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 Beauty & Skincare Lover
Everything in this guide is clean beauty. It is a mixture of makeup, skincare, and hair products.
Big fan of the RMS brand. This is perfect for the those who lip balms with a tint of color. These are super nourishing and moisturizing and comes with 5 different shades.
I brag about this mask all the time. It is INCREDIBLE. Anything from Tata Harper is top notch, effective, and luxurious.
Using this cleaning mat makes cleaning your makeup brushes so much easier. I have this mat and because it makes cleaning my brushes easier, I clean mine frequently.
This is a makeup mirror with LED light and includes magnifying mirror and phone-clip attachment.
I swear by all of Virtue’s hair products and this hair oil is incredible! It protects your hair and repairs damaged hair. I wrote a full review of Virtue hair products here. I usually don’t care for hair products but this brand has changed me.
ILIA is another clean makeup brand I really love. Their stuff does not feel like you have any makeup on! This tube is a game changer because you can use it as a blush or lip color.
Another Virtue product, but out of all the texturizing sprays I love this one. It feels so lightweight and provides the perfect amount of grit to your hair. I love to use this when I curl my hair to achieve the beach waves.
This set will give you the opportunity to try out several of Tata Harper’s products and they’re all best sellers.
This makeup set is the best of the best. It applies on smoothly and rarely absorbs your products. So you don’t need to use a lot of your products! The best part is that it has an air brush finish to it.
A lot of skincare products work so much better if they’re refrigerated. This mini fridge is designed specifically for your skincare products.
If you want an incredible eyelash mascara, the limitless mascara is INCREDIBLE. It lifts, adds volumes, and curls. You don’t even need to be into clean beauty to love this one. You’ll love it because it works!
The interchangeable barrel is key! You save space & money by not buying 3 different curling irons. I know for me, I need different barrel sizes depending on the look I’m going for or my hair length at the moment. You can also use these barrels as a curling wand too.
I swear by this hair towel. This hair towel has helped my hair dry faster and I have thick hair! It also helps reduce frizz and breakage.
This is a medium coverage foundation that has a lightweight finish and a natural look. It is also serum-infused so it is also treating your skin!
If you are looking for a more natural-looking highlighter while having that dewy finish, you will love this one! It also contains power ingredients to keep your skin nourished, hydrated, and soothe the skin. It comes in 3 different shades.
This set gives you an opportunity to try several of Virtue’s hair products. This is the recovery collection which contains products that will replenish and renew your hair.
This was a highly-rated facial steamer and it comes with stainless steel facial tools. Since we currently can’t go to a spa, we might as well try to emulate it at home!
Gifts For Her
Naadam’s cashmere sweaters are incredible and this one is only $75! I highly recommend that every women owns a cashmere sweater.
I always love to gift anything from Mark & Graham during the holidays. Hence, why you always see their product in previous gift guides. The quality is amazing and the personalization always makes it extra special. This jewelry case is perfect for organizing necklaces, rings, etc.
A classic wool coat is always a winner. I love the quality and price at Mango. The fit is perfect and is always timeless.
This device keeps your phone and any other electronic virus and bacteria free. It sterilizes and disinfects using an ultraviolet light. You can also charge your phone at the same time!
If there is one skincare line that I think is the best of the best, it is Tata Harper. What I love about this set is you get to try all of Tata Harper’s best sellers. I’ve tried most of them and they’re worth it.
These moccasin slippers are made from water-resistant suede. Which means they’re super durable and comfortable. Great for all the mamas!
This is the ‘R’ Necklace you see me wear in almost every photo. I LOVE it so much!! No matter where I go, I always receive compliments on it.
Lake Pajamas are seriously the best! In my opinion, receiving a good and high quality set of pajamas is one of the best gifts to receive.
I’ve been wanting T3 curling irons for awhile now. I love that they heat up quickly and great for thick hair. What I love about this set is the interchangeable barrel size. My hair grows quickly and depending on the length, I need different sizes.
Here is another item from Lake Pajamas. Robes are another amazing gift. This robe is seriously perfect for lounging. I love to use mine right when I roll out of bed or just having a lazy day. The fabric is SO SOFT.
Who doesn’t want a Nespresso machine. I’ve been wanting one for awhile now. At first, I was hesitant, but in Europe, they use it al the time and it really is a treat!
Gifts For Him
This sweater is soft and will keep anyone warm without overheating. It’s also super comfortable and makes it easy to layer with.
Who doesn’t love Yeti mugs! The mug can keep your drink hot or cold because of the double insulation. Plus, no sweat or frostbit fingers!
