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Top Picks for Gifts for Her

 I am shopping, wrapping and baking like Christmas is less than 2 weeks away! Now that the kids gifts have been wrapped and hidden away, I am completely focused on finding the best gifts for women!

This year, you can skip the ugly Christmas sweaters and the standard boxes of chocolate that we all end up buying when we are stumped on what to get a special lady in our lives. I have gathered some of my favorite gift ideas to share with you. Buying an awesome gift has never been easier with this guide!

Product samples were received to inspire this gift guide.

1) Zerowater 23 Cup Pitcher
This is such a handy item with health benefits. I love the idea of gifting this water pitcher because it will help reduce the amount of plastic bottles used and thrown away in any household and it provides some amazingly crisp and clear water from the tap. This unit retails for under $40 and is so easy to use. All you need to do is fill it with tap water, give it a few moments to filter and push the easy to operate dispenser. The pitcher includes a testing unit to make sure you are drinking zero solids.

2) Balsam Fire Log by American Home  Yankee Candle
Relaxation is always a wonderful gift at the holidays. With this fire log by American Home for Yankee Candle, you can toss this in the fireplace and get cozy with your family. You can buy a 4 pack of 3 hour logs for under $25 for a fragrant and relaxing gifting option this holiday season. This makes a great gift because it is unique and everyone loves Yankee Candles!

3) Personal Trainer Food
As a mom who is eating healthier and devoted to living my best life at the holidays and long after they have passed, Personal Trainer Food is one of my favorite gift ideas. While it may be anything but traditional, you can rest assured the gift of delicious and easy to prepare food will be a hit with anyone this holiday season. Personal Trainer Food is not like any other diet I have tried. First, everything they offer is delicious. I love that you can order 2 weeks of food or a month, and pick what suits your palate.

I have tried other diet programs, and failed, but after one month of Personal Trainer Food I lost 9 pounds and had heaps of energy. I loved that I could eat real meat and cheese, plus snacks and lose weight by simply walking. I highly recommend this service to anyone that wants to live healthier, lose weight and eat REAL FOOD!

4) Thirty One Gifts
Thirty One has so many awesome options for the holidays. From handbags, totes and lunch thermals, to jewelry, pillows and more. I love to gift Thirty One because it supports women in small business and helps to make dreams come true. This year I am gifting the City Charcoal Chic Tote. It is gorgeous and works perfectly for a night on the town, or a great bag for work. The bag features a pebbled faux leather exterior and a colorful polka dot interior. It is spacious enough to tote all of your necessities around in without giving shoulder pains.

I am also loving the Endless Dreamer Necklace with charms. There are so many options to create a personal gift from the heart that she will love to wear and show off.

Thirty One also offers great gifts for the home, for the kids and for men too! My husband loves his Moosin Around Tote and uses it all of the time! No matter who you are shopping for, Thirty One has you covered!

5) Biore Products
Sometimes being an adult means putting yourself last. While we may not want to admit it, sometimes we let ourselves go. Biore offers a line of affordable and easy to use options that makes pampering a breeze. My favorites include the charcoal bar, the self heating one minute mask and of course, pore perfect strips! Priced at under $7 each, you can stuff a stocking with the gift of healthy skin, or you can pair these offerings with some small pampering items like sleeping masks, a great lotion like Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer and some epsom salts to make a gift basket that will pamper and indulge the skin! I love that you can find all 3 of these items at mass retailers for a last minute gift option on a budget.

6) Healthy Fragrances
There is something super alluring about a new perfume. I am crazy for the line of Lavanila fragrances this year. Retailing at under $50 you can find these luscious full size perfumes at Sephora. I love that each fragrance is blended with organic sugar cane alcohol, natural botanical extracts, and pure essential oils that are delicate on sensitive skin. Unlike other fragrances on the market, the Healthy Fragrance is free of drying alcohol, petrochemicals and phthalates.

You can find this line in six invigorating scents: Vanilla Passion Fruit, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Summer, and Pure Vanilla.

