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Brandon and I were up until 4 am building her toy kitchen. I had a complete meltdown around 3:30. I turned into Delirious Christmas Bitch (it was bound to happen) and after some choice words were exchanged, I ended up calling Brandon a fucking idiot as I slammed a piece of the kitchen into place. Then I had to run after him (“That’s it, I’m going to bed, whatever, I don’t even care”) and apologize for turning into such an asshole. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, right? FAMILY. 
I dreaded this Christmas like I’ve dreaded many Christmases past and I put on a semi-happy face and went through the motions of putting up the tree, buying the presents, wrapping the gifts, cooking the food. My internal dialogue was void of any real emotion except cynicism, but I smiled and faked it through the 20-some days between Thanksgiving and Doomsday Christmas. 
Then the toy kitchen. Then three hours of sleep. Then a jiggle of the doorknob from Isobel’s room and there she was in her Santa jammies, holding her blanket and her Elmo, looking at me sleepily and leaning on my shoulder like she does every morning. Something happened, something switched, and I thought to myself HOLY CRAP THIS DAY IS GOING TO BE AMAZING. I carried her down the stairs and she saw her gifts and smiled so big and I could feel all the magical, wonderful things about childhood Christmases coming back to me. 
Let’s be clear. There were blips. This wasn’t a perfect Christmas because I don’t think those exist or can exist—at least not for us. But this was a healing Christmas. It was a step in the right direction. A glimmer of hope that we can redefine our family in a way that still feels good and right.
This Christmas I felt lucky and blessed to be able to give my daughter a warm house, good food and special gifts. These things are a privilege. I am grateful for them. I am also fortunate to have a husband with a short memory who could wake up and give me a hug and tell me that he loved me mere hours after I called him a fucking idiot. 
Perspective is important: Important for all things really, but especially Christmas. 
I hope you had a wonderful holiday. And if you didn’t, well…you’ve got about a year to prepare yourself before it happens again. A Christmas miracle! :) 

Brandon and I were up until 4 am building her toy kitchen. I had a complete meltdown around 3:30. I turned into Delirious Christmas Bitch (it was bound to happen) and after some choice words were exchanged, I ended up calling Brandon a fucking idiot as I slammed a piece of the kitchen into place. Then I had to run after him (“That’s it, I’m going to bed, whatever, I don’t even care”) and apologize for turning into such an asshole. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, right? FAMILY. 

I dreaded this Christmas like I’ve dreaded many Christmases past and I put on a semi-happy face and went through the motions of putting up the tree, buying the presents, wrapping the gifts, cooking the food. My internal dialogue was void of any real emotion except cynicism, but I smiled and faked it through the 20-some days between Thanksgiving and Doomsday Christmas. 

Then the toy kitchen. Then three hours of sleep. Then a jiggle of the doorknob from Isobel’s room and there she was in her Santa jammies, holding her blanket and her Elmo, looking at me sleepily and leaning on my shoulder like she does every morning. Something happened, something switched, and I thought to myself HOLY CRAP THIS DAY IS GOING TO BE AMAZING. I carried her down the stairs and she saw her gifts and smiled so big and I could feel all the magical, wonderful things about childhood Christmases coming back to me. 

Let’s be clear. There were blips. This wasn’t a perfect Christmas because I don’t think those exist or can exist—at least not for us. But this was a healing Christmas. It was a step in the right direction. A glimmer of hope that we can redefine our family in a way that still feels good and right.

This Christmas I felt lucky and blessed to be able to give my daughter a warm house, good food and special gifts. These things are a privilege. I am grateful for them. I am also fortunate to have a husband with a short memory who could wake up and give me a hug and tell me that he loved me mere hours after I called him a fucking idiot. 

Perspective is important: Important for all things really, but especially Christmas. 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. And if you didn’t, well…you’ve got about a year to prepare yourself before it happens again. A Christmas miracle! :) 

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I saved the fun one for last. There’s something really special about watching your child open a gift on Christmas morning. I’m looking forward to it again this year…and Isobel is old enough now to really be excited about the toys and books that we’ve picked out. 
Here are some kid- and baby-friendly Christmas gifts that caught my eye:
Secret Garden Coloring Book, $10.76 (1) - Coloring is such a parenting perk. This book is full of gorgeous, intricate illustrations. 
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, $12 (2) - I’m excited to give Isobel this book. She’s really into cars and airplanes and trains right now and Richard Scarry illustrations are the best. 
Melissa & Doug Habitats Reusable Sticker Book, about $8 (3) - Animals + stickers. Perfect! 
Sesame Street Elmo Night Light, $16 (4) - Isobel’s favorite new toy/night light would be a good stocking stuffer.
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, $12 (5) - TACOS. 
National Geographic Animal Holiday DVD, $9.96 (6) - Cute animals doing cute things! 
Minnetonka Sheepskin Bootie, $30 (7) - Baby/toddler moccasins are popular right now, but this $30 pair is one of the more affordable (and adorable) options I’ve seen. 
Oeuf Hug Me Sweater, $98-$106 (8) - Completely expensy, but if you’re going to splurge, do it at Oeuf. 
Fisher-Price Classic Infant Trio Set, $38 (9) - A collection of some of Isobel’s favorite toys. 
Arks and Animals Dinosaur Block Set, $27.25 (10) - So cute! 
KagesKrayons Gingerbread Man Crayons, $7 (11) - Another stocking stuffer idea. 
The Land of Nod Magnificent Milestone Gift Sets, $60-$219 (12) - These are GREAT gifts. Each set comes with a few age-specific toys. 
Anthropologie Pirate Rattles, $88 (13) - Also stupid expensy, but so sweet. 
Gap Quilted Bear Footed One-Piece, $40 (14) - Good newborn/infant gift. They don’t care about toys, so get mom and dad something practical. 
Sandy Ford Design Personalized Paper Doll Kits, about $40 (15) - I LOVE the idea of personalized paper dolls and was so excited to see that they have boy options. 
Skiphop Zoo Lunchie Bags, $14 each (16) - Another practical gift idea. 
Uncommon Goods Periodic Table Building Blocks, $31 (17) - I mean. 
Just Play Doc McStuffins Stuffy Plush, $16 (18) - Any Doc McStuffins fans? 
Egg and Yolk Wooden Camera, $53.55 (19) - I love that this comes with another lens. Hilarious. 
Schoenhut My First Piano, $55 (20) - Isobel loves her little piano.  
Uncommon Goods Little Librarian Kit, $15 (21) - They’ve discontinued this, so when it’s gone, it’s gone forever! My sister and I would have died for this as kids. 
Keepsake Toys Personalized Wooden Airplane, $30 (22) - Keepsake toys are a great gift for parents AND kids. 
Hape Checkout Register, about $32 (23) - I’ve yet to meet a kid who is not totally fascinated by cash register toys at some point. 
The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss, about $80 (24) - For anyone trying to start a good library for their kid—this Dr. Seuss collection is amazing. 
bubyNoa Critter Doll, $54 (25) - If you want to get something that’s not the BlaBla dolls that everyone has…
WoolyBaby Toddler Slippers, $34 (26) - Everyone gets slippers on Christmas! 
Toy Worx Lumber Train Set, $60 (27) - Lots of fun little details on this wooden train set. 
The Met Store My First ABC Flash Cards, $16 (28) - ABC flash cards using paintings to illustrate the letters.  
Hape Coffee Maker, $30 (29) - Teach them young. 
Von Bon Kids Polka Dot Blanket, $54 (30) - Von Bon has several other good gift items for infants. 
HC Woodcraft Baby Rattle, $12 (31) - Another keepsake toy option. 
Satch & Sol Woolly Bootie Slipper, $40 (32) - Felted wool slippers, so cute. 
Playskool Big Hugs Elmo, $52 (33) - Toy of the year? 
Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck, $18.70 (34) - Isobel has this. Great little toy. 
A Summer Afternoon Wooden Toy Workbench, $58 (35) - Love the detail on this. 
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game, $17.16; Shelby’s Snack Shack Game, $13.49; BBQ Blitz Game, $14 (36) - Three top-rated games from Educational Insights. 
Giggle Diggin Skootcase, $70 (37) - Sleek ride-on toy, but also doubles as airport entertainment. Can be stowed in airplane overhead compartments. 
CitiBlocs Rattle Blocks, $30 (38) - One of the best toys we got Isobel for Christmas last year. She stills plays with them. 
Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair, about $90 (39) - The perfect personalized gift. 

