Today’s gift guide has a special place in my heart (and no, that is not because per usual, I want everything in it, especially these.) I’ll try to make a long story short. You may remember that at BaubleBar (my day job), we did a guest bartender collaboration with Megan Runser. Megan is a longtime BaubleBar customer and is currently battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. “As Good As Gold” has been her mantra for staying positive and strong during the toughest of times. She blogs about her story here if you want to get to know her a little bit better. I was really inspired by her and so I did what anyone does when someone inspires you… I friended her on Facebook. Totally normal and not creepy at all. Of course, the second I hit “friend” I got a little bit nervous, but much to my relief, she accepted me right away. As it turns out, we’re both a little bit creepy, which is an excellent foundation for friendship.
Anyway. A few months later, Megan reached out, wanting a fun distraction and offering to help out with some things around the blog. We decided she’d create a fun, “As Good as Gold” gift guide for you. Clearly, Megan and I have a lot in common as I love everything she picked!
And! A little note from Megan about her collection:
“Never lacking in the wisdom department, my mom always says the best gifts are things people wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. Preach on, Mama Runser – I used precisely that criterion when putting together this “as good as gold” themed gift guide; doesn’t it just feel more fun to approach holiday shopping without focusing on practical necessity for a hot second?
Among the countless reasons I adore gold is its ability to instantly elevate the luxury quotient. My beloved metallic miracle (I should add trademarking that phrase to my Christmas wish list!) can take everything from a plain sweatshirt to a greeting card to a seemingly nerdy gadget cord organizer up 10 notches with a sprinkle of gilded glory. Covering a broad audience ranging in age, gender, and interest, this gift guide can be used for anyone on your list who appreciates the finer things in life…and just needs you, oh-heroic-gift-giver you, to swoop in and delight them with some nonessential grandeur.”
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What inspires me most about Megan is how amazingly positive she’s been through everything that’s been thrown her way. We are around the same age (I’m a year older) and I can’t imagine dealing with what she’s gone through – and so gracefully at that. While we have yet to meet IRL, Megan is an incredible person… smart, funny, brave, and strong. (seriously. Read her blog!) I can’t for the day we get to meet in real life… (and toast kicking cancer’s butt using these?)
Lastly… one of the ways that I earn money from this blog is via affiliate links. The way that these links work is that if you make a purchase using an affiliate link on my site, I will earn a (small) commission from anything you purchase on that website. Affiliates do not receive preferential treatment on this blog so not all of the links on my site are affiliate links, but many of them are. The easiest way on my blog to tell is that if you hover a link, I use a bit.ly link for affiliate links. Or, you can click on one of the links in the widget above… those are all affiliate links. The reason I’m telling you this is because I will be tracking all of the sales from the affiliate links used within this post. At the end of the month will be making a donation to help out with Megan’s medical expenses for all sales coming from these links. I plan to donate all of the money generated via the blog post – and then match that amount generated with my own money. So… shop! And if you don’t shop, donate! (I’ll keep you posted at the end of the month on how we do.)
Hi, Grace! Long-time reader but first time commenter – I just wanted to let you know that the Medical Expenses and Donate links don’t work (well they do, but they link to the salad forks…). Please fix so we can donate to this great cause!
Oh my goodness – massive fail, so sorry! I wrote this post at 1am last night… eeks. I just fixed it, but the link is here: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/megan-runser/191330
Thank you for flagging, I really appreciate it. xx
I mean salud glasses, not salad forks 🙂
i want those sneakers in a bad way – great picks Megan!
I take Bar Method with a gal who is going through the same thing and she keeps me motivated to keep going in all areas of my life, but especially in the studio. This is one of my favorite posts of yours to date. I’m reading Megan’s story now. Wow.
how wonderful Grace. that just warmed my heart… 🙂
Those gold slippers are adorable!
You are just the sweetest person ever and you don’t need to twist my arm to encourage me to shop! 🙂 Such a fantastic list, Megan!
Hi Grace – I’m a longtime reader, and was thrilled to see my personal friend, Megan Runser, featured on your blog! Megan is THE most hilarious, fashionable, and genuine person around. I’d say this is your best post yet 🙂 xoxo
Aw, this comment makes me so happy! What a small world. I’ve only ever emailed (and facebook/instagram stalked) with Megan but am excited to meet her IRL someday soon. Thanks for commenting, Annie! xo
Where can I find #10? The link doesn’t work.
You have me written all over this gift guide! I am a gold lover and this collection has some amazing pieces including #5 #11 and #17!
I am also so moved by Megan and her story. I have personally experienced watching a friend go through the battle that Megan is facing and it’s never easy, but having that positive reinforcing support around her is everything she needs.
By far my favorite gift guide.