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T H E D I Y P L AY B O O K

2017


T A B L E

-BRI DGET & CASEY

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O F

C O N T E N T S

Favorites Under Fifty

2. Home for the Holidays 3. For the Fashionista 5. Casey’s Favorites 6. Beauty Essentials 8. Finn’s Favorites 9. Matt’s Favorites 11. For the Fearless DIY-er 12. For the Fitness Fanatic 14. For the Hostess with the Mostess 16. For New Moms & Babies 17. Gifts For Couples 18. ‘Tis the Season 20. Bridget’s Favorites


“THE BEST WAY TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER IS SINGING LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR” - BUDDY THE ELF


FAVORITES U N D E R $5 0

$14

$25

WARM SOCKS

CORD ORGANIZERS

Such warm socks... that are

Tangled cords are the WORST,

super cute too!

which is why we love these trendy and functional cord organizers that solve this

$10

$20

annoying problem in style.

FUN MATCHES

CITY CANDLE

A fun and festive accessory

With scents for all of the major

next to those seasonal candles

cities, you can give the gift of

on the bar cart.

your favorite destination! We really want to scoop up the Chicago scent (with hints of cucumber and basil)!

$14

$49

GOLD & WHITE MUG Drink your coffee in

PERSONALIZED KEYCHAIN

style with this gold and

So many cute color options

glamorous mug.

to show a little extra love for anyone on your shopping list.

$29 HEART MITTENS

$32

These heart mittens are melting our hearts.

MORSE CODE CUFF This sleek gold cuff is engraved with Morse code dots and lines. You can dis-

$20

play your initials (or those of a loved one) in a subtle way!

GEMSTONE IPHONE CASE

$20

Even if you don’t have

CHAMPAGNE GUMMY BEARS

the latest cell phone, you can still have the coolest

Perfect for the champs lover in your life!

that you care. In fact, we love a good bargain!

looking phone around.

These non-alcoholic, champagne flavored

H e r e a r e o u r f a v o r i t e g i f t s u n d e r $ 5 0.

gummies are delicious and festive!

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Y o u d o n’ t h a v e t o b r e a k t h e b a n k t o s h o w p e o p l e


MID-CENTURY TABLE PLANTER

HOME FOR T H E H O L I DAYS

Desktop, tabletop, counter, we love this planter just about anywhere!

MODERN CANISTERS TURKISH TOWELS

We both have these canisters and LOVE

Extra absorbent and

can be used for just about anything.

them! They’re stylish, functional and

super stylish. A win-win in our playbook!

RATTAN SERVING TRAY

COZY, SOFT, THROW

Corral your counter top or

gray and white stripes.

You can’t go wrong with

coffee table clutter with this rattan tray.

COFFEE TABLE BOOK

WOODEN DOUGH BOWL Stash your keys by the door,

Not only will

mail on your entryway, or even Polaroids showcasing your favorite memories!

this look great

WORK HARD... ART PRINT

on a coffee table, but it’s a great read

One of our favorite

full of home

prints of all time!

inspiration.

TRAVEL ART PRINT Framing memories from your travels is a thoughtful way to add meaningful decor to your home and doubles as the perfect gift.

T h e r e’ s n o p l a c e l i k e h o m e s w e e t h o m e , a n d w e l o v e g i f t i n g i t e m s t h a t make that special place even cozier. Whether you’re gifting a new homeowner, or someone who has been in their space for 30 years, anyone will love a few pretty items to make their space a little sweeter.

DECORATIVE PILLOW Love the pattern on this black and white pillow. Would look amazing on anyone's couch!

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POTTED ALOE PLANT No more worries about keeping this plant alive!


FOR THE FA S H I O N I S TA

We may not be fashionistas, but we have some tried & true pieces that we reach for over and over again. These presents a r e f o r t h e g a l w h o i s a l w a y s r o c k i n’ t h e l a t e s t t r e n d s !

WEDGE SNEAKERS WINTER COAT

This pair of TOMS has made our gift guide two years in

A classic winter staple

a row because we both still

that can easily transition

wear them all the time.

from work to the weekend (and keep you warm along the way!)

LEOPARD CLUTCH Leopard is a print that goes with absolutely everything. Love this sassy clutch!

COZY SWEATSHIRT Looking for extra layers this

TIE FRONT SWEATER

season? We are obsessed with this quarter zip sweatshirt!

