My Last-Minute Creative Gift Guide

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Hello and happy Monday before Christmas! If you're anything like me, today is the day for organizing my gift list (procrastinators unite!) and heading out in the seasonal shopping madness. Although I secretly love grabbing a coffee and running around in the chaos and mobs of fellow frantic shoppers, I am also OCD about making my Christmas list on my "Reminders"  app... and checking it twice (and lots of times after that).

Although it's SO convenient and tempting to grab gift cards as I'm out doing my shopping, I try to brainstorm thoughtful gifts for my friends and family- gifts that are hands-on, add beauty to their lives, and serve a long-term purpose.

So, with Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year right around the corner, here are my TOP GIFT PICKS for the trendy and creative people in your life:

1. Day Designer Planner $59
Hands-down my favorite planner ever! Each planner lays out a daily to-do list, an hourly schedule, daily goals, inspirational quotes... you get the picture. I love it because it helps me focus my priorities for the day while also having a beautiful, vibrant layout.
>> I love the "Sweet Geo" design from the Flagship Collection, but you can also find cheaper editions at Target and free printables on

2. Mobile Lens Kit $22
An Urban Outfitters exclusive, this kit is an awesome unisex gift that includes 3 distinct lenses: fish eye, wide angle, and macro. It's perfect for both the amateur and advanced smartphone photographer, and is easy to pack for traveling!

3. Belle Calligraphy Starter Set $30
This complete calligraphy starter kit (including ink, lined sheets, etc) is great for those looking to take a stab at calligraphy or improve their formal writing skills. It also makes a unique gift for a bride-to-be or your DIY, Pinterest-obsessed BFF (we all have one, right?!). 

4. Sensu Stylus Paintbrush $40 - Also available at Blick Art Materials stores and on
My husband got this for my birthday last year, and I use it ALL THE TIME, including for my own stationery designs and art prints. I love using this on my iPad with the app "Procreate," where i can directly save my art and pull into Photoshop on my computer. A great tool for digital painting and taking a nice break from your mouse!

5. Rifle Paper Co. Kitchen Recipe Box $34 or at Anthroplogie and Paper Source stores.
This classic recipe box from Rifle Paper Co. is one of my all-time favorites for the cooking enthusiast. With an old-school tin design and recipe cards included, it is both handy and convenient while providing a decorative element to your kitchen counter.

6. Christian LaCroix London Journal $20
As a religious morning journal writer, I love getting fresh journals with each new season in my life. I especially love really decorative styles from other artists and designers, like this artful collab from Chronicle Books and Christian LaCroix. Let the British Invasion begin!

7. "Do One Thing Every Day that Centers You" Book $12.95 (and under)
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and about a million other places...
Following the journal/diary trend, I'm obsessed with this series of life-guides that remind you each day to reflect, slow down, and appreciate the little things in life. Check out their other books, including: "Do One Thing Every Day that Centers You" and "Do One Thing Every Day that Scares You" (by Robbie Rogge and Dian G. Smith).

And last but not least,

8. Monogram Stationery Set (from me!) $22
My hand-painted stationery set, personalized with custom ribbon-script lettering, works as a great stocking stuffer or personal gift for moms, sisters, and girlfriends. I can't tell who I've already placed gift orders for (it's a Christmas secret!), but I love these because they can be used for any occasion- even after the holidays!


Hope this list gives you some original and thoughtful gift ideas while you're wrapping up your holiday shopping, and most importantly- hope you have the merriest Christmas weekend!