Hey mama! It’s holiday time again! As the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, approaches you may be planning your shopping and your strategy. Maybe you’ve even started a list of people to shop for and gift ideas for those loved ones…but are you on that list too? I say you SHOULD be!!
We both know you’ve been a very good girl this year. You’ve been doing so much for many-your spouse, your children, your extended family and friends, your workplace, and even your children’s school without a break or second thought on whether to say yes. This marathon you’ve been on is not slowing down as 2018 comes to a close, far from it! You will make the holiday magic, it will be you who has always and will always do this (we both know this so continue nodding yes). There will be school events, holiday parties, hosting out of town guests, baking cookies, potlucks, gift buying, wrapping presents, Elf on the Shelf-ing, filling stockings..the list goes on. You are busy my friend and the next month or so you’ll be busier.
As of a fellow magic maker, cookie baker and general elf I want us to band together and start a new tradition this year. Mommy goes on her own list, mommy gets a special holiday treat or two…from mommy! You deserve something special this season of giving and I want to encourage you to give to that beautiful soul staring at you in the mirror. The one who can’t remember if she ate lunch yesterday. The one who has a someone else’s breakfast stuck in her hair. The one who’s hoping to shower at some point today but her kids look fabulous as she drops them off at school. That incredible woman deserves a treat!!
Let’s go shopping for US this year!! I’m not advising going crazy but I am advising acknowledging that you deserve to add a little something to your online cart with your name on it. So gals I’ve compiled this list of ideas for being your own not-so-secret Santa. Each idea can be bought right from the comfort of your sofa. I’ve included ideas from big retail chains and also from some fantastic boutique businesses too. Better still I’ve contacted some of theses businesses and they have agreed to give my readers exclusive coupon codes and deals! These deals are just for you! No matter what your interests, personality or budget is..I’ve got you covered!! I’m breaking down the costs, where to find these gems and giving you direct links to order them. Let’s go shopping and let’s do it by category:
THE MOVIE BUFF
If you love to watch a classic holiday chick flick with a cup of cocoa or while wrapping gifts (I always have a movie on during gift wrapping sessions) this is the list for you. These three movies are my top favorites to accompany gift wrapping or any general holiday behind the scenes stuff I do when I’m solo.
The Holiday- $5.99 Best Buy
A double love story set in America and England during the holidays? This is a yes!!
Love Actually 10th Anniversary Edition $7.93 Walmart
Genuinely one of the best ensemble cast Christmas movies in my humble opinion. We laugh, we cry, we believe in connections and love..we buy and we watch!
Bad Moms Christmas $13.00 Target
No description necessary on this one…every mama needs some Bad Moms this Christmas and we need it NOW!!
For those mamas that get a spring in their step when a new accessory appears-this list is for you! Even better-two items on this list will benefit worthy charities! Whether you want to make a statement, add some bling or just be beautifully comfortable this is your swoon worthy list…
Trades of Hope scarf $26
Not only does this scarf accent any holiday outfit (would be equally as cute with a pair of jeans) but it benefits a worthy cause. With every purchase of this Trades of Hope scarf a woman in India is empowered. You will empower another woman just be shopping! These scarfs are made by Indian artisans and with each sale these women earn an income, can receive an education and healthcare and move out of poverty. Trades of Hope markets the products of women in poverty including women from war torn countries and women who have escaped trafficking among other circumstances. This is a business started by women-a mother and her 3 daughters to benefit the next generation of women! I love what this business is about and supporting it is a no brainer when we also get a beautiful gift for ourselves at the same time!
Earrings-$26.00 920 Jewelry Co.
Aren’t these earrings the funnest? When you’re looking for a little pizazz for a basic holiday outfit..make a statement and go red!! 920 Jewelry is a mom run small business (named after the date her baby was born) and with each purchase 10% of the sale is donated to suicide prevention. This is an awesome business with one of kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings ready to ship to your home and be your new favorites 😊.
Velvet ballet flats in cranberry $39 Land’s End
Don’t these flats just say “holidays” to you?? I love the sparkle detail on the bows and that they are velvet! (These are also available in black) Under $40 for a pair of fun holiday shoes delivered to my door…that’s a YES for this mama!! How cute would these be to dress up jeans and a sweater..or with a cute skirt?
Cairo Minaudiere Clutch $16 Charming Charlie
How fun is this clutch for holiday events? I can totally see it as a the perfect accessory for a dinner out with friends too! I love the glittery gold color. Better still it comes with a detachable crossbody strap for two options! A steal at $16.00!
Some nights a gal just wants to chill out at home. I’m giving you some ideas for staying at home in style! Pair these ideas with the latest episode of This Is Us and a bag of chocolate covered raspberries and you’ve got the trifecta for me! I promise you that you’ll never want to leave the confines of your sofa!!
