I am a lucky girl–I get to pick out gifts for people on a daily basis but around the holidays picking out great gifts is taken to another level with holiday gift guides. It’s like I am thinking about gifting all year…and everyone else is thinking about it now:) Honestly, this time of year is pretty much gift picking on steroids but it’s one of my most favorite times of the year!

For the past few years I have been blessed to work on gift guides for SouthPark Magazine and my very own blog, HoneeBee Gifts (thanks for visiting!). In addition, this year I had the pleasure of working with Lake Norman Magazine. There is so much that goes into the making of a gift guide…and most of it is behind the scenes. What most people see is what lies on the pretty glossy pages of magazines and computer screens but there’s more to it! Not only do you have to pick the theme for the holiday guide (you know…gifts for him, gifts for her, etc), you have to pick the items from various boutiques and stores that fall under those categories and then style them into vignettes and let the photographers work their magic.  Here’s a sneak peek of the process:

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I loved sharing a bit about the process so the next time you pick up a magazine (find SouthPark Mag here and Lake Norman Mag here), please know there was blood, sweat and (rarely) tears that went into it!

Bzzzz: Also, more gift picks & tips will soon pop up this blog (can’t wait–see archives here) and via HoneeBee Gifts social media which can be found under “HoneeBeeGifts” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Holiday Shopping!