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Guide to the BEST Christmas Presents

Christmas is this upcoming weekend. Trying to do last minute shopping? Aren’t we all?!

I’m often told that I’m a great gift giver. I don’t know how true that is, but I do put a lot of thought into the presents I give for each of my family members and friends. So I thought this was finally the year to put together my guide for the best Christmas presents (or any other time of the year really). But first, if you’re looking for the perfect gifts for a Traveler in your life, then you MUST read this post.

Under $10

Lush Shampoo Bars


For anyone on the go, this is the perfect shampoo to buy. They come in all sorts of scents, colors and for all different hair types. You get approximately 80 washes with these little guys and they are not made with any harmful chemicals. They look adorable to gift as well!

Price: starting at $9.95

Available for purchase at Lush.

Old Navy Sleepwear


Old Navy pajamas are the most softest, comfortable and affordable! They come in cotton, micro fleece and flannel and the prints are as adorable as the next. This is a great present for anyone in your life because everyone needs Pajamas to sleep in! And for $6, you might as well stock up on some for yourself.

Price: starting at $6

Available for purchase at OldNavy.

Old Navy Blanket Scarf


I have several blanket scarves from Old Navy and I swear by them during the winter. They are cozy, warm, and huge! They can double as a cover, blanket, picnic blanket, pillow; honestly the possibilities are endless. Normally priced at $22, these are such a steal at $3.99-$9.99 that you’re going to want to get one in each color, and maybe keep them for yourself. Hah!

Price: starting at $3.99

Available at OldNavy.

Under $20

Ipsy Glam Bag


5 different products to try each month, based on your personal style preference and only for $10 (free shipping). it’s a great way to try out a new makeup, skin care or tool without investing money in it. If you like it, then you can go out and get the full size product! I’ve discovered loads of great brands and products that I hadn’t heard of before because of Ipsy. Skip any month you don’t want a bag.

Available for purchase at Ipsy.

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife


Everyone needs a Swiss army knife; it’s useful for loads of things and a great tool to have handy no matter what your lifestyle is. This is often a neglected item we wish we had when we really need it. So gift it to someone this holiday season.

Price: starting at $19

Available for purchase at Amazon.

Bath and Body Works 3 Wick Candles


These are by far the best candles, ever! They are strong in scent and last forever; such great quality! They are normally a retail price of $22.50 but I never buy them regular priced and you shouldn’t either. If by the time you read this post the sale price of $12.50 MAY be gone, but don’t fret. The candles come on sale regularly; you just have to keep an eye on them online.

Price: $12.50 (currently on sale)

Available for purchase at Bath and Body Works.

Eye Glass Holder


Know someone who wears glasses? Do they always seem to lose it? This is such a great gift for them! An eye glass holder that is absolutely adorable!

Price: $18

Available for purchase at UncommonGoods.

Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal


This is not your typical diary or journal, nor is this specific for women. This is something extraordinary. Ever wonder how you’ve changed? What has changed about you? When it happened? Well, that’s where this journal comes in. There are 365 questions in this journal, repeated over a period of 5 years. The answers can be no more than 3 or 4 miles, maximum, which means, no one is going to be writing essays. Every January 8th, you’ll be asked the same question and you’ll respond how you feel each year. When writing your response the following year, you will get to visually see how you responded in the previous years. They will have been your own words and NOTHING will be able to give you a more clear idea of where you were and where you’ve come as a person than the words that were penned by you, yourself.

Price: $12

Available for purchase at Amazon.

Under $30

F1 Go Clean Laundry


Every traveler ends up with a set of dirty clothes that needs to be lugged around, either till the next destination or back home for a wash. Flight 001 is a company created by flight attendants and the Go Clean laundry bags are awesome! They are durable, made of heavyweight nylon material, and contains odors incredibly well. They come in three fun colors. There are also Go Clean Shoe bags, Go Clean Wetsuit bags, Go Clean Beachwear Bags, etc.

Price: $22

Available for purchase at Flight001.

