Christmas Gifts Past

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Coat| Shirt| Jeans| Socks| Boots| Bag

I’ve been thinking of what I want for this Christmas this year and it made me think of all of the amazing things I’ve received as a gift in the past. Over the next few days, I’ll be doing a Christmas Carol of sorts with gifts I’ve received in the past, what I’m buying in the present and what I hope to receive in the future.

Today’s post is a gift guide for her of all of the amazing basics, I’ve gotten in the last few years  based off of some of my tried and true favorites. I’m also going to include my husband favorites (of mine) on this list because he’s a much better gift buyer for me than I am.past-gits

Hunter boots Everyone should own a pair of good rain boots. I advocate for Hunter because not only are they on trend but they really are well made. I had a less expensive pair of rain boots and they sprung a leak  but the Hunters I own are withstanding the test of time.  I own the huntress boots in red which is always my go to for a pop of color. People seem to really love the hunter green so I guess for these I recommend that you know your audience. I’ve actually got my eye on the Bright cobalt at this moment. Don’t forget the Hunter Boot spray to avoid the boot bloom (that graying that will occur to the rubber)

Camp socks  I’m not wild about the hunter boot socks. I don’t know that they go with my aesthetic and they feel like wasted room. I always just layer my hunter boots with J. Crew’s camp socks. They make an amazing gift for anyone in your life without costing an arm and a leg. I usually buy the men’s instead of the women’s. I usually steal my husband’s because the colors and patterns are better.

Monogram necklace I finally caved and bought a monogram necklace now that my initials are permanent. It’s a wonderful gift especially if you have a new bride in your life.

Patagonia down sweater I actually have the North Face Quince sweater which is sold out everywhere. This is the Patagonia version and it  has fantastic reviews and comes in a variety of colors.

Illesteva shades I have been in love with the brand Illesteva Leonard shades since seeing Solange Knowles’ many moons ago. I tracked them down and knew they were a must have. Since then, I have gotten ample usage out of them. They are gorgeous with every outfit and the quality is next to none. They are one of the few pair of sunglasses that I have owned where they is not a single scratch.

Camel back Edy bottle  I’ve had camel backs, swell and hydroflask and I just keep coming back to Camelback. The bottle is well made and the bite tip works for me. Best of all the 0.75 L fits in my cup holder which is important for someone who spends as much time in the car as I do.

Apple watch and band If you’ve seen any of my recent outfit posts, you’ve more than likely seen my apple watch. I wear it every day with this double tour band and I am obsessed. When the series one came out I was hesitant to get it since the GPS couldn’t operate without the phone and you couldn’t technically swim with it. When they announced that the series two would offer those capabilities, I wanted to jump on it but I’m not someone who believes in pre-ordering. (Something about giving someone my money without getting anything back immediately freaks me out.) But after hunting it down, I couldn’t be more pleased. It helps me to check my notifications discreetly, track swims and runs without needing the phone. I also like the activity tracking. It isn’t something I thought that I would be very interested in because I am usually accountable to myself for working out but I have to say, it really helps to motivate me on days where I am not doing so well on my own. It definitely lives up to the hype for me.

If someone in your life already has the apple watch, then a spare band in their personal aesthetic would probably much needed. There are some amazing options on Etsy. These are a few of my favorites (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Transport tote I purchased this tote on a whim when it was on sale and it has been a fantastic buy. It has enough space for a working woman to carry all of her work needs, for moms to carry all of the baby diaper bag needs and for school aged ladies to carry a laptop, textbook and a notebook. It ages beautifully and can be personalized with a monogram or solo letter. Even better it’s 20% off today with the code SPLURGE and Madewell does free shipping. My kind of people.

Canvas Tote (pictured) is an obvious choice for me. It was an instant classic the moment I opened the package in the mail. There is obviously the LL Bean brand as well but after comparing between the two, I opted for Land’s End. If you sign up now for their email you get 40% off 1 item, plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

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