Emily’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017
We started reading the biography/picture book of Lincoln to our kids and I was reminded, especially during this rather tricky political climate, what it means to stand up and fight for equality. He may not have been perfect (as one commenter noted) but at least the version of him that I was taught was to stand up to others to fight for equality.
In other news I would love to get on the satin pillow trend to reduce some night-time passive wrinkles. This one is meant to be the best (Good Housekeeping said so and I believe any product they endorse).
We are doing a whole guide about socially conscious or politically minded gifts, but I already put this on mine. I want this FEMINIST tag designed by Chaparral Studio on my keys and I think it’s a GREAT gift or stocking stuffer for anyone. Yes, including men and children. Because anybody can be a feminist.
I can’t get enough of these around my house and they are usually really expensive. Put this in a box, with pretty matches and a nice bow and you have yourself a very lovely, practical gift that most people need and want.
We have music speakers downstairs but nothing upstairs and while I don’t know how this would sound, I think it would look pretty on my dresser in our bedroom while I listen to podcasts (and I kinda like that there is no wi-fi needed – just the sound of the phone amplified).
My hilarious un-realistic brain thinks this will help me cook more vegan and Postmate-less. I’ve been almost vegan for over a year (by almost I mean 70%… I do the best I can), mostly because I fear that most of the corporate animal food industry is inhumane. Update: I edited because I don’t mean to villainize all farmers/ranchers and quite the opposite – ranchers that are raising livestock and treating them with respect should be supported so they can grow and be more successful. Regardless I don’t really know how to cook vegan very well. Los Angeles has so many plant-based restaurants but i’m wasting so much money. I think I could handle a 15 minute recipe …
I need a pretty pair of these in my life (strangely I don’t have any really nice ones) and I think that these are a very lovely gift (that patina is perfect).
I want this for me and the kids. I want more photos around our house and on our fridge and having a really simple, small printer will help, right?
These come as a set of two and while I don’t drink tea, I think these are so pretty as a pencil cup, toothbrush holder, vase, etc. You could even break them up, put flowers or a plant in one and bring that as a really nice hostess gift.
10. Solid Brass Dice
Because I can’t not want little brass accessories like these.
YES. And these come in brass, too (just more expensive). Such a sweet little gift.
12. Dotty Cachepot
I have too many vessels, but I still really want this one because it’s footed (easy to style by itself or with something in it) and it has a subtle pattern making it more special. I think it’s a great gift. Put a plant in it or just give it on it’s own.
I just need this. I want more things on my dresser that feel modern and will edge it up.
14. Metal Retro Pens
I have no pretty pens and I’m that person at a meeting that is always borrowing somebody else’s and feeling sad.
WHY DON’T I HAVE A POLAROID CAMERA ALREADY?? It’s time.
16. Navy Linen Apron
Obviously for when I’m cooking my 15 minute vegan meals.
We don’t have an ice cream scoop and while I probably wouldn’t buy this for myself because she is expensive, I will NOT object to someone else buying it for me (maybe thats the whole point of a gift?)
Uh. I can’t bring myself to buy this for myself and I don’t really know why I included this here, but I kinda need this professionally … is this the equivolant of a selfie-stick???
One must have this to be in the lifestyle mafia, therefore even though I have little knowledge of what to do with such an object I want this on my counter. Although to get the kids to eat more we let them sprinkle “magic” on their food (salt) and maybe they’ll love this even more?
I have this and while it was expensive, it is just so pretty, filled with olive oil on my counter and makes me happy every day. I think this is a fantastic gift for an employer or someone who you want to give something kinda high-end but unsure of their taste and style. Everyone will like this (I think).
I have this purse and love it and Accompany is a GREAT company that I like to support. It’s a pretty blush leather bag that works with any outfit.
Everyone in the world (on social media, anyway) seems to have this brand and I’d like to give it a whirl.
I use ALL of her product now and LOVE it and I think this little gift set is such a great one because not only is it good product but its really pretty (and $10!!!)
I’m that person with disgusting makeup cases because something will break or leak and I don’t take care of it so there is like foundation and blush covering everything. I’d like to change that part of my personality and maybe if I had a pretty blue vegan leather, expensive makeup bag it would motivate me to not be such a disgusting person.
