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The 2021 RLS Gift Guide

Welcome to the 2021 RLS Gift Guide! I’ve chosen items that we have personal experience with ourselves. This could mean we already own the items or have purchased them as gifts for others. Or that we would like someone to purchase them for us (hint, hint)!

As you’ve heard, shopping (and shipping) may be a challenge this year. Items were selling out as were were putting them in the blog. This is why we’ve included some local options. Don’t live in DC? We encourage you to shop your own local retailers!

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For Her

1.) Sephora Favorites Clean Perfume Sampler Set, $68
The receiver gets to sample Sephora’s top perfumes, then trade in the included gift card for their favorite one!

2.) Full Focus Planner in Leather, $49.99
Great gift for your favorite working mom or entrepreneur. I already bought this for myself!

3.) LilySilk 19 Momme Terse Envelope Silk Pillowcase, $39
A daily luxury she deserves! The brand gifted me one of their silk pillowcases and I can’t wait to sleep on it every night.

4.) Dagne Dover Tokyo Turnlock Tote, $325
A new and exciting shape from one of our favorite brands. A great gift for the woman going back to work in person.

5.) Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush, $59.99 $22.28 Black Friday Special!
Am I the only woman without this miraculous hair dryer? Hint, hint! Kyle has it and loves it and it has a bazillion positive reviews. Great gift for any busy mom who needs to look good for work!

6.) Diptyque Car Diffuser with Figuier Insert, $108
For the person with everything. Now even their car can smell like the most fabulous candles on earth.

7.) Larissa Loden Sun and Moon Necklace, $36
Need an accessory that will please any woman on your list? This one comes in a bunch of fabulous colors at a great price.

For Him

1.) Apple AirTag, $29 and Leather Key Ring, $35 (or for the particularly fancy gentleman, the Hermes Key Ring!)
Combine his love for tech and his penchant for losing his keys in one gift.

2.) Five Two by Food52 Silicone Oven Mitt Set, $40
These chic oven mitts are big enough for a man to use, not too feminine, and are really high quality.

3.) Steamery Pilo No. 2 Fabric Shaver, $60
Put him to work shaving all his (and yours!) pilly sweaters during the game with this hi-tech fabric shaver.

4.) Sephora Favorites Holiday Cologne Sample Set, $68
Afraid to choose the wrong cologne for him? Let him try them all then trade in the included gift card for his favorite!

5.) MoMA NYC Skyline Chess Set, $135
Get him off his phone with this gorgeous chess set you’ll want to keep out all the time.

6.) Melin A-Game Infinite Thermal Snapback Hat, $69
Yes, he can be warm and stylish in this chic, functional baseball cap. Check out their other options too.

7.) Faherty Legend Sweater Shirt, $178
He will be so cute on a Saturday in this practical but presentable sweater shirt from Faherty.

For Kids, Tweens, and Teens

1.) MindWare Unbored Disguises Game, $29.95
Do your kids need some new tools for creative play? Hand this to them the next time they cry, “I’m bored!”

2.) Lakeshore Learning Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit, $39.99
Do you have one of those kids who won’t be fooled with the fake stuff? This woodworking kit is the real thing.


3.) Echo Dot Smart Speaker, $19.99
Let them play their music in their own room, at a price you can live with.

4.) Mindware Spying Monster Truck, $99.95
Let your kids think they are spying on you with their own remote controlled spy truck!

5.) The Company Kids Animal Hooded Fleece, $69
Why buy a regular old fleece blanket when you could have a hooded fleece blanket? I’ve already bought a few of these as gifts for kids this season. Check out all the different animals as gifts, as well as the towel version.

6.) JEEY 2021 Mini ATM Piggy Bank Machine for Kids, $63.99
My kids are getting these this year! A real working ATM to record their savings. The perfect upgrade to the piggy bank.

7.) Barefoot Dreams CozyChic The Mandalorian Throw Blanket, $198
For the more mature kid who still wants a themed cozy blanket, i.e. maybe your husband?

8.) Grandpa Beck’s Cover Your Assets Game, $16.99
The perfect game for the whole family!

For the Family/Home


1.) Smithsonian National Zoo Membership for Two, includes free parking, $84
Yes, the Zoo is free, but the free parking is priceless.

2.) MoMA Scrabble Luxe Edition Game, $200
For the family that is truly serious about their Scrabble game.

3.) Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Skull Dog Sweater, $48
Every member of the family deserves a cozy gift!

4.) Estelle Hand-Blown Colored Wine Glasses (Set of 6), $175
Why yes, you do deserve new, pretty wine glasses. You can use them for sparkling water too!

5.) Salt and Sundry DC Flag Throw, $185
The perfect neutral throw to show your DC pride.

Lani’s Wish List

I can’t believe I even have a wish list left, as I just received so many wonderful things for my birthday!

1.) Kendra Scott 18″ Double Chain Link Necklace, $65 with Moon ($45), Scorpio ($35), and L ($35) Charms
We bought a version of this necklace for a client recently and I am now obsessed!

2.) Lululemon Inner Flow Yoga Block, $28
Is this not the coolest (and most ergonomic) yoga block you’ve ever seen? And it comes in purple!

3.) Summer Salt The Cloud 9 Silky PJ Set, $125
I love love love the collaboration between Summer Salt and The Rifle Paper Company!

4.) Food52 Marble Paper Towel Holder, $40
We are still in the market for a paper towel holder post kitchen renovation.

5.) Food52 Marble Utensil Crock, $70
The marble utensil crock and the matching paper towel holder would blend in seamlessly with our marble counters.

6.) Sunday Citizen Crystal Weighted Blanket in Purple Haze, $269
I would love to have this blanket to snuggle up with on my lavender velvet chair every morning. It is filled with calming quartz and peaceful amethyst, which sounds like a great way to start the day!

Support Your Local Faves!

Shop local this holiday season and visit one of our favorite retailers below:

Flex All Day is a curated athleisure and lifestyle boutique in Georgetown. A gift certificate from Flex All Day is sure to please!

The best assortment of Legos, board games, stuffed animals, and everything for the fun-loving friends in your life.

Child’s Play Toys in Chevy Chase, Arlington, and McLean

For plants, books, edible gifts, and more, Proper Topper has been my go-to since it moved in across the street from me.

For the best assortment of chic gifts and chic clothing, Upstairs on 7th is a one-stop shop!

And of course, Yours Truly! Contact us to receive a gift certificate for yourself or a loved one.

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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