Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostess

 

Hosting family and friends for the holidays is sure to be a big job, and a little show of appreciation goes such a long way! Snag one (or more) of these sweet gifts for your favorite hostess — we especially love the ones that she’ll be able to use year-round, like our cotton totes or some notecard sets. P.S. If you’re the one hosting, feel free to forward this list along to your loved ones!

2019 Happy Hour Calendar ($20) | Fruity Market List Notepad ($12) | Whimsical Wreath Thank You Cards ($5-$20)

A few more ideas:

  • THE PRETTIEST SOAP — I’m pretty obsessed with Scottish Fine Soaps, especially since they have such pretty packaging! This floral tin makes for a perfect stocking stuffer on its own, but it’d also be a great addition to a larger gift set.

  • RELAXING GIFT BOX — A beautifully curated gift box for a slow, relaxing morning? Pretty much the ideal gift for the person who’s spent all holiday season taking care of everyone else. I LOVE the Wake Up and Go Getter from Gray Duck Gifts!

  • MAGNOLIA JOURNAL — We love the Gaines’ approach to just about everything, and a subscription to the Magnolia Journal is a gift that would keep giving all year long!

  • SPARKLY EARRINGS — I like the idea of giving a hostess gift that’s pretty and fun (rather than just functional). How pretty is this set of J.Crew earrings?? Great for the holiday season, and just about every day afterwards.

  • WINTER MUG SET — You can’t really go wrong with a cute mug, especially this time of year when there are so many cozy drinks to be had! I love that this Target set includes both a regular mug and a to-go option.

What’s your go-to hostess gift? Leave a comment below to share!



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Monthly Mood: What We're Loving This December

 

Well, we’ve made it to December — it’s all hot cocoa, garlands, and gift wrap from here on out! We’ve got a big month ahead, including our final pop-up events and a couple of fun holiday trips. In the meantime, I’ll be in the studio, playing elf and packaging orders! If you’re still on the hunt for holiday cards, be sure to check out this season’s best sellers below:

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amy zhang creative | december color palette

CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON —

A cool-yet-cozy color palette — As much as I love the classic red-and-green pairing, I always find myself drawn towards non-traditional holiday color palettes. I especially love how pastel tones look next to earthy, natural greens!

CURRENTLY CRAVING —

Holiday flavors — I rarely stray from black coffee or the occasional almond milk latte — but the holidays are my favorite time to indulge in hot cocoa, a chai latte, and any other drink that’s best enjoyed by a cozy fire. (P.S. If you love a good cup of cheer, be sure to check out our holiday drink cards!) 

amy zhang creative | starbucks holiday cup illustration

CURRENTLY WEARING —

The perfect “ugly” Christmas sweater — Ugly sweaters are one of my favorite cheesy holiday traditions, and I found a new favorite for this year! I’ll pretty much be living in this bad boy from now until Christmas — and maybe for a little while after, too ;)

CURRENTLY SHOPPING FOR —

Gifts AND the perfect gift wrap — I don’t know about you, but I think pretty gift wrap is half the fun of giving presents! I’m feeling inspired this year to add some extra accents to my presents, like a cinnamon sticks or mini, personalized ornaments.  

amy zhang creative | palm trees illustration

CURRENTLY PLANNING —

Our weekend trip to LA — So excited for another short California trip this month! It’ll be right in the middle of our holiday event madness, but I’m thinking it’ll be a nice little vacation to prep me for the final push. Comment below if you have any suggestions for must-visit LA spots!

 

What are you most excited for this month?


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Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Travel-Obsessed Friend

 

With travel becoming more and more accessible these days, we probably all have a travel-obsessed friend (or three)! If you’re looking for some travel-themed gifts, we’re all about cute wall art to keep the memories alive at home — you could even commission a custom piece to highlight their favorite places!

Denver Map Tote ($25, by request) | Amelia’s Flower Truck Print ($10) | Colorado Map Print ($25) | Denver Map Print ($25)

A few more ideas for the traveler in your life:

  • THE BUCKET LIST — I don’t know about you, but it seems like my travel bucket list grows faster than I can keep up with — not that I’m complaining! This book would make fantastic armchair travel inspiration for the adventurer in your life!

  • PASSPORT HOLDER — Organization is key when it comes to packing, and passport holders are great for keeping track of an essential travel document. There are tons of options out there for just about any personality — I personally love this adorable pink-and-gold design from Anthropologie!

  • CUTE + COMFY SHOES — Exploring a new city always means lots of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must — even better if they’re also super-cute! I personally love everything that Soludos designs, and these leopard print espadrilles are my current obsession (they’d go with so many outfits!).

