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Author: Christina Eleton
November 22, 2021

2021 Holiday Gift