Gifts Under $40

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GIFTS UNDER $40

  1. This mini-emergency kit is a great gift for ANYONE! They make all different styles and kits depending on your needs. They also make great kits for men too, best part? They’re 20% off with code THISISIT20!

  2. Not sure how I ever survived a holiday without a little Bauble Bar sparkle. I love these hoop earrings which comes in a festive set with a headband for a few dollars more!

  3. This little roller ball perfume is what dreams are made of! It comes in the cutest packaging, perfect for the gal on the go!

  4. No joke, I’ve been hiding this peppermint bark from Brian! If you’re a peppermint/chocolate fan - it’s SO good! I love that it comes in a festive box too.

  5. Easiest way to spice up any party? Add a little Cards Against Humanity! I just introduced it to my family this previous Thanksgiving and holidays will never be the same.

  6. If you wear rain boots in the winter, you’re going to want these boot socks! They are thick but cozy in the best way! They were also on Oprah’s list of favorite things, so you KNOW they’re good!

  7. I just can’t get enough of this 3 piece glove set - just in case you lose one! They come in a few different colors so you can choose accordingly.

  8. You’ve heard me talk about Bobeau (they’re having a 30% off sale right now on their site) a few times- I LOVE this brand. I’m all about cozy basics and I just love these sweatpants that are just over $40 but I’ve linked a lightweight pair here for $25!

  9. I talked about this blanket on my gift guide for parents, it’s just such a fantastic gift! I love that it comes in so many colors so you can literally get everyone on your list done with this.

  10. I recently read Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ and it was a fantastic read. No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, her life and overall message was incredibly empowering. I also really enjoyed reading an inside scoop about life in the White House.

  11. I RARELY see Kendra Scott on sale under $40 so don’t pass on this bracelet! I love this bracelet, I have it in grey, shown here. It’s such an elegant staple!

  12. I really tried hard to not put candles on any of my gift guides, we all know how to buy candles. However, I really like this mini set. You can gift it all together or break them apart and gift them separately.

  13. You know I love all things For Your Party! These under $40 sets make the perfect hostess gifts! They come beautifully wrapped which make it the ultimate gift.

  14. I mentioned this Philosophy set in my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide and it doesn’t disappoint. You get a TON of product for $40! It’s a good bang-for-your-buck gift.

I hope you’re loving these gift guides! This is my last major guide before I start promoting last minute gifts so be sure to refer to my previous guides to get all of your shopping done!

Gift Guide for Parents + In-Laws

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GIFTS FOR PARENTS AND IN-LAWS

Gifts for your parents and in-laws can be difficult, but I’ve put together a list of items that may help! In my opinion, beauty items are the best gifts because I love spoiling my mom and mother in law with items they might never try, so be sure to check out my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide. You can also check out my guide for difficult people to shop for here! Be sure to tune into my IG stories later today to hear more about these items.

  1. What parent doesn’t love photo themed gifts? I decided to spend some time and create this Polaroid inspired picture frame of wedding photos for my parents. I know they will love!

  2. We received a set of Yeti mugs and cups as a wedding gift and they’re the BEST. They come in all shapes and sizes, perfect for parents on the go, these are great for everyday use, tailgating and outdoor entertaining.

  3. This Nest Thermostat will help make your home not only smart but energy efficient. With just a few manual adjustments, the Nest Thermostat can learn your habits and start to save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature. It is pretty easy to install too!

  4. Every parent deserves to have some nice leather goods. Spoil your dad with this wallet and your mom with this gorgeous tote bag. Best part? You can monogram them both with their initials!

  5. I share a lot of female focused beauty products, so this one’s for the fellas. After all, guys need to take care of themselves too! I love this set from Kiehl’s and so do the men in my life.

  6. If you want to treat your mom to an amazing hair day, get her a Kerastase shampoo set! It’s a great value and the product is seriously amazing.

  7. I’m so excited to gift this salt plate to my dad this year. He’s an excellent cook and it’s hard to find him kitchen tools he doesn’t have! Virtually nonporous, salt plates can be heated or chilled to great extremes, adding delicate flavor to all types of food. 

  8. I previously shared this electric salt and pepper shaker on my previous guide and had to re-share! It’s a luxury item at an incredible price. I just love this darn thing!

  9. For the parents who love a good cocktail, this bar set is a must! We have it and LOVE it, it’s truly chic and functional.

  10. This hand cream is THE BEST because it still moisturizes your hands through washing them. It’s thick yet spreadable formula is unbeatable and I love that it comes in this little gift set.

  11. What better gift than to show your parents their ancestry? I took this test last year and it was incredible experience. Highly recommend!

  12. For the home chef who needs a little spice in their life, I love switching things up with the spiralizer!

  13. I just discovered this brand this year and their knitted items are adorable at a great price! I love these slippers but if you’re looking for sturdier ones, I linked them (and a men’s version) here!

  14. This holiday party goods set from For Your Party will get the party started! They come in a few different versions

4 Tips for Planning An Epic Bridal Shower

My friend Kristin and I met our first day of college at Clarkson University. We have been through a lot together, including planning our weddings! I had the honor of helping plan her bridal shower brunch in Sodus Bay, NY earlier in the summer. She was such a special part of my planning process, I was ecstatic to return the favor. I wouldn't call myself an expert party planner, but after going through this a few times I wanted to share a few of my tips for planning the perfect bridal shower!

tip #1: determine the venue + theme 

The shower took place in a refurbished barn on Lake Ontario. We decided to go for a floral and champagne theme. We wanted to compliment the natural elements of the space while giving it a light and airy feel! The bride loves brunch so we decided to complete the day with a mimosa bar, served with fresh fruits!

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tip #2: personalize + have fun with it! 

Aside from simple gold frames with pictures of the bride and groom in them, I wanted to incorporate a little personalize fun from For Your Party! FYP offers a wide variety of party/ paper goods for any event. I decided to go with cocktail and luncheon napkins to reflect the theme of the party, I've linked the exact ones that I customized below. 

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tip #3: stay true to the bride


It's so easy to get lost in Pinterest ideas but remember to stay true to the bride's personality and style. At the end of the day, this day should reflect her! For my shower, I didn't want guests seated at tables the entire time so I opted for a midday cocktail hour instead. My friend Kristin had a similar format with a brunch feel, complete with an DIY mimosa bar!

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tip #4: designate a photo spot

Most bridal showers I’ve been to include some sort of photo opportunity… Everyone wants either a picture with the bride or a picture of the bride opening her gifts. We decided to set up a super simple photo backdrop using white curtains and fresh eucalyptus for the bride to sit in front of while she opened her gifts. Push the gifts aside afterwards for some adorable group shots!

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Feel free to click on the images below to shop them directly. 

Thank you to Kristen Mirand for capturing these images. 
Thank you to For Your Party for sponsoring the paper goods.

Do you have any other tips for planning a shower? Leave them in the comments below!