Let me tell you what this gift guide is not. It’s not another list of high-priced yoga pants, $750 GPS trackers, stainless steel kitchen appliances or $100 tubs of face cream that get used once and put aside.
Nothing against those guides — they are the reasons I own some of my favorite things! — but they are a-plenty in the blogging world and I think it’s high time we paid tribute to some of the smaller but still life-changing additions to a person’s world. These are all items I have, use and 100% love.
So, here are 6 items that I think should be on your gift-giving or gift-requesting list.
(Please note: this post does include affiliate links, which means I make a small commission if you purchase the products. There is no additional cost to you!)
1. Amazon Prime
- quick shipping (usually two days)
- access to Prime Now
- Prime Music
- Prime Video
- Early access to deals
- Subscription savings on things like diapers, coffee, etc.
- Access to Prime Pantry
it works really well with our Amazon Echo.
Yes, it’s a vacuum. The thing you’re told never to buy for a person, especially a woman. BREAK THAT RULE.
I first heard about this product on Young House Love Has a Podcast, which by the way, is a super awesome show. At the time, I was considering either buying one of those robot vacuums or just moving outside to live in a tent (after all, if I’m going to have sand and dirt under my feet every day, why not make it an intentional choice?).
We already have a Dyson, which is great for carpets. But because we’re in a two-story home, with pets, with two crazy kids, with hardwood floors, dragging the Dyson around all day every day just wasn’t an option.
And because I can’t stand dirt and clutter, I vacuum at least twice a day.
This tool is awesome. It’s cordless, sucks dirt and pet hair up like it’s nothing and then stores easily in a corner or in the garage.
Katy, are you seriously recommending…a dish rack? YOU BET. We have a dishwasher and a countertop dish rack but because our kitchen is very tight, I never have a place to put things like pots, pans and baking sheets after they’ve been washed. Hand-drying is an option but NO THANK YOU. This rack rolls out across your sink and gives you a ton of extra room to let things drip dry over the sink, then rolls right back to put away easily.
We had an amazing tofu press that lasted six years. It finally broke down (that happens when you’re put into use at least once a week), and we replaced it with this one. It’s easy to use, stores flat and quickly gets the water out of tofu, which is the key to making it crisp.
(You can also use it to press water out of frozen spinach.)
My husband bought each of us one of these tumblers last year and for a moment, I thought he was crazy to pay that much.
I was wrong to doubt him. It keeps hot things hot, cold things cold, has a hole in the lid for straws and fits perfectly in a cupholder. Plus, they’re easy to monogram or add decals to, so they make awesome gifts.
I have had the very great fortune to work with the fabulous females who own and run kitlife, so full disclosure: I was provided a planner for free. And as I’ve mentioned before, I have adopted the bullet journal system for my daily tasks and still swear by it.
These planners, though, work really well with that system, and if you need a more traditional type of planner that is segregated by days/weeks/months, etc. this has everything you could ever want and more. Truly, it is a special product AND opening the box may be the best part. That experience is a gift in and of itself (which I won’t spoil).
I have the edition, which I’ve already filled in with some of my big personal and professional goals!
I hope this helps you the next time you’re looking for something to get a loved one (or yourself — you deserve it!).