Looking for the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life that isn’t just another Barnes & Noble gift card? Trust me, everyone loves a gift card, but if you’re looking for something a bit more personal, I’ve got the gift list for you! Check out my Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Worm. You’ll find lots of fun, practical, and unique gifts that any lover of literature will be sure to find useful in their lives!
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Finding a comfortable way to hold your book and flip the pages ca be such a hassle! You can set this bamboo, adjustable stand in your lap or on the counter for a hands-free, hassle free read! This is also the perfect gift for anyone you know who cooks and bakes a lot following a cookbook or recipe book!
This book light is perfect for the traveling book worm! You can throw this rechargeable clip-on book light right in your bag or suitcase and read on the go. If you live with a significant other and you like to stay up in bed reading and don’t want to disturb your partner by leaving lights on to read, this is your perfect solution!
I LOVE the idea of a personalized book embosser! This one from Etsy allows you to choose what you’d like your embosser to say and how you’d like it to look! If you’re someone who likes to lend out books within your family or friend group, this is the perfect gift to help make sure they don’t mistake your book as theirs.
If you’re a total library nerd this gift is AMAZING! Going to the library, checking out books, and having your card catalogue stamped is slowly becoming an old past-time, but with this personalized library kit you can keep the tradition alive and well! This is another great gift if you often lend out your books.
Another great gift for the traveling book worm! A book sleeve is also a great gift for anyone who likes to have their current read in their bag at all times- you never know when you might get a free moment to read!
Magnetic bookmarks are my favorite kind of bookmark! Because they’re magnets, you won’t ever have to worry about your marker falling out of your book and losing your page! I’m always losing bookmarks, so a set is a great option for a gift
Everyone loves a good t-shirt. I love this one that says “I closed my book to be here.” Etsy is FULL of adorable shirts with witty book-related sayings! You’ll be sure to find one for everyone, no matter what their favorite book is.
Having a nice cup of coffee or tea while you cozy up with a book is the ultimate form of self-care! And you can never have too many adorable mugs! I loved these catalogue card ones, and the one that says “just one more page.”
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Fashion Lover- $50 and Under
The holiday gift search is now underway, and my next gift guide is for the fashion lover in your life! We all know that fashion finds can tend to be on the higher end of the gift giving budget, but they don’t have to be! This list if full of gifts $50 and under! Whether you’re shopping for a friend or adding things to your own holiday wish list, there is sure to be something suitable for every style and every budget!
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Shackets are a Fall/Winter staple in anyone’s wardrobe! They are such a great layering piece and work within so many different style. Whether you’re buying for a glam queen or a cozy queen, ANYONE would be happy to have a gorgeous shacket in their closet. Finding an affordable shacket can be quite a challenge, but these ones from Amazon do not disappoint!
Know someone who loves to lay around in style? Lounge sets are the way to go! These would be the perfect gift for new mommas, your friends that work from home, or anyone you know that appreciates a cozy night in.
There’s nothing that screams “holidays” more than giving the gift of pajamas! Whether you’ve got someone who loves some tacky Christmas PJ’s or someone who likes a more traditional set, these sets from Target come in a variety of patterns, styles, and colors!
I think robes are SO underrated and would make the perfect gift for your fashion lover! Another way to lounge or prep for your big night out in style. Not only would a robe be a great gift for it’s comfort, it would be a great gift for it’s multiple uses. You can also give the gift of heatless curls with that bathrobe tie *wink*
I bought myself a pair of fuzzy slippers last year around this time and it was the BEST gift for me from me! Say goodbye to frumpy, old slippers and say hello to slippers in style with any of these pairs!
Blanket scarves are one of those accessories that still haven’t gone out of style (in my opinion anyway)! I love throwing on a blanket scarf on a freezing day- they make me feel extra warm, cozy, and fashionable!
If you’re anything like me, I used to HATE headbands as a kid. They hurt my ears and gave me headaches (and honestly, I just thought I didn’t have the head for them). But even since headbands have come back in style, I have loved a good headband moment! These sets from Amazon are so affordable and adorable, how could you NOT gift these?!
Fanny packs and small, stylish cross-body bags are SO in right now! I love having my hands free and don’t love to carry a huge bag, so having everything I need in a bag like these is the perfect fix. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who has a busy lifestyle or lives in a city!
