The holidays often mean that we, as mothers, find ourselves busied with the tasks associated with the season. The baking, the decorating, the hustling and bustling. There's a buzz everywhere you go, a touch of magic in the crisp air. As I've gotten busier over the past couple years since having my two girls, I've realized how easy it is to sometimes forget ourselves or literally have no answer but "uninterrupted sleep for one night" when asked what it is that is on *our* wish list. So whether you're shopping for yourself, sending gift ideas to your significant other, or searching for the perfect gift for that hard to shop for aunt or girlfriend, we've put together a gift guide of some of our favorite items. These are all places that we've shopped at and grown to love, and we hope you do too!
Perfect for: your mom + dad, grandparents, and the person who has everything.
Whether you’re wanting something small and classic or something larger and statement like, Le Papier Studio has exactly what you need for the perfect gift this year. Timeless silhouettes become heirloom pieces when Owner + Creative Director Vana Chupp infuses her magic touch into these pieces of art. Our favorites are the Heirloom Silhouette Ornaments, The Tiny Charm Necklaces, and the Silhouette Tie Bars + Money Clips. Since all of Le Papier Studio’s pieces are crafted with the silhouettes of your loved ones these are destined to become family classics that are handed down generation to generation.
2 - Seek and Swoon
Perfect for: your mother-in-law, favorite aunt and sister.
Cozy and beautiful these throws are almost guaranteed to become your favorite. When I received my first Seek and Swoon throw I was absolutely smitten. They’re the perfect weight for snuggling up on cold winter evenings. With designs to fit any décor or style there’s sure to be the perfect one for your gifting needs.
If you love their blankets (and who wouldn’t) don’t delay - they have a great holiday sale ending TONIGHT! No code needed to receive 30% off SITE WIDE and free shipping on orders over $100! That’s an amazing deal. Trust me.
3 - True Botanicals
Perfect for: you, your sister, your best friend
I am horrible at sticking to a routine when it come to beauty products. That's until I discovered True Botanicals! I have become obsessed with their products not only because they are so good to my skin but they are easy and quick to use...major mom bonus! They are made with the best of organic ingredients - I will never ever put on another product on my face. Watch for their Cyber Monday Sale! These amazing products rarely go on sale so this is your chance to scoop them up!
4 - WH Hostess
Perfect for: putting the final finishing touch on the gorgeous packages you’re gifting this year.
Upgrade your standard gift tags with these custom designed gift tags. Available in foil print or your choice of colors these tags are the extra touch to the thoughtfulness you’ve put into the gifts you’ve chosen for your loved ones. Why go with sticky labels when you can have beautiful + luxe handcrafted gift tags.
6 - Whimsy and Spice
Perfect for: aunts + uncles, neighbors, teachers, and delivery people.
If you’re looking for something totally unique with the added bonus of being delicious, then pop over to Whimsy and Spice to pick out the perfect gift. Their shop is filled to the brim with sweet and delicious handmade treats that are bound to put you on the nice list. And of course, don’t forget to pick up some goodies to treat Santa, too.
They have a special offer just for Le Papier blog readers - use code LPS10 for 10% off your order between now and December 8.
7 - Candelles
Perfect for: your best friend, co-worker, sister-in-law and neighbor.
There’s nothing more perfect for the season than a beautiful candle. Hand-poured by a small team in Pennsylvania this isn’t your typical candle. The scents are delectable + divine (my personal favorite is the Peppermint Bark, it’s absolutely amazing) and since it’s 100% pure soy wax it has a phenomenal burn time and burns beautifully.
Candelles has an amazing offer just for Le Papier’s gift guide! Use code “HOLIDAY25” to receive 25% off any regular priced candles now until the end of December!
8 - Farmgirl Flowers
Perfect for: your babysitter, boss, hairdresser and yourself!
Farmgirl Flowers is my go-to choice when I need to send flowers. Their service is incredible and their arrangements are breathtaking. They make a total statement when the recipient opens her delivery and is taken aback by the beauty and unique design of these arrangements. With very reasonably priced overnight shipping across the United States it’s easy to see why Farmgirl Flowers is fast becoming a fan favorite.
Perfect for: you, your college age daughter, your on top of everything best friend
I am a write it all down type of girl. If it needs to get done it needs to be written down. I love using a planner to keep all business related task organized. We use iCalendar for all family activities but when I need my paper planner, I love how simple and easy Emily Ley planners are. I use the daily myself. One additional bonus? They are oh so pretty so I love to carry it in my purse or display it on my white desk.
May all your holiday shopping be joyful + merry!
Alyssa + Vana
Silhouettes are such a beautiful and classic way to represent and remember someone you love. They are sweet, sophisticated and timeless! They go well with each decor style!
