Holiday Gift Guide + Favorites

Holiday Gift Guide + Favorites - offbeat + inspired

I can’t believe how fast Christmas is coming. I meant to put a gift guide up WEEKS ago, but time flew and now here we are, only 2 weeks out. I decided to mix up this little roundup with some of my absolute must-haves across multiple categories so you can find something for (almost) everyone. I also figured, since time is running low, I might as well illustrate the entire guide. Smart? No, but time management was never my forte and it was fun to make so I hope you like it! Ok, let’s go.

For the Sweet Tooth | S’more Caramel Apple with Milk Belgian Chocolate from Amy’s Gourmet Apples ($17). Amy’s makes the best candy apples I’ve ever had. The Belgian chocolate (both milk and dark) and caramel are heavenly, the apples themselves are perfectly crispy, sweet and tart, and the nut/candy/chocolate options are overwhelming in the best way possible. My favorite year after year continues to be the Smore, but I’m sure the caramel apple lover in your life will be thrilled with just about any of them!

For the Portion-Conscious Foodie| Mini Latte Bowls from Anthropologie (set of 8, $20). I use these bowls daily. They’re adorable, microwave/dishwasher safe, they come in lots of pretty colors and they’re the perfect size for a snack/side serving. I’ll use these to dish up a scoop of ice cream, a handful of nuts, fresh yogurt with berries, cottage cheese and baby carrots…the list goes on. I find that having little bowls like this goes a long way in helping to control portion sizes during meal and snack times. They also work great as spice bowls for cooking and baking!

For the Boot Wearer | Heaven and Earth Boots from Seychelles ($240). A good boot is hard to find. Especially a good comfortable boot with a little boost in the heel. I’ve had my eye on these lovelies for a while now and I think I’m finally going to snag them. Seychelles has a flawless reputation in my life in terms of quality, fit and wearability. I love that these are classic leather riding boot style with a nice thick heel for height and stability. The color options are gorgeous too!

For the Hat Lover | Fringeloop Felt Rancher from Anthropologie ($58). I’ve recently been falling in love with wide-brimmed hats and this one is on my list! A hat instantly whimsy-fies (it’s a word, maybe) almost any outfit and I love how versatile this one is.

For the Outdoorsy Gal | Women’s Crosscut Flannel Shirt in Emerald Green Plaid from Duluth Trading Company ($55). I’ve been drooling over this shirt for months. I reviewed the Free Swingin’ style a little while back, and Duluth is seriously batting a thousand with their flannels. The emerald color and plaid pattern is gorgeous, the fabric is sturdy but soft (feels like I’ve been wearing it for years), and the fit is loose and comfortable but still falls in a very flattering way. This thing will take me through a Christmas tree farm, downtown for coffee and shopping, then back home for cocoa by the fire. Everybody needs one.

For the Cook | Alder Wood Cutting Board from Linwood Co. ($100). I’ve been spying Linwood Co.’s cutting boards for a long time, and I keep coming back to this one on their site. The handmade boards are meticulously crafted and incredibly beautiful. This would be a prize for anyone in your life who values their time in the kitchen.

For the Multi-Tasking Girl On The Go | Lifetime Leather Convertible Messenger from Duluth Trading Company ($160). You may recognize this bag from my “In My Camera Bag” review, and here’s more proof that I’m obsessed with it. I use it as a purse, camera bag and art bag, and I wear it as a backpack, shoulder bag and cross-body bag. It can literally do no wrong. The leather is soft and durable, and the multiple inner and outer zip pockets make secure storage a breeze.

For the Reader | Anthology Magazine Subscription (4 issues, $38). The engaging stories, stunning photography and overall inspiration in this magazine are endless. I rarely sit down with a mag and lose 2 hours because I couldn’t stop reading and gawking at the pictures, but with this one I do every time. Get a subscription for a friend AND for you!

For the iPhone Addict | “Scotties” iPhone 5 Case by Kate Spade ($35). I love this case because the Scotties are adorable, but also the design itself is coated in resin so it will never wear off. I find that Kate Spade’s cases are the only ones I consider covering my iPhone with. They’re timeless, great quality, stylish and pretty!

For the Beauty Junkie | Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Aging CC Cream ($15). I’ve tried so many foundations, tinted moisturizers and BB creams that I’ve lost count. I got a sample of this Lumene CC Cream in one of my beauty subscription boxes and now it’s the only thing I use. The formula is perfect. It has amazing coverage, the finish is so light and natural that it legitimately looks and feels like you’re not wearing makeup at all, it brightens, prevents my skin from getting oily, stays on all day long and blends out smoothly. I don’t have a single complaint about this product. I’m almost halfway through my first full-size bottle and I’m already thinking about purchasing back ups. Get it!

For the Nail Polish Collector | SquareHue Nail Polish Subscription ($20/month including shipping). SquareHue has knocked it out of the park with their nail polish subscription. They send out 3 trendy colors each month and the formulas have been incredible. I love the packaging and the brushes are shorter than a typical nail polish brush (I always compare to Essie), which I love. I find that the shorter bristles make it easier to give myself a neat mani. I’ve been a subscriber for about a year and haven’t been disappointed yet! The other great thing about this subscription is that it gets me to try colors that I wouldn’t usually go for, and I end up loving them!

For the Hair-Care Fanatic | Detox Dry Shampoo by drybar ($20). I’ve tried Batiste (Original and Blonde), Klorane Oat Milk and Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo and the drybar Detox is my favorite dry shampoo by far. It gives a little bit of a white misting at first, but after you tousle your hair with your fingers, it disappears. It instantly dries up the oil (like the others do), but the thing that really sets this one apart is the long-lasting scent. It’s so fresh, and after a full day of wear, the freshness lingers. With the other brands, I found that they smelled nice at first but after a while it wasn’t pleasant at all. Try Detox and let me know what you think!

What did you think of my picks? Will you be snagging any of these goodies for yourself or your family and friends? Let me know in the comments!! I’d also love to hear about what you’re loving! What’s on your list for the holidays?

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  1. O my goodness.. I want to pin this image a thousand times. You are so talented! I am so inspired by you daily! xx Liz Marie

  2. Girl, your illustrations are AMAZING!!! I love your blog, so glad we met! Happy Holidays! Email me about those spoons when things settle down for ya! 🙂

  3. Lovely picks! Thank you for sharing the gift guide. The illustrations are so beautiful <3

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