Christmas Wish List

I think I’ve done a Christmas Wish List post just about every year since starting this blog, so I figured I better pull something together again this year. Granted these are all items that I’d personally like to see under the tree on Christmas morning, but maybe the list will also give you some gift ideas for the ladies in your life, or, and no judgment here, for yourself. Full disclosure – I already know I’m getting a few of these items for Christmas because I bought them myself on Cyber Monday. Hey! I can’t help it that I’m such a good sale shopper! Matt’s view is that if I can find something cheaper than what he would have paid, then why not? The only thing I’ve actually opened is the Ninja Coffee Bar, and that was technically my birthday present (which is next week). Everything else went straight under the tree and I’ll act surprised Christmas morning:-)

*Ninja Coffee Bar. For the coffee aficionado in your life. We upgraded from our trusty Keurig and sprung for the fancy version of the Ninja that has the built in frother so I can make coffee shop worthy drinks. I haven’t really had time to mess with it yet, but the regular coffee I’ve made has come out great. I love that you can make larger sized cups so my travel mug is completely filled up. It’s super easy to use. I also love that it is programmable…something my Keurig did not have. Love having my coffee automatically brewed when I leave for work in the morning. If you know the person already has a Keurig, a nice variety box of K-cups would be a fun gift as well.

*On that note, nice travel coffee mugs. I feel like I always buy the cheap ones that don’t hold heat well, or they crack, or don’t hold up in the dishwasher. Bonus points if they actually can go in the dishwasher. That’s one of the reasons I don’t use my Yeti regularly…I’m really OCD about having a clean cup to bring to work with me each day, but I don’t have the patience to hand wash my Yeti every night. I actually really love my Lilly Pulitzer travel mug because it’s super cute and it’s dishwasher safe (even though it says hand wash recommended, I can vouch that it does fine in the dishwasher). I’d also love one of the water tumblers.

*While we’re on Lilly Pulitzer, I’d pretty much be excited to find any of their dresses under the tree, but my favorites are always the Essie, Marlowe, Sloane, Melle and Callista styles, and I really have my eye on the new Jupiter Sweater Dress.

*Pearl stud earrings. I lost one of my pearl earrings a couple years ago and was devastated. They were definitely my go-to jewelry and I love the classiness and simplicity. They go with everything. One of these days I am going to get a new pair…or maybe Santa will bring me a pair one year;)

*Tory Burch flats. Always an easy go-to gift that Matt can get me. My uniform staple is often leggings, a tunic and TB flats, and I can’t ever have enough of any of those items. This year I asked for these cute gold ones with the bows at the toe. I like the bow for a change (as compared to the logo medallion) and I feel like they will add a little somethin’ somethin’ to my outfits. I also asked for a new pair of Millers that I can stow away until Spring. Can’t go wrong with those in my opinion.

*Continuing in the shoe category…I think I put this on the list every year, but I LOVE my Ugg slippers. Hands down the most worn thing I own. I put these bad boys on the minute I walk in the door. Mine are two years old, but they still look really good and have held up so well. Wouldn’t mind a new pair though in a different style or color. $100 may seem steep for slippers, but I’m telling you, you WILL get your money’s worth.

*Programmable slow cooker. I know this sounds super lame, but it’s high time for a crockpot upgrade. I feel like I would use a crockpot so much more if I could set it to start cooking at a certain time and then transfer to warm at a certain time. The reason I don’t use it a lot is because we are gone for at least 9 hours each day, and most meals can’t cook, even on low, for that long. Ideally I need to be able to prep and get all of the ingredients in the crockpot at night and pop it in the fridge, so then I can just hook it all up in the morning and set it to start cooking around 10 a.m. and transfer to warm at 5 p.m.

*Pretty art work for the home. Look for something that reminds you of the person you’re gifting, or something that you know would look great in their house. Minted is a great place to find unique pieces, and I’ve already expressed my love for House of Belonging if you want a piece with scripture on it. I love getting pieces from other people when I can tell they put a lot of thought into it. Such a meaningful gift that will last.

*Gift certificate to a favorite store. Duh. Who doesn’t love to go shop with free money? For me, a gift certificate to Lululemon is pretty much the best gift you can give me.

*Cozy blanket scarf. Can never have too many of these in my opinion. I have them in an array of colors and fabrics, but I especially love the cozy, thick fabrics for winter time. I always keep one in my purse and hung over my chair in my office for when I get cold. Plus they help pull together an otherwise blah outfit.

*Thierry Mugler Angel perfume. I put this on my list every year because I ask for it every year (one large bottle lasts me a year exactly). My favorite perfume of all time. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been stopped on the street, in the elevator, in a store, etc. and asked what scent I’m wearing. I’m always getting compliments on it. It’s different without being too “out there,” and it’s just so warm and subtle.

*jCrew Excursion vests. Again, can’t have too many of these and they are perfect for carrying you from fall through winter. They keep your core warm and pull together a look. Right now I’m really loving my navy and green vest. I’m actually wearing it today!

*Gift certificate for a massage. Who doesn’t love a massage? This isn’t something I would normally go do for myself, even though I love it every time I go, so it’s a nice treat. Same goes for a gift certificate to get a pedicure.

Stocking stuffers:

*Emi-Jay hair ties. Can never have too many of these.

*Nostalgic candy. Hit up Cracker Barrel for a good selection.

*Subscription to a favorite magazine.

*Amazon Kindle gift card. This is a very useful gift for an avid reader like myself, assuming they have a Kindle of course.

*Starbucks gift card. Even with my new Ninja Coffee Bar, it’s still fun to hit up Starbucks when I’m out running errands on the weekend.

*Smith’s Rosebud Salve. Will always and forever be my favorite lip product.

*Fancy hand cream. I keep hand cream stashed all over the place, and I love really rich ones that smell nice, without being greasy or over-powering. L’Occitane is always one of my favorites.

*Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil. My MIL got me hooked on this a couple years ago and now I am legitimately hooked (and running low!). I love rubbing this on my legs and arms when I get out of the bath, and I’ve used it on the ends of my hair when it gets dry in the winter.

*Anything Rodan + Fields! I can even help you out with that if you need it;) Seriously though, high quality skincare is such a nice treat. Even before I was selling R+F, I always asked for some sort of nice skincare product. Now I love gifting it.

Hope this gave you some ideas! I still have some serious Christmas shopping to do and I’ve GOT to get after it this weekend. Unfortunately most of my shopping is in the male genre, which is so stinkin’ hard! The women in our families are so easy to shop for and I actually love picking out gifts for them. The men on the other hand, such a struggle. Anyone have good ideas??

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