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9 Great Holiday Gifts for Guys | 2013

Delphine's Holiday Gift Guide for Guys 2013Shopping for guys can be tricky. My rule of thumb for buying awesome men’s gifts is they should be A. edible, B. useful, or  C. educational … and no matter what, they should be well made. Here are 9 of my favorite go to gifts for guys, perfect for the holidays, birthdays, or just because:

SOURCES // 1| Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Tonic  2| Subscription to Garden & Gun  3| Harry’s Shave Kit Membership   4| iTunes gift card   5| The Southerner’s Handbook   6| The Local Palate magazine subscription   7| Ruled Letter Opener   8| Polka Dot Bow Tie   9 | Personalized Canoe Note Cards

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Back to School Sale on School Supplies at Chromatic & Co.

school supply sale back to school chromatic & co.I’ve been known to hug bins of school supplies. No joke. For all us paper lovers, back to school season is the perfect excuse to stock up on paper goodies. I’m going to be stocking up on teacher gifts … and a few note pads for myself, too. And maybe a new clipboard. Or two.

All paper goods, including personal note cards, personal note pads, binders, clipboards, calling cards, and thank you cards are 30 percent off at Chromatic & Co. through September first. Enter code SCHOOLISCOOL at checkout.

 

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Holiday Gift Wrap & Trimmings

Gift Guide 2012 for Holiday Gift Wrap Ornaments TrimmingsI think Christmas shopping is super stressful. I REALLY don’t like crowds — the noise gives me migraines and all the people who shop with runny noses and hacking coughs make me crazy.  But I do really love wrapping gifts. I think it’s one of my favorite parts of the whole holiday season. Finding the right wrap and the right ribbon, with the oh so perfect embellishment is way more fun than shopping for the actual gift, in my opinion.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite trimmings for a pretty package: 1. Knit owl, fox and bear ornaments 2. Silver deer, penguin and bear ornaments  3. Silver and Gold Washi tape 4. Faux wreath — a perfect canvas  5. Beautiful velvet ribbon  6. Brown baker’s twine  7. Winter scene wrapping paper  8. Woody with Christmas tree ornament  9. Bottle brush trees  10.  Owl on Branch Christmas ornaments  11. Mirrored letter ornaments

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Gifts for the Designerd

Christmas Gifts for the Design Nerd Designerd via Delphine 2012Hey Santa, here are a few Christmas gift ideas for the designerd on your list.

1. Fonts from Myfonts.com because we can never (ever) have enough fonts  2. A big To Do notepad from KnockKnock because our work is never (ever) done  3. Day of the week washi tape so we can accessorize our day planner  4. A stripey Baggu bag for carrying all our art supplies  5. Cute colored pencils for sketching on the go  6. Rainbow of nail polish because just one color is boring  7. Let’s Make Some Great Art book to help bust through creative block  8. YSL lipstick to make us presentable for meetings  9. a FUNctional birdie letter opener for our desk   10. Warby Parker prescription sunglasses for looking cool at all times  11. Fancy sparkly feather bracelet with rope closure, so it doesn’t clack against the keyboard  12. a custom return address rubber stamp from Delphine for the love of snail mail  13. A Pantone Christmas ornament in a favorite color (PMS 377)  14. Mom Inc. book for brushing up on being a fabulous entrepreneur  15. A vintage typewriter in a fun color (preferably green). 

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Gift Guide for the Little Ones

gift guid for kids via delphineChristmas shopping for the little ones is always the most fun! I love buying stuff for kids — brings out the kiddo in me, I guess. Here are some of my favorite holiday gifts for children:

1. Thumbprint Masterpieces   2. Lion Rucksack  3. Bird-o The Bird Stuffed Animal  4. Tattly Monster Tattoos  5. Play Canopy  6. Chalkboard Top Desk  7. Nerf Gun  8. Owl Slippers   9. Animal Faces Masks  10. Comic Book Kit  11. Bambi doll  12. Fox Puzzle 

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Gift Guide | For the Men in Your Life

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I think the hardest people to shop for on my holiday shopping list, hands down, are the guys. So for my first gift guide of the season I started with the toughest: Gifts for the Men in your life. I’ll admit there are a few things on this list I wouldn’t mind for myself ; )

1. iPhone case  // 2. Timex watch // 3. Need Supply Duffle bag // 4. Skeletool // 5. bull catchall tray // 6. Wood Sunglasses // 7. Headphones // 8. Stanley thermos

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Wine and Cheese

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Chilly weather is the perfect time for casual get togethers with neighbors and friends. My parents are the ultimate hosts, and they taught me to always have some cheese, wine and crackers in the kitchen, so as to be prepared for guests at any time. The tip has served me well, and I’m looking forward to lots of impromptu happy hours at my place with my neighbors this winter.

