My Favorite Things: 10 Great Gifts


I am a gifter. It’s my love language…I really feel cared for when I get a well thought-out gift and especially enjoy giving them! Today I’m spilling all my secrets; my favorite gifts at every budget. One dollar sign symbol represents about $10 so you can see that most of these are budget friendly!

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This print whatever you can dream up from home website has so many options and is so much fun! Everything’s reasonably priced and it’s a great way to get friends something they don’t already have. Some of my favorites…

  • Personalized greeting cards (The one where you can make little Avatars of each family member are the best!).
  • Personalized t-shirts
  • Personalized pens
  • Address stampers
  • So much more…


2. Mara Mugs $$

Who doesn’t use a mug? Pretty much everyone drinks something hot. Mara mugs are beautifully crafted stoneware mugs that are a piece of art. The best part is there are dozens of symbols integrated into the stoneware, so you can choose one that reminds you of the person to whom you’re gifting the mug. When I left a great group of friends back in NJ, I bought a different mug for each woman and told them what made our friendship special and how the mug represented that. My favorite place to get these mugs online is here.


3. Smart Wool Socks $

These are the best socks..they’re warm and wool, but don’t itch. They can be pricey, up to $20 a pair, but if you Google “SmartWool socks sale,” you should be able to find them at close to $10 a piece.


4. Etsy GiftCard $$-$$$$

Etsy, described as the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace, is home to millions of unique gifts! Support artists and let your gift recipient do the shopping.

Buy an Etsy gift card here.

5. PicMonkey Photo with a Quote (Practically Free)

The free online photo editing site, allows you to add icons, text and symbols, as well as make traditional edits. You can save the photo to your computer and print on photo paper right from home. Take a favorite pic of you and your friend/family member, add a meaningful quote. Something like below…


6. Products From Whatever Home Business Your Friend Reps

People love to hate home businesses and find the people that “sell stuff” as troublesome. Here’s the deal… if you’re really friends, you can take and interest and support what they’re doing AND let them know you’re not going to ever sell it too (if you don’t want to). Just because they get a bad rap doesn’t mean that some of the products aren’t awesome. Newsflash: ALL businesses mark stuff up so someone can make a profit. If you are buying gifts, why not let some of them be from a friend? A few of my favorite home businesses that my friends rep and I love their products:

  • Premier Jewlery
  • Norwex
  • Mary Kay
  • Amway

7. Nalgenes $-$$

Why not support a positive habit? Drinking water is something we all should be doing, and isn’t it more fun if you’re sipping in style? Bless your friend with an uber-hip Naglene bottle and fill it with something fun for a complete gift! I’ve done Hersey’s kisses, little pieces of paper telling the person what I loved about them and small gifts such as chap stick, energy bars, etc

8. The World Vision Gift Catelogue

Give gifts that matter! You can purchase real things (like medications, animals, food and supplies) that benefit the poorest of the poor) and do it in name of your friend/family. There are some categories that offer a small token gift in exchange for your donation so you can tell your friend you donated in their name AND give them a bracelet that helps sustain a job in a poverty stricken country. The World Vision Gift Catelogue can be accessed here.

9. Your Favorite Book

How about giving out the most impactful book you read in the past year? That way, your friends can be on the same page as you (no pun intended). This year’s winner for me was The Measure of Success by Carolyn McCulley or Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.

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10. Homemade Gifts $-$$

The sky’s the limit, but homemade gifts show time and effort like nothing else. A few favs and their links below…

Chai Tea Latte Mix

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Open Back Frame DIY Ideas


Happy gifting! Oh, and I’ll always take a Starbucks or Athleta gift card, too, if you’re shopping for me.





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