Find ideas for your shopping list (or yourself!) with this gift guide for women of nine of my favorite kitchen, home, fashion items and four books that I loved in 2017. (Updated for 2018 - I still love these things!)
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It's that time of the year again! Not Christmas yet (whew!), or the new year, or other holidays - just the time I share with you a few of my favorite things from the previous year in the form of a gift guide for women. These are the things I've truly used and loved, so if you have anyone on your list who you think would like what I do, I can assure you these will be well-recieved.
Oh and at any time of the year, not just the holidays!
Of course, this may be a nice way to find a couple things to add to your list that you could share with someone - little hints never hurt, do they?
I have put these guides together for you now for the last couple of years as a way to share with you the things that I've truly found useful and beautiful that may help you find a great gift for someone on your list. ( You can find both 2015 & 2016 guides for women here and all the gift guides I've put together here - I keep them all updated since the ideas are still great options, too!) I know I appreciate gift guides put out by other bloggers as a way to see new things and how they are actually used and received, and I hope you do, too!
Favorite Things Gift Guide for Women
Home & Kitchen
1. Easy Fermenter Lids kit. Since I discovered these last spring, I'm sure you've seen me mention them - and maybe even heard me talk about them on the podcast! They are truly the thing that took the fear out of fermenting for me. I have fermented vegetables and corn relish (tip: print off these two recipes to go with the lids, since they are an easy way to start fermenting) as well as kraut and kimchi and have never once had issues with mold or leaking lids - and I ferment something almost weekly. A favorite I will have forever.
2. Cup of Happy mug(sadly this isn't available anymore - here's an aqua cup with a similar sentiment and here's another colorful option with the same phrase). My sister gave me this for my birthday and I love it so much! It's my favorite mug and I get a ton of compliments on it. Nice stocking stuffer idea, too.
3. French Rolling Pin. I have wanted a one-piece French rolling pin for years. And I've been looking that long in thrift stores for them, but have never seen one. I thought since not that many people make their own crusts or bake, it would be a slam-dunk to find one. Um, no. (Apparently everyone gets rid of their old pins for this one like I did, ha!) I caved and bought one on Amazon and really do think it makes rolling out doughs easier and more even. Bakers will treasure this.
4. Hearth and Hand Galvanized Tray (no longer available - here is a similar tray on Amazon). This is one of the things I bought from Chip and Joanna Gaines Magnolia line at Target. I like galvanized items and thought the addition of gold/brass rim and handles made it really interesting (I use trays all the time for centerpieces and corralling kitchen items). Guys, this is a BIG tray - the picture doesn't do it justice! It's a great price for the size and I know I will be using it a lot in the future.
5. Jadite Cake Stand with Dome. This is another item I've wanted for years - but it was usually just too expensive for me to think about it since it's not really a need, right? Green is my thing, though, and jadite is just so cool. Walmart and Pioneer Woman teamed up to make an affordable one that I couldn't pass up and it's very pretty!
Fashion & Beauty
6. Teva Kayenta Sandal (sadly, they aren't making these anymore -why?). I raved about these sandals in this Three Things article and they were the highlight of the summer for me. They are a perfect travel sandal, too - they were comfortable right out of the box and then walking for hours. Pretty and practical.
7. Dr. Scholl's Leopard Print Flats. I have spent years looking for a good, comfortable leopard print flat (I like how leopard print acts as a neutral with both black and brown and looks just a bit more dressy). I spent much of that time wearing no-support cheap shoes that squeaked when I walked and pinched my toes (really - I think I went through 3 cheap brands…sigh). I finally decided to spend more and these Dr. Scholls do not disappoint! They have great reviews (and I own their black leather version, too) and I'm SO happy to have a pair that is comfortable and quiet when I walk!
8. Hearth & Hand Canvas & Leather Tote Bag (another thing not available anymore - definitely check out their other totes at Target, though, since they always seem to offer some cute tote bags). This was such a great price for a tote with leather! It seems well-made and sturdy with my laptop and small purse inside. I do wish the bottom was a bit flatter for standing, but that's a small thing.
9. Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Stain in the color 'Lover.' I first read about this on another blogger's list (shoot, I can't remember who, now...) and it really is amazing! I gave up on long-wearing lip colors years ago since they were all super-drying. This is NOT drying - really. It goes on like a gloss and you can leave it full strength or blot it for subtler color. During the day I'll add my regular lip balm as needed, but this base color is there from morning until night and never is left on cups, etc. My best makeup find of 2017!
Wonder, R.J. Palacio. So, so good. Brian and I listened to this together and although it's a standard middle-school book assignment, we both felt it was one of the best books of the year for us (it's been out for awhile, we only found it this year - oh, and there's a movie out now, too). Truly a book for everyone.
America's First Daughter, Dray and Kamoie. This is a fascinating look at a time in history that we usually see from only a male perspective. There were so many things I learned from this about that time, women's lives then, and the politics of Jefferson and his colleagues. While it's listed as fiction, it is based on the many letters written by Jefferson and his daughter and the authors tried to stay true to them. In fact, they have a great author's note that discusses their reasoning about going in certain directions, literary-wise. Such a good book!
Brave New World, Aldus Huxley. Oh, my gosh guys - this book rocked my and Brian's world! I'm telling everyone to read (or listen like we did - the audio book is read by the actor Michael York who does a fabulous job!) this, since you won't believe how true some of these things are today. We just couldn't believe that this was written in 1931! It's a really interesting story too, making you think deep about many things in our society.
The Broken Way, Ann Voscamp. This is a challenging, encouraging, and thought-provoking book, which caused me to look at life, God, and people in a whole new way. I highlighted many things throughout the book (which you can read more of here) and know I will be reading this again and again. This would be such a thoughtful and encouraging gift for someone you think would appreciate it!
I hope you enjoyed this gift guide for women - let me know if it helped you at all! You can find all my past gift guides (including men, kids, and books) on this page.
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