In an attempt to not have Brian do that last-minute thing where he buys me stuff I don’t need but feels bad I don’t have much to open, I went ahead and bought some of my own Christmas presents this year – things that I DO need (fine, or want). While I was at it I purchased a few things that I thought would be good gifts to recommend and wanted to try them first. So today I have for you some gift giving ideas, all under $50 and from Nordstrom and my thoughts about them.
Let’s chat first about my apron – As you’ve seen I’m a real apron person (because I’m so messy) and I burned the ties of my last one on the stove. This one is AWESOME (and even flattering). What you can’t see is that it has pot holders INSIDE on the bottom corners in addition to (pockets for phone/utensils). I didn’t know about the secret potholders til I wore it all weekend and found them. SO smart. I love this apron.
The gray pitcher/vase is matte on the outside, glossy on the inside and while I bought it as a great gift for like a coworker or neighbor, I’m keeping it.
Food 52 also makes those matching silicone cooking utensils and I love that they are just one piece of silicone, with no break where food can get caught.
And yes that black and white sweater is new and while cropped it’s VERY cute.
Gifts I bought others (under $50)
I bought the black and white puzzle box because it’s a super cute ‘office’ prop for someone. I did not attempt to do it because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do it back.
Charlie immediately stole the black and white soft scarf and is using it to perform his Greatest Showmen scenes. He hasn’t taken it off in 4 days except to sleep. So he wholeheartedly endorses.
That pillbox is A GREAT gift for anyone that has to take medicine and wants to make sure that it’s never missed and yet cares about style. I feel like there was a huge hole in the market for this. It’s also a good stocking stuffer.
Kai roller – my MIL was here and after she smelled it on me she basically begged for it for Christmas. I told her just not to wear it around Brian because it occurred to me that it might be weird for his wife and mom to share the same scent.
Now you know my obsession with the chubby stick (like 8 years strong) so if you know someone who wants to try this moisturizing stick but doesn’t know ‘their color’ then at least this sampler will let them try all of them. And since these aren’t “lipsticks”, I’ve found that I can wear a variety of shades because it goes on so light (and I never need a mirror to apply which is awesome).
My team first introduced me to this water bottle two years ago and while at first I was like ‘woah, this is expensive’ they convinced me to get it, and now it’s the only one we opt for (literally we’ve only had one for like 2 years). But please get the one with the sippy top so you don’t have to unscrew it all the time (like when driving). Keeps it cold for days.
You know how I feel about cozy blankets so if you know anyone in need of more comfort right now (all of us?) this is CRAZY SOFT.
I put those glasses on Brian’s gift guide and bought them early to try them. They didn’t freeze in time for us to shoot but over the weekend we put them in the freezer and he LOVES them. They also come as whiskey glasses, too. The chicest beer cozy EVER.
I wanted to get Brian a scarf and like to support Patagonia at all times (I personally feel aligned with how they support the environment and have given so much to fighting climate change). This is more of a fashion scarf (it’s warm, but not necessarily cozy) so it’s good for guys (or anyone) who wants a scarf to elevate an outfit.
I bought more and not everything worked out, but all of these items are great (and all under $50) from Nordstrom. They have their site built to be super gift shopping friendly with tabs of ‘gifts under $50’, ‘gifts under $100’ which made it really easy if you are looking for things that are special but not crazy expensive (they also have luxury gifts). It’s a way wider variety than I thought it would be.
For easy gift access, here are all my purchases in one place:
So if you are a bit “gift stumped”, absolutely go see what they have up their sleeve (which is A LOT). I honestly don’t think I know anyone that wouldn’t love something from Nordstrom. Happy “Checking Off That Gift List”!
*This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. Thanks for supporting the brands that support EHD.
**Photography by Veronica Crawford