For the Sports Mom That Never Has Time to Make Dinner
The Instant Pot
This is not a crock pot.
This is better than a crock pot.
This is a pressure cooker, and this pressure cooker will change lives.
It’s not difficult to use, it’s easy to set up, and there are a million easy recipes to follow on Pinterest. But the best part of this little miracle worker is: it makes food taste friggin’ great! Even that tough roast that you hated to eat as a child comes out mouth-watering good. You can make oatmeal, frittata, and potatoes in this thing, as well as outrageously good pulled pork or chicken.
Amazon usually has a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale on them, so wait for that and then pick one up. You won’t regret it. I promise.
For the Woman Who Never Buys Skincare Products for Herself
My favorites from Perfectly Posh
Sleep On It is a nighttime face mask that you sleep in. Yes, you read that correctly: you sleep with this mask on your face. This is not like a traditional face mask; it’s not going to go on super thick or need to be peeled off. No, this is like a super duper moisturizer that soaks into your skin as you sleep. It won’t rub off on your pillow and it won’t get into your hair. But you will wake up with softer, smoother skin that just looks fresh and rested. Get this. It’s a top ten product for me. *Note: this is a very popular product. If this link does not work, it is because this product has temporarily sold out. Bookmark the link and check back frequently. You will want this product!
Call Your Shrink is an uber moisturizer you use at night that contains glycolic acid which works to shrink down those pores. This is a terrific product that is creamy and thick and smells divine. And I really think it has made a difference in the look and texture of my pores. My skin seems more radiant now. I won’t ever stop using this product and I’d recommend it for anyone.
Big Fat Yummy Hand Cream in Social Butterfly. This hand cream should be illegal. First off, the smell is tantalizing. I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t love the scent. Secondly, the texture is rich and creamy but somehow manages to not be greasy. You can use this hand cream and then pick up your phone and it won’t leave smears or smudges on the screen. Just trust me on this – this is an A+ product.
For the Woman Who’s Eyelashes Packed Their Bags and Left After Childbirth
This is a mascara you will worship for the rest of your days. Benefit Bad Gal mascara is the best mascara I have ever tried. And while I use Rodan and Fields’ Lash Boost to make my lashes actually grow again, this mascara just makes them look full, long, and defined without clumping! This is a makeup miracle, people! Just try it. It will help with those days when the kids are on your last nerve, and a hot flash just made your upper lip sweat like a hooker in church.
For the Man Who Needs Better Underwear
Lululemon makes great exercise clothes.
Well, let’s face it: they make great everything. They are pretty much the gold standard when it comes to quality, attractive exercise and casual wear, but it turns out they also make really excellent underwear.
These men’s briefs are made from super soft fabric and have a waistband that won’t go slack after a few rounds of wear. They keep their shape, they look great, & are apparently a top favorite among men.
For the Teen That Just Wants Money
Get this tripod.
It’s flexible enough to wrap around objects (even tree branches), but stable enough to perch perfectly on a table or desk. And it comes with cool accessories like a wireless remote and a universal clip that securely holds that ridiculously priced cell phone.
Now that I’m laying out the pros of this little gem, I don’t mind admitting I think I’d like one too!
For the Whole 30 Enthusiast
If you or a friend is trying to master the Whole 30 program this winter & you’re worried about how to still enjoy your coffee, fear not! My friend told me about these coffee creamers that are dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and flavor free (KIDDING!). No, they actually taste great — I mean, it’s not like the French Vanilla creamer in the store and it’s definitely not like the mochas you get at Starbucks, but they are still pretty darn good and you get to keep drinking your coffee. Which, thank the Lord for that!
For the Person That’s Always Cold
This blanket is super cool. It’s like an electric blanket that goes on your bed, but for your car instead! This would be perfect to use on breaks during sporting events, or tailgating, or as part of your emergency car kit. Plus: look at the cool pattern! Any college student would like this. Any parent of a kid in sports would like this. Any camper or hiker or person that owns a car wants this. Pretty much any human should have this.
For Every Single One of Your Teacher Friends
Teachers have it rough, guys. Do them all a favor and give them this book; because gosh dang darn it, they deserve a flippin’ break!
