Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | 29 comments

This year, in addition to my first-ever Phase Three of Life Holiday Gift-Giving Guide, I’m excited to offer a Holiday Gift-Giving Give-Away for my readers.

It’s a way for me to thank you for sticking around all year and listening to my incessant “gosh, it’s hard to move!” and  “gee, age 3 is rough!” commentary.

All three of the ladies offering give-aways and/or coupon codes happen to be friends of mine. I make it a point to only be friends with supremely talented individuals, so I can assure you that you will love their products.

Also? Each shop happens to be a small business, which makes this post just a wee-bit perfect for Small Business Saturday. And hey, even if you don’t win, you will find unique, affordable gift ideas for your loved ones. So you DO win. 

For your friend

Need a fun, pretty gift for your best girl? The answer is obvious: jewelry. We love it and we can’t get enough of it. What I like about the Jac & Elsie Etsy shop is that her creations are 1. very cool and 2. very affordable.

Jac & Elsie is bringing back the “friendship necklace,” but not in an annoyingly obvious sort of way. In her chic, modern version, only you know the meaning. For example: keyslovefork/spoon/knifepuzzle pieces, and my personal favorite:

Infinity Friendship Necklaces

Infinity Friendship Necklaces

Oh, also? She loves me so much that she named one of her new Color Pop Necklaces after me. Go ahead, check out “The Meghan.” I’m a crimson base with a pop of red. Oh hell yeah.

THE GIVEAWAY: Jac & Elsie is offering a special Jewelry Grab-Bag Giveaway for Phase Three of Life readers. To enter, simply visit her shop, then come back here to comment to tell us: What item in the shop would you buy as a gift for someone on your list?


For your love

Not sure what to gift your significant other? Does he have enough button-down shirts? Does she have more scarves than one person could ever possibly need?

Go the sentimental route with Media Bug Unlimited’s song lyric prints. Personally, I’m partial to this one:

Lyrics from the first dance with my guy at our wedding.

Lyrics from the first dance with my guy at our wedding.

Kristin can personalize virtually any lyric in any color scheme. She also creates invitations, monograms, graphic wedding announcements, and modern, frame-able birth announcements.

THE GIVEAWAY: Kristin is giving away a custom 5×7 lyric print (like this one) of your choice! To enter, simply visit her shop, then come back here to comment to tell us: What item would you buy as a gift for someone on your list?

Kristin is also offering 15 percent off all orders for Phase Three of Life readers through the end of the year. Use code PHASE3 at checkout.


For Practically Anyone

Everyone feels a strong connection to at least one place, whether it’s the city they grew up in, their college town or the place they currently call home. Annalena at Salty Lyon hand-draws ink maps that show off the character of a city in a unique, graphical way.

Bethlehem, PA. My new hometown, y’all.

The Phoenix map is hanging in my home (I have the wood block with black ink and red trim). She has dozens of cities available, but if you don’t see the one you want, you can custom order the city of your choice.

Annalena is offering 20 percent off any purchase in her shop for readers now through Dec. 7. Use code P3LIFE13 at checkout.


You’ve got one week to enter the Jac & Elsie and Media Bug Unlimited give-aways! Remember – just visit one or both shops and leave a comment below about which item you would buy as a gift this holiday season. I will announce the winners here on my blog and on my facebook page on Saturday, Dec.7.

So get to it! Shop, comment, shop, comment.

(And don’t be a scrooge – spread the word!)