I am passionate about giving. I also love sharing the things I love having, using, reading in my life and I decided that this year I would share with you some of my favourite things in case you are looking at gifting yourself something nice this Christmas.

These also make amazing gifts for those special in your life. I believe the best gifts to give are those I would love to receive!

Here is my curated gift guide:

Books:

●  52 changes for the mind. This is an easy read full of fun, easy to implement, research-proven strategies to change your mindset. I love this book. It is fun and easy to read.

●  Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. She has many incredible books, this one will always be my favorite! All about being vulnerable.

●  The Monk who sold his ferrari Another great read that you can keep on your bookshelf and re-read as many times as you need to. A classic of mindset, if you ask me.

●  Breaking the Habit of being yourself Joe Dispenza is one of my favorite authors. This book is less of an “easy read” and more of a “mind-blowing” experience. If you believe you can’t change, read this book, PRONTO!

Coffee:

If you are as passionate as I am about having the best coffee at home, there is no other coffee like Devocion. Keep in mind this coffee is coming from their NYC location but it is 100% Colombian and 100% delicious.

Coffee mugs:

●  Travel mug, this is my one and only: YETI

●  At home, this one is my favorite mug -it has a spot to place your thumb while you hold your drink, it is massive and so beautiful: MUGS pssst this is also my favorite clothing store.

Water bottle:

I love this water bottle. It meets all my needs. It has zero plastic, it is big enough to fit lots of water without making it impossible to carry around, fits in my car holder and comes in many nice colours. I LOVE IT.

 

Makeup essentials:

I’m not one to use lots of makeup but when I do, I make sure that it is clean of harmful ingredients and for that reason my go to brands are: Milk, Beautycounter, Tarte. Here is what I love from each brand:

●  Mascara This one is gluten free. Imagine, they can put gluten in make up!

●  Blush It is silky, beautiful and looks so natural. I also use it on my lips.

●  Eyeliner I like this one because it makes the job easier. Easy to clean at the end of the day and it does not irritate my sensitive skin.

●  Eyeshadow Also gluten free and so soft on the skin.

●  Priming Serum Oh, this one makes your skin so soft and glowy. You only need a little bit at the time.

●  Eye makeup remover It is oil-based so it does not dry out your skin.

Skin Care:

During my many years trying to conceive, and learning about the harm effects that the majority of beauty products have for women, I became a huge advocate for clean products. I already shared with you my favourite clean brands of makeup. I am now going to share what I use for face and body cream, serums and masks.

Eminence products

Choose the line that matches your current skin needs. I personally LOVE finding pieces of blueberries in my cream. It is fertility friendly, which also means HEALTHY.

Planner:

If you are an old-school kind of gal, and love carrying around a planner and a pen, choose any from Monk Manual. You can’t pick the wrong thing.

Comfort clothing:

● This is one of my favorite outfits to wear at home on lazy days or, after work. It’s a three-piece lounge outfit.

Align yoga pants from Lulu-lemon have to be my favorite pants to wear, all year long. They feel light and soft and they grow with you 🙂

 

Lastly, I wanted to share a list of gifts that you can ask for or give, that collect no dust!

 

Babysitting:

If you have parents on your gift list, consider giving them a child-free afternoon or a day (if feeling very generous). Every parent dreams of having some time to themselves or for the couple. Have a movie day in your home, or a craft afternoon and give the parents that time to do whatever they want. This could potentially cost you nothing and trust me, will feel like the most valuable gift to those parents and those children! It is a win, win gift!

Coffee/tea date:

Gift a girlfriend a special one on one moment while sipping on your favorite hot drink or wine! If you are doing this at home, make sure the house is free for your friend(s) only, set up the table Martha Stewart style, dress up, dress down, whatever makes you feel happiest and make the visit feel extra special with small touches throughout the date.

Meals on wheels:

Are you a good cook? Or do you have at least one recipe you master and know is delicious? Put your favorite song on, get inspired to make this recipe with your heart and surprise one of the people on your list with it. Delivered right to their home. Or, if you want this to be under the tree, make a gift card with a photo of the meal and tell them one of those is being delivered to them soon.

Love letter:

If you are like me and many of your relatives and friends live in another country, let’s make use of the good old days! Grab pen, paper and send your relative a handwritten letter. True, social media keeps us connected and in the know but when was the last time you received a letter from someone you love? I recently received one and it was the highlight of my week. I loved it. The letter can include some loving points like why you are thankful for them being in your life or memories you will always cherish. You can add a photo or something you made that fits in the envelope. Trust me, you and them will love that gift.

Music playlist:

A few months back I was searching for new music. I wanted to hear something different from my regular playlists. I found a couple of new playlists that my friend put together and wholly molly! Seems so simple and insignificant, but the time it saved me was nice and I loved listening to songs I wouldn’t even know to search for.

Tickets to an activity:

I did say not all were free gifts! Recently, when being asked what they should buy for Christmas, all I could think of were activities. Let’s face it, most people in our lives have everything they want. So I have loved the idea of looking for activities that I would love to do with the person I am giving the gift to, or, an activity I think they will enjoy. For example, I gave my niece and nephew a year pass to an activity park! It is the gift that keeps giving, they can go multiple times and I can join them sometimes. I bought my husband tickets to a concert he will love, and just like that, the gift is exciting for them, for me and it will leave us with MEMORIES!!!

Courses:

Last but not least, is anyone on your list in need of a little learning? Cooking classes, yoga, or a second language course? I love the idea of giving someone the opportunity to invest in themselves. Sometimes we want to learn something but we don’t want to spend the money on ourselves but would totally do it if someone else would give us a push.

 

Merry Christmas friend!