Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Andie Mitchell's Holiday Gift Guide 2015! Gifts for everyone you know and love - food gifts, cooking gifts, books, and more! Read more on AndieMitchell.com

 

Friends! Are you like me and a last minute shopper? Great! Here are the things I love this season, all of which make fantastic gifts for just about every person on your list—from your coworker to your best friend to your mom!

 

Andie Mitchell's Holiday Gift Guide 2015! Gifts for everyone you know and love - food gifts, cooking gifts, books, and more! Read more on AndieMitchell.com

1.  L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream $28
This creamy balm has been labeled “life changing,” a “beauty must-have,” a “handbag essential,” and “ultra moisturizing,” by beauty editors, magazines, and just about everyone who has used it. It’s made with 20 percent shea butter, honey, almond extract, and coconut oil, and leaves hands soft and truly feeling moisturized. The dry-skinned among us will rejoice!

2. Send flowers! The Bouqs Co. $30 – $80 
Sometimes a bouquet a flowers is the best gift to send. The Bouqs Co. has a simple online ordering process with free delivery. I’ve sent flowers through The Bouqs to friends and family half a dozen times and they’re always fresh and beautiful. 

3. It Was Me All Along $11
My memoir! NYT bestseller and Amazon’s choice for one of its Top 100 Best Books of the Year! The paperback is available for preorder and ships out on 12/29!

4. The Inspiralizer $49.99
Gift the best spiralizer on the market—it’s easy to use, easy to clean, and makes 4 different noodle shapes!

5. Altra Running Women’s One 2.5 $100
My absolute favorite running shoe. These shoes are as lightweight as can be, and I feel as though I’m standing on a thick yoga mat. They’re so comfortable. Here’s why: Zero Drop soles, which keep the heel and forefoot completely aligned, and their foot-shaped toe box

6. Outdoor Tech Orcas Wireless Earbuds $99
Having bluetooth earbuds has been a lifesaver for me. It’s allowed me to move around my house during the workday, work out, and cook without being tethered to my phone. These have great sound quality, are comfortable, last for about 4-6 hours with a full charge, and have a built-in mic, too! If you’d prefer the larger wireless headphones, I have these Outdoor Tech Privates Wireless Headphones.

7. Holiday Cookie Gift Pack $27
This gift is perfect for cookie lovers, Yankee Swaps, and anyone who might share the gift with you. Packaged in festive tissue, ribbon, and including a gift note (if desired), this gift includes TWO incredible cookie mixes:

1 tube: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix + 1 tube: White Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix
Mixes are made with local, sustainable Shepherd’s Grain flour, 3 types of sugar including raw turbinado sugar, ground dried whole Heilala vanilla bean, and Guittard chocolate and Maldon sea salt. The White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies feature peppermint candy pieces and handmade vanilla sea salt.

Consider gifting the signature Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ($14) +  the best cookie sheet: Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet $14.97

8. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette $54
This is my favorite eyeshadow palette. It features a dozen pigment-rich taupe and gray-beige neutrals, with colors ranging from delicate cream and champagne to mocha and intense black, and they vary in texture from shimmer to glitter to matte. This is the only eyeshadow collection you’ll need to create just about every gorgeous look—from daytime to a nighttime smoky eye, and I prefer it to the Naked Palette 1 because the shades are less coppery and more brown. Worth every single penny. I cannot recommend it enough.

9. Albion Fit At Ease Joggers $74
Cozy and comfy for relaxing at home but equally stylish when paired with a fitted black long-sleeved tee and a vest. These pants are thick and soft, like an old favorite sweatshirt, but with a slightly leaner fit that just traces your leg and doesn’t bag — so don’t worry, you’re not wearing those old Hanes sweatpants from the 80’s. I love these pants for everyday/everywhere wear. Daniel even asked me if he should buy me a few more pairs for Christmas, if that tells you anything. 

10. Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer $153
This little device lets you print photos from your smartphone or tablet using Fujifilm’s free instax SHARE app. The classic instax frame has that old, familiar white border too, making your photo look like it was taken with an instant camera (remember Polaroids?). Choose from a bunch of templates and filters (even add text!) and print as many as you’d like. Printed photos are 2.4” x 1.8”

11. Massage (varies)
Massage is one thing I absolutely love. I arrive to the massage table feeling tense, with aching shoulders and a neck ropy with knots. But when I leave, my perma-headache has melted away. I’ve regained the full range of motion in my neck, shoulders, and back. I’m restored, relaxed. The trouble is, I often feel bad spending money on massage, and I know so many of us feel the same. And that is why massage or spa gift cards make the perfect gift. We can’t feel bad about them; we can’t spend the money on something more reasonable–we just have to go.

