Holiday Gift Guide – Non-Beauty Edition

Hi everyone! As we’re nearing Christmas, I wanted to share with you a few gift guides. To start this series off, today I have a list for the non-beauty lovers in your life! Admittedly, this is where I’m weakest in gift-giving because I obviously am more knowledgeable about beauty. However, very few of the people in my life are beauty lovers, so I have to open my mind to the many other great gifts out there! I’ve included some specific items, as well as gifts with a large price range to fit everyone’s budgets.



Who doesn’t love a snuggle up with a good book, especially in the dead of winter? This one might be tough because not everyone has the same taste in books, but if you’re thinking of gifting a book, you probably already know what the recipient likes to read. A few of my favourites in the last few years: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Nightingale  by Kristin Hannah, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I haven’t read it yet, but Becoming by Michelle Obama might be a good gift too; who doesn’t want to read a book written by this incredible and inspirational woman?


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Do you have someone in your life that loves decorating their house, or hosting parties? Homeware is a great gift for these types of people. These agate coasters are classy and look more interesting than your average coaster. A set of four of these would be a nice gift! Mugs are also nice gifts – you can get adorable ones anywhere, from Indigo (for Canadians) to Homesense/Homegoods/Winners/TJ Maxx…you get the point. For party-throwers, you could get them a monogrammed cheese board to make the gift a little more personalized, and for friends that like cozying up on the couch most nights, a throw would be a great gift. I own a throw from West Elm (coincidentally gifted by a friend!) and it’s really soft and cozy. For those with a roomier budget, you could go all out and get them a $100 faux fur throw like these ones, which are super soft!


960551DT01-960551US01-BI-1.jpgSource: From David’s Tea


David’s Tea sets are a must for any tea lovers in your life. This particular Best of 2018 Kit, which retails for $26, is a wonderful choice for both longtime David’s Tea fans and people being introduced to the brand for the first time, because it includes all of the popular teas of the year. if you have a bigger budget, you can opt for this David’s Tea Discovery Kit for $49, which comes with 24 teas, and is a great way for tea lovers to try a bunch of different teas. Obviously, I’m using David’s Tea because it’s readily available in Canada, but there are so many great tea shops everywhere!



Source: from Saje


There are all types of home scents you can gift to friends and family. I’m a long-time user of the Body Works wallflowers and plugins – I love collecting the different styles of wallflowers! I’ve gifted my mother-in-law these before and she seemed to really like it.

Diffusers are a little bit of a pricier option, but they’re worth the money. My husband bought me a diffuser two years ago and I use it in our bedroom all the time! This set from Saje is nice because the diffuser comes with a handful of essential oils to try out.

Candles can come in a range of prices; I love gifting Bath and Body Works candles, which tend to be well-received, but if you have someone special to buy for, these Voluspa pedestal candle set would be so pretty on the recipient’s vanity or mantle!




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Again, accessories can range from $20 to as high as you’re willing to pay for, so there’s something for everyone’s budget. Aldo has some really nice jewelry and scarves in all varieties for a reasonable price. My ears are sensitive to anything but gold so I can’t buy costume earrings, but I do love their chunky necklaces like this one or this one, which I use often to dress up some of my plainer work outfits.

If you want to go higher end on accessories, a watch is always a timeless gift (no pun intended!) I bought a watch for my husband on our first dating anniversary, and he still wears it to this day! I love my Rosefield watch which I’ve owned for about a year. It’s simple, classic, and goes with every outfit. Plus, the brand has faces that perfectly fit girls with abnormally small wrists like mine!

That’s it from me! What non-beauty gifts have you gifted family and friends that they loved?

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide – Non-Beauty Edition

  1. I’m on the waiting list for Michelle Obama’s book at the library – I’m really looking forward to reading it, she’s so inspiring.

    Love all your suggestions! I use my Saje diffuser all the time (especially this time of year) and you can never have enough cozy throws or cute mugs!

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  2. David’s Tea!!!! I am so obsessed and they make such a great variety of products and gifts that they are always sure to please!
    Even though diffusers are expensive, they are so nice and worth it. Once you have friends or people that already own one though, I think it can be fun to give them one or two interesting essential oils! Saje has been becoming so popular. I haven’t tried any of their products but I see and hear about them everywhere!


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