2019 Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays coming up – I thought I would take the time to create a gift guide of my favorite gift ideas if you are looking for something for a friend or family member! These are at many different price points – so hopefully you can find some inspiration for everyone on your list! I will put the approximate prices in parentheses ($30) so that you have an idea of what they cost! Prices may change based on sales or different websites you are shopping on!

I am a firm believer of things that are practical, beautiful, and good quality. I don’t always look for the cheapest price, I would rather buy less gifts for people, but of a higher quality. I don’t think gifts are about quantity or price, I think the best part of buying a gift for someone is choosing something thoughtfully that you know they’ll enjoy, or even something you know they wouldn’t buy for themselves! Some of my favorite things to get my girlfriends are things that might not be “practical” but are beautiful and make them feel like they got something extra special that they deserved!

**Also – some of these links go through my Amazon page & may give me a commission if you purchase through my link!**

For the Foodies :

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  • Rustic Joyful Food Cookbook
    • First – go follow Danielle on Instagram because she will light up your feed! Second, these recipes are amazing, but also – her story. This is one of my favorite cookbooks & truly I have loved getting to know more about Danielle’s life by watching her & reading this cookbook!
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  • Le Creuset Dutch Oven
    • If you are looking for a gift to go in with some family members on – this would be at the top of my list. YES, there are a million different brands of Enameled Dutch Ovens, but Le Creuset is my favorite and I honestly use mine multiple times a week! There are tons of sizes and shapes, and colors – but the best thing is that they can go from stove to oven to table, and they even look great as a decoration sitting on my stove in my kitchen! My most used size is my 5 1/2 quart, but for a larger family 4+, I would say the 7 1/4 quart could be a better option! It’s better to have a larger pot than you need than one that isn’t big enough! ($300-$500, depending on size)
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  • Stocking Stuffer : Chop Stir
    • Such a random little tool – but one of my FAVORITE kitchen things! We use it for ground meat, it chops it up the meat quickly and goes in the top of the dishwasher for easy cleaning! WAAAY easier than trying to chop up meat with a spatula! ($8)
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  • Nespresso Vertuoline Machine with Aerocinno Milk Frother
    • THIS is the Nespresso machine we have, and I love that it can make anything from single espresso shots (great for iced drinks) to 14 oz. cups of coffee! The milk frother can do hot or cold milk, with or without foam! But let me tell you, the COLD FOAM IS HEAVENLY! Price varies, sometimes they have great sales during the holidays, but usually around ($150) for the bundle!
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  • This Cookbook Stand
    • The best part about this cookbook stand, is that it’s basically invisible. It holds a cookbook open without blocking any of the text or images & also keeps the pages clean from splatters while cooking. Am I the only one who gets spaghetti sauce EVERYWHERE whenever I’m cooking? Probably. I know this photo doesn’t look all that glamorous, but I keep this on my kitchen counter with a cookbook in it at all times – and I am SO PICKY about what goes on my counters! Love it, truly! ($17)
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For the Technology Wizards :

  • Apple AirPods.
    • Kyle & I both have a pair and truly, they are fantastic! If you have an iPhone it’s easy to connect to your phone without a million steps. They hold a charge for a long time & the built in microphone makes it easy to take phone calls on them! I love these for when I’m cooking dinner or editing but also want to chat with a friend! Easy and hands free! ($140 – $180, depending on the version…I have the $140 older version & LOVE them!)
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  • Loopy Phone Case
    • I LOVE this phone case and since I purchased one, I haven’t dropped my phone! It’s comfortable and convenient! There are many different patterns and colors – and they have cases for all the different phone models (not just Apple)! ($50)
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For the World Traveler :

  • THIS Weekender!
    • I bought this for Kyle and it is perfect for a 2-3 day trip! It also is a water resistant canvas and has a long strap to use as a crossbody if you want! Comes in multiple colors, and to be honest, looks super expensive in person. We were surprised it was only $50! ($50)
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  • FJALLRAVEN Water Resistant Backpack
    • THIS is on my Christmas list. Not only are these stylish (just look at the high schoolers you know) but they are water resistant and would be perfect for traveling! There are so many colors, and I think they are just the CUTEST! ($80)
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For the Bookworm :

  • This Book Light
    • I LOVE that it is rechargeable with a USB cord – so you never have to go searching for batteries in your house and has 3 different brightness levels! The light is large enough to cover both sides of a book without having to adjust it every time you need to turn the page! ($13)
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  • Amazon Gift Card
    • Okay…This might be like WHAT KELSEY. COME ON. But truly, I love to read, and I have a whole list of books that I want to read, so an Amazon gift card can be one of the best gifts, because It’s always fun to order some books from my “TBR – To Be Read” pile! Plus, when I don’t know someone super well, I love to give gift cards, because I know they will get used & I also know that it’s better than me showing up with something random they probably won’t use or like!
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For the Homebody :

  • Pottery Barn : Ruched Faux Fur Blanket.
    • SO Luxurious, beautiful, & makes any couch or bed look even cozier! We have 2 of these and they are the blanket I reach for every time I want to snuggle up and read or watch a movie! ($200)
  • Blokus
    • We LOVE this game! It’s easy to pick up and understand (not a long learning curve. Fun for kids and adults! We love it best with 4 players, but it’s easy if you have more than 4 people to switch out players as the game goes pretty quickly! ($20)
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  • Barefoot Dreams Socks
    • ANYTHING made by Barefoot Dreams is amazing! Cardigans, Bathrobes, Blankets – they are all amazing! But these socks are so cozy and are great for a stocking stuffer, or if you are looking for a white elephant gift! Socks ALWAYS fit, so you don’t have to worry about buying the right size or color!
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  • Ferpie & Fray Candles
    • I have spoken OVER AND OVER about Ferpie & Fray candles because they are truly my favorite. Honey Sea Salt, Driftwood & Moss, and Spiced Pear are my Top 3 scents. But I truly think they are all great! They are 100% Soy Wax with Lead Free Wicks, so they burn clean and are safe to burn in your home! They last a long time (for specific burn times, check out each listing and it will have an approximate hour description. Perfect for someone who loves things that smell good! (WHICH IS EVERYONE) ($10-$30)
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For the Ladies in Your Life :

  • Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
    • I use this almost every night and it makes me feel like I have my life together when I wake up to the most luxurious feeling lips! Perfect for if you use matte lipstick to make your lips moisturized and the product go on perfectly! ($20)
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  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
    • For volume and texture, this is my FAVORITE! IT gives my flat hair some body – and helps hold my curls! I ask for it every year for Christmas, one bottle lasts me at least 6 months! ($45)
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  • Post Accessories Earrings
    • I LOVE this company & I love her earrings! She is constantly creating new styles, and they sell out fast! But you can find available styles on her website! ($15-25/pair)
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For everyone on your list :

I’m a firm believer in the power of words. And I think the best gift to give everyone on your list is a thoughtful card or letter. If you are on a budget or just looking for something to get the person who has “Everything” – take a minute to write out a letter telling the recipient what they mean to you, or what you admire about them, or encouraging them. It is something that costs no money, but is priceless. Out of all the gifts I have been given in my life – I remember the words people have spoken and written to me the longest.

If you have a gift idea that you would think that I should include – I’d LOVE to hear! And if you enjoyed reading this, feel free to share the blog with your friends and family!

Happy Holidays!


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 : www.ferpieandfray.com 

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.