Merry Christmas from the Blairs, Mon
Because I love you and I want you to win Christmas, I’ve come up with a list of things you never knew you always needed to give the humans you love in your life. Some of these gifts are tried and true favorites and I wouldn’t part with them for a baby unicorn.
Many of these gifts give in two ways:
1) they serve in making you look like a gift boss
2) their purchase employs or benefits people in breaking the cycle of poverty
We all know Christmas is about Jesus but there is also nothing wrong with shining a little bit this year in the gift-giving department.
Help me help you own it:
Stay tuned all the way to the end? There’ll be a chance to win a really fun giveaway for your person.
Hey. You should probably know I’m not getting paid one red cent for any of these personal endorsements (but I’m not saying I wouldn’t cash a check if someone wanted to throw a little something my way).
1. Navy Tribal Geo Transport Tote, Toms, $58
With every bag you purchase, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. One for One®
What’s blue and white and cute all over?
This bag right here.
Maybe the best part?
Everyone knows the perfect bag never comes in the wrong size.
Sign up for emails for an instant 10% off your purchase at toms.com
2. Personalized Yeti Cup, Kapp Studio, price varies
I’ve danced with my fair share of insulated cups made out of everything from glass to metal to moon rocks, and Yeti is by far and vacuum-sealed a Blair favorite for my hubs and me.
My son was always casting jealous sidelong glances at our adult sippy cups or asking to borrow mine and because no, I knew exactly what we would get him for his fourteenth birthday.
When lifelong Texans with salsa running through their veins move to Arkansas, there is only one way to design a Yeti for the boy pining for his Lone Star state:
Kapp Studio was quick and awesome and small-time-feels run by a human named Patti who is sweet and friendly.
The quickest way to reach Kapp Studio is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or browse their yummy inventory at mykappstudio.com
3. Introverting coffee mug, PaperBerryPress on Etsy, $15.95
For the ones who find peopling sometimes hard but never coffee.
Order one for the introvert in your life at PaperBerryPress.com This was kind of a thing in my last All the Things post so I’m including this in the giveaway! See below for details.
5. Mamuye Leather Tote, Live FashionAble, $178
($10 off for signing up for emails)
After I got a job at a local magazine making my ‘own’ money, this was my first Big Girl purchase. It took me months to commit because it felt a bit extravagant with that price tag. But it also felt important to me because I was investing in my writing life and needed a swagalicious travel bag for my computer and I was also investing in a real person named Mamuye and all the other women who come after her in making it.
It’s soft as butter and just as delicious.
And now I use it for all the things.
Like me, it just keeps getting beat up and better with age.
6. Skoooch, Marky Sparky (Amazon), $99.95
Longest running, favorite, most-used, best toy ever with all three kids amen. The best part? They have to be outside to use it AND it’s good old-fashioned foot powered.
(The California Chariot version is for kids 6+)
7. Fearless, The Story of Adam Brown by Eric Blehm, around $10
This could be a stocking stuffer (but it might set it on fire).
It also has the ability to stand big and tall all by its bad self.
My boys and I have read this multiple times and we always will. You can read my extended review here. (You’re going to need a copy for yourself, too, by the way.)
Link here to order Fearless on Amazon.
8. Personalized Family Art, Uncommon Goods, $75-$125
Whimsical and fun, this is a gift from those who like to think outside the bun or make your mama cry or be her favorite.
While you can’t really choose your family, you can certainly have a little fun customizing them:
Order one for the people in your life at uncommongoods.com
9. Chatbooks, $8
I’m awful at pictures. Just ask my third kid who wonders aloud often what she looked like as a baby while eyeing the actual printed out pictures of the firstborn.
This one is so easy I can do it.
You take your finger and touch pictures located on Facebook, Instagram, your phone and send them somewhere into Chatbook space and they get printed up in a cute bound book.
What took you fifteen minutes will get you eternal glory with grandparents, new parents, or your husband’s Work Brag Book with your face featured prominently on the cover.
Download the app on your phone or visit chatbooks.com and win Christmas.
10. Courageous Pendant necklace, Lovishly, $27
$5 of every purchase goes directly back to the community
*free shipping now with code GIVING
I got one of these for an adulting newbie that’s being launched out into the world and into college next year. I also got one for myself because I’m trying new, hard things and I needed the reminder that comes in a super-cute form. I bet you don’t have to think far about some woman you know that is brave. Why don’t you let her know you see what she’s doing? And also that you have great taste in jewelry? Order one now at Lovishly.com
11. You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth
Could we talk about my girl Holley for just a minute? After we moved to Northwest Arkansas this year, I was kind of sad and lonely for friends and not really fit for human consumption for a very long time. One of the things that helped bring my wilted self back to life was regular coffee with this one. It is quite a humbling, beautiful, life-breathing gift for someone to clear space and pull out a chair and make room at their table for you.
That’s how she writes, too.
And guess what?!
I’m hog-squealing to tell you (that’s what happens in Arkansas) that the second part of the giveaway is this book with a personalized inscription for your person from Holley! Scroll to the end to enter for your mama, your wife, or your wife’s mama. Go ahead and enter but still order right here.
Lookit. I probably have more Noonday pieces than I have gray hairs and that’s saying quite a bit. I love what they do. I love how it changes the world.
And also weighing heavily?
It’s not wrong to say it’s just all so dang cute.
I have a little bit of everything from scarves to jewelry to wooden trays I use only on days that end in Y.
Noonday sounding right?
Might I be helpful and recommend two of the very best sisterfriends I have in life?
I don’t care who you are: words of affirmation are everyone’s love language and being seen and known is a true gift. I love this because it is personal, feeds you the cues because the brain can be tired and comes in a stinkin-cute, neat and orderly form I didn’t homemake with my own glue-covered thumbs. I’m just telling you, Men: this one right here is major, double-dog bonus points so you can go ahead and get confident and wrap it up with some mistletoe.
Go ahead: hero status here.
14. Kantha Baby Quilt, Connected Goods, $60
This is my favorite go-to gift for the special babes in my life. It’s a unique, heirloom-ish, made for real life binky and it’s fair-trade made from recycled Indian saris and is as soft as the baby butts it will carry for years.
Here is an actual quote from one mama I gifted:
‘This baby quilt has been our favorite ever in the world and you’re so hot.’
I made up that last part but honest on the first.
Hit up connectedgoods.com and sign up for their email list to get 10% off your purchase immediately.
15. Puppy, price varies
Just sayin…this one is always popular. Read here if you need a push off the fence. You’re welcome, children everywhere.
Now for the fun giveaway part! Comment here or on Facebook and I will enter your name once. Share and tag someone and I’ll add you to the kitty twice.
Merry Christmas, Friends.