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Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the adventurer... 13 Dec 2013

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My next gift guide is for the girl that loves to explore—whether through travel, food, or daily life—she sees adventures in every moment, big or small...

01. chopsticks by Hank by Henry to explore new tastes ($25), 02. brass bottle opener from Michele Varian for her favorite beverage ($68), 03. mini vases by Anzfer Farms to hold collected buds ($40), 04. print by Max Wanger to remind her of her favorite road trip ($25-enter code "OHJOYHOLIDAY" for 25% off anything in the shop from today until December 19th), 05. vanity trunk from The Little Market for a little getaway ($350), 06. over-sized inflatable zebra from Urban Outfitters just because ($400), 07. Jeni's pumpernickel ice cream because she's already tried every flavor out there ($12), 08. Owen & Fred key chain for getting her in and out of trouble ($18), and 09. brass bike bell from Poketo for nearby adventures ($20).

Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the newlywed... 11 Dec 2013

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As my Special Project Assistant/crafter/newlywed, Julia helps construct, concept, and produce Oh Joy videos and other crafty projects. With her mutual love of gold, these gifts are perfect for building a glimmering nest...

01. Monogram door knocker from Anthropologie for making an entrance ($30), 02. coasters from Anthropologie for keeping that coffee table pristine ($8), 03. Frends headphones for when you want to listen to your very own tunes ($200), 04. Sukan pillow to add a little love to the couch ($36), 05. West Elm glassware set for having the girls over for drinks ($34), 06. pig bookends from CB2 to build your library ($30), and 07. tray by Up in the Air Somewhere for breakfast in bed ($98).

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Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the artist... 10 Dec 2013

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As a textile designer/illustrator/mama-to-be, Angie helps me design the slew of amazing goodies we have coming out next year. With her eye for color, shape, and composition, these gifts are sure to please the artist in your life...

01. necklace from Leif for adding a pop of fun to any outfit ($48), 02. Mast Brothers chocolate for a sweet suprise ($10), 03. Pattern Box postcard set to inspire more creations ($18), 04. mug from Zara Home for that morning ritual ($10), 05. clock by Uncommon to keep track of time ($42), 06. hourglass from Leif for timing work breaks ($38), 07. Kindah Khalidy clutch for a night out ($46), and 08. CB2 lamp for those late night creative sessions ($70).

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Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts for the animal lover... 9 Dec 2013

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My next set of three gift guides are inspired by my Oh Joy team. Without them, I wouldn't be able to do half the things I do. So to introduce you all to my team, I asked them to share some of their favorite things right now. While I usually only post once a day, I'll be posting gift guides in addition to regular content over the next couple weeks!

As my assistant/office manager/staff photographer, Casey, keeps the Oh Joy office running and organized and keeps me from forgetting about really important things. As the president of her Frenchie, Olive's, fan club, she knows a thing or two about what pet lovers want this holiday season...

01. Fuji Instax camera for capturing your four-legged friend's every move ($218), 02. print by Gingiber for featuring your favorite animal on your wall ($23), 03. Felix Chien pet tote for all your travel companion needs ($145), 04. Billy Wolf rain jacket for when it rains cats and dogs ($58), 05. Dusen Dusen dog sweater with matching sweater for when you're both making a statement ($59), 06. drumstick toy from Organic Pet Boutique for when you need to chew on an idea ($11), and 07. cat sweater from Mod Cloth ($75) for when you want to be wrapped in love.

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Oh Joy Gift Guide: gifts that giveback... 5 Dec 2013

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To start off this year's gift guides, I wanted to share a collection of things in which someone else benefits from the purchase. Whether extra goods are donated to a great cause or they provide jobs for artisans around the world, these pretty pieces make a pretty amazing impact on others...

01. Basket from Far & Wide Collective | partners with some of the most talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging economies.
02. Hand in Hand candle | saves 50 square feet of rain forest, and donates 1 bar of soap & 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world.
03. Hand in Hand soap | donates 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world.
04. LemLem cover up | inspires economic independence in Ethiopia and preserves the art of weaving.
05. Westerly clutch from 31 Bits | each purchase has direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda.
06. TOMS sunglasses | helps provide prescription glasses to middle school students in the US. 

P.S. Hand in Hand is offering a special 15% off for Oh Joy readers through December 11th. Enter "ohjoy" at checkout!

let's give a little, shall we? 4 Dec 2013

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It's gift-giving season—that time of year when we stress about what to give, how much to spend, and hope that our recipients like what we give them. This year, Bob and I decided to forego gifts to each other (and just get something small for Ruby) since we're saving up to buy a house and want those dollars to go towards a bigger prize later on. But now that Ruby is starting to understand the idea of presents, we want to teach her how the best part about giving gifts is how happy it makes the person you're giving to and how to think about what the recipient would like when picking out a gift. So, we're each taking her to an everyday store (like a dollar store, the grocery store, or Target) to buy a few small gifts (under $20 in total) for Mama and Daddy. Yesterday, I took her to Target pick out some things for Bob. Here's what she picked (it's amazing how insightful a two-year-old can be).

We wove in and out of the aisles, and I kept saying, "What does Daddy like? What would make him smile?" At first, Ruby pointed out things that she would like—a ball, a Christmas ornament, and a sippy cup. But I kept saying, "Remember, this gift is for Daddy." We walked away with what I think is a pretty good collection of things...

