It's the most Wonderful time of the year! It sure is, until you're out last minute Christmas shopping because you were out living your life and procrastinating on the stress of buying gifts for everyone you know! Except if you're like me, you spend hours at the mall only to come back with 5/8 gifts. Sometimes, I even buy things just to buy SOMETHING because I become desperate and am short on time. BUT when you have found the right gift, how happy does it make you feel when you give it? I have come up a top 10 list of the Ultimate Holiday Gifts that are both useful and gender friendly! Most importantly, these are all easy purchases online ;)
Amazon Echo is a hot commodity! Her name is Alexa and does anything you ask her to; play the music you want, plays audiobooks, reads news briefs, calls or messages for you, calendar, weather, traffic, sports and so much more. For $79.99, absolutely worth it! But if this is out of your budget, you can purchase Echo Dot which is pretty much the same thing, except you connect to your own speaker and goes for $29.99.
Extend Your Life Battery
For most of us, our phone is our life. Personally, I don't walk to the kitchen without it or even the bathroom. There, I said it. Most of us can relate that using your phone at 3% by 12pm is frustrating! I feel truly angry and frustrated if my phone dies...as if the worst possible thing has just happened. Last year, I complained so much that I was constantly stuck to the wall charger, that two of my friends got me external chargers for my Birthday lol. I can safely say, BEST GIFT EVER! I cannot live without my external charger now. I charge my phone, friends phones, Kitty Kats iPad if were out...what a relief! I have the Anker one from Amazon and the great thing about it is they have various ones at various prices so it makes a great gift option.
Soothe Your Soul
I have been seeing this all over the place! Social media, peoples homes, spas... and everyone who has it, absolutely loves it. If you haven't seen this before, it is an essential oil diffuser and cool mist humidifier. This is a great gift for anyone at any age! My little Kat has a humidifier and sometimes I bring it to my room when my allergy kicks in and my nose gets stuffy. Humidifiers not only help you sleep better but also soothe dry, chapped skin! Add a few drops of any essential oil you like to calm your senses while its on. I love this one because its nice and chic (some are really ugly and you literally need to hide it behind a lamp) and it is BPA free! This VicTsing goes for $34.99 - such a great gift!
Girl, Put Your Records On...
Tell me your favorite song! *insert Corinne Bailey Rae* So I gifted myself this same exact Record Player from Urban Outfitters. I was at my cousins house a few weeks ago and he had one and fell in love with it. I remembered seeing it at some point at Urban, went in the next day and grabbed this Crosley one. Of course, along with the Frank Sinatra Holiday Songs record. I have been playing it at my house every day since then, haha! I am totally in the Holiday Spirit this year. This is such an amazing gift for anyone! For $169...you get a beautifully embossed pleather travel record player. If you don't want to spend that much, go for the basic, no-design one for only $99. Oh, and it comes in many colors!
Robes for the Win!
Robes are one of those things you think you don't need until you have one. There are hundreds if not, thousands, on the market. However, I am obsessed with my Kassatex Spa Robe I got 3 years ago when I was getting married. I wanted his and hers robes (honesty, just comes in one color lol) and gray seemed ideal. I went to Vegas around that time and stayed at the, then new, SLS Hotel & Casino; not only did I fall in love with the decor and ambiance, but the robes! It was soft and plush on the inside with a smooth microfiber exterior. I have also come across these at many spas and every time, I don't want to take it off. Now I know $89.99 may seem a lot, but I have had it almost 3 years now and the quality is top notch. You can wear this out the shower, as it absorbs the water, or wear it over your pjs on colder winter days. My husband and I are both obsessed.
Cheese Board Galore!
This is another one of those gifts that’s perfect for the Holidays. You wouldn’t get someone a cheese board for their Birthday; but somehow the Holidays are perfect for it lol. If you know me, you know I am cheese boarding on the daily! Something about Cheese & Wine - whose not a fan? It’s a great way to entertain your guests if you’re not going all out with dinner. And believe me, these cheese platters become an obsession, particulary the Anthropologie ones! They have so many beautiful ones, from wood to marble with gold accents as even carvings of puppy’s for your animal lover friend. Great thing about cheese boards is it has a various price range and you can always pair it with a bottle of wine or a cook/entertain book.
A Gift of a Lifetime.
Whether someone is a reader or not, one can always be inspired by a new book. However, choosing the right book may be the difficult part. Every person as different interests, likes & hobbies. If you ask me, Motivational books will never do you wrong. Everyone needs constant motivation in their life - whether its business, relationship, parenthood, personal goals, etc. This is a great idea as a gift because you can make it super personal, you can buy 1, 2 or 5 and you really are giving a gift of a lifetime. Who throws books away? no one. At some point, they will pick it up and read it (if they're not a reader) and now they have that information in their heads for the rest of their life. And if they're not a reader at all, get them a beautiful coffee table book :) I have SO many recommendations but I am going to give you my top three for now: A New Earth, The Alchemist & The Art of War.
But First, Skin.
There are so many skincare collections available, especially around the Holidays. I, myself, am a skincare freak and I am always receiving and buying more. I have found a collection that is safe for all skin types, good for both genders and truly a good skincare line. In this Starter Kit, you have all of Kiehls best selling skincare products for only $52. If someone is not into skincare, this is a good start and if they love skincare, then they know whats up! You get the Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Cream, Avocado Eye Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Line Reducing Concentrate. I think I may get myself one...
Candles Can't Do No Wrong.
Really, who doesn’t love candles? From the delicious scents to the beautiful decorative packaging. There are thousands of candles on the market, but we wouldn’t mind a nice Jo Malone or Diptique as a luxury gift. Mainly because I don’t think we usually buy expensive candles for ourselves? However, people know the value. But of course if you’re not up for spending the buck on a candle, you have other nice (still somewhat luxury) candles such as Votivo, Voluspa or Elcie ;) Voluspa always does mini collections for the Holidays for a great price! And if you’re really not into the candle nonsense, Bath & Body Works can do no wrong!
Digitize Your Life in One Frame
I almost added "Frame with a Customized Photo" as my last option; but I also thought...I have so many frames with photos I've never printed or old photos that I keep meaning to change and never do. People just don't print photos anymore unfortunately. I do however have one of these Digital Frames in my house and the photos change from a year ago to photos from a month ago. I use the same chip for my camera for Kat and when I am not using the camera, I plug in the chip and let it flip through. We are reminded daily of when Kat was born, our wedding, and trips we took. Even when guests come over, they are distracted by the photos because we don't really instagram everything. It really is a great gift you can give someone that will actually make use out of it, along with helping them keep their memories alive on the daily.
I hope this gift guide was super helpful to you guys! If you guys have any other ideas of the perfect gift, please comment, share and let us know! Happy Holidays!