Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

December 16, 2018 Beauty, Lifestyle

If you’re like me and have just gotten enough breathing room to finally think about presents for the holidays next week (eek!) then hopefully today’s gift guide will be the motivation and support you’ve been waiting for. I am big on thoughtful gifts that have true meaning behind them. So many of us our fortunate to have most, if not all, of what we need so how about getting gifts this year that have a true alignment to the life your loved ones want to live? Whether they want to be more conscious about the products they use, want to spend less time stressing out with annoying chores or they need to be reminded that they are more than worthy of some major self-care, this gift guide has got you covered!


Paper Greats

This is one of my favorite finds from 2018 and I can’t wait to see how this female-founded company grows in the year ahead. After being frustrated with the amount of dishes they had to clean while maintaining a household full of loved ones, Selina Fletcher + Heather Terry set out to create a paper solution that is SO beautiful even your incredibly particular Mother will be excited to add them to her daily table setting. Made in the USA from a renewable resource, the Kraft Paperboard Plates are fully recyclable and compostable so you can eat on them from morning to night and feel good about it with every bite. And they didn’t just stick to the kitchen! You can find incredible notepads with beautiful designs on their site too. I already bought a set of plates and a couple of the notepads for myself. Best part? They love all of you so much that they gave you a special code for the holidays! Use code BELLA and get 25% any order of $100 or more.


Aimee Raupp

I have known Aimee for years now and I have been using her products ever since we first met. You can feel the love she puts into each scrub, moisturizer or mask and your skin is forever changed with each use. Her products are also all organic and formulated by Aimee herself, to promote health and well-being from the inside-out. I also appreciate that the price point of each of her items is attainable, giving people from all backgrounds and walks of life the ability to nourish their skin with the finest ingredients. These products are great for anyone on your list but if you have to buy a gift for someone who has just had a baby or is trying to get pregnant, these are specially formulated with those women in mind. With Aimee’s expertise as a licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist, her products are organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free & cruelty-free. Each ingredient is carefully selected to bring balance to your health and hormones so they avoid any kind of ingredient that can disrupt your natural hormone balance. Place your orders before Thursday to get them in time for the holiday and get FREE shipping on any order over $75!


Box Fox

Box Fox is my go-to for any gift I need to give where I want the person to feel pampered and loved to the max. Owned by 3 women who have been crushing it so hard that they were just recognized as one of Forbe’s 30 Under 30 a few weeks ago, this brand knows gifting like no other. With the most thoughtfully curated selection of candles, teas, sweet treats, notebooks, key beauty products and SO much more, you get to give the loves of your life all of their favorite things in the most beautiful and luxurious packaging that alone will make them feel special. They also have great options for the men in your life who I always find are extremely challenging to shop for. Instead of getting your Dad another random item that he will for sure never use, get him a beautifully curated Box Fox! With gifts like The Moscow Mule Starter Kit, Post Shave Elixir and Maple Bourbon Caramels (just to name a few), they will feel like you didn’t just scramble at the last minute to find them something. Box Fox is offering FREE shipping on any orders over $75 but be sure that you get your gifts bought before December 20th for guaranteed delivery by Christmas.


Michelle Obama’s Book, Becoming

Ok so I don’t happen to know Michelle Obama personally (yet!) but I started listening to her audio book this week and felt so empowered and inspired with just the first chapter. As a woman and especially a woman of color, I feel it’s important to surround ourselves with positive and uplifting examples or what is possible for us women. Michelle Obama is one of those examples for me and I just know that if you gave this book to someone you love, it would inspire them as they head in to the next year of their lives. Giving the gift of inspiration is a favorite of mine so I thought that this was a great addition to the list. It’s also an affordable price point so if you want to give something meaningful that doesn’t break the bank, I think this would be an amazing option. I linked to Amazon but you can buy it wherever books are sold!


DoTerra Essential Oils

I have been an essential oils fan for as long as I can remember, but there was never much structure or order to exploring it. I would get an oil here or there and dab it on my wrists or smell it when I was feeling stressed and then forget about it for a while. Sound familiar? Recently I felt inspired to take this minimal effort to the next level and learn more about the oils so that I could tap into their healing properties (there are many!) and actually use the oils to support my overall well-being and even get me through my chronic illness flare-ups. The support that essential oils has provided me throughout these last few months has been incredibly powerful which is why I know that would be a great gift for anyone in your life who could use some extra love and care. Best part is that by buying DoTerra essential oils from me, you get them wholesale which is a savings of 20%! I am even offering a free 30 minute Zoom call with anyone who buys one of the kits from me this month so that we can go over the essential oils that would be best for you and I can show you how I use them everyday. So this would be a great bonus for those on your list and also for yourself if you want to make sure you get a special gift this holiday season as well. My favorite kit is the Home Essentials Kit which gets you setup for success big time. Hop on over to my page here where I explain everything you need to know about the oils, how to buy them and how I use them. If you have questions about this specifically just hit me up (on Instagram DM or email and I will support you in adding essential oils to your life. It’s a great way to get setup for a healthy 2019!

Tinted Apparel

Earlier this year my soul sister Deepica Mutyala created this incredible brand called Tinted, dedicated to inclusivity in the beauty industry. In a short amount of time she created a cult following of over 50,000 members of her #TintFam on Instagram and they couldn’t get enough of her skin affirming attitude and uplifting content. So she created some dope merchandise to spread the truth that “My Skin Is Not A Trend” and a t-shirt or soft sweatshirt from her shop is a great item to give your bestie, little sis or your cousin (who probably all follow Deepica already!). I bought a sweatshirt months ago and get so many compliments whenever I wear it, plus it’s an awesome conversation starter. So order by December 19th to get your items by the holidays and support this woman-run brand in the process!


So there you have it my loves, my absolute favorites for gift-giving this year. With female founded powerhouse companies and products to truly nourish your favorite people on every level. I hope this helps you make the most loving decisions when figuring out how to show up for the holidays and helps you feel like you can truly be in a space of giving and receiving. I also would love to hear how your gift exchanges turned out, so be sure to tag me and these brands if you end up getting one of these special gifts. Happy Holidays love bugs!

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