Prime Finds: Holiday Edition

Amazon Prime Finds, VTNF Picks

Welcome! I will not bore you with an interlude. I know from stalking your Instagram stories that you are all very extremely BUSY and very extremely sequined and very extremely drunk on your very extremely trendy eggnog cocktails. With that, to the races! (And by races I mean, to eight holiday party inspired items for when your festive attire selection and checking account start to run dry.) Everything is under $30!

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[20]19 Ways to Spend an Amazon Gift Card Right Now

My Picks

A Bathtub Bonsai

Ease your way into keeping things alive this year with a bathtub Bonsai tree!  Inspired by my recent trip to Longwood Gardens and the spot’s equally magical Instagram account.

Mario Badescu Hydrating Spray


This hydrating face and body spray contains all of the good things, including aloe, cucumber, and green tea extracts.

Tiered Joie Dress on Major Sale

I’m obsessed!

 HydraTrak Insulated Rainbow Tumbler

51P0bTj0DtL.jpgDesigned with the intention of coaxing you into drinking more water with the satisfying promise of moving another colorful band, this refillable tumbler looks straight out of the rainbow world of Gray Malin, @graymalin.

Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil

a238069.jpgA surprisingly affordable pick from the skin-care regime of Hilary Rhoda, whose Instagram also offers some major, supermodel-style fitness inspo. It’s an undereye/dry skin lifesaver and perfect alternative for those of us still weird about putting straight-up oil on our face after years of being told by various teen celebrities its basically satanic.

Tassel Earrings

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These $10 tassels look fresh out of the Lizzie Fortunato lookbook — for a fraction of the price. Inspired by the brand’s #eargoals Instagram, @lfjewels.

Moscow Mule Mug Set

Highly rated (!!!) Moscow mule set I’m confident even Elliot Clark of @the_apartment_bartender would approve of.

Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood

Fun fact: Mari Andrew once wrote me the sweetest note in the response to an email I sent her outlining my mid-twenties crisis in very specific detail a few questions I had. Personally,  I think the cover alone is enough to afford a pre-order, and make sure to give her Instagram a follow, @bymariandrew, too.

This Velvet Midi Dress (with Pockets!)
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Winter go-to dress? Found. Bonus points for the fact this under $40 find looks straight out of the @weworewhat vault.

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser

If an LED essential oil diffuser sounds like the perfect way to get lit this January, you’re in luck. Plus, you can add on quite the collection of oils — which include relaxing lavender and healing tea tree varieties — for just $20 extra! Inspired by @girlsnightinclub, an Instagram/newsletter/community very much here for your unwavering devotion to bed.

Literally Me

Perfect Twenty-Something Gift, Literally Me

I’ve been keeping up with J.Crew-creative-turned-satirical-sketch-artist, Julie Houts, for a while now, and let me tell you, she’s good. So good, in fact, there’s now a real-life book to commemorate her illustrated thoughts on things like control-top tights and three-day hangovers! If you’re interested, you can find her on the ‘gram, @jooleeloren.

Victoria’s Handmade Lavender Pillow Spray

I have this, I love this. Inspired by @floretflower, because duh!

Wall Mounted Pot Lid Organizer Rack

Pot Lid Organizer
Can you imagine what we, as a human collective, could have accomplished with all the time spent searching dark cabinets for pot lids? Of course my favorite Instagram chef is an ice cream chef, and I can’t recommend Jeni Britton Bauer‘s inspiring Instagram stories, awesome hair, or new spot in DC enough.

Cerulean Agate Coaster Pack

Perfect for:
anyone with delicate surfaces, open containers, and dignity. Inspired by the beautiful Austrialian interiors found on Fiona Michelon’s Instagram, @fiona_michelon_stylist.

Corkcicle 4-in-1 Chiller, Aerator, Pourer, Stopper

51D92c-XCeL._SL1500_.jpgIf 2018 is also your designated year to start giving a sh*t about wine, this frozen pick provides an easy way to keep vino fresh (and cold!) after a solo night or quick dinner. AND if you happen to be in the market for some wine-inspired knowledge bombs that won’t put you to sleep, the Instagram of Marissa A. Ross provides the perfect pairing.

Passport Cover Case
Passport Cover Case for Under $15

Perfect for hitting up your #WinterGetaway like a True Adult™, of course. My favorite travel ‘gram right now? @the_blonde_adventure, who is currently saving the world in Puerto Rico!

