Giving Back Never Goes Out of Style…
I love giving – hence this blog. But when I can combine gift giving with giving to a good cause it’s a double score.
FEED allows me to do just that! I’ve been enamored with the initiative ever since they launched the partnership with Target (I wear my FEED for Target shirt on a weekly basis). I also fall in love with their holiday campaign every year. Every purchase literally helps feed the world by building a donation into the cost of each product. Even more all of their products use natural fabrics and artisan-made materials.
Check it out, you won’t be sorry.
Cultural hubs offer the most unique gifts…
Have you ever seen Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller? It’s a great movie. Part three of the series is coming out this week and I found myself inspired by memories of past museum shopping excursions that yielded some pretty awesome gifts.
If you live in a city known for its museums I encourage you to partake of this experience and the gift shop.
But if not, no worries. Most museums offer online shops now.
Here are some of my favorites.
- The Smithsonian
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- National Gallery of Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- The Getty Museum
- Denver Art Museum
- High Museum of Art
It’s not too late to catch a craft fair.
Some of the best gifts are crafted by hand. Fortunately, most cities offer a wide variety of fairs and bazaars this time of year and this blog is right on time to let you know about them.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival – Dec. 12-14 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va.
Chicago Holiday Shopping Markets – a full list of upcoming events in Chicago courtesy of Metromix.
The Portland Saturday Market – is open from March right up until Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) for your shopping pleasure.
New York City Holiday Markets – Timeout New York brings readers a full list of holiday markets for shoppers in the Big Apple.
Holiday Market and Pop-Up Shop Roundup – UWishUNu in Philadelphia offers a round up of local holiday bazaars and pop-up shops.
Boise Weekly Holiday Market Guide – Offers those in Idaho a holiday gift guide with events running until Dec. 20.
DC Downtown Holiday Market – A relatively new event to the nation’s capital happening downtown until Dec. 23. This large city market features a rotating lifts of artisans, as well as food and entertainment.
Don’t see you city or town on the list? Let me know and I’m happy to highlight it. If you want to start your own search, open Google and put in “<your city> holiday market”.
Good Hunting. Be Inspired.
This season is FULL of gift guides….
I’m no hater. When a Website or fellow blog starts posting gift guides during this, the most wonderful time of year, I’m all for it. There are some great ideas and I’m happy to share (and hype) them. I’ll do direct links so check them out.
First up, the LoDown, a lifestyle site created by Lauren “Lo” Bosworth of Laguna Beach and The Hills fame. But this renaissance woman has branched out and developed her own e-space (in addition to becoming a trained chef).
What drew me to the site was her imagery (photo below from theLoDown.com). But what kept me was the ideas.
Here are some of my favorites…
The Gift Guide for Beauty Junkies has some cute, and very well packaged ideas for those who love all things to do with makeup and skincare.
The Gift Guide for Kids includes some awesome gift ideas (so awesome I wish I had thought of them). These gifts will speak to the kid in you. In fact they speak to the auntie inside of me who loves nothing better than spoiling the kids in my life.
The Gift Guide for Pets is unusual and genius. I know quite a few pet parents who would love these ideas.
The Under $25 Gift Guide is ideal for the party goer who loves nothing better than to participate in office round robins and sorority gift exchanges.
Be Inspired. I am.
Photo courtesy of theLodown.com