If your fashionista likes to only bring your phone, keys, and wallet on the go, a card holder keychain wallet is the perfect gift! They can attach their car keys right to the keychain and have their essentials at their fingertips!
Layered necklaces are alllll the rage right now, and these gorgeous sets from Amazon are so affordable! You can customize them to match the first letter of your name or the first letter of your fashionista’s name!
I love the look of layered bracelets, but sometimes having too many bracelets on one wrist makes me feel hectic (lol). The first two bracelets I have listed here are Victoria Emerson, and I love how they look. Surprise- it’s only 1 bracelet that looks like a stack! Beaded bracelets with adorable notes of encouragement on them are also big right now!
Earring sets are the perfect little gift or stocking stuffer! It almost feels like you’re giving more than one gift because of how many different sets of earrings are included! The Loft has some perfect little gift sets, and if you’re looking for something a little less holiday themed, Amazon has some great, affordable looks!
Everyone and their mother has a smart watch, so why not gift a fancy band to spice it up! I love these beaded Victoria Emerson wrap bands! Scrunchie bands are also so on trend and perfect if you just want something casual!
The perfect accessory for your work from home bestie! I have a pair of blue light glasses from Francesca’s, and every time I’m wearing them on social media people want to know how they can get them! Francesca’s has some really fashionable styles for a really affordable price!
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Are you ready to start your holiday shopping early this year?? Shopping for the beauty lover in your life, on a budget nonetheless, can be a bit of a struggle- but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve done the hard for you! Check out my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide-$40 and Under! Click any of the product titles below to shop directly via my LiketoKnowIt!
The perfect holiday beauty gift to start out the guide! The Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm is a staple in my daily routine! This eye balm instantly hydrates, cools, and fills in fine lines around the eye. Also helps with dark circles and puffiness.
We all need a great SPF in our skincare routine, and this one is my favorite! This daily SPF 30 sunscreen not only protects skin from the negative effects of sun rays, pollution and blue light, but also gives skin a perfect dewy look. Plus, it smells delicious!
Having a healthy glow all year round is SO easy with these drops! They come in a variety of different shades to match YOUR glow and are made with color correcting technology to keep your glow looking naturally gorgeous. Mix in your favorite moisturizer and get your glow on!
A friend of mine got me an Origins Mask Minis set a few years back, and I think this is one of the best gifts you could give! This set includes 5 of their best masks to try! My favorites are the Drink Up Hydration Mask and the Retexturizing Mask made with rose clay!
I’m a sucker for a good eyeshadow stick! This set includes includes four creamy, long-wearing eye shadows with a shimmering finish-perfect for on-the-go OR for the beauty lover that loves to save time as well!
This is another great beauty product for travel! This box is a customizable, sustainable and convenient solution to traditional makeup palettes. Create the palette that speaks to YOU and choose from over 35 different makeup pans including brows, eyes, lips and cheeks. Refills available on the Billion Dollar Beauty Website or in your local Target Store.
If you give the gift of a gel lamp, you’ll have to gift some gel nail polish as well! You’ll need to gift the gel top & base coats and some gel polish! This set of colors is perfect for the neutral lover. Amazon has tons of collections in a variety of colors- there’s something for everyone!
Holiday Beauty Gift Guide- $40 and Under: Accessories
If you’re anything like me, I try to avoid putting heat on my hair, even to dry it! These scrunchies keep your hair back after the shower while drying your hair! They accommodate all hair lengths while providing comfort during your post-shower routines.
I would bet hands down that the hardest people to buy gifts for during the holiday season are the men in your life. Dad, brother, boyfriend, best friend, etc. MEN ARE THE HARDEST TO SHOP FOR! At one point or another, I’m sure you’ve had trouble coming up with ideas for gifts for the men in your life. Either they already have most of the cool things you want to get them, you can’t think of anything new and different to get them or they give you no help at all deciding what they want or could use. That’s why I’ve put together this gift guide, Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life!
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Portable chargers are perfect for guys on the go! Whether they’re constantly traveling for work, hiking, or running around a city all day, having a way to recharge their devices is so important! This Halo charger allows you to recharge AND includes jumper cables to jump a car!
