My Christmas Wish list: Gift Ideas for 2024

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I’m so excited to share my Christmas Wish list with you this year! If you need unique, fun, awesome gift ideas for your friends and family this year – I got you in this post. Ready to get started? Grab yourself a coffee and let’s go!

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Christmas Wish List Ideas for Everyone on your List

Here is a list of all our favorite items that would make great gifts for you and yours (and your fur babes) this holiday season.

My Christmas Wishlist 2023

Gift ideas for Him & Her

Smash Burger Kit

I purchased the smash burger kit (and this cast iron griddle) as Father’s Day gift for Sean, and we love it! I have to say the smash burgers are delicious and so much better than the old burgers we used to make! And it’s pretty easy to clean, too.

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Electric Bikes

Sean and I invested in these electric bikes about a year ago, and we are having so much fun riding them around town! The reason we love these bikes is they came with the extra seat in the back for the kiddos. We won’t be able to do this forever, as there is a weight limit, but these things are super fun and highly recommend! Grab a bike basket for the front while you are at it.

Yeti Products

Sean is a big fan of Yeti products, and these usually go on sale around the holidays. This would be a great time to grab a rambler or mug from them! Here’s why we love them.They are dishwasher safe, really insulated and have a magnet latch system to really lock up your drink and prevent spills. Plus, these come in tons of colors and can be used for more than just liquids (think soups, oatmeal, chili – you name it!)

Cooler Backpack

We use this cooler backpack all the time. We bring this to friends houses, outdoor concerts and town events and it holds a ton of drinks and keeps everything cold. I love how there are several zippered compartments for your important things, like wallet and cell phone. We pack both drinks and snacks in this thing and it’s like having a good-sized cooler on your back! While this can get heavy if you really load it up, having a cooler in backpack form makes it a lot less of a burden to carry.

Ooni Pizza Oven

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We don’t own this (yet – ha!) BUT – I was out walking Sasha a few weeks ago and smelled something out of this world delicious. I turned the corner, and a neighbor had one of these Ooni pizza ovens out on his outdoor grill area. He said it’s the best purchase he’s ever made – the pizzas turn out really good and it’s fun for entertaining. The smell alone had me sold, but I do think this would be a fun DIY pizza party idea!

Electric Candle Lighter + My Favorite Candle!

I had the opportunity to try these electric candle lighters and fell in love. No more clicking! No more empty lighter fluid! This charges by USB and each charge lasts a while. Warning: It’s a bit mesmerizing to use. These make great stocking stuffers for adults and good gifts for those inexpensive white elephant parties.

Votivo Candle in a bathroom

To go along with this electric lighter, I have to highlight my favorite candle ever – Votivo. Red Currant is one of the best scents I’ve ever smelled. I always get compliments on it.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Exfoliant

This skin treatment has improved my skin so much. I can definitely tell the difference when I haven’t used it. It’s great for pores, acne and fine lines. The consistency is like water – I put some on my hands and then directly pat it into my face. It’s a must have for my skin regimen.

Pura Plug In Fragrance Air Diffuser

Speaking of scents – the Pura is another favorite of mine. This smart plug in fragrance diffuser is controlled via an app, with intensity levels and schedule options. (You can see how I work mine here.) But the Pura scents are second to none! And they are sold at major retailers as well as on the Pura website.

Revlon Hair Tool

This is my favorite hair tool ever. And I am not *good* at doing my hair. I typically throw it into a messy bun or high ponytail most days. But when I want to look really put together – this is my go-to. It’s not hard to use and makes you look like you just came from the salon! I dry my hair until it’s semi-dry, then run this tool through it to dry and style and I’m good to go. It only takes me about ten minutes to start to finish.

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Marble Lazy Susan

My good friend has one of these marble lazy susans on her table and I fell in love with the look AND the concept. I keep napkins and a salt and pepper shaker on ours, but you can use it as a server too.

marble lazy susan on a table with a salt and pepper shaker and napkins

Lululemon Mini Belt Bag

My daughter got one of these mini belt bags for her birthday and she loves it. I can see why these cross-body bags are so popular. They are a good price, high-quality and come in multiple colors.

