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Christmas 2018 Ultimate Gift Guide!

Tis the season for holiday parties, family traditions, tons of food, and beautiful gifts! Once again, I’m bringing you my annual Christmas Gift Guide with 25 luxurious gift ideas to give (or get)! This list has something for everyone and extends well past the holiday season. XO.

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Dash .:. Rapid Cold Brew System ::: There’s so much to love about cold brew: from the smooth, intensely rich flavor, to the bold kick of caffeine. Gone are the days of having to wait 12-24 hours for it to steep – meet the Dash Rapid Cold Brew System, a machine used to make cold-brew coffee at home in less than 10 minutes! This works by using a method called “cold boil” resulting in properly extracted cold brew.. without the wait time! // http://www.bydash.com

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Chooka .:. Bainbridge Chelsea Boots ::: Who needs over-priced designer rain boots when you can get these for a fraction of the price?! They’re cute, stylish and comfortable enough for all day wear. They come in several neutral colors to match with any outfit you pair them with, they’re waterproof and a breeze to clean. // http://www.shopchooka.com

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Christian Siriano .:. Faux Fur Throw ::: Ultra luxe and plush, these oversized throws are more than appreciated on cold Winter nights. They’re made from 100% Polyester knit fur face reversing to a 100% polyester mink fur reverse. They’re super warm and cozy and are a fabulous gift on their own or paired with tea or a hot chocolate set! // http://www.overstock.com

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Spire .:. Health Tag ::: Unlike anything of its kind, this wearable health tracker discreetly attaches to the inside of your clothes, is machine washable, and has a strong enough battery life to last over a year and a half. This tiny device is capable of tracking your heart rate, activity levels, stress levels and sleep. And, instead of flooding you with an excess amount of data, the Spire app only notifies you of important info worth taking action on. // http://www.spire.io

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The Body Shop .:. Deluxe Advent Calendar ::: Move over gift baskets, 2018 is all about advent calendars. What’s not to love about opening up a new gift each day?! This year The Body Shop is offering 3 different advent calendars, my favorite is the Deluxe edition. 25 beauty, makeup and skincare products are packed into this beautiful, enchanted forest themed box. Ranging from travel sized bottles of shower gel to mini hand creams to a full sized body butter, there’s pretty much something for everyone. And if the endless amount of skincare goodies weren’t enough, they’ve also included small daily tasks to help you better connect with nature. // http://www.thebodyshop.com

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Yedi Houseware .:. Air Fryer ::: Air fryers have quickly become one of the most used tools for whipping up really quick and delicious meals that taste way more unhealthy and high in fat than they actually are. In addition to a small recipe book Yedi included, it’s easy to find tons of recipes online and I have yet to find a person who hasn’t liked the outcome of their food when using this. // http://www.yedihousewares.com

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Chess House .:. 15″ Staunton Chess & Checker Set ::: Originally used by royals, chess AKA “the game of kings” was a way to develop strategic skills and out-think their opponent’s next move in a real life war. Whether you’re gifting this to someone who’s mastered the game or a novice looking to learn, playing chess attributes more for developing our IQ, boosting our memory, and focusing our concentration than any electronic game could ever do; unless of course you’re using it to play chess! This quality set is made of Sheesham wood and contains drawers for easy storage, and the addition of checkers pieces are just a bonus! // http://www.chesshouse.com

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The Beachwaver Co .:. S1 Ceramic Rotating Curling Iron ::: A high quality curling wand that cuts down on styling time each morning, is so easy to use, creates curls and waves that don’t fall flat by lunchtime and most importantly, won’t fry your hair. It gives you the option to create three different styles: tight defined curls, loose beachy waves, and glam waves (hellllllo Kim K). No more achy arms, the rotating barrel essentially does all of the work for you leaving you with shiny, voluminous waves that are salon quality. // http://www.beachwaver.com

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La Chatelaine .:. Shea and Cherry Almond Essentials Set ::: There is no such thing as too many hand creams, even more so during Winter. This company was featured on Oprah’s list of favorite things for 2018 and with good reason! They have several different gift sets to fit any budget, and are way more affordable than you’d expect. The vegetable based soaps are made in Provence using organic and ethically sourced ingredients and their ultra-rich hand creams are made with organic shea butter, vitamin E and argan oil and are incredibly moisturizing and the scents are so refreshing. // http://www.lachatelainebeauty.com

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Lady M Bakery .:. Signature Mille Crepes ::: Forget every other chocolate, macaron, or dessert style gift and just gift this cake for the holidays this year. Each cake is made with 20 paper-thin handmade crepes layered with light pastry cream, and is absolutely to die for. It’s not overly sweet and is unlike any other cake you’ve ever had and worth every single calorie. // http://www.ladym.com

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Baekgaard .:. Clark Backpack & Jimmy Duffel ::: Backpacks are gaining ground in corporate America, with luxe business-like styles making briefcases and messenger bags a thing of the past. I love the tweed & plaid style of the Clark Backpack and how well it works with more casual attire overall. This brand was also mentioned on Oprah’s list of favorite things, and let’s be honest, if it’s good enough for Oprah it is definitely good enough for us! // http://www.baekgaardusa.com

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MediCrystal .:. Gemstone Collection Mini Mat ::: The absolute BEST gift you can give someone when it comes to health & wellness. This mat truly is my go-to when I’m in need of some serious R&R. It generates FIR InfraRed heat, negative ions, PEMF, and offers amethyst and jade stone benefits. Some of the MANY benefits: helps provide a calm setting, reduces stress, balances chakras, aids in meditation, promotes healing, relaxes muscles, stimulates detoxification, promotes better sleep, and the list can go on and on. It’s a bit of an investment, but one that is well worth it. // http://www.medicrystal.com

