Groomsmen Gifts

Since I am on this gift kick, let’s continue with grooms gifts.

Too often I see groomsmen getting an engraved flask or engraved beer steins (or cuff links? really?).  I got it, it’s cool to drink and remember the good ol’ times, but unless you all somehow celebrated Oktoberfest in Munich together and it’s commemorative, it will most likely be used once and then collect dust.

Maybe it’s due to me recently moving (and still unpacking boxes) , I am in favor of gifts that will be used.  Often.

This being written, I think you will be hard pressed to find a man who does not like watches.  There are some great ones on or  You can cater these to their interest.  Wallstreet guy, swimmer, runner, clubber…there is a watch for him.

If you really want to engrave something, engrave a wallet/money clip.  This, hopefully, will get use every day.  Here’s one from

Now, here’s where I give props to my husband.  He came up with giving his groomsmen ipod shuffles (and yes, engraved with their nicknames).  They loved them.  And now, they are even more affordable.  One step up?  Get them the nano.


Bridesmaid Gifts

A couple brides I know are stuck on what to gift their bridesmaids, so here are my two cents.

My favorite gift right now for bridesmaids is the clutch.  There are some fabulous clutches out there in a variety of colors that can serve a purpose at the wedding.  Depending on the clutch, it can and will also be reused over and over again when your bridesmaids go out to have fun on the town.  Best of all, they are cute and affordable!

I went to and here are a couple of my faves:

Waterpath has several clutches in a variety of colors and patterns. (~$22.00 each)



Upstyle is offering a 10% discount right now and they give a break for multiple clutches purchased. (~$65.00 each)




O.C. Styles has unique clutches and offers a bridal clutch package. (~$23.00 each)




What is also fun about a clutch is that you can fill it with fun items.

For example, the traditional jewelry gift.

Or a customized purse hook:  (Here from etsy again- Yaya DIY Club)



If you are on a tight budget, you can always go to your favorite department store (Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, JCPenney’s, etc.) or make-up store (Sephora), and ask for some samples.  You can come away with some magnificent samples of mascara, lipstick, eye shadows, and perfumes, which make a perfect little present when added with your clutch.

Have fun shopping :)!  Shoot, now I want 1 (or five ;))…

Ryan Air

So, thanks to a great friend who is now traveling around Europe (thanks Carly), here is my first blog.  I figure it’s related to both my love of travel and my love of budgeting and saving money.

Ryan Air!

Ryan air is a super cheap way to travel Europe, cheaper than train and bus and car travel many times. It is not unusual to find a flight for 0 Euros and all you pay are the taxes.  The one thing to pay attention to though is that the airports tend to be further away from the city.  The Ryan air flights tend to leave from smaller airports that are more difficult to get to, many times requiring an additional bus, train, or taxi ride.  Be sure to budget this extra ride into your travel costs to see if it is worth it for you.

Things to know about Ryan Air:

1)  You will have to check-in online.  Make sure the email address you provide them at your reservation is correct, since they will send you an email where you will check in by entering in your passport information days before your trip.

2)  Do not forget to add how many check-in bags you will have to your shopping/reservation cart.  They are very particular about the size.  You are allowed 1 piece of cabin luggage with the maximum dimensions being 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm weighing 10 kg.

It is double the price to check your bags at the airport and you will get caught….(they have hawk eyes)!


Ryan air is not the only budget flight company in Europe, though it is the one I used most often.  You can also check Easy Jet and Flybe (great for travel to and from the UK).

— If you are wanting to plan a trip for a group of people, I would not suggest the Ryan Air route.  It can get complicated to manage for groups of people.  Instead, there are several transportation companies and major airlines with group flight fares that pride themselves in creating a stress free travel environment for your guests.  I can help you with this if this is what you are looking for. —