It’s that time of year! To start talking about the holiday season. I seriously love the holidays and it is the only thing that is making me get through the cold days. Chicago becomes magical with all its festive decor and I just love doing our annual traditions.
This season is also a time for giving gifts to special people in our lives. For us, it is our families since they have supported and loved us in so many ways. But sometimes, they can be the hardest to shop for! Am I Right?! So if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift and need gift ideas, I hope that by sharing a guide on how to shop for the holidays will make it easier this year!
Holiday Shopping Guide
So this year’s holiday gift guide will be different from the past years. I used to have a separate blog post for each specific type of person i.e. holiday gift for her, holiday gift for him, holiday gift guide for the traveler, etc. But this year, you will see it all in one post. Hopefully this will make it so much easier for you! Best part of this year is that you don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get the best deals. Most retailers have already started their holiday sales.
Gifts For Parents and Gifts For Parents-In-Law
This pot does everything – boiling to baking, crisping to steaming. It’s made with the same ingenuity as the popular Always Pan.
This is a great way to cherish a family recipe. They can take an old and worn out recipe and transfer it to a tea towel or flour sack. It’s such a sweet gift.
Know a garden lover? This gardening seat makes it easier to get work done, it folds up, and comes with all the gardening tool essentials.
This is such a fun way to recreate a photo. It comes with a sweet little gift box too.
You can chill a wine or a bubbly without an ice bucket. There’s several colors to choose from and keeps your bottle chilled for hours.
Who doesn’t love the Chappy Wrap Blanket? It’s won the Good Housekeeping’s Best of Bedding Award 2021. Here are other prints & colors.
Even I want this! Every time I warm up my soup in the microwave, it is scorching hot. These cozies are a genius idea!
Not only is this a photo frame, but it can capture photos from your smart devices and display it AND provides unlimited storage.
I swear by Nespresso because I always get the perfect cup of coffee. This one is a great deal because it is priced well and it comes with a frother!
Gifts For Her
Who doesn’t want a chic and well-tailored wool coat?! This Italian wool coat comes in several beautiful colors.
I’ve been a big fan of Birdies since it launched a few years ago. I owned the Songbird and they’re just perfect. Now they have created chic flats that are machine washable.
I didn’t understand the hype of the slip silk mask until I was gifted one. Oh my they’re the best. It’s one of those luxury pieces you didn’t think you’d want until you have it. For sure a great gift!
I never met anyone that owns a nap dress that doesn’t love this dress so much. Here is my review of the nap dress. I’m so obsessed with it that I own five. It’s one of those feel good dressed. They’re also bump-friendly and breastfeeding friendly. The sizing does run big so I recommend sizing down.
This is the necklace I wear all the time and almost always get a compliment about it. It’s affordable and for sure a bestseller.
The details of this sweater is gorgeous. It can easily be work casually or dressed up.
Instead of having 3 curling irons with 3 different sizes, this set has interchangeable barrels with different sizes. It comes with 1″, 1.25″, and 1.5″ barrels.
This crossbody bag is the perfect size – not too small and not too big. Yet it has a style of a satchel bag which I think makes it look more sophisticated and workwear appropriate. You can easily personalize this bag by adding a monogram.
Love that this lake pajamas set! You can easily switch out the pajamas bottom. This bundle is so worth it that I want to add it my Christmas wishlist!
Gifts For Babies
We look forward to Lovery’s Play Kits every couple months. Carter loves all the toys and they’re super educational and helps him work on his fine motor skills. I also love that it comes with activity book so it explains the purpose of each toy and different ways you can play with them.
There’s so many fun things going on with this activity walk with out the overstimulation of the lights and music. The black and white colors palette immediately gravitates Carter’s attention and gets amazed by all the gadgets.
Rey to Z hats are the best! The initials on the front are too adorable. You can personalized it even more (with additional cost) in the back. There’s hats available for all family!
