11 Amazon Gift Ideas for the Home

Gifting presents to anyone in their mid-twenties might seem a little tricky. Should you give a present or just cold, hard cash? As most of my friends and I are just starting out our lives, moving into new apartments or homes, getting engaged or starting new jobs, receiving small appliances–often times things we wouldn’t buy because we don’t think to or can’t afford it–is so appreciated. If you have a friend, child, grandchild, etc. that’s just starting out in the “real” world, these 11 Amazon products would make excellent gifts!

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  1. Vitamix Blender $199: I would DIE if I opened this on Christmas! Vitamix blenders are great quality blenders and last forever. They’re much more expensive than something you could usually grab in Target or Walmart, but they’re certainly worth it.
  2. Wine Chiller $24: This would make a great gift for you wine-loving friends!
  3. Instant Pot $60: I love a crockpot, but I’ve heard such great things about this too. For someone who is new to cooking, I’m always looking for simple recipes, and I know that using the Instant Pot would make cooking a lot less overwhelming. It would also be great for moms, grandmas, etc. who have busy schedules and need a quick fix to making dinner quickly!
  4. Clothes Steamer $20: I know when I moved into my own place for the first time, a steamer (or clothes iron) never crossed my mind on things I needed for my home. This would be a great, practical gift!
  5. Stemless Wine Glasses (6 pack) $12: If you’re gifting a wine chiller, why not add wine glasses and a nice bottle of wine too? I love stemless wine glasses and think a simple set would make a wonderful gift for a new home owner, etc.
  6. Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker $80: This isn’t the most high-end version of the Keurig, but it’s practical and gets the job done. It’s also on sale right now, so grab one while you can!
  7. KitchenAid Artisan Mini Series Mixer $189: I’ve wanted one of these for years. For under $200, this would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to bake!
  8. 40 Pack of K-Cups $25: I think this would make a perfect gift for any coffee lover! K-Cups can be so pricey, so I know I would appreciate receiving a whole box of them. For some extra lovin’, give a gift that keeps on giving and sign your family member/best friend up for a year subscription.
  9. iRobot Roomba $249: This is certainly a higher-ticket item, but the Roomba’s are all the rave right now! This is on sale for such a great price too (you’ll save $125!!!).
  10. Amazon Echo Dot $20 (2ndGen): Josh bought this for my birthday a few years ago. I really like how small the Echo Dot is, and this is a great price point to gift a friend as a house warming gift or a “Thank You” for hosting a holiday party!
  11. Simply Calphalon 10pc Cookware Set $110: I received this set as a Christmas gift about two years ago when Josh and I first moved into our own apartment. It is such a great set of cookware, is great quality, and has everything you need for a young adult who is just starting to learn how to cook ha!

 

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Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

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Beauty Steals and Splurges: 12 Products You Need this Christmas

I love gifting beauty products as Christmas presents! Ulta has the best deals during the holiday season (sorry if you’re a Sephora gal), and I usually go crazy buying stocking stuffers and splurge items. I’ve included many items I own already in this list, because they are just that great, along with a few others that are currently in my cart. If you’re stuck on what to buy your girlfriend for Christmas, makeup is always a great choice.

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  1. Tula Insta Bright Mask $26: Would make a great stocking stuffer!
  2. ABH Glow Kit $24 (BLACK FRIDAY DEAL) or $40: This is such a steal! ABH products are amazing quality and these highlighters are so pigmented. $24 for 4??? Grab one while you can!
  3. OPI Nail Polish $5 (BLACK FRIDAY DEAL): Love OPI colors. Grab “OPI Funny Bunny” for a great neutral or “Lincoln Park After Dark” if you’re into darker colors.
  4. CHANEL Mademoiselle Perfume $90+ (is in select Ulta stores): I bought this as a gift for myself after finishing grad school and I’m obsessed! It’s a splurge for sure, but the scent is amazing and definitely makes me feel more of an adult. Goodbye middle school Juicy Couture perfume!!!
  5. First Aid Beauty Ulta Repair Cream $30: My sister recently recommended this to me, so I’m super excited to try it!
  6. Morphe 9pc Brush Set $19.50 (BLACK FRIDAY DEAL) or $39: If your girlfriend, sister, best friend, mom, etc. looks like they might need a new set of makeup brushes, this is a great set at a great price point!
  7. LovingTan 2 Hour Express Self-Tanner $40: Love this stuff! I use it quite regularly and the color is great. It doesn’t leave streaks and, unlike other self-tanners, doesn’t have an overwhelming smell.
  8. Jade Roller $12: I’ve been wanting to start using jade rollers to decrease puffiness in my face for a while now! Grabbing this one on Amazon for myself and maybe my sisters! It would make a great stocking stuffer.
  9. Buxom 6pc Lip Kit $40: Buxom lip products are some of my favorite. They make your lips look so plump!
  10. Petite Heat Naked Palette $15: I need this! This would be the perfect palette for spicing up your everyday makeup routine.
  11. Lorac PRO Palette $44: My go-to eyeshadow palette!
  12. No7 Early Defense Skincare System $56.99: Mom bought me this last Christmas and I love it! It’s never too early to start preventive skin care regimens!

