Today I am getting all Oprah on you and sharing some of my favorite things. YOU get a gift guide, and YOU get a gift guide! EVERYBODY is getting a gift guide!!!
I was supposed to do this a few weeks ago, but I have a feeling many of you are last minute shoppers just like me. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. These items are truly some of my favorite things and great for gift giving (or treating yourself) and range from $10 to $200, so there’s something for every budget. Unless you are a quadrillionare. Or Oprah.
I bought myself this ukulele a while ago, even though at the time I had absolutely zero musical experience or training. It’s a great little instrument for learning on, and had the highest reviews of all the beginner ukuleles I saw. It has a really nice sound and stays in tune well, (once the strings get worn in), and there are SO many tutorials online that soon I was playing like a freaking ukulele virtuoso. Ok, not really, but I have taught myself a few songs, from groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Sublime to the Beatles and more, and it’s just a super fun way to pass the time or work on a new talent. Plus it comes in a range of colors too, and just looks pretty displayed on the shelf.
Oh man, this is a great set. I LOVE using liquid chalk markers so much more than regular chalk. The colors are so vibrant and really opaque, and once it dries, it won’t wipe off. But it’s not permanent, you can wipe if off with a damp towel, and they are safe to use on just about any surface. I use these all the time, most recently I labeled some jars in my pantry (it comes with a free set of chalkboard labels shown here) and for Thanksgiving last month, I used the brown and green markers to draw a big tree on my glass doors, then I had the kids tape paper leaves to it with things they were thankful for written on them. Maybe I’ll draw some snowflakes on my doors this month. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. Oh, and one more awesome thing, the tips are reversible! One side is rounded, then you can just pull it out and flip it around, and it’s a chisel tip on the other. Genius.
Everybody knows that Bath and Body Works candles are the best candles in the land. At least they are in my land. But now they are even better with their their new spin-off line, White Barn. (It’s not really a spin-off, but it kinda is, they used to be in business once before. It’s complicated). BUT, the point is, if you are looking for candles that are affordable and will make your home smell fabulous, these are your winners. Pick a scent, any scent. I’m currently burning Winter, and I love it. You can’t go wrong. But if you do, (scents can be hard to choose for other people) they have a pretty great return policy that lets you trade. Plus you can usually find coupons online and get them for a steal.
Wireless speakers are so prolific these days. I was just in Target and they had like 57 different varieties. How to choose? Which one sounds best at which size for how much? Let me save you the hassle. This JBL unit has fantastic sound, is big enough to be powerful but small enough to be easily portable, with a super long battery life, and links up effortlessly (more than I can say about my Dre Beatbox, which cost twice as much and acts like a hormonal teenager 90% of the time). I use this every single day. Plus lots of color options!
#5 Gold ToasterFull disclosure: I don’t own this toaster. I just wish I did. I mean, it’s a gold toaster.
#6 The Cure
OH MY GOSH. If you can only get one thing for Christmas, get this stuff. Give it to your husband. Give it to your neighbors. Everyone needs to know of the wonder and miracles contained in this product. It’s the #1 best selling exfoliator in Japan, and I know what you’re thinking. ‘Exfoliator?! Um, lame!” No. NOT lame. This stuff has completely changed my skin. I am very prone to breakouts, I usually am nursing some huge cystic undergrounder or painful acne clusters on my chin or cheeks, but ever since I’ve been using this, they have virtually stopped. People have actually come up to me to ask me what I’ve been doing with my skin. That was a huge testimonial to me, because that has NEVER happened before.
It’s crazy how this stuff works. It’s a gel that you spread on your clean, dry face, then let it sit for a few seconds. Then you just gently rub it in with your fingertips, and as you do, all your dead skin starts to shed off into little balls of grossy grossness. It’s weird, but awesome. It’s not harsh at all, it doesn’t even feel like it will do anything when you first start rubbing it in, but it DOES. My face feels super smooth and firm when I’m done, like Barbie skin. I use it about every three days or so. You must buy it and use it and tell me if it changes your life too!
Speaking of life-changing, if you haven’t tried the Wet Brush yet, get on this train. It truly lives up to the hype. We have replaced all other hair brushes in our house with this one. It works on wet hair and dry hair, and I couldn’t live without it. Ok, I could, but I wouldn’t want to. Stick one in your daughter’s stocking and you’ll be thanking yourself the next time you have to brush her hair, and then you will be so amazed that you’ll get yourself one too.
#8 VIP Car Wash
So this one is a little different and might not be available in all areas, but if you want to step outside the box of typical gift-giving, why not consider a car wash subscription? Our local car wash has a program that gives you unlimited trips through the car-wash for $14 a month. The gift of a consistently clean car, who wouldn’t want that? I always feel like I really have my life together when my car is clean, anyone else? Just me? Ok then.
I love magazines, always have. I find the best deals on Groupon, where you can get year-long subscriptions to popular magazines for as little as $5. At that price, you can buy a ton! I have to stop myself from ordering all the ones I want because I know I will never have time to read them all. But they’re such a great deal, it’s hard to resist! Send someone you love a stack of their favorite magazines and you’ll be their favorite person all year long.
File this under: Things I Don’t Actually Have, But Really Want. Ugh, I love this so much. How fun are those pom poms? I love the size too, all the other pom pom blankets I’ve looked at have far less substantial pom poms, and are scientifically proven to be way less fun.
#11 Amazon Firestick
I admit, I had no idea what this thing was when my husband bought it earlier this year. And then we didn’t use it for a long time because we thought the baby flushed it down the toilet. But then we found it behind the couch, and it’s been great ever since! The Firestick, not the baby. The baby is insane. Anyway, in basic terms, it connects your HDTV to endless entertainment options. You can instantly stream movies, TV shows, music, use all your apps like Netflix and Hulu, and the best part is you can just take it with you wherever you go, plug it into any HDTV and pick up on your Revenge binge wherever you left off! I’m pretty sure we will be canceling cable soon, because this little thing does it all.
That’s my list! I hope you found some good options to consider here! Happy shopping and happy weekend, friend.
#5 Gold Toaster
#6 The Cure
#11 Amazon Firestick
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