Friends, it’s time to start talking holiday gifting! I know, it seems early to me too, but I started holiday gift guides in October last year and got a lot of positive feedback. I’m nothing if not a people pleaser, so here we are!
I’m kicking off my holiday gift guides again this year with a roundup of my favorite things. These are items I have and love and use all the time, and many I’ve had for years. Some are repeats from previous Favorite Things lists because I tend to be very loyal to products I love, but I’ve got some newer finds in here as well. Any of these would make great gifts for the right person, or perhaps you’re looking for things to add to your holiday wish list!
I tried to include a range of price points, but as with most things that stand the test of time, you get what you pay for in terms of quality and durability. Whatever the ticket price is, my cost per wear (or per use) on most of these items is very low.
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Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener
This styling iron is one of my favorite hair tools and one I use almost every day. I use it for both straightening and curling my hair. I already had the Dyson hair dryer and this styling iron is the perfect accompaniment. Now I wouldn't be without them; I even bring both when I travel!
Paul gifted me this Echo Dot with Alarm Clock for Christmas one year, and it's the best little gizmo I never knew I needed! It sits by my bed, and I can tell Alexa to turn off the lights, set an alarm to wake me up, play my favorite music, or reorder my favorite coffee. And the digital display is an easy-to-read clock.
This is the fourth year in a row this luxe spa-quality cleansing balm has made My Favorite Things list. It smells divine and gently melts away makeup along with the day's dirt and grime. It usually goes on sale around holiday time, so keep an eye on it!
While I'm sharing favorite skincare products, I have to mention this rich night cream. It was recommended by my dermatologist, and it's one of the few I've tried that is rich enough for my dry skin. It feels lovely and doesn't have a strong scent.
I discovered these Trader Joe's chocolate peanut butter cups recently, and they are soooo good. Everyone in my family loves them too. So much better than a certain candy bar that shall not be named... and I like to think healthier too. They also come in milk chocolate, and make a nice gift basket addition!
I was just gifted this candle from a friend, and it is delightful! I had no idea how pricey they were until I went online to link it, but I had to share. I have this burning almost every day in my office.
I couldn't pick just one piece from my jewelry collection with Victoria Emerson, so I've linked them all! You can scroll through to see them all using the arrows to the left and right of the pictures. They're still BOGO free, and they make great gifts!
This seamless tank feels so good against the skin, and it's the perfect smoothing base layer for under clingy tops. I also wear it instead of a bra when I'm just around the house, and sometimes I sleep in too! Highly recommend.
If you love the Vuori Performance Joggers then you will love their Performance Leggings. They're buttery soft, nice and thick, and they have a high, wide, smoothing waistband. These are my favorites for gym workouts.
These have long been my favorite pajamas for fall and winter; they're are so soft and comfortable. I often gift them to my mom, and other friends as well. I wear the short versions in the summer, but I like these long sleeve sets for winter.
The Away suitcase in the medium size was a Christmas gift from my mom a few years back, and she gave the carry-on size to Paul. I've used both, and they are so sturdy and easy to maneuver, and lightweight for hard side luggage. Plus, they just look chic and classy!
This nifty wine carrier bag is great for bringing drinks to a friend's house, and we often frequent BYO restaurants, so it's perfect for that as well. The neoprene is sleek and looks nicer than a brown bag. Plus, it's insulated so it keeps your wine cold during transport.
I ordered this tumbler to help me drink more water. I love that it holds 40oz and keeps it cold all day... or until I need to refill it. Plus, it's easy to clean, easy to carry, and you have the option of drinking with or without a straw.
I love a good quality cashmere sweater, and this one from Equipment has such a pretty neckline, plus bonus points for raglan sleeves! I have the camel, but it also comes in black and navy, and it's 25% off right now at Bloomindale's!
Paul knows if he's ever in doubt for a gift, a piece of David Yurman jewelry is a sure hit. These gorgeous silver cable hoops are one of my favorites. They're understated and elegant, and they go with everything.
I thought it was a gimmick until I tried it, and now I won't be without a Loopy on my iPhone. It allows me to carry my iPhone with one finger when I have my hands full, I can hold my phone one-handed and reach all corners of the screen, and it keeps me from dropping it on my face when I'm using it in bed (you've been there, right?)
I use my Apple AirPods every single day. I wear them walking the dog, running for exercise, and around the house listening to podcasts. And I never travel without them. The 2nd Generation (which is the model I have) is down to $89 today! I have never seen them priced this low. I may order a backup pair at that price.
This is the most decadent laundry detergent... What? You don't think laundry detergent can be decadent? Try this and then get back to me! I used to only use it on our sheets and delicates, and now I use it on my clothes as well. My daughter loves it too. I also linked a cute little gift set.
This is my favorite shower gel for like 10 years... I don't even remember when I started using it, but I haven't been without it since. I keep the large size with the pump in my shower, and I bring the mini size with me when I travel.
This is another beauty item I've been using for years, and I talk about it a lot, but since there are a lot of newcomers lately, I decided to include it yet again in My Favorite Things! This oil allows me to keep regular gel manicures without damaging my nails.
I just started using this shampoo and conditioner a few months ago, and I'm on my second set. After years of using Monat, I thought it was time to try something new. It's lightweight and has a mild scent, which is perfect for my fine, thin, frizz-prone, color-treated hair.
I have so many shoes that I love and wear on the regular, but I chose to include these because I feel like I'm reaching for them more lately than ever before... yes, even more than my P448s. They're such a classy, elevated, minimalist sneaker that looks on trend but not trendy.
A couple years ago, I rounded up 20 fall outfit ideas for 2020, but styles and silhouettes have evolved quite a bit since then. What looked modern in 2020 is starting to look a little tired, so I've updated this post with 22 fall outfit ideas for 2022!
Today I'm rounding up the products that were the most popular last month. I haven't done one of these posts in a while, so it's interesting see what's resonating most with you all, now that fall is setting in.