Weekly Reads and Finds and a 30 for Under $30 Gift Guide

 

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Since it’s December 1st (can you believe it?) we are rapidly running out of time for Christmas shopping. I decided to put together a 30 for under $30 gift guide for those of us that are on a budget or just have a lot of people on your list that you need to buy a small gift for. I looked for some cute/fun/creative gift ideas that should appeal to a variety of tastes. We have Both the cat bank (#11) and the Sorting hat (#25) for the girls and they love them (the Sorting Hat makes a fun room decoration too). I’m pretty sure the Nesting Dolls are my favourite from the list though because they would be a fun piece to keep on a book shelf (they also had The Goonies characters). Everything was selected from Amazon because they are the best retailer if you need to have something shipped quickly which many of us are looking for at this time of year. I’m talking to you, you last minute shoppers 😉

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • If you need to get in to the Christmas spirit then check out how the amazing holiday windows by Bergdorf Goodman are made. I would love to see these in person.
  • This video on how cosmetics were made in Ancient China is fascinating. I don’t think I would have the patience to do that.
  • This is one of the best Christmas cards I have ever seen.
  • Thank you sugar industry, for potentially damaging an entire generation of people :/
  • I have done 26 out of 28 of these things on this list which is terrifying, and it would have been 27 but I haven’t dated during the era of Tinder.   

Weekly Finds:

  • Hello big LOFT sale. You can get up to an extra 60% off. Still need some sweaters? This embroidered one is so pretty,  and I love this one. It looks like my oversized striped sweater but so much more fuzzy and soft.
  • If you are still in need of a party dress for this season then Urban Outfitters has 30% off dresses and rompers. Okay, I know I said holiday, but how about an awesome dress for spring? Back to party dresses. How about this pretty bronze one? Metallic green works for the holidays, or if you prefer jumpsuits then this one is perfect for New Years.
  • Baublebar is offering 25% off with the code GIFT25. I kind of really love this necklace, and this one with a loved ones name on it.  I’m not going to lie, while I don’t wear much jewellery I really do love a statement ring. And by statement I don’t mean a big, expensive diamond. I mean a giant cocktail ring or animal head ring.
  • Pottery Barn is 20% off for a limited time and free shipping with the code CHEER. Are you looking for some monogrammed stockings? And if you love the Grinch as much as I do, you can pop over to Pottery Barn Kids and find How the Grinch Stole Christmas on a Duvet. I want this soooo badly and would keep it on the bed all year-long. It’s flannel too which is amazing to sleep under.
  • And finally we have Express which is up to 50% off select. I love this colour coat in both the short and longer version. Women’s sweaters and jeans are both 40% off, and you can find some bargains for men too with jeans being buy one get one $19.90, and sweaters are 40% off.

I’m hitting publish before bed right now so have a great weekend!


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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

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Right about now you are being bombarded by gift guides left, right, and centre so I am going to add to it 😉 Today I have the For Him gift guide. The man in your life that is an entertainer, a gamer, a traveller, or the one that just needs some new pajamas and slippers.

I tried to include something for everyone like the gamer, but also the nostalgic gamer who loved his Atari when he was young. Someone who loves food but hates cooking may like the microwave popcorn popper, or the toaster grilled cheese bags (I want these). The entertainer may like to make his own craft beer, have people over to play Beeropoly, or just an instruction manual to mixed drinks along with some bottles of booze to round it out.

My husband is notorious for asking me where his things are. It’s the same thing every day. “Have you seen my wallet? I used to have phone and it was right here. I don’t know where I put my glasses.” Honestly, it drives me insane and I repeatedly tell him to put his stuff in the same spot and he won’t have this issue. He is the type of man who would benefit from number 3 above – the docking station, as well as number 19 for his glasses. You can find all kinds of these handcrafted docking stations on Esty, and can even get them personalized. My husband has number 15 which is a guitar pick maker. You use any old plastic cards to punch out your own picks. He is one that tends to keep old cards for some reason so he has all kinds of picks with his face on them from his old licences and health cards. Nothing says personalized like a guitar pick with your own face on it.

We are almost officially down to one month before Christmas (33 days technically) and I know how much it sucks to do the panic last-minute shopping so embrace the biggest shopping sales of the year coming up (and right now) and get it all done. Then you can sit back and enjoy the holiday season without the shopping stress like me 😉

Here are some early sales to get you started (these sales are as of today).
Old Navy is having 50% off entire purchase
Gap – 50% off everything no exclusions (which is actually huge because they always exclude the items I want)
Nordstrom – Early savings starts now
H&M – Extra 20% off all sale

Check out my other gift guides for this holiday season For Her, and For Kids, and From Etsy.

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Some Fantastic Etsy Gift Finds

Christmas gifts from Etsy ideas #etsy #christmas2017 #giftguides #livelovesara

Wicked Witch bookmark | Labyrinth Pins | Extra Large Colouring Page | Mr. Tea Teapot | The Golden Girls Wine Glasses |  The Hobbit Leather Purse | Vintage Movie Plaque | Large Geometric Rings | Patronus Chapstick |


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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

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| 1. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls | 2. Rosie Revere Engineer | 3. Ada Twist Scientist | 4. Iggy Peck Architect | 5. A Wrinkle in Time | 6. Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch (here is one for the Wii U) | 7. Nintendo Switch console | 8. National Geographic Rock Tumbler | 9. K’Nex Building Set | 10. Snap Circuits Jr. (there is one for older kids too) | 11. Lego Boost Creative Tool Box | 12. Smithsonian Crystal Growing kit | 13. Lego Architecture | 14. Lego Creator | 15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone Illustrated Edition | 16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition | 17. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition | 18. Minecraft Lego Set | 19. Minecraft Bow and Arrow | 20. Minecraft Potion light | 21. Guess Who Retro | 22. Sorry Retro | 23. Candy Land Retro | 24. Clue Retro | 25. Slime Kit | 26. Squishy Human Body | 27. Star Wars Droid Kit | 28. Unicorn Leggings | 29. Ultimate Slime Book | 30. Melissa & Doug Giant Unicorn | 31. Unicorn Accessory Kit | 32. Fashion Plates | 33. Fashion Plates 150 Years of Fashion Book | 34. Prismacolor Pencil Crayons |


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