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Gift Ideas {A Few of My Favorite Things} & Pier 1 Gift Card Giveaway!

by | Dec 13, 2013 | Decorating Inspiration, Holidays, Seasonal Decorating & Entertaining

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Gift Ideas {A Few of My Favorite Things} & Pier 1 Gift Card Giveaway!

It’s better to give than to receive, right?

Yes. Yes it is.

So, I really was trying my best to Christmas shop for other people this week :-). I was.

But then … THIS happened. See those photos? I couldn’t help myself….I have little willpower.

NOTE: This post is sponsored in partnership with Pier 1, but I hand selected each of these gifts because I love them so much (they are NOT affiliate links). 

I love Pier 1 and am SO happy we have one near our home! They are one of my favorite go-to sources for gifts, furniture and rugs all year round (like my trellis chair, my round rug, my settee….)

But back to my Christmas shopping.

This week I found the perfect gifts for …

1. Cuddling.

Honestly. Could they be any cuter? I don’t know why but if it is furry and adorable, it ends up in my hands. These animals are seriously THE CUTEST ever. I first saw the owl a few months ago. I carried him all through the store, and finally left him sitting on a chair. But as soon as I got to the car, I felt like he was calling me and I had to go back. I’m weird. But see the owl’s feet? Could not resist. These furry friends make a great gift –for yourself. Because you won’t be able to part with them once you pick one up and give ’em a little squeeze. Just warning you.

*Gift Ideas: Owl, Fox

2. Entertaining.

I think it is so fun to give and receive pretty little dishes and items for entertaining. We found several LOVELY things on our shopping trip that would make a perfect gift for a hostess or friend. Or, for yourself. In fact, I already washed the festive dishes, put the gorgeous napkin rings in my drawer and the absolutely beautiful wine glasses in my cabinet. Apparently, I cannot be trusted to buy nice gifts for anyone.

*Gift Ideas: Hand-blown Wine Glasses, Appetizer Plates, Hammered Gold & Hammered Silver Napkin Rings

3. The kitchen.

I have a slight obsession with measuring spoons and cups. I love opening my baking drawer and seeing plenty of pretty baking tools! A few of my measuring cups have started to chip from use (yes, I actually USE my cute measuring cups!), so I was happy to find new ones! I would totally give them away if I didn’t already put them away in my own drawer.

*Gift Ideas: Measuring cups, Owl Measuring Spoons, Zinnia Measuring Spoons

4. The home.

When my husband and I got married years ago we decided that we would use holidays, anniversaries and birthdays to buy each other gifts for our first home. We loved giving ourselves new coasters, pretty serving bowls, good smelling candles or cozy throw blankets! Every year our house felt more and more like home as we were able to collect new things we loved during the holidays.

Even though we are on our sixth home, I obviously still like getting new things for our house! I already set the coasters on my coffee table. And the bowl on my dining room table. And I’ve been snuggling with that furry throw so I probably already drooled on it. But to redeem myself slightly, I did give the candle away before I could burn it. :-)

*Gift Ideas: Coasters, Leaf Bowl, Blanket, Candle

In other words, I found gifts that I just happen to really like.

A lot.

I hope my list of favorite gift ideas will make your shopping a little easier, or at least make your own home a little more festive this year. Eh hem. 

JUST ADDED! You can enter to win a $50 Pier 1 gift card to shop for your favorite gifts at Pier 1! This giveaway is now closed.


  1. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors

    Melissa, thanks for sharing this great list of gift ideas. I especially love the measuring cups and spoons, and the blanket. I always need a blanket in the winter time when I’m sitting and reading.

  2. Lisa

    I shopped for myself this week…I feel bad, and then I don’t. You sure found some cute stuff!

  3. Barbara (WA)

    “I would totally give them away if I didn’t already put them away in my own drawer”. – bwahahahaha!! Um, I’ve been known to do this, too. I popped over from FB which posted your link just fine.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room


      Thanks, Facebook has been weird lately so I’m glad you could see my status :-) ….

  4. Gladys (The Pinay Mom)

    I’m so glad to find your blog,I think the measuring cups are cool to give to someone!

  5. Julia

    Ah, yes. I had a similar experience at Old Navy yesterday. Went in to shop for other people and only left with boots and PJ’s for myself! What can ya do? :)

  6. teresa

    Love the measuring cups…perfect! Thanks for the list.
    Have a wonderful Christmas

  7. Jasmine

    I love the measuring cups and spoons, I like to have pretty ones for display and hide my ugly plastic ones in a drawer lol :) Lovely!


    Love the serving bowl!


  9. Sarah

    such cute stuff!!!

  10. Kristen

    I LOVE Pier 1! I go in there just to browse and my husband will even take me on our date night! lol! I love those plates, and the owl, and everything they have!

    Thanks for the chance!


