2019 Christmas gift guide

I’ve never shared a gift guide before, but having so many ideas this year for items that I think others will LOVE just like I do, I thought I’d help a sista (or a mista) out! Below are all of my personal picks for the home, for her, and for him. I only shared items I already have and absolutely adore or items that I’m looking to have on my own list this year, broken up into categories. I’ve linked every item pictured below for convenience — these are commissionable links so I may earn a small percentage if you buy from the links below, which I appreciate like no other — that’s how I can keep up this blog of mine!

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Barefoot Dreams throw blanket: Nordstrom |Ninja Airfryer: Amazon | WoodWick Candle: Bed Bath & Beyond | Tyler Candle Co. High Maintenance Laundry Detergent: Amazon |Silk Pillowcase: Amazon | Nespresso machine + milk frother bundle: Amazon

I could go on and on about my Ninja air fryer and my nespresso machine… in fact, I have — honey, I’m home all in this blog post! The air-fryer is life-changing and perfect for those looking for a healthy, quick and easy option for cooking meals. Same with my Nespresso machine! It’s so quick and easy to use and it’s completely replaced my daily coffee runs to Starbucks or CFA… easily saving me at least $5 a day. Coffee can be made hot or cold, same for expressos!

I use the Tyler High Maintenance laundry detergent for everything — clothing, towels, bedding, it makes everything smell so good. I’ve yet to come across a better-smelling detergent. I first learned about it after asking a girl I worked with one day, after several weeks working alongside her smelling her scent (is that weird?), what perfume she was wearing. Her response was that it was merely her detergent… what??! Now that I use it, I’ve gotten asked the same question multiple times, putting others on to the best-smelling detergent out there! While I love the scent of the Tyler Diva collection, I can’t seem to replace my WoodWick crackle candles for theirs. I find the WoodWick candles to be so soothing and relaxing, they make a crackle while they burn like a fire would and it’s the best — plus they smell amazing and really fill a room quickly!

I’ve yet to purchase a Barefoot Dreams throw-blanket, but it’s on my own list this year! I’ve heard from multiple bloggers that it’s the softest, and so warm and cuddly. They all say the hype for this blanket is worth it, despite it being a bit pricey for a blanket.. I’m in! One of my favorite purchases, one I’ve written an entire blog post about as well, is my silk pillowcase — 4 reasons you need a silk pillowcase rn. It’s good for your hair and skin, plus it feels amazing. This one from Amazon is so great, I’ve reordered it again and again for gifts for family and friends! You also can’t beat the price, compared to other silk pillow retailers.

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Skincare fridge: Amazon | Dumpling bag: Amazon |Dr. Martens Leona Heeled boot: Nordstrom| Thick pearl headbands: Amazon | Laneige lip mask: Amazon | Tezza’s Screentime Hydra-mist: Sephora |DIFF  Eyewear Chelsea blue-light glasses: DIFF Eyewear | Converse high-top lugged sneaker boot: Nordstrom

I do not have a Skincare fridge just yet, but will be asking for this one from Amazon for sure! While I haven’t made a blog post for this topic yet either, it’s been researched that keeping some skincare products chilled actually makes them work better — plus the cold feeling is soothing to the skin! One skincare item I’ll be purchasing this year as well as this cute lil fridge is the Laneige sleeping lip-mask. I suffer from dry lips on the regular, so I love the idea of putting a mask on them and going to sleep, then waking up to luscious lips! I’ve heard great reviews from this product all around.

Another product I’ve been dying for is from the infamous influencer, Tezza, as her first product, the Screentime Hydra-mist. It’s supposed to protect your skin from harsh blue-light, such as blue-light glasses do for your eyes. As someone who gets a lot of screen time, I need to be as proactive as I can in protecting myself from this harsh light! I already have this exact pair of blue-light glasses from DIFF eyewear and absolutely love the color, frame and shape of the lens — I definitely feel a difference when wearing these and working with a screen for a long period of time!

I’m loving platform shoes right now, and my go-to’s have absolutely been my Dr. Marten Leona boots. They edge up any outfit and seriously go with everything! I also spotted these Converse platform shoes on Nordstrom and I have to have them — definitely adding them to my list this year.

A couple of great Amazon finds I’ve gotten include this 3-pack of thick, pearl studded headbands. I wear them a few times a week and always receive so many compliments — plus the colors in this pack are so great! I also really love this cream dumpling bag. It doubles for me by holding my makeup or jewelry when traveling, but it’s actually a cross-body purse or clutch that’s adorable to wear out!

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Yeti Rambler 26 oz. bottle: Academy |Red Wing Chukka Boot: Nordstrom |Burts Bees Hand Salve: Amazon |Carhartt Sherpa-lined Sierra Jacket: Carhartt | UGG Upshaw slipper: Nordstrom | Fossil Wade leather wallet: Nordstrom | Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones: Amazon

Shopping for guys is hard. I got help from my love, Mason, for this guy’s gift list! One item he really loves and uses both for the gym and for work is this Yeti water bottle. He purchased both a straw-lid and twist top lid to use for it because he wasn’t so much a fan of the lid it comes with. I have to say, I also got this same water bottle and love it! Keeps drinks cold or hot for days.

For Mason’s birthday, I bought him some Red Wing Chukka weekender boots and they’re so nice on him! With more of a rugged, manly look, he wears them dressed up and down all the time. I also want to get him some of these UGG Upshaw slippers. They look so comfy and he needs a pair of shoes he can wear around the house, orrr for a late night trip to Braum’s for ice cream with me! I love that this pair looks like a shoe and not so much a slipper.

Now that Mason works outside so much, I want to get him this Carhartt jacket. He loves sherpa so it’s great that this one is lined with it. My brother has this jacket and recommended it to me because he loves it so much when he works outside — definitely a gift he will use often! My brother also recommended these Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones. He wears them to the gym everyday and even works in them! Speaking of working in the cold, Mason uses the Burt’s Bees hand salve to keep his hands soft and smooth after a hard days work. It’s a miracle worker and he recommends it.

A gift for dudes of all ages — this Fossil wallet. I don’t know what it is about guys, but they will wear their wallets into the ground, or until it’s falling apart. Why is this? It’s a gift they rarely buy for themselves, but something they usually need and will use until it’s falling apart again. I love the color of this wallet in particular. The color is black but it already looks nicely distressed. Its very spacious on the inside as well — perfect for holding all his cards, cash and of course, cute pics of you!!

As always,

Ara

 

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