7| Bookends – It may seem like a little bit of a cop out to some of you, but I personally know how much I would appreciate these little treasures. The one bookcase that reigns over our apartment has been filled to the brim for years, so in our house we’ve started to collect books not only on the mantel to the fireplace, but in the fireplace as well (don’t worry, it’s out of commission). Book ends come in very handy when you have to get crafty while storing your stuff. Before we moved to this apartment we used our window sills, and who knows what we’ll come up with next. Maybe someday in our future we’ll be rich enough to have a library in our home, but until then we just continue to stick our books on any flat surface and arm the ends well with book ends like these.
5| Vintage suitcase – Now that she has carved her own little niche in the world, she’s likely to be making lots of weekend trips back home to see Mom and Dad, to visit high school friends, and even college friends in different places. You know she’d love to haul her stuff around with a fab vintage suitcase like this 1960s find. And when she’s not using it to tote, she can stand it nicely in her room as a classy little storage box!
4| A chunky knit sweater - Every girl’s best friend in the winter months is a chunky knit sweater. In past years, we may have run through the front door as soon as we got home, peeled our “cute” layers off and added a frumpy, grandma-type knit piece immediately to get warm, (lucky for us) frumpy is in this year and there’s no need to hide it! So pile on those gigantic, droopy layers, gals, and keep yourself warm while feeling confident about your look! Don’t be afraid to stick a scarf or blazer over it either. The more layers the better!
3| A cakulele - A lot of ladies have been getting into ukes as of late, and this little charmer just stole my heart. I’ve been into this maker for awhile, admiring his handy work when it comes to stringed instruments. Even if you’re not interested in buying one right now (or even at any point), these pieces individually are works of art and they definitely deserve your views if you have the time to head over. It’s just amazing what detailing and personality can be added to an instrument if it is done by the right person.
2| Toms - Get her some Toms if she likes to be comfy! I was so excited about this brand when I first heard about them because for every pair of shoes that they sell, they donate one to a shoeless child. Before we left for London I absolutely had to get a pair so my feet wouldn’t hurt while I walked all around the city. I have not been let down! I’ve owned them now for several months and they are holding up incredibly well, plus, they’re easy to match with nearly every outfit! A simple must-have!
1| A Fancypack® - I bought my Fancypack® from its creator, Carrotcake, a year and a half ago and I have never been able to come to terms with its handiness. Every time I don this amazing creation I am once again overcome with excitement about its unique convenience. This is the perfect accessory for day trips, dressy occasions, or any day that you don’t feel like lugging around your entire bag, but need space to keep your stuff! Essentially, a Fancypack® is an adjustable belt with a great big bow on the front, and inside the bow are six pockets — two of which have velcro enclosures! I can fit my phone, camera, keys, several cards and some cash in mine without anyone else being able to tell! P.s. She takes custom requests! Just convo her!
(Click any of the photos for a direct link to the Etsy shop where it is sold. And make sure to check out my other 2010 Holiday Gift Guides!)