Not only are these personalized name puzzles cute but they help baby learn to spell their name!
These are the simplest toys yet Carter can’t stop playing with them. There’s different cut-out shapes at the bottom of each cup which makes it fun to look at it and great to play in the water too.
Instead of your classic shape sorter toy, I love that they use sushi. It’s too cute!
We swear by Magnetic Me. The magnetic snaps are a lifesaver!!! We gift these to every new baby we know and every parent is thankful for them.
Sandra Boynton books are not only cute but very educational with all the rhymes and repetition. I recently learned from Big City Readers that Boynton books are the best book for babies. This set is great because it has all of board books so you don’t have to buy each one individually.
This is an adorable tummy time mirror. Carter loves to grab the tentacles and the attached fish rattle and it encourages him to crawl and reach.
Another Carter favorite. Haha can you tell this guide was based on Carter’s preference. But he just loves slamming his hands in each drum and loves the music and lights.
This activity gym is incredible because it is easy to store away. It folds up so nice so its great for small spaces. Also the playmate is reversible!
We have been hearing great things about Linkimals and after checking them out, I know Carter will love them. I’ve heard the sloth is a favorite among babies.
I’ve never met a baby that didn’t love this teething toy.
Gifts For Him
These sneakers are comfortable, washable, and so lightweight. Tre loves it so much that he owns 2 pairs! I own a pair of women’s wool runners too, and they truly are an incredible everyday sneakers.
Not only does this jacket look sharp, it is also designed to keep you frost-free during blizzard days. With the purchase this coat, they will donate $1 to to the organization One Warm Coat.
These earbuds are designed for androids and iPhones. You can use them to talk on the phone, during your workout, or for everyday use. They’re even noise-cancelling.
My husband loves these! Whenever he travels for work, he says this tie storage keeps his ties (and tie clips) all in one place and doesn’t have to worry about them wrinkling.
Who doesn’t love to wear a beanie during Winter. Why not level up with a cashmere beanie that’s only $60.
This device works deep into the muscle and relieves muscle tension and soreness. A few people I know owns this and raves about it all the time.
This is another product my Tre loves! He uses this as a backpack when he commutes to work. But if he’s on a business travel and wants to look more sophisticated for his meeting, he switches it to a briefcase. It also has a slip through back panel so it can attach to a luggage handle.
This bottle can keep your coffee hot for 12 hours or keeps it cold for 24 hours. It’s leak proof with flexible strap.
Maybe it’s just me but I always love to gift a good sweater. I know it’s something rarely bought but always used when gifted.
Gift Guide For The Movie Lover
Rare notes, letters, memos from iconic Hollywood stars such Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, etc.
This game is for all the movie buffs. It’s card game testing your knowledge. There are different levels – start easy with ‘movie geek’ level or go expert level.
Scratch off each bucket list films that are truly iconic.
Enjoy an outdoor movie with this 4K screen. This screen can easily be set up in 5 minutes.
Project your favorite movies anywhere with this screen projector. It has up to 4 hours of playtime and wifi capabilities.
If you’re family is like mine, we can never decide what to watch. Use these set of dice to make an unbiased decision.
It’s roomy like a popcorn tub but more durable and reusable.
Create movie theater popcorn style with this kit. It comes with 16 oz popcorn, movie theater popcorn seasoning, and sweet caramel seasoning.
Re-create 40 dishes that are seen in iconic films.
Omg, this game is so fun! We played it with my family one Christmas. It’s like charades with movie titles. Trust me, it’s more fun than you think!
You can’t make popcorn without a popcorn maker! Something about making popcorn on the stovetop makes eating popcorn more fun on movie nights.
I don’t know about you, but I always need to throw on a blanket while watching a movie. This throw blanket is so cozy and soft!
Gifts For The Working Woman
Who doesn’t love a good, well-tailored blazer?! So chic, classic, and a confidence booster (in my opinion). J.Crew ALWAYS has the best blazers. Want something more feminine? The pink herringbone blazer is the perfect one!
