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Whimsical and Wonderful Holiday Gifts at Sugarboo & Co.

Sugarboo Holiday Gifting

Christmas is just around the corner, so if you haven’t gotten any gifts yet, it’s time to get shopping.

When it comes to buying gifts, thoughtfulness always weighs more than the gift itself. I yearn for handmade, unique gifts that will inspire heartfelt joy- the kind you would find in an old timey Christmas Market which is why Sugarboo & Co, at the Grand Canal Shoppes inside the Venetian Resort is one of my favorite holiday shopping spots.

Sugarboo & Co.  is the brainchild of artist Rebecca Puig.  The name Sugarboo is the nickname she calls her children- the idea was to create products that remind us of the ones we love. Her inspirations are her family, nature, animals, children’s art and folk art. She loves juxtaposing old and new, light and dark, serious subject matter with fluff and anything with a message. Rebecca believes in putting good out into the world whenever possible. Her hope is that each Sugarboo piece we send out into the world will add a little good.

The shop has a rustic farmhouse feel and is packed full of Rebecca’s curated collection of inspirational and playful art, unique vintage-inspired gifts, and luxury accessories that are handcrafted with an interesting mixture of love, passion, skill, and nostalgic flair.

Each piece is filled with whimsy, a special one-of-a-kind feel, and a mix of modern and vintage design.

I stopped in last week to do some Christmas shopping and wanted to share some of my top Sugarboo & Co. gifting picks with you.

Wise Words to Warm the Soul

One of my favorite things about Sugarboo & Co.’s merch is their sweet messages and the words of wisdom they tout.

Sugarboo & Co. Wine Bags

Nothing warms the heart quite like holiday “spirits”.

These adorable canvas wine bags are the perfect way to give bottled holiday cheer.

Gathered Thoughts Jar

One thing we have all learned this year is to be grateful for what we have.  This Gathered Thoughts Jar is a great gift for a family or couple.

The concept is simple. Pay attention to your life. Look for the good all around you- all the blessings, beauty, gratitude, hopes, dreams, adventures, love, kindness, and magical bits of life. Record it. You don’t have to get fancy – jot it down on scraps of paper, receipts, old ticket stubs, & don’t dilly dally. Do it now – at coffee shops & mountaintops, in trains, planes, and automobiles. Deposit all your beautiful, magical, good stuff in this jar. At the end of the year empty out your jar to celebrate all the ordinary and extraordinary parts of life that made you stop & pay attention.

Sugarboo Zip Bag

I am all about sustainable wrapping which is just one of the reasons I LOVE these Canvas Zip Bags.

You can use them as wrapping by filling them with any gift then later they become a makeup pouch, pencil case, cord holder or organizer!

When it comes to finding ways to unwind, for some, writing is even more calming than meditation.

There’s nothing quite like taking the time for your own mental health and clearing your mind by putting your own thoughts on a page. Whether you’re a designer, a writer, or a creative professional, you need a place to jot down your thoughts and these gorgeous hand dyed leather journals filled with handmade paper are worthy of your brilliant ideas!

Holiday Themed Gifts

 Sugarboo Holiday Gifts

When I was a child my mom handmade all of our tree ornaments out of felt so naturally, I am a sucker for felt ornaments. They bring back childhood Christmas magic for me. I fell in LOVE and may be completely obsessed with these adorable felt ornaments. Each ornament is handmade and features icons like: David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Ronaldo (soccer), Louis Armstrong, Elton John, Elvis, Dolly Parton, Jerry Garcia, Diana Ross, Bob Marley and more! (David Bowie and Willie Nelson are sitting pretty on my tree right now).

Sugarboo

Sugarboo

Elf Pad.

This is such a cute companion for an Elf on the Shelf.  Leave these cute little letters from Santa & His Elves as a daily note for your littles.

Cuppa Cheer!

Fun holiday themed coffee mugs are always a great gift.  I like to fill them with a little Irish Coffee starter kit-a “roadie” size bottle of booze and a candy cane.