I saved the fun one for last. There’s something really special about watching your child open a gift on Christmas morning. I’m looking forward to it again this year…and Isobel is old enough now to really be excited about the toys and books that we’ve picked out. 

Here are some kid- and baby-friendly Christmas gifts that caught my eye:

  1. Secret Garden Coloring Book, $10.76 (1) - Coloring is such a parenting perk. This book is full of gorgeous, intricate illustrations. 
  2. Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, $12 (2) - I’m excited to give Isobel this book. She’s really into cars and airplanes and trains right now and Richard Scarry illustrations are the best. 
  3. Melissa & Doug Habitats Reusable Sticker Book, about $8 (3) - Animals + stickers. Perfect! 
  4. Sesame Street Elmo Night Light, $16 (4) - Isobel’s favorite new toy/night light would be a good stocking stuffer.
  5. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, $12 (5) - TACOS. 
  6. National Geographic Animal Holiday DVD, $9.96 (6) - Cute animals doing cute things! 
  7. Minnetonka Sheepskin Bootie, $30 (7) - Baby/toddler moccasins are popular right now, but this $30 pair is one of the more affordable (and adorable) options I’ve seen. 
  8. Oeuf Hug Me Sweater, $98-$106 (8) - Completely expensy, but if you’re going to splurge, do it at Oeuf. 
  9. Fisher-Price Classic Infant Trio Set, $38 (9) - A collection of some of Isobel’s favorite toys. 
  10. Arks and Animals Dinosaur Block Set, $27.25 (10) - So cute! 
  11. KagesKrayons Gingerbread Man Crayons, $7 (11) - Another stocking stuffer idea. 
  12. The Land of Nod Magnificent Milestone Gift Sets, $60-$219 (12) - These are GREAT gifts. Each set comes with a few age-specific toys. 
  13. Anthropologie Pirate Rattles, $88 (13) - Also stupid expensy, but so sweet. 
  14. Gap Quilted Bear Footed One-Piece, $40 (14) - Good newborn/infant gift. They don’t care about toys, so get mom and dad something practical. 
  15. Sandy Ford Design Personalized Paper Doll Kits, about $40 (15) - I LOVE the idea of personalized paper dolls and was so excited to see that they have boy options. 
  16. Skiphop Zoo Lunchie Bags, $14 each (16) - Another practical gift idea. 
  17. Uncommon Goods Periodic Table Building Blocks, $31 (17) - I mean. 
  18. Just Play Doc McStuffins Stuffy Plush, $16 (18) - Any Doc McStuffins fans? 
  19. Egg and Yolk Wooden Camera, $53.55 (19) - I love that this comes with another lens. Hilarious. 
  20. Schoenhut My First Piano, $55 (20) - Isobel loves her little piano.  
  21. Uncommon Goods Little Librarian Kit, $15 (21) - They’ve discontinued this, so when it’s gone, it’s gone forever! My sister and I would have died for this as kids. 
  22. Keepsake Toys Personalized Wooden Airplane, $30 (22) - Keepsake toys are a great gift for parents AND kids. 
  23. Hape Checkout Register, about $32 (23) - I’ve yet to meet a kid who is not totally fascinated by cash register toys at some point. 
  24. The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss, about $80 (24) - For anyone trying to start a good library for their kid—this Dr. Seuss collection is amazing. 
  25. bubyNoa Critter Doll, $54 (25) - If you want to get something that’s not the BlaBla dolls that everyone has…
  26. WoolyBaby Toddler Slippers, $34 (26) - Everyone gets slippers on Christmas! 
  27. Toy Worx Lumber Train Set, $60 (27) - Lots of fun little details on this wooden train set. 
  28. The Met Store My First ABC Flash Cards, $16 (28) - ABC flash cards using paintings to illustrate the letters.  
  29. Hape Coffee Maker, $30 (29) - Teach them young. 
  30. Von Bon Kids Polka Dot Blanket, $54 (30) - Von Bon has several other good gift items for infants. 
  31. HC Woodcraft Baby Rattle, $12 (31) - Another keepsake toy option. 
  32. Satch & Sol Woolly Bootie Slipper, $40 (32) - Felted wool slippers, so cute. 
  33. Playskool Big Hugs Elmo, $52 (33) - Toy of the year? 
  34. Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck, $18.70 (34) - Isobel has this. Great little toy. 
  35. A Summer Afternoon Wooden Toy Workbench, $58 (35) - Love the detail on this. 
  36. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game, $17.16; Shelby’s Snack Shack Game, $13.49; BBQ Blitz Game, $14 (36) - Three top-rated games from Educational Insights. 
  37. Giggle Diggin Skootcase, $70 (37) - Sleek ride-on toy, but also doubles as airport entertainment. Can be stowed in airplane overhead compartments. 
  38. CitiBlocs Rattle Blocks, $30 (38) - One of the best toys we got Isobel for Christmas last year. She stills plays with them. 
  39. Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair, about $90 (39) - The perfect personalized gift. 
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This is the guide for everyone else: The people on your list that stump you every year. But no more! Buy them something, cross them off. Be done with it. Gift cards aren’t a cop out either. They’re convenient and easy. I know some people hate giving gift cards—they think it isn’t thoughtful. But have YOU ever been disappointed to receive a gift card? I haven’t. Gift cards are great, especially if they involve free food or coffee. If you hate the thought of just handing over a gift card, put it in a coffee mug or something that reflects the theme of where the card goes to. 
For the coffee lover: Mistobox, starting at $20 (1) - Gourmet coffee sampler delivered monthly. 
For the person that has everything and can appreciate a slightly cool/slightly obnoxious gift: Plaid Pigeon Dinosaur Planter, $33 (2) 
For anyone, obviously: Beyonce and Kate Moss Paper Dolls, about $12 each (3)
For your BFF: UO Besties iPhone Cases, $28 (4) 
If you have too many friends to buy for: Baublebar Ring Trees, $12 each (5) 
An easy gift for someone who likes fashion and/or blogs and/or loves Pinterest: Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset, $19 (6)
You know at least one aspiring or legitimate food snob, right?: Moleskine Gift Box Gourmet Set, $35 (7)
Throw in a Starbucks gift card and these are the perfect coworker gift: West Elm Charity Mugs, $10 each (8)
Because everyone likes wine and a cute little holiday bag makes sense: Williams-Sonoma Embroidered Berry Wine Bag, $15 (9)
Throw in an insanely overpriced but admittedly clever bottle opener and you’re good to go: Anthropologie Noctua Bottle Opener, $28 (10)
For the vegetarian friend or coworker: The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier, $17 (11)
Hostess with a sense of humor gift: Fab Keep the Change Doormat, $29 (12)
Another easy coworker idea: Starbucks Stainless Steel Rose Gold Cup, $20 (13) 
Everyone loves snacks: Love with Food Snack Box, starting at $10 per month (14)

This is the guide for everyone else: The people on your list that stump you every year. But no more! Buy them something, cross them off. Be done with it. Gift cards aren’t a cop out either. They’re convenient and easy. I know some people hate giving gift cards—they think it isn’t thoughtful. But have YOU ever been disappointed to receive a gift card? I haven’t. Gift cards are great, especially if they involve free food or coffee. If you hate the thought of just handing over a gift card, put it in a coffee mug or something that reflects the theme of where the card goes to. 

