2021 Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello my long lost blog friends, it’s been a while :,)

Life got so busy this year with the wedding and the new house, so I took a little break on here to just be more present during all of it. I want to get back to being more consistent on here because I miss writing and sharing more in-depth posts. Making that one of my goals for 2022!

Sharing a list of my favorite gifts for 2022 for anyone still looking for ideas. These are some of my favorite things, Merry Christmas โ™ฅ๏ธ

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This Cozy Sweat Set

I put these on every morning when I wake up & drink coffee/read. They’re so soft and cozy.

Buy it Here

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Chem X

Coffee lovers! We love the process of making coffee in our Chem X – the taste is so fresh!

Buy it Here

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Wicker Coffee Table Tray

We got this for our wedding and it sits on our ottoman and holds my books, candles, mug, etc. I love it!

Buy it Here

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Mr. Black Espresso Coffee Liquor 

All espresso martini lovers out there, you need this

Buy it Here

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Frasier Fir Candles

One of my favorite gifts because this will forever be the scent of Christmas to me!

Buy them here

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Ninja Air Fryer

We use this to cook dinner almost every night. Veggies in one drawer, protein in the other.

Buy it Here

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A subscription box…

My favorites are Trade Coffee, Firstleaf Wine, and Home Chef

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Handmade Nativity Set

There are so many beautiful ones on etsy!

Shop them Here

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Daily Devotional for Women

This has been my favorite one for so many years. Every page just hits home!

Buy it Here

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Custom Phone Case

I have this with my new initials and love it!

Buy it Here

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Giftcard to Local Greenhouse + Nursery

Someone got us a gift card to buy a tree to plant in our yard the year we got married ๐Ÿ™‚

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Herringbone Cutting Board

We have this in our kitchen and it’s so pretty

Buy it Here

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Handmade Advent Calendar

Find them on Etsy here

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Handmade Advent Calendar

Find them on Etsy here

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Our Weber Grill 

We love it so much! Many nights to come grilling out with this ๐Ÿ™‚ Siblings could combine $ together to give to dad.

Buy it Here

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Away Suitcases

Conner and I both have the ‘large’ and ‘bigger carry on’ bags and they’re the best!

Buy them Here

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Simplisafe Alarm System

After moving in to our new house and getting an alarm system set up, we realized this is a great gift for any newlyweds or even parents!

We have The Haven, Buy it Here

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Kristin Wedge Bootie by Ugg

Forever and always will be my favorite boot in the winter. Just can’t beat the comfiness.. and the wedge makes it less casual, right?

Buy them Here

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Crystal Rose Bowl

I have 3 of these and it’s the prettiest vase for flowers! One of my best sellers on Amazon.

Buy it Here

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Fancy Wine Opener

Another gift from our wedding that we love. Perfect for any wine lover.

Buy it Here

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C.S. Lewis Classics

My faves ๐Ÿ™‚

Buy them Here

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Glass Mugs

I love these for coffee, lattes, tea, hot water. Pretty if you have open shelving!

Buy them Here

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Mini Waffle Maker

This little thing has brought so much joy over the last 3 years haha. We love it. Breakfast for dinner!

Buy it Here

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Two Ideas for Brides

This white clutch you can personalize

This beautiful wedding day hanger

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Grainwell Bourbon Barrel Top

This was our welcome sign for our rehearsal dinner! Such a great wedding gift for a couple. You can order personalized pieces by Sunday for pick up by the 23rd. They have so many more personalized gift son their website here

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Custom Handmade Ornament

Just married, first home, new baby!

Buy it Here

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Beautiful Hurricane Candle

Got this for my mom!

Buy it Here

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The Road Back to You 

This is the enneagram one I’ve been talking about in my stories! So good for personal growth and understanding others.

Buy it Here

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‘I Love You’ Pillow

I have always loved this pillow ever since we sold it when I worked at Alice Lane Home Company!