Statement Slide by Sam Edelman

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Signed, sealed, delivered — they’re MINE. And I can’t wait to wear them with everything!

Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer

Silicone Drain Strainer

For anyone who happily eats five-day old Chinese but cannot bare the thought of touching wet food, you’re welcome. Inspired by new mom and hilarious human Cameron Eubanks, @camwimberly1, of Southern Charm and breast-milk stain fame.

The Shirt


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The Lifelong Procrastinator’s Guide to Last-Minute Gifts

My Picks

As someone who is not particularly good at cooking, cleaning, or festive decor, I rely heavily on my above-par knack for gift selection and presentation to maintain favor throughout the holiday season, as I’ve found the most effective way to instill bonds with friends, family, and associates is with material possessions. That said, as a life-long, card-holding procrastinator, my obligation to give awesome presents and wait until the last minute to buy them often leads to a few stressful wrapping-while-driving experiences I’d prefer not to dive into. To make matters worse, there’s always that sub-list of hard-to-shop-for people that can really pile up as the countdown to the big day lessens  — some chestnuts are easier to crack than others.

There are people like my father, who maintain, year after year, the clearly erroneous claim that my presence is enough of a gift for the holidays. Given my Christmas tradition of wandering aimlessly around my parents’ house wearing my fifth-grade graduation t-shirt, probably hungover and eating an entire sleeve of plain Saltines, this obviously isn’t true. In fact, his blatant indecisiveness almost always leads me into the arms of a teenage retail associate in the tie section at Nordstrom on or around December 21st, where I proceed to sob and mumble incoherently about the unique struggle of having parents. Needless to say, I’ll be penning a strongly worded email to Dave this year that outlines my grievances and includes a few compensation suggestions to ensure I feel valued as his personal shopper and aesthetic director.

Perhaps you didn’t negotiate a no-Secret Santa Clause (get it?) into your employment contract at time of hire — in which case, it may be time to look into a new lawyer — and now need to get a gift for a near-stranger on the fly. Maybe your once drinking buddy is now engaged, and the only thing you know married people like is dishwashers (which, of course, you can’t afford right now). Like anything annoying, holiday shopping also comes with a series of stringent deadlines, which only adds pressure to the already impossible task of deciding what people you know need. 

I hope this guide serves you well for all of those in-between, not-sure, pushing-it-off gifts you’ve been meaning to get to. I certainly had fun compiling it!

Oh, and big thanks one of my five loyal blog readers, Leandra, for this post idea! If you, too, have a thing for strawberry blondes, I really can’t recommend her Instagram enough.

Portable Pineapple Charger, $19 from EtsyPortable Pineapple Charger from Etsy

Perfect for: your hipster coworker with a knack for homemade almond milk and making you feel subtly inferior.

Literally Me, hardcover version $15 from Amazon PrimePerfect Twenty-Something Gift, Literally Me

Perfect for: your favorite female.
I’ve been keeping up with J.Crew-creative-turned-satirical-sketch-artist, Julie Houts, for a while now, and let me tell you, she’s good. So good, in fact, there’s now a real-life book to commemorate her illustrated thoughts on things like control-top tights and three-day hangovers! If you’re interested, you can find her on the ‘gram, @jooleeloren.

Basil-Scented Soy Candle, $16 from Amazon Prime

The Perfect Last Minute Gift, Basil Scented Candle

Perfect for: anyone with an olfactory system.
Oregano, mint, bay leaf, I’ma let you finish, but…

Oversize Initial Necklace, $19 from Etsy

Last Minute Gift: Oversize Initial Neckalce

Perfect for: someone whose name you always forget.

A Patterned Wrap Dress, $70 from Zara

Pattern Wrap Dress Zara

Perfect for: your younger, trendier relative who laps you in both personal Instagram engagement and metabolic rate.
Wrap dresses are a win for winter because they provide comfort, coverage, and are adjustable by nature — trust me, the post-holiday requires all the help we can get.

A Custom Ornament, $12 from Bare Ink Co.

Perfect for Newlyweds: Custom Ornaments from Bare Ink Co.

