The Ultimate Gift Guide 2019

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift this holiday season? Well me too! Just Kidding! I would like to think I have come up with the ultimate gift giving guide to help you narrow down your Google searches and hopefully you land here and impressed with the choices I have given you.

New/ Expected parents, I have probably listed this one first because let’s face it, I am still in this category and my toddler is not old enough to “ask” for things so this is my list of things I would hope he asked for to make mommy and daddy’s life easier.

Let’s talk about this portable high chair from the Paper Store,

highchairThis highchair is an easy on the go  chair with how innovative, practical, and portable it is. I loved this thing and still use it today! It cleans so easily and perfect to have just in the back of your car for “just in case” purposes. Not only that it’s so lightweight and fold’s up just like a lawn chair.

This highchair is usually listed at $69.99 at the  Paper Store but if you purchase The Paper Store’s 2019 Exclusive Cardinal Ornament (Only $3.99, in store or online) they will take 20% off your entire order, that’s a $14 savings on a great gift!

Another awesome gift idea for the parents of a toddler and a toddler that just wants to be involved in the kitchen or whatever their parents are doing. The Adjustable Kids Learning Stool, Kids Kitchen Step Stool with Safety Rail-Solid Hardwood Construction from Amazon 

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I love this stool for so many reasons! It grows with the child from ages, 18 months to 60 months!

It helps elevate your baby to counter height. Kids can help out in kitchen: baking, mixing, preparing food, cleaning up, or other hands-on situations. It will make your kitchen full of fun! You could also put it in washing room so kids can brush teeth by themselves. It’s 4 feet high and has settings that can help accommodate the average height of a 12 month baby up to a toddler of 6. It’s made from solid hardwood and carefully coated with durable, nontoxic, lead-free coating. Fences around big standing platform(19.5*13 inch), so kids won’t fall out from high place. The dimensions are, 19.5″L x 14.8″W x 37″H. And they are offering a 30 days free return and life time free parts guaranteeThe price point is a little steep at $130 but this isn’t a one season gift, this is something that can be used day after day!

The Home Bodies: Nothing says “home body” like a warm comfy Sherpa weighted blanket! I love anything Sherpa and then you go and add a weighted blanket to it and now I don’t want to leave my bed or couch. Walmart has a great selection and plus their black Friday deals are insane! blanket

Weighted blankets may be used to help people with anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, or autism to relax, sleep, and wake feeling refreshed.

 

 

 

 

Moms: As a mom I never knew how much I would love a set of new and stylish… towels. There I said it! I love when my kitchen and bathroom display adorable linens that go with my decor! I found the most amazing, soft, and stylish towels at Olive and Linen. Their linens are actually Turkish Towels and I am obsessed! Turkish towels are flat woven, lightweight towels that are both beautiful and functional. IMG_7635_395f4640-5a1f-45d4-bddd-c6276b2560e0_1024x1024Also known as peshtemal, fouta or hammam towel, Turkish towels are more compact and versatile than terry looped towels. They can be used as a bath, beach or kitchen towel as well as a picnic blanket, scarf, sarong, tablecloth and even curtains. They are the ultimate go to piece that you will reach for everyday. Olive and Linen are having a great Black Friday deal, everything is up to 75% off with free shipping!

 

Dad’s: Self Charging Wallet. Say that 10 times fast. This ultimate gift for dad or really anyone will have them thanking you for the thoughtfulness. For the minimalist traveler or just someone thats phone is always dying, this slim case has been designed in tannery leather that softens over time. A modern take on the classic wallet, the updated find has four card slots, one cash slot and holds a full charge to keep you connected during busy work-to-play days. It’s also ready for foil-debossed personalization. slim-leather-charging-wallet-c

The wallet is listed for $79 and to add the personalization it’s only an additional $10 but if you use the code: “Friends” you will get $15.80 off your total and it will only be $77.85 with FREE shipping! What a steal!

 

 

 

 

Long Distance Friends/Loves: So you are far away but still want to show each other you are on each other’s mind. The perfect gift for people who are long distance is the awesome, Long Distance Friendship Lamp found at Uncommon Goods

lightsOn the website you have the option to get one ($99) or two ($198), but what I really love about these lamps are that they, light up loved ones’ lives—across town or across the world.  The function is still the same: Touch yours, and theirs emits the same glow to send a little “thinking of you.” Creating a group? You can also assign colors, so each person gets their own special hue.

