Alison Nicole Holiday Guide: Last Minute Gifts

It’s about that time people. We’re almost to the finish line but we know you still have a few people on your list. Here are some ideas for gifts that you can pick up in a jiffy.

For pet-people:  This is the perfect gift for your friend or family member that is always showing up with dog hair all over them or who has to vacuum at least once a week (aka us).   //source

For pet-people: This is the perfect gift for your friend or family member that is always showing up with dog hair all over them or who has to vacuum at least once a week (aka us).

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For the wannabe chef:  This is the best gift for your mom or friend who want to whip up a gourmet meal on the fly.   //source

For the wannabe chef: This is the best gift for your mom or friend who want to whip up a gourmet meal on the fly.

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For the one who wants to have some fun:  Spice up the holiday party by picking up some bubbly on the way!   //source

For the one who wants to have some fun: Spice up the holiday party by picking up some bubbly on the way!

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For the gamer:  We couldn’t gorget about the men (or women who love to game) on your list! You will quickly rise to the top of the nice list when this is what you bring home for Christmas.   //source

For the gamer: We couldn’t gorget about the men (or women who love to game) on your list! You will quickly rise to the top of the nice list when this is what you bring home for Christmas.

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For the music lover:  Portable speakers are so cheap these days and make a great gift for someone who always has a good playlist.   //source

For the music lover: Portable speakers are so cheap these days and make a great gift for someone who always has a good playlist.

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For the other kind of gamer:  Loto tickets! This is such a fun holiday tradition.   //source

For the other kind of gamer: Loto tickets! This is such a fun holiday tradition.

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These gifts are just a quick Target or Costco run away!

Alison Nicole Holiday Guide: Gift Guide 2

If you’re anything like us, you are STRUGGLING (sorry, dramatic) to find a gift for someone. It’s that time, procrastination has kicked in, and you’re like w t f. Here are more gifts ideas for that specific someone.

For the coffee lover:  Try the Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker - you will not regret it. After trying many different ways of getting coffee at home to save a couple (or a lot of) bucks at major coffee shops every day, we stumbled upon this gem. Simple IS better in this case.   //source

For the coffee lover: Try the Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker - you will not regret it. After trying many different ways of getting coffee at home to save a couple (or a lot of) bucks at major coffee shops every day, we stumbled upon this gem. Simple IS better in this case.

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For the working bee:  We are all busy. So, stress is a common thing. There’s a new trend on the market, that has personally helped our sleep so much. Weighted blankets! They can be a bit pricy, but can you put a price on good sleep?   //source

For the working bee: We are all busy. So, stress is a common thing. There’s a new trend on the market, that has personally helped our sleep so much. Weighted blankets! They can be a bit pricy, but can you put a price on good sleep?

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For the homebody:  There is no better way to relax than essential oils. A diffuser is a great gift- there are more expensive ones as well as cheaper ones. There are many different oils for them to buy, so there is really something for everyone.   //source

For the homebody: There is no better way to relax than essential oils. A diffuser is a great gift- there are more expensive ones as well as cheaper ones. There are many different oils for them to buy, so there is really something for everyone.

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Gifts for the dog lover:  A new trend for dog lovers, a DNA test for your pooch. Adopting dogs is becoming more and more popular, and we don’t always know our pup’s background. This is a very practical and thoughtful gift for the dog lovers out there.   //source

Gifts for the dog lover: A new trend for dog lovers, a DNA test for your pooch. Adopting dogs is becoming more and more popular, and we don’t always know our pup’s background. This is a very practical and thoughtful gift for the dog lovers out there.

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Alison Nicole Holiday Guide: Gift Guide 1

Picking the perfect gift can be hard af. We’ve all been there, wanting to make your mom cry or wow your significant other. It doesn’t have to be hard, just follow this simple guide and you’ll be on your way to being known as the BEST gift giver.

For the men in your life:  a beer cap map! This is perfect for your dad, BF, husband, what have you that likes to travel and drink beer. Let’s be real, it’s pretty cool decor too.   //source

For the men in your life: a beer cap map! This is perfect for your dad, BF, husband, what have you that likes to travel and drink beer. Let’s be real, it’s pretty cool decor too.

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For your favorite book-worm:  a scratch-off book club poster. This poster makes great decor and serves a double purpose, a bucket list of books for the avid reader in your life.   //source

For your favorite book-worm: a scratch-off book club poster. This poster makes great decor and serves a double purpose, a bucket list of books for the avid reader in your life.