As a mother, time moves faster than ever and each day I am yearning to capture and record every moment before it slips away. We document and treasure our family's milestones through photography, monthly update photo, journaling, family growth charts and hand print ornaments...and many other things. Taking a few moments to take a photo is so special down the road but going the extra step to turning it into a silhouettes is that much more when it comes to capturing our little ones. We love documenting out son's life daily and the yearly silhouette pumpkin has been a fun way to do it.
The genius Silhouette Pumpkin! Tell us more!
We love making these silhouette pumpkins. We started when Alden was a tiny wee baby and have been doing them (life size) every year. 💙 They are super easy to make. You'll need a fake foam pumpkin (we got ours from Hobby Lobby), some tape, your printed silhouette, some pushpins and an xacto knife!
Directions: tape your printed silhouette to your craft pumpkin, then slowly poke a pushpin through the paper and into a pumpkin along the line you want to cut. Make the holes close enough to capture the details then remove the paper and use the holes as a guide to cut the pumpkin with an xacto knife! Smooth rough edges with fine sand paper (optional).
New products are always fun to launch. But do you know how they are born and what goes behind bringing one to life? It's a fun (and at times challenging) process and I am sharing it with you today via this cool info-graphic illustration.
With Easter right around the corner (well, for most of you!) I thought I would share this fun tutorial I created a few years back.
Here is what you’ll need:
1. Start by sealing the wooden eggs with an all-purpose sealer. This will ensure the paint goes on evenly. Let the eggs dry for a couple of minutes. Continue by tracing the silhouettes on the contact paper. Once you have all the silhouettes traced, start cutting their outlines with x-acto knife or scissors.
2. Next, start painting the eggs your favorite color (remember this first coat is the color your silhouettes will be – so if you want white silhouettes, your first coat should be white). Let the eggs dry.
3. Peel off the back and stick the silhouette on the egg. Burnish the outside edges with your thumb. This will keep the dye from penetrating – resulting in a sharp silhouette.
5. Apply a second color over the entire egg, covering the silhouettes. This second color could vary from egg to egg. Allow them to dry for about 2-5 minutes. Start to pill the sticker and violá! You just made silhouette Easter eggs!
Tip 1: with a fine tip brush touch up the silhouettes to ensure crisp edges.
Tip 2: you can reuse the cut out silhouettes more than once.
Or...as I like to call it, things I like to buy for myself. Which is what gift guides are all about, right? Now, click share and send this guide to the person in charge of your gift :)
1. Jo Malone perfume (my favorite is orange blossom...) | 2. Mother - Daughter Necklace set (it's a bestseller for a reason) | 3. Eberjey Kimono robe | 4. Baies Scented candle (I am obsessed) | 5. Sugar Paper Stationery (any of it, all of it!) | 6. Silhouette Charm Organic Bangles | 7. Silhouette Locket (the new heirloom mom will obsess over) | 8. J crew bag (umm...because blush!)
A few months ago I decided to discontinue one of our best selling products, the Silhouette Locket. It was a difficult decision to make but I did that because although a beautiful product, we had received many emails back from customers worried of it being ruined if in contact with water. Unlike any of our other products, our silhouette locket used to be constructed of paper and resin (sealer) which although beautiful didn't completely meet our standards. Since the day I decided to discontinue the original locket, I started researching and designing a new locket. I wanted the new locket to be waterproof but also constructed of the best materials possible.
Our new Silhouette Locket is constructed entirely of fine sterling silver and it features laser engraved silhouettes inside the locket. It is entirely waterproof and destined to become a new favorite heirloom.
The small size is comparable to our old mini lockets and can accommodate up to 2 silhouettes (one per side).
The medium locket can accommodate up to 4 silhouettes (2 per side as shown in the picture above). The large locket can accommodate up to 6 silhouettes (3 per side).
To order click on any of the images above.
Today is your birthday. You turned 5 years old! Five!! In your words, "you're a big kid now!" In mine, "excuse me while I sob forever!" 😭 Seriously though, why did you have to grow so fast? You are my baby! Can you stay little forever?
You have the most amazing personality. The things you say stop me in my tracks...daily. Like the other day when you took a good look at me and proceeded to saying "Mom, you look old " Come again 👂? I know you love me and didn't mean to stab me right in the gut but seriously kiddo!! Why?!
You make the funniest facial expressions. I think you took that from me....definitely! Just look at this picture. It only took me 20 tries to get a semi-descent one 😆 You love school and are soooo loyal to your friends. You take every word so literally. You ask so many questions and always ponder on our answers...because no matter what we say, you have a better answer. We love you to the moon and back and we can't imagine life without you in it, sweet boy!
Happy 5th birthday, John! Looking forward to celebrating you today and forever.