Christmas For Couples: Materials

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share some items for your couple friends. Sometimes I find that it’s easier to gift for the couple instead of the individuals. I tend to do this for friends that have already checked the boxes for what they wanted for Christmas. If you can relate, but don’t want to gift a material item then go check out my Couples Guide for Experiences that was posted today as well!

Decanter Set: Amazon $26 / Pop Art Portrait: Etsy $88 / Google Home: Walmart $99Tequila Cantina Testing Set: Thoughtfully $80 / Custom Wine Stopper: Etsy $17 / Wine & Chocolate Tasting Kit: Uncommon Goods $50 / Fondue Set: Uncommon Goods $30 / What Do You Meme? Game: Target $30 / Code Names Game: Target $15 / The 5 Love Languages: Amazon $10 / Beer & Wine Shadow Box: Gifts.com $69

xx Alicia

Christmas For Couples: Experiences!

Today I am sharing some experiences for your couple friends! Depending on the couple, I find that it’s easier to gift for the couple instead of the individuals. If you can relate, this is the guide for you! In the case that you don’t want to gift an experience, then go check out my Couples Guide for Materials that was posted today as well- gotta love choices! I have included places in Charlotte to check out as well as places Dan and I have visited over the years. I know that does not apply to everyone, but it gives you an idea of the experience to possibly purchase for the couple in mind. 

Spa Date: A couple’s massage or facials can be a great gift for those that need some relaxation in their life! 

  • Nature’s Spa & Wellness 
  • Brows by Hilary 
  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
  • Savvy Salon & Day Spa

Wine Tour: A wine tour offers a great fun and learning opportunity for the couple. Each winery is different and often come with complimentary glasses! 

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery 
  • Treehouse Vineyards
  • Cabo Winery 
  • Divine Llama Vineyards

Event Tickets: Whether it be concerts, sporting events, or comedy shows- a night out is always a nice thought for a couple who enjoys any of the performers or teams in town.

  • Cher Tour 
  • Justin Timberlake Tour 
  • Luke Combs Tour
  • Hornet Tickets 
  • Checkers Hockey Tickets 
  • Comedy Tickets: Comedy Zone Charlotte 

Subscriptions: Some of these aren’t necessarily subscriptions, but have that feel in which you would need to specify your purchase quantity/time when checking out. 

  • Hello Fresh Meal Subscription 
  • Birchbox: Beauty Box Subscription for Him & Her 
  • Pack Up & Go: A Surprise Travel Agency
  • The Date Crate Subscription 

Food Tour: Know a couple who loves trying to places to eat? A food tour is a solid choice for them then! You can even make one yourself and personalize it- just set the couple up with some giftcards for each place.

  • FEAST Food Tours 
  • Taste Carolina 
  • Tour De Food

Cooking Class: If you’re friends are true foodies and want to learn how to cook some favorites then check out this opportunity. From sushi to southern food, there are a ton of options! Another bonus is that it’s usually BYOB, so you can also gift wine or a 6-pack.

  • Sushi Class at Carolina Meat & Fish Co
  • Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen 
  • Cocoa Lab 
  • Sur La Table 

Skill or Craft Class: Have a couple that has started a new hobby or got a new place? Maybe they want to craft a few new decorations or learn something new pertaining to their hobby. Look into businesses that offers these classes. Whether you pick a class or buy them a gift card, this can be a highly personalized gift. 

  • Crowned Sparrow Co. 
  • Skillpop
  • Candle Bar 
  • Painting With A Twist
  • Nailed It

Honorable Mentions: Escape Rooms, Horseback Riding & Museum Passes! 

xx Alicia

Christmas For Him!

Hey guys! So today I’m letting Dan take the reins for the Christmas for Him guide. Let me know how you think he did in the comments below! Let’s jump in. 

Are you having a hard time shopping for the man (or men) in your life? An astounding number of women spin their wheels endlessly around the holidays trying to find the right gift to buy their husband, brother, or even father. As a member of the male species, I find this to be extremely puzzling as we are pretty easy creatures to please. In this post, I dish out some tips on what you might want to add to your shopping cart for the men on your holiday list.

Experiences:

When it comes to experiences, men generally can be pretty easy to buy for. While women crave elegant and intimate experiences such as musical theater shows coming to town, couples cooking classes, winery tours, and yoga/spa sessions, guys can be more easily satisfied. The manliness inside of our bones is super content with any experience where we either get a thrill, a beer, or a little of both. Check out below where I highlight some of the hot experience gifts to buy for the lucky dudes in your life.

