Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Hey there! Welcome to the PMT Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide! I created this resource as a one-stop shop to share my tried and true favorite products that make great gifts.

I wanted to make shopping for gifts more convenient, so I put all my favorites in one place along with some fresh finds. That way, you don’t have to wait for or sift through multiple blog posts to find ideas. Instead, you can easily access all gift ideas in one place at the same time!

To quickly find this page at anytime this holiday season:

  • Come here to the blog (www.puttingmetogether.com)
  • Click the Holiday Gift Guide picture on the righthand sidebar (on a laptop) OR at the very bottom of this page (if you’re on a mobile device)

I hope this helps make holiday gift shopping smoother and quicker for you! 😊

About This Gift Guide

This gift guide contains two sections:

  1. Tried & True SectionThis section is mostly made of Audrey’s and some PMT team members’ favorites that we actually use or have given as gifts with happy recipients! A few items that we haven’t tried are sprinkled in here simply because it seemed helpful to put them under those categories.
  2. Fresh FindsNewer items (that we may or may not have tried yet) that worth checking out if you want fresh gift ideas. This section will be updated regularly throughout this holiday season!

Read more about each section below.

I hope this guide helps make gift-giving a less stressful and more joyful experience!

 

This section primarily contains items that my family and I have personally tried and that I can vouch for. You know that I can’t contain myself when it comes to sharing GREAT products, and it doesn’t stop at clothes. I LOVE sharing gift guides this time of year because it’s a chance for me to tell you about all the other fantastic products our family uses, too!

One thing to know about me is that I’m so not about gift guides full of pretty looking items that turn out to be junk. The items in the Tried & True section are some of my family’s favorite products—ones we’ve used for years and know will make great gifts!

This year we are also including some tried & true items that one of our teammates, Cecilia, loves and recommends.

I hope this gives you confidence in giving gifts that are both great quality and that have made people’s lives better!  

SIZING INFO: For reference, I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes. I list the size I wear for pieces in the descriptions.

 

  1. Nickel & Suede Lightweight Leather Earrings – EASIEST gifts to give. So many styles, beautifully made, super great quality.  
  2. Dear Mushka Long Pendant Necklace – The one I wear in every other outfit pic!
  3. Initial Short Pendant Necklace – My other current go-to necklace. This small addition packs a huge punch! For a lookalike that’s 1/5 the cost (!!) check HERE. Not sure about its quality though.
  4. Daniel Wellington Watch – Classic – Compliment magnet! Sooo classy and goes with everything.
  5. Daniel Wellington Watch – Black
  6. Everyday Reversible Tote – My daily tote for years
  7. Cognac or Black Tote – Recently got this to replace the one above after it started peeling. I love this one too! Has a little more structure, looks better for work but is still casual, and zips closed.
  8. Kate Spade Wallet – Have used this for years, and it’s held up SO well! 
  9. Travel Jewelry Organizer – PMT FAVORITE. Has a huge panel for jewelry—the only one I’ve found that can hold my Nickel & Suede earrings or any other statement earrings. Has a few zipper pockets.  Also fairly flat and doesn’t take up much space.
  10. Apple Watch – Didn’t think I’d use it much, but I LOVE using it. Not just for health, but to set timers and alerts to remind me to do all the things.
  11. Waterproof Leather Apple Watch Band – I want this!
  12. Leather Crossbody Bag – My go-to fall crossbody bag! Genuine leather, beautiful cognac color, adjustable straps, and big, secured zippered pockets. Love it!
  13. Pendant Necklace – Suuuuuper affordable but looks great! I own a similar white necklace that is my second-most used long pendant necklace.

 

  1. Gap Fuzzy Fleece Pullover – SO SOFT AND SNUGGLY! Also lightweight, so it’s comfy to wear! Cannot stress enough how much I like this, and it’d be a fantastic gift! I wear size S.
  2. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan – FAN FAVORITE. Super cozy and soft for lounging around the house.  Too heavy for me, but my sister and mother-in-law LOVE it. Washes extremely well—like new after years.
  3. Plaid Blanket Scarf – 38 prints. Affordable gift that packs a punch. 
  4. Leggings – Fantastic quality! Thick, opaque, and flattering w/ compression.
  5. Butter Socks – For the person who loves all things soft and cozy!
  6. UGG Slippers – Water-resistant fan favorites.
  7. Leopard Print Tee and Thankful Tee – Two of my favorite tees to wear! I wear size S in both, but can size up to M for a looser, more relaxed fit (but would definitely need to be knotted so that it doesn’t look baggy).
  8. Sherpa Lined Waterproof Jacket w/ Hood – REALLY good jacket, especially at this price! Cozy and warm thanks to sherpa lining, but waterproof. And it’s lightweight, not heavy or bulky given how cozy it is! 5 colors. I wear size M. See it on me HERE.

