Gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s all about coming up with unique gifts that will be useful as well as loved. Here are some of my suggestions. Have other awesome ideas? Tell me in the comments below.
Please note I receive samples of some of these items in order to be able to write these reviews. I only bring you items I love and would gift my friends and family.
For Your Coworker
While this gift is perfect for a coworker or teacher in your life, I can promise you that they will be loved by just about anyone who unwraps them. This set of ten notebooks in Pantone shades is not only useful and consumable, it’s beautiful. These add a little sparkle to any desk top, backpack, or bag they are added to. They are the perfect size for every day use and they hold up to the wear and tear of being carried around. I love gifting something that’s stunning, unique, and functional, and this notebook set is all three!
For Your Bestie
Lola & Sophie has been one of my favorite brands for years. Their clothing is unique, beautiful, and lasts. The pieces are unlike ones you’ll find anywhere else. This holiday, gift something that will make your bestie look and feel beautiful. My fave pick from their site is the Ponte Zip Cardigan. It’s so comfy and cozy. The leather like detailing and zippers give this an edgy and sophisticated feel. This is the perfect top to throw on when you want to look cute, but feel cozy. You won’t want to give this away after you’ve seen it in person, so order two!
For The Mom
Moms are busy people. In fact, they probably are accomplishing more today then the average person does in a week. Keeping all of that straight isn’t easy. A good planner can make all the difference in the world. I was lucky enough to be able to try out A Joyful Heart’s 2017 planner. These planners are made with durable plastic covers and the insides are packed with organizing tools and daily calendar pages that will allow you to keep everything in order. I love that there are also coloring pages, and budgeting pages. You can easily fit ALL of your life (and your partner’s and kids’) into one planner and you don’t have to use a million post it notes! It’s truly a joyful planner that will keep things on paper and off of your mind, freeing you up to take care of everything else you have going on…or to go get another cup of coffee!
For The Creative
The Joy of Lettering is the perfect book for the creative in your life. From seasoned artists to those who are just playing around, this book provides 50 tips, techniques, and lessons to creative beautiful letting projects. From gift tags to signs, this books gives you the information you need so that anyone can creative amazing artwork. If you know someone who loves creating inspirational messages or loves to pour over Pinterest projects, this is a great gift for them. I love that the book provides step by step instructions and assumes you know nothing. The illustrations are clear and make each project seem attainable. I have tried a few of the projects in the book and I’m pleased with the results.
For the Crafter
You know I love giving the gift of organization. I also love crafting. Combine the two with the Tapered Tote. This tote is not only adorable on the outside, it’s a work horse on the inside. With lots of pockets you can organize craft supplies of all sizes. The top opens wide so you can clearly see what’s inside and grab even large items easily. The ribbons on the lid make it easy to store smaller items that might be more delicate. I love that you can use this tote to store your craft supplies, even on the go, or in your craft room. It’s a great way to keep things contained by genre and keep in progress projects together. This would also be great as a mobile homework tote for kids, a travel cosmetic tote, or even a first aid kit! Get this tote at Michael’s.
For The Cook
Shopping for the foodie in your life can be rough. While there are lots of options out there, you don’t want to get them something they already have or that won’t prove useful. I love Aspen Lane’s line of adorable kitchen towels. Not only are they useful and absorbent, the sayings on them will make anyone smile. My personal favorite, “Y’all gonna make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here.” (I know you’re singing it in your head right now just like I am!) And at $12 you can gift this on its own or add it to a gift basket. These are great hostess presents, teacher gifts, and something for the neighbors.
If you’ve never heard of them, Dexas is your new favorite stop for cooking gear. Their products are amazingly easy to use, and you’ll wonder how you lived without them until now. Some of my favorites are the Chop and Scoop, which allows you to chop your fruits and veggies, pick up the cutting board and safely place them all in your container of choice. (No more dragging your knife on the cutting board!). I also love the Fill A Baster. This is the perfect tool for all of those holiday meals you’ll be prepping. Not only do you only need one tool because the brush and tip are interchangable, but it’s ALL dishwasher safe! They have a whole line of durable, ergonomic, and beautiful utensils, unique tools like a dough cutter and even a tortilla warmer. Check out their whole site here.
For Anyone At All
I can’t give you super hero powers, but I can give you super hero status. Awesome Box is going to make you the best gift giver on the face of the planet. Each box comes with 25, 50, 75, or 100 cards. Each card can be customized on both sides with a message and or photo. You can select photos from your computer of course, but you are also hooked right into your Facebook account to select photos from there. Each card can hold up to 700 characters so you can really put some amazing things into words. Here’s my favorite part about Awesome Box….you can invite other people to collaborate on your box….they can then access the site and add cards along with their own messages and photos! This is a personalized, thoughtful, and unique gift that only you can give.
For The New Homeowner
While these aren’t a necessity, they help make a house feel like a home. Candles are a great hostess gift. Light a candle to set a festive mood or to create ambiance. I love Snowe’s candles. Their scents are designed for all the different rooms in your home. They are soy candles so you can breathe easy for the 50 hours they burn. These are a on size fits all gift that is consumable. Once it’s used up, there’s no clutter left behind! The scents are amazing. I promise, get yourself one of these as you won’t want to give it up!
For The Practical
Toothbrushes are a time honored traditional of the holidays. This year, kick it up a notch with Brusheez. These adorable toothbrushes are perfect for the little one in your life. Available in giraffe, gator, pony, or bear, the whimsical design makes it fun for your child to brush. The unit comes with the tooth brush, a fun cover, a rinsing cup, and even a sand timer. These make the perfect gift for your babe or any child on your list! Check them out at Brusheez.com.