CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE!
How is it already mid-November, you guys?? I really think it was just yesterday that I bought our Halloween costumes a month early & felt like such a boss. Joke’s on me! I try to have all of our Christmas shopping done as close to December 1st as possible so I can truly lean into the Christmas season for what it is meant to be about instead of panicky hustle shopping. That’s no fun. As of this morning, I haven’t actually started yet except for some thought bubbles in my brain, so I best get to it! And you know what’s going to help me? My own gift guide! You can surely google a hundred different gift guides out there with 108 items on each list. This one is smaller, or shall I say, more petit. It only has items I have bought before & recommend as gifts (either to your person or yourself!). I hope it helps stir some new ideas in your head! Christmas shopping should be fun!
Women, you’re up first!
I’ve never known a female who didn’t fall in love with Sephora at first sight. Whether you’re looking for a few glamorous stocking stuffers (face masks, lip balm, you name it– they have sample sizes of everything there) or want to go bigger with some Philosophy bath care or a giant palette of eye shadow, Sephora’s got you covered. Drunk Elephant is my favorite skincare right now, & Sephora has several bundles together right now! Check them out!
This is a solid company, & their denim jacket is a favorite wardrobe piece of mine.
I’m honestly not a major jewelry person, but my favorite bag & a pair of stud earrings I wear all the time both came from Noonday. I love being able to shop for myself & others while supporting female artisans around the world.
The Giving Keys
I’ve loved this organization for years, & their products are top notch. I want to order a custom key necklace for the new year, but I haven’t quite settled on a word to focus on yet. Blake gave me a matching necklace & stud earrings set for Mother’s Day last year, & it’s one of my favorite gifts ever.
This is the planner I’m using this year, & I’ve already received mine for 2020! A good planner isn’t cheap, so if you know someone who loves organization, this would make a great gift! And yes, you can gift yourself!
I pretty much ask for a new Calia workout outfit for every gift giving holiday. It’s great quality, & I love the patterns.
This is my favorite winter weather hat! And it’s a great company!
These chocolates deserve to go in a candy museum where people stare at them & marvel at their beauty. Lucky for us, they were made to eat & they taste as delicious as they look. A perfect stocking stuffer or teacher gift!
I think an old fashioned tea kettle makes for such a sweet touch to a kitchen stovetop. A perfect gift for your fellow tea lover.
These two are my favorites right now. The pictures of the food alone is worth the browse!
If your person has a big trip coming up or travels on the regular, a nice suitcase is a great gift! Just because their floral cloth suitcase from 1996 still rolls doesn’t mean an upgrade wouldn’t be nice, know what I’m saying? I have the bigger carry-on, & I’m convinced I’ll never check a bag again. Talk about an upgrade.
If your person has shown interest in oils but has maybe stayed away because it can be a pricey investment, kick it off for them with a diffuser or a starter set of oils. Young Living has a selection of oils specially packaged for the holidays, too!
Travel coffee/tea mug
This would be a great teacher’s gift! (I like this cup because it’s bamboo instead of steel.) Fill the cup with a Starbucks gift card & a note about how awesome they are.
I love a good gift basket, & you can literally customize one for any human ranging from newborn to your great grandpa Albert. Think up a theme & the run with it. Buy your items—some can be favorites of your giftee, & some can be new items to try– & then buy a basket to arrange it all in. Add in a few pieces of tissue paper, & bam—you just made a super thoughtful & fun gift that nobody else is going to give them!
Tea & coffee basket
Assortment of hot teas (I like gifting Harney & Sons because they come in those fancy little tins!)
Bag of Fire Dept Coffee (This company is so cool, & their coffee is LEGIT.)
Fun coffee mug
Cookies to eat while sipping (Pepperidge Farm was made for this.)
After Hours Drink Basket
Mini bottles of liquor or one bottle of a liquor you know they like
A couple of old-fashioned glasses
Giant ice cube molds
Depending on if your person is more of a salty or sweets lover, walk the aisle of a Whole Foods or Target for fun & creative snack ideas. Load up on the fun treats! Shopping at a grocery store has never felt so fun.
Buy some starting gardener tools, some cute gloves, & some packets of seeds. Place a flower arrangement in the center of the basket for a lovely touch & inspiration! You can totally make this a kids’ basket, & include a copy of JoAnna Gaines’ We Are the Gardeners.
