The Thoughtful Gift Guide: 12 Gifting Ideas for Every Type of Person You Know

Happy Fridayy!

As of today, we're officially two weeks away from Christmas. If you're anything like me you're beginning to realize you've (once again) missed the boat on starting your shopping early, and should probably get down to business.

When I give someone a present, I like to find something thoughtful and meaningful. Something that resonates with who that person is or my relationship with them - because it's the thought that counts, right? So, in the spirit of thoughtful gifting, I put together a gift guide with twelve gifting ideas for every type of person you know!

Happy gifting!

xx
tg

  1. For the Creative: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
    I fell in love with Elizabeth Gilbert's words and view on life after reading Eat, Pray, Love, many years ago, and I'm happy to say her latest book, Big Magic, does not disappoint! This book is a discussion on creativity: where it comes from, how to use it, and how to not be afraid of it. In typical Liz Gilbert fashion, she effortlessly breaks down the intangible and leaves her readers inspired. Got a creative companion? This is the gift for them!
     
  2. For the Travel Buddy: Coordinates Collection
    Have you recently taken an amazing trip with your bestie, family, or love? Wouldn't it be nice to create a fashionable cuff bracelet or plated necklace for them with the coordinates of the place you visited together? Well, thank your lucky stars for the people over at Coordinates Collection because they are allowing you to do just that! 
     
  3. For the Accessory Addict: Golden Alphabet Trinket Tray 
    You know those people who have everything and make gifting impossible? Give them somewhere to put their stuff like this golden trinket tray, personalized with their first initial. Perfect for holding all their rings and things!
     
  4. For the Philanthropist: Freely Clothing
    Let the do-gooder in your life know their gift this year is also helping a greater cause because 10% of every Freely Clothing purchase goes towards funding someone's social mission. They have adorable tops that promote the importance of giving and being kind. Also, Freely Clothing is being especially kind to all of you by offering 10% off purchases, until 12/18/15, with the code FREELY10!! 
     
  5. For the Dreamer: The Holstee Manifesto Poster 
    I bought this poster in 2011 and it's hung in bedroom ever since. The black text, on this 18x24 poster, has become my mantra. I read it whenever I need some motivation or a pep talk about going after my dreams. Buy this for a dreamer - they will be grateful!
     
  6. For the Boo: The Art of Shaving 'Lexington Collection' Shave Set 
    I bought this for my boo this past Valentine's Day, and he loved it - highly recommend the Sandalwood scent! Also, if you have an Art of Shaving location nearby, adding a gift certificate for a shave is a nice touch!
     
  7. For the Fashionista: 'The Little Dictionary of Fashion' by Christian Dior
    If you have a fashionista friend the obvious gift might be clothes, but take it from this fashionista - we're typically a little picky with our taste, which makes gifting garb a gamble. Instead, opt for this book. Dior's expertise explains the fundamentals of fashion, while doubling as a chic addition to the coffee table. 
     
  8. For the Parents: Tweed Wolf Hand Crafted Photo Book 
    We all know what parents love most are their kids. Although being their child already makes you the gift that keeps on giving, I don't recommend putting a bow on your head and sitting under the tree. What I DO recommend is putting a bow on the next best thing - a handcrafted photo book of your family from Tweed Wolf. Their designers will select your best photos, edit them so they print beautifully, layout your custom album, and ship it directly from their studio to your front door. They also offer gift cards in case you missed the holiday deadline!
     
  9. For the Work Bestie Who Gets You: "There's a Chance This is Vodka" Coffee Mug 
    Let's face it: we spend more time with our co-workers than most of the people we're closest to. They listen to you complain, are always down for a post-work cocktail, and are pretty much the only reason you remain sane between the hours of 9 - 5, which is why they deserve a little something. The "There's a Chance This is Vodka" coffee mug, comes with a "There's a Chance This is Whiskey" mug. It's perfect, I know. 
     
  10. For the Girl Going Through It: The Little Words Project
    Let's face it, life is a series of up and downs. Sometimes things are really great, and other times you might feel like you want to take permanent residence under your covers. So what do you get the girl who's just not feeling the holidays this year? The Little Words Project has got you covered! The Little Words project is a pay-it-forward movement in the shape of a friendship bracelet. The bracelets are made with fine-cut crystals, interwoven with a word (i.e hope, love, believe, peace, fearless). Give her a bracelet with the word she needs most - the idea is to wear it for as long as it resonates, and then pass it to someone else who might need it more. Also, each of these bracelets can be tracked so she can watch as it travels from wrist to wrist! Sharing is caring, people and The Little Words Project is sharing 10% off, exclusively to my readers, when you use the code TGriep!
     
  11. For the Beauty Babe: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit 
    I was given this kit for Christmas last year and I swear by it! It's guaranteed to be adored by the beauty babe in your life!
     
  12. For the Happy Hour Homie Who Wants to Make a Difference: Absolut Elyx Gift Set
    You know that person you drink with who always talks about how they're going to save the world? Now they can contribute to saving the world, WHILE drinking. Crazy, I know. Absolut Elyx, the self-proclaimed world's first true sipping vodka, has partnered with Water For People. Every Elyx Pineapple Gift Set sold helps provide one month's supply (560 liters) of safe drinking water to someone in need.

Thoughts: The Simple Things

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy Friday, Friends!

