A Holiday Gift Guide For All The Hard-To-Shop-For People
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It’s that time of the year again! When we’re a day from Thanksgiving and the bustle and bustle of the holiday season is fast approaching. People are driving a little crazier, there’s holiday music in the air, and there’s a batch of hot cocoa in our slow cookers.
In 2017 I wanted to do a little something I haven’t done before, and that’s sharing a holiday gift guide. I hope that it will help you with all the hard-to-shop-for people in your life. Then there’s also the perk of ordering it with just one click, (thank you Amazon Prime). Why would you bother getting dressed and braving the stores? And those lines – no joke, they give me terrible anxiety.
Also, a mug of coffee, a little holiday music on in the background, and a virtual cart full of presents for everyone in your life. How did I even survive before online shopping?
P.S. There’s something in here for every budget starting from $15 and upwards!
So without further ado, let’s get started:
1. FOR THE CHEMIST:
LOVE MY CHEMEX. I was a french press girl until earlier this year, and now, I’ll never go back. Coffee made pour-over style is smoother and doesn’t have any of the sharp spikes you find with coffee made in traditional machines or percolators. Chemex paper filters or a reusable Chemex filter basket for the environmentally conscious are required and sold separately.
2. FOR THE ENTERTAINER:
Whether your entertainer usually hosts small or intimate get-togethers or large soirees, this marble and wood cheeseboard is the perfect gift. It’s the ideal size to put out cheese, fruit, and crackers, and jams.
3. FOR THE TRAVELER:
Enamelware is all the rage! These mugs are perfect for the camper, or anyone that loves a warm cup of something. Comes separately or as a set of two. Available in different colors, matching bowl/plate, and stovetop coffee maker.
4. FOR THE STEW/POT ROAST/ SOUP MAKER:
I know! I recommend this one all the time. Have it. Love it. Can’t live without it. So I have to put it on the holiday gift guide!
5. FOR THE HYDRATOR:
A chic, matte black water bottle that’s shatterproof? YES PLEASE! If you know someone who’s always gulping bottles of water, is a gym buff or a runner, or just want someone to drink more water, this is the gift to get. I love that these bottles are stylish and come in 20 different colors and a variety of sizes. Me? Personally, I’d get the 60 ounce – get all that water in in one go!
6. FOR THE BAKER:
The BEST fancy vanilla ever. The end. Don’t even think about this one, it’s great for that baker you know.
7. FOR THE ONE THAT ALWAYS HAS A WARM MUG:
Cute, stylish, GLASS coffee cup? SIGN ME UP. I’ve been saying for years that coffee tastes better out of a glass cup rather than metal. Comes in 3 sizes and 3 colors.
8. FOR THE DECORATOR:
The perfect trio for the person that likes to decorate! These succulent planters are excellent to use in the house or the office.
9. FOR THE ONE THAT ALWAYS WANTS TO KNOW WHY? AND HOW?
As someone who went to school for Human Nutrition and Food, this is my favorite cooking book. It teaches you when and where to apply the proper ingredients and cooking techniques to help you rely less on recipes and more on your own intuition. I savored this book nice and slowly. I originally purchased a kindle version but think I’ll also get a hard copy to keep around! The author has a great, casual writing style, and tons of illustrations! One I’ll refer back to again and again.
10. FOR THE PLANT OBSESSED:
A nice stylish way to get your plants off the table and onto the wall. Sold as a set of two.
11. FOR THE ONE THAT NEEDS TO PRACTICE THEIR BREATHING EXERCISES:
Under $20 and one of my favorite gadgets! I keep one next to my bed, and as a nightly routine, I love adding essential oils to it. Then, just sit back, read a book, and listen to some calming music. It’s honestly the BEST way to unwind from a hectic day!
12. FOR THE PLANNER:
Just bought me one of these and totally in love with it! This is a monthly planner with tons of pages in the back for notes and such. It starts in November and runs through the end of December 2018 so technically, whoever you gift this to can start using it right away. Comes in 4 different colors.
13. FOR THE SCENTED CANDLE FANATIC:
A girl (or guy) can never have too many scented candles. If you aren’t sure about what kind of scent to get someone, start here. This one is super popular!
14. FOR THE GIRL THAT’S ALWAYS COLD:
Can’t say enough about this one! We purchased the pullover version for my sister for her birthday last year and it’s so nice and cozy that I wish I had just bought one for myself too. I personally like the vest a little more than the pullover because you can dress it up or down. Great to wear with jeans and a buffalo check shirt! Comes in 3 different colors.
15. FOR THE MEAL PREP DIVA:
We all know the person that always brings their lunch to the office. Now she can do it in style with this sophisticated lunch tote from Kate Spade.
16.FOR THE ONE THAT ALWAYS MISPLACES THEIR JEWELRY:
Great to place near the bedside table to catch things in at night or anywhere around the house.
