So I was recently told that I am very hard to buy for. Seriously? I think I am pretty easy to please. I am appreciative of any thoughtful gift (which let's face it, is so
much better than a gift card-though they do come in handy) and I usually use everything I am given (ok, minus the neon green wine glasses which are hiding in the back of my cabinet). When it comes to clothes, I am a simple girl. Black, grey, navy, with just a touch of sparkle or sequins is acceptable. Accessories? I like my nautical-inspired goods (sucker for anchors or stripes) and when it comes to jewelry, the simpler, the better. I prefer silver over gold, though it is nice to have either (for those nights out where your gold adorned heels are a must). I prefer fruity candles (think apples, peaches, daquiris) or a light vanilla (not to be mistaken for "french vanilla" which makes me nauseous). Buttercream Yankee Candles are my absolute favorite, though the discontinued Vanilla Frosting candles I stock up on at the outlet stores are lit pretty much every day in my home. Speaking of home, anything "french country" white or teal/aqua/seafoam green makes me happy. I am a Disney fan and there are touches of the Mouse in all rooms of my house. Back to gift cards, Homegoods, TJ Maxx, or a simple Visa one are nice when you just want to do a little browsing and fall in love with something that isn't a necessity or something your husband would roll his eyes at.
Ok, maybe I am more complicated than I thought. I do love a good wine, handbag, and pair of shoes. I'd choose a $5 black tee to splurge on that glittered Tory Burch
wallet and when it comes to flip-flops, yes they are casual, but they have to be comfy. Let's not go crazy. I don't spend $85 on rubber Burches. My $18 Havaiana's are casual, comfy and come in a million colors. I practially live in Starbucks so again, gift cards are great.
The real meaning of Christmas is giving. Celebrating our Lord's birthday with the people that you love is what matters most. The stress of what to buy and all to buy overpowers us all (especially during last minute wrapping sessions) but this year, especially after witnessing the horror of Sandy Hook, CT, I will be spending my minutes giving extra hugs, extra thank you's, and just trying to make the most "quality" time with family.