 

  1. L’Occitane Hand Lotion – Pretty lotion that works fairly well. Doesn’t get too greasy.  Love the little gift sets. I keep one in my bag, one in my car, and one on my desk.
  2. Jack Black Hand Lotion – This became my new favorite hand lotion over the last 1.5 years. Works SOOOO well! (Better than L’Occitane, but those make prettier gifts. 😉) Soaks into hands fairly quickly, then leaves no grease or scent. Just soft hands!
  3. Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette – Great palette for lots of skin tones!
  4. Beauty Blender – Easy to gift—people always need a new one of these!
  5. Makeup Brushes – Pair it with the gifts above for a makeup starter kit set.
  6. Throw Blanket – EASY gift when you don’t know what to give. SUPER soft and fuzzy, and affordable.  We have 3! Wash very well, don’t pill. Tons of colors.
  7. Faux Fur Oversize Throw – Thicker blanket that is also GOOD! Thick, soft, snuggly, cozy. Our kids fight over this thing every single day because they all love it and want it.
  8. Hydroflask Water Bottle – Our favorite! Keeps water cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 6. Tons of colors.
  9. Simple Modern Tumbler – Sleek straw tumbler for keeping drinks cold. Great design, fits in cup holders, lots of colors.
  10. Theracane Massager – Not a cute or pretty gift, but SO helpful! Lets you get the knots out of your own shoulders and back whenever you need! We’ve gifted these to MANY friends, and they’ve loved it.
  11. Olive & June Nail Polish Kit – The mani and pedi systems are AWESOME! Yes, the nail polish is good too, but what got me hooked is the full kits! I used to never paint my nails because they’d chip after a day or two, and I thought it was a lot of work for nothing. The Olive & June system makes it quicker with its Polish Remover Pot (just swish your finger around a couple of times and it removes your polish!!), the clean up brush, the nail file and buffer, the cuticle serum (awesome btw!), and the patented bottle handle to help you paint with your non-dominant hand. And YES my polish actually lasted for more than 7 days when I prepped it right with all their tools. I also use the Quick Drying Drops add-on. You can get 20% off any polish system through my link, HERE. (And I’ll get a free polish.)
  12. Selfie Stand w/ Remote – My friend brought this out to take a group pic, and I instantly bought my own. Really lightweight but gets pretty tall. The remote is super helpful and very easy to use! And under $24 with 67,000+ reviews and 4.6 stars!
  13. Ring Light – Gift a small ring light to help someone with their video meetings of FaceTime hangouts.
  14. Steel Straws w/ Silicone Tips – Better for the environment, and the silicone tip allows you to bite down and have some give like plastic straws do. Been using a set for a few years, but these colors are cuter than the ones I have!
  15. Burt’s Bees Tips & Toes Kit – Great little kit with lots of products to help someone treat their hands, feet, fingers, and toes well. You can add this Almond Milk Hand Cream too!

 

  1. PMT Starter Kit Wardrobe Guides & Outfit Guides – Grab a gift card to the PMT Shop and give the gift of style with a PMT Outfit Guide! Help someone create a mix and match wardrobe and learn to put together outfits effortlessly.
  2. PMT Wardrobe Staples Styler – For the friend who is beyond the basics and wants to have more fun with style.
  3. Cultivate What Matters Powersheets Goal Setting Planner – Great gift for those who want to live intentional lives. I’m going on 5 years of using this. SO helpful for being intentional with your days, years, and LIFE!
  4. Cultivate What Matters Wall Calendar – SOOO pretty!
  5. Celebrations Binder by Cultivate What Matters – Simple, intentional planning system for all your celebrations!
  6. Write the Word Journals by Cultivate What Matters – For those who want to grow their faith by staying engaged with scripture. Really, really good for busy moms who might be feeling scattered and just need something easy and doable.

 

I used to travel on average 12x per year for at least 10 years. That’s a LOT of trips, and I became a packing whiz! Some of the items below are my favorite items that have endured years of heavy travel and make traveling and packing more convenient and efficient.  

Many of these are great for both women and men.

  1. Gap Fuzzy Fleece Pullover – SO SOFT AND SNUGGLY! But lightweight, so it’s comfy to wear! Long enough for leggings. (See it on me HERE.) Cannot stress enough how much I like this, and it’d be a fantastic gift! Great for travel, lounging, and pretty much anything.
  2. GoToobs – BEST travel tubes. Don’t leak, easy to clean.
  3. Packing Cubes – Game changers! We’ve gifted these many times, and EVERYONE reports how life-changing they are after they finally use them. Keeps your whole suitcase organized and makes traveling less stressful. Can throw these in the washing machine! This brand is also AMAZING. I’ve used the SAME SET for OVER 15 years with heavy travel, and they are still going strong!
  4. Mother Lode Weekender Backpack– Carry-on volume backpack allows you to travel handsfree. Great reviews! Benson had one of these until we had kids and needed bigger bags. Slightly smaller version HERE.
  5. Daily Travel Backpack – Great reviews for everyday backpack for travel.
  6. Toiletry Bag – Not the prettiest, but I’ve owned this for 12 years (!!!) with LOTS of use, and it is still going strong. 12 colors, 3 sizes available. I own Medium.
  7. Portable Phone Charger – So practical, and anyone who is on-the-go constantly has been grateful we gifted them one of these.
  8. Mother Lode Luggage – Our favorite luggage when traveling with kids. Top half is soft shell, bottom half is hard cased with adjustable organization compartments.
  9. Jewelry Travel Organizer – My favorite travel jewelry organizerbecause it has a huge panel for all my Nickel & Suede earrings!  😀  
  10. Hydroflask Water Bottle – My favorite! Keeps water cold and keeps you hydrated while traveling.
  11. Clothing Steamer – Portable steamer ensures you look your best even when living out of a suitcase.
  12. Toiletry Organizer
  13. Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker – Use it to find your keys, bag, or even phone. 4.5 stars with 27,600+ ratings.
  14. Portable Air Purifier – I don’t own this, but it has great reviews. Small and battery operated, so you can take it to travel on flights, use in the car, or use in any room in your house to purify the air (which can help with allergies sometimes too!) There is a white one HERE and black one HERE.
  15. 2-Port Car Charger for iPhones and iPads – We use this, and it has 2 ports and charges quickly. 3,700+ awesome reviews. My mom got one after using ours and it was a huge game changer. (It was painfully slow trying to charge directly from her car otherwise!)