  1. For the coffee lover: Mistobox, starting at $20 (1) - Gourmet coffee sampler delivered monthly. 
  2. For the person that has everything and can appreciate a slightly cool/slightly obnoxious gift: Plaid Pigeon Dinosaur Planter, $33 (2) 
  3. For anyone, obviously: Beyonce and Kate Moss Paper Dolls, about $12 each (3)
  4. For your BFF: UO Besties iPhone Cases, $28 (4) 
  5. If you have too many friends to buy for: Baublebar Ring Trees, $12 each (5) 
  6. An easy gift for someone who likes fashion and/or blogs and/or loves Pinterest: Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset, $19 (6)
  7. You know at least one aspiring or legitimate food snob, right?: Moleskine Gift Box Gourmet Set, $35 (7)
  8. Throw in a Starbucks gift card and these are the perfect coworker gift: West Elm Charity Mugs, $10 each (8)
  9. Because everyone likes wine and a cute little holiday bag makes sense: Williams-Sonoma Embroidered Berry Wine Bag, $15 (9)
  10. Throw in an insanely overpriced but admittedly clever bottle opener and you’re good to go: Anthropologie Noctua Bottle Opener, $28 (10)
  11. For the vegetarian friend or coworker: The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier, $17 (11)
  12. Hostess with a sense of humor gift: Fab Keep the Change Doormat, $29 (12)
  13. Another easy coworker idea: Starbucks Stainless Steel Rose Gold Cup, $20 (13) 
  14. Everyone loves snacks: Love with Food Snack Box, starting at $10 per month (14)
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I’m really fascinated by the activewear industry. Where there used to be one or two luxury brands and the standard athletic labels (Nike, Adidas, etc.), now there are tons of new competitors. This is good news—I think Lululemon has had the corner on the higher-end activewear market for way too long. And frankly, I’m tired of the scarcity model. If you need a running shirt, you shouldn’t have to worry that you won’t be able to find it in your size because the company is making fewer pieces than demand requires. Now you can pick up high-quality technical pieces at Target while you buy your shampoo…or you can join several of the online monthly fitness clubs that have popped up and get great activewear at an affordable price. Retailers like Gap and Express offer promo codes so often that you can pick up their stuff at heavily discounted prices at least once a week. I tried to find a good mix of price points and brands and included a few accessories too—they’re easier to buy for someone else than clothes! 
GapFit Breathe Long Sleeve Tee, $30 (1) - These are rapidly becoming a word-of-mouth must-have basic and although I don’t own this shirt yet, it’s on my list. 
Under Armour Cozy Neck Shimmer, $60 (2) - Under Armour is looking to compete with Lululemon and has been designing some really great stuff this past year. 
Fabletics “Capable”, $50 for VIP members (3) - I’ve been writing about Fabletics a lot lately, but I am SUPER impressed. The quality seems a touch better than Ellie and the newer designs—like this outfit—are really nice. I just ordered this. 
Sweaty Bands Head Wrap, $15 (4) - So many people swear by these! Good stocking stuffer.
Cory Vines Essential Long Sleeve Tee, $35 (5) - Cory Vines is a new-ish fitness store modeled similarly to Everlane. They don’t have a lot of product options, but the stuff they do have looks nice—and is priced just right. 
Nordstrom Beyond Yoga Shawl Collar Jacket, $176 (6) - Love the shawl collar! 
GapFit Distance Leggings, $65 (7) - This color is fun and I like the ankle zippers. 
Nike Half Zip Running Shirt, $73.70 (from $110) (8) - Also available in pink. 
Shashi Classic Cool Feet Grip Socks, $15 (9) - Cute socks for yoga or barre, etc. 
Nike E2 Prime Performance Armband, $35 (10) - Also available in pink. 
Express Core Strappy Tank, $39.90 (11) - Express has some new performance stuff that I like. This tank is great. 
Target C9 by Champion Puffer Vest, $30 (12) - Such a good price! 
Free People Floral Yoga Socks, $12 (13) - Another stocking idea. 
Zella Live In Eclipse Space Dye Leggings, $58 (14) - Love these Zella leggings! They’re really comfortable and more fun than basic black for the gym. 
Fitbit Flex, $99 (15) - Fitness trackers are a big gift this season. There are several different options, so do your homework, but I know a lot of friends that have Fitbit and like it. 
Contigo AUTOSEAL 24-Ounce Water Bottle, $10.29 (16) - My favorite water bottle. I drink twice as much (at least) throughout the day when I keep this handy. 
Active Apparel Tank Top, $27 (17) - HA! 
Nike Air Max 2014 Running Shoe, $180 (18) - These new Nikes are pretty. 
Fabletics “Spirited”, $60 with VIP membership (19) - Ordered this one too. Excited to try red leggings instead of black or gray for a change. 

Athleta Tranquility Cowl Neck, $89 (20) - Perfect post-workout layer. 


Lululemon Cool Racerback in Slalom Stripe, $42 (21) - Great basic tanks. You can wear them as an everyday layering piece too. 
Athleta Polartec Power Stretch 2 Tights, $79 (22) - Running in the cold? These tights are fleece-lined. 
Michi Cyclone Top, $195 (23) - This is a completely ridiculous price (and a somewhat ridiculous top), but on the right person? GOOD. 

Trigger Point Performance The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller, $39 (24) - Available in other colors. 


Shop Something Blue Marathon Necklace, $44.50 (25) - This is Tumblr so I am confident you either ran a marathon this year or know someone that did. 
Stella McCartney for adidas Gym Bag, $70 (from $100) (26) - I like that it can be worn crossbody. 
Camelbak Eddy Glass Bottle, $20 (27) - Another water bottle option. 
UP by Jawbone, $129 (28) - Another popular fitness tracker. 
Target C9 by Champion Fleece Pullover, $19.60 (from $28) (29) - Available in 4 other colors. 
Vitamix TurboBlend Two Speed, $373 (30) - Splurge! 
YogaRat Sport Hand + Face Towel Set, $20 (31) - Again—for a stocking! 
Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof Running GPS With USB ANT Stick and Heart Rate Monitor, $186 (32) - Read good things about this. 
Manduka Breathe, Bind & Align Package, about $130 (33) - The perfect gift for the yoga fan. 
Lululemon Enlighten and Expand Tote, $68 (34) - I like this new gym bag from Lululemon and the price is surprising (in a good way). 
Nathan Strobelight, $10 (35) - Safety first! 
ASICS ‘GEL-NoosaFast 2’ Running Shoe, $100 (36) - AHH! Love these. 
Yogasmoga Tickle Me Tank, $72 (37) - Yogasmoga is getting rave reviews from blogs I’ve read. This tank comes in lots of different colors and looks really flattering. 

I’m really fascinated by the activewear industry. Where there used to be one or two luxury brands and the standard athletic labels (Nike, Adidas, etc.), now there are tons of new competitors. This is good news—I think Lululemon has had the corner on the higher-end activewear market for way too long. And frankly, I’m tired of the scarcity model. If you need a running shirt, you shouldn’t have to worry that you won’t be able to find it in your size because the company is making fewer pieces than demand requires. Now you can pick up high-quality technical pieces at Target while you buy your shampoo…or you can join several of the online monthly fitness clubs that have popped up and get great activewear at an affordable price. Retailers like Gap and Express offer promo codes so often that you can pick up their stuff at heavily discounted prices at least once a week. I tried to find a good mix of price points and brands and included a few accessories too—they’re easier to buy for someone else than clothes! 

