Gift Guide: For the Lovely Lady

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Her | The Kardia Blog The third gift guide this week is for the lovely lady. I was originally going to make this gift guide for the homebody, but I kept on coming up with more girly/classy things. So, this gift guides is for her: the lovely lady who keeps herself together while still having fun ;)

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini | $72.99

Instant cameras are all the range today. They're perfect for documenting life as it's happening and then sharing them instantly. The size of the prints are perfect for scrapbooking or using as decorations. If I got one this Christmas, I'd definitely use them as decorations on a table, like this!

2. Mug | $25

Every women loves a good mug. Some may even have quite the collection of them! The gold lip on this china mug makes a cute statement, even when it's early in the morning.

3. Appointment Calendar | $26

Calendars and planners are a woman's best friend! Rifle Paper Co. has a great selection of 2015 calendars available! If you're more into travel photos, HopeEngaged just released her travel calendar on Etsy.

4. A Chic Candle | $30

Candles make any house feel warm and cozy during the winter months. Light a few during the evening and relax to the scent wafting through the house. This candle is the perfect home addition!

5. Glass Shadow Box | $24+

These beautiful glass shadow boxes will show off her gorgeous accessories. The linen-lined interiors keep everything scratch free and the classic look of the boxes add a sense of charm to the room.

6. The Eureka! Book | $35

This fun book is a whole compilation of fun DIY projects, frameable art, stickers, wrapping paper, recipes, and so much more! It makes a great gift for the crafty gal!

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7. Weekender Bag | $120

This is a must-have item. The Lo and Sons weekender bag comes in five different colors, fits just about everything you could need for three days, and even has a separate compartment at the bottom for shoe storage. How perfect is that!

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8. Cozy Socks | $16.50 (if you hurry, you can get 30% off with the code GETFESTIVE!)

People always think socks are the worst gift to receive. Maybe they are when you're a kid, but as an adult some nice, warm socks are always appreciated! J. Crew's Authentic Camp Socks  are classic, cozy, and perfect for wearing in boots during this time of year.

9. L.L. Bean Boots | $109

Speaking of boots, investing in a great pair of winter boots that will hold up for years is a great thing to do. L.L. Bean Boots are handsewn in Maine and are perfect when tromping through snow.

What are your gift ideas for women?



P.S. Check out my gift guide for men and for the blogger!

Gift Guide: For the Manly Man

Perfect gift ideas for him! The man in your life will surely love these gifts! | The Kardia Blog Men are hard to shop for sometimes. But if you just take the time to think and look, there are actually so many great gift ideas for him. I'm tired of seeing all those boring gift guides for men with overpriced, random things they don't need or want. So today I took the time to carefully choose some useful, practical gifts that the men in your life are sure to enjoy! Take a look...

1. Subscription to the Dollar Shave Club | $3 - $9 per month depending on blade preference

Ladies. Trust me on this one! What guy wants to overpay to get a decent razor? Sign them up for the Dollar Shave Club. They deliver great blades right to your doorstep every month for just a few bucks. No more schlepping to the drugstore and no more overpriced, ridiculous shave tech that you don't need. The $6 razor is perfect and comes with free shipping! That's less than you pay for Netflix! Women can use them too :) Plus, their video ad is hilarious (that's what all my guy friends say!)

2. Charcoal Soap | $6

The true value of activated charcoal is its ability to remove toxins and impurities from your body. This is why an activated charcoal bar soap is great at helping solve troubled skin problems. RightSoap makes this soap with natural ingredients and the finest oils and butters. This is the perfect stocking stuffer for your man!

3. Gingham Tie | $59.50 (if you hurry, you can get 30% using the code GETFESTIVE !)

A gingham tie is so classic and instantly brings an outfit up a notch. Get your man a nice tie to wear on some fancy dates with you. Or just dress up in your house. I mean, he'll want to wear this tie even when he doesn't have to.

4. Touchscreen Gloves | $45

I live in Minnesota, so winter to us means snow, ice, and cold. Men need a good, warm, durable pair of gloves for when they're out snowblowing, shoveling, and even just holding the steering wheel! This pair is perfect, with a silicone grip and touchscreen capability.

