Stockings have been one of my favorite parts of Christmas for as long as I can remember – thanks in large part to my mom’s knack for stuffing a stocking full-to-bursting with just the right goodies. Now I feel completely spoiled at Christmas, because Matt’s parents give me a stocking full of thoughtful treats, too. It’s a huge challenge to live up to and I will confess that I don’t feel like I’ve really “gotten” it yet with Matt’s stocking! There’s still time though, right?!
In celebration of stockings, I have made two “stocking stuffer” idea lists – one for gals and one for guys. Ladies first – here are some ideas for the moms, sisters, friends, nieces, and other lovely ladies in your life (and maybe a little treat for yourself). Although this post contains some affiliate links, everything on this list is something I own or want to own.
EOS lip balm spheres – best lip balm I’ve tried in ages. $3 at the drugstore, Target, etc.
Pocket-sized Moleskine Volant notebooks – there are probably three in my purse right now. Around $8 for a two-pack wherever you find them (Target, Amazon, book stores). (Not pictured)
Cute mermaid bottle opener for a friend who loves craft beer.
I don’t always wear socks, but when I do, they’re SmartWools. About $20 a pair wherever you buy them. (Not pictured)
Glittens. Lots of colors and styles at Target under $15. (Not pictured)
L’Occitane lavender hand cream – best hand cream ever. $12 for 1-oz.; $22 for 2.6-oz.
// xo Jacki
One of my favorite things to see this time of year is a Christmas tree strapped to the top of a car. While I was running errands this weekend I passed half a dozen Christmas tree stands and saw probably 10 or 15 trees on cars. Doesn’t it just look cheerful and even a little comical? Makes me want to watch holiday movies and drink hot chocolate. Which I have done a bit the last couple days.
Also, shopping at Trader Joe’s on the weekend is pretty much the Hipster Hunger Games.
// xo Jacki
Let’s run away.
Just you and me. Backpack. Camera. Passport. Go. Get on a plane and fly away. Hand in hand, out and about in the world together.
Let’s go wandering our way through cities and across countrysides, over streams, up mountains, into cathedrals and caverns. Let’s make new friends in pubs and cafes and on the train. Let’s kiss under the stars in every city we can. Let’s draw our names in the sand on the beaches of foreign shores, knowing the tide will wash away our footprints, but never these memories.
Let’s see each other tired, hungry, jet-lagged, lost, sun-burned, curious, laughing, invigorated, exploring, flush with excitement.
Let’s come home with crinkled maps and empty pockets. Let’s come home full of stories, and enjoy staying put for a while, until we’re ready to wander again.
Let’s never stop exploring, discovering, the world and each other. Let’s run away together.
(This post was written, rather belatedly, for the Five Minute Friday writing prompt. The most recent prompt was “fly” – it’s no secret I’ve been yearning for a vacation, an adventure – and out flew this little daydream of a letter to my sweetheart. Click here to learn more and join in!)
(Image credit: Nobsta)
// xo Jacki