Holiday Gift Guide: Day 1

Happy Monday!

With the start of the holiday season (in OCTOBER it seems!), I put together a few (a lot) of gift guides. The more I brainstormed, the more different ‘people’ I ended up browsing for.

Today, we’ll start with Mom and Dad and I’ll post at least two per day. I actually saw the below graphic on Facebook and really liked it. There is so much emphasis put on gifts on Christmas in our society –my house included–I wish everyone would scale back a little and focus more on being with family and friends.


Graphic from Money Saving Sisters.

Like I mentioned, today’s post will start with gift ideas for Mom and Dad. I focused on 7-9 ideas for each post you’ll see this week and tried to find a variety of items for each person on your list. I also tried to be budget-friendly and most items are below $50 (except for splurge items, of course). Additionally, the items that have red font have a charitable component included. I REALLY tried to find companies and items that gave back, even if it’s just $1 per purchase.

Without further ado, let’s get Gift Guide Week started!


For the mind: I wanted to choose a fun book for mom and I have heard amazing things about this one…I mean, let’s be honest, Tina Fey is hilarious!

To relax: Lush products are very popular in my house — they’re all natural, the company fights animal testing and gives back through its annual Charity Pot (which you’ll see later in this list). I loved this combination – it’s a bath bomb and “bubble” that both have floral scents AND it comes wrapped! Lush products smell amazing!

To accessorize: Scarves are a great accessory for everyone — you can tie them a million different ways and they can add a pop of color to an outfit. The scarf I’ve included comes in a bunch of different colors and–best of all–it supports FASHIONABLE. FASHIONABLE works with “women, both locally and globally, who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity.”

For the Home: These glasses stuck out to me because: 1. they are beautiful and 2. a portion of the profits made from them goes towards coastal restoration in the Gulf South. Mignon Faget is a very popular jeweler in New Orleans and the store carries beautiful gifts, as well. Don’t worry, they ship everywhere!

To wear: Last week, I professed my love for ponchos and this one would be a beautiful gift. Even in New Orleans, where we have very mild weather, having one or two ponchos in the wardrobe is great when the weather cools off.

To stay fit: As our parents get older, it’s important they stay active. FitBit has great products to help them do so. The Zip is the most simple of the models and would be great for a mom to keep track of her activity.

To feel pretty: The Charity Pot is a great gift that also gives back — smells amazing and leaves skin feeling so soft!

Splurge!: I chose this timeless tote as a splurge gift for mom. This is another piece that supports a great organization — Sseko Designs. Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty.  To date, Sseko Designs has enabled 60 Ugandans to continue on to University. Sseko provides employment (along with access to a comprehensive social impact program) to its team of 50 women in Uganda.

Steal!: How fun is this mug! Mom can have coffee and a treat– couldn’t resist this adorable gift!

Bonus idea!: I couldn’t resist this 31Bits necklace and bracelet combination as a great gift for mom. It’s from 31Bits’ Refined collection. So beautiful!

Now it’s Dad’s turn!


For the mind:  In the coming days, you’ll see that I did some shopping in National Geographic’s store and The Generals was one of the books I found. It takes an in-depth look at the intertwined stories of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall through WWI and the start of WWII. The great thing is — a portion of profits from the NG Store benefit the National Geographic Society which has given more than 11,000 grants supporting exploration, conservation, cultural preservation and education since its inception in 1888.

To feel handsome: This shaving set is something Dad probably won’t buy for himself, but it’s full of great products for the perfect shave!

To accessorize: Love this visor from the Human Rights Campaign website — another organization that makes some awesome gear and the profits go to a great cause!

For the Home: I couldn’t make a decision on this one! For my dad, I always end up grabbing items with his favorite teams. I love the Pelicans Tervis water bottle – it’d be great for work, the beach…everything! Tervis has EVERY team you could ever imagine. Such a great gift! And then, there is the Golfer’s BBQ set. Seriously, could this be any more awesome?  Uncommon Goods has great gifts and they donate$1 from every purchase to the charity of your choice (they have four to choose from).

To wear: It may be impossible to send your dad to a sporting event or a concert that he dreams of attending, but you can get him the gear! This Masters polo is so nice and it’s a tournament my dad enjoys watching every year as a huge golf fan. Polo shirts with the logo of your dad’s favorite sports team would make a great option, too.

Splurge!: My SO is a big fan of giving experiences as gift and this splurge is no exception. Pinehurst is a coveted course for any golfer to play and the package allows you to make it a little more all-inclusive than just paying for a round of golf. Check out the area your family lives in or where your dad resides–you might be able to make a dream come true!

Steal!: This cracked me up–soap with caffeine?! Amazing! This would be a great stocking stuffer!

Bonus idea!: For a wine-drinking dad, find a cool gadget like this opener to make opening his favorite bottle a little easier.

That’s it for Day 1! Hope this was helpful and gave you a great idea or at least got your wheels turning on some great gift ideas for Mom or Dad.

Have a great day!


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