If you are looking for unique and thoughtful gifts you HAVE to stop in and check out Sugarboo & Co. for yourself.  They make crossing off your list so fun and easy!

*This post was created in partnership with Grand Canal Shoppes inside the Venetian Resort Las Vegas. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sugarboo & co Gift Guide

 

 

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Well, we are getting down to it.  Christmas is just a few days away and Hanukkah is about to begin!

By now you are down to the wire on gift gathering and may be out of ideas.  Take a deep breath and start scrolling-  I have some AMAZING gift ideas that you can get right here in Las Vegas at The Forum Shops- no shipping deadline involved!

A little something for everyone on your list from Gifts for Good to Gifts with Whimsy, Gifts with Edge and Gifts that are Chic.

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

John Hardy- Gifts for Good

John Hardy is one of the hottest, most talked about fashion jewelry designers today…and not just because he creates beautiful pieces. But also, the background of his company is really one-of-a-kind.

Sustainable, environmentally friendly (they use 100% reclaimed silver) and one of the most heart-felt truly caring companies around John Hardy’s inspiration comes from one of the most beautiful, serene places in the world- Bali. His love of the Balinese people and community has been the basis of the jewelry empire. Not only does the company consistently look to innovate with designs, they are also always thinking of ways to give back to the community. By creating programs like Jobs For Life and “Wear bamboo, plant bamboo,” John Hardy has established itsself as one of the most humanitarian companies around.

They have a totally innovative program called “Jobs For Life”. Through this program, they collaborates with local orphanages to create employment opportunities for children, especially girls. John Hardy pays for students’ school fees from the last two years of high school and provides them with an apprenticeship at the John Hardy Bali compound. They work to develop good health care benefits for employs and allows a rare opportunity for women to work from home. The goal of this program is to support severely disadvantaged Balinese children whose families did not have the means to feed, house or support them through school with the hope that they will truly find a “job for life” at John Hardy.

All that PLUS the jewelry is absolutely exquisite- all hand made in Bali makes John Hardy a gift that is truly from the heart this season.

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Altar’d State- Gifts with Whimsy

Altar’d State is brand new to Las Vegas.  Nestled inside one of the most beautiful boutiques I have ever seen, this two story house of wonders hosts everything from apparel to home, baby and pet gifts that are packed full of wit and wonder!  Seriously, I left with two bags of gifts including this oh-so-cute pillow below.

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Psycho Bunny- Gifts with Edge

If you are looking for something unique, edgy and full of color look no further than Psycho Bunny. This fun contemporary golf and lifestyle brand offers both mens and boys clothing and accessories.

All clothing is made from pima cotton in Peru with luxury detailing like mother of pearl buttons and embroidered with the Psycho Bunny logo, a maniacal-looking rabbit over skull and bones insignia.  Tongue in cheek details like contrast collars and unexpected patterns make for a gift that is totally unforgettable.

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Coach Gifts- that are Chic

OK you all know of my renewed love for Coach, each season it just keeps getting better and better.

For the Holidays Coach has released the Horse and Carriage Collection. Nostalgic and new—the beloved Coach motif just became a pattern… and it’s Ah-mazing.

The signature Horse & Carriage motif was first introduced in the 1950s and the new bags reimagine it in the form of cool, colorful patterns.

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

Forum Shops Holiday Gift Ideas

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

Last weekend I attended a heart-warming holiday shopping tour to kick off the first day of The Forum Shops Great Give.

In the spirit of the season, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is celebrating their third annual GREAT GIVE from Dec. 1-12.

During the Great Give retailers partner with a variety of local and national non-profits, the 12-day shopping event benefits a wide variety of charities and causes. Each participating retailer has a designated charity and will either donate a portion of sales from specific items, donate a flat percentage of sales or raise funds directly to benefit their partner charity.

“Many of our retailers and restaurants take great pride in their efforts supporting a number of impactful charitable organizations and programs during this time of year,” said Maureen Crampton, Director of Business Development and Marketing at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. “By partnering with our friends at CLASS and presenting a comprehensive program under the umbrella of the GREAT GIVE, we are able to collectively promote it and encourage visitors to shop and dine at their favorite places while supporting so many worthy causes during these 12 days.”