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XOXO,

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Gift Guide for Her

Shopping for your any woman in your life can be tricky, so I’ve put together a list of 14 gifts that would be great for your sister, mom, aunt, best friend, girlfriend, etc. Most items can be found on Amazon, but I’ve included some items from small businesses that I think you would love.  From makeup to books, from under $15 to over $100, I hope this helps you find the perfect gift for the women in your life!

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  1. Quay Australia Sunglasses $60+: This sunglasses are so cute! The ombre lenses and classic round pair are my favorite. They’re currently BOGO free with code “BOGO.”
  2. Fossil Virginia Quartz Rose Gold & Opal Watch $130: I personally own this watch and LOVE IT! It’s not too large, is the cutest color, and is perfect for work. This is the perfect “dressy” watch if you’re in the market for one.
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette $42: I’ve been eyeing this palette for months! ABH products are such high quality/pigment, and I couldn’t recommend this palette more. The neutral tones would be great for everyday makeup!
  4. Gucci Belt Replica $15: Typically I’m not a fan of dupes, but this is too good to pass up. I’ve heard they won’t be around for much longer, so if you’ve been wanting a Gucci belt but can’t afford the real deal, this would be a good option.
  5. Local Eclectic’s Beyond Basic Opal & Diamond Stacking Ring Set $85: I’m obsessed with dainty rings and this set from Local Eclectic is to die for!!! They have some of the prettiest, unique jewelry. If the girl in your life is into gemstones or unique pieces, check out their entire site!
  6. Adidas Originals Women’s Swift Run W $90 (Amazon): Blush-colored sneakers are so cute! I love the look and comfort of adidas, and think that these shoes would make the perfect gift for your friend. Great for casual wear or working out!
  7. Birkenstock Arizona Birko-FLOR Sandal $100: I got a similar pair of Birkenstocks last year and have worn them almost every single day. If I were to get another pair, it would for sure be these! I’m loving the matte black look.
  8. Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody $98 (50% off!): UGH I need this bag!!! It’s 50% off at Nordstrom right now and the blush color would be great for spring! Similar bags are running $300+, so grab this one while you can!
  9. O-Venture Key Ring $25: If you’re looking for a cute key ring this is a great option. I’m constantly having issues with holding my keys, Fitz’s leash, and purse, so I love that this can be worn as a bracelet. They come in so many colors/styles, so check out their entire site!
  10. & 12. Girl, Wash Your Face $12: I’ve heard so many great things about this book and want to read it so bad!
  11. Fujifilm Instax Mini $69: I love this gift idea for any girl that’s obsessed with taking pictures! They’re so cute for hanging on walls, gifting to friends, etc.’
  12. Woman Code: I’ve seen Lee From America talk about this book frequently, and I’m constantly trying to learn more about how I can understand (and work with) my body. I’m definitely ordering this one!
  13. 13.BaubleBar MTWTF Resin Hoop Set $84 (53% off!): I know I keep saying this, but I’m seriously obsessed with these. Tortoise is so in this season, and this entire set would be so great for any girl in your life who is fashion-obsessed! This set is also a complete STEAL. 5 earrings for under $100?! Count me in!
  14. Urban Outfitters Record Player $99: LOVE LOVE LOVE this! This is a great option for your music-obsessed gal pals! UO is also having a sale on vinyl, so grab a few records to go along with it. There’s nothing better than gifting your friend their favorite music imo. 🙂

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

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Gift Guide For Him

I’ve found that shopping for my boyfriend has easily been the hardest person to shop for every holiday season, and I know that I’m not alone. I’ve tried to compile a list of gifts that meet every price point, but would still be great gifts for your man (or any man in your life). Many of these gifts can be found on Amazon or Dick’s Sporting Goods. 🙂

