It is time for my annual Holiday Gift Guide. Unique, interesting, pretty, fun and useful gift ideas for anyone on your list this holiday season. Also some weird stuff of course.
If you've been following along with The Christmas Pledge you have no need for this post because all of your presents are purchased and you're positively berserk on an accomplishment high.
You people can just spend the next 10 minutes staring blankly at the computer screen. Or you could make use of this time and do something important like scroll through the list I've composed and pick out a perfect gift to give yourself.
Before we get into it I have some guidelines on buying presents:
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Christmas Present Buying Tips
- If someone lives in a small space DON'T buy them a large present that'll cause them stress and eye bleeds trying to find a place to put it.
- Check to see where something is being delivered or supplied from. This is especially important on Amazon. If it's being delivered from China then it's going to be a month to get to you if you're in North America. If it says "supplied and shipped by Amazon", then you're good. You'll get it in a few days normally.
- If you're having trouble thinking of a gift for someone think of their hobbies, and then get them something for that, that they wouldn't buy themselves. Very expensive knitting needles for a knitter for example. Or a signed copy of a book by a favourite author for a reader. That sort of thing. Hobbies are always the best place for inspiration.
- Want to cut down on shipping costs if you're shipping presents out of town? Change the shipping address in Amazon to ship directly to the recipient's house and choose the gift wrap option. The present will be gift wrapped in a moderately pathetic way with a personalized card and gift receipt inside the standard brown Amazon shipping box.
And to reiterate as I've said before: If you can shop local SHOP LOCAL. Instead of clicking and buying here see if you can get these things locally first. I'm willing to give up my Amazon commissions to make sure local stores stay open.
Ready? Here we go, this year's gift list.
The 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
Some things on this list contain affiliate links. That means if you buy something, I might make a commission.
If you're in Canada and you're having trouble with the right items coming up, just click here and search for the item on Amazon Canada. All other links should work fine for you.
Some of these things I own and love and that's why I'm recommending them.
Other things I've selected are based on how much I like them AND the ratings they get.
ITEMS I PERSONALLY OWN AND LOVE ARE MARKED WITH A 😀
EVERYONE loves an advent calendar. These ones are a step up from your regular $2 advent calendar filled with almost inedible chocolates from the Dollar Store.
These advent calendars are filled with fun experiments and activities for the first 24 days of December.
I'm a sucker for candles and burn them all the time. Always have, always will.
Mandarin Orange Candle (perfect for in the toe of a stocking)
Bubble Cube candle (tons of colours to pick from)
10" long Dough bowl candles (I'd pick the Apple Maple Bourbon scented)
OR for the DIYer, a DIY dough bowl candle kit from Etsy
New Years Eve (truth candle, lol)
Frasier Fir votive in gold jar (This is my candle scent of choice for December) 😀
Remember the Upper East Side coat?
Philip ate it. So I bought this long Orolay coat as a replacement. It looks really good, isn't skimpy in size and I assume it will wash in the washing machine as well as my first one. 😀
THIS is the Upper East Side coat I got it in white (which my dog ripped on walks when he was a puppy). It now comes in allll the clours. Army green, red, bright yellow, black, navy blue, silver blue ... 😀
DON'T FORGET - IF IT HAS A SMILEY FACE THAT MEANS I OWN AND LOVE THE PRODUCT
I bought both of these last minute to take on a trip to the Dominican Republic. No need to size up, the fabric is pre-shrunk. 55% linen, 45% cotton.
I also bought the black and white striped cover up below which is WAY nicer than I thought it was going to be. Wherever I went in it at the resort people stopped and asked me about it.
If I had known it was going to look so good, I'd have bought the one on the right as well.
Flame Birch French Rolling Pin 😀 This hand turned French rolling pin from rural P.E.I.'s Brenda Watts was one of the first things I recommended here on my site 10 years ago. I bought one for myself then one for almost everyone in my family. You can see me using it in my pastry recipe post.
Vekaya Mandolin 😀 (this is the best mandolin I've owned, plus it comes with cutproof gloves)
from Michelin starred vegetarian chef Jeremy Fox.
I'm deeply attracted to the cover of this cookbook. It's beautiful.
The Pizza Bible I've learned more from this book about making pizza than any other. 😀
Books from my own collection that I think any serious gardener should have.
