First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. In the spirit of thanks, I need to take a quick minute to say thank you! Whether you’re brand new, you just hop on here once in a while for a tutorial or specific information, or you’ve been following my journey for years, thank you for reading my blog and for joining me on this journey. This blog would be just a very time-consuming journal without you!
I am not a rabid black Friday shopper. Maybe I should be. Maybe I’m missing out. I might troll the internet to see if something I wanted to buy anyway is on sale, but I’m not going to wait in line for doors to open, so I can race to get the latest and greatest deal.
For those who are like me and take Black Friday at a more leisurely pace, I thought I would share a few things that I enjoyed over the past year that might work for someone on your Christmas list (or to put on your own list).
I shared an entire post on these last December, but I get a Wallace Bell every year. I received a few from my Oma’s collection that she started in the 1970’s and I’ve been adding to it each year. The current year’s bell is usually around $40. Last year, I picked up several bells for $10-15/each, but this year as I’m searching, the used bells are $25-50/each. Some bells are outrageous, especially the sterling bells. I just buy the silver plated ones and try to find years I don’t have that are reasonably priced. This is a fun gift for baby showers, first Christmases, wedding gifts, etc. as well. You can even get them monogrammed or engraved. (We have my boy’s initials engraved on their birth year bells.)
Last year was the second year I ordered this Bay Leaf Wreath. It is beautiful and smells amazing. This is a nice gift to have shipped directly to someone who has everything.
I love art supplies and this has been one of my favorite purchases this year. It’s a well-made, Leather brush/pencil wrap and it would be a great gift for anyone who loves writing, sketching, drawing, painting, etc. You can even have it customized, so it could fit something like crochet or knitting needles, etc.
Along those same lines, I also love this hand-bound Leather watercolor journal. I found it hard to find a nice leather journal with watercolor-weight paper, until I came across this one. It would be a good journal for any kind of mixed media, since the paper can support glues, washes, etc.
If anyone else on your list wants something leather, a wallet, purse, pencil pouch, messenger bag, etc, you will want to check out Officina Della Pelle. I purchased several things from them while I was in Lucca, Italy. Everything in their store is beautiful and you can get it monogrammed. (They have an online store and they ship to the US.)
Some of my favorite necklaces and bracelets are from Madewell. They are all well-designed and always adjustable, so you can wear them short or long depending on your outfit. I got the Adjustable Ring Choker Necklace for Christmas last year and it’s one of my go-to necklaces. Use code “DEALWITHIT” to get 25% off your purchase.
And, that’s it!
If you want all of the codes and deals, you’ll have to go elsewhere. I hope this small list of things that I have bought and loved this year will give you some ideas, though…
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