Saturday, December 15, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

If you've followed me for a while, you know that I normally split up the gift guide into separate posts. For example, I'll have a "beauty lovers," gift guide, a "for him," gift guide, etc. But I've realized, that makes it a little difficult to share the entire gift guide.  So this year, I'm trying to do them all in one.  And if we don't like it, we can go back to separating them all again next year.

First up:

For the Kids

I realize there is a TON of advertising on what to get kids for the holidays. Hatichmals are still happening (we gave in this year and my son is getting one). Along with tablets, video games, and all sorts of technology. But you don't need to spend a ton of money or have the latest tech to give a great gift. Sometimes, it's all about the classic playthings.

Play Visions Crayola Compounds are always a hit. Little ones can use these sets and their imaginations to create their own barber shop/hair salon, an underwater sea adventure, or a lair for monsters. Kids have been playing with toys like these for decades. They remain popular and may give mom and dad a little break to relax while the kids play.

Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: A Center Stage Pop-Up Book
is a gorgeously illustrated book that will capture the attention of both children and adults. Perfect for the holiday season, this classic tale with a twist is full of fun and adventure.

For the Couple

Great couple presents are often hard to find. Either they are too assuming, too impractical, or too expensive for most people to feel comfortable giving.  That's where Crate of Love comes in.  I featured them in last year's gift guide and I'm doing it again. This subscription box is so cute AND affordable. A date in a box, this subscription is just $19.99/month and perfect for new parents or parents with young kids who can't do date nights out of the house often or couples who are homebodies and looking for new ideas on how to get closer. The website also offers a digital subscription with weekly games and challenges for just $1.99/month.  If you want to give this subscription as a gift without being billed monthly, there is an option to give three months for $59.99.

For the Beauty Queen

You guys know this is where I fall. Makeup and beauty products are my jam.  And you can't have makeup and beauty without...Sephora.  The Sephora collection is one of those "store brands" that doesn't behave like a store brand. They're on point but much more affordable than other higher-end brands.  My FAVORITE things from the Sephora collection are always the brushes. Sephora's brushes are my go-to. They perform beautifully and are still pretty affordable when it comes to quality makeup brushes. The Sephora Collection Spellbound Brush Set is gorgeous and on sale for $25 as I write this!

Other favorites include the Sephora Collection Moon Phases Palette (now on sale for $12),  Sephora Collection Mix & Mingle Lip Collection (now on sale for $19), and the Sephora Collection Enchanting Glow Palette (now on sale for $8).

If you're looking for beauty products that are organic and a bit more natural when it comes to ingredients, I recommend The Organic Skin Co.  Their products are cruelty-free and vegan (that means no carmine/ pulverized Cochineal in their lipsticks). I really love their lipsticks, cheek and lip tints, and their Almond face scrub called Nitty Gritty. All of their products feel great going on and perform beautifully.

For Him

This is always where I struggle. Men can be difficult to buy for. Especially if you're on a budget. But here are some ideas. I shopped at ULTA this Black Friday and walked away with so many gifts for friends and family. I bought the Fragrance Faves for Him and the Grooming Essentials sets. They also have a really nice gift set by The Art of Shaving on sale now for just $15.  Gift cards are another go-to. I know they can feel thoughtless. But if you know of a particular hobby or interest of the man in your life, you can put together a really nice gift basket with a gift card inside. Examples: For a coffee lover get a nice steel travel thermos, some coffee syrups, and a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. For the golf addict put together a basket of golf balls, golf tees, and a gift card to a nice golf club or resort. For the music fan, a band t-shirt, nice earbuds, and a Ticketmaster (or specific venue) gift card would be fitting.

Last Minute

If you are shopping last minute and need something that will be here in time, Amazon Prime is the way to go. Here is the link to my Amazon Favorites List. I'm always updating it. (I'm an Amazon Mom, not a Pinterest Mom.) Free Two-Day Shipping is always your friend.

  **This post is not sponsored. I did not receive payment for featuring these products. Some (not all) of the products were sent to me free of charge for review purposes.

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