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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



Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Steph’s Wishlist


WAHHH Happy Holly-days!  We’re kicking off Gift Guide Week with (ours) truly… My wishlist is – per the usge – part practical and part pipe dream, but these are the sugarplums & gumdrops I’m dreaming about finding under the tree this year. Hopefully you guys will get some good idears from mine (today) and Karrie’s (tomorrow) but we’re dropping these Gift Guides like it’s hot ALL. WEEK. LONG. so you gotsta stay tuned.  We may not blog every day but we do not – I repeat, NOT – mess around when it comes to these.  Here’s what we’ve got on deck:

Karrie – Tuesday 12/1

Fellas – Wednesday 12/2

For the Home – Thursday 12/3

Gals – Friday 12/4

Alright – let’s get this party started.  Santy… can you hear me?? #ijustpoopedmypants

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1 – FREEDOM BEACH CRUISER, Pacific Beach Bikes, $189.  Since I live 1 mile from the beach in a community where everything is within walking/biking distance, I need a set of wheels, right?  Right.  And I def need ’em in mint green + white with a tan leather seat.  Slap a wicker basket on the front of that bad boy and we’re in biz.

26in Ladies Mint and White Beach Cruiser | Covet Living

2 – SUNNIES, Warby Parker, about $100.  I can’t find these exact shades (top of stack) on Warby’s Parker’s site anymore, but this company takes the guesswork out of sunnies: you can “try ’em at home” – free shipping both ways and you can order up to 5 pairs and feel ’em out / keep ’em for 5 days.

warby parker glasses

3 – LINEN EDGED TOWELS, Anthropologie, $10 – $48.  Nice towels are one of those things I always need but for some reason, never buy.  These feel like buttah and look like understated elegance – à la a scene from a quaint but well-appointed beach shack in the J.Crew resort catalog.

Linen Edged Towels | Covet Living

4 – IN THE FLOW CROP II, Lululemon, $78 – $88.  I love the tie dye version of my favorite yoga pant, ever… (for inquiring minds aka Mom & Dad, color: cadet blue/sapphire blue, size 6… second color choice is the dark charcoal grey).  These are *THE* most comfortable and insanely flattering pants of all time.

Lulu Pants | Covet Living

5 – POM POM CHANDELIER EARRINGS, Annie Costello Brown, $219.  Steep, I know, but this is a pipe dream list – ‘member??  These are by an uber cool jewelry designer based in LA.  Can you say statement piece?

Pom Pom Chandelier Earrings | Covet Living

6 – UNKNOWN FACE, Sally King Benedict.  Sally is a brilliant artist out of Charleston (now Atlanta) whom you may have seen gracing the cover of Domino, circulating the Pinterest-phere or or in the Covet Living feature below (which Sally later reposted, which then prompted me to wet my pants).  Her works – the faces in particular – have become wildly popular and are now also wildly out of my price range.  But a girl can dream! And by “dream” I mean have Karrie try to recreate one of my favorite SKB paintings for me.  If Sally’s work happens to be in your price range (there was a face on exhibit at the George Gallery in Charleston a few months back for around $7,000) then I suggest you invest like, yesterday, before it takes all the gold coins in Scrooge McDuck’s coin vault to buy one.

Sally King Benedict Faces

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7 – BUSTIER YOGA BRA, Onzie, $56 $32.99.  This version in blush, spearmint and pearl is my FAVE.  And it’s on supa sale….  *COUGH* JAYNE.

Onzier Bra

8 – boomBOTTLE WEATHERPROOF WIRELESS PORTABLE SPEAKER, Scosche, $130. Essential for lingering Boho Yard Parties and long beach days when we need to listen to the 1989 album on repeat.  10 hours of battery life and a 33-ft wireless range. $130 is steep though – here’s a budget friendly version for $21… but that one isn’t waterproof and has a shorter battery life etc.

Weatherproof Speaker | Covet Living

9 – NEST GRAPEFRUIT CANDLE, Bixby & Ball, $38 – 20% OFF TODAY ONLY with code CYBERMON.  When I say this is hands-down THE best smelling candle of all time, I mean it.  It’s unreal.  Most Voluspa candles are about $28 and smell amazing, so I had a tough time justifying the extra $10, but it’s worth it.

Nest Grapefruit Candle | Covet Living

10 – ANSLEY MOCS, Ugg Australia, $100.  Like a fur coat for your feet.  I think I’ve purchased these for almost everyone I love – Bud, Mom, Dad, etc.  Nothing keeps your feet warmer & fuzzier in the winter than these bad boys, and the pair I’ve had for a million years just bit the dust.  Color: Chestnut.  Size land canoe 10.  Note: the ones pictured with the tie are the Dakota, but I’m gunning for the Ansley (which have no tie, because that blasted little tie ALWAYS comes un-did and flips around.  I ended up pulling mine out.)

Ugg Dakota

11 – ROYAL FEAST, Pizza King, $18 plus $108 minimum for overnight shipping.  Our little hometown is legendary for a few things – Muncie Burris volleyball, Ball jars, and Pizza King pizza.  This little dive-y chain of pizza joints (all complete with jukeboxes and waitresses who still proudly sport wings and mullets under their red hats) around Delaware County is where we all flock to when we come home.  It. is. heaven. Since I’ll be in North Carolina this year for the holidays, I’m hoping Santa overnights me a frozen one.