    How fun Melissa, sign me up. Love Pier 1, go there often and always find things to bring home. Really like the plates and the gold leaf dish!!

  12. susan

    I would buy some new Christmas dishes to use and some fun glasses for New Years!!

  13. Shelley

    Thanks for posting these pictures and reminding me about the measuring cups and spoons.
    My daughter and I were in Pier One looking for a Christmas stocking for her {she has outgrown her Justin Bieber one}. She is 16 and this is her first year to be doing online school. She now helps me with some of the cooking. She noticed the cups and spoons and wanted them, but at that time we were in there for something else. I think I will go get these for a present for her. She just might want to help out with the cooking a lot more often. I also think the owl and the fox would be cute for my doodles.

  14. Paula Gardner

    Pier 1….one of my favs! I actually bought one of my co-workets some Lady bug measuring spoons from there….always find great stocking stuffers there! Love love love your blog!

  15. Barbara Deatherage

    Love Pier 1 and would love to win the gift card!

  16. Kelly

    I love Pier One Imports.

  17. Tammie Baker

    Merry Christmas! Love Pier 1

  18. Wendy Lee

    You picked wonderful gift ideas. This happens to be one of my favorite stores and I would give anything to win the gift card!

  19. Peggy


  20. Marianne

    I love Pier One!

  21. Rachel W.

    I would love to win and get some things for our new home :)

  22. Lois

    Love Pier One! Been admiring a mirror for our guest bathroom for sometime now. A gift certificate sure would come in handy towards that purchase. Thank you for you for sharing throughout the year…Merry Christmas!

  23. Kathi

    I love Pier 1 too! I checked out all of your favorites and put some on my Christmas list that I gave my hubby;)

  24. Molly

    Great finds- especially love those holiday plates! I love reading your blog, I always feel like I am in the company of a good friend :) Merry Christmas!

  25. Sue DeChant

    What great ideas….thanks!!!

  26. Joyce

    Right after I rec’d your blog in email I went to Pier 1 and hunted down the measuring cups and measuring spoons! I loved them but sadly I will have to wait until after Christmas to purchase. I looked at the other items too and found them to be just as fun and festive! Thanks for sharing:) Love your blog, Love Pier 1!

  27. Susan_W

    omg…that owl is the cutest!
    Pier 1 is my go to place for great gifts
    thanks for the give away

  28. Joy

    Thank you for all the gift ideas. They are great.

  29. Tracy

    love them all

  30. Teresa R

    What a Merry Christmas this will be – Great ideas!

  31. Megan

    I love the owl! I think I would have to fight my kids for him if I brought him home lol. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Amy Beth

    Those appetizer plates are adorable!

  33. Krissy

    I love Pier 1! Thanks for the ideas!

  34. carolyn heim

    love Pier One and LOVE your blog! So many inspirational ideas! happy holidays :) xoxo

  35. Megan

    I love Pier 1! And I love what you do with the goodies you find!!!

  36. Denise

    Entertaining gift ideas are my favorite. Love these adorable plates! How fun!

  37. Barbara

    Love Pier One!!!! And all your decorating ideas….thanks:)

  38. Rene

    Love Pier 1………great holiday finds!

  39. Donelda Lea

    I like the holiday plates best. Reminds us to keep it all in perspective and keep a merry heart through all the hustle and bustle.

  40. Val

    Love your blog and your pictures! Love Pier 1, too!

  41. Joleen

    The owl and the fox are darling!

  42. Judy

    those measuring cups and spoons are so cute!

  43. Heather

    I am loving all the things you posted! Beautiful picks!

  44. Cindy Trimble

    I adore Pier 1! Great picks!

  45. Chelsea

    I love the fantastic measuring cups!

  46. Deb

    I love your blog and Pier 1! You are so talented!

  47. Terri McKee

    I love Pier One! Those stuffed animals are so cute.

  48. Hillary M

    I adore Christmas dishes and always add to my collection!

  49. Robin

    Love these items! Thank you for the chance!

  50. Renee Brooke

    I love the measuring cups.

  51. Erin

    Pier one has the best gifts….for me! It would truly be a guilty pleasure to do a little Pier One shopping! Thanks for the opportunity.

  52. Nan

    Love those plates! Pier 1 rocks!!

  53. Heather

    I don’t have a Pier 1 near by but I’ve been known to make a special trip there just to soak in the beauty and colors … and I always find something that make me smile and just has to come home with me, since I made a special trip and all! LOL! Thanks so much! I love your choices!

  54. Rachell

    I love those plates! Your picture of them on facebook got my attention. I know what I will be buying if I win.

  55. Penny

    What a nice giveaway! Thank you.

  56. Chelsia

    I recently found your site and I am loving it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  57. Cat Mealey

    Pier 1 has THE BEST pieces for holiday entertaining. We love to shop there!

  58. Lindsay L

    Those are so pretty, I need to take a trip there this weekend!

  59. MargieRowles


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