HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Holiday shopping can definitely be a bit of a nightmare. With so many different people to buy for, it can get a little hectic trying to find the most budget friendly, solid gift, you know your loved ones will love. Not to mention the chaos surrounding each and every store this time of year. 

I love giving gifts way more than receiving them. I adore surprising someone with something super unique or new that they haven't tried. I feel like I give pretty kick ass gifts BUT I am also not made of money so it often takes a bit of research to find the perfect item. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the holiday shopping or you just need a little inspiration keep reading!

I have put together a super easy gift guide with gifts you CANNOT go wrong with! In addition to links below each photo I have also compiled all of these + more into a Pinterest board. And dont worry, if you hate reading ive also got you covered. Click > HERE < to check out the video! ENJOY!


THE CLASSIC GIFT THAT WILL NOT FAIL

You cannot go wrong with candles. Everyone likes candles! This is also a gift that is super easy to customize as there are endless varieties of scents.

I dig Bath & Body Works candles for 2 main reasons...

1. Their candles last long, smell great, & are super adorable. 

2. They are ALWAYS doing some kind of sale, especially this time of year. 

In addition to quality & price they make great containers for after the candle is all burned out AND they often are already gift wrapped, making your life even easier!

These candles typically go for about $20-$25 which is way more than I want to spend on a candle. If you keep tabs on your email as well as your mail or simply check out their website for frequent holiday sales you can get a massive discount. For example I snagged a bunch of these three wick candles for $8.50 each. 

TIP: If you don't know what scent suites someone, stick with the holiday themed scents. 


FOR THE PAMPER EVENING QUEEN

Its no surprise to anyone how strong my obsession is for Lush bath bombs. I am the queen of pamper night. I take a relaxing bath every week and I love it. Lush is also such an easy customizable gift because they have a large variety of scents. 

I would recommend Lord of Misrule bath bomb or The Magic of Christmas bubble wand. Both make for a super fun Christmas themed bath filled with magical scents that come with a serious side effect of relaxation. 

Make it a whole theme with some tea lights, maybe a little wine, and a good book. That is one hell of a good gift that is real budget friendly, unique, easy, & thoughtful. 

If you still feel lost, Lush has a little gift guide of their own you can check out > HERE <


FOR THE FUNNY GUY (OR GAL)....

I love love love humor gifts. In the past I would find funny books you find at gift shops and give those away to my friends with a serious sense of humor.

They were the kind of gifts you would just leave out for a while on your coffee table or in your bathroom. They were funny when you were giving them to that person. But after a while it gets put in a box or given away as a white elephant gift. Funny books and trinkets are a blast but in my experience they fade. 

This year I am opting for funny mugs. Coffee mugs are something someone can always utilize. Giving a silly coffee mug is a great humor gift that sends a funny message but also gives someone something they can really use. If they dont drink out of it, it becomes a pencil holder or office organizer. Extra tea cups are great for candles, so theirs lots of options here. 

TJ Maxx often has some really unique ones that come with the bonus of being under $10, Urban Outfitters gets hilarious but you are typically looking at spending a little bit more. Check out local shops, gift shops, & online Etsy shops. You can often find some really cool, unique mugs that make for the best inside jokes. 


WHEN YOU'RE BALLIN ON A BUDGET

If money is tight the best route to take is a more creative one. I dig this anyways as its an excuse for my creative juices to get involved and often ends up saving me so much money.

These are the gifts that also come with the added bonus of being more thoughtful, memorable, and super unique. I bought this frame at TJ Maxx for $13, each photo was .50 cents from Nations Photo Lab during their holiday sale, the stickers, bows, & quotes vary between $1.00-$5.00 depending on what you are wanting. 

Total this cost me $15.00 and is definitely the best gift I have to give away this year and the one I am most excited for. 


FOR THE BEAUTY BABE

This is one legit gift I for one would LOVE to receive. Beauty products are always a great route to take. If you really want to treat someone go for a YSL lipstick, not only are these lipsticks a special surprise because of the gorgeous gold packaging but they are THE BEST lipsticks I have ever used.

They are perfectly creamy and moisturizing, they come in a variety of very rich and gorgeous colors, and they they are incredibly long lasting.

They are without a doubt the perfect lipstick making them the perfect gift for anyone that digs makeup. 

They are on the pricier side, retailing at Sephora for $32-$36 each depending on which one you grab.

