The Best Fall Scents to Have in Your Home this Season

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite bloggers to show us how they style this season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips and makeup trends to hairstyles and home décor, we’re excited to see how these stylistas gear up for autumn weather. This week, we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share how she incorporates fall scents into her home using this season’s trendiest candles, wax melters and essential oils.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the first leaves begin to fall, I break into my happy dance faster than you can say “pumpkin spice latte.” There are so many things I love about this season in particular: the feeling of pulling on that ultra-soft favorite sweater for the first time, bundling in a cozy blanket while sipping coffee on the front porch and the fact that everything seems to subtly slow down.

Plus, you can’t forget – all the fall scents! If your heart doesn’t skip a beat when you roll past the Meijer candle display and see stacks on stacks of festive candles, are you really human?

There are so many ways to incorporate amazing fall scents into your home, from the cult classic – Yankee candles, of course – to wax melters, essential oil diffusers and more.

Classic Candles                        

Not only are they a great treat for yourself, but I love having extra candles on hand to bring to parties and events – they make the perfect hostess gift. Speaking of entertaining, they also help to set the tone for your fall dinner party! I always make sure to light a candle an hour or so before my guests arrive so the amazing scent can make its way through the house.

There are so many good scents to choose from, but among my favorites are “Harvest” (which has spicy notes of clove) and “Autumn Wreath” (with tones of crisp leaves and warm cinnamon apples).

I also picked up a couple of tea lights to put in this rustic wooden candle holder. I love when something practical doubles as something beautiful! Adding wood accents to your décor helps bring outdoor elements into your space in an unexpected and sophisticated way.

Meijer also sells these adorable white mini pumpkins for just a couple of dollars each! I scatter them throughout my house, mixing in a few with candles for a beautifully simple coffee table display.

Speaking of décor, Meijer has some great statement pieces that can really “up” your home’s cozy vibes. I love this burnt sienna-colored crocheted throw, which comes in tons of other fall shades, too. Perfect for Netflix nights in! I also picked up a couple of faux fur pillows. They’re not just warm – they also bring some texture to my sofa for added interest.

Wax Melters 

Have you ever heard of a wax melter? I was somewhat familiar with them, but I had never tried them for myself, and wow was I missing out!

I was torn between two different melters so, naturally, I bought both and now use them in different rooms in my home. Bonus: The best thing about wax melters is that they are completely safe to burn. If you constantly worry about walking out the door with a candle left burning, you might find that you like these as a better alternative.

Scentsationals Edison Bulb Wax Melter

I had no idea something like this existed! My favorite part about this warmer is that it truly does look like a lamp. It adds rustic charm to an accent table and would be great for an entryway, too.

How it works: the heat from the lightbulb warms the tray above, where you place one or two wax cubes, which slowly melt and diffuse your home with their lovely smell. Plus, it looks great when the light is turned off as well.

I really liked that the aromas of the Scentsationals wax cubes were different than the scents from other candles I tried. My favorites:  “Sienna Suede” and “Autumn Cashmere.” They truly smell luxurious – like a scent you would come across in a high-end boutique.

Yankee Candle Wax Melter 

I purchased the “American Home by Yankee Candle” wax melter for our bedroom. I loved the white ceramic design and knew it would look adorable on the nightstand next to our reading nook.

For this diffuser, I chose “Warming Pumpkin Chai,” which, as you might guess, smells just like a pumpkin chai latte. I love burning this when I get up in the morning. I also purchased “Shades of Fall,” which is a light, sweet and spicy fragrance that’s great for when I need a bit of a pick-me-up.

Fun idea: a white ramekin (available in Meijer’s home goods section) can double as a holder for your wax cubes.

Essential Oil Diffusers 

If you remember my post from earlier this year, you’ll know I’m a big fan of my essential oil diffuser! There are so many ways incorporating essential oils into your daily routine can help with your health, as well as your mood.

I love that Scentsationals came out with these three fall essential oils: Cinnamon, Spice, for uplifting your mood (great when you need an afternoon pick-me-up), and Clove, for calming (I love diffusing this oil right before bedtime). The fun part is that you can buy several different canopies to change up the look and feel of your diffuser from season to season!

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Five Ways to Warm Up Your Bedroom Décor for Fall

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite bloggers to show us how they style this season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips and makeup trends to hairstyles and home décor, we’re excited to see how these stylistas gear up for autumn weather. This week, we’re welcoming Kristin of Kristin Jones to share five ways to warm up a bedroom space for the fall season using the MyTemp bedding line.

You guys, I’m so excited to share this post with you! It’s something I’ve been working on for quite some time now. Meijer has been my go-to for so long and now that I’ve been introduced to their home décor lines, I’m officially hooked. The quality is amazing and you cannot beat the prices!

Our bedroom is one of the last rooms we’ve tackled décor-wise in our home, mainly because I just didn’t know what I wanted to do there. So when Meijer asked me to style our bedroom using their fall décor and MyTemp sheets, I was GAME.

One thing I really do love about the MyTemp sheet set is I can use them on my bed all year ’round. Especially with the fall we’re having – where it’s 60 degrees one day and 90 the next – it’s so nice to have sheets that can help regulate your body temperature while you sleep. P.S. They’re extremely soft, which is a major plus!

This was our before…

…and our after!

When I went to Meijer, I was absolutely blown away by the amazing pieces they had in-store. I mean, look at that side table!

When re-decorating our bedroom, I wanted to keep the bones and staples in our room white. So, I played with color using simple items like pillows, rugs (by the way, this rug was less than $20. Yeah, go run. Like, now.) and greenery.

