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22 Nov

SoFortWorthIt’s Holiday Gift Guide

holiday gift guide

Welcome to my FIRST annual Holiday Gift Guide, a curated collection with something for EVERYONE on your list. In the spirit of full disclosure, this list began with me shopping for you, but it quickly turned into me shopping for me! I literally have, want or I’m about to buy each one of these amazing items on this list.

Gifts for Her

From me time to bee time, these gifts are sure to delight any lady in your life.

 

I am a huge fan of the three beauty brands on this list: Origins, Kiehl’s and Tata Harper. These travel-sized kits are a perfect way to test out a new skincare routine without going all-in just yet.

 

I recently purchased The Mexican Home Kitchen and Holy Cocina, y’all! It’s the best! Start off with the salsas – you’ll never open another jar again. Also, I can’t get enough of The Defined Dish. My family goes gaga for the healthy Whole 30 recipes.

 

Staying healthy isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about your environment. I’ve been mindful about this for years, and this holiday season, I am hoping Santa brings me a set of clean and green ceramic pots and pans from GreenLife. (Did you get that, Santa Jason?)

 

If you love your fancy with a dash of awkward – and really, who doesn’t? — then Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle is for you. And yes, I already own this and trust me, it’s a real conversation-starter!

 

There’s been a lot of buzz about this gift; a… wait for it … a personal beehive kit! I have dreamed of raising bees and harvesting my very own organic honey, but the process and responsibility seemed daunting. Enter the FlowHive, a genius kit that simplifies the entire process, making it easy and fun to host a hive.

Gifts for Him

It can be a challenge to find perfect gifts for guys. I kept my husband in mind when I compiled this list of must-haves for the man in your life. 

 

The Otto Wilde Griller will make your man embrace his inner carnivore. A game-changer for grillers, it makes grocery store steaks taste like they came from a big-bucks steak house in five minutes flat.

 

Who doesn’t need an electronic docking station? We keep ours in the kitchen, and it holds all of our devices, keeping them organized as they charge. Remember to buy an extra pack of cords to go with it — trust me, you’ll need them!

 

These On Cloud shoes were the #1 seller on my Father’s Day Gift Guide, which didn’t surprise me. Our whole family has become obsessed with them ever since my brother Scott gifted them to all the guys for Christmas last year.

 

And speaking of obsession, this Mark & Graham waterproof roll-top backpack has been on my mind ever since our good friend Warren brought one to our lake house. Fill it with ice and beverages and you’re good to go for the entire day!

MIZZEN + MAIN is officially my husband’s very favorite shirt brand in his entire closet. They don’t wrinkle, and you can wash and wear without ironing. The website does a great job of walking you through their sizing chart, too.

Gifts for Tweens and Teens

Your teen or tween may not say thank you IRL, but they’ll definitely share their appreciation with their Instagram and followers. These post-worthy presents are sure to please even the pickiest Gen Z-er.

 

The Apple Airpods Pro doesn’t suck. Enough said!

 

Growing up with Mrs. Pac-Man in my childhood game room, I have an affection for arcade machines. This tabletop version has all the feels of the arcade version, without the crazy price tag – or the coin slot.

 

You won’t have to worry about too much screen time with these Razor rides. They’re the ultimate in grab-and-go outdoor fun! (Accessorize with a helmet and pads so you don’t end up swapping screen time for scream time.)

AND FOR THE HYPEBEAST … 

My kids have gone BAPE for Stockx, an online marketplace for streetwear like sneakers and hoodies. From standard gear to the most exclusive collabs, it’s the SUPREME site to pick up anything that’s dropped.

But wait there is more…

These are the gifts that you never knew you needed! I hope they bring you as much joy as they brought me.

Just remember, when in doubts: gift cards for subscription services, food, and clothes will please anyone on your list.

 

I know it’s super easy and convenient to buy everything over the internet, but if you can shop local as much as possible, I know our Fort Worth retail business sure could use your support for this holiday season.

 

Also, in case you missed it, I just published my Ultimate and Best Christmas Events and Activities in DFW AND the best dang Advent Calendar List you have ever seen.

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Enjoy shopping for you and your loved ones! xoxox

16 Nov

Advent Calendars Aren’t Just For Kids

Advent calendars

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what that means … time to bust out the Advent Calendars! 

I’ve had a long-standing obsession with advent calendars since I was a little girl. I always loved the combination of anticipation and reward – not only did each day bring me closer to the Big Day, but each day brought its own little treat, a tiny surprise hidden behind a tiny door. And the person buying the baubles that brightened each December day was none other than my mom. She poured her heart into giving us the most creative and fun-filled Advent Calendars in all of Ridglea. Back then, I knew Advent Calendars were magical, and I still feel the same way.

Now that I’m an adult, I often think about how amazing it would be to level up and indulge in the Grand Kahuna of Advent Calendars: Like this one made by Tiffany & Co. in 2019. This colossal calendar stands four feet tall and contains 24 individual Tiffany blue boxes, each filled with a luxe treat and tied with white satin ribbon. What kinds of luxe treats are in those boxes? That depends on the depth of your wallet — the advent calendar price begins at $112,000. A girl can always dream, right?

But Advent Calendars don’t have to break the bank to capture your heart. I think the best ones are the most thoughtful, with themes that speak to something that interests you (or the person you’re gifting). That’s why I’ve come up with this curated collection of the best, most interesting– and yes, even affordable—themed advent calendars.

I’ve got boozy calendars, candy calendars and calendars for your precious little furballs. There are beauty calendars, candle calendars and even a jewelry calendar (hint, hint Jason!). But my very favorite calendars on this list are the classic wooden ones that you fill with your own goodies. Y’all have been asking me about them for years on IG, and I’ve finally sourced them just for you!

Enjoy shopping and spreading joy during this holiday season – one day at a time. xoxox

63 of the Best Advent Calendars for Purchase!

Ideas to Help You Stuff Those Calendars!

With all of the excitement of opening Advent Calendar surprises, I wanted to share some ideas and sources I utilize for filling our own children’s calendars. I’ve posted many links below to give you a head start, but here are my suggestions for sourcing all the fun for your little ones.

  • I always have the best luck at Dollar Tree, World Market, Oriental Trading and Froggies 5 & 10 in Dallas.
  • Party supply stores have a great selection in their party favor section.
  • Get some $2 bills, S. B. Anthony $1 coins, and other bills. A hundy is always fun to open.
  • Of course, you can’t go wrong with lottery scratch off tickets.
  • Candy from your local neighborhood convenience store.
  • Toys in 25cent vending machines at Walmart and grocery stores.