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24 Thoughtful and Useful Ideas For Pandemic Gift Giving

Connecting with loved ones is the most important part of the holidays. Unfortunately, the global pandemic shows no signs of slowing before the Christmas season. The reality is setting in that many of us will not be spending the holidays with extended family. Certainly a lot of older relatives may be in situations where visitors may not be possible. And kids may very well be at home most of the time with a desperate need for meaningful, engaging activities.

I’m looking for ways to safely make the season special. Admittedly, it’s been rough. We won’t be getting together with extended family for Thanksgiving, although we are still seeing each other on the occasional warm day when we can get together outside. Like everyone else, we have also been connecting by video call.

This year, I’m also going to need to get creative with gift-giving. I plan to order a lot of my gifts on Amazon and have them delivered to loved ones I won’t be seeing. I’m also looking for gifts that will make the winter at home more comfortable.Some great ideas for pandemic gift giving are family games, activities, crafts, home entertainment, and special, personalized items.

Here are my top Amazon picks for pandemic gift-giving:

Family Games

Board games are a great way to spend time together as a family. Setting aside one evening a week as game night can help add structure and fun to time at home.

Home Comfort

For people on your list who have to spend more time inside the four walls of home, help them make their home a haven by giving gifts that promote health, relaxation, and stress-relief.

Cooking At Home

Help loved ones increase convenience and variety in home cooking. Fewer trips to the coffee shop and deli mean more at-home options are appreciated.

Home Technology

Home technology and entertainment provide a welcome diversion during this challenging time as well as a way to connect with loved ones.

Home Activities

Learning something new or engaging in a creative project is a great idea in 2020. Here are some fun picks.

Other Fun Gifts for People We Wish We Could See

For people on your list who you will not be able to see, remind them that you’re thinking about them over the Christmas season with thoughtful and creative gifts.

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I’ll Be There For You Hoodie

Everyone’s favorite friends lend inspiration to this fun hoodie for your own favorite friend.

Sister I Chose Tumbler

This bright tumbler feautures a great sentiment for your friend who’s just like your sister.

Giraffe Nerd Print

Everyone loves a nerd right? Especially a nerdy giraffe on an artistic print.

Pura Vida Ring Stack

Any bff would appreciate this stunning ring stack.

Bath Bombs Set

Bath sets are nice, but this colorful one is definitely the bomb.

Michael Kors Cross Body Bag

Looking for a top quality gift for a top quality friend? Check out this Michael Kors cross body bag in blossom.

Best Friends Necklace

Check out the sweet sentiment attached to the card on this pretty necklace.

Coconut Spa Gift Set

Treat your bestie to some pampering with this coconut spa gift set.

Canon IVY Outdoor Waterproof Camera With Wifi, Bluetooth

This amazing and beautiful Canon camera is a terrific gift for anyone on your shopping list.

Pura Vida Seed Bead Bracelet

Pretty and delicate bracelet from Pura Vida is sure to be appreciated

Weirdo 1 and 2 Necklace Set

You know you two are weirdos, but you definitely belong together.

I’ll Be There For You Friends Pillow Covers Set

Perfect pillows for getting comfy and watching your favorite show.

Handcrafted Custom Cuff Bracelets

These gorgeous sterling bracelets can be customized just for you. Check it out!

Typewriter Print

Pretty and brainy, just like your bff.

Diary

Locking leather diary for everything you have sworn her to secrecy about.

Artisan Freshwater Pearl Ring- Fair Trade

How gorgeous is this sterling silver freshwater pearl ring? And it’s artisan crafted and fair trade!

Belle Art Print

Arty Belle print perfect for your princess-y friend!

Acorn Portable Bluetooth

This portable bluetooth is just too cute.

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30+ Awesome Boho Wedding Items Available on Amazon

This fabulous lace teepee is available on Amazon

Boho weddings! The trend is everywhere you look, and it’s no wonder. The look is free-spirited, fresh, romantic, and eclectic, with color tones that are warm and welcoming. If you’re planning a wedding, you can browse through Amazon for some truly amazing and affordable finds. The ethereal boho wedding look is absolutely perfect for the backyard and outdoor weddings so popular now. This wedding theme also lends itself to combining DIY projects with gathering some really amazing items from online sources.

Here are some of the top ideas available now on Amazon.

Showstopping backdrops

A great place to start with your personalized wedding design is a central element or two that provide the feel and mood you are going for. Check out this gorgeous large macrame hanging. This would be amazing as a centerpiece of your ceremony. The large lace tepee is also unique and beautiful for a boho wedding.

Hanging lighting

Another key element for a romantic boho wedding is hanging lighting. Chandeliers, sparkling string lights, and lanterns all lend a free-spirited and festive glow to your celebration.

Decor Items

Whatever your color theme, beautiful and eclectic boho elements will carry it through perfectly and creatively. Here are some of the high-impact looks I love from Amazon.

Florals

No ethereal boho look would be complete without some unique and stunning floral elements. Combine beautiful blooms with soft textures such as pampas grass and ostrich feathers for a fab boho look.

