Gift Guide: What’s on My List


‘Tis the season for gift guides, but I promise I won’t go overboard on here–though I do have a few planned that I’m excited to share. For the past month-ish, I’ve had the fun opportunity to freelance write gift guides for Country Living magazine, which has been a great way to flex my creative muscles and get a better sense of this season’s must have products (not all of my guides are up yet, but feel free to check out the ones that are complete here).

I’ve done all sorts of gift guide categories for CL (I’m currently working on a guide for grandpas!), but for the blog, I thought I would share a sampling of my own list. So whether you’re a sucker for books or beauty, you’ll likely find something that catches your eye–for yourself or maybe for a mom, sister, or girlfriend–below! (And can I just say…I’m somewhat proud of myself that I haven’t bit the bullet and scooped these up yet. Online shopping for these guides has made it v tempting to treat myself in the process! :)). That said, I’ve been trying to be a lot more intentional about the things I’m buying lately, particularly when it comes to browsing websites. There are a lot of $10/$15 decor items I would’ve immediately snatched up a few years ago that I’m far less inclined to buy now. It’s partly that my style has matured a bit and I’m not as drawn to some of the styles I used to love, but I also have been thinking over purchases longer/embracing minimalism and cutting excess clutter/and thinking more carefully about the value of a dollar before purchasing something just because it’s “cute.” And so far, I haven’t had any regrets!

Oh, and in the meantime, snag yourself one of these Nest holiday candles, which smell like Christmas in a jar. You’ll thank yourself later. Plus, two-day shipping is free, and you get to pick out three free beauty samples (is anyone else a sucker for those?!).

Whiskey in a Teacup, by Reese Witherspoon: If you follow me on Instagram or are a friend of mine in real life, you likely know about the whole saga involving the Reese event…I was first supposed to go back in September, but then Reese rescheduled the event due to illness for the Friday of the busiest work weekend of my life (I had a big reception to staff that evening). I was bummed to miss the show, but fortunately Ticketfly fully refunded my purchase, which I wasn’t even sure was a possibility originally! However, the ticket was supposed to include a copy of Reese’s book, and since I didn’t go, I haven’t been able to admire it yet. Long story short, it’s officially on my list!

Frida Kahlo at Home: This is another coffee table book that’s caught my eye in recent months. In summary: it’s pretty, who doesn’t love Frida Kahlo, and it’s gotten great reviews. Simple!

Urban Day Setting Spray: I’ve been trying to perfect my makeup routine lately (and have been loving this Urban Decay palette I picked up at Nordstrom Rack while randomly in there on a lunch break a few weeks ago); now, the issue is just making sure everything stays in place all day long. This spray promises that makeup will hold up for 16 hours, which is more than enough time!

Garment Bag: I actually included this in one of my CL gift guides (as well as the spray above, come to think of it) for the woman who loves to travel/is always on the go, just because it seems to darn useful. Like most of the products I’ve included on here, it also got excellent reviews.

Champagne Gummies: Hi Mom–while you’re placing the Target order for the above garment bag (which I know you’ll approve of more than anything else on here, because #businesstrips), would you mind adding these to your shopping cart? They’re so delish, and you can’t always get them in stores. But if you do go to the store, I’d love to try any flavor of this seltzer water made by the same company (yes, my family is weird and gives each other things like seltzer water for Christmas).

SoulCycle Class Pack: This is one my favorite things to ask for when it comes to my birthday/the holidays…Soul classes are such a luxury, so I don’t go all the time (darn you, SC, for not being on ClassPass!), but they always make me feel amazing, energized, and stress-free.

A new suitcase: My suitcase broke while I was traveling back from a conference on Friday, so I’m going to have to borrow one of my family’s extras for my work trip this week. However, I would love to scoop up an investment piece at some point. I’ve heard good things about Away luggage but am open to exploring other brands! Let me know if you have a recommendation, and it may just end up on my list!

Hair Dryer/Styling Tool: Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my blowouts, so of course I was intrigued when I spotted this hair dryer and styling tool on Amazon. In general, I always love testing out new hair tools, but this one speaks to me because I’m always looking for a new way to tame my naturally wavy mane.

What’s on your wish list this season, and have you tried and loved any of the products above?

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