I am excited about this holiday season as it is the first time in thirteen years that we will actually be home for most of December.  Usually, we have client events until a week before Christmas.  This leaves me stressed as I try to cram in all my holiday shopping, baking, hand-writing out holiday cards and last minute entertaining.  This year is going to be so different as we wrap up the last project of the year the first week of December, and then the rest of the month is all ours.  I have so many gift ideas which I think are spot on this year since I have had time to really think about it.  This is not sponsored either, and no affiliate links at all.

Gift Ideas

I am not the kind of person who can buy a gift just to buy a gift.  I would rather not buy one for the sake of Christmas and gift throughout the year instead.  I keep notes on my phone for gift ideas all year long and this helps when it is time to shop.  The past month I have kept a pretty detailed gift idea list and want to share it with you!  As I said above there are no affiliate links, these are merely things I love!  Most of the sites are offering sales through Monday, November 26, 2019.  Happy Shopping!

Stocking Stuffers

Beauty Counter Mini Lip Glass Kit – I am going to buy this kit and break it apart for each stocking for the ladies in my life.  I just started using this lipgloss and LOVE it.  It adds a sheer bit of color and is minty and tingly when you put it on.  Not goopy or overly sticky like more glosses.

Leather Card Case – I love these little card cases for going out.  I put my ID and what credit card I need for the evening and toss it into a small purse.  I got this one but also like these two for the holidays.

Socks – I love stashing socks into Christmas stockings but not ordinary white or black ones.  Instead, I pick out fun ones that the person receiving may not ordinarily buy for themselves.  J Crew, as well as Target and Madewell, have fun holiday socks for everyone.

Smudge Sticks – A friend gave me one a couple of years ago for Christmas and I loved starting the new year by burning it throughout the house to cleanse of bad spirits or juju from the previous years.  Bonus, they smell so pretty.  Madewell and Anthropologie both have some pretty ones.

Mini Facial  Globes – I discovered these when I was getting a facial a while back, and I fell in love.  Came home, bought and now we both use.

Magnesium Tropical Oil – I read this post on sleep this year and grabbed a few of the items for Lenny as he does not sleep well.  I started using Magnesium oil and love it.  Not only do I sleep better but it is also good for people who get leg cramps.

Soaps – I popped into Anthropologie two weeks ago to grab mascara and found so many cute items for stockings.  I am planning on stocking up on a few items and especially these cute little soaps.  Perfect for the stocking.

Microplane – I am not into kitchen gadgets at all but this is one item I use all the time for everything from citrus to turmeric.  Suprise the home cook in your life with one.

Halo Nail Polish – for the little girls in your life or even for you.  Super fun.

French Girl Lip Scrub – this has become part of my weekly take care of myself routine.  It is minty fresh and makes my lips so soft and kissable.  I also love their Le Lip Tint in Cerise too.

Loaded Questions Game – I always like to tuck a game or two into the stockings and this sounds not only fun but thought-provoking too.

Chattering Teeth – because they are just too funny.

Incense Sticks – these smell so good.  We use the calm in the bedroom and refresh in the kitchen.

My friend Bree has a great post on stocking stuffers – I want them all!   I wrote about Travel Necessities which would for some great stocking stuffers too.


MeUndies – I got Lenny a pair for Valentine’s Day, and love him in them so much that I am getting more for Christmas.  The fabric is soft, the fit is sexy and the prints are very fun.

Power Bank – this is one of those things you guy probably talks about and never gets.  Power and charging are always topics around our place especially for traveling.

Men’s Society Kits – these are great gift ideas for men as they are tailored to their likes.

Flask – kind of a classic gift here.  This one is great for the working man, the outdoorsman, and something a bit fancier.   If you throw in a bottle of their favorite whiskey this is a golden gift.

Soft Sides Portable Coolers – this is the perfect tailgating gift.  We use ours all the time!


Bathrobe – my friend Tami got this robe while on a get-away, and I am crushing on it big time.  Is it a bad thing to buy me another gift?  If color is not your thing this is another robe that will make that special lady feel cozy.

Facial – Treating a special woman in your life to a facial is heavenly, and she will love the me-time.  If you live in Oakland, Bertie’s Beauty is amazing.

Brooklyn Candle Studio – my all time favorite candles.  I have been buying these since they came out, and I have not used any other brand since.  They smell amazing (and lasts) as well they are made from 100% soy wax that is sourced from American farmers and phthalate-free perfume oil.

Body Scrubs – I really got into body scrubs this year, and they make my shower time even yummier.  These three brands are my favorites as they are made with natural ingredients;  Third Day Naturals, Beauty Counter and Herbivore Botanicals.

Paperwhites – I give these bulbs every year to special friends as well I use as a hostess gift during the holidays. They are so beautiful and smell great once they bloom.

Home Cook

Le Creuset Dutch Oven – I use this all the time for everything from braising meat to making stews or soups and baking bread.  I cannot imagine life without it.  I use a 7 quart one.

Mauviel Carbon Steel Pans – this year I swapped out all the toxic nonstick pans in our kitchen with carbon steel.  I LOVE them!  Not only do I feel I am making change by using products that are safer in our home but they are a dream to cook with.  You can go from stovetop to oven, and they look great.

Duralex Mixing Bowls – my favorite bowls to use for prep and mixing when not using a stand mixer.  The set is perfect for the beginning home cook.

Kitchen Aid – I have the silver Classic Plus 4.5 Tilt Head.  I love this mixer and use it all the time.  It is so durable and has lasted me twenty years.  Every year I wonder when it will fail me, and only because I want a new color.  I also own all of the attachments that go with it and enjoy using all of them.   When I have something small to mix up I do use their Hand Held Mixer which is perfect from small jobs.

Butcher Box – for the meat lover in your life this is a great gift idea;  sustainably raised beef, chicken and pork.

Lava Lake Lamb – another great idea for the meat lover, especially the lamb lover.  The lamb from Lava Lake Ranch is amazing; we especially like the ribs and leg of lamb.  Their beef is also fantastic and is grass-fed.

Wooden Spoons – a good set of wooden spoons is a lovely gift, you don’t want to buy the cheap ones from the dollar store as they never last and they hold odors.

NY Shuk – if the one you are giving to loves Middle Eastern spices they are going to go crazy over these.  I use all of them!

Spices – it may seem silly to buy spices from Greece but these are the BEST dried spices I have ever used.

Bushwick Kitchen – big fan of all of their products, we really do use everything from syrup to honey to their hot sauces!  These would also make great stock stuffings.

Measuring Spoons – I use two sets of measuring spoons.  These All-Clad are my go to but am thinking of adding these copper ones or these copper ones to the mix because they are fun.   I also use the measuring cups from All-Clad, the steel ones as well as the copper ones.

For the Adventurer – traveler, photographer, and camper

Travel Guides – I am always on the lookout for unique travel guides that offer ideas besides the traditional hot spots in a destination.  I am digging these guides:  Cereal City Guides, Wild Sam, Paris in Stride, and The Little (r) Museums of Paris, and Not For Tourist’s guides.

Camera Bag – I switched camera bags two years ago and have not looked back.  This bag fits perfectly on my bag, is waterproof and I can fit my DSLR, lenses, and drone in it.

Candle Lanterns – no batteries required.

Campfire Games – cards and dice games, a must have with camping gear.

Camping Blanket – we are so in love with these blankets as they keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Such a great addition to our little van life.

Where Chef’s Eat Book – a great resource for traveling and looking for places to eat.

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