1.       A Day On The Range:  This experience would fall into the thrills category that I mentioned above. Men are competitive beasts and also tend to have a natural knack for the thrill that comes with weapons. To take advantage of this characteristic, you can put together a day where you take the man in your life out to the range and shoot. You can turn it into a contest between the two of you to see who is a better shot, or if shooting shotgun, who can hit the most clays. Is he not really into real guns? No matter, you can substitute in a day shooting archery bows (which is really super fun if you’ve never tried it) or even play some open paintball at a local course. Either way, this man will appreciate you spending time with him being active and engaging in an area where some women generally like to avoid. And if the man is a family member, it is a perfect way to get away from all the technology of the world and bond for a while.

2.    Comedy Night: Has your father, brother, or significant other ever cracked a joke during dinner that got on your nerves? The answer is most likely yes. Men love humor and all the silly dad jokes you see on the internet on a daily basis stem from this very passion. We may not always be funny, but it is the effort that counts. Do and quick search online of comedy clubs in your area and see who is on the schedule to perform in the beginning of the year. You can turn this into a night out on the town with dinner, drinks, and a show where you will both laugh so hard, it hurts.

3.      Skydiving: What’s manlier than jumping out of plane from 10,000 feet in the air with nothing but a parachute and a pair of goggles (well hopefully he’s wearing clothes too)? The answer is nothing and skydiving is the thrill that most men truly crave deep down inside, but are too anxious to mention or they need a woman’s motivation to complete. Do a quick Google search and see where you can have this experience nearby. Usually they have some pretty good Groupons on these experiences as well. And, if you live in a hip city, they now have these indoor skydiving places where you get the sensation of jumping out of a plane without actually doing it. They are super cool, you can check out if there are locations near you at this link: https://www.iflyworld.com/find-a-tunnel/

Material Gifts:

If experience gifts aren’t the right fit, there are still plenty of material gifts that guys love to receive that you can add to your list as well. See below for the material gift suggestions for guys.

Kegerator: Best Buy $499.99 / Wireless iPhone Apple Ear Buds: Apple $159 / New Sneakers: Nike $100 / Cigar Box: Bed, Bath & Beyond $73.99 / Watch: Fossil $125 / Watch Box: Amazon $37.99 / Poker Set: Target $24.99 / Projector TV: Amazon $99.99 / Sound system for TV: Walmart $198 / Grill: Lowe’s $229.99

xx Alicia & Dan

Christmas For The Pup

Hi guys, welcome back. Today’s guide is for those of you that are wanting to spoil your pup as I do. I have a two year old Border Collie Retriever named Jäger and he is too smart for his own good! We got him as a puppy from a family that couldn’t care for him and throughout the years he has truly taught us a lot. When we have the chance to spoil him- we do! So here are a few items we have gotten him over the years as well as for this year’s Christmas. 

Wag! Giftcard for Dog WalkingThree Dog Bakery Treats| Kong Toys (Tire Rubber)| Treat/ Food Dispenser| Collar Slide Bowtie| Raised Feeding Station| Car Safe Zip-Line| ChuckIt! Ball Launcher| Treat Puzzle| Travel Collapsible Bowls| Insect Repellent Bandana | Bark Box Subscription: Here’s a review for you on the box!

My next guide will be on Wednesday for you guys! If you have not already, check out the giveaway I have open until the 12th of December on my “Christmas For Small Business Supporters”. I have really loved putting together these guides and I hope you are loving them, especially because I have six more for you! Any guesses on the next one? I’ll give you a hint, I had to enlist some help from Dan.

xx Alicia

Christmas For The Small Business Supporter

Another gift guide and this time with a giveaway! For this third Christmas guide I wanted to share some of my favorite small businesses with you. I have had questions on why I love small business so much and my short answer is because I was fully engulfed in that community in college. I helped start a small business and worked with local small businesses in Potsdam, NY everyday! Small business truly means a lot to me and I want to share that with you guys! 

So here are some of my gift suggestions from small businesses that I have purchased from, experienced, and love. These are the small businesses that you can choose from for a chance at a $50 gift card. Check out my Instagram post to know how to enter: here!

