My Top 10 Favorite Gift Suggestions (& a Giveaway!)

Santa Carrying Shopping BagsI’m just going to confess it.  I’m a girl who loves to shop.

So when Christmas time rolls around, you can’t keep me out of the malls. What better excuse to shop, than Christmas?!  Yet as much as I love shopping, I’ll admit there are some people who are just so hard to buy for that my brain can’t come up with any good ideas – a case of ‘holiday brain’, you might say.

And that’s when shopping turns from fun to frustration. From fabulous to frazzling. Maybe you can relate.

So when someone gives me a new gift idea, especially something I hadn’t thought of before, I get excited! Thus in consideration of that, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things that I love to give and receive,  in case you might need some fresh ideas for the friends and family on your shopping list.

There’s only week left until Christmas Day (yikes!), so if you are suffering from holiday brain too and still need a few last minute gifts, I hope these suggestions help! You can thank me later. Smiles. :)

OPI Nail Polish Set - if there’s one thing a girl needs, it’s pretty toes. This set has some of my favorite colors, especially Big Apple Red, but also some colors I’ve never tried. So it’s a great deal without spending $8 a bottle on colors someone might not like!

Starbucks Gift Card - when someone gives me a Starbucks card, they instantly bring a smile to my face. The more cups of Grande Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte’s, no whip, extra hot, that I can get, the better. If your loved one loves coffee, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s not a light bulb gift idea, but your loved one will think of you with each steaming sip.

Epicurian Pizza Cutter – Yes – this is totally random, and probably seems like a not-so-cool thing, but it really is. I bought one on a whim a couple months ago, and will never use a roller pizza cutter again.

Alex & Ani ‘Daughter’ Bracelet - I bought both of my daughters this precious bracelet for Christmas (shhhh). If you have a daughter, I bet she’d love one too.  (You can also get them for Moms and Grandmoms, and even hobbies, and each style has a special meaning attached to it).

Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young - this book changed my walk with God. It reads as if God is talking straight to me. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean. It’s a fresh, personal and amazing way to hear from God. If you haven’t ever read it, you might want to put it on your own Christmas list, and it’s a great gift idea to help others grow in their faith.

Moccasins - these might not make the best fashion statement, but I LOVE my moccasins. Literally wear them every day around the house. This is something someone might not run out and buy for themselves, but would appreciate it each night when their footsies are nice and warm.

Chronological Bible – this is my all time favorite bible for learning to understand God’s Word, especially if you or your loved one’s desire is to read the whole Bible in 2015. This Bible makes it simple and feasible. Love it.

Lighted Moravian Star Decoration – I have one of these hanging over my front door every Christmas (you can see a picture of it on my Facebook page), and I love the symbol of Jesus birth that it represents. It’s a beautiful faith based decoration, and a great conversation starter about the gospel. You don’t see them that often anymore, but it’s a thoughtful gift to buy for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member who shares your love for Christ.

P90X Workout Kit - I purchased this workout program from an infomercial over 5 years ago, and still use it every week (well, almost). It’s not easy, and it’s not cheap, but if you really want to lose weight and tone areas you never thought could be toned, then this is for you. I literally was in amazement at how my body changed after 90 days of doing the program. Honestly, it’s the first workout program that ever worked for me and brought real results, so I am a loyal a P90X fan!  I don’t mean to sound like a commercial for this product, but it’s one program that actually works if you stick to the food and exercise plan, and so I love to tell people about it. So many products are just rip-offs, but this is the real deal.

Sand by Brookstone - if you have kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids who seem to have everything and you want to get them something unique, check out this cool sand. I bought it for my nephews last year for Christmas and they are still playing with it a year later! That’s unheard of. It’s really fun and not messy at all, and hands out, beats any plastic toy that comes from the toy store. (you can also get this in the Brookstone stores just in case it won’t arrive before Christmas)

I want to share one bonus suggestion, that may or may not make your Christmas list, but it’s definitely worth looking into for the future. I received it as a gift at a conference a few years back, and was so thankful for it for so many reasons.

Logos Bible Software - this could be a gift for yourself, or for someone you love who is in ministry. This gift is a little pricier, but it is worth every penny to someone who loves to dig deep into God’s Word, research meanings and passages, different translations, commentaries, etc. It provides a wealth of information to help understand scripture and begin really applying it to your life.

(Pssst, and if you love online shopping like me, don’t miss Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals! I’ve gotten some great deals so far and I am ALL about getting a deal.)

In the spirit of Christmas giving, I’d love to give away an autographed copy of my new book Your Life Still Counts today! Leave a comment sharing which one (if any) of these gift suggestions might be great for someone you know, or share a fun gift idea that you thought of this year for that hard-to-buy-for-person!  

Happy shopping!  

MERRY CHRISTMAS!