Every year I look forward to all the unique gift guides that various websites and companies release. I’m a gift giver by nature and am ALWAYS looking out for the next greatest treasure. Both for others and myself! I decided it would be really fun this year to create a couple of guides composed of basically all my favorite things. What makes my guides unique is that almost every single item I recommend is something I own and love or something I’m hoping to get in the near future. This is the most tried and true groupings of gifts you will ever find!
I needed a catch all guide for all the fun things I needed to recommend that didn’t fit into the other categories. Most of these things I own or have used as well, with a few more things I’m coveting. All of these gifts would be perfect for the woman in your life that deserves something special.
4//MOMA Color Wheel Umbrella $50 I stumbled across this the other day and thought it was gorgeous! If I had a more regular need for an umbrella I’d definitely buy it for myself.
5//Kendra Scott Adjustable Bright Mix Gold Bracelet $78 This is on my own wish list this Christmas! I adore rainbows, but don’t yet have any rainbow jewelry. I came across it randomly and instantly fell in love. I own many other Kendra Scott bracelets and they are of excellent quality.
6//Rainbows Happen Coloring Book $12 I’m pretty sure I need this in my own life. Coloring books are great for kids and adults alike, but coloring rainbows might just be the best for everyone.
7//Pipsticks Rainbow Sticker Set $21 Pipsticks is an amazing resource for incredibly unique and fun stickers. I’ve purchased many in the last few years and use them in my planners and journals. The rainbows are of course my favorites, but there is such an eclectic range of stickers you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list.
10//Modcloth Chasing Rainbows Glitter Socks $10 Modcloth is one of my favorite places to shop for cute and unique clothing. They also have a lot of great accessories like these fun rainbow socks! Be sure to search for rainbows on the site to find a plethora of matching rainbow tops, pajamas, rompers, and more!
11//Rainbow Unicorn Stamp Set $24 Unity Stamp Co. is where I buy almost all the stamps I use for the tags I put with my dolls over at Heartstring Annie. They have a great selection of rainbow stamps, but also any other stamps you could possibly want! They release new stamps all the time, the sales are great, and the selection is amazing.
13//Petite Checklist Journal $9 This little beauty keeps showing up in my facebook ads and I need to have it. So pretty! So inspirational! So full of rainbow delight!
14//The Honaker Homemaker’s String Art Prices Vary I found this amazing string art maker at a craft fair last year. I’ve purchased two of her signs (a rainbow and a “CREATE”) and they’re both the perfect additions to my sewing room. I love how many signs creates in rainbow colors, but the rest of the signs are wonderful as well.
15//Love Big Magnet $5 I recently discovered Lisa Congdon and fell in love with all of her rainbow art creations. This cute little magnet would be a really sweet stocking stuffer or addition to another gift.
16//Heartstring Annie Rainbow Haired Dolls Prices Vary I would be remiss if I didn’t at least include a link to my own colorful creations! I’m (clearly) obsessed with rainbows and have found a lot of fun ways to incorporate that colorful flair into most of the dolls I’ve made in the last few months.
1//Cosori Electric Kettle $70 My mom gave me this for my birthday and it just might be the best kitchen gadget ever. It is WELL worth the splurge pricing. I specifically wanted it for quickly heating the perfect temperature of water for my pour over coffee, but the entire family now uses it daily for tea as well.
2//Pour Over Coffee Dripper $20 While I only started drinking coffee two years ago, I’ve become quite a connoisseur! Of every coffee making method I’ve tried, this is by and large my favorite. It’s the perfect size for a single mug of coffee and cleanup is an absolute breeze. It’s cute too!
3//Brandywine Coffee Roasters Coffee – Any Flavor! Prices Vary I am obsessed with Brandywine Coffee Roasters. I’m a sucker for unique packaging and I’m a recent convert (because of them!) to properly harvested and roasted small batch fresh coffee beans. I’ve enjoyed every bag of coffee I’ve purchased from them.
4//Smart Coffee Warmer $25 Do you like having a mug of coffee next to you, but need to actually set it aside while you work on things and always wish it wouldn’t get cold so quickly? This seems like the perfect solution. I’ve added one to my own Christmas wish list.
5//Onyx Coffee Advent Calendar $120 I have a small obsession with advent calendars and am always really excited to see unique ones pop up each year. While I wasn’t ready to splurge on it this year, I am greatly coveting this holiday selection from Onyx.
