Friday Five with Christina from My Petite Joys

Hi there Windy City Bloggers – I’m Christina from My Petite Joys – a lifestyle blog dedicated to enjoying the little things in life. For me, one of my greatest sources of joy comes from gift giving. I love finding meaningful gifts for my loved ones and packaging them in cute ways. For me its never about the price, but instead the thought behind the gift. With the holidays coming up I’ve been looking to the Windy City Blogger community for inspiration and have found some awesome gift guides and ideas from my fellow bloggers below. Check them out and get started on your holiday shopping – it’s never too early to start!

2017 Holiday Gifts For The Home & The Cook from Lake Shore Lady

I’m obsessed with Laruen’s blog  Lake Shore Lady, and have recently become a regular reader – she’s put together a great holiday guide centered around the home and cooking. Most of my friends are now at a stage of life where they’re settling down and focusing on home making and the gift giving options have now become endless! Whether its a cute mug or a ceramic mixing bowl –  I love buying housewarming gifts!

Gifts for the Traveler with The Millennial Martha 

Jen has a whole section on her blog devoted to gift giving and frequently curates guides by theme. When I saw this travel post I was so appreciative because I have many many friends who, like me, have been bitten by the travel bug.  Jen’s travel gift guide makes giving easy ! Head on over to the Millennial Martha for more ideas – as for me I’m eyeing the Mark & Graham Carry On she found – its so pretty!

5 Bookstores in Chicago to Visit on Small Business Saturday from Hasty Book List 

So I might be stretching it a bit with this one. Its not exactly a guide, but if you have any sort of book lover in your life and are looking for a great gift, then head on over to Ashely’s blog Hasty Book List – because its full of awesome book reviews and suggestions. Ashely recently did a great post on small Chicago based book stores so not only can you give the gift of a great story to your loved one, but you could also buy it form one of these shops and support a local business!

Cozy Gifts Under $50 That Every Woman Needs from The Petite Bijou

With the holidays comes cold weather – for those of us in Chicago this means its time to get cozy and embrace the hygge lifestyle! Mariam. who has impeccable style, put together a great gift guide for those of us who love to stay in and enjoy the cozy comforts of Winter.  Head on over to the Petite Bijou for more cozy ideas!

10 Items To Rock The Winter White Look from Classic City Chic

The ladies at Classic City Chic have such gorgeous and timeless style! To celebrate winter they’ve put together a great winter white style guide for the fashionistas in your life.

I hope these guides help you get started with your holiday shopping. Head on over to My Petite Joys for an intro to a local boutique that’s become near and dear to me – Gathered Boutique & Workshop. It’s another great place to start some Christmas shopping! Thanks for reading ! Be sure to follow me on Instagram , Pinterest, and Facebook to connect and collaborate!  You can access my blog at