my holiday purchases so far

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holiday decor on a budget

It may sound insane that I’m decorating our Christmas tree for the first time this year, since Mr Dittner and I have been married for over a decade. But we’ve always been with his parents or mine on Christmas, and had lots of traveling to do, so I’ve never taken the time to actually decorate a tree. This year I’m getting serious about buying our Christmas decor on a budget, and I’m so excited about it.

I love glass ornaments, so I’ve been sourcing them from high and low places, finding some that start at $5 at Target, and then investing in several from Biscuit. For our stockings, I ordered these classic, and budget friendly, stockings and had them individually personalized with monograms and colors that match our personalities, to make them extra special. I searched everywhere for simple stocking holders, and finally found these sleek, brass hooks that I love.

For our mantle decor, we have an unusual fireplace that is in the corner of our living room, and it has a huge mantle. So, I bought three of these $35 trees and layered them for a gorgeous effect. I was so excited to find this black and white polkadot wrapping paper with the corresponding striped ribbon, and I’m giving these stylish greeting cards again this year, because they are just so chic!

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My holiday wrap that I’m quite excited about!

gifts for her

I can never have too many pajamas, so I think this red and white striped pajama top and pants is a great gift, that I just ordered for myself hehe. I also love this Christmas plaid pajama. A cozy sweater is always a great gift, and topping it off with this $20 fur collar makes it extra chic. I also love this pair of faux fur slides and fluffy pink slippers for stocking stuffers. I have both of these shoes, and love them so much because they are so comfortable and high-quality for the small price.

Teacher gifts are sometimes hard to find, so I was so relieved to find this ostrich “to do” lists and globe key chains for Bea’s beloved teachers. You can never go wrong giving the Nest holiday candle as a teacher gift, client gift or hostess gift, and this pair of $19 puppies is so classic and stylish, I even ordered them for myself!

gifts for him

Men are some of the hardest to shop for, so I’m going to really come through for you this year with the “Mr Dittner” gift guide coming next week. In the mean time, I wanted to share what I’ve found for my Hubby thus far, and what he has his eye on now.

Men rarely treat themselves to luxurious items, so I love to give him classic pajamas, a cozy robe like this, and a pair of luxe slippers. Mr Dittner absolutely loves his Master and Dynamic headphones, and has his eye on the new wireless headphones from the same company. Men always love a new pair of sneakers, and these classic Nikes are always a good choice.

gifts for children

I’m so excited to share my ideas for children’s gifts, as they are some of the funnest to buy! Bea got this incredible blue coat for her birthday, and I think it’s the perfect gift for the little girl who has everything. These “12 days of Christmas” matching boy and girl pajamas are probably going to be the ones I go with for Bea’s Christmas PJs, and these $6 cozy slippers are always a win in our house. Since children can never have too many books, I highly recommend the Frank Lloyd Wright Opposites book, and this classic from the Madeline series. An exotic stuffed animal is always fun to give, and I love this ostrich from Jellycat.

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