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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

blog management / 36 ideas for writer’s block

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writer's block ideasSometimes the thought of sitting down to type out a post can be very daunting. Writer’s block is real, and it effects all kinds of writers – even bloggers. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, here are 36 ideas to try to get your brain going!

  1. Things you don’t know about me
  2. Most embarrassing moment
  3. Q&A: Ask your readers to send you questions on social media and cover them in a blog post
  4. Favorite TV shows & movies
  5. Your five favorite photos and the stories behind them
  6. Post your favorite recipe
  7. Favorite fonts
  8. Tune Tuesday: post your favorite songs, music you’ve been listening to lately, etc.
  9. A Day in My Life: document 24 hours in your life
  10. Write a Buzzfeed-style listicle
  11. Do a favorites post of things you’ve been loving lately (these are one of my favorite kinds of posts to write and read!)
  12. Feature your favorite bloggers
  13. Every day is a holiday – look up what today is and talk about your favorite way to eat that food
  14. What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?
  15. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? (I would buy Kraft Dinners, a la Barenaked Ladies :))
  16. Take part in a linkup: Wordless Wednesday, Fan Friday… there are tons of linkups with different topics. Pick one and join in!
  17. Write a primer to your favorite band
  18. Two truths and a lie: tell three stories (and include photo proof if you want!) but one of the stories is a lie. Get your readers to guess which one it is!
  19. Be a fashion blogger for a day – grab a friend or a tripod and style up your favorite look
  20. Post a haul video or blog
  21. Gather your popular posts and cull them together for new readers
  22. Publish your bucket list
  23. Talk about your favorite books
  24. What’s your morning routine? Are you a shower-and-go girl, or do you meticulously apply makeup and style your hair every day? (I alternate between both of these without shame.)
  25. What’s the last vacation you went on?
  26. Talk about your hometown – best places to eat, fun activities, etc. for anyone who might be looking for a weekend getaway
  27. Describe your perfect day
  28. If your life was a TV show, what would it be?
  29. What’s your favorite sports team?
  30. Try doing a vlog!
  31. How did you spend your last birthday?
  32. Write about your college experience. If you’re still in or haven’t gone to college yet, talk about what you hope you’ll remember ten years after graduation.
  33. Create a challenge for yourself – maybe you want to drink more water or use more coupons. Blogging about it creates accountability!
  34. Talk about why you started blogging in the first place. Why do you continue writing?
  35. What’s the best thing that happened to you this week?
  36. How do you pack your lunch? What kind of snacks do you bring for the workday?

So with those 36 ideas to get you started, maybe it will help you break through the block! (And selfishly, these are all the kinds of posts I like reading. More workday snack posts, I say!)

Share in the comments what your go-to type of post is when you’re less than inspired – maybe it will help a fellow blogger!

July 28, 2014