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For the hostess with the mostest:  a personalized cocktail set! This is great for all the get-togethers your favorite hostess puts on AND what makes it even better is that you can add a personal touch!   //source

For the hostess with the mostest: a personalized cocktail set! This is great for all the get-togethers your favorite hostess puts on AND what makes it even better is that you can add a personal touch!

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For your coworkers:  a winter survival kit! What’s worse than sticking out the winter in a dingy office? Not much. Help your coworkers out with the necessities like chapstick, emergen-c, fuzzy socks and hand lotion.   //source

For your coworkers: a winter survival kit! What’s worse than sticking out the winter in a dingy office? Not much. Help your coworkers out with the necessities like chapstick, emergen-c, fuzzy socks and hand lotion.

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For the one one the go:  a planner! This is the perfect gift for your friends who are super organized AND for the ones who aren’t. Help them get their ish together or give them a beautified place to keep their ish straight. Works out both ways.   //source

For the one one the go: a planner! This is the perfect gift for your friends who are super organized AND for the ones who aren’t. Help them get their ish together or give them a beautified place to keep their ish straight. Works out both ways.

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For the traveler:  a passport holder. Your sister work a job where she has to travel a lot? Your friend who is always charting their next destination? Boom, a chic passport holder that will make them say booked to their next trip.   //source

For the traveler: a passport holder. Your sister work a job where she has to travel a lot? Your friend who is always charting their next destination? Boom, a chic passport holder that will make them say booked to their next trip.

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For the one who’s always down for a good time:  a travel cocktail kit. We all got that one friend who asks “should we make this coffee Irish?” This is the perfect gift for them!   //source

For the one who’s always down for a good time: a travel cocktail kit. We all got that one friend who asks “should we make this coffee Irish?” This is the perfect gift for them!

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For the music lover:  wireless headphones. The Beats are a little bit of a cheaper option than AirPods but hey go big and get em those AirPods if your ballin’ like that!   //source

For the music lover: wireless headphones. The Beats are a little bit of a cheaper option than AirPods but hey go big and get em those AirPods if your ballin’ like that!

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For the one whose phone is always dead:  a portable charger. You know when you go out and your friend is like “don’t lost me, my phone is on 3%”? Yeah, same. This is what they need in their life.   //source

For the one whose phone is always dead: a portable charger. You know when you go out and your friend is like “don’t lost me, my phone is on 3%”? Yeah, same. This is what they need in their life.

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You think that’s all we got? Aw nope! We’ll be back for a lot more of where this came from!

Alison Nicole Holiday Guide: Holiday Traditions with The Homies

We all are about a good ‘ole fashioned game night or creating other traditions with our homies. The holidays are a perfect excuse to create these traditions.

Aunt Carol is in town, your long lost friend that moved across the country is in town visiting her fam, and your other busy working bee friends have more time to play. Sooooo in swoops the hostess with the mostest to entertain a memorable social gathering.

1. Cookie Swap: Time to show off your skills! (or go buy them at your local store, no one’s here to judge). Have a packaging station so each person can take one of each cookie. Then grub! Easy, right?   //source

1. Cookie Swap: Time to show off your skills! (or go buy them at your local store, no one’s here to judge). Have a packaging station so each person can take one of each cookie. Then grub! Easy, right?

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2. Game Night: There are many games to be played, not all have to be holiday related. BUT, playing White Elephant can be a lot of fun OR Secret Santa. You get to perfect your gift wrapping skills and it’s an excuse to use that one of many rolls of gift wrapping paper you picked up two months ago. No, just us?   //source

2. Game Night: There are many games to be played, not all have to be holiday related. BUT, playing White Elephant can be a lot of fun OR Secret Santa. You get to perfect your gift wrapping skills and it’s an excuse to use that one of many rolls of gift wrapping paper you picked up two months ago. No, just us?

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3. Ornament Exchange: Bring an ornament to the party and see who ends up with this gem. This is played similar to White Elephant. Place all of the ornaments on a table, everyone picks a number, and let the ornament “stealing” commence!   //source

3. Ornament Exchange: Bring an ornament to the party and see who ends up with this gem. This is played similar to White Elephant. Place all of the ornaments on a table, everyone picks a number, and let the ornament “stealing” commence!

