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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE #1: Steph’s Wishlist

BAHHHH WHAAAAAT’S UP YOU GUUUYSS!!! We may’ve taken a wee 8-month hiatus cuz, you know, sometimes life takes over and blogging falls by the wayside, but let’s be real: WOULD WE EVER LEAVE YOU HANGING FOR THE MOTHER-LOVING HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES??? Pssshhht. Hayle naw.

So like the 9-year olds we still are (and because our parents have been demanding these lists since August), we’ll kick off our rebirth into the blogosphere with our holiday wishlists, and hope you gals (better yet, you guys who are shopping for you gals) will get some good ideas from ’em. Also on deck is our Gift Guide for Dudes (because you jackwagons are so hard to buy for it’s stupid), and a Gift Guide for the Home… cuz it’s where the heart is, yo.

Beyond Black Friday, we’ve got stockpiled goodness to spew to you about what we’ve been up to this year (TV shows, exterior before & afters, etc), the best beauty products we’re slaves to, mixed tape mash-ups, books on our reading list, 5 things you GOTTA do when you’re renovating, and so on & so forth. Long story long – we’re back in biz, people.

Howsabout I start us off with a way-too-long-list of everything I never knew I always needed:

1 – Calpak Ambeur 2-Piece Set in Rose Gold, $285 | 20% OFF WITH CODE MORE17: Because holes in my jeans are cool, but holes in my suitcases are not. Luggage is the one thing I use all the time but never think to buy for myself… my current suitcases are about as used as a dirty pirate hooker, so it may be time to upgrade.

2 – Merry Edwards Russian River Valley 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, $33 per bottle: This is one of the best sauv blancs I’ve ever had. The sommelier at Eddie V’s in La Jolla recommended it one night when I asked for a crisp and grapefruit-y sauvignon blanc, and man he did me proud. I’d take a case of it, Santa… just kidding.

Not really.

3 – Beach Lover Ring Set, $95: Gold, size 8.5 please, so I can wear it on my little sausage link of an index finger. A good stacking set is hard to find, and this one is perfection. I love that it looks like you found each one individually, and then when you layered them they miraculously looked MFEO. This site actually has so much great stuff… also love the Oval Ring & the Sunrise Cuff Ring almost just as much.

4 – Ivory Element Handmade Soup Plates Set of 4, $32: I waited to get these so I could put them on my list and now they’re out of stock in ivory, which makes me want to punch myself in the face with brass knuckles. We used these in the blush shade for the HGTV kitchen shoot at Karrie’s (which PS I hear is coming out sometime around June 2018), and she ended up keeping them and they’re PERFECT. Aesthetically, they have a handmade / organic quality to them, but functionally they’re great – they’ll take the place of your dinner plates AND your bowls. If they ever come back in stock, I was about to tell you that these silly bowls are #1 on my list.

5 – Lululemon All the Right Places Pant 28″, $128: Midnight Navy, size 6. Same idea here as with my luggage – I just had the crotch of my favorite yoga pants sewn up, which I know thrills my Dad to no end, almost as much as when I use my shirt sleeve to wipe my nose. May be time to add another pair into the rotation.

6 – Pizza King Take & Bake, Shipped to CO: because Ringing the King is heaven on earth. and takes me straight back to 1987 and traipsing in there on summer nights with my dirty knees and dirty Keds and hearing John Mellencamp playing in the background. Or to high school, after basketball games in the Winter time. Maybe people who didn’t grow up in Muncie don’t get it (*COUGH* Chris), because their half-baked breadsticks and Royal Feasts aren’t peppered with the same nostalgia, but to us locals, you utter “Pizza King” and we all start foaming at the mouth. PS, the deadline for delivery by Christmas is December 11th.

7 – BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron, 1-1/4″, $39.99: Because apparently this is the mac daddy of curling irons.

And also, it did this to this chick’s hair –

8 – Cotton Napkin Set of 6, $62: Auntie Otie makes THE BEST NAPKINS. I put her stuff on a gift guide some 5 or 6 years ago and they sold out before I bought them and I’m still a little butt-hurt about it. These are laid-back, farmhouse mountain house beach house rad. If I didn’t entertain so much or use cloth napkins every day I’d think this was silly, but (you know this jam, right?) I firmly believe that you have to divide something’s cost by the number of times you use it to get its true value. Which means these are less than free.

9 – Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, for GLOWING skin, $45: According to my homegirl Cup of Jo, “It’s a Korean beauty cult favorite — Sephora keeps selling out, and beauty reviewers are going ape.” Worth a shot!