P.S. I found this buffalo check pillow for under $10. It was a no-brainer – I had to have it!

When styling your home décor for fall, I advise you to keep your staples simple and focus on smaller ways to warm up the room, like:

1. Grab Throw Pillows That Are ‘Fall’ Themed

I know throw pillows can be a bit pricey, but the ones I found at Meijer were super reasonable. Like I said, I found that buffalo check pillow for cheap, which makes it easy to switch up your bedroom style for the season.

2. Switch Out Your Frames For Darker Ones

I grabbed this rustic frame from Meijer, and think it adds a lot of warmth to the space rather than having a plain white one.

3. Grab a Comfy Knit Throw

Like I said before, I love using color to warm up a space. When I saw this burnt orange throw, I knew I’d found the perfect item. It instantly creates an autumn vibe by emulating the colors of changing leaves – I absolutely love it!

4. Decorate With Gourds

This is probably the #1 thing that screams fall. These gourds are so cheap and the best way to make a room feel a bit more fall-ish!

5. Anything Knit

Whether it’s cream, blush, white or the navy shade above, a knit pattern or texture gives off all the fall vibes, instantly creating cozy, warm room.

I hope you guys liked these tips and this small room transformation. I’m still so blown away by the pieces Meijer has curated, and I had so much fun shopping at the store!

Kristin Jones is the fashionista behind Kristin Jones, a blog sharing home renovations, wardrobe staples and all-over lifestyle – the highs, the lows and living life with intentionality. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Simple Fall Decorating Ideas for a Cozy Home or Apartment

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips and makeup trends to hairstyles and home décor, we’re excited to see how these stylistas gear up for fall weather. This week, we’re welcoming Liz of With Wonder & Whimsy to share how she’s refreshing her home décor for autumn.

 

A neutral, all-season palette gives you flexibility with transitioning your home décor from one season to the next. One of my favorite color combos right now is blush, ivory and gold, since the soft hues create a space that feels airy, light, and clean. Believe it or not, blush functions much like a neutral. It can skew cool in the spring months when paired with pastels, or warm in the fall months when paired with rustic earth tones.

My living room features a warm neutral palette of ivory, beige, blush and wood. These are versatile hues that look great all year round – a blank canvas that allows me to play with different accent colors each season. For fall, I favor an earthier aesthetic. I like to accessorize with raw materials like wood and marble, plush and cozy textiles, and pops of autumn color. By incorporating decorative elements like pillows, candles, throws and accessories, you can easily update any space. I recently stopped into Meijer to shop their home décor department, so I’m sharing my picks and a few tips for a fall refresh.

Take Note of the Latest Trends

A simple way to refresh and modernize your space is to look at the latest trends. It’s fun to shop for something new and current and to incorporate it into your existing style. Rose gold is super popular right now, and mercury glass is an ultra-glam trend that pairs beautifully with rustic elements. I purchased a pair of lamps from Meijer to refresh my buffet and lend a warm, rosy glow to my living room. Plus, they fit with my all-season décor, so I can change how I style them throughout the year.

Add Pops of Seasonal Color

Color is my favorite strategy for refreshing a space. It’s such a simple way to reinvigorate a room, create a mood and transition your decor from season to season. An apple cinnamon candle brings a bold pop of red to the room and fills the space with autumn scents. A bouquet of autumn blooms rounds out the color palette with rich, warm tones. You can also make use of things you already have and curate your existing décor by color. Stacked books, board games, and glass bottles in shades of red and gold keep the palette focused and popping.

Incorporate Rustic Materials

For fall, I like to decorate with heftier, rustic materials like stoneware, pottery, wood and marble. These materials are also very trendy right now, and Meijer has a nice selection of accent furniture and accessories to help you shop the trend. I purchased a few pieces to update my collection and incorporate some earthy and eclectic elements into my space. The vase is a great all-season piece, but stuffed with colorful wildflowers, it makes the perfect fall bouquet. The cheeseboard is cut in a diagonal line, with one half wood and the other half marble. This is a really neat piece that’s both functional and stylish, the ideal canvas for a cornucopia of tasty fall snacks.

Accessorize with Plush, Cozy Textiles

Fall is the season of all things cozy. We like to hunker down with our pumpkin spice lattes, a good book and a cuddly blanket. Plush textiles like velvety throws and fluffy pillows add warmth and texture to a space. They’re functional but comforting, and really lend a welcoming, homey feel to a room.

Provide Warm Lighting

Decorating your home is all about curating a space to evoke a certain mood. And for fall, many of us want to feel warm and cozy. Lighting is another way to achieve this. It’s a simple and affordable way to create a welcoming respite from the autumn chill. Stylish lamps and flickering candles provide a soft, warm glow and romantic atmosphere.

Refreshing your space for the new season doesn’t have to be expensive or a chore. By incorporating a few new pieces from Meijer and using what you already have in creative ways, you can make your home a cozy and comforting retreat this fall!

Liz is the fashionista behind With Wonder and Whimsy, a space to explore personal style, plus-size fashion, travel and romancing the everyday. Follow her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

Ideas for Beautiful Outdoor Dining Table Décor

As we near the transition from summer to fall, it’s important to take advantage of the warm weather while we can. Before the temps cool and the leaves begin to change, host a rustic outdoor picnic with your closest friends and family! We partnered with Samantha Elizabeth to help her do just that – and give you inspiration for your own end-of-summer gathering. Whether you’re organizing an elegant bridal shower, baby shower, bachelorette party or fall dinner with your girls, we have all the secrets to making your next backyard party Instagram-worthy.

