My Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays have arrived! One of the things that makes me smile  during the holidays is the act of giving and I really enjoy being thoughtful with my giving.  I try and take mental notes of things that excite or have thrilled me in hopes that they may bring joy to someone I hold dear.  I’ve pulled together a list of things that I love, want to love or have been inspired by. This shopping guide is like a having a set of holiday directions, which is so key during such a busy and stressful time!  For anyone, for any occasion, here is a list of suggestions.  I’m so excited to share my own gift guide with you this year. Take a look, and then get down to business!

1. Baby Play Gym, $135
This playset is 100% natural and toxin-free. Everything is interchangeable, and you can bring it on the go. Also, who doesn’t love pirates?

2. Growth Chart, $42
I don’t want my baby to grow up! But how cute is this growth chart?

3. Floral Dress from Soor Ploom Clothier, $154
Upcycled clothes that are crazy adorable. The quality of the clothes is fantastic and the prints are so on point. Don’t overlook the dolls!

4. Tubby Todd Baby Bath and Skincare, $75
I love these bath and skincare products from Tubby Todd. They’re all natural and toxin-free, perfect for baby.

5. Hedgehog Quilt, $60
First of all, I love hedgehogs. Second of all, this is one of the softest, most precious blanket I have ever seen. They’re made of 100% bamboo and are perfect for on-the-go.

6. Mary Janes, $45
I can’t get over how cute these shoes are–they are just plain cute! And easy to put on, too.

7. Bunny Faux Fur Booties, $30
How adorable are these? These faux fur booties have floppy bunny ears and a cotton ball tail–everything about them is just super soft and stinking cute.

8. Polka Dot Club Bear, $106
These special edition bears are hand-dyed and made of 100% natural materials. Made by a second generation toy maker, they are not just teddy bears, but heirlooms. Plus, the mohair is so soft on baby’s skin.

9. Beet Rattle, $12
The baby rattles from non-profit The Little Market are simply adorable. They’re knitted instead of plastic, and they have a variety of styles. I love the vegetable rattles.

10. Tegu Blocks, $65
These blocks are beautiful and magnetic so the building possibilities are endless–and they’re made from sustainable wood!

1. Accordion, $35
Who says you can’t make a little noise? I think this accordion is so cute and a great way to introduce music and fun.

2. Cloud Backpack, $21.95
I adore this backpack; it just screams cool. Tom wears this backpack to school and it’s a perfect size for a lunchbox and water bottle.

3. Blue and Black Abstract Teepee, $99
Teepees, tents, and anything playhouse is a big thing with my boys. I love Land of Nod’s selection of playhouses, and this teepee is just too chic. 

4. Sony Mini-Projector, $339.82
This projector turns any surface into a screen. The kids love projecting their favorite movies and TV shows onto the wall, and because it is so small, the projector is great for travel.

5. Woman Who Dared Blocks, $64
It’s important to me that my children grow up socially aware. These “Women Who Dared” blocks are AMAZING. Each block is a different woman who suffered from and overcame hardship. Beautiful and educational.

6. Sweater, $82.71
British company Kids Case has beautiful clothing for baby and toddlers. I love this gray and mustard sweater for Shep.

7. Cubcoats, $59
Cubcoats are stuffed animals that transform into soft hoodies. They’re super cuddly and warm, and my kids love them.

8. Kid City Travel Guides, $22
These travel guides are so adorable. Great if going on a winter vacation to a new city.

9. Kids’ Monogrammed Luggage, $195
I love Away Travel luggage! Perfect for when the kids visit Jared. You can monogram them, too!

10. Two-Piece Pajamas 2-Set, $62
These Christmas pajamas come in a set of two and every top and bottom can be mixed and matched. They’re made out of 100% cotton and are super cozy.

11. Rifle Paper Co. In Bloom Book Collection, $64
All my favorites from when I was young! I can’t wait for Odette to dig into these.

1. Jarvis Board, $1400
Jarvis paddle boards are gorgeous. Handcrafted in Austin, these boards are smooth, fast, and environmentally friendly. The boards are extremely versatile and will keep you in shape. And most importantly, they are FUN.

2. Books
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond, $12.88
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan, $17.51
Jared is a bookworm and books are like candy to him. Guns, Germs, and Steel will definitely get his wheels turning, and Sticky Fingers is a must for all music-lovers out there. 

3. Converse High Tops, $55
These never go out of style!

4. Leather Luggage Tags, $49.50
This custom luggage tag is just handsome.  It will make your bag look good.

5. Jan Barboglio Whiskey Decanter, $300
We love our whiskey and bourbon here in Austin, and this decanter truly encapsulates Texas style. Simple, yet full of flair.

