It’s the most wonderful time of the year, my friends, and that means it’s time for us to forget that Thanksgiving is even a holiday and skip ahead to Christmas shopping. This year I’m actually trying to get a few gift guides on the blog, and here’s my first one.
As a housewife, blogger, and certified homebody, I spend 90% of my time at home, so I feel that I have the expertise to create a gift guide perfect for the woman (or man) that spends a lot of time in her cozy little part of the world. I love having things around that make my home feel warm and cozy, and I think this list covers several different bases and price points. Let’s jump right in.
This is a less expensive gift on the list, but it’s a great addition to the home, especially for the blogger or Instagram addict in your life. If I had one, you had better believe it would make a regular appearance in photos. It’s a great place to put your favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse, or even a little note to your husband. They come in a bunch of colors and you can find letters for them in all kinds of places.
Never underestimate the value of a quality throw blanket. At any given time there are at least two draped over the furniture in our living room and they get used all the time. Now that there’s a chill in the air, it’s the perfect time to make tea, pop in a movie, and get all warm under your new gift. My favorite kinds of throws are the ones that have the soft sherpa on one side and a cable knit sweater or soft velvet feel on the other. Erik and I got one like that at our wedding shower (4 years ago) and it’s our favorite blanket, and we own many. While there are amazing looking ones at Pottery Barn, they will set you back about $100. If that’s out of your budget, fear not. TJ Maxx has some incredible options as well.
Does anyone else call Siri “useless” on a regular basis? I see commercials for these home assistants, and Siri just doesn’t measure up, and it makes me mad. In all seriousness though, I use Amazon all the time, and I when I see those commercials for an Amazon Echo, I kind of want one. How nice would it be to have something that will actually do what I ask it to instead of telling me “I’m sorry, Brianna….*enter Siri’s excuse here*?” Maybe I’m just a sucker for those commercials that make the Echo or a Google home assistant seem so practical and awesome, but oh well. I think it would make a great gift.
A TV Gift Subscription
It’s simple and very practical to gift a streaming TV service nowadays. With so many different options like Netflix, Hulu, and countless movie stations, there are plenty of ways to gift your homebody with hours and hours of entertainment. The only setback here is you have to make sure the person you give a subscription to has a way to use the service like a smart tv, Apple TV, or Amazon Firestick. As long as they have a way to use it, you’re good to go.
As I sit writing this I am wrapped up in a warm, cozy Grace and Lace cardigan which is doing a great job of keeping everything but my hands warm. Think of this as the cozy throw blanket that you can actually carry around with you. I have 3 different cardigans on my wishlist this year, and it’s certainly not because I don’t own one already. There is something so luxurious about wrapping yourself in a super soft robe or oversized sweater. The sweater shown above is the new Luxe bamboo cascade cardigan from Grace and Lace. Have you ever touched bamboo clothing? It’s the softest thing ever! If G&L isn’t for you, go to most stores and you’ll more than likely find a wide array of cozy robes and sweaters. Target has been on point with the cozy clothing lately. Wrapping your homebody in warmth this winter is a gift that won’t go unloved.
There’s nothing cozier than a nice cup of hot tea. The options for tea related gifts are endless, but I want to share two of my favorite ideas with you. One of the most fun tea gifts I’ve ever had (sure, it was something I bought for myself, but it’s still awesome) was the David’s Tea Advent Calendar. It’s a beautiful calendar that has 24 different teas in a single serving, so you can enjoy a new cuppa each and every day of December up until Christmas. I had a great time with it last year, and it would make an amazing gift for the tea lover in your life. Just because they don’t get it until Christmas doesn’t mean an advent calendar isn’t worth buying. These teas are wonderful any 24 days of the year.
If you’re looking for more of a splurge for your tea lover, there is nothing like having a high quality electric hot water kettle sitting on your countertop. This one has multiple heat settings, a keep warm setting (which is a great feature) and has great reviews. Bonus: I think it looks super chic and would be a great addition to any countertop.
I am a sucker for home fragrance, and candles are my favorite way to make my home smell yummy (although essential oils rank pretty high up there too). While I know there are a ton of brands out there (let me know your favorites in the comments below), I am a sucker for the good old Bath and Body Works candles. They smell amazing, and if you’re like me and only stock up when they’re on sale, the price is right. If you know what kind of scents someone does or doesn’t like, I really don’t think you can go wrong with a candle as a gift.
Even though homebodies like to be at home, that doesn’t mean they don’t like to have people over. One of the excuses we use to have visitors most often is game night. I’m pretty sure our collection of tabletop games is larger now than any collection I had as a kid. There are tons of amazing games out there that suit all sorts of tastes, but my all-time favorite is Munchkin. I feel like each and every person we have introduced to Munchkin as absolutely loved it. There are so many different decks and expansions that you can have a wide variety of games all under the Munchkin title. It makes the perfect addition to your collection and a great gift for the gamer in your life.
In the fall and winter months, cold feet are a big problem, so there is most definitely a need for a nice pair of warm, fuzzy slippers. While there are many different styles out there, there’s something extra nice about a nice pair with hard soles so you can do things like getting the mail, and walk around the house feeling a little more supported. It might be just me, but I always buy a pair with harder soles. While the fancy Uggs are out of the budget of many (myself included), you can find a ton of slippers with comparable quality at a fraction of the cost, like these that only cost $25.
What additional items would you add to a cozy home gift guide? Let me know!