  1. GapFit Breathe Long Sleeve Tee, $30 (1) - These are rapidly becoming a word-of-mouth must-have basic and although I don’t own this shirt yet, it’s on my list. 
  2. Under Armour Cozy Neck Shimmer, $60 (2) - Under Armour is looking to compete with Lululemon and has been designing some really great stuff this past year. 
  3. Fabletics “Capable”, $50 for VIP members (3) - I’ve been writing about Fabletics a lot lately, but I am SUPER impressed. The quality seems a touch better than Ellie and the newer designs—like this outfit—are really nice. I just ordered this. 
  4. Sweaty Bands Head Wrap, $15 (4) - So many people swear by these! Good stocking stuffer.
  5. Cory Vines Essential Long Sleeve Tee, $35 (5) - Cory Vines is a new-ish fitness store modeled similarly to Everlane. They don’t have a lot of product options, but the stuff they do have looks nice—and is priced just right. 
  6. Nordstrom Beyond Yoga Shawl Collar Jacket, $176 (6) - Love the shawl collar! 
  7. GapFit Distance Leggings, $65 (7) - This color is fun and I like the ankle zippers. 
  8. Nike Half Zip Running Shirt, $73.70 (from $110) (8) - Also available in pink. 
  9. Shashi Classic Cool Feet Grip Socks, $15 (9) - Cute socks for yoga or barre, etc. 
  10. Nike E2 Prime Performance Armband, $35 (10) - Also available in pink. 
  11. Express Core Strappy Tank, $39.90 (11) - Express has some new performance stuff that I like. This tank is great. 
  12. Target C9 by Champion Puffer Vest, $30 (12) - Such a good price! 
  13. Free People Floral Yoga Socks, $12 (13) - Another stocking idea. 
  14. Zella Live In Eclipse Space Dye Leggings, $58 (14) - Love these Zella leggings! They’re really comfortable and more fun than basic black for the gym. 
  15. Fitbit Flex, $99 (15) - Fitness trackers are a big gift this season. There are several different options, so do your homework, but I know a lot of friends that have Fitbit and like it. 
  16. Contigo AUTOSEAL 24-Ounce Water Bottle, $10.29 (16) - My favorite water bottle. I drink twice as much (at least) throughout the day when I keep this handy. 
  17. Active Apparel Tank Top, $27 (17) - HA! 
  18. Nike Air Max 2014 Running Shoe, $180 (18) - These new Nikes are pretty. 
  19. Fabletics “Spirited”, $60 with VIP membership (19) - Ordered this one too. Excited to try red leggings instead of black or gray for a change. 
  20. Athleta Tranquility Cowl Neck, $89 (20) - Perfect post-workout layer. 

  21. Lululemon Cool Racerback in Slalom Stripe, $42 (21) - Great basic tanks. You can wear them as an everyday layering piece too. 
  22. Athleta Polartec Power Stretch 2 Tights, $79 (22) - Running in the cold? These tights are fleece-lined. 
  23. Michi Cyclone Top, $195 (23) - This is a completely ridiculous price (and a somewhat ridiculous top), but on the right person? GOOD. 
  24. Trigger Point Performance The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller, $39 (24) - Available in other colors. 

  25. Shop Something Blue Marathon Necklace, $44.50 (25) - This is Tumblr so I am confident you either ran a marathon this year or know someone that did. 
  26. Stella McCartney for adidas Gym Bag, $70 (from $100) (26) - I like that it can be worn crossbody. 
  27. Camelbak Eddy Glass Bottle, $20 (27) - Another water bottle option. 
  28. UP by Jawbone, $129 (28) - Another popular fitness tracker. 
  29. Target C9 by Champion Fleece Pullover, $19.60 (from $28) (29) - Available in 4 other colors. 
  30. Vitamix TurboBlend Two Speed, $373 (30) - Splurge! 
  31. YogaRat Sport Hand + Face Towel Set, $20 (31) - Again—for a stocking! 
  32. Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof Running GPS With USB ANT Stick and Heart Rate Monitor, $186 (32) - Read good things about this. 
  33. Manduka Breathe, Bind & Align Package, about $130 (33) - The perfect gift for the yoga fan. 
  34. Lululemon Enlighten and Expand Tote, $68 (34) - I like this new gym bag from Lululemon and the price is surprising (in a good way). 
  35. Nathan Strobelight, $10 (35) - Safety first! 
  36. ASICS ‘GEL-NoosaFast 2’ Running Shoe, $100 (36) - AHH! Love these. 
  37. Yogasmoga Tickle Me Tank, $72 (37) - Yogasmoga is getting rave reviews from blogs I’ve read. This tank comes in lots of different colors and looks really flattering. 
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I have two nephews - one is three and the other just turned one. The three year is super easy. he's at that age that is really fun to shop for and he finally "gets" Christmas this year. I want to keep my gift giving about equal, but it's hard when his brother is only two years older and he has 3290457 hand me down toys and right now his favorite thing is eating his own foot. so I need help spoiling him and figuring out what to get him.

- Asked by uptowngirl

Isobel was about to turn one last Christmas so I have a few ideas for you: 

Happy shopping! 

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Extended family is stupid hard to shop for. I rounded up a few ideas with specific family members in mind, but there are plenty of things here that would work for coworkers, friends or anyone else who might be on your list.
For the football fan: Guts and Glory by Neil Leifer, $50 (1) 
For the family member who loves to cook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, about $18 (2)
Ditto: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, about $24 (3)
A gift set even your mother-in-law won’t complain about: Lush Season’s Tweetings Gift Set, $60 (4)
For your Pinterest-obsessed sister: Jenni Lyons Personalized Canvas Basket, $43 (5)
For the person who collects random tech gadgets: Sony 360 Bluetooth Speaker, $70 (6)
For the person who finds recipes online: Roostic iPad Mini or Kindle Stand, $30 (7)
For the family member who either lives in NYC or won’t stop talking about it: EyePoetryPhotography NYC 2014 Calendar, about $20 (8)


The gift that works for almost everyone: J.K. Adams Pig Cutting Board, $35 - Add monogram for $7 (9)
For the traveler: Inklinks Vintage Passport Case, $42 (10)
For grandma and grandpa: Artifact Uprising Instagram Photo Book, starting at $17 (11)
For the cat lover: Miya Black Cat Tea Set, $40 (from $60) (12) 
For mom: Clare Vivier Wallet Clutch, $105 - Monogramming available for $50 (13)
For your sister-in-law: C.Wonder Snowflake Cheese Board and Spreader, $38 (14)
For the relative who has a snowy winter: LL Bean Stabilicers Lite, $22 (15)
Every family has one Stephen King fan: Stephen King: Three Novel Volume, about $25 (16)
Your teenage cousin or niece will love these: C.Wonder Social Media Earring Box, $48 (17)
The outdoorsy dad will appreciate this: The North Face eTip Gloves, $40-$45 (18)
A completely neutral and appropriately chic gift for the in-laws: Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Wine Stoppers, $24 (19) 
A splurge that your dad or grandpa would appreciate: UGG Australia Ascot Suede Slipper, $100 (20)
Any cycling fans in your family? The Beebe Company Bike Phone Mount, $59 (21) 
This is really amazing for the price: Undulating Contours Docking Valet, $52 (22) 
If you’re feeling really generous: Lotuff Leather Envelope iPad Case, $215 (23) 
I’m sure you know someone who would like this: Pottery Barn Vintage NFL Antique Silver Beer Stein, $69 (24)
For the person that talks on the phone in the car but is going to get pulled over for it any day: Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Speakerphone, $68 (from $130) (25)
Great little gift for a random cousin, aunt, sister-in-law, etc: Rebecca Minkoff Monogram or Zodiac Coin Pouches, $50 each (26)
Inexpensive gift for dad: Pottery Barn Saddle Leather Kindle Case, $39 - Free Monogramming (27)
I mean, I want this: Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, $150 (28)
There’s got to be one coffee addict you’re related to (you don’t count): MoMA Store Slim Coffee Pot, $88 (29)
Any relative with an iPhone can use this: Triple C for J.Crew USB Phone Charger, $34.50 (30)
WANT WANT WANT: TimeVoid Game of Thrones Playing Cards, $25 (31) 
Give this to your mom with a baby photo of you in it and she will start crying and you win Christmas: Edor Tiny Locket Necklace, $21 (32) 
This dock looks more expensive than it is: Areaware Alarm Dock, $38 (33) 
For the glamorous aunt: Anthropologie Trimmed Mazurka Gloves, $32 (34) 
Breaking Bad lighter, the end: Hip Flask Plus Walt Zippo, $29 (35) 
This is just really fancy: Sugar Paper Recipe Binder, $48 (36) 
Everyone loves personalized gifts: Erin Condren Designer Tray, $119 (37) 

Extended family is stupid hard to shop for. I rounded up a few ideas with specific family members in mind, but there are plenty of things here that would work for coworkers, friends or anyone else who might be on your list.