OUR FAVORITE SUNGLASSES A wardrobe staple that

This tie-front

never goes out of style.

sweater was one of our most popular this year. It’s so cozy and comes in several gorgeous colors.

WORK TOTE A work bag that can look

CLASSIC WATCH A wardrobe staple we love with just

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about every look.

TASSEL EARRINGS Word on the street... tassels are trendy! Love these sparkly earrings.

good in the office and out at happy hour (plus, less than $75!)

HUNTER BOOTS We both invested in Hunter boots a few years ago and get SO much use out of them each year.


W I N T E R C H A M PAG N E C O C K TA I L INGREDIENTS • 1 ounce freshly squeezed clementine juice (or grapefruit or orange) • 1 clementine peel (grapefruit or orange work well too) • 2 dashes orange bitters • 4 ounces Champagne, Prosecco, or sparkling wine, chilled • 1 sprig of rosemary garnish

PREPARATION In a Champagne flute add your citrus juice. Rub the edge of the glass with citrus peel and drop the peel into the glass. Add the bitters and the rosemary sprig and pour in the chilled bubbly.


CASEY’S FAVORITES

INITIAL NECKLACE I wear this just about every single day. Dainty & goes with everything.

FANCY PAJAMAS NADRI EARRINGS APPLE AIRPODS

I love the quality (yet

What can I say? I like to look fancy for bedtime.

affordable) earrings made by

After my headphones got

Nadri and these sparkly ones

stuck in the turnstile of the

This necklace dresses

are extra special.

train (true story!), I got

KENDRA SCOTT NECKLACE up any simple outfit.

these wireless earbuds and

I love the white and

haven’t looked back!

gold with many colors to choose from.

SOUND MACHINE

AWAY LUGGAGE

Consider

I purchased this luggage this

this a gift

year for our travels abroad

to yourself,

and I am officially obsessed.

because this

Lightweight, stylish, and room

baby will put

for everything.

you right to sleep every

Leather Travel Case Set

single night.

CHAMPAGNE STOPPER For those times when you can’t finish an entire bottle. Keeps

DAY DESIGNER PLANNER

This leather travel set is on my wish list. A classic and beautiful accessory.

CAPRI JAR CANDLE Just about every guest we have over always asks where they can get one for themselves! Trust me...you’ll love this clean scent.

This mini size is a new addition and I’m excited to use it for 2018.

When I find something I love, I’m the kinda gal who tells

bubbly fresh for

everyone she knows! As an avid review reader (#nerd),

a few days.

I’m always trying to find the best of the best when online shopping. I highly recommend everything on my favorites list!

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BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

W e c e r t a i n l y c a n’ t c l a i m t o b e b e a u t y a f i c i o n a d o s , b u t o u r m a k e u p b a g s a r e c e r t a i n l y f u l l o f i t e m s w e c a n’ t l i v e without! Here are the products that fool everyone into thinking we always get our beauty sleep.

PRESSED POWDER at bay with this

UNDER-EYE CONCEALER

lightweight powder.

A must-have for

Keep the shine

LIP STAIN

those nights when you don’t get a

This lip stain stays on

full 8 hours.

all day long...plus it’s only $14!

BEAUTY MASKS

NAKED 2 PALETTE

A great buy for your face mask obsessed bestie.

GRADUAL TAN IN SHOWER

You can mix and match hues to take your eye makeup from day to night.

No more getting orange all over your sheets! You put this self-tanner on in

PROFESSIONAL QUALITY BLOW DRYER

the shower and 3 minutes later you wash it off for a gradual glow.

Obsessed with this high quality blow dryer because it saves me so much time in

MAKEUP BRUSHES

the morning.

Quality brushes can take your

LORAC PRIMER

makeup game to the next

For those

level. Gifting this set would

days when

make any gal very happy.

you really need your

A personal touch

makeup

to corral all those

to have

morning essentials.

staying power.

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PERSONALIZED MAKE-UP BAG NEUTRAL NAIL POLISH SET Love this combo of neutral colors. The perfect gift for any lady on your list!


Finn CASEY’S HUBS

GIFTS FOR HIM

Matt BRIDGET’S HUBS


FINN’S FAVORITES FORRESTER CAP TOE BOOT

KIEHL’S EYE CREAM

These boots are the most comfortable

now I feel I am addicted.

Casey bought this for me and

EVERLANE BUTTON DOWN

pair I have ever worn and keep my feet warm in the Windy City!

