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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Holiday Gift Guides: Gift of Relaxing

I know it may seem a little early to be talking about holiday gifts, but I'm already going at it.  I'm usually stressfully late with getting gifts together, so each year we've been trying to get more on top of our game.  Not to mention that four of our immediate family members have birthdays around the holidays.  You'd think we'd have had it figured out already, but noooope.  Still learning.  

I LOVE giving gifts, but the holidays can be stressful if it's done in a rush, and I don't know about you, but that makes gift giving a lot less joyful for me.  This year I resolved to start browsing for gift ideas earlier, like come November, so that I could give without being quite as stressed!  But then I missed my sister's birthday (in late October) and realized that I really need to start in October to include all of the birthdays in my family.  Haha.  Oops.  Like I said, still learning!

So, I've got gifts on the brain.  Since I usually appreciate gift idea posts, I'll be doing some Holiday Gift Guides to show you some of the ideas that have been spinning around in my head.

As a heads up, some of the gift guides will feature items from shops that I've teamed up with.  Please know that I'm only featuring shops that I have personally asked, and they were shops that I was actually shopping from for gift ideas.  


One thing that's helped me think about gifts is starting by thinking of things they love to do and brainstorm possible gifts along those lines.  Today's gift guide is a brainstorm for someone who likes to sit back and relax.  There are a ton of different ways to sit back and relax, whether it's cuddling up by the fireplace, laying out on the beach, or treating yourself to a spa day.  

1.  Tea Tree Oil Foot Therapy.  foot spray  |  foot soak ]  A few years ago I was given Tea Tree Oil Foot Spray which was soooo relieving to spray on my soles after a long day on my feet.  In my search for another bottle of it and came across the foot soak too.  I've never tried it, but it has 67 reviews on Amazon and 4.5 stars! 

2.  WoodWick Candles.  [ candle  |  diffuser ]  My husband is kind of a pyro and likes to relax by starting at flames.  Or reading.  Or better yet, reading next to flames.  He really enjoys WoodWick candles because the wooden wick crackles like a tiny fireplace, but on your desk (or wherever you put it).  They come in a bunch of different scents and burn for a long time. 

3.  Cozy Slippers.  [ moccasin  |  boot ]  I kind of laugh at slippers for gifts, mainly because that's what my siblings and I usually gave our mom when we were kids and didn't know what else to get her.  (She is THE hardest person to shop for.)  But a cute little moccasin slipper or a boot in a cool pattern are far from the types of slippers we got for our mom.  I got a cute pair of boot slippers last year and loved them!

4.  Nail Polish.  Colors shown: [ twin sweater set  |  the lace is on  |  merino cool  |  smokin' hot ]  Nail polish is always a great gift!  You could even combine it with something like the Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak or the slippers for a foot therapy kit.  

5.  Beach Totes.  [ bundle of chevron totes  |  red chevron/dot tote  |  striped scarf ]  Usually when I think of holiday gifts I think of cold weather items, but I think beach bags make fantastic gifts for the holidays.  Ooh Baby Designs has a TON of very cute beach totes.  The red one shown above is adorable and reversible.  Polka dots on one side and chevron stripes on the other.  How cool is that?  Or you can buy a bundle pack of totes for a terrific deal if you want to get uniform gifts for groups of people like your kids' teachers, a mom's group or small group, or your many cousins.  :)   You can give them by themselves, fill them with beach accessories, or fill them with treats!

6.  Beach Hats.  [ black  |  polka dot ]  Continuing the beach theme, beach hats are a great option because a lot of them are on clearance since they are out of season.  YEAH.  Both hats shown above are less than $7.50 right now!



There are a ton more ideas for gift ideas to help someone relax, so if you've got them, let's hear them!  We can help each other out by throwing out more ideas in the comments below.  

What other things could you give someone around the theme of relaxing?

30 comments:

  1. Love these ideas. I just discovered "Diamond Candles" and I am kind of in love with the idea of incorporating them into my gift-giving this year
    http://www.diamondcandles.com/ring-candles

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  2. I love this idea! I'm always scrambling for gifts for at least a few people who are a bit more of a challenge.
    Also, those woodwick candles are so great!

