Gifts and giving will be coming up to a fevered pitch soon (really, Walmart, you're going to open your stores for huge sales on Thanksgiving? Well, nothing like some good retail cardio after you've gluttoned yourself with all things buttered and mashed) and I do love giving gifts. Partly because we typically keep gift giving within the immediate family so I can just give to the people that really mean something to me and I don't have to worry about what to buy those-people-whose-names-I-don't-remember-but-they-live-three-doors-down-and-I-think-I-said-hi-to-them-once-in-passing-two-months-ago.
And partly, well - I like the gift getting too. Who doesn't? It is not so much what the gift is, but the fact that someone I care deeply about has taken the effort to think of and find something I would thoroughly enjoy and acquired it for the sole purpose of giving it to me. It may be something sentimental. Hand-made and one-of-a-kind. Or a sweet generous splurge. Something that is a complete surprise and I would have never thought I wanted but now that I have it, I love it.
For me? Honestly I always go into Christmas with a big question mark over my head. I am probably a frustrating person to buy for, because I'm pretty particular but I never seem to know exactly what I want. (My sis has resorted to giving me gift cards for my fave shops every year and I pretty much do the same back - it works well for us because we're both pretty darn particular, plus she has the intimidating factor of having immaculate taste).
This year I think I'd love to get a little more spontaneity (like, it's a thing, right). Something like a surprise weekend trip away, tickets to a fun event, doing an activity that is out of my norm. Or if we're talking real life things, maybe some kitchen gadgets so then I'd have zero excuses on making all those great things I've pinned to eat - hello, Williams-Sonoma. Perhaps a serious handbag in classic black leather, something I lack, that would stand the test of time and trends. Almost anything from Shiseido - their facial creams are awesome, but soooo expensive. Or shoot, I should just gift myself that treadmill already. All the benefits of running, none of the risk of tripping myself up over any number of sidewalk cracks, uneven gravel, twigs and leaves, general flat dry surfaces.
It may be over a month away, but that really means it's right around the corner now. So before we get all caught up thinking about others, it's time to ponder a wee bit self-indulgently - what's on your holiday gift receiving list this year? And do you love to be surprised, or do you know exactly what you would like?
Sweater: F21 soaring bird print (sim, blouse, subtle)
Pants: ON roll-up boyfriend (worn here - sim, cord, dressy)
Earrings: Target (sim, sim, pricey, pricey)
Bracelets: Glitterbox Jewelry via Etsy, Goody double wear, Target, F21, J.Crew (sim, sim, sim, sim)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (worn here - sim, sim, flap, pricey)
Shoes: c/o ShoeMint rosemary (worn here - sim, steal, point-toed, luxe platform)