6. Travel Flask and Case, $660
The crystal flask for the manly man. The set comes with eight silver cups so you can sip and go. Truly beautiful workmanship, worth the price.

7. Monogrammed Phone Case, $49
I love the look and feel of this phone case, and the card pocket seals the deal.

8. Leather Briefcase, $895
I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t mind having this briefcase for myself. So classy and chic.

9. Jason Markk Sneaker Cleaner, $16
Essential kit indeed. Gotta keep those sneaks pearly white!

10. Cuvee Ground Coffee, $15.18
I love my Cuvee Coffee! It gets our family moving in the morning!  Trust me, the coffee is just really good.

11. Arc’teryx Hooded Down Jacket, $379
Being from the mountains I am very familiar with outdoor gear. Arc’teryx never disappoints. It will keep you toasty and comfortable all day long without compromising style.

12. Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $299.99
Must-have for all the new iPhones.

13. Record Player and Vinyl
Crosley Bluetooth Turntable, $99.95
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, $20.70; Nevermind by Nirvana, $22.90; Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses, $21.68; Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys, $23.99
Music surrounds my world. We have such a great vinyl selection at home (see my picks above!), and a turntable is the ultimate music junkie’s gift. 


1. Leaf Cookie Cutters, $120
One of my favorite parts of the holidays is decorating cookies. The wonderful thing about these cookie cutters is that for every set sold, SHED donates $10 to help the fire devastation in Northern CA.

2. Champagne, $80
Champagne! Read the history behind the celebratory bubbly.

3. Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver, $74.95
Where would we be without this gadget? Sometimes you just can’t finish the whole bottle, so this wine preserver can really come in handy. Never let wine go to waste!

4. Agate Coasters, $49.99 – $59.99
Anything agate, I love, and I love these agate coasters. If you have to protect the wood table, why not do it elegantly?

5. Champagne Bucket, $300
You should definitely add this copper champagne bucket to your list. Perfect for New Year’s Eve!

6. Large Rectangular Tray, $40
These trays were made by artist Clara Bergman and are absolutely gorgeous. A need for any party.

7. The Art of the Cheese Plate, $35
Must-have for every cheese lover. Lovely inspiration for the not-so-average spread.

8. Tenugui Cloth Gift Wrapping, $20
You should never come to a party empty-handed. Wrap your next gift with this Japanese cloth. Each Tenugui is unique, and these are so cute for the holiday season.

9. Berti Cheese Knife Set, $300
These Tuscan cheese knives cover a range of cheeses from the soft to the semi-hard. They are packaged in a canvas roll and are easily portable for picnics.

10. Cheeseboard and Knife Set, $72 – $175
Now it’s time for Cheese! Crafted by Japanese artisans, this cheeseboard and knife duo makes hors d’oeuvres time more elegant.

1. Mimira Mug, $14
Everyone needs a good mug. The mugs on Anthropologie are adorable, and I really can’t pick just one.

2. Natori Robe, $130
They don’t call this robe plush for nothing. There’s nothing like waking up on a cold morning and getting soft and cozy.

3. Lavender Foaming Bath from Kiehl’s, $30
This lavender foaming bath is truly relaxing. The scent is so soothing, and the added aloe makes my skin so soft.

4. Perfect Linen Apron, $78
The pockets on these aprons are fantastic. I have my tools right at my fingertips at all times.

5. Alchemy of Herbs, $12.81
Perfect for the gardening cook! For friends with herb gardens, this book is so helpful coming up with different ways to flavor your favorite foods.

6. Coloring Book, $10.95
Coloring is not just for kids. I find coloring very relaxing, and it’s great for late nights when your mind is still racing from the day.

7. Journals from Rifle Paper Co., $15
I can’t live without a journal, and Rifle Paper Co.’s floral designs are to die for.

8. Round Felt Placemats, $20
Okay, I love yellow and grey. These placemats are fair trade and handmade in Nepal.

9. Lumipallo Towels, $18
These are certified “Master of Linen” towels. Woven in Scandinavia, each towel is its own jewel.

10. Blackline Cutting Boards, $165 – $240
Cutting boards are a non-negotiable and these black wood ones add so much drama to the kitchen.


1. Art Journal Kit, $85
I love everything about this art journal kit. It comes with high-quality supplies and a step-by-step guide to inspire and help you through your creative journey.

