I decided I wanted to do things a little differently this year! Instead of waiting until December to release my gift guides, I wanted to be sure you had every guide at your fingertips in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I finish 99% of my Christmas shopping by that time and rarely purchase a thing once December comes so I hope this is more helpful for you guys too. Save these and make a note or reminder to come back to Gold and Graphite on Black Friday to shop these guides, Deal? Okay- let’s get into it!
Two of my sisters are pregnant and due NEXT MONTH. Ten days apart. It’s the absolute sweetest gift to our whole family and I’ve been doing a whole lot of directing in the baby gift department. One of my most popular posts on the blog is my Hospital Bag Essentials list which has some favorite baby items in it, but I’ve yet to compile a list of my favorite gifts for the new mom and baby. Here are the things I always gift, have received and loved myself or would have loved as a new mom. As always, grab some tea and a pen-gift giving is my love language and I’m sparing no words.
There may be a few types of Moms on your list this year. The mom on a fit kick, the mom who can’t stop talking about her garden, the mom who made this her year of travel, the new mom-whatever mom you find yourself wanting to shower with love this year, there’s something for her here.
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It’s time for my last gift guide of the year- stocking stuffers! I love a stocking, guys. It’s the first thing we open every Christmas morning and O and I still like to make them special for each other! I usually get the kids very little things like a deck of cards or beads or things like that, but I do try to make O’s stocking a balance of things he needs but would never think of, wants but would never buy and something just to make him smile.
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Creating a gift guide for “her” is the most fun, but also the most difficult. Who exactly is this lady? A new mom? A teacher? An artist? A globe trotter? The goal with these items is to be delightful and special to every woman across the board. When I give gifts I love making a theme to group things together. If the theme is rest, I’ll box up a dreamy pajama set and a sleep mask or bath salts, a candle and matches. If the theme is peace I’ll gift a journal and some tea and a mug or a bible and special pens. Gifts are my love language so I gift as I’d love to receive!
I’m sure you’re seeing gift guide after gift guide right now. The thing is, I’ve wanted to have my own magazine ever since I can remember. Flipping through the pages of my mom’s magazines as a little girl I was amazed by each layout, color choice and font decision. I started making my own mood boards armed with scissors and glue and have kept pin boards of inspiration in elementary school and still pull one together every chance I get! These gift guides are always a way for me to express a passion of mine- curating and collecting in hopes of inspiring.