December 12, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide : Kels & Kyle’s Favorites

We get asked ALL the time what our favorite things are! From photography gear, to home decor & appliances, to even technology & book recommendations! I thought I would share about a few of our favorite items with you in case you are shopping for someone this holiday season & wondering what to get them!

Also – we have an Amazon Influencer page where we consistently update with our favorite things – and my Book List is always being added along with what I’m currently reading!

Here is a link to our page, and just know if you purchase through our link, Amazon does provide compensation to us. The items on the list are ALL added by us & we would never promote something we don’t actually love!


NESPRESSO VERTUOLINE MACHINE! For anyone in your life who LOVES coffee – this is the perfect gift! We love our Nespresso so much! It has saved us so much money from buying coffees at the local shop. This machine has many options for pods and can do everything from a single espresso shot up to a 14 oz. coffee! The Aeroccino Milk frother also makes hot OR cold foam milk/cream and does it all with the push of ONE BUTTON. If you are wanting to know what the Nespresso does, head over to our Instagram! There is a Highlight showing all of our Nespresso Videos!

Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’Longhi with Aeroccino

Instant Pot : MY FAVORITE KITCHEN ROBOT! This thing does it all! It’s an electric pressure cooker & I cannot even believe how easy it makes my life! If you are looking for some good Instant Pot recipes – check out my Pinterest Board with all of my favorites!

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt Pressure Cooker


Ferpie & Fray Candles : These candles can be purchased on the Ferpie & Fray Website! They are hand-poured right in the Pacific Northwest and are 100% Soy Wax, and smell DELICIOUS! My favorite favorite favorite scent is the Honey & Sea Salt. Kyle LOVES the Driftwood & Moss! They make an amazing gift! Website : 

Bathtub Tray : Nothing makes me relax faster than a hot bath & a good book! This tray hold my iced coffee and keeps my book dry! I honestly think it is one of the MOST USED things I have in my home! Plus – it looks beautiful! People always comment on it when they see it.

Expandable Bamboo Bathtub Caddy – Adjustable Wooden Serving Tray and Organizer for Any Size Bath Tub

Barefoot Dreams Socks : These are the PERFECT stocking stuffer. They are an expensive pair of socks, I get it – but I have had my first pair of these for over a year and they hold up SO PERFECTLY. They are the best fuzzy socks.

Barefoot Dreams Socks

Barefoot Dreams Robe : Kyle got this for me last Christmas. It honestly is something I use almost every day & feels like wearing the softest, most cozy thing EVER while I am hanging out at home & getting ready.

Barefoot Dreams Robe


DeWalt Drills : Kyle thinks everything DeWalt is the *best*. He uses these every day at work, and has a set at home, as well!

DEWALT DCK240C2 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit (1.3Ah)

DOSS Wireless Bluetooth Speaker : This is Kyle’s absolute favorite. He loves having music playing in the house & this has amazing sound quality for the price. THIRTY DOLLARS, YA’LL!!!! We have 2. LOL. One for upstairs & one for downstairs.

DOSS Touch Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass, 12H Playtime, Built-in Mic, Portable Wireless Speaker for iPhone, Samsung (Black)


Half Baked Harvest Cookbook : This is my absolute favorite cookbook because every recipe I’ve tried has been a hit. I’ve followed Half Baked Harvest for a few years on Instagram & her food is not only delicious, but her photography is INCREDIBLE. She photographs her own images and that is something that I admire.

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains

Home Body by Joanna Gaines : The PERFECT book to cozy up and read while dreaming about redoing a room! It’s also just full of beautiful images and the content of each chapter is super relevant and I love that she teaches how to make your space work for YOU. It also would make a beautiful coffee table book!

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist : I read it for the first time when Kyle and I were newly married and I can honestly say that it was one of the things that helped craft a vision for our home & even our marriage. I have been forever grateful for Shauna Niequist’s writing. I’ve read all of her books and usually the pages end up dog-eared, underlined, highlighted, and tear stained. She is my absolute favorite writer. And her recipe recommendations are always perfection.

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon : LOVED this book! I wanted to be best friends with Reese by the end of the book! She has great stories, great recipes, and the book is packed with gorgeous images! Would be a perfect coffee table book – or a gift for a girlfriend! I gave a copy to one of my friends & she loves it just as much as I do!

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis : This book was EVERYTHING. She is honest, vulnerable, hilarious, REAL, and someone who tells you the things you need to hear. This book is packed. Stories from her own life. Stories about work. Motherhood. Marriage. Faith. Friendship. All of it. She’s worth following on Instagram, also. Because her kids are adorable, her style is amazing, and she’s full of zest for life.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Final Thoughts : 

We will continue to update this over the next couple of days to add more & more ideas! But the one thing we like to think of when shopping is not that the gifts we buy for people have to be expensive – but rather, thoughtful. I think that there is something much more special about a $10 gift that was given with thoughtfulness than a $100 gift that just has an expensive price tag. In the beginning of our marriage when we were just starting out & funds were tight – the best gifts we received were letters we wrote to each other. It’s something that costs nothing more than your time & it is something that has a huge impact for the recipient. So, even though we are sharing links to our favorite things – the things that matter most are never things that we can purchase. But the time we spend together & the thoughtfulness we take to make the ones we love feel SEEN and appreciated.


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