We’re back with part two of our virtual gift shopping roundup (see part one here) and this time we headed into Pottery Barn to see what we could find. Here’s what we loved.
This charming $12.50 rubber stamp kit is so cute for anyone from a well traveled kid to a crafty adult (who might use them to whip up some custom stationery).
In the can’t-get-much-cheaper-than-this category, these $3 vases would be perfect for this DIY reed diffuser project that we tackled last year.
These $11 “His” and “Hers” knobs would be cute for any married couple who share a bathroom (which is pretty much all of our friends and relatives since we’re not of fancy enough blood to know people to have two separate master baths).
The hubs loves maps, so the globe ornament definitely caught my eye as a sweet gift for anyone with geographic interests.
And for anyone who wants to feel swanky, this $29 marble cheeseboard just screams decadence (I actually expected the tag to read $69 or something, so the chunky marble slab and cheese knife for under 30 seems really reasonable to me). Maybe someone you know just recently redid their kitchen and would appreciate something chic like this to finish things off?
I didn’t realize I had a weakness for large hardcover books like these until we were packing/unpacking (they are NOT a plus when you’re packing/unpacking by the way). But they’re gorgeous enough on a coffee table the rest of the time to make them worth the trouble. And since many of these were 60% off (some were marked from $50 down to $18!) they really would make a nice high-roller gift that doesn’t actually break the bank. And yes, I would totally peel off the markdown sticker so the giftee was left wondering if we really paid $50 for a book (but if they know us at all, they’ll know that we didn’t… haha).
So that ends the PB roundup. We’ll be back in a bit with our Urban Outfitters run to finish off the three part virtual shopping spree (we took too many pics to put them in one post). In the meantime, we’ll just be- you guessed it- unpacking. Fun, fun, fun.
Psst- We weren’t paid or perk’d to mention these items or stores, we just like them and thought you might too.
great ideas for christmas!
Leigh Anne says
Great timing on this post! Pottery Barn and West Elm have free shipping all day today for one day only. It was a great opportunity for me to buy some things I’d been eyeing – but hadn’t pulled the trigger because of the shipping costs. Just wanted to pass that info along!
Bonnie Morscher says
Where did you get your super long shower curtains? A few years ago, I re-did my bathroom, removing my tub and building a large shower, but couldn’t find any shower curtain long enough, so I had to have one custom made. A little help, please?
Amazon.com (search 95″ shower curtain or extra long shower curtain). Hope it helps!
Blog is the New Black says
LOVE all of these ideas! :)
Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons says
Woah! love it all!
The master bath HIS AND HERS knobs would be 100% perfect for my hubs and I. The little knobs holding up our shower curtain say, in the same font “hot” and “cold”
I have to track these guys down! hehe
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons
Kathy C. says
Love that cheeseboard! And the price is completely reasonable!
I loved part 1 and part 2. I gasped when I saw what part 3 will be. I cannot wait!
My mom is an interior designer and one of the projects she has been doing lately for clients when they redo countertops is to take the leftover scrap (usually less than a foot wide, about the size of that cheese board… It think this comes from where they cut out the hole for the sink) and making it in to a cheese/cutting board similar to that marble one. She attaches small “feet” to the bottom, so it does have a little height. Most of all, it matches the countertops perfectly! Perfect end-of-project gift.
wait- there are people who don’t share their bathrooms with their spouse? i love sharing with my hub!
wait. ok- my in-laws don’t, but i thought that was weird… like a space issue that makes their marriage function well. – they have a strange numbered house. three bed 5 baths. 5 FULL baths. isn’t that crazy!?! great for guests. :)
Wow! That IS crazy! I didn’t know they even made houses like that!
Lovin the virtual reality shopping experience! Thanks for all the fab ideas too :)
ps – i know the packing/unpacking feeling as I am going thru it and a REMODEL right now!!! XOX
Cait @ Hernando House says
My husband loved that globe ornament the last time we were in PB! Also, I may need some of those his&hers hooks for when we get new doors, as our over-the-door rack is making a mess of the inside of our linen closet door.
Sara @ House Bella says
So jealous you live somewhere with – well – stores!
Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons says
yeahhhh I totally just ordered them…..
=) impulse buy! hehe thanks for the heads up <3
I love these shopping gift ideas! Great suggestions! How do you all do Christmas gifts for each other? A shared expensive gift that you both want for the house? A surprise? Do you have a budget cap on your gifts? What about little Clara? Do you have a limit of gifts (I have friends that do 3 gifts for each of their kids like the gifts from the 3 wisemen). They figure their extended family also gives gifts and they do stockings so their kids still get plenty! I have a hard time limiting gifts for Christmas? How you you gift your extended family? Any tips for us?
Every year it changes but we like to talk about what the other is doing price wise so one of us doesn’t spend twenty bucks while the other spends a hundred. Usually they fall somewhere in the 50-ish range, and we like to always surprise each other except on years when we’re going in on something together as our gift to ourselves that we’ll both enjoy (like our organic mattress for example). As for Clara, we have asked for books for her (relatives usually have around a $15 limit for kids since there are so many in the fam). We asked for books since we’re not huge lovers of plastic toys (both for eco, health, and general clutter reasons) and we’ll get her some wooden and cloth toys along with a few plastic ones- just so we don’t feel like we’re holding back too much. For adult extended family, we pull names from a hat (we also do that for close family, there are two drawings- one for extended and one for immediate family) so we only have to get one gift for one person in each group. That way we all have something to open, but we don’t all have to spend a million bucks. Christmas is really all about the kids in our family, which we’re more than fine with!
i am soooooooo lovin that world globe ornament. i will have to go to the mall and get us. We love traveling. THANKS for sharing these wonderful finds.