BED & BATH
A shower cap that isn't ugly Because you really shouldn't wash your hair every day. Comes in multiple colours and patterns! 😀
Mini bidet! I bought this just to test it out for this Christmas Gift Guide. I nearly blew a hole through my intestine the first time I tried it. I also shot a stream of water moving at about 150 mph across my bathroom the first time. But with a little practice these things work astonishingly well to clean your bum. 😀
Refillable Shower Bottles for the person who likes things to be just so.
100% linen bath sheets from Rough Linen. They come in 8 colours including natural and black!
Bath Slippers I'm picking these terry bath slippers because they come in ALL sizes. Including wide!
Indoor/Outdoor Bootie I'm including these North Face indoor/outdoor slippers because my neighbour who owns them BEGGED me to include them. He just got them and says they GREAT. Comfortable, non slip, cozy ... and perfect if you have to go outside to let the dog out or bring in the paper.
CROSS BODY phone holder Know someone who always has their phone with them? Or is always losing their phone? This case is the BEST. You wear it like a purse so it's always where you want it to be. The one CON to this is you can't charge it with a magnetic charger while it's in its case - you have to remove the case to charge. It comes in multiple colours and I own it in black. 😀
LUXURY (FOR CHEAPER)
I realize I spend most of my time in jeans with dirt or grease stains on them, but the truth is I LOVE good things. I'm one of those people who would rather own 1 good purse than 12 cheap ones. But I don't buy new. If I want something nice I buy authenticated used.
You just have to make sure you're buying from a reputable reseller like The Real Real. I buy from my friend Lauren Baker who runs the site Lab Consignment. All items are guaranteed authentic, the quality and any marks or scratches are pointed out.
ALL CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR IS 25% OFF BUT JUST UNTIL SUNDAY
HERMES card holder I wish I owned this. I really really wish I owned this.
CHANEL ballet flats These too. Plus they're my size. Alas ...
THE MENOPAUSE KIT
These two things will change their life.
Cooling Pad Put one on your mattress under your fitted sheet. INSTANT cool and it lasts all night. Yup. It's actually made for keeping dogs cool. 😀
Magnesium for Sleeping All magnesium isn't created equal. It can make you have to poop and create general stomach distress. This brand and type of magnesium eliminates those cons of Magnesium but has all the PROS - which means excellent sleepy time. 😀
Buy these two things for anyone who sleeps hot or has trouble sleeping in general.
The Frame TV from Samsung The Frame is a television that is incredibly flat with a very small bezel frame. You can buy different coloured frames (white, wood, brass) to give the tv the look of different frames.
There is only one tiny wire that hangs down from the tv so you don't have a multitude of messy cords.
Then you can choose from their selection of artwork to display on the TV when you aren't watching it. Both Betty and I own one (I own a small one she owns a HUGE one). My mother keeps floral artwork on her large tv which is hung on her living room wall. You would never know it wasn't actual artwork.
Fire TV Stick What makes a TV smart? The ability to load apps onto it. You can turn any TV that has an HDMI port into a smart tv by inserting this FIRE TV stick. Load apps, watch YouTube, surf the web ... all with a fire stick on your tv.
Eufy robot vacuum with mapping! Last year I recommended a Eufy robot vacuum. I loved my Eufy so much I upgraded to this one for my downstairs, and moved my more basic Eufy upstairs.
Tech Travel Storage Kit I just got back from a trip to Dominican Republic and I really wish I'd had this. The amount of chargers, cable and crap you need to take with you now is astonishing. Keeping it in one spot like this would have been very helpful.
Finally - if you're looking to save money (and who isn't) buy refurbished!
Amazon has an ENTIRE category dedicated to guaranteed refurbished products.
Like Apple laptops, Frame TVs (yes you can get a refurbished Frame TV the same as the one above, but about $100 cheaper!), ice cream makers with a compressor and just about anything else you could think of.
Buying refurbished products is cheaper, just as reliable and prevents things from getting chucked in the garbage. A lot of refurbished products are just products that have been sent back or had minor issues.
I buy refurbished technology ALL the time and have never had any problems or issues.
That's it for this year, and before you say or think it, I know Christmas is about more than presents.
It's about having gingerbread sweats and filling your pockets with expensive chocolates on your way out from holiday parties.
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