10 – Oosie Daisy iPhone 6 case: Oh wait! I just bought it on eBay for $5. So never mind. NEXT.

11 – Eberjey Gisele PJ Set in Medium, Color: Ebony/Bellini, $120 | 20% OFF OVER $200 with code MORE17… which means you have to combine this item with the luggage / #1 to get a fatty discount. Signed, I’m a skank. Co-signed, at least these make me a legit adult meaning I won’t be running around in men’s boxer briefs and tank tops at my friends’ parents’ houses anymore.

12 – Oh, ye know. Just a house. I bought my first one 11 years ago, which I affectionately named “the Money Pit,” because between flooding and hurricanes and one special set of tenants who got busted by the insurance adjuster with a full-blown pot farm in the attic, it was a good Murphy’s Law kinda time. But it’s about time to put down some roots and settle back into a sweet little casa of my own.

13 – Large Tray in Light Rattan, $85 | 20% OFF WITH CODE GIVETHANKS: The dark is sold out which means this one isn’t far behind. 20.5″W x 13.5″D is the perfect size to top a coffee table, a cocktail bar or even a bedside table. We’re currently having an upholstered ottoman made out of an antique rug (safer for Gus), and we’ll need one of these on top. Honest to goodness, I’ve never bought a tray that I don’t use.

14 – Philips Compact Pasta Maker for Two, $159.95 (or the bigger version for $280 here) | 20% OFF + FREE SHIPPING WITH CODE THANKS: Remember that part in The Holiday when Cameron Diaz is listing all the things she really wants and says, “I wanna eat carbs without wanting to KILL MYSELF.” Bahhaha. The struggle is real, my friends. This week I’m slamming pasta but on the regs, I make everything I can with almond flour… and I’ve had a few almond flour pastas that are SUPERB – they taste like real pasta, but nuttier.  What stinks is they’re hard to find (like, key to One Eyed Willie hard to find… not even at Whole Foods), and you have to order them for about $15 a box. No spanks. I’d rather make my own almond flour pasta weekly with this bad boy.

15 – Kai Skylight Candle, $48 | 25% OFF WITH CODE SHOPSMALL: Because it’s subtle & sweet & clean & smells like Hawaii. I wore the Kai perfume for awhile and every time I did, people would linger in my nook sniffing and snorting after a hug and be like, OMG WHAT IS THAT?

16 – Handwoven Jute Basket (Large 15″W x 21″D x 15″H), $221 Member. This is admittedly an absolutely stupid amount of money to pay for a ^#%@ basket. But I l-o-v-e it and use these EVERYWHERE – under consoles, filled with throw blankets in a living room, filled with firewood on the hearth, at the foot of a bed, etc.

17 – Hadlee Tassel Loafer, size 10, color taupe, $79.95: Because I have to wear dressier flats a lot to work, and these are uber classic without being a bit boring.

18 – Pom Pom Chandelier Earrings in Blue Oxide, $242: I have 2 speeds – pearl studs, and gigantic statement earrings. And if I was gonna spend on any, I’d do it on these. These are like wearable artwork…. and sure to dress up any jeans + white tee number, aka my every day uniform.

19 – Antique Persian Rug, 6’3″ x 3’5″, $545: Yours truly needs another antique rug like I need a hole in the head, but #rugsaremydrugs. In all seriousness, the salmon & aqua hues in this are STUNNING and super unique. But more importantly, what a lot of people (and my clients) don’t initially realize is that antique rugs don’t really decrease in value. And good ones are HARD TO FIND. I don’t have one of them that I’m not using and loving right now. They add so much color & soul to any space… and this seller has some really goods ones. Post on rugs soon to come 🙂

20 – Jackie, $39.99 per month. Our girl Janae (former owner of Pink & Navy in Anna Maria Island, FL) is the genius stylist behind this new venture, and we COULD NOT be more stoked. Think of her as your most stylish best friend / personal shopper who sends you a box of hand-picked, absolutely perfect things every month. As in, amazing things you’ve never seen before but gasp when you do.  Janae legit has the most spot-on style of anyone we’ve ever encountered…  probably times 10. Jackie is $39.99 per month, you tell her what you’re into and what your budget is, and you keep what you want & send back what doesn’t work. Whatever you end up keeping, that $39.99 monthly fee goes towards. You can cancel anytime… except you won’t. Karrie’s currently using it and already a belieber. And as a girl currently living in the most remote part of Colorado / aka the Hallmark Hall of Fame where there isn’t a boutique for 200 miles, this is a must.