Wood Accents

Whether you’re celebrating summer or hosting your first harvest party of the season, wood is a great foundation for any outdoor picnic. Stack recycled wood pallets to create a rustic makeshift table, then incorporate the material further with a stained cutting board or serving tray. A charcuterie spread is delicious and aesthetically pleasing, no matter the season – just replace your summer fruit with apples and cranberries for fall.

Earthy Elements

You can also use earthy elements as a base for your drinks and dessert platter. A vintage wooden chest doubles as a table when moved outside, and fits effortlessly into the rustic theme when it’s painted white and distressed. Tie in raw materials by stacking a piece of plywood and log cake tray – you can even decorate a pastry with flowers or greens from your garden. Finally, a sprig of baby’s breath is the perfect finishing touch for this set-up, whether laid next to your rosé or in a bottle-turned-vase. To update the spread for an autumn get-together, swap your blush-colored beverage for your favorite red wine or cider.

Metallic Utensils

Another on-trend necessity for your next outdoor picnic comes in the form of metallic mugs and utensils. Copper, rose gold and yellow gold are having a moment, but they’re also versatile enough to use all year round. Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals, or incorporate other rustic materials into your place settings (like canvas, twine, wood, and herbs – rosemary sprouts actually are a great garnish for your napkin rings!). Serve grapefruit mules in your mugs until summer comes to an end; then switch to cinnamon apple cider or spiced punch when the leaves start to fall.

Floral Centerpieces

Fresh flowers are a natural centerpiece for a garden party or picnic, and will help bring a pop of color to the otherwise neutral setting. Peach, purple and yellow peonies are a perfect choice for summer, while roses, sunflowers, and heleniums look great for fall. Either place the flowers into small, clear vases or re-purpose Mason jars to stay true to your rustic theme.

Cozy Seats

For an extra cozy vibe your guests will love, create a seating area with throw pillows, blankets and rugs. Pastel blue will complement your summery accent hues well, while plaid prints will add a fall twist when autumn is in full force. Hang globe string lights to add a rustic, romantic ambiance (and to allow your party to continue long after the sun sets).

Now that you’re covered when it comes to picnic essentials, learn which color you need in your closet to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall.

Photo Credit: Samantha Collins and Gemma Darr

Dorm Room DIY: 3 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Decorate Your Space

Thanks to their plain walls and unusually cramped quarters, dorms don’t always offer the best living situation. Luckily, there are lots of easy ways to make the space your own – while also incorporating this season’s hottest décor trends. From storage to accents to sets of wall art, we’re sharing our top tips and tricks for decorating your home away from home. Whether you’re moving into your first place or redecorating your current space, read on for three tutorials for DIY home décor.

diy dorm decor bedroom washi tape painted mason jar scrapbook paper wall art

Painted Storage Jars

Bronze and copper accents are among 2017’s hottest home décor trends, so these metallic mason jars are a dorm room must-have. Add glamour to your desk by using one as a pencil holder, or spice up your bathroom by filling it with hair and makeup brushes. You can even plant a succulent in one of these jars, transforming your summer greenery into a year-round decoration.

DIY dorm decor painted mason jar

Items Needed:

  • Metallic copper spray paint
  • Glass mason jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Plastic bags, quart size

Instructions:

  1. Gather items needed, including copper spray paint, mason jars, tape and plastic bags.
  2. Place jar inside plastic bag, then tape the edges to the outside rim of the jar.
  3. Spray the inside of the jar with spray paint, then the rim of the jar if desired. Make sure to let the paint dry for 1-3 hours!
  4. Once dry, fill with pencils, brushes, succulents, etc.

Washi Tape Accent Wall

Washi tape has been a DIY staple for years, but using it to create accent walls is a brand new application. Made from natural fibers like bamboo, hemp or tree bark, washi is stronger than your average tape. It also comes in endless colors and designs – we chose copper to stay true to our metallic theme.

DIY dorm decor washi tape accent wall

Items Needed:

  • Scotch copper washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Instructions:

  1. Gather items needed, including washi tape, scissors and measuring tape.
  2. Cut washi tape into 3” pieces.
  3. Stick washi tape to desired wall, arranging pieces randomly to create a confetti-style pattern.
  4. Repeat across the entire length and height of wall for full effect.

Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

You’ve likely used scrapbook paper in memory books and photo albums, but have you ever thought to use it to decorate your walls? Adding art to your space is easier (and more affordable) than ever – all it takes is a pack of scrapbook paper that matches your room’s color scheme. The best part about this hack? You can swap out the pages whenever you want, keeping your dorm décor fresh all year long.

dorm decor DIY scrapbook paper wall art

Items Needed:

  • 12” x 12” scrapbook paper pack
  • 12” x 12” frames
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Gather items needed, including scrapbook paper pack, frames, ruler and scissors.
  2. Place paper pieces into the frame. Trim edges as needed using the ruler and scissors, then hang on the wall.
  3. Arrange frames on wall as desired.

Need more dorm room décor inspo? Learn four ways to create a space that reflects your personality here.

3 Unexpected Reasons to Decorate with Indoor Plants

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming KJ of xo mrs. measom to share her favorite styling ideas for potted plants to spruce up the inside of your home.

Spring usually means floral prints and pastels, but summer is all about the greenery. To help bring a little of that green into your home this season, I’m teaming up with Meijer to share my indoor plant tips.

My advice: look for plants that are swoon-worthy, but also useful. Cultivating a plant that provides more than just visual appeal helps keep it alive, and if you’re like me, that’s a major must because #blackthumb. So instead of just tucking a fern in the corner and hoping it lives, here are three useful ways to add plants to your home décor this season.