 5. The Art of Manliness | $14.16

Authors Brett and Kate McKay wrote this book as a guide full of advice on how to be better husbands, fathers, and men. It even takes its lessons from classic gentlemen such as Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt. This book includes useful things to know and learn, such as how to perform a fireman's carry, start a fire without matches, predict the weather like a frontiersman, live a well-balanced life, and so much more! Be sure to check out The Art of Manliness website too!

6. A Tablet | Price Varies

If your guy loves techy gadgets, a tablet is the way to go! Easy to carry and super functional, this is something he'll use throughout the day!

7. Multi-Tool Keychain | $36.85

My grandpa's favorite Christmas gift was a multi-tool keychain. He uses it for everything! This gift is nice because your man can keep it with him at all times. This one includes 9 tools: a knife, wood/metal file, bottle opener, needlenose pliers, regular pliers, scissors, flat/Phillips screwdriver, medium screwdriver, and wire cutters.

8. A Huge Water Bottle | $32.95

I bought this for Caleb's birthday and he LOVES it. He drinks a ton of water and didn't like having to constantly fill up one of those small water bottles. This stainless steel bottle from Kleen Kanteen holds a whopping half gallon! With its extra wide mouth, your man won't have to worry about having to sip at his water. And if a huge bottle isn't your thing, Kleen Kanteen offers a variety of sizes and styles :)

9. Mophie Juice Pack | Price Varies depending on model of phone

Don't you hate it when your phone dies? Give your man the gift of power (battery power that is) with a battery pack for his phone. A Mophie Juice Pack can virtually double your battery life, giving you more hours to talk, text, listen to music, and surf the web.

 What are you planning to give the men in your life this holiday?


P.S. Check out my gift guide for bloggers!

Gift Guide: For the Blogger

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers | Tons of ideas on the Kardia Blog! The Holiday season is finally here! :) I've loved reading gift guides ever since I was a litte girl. I love deciding on the perfect present for each person. So when I was brainstorming ideas for gift guides this year, the first thing I thought of were gift ideas for bloggers. Of course, all these ideas appeal to me personally, but I hope that maybe it can help inspire some of the special people in our lives when they're choosing out some gifts. So send this link to your boyfriend/hubby as a little "hint hint wink wink" ;) You might even add a few to your wishlist!

1. Fotostrap | $85

This is definitely on my wishlist! With photography being such a huge part of blogging nowadays, a strong camera strap is a must. I'm tired using the Canon strap that came with my DSLR. Fotostrap offers so many different designs of 100% genuine leather and canvas fabric camera straps. You can even get them monogrammed with a saying or your name!

2. Blog, Inc. | $12.58

Whether you're a beginner blogger or have been blogging for years, Blog, Inc. is a great resource and tool. It covers everything from the basics, like domain, web hosting, design, and clearly explains more advanced things like monetizing and working with companies.

3. BKR water bottle | $30

I absolutely LOVE my BKR water bottle. I get compliments on it everywhere I go and would recommend it to everyone. It's easy to carry, comes in a variety of colors, and is super fashionable!

4. iPad mini | $399

While a laptop is great, sometimes you just need something lighter to carry around. An iPad mini allows you to keep up with blogging, emails, and social media on the go, all while syncing to your Mac and iPhone as well!

5. Nate Berkus throw blanket | $29.99

Every blogger needs a nice blanket to throw around their shoulders while they're blogging or sitting on the couch. This one from the Nate Berkus line at Target is super cute!

6. A blog planner | $16

Keep your blog organized while being chic by using the Heart and Arrow Design blog planner! This is perfect for scheduling posts for the week. My favorite feature is the reminders for posting on social media, commenting, and even keeping up with your blog roll!

7. A pretty vase (with flowers in it!) | $9.49 + flowers (don't forget the flowers!)

Every bloggers desk should be brightened up by some beautiful flowers (they make for good photos!). So looking for the perfect surprise gift for your blogger? Consider a nice vase with flowers.

8. Baron Fig notebook | $16

This is the notebook for creatives. The Baron Fig notebook was made to help you unleash your creativity and get your ideas down on paper. It simple design is the perfect blank canvas to begin dreaming with.

9. Hunter boots | $148

Oh so fashionable, but still so useful, every fashionable blogger should have a pair of nice rain boots at least once in their lifetime! I personally love the style of Hunter wellies. My problem is, I don't know what color to get! ;)

What do you think bloggers would love?