Holiday Gift Guide – Under $150

Sometimes finding gifts can be difficult. I know I have had a few difficulties this year finding just the right thing for everyone on my list especially when trying to stay within my budget. So I thought I would share a few ideas with all of you to hopefully give you some inspiration!

Here are a few things to consider for those on your Nice List (with a few special treats thrown in):

 

Karma Go

This is a wifi hot spot aka wifi everywhere you go. I cannot tell you how useful this has been for me! It is a great gift for a college (or soon to be) student, frequent business traveler, or busy mom in your life. And I even have a discount for all of you! CLICK HERE to get $10 off your Karma Go purchase!

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$139

Wine:

Starting at $18.99 a bottle ONEHOPE wine is a great choice for a holiday host/hostess gift.

With portions of the proceeds going to a myriad of different causes from hunger to breast cancer, you are sure to find a cause that both you and the recipient are passionate about. It is a gift that continues to give, binging meaning back into this holiday season.

Ornament

If you want to give a gift that is a little more sentimental, a tasteful gift option is a beautiful holiday ornament.

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$50

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$75

The ornaments pictured above start at only $50. The person getting this gift will get all the thrill of opening the iconic little blue box but without the major ouch factor to your wallet. It is a wonderful keepsake that they can cherish for years.

 

 

Yeti

These tumblers are everywhere for a reason, they are seriously awesome. I have two myself of different sizes and both make a great gift option. Starting at only $29.99 they make a great gift for the outdoorsy person or the college student in your life.

 

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*Note DO NOT purchase these on Amazon. They are NOT from YETI,, and you will end up with a fake. You do not want to give someone a fake for Christmas! The only way to guarantee that it is authentic is to purchase directly from YETI.

 

 

 

 

Totesavvy from Life in Play Company

Hands down the Totesavvy is the best purse organizer I have ever used even if it is technically made to be a diaper bag organizer. With or without children this is still an amazing gift. I have used mine for several months now and I love it so much that I actually purchased another one in a different color! If you or someone you know is like me, in that they like to take practically their entire house with them daily, this is the perfect present.

Life in Play has graciously offered you all a promo code as well! Use Code JESSICASTROM for 25% OFF your purchase of Totesavvy!!

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My Totesavvy packed up inside my Longchamp tote. Use Code JESSICASTROM for 25% OFF!
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Here is Totesavvy packed as a diaper bag. *Image courtesy of Life in Play Company

SLG’s (Small Leather Goods) 

 

Small leather goods are always a tasteful and welcome gift. All of the items below are from Leatherology, which offers amazing quality for a very competitive price. And the best part is that everything can be monogrammed!

 

Collar stayToothpick Case

I know what you’re thinking… toothpick case? Um WHAT?

It may seem a little bizarre (and believe me I didn’t get it wither when I moved to Texas, but hey I carry floss… same thing?)  is the habit that many Southern men have (and sometimes women) of carrying toothpicks around everywhere. If you have a friend or family member that has this habit, consider getting them a toothpick case. Leatherology sells this one for $7. They also have it listed as a collar stay case, so if your loved ones are more of a business professional type this still works out great and makes a great stocking-stuffer.

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Key Case– $45

I personally own two key cases, one for personal keys and the second for work keys. I currently have eleven keys on my work key case, without even going onto the other hook!

They keep your purse from getting scratched or getting holes ripped inside them/ keep you from stabbing yourself in the butt when you sit down on your wad of keys, and they look very chic. They come in a multitude of colors, perfect for both men and women on your nice list.

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There you have it! Hopefully this list helps you with your last minute gift giving needs! Happy Holidays everyone!

Boerne Brunch: La Cascada at Tapatio Springs

Tucked back in the hills of Boerne, Texas is the picturesque golf resort and spa Tapatio Springs. Though I do not golf, my hand-eye coordination is zero, I have wanted to explore the area for some time. So when I found out about the hotel’s restaurant I decided to try it our for the most important meal of the day. Brunch.

I decided to drag my boyfriend along with me, who despite living in the Boerne area his whole life, had never been to the resort. We hopped into the 69 Chevy pickup (his  favorite vehicle to drive of late) and headed deeper into the Hill Country.

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We had a beautiful drive into the resort, and since it is fall leaves were starting to change.Views like this is why fall is my favorite time of year.

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Once we got to the restaurant we were seated immediately right by the large window overlooking the golf course.

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La Cascada has a great selection of brunch and lunch items that should easily satiate anyones tastebuds. Click HERE to view their menu:

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I ordered coffee first and it came in this adorable old fashioned coffee pot!

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After a good 10 minutes of perusing the menu and being indecisive I finally settled on the Shrimp and Crab Quiche with fresh fruit.

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My boyfriend and I shared beignets with strawberry jam.

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I tried to snag a picture of his Hill Country Breakfast before he started but he was too quick for me and had already started digging in!

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Our meal complete we headed outside to briefly poke around the gold course. We headed for a fire pit I had been eyeing out the window to enjoy the fresh air.

 

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This was one of the most hearty and relaxing brunches I have had for quite some time. I highly recommend talking the drive out to Tapatio Springs and having your next brunch at La Cascada.

ZOOBILATION BALL

Thursday evening I attended the 34th Annual Zoobilation Ball. This annual fundraiser helps support the Zoo’s mission of education and conservation that is so important to protecting volatile species and the environment. This year’s Zoo Ball theme was Jewels of the Kasbah. The private tent was transformed into a Moroccan oasis filled with flickering lanterns and glittering guests.

 

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It was a beautiful night and I cannot wait for next year!

CLICK HERE to make a donation to the Zoo!

Saturday Morning Meals

Like so many other women on the go, I neglect having  breakfast in the morning, instead substituting with additional cups of coffee while getting ready in the morning. I just do not have the time/ do not want to wake up even earlier to make myself breakfast. With this in mind I think it is easy to see why Saturday morning is my moment to slow down, sit in my pj’s, and relax with a cup of coffee and a real meal.

Lately my go to breakfast meal of choice has essentially just to put lox on everything. For those of you that don’t know what lox is, it is smoked salmon, and possibly the most delicious thing on this planet.

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Yesterday morning I sat down, poured my coffee into my favorite mug from Hotel Havana (review on this location coming soon!), and ate fried eggs and lox on toast. I binge watched the new series The Crown on Netflix, and had an amazing lazy Saturday morning.