Holiday Gift Exchange With The Girls

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!
Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

 

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

Coffee, gifts and friendship! It doesn't get better than that! I was so excited for our first annual gift exchange with my girls! We had a blast!

A few weeks ago Kachet, Melinda and I had our first annual holiday gift exchange! We had been dying to get together for quite some time now! We were so thankful when all of our crazy schedules finally aligned! The last time we had all been together was our SF trip earlier this summer! You can see all of the fun here. Kachet had the wonderful idea of meeting at the new Starbucks Reserve Bar in Sacramento.  I was so excited to go and experience the Reserve Bar!

Have you ever been to a Starbucks Reserve Bar? Let me tell you, it is not like ordering your normal latte! It is so much more! I really look forward to taking Ben back in a few weeks.  For those of you that are not familiar: “Inspired by the Seattle Reserve Roastery, a visit to a Starbucks Reserve® coffee bar is an exploration of rare, small-lot coffees from around the world and immersive brewing methods that bring out the unique, exquisite flavors of Starbucks Reserve® coffees.” – Starbucks News. Yep… amazingness! We tried a few incredible beverages that I wish I could have on the daily! The service was super fun too! You could sit at the bar or at a table either way, you were waited on.  We chose a table since we were exchanging gifts and would be catching up on each others lives for a while.

So our time together is always a BLAST but this time was EXTRA special! Melinda had been waiting to see us in person to tell us that she is PREGNANT!!! Yes!! She is having baby number 3 and we could not be more thrilled for her! We spent our time just in awe of all that had been going on over the past few months and so excited for what is ahead!!

I love gifts! It is my love language and these girls give GREAT gifts! I could have a gift exchange every single weekend! Is that nuts or what?!!? Anyways, I love this time of year so much.  Its just an extra excuse to spend quality time with those you love and appreciate so much as well as shower them with gifts!! I have one more gift exchange coming up with my bestie next week and I can’t wait!! Tis the season!! Thank you all for reading as always! It means so much to me!! Have an amazing rest of your week!

 

All Photos By: A s h l e y  B a u m g a r t n e r

  • Comments ( 44 )

  • avatar
    kage2015

    Looks like you three women could be trouble and so much fun when you all get together. So fun to give gifts to those we love and know they will appreciate what they are given.

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    Madeline

    What a cute post! love getting together with my girlfriends for a gift exchange!

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    Leslie

    This has inspired me to have a holiday gift exchange with my friends, too. It is so so to catch up with them. That Starbuck’s reserve sounds incredible!

  • avatar
    Alicia Chew

    You girls are the cutest! Also, I totally wish there was a Starbucks Reserve near me, that sounds like such a neat concept!

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    Andy Atsugah

    You all are looking so cute in the pictures. And your idea of holiday gift exchange has clicked me , so i am thinking of having a meetup with my friends at Starbucks Reserve® coffee bar. Gonna try this place for sure.

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    MarciaF

    You look like you are having the time of your life. beautiful Christmas decorations and good friends are the best way to spend time.

  • avatar
    valerie

    You all are gorgeous and this looks like such a fun girl’s meet!
    Have a very blessed Christmas Ruthie!
    xo
    Valerie

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    Phon Baillie

    Beautiful pics! I can’t wait to go to a starbucks reserve, too!

  • avatar
    Laura Leigh

    So much fun! And YAY for your friend. That’s incredibly exciting.

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

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    Vidya Sudarsan

    Looks like you gals had a wonderful time! I play the holiday gift exchange every year and my friends have been surprising me with uncommon yet useful gifts! We are playing this weekend, and I can’t wait! BTW, I have not heard of Starbucks reserve – sounds like a fun place to hang out!

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    Gladys parker

    I love the pictures with all the bulbs behind you, so festive! I also love this time of year and I’m finding it is going by to quickly. I have never been to a Starbucks reserve bar, although it sounds amazing! Our little town is still in the early 2000’s but that is okay as so am I.

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    StylishGeek

    My husband and i went to the starbucks reserve in seattle and we love it! had no idea they have a starbucks reserve bar in sacramento!!! will definitely vist!

  • avatar
    Angie

    Looks like you guys had a great time! Great pictures also.

