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Holiday Gift Guide (Mom Don't Read This)
November 23, 2017
Fa La La La La. It’s that time of year again. While there still might (emphasis on *might*) be leftovers still in the fridge, my mind is already onto holiday shopping. So, with the disclaimer that I hope my family does not read this list: here’s what I’ll be getting everyone for the holidays this year. As per usual, most everything is on Amazon (and I get a small referral free if you buy anything on this list, so thanks in advance!) But there are a few things that I think it’s worth going off of Amazon. Which is high praise, because basically if it’s not on amazon, it doesn’t exist. If you click on any of the names of the products or the pictures, it'll take you right there.
23 and Me Ancestry Kit: I am fascinated by ancestry. I’ve made my own family tree on Ancestry.com and while I’ve got a basic understanding of where I came from, part of me really wants to know if there are any surprises. I figure, if I want to know, I could probably find out by gifting this to my parents. Sneaky, right? Good news is I know this is something they already want.
Legacy Box: In the same vein, I got this gift for my father last year and it was a huge hit. It’s a service to archive all your family memories. Yes, we’re talking VHS tapes, slides, photos. They send you a box, you fill it up. It’s a great project for retirees and a trip down memory lane.
Patagonia Better Sweater: EVERYONE in my office has this. It looks so good on, I have to say I feel like nearly everyone should own one. It makes a great gift because it’s just outside the “I could buy this for myself” range, but still won’t break the bank.
Allbirds Merino Sneakers:Apparently I’m into cozy this year, because I also highly suggest Allbirds Merino Wool Shoes. Yes, they’re as comfortable as everyone says. Truthfully, my only complaint is that they get a little too warm for summer weather. But, if you live in Boston, that’s not a big problem. Plus, they’re machine washable. The only drawback in my mind is they can’t be purchased through Amazon so you’ll have to go to www.allbirds.com
Rent the Runway Unlimited Gift Certificate: I am OBSESSED with Rent the Runway Unlimited. I will likely do a separate post, but it’s essentially Netflix for clothes. You get to rotate 4 pieces endlessly. Keep them as long or short as you want, trade them when you want something new. I do live next door to a UPS so I can quickly trade things out, but I’ve found that if I’m rotating pretty quickly, I can get 18 pieces a month. It’s $140 a month, but you literally can rent clothes that cost over $1000 (and I have!). It’s so easy to find the perfect piece for every event, and there’s plenty of work wear as well. But I’ve worn stuff that is well outside my comfort zone (floral romper I’m looking at you). But I am constantly getting compliments. Plus, it’s their job to make sure they find things that are widely appealing to all body types. So I’ve only returned 2 things so far due to size. That’s impressive. Here’s my code: https://rtr.app.link/e/rlphqWLMeI if you use it, we’ll both get $30 off our next month’s order.
Straw Tumbler: This is weird, but I absolutely drink more water out of a straw cup than a normal cup. So, if you want to give the gift of health to someone and encourage them to drink more water, this is a perfect gift. There are tons of options (http://amzn.to/2hTnJVw) on Amazon, but I particularly like these two, both around $13.
Succulents: I love gifting plants, and now Amazon has some available. The best thing about succulents is even the blackest of thumb can keep these alive. This 12 pack is available for $29. It also makes a great hostess gift.
Withings Step Tracking and Sleep Tracker Watch: I’ve posted about this before on Vetted but I LOVE my Withings watch because it looks like a watch first, and an activity tracker second. But it still reminds me to “get my steps in”. The Active pop is around $89 which I think is great (and the black version is on sale for $50!) but they also have a gorgeous steel one that looks like a more traditional watch that I’ve been lusting after….. Here for the Pop, Here for the Steel..
Stainless Cookwear Set: If you want to be really impressive, this cookwear set is nearly identical to the All-Clad stainless steel version but is only $140! We’ve had ours for 7 years and it’s holding up fantastically. We were told about this by a cook who was in school at the Cordon Blu and they literally tell all their chefs to purchase this set. Good enough for me.
Kids gifts can be both harder and easier. Easier since they’re more fun to buy, but harder because you don’t want to clutter up your house with needless junk. But here are a few things going on my list this year.
Jumping Jack Game: Think of this as a less messy pie in the face game. Instead of a pie in the face, a bunny jumps in the air and your kids try to grab it. Friends of ours have this and both my boys (ages 1.5 and 4) loved it. SOLD.
Kindle Fire Kid's Edition: Yes, I’m finally caving. We plan to use these for flights only, but I’m just sick of giving up my own phone for hours at a time when we travel. If you buy them in a bundle, they’re around $80 each. I already know I love amazon’s system, so this is the option we’re going with. We’re obviously getting two because I don’t want to start wwIII in my house.
Cash Register: This stupid little toy cash register gets ENDLESS playing in our house by both kiddos. It’s only $14, but it’s been one of the best purchases we’ve ever made.
Radio Flyer Scooter: I love a good scooter, and for the littlest guys, the three wheels is crucial while they’re learning.
Magnatiles: All day, every day. This is perfect for grandparents since these are unreasonably expensive to get a big set, and yet worth every penny.