Reason 1: Brighten Up End Tables and Entryways – And Improve Air Quality!

indoor plants meijer style xo mrs measom blogger approved home decor

Green goes with everything, and the bright shade makes both woods and metals pop. Place plants in any room to bring in some life and to create a light vibe. Live plants are also awesome for air quality! So not only can they make your coffee table picture-perfect, they’re also improving the air in your home. Win-win!

Reason 2: Bring Life Into Your Kitchen – And Enjoy Fresh Herbs!

indoor plants meijer style xo mrs measom blogger approved home decor

DIY gardens are always a good idea, and herbs are the loveliest to have on hand if you’re a food lover like me. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at an indoor herb garden. Buy a few different bushels, give them a planting, and watch them grow. They smell great (nothing like coming home to the smell of fresh rosemary or lavender), they taste delicious, and it also helps give you an instant sense of accomplishment. Seeing something you’re taking care of come to life and flourish does wonders for mood.

indoor plants meijer style xo mrs measom blogger approved home decor

To create your own, simply layer a bit of fresh soil on the bottom of your planter (make sure it has a draining hole in the bottom!), and loosen the roots of your plants before adding them to your planter. By giving the roots a light shake, they’ll acclimate to their new home much quicker. Add some clothing pins to identify your plants, and decorate by placing with other farm-inspired accessories.

indoor plants meijer style xo mrs measom blogger approved home decor

Reason 3: Brighten Your Cleaning Routine – And Grow Your Own Skin-Saver!

indoor plants meijer style xo mrs measom blogger approved home decor

I found this aloe plant and had to load it into my little kit by the sink. With summer coming in hot, a little fresh aloe is a must. If someone gets a little sunburn, this stuff will be a lifesaver, and the terra cotta pot makes for a great pop of contrast against the metal of the basket. Cute and useful #winning!

indoor plants meijer style xo mrs measom blogger approved home decor

Anything that combines home décor and a useful life-hack: count me in. So what are you waiting for?

KJ is the fashionista behind xo mrs. measom, a blog chronicling the simple life, with things from recipes to first steps. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Photo Credit: Breanne Rochelle Photography

How to Host the Perfect Memorial Day Picnic

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Amanda of Girl About Columbus to share her home décor and style ideas and tips for the perfect Memorial Day-themed picnic for families and friends.

With Memorial Day just around the corner my mind has officially wandered to summer plans, which primarily means picnics, camping and cookouts – whether that’s in the heat of the sun or in the shade next to a peaceful creek among family and friends. I particularly can’t wait for summertime picnics, and Meijer has the most gorgeous and trendy (yet classic) outdoor picnic essentials for Memorial Day (and the Fourth of July)!

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

Admittedly, I went a little crazy when I saw all of the Americana picnic products at Meijer! We are re-doing our deck this summer, and I’ve already started decorating with red, white and blue. Naturally, my mind tends to think in practicality, and I knew all of the products I purchased for my American picnic could also be used for all of our outdoor dining needs this season. Such a bonus!

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

Nothing screams an American holiday like the classic red, white and blue plaid tablecloth I picked up! The colors are especially rich in-person, it can double-up as a picnic blanket, and the plaid pattern provides the perfect backdrop for an assortment of other fun Meijer picnic goodies!

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

I also had to have Meijer’s white lantern that comes equipped with an LED light. The lantern makes for a sweet centerpiece for a fun picnic and you can also use it inside well after summer is over. The glowing flicker of a candle is always calming and cozy, whether authentic or artificial.

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

When I saw the small and large blue and white ceramic fish bowls, I instantly snagged both! The fish shape is so unique and who doesn’t love a huge white bowl for picnics and gatherings? SO useful and versatile.

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

An ice-cold glass of Riesling or Rosé pairs so very well with the laid-back menu of a picnic, but glass wine glasses do not! Meijer has the most delightful set of plastic wine glasses that look as if they are real glass. The shape of the bowl is on-trend, and you would never know they are plastic – until you pick them up, of course! Also, water is a must at a hot summer picnic! I poured ice-water into the blue carafe I picked up to fill up these blue melamine glasses.

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

The tan scalloped placements added an element of texture to the tablescape and will be used both inside and outside for dining. For even more character, I discovered rope drink and plate coasters that added a fun nautical vibe to the picnic.

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

This red, white and blue snack bowl set is essential for tasty nuts and fruits. Plus, the blue melamine 3-section dish is ideal for serving a veggie tray. Also, when I ventured outside of the seasonal themed aisle at Meijer, I found the perfect blue pie plate for my blueberry pie as well as a wooden cheese board that is the sweetest size for a cheese, cracker and/or fruit tray.

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

To add to the theme of American alfresco dining – and also to forgo the plastic route for an easy-breezy touch of class – I added in blue-handled silverware, red, white and blue melamine plates, white melamine bowls (that have cute blue fish on the side!) and pretty chambray napkins. Throwing in a couple of navy outdoor pillows was the finishing touch for a fuss-free, comfortable and relaxed vibe: Just how summer should be.

memorial day picnic fourth of july americana blogger

Amanda is the fashionista behind Girl About Columbus, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, family tales and travel inspiration. For more style tips, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Best Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Deck

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Nina of The HSS Feed to share her tips and tricks on the best ways of decorating your deck space into an outdoor retreat.

I am so happy that things are finally warming up around here, and am looking forward to spending as much time outside as possible during these beautiful summer months!

