Dah da da dah daaaaaaaa! Here it is, my most favorite post of the year: the gift giving guide!
This year is going to be a huge one for mail order retailers, right? Are any malls even open? It’s been so long since I’ve been to a mall, I honestly don’t know if I remember how to do it.
This season I’ve attempted to link gifts that could all be ordered online, and many from the same retailer so you can take advantage of bulk shipping, or Prime services.
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Alright, first up we have….
GIFTS FOR THE GUY (because he’s the toughest to buy for)
Fact: no one makes shirts like Pendleton. And now you can pick one up from Amazon! This one won’t make him itch (or you, if you steal it) because it’s 100% cotton and soft as heck. Available in solid colors and some nice plaids, too.
Firewood is extra.
This blanket screams “road trip”.
Whether that’s to the outer reaches of your state, or just a drive to Dairy Queen, this blanket ready for anything. This one is wool so it will keep you warm if you end up sleeping out under the stars.
The forever face of 007. Rest in Peace, James Bond.
Four Roses Bourbon
This one comes in at just under $50.00 and is probably the best tasting bourbon you can find for a reasonable price.
“With notes of caramel, vanilla, raisins and a hint of charred oak, it’s safe to say that Four Roses’ Single Barrel Bourbon is a crowd-pleaser. This whiskey covers a lot of ground with a floral, spicy, woody and fruity aroma, a medium colour and a lingering finish.” (the best bourbon brands, 2020 Luxe digital.com)
You can find it in liquor stores.
If you’re going to invest in a good whiskey, you really do need to have the glasses to go with it. And no one makes glassware better than Riedel. They’ve been at it since 1974, so they know their stuff.
Look at this. Omg, would you LOOK at this gorgeous thing.
Not only are all the great tools included, but they can be transported anywhere in a great bag! If you love clear counter space, this is the perfect gift for the husband that likes to make drinks. The next morning, before the kids get up, everything goes back in a drawer or cupboard. 😉
Full disclosure: I am definitely not the one to ask about this type of thing.
I know what it is, and I know it would probably make me sick to try and use it, but that’s about it. I do, however, know that many people LOVE this (and there are some really funny videos online showing people trying it out). Pretty sure this is a gift the man in your life will love…at any age.
The quintessential off-grid book. After the year we’ve all been through, this should be required reading.
How can you go wrong with flavors like these. Answer: you can’t. Plus, so many of these would be great in eggs for a breakfast omelet or a chili and cornbread night…the possibilities are endless.
GIFTS FOR TEEN GIRLS (second hardest to buy for)
Now before you freak out and think I’m encouraging young girls to start putting cannabis on their bodies, please note that this lotion only contains the hemp oil from the plant. There is no THC in this product whatsoever. It is safe. And wow, do they really make a great product.
Hempz body lotions are renown for their ultra absorbing lotion and addicting but not overpowering scents. Visit any hair or nail salon and you will find a devout following. These really are the gold standard in body lotion.
I had to refer to the experts on this recommendation…that would be my own teenage daughters. And they both agree that this is the best eyebrow pencil out there. And then they proceeded to demonstrate it’s greatness by filling in my own eyebrows and now I need this product asap. It’s actually so much better than just a powder. And it comes in a whole range of colors too. The one I have linked here is No. 4 Medium. Buy one for your girlies, and then buy one for yourself. ‘Cause you’re gonna want to steal it from them if you don’t.
Trust me, you want your girls to have these glasses. Or if not this particular pair, a pair. Because with many schools still in distance learning, our kids’ eyes are being exposed to more screen time than ever. And screens emit blue light that can be really hard on us. Among other not-so-great things, blue light can suppress our body’s ability to produce melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone), which is something growing bodies really need.
In addition to the health benefits of blocking blue light, these glasses are super trendy right now, and the girls are definitely going to want to take some photos in them.
For all things Apple—products, accessories, apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, iCloud, and more.
This is a great stocking stuffer, or as a great add-on to a stylus pen, a new pair of headphones (wait, do they call them that any more?), or tacked on to the 45 new charging cords they are getting as a gift because they keep losing yours. 🙂
I don’t know what it is about plants lately, but wow, are the girls going crazy over them!
Help keep your floors clean, and their plants alive, by elevating the little greens with this plant stand. The great thing about it isP, it’s adjustable. So when your girls’ plant outgrows it’s tiny pot, it can be repotted and put right back into this stand with one small adjustment. Personally I think this, with a new potted plant inside, would be a great gift for any teen.
A soft as soft can be jacket, a warm and snuggly pair of sock, and a matching hair scrunchy…all from a store she loves! Gifting complete.
