I love giving gifts.
I mean LOVE.
When I pick out the perfect gift for someone I love, I get all giggly and excited. I cannot wait to see the look on her face or hear her reaction when she opens it. It’s such a YAY! moment and definitely the very best part of the holiday season.
Because gift-giving means so much to me, I like to carefully pick what I get for the people I love most. Sometimes it takes me an eternity to find what I know will be adored, but it’s worth the search.
And I’m not looking for the most expensive gift or the flashiest gift. I’m not impressed by bling. I am looking for the most meaningful gift. The kind of gift that makes a friend smile from ear to ear because it’s just what she wanted or needed (even if she didn’t realize it).
This year, in an effort to spare you from some of the time and stress it takes to find the right gift, I have created a list of holiday gifts that any girl (and maybe even guy) will love. Whether it’s your homegirl, a neighbor, your daughter, a cousin, your mom, or any other woman you care about, I think this list will help.
There is a little something for everyone, and they are all items that can make this thing called life a little bit sweeter for someone that matters to you.
I have a confession to make. I am a “planner whore.” Every 6 months, I start hunting for a new planner to use until I find one that makes my soul smile. I’ve used many planners over the years that I have loved, but my choice for 2017 is the Ink + Volt Planner. I actually found out about this planner through my husband and we both plan to use it in the coming year. I’ll be using it in conjunction with my Create a Life you Love Goal Setting Guide. Like many of you, I love doing things digitally, but there is something to be said for a good notebook and pen. Sometimes, I need to flip pages. If you have a friend who would benefit from an awesome planner in 2017, give this one a try.
(Starting at $16)
We are family here, so let me be honest with you. Earlier this year, I started a new brand called CandidLiving. A couple of months ago, I made the tough decision to hit the pause button on that brand for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is that I got pregnant with my third child and managing that online shop, CandidBelle, my speaking, writing for numerous sites, and working on my book was just too much. Something had to take a backseat. But I decided to take my most popular CandidLiving items and offer them through CandidBelle because I love you (almost as much as I love t-shirts). You will find tees, mugs and artwork that make great gifts for yourself or the women in your life!
For the last 2 years, I have been a Fitbit fanatic. I wear it all the time and I get pretty pissed off if I forget to charge it. The Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the newest Ftbit devices and it’s a great way to motivate yourself to stay fit. It’s also easy to enter friendly competitions with all your peeps who also use Fitbit (I bet more of your friends use it than you realize). And I also love that it syncs with the free MyFitnesPal app, as well as several other fitness apps. Great gift for anyone who’s mentioned that they want to put fitness first in 2017.
I recently discovered Make My Notebook and I think it’s such a cool company. Allowing you to customize notebooks, you can create the perfect journal or notebook for someone you love. I am actually in love with this company so much, I plan on working with them to create journal in 2017. Below is a notebook I currently have and I adore it. They make pretty awesome stuff.
(Pre-order on Amazon for $13.67)
I want to scarem from the rooftops about this one, but I will play it cool. An essay I wrote is featured in this soon-to-be-released Chicken Soup for the Soul book, so of courseI think this gift choice is perfection. Women everywhere can really benefit from reading about how other women developed self-confidence and reached that amazing place of self-love. A great and affordable gift to share with all the women in your life, I think this is a great pick and I am so proud to have my work published in this book.
Marriage Tees was founded by my friends Ronnie & Lamar Tyler from Black and Married With Kids. It’s a great online shop offering a number of t-shirts for people who are all about that married life. It’s a great gift to get for a special friend and her boo. And Marriage Tees never diappoints with their sales, so be sure to check out their site this weekend.
(starts at $7.99/month)
My best friend got me a Love With Food subscription when the company was relatively new and I just adored getting those boxes filled with goodies every month. It’s always nice getting anything in the mail that’s not a bill, and if you are a foodie like me, getting snacks in the mail is a special treat. The treats are tasty and are often items I never even heard of. I love the brand, I love their mission (ending childhood hunger), and I love the snacks. If you know a woman who loves a great snack and a great cause, check this company out.I have given this to several friends as a Christmas gift and no one has ever been disappointed.
One Hope Wine is a cause-centric wine brand that I love so much, I started working with them a few years ago. Although my schedule doesn’t allow me to do too much with One Hope, I truly love the brand’s mission and think it’s pretty awesome that by buying a bottle of wine, you are also giving to one of many important social causes. They are offering a great sale this weekend and it doesn’t end until Monday. I’m talking 40% off a purchase of 3 or more bottles of wine and free shipping if you buy 6 or more bottle. Sweet, right? Get a bottle for all your girlfriends (except for me because I’m pregnant…LOL).
I try to encourage the people I love to make healthy food choices without being preachy. I love a good slice of pizza or a piece of chocoate, but I also know that I can’t eat like that daily, I have to be mindful of what I place in my body. That’s why I think Thrive Market is awesome. It gives you a convenient way to make wise food choices at a reasonable price. You really can’t beat it. Check it out for yourself, or grab a gift card for someone you love.
Offering stationery sets, cards, wall art and more, Minted products just make you feel good about life. What I love most about their products are the clean, beautiful designs. I ordered my holiday cards through Minted two years ago and they were a hit! Truly beautiful stuff and great gifts for your friends.
(Starts at $20)
I adore Stitch Fix. A great service for ladies who would love a personal stylist but don’t have a ton of cash to actually hire one. I love every Stitch Fix item I ever purchased, and I think a Stitch Fix gift card will make any girl happy.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
($11.01 on Amazon)
I tried my best to read more this year and this is one of the books that had the biggest impact on me. In The War of Art, Pressfield helps you dig deep so you can uncover what’s blocking you from achieving greatness and winning your inner creative battles. A quick and meaningful read, I would recommend this book for anyone who feels stuck or frustrated with where they are in life and wants to figure out how to win the battle.
($6.99 and up)
I have been in love with Hallmark cards and products since I was a child. I would actually flip over gift cards to see if the person giving it cared enough to give me a Hallmark card. I was a bit obsessive about it…LOL. And last year, Hallmark as added Mahogony ornaments to their selection and love them (the image below is one of my favorites). The perfect gift for the women in your life who deserve to be celebrated this holiday season.
DaySpring offers an amazing collection of faith-based products that can add a ray of light to the lives of the people you love most. From journals to jewelry to home decor and more, DaySpring is the perfect way to tell a loved one “God loves you and so do I.” Check out their collection today and don’t miss out on this awesome Black Friday Sale they have going!
The Bloom Beautifully Box
(Starts at $39)
As women, we often focus on caring for the people we love most while neglecting our own needs. Not anymore, Founded by Tara Jefferson, The Bloom Beautifully Self-Care Box is an amazing subscription service that allows you to receive a monthly themed box of self-care items–encouraging you to put your needs first! It’s a great gift for a friend (and also a great idea to get a subscription for yourself).
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Don’t wait! Start today. And please leave a comment to share gift ideas that you love. I will gladly share with the CB community if I think it’s dope. 🙂
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. That just means I might make a few dollars if you make a purchase. It doesn’t impact the price you pay for a product at all. It’s also not a ton of money, so you can be sure that my recommendations are for things I truly love.