Happy holidays, friends! It's December, which means that our house is in full Christmas mode! I'm listening to Christmas carols, decorating the house, baking, and shopping! I like to buy as many gifts as possible in advance, so I thought that it would be fun to dive right in to some Christmas suggestions. Instead of my usual monthly list of Stuff We Love, my December picks focus on a Holiday Gift Guide. Really, it’s still just a random list of Stuff We Love, but these items would make great gifts for yourself or your loved ones as well. Happy shopping!
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1. Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne. I’ve had my eye (or nose) on this scent since I first sniffed it about a year ago. It’s described as “the sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears…wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. Luscious and golden.” I just think that it smells really good! Order it online here.
2. Contigo Autospout Kids Striker Water Bottles. Any mom with kids over the age of 1 knows how hard (and crucial) it is to find a good cup or water bottle that doesn’t leak! My friend Jill, who has two kids about the same age as mine, recommended these to me, with the promise that “they never spill!” On Jill’s advice, I ordered each of my boys a bottle of their own. Even if they’re a bit pricier than some other options on the market, they’re worth every penny if they save my furniture, rugs, and car seats from the inevitable spills. Sometimes stocking stuffers are actually useful, not just fun! Find them here.
3. Squeaky Snowman Buddy Dog Toy. Maybe my family is weird, but we don’t like to forget about our pets during the holiday season. If you know a dog that loves soft, squeaky toys, then this is the perfect little gift. He’s cute, and he will be “in season” all winter long! Buy one here.
4. Luxury Plush Foot Duvets. These slippers from Restoration Hardware look like heaven for cold toes! I also happen to love the price, since so many other slippers seem to cost as much as a pair of leather boots these days. If you want something with more of a sole, RH also has some Luxe Faux Fur Scuff Slippers that look cozy too! Find them here and here to spoil your loved ones!
5. Build and Blow Volcano Kit. This is another fun stocking stuffer for a little boy. After all, don’t most children love to watch something blow up? This kit includes a mini dinosaur “for prehistoric charm.” Find it here.
6. Salt and Pepper Shakers. Know a “foodie”? Salt and pepper shakers are a great way to “spice” up the look on a kitchen table. I have a “thing” for salt and pepper shakers, and I tend to rotate the set that’s out on my counter at any given time. I have these cute little ones from Anthropologie, but I also like these bright floral shakers from Sur La Table, as well as these retro diner-shaped shakers from Fishs Eddy.
7. Pomegranate Scarves and Table Linens. I first discovered Pomegranate, Inc. through Southern Living magazine a few months ago, and I was instantly drawn to Angela Beck’s fun, colorful, and modern textiles. You should definitely check out her website, because it’s full of great gift ideas. I especially love the placemats and cloth napkins in a variety of patterns, as well as her Bridgette shawls and other beautiful scarves. Visit Pomegranate here.
8. Blabla dolls. I can think of a few babies in my life who need one of these dolls this year. They are soft, quirky, colorful, and completely adorable. Plus, there are so many options that you’re sure to find the perfect friend for any little kid that you know. Check out all of the dolls on the Blabla website here.
9. Towne & Reese McLain Earrings. I love dangly earrings, and gold is definitely the color of the moment. These McLain earrings are on-trend and at $15, the price is right! Great for a gift for your best friend, a stocking stuffer for yourself, or a fun surprise for your favorite teenager. Find them here.
10. Crate&Barrel Ornaments. Keith and I often exchange ornaments in each other’s stockings, and I also like to give them to the kids each year so that they have something to put on our tree. This year I particularly love the ornaments at Crate&Barrel. Just look at how cute these little guys are!
Mrs. Fox Ornament
Whipstitched Teddy Bear Ornament
11. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. I love to read cookbooks, and I think that they make great gifts. On my to-buy list this year? The Pioneer Woman’s latest: A Year of Holidays. I received this as a birthday present as soon as it came out last month (thanks Mom and Dad!), and it's full of great seasonal ideas. Our family loves all of her recipes…maybe it’s the large quantities of butter involved? Buy it online here. Oh, and while you’re giving this cookbook to someone you love, you should also consider pairing it with a fun kitchen tool like this Poppy Ring Brownie Dish or these Weekly Meal Planners. The book includes a delicious looking recipe for Dulce de Leche Brownies, so the brownie pan really is a perfect add-on item!
12. Big Sister in a Box. I don’t have a daughter, but if I did, this would definitely go in her stocking. I would have loved something like this little mouse when I was a child. In fact, I’m pretty sure that my mom gave me similar items on more than one occasion! Find her here.
13. Emily Ley Brand Stationery and Planners. I’ve always been a sucker for office supplies, and I especially appreciate a handwritten note. With all of the baby gifts that we have received over the past 4 years, I feel as though I should have invested in a “thank-you-note stationery company.” The personalized cards from Emily Ley’s website are fun, modern, and sophisticated. What a great gift for any bride-to-be, mom-to-be, or anyone else that might be sending regular thank-you notes by hand. And, if you’re like me and you still keep a handwritten paper calendar (rather than doing it all online), check out the planners and note pad sets. Something to add to your own holiday wish list? Find more Emily Ley products here.
14. Bath and Body Works Foaming Hand Soaps and Candles. I love the soaps and candles from Bath and Body Works, and I think that they would make a great gift for a teacher! Pair some seasonal hand soap (like this Holly Citrus Wreath version) and a holiday-scented candle (like this Snow Day Mason Jar Candle) with a gift card to a book store, Starbucks, or any other shop and your child’s teacher will feel truly pampered!
15. Civil Engineer Tape. Talk about a great stocking stuffer for any vehicle-obsessed child! This tape, which is made to be used on carpets, allows your child to design his own network of roads. I foresee many intricate “cities” on my living room floor in the coming months! Buy it here. And, if your child loves trains, how about some train track tape? Order it here!
16. Pottery Barn Pouches. What woman (or teenage girl) ever has enough pouches? They are perfect for storing small items in a larger purse or diaper bag, for transporting jewelry when traveling, or for storing cosmetics in your home. No matter how you choose to use them, I think that these are beautiful! Find them here.
17. B. Teepee. Finally, it wouldn’t be my Holiday Gift Guide without at least one suggestion from my favorite store: Target! I have my eyes on this teepee for my boys, since they love to play in “tents” and “forts.” I have been hesitant to purchase a similar teepee from more expensive shops because I know exactly what will happen. My boys will eventually decide to hold a wrestling match on top of the teepee and I’m sure it will be ruined. That would make me really mad if I had spent over $100 on the thing! Instead, this version costs less than $40, which will take away any stress that I might have regarding its preservation!
So, as you can see, I have many, many gift ideas for female family and friends, as well as for young children. Way more ideas, in fact, than I care to bore you with on this single post. My challenge? Gifts for men! Especially my dad! What do you get the man in your life who has everything (or who buys himself whatever it is he needs)? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments – I’m all ears!
Happy holidays, and have fun with the shopping! In my opinion, the best aspect of all of the suggestions on my list is that they can all be purchased online from the comfort of your couch. It doesn’t get much easier than that!