Friday, December 19, 2014

elf business

Giving gifts is my love language - birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, just because gifts… gifts that people didn't even know that they wanted.

Typically I am someone who purchases gifts all year long - picking up things that remind me of this person or that person. Squirreling them away for a stress free holiday season.

However, this year, this year as a first year teacher has caused me to laugh at old planning ahead Jessica. A world in which I had enough free time to leisurely look for presents… this Jessica gives a big hearty HA to that Jessica.

So thank goodness for Opry Mills Mall where I can start and finish my Christmas shopping all in one day! I visited their big sale last weekend, and seriously scored! This is now my one stop for all things gifts - to hit up their on point mix of regular retail and outlet stores.

I still can't get over the H&M (whaaaaat!?), & that combined with the J.Crew Factory + outlet stores for Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Coach (love the men's store selection!), Gap, Old Navy & Michael Kors (dangerous!)… just to name a few. (check out their full store selection here)

I'm so excited to share what I picked up for everyone on my list from Opry Mills Mall below (& if you are on my Christmas list & reading this… please still act surprised… )
All about the finishing touches! I fell in love with these hefty card stock tags from J.Crew Factory. 
The spread - it makes me so happy to think about all the smiles these presents will bring to my friends & family! Slippers for my Brother-in-Law, scarves for my girlfriends, a delish fragrance for my man, tech gloves for my new Sister-In-Law, & fancy socks for all (I love to give people fancy socks, something just fun!)
A leather clutch from the Coach Outlet Men's store - going to make an attractive purse for one of my fashion forward lady friends! I love raiding the men's selection for timeless, neutral pieces.
A "lovely" tray from J.Crew Factory for my Aunt and a retro cool scarf from Gap for a high school friend (it is in the mail to her now!!)

Stuffing a blanket scarf into a box for friends far away in Brooklyn!
Too pretty to unwrap!? Loving the striped ribbon I picked up this year.
Somebody special is going to be getting this pretty number from J.Crew Factory - I had to slip it on, for just a second!!
Proving that these blanket scarves from Aerie really are BLANKETS!

And in the spirit of sharing the holiday love, the Opry Mills Mall is giving one of you lucky readers a $100 gift card (must be able to pick it up from the Nashville mall location)

Enter below, one random entry will be chosen on 12/26 (just in time for post-holiday sales!!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was compensated by Opry Mills Mall for this post, but all reviews are my own, and all products were chosen by me!

11 comments:

  1. Love all of these gift ideas! Thanks for the inspiration, the slippers will be a hit for my brother in laws too!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

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  2. It looks like you picked up quite a few good gifts! I am the same way, I love giving to other people!
    xo, Scarlett
    The Trendy Chick

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  3. Girl, what happened to your fingers?! I hope those are gift-wrapping injuries! Also, I feel like I should make it a goal to be better friends with you so that you'll get me man bags from Coach.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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  4. Um yea, teaching is hard? I don't know the exact events that led to these battle wounds, but I do know that I come up almost daily and have to nurse my cuts and bruises… kids, man!
    xx

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  5. that aerie scarf is perfect!

    xx nikki

    www.dream-in-neon.com

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  6. Fabulous giveaway! And I love all of your gift picks--such fabulous taste. Merry Christmas!!!

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  7. Those are some awesome gifts you got! I have a $25 gift card for Coach and I definitely need to make a trip there soon. It will be even better when I "win" the giveaway...LOL

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  8. Great idea on the leather bag as a clutch!

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