The Holiday Gift Guide has arrived! Like everything else this year, gift giving looks a little different too. We aren’t interested in accumulating more things, as much as elevating the everyday.
Use this holiday gift guide to choose gifts for loved ones, send hints to your friends and family, or reward yourself sans guilt. The best gift idea this year? Donate to your local food bank.
Gifts to Keep Your Loved Ones Cozy
Yes, this Barefoot Dreams® Cozychic™ set is labeled for travel, but who said that travel can’t be from the bed to the couch? Chose from three beautiful colors: carbon, driftwood, and misty rose.
Ben Gorham is the founder of Byredo, a prestige fragrance company with candles beginning at $85. You can now gift your friends and family (or yourself!), his candles starting at $9.99! The Ikea x Ben Gorham Osynlig Candle collection smells beautiful and is eco-friendly. The beautiful pots are reusable once you have burned through the candles.
How is the 2020 RLS Holiday Gift Guide different than last year’s? Well, there are two different hoodies in it, which speaks to how important comfort is to everyone this year.
I feel like I’m wearing a hug in my Aviator Nation Hoodie. I recognize that not everyone is into this price point or rainbows. This is why there are two sweatshirts in one holiday gift guide! Mr. Real Life Style received this exact hoodie for the holidays last year and wears it constantly. I have a version in purple that is the softest sweatshirt I have ever owned.
Do you know anyone who is expecting? Ugg Shearling Slippers are the perfect gift. I can’t tell you exactly why, but these are the perfect pregnancy, and forever after, slippers. These days they come in different color and pattern options, including animal prints!
Gifts for The Quarantine Creative
The Crafter’s Box Workshop, $125 (Currently teaching how to make Everlasting Crepe Paper Palms and Blooms)
Exercise your creativity, learn new craft skills, and create a lasting floral arrangement for your home! This is the perfect gift for the artist on your list.
Art lover missing the museum? Choose a puzzle side, black and white or colorful, depending upon your mood. You’ll never get bored of this Sol Lewitt Double Sided 500-Piece Puzzle.
Have you ever seen a modern art piece and thought, “I could do that?” Well, now you can, with directions directly from the artist. Open Studio invites you into the private studios of seventeen of the most celebrated contemporary artists as they draw, paint, sculpt, or design an original project for readers to recreate at home.
If you like to make your own jewelry, or like me, just buy a lot of beads, you must check out Woman Shops World. I want everything!
A portion of all WSW sales will be donated to The Compassion Collective, which works to feed, clothe, shelter, and save refugee and homeless sisters, brothers, and children in the US and worldwide.
A Gift List for The Home Office
Thank you, Kyle, for finding the best Mug and Warmer Set I’ve seen on the market. The RLS Holiday Gift Guide has officially become my present list!
The Ohom Kopi Mug and Warmer Set keeps your coffee at 135º and the warming base doubles as a wireless cellphone charger. Maybe I am not destined to drink my coffee out of a travel mug for the rest of my life?
Speaking of home office coffee…if you have your own in-office coffee maker, you won’t have to sneak out to the kitchen and risk your children seeing you. This adorable Keurig Jonathan Adler Single-Serve Coffee Maker uses the Keurig pods you already own and adds to your office décor. Don’t forget to buy the matching mug!
I’ve been giving the advice to wear earrings every day since the beginning of the pandemic. Why? Accessories make one’s outfit feel and look more put-together. However, with headphones and masks getting in the way, this advice can sometimes be hard to follow.
Enter the Misho Pebble Pods, earrings designed to make sure your AirPods don’t fall out! Available for pre-order with a 3-6 week lead time, the Misho Pebble Pods come in white or yellow gold over sterling silver. (Make sure to click on USD when you get to the site.)
We create a Shutterfly calendar with pictures of the kids for family every year. They have never been as sophisticated as the Easel Calendar! Choose from a horizontal or vertical layout for a calendar your family will be proud to show off in their Zoom background.
Clean up your desk with this super practical Container Store Power Pen Holder with Wireless Charger. Maybe if I had this holder I would stop losing my phone on my desk?
Gifts for the In-Home Spa Experience
Yes, the maker of the most comfortable, cozy footwear ever, now makes cozy loungewear too. Sunday morning just got a whole lot better.
First Dyson reinvented the humble vacuum cleaner. Now they are working their way through the world of small hair appliances. The Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener Limited Edition Gift Set is their latest entry into the market. If previous success is any indication, women will be hooked.