6//Handheld Milk Frother $15 I love this thing! My favorite way to use it is to whisk up the creamer in my mug while I’m waiting for my pour over coffee to finish dripping through the grounds. It’s just this tiny extra step that really brings your everyday coffee to the next level. Cleanup is really quick too, with just a quick spin under the faucet. I love that this particular one comes in different colors. (I really love color – can you tell?!)
7//Peppermint Bark K-Cups $12 I don’t use my Keurig as much these days, but I always come back to it for these peppermint bark k-cups every holiday season. They’re my favorite of all k-cup options!
8//Salted Caramel Sugar $5 Do you love adding that tiny bit of extra joy to your daily cup of coffee? This is the perfect sprinkle of sweet and salty to elevate all the flavors in your mug.
9//Mint Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans $11 I was very recently introduced to the awesome taste and quick pick me up a chocolate covered espresso bean could deliver. I of course immediately went out searching for a better variety and came across these. They are AMAZING. If mint isn’t your thing, Nuts.com has a wide selection of other flavors to try as well.
11//Christmas Morning Candle $12 I find this candle every year at my local TJMaxx and Marshall’s stores. It has the most scrumptious coffee scent – and it’s the perfect non-offensive scent to keep lite around the house at Christmastime.
1//Frostbeard Studio Bookstore Candle $18 I have an unhealthy obsession with bookish themed candles. I’ve purchased from many companies and this has been my all time favorite scent – by a mile! I buy it again and again and light it up anytime I’m going to be at my desk for a long period of time. It makes me so happy!
3//The Hating Game by Sally Thorne $10 This book did come out a few years ago, but it’s buzz just keeps on growing and is in the process of being turned into a movie. If you have anyone on your list who loves a great rom com, this book is for them. I ADORE it. One of the sweetest and most swoon-worthy books I’ve read.
6//Quills Coffee Inkwell Blend $15 A fun little play on words in a themed bag of coffee would surely be appreciated by any reader. I haven’t tried this yet myself, but it sounds delicious!
7//Literary Bookmark Set $14 These bookmarks are so cute! They’d be a lovely gift for anyone who had a strong appreciation for the classics.
8//Atomic Habits $16 Who couldn’t use an approachable guide to building better habits? This all encompassing book would be perfect for anyone who has even the tiniest desire to better their lives.
9//Book of the Month Subscription $15/month I’ve tried out a bunch of book subscriptions in the last few years and this is the only one I stick with. As much as I love the surprise aspect of other services, my chances of loving the book were pretty slim. I like that you can choose your own BOTM book each month, or skip a month if nothing appeals to you. Well Met and Bringing Down the Duke were two of my favorites from this year. (Affiliate link above.)
11//Bibliophile $17 This is a gorgeous book for any book lover on your list. Great topics, book lists, and beautiful illustrations. It’s one of my favorites!
12//Read Harder Book Journal $12 This would be a great book tracking journal for anyone who wants to be more challenged in their reading life. Pair it with a good book and you have a fantastic gift!
13//Pride and Peppermint Tea $15 Prefer tea? Novel Teas has a great assortment of bookish themed teas in unique book shaped containers. If your gift recipient happens to have a favorite book with an accompanying tea in its name, that would be the perfect gift.
1//Tex Mex Cookbook $20 I can’t say enough great things about this cookbook. If you like Mexican and Tex Mex food, just buy it. Everything in it is so delicious.
2//Half Baked Harvest Super Simple Cookbook $18 This is the second cookbook recently released by my favorite food blogger. I’ve marked almost every single recipe in this book as something I want to try. The few I’ve made already were winners with every member of the family. It’s a great cookbook.
3//Presto Salad Shooter $40 This is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets! It’s called a salad shooter, but I actually use it for cheese. Freshly shredded or grated cheese is going to taste ten times better than the bagged variety with added chemicals. You can shred an entire block of cheese in just seconds. I love it!
4//Mezzetta Habanero Hot Sauce $15 for 3 I’ve probably tried hundreds of hot sauces in my adult life and over and over again I come back to this one. If you love spicy food, this hot sauce is THE BEST.
5//Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce $7 It took me awhile to come around to liking the sweet and spicy combination on a taco and now I can’t have enough of it! I especially love this sauce on regular beef tacos.