If you want a look-a-like version that’s even cheaper – I purchased this cross-body bag and use it all the time. I love it and it even fits a large iPhone 13 Pro.

Dutch Oven

If you don’t own a pretty dutch oven, I highly recommend you invest in one. They usually go on sale around the holidays. You can make just about anything in them – including simmer potpourri and even bread! This one of those functional and decorative items.

dutch oven from amazon on a stove

Gifts for Kids

Cards against humanity (Family Edition)

My kids love this game! Don’t worry, it’s not like the adult version. This one is funny and you can bring the cards with you to a restaurant and play over dinner.

Kids Fort Building Kit

These building kits will provide hours of entertainment and fun for your kids – even the littles. They can build endless things out of these and then just throw a blanket or sheet over top to make a enclosed fort.

Brain Flakes

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The name is weird, but your kids will be obsessed with these brain flakes. My son is always playing with these. The little discs or “flakes” click together and provides hours of fun for kids.

Moon Pod (or Yogibo)

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I had the opportunity to try one of these zero gravity Moon Pod bean bags and my kids have loved it from Day one. We have it in our playroom and they lay on it to watch TV and hang out with their friends. They use this more than the sofa in there! The cover is washable! A similar brand is the Yogibo, and both are available on Amazon.

Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers

Best friends by Sherri Dog Bed (for your best friends)

For your furry babes, cat or dog, this bed will become their new best friend. Our 12 yr old wheathen, Sasha, has never loved dog beds. I tried so many. That is, until this bed came along.

best friends by sherri dog bed with wheaten terrier in it

I could barely get it out of the box before she plopped right down into it. We have affectionately dubbed this bed her “nut”, because of the donut (nut – get it?) edge. She loves to stretch out in it and curl up in a tiny ball. Plus, it’s washable! And I’ve never had issues with it after washing and drying.

Himalayan Dog Chews

Sasha LOVES these cheese dog chews so I had to give them a proper shout-out. These are made with minimal ingredients and lactose free. They really do last a long time for us. When the bone gets down to a small piece, you can microwave it and turn it into puff cheese treat for your pup! I like to put these into her stocking (don’t tell me you don’t have a stocking for your dog!?)

Dog Puzzle

I bought our Sasha one of these puzzles last year and she gets so excited when I pull it out of the pantry. She actually ended up removing some of the lids (haha), but it’s fun and mentally stimulating for her nonetheless.

Christmas Lists of Years Past

Here’s a look at everything I eye’d up for the holidays from years past.

My Christmas Wishlist 2022

Soft Pajamas

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I love these pajamas! They come in a slew of different colors and are made of super soft jersey cotton. Despite the fact that they say hand wash only, reviews state that these pajamas machine wash and dry beautifully.

Shop these Pajamas.

Pink Clay Mask

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This mask has a cult following and the reviews are stellar. The Australian Pink Clay deeply cleanses your skin and is great for making your pores smaller and getting rid of acne. This face mask is literal magic and I can’t wait to try it out.

Shop this Mask.

Revlon Hair Styler

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When you need a one step hair styler. Dry and style all in one. I am not one to really fuss with my hair – it’s either ponytail or air dry for me. This is a step up and perfect when you need that extra something something. You don’t have to be good at doing hair with this thing. Reviews are amazing.

Shop the Hair Styler.

Layered Necklaces

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I can’t get enough of these beautiful layered necklaces. Madewell has a popular one (actually, a few) and I just love the look.

Shop the Necklaces.

Vivaia Flats

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The cutest, most comfortable flats. In TONS of colors and patterns. I especially love that these shoes are machine washable and move/breathe with your feet. I’m so over uncomfortable shoes that leave your feet feeling and looking worse when you take them off. These are right up there with Rothys for me.

Shop the Flats.

Neutral Comfy Sweater

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A winter staple. This sweater, a pair of comfy flats (see above), and your favorite jeans.

Shop the Sweater.

Stacking Rings

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These dainty little stacking rings are so pretty and wearable all season.

Shop these Stacking Rings.