 

  1. Hydroflask – Our favorite! Keeps water cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 6. Tons of colors.
  2. Apple Watch – Always a great gift!
  3. Kindle Oasis – Appreciated by any avid reader.
  4. Joggers – Husband’s favorite! Slim cut and look great all the time, especially with black Nikes.
  5. Sneakers – Husband’s favorite non-workout sneakers. Cool, low profile sneakers great for everyday wear. Several colors. Tons of reviews.
  6. Layering Tee – Super practical and affordable. Layer these under tops in the winter to stay warm.
  7. Comfy Long Sleeve Tee – Benson just started wearing these, and they are SO COMFY! Medium wight and super soft with a good drape. He loves them!
  8. UNIQLO Ultra Light Down Jacket – Warm down jacket that’s lightweight. HUGE fan favorite.
  9. Theracane Massager – SO helpful! Lets you get the knots out of your own shoulders and back whenever you need! We’ve gifted these to MANY friends, and they’ve loved it.
  10. Cable Organizer – Small gift that makes commuting to work more enjoyable through organization.  
  11. Black Jeans – These were game changers for Benson and our other friend who we gifted these to.  Neither of them knew men’s jeans could be stretchy and so comfy! Also very affordable. The pair Benson owns are no longer available, but this should be a similar pair.
  12. Soft Touch Crew Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt – He got this a few months ago, and it’s SOOOOO soft and comfy! He wears it often with his favorite joggers (mentioned in #4).
  13. Electric Kettle – Lets you boil water at specific temps and keeps water hot long after you’ve turned it on.
  14. City Map Print – Cool addition to his office
  15. Sonos Move Smart Speaker – My husband (and our kids) move this around the entire house to play music. Portable and easy to use! Other smaller options are this Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – 39,000+ great reviews! Compact w/ a cool design. Or this Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – even smaller than the previous one. This Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker also has great reviews and several fun color options!
  16. Leather Toiletry Bag – My husband doesn’t own this, but it’s SUPER affordable and looks more expensive than it is. 1,680+ great reviews!
  17. Hanging Dopp Kit – Also super affordable with a sleeker design.
  18. Slim Pocket Wallet – Cut the bulk and travel lighter. 1,650+ great reviews.  
  19. LEGO Sets LEGOs are not just for kids!  With Addie getting more and more into LEGOs, Benson brought out his old childhood sets that his mom saved (crazy, I know!). He’s been back into building old sets and loving it!
  20. Nike Dri-Fit Workout Tees – He works out 6 days a week and loves these! Lots of colors.
  21. Portable iPhone / iPad Powerbank – Gifted the older version of this to a friend who is always out and about so he couldn’t charge his phone, and it changed his world.

 

  1. Clothes Steamer – Forget ironing! Steaming clothes is way more fun and honestly a game changer!
  2. Fabric Defuzzer – Not an impressive-looking gift, but my family members who are extremely utilitarian love this. Makes sweaters look like new!
  3. Instant Camera – Always fun to bust out at parties!
  4. Throw Blanket – EASY gift when you don’t know what to give. SUPER soft and fuzzy, and affordable. We have 3! Wash very well, don’t pill. Tons of colors.
  5. Faux Fur Oversize Throw – Thicker blanket that is also GOOD! Thick, soft, snuggly, cozy. Our kids fight over this thing every single day because they all love it and want it.
  6. Instant Pot – Gotta love these!
  7. Sous Vide Cooker – Precision cooker allows you to cook the PERFECT meat/egg/veggies/anything, every single time—while not even paying attention to it! All my foodie-cousins use this.
  8. Electric Kettle – Lets you boil water at specific temps, and keeps water hot long after you’ve turned it on.
  9. Simple Modern Tumbler – Sleek design and tons of colors.
  10. Hydroflask Water Bottle – Our favorite! Keeps water cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 6. Tons of colors.
  11. Dyson Vacuum – Cordless makes life so much easier.
  12. Nespresso – We don’t own this but we know people love it!
  13. Essential Oil Diffuser & Humidifier – Holds 500mL of water and lasts up to 10 hours! Has lots of light options.
  14. Charcuterie Board 
  15. City Map Print
  16. Theracane Massager – SO helpful! Lets you get the knots out of your own shoulders and back whenever you need! We’ve gifted these to MANY friends, and they’ve loved it.
  17. Roborock Robot Vacuum – We recently got this and LOVE IT! Many of you saw it in my Instagram stories a while back, amazed at how this vacuums in beautiful straight lines (unlike others that are sporadic and miss spots). This also has a mopping feature to tidy up floors a bit better. It also uses sensor instead of cameras, so it can vacuum in the dark. It is pricey, but it is so, so, SO good.
  18. Ninja Air Fryer – My mom LOVES hers! She cooks amazing fried chicken in it, and it’s so juicy but deliciously crispy—and healthier! 
  19. Steel Straws w/ Silicone Tips – Better for the environment, and the silicone tip allows you to bite down and have some give like plastic straws do. Been using a set for a few years, but these colors are cuter than the ones I have!
  20. Sonos Move Smart Speaker – Our kids love to move this around the entire house to play music. Portable and easy to use!
  21. Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  22. Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (smaller)
  23. Selfie Stand w/ Remote – My friend brought this out to take a group pic, and I instantly bought my own. Really lightweight but gets pretty tall. The remote is super helpful and very easy to use! And under $24 with 67,000+ reviews and 4.6 stars!
  24. Back and Neck Heating Massager – I don’t own this one, but it looks sooo nice to relax after a long day!
  25. Shave Ice Maker – Ummm yes, please! Plus, it’s cute!
  26. This Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker has great reviews and several fun color options!

