Coming through! I’m coming in just under the wire to bring you my annual holiday gift guide, so you can take advantage of those crazy “Cyber Monday” sales (can we give today a new name already?). This is the one time of the year that I share my favorite non-cooking related things, although plenty of those snuck in, too. These are all items that I personally own and recommend. As you may have noticed in my recipes, I’m very particular, so it takes a lot to make the cut.
This year’s guide is bigger than ever, and a lot of my favorites are on sale this holiday season. Before we dive into candles, coats and cookbooks, though, I have a couple of unconventional ideas. If you’d rather ask your mom to donate to charity instead of buying you a sweater you won’t wear, Small Token is a new app that makes it super easy to donate. It’s like the PayPal/Venmo of charitable donations, and 100 percent of the amount donated goes directly to the charity. How cool is that?
Also, if your friends are always telling you, “You should really start a blog,” I have a new guide for that! (And here’s my more specific food blog guide.) Or, if you’re always telling a loved one to start a blog, maybe you could get them going? That’s how a lot of great blogs get started!
For even more ideas, check out my kitchen essentials, as well as last year’s holiday gift guide. Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I’ll get a small commission if you purchase through my links (at no cost to you, of course). Thank you for supporting Cookie and Kate.
On My List
I’m contemplating a new bike (my old single-speed doesn’t do well on Missouri hills). And any/all of these gorgeous Italian shoes, although I need none of them. Also eyeing Soko’s brass and horn earrings and St. Frank’s metallic peace basket coasters.
For the Hostess
Owl & Mouse Cocktail Napkins
My friends Cristin and Alice make these awesome little napkins (also available in larger sizes). I love their dip-dyed scarves, too (that’s me modeling the green scarf!).
AHeirloom Personalized Cutting Boards
AHeirloom makes really cool, engraved cutting boards with your family name, wedding date, you name it. Order now, because these take a few weeks to make.
Voluspa Reed Diffuser in Baltic Amber
I’m obsessed with this scent. It’s warm and inviting and doesn’t irritate my allergies like floral scents can. I get a good whiff of it every time I walk by my bathroom now, thanks to this diffuser. Bonus? It comes in the prettiest box I have ever seen.
So cute, and takes up virtually no space in my holiday decor box.
Voluspa Mini Candle in Baltic Amber
My favorite scent again, in candle form. This brand of coconut wax candles burns way longer than most. This little one goes for 20 hours, and the bigger candle burns for 100, which is longer than most other candles at the same price point/size.
Small Marble Tray
Target calls this a cheese board, but I’m using it to keep my kitchen soap and dish accessories tidy.
Navy Linen Napkins
I’m asking for more of these for Christmas. They wash well and they’re so dark that I dare you to stain them.
For the Avid Cook
Vitamix Professional Series
This is a world class blender. What more can I say?
Le Creuset 5.5 Quart Dutch Oven
Heirloom quality cookware from France. I swear, everything tastes better when it’s cooked in one of these. The white one is the 5.5 quart, which is a great medium-to-large size. The red one is the smaller 3.5 quart, which would be a nice size for a single person or a couple, but the 5.5 quart is my go-to.
This is the magical veggie noodle-making contraption everyone’s talking about! I love making curly zucchini noodles with this thing.
The Love and Lemons Cookbook
My friend Jeanine released the most gorgeous cookbook this year. It’s full of fresh, simple vegetarian recipes that are organized by type of produce. If you love my recipes, I’m confident you’ll love hers, too.
A Cozy Coloring Cookbook
Adrianna of A Cozy Kitchen just released a fun cookbook that you can color! Her corgi, Amelia, makes frequent appearances, of course.
The Year of Cozy
Also by Adrianna, this book is organized by season, with recipes and fun crafts for each one.
For the Fancy Foodie
These generously sized mugs are very pretty, and they come in other colors, too. Available in sets of four online, and individually in Anthropologie stores.
French Taper Rolling Pin
I bought this at Vermont Farm Table a couple of months ago, on Alanna‘s recommendation. I still haven’t used it, but she says they’re the best and gives them to her friends as wedding gifts. Guess I’d better make a pie soon!
Vinley Market Wine Club
Awesome wines delivered monthly for a reasonable rate, with cute wine cards so you can learn about what you’re drinking. I tried one month on them and completely enjoyed the wines they sent. You can enter a gift message at checkout if you’d like!
Dona Chai Concentrate
If you have a chai tea fanatic in your life, she should try this chai concentrate. It’s pricy for what you get, but absolutely delicious.
Built Wine Carrier
You know, for when you’re taking white wine to the park. Am I the only person who does that? I can also vouch for this brand’s lunch bags and laptop cases.
For the Fashionable Lady
I fell for this ultra cozy, oversized kimono-style cardigan at Loft last weekend. I’ve been wearing it ever since!
Textured Open Cardigan
You can’t see it well in the photo, but I love this textured (fuzzy) moto-style sweater. I know fuzzy can slide into frumpy really fast, but this sweater is chic, warm and comfy.
Patterned Car Coat
I was walking through Target the other day, minding my own business, when this amazing gray and white coat/sweater hybrid caught my eye. It’s really warm and looks like something you’d find at a boutique for $200.
J.Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat
Remember when I waxed poetic about this ultra warm and stylish coat last year? It’s available in blue again, and a lot more fun colors, too. The heathered purple is stunning in person, and tigerlily would definitely turn heads.
