How vain is it to keep a running list of things you want? Wait, don’t answer that because typing it out just made me cringe. However, in my defense, on certain occasions people ask what I want and when I’m put on the spot I can never think of a thing, so now I actually keep a list in Evernote of things I want. How silly is that? Or is it brilliant? At least understandable? Ah well, moving on…
Reading through my list honestly made me laugh because it’s such a list of stuff a 30-something-year-old mom would want. Translation: things I would have laughed at as a kid and joke about how sad it would be to want a new sweater instead of a new boom box. But here I am, wanting kitchen gadgets and other sensible items and you know what? NO SHAME.
I’m also throwing in a few items that I own, use, and love, just in case you’re in need of a little inspiration of what to ask Santa for. The list includes some affiliate links, which means I will make a small commission if you purchase, but there’s no added cost for you.
Gifts For Around the Home
Slippers. We are a no-shoe household (so maybe I should also ask for this shoe organizer to take care of the shoe pile by the door?). I may be showing my age, but cutesy slippers don’t cut it for me anymore. I like support, especially since I’m around the house quite often. My current pair has been great, but both my big toes have poked holes through the exterior so it’s safe to say it’s time for a new pair. After a lot of searching, these are at the top of my list.
Essential Oil Diffuser and Bluetooth Speaker. This diffuser, humidifier, and speaker by ArtNaturals is pretty amazing. Full disclosure: they sent me one a year or so ago and I almost didn’t open up but thank goodness I did because I know use it everyday! During the germ season, I diffuse OnGuard almost daily and the speaker feature is perfect for my Pandora obsession (Tupelo Honey is my favorite station, though lately it’s all about classic Christmas).
Candles. I feel I’ve become more sensitive to scents of candles and some of the strong smelling ones now give me headaches. I love trying new ones, but my go-to favorites will always be these (the scent never gets old!) but I also really love this one that my mom had at her house.
Aura Digital Photo Frame. This wifi-enabled digital frame is expensive. It’s not actually even something I want myself, but I think it would make an incredible grandparent gift because you can constantly upload new photos to be shared from all over the world. So if your family is far away, you can upload new pictures of the kids daily to share with them through the frame. It just sounded so cool I thought I had to share it!
White Square Picture Frames. I have a wall I want to put some pictures on (think instagram style). I’ve been searching for square frames and think I might give this reasonably priced frame set a try!
Gifts For the Kitchen
Set of Glass Mixing Bowls. I have some metal ones from out wedding that are showing signs of wear and tear and I’d love to replace them with a fresh set of basic and beautiful glass bowls. I really like this set from Crate and Barrel.
Rice Cooker with Porridge Setting. Rice cookers are something I laughed at once upon a time. Rice is so easy to make; why would I need a special machine for it?! But I have a small rice cooker now and I love it. It’s easy, mindless, and cooks rice perfectly. However, it’s a small unit and I need a bigger one, so while I’m at it, I’d love one with a porridge setting (waking up to perfectly cooked steel cut oats? Yes, please!) and a delay timer. I’ve had my eye on this model for a while now.
Cutting Board. I love the cutting board we got for our wedding, but it is a little stained now and I’d like to retire it to the “meat only” cutting board status and would love a new, solid wood cutting board to take the main stage.
A Cheese Grater. Did you just fall asleep? Hello? I know, dull dull dull but mine is broken and every time I use it I think, man, I need a new one! I love that this one has a compartment underneath to minimize the mess.
Just for Fun Gifts
A Cute Camera Strap. We recently (a couple months ago) upgraded to a new Canon camera. It’s a phenomenal camera! I carry it most places with me now (it’s wifi-enabled so I can send pictures right to my phone) and I am loving practicing shooting on manual (see below). However, I’ve almost dropped it once or twice (don’t tell David!), and need a camera strap as insurance. I would lean towards a girly camera strap, but since David and I both shoot with it, I’m leaning towards a cute neutral, like this one.
Pajamas. I recently went through my dresser drawers and cleaned out all my old, ratty odds and ends (decades old t-shirts included). I have one pair of pajamas and have loved wearing a real pajama set, so I’d love another pair to have on hand. These looks so cozy and cute!
Gratitude Journal. I know any notebook would work for this purpose, but I’d really love a gratitude journal set up like this one because in 2018 I’d like to get in the habit of writing down one thing I am grateful for every day.
Work Out Gear. I feel I might be inspired to go more often with a few new tops? My friend has worn these tops a few times and they are SO cute. I really like this look too. I also need a new sports bra, but am not sure where to look. Do you have a favorite sports bra for medium-high impact workouts?
Yoga Mat. I lost mine (how do you even do that?) a couple years ago. I’ve had more of a pull towards returning to yoga lately and feel like a mat might kick things off. Maybe? It’s in the running to be a 2018 goal, so a quality yoga mat in “magic” or “sage” would be a fun treat!
Remember how getting socks as a kid sucked? Now I LOVE socks. They are the embodiment of cozy and comfy which is what I love. I really would love this funny pair.
Marble Drink Coasters are sleek and functional and would probably make me feel more like a real adult than the kids board books I use for coasters now.
A subscription to Real Simple Magazine (it’s only $10!). Guilty pleasure. Minus the guilt. I love Real Simple.
A quick shout out for those of you that don’t have a citrus press. I have this one and it’s so easy to squeeze and makes a mean margarita! I mean lemon water. Yes… lemon water.
Cordless Hand Vac. David gave me this handheld vacuum last year and I’m recommending you snag one too! It’s lightweight and easy for the kids to use and we use is every single day. I no longer shudder when the girls ask to eat crackers.
Ok ladies, don’t be shy… tell me…
What is something that you’d LOVE to find under the tree this year?