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

As we’ve started to see more sunshine here in Michigan, I’ve been turning my attention to getting our patio and outdoor spaces ready for everything from weeknight grilling to weekends with the kids spent in the sprinklers and making s’mores.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

No matter the size of your outdoor space, I think you can easily get that light and bright summer feeling by adding plants, flowers and pops of color with outdoor décor.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

I hardly consider myself to have a green thumb – actually quite the opposite! However, along with adding some green elements to our patio, I wanted to create some gardening projects to work on with my five-year-old, who could not have been more excited about his brand new Spider-Man gardening gloves!

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

You could certainly go big with lots of vegetables, herbs and flowers in planters around your patio. But I decided to start off slowly and picked up a pretty terra cotta planter that would serve as our first project. Because we are big Tex-Mex fans, I chose to do a small “salsa garden” with a tomato plant, cilantro and oregano, along with pansies to add some color. Pansies are also edible and I’ll plan on putting them in some summer salads.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

I also picked up these strawberry plants in the Meijer outdoor department – it was bonus that they were already planted and off to a good start! The planters themselves were great for adding height and interest to a bare area of our patio. They actually came with hooks so you could hang them from your porch as well. But since we don’t have a space to hang them, I chose to stagger them on the patio wall. These would also be great if you have a small space or balcony to add some color and sweetness.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space pillow

Your outdoor sitting space is great place to add those pops of color and interest with bright pillows, an umbrella and fun solar umbrella lights to add ambiance on summer nights.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

And don’t forget to pick up new plastic or melamine glasses and dinnerware to enjoy eating outdoors without the worry of breaking anything.

What are you most looking forward to about outside time this summer?

Nina is the fashionista behind The HSS Feed, a fun lifestyle blog full of her thoughts on happiness, success and style. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Easiest Last-Minute Gift Idea for Mother’s Day

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming blogger Kendall Rayburn to share how to put together the perfect gift your mom will love this Mother’s Day.

Hello, there! Today I have the honor of hanging out here on the Meijer Style blog to share my tips for putting together the perfect Mother’s Day gift! I absolutely love shopping Meijer for gifts because I can get everything I need in one stop.

I spent about an hour browsing my local Meijer for the perfect picks for Mother’s Day, and I can’t wait to show you what I found! I got gift items, tissue paper, a card – everything I needed for the perfectly packaged Mother’s Day gift. Now, let’s put it all together!

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Choosing the Container:

When choosing the gift container, keep your recipient in mind. Like me, my momma loves all things rustic, and I just knew she’d go crazy for this cute wooden box. It has twine handles on either side, and she can re-purpose it after opening her gift (how cute would this be in a guest bathroom to hold hand towels, toilet paper and soaps?)

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Personalizing the Gift:

Think about your mother or mother figure: what kind of things do they love? What would they want to receive? For my mom (and almost every other mom on the planet) photos of loved ones really are at the top of their list.

I picked up these adorable frames with the same rustic look as the box and added in two photos. One frame has a photo of my boys holding hands, the other is a photo of my mom with both boys at a hot air balloon festival. It was such a special day, and it’s also a tradition (we go every year), so I know she’d love this photo to remember it all.

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

One thing I inherited from my mom was a love of coffee. I spotted this super cute mug that’s full of color and flowers – perfect for my Mom’s gift.

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Meijer also has a variety of these hilarious little signs. This yoga one really rings true to me because my mom and I have been talking about joining a yoga class for months and still haven’t, so I know this is going to make her laugh!

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

What’s something that all moms love? CANDLES. I found this adorable hammer copper candle that is multi-use. Once you’ve burned the candle, simply clean out the inside and plant the tag in some dirt to turn it into a planter – so cool!

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

I also picked up this peace + tranquility candle, which is perfect for lighting while taking a long soak in the tub, or just anytime relaxation is needed (which, for most moms, is often!)

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My mom loves plants, and this adorable faux succulent was perfect for her gift because it’s something she can keep forever. No need to water this little guy, he’ll stay as green and adorable as the day it was bought. The planter it’s in is also super trendy with a modern, cement look. If you want to personalize this even further, you could decorate the outside (or have your kiddos add their handprints).

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Choosing the Card:

It’s so hard for me to choose a greeting card. I have to read about 15 of them before I settle on the perfect one. Sound familiar? My husband always jokes that my cards always make people cry, and I guess it’s kind of true. I mean, who wouldn’t want to choose a card that makes the recipient actually feel something real?

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Wrapping it Up:

I love putting everything together into one package after shopping! My favorite material to incorporate is tissue paper because it adds that extra bit of oomph to make the multiple gift ideas feel like one present. For this gift I chose two tissue papers: one plain white and one patterned with small white hearts. I thought the mix of beige and white perfectly fit the items in the gift, and that overall rustic feel.

To properly package the gift, I always start by laying down a few sheets of tissue paper in the container before arranging items (tallest and biggest items in the back), and then fan out the excess paper at the edges of the gift.

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easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Didn’t this gift turn out so cute? I used all of the tissue paper to add height to different items, and made sure to add some behind the frames as well to give it a little flare. That heart-patterned tissue paper is just so cute and perfect for the holiday!

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easy present gift idea mother's day mom

I cannot wait to gift this to my momma this weekend – she is just going to love it! If you’ve still got Mother’s Day shopping on your to-do list, be sure to stop by Meijer to pick up everything you need!

What are YOUR plans for Mother’s Day?

