Local Holiday Gift Guide

Instead of doing a traditional gift guide, I thought I’d share my local shops I will shopping this year. I think it is so important to shop local this year. Local shops are struggling, but shopping local for the holiday’s this year can really make a difference. Think I can use the word local one more time?

If you have any kids you need to shop for this year I highly recommend Ruckus and Glee. I wish this toy store had been around when I was a kid. It has toys for all ages and every price point. I easily find the perfect gifts when I go there and the staff is beyond helpful. They always have great suggestions and make sure you’re able to find the best gift. Shop in store in Wauwatosa or online this holiday season.

A great way to support your local restaurants and give the foodie in your life a perfect gift is a gift card to their favorite restaurant this year. Restaurants have been hit hard this year and a gift card is a great option to support them. Many also usually have a deal if you buy a certain amount you get a gift card for free, which can be a nice little treat for yourself.

The Sparrow Collective is another spot I like to hit for gifts this time of year. This store features tons of independent artisans who create beautiful home goods, handcrafted tees, jewelry, and art. Much of the work featured is inspired locally by the Milwaukee area. Located in Bayview, you can also shop online this season.

Another great spot to check out is Mod Gen, located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. A take on a classic general store- they feature both local and afar products. And these can range from a handmade bar of soap to a beautiful houseplant. You’ll definitely be able to find something for everyone on your list. You can shop online or in stores this holiday season.

And that rounds out my local holiday gift guide. Let me know any other spots you’ll be shopping this season. Hope everyone has a safe holiday season!

Christmas Decor

Hello all! Can’t believe it’s almost that time of year again. With Christmas less than 40 days away I have been getting my Christmas decorations in order. I bought quite a few pieces last year and plan to use them all again. But having a bigger place now I bought a few more items to help get the new place in the festive spirit.

Bright colors

My Christmas color scheme is less traditional. I enjoy a brighter pallete which includes more than just red and green. This whole whole pallete came about last year when I was at AtHome. They had a holiday collection called “Festive Folk” which I absolutely fell in love with. The collection was influenced by Scandinavian Christmas decor. This style influenced me to use plenty of playful colors. Textures such as wool, yarn, and felt are often included in Scandiavian Christmas decor. I have pom-pom yarn garland, along with yarn tassels I hang arounf my home. It truly adds a lot of brightness we would normally not have in our decor.

Bottle Brush Trees

I also keep my decor fairly simply, since everything is so brightly colored. My main source of decoration is bottle brush trees. And they seemed to have stayed for this year’s holiday decor. I can find them almost every place I look. I have an assortment in size and color. And I think you could keep them up for most of winter if your really wanted to. They’re great for small or big spaces.

I love these gold-bottomed trees off Etsy from WittyBash


Fitting with the brightly, Scandiavian themed decor- gnomes are a must! Last year I bought several gnome ornaments that I hung on the tree and around my home. This year I’ve added some small gnome figurines to the mix, which I found at Target.

A gnome tree trooper off Amazon.

The Tree

It’s often the centerpiece of Christmas decor and this year we finally have a full sized Christmas tree. I purchased a 6 ft tree with multi-colored lights already on it from Target. It was easy to assemble and was the perfect height and width. I think the best part is the lights are already on it. As for oranments I bought a pack of shatter-proof in the bright color scheme I have with my other decor. Along with those I also plan to incorporate sentimental oranments from my childhood and maybe some new baubles that hold special meaning to us. Our tree skirt is bright is also in theme- it has pom poms around the edge in various bright colors!

Let me know how you like to decor for the Holidays. I’d love to see how everyone else decorates for this season. Happy holidays and be safe!

Holiday Gifting Advice

Today I thought I’d share my advice to find great gifts for those special people in your life. Enjoy!

Your mom:

I always struggle with finding a gift for my mom. I never know what to get her, but I think what I have found what works best. I always suggest getting her things you know she will like. Her favorite perfume or skin cream are examples. Next pamper you mom! Give her a pedicure, Manicure or both! What mom doesn’t love to get her nails done. Comfy things are always another great option. Slippers or robes that are nice and fuzzy and warm since, at least my mom, is always cold.

And finally, something simple, but classic. Like the Kate Spade– One in a million pendant. I bought this for my mom a few years ago and she gets a ton of wear out of it. I almost want to get one for myself, but matching with mom…..

Your Dad:

I usually go for a funny gift when it comes to my own father. One year I gave him Jelly of the month club, like in National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation. Every month on the 25th he received I jelly I had chosen. This ranged from Smucker’s Strawberry Jam, to a local jam maker and even a jelly packet you get at a restaurant. It was a lot of fun trying to find new flavors for him to try. And it turned into a yearly tradition. I’ve now done:

  • BBQ sauce
  • Mustard
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Cheese
  • Hot Sauce
  • Beer

Your significant other:

My advice when trying to find something for your significant other is to keep a list of things they mention throughout the year on your phone. My bf actually taught me this. Our first Christmas together I unwrapped some tassel earrings I had wanted but completely forgot about it. He wrote it down in his phone and the site I mentioned they were on, went back and bought them a few months later. It was one of the best surprises! And very thoughtful!

I think another great option for your significant other is to do something cute and personalized. Maybe you create a book of all your favorite photos or you write down 52 things you love about them, one to read each week. Whatever it is taking the time to do something cute and personalized for them is always a great option.


Yes, you should give a gift to yourself. I know I have a lot going on in my life at times and may tend to focus on every but myself so I think around the holiday’s it’s important to treat yourself!

Maybe you buy those shoes you keep eyeing up, or pamper yourself with a massage. Whatever it is do a little something for yourself during this busy time of year.

Need more ideas for gifts, check out these links. They’re giving me ideas for everyone on my list this year.