AirPods are seriously the best. I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t love them.
J.Crew has one of the best men’s crew socks. If you husband (dad, brother, etc) loves a good printed sock, they’ll probably love this one.
This is a charging dock where you can charge your iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch, etc all in one place!
You just place your phone inside this gadget and it will sterilize and disinfect your phone or other electronic gadgets while charging it.
Tre doesn’t care for body / skincare products but when he tried the Counterman line, he was hooked. This set is great for men with beards because it comes with a beard oil. Tre has a beard and swears by beard oil.
ECCO sneakers are the best combination of style and comfort. These sneakers look dressed up because of the leather exterior, but they’re built specifically to give your feet relief and comfort. I did a full review of them here. Tre wears these sneakers all the time.
This is pretty much any guys go-to Patagonia pullover. So if you are debating which Patagonia sweater to buy, this is the one!
How fun is this book! This is great gift for new dads. For sure will be getting one for Tre haha!
A classic vest but lined with soft, cozy sherpa fleece. It also features button adjusters at the back waist for perfect fit.
These slippers are always a best seller for a reason. My husband only wants and wears these slippers.
If you are looking for warm boot socks, these are it. And the print is so fun too! For sure would make a great stocking stuffer.
If there’s anything this past year has shown is that people were grilling more the moment the weather is nice out. This set has everything you need to grill.
Gifts For The Cook
I cook all the time and the dutch oven is the best multipurpose cooking ware. They’re durable and easily cook from stove to oven!
These mitt can handle extremely hot temperatures and are flexible. I love that the mittens are longer in length. That means more coverage to protect your hand and arm.
Brightland’s olive oil is carefully sourced and custom-blended. The quality is top-notch.
This cookbook stand makes it so easy to follow a recipe from a cookbook. It also has a clear acrylic panel to protect your book.
A KitchenAid Mixer is another cook’s must-haves! They also come in several colors.
This pan is totally worth the hype. It’s completely nonstick, easily to clean, and utilized in so many different ways. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, sautés, stir fry, and boil.
A good set of kitchen knives makes all the difference! Wusthof is the best of the best.
These mats are amazing. Nothing will ever stick to your cookie sheet or baking pan.
Everyone has to have a set of wooden spoon. They’re best to use with nonstick pan and glass cookware. The handle is carefully crafted to be comfortable and made to last.
10 Duralex Glass Bowl Set – set of 10
These are my FAVORITE mixing bowls. The variety of sizes makes it so easy to find the right one to use, they’re so durable, and super easy to clean.
A good cooking utensil makes all the difference. These are durable, nonstick, and won’t scratch your pan!
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.
Gifts For homebody
I’ve heard so many great things about SKIMS loungewear. This robe seems like the perfect stay-at-home robe during the Winter. It’s so plush, comfortable, and if you remove the belt, it can be a cardigan!
Who doesn’t love to soak in the tub. If you’re like me, I need to be doing something in the tub. This is great if you want to read, drink tea (or wine), face mask, etc while taking a bath.
This mug comes with special charger that will continue to heat up your drink. I love this because I love it when my coffee stays warm the entire time.
I’ve heard amazing benefits from using silk pillowcases. They’re great for anti-aging, anti-deadhead, and overall great for your skin.
Capri Blue is one of my favorite candles. They just smell amazing without overpowering. They last for awhile and the jar is asethetically-pleasing too.
Who doesn’t want a cozy knit pants to lounge in?! It’s plush, soft, and made with an elastic waist-band for comfort.
This is another amazing UGG slippers. They claim that they can be used indoors or outdoors, but I prefer to keep mine indoors only.
If you want a luxurious body set and clean beauty, Necessaire is definitely high on the list. I love this set because it comes with everything you want and need at an affordable price. This body essentials kit comes with a body exfoliator, body wash, and body lotion.
I own this throw blanket and I use it all the time. It’s the perfect blanket to snuggle in especially when it comes to watching Hallmark Christmas movies (my guilty pleasure). It really keeps me warm!
UGG is the ultimate homebody’s brand. These socks will keep you cozy and warm!
If you know someone who loves to read as much as I do, a Book Of the Month gift card is perfect. There’s different gift card tiers to select from, but essentially the membership is free for the receiver. Book Of The Month is where I purchase most of my books. It just makes it so much more affordable and the options are always a hit.
Almost every homebody I know loves a good cup of coffee. Ever since I’ve been to Europe, I’ve been hooked on Nespresso machines.
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