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Favorite Things Gift Giving Guide

It’s that gift giving time of year again!!! If you stress over your list of loved ones, and struggle to find the perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, fret no more.  25 creative bloggers have gathered together to share THEIR favorite things in a gift giving guide, and nearly all of the items are under $25!  This list can offer a long lasting gift guide to refer back to when you need that special gift, along with links to where you can get them.   Sometimes, giving a practical household item is just as exciting as the extravagant gift you are stress-fully looking for, but we also have super cutesy and impractical, too! I am so excited to share  my favorite things, along with these other creative bloggers.  Even more fun, is that you have the opportunity to win a gift basket mailed right to your door!

Here’s what to do:

  • Take a quick glance at the gift collage below
  • Scroll to the bottom to see mine up close with details and links to buy my favorite items
  • Enter to win my gift basket at the giveaway below ($175 value)
  • HOP to all of the other sites to enter to win their gifts!
  • Look around and enjoy the sites of the 25 creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!


shopping list

 So much fun, right?!? To view closer shopping details and links on where to purchase each basket item, simply HOP on over to the links below, where you can also enter to win the giveaway on their sites. blog hop

1. All Things Thrifty

2. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

3. Chef in Training

4. Click it Up a Notch

5. Eighteen25

6. I Heart Nap Time

7. kojodesigns

8. Landee See, Landee Do

9. Lil’ Luna

10. Lolly Jane

11. Love the Day

12. My Sister’s Suitcase

13. Or So She Says

14. sew.craft.create.

15. Six Sisters’ Stuff

16. Tatertots and Jello

17.The Dating Divas

18.The Diary of DavesWife

19. The Girl Who Ate Everything

20. The Idea Room

21. The Pleated Poppy

22. The Savvy Photographer

23. TidyMom

24. Vintage Revivals

25.Your Homebased Mom

basket of gifts Here is a picture of MY favorite things in the gift giving guide!!! I thought about this for weeks before I decided on anything, and then I just kept thinking of more and more things I love that I wanted to share!  I’ve got some of my favorite snack items, along with some pretties, and also my home. I purchased all of these items myself, and they are from my heart MY favorites!

{Pause for a brief moment to appreciate all of the items sticking out “just so” because it was TRICKY to arrange it all to be seen in one picture.  If you are the pinning type, feel free to pin both the collage of all items, along with my individual basket gift.}

Favorite Snacks

1. Dole Real Fruit Bites I LOVE this under 100 calorie snack. Mango is my favorite flavor. You can buy them in bulk here.  2. Dove Milk Chocolate covered almonds are my weakness. I can eat this whole bag in one setting–but I shouldn’t!  3. Emerald Natural Almonds 100 Calorie packs stay in my purse at all times. It’s a great pick me up when feeling hungry during the day.  4. My kids call this “Lemonade Gum.”  The Ice Breakers Cubes lemon containers gives me a little boost of sweetness (Hard to find lemon, but Target usually has it or online). 5. Just because it says it’s for kids doesn’t mean I can’t have the Clif Kids fruit ropes. LOVE these bad boys, and so does the fam.

Favorite Kitchen Items

6. This all in one avocado slicer tool is my FAVE!  I’ve only found it at Crate and Barrel, and grabbed a few for some upcoming holiday gifts as well. (see close up pic below). If you know someone that loves avocado’s, they will love this.  7. When I saw that Crate and Barrel also had this dual LEMON & LIME juicer (dual citrus squeezer), my jaw dropped! I have one of each, and the combo is genius! A similar model can be found here. 8. IKEA’s grater/container has been my favorite for years. I’ll often gift it for bridal showers or house warming, because I’ve never liked the vertical graters–awkward! It also has a lid if you don’t use all the cheese. 9. This mini strainer from World Market can be decor, or actually used. I do both! I like to include it as a prop for my food photography, as well.

Favorite For the Home

10. The Bath & Body Works coconut lime anti bacterial soap is my fave, and has been for many years. I stock up on it so I’ll never run out. (Just found out they have shampoo, too!) 11. I recently found this yellow porcelain berry basket dish at Anthropologie, and it is a sweet little kitchen decor item. It mimics the paper berry containers. 12. Scentsy wall Plug-In Warmers are my fave. I am not a fan of anything extra on my counter space, but I have a Plug-In, in nearly every room of my house. 13. My favorite Scentsy wall plug in flavor is blueberry cheesecake–yum!

Favorite Accessories

14. It’s no secret that I love photography, and this cute little camera keychain has a button with a little flash and sound that even my daughter loves! Just spotted these colorful cameras, too! . 15. My Target turquoise sunglasses I wore all summer and continue to wear. I love the unique and fun look. 16. Yellow nail polish from Forever 21–enough said. 17. This navy lace headwrap from Forever 21 is so adorable. I love a little something cute on my head when I go out. 18. I love to support small businesses (like myself) and Hoop-La earrings had my heart from first glance. I have at least 10 pair of these, and give them as gifts to my friends for their birthdays. 19. This Vintage Globe necklace, I spotted on the neck of one of the youth girls I teach, and I HAD to have one! I just love the detail on this with the binoculars, and I had to get a whole bunch for future gifts. 20. Charming Charlie is the place to go for accessories of any kind, and I think a silver (and gold) key necklace is a simple staple for everyday (find a store). 21. I LOVE stationary cards with colorful envelopes. It’s kind-of a must for me: no boring white envelopes with my thank you cards! I fell in love with this fun pink and orange pattern from Target via Gartner Studios.

Favorite Learning Tools

22. I’m a BIG fan of learning and teaching photography, and Say NO to Auto is my favorite!  Though I wrote this book, it is STILL one of my favorite things that I like to share and gift to people when I hear they just got a new dSLR fancy camera, or simply frustrated with the camera they’ve had a long time. It is an immediate download e-book or printed copies can be purchased, and easily slips right into the camera bag! Read the many reviews (also on Amazon)!

Altogether, my gift basket is worth $175, but all items individually are under $25, so very affordable gift giving ideas! So do you want to win it?!? See below…Here are a few up close shots:


fruit snacks

  win the basket   So who wants to win my basket?!?   Are some of MY favorite things YOUR favorite things?  Have I shared something you’ve never seen before? Introduced to a new item? Enter 1 or 6 times to win here: {CLICK on the rafflecopter link below if you don’t see it show up.}

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*Winner outside of the US will have to pay shipping over $10.

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  1. Can’t believe I’m barely seein these awesome gift guides now… Such an awesome giveaway!

  2. LOVE the lemon/lime juicer and the cute necklaces!! Okay, I love it all! But those stood out the most :)

  3. i’ve always wanted to try an avocado slicer….great basket!


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