  1. For the football fan: Guts and Glory by Neil Leifer, $50 (1) 
  2. For the family member who loves to cook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, about $18 (2)
  3. Ditto: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, about $24 (3)
  4. A gift set even your mother-in-law won’t complain about: Lush Season’s Tweetings Gift Set, $60 (4)
  5. For your Pinterest-obsessed sister: Jenni Lyons Personalized Canvas Basket, $43 (5)
  6. For the person who collects random tech gadgets: Sony 360 Bluetooth Speaker, $70 (6)
  7. For the person who finds recipes online: Roostic iPad Mini or Kindle Stand, $30 (7)
  8. For the family member who either lives in NYC or won’t stop talking about it: EyePoetryPhotography NYC 2014 Calendar, about $20 (8)
  9. The gift that works for almost everyone: J.K. Adams Pig Cutting Board, $35 - Add monogram for $7 (9)
  10. For the traveler: Inklinks Vintage Passport Case, $42 (10)
  11. For grandma and grandpa: Artifact Uprising Instagram Photo Book, starting at $17 (11)
  12. For the cat lover: Miya Black Cat Tea Set, $40 (from $60) (12) 
  13. For mom: Clare Vivier Wallet Clutch, $105 - Monogramming available for $50 (13)
  14. For your sister-in-law: C.Wonder Snowflake Cheese Board and Spreader, $38 (14)
  15. For the relative who has a snowy winter: LL Bean Stabilicers Lite, $22 (15)
  16. Every family has one Stephen King fan: Stephen King: Three Novel Volume, about $25 (16)
  17. Your teenage cousin or niece will love these: C.Wonder Social Media Earring Box, $48 (17)
  18. The outdoorsy dad will appreciate this: The North Face eTip Gloves, $40-$45 (18)
  19. A completely neutral and appropriately chic gift for the in-laws: Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler Wine Stoppers, $24 (19) 
  20. A splurge that your dad or grandpa would appreciate: UGG Australia Ascot Suede Slipper, $100 (20)
  21. Any cycling fans in your family? The Beebe Company Bike Phone Mount, $59 (21) 
  22. This is really amazing for the price: Undulating Contours Docking Valet, $52 (22) 
  23. If you’re feeling really generous: Lotuff Leather Envelope iPad Case, $215 (23) 
  24. I’m sure you know someone who would like this: Pottery Barn Vintage NFL Antique Silver Beer Stein, $69 (24)
  25. For the person that talks on the phone in the car but is going to get pulled over for it any day: Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Speakerphone, $68 (from $130) (25)
  26. Great little gift for a random cousin, aunt, sister-in-law, etc: Rebecca Minkoff Monogram or Zodiac Coin Pouches, $50 each (26)
  27. Inexpensive gift for dad: Pottery Barn Saddle Leather Kindle Case, $39 - Free Monogramming (27)
  28. I mean, I want this: Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, $150 (28)
  29. There’s got to be one coffee addict you’re related to (you don’t count)MoMA Store Slim Coffee Pot, $88 (29)
  30. Any relative with an iPhone can use this: Triple C for J.Crew USB Phone Charger, $34.50 (30)
  31. WANT WANT WANT: TimeVoid Game of Thrones Playing Cards, $25 (31) 
  32. Give this to your mom with a baby photo of you in it and she will start crying and you win Christmas: Edor Tiny Locket Necklace, $21 (32) 
  33. This dock looks more expensive than it is: Areaware Alarm Dock, $38 (33) 
  34. For the glamorous aunt: Anthropologie Trimmed Mazurka Gloves, $32 (34) 
  35. Breaking Bad lighter, the end: Hip Flask Plus Walt Zippo, $29 (35) 
  36. This is just really fancy: Sugar Paper Recipe Binder, $48 (36) 
  37. Everyone loves personalized gifts: Erin Condren Designer Tray, $119 (37) 
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It took a lot of maneuvering to fit everything in one post because LET’S BE HONEST: Detective Slugging is one of my very favorite activities. I can pretty much guarantee that the slug in your life will love any and all of the items above. 
J.Crew Nightshirt in Plaid Flannel, $59.50 - Extra 30% off with code MONDAY (1) - Perfect for around the house with leggings and socks. 
Athleta Cashmere Teton Tunic, $198 (2) - For the expensy slug. 
H&M Knit Sweater, $25 (3) - Good affordable basic. 
AE Jeggings, $50 - Take 50% off today with code 94C486V1 (4) - A pair of comfy destroyed jeans is an absolute NECESSITY. 
Merona Funnelneck Tunic Top, $28 (5) - I have this and have worn it so many times I’ve lost track. 
H&M Knit Turtleneck Sweater, $35 (6) - I just bought this today—love the tunic length. 
Aerie Flare Yoga Pant, $30 - Get 50% off today with code 94C486V1 (7) - I’ve written about these plenty of times. They’re so cheap (Aerie has sales constantly) and crazy comfortable. They come in tall and short lengths too. 
Fabletics Eureka Long-Sleeve Top, $27.95 bought separately (8) - I received this in my last Fabletics order and I’m wearing it now, actually. It’s a good layer for pre- and post-gym, but it’s a really great basic long-sleeve tee for everyday wear too.
J.Crew Long Cashmere Glittens, $98 (9) - Take 30% off with code MONDAY (9) - Something I’d never buy for myself but would wear all the time if I got them as a gift. 
ZARA Patent Ballerina, $29.90 (10) - Pointed toe flats look good with jeans or leggings and a tunic sweater.
Nine West Sossi Flats, $79 - Take 30% off with code CYBER (11) - Leopard flats go with everything. I love the shape of these.
Old Navy Frost Free Vest, about $25 (12) - Take 30% off with code CYBER (12) - Have this, love it. 
Zella Live In Leggings, $41.60 (from $52) (13) - Have you not gotten these yet?!?! 
Target Moto Jacket, $40 (14) - This looks good over a slouchy tee. 
Fabletics Inga Legging, $39.95 bought separately (15) - These herringbone leggings look similar to popular Lululemon herringbone styles that sell out (and cost nearly three times as much). 
ASOS Pom Beanie, $25 (16) - Cute stocking stuffer.
Target Mossimo Katherine Leather Boots, $70 (17) - Written about these lots of times too. 
Target Mossimo Drapey V-Neck Tee, $15 (18) - These are fantastic. They could pass for a much more expensive tshirt. 
J.Crew Plaid Lodge Moccasins, $45 (from $55) - Extra 30% off with code MONDAY (19) - These are actually a decent price today with the discount. 
Forever 21 Casual Jacket, $39.80 (20) - I bought the black one recently. SLUGWEAR SUPREME. 
Target labworks Lounge Pants, $35 (21) - A+ 
Merona Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater, $28 (22) - The last time I posted this I got several comments from people raving about it. 
Gap Cowl Scarf, $35 - Take 40% off with code CYBER (23) - Gap’s cowl scarves add a nice bit of color to a neutral outfit. 
The North Face K Jacket, $85 (from $190) - Looks like a casual jacket, but it’s made of high-quality technical (waterproof!) fabric. 
AE Double Zip Bootie, $70 - Take 50% off today with code 94C486V1 (25) - Taupe or similar colored booties seem to work with almost any casual outfit. 
GapFit Motion Long Sleeve T, $45 - Take 40% off with code CYBER (26) - GapFit’s long-sleeve tees are great for everyday wear too—and the thumbholes work great for extra warmth and keeping sleeves in place inside of jackets. 
ZARA Leather Ballerina, $30-$50 (27) - Great price for leather flats.
ZARA Striped Drape Neck Sweater, $59.90 (28) - Stripes AND drape neck AND knit AND extra-long sleeves. So good. 
Need Supply Salma Carry-All, $78 (29) - Versatile and can be worn cross-body. 
ASOS Cable Boyfriend Beanie, $13 (30) - I like the red. 
Target Merona Knit Hat, $15 (31) - I’ve been wearing this a lot lately too. 
ZARA Scarves, left is $35 and right is $50 (32) - ZARA’s extra-oversized scarves are the perfect slug gift. 

It took a lot of maneuvering to fit everything in one post because LET’S BE HONEST: Detective Slugging is one of my very favorite activities. I can pretty much guarantee that the slug in your life will love any and all of the items above. 