 

  1. Personalized Photo Calendars – SO good for my mom and Benson’s mom who are hard to shop for.  And you can do this every year! We create a calendar for them with pics of all their kids and grandkids.
  2. Personalized Photo Collages – If you don’t want to go the calendar route, your parents will appreciate a photo collage too!
  3. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan – FAN FAVORITE. Super cozy and soft for lounging around the house.  Too heavy for me, but my sister and mother-in-law LOVE it. Washes extremely well—like new after years.
  4. Roborock Robot Vacuum – We recently got this and LOVE IT! Many of you saw it in my Instagram stories a while back, amazed at how this vacuums in beautiful straight lines (unlike others that are sporadic and miss spots). This also has a mopping feature to tidy up floors a bit better. It also uses sensor instead of cameras, so it can vacuum in the dark. It is pricey, but it is so, so, SO good. (Might have to teach them how to use the tech, but it’s easy after setting it up!)
  5. Theracane Massager – SO helpful! Lets you get the knots out of your own shoulders and back whenever you need!  We’ve gifted these to MANY friends, and they’ve loved it.
  6. Nespresso 
  7. Essential Oil Diffuser & Humidifier – Holds 500mL of water and lasts up to 10 hours! Has lots of light options.
  8. Electric Kettle – Our favorite for boiling water at diff temps. Keeps water hot at temp until you shut it off.
  9. UGG Blanket – Really nice fan favorite blanket!
  10. Faux Fur Oversize Throw – More affordable blanket that is GOOD! Thick, soft, snuggly, cozy — our kids fight over this thing every single day because they all love it and want it.
  11. Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker – Help parents keep track of their keys, bag, or even phone. 4.5 stars with 27,600+ ratings.
  12. Back and Neck Heating Massager – I don’t own this one, but it looks sooo nice to relax after a long day!
  13. Back & Neck Deep Tissue Massager – If you want a heavier duty massager, try this one. Nearly 3,500 reviews and 4.5 stars!

 

I once took a poll asking teachers what their favorite gifts to receive were. Hundreds of teachers responded, and an overwhelming 95% of them said GIFT CARDS! To Target, Starbucks, and Amazon, specifically. Movies and restaurants are great too.

A handwritten note or homemade card from the student was also very popular. Many said, “Please, no treats!” while a handful of others welcomed chocolate, coffee, and wine. 😂

In case you want to include a gift with a gift card and a note from your child, here are a few ideas:

  1. Nickel & Suede Lightweight Leather Earrings 
  2. Black & White Letter Board or Grey & White Letter Board
  3. Cute Succulent Pots (3-pack, could split up between teachers)
  4. Nice Hand Soap
  5. L’Occitane Hand Lotion (can split packs between teachers)
  6. Butter Socks – SO soft and cozy!
  7. Throw Blanket – EASY gift when you don’t know what to give. SUPER soft and fuzzy, and affordable.  We have 3!  Wash very well, don’t pill.  Tons of colors.
  8. Faux Fur Oversize Throw – Thicker blanket that is also GOOD! Thick, soft, snuggly, cozy. Our kids fight over this thing every single day because they all love it and want it.
  9. Selfie Stand w/ Remote – Teachers can use this to take pics of them with their class easily. (Often teachers take pics of our kids but may seldom have pics of themselves with the kids.) Really lightweight but gets pretty tall. The remote is super helpful and very easy to use! And under $24 with 67,000+ reviews and 4.6 stars!
  10. Nail Polish Set – Combining a set like this with a gift card or anything else listed above adds a nice little touch.
  11. Burt’s Bees Tips & Toes Kit – Great little kit with lots of products to help someone treat their hands, feet, fingers, and toes well. You can add this Almond Milk Hand Cream too!
  12. Cultivate What Matters Wall Calendar – Really, really pretty!

Gift Cards

  1. Target Gift Card
  2. Specialty Gift Cards (Starbucks, Food, Movies, etc)
  3. Nordstrom Gift Card
  4. Amazon Gift Card

 

There are thousands of toys and gifts for kids, and what kids are interested in varies so much by age. But in case you need a place to start, I’ll just share a few of what my kids have loved. For reference, I have three kids. My daughters are 7 years old (Addie) and 3 years old (Ella), and my son is 16 months old (Aiden). 