Right now I use an old wood cutting board for serving, but it’s old in a scary did-you-find-that-in-a-dumpster way, not in a that-must-be-from-a-turn-of-the-century-estate-sale kind of way. I’d love to have a fancy slate board or a pretty wood serving paddle so I can serve in style (holiday elves, are you listening?). Also on my wish list is the darling juice glass caddy from Bixby & Ball — I’d use it for dips, cornichons, and olives.

Entertaining wish list, clockwise from Crate & Barrel Slate Board / Crate & Barrel Cheese Tool Set / Northern Natives Numbered Wood Coasters via Etsy / Yummy Saxelby Cheesmongers Choice / Orange & Pear Rams Head Knife Set / Crate & Barrel Acacia tree slice serving platter / West Elm Raw Wood Board /Bixby & Ball Juice Glass Caddy

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hostess gift ideas

All of a sudden our social calendar seems to have filled up. I always like to show up with a little something for the hostess. Instead of the usual bottle of wine or baked treat, I think one of these cool gifts from One Kings Lane would make awesome hostess gifts. I just stocked up on Olivina gift sets. Don’t forget to bring something fun for the kids at the house, too! My son’s mind would be blown with the cute teepee for the backyard … though he’d be equally happy with a candy bar. 

DETAILS: //1// Drexton Backyard Teepee $89   //2//Dransfield & Ross lacquer frame $36  //3//Magpie Ice bucket $169  //4//Olivina gift sets $12 – $45 

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8 hostess gift ideas

Spring Break is around the corner, and with it is the beginning of the social season. I love shopping for hostess gifts. I always try to bring something that my hostess probably wouldn’t buy for herself, but can use in her home. Here are 8 of my favorite gifts for hostesses:

No. 1: Ceramic Note Pad (designed by Helen Johannessen; spotted via Apartment 34)   No. 2:  Tin of loose breakfast tea from Charleston Tea Plantation   No. 3: Orange blossom honey from Savannah Bee Company   No. 4: Pretty mercury glass candle from Anthropologie   No. 5: Fabulous cheese from Cowgirl Creamery   No. 6: Sofia Blanc-de-Blanc   No. 7: Cheese board by Soundview Millworks from Orange & Pear  No. 8: Fresh flowers wrapped in brown paper (visit HGTV to learn how to wrap a bouquet of flowers in brown paper).

 

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gift guide: for the equestrian

While cleaning up our son’s playroom I came across my old Breyer horses buried in the bottom of the toy chest. Like most little girls, I dreamed of having my own pony. I took riding lessons when I was in first grade, and did a bit of trail riding as a teen, but haven’t been on a horse since college.

I live in a major horse community now (my “village” is called Rancho Santa Fe due to all the horse ranches), and have grown to love the effortlessly chic look all the equestrian ladies have around here. The polo players who frequent the coffee shop aren’t too shabby, either. Major swoon. But I digress …

Here are some gifts the horse-lover in your life will love: No. 1: Horse engravings, pillows and trophy lamp by Two’s Company  No. 2: Red plaid throw from Williams-Sonoma Home  No. 3: Equestrian riding boots (the real deal) by TuffRider  No. 4: Limited Edition Shearling Jacket from J. Crew  No. 5: Vintage Horseshoe necklace from Freshly Fig (Etsy)  No. 6: Antique English Wing Back Leather Sofa from Dispela on 1stDibs  

No. 7 Wouldn’t this Deer lamp look chic with a plaid lamp shade and/or a coat of glossy paint (pale turquoise? red? black? yellow? white?)   No. 8 LOVE these Ralph Lauren glasses. I have a set of them and use them all the time.  No. 9 I love the trend of vintage trophies used as vases. Even better when they’re painted in a fun gloss finish.

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