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Hannah Sheflyand

By the time you read this, hopefully, Brian and I will be laying out in the wonderful warmth in southern California! We decided to go for a quick weekend visit to see some of my close family out in Ventura, CA and get away from this constantly cold winter weather.

I hope you have had a chance to finish off your gift lists but if not I have some great ideas up for him, her, family, dogs or friends!

However if that is not enough, I thought it would be helpful for me to list some of my favorite gift guides that I have found around the web, take a look and let me know what you think:

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Reading My Tea Leaves

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Dinner: A Love Story

Have a great weekend!

Hannah Sheflyand

A few of my close friends have had life changes this year, such as a new apartment, a new job or a new partner, but mostly a lot of moving so I hope you can understand that a lot of the gifts below are focused on atmosphere and decor, but with a lot of fun and love thrown in:

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Beer & Food Prints, $44, this etsy find is a steal for 6 prints that would go perfect in any 20 or 30 something yr olds kitchen, and it has all the basic food groups covered!

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I Hate Perfume Home Sprays, $55, just the thought of having the smell of “fir tree,” “russian tea” or “summer kitchen” at your fingertips sounds delicious especially when working out the kinks in a new place.

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Zingerman’s Make Your Own Flavor Gelato, $175, speaking of deliciousness, this company lets you make up your own ice cream flavors and sends 10-12oz canisters, this will hold over your friend for a while 🙂

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Best American Essays 2014, $11, an amazing bundle of writing that I enjoy reading every year and then passing on to friends. A must read… (there is also different versions with short stories, science, mystery, & travel).

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Bespoke Box Subscription, $90-270, The ultimate man gift is this subscription. Instead of getting a bunch of random things mailed to him each month, the company picks a specific theme every month, such as the one pictured above labeled Churchill, and then the subscriber can choose whether to get the box or skip until the next one. Brilliant! (For a female friend Birchbox is pretty fantastic)

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Animal Print Shop Photographs, $25-950, I love love love this company. They have the most adorable photos of animals, I can see how they would be cute in a kids nursery, but I find the wild animals would be perfect in any ones bedroom!

Greenery Meerkat, $40, I can understand how it would seem a little weird to  give a plant as a gift, but throw in a perfectly curated garden with a meerkat and how can anyone resist?

Greenery Meerkat, $40, I can understand how it would seem a little weird to give a plant as a gift, but throw in a perfectly curated garden with a meerkat and how can anyone resist?

Illuminated Dog Leash, $25, to add some extra style and cheer to any dog loving friends who  have to walk in the cold in the middle of the night with their pooch.

Illuminated Dog Leash, $25, to add some extra style and cheer to any dog loving friends who have to walk in the cold in the middle of the night with their pooch.

Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board, $42, everyone has been raving about this and I wish I had the room in my kitchen for it too. I think paired with a few pieces of cheese this can be a very thoughtful gift.

Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board, $42, everyone has been raving about this and I wish I had the room in my kitchen for it too. I think paired with a few pieces of cheese this can be a very thoughtful gift.

Tattly Gold Brecelet Set, $18, who says once your old enough for real tattoos you can still wear temporary ones. I think this is a really cute set that the company offers (however the

Tattly Gold Bracelet Set, $18, who says once your old enough for real tattoos you can not wear temporary ones. I think this is a really cute set that the company offers (however the floral set & zoo crew set would be pretty awesome too).

Cards Against Humanity, $25, if you have played this game before then you can understand how its the perfect gift for any occasion. For those who have not played it, its like Apples to Apples only filled with awesome adult humor.

Cards Against Humanity, $25, if you have played this game before then you can understand how its the perfect gift for any occasion. For those who have not played it, its like Apples to Apples only filled with awesome adult humor. Also a must in any adult household, especially for those who like to entertain.

I am excited that the holidays are getting so close! Hannukah with my family is going to be celebrated next Tuesday, and from there we are just another week away from Christmas and then New Years! Yay. I am happy to say we have finally finished doing all of our holiday shopping and now get to enjoy the rest of the month a little more peacefully.

How about you? Any luck finishing your gift list?

If you haven’t already, here are a few more gift ideas for men, women, dogs and family!

Hannah Sheflyand

My family is very diverse, and so is Brian’s, so even though it is sometimes hard to find the perfect gift for each person it is always worth it. Below are a few of the items I have been considering for both Brian’s family and mine in no specific order.

Deep Rooted Wisdom, $19, this is one of the highest recommended gardening books for beginners or experts so a must in my family.

Deep Rooted Wisdom, $19, this is one of the highest recommended gardening books for beginners or experts, great for any moms or aunts.

RH Exotic Faux Fur Blanket, $249, it is animal freindly but still has the best feel when wrapped around you and a perfect way to stay warm in these cold winter days.

RH Exotic Faux Fur Blanket, $249, it is animal freindly but still has the best feel when wrapped around you and a perfect way to stay warm in these cold winter days. Perfect for just about anyone who hates the cold.

ASOS All Over Heart Tights, $15, a nice mix between cute and dressy, perfect for any siblings or cousins (another great pair are these).