The Body Shop Face Masks


For the mask obsessed person in your life, pick up a few of these clay masks that The Body Shop launched earlier this year. They are absolutely amazing! Take it from someone who tries different face masks on the regular. These are paragon free, 100% vegan, and comes in 6 specialized types (Ethiopian Honey, Himalayan Charcoal, Chinese Ginseng and Rice, British Rose and Amazonian Acai).

Price: $28 (Current promotion Buy 3 Get 3 Free!)

Available for purchase at TheBodyShop.

Whimsical Shop Light-up Christmas Tree Slippers

screenshot-2016-12-19-10-28-01Everyone needs slippers, I know I do. And these are just so whimsical and adorable! They light up when you walk. A great gift for someone who absolutely loves Christmas.

Price: $27

Available for purchase at Macys.

Urban Decay’s Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette


If you have a lipstick lover in your life, you want to give them the Urban Decay palette. Not only are the colors beautiful and vibrant, but Urban Decay is one of the most quality focused brand when it comes to beauty product. Nothing they make is less than outstanding. This will be a sure fire hit! I may buy myself one.

Price: $25 (on sale)

Available for purchase at Sephora.

Holiday Bed Sheet Sets


Holidays are the best time to make your house/room feel the spirit. What better way to add to that then to get holiday bedsheets? They are available in a ton of places but here are some I found that are affordable and fun!

Price: starting at $25

Available at Kohls and Macys.

Alex and Ani Bracelets


Alex and Ani have charming bracelets that come in different birthstones, initials, holidays, places, symbols, etc. and all have a great meaning behind them. Check out their site because you’re sure to find one that is perfect for the person you want to give to. Don’t forget one for yourself!  The bracelets are adjustable and come in gold and silver plated options.

Price: starting $28

Available for purchase at Nordstrom, Alex and Ani.

Lands’ End Trapper Hat


It’s water resistant and insulated to protect from the elements. Ear flaps attach to crown with snaps for versatile wear. With faux fur trim and snap closure on lower flaps for more protection when needed. This is perfect for the winter loving active guy in your life.

Price: $24 (on sale)

Available for purchase at Lands’ End.

Under $50

Satechi Headphone Stand


Headphones can be really annoying to store, but luckily this beautiful stand not only holds the headphones but it has 3 built in USB ports! Score!

Price: $40

Available for purchase at Amazon.

Echo Dot


Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. It connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. 

Price: $40

Available for purchase at Amazon.

Fab Fit Fun

screenshot-2016-12-11-19-11-06A subscription package, different from most out there. They are a quarterly subscription, so you don’t have to worry about being charged $49 every month! The box has over $100 worth of items in there and they are seasonal so everything should be perfect for the season you receive them in. One of the best things about this subscription as opposed to something like Ipsy? They are ALL full size items! Of course, Ipsy is also only $10, so I get it.

So if you want to send a friend their first subscription, this would be a nice gift to give.

Price: $49

Available for purchase at FabFitFun.

Victoria’s Secret Flannel Pajama


Flannel Pajamas that are soft and lightweight are the best! Victoria’s Secret has great pajama sets that are usually a bit price ($55), but right now they are having a sale on ALL pajama sets! If you love a good pair of flannel PJs that are adorable and sexy as well, then hit the store (or go online) NOW!

Price: $39.50 (on sale now).

At the time of this post, VS is offering FREE SHIPPING on purchases $30 on more. 

Available for purchase at Victoria’s Secret.

Kate Spade Studs


A little something sparkly for a special person in your life. Crystal-dusted prongs come in Topaz, Ruby and Sapphire.

Price: $38 (Free shipping at Nordstrom)

Available for purchase at Nordstrom.

BeardBrand’s Beard Trimming Scissors


This is a great gift for the man in your life who is particular about his facial hair grooming regiment. The design of the scissors allows for more control while trimming due to its ergonomically the shaped handle which allows your third finger to go through the hole and use the rest of the handle to rest your two fingers. Made from Japanese steel, with a HRC rating of 55 – 56 (professional hair cutting scissors are at a hardness rating of 59 – 60 and a price tag between $250 – $500) and a final assembly in Taiwan, this is quite possibly the best scissors a man can buy. Makes for a great gift for the man who’s very particular about their beard grooming in your life.

