The holiday season is upon us, and I’m busy wrapping up gifts and decking the halls! Gifts are one of my love languages (I used to deny this because it somehow felt shallow? Which is crazy, because gifts are awesome!) so I spend a good bit of time thinking about how to improve upon my gifting process. My main targets are 1) book things, 2) useful things, 3) activity things, or 4) local things. For your general perusing pleasure, I’ve highlighted my standbys in these areas!
Books that I read this year that would make great gifts: Go Set a Watchman, The Paris Wife, Why Not Me?, Present Over Perfect, and Love Warrior. If you’re looking for longer novels, the Outlander series or Pillars of the Earth are personal favorites. Some great cookbooks for gifting would be Bread & Wine or The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
Look, if someone made a list, stick to it. I’m a huge fan of lists because you can make sure that your hard earned dollars will go towards something that will be used and loved! That said, my top ten things that I love, use constantly, and would totally give as a gift include:
- this kitchen utensil – performs every possible kitchen task
- this garlic press – the ultimate garlic press!
- Chatbooks – easiest way to keep up with all of our photos
- anything Glossier – the flavored balm set or pair of masks would be perfect gifts
- this candle – I burn them constantly, and give them almost as frequently 😉
- this water bottle – every single day
- this portable charger – perfect for travel and long office days
- this gorgeous leather tote – I use this every day and it’s completely stunning
- this planner – for all of your organizational needs (and supports small business!)
- these socks – no toe seam, and for each pair purchased, a pair gets donated!
I love being able to give people a fun date night or a reason for adventure! Giving restaurant gift cards, play tickets, or activities is a great way to give the gift of quality time.
Supporting small and local businesses is the best way to make a gift go far – you’re not just buying a gift, but you’re supporting an artist too! If you’re looking for fine art, look no further than my fabulous cousin Janet B. Sessoms. And if you’re looking for direct sales companies like Lula Roe, Rodan & Fields, or Younique, I’ve got a dozen consultants on speed dial, just give me shout! For some irresistibly easy gifts, try Writefully His for adorable stationary, Mouth Party for delicious caramels, Wight Tea Company for the most delightful teas, or gift cards to any local restaurants (in Baltimore, try The Food Market, Atwater’s, or Cunningham’s).
Good luck gifting!