As we continue to unpack, we thought we’d share this year’s virtual gift roundup (a la this one from last year). It’s a three-post-in-a-row thing (we couldn’t fit all the pics into one) so stay tuned for two more that’ll pop up today. First we hit up Crate & Barrel. Here’s what we found:
These cute wine glasses were on sale for $1.50, and two of them along with a bottle of inexpensive vino could make a nice little gift for someone that doesn’t drain the ol’ bank account:
This pretty ceramic serving tray was on sale for $5.95, and could be filled with anything from cookies to candy (I’d do an assortment of fancy olives for my Italian antipasto loving mom). Who doesn’t need another serving platter? And one with the Crate & Barrel logo on the back always feels swanky (we’re betting the giftee would never guess it was under 6 bucks).
I also couldn’t take my eyes off these gorgeous $3.95 votive glasses (a gift of three of ’em with simple white candles inside would be sweet). Full disclosure: if we weren’t packing and moving when we shot these pics, I totally would have snagged a few for myself.
These colorful bowls were $3.95 a pop, so a cute gift idea might be pairing a few of them with anything from a box of your giftee’s favorite cereal to a bag of mixed nuts or caramel corn.
I have a certain bake-happy best friend who I think these $2.95 cupcake-shaped cookie cutters would be perfect for (along with anything from a baking cookbook to a bag of flour, sugar, and baking soda).
We can’t forget gifts for our four-legged friends! And these designer dog toys would look pretty darn cute on the floor:
These feisty little pepper-riddled dishtowels (just $4.95) would be nice for anyone that you know who has red or green accents in their kitchen (John’s mom has a red kitchen at their beach house…).
This is just a DIY idea that we noticed while trolling the store. How creative are these grasscloth wallpaper bookcovers? We’ve seen it done with white or tan craft paper, but the texture from the woven grasscloth is really cool.
We can’t forget our recently acquired patterned napkins (which have a lot of the tones we’re loving for the new house color scheme worked in). They’re were still $2.95 each (marked down from $4.95) when we were there, so a gift of four of them tied with a turquoise ribbon would only run you $12.
Here’s another idea that we thought might inspire some good old fashioned DIY. A big box, bin, or jar of markers, crayons, pipe-cleaners, stickers, scissors, balloons, and other inexpensive (even dollar-store) items could make a really cool “I’m not bored anymore” present for the kid in your life.
These delicate $3.95 ceramic leaf ornaments were so pretty (for gifting to yourself while you’re shopping, or to someone else who might have a penchant for white ceramic things…).
And speaking of white ceramic gorgeousities (not a word, but bear with me), this $6.95 pinecone ornament makes me want to make up words.
And of course we have the obligatory photo of John and Clara in the Clara chair. Lookin’ good guys. Lookin’ good.
And so ends our trek through Crate & Barrel. We’ll be back in a bit to share what other budget friendly things we stalked at Pottery Barn and Urban Outfitters (we took too many pics to roll everything into one post this year). Until then, we’ll just be unpacking… again.
Update: You can check out all of our favorite holiday decor finds here – many of which are under $15!
You changed your header photo! A little strange to not see your ‘old house’ but wow, that was quick! good for you guys. Seems like you’re settling in. Best of luck with all the unpacking and glad to hear that Clara and Burger are adjusting well with the move. We worry that if/when we move, our dog (no children yet) would love a new house the first 2 days but on the 3rd day, would suddenly get really sad and miss the comforts of our existing home.
I already did a lot of my shopping there and now I want to go back for more! You guys are a bad influence. ;)
I would recommend picking up some of those votives. I featured them on a blog awhile back and I have to say they are even prettier (didn’t know it was possible) when they catch the light (candle or sun) and the design is projected onto the wall. :)
Nicole B. says
Ah! Now I need to head over to C&B :) That pic of John and Clara is cute… look at her smile!
Kati at sohappyhome.com says
Um, your precious daughter seems to be getting mighty comfortable in front of the camera. I’m guessing shyness won’t be a problem for her when she gets older. You might even be growing a tiny little diva! :)
love the pinecone!!
Cait @ Hernando House says
Love the vino glasses and the napkins!
Great post! I love Crate & Barrel – did you see their Alpine Pillows, I love them and trying to recreate them for me. Oh and Clara has the cutest little grin!
Didn’t see those Alpine Pillows- will have to check them out!
I have 0 shopping left to do, but I wonder if these sales are going on at the Crate and Barrel in NYC 2 blocks away from my job! Def. have to check this out on my lunchbreak today for myself haha. And, Clara is totally cheesing for the camera in that pic, TOO cute! Baby modeling is calling. ;)
Clara is SOOOOOOOOO cute in her chair. :) Love that pic! (I love the Crate & Barrel stuff, too, but they haven’t built one in Iowa yet so I try not to fixate on it).
Okay – your daughter’s smile made my day!!! She is too cute for words…
Looks like I may have to trek to C&B this weekend! And is it possible for Clara to be any cuter than she is in that last picture? No, I don’t think it is.
Love the new header and the Nissan making the picture :)
that pic of clara’s smile is just too cute!! fun post!
O M G… just got my first glimpse at the new header pic… gasp.
have a fab day.
[email protected] says
Great finds! Usually Crate & Barrel are tres $$$, I’m happy to see the lower prices!
I have a Christmas wishlist for home
And I have a ME Christmas wishlist
Your house is awesome!! I’m so excited for you guys. I absolutely love the exposed beams in the ceilings!!! That’s one of my favorite home features.
