Gift Ideas: Jingle Bell Rock

Monday, November 21, 2016

The theme of this year’s Shot of Brandi* Holiday Gift Guide is Christmas songs!

Jingle Bell Rock” is like regular “Jingle Bells” cooler cousin. It has similar lyrics, but with a more upbeat spin. While the song has been covered by a lot of artists, I think my favorite pop culture moment with this song is the famous Christmas pageant scene in Mean Girls.

“Jingle bell swing and jingle bells ring”
1. It’s very festive if you have those bells ringing from your door. Make that happen with this jingle bell wreath from Williams-Sonoma.

“Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun”
2. Sometimes snow is fun. You look at it coming down and laying a beautiful blanket of white fluff on your lawn. A sled is necessary to play in the snow! There are a lot of sled options out there, but I’m going to pick this one from L.L. Bean based purely on the fact it’s cute.

“Dancing and prancing in jingle bell square”
3. I don’t know where jingle bell square is, but if you are going to be dancing you need some dancing shoes. Let me suggest these bedazzled beauties from Kate Spade.

“What a bright time, it's the right time”
4. If it is a bright time, you need some new sunglasses. All of the bloggers that I follow are always posting their Quay shades, so they must be “in.” They are reasonably priced a little over $50. Finally something fashion bloggers over post that’s under $500!

“Jingle bell time is a swell time. To go riding in a one-horse sleigh.”
5. You don’t even need a horse to ride in this most amazingly awesome motorized Disney Princess Carriage. This is totally one of those “why didn’t they make that when I was a kid” moments.

“Jingle around the clock”
6. This one was almost too easy. How about a clock! This gear clock is pretty rad!

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2016 Shot of Brandi* Gift Guide: The Songs of Christmas

Monday, November 14, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Shot of Brandi* Holiday Gift Guide!

When late November rolls around, I turn off my Drake radio and put on the Christmas tunes until December 26! Fun Fact: For the last 10+ years I’ve been making my friends Christmas CD’s and handing them out around the holidays!

When thinking about a theme for this year’s Shot of Brandi* Holiday Gift Guide, I decided to turn to those popular holiday songs for shopping inspiration! I’m starting this a little earlier and plan to post once a week until around December 15th. If you are like me than you get your shopping done early!

While finding time to blog while juggling being a mom, having a job and, I always look forward to brainstorming a holiday gift guide. It allows me to explore gift options for family and friends and also add a few things to my list! I hope you’ll enjoy following along!

Let’s kick things off with one of my favorite songs to brainstorm - “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I remember singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in our elementary school holiday show. Looking back, perhaps the lyrics were a little risque / confusing for a say nine-year-old! I mean isn’t the song basically saying that mom was cheating on dad with Santa? Or maybe the lyrics were just ahead of our time and mom and dad weren’t together but still living in the same house? Regardless, this song provided some fun gift ideas!

“I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus.”
1. Mommy needs to make sure her lips are looking hot, so I’d suggest some lipstick. I’m a big fan of Marc Jacobs makeup and love the holiday gift sets like these lipsticks.

“Underneath the mistletoe last night.”
2. I’m actually in the market for a mistletoe. This one from Kohl’s is a good, glittery option!  

“She thought I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep.”
3. West Elm has been my go-to for bedding. A new comforter is a somewhat odd gift, so let me recommend this Ugg throw. I’m a big blanket person and I’ve had my eyes on this one for awhile now!

“Then I saw mommy tickle Santa Claus. Underneath his bear so snowy white.”
4. After researching ideas for this lyric, I did NOT realize how many Beard-related products were out there! From oils to powders to trimmers, there are a lot of products to keep your man’s beard looking fly. I’m going to recommend a shaving kit and beard wash from the Art of Shaving because...well, it looks cool lol.

“Oh, what a laugh it would have been. If daddy had only seen.”

4. Sounds like Dad could use some new glasses or binoculars. Or a hidden camera spy system. I’ve been a fan of Warby Parker for my last two glasses purchase. They have affordable styles and their customer service is amazing. For a man, I’m digging the Durand frames.
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