Hello and welcome to my 2019 “Get It Down Pat” Holiday Gift Guide! True to this community, this guide is full of my favorite things to that help folks create a life and/or a career they can love — at home! They are all unique and different… Probably gifts you would never have thought of! So let’s jump right in!
I don’t do it as much as I used to, but I do love to entertain. And when I was younger, I would always borrow my mom’s carafes. They come in handy for so many reason: 1) You and your guests don’t have to leave the table to get more coffee. 2) The coffee stays hot and fresh, without “burning” on a burner. 3) You can serve an alternate hot beverage to coffee. I like to make hot chocolate (sometimes spiked with peppermint schnapps) and put it in the carafe, or spiked coffee, like coffee and Kahlúa or Irish coffee. 4) You could also fill it with hot water for people enjoying tea.
But my mom’s, after 30 years, were getting discolored and were extremely old fashioned looking. So I want out searching for a carafe with a modern, contemporary feel. Here’s what I found, and I love it! It would make a great gift for someone who entertains a lot, or for you, for your holiday entertaining! It also comes in handy for us work at home folks who drink a lot of coffee at our desks (and I’ve definitely used it that way as well).
If you know a mom who is feeling overwhelmed, here’s her solution. I referred to this book again and again during my years as a mom with younger kids.
First off, author Hannah Keeley really gets it. She’s a homeschooling mom of seven, and her life was in total chaos when she decided to take steps to change it for the better. So she’s been there, done that, and she managed to really change her life through these steps. She’s also a psychologist, so she understands human behavior and how to change one’s thoughts and actions, for meaningful change.
What’s also great about the book is that it not only presents systems to make life easier, it also focuses on a mom’s own self-care and sense of worth. That’s so hugely important! You can’t be a good mom if you aren’t taking care of yourself. It’s a wonderful gift for a mom who’s struggling and needs a guiding hand!
I’ll admit — I like listening to the radio when I go to bed. It helps me shut off my mind so I can fall asleep. But the sound of the radio used to drive my late husband, Steve, crazy! It did the opposite for him — it kept him up. By the same token, I’m not a fan of earbuds, and I couldn’t even imagine trying to sleep while wearing a full headset on. Our compromise was a pillow speaker! This one has a control so you raise or lower the volume right in bed, without getting up. The user can listen to his or her favorite radio show, audio books, or podcasts. It’s a great gift for a spouse who misses listening to the radio, but has been going without, with your comfort in mind. Now you both can get an enjoyable rest!
Do you have a lover of beauty to buy for this holiday season? THIS product has been all the rage this year! My daughter, who lives for style and beauty, just gifted herself one, and she loves it.
It’s a refrigerator… for your cosmetics! You might have heard that keeping your skincare products cool is the best way to store them. The cooler temps extend their shelf life. Plus, the cooler products feel oh-so-good going on your skin!
It also has a HEAT capacity, if you’d like to warm up your masks or hair products before using them.
The handle makes it easily portable. It has two adjustable shelves. And it comes in both coral and mint colors.
It will make a very unique gift for that beauty lover in your life! She’ll love it!
This book was written by one of my very favorite YouTube vloggers, Nikki Boyd. Nikki is the creator of an incredibly popular YouTube channel, At Home with Nikki (and you can check it out by clicking HERE.) This book is perfect for people who are trying to both organize and beautify their homes.
Nikki has a wonderful sense of style, and she is downright meticulous in everything she does — including the creation of this book. In it, she leaves no stone unturned. She addresses every room in the house, and she shows you the possibilities via beautiful images of her own gorgeous home that appear throughout the book.
It’s a nice, large, hardcover book that will beautify your coffee table as well! She’s thought of everything. I’ve used some of her ideas myself, including creating my own version of a “coffee station” in my kitchen. (You can see her coffee station right on the front cover of the book.)
If you know someone in your life that is wanting to upgrade their home’s style and flair, this is the book with all the answers! (And by the way, Nikki has also come out with a HOME PLANNER for 2020, available for pre-ordering, as a companion to this book, so click HERE to check that out as well!)
If you are looking for a gift that will blow your work-at-home mate away, here it is — the Apple iMac (the computer I use every day). This one comes with a 27″ retina 5k display, 3.1GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, and 1TB of memory. You also get a Magic Mouse and a Magic Keyboard.
As a professional graphic designer, this iMac computer is a joy to work on. I couldn’t do my job without it. Macs are the standard in the publishing industry, and in my humble opinion, they remain much more intuitive and user friendly than PCs.
If none of these gifts are quite the one you are looking for, never fear! You can CLICK HERE to explore ALL of Amazon’s gift guides, to see what gifts might be right for your friends and family!