Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For Dapper Gentlemen

So I am going to prefuse this post with this is a gift guide that I made for a client of mine earlier this year. The price points are higher because the budget was higher and they wanted something that was not an Apple product or electronics. They were needing ideas on what to give for their clients who are mostly men. I think these are such fun ideas and thought I would include it in my holiday gift guides. 

Away Carry-On Luggage $225: This luggage is awesome and many of my clients have it. There is a built in battery where you plug in your USB cord and can charge your devices.

Daniel Wellington Watch $229: This is watch is classic and perfect for the sales manager on the go.

Custom Dress Shirt price varies, but around $200: There are various places throughout Houston to get custom shirts made like Sid Mashburn and many will come to you to take measurements.

Age Your Own Whiskey $150 - $250: You can age and customize your own at home whiskey barrels. This is great for whiskey lovers.

Yeti Roadie Cooler $250: This is a great cooler to keep your items cold for extended periods of time. They also come in various colors. I know this has been popular for a while, but I believe they still make great gifts and are so useful.

Custom Etched Wine / Liquor Bottle price varies: There are several different glass etchers in Houston where you can etch a variety of things on wine / liquor bottles. They make great keepsakes.

Leather Dopp Kit $150 - $200: If the sales managers travel a lot this is great because you can personalize them and then fill them with products like Jack Black or Manready Mercantile, a Houston favorite.

Toolbox $125 - $250: This can be customized and you fill it with all kinds of tools because you can never have too many tools.

Wood Fire Pizza Oven $299: I know there are other pizza ovens a little less expensive, but this one constantly gets great reviews and is so fun!

All photos from the links provided for each item

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Campfire Stove: This is fun for any camper in your life. Plus, it is always handy to have when camping.

Grill Daddy Grill Brush:I plan on giving this as some gifts to guys who like to grill.

HyperChiller: My husband got this last year to help make iced coffee quicker, but then I found that it works great for non chilled wine too. Win, Win!

Patagonia Bag:I have been eyeing these bags for a while and love that they are durable and water resistant. I just love Patagonia in general.

Fishing Caddy: Several months ago I went to an event the person who created this was pitching the idea to Daymond John in order to win a business plan competition.

GoPro: I know this has been on many gift guides before, but I got this for my husband for his birthday to take with us to our aunts wedding and he loved it. It is compact and has great quality. When we got to Puerto Rico it wouldn't work and Amazon overnighted a new one to us. It was pretty amazing because it was storming in the area and we were on an island off of the mainland.

Google Home: I have seen this on many gift guides too and never had any interest in it, but we received it as a gift last year and we LOVE it. We mostly listen to music with it, but it has all kinds of technological capabilities. It is perfect for a tech person in your life.

Anti-theft Backpack: My husband loves backpacks and this one looks great, especially for when you are traveling.

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker: I know there are 2 coffee products on here, but many of the guys in my life LOVE coffee. My husband recently purchased this and loves it. It is super handy and great to use when you are in a hurry in the morning.

Oyster Knife: Any oyster lover knows that an oyster needs to be shucked the right way or you will get a lot of grit. Having an oyster knife helps.

Clock: I got this alarm clock for my husband many years ago and it is such a sleek addition for any modern lover.

Drill:So many guys love tools and my husband said this was the most useful one for him.

All photos from the links provided for each item

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Worktop Saver: This glass worktop saver is great for so many things. You can use it as a cutting board, to display or as a trivet. It is odor resistant and stain resistant.

Hair Straightening Tool: This hair straightening product is supposed to help straighten your hair with various temperature settings depending on the type of hair you have. I really want to try it out sometime soon.

Shiatsu Pillow Massager: I saw this online and it gets rave reviews, so I thought I would give it as gifts. I mean who doesn't like a little massage.

3 Tier Electric Food Steamer: For some reason I can not always steam vegetables the way that I want to, so when I saw this I thought it would be perfect. Plus, it gets great reviews.

Popcorn Maker: I got this for my mom and mother-in-law last year and they were huge hits. It is super easy to use and it has a warranty, so you can just call if anything goes wrong.

Christmas Memories Book: This is such a sweet book to give to someone as a gift. It is great to document all of your holiday memories.

Swan Planter: I saw this initially on this blog and thought it was just a fun, inexpensive, quirky gift.

Fermentation Crock: I initially read about this in a magazine and thought this would be great for anyone who is all about healthy living. Fermented food is so good for you.

Lego London Bus: Well I HAD to put Legos on the list because I love them. I really hope to get this one!

Serene House Diffuser: I bought this diffuser during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and so glad I did. I love that it is sleek and matches the aesthetic of our house. Plus, I diffuse essential oils all of the time.

The Original Duck Boots: I bought these last year for myself and my mom and absolutely love them. They are comfy and keep your feet warm in the winter.

Spiralizer: I know this has been on so many gift guides before, but I really love the one I have and it is so easy to use. It makes meal prep such a breeze.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Products

Beauty Heroes Box: This is currently the only subscription box that I get and love it. It is always full of all kinds of eco beauty products.

Vivo Bento Box: I have had these boxes for many years and they are perfect for any lunch, picnic or snacks on the go.

