Thoughts By Natalie » gift guide honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:31:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Seeds & Thorns Shop: Gifts That Give Back Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:20:35 +0000 Although Christmas is right around the corner, it’s not too late to finish up shopping for those you love—especially if you’re looking to buy something that gives back to those in need. The Seeds & Thorns Shop is not only affordable, but a portion of all profits go directly to those in poverty, slavery, hunger. The beautiful products sold are a labor of love, from the artwork to design to the crochet, and everything is handcrafted, making this a super special and original gift idea for friends and loved ones who like more unique items. If you’re still looking for handcrafted gifts from about $12-35, be sure to swing by the Seeds & Thorns Shop for something special! These are just a few of my personal favorites… While this post was sponsored by Seeds & Thorns Shop, all opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the great websites, brands and companies that make Thoughts By Natalie possible.]]> 0 Gift Ideas Under $10 Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:08:26 +0000 Who’s on a budget out there? Lucky for you, there are plenty of goodies out there that won’t break the bank. If making a gift isn’t your thing, try one of these gifts that’s just $10 or less. Add a really nice card, and you’re set! 01 // French Phrasebook For the friend who has always wanted to travel to Paris, gift her a pretty little phrasebook to help her get around town when she finally buys that plane ticket. 02 // Well-Kept Screen Cleansing Towelettes Ideal for tech girls who love their gadgets (and hate germs). 03 // Umbrella Ring Dish Designed by Molly Hatch, this umbrella ring catcher is whimsical and useful. 04 // Printed Paper Napkin Pack Perfect as a simple hostess gift for the friend who is endlessly hospitable and seems to always be having a party. 05 // Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug Because who doesn’t love a gold monogram? Perfect for coffee and tea drinkers, or as a chic office accessory. 06 // Compagnie de Provence® Travel-Size Hand Cream For friends who hate dry skin, and who like to smell lovely. The tiny size is perfect for keeping in a purse. 07 // Number ...]]> 3 DIY Gift Ideas Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:00:21 +0000 After compiling several gift lists featuring products to purchase for loved ones, I got to thinking—what about homemade gifts? Surely there are a lot of you who love to make your gifts at home and are looking for a few additional ideas this season—or at the very least, there’s a good handful of you who will forget to purchase gifts and need some last minute ideas ;) So, with that in mind, I’ve rounded up a list of Christmas-gift-worthy DIY projects for you to try. Happy crafting! 1 // Gold Leaf Paper Mache Bowls These gold-leafed bowls are so, so beautiful, don’t you think? Perfect as little jewelry holders. 2 // Bauble Necklace or Bib Necklace Forget buying jewelry. Just make it! The necklace shown in the photo is the Bauble necklace, but I also really love Lauren’s bib necklace—she sent me one after she did the DIY and I love it! 3 // Memo Animals Perfect for a friend who needs some cute office decor. Include some sweet little notes with the gift, too, just to make it extra special. 4 // Minimalist Tote Bag This one is a seriously awesome gift, but pretty much only for ambitious gift-givers ...]]> 3 Gift Ideas That Give Back Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:00:08 +0000 Looking for more unique gifts to give this year than the usual options? Consider purchasing gifts from brands that give back to others. I’ve collected several ideas below—all of which contribute somehow to making the world a better place… 31 Bits Diamond Wisp Bracelet A dazzling mix of small crème and sparkle strands of beads, this bracelet (and all other 31 Bits jewelry) empowers people to rise above poverty. LSTN Amplifier Necklace Handmade in the USA, this unisex necklace is 30″ long, and your purchase helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Lindsay Letters + Mocha Club Love is Sovereign Mug Hand-lettered by Lindsay Sherbondy of Lindsay Letters, the mug has a metallic gold “Love is Sovereign” design on the front and “” on the back. For just $5 more, you can make it a bundle and include Humphreys Street Coffee with the mug! All Mocha Club purchases go toward supporting development projects in Africa. The Giving Keys Classic Pendant The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. This 24″ necklace is completely original and comes ...]]> 4 Gift Ideas for Guys Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:45:14 +0000 By far, the most requested gift guide this year is a guide to all-things men. You may be totally mystified when it comes to gifting for your guys, but hope is not lost. I’ve rounded up some masculine options for you to choose from this year that the men in your life are sure to love… The Beer Deck Designed by Chicago-based Ambar Frausto, this deck of cards features all kinds of facts and tips about beer that make playing cards so much more fun. Pen Knife Swiss Tool With 12 useful stainless steel gadgets, this awesome tool can cut paper, uncork wine, and so, so much more. Harry’s Truman Shave Set Includes a razor with a zinc-alloy handle, three world-class blades and a bottle of Harry’s special shaving cream. Apothecary Travel Kit This olive-toned bag is both chic and masculine. It’s durably constructed out of heavy 20oz canvas and lined with water-resistant PEVA, just in case anything spills. Wall Mounted Bottle Opener Perfect for the kitchen, home bar, deck or any other gathering place, it’s a cool item for the beer and soda drinker. The one shown is available in stores at Target, but I also love this lion-head ...]]