FILED UNDER: Consumerism, Love, Me

If you’re anything like me, YOU LOVE BUYING SHIT. It’s as simple as that. Here is a last-minute list of things I’ve purchased (or at least wanted to) recently that make great gifts.

Fresh Balsam Wallflower

Not going to lie: I have an obsession with wallflowers and candles from Bath & Body Works. When the sales are going on, it’s impossible to stay away. This little gem is my absolute favorite thing at the moment. I have one in my room right now and I swear to Fortuna that it smells as if there is a real fresh-cut Christmas tree in here. Currently, for a starter kit (including a diffuser and one charge) or a two-pack of charges, it’s only $6.

AE Texting Gloves

For some reason, I always end up buying a new pair of gloves each year (when last year’s are still perfectly fine). Though, I always grab a new color. These $20 Men’s Texting Gloves from American Eagle are the best thing I’ve ever come across. They look like your typical fingerless gloves with the little hood to cover up those chilly digits, but there is a small slit on the bottom side of the thumb to allow the use of touch-screen phones. GENIUS. Nearly every other pair of gloves I’ve ever come across either has the thumb completely cut-off or completely covered.

Male & Female

If I recall correctly, I used to hate these. Now I’m not even entirely sure why. I do know I’ve changed my mind and these are fantastic. I would love a set (of most likely two men) to hang next to the front door of my (one day) house. I imagine they would go really well where the house number / mailbox / doorbell are. For $7 a piece, how could you resist a matte white porcelain un homme/un femme vase from CB2.


It’s clear I have an obsession with wood, or maybe just woodsy scents. Bath & Body Work’s men’s oak cologne is my scent of the season. Something about it smells vintage-y, warm, and kind of like ‘old man’. I know, that sounds creepy and possibly agist too. According to it’s actual description, it smells like juniper, cedar, nutmeg, coffee and musk among a dozen other things. He sells for $30 but there are almost always buy two get three free or buy two get one free deals.

Every Man Jack Cedar

Once again with the wood. This has a similar ‘scent note’ list as the oak cologne, but smells slightly different. As you’d expect, it has more of a clean body wash smell and less of a powerful cologne scent. It’s not overpowering, but I have noticed that when heading back into the bathroom a while after a shower I can still clearly smell the Every Man Jack cedarwood body wash. I got him at Target for $5, and also got his brother, the citrus body scrub.

Black Friday Gloves

And here we are with another pair of gloves. These women’s AE fingerless gloves cost only $4 on Black Friday and are one of my favorite purchases as of lately. Naturally, they don’t do a whole lot when it’s freezing cold out, but on those mild days they’re fantastic. I got the grey and white pair and they match nearly everything I own (seeing as how it’s almost all grey). If you’re interested, I saw a few pairs of these and also the other colors on clearance at American Eagle today for $6.

Cranberry Lime

It wouldn’t be a true ‘my favorite things’ post without alcohol mentioned somewhere. I was introduced to cranberry & lime Smirnoff malt beverages by a coworker earlier this year and I’m pretty sure I could drink them all-day, every-day for the rest of my life. I even drank them during Thanksgiving dinner this year. I hate beer, so when I want something just to sip on my only options are wine or the hassle of making a mixed drink. That’s when these come into play. They’re not the cheapest things (especially with Pennsylvania’s ridiculous liquor laws) at $9 for a 6-pack, but they are the same price as regular Smirnoff Ice and have a higher alcohol content.

There you have it. My favorite things. Sure I’ve made other purchases this year that I’ve absolutely loved (like my Sony Bravia HDTV and Playstation 3) but I wouldn’t really consider those gift-worthy. And if I stumble upon anything else phenomenal? I’ll append this post!

December 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm

how do the wallflowers work exactly? i’ve never seen ‘em in the b&bw stores (probably because i always make a beeline straight for the body wash and nothing else, haha). are they like glade plug-ins, only better?

funnily enough, when i worked a crate&barrel, i bought two of the un homme vases for one of my college friends and his bf when they got an apartment together. they look amazing against stark white walls with really dark flowers or white daisies in them. i’d love one for my room, but i’m painting my walls a really dark gray and i’m not sure how well that’d go over.

and i NEED those texting gloves in my life, plz&thx! praying that they have them at a local ae!

would you mind if i “stole” this post and did a version on my blog? i’ll link back, promise!

December 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Yep, they’re pretty much EXACTLY just a plug-in. And I know, they’ve had them for years but I always just ignored them. Usually there are walls lined with hundreds of them towards the back of the store.

YES, THEY’RE PERFECT. Luckily since they’re white, I think they could be pulled off in many situations. But I agree, I think they’d look fantastic against white. They are so lucky to have a friend like you :D And damn girl, you worked at crate&barrel? TOTES JEALZ.

The texting gloves = best purchase I’ve made in a long time.

PS: GO FOR IT! I’d love to read what your favorite things are.

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