For the Snow Lover in Your Life
These ski socks from Darn Tough are THE BEST! And while they are made for skiers and snowboarders (extra cushioning in the footbed, over the calf length, antimicrobial wool) they could still be a truly great gift for anyone in your life. Bonus: they are made in Vermont and guaranteed for life. Get ’em!
For Fans of Christmas Vacation Who Also Like Coffee
Can we all agree Christmas Vacation is the best, or at least top 3 best, Christmas movies of all time? We watch it every year in our house at least four times during December. We have a Christmas tree ornament with the car and huge tree on top. It’s a classic part of our holiday every year! And this mug makes me laugh every time I see it. Julia Louie Dreyfus killed in this movie! What a fun reminder of a great movie.
For the Child That Can’t WAIT For Christmas
This countdown calendar is super cute. Each numbered day is a small pocket that houses the roving Santa hat with each new day. For little ones, you could add a stick of gum or a small candy or a handwritten note from Santa, or a quarter, etc in each pocket. Think about how quickly they would get up for school knowing they have a surprise waiting for them each day!
For the Reader That Hates Loaning Books
This customizable embosser is such a great gift idea. No more ruining books with stickers or sharpie, this embosser makes your book lover’s collection look professional. Order this for your friend, emboss a book you know they’ll love and gift it as a set. Instant gold star status!
For the Girl Hiker That You Really, Really Love
This puffer from Patagonia is to die for. Especially if you live in Oregon. Here are the specifications from the manufacturer:
- Ultralight nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum® shell is water-resistant, windproof and treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
- Revolutionary PlumaFill insulation replicates the structure of down in a continuous synthetic insulation material, offering the warmth and packability of down but with the warm-when-wet performance of synthetic insulation
- Innovative quilting construction minimizes stitching and maximizes loft to ensure warmth
- Center-front zipper has storm flap and zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort
- Two welted, zippered handwarmer pockets and two internal drop-in pockets; left pocket doubles as a stuffsack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop
- Under-the-helmet hood construction is light and simple
- Elasticized cuffs and hem seal in warmth
- 227 g (8 oz)
This would be the ultimate gift for your favorite hiker, or a camper or just someone you really, really love. Because trust me, this jacket will be very much loved. (This is also available in Men’s sizes and colors. Please see the website for ordering information.)
For the Teen Girl or Boy in Your Life
Everything from the 90’s is relevant again and every teen I know wants a Thrasher t-shirt. Preferably with a pair of vans to go along with it. They may never come around to loving Pearl Jam or Nirvana, but hey, baby steps.
For the Friend that Moved Away
This wreath from L.L. Bean is the ultimate. First of all, it’s gorgeous. Second of all, it’s really well made. This wreath may cost a little more ($54.95) but it’s produced with fresh, sustainable sourced evergreens — noble fir, western red cedar, and green boxwood. I have ordered this before and it’s always been so well received, especially for those that aren’t fortunate enough to have these aromatic trees growing in their backyards. If you order now, you can also receive free shipping.
For the Little One Whose Cheeks You Want to Pinch 24/7
These little llama earrings are just too cute. While I still think they are adorable, the rage over pineapples seems to be over, and unicorns are starting to lose their desirability as well. But llamas…llamas seem to have holding power with the littles. I think it’s a safe bet that these would be very much loved by your smallest friend.
For the Little Lumberjack
If you don’t buy this black check flannel for your little dude, can you even call yourself a gift-giver? 🙂
This little flannel would not only be a practical gift for the little man this winter, but also: think of the cute photo opportunities (Holiday cards, anyone?). Pair this with a tiny pair of Levis and some boots and you’ve got yourself an award winner.
I Am Enough limited edition necklace from Jenna Kutcher.
If you are even remotely interested in this, order it now. Immediately if not sooner. Because these necklaces sell out each time they are offered for sale.
Every woman I know needs and deserves this necklace. Period. End of story.
No matter what else may be going on in your life, just remember: You ARE Enough.
I hope these gift ideas help with your upcoming Holiday shopping. Feel free to let me know of any other cute, fun, unusual or handy gift ideas. I’m always on the look out!