I appreciate the simplicity and quality of these Everlane shirts and I know they will never go out of style.

LEATHER WATCH I love unique

WORK BAG COLOGNE SAMPLER

This bag checks all the boxes for a great work bag

leather watches and this Jack

Sample a dozen different colognes

Mason watch is

then use the gift-card inside

a perfect way

for a full-size bottle.

to add some

OLIVE CHINOS Soft and comfortable, these green chinos are extremely versatile.

diversity to

and I know

your look.

these Tumi products

COGNAC OXFORDS

stand the test of time.

Bullbox is my favorite for oxfords and casual

BBQ SAUCE GIFT SET

shoes because they

These sauces range from smoky

are comfortable,

to spicy for anyone who enjoys

fashionable and

some good ol’ fashioned BBQ.

affordable.

GOLD BOX I use this glass shadow box to

I’m always on the lookout for classic items that can boost

hold my watches.

my wardrobe and advance my personal style as I get older.

It comes in a variety of sizes

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COLLAR STAY

and it’s “Casey

This keeps your dress shirt in perfect

approved” decor!

shape, and tightens up your look.

I invest in items I know I love and will use on a daily basis, giving me the centerpieces I need to dress with confidence.


M AT T ’ S FAVORITES

STYLISH SOCKS The louder, the brighter, the more unique…the better.

CLASSIC CHINOS In an attempt to improve my professional dress game, these chinos have quickly

SLIM FIT JEANS

gone to the top of my

COLOGNE

These jeans are beyond comfortable and can go with any shirt as you plan an evening out on the town.

WIRELESS SPEAKER

list. Great to

This fragrance has quickly

combine with

become the “Ace” of my

dress shirts,

cologne rotation. Get ready to

sport coats, or

turn a lot of heads and flare

even a casual

a few nostrils along the way.

t-shirt.

This speaker provides a crystal clear quality that will fill up any room.

YETI THERMOS FITBIT FLEX

Perfect for

I am a bit obsessed with getting my “daily steps” Needless to say, the Fitbit Flex 2 is at the top of my scouting report!

keeping my coffee warm all morning (and afternoon) long.

This collection makes up my daily starting line up and helps make each day a great one! Nothing beats feeling good so when I find my favorites, I stay loyal. From top to bottom, these essentials bring it all together.

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EXPRESS SLIM-FIT SHIRT

PATAGONIA FLEECE

These shirts have

This baby keeps you warm while

been essential

adding a little style to the “jean

during my speaking

game.” It’s a great fit that keeps the

engagements along

warm in and the cold out!

with my full time career.


DIY WRAPPING TIP Choose wrapping paper and ribbon that coordinates with your home’s holiday color scheme and the presents under your tree will double as gorgeous decor all December long!


FOR THE F E A R L E S S D I Y-E R

AMAZON ALEXA

STUD FINDER

We’re both

A stud finder is

trying to make

an essential in

our homes

every toolbox

“smarter” so we’ve added this gadget to our

So many projects, so little time! This planner can help prioritize that never ending todo list.

beat this one for $20

wish list this

PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER

and you can’t

holiday season.

NEST THERMOSTAT

TWO-IN-ONE SCREWDRIVER

A DIY project that takes about 20

You never have to wonder if it’s a phillips or

minutes to install and

flathead, this screwdriver has you covered!

will save you money all year round!

HANDY PAINT PAIL

DEMO DAY T-SHIRT

For the DIY-er, a

... because who

subscription is a

doesn’t love

gift that provides

Chip & Joanna?!

fresh inspiration all

during your next paint project!

monthly magazine

year round!

DRILL This drill will

TAPE MEASURE

have you covered no matter what

No matter what skill

size your next

level you have, a tape

DIY project is.

measure in the house is a must.

To keep the mess under control

MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION

TOOLBOX We each invested in a toolbox with wheels and LOVE them. They’re

We truly believe that everyone should give DIY a try and

easy to move

these are our favorite tools to do just that. If you’re just

around the house and even easy to take on the go.

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getting into the do-it-yourself game, we suggest you add some of our favorites to your tool box!


FOR THE F I T N E S S FA N AT I C

New workout gear always gives us the motivation to get our butts to the gym. From our favorite leggings, to the best water bottle money can buy (seriously!), here are gifts that will surely impress the fitness fanatic on your shopping list.