I actually just bought this product for myself, so it’s not just for men! It’s perfect for the frequent traveler. This bag can be either a duffle bag or a backpack! There are lots of pockets and compartments, even a place to store a pair of shoes!
An Echo Dot is actually a really easy and affordable gift for anyone! The Echo Dot is the perfect Amazon product to start out with if they maybe aren’t as tech savvy but want the perks of Alexa! Set timers, get news updates, listen to music, and more- this little thing does it all!
The perfect gift for the outdoorsy guy! You can use this hassle-free outdoor fire pit anywhere! Enjoy 3+ hours of burning time without having to find firewood or worry about clean up. AND it’s made from recycled soy wax and recycled paper briquettes, to minimize our footprint.
If you live with a man with a beard, maybe this one is a gift for both him AND you! Attach the beard bib to any mirror or hard surface using the suction cups to instantly make a bib to catch all his little beard hairs! This makes for easy clean up, which I think we all love!
Last month I highlighted a few ways to get your holiday gift list organized, so now we are ready for the next step. Shopping! You may have done some shopping during those Black Friday sales or you may just be getting started, to each their own! Regardless of when you start your shopping, you may have that someone on your list that you just…don’t know how to buy for! Whether it be a friend, a family member, a co-worker, some people just always seem to stump you! It may not even be that they are difficult to shop for, you just may not be able to come up with ideas off the top of your head which can leave you feeling lost when it comes to heading to the stores (or heading to your laptop in this year’s case).
I asked social media and did some thinking of my own, and I’ve come up with a list of some simple, easy-to-find and easy-to-give gifts for just about anyone in your life this holiday season!
Something that a few people said they would want to receive as a gift was a book, specifically a book they have been wanting! If you know a bookworm, this is definitely the perfect gift! I know, from personal experience, for some reason I don’t always jump to buy a book for myself over something else I want…and I’m an avid reader! It’s always really thoughtful to be gifted a book I’ve talked about over and over to a friend. It could also be really personal to purchase a book for someone on a topic you know they are really interested, or something you know they are interested in learning more about! Even if you don’t know what book to buy someone, a gift card to a bookstore could be great. Even better if the bookstore is a small business!! Two books I personally would give as a gift ANY time are Untamed by Glennon Doyle and Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer.
Another personal gift for any friend or family member would be framed photos! Photos always act as a beautiful memento of a friendship, relationship, or memory of a loved one! Places like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, and Target have really affordable frames, and it only costs a few cents to print photos from places like Walmart or CVS! If you’re looking for prints that are a little fancier, try a place online like Parabo Press where you can get square prints, wall art, photo books, gallery displays, calendars, and more! Click here to shop and use the code HGZPAW for $10 off your order!
I love this idea, definitely because I’m a paper/notebook/stationary nerd! I have lots of friends who are small business owners and having personalized note cards is something so thoughtful and useful if they are sending out thank you cards or little personalized notes! Having personalized notepads and desk calendars is also something that can be useful for any college student or at-home worker! If you’re looking for some really gorgeous, personalized planners, notepads, notecards and more- Ivory Paper Co. is your spot! They’ve got it all and it is SO stunning and durable! Plus, they’re a small business! WooHoo! Click here to shop the Ivory Paper Co. Website!
Blue Light Glasses
Here we are, December 2020, and we are ALL sitting on our computers STILL. My blue light glasses have been such a saving grace ever since I started the blog, since I spend a decent amount of time on the computer these days! If you know someone who is taking classes online or working from home, chances are good they could use a pair of blue light glasses, too! I have two pair, one from Amazon and another from Francesca’s!
Pajamas may seem like a simple gift, but if you’ve got someone in your life who just likes to snuggle up and stay warm during the chilly winter months, cozy pajamas are essential! Old Navy has the cutest holiday pajama sets, and you could even spice them up with a robe, cute slippers, and socks from just about anywhere! To be honest, I have a lot of pajama sets from Walmart that I absolutely love- plus they are really affordable! Maybe you even do a cute little pajama exchange with your peeps and have a holiday movie and wine night over Zoom! It could be a great way to make the most out of the situation!
