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2018 gift guide: stocking stuffers

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stocking stuffer ideas

It’s that time of year again! Holidays always seem to be the time of year where we feel totally stumped by the people we want to gift. Either they have everything, or they don’t “need” anything. Sometimes it’s a really nice gesture to take a deep look at the recipient’s personality and connect that to any gifts you want to give them. It’s a good tip to keep in mind year-round!

Stockings are my favorite part of the holidays, because tiny presents can go really far. Here are a few ideas anyone in your life is sure to love, if you’re stumped for ideas!

Portable Light Therapy Lamp: Holidays are great, but the winter SAD is real. I use blue light therapy to combat some of those feelings, and it definitely helps. This cute little lamp is great for a traveler or for anyone to put on their desk to pop on – I especially like using mine in the morning.

Playing Cards: These waterproof ones are perfect for drinking games (I had them in college and they lasted for three years), or go a little more upscale with this sleek black set.

Fringed Blanket: Surprise! I love blankets, especially thin cotton ones. They’re easy to roll up and stick into a stocking, and the neutral colors in this one would fit any color scheme.

Travel Candle: Candles can often seem like a default gift, but they’re one I really love getting. Capri Blue’s Volcano scent is a favorite, but I also love rich, masculine scents like this sandalwood one as well. Modern Alchemy has a great deal on a mystery box too, so you could stock up for multiple gifts!

Things I’ll Cancel Later Planner: For the last two years I’ve been bullet journalling and it works well for me, but sometimes I find myself wanting something smaller to throw into my bag. Last year I saw these at Saks and fell in love. They’re quirky with cocktail recipes and funny holidays, really well-made, and high quality. It would make an excellent stocking stuffer! (It’s on sale at Bloomingdale’s until the 9th, and they also have 6% back on eBates!)

Platypus Water Bag: This is hands down my favorite Amazon purchase of all time. I was never carrying water bottles around with me on the train because they’re so bulky, or take up so much space in my bag. On my recent trip to New York, there were people in the airport with water bottle envy, asking all kinds of questions and wanting to know where I’d gotten it. I prefer this model more than the Vapur ones – it has a double lock, and a built-in carabiner for an easy way to clip it on.

Wax Melter: I’ve never seen a wax melter that plugs into an outlet, and I love this idea! I also love this company’s bear-shaped wax as well, though it might be a bit hard to see them melt down 🙁

Hanging Light: I love these kinds of hanging lights – they’re easy to wrap around rods in closets or tack up in spaces without a lot of lighting. Affordable too, and easy to tuck into a stocking!

Smart Sweets Gummy Bears: After starting to eat keto, I discovered these as a suggested sweet treat. They taste exactly like “regular” gummies (but better, in my opinion.) I got them for family stocking stuffers and

Portable Surge Protector: This is a really nice outlet for travel – I hate bringing wall warts, so I’m always looking for surge protectors that have built-in USB ports. It’s also great for someone who wants a lower-profile outlet at home than traditional surge protectors.

Looking for more ideas? Check out my Amazon Stocking Stuffer Idea List – I’ll keep updating it with more fun ideas as I see them!

December 7, 2018

End of Summer Favorites

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Well, it’s finally here. I am a self-proclaimed End of Summer Denialist. I was still trying to log hours by the pool last week after they had officially closed it, laying on toweled concrete next to nasty water. I’d be out there again today but it’s starting to get stormy. In mourning of my favorite season, here are some of my favorite things from the summer months.

Cotton Candy Grapes – HAVE YOU HEARD OF THESE? Probably not as they are apparently super rare. When I visited Sixx over Labor Day, the local grocery store had samples of these – I immediately gave in and bought a bag. They are the sweetest, tastiest things I’ve ever eaten. It’s crazy how much they really do taste like cotton candy! There’s a great NPR article on how they’re made and whether they are a health risk.

Bath-Body-Works-Palm-Beach-CoolerPalm Beach Cooler candle from Bath & Body Works – the last time I did a favorites post, I’m pretty sure this was included, but that’s how much I love them! I went through four this summer. It has a great light, sort of coconutty, sort of beachy, very refreshing smell. Knowing Bath & Body Works I’ll have to savour my last jar as they tend to take away everything I love.


cn5953088Gap Fit Ruched Shorts – I have two pairs of these and LOVE them. They are so comfortable, and I have been pretty much living in them if I’ve not been at work or the gym. The strings on the side that provide the ruching can get a little annoying and in the way occasionally, but for something that is so comfortable – I will survive. These aren’t available online anymore and they’re being clearanced out in stores. I picked my two pair up for less than $10!


15-M Runner’s Booty “She’s a Runner” t-shirt – Runner’s Booty was one of the first cute runner gear websites I found early last fall when I started running, and this was the shirt that I fell in love with right away. This summer I excitedly tore open the package and tried it on right away, and have been running weekend errands in it since I got it. I will say, if anyone is thinking of getting it, that the American Apparel Track Shirt that this is printed on is very fitted so if you want something more cozy for relaxing, I’d suggest sizing up. If you want your own Stunner shirt, or anything in the cuter Runners Booty store, use discount code “NORTH15” to save 15% on your purchase through October 23!


inspire_women_1-117x148YurBuds for Women Inspire – I have very finnicky ears when it comes to headphones. I’d been using the standard Sony over-the-ear headphones for years because Apple earbuds don’t stick in my ears right, and any in-the-ear headphones would work their way out when I worked out. This summer I picked these up and I. LOVE. THEM. They have two different sizes in the package so you can try them out and see what work for you. They also have the option of being over-the-ear or in-the-ear depending on preference, and I actually wear them both ways. They have a “twist and lock” design so they don’t come out if I don’t use the over-ear setup. YurBuds also carries them in a men’s design and they also have the same model with a microphone built in if you’re someone who can talk on the phone on the run. (I am not.)

Did you have any great product discoveries this summer? What should I check out for fall?

I received the Runner’s Booty shirt to review, but all opinions are my own.

September 21, 2013