Grandparents: The truth is grandparents typically don’t “need” or “want” anything than to be around their grandchildren, so to make them feel near their grandchildren all the time the best gifts for them would be anything personalized. You can find a ton of gift idea’s with personalization on the website, Etsy.  For instance, this blanket that was personalized is so adorable and is one of the great personalized gifts offered on Etsy. il_794xN.2101987871_quml

Etsy connects people looking for unique goods with independent sellers around the world. When you shop on Etsy.com, you can choose from millions of handmade, vintage, and craft supply items created and curated by millions of independent sellers. This is one of the reasons why I tend to use Etsy because I love supporting small business’ and local artist. Local Artist and Small Businesses don’t necessarily need to be the people right outside your home, these are people all across the world and Etsy allows you to support small by doing so.

The Give Back/Stylish gifts:  Have you heard of Pura Vida? Well two Southern California friends—Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman—took a college graduation trip down to Costa Rica in the summer of 2010, they came across two artisans whose colorful string bracelets captured the simple beauty of Costa Rica. Sadly the artist were struggling to survive on their artisan wages, living with their family in a single room with three beds. Desperate to find some way to help, Griffin and Paul asked the artisans to make 400 bracelets to take home with them, they put the bracelets on display in a local boutique, selling out completely within just a few days. And it hit them: These pieces were more than just simple friendship bracelets.3F9A2520_1200x1200_crop_center

I love these bracelets and not just what they mean and stand for but because they are so stylish! Pura Vida is having an awesome Black Friday sale, everything is 50% off! I also have a coupon code: DanielleGiordano20, this code will also give you 20% off your entire order!

 

 

 

 

Child(ren) Gifts:  Let’s be real for a second, toys are what every child wants for Christmas, but lets be practical this holiday season. Toys come and go, they break, pieces get lost, and ultimately, that toy isnt “fun” anymore. But do you know what is fun and what a child may cherish? Experience gifts!

What is an experience gift you may ask yourself, well an experience gift is one that provides a child a memory. From museum memberships to sporting passes, you can give your kids more than just another object for their playroom. It can create memories, help build skills and provide fun for the entire family.

Need some ideas? Here is a few to think of as options,

  • 1. Children’s theater season passes
  • 2. Trampoline jump passes
  • 3. Zoo membership
  • 4. Full session for new sport (gymnastics, football camp, etc.)
  • 5. Trip to the bookstore to pick out new books
  • 6. Local + national state park passes for a year
  • 7. Plane ticket to visit someone special (grandma, aunt, etc.)
  • 8. Pass to an art museum
  • 9. Cooking class for kids
  • 10. Tickets for child + friend for a local play
  • 11. Pottery making classes
  • 12.  Out of country airfare + accommodation (if you want to be truly indulgent)
  • 13. Swim lessons
  • 14. Aquarium yearly pass
  • 15. Subscription box
  • 16. A train ride to somewhere they’ve never been
  • 17. Musical instrument + lessons
  • 18. Flower or herb seeds to plant a garden
  • 19. Ballet classes + tutu
  • 20. Ceramic painting class

 

I hope the gift guide can assist you with coming up with the perfect gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. If you are not interested in purchasing gifts, I will be posting some awesome DIY gift idea’s in next weeks blog post. Check back!

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Baby “Flurry” … the winter “Baby Sprinkle”

Have you all heard of a baby shower for the second child? Well if not, its typically called a sprinkle. Get it, a baby shower for the first child and a baby sprinkle for the second?… Well, have you heard of a baby flurry? Probably not. It’s my take on a baby sprinkle that takes place in the cold winter months when it normally won’t sprinkle rain it will snow flurry.

My sister is pregnant with my littlest niece and the last time she had a baby was 5 years ago so she needed the necessitates again, bodysuit onesies, socks, bibs, hooded towels, the whole nine EXCEPT the big stuff like the crib and stroller and those things. So my mother and I decided lets throw a small intimate baby shower. So while I was looking up with theme ideas I thought a winter wonderland theme would be adorable and than I thought about calling the shower a flurry instead because of the winter theme.

Now that we have a theme, we needed to get the decorations and get the menu straightened out. I headed over to my local Hobby Lobby and saw that all their Christmas decorations were 50% off! So I did a happy dance in the aisle and I stocked up on as much silver glittered decorations, snowflakes, and lights I can get my hands on.

This theme does allow you to get pretty much all winter decor that you can possible think of PLUS I was able to use my own decor that I have for the holiday season and since I was buying some new things I would be able to incorporate in my holiday decorating too. A nice win for me! For the centerpieces we made wreathes with shatter proof ornaments and for the party favor we gifted snowflake ornaments.