Just about any jewelry makes for a great gift, but earrings seem to be big this year! Personally, I have really gotten into the big earrings trend because of having to wear a mask! We can’t utilize lipstick as much as a form of self-expression when we are out, so earrings are the way to go! Polymer clay and resin earrings are big right now!! If you’re looking for some awesome small business accounts to check out, check out: @somewanderearrings and @earringsbyvic. Instagram is the perfect place to look for small businesses to support! You can definitely fall down the rabbit hole and search until you find what you’re looking for!
Additionally, one of my favorite jewelry brands to gift during the holidays is Sashka Co.! These bracelets are the perfect, affordable gift for the jewelry lover in your life! Each glass bead bracelet is handmade, and the company’s mission is to provide sustainable jobs for women in Nepal! Click HERE to check out these gorgeous bracelets!
A Self-Care Beauty Bundle
For the purpose of this gift idea, I’m referring to self-care in the form of baths, relaxations, and “treating oneself.” Lots of people on social media said they’d like to receive things like face masks, hair masks, chapsticks, etc. It could be super cute to gather up those items and maybe a few others like bath bombs, bath salts, a loofah, nail polishes, fuzzy socks, and anything else you can think of, gathering them up, and creating a self-care beauty bundle! You could include wine, candy, and other snacks to amp it up a bit, too!
Gel Mani Set Up
When you hear “gel manicure” you may automatically think of the $25-30 dollar service you get at a salon but buying the tools to start doing your own gel mani at home is actually rather affordable! I’m going to put a link HERE to one of my previous posts “How To Get Your Best At-Home Gel Mani.” In it, I highlight all the tools and products a person may need to get started, links and all! Even just getting someone the UV lamp and base/topcoats will help kickstart their at-home mani process immensely!
Reusable Coffee Cups/Water Bottles
I will admit, I also have a slight obsession with cups and water bottles LOL. I also love mugs, but since I tend to be going, going, going I am always seeking out new reusable travel cups and water bottles! If you have people in your life who love all things cold (even in the winter months) you could get them a nice stainless-steel water bottle or travel mug! Again, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s always have affordable, versatile options! If your peeps are hot beverage people too, or they don’t really have a preference, reusable plastic cups are a perfect gift! Check out PeachesbyPaige and ShopAnnieandLulu on Etsy for adorable, affordable reusable cups (and more!).
Coffee Gift Cards (or any gift cards, really)
People may say that gift cards are impersonal, but I would argue that gift cards for just about anything make THE perfect gift. It’s giving the gift of choice! Let’s be real. We all love and appreciate receiving Dunkin’ and Starbucks cards. We just do! It’s really nice, especially around the holidays, to have the bill for our caffeine addictions paid for! It’s ALSO really nice to walk into Target or T.J. Maxx and know that part of all the unnecessary things we put into our cart will be covered, thanks to a friend or family member! If you’re feeling COMPLETELY stuck and just don’t know what to get a person: GET. THE. GIFT CARD. No offense to the candles out there, I love a good candle, but I would much rather pick out something I’ve had my eye on with a gift card than receive my 900th holiday candle (hence why candles were not on my list!).
I hope this helps you CRUSH your holiday shopping this season! Please stay safe if you’re going out shopping at all! Wear your mask and abide by any and all restrictions stores may have! Make smart choices and order online as much as you can. Just about all these gift suggestions can be purchased online, so please be smart! Your friends and family will thank you! HAPPY DECEMBER!
We are officially at the mid-way point of November! Whether you started embracing the Christmas spirit before Halloween, once Halloween ended, or you’re waiting until after Thanksgiving, one thing is for sure: now is the time to start figuring out your Christmas gift list! Even if you’re a last-minute shopper, now is the perfect time to start thinking of who you need to buy for and brainstorming some gift ideas!
I LOVE gift giving and surprising friends and loved ones with gifts tailored just for them and planning out my list helps me get squared away before the crazy shopping ensues! If you’re not a planner by nature, don’t despair! I’m here to share a few tips and tricks with you to help you kickstart the organization of your gift list to make your holiday shopping painless!
List your people
The first step in organizing your holiday gift list is writing out who you need to buy for! Start by just writing out all the people you can think of that you typically buy for in a season- family, friends, co-workers, significant others, etc. I like to separate my list into categories, so feel free to make your own categories as such if you like to see them separated! And remember, you can always add people to your list or downsize. This is just a preliminary list, no need to be locked into it!