ASOS All Over Heart Tights, $15, a nice mix between cute and dressy, perfect for any siblings or cousins (another great pair are these).

Penguin by Design: A cover Story 1935-2005, $15, a great book filled with the evolution of book covers over time. A great addition to any loved ones personal library.

Penguin by Design: A cover Story 1935-2005, $15, a great book filled with the evolution of book covers over time. A great addition to any loved ones personal library.

Murray's Cheese Classes, $70-100, there is a huge variety of classes to choose from all centered around cheese and offered all year round. Consider giving a gift of experience rather then an object, an experience will be with them forever.

Murray’s Cheese Classes, $70-100, there is a huge variety of classes to choose from all centered around cheese and offered all year round. Consider giving a gift of experience rather then an object, an experience will be with them forever.

Izola Flask, $24, every man should have a custom flask in their breast pocket. Does your father or uncle have one?

Izola Flask, $24, every man should have a custom flask in their breast pocket. Does your father or uncle have one?

Mountain Fresh Soaps, $30, even though some find soap to be a girly gift I think anyone who enjoys body care will enjoy this.

Mountain Fresh Soaps, $30, even though some find soap to be a girly gift I think anyone who enjoys body care will enjoy this.

Adirondack Balloon Flights, $250 per person, another great gift but a little pricier.

Adirondack Balloon Flights, $250 per person, another great gift experience but a little pricier.

Little Prince Bracelet, $83, I have many family members who share my love of the Little Prince and this is a cute reminder of all the amazing passages.

Little Prince Bracelet, $83, I have many family members who share my love of the Little Prince and this is a cute reminder of all the amazing passages.

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20×200 Snowflake Photo, $60-1200, I love this company for their ever changing collection of art and right now they have a bunch of snowflake photos that are gorgeous and can be picked in many sizes. For any family member you still cant find a perfect gift for, I bet this would fit right in.

How has holiday shopping been going for you? We have finally dwindled down all of our gifts to the point of only having a few friends and acquaintances left but it is still very stressing. I hope this guide has helped you with some more ideas for your friends and loved ones and if you still need more ideas check out the first gift guides for himher & the puppy.

Hannah Sheflyand

I am not one to spoil my dog too much but over time a lot of her things get ragged, treats are slowly diminished and toys are thrown out after being chewed to destruction. All of these things need to be replaced so why not do it in the form of gifts at the same time as others are getting presents.

BarkBox, $19-$29/box, a great little box selected for your size dog. Its a great way to bring variety of  4-5 toys and treats for your pup every month.

BarkBox, $19-$29/box, a great little box selected for your size dog. Its a great way to bring variety of 4-5 toys and treats for your pup every month.

Lasso Leash & Collar, $30 & $30, I found this company on etsy and I am so happy to see them grow over the least year. There is a huge variety of colors and types of leashes and collars to choose from. Charlie has a red leash and collar and I cant wait to add more to her wardrobe.

Lasso Leash & Collar, $30 & $30, I found this company on etsy and I am so happy to see them grow over the last year. There is a huge variety of colors and types of leashes and collars to choose from. Charlie has a red leash and collar and I cant wait to add more to her wardrobe.

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Trixie Puzzle Level 3, $25, Dogs need a lot of stimulation, and if we lived on a huge piece of land Charlie would get that just from hunting, running and sniffing around. But we dont, so after some time just hanging out, we love to do puzzles. It makes Charlie really excited when she solves them.

Tuffy's Bull, $24, I have a big dog and even though she is not a huge chewer, regular dog toys get destroyed under her big teeth pretty quickly. The Tuffy brand toys have 3 layers of cloth and multiple levels of stitching which helps the toy last months and months for Charlie.

Tuffy’s Bull, $24, I have a big dog and even though she is not a huge chewer, regular dog toys get destroyed under her big teeth pretty quickly. The Tuffy brand toys have 3 layers of cloth and multiple levels of stitching which helps the toy last months and months for Charlie.

Pet Cot, $90, For the bigger dogs, as they get older it is harder to get up off the floor, this is a great solution.

Pet Cot, $90, For the bigger dogs, as they get older it is harder to get up off the floor, this is a great solution and I wish it could fit in our apartment.

BigDogBed Preferred Comfort, $480, if I could afford it, this would be the dog bed I would get for Charlie since she deserves super comfort.

BigDogBed Preferred Comfort, $480, if I could afford it, this would be the dog bed I would get for Charlie since she deserves super comfort. Dogs need spinal and joint support just like we do and sleeping on the floor just isn’t enough.

Deer Antler, $19, the bone that lasts forever. Charle has gone through nylabones and kongs but this is the only thing I have had to buy only once.

Deer Antler, $19, the bone that lasts forever. Charlie has gone through nylabones and kongs but this is the only thing I have had to buy only once.

Zuke's Dog Treats, $10, there are only so many ways I can control Charlie's health so I make sure Charlie eats the best food and treats. Zukes treats are naturally preserved and made with real meat, a plus in my book.

