Are you being invited to multiple Christmas exchanges and stumped on what to bring? Are you struggling to figure out what to buy your family this year that is both fun and affordable? I put together this list of gift ideas to hopefully help you during one of the most stressful times of the year!
- Selfie Ring Light. This gift is absolutely perfect for the mom who loves to send you selfies of herself or for the friend who wants to look on point for their social media account selfies. It brightens up your face, giving you that perfect glow, and it costs under $10.
- Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook. If you have followed my journey, you know that I am a big fan of the Whole30 eating plan (read my past blog post about Whole 30 here). I am planning on redoing the program early next year, and I’m so excited that Melissa Hartwig has come out with a cookbook filled with meals that take 30 minutes or less to make! This gift is great for the friend who is passionate about health & fitness, for the person who loves to cook, or for the person who is looking to make a big change in 2018.
- USB Tassel Key Chain. This keychain is ideal for the friend who’s battery on their phone is always at 3%. Not only will this keychain make finding your keys in a large purse easier, but it also has a hidden USB charging cable that allows you to charge your phone. Lightweight and under $10 – this can be a very thoughtful gift.
- Matcha Whisk Set. Is it me or is everyone obsessed with Matcha these days? This kit is under $15 and will allow your matcha loving friend create to their own matcha treats in their home.
- Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. Over the holidays, we give and receive way too much chocolate, cookies, candies and more. Why not gift the people in your life that can help improve their hair, skin, nails, ligaments, joints and more? These collagen peptide packets are quick to dissolve in cold or hot water, and there is little (if any) taste! You can read more about my personal experience with collagen peptides here.
- Stainless Steal Straws. If you are an advocate for the environment and believe that small changes make a big difference, then switching to reusable straws is a great step in the right direction. Personally, I tend to drink more water in a day when I drink through a straw versus drinking straight from the glass, so using these straws helps me stay hydrated throughout the day. Whether your friend is eco-cautious or just plain thirsty, this gift is a solid choice.
- Car Aroma Diffuser. For the essential oil lover in your life, this pocket-size plugin for your car provides a healthy alternative to harsh air fresheners from the store. Whether you have a long commute or a case of the Mondays, you can choose what scent you want to diffuse in your car and create a more relaxing atmosphere in your car. If you want to learn more about essential oils, I share what my top brand is here.
- Novelty Crew Socks. Who doesn’t love novelty socks? One of my favorite birthday presents this year was receiving a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel socks (my dog Lola is a CKCS, and you could say that I’m a bit obsessed with her). If you have a friend who has a slightly unhealthy obsession of tacos, animals, or unicorns, novelty socks is the best way to go.
- Digital Luggage Scale. Do you have a friend who is always stressed whether they’ve packed too much? This portable scale is the easy solution to their traveling woes. Light and compact, it’s easy to use, and once you have one, you’ll wonder how to went so long without it in your life (just ask my husband).
- Tripod Stand with Remote. A gift for someone who loves to capture the moment, but maybe doesn’t always have someone with them to take the photo. This tripod comes with a remote, so once you’re ready to start snapping photos, all you have to do is press the button. I have this model, and I will use this mainly for group photos or family photos that I also want to be in. It’s portable and easy to use.
I hope this list helps anyone who may be under the stress of the holidays! Remember to take time to take care of yourself and to prioritize what is really important this holiday season. Although this post is geared towards ideas of what to buy, the true reason for the season is to take time to reflect over the past year and to find gratitude for the little blessings that have been sprinkled in your life. I have so much to be grateful for this year, and I hope that those who have taken the time to read this continue to find joy daily. Happy Holidays!