Perfect for: a way to reward your feed’s least-annoying newlyweds.
Lindsey Swink — fellow Fredneck, former college roommate, caligrapher-at-large — is known for bringing weddings, events, invitations and just about anything else closer to Instagram glory with her beautiful lettering. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to find out she is expanding her craft into the world of monogrammed and personalized ornaments — for less than $15! And if you happen to be into strangely calming videos of hand letting, make sure to keep up with her @bareinkco.

Map Print of College Town (Or Somewhere Else), $20-$50 from Etsy

Gold Map Print, Perfect Holiday Gift

Perfect for: those of us in the midst of a mid-twenties crisis.
I think we’re all getting to the point where selective memory has worked its full magic when it comes to our college years, leaving us with wistful memories of Four Lokos of yore. What better way to commemorate this strange time than with a map of your recipient’s college town? Etsy shops like Turn of the Centuries, Encore Design Studio and Coastal Print Design (pictured) are all great places to shop for these, and extra points if you include a Framebridge gift card to go with it.

Weekly Pill Organizer, $7 from Amazon Prime

Pomelo Pill Organizer

Perfect for: the newly pregnant needing somewhere to stash their pre-natals!
If you have a friend who’s equally susceptible to aspirational supplement marketing as I am, this is going to make things a lot simpler (and cuter!) for them, too.

Lavender Sleep Scent Roller, $22 from Rootfoot

Rootfoot Lavender Roller

Perfect for: your favorite insomniac.
Use on your pillow or the soles of your feet. But maybe not both?

Plaid Puffer Vest, $139 from Talbots

Plaid Puffer VestPerfect for: Mom, Grandma, or Cool Aunt Sue!
I’m full-sail #TeamPufferVest, and I absolutely adore this one. Plus, vest sizing is a lot easier to guess than, say, jeans sizing, and it warrants a big poofy present underneath the tree!

Avocado Ornament, $8 from Christmas Traditions


Perfect for: your resident avo toast aficionado feeling festive about their now obliterated chances of homeownership.

A Gift Card to a Great Restaurant


Perfect for: those of us who prefer a literal interpretation of “give and you shall receive.”
Did you know a lot of your favorite restaurants give out freebies in return for gift card purchases? For example, you’ll get $10 to spend for every $50 gift card purchase at Outback Steakhouse. Cal Tort, Benihana and Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac are each running similar promotions, as well. On an unrelated note, has anyone explored the Bloomin’ Onion as a potential cure for seasonal depression?

Pot Lid Organizer, $15 from Amazon Prime

Pot Lid Organizer

Perfect for: your one friend who knows how to (successfully) operate an oven.
Can you imagine what we could have accomplished with all the time collective humanity has spent searching dark cabinets for pot lids? At least Kony in 2012. AT LEAST.

Smartphone Vase, $20 from Uncommon Goods

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Smartphone Vases

Perfect for: your impossible-to-shop-for extended relative or aspiring chef. I actually have one of these and they work great for both bedstands and kitchens!

Silvered Geode Coasters, $14 from Anthropologie

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Geode Coasters from Anthropologie
Perfect for:
anyone with delicate surfaces, open containers, and dignity.

Faux Fur Throw, on sale for $103 from Pottery Barn

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Faux Fur Throw. ON SALE!
Perfect for: someone who just moved into their first apartment.
My sister gifted me a faux-fur throw last year, and I can’t really remember a time I spent more than twenty minutes away from its warm embrace since. Even better, it’s masculine enough to make it a really good interior item for both men and women, which, like, never happens.

Corkicle Iced Wine Stick, $16 from Bloomingdales

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Ice Wine Stick

Perfect for: your friend that actually spends more than ten seconds picking out wine at Whole Foods.
An easy way to keep vino fresh (and cold!) after a solo wine night or quick dinner.

Passport Holder, $12 from Amazon Prime

Hot Pink Passport Holder

Perfect for: your friend who is planning a #WinterGetaway.

Silicone Sink Strainer, $8 from Amazon Prime

Silicone Drain Strainer

Perfect for: the most boring person you know.
Because even boring people probably don’t enjoy having to touch the remnants of dinner that didn’t make the plate during clean-up. Problem: solved.

Bonus Round! Girl Power Holiday Greeting Cards, $12 from Arsh Raziuddin

Feminist Christmas Cards by Arsh Raziuddin

Perfect for: a sassy way to top off gifts for anyone except your Tucker Carlson-worshipping Uncle Steve. Actually, on second thought, count him in for these, too.