We are quickly approaching Thanksgiving, which always brings up the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” This usually leads to a big family circle of people shuffling through Black Friday ads searching for anything to write on a list. I usually end up asking for new socks because it is such a difficult question to answer. Well this year, I have decided it will be no more! I am here to take away the stress of list-making as well as gift-giving for just about anyone!
Most of what you will find on my list is geared towards women, but husbands/boyfriends/brothers/fathers, take note. I know that most women I know would love anything on this list. To make this even better, you can get all of these items online so you don’t even have to deal with all of the “Christmas Spirit” (what my family likes to call mall traffic before Christmas time).
One last thing before I begin, take note that most items on this list are from small businesses. When you support a small business, you are supporting a dream. Without your support, we couldn’t be where we are today. Also, I am not being paid by any of these shops for my opinions. These are all my own ideas and honest thoughts. Shall we begin?!
Leather Tear Drop Earrings
I first got a pair of these from Inspire Handmade Jewelry a few months ago and I knew right away that I would be purchasing more. They are so lightweight since they are made of leather. Sometimes, I forget that I’m even wearing them! I think these would also make a great teacher gift. You can find these available for purchase on Etsy. You can see new arrivals as well as stay updated on promos on her Facebook page: Inspire Handmade Jewelry.
Homemade Wood Wick Candle
This fall, I ordered a candle from Dom’s Midwest Design in the scent “Hometown Harvest” and boy was I pleased. Just opening up this candle filled my living room with a beautiful fall scent. I was looking at her Etsy shop and saw she has new winter scents. I’m thinking “Home for the Holidays” sounds magical. She also has scents called “Mistletoe Kisses”, “Cozy Flannel”, “Mint Chocolate Chip”, etc. Ok, maybe my list is growing! They are available for purchase on Etsy. You can find these on the Facebook page: Dom’s Midwest Design as well.
Home State Outline Embroidery Hoop
These sweet little embroidery hoops are the perfect gift for a college student that went out-of-state, a person that recently made a big move, or anyone that is proud of their home state! I love the simple design that can compliment almost anyone’s style. This is available for purchase on Etsy. She also does custom hoops but that will bump into the next price category. See more of her amazing work on her Facebook page: Constance Clarke Art & Design.
“Gather” and “Welcome” Hand Lettered Cutout
Gale Nation was introduced to me through my friend Katie that makes the earrings posted previously. This shop is full of anything from custom ornaments to hand lettered maps as well as tons of home decor. It is also home to these adorable wooden cutouts that made my Christmas list. The site says they can be stained or painted your perfect color. I am loving how they look mounted with a basket and wreath. Check them out on her site here and follow along on the Facebook page: Gale Nation.
Midwest Belle Tee
No list is complete without a tee from Midwest Belle! Check out the website to see the inspiration behind each tee. All shirts are tagless for added comfort. *Psst* Use code: WISHLIST between now and November 22 to receive 20% off your entire purchase. Remember, all orders ship free! Go to the midwestbelle.com to purchase. Make sure to follow along on the Facebook page: Midwest Belle to stay updated on new arrivals and promos.
Letterboards are all the rage right now. I love how simple they are while still adding a touch of personal style to any space. I purchased my letterboard from Amazon but there are several other places you can purchase these. How awesome would it be to write out a meaningful message to the recipient on the letterboard!? I found these adorable letterboard flowers and succulents on Etsy made by bluewithoutyoukids. This can bring a basic letterboard up a notch. She has other amazing things for sale in her Etsy shop as well. Make sure to check her out!
Coordinates Pillow Cover
I have been wanting an item with coordinates for awhile now. I came across Willow Creek Company on Etsy and I saw that she makes adorable coordinate pillows. What I love so much about coordinate items is that when you see it, you know it signifies some meaningful location to you, but it is a mystery for everyone else. Some ideas for a coordinate location: your favorite vacation, place of engagement, place of first date, location of school, etc. The possibilities are endless! This pillow cover is available for purchase on Etsy or on the Facebook page: Willow Creek Company. *Psst* If you “Like” the Facebook page, you can contact the owner for a one-time use code for 10% off! You can also purchase 3 items for 10% off with the code SAVE10 or 6 items for 20% off with the code SAVE20. Pillows for the whole family!
The lived-in tee is my current favorite tee from Midwest Belle. It is a long sleeve with a relaxed fit and lived-in feel that anybody would love receiving! It pairs perfectly with leggings and cozy socks for a day at home or with jeans and a vest to run errands. They are available for purchase at midwestbelle.com. Follow along on Facebook at: Midwest Belle to stay updated on current promos! *Remember!* Use code: WISHLIST between now and November 22 for 20% off your entire purchase! Shipping is always free.
Hand Stamped Necklace
This summer, I ordered a custom necklace from MackMade. I have received so many compliments on it! I got a necklace with two discs with my wedding date and my son’s birth date stamped on them. She can also stamp letters on the discs. They look adorable with just one or a cluster. Message her on Facebook at MackMade to order!
Lisa Leonard Ring
I found Lisa Leonard rings on Instagram and right away, I knew they would be on my wishlist for Christmas this year. I don’t have one of these yet but the reviews say they are amazing. These aren’t just for mothers either. You could have them engraved with initials, special dates, or a word that is meaningful. Guys, take note. Nothing says “I didn’t wait until the last minute to buy your Christmas gift” like a personalized piece of jewelry! Find these on her website here and follow along on Facebook at Lisa Leonard Designs.
Joyfully Said Sign
I’ll take one of each please! These signs are handmade in Indiana and I don’t think I have seen one that I wouldn’t love receiving! Some signs are in a different price category, but many that I love are around the $70 mark. If you find one for someone you love, you might want to consider ordering a gift card so they can order exactly the color options they want. Just be aware, if you order an actual sign, it might not make it to them by Christmas time. Fun fact: do any of you follow Living in Yellow? It is her sister that runs this company! Find all of her signs on her website: joyfullysaidsigns.com and follow along on Facebook at Joyfully Said Signs.
Photoshoot with Print Package
This gift can be carried out in two different ways. A few years ago, I helped my mom pull off a wonderful surprise for my sister-in-law. While we were watching my nieces, we had Infinity Photography from Sheldon, IA come and take pictures. My mom then selected her favorite images and had canvases ordered. It was so fun to see the expression on my sister-in-law’s face when she saw these beautiful images that were captured without her even knowing it had happened! If it is not an option to have images done as a secret, contact a photographer and ask them if they do gift cards or if you can book a session and print package as a gift. Located near Northwest Iowa? I highly recommend Infinity Photography linked above as well as Heaven Sent Photography which you can find here.
This gift has unlimited possibilities. My list this year includes a family membership to the Henry Doorly Zoo. Some other ideas for yearly memberships include Netflix, local swimming pools, family memberships to science centers, museums, aquariums, etc. This is a gift that keeps on giving all year long!
Essie nail polish
There’s not much I need to say about Essie polish other than I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to try it. After I first gave it a chance, I ordered three more colors and threw the rest of my polish away. You can get Essie polish at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and most places that sell beauty products. My current favorite colors are chinchilly, merino cool, and angora cardi.
Braided Hair Ties
I can’t finish this post without mentioning braided hair ties. They work for all types of hair and they are loose enough that you can sleep with one on your wrist without waking up with grooves in your arm. If you like to wear your hair in a messy bun, these are perfect. The little loops of elastic are perfect to tuck an escaped hair into. I posted a picture of the colored set so you can see the detail, but I own the black set.
Thank you so much for checking out my gift guide for 2017! I hope this list has helped you generate plenty of ideas for your list as well as for those you are shopping for!