Some of you might have noticed that I've been a bit quiet over the last week or so. I debated whether or not to share the reason for my absence, fearful of being too much of a Debby Downer or oversharer, but when I started I Think, Therefore I Dress I promised myself to stay honest and true to who I am. As much as I love telling you where I got my latest favorite outfit, I want to make sure I'm expressing my full self and not just an edited version of me. So with all of that being said, here's the story.

Last week, on Monday morning, I was admitted to the ER and had to stay at the hospital for three days. Spoiler Alert: I'M FINE. Thank God. But in the moment, I didn't know if I was going to be okay, which at the age of 27 (or any age I imagine) is a scary feeling to encounter.

For over 24 hours I suffered from the most excruciating headache I ever experienced in my life. I couldn't fully stand upright without feeling like my head was going to explode. I couldn't have lights on. I couldn't hear loud noises. No amount of Advil helped. It was debilitating. Initially I tried not to assume the worst, or believe the diagnosis that lined up with my symptoms on WebMD, because I felt silly going to the hospital for a bad headache, but it's a good thing I did.  

After a CT scan, chest x-rays, and a spinal tap (happy Monday to me!) the doctor determined I had meningitis. The doctor proceeded to hand out masks to my boyfriend, family, and nurses/doctors that would be interacting with me. They were unsure if my meningitis was viral or bacterial at that point, and since bacterial could be fatal, they wanted to make sure everyone was protected. 

By Wednesday morning the doctor told me the meningitis was viral (the less serious of the two), and that they expected me to make a full recovery. As awful and scary as those three days were, it all seems trivial now because I am okay. I was able to resume to normal life. I am still an otherwise, very healthy person. I was so grateful.

But let me tell you - being at the mercy of your CT scan and lung x-ray results, and waiting three days to hear if your infection is viral or bacterial, is enough to get you thinking. In those moments I felt like I was staring my mortality in the face. I was reminded how fragile life is. I couldn't help but wonder if my life was about to change every time the doctor walked through the door with "news". I thought a lot during those three days. Nothing profound, really - mainly about things we already know, but may not fully appreciate normally. So while all's well that ends well, I came away from this experience with a refreshed perspective, and since we all get so busy living life that we sometimes forget the simple things, I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you.

1.  Appreciate Simplicity

It's very easy to get caught up in our everyday responsibilities - work deadlines, household duties, social commitments, etc. - that it's easy to forget the beauty of simplicity. A hot shower. Your own bed. A gorgeous autumn day. Fresh air. These are things that we are so accustomed to, we forget not everyone is actually privileged to them. Not everything must be grandiose. Appreciate simplicity. 

2.  Say I Love You

Life is too short. If you love someone tell them, and tell them often.

3.  Listen to Your Body

If your body feels tired, rest. If your body can't sit still, stretch, run, dance. If you are in pain, allow yourself to heal. You only have one body - treat it with care. And when it speaks to you, listen.

4.  Slow Down

This is probably the most challenging one for me, and if you are balancing many things at once it might be the most difficult for you too, but it's so important. If you are constantly going at 100 MPH, you will burn out. You will run yourself down. Remember, the journey is long and as they say, slow and steady wins the race.

I've been doing a lot of #4 lately, and using this week to really relax so I can completely recuperate and be back to normal. Thankfully, I feel just about 100% again, so we should be back to our regularly scheduled program next week :)

So much love. Keep it simple.

xx
tg

On Finding Your Way

I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.
— Rumi

I've always loved this quote and the further into my twenties I get, the more it resonates, so I thought I would share it for my Thursday thought.

In the beginning of our lives everything is pretty mapped out - we go through elementary school, middle school, high school - but where we go after that is up to us. Maybe you immediately started working, or went to college, or traveled. Either way, at some point, we all reach that moment where we stop and think, "What the hell am I doing? Where am I going? What do I want?"

Your twenties can be super confusing. There have been moments where I felt like I had no idea what the hell I was doing - where I was generally happy, but didn't feel full. I wanted more, and I was frustrated because I didn't know how to get it. I used to wish there was a book that told me what I was supposed to do - a manual for living if you will. But the more I grew, the more I realized we already have the answers - we just need to listen to them. 

Whether you don't know what your destination is yet, or you've always known the destination, but not how to get there - it can be difficult to listen and trust yourself. So, to help us find our way, I put together a list of four tips on how to turn inward, and listen:

1. Pay Attention to What you Love

Baking, cooking, dancing, singing, painting, running, writing. Whatever it is you love, pay attention to it. The things we love aren't random, they're who we are, and can point us in the direction of where we should go.

2. Understand your Jealousy

Jealousy is an ugly thing, but if we use it as a tool, it can actually help us find our way. When you feel jealous of someone, it's usually because they have something you desire. Identify what that thing is, and start doing it. 

3. Listen to Your Inner Voice

Call it what you want - your instinct, your gut - it's the part inside of you that always knows the way. The voice that says "sign up for that dance class" or "I need a new job" or "I need to learn to meditate". That voice will guide you if you let it. Listen.

4. Trust Yourself

This one is always easier said than done, but the more you trust your instinct and prove yourself right, the easier it will be to believe you already know the answers.

The unpredictable is what makes life exciting. Discovering who you are, your purpose, your lover, your career - is what makes life worth it. What's left to do if everything is in order? There's beauty in the mess. Throw away the map. Burn the book. Listen to yourself. Let your soul lead you where you need to go. Trust you already know the way. Being lost is an adventure. 

Enjoy the trail.

xx

tg

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