  • avatar
    AnnMarie John

    It’s so nice to meet with your girlfriends this season and just catch up and have fun! I’m sure you had an amazing day with yours!

  • avatar
    Marissa

    I’ve been to the seattle reserve roastery many times in seattle and love it!

  • avatar
    Morgan Klein

    this is such a cute idea!! i am definitely going to do this with my friends! thanks for sharing!

  • avatar
    Sara Nichols

    Sounds like a fun time! I need to do this!

  • avatar
    Leah

    Looks like you guys had a great time! What a fantastic time and makes me think of my girlfriends, so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  • avatar
    Amanda

    It looks like you gorgeous ladies had such a fun time together. if you ask me, there is NOTHING better than friendship. whether new or old, it is always great to have people you can rely on.

  • avatar
    Mariah Klee

    You girls are so gorgeous! I love the idea of having a little gift exchange with my besties.

    Mariah
    http://www.likehoneyblog.com

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    Kate Blue

    THis looks so fun! i do this with my girlfriends each year and always look forward to it!

  • avatar
    Hannah

    What a fun way to celebrate this holiday season with friends!! I love the idea of a gift exchange between close friends:)

    xoxo, Hannah

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    Rachel

    What an absolute amazing way to spend the day with friends! You all look gorgeous!

    Rachel

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    Cassie Rea

    So fun! It looks like yall had the best time. Nothing better than a little girlfriend soiree.
    XOXO, Cassie rea
    http://www.cassierea.com

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    jessica

    You guys are adorable! I love starbucks! drink it every single morning.
    xo jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Oh my gosh that reserve bar sounds like a coffee-addict heaven! Sounds like a fun time with your girls, you all look fabulous!

  • avatar
    EldA

    ThIs is an awesome idea! Love all the gift wrapping paper and the ourfits. Thank you for sharing!

  • avatar
    Kate

    what a beautiful little celebration! It’s clear to see you guys have such a great time together!

  • avatar
    Amanda

    Looks like so much fun! Gift exChanhes are always such a special time with friends. Congrats to your friend on baby number 3!

  • avatar
    Katey

    Oh my goodness – you ladies look stunning! What a great tradition you started. I’ve never been to a Starbucks like that – sounds Fun!!
    XOXO
    Katey

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    Stephanie Whitman

    It looks like you ladies had an excellent time – and you all dressed so beautifully! The Starbucks Reserve sounds so fancy and fun. i wish I had one in my city!

  • avatar
    Dogvills

    We used to do this when my best friends were still living closeby. However, they moved to different states and we rarely get a chance to meet up. Happy though that you had a good time with your friends. Hopefully someday, me and my best friends would find time to meet again. There will be a lot of catching up to do!

  • avatar
    LuxMommy

    This looks like so much fun. You girls are too cute.

  • avatar
    Steph

    Oh my goodness what a cute post! Your girls are beautiful.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

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    sarah lindner

    That looks like such a fun place to go for coffee, I’ve never been to one before
    Xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.TheHouseOfSequins.com

  • avatar
    Anna english

    What a great way to celebrate the holidays!

  • avatar
    Azanique S. Rawl

    You ladies look gorgeous! Such a fun gift exchange 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

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    Elizabeth o

    You girls looks so gorgeous. And it’s so nice that you met each other this holiday SEASON. And it seems that you really had a FUn exchanging gifts.

  • avatar
    Lisa Rios

    Gift exchanges are so much fun! I love doing them with my friends, and also White Elephant Exchanges are fun.

  • avatar
    roxy

    This looks so fun! I absolutely love wrapping gifts (almost as much as buying them!) and your accents are lovely. Funny enough my gals and I usually meet up at starbucks too! there are a couple of reserve locations near me (in manhattan) but always so crowded. the one near the oculus downtown is particularly beautiful.

  • avatar
    Ashley

    This looks like so much fun! What a perfect girls daTe! You all look stunning!

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    kari kriewald

    You ladies look gorgeous! Such a special way to celebrate the holidays! x

  • avatar
    Angelle Marix

    BEAUTIFUL LADIES!!!!! Looks like an amazimg time with friEnds. Congrats on her pregnancy.

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdaRlin.com

  • avatar
    jasmine

    love all of these fun and festive pictures!

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