Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are quickly approaching and you’re about to run out of time to order those presents. You’re basically all set – in your Amazon cart are socks/a cozy blanket for that person who is always cold, a board game for that one friend with a million board games, and mug for your secret santa. Wait. You forgot someone. That one friend who is impossible to shop for. The #asethetic one. The #extra one. The one who says “Oh no, don’t get me anything!” but secretly wishes for the best present. Well put that gift card back, return the stuffed animal, and DON’T get them that polaroid camera.  Here’s a gift guide that will help you out:

Something Sentimental

The gifts that leave the biggest impressions have always been the thoughtful, sentimental ones. Photobooks are tricky, though. I feel like 80% of the time they turn out cheap-looking and not really something you would display. Artifact Uprising  is definitely the exception. Their books have a clean and simple look with nice paper and printing quality. If making a photo book is too much work, they also make individual prints and cards. 

Holiday Spirits 

This next one is for that one friend who loves to host events and takes up random hobbies like making cocktails. If you don’t like Moscow mules, you are lying!! This set is from Etsy where there are also customization options. 

The perfect recipe for a Moscow mule:

-1~2 shots of vodka
-Juice of 1/2 a lime
-Top with ginger beer
-Garnish with mint and a lime wedge

Gifts Madewell

Madewell is one of my all-time favorite stores. One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that if you buy any of their leather goods, you get free customization! Their leather is such nice quality at an actually affordable price. There are several store locations that have leather personalization in-store which is perfect for that last minute gift that still has the personal touch. Their key fob is so simple and it’s something they could use every day!

Sweater Weather

This one is a bit pricey but for a good reason. This new brand, Proof Collective, ethically sources their fabrics and makes their products in the US! They just came out with the reconstructed sweater that has an extremely comfortable and flattering fit that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Their quality is supposed to be on par with Acne Studios and high-end brands with ensured lifetime wear. Even though this gift wouldn’t come in time for Christmas 😦 I still think it makes a really nice gift that would look good on anyone! Also the code: FALL2018 gives you an additional 25% off on top of the pre-sale price! 

source: @weylie

For the home

Presents for the home always make nice and functional gifts. I like to look for gifts on Etsy because they feature small businesses and artists and often give you options for customization. They also have gift guides and blogs for other holidays and occasions. Even if you don’t order off Etsy, it’s a great place to get inspiration and then curate your own gifts. I think it’s most helpful to come up with something your person would like based on their interests/hobbies but haven’t necessarily thought of getting it for themselves.  It shows that you pay attention to those little details. 

More candles 

If you couldn’t tell from my previous post, I love candles and I believe that candles make everything better. This one from Anthropologie lasts forever and if you’re a true candle lover you know that Capri Blue is a long-standing favorite. Even people who don’t care for candles have smelled this one in my home and went to the store to get it after. I think it’s impossible for it to disappoint as a gift! 

It’s the thought that counts… 

If you aren’t the type of people to get each other gifts, there are many other ways to celebrate the holidays. Some of my favorite things have been driving around to see Christmas lights together, having gingerbread decorating contests, and watching cheesy Christmas movies while drinking hot chocolate. But the best part to me is…the Christmas music! Here’s a Spotify playlist to play this holiday season.

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