Save your fruit and veggies from going to waste with this personal size blender. You know how easy it is for smoothies to “grow” by adding a little more milk, or a little more banana, and before you know it, you have enough smoothie to feed a high school football team. This little guy is the solution to that problem, coming in at 14 oz and may also be used as a travel cup with a lid. Win/win!
GIFTS FOR TEEN BOYS
So this one might actually fall under all of the gift-giving categories. If you know a peanut butter-lover, this will be very well received.
I’ll admit, this one kind of grosses me out. But my teen girls think this fleece burrito is so amazing! My guess is the boys would think so, too.
Perfect for road trips when they still have school to do, or an easy way to work on a smaller screen (i.e., a phone). This foldable keyboard will save space and time. And it just looks cool.
“With Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the foldable keyboard can work with 3 major operating systems: iOS / Windows/ Android. NOTE: [For Desktop PC Laptop without bluetooth function, you need to use third-party bluetooth adapter (not included) before use]. Folding size: 5.98″ x3.82″ x0.71”
A classic, and price-matched right now at Nordstrom for $49.00, which is 30% off regular price. Grab one now.
All they want is their music…only louder. 🙂
GIFTS FOR YOUR BESTIE (or yourself…no judgment)
From the website: “Does your back or neck feel stiff and painful? Oftentimes, it is the lack of circulation that causes the pain on these parts of your body. This acupuncture mat set triggers pressure points in the body with its thousands of strategically-placed pricks to promote blood circulation, relieve stress & aches, and ease muscle tension.”
Yep. Sign me up.
Using a dry brush all over your body before a shower feels like heaven, and it’s reported to help circulation, slough off dead skin, and of course, reduce cellulite (doesn’t everything do that nowadays?)
But here’s a dry brush for your face.
- The patent-pending brush design features ultra-soft nylon bristles, formed in rounded, massaging peaks, to gently lift and sweep away dull surface cells for instant exfoliation
This miracle product repairs and strengthens all hair types. A definite must for those of us battling the fight against gray’s by using bleach and/or dye more than we probably should. Treat yourself, and your friend, to this little gem in a bottle. 39,742 reviews can’t be wrong.
This book is so good. It’s a love story from start to finish, and it’s a great one! Give this with a bottle of wine to your bestie, she will love it.
Named one of the “Top Romance Novels of All Time” by Goodreads!
A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestseller!
She won’t buy it for herself, but she wants it. This gorgeous gold compass coin pendant is the perfect length and will let your friend know how much she helps keep on track in life.
FOR THE NEW MOM
Probably the most expensive teether you will ever buy at around $24.00, but ask any mom that has used this delightfully squeaky giraffe and she will tell you: this thing saved my life. (I think I still have my own daughter’s!)
- Sophie la giraffe, the most beloved teether for over 55 years
- Made of 100% natural rubber from the Hevea tree
- Sophie’s soft texture and numerous chewable parts (ears, horns, legs), makes her perfect for soothing baby’s sore gums during teething.
The best thing for breastfeeding in the first few months for mamas, even seasoned ones. Just trust me on this *wink.
If there was one thing I could have used when my children were born it was meals. I never had time to cook anything when they were infants, let alone anything healthy. Now, with meal delivery services you can find a kit that works for anyone and all dietary needs.
This one from Freshly is spendier, but the meals come already made, which is an option worth its weight in gold. This might be the perfect solution for the first month, and then switch to something else, like Sun Basket or Blue Apron afterward.
Works on laptops (reviews say they do not interfere with closing the screen, either), phones, tablets, and desktops. An easier way to achieve privacy than using post it notes.
The tiny swiss dots, the striped straw…be still my heart!
I bought a few of these teas when I was in Target once because I thought the packaging was adorable (a cute little tin), and then I fell in love with the tea. Such great flavors. Even my daughters love the taste. And this one sounds amazing.
“White tea fused with Vanilla, cardamom, and almonds, highlighted with White chamomile flowers. Recline in front of a glowing fire while the snow drifts and the tree lights twinkle. A sip from this warm and nutty blend completes the perfect winter wonderland.”
Someone else said to add amaretto to it. Yummmmm
The easiest way to keep from overheating while you blow dry your hair. Velcro closure allows adjustability without worrying about the towel slipping off. Also comes in a grey snowflake print.
What’s a bullet journal? Oooooh, just look it up on Pinterest. You’ll find all sorts of adorable examples of the art that is bullet journaling. This one in particular is so cute with it’s interior pocket and elastic closure. It’s the perfect thing to grab while you’re waiting in line at the DMV, or on a long road trip, or just first thing the morning with your coffee (or tea).
I hope this little list helps you find some easy holiday gifts this season. Wishing you all the best as we close out this year. Happy Holidays! xo
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