Behind The Butter

ELR Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Tis the season!

I’m so excited to bring you the ELR Holiday Gift Guide, full of great handpicked gift ideas that I love.

I wish you all much joy this Christmas season!

FashionABLE scarves. I have two, love them, and receive compliments on them whenever I wear them. I’ve talked a little about FashionABLE on the blog before, but if you’re new or missed the memo, FashionABLE is committed to creating sustainable business for women in Ethiopa. Women who have escaped the horrors of the sex trade or prostitution. Women who, through your purchase of a scarf, now have the means to provide for their families. Women who have been given a second chance. Don’t we all need a second chance?

KettlePizza. Adam and I have one of these and it might be our favorite cooking gadget….ever. Basically, it turns your barbecue into a wood fire pizza oven. We use it ALL THE TIME and I still can’t believe how great the pizzas turn out.

Stella & Dot. Guess what? My mom is now an independent stylist. I didn’t pressure her at alllllllll. heh. Even before she joined S&D, I always loved their stuff, though. They have items in all price ranges so you can find the perfect gift for all the wonderful women in your life. Currently, I’m really loving the Bryant poppy scarf. It’s big and thick and super cute with a little elephant print.

Birchbox Home. I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for about a year now and it’s pretty much my favorite day of the month when my little pink box arrives all pretty in the mail. They just launched the new “Home” box, which features all sorts of super cute goodies for the house. What a cool gift idea! I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t LOVE this. I actually just ordered a box to give to a friend for Christmas, myself. I can’t wait till it gets here!

The Open Arms Shop. My friend Trina runs this fantastic nonprofit that employs local, poverty-stricken refugee women in her community. These women work to make cute skirts and scarves out of 100% recycled t-shirts. I am in looove with this gray skirt and might have to just gift it to myself this year. Right now, there’s a promo going if you purchase any two items from the store you receive the special red holiday scarf for free.

Eagles Nest Outfitters Doublenest Hammock. I can’t even tell you how much we adore our hammock. We take it on every single road trip we go on because it’s so light and portable — perfect for reading in the trees.

Coconut Robot baby booties.Β  If you’re a mama or a grandmama, how cute would these little knit booties be on your little munchkin?! I bought a pair a couple months ago for a friend’s new baby and they look even cuter on than in the photo, if that’s even possible. Kacia, can you make them in my size? πŸ˜‰

Operation Christmas Child. Why not try something different this year and donate a Christmas box to a child in need? For only $30 you can build a complete box ONLINE by selecting items from the Samaritan’s Purse website and including a personal letter and photo with your gift. No need to even leave your house to get the materials — the whole thing is done virtually. What a wonderful idea. I just love this!

Naptime Diaries prints. I think I’ve collected about six of Jessie’s scripture prints now and I just love every one.Β She also designed a wonderfully cute printable Advent calendar to help you get in the spirit. Jessie is crazy talented and is also designing our Save the Date cards!



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  • polly
    December 3, 2012 at 3:31 am

    no, it’s not possible for those shoes to be ANY cuter!!
    and save the date cards? eeeeeeks! πŸ™‚

    wonderful list! happy monday, little sis! XOXO

  • Maribeth
    December 3, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Amazing gift guide! I just purchased two fashionABLE scarves and a Birchbox set as gifts for friends πŸ™‚

  • Jessica
    December 3, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Thank you for sharing the message of Samaritans Purse. Our church also participates in the Christmas box project and it is a wonderful way to focus on others during the holidays.

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 3, 2012 at 4:25 am

    I keep seeing Stella and Dot around! I want to check them out.. Can you just order online or do you have I go through a Stella and Dot stylist?

    • Mom
      December 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

      If you click on the website in Jennifer’s blog it will take you directly to online shopping! Thx, Jenna πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 3, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Oh my gosh, those baby booties are adorable! I love baby shoes of all sorts – probably because my feet are size 10 and baby shoes are like a mini ‘fun size’ version. These are all such great gift ideas. I’m certainly loving that hammock – looks SO comfy!

  • Blog is the New Black
    December 3, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Those booties are so cute!!

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    December 3, 2012 at 5:03 am

    That elephant scarf is super cute! These are some great ideas!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    December 3, 2012 at 5:24 am

    I just found the perfect gifts for three people on my list. And I found a few things for myself. hehehe! πŸ˜‰

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    December 3, 2012 at 5:33 am

    A few of these are things I’d like to do but won’t be doing this Christmas. I pledged that I would buy all gifts locally with an emphasis on my downtown. I may bookmark a few of these for next year and birthday gifts though!

  • Abby@ The Frosted Vegan
    December 3, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Is it a problem if I want most of these for myself?! Ha!

  • Molly @ Happy&Healthy
    December 3, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Those scarves are amazing and its great they are for a good cause! I love gift guides and I love that your gifts give back!

  • Malkire
    December 3, 2012 at 5:42 am

    This post came just in time. I love the ideas for holiday gifts! I always want to find something personal and special and get frustrated when I head into the mall. This is fantastic! I already have some Stella&Dot products in my checkout bin.

  • alyssa - life a la wife
    December 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I love to pick an angel from the christmas tree in the mall! Now you can just buy everything online at JC Penney and it ships to the store so you don’t have to go there.

  • Cindy Robinson
    December 3, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I ordered my Mother In Law a FashionABLE scarf after reading about it on your website. I can’t wait to give it to her. Thanks Jenna!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 3, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Absolutely loving this holiday guide, Jenna! What lovely stories behind each gift. So meaningful!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    December 3, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Those scarves are a great idea and I love the cause behind them.

