunch of cilantro sprigs (to garnish) 
Salt to taste

1. Place the shrimp in a bowl and cover with 1¾ c. lime juice.

2. Toss together to submerge. Let the shrimp sit for 15 minutes until they turn pink and opaque.

3. Peel, seed, and coarsely chop one cucumber.

4. Place chopped cucumber in a blender with cilantro leaves and stems, one of the serrano chilies, and 2 tbsp. of the reserved lime juice. Add ½ tsp. salt and puree until smooth.

5. Add additional chilies, salt, and reserved lime juice to taste.

6. Toss sauce with the shrimp.

7. Slice the remaining ½ cucumber into ¼-inch rounds and arrange on a platter. Top with the shrimp-and-sauce blend.

8. Place the red onion and avocado on top.

9. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

10. Serve with tortilla chips.

Roasted Jalapeno Gacamole

(serves 6)

Ingredients

2 limes, juiced

1 tsp coarse salt

¼ cup chipped red onion

1 large jalapeno

2 avocados

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Combine lime juice, salt, and red onion in a medium bowl and set aside. Blister jalapeno on a grill, turning frequently. Once blackened, removed from heat and let cool. Using a paring knife, completely peel and see pepper. Cut into thin strips and combine with lime juice and onion mixture.

Pit, peel, and dice avocados into medium-sized chucks. Fold chopped cilantro and avocados into the marinating onion and pepper mixture, mashing the avocados slightly for a chunky texture. Serve with tortilla chips or as a side to tacos.

Smoky Chipotle Crema

Serves six

Ingredients

1 cup sour cream

3 tbsp sauce from canned chipotle in adobo (can get at speciality food stores or the Mexican ingredient sections of most grocery stores.)

Mix ingredients together and serve as a side to tacos.

Pineapple Pico de Gallo

Serves six

Ingredients

2 cups 1/4 –inch diced pineapple

4 Peppadew peppers

1 tsp Peppadew surup

¼ cup chopped red onions

Juice from half a lime

1.4 tsp Ancho chili powder

Pinch coarse salt

Combine all ingredients and serve as a side to tacos or with toritlla chips.