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has also designated that all coins from the iconic fountains will be donated to the Simon Youth Foundation – an organization dedicated to helping students graduate. 

Myself and 9 other Las Vegas influencers spent the day touring 6 of the The Great Give hot spots and I can’t wait to share with you the GREAT gift ideas we found that also give back!

The Forum Shops Great Give

Anne Fontaine | Anne Fontaine Foundation

The Anne Fontaine Foundation is a non-profit organization, created in 2011 by the fashion designer Anne Fontaine which aims towards raising awareness about environmental issues through eco-friendly art and fashion, having as a primary goal the reforestation and protection of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest (Mata Atlântica). The Foundation wants to sensitize the public by organising artistic events in different schools and involving sculptors, painters and photographers. The foundation works and supports programs of reforestation implemented by local NGOs. The foundation also sells ecofriendly products designed by Anne Fontaine herself.
The Forum Shops Great Give

All sales from these gorgeous eco-friendly bracelets which are fabricated with natural leather from Europe and treated with a vegetal tanning (mimosa, quebracho and chestnut tree tannins) using an entirely natural process and eco-totes made from recycled plastic bottles bags goes directly to the Anne Fontaine Foundation.  For every tote you buy 5 trees are planted and for every bracelet 15 trees are planted!

The Forum Shops Great Give

Donald Pliner | American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they will be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better.

For the Great Give Donald Pliner is offering something pretty amazing.  If you donate $20 to The American caner Society you will receive 50% off anything you purchase from the Fall/Winter Collection. Yaas hello to all those cute boots you’ve been dreaming about!

The Forum Shops Great Give

The vibrant sneakers below are a sneak peek at the Spring Collection just to get you in the mood….

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

Mulberry | Public Education Foundation

At its core, The Public Education Foundation invests in ideas. They investigate and evaluate ways that Nevada’s children can be better educated by creating dynamic initiatives and programs that reimagine and improve public education. They work collaboratively with individuals, other nonprofits, businesses, Clark County School District and local governments to efficiently and effectively marshal their resources. Their initiatives and programs empower teachers and students, reduce bureaucracy, ensure accountability, leverage resources, and deliver results.

For the Great Give Mulberry is donating 15% of all sales between December 1 and 12th to the Public education Foundation!

If you are looking for something to get me… I’m obsessed with Mulberry bags. LOL

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

Pandora | Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization serving adults in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual and related disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Opportunity Village is dedicated to helping people become the very best they can be. Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, citizens with severe disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.

For the Great Give Pandora is donating 15% of the sales from all Las Vegas Exclusive Items to Opportunity Village.

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

This Limited Edition Charm and Ornament set is such a great gift. Pandora partnered with the Radio City Rockettes (what could be more Christmastacular than that) the holiday charm is housed in a gorgeous ornament that she can use for years to come!

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

Mont Blanc | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

For the Great Give Mont Blanc has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Hospital in an uber lux raffle with some pretty amazing prizes.  You can donate in store or online to be entered in the raffle.

The Forum Shops Great Give

Mont Blanc gifted us these gorgeous personalized notebooks with calligraphy by local calligraphy artist Open Ink Stand.

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Forum Shops Great Give

This is really cool.  It is Mont Blanc’s Augmented Paper which takes the traditional art of handwriting into the digital world. Montblanc Augmented Paper allows you to write on traditional paper yet access your handwritten notes via your mobile device as well. Write, sketch or draw on the paper notebook with the StarWalker writing instrument exclusively developed for Augmented Paper, record all writing and sketches with the digitizer enclosed in the leather envelope by pressing one simple button to transmit your notes to your mobile device via Bluetooth.  You can add to your design on you device as well!