6//Maldon Sea Salt Flakes $6 If you don’t have a bowl of Maldon sea salt flakes permanently out on your counter, you are not truly living. I’m serious, these incredible salty flakes enrich literally everything you eat. My favorite way to use them is sprinkled on desserts, but they’re also perfect for finishing off meat, french fries, and more.
7//Salt Cellar $14 You obviously also need a salt cellar to store your sea salt flakes. I prefer these wood ones with a swivel top, guaranteeing they can always easily be covered, but they’re also very easy to open.
8//Victorinox 6 Inch Chef Knife $39 This is my tried and true knife that I use every single day for cutting meat. I do sharpen it with a cheap hand sharpener every once in awhile just to make the chore go more smoothly, but it’s the perfect size for my hands and always works so well.
9//Victorinox Paring Knife $17 Of all the knives I’ve ever bought, this has been my favorite and stood the test of time. It’s the absolute perfect size for basically all your non-meat cutting needs. It’s perfect.
10//Reusable Grocery Bags $15 for 5 Buying a couple sets of these particular reusable grocery bags has been life saving for me this year when I go on bigger grocery runs. I always use them in stores that require you to bag your own items – it saves so much time when you don’t need to fight with those ridiculous plastic bags. They’re also incredibly strong and can hold a massive amount of food.
11//Better Than Everything Bagel Spice $9 Not all spice companies are created equally. I love experimenting with blends from various companies and can very quickly tell the difference from something cheap and something of quality. This is a fabulous blend of everything bagel seasoning (with a few surprise ingredients!), but be sure to check out all the rest of their spices too.
12//Mini Whisk $8 Other than my tongs and my garlic press, this is probably the most used – yet totally random – kitchen gadget I own. My favorite thing to use it for is mixing up lumpless glazes and sauces, but it’s also perfect for eggs or anything else that needs a quick stir.
13//Zyliss Tongs $15 Not all tongs are created equal! I’ve had two sets of these tongs and they’ve lasted at least ten years! I use them almost every day.
14//Dulcey Blonde Chocolate Baking Feves and Crunch Pearls $32 This is quite possibly the best chocolate treat I’ve ever eaten in my life. If you can get your hands on it – DO IT. The downside is that buying directly from their website comes with an enormous shipping fee (because it’s the most reliable, they say), but I love them so much I needed to share.
15//Smokin T’s Smoked Tomato Sauce $8 I first tried this at the State Fair and loved its unique smoky richness. You can use it as a sauce, marinade, or dressing, but my favorite way is to simply eat it with tortilla chips. I love the “With a Kick” version, but there’s a non spicy variety as well.
16//Glitterati Eleganza $18 For the person who loves having just a tiny sweet treat here and there, this is the perfect solution. I purchase these to add as little thank you gifts to all my Heartstring Annie orders. The Eleganza mix is my favorite, particularly the amaretti flavor (you can also buy just a bag of those!).
17//Instant Read Meat Thermometer $22 Everyone needs a good instant read thermometer. I love mine for quickly checking the temp on meat. This particular one comes in many different colors!
1//Made by Cleo Cat Collars $16 This is the only place I buy collars for my cats and has been for years and years. So many great styles, always fresh inventory, and a lot of personality for your little kitty.
2//Blueberry Dog Collars $14 This is the brand of collars I always buy for Annie. With her size and long dark hair, I never want her to be mistaken for an aggressive boy, so I pick out the girliest of collars for her. I love all the floral ones, but she switches to holiday styles in fall and winter.
3//Grounds and Hounds Sunny Spot Coffee $15 This coffee company gives 20% of all their provides to help save dogs in need. AND they make incredible coffee! I drank Sunny Spot all summer long as the best cold brew I’ve ever tasted. I also really love the Good Boy dark roast.
4//Silver Paw Pet Tags $33 Have you noticed that your pets’ cheap dog tags need to be replaced again and again? While I had a rough time shelling out $33 when I bought this tag for Annie, it has proven to be of incredible quality. Two years after I purchased it, it still looks brand new.
5//Ireland Dog Necklace $54 How cute is this gold dog necklace?! It would be such a sweet gift for the dog lover in your life, especially if their dog looks similar to this little pup! Local Eclectic is an awesome site for unique jewelry of all kinds.
6//Mudpuppy Dog and Cat Puzzles $17 I think these puzzles are just the cutest thing! If I’m going to take the time to sit down and work on a puzzle, I’d want it to be filled with cute little animals.