Reusable Sandwich Bags: These are great to eliminate the use, or as much use, of plastic baggies. They are perfect  for sandwiches, snacks and travel.

Reusable Lint Roller: No more tearing off papers. A lint roller that can be washed off and reused.

Mosquito Spray: My absolute favorite mosquito spray out there.

Essential Oils: I have been using essential oils for many years and love them. Theives, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg have been on heavy rotation this holiday season.

Clean Cubes: These are great to use for all kinds of things. Personally, I use them for organizing projects to sort and for recycling items.

Majestic Pure: I read many years ago that castor oil is great for lash growth and I really love this stuff because it comes with the wands.

Recycle Bin: I have had this recycle bin for some time now and love it! It is compact and matches our kitchen appliances. I labeled the lids aluminum, plastic and glass. Our paper is in another bin.

Baby Washcloths: I gifted these to a friend and they are perfect for an eco baby.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser: Apparently I put this on my gift guide last year, so obviously I love it. I love almost all of Tata Harper's product. Worth every penny.

Eucalan Delicate Wash: I have been using this wash for years and it is great for all delicates and at less than $4 a bottle.

All photos from the links provided for each item

Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Made in the USA

Bondic: I gave this to my husband last year and it really works. It is a liquid plastic welder that bonds things together.

Lewis Bag: For the martini lover. You put ice in the bag and then bang it with a mallet to crush it up.

Facial Hair Remover: I have seen so many people rave about these, but I have never tried them.

Ladies Pink Whiskey Glasses: I know I put Manready Mercantile products on here last year, but I really love this store.

Zippo Lighter: You always need a lighter whether you are a smoker or just love to burn candles.

Goode Company Pecan Pie: Some damn goode pecan pie. The perfect hostess gift.

Ulu Knife: Perfect addition to any kitchen.

Glass Pitcher:Simon Pearce has some absolutely gorgeous products.

Cocktail Napkins: I also included Hibiscus Linens last year and LOVE all of their products.

Ceramic Beaker: I first saw this in a Texas Monthly issue and thought it was so beautiful.

The Body Deli:I have several clients that use The Body Deli products and turned me onto them.

Bag tag: I also saw this maker in Texas Monthly and instantly swooned over all the leather goods.

All photos from the links provided for each item

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving / Friendsgiving

Are you hosting Thanksgiving or a Friendsgiving?  We try to host Friendsgiving every year, but as we get older life gets in the way. This year we ARE going to do it and make sure it happens. Thanksgiving is my husband's favorite holiday, so I want to make sure he has a GREAT one. This book is easy to read, funny and outlines why it is important to stick to traditional Thanksgiving meals. What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Utilizing a Personal Concierge During the Holidays

This time of year is super busy for so many people and you can get overwhelmed really quickly. I have many clients here in Houston who use me for various daily tasks and the holidays are no exception. Hiring a personal concierge is easy there are several in Houston and all over. Here are some things that they can help you with.
  • Gift Research. I often times get hired to research various gifts, but have an extensive list of go to gifts that I like to give or that I know are a hit. Here in Houston there are various stores I know that I can find the perfect gifts.
  • Shop. This is one of the biggest things I get utilized for during the holidays. There are so many gifts that get bought and given 
  • Help Decorate. Sometimes you just can't do it all and need help. 
  • Donation Drop Off. There is a ton of giving back during the holidays and I often drop off donations for others.
  • Organize. Since I am a professional organizer, I often help with general organization in businesses and around the home. This really helps clients destress and not worry as much during the holidays. 
  • Gift Wrapping. The key is to find stores like Kuhl-Linscomb that gift wrap for free, but if not then use a personal concierge. I often do this for clients and have so much fun.
  • Shipping. I ship a TON during the holidays. The key is to ship early when lines are not as long. Many of personal concierges charge by the hour, so shipping early can save you time and money. 
  • Write, Address, Stamp and Mail Holiday Cards. This gets outsourced a lot because usually when people send out holiday cards they send out a lot. 
  • Corporate Gift Buying. Lots of companies give gifts to employees, clients and colleagues and this is something they use concierges to assist them with. 
  • Party Prep. This is a big one because so many people host holiday parties. 
  • Book Travel. A ton of people travel during the holidays and a concierge can help with flights, hotel reservations, car rental, booking activities, etc. 
  • Grocery Shop. So many groceries to be bought during the holidays. 
  • Guest Prep. If you have guests coming into town a personal concierge can help with prepping for their arrival from getting rooms organized to arranging pick up for them to buying gifts. 
  • Basic Errands. I help clients with all kinds of basic errands they just don't have time to do. 

Virtual Concierge Help
I have had others hire me to help them with holiday tasks virtually as well. Here are some holiday things that I often get asked to help with virtually.

  • Buy and Ship Gifts. If there are items that can be purchased and shipped online, then that is what I help with.
  • Order and Mail Holiday Cards. This often times can be done anywhere.
  • Arrange for Professional Services. I often help arrange for services like house cleaning, organizing, catering, etc. to come in and help during the holidays. 
  • Book Travel. Just like above this is something that a concierge can help with.
  • Send Alcohol and Flowers. I arrange for bottles of wine and liquor to be delivered for clients. As well as, flowers and plants.