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After record heat this week in Texas, a cold front is trying its best to come on through. I can hear leaves swirling around outside and the windows are rattling as the wind shifts to a long-awaited northerly breeze. Doesn’t feel much like November at the moment, but I’m hoping for good things by morning. 🙂 What it DOES feel like is time for a holiday gift guide! Mix up some hot chocolate and settle in for some ideas for everyone on your list!
Let’s get started!
You just can’t go wrong with these delicious smelling soaps. The Presidential Collection includes three different scents: Number Six, which was George Washington’s favorite, Almond Cold Cream, favored by Dwight Eisenhower, and Jockey Club, the choice of John F. Kennedy. If you prefer one scent over another, you can also order 3-bar sets of one scent. These soaps are very high quality and last much longer than regular soap.
Holiday Bow Ties from Vineyard Vines
Everything from Vineyard Vines is wonderful. If bow ties aren’t his thing, they also have holiday neckties.
Vineyard Vines Whale Cufflinks
You can never go wrong with cufflinks.
If you have a handyman to buy for, he might like one of these magnetic wristbands, which are great for holding screws, nails, small tools and bolts right on his wrist!
Tickets to a favorite sporting event
Tailgaters will LOVE these! I got these for my brother last Christmas and he said everyone at the football games thinks these are genius. A few weeks ago he had a guy try to buy them right off his hands! 🙂
These stones are very effective at chilling his favorite drink without diluting it the way ice does. Just chill them, and add them to a favorite drink.
Have you read Dan Brown’s latest book? He incorporates the technology behind these headphones into the details of the story. These conduct sound through the cheekbones through the use of vibrations into the inner ear. This leaves the ears unencumbered by the headphones, allowing the wearer to still be aware of sounds around them.
No need to stop using her phone just because it’s cold! These cashmere texting gloves let her use her phone in warmth and style. Cashmere! 🙂
The holidays can be stressful, so who couldn’t use a little pick-me-up? This mask will make her skin glow.
Aren’t these just the cutest? They’re little snails made of silicone, and they hook on to the side of a cup with the string from the tea bag wrapped around the snail shell, keeping it secure and out of the tea.
If there’s a gal in your life who does NOT feel marginalized by receiving something amazing for her kitchen, (pick me! :)) an Instant Pot is a great choice! I LOVE mine because you can do so many things with it. Definitely a multitasker. Just like her. 🙂 I wrote a whole blog post/love letter about mine. You can check it out here.
I know that Keurig machines are ubiquitous in every office break room, but I’m here to tell you that stuff is prison hooch compared to better options like a Tassimo or Nespresso machine. We have both and LOVE them. There are so many choices for pods in delicious flavors. You can’t go wrong with either one. The Nespresso machine takes up less room. They’re so tiny! Just what she might need for her she-shed. 🙂
Now, I wish this meant an actual PERSON who would follow me around as an at-home pedicure assistant, but alas, that is not this. 🙂 But this is not a bad second. This little gizmo slips under a couch or chair cushion, angling the foot perfectly for that new polish color she’s been waiting to try!
These are so fun. My daughter had a little travel version when she was young, and it was perfect for plane rides and car trips. The fishing pole has a little magnet on it and the fish rotate, with their mouths opening and closing. The object of the game is to “catch” a fish by connecting the magnet in the fish with the one on the pole and pulling it out of the pond.
Make your own slime. Say no more. 🙂
Kids love gross things, and this one is up there. Teams try to guess what the speaker is saying while he wears a mouthpiece that keeps him from speaking clearly. The team that guesses the most answers correctly before the timer goes off wins!
Paw Patrol anything, really. 🙂 Kids love these little pups. This travel blanket is super soft and comfy!
Do you ever watch Jimmy Fallon on TV, playing this with his guests, using real eggs? They are given a dozen eggs, some are hard-boiled, some are not. They take turns choosing an egg and smashing it on their foreheads, hoping it is hard-boiled. When it isn’t, hilarity ensues. This is the kid version of that game. Toy eggs are filled with water, and the last dry person wins!
Whipped cream pie in the face. Never gets old. 🙂
Waffles are the BEST, and if they are in fun shapes, well, even better. Kids will love this Mickey Mouse waffle maker. If Mickey isn’t their thing, just look for something they will love. Waffle makers come in so many fun shapes you’re bound to find one they’ll be happy to eat up! 🙂
Oh, these little things are all the rage. They are small interactive toys that blink their eyes, respond to sound, motion, and touch. They make little monkey sounds and blow kisses and hang from their tails. If you find them, snatch them up because the parent stampede to buy them has begun!
Fun for hanging out with friends, watching TV, or playing games. Or napping!
“Make Your Own” parties are always fun. This kit makes bath bomb “cupcakes.” What’s not to love? 🙂
Is anyone besides me more than just a little miffed that they are not an ACTUAL mermaid? 🙂 This is the closest we’re going to get with this fun mermaid tail blanket.
