The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

Our annual Gift Guide is finally here! And I might be biased, but it’s my favorite one we’ve ever done.

Every year, my assistant Caroline and I spend hours curating a gift guide, sourcing brands and artisans making good things in the world that would also make good gifts for you to share. We then fill it in with some favorite ideas from places that make supporting ethical brands an option.

This year, we’ve categorized it by type instead of by person — mostly because last year I found myself wanting some of the teen stuff, my husband was eyeing some of the kids’ toys for himself, and who says a particular book has to be specifically for men or women?

As we get closer to the holidays I’ll share a few person-specific ideas, for when you’re feeling the pressure of a deadline. For now, though, let me highlight a few of my favorites from the Guide!

At Home in the World Tees

If you enjoyed my travel memoir, At Home in the World — or heck, if you've got someone on your list who loves different places around the world — we’ve made a line of tees I think you’ll love.

Crowd-sourced by you guys (thank you so much!), you can tell the world you love it in a language you love. You can get a t-shirt, sweatshirt, baseball raglan, baby onesie, and more, and we’ve got throw pillows, too.

I love these so much! And they’re a perfect pairing with my book, for that person on your gift list who loves to travel the world from their favorite cozy chair.

Handmade, Artisan-Quality Earrings

I have a few items from indie designer Dana of Happy Little Lovelies, and I love them all. She’s highlighting a few of her earrings in the Guide, and I'd love them both — they're just my style, a lovely blend of feminine and rustic.

They’re officially on my wish list. (Her prices are really reasonable, too!)

Fudge!

I met Iva Jean a few years ago at Nest Fest, and her fudge was so good it made my eyes tear up with delight. So many flavors are great, but Kyle’s personal favorite is the brown sugar bourbon (he asked me to bring home more of it this fall). I love featuring her work in this year's Gift Guide.

Pair this with a blanket or slippers for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.

Legit Good, Ick-Free Fragrance

I wasn’t a big fan of perfume because of the headaches it gave me… until I met Phlur. And I love everything they do. I wear my Hepcat Fragrance daily, and it lasts all day and keeps me headache-free.

This year, they’re featuring not only a new scent, but also a body wash & lotion set and a candle line called Annica! Such a good company.

A Thoughtful Journal, Monk-Style

These are hot off the press — a daily productivity journal that helps you remember life is more than just getting stuff done.

Pages include daily space to reflect on your habits and gratitude list, as well as weekly and monthly space to keep the big picture in mind, both inward and out. I’m really enjoying mine so far. Makes a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.

All in all, we’ve got over 75 gift suggestions for you, and we’ve done our absolute best to support indie entrepreneurs and artists, ethical companies, and unique ideas. I genuinely hope you enjoy it.

Now tell me below: Who’s the hardest person to buy for on your list? For me, it’s my 10-year-old son — he’s not really into toys anymore, but he’s not yet into older kid stuff. Buying for him is a serious head-scratcher.

p.s. If you’d like to see a language featured in the At Home line, great! But, por favor: If you’re going to request it, kindly also provide a good translation (this is why several languages aren’t yet featured — we’d love to have them, but we want more than the literal, word-for-word translation Google Translate can spit out — we want to convey this phrase's meaning). If you’ve got a good translation, great! Share your suggestion + translation in the comments below. Thanks in advance!

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10 Comments

  1. Amanda W

    My father-in-law is the hardest to buy for by a mile! I can’t tell you how many years we’ve just shrugged our shoulders and bought him yet another bag of coffee.

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      That’s true; I forgot about our dads because we don’t do gifts for the grandparents anymore… But you’re right, they can be SO HARD to buy for!

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  2. Katie

    Thanks for another great gift list! (Although I don’t buy Blue Bottle anymore since Nestle acquired a majority share in them.) Great ideas, as usual. I tend to make gift giving more difficult than it needs to be.

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  3. Heather

    These are some great ideas! I especially like the t-shirts. There’s a language for everyone in my family except Japanese. Would that be a possible addition?

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    • Heather

      Oops, I just saw your request for a good translation, and will work on that!

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      • Tsh Oxenreider

        Yes! Thanks. 🙂

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Let me know if you’ve got a reliable Japanese translation (meaning, more than just the literal words), and I’ll gladly add it to the mix!

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  4. Belinda Joy

    Thanks for this cool list! That fudge is SO good — I bought some at Nest Fest! I ordered the Monk journal for my hard to buy for husband; he loves stuff like this. And I’m hoping someone in my family might buy me the t-shirt (hint! hint!).

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    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Oh, I’m so glad!

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  5. sue

    Just bought Monk Journal and Lovelies earrings! (I have 3 daughers…pray for me) Referred from darling Claire Diaz-Ortiz’s newsletter.

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