17. FOR THE LOVE OF PERSONALIZED GIFTS:
A great buy for the jewelry minimalist. It comes in gold, rose gold, and silver and works well for women of all ages. It also works well as a personalized stocking stuffer. Comes in all 26 letters of the alphabet!
18. FOR THE LOVE OF COMFY FOOTWEAR:
These loafer mules are super in this year. I bought myself two pairs (in two different colors) and they are my go-to shoes. Wear them with jeans or slacks, perfect for work and perfect for casual wear! They come in 14 different colors so you can choose just the right shade for that special person.
19. FOR THE LOVE OF CUTE PET CARRIERS:
TBH this one made me laugh a little. It’s cute, practical, and perfect for the girl that needs to get her pet around. It a backpack so you can just strap it on and go. I’d get this for my sis-in-law and her cat!
20. FOR THE PRACTICAL GAL:
Made from 100% recycled cotton canvas, this bag can go over the should or cross-body like a messenger bag. It works great as a carry-on or an everyday bag. Guess what? It can hold a laptop too! This comes in 10 different colors and patterns and 3 different styles.
21. FOR THE JEWELRY MINIMALIST:
Coming from a jewelry minimalist herself, these pearl earrings are a great gift for the low-key jewelry wearer. I own these in the 12mm size that I purchased for almost double the price from a large retailer. I suggest the 10mm when you’re gifting these. Seriously, these are everyday staples for me; I’ve got them on right now.
22. FOR THE WARM AND COZY:
When in doubt, go neutral. And this little slouchy beanie is great quality and perfect for that friend you need a gift for under $15. It comes in a variety of colors so there’s something for everyone here. And yes, there are a couple without the fluffy pompom at the top too, although — who wouldn’t want that?
23. FOR THE LOVE OF HOLIDAY MUSIC:
I’ve got this little item on my wishlist! Coming from someone who’s always listening to murder podcasts and music in the kitchen or at my desk, this is a must-have. I’ve tested this out in stores and have sent many hints to hubsy dearest so I’m hoping to find this one under my tree too!
24. FOR THE COFFEE ENTHUSIAST:
Fine ground? Medium or coarse? If you’ve got someone (or even a couple) that loves coffee, this is the perfect give. A burr grinder is so much better than your run-of-the-mill grinders because it breaks the beans down into the perfect grind for your coffee maker.
25. FOR THE LAZY AND THE FORGETFUL:
This one is on the hubby’s list. A smart thermostat is perfect for anyone and everyone that has ever woken up in the middle of the night wishing to crank up the heat but can’t bear the thought of getting out of bed. For the lazy, the forgetful and everyone in between.
26. FOR THE BOOKWORM:
I bought my kindle almost a year ago and I am obsessed! I never thought I’d be the person that would want to read on an e-reader, I mean where do you highlight and make your notes? But I have to admit, the ease of sliding this thin little unit into your carry on bag and having tons of books to choose from really has won me over.
27. FOR THE ON-THE-GO CHEF:
Okay, this one really doesn’t need a description. I mean, I use it at least once a week and just the other day I shared how to make a cheesecake in the instant pot. I own one, I recommend it to everyone that asks me if I like mine, and I’ve got this on the list to purchase for my mom this year!
28. FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Shout out to the go-to camera person. Instant film cameras are the perfect gift to share with those that love taking and keeping pictures. And certainly not just for the guys. Comes in two different colors (brown and black).
29. FOR THE GUY THAT HATES BASEBALL CAPS:
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Get this for the slouchy beanie guy in your life. Comes in 5 different colors and you can even grab a deal under $20 if you get two!
30. FOR THE GUY THAT NEEDS TO TAME HIS BEARD:
This little oil treatment contains almond, sunflower, and avocado oils to help keep his beard soft, shiny, and smelling nice! My husband doesn’t have a beard, but if he did, you bet I’d be getting this for him.
31. FOR THE FASHIONABLE GUY:
A minimalist watch with a dark dial, brown leather straps and stainless steel clasps. Water resistant up to 50m and overall an excellent design for a guy that enjoys simple watch faces. If my husband wasn’t in love with his smartwatch, I’d totally get him this.
32. FOR THE LOVE OF WANDERLUST:
I want to start by saying, this isn’t just for guys, I’d use this bag too. Love the way this overnight bag looks. Canvas + leather and perfect as a carry-on or a weekender bag. Comes with a shoulder strap to it’s easy to carry. 4 different colors to choose from.
And that is all!
I do hope you were able to find a little inspiration from this holiday gift guide for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life – coming from someone who often gets told they’re hard to shop for. And if all else fails, just buy them fuzzy socks. I don’t think there’s anyone that doesn’t love warm toes!
Wishing you guys a Happy Thanksgiving and a fruitful virtual black Friday shopping day! 🙂
I’m off to Maui on Saturday for some much needed R&R. If you guys have any suggestions on what to do// see// eat, please drop me a line!