Sonoma Good for Life Plush Robe $60 Kohl’s
I’m going to level with you-this is my actual robe. I bought one for my mother-in-law and within days I had to buy another one for myself…HAD TO!! This is THE coziest, softest robe ever!!! I wear mine more often than I’d like to admit…and I’ll be wearing it again tonight!
Soma Cool Nights Short sleeve pajama set in Festivity Dot with Shadow-$64.00
I was gifted a pair of Soma pajamas last Christmas and they are so comfy!! The material feels amazing!! If only I had the guts to wear them out to run my errands but in meantime they are a personal luxury at home 😊. I’ll tell you I have worn my set many, many times and a testament to the quality of Soma pajamas is that my pj’s still look brand new! The pair pictured below is on my wish list to appear under my tree this year..from me!!
Calivibes Candle Co Candles-$10 each for 4 oz size, $18 each for 9 oz size
Calivibes Candle Co is a small business you need to know about! This is husband and wife run business that started with a fun date night turning wine bottles into succulent containers. They moved into hand pouring candles after a customer at a local farmers market asked if they’d ever considered making candles in the wine bottles they were using. As a result of following this suggestion (and some research and practice) their business’s sole focus is now candles and these candles are amazing! Each candle is all natural soy wax, phthalate free, contains premium fragrance & essential oil blends with 100% cotton wicks. I’m suggesting three different scents and each one I’ve tried and loved! Donuts with Santa is a fun holiday scent containing vanilla essential oil. Newport Coast is a citrus based scent that is very light and simply said-mellows me out (which I need). Volcano is my absolute favorite scent-the smell that fills your room can only be described as delicious. It’s a fruity blend but not overpowering and I’m actually burning it right now as I type this! I recommend checking out this company and when you do you’ll find 20 different scents available to discover and love.
Custom 11×15 Art Canvas- $40 (but you’ll get a BIG discount off this price) Bluewoods Design
I absolutely love the art created by the talented woman behind Bluewoods Design! She can create a one of kind custom art piece for your home (or as a gift for anyone on your list) to admire as you’re hanging out with friends or Netflix (who is a close friend of mine). To show you just how unique and perfect her pieces are I want to show you a piece she created for me. I sent her a couple of photos or my children and I, she asked me some really good questions about what makes me “me” and the result was this beautiful piece of art I’ll cherish forever of me with my children. I could not love it more or feel it more perfectly captures my personality (down to the leopard scarf in my hair)! Any readers of this blog who order from this business will receive an exclusive 55% off your total using the code GETDETAILS at check out!! This is a fantastic gift for yourself or absolutely anyone on your list this Christmas!!
THE MOM WHO LOVES TO ENTERTAIN
Are you the hostess with the mostest? Are you at your happiest when you have a house full of friends and family? Let’s take the party to the next level and have a great time doing it. If you love to entertain, this is your list!!
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon hardcover book-$24.50 Target
I bought this book the day it came out and I have been soaking in each page of it! Do you want to throw a killer event from a picnic, a dinner party to holiday entertaining? This is a great book for you! Reese shares decorating ideas, theme ideas and tells how she pulls it all together. A fun gift for you or an event loving friend!
Personalized Galvanized Beverage Tub-$32.99 Walmart
Ok girls, I’ve done the research for you on this item..it holds a lot of bottles of wine…it was a hardship (not) to test this…you’re welcome. You can personalize this tub up to 14 characters (ours has our family name on it, which is 10 letters by itself). This is a fun must have for entertaining and your everyday bar cart!
Crotchety Wine Glass Assortment Set-$48.99 Overstock.com
I’m absolutely coveting these wine glasses for having girlfriends over for a Friday night cheers this December. After a busy week don’t you just want to say “let’s get lit” sometimes? I think these glasses are sure to start off your next drink with friends (or that well deserved solo glass of wine) on an Instagram worthy note!
Hand Stamped Vintage Silver Plated Serving Spoons-$25 each Stamped Frosting
These beautiful hand stamped vintage silver plated spoons are perfect for serving up a holiday feast or for any entertaining you’ll do throughout the year! Each piece from this mom run business is made with love and each letter stamped by hand by the maker. They are safe to use every day, just treat them with love and care and hand wash them gently. You’ve also got to check out the other unique hand stamped spoons, key chains and jewelry made by this creative mama to give gifts that you can be sure will be unique and unlike any other gift that your friends and family have ever received! I love the idea of gifting these as hostess gifts too, we all have holiday parties that we will be attending and we won’t be going empty handed! Stamped Frosting has graciously offered all readers of this blog an exclusive 10% discount off your total by using the coupon code JANET10 at checkout!!