Gaming with a keyboard enhances the whole experience. The backlit keys make it usable at night and if my nephews are any indication, there’s a whole lot of gaming that goes on well into the wee hours of darkness. 🙂
I might just need one of these myself. 🙂 Place your hands on the little banana plate and the battery operated monkey blows air to dry your nails.
Not super creative, but teens love gift cards. That way they can get what they want. So if you’ve got a particularly hard one to buy for, you can’t go wrong with gift cards. I myself have been known to greatly appreciate Starbucks gift cards. 🙂
For College Students:
Have you seen these things? I saw some kids demonstrating them at a trade show in Vegas last spring. They are super easy to inflate. Just hold them at the opening and kind of whip them around in the air, letting them fill. Then close the opening. No pump needed. They come in lots of colors and stay inflated for several hours. Space is at a premium for college students, so anything that can save space is a good idea. When they are done using it, they can just deflate it and store it in a bag.
Vineyard Vines Christmas Shirt
College students love Vineyard Vines. They put out cute shirts for every holiday. Get them an annual Christmas shirt! If they want something they can wear all year, go with a Shep Shirt.
- Restaurant and movie gift cards: Eating on campus can get old. Find out what restaurants are in their college town and give them some gift cards so they can eat out when they get back to school. Same with movies. A night away from campus can be a welcome diversion.
Granted, this may be one of those gifts where they open it and say, “Oh! It’s towels!” Remember that Seinfeld episode where they say if the gift recipient says the name of the gift, they don’t like it? 🙂 But really nice fluffy luxurious towels will be something they are glad they have when they head back to school after the holidays. Campus laundry facilities can be tough on stuff, so a new set might be needed by now. So get them something else besides towels, but throw these in too.
It’s about time somebody figured out that we shouldn’t age out of wearing onesies after we stop being babies. 🙂
Heated seat for those cold sporting events! Just heat up the gel pack and you can lava up your buns while everyone else is freezing! 🙂
Great for students who attend college out of state. Those flights can be long. This can help them catch a little sleep. Lightweight and machine washable. Hey, they might even use it for those naps in the library. No judgment. 🙂
Hostesses will appreciate an interesting coaster set that guests can use to protect all the fine surfaces in the home.
Holidays are full of candlelight and everyone can use more candles! These are not just any candles. They are dripless. We have these and use them often. I don’t know really how to describe them other than to say it’s as though they burn from the inside out. As they burn, tiny holes form at the top and it looks as if the wax just funnels down through the holes. They do not drip, which every busy hostess will appreciate!
These are an elegant alternative to traditional bottle openers. Alcohol flows freely during holiday parties, so this is a lovely gift for a hostess. They usually are sold in sets, so you can purchase a set and keep them on hand for that quick gift for those impromptu invites you get during the holidays. Just box them up in a lovely box, and maybe throw in a corkscrew and you’re out the door!
Every hostess can always use another munchie to put out for guests while she puts the finishing touches on dinner or her cocktail party. She can just put these in a crystal bowl and instant party food! Or she might just put them aside and eat them all herself after everyone leaves! 🙂
- Breakfast for the next morning: Put together a gift she’ll be so thankful for the morning after the party. In a gift basket put her favorite coffee or tea, milk, sugar, orange juice, scones, butter, and marmalade. Put it all in a cello bag and tie a festive ribbon.
- Luxury toiletries: You can also give her a spa experience to relax after the party: scented bar soaps, bath salts, bath gel, lotion, candles, and tea bags.
Everyone loves these festive candies, and who wouldn’t want a gift where you can eat the candy inside AND the giant candy it comes in? 🙂
I LOVE disposable placemats. They come in so many festive designs and come in a pack so all you have to do is tear off the number you need and you’re halfway there to setting a holiday table. You could go with a Christmas theme, or match the colors of the hostess’s home so she can use them all throughout the year.
And for those people on your list where the only gift choice is an ugly Christmas sweater or funny shirt, check out the fun stuff at Ugly Christmas Sweater:
Or check out the snark over at 21Threads. 🙂
And don’t forget about those folks who help you throughout the year, like babysitters, the mailman, your hairdresser, teachers, and anyone who makes your life easier. They would appreciate a gift card or a baked good in a beautiful package.
And now for a couple of gifts for YOU!
Do you know about Butterfly Saves? It’s a great site where you can buy ecodes for savings at your favorite stores. For instance, you can purchase $20 of buying power at Target for $10. Or $45 of buying power at Macy’s for $20. It can really help you save on your online shopping. Check it out and try not to become obsessed! 🙂
Plan your Black Friday shopping ahead of time by taking a look at the Black Friday ads for all your favorite stores. Here’s the link. Go! 🙂
Have a wonderful holiday season, and don’t forget to check out Pinterest. It’s nuts over there this time of year! 🙂