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- Glasses with a mustache—because Daddy always says how he wishes he could grow a mustache. And he wears glasses in the morning before he puts on his contacts.

- Crayons—because Daddy draws lots of pictures for Ruby like Elmo, Dora, and Odie (even though Ruby doesn't know who Odie is).

- Potato Chips—because chips are Daddy's favorite snack.

It was fun to think about what your recipient would really want and enjoy in this simple way. Starting tomorrow, I have a bunch of gift guides coming to inspire some shopping and thoughts of gifting for your loved ones.

everyday beauty... 18 Nov 2013

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I'm pretty low-key when it comes to makeup and beauty products. But I do have some staples that I like to use as part of my everyday routine...

Nails: My favorite peachy shade that I love layering with some glittery gold polish on top.

Hair: A great brush for styling my bangs and some dry shampoo for "those" days you just don't get to the shower.

Lips: I can't live without a moisturizing lip balm, and I love adding a pop of color with a lip stain and lipstick to instantly make me look more awake (even when I'm not).

Body: A pretty body wash and perfume to give each day a little extra sweetness.

Cheeks: A classic cheek stain for that glowing flush of color.

As we approach the holiday season, I love the idea of giving everyday beauty staples likes these to loved ones. Things that are both useful and beautiful make for a gift that people are more likely to actually use. What are some of your everyday beauty staples?

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quirky little cars... 26 Sep 2013

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When I see cars carrying silly or unexpected things in real life, it always makes me laugh and imagine where the the items are going (a bunch of mattresses on a car, a ton of pumpkins in a pick-up truck, or a car full of balloons). So I love these cards by Dear Hancock that share all the things that may not be realistic but would be so fun to come across on the road...

P.S. My dream cars...

my favorite edible gifts... 29 Jul 2013

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One of the most common questions I get from my friends is suggestions for edible thank you/birthday/anytime gifts. I'm kind of obsessed with food gifts, so I wanted to share my favorites with you...

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Cookies. You can never go wrong with cookies, unless your friend doesn't like cookies, in which case you might want to consider un-friending him or her right now. I love Molly Penny (shown above), The Cravory, and Milk Jar Cookies for the soft, chewy cookies, and Früute and Whimsy & Spice for crisp cookies.

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Homemade Candy Bars. Homemade candy bars are a nice update to the typical box-of-chocolates gift. I love Liddibit Sweets (shown above), whose offerings change seasonally, as well as Sweeteeth, Mast Brothers, Chocolate Editions, and Komforte Bars for alternatives to your standard chocolate bar flavors. Candy bars are also a great option for when you need to spend less than $20 on a gift.

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Cake. How often does a whole cake show up at your door? A cake is an awesome way to say, "Happy birthday, eat your heart out!" I love Momofuku Milk Bar for its unique flavors (the cake truffles are awesome, too) and Georgetown Cupcakes for those who like their cake in smaller bites.

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Ice Cream. Ice cream is usually a tougher (and more expensive) gift to send due to the express shipping costs and the fact that it has to stay cold. But if you're willing to spend the money and can make sure the receiver will be home, it's a pretty awesome gift to have show up at your front door. My favorites are from Jeni's and Ciao Bella (the Key lime graham flavor is one of my favorites ever). There is even a site that ships a ton of ice cream brands (genius!). 

Finally, for you savory folks, a few suggestions of the salty kind...

Pickles. This is kind of the best gift ever to send to a pregnant friend, especially if she loves pickles like I do. I think I received like 10 jars of pickles when we first announced we were pregnant with Ruby—and even if your friend doesn't eat those pickles right away, they're kind of the gift that keeps on giving thanks to their shelf-stability. My favorites right now are from Gordy's, McClure's, and Mother in Law's (if you want to get into the kimchi territory).

Charcuterie and Cheese. This is my favorite gift to send to a new mom. It's like, "Hey, you had your baby, now you can eat all the soft cheeses and cured meats you want again!" I love Beecher's and Zingerman's, as well as the options from great food gift sites like Fab and Dean & DeLuca.

So, there you go...now go give something delicious to someone you really love, like, or whom you want to love/like you back! ;) 

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how to be wrap star... 10 Dec 2012

Oh Joy | Use mini-LED lights to wrap a gift!

My favorite thing about giving gifts is wrapping them. I don't know why, but I've always loved figuring out fun ways to adorn a gift other than with the usual bow. For example, I got these mini-LED lights to wrap around this gift. Nothing's more festive then a lit-up, glowing package, right?

Oh Joy | use a stretchy headband & ornament to decorate a wrapped gift

I also love using materials that can be used again...either for wrapping another gift or for something else altogether. For example, these stretchy headbands can be used to hold your wrap job together for a colorful, clean, no-tape option. Then just tie on a pretty ornament!

Oh Joy | use sculptural chip clips to top off a gift

Or top off a simple ribbon with something unexpected, like these animal chip clips. They add a sculptural quality to the present, and offer a little extra function for your recipient's everyday snacking.

Throughout this holiday season, I'll be sharing some of my favorite ideas for gift-giving and gift-wrapping over on this Pinterest board in collaboration with Target. Every day, I'll be pinning a new idea that I'm loving or that I've come up with, so I hope you'll follow along for some last-minute ideas and inspiration!

P.S. And a little bonus gift wrap DIY I created over at Refinery29 about how to use all those leftover scraps of wrapping paper!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Target. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Oh Joy.

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