As a Christmas baby (December 26), I love the holiday season. Over the years, I’ve learned to keep it simple when it comes to gift giving – give the people what they want! Holiday guides are especially helpful and here are a few of my favorites:
IN HER SHOES BLOG
Full disclaimer: I love Renae Bluitt like a sister. But even before I came to know Renae on a professional level and then as a friend, I was a fan of her blog, In Her Shoes, which highlights driven, talented, and inspiring female entrepreneurs. For the past few years, Renae has curated a Holiday Gift Guide of Black Women-Owned Brands to shop and this year’s list is beyond impressive. Packed with 75 gift ideas in 15 meticulously curated categories, you’re sure to find perfect holiday shopping ideas for everyone on your list – your wellness-obsessed bestie, fashion-loving client, sophisticated boss, and even your tough-to-shop-for mom. Need even more ideas? Check out the 2016 and 2015 In Her Shoes’ Holiday Gift Guides.
A CUP OF JO BLOG
Joanna Goddard isn’t a friend of mine but she sure feels like one! I follow her blog, A Cup of Jo, religiously. I actually discovered Joanna’s blog while researching minimalist lifestyles and found this article to be so helpful – 15 Genius Tips for Living in Small Spaces. Then I went down the rabbit hole – smile. From motherhood to fashion, A Cup of Jo has it all. So it’s no surprise that Joanna has curated Holiday Guides with great ideas for your loved ones. There are Gift Guides for Moms, for Dads, Best Friends, and of course, the Kids. (Bonus Reading: House Tour Archives!)
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The New York Times and Wirecutter have released their 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, and naturally, it has all the things. The guide is categorized by interest – Food & Drink, Tech & Gadgets, Travel, Home & Design, Cooking, Arts & Leisure, Fashion, Outdoors, Kids, Self Care, Crafts & Hobbies, Experiences, Hard to Please, Stocking Stuffers, and my favorite: Books. (Definitely adding “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” to my wish list!) On a tight budget? You can also browse by price. There were lots of great gifts for $50 or less.
As a minimalist, I try to make sure that my gifts are intentional, meaningful, and functional. Hopefully, these gift guides will help you find the right presents for those you love. Happy Shopping!