Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gift Ideas for an Early-Twenty-Something

This morning on the radio, the hosts were doing a funny little "Favorite Things" segment, complete with Julie Andrews' song playing and everything! It got me thinking about my favorite things, which include handwritten notes, which reminded me of recipe cards, which reminded me of my birthday.... Let's just say after a long chain of thoughts (which happened quite quickly in my mind), I decided to share some of my birthday favorites! You know when you have something you love so much, and you just want to tell everyone?! Maybe that's just me and my QVC personality... Regardless, all of these gifts were so delightful to receive, I'm going to share them with y'all! Who knows when you'll need to get a gift for a friend or family member! 

Linking this picture to my Polyvore for those who want links to these items! 

Hunter boots: I think maybe I won't hate the rain and sludge as much with these classic wellies! John knew these had been on my list for a while, but I would never just buy them for myself. If you know someone wants something but won't buy for herself, that coveted item is the perfect birthday gift!
Kate Spade tortoise studs: These are super versatile (I'm a big tortoise shell girl) and I love their size. Big enough to notice, yet small enough to not rip through my weak ear lobes (yes, that's been a problem in the past). 
Monogram studs: Y'all, how cute are these earrings?! I just can't wait to sport this orange and purple pair to Clemson games this fall! My aunt and uncle (who know me oh-so-well!) got me two more pairs as well, in tortoise (like I said, love!), and pink! The pink pair is especially adorable because the earrings match a pink bracelet my little cousin picked out for me in Disney World. So sweet! 
Recipe tin: Like I said earlier, I think handwritten notes are just the best, and y'all know I love baking and cooking, so a full tin of handwritten recipes? I die. Morgan (my brother's girlfriend) just knows me so well. She even had some of my favorite recipes and her family's favorite recipes already included! Now that, my friends, is a thoughtful gift. 
Wedges: So, funny story... My mom got the cork Jack Rogers wedges at Belk's Annual Charity Day Sale, where they have super crazy deals on everything, including their high-end brands. I had no idea my mom was buying those, so I picked out a pair of wedges I wanted from Gap, which were on sale. Ultimately, I knew it would be senseless to keep both, but I still haven't decided what to exchange for my Jacks... I'm kind of thinking about a pair of regular Navajo sandals, but we'll see!
Acrylic makeup organizer: This may sound dramatic, but this thing has revolutionized my life. Okay, that may be a liiiittle exaggeration, but really, I'm a big fan of staying organized, and this has made my makeup table so much cleaner! Another genius little Container Store gift? An acrylic bracelet stand. 
Garmin Forerunner 10: Saying I was excited when I opened this would be a huge understatement. This was another thing I'd been dreaming of for months, but I wouldn't buy for myself. My parents knew that, and with this watch, they also gave me motivation to keep running- that's a pretty great gift all by itself! 
Alex and Ani bracelet: I was super happy to add a second bracelet to my small but growing collection of Alex and Ani bangles- especially because it had the sweet Daughter charm. 

Of course, I can't forget the handy-dandy gift card! My favorites are Simon Malls (for you Charlotte people, this includes South Park, which is definitely my favorite- I spent mine in Nordstrom), Amazon, and of course, the beloved Target. 

Now that I've shared my favorite gift picks, I want to know yours! What are your favorite kinds of gifts?! Do you prefer actual items, experiences, or gift cards so you can pick out your own present? 

Vodka and Soda

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  1. This is an awesome post - any girl would love the earrings and hunter boots!

  2. Such good ideas..this should be forwarded to boyfriends everywhere!

  3. Love this! And your polyvore looks way better than anything I've ever made'll have to show me some of your tips and tricks! Love the cork wedges too...definitely on my birthday list!

  4. I definitely prefer gift cards since people just always say how hard I am to shop for haha. Can't go wrong with Hunter boots though!

  5. These are great ideas! I've received boots for my birthday before, too.

    I love being given gifts that seem "boring," but I need and wouldn't buy on my own. For example, this year, my parents bought me a new mattress. LOL

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  6. Wonderful gift ideas! I absolutely love the stud earrings! Tortoiseshell and monogrammed anything is so my style!

  7. Yes to the makeup organizers. REVOLUTIONARY. This is a really great list and I have presents to buy!

  8. I agree, Simon Malls are the best, and I've been to a lot of malls! I've had my Hunter boots for probably 4 or 5 years now, and I still love them to pieces. This is a great list!

  9. You got lots of amazing gifts! I especially love the tortoise Kate Spade studs!

  10. Such good ideas - I want a pair of Jack Rogers wedges so so badly. I just have a pair of the mid wedges now.
    - Catherine,

  11. I would keep the Jacks, especially if she got them for a good deal! ~jack pot! ;) & I'm going to have to check out the container store, I love organization items! lol :)

    Happy late Birthday!

  12. You won the jackpot with all that. Lucky girl. Happy belated birthday and Happy Friday. :)

  13. This gift list is also perfect for the late 20's as well :) love those wedges.

  14. Those are all very cute & neat! I love to do gift baskets! A great grandma one (since they have everything) is "Glad Tidings of Great Joy

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