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Palm | Unshakeable

UNSHAKEABLE was born from a desire to inspire, teach and empower women in recovery from sex trafficking, prostitution, addiction and domestic abuse.  With a believe that these women are worthy of our time and talents UNSHAKEABLE created the 12 week I AM Lecture Series and Business Alliance because because they firmly believe that if we don’t change their economics, we don’t change their future. UNSHAKEABLE is a non-profit that partners with organizations that provide rescue, shelter, addiction recovery and counseling for the women. UNSHAKEABLE chooses not to burden other non-profits financially and provides its services at no cost.

When you dine at The Palm at The Forum Shops between December 1 and 12th you can round up your bill to make a contribution to UNSHAKEABLE that will then be MATCHED by The Palm!

Cocktails, great eats and a giving spirit are what the holidays are all about.  Plus this is a charity close to my heart so stop in for an artfully mixed cocktail while you are shopping and ROUND UP your check!

The Forum Shops Great Give

The Great Give takes Place December 1-12th at the Forum Shops at Ceasars.

Gifts for their Inner Goddess

Gifts for Their Inner Goddess

I love giving mindful gifts and whether you buy into the concept of “inner goddess” or not there is something to be said for trying out a little self-love and the power of positive thinking.

So why not gift some good vibes?

Whether you are looking to support her in her goals, help clear the negative juju, inspire her with a quote, gift her a stunning talisman or help her consult the oracles socially conscious, authentic and mindful gifts are the perfect way to honor you gal pals inner goddess this holiday season.

To help get you started I curated my top gift ideas that are sure to line up her chakras, help her set some goals for the new year and spread a whole lot of goodness.

Gifts for Their Inner Goddess

Moleskin Passion Journal: Wellness

I LOVE journals they are a great way to vent, organize your thoughts and clearly state goals. Moleskin just re-released their passion journals with one for just about everything from Travelers Journals to Wine Journals and everything in between.

The Wellness Journal is designed to record your fitness, nutrition and wellness journey, tracking all your healthy lifestyle goals along the way. The intro pages are full of nutrition tips, exercises to increase muscle mass and practical fitness facts, while four dedicated and structured sections allow you to divide your progress between Personal Goals, Fitness, Diet, and Health & Care. Plain pages at the back make space for extra notes or inspiration.

Gifts for Their Inner Goddess

Vie Healing Clear Vibes Bundle. 

I discovered this incredible company at an event at Neiman Marcus and fell in love. Using traditional Chinese medicine, VIE HEALING treats patients for a number of symptoms using acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, auricular acupuncture, and nutrition services to assist you in reaching your wellness goals.

This Clear Vibe bundle is a great gift to clear the air and start the year anew.  Sustainably sourced Sage, Palo Santo and Selenite allow negative energy to escape while providing healing and balancing properties. Light the tip of Sage or Palo Santo, blow on flame until you see burning embers. Move burning Sage and Palo Santo around the house and around crystals to clear negative energy. Place selenite by doors in the house or by the window.

Gifts for Their Inner Goddess

Sugarboo & Co. Canvas Zip Bag.  Choose from 22 different wonderfully motivational quotes!

Sugarboo & Co. are dealers in whimsy! From uplifting art prints, to charming home goods and whimsical paper products, thier wish is that each Sugarboo piece will add a little good to the world.

I received this as a gift at the Fashion Show A Blogger’s Holiday Event and use it all the time.  Little zip pouches always come in handy and when it has a great quote sign me up!

Use this as a gift or as fun unique wrapping for a gift!  If you are in Las Vegas there is a Sugarboo & Co. at The Grand Canal Shops!

Gifts for Their Inner Goddess

Alex and Ani Midnight Sun Adjustable Necklace.

Oh Alex and Ani you never disappoint when it comes to meaningful gifts.

This stunning necklace captures the magic of The Northern Lights.

Norway is known as the ‘land of the midnight sun.’ This is a phenomenon that occurs during the summer months in specific northern countries – a time when the sun stays out past midnight, and the land is bathed in color. Drawing inspiration from Norway, the Midnight Sun Adjustable Necklace represents the sheer magic of the moment. This pendant features genuine abalone in the center – rippling with colors that capture the Northern Lights – surrounded by three shining Swarovski® crystals. On the back is a mantra to live by: ‘Be in the infinite moment.’

