Dec 2, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

I’ve rounded up some of my personal favorite gift ideas for all types of personalities on your list.

Cooking with Cocktail Rings Holiday Gift Guide 2020

While I have been spending much of my time anxiously online shopping since March, I still haven’t completed my holiday shopping. Comment below with any other ideas I may have missed!

Perfect for the Home Cook: 

Ester’s Wine Bar Share + Savor Wine Pack

I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite wine bars in Santa Monica, CA to curate a package of three different wines paired with my cookbook, Share + Savor!

Xi’an Famous Foods Spicy & Tingly Hand Pulled Noodle Kit from Goldbelly

Food is my love language so I love using Goldbelly to send regional foods as presents. I recently gave this to my brother for his birthday and it was a hit. If this one doesn’t strike your fancy Goldbelly also offers plenty of other meal kits and cooking classes.

Happy to Serve You Ceramic Mug

Based on the iconic New York coffee cart paper cup, I take my morning cappuccino in this.

Truff Hot Sauce

Truffle makes everything better! I use this truffle infused hot sauce to spice up everything from eggs, avocado toast, taco rice bowls, and even mac and cheese.

Share + Savor

If you haven’t purchased it already, share my new cookbook focused on entertaining spreads and component recipes with those you love!

Gjusta Deluxe Pantry Box

Gjusta is one of my favorite spots in LA and they are now shipping some of their house-made goods!

Perfect for the Hostess

Crystal Martini Glasses

During quarantine I became a big martini fan and this set makes me feel classy and put together even if I’m drinking them in sweatpants.

Maison Marie Louise No. 10 – Aboukir Candle

A friend got a friends who recently moved this candle as a housewarming gift so that we could be in our separate areas of the country but our houses would smell the same and I love the sentiment.

Sommify Wine Tasting Game

During quarantine I did more than my fair share of puzzles so this blind wine tasting game funded by kickstarter is a good way to mix it up.

Chelsea Carter Handmade Wreath

Just because we’re staying in this year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t decorate! My friend Chelsea (she did the florals for my wedding) usually hosts a wreath making class but this year I bought mine online! Use code WREATHSEASON for $25 off! Order your holiday wreaths by December 11.

Bev

Canned wine in three different flavors with a little bit of fizz made by Chicks! I love a brand encouraging female empowerment, Bev, a Venice, CA based company is the perfect hostess gift or gift to yourself this holiday season. Use code CWCR20 for 20% off your order!

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

One of my favorite books I read in the past year. I love giving books as gifts with a handwritten note on the inside cover.

Perfect For the Homebody (AKA All of Us in 2020)

Boll & Branch Sheets Set

These sheets made of organic cotton in my home state of New Jersey get softer the more you wash them. I’ve had mine for about two years now and have already purchased the towel sets as well.

Lunya Washable Silk Pajama Set

These are my favorite pajamas made from a women-run company in Santa Monica, CA. I have several pairs in a variety of colors – they have the comfiest washed silk material in.

Arizona Shearling Birkenstock Sandals

I got a pair of these last year and wear them like slippers though they are also a great shoe for walking the dog.

Bala Weights Set

In the past 8 months I’ve switched to mostly working out in my apartment doing Melissa Wood Health and these sleek weights have been a key!

Jade Roller

Destress and de-puff with a jade roller. I use mine after applying serums at night!

Highline Wellness Citrus CBD Oil

We all need a bit more CBD in our lives. It’s great to help relieve everything from anxiety to aches and pains.

Perfect for the Road Tripper

Jenni Kayne Cashmere Beanie

I stress bought this for myself from one of my favorite Los Angeles based brands while awaiting election results and absolutely love it.

Parks Pass

With limitations on the types of travel during COVID it’s great to take advantage of the time to take some road trips and explore some of the country’s natural wonders and over 2000 of the country’s federal recreation sites.

Patagonia Puffer Jacket

This classic jacket comes in both men’s and women’s sizes and is my go-to jacket for hikes or just to throw on. The best part is that it folds into itself and they have updated their insulation to use recycled materials to reduce carbon emissions.

Apple Watch 6

Prior to this I had the first generation Apple watch so I was excited for the upgrade. In addition to tracking your steps and getting messages etc. you can now also track your blood oxygen.

Aesop Rinse-Free Hand Wash

Washing your hands is more important than ever so here is a hand sanitizer that doesn’t smell like straight hard liquor.

Parks Project Shirts

I love both their mens and women’s graphic shirts that benefit America’s National Park protections.


Perfect for Pet Parents

Wild One – Dog Toy Set

These chic minimalist dog toys are perfect for people who don’t want a ton of toys everywhere (or you can add it to your growing collection like me).

Yeti Food and Water Bowls

My mom got these as a present for benson and you can even get them monogrammed!

Dog + Bone Martingale Collar
These collars are meant to gently remind dogs not to pull – it tightens like a chain collar would and looks so chic in the multi-color format. Benson has the red and navy color-way and we love it!

Barkbox Subscription
You can gift this monthly subscription service for one month, three months, six months or yearly filled with fun, quirky (and sometimes cheeky) dog toys and treats.

Carhartt Harness

Benson, our golden puppy is still learning to walk on a leash and the harness really helps. We also have the matching leash to complete the set!

ChomChom

I know a cleaning tool doesn’t sound fun but this works better than anything and my husband, Aaron, finds a lot of gratification using it to clean up all the fur our golden and cat leave behind on the furniture.

Perfect Inexpensive Gifts Under $30 Everyone Will Love

Sushi Socks

Sets of socks wrapped and packaged like sushi for a fun yet practical gift.

Disposable Camera (2 pack)

For those who love film but don’t necessarily know how to use film cameras. I’ve been bringing retro disposable cameras to gathering’s recently and it’s always a hit.

Peppermint Bark

Williams Sonoma’s seasonal chocolate is always a hit. You may want to buy two – one to keep and one to give away.

Necessaire Hand Cream Duo

I have very sensitive skin and have absolutely loved Necessaire’s body wash and lotion sets. With all the hand washing we’ve all been doing this will come to the rescue.

Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

I love a good coffee table book and this one shows off how we weave our literary collections into our homes.

Rove & Swig Enamelware Pitcher

I love all of Rove & Swig’s enamelware and this pitcher makes a unique gift that can be used for form as a decorative vase or function as a pitcher.


Donate to a Good Cause

Fair Fight

Stacey Abrams has worked tirelessly to advocate for free and fair elections, fighting against voter suppression. She helped turn Georgia blue and is now working to flip the senate.

ACLU

The ACLU takes on numerous causes to “defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States”.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood provides reproductive healthcare to women around the country including mammograms and birth control.

Feeding America

Feeding America is a United States–based nonprofit organization that is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.

Equal Justice Initiative

EJI protects basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. We are committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the US.

Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

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