21 – The Wren Leopard Flat, size 10, $140: This smoking-loafer style flat is my favorite (most comfortable) shape, and omg – zoom in – they’re like UGGS on the inside. GYAH it’s like a mullet version of a shoe – yes please.

22 – A baby Gus. Can you even. The thought of a little fluff muffin keeping Gus company, keeping him young, trotting along behind him… it’s about enough to make my heart explode. Maybe when we settle into a #12.

23 – Personalized Stationery, Nancy Sharon Collins, $-probably a lot. It’s kinda like the menu at a spendy restaurant that doesn’t list prices – you have to inquire for them because I think everything she does is custom. So we’ll call these a pipe dream and say that a Minted gift certificate is just as lovely.

24 – Patagonia Men’s Retro Pile Vest in El Cap Khaki, size Small, $119: Because they make it in women’s, but the colors are cooler in the men’s.

OR – God Bless eBay – this one, which I also love.

26 – Farmhouse Breadboard Cutting Board, 1900’s, $169. At 31.5″ x 16″, this sucker is massive.  And massively rad. As good for wall decor as it is for a big ol cheese board as it is for photo shoots (shart, I should buy it now), this horse is a gem.

27 – Woodhouse Day Spa Denver, The Woodhouse 80 Minute Hydrafacial, $285: I had a facial here last Winter when I was in a state of desperation because my skin was so dehydrated that no amount of goop could rescue it. But this did. It’s in a historic 2-story house in the middle of downtown, and it is so serene that I wanted to stay there in my fluffy white robe all day sipping tea. If I was getting married or just needed a spa day with my mom or bestie, I’d book it here.

That’s all I got!  Karrie, yer up y’old skank.




Ultimate Gift Guide For Guys | 2016




1 – Midweight Flannel Shirt, J Crew, $79.50, 30% off with code FESTIVE: Super soft, super timeless, super hot.

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2 – Chicago Cubs Moccasin Slippers, $29.99: Cheesy? Maybe. Necessary? Yup, as well as the Cubbies robe on this website. FLY THE W, PEOPLE! #gocubsgo

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3 – Fuego Box, $13: Guys have a thing with hot sauce like they do scratching their junk, which is why this monthly hot sauce box = genius! With the Fuego Box, your guy can choose from hundreds of sauces and pick 3 for their monthly box. Fuego Box offers a variety of plans from monthly to quarterly to single bottle boxes. Oh – and now you can save $10 off your first box with code COOL!

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4 – Personalized phone case, $24.50: Dudes like to keep things simple, and it doesn’t get much easier than carrying your iPhone + your wallet in the same contraption.  Utilitarian and swanky – we like it.

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5 – Mountain Stitch Sweatpants, $123.99: The most comfortable sweatpants you’ll ever own.  Mark our words: he will LIVE in these sweats.  And don’t fret about the price, because everyone knows something’s true cost is (its cost) divided by the number of times you wear it… which basically means these are free.

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6 – Muir Way Topographic Map, $79: The Range Series – these topographical maps of the Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada Mountains are more like works of art.  Artwork is (objectively) really hard to pick out for other people in general, because it’s so subjective.  But these are so universally rad – in a really simple, Nat Geo Explorer Chic kind of way.  Plus, it’s way better than his posters he never threw out after college and has push-pinned to the wall.  These come in 24″ x 30″ prints – frames are sold separately (but we like this style).

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7 – Voluspa Moso Bamboo Candle, $44: This candle is masculine and so delicious. ALMOST smells like a hint of the Holidays, but in a “cold weather outside / crackling fire inside” way, so you can burn it into the New Year.

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8 – “Mallmann on Fire: 100 Inspired Recipes to Grill Anytime, Anywhere”, $29.27  Cause we know they love to grill.  And how about these apples: “…the passionate master of the Argentine grill takes us grilling in magical places—in winter’s snow, on mountaintops, on the beach, on the crowded streets of Manhattan, on a deserted island in Patagonia, in Paris, Brooklyn, Bolinas, Brazil—each locale inspiring new discoveries as revealed in 100 recipes for meals both intimate and outsized. We encounter legs of lamb and chicken hung from strings, coal-roasted delicata squash, roasted herbs, a parrillada of many fish, and all sorts of griddled and charred meats, vegetables, and fruits, plus rustic desserts cooked on the chapa and baked in wood-fired ovens. At every stop along the way there is something delicious to eat and a lesson to be learned about slowing down and enjoying the process, not just the result.”

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9 – Bottlehook Key Chain, $29.98: Because do you ever have one when you need one?  Love that this one hooks onto belt loops, bags, pockets etc.