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Kendall is the fashionista behind Kendall Rayburn, a blog focusing on the “real” family-focused experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Home Décor You Need to Build a Trendy Gallery Wall

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Andrea of Blonde Bedhead to share the home décor items she used to spruce up a corner of her living room with a gorgeous and trendy gallery wall.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I appreciate a minimalistic gallery wall and was looking for a wall art solution for my bonus room/dining space. The walls in my house have all been painted 50 shades of white—but I left this bonus room untouched with its dark grey walls, knowing I’d need a little contrast when I was ready to decorate the space.

I go by the motto “less is more,” and with a large art piece to hang on the main wall in this space, I wanted to balance out the other side with smaller wall display. A picture ledge is a great way to add interest without the commitment. I can move the frames around, change them out easily or simply adjust the way they’re organized.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I chose all white frames with gold accents to pop against the dark grey wall. I also arranged them with a round, gold mirror to add more interest with shapes. I also love round, gold mirrors and have one in my living room and bedroom, so this was an unexpected way to continue that look into this room. Plus I love how mirrors help reflect more light in a room, especially a darker one like this.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I’m a big fan of symmetry, but again, with this gallery wall method, you can play around with symmetry, asymmetry and the overall display/aesthetic. I played around with the display until I was happy with this orientation and that mirror completed it for me. I imagine I’ll change this around by season!

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

I’ve been feeling inspired by local photographers who photograph wildlife and farms, and I decided to channel them and snap a few photos of my family’s horses to use on display. I printed them online at Meijer and picked up an hour later. So. Easy. I decided to use a mix of matting and no matting to add more variation once I installed the prints. I also printed extra images in case I want to change out the photos as well.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

My end goal was to create a cozy, inviting corner nook, so I finished off the space with a vintage leather chair, midcentury modern wood side table, candle and small plant. My design style is a mix of midcentury modern, urban modern and a bit bohemian. I wanted to continue this look in this last room I’ve had to finish in the house and I must say, I love it! And my dog James made himself at home immediately, which tells me it’s going to be a great space to curl up and have conversations.

Gallery Wall Must-Have Home Decor Decorations

Andrea Kerbuski is the fashionista behind Blonde Bedhead, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, life’s inspirations and big hair. For more beauty and hairstyle tips, follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

How to Transform Your Bathroom in One Simple Step

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about refreshing your seasonal décor. One of the easiest rooms to revamp (surprisingly!) is your bathroom, as you can drastically change its look with one simple update: swapping out your shower curtain. Most people buy one curtain and keep it forever, but we’re firm believers in rotating between a few staple styles. Ready to give your bathroom a quick and easy refresh? Check out these trendy shower curtains for some decoration inspiration.

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Dainty Details

If you’re shooting for a look that’s both classic and elegant, opt for a neutral-colored shower curtain with three dimensional details. Ruffles add interest to this chic grey style, while faux diamond curtain rings give off an extra classy vibe. Or, if you’d rather bring a playful twist to the room, choose a curtain with small pompoms lining the top and bottom. You can complement both drapes using a rug with the same color scheme – but choose a contrasting pattern to keep the room interesting!

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Neutral stripes

To give your bathroom more of a nautical vibe, choose a shower curtain with thick stripes in neutrals or pastels. We love this clean, monochromatic style that alternates between white and grey; as well as this bright, crisp design that features a silvery, eggshell blue. Both look great in spaces with solid, neutral walls! To ensure you don’t distract from the room’s new focal point, stick with clear or white curtain rings that will blend in with the stripes.

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Bright Patterns

Finally, if you’re loving the warmer weather and feel totally ready for spring, brighten up your bathroom with a bold accent color. This is an especially great choice if your walls are painted neutral! Stick to one bright tone to highlight throughout the space, like dark pink-peach or light teal-blue. Don’t be afraid to play around with pattern too – owls are great for your kiddos’ assigned bathroom, while this geometric print is perfect for your own.

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Looking to add even more color to your home? Check out these decorating tips from Maya of Charmingly Styled!

Photo Credit: Tosha Cole Photography

The Perfect Décor for Every Valentine’s Day Party

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Nina of The HSS Feed to share her favorite Valentine’s Day party items, from kids stickers and cupcakes to home décor and style.

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to add a pop of color and warmth to your home in the middle of our typically snowy Midwestern winters.

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I love creating tablescapes with a holiday theme, and today I’m excited to share our bright breakfast room setup for a day with the kids, making cards and Valentine’s mailboxes for school events, play dates or just for fun!

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I wanted to stay pretty traditional when it came to colors, so the red, pink and white color story became the main theme of this table. This plaid tablecloth was a great place to start and becomes even more Valentine-y with the help of this subtle heart runner. The tablecloth itself is a really versatile piece that you can keep on hand for Mother’s Day breakfast (just add some daisies or peonies and it’s a whole new look!).

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While I like to make sure things at our house are kid-friendly, it’s easy to add a few, more sophisticated elements that would make it easy to turn a playful tablescape into a cozy dinner with friends or a fancy at-home Valentine’s date night.

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Tinsel hearts on the back of the chairs add just the perfect amount of sparkle! But this little “love” sign from the Meijer home décor department is one of my favorite things in this display. It’s modern and chic, but also playful and fun. Fresh flowers and a little bit of green always brighten up a table, plus they’re great to keep around your home and get you ready for spring.

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As far as kid-friendly activities, Meijer is stocked with lots of cute foam mailboxes and decorating accessories for the classroom or play dates. I remember taking a shoebox to school when I was a kid and these are a serious upgrade (and at an awesome price point!). We also found a lot of fun and easy Valentine’s in any princess, pirate or super hero theme you might be looking for!

