The holiday hustle is real, especially for us working moms juggling meetings and mistletoe. My gifting philosophy? Thoughtful, impactful, and always with a touch of joy. I’m that planner with a gift list ready in October, who wraps up Black Friday with a bow, and treasures the local gems—though doorstep delivery often saves the day.
Each present is picked to spark delight, offer warmth, and when possible, give back to those in need. From artisanal treasures for the littlest loves to tech treats that dazzle, here’s a peek into my personal gift guide designed to sprinkle magic into every box and under every tree.
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My holiday cards:
2023 HOLIDAY COLLECTION
This year, I’m entrusting our holiday sentiments to Dogwood Hill for their exquisite semi-custom stationery. The allure lies in their unique blend of artful designs, hand-crafted by a collective of talented artists, and the luxurious feel of their paper. I’m drawn to the personal touch that Dogwood Hill offers—allowing us to infuse our family’s personality into each card with ease, thanks to their user-friendly customization. These cards are not just a seasonal greeting but a showcase of fine art that arrives at the doorstep, promising to delight and leave a lasting impression. It’s a statement of elegance, a nod to the artists’ craft, and a reflection of our family’s style, delivered within a timeline that respects the holiday hustle.
For my tween daughters:
Instax Mini 12 Camera Bundle
It’s more than a gift; it’s a treasure trove for memories. My daughters are headed to sleep away camp for the first time this summer and I’m hoping this gift allows them to capture their memories to share with me. It’s the complete package: film, selfie lens, album, and a chic case.
Mini Belt Bag
For my tween daughter, the Lululemon Mini Belt Bag is on the list—a small but mighty accessory for her everyday essentials. Its compact size is just right for her growing independence and style, giving her the freedom to move with confidence and ease. This isn’t just a bag; it’s her independence wrapped in chic functionality.
For my parents and in-laws:
Wildgrain Gift Box
I’m sending my parents and in-laws a Wildgrain gift box because it’s the epitome of warmth and home in a package. As lovers of artisanal breads, pastas, and the sweet surprise of pastries like Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, this box is a culinary hug. Wildgrain stands out for its commitment to quality and convenience—frozen to preserve freshness and easy to prepare, it’s a delightful way to enjoy gourmet grains. It’s a monthly toast to their love of fine, homemade meals without the hassle of shopping and perfect for their busy lives.
For my husband:
This holiday season, my husband is unwrapping the timeless Outerknown Blanket Shirt. It’s the ultimate piece for a man’s wardrobe – durable enough to withstand his love for ‘wearing it to death’, yet stylish enough to keep him looking sharp. With a versatile, effortlessly cool vibe for any occasion and a choice from over 20 patterns, I won’t be surprised if he starts curating a collection. It’s the perfect blend of comfort, durability, and style – exactly what he deserves.
Oura Ring Generation 3
For my husband I’m also choosing the Oura Ring Generation 3. It’s more than a gadget; it’s a wellness companion for the everyday dad eager to fine-tune his life. This ring offers insights to optimize his sleep, energize workouts, and master his daily rhythm with advanced monitoring tech right on his finger. It’s the perfect tool for him to proactively enhance his health, and with its comfort and week-long battery life, it’ll fit seamlessly into his busy life.
For teachers and helpers:
Holiday Hot Chocolate Gift Box – Luxury Milk Hot Cocoa Mix
I’m showing gratitude to my daughters’ teachers with the Compartés Holiday Hot Chocolate Gift Box–the ultimate indulgence for those cherished moments of relaxation. Teachers give so much, and this gift of America’s top-rated hot cocoa is a small token of appreciation for their dedication. With opulent varieties like Extra Dark, Luxury Milk, and White Chocolate, each sip is a reminder of the warmth and care they pour into every lesson. It’s more than a drink; it’s a cup of comfort and joy to match their immeasurable impact.
For her close mama friends:
This year, for my dearest girlfriends spread across the states, I’m gifting the joy of a shared experience with a virtual workshop from Alice’s Table. It’s a chance for us to gather, albeit digitally, and sharpen our creative edges—from floral artistry to culinary presentation. Alice’s Table empowers women with entrepreneurial spirits, and this gift isn’t just about the skill—it’s about inspiration and connection. We’ll have all we need delivered to our doorsteps, plus the lasting gift of knowledge (vodka for fresh flowers—who knew?). And the cherry on top? I’m signing us up together, turning a lesson into a shared memory.
For Motherly’s staff:
Custom Curated Gift Box
For my dedicated staff, I’ve chosen to curate custom gift boxes from Small Packages. These gifts reflect not just appreciation but our shared values of empowerment and sustainability. As a women-owned company, it’s important to support other women and BIPOC entrepreneurs. Small Packages allows me to do that, offering a selection from businesses that prioritize these principles. Each box is a gesture of thanks as well as a testament to our collective ethos, promoting community, diversity, and environmental responsibility. It’s a meaningful way to celebrate their hard work and the positive impact we strive for as a team.
For my teenage nieces:
Tiny Twist Earrings
For my teenage niece this year, I’m choosing the charming Tiny Twist earrings from Hello Adorn—handcrafted pieces that never fail to become an instant favorite. These tiny hoops masterfully give the illusion of a second piercing without the commitment, and their 14k gold fill means they endure constant wear without tarnishing or becoming discolored. They promise comfort, style, and a touch of rebellion, all while being practical enough to never slip off.
For my 8 year old nephew:
Mars Rover Pack
For my adventurous 8-year-old nephew, the Mars Rover Pack is the holiday pick—it’s a launchpad for his imagination. Clixo’s ingenious design bridges the gap left by simpler building toys, offering the next step for growing minds. It glows in the dark, it’s flexible, it’s magnetic, and it’s equipped with all-terrain wheels and fire blasters—perfect for creating not just rovers, but drones and an entire fleet of space vehicles. This isn’t just a toy; it’s a gateway to the stars, igniting a spark for future innovation and boundless creative play.
For my 5 year old goddaughter:
Monthly Book Club Membership
For my 5-year-old goddaughter, I’m gifting the joy of discovery with a Little Feminist Book Club Membership. It’s essential that she sees the diverse and powerful women who shape our world reflected in the pages of the books that line her shelves. Each month, she’ll receive titles that celebrate different identities, coupled with engaging activities and discussions to foster her understanding and empathy. I love that I’m giving her a gift that’s a monthly celebration of inclusivity and girl power that will help build her confidence and worldview—one story at a time.
For my toddler goddaughter:
Kiko + GG
For my toddler goddaughter, the Kiko + GG Bingo set is my choice, a beautifully crafted game that’s both playful and educational. In its simplicity, it’s a gentle introduction to social play, where she’ll learn the graceful art of winning and losing, all while mastering her numbers from 1 to 50. And as a delightful bonus, this charming set will sit pretty on her shelf, blending seamlessly with the room’s decor.
For my infant goddaugther:
For my infant goddaughter, a cuddle+kind handmade doll is the chosen treasure—a doll that’s more than just a soft companion for her tender moments. Each heirloom-quality doll carries the warmth of artisanal craftsmanship from Peru, offering a touch of global kindness with its unique personality and story. It’s a gift that gives back, with every doll feeding 10 children in need, embodying the spirit of compassion and generosity I hope to instill in her from the very start.