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December 15, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide – All Over the Map

Wow, are the holidays really here? I can’t believe that we are now in full swing holiday mode! I’ve been trying to get to this post done for a week now but of course, I’ve had other things come up that have taken precedence. Nothing bad, thankfully. Just the usual and a bit of holiday shopping, of course! And then honestly, I was quite tired most evenings this week and I just had to embrace it and go to bed without working on this post. #sleepmatters

Since my family is Jewish, we have started celebrating Hanukkah, with the first night being this past Tuesday. In my family, the first night is the one that we have a regular tradition of celebrating with my parents. So, I had to make sure I had a present for my mom that night (still working on my dad ? but there’s still time, the benefit of 8 nights, right?!). The first item in this Gift Guide is what I got for her. I am still working on presents for others in my family and at least our family holiday party isn’t for another week so I still have more time for a few more presents. Possibly one from below??

Keep in mind, these gifts are quite random, just items I’ve seen over the past few weeks that I thought would make great gifts. There are even more that I wanted to include but I had to narrow down the list or I’d never get this post done. Ha!


  • Slip Pillowcase & Eye Mask – got this for my mom and I kind of want to try it myself! It’s a soft silk pillowcase and eye mask. It does come in a few colors, too! I was wondering if a silk pillowcase really lives up to the hype so my sister and I did a little research and found this Good Housekeeping round up of reviews of all the silk (and a few satin) pillowcases out there. See it here . Slip does rate well! And the research is somewhat unclear on whether the effects are what they claim to be or not but I say – it’s worth a try!


    image via Nordstrom

  • Camo Comsetics Bag – Found this at a local kids/tween boutique and guess what? I loved it so much I bought it for myself! I am using it to replace this pouch I have had in my purse for 2 years that I use to keep receipts, coupons and lip glosses in. It’s a refreshing update for any purse though. It comes in a gray or green and is the perfect price point to make a good holiday present for a friend.

Image via Malibu Sugar


Hello Lashes Mascara – I got this on a recent trip to Ulta and plan to try it this Saturday night when we have an event we are going to. I’m really excited about it! I would have tried it sooner but I’ve mainly been going to the gym and having big eye lashes just didn’t seem to be the right place to go when testing it out. Ha! Item description: Hello Lashes Clincally Shown 5-in-1 Mascara revolutionizes and takes the place of 5 products: 1) Your natural volumizing mascara, 2) Your conditioning, hydrating lash primer, 3) Your lash enhancing serum, 4) Your lash tint and 5) your lash comb/curler! Hello Lashes Clinically Shown 5-in-1 Mascara offers the blackest of the black color that lasts all day and never flakes or fades. The triple brush lengthens, curls and separates lashes while the innovative Magic Wand Lash Ball Detailer tip is designed to reach every last inner and outer corner lash.

Image via Ulta

Under1sky Pillow & Eye Mask Set – Yes, another set with an eye mask but this one is definitely tailored to the heavy traveler who travels in style. It looks luxurious and practical but isn’t expensive at all, i.e WIN! I wish I was that girl who traveled more and this set definitely makes me want to!

Image via Bloomingdales


Twelve NYC Mirror Zip Around Jewelry Case – Another travel related gift, I know. But who doesn’t like to have their jewelry organized when they travel? I have used a bunch of different jewelry organizers over the years but I’ve found that the harder cases are the best for keeping everything better organized. I have a really small one I like a lot but sometimes it’s too small and it’s black, so i.e. blah. This would be my next option. And it comes in a pretty pink or silver!


Image via Bloomingdales


Softspun Jogger Pants – I mentioned these on my Instagram recently after I finally got my hands on a pair (they were out of stock for a bit) and they are so soft and comfortable you’ll want to stay in them all day long….and guess what? You totally can and no one would know since they’re joggers, and not pajamas (right?). These would make a perfect present for anyone who likes to be comfortable. See my post with other lounge wear favorites here.


Image via Gap


Wildfox Naps & Snacks Top – I saw this top when I was at the Nordstrom holiday shopping event and it just made me smile. Maybe because it’s kitschy saying just resonated with me personally but seriously? Who doesn’t like naps and snacks?


Image via Nordstrom


Ugg Aira Sunshine Slipper – If you are an Ugg lover, then this updated version of their slipper is a must have. I love the perforated look and the shimmery metallic underlay that I’ve put this on my “wish list.” Oh, and there’s a kids version, too!


Image via Nordstrom


Iphone Camera Case – Saw this in a catalog and just thought it seemed so cool, and practical! A great gift for your techy photographer maybe? Product description: It feels like a real camera… and it shoots like a real camera! The iPhone Camera Case improves your digital photography by transforming your iPhone into a DSLR-style camera. It gives you unmatched control over the iPhone camera alone, with 5 external buttons plus a sturdy camera-like grip for safe and effective one-handed shooting. Features 10 shooting modes, adjustable shutter, zoom ring, selfie button, tripod mount. Choose Standard size (iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6S, SE, 7 and 8) or Plus size (iPhone 6 Plus, 6S Plus, 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X).


Image via Sharper Image


Gucci GG Marmont Card Case – My heart swoons over this card case. Maybe it’s the pretty baby pink but it seems like the perfect gift for someone who goes out a lot and needs a smaller wallet/card case for those teenier purses. It carries all you need – a driver’s license, credit card, and maybe a little cash.gucciggmarmontcardcase

Image via Nordstrom

I’m hoping to get another post (or two) out next week before the winter break starts since I still am working on my What I Wore/Instagram Round Up from November and I had one other I was working on, too. But I want to be realistic that there’s a chance I may not finish either or both since it’s the last week of work I’ll be doing before taking a break while my family is in town at the end of this month.

On that note….happy holidays and happy shopping!

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