 

1.5 TO 3 YEARS OLD

  1. Duplos – This set or any other. Great for kids 4 y/o and under. 
  2. Magna-Tiles or Picasso Tiles – These never get old, and kids can use them at nearly any age. We own the Picasso Tiles which are less expensive. They’re great!
  3. Play-doh, Play-doh, Play-doh – Both our girls love it and would welcome any set given to them!
  4. Kinetic Sand – Ella and Addie LOVE this.  We didn’t get this exact set, but something similar.  This sand acts like wet sand, but it’s not wet at all. It’s magnetic! And reusable! It’s supposed to NOT stick to your hands, but Ella has sweaty little hands, so it sticks to her anyway. We use baby powder to get it off. It doesn’t stick to anyone else’s hands in our family. Ella can play with this on her own without any assistance, unlike Play-doh where she needs help rolling things out.
  5. Color with Water Reusable Coloring Book // Set #2 – Mess-free coloring w/ water paintbrush.  Great for kids 3 y/o and under.
  6. Baby Shark Mess Free Color Wonder – Mess-free coloring w/ magic markers. Great for kids 3 y/o and under.
  7. Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game – Good for toddlers and tiny hands
  8. Sneaky Squirrel Game – Good for 3-4 year olds
  9. Skip Hop Backpack – Fan favorite. Great for preschoolers.
  10. Melissa & Doug Cookie Set & Melissa & Doug Cupcake Set – Hours of imaginary play from these for all of our kids
  11. Rain Boots – Kids outgrow them constantly, so it’s always helpful to get these as gifts!
  12. T-Ball Set – So fun!
  13. Radio Flyer Steer & Stroll Trike – Our kids like to ride in this and the like that we can push them easily.
  14. Tool Kit – All three of our kids LOVE THIS! I’m VERY impressed by it. The drill looks realistic and can change speeds and drill in reverse. (Realistic is key because my kids will ALWAYS ignore the toy and try to go for the real deal.) All the pieces just look so good! Aiden plays with it all, but especially loves the drill, hammer, and tape measurer. This is the best price I’ve seen for it, besides at Costco.
  15. Squishmallow Stuffies – Soooo soft and cuddly. Our kids love these at all ages.
  16. Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart – Very fun and adorable! Our kids and their cousins played with this for hours when it first arrived.
  17. Daniel Tiger 5 Minute Stories – And any Daniel Tiger book, really. The 5 Minute Stories are nice to get a lot of books at once, but they are shorter versions of some of the standalone books.
  18. Lift-the-Flap books – Our kids loved these at young ages. These are Aiden’s favorites right now: Where is Baby’s Belly Button?, Toes, Ears, & Nose!, Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger!
  19. Waterproof Name Labels – We don’t own this exact set but have something similar. Someone gave them to us as a gift, and they’ve been so helpful to label our kids’ water bottles, reusable snack bags, and other things we bring to daycare.
  20. First Blocks Bucket – All of our kids loved this.

 

Addie’s Favorites from 4 to 6 years old

  1. Magna-Tiles or Picasso Tiles – Favorite for years, and still going! We own the Picasso Tiles, which are less expensive, and they are great!
  2. Kinetic Sand – Mentioned above, but as for Addie, she can play with this for hours as well. She builds way more intricate things than Ella and loves to build tiny cities and pretend ice cream shop, etc.
  3. Diamond Painting Sticker Sets – These have kept her busy for so long. They come in all sorts of sets, like Disney Princesses or Super Heroes.
  4. Diamond Painting Unicorn Set – We gave this larger unicorn kit to Addie for her birthday and she LOVED it!  Her best friend wanted it after seeing Addie’s, so we gifted it to her, too.
  5. Mermaid & Unicorn Mosaics – Sparkly, rainbow-y paint-by-sticker type activity
  6. Microphone – Kids love hearing their own voices booming loudly.  😛 
  7. Sequence for Kids – Addie’s addicted!
  8. Rain Boots – Kids outgrow them constantly, so it’s always helpful to get these as gifts!
  9. Digital Camera – Durable for kids
  10. Aquabeads – Make the cutest little trinkets w/ beads and spray water 
  11. Play-doh, Play-doh, Play-doh. Addie loved the more intricate Play-doh sets as she got older.
  12. Squishmallow Stuffies – Soooo soft and cuddly. Our kids love these at all ages.
  13. Books – Sooooo many, but some favorites that also provide broader representation are Julie Black Belt – the Kung Fu Chronicles, Julie Black Belt – the Belt of Fire, Katie Woo books, Sofia Martinez books, The Questioneers Books
  14. Sequence for Kids – She was addicted to this!
  15. Waterproof Name Labels – We don’t own this exact set but have something similar. Someone gave them to us as a gift, and they’ve been so helpful to label our kids’ water bottles, reusable snack bags, and other things we bring to daycare.
  16. Unicorn Craft Kit – She doesn’t have this but she’s been eyeing it since she was 5. 😆

Addie’s Favorites at 7 years old

  1. Classic LEGO Set – Addie could play with LEGOs for hours.  Honestly as a parent, though, I dislike the LEGO sets that have you build ONE thing, like a castle or ship or Star Wars ship or something.  It keeps Addie busy for hours, but then she almost never plays with it or builds it again.  I prefer the Classic LEGO Set with pieces that are more versatile!
  2. Friends Lego Sets – While she loves Classic LEGO, she adores the LEGO Friends sets! The colors and intricate details of the pieces are right up her alley. Her favorite so far is Andrea’s House. She would also love this Cupcake Cafe.
  3. Modeling Magic Clay – Feels like lightweight foamy “clay,” similar to a lighter weight Play-doh, but it air dries hard, so you can sculpt small creations like jewelry, animals, and other cute collectibles. This set comes with tons of colors and additional hardware to make jewelry.
  4. Squishmallow Stuffies – Soooo soft and cuddly. Our kids love these at all ages.
  5. Scooter – Took a short time to get used to it, and now it’s super easy to ride. Benson also rides on it!
  6. Games – Current favorites are Sushi Go, Skip Bo, and Uno
  7. Wireless speaker – Doesn’t own one (yet) but I’m sure would loooove cute little one like this aqua one or this pink one.
  8. Books – Her favorites nowadays: Julie Black Belt – the Kung Fu Chronicles, Julie Black Belt – the Belt of Fire, Katie Woo books, Mindy Kim books, Minecraft guides and handbooks, Biography Series for New Readers… she loves the Simone Biles one