But to me the holidays are a special time to really treat someone with something nice that they might not get for themselves because they cant justify the cost.

This is a bad ass gift you cannot go wrong with. Trust me, they are amazing! 


FOR YOUR BEARDED BROS

If you have a beard or are close to someone who does, than you know beard pride is a serious thing.

Growing the damn thing out is one challenge, keeping it well maintained is another, and if you want it to look legit you need good products. 

Beardology is a great brand that like Lush takes pride in using all natural ingredients, being animal friendly, and being recyclable.

You can purchase this gift set one time or set it up as a monthly subscription service, arriving at your door step conveniently every month. 

You get to choose from a variety of scents. Your set up comes with a beard wash, beard oil, and beard balm. Great for those bearded studs in your life! 


GIFT SETS

This time of year everyone is in the mind set of gift sets. Gift sets are so easy, adorable, and cost effective. 

For example I went to Sephora needing my favorite makeup remover from Boscia, a full size retails for $30. They had this lovely gift set with a full size Boscia makeup remover + 2 new products I get to try and a Konjac facial sponge which I love for only $45. 

Gift sets are an obvious choice where you cant go wrong. 


THE STEREOTYPICAL "YOU STINK" JOKE...

Cologne, perfume, lotion, etc... its all great! But fancy brands are too expensive. You can get great, good quality, inexpensive, full size scents for under $20 if you know where to go.

I would suggest Curve for men, they have some great options that are super cheap, I got this one for $15 at TJ Maxx.

Anthropolgie has some really yummy scents that are amazing, retailing for $18. And you get the added bonus of the brand haha. 

Charlotte Russe has one of my all time favorite perfumes for only $10, shop fast and receive 30%-50% off before XMAS to get it even cheaper. 

Bath & Body Works is honestly not my favorite quality wise but scent wise you have some great options. Every once in a while I snag a scent I adore so much I can deal with the greasy-ness.

Boutiques and local shops often have super yummy scents that you cant find anywhere else. Not only is it best to buy local but your gift will be super unique! 


FOR YOUR TECHY FRIENDS & FAM

Authentic polaroid cameras are great but often expensive and hard to find. If you still want the look of an adorable vintage pic I would suggest the FujiFilm Mini Polaroid Camera. I have my house covered in these little prints and I love it! 

Urban Outfitters almost always has these babies for sell, you can typically get it a little cheaper from BestBuy or Amazon BUT Urban has them for $80 right now which is the cheapest ive ever seen! So jump on it! 

The cameras themselves come in a variety of colors making it customizable for whomever you are purchasing it for. If you want to add to this gift, you can get colorful prints, cases, bags, etc...

TIP: They do not come with prints unless you bundle it, make sure to purchase some prints so your lucky loved one can start snapping! 


COMFY SOCKS

You cant go wrong with socks. You can find a great pair for anyone, and you can snag a pair for as little as $2 + depending on where you are shopping. Need I say more? 


BEAUTY BABES ROUND 2

If you're shopping for a makeup lover and you have a bigger-ish budget I would go for a makeup pallet. Eyeshadow or contour pallets are always a safe option because skin tone generally doesnt matter. 

With an eyeshadow pallet you cant go wrong if you go the Lorac Pro route. They have a variety of cold and warm, matte and sparkle, so one of these babies will work for everyone! 

Right now is the time to buy too! They have holiday options, limited edition, travel size, etc...LOTS to choose from. 

A great makeup pallet is a wonderful way to splurge and treat someone. If price is a concern because most good pallets range from $25 + I would suggest anything from an NYX pallet OR a single Mac eyeshadow pod. 

Quality over quantity. Good products make a difference! 


STOCKING STUFFERS! 

For beauty lovers, take advantage of the checkout line at Sephora and Ulta. You can snag alot of travel sized products from great brands that make great stocking stuffers.

Nail polish, lip gloss, EOS balms, makeup brushes, face masks, cleansers, etc...there are tons to choose from! 

TIP: Unless you know someones skin color I would avoid concealers or foundations but you can go for a translucent powder like the Laura Mercier travel size. This works for most skin tones and is one of the greatest additions to my makeup routine. 

Bath & Body Works travel size lotions, shower gels, sprays, etc...are also solid choices. B&BW also has some of my all time favorite lip glosses and they are always buy 2 get 1 free.

