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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: For Mamas

Holiday Gift GuideMegan WhitsonComment

My mama has always been such a wonderful gift giver - it is sometimes a challenge as an adult to try to get her equally awesome presents…but like all mama’s, all she really wants for Christmas is to have her babies home (even if we are all grown).

I can’t wait to graduate and start getting a “big girl” paycheck again because I’ll be able to get my mama some awesome Christmas presents next year! Not that she wants that from me at all - like I said, she is just super happy to have her children home…but I just love gifting her bc she has given so, so much (far more than presents) to me. <3 Mamas are simply the best and I’ve been blessed with an amazing one.

So here is a gift guide for all the mamas, aunts, grandmamas and other special women who love and influence us in our lives <3

1. I just love this hand mixer - and it comes in so many fun colors! My mama is an amazing baker and passed along that love to me too. — $29.99


2. What a beautiful gardening set! This gift comes with the promise of spring for all the gardening mama’s out there :) — $75


3. Barefoot Dreams Cozy Throw Blanket: Y’all. I have been eyeing this blanket for literally YEARS. Barefoot Dreams blankets are SO incredibly soft and last forever. A perfect gift for your mama — $147


4. I think ANY coffee lover would die to have this Nespresso maker, not just mama’s. In fact, I think it would look pretty good sitting on my own kitchen counter one day ;) It also comes in black and cream (just like coffee haha) — $246


5. I don’t know about y’all…but my sweet mama is a BIG lover of cozy pjs - just like these cute Print Joggers in Modal from GAP. I feel like most mama’s buy their kiddos cute Christmas pjs, why not return the favor this year? :) — $40


6. How beautiful are these handblown glass pitchers. Sold on Food52 and part of the Shelter Collection, these pitchers were designed in Charleston, SC; and then, created in Star, North Carolina. After the closing of a factory in Star left a large portion of the town unemployed, nonprofit STARworks used the vacant building to start a full-scale ceramics and glassblowing studio, reviving the community economy by drawing artisans and craftspeople from all over the world. The Shelter Collection is a testament to the power of art in rebuilding communities. LOVE THIS Y’ALL. (The blue is my favorite!) — $84


7. I am a big believer in essential oils and I love Plant Therapy on Amazon. I used to use Young Living but unfortunately that’s a little too much for me on a student budget…Plant Therapy USDA certified organic line that I’ve really loved. Give your Mama the gift of wellness <3 — $30


8. May I Come In? : This gorgeous book showcases over 75 unique private homes; ‘an irresistible visual record of the art of living by one of its most penetrating observers,’ Wendy Goodman. — $50


9. Tickets to her favorite off-Broadway show - to go see with YOU! :) This will give her something fun to look forward to in 2019. PS: if anyone wants to buy me tickets to Hamilton for Christmas, I will truly be your best friend for.ever. ;)


And if you’re like me and just don’t have much of a budget right now…just know that your mama will be so happy just to have you home for the holidays if you’re able to be there <3 Get up early one morning - make the coffee, cook her breakfast, enjoy a cozy morning together. If you can’t be there, mail her a card and tell her how much you love her and how thankful you for her. It’s the little things.

Happy Friday loves! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be out playing in the snow with my sister - woohoo! Headed to Sundance today :)

Big Love & Pura Vida

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Favorite Fella

Holiday Gift GuideMegan WhitsonComment

Soooo…gift giving is kinda my love language and I absolutely LOVE picking out presents for Will every year for his birthday and Christmas…and sometimes just because ;) We’ve decided not to do gifts for each other this year though since he will be flying out to visit me several times in UT and we want to save our money for flights and our experiences together. BUT if I were going to be showering him with presents - these are few that would make the list!

These are also great ideas for dads, brothers, cousins, partners, best guy friends, co-workers, etc…

Who is your favorite fella to gift on Christmas? Let me know what you think! <3

1. A fun gradient puzzle: perfect for a date night in and pretty enough to frame if you want! — $20


2. For a BBQ lovin’ fella: Martin’s Bar-B-Que Sauce Bucket has 5 small batch specialty sauces featuring all of the South’s favorite regionals. — $49.95


3. A truffle burger kit for your favorite grill master! These burgers are made from short rib, brisket, chuck and blended with Italian Urbani black summer truffles…how glorious does that sound! It also comes with speciality truffle ketchup and mustards. — $62


4. Have a stylin’ fella OR a fella that needs some stylin’ … give them a gift subscription to Trunk Club. All trunks start with a $25 styling fee (from a personalized stylist) and each piece starts at $25 or higher. Whatever your guy keeps, the $25 styling fee will go towards :) It’s a great gift for dudes who don’t want to be bothered with shopping or styling themselves! — varied prices


5. Speaking of subscriptions…is your man a coffee lover? How about a coffee club subscription that delivers fresh coffee from all over the world?? Atlas Coffee Club does just that! Each month includes a 1/2 bag up to 2 full bags of coffee, a postcard and description from the country of origin, along with tasting notes and brewing tips - HOW COOL. — $9 to $60

BONUS…they are running a holiday special offering $10 off your first order!

