Holiday Gift Guide: My Favorite Things
This holiday season, I together a gift guide featuring some of my favorite things. Consider this my own version of Oprah’s favorite things, except no one wins a car. These are all items I love and use all the time. Some I’ve been using for years, and others I found over the last year. I’m featuring a variety of women-owned brands and small businesses, and did my best to find something for everyone. Whether she loves travel, cozy pajamas, beauty, or the perfect work accessory, here are my favorite things to give this year.
Holiday Gift Guide: My Favorite Things
I really focused on gifts for the kids this year, so now’s the time to start thinking about what we want this holiday season. And what to buy our friends, the ladies and fellas in our lives, in-laws, grandparents. I always love my favorite things lists, because these are the things I not only own, but love and use all the time. There’s something for everyone, so I hope this makes your holiday shopping a little easier, and helps you with some ideas for yourself, too.
My husband and I usually keep gifts pretty simple. A few years ago, I asked for a set of ribbed drinking glasses. Zero regrets. I still use them all the time, and love them enough that they’re still on my gift guide two years later. I found a great budget-friendly version, too.
This might not seem like an exciting gift to some, but I really think it’s a lovely one. Buying someone a luxurious hand soap, candle, or body wash that they might not normally buy for themselves makes it an incredible gift. It’s not especially unique, but it’s one of those things they might not splurge on. And this Diptype candle is my favorite.
Custom Silhouette Art
My silhouette art and ornaments are some of my most cherished possessions. I can’t think of anything sweeter or more sentimental than a silhouette of your wedding photo, pet, or human baby.
I have a few Staub pieces in black, and would lean toward a neutral color as a gift, unless you’re helping your recipient grow a collection (in a specific color). Staub’s enamel coating takes cast-iron cooking to the next level with improved performance, style and durability. And their pieces are beautiful enough to sit out on display in any kitchen. They’re perfect for roasting in the oven, and for cooking soups and stews.
Vegan Woven Tote
This might be my favorite item of 2022, and it’s definitely one of my most-used items the past year. I wore the ecru version all summer, and got the “mink” for fall and winter. It’s lightweight, stretchy, easy to carry, and makes the perfect mom bag. Bonus: the company is female founded, and this bag is vegan! Founded by a mom of 3 in New York, the founder started this line to create something timeless and sustainable.
Ok, so this is one of those items everyone posted to the point that I didn’t want one. You know, based on principle. But it came back in stock and I was like alright, I need to see what everyone’s talking about. And I have used it pretty much every day since. In fact, it’s on the table next to me as I work on this post. It’s aesthetically pleasing, enormous, the handle makes it so easy to use, and it fits in every cupholder. Even the one on our stroller.
My Favorite Cashmere Sweater
This, like my cashmere wrap, is one of those items I have in a few colors (usually bought on sale). I got my first one years and years ago, and they’re just so so soft. And perfectly oversized without being too oversized. We got one for my mother-in-law last year and she loved it.
Moisturizing Facial Oil
I’ve never been this committed to a single beauty product and my skin has never looked better. I use it twice a day religiously.
Oversized Cashmere Wrap
This cashmere scarf is a splurge, but is so worth it. I have it in 4 colors (that’s all I really need to say, right?), have owned them for years, and wear them any time I go out in the cold.
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