  1. J.Crew Nightshirt in Plaid Flannel, $59.50 - Extra 30% off with code MONDAY (1) - Perfect for around the house with leggings and socks. 
  2. Athleta Cashmere Teton Tunic, $198 (2) - For the expensy slug. 
  3. H&M Knit Sweater, $25 (3) - Good affordable basic. 
  4. AE Jeggings, $50 - Take 50% off today with code 94C486V1 (4) - A pair of comfy destroyed jeans is an absolute NECESSITY. 
  5. Merona Funnelneck Tunic Top, $28 (5) - I have this and have worn it so many times I’ve lost track. 
  6. H&M Knit Turtleneck Sweater, $35 (6) - I just bought this today—love the tunic length. 
  7. Aerie Flare Yoga Pant, $30 - Get 50% off today with code 94C486V1 (7) - I’ve written about these plenty of times. They’re so cheap (Aerie has sales constantly) and crazy comfortable. They come in tall and short lengths too. 
  8. Fabletics Eureka Long-Sleeve Top, $27.95 bought separately (8) - I received this in my last Fabletics order and I’m wearing it now, actually. It’s a good layer for pre- and post-gym, but it’s a really great basic long-sleeve tee for everyday wear too.
  9. J.Crew Long Cashmere Glittens, $98 (9) - Take 30% off with code MONDAY (9) - Something I’d never buy for myself but would wear all the time if I got them as a gift. 
  10. ZARA Patent Ballerina, $29.90 (10) - Pointed toe flats look good with jeans or leggings and a tunic sweater.
  11. Nine West Sossi Flats, $79 - Take 30% off with code CYBER (11) - Leopard flats go with everything. I love the shape of these.
  12. Old Navy Frost Free Vest, about $25 (12) - Take 30% off with code CYBER (12) - Have this, love it. 
  13. Zella Live In Leggings, $41.60 (from $52) (13) - Have you not gotten these yet?!?! 
  14. Target Moto Jacket, $40 (14) - This looks good over a slouchy tee. 
  15. Fabletics Inga Legging, $39.95 bought separately (15) - These herringbone leggings look similar to popular Lululemon herringbone styles that sell out (and cost nearly three times as much). 
  16. ASOS Pom Beanie, $25 (16) - Cute stocking stuffer.
  17. Target Mossimo Katherine Leather Boots, $70 (17) - Written about these lots of times too. 
  18. Target Mossimo Drapey V-Neck Tee, $15 (18) - These are fantastic. They could pass for a much more expensive tshirt. 
  19. J.Crew Plaid Lodge Moccasins, $45 (from $55) - Extra 30% off with code MONDAY (19) - These are actually a decent price today with the discount. 
  20. Forever 21 Casual Jacket, $39.80 (20) - I bought the black one recently. SLUGWEAR SUPREME. 
  21. Target labworks Lounge Pants, $35 (21) - A+ 
  22. Merona Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater, $28 (22) - The last time I posted this I got several comments from people raving about it. 
  23. Gap Cowl Scarf, $35 - Take 40% off with code CYBER (23) - Gap’s cowl scarves add a nice bit of color to a neutral outfit. 
  24. The North Face K Jacket, $85 (from $190) - Looks like a casual jacket, but it’s made of high-quality technical (waterproof!) fabric. 
  25. AE Double Zip Bootie, $70 - Take 50% off today with code 94C486V1 (25) - Taupe or similar colored booties seem to work with almost any casual outfit. 
  26. GapFit Motion Long Sleeve T, $45 - Take 40% off with code CYBER (26) - GapFit’s long-sleeve tees are great for everyday wear too—and the thumbholes work great for extra warmth and keeping sleeves in place inside of jackets. 
  27. ZARA Leather Ballerina, $30-$50 (27) - Great price for leather flats.
  28. ZARA Striped Drape Neck Sweater, $59.90 (28) - Stripes AND drape neck AND knit AND extra-long sleeves. So good. 
  29. Need Supply Salma Carry-All, $78 (29) - Versatile and can be worn cross-body. 
  30. ASOS Cable Boyfriend Beanie, $13 (30) - I like the red. 
  31. Target Merona Knit Hat, $15 (31) - I’ve been wearing this a lot lately too. 
  32. ZARA Scarves, left is $35 and right is $50 (32) - ZARA’s extra-oversized scarves are the perfect slug gift. 
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Beauty gifts make great stocking stuffers and they’re perfect for people who are really hard to buy for: moms, co-workers, sisters-in-law, cousins, etc. There are also tons of gift sets available right now. Gift sets have come a long way since they were basically crappy scented lotion and body wash included with a perfume purchase. 
Outremer Vanille Eau de Toilette Spray, $20 (1) - This best-selling vanilla perfume is affordable but looks more expensive than it is. 
Mustela Eau de Soin Spray, $29 (2) - I live for the smell of Isobel’s Mustela bath products so this would be such a great gift. 
How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank by Andrea Lustig (3) - For the Pinterest-obsessed. 
Jo Malone ‘Lime Basil & Mandarin’ Body & Hand Wash, $50 (4) - Any of the Jo Malone body washes can be filed under I’d Probably Not Buy This Myself But Would Love To Get It category. 
Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Glaze, $18 each (5) - These are almost too pretty to use. 
Clinique Chubby Stick, $17 each (6) - Throw one in a stocking. 
CHI Ultra Chi All That Glitters Flat Iron, $100 (from $150) (7) - The CHI is my long-standing workhorse flat iron and this glitter one is fun. 
Victoria Eggwhite Facial Soap, $19 for set of 6 bars (8) - This facial soap is a cult favorite and the packaging is great. 
Fresh “Life” Eau de Parfum, $38-$80 (9) - Fresh turned one of their best-selling scents into a perfume. 
Lush Snowcake Perfume, $43 (10) - This limited-time holiday fragrance is back! 
Conair Infinitipro Spin Air Rotating Brush, $39 (from $60) (11) - I’ve written about my spin brush before but I LOVE it. It’s one of the best hair tools I’ve ever bought. 
The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream, $20 (12) - The 101 5-star reviews can’t be wrong! 
Clinique Black Honey Lip Duo, $21 (13) - Looks good on everyone. Really! 
Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps, $75 (14) - The gift that keeps on giving. And giving. And giving. 
Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System, $185 (15) - If you’ve already got the Mia…
Fresh Sugar Bare Gift Set, $56 (17) - A best-selling gift set this season. 
Sonia Kashuk The Vanity Cup, $6 (17) - Cute little stocking stuffer. 
Madewell Cosmetic Pouch in Dark Plaid, $32 (18) - Like the plaid! Get 25% off today with code FEAST25.
Bobbi Brown Everyday Pretty Lip & Eye Palette, $30 (19) - Great for throwing in a handbag or clutch. 
The Wet Brush, $7.11 (20) - I wrote about this recently and it really is a game changer. 
The Container Store 12-Section Nail Polish Organizer, $8 (21) - Need this desperately. 
Red Flower Organic Birch Mineral Hydrotherapy Plunge, $52 (22) - All the Red Flower stuff smells AMAZING. I don’t really love taking baths, but I would just to use this. 
Topshop Christmas Jumper Nail Wraps, $12 (23) - Fun! 
Essie Holiday Encrusted 2013 Nail Color, $8.50 each (24) - GLITTER.
bareMinerals Get Started Kit, $68 ($186 value) (25) - This is (in my opinion) one of the most useful gift sets you could buy someone. I have and love several of the items included. 
Drybar The VIP Pack, $25 ($40 value) (26) - Includes their top rated dry shampoo. 
Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Sheer Navy Lipstick, $25 (27) - I keep reading about this! 
Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition “Lavish Luxe” 10 pc Brush Set, $30 (28) - Love the gold.
NARS Beautiful Stranger Mini Nail Coffret, $35 (29) - Love the colors in this mini set. 
Library of Flowers Hand Creme, $24 each (30) - Maybe the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen. 
Beautyblender Sponge, $20 (31) - Another good stocking stuffer. 
Emi-Jay for Splendid Hair Ties, $8 for set of 3 (32) - Lots of different color options available. 

