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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Unique Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Under $60 - For Her

There are only 10 days until Valentine's Day! The day of love! And what better way to show your love than with a kind gesture and a thoughtful gift.  If you haven't purchased something for your special lady yet, I'd suggest getting those orders in soon. To help with the process, I've put together this list of unique gifts that are perfect for Valentine's Day! 


Accessories For Her Phone

Go ALL PINK this Valentine's Day with some practice gifts for her smartphone. These phone accessories by iDeal Of Sweden, are not only useful presents, but are also extremely trendy. Take for example this, Pilion Pink Marble Phone Case. Marble cases are all the rage right now, and the pink hues make it perfect for V Day.  The Mayfair Clutch is also a great option as it is both a wallet and phone case. It comes with a magnetic mechanism that allows you to remove and attach any of these iDeal Of Sweden phone cases, which means you could get her both of these pink products to use together. And last but not least, this iPhone Charging Cable in "Floral Romance" just screams Valentine's Day, which isn't surprising considering the name of the pattern right? 


If She Loves Wine..

A women who doesn't love wine? It's a pretty rare finding. So going with a wine accessory is a safe and practical option as a gift. My all time favorite wine accessory is the Pyrite Wine Stopper, by Downtown Alchemy. This is literally jewelry for your wine bottle! This product helps you keep the wine fresh while also acting as a decorative piece for the table. I can't get enough of this beautiful wine stopper, and I have a feeling she'll feel the same way too.



A Fix For Those Dry Winter Lips

Let me just say, that the winter weather has been rough on my lips like year. Between the bitter cold wind and dry air, my lips were starting to look horrendous. That is until I started using this Lip Scrub, by NaturalE. I'm telling you, this is probably one of the most useful (and V-DAY appropriate) gifts you can give a girl with chapped lips. This delicious scrub lightly exfoliates the lips and then leaves them feeling buttery soft! It's really simple to use too. All you needs to do is rub a little on your lips, massage it in, then rinse with cool water, and VIOLÁ! Lips as good as new. Better than new, I might argue! 


Fun Pajamas

Lingerie is a pretty cliche gift for February 14th. Instead, I'm suggesting you go with a pair of cute pajama's to brighten up her sleepwear! I myself am in love with this Pineapple Pajama Set, by SheIn. These PJs are both affordable and adorable, not to mention comfortable! One word of advice though, if you're choosing between two sizes, always go with the larger one because PJ's are meant to be a little baggy!


Accessories For Her Apple Watch

I've seen so many apple watch bands out there, but none like this Harris Tweed Merlot Apple Watch Band, by Vario! These bands work as a gift for either gender, but I think the Merlot color is especially appropriate to gift a women for Valentine's Day. Also featured here is the same tweed band but in the Ash Grey color. The apple watch isn't the most traditional looking watch if you know what I mean, but with the help of this tweed band it can be transformed into a classic and sophisticated accessory.


If you're looking for gifts "for him," then check out my other V-DAY blog post.. Unique Valentine's Day Gift Ideas Under $50 - For Him! Hoping that everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!


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