Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Dearest Dad

Today's gift guide is designed with fathers in mind--and to your dad's relief, not a single one of these items is a necktie. He's been a source of love and support since day one--treat him to something nice! Below are my gift picks that are sure to impress one of the more important fellows in your life. 

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Images courtesy of Amazon.com, Neimanmarcus.com, and Wine.com

Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Secret Santa

With Thanksgiving behind us, and December hitting the calendar tomorrow, it's highly probably that some of you may have some secret Santa or white elephant gift exchanges coming up. Here are a few ideas for fun, inexpensive gifts that participants will actually want to keep--all for under $20!

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Images courtesy of Amazon.com

Friday, November 27, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: The Fancy Friend

The Fancy Friend is a difficult person to shop for, in part because she seems to already have everything, and in part because "fancy" often translates to "very expensive." But it doesn't have to! Today, I'm featuring a variety of gifts that cover a range of price points--all deliciously luxurious and certain to please. Perhaps I'm over-promoting the Diptyque Baies candle, as I've recently featured it... but I really can't say enough good things about it. It smells so good, and I love the clean, classic design.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday filled with warmth and joy. I am grateful for all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to visit The Present Perfect. Cheers!

Artwork by Liane Tokey // Baron Art Co. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: The Collegian

I created today's gift guide with college students in mind--that weird stage where you're not being treated like a kid, but you're not exactly a "real" grown-up yet (meaning, you can still sleep in whenever you want without real consequences, and white Christmas lights are considered respectable bedroom decor). These gifts are a mix of practical and cool, all selected with the physical constraints of small-space dorm living in mind. Disclaimer and fun fact: I developed that very bedding set in my previous job!

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Herschel Supply Co. Backpack (for everywhere from lectures to weekend road trips)
AmazonBasics Bed-In-A-Bag (a stylish answer to those extra-long twin mattresses)
AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker (a space-efficient way to get any party started)
George Foreman Grill (for when the dining hall is just too far away)
Kindle Paperwhite (a handy way to keep those assigned readings in one place)

Images courtesy of amazon.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Bake It Pretty

We all have that one friend who manages to make even the simplest baked goods look (and taste) like gourmet confections. While you're waiting for him or her to finally get around to competing on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, here are some fun items to boost the inspiration level in the kitchen. They'll totally get you an invitation to be taste tester for new recipes. 

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Images courtesy of amazon.com and burdickchocolate.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: The Hostess

Holiday gift guides have arrived on The Present Perfect! Today, we're kicking it off with hostess gift ideas--for any of you in need of last-minute items to bring to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, these should be helpful (especially since a couple of them are available from Amazon Prime). I love the holidays and am really excited to share some fun and creative gift guides this season. Descriptions and links down below--enjoy!

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Some festive bubbly is always appreciated, and is something your hosts can either use that night or save for later (bonus points for bringing an already-chilled bottle). This preserved boxwood wreathis made from real boxwood and will last for years. A cute Christmas ornament is an inexpensive but heartfelt gesture, and a bottle of black truffle oilis a luxurious kitchen item that just might get you invited back for more dinners. This Kate Spade vasehas just the right amount of sparkle for the holidays, but is classic enough to carry through the rest of the year, and these beautifully-designed Jonathan Adler menorah candles will make the recipient think of you each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. 

Images courtesy of wine.com, Amazon.com, and katespade.com