STRONG GRIP HAIR RING These hair bands won’t damage your hair, plus they keep your strands out of your face during workout class.

GYM SHOES We actually think about getting our run

SWELL WATER BOTTLE

on in these shoes.

ZELLA LEGGINGS We love the high waist on these

We love these

super comfy

swell bottles

athleisure pants.

because they keep your water cold (or your coffee

SLING BACKPACK

warm) all day long,

Keep all of your gym essentials

seriously!

in this cute sling backpack

NO SHOW SOCKS We can never have enough no show socks in our closets

TWISTY TURN TEE LONG WRAP CARDIGAN

A knit tee that will look good in workout class or

Perfect to throw on

just lounging on

over your yoga gear

the weekend.

before class.

LIP TINT For a little extra color on your lips when heading to the gym (plus it has

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sunscreen!)


DIY HOSTING TIP Set the table before your guests come over, so it’s done and looking good for the entire party! We always like to tuck sprigs of rosemary into the folded napkins on each plate. It brings in a bit of greenery, but it also smells heavenly!


FOR THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

HAND TOWELS A clean classic look to brighten up your kitchen.

WOOD SERVERS Any dish would look good served with these

ICONIC CHICAGO POPCORN

marble and wood utensils

Surprise the host with a delicious delivery from sweet home Chicago!

LEMON HAND SOAP & LOTION

MARBLE WINE COOLER

OVE GLOVES

to fancy hand soap &

Marble + Wine = a

glamorous gift, but one

lotion for their kitchen.

winning combo.

we know this hostess will

Plus it doubles

LOVE. You’ll never want to

as a vase when not

use an oven mitt again!

Treat your favorite duo

REWINED “WINE” CANDLES

Maybe not the most

holding wine!

Upcycled wine bottles that have been created into a candle of your favorite wine flavor, perfect for any wine lover or hostess.

LETTERFOLK BOARD

GEO BOTTLE STOPPERS

Write a message on the letter board before you wrap it up for

Any vino loving

an extra surprise!

couple will enjoy these gorgeous wine stoppers.

CUTTING BOARD W e c e r t a i n l y a r e n’ t r o c k s t a r s i n t h e k i t c h e n , b u t t h a t d o e s n’ t m e a n w e d o n’ t l o v e t h r o w i n g a g e t t o g e t h e r e v e r y now and again. Plus, cute kitchen supplies take the focus away from our (always) store bought dishes!

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A cutting board that can double as gorgeous kitchen decor all year round.


FAWN DIAPER BAG

OH BABY! MOMS & BABIES

especially love

WOBBLY STACKABLE TOY

that you can’t

Love this

Love this diaper bag, and

even tell it’s a

classic toy,

diaper bag!

VINTAGE CAMERA NIGHT LIGHT

and it doubles as stylish

TEE PEE

nursery decor.

A fun & functional gift that will grow with

A night light

your little one for years

that doubles as

to come. Available

adorable decor,

in more fun colors!

what’s not to love?!

CUDDLE + KIND STUFFED ANIMAL Not only are

SMART SOCK BABY MONITOR

these stuffed animals adorable, each doll sold

This smart sock baby

provides 10 meals

monitor from Owlet

for kids in need.

connects to an app on your phone.

MONICA + ANDY BABY BLANKET We love all things Monica + Andy and this

FELT SUCCULENTS

print is giving us serious heart eyes!

Baby-proof

NEW CAMERA

“succulents” for all our fellow

Now is the perfect time to treat

plant ladies.

the family to a new camera for all of those upcoming memories.

MOM LIFE SWEATSHIRT

A hamper

B bought this comfy and

that can

fun sweatshirt for her

corral toys,

B i s e x p e c t i n g h e r f i r s t b a b y i n Fe b r u a r y a n d w e a r e a l r e a d y

sister when she became a

blankets,

having so much fun shopping for the little guy! These are

mom and it was a hit!

or nursery

some of our favorite finds (for both mom and baby!) so far.

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BABY HAMPER

must-haves in style.


GIFTS FOR COUPLES

PERSONALIZED DOORMAT Display their last name, new home address, or monogram...this personalized gift is always welcome.

SELF POWERED VACUUM

PASSPORT COVERS

For a busy couple, this

These $14

gadget will

passport cases

take care of the

are great

PACKING CUBES

vacuuming even

quality and

An affordable, but super

when they’re

come in colors

valuable, gift for the

not home.

for him & her.

travel lovers on your list.