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This holiday is made for chocolate lovers! Thankfully, there are lots of candy options in store that match my color scheme and add to the infinite amount of hearts on display, all while satisfying any sweet tooth. I’m also a firm believer in cupcakes for any occasion. Whether you’re making a trip to the Meijer bakery to order a dozen, picking up a mix, or making from scratch, they’ll add some playful deliciousness to your tabletop.

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When the crafts are complete, all you need to do is switch out the cupcake stands for some candles and quiet and a good bottle of wine, and you’re all set up and ready for a date night at home or even a Galentine’s get-together with your girlfriends.

Nina is the fashionista behind The HSS Feed, a fun lifestyle blog full of her thoughts on happiness, success and style. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Photo Credit: Tosha Cole Photography.

How to Add More Color to Your Home this Winter

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Maya of Charmingly Styled to show us how adding a few colorful additions to your home can brighten your winter décor and mood!

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It’s easy to feel like your world is grey in the winter – between the overcast skies and snowy days, the cold weather blues definitely can start to get you down. I’ve been doing my best to keep myself in good spirits lately, but I’ve definitely noticed that the low temps have been affecting my mood a little more than usual. So I decided to kick the blues to the curb this season by adding a little more color into my home décor. When you surround yourself with cheery colors, you can’t help but feel a little cheerier, too!

Like you, I’m always on a budget – so I love swinging by Meijer to check out their colorful selection of home goods and décor. It’s tough when you want to style an affordable home, but Meijer makes it easy to find beautiful pillows, trays, lamps, candles and more without breaking the bank. Last time I went to Meijer, I picked up a few goodies that made my living room even more bright and beautiful. Here are a few of my favorite tips and the products I used to make my home a little more lively during these gloomy winter months.

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colorful home charmingly styled home decor bright colors throw pillows

Get Bold with Colorful Pillows

Don’t judge me too much, but I spend quite a bit of time on my couch in the winter (how can you not when you have Netflix and wine?!). To make my couch more comfortable and chic, I picked up these pretty chevron pillows to add a much needed pop of color. I love buying neutral, classic pieces when it comes to furniture, so the bright pillows do a great job of pulling the room together and making the space a little more cheery. Plus, who doesn’t love a classic chevron pattern? I’ll definitely be keeping these pillows on deck throughout the season to add a little more fun to my favorite room.

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colorful home charmingly styled home decor bright colors storage box

Say Yes to Colorful Storage

I am a big proponent of multi-tasking décor, so when I spotted this cute storage basket from Meijer, I knew it had to come home with me! I always have blankets lying around during the cold winter months, so this colorful basket is the perfect addition to my living room to keep my blankets organized. I also picked up the faux fur throw, because you can never have too many blankets this time of year! I live in Chicago and spend most of winter huddled up in my living room with a big cup of tea, so the cozier the blankets I can find, the better!

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Mix in Some Gold Pieces with your Color

Obviously you don’t want your living room to turn into a circus, so it’s important to find balance with neutral and accent colors. I love decorating with gold accents, and I try to incorporate mixed metals whenever possible. This lamp from Meijer, along with my favorite spherical spike accent, adds some much needed balance to vignettes that are rich with bright colors.

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Find Colorful Upgrades to Your Favorite Pieces

From trays and bowls to your morning coffee mug, treat yourself to a few colorful upgrades to combat the grey weather outside. I replaced my drab, white tray with this pretty chevron patterned one. It matches my new pillows and adds a pop of color to my black coffee table. Not too shabby for a quick update, right?

I also bought these adorable polka dot bowls for my regular (almost nightly) bowls of popcorn – they’re the perfect size for indulging in a Netflix episode or two, and I love that they add even more color to my coffee table.

I hope you’re managing to escape the winter gloom but, if you’re struggling like I was, make sure to add colorful pieces to brighten up your home! It’s amazing what a few affordable pieces can do to make your living room feel like an oasis from the cold, and I’d definitely recommend swinging by Meijer to check out all the home décor they have for winter.

Maya is the fashionista behind Charmingly Styled, a Chicago life and style blog dedicated to the little charms that make life so good. Follow her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The 7 Essential Holiday Hostess Gifts

As winter’s chill sets in, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for winter weather.

This week we’re welcoming Lauren of Lake Shore Lady to prepare seven essential hostess gifts to bring to all of this season’s holiday parties.

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I’ve been saying this nonstop, but ’tis the season for holiday parties! I mean… I’m NOT wrong here! Even beyond just the parties – it’s really the season for hosting in general! House guests, cozy movie nights, drinks with the girls. No one wants to go outside (at least not in Chicago), so gathering in someone’s warm home pretty much always wins.

I usually like to bring some sort of gift, alcohol or food to the full blown parties, even if it’s just a bottle of wine. That’s a given. But let’s say you have a friend/family member who is ridiculously generous and always hosts gatherings at their place? You stay at their house every Christmas, or you eat their pretty cheese platters nearly every Friday night… if you can relate to this, then maybe it’s time to reward them!

But what to get?! What would be thoughtful, budget-friendly AND useful? Luckily, Meijer has a ton of incredible gifts for this very purpose. You could certainly give each of these pieces separately, but I thought it might be fun to pair some things together for different types of people, parties, personalities and relationships. So here we go!

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I love these goodies for a family hosting a party. This plaid tray is super festive and might even be used at the party you’re attending, which is always fun. Then, there’s the Modern Family Cookbook, which could be a new way to get the kids interested in cooking (especially if they like the show), plus the olive oil can be used in the process! And I threw a candle in there for the Mama, because she might need to relax after the party, am I right?