VeztonGirl Tribe/ Simple & Sentimental/ Charlotte Candle Company/ Daniel’s Custom Gifts/ Teals Prairie & Co./ MikayLove/ Cotton & Clay Co./ 704/ Worthy Figures/ Crowned Sparrow Craft Co. / Skillpop/ Hadley Designs

These are just a handful of small businesses I love and I’m always trying to feature new ones I find. Remember to check out the giveaway on my Instagram page, it’ll be open until the 12th of December!

My next Christmas shopping guide will be on Monday so look out for that as well. Good luck for those of you that enter and I’ll see you next time! 

xx Alicia

Christmas For Her: The Make-Up Lover!

Welcome back! We are on guide number two of ten and I have to give you guys a big thank you on the support of the first one. You guys are awesome and I got so many awesome messages.  Get ready because today is packed FULL, I went big for you guys.

Today’s guide is all things make-up for a full face- start to finish. I have both drugstore and pricier items that check all the boxes for a full face. I wanted to ensure I provided options for you guys when it came to gift giving and everything within this guide I have tested and enjoy using! Whether you are buying one makeup item or making a cute gift basket full of items, this guide should make it easy for you. 

Wet n Wild Lip Scrub $3.99 / Jeffree Star Lip Scrub $12 / Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer $32 / Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer $39 / Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser $5.30 / Too Faced Born This Way Foundation $39 / Milani 2 in 1 Foundation $7.19 / Tarte Shape Tape Concealer $27 / Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer $9.99 / Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer $7 / Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder $38 / Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder $5.69 / Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer $14.95 / Benefit Hoola Bronzer $30 / NARS Blush $30 / Milani Baked Blush $7.99 / Milani Rose Powder Blush $8.99 / Morphe x Bretman Rock Highlighting Pallet $29 / Too Faced Love Light Highlighter $30 / Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter $7.94 / COL-LAB Pro Eyeshadow Pallet $14.99 / Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Pallett $38  Items not pictured, but recommended: NARS Climax Mascara $24 / L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara $9.99 / Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray $32 / Kat Von D Liquid Lips $20 / L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lip $9.99

I’ve thrown a lot at ya, but I warned you! Those mentioned but not pictured are items I truly love and just couldn’t fit into the guide visually. I wanted to make sure for those looking to gift for the makeup lover, that you had options. Think I delivered? Let me know and look out for my third shopping guide on Saturday! 

xx Alicia

Christmas For The Host/Hostess!

It’s December, so naturally it is shopping guide time! I have ten guides coming your way and I wanted to start off with something for him or her. I will be hosting our annual Ugly Sweater party soon, so I felt very inspired.

If you know someone that likes to entertain, enjoys cocktails, or even a game night here there then this is for you! Each item is linked and some are on sale.

Decor

  • Bar Cart:  Who doesn’t love a good bar cart?! This one is definitely more feminine, but it’s so cute and on sale right now for $98.99! A bar cart is a great gift as the host or hostess can style and use it in many ways around their home. It also helps conserve some counter space for parties!
  • Tray: I truly believe trays are underrated. I use trays all over my home and on my bar as well. Trays are a great way to organize your bottles or even keep bar accessories together. This one is $19.99.
  • Wine Rack: I would be silly not including a wine rack, yes even for you men. A wine rack is a great addition for a host or hostess. It’s a great year-round decor item and this specific one is on sale for $47.49.  

Drink Ware & Accessories 

  • Coasters: Any coasters will do, but these are on sale right now for $18.68!
  • Liquor Decanter: This decanter is a great addition to any bar area. Decanters don’t take up too much space and can be utilized in many different spaces; this one is $49.50. 
  • Bottle Cap/ Wine Cork Collector: I love a gift that can be personalized and these accessories can do just that! These can be wall additions or counter additions. I have a few of these in my home and they’re a fun addition for guests to use as well as being very functional. This one is $19.99.

Entertainment / Games 

  • If you guys have a Xbox, I highly suggest checking out the Jackbox party games. It’s a fun interactive game pack that has games for up to 8 players. 
  • Card Games: We all know and love traditional card games, but sometimes it’s fun to spice things up with new card games such as this one or Cards Against Humanity. 
  • Competitive Games:  Does your host or hostess love playing group or pair games? Then Heads Up is a great gift option or anything like this! These games come in handy for smaller gatherings with friends and families. 
  • Board Games: If you’re anything like me, then you love a good board game that you can make into another competition somehow. Battleship is a favorite of mine and is a great addition to any host/hostess’ collection! 

xx Alicia