10 Unique Gift Ideas For All You Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Out There

Christmas is one week away! And if you’re still struggling to find that something special for your someone special, then I’m here to help you out with this list of unique gift ideas.


  1. Something Handmade

Give her something that was made by hand! This beautiful Round Wicker Rattan Bag, by Papadaan, is only $22 and was made with love by local Indonesian artisans. I absolutely adore this bag and even though it looks a little summery, I’ve been using it throughout the winter with this little black scarf tied around it for contrast. I highly recommend this gift for any handbag lover out there. It’s made with quality and the fact that it’s handmade makes it unique.

2. Something For NYE

Do you have a fancy event planned for NYE together? Gift her something that she can use that night. Say for example, a pair of heels? These White Leather Heels by Forever Soles, are made with the highest quality, as they’re actually bridal shoes! Now, I’m not a bride but I do love using these shoes for other semi-formal events because the minimalist white design goes with almost every dress that I own. I'm usually a size 7 in heels and these heels are very true to size.

3. Something Geeky But Useful

Does the person you’re shopping for love Harry Potter? Then totally geek out with these Hogwarts-themed coasters! Concrete and Copper Co. makes these awesome concrete and cork coasters that are completely customizable. So if your person is not a fan of the wizarding world then you could go with just about anything else. These coasters are beautiful made and surprisingly light weight considering they are made of concrete. And they are only $26! They make the perfect gift!

4. Something For Work

Is your gal a hardworking healthcare professional? If yes, then purchase her a set of the most comfortable and fashionable scrubs out there! Medelita is the place to shop for scrubs. Featured above is their Horizon Scrub Top, which features a flattering neckline, a countered waist, and four pockets. And as you can see, Medelita can customize your top with your name and a logo! I've paired the top with their Delta Scrub Pants. These bottoms have all the pockets you'd ever need -- two in the front with zippers, and another four angled pockets on the sides (perfect for your cell phone)! These are my all time favorite scrubs. In fact, I have another set coming in the mail soon!

5. Something Homey


You can never go wrong with giving someone a candle! But be unique and give her a candle that has meaning behind it like these B.A.R.E Soaps candles featured above. B.A.R.E Soaps is an American bath and body company that uses their proceeds to help support a soap recycling workshop in India. They pay women fair wages to recycle used hotel soap to be redistributed to slum children. Their products both candles and soaps are all natural and 100% American made using sustainable sources, including rainforest-alliance-certified palm oil. For a full review on their soap products visit this older BTFL blog post.

6. Something Radiant


If you’re looking for a romantic gift, consider gifting her a sensual fragrance. Take for example the Bella Blanca scent by Oscar de la Renta. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air while floating on a white rose petal cloud. Featured above is the 3.4 oz bottle found at Macy’s. You can also find the smaller 1 oz bottle at Ulta!


7. Something Personalized

Does your man have an Apple Watch? If so, he needs a Casetify band. Casetify is my favorite apple-watch-band company because they offer an enormous variety of quality bands. And now, they’re offering a customizable one! That means you can choose 1-3 colors and have it monogramed. This gives you complete freedom to tailor the accessory to match his personal style!

8-10. Something For A Fashionable Fella


A fashion-forward man can never have too many socks am I right?! These fun floral socks by Psycho Bunny make an incredible stocking stuffer. They’re soft, warm, and most importantly trendy! If he’s a little more on the sporty size, think about giving him a baseball cap instead. I’m a huge fan of this classic navy baseball cap by Psycho Bunny, featured above. Last but certainly not least, is the gift of.. a magazine subscription! Bill really enjoys reading Esquire, so I highly recommend that one. As Esquire says, “GET THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE GUIDE FOR THE SOPHISTICATED MAN.”

I hope that this list helps in gift shopping for your loved ones this holiday season! HAPPY SHOPPING!



Grin And B.A.R.E It - The Story about a Bath And Body Company That Gives Back

Today's post is all about a company that gives back! B.A.R.E Soaps is an American bath and body company that uses their proceeds to help support a soap recycling workshop in India. They pay women fair wages to recycle used hotel soap to be redistributed to slum children. "We love it because being sustainable both environmentally and economically is super important to us." says Jessie Yoh, CEO of B.A.R.E. Soaps. Their products are all natural and 100% American made using sustainable sources, including rainforest-alliance-certified palm oil. Today I'm both honored and excited to share my thoughts about some of their popular products!

To start off, the Black Tie Affair and the Jubilee Jam bars are two of their most-loved products. Both of these 5.5 oz soaps are triple milled with goat's milk, which makes them great for sensitive and dry skin. Not to mention, they both smell heavenly. The Black Tie Affair bar smells like Eucalyptus and the Jubilee Jam bar, not surprisingly, smells like freshly made blueberry jam. They can be purchased either separately or sold together as the Essential Duo, which is on sale for 50% off right now when you use code TEACH50. This set certainly makes a great gift by the way!

Their smaller 4 oz soaps like the Lemondrop and the Sunshine bars also make wonderful presents. In fact, the Sunshine bar has been my all time favorite soap ever! I love the citrus smell, the smooth feel, and the orange glow of the bar. It's clear that B.A.R.E. Soaps puts an incredible amount of thought into the design and ingredients that go into each bar.  

Last but certainly not least, are the Reinvigorate Facial Clay Scrub and Deep Cleanse Mud Mask, which are sold separately or together as the Royal Treatment Duo. I can't tell you how much I love these products! The scrub lightly exfoliates, and leaves the skin soft and smelling great! Meanwhile, the mud mask does a great job at removing impurities and leaving the skin feeling tight and rejuvenated. These products make me feel pampered and are a great way to unwind from a hard day. Plus, it makes me feel even better knowing that these products are sustainably made and that the brand gives back to a community in need. 


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