For the ladies who love to cook or just find themselves constantly in the kitchen (are you a waitress/short order cook too?) this list is for you. I want you to have some fun while whipping up your specialties or even a simple weeknight dinner!
Mrs. Claus Kitchen Apron-$16.00 Amazon
I tend to end up wearing a portion of whatever meal I’m preparing, how about you? This is a practical and festive way of protecting your clothes from all that meal prep! You are Mrs. Claus and making that kitchen magic, why not dress the part?
Wooden spoons with custom message-$30 for 2 or $45 as a bouquet Ariamarliart.com
Want to add some love into your meals, how about some custom heart shaped wooden spoons? Each heart shaped spoon can be customized with a small message (3-4 words) or your initials. Not only is this a fun gift for yourself but these spoons would also make a great wedding or bridal shower gift too. This shop was founded by a full time mom and artist based in Boca Raton who loves creating with various materials from resin to wood and really loves bringing your vision for a custom order to life. All my readers can exclusively use code THANKS40 to receive 10% off your order at checkout! This is a great shop to find some really unique gifts and I hope you’ll check it out!
I want to suggest a combo gift for yourself that you can have some fun with. If you love to try new recipes and are up for a fun challenge why not go Julie/Julia? You can do your own Julie Powell/Julia Child challenge by cooking through Mastering the Art of French Cooking, while reading Julie’s own journey doing so and add in the movie for entertain and to learn more about the background of both women’s stories. To gift yourself all 3 is under $40!!!
Mastering the art of French cooking Julia Child $21.61 Walmart
Julie and Julia-My Year of Cooking Dangerously $6.98 Walmart
Julie and Julia DVD- $9.96 Walmart
THE BEAUTY JUNKIE
I love trying new beauty products, you never know if you’ll find a new favorite! I always feel especially pampered when I take some time for myself spa style too! If you’re looking for some products to try during your “15 minutes”, this list is for you!
Serenity 7X Jade Roller-$14.99 Amazon
I admit I was a skeptic on all the hype surrounding jade rollers but I was SO wrong!! I got 2 of these-one for me and one for my mom and we both are now believers! First these come packaged beautifully, the box even has a message on it telling you that “Happiness looks gorgeous on you”. Secondly, the results have been terrific. You put the roller in the fridge for 20 minutes or so and then simply roll all over your face. The coolness of the jade is soothing, your face is brightened and puffiness is reduced. My mom loves hers and says it has made a huge difference in how she looks and feels. I feel that I look more refreshed after using it and my moisturizer seems to soak in even better. I think both of our exact words were “Why didn’t I know about this before?” This is a win my friends! The company has graciously agreed to give all my readers 17% off the cost by using the code SERENITY17 from now through December 31st! Yay!!
Hand Crafted Foaming Salt Scrub-$8.50 Southern Skye Beauty
I have recently discovered Southern Skye Beauty, an incredible business created and run by a fellow mama named Autumn. She started this business on a whim to pass the time while her husband was deployed in Afghanistan and since doing so 3 years ago has found her full time passion for creating beauty products. Every artisan bath and body product she sells is hand crafted and made with pride. I have been using the Fall Collection Foaming Salt Scrub in Sugar Cookies and it’s a winner! I love the smell, it’s not too overpowering as some scrubs can be. From the first use my skin felt softer and smoother and continues to feel moisturized with each use. I love that the product is hand made and that I’m supporting another mama in business just by using a product I enjoy! Anyone who shops her website can use the code URTHEBEST to receive 15% of your purchase of $50 or more-this is always available as a thank you to her customers! Check out this shop full of scrubs, lotions, bath bombs and so much more for some great gifts for yourself or a friend!
Foreo Luna fofo Smart Beauty Coach Facial Cleansing Brush-Foreo Luna $66.75
Have you been so busy moving the Elf on the Shelf or hiding presents that your skin care routine has dropped in priority? Guess what, there’s an app for that! This device not only gives you real time readings of what cleansing routine you need but also cleanses and tracks your skin’s hydration levels. It has pulsations to match what you need that day and the silicon bristles are gentle but hard working enough to remove dead skin cells, dirt, oil and make up. It is also fully waterproof and can be used up to 400 times! I’m loving this small and mighty beauty tool and I’m kinda of obsessed with the app (downloaded from the Apple App Store). Available in 7 colors!
THE MOM WHO LIKES TO GET GIFTS ALL YEAR
What gal doesn’t love a whole box of treats just for her delivered on a regular basis? I’m a big fan of subscription boxes..you are guaranteed to clap your hand together with glee when those boxes arrive on your doorstep monthly or seasonally! I want to share 3 unique, fabulous subscription boxes to consider for yourself.
