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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Comforting Home Essentials, Wellness Wants & Skincare Must-Haves

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Holiday Gift Guide 2021: Comforting Home Essentials, Wellness Wants & Skincare Must-Haves

This year, I’ve decided to focus our gift guide on things that bring comfort, warmth and health to your skin, home and wellbeing. On a personal level, this has been a busy year getting settled into our new home, expanding our business and simplifying to make life more manageable.

As we ease out of the pandemic, our family has learned to compromise, practice resilience and embrace what matters most. We’re placing more emphasis on meaningful friendships and quality time with family, while pursuing joy in the activities we love.

As a family, we’ve attempted to scale back on our wants and simplify our needs, zeroing in on both physical and mental health, instead. The purpose of this gift guide is to extend these sentiments to you. We hope you find peace and comfort this holiday season with effortless ways to encourage wellness.

1. Saranoni Luxury Blankets Eucalyptus Throw Blanket

Shop Saranoni Luxury Blankets Eucalyptus Throw Blanket ($69)

Nothing says comfort and warmth more than the perfect blanket. That’s why I’m cuddling up to this Saranoni Throw and turning on my favorite Christmas movies this holiday season. High-quality and super soft, it’s the ideal size to share—plus, don’t you just love its beautiful eucalyptus color? Even better: It can be embroidered, making it such a unique gift.

2. Wiley Body The Candle

Shop Wiley Body The Candle ($24)

It’s pretty much impossible to live through winter without a cozy candle! Wiley Body—our longtime favorite baby and kid-friendly body wash—recently launched a candle, fragranced with their signature scent: a blend of grapefruit and juniper berry. It’s super fresh and fit for the holidays. Not to mention, this 100% soy-based candle is non-toxic, phthalate free and clean-burning for hours of enjoyment.

3. enmarie Round Dry Brush

Shop enmarie Round Dry Brush ($22.95)

I absolutely love this dry brush—it’s such an easy, simple way to keep your skin healthy all winter long. Dry brushing has been shown to naturally exfoliate your complexion to help bring newer, healthier skin cells to the surface. This winter skincare staple also helps accelerate the shedding of the outer layer of dead skin that can make you feel dry, flaky and itchy. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, dry brush massage has also been shown to stimulate blood flow and lymph nodes to deliver nutrients to the skin, banishing waste and toxins from the body. In other words: self-care, gifted!

4. UpCircle Vegan Coffee & Peppermint Exfoliating Body Scrub

Shop UpCircle Vegan Coffee & Peppermint Exfoliating Body Scrub ($20)

This sustainable brand uses upcycled coffee grounds from artisan coffee shops to create an effective body exfoliator to refresh and revitalize your skin. Its peppermint and eucalyptus scent is invigorating, while its shea butter leaves your skin soft and smooth. Not only is this body scrub a lovely, thoughtful gift for anyone on your list—you’ll also feel good about supporting a brand that helps repurpose ingredients for the better good.

5. Otto Skin Goods The Good Day Face Cleanser

Shop Otto Skin Goods The Good Day Face Cleanser ($28)

Formulated with ultra-hydrating ceramide complex and brightening berry oils, this gentle bubbling face wash + makeup remover effectively hydrates and supports the look of a healthier skin barrier—without ever stripping your natural oils. No synthetic fragrance, dyes or harsh lathering agents here! Perfect for the winter months to keep your skin hydrated, soft and clean in one simple step.

6. Vietri Lastra Italian Ceramic Hand-Painted Holiday Mug

Shop Vietri Lastra Italian Ceramic Hand-Painted Holiday Mug ($44-$49)

Although the holidays mean cooler temps, there’s nothing better than a hot beverage in-hand to keep you warm. My all-time favorites are coffee (of course), warm cider, matcha and hot chocolate. Whatever you decide to cozy up with during these long winter days, Vietri’s whimsical Christmas mugs make it even more enjoyable. It’s the perfect way to add a little more cheer to your day!

7. kari gran Must-Have Lip Trio

Shop kari gran Must-Have Lip Trio ($52)

I couldn’t live without my kari gran Lip Whip. This makeup staple not only hydrates my skin—it adds a subtle touch of gorgeous color. Made with simple, clean ingredients, kari gran’s holiday trio comes with their lip whip perfector, which buffs away dryness, and two of their best sellers: rose gold lip whip and peppermint tinted treatment. These shades give you a lovely little shimmer for all of your holiday parties this season. Buy one for your besties and one for yourself!

8. Ursa Major x Parks Project National Parks Soap Set

Shop Ursa Major x Parks Project National Parks Soap Set ($40)

This one’s a no-brainer for the outdoorsy person in your life. Ursa Major recently teamed up with the Parks Project with a common goal to create a more sustainable future. The result? A soap set inspired by America’s most iconic national parks: Acadia, Zion, and Redwood. Every bar in this limited-edition collection has been formulated using botanical ingredients native to the parks, and aromas that evoke their experience.

9. Artifact Uprising Modern Personalized Photo Wall Calendar

Shop Artifact Uprising Modern Personalized Photo Wall Calendar ($42)

The perfect gift for grandparents, this sleek and simple wall calendar is both functional and sentimental. Add photos from your past adventures as a fun reminder of everything you accomplished! Then, at the end of the year, you can tear away the perforated photo section of each month to reduce paper waste and give your photos a second life.

10. FrontierDesignsAK Personalized Pet Paw Ornament

Shop FrontierDesignsAK Personalized Pet Paw Ornament ($13.49)

This year we added our sweet pup, Crew, to the mix. She is an adorably wild German Short Haired Pointer that’s kept us on our toes and brought fun and joy to our kids. I wanted to remember the year she joined our family, so I found these customizable ornaments on Etsy. They’re also a budget-friendly gift to anyone you know who decided to add a furry friend to their family this year.

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