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a very very merry

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This morning, I’m getting ready for a Christmas cookie-decorating date with two of my favorite little munchkins. Being a person who prefers “Favorite Aunt” status to “Mom” status, I can tell you there are few things I enjoy more than borrowing my friends’ children for a few hours, loading them up with sugar and sparkly shoes, then sending them home to crash and burn on my friends’ time.

Before I tie on my apron and bust out my 15 varieties of red and green sprinkles (Favorite Aunt status has to be earned, friends), I wanted to officially “clock out” for the season. There’s something so mentally freeing about this last post I do at the end of each year. It lets me know I can finally stop worrying, stop constantly scouting the world around me for “perfect” gift ideas, and trust that I’ve already given you the very best I have to offer up this holiday season.

It also forces me to take a few moments to reflect on the year. I’ve been feeling an almost Herculean “less is more” pull all year, but this holiday season it’s really come to the forefront. All that hustle and bustle, mall parking and express shipping…it is just so completely not what the holidays are about. But of course, it’s a necessary evil. A means to an end. I get it. I don’t love it, but I get it.

My wish for you this holiday is that you find a moment just for yourself. Just one – somewhere amid the madness of family and friends and baking and gift wrapping and shipping and decorating. To sit quietly with a mug of tea or a glass of wine, to look around, and to enjoy some of that beauty the holiday season brings. It may be buried under the piles of tangled ribbon, catalogs and ornament storage boxes, but I promise you, it’s there.

Before I go, friends, I want to give you a big bear hug from the bottom of my heart. Yes, you. For showing up. For leaving comments (or not). For clicking those annoying affiliate links and ads so I can actually afford the fees to keep this site running. For following me on social media (I lost a big ol’ pile of followers in the Great Spam Purge over at Instagram this month, and though I know it makes me a shallow human being, I have to confess: it broke my heart a little. So, if you feel like getting me a gift, click “follow“, will you?). And for just being your wonderful, irreverent, funny, clever, doing-your-best-to-make-it-each-day self. You have no idea how much it means to me to know we’re in this together.

And if you really find yourself getting lost, as we all do at least once before Christmas, re-read this. It’s always good for rekindling a dying Christmas spirit. (As is a swig of highly-sauced eggnog, but it’s less socially acceptable before breakfast.)

Wishing you a holiday filled with beauty, friendly faces and love,
Becki

(PS – If you want to know when I’m back from my holiday hideout, Bloglovin’ or Feedly or something is a good option. Or, you know, refresh the page 10 times a day in anxious anticipation. Either way.)

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Gift Guide: The Men

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Everyone knows that men are notoriously difficult to shop for. But this year, we’ve got you covered with a men’s gift guide jam-packed with creative, no-brainer ideas for the guys in your life. Whether it’s your spouse, brother, boyfriend, father, grandpa or son, there is sure to be something here that they would love to receive more than that neck tie you’ve had your eye on. Read on

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Gift Guide: The Jetsetter

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They joke that their home address is the Chicago O’Hare International airport, their Instagram feed is peppered with exotic locations and impromptu road-trips, and most of their stories start with “When I was in…” . Even if you can’t pinpoint their last known location, here are a list of gifts that any frequent traveler will love to receive…once they’re back in town. Read on

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Gift Guide: The Tech Geek

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They know about the latest gadget before it even hits stores, are the resident IT support for friends and family, and if they can’t use a life hack to automate something, you can bet that they’re working on optimizing it. Even if you don’t understand a single word on their wishlist, here’s a list of gifts your favorite tech geek will be thrilled to unwrap. Read on

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Gift Guide: The Gourmet

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They’re your go-to for the inside scoop on the hottest new restaurants, they always have something delicious bubbling away on their stove and everyone clears their calendars when they decide to throw a dinner party. Here are a few gifts that any gourmet would love to receive for the holidays.

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Gift Guide: The French Girl

The gift guides are here, the gift guides are here! Before we dive in, let me just say how excited I am to welcome Erin back to the SMC family for a little holiday cameo. She’s done an amazing job of helping me pull these gorgeous guides together, and I’m profoundly grateful…and impressed. Truly, they might be our best yet. Happy hunting!

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She’s always effortlessly, perfectly polished, Fashion Week is her Superbowl Sunday, and if she hasn’t already been to Paris, you can bet that a pilgrimage to the City of Love is high on her bucket list. Here are our favorite gift ideas for the chic Francophile (or really, any stylish girl you know) – all guaranteed to have her exclaiming, “C’est magnifique!Read on

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gift guide: last-minute gifts they’ll absolutely love

Has the panic set in yet, friends? I don’t know about you, but for all of those umpteen gift guides I ran way back at the first of the month, Christmas is coming on like a freight train and I’m still behind on a few key gifts. Mostly, it’s the people I never know what to buy for – the people who, if they put anything at all on their wish list, it’s something completely un-special, like socks or an iTunes gift card.

In that spirit (and despite my best-laid plans to be officially *done* with gift guides), I thought I’d share a few surefire last-minute gift ideas, all of which are still shipping for the holidays! (At least for now…god bless you, Amazon Prime.)

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