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10 – Mudcloth Pillow Cover, $100: Love the hand-stitching and the well-worn, worldly feel of this.  Like a pair of old Levis, and we promise it looks good with (everything).  Made from authentic vintage hand dyed African Mud Cloth.

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11 – Nintendo Entertainment System NES Classic Edition Mini Console w/30 Games, Price/availability vary. Every store is sold out of these nuggets of nostalgia, so you’ll have to get ‘em on Ebay (for way more than priced at, say, a Target).  But can you really put a price of sitting down for a 2-player game of Mario 1? I hear coins chinking and mushrooms growing as we speak…

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12 – Nike Special Field Air Force 1, $185:  I meeeeean, cuz they’re the coolest things we’ve ever seen.  What’s (vintage) is new again.

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13 – “Good Morning Asshole” Mug, $15: HAAAAAAAHAHAH. You cannot look at this mug and not cackle – or at least crack a smile. Isn’t that worth its weight in gold?  PS: Steph got this for her pops last year (Stevie B in the house!) – Rave reviews.

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14 – “Evolution” Polo by Lululemon, $88: Our intrepid consultant who shall be named “Koala” told us he swears by these shirts. “Anti-stink”, according to the website. Done.

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15 – Grilled Cheese Maker, $24.99: Figuring out what in the what to make for dinner when you’re camping is WAY tougher than you think… I (Steph) didn’t appreciate it until I had to grocery stop for 3 nights of camping in Telluride and was like, HEH?? What keeps (fine) in a cooler, requires minimal prep and isn’t messy?  (And is delicious)?  Lesson learned when I was trying to cook my crumbly crab cake over a fire, and the people next to me had grilled cheeses + tomato soup in a Thermos.

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16 – Floating Record/Vertical Turntable, $499: This is currently sold out (additional stock arriving soon) but it’s ALSO THE COOLEST THING WE’VE EVER SEEN. My step-dad is a huge music guru and has a HUGE collection of vintage vinyl, and I’d love to get this for him.  It also just LOOKS cool AF. Covet Living Gift Guide for Guys 2016


17 – Zipped Travel Wallet with Passport Cover in Smooth Cognac & Stone Suede, $345 – This is a pick from our good buddy Koala, who has amazing (champagne) taste & caviar dreams.

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18 – The Feed (Food for Athletes) Build Your Own Box, from about $44: Specially made boxes of UBER healthy snacks to fuel you for whatever activity you’re into – Travel Food Survival Box (sign us up), Triathlon Training Box, Cycling Box, 3-Day Backpacking Box, etc.  You get to pick about 15 items that are specially chosen for each category to load your box up with.  Love this.

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19 – Timex Weekender Chromo Oversized, $71 – Timeless and not a zillion dollars.


Since guys always seem to want/need watches and they’re tough to pin down, here are a few more options:

Toms for Apple Watchband, $75: Note: this is just the band; Apple Watch is sold separately.  But how much do we love Toms for their goodwill: with every Apple Watch band purchased, they provide one year of solar light to a person in need.


Shinola The Canfield Chronograph Watch, $850: I mean, it’s a down payment on a car, but isn’t it baller? Shinola watches make this list almost every year. My man tried it on last weekend and if I was swimming in Scrooge McDuck’s coin vault, I probably would’ve snapped it up for him.


20 – Faux Fur Throws, starting at $69: RAWR.  So cozy.

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21 – Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones, $199.95: Super light and portable with super high quality sound, for when you’re at the gym pumping Jock Jams 5.

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22 – Leather belt with snake: Ok, we don’t really think you’re gonna buy this for anyone, but we had to include it, just so we could write this quote from Steph’s old boss who suggested this item: “I would rock the shit out of that belt, just to be able to say ‘You checking out my snake, or my snake?’”

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23 – Party Bucket, $55 – This is SORT OF goofy, but we know he would SORT OF also use it. It’s got 8 insulated koozies, 1 insulated wine bottle holster (heeeeey girl heeeey), a built-in bottle opener and a separate water resistant pouch for snacks. See you at Super Bowl Sunday!


24 – P.F. candle in teakwood & tobacco, $32: Because aside from Drakkar Noir or a British accent, there’s no greater aphrodisac for a woman than a candle that smells oh so manly and hot.

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24.5 – Pure Cashmere socks, $39: Are cashmere socks a necessity? No, but we’re guessing they’ll make your man feel a little special every time he wears them. And isn’t that what Holiday Gift Lists are all about?! These in particular are super luxurious and warm, just in time for the winter months.

