10 Gifts For Him 2018

As promised, I have compiled a list of gifts that any man would love to receive this holiday season. My husband helped come up with almost everything on here! We tried to add a wide variety of items so that you could be sure to find something for every man on your list!

1. Peter Millar Pullover

Peter Millar is one of my husband’s favorite brands! This wool and linen pullover is so simple yet so eye-catching. Pair it with a button up shirt underneath for a more dressy look!

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2. Leather Wool-Lined Gloves

These Ted Baker leather gloves are sure to keep his hands warm all winter with their soft wool lining. Don’t let their simplicity fool you, their quality and fine attention to detail make these a must have for any man on your list. They come in both black and chocolate leather.

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3. Engravable Tie Bar

This Brooks Brothers slim tie bar features an engine turn pattern and comes in either sterling silver or 14k plated sterling silver. Engraving can be added and comes presented in its own gift box. This personal touch is sure to make any man who is on the receiving end feel special.

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4. Paul Smith Socks

Paul Smith socks are known to be bold and eye-catching. Made in Italy and knit from a soft cotton blend, they are sure to aesthetically please anyone that wears them. They come in an endless amount of colors and patterns so you can find a pair that matches any and all personalities. FullSizeRender-7-1.jpeg

5. Cuisinart Grill Set

If he does not already have a grill accessory kit, this one from Cuisinart makes a great gift. It comes with 20 pieces, making it the ultimate took kit for the avid grill master in your life.

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6. Tumi Travel Kit

Tumi makes so many great products that my husband uses frequently but this piece is by far his favorite. This travel kit fits everything he needs, regardless if we are off for an extended vacation or a weekend getaway. With many different compartments and a hanger for easy access, it is definitely an essential for any man who travels.

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7. Harris Leather Belt

When it comes to belts, there are so many good options out there. If you are looking for a great option that isn’t crazy expensive, this is your best bet! My husband came across this brand while shopping in Barney’s a while back and it is his new favorite! Harris offers a wide variety of different colors and textures so you can be sure there is one out there for every man’s specific taste.

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8. Burberry Polo Shirt

When it comes to essential wardrobe pieces, this is definitely one of them! I’m pretty sure my husband has one in every color and wears them religiously all summer. My personal favorite is the white one! Pair it with some khaki shorts and some leather designer flops and he is sure to look and feel his best!

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9. UGG Slippers

These UGG slippers are perfect for any man on your list. They come in several different colors and sizes so you can be sure they will bring comfort and style to anyone who wears them!

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10. Sous Vide Precision Cooker

On the rare occasion that my husband cooks for me, this is his go to cooking method. It is guaranteed to cook your steaks, chicken, seafood, etc. perfectly every time. You just set your desired temperature, and your food never overcooks! Weather your husband is a seasoned chef, or just starting out, it is guaranteed to be the perfect foodie gift!

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10 Tips for Planning Your Own Wedding

This past year, most of my thoughts have revolved around one thing. Our wedding. If it wasn’t the wedding itself, it was some scenario or topic that reminded me of the approaching day. We got engaged in September and planned for an early June wedding…leaving plenty of time to plan! Until you experience it yourself, I don’t think people understand all of the little details that go into planning a wedding. After personally going through the whole process and reflecting on the experience, I have come up with 10 tips that one may find useful for planning a wedding of their own.

1.  Buy a planner, make lists, cross things off, repeat. It’s so important to stay organized and focused. Writing things down is vital to success.

2. Know when to ask for help, and learn to delegate tasks. You are one person, and as much as you may want to do everything yourself, you will drive yourself insane. Trust your family and friends. They are there to help!

3.  Understand that feelings will be hurt. At some point in the process there is a good chance you will hurt someone’s feelings, and your feelings will probably end up being hurt as well. This is part of it, things will work out in the end. Just remember the issues are only as big of a deal as you make them. Try to keep an open mind.

4. Realize that your fiancé probably doesn’t care about how the bridesmaids wear their hair. While guys like to be involved, maybe some of the decisions can be made without them. Make sure you communicate often with your fiancé so you are both on the same page, but try not to bore them with tedious details that they may not be interested in.

5. If it is an outside wedding, pray to God everyday for cooperative weather…hey we came very close to a tornado but we pulled through! Make sure you have a backup plan if disaster strikes. Crossing your fingers will only get you so far!

6. Be prepared that not everything will go exactly as planned, learn to be flexible and accommodating. Things are only as important as you make them. Compromise is key.

7. Prioritize. While it might be more fun to do certain tasks more than others, it is so important that you get the most important details lined out first. Securing your vendors should probably be higher on your the list than your DIY table numbers.

8. Be realistic. I know first hand how deceiving Pinterest, wedding magazines, or Martha Stewart can be. Try to stay on track and know what is feasible for your specific day. Not everyone can have a grand flower entrance like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (a girl can dream right?). Make a plan and a budget and try to stick to it as much as possible. What’s the point in a wedding if you don’t get to do a few (or 20) DIY projects during the process?

9. Learn to let go. So your little brother snuck off during family pictures to go drink in his car, or some over intoxicated guest stole a golf cart and drove it home, or maybe the cake didn’t look exactly like the picture you gave them,  whatever may come up, the day goes on! Little hiccups are bound to happen, don’t let them get to you. Learn to let go and enjoy your day. You will later look back on these incidents and laugh.

10. The day is about you. At the end of the day your married. Isn’t that the point?? You both woke up, you both walked down the aisle, and you both said “I do.” Hopefully when all of the planning is over and the big day comes, you can take in the moment to realize that the day is about you. Remember to relax! Trust yourself that everything you have worked for the past several months will fall into place.

XOXO,

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