Price: $44.99

Available for purchase at Beardbrand.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette


For the person in your life who loves getting dolled up, gift them the Kat Von D contour palette. Rated as one of the best in the market, this palette is great for ALL skin tones! With this palette, you don’t have to worry about getting the shades wrong.

Price: $46

Available for purchase at Sephora.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit

screenshot-2016-12-21-17-11-55If on the other hand, they are a fan of ABH and you know the right products for their skin tone, then go for the slightly cheaper ABH Cream Contour Kit. Just as widely raved about as the Kat Von D palette, you can’t go wrong with either.

Price: $40

Available for purchase at Sephora.

Under $100

Blue Apron


Know someone who’s trying to eat healthier and change their lifestyle but doesn’t have time to cook or go grocery shopping on the regular? Gift them a subscription of Blue Apron. Customized to each client’s preference in food, delivery frequency and date, this is an amazing way to heat healthy and have fun cooking!

The boxes come with everything you will need to make each meal (3 meals a week, 2 servings per meal) and easy to follow directions. You’re able to skip any week as you’d like, as often as you’d like so you are never burdened by a budget you can’t afford. This is a great way to get started on a healthier lifestyle!

Price: $60

Available for purchase at Blue Apron.

Faux Fur Sweater Sleeve Vest


So chic. So different. So in trend! This is a lovely piece to gift to someone special, especially with the 50% off price tag!

Price: $74.97 (on sale)

Available for purchase at NYandCompany.

Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel


Price: $99 ($79 for a different version of the same product)

Available for purchase at GoalZeroREI and Amazon.

LayBag Rocca Air Sofa


This is a great gift for anyone. It’s versatility allows it to be used in various ways and various locations, by everyone! Ultra lightweight. Easily inflatable. Extremely comfortable.

Price: $89 (on sale)

Available for purchase at LayBag.

The Luxury

Sorel Caribou Snow Boot


With winter right around the corner, a great pair of snow boots is essential, whether you live in a snow prone area or plan to travel to such destinations. These Sorel snow boots are amazing, they are waterproof, have a thermal removable liner so they will not only keep you dry but also warm! They come in a few colors and Sorel has a lot of other looks. These happen to be the ones I’ve got my eyes on.

Price: $150 (less on Amazon)

Available for purchase at Sorel and Amazon.

Smartphone Instant Photo Lab


What a genius thing to gift this holiday season for someone who loves photography, especially using their phone! This easy-to-use instant photo printer which allows you to create analog Polaroid-style photo prints from a smartphone or tablet. It’s made in the Netherlands.

Price: $169

Available for purchase at UncommonGoods.

Tumbuk2 Customized Messenger Bag


Want to give someone a customized messenger bag of exceptional quality? Then Timbuk2 is the place to go. They are not limited to messenger bags (although that is what they were founded for originally), they have diaper bags, laptop bags, backpacks, duffle bags, rollers, etc. – something for everyone in your life! Based in San Francisco, Timbuk2 has specialized in canvas bags for 25 years. It’s a great company with a great story. Check them out!

Price: starting at $119

Available for purchase at Timbuk2.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer


The baker in your life will love you forever for gifting them the no. 1 item on a baker’s wishlist, the KitchenAid stand mixer. They come in a few sizes (and prices) and vibrant, gorgeous hues. If you don’t know which one to get them, just get a gift receipt and they’ll exchange it if need be. This has been on my list for YEARS! Someday.

Price: starting at $299

Available for purchase at Macys and Amazon.

Revelation Sleeping Bag


For the adventurous outdoorsy type, this sleeping bag is the BEST present you can give. Enlightened Equipment was formed by Tim Marshall, who decided to make his own camping gear that was lighter and more functional than anything else available on the market. After numerous experiments, he developed the Revelation quilt. Considered one of his most refined products. This is not a traditional mummy shaped bag and can be used as an open quilt, if desired.

Price: starting at $195

Available for purchase at Enlightened Equipment.

Hope this was helpful! Happy Shopping and  Merry Christmas Everyone!

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of these brands, so all items listed above are items I am fond of.

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