I had so much fun writing this one. I present to you my Holiday Gift Guide-- a short list of gift ideas that I’ve rounded up for last minute gifts or stocking stuffers. Here, you'll find a few things I own that either add a little luxury to my life or make my life a lot easier, so I thought I'd pass them along to you. Most of them are very practical, and none of them are over $45. I hope it gives you a little inspiration, but remember-- stuff is just stuff! Don't sweat the small stuff this holiday season!
xoxo, Merry Christmas, and Happy Everything!
My Gift Guide….
Most of these are linked to Amazon, so they will be very convenient for last minute gifts. However, due to the high volume of shopping at this time of year, the prices may change slightly from day to day, and items may go in and out of stock. If an item is out of stock, you can always look at similar products.
• Milk Frother - $16
This is, hands down, my favorite little luxury. I use this almost every day to make a latte at home. It’s easy, dishwasher safe and great for a coffee lover. You simply add warm milk, and use the manual frother to create foamy milk for your latte. Done!
• Bath Caddy - $25
Having a dry place to put your phone, book, wine glass and more during a bath makes for THE best bath! (Maybe add some bath bombs or bubble bath to this if you want to give a little something extra.)
• TSA Approved 3-1-1 Quart Sized Travel Bag - $13
This makes flying so much easier for a girl who loves her toiletries. It’s durable and I own this exact one. I have had it for well over a year and it shows no sign of wear and tear. Since it’s constructed differently than a ziploc, it holds so much more. This is a must for me when I travel.
*Update: this bag finally fell apart three years later after extreme wear and tear while traveling. I still love it, and bought another one. I still highly recommend it!
• Diffuser - $35
I may love to travel, but I also love being home. When I’m home, I like to do things that make home relaxing and cozy, and a diffuser is just the trick. Put whatever essential oil(s) you are in the mood for and a little water and that’s it. Easy. It permeates your home with the scent.
• Rabbit-Style Wine Opener - $27
My sister-in-law gave me this a few years ago for Christmas and it’s the best! Opening a bottle of wine is always fun, but this makes it even better.
• TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller - $36
I have a TriggerPoint Foam Roller (mine is the larger size) and it's very high quality. TriggerPoint also offers free online videos to help you learn how to use them correctly.
• Invisibobble Hair Tie - $9
These are great to hold a tight ponytail while exercising, or just in general. They don’t pull hair out or leave a bad crease and they come in several colors.
• Silk Sleep Mask - $15
This is always in my bag when I travel! You never know how dark your hotel room is going to be, and this really helps block out light and puts me right to sleep. I use it on airplanes as well, and even at home sometimes. It makes a huge difference for me.
• Corkcicle Tumbler - $25
I love this tumbler to take my hot tea or coffee to go. It’s not bulky like other stainless tumblers on the market and it comes in the prettiest colors! It definitely makes coffee to-go much more fun.
• KIVA Gift Certificate - choose your amount
If you’re unfamiliar with KIVA, this is straight from Wikipedia:
"Kiva Microfunds is a 501 non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. Kiva's mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.”
Basically, you can loan money to low-income entrepreneurs all over the world and help them run their business and make it a sustainable business. They have terms and conditions to pay the loan back, and then the money is yours to loan out again to whomever you wish. My husband gave me this last year for Christmas, and I really enjoyed reading everyone’s stories and loaning money to those I felt called to.
• Audible Subscription - 3 Months for $45
For someone who has a long commute or just loves to read, thank goodness for Audible (owned by Amazon). A subscription service for audiobooks, Audible makes audiobooks a little more affordable. Pay right around $14 a month for 1 credit, and that credit gets you an audiobook. You can redeem the credit whenever you want, and the book is yours to keep once you’ve downloaded it. I listen to books while driving, while going on walks, while showering, etc. They have pretty much any book you could want, with reviews to vet it before purchasing (just like Amazon).
What’s On My List This Year...
• ChicoBag Reusable Shopping Totes -$25
Maybe it’s not the sexiest gift out there, but I’m so tired of accumulating plastic bags from the grocery store and I also get tired of lugging my reusable grocery bags around because they are so bulky and dirty. These totes are durable, machine washable, super lightweight (1.5 oz each), and ChicoBag will even recycle them for you when they’re worn out. Plus they are packable in their own small pocket, so they won’t clutter up your car or purse.
• Wine Aerator, 2 pack - $12
Because the one I currently own is worn out. HA! If you like red wine and don’t have an aerator, you’re really missing out. They make inexpensive wine taste much better and are well worth the small price tag. Easy to use, easy to clean (you just rinse under warm water), and lasts a long time.
• Car Essential Oil Diffuser Vent Clip, 2 pack - $15
I’m asking for this to keep my car smelling nice without using chemicals like traditional air fresheners do. You could really use this anywhere... car, office, etc. You simply add a couple drops of oil and go!
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Hi, I'm Blake. I love adventure, cooking, costume parties, wine, yoga, and reading...in that order. Follow my blog for yoga stuff, fitness tips, & healthy recipes...
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