Clara is so cute! She totally knows how to work the camera. What a gorgeous grin.
I just picked up three of those votives myself a couple of weekends ago with a leftover gift card and I love them!
um, okay. i love crate and barrel but the BEST pic was of Clara smiling at the end in the clara chair. what a cutie!
love the pinecone, love the new house header!
a random p.s. for anyone else lovin on pine-cones this year, Bath&Body Works has these ceramic/metallic pine cone candle things that have a great form and shine to them (plus the Fresh Balsam candle scent was lovely)! on sale last week at the outlet. :o)
o m g.. I just virtually pinched Clara’s cheek!!! That has to be the cutest picture ever and totally made my heart melt. It is like she knew that the chair was hers and she is saying “Cheeeeese”
Abby @ a delightful design says
Those gold votive glasses have stolen my heart! Wow!
I’m giving away one free mood board on my blog today!
J'Anns Boutique says
Love the stuff! Esp the candle holder. Little Miss. Clara looks so camera ready in that pic hehe.
kristen anderl says
I have that pepper dish towel and I love it! It is the perfect pop of color in an otherwise neutral kitchen – they also had some with teapots and autumn leaves that I picked up on the same shopping trip.
Nicole G. says
Clara is simply adorable!
I love love love Crate and Barrel. It is my go to store for any occasion and then again just for me too!
Nikki T says
I wish we had Crate and Barrel where I live!!
I <3 the vino cups…and your blog…and Clara! She is TOO freakin' cute!
I love Crate & Barrel! I love the idea of gifting someone a bottle of wine and those glasses– so simple and practical! Can’t wait for your picks from Pottery Barn and (my fave, which I just so happen to have a gift card to that’s burning a hole in my pocket) Urban Outfitters!
PS- Clara is super adorable. She’s obviously used to the camera by now!
I love your little sweet baby! I don’t know what it is but you can tell in the photos she already has your sense of humor! Love that little face… she’s adorable.
Stacy @ Every Little Thing says
I have a red kitchen, and love those towels! Might have to run to C&B :)
Witty Wife says
Your suggestions are fantastic! Of course, when I got to the bottom and saw the picture of Clara, it made me smile. She is just entirely too cute!
Omgoodness!!! Clara’s little smile in that last pic is so so precious.. just wait until she’s, I don’t know, maybe 4 yrs old- she’s going to be such the little photo queen! :) Btw, I’ve never shopped at Crate & Barrel b/c I always considered it to be out of my budget.. looks like you can defifinitely find some deals!
Great post, love the pic of Clara-I think she needs that chair! :-)
Mona Alicia says
Your baby is absolutely the cutest thing! Love that little grin!
Couldn’t help but notice the new header as soon as the page popped up. Looks great!
Clara is becoming quite the professional model! What a picture perfect smile!
Clara is so stinkin’ cute!
Clara’s lil’ smilin’ mug in the last pic is HILAR! too cute, y’all…TOO CUTE!!!
Clara’s is adorable! I love her little smile. Sorry she stood out the most from all the other photos… lol.
Rebecca @ the lil house that could says
My first reaction to this post? Clara looks exactly like Sherry in this picture. Too freaking cute.
Crate & Barrel can be pricey, but you can also get some awesome deals through their sales and outlet. Their outlet has the same exact stuff the stores carry, just a few months late. We went to their labor day sale and they were basically giving away king sized duvets for $30. I also got some glasses in the regular store for 50 cents each! We had them on our wedding registry for full price, but when we saw they were so cheap we took them off and just bought them ourself before they were gone.
Definitely one of my favorite stores. And my husband loves it because the escalator in the one by us shocks you on the way up and he likes to see how long he can stand it… don’t ask…
Amy Stuart says
Congrats on the new house! I also have a midcentury ranch in Richmond with a carport that is longing to be a garage. How much did the sellers think it would cost to transform it? Love love love the pic of Clara in the Clara chair!
They got a few estimates (including adding windows on the end wall) and they all came to about 10K to convert it into an enclosed garage.
mandy madison says
Um, LOVE Crate and Barrel! And the last photo of John and Clara…swoon. She is such a little ham :)
I do love C&B for all of their decor loveliness, but I must say that darn Clara at the end stole the show! She has such an old soul. Her expressions are always right on cue with whatever is going on! So cute.
LIndsay L says
Thanks y’all! Seriously. My parents are flying out to visit in two days and I have been stuck on what to get them…Now I know where I’m going and I have so many ideas!
clara is honestly the cutest baby i’ve ever seen.
love the picture of the new house up top!
I love the kid’s art jar idea. That will make a great diy gift for all the kiddos I get to buy for :) Thanks for the great idea. PS- That picture with Clara’s big grin is so adorable!
Megan (Running Foodie) says
I am throwing a dinner party this weekend and just realized we are short on wine glasses. I’ll have to swing by C&B on my way home today! Thanks, guys!
Rebecca @ Smiths in Progress says
It always occurs to me that people must give you guys weird looks when you walk around snapping pictures in stores, but we’re all glad that you’re willing to take one for the team! Maybe you just distract onlookers with your adorable child…
Is there anything better than Crate and Barrel? I think not!
Maria @ Oh Healthy Day says
That photo of John and Clara is absolutely darling!
I think people would be surprised by how many affordable things you can buy from C&B. Great great ideas!
Alexis C says
Okay…that picture of Clara is the cutest. What a sweetheart!