Getting creative with gifts is so special in my opinion.
The paper dolls that my friend & TSC team member gave me one year were so thoughtful. It’s still my favorite gift I’ve ever been given. He’s so creative & made these paper dolls with so much detail.
As you may know I was broke bartender once upon a time & I just didn’t have the funds to go crazy with gifts. One gift I really got creative with was setting up a bar in Michael’s apartment.
He was living in this beautiful apartment & he’s one of those people who is so hard to buy for. What do you get someone who has everything? I wanted to think of a creative way to give him an experience & I noticed he didn’t have a bar. He just had all his alcohol bottles displayed on the counter.
I decided to go to Target & get a $100 shelving situation, spray painted it black & then I got all different kinds of bar tools. I found a cheap set online with a jigger, strainer, stirrer, shaker… you name it. I set it up with everything a bartender would have – little flamingo stirrers, cute umbrellas, even some blue cheese stuffed olives.
Michael had all these cocktail books & cool glasses collecting cobwebs in his cupboards so I took those & set them all up along with his alcohol bottles- color coordinated of course. For a finishing touch, I bought a print from Etsy for about $30 of a huge martini glass.
So I think the whole thing cost about $250. When he came home I had some cool music playing, a drink made, the whole bar set up, & everything organized with the lights dimmed. Candles were lit, oils were diffusing & he was totally FLOORED. It was really special. Not only special, but functional too. It was all just using what he had, but adding some festive features to it. In the kitchen I set up crackers, cheese & grapes & made a whole night of it.
I wish I had a picture of this but I don’t ( so sad ). But this is a really creative gift idea that you can really have fun with. & I’m not talking like I did some home renovation for him. It was a very small area of his house.
Anyway, let’s get into some gifts for him & her.
Gifts For HIM
These prayer candles are major. Luann de Lesseps from Real Housewives had them in her house & I needed them asap because they’re so personalized.
Off to Etsy I went & ordered 4 candles- one of Michael, one of me, & one of Boone & Pixy. They’re so fun to light at night & they’re kinda gothic in the best way possible.
Michael absolutely loved them. With the candles, I also gifted him a black matte lighter box with a long lighter.
If you can’t tell, Michael really likes the personalized, sentimental gifts ( as long as his hair looks good ).
This is a gift I got Michael once, & he loves it. It’s a personalized Guess Who? When it’s personalized it’s one of the cutest, most intimate games/gifts you can get someone. I had this personalized with our friends & family & Michael loved it so much. Did it appeal to ego? I’ll let you decide.
So I got pics of his family & friends, then got Boardgame Bonnie to put together the game, box & pieces. His smile was bigger than the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. We’ve played this personalized game of Guess Who? quite a few times over beers & laughed our asses off. It’s so fun to describe your family & friends & get super specific.
This is one of Michael’s favorite colognes. The scent is iconic & smells so nice on the skin. What’s also great about this cologne is that it’s not too overpowering. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than getting in an elevator with a guy wearing too much cologne.
This one smells fresh without being insulting & reminds me of something nostalgic. It’s something a hot, confident guy would wear. I’m pretty picky when it comes to scents & this one will not disappoint.
♡ Dr. Lancer Men’s Polish Skincare Set – Cleanse & Shave, Micro-scrub, Serum
Dr. Lancer is iconic & so are his products. He’s the dermatologist to Oprah, Victoria Beckham & Kim Kardashian. Recently, we got to pick his brain on the podcast & he broke down why skin care for men is so important.
He created this 3 step set for men, & I feel like this is such a good way to manipulate your bf into skin care. It’s a hint, hint, nudge, nudge type of gift. Plus, he’ll stop using all your skin care if he has your own. The packaging is masculine too, which we love.
♡ Nest cam
This is what Michael uses when he spies on me & the dogs at home. No but really, he does spy on me & the dogs. He talks to us through the camera if he’s not home.
You can set this up so you can see everything happening on your phone. We have these in the office too. Just be sure to set up your own password & verification details so you don’t get hacked.
There’s nothing wrong with having a camera in your home & office in my opinion. Just in case, right? When the baby comes we will be getting one of these for her room too.
The benefits are:
♡ quick & easy set up
♡ phone alerts 24/7
♡ super clear night vision
♡ can talk & listen
Gifts For HER
When I went to Glossier in NYC, there was this smell throughout the entire building. I NEEDED to know what the smell was- it was sooooo good. I tracked down the girl at the front desk & she said it’s this special candle that everyone loves. Everyone asks what the smell is when they walk in. It was this Cire Trudon Basil candle, almost burned down to its last little drop.
It’s described as a mint tea, gingery, peppery scent but seriously… it’s basil.
It’s a little expensive but makes a great gift. The scent is so beautiful- not too strong, not too sweet. It’s the most perfect smell and I swear everyone will like.
♡ Pink Caboodle filled with makeup
Only the best makeup sponge on the planet. Don’t even bother with a dupe.
+ It Cosmetics CC cream
Huge fan of IT Cosmetics. Their products just get it right every time. They come with SPF & are perfect when applied with a damp Beautyblender.
+ Great Lash mascara
Classic & still the best in my opinion.
+ Shu Uemura eyelash curler
This specific eye lash curler should be in every girl’s makeup bag. You should be curling your lashes pre-primer, post-primer, pre-mascara, & post-mascara. Just do it, trust me.
+ Laura Mercier translucent powder
This compact is low coverage & provides a matte finish to your look. It helps set your foundation & is perfect for carrying around in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day.
+ Benefit Watt’s Up! highlighter
This highlighter is just YES. I use it on my brow bone, cheekbone, you can even use it for contouring. It’s almost like adding a touch of champagne-toned brightness to your face.
This kit is perfect for anyone looking to try some Drunk Elephant products. It includes a custom travel bag with TLC Sukari Babyfacial mask, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, Shaba Eye Serum, Lala Retro moisturizer, & Beste No.9™ cleanser. Perfect for an at-home facial.
These were recommended to me by my friend Hilary & they do not disappoint. They come in different lengths & colors but you can never go wrong with black. The best thing about these leggings is that you almost feel naked, like you aren’t wearing anything, but at the same time you feel totally held in all the right places.
We have this espresso machine in our home & it does not disappoint. It’s chic & looks amazing on the kitchen counter. Michael & I are huge fans of Smeg appliances. They were designed by an architect & there’s nothing better than waking up with a clear Bodum mug, cinnamon sticks & your bougie espresso machine. It also comes in black, cream, light blue, red, pastel green, & pink.
There you have it. Please add anything you guys think is a great gift for a significant other below.
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