Take advantage of those discounts AND keep tabs on your mail, often travel size products from B&BW you can get for FREE.

For non beauty lovers go with items like gift cards, candy, headphones, movies, socks, card games, books, keychains, ornaments, desk trinkets, office supplies, etc...


EXPRESS YOUR LOVE

And lastly, express your love and appreciation for your loved ones.

With every gift I give I throw in a little card. Its the spirit of XMAS that needs more attention. Start the tradition of sharing your gratitude for all of the important people in your life with a card. If writing isnt your thing, simply use your words...

I hope your holiday season is going swell! Wishing you all happy shopping! All items can be found via Pinterest > HERE <

WANT MORE HOLIDAY GIFTS? CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO! 

Much love, 

Magnolia Rose

HowTo Survive The Winter Blues

There is something very beautiful about the transition between seasons. Transitions and change are really a great thing, but for most of us its freaky. Change scares the shit out of alot of us, so it makes sense that most people get a little funky around this time of the year.

It gets darker earlier, its bitter cold outside, the holidays for alot of us bring up all of our family drama etc...Theres lots that contribute to Winter Blues. I think times like this we need to remember that this is a great time of the year. Its a great time to give yourself a break, cut yourself some slack, catch up on snuggles and sleep, re build relationships with family, get back to our roots, and celebrate the transitions. This is a great time to celebrate the change that is happening in our lives and the world around us and celebrate the season! 

I know its easy to get caught in a rut during this time of the year. Below are some of the ways I like to get through the winter blues and use this time of the year to work for me rather than against me! 

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COFFEE:

This is a big one if you know me at all haha. I cant survive without my coffee. It cheers me up, gives me energy, and I feel like my taste buds do a happy dance every time a drink it. I just love it. When its god awful cold outside treat yourself to a nice warm cup of coffee, add some flavors to it to make things fun. 

I dig Beans & Brews. I give them shout outs often! If you are here in Utah and wanting something delicious check out B&B! They have all their holiday drinks available AND they just upped their espresso amount! I like their Pumpkin Pie Fritalia the best. 

DECORATE:

This is an obvious one! Getting festive is a great way to add some magic and sparkle to your home! Light some candles, add Christmas lights, turn on some holiday tunes, and enjoy the magic! Setting up our Christmas tree is one of my favorites! I have so many very random decorations its like one big tree of memories. I love having our tree up! 

I have fairy lights throughout my house, not just during the holidays but all year. I love the lighting and it gives our home a very relaxed environment. I have them throughout our office and around the window in our living room. 

I just added this little cyprus gem below that smells divine! Its chillaxing in my office and will be in the background of my YouTube videos during the month of December. 

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BATH TIME:

Duh this is an obvious one! Bath time is great on any day but especially when its freezing outside! I love Lush bath bombs and they have some amazing ones for the holidays! Candy Mountain is a holiday favorite of mine and smells super sweet! Lord of Misrule is a fun one that makes you feel extra special, and they have a ton of options for Christmas. Treat yourself to some YOU time and take a bath. Add a book, music, some candles and you have instant magic and love happening in your life.

After your bath take some time to snuggle up with your loved ones, your pet, your blanket, or whatever you've got going on! 

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REFLECT:

Like I said this is a great time for transitioning, and the seasonal change is great symbolism for just that. For years I got serious seasonal depression because all my family drama happened between November-December. I have decided this year is going to be different. However that doesnt mean I cant reflect on everything thats happened in life. This is a great time for reflection. Journal writing is a great! I like to look back at old journals of mine, and I am so glad I documented my life. Its nice to see how much I have grown and matured through out the years. And its kick ass to read some of the stuff I went through and go "yeah I survived, I moved on, I adapted etc." 

GET OUTSIDE:

Yes its cold outside, but eventually some of us need to get out! Josh and I love taking our pups on trails, when you live in Utah and everything's closed on Sundays you get creative! Even though its cold you work up a sweat and it feels great! When its super snowy take advantage and play in it. How many of us USED to build a snowman or have snowball fights? Why does that stop for a lot of us after a while. If you have kids do it with them, if you don't why not do it yourself. Its fun! We love to throw snow balls for our dogs, its hilarious and they love it! 

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I know this time of year can be difficult for a lot of us. Cut yourself some slack and take advantage of this time of year by taking some serious quality time for yourself! Sending cyber hugs to all of you! 

Much love! 

-Magnolia Rose