Gift Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Books, Fashion, Holidays

Budgeting gifts can be a bit overwhelming.  Friends, family, coworkers, pets.  On my list are mom, dad, brother, four of my closest girlfriends, one office party gift and a white elephant gift.  I have been prowling the internet for affordable gifts guides, and by affordable I mean under $25 to adhere to the price limit for the office and white elephant gift.  So far I have seen under $100 from The Zoe Report and under $50 from, which just won’t do!  So here’s what I’m getting for my people.

For the moms:

Polychroma DOF Glass

Chocolate Book


’47 Brand Seattle Seahawks Hat

Mobile Phone Bike Mount


They have 10 other cities to choose from as well!

City Beanie

Gold Stemless Wine Glasses



Office Party:

Abhati Hanging Lantern

I added a mini bottle of Whiskey and stuck it in the lantern too 😉



For an office with a younger crowd:

Clip String Lights


White Elephant:

Friday Night Wine Glass (My Favorite Gift)



Happy Hippo Biscuits



My favorite places to look for gifts are Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and World Market.  I tend to look for unique/fun items that whoever I am gifting them to would not pick out themselves but will love!  Urban Outfitters has tons of quirky books and funny items like a stuffed animal grumpy cat, and is great for both men and women of all ages.  I’d go to Anthropologie for the more refined gifts, for those people who love pretty, sparkly things.  Their home goods are spectacular and will add a bit of flair to any home.  World Market has everything, and great quality for the price you pay.  Shop away!


What to read: Holiday Season (Part 1)

Books, Holidays

The holidays are magical for plenty of reasons: comfort food, snow, twinkly lights, and, of course, vacation time. To me, vacation means one thing above all. More time to read!

Holiday reads should be fun, uplifting, and quick — something to pick up while you’re stirring cake batter, or in a food coma from said cake.

Whether you tear through books year round or you’re just looking for one to read on your flight home, check out my recommendations for this holiday season.

First in this three part series: family.


For better or worse, this time of year means quality family time. These books explore the concept of family in all its strange, confusing, and heartwarming forms.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown

Three grown sisters return to their parents’ small-town home. Cordy, a lonely wanderer; Bean, fired from her big city job; and Rose, an academic trying to hold the family together. Old arguments and new secrets make for a rocky reunion, as the sisters re-learn how to love each other — and themselves. No matter how far you travel, you always end up where you’re meant to be.

GARDEN SPELLS by Sarah Addison Allen

The women of the Waverly family are heirs to an enchanted garden. Claire has built a life as a chef, using her grandmother’s mystical recipes to spread love and joy to the people of her town. When her long-lost sister returns with a daughter in tow, the women must learn how to share their magic — and their lives. A sweet, magical read.

LOVE WALKED IN by Marisa de los Santos

When Cornelia Brown — a spunky, fiercely independent 30 year-old — meets eleven year-old Clare, abandoned by her erratic mother, the two form an improbable and life-changing friendship. A heartwarming story about the families we choose for ourselves.


What are your favorite books about family? Let us know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Check back for What to read this holiday season, parts 2 and 3.
{Family | Escape | Holiday Cheer}