7) Image Merry & Bright Skin Care
This is an affordable and awesome limited-edition collection containing IMAGE Skincare’s top rated VITAL C products to nourish, hydrate and revitalize dry, sensitive or redness-prone skin. Includes Vital C hydrating facial cleanser, Vital C hydrating anti-aging, Vital C hydrating enzyme masque, Vital C hydrating repair crème and Prevention+ daily hydrating moisturizer SPF 30. Retailing at under $20 this is going to make for a merry and bright complexion into the new year. Find it online or in spas and salons nationwide.

8) KORRES Greek Wonders Skin Kit
For under $40 you can give the gift of discovery. With the KORRES Greek Wonders Kit the inner  Greek Goddess on-the-go can shine with some of the most powerful, centuries-old skincare from Greece, all in travel size. Includes the Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser, Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel, Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial & Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir. This is available online, at sephora and from HSN. This is a great kit for  skin care on the go.

9) Holiday Glam Make Up
This year, why not gift her the hottest looks in make up? Sally Hansen and Rimmel have gorgeous and affordable options that make perfect stocking stuffers! I love the glam in grey offerings this year as they are elegant without being over the top. Look for Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polishes and Insta Dri Nail Color in grey shades for under $10 each. These make a gorgeous glam stocking stuffer option!

10) Gourmet Gift Baskets
I am a big fan of gourmet gift baskets! They have the yummiest gift options! From sweet treats, to buckets of beer, and giant cookies! Plus everything yummy in between! This year I am favoring a few options such as the Pineapple Dried Fruit Platter. Retailing at under $50 this is a healthy and sweet gift option. Presented on an eye catching pineapple shaped cutting board, this is a great hostess gift, or a way to share something guilt free and decadent to your guests this holiday season. The dried fruit platter includes pineapple, cherries, plums, apricots, dates, plums, kiwi, pitted prunes and apple rings.  In the 1700s, the pineapple was the ultimate symbol of hospitality. This modern version of the pineapple gift is sure to evoke similar feelings of warmth, community and camaraderie.

I also love the Tour of Italy Gift Basket. This is packed with delicious goodies from Italy! This is the ultimate gift for a foodie. It contains rich pasta crafted in Puglia, tomato sauce originating from Rome, and gourmet pistachio biscotti for dessert, and so much more like marinated artichoke hearts, Tuscan minestrone soup and even luscious lemon wafer bites. Retailing at under $130, this gift offers a perfect escape from winter weather without ever leaving the house!

Sometimes, you need a sweet gift for a sweet lady. The Good Tidings Holiday Gift Basket by Gourmet Gift Baskets is the perfect option! Featuring so many favorite sweets like white chocolate cranberry cookies, Ghirardelli Chocolate Belgian Chocolate Truffles and an ah-mazing cashew brittle to name a few, this is a gift basket that will satisfy her cravings for sweets while indulging her in the gourmet side of gifting. Retailing for under $50, this is one sweet way to spread holiday cheer!

11)  AiroSpa Pillow
 Gifting luxury is as easy as gifting this unique, simple to use, affordable, multi-purpose stress reliever and aromatherapy pillow that can be used at home and travel anywhere. With its built-in and patented fan, air-flow vents and face-down angled construction, the AiroSpa™ Pillow can be used as a home/office/travel massage experience enhancer with a partner or all on its own for a calming and relaxing experience. I love that it can use your favorite essential oil to take a massage to the next level of bliss, or to give you a restful experience on the road.

If you have favorite gift ideas for a special lady this holiday season I would love to hear about them! Leave me a comment to inspire my last minute shopping!

Top Picks for Gifts for Guys

Shopping for the special men in your life can be a challenge! We are at less than 2 weeks until Christmas and I have been searching high and low for awesome gift ideas. I cannot bring myself to buy another pair of sleep pants or drug store shaving kit to wrap up and present to my husband or father.

This year I am sharing the most thoughtful, sophisticated, stylish and delicious gift options for the guys! Product samples were received to inspire this guide.