Buy it Here

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Our Wedding Invitations

Anyone else remember every single thing in the weeks leading up to your wedding day making you emotional!? I just received these photos of our invitations and Iโ€™m over here tearing up over pictures… of paper ๐Ÿคฃ 

But seriously, I cannot get over how beautifully they turned out. They were made by Bella Figura, Central New York printers who make unique wedding invitations the old fashioned way, with vintage presses, the best paper, time, patience, and love. We wanted the invitations to match the aesthetic of our venue and the wedding theme, and they absolutely nailed it. The quality of the paper is incredible…the fonts are beautifulโ€ฆand we couldnโ€™t be happier with them! I’m so thankful for my wedding planner (Big City Bride) introduced me to the Bella team.

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This photoshoot idea is something that was really special to us. I had seen a lot of flat-lay invitation photos, but wanted to try something a little different that really showed off the beautiful details and incorporated some personal touches. Connerโ€™s Grandparents (aka Branny and Pop) let us borrow their beautiful wedding glassware for these photos. Theyโ€™ve been married for 60 years and we look up to their love so much! Can you believe how gorgeous her collection is?? They are truly attached at the hip and a perfect example of how marriage makes you โ€˜oneโ€™.

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The way the morning light comes in through our kitchen windows is one of our favorite things about our new house, so we used this light to shine through the glasses onto the invitations and it created the most magical magical glow. It was a full team effort to get these shots…watch my story today to see how me, Alicia and Conner set up this up for some entertainment ๐Ÿคช.

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Thank you so much Bella Figura for the attention to detail and love you put into our invitations, you captured our vision perfectly. If you are in the process of looking for wedding invitations or save the dates, I strongly recommend Bella Figura ~ their collection is incredible and they can capture any vision you have in mind ~ vintage, modern, destination, etc! They offer one of the largest collections of letterpress wedding invitations anywhere in the world and also practice progressive green printing, using eco-friendly options. 

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Does anyone know of a company who frames wedding invitations? I think that would be so cute to hang in our new house somewhere. Message me on Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚ Only 8 more days!!!

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Thank you to @aesthetiica for making my invitation photo dreams come true. ILY

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My Bachelorette Weekend Recap

Just coming off of one of the greatest weekends I could’ve asked for with my best friends. People move away, have babies, schedules fill up, and sometimes your closest relationships become long distance friendships. Getting to be surrounded by my girls for an entire weekend was the best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ thing ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ever ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ.

(Our dresses are Tiare Hawaii, my fave! Comfy, stretchy, lightweight, no bra needed. I’m wearing my fave style, The Brooklyn)

We rented a place in New Buffalo, Michigan ~ a little lake town on Lake Michigan 45 minutes away from my parents’ house. It’s scattered with beaches, wineries, and has a fun little food scene. I’ve taken trips up here my whole life! With my grandparents, in high-school with friends, and more recently with Conner and my parents. A getaway close to home, with good wine, food, and my best friends just felt like the right move for my bachelorette. I have some great memories from bach weekends in Nashville, Vegas, a cruise, etc..but this was perfect for us (and more affordable!).

Plus, summertime in Michigan is just something else..

I need to give a HUGE shoutout to @aesthetiica – one of my best friends and the most talented photographer I know – for capturing this weekend so perfectly. Leash, your talent and passion for your job never ceases to amaze me..I will cherish these pics forever!

I love these girls so much. These are my bridesmaids ~ Rachel, Emily, Lindsey, Harper, Elena, Brooke, (minus my cousin Jessi who couldn’t make it, missed her so much ๐Ÿ˜ข!).

The Playlist

Thanks to my sis, we had the best playlist for the weekend. So many gems in here:

LINK TO PLAYLIST

My Outfits

Linking everything I packed below! If I don’t have a link it’s because it’s old :/

(if you watched my stories, RIP to the feather dress ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Tiare Hawaii Dresses – shop on their website / shop on revolve

The Bachelorette House

We rented the BEST lake cottage for the weekend…

A Southwest Michigan based vacation rental company called Bluefish Vacation Rentals helped me find this house for our weekend. Bluefish helps with everything from property management to trip planning to make sure your time in Michigan is unforgettable ๐Ÿ™‚ If you live in the surrounding areas (Chicago ppl!) and are looking for an easy escape from the city, you need to look through their rentals! So many cute spots – from charming beachside cottages to lakefront estates – for family, girls, or couples trips. They even offer a concierge program that offers things like: stocking groceries, locally made charcuterie boards delivered (@grazebyerica!), firewood bundles, sunset sails, and the arrangement of a private chef (we had @savorandsecrets who was awesome).

