Thoughts By Natalie » gift idea honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:02:29 +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 Idea: Christmas Book Exchange Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:03 +0000 Some girlfriends and I started a tradition last year that is really fun and simple for Christmas: a book exchange. No fussy gifts, no trinkets, no gift cards—just a simple secret santa sort of deal where each of us is assigned to one person, and we have to send that girlfriend a book we loved and think she would enjoy. So, in lieu of a book club pick, I thought I’d invite you to try out this little tradition yourself. I personally am still catching up on the books from October and November, and I don’t want to get even more behind—plus, I have a new book coming my way and I want to be sure I have time to read it :) What do you think? Will you try a book exchange with your friends this year? Photo by Alpha Smoot for]]> 0 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 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 5 Magazines To Start Reading Now Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:00:50 +0000 Over the past several years, I’ve grown tired of traditional magazines. Full of irritating ads and useless information that only makes me feel like I’m not good enough, I’ve pretty much sworn them off. That being said, I’m glad to report that there are several positive, pretty, modern magazines out there that you may or may not know about yet—so I thought I’d fill you in in hopes of helping you find a new favorite (or perhaps finding a good gift for a friend)… Verily Magazine Verily is a new kind of women’s magazine that that celebrates the best of who you are. They feature fashion that is worthy of the woman, relationship articles that go beyond sex tips, and strong cultural and lifestyle journalism. Verily is the modern woman’s go-to guide on how to lead a fulfilling, integrated life. Chickpea Magazine Chickpea is a community-based seasonal magazine that takes submissions for vegan recipes, personal stories related to vegan living, how-to’s and guides, beautiful photography, intriguing artwork, and more. Perfect for anyone who has a love affair with veggies. Kinfolk Magazine Kinfolk magazine is a quarterly print magazine that collects ideas from a growing international community of artists, writers, designers, ...]]> 9