There is something really classy about a pocket square. This one is perfect for my history loving husband. The silk pocket square depicts the City of New York in the 1870's Retailing at under $60 this is a gift that adds so much flair to any outfit. The printing is eye catching and thought provoking, for a truly one of a kind gift.


This is a gift to splurge on, as it is truly a gorgeous dinner jacket. Perfect for a special event, or a unforgettable night on the town, any man with this ensemble in his closet is prepared for anything, no matter how swanky it may be. Retailing at $549 this jacket is a one of a kind. Conversation-starting, luxurious and reasonably priced, these custom-tailored velvet blazers are sure to make any man a standout for the holidays, whether he's just going out to a bar or dinner, or he's attending the most posh, highly celebratory events. These stunners come in navy blue, black and deep purple and are sure to make people ask the handsome man wearing them, "Where did you get that beautiful blazer?"


If your special guy wants to get in better shape or take steps to being healthier than ever, this app is perfect for gifting. Think for dieters! It links him with a dietician to make healthy choices and start living his best life. There are 2 plans available starting at about $50 a month, or $100 a month. Since this is an app, you can truly shop at the last minute and still deliver a great gift!


I love the offerings from and how they take the stress out of shopping by delivering a great gift, right to the door of whoever you are gifting! This year, I love the Fresh Fruit Gift Basket option for a sweet yet healthy holiday offering. Featuring red and green apples and oranges, this is a super fresh and inviting gift option. Retailing at under $100 this is an excellent way to send holiday cheer with a fantastic assortment of fruits, popcorn, cookies, crackers and so much more!


Because life is short and you should totally eat the cookies and brownies that Christmas has to offer, I love the Baked Goods Sampler Gift Basket . This basket is packed full of irresistible options like Peanut Butter Brownies, Lemon Sugar Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies and Chocolate Chunk Brownies to name a few. Retailing at under $60 this is a sweet gift for a great guy!


Thirty One has so many fun options for the whole family, and the guys are not excluded! I love that this is a masculine print that he won't mind carrying to games, events and practices. It is spacious and comfortable to carry and can be used in so many ways! Thirty One can help him get organized and carry all of the essentials on any adventure he goes on. Retailing at $35 this is a great gift for any guy on your list. You can also find this print on Thermal Lunch Totes, mini bins and more to give him the gift of organization and function on a budget.


This is one of the most fun gift options of the season. I love love love that they have star wars options available for the guys on your list. My favorites include the At At Ugly Christmas Sweater which is so subtly wonderful that if you don't know Star Wars you might not get it. I am also crazy for the Boba Fett button up sweater which is colorful and super cozy! Priced at under $50 these are festive and fun options for the guys on your list. If they aren't into Star Wars, no sweat, you can find so many other awesome options onsite.

If you have ideas for thoughtful gifts for him this Christmas, please leave a comment to share the inspiration! From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Top Picks for Gifts for Boys

It is time to start checking your list and shopping for the special boys in your life! I have gathered some of my favorite picks for this year and I can't wait to share them with you! These are some of the hottest toys of the season with educational benefits, that are perfect for boys!

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An adventurous boy is going to love opening this action packed gift option.There are so many things I love about this particular model. The color choices are fantastic. We loved the purple, which is super stylish and works well for boys and girls. With speeds up to 7.4 miles per hour, the Hoverfly Plus glides smoothly for up to 12 miles on a single charge. Complete with all of the bells and whistles you could want, including a built in bluetooth speaker and  zero radius turning capabilities, the Hoverfly will send your boys into orbit for under $200. 

This is a great model for a beginner, it makes learning to operate a hoverboard a breeze, which was perfect for my beginner. I loved that this model from Go Trax can support up to 220 pounds so that the fun loving adults in the family can take their turn on the Hoverfly too. 

Asides from being safety tested, this model is equipped with cosmic led lights to make sure everyone notices you on the path with your Go Trax Hoverfly Plus! This is a great hoverboard at a great price that is sure to make you a holiday hero with any adventurous boy!