Clear Mugs

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I became obsessed with clear coffee mugs when I started watching the thriller “Surface” on Apple TV. Have you seen it? She would have her coffee black every morning in one of these clear mugs. I fell in love with them. But, I quickly discovered through my search that not all clear glass mugs are created equal.

These mugs from Bodum are handblown glass, double-walled insulated and dishwasher safe. They keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. And most important, they are comfortable to hold.

Shop these Clear Mugs.

Long Coat

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Remember the sweater, flats and favorite jeans from above? I forget about the coat too! Now you are really ready to go in style. Casual enough for daytime and dressy enough for a night out. Plus, you can’t beat this price! Love.

Shop this Coat.

Check out last years list while you’re here…

My Christmas Wish List 2021

My Christmas Wishlist - unique holiday gift ideas for your friends and family.

From top to bottom! Here we go.

The Perfect Pot

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When you need one pot that can saute, boil, crisp, bake, braise, roast, steam, strain, pour, and serve – enter, the Perfect Pot. This is the same pot that keeps selling out over and over again (good reviews for it are plentiful). If you have a cook in the family, they will love this awesome pot that comes in four different matte colors. This is one you want to keep out on your cooktop!

Other features:

  • The most slippery nontoxic, nonstick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles
  • Only weighs 4.5 lbs!
  • Compatible with all cooktops, even induction
  • Oven safe up to 425 degrees
  • Replaces 8 cookware products

Shop the Perfect Pot here.

Winc Wine Subscription

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Do you love wine? How about four bottles of wine? How about wine perfectly tailored to your palate that shows up at your door every month? Then you will love Winc Wines.

Whether you (or a loved one) prefer red, white, or rose – you can hand-select the perfect wines. Or, have Winc choose for you based on a 10-minute quiz (that’s actually enjoyable to take).

Voted “the best wine subscription” by Business Insider, and featured by Forbes and numerous other publications. Oh, and even loved by celebrities. This one is a winner!

Shop Winc Wine Subscription here.

The Best Cleansing Balms (Farmacy and Elemis)

Have you guys heard of cleansing balms? If not, then you need to. And here’s why.

These cleansing balms are seriously good for your skin and don’t even require water! They melt away stubborn makeup, creams, dirt, and grime with a simple wipe down. And they feel oh so good on your skin.

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These are my top two picks and while they are more expensive than your Cerave face wash (I get it, that was my go-to, too), your skin will thank you and who doesn’t want gorgeous skin?

This is like a facial every night – do it! And please watch the videos on these, it’s mesmerizing.

Shop Elemis here.

Shop Farmacy here.

Chic Picnic Basket

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I want to have more picnics. I want to pack up a basket of goodies, go to a beautiful park on a sunny day, and just immerse myself in nature. Life gets so busy with kid activities, work, and other obligations – when do we ever take the time to sit down on a cozy blanket and eat good food and drink good wine with our family and friends? Even if it’s just in your own backyard, there is something about having a picnic that forces us to slow down for a moment.

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Of course, we need a good blanket and a good picnic basket, no?

I’ve been eyeing up this beauty of a picnic basket for a while now. Individually handmade, with a cooler for keeping drinks and food cold (and fits a champagne bottle!), and with a lid that can be used as a cheeseboard. This thing is so gorgeous it might make me want to picnic every day!

Shop the Picnic Basket here.

Authentic Mexican Blanket

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Authentic Mexican Blanket

And the blanket? Well, of course, it’s this beautiful authentic Mexican blanket. And you have to go straight to the source for these. This one is crafted by skilled artisans in Mexico in a region known for making these handmade blankets. It’s indoor/outdoor and a perfect blend of materials for durability and softness. It screams lay on me!

Shop the Mexican Blanket here.

Thursday Boots

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I’ve legit had these Thursday boots on my wishlist for two years. I’ll describe these the way the website does: high-quality footwear for an honest price. And it seriously lives up to the hype. I’m eyeing up the Duchess or the Knockout, because a little heel never hurt anyone.

They also have men’s boots – worth a look for a loved one or friend who loves beautiful footwear.

Shop Thursday Boots here.