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25 – Tumi expandable carry-on suitcase, $675: Pricey, but if you know a guy who’s constantly flying, this is a GREAT suitcase, and the biggest carry-on that will work for both domestic and international travel.

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26 – Sphere ice molds, $10.95: We love these for guys because the part-Mad Men, part-futuristic vibes they give off are super cool, AND they chill a drink evenly and melt slowly so the drink doesn’t get diluted. Covet Living Gift Guide for Guys 2016

27 – World’s Greatest Farter T-Shirt, $27.95: Show me a man who wouldn’t get a chuckle out of this shirt and wear it to bed with pride. Or at a BBQ, if they’re gangster.  One of us may or may not have just bought this for her Pops..
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28 – Enamel Mug, 2-pack, $12.69: So cute and campfire-y! The manliest man in your life will appreciate drinking his Bulletproof coffee outta these, as they’re made to withstand basically anything.

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29 – PGX golf clubs: For golfers, PXG are “the sh*t” per one of the fave men we know. They’re not cheap, but basically the “Rolls Royce” of clubs…

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30 – Walnut MacBook Cover, $79: You can practically picture Paul Bunyon sitting on a hillside with his trusty blue ox by his side, drinking a cup of super strong coffee and blogging away on this computer – which is covered in all of its walnut glory – about his latest traveling lumberjack adventures.

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31 – The Pocket Torch, $18.95: File this under STEPHANIE HAS A MOUNTAIN MAN BOYFRIEND. Just kidding. This powerful little torch is used with one’s lighter and is great for lighting a fire during camping, with firewood in the chimney, or, er, making crème brulee in the woods.

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32 – Electric/Indoor Grill, $584.10: We know so many dudes without a balcony or backyard, so this is a great alternative to a gas grill: It’s portable, has a lot of cooking space but small enough that you can cook from your kitchen. Easily collapsible so you can tuck it away.

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33 – UE Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Starting from $71.99: An amazing Bluetooth speaker with the best sound – and such a small device! You can even buy two to get an even bigger, better sound.

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34 – TRX Home Gym, $179.95: Everytime I’m forced to use a TRX in my workout class I want to soak in a bath the next day, I’m that sore. Gift this to the guy who wants to sculpt his body/core at home, at the beach, in a hotel room, on a moutainside… you catch our drift. PS: My old trainer thought this was one of the best workouts out there.

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35 – Remastered Herman Miller Aeron Chair, $780: This one’s not cheap, but it IS, hands-down, the most comfortable office chair of all time.  I (Steph here) get asked at least once a week by dudes what chair they should buy for their office… this is my answer, every time.  The classic yet Jetsons design is also super bad a$$ and ergonomically insane (read this part with regards to that). I feel the same way about office chairs as I do about beds: you spend about 1/3 of your life in (each of those), so you can’t afford to have them be uncomfortable.

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36 – Shawl Collar Sweater, $108, 30% off with code FESTIVE: Ok, so after Drakkar Noir, a British accent, and a teakwood and tobacco-scented candle (see above), a DILF sweater ranks right up there as one of the more powerful aphrodisiacs for a woman.  And no Covet Living Gift Guide (ever) is complete without one.

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37 – Bonobos Travel Jeans, $108: 99% cotton, 1% spandex. Supposedly SUPER comfy with a great fit.

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38 – “50 Places to Bike Before You Die”, $19. A gorgeous book with stunning color photographs for the amateur Lance Armstrong in your life (minus, you know, the doping and all).


39 – Norelco Nosetrimmer 3100, from $23.79. Totally not a sexy gift, but more for a boyfriend or husband or your dad; ie, someone you’re reallllll comfortable with. And then maybe lock yourself in the bathroom for 2 minutes, turn the fan AND the faucet on and borrow it when he’s not paying attention.. OHMYGODWAITWHOSAIDTHAT? This description will self-destruct in 5 seconds…
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40 – Ted Baker Chukka Boot, starting at $81.69: This style of shoe is classic and one of Karrie’s husband’s faves; it can be worn out at night or to work, and almost covers up the fact that he’s wearing the same underwear for the third day in a row (just kidding, that would be Karrie):
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41- Guitar Pick Punch, $22.70: Pop this in your guy’s stocking if he’s a music man. You cute groupie you. #pennylane
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That’s all we got!  If you need more ideas, you can also shop previous years’ gift guides: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015. PS: “For the Home” & “For Gals” Gift Guides will be up next week – stay tuned!!


Steph & Karrie