Every December when my husband asks me what I’d like for Christmas, I can never think of anything I really need, and prefer he didn’t spend the money. But he loves giving gifts, so I’ve tried to help him out more these past few years, and he has bought me some great gifts. If you need some ideas for yourself or someone else, check out a few of my favorite gifts I’ve received. Not mentioned below, are “experiences” as gifts, such as theatre tickets, weekend getaways, cooking classes etc., which are amazing gifts. Last year we gave our girls Hamilton tickets, which they loved, and we’ve given short trips as gifts too because of the fun memories and family time they provide. However, if the material things are useful, good quality, and will last, then it’s worth getting things you’ll actually use and enjoy as well. And, I love to support companies who are doing it right by providing incomes through fair trade employment and empowering others. I’ve included a few companies that I love, who are making a difference in the world. Here are some of my favorite gifts:

Abera Crossbody Tote
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Abera Crossbody Tote

ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. They’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products they make and the quality of life they aim to provide. They invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive. I love their stuff and have been shopping with them for years. Pictured is my favorite bag, the Abera Crossbody Tote that I use as my main handbag, and I love it so much that I even bought the smaller version, the Abera Commuter. Last year for Christmas, my husband bought me the Alem Utility bag which is bigger and perfect for my carrying my laptop and work/school books etc. They also sell lovely jewelry, clothes and shoes. I love supporting companies like this, and hope you will too.
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The Milk Cafe by Breville

This has been the most useful gift that my husband actually surprised me with, and I’ve used it every day, sometimes twice a day. You can make a latte, hot chocolate, or any other hot drink you like. I use it to make my matcha latte or decaf latte daily. It heats up the milk and makes it nice and frothy.
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The Milk Cafe by Breville
Made For This: 40 Days to Living your Purpose by Jennie Allen
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Made For This: 40 Days to Living your Purpose by Jennie Allen

Made for This is a 40-day interactive journey, a beautiful blend of Anything and Restless that takes you through a step-by-step process to guide you in answering life’s ultimate question.

Made for This will help you:

  • Stop living afraid and insecure by discovering how God can use your dreams and passions for a greater purpose.
  • Identify the threads in your life and how they intentionally weave together for a greater purpose.
  • Trade control and safety for a life of God-honoring adventure by praying one prayer.
  • This book, just like all of Jennie Allen’s teaching has had a huge impact on me. It is not a lighthearted devotional, but a deep, soul searching tool to get you to think and grow closer to God in ways that you may not have ever done before. Oh, and her podcast of the same name is amazing too.
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Silk Pillow and Eye Mask

A limited-edition two-piece set featuring a pure silk pillowcase and pure silk sleep mask.

The anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head pillowcase and sleep mask are like an eight-hour beauty treatment every night. Crafted from pure silk inside and out as recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, hairdressers and beauty experts alike, each elevates beauty sleep to a whole new level. We spend a third of our lives in bed, so what you sleep on is important. Silk fibers are significantly less absorbent than many other fibers, so they help keep your skin’s moisture and expensive face and hair products where they belong—on your face and hair, not your pillow. Ordinary pillowcases and masks can cause hair to pull and tangle throughout the night, leading to bed head in the morning and potentially damaging hair. Slipsilk can help reduce friction, too, which also aids in reducing stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin.

Not sure if it’s done any of the above for me, but I love how soft and cool the pillowcase is, and the eye mask is perfect for traveling and keeping the light out. I use it at home too when I want to sleep in because we don’t have blackout curtains.

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Pact Go-To-Leggings
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Pact Go-To Legging

What’s guilt-free fashion? Easy: Organic Cotton, Fair Trade Factory Certified, zero harmful chemicals, and processes that use significantly less water than conventional cotton. Plus, we offer ways to recycle or reuse your old clothing, towels and linens, which frees you to consume consciously. We source only the best 100% organic cotton, grown without fertilizers and crafted without harmful chemicals while saving gallons of water on every item we make. It’s part of our sustainability commitment, and one we’ve held since 2009. Organic cotton always and ever. The people who make our clothes are equal to those that wear them. Fair Trade Factory Certified ensures that the people who craft our clothing and home goods are treated fairly and provided with additional income to invest in their communities.

I love these leggings and I have yoga pants and a sports bra from Pact too. Their clothes are soft, comfortable and so useful for everyday wear or working out. Their price point is affordable too.

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Neals Yard Consultant Kit

This was probably my favorite gift last year. I was only shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, but when I saw I could get the whole kit for only $149 (plus shipping), and discounts on all of the products in the future, I signed up right away. These are all natural, organic and fair trade skin care products from England. They also focus on ethics and providing jobs with a fair wage in third world countries and around the world. This is a great gift for someone wanting to start a business or just for someone who wants to use skin care products for themselves that aren't toxic.
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Neals Yard Consultant Kit
PowerSheets Goal Planner
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PowerSheets Goal Planner

Finally achieve your goals with the best-selling PowerSheets®️ One-Year Intentional Goal Planner. The most popular and results-backed goal planner, eight years running!

I got this as a gift from IF:Gathering (a two day women’s event in Dallas -and live streamed), last year, and didn’t know how much I needed it! I’m terrible at setting goals and sticking to them, but this one really helped me break down my goals, and see which areas of my life needed to be prioritized, so that I was doing the things that were most important to me. It helped me be more intentional about how I spend my days. It’s on my list this year for sure. They also have some lovely looking journals called Write the Word, which come in several different topics, plus a range of other products.

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