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Isn’t it fun to buy presents? I especially enjoy giving gifts that I would enjoy myself. I’m happy to give my dad new golf balls, but I get more excited to give my mom a pedicure or my brother-in-law a book that I’ve read myself and know he’ll love.

(I recently complimented several decorative accents I saw at my friend’s house, and she kept saying, “You bought me that! That was also from you. You got me that, too!” Haha!)

I hope you enjoy this fun gift guide I put together to give you ideas for this holiday season! This guide includes gifts for men and women, and all but two of the items are under $50.


READ: “Thrive” calls for a redefining of how we measure success, and offers practical solutions you can beginning doing today. “Big Magic” encourages and challenges creatives to tell their story. “Rising Strong” celebrates vulnerability and sharing stories of falling down and getting back up. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” (written by a Nobel prize winner!) explains how our systems of thinking affect our decisions. “The Martian” is a gripping novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars after his crew presumes he is dead.

COZY UP: For her, these socks. They’re my most favorite! For him, thermal pants. Perfect for hiking, skiing, shoveling snow... haha! You can’t go wrong with a plush throw, which makes a great gift for either gender. (My husband is extremely loyal to “his” blanket.) I especially love the buffalo check and think it’d be perfect for winter sporting events!

ON-THE-GO: Know someone who loves being organized? The Emily Ley Simplified Planner was the first thing on my own Christmas list. It’s a splurge, but it’s a gift that would be used on a daily basis! A classy tote is a great gift for any female over 15. This tote is reversible AND comes with a wristlet. (More color combinations are available.) I purchased two of these packing folders for my trip to Europe last winter. I was shocked by how much space they saved and how they helped lessen wrinkles. (Is there a man in your life who travels for business and, like most men, is impossible to shop for? You’re welcome.) 

PAMPER: Simple but stunning earrings will make her feel special without breaking your bank. Massage oil and body wash in a calming scent makes a lovely gift for any woman (though I doubt a man would mind if he was gifted massage oil from his wife). Or, skip the oil and give the gift of a massage itself! (You can find massage deals for under $50 through Groupon or LivingSocial.)

DECORATE: How fun and funky is this gold fish planter? On a more serious note, this rich-looking glass bottle would be appreciated by any wine, liquor or HECK, water drinker! Or... drumroll please... give the gift of a decorating service from Laura Rennie Interiors! Special holiday pricing and gifting options will be announced soon!

Which of these items would be on YOUR list?

I also encourage readers to consider making a one-time or recurring donation to a ministry or charity. (Or give the gift of your time!) Don’t forget the people in your own community. If you have the ability to read this blog post, you should consider yourself well-off. You have an education. You have access to the Internet. You have access to a phone or computer (and you likely own the device you’re using.) We are blessed to even have the option of buying presents for our friends and family!