Feel Good Holiday Gift Guide - Real Food Whole Life

Feel Good Holiday Gift Guide

November 18, 2020 (Updated on August 3, 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


the feel good effect by Robyn Conley Downs under $20
amazon // bookshop

after the rain by Alex Elle under $20
amazon // bookshop

calm the chaos journal by Nicola Ries Taggart under $20
amazon // bookshop

home body by Rupi Kaur under $20
amazon // bookshop

heart talk by Cleo Wade under $20
amazon // bookshop

devotions by Mary Oliver under $20
amazon // bookshop

vibrate higher daily by Lalah Delia under $20

amazon // bookshop


 Art of Tea Wellness Mood Boosting Bundle and Wellness Rejuvenating Bundle under $35

GOOD Coffee under $20// shop small

Golde Original Turmeric Superfood Latte Blend under $35

Tea Bar Teas  under $20// shop small 

Glass Tea Pot under $20

Stainless Steel Tumblers

Reusable Glass Straws under $15

Gooseneck Electric Kettle

pair a beauty gift + something-cozy

clean beauty

Beautycounter Golden Hour All-In-One Palette

Beautycounter Lip Jellies under $35

Beautycounter Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick under $35

Ilia Eye Heart Clean Holiday Set under $50

Cocokind Winter Essentials Kit under $50

Cocokind Macabeet Tinted Moisture Stick under $10

Gentle Microfiber Washcloths under $10



Ugg Slippers

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

Ceramic Diffuser

Cuffed Beanie with Faux Fur Pom Pom under $35

Barefoot Dreams Unisex Robe

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Socks under $20

Nordstrom Plush Throw Blanket

Patagonia Fleece Pullover

Athleta Pranayama Wrap

Fuzzy Cardigan under $35

Oversized Blanket Scarf under $15

Essential Oils: Welcome Home Starter Kit
use this link to get a free diffuser with your kit


Lip Jellies under $35

Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick under $35

Good Scents Hand Cream Trio

Overnight Resurfacing Peel

Counter + All Bright C Serum

Luminous Powder Highlighter in Halo under $35

Brilliant Brow Gel in Light under $35

Sheer Lipstick in Petal or Twig under $35

Polish & Protect Lip Duo under $35

pair something cooking + a cookbook


Instant Pot

Slow Cooker  

French Press + Pourover Set under $25

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

The Homebodies Co. Dish Block shop small // under $15

The Homebodies Co. Bamboo Soap Shelf shop small // under $15

The Homebodies Co. Bamboo Dish Brush shop small // under $15


In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan + Julia Turshen under $35
amazon // bookshop

Korean Paleo by Jean Choi under $20
amazon // bookshop

Cook Once Eat All Week by Cassy Joy Garcia under $20
amazon // bookshop

The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass under $25
amazon // bookshop

Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten under $20
amazon // bookshop

True Comfort by Kristin Cavallari under $15
amazon // bookshop

pair something movement + mindful


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
Use code robyn20 for $20 off any membership!

Colorful Yoga Mat


how to breathe by Ashley Neese under $15
amazon // bookshop

Aromatherapy Essential Oils: Premium Starter Kit with Diffuser
use this link to get a bonus diffuser with your kit

Blank journal under $35

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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