Stocking Stuffers Under $20

I’ve rounded up 12 stocking stuffers for this year- all under $20! Beauty, home decor and fun accessories galore. These would be great for almost any gal on your list. Every image is clickable and it will take you straight to the site to purchase. Hope you’re able to finish up your shopping lists soon. And I’ve linked my other 2017 Gift Guide posts below as well in case you missed those.

2017 Gift Guides

Small and Women-Owned Businesses

Gifts Under $150 // Gifts Under $50

 

Holiday Decor 2017

I went a bit simpler with holiday decor this year. Still plenty of festiveness but I didn’t want it to feel too cluttered or busy, so I scaled back. Almost everything is the same, but I moved items around to different areas of the apartment or styled them in a different way to keep things fresh. A great way to save money and sanity rather than buying all new decor each year! I did get a few new additions including this garland that I’m obsessed with. Hope you enjoy this year’s decor and the tips I’ve included below!

Lights wrapped around the mirror and a tiny tree on the dining table, along with the buffalo check pillow swap on the bench. 
Quick and easy decor- clip a few parts of your tree (these had already fallen off when it arrived) and stick in vases full of water! I also added fake pinecones and fake berries to this little vintage bowl for another festive touch. Another tiny tree on the side table next to the sofa. Added the jingle bell garland over the bar this year! My mom gave it to me years ago and I put it in a new spot each year. Really loving it here though.
Tiny accessories in the bar cabinet as well. Throw a few ornaments in a bowl and you have instant decor! 
The new settee got a quick pillow swap too- for these cute target ones from a couple years ago (no longer sold that I can find, but linked similar below).
One of my favorite touches this year. I saved the ribbon I had on my tree in previous years and repurposed! Easy and free! Just tied a giant bow around my macrame wall hanging. 
This target marble tree is fairly new and was a gift from my mom. Love the simplicity and beauty of it. Another example of throwing a few ornaments in a vessel..this time a vintage milk glass vase.
The bedroom has a few holiday touches as well. One of my dear friends made this for me years ago as a nod to our college years. Rock Chalk!   Another favorite- my mini disco balls. The perfect complement to my fun side table.


And last but not least… the tree! With the best gift of all sitting next to it. My pup, Plum. January will mark two years since I adopted her. Can’t imagine life without this sweet goofball. “Ugly Christmas Sweater” from Target 🙂     

Happy Holidays and stay tuned for one more gift guide coming this week- stocking stuffers!

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2017 Gift Guide: Under $50

This guide has everything under 50- fashion, home decor, tech, jewelry and more. **OMG I just realized that sounded like Stefon from Saturday Night Live but now I have to leave it here 🙂 …

Anyway- These are perfect for a friend, sister, co-worker, mom, aunt… just about anyone. I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites below and every item is clickable so just click to shop and it will take you directly to the site!

Some of these are definitely on my wish list this year!

For someone who appreciates tech and design, the phone/vase combo is so interesting and chic! You can’t go wrong with good dish towels and those from Target would be too cute in any kitchen. And yes, I know the lamp is $4 over price but it’s just too gorgeous not to include! The brass/marble combo gets me every time. Hope you enjoy! One more gift guide left… coming soon. Happy shopping!

2017 Gift Guide: Under $150

Gift guide time again! These are all under $150 and include home decor and other items. Perfect for pretty much any woman in your life- mom, sister, aunt, friend, wife, etc! I know I would happily take every single one of these. And many are currently on sale for Cyber Monday… The prices are noted below each item on the gift guide and everything is clickable! In case you missed the gift guide for small businesses and women-owned businesses, check it out here. 

2017 Gift Guide: Small Businesses and Women-Owned Businesses

This holiday season, I wanted to mix things up a bit. I’ll be sharing a few more gift guides over the next couple weeks but for today, I wanted to highlight some amazing small businesses and especially some women-owned businesses! There’s so many wonderful women I follow on Instagram who are making, sourcing and selling amazing things. I also reached out to my followers and they had some great suggestions too. I didn’t have room to include every single one, but if you’d like to check out some additional recommendations, they’re in the comments of this instagram post. 

I’ll be purchasing (or have already purchased) a lot of Christmas gifts from these shops this year and I hope you do, too! Favorite picks are highlighted and the full list is sorted by category. Happy shopping!!

Home Decor

Riveted Bowl

Soleil Rug // 
Pom Pom Blanket

Shops
Caitlin Wilson
Main Line Candles
Lauren Williams Art
Danielle Oakey Shop
 KT’s Canvases
Convival Production
Flea Market Fab
Wicker and Woven
WolfeDENCollective
Ket Mercantile
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Paper Goods

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Pet Accessories
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Fashion, Jewelry, Accessories

X Ring // Feminist Keychain
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2016 Holiday Decor

Wanted to share a few shots of my holiday decor this year. I always try to do something slightly different than previous years. You can see last year’s decor here and here. By putting decor in different places or arranging it in a new way, it feels fresh and new- and that way- you don’t need to buy a ton of decor every year. I added a few new pieces but overall used 90% of what I had previously.