BONUS…they are running a holiday special offering $10 off your first order!

6. An essential oil diffuser is a great gift for any guy - and sometimes one that they might not think to buy for themselves. Aromatherapy is IN y’all…and for good reason :) My fella loves his essential oil diffusers; he has one for his bedroom AND his office. I love this one and this one from Amazon (currently on sale too)! — $30

7. Amazon Smart Plugs work with Alexa and can be used for any outlet in your love’s space…instead of fighting over who has to get up to turn off the lights, just ask Alexa to do it instead ;) There are also options that work with Google Home! — $17 to $25


8. Fun and funky bourbon glasses are always a win in my book. You can also include a bottle of your man’s favorite bourbon or whiskey with the glass set! — $35


9. Speaking of adult beverages…maybe your fella isn’t a whiskey drinker but a craft beer lover? Check out this states beer cap map! Fun, right?! Available for 50 states. — $36


10. How about a super soft, vintage-inspired tee or hoodie from his alma mater (or just favorite college team)…AE’s new line offers shirts/hoodies for over 46 colleges. I think this Clemson hoodie might go to Will this year, just so I can steal it ;) — starting at $32 (all apparel is currently 25-50% off!)


That’s it for now guys! I hope this gave you some ideas for your favorite dude. I’ll probably have at least one more “fella gifts” post coming soon for you.

Big Love & Pura Vida! Have an awesome Thursday tomorrow! <3

Inaugural Holiday Gift Guide: Best Friend Edition

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Happy Sunday friends! And happy “thank god for stretchy pants” weekend - haha! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of delicious food, drinks and people you love. I had to work on Thursday but we got out a little bit early so I made it back for my first SLC Thanksgiving dinner. I missed my family but I was so thankful to spend Thanksgiving new friends and old - big shoutout to my two roommates who hosted, Cindy and Tasha. It was the perfect experience for my first EVER Thanksgiving away from my family. I’ve been super blessed to always be home on the holidays.

Anyways…now that Thanksgiving over, it is time for the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR - Christmas! I’m so excited to share my holiday gift guides with y’all this year…I decided to start with a girl’s gift guide for your best friend. Without further ado, enjoy! Let me know what you think or if you have other awesome gift ideas for your girlfriends.

  1. Mini Initial Necklace by ABLE: I have the “M” necklace and wear it every single day…not only is it classic and beautiful but it also supports an incredible organization focused on ending generational poverty through providing economic opportunities for women. WIN-WIN y’all. — $48


2. A beautiful mug by The Parks Apparel: a durable mug to travel with your bestie everywhere. AND every purchase supports wildlife conservation projects <3 — $27

3. If your best girl (or guy) loves to bake…SPRINKLES - especially when they are beach glass themed. I absolutely adore these :) — $12


4. OH MY you guys…I may have to gift myself this La Chatelaine hand cream set (Utah winters are DRY). This is perfect if you have a lotion lover bestie - one for her purse, one for the car, one for her other purse, you get the picture ;) — $54.40


4. A Jade roller: I’ve just started learning about this beautiful beauty tool that is supposed to help smooth and brighten your face. I really want to try one and I think it would be a great gift for your best friend too! — $36


5. You Had Me at Tequila Candy Bento Box: for your best gal who loves tequila AND candy ;) — $28


6. Candles always make a great gift and I absolutely love the Holiday Candle by NEST. It would make a great stocking stuffer too! — $16


7. Several of my best friends are total avocado lovers…they will each be getting avocado huggers as part of their Christmas gift this year. What a cute AND practical gift :) — $8


8. I love Drunk Elephant skin care but it can be pretty pricey. Gift your BFF with The Littles so she can try several of the products with none of the cost ;) — $90


That’s it for now…I may do a 2nd BFF Gift Guide because there’s so much good stuff :) Be on the lookout for Gift Guides for your significant other, mama, sisters, fitness loves and more!

I’ll also be back this week with some Colorado and Utah posts with lots of hiking and brewery recommendations. Happy Sunday friends! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Pura Vida <3