2021 Gift Guide: My Favorite Things
One of my favorite gift guides to publish every year is my favorite things! Think of it as a round-up of my tried-and-true favorites that I use, wear and love. I tried to mix it up with a little bit of each: things you can wear, cook with, accessorize with, decorate with, etc. Make sure to read the descriptions below for sizing recommendations, too!
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Crossbody Bag - I get compliments on this Amazon find all the time. For $32, it has been such a versatile bag. The crossbody makes it super easy to throw on and go, and the multiple compartments help me keep my stuff organized. I have it in both tan and black, and switch between the two daily!
APL Sneakers - I was actually introduced to APL by Joe, who has always loved their basketball sneakers. I purchased this pair for everyday workouts and walking on the treadmill, and they have been amazing. Incredibly comfy and very lightweight, size up 1/2 size as they run a little small!
Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip - You'll likely see this product pop up in a few of my gift guides this year; and that's a testament to how much I love it! It's one of those products I keep in every bag, in every room of the house. Comes in lots of pretty neutral shades and also a clear, smells amazing and keep lips super hydrated.
Electric Picks Spellbound necklace and Harper necklace - I was introduced to Electric Picks a few years back and the brand has since become one of my favorite jewelry brands to buy from. The pieces are beautiful, high-quality and timeless, and the ones I reach for to wear daily. These are two of my favorite pieces at the moment, great for layering! Although a little higher of a price-point, Electric Picks guarantees their pieces for LIFE so they are more than worth the investment.
Lululemon Belt Bag - If you have a Lululemon-lover in your life, this $40 find it a great everyday bag for errands, walks or hiking. Great for the fitness lover or the girl on the go!
Puffer Vest - Vests are very in style this season, and I love the upgraded look of the faux leather! Abercrombie's vegan leather is sooo soft, and this vest is warm. The style fits a little oversized, but I recommend sticking true to size on this one (if you're in between, size down).
Nespresso Machine - This is a splurge gift for sure, but I do know that some of us look for one big gift for our significant others. My dad gifted me this machine last Christmas as an upgrade to our older Nespresso model and it is like having a Starbucks in our house! It does everything from coffee to lattes, macchiatos, espressos, steamed milk or hot water and is very easy to clean. Highly recommend anything from the Nespresso brand! Our favorite pods are the Volluto and the Cosi.
Waterproof Chelsea Boots - On-trend meets practical; I love the fit and style of these boots and own multiple colors! The best part though? They're waterproof! I wear these on rainy days and also in the Winter without having to worry about ruining the leather. They're sturdy, comfortable and have been a favorite in my closet for the last 2 seasons. Size up 1/2 size.
Always Pan - Cannot say enough good things about this pan! Joe and I skeptically bought one back in 2019 after reading all of the great reviews, and almost 3 years later, we've invested in one more and they are pretty much the only two pans we use out of our whole set of cookware. The Always Pan is a 7-in-1 pan and replaces your frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. The biggest Q is always, "how does the pan hold up over time?". With how much cooking Joe does, it has held up great and the non-stick is just as good as it was on the day we bought it. We also gifted this to my in-laws, who love it! If the color you love is out of stock, try here.
Circular Vase - If you're looking for a pretty decorative piece (you could gift this with some flowers for a simple, understated gift), this makes a great gift that anyone could find a place for in their home.
Free People Ruby Jacket - This jacket continues to be a favorite season after season, and for good reason! I've gotten so much use out of this jacket; perfect for casual days. Size down 1 size.