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4. Pajamas & Movie Night: If you are looking to create traditions with your family, you can do something as simple as a movie night… but with matching PJ’s. It really doesn’t get much better than that.   //source

4. Pajamas & Movie Night: If you are looking to create traditions with your family, you can do something as simple as a movie night… but with matching PJ’s. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

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5. Holiday Lights: Arrange to go with family or friends to a local holiday light trail or show. These usually include hot cocoa, cookies, music. Or, drive around neighborhoods and look at other peoples lights- which we are totally guilty of. The best part, it’s free.   //source

5. Holiday Lights: Arrange to go with family or friends to a local holiday light trail or show. These usually include hot cocoa, cookies, music. Or, drive around neighborhoods and look at other peoples lights- which we are totally guilty of. The best part, it’s free.

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Alison Nicole Holiday Guide: Perfecting the Tablescape

Ah the tablescape, one of those things that is usually thrown together last minute (we’re looking at you miss paper napkins) but also something that can really wow your guests. Here are some easy tips that when combined will make the most of your holiday table!

We dare you to think outside of the box with name cards! This is something the fam will be talking about for years to come. Also, make sure everyone is seated next to who they should (or shouldn’t) be.

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Save those expensive-flower-dollars for another day and use what you have around the house like apples and pomegranates. Throw some cheap (or picked) greenery on there and call it a day.   //source

Save those expensive-flower-dollars for another day and use what you have around the house like apples and pomegranates. Throw some cheap (or picked) greenery on there and call it a day.

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Skip the traditional plates and go with something a little more fun. Everywhere, and we mean everywhere, has some spruced up holiday plates this time of year. Seriously, even your local thrift store likely has a set that will spice up your table.

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Simply adding some candles can make a big impact.

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Adding a little pop to your napkin rollup is another cheap, easy way to make your tablescape one to remember. Think a sprig of thyme or stick of cinnamon, it can’t get easier than that people!

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Bring in elements of the outdoors like these wood chargers.

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Go bold with your silverware. Switch it up with gold or even black to add contrast to your other table elements.

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The holidays can be hard but making your table pretty doesn’t have to be! Follow these simple tricks and tips and you’ll be well on your way to wowing all those that join you for your holiday meal.

Alison Nicole Holiday Guide: How to Wow Your Guests

The holiday season is a busy time of year, especially for parties. Not going to lie, we can get a little competitive. SO, adding a little extra something to our parties is important. We’ve listed below some ways you can spend a little extra or splurge.

1. Name plates: Let guests know where they should sit if it’s a night like that or help everyone get to know each other with a fun nametag.   //source

1. Name plates: Let guests know where they should sit if it’s a night like that or help everyone get to know each other with a fun nametag.

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2. Games: Nothing gets the party started like a little friendly competition. Pull out those board games or put a theme on it with a murder mystery night.   //source

2. Games: Nothing gets the party started like a little friendly competition. Pull out those board games or put a theme on it with a murder mystery night.

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3. Hire a bartender: Who wants to stand around and make drinks for their guests all night? Not us! Hiring a bartender will free up your party time AND make guests say wow.   //source

3. Hire a bartender: Who wants to stand around and make drinks for their guests all night? Not us! Hiring a bartender will free up your party time AND make guests say wow.

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4. Profesh entertainment: Anything from a photo booth to on-site Christmas carolers are an easy way to make your holiday party super memorable (and fun).   //source

4. Profesh entertainment: Anything from a photo booth to on-site Christmas carolers are an easy way to make your holiday party super memorable (and fun).

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5. Your not-so-typical catering: We love our caterers and they can do some amazing things. Think s’mores bar, gourmet hot chocolate station, boozy milkshakes, latte artists and more! Or bring in a food truck for an easy, fun way to get everyone fed.   //source

5. Your not-so-typical catering: We love our caterers and they can do some amazing things. Think s’mores bar, gourmet hot chocolate station, boozy milkshakes, latte artists and more! Or bring in a food truck for an easy, fun way to get everyone fed.

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6. Personalized favors: send your guests off with something to remember the party by. What’s more festive than an ornament they can pull out year after year and think of your amazing holiday party.   //source

6. Personalized favors: send your guests off with something to remember the party by. What’s more festive than an ornament they can pull out year after year and think of your amazing holiday party.

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