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  1. North Face Quarter Zip Fleece Pullover $60 (25% off): Josh currently owns this, and I wear it all the time LOL. It’s so warm and comfy!!
  2. Ralph Lauren Polo Red $85 + free gift w/ purchase: Love the smell of this cologne! Josh wears “Very Sexy” men’s cologne from Victoria’s Secret, but if I could get him to switch, it would be to this one! I’ve linked it to Ulta in the event that you want to earn reward points, but you can get this cologne at various major retailers too.
  3. Nike Swift Running Shoe $60+ on Amazon: Josh picked these ones out haha. They kind of look like dad shoes to me, but they’re definitely comfortable!
  4. Beats Pill + Portable Speaker $129: We own this and love it! It works so great and is really durable (we’ve dropped it so many times haha).
  5. Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses $100: I’ve purchased these for Josh in the past and he loves them! You can get them customized on the Oakley website, but I think at this price point, it’s hard to pass up on Amazon.
  6. Van Der Hagen’s Men’s Luxury Shave Kit $28: Shave kits are a great gift for any guy in your life! I think this option would be good for anyone that’s new to shaving or new to using shaving kits. Josh is obsessed with growing out his beard, so if I’m gonna put up with a beard, I can at least make sure it’s well kept. 😉
  7. Fossil Watch $108: Love this option for a nice leather watch! It’s great for work or dressier occasions and the bands can be switched out too.
  8. Tool Box $23: Another great option for your twenty-something+ guy in your life!
  9. Whiskey Glass Set $30: Pair this set with a great bottle of whiskey and it would be the best gift for any guy in your life!
  10. Beats PowerBeats3 Wireless $99: Love these for the gym, running, etc. They’re a great price too!
  11. Duke Sweatshirt/NCAA Gear: Found this awesome sweatshirt at Dick’s! I typically always get Josh something sports relating (his faves are Duke and the Carolina Panthers!).
  12. Apple Watch Series 3 $300: This is the most expensive item on all of my gift guides, but if you’re looking for a splurge item, this is it!

What are you buying the men in your life for the holidays?!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

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10 Gifts Under $35 You Need to Buy Your Twenty-Something Gal Pals for the Holidays

Y’all!!! It’s finally Thanksgiving break for me, and I cannot wait to stuff my face with all the food, spend some much needed quality time with my family, and SHOP!

But if you’re anything like me, buying your girlfriends gifts for the holidays can be freaking stressful. As a graduate assistant who has no other source of income other than my modest stipend, buying gifts for anyone is quite challenging. I also think it’s pretty hard to buy gifts for your twenty-something girlfriends when everyone is at such different stages in their lives. I have besties who are still in college, some who just graduated and are starting their careers and/or are moving in with their boyfriends (so excited for you Ayla and Kris!!!), and others who are off getting married and having babies (wuuuut). So, I’ve complied a list of ten gifts that I think would be perfect for your twenty-something-year-old besties, and they are all under $35!!!
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  • Buxom Plump and Contour Lip Trio | $20 What girl doesn’t love a good lip color? I’m obsessed with Buxom products, but they’re quite expensive (a typical full tube of lipgloss is $20). This trio is the perfect color for the fall, can be worn every day, and literally lasts forever.
  • Baublebar Criselda Ball Shoulder Duster Earrings | $29 I die over these ball shoulder duster earrings and have quite a few pairs. I’ve linked Baublebar earrings, but you can also get a similar pair of them here ($13). They’re perfect for your girlfriends who love dressing up / adding fun touches to their outfits.
  • Tarte’s Maneater Mischief Eye Set | $22 I’ve used Tarte’s Maneater mascara and eyeliner for months and absolutely love them. This gift is perfect for your makeup-obsessed girlfriends, especially those who love a killer winged eyeliner.
  • 4pc Cheers Stemless Wine Glasses | $10 This gift is a steal!! This set of four stemless wine glasses is perfect for your  wine-lovin’ gal pals who just moved into their own place! Oooooor just your wine-lovin’ besties.
  • Single Image Frame Marble Finish Black & White | $15 I love anything marble, and this frame could go with anything! I think it’s so special giving friends a cute picture of you and them, especially if you’re like me and don’t get to see you friends very often. The more personalized the gift, the better!
  •  Gilligan & O’Malley Pajama Set | $20 Y’ALL!! If you don’t buy these for your bestie, at least buy them for yourself. These are the most comfortable pajamas I’ve ever worn in my life! Don’t get me wrong, I still love sleeping in bae’s t-shirts, but these pajamas are liiiiiiife. Seriously. They’re the softest and would make such a great gift! (Also, does wearing pajamas now mean I’m/we’re #adulting??)
  • Becca Lit-From-Within Kit | $20 Get ya girls this highlighter kit and their Christmas tree won’t be the only thing getting lit this year haha. This Becca highlighter is hands down my favorite and is so pigmented. It’s also a travel size (which is what I currently own), and I think it’s the perfect size. It’ll seriously last you forever.
  • She Believed She Could, So She Did MantraBand | $35 This is one of my favorite sayings, and I think it would be such a sweet gift for your bestie, especially those who are just starting their careers or are just about to graduate!
  • Prosecco Pong | $25 This is such a fun gift for your girlfriends who love to drink / play drinking games! It would also be a perfect for a girls night over the holiday break.
  • Monogrammed Porcelain Mug | $5  I love giving mugs for presents, and the monogram adds such a sweet touch. Pairing this with some of your friend’s favorite coffee blends, giving them one of your favorite blends to try, or even adding a special holiday blend is a great, affordable option for a more personal gift.

I’m so obsessed with all of these products and hope you’ve found them helpful! I’ll be posting more gift guides on the blog soon, and you’ll be able to locate/shop them all under the “Holiday” tab on my home page. Happy shoppin’!

XO,

Ashlyn