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Christmas Gift Ideas | 2022 | Help & Advice



Trying to figure out what someone might want for Christmas/holiday season can be frustrating. You might spend hours on Amazon or at Target, only to throw up your hands and say to yourself, "I'll just get them a gift card." Which is, you know, not always a bad idea. You don't want to waste your money after all.


I usually spend a lot of time thinking about what to give others for Christmas and find that when I give someone something that is either useful or sentimental, those gifts are things people will keep and actually use day-to-day.


*This post is not sponsored, the links provided are not affiliate links and I receive no compensation from suggesting these gift ideas


The following list is organized into categories such as: home, self-care, electronics and food:


Gift Ideas for Home:


Eddie Bauer Cabin Fleece Throw, 50 x 60" ($75 - Currently on sale for $30)


I have several of these throws. They are really soft and warm and also wash really well. They are really nice to keep on the back of a chair or your couch so you can easily reach for them when you get cold. I have had several of these throws for years and find that they hold up over time, just remember not to use dryer sheets when you dry them or they won't feel as soft; just wad up a ball of tin foil to get rid of any static.


Link: https://www.eddiebauer.com/c/20062/home-blankets-throws?sp=1#82200315



Lasko High Velocity Pro Pivoting Fan ($62.99)


I bought my husband and I these fans recently after experiencing the awesome cooling power of one of these kind of fans at Universal Studios. For some reason, whenever either of us are in the bathroom, it gets f-ing hot. Like, a sweat rolling down your back kind of hot. I knew we needed some kind of fan, but I didn't think a tiny desk fan would work and I didn't want a large floor fan or standing fan.


This fan solves all of those problems. It provides a strong, direct air flow in a small area. If you find yourself in a area in your house where it gets hot and no one else wants the fan on them or you just want a strong air flow just on yourself to cool down (during and after exercise for example), this fan is the best thing I've ever found.


Link: https://www.amazon.com/Lasko-U12104-Velocity-Ventilating-Exhausting/dp/B07YKXF9VC/ref=pd_bxgy_sccl_2/144-5771969-2428835?pd_rd_w=sSu92&content-id=amzn1.sym.7f0cf323-50c6-49e3-b3f9-63546bb79c92&pf_rd_p=7f0cf323-50c6-49e3-b3f9-63546bb79c92&pf_rd_r=2GYG9F7AX3PN0ZTN6R8G&pd_rd_wg=C5Jrm&pd_rd_r=ea19e20f-9df1-437b-88a8-d9b22b8ab3b4&pd_rd_i=B07YKXF9VC&psc=1



Fiskars CarbonMax Folding Utility Knife ($28.99 on Amazon, $26.99 on Fiskars web site)


How do you open your packages? A knife, scissors, or like a savage? A couple of years ago, I wanted a dedicated box cutter that folded so I wouldn't stab myself accidentally. I wanted a dedicated box cutter because even though I have knives, I didn't want them to wear down over time or get the sticky tape residue on the blades (same with scissors).


I bought this box cutter off of Amazon and it has been so incredibly useful over the past couple of years. It has held up incredibly well, the blade has stayed sharp and it is very easy to use. There's a little button on the side you press in to open and shut it, making it safe and easy to use. The blade is easy to clean and you can change it out when you need to (I haven't yet).


Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-1027224-CarbonMax-folding-utility/dp/B07MC4T3H9/ref=sr_1_16?crid=18N84L5TOG4PW&keywords=box+cutters+fiskars&qid=1670355137&sprefix=box+cutters+fiskars%2Caps%2C85&sr=8-16


Fiskars Link: https://www.fiskars.com/en-us/building-and-fixing/products/utility-knives-and-blades/fiskars-pro-folding-utility-knife-770030-1001



Gifts for Self-Care:


Bathing Culture Outer Being Face Oil ($32-$82) (15% off your order if you sign up for their e-mails)


I use this as body oil since it is scented and is very moisturizing. I find that it makes my skin very soft, eradicates any dry skin, smells awesome and has a unisex scent, so anyone can use it. The scent is hard to describe, but it has an earthy, citrusy scent, kind of like what you'd expect to smell at a spa. It's initially expensive for the 8 oz glass bottle ($82), but it lasts me quite a while. I usually buy an 8 oz bottle twice a year.


This is a great gift because anyone can use it, it has clean ingredients, absorbs easily and feels like a luxurious, special gift. If you know someone that likes going to a spa, loves self-care gifts and is in need of a moisturizing body oil, this is a good gift for them.


Link: https://bathingculture.com/collections/everything/products/outer-being-face-body-oil?variant=31375963095129



Badger - Cocoa Butter Lip Balm (4-Pack in Creamy Cocoa, Vanilla Bean or Cool Mint) ($16.97)


I've tried tons of lip balms over the years and have only found a few that actually moisturize my lips and Badger makes some of the best affordable lip balms with clean ingredients. I usually end up getting a four pack from Amazon because when I would get them at Whole Foods or Sprouts Market, they'd be about $5 each.


Creamy Cocoa smells like chocolate, Vanilla Bean smells like vanilla and Cool Mint reminds me of Thin Mints or Junior Mints candy. They don't have a weird taste and don't leave a thick layer on your mouth. They don't dry out or get weird over time (unless you put them over lipstick or something, just wipe the top off after), like so many other lip balms I have tried over the years. Plus, if you get a four-pack, you can either give someone the entire pack or split it up (and trust me, you will love this for yourself too).


