Okay people, it’s time to report for holiday shopping duty. Last year, I got my gift guide together 17 days before Christmas so I’ve improved slightly this year coming in 21 days prior. I don’t know about y’all but shopping ahead of time is not my strong suit and I’m always doing the “jingle dash” in the days before Christmas to try to see what I can possibly still order and get in on time and I think I’ve made a trip to the mall every year on Christmas Eve for many more years in a row than I care to admit.
Let’s do better this year. (Pep talk for myself.)
One thing that’s not going to change from last year…you’re getting one gift guide only because we’re at the point where we don’t have time to stretch this out over multiple posts AND there is so much other stuff I want to share with you that’s not shopping related. 🙂
I’m going to keep the categories similar to last year for ease of navigation and to try to cover most of the adults (and dogs!) on your list. I am not yet your resource for kid gifts so head elsewhere for that! 🙂
For the foodies and home chefs/bakers…
Budget: My French press give me life every morning. It’s the first thing I reach for when I stumble into the kitchen. I highly recommend grinding your own beans so you could do a combo set with this grinder and these coffee beans. A friend of mine gifted me this citrus squeezer years ago and I use it ALL.THE.TIME. It’s so much more efficient and productive than squeezing lemons and limes with you hands. This bread knife is cheap but it can easily glide through the crustiest of sourdough.
Mid-range: I have a glass food storage system on my list this year. I’d like to phase out the plastic stuff. I love that this set is oven-safe. How easy is that? I am also in need of fresh new cutting boards (these are BPA-free). I’d love to trash mine and start fresh (they just get icky after a while). These bamboo boards are beautiful. High quality sea salts and aged balsamic vinegar (or this fig-infused variety) are always welcome gifts. I’ve got my eye on this coffee maker as I think my French press days might be few and far between with a newborn come spring. Oh and how can I leave out the InstaPot? It seems to be on everyone’s list this year!
Splurge: My grandmother got my parents this awesome new convection/toaster oven that also has an air frying capability. They use it to cook everything from cookies to pizzas to sandwiches to roasting veggies and much, much more. They rarely even turn on their oven during the summer. I got my dad this espresso maker two years ago and he enjoys one every single afternoon! I say it over and over again but I couldn’t live without my blender. I received it for Christmas 4-5 years ago and still use it every single day. It’s a splurge but oh so worth it. (Go refurbished if you want to save!)
For the ones who love to sweat…
Budget: Any gym-goer or runner is always in need of good socks. These bags are great for throwing sweaty clothes into so you don’t have to put them in your gym bag and the bags can be laundered with the rest of your clothes. Headbands are always a fun stocking stuffer. MY BOOKS! Ultimate Plank Fitness and The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions.
Mid-range: I wear these crops almost every single day. They are so soft and so comfortable. The high perfectly supportive/hugging but not tight or restrictive at all. Once again, I swear by this yoga mat. I’ve had it for over six years and it’s still good as new. Get a lighter version of it here. I know this athlete recovery sleepwear is expensive for PJs but I swear…they’re amazing. I’m a convert. Available for men and women! For different ideas think about things like cryotherapy sessions, sports massage gift certificates or bodywork sessions. You could also do an annual subscription to this fitness app where you can stream everything from treadmill runs to half marathon training programs to strength workouts to spin classes and much more. And an annual subscription to Spotify is always welcome.
Splurge: Wireless headphones. Give your Apple fans this sports watch (someone on my list is getting one of these this year!). I’ve been using mine for a year now and love the easy integration with my iPhone. Give your Android lovers this sports watch. Both are amazing options! Two years ago, Tanner gave me 14 sessions with a personal trainer and OMG, it was such an amazing gift in that it reinvigorated my passion for lifting and gave me so many great ideas. This is pricy but an awesome gift.
