Christmas Gift Ideas 2017 – Michelle’s Top Picks!

December 18, 2017, ,

Top Gifts On Our Wishlist This Christmas

Ah yes, the holidays are here. For some reason this time of year always creeps up on me, even though I know every year that it is coming. I have had quite the year, and in all honesty could not think of one thing to ask Santa for this year for myself. I do however, LOVE buying presents for loved ones! It is something I truly enjoy. I have oodles and oodles of favorite things and finding the perfect present for someone is a way for me to show them what I have learned about them and from them being in my life. I have included a few of my favorite things below. This list mainly focuses on gift ideas for the women in your life. Stay tuned for gift ideas for all of those special men!

Enjoy e Buone Feste a tutti!! xo

Byredo makes incredible fragrances. Gypsy water is an obsession of mine and the spray for the hair is divine. After a great blow out I love to use this as a final step in my getting ready process because I feel like it stays with me for ever. The scent is fabulous for a strong female who loves to feel feminine and maybe has a little bit of spice mixed in with her nice. 🙂 Buy it at Barneys, click here!

Cire Trudon’s Odalisque Classic candle features a citrusy, woodsy fragrance inspired by a painter’s dream. The fresh blend of orange blossom, wild juniper, and vanilla is crafted of vegetable wax and poured into the brand’s signature logo-embellished glass vessel. This particular fragrance has top notes of lemon and orange and finishes with hints of wild juniper and vanilla. It is AMAZING in any home. And they burn smokeless and last up to about 55 hours. Which is extraordinary! The other thing I love about this brand is the history.

Founded in 1643 by Claude Trudon, Paris-based Maison de Cire Trudon was the official supplier to the royal court of Louis XIV at Versailles and is notable as the oldest wax-producing factory in the world. Today, these peerless candles are the pinnacle of luxury with their delicious scents and innovative production techniques. Created without paraffin, Cire Trudon’s candles offer a smoke-free burn.

Buy it at Barneys, click here!

Next on my list? Is the gift of good face! Any one of the special women in your life would love a gift certificate from an incredibly talented makeup artist. Be it for a special occasion or just for a makeup lesson, my dear friend (and makeup artist for almost two decades!) Aga Kasciewicz is amazing. Makeup by Aga is a fantastic Gift idea!

(pictured below, Makeup: Makeup by Aga, Photography: Collin Pierson Photography // Aga of Makeup by Aga)

In addition to knowing fabulously talented makeup artists I am pretty lucky to know some fantastic photographers, and one in particular is a favorite of mine. Possibly because I am marrying him in just three short weeks! Collin Pierson Photography offers a wide range of services well beyond his gorgeous wedding photos. From engagement shoots to family shoots, and from lifestyle sessions equestrian portrait sessions, my fiancée is pretty darn talented. (Ok sure I may be biased, but see for yourself!)

And then once you do, think about giving the gift of memories forever captured. The best thing Collin and I did this year was hire a photographer to capture us in front of the camera during our time in Spain for Barcelona Bridal week. We absolutely cherish those photos.

Finally, another personal favorite of mine. Anything that my friend and fellow planner Akeshi Akinseye creates is something I want to know about. She has a best selling book, a workshop that I love being a speaker at, and designs floral that knock my socks off! Most recently, she has created a line of products for the home, including pillows and candles that are to die for. And then, because I swear she never sleeps, she created a floral delivered in these stunning boxes. The company is called Belles Fleurs Chicago and these floral boxes are literally every woman’s dream!!! I would love being on the receiving end of that floral. Or those pillows, her candles, the list goes on. But long story short – click here for the scoop!

I hope you got a little inspiration for hostess gifts, a special something for a maid of honor, your girlfriend or yourself!

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