Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

If you’ve been procrastinating Christmas shopping (as I do every year…) look no further. Last week, I shared 10 Spots to Shop Local this Holiday Season. Today, I’ve gathered some of the best go-to Nashville gifts that you can easily order online. Voila: Your shopping made simple while still benefiting local businesses! Make sure to order ASAP so these arrive by Christmas!

 

For the Southerner:

1. Nashville Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

2. Southern Charm is the Sweetest Tea Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

3. Southern Living: A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen from Batch

 

For the Jewelry Lover:

1. Trust Dahlia Crystal Bullet Necklace from Castilleja

2. Herkimer Diamond Nugget Earrings from Judith Bright

3. Modern Hoop from Portmanteau

 

For the Beauty Lover:

1. Hand Care Duo from Thistle Farms

2. Spa Day Gift Batch from Batch

3. Activated Charcoal Detox Scrub from Little Seed Farm

 

For the Hostess:

1. Welcome Home Nashville Gift Batch from Batch

2. Sunday Morning Pancake Mix

 

For the Dapper Man:

1. Handmade Bow Tie from Otis James

2. Dogwood Dots Bandana in Fern from Otis James

3. Stratton Wallet in Buck Brown from Lockeland Leatherworks

 

For the Rugged Man:

1. Watch Cap Beanie from Oil and Lumber

2. Patagonia – M’s Reversible Bivy Down Vest from Cumberland Transit

 

Hope this helps! Happy (online) shopping!

Love, Bee

 

5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

I love the holiday season, but as an adult with a full-time job and responsibilities, I feel unable to naturally unleash my Christmas cheer like I did as a child. I have to try harder to be aware of and fully experience this time of year.

In order words, I have to be intentional about feeling festive, which is unlike Christmastime during childhood. This is probably due to the stress and busyness that can come at this time of year. And so, I think now is one of the best times to practice being present in activities that can bring joy.

Children are experts at being in the moment and exuding merriment. Here are 5 suggestions I have to seize and embrace the holiday spirit with the gusto of a child:

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Decorate like Buddy the Elf

It is impossible not to feel a touch of glee when you come home and plug in strands of string lights. If you’re feeling particularly grinchy this year, don’t be afraid to go over the top. I live in a studio apartment and have 7 strands of lights lining the walls, 3 mini Christmas trees, plus lights and a tree on my balcony. When I come home from work, I don’t need any lights on except my Christmas lights. The vibes are warm and cozy. Next step: paper snowflakes.

Watch Your Favorite Holiday Flick

If you haven’t watched any holiday movies yet, it’s time. Turn one on, and turn your phone off. Dedicate your night to the viewing and focus on the film. Suggestions: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis, White Christmas, Love Actually, Christmas in Connecticut, Charlie Brown Christmas. I would say It’s a Wonderful Life, but I save that one for Christmas Eve. Preferably watch your choice with a cup of hot cocoa or cider in hand.

Indulge in a Christmas Activity

If you’re in Nashville, go to Cheekwood Holiday Lights where you can stay warm with a festive cocktail and stroll through their gorgeous display. Or perhaps their Holiday Afternoon Tea suits you, in which you can sip wintertime teas and munch on tasty treats provided by Crumb de la Crumb Bakery.

Go to a Festive Show

My three top picks are the It’s a Wonderful Life viewings at the BelcourtHome Alone in concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Get your tickets for these shows now because they are all likely to sell out! Each one is sure to get you in the Christmas mood.

Take a Drive

When I was little, my dad used to drive me around to look at Christmas lights. These days, I forget to do this – I never just “go for a drive,” but am always driving from point A to point B. Go out one night with the simple goal of viewing holiday decorations. It’s an experience that’s sure to stir up some childhood memories and Christmas nostalgia.

 

How’s your holiday spirit? Hopefully these tips get you feeling a little more like post-Clarence George Bailey. And if you didn’t catch that reference, go watch It’s a Wonderful Life right now.

