Give the Gift of Stitch Fix | AD

Sometimes it can be really difficult deciding what to get someone for Christmas. Maybe you have a family member who lives far away and it’s hard to get a present to them. Maybe you know someone who seems to have it all and you’re stumped about what to get them. If you need an idea of what to gift the special people in your life, no matter who they are or where they live, Stitch Fix is a great one! I have written a post with Stitch Fix before, but if you’re not familiar with the company–I’m here to give you some information.

**Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links–I earn a small commission which helps to build my blog and provide you with continued content.**

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a personalized shopping experience to you doorstep. All you need to do is complete the Style Profile online and a personal stylist will hand-pick pieces that complement your needs, style, and budget. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes, and/or accessories and you can try them on at home. Once you have tried them on and decided which items you want to keep, exchange, or return–you simply send the rest back in an enclosed, pre-paid USPS envelope. No subscription is required for this service–you can receive boxes as often or seldom as you would like.

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Sweater Details: Pixley Cardigan from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix carries styles for men, women, maternity, plus size, or petite sizes–so there really are options for all of the adults in your family! Giving gift cards to Stitch Fix are great for anyone–your mom, dad, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts/uncles, in-laws, parents of your friends, best friends, co-workers, etc. Gift cards start off at the $20 amount or you can choose any other amount above that. Pick what works for you!

There are a few ways you can gift Stitch Fix gift cards and the direct links are down below. You can choose options such as print-at-home, email, or have a gift card mailed.

Stitch Fix Gift Card – Mail. The gift card will be mailed within 2-5 business days. Make sure to order your gift cards by December 15th to ensure it will be delivered before Christmas Day.

Stitch Fix Gift Card – Print-At-Home. Print off a gift card and then write a hand written note to go along with it.

Stitch Fix Gift Card – Email. Emailed gift cards can be scheduled to be received on a certain day or they can be sent same-day.

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Sweater Details: August Mist Estela Shearling Trim Detail Cardigan from Stitch Fix

I have personally been using Stitch Fix for the last couple of years and I have always been impressed by the quality of the items I have received. Plus, it’s a nice surprise to see what your stylist picks out for you or for another person! I love using Stitch Fix because it’s personalized, convenient, fun, budget-friendly, and no monthly subscription fee is required.


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No Gifts for Christmas: Things to Do with Family Instead of Buying and Giving Gifts

Last night I finished all of my Christmas gift preparation! Gifts have been wrapped and are just waiting for Christmas day. However, although it’s fun to give and receive gifts at Christmas–you don’t need gifts to have a wonderful Christmas. As my siblings and I have grown up, some being married and have children now, we have changed the ways in which we approach gift-giving at Christmas. We all seem to agree that Christmas is less and less about presents and more about quality, special time together. My whole family is probably all together only about once a year and so our time together has become one of the most precious gifts.

Today I’m giving you some ideas for how to celebrate Christmas with your family (and/or friends)–without having to have gifts involved.

Go on a trip together

The Christmas before my oldest sister was married, my family went on a skiing vacation to North Carolina. We rented a huge van and road-tripped all the way from Oklahoma. That was also the year that we each had portable, personal DVD players (anyone remember those?). Although the majority of the road trip was probably spent watching 5 seasons of Gilmore Girls, I still remember that experience and it was so much fun. Once we arrived at our destination, we checked into our cabin rental that overlooked the mountains and the ski lodge. We cooked food, watched movies, and prepared to go skiing the next day. The weather was so warm that the ski resort had to create fake snow–that was interesting to watch! Once there was enough “snow,” we headed out and had a great time. Who knew skiing in t-shirts wouldn’t be so bad? Haha! I’m so thankful for that time we had together before the dynamic of our family changed. We have been on trips together with my brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephew since then–and it just keeps getting better. Why not save and invest in a family vacation instead of buying gifts? I highly recommend it!

Make and serve a meal to a family in need

Last year my family and I made some meals for the families of patients at our local hospice house, instead of doing gifts. I loved being able to do that for some of our local families who were experiencing grief, loss, and sadness during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. We weren’t able to personally meet any of the families, but it was an awesome experience to know that we helped to take care of them in a small way during Christmas. There are so many other ways you can help others during Christmas and it doesn’t have to even be a grand gesture–anything, no matter how big/small, helps!

Have a family night

Instead of gift exchanging, have a day/night just for family fun! You could bake cookies, make hot cider, play board/card games, watch Christmas movies, drive around and look at Christmas lights, make a bunch of Dubsmash videos, etc, and just focus on spending time together. My most favorite memories are definitely of my parents, siblings, grandchildren, and pets all housed up together and it being just wild!