Pizza King | Covet Living

12 – MOLDED EYE MASK, Amazon, $36.  This is one of those things I always thought people were high-maintenance for wearing, until I slept in one and I had the deepest and most delightful sleep I’ve had in years.

Molded Eye Mask | Covet Living

13 – WISTERIA TIE-DYED PILLOW, Celadon Home, $69.  THIS IS NOT A DRILL – I REPEAT – THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Celadon Home now has a website you can BUY SH*T FROM AND THEY’LL SHIP IT TO YOU!  For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, Celadon Home is an AMAZING home decor shop in Charleston (Mt. P) – it’s where I furnished almost my entire home from circa 2006, where Gregger and I used to go on Saturdays just to stroll the aisles with cups of coffee in hand to the tune of Norah Jones, and it’s also where I used to work and met one of my dearest friends, Caitlin. Think Matteo linens, one-of-a-kind textiles from India, luscious sofas and reclaimed casegoods.  And amazing jewelry and gifts. Their buyers know wassup and can curate a killer mix with the best of ’em.

Wisteria tie dye pillow, Celadon | Covet Living

14 – BUFFALO PLAID FLANNEL SCARF, Hound Collection, $38.  Because Gusses need new threads, too.  I discovered Hound Collection on Instagram and they’re now my go-to for all things Canine Affluenza.

Buffalo Plaid Flannel Dog Scarf | covet Living

15 – LEATHER MACBOOK CASE, Etsy, $199.  This is one of those things that I absolutely do not need but absolutely swoon over.  Buttery tan leathuh + understated elegance = (dingdingding!) winner.

Leather MacBook Pro Case | Covet Living

16 – HOT PINK WASHI TAPE, Etsy, $1.89.  Great stocking stuffer!  I use washi tape for all kindsa stuff: labeling wine glasses at parties, slapping pictures up on the mirror, sealing envelopes, etc.

washi tape

17 – IF IT REQUIRES PANTS THEN NAH SHIRT, Etsy, $27.95.  Motto in life… for me and every toddler the world over.

Pants Shirt | Covet Living

18 – VITAMIX S55 PERSONAL BLENDER, Williams-Sonoma, $449.95.  This is the one thing on this list that I would use every single day. Because I used to make this juice recipe every single day and it made me feel amazing (and also made my skin look amazing).  For a lower cost alternative, they have Certified Reconditioned Vitamixes for closer to $259 here – BOOM.

Vitamix | Covet Living

19 – BEACON STUD, Lulu Frost, $225 to buy | $30 to rent.  These are definitely a statement (and investment piece)… luckily you can take them for a test drive over at Rent the Runway, and then snag them from jewelry genius Lulu Frost if you wanna keep ’em for good.

Lulu Frost Earrings | Covet Living

20 – BELLADONNA STRAW HAT, Gottex via One Kings Lane, $49.  A little bit Golden Girls and a little bit Audrey Hepburn.  No, I’m not 87 years old… but my face might look like I am in a few years if I don’t war this bad boy when I’m out in the sun. This hat = the difference between looking like Christie Brinkley at 60 or looking like Magda at 40.

Belladonna Straw Hat, OKL | Covet Living

21 – YOUTH SERUM, Arcona, $90.  I got a sample of this the other day and it is like a magic potion for your skin.  My face has become super temperamental the past year or so – probably just because I’m now in my mid-30’s and it’s-a-changin’ – but Arcona is also the only product line that I can always count on to calm and nourish my skin.

youth serum

22 – CUTEST BRITCHES EVER, No Clue, $notthefoggiest.  These are long gone and I can’t tell if I think they look like a diaper or bloomers or short-shorts, but every time I look at them, I’m reminded that I absolutely positively need a pair.

cute shorts

23 – OYSTER PEARL RING, Vignettes, $395.  I tried this on MONTHS ago at an adorable antique store in OB, then put it back and have thought about it about every 3rd day since.  Hoping Santa Stevie Claus’ love of antiques prompts him to tie a little bow on it for me.

Oyster Ring | Covet Living

Oyster Ring, Steph's Wishlist | Covet Living

That’s all I got!  And after all that… I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that while all the things on this list are lovely, I really don’t need anything.  All I really ever want for Christmas is to be nestled in a glowing cinnamon-smelling house with smoke coming out of the chimney, huddled up with my family, in my sweatpants and fuzzy socks, watching the Hallmark channel and slamming pecan pie while my Dad and Gus roll around and play on the floor.  Etc etc.  I remember having this feeling after my Grandparents passed – this ‘oh sh*t,’ kind of quiet empty moment where I realized nothing would ever be the same again.  And so I don’t know – lately I think I’ve been thinking about how lucky I am that almost every single person in the world I love is still here, including my nutty parentals whom I love more than life itself and would be lost without.  And I was so lucky to spend Thanksgiving with friends who feel like family, but save for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and a stacked schedule of daytime activities, I also came home to a quiet, empty house each night… which was kind of peaceful but mostly made me realize that it was almost a preview of what life – and holidays – might be like if I didn’t have a family… almost like George Bailey’s alternate reality from It’s a Wonderful Life or Kevin living alone in his house in Home Alone.  So long story long, my list is baller and my current Lulu yoga pants have a legit hole in the crotch, but all I really want for Christmas is to relish some QT with my fam.


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