For the ladies in your life…
Budget: I could think of so many fun places to take one of these stemless insulated cups. It’s cliche but who doesn’t love a wonderfully scented candle? This lip stain sampler is a great stocking stuffer as is this nail polish kit. I’d love to keep this journal in my bag to jot notes on throughout the year. Call me old fashioned but I love to write it down. I feel like I wear through my makeup bags so quickly because I’m always moving them around from home to gym bag. Here’s a cheaper version. This lip therapy feels so good during winter months.
Mid-range: I just love to play with all of the holiday makeup sets that come out this time of year. This one caught my eye. I’ve also heard amazing things about these scents and would love to try this sampler as a trial. I picked up this multi-use dry oil in Europe over the summer and my goodness, it smells incredible and has so many wonderful uses for face, body and hair. I love to mix a little in with this body lotion. Who doesn’t love a soft and casual slouchy sweatshirt? I live in them these days. This hooded version is nice. And this one is a little more playful! Also, PJs. I count down the minutes until I can put my softest PJ pants on. It might be the highlight of my days in my pregnant state so I’m lusting after these, these and these (dying over this 5-piece “before and after” maternity set). Hopefully Tanner will read this. No one will ever say “no thank you” to gift certificates for things like mani/pedi, blowouts and spa services. A warm and cozy scarf will forever be my go-to winter accessory.
Splurge: I know this isn’t sexy. Tanner gave me one for my birthday and I kind of wanted to punch him (kidding) but it’s been a game changer and I love it so much now. We talk to Roomba like it’s another pet. Ha. Seriously, this is a great price and you could use one of the 20% off coupons! I use this facial cleansing brush every day. I also want one of these toothbrushes. (Gah, where’s the jewelry/bling this year?) These sunglasses in pacific blue/rose gold. These sneakers are basic but will go with anything. Or give your sneaker game a little pizazz with these.
(don’t ask me why I selected this photo, seemed fun 😛 )
Budget: Movie tickets. Flannel shirts (ALWAYS on my dad’s list!). I think an Uber gift card could come in very handy on many occasions. One of these for multiple rooms in the house. A portable/travel-friendly organizer for all of his cords and tech gadgets. His very own nail grooming kit. Don’t know about you but my Tanner is constantly snagging my clippers and tweezers and I’d rather just keep separation of church and state there! 🙂
Mid-range: I can’t even count how many pairs of these shorts that Tanner has and I recently started gifting them to my dad and they’re now all he wears! They’re perfect for leisure wear and also workouts and swimming! Love this very basic lightweight rain jacket. These hammocks are pretty sweet and nap-worthy. What about a really badass chef’s knife for the guy that likes to cook. A portable power station for his phone and other gadgets. These are invaluable! A travel/work backpack. A Fire TV Stick for streaming media.
Splurge: Thinking my dad might need this pizza accessory for his grill. Have you heard of 23andMe? I think guys would be so into this! Alexa at the next level. I’m a big fan of experience gifts…you could gift him concert tickets, a trip or lessons for something he wants to learn or is really into.
Put a little inspiration, love and reflection under the tree…
Daily meditation/devotion books: Journey to the Heart, The Language of Letting Go, Wisdom of Sundays, The Daily Stoic. A subscription to a meditation app. Or in-person meditation classes. Yoga class gift certificates. The Five-Minute Journal. I use our diffuser every day and want a couple more for around the house. This essential oil kit is great to get you started. Heartfelt gifts like babysitting “vouchers,” a session with a housecleaner or a fresh flower delivery or a series of them. A set of organic hot teas and really beautiful mug. I also love this tea pot if you know the person likes loose tea. (Would be great wrapped up with a daily mediation book.) A gift certificate to a really cozy cafe or bakery.
Don’t forget your dogs!
GPS collars are a thing now. What? This is awesome. Bully sticks and elk antlers are HOT TICKET items in our house. Pretty sure Zoey would love me forever if I splurged on this game/treat dispenser. Or this one that throws the ball automatically!
What’s on your Christmas wish list? Any great gift ideas that you’re giving to others? SHARE the info! 🙂
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