    I participated in Operation Christmas Child through my church. My mom and I each donated a box and it was really fun putting it all together with a child in mind. Such an awesome cause!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    December 3, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Fun gift post and I would love those booties – for me! They are adorable and I bet so comfy and cozy. Lucky little baby whoever gets to wear those πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Emily Eats and Runs
    December 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

    That KettlePizza is perfect for my dad! I was having such a hard time coming up with a gift for him- thanks for the awesome suggestion!

  • Corrie Anne
    December 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I love all the Naptime Diaries stuff. I just bought the printable Advent calendar — a little bit late, but that’s okay! πŸ™‚ I like that KettlePizza idea!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    December 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I love all your Christmas gift ideas! Makes me sad I’ve already spent most my Christmas budget… Maybe next year!

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    December 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Love all of your ideas! I need to check into the scarves….love the one you pictured. I’m hoping Santa leaves “White Jacket Required” in my stocking! πŸ˜‰

  • Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves
    December 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I’ll have to look into those scarves. I’m huge on women’s advocacy. Thanks for posting! πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    December 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Love this! We did Operation Christmas Child through our church!

  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}
    December 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Love these! That elephant scarf is just too cute.

  • Christin
    December 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I love that you mentioned Operation Christmas Child! I work at Samaritan’s Purse (the parent organization to OCC) and this project really is life-changing for children. This year, we will hit the 100,000,000 box mark.

    One hundred million boxes for kids in need!!! Crazy awesome.

  • Abby
    December 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Never heard of Birchbox, but excited to check it out. Thanks for the great tips!

  • Addy@ Six-Kick Switch
    December 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Ugh, I love every. single. thing. you put on this list. I want it all! Better still, I know about 10 girls who would want it all too! And that hammock…wow. Great list Jenna!

  • Maria
    December 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I’m a little late to this party, but first off…CONGRATS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! I am too planning a wedding so I’m excited to see your progress and hear more about everything!

    Also, this is a spectacular list. Time for some shopping…

  • Suzanne H
    December 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I wanted to recommend this Etsy store, her jewelry is beautiful and all handmade:

  • Caroline L.
    December 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Very cute, off-the-grid holiday gift ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen
    December 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    What a great list – thank you! I just bought 4 prints on Naptime Diaries (Buy 3 get 1 Free)!

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  • sally kate
    December 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I hate to put in a “plug” but I know how you LOVE to purchase things that give back!
    A dear friend of mine just launched a marketplace online where everything that is sold has to give back to a cause of some sort. They just “opened” in November- it’s called I’m sure you’re told this sort of stuff all the time with your blog, so I’m sorry if this is considered “solicitation” πŸ™‚

  • MyThy as in "Mighty"
    December 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    The first time I saw you blog and post a photo of the Eagles Nest Camping Hammock, we HAD TO HAVE IT! Thank you & Adam for replying to questions about it. We bring it w/ us everywhere we hike and make it a point to set up and “snuggle” and take in the sights & sounds of nature!

  • jenna k
    December 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    i usually read gift guides and think, “cute/cool, but there’s no way i’d ever buy this for someone,” but these are all WONDERFUL ideas! i had no idea you could do operation Christmas child online now- i grew up filling those shoeboxes.
    and thanks for the reminder about birchbox. i requested an invite in the fall, but of course my invite came the day i lost my job. i need to get back on that little treat though!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    December 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The scarves are already on my list. I wish I could get the baby booties for my nephew. So cute! I am not sure they would be great for Africa though. It is the hot season now.

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    December 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Those booties are adorable! Like baby-fever inducing adorable…

  • Alicia
    December 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    i love the samaritan’s purse boxes. interesting, however, that in the “other items” section for ages 10-14 the girls have the option of a necklace or hair accessories, while the boys get a calculator…….. *sigh*

  • Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk
    December 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Cute and creative ideas…thanks for sharing!

  • Kimberly
    December 4, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I just bought a FashionABLE scarf for my mom – thanks for highlighting such a great gift this holiday season. Love your blog πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  • jane
    December 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

    great ideas-always loved this post each year! i want more wedding talk! i am getting married in october and need some ideas πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    December 4, 2012 at 6:19 am

    My husband and I love our ENO Hammock! Definitely a great buy!

    • Sarah
      December 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

      oops, forgot to mention, we got ours at REI because of the return policy. REI already replaced one of our hammocks for free because of a tear.

  • Tara@Sugar Spice and Bacon
    December 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Such a great guide! So I guess it’s a good thing I haven’t started my shopping yet! πŸ˜‰

  • Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever
    December 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I just bought my first naptimediaries print – can’t wait to get it. Thanks for the list, all great ideas!

  • jan
    December 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Those booties are soooooo cute!! I love the idea of doing Operation Christmas Child online, too. How easy!

  • Sarah
    December 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Can those baby booties be made in adult size!? haha I want those for myself! Lovely list Jenna πŸ˜€

  • Katie @
    December 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Love all the great ideas!! Thanks Jenna!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    December 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Ok, seriously: Thank you! I had been trying to figure out what to get my best friend, and as soon as I read this I went and ordered her a Birchbox – she just got married so I thought the home box would be a lot of fun for her. πŸ™‚

  • SB
    December 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Some lovely ideas, but I am little surprised to see you supporting Operation Christmas – see here

    I am a christian, but I find their practices a little hard to swallow.

  • Betsy
    December 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Just bought a FashionABLE scarf for my little sister – I know she will love it! Thanks for the great suggestions.

  • Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit
    December 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Great gift guide!! πŸ˜€ I love buying products that are fair trade and help support sustainable business ventures. I haven’t heard of FashionABLE scarves or The Open Arms Shop before. I’m excited to check them out.

  • Ryan C
    December 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Have you guys heard of RX Made? They make awesome products from reclaimed materials salvaged around Chicago. They have 3 really awesome products that you might want to add to your holiday wish list! Check it out!