Brave Crate-$39.99 for a monthly subscription
Brave Crate is the Deployment Countdown Box for military spouses! Each month Brave Crate inspires military spouses to turn their deployment countdown into a personal challenge by delivering 4-6 carefully curated products that encourage a focus on wellness and self development. Every box includes a monthly calendar, guided challenges, online training and access to an online tribe of motivated military spouses who are rocking deployment too.
FabFitFun Box-$49.99 for a Seasonal Box or $179.00 for an Annual Subscription
I was gifted this subscription box service last Christmas and I have loved it all year round this past year! Each box contains 8-10 premium home, fashion and beauty (full sized) goodies delivered right to your door. You have the choice to customize the products or add-on’s you’d like or to be surprised.
I have felt with each box that it’s Christmas all over again! I absolutely love my subscription and can not wait to get my Winter Box selected goodies in just a few days!! (Sharing a peak at my Summer and Fall Boxes that I received earlier this year for you to see some of the items I’ve received so far). I love this company so much I just became an affiliate and you can use code HARVEST to save $10 on your first box with my compliments!
Suthingirl Suthinstyle Holiday Box-$100 or $250.00 for the luxury box
My friends I recently discovered the wonderful company Suthingirl and it’s one you need to know about! The mission of the Atlanta mom that created this company is to bring the southern life and the businesses based there right to your door. Ashley, the founder of Suthingirl, works with incredible producers based in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina to bring the best of southern living to you! As you know I love spotlighting businesses run by women and I’m also a supporter of creative businesses of every sort so it goes without saying that I’m a huge fan!!
Another reason to get yourself one of these brilliantly cultivated boxes is that 20% of each purchase will benefit a non-profit. In the case of the holiday box, Suthingirl is partnering with Educationcures.org, an Atlanta based organization providing teacher training and educational materials for a primary school in Sierra Leone.
This season’s holiday box is filled with goodies to covet and I’m giving you a peek inside! I have had a chance to enjoy not only the holiday box but the fall box as well and I’m in love with this company! I also should add that there is a holiday luxury box ($250), dream box ($500) and men’s gift box ($100) also available filled with truly high quality items and packaged in a limited edition printed box ready to gift to yourself or any delightful person on your gift list..no wrapping paper needed!!
THE FESTIVE MAMA THAT ENJOYS MORNINGS
If you’re a mama that wants to get Christmas festive from the moment you wake up..this is your list. I wanted to share some of my own ideas for starting each morning during the holiday season ready to deck those halls!!! From your bedding to your first cup of coffee to your Christmas attire..go with any of these ideas and never be mistaken for a Grinch! (each and every item on this list is available on Amazon!!)
Me.& Mrs. Claus Comforter Set-$49.99 Amazon
How cute is this set for your bed during the season? This set includes a queen sized duvet cover, 2 pillowcases and a fitted sheet and will be sure to bring a smile to your sleepy face!
12 Days of Christmas coffee sampler-$24.99 Amazon
12 Pot fulls of holiday themed coffee in flavors like Jingle Java, Candy Cane and Holiday Magic Blend to help you wake up with Christmas cheer. Also available in 12 Days of Christmas teas and cocoas.
Santa likes me naughty coffee mug- $12.99 Amazon
Truth-I actually have two of these mugs. One for me and one for my husband. It’s a slightly sarcastic, funny way to start an early morning in our house. I highly recommend getting one that will give you a big smile on those very early holiday mornings!
Gansta Wrapper raglan top-$25.50 Amazon
When you’re wrapping gifts…rap my friends!! You too can be a gangsta wrapper…and be cozy while wrapping that mountain of gifts (and watching one of the movies from the top of this list while you do it). Don’t think twice..add to cart!
Tipsy Elves Women’s Break the Internet Ugly Christmas sweater-$39.95 Amazon
If you’ve gonna go ugly-go fun! Anyone not familiar with that infamous Kim Kardashian champagne photo? Take some mom inspiration from it! Why not get some laughs at your holiday events in this sweater? I know many of you will attend Ugly Sweater parties and the description of this sweater literally says wear me to this party!
I really hope you enjoyed these ideas! I plan to begin my shopping next week and let’s just say I already have my eye on a few of these items for myself…I’d like to have my hands on some of them next! Happy shopping to you, my squad! Practice that self care this holiday season and try to remember to take some moments for yourself to recharge. No one can make magic with low batteries!
Treat yourself with time, care and a little retail therapy! I have given you some ideas for bigger retail chain items that I love but I also hope this season you’ll include some smaller unique shops too. Keep in mind how important shopping these businesses can be to these wonderful shops and those that run them! You can get the perfect gift for yourself or someone on your list while supporting another woman in her business!
If you love a particular item (or more) in this article…Give me those details…I’d love to hear what you love and why….comment away!! Let’s start these Happy Holidays as cheerful (deservingly pampered) mommies!! Janet