Beauty gifts make great stocking stuffers and they’re perfect for people who are really hard to buy for: moms, co-workers, sisters-in-law, cousins, etc. There are also tons of gift sets available right now. Gift sets have come a long way since they were basically crappy scented lotion and body wash included with a perfume purchase. 

  1. Outremer Vanille Eau de Toilette Spray, $20 (1) - This best-selling vanilla perfume is affordable but looks more expensive than it is. 
  2. Mustela Eau de Soin Spray, $29 (2) - I live for the smell of Isobel’s Mustela bath products so this would be such a great gift. 
  3. How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank by Andrea Lustig (3) - For the Pinterest-obsessed. 
  4. Jo Malone ‘Lime Basil & Mandarin’ Body & Hand Wash, $50 (4) - Any of the Jo Malone body washes can be filed under I’d Probably Not Buy This Myself But Would Love To Get It category. 
  5. Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Glaze, $18 each (5) - These are almost too pretty to use. 
  6. Clinique Chubby Stick, $17 each (6) - Throw one in a stocking. 
  7. CHI Ultra Chi All That Glitters Flat Iron, $100 (from $150) (7) - The CHI is my long-standing workhorse flat iron and this glitter one is fun. 
  8. Victoria Eggwhite Facial Soap, $19 for set of 6 bars (8) - This facial soap is a cult favorite and the packaging is great. 
  9. Fresh “Life” Eau de Parfum, $38-$80 (9) - Fresh turned one of their best-selling scents into a perfume. 
  10. Lush Snowcake Perfume, $43 (10) - This limited-time holiday fragrance is back! 
  11. Conair Infinitipro Spin Air Rotating Brush, $39 (from $60) (11) - I’ve written about my spin brush before but I LOVE it. It’s one of the best hair tools I’ve ever bought. 
  12. The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream, $20 (12) - The 101 5-star reviews can’t be wrong! 
  13. Clinique Black Honey Lip Duo, $21 (13) - Looks good on everyone. Really! 
  14. Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps, $75 (14) - The gift that keeps on giving. And giving. And giving. 
  15. Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System, $185 (15) - If you’ve already got the Mia…
  16. Fresh Sugar Bare Gift Set, $56 (17) - A best-selling gift set this season. 
  17. Sonia Kashuk The Vanity Cup, $6 (17) - Cute little stocking stuffer. 
  18. Madewell Cosmetic Pouch in Dark Plaid, $32 (18) - Like the plaid! Get 25% off today with code FEAST25.
  19. Bobbi Brown Everyday Pretty Lip & Eye Palette, $30 (19) - Great for throwing in a handbag or clutch. 
  20. The Wet Brush, $7.11 (20) - I wrote about this recently and it really is a game changer. 
  21. The Container Store 12-Section Nail Polish Organizer, $8 (21) - Need this desperately. 
  22. Red Flower Organic Birch Mineral Hydrotherapy Plunge, $52 (22) - All the Red Flower stuff smells AMAZING. I don’t really love taking baths, but I would just to use this. 
  23. Topshop Christmas Jumper Nail Wraps, $12 (23) - Fun! 
  24. Essie Holiday Encrusted 2013 Nail Color, $8.50 each (24) - GLITTER.
  25. bareMinerals Get Started Kit, $68 ($186 value) (25) - This is (in my opinion) one of the most useful gift sets you could buy someone. I have and love several of the items included. 
  26. Drybar The VIP Pack, $25 ($40 value) (26) - Includes their top rated dry shampoo. 
  27. Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Sheer Navy Lipstick, $25 (27) - I keep reading about this! 
  28. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition “Lavish Luxe” 10 pc Brush Set, $30 (28) - Love the gold.
  29. NARS Beautiful Stranger Mini Nail Coffret, $35 (29) - Love the colors in this mini set. 
  30. Library of Flowers Hand Creme, $24 each (30) - Maybe the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen. 
  31. Beautyblender Sponge, $20 (31) - Another good stocking stuffer. 
  32. Emi-Jay for Splendid Hair Ties, $8 for set of 3 (32) - Lots of different color options available. 
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When I first posted about the upcoming gift guides, I got a question in my ask box that was like “please don’t do a lame gift guide for guys that has fair isle mittens in it.” I’m not sure if the end result is lame or not, but…no fair isle mittens! #muchfairisle #soguy
LL Bean Men’s Bean Boots, $109 (1) - Save 10% today with code THANKS10. I love the black color—something a little different than the standard Bean boot. 
Kindle Fire HDX 7” Tablet, $229 with special offers (2) - I got Brandon a Kindle Fire last year and it’s one of his favorite things. This new one has some great new functionality. 
DEWALT DCF815S2 12-Volt Max 1/4-Inch Impact Driver Kit, $127 (from $300) (3) - A good impact driver is a tool you’ll use over and over again—especially if you like doing DIYs or other home projects. 
Club Monaco Leather Billfold Wallet, $79.50 (4) - The best mens wallets aren’t fussy or overdone—stick with classic shapes and rich plain leather. (No croc embossed leather, in other words.) 
Rocksmith 2014 Edition, $50 (from $80) For PS3, Xbox360, PC/Mac (5) - For the guy who is always complaining about wanting to learn to play the guitar (or the guy who used to but hasn’t played in years), Rocksmith is an AMAZING gift. I’ve played it myself and it’s crazy fun—and actually works. I couldn’t believe how fast I was catching on. 
Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Werewolf Jacket, $160 (6) - This lightweight jacket is great if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the colder months. It has warmer material on the core and windbreaker fabric on the shoulders and arms. 
Michael Kors Scout Watch, $195 (7) - Such a cool watch. 
H&M Hat, $10 (8) - Good stocking stuffer. 
Jack Spade Paint by Number iPhone Case, $40 (9)
Nike for J.Crew Killshot 2 Sneakers, $70 (10) - Surprisingly affordable! 
Playstation Vita 3G/WiFi Bundle, $212 (from $300) (11) - The Vita is an especially good gift if you have a PS4 at home: You can play PS4 games on the Vita remotely.  
ZARA Wool Jacket with Detachable Sleeves, $179 (12) - The sleeves come off and it’s an equally attractive vest. 
Pulse Elite Edition Wireless Stereo Headset, $121 (13) - This wireless headset is specifically designed for use with Playstation systems, but it has an auxiliary port for use with mobile devices too.
The Golden Age of DC Comics, $40 (14)
Cohesion XP 2.1 Gaming Chair with Audio, $50 - (15) Okay, so this is my gamer chair. It was chosen because it is foldable and I can hide it when I’m not playing Red Read Redemption, which (as we have established), is almost never. I am always playing it so the chair is always out. 
Starfrit Beer Mugs, Set of 2, $21 (16) - These glass beer mugs have double-walled glass to keep beer colder longer. 
Wright & Ditson Baseball Tees, $32-$42 (17) - Lots of team options. 
J.Crew Irish Bird’s-Eye Wool Tie, $69.50 (18) - The tie that goes with every suit. 
Flight 001 Spacepak Carry on Suitcase, $325 (19) - Travel a lot? This carry-on size suitcase can pack in 2 weeks worth of clothing. 
Polk Audio SurroundBar 5000 Instant Home Theater, $399 (20) - A good sound bar can replicate the effect of separate surround sound speakers in a big way. I can vouch for this one—we have it. It also comes with a remote and is bluetooth-enabled (so we can hook up iPhones, listen to podcasts or music). 
Lululemon Pace Gloves, $28 (21) - Brandon always complains that mens gloves are too bulky so these slim-fitting, technical fabric ones (that also have tech-friendly fingertips) might do the job. 
Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky, about $120 - Duh. 

