I am so excited about today’s post – The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for BLING Lovers, as well as a BLINGY giveaway!! My friend Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road proposed that a big group of bloggers and tastemakers should get together to do a bunch of holiday gift guides. There are 23 of us, and each of us chose a different area of focus based on our lives and tastes. Not surprisingly, I chose to compile gifts for the BLING LOVER! Annnnnd now I have a very long Christmas list. 😉 Before we jump into that, let me show you who is involved in this awesome blog hop, plus the list of their individual gift guide’s focus.
Gifts for the Baker | Stocking Stuffers | Gifts for Jewelry/Bling Lovers | Gifts for the Cook | Gifts for Little Girls (Ages 0-6) | Gifts for the Little Artist | Gifts for Ladies | Gifts for Little Boys (Ages 0-6) | Gifts for Big Boys (Ages 7-12) |Gifts for Big Girls (Ages 7-12) | Gifts for Teen Girls | Gifts for The Decorator | Gifts for the DIYer | Gifts for the Foodie | Gifts for Men | Gifts for the Host/Hostess | Makeup/Beauty Gifts | Gifts for the Entertainer | Gifts for the Aspiring Photographer | Gifts for the Crafter | Non-Clutter Gifts | Gifts for the Blogger | Health/Wellness Gifts
What an awesome group of ladies and list ideas, right?! I am honored to be working with them! NOW ON TO THE BLING!!
When I started compiling ideas I asked a few friends for ideas and they started throwing out some serious bling. Like, oh, DIAMONDS! Ummm….yeah. Diamonds hadn’t even crossed my mind! I should be ASHAMED of myself, right?! What kind of a “bling lover” am I?? Oh, that’s right, a cheap one. 😉 Since my husband is eternally in school and training we are still in the stage of life when I am spotting things in magazines and then turning to Target for the knockoff version. Gotta love Target!
I waffled back and forth on budget area, and I decided to just use a mix! There are VERY affordable things and VERY splurge-y things on this list. I think the prices range from $5 – $450 ish. I didn’t go for the gold — a.k.a. diamonds and truly fine jewelry — but if your spouse is going to go the route of true blue BLING then skip this silly list and just send him the link to Tiffany & Co. instead. 😉
Generally speaking, when I want to spend significant money on something nice for myself I head to Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and JCrew. However, most of the time I spend my money at Target, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, and even Old Navy. I’ve had blingy success with sales at Ann Taylor Loft and Express as well. The juniors section at the regular Nordstrom stores is also a well-kept secret. SUPER cute stuff and WAY cheaper! Some of the clothing is too small and too juvenile for me at this stage, but the accessories and cardigans rock my world.
Now let’s get inspired for some gift giving! (There are no affiliate links in this post, FYI. I have nothing against affiliate links, I am just too unorganized to use them.)
(Gorgeous lips are a MUST if you are rocking mega heels and/or jewelry, so embrace the classic red lip this year! I adore MAC lipsticks and Lipglass. My favorite red lipstick there is called Dubonnet, and my favorite (purpley) Lipglass is called Desire.)
A Fabulously GLITTERY Printable from Pretty Print Shop
(To be framed for home decor – maybe using the frame below!)
Diamond Dust Signs from Diamond Dust Designs
(I got a Grinch one and a Nightmare Before Christmas one last year and they are UNREAL. There is no way a picture could capture this glittery joy! Perfect for holiday decor or a little girls’ room!)
A Pair of “Movie Star” Sunglasses!
(These are Dolce & Gabbana glasses from Sunglass Hut, but I usually get mine in the juniors’ section at Nordstrom!)
Jamberry Nail Wraps!
My friend Emily sells these awesome things, and these Snow & Ice nail wraps are the PERFECT gift for any FROZEN lover out there! This particular set is in the Jamberry Juniors line, so it is made for kids, although I can still get most of them to work for me. But no guarantees that they’ll work for grownups. Lukcily, there are similar ones, glittery and festive in nature, in the regualar wrap sizes as well! AND GUESS WHAT?! A SET OF THESE FROZEN INSPIRED WRAPS ARE UP FOR GRABS IN THE GIVEAWAY!!
If you are NOT a fan of nail wraps, go the more traditional route and bling out your nails with the
Sally Hansen GEM Crush Polish! (I hear amazing things about the SH Miracle Gel Nail Polish too!!)
STUNNING Splurge-Worthy Necklaces (OR ANYTHING!) from Alexis Bittar
I had never heard of Alexis Bittar until today. I will never stop dreaming of this jewelry. Every. Single. Piece. Unreal…
I also wanted to include in the list something for DIY/Crafty folks who are bling lovers. Here are several ideas for those folks. (Like yours truly!) 🙂
GLITTER TAPE and Anything Else from American Crafts
American Crafts makes the most AMAZING glittery craft supplies – glitter, glitter glue, glitter papers and cardstocks, glitter stickers, and, most of all, GLITTER TAPE!!! I am crazy-obsessed with that stuff!! And GUESS WHAT!?!??! There is a box of $50 worth of glittery goodies from American Crafts in the giveaway! Score!
Iron-On Glitter Vinyl from Cricut
Cricut doesn’t have the most colors for glitter vinyl, but I have found that it stays put through washing better than the other brands.
Glittery Goodies for Hair Bow and Headband Making from Fleuriste Craft Supply
When I discovered this place was five minutes from my house I was in BIIIIIIIG trouble!!!! I now pretty much own my own store’s worth of supplies. I am not kidding! 🙂 Fleuriste has glitter elastics, bows, sequined appliques, flowers, rhinestone buttons, and on and on. It is AWESOME and has great prices! AND GUESS WHAT?!?! A BOX OF GOODIES FROM FLEURISTE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY TOO!!!! YAY!
I hope you are feeling blingy and inspired to do some holiday shopping! Now on to the giveaway!
Here is what is up for grabs in the giveaway:
$50 Gift Certificate to Bombshell Bling Jewelry (from yours truly, obviously)
A Mystery Box of Glittery Bow-Making Goodies donated by Fleuriste Craft Supply
$50 of Glitter Goodnesss donated by American Crafts
A Gorgeous Gold Airplane Charm Necklace donated by Charmed Collections (see pic above)
A Sheet of “Snow & Ice” Jamberry Mini Wraps donated by Emily Southerland (see pic and details above)
(Hopefully I will get a picture up later in the week once I receive all of the items.)