Talk to your friends about gifting
This step is important in your gifting process, especially for younger people i.e. college students, recent grads, etc. I can tell you firsthand that gifting as a young adult is hard! I always feel like I want to shower my friends and family with the best of the best, but my wallet says otherwise! Because you and your friends will more than likely be floating in that boat together, ASK your friends and loved ones 1. If you will be exchanging gifts this year and 2. If so, should we set a spending budget. This is something that I adopted with many of my friends in college that we are still practicing now! Being up front and asking if they would still like to exchange gifts for the holiday opens up a conversation, and setting a spending limit ensures that one person is not spending a ton of money while the other stays within THEIR budget. Make sense? Exchanging gifts or exchanging extravagant gifts DOES NOT define your friendship or relationship. The holidays can be tough, so it is important to work within YOUR means!
Consider your funds, create an overall budget, and individual spending budgets
This step branches off the previous one just a bit! As I said, for most young people, spending around the holidays can be nerve wracking! The best way to combat this feeling to the best of your ability is to consider your funds and your budget before you jump into shopping. Once you’re out and about in stores, it can be easy to veer off course and spend more than you bargained for, which ultimately will just leave you a stressed out place once the shopping is over. We want to avoid that! While we LOVE our friends and loved ones, you don’t want to shell out every penny you’ve got on presents when chances are good you will have expenses to cover! Start by:
Talking to with your people and setting your spending limits with one another
If you don’t have that discussion with your peeps, try to assign spending budgets for each person on your gift list. Like I said, I know you might want to give your loved ones the world, but we must be realistic with our funds- especially this season!
Tally up the maximum amounts you’ve assigned to each person to figure out your maximum budget for your holiday spending. This will be a great framework to start your shopping with! Do keep in mind that you’ve calculated your MAXIMUM budget. Those are the walls in which you should aim to stay, and there is nothing wrong with coming out underbudget! Leave yourself a little bit of wiggle room though, as we all know that one extra person always seems to slip our minds in the craziness of the season!
Do your research, get ideas together!
Now that your gift list is a bit more solid, the fun can begin! Take a look at your list and start brainstorming some gift ideas for your people! Something else you can do that I have done in the past is ask your people to list maybe 5 things they want or need this season. If you’re feeling completely stuck, this will help provide a little insight into how they are thinking! Don’t be afraid to ask if there is anything they want or anything they need. This will help you formulate ideas that are a bit more personal and tailored to the person you’re shopping for!
Google, Instagram, and Pinterest are your friends! SO many bloggers and influencers put together gift idea lists and posts- the resources are endless! Chances are good that if you search it, you’ll find a resource on it! *Don’t forget to keep your receipts and get gift receipts if you can!*
Gather up your gift bags/wrappings so you can clearly separate your gifts and see what you’ve got
As you’re shopping, if you’re interested, gather up your gift bags/boxes/tags too! Sometimes, the wrapping can be TOTALLY part of the present! I love to put gifts in those cute decorative boxes from T.J. Maxx or Michael’s, then they can repurpose them for whatever they’d like later on! Having your wrappings early will also help you separate your gifts so you can clearly see who you already bought for, what you’ve gotten them, and if you are missing anything! Dedicate one box/bag/space in your closet for your present area so that everything can stay in one place and your gifts aren’t all over the place! When the time comes to pull out your goodies, you’ll be so relieved to have it organized and separated all in one place.
If you’re still looking for some overall organizational help for this month and heading into December, my November & December 2-Pack Bullet Journal Templates are available for purchase on my homepage! If you’re looking to purchase a template for ONLY December, click HERE! (P.S. the templates make the perfect, downloadable holiday gift!)
I know, all my “Christmas after Thanksgiving” peeps are probably going to cringe at me saying ALL of this, but now you are ready to kick start your holiday shopping! Most of these steps can be completed in the coming weeks, your preliminary work can all happen BEFORE Thanksgiving so the minute you finish your Thanksgiving dinner, you can head out to the store and make holiday shopping your you-know-what!
Next week, we’ve got our November Passions Piece Feature, then our Monthly Minute at the end of the month, then get yourself ready for some more organizational, holiday content!