Give the gift of a peaceful retreat

Over at Making it Lovely, Nicole has been helping a neighbor make over their master bedroom. It always goes this way, doesn’t it? We fuss over the common areas, the childrens’ rooms, even the pet’s beds before we make a peaceful and beautiful place to rest at the end of the day.


Using only a $1500 budget and amending with items the homeowner already had, they created a clean, fresh, beautiful space that wasn’t so feminine that a husband wouldn’t feel like the space didn’t consider him.

Which inspired this next topic—We all have those people on our shopping lists who are challenging to shop for. For those folks, might I suggest the luxury of beautiful linens? When the day comes to a close, I have to say that the most delicious moment for Dave and I is to slip under some wonderfully soft sheets and let our tired bodies settle into our memory foam mattress. These little luxuries seem to draw the exhaustion out of us, soothe us, and send us off to rest and recharge our bodies and minds.

Who wouldn’t want that? And who wouldn’t want that for a loved one?

Why not give the gift of a peaceful retreat to that person in your life who wouldn’t splurge on this type of luxury for themselves?

Enter the lovely kate spade new york, who has a new bedding line (as of September) at Bed Bath and Beyond. Each collection includes a duvet cover, shams, coverlet, sheet set and decorative pillows, and runs from $39.99 – $199.99. Can you imagine a more perfect gift for a young woman in her first apartment or a grandmother deserving a little something extra special? (Images click through to their respective shopping pages.)

Kate Spade Bedding at Bed Bath and Beyond

Kate Spade Bedding at Bed Bath and Beyond

Kate Spade Bedding at Bed Bath and Beyond

Kate Spade Bedding at Bed Bath and Beyond

If bed linens aren’t in the budget or if you are looking to pair them with some stocking stuffers, a basket filled with little things like lavender linen spray, soothing sounds machine, and a soft down-filled pillow also make for a great place to release the stress of the day.

Lavender linen spray

Caldrea Linen Spray in Lavender:

Marpac SleepMate, Sound Conditioner/Sleep Machine
Marpac SleepMate, Sound Conditioner/Sleep Machine:

down pillows400 Thread Count Silk Gusseted 600 Fill Power Down Pillow:


Of course, nothing will send your loved one off to have sweet dreams like knowing that you care about them, but maybe adding a few special items to their boudoir couldn’t hurt either.

Happy holidays and good luck with your gift hunting! Tomorrow I’ll feature a grouping of ideas for the baker/cook on your list.

Of course, any and all ideas contributing to this topic are encouraged and welcome. I hope you’ll leave your favorite tips and tricks for a restful night’s sleep in the comments below.

Alana (writing this post made me very sleepy)

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