‘Twas 72 hours before Christmas, when all through the apartment, not a creature was stirring, except for me and my camera and presents. The wrapping paper was flung in front of the Netflix fireplace without care, a last minute Christmas gift guide to share – on camera flashes, on glitter, when what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the most last minute blog post, brought to you here!
First up – this year Darren and I decided to keep the presents at a minimum, considering we’ve bought each other all sorts of thoughtful things in the last few weeks – dishes, utensils, towels – the joys of moving in! I’m still waiting on a few of his gifts to arrive, including a BBQ spice set and some beard oil, but I did order this lovely candle, which came with a repeat of last year’s Le Labo travel set. I mentioned it last year, but Darren and I stayed in a hotel in Miami that we absolutely loved a few summers back and this candle and these toiletries are the same scent the hotel uses – nothing like a smell to take you back to a simpler moment in time, one where we were sunburnt and eating guacamole by the pool with drinks in coconuts in hand. I love this candle, the scent is black tea with notes of citrus, smoke, chocolate, and pepper. It’s masculine, while still feeling cozy and warm and I can’t wait to burn it curled up on the couch in Darren’s arms – I ordered it on Black Friday, where it was discounted, but also came with the the toiletries I bought Darren last year – which was a HUGE savings!
I also wanted to mention a few gifts that I didn’t end up buying, but I thought deserved an honorable mention. I really wanted to buy Darren these YETI mugs, I thought they’d be great for our coffee if we wanted to take a morning walk, but think I’ll save them for when we get a puppy, as we haven’t taken any walks since we’ve moved in. I also got this Barefoot dreams blanket for us, but we’re already using it – I just couldn’t save it for Christmas!
Next up, a special gift for a special blogger friend – I wanted to pick up something nice for my friend Alex, as she’s been so understanding – my life is busy and hectic and she’s there for me, even if I just need to vent. Also shopping for her feels a bit like shopping for myself, which makes gift giving even more fun. Alex is really into astrology, so I picked up this SLIP sleep mask with her sign, I think it makes a really special gift and is on a 30% off sale right now – so if you’re still Christmas shopping, or know someone with a birthday coming up – I think it’s a great present!
I also got her this Homesick candle – she took a solo trip to San Francisco a few years ago and it seems like it really meant a lot to her, so what better reminder than a coffee, chocolate candle with notes of sea waves and sea moss?!
Remember how I said that shopping for her is a bit like shopping for myself, well the notebook on the left actually is for ME! I bought one of the Rachel Hollis Start Today journals while I was doing my Christmas shopping and think it would make an amazing gift for someone, not just for Christmas, but great for starting a new year – it looks like the one I bought is out of stock, but I also LOVE this marble one!
I also had a lot of fun shopping for my brother’s girlfriend this year, I got her this adorable pom-pom hat from JCrew – which was $15 – still on sale and guaranteed by Christmas if you order tonight!
Then, I got her something a little sentimental, I know that she really adored my dad, and I want her to know that we know she lost someone in November too, when I saw this Harry Potter Alex and Ani bracelet – I knew that it was the perfect way for her to carry around a piece of his memory; it says “The ones that love us never really leave us.” Alex and Ani is also offering expedited shipping in time for Christmas, and I love all of their Harry Potter collection.
I also wanted to give an honorable mention to Abercrombie and Fitch’s holiday sweaters, I ended up doing Christmas pajamas for the whole family instead of Christmas sweaters, but I did order myself this sweater in grey and this red one!
While I’m keeping my mom’s big gift a top secret surprise, I did want to get her a little self care kit, and got her a Goop bedtime bath soak, a mulling spice set, and some Argan oil that she swears by!
Well, that’s it for now, I know it was last minute, but it didn’t feel right to let Christmas pass without a gift guide – Christmas feels much less Christmas-y without my dad, but nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit quite like a holiday themed product photo shoot, if you’re looking for more last minute gift inspiration…
Here’s my 2017 Christmas gift guide!