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  3. becauseshannasaidsoThursday, October 31, 2013

    Oh man, to think tomorrow is November 1st, it's definitely not too early to be talking gift guides! I told myself I am going to be better this year! Luckily, I have great ideas for the ladies in my life,but finding stuff for the boys and kids gives me major anxiety!!

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  4. Just FYI, in my local Marshall's/Ross/TJMaxx (SoCal), there's almost always Tea Tree Oil Foot-related things for a good price. And I've noticed lately that they have been carrying a good selection of Essie and OPI nail polishes! I've already grabbed some for xmas gifts. The colors may not be the latest and greatest but they are still fall/winter appropriate.



    Thanks for the list Audrey!

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  5. Those candles are so fun! My mom has some and I love the crackle! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. Woodwick candles are my absolute favorite! The cracking sound is so soothing!
    ~Sara

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  7. Cute! It's amazing what a scarf can do.

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  8. I LoOoOve WoodWick! Doings target giftcard giveaway, you should stop by for a chance to pick up some of these Holiday goodies for yourself! ;)

    EatPrayWearLove

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  9. Love the leopard print scarf! I'm a total scarf junkie. It's on of my favorite accessories! How did you end up tying it? It looks fuller compared to some of the other ways to tie a scarf.

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  10. I wore this same outfit a week ago to Ikea! Olive skinny jeans, black sweater, brown boots, brown purse and blue/gray/beige leopard scarf! I got many compliments on it!

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  11. For an athlete, a foam roller would be a great "sporty" relaxation gift. I actually think I might add those moc slippers to my Xmas list for the year! -- very cute.

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  12. do you wear a cami under your everlane tees? i think i remember you saying that you were a cami under most things and i do too (for modesty - usually things are too low cut or not long enough for me to move around in without showing some skin in the middle). also - is the white everlane tee thick enough so that it's not see through?

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  13. I actually DON'T wear a cami under the non-white Everlane tees, which I am always surprised by. Because yes...I do wear cami's under basically everything else. The white one is like teetering on the line, though. You could probably "get away with it" wearing a skin colored bra and maybe depending on what your skin tone is, BUT in bright sunlight it will be a tiny bit translucent. Still debatable depending on a lot of things though. I personally wear a cami under the white one, but not the other ones.

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  14. You are SO helpful!! Thanks. I doubt there's a white tee out there that I'd feel comfortable wearing with a cami - but its great to know that the other ones are good to go without one!

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  15. Ditto on how you tied the scarf! :)

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  16. Such a lovely outfit! I do really like how scarves dress things up! :)

    Away From The Blue

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  17. This is a great list! Woodwick candles are so nice. And anything from Lush is so relaxing to me!


    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  18. This is such a cute easy outfit! I obviously need a leopard print scarf;)

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  19. A little dose of animal print can jazz up even the plainest of outfits!

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  20. Prayers for a successful conference! (What will you wear!!??) And then a restful week ahead!

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  21. I got my scarves- a leopard print and a zebra print- off of ebay for less than 5 bucks each. Certain shippers from China will ship them for free too!

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  22. Don't forget to add your accessories! I'd buy em.
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  23. NEED Everlane tees. I keep hearing about them. Also, all the leopard, love it.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

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  24. Where do you sell your stuff? Ebay? I have some stuff I need to get rid of too, and it would be nice to make a little cash at the same time. :)

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  25. I got mine from the same seller on amazon. I was happy with it. :)

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  26. How do you like your purse from Chicnova? Thinking about purchasing it!

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  27. Honestly, I like it a lot! I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I used it all weekend and was so glad I got it. It holds its shape well and has a few pockets inside. It fits a ton of stuff, but it also makes me concerned about overloading it since I don't think the straps can support a lot of weight on a daily basis.

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  28. Thank you! If I am looking for a multi-purpose potentially business casual, chic purse would you recommend me purchase this one or keep looking?

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  29. Absolutely. You can't really go wrong with a simple black tote. I love the two-toned coloring. Adds a special punch compared to an all black bag with black straps. It's pretty large though, since it's a tote. If you want it to act as a purse I think it could work, but if you don't like big purses then be aware.

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  30. I agree about the leopard print, I just love it in small doses - like scarfs, clutches, flats... Instantly lifts up any outfit!

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