8//Best Friend Stamped Tag Necklace $113 I have always really loved wax seals and was so excited the first time I realized people made them into necklaces. I have a small collection now and this is one of my favorites. It’s the perfect representation of how I feel about the bond I have with my Annie.
9//Corgi Mug $14 Anthropologie always has the cutest mugs! Oftentimes you can find great styles with dogs or cats on them as well.
10//BarkBox Subscription Prices Vary I did a trial run of this over a year ago and was amazed to see they were the first toys Annie has ever played with that she didn’t completely destroy within a day or two. In fact – I’m not sure she’s ever destroyed a single Bark Box toy she’s received – and she plays with them all the time. We have one of the biggest subscription sizes with an extra toy and a couple of different bags of treats each month. I’d be buying these things in the store anyway, for a much lower quality, so I really think the subscription box is worth it – especially if you have a dog who loves to play! (Affiliate link above.)
11//KitNip Box Subscription $20/month So I picked this up as a lightning deal a couple of months ago just to see if my cats would enjoy it. Keep in mind, my cats are 14 years old and haven’t been super interested in toys in years. But these toys? They LOVE them. It’s fun to get them a little treat each month – I think it keeps them young!
1//Mantraband She Believed She Could Bold Bracelet $35 I LOVE Mantraband bracelets. I’m a huge believer in the power of words and the more you see them and say them to yourself the more you will internalize and live them in your daily life. Having a mantra right on your wrist is the perfect way to carry a special message with you. I own several, but my latest favorite is this bold variety. I have this exact mantra in silver and gold and wear one of them almost every single day. Mantraband bracelets are very high quality while also being meaningful and relatively inexpensive.
2//Baked Bread Candle $16 I am always researching new candle companies, looking for unique and delightful scents. I picked a Baked Bread candle because it sounded so different and tasty. I admit the initial yeasty smell was pretty weird, but once it’s lit up it smells divine! It’s one of my most treasured candles that I only light when I know I can sit right next to it and savor the scent.
3//In THEBALM of Your Hand Greatest Hits 2 Palette $32 The packaging for this company never ceases to awe me. I love a good packaging and these vintage-esque drawings with funny names bring me so much joy. This particular palette looked most appealing to me with colors I tend to wear most often in blushes and eye shadows.
4//Cricut Maker $349 I got one of these for my birthday and it is AMAZING. I haven’t had a ton of time to explore all that it can do quite yet, but I love having exactly what I need for awesome crafty projects right in front of me.
5//Lug Double Dutch 3 Bag $85 This is THE perfect travel bag. It’s a little big for MY everyday needs, but I find it to be fantastic every time I head out on a vacation. There are so many compartments, it’s lightweight, it’s high quality, and it can hold and shocking amount of things. I love it.
6//Minted Notebook $16 I love a great notebook and can always use more. Minted has a huge selection with so many different color options in almost every style. They can also be customized to be a planner, address book, or regular journal. I want them all.
7//Floral Monogram Ornament $10 For a bit of whimsy, I love these floral monogram ornaments. They’d be perfect for a tree, but also completely appropriate to hang on a wall.
10//Thai Lemongrass Spray $13 As far as universally liked scents go, I think fresh lemongrass is hard to beat! I love spraying this relaxing scent in my reading areas.
11//Woolrich Blanket Prices Vary It is COLD where I live. Every year we’re piling on more and more blankets, fighting over the ones that are the coziest. I picked up two of these this year and they’re just like snuggling in a fluffy marshmallow. My cats are obsessed with the one on my bed and fight for prime seating on it every single day.
12//Lisa Leonard Stacking Rings $60 I’ve been a fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry for many, many years. My current pieces that I wear most often are a set of stacking rings with Caden and Shepard’s names on them. They’re unique and bold and a perfect fit. I’m especially happy with Lisa Leonard for rings because she has such a huge variety of sizes. My fingers are very (ahem) large and I have a pretty difficult time finding rings that fit at any other jewelry stores.
13//Charmed Candy Studs in Mint $45 Local Eclectic is a fantastic source for really special jewelry. I love looking through their newest designs. Their rings are actually my favorite, but don’t typically come in my size. I keep getting caught on these cute little studs too.
14//Stitch Fix Prices Vary I get about 75% of my wardrobe from Stitch Fix. I have a hard time finding clothes that fit in stores – plus who has time for that nonsense?! Stitch Fix has become an essential way to add great items to my closet. (Contains an affiliate link.)