Regarding the cheese board- I went to a granite shop with tons of samples that they encouraged you to take home for keeps. So, I picked a couple neutral granite samples to look at once I got home (same size as above), and i realized I could reuse them as cheese boards. I of course wouldn’t recommend it unless it’s absolutly ok and encouraged by the granite shop, but it sure is a nice way to put the samples to use!
love the gift ideas! Thankfully, we managed to do all our xmas shopping for about $5/per gift this year [we were in Kathmandu, tho…so you could get a North Face bag and a pashmina for about $5.50 there–insane? Yes!]
next year, I’ll definitely have to consider some of your ideas though! Gift shopping is always daunting when you don’t have a lot of spare moolah…
…aaaaand I LOVE the DIY oil reed vase. My mom loves these and they usually go for about $12-$15, but THIS I could easily do…awesome!
Can’t wait to see the Urban finds–I love that store, but it’s so dang expensive most of the time!
Jen @ The Decor Scene says
Do you guys remember how much the glass map globe ornament was? Thanks!
Sadly we don’t! Maybe you can call or check online to see?
Hubs and I don’t share a bath. Our home has two, same size, same distance from master bedroom. With no kids, there is no reason to use one as ours and one as an unused “guest” bath. We love it. Great having my own space when I’m tired and rushed getting ready for work in the morning. Also, keeps us accountable for our own mess, there is no one to blame it on!!!
Carol N. says
Well, I have already ordered some things from Crate & Barrell and it looks like I need a few from Pottery Barn as well! The His/Hers knobs would be great on a project for hanging up our bath towels. And love the globe ornament! I ordered some of those cute pinecone ceramic ornaments from C&B for next year and snagged four of those divided plates for gifting during the year. I like to bake and occasionally take things to elderly and new parents so this will be a nice added gift. Perfect idea! Now I’m wishing I had ordered a few more! Keep the ideas coming and I am totally amazed you found time to shop between the packing/moving/working and taking care of Clara – who is just the cutest little thing around! I love looking at her pictures every week.
I looked online for the rubber stamps because the London one would be perfect for my homesick husband (England is most definitely home to us, though Maryland is nice). They don’t seem to have them online. Before I headed on the trip to our local store I was wondering if this trip was recent?
Yup, it was just last weekend, so about 5 days ago! Maybe you can call your store to make sure they have them before heading over?
WOW! The new header!
Love those marble cheese boards! I got one a couple of years ago as a gift and thought “What are we going to do with this thing?” BUT, it sits out on the countertop and is used all the time as hubby loves a taste of cheese at night when he’s watching tv, and with the cutter on the countertop, he can help himself without any muss, fuss, or bother.
I LOVE getting my kids books! Half of their gifts are great books from my husband and I. Don’t feel bad for them…they love books too! They are also getting bikes this year!
That is a great idea that you are starting so early for Clara! She’ll love them! I’ll cross my fingers she ends up with Madeline and Angelina (the ballet mouse). Both those books have follow up books and are my daughter (age 4) favorites!
Thanks for the explaining how you guys do Christmas! It can get so expensive..so great idea on the gift exchange! I totally agree Christmas is for kids! :)
Can’t wait to see your Christmas card and see what you get each other and Clara!!! :)
I too have the marble cheese board. I recently got it as a housewarming gift & loved it from the second I opened it. It’s always on my counter with a rotation of stuff on top of it… it’s so classy, I love it!
[email protected] says
Great post series! I’m thinking the His and Hers knobs would be awesome for separate closets. :) And I love Carol N.’s idea above to use them for towels. Cute.
Lonely Wife Project says
SO many good things here. I’m in love with the knobs and the globe ornaments!
The stamps are by Yellow Owl Workshop and you can also get them directly on their website (in addition to PB).
I love their stuff!
Thanks for sharing that tip for Kalee!
I too, loved the globe ornament! I just have to get back to PB without the hubs. He actually makes maps for a living, so we have quite a few maps, globes, etc around our home!! They can be sooo cool!
Nice idea with His and Her knobs! I love to mark my territory from the Hubs :)
Lauren @ Beautiful Fight says
Potter Barn always seems to have some great gift ideas. We purchased the glass globe ornament you wrote about last year at Pottery Barn. We love it.
I’m interested now in those travel stamps. I will have to go check them out.
Ive always been curious.. do you guys straighten up the shelves before taking picture? I notice that things are always facing the right direction and look freshly stocked.
Oh yeah, sometimes I can’t resist. I blame it on my type A issues and my college stint working in retail.
I looove those stamps so much that when I was out shopping today I picked up London, NYC, and Italy. However, Paris was out of stock. Le sigh!
I did find out that the stamps are all on sale at PB for $9.99. I’m planning on DIYing some wrapping paper, so thanks for the inspiration :)
Call me silly but I wish they had “MINE” knobs for some of us singletons. It would be funny.
Haha, that would be awesome!
saw this and it made me think of Burger…doesn’t he like to burrow in your bed? I’m getting one for my terrier!
Haha, he would love it!
Just wanted to say thanks for these great posts. I love all 3 stores you featured, and yet usually they seem too expensive to actually buy much… but you guys found such great ideas… and very affordable! Why am I surprised? :) Merry Christmas!
We LOVED the globe ornament too! So we bought it for our tree. IT WAS SO HUGE! We ended up having to return it!
I suppose if guys are going to get interested about ornaments, why not be a globe. Heck, maybe even an ornament of a power tool.
Hey guys! I’m just catching up on your blog (we just got home from the hospital the other day after welcoming our son, Ethan!!) – anyway, I had to comment because my parent’s bought us the globe ornament in this post for Christmas! It’s so beautiful and different – we love it! =) Hope you are enjoying your new home!
Excellent gift ideas! I have people in mind for both the stamp sets and the cutting board/knife! thank you so much!!