When I first posted about the upcoming gift guides, I got a question in my ask box that was like “please don’t do a lame gift guide for guys that has fair isle mittens in it.” I’m not sure if the end result is lame or not, but…no fair isle mittens! #muchfairisle #soguy

  1. LL Bean Men’s Bean Boots, $109 (1) - Save 10% today with code THANKS10. I love the black color—something a little different than the standard Bean boot. 
  2. Kindle Fire HDX 7” Tablet, $229 with special offers (2) - I got Brandon a Kindle Fire last year and it’s one of his favorite things. This new one has some great new functionality. 
  3. DEWALT DCF815S2 12-Volt Max 1/4-Inch Impact Driver Kit, $127 (from $300) (3) - A good impact driver is a tool you’ll use over and over again—especially if you like doing DIYs or other home projects. 
  4. Club Monaco Leather Billfold Wallet, $79.50 (4) - The best mens wallets aren’t fussy or overdone—stick with classic shapes and rich plain leather. (No croc embossed leather, in other words.) 
  5. Rocksmith 2014 Edition, $50 (from $80) For PS3, Xbox360, PC/Mac (5) - For the guy who is always complaining about wanting to learn to play the guitar (or the guy who used to but hasn’t played in years), Rocksmith is an AMAZING gift. I’ve played it myself and it’s crazy fun—and actually works. I couldn’t believe how fast I was catching on. 
  6. Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Werewolf Jacket, $160 (6) - This lightweight jacket is great if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the colder months. It has warmer material on the core and windbreaker fabric on the shoulders and arms. 
  7. Michael Kors Scout Watch, $195 (7) - Such a cool watch. 
  8. H&M Hat, $10 (8) - Good stocking stuffer. 
  9. Jack Spade Paint by Number iPhone Case, $40 (9)
  10. Nike for J.Crew Killshot 2 Sneakers, $70 (10) - Surprisingly affordable! 
  11. Playstation Vita 3G/WiFi Bundle, $212 (from $300) (11) - The Vita is an especially good gift if you have a PS4 at home: You can play PS4 games on the Vita remotely.  
  12. ZARA Wool Jacket with Detachable Sleeves, $179 (12) - The sleeves come off and it’s an equally attractive vest. 
  13. Pulse Elite Edition Wireless Stereo Headset, $121 (13) - This wireless headset is specifically designed for use with Playstation systems, but it has an auxiliary port for use with mobile devices too.
  14. The Golden Age of DC Comics, $40 (14)
  15. Cohesion XP 2.1 Gaming Chair with Audio, $50 - (15) Okay, so this is my gamer chair. It was chosen because it is foldable and I can hide it when I’m not playing Red Read Redemption, which (as we have established), is almost never. I am always playing it so the chair is always out. 
  16. Starfrit Beer Mugs, Set of 2, $21 (16) - These glass beer mugs have double-walled glass to keep beer colder longer. 
  17. Wright & Ditson Baseball Tees, $32-$42 (17) - Lots of team options. 
  18. J.Crew Irish Bird’s-Eye Wool Tie, $69.50 (18) - The tie that goes with every suit. 
  19. Flight 001 Spacepak Carry on Suitcase, $325 (19) - Travel a lot? This carry-on size suitcase can pack in 2 weeks worth of clothing. 
  20. Polk Audio SurroundBar 5000 Instant Home Theater, $399 (20) - A good sound bar can replicate the effect of separate surround sound speakers in a big way. I can vouch for this one—we have it. It also comes with a remote and is bluetooth-enabled (so we can hook up iPhones, listen to podcasts or music). 
  21. Lululemon Pace Gloves, $28 (21) - Brandon always complains that mens gloves are too bulky so these slim-fitting, technical fabric ones (that also have tech-friendly fingertips) might do the job. 
  22. Macallan Fine Oak 15 Years Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky, about $120 - Duh. 
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Moms (especially new moms) can be hard to shop for. Last year Brandon kept asking me for gift ideas and I had no idea what to tell him. More diapers? An extra hour of sleep? It was hard for me to think of anything beyond baby needs. (Something for myself? What does that even mean?) When Christmas rolled around, I opened up my gifts from him and he had come up with a few fun treats and surprises…and none of them screamed “mom gift.” It was really special and I appreciated the thought and care that went into his selections. 
Here are some things I would love to unwrap on Christmas morning:
I’m really into beanies and hats this year and this Free Authority hat (1) is just $15 today. Take an extra 20% off with code GOBBLE. These Kate Spade stud earrings (2) are just $48 and are versatile enough for everyday wear. There are very few Michael Kors watches I don’t like, but this black one (3) is really amazing ($180). 
A moto jacket (4) is a great gift, especially for a new mom. They look better worn open anyway, so size isn’t a huge issue, and they look chic with jeans or leggings. This Calvin Klein one is on sale for $90 from $160 and you can take an extra 20% off with GOBBLE. 
Fossil’s new handbags and other leather accessories have been so good lately. This haircalf-trimmed wallet (5) is so pretty and just $75. 
LEGGINGS. I couldn’t do a stylish mom post without adding a pair of leggings. These ponte equestrian-style leggings (6) are a little fancier than the average black pair. They’re $88. 
Wedges are my new I’m Getting Fancy shoes. I don’t have time for anything more fussy than that. These Calvin Klein wedge booties (7) would look good with jeans or black skinny pants. They’re $130 today (from $150) and you can take an extra 15% off with code GOBBLE. 
A good scarf is the best thing in the world. It makes even a plain sweater and jeans look more stylish. This Steve Madden reversible snood (8) is $32.99 and available in two other colors. 
I am ALL ABOUT the hair gadgets these days. I’ve had really good luck with Conair products (hair wand, spin brush) and the Curl Secret (9) intrigues me. It’s $100 now from $125. 
This Steve Madden shopper bag (10) is $98, comes in four colors and has a crossbody strap, so it’s perfect for throwing over your shoulder if you’re wearing a baby carrier. The faux leather looks really good and I like how roomy it is. 
To see more of my picks for the stylish mom, visit Shopstyle’s Macy’s Holiday Spotlight. 

This post was sponsored by Shopstyle, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. 

Moms (especially new moms) can be hard to shop for. Last year Brandon kept asking me for gift ideas and I had no idea what to tell him. More diapers? An extra hour of sleep? It was hard for me to think of anything beyond baby needs. (Something for myself? What does that even mean?) When Christmas rolled around, I opened up my gifts from him and he had come up with a few fun treats and surprises…and none of them screamed “mom gift.” It was really special and I appreciated the thought and care that went into his selections. 

Here are some things I would love to unwrap on Christmas morning:

I’m really into beanies and hats this year and this Free Authority hat (1) is just $15 today. Take an extra 20% off with code GOBBLE. These Kate Spade stud earrings (2) are just $48 and are versatile enough for everyday wear. There are very few Michael Kors watches I don’t like, but this black one (3) is really amazing ($180). 

A moto jacket (4) is a great gift, especially for a new mom. They look better worn open anyway, so size isn’t a huge issue, and they look chic with jeans or leggings. This Calvin Klein one is on sale for $90 from $160 and you can take an extra 20% off with GOBBLE

Fossil’s new handbags and other leather accessories have been so good lately. This haircalf-trimmed wallet (5) is so pretty and just $75. 

LEGGINGS. I couldn’t do a stylish mom post without adding a pair of leggings. These ponte equestrian-style leggings (6) are a little fancier than the average black pair. They’re $88. 

Wedges are my new I’m Getting Fancy shoes. I don’t have time for anything more fussy than that. These Calvin Klein wedge booties (7) would look good with jeans or black skinny pants. They’re $130 today (from $150) and you can take an extra 15% off with code GOBBLE

A good scarf is the best thing in the world. It makes even a plain sweater and jeans look more stylish. This Steve Madden reversible snood (8) is $32.99 and available in two other colors. 

I am ALL ABOUT the hair gadgets these days. I’ve had really good luck with Conair products (hair wand, spin brush) and the Curl Secret (9) intrigues me. It’s $100 now from $125. 

This Steve Madden shopper bag (10) is $98, comes in four colors and has a crossbody strap, so it’s perfect for throwing over your shoulder if you’re wearing a baby carrier. The faux leather looks really good and I like how roomy it is. 

To see more of my picks for the stylish mom, visit Shopstyle’s Macy’s Holiday Spotlight

This post was sponsored by Shopstyle, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. 

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