**Cue the Christmas music**
The older I get the more I realize there are things you need and there are things you love, and when the stars align, those things overlap. This year, I'm sharing my list of those overlaps with you! Some of these things I've used to death and had to buy again, some of them I bought one time and I'll have them for life, and a couple are on my Christmas list this year!
1. Sweet Leather Goods Clutch 2. Parish Ink go-to t-shirt 3. BeautyCounter sheer lipstick 4. CHI Flatiron 5. Anam Cara Necklace 6. Moleskine journal 7. Pottery by Osa 8. KitchenAid mixer 9.Beauty by John O'Donohue 10. Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins 11. Essential Oil Diffuser Cuff 12. Olive + Ani Diffuser Oils 13. World Hug by Laura Berger14. Compliment tape 15. Smartwool socks 16. Big Squeezy 17. Yeti rambler lowball 18. Leisuremann's 19.LOUISIANA print 20. Aaronic Blessing 21. Bravery Pins by Emily McDowell 22. 13 Stone Turquoise ring 23. Be Nice shirt 24. Cane River Pecans 25. BR Succulents 26. Monstera Earrings 27. Zum Mist - Frankencense & Myrrh 28. Modern Minimal Turquoise Cuff
That Sweet Leather clutch has been on my Christmas list all year. It will be the perfect place to keep my sheer lipstick from Beauty Counter, which is the best no mess bold color without all the creepy chemicals. I've had the same Chi flatiron since college 10+ years ago?! That's saying a lot. My dad started giving me journals in grade school, and I can't remember a time without them — these simple black ones by Moleskine are timeless. Anything by Osa is usually a mixture of the best form and perfect function. Our KitchenAid mixer was a wedding gift and has been a workhorse since we got it. It's a go-in-together kind of gift, but if you're looking for a group gift to mom, this one is perfect. BOOKS! I can never have enough. I read both of these more than once this year and just bought 10 copies of Beauty as Christmas gifts. It's my all time favorite book. I don't leave home without my essential oil diffuser cuff, and it's usually loaded with Lafayette local Olive + Ani oils.
I've had a crush on Laura Berger's work for a while now, and if this one came as a Christmas card, I'd send it to all of you #worldhug. Compliment tape because who doesn't need more of those. Smartwool socks! I bought my first pair when I worked at the Backpacker and they lasted like 15 years, no kidding. So worth the $$. The Big Squeezy, I'm addicted, gift cards to this place are like telling your people you love them from the inside out. My yeti rambler is the only reason I've had a hot or cold beverage all year. Leisuremann's travel cocktails are going to be my go-to stocking stuffer this year, Louisiana local, handcrafted drink mixes on the go #winning. This Louisiana print by Parish Ink is back and one of my very favorite (and educational) things I own. The Aaronic Blessing necklace will probably be my most gifted self made thing this year. We all need more blessing. HAVE YOU SEEN BRAVERY PINS? I'm obsessed. I bought a bag full of them at Lionheart Prints a couple of weeks ago and I think they are genius. Go browse all of them! You're guaranteed to find one made for you. The 13 stone ring is my holiday cheer on one finger.
Every year I treat myself to one shirt from Ban.do. This year it was their new Be Nice shirt and I'm already wearing it to death. What can I say, I'm nuts for theses pecans! We gift these to our vendors so I can live vicariously through everyone eating them. If you love pecans, Cane River has the best. New on the local scene is BR Succulents! I love them but they are dangerous. I have no limit to how many succulents my wannabe minimalist self will buy (plants don't count in minimalism do they??) Monstera earrings because even though they are lightweight, they are bold and fun. This Frankencinse & Myrrh spray by Zum has become my signature scent. I figure if 2 out of 3 of baby Jesus's gift are in this mist, it's got to be pretty good stuff. Last but not least is my Minimal Turquoise Cuff, I stack this bad boy with my Diffuser Cuff every day.
I hope this gives you some fun new ideas for your Christmas lists! I'd love to hear your go-to's and favorites — leave them in the comments!