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Hunter boots: I think maybe I won't hate the rain and sludge as much with these classic wellies! John knew these had been on my list for a while, but I would never just buy them for myself. If you know someone wants something but won't buy for herself, that coveted item is the perfect birthday gift!
Kate Spade tortoise studs: These are super versatile (I'm a big tortoise shell girl) and I love their size. Big enough to notice, yet small enough to not rip through my weak ear lobes (yes, that's been a problem in the past).
Monogram studs: Y'all, how cute are these earrings?! I just can't wait to sport this orange and purple pair to Clemson games this fall! My aunt and uncle (who know me oh-so-well!) got me two more pairs as well, in tortoise (like I said, love!), and pink! The pink pair is especially adorable because the earrings match a pink bracelet my little cousin picked out for me in Disney World. So sweet!
Recipe tin: Like I said earlier, I think handwritten notes are just the best, and y'all know I love baking and cooking, so a full tin of handwritten recipes? I die. Morgan (my brother's girlfriend) just knows me so well. She even had some of my favorite recipes and her family's favorite recipes already included! Now that, my friends, is a thoughtful gift.
Wedges: So, funny story... My mom got the cork Jack Rogers wedges at Belk's Annual Charity Day Sale, where they have super crazy deals on everything, including their high-end brands. I had no idea my mom was buying those, so I picked out a pair of wedges I wanted from Gap, which were on sale. Ultimately, I knew it would be senseless to keep both, but I still haven't decided what to exchange for my Jacks... I'm kind of thinking about a pair of regular Navajo sandals, but we'll see!
Acrylic makeup organizer: This may sound dramatic, but this thing has revolutionized my life. Okay, that may be a liiiittle exaggeration, but really, I'm a big fan of staying organized, and this has made my makeup table so much cleaner! Another genius little Container Store gift? An acrylic bracelet stand.
Garmin Forerunner 10: Saying I was excited when I opened this would be a huge understatement. This was another thing I'd been dreaming of for months, but I wouldn't buy for myself. My parents knew that, and with this watch, they also gave me motivation to keep running- that's a pretty great gift all by itself!
Alex and Ani bracelet: I was super happy to add a second bracelet to my small but growing collection of Alex and Ani bangles- especially because it had the sweet Daughter charm.
Of course, I can't forget the handy-dandy gift card! My favorites are Simon Malls (for you Charlotte people, this includes South Park, which is definitely my favorite- I spent mine in Nordstrom), Amazon, and of course, the beloved Target.
Now that I've shared my favorite gift picks, I want to know yours! What are your favorite kinds of gifts?! Do you prefer actual items, experiences, or gift cards so you can pick out your own present?