Link: https://www.amazon.com/Badger-Cocoa-Butter-Creamy-25oz/dp/B07MWYW5FW/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=badger+lip+balm&qid=1670356838&sr=8-5



Electronic Gifts:


Bose Soundlink Mini II Special Edition ($199 - On sale for $149 on the Bose web site)


I received this as a gift one year and it's one of my most used electronics. The sound is amazing, it links easily to my phone and my iPad and it easy to charge. If you know someone that loves to listen to music and would like a portable speaker that provides amazing sound, this is a great gift. I usually play Spotify through my phone and it's linked to the speaker. What's cool is that if you have a phone call, it will go through the speaker, so you won't miss a call if you are listening to music.


I've had my speaker for over six years now, use it several times a week and the sound is still just as good as it was in the beginning, it still charges and I've had no problems with it.


https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/speakers/portable_speakers/soundlink_mini_ii_special.html#v=soundlink_mini_ii_special_triple_black



Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones (noise cancelling/wireless) ($329 - On sale for $249 on the Bose web site)


My husband bought both of us each a pair of these headphones about four years ago and I use them every single day. They provide amazing sound and have a noise cancelling option, which drowns out any outside noise. I mean, really, you can't hear anything else when you have these on. They are super-comfortable and I can wear them for hours without getting a headache or getting sweaty around my ears. I've had to replace the ear pads only once and the replacements from Bose (I had to buy them) were good quality too and fairly easy to install.


The sound quality hasn't changed over time and the battery stays charged for a long time. The headphones wirelessly link to my phone, my iPad and my television, so I use them for a lot of different things and they work well with any device. I have used them on an airplane and found that they cancel out the noise of the engine and I can hear movies/music, etc. very clearly. They are expensive, but if you know you or someone else will use them every day, it's a great gift.


https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/headphones/noise_cancelling_headphones/quietcomfort-headphones-45.html#v=qc45_black



Food Gifts:


Laughing Cow Creamy Aged White Cheddar Cheese Wedges ($3-$4.50 for eight wedges)


I've found these at pretty much every grocery store. Sometimes they are in the dairy section, sometimes in the gourmet cheese section, sometimes in a random spot; just look around for them. They don't need to be refrigerated technically, so they could be any of those places I mentioned.


These are a really good gift because they can be placed in a stocking and don't need to be refrigerated. Laughing Cow cheese comes in a bunch of different flavors and is very creamy and rich, perfect for a snack and feels like a treat. It's a nice stocking stuffer because most people like it and most people don't normally buy nicer cheese for themselves.



Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil (500ml- $19.49)


Maybe you know this, maybe you don't, but pure olive oil is expensive and only comes from Italy. Olive oil from other places can be cut with cheaper oils and does not have the same flavor as pure olive oil. A really good olive oil provides peppery and nutty notes and can add amazing flavor to many dishes, such as salads, pasta, chicken, shrimp, calamari and scallops.


Basically, anything you can think of, it will add amazing flavor and since it is anti-inflammatory, good for your body too. While a person might not spend the money on a bottle of good olive oil on themselves, it's a great gift to get someone who loves to cook and wants to add something special to their dish. I use this olive oil with many of my dishes and find that it adds a rich, peppery flavor, holds up well to heat, tastes amazing and a little goes a long way.


I've found this at Target, but you can also get it online on the company's web site.


https://www.californiaoliveranch.com/products/premium-select-extra-virgin-olive-oil/41079569842360



365 by Whole Foods Market Roasted & Salted Cashews, 24 oz ($14.79)


Nuts are such an awesome snack. Do you know anyone who loves cashews, pecans, pistachios or macadamia nuts, but won't buy them because they are too expensive? Cashews at Whole Foods Market are actually really good, wonderfully buttery and salty and almost everyone likes them. They are a great gift because they aren't something a person might normally buy for themselves.


You can combine this with the olive oil and cheese to make a gift basket or just put it in their stocking. You could also combine the cashews with bags of other nuts at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's (they also have a good variety of quality nuts), like pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios, salted peanuts, walnuts and macadamia nuts.


https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/product/365-by-whole-foods-market-roasted-salted-cashews-24-oz-b07gldw69c



Aurora Natural Organic Extra Large Turkish Figs (10 oz- $7.39)


Just like the cashews and olive oil, figs can be expensive and people can find it difficult to spend a lot of money on a luxury item. These figs are just plain awesome and not only should you get someone else a package of them, you should also get yourself a package. Imagine the softest, best Fig Newton cookie you've ever eaten. Okay, this is way better than that. They are plump, sweet and delicious and once you eat one, you will not believe you ever lived without them.


These can go well in a gift basket with the cheese, olive oil and cashews or just by themselves in a stocking. They can be found in the nut section at Whole Foods Market.


https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/product/whole-foods-market-organic-extra-large-turkish-figs-10-oz-b000btdl06



Final Thoughts:


I hope you liked this gift guide and found some gifts you may not have thought of. What are you asking for this year? Do you have any special gifts you are expecting or are giving to someone special? What kind of gifts do you usually look for? How is your search for gifts going? Please share your thoughts below!


Thanks,

A

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