Have a beautiful day, and happy planning! πŸ™‚

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Twelve Creative Gifts Sure to Wow Any Artistic Soul & All Available On Amazon

Prime Day is still going on! YAY! If you’re not yet a Prime Member, now is definitely the time to join! Score some great deals for yourself and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

If you have an artistic person in your life, they will appreciate being treated to some gifts meant to spark the creative juices. High quality supplies are always appreciated, and I’ve also found some other fun items that show you appreciate their originality and spirit.

Take a look at these great Amazon finds!

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The Best Stocking Stuffers On Amazon: Get A Head Start On Your Holiday Shopping With 16 Small Gifts She’s Sure To Love

Today is Prime Day on Amazon! YAY! Prime Day offers amazing deals for Amazon Prime members. If you’re not already a Prime member, I highly highly recommend the service. I have been a member for years now, and it’s one of the best purchases we made. The best benefit is the fast free shipping on a multitude of items. I rely on that more and more during the pandemic. Amazon lets me check a box to display only Prime items, and I get a huge selection of merchandise that will be at my home in two days with no shipping fees. If it’s important to you to support small business, Amazon also has a handcrafted category and a small business category which they will often give you a bonus for supporting. A prime membership is something that has been valuable to me and my family, and we will continue to be loyal customers. I have recently become an Amazon affiliate, meaning I receive a small compensation if you purchase from them as a result of my recommendations. I do very much appreciate your support of my blog!

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Now on to the gift guide! It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about the perfect gift for everyone on our shopping lists. Today I’m recommending some items that I personally love. Again, I’m a big Amazon customer, and I have either given or received these gifts and others from the same companies.

Finding gifts for all the women or your list can be a daunting task. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, a gift exchange, or a meaningful gift for someone special in your life, I’ve got some good ideas for you today.

First, the Luca and Dani bracelet stack is just so pretty. The cardinal, red stone, and pearl bracelet set makes a terrific gift!

Everyone I know loves a journal, especially a gorgeous leather one like this. A beautiful journal is always appreciated.

You’re going to see quite a bit of Kendra Scott in this gift guide. That’s because I LOVE Kendra Scott jewelry. I had never heard of the brand until I bought the abalone cuff bracelet at a small store on the beach (after much internal debate about whether I should buy something for myself, which I don’t usually do) and I just wore the thing constantly because I loved it so much! Since then, I have received a number of jewelry gifts from my family from Kendra Scott for my birthday and Christmas, and it just makes me happy. These are updated classics you can wear with anything. The brand is not so pricey that you don’t want to ever purchase, but it’s not a cheap costume either. It’s quality that has held up for me. These cobalt drop earrings are just gorgeous for someone on your list who likes statement earrings.

I also very much enjoy the C O Bigelow brand. They have a very consistent quality with all of their products, and there’s just something about that classic vintage-y packaging. This amber scented candle is a great gift.

For the beauty buff in your life, consider this limited edition eye shadow set from Cargo Cosmetics. It actually comes with four palettes in super cute packaging.

Alex and Ani is another brand I have found is always appreciated for a gift. They have a ton of stylish options like this silver statement ring.

Anyone on your gift list would appreciate a classic coach item like this khaki wallet.

This Kendra Scott fringe necklace is another striking piece that makes a great gift.

Pearls are always so pretty, and this ombre pearl bracelet from Luca and Danni adds a modern twist.

The cashmere scarf in ombre blue is just gorgeous and sure to be appreciated.

Here’s another fun item from Alex and Ani. This wrap ring has a Wizard of Oz theme, with the emerald colored stone and yellow brick road motif.

Know someone who likes candy? Try some delicious candy from Mrs. Cavanaugh’s! Pecan and chocolate is my personal favorite, but the company has many other delicious choices.

A great hand lotion is always a good gift idea. This white tea hand cream is a fabulous option.

These days, we all could use a mindset of gratitude. This bestselling gratitude journal is a reminder to be thankful.

This bracelet by Kendra Scott is the original one I bought for myself that started my enthusiasm for the brand. I love this bracelet and think it makes an awesome gift. πŸ™‚

Finally, this waterman pen in a gift box is an excellent choice for anyone on your shopping list.

I hope you will hop over to Amazon to check out all the excitement over the next couple of days! That’s where I’ll be doing my holiday shopping! πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful day, and happy Christmas shopping! πŸ™‚

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The Thanksgiving Table: Fun, Simple Ideas to Create a Gracious Table Setting For Your Holiday Celebrations

I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving! The traditional recipes (in our house, that’s turkey, mashed potatoes, baked yams, juicy stuffing, and something we call seafoam salad, made from pears, jello, and cream cheese–trust me it’s delicious), the family, and of course giving thanks for all of our many blessings.

In the last few years, I have taken over hosting from my mother-in-law, which has actually been a lot of fun. I relish all the planning, and especially decorating the table creatively with a unique tablescape every year. This year, I’m not sure how many of us will be together because of the pandemic, but I’m still planning and we will definitely still be as thankful as always and celebrate as much as possible under the circumstances.