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Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Only 20 more shopping days until Christmas! If you’re done shopping–way to go! If you aren’t done yet–remain calm and have no fear! Over the last few years, my family has changed the way we exchange gifts and, to be honest, it’s actually taken a lot of the stress away. However, I always like stocking stuffer gifts and the process of filling the stockings. If you are doing stocking stuffer gifts this year, I have a list of gift ideas in case you need some inspiration. I also have a blog post coming out on Friday with alternatives for gift-giving, so make sure to read that one.

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For Kids

-Socks (I think silly socks or fun patterned socks are way better)
-Books
-Subscription services (ie. Highlights magazine)
-Chapstick
-Gloves
-Lego
-Hot Wheels
-Games
-On-the-go cups
-Fun patterned Band-Aids
-Rubber duck
-Milk straws (you can find these on Amazon but they are straws with flavor pods inside and they turn milk into different flavors)
-Silly drinking straws
-Gift cards
-Candy

For Her

-Essential oil blends
-Candles
-Tea
-Coffee
-Socks
-Nail polish
-Subscriptions (i.e. Birchbox, magazine, etc)
-Jewelry
-Wallet
-Hand cream
-Mug
-Chocolate
-Gift Cards

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For Him

-Pen
-Graphic print t-shirt
-Shaving kit
-Beard oil
-Movie
-Coffee
-Yeti (or similar insulated coffee mug)
-Socks
-Gloves
-Gift cards
-Beef jerky
-Candy
-Watch

For Friends

-Passport cover
-Sunglasses
-Coffee mugs
-Coffee
-Novelty print socks
-Gift cards
-Candles
-Snacks
-Photo gifts

Basically, I don’t think you can go wrong with getting anyone socks, haha! These are the main things that I think would be great to gift as stocking stuffers. I hope this list was helpful to you if you are trying to figure out stocking stuffer gift ideas! If I am forgetting any ideas that you like, make sure to comment below what they are. I hope you are having great December and that you’re enjoying the Christmas spirit!

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Packing List for Winter Travels | Including PDF

Happy December! Today I’m on my way to see family in Chicago, for a long weekend, and I can’t wait to get there! Traveling around the holidays is always fun for me because I get to go on an adventure and see people I love. I think that I have stream-lined my packing process, over the years, and there are a few packing lists that I use depending on the time of the year/weather/destination. Today I have a packing list for you to view and use if you are traveling over the holidays or in the winter months to come. Feel free to download this list for your future use–I have the attachment linked below.

This packing list can be modified depending on your mode of transportation–but for the most part, here are the basics that you might need when traveling.

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**Download My Winter Packing List**

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November Favorites

I hope you have had a wonderful November! This month was a busy one but definitely a good one. There are a handful of things that I’ve been loving this month and if you want to know what they are–keep on reading!

Weekly Agenda

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I’ve started to plan some things for next year and I’ve been using this planner. I like that the finish is a faux leather, it’s navy blue, and it’s August 2017-December 2018. It looks like this item is currently unavailable on Amazon–but there are some similar ones available and this one might come back in stock if you keep checking.

Dear Traveler Christmas Cards

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I am almost done with my Christmas shopping–yay!! I purchased some of these Dear Traveler cards to go with some my gifts and I can’t wait to write notes in them. These cards are created in and shipped from the UK, but if you hurry and place your order–you might just get them in time for Christmas. How cute are these cards?? And you should also subscribe to the Dear Traveler blog–Maggie is one of the most encouraging and wise women I know and I can guarantee you will be blessed by her writing.

J. Crew Bauble Earrings

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My sister gave me these earrings for my birthday and they have been the perfect addition to holiday outfits. I wore these on Thanksgiving and will probably wear them a ton during Christmas. I love the color of these earrings and that they’re not too heavy.

Glossier Wowder

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I heard a lot about this powder when it first came out and so I decided to try it. I like that this powder is slightly tinted and so I don’t need to wear as much foundation as usual. A little bit of this powder goes a long way and it’s very finely milled. The finish of the powder still provides a little bit of a glow, and not just a flat matte finish. My skin, also, doesn’t dry out completely by the end of the day when I use this product.

Maybelline The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Rooftop Bronzes

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Chill Brunch Neutrals

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These eyeshadow palettes came in the October Bless Box and I have been using them every day. There are a few shades in particular that I have been using more in each palette and you can probably tell by my fingerprint in them, haha! I also swatched the colors I have been using the most.

Almond Milk Egg Nog

I have been trying to eat dairy-free as much as possible lately for a couple of reasons, and so far it hasn’t been too bad. However, egg nog was the one thing I was bummed out about possibly not being able to enjoy. Lo and behold–look what I found while I was browsing through Target one night! This brand has been a great alternative to dairy egg nog and I know I’ll probably go through a few bottles in December (oopsies).

What were some of your faves from November?

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