The holiday season this year looks and feel a lot different from previous years. Every year, we get together with our large families and we throw a huge celebration filled with lots of food, drinks, fun games and gift exchanges (my side of the family alone makes up about 40 people so you can just imagine the chaos that takes place at our holiday parties – especially after a few drinks!). This year will definitely be more low key with the social gathering restrictions in place. I feel bit sadden by it but at the same time, somewhat relieved in order to keep my family safe.
With all that’s happened in 2020, I think it’s an understatement when I say we all deserve a break (mentally and physically). This year, I’ve created a gift guide (for yourself) in hopes that it will help you end the year in a better place.
Inspiration board – 2020 pretty much came to a halt and paused so many big dreams. I remember this same time last year when I made a list of my 2020 goals, including taking a solo trip to Paris for my birthday (which of course didn’t happen because of COVID). However, I am NOT letting go of my life’s vision! With social media and all that’s happening around us, it’s so easy to get distracted and forget where we’re heading. Over the years, I’ve found vision boards to be so helpful! It grounds me and reminds me to stay focus. You can print your own photos and make a simple vision board or check out the Poster Store who has pretty much gathered all the pretty images and done the work for you. Be sure to include colors and images that inspires you.
Charcuterie (a French term for cold cooked meats) – I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who miss going out to brunch or dinner with friends! With most restaurants closed for dining, I’ve been inspired do make my own charcuterie boards at home. The food not only looks great on the board but it’s also quite tasty (especially with wine)! Check out That Charcuterie Chick on Instagram! She’s quite talented with her boards and I’m always inspired by her posts. Tip: go to your local Trader Joes to explore meats, cheese and crackers. If you’re not up to the challenge of making your own board, you can also order pre-made charcuterie boards.
Handcrafted artisan soap – If you’ve never tried homemade soap on your skin, you must try! It’s so luxurious with it’s milky texture and it leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated (it also lasts a very long time compared to mass-manufactured hand soap). With all that’s going on in the world right now, any bit of self-pampering in the shower will help relieve stress. One of my favorite local handcrafted soap is RB Soap Co:
Soy Candles – I recently discovered Sand + Fog candles and I am in love! The wicks are 100% cotton and the wax is a mix of soy blend. The candles are so luxurious and relaxing (not to mention it makes your whole house smells great)! The Lavender Vanilla is by far my favorite scent although I pretty much wouldn’t mind owning every scent made by Sand + Fog. The benefits of working from home the last few months is being able to light up candles on my desk anytime I want to (and not having to smell my co-worker’s microwaved lunch)!
Duster cardigans – This is a pretty simple one but I promise it goes a long way and you’ll make a lot of use out of it if you’re working from home every day. I was never a huge fan of wearing cardigans until working from home became the new norm! These days, I simply throw on a cute cardigan over my PJ’s and jump on conference calls with it on. It makes it look like I made an effort to dress up!
I hope you all have a great holiday break! Stay safe and happy holidays!