Post by aftcra Guest Blogger, Kelsey Van Kirk of The Home Loving Wife.
It’s that time of year again friends! The air is crisp, the leaves are changing and excitement is growing in anticipation of the holiday season. Can you believe it?! It seems like just yesterday we were all having backyard cookouts and dipping our toes in salty ocean water. Nevertheless, the holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to pack away those bathing suits, pull out the sweaters and start thinking about your holiday gift-giving plans!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes the thought of coming up with a unique, thoughtful and budget-friendly gift for each person on my list can be a bit overwhelming. For a young married mama with four daughters and large extended families, my gift-giving list seems to grow exponentially each year. Like most of you, I am very busy! On top of caring for four little ones, homeschooling and running a household, I am also Editor of The Home Loving Wife, a lifestyle blog inspiring and encouraging wives, moms and homemakers to live simply, live lovely + live well. Being short on time means that I don’t want to squander it by meandering through the mall searching for the perfect gifts for my husband, daughters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, etc. However, I personally have a huge soft spot for quality, design and value. I like to know that the gifts I choose for my loved ones are made well, won’t break the bank and will delight each person who receives them. Bonus points if they are made in the USA by small businesses!
To lend you a helping hand, I have curated a little holiday gift guide for every person you may find on your list this year! Below are a selection of my favorite aftcra products for men, women and children with a variety of price points to fit any budget. Each item is of beautiful quality and handmade by talented artisans right here in the USA in this 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for everyone.
1. Citrus Blend Beard Oil – $15
Perfect for those gentlemen in your life who have embraced the “lumbersexual” trend this year. I love that this beard oil uses 100% natural ingredients to keep both beard and skin healthy, moisturized and well-groomed.
2. Superman Silhouette Tee Shirt – $22
This soft, comfy, 100% cotton tee is sure to be a hit with any guy who receives it! Because let’s be real – what man doesn’t want to be a superhero, am I right?!
3. Bottle Cap Catcher – $38.95
This beautiful bottle opener will make the perfect addition to any mancave. Customizable and featuring hand-carved details, this is a gift that will be cherished (and well used!) for years to come.
4. Painted Distressed Mason Jars – $21
This set of beautiful hand-painted and distressed jars will bring any woman on your list joy! They are pretty, soft and feminine, and will be perfect for displaying fresh bouquets of her favorite flowers.
5. Signature Note Cards – $40
What lady doesn’t love to send a beautiful, handwritten note in the mail? This pretty little set of cards will be sure to please and is completely customizable.
6. Owl Necklace – $15
This gorgeous gold pendant will add just the right amount of whimsy and glam to a woman’s winter wardrobe. I love the delicate feather accents in the chain – so beautiful!
7. Girls Drawstring Backpack – $15
I have four young daughters and already I am amazed by their burgeoning obsession with bags! They can’t get enough. These cute little shoulder backpacks will be perfect for any little girls who may be on your list this year to tote around their special belongings.
8. Baby Sensory Build-A-Book – $26.50
This precious baby book is so adorable and will make the babies on your list squeal with delight! Each page is specially crafted to engage little ones with different textures and sounds. And the best part? It’s completely machine washable!
9. Wooden Toolbox – $50
Though I don’t have boys of my own, I am sure that any little boy would LOVE this sweet toolbox. This gift will be one that he cherishes for years and will help spark his sense of creativity.
Hopefully this guide will serve as a helpful starting place as you set about your holiday shopping, but if you need further options be sure to check out the abundance of other beautiful handmade goods available through aftcra. Good luck, and happy shopping!
About aftcra Guest Blogger, Kelsey Van Kirk: Kelsey Van Kirk is married to her best friend, stay-at-home mama to four little princesses, multi-tasker extraordinaire and lover of Sunday morning snuggles, good wine, beach trips, and the holidays. She also authors The Home Loving Wife, a lifestyle blog inspiring and encouraging wives, moms and homemakers to live simply, live lovely + live well.