4 Tips: How To Land An Epic Gift

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

4 Tips: How to Land an Epic Gift | MappCraft

The Art of The Ask

An effective capsule closet, one that guarantees out-the-door outfit solutions that make you feel fantastic every day, is hinged on a solid wardrobe core. Expertly crafted accessories and signature jewelry strengthen this core considerably.

Sartorial objects d’art do not come often, nor do they come cheap. Such investments must be plotted, planned and timed impeccably – which brings me to Christmas.

The holidays are a critical wardrobe core strengthening opportunity.

I will not let you blow this.

Here is my well-oiled, time-tested strategy to ensure that you wake up December 25 with a love token befitting of your year round fabulousness.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #1: Start Early | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #1 : Start Early

If you are embarking on this process today – we may be too late.  Men are not trained to read brains. It is your responsibility to approach this mission with thoughtful consideration to what you want and how to get it. I'd advise spending the five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas researching by day and  – ahem – wifing by night.  

Additionally, volunteer back rubs, ask him if he lost weight, laugh at his jokes and exclaim, “you’re so smart!” at least once.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #2: Recruit Support | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #2: Recruit Support

Toddlers are awesome at telling people things you told them not to repeat. Work this in your favor.

First, emphatically make your toddler promise not to tell Daddy about that time in Target when the check out boy told Mommy that she was the prettiest Mommy he’d ever seen.

Now wait one week and show toddler a picture of your gift.  Say “Isn’t that pretty for Mommy?” Make toddler promise not to show the picture to Daddy or tell Daddy how much Mommy wants the gift for Christmas. When toddler asks why, tell toddler you are sad because the gift is so expensive.

Try to fake cry a little.

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #3: Be Very, Very Specific

Now that we've laid the groundwork it's time to clarify exactly what we want for our Christmas gift. Print out a picture and information about your gift and tape it to the refrigerator. Circle the gift in red. Specify size, color, retailer and shipping deadline.

No need to be clear on price. 

If you have a husband who insists on selecting his own gifts, present him with three options. Include the gift you actually want and two lovely but more expensive ideas. 

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Getting Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan | MappCraft.com

Epic Gift Tip #4: Have A Back Up Plan

Let’s pretend it’s December 25. You put in the wife work, planted hints and provided impeccable purchase instructions. Surprise! Daddy bought Mommy a reindeer sweater and wind chimes.

Girl! Promise me you’ll buy that beautiful gift for your damn self. You have my permission. You earned it and your capsule wardrobe will thank you.

Arm Candy Canes

Whatever you do, don't tell Matt I want these gifts. They are just too much.

I hope you've enjoyed this satirical gift getting guide. I would never actually be so brazen in my attempts to land a gift. Or would I? Only Santa knows for sure. 

You know what would make a great gift for less than $10? (Hint: It's an e-book I wrote.)

2016 Tiny Closet Holiday Survival Guide

Take the Guess Work Out of Getting Dressed

  • Eliminate the "I Have Nothing To Wear!" dilemma
  • Look amazing in holiday photos
  • Save money and curb impulse clothing shopping
  • Feel confident, stylish and put together every day of the holiday season

Here's What You Get

  • How to create a micro capsule for the holiday season - using garments you already own 
  • 36 piece Holiday Capsule Wardrobe (including accessories!)
  • Holiday Capsule visual guide
  • Holiday Capsule checklists
  • Buying Guide with links for every budget
  • 4 Festive Outfit Formulas 
  • 65+ Festive outfit ideas  -- Thanksgiving to NYE
  • 12 YouTube tutorials
  • A timeless holiday capsule you can rely on for years to come





The Best Blog Post I Ever Wrote

Photo Credit:  Erin Nicole Brown

Photo Credit: Erin Nicole Brown

Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it means to "blog" these days, how far this blog has progressed and where it started. 

There is pressure in this community to be very specific with subject matter, to stay to true to a niche and to write headlines like this: 5 WAYS TO WRITE HEADLINES or THE 1 SECRET TO WRITING HEADLINES THAT NO ONE WILL EVER TELL YOU.

I started MappCraft.com for two reasons.

  1. I love writing

  2. I love outfits

As I try to figure out my direction — and work to perfect a lovely Up, Close and Personal Style piece about my dear friend Ada Polla - I thought I'd share what was ultimately the best received blog post I ever published. 

Maybe you can tell me why?



May 2015: AKA Before Erin Nicole Brown photography

May 2015: AKA Before Erin Nicole Brown photography

Alternate Realities

I have been awake since 5:45AM. Someone left the sunroof open in my car and it rained. There is a pimple the size of Manassas on my lip. The baby is congested and teething. It feels impossible to get anything cleaned or organized with a full time job and small children. Our refrigerator is very small. Daycare costs more than a mortgage in a normal town. I waste too much money on Starbucks. I am having a bad hair day. 


Our new home has a playroom. It takes 14 minutes to get to my office from my driveway. I am paid to make Cibu hair products. People love Fresh Crunch pickles. It is nearly summertime. The bruises on my triceps are from extended side crow. I’ve been blessed with beautiful children, a very cute dog and an excellent cook for a husband. Everything is funny. The peonies are blooming. Life is full of creative opportunity. 

Which of version of my story is more interesting? Which version of your story do you tell each day?

Today’s outfit is so much more put together than warranted for my level of fatigue. Why? Because last night I said eff it, let the baby cry a little in her crib and ruthlessly edited my summer capsule down to 33 items, exactly. More on that story later.