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With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m excited to share with you a list of my favorite gifts that I’ve ever given or received! These are all gifts that I’ve either purchased for others or have been given myself, and that repeatedly receive compliments & get more use than anything else, so I’m delighted to be able to give you my honest recommendations. No matter who is on your list this year, sticking to your budget comes first, so everything on my list is under $40!
For the outdoorsy campers or relaxed beach-goers on your list, this hammock can be set up almost anywhere in a matter of minutes! I bought these for my husband and I for our anniversary, and we absolutely love them! We used them most recently on our camping trip to Yosemite, and I can’t say enough about how easy they are to put up.
This lightweight, durable hammock comes in a variety of colors, and it folds easily back into it’s carrying bag, which is attached to the hammock (so no chance of losing it!) – the tree straps are adjustable, so set up is a breeze. We also got rained on during our camping trip, and this hammock not only dried out before anything else, but the mildew-resistant fabric means that it came home smelling fresh! This hammock is rated for up to 275 pounds, and is a great gift for any age – grab one for yourself as well, I’ve already taken quite a few very comfortable naps in mine!
This super cute hand mixer is hands-down my favorite kitchen accessory; I was given this mixer as a gift and actually used it to bake my own wedding cake! It’s lightweight and has plenty of length to the cable, making it easy to move around the kitchen; I like the beater design too because they are so much easier to clean than the traditional wider ones.
The mint or “ice” color has a clean look to it, and the body of the mixer can be wiped down easily for cleaning so it looks brand new even after years of regular use. This mixer works well for just about any kitchen project, from pancakes to cookies to birthday cakes, and I can’t sing it’s praises highly enough. I love this brand and use the hand mixer along with my KitchenAid stand mixer often, but I love that this one comes in at only $39.95! This is a perfect gift for newlyweds, college students, and anyone who loves to bake!
I consider myself something of a “coozie expert”, as my husband and I collect them (and used them as our wedding favors!), so trust me when I say this is one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received and I use it all the time – thanks Nancy! Perfect for anyone who likes to keep their drinks cold – which last time I checked is everyone – this “Colster” keeps your beverages icy cold down to the last sip, even in the middle of a sweltering summer.
The top unscrews to fit any can or bottle, and the insulated walls do a great job of keeping your hands dry and your drink cold. This YETI Colster comes in a variety of great colors, appealing to the outdoorsman, the concert-goer, and the poolside lounger on your list. The geniuses at YETI engineered this thing to be incredibly sturdy, yet it’s still lightweight, easy to clean, and fits in your standard cup holder. Great for a soda in the car or a beer at the lake, this is a fun and incredibly useful gift for only $24.95!
In the gift bags I made for my bridesmaids, I included these adorable anchor necklaces for each of them to wear at the wedding, and since then they’ve all worn them separately for different occasions! I love the tilted design as most anchors are only displayed facing downward; with nautical accessories so popular these days, any of the ladies on your gift list this year will loves this necklace!
The adjustable chain length extends from 16” to 18”, and it comes in either gold or silver; I love that this necklace is dainty enough to be worn as an everyday accessory. As far as jewelry goes this is a timeless and versatile addition to any woman’s collection, and the small size means that these work great as stocking stuffers too! Coming in at only $16.95, this is the best bargain on my list and one that I’m so happy to recommend!
I have bought this flask set as a gift several times over the years for a number of golf-loving gents and it’s always greeted with big smiles and a laugh! While the flask is the main gift, it comes wrapped in a rich leather case that snaps easily onto your belt, and comes complete with ball markers, tees, and a divot tool (for when that flask is no longer full).
Part of what I love about this gift is that it’s compact for ease of wrapping and travelling over the holidays, but still comes packed with a variety of features & looks like it cost you more than it does at only $25.50. For the dads, grandpas, bosses & golf-lovers on your list, this is a thoughtful and personal gift that encourages them to have a little fun – just don’t let them forget to fill it up before they play!
Now that I’ve shared a few of my favorite things, I’d love to hear some of yours! Head to the comments section to share your budget-friendly holiday must-haves!
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