Love, Bee

 

10 Spots to Shop Local This Holiday Season

10 Spots to Shop Local This Holiday Season

The Beveled Edge

It can be so easy to do all your Christmas shopping online, but it’s so much more meaningful to shop local. You’re supporting small businesses. You get help picking out items. And you find more original, meaningful gifts that not everyone will have! I have a hard time getting motivated to go out and shop during the Christmas season, but I never regret the experience when I go local.

Here are my top picks for your Nashville holiday shopping outings:

 

For Decor & Hostess Gifts

The Beveled Edge – Located on White Bridge Rd., this shop has some of my favorite holiday decor (like gold trees) as well as cute candles, dishes, napkins, mugs and more. Note: They also offer custom frames if you’re gifting a piece of art or photograph.

Thrive – Find artisan & handmade items – from essential oils to beeswax candles – at this store on Fatherland in East Nashville. Also find handmade jewelry, bags, and much more. This is the place to shop for your friend with good taste.

For Apparel, Jewelry, & Eclectic Gifts

Pangaea – Perfect for your friend with bohemian taste, there are so many gems in Pangaea. Located in Hillsboro Village, this store has some of my favorite earrings, pillows, candles, dresses, books, and more.

Fabu – Find essentially everything in this store on Charlotte. With 10 different rooms, you could shop for nearly everyone on your list here. Find great clothing brands and jewelry, home decor, baby gifts, man-cave items – you name it.

Castilleja – I love this shop in Edgehill Village. Castilleja has curated an appealing collection of clothing, accessories, baby, home, and kitchen items. They have pretty candles, pillows, mugs, and more.

For Lovers of Print

Parnassus – Our local independent bookstore in Hillsboro Plaza Shopping Center is the best place to buy a book for anyone on your list. Their collection is beautifully laid out and navigable, and their staff is knowledgable. As an elementary school teacher, I especially love their thoughtful children’s collection!

Her Bookshop – This local bookstore recently opened in East Nashville. I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, but I’ve heard it’s a cozy, welcoming space with a one-of-a-kind selection. I can’t wait to visit!

For Beauty, Body, & Mind

The Lotus Room – Give someone who needs a little relaxation a gift card to the Lotus Room on 18th Ave. S. They offer a variety of massages, body therapies, sleep therapy, and much more.

Thistle Farms – Not only does Thistle Farms make my favorite lotion of all time, but they carry many great bath + body products, apparel, and more. I love all their natural home and body products, and each is handmade by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

For the Arts

What better gift for the one who loves the arts than tickets to a show? I recommend checking out performances at the Nashville Symphony, TPAC, the Nashville Ballet, or the Nashville Repertory Theatre.

 

Happy shopping/supporting your local businesses!

Love, Bee

For the Joy Guest Post

For the Joy Guest Post

I’m so excited to have written a guest post on For the Joy! If you’re a teacher, mama, or full-time employee with a side hustle, you’ll love her blog. I wrote about balancing teaching with a creative pursuit. But honestly, it’s for anyone who works full-time and also pursues something on the side, or just who wants a better work/life balance.

Read all about it now on For the Joy. I’d love to know if you find it helpful in the comments!

Love, Bee

During the Holidays, Disconnect

During the Holidays, Disconnect

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and Christmas is not far behind. During the holidays, there’s a lot to take pictures of – pretty decor, food, loved ones. By all means, take the pictures, but that’s it. Then put the phone down; disconnect.

Our instinct at this time of year is to share, to be more interconnected, but then we cannot be fully present. Now – tonight – is the time to start disengaging and grounding ourselves, or the holidays will just go by.

On Thanksgiving as well as Christmas Day, I always try to have my phone away for most of the day. Especially when family is over, during lunch/dinner, and when opening gifts, I ensure my phone is in another room.

Honestly, there are few moments in the year when I feel fully disconnected. I like to treat holidays and celebrations as special and sacred, not to be tarnished with the distraction of technology, which can make them feel as ordinary as any other day.

By detaching from our phones, we engage with reality and with our loved ones – and that’s what this time of year is really about anyway.

Love, Bee