This backpack is perfect for anyone who is working in a hybrid role (part work from home, part in the office). It’s so rare to find a chic laptop backpack.
Staring at the computer screen? These blue light glasses will protect your eyes.
So glad Birdies came out with a cute and comfortable flats that’s also appropriate to wear to work. They’re washable and versatile.
This weekly desk planner is a great way to keep track of all your to-do’s for the day and week. Once the week is over, tear it off for a new planner.
How sleek is this travel coffee mug? You can enjoy your morning brew anywhere and anytime with a leakproof lid.
Customize your phone by switching up the colors and adding your monogram.
This monitor is amazing because you can create a double monitor with a laptop that is portable. So you don’t need to lug around a giant desktop monitor around to get work done.
Keep all the tech accessories organized with this clutch. There’s compartments for phone, cards, chargers, etc. Personalize it by adding a monogram.
This block makes it much easier and convenient to charge your electronic devices. You can personalize it by adding a monogram.
Use a phone strap to keep your phone steady while texting, reading, or taking photos.
Not only is this keyboard slim, but it will also connect to your iPhone, iPad, or anything that allows bluetooth connection.
13 Phone Stand
It works for cellphones and tablets and the stand’s heigh is adjustable.
Gifts For The Cook
I use this pan all the time. It’s so multipurpose and it is a true nonstick pan. I personally think you only need this pan in your kitchen.
Cookbook stands makes trying out a new recipe so much easier. I don’t need to worry about spilling on the book, etc.
You can never have too many spatulas in the kitchen. These are great because it comes with a crock, so you don’t need to worry about how to store them.
These are great because they very durable and extend to your forearm. So you never have to worry about potentially burning your arms. I’m a big fan of longer length oven mitts.
These hot sauces are all the rage lately. Not only are they spicy but they’re delicious! This variety set will please any cook.
These lids are great for sealing your leftovers and are heat resistant. This is a set with a variety of sizes.
Ask any cook, and they’ll tell you that the quality of the EVOO makes a difference. Not only is this a high quality Spanish olive oil, but the bottle is beautiful too.
This is cordless!!! Any kitchen appliance or tool that is cordless is the best thing ever. It makes prepping in the kitchen so much easier. This chopper can chop up 40 onions with full charger. That’s amazing.
This French oven is 3.75-QT. It’s oven-safe and durable. I personally think this one is better than the Le Creuset and it’s more affordable.
10 Truffle Salt
Anything truffle is delicious. Having truffle salt in your kitchen is a luxury. But when it’s sprinkled onto dishes, it elevates the food.
I’m a big fan of Estelle’s glasses. They’re so beautiful and unique. The colorful glasses always inspires me to cook a meal to go with these stunning glasses.
Gift Guide For Book Lovers
Most of my books are from Book Of The Month (BOTM). BOTM is a monthly book subscription. Here’s a thorough review of their service. Trust me, any book lover will be so happy to receive a gift card from them. They have an incredible selection of books.
Not only can this bookshelf hold a lot of book, but it as a wow factor. I own of a couple of them. It looks like your books are floating AND you can use your books as a home décor element.
Who doesn’t love a monogram mug. Sipping on coffee or tea while reading a book during a cold winter day is one of the best way to spend a day.
I’ve tried a lot of booklights and they all suck. This one is SERIOUSLY the best. It clips onto the book easily without falling off. They’re blue light blocking lights and it has 3 different light settings. What’s great is that the light is bright enough to read but it won’t bother your partner. You also don’t need battery! You just have to charge it and it’s good to go. My booklight has gone a month and a half without charging and it is going strong.
Audio books are becoming more and more popular. What other book lovers have told me is that listening to an audio book is a great way to “read” another book simultaneously. I know I totally would listen to audio books if someone got me an audible subscription.
