With Thanksgiving around the corner (and Black Friday just after!), I think we’re all starting to have that “oh crap, it’s the holidays… I need to buy gifts!” feeling.
I know I am!
And while retailers and brands are PUMPING out ads and products faster than we can keep up, giving the right gift isn’t just a matter of price or aesthetic.
It’s a vast combination of research, vetting, and usefulness. Something I take VERY seriously.
I believe giving the right gift is a slow process — one that shouldn’t be rushed.
But who has the time to VET every single holiday gift they buy?
I don’t. But this year I MADE time just for you. I set aside the last week to not only vet the Christmas gifts I’m gifting this year, but the vet them for you as well!
EVERY product in this gift guide is something I’m proud of (and a lot of the products I already own and love). Each product is something I would be happy to gift to my closest relations and would earnestly spend my hard-earned money on. Every single product is something special, practical, useful, thoughtful, or truly beautiful. And every single product is on this list will hopefully make her (whether it be your friend, girl friend, wife, mother, aunt, or co-worker) holiday feel even more MAGICAL…
The 2018 Gift Guide || For Her
The best flats I’ve ever found. I own at least six pairs (often snagged on sale during Black Friday) and have worn them for countless trips abroad. I love that they pack up quite compactly too, making them easy to throw in my purse for whenever I need a chic, comfortable shoe.
A simple golden bracelet designed to be stacked and a cozy pink scarf that’ll have her seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.
Everyone raves about how healthy sleeping on silk pillowcases are (and what great gifts they make!) but they’re HUGELY impractical if you have pets who sleep in your bed (guilty!) or occasionally forget to take your make-up off before bed (also guilty…).
I’d spend a fortune on dry cleaning if I bought a silk pillowcase — I’d be cleaning it every week!
But with my incredibly fragile long hair, I need to protect my hair while I sleep (since it breaks as I change positions), so these silk sleep turbans have been a life-saver this past year. I bought one just after Christmas last year and now have FOUR. I never sleep without them. While they don’t necessarily “style” my hair as I sleep as some reviews claim, they definitely leave my hair softer, less frizzy, and shinier every morning. I can see a noticeable difference on nights I forget to wear mine.
Forgo the silk pillowcase for the far more practical (and portable) silk turban. It’s a great, product-free way to promote healthier hair!
Okay, okay I cheated. I’ve put this tote on many gift guide lists over the years.
And for good reason.
It’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I bought my first one on a trip to Paris in January 2010 and my second in July 2014 before my trip to Alaska. I use both religiously and regularly and they both have worn so well. I can’t tell you how many times I have jammed these bags under airline seats, used them as a pillow during long road trips, shoved through countless airport security x-rays… And they still look fantastic.
If you’re looking for something she’ll truly use, get wear out of, and rely on year after year, this is THE gift for your traveler.
Sed Bona, a snippet of the Latin phrase “Pauca Sed Bona“, means “quality over quantity”. It means that having more isn’t always best. It means empowering yourself to do fewer but better, more beautiful, and more fruitful things