 

  1. Scooter – Ella is all about the scooter. We don’t own this one, but I wish we did based on reviews!
  2. Scooter for older kids – Addie has this one. Took a short time to get used to it, and now it’s super easy to ride. Benson also rides on it!
  3. Balance Bike – Helps kids learn to ride bikes w/o needing training wheels. Several colors. It helped Addie transition to a two-wheeler SEAMLESSLY. It was shocking how easy riding a two-wheeler was for her after using this, honestly.
  4. Big LEGO sets and LEGO Friends sets – These can get pricey, but Addie really loves the big sets, like I mentioned earlier.
  5. Grocery Store Checkout – Our kids WISH they could have this!
  6. Play Kitchen – Our kids LOVE the fake ice & ice dispenser!
  7. Radio Flyer Steer & Stroll Trike – Our kids like to ride in this and the like that we can push them easily.
  8. Nintendo Switch – Can be used as a handheld or a console. Seems to have more family-oriented games than other consoles.
  9. Karaoke Singing Machine – We don’t own this because we already have the mic I mentioned above, but this is cool! 2 mics and ability to record.

 

We don’t own all of these, but I wanted to offer a few suggestions to get your ideas going. Anything that brings together families and that multiple people can do all at once is a winner! Some of these are for the entire family while others are group gifts for the kids.

  1. S’mores Maker – Give as is or add a board game or movie
  2. Hot Air Popcorn Maker – Give as is or add a board game or movie
  3. Cornhole
  4. Foosball & Air Hockey Table Top Set – Nice that it doesn’t take up more floorspace.
  5. Board games like Jenga, Rummikub, Sequence, Codenames, Catan, Mahjong, Uno, Ticket to Ride etc.
  6. Magna-Tiles or Picasso Tiles
  7. Street Hockey Set
  8. T-Ball Set
  9. Play Kitchen – Our kids LOVE the fake ice & ice dispenser!
  10. Karaoke Singing Machine – 2 mics and ability to record
  11. Nintendo Switch – Can be used as a handheld or a console. Seems to have more family-oriented games than other consoles.

 

Cecilia’s Favorites

This year, PMT team member Cecilia is sharing some of her and her family’s favorites!

Cecilia’s Favorites:

  1. Joggers (petite-friendly!) – True to size and fits a petite frame well. I’ve had several (petite) women stop me and ask what joggers I’m wearing!
  2. Leggings (petite-friendly!) – A PMT favorite. The 7/8 length fits perfectly like full length on me (I’m 5’1″). True to size.
  3. Bobble Cardigan – My favorite cardigan this season! The silhouette is flattering and the bobbles are fun! It comes in different colors and in plus sizing. (I went down a size.)
  4. Small Transport Tote – This is the perfect everyday bag, and the genuine leather softens up soo nicely! Big enough for all your essentials, including a book or kindle! I love the short handles that allow you to quickly grab your bag and the longer strap to carry this bag hands free. It comes in this different color at a discounted price. 
  5. Medium Transport Tote – When I need something larger, I reach for this genuine leather tote. I love the pocket in the front and the zip top.
  6. Simple Crossbody – When I want to travel lightly, I reach for this bag. It comes in other colors and classic black.
  7. Belt Bag – This has been so useful for everyday errands, park play dates, and hikes! I love that it’s lightweight and easy to clean.
  8. Koolaburra by Ugg Slippers – Cozy and not clunky!
  9. Lightweight Clay Earrings – LOVE these earrings that are comfy to wear. Lots of fun designs that have made for great gifts.
  10. Minimalist Necklace – I wear a similar necklace as my go-to everyday necklace. You can choose your chain length, as well as the material (gold-filled, sterling silver, or mixed metal). It goes with everything!
  11. Lightweight Crewneck Sweatshirt – I love this sweatshirt so much, I have it in 2 colors! It is super lightweight and is relaxed but not sloppy. (I am 5’1″ and went down a size.) I love the Antique Mineral color, which is on extra sale right now during J.Crew’s friends & family sale!

Cecilia’s Husband’s Favorites:

  1. Golf Ball Retriever – What does it say about my husband’s game that one of his favorite things is this tool that helps him retrieve his golf ball from water holes? 😅 Either way, maybe a golfer in your life will appreciate this handy and affordable tool!
  2. Stovetop Espresso Maker – Affordable and space-efficient! This thing makes really good espresso the way many Italians make it in their homes. Note: 1 cup = 1 espresso shot. We use the 6-cup size (6 espresso shots) and pour with hot water for an Americano or over ice for iced coffee drinks.