Everlane Silk Tank Tops
Everlane silk makes the list every year. They make beautiful silk tops (and cashmere and more) at reasonable prices by cutting out the middle man. I included a few of their tops in the animation above.
I’ve been wearing this cool (and affordable) bangle all year and it still looks great.
This is my go-to necklace, made by the same brand as the bangle. It’s delicate and a little edgy at the same time.
Cuyana Mini Bucket Bag
I’ve just about worn my all-time favorite black handbag to death, so I splurged on this one from Cuyana (their motto is “fewer, better things” and everything they make is gorgeous). This bag is roomy enough for all of my essentials, and then some. The outer pocket is great for my keys and keeps my phone handy when I’m grocery shopping. I couldn’t get the color balance right on this photo; it looks more like the photos on Cuyana’s site.
For the Exercise Enthusiast
Good Food Good Vibes Tank Top
McKel of Nutrition Stripped sells this awesome tank top. It’s really soft and comfortable. The arm holes hang low, which I like—it’s not very noticeable with a black sports bra underneath.
Striped Yoga Pants
These are so soft and comfy. I think they run a little small (or the “compression” effect is just too much for me), so I wear a size larger than usual. I’m wearing the same yoga pants in black right now!
My mom bought gave me this t-shirt for Christmas last year and it makes me smile. Super soft, too.
Ha! These come in different emoji options, if you’re not feeling the heart eyes.
For the Natural Beauty
Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
I’m set for eyeshadow for a long time, thanks to this palette. I can attest that these colors play nicely with green and brown eyes, and I think they’d look lovely with blue eyes, too. They wear well without creasing.
Small Zip Pouches
I just bought these tasseled waxed cotton bags for travel. One for toiletries, one for cosmetics. I’m a sucker for tassels.
Pacifica Nail Polish
This nail polish is free of the seven worst chemicals found in nail polishes… and it wears great. It looks like my two favorite colors are temporarily sold out at Ulta.com, but you may be able to find them at Ulta stores. Cinnamon Girl is bright red with orange undertones and Red Red Wine is deep burgundy.
J.R. Watkins Natural Hand Cream
A month ago, I went a little crazy ordering natural hand creams on Amazon. This is the most moisturizing, best smelling option of the bunch. If you want an ultra moisturizing overnight cream and don’t mind if it’s a little greasy, I recommend Burt’s Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream.
Osmia Lavender Body Mousse
This brand makes amazingly luxurious natural products. This body mousse is rich and moisturizing and smells heavenly. Osmia spoils me; my face has been happier since they sent me their Nectar facial oil, which I mix into my moisturizing at night.
A Few More Ideas
Mini Bell Pitcher
All of Farmhouse Pottery’s products are beautiful and dishwasher-safe. They gave me this cute little pourer when I was in Vermont a few months ago, and I’ve been using it as a vase. I also bought their cheese stone, which is so pretty.
Mercury Glass Candle in Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon
I bought this candle on sale this weekend and I’ve been burning it practically non-stop since then. When lit, the whole thing glows like a little campfire. The scent is lovely but not very strong, which is fine by me, because some are overpowering. I intend to keep the container and put a pillar candle in it when it runs out.
Public service announcement: Trader Joe’s is selling enormous orchid plants for $20 to $25 right now. I’m counting this one as my Christmas tree.
Thank you for including our book!!!!! xoxo
You know it’s my favorite! :)
Jessie @ Chasing Belle
I love that hand cream! The scent smells like those lemon cookies from the Girl Scouts :) Thanks for these ideas Kate! I have been wracking my brain for a good gift for my yogi BFF and those pants are so cute!
Yes! That’s exactly what it smells like! Hope your BFF loves those yoga pants as much as I do!
I everything on that list! Such lovely stuff!
Thank you, Rachael!
Oooo, I’ve been eyeballing that Tartelette palette, so I think you just sold me on it! This year has been a kick in my tush, so I’m just hoping to go get a facial when I can, lol. Thanks for all the neat ideas Kate!
Haha, that’s how I’d describe this year for me, too. Glad you enjoyed the post!
Those KALE shirts:) You have great finds on here. How did I not know about Vitamix’s refurbished models? And still with a warranty!! Crazy-town!
Thank you, Maria! Those Vitamixes are awesome.
I just clicked on the striped yoga pants to see which ones you liked because I only have one pair, and I laughed so hard because I am reading this post while wearing the SAME yoga pants! Clearly you have great taste. Lovely list, as usual.
Ha! That’s amazing. I live in those yoga pants. I think I own a total of 8 pairs and they’re all in my hamper right now. Eeeesh.
Kati | black.white.vivid.
Oh I found so many beautiful things on that list that I put on my own Christmas wish list right away.Like that French Taper Rolling Pin is absolutely gorgeous.
Yay! Thanks, Kati.
Bites for Foodies
What a great list of gifts!! I was especially intrigued by the engraved hardwood cutting boards…they’re gorgeous! Also, I have my heart set on a Creuset (it’s already on my Christmas wish list!)
Thank you! The cutting boards are really cool. Hope you get the Le Creuset! You’ll have it forever.
I love your posts! I live in Cambodia so am unable to buy magazines or books. Thank you for making it possible for folks to get your recipes easily through your emails. I voted for your book cover and yes, I loved all 3. Very hard choice.
LOVE the Kale shirt and inspiralizer! I’ve been wanting an ice cream maker and a vegan shirt myself!