{ birthday donuts via angel food }

Birthdays are so fun... albeit inevitable. I feel like everyone is always having a birthday, ALL THE TIME! Meaning lots of fun but also LOTS OF GIFTS! So many gifts. And while I love to celebrate and give gifts, I also sometimes think I need less friends... JK! Over the years of my little young adult life I have learned a few things, a few tricks of the trade, and while there are many a splurge worthy option on this list, I think what matters the most is the interest you show in your friend, acquaintance, family member, significant other, that matters the most. The gift option I really feel you can never go wrong with is something personalized. Monogram it, because it takes time and thoughtfulness and planning to give a gift like that. One of the best presents I ever received was handprinted stationery with my initials on it, handmade from a dear friend (shoutout to you Jennifer). I also absolutely loved the cheese basket my friend Emma gave me that had an assortment of cheeses handpicked from the grocery store, cheese plate serving accessories and a cute mini champs bottle. These were two great gifts that were probably the least expensive and most thoughtful gifts I ever received. I also believe that for some friends or acquaintances a bottle of rosé or some flowers go a long way. And under all circumstances, you must ALWAYS write a card! Preferably on some personal stationery, to make it stand out from the rest of the hallmark rift raft. A nice set of words in print is like a treasure trove, an antiquated tradition in the current day of birthday texts, cake emojis and Facebook wall posts. I also think that just like a wedding, any hosted party requires a gift. It's just that simple. I also happened to leave out experiential gifts on this list, but they are MUCH appreciated, whether you take a friend out for ice cream, an art class, soulcycle, brunch or to Hawaii (hint, hint); you can never return quality time spent with someone you care about! Remember, it's the thought that counts. And I really hope someone thinks I am worthy of these Aquazurra tassel pumps. Pretty, pretty, pleaseeeeeee. Enjoy!

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MAKE A WISH!!! For those donuts...dough




  1. OMGOSH Happy almost Birthday!! We must celebrate at The Ivy!!!!!!!


  2. I love this place. I had an event here back in May last year and I felt like it was a perfect day for us! The event space San Francisco provides you with an event Specialist as part of your package which is extremely helpful. Plus all of us dressed up only added to the entire ambience.