Inexpensive Gift Ideas For Women

It’s after Thanksgiving which makes this gift guide totally appropriate. I’ve had my lists ready since November 1st but I know everyone’s not as excited or prepared as I might be. Either way, now’s the time to start thinking about those special people you’ll be buying for this year. If you’ve been struggling to come up with what to purchase for your mom, sister, or significant other…this little post is for you!

You’ll see there’s a bit of a theme with this gift guide. Neutrals and coziness is what I was going for. They’re gifts ideal for anyone’s personality and style. Oh, and did I mention these options are extremely affordable?! Yes, they are! See below for more details on what I chose to share!

1) LUSH Christmas Bath Bomb

You can never go wrong with bath bombs. I love packing these in tiny gift bags with tissue paper or using them as stocking stuffers!

2) Rose Gold & Black Watch

This watch is adorable and completely affordable for the accessorizer in your life. Give them a gift they can wear this holiday season!

3) Copper Owl Mug

Copper is in right now and the fact this sweet mug has an owl on it makes the gift that much more special! Moscow mules anyone?! Hot chocolate?! The possibilities are endless!

4) Pink Fuzzy Robe

Robes are awesome to come out of the shower with or for lounging. Sticking this in a gift box with some pretty wrapping paper and bows would make me smile that’s for sure!

5) Snow Angel Bubble Bath

Philosophy rocks in the bath and body world. This 3-in-1 shower gel, bubble bath, and shampoo will give your receiver a scent they won’t forget!

6) Funny Door Mats

I love spicing up my front door with festive decorations. Wreaths, Christmas lights, and witty door mats. This gift is perfect for nearly anyone!

7) Salt Lamp

Another very trendy item on this list that can also be super useful! Himalayan salt lamps are said to boost blood flow and improve your sleep – how cool!

8) Marble Laptop Shell

Alright, I’ll admit it, this is just so classy and fun I couldn’t not put this on my women’s gift guide!

9) Danty Gold Rings

Gold rings are a staple for holiday outfits. These are incredibly inexpensive and can be stacked or paired separately – Forever 21 always has the hook up for affordable jewelry!

10) Nude Dude Palette

Any palette is an ideal gift for the makeup lover in your life. This one from TheBalm has tons of nude, shimmery, flirty shades I think would look pretty on a lot of ladies!

11) White Knitted Throw

Throw blankets are a must for those cold winter months. Help a sista out with staying warm!

12) Too Faced Mascara Ornament

I’ve seen a handful of big cosmetic companies create unique trial sized versions of their best-sellers. My personal fav happens to be the Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. Lashes are always on fleek when I’ve got this in my bag!

13) White & Black Scarf

Another cozy must-have for when it’s below 0 outside! Chunky scarves can make a plain t-shirt and leggings look a little more put together. Instant outfit for the win!

14) Chic Clear Circle Glasses

Coming to an Instagram pic near you. Do I need to say more?!

15) “I Look Much Better Online” Keychain

Got a social media obsessed gal to buy for?! Funny keychains like this one are simple gifts that will make her laugh!

16) Elf Hello Hydration Gift Set

Finish off a dry winter day with some much needed hydration. This 3 piece set from Elf is just the thing someone will need to make their night a relaxing one.

So, that’s it! This post was a long one…I know it! But I hope some of you found this helpful for shopping this year! What’s on your Christmas wishlist?! Leave a comment below letting me know!

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Tips For A Long Distance Relationship

Being a military wife has taught me a lot of things. It’s taught me how to be patient, be polite, be strong, and most of all has taught me how to love someone no matter the circumstances. My husband has been gone for a little over 7 months and it’s been one of the hardest things we’ve ever gone through both individually and as a couple. But in the midst of all the unpredictable craziness, we still find the time to show we care about one another.

Dogs during Christmas time, dealing with a long distance relationship

This post is going to be a mixture of a lot of things but mainly how we’ve conquered a long distance relationship and how you can too! Keep reading if you’re interested…

My husband was deployed officially on April 18th, 2017 but has really been on and off away since January of 2017. Deployment was unexpected for him and truly came as a surprise. My husband is Army Reserves meaning he lives a pretty normal and routine life outside of the military – doesn’t work on a base, we aren’t “stationed” anywhere, and does one weekend a month in uniform. If he’s called for a deployment, he goes but it was never a concern of ours up until this year.

Dogs during Christmas time, dealing with a long distance relationship

During his time away from home, we’ve been fortunate enough to get a few chances to see each other. His unit has been very flexible with leave time and making sure families get to see their service members. It’s been a huge help considering when he left, I thought I wouldn’t see him for that whole duration of time. I’d say we definitely got lucky with that.

Here are a few of the tips and tricks I’ve learned throughout this experience that may be helpful to some of you!

Communication is key. If you won’t be able to talk or text during a certain day, time, whatever…let your partner know. Before my husband goes into “work” he try’s to let me know ahead of time so I’m not bothering him during those hours. It’s convenient for both of us.

Plan vacations and time together. This will be different for each person because all situations are unique. However, if you can plan events or vacations to go on, do it. The time away can be so much easier to endure if you have a date to look forward to. I’ve found comfort in hard days knowing there are only a few weeks left until we meet again.

Dogs during Christmas time, dealing with a long distance relationship

Lean on family and friends, keep yourself busy when you’re not around your partner! This is so crucial! Staying at home everyday, will not help time move faster so get outside and make the best of the situation you’re in.

Send care packages and special items! Celebrate Holidays with each other through a gift exchange via snail mail. Everyone loves to get a surprise from their special someone! Christmas is coming and I know I’ll for sure be sending my hubby a few things he’s been wanting. FYI – there are a ton of easy ideas on Pinterest for decorating the inside of a care package!

These were just a few of the many things that have helped me through this journey. Share some of your experiences and tips in the comments! I’d love to hear some of the ways you all cope with someone you love being gone!

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Fort Building 101

Totally nerdy yet completely cool. Fort building is fun no matter how old you are. On a night when Riverdale was set to come on, I chose to build a blanket fort containing pillows, fairy lights, and of course a fire place. Always gotta stay classy.

Here are just a few of my tips and necessities that I think you need to know when building your own:

1) Fairy Lights 2) Hot Stuff Mug 3) Fuzzy Blanket 4) Holiday Candle 5) Silky Pajamas 6) Slippers 7) Body Pillow 8) Inexpensive Tripod

-If you have a tripod, use it. That baby can go smack dab in the middle to make for a teepee style fort. That’s what I used and it worked great!

-Use the couch. The couch is your friend and will help make your blanket fort even more epic. Push your chairs and other building materials as close to the couch as possible so you have a nice back rest from the ground.

-Twinkly lights aren’t even a question. We need those. I got mine from Target for $8! Not expensive and really tend to set the mood!

-Pack as many pillows in the fort as you can! If you have a body pillow, use it! Those are the best!

-Comfy clothes! Get dressed up in your favorite pair of sweats, pop some popcorn, dim the lights, make yourself a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy what you’ve just built!

What’s the must-have item for your fort?! I wanna know in the comments! I’m dying laughing at myself while typing this post because once again, I’m such a nerd. Maybe none of you even make forts anymore?! Let’s bring them back! If you make your own from my little guide here, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see!

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