Now that I have a pup, I went with a slightly smaller tree in the 4-5 foot range this year instead of 6+. Looks a little wonky before the branches fell and before it was decorated… Improving with lights and ribbon! Last year I had the ribbon wrapped around the width of the tree. I wanted to reuse the ribbon but try something new this year. So I DIY’d a giant bow at the top and tied multiple strands of ribbon to it so it was cascading vertically around the entire tree. I was a bit skeptical at first but I love how it turned out.   Someone just hanging out with a new toy and a tiny tree skirt from year’s past 🙂  And here it is with ornaments on!Rewarded myself with some hot chocolate 🙂 One of my new additions- this gorgeous marble tree from target.  Quick and easy decor- add ornaments to a bowl, vase, etc.  Last year I had the jingle bell strand on the credenza. Decided to hang it over the mirror this year and added lights to make it even more festive! Excuse the mess in the background…     Tiny tree for the dining table.  This might be one of my favorites this year. Hung my CB2 disco balls onto my macrame wall hanging. So easy and little hooks do zero damage.  One more new addition. This cute little bottle brush tree in a dome from Flying Tiger in NYC.  Extra ornaments tossed around the bar.      A few close ups of the tree I had a bunch of fake berries and glittered pinecones that I put in vases previously, but added them to the tree this year and I love how much color and depth it created!  Lastly, added a simple strand of lights in the bedroom.  Late afternoon glow.  And here’s what they look like at night. Easy and festive! Thanks for joining along on my little tour and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

The Do Good Gift Guide

 

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Instead of buying unnecessary crap like this, consider doing some good this holiday season. I thought about putting together another round of traditional gift guides, but with the state of our country and the world right now, it seemed fitting to do something a little more meaningful. And the older I get, I find my list isn’t as long as it used to be and the idea of giving and receiving a ton of material things seems silly when so many people truly need help. So I’ve put together a list of my favorite (and highly rated/accredited) charities that could use some love this holiday season.

Veterans:
Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
About: The DAV Charitable Service Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans.
Donate

Puppies Behind Bars
About: Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.
Donate
*This helps so many people and animals from all walks of life. How can you go wrong?

Families and Children:
National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
About: The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Our focus is to fund research to fast track less toxic, more targeted treatments by partnering with 20 leading hospitals nationwide.
Donate

Ronald McDonald House
About: Our network of local Chapters has been making children happier and healthier by keeping families close – giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 63 countries and regions across the globe.
Donate
*This was our sorority’s charity during college and seeing the smiles on the families faces when we’d show up to clean, cook (or just listen) at the RM Houses was priceless.

International:
American Refugee Committee  
About: Providing humanitarian assistance to millions of beneficiaries for over 35 years. We help people rebuild lives of dignity, health, and self-sufficiency.
Donate

Amigos International 
About: The Vision of AMIGOS is “A world where each young person becomes a life-long catalyst for social change.” AMIGOS works towards this vision by inspiring and building young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.
Donate
*My sister did this program and my mom has volunteered for them for years.

Pencils of Promise:
About: We believe every child should have access to quality education. We create schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all. 100% of online donations go to PoP programs.
Donate

Animal Welfare:
ASPCA
About: Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization.
Donate

Susie’s Senior Dogs:
About: Susie’s Senior Dogs is 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to bring awareness to and increase senior dog adoptions. Homeless senior dogs have one of the hardest times getting adopted simply because of their age. People fear adopting an older for a variety of reasons, but we’re here to tell a different story. Senior dogs have so much love to give!  And although it’s true that you might have less time together than you would when adopting a puppy, a senior dog makes up for it with their appreciation of being given a second chance. There’s nothing like earning the love an older animal.
Donate

City Dogs and City Kitties:
About: City Dogs Rescue rescues adoptable dogs and cats in overcrowded and high-kill shelters, where resources are severely limited. We offer a lifeline to as many of these wonderful animals as possible. Sadly, many of the dogs and cats that City Dogs Rescue takes are just days — and sometimes hours — away from being euthanized for no reason other than lack of space. By finding these animals permanent and loving homes in the DC metropolitan area, we can enrich lives of humans and their pets.
Donate
*This is a local rescue organization in DC and it’s where I adopted my dog, Plum!

CARE: 
About: The Center for Animal Research and Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education, research, rescue, and long-term care for exotic animals. Located on 20 acres in Bridgeport, TX, CARE currently provides a permanent home to over 40 animals including mountain lions, African lions, tigers, black and spotted leopards, bobcats, ring-tail lemurs, llamas, and a coati.
Donate

Where to find more worthy causes:
Charity Navigator

Charity Watch

If you still want to get a physical gift but donate to a cause while you’re at it, consider companies that do so as part of their business operation:

Live Fashionable
Toms
Warby Parker
The Company Store
Pura Vida
Feed
Global Goods Partners
House of Light
Ten Thousand Villages

OR shopping through Amazon Smile.