5 fabulous gift ideas for the ladies in your life

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like I always have a harder time picking gifts for the women in my family and my girlfriends than I do my husband or men in general. With men it's pretty straight forward - knives, anything hunting related, a funny t-shirt, etc. BUT with girls there are about 20349309 options and I start second guessing myself so everyone just ends up with Target gift cards after I have a mental breakdown. So I found five gift options under $35 that are sure to have the recipient singing "all the jingle ladies." I'm not really sure what that means, I just saw that on a Christmas ornament and wanted to insert it into my post somehow... But let's just assume its synonymous with "I love it!"

The first gift option is a candle (I know you're thinking how cliché and boring but hear me out) that I am absolutely obsessed with. Chris and I got one for a wedding present and burned through it in two weeks. No joke. This magical 8 oz candle is from a new adorable little shop in Austin called Slow North. What makes Slow North special is their mindfulness of sustainability and health. Their candles are scented with 100% essential oil fragrances, burn cotton and paper wicks, and are vegan and free from artificial dyes and ingredients. Each candle is made from soy wax, a long-burning, biodegradable and renewable resource, and is hand-poured into reusable, recycled-glass tumblers, and topped with an environmentally-friendly cork lid. The candle I have now decided I cannot live with out (this time of year anyway) is called Cheer and is currently priced at $29. Cheer is a "custom blend of cinnamon, cypress and peppermint essential oils - designed to lift and enliven your senses - is minty and sweet; with tones of merriment and festivities and a crisp, cheerful top note." If you're not located in Austin do not fear, you can order via the website and enjoy free shipping until 12/10. Cheer will only be around for a limited time so make sure to stock up! 

Image from slownorth.com

Image from slownorth.com

The next gift option is for the coffee lovers, or discrete vodka drinkers. I personally don't drink coffee (insane I know), but I'd gladly pour a martini into this beauty. Anthropologie is full of pretty things and unique gifts, but this mug in particular caught my eye. It is hand made in Portugal and is seriously gorge. It comes in slate and pink, my recommendation is definitely the pink. You just can't go wrong with pink, bits of turquoise, and gold flecks. This magnificent mug is priced at $26 and can be found here.  

Image from anthropologie.com

Image from anthropologie.com

Gift option numero très is customizable, which is always fun and comes across super thoughtful. If your girl loves elephants, bright colors, and/or pretty things she will love this tea towel from Katie Kime. I just ordered her napkins with the same elephant print and I'm (you guessed it) obsessed! Not only is this towel full of pinkness and fun, but it can be monogrammed with your girl's initials to make it extra special. The Elephant Tea Towel is priced at $24 and if you sign up for the Katie Kime newsletter you get 10% off your first order. Bonus: Katie Kime is an Austin local, so if you love shopping local you can check out her brick and mortar or order via the website here.

Image from katiekime.com

Image from katiekime.com

The next gift idea is from another Austin local and one of my favorite clients! If you have any girls in your life that love cosmetics, but don't want any of that harsh chemical nonsense, Elevé Cosmetics will be life-changing for them. There are so many amazing products at Elevé, but my daily must-have right now is definitely the Lip LUV lip treatment. The "treatment contains two natural peptides – Maxi-lip™ and Dermaxyl™ – and patented ingredients to instantly volumize, plump, hydrate and smooth. When used 3 times a day for 29 days, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will be visibly reduced and lip volume will increase up to 40%!" Lip LUV is especially wonderful during the winter months when dry lips is a common enemy for us all. Lip LUV is currently priced at $26 and you can get 15% off your first order when you enter your email into the pop up when you first get on the site. Also, enjoy free shipping on all orders through Christmas Day! For now you can only purchase Elevé Cosmetics online here, but keep an eye out for the Austin store opening early 2018... designed by yours truly! 

Image from elevecosmetics.com

Image from elevecosmetics.com

The last (but not least) gift option I have for you is for the booze lover... or lover of fabulously decorated bar carts, or both. This gift is sure to look amazing in any bar decor and will definitely generate a smile or two. Whether your girl likes vodka or scotch, they can fill this retro-inspired glass decanter trimmed in gold and be sure that no one will mistake the liquid for anything other than, well, booze. The Rosanna Booze Decanter is currently on sale for $21.69 (regularly $54) and can be found on the Express website here. I originally found this item at Nordstrom and it's now sold out there... so I would dare to assume it's flying off the shelves. Get it while you can! 

Image from express.com

Image from express.com

Well, there ya have it. Five gifts that I know I would love to get! Hint hint. Just kidding, but seriously, I hope this helps all you ladies out with your gift search this year!