Non-Clothing for Her or the Family:

  1. Customized Self-Inking Address Stamp – This gift set allows the recipient to choose their own design (amongst hundreds!) and customize with their address.
  2. Corkcicle Tumbler – Keeps my coffee hot for hours!
  3. Pretty Apron – Such a fun host/hostess gift! I especially love this one.
  4. Insulated Lunch Bag – Spacious and attractive lunch bag. Great gift for a teacher, mom with young kids, someone starting a new job, college commuter, etc.
  5. Voluspa Candles – These smell SOOO good! They come in beautiful large glass jars and sets of smaller tins (that are easy to break up into multiple gifts).
  6. Large Reusable Tote (with lots of pockets!) – So useful for kids’ sports games, tailgating, car trips, beach trips, etc. This smaller one is useful, too!
  7. Board Games – Our family’s favorites (some that are a little bit more unique): Catan, Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride: First Journey, Sushi Go Party, Dixit (young kids can play too!), Incan Gold, Code Names.
  8. Wall Calendar (that doubles as art) – Soo pretty! I also love this one from Paper Source.
  9. Fun Books (that can serve as coffee table reads) – Where’s Jane? (like Where’s Waldo? but you search for Jane Austen hiding in scenes from her novels!), What a Wonderful Word (beautifully illustrated book of words from around the world that don’t have direct English translations), Poems That Make Grown Women Cry and Poems That Make Grown Men Cry (One hundred women and men, respectively—distinguished in literature, film, science, theater, and human rights—share the poems that powerfully move them. Examples of women include Yoko Ono and Judi Dench, and examples of men include J.J. Abrams and Colin Firth. One of my favorite anthologies of poetry!)

 

I also know that if you’ve been following PMT for a while, you’ve seen the Tried & True list a thousand times and want some more ideas. The Fresh Finds section will have new items that the PMT Team has rounded up! They may not be products we’ve tried and can vouch for personally, but we will have at least sifted through the reviews for most of the items to bring you great finds.

The Fresh Finds section will be added to regularly throughout this holiday season by me (Audrey) and the PMT team.

Added 11/1/21:

  1. Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide – 4.5 stars with almost 10K ratings – add some pens and paper to create a set for someone creative!
  2. Yeti Insulated Mug – 5 stars with 27,000+ ratings! Dishwasher safe, SO many colors, and great for camping or backyard fun.
  3. Sugarfina Candies – Yummy, and they look beautiful! Friends always appreciate receiving them. Can buy a large multi-pack set for one person, or buy a 4-set of the same candies to divvy up as small gifts for multiple people.
  4. Lightweight Sherpa Lined Waterproof Jacket – Feels really cozy but is very lightweight and comfy to wear! Audrey wears size M.
  5. Polka Dot Wall Stickers – I’m (Audrey) 90% sure I’m gonna buy these for our girls. They’re gonna be soooo excited to add this cuteness to their room! Seems easy to do, also.
  6. Small Gray Crossbody Purse – This genuine leather bag has a fun strap and is similar to the gray crossbody Audrey carries!
  7. Polly Pocket Pony Compact – My 3-year-old would loooove this. She’s always stealing her sister’s LEGO house, and I think this would be the same type of thing but easier for her to play with.
  8. Steve Madden Tote for WAY less!
  9. Work From Home Office Play Set for kids – too cute!
  10. Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover with leopard print lined pockets

 

Added 11/5/21:

  1. Brushed Knit Joggers – Cute!!! You know I’m eyeing the leopard print one.😂
  2. Unicorn Tea Party Set for Little Kids – Just bought this for a 5 year old’s birthday. I let Addie and Ella choose between this and another gift to give, and they both squealed with lit up eyes when they saw this one.
  3. LEGO Friends Advent Calendar – Pre-Christmas gift, but so good. Addie LOVEDDDDD last year’s and has been itching for this one. There’s a Star Wars LEGO Advent Calendar, and lotssssss more sets HERE.
  4. Slime Kit Advent Calendar – This one would be cute for Ella (3 years old) as well as older kids.
  5. Cosmetic Travel Bag, Floral Print – Really pretty!
  6. Chevron Printed Hooded Men’s Jacket – This is 74% OFF!!!
  7. Hand-Sketched Drawings of Your Photos – Have a real artist hand-draw your photo!
  8. Iridescent Umbrella for Kids – My girls love this thing. I like that it’s see-through so that my kids still have visibility while they hold their umbrellas way too close to their faces. 😂
  9. Glitter Western Boots for Girls – These are so cute and come in 3 colors. Do they make them for adults?? 😄

 

Added 11/9/21:

  1. Penguin Slippers for Kids
  2. Penguin Slippers for Adults & Teens – Very cute! Try this pair HERE, which is open in the back, and this pair HERE which comes in 3 colors and covers the heel.
  3. Men’s Nike Joggers – Good reviews. Slim, sporty style.
  4. Portable Air Purifier – Great reviews! Battery operated and very small, so you can bring it on planes, in cars, or keep near you in rooms to keep air fresh. White one HERE. Black one HERE.
  5. Kid’s Frosty Treats Jewelry Kit – Addie would LOVE this cute jewelry kit!
  6. Baby Stuffed Animals – My kids loooove the little stuffed animals. Here’s a cute baby penguin, a baby cow, and a unicorn.
  7. Double Wall French Press & Latte Glass – Good reviews that say the glasses keep drinks warm for a while, but the double wall keeps the glass from being too hot to hold.
  8. Kids Bowling Set – Affordable and looks fun!
  9. Little Kid’s Learn & Laugh Tea Set – We own a different version of this, and our kids really like it. Cute set that brings hours of imaginary play.
  10. Fujifilm Instax Camera – This price seems better than the ones on Amazon.
  11. Cole Hann Chukka Boots for Men – 50% off! The sole is cool—looks similar to a sneaker.
  12. 10-Piece Cookware Set – 56% off with good reviews.
  13. Waterproof Expandable Backpack for Men – Really affordable with pretty good reviews.
  14. Girls’ Sherpa Pullovers – These keep my kids WARM. They are so, so soft and cozy. Addie’s friends love touching it—to the point that one even went and bought her own! Big girls’ version HERE. Toddlers’ HERE.
  15. Play-Doh Sparkle Collection – My kids loooove the sparkly ones.
  16. KUT From the Kloth Faux Suede Moto Jacket – SOFT, STRETCHY, COMFY—yessss! Definitely worth the price for how comfy it is and how nice it looks. Would be a great addition to anyone’s closet. I wear size M.

