So we share a lot of favorites, gift-giving ideas, etc., but I don’t think we’ve ever told you guys what we want. You know, just in case you don’t have anything you want and you’re looking for ideas.
I really don’t wind up buying stuff that’s just for me very often–if I shop, I’m shopping for my kids, things for my home and family, things for work, things for my job at church, but I really hardly ever buy anything just for me. And then my husband always asks me for a Christmas list (and birthday–my birthday is at the beginning of December) and I always throw a few things onto an Amazon wish list that he thinks are weird (I’m pretty sure I asked for kitchen sponges last year) and then he gets me a Harry Potter Lego set and I promise myself I’ll think about it a little more the next year.
So this is my year.
Now…keep in mind some of these are splurges, things I would most likely not buy for myself. Which is why they’d make great gifts. At least that’s what I tell myself, right? Also, a few of things are things I already have, but I love them so much that I have to share.
1. The Shore Bag by Tiny Seamstress. Have. I started following Tiffany (aka the Tiny Seamstress) on Instagram awhile back and am just blown away again and again by her talent. I may not be able to turn on my sewing machine, but I can totally appreciate the talent of people who sew and especially people who create their own patterns. Like…I just can’t even wrap my brain around it.
So anyway, this bag popped up awhile back and I knew I needed it. Everywhere I go with it, everyone compliments me on it. It’s unique and adorable and girls in your life (you?) need one. The bag is roomy but not cavernous and has all the pockets I need without being overwhelming. Plus, it matches my wallet, so, you know, all the most important things…
I mentioned to Tiffany that I was going to include this on a holiday gift roundup and she has offered a 15% discount in her shop! Be sure to peek around her shop and then use the code OBB at checkout.
2. 2014 Slipper Socks. Want. No, you’re not dreaming things–I did include slipper socks in my winter favorites last year. But those were 2013 slipper socks and after Sneauxmageddon early this year, I’m probably in need of 2014 slipper socks. I’ve had my eye on these ones at Target for weeks now, but I haven’t pulled the trigger.
3. Taylor Swift 1989. Have. You guys. I can’t even count how many times I’ve mocked Taylor Swift, from her rabid teenybopper following to her “never ever ever getting back together” with whoever it was. I usually end up buying a song or two off of each album and then feel ashamed, but this one…I went all out. I bought it. I listen to it. My kids wish I’d stop listening to it (if you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the picture of my two-year-old plugging his ears and telling me my music was killing him.) I’ve since seen the SNL Swiftamine skit and can say that pretty much the whole thing is applicable to me.
4. Mason Bar Company Lids. Have…want more. These are nifty little lids in perfect colors that replace the flat lid that fits under the screw-on lid on Mason jars. They have a hole that you can slip a straw through and then drink your beverage of choice like a true hipster.
But really. Turns out there’s nothing I’d rather drink from than a 24-ounce wide-mouth mason jar. While listening to Taylor Swift. I don’t even know who I am anymore. I will say I think these lids are overpriced, BUT all you need is one or two, and they frequently go on sale, so if you follow them on Instagram, you can snag them for a great price. Be sure to be mindful of the lid you’re getting–emotionally speaking, I don’t think I could ever drink from the narrower Mason jars (I should probably get diagnosed), so only the wide-mouth lids for me. Also, you can buy your own 24-ounce glass Mason jar for significantly cheaper. Just sayin’.
5. Lindt Excellence Intense Orange Dark Chocolate. Don’t Currently Have Any. Must Acquire More Immediately. This is my favorite treat, especially when I’m trying to eat healthy, because a couple of squares usually does the trick without making me feel deprived. The sea salt dark chocolate isn’t too shabby, either.
6. Lisa Leonard Nativity. Want. Sara and I saw this nativity set a few weeks ago and immediately exchanged texts on how desperately we both wanted it (sadly, the one with the gold Baby Jesus is sold out). I keep sending my husband email hints, but I don’t know if he’s taking me seriously or not, especially since I also frequently send him cat videos and Studio C clips.
7. West Elm Glass Measuring Beaker. Want. Because in addition to my 2-cup glass measuring cup (not to mention my 1-, 4-, and 8-cup glass measuring cups) and my 2-cup silicone measuring cup, and my 2 decorative ceramic liquid measuring bowls/mugs, and my stackable measuring cups that look like a milk bottle, and my 2 practical sets of dry measuring cups, and my 1 heart-shaped set of dry measuring cups, I need a glass measuring beaker. I’m fully aware I have a problem and am choosing to put it on my list anyway. Because measuring beaker.
8. Ayres Patagonia Body Butter. Want. I got a tiny pot of this in my Ipsy bag last month and have fallen in love with it–it absorbs quickly, is a great moisturizer, and makes me smell like I just went to a spa. And since most of my days are spent cooking, cleaning, and being lovingly degraded by my two-year-old, I will take a spa in any form I can get it.
9. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Products (Especially the Dish Soap.) I do a lot of dishes. A lot. Of dishes. I have a dishwasher, but I do wash several things by hand (and there’s always the manual scrubbing when things don’t get properly rinsed or when things have been properly burned.) It’s a splurge to spend $3-ish on dish soap when I could get it for less than a dollar (or free from my husband’s work), but I figure it’s cheaper than hiring someone to do my dishes for me, and also cheaper than a therapist, so $3 dish soap it is. If you’re wondering what scent to get, radish is my favorite. For the record, no radishes I’ve ever purchased smell like this, but I’m totally at peace with that.
10. Blendtec. Want. This would be a HUGE splurge because I already have a Blendtec and I love it. You guys know this. I love it so much that I loved the jar into a smoking, burning mess (the blender motor is just fine, don’t worry. I know you were worried.) I haven’t been able to bring myself to replace my big jar yet, so I have taken to blending everything in tiny batches in my little Twister jar. One of the reasons why I’ve hesitated taking the leap is because I secretly (well, it’s not so much of a secret now) want that Tiffany blue-colored countertop workhorse. Rawr.
UPDATE: So thanks to all your comments, I called Blendtec and they’re replacing my overloved blender jar for free! Their customer service AND their blenders are the best–they seriously have my business for life.
So. There’s my Christmas list. What do you guys want (besides world peace, a happy, healthy family, and all the things that really matter)???
P.S. Speaking of holiday wishes, if you haven’t already entered our MightyNest giveaway, be sure to head over there and do it–$250 worth of baking gear for you and a $250 donation to the school of your choice!