I’m back in the earring game, but I’ve been unable to do statement dangly earrings .. not sure why. I think because of the big blonde hair and the fact that I have an ample chest I get sensitive about looking cheesy. So for me studs or more graphic earrings work better for me than big danglys.
I think this is a cute take on the beanie that feels a little fancier… not sure if I can pull it off but I’d like to try.
7. Signet Ring
I love classic signet rings, always have, always will.
Congratulations on good marketing. I have no idea if this company is good or if their product is quality, but the Gourmand brand is one that I love to follow. They’ve nailed the marketing and art direction in their ads and social media. They did a collaboration with my friend Bri, which looked amazing, too.
I love a mule. I love a slipper. I love cashmere. Obviously I need a cashmere mule slipper. Duh.
I want ‘mini’ everything. These would be great for travel and such good stocking stuffers.
I got this in my winter Fab Fit Fun box (post coming soon) and am OBSESSED with it. Literally the next morning I looked so glowy and my pores were tiny. When you can see instant results it’s hard not to be a fan.
I love Caudale. I started using it when I was pregnant with Charlie and while I don’t use it consistently because it’s expensive, when I feel like I’ve been neglecting my skin too much for too long this is the brand that I splurge on.
I’m obviously digging pops of red this year and this circle bag is pretty perfect. I’m tempted to just get it in black to be more classic, but I feel like the red is such a statement …
Listen. I’m not into ‘jewels’ necessarily but sapphire is my birthstone and this TINY little band is so delicate and pretty. Would be a GREAT anniversary gift or even a wedding band for those of us who don’t like a big diamond. P.S. did you know that Brian got me a gorgeous rose gold and (sustainably sourced) diamond band for our 10 year last year that I wear every day? I don’t remember who designed it but it’s similar to this, but rose gold (and I LOVE that ring and would definitely wear it as a wedding band and it’s far more affordable than most generic ones).
You think this is just a backpack, but I’ve been SEARCHING for a waterproof (ish) backpack that has side pockets for sippy cups that I can cruise around with in on the weekends for bike rides/park trips. So many packs don’t have the side pockets. Thanks Ban.do for accidentally designing a great toddler bag.
Fine. I bought these for myself for Christmas yesterday. I love them. They are a splurge. But one that I want on my feet immediately.
Are you guys as into this obsession as I am? These little gold eye masks REALLY WORK. I also got them in my FFF box and LOVE them. There are a few different brands that are awesome, and i’m not sure which is the best.
I suppose I have a thing for easy-to-use beauty items. I just think these are such great stocking stuffers.
I saw this in person and loved it. I am certainly digging the pop of dark green these days.
20. Love Knot Ring
I’m not a jewelry person but could definitely stand to have simple pretty rings that I wear everyday. This one is so sweet, real gold and designed by Ariel Gordon who I love both personally and aesthetically. After I finished this post I received these rose gold earrings that I had picked out at a press party in the mail and boy are they beautiful and I’ve worn them 3 days straight. I don’t really follow any higher end jewelry designers but after seeing all of her stuff in person I really love it. My plan is to never take these out of my ears (the rose gold works so well with my pink skin) and that way I won’t lose them.
My New York hair and makeup artist started using Tata Harper on me and I’m a fan. It doesn’t hurt that Gwyneth highly recommends it, too. The rejuvnating serum makes my skin buzz with tightness.
I have no eye cream right now partly because I’m convinced that it’s a conspiracy to make us buy more product. Why can’t I just use fancy face cream under my eyes? Like do we need different hand cream than body lotion? Different neck cream than face cream? Or are we just being sold as much product as possible? But fine, I want this just in case I’m wrong and I hate buying expensive beauty items so I’d love someone to buy this for me – thus the inclusion on the gift guide …
We have a ton more gift guides coming and we will be posting on weekends during December or double posting during the week because we have more posts than we have days to post them (yay!). Let us know if there are any gift guides you’d LOVE for us to focus on. Come back Wednesday for a gift guide for the socially conscious and politically minded gifts I am into. While there are a few gifts up there, I found way more that I love that I think some of you will, too.