Your young programmer is going to LOVE building his own interactive and adorable pet! This is an easy to assemble dog that will satisfy several desires; the wish for a dog of his own and his very own robot as the toy is basically an ultra cute robot dog.

I love that this is a great introduction to coding for kids ages 6 and up, there are so many ways to make this FurReal Makers Prototype your own that it is kind addictive. Retailing for about $120, you can find this one of a kind puppy your own exclusively through Amazon this holiday season.

I know that this is going to be one of the hottest gifts of the season, packed with tail wagging fun for kids. My son has been itching for his very own dog, and this is the perfect way to introduce him to the concept of responsibility, while giving him the fun of his own puppy.

3) Little Bits Droid Inventor Kit
If you have a Star Wars fan boy in the house, this is the ultimate gift for the holiday season. It combines all of the fun of Star Wars with STEM for a one of a kind building and learning experience. This kit contains everything you need to build a functioning droid including the battery. This is a fully customizable experience that is going to appeal to boys 8 and up. I can personally attest to the fact that boys at heart will want to get their hands on this kit! I don't know who is more excited, my husband or my son, to start building and sending their very own R2D2 droid on missions!

One of my favorite things about this kit is that after you have built your droid you can rearrange it to create a new and exciting droid! No matter what droid you create, you can count on it having 20 sounds right from the Star Wars movies included!

Retailing at under $100 this is a great kit to gift for the holidays because it has so many missions and ways to play with your completed droid that kids are definitely going to play with this gift long after the tree comes down.

4) Thomas the Train Stop and Go RC
My son has been a big Thomas fan for years. He can't resist that friendly train face! Toy State offers a fun RC train that will take your boy to the tracks in search of fun! This is a wired remote, which encourages active play.

Retailing for about $30 you can find this fun train remote control toy at major retailers and online. Boys 3 and older are going to love the Thomas vocals and sounds, as well as the fun to use remote control.

5) 3D Pens
If you are shopping for an aspiring young artist, 3D Simo offers some of the best 3 D pens. I love that they offer a basic pen which is super safe and ideal for ages as young as 8. This is an easy to create with pen that kids and adults are going to have a ton of fun creating with. Retailing for about $100 this is an awesome gift that will inspire creativity while giving kids a new way to draw.

They also offer a mini pen option which can do so much more than just draw! It can solder, burn, cut foam and more and has the amazing benefit of adapting to any filament.

6) Thin Stix
I love gifts that encourage creativity in kids. Painting is something that my son can't resist, and now that we have been using Thin Stix tempera paint sticks, I love to see him painting! These are the best way to paint with kids. They dry super fast, are easy to use and can work on so many surfaces!

These make an awesome stocking stuffer, or paired with a pad of paper or some wooden cut outs, Thin Stix make for a great gift that will keep giving long after the holiday has passed. A 12 pack retails for about $12.

7) Nintendo Switch 
If your boy loves to game, the Nintendo Switch is the system to get. We are loving this new addition to the Nintendo family and all of the fun games offered. This holiday season my son is crazy about the Gear Club Unlimited Game. Available at about $50 this is a game that is sure to send your boy speeding off towards fun this Christmas.

8) Educational Insights GeoSafari Constellation and Solar System Explorer
This was a must have item for my shopping this year. My son is a budding astronomer and loves to attend viewing the night sky and belongs to a star gazing club. This is such a fun and educational option for kids. From your house, you can check out the 12 zodiac constellations, the sun, moon, 8 planets, and the big and little dipper. These are viewable in 3 ways; celestial, connected, and illustrated mode. There is an included guide which is packed with information to combine play and learning!

Retailing at under $25 this is an awesome option for kids. It is STEM supportive and a great way to learn something new that may not be taught in school. I love to give gifts that spark the imagination and this one absolutely does that!