Zuke’s Dog Treats, $10, there are only so many ways I can control Charlie’s health so I make sure Charlie eats the best food and treats. Zukes treats are naturally preserved and made with real meat, a plus in my book.

Pet Tags, $12, you can get something cute and personalized like this etsy find or you can go to a pet store and get one for just a few dollars but either way make sure your dog always has a tag on. It can be the one way a lost dog can be brought back to their rightful owner.

Pet Tags, $12, you can get something cute and personalized like this etsy find or you can go to a pet store and get one for just a few dollars but either way make sure your dog always has a tag on. It can be the one way a lost dog can be brought back to their rightful owner.

These might not be the most original gifts for dogs but they will be the most appropriate and helpful for pets and their parents.

Do you have a dog? Any other good gift ideas for them?

If you have not seen it, here is other gift guides for him and her!

Hannah Sheflyand

I find it always easier to shop for women because they tell you things they are missing and would like in their life. Men are a little bit harder, I usually have to squeeze what Brian wants after a lot of poking and prodding. This year I tried to develop an overall well rounded list of Brians interests and then it was easier to find items that I can then pick and choose from.

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Sriracha2Go, $7, he likes everything a little, or a lot, more spicier.

LamsonSharp Meat Cleaver, $63, to have something to hack away with in the kitchen.

LamsonSharp Meat Cleaver, $63, to have something to hack away with in the kitchen.

Jcrew Shetland Wool Sweater, $128, because a guy can get cold too.

Jcrew Shetland Wool Sweater, $128, because a guy can get cold too.

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Best American Science & Nature, $10, everyone should have a minute to take a break and wrap themselves up all cozy for a nice relaxing weekend with a book.

Kiehl's Original Musk, $43, even though it is a gift for him, it is more beneficial to me to smell this on him every day :).

Kiehl’s Original Musk, $43, even though it is a gift for him, it is more beneficial to me to smell this on him every day :).

Wood Phone Dock, $38, to keep all his always misplaced items in one easy attractive spot.

Wood Phone Dock, $38, to keep all his always misplaced items in one easy attractive spot.

Kaufman Weekend Bag, $198, because he should have a stylish bag for all the trips I force him to go on.

Kaufman Weekend Bag, $198, because he should have a stylish bag for all the trips I force him to go on.

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, $199, because all he dreams of is having a perfectly cooked steak.

Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator, $199, because all he dreams of is having a perfectly cooked steak.

Skagen Balder Chronograph Watch, $225, to add to the slowly growing collection.

Skagen Balder Chronograph Watch, $225, to add to the slowly growing collection.

Public BionX Electric Bike, $1800, because when I have my bike he will have to catch up.

Public BionX Electric Bike, $1800, because when I have my bike he will have to catch up.

Thanks for checking in, I hope this was helpful in your holiday shopping.

If you missed it, the first gift guide for her is up too!

Hannah Sheflyand

The holidays are approaching much quicker then I expected mostly because we have such a packed month filled with another mini vacation,  a wedding, many birthdays, and our anniversary.

I thought I would give the blogging gift guide a chance and start with gifts that someone like me would enjoy as a present.

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BookBook, $80, a great way to store her laptop right with the rest of her books (their iPhone case is also pretty nifty).

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Toms Animal Initiative, $60, a way to look cute, stay comfortable and still help a cause.

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Diptyque Candle Set, $90, to keep the apartment smelling fresh while simultaneously adding a little extra warmth (this is another great option).

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Jcrew Dreamy Cotton PJ Set, $78, comfortable, cute and warm, how can one go wrong?

Jcrew Chup Smartwool Socks, $36, to keep her feet super warm no matter the weather outside.

Jcrew Chup Smartwool Socks, $36, to keep the feet super warm no matter the weather outside.

She & Him Classics Vinyl, $20, to get in the holiday music mood.

She & Him’s Classics Vinyl, $20, to get in the holiday music mood.

Youcopia TeaStand, $30, to keep all teas organized and an easy grab.

Youcopia TeaStand, $30, to keep all teas organized and an easy grab.

Hunter Tour Packable Rain Boot, $148, for all the wet cold days ahead.

Hunter Tour Packable Rain Boot, $148, for all the wet cold days ahead.

Tim Flach's More Than Human, $44, coffee table perfection.

Tim Flach’s More Than Human, $44, coffee table perfection (This other book from Tim Flach is amazing as well).

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Vermont Flannel Stadium Blanket, $60, to stay warm in any part of the house. I already own one of these and could easily enjoy another 2 or 3 🙂

Skagen Stine Women's Link Watch, $135, a perfect time piece.

Skagen Stine Women’s Link Watch, $135, a perfect time piece.

Public C7 Dutch Bike, $700, the ultimate gift of all gifts.

Public C7 Dutch Bike, $700, the ultimate gift of all gifts for the girl who craves for spring to come soon.

I find that holiday shopping can either be super stressful or calming but in the end it matters more to think of what it all is for and hopefully that will keep you relaxed.

Do these help bring up any ideas for you? I will do my best to try at a few more in the next couple of days.