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2018 Holiday Gift Guide


It's that time of year again! In preparation to help you gear up for the holidays, and find the perfect gift, I have put together my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. I've got everything from wine (wine!) to cult skincare and beauty favorites, to a blue-tooth speaker fire place. I'm introducing a new, must have "it-bag" (that you've seen across social media and may not have noticed!), and a great collection of small leather goods. From the Homebody to Work Obsessed, there is a perfect gift for everyone (including you)! Continue reading to find the best gifts of this holiday season.

For the Skincare Obsessed

Asian skincare products are extremely popular with those passionate about their skin - and with good reason! Affordable, gentle, and great results are all reasons why brands like Hado Labo do so well. Impress your sheet-mask loving friend by surprising her with a sheet mask warmer (seriously - the only negative thing about sheet masks is having to place a cold one on your face in the winter).


Skincare Cult Favorites:
Sisely Paris, Glossier, and Glam Glow are household names for those who love and adore skincare. Stock up on these goodies for both yourself and your friends. These are the items that I keep back ups of, because I never want to be without!



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For the Wine Enthusiast
You always need wine during this time of year - that's a given. Want to purchase a special wine for the holidays, or for that special someone? Jordan Winery has plenty of holiday gifts and gift sets that will make an impression. Be sure to check out the Jordan Winery Holiday Gift Guide for their famous wines, wooden wine gift boxes, gourmet food gifts, and more.

Jordan Wines


Ok, confession time: I really, really want this wine purse. Can you imagine filling it up, and then Lyft-ing to the movies, or outdoor concert? It would be perfect! I have owned this red wine aerator for years now, and I cannot imagine living without it. These shatter proof wine glasses have proved to be a must-have: some of the best places to have a glass of wine are often the least ideal for well, glass. And, seeing as great wine and food go hand-in-hand, why not give the gift of a great cookbook designed with wine in mind?



For the Small Leather Goods Diva
If you, or someone you know (and love) is into SLG (small leather goods), you have probably experienced the obsession first hand. So small. So cute. So impossible to ever have enough! These babies are small, but big on impact and they are just so cute! Here are a few that I've personally got my eye on, and that I know would make a perfect gift!


The Completely Unexpected It-Bag
I discovered this bag in September, and I haven't been able to stop obsessing about it. Coach was my very first introduction to luxury leather, and I am loving the new Parker design. It's classic, it's stunning, and it can hold a lot. This is a splurge; so make sure you get a gift receipt! Or, you know...just buy it for yourself and consider your shopping done! The Coach Parker comes in a wide variety of colors and designs. It also comes in a mini, called the Coach Parker 18.



For The Homebody
This list was an easy one to make: as someone who truly treasures being at home, I basically pulled from what I already own or currently have on my personal wishlist! First up is this Bluetooth Remote Control Infrared Faux Fireplace Portable Heater. Long name, amazing little device. I absolutely love owning this! It adds a warm and cozy scene to my bedroom, and I get some great music to go along with it. This bathroom towel warmer won't take up much room, but will make the whole experience of having to leave the hot shower or bath a lot less painful. These Homesick Candles make lovely sentimental gifts for those who are missing a special place. Fairy lights make for great stalking-stuffers, and who doesn't want a neon sign (and there's this cute one too)!


The Beauty Guru
If your guru doesn't already have the Urban Decay Naked  Cherry Palette, be their hero and surprise them with a gift that they will use daily! All true beauty fiends will tell you that real beauty starts from within, and these Swisse Hair Skin Nails+ Vitamins are great. Just 1 tablet a day (and there's 150 tablets!) to start seeing results in 14 days. I personally have been taking these for months and I love the strength and length I am seeing in my nails! This illuminated beauty mirror won't take up much room, and gives an even-lit space for makeup application, any time of day. These 24K Gold Under Eye patches will  help with smooth concealer under eyes, while helping banish dark circles - which is a must!



Beauty Cult Favorites:
I first discovered this $9 black eyeliner in Paris during Fashion Week, and it's been in beauty bag ever since. I used to buy the $20+ dollar ones at beauty stores, but there really isn't any need. This liner stays put without smudging, and glides effortlessly over eye shadow. Bite Beauty is one of my favorite lipstick formulas: heavily pigmented, smooth and soft, I love the colorful array of choices that they offer!


The Work Obsessed Friend We all know that one person: they love their 9-5, and never seem to leave the office on time. Why not help them decorate their second home? Studies have shown that a comfortable work place can significantly lower stress levels. Always a good thing!


Looking for stocking-stuffers?
Sephora has an entire section of $10 gift sets! Be sure to stock up on these for last minute hostess gifts. Of course, Amazon has some great ones too! Be sure to check out the ones highlighted below;

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