 

Added 11/11/21:

  1. Staub 3.5 Qt Pot – Expensive, but RAVING reviews about how well it heats, that it self braises, and helps food retain moisture. Makes soups, steams things, can deep fry, pan fry, sear, bake, and sautee. People love it!
  2. Steak Knife Set – Steak knives and forks in a cool box. One review said this is their go-to gift for weddings now.
  3. Pendant Necklace – Versatile, goes with so many things, and ONLY $12.78!!! This is a STEAL! It looks worth WAY more than that. Two colors. Get them for yourself AND for gifts!
  4. Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace – This super popular necklace is typically very price, but here it’s DISCOUNTED for just $34.99! Crazy savings! You can also find the Reid necklace without the tassels majorly discounted HERE.
  5. Sherpa Lined Waterproof Jacket w/ Hood – REALLY good jacket, especially at this price! Cozy and warm thanks to sherpa lining, but waterproof. And it’s lightweight, not heavy or bulky given how cozy it is! 5 colors. I wear size M. See it on me HERE.
  6. Christmas Cookie Shower Gel – Good reviews! People say this smells heavenly!
  7. Kids’ Woven Wall Hanging Kit – Fun project with pipe cleaners that Addie would love! Such a cute idea.
  8. Hot Wheels Track Building Set – Great for the kids who love Hot Wheels.
  9. Laugh & Learn 3-in-1 Camper – Great reviews! My two younger kids would definitely like something like this.
  10. Men’s Outdoor Jacket – Good reviews. Basically the utility jacket for men!
  11. Bamboo Wood Wireless Speakers – Really cool design.
  12. Leather Messenger Bag for Men – Leather bag for 59% off!
  13. Quilted Utility Jacket – Good reviews and 66% off!
  14. Hooded Moto Jacket for Women – Love how the quilted hoodie makes it more casual and sporty.
  15. 4-Piece Steak Knive Set – Really good reviews!
  16. Women’s Waterproof Faux-Fur Lined Sneaker Boots – I reviewed these recently but want to highlight them here cuz they’re good! 40% off and waterproof! Inside lining is soft and keeps you warm! See them on me HERE.
  17. Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker – 19,000+ great reviews for this little speaker saying it’s powerful and lasts a long time. Cute colors, too!
  18. Travel Pillow w/ Face Hole – Looks so funny, but lots of people like it! Allows you to sleep face down without as much strain on your neck. Inflatable, so it deflates to become very compact.

 

Added 11/17/21

  1. Comfy Long Sleeve Tee – Benson just started wearing these, and they are SO COMFY! Medium wight and super soft with a good drape. He loves them!
  2. Cozy Throw Blankets – These fuzzy sherpa blankets come in so many prints and colors and are Buy 1 Get 1 until 12/4!
  3. Chrissy Teagan’s New Cookbook – I’ve heard so many good things about Chrissy Teagan’s cookbooks—not just pretty to look at but a source for some seriously good recipes! Her latest is Cravings: All Together. She also has Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat and Cravings: Hungry for More.
  4. Ina Garten’s Cookbooks – Speaking of cookbooks, I (Cecilia) forgot to add these to my Favorites list above! Ina Garten is my go-to for solid, unfussy, but bold-in-flavor classics; her pot roast is still my fave! Her newest title is Modern Comfort Food, and a personal favorite is Barefoot Contessa at Home. You can find them all HERE.
  5. Minimalist Birthstone Coin Necklace – Such a pretty necklace! Even the chain has some nice detail to it. Personalize this with the recipient’s birthstone for an extra special gift!
  6. Mini Bar Stud Earrings – More minimalist perfection! These earrings come in silver and gold.

 

Updated 11/23/21

  1. Zella Funnel-Neck Pullover – This pullover never pills and looks very stylish over leggings or jeans!
  2. Initial Jewelry Box – Compact size and zip-closure make this jewelry box perfect for travel!
  3. Kate Spade Heart Stud Earrings – So chic and sophisticated but still fun!
  4. The North Face Fuzzy Osito Jacket – When I (Cecilia) worked at Nordstrom, this was a holiday favorite every year! And no wonder—it’s warm and cozy and a good value of a jacket from The North Face.
  5. Women’s Convertible Backpack/ Handbag – This vegan leather bag is super functional with it’s many pockets, convertible straps, and tall body (so you can fit your laptop!).
  6. Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark – Okay, this is kinda pricey for chocolate, but if you’ve ever had Williams-Sonoma’s peppermint bark, you know why it’s on this list. Favorites in this household are the original and dark chocolate! Makes a great gift! (Trust us—no one will be sad you brought this over!)
  7. Flecked Herringbone Scarf for Her – Just a nice scarf that will go with everything!

 

Updated 11/24/21

  1. Leopard Print Waffle Maker – Yes, even your waffle maker can sport leopard! 😄 This is so cute and would make a fun gift!