2. KNESKO Nanogold Repair Mask, $39
KNESKO is all about mind, body, and spirit. Their Nanogold (yes, gold) Repair Mask leaves my skin simply soft and radiant. This is a skincare must.

3. ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville, $85
I love Kate Somerville. This exfoliant is magic and I never want to run out.

4. R+CO Haircare: Dallas Thickening Conditioner, $25; Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo, $28; Dallas Thickening Spray, $12 – $28
Haircare with attitude. The super stylish packaging matches the perfection of their shampoos and conditioners–they smell so good. I love their Dallas Thickening Spray. Every product is cruelty-free.

5. Saipua Soap, $20
Saipua soap uses essential oils to get its intoxicating scents and is handcrafted in New York. I love the rose geranium, but the coffee mint is also perfect.

6. Feminist Gangsta Tee$68
I love to support local businesses and Kiki Nass is one of my favorite shops in Austin. They have awesome designer clothes for women and kids, and a home section as well. This tee is right up my alley. 

7. Fishing Basket, $68
Fishing baskets aren’t always for fish! I use this Jane Birkin inspired basket in the garden, perfect for ripened tomatoes.

8. Sandalwood Diptyque Candle, $64
Diptyque candles are luxurious and a must during bathtime. I love the Sandalwood scent.

9. Pop & Suki Camera Bag, $225
Pop & Suki make some of the cutest stuff out there. They’re definitely one of my favorite brands. I love this camera case in cognac–and all their bags can be personalized, too!

10. Rush Trug, $175
I love this for collecting flowers–and displaying them. Each basket is unique and handwoven in England. I think they are stunning.  

11. Away Travel Monogrammed Carry On, $295
My family travels a lot, and Away Travel has the best carry-on luggage out there. The suitcases come in so many different colors, and I love how you can personalize each with a monogram.

12. Casa Dragones Tequila, $75
Start the party! This tequila is 100% pure agave, and is perfect for cocktails or just sipped by itself. Definitely one of the smoothest tequilas out there.

13. MADSEN Fully Loaded Bicycle, $2,450
I love these bikes. You can bring the whole troop along for a ride!



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  • Mia

    Nice list!FYI the watercolor set from The Art Journal Kit actually not very good,but just my opinion XD.

  • Gwen Horne

    Wow, just what I needed!! Thanks Gen!!❤❤❤

  • Orly Phillips

    I bought my husband the leather briefcase, and he has gotten so much use out of it. A leather conditioner added to it’s buttery softness. And let’s talk about cheese plates for a minute: I could live off of a good fruit & cheese plate. A glass of wine, some good crackers and acoutrements and this girl is set. I’d love to show you the cheese board & knife set I purchased for myself.

  • Brett

    Gen, I’ve been looking for the perfect Fishermans sweater! Mind sharing who makes yours?

  • Larissa

    I love the books!

  • Hailey Owens

    I love the rifle paper company. Also, I have the exact same record player. Good taste and great style, Gen!

  • Brooke

    This gave me some great ideas! Thanks! ♥

  • Angel P.

    Fantastic recommendations. I may n3ed to get my hamds on some of these.

  • Jeanette Brown

    Thanks. Some of these things are very helpful. All are very nice. GREAT book ideas.

  • Lori

    I thought my shopping was done but I just snagged the awesome book set for my youngest girls , the art journal set for my artsy teen and the felt placemats for moi!!!!!! Thanks for the wonderful suggestions!!!

  • Rose

    Love the gift ideas. My hubby is also an avid reader. I have a few books on my list for him as well. Here’s another idea for the coffee. Black Rifle Coffee Company. They’re vet owned and vet staffed. They make the only coffee I can even think of drinking black and I’m a “would you like a little coffee with your cream and sugar” type of coffee drinker. I really like the little camera bag. Unfortunately it’s too small for me. I have 3 large camera bags full of gear and am looking for a large rolling bag now. Any suggestions for that?

  • Alexis

    I really like unicorn pjs, the converse shoes and the feminist gangsta tee. Id likw those for Christmas

  • Abby weaver

    What a great set of lists! Thankyou for putting all this work into them, hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Suzanne

    Love this! Already order some stocking stuffers and wish my kids were little again! This list is a great idea, bravo!

  • kekes

    I LOVE YOU ♥♥♥

  • Charla

    Very thoughtfule gifts. I appreciate the time you put into these lists. Such a helpful tool. Thank you.

  • Carla Machado Ferreira

    Adorei as idéias!!!!

  • Gee

    Love the wishlists! Style&chic&comfy. Very well done! I just luvv your style!
    Wishing you all the best, Gen.

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