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Alright friends, it that’s time of year—you know—holiday gift season, and I want to make it easier for you! While I one hundred percent do not believe that gifts are the reason for the season, I know that gifts are important to many people. With that in mind, I want to offer a helping hand! I have seen too many times the effects of stressful holiday shopping. *If* gifts have to be a part of the season, I want to help you do your shopping with minimal stress! So friends, because I love you, I have put together the ultimate holiday gift guide!
I have included gifts for men, women, kids, and babies, and I have even included some specific categories for the bookworms, health nuts, and kitchenistas! Please keep in mind that shopping small is SO important, and I have included an entire section to help you do just that. Also, please note that some (but not all) of these links are affiliate links. This means that I earn a small commission if you purchase through my links, but it is at no extra cost to you. I hope this list gives you inspiration and eliminates gift-buying stress for you. Also, I will be updating this list for you in the days leading up to Black Friday. If you want to be in the loop on all the best Black Friday deals, sign up for my emails! Happy shopping, friends!
If you want to shop small, here are some amazing options! Remember that shopping small supports families, small business owners, startup initiatives, and the overall economy. When you shop small, think of the people who are hustling and selling essential oils, safe skincare products, handmade goods, and other unique one-of-a-kind items. These links each take you to specific shops that are either owned by or run by individuals like you and me. Remember those people as you shop, keeping in mind their desire to buy for their own families! Your purchase could be the thing that makes that possible for them! (I do not receive commission for any of these small shops, except for my own Beautycounter sales. These links are shared in love to support fellow shop owners, stay at home mamas, and entrepreneurs!)
Beautycounter Safe Skincare Products– As most of you know, I do sell Beautycounter! BC is near and dear to my heart, not only because it creates a source of income for my little family, but also because it is a movement towards safe and clean living. My husband and I are passionate about health, and we want to see our loved ones make great choices when it comes to their skincare, bath products, and makeup! These products contain only safe ingredients, and quality is never compromised. Shop the holiday gift collection for ready-to-go gift sets, or put your own sets together. Charcoal cleansing bars and hand soaps make for great stocking stuffers!
Hawks And Doves– This amazing little shop makes absolutely stunning leather bags. Each one is handmade with love, and is built to last. When you shop from Hawks And Doves, you are supporting an AMAZING family in North Carolina!
Stamp Nouveau– This shop creates custom return address stamps, and they are absolutely beautiful! This is an awesome gift to give your stationary loving friend, or even your friend or loved one who loves practical and long lasting gifts. There are multiple designs you can choose from, and the people are SO kind and amazing to work with!
Holly Bug Bows– I know there are SO many people making bows these days, but these might just be my favorite. They are made with precision, quality, and lots of love! If you know someone who has girls, these are great stocking stuffers. When you buy these bows, you are supporting another mama just like me.
Little Cloudfetti– This one is super special to me because the shop owner is one of my best friends. In fact, she was the matron of honor in my wedding! Amber makes the most adorable handmade Christmas tree ornaments and custom garlands. I am super blessed to have one of her garlands hanging in Sadie’s room and I just love it! I can’t think of another person who would be more grateful for your support than Amber!
Eleutheria Designs– I am one hundred percent swooning over these custom water color prints. I already want like… five of them for various spots in my house. Seriously, you should think hard about what your friends and loved ones really like, and get them a custom print that reflects that! The bird ones are just oh so cute.
Gifts For Her
JORD Wood Watch- I cannot think of a better watch to give than a stunning wooden watch from JORD. These pieces take into consideration the sustainability of the wood as well as ethical sourcing. They are also designed to reflect a modern lifestyle and are oh so trendy!
Sole Society Leather Bag– This one has been on my wish list for a while! Every woman needs a good weekend bag that’s just the right size. Even more importantly, she needs it to be functional AND stylish! This bag totally covers all the bases.
PrAna Athleisure Wear– As busy women, we are often looking for staple pieces of clothing that can carry us from the gym to the coffee shop or to a lunch date with our man. PrAna is a great place to look to for stylish athleisure wear that can do exactly that. Not only are these pieces SO comfortable and stylish, they are also organic and eco-friendly! MORE reason to buy? I partnered with PrAna to give you 15% off your order! Just use code APF17AM at checkout!
Classic Ugg Boots– They call them classic for a reason. These are perfectly timeless winter staples for any woman’s wardrobe! These are also truly made to last, so they will serve well for several winters to come.
Slippers– As someone who has wanted slippers as a gift for what seems like forever, I would have to guess you cannot go wrong with this gift. It’s a tossup for me between the first pair and this pair, so you be the judge. I guarantee any busy mama or housewife would LOVE to find these under the tree!
Gifts For Him
JORD Wood Watch– I wrote about this watch in the “gifts for her” section, but they also have watches for men! Instead of sharing more details about the watches, I want to share a quote directly from JORD. “The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.” Sometimes the men in our lives need a little reminder like this!
Kindle Paperwhite– If the man (or men) in your life love to read, give them a Kindle Paperwhite! This is much different than other tablets in that it is designed to not have the same effects on your eyes and brain as other technological devices. It literally is no different on your eyes than reading an actual book! It’s also super light and portable, and easy for your man to carry around with him. This is especially great if you have a husband that likes to read in bed when you are trying to sleep.
Evernote Plus Subscription– When I asked my husband what he would like for Christmas, this was at the top of his list. For all the tech-savy men in your life, this could be a gift that really means something to them. I know we love to give them all the cool clothes and fancy colognes, but hey, they might be more moved by technology and systems than we are.
Leather Messenger Bag– Every morning as my husband goes to work with a pile of things in his hands, I think to myself “this dude needs a messenger bag.” BUT, I don’t want him to look unprofessional! This leather messenger bag has all the space out men need, but is professional and stylish. It’s not too feminine but it’s also not an eyesore.