BeautyCounter Counter+ All Bright C Serum, $79
BeautyCounter Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel, $63
(Both are 15% off until Nov. 29)
Do you want new skin without resorting to Retinol? Use this duo for 3 weeks and tell me you don’t look 5 years younger. Buy quickly because the sale only lasts till Nov. 29th and these products rarely go on sale!
This nourishing face mask is made with 100% pure, edible superfoods. Featuring chlorella, spirulina, and mango juice, it’s basically a green smoothie for your skin.
Packed with natural chlorophyll, the powder-to-gel formula gently detoxifies while delivering key nutrients to promote clear, glowing skin. Add a Golde Superfood Latte Kit for a truly super gift package!
Gua sha is a technique that involves gently pulling a crystal tool along the skin, stimulating all of its layers. It clarifies your complexion, decreases dryness and oiliness by increasing blood circulation, reduces acne breakouts, helps clear rosacea, lightens age spots and skin discolorations, reduces eye and facial puffiness, and more.
The set comes in Rose Quartz, Red Jasper, Opalite, and Jade. Rituals and Ceremony is a home goods and lifestyle store located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
You may not be able to wear lipstick outside of the house anymore, but you can wear it while you sleep. The Slip Sleep Mask in Lipstick Queen will preserve your reputation for glamour, even if you can’t wear your favorite shade of red under a mask. Alison W, this one is for you!
Know someone who loves the television show, Schitt’s Creek? Is it me or is it the show of the pandemic? The men of Beekman 1802 have married their signature goat’s milk with an Heirloom Rose scent in tribute to the show. The gift set actually sold out while we were creating this blog, but you can still buy the individual products from the Beekman 1802 Rose Apothecary Collection.
A perfect gift for the new or natural mama, CocoBaba’s natural products can be used by the whole family. I love a good body oil and was thrilled that CocoBaba designed their Coconut Body Oil to absorb into the skin without leaving a residue on your clothes.
A Gift Guide for The Foodie
Eggs for one? No problem with the Staub Mini Cast Iron Fry Pan. Choose from five colors for single friends, new graduates, and college students. The mini size is also perfect to teach younger children how to cook small meals for themselves. Hmmm….
Vegan and gluten-free, the Pop Up Grocer 10-Piece Snack Box will help your healthier friends get through the long, cold winter. At least when you are working from home, no coworker can make fun of your mushroom jerky or steal your dark chocolate peanut butter puffs.
Know a tough guy (or girl) who loves coffee? Use code RLS10 for 10% off your order! Fire Dept. Coffee is a veteran-owned business. Every order is freshly roasted in Rockford, Illinois, by a dedicated team of firefighters, first responders, and coffee connoisseurs. I’m a huge fan of the Skull-Crushing Espresso.
Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to provide essential resources to first responders who have been injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.
What holiday gift guide would be complete without nesting bowls? I know, I know, but these are truly incredible! These lidded nesting bowls from the Netherlands go from the microwave, fridge or freezer to the table. Who do you know who could do with less dishes to wash? FYI, the Mepal Microwavable Nested Storage Bowls come in many colors, so do click through to see them all.
These Made In DC dressings are as sophisticated as your friends. Each dressing is gluten-free and vegan. Choose from classics like Ranch and Caesar or more exciting flavors such as Sesame Tahini Dressing or Champagne Vinaigrette.
Little Luxuries This Holiday Season
Already the queen of the headband, Lele Sadoughi has made a killing this year with her practical yet stylish face masks. This mompreneur successfully pivoted and is helping moms feel pretty.
This is the ultimate little luxury on this holiday gift list. They had me at noise-cancelling because there is a lot of noise I need to cancel right now! Make sure to order your Apple AirPods Pro with Personalized Wireless Charging Case from Apple. This gets you the best return policy and complimentary monogramming.
Dress up your athleisure with a chain strap and stars. The Mark and Graham Chain Strap Leather Phone Crossbody has enough room for your phone, some credit cards, and a spare mask.
Laundry Soap in a holiday gift guide? This isn’t just any laundry soap!
Spice up those virtual cocktail parties with some new, natural Peach + Blue Fringe Coasters. In line with Jungalow’s mission to help foster the human/nature connection, they plant at least two trees each time you purchase anything from their shop.
Also, I’m obsessed with these Jungalow Rainbow Storage Baskets.
I hope you have enjoyed the 2020 RLS Holiday Gift Guide! Let’s all hope to receive the most important things this year: health, happiness, and love.
Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.
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