My favorite time of year is Christmas. Sure, the eggnog is great, the lights are beautiful and there is something special about afternoon naps with carols playing in the background, but I love searching for the perfect gift for friends and family. I thought I might put together a quick look at some of my favorite go to gifts for under $40.
9oz Swell Bottle in Peridot // Small enough to it into almost any purse, cute and crazy convenient, this is the ultimate gift for the girl on the go.
Popcorn Lip Scrub from LUSH // Salty and sweet is the best combination out there and this lip scrub encompasses all of it. It’s so tasty that you may forget to notice how well it works!
Custom Banner from Hanging with Lucy // This is such a cute way to tell someone you love them, miss them, wish them a Merry Christmas or really . . . whatever you want! Jess does an incredible job making adorable felt banners and will work with you on whatever you want written on them. Just think of the possibilities! She goes above and beyond to make it perfect and right now, if you use the coupon code CHRISTMASWITHLAURA checkout, you’ll get 10% off through the end of January.
Paradise Gardens 2017 Wall Calendar from Paper Source // Paper Source has an excellent collection of calendars that would double as wall art if you don’t look closely. It’s a great grab for the friend who is always organized!
Reversible Dainty Earrings by Kate Spade // Ever want to buy a friend jewelry but get lost second guessing your decisions? This is the solution. A beautiful and simple pair of earrings that can be worn either way. It fits all styles and looks good with pretty much anything making it a winner.
Oh Joy! Book // What an overall perfect book. With super cute tutorials and crafting ideas, it feels like the best kind of Pinterest board come to life. It also makes a great coffee table book in that it’s big, beautifully laid out and overall, such a fun book to flip through.
Clear Rosa Case by Rifle Paper Co. // Phones may change, but we still need cute cases to make them better. Enough said.
Sugar Lip Treatment // I can’t say enough about this. I recently ditched almost all of my lipstick in favor of a few of these. My absolute favorite is the Rose (pictured). It’s pink but sheer (and that’s showing up as sheer on my very fair skin). It’s just enough color to add on for a quick run to the store, an early class or even a night out. An added bonus is that it has SPF 15 so it’s great for your lips all year long.
Soy Nail Polish Remover from Ella + Mila // I can’t get enough of this polish remover and recommend it to pretty much everyone I see wearing nail polish. If you do your nails often, you know how acetone dries out your nails and makes your hands feel all kinds of yucky. This remover is oil based and includes the best kind of ingredients that leave your nails and cuticles actually feeling better than before. If you’ve got a friend who loves doing her nails, do her a favor and pick this up for her.
Fake’n Bake Candle // Sometimes, candles feel like a not so personal gift. This candle is hilarious and perfect for that friend who always burns the cookies and laugh it off.
Personalized Plaid Scarf by Land’s End // This scarf is part of the Cashtouch collection which means it is insanely soft. Sometimes scarves don’t seem like the obvious gift for the guy in your life, but even the grizzliest of men can’t deny how good it feels to be wrapped in a super soft scarf while you’re out braving the elements.
Oxford Colorblock Phone Case by Jack Spade // This classic colorblocking never goes out of style. Show him you care about both him and his phone.
The Mac + Cheese Cookbook // Because every guy should know how to make one killer dish. Why not make it macaroni and cheese?
Old Fashioned Carry-On Cocktail Kit from J.Crew // Traveling for the holidays? What a perfect gift to help your buddy get through the flight and all the stress that goes along with traveling, holidays and visiting the family. It comes with everything you could need (including a recipe card and coaster). All you need to do is provide the hard stuff.
Stranger Things T-Shirt // When you’re not in the upside down, fan-made shirts that are well done can be hard to come by. This one is fantastic and a great gift for anyone still wondering about Barb.
New Mac Candle from Twelve South // Smells just like the real thing. Clever candles never go out of style.
Keysmart // Kyle got this as a groomsmen gift two years ago and still uses it everyday. It may not be for every guy, but it holds up well and is a fun gadget for someone who needs some key organization.
Kalamazoo by LUSH // I’m a huge fan of LUSH as a company and as an excellent place to find great gifts. Great skin is always in style and LUSH delivers just that, not to mention this contains apricot kernel oil which helps condition, making prickly beards softer and stronger.
Chapter Travel Kit by Herschel Supply Co. // Herschel Supply Co. is a brand I love that makes all kind of bags and accessories. Kyle and I both have laptop sleeves by them and swear by them. This may or may not end up under our own tree so that Kyle can keep his toiletries in more than just a giant pocket for future travels.
Sneakers from H&M // I love the masculine contrast on these. There’s always room for one more pair of shoes, right?