RECORD PLAYER All they need is LOVE... and a record player. The Crosley is a classic piece that looks

BAR CART A mid-century bar cart

great on the shelf and perfect for playing music at dinner parties.

COZY BLANKET

that can hold his and her favorites. Cheers to that!

My husband, Finn, & I each

CUSTOMIZABLE ADDRESS STAMP

have one of

Take one thing off

to cozy up in

a new homeowners

each night.

to-do list and buy this adorable stamp. Our go-to homeowner gift.

these blankets that we keep in the living room

MUGS WITH LIDS Keeping your coffee warm all morning long?! Genius! And the lids double as a coaster. Stylish and functional.

These gifts are for the newly engaged, newly married, new homeowners...heck any darling duo in your life. And we promise these items will make both parties incredibly happy!

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’TIS THE SEASON!

2017 ORNAMENT FRAME DISCO BALL SIPPER CUP

We add a new ornament to our tree every

Cheers to the

season that

New Year... and

includes the

every occasion

year. This

MODERN WRAPPING PAPER It’s always fun

that requires a

silver frame is

disco ball drink

a gorgeous gift

FESTIVE RIBBON

after that!

option.

Anyone else loving the black and

to splurge on

white buffalo check pattern as much

coordinating wrapping paper for

as we are this season?

your own gifts!

CHICAGO CHRISTMAS CARDS These Chicago Christmas cards capture one of

RETRO THERMOS Take your

HOT CHOCOLATE

hot chocolate

A holiday splurge you

to go with this oldschool coffee thermos.

FRESH WREATH DELIVERY

our favorite views

GIFT TAGS

of the city around

Personalize your

the holidays and

gifts in style with

make the perfect

these adorable

snail mail.

gift tags!

won’t regret!

PEPPERMINT BARK

B received a surprise Christmas wreath (fresh!) delivered to her house as a gift when she moved into her first house and it’s still

HOLIDAY CANDLE

one of her favorite holiday gifts ever!

We’ve never met a candle from Anthropologie that we didn’t love!

This delicious gift can work for just about anyone on your list. Stock up

Yo u c a n’ t g o w r o n g g i f t i n g s o m e h o l i d a y s p i r i t ! T h e s e i t e m s w i l l t r u l y work for anyone on your shopping list! We suggest stocking up on a few of your favorites from this page, that way you’ ll always have

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something on hand for those last-minute holiday parties!

and get ready to make people happy!


O’CONNOR

F U D G E

R E C I P E

INGREDIENTS • 4 cups sugar • 1 cup milk • 25 large marshmallows (chopped) • 12 oz Brach’s chocolate stars • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate squares • 1 tsp vanilla • 1 cup butter • 12 oz chocolate chips

PREPARATION Mix sugar, milk & vanilla in large saucepan. Add butter and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add marshmallows and then lower heat. Add one piece of chocolate at a time, stirring after each. Add nuts (optional). Pour into a 9x13 pan and chill (optional). Cut, package and enjoy!

BRIDGET’S


BRIDGET’S FAVORITES

KENDRA SCOTT NECKLACE I wear this versatile necklace just about everyday!

HANGING BANNER Love these banners & hoping to add this one into our new house once construction is over.

WARBY PARKER GLASSES I discovered Warby Parker this year and love how many amazing frames they have at such affordable prices.

MADEWELL SWEATER

CLASSIC BACKPACK STRIPED SHIRT Stripes are always a good idea, right?!

on repeat all

to weekend trips,

winter long

this backpack has

because it’s

worked hard for

the softest

my favorite finds this year.

PLAID SCARF I get so many compliments

CRISS CROSS RING ring was one of

cozy sweater

From camera gear

me all year long.

This criss-cross

I wear this

when I wear this scarf

SPERRY BOOTS

and especially love that it magically matches with almost everything!

These waterproof boots are perfect for fall, winter and spring

finally find something I love, I usually wear it on repeat!

and come in

Not only do I love all of these pieces, but I’ve also gotten

lots of great

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I’m not someone who buys just to buy, so when I do

color combos!

a ton of use out of them throughout the year.

thing I own.


T H E D I Y P L AY B O O K GIFT GUIDE 2017

D E I S G N A N D L AYO U T B Y K A I T LY N D A L E I D E N

The DIY Playbook - Holiday Gift Guide 2017  

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