9) Y Glider XL Deluxe 
If you have an active boy on your shopping list, this is a great gift option that will provide years of fun without breaking the bank. There are adjustable levels for varying skill levels. I love this feature because as my son learns to maneuver the scooter and grows, he can still get a lot of use of this active toy.  The extra wide rear wheel provides control and stability for added safety. The Y Glider XL Deluxe also features an adjustable steering and arc-folding handlebars make this a scooter you can take with you anytime, anywhere.

Retailing for under $90 this is an awesome gift to encourage active outdoor play. It is portable, too fun to ride and is sure to bring countless hours of entertainment to a special boy on your Christmas list this year!

10) Discovery Lunar Crystal Terrarium
I love gifts that encourage a love of learning so this Discovery kit was a natural fit for my top picks for boys. This is a fun way to create a three dimensional moonscape terrarium! Explore simple chemical reactions and the science behind crystal growing, while honing in on observation skills. This is a gift that will be admired long after the experimentation has been completed! Retailing at under $20 this makes a perfect gift idea for kids older than 12. You can find the kit at Michaels.

11) Discovery 3D Motion Sandscape
This is another fun and educational gift option for kids. You add sand and water to create a visually stunning display. This is a great gift that will be enjoyed long after the season has passed because it looks so cool you will want to turn the structure time and time again to get the soothing motion of the sand! This is available at Michaels and retails for under $20. It is a great gift idea for a teen or tween, or maybe a child that needs a way to center themselves.

12) Kidizoom® Action Cam 180
My son is an aspiring youtuber and a regular on facebook live, so when I heard about the Kidizoom Action Cam 180 I knew this was the perfect gift for him. Retailing for under $50 this is a great first camera for kids. They can take selfies, photos and record video to capture all of their adventures!

I love that this action cam is simple to operate and features 3 included games. The waterproof case helps parents to know that whatever their kids may be capturing on camera, the camera is safe! This is really durable option for young videographers. The included usb cable allows you to transfer your footage and recharge the camera.

13) BB8 Smartwatch
This smartwatch is so much fun! It gives kids a chance to express their creativity! Made by Vtech, this durable smartwatch can capture both photo and video with Star Wars themed effects. Kids can choose the watch face they like best from 30 options and it has mini activities to keep kids entertained on the go. I love that it helps to teach time in such a fun way! Packed with so many fun features this watch is a perfect way to introduce kids to wearing a smart watch. The BB8 Smartwatch by Vtech includes an alarm, timer and stopwatch, a calendar feature and a calculator so your young Jedi can work out simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. On top of all of that, it has a really fun voice changing feature so that your special little guy can sounds like a robot among other things. Retailing for under $70 this is a great gift idea for a special young droid on your shopping list.

Gift Ideas for Pets and Pet People

Don't forget about the pets this holiday season! Don't get caught without a gift for your furry little best friend this year! Get a gift that is good for your pet and keep them at their best, all season long! I hope these gift suggestions help you to have a fuss free shopping experience. I included a few gift options for pet people too! You know we all have a crazy cat or dog lady in the family!

Samples were provided for original photos.
For more pet gift ideas check out this Ultimate Gift Guide for Pet Lovers

Probiora Pet makes a must have product for anyone that loves a pet with smelly breath. I love my pets, but let me tell you, my beagle dog has some dank breath! Probiora Pet Oral Care Supplements really help make his breath smell nicer and are easy to give without a fuss. Order online for $18 or save with a subscription.

Portland Pet makes pouches of food and treats that my dogs went wild for. Scout loved the Bacon Brew Biscuits while Enos was all about the Pumpkin biscuits.  This is a really good quality of food for dogs. Order online for happy pooches. Biscuit treats are about $10 a bag.

We can't forget about the cats this year, so why not order a box of Skoon cat litter and give the kitties some really good litter, and the box it came in as a bonus, because we all know that is what they want anyhow. A really good box. Skoon is light but absorbent and really keeps odors at bay. Get it for about $25 a delivery.