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I have a gorgeous quilted table runner made for me by my mother in law from beautiful Mode Rue 1800 fabrics that will set the theme for my table this year. From there, I’m going with a shabby chic farmhouse feel combining soft colors and various textures. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for a shabby chic holiday table.

  • Start with a subtle color scheme. My table runner is a blend of shell pink, taupe, ivory, and subdued sage green. While not traditional for a fall tablescape, the light colors shine in farmhouse decor.
  • Let your tabletop become part of your decor. We have a big distressed oak table that can seat a crowd. I like the look of the wood, so I often use seasonal and decorative placemats instead of a tablecloth that would completely cover the surface. As an added benefit, placemats make for easy cleanup.
  • Layer elements at each place setting. I love to use a few layers of decoration at each place. I have combined solid woven placemats with copper and silver cut-out maple placemats. I also love to mix up a couple of napkin patterns. Here, each guest has a metallic polka-dot napkin and a traditional turkey napkin.
  • Use pastel floral china for a shabby chic feel. I love the light pink florals with my other colors. Pink and Thanksgiving are not two words you would normally associate, but I love the combination this year!
  • Find a versatile Thanksgiving decorating piece. I love my white gilded turkey. My little gobbler goes with everything. No matter where I place him, he’s always at home. I remember the day my son with special needs picked this out at Home Goods (and he rarely wants anything from stores) and now I’m so glad he asked for it!

  • Bring in some natural elements. I love using twig spheres, cotton, pine cones, small pumpkins, and gourds on the table. They definitely remind us of the season we’re celebrating.
  • Add a showstopper centerpiece to the table. A gorgeous display of blooms at the center of your table will be the crowning touch to a beautiful table. Here I have used large floral orbs you can make yourself (see post here) as a focal point for my centerpieces.
  • Break out the good stuff. In our home, we have a ton of items that are especially for the holidays. For example, it’s our tradition to use stemware on holidays but it stays in the sideboard for the rest of the year. Everyone looks forward to seeing those special items each year, and I’m so glad we started these traditions many years ago. Crystal candleholders are another item we love for a holiday table setting.
  • Add some mixed metallic details. I love the look of the copper and silver leaves, rose gold orbs, gold-rimmed china, and gilded turkey all together on one table.

I hope you find a few ideas here as you begin your Thanksgiving preparations! If you are interested in creating a similar look, please see my Shop the Look on Amazon! Contains affiliate links; thanks so much for supporting my blog. πŸ™‚

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Welcome to Seriously Comfy Sunday

Fall is the perfect time to make your home your haven. Whether a small apartment or a sprawling farmhouse, we all crave a cozy space to call our own.

I’m really excited about the comfy finds for this week. Here are some great ideas for you as you take your sabbath rest day.

These printed pajama pants by PJ Salvage are so cute. Perfect for lounging!

The adidas sweatshirt is a fun design. This will become your favorite hoodie fast!

What a great rose gold watch from Tommy Hilfiger! I think it’s an updated classic you can use for years to come.

How cute are these slip on espadrilles from Toms? These are the go-to shoe for a day at home or a quick trip with the dog or to the mailbox.

A knit pouf ottoman is a wonderful way to update your decor especially in a beautiful blush pink.

This dimensional pillow is handmade and so charming!

The Keurig oasis single-serveΒ coffee maker makes a great addition to your kitchen gear in this fun color.

The fun small planters are perfect for succulents.

I love this pastel buffalo check muslin throw. Use it to cover a chair, outdoors as a picnic blanket, or as a lightweight coverlet.

Enjoy your day, and do something relaxing! πŸ™‚

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Update Your Home With the Pantone Color of the Year Classic Blue for Under $300

Each year the Pantone organization unveils its trendsetting color of the year. A complex mix of factors are considered, including global trends, travel destinations, lifestyle, and more. This year, Pantone felt the world needed a color that speaks of peace, tranquility, and comfort. Their choice of Classic Blue seems perfect for what we all need in the year 2020.

If you’re looking for a quick little decor update in Classic Blue and on a budget too, here are some awesome finds for a cozy and trendy space. Beautiful and comfortable decor doesn’t have to be expensive!

  1. This art canvas featuring a beautiful equine motif will set the color theme beginning with the walls. $31.99

2. The handcrafted recycled blue glass bottle is a beautiful accent piece. $19.22

3. The handmade inlay box features rich blue tones. $29.99

4. The blue metal side table is definitely a bargain that adds a dose of color to your space. $40.99

5. Classic candlestick lamps look amazing in any decor. $49.99/2

6. Berry branches add texture to your classic blue room. $10.98

7. A pillar candle continues the color theme in a deep rich hue. $16

8. The Queen bedspread and pillowcase set is a steal and makes a huge color impact in your space. $45.99

9. The set of two small cotton rugs gives your floor a quick update. $24.99

Grand total for all items: $270.14

Have a beautiful day and try something blue! πŸ™‚

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Hello Fall! Fresh Fall Boho Chic Decor Finds Delivered Straight to You

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Awesome accents and updates for fall home decor. Mid Century Modern with a Bohemian twist!

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