The holidays are here and with that comes the annual “what am I going to get for the people I love this year?” hubbub.
I used to put off getting gifts to the last minute because I truthfully didn’t know what to get someone. I’d obsess and stress about finding the “perfect gift” that I’d buy them something detached and not something I really felt called to give anyway.
However, my perspective on gift giving has shifted lately. Nowadays, I view gift giving as an innate way of showing appreciation, thought, and emotion for the people in our lives.
I don’t stress about finding someone the perfect gift, because hell, it’s not really about the gift at all. Its about the sentiment. The emotion. The meaning, and the act behind it.
The gift need not be expensive or from the latest chic store. Sometimes it can be a handwritten card. Or a $5 Venmo for their favorite latte on a Monday. Or a date to the park together for quality time. Or a simple text saying, “hey, I’m thinking of you, I appreciate you, I love you and I see you”. Those are gifts, too.
Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, gift giving can be an incredible way of express love, value, and thoughtfulness to someone.
Without further ado, I bring to you my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. The following items are things I personally own, have experienced, or have given to people as gifts.
Happy Holidays, friends.
For the Bath Lover: DIY Bath Salts, $4
This combination of pink Himalayan sea salt and Lavender is a heavenly mixture to plunge our bodies into to turn around even the worst of days. Plus, making your own bath salt mixture for your loved ones is truly a meaningful gesture they will be guaranteed to appreciate.
For the Meal-Prepper-To-Be: Lee from America's Guide to Meal Prep, $10
My digital 39-page meal prep guide has 7 recipes for an entire week filled with healthy eating. Get inspired in the new year with endless inspiration: from a banana-free smoothie bowl to a cast iron chicken roast to sweet potato fries, this handy guide has tips, tricks, hacks, and recipes for a week of stress free eating. Grab the electronic book here and surprise a friend or two with a shiny new meal prep guide at the top of their inbox!
For the Curious Friend: “The Untethered Soul”, $10-$25
It seems we’re all striving for more inner peace and acceptance these days, and this book is a great way to further yourself along that path. This book came into my life after my breakup this year. I was never the same person. Be prepared for epiphanies and realizations you probably didn’t expect, but will welcome with open arms. PS- its a workout for the brain. Often after reading 2 pages of this book I’d have to sit and stare at a wall for an hour to let it all integrate. LOL.
For the Small Business Owner: “How to Not Always Be Working”, $11-$14
For the person in your life who is always in “go mode” and can’t find the time to slow down, I highly recommend gifting this book to them and encouraging them to open it and read it. It’s an easy read at just 112 pages, and supports artist Marlee Grace, the woman who started the Personal Practice dance movement.
For Happy Bottoms and Vaginas: Entireworld Underwear, $15
Give the gift of a wedgie-free booty with the most comfortable pair of underwear you’ll ever own. They’re organic, pure cotton, super soft, and come in gorgeous gem colors.
Once the clock strikes 5pm, it’s off with my seamless undies and on with these babies and let me tell ya, it’s the best part of my day.
For the Coziest Apartment: Saje Natural Wellness Yoga Oil Blend, $21
I recommend using this oil for using in your diffuser. It smells absolutely BANGIN’. The name is funny because it smells like anything but a yoga studio. It has deep smells of woods and orange and all this crazy stuff my nose loves. For on-the-go benefits, add a drop or two to your wrists or neck.
For the Organizer: Ban.Do Planner, $22.40
I’ve been a faithful Ban.Do agenda girl for 4 years and counting. I bring it with me everywhere. I literally don’t make plans with people unless it’s in front of me. I’ve become dependent on it. It’s easy to use, without too many bells and whistles, plus it comes with stickers and monthly illustrations which add a bit of playfulness to our sometimes busy schedules.
For the Plant Lover, Ceramic Plant Pot $36
I have a confession. Whenever I don’t know what to get somebody, I end up buying them a plant. Why? Because, if someone gifted me a plant, I would be the happiest person in the world. A plant is the perfect gift. Every time they look at it they’ll think of you. They add beauty to any space. They are gratifying to take care of. And, you can never have enough. Gifting your plant in a hand thrown pot made in the US makes it *that* much more special, so even if they kill the plant by accident, they can always buy a new one. #win
For the Skincare Lover, Noto Agender Oil, $40
For smooth skin and protection for those hairy areas that matter, this agender oil by NOTO saves the day. Made with Vetiver and sweet lavender, this oil will leave the user feeling good and smelling good. It’s good for all genders, and goes great on skin, pubic hair, arm hair, or the face.
The Gift of Travel: Airbnb, $TBD
People don’t take trips, trips take people. And my goodness, did 2018 take me on some trips!
I love the idea of gifting somebody credit/money towards their next getaway. They’ll remember for you forever for supporting their unforgettable adventure, plus, they get to pick the location so you don’t have to stress. When I travel, I 10/10 prefer Airbnb over hotels. For one, it connects you with the local culture moreso than a hotel, since you’ll be likely communicating with a host who is local. Second, it allows you to curate your trip more, have access to your favorite amenities like a kitchen or a back yard for dogs.
For a Calm Atmosphere: Saje Natural Wellness Aroma Om Diffuser, $129.95
This diffuser by Saje has become a member of my family. This diffuser touches every corner of my apartment when it’s running, leaving me to breathe in whatever energy I’m needing at that time. It’s on the pricier side of diffusers but you get what you pay for. ONE of these diffusers spreads through my entire apartment. They are super high quality and hold 2 days worth of water as well. They also look pretty so I don’t mind having them as a centerpiece in my home. I love mine.