  • TRAVEL WATER BOTTLE — This water bottle is a perfect stocking stuffer for the traveler who’s all about saving space — I’ve come across other collapsible styles before, but I love that this design is made of soft silicone that actually rolls up to an even smaller size.

  • BACKPACK — Hands-free bags are great for traveling, and I love that there are so many cute backpacks to choose from these days. This sleek style from Target would be great for on-the-plane items AND for lightweight sightseeing essentials.

What else would be a great addition to a packing list? Let us know in the comments!



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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Boss Babe in Your Life

 

I have to admit, this guide is pretty much my own Christmas wish list — but I’d bet there are tons of other boss ladies out there who would agree with me! Whether you’re shopping for a small business owner or a corporate climber, check out the list below for some gift ideas for your favorite career-focused gal!

Happy Hour 2019 Calendar ($20) | La Croix Before Boys Card ($5) | Lost Without You Card ($5)

A few more ideas, for good measure:

  • WORKPARTY — I’ve mentioned Jaclyn Johnson’s book WorkParty before, and it’d make a great gift for any aspiring boss lady, or anyone who wants to add some happiness to their work life — it’s inspiring, fun, and educational!

  • LETTERBOARD — No office is complete without wall art and a motivational quote or two — I love that letter boards let you swap out quotes based on your mood. Kind of obsessed with this all-wood version from Target!

  • COFFEE MUG — Whether your the boss lady in you life is a coffee or tea gal, this is the perfect mug to get them through the work day. I love all of ban.do’s  “I am very busy” products, so I’m planning on snagging this one for myself, too!

  • 2019 PLANNER — Appointed makes such insanely beautiful products, and their planner is no exception. I’m really picky about planner layouts, and this one is pretty perfect for someone who’s always adding to their to-do list.

  • CARRY-ALL TOTE — A tote that can fit your whole day, laptop included? The perfect gift for a lady who’s constantly on-the-go! I’m especially fond of this two-toned Stitch & Shutter tote, which is completely handmade (seriously, she stitches each by hand!).

Have an idea of a great boss lady gift this season? Let us know in the comments!



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The Art of Travel: What to Do In San Diego

 

Last month, we headed west to San Diego for a long weekend trip — and ended the weekend plotting how we quickly we could move there, hah! I love the Spanish cultural and architectural influences and the balmy weather was a serious treat (especially since we avoided the snow back in Denver). A few of my favorite things? Tons of fresh seafood, all the desert, and of course, the ocean! Read below for some of the sites we enjoyed the most, and be sure to add your name and email to the mailing list below — you’ll be the first to know when we our San Diego map print is available!



 
amy zhang creative | san diego map illustration | san diego city guide
 
amy zhang creative | balboa park illustration | san diego travel guide

EXPLORE —

  • BALBOA PARK — You could easily spend an entire day (or three) just exploring everything that Balboa Park has to offer (seriously, it’s massive). It’s home to tons of natural and historical San Diego sites, including the zoo, several museums, theaters, and gardens!

  • MUSEUM OF MAN — One of the many museums located in Balboa Park, the Museum of Man is an anthropological museum with lots of interesting, interactive exhibits. Along with the permanent exhibits, we also got to see their current showcase on the history of cannibalism — spooky, but fascinating!

  • OLD TOWN — Although the park is pretty touristy these days, I think Old Town’s history makes it well worth a visit. The original settlement was formed in 1769 and was the first in California! Today, there are reenactments in the historic park, plus tons of restaurants and shopping in the surround neighborhood.

  • MORE — Coronado Island, Pacific Beach, Potato Chip Rock

  

EAT —

SHOP —

  • PIGMENT — Chances are, you’ve seen this gorgeous store on Pinterest or Instagram — talk about some serious decor inspiration! Both locations carry a seemingly endless supply of fun goodies, and I love the pink mural outside of their North Park shop.

  • NATIVE POPPY — This charming shop, located inside Communal Coffee, is small but might! They’re one part florist, one part gift shop, and I love the mix of gorgeous blooms and fun books and decor pieces.

  • BENCH HOME — I’m kind of obsessed with this Kensington boutique, which carries a seriously lovely selection of home goods. Of course, I might be a little biased here — they’re our newest stockist!

  • MORE — Green Fresh Florals, Library Shop 

I can’t wait to get back to that sunny weather! I’d love to explore more of the surrounding areas of San Diego, especially some of the local beaches!  What are some of your favorite spots?


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