Unless you know of the perfect local spa, consider a place like Massage Envy or Hand and Stone, with lots of convenient locations and reasonable prices. Both businesses offer a special introductory massage price of around $50 (compared to $75 – $99) for first-time customers, so your money can stretch a bit further if you’re close enough with your gift recipient to tell them to ask for the introductory rate!

12. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche $77
This is the fragrance I’ve worn for the past few years now, and I’ve never in my life gotten so many compliments! I’ve had men and women stop me in stores, Starbucks, on the street…just to tell me that I smell great. It’s a light, fresh, slightly floral and citrusy scent that I’d say just smells really clean. If you order on Chanel.com, the shipping is free and so are the returns. 

13. Anthropologie Glimmer Ring Coasters $6 each
Handmade stainless steel and brass, available in copper, gold, and silver. Dishwasher-safe, too!

14. Urban Outfitters Metal Mania Pony Holder $8
This polished metal clip has a hidden stretchy hair tie inside, making a simple ponytail look cool and chic. Available in gold and silver.

15. Hand Warmer Heat Packs $79.99
These small, battery-operated warmers aren’t just for your hands. They can fit easily in pockets, jacket lining, pants, and gloves for up to 6 hours of constant heat per charge. They even have 3 temperature settings. 

For even more warmth, ThermCELL also makes Heated Insoles
for your shoes/boots! I found these and I’m telling you, I thought it was the greatest invention. I have struggled all my life with poor circulation. Thick socks and warm gloves might help to keep heat in, but what happens when there’s just no heat in your hands and feet…at all? Or when you’re out in the cold too long? 

These heated insoles have small battery packs inside that you can pop out to recharge. They’re water-resistant and come in a wide range of men’s and women’s sizes that you can trim to fit inside your favorite shoes or boots. $134.99 The ProFLEX Heated Insoles are very similar, but with even more flexibility and comfort $184.99.

16. iFit Watch $199.99
This is a watch I’d want to wear for style, and it just so happens to: monitor sleep, calories burned and calories consumed, track steps, and more. It’s water-resistant, has an extra-long battery life (up to 7 hours), and sends gentle vibrations to remind you to get up and move. Available in white and black. 

17. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Tin $34
Includes 12 letterpress dividers and 24 charcoal spoon recipe cards. Buy extra of those Charcoal Spoon Recipe Cards $12

18. More from Rifle Paper Co.

19. Next Issue $9.99/month
If you love magazines, Next Issue brings every magazine you can think of (and every back issue) to your tablet for one monthly rate. You can now officially get rid of the stack of magazines on your coffee table and read your favorite monthly AND weekly mags anywhere, anytime — for so much cheaper than you’d pay to subscribe to all of them.

$9.99/month plan includes: unlimited access to all monthly magazines, all back issues, access on up to 5 devices per account, and you can cancel online anytime!

$14.99/month plan is the same, but gives you access to all weekly magazines, too!

20. Vogue Professional 18W LED Gel Nail Polish Curing Lamp $59.99
This small but powerful LED nail lamp allows you to give yourself gel manicures at home! It has 3 timer settings (30, 60, and 90 seconds). I have the USpicy 18W LED Gel Nail Polish Curing Light, which seems almost identical, and I love and recommend it, but that model is currently unavailable.

Add nail polish: OPI Gelcolor Collection “Lincoln Park After Dark” or OPI Gelcolor Collection “You Don’t Know Jacques” $14.95

21. Nomadkey Lightning to USB Cable for Apple Devices $24.99
A 3-inch ultra portable, durable, and flexible lightning to USB cable for Apple devices. It attaches to your keychain so you always have a charging cable handy! Works with iPhone 6/6 Plus/5/5s/5c, ipad 4, ipad Air, ipad Mini Retina and ipad.

22. MLB Single BBQ Branders ~$30
Brand your grilled food with your favorite sports team!

What are you buying this year??

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