There are a lot of kitchen gadgets out there, & it can take a lifetime to acquire all the ones you want! If you know someone who loves spending time in the kitchen or hosting, build them a basket! If you don’t know if they have all the things, just include a gift receipt so they can exchange if needed. You can literally go any direction here– but some ideas: spatula, cheese knives & board, french press, measuring cups, baking sheets.
Date Night at Home Basket
…if you love the idea of a basket but aren’t feeling the DIY part, you can seriously type in any hobby/theme out there + subscription box & find a subscription box already out there!
Sock Club— I got this for my dad two years in a row!
My Garden Box— I got this for my mom last Mother’s Day!
FabFitFun (I haven’t actually bought this one but not because I haven’t wanted to! So many people talk about this one—it seems like so much good stuff is in there!)
And now a note about shopping for your man…
Shopping for grown adult dudes is hard. It may not always be the case, but I feel like their hobbies, tools, & knick-knacks are expensive. Blake will make a list per request, but a) I don’t really like shopping from a list because it’s not creative & then it’s really just me buying something using money from our joint account that he could just as easily buy for himself, & b) We usually stick to stocking stuffers, which an outdoor tv is not. I try to get creative & buy him ultra manly chapstick & shaving cream, but when March rolls around & it’s still hanging out in a miscellaneous drawer, I pick up on the not so subtle subtleties.
So really, I’m not much help in the men in your life department because I am not great at it, myself. I like to find a cool experience when I can—a show we could go see or a concert. A special date night or night away is always a fun gift.
I think the most important thing with a guy is putting yourself in his shoes. For Blake’s 30th birthday, we had a newborn & weren’t doing anything crazy—so I shifted to the creative side & bought him thirty small presents, many of them being silly or nostalgic. I blew up balloons & tagged each gift with a number from 1-30 & had it all set up in the living room the morning of his birthday. He was nice about it, but he did not care one little bit, I DON’T CARE IF HE DENIES IT ALL DAY LONG. You know what he would have liked? A pass to play golf that Saturday & a planned date night.
So think of your guy’s love language & move in that direction. Words of affirmation? Write him a letter about how much he means to you. Gifts? Well, that work well—buy him something, large or small, that can go towards his hobby. Physical touch? Buy him a massage. Or give him a massage! Acts of service? Take the kids for a day date while he does something for himself. Quality time? Plan a fun date night! What would he like to do? A new restaurant? Something adventurous? A concert or show? A sports event? Look up tickets & see what’s coming your way! Even if isn’t happening for months, that’s okay! Or arrange for one of his friends to come to town for a hangout. If he’s an extrovert, get a group together for a fun concert or activity.
Some people do the guy present thing well, but for me, I’d rather Blake just buy his own hobby accessories while I think outside the box & fall short to his gift buying for me. It’s not my fault. I’m incredibly easy to shop for.
I love shopping for my kids any time of year. Their stuff is so fun & colorful & miniature. When it comes to Christmas, we do stockings & then stick to the four thing rule: 1 thing you want, 1 thing you need, 1 think to wear, 1 thing to read. Combined with grandparent & extended family gifts, they still end up with so much stuff, but I’m really trying to move the Christmas focus from being solely on presents. I don’t want the magic of Christmas to die when they realize Santa isn’t real. I want this to just be the beginning of their love for Christmas. It’s not hard to look at a catalogue or in a store & find a cool toy your kid would like–you can do that!–, but here are just a few different options to spice things up!
These shoes are comfortable, durable, & come in every pattern your heart desires. (And honestly, I like them for me as much as the kids.) Plus, they serve a great purpose.
Click HERE for my recent blog on some of my favorite children’s books!
Same concept as the baskets above, but for this one, buy a plastic tote or bin that can organize it all & your kids can take from room to room & store easily on a shelf.
Crayons—Markers—Paint Stix—Dot Dobbers—Stamps—Stickers—Journal (even my littles love a journal with blank or lined pages because they like to copy their big sister & try to form letters—or they’ll just freeform it & have fun coloring outside the lines.)–Coloring Book
Hanna Andersson pjs
I am such a sucker for their pajamas! I’m really contemplating getting matching family ones this year. They’re so stinking soft. This is a great gift to give on Christmas Eve! And then everyone is all cute for Christmas morning pictures.
There you have it! Hope this makes your Christmas shopping a little extra fun!