Gift Ideas: For my kindred spirit ladies.

I’m going to be sneaky and create a gift guide that is basically just a list of presents that I would want. If you know an introverted bookworm who is obsessed with travel, celebrity memoirs and young adult novels, has a handful of small children and still watches tween tv shows sometimes… I got you. Or if you are a friend or relative of yours truly and have a hankering to buy me pretty things… I got you, too.

Here are gift ideas for the wifey, daughter, sister-in-law, bestie or coworker that should probably be my new best friend:

First off, books. Because obviously.


Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham | Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner | Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick | Replica by Lauren Oliver | The Crown by Kiera Cass | After You by Jojo Moyes

There’s always a book I want to read, these are the ones I’m currently ogling at bookstores. Another safe bet is a big ole gift card to Barnes & Noble. Give us an excuse to get lost in those aisles while sipping a holiday latte.

Things For The Kitchen. Broad Description Alert.


Cravings by Chrissy Teigen | Citrus Kitchen Soap from Food52 | ROYCE chocolates NAMA

Don’t buy me a blender or some other device that is designed to trap me in the kitchen and take up too much counter space. Do buy me things that will make being in the kitchen feel a little bit luxurious. Fancy soaps to make doing the dishes a little less hellish. Amazing chocolate that will ruin all other chocolates for me for life (too late, the damage is done). And although asking for a cookbook sounds so cliched, I’ll admit I really want to try out the recipes from Chrissy Teigen’s book.

Music to Embarrass My Kids In The Car With.


Hamilton Soundtrack | Christmas With Jon Batiste | An Evening With Sutton Foster

I think the soundtrack to Hamilton might be the only feasible way for me to experience this phenomenon and any excuse to listen to rap music but still feel holier than thou and elitist and you know I’m on board. It’s this or watching Fresh Off The Boat, really.

We’re big Colbert fans here and so obviously we’ve become fans of Jon Batiste and Stay Human because we do what Stephen tells us to do. I’m always on the hunt for new Christmas music that my husband and I will both enjoy, this seems like a good bet.

And I’ve been a fan of Sutton Foster since Bunheads and now Younger. She’s basically one of the most talented creatures alive and I’m super intrigued by this CD which is kind of broadway and kind of jazzy and sounds kind of awesome.

Things I Couldn’t Categorize Easily.


Parts of Speech Poster | Born Ballet Flats | Marrying Mr. Darcy the Card Game

Ah, the riff raff at the bottom of the list. These have basically no connection to each other except being picked last for dodgeball. Still, these are all pretty high on my wish list and totally a safe bet for making me squeal. This Parts of Speech poster is just begging to be hung in my office. I’m on the hunt for the perfect ballet flats and these pink pretties by Born should probably be my next victim. And I’m so eyeballing this card game hard because it combines two of my favorite things: Pride & Prejudice and gaming. It’s a match made in heaven, really.

This is the part of the post where I say something sentimental about how it’s the spirit of giving that matters and that all I want for Christmas is to spend time with my adorable children and sip a big mug of coffee in proximity to our Christmas Tree and while all that is true, I’ll still totally accept any of the above gifts if you crave spoiling me this year.

2 responses to “Gift Ideas: For my kindred spirit ladies.”

  1. Kate Unger Avatar
    Kate Unger

    I played Marrying Mr. Darcy the Card Game with a group of women at a gaming retreat, and it was really fun! Very simple rules, so it’s definitely more about the Jane Austen references, petty girl stuff, and faking English accents if that’s your thing. I really enjoyed it.


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      Um, yeah that sounds right up my alley! lol