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Feel Good Holiday Gift Guide

November 18, 2020 (Updated on November 8, 2021)

If you’re looking for a feel good holiday gift guide, you’re in the right place! I’m sharing simple decision templates you can use to create thoughtful gifts and reduce decision fatigue this season. Keep reading for easy gift pairing ideas and curated lists of all my favorite things!

I don’t know about you but I love the holiday season. The cozier weather. The togetherness. The traditions. This year may look very different, but I’m still seeking out those little ways we can make it feel special. So I’m taking a moment to pause, pay attention, and ask myself, “how do I really want to feel this season?”

One thing I know for sure is that I want to make fewer decisions, feel less stressed, and make a more room for joy. Because that’s what feels good for me right now. Maybe that’s a feeling you’re craving too? However you decide to celebrate the season, I’m sending you a reminder that it’s okay to do it your way. To customize everything. To take something off your list. To not do it all.

In the spirit of reducing decision fatigue, I put together this year’s gift guide using decision templates. A decision template will help you reduce decision fatigue and takes the effort out of any process you apply it to, in this case, to gift giving. To get you inspired, here are my 4 go-to easy gift-pairing decision template ideas.

To help reduce decision fatigue for even more, I’ve listed my personal favorites under each category to make it super easy to mix & match items into super thoughtful gifts. I hope this feel good holiday gift guide helps give a little feel good!

gift giving decision templates for everyone on your list

  1. Pair a book and a beverage. Personalize the specific book and beverage to match each person on your list’s interests and personality.
  2. Pair a beauty gift and something cozy. A little beauty self-care will go a long way this season. Then throw in something cozy for the perfect combo.
  3. Pair a kitchen item and a cookbook. A spin on the book and beverage combo, a great option as we are all cooking at home now more than ever.
  4. Pair something movement with something mindful. Add a little self-care at home for everyone on your list with something that will help them move and be mindful.
  5. Shop small. Support local businesses in your community, or check out the Portland, Oregon local guide at the end of this post.

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pair a book + a beverage

books

The Feel Good Effect by Robyn Conley Downs  under $20

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After the Rain by Alex Elle under $20

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Calm the Chaos Journal by Nicola Ries Taggart  under $20

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Heart Talk by Cleo Wade  under $20

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Vibrate Higher Daily by Lalah Delia  under $20

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Good Morning, I Love You by Shauna Shapiro under $20

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How Far You Have Come by Morgan Harper Nichols under $20

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A Year of Self Care by Dr. Zoe Shaw under $20

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Devotions by Mary Oliver under $20
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home body by Rupi Kaur under $20
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beverages

 Art of Tea

Performance Bundle and Tea Travel Bundle

GOOD Coffee under $20// shop small

Golde Original Turmeric Superfood Latte Blend under $30

Tea Bar Teas  under $20// shop small 

Glass Tea Pot under $20

Stainless Steel Tumblers

Reusable Glass Straws under $15

Electric Pourover Kettle

pair a beauty gift + something-cozy

collage of beauty and cozy gift ideas on white background

clean beauty

Beautycounter Mini Must-Haves under $50

Beautycounter Countertime Deluxe Mini Set

Beautycounter Lip Jellies under $30

Beautycounter Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick under $35

Beautycounter Ready, Set Makeup Trio  under $40

Ilia Meet the Minis under $30

Herbivore Soak & Soften Set

Osea Glow on the Go Set under $30

Gentle Microfiber Washcloths under $10

 

cozy

Ugg Slippers

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

Ceramic Diffuser

Ribbed Pom Beanie 

Barefoot Dreams Unisex Robe

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Socks  under $20

Nordstrom Plush Throw Blanket

North Face Pullover Jacket

Athleta Pranayama Wrap 

Fuzzy Cardigan under $35

Oversized Blanket Scarf under $15

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beautycounter

Lip Jellies under $30

Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick under $35

Think Big All-in-One Mascara under $30

Good Scents Hand Cream Trio under $35

Overnight Resurfacing Peel

Counter + All Bright C Serum

Brilliant Brow Gel in Light under $25

Sheer Lipstick in Petal or Twig under $35

Cream Eyeshadow under $25

Cheeky Cream Blush under $40

pair something cooking + a cookbook

cooking

Instant Pot

Slow Cooker  

High-Speed Blender

Dutch Oven

Cast Iron Skillet

Cutting Board

French Press + Pourover Set under $30

The Homebodies Co. Matcha Whisk + Ceramic Whisk Stand shop small // under $25

The Homebodies Co. Dish Block shop small // under $10

The Homebodies Co. Bamboo Soap Shelf shop small // under $10

cookbooks

Simply Julia by Julia Turshen under $25

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Cook Once Dinner Fix by Cassy Joy Garcia  under $25

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Everyone’s Table by Gregory Gourdet  under $25

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Half-Baked Harvest: Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard under $25

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The Mexican Home Kitchen by Mely Martinez under $20

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Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten  under $20

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Skinnytaste Meal Prep by Gina Homolka under $25

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In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan + Julia Turshen under $20
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Korean Paleo by Jean Choi under $20
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The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass under $20
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True Comfort by Kristin Cavallari under $15
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pair something movement + mindful

collage of movement and mindfulness gift ideas on a white background

movement

Indoor Cycling Bike
See this post for more on my home set-up + How I use the peloton app without a Peloton bike.

The Balanced Life Sisterhood: Pilates Gift Membership shop small // under $55 with discount code
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Printed Yoga Mat

Columbia Hiking Boots

Osprey Waist Pack under $30

Water Bottle under $20

mindful

how to breathe by Ashley Neese under $15
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Blank journal under $25

Round Meditation Cushion

Actually curious card game: Curiosity edition

Houseplants ship online from Pistil’s Nursery  under $35

Local Portland friends, pick up from Eco Vibe shop small // under $30

Shop Local Portland, Oregon

Lisa Congdon shop small // under $30

Helen Rose Skincare Co shop small // under $20

Burnside Oregon Oaked Burbon shop small // under $35

Xocalatl de David shop small // under $20

Drink Rhizome shop small // under $20

Anna Joyce Hand Dyed shop small // under $50

Broadway Books shop small // under $20

Tinker Toys shop small // under $20

The Yo! Store shop small // under $35

Moonstruck Chocolate shop small // under $20

Little Stocking Co shop small // under $20

MudPuddles Toys shop small // under $20

Ruby Press Letterpress + Mercantile shop small // under $20

Adorn shop small // under $50

Klum House shop small // under $30

Yoyo Yogi shop small // under $30

Ink & Peat Home and Lifestyle shop small // under $50

GOOD Coffee under $20// shop small

Tea Bar Teas  under $20// shop small 

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