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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

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.

Hover over the pictures and click the SHOP button to purchase any of these items online. Also, let me know if you like this format or prefer the old one?


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!

Echo Dot with Alarm Clock

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.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

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!

Age Restore Nighttime Therapy

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.

Trader Joes Peanut Butter Cups

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!

Hotel Lobby Spa Scented Candle

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.

Victoria Emerson X Jo-Lynne Shane Jewelry

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!

EBY Seamless Tank

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.

Vuori Clean Elevation Legging

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.

Soma Cool Night Pajamas

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. 

Away Luggage

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!

2 Bottle Wine Carrier

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.

Reduce 40oz Tumbler with Straw

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.

Equipment Madalene Cashmere V-Neck

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!

David Yurman Cable Hoop Earrings

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.

Felt Purse Organizer Insert

This tote organizer helps keep you organized, and it also offers structure to more unstructured totes. The large size fits the LV Neverfull MM perfectly. See the website for details on other sizes.

Loopy Phone Case

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?)

Apple AirPods Wireless Earbuds

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.

TYLER Glamorous Wash, Diva Scent

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.

L'OCCITANE Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil

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.

CND Solar Oil Nail & Cuticle Care

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.

Oligo Calura Moisture Balance Cleanser Shampoo & Conditioner

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.

Veja Esplar Logo Sneakers

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.

Michele Silicone Apple Bracelet Watch Band

This silicone band makes your Apple watch into a fashion accessory. I love that it's practical for exercise, and also looks nice to wear with my everyday outfits.
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32 thoughts on “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

  1. Honestly, this post and yesterday’s post are exactly why I’m here everyday. Super helpful, usable info to make my life easier. You’re really killing it lately.

  2. Thank you for this helpful post! I like to do my Christmas shopping done early so this is timely. I love those Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups! Not too sweet and satisfies a sweet tooth with small portion. Wish we had TJ in Canada.

  3. I like so many of these. I just made a wish list for myself from them. I like recommendations from others for new products to buy. Especially from you because I know how honest you are!

  4. Honestly Jo-Lynne never mind gifting to others I would happily receive all of the above! Love your posts , super helpful even though I’m in the UK! Thanks so much x

  5. That Glamour Wash is unbelievable! All you need is a little to make your clothes smell divine. When I use it even strangers will comment on how good I smell-which could be good or bad depending on how much attention you want!!

  6. I love this list! I think I’ll add the shower gel and laundry detergent to my own wish list. 😊
    As for the format, I prefer the old one for one main reason: I can pinch and zoom in on the products. I can’t on today’s list. I use my phone 100% of the time to view your blog daily, and the old format works better for that. Thanks again for the great post!

  7. YES, for Loopy phone cases! I have used one for years, and I can’t live without it!! And the Tyler Laundry detergent. I use a tiny bit in each load. It’s strong, so it can be adjusted to your own preference. I still use an unscented TIDE Pod, then pour in a teeny bit of the Tyler, mostly for scent! I also have a felt purse organizer for a favorite tote. Great list, Jo-Lynne!!

  8. Thanks for the great gift ideas! And I like this format much better than last year’s. It’s much easier to use.

  9. So many great items – I am interested in the EBY tank but not sure on size. Jo-Lynne, what size do you wear? I usually wear the same size.

  10. Thank you JoLynne! I appreciate you sharing your gift lists early again. I like your attention to detail and your explanations for the items. My personal wish list has just grown as well.

  11. Thank you for the heads up on the AirPods. I lost mine a few months ago and have been waiting for a decent price. Should be here between 2-6 pm 😁

  12. Great post! I also
    Own and love a couple of these things:) the TJ’s peanut butter cups made me laugh because those are a staple in our house Love them!! ❤️

  13. Wow!!!! I didn’t know I had a wish list until now. LOL Thank you so much for all the hard work and detail you put into your post day in and day out. I know I really appreciate it. I love that you are doing your Christmas lists early again this year. I have already started on my Christmas shopping. As I was looking at your list, I was thinking of me, not others. LOL What stood out to me was the suitcase, drinking mug, Loopy phone case…never heard of these, but great idea, the shower gel oil…….I listened to the video and her alone explaining it could make you want to buy it. 🙂 I had no idea it turned into a creamy soap like consistency, not just oil, and its about time I buy the CDN cuticle oil, you’ve shared it many times and I just need to buy it. If you have any ideas for gifts for guys 30-40 yrs. old, I’m really needing ideas for my son and son-in-laws. Seems they have everything and if they don’t, they have been buying it. I have daughters and daughter-in-law the same ages, so always fun to see your young woman ideas too. Thanks again Jo-Lynne, you are the best. PS Could you please post all your Christmas list in one spot, so we have easy access when shopping and its not so hard to find later?

  14. Great list, I see a couple old faves plus a few new things I need to try. I like this format, very clean and easy to read/browse. But honestly as long as you have the pics in the actual list at not just at the top I’m fine. Nothing is worse than having to scroll back up and down between pics and item descriptions! (Tbh I sometimes skip those posts bc they are too much trouble!)

  15. I like the graphic at the beginning of the old way, but I like the description and link for the new way. Super useful, thanks!

  16. My Vuoris (often) double as Fall pajamas, lol! LOVE the fabric of them (their stretch content is more like conforming to your curves, hand-in-glove; rather than the way other athleisure can feel like it’s got that “painted on”-look and too tight).

  17. Love this list! I found myself adding several items to my own wish list, lol! My husband recently got me the Echo Dot Alarm Clock and we really like it! We ended up putting it on our dresser next to our tv and that way we have the time displayed from anywhere in our room. I also use and love the Tyler Diva Wash! It is divine! I’m going to have to try the cuticle oil that you always recommend. I’m going to stop getting my acrylic (solar) nails done and hope to just do shellac/gel. But my poor nails suffer so when I’m not getting them done. Anyway, loved this post and the one yesterday! My sweet little 8 year old daughter and I have had a stomach virus, and she’s had a horrible UTI, so I am just not catching up on everything. Glad y’all had sunshine again!

  18. Great post! I’ve added items to MY list! Thank you as always for your honest approach and attention to detail. It sets you apart from all the others. I’ve been following you for years and continue to do so, even while I have stopped following others who have changed so much over the years.

  19. Great post as always. Do you have an updated post on bras? Yup, it’s time to get more and my old favorites seem not to last as long…blah, help!

  20. I have seen you wear the Veja sneakers numerous times and I’m wondering how much cushion and support they have? I will be wearing them all day while standing at work. I have tried many sneakers including my Ecco brand sneaker from Nordstrom. I’m running out of options as far as having something to wear that’s functional and fashionable. I also have some holiday parties coming up to look forward to, don’t we just love a good party! 🙂
    Thanks Jo-Lynne!

    1. I wouldn’t call them super supportive or cushy, but I feel like they break in quickly and are comfortable. I’ve also heard some say they remove the insole and put in their own arch support.

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