Hello lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you all so much for your beautiful and kind comments and emails from my last post – I am still making my way through all of them and want you to know how much they have lightened my heart! I have the best blog readers ever and am so grateful to you all! I’m slowly making my way back to blogging on a regular basis and a few friends have asked if I’d be posting an annual gift guide again this year, so I got my butt in gear and put a few together to share this week!
This list is comprised of favorite things we already own or are already on Santa’s sleigh, and includes some big ticket items along with a few moderately priced ones – I shopped around for the best deals and found some great Cyber Monday steals. There’s a little something on here for everyone from teenagers to tailgaters! Stay tuned for his and hers gift guides coming up later this week. I love getting ideas from blogger gift guides and hope you enjoy the ones I’ve put together for you!
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Apple Watch 5 (with cellular/44mm) | Updated 12/3 The Amazon deal is sold out but this but the $30 off price can be found here – the best price I’ve found on the newest Apple Watch with cellular (meaning you can get your calls, text and email on it just like you would your phone). This is the larger of the two sizes; as of today I haven’t seen a great deal on the smaller 40mm size but it’s also available for $499.
Mophie iPhone Battery Case | We have tried other battery case brands, and Mophie and Apple are tied for best reliability and quality. They are expensive but last the life of your phone, vs. every other battery case that stops working and needs to be replaced eventually.
Canon Rebel T6 Bundle | I have an earlier generation of this camera (the T3) and used it primarily for years; this is a GREAT camera for photographing a family or for casual hobby photography. This bundle comes with two lenses – the kit lens (18-55mm), which I used all the time for both taking pictures of my kids through the years, and detail shots in rooms, and a zoom lens (75-300), great for sports or travel photography. I can’t get over the $399 price – I paid over $700 for mine with just the kit lens!
Canon 6D Body | Okay this gift is definitely pricey, but since I own and love this camera I thought I’d share it in the event your favorite amateur photographer is looking to upgrade! I bought this full-frame camera last year for blog work and it’s fantastic for interiors – especially full room shots and low light situations. While this camera is considered amateur, it is definitely more of an intermediate to advanced camera (I’m still learning it’s functions a year into owning it). Beware that this one is just the body and full frame compatible lenses have to be purchased separately, but there are bundles for the 6D too.
Jewelry Cleaner Machine | Back down in the affordable gift range 🙂 this has been on my daughter’s and my Christmas list forever, and the word on the street is that Santa is sending one our way this year! Santa’s so nice like that!
Instant Pot | Pair this with this digital cookbook (just download and save the recipes on your computer or phone) from my friend Jennie at Jenuine Home! She is the go-to for all things Instant Pot! The Instant Pot and digital cookbook would make a great Christmas gift.
Hand Held Blender | I have a hand held blender from another brand and use it all the time for soups! The features I love about this one are 1) the blending arm twists off for easy cleaning (mine doesn’t and I have to be careful that the motor part doesn’t get wet), and 2) it’s stainless steel (mine has a white plastic casing that is stained by tomato sauce and soup). Pair this with a couple of your favorite soup/red sauce recipes for gift giving!
KitchenAid Stand Mixer | This mixer is on KitchenAid’s smaller side and is lighter and easy to maneuver. I have the next size up and use it alllll the time for everything from making cookies, cakes and whipped cream at the holidays to twice-baked potato casserole and meatballs in the weekdays. It’s the kind of thing you have for years upon years and this one is currently under $200.
There are so many great colors – the copper is so pretty! I think stainless steel is an easy, neutral color choice for a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and keep mine out on the counter year-round.
Vitamix Blender | We make smoothies almost every day and just recently bought a Ninja blender. In retrospect I wish we had sprung for the Vitamix, which truly pulverizes seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables finely. While still a big spend, this is a great sale at almost $150 off.
Tailgate Grill | This lightweight propane-fueled grill with pop up stand and gets the best reviews and has interchangeable grates so you can griddle or grille. I’ve seen it in action at our son’s college football tailgates, perfect for games or camping and would make a great Christmas gift!
If you have DIYers on your Christmas shopping list, check out a few of my favorite tools here:
I hope this last month of the year is off to a great start for you!