This journal is a great way to document the books you’ve read. This set comes with the cutest journal cards, bookmark, and book log.
This mug could not be more accurate!
There’s something regal about a leather bookmark. Personalize it by adding monogram.
This caddy makes it possible to read a book (without potentially getting your book wet) and drink wine while soaking in the tub. Sounds like my perfect evening.
It’s a soy-based candle with notes of warm nutmeg, amber, and sandalwood. Doesn’t that sound like you just want to curl up and read a book!
Gift Ideas For Your Friends
Who doesn’t love a monogram mug? Love this colorful version.
A cute beanie is always a winner. You know they will be used the entire Winter season.
Cashmere and touch screen gloves?! Similar to the beanie, it will be loved and used all the time.
This bracelet is genius! Not only is it cute (and you can add a monogram to it too!) but it can change your smart phone too!
I never meant anyone that didn’t love Capri Blue candles. The scent is versatile and adds vibrance to a space.
Cute socks are always have to receive.
This pouch is similar to the commute clutch but slightly smaller so it fits well into a purse. It’s a chic way to organize all your tech devices – phone, charger, etc. You can also add a monogram to it too.
I mean look how cute this hair band is!
These earrings make a statement without being too loud. They’re the perfect pair of earrings to gift!
I can’t believe this cashmere sweater is only $50 and it’s made with 100% Grade A Mongolian Cashmere. It’s the real deal and you can’t find this price anywhere! I couldn’t help but buy myself one.
Estelle Colored Wineglasses are the prettiest wineglasses I have ever seen. Get this with a bottle of wine and I bet your best friend will be the happiest.
I am obsessed with all of J.Crew’s Liberty Print. Anyone I know can use a headband (it does wonders on a bad hair day) and these liberty print ones will for sure be a hit.
Gifts For Fitness Lovers
This guide is meant for anyone that is into fitness and or wants to get started on their fitness. All the products are perfect for at home workouts!
I highly recommend resistance bands especially if you want a workout equipment that takes up less space. It comes with 3 different resistance: Light, Medium, and Heavy.
I personally love using neoprene free weights. They’re easier to grip, non-slip, and doesn’t scratch the floors.
If you have dumbbells just lying around then I recommend this tiered storage. It helps keep them all in one place.
I use these frequently and prefer these loop bands than the traditional rubber loop bands. They’re non-slip and won’t ride up which is key because the rubbers do and it makes it harder to have a smoother workout. I also love that they don’t dig into the skin.
Using a jumprope is awesome for cardio workouts. A fitness jumprope is different than the ones kids use because they’re made specifically to be durable, smooth, and comfortable handles.
Another great tool to add more variety to your daily workouts. These steps are non-slip which is key if you are doing quite a bit of cardio with it. You can also use it as bench. It is lower in height compared to your standard bench but it is easy to store under your bed!
These are also known as pull-up assistance, but I love to use them for total body workouts. I specifically love this one because the fabric won’t snap or break. I have the traditional body band sets (the ones made with rubber) and there are instances where they snap onto my body. OUCH!
Who doesn’t love AirPods?! I especially love them during workouts because I don’t need to worry about wires or making sure my phone is on me.
Having some type of mat is essential to working out. I love this one because it has high density, non-slip, non-skid, and thicker. It also comes with a carry strap and in several colors.
There’s so many benefits and different types of workouts you can do with an exercise ball. This yoga ball is easy to inflate and it comes with a foot pump.
This grip turns any dumbbell into a kettlebell! I love this because it means less equipments to buy. Working out with kettlebells are awesome but it also requires you to buy more sets. This grip saves space and money!
So if you’ve been eyeing the Pelton but want a more affordable option, I recommend this one. Personally, I’m not into stationary bikes, but my friend Lauren (from Lakeshore Lady) purchased this bike and raved about it. I always trust her recommendations. It comes with a monitor/tablet holder so you can do at home workouts with it too.
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