12 Gifts We Love to Give


Struggling with inspiration for what to give others for the holidays? The iGnite team shares our 11 go-to’s this year…


CEmask My favorite gift to give is a facial masque. I feel like it is one area that we all neglect or wish we could do more…of course I would love to be able to hand out a facial, but I go to the masque as an affordable alternative that just makes anyone feel good. My favorite line is Eminence Organics and here is a new one that I am going to give a try, but all are great!


socksThis year I’m finding I want to give lululemon running socks! I love wearing them because they feel good on my feet, I don’t ever have to tug at them while working out, they fit perfectly in my shoes, and all the designs are cute.   amazon-gift-cardAnother one of my favorite gifts to give is an Amazon gift card. Now that everyone in my family is getting older, we each bring a $25 gift card to our Christmas celebration and play the White Elephant gift exchange only with gift cards. I love bringing the Amazon card because it is gender-neutral, and you can buy ANYTHING off Amazon!


nestholiday_classic_hi300The Nest Holiday Candle – Wonderful scent, not too much and brings on the Christmas Spirit   cd

Betty’s Rockin’ Holiday CD – I love to make a playlist of upbeat Christmas music for my friends to have in their car while they are driving kids around or running errands.


or_708A_300   I love giving this “Peace of Mind” lotion, $10 from Origins! It has a light peppermint scent, and I just dab a little behind my ears when I need a pick-me-up!


IMG_4570-2Black monogrammed hand towels/wash cloths are my new favorite gift! I use one every day after taking make-up off. You NEVER have a dirty hand towel because the mascara, etc. does not show!  I have all white towels in all of my bathrooms in my home, but have a monogrammed make-up towel on the top of them for my daughters and guests to use. “Make Up” is monogrammed on them. You ALWAYS have white towels then! These are also perfect high school and college graduation gifts if you just need a gift and don’t want to spend a fortune on them.  I am having some monogrammed for my daughters to use in their apartments and putting them in their stockings!  You can get black hand towels/wash cloths at Bed Bath and Beyond for $2 to $4 and have them monogrammed and get them back pronto!


unnamed-50Right now I am loving the Nike Sport hair bands They come in many different and fun colors and the best part, which is why I like them so much and want to give them, is they do not lose their elasticity. The other fun hair ties I have used are super cute, but I can’t run, jump or do anything active without my ponytail coming loose and my hair getting in my face, which is a total drag. Thankfully, Nike has solved my “active lifestyle ponytail dilemma” , and when wrapped around your hair you can’t see the Nike or swoosh sign. (four pack = $10 or a bit cheaper on Amazon)


jacketSomething I’m going to get everyone on my Christmas list this year are the Ultra Light down jackets from Uniqlo.  $60.00 bucks and they come with a tiny pouch that you can stuff them into & carry them everywhere. GAP may carry them too, or target etc.


quarterlyI ran across the packages from Quarterly.co recently and love the idea of giving these this year!  You select a package personally curated and created by an artist/expert/designer/celebrity that your receiver loves, and they receive a specially curated surprise package in the mail, either one time or quarterly. So fun!


photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

Every year I like to give small, homemade gifts to teachers and friends. Since there are so many decadent sweets at this time of the year, I like to give a healthy gift that teachers especially seem to appreciate. For gift giving, I wrap them in a festive holiday bag with ribbon or put them in cute holiday canisters.  For myself, I like to divide the nuts up into snack bag size servings so I don’t eat too many, and they become a convenient on-the-go snack.

I especially love this spiced nuts recipe from Martha Stewart.


judypaulartMy “go-to” and favorite gift to give is a Judy Paul “mini-print,” a 4x6in or 5x5in print mounted on wood, just the right size for a bookshelf, dresser, side-table, or special niche. Judy signs and dates each and every one of these little works of art, and they make great “personal” Christmas presents or special gifts for any occasion. You can order through her website and pick any of her images to be printed in this size. And/or you can find her at the East Side Studio Tour this weekend and next, and/or at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, and pick up your Judy Paul minis there. They are $20 each or “buy 3 get the 4th free” ($15 each).   Shop Local! 🙂

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