My best furry friend Scout is a rescue, and that is some kind of dog magic! I love to encourage other people to rescue, so this is the perfect shirt for holiday gifting. The rescue dog will love to see you display your paw, and you can spread the word about adopting! Get this shirt, or a really cute breed specific, non rescue shirt from Fur and Collar for about $20.

What could be better for a dog loving person at the holidays than a Designated Dog shirt? These comfy shirts feature too cute driving dogs. Each purchase helps dog organizations too! So this makes for an all around feel good gift. Order online where you can get a hat and tshirt bundle for $25.

Native Pet makes supplements that are great for dogs, like this Pumpkin Powder for healthy stool. I know it doesn't sound super holiday-ish, but when the dog feels good, you can feel good too! Order online for about $20 a can.

Native Pet also makes treats, and let me tell you, both of my dogs will drop everything for a Yak Chew. These are long lasting, even for my serious chewers. Get these for about $15 for 3 treats. Your dogs will love them!

Keep your dogs breath fresh and the teeth clean with this handy Natural Dog Treats dental care set for dogs. It has a brush, brush cleaner and some meat flavored toothpaste that my dogs liked! Order it for about $25 a set for healthy teeth and fresh breath.

Top the dogs food with some healthy and tasty bone broth. Brutus bone broth is perfect for senior dogs as it gives hip and joint support. The treats are a big hit with my boys too. Both the broth and the treats start at $8. 

Give a pet person peace of mind about pets on the furniture with the Alpha Pet Flex Couch Cover. This is soft, easy to clean and keeps furniture free of scratches and damage from nails. Get it from amazon for about $60.

Homes with cats will love this DIY Cat Toy kit from Supakit. You can make some adorable catnip infused toys that kitties of all ages will want to play around with. This is a must get kit for the holidays. Order it for about $25.

I hope these suggestions help you find a tail wagging gift for your pets this holiday season.
While you are here, why not check out my Christmas crafts?

Christmas Gift Guide For Seniors


Now that we are in the tail end of November and December looms around the corner, it is time for us to
think about Christmas once again. Christmas is a time of year for fun and cheer, and when we think
about celebrating the special day we think about treating our family to gifts

Whole buying gifts for children and younger members of the family might be easier; when reaching over
65 years old it can be difficult to choose the right gift to give. This is why today we have come up with a
handy list of gifts you can get for your older family members at Christmas. 

Neck Massager 

Often when we get older we start to develop aches and pains that we didn’t have when we were young
and spritely. As a result this can lead to issues with mobility as well as pain. If your relative suffers from
neck pain or back pain frequently, the ideal gift would be a neck massager to help ease the pain and
allow them to move around more independently. 

Afternoon Tea

Often the older members of the family will be more grateful for a gift that involves spending time with
their loved ones that a material thing. This is why an afternoon tea booked in a nice hotel or restaurant
can be the ideal day out and gift for them. You’ll be able to spend the afternoon out in a warm place
eating cakes and drinking tea. 

Spa Trip 

A spa trip could be a wonderful chance for you all to let your hair down and enjoy some much needed
TLC. You could choose to buy a few treatments for yourself and your senior family member or simply
hang out at the spa for the day and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. 

Vineyard Tour 

Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine? If your senior relatives like a good tipple, a fun and unique gift
would be to take a tour of a vineyard and go for wine tasting. This is a great way to spend a day out in
a sunny place and learn how wine is actually taken from grape to bottle. 


If you are thinking of something simple to buy for your senior relatives this year, nothing could be easier
than pajamas. Pajamas are always a great gift at this time of the year and you’ll be able to find some
thick cozy ones at your local store that are sure to be used and loved. 

Photo Album 

The older generation always tend to be more sentimental than us and as a result it is important for us
to give them amazing memories to enjoy at Christmas. This is why the ideal gift for a senior family
member is a photo album. You can also print off some of your favorite family snaps and put them
inside to allow your senior relative to enjoy seeing their family and reminisce. They can then keep
adding to the album over time as the family grows.