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Plaid Holiday Tray ($12.99)

Modern Family Cookbook ($14.95)

Canaan Olive Oil ($18.49)

Burts Bees Candle ($8.99)

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This is one of my favorite gifts in this roundup, because it’s perfect for the cozy hostess! She can set cookies out on the wooden platter, turn Elf or Home Alone on the TV and whip up some hot chocolate in this adorable (and huge!) new mug! Bonus: these wood coasters are so rustic looking that you could totally give them to a guy, too. Woo!

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Wooden Platter ($14.99)

Holiday Mug ($6.99)

4 Pack Wooden Coasters ($8.99)

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We all have a friend who loves candles and is always cold, do we not? Well this time, she pours the wine and you bring her this cinnamon candle and cozy blanket scarf! Easy peasy!

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Winter Scarf – Plaid ($20.00)

Woodwick Candle ($22.99)

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A dessert cookbook and chocolate – this combo could work for literally ANYONE with a sweet tooth! And maybe they’ll invite you over again to try one of their cast iron creations…

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Cookbook ($12.99)

2 Divine Dark Chocolates ($2.99 each)

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Cheese always looks more impressive on a pretty granite platter, and these coasters match it so beautifully! Now, I know coffee and cheese aren’t usually paired together – but most of my friends love both, so this combo seemed very logical to me. Anyone else?

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Marble Cheese Platter ($14.99)

Starbucks Coffee ($8.99)

4 Pack Coasters ($10.99)

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Hello, fancy cocktail party! Everyone likes champagne, especially in a cute bag like this one. And instead of just bringing booze, this gold frame is a fun way to personalize the gift. Throw in a photo from their holiday soiree last year and they’ll want to put it right on the mantle!

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Wine Bag ($4.95)

Segura Viudas Cava (not from Meijer)

Gold Picture Frame ($9.99)

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And last but not least, sometimes you want to bring something for the cute little munchkins! Sure, they might not actually be hosting your stay or the party, but they sure do make the whole visit more adorable, right?!

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Coloring Cards Book ($9.99)

3 Holiday Cookie Cutters ($3.99 each)

What do you like to bring as host/hostess gifts?

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Lauren is the fashionista behind Lake Shore Lady, a blog full of lovely tips for fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

The Best Last-Minute Gifts for Everyone on Your List

We’ve all been there – with just a few days left of the holiday season, you realize you haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to get all you need at one place. So if you’re already out shopping for food or festive décor, here are a few last-minute presents your friends and family are sure to love (and they’re all things you can find at your local one-stop shop: Meijer!).

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For the ladies

Whether it’s your mom, sister, daughter or a friend, all of your best girls will love these thoughtful gifts.

  1. Chocolates from Ghirardelli or Ferrero Rocher are a great stocking stuffer for anyone with a sweet tooth. Bite-sized treats are best – they’ll last longer (and they’re easier to share!).
  2. You can’t go wrong gifting gloves or mittens since the weather is so chilly during the holiday season. There’s always a need for extra warm accessories!
  3. There’s no such thing as too much jewelry, so your gals will love a new bracelet or watch. Opt for neutral metallic tones like gold or silver – that way, your gift is guaranteed to match all their favorite outfits.
  4. If you’re shopping for a family member or a close friend, you could pick out a sweater or a pair of pajama pants. If you understand their style and know what size they need, they’ll appreciate the thought you put into this present!
  5. If you’re not sure what treats or trends your ladies like, opt for a cute knickknack or unique household item – whether it’s a coffee mug, a chevron frame or a polka-dot phone case.

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For the guys

Not sure what to buy for your dad, bro or S.O.? Here are a few foolproof ideas the men in your life are sure to love.

  1. A new mug or thermos + your guy’s favorite beverage = an easy and useful combo that they’ll definitely appreciate. Some drinks even come in gift boxes this time of year!
  2. For men that are dreaming of warmer, sunnier days, brand new golf balls are a great holiday gift. They’ll love having them on-hand when they’re ready to hit the course again.
  3. But with winter’s not-so-warm weather, puffy vests + plaid are a must-have pair this season. Your guy will stay just the right amount of toasty if he ventures outside on a mild winter day.
  4. For guys that like to spend a night in now and then, a new Blu-Ray or DVD is the perfect present. Opt for a blockbuster that just hit stores or their favorite flick of all time!
  5. While the ladies in your life buy new wallets on the regular, your dad, brother or husband might be in need of an upgrade. Choose a billfold in brown or black leather – it’s a sleek, classic style that all guys appreciate.

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For the kiddos

Need to cross your child, niece or nephew off your list? Here are a few simple gift ideas for kids of all ages.

  1. A goofy board game like Pie Face or a Disney movie like Finding Dory will keep your child laughing all winter long. You might enjoy getting in on the fun, too. 🙂
  2. If your child loves cuddling or has lots of furry friends, choose a brand new stuffed animal they can add to their collection. Tie a bow around its neck and leave it under the tree for them to find!
  3. Washable paint + brushes are a great gift for children with an artsy side. They’ll have a blast creating their unique masterpieces – plus, the kid-friendly color shouldn’t stain their clothes or your carpet (in case they get extra creative or messy).
  4. A winter hat featuring the child’s favorite character is a win-win – they’ll stay warm (which you’ll love) while repping their character of choice (which they’ll love).
  5. Finally, if you’re brave enough to withstand your child’s inevitable sugar rush, candy is a great (and easy) holiday stocking stuffer.

Already finished your shopping, but need some outfit inspiration? Here are some blogger-approved accessories to pair with your holiday ensemble.