Slippers– Every good man needs a quality pair of slippers to wear around the house. These are cozy and durable, and will last for ages. The best part is that there is a color for every preference, so you can get exactly what your man wants!
Tile Keychain– Okay, to be honest, I am not really sure if this gift is really for the men or the women. Either way, this tile keychain might just save your marriage. I can’t tell you how many times my husband has been late to work due to searching for lost keys! (He usually wasn’t the one that misplaced them but that’s neither here nor there).
Gifts For The Pregnant Mama And Babies
Peppermint and Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub- So many pregnant mamas are concerned about their skin, and especially about stretch marks! Give the pregnant mama in your life the gift of stretch mark prevention with this amazing scrub from The Spoiled Mama.
DockATot– If you know a mama who has a new baby or is due to have a baby, give her the gift of sleep with the DockATot! This particular gift is very personal to me because it saved our sanity when our baby was born. Any new mama would be thrilled to open this gift on Christmas morning.
Fawn Design Diaper Bag– Speaking from experience, it can often take three or four fails before we mamas find the right diaper bag. This amazing bag has all the space and features to keep your life organized as a busy mama, but it is also trendy and stylish, and does not feel clunky.
Organic Pajamas For Your Littles– These amazing jammies (and other outfits) from Finn + Emma are literally the cutest thing ever. We have been swooning over them for months and can’t wait to get some for our girl!
Little Unicorn Quilts– When I was thinking about what I might like to buy for my baby for Christmas, I decided that I want her to receive some things that are sentimental and long lasting! Little Unicorn quilts are the perfect keepsake. They are entirely functional, but can also serve as a lifelong treasure for your little ones. The prints may also be the most adorable thing I have ever seen.
Llama Llama Red Pajama– This book is our absolute favorite, and we highly recommend that every family have it in their home! It’s such a classic, and it brings so much joy to not only our baby, but also to us.
Keurig– I was incredibly blessed to be given a Keurig as a baby shower gift, and I am so grateful! All the mamas—new, old, working, and stay-at-home—can I just get an amen on this one? It’s such a blessing to be able to make a cup of coffee in thirty seconds when the world around us is total chaos. This is definitely one of the most intentional gifts you could get.
Gifts For The Health Nut
Beautycounter Safe Skincare Products– I talked about Beautycounter above in the shop small section, but I want to give some more attention to it here. If you have a friend or loved one who truly cares about what they put on their body, these products are stellar. Whether it’s “pleasure” products such as this lemon sugar scrub, necessities such as this amazing face moisturizer, or the perfect mascara that doesn’t cause your eyes to itch, Beautycounter has you covered with safe and effective skincare and body products!
PrAna Yoga Mat– Did you know that yoga mats are good for so much more than yoga alone? If you need to buy a gift for someone in your life that is a fitness enthusiast, a durable and eco-friendly yoga mat is a great option! Whether it’s for pilates, yoga, barre, or stretching at home, this mat serves many purposes. EVEN MORE reason to buy? I partnered with PrAna to give you 15% off your order! Just use code APF17AM at checkout!
Organic Pillows– These pillows from Avocado Green Mattress are entirely organic, non-toxic, VOC-free, breathable, and one hundred percent loaded with sleepy dust. For your loved ones that highly value their health, including their sleep, you cannot go wrong with this gift! Want to know something even better? I have partnered with Avocado Green to give you a 20% off coupon! Just enter CleanChef20 at checkout!
Thrive Market Membership– For those in your life who are always buying one hundred percent organic groceries, why not give them the gift of discounts? You can help them stay on budget by gifting a Thrive Market Membership! The membership lasts for a year, and they will be able to order all of their favorite organic products at a highly discounted rate, and have their products delivered to their door!
Beats By Dre– For the weight lifters, gym goers, and serious fitness lovers in your life, you cannot go wrong with these wireless headphones! There’s nothing more frustrating than having your headphone cord get in the way while lifting weights—or even worse, your ear buds falling out while you are doing push-ups!
Gifts For The Bookworm
While I would love to give descriptions for each of the books below, that would take forever because there are so many things that I could say about each of these! For the purpose of this holiday gift guide, just trust me on these! Click the links and read more about them, but know that each of these books is AMAZING and the book lovers in your life would be so blessed by them!
Kindle Paperwhite– See “Gifts For Him” to see why you can’t go wrong with this one!
Gifts For The Kitchenista
KitchenAid Mixer– When I say I use my KitchenAid mixer four or five times a week, I am not exaggerating. If you want to give a gift that will literally bring the kitchenista in your life to tears, let it be this one! I know it is pricey, but I linked you directly to Macy’s because in all of my research, no one ever has sales on KitchenAid mixers like Macy’s does. You can often get nearly 50% off AND free shipping!
Immersion Blender– This might be one of the most handy kitchen tools you could have. Whether you like to really scramble your eggs, or you are looking to make a frothy latte from home, this immersion blender does all the tricks. I also love this super vintage look, but you can choose from a variety of colors.
Knife Set– No one who truly loves to cook should have to deal with poor quality knives. If knives were rated on a 1-10 scale, I would give these a 6.5. They aren’t the absolute highest quality, but they are a great mid-upper range knife for the serious cook!
Baking Set– This baking set from Williams Sonoma is a terrific gift for the chef, food lover, or kitchenista. Whether it’s muffins, cupcakes, roasted vegetables, cookies, or cakes, this set has the essentials to make it all! Bonus points? Williams Sonoma often has WONDERFUL sales.
Dutch Oven– The only thing I ever gave away in life and later regretted was my dutch oven. Someday I will own another one, but until then, I will just encourage all of you to go out and get one for the chefs, food lovers, and kitchenistas in your life!