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Rosy Rings .:. Forest Round Botanical Candle + Petal & Thread Potpourri ::: I don’t think I’ve ever written a gift guide without including candles. I think they’re a great gift for pretty much anyone on your list whether it be a family member, friend or co-worker, you can’t go wrong gifting a candle! With notes of Citron, Golden Raspberry, Ginger, Clary Sage, Falling Leaves, Scotch Pine, Creamy Sandal, Red Cedar and White Musk this is the perfect scent to fill your home this holiday season and the unique presentation makes it even better. // http://www.rosyrings.com

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Shea Brand .:. Shea Gift Box ::: Made in small batches with raw ingredients, this gift set includes 4 enriched shea butter blends: rose, lavender, jasmine and woodland fog. They’re deeply hydrating and will soothe even the driest of skin. // http://www.sheabrand.com

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Hammacher Schlemmer .:. Triple Therapy Foot and Calf Massager ::: Exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, this powerful massager uses heat (up to 112*), TENS therapy (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and shiatsu massage to relieve pain, soothe muscles and improve overall circulation. There’s also an app that pairs with the device and 50 program modes to truly customize your massage. This is WAY better than any professional massage you’ll get and available to use anytime you want. You’ll want to gift one and buy one for yourself! // http://www.hammacherschlemmer.com

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Franciacorta .:. Brut Faccoli ::: Made near the fashion mecca of Milan in Lombardy, this is one of Italy’s best kept secrets when it comes to sparkling wine. Much like champagne, Francicorta’s secondary fermentation process takes place in the bottle itself. Franciacorta is drier, richer and much more complex than Italy’s best known sparkling wine, prosecco. It’s well made and moderately priced and makes a fabulous gift. // http://www.franciacorta.net

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SleepScore Labs .:. Sleep Sanctuary Bundle ::: Stress, anxiety and restless nights are something that we all experience at one point or another. Luckily, there are plenty of great products to help you relax, unwind and have the most restful nights sleep this holiday season. This bundle includes: Nidra Dreams Eye Mask, Scentered Aromatherapy Mini Tin, Goodnight Bedside Lamp, Teeccino Organic Dandelion Tumeric Tea Bags, Hot Cherry Red Denim Square and a 3 month subscription to the SleepScore App. // http://www.sleepscore.com

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Three by Three .:. Jotblock Sketchpad Set ::: Immediately upon finding this I thought of my kids. They love drawing, painting and making crafts in general. This is great for encouraging creativity and expression and is a great way to reveal your inner artist. // http://www.threebythree.com

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Way of Will .:. Unwind Essential Oil Set ::: Essential oils are a must for “spa-nights” at home. This set comes with 4 aromatherapy staples: Patchouli (comforting), Lavender (calming), Peppermint (cooling) and Frankincense (grounding). They’re 100% natural pure grade essential oils and will help you relax and unwind after a long stressful day. // http://www.wayofwill.com

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Gilchrist & Soames .:. English Garden Body Care Box Set ::: Inspired by the raw beauty of the English countryside, this duo is formulated with silk proteins for a soothing bathing experience. The scent is light and delicate and these will leave your skin silky smooth & nourished. // http://www.gilchristsoames.com

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Lo & Behold Naturals .:. Flower Power Set ::: This cute little gift set contains a handful of daily essentials: Honeysuckle & Aloe Vera Facial Toner, Wildflower Hair & Body Oil, Mini Rose & Ginger Hand Salve, Rose & Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm and Ylang Ylang & Grapefruit Cuticle Cream. Each product is 100% natural, cruelty free and gluten free. This is a fun way to give someone the opportunity to try out a new *clean* brand that can’t be found in a mass retail store. // www,loandbeholdnaturals.com

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Foot Nanny .:. Oprah’s Favorite Things 2018 Gift Set ::: This brand has made Oprah’s list 5 straight years in a row so thats reason enough to run out and pick this up ASAP. I love this because it features their top selling scents (tea tree, rose, lavender, peppermint & eucalyptus) in travel sized jars in addition to cotton socks and a dry  buffer. The best DIY pedicure you’ll ever have! // http://www.footnanny.com

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Organic Aromas .:. The Alchemists Chest ::: If you have someone in your life who is an avid essential oil user or someone just diving into wonderfully beneficial world of essential oils this collection is for them. It features some of the most common, well-known pure essential oils that are certified organic, single regular oils and artisanally crafted blends and they’re packaged in this sturdy wooden box – all thats missing is a bow! Organic Aromas also make the best nebulizing diffusers you can find – they are second to none. // http://www.organicaromas.com

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Sound Oasis .:. Advanced Sleep Sound Therapy System + Sleep Therapy Mask ::: The sound therapy machine makes a great gift for anyone of all ages – babies, toddlers, kids, adults, seniors, pretty sure we all could benefit from the peaceful sounds of rain, waves, white noise, etc. This machine features 24 various sleep & relaxation sounds, and also doubles as an alarm clock. The Sleep Therapy Mask is a soft foam material thats comfortable to wear all night long and will help you fall asleep faster and for longer. // http://www.soundoasis.com

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SimpleHuman .:. 58 Litre Dual Compartment Rectangular Step Can ::: I saved one of the best for last! There are so many reasons to be obsessed with this trash can, here are a few: the foot pedal is designed to last over 150,000 steps (20 steps/day for 20 years), the lid shox technology allows for a slow and silent close, every single can has a double seamed custom fit liner, and my favorite feature – the invisible fingerprint proof coating that contains nano-silver particles to prevent germs. A functional trash can & recycle bin in one that is functional & stylish. Yes please. // http://www.simplehuman.com

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Disclaimer ::: As always, my reviews are not paid and are based on my own opinion, personal use and results.

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