The menu was your typical Italian American cuisine, except instead of getting it catered my mom, who once owned an Italian deli and market, opted to make all the dishes. I also decided instead of your typical salad, we would offer a salad bar so the guests could create any type of salad they would want with all the sides they can think of. The food was a hit and everyone raved about it. The salad bar will probably make its return to other parties that I plan and put together because it was easy to prepare and set up.

The Flurry was extremely successful, it was so nice to see all of our family and friends come together to celebrate the newest upcoming arrival of our family member. I do suggest having a second shower/sprinkle/flurry for the mom to be because a lot of the time these events take place years after the first child was born and unfortunately not all moms keep the items from their first child and they have to start from scratch again.

For Holiday gift ideas and decor check back to our previous blog post 

Wedding Bliss & Interior Design

Good morning all! It’s been a couple of months since my last blog post, I am terribly sorry for the delay, it’s been a crazy couple of months. In the 5-6 months since my last blog entry I have gotten married, expanded Urban Hippie LLC, and have be enjoying a beautiful summer with my family.

Just to give everyone a recap, Urban Hippie LLC specializes in, refurbishing and creating home décor, bath essentials, and apparel. We recently have started taking on jobs for interior design. We are able to come into your home or place of business and transform it to your vision and also use your current pieces and restore them into new decor. I am loving these amazing opportunities and feel so fortunate that people love our style and work that UH is being sought after.

Another incredible update is that Urban Hippie LLC has been featured in THREE publications for our work at a May wedding we supplied decor for! This has been such a huge honor to be recognized across the country. We offer decor for special event as well as making timeless bridal brooch bouquets that last not only during your special day but for years to come.

The publications that have featured us are, Borrowed & Blue , Modern Weddings, and in September we will be featured in Glittery Bride! (I will post the link when it becomes available.)

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Our gorgeous Brooch Bouquet that was created for our May wedding

 

If you are interested in interior designer work or wedding decor and bridal brooch bouquets, we are now offering all 3 services! Inquire today for a free quote!

 

 

The Budget Friendly Bride

I recently got engaged 4 months ago and the first thoughts in my mind were, “how do I get my Pintrest board ideas to become reality” and pay only a fraction or in my case, a faction of the fraction of the cost. By no means do I consider myself “cheap” but I do consider myself “budget savvy”.

After my first initial “Is this really happening, I have to plan a wedding” shock, reality started to settle in. And not the reality of being someones wife, okay that is shocking too but the reality of “where the hell am I getting the money for a wedding!” I took a deep breathe and reevaluated the situation and of course my Pintrest board.

Since I had a whole year and 3 months away until my wedding day, I decided to handle the deposits of my vendors first. I did a TON of research on vendors (Photography, Videography, DJ/Band, Flowers, and Catering) I contacted close to 20-30 people in each individual vendor category, looked at their samples, met with them, and contacted their references. Since I was getting a jump start on booking, I requested immediate quotes, asked for military discounts (my fiance is in the Army), and/or special pricing since I would be booking with them immediately. I must say if not all, A LOT of the vendors were able to provide me discounts, its all in the approach.

I also knew I wanted the following things for the decor at my wedding:

  • Unique Centerpieces
  • A Bridal Bouquet I can keep for years to come
  • Beautiful personal wedding gifts for parents
  • Shabby Chic decor
  • and anything I can get a discount on

For the centerpieces, I decided to look at my local thrift shops, craigslist, and tag sales. I wanted something unique and not your typical flower arrangement. I decided on lanterns, I found a bunch of different colors and styles and decided on instead of putting the same color/style lanterns on every table, each table will be different.

For my bridal bouquet, as much as I love fresh flowers, I decided to make a brooch bouquet. I found a ton of ideas and designs on Pintrest and Etsy. Instead of paying $500 for someone to do my bouquet, I decided since I am design savvy, I got this! and I did! I requested brooches from my grandmothers and my mother in law so I can incorporate them in my bouquet as my something old and something borrowed. I am still in the process of creating this amazing piece and will update with pictures once it is completed.

The beautiful personal wedding gifts for my parents, I don’t want to spoil it too much with what I came up with but I will say, it is something very meaningful and apart of my childhood with both of my parents, my father always carries a handkerchief with him. I will leave the rest up for your imaginations.

and the Shabby Chic Decor, Pintrest has a plethora of ideas, I have since decided on the vintage ladder and twinkle lights, mason jars, and our initials in wood decorated on each step, as well as the old vintage windows with pictures throughout our relationship. I am still happily “pinning” more as I type.

My wedding is not until May 26, 2017 but I wanted to get a jump start on designing and getting decor since the budget is tight. I will definitely be providing more blogs about my Savvy Wedding Ways in the future, I think I may have a passion for this Wedding planning stuff after all.