Gift Guide 2016: For Him

And, last but certainly not least, ideas for the boys in your life:

Uuni Wood-Fired Oven, $299.00.  A perfect addition to an outdoor kitchen.  It cooks a pizza in less than 1 minute and can also cook flatbread, vegetables, fish, and steak, really anything that you want to cook quickly!

Stove-top Coffee Maker, $22.49.  So he can make a perfect cup of coffee anywhere there is fire.

Camping Chair, $36.58.  Small and lightweight, perfect for getting cozy by the campfire without the bulk of typical camping chairs.

Stainless Steel Hand-Crank Coffee Grinder, $51.00.  Because everyone knows whole bean coffee makes the best coffee.

Between the World and Me, $14.40.  Because you know he will find the time to read again one day...

Flannel 3-button Shirt, $98.00.  Super soft, extra warm, and stylish.  Made by Marine Layer, a company I love.

A Cozy Cardigan, $128.00.  He may not know it yet, but he will love the look and feel of a cardigan.  It will make him feel right at home next to a warm fire or trying his hand at poetry.

Wine of the Month Club, $39/month.  Winc will customize your box based on your preferences and then send 3 bottles of fun, contemporary, and tasty wines each month with no subscription or cancellation fees.

Rowing Machine, $1495.00.  Because he claims to have given up running...Now he can channel his inner Frank Underwood.

Handblown Mt Rainier Tumbler, $45.  Designed and produced in Portland, Oregon by North Drinkware.  A true beauty of a glass for drinking his handcrafted cocktails. Dreamed up by three friends, inspired by the mountains.

Gift Guide 2016: For Her

Some fun and pretty (and practical) gift ideas for the girls in your life...

Butter Keeper, $35. An earthen, French-country way to keep your butter soft and spreadable. Made in California by Sawyer Ceramics.

Mid-Century Modern Ceramic Planter, $149.99.  To make her plants happy.

How to Celebrate Everything, $17.61.  A New York Times Best Cookbook of Fall 2016.   A warm and inviting guide to turning birthdays, holidays, and everyday occasions into cherished traditions.

Thug Kitchen, $12.01.  An LA-based duo creates a funny, foul-mouthed, cookbook full of delicious vegan recipes that will have her laughing while cooking all things healthy and yummy.

Drawstring Pullover Sweater, $110.00.  Perfect for school pick-up, Saturday outings, and sitting fireside (in a chalet!).

Asymmetrical Initial Necklace by Maya Brenner, $240+.  A pretty necklace to keep the initials of her loves close to her heart.

Better than a Pizza Stone, $89.00.  Because her pizza stone broke years ago, and she just isn't satisfied with pizza delivery in Atlanta...

Cookbook Page Holder, $25.00.  To keep her cookbooks clean and open in the most minimalist way.

Fingerless convertible gloves, $35.00.  Perfect for keeping her hands warm, but also easily adapts for texting and helping her children with snacks and buttons.

Llama Beanie, $39.50.  To keep her toasty and cute while romping around outdoors.

Amazon Echo Dot, $49.99.  So she can listen to podcasts and music, find out the weather, and even order Chinese food without finding her phone.

Illume Watermint Candle, $19.95. Because every girl deserves a bit of restoration, right?  And, this smell is divine.

Our Advent Tradition

This year, while doing my Thanksgiving shopping, I snatched up one of those tiny-door cardboard advent calendars for Jack.  I grew up with one of those (in addition to a lovely cloth one that hung from the door of a closet in the kitchen filled with candy and quarters (and sometimes even dollar bills!)) and I remember looking forward to the days when it was my turn to open it up and discover what little chocolate shape was hidden inside.  And, I will admit it, I think the chocolates in those calendars are pretty darn tasty. 

I showed the calendar to Jack last weekend when we were pulling out the Christmas decorations and after a brief pause, he quietly asked if we were still going to use his special Christmas box (made by his Popi) for a small gift each day too.  At first I said probably not, but then, I started thinking more about it, and I realized how much I love that he loves that tradition.  It feels like it was one of the first traditions that we started as our own family unit, so, quite obvisouly we should continue it, right?! 

I struggle with the over-consumerism of Christmas.  I love gift giving, but too much is just too much.  So, the thought of a toy each day in his Christmas box did not appeal to me this year.  Rather than toys, I decided to return to an idea that we did in 2014, which is to give Jack (and now Rigby) a Christmas book each day as we count down the days until Christmas Day!  Jack has been requesting Christmas books each night for bedtime reading since we pulled out our stack last weekend, so I know that these new books will be a gift that will be loved time and time again.  I've done a lot of research of people's favorites and here are some of the books that the boys already have and some that they will be receiving this year to add to our growing Christmas book collection:

The Tomten
By Astrid Lindgren
The Mitten
By Jan Brett
The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack Keats

Do you have any Christmas books that you love?  I would love to start making our list for next year!  I can never have enough good books!