Weighted Blanket from Walmart

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Shopping for a weighted blanket is a bit like trying to pick a new hard seltzer from the grocery store on a Friday night. Just overwhelming with the number of options, colors, brands, etc. And unlike the seltzers, weighted blankets cost a lot more so the stakes are high when choosing a good brand.

This one from Walmart has good reviews, is ridiculously soft, and relatively inexpensive compared to other brands. It has a soft sherpa side as well as a velvet side, so you get to choose. While there aren’t many studies yet if these blankets actually work, some people swear by them for a deeper sleep and less anxiety. And I’m all about a deeper sleep and feeling hugged.

Shop the Walmart Weighted Blanket here.

Pacific Natural

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This is a beautiful, inspiring lifestyle book by one of my favorite muses; Jenni Kayne. I just love her style, and you’ll love this book too. It’s also very pretty on your side tables and coffee tables.

Shop Pacific Natural here.

Need more book inspiration? I’ve got the best coffee table books for you here. (picks for art lovers, home lovers, fashion lovers, animal lovers, and more!) Just into interiors? Then these design books are for you!

Apple Watch

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Apple Watchband available at Strawberry Avocados

I love the Apple Watch because it gets me off my phone (ie social media). It’s also really handy when you are exercising, running errands, or putzing about the house because it will buzz your wrist when you have a message. Annoying? A little bit, but with two young kids at school I need to be on top of my messages throughout the day just in case. And I’m not one to carry my phone every place I go around the house.

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One of the best features? It has a ping feature for finding your phone. Genius! I don’t know about you but I constantly lay my phone in the weirdest of places (drawers, shelves, the FLOOR?). One simple ping and I found it. Easy!

Plus, now you can get a really cute watch band for it. 🙂

Shop the Apple Watch here.

Custom Pet Portrait

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Ok. If you have a dog or cat, then you want a custom pet portrait. I’m not forcing you here, but I am telling you that you will want a pet portrait at some point. Our pup Sasha, who is now 10 years old, is so important to us. She’s part of our family, our 3rd baby!

This is the perfect gift for someone with a sentimental fur baby in their life. Warning; they might cry when they open it.

The Wand for Wine Drinkers

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I’ve always loved wine. Maybe it’s my Italian heritage. But I do find the older I get, the more headaches I get from wine. It’s not like when I was 25. If you are in the same boat – I found the solution!!

It’s called … The Wand. This is a one-use wine purifier that’ lets you have your wine without the icky side effects. If you’ve ever had to endure things like congestion, red cheeks, and a headache – it’s probably the sulfites and histamines in the wine that’s doing it. The Wand removes those!

It’s simple, just stir this bad boy in your drink and enjoy. Works on all wines without changing the flavor. Also brings dead wines (the ones that oxidized) back to life. It’s also BPA-free, no chemicals, and 100% made in the USA. This is perfect for your wine buddies! Also available on Amazon (with almost 7k amazing reviews!)

Shop The Wand here.

Cozy Wool Stegmann Clogs

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If you want little clouds around your feet then you need Stegmann Clogs. I love the story behind these shoes as well. Stegmann clogs have been making high-quality, beautiful footwear for 130 years. They use a special wool that supports farmers and rare breeds of sheep, all part of their Species Preservation Initiative.

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These are the type of shoes that you can throw on to pick up the kids at the bus stop, grab lunch with your friends, a cozy dinner night out at neighbors – I mean, basically anywhere. They scream Fall and are oh so cozy you might think you forgot to take off your slippers.

Shop the Stegmann Clogs here.

Kitchen Herb Garden

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With this self-sustaining herb garden, all you need to do is put in the garden pods and watch them grow. Then, have access to fresh, homegrown herbs all year long!

Click and Grow has several different varieties of herb gardens, I prefer the small one for storage sake. I think my kids would really enjoy this as well; watching their plants grow! And this is not just for herbs; you can also grow vegetables, flowers, even tea leaves to make your own tea!

Shop the Click & Grow Herb Garden here.

That about rounds up this Christmas Wish List this year. I hope this helps you guys find a gift for someone special (or you!) I’ve got plenty more ideas for your home, heart, and holiday coming up – so be sure to subscribe here so you don’t miss a future post.

Xo, Karen

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