Gifts for Their Inner Goddess

Gifts for Their Inner Goddess

Fashion Oracles Tarot Cards.

Some of us need to consult the oracles. Are you suffering from creative block? Struggling to make a difficult OOTD decision? Find out what Anna Wintour, Tom Ford or Karl Lagerfeld would do. This chic cheeky set contains 50  fashion icon cards each with the oracles’ advice on life, work, or inspiration to help make any obstacle becomes surmountable.

Neiman Marcus Holiday Blogger Bash

Last Weekend I hosted the kick-off event to the gifting season- The Neiman Marcus Annual Holiday Blogger Bash.

Myself and 40 Las Vegas Influencers gathered together for some creative cocktails, delish breakfast bites and a private viewing of Neiman Marcus’ Crazy Good Gifts!

The Neiman Marcus Mariposa Cafe crafted some perfect holiday cocktails for us including a Bloody Mary garnished with Bacon flavored cotton candy, an Espresso Martini topped with Frosted Donut flavored cotton candy and a Bellini adorned with Birthday Cake cotton candy.

The best part is YOU can buy these yummy cotton candy flavors at Neiman Marcus and make these drinks at HOME!

After we stuffed our faces- oh my gosh the food was so good- we moved on to the gifting tables which were divided by categories: Epicurean, Kids, Mixers, Tech and Beauty.

I put together a recap of my favorites to help get you started on your holiday gifting!

The epicurean treats were CRAZY GOOD!  Seriously deez nuts WERE something to write home about.

Each with a flavor packed punch they would be great for gifting in a basket paired with an artisenal beer or wine- my faves were the Bloody Mary Cashews!

The sweets were delish too.  Everything from flavored popcorns, to chocolate covered pretzels, chewy pralines and rum soaked cakes!

One of my favorite finds was the Asobu Personal Cold Brew System. 

Here is why it’s CRAZY GOOD!

You can brew your own cold brew anywhere.  No electricity required.  You just add coffee grounds and cold water then let it steep (preferably overnight).  The coffee will then “brew” in the upper clear part of the device and then when ready you hit the orange button and the coffee will be dispensed into the carafe on the bottom. Then remove the brewer portion add the lid to the caraf and you are off with a delish perfect cold brew in hand!

Everyone went CRAZY for this one in my InstaStories. Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana Sicily is my Love Toaster

Italian-based SMEG is known for thier ’50s-retro-looking appliances designed in collaboration with some of the world’s top architects. For holiday 2018 they teamed up with Iconic Italian Fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana to create the Sicily Is My Love collection, a series of SMEG products finished with classic Sicilian icons and images – from citrus fruit and bright red cherries to sailboats and acanthus leaves.  This is definitely the chicest toaster I have ever seen!

Have a budding social media manager in the family?  They will LOVE these Nico and Veronia Snapchat Spectacles. 

Just press the button to take a 10-second video from your perspective. Press again to keep recording. Press and hold to snap a photo. When your phone’s nearby, Spectacles sync wirelessly with Snapchat. Share your favorite moments with friends in circular, square, or widescreen format on your favorite platform, including Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, iMessage, and more.

Consult the Fashion Oracles. 

Are you suffering from creative block? Struggling to make a difficult OOTD decision? Find out what Anna Wintour, Tom Ford or Karl Lagerfeld would do. The set contains 50  fashion icon cards each with the oracles’ advice on life, work, or inspiration to help make any obstacle becomes surmountable.

-Full disclosure, I bought 5 sets of these they are so amazing! Great gift idea for fashionable friends.

Ok so technically this is a kids gift… but that didn’t stop me from putting these retro skates on and taking a few laps around the event.

The Kids Pulse Light Up Skates and a Roller Disco Queen’s Dream. As you skate the rechargeable LED lights in the outsole flash through six different flashing modes in seven different colors! Available in both silver and gold in Junior sizes 1-8. Yaas!

You can find all of these CRAZY GOOD GIFTS and more at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com