> 0 Gift Ideas for Monogram-Lovers Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:20:06 +0000 I personally am a really big fan of monograms and personalized items, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of gift ideas for friends and family members you may have who feel the same. As mentioned in the last gift guide, this also is great to pass along to loved ones if there are gifts included here that you want on your gift list this year. Either way! There honestly are SO MANY gift-worthy monogram goodies out there, so it was a struggle to limit this list. With that, I give you 20 gift ideas for the monogram-lover in your life… 01 // Harry’s Engraved Winston Set Although technically a men’s product, this is my personal favorite razor—and now it’s customizable! The gift set comes with an engraved Winston handle, three blades and a tube of shave cream. 02 // West Elm Ombre Softest Throw Looking for a cozy gift? This soft ombre throw is dip-dyed for an ombre effect—and of course, can be personalized with a monogram! 03 // Tervis Monogram Tumblers I love, love, love my Tervis mugs—so much so I actually put this item on my own personal Christmas wish list. They can ...]]> 6 Gift Ideas for Girlfriends Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:00:03 +0000 With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Christmas will be here before we know it! So I rounded up some fun gift ideas for the different kinds of friends (or sisters or moms!) each of us has in our lives to help get your gift-giving juices flowing. This also might be a great post to pass along to the guy in your life, just to give him a subtle hint of what you might be interested in receiving this holiday ;) 01 // For the friend who loves to entertain This Mermaid Bottle Opener is so fun, don’t you think! It’s especially great if your friend has a love for the sea and all things nautical. 02 // For the friend who is always caffeinated Treat your caffeine-loving friend to a pretty Lindsay Letters Be True Mug of her own to remind her daily to be true to who she is. Bonus idea: add a bag of her favorite coffee beans or a box of her favorite tea to round out the gift! 03 // For the friend who is too busy to blow dry Help your busy friend tie her hair back in style with these adorable Multitude Hair Ties ...]]> 4 The Best Mother’s Day Gifts Under $150 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Below is an article I did for Glitter Guide this week, featuring Mother’s Day gift ideas for all kinds of moms that are under $150. Scroll down to read it in full, and check out the original on Glitter Guide’s website. We recently shared some DIY Mother’s Day gifts to try, but for those of you who are less crafty (or shorter on time), we’ve compiled a list of gifts suitable for a variety of mothers out there. Whether your mom loves style, cooking, or correspondence, trust us—we’ve got you covered! OliveBox ($25 – $295) OliveBox is a subscription service that delivers a delightful box of paper and lifestyle products to members’ doors each month. From cards and artwork to inspiring books and gifting ideas, this is perfect for the moms who never fail to send a thank-you note! Apolis + Kinfolk Garden Bag ($62) Does your mom love spending time outdoors? This tote can hold gardening tools or serve as a handy picnic bag. Lulu Frost Ladyship Bracelet ($144) Give Mom some sparkle. This Lulu Frost bracelet twinkles without being overly flashy. Rifle Paper Co. Mother Daughter Card ($4.50) For moms whose footsteps you’re proud to follow in, this ...]]> 0 last-minute tech gifts Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:24:00 +0000 We live in a tech age, indeed. From smartphones and iPads to e-readers and iPods, we all seem to have a few pieces of technology in our purses (or in our hands!) at any given time. The good news for is that tech gifts don’t have to be nerdy or ugly—these days, there are hundreds of options for you tech-loving ladies out there who can’t get enough technology and appreciate good, aesthetically pleasing design. Consider this a last-minute gift idea list for friends and family, or a collection of ideas on how to spend that Christmas money Grandma gives you every year (go ahead, you have permission to skim this, bookmark it, and come back on the 26th)… Kate Spade USB Flash Drive ($50) These adorable flash drives with personality are available in gold-tone “Whistle While You Work” or black-and-white Exclamation Point. Native Union Pop Phone Handset ($30) Inspired by the 1950’s Bakelite phone design, this retro-inspired handset has a built in high quality speaker and microphone and a soft-touch feel. Perfect for any friend with an iPhone, iPad or Android phone. (I personally have one and LOVE it!) Apple iPad Mini ($329) The newest version of the iPad has ...]]> 2 gift guides for ladies + gents Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:48:00 +0000 Though a teensy bit delayed, the day and time has finally arrived: I’ve made my very first Thoughts by Natalie gift guides!!! While I’ve been working on a few for Glitter Guide, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite gift finds that I picked out just with you girls in mind. There’s one for the ladies and one for the gents, which you may or may not need in the case that you decided to get your man some meggings!!! Happy shopping, friends—and don’t feel bad if you buy a few of these for yourself, too :) First, gifts for the ladies… 1. Darling Magazine ($20/issue, $80/year) With 144 pages of rich content, Darling is an ideal gift for the ladies in our lives. Our girlfriends, sisters, cousins and moms will all appreciate reading a different kind of magazine that inspires them to live purposeful lives and discover what it really means to be a woman. She’ll treasure the articles, as well as enjoy displaying it on her coffee table all winter long. Better yet, get her a magazine and mug combo with a mug that perfectly suits her personality. 2. Capri Blue Mercury Glass ...]]> 4