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  • Writer's pictureCarolina Andes

2018 Ultimate Gift Guide

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

I’m going to be honest - I WISH I was the mom that had it all together. Super thoughtful and individually selected gifts, perfectly curated and prepared for each person on my list. But I’m not. I really care and I really love giving gifts but I’m a hot mess most of the time. I can barely remember my own grocery list, let alone remember details that would help me pick unique gifts for my one million family members.

So, I’ve curated a list of gifts and who they’ll be great for on your list!

Valentia Skincare Products

FOR: Friends, Sister, Your own stocking stuffers!

These products are DREAMY. Organic, pure, and like little drops of heaven on your skin. The Rose Water and jojoba oil are part of my nightly skin routine, and the dry brush set has done wonders for my skin!

I may or may not have already sent these to my husband as (very direct) hints to stuff my stocking with everything Valentia he can find on Amazon to restock my collection! These also make great gifts for your friends, sister, auntie, or any other girl who appreciates beautiful, organic skin care products!

Shop Valentia here

Minted Personalized Products

For: Grandma and Grandpa, Kids

Personalized photo gifts are ALWAYS a win, and Minted takes the prize year after year for best quality and best not cheesy gift options. This year, we got grandparents a frame with pictures from our pictures with them! At the bottom, Minted personalized it to say “Our Family | 2018”. Every year we get them something personalized and I feel like I win for (easy) thoughtful gift giving!

I also found the cutest personalized kids aprons for my kiddos who love to bake with me! This (along with Christmas jammies) was a gift I gave to them the day we decorate our tree and baked Christmas cookies! It was such a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit! Any kid on your list would love a fun gift with their name on it!

We also get our Christmas cards here because they’re the best.

Aura Wi-Fi Smart Frame

FOR: Grandma and Grandpa, Mom

It’s been on Oprah’s favorite things list for the last few year - need I say more? If its good enough for Oprah's list, its good enough to make anyone’s list!

"Limited storage, schlimited schmorage. When you download the Aura app, you can upload and share an infinite number of photos with anyone who has its companion picture frame, whether they live near or far." — Oprah 

Setting this frame up is super easy - turn it on, download the app, connect to wifi, and start sharing photos from your phone. This is an amazing gift for grandparents, because you can keep adding new pictures from anywhere, at any time!

But this is also the kind of gift that I want for myself…hint, hint, hubby, if you’re reading this ;)

Shop Aura Frames here

Love Your Melon Beanie

FOR: Friends, Sister

These beanies are cute, comfy, and trendy. It makes me feel like I still know whats cool while gift giving, and who doesn’t love a beanie during winter?!

Plus, I always love having an opportunity to shop consciously, and fifty percent (50%) of net profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to the Love Your Melon Fund to support our nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer, create therapeutic experiences and fund charitable programming initiatives for children and families battling cancer. How awesome is that?!

Shop Love Your Melon here

The Dream PlannerFOR: Co-worker, Friend

I’ve tried almost every top planner out there (check back after Christmas for a full review!) and Horatio Printing’s The Dream Planner has won itself a spot as my favorite planner ever! It helps organize your goals, continues to motivate you, and has page layouts that optimize organization of your time and resources.

This beautiful plan is a great and easy way to WOW someone with a gift!

Shop Dream Planners here

Burts Bees Baby Jammies

FOR: Kids - and the whole family!

Every year my kids look forward to Christmas jammies, and hands down my favorites are Burts Bees Baby Family Jammies! The quality is amazing (we still have our jammies being passed down from 3 years ago!) and the prints are timeless. Plus, they make for the BEST family Christmas pictures!!

Shop Burts Bees Here

Use code “CAROLINA20” for 20% off!

Cuddle and Kind Dolls

FOR: Kids

I started supporting this company when my third son was born and they were on Kickstarter, because I LOVE that they are a conscious shopping option. For every doll you buy, they provide TEN meals to a child in need. So one gift gives tenfold! My sons and daughter love their collection, and I love knowing that each doll represents a child who was fed a meal he or she wouldn’t have had otherwise. This year, my baby girl will have Charlotte the dog under the Christmas tree!

Shop Cuddle and Kind Here

HeyDad Subscription Box

FOR: Husband, Grandpa - Any of the great dads on your shopping list!

My son and husband loved building a race track together!

This subscription box, per the website, is “a subscription box for dads who love their kids but think most of their toys are dumb and boring”. I got this for my husband this past Father’s Day and he and our sons LOVED IT. It was an easy way for my husband to come home and have an activity with the kids that everyone found enjoyable. Everyone laughed and played and all we needed was in this little box. It makes a great gift that you can give for 1-3 months to any of the great dads or grandpas in your life! Plus, they have a podcast that is HILARIOUS for all parents to tune into!

Shop HeyDad Here!

Samsung POWERbot Robot Vacuum

FOR: YOURSELF, any well-deserving mother

This is the dream. My #1 on my personal Christmas list (hint hint, hubby, if you're reading this). All I want is a robot vacuum that works like a top-of-the-line vacuum instead like your typical robotic vacuum. The Samsung POWERbot wins all the reviews and I am shamelessly begging my husband for one of these for Christmas! This is as close as it gets to having a house that cleans itself! If you want to win the award for best gift-giver ever, this is your gift!

Shop Samsung POWERbot Here!

That's everything! I want to know - what items are on your shopping list this year? And which of these items are you sending to your family and friends to buy for YOU?!

Happy Shopping!

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