Holiday Gift Guide: For Work, Life, and Fun

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! And I am staunchly not listening to Christmas music or decorating. I am firmly in the “celebrate Thanksgiving first” camp. However…I don’t love waiting too long to buy gifts. And my parents starting asking me for what’s on my list in October. So I figured I’d get a jump start on my list making before I head home to visit family for Thanksgiving. So what are some ideas to add to holiday gift lists?

Gifts for Work
1. Card Holder | 2. Planner | 3. Desk Organizer Set | 4. Set of Trays

First off, we have gifts for your work life. The great thing about this set is that although these are great options to add to your own Christmas list if you’re trying to spruce up your work environment, they also work well for your office Secret Santa/White Elephant parties! They’re work-related, gender neutral, and professionally appropriate.

  1. Everyone needs a good card holder. I used to have my business cards stuffed in a drawer, which didn’t look great when I had people visit my office. This business card holder makes you look much more put together.
  2. For those of you trying to organize, track, and plan your time, I could not recommend this planner more. I’m very picky about my planners. They have to have the exact right components, and I’m not always a fan of ones that have spots to be “mindful” or “things I was thankful for today.” Thinking about those things is great! But just not something I want to write in my professional work planner. This one has monthly, weekly, and daily views, and a place to list daily priorities Every evening before I leave work, I write down my top 3-4 priorities for the next day. Then, when I get in the next morning, I’m able to just jump right in and make progress without even thinking about it.
  3.  and 4. Finally, you want your desk to be organized and clutter-free. There’s not much worse than when your boss comes in your offices and sees papers strewn everywhere. And I swear, I know exactly where each paper is! But to everyone else, it’s not a great look. Dress for the job you want, and have the desk of the person you aspire to be. The desk organizer set is stylish and can corral your pens and notebooks easily. Have others items that look messy? Just put everything else on a tray. Even if your tray has a few napkins, a stapler, tape, and a highlighter, having it contained in one area already makes your desk look better.
Personal Life Gifts
1. Mattress Topper | 2. Matt & Nat Purse | 3. Coffee Table Tray | 4. Skincare Routine (Double Cleanser, Snail Repair Ampoule, Toner, and Vitamin C Serum)

These gifts are perfect to give a little pep to your personal life.

  1. First, we have this cooling mattress topper. I know, it’s not usually something you’d find on a holiday wish list! But if you’re not completely happy with how you’re sleeping, this could change your life. (It did mine!) I’m a very hot sleeper, and was always wary of getting foam toppers because I heard they ran hot. This one is specifically designed to stay cool, and honestly it’s like lying on a cloud every night. The only problem is it makes it harder to accomplish my goals of getting up earlier in the mornings! It’s so hard to drag myself out of bed.
  2. This purse is actually on my wish list for this holiday season. I need a bag that’s appropriate for work and play, as well as has a zippered top. This one fits the bill! It also comes in a number of colors.
  3. Looking to spruce up your home decor? Get a coffee table tray! Fill it with candles, a vase with flowers, coasters, or anything else that adds a little color and interest to your living room. (And yes, I have a thing for trays.)
  4. Finally, the new year is a great time to try a new skincare routine. So why not add some items to your list! This double cleanser (foaming and oil-based) make my skin feel the cleanest it’s ever been. Toner is a must-have, and then try some serums to round it out.
Gifts for Fun
1. Moto Jacket | 2. Whiskey Stones Set | 3. Super NES Classic | 4. The Checklist Manifesto

Now, how about some items for fun? These are great to ask for yourself or give to others.

  1. How cute is this moto jacket form Old Navy? This is the perfect casual jacket to pair with jeans, a cute dress, or even over a cocktail dress (for a sort of modern look) for a holiday party.
  2. Know a whiskey connoisseur? This box set of whiskey glasses and whiskey stones is a cool gift that will round out any home bar.
  3. So I know the Super NES Classic came out a while ago, but I wasn’t able to snag one in the initial release! Now that stores are restocked, this is a fun, nostalgia-driven gift for yourself, or maybe a younger sibling.
  4. Books are always a great gift. I’m currently reading The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (a big name in the medical field right now), about how a simple tool like the checklist revamped the way things are done in professionals from the medical field to disaster recovery.

So there are some ideas to get you started for this holiday season! What’s currently on your list?

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