The last gift guide of the year is dedicated to all the badass bosses in your life. Do you know someone working hard on their dreams? Maybe you are the dreamer? Either way, these gift ideas will help get the new year off to a productive start.
And the best part? You could find any of these pieces at your local Target, bookstore, art store, or corner store!
Everyone needs encouragement sometimes. Show the love and support with some motivational phrases. Beyond poster prints, message boards and compliment postcards can be scaled up or down for the occasion.
9 more days until Christmas! Does it feel like the weeks are stretching out longer to keep you from vacation or barreling towards you with an overwhelming amount of ‘to-do’s’? Either way everyone could use a little bit of TLC.
This ‘Perfect Addition Gift Guide’ has small, pampering touches to carve tiny moments of zen out of someone’s day. Or your own. I’d be lying if I said a huge part of this post isn’t a personal wish list 😉
Soaps + Displays
The number of scents, shapes, colors, and ways to personalize soap are endless- they’re like little gems just perfect for gifting! As a quick hostess or coworker gift, wrap the soap with a dish.
I’m most intrigued by the loofah soap. There might be a diy on my take after the holidays.
If soap is too ho-hum, check out these other shower and bath goodies. Bath bombs are always classic, but have you tried smoothies, jellies, or bars? Sounds like the kitchen is becoming the spa!
A fun surprise like these are awesome stocking stuffers on their own or diy large batches for a group gift exchange.
Moisturize Me After the bath, lock in all the goodness with oils, masks, and body butters. I love how quickly body oils are absorbed and have been using the cedarwood + black pepper oil as a hand oil all week. So far no scaly hands in Chicago’s 0 ºF winter. I also couldn’t resist a little Doctor Who joke ;).
Gather in everyone, it’s time to get cozy! An easy way to bottle up the warm and fuzzies is through a thoughtful gift based around that special person’s holiday beverage of choice.
So today’s gift guide is running the gamut from hot chocolate additions perfect for a friend stressed out from finals to bar cart indulgences for the lady who knows her gimlets from her spritzes.
Glassware + Mugs
My first bottle opener was a plastic waiter’s corkscrew from the liquor store when I bought my first mix-a-six for my 21st. It was cheap and ugly but made it through the rest of college! When Michael & I started hosting in our first apartment together though, I really wanted a more ‘grownup’ bar set. The most fun part was/still is collecting proper drinkware!
Drinkware are like mugs- there’s a style for everyone! And if you can’t find the perfect one for the giftee, diy to suit their tastes.
Pro Tip: Keep an eye out at thrift stores for vintage glass. Most places that resell drinkware mark them up heavily for full sets. Mismatched pieces can be just as elegant and twice as fun to collect!
Mixes + Mixers Mixing cocktails always feels like a fun, pseudo experiment. Like mixing brand new paints but you get to taste what you’re making! Like everything in this series, personalization is key here. Gift the fun loving sweet tooth some colorful simple syrups or the
Shoutout to The Kitchn for teaching me all my cocktail basics.
Finishing Touches A few finishing touch suggestions for the cherry on top (whipped cream optional). These guys are like little stocking stuffers to round out the main present. One paired with a bottle of wine would be a great hostess gift!
The diy options are so cute, anyone would appreciate them.
Mixing it up this year with the gift guides! This year’s theme is ‘The Perfect Addition’. Each week I’ll be featuring one core item along with a few options for the perfect pairing to buy or diy. ‘The Perfect Addition’ makes it easy to scale up or down a present for any budget or recipient. And because cookie exchange season is upon us, let’s start with a kitchen workhorse, the wooden spoon. Perfect for those that cook.
Whether it’s an heirloom piece (my first cooking spoon was one of my mom’s wedding gifts!), a unique craft fair find, or the good old Target stand-by, wooden spoons are timeless and infinitely personable. Because who truly doesn’t need another one of these beauties?
I didn’t truly understand the appeal of dish towels until I had a cooking domain of my own. They’re the perfect touch of personality and you’ll quickly find you have very strong opinions about your favorites. I love buying tea towels from local textile artists 1) because having 20 tea towels is easier than keeping 20 sets of bed sheets and 2) because they’re useful souvenirs.
If you’re looking to diy, try stamping, stitching or dyeing! The flour sack 4 pack from Target is $4, they’re the most used base for Pinterest diy’s, and they dry beautifully.
Pro Tip: Holiday markets are coming up! Any kind of maker fair will have beautiful pieces.
Give them the tool to keep their new gift in tip-top shape- wood butter! It’s a salve that conditions and protects wooden utensils from daily use. Honestly, the diy version is so simple and cheap I almost didn’t include a ‘buy’ version for this section but John Boos is an industry standard for wood cutting boards and care.
Learn how to refinish cheap or old wooden utensils in the diy link below.
Does your mom still have a box of your preschool paintings? Ha. Mine either. I can’t really blame mom for not holding on to those scribbles. Luckily my fine motor skills have improved and now I can make her a gift she’ll actually want to keep.
Try one of these thoughtfully handmade gifts for your mom this year. There’s a little bit of everything and they can all be done by Sunday! (Which is great because unless you’re wiling to fight last minute mall traffic or rush order online, you’re out of luck now. )
1 |Kindle/Ipad case appreciated by moms who use them as cameras.
2 | Gift & girls’ day rolled into one! Pack theblanket & bubbly.
3 | A little bit of kitchen glampaired with a new cookbook perhaps?
4 | All those years making/getting you birthday cakes, treat her to some next level baked goodness*. This is the most perfect, thorough recipe for beginner macarooners.
5 | A spa basket that’s pretty, pink, & pampered.
6 | Or maybe you’re ahead of the game and just need the finishing touches.
7 | For the mom with a sense of humor and sick of #1 mom mugs.
8 | Serving upmore kitchen gifts, because really, it’s the best spot in the house.
9| Make your gift the cardso she can show off how thoughtful you are.