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Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Lovers

We all have the friends who’s dogs are the center of their lives. They’re obsessed with talking about, spending time with and spoiling their furry friends. And who wouldn’t be?  They’re adorable and have been super good this year. Therefore, dogs deserve just as many Christmas gifts as their owners.

Christmas gifts for dogs

With all of the adorable puppy-inspired finds out there, there’s never been a better time to spoil dogs and pet parents. Did you know that they make Dog Wrapping Paper and Ugly Christmas Sweaters for dogs?  Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale’s also have some great accessories for your pampered pooch. Here are a few of the puppy-inspired gifts that I’m barking about this season.

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Socialite Stocking Stuffers

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Holiday Gift Guide: Socialite Stocking Stuffers Gift Ideas

If you haven’t already started, it’s time to get your holiday shopping on! The sooner you check off everyone on your list the sooner you can enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa while watching your favorite Christmas special.


My Christmas mornings have always begun with finding tiny treasures in my stocking. It was the only thing we were allowed to open before my parents woke up. So I figured I’d begin the first of my many holiday gift guides this season with my favorite stocking stuffers.

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Gifts for Dogs and Dog Lovers

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Christmas stockings Fireplace

Christmas stockings filled with joy

Christmas in Delaware

I spent Christmas in my home state of Delaware. I can’t wait to do tax-free shopping after Christmas, but I miss New York.

homemade body wash

My sister got creative this year and gave me homemade body wash. I was a sceptic at first, but I used it and loved it.

hallaca venezuela

My Mom is from Caracas, Venezuela. So on Christmas we eat Hallacas, a Venezuelan Christmas dish wrapped in banana leaves.

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Gifts under the tree

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How to Wrap a Holiday Gift Like a Pro

Christmas Gifts

I’m really not domestic at all, but I may be one of the few people in the world who actually loves to wrap presents. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes I even ask people to give me their gifts so I can wrap them. There’s just something relaxing about watching a holiday special and wrapping gifts in front of the TV.

For those of you doing last minute wrapping on Christmas Eve, here’s the secret formula my Mom taught me for wrapping the perfect gift. The trick is really to keep the edges straight and adhere the paper as close as you can to the gift to give it a clean look.

Step 1:

Gift Wrapping

Take the amount of paper you need from the roll (more is better than less) and tape it securely to the middle of the back of the box.

Tip: Boxes are always easiest wrap. In recent years, stores have gotten stingy with boxes so save your boxes and reuse them from year to year. 

Step 2:

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Cut the excess paper off the other side if needed, fold the edge over about an inch for a straight edge and tape toward the middle. Make sure it’s taped tight around the package, but not so tight that you tear the paper.

Step 3:

how to wrap a gift

Fold the edges down as far as you can and cut them down as needed. You may even want to cut them before folding them down if they are very long.

Step 4:

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Fold the bottom edge up until it’s around 3/4 of the way to the other end and tape it down on both ends to hold it taunt.

Step 5:

Christmas gift wrapping

Fold the top edge over to make it straight and fold it over until it’s around 3/4 of the way to the end. Tape it and do the same on the other side.

Step 6:

North Pole

Admire your perfect edge and feel free to add bows, ribbons and more.

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Stocking Stuffers That Will Make Santa Jealous

stocking stuffers

On Christmas morning, my stocking is always the first place I go. Nothing gets me more excited for the gifts under the tree than digging through a stocking full of makeup, mini accessories and more. Since I’m stuffing my Mom’s stocking this year, I’ve been on the prowl for the best stocking stuffers. If you’re looking to spend a pretty penny, kate spade and Henri Bendel have some of the cutest stocking stuffers I’ve ever seen. But, if you’re on a budget I found some amazing mini gifts at ULTA Beauty and Old Navy.

For your shopping pleasure, here are some of my favorites. In case you were wondering, you can absolutely get a stocking stuffer for yourself.

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