If you’re looking to book a getaway to Michigan ~ which you totally should ~ you can use my code OLIVIA10 for 10% off your stay of two nights or more now through 6/30/2022 (book on their website HERE). And here is the link to the exact house we stayed at: Gezellige Huis Bachelorette House.

The Planner

@CHICFROMCHICAGO

I have to brag about my friend Elise who helped plan this entire weekend .. she is so incredibly talented!! After being a bridesmaid so many times, I know how much planning (and $$) goes into these weekends, so it was important to me to hire help so none of my girls were too stressed and could just come and enjoy a vacation. A lot of them are new moms and all of them have busy schedules, jobs, etc!

Elise took control and was so helpful and creative with all the details of the weekend. We started with a shared Pinterest board to nail down the theme and colors. We loved pinks, peach, and whites and went with a ‘garden glam’ theme . She also just made the whole process so fun for me, texting little updates along the way of unique touches she was incorporating into the weekend (like the gorgeous vintage plates and the s’mores set up). She found the perfect burlap gift bags for the towels and wine glasses with their names on them – keep scrolling to see the beautiful dinner she helped set up at our rental. Elise is based in Chicago and does all kinds of party and event planning and styling. She knows all the best vendors to use and just has so much experience! You can look through pics of all the awesome events she’s done and get in contact with her here on IG: @chicfromchicago and her website: chicfromchicago.com.

Balloons + Floral Decor

@SHOPPARIS312

Ok, but THE BALLOONS!! I’ve used my friends at Paris312 in Chicago for so many parties and celebrations over the years. They are hands down the best and most creative team when it comes to epic balloon decor. Their team came up with the perfect design and color scheme for the cottage and the end result looked so incredible! I love how they color blocked the balloon colors and added little touches of greenery. The also created the most beautiful eucalyptus swag with roses in it for the dinner table and put together all the beautiful pink arrangements throughout the house.

Paris 312 currently serves Chicago and eligible surrounding suburbs (which can be found on their website here). Everything is delivered right to you for your party. You can use Code OLIVIA15 for 15% off their entire website!

Rental Furniture

@ELLIEROSECHICAGO

The beautiful chairs for the dinner and backyard bonfire lounge furniture were all from Ellie Rose ~ a Chicago and Midwest based event rentals company. They have the prettiest furniture and dinnerware to rent – see more of their work on their IG page.

Paper Goods

@ASHLEYFRYESTUDIO

Ashley Frye Studio is a bespoke stationery company based in Chicago who specialized in everything from wedding invitations to art prints. Ashley did such a beautiful job of creating the custom watercolor invitations for the weekend, the super unique menus for our dinner set up, and even made the cute little leaf tags for each girls bag.

Beach Towels

@WEEZIETOWELS

Website: WEEZIE TOWELS

I searched the internet for light pink stripe beach towels to give my girls as a gift and I finally came across the perfect ones. I’m obsessed with these Weezie towels with my bridesmaids names on them. They’re oversized, plush, and available in 3 other colors. You can add the custom embroidery for $15 per towel. I’m so glad I found this brand, def ordering more from them in the future for my our home!

Pool Floats

@FUNBOY

These were amazing! The loungers fit 2 people and are so comfortable.

Rainbow Lounger

Yellow Tubes

Candles

@CAPRIBLUECANDLES

I used a few candles from one of my favorite companies ~ Capri Blue! The Blue Jean Jumbo Faceted Jar is gorgeous in purple, has two wicks, and smells do delish/sweet/citrusy.

Personal Touches

I have to give a shoutout to my bridesmaid and the first friend I ever had since kindergarten, Emily. She surprised me with so many cute (and funny) touches over the weekend. She brought a custom cake made in the shape of a ring (lemon cake, of course), the giant cardboard Conner cutout that was the greatest thing ever, and these cool light up HEMPEL letters from amazon. I love you Em!!

Thank you so much to my best friends in the world who spent this entire weekend making me feel so loved. You are all such a big part of who I am and have been a rock for me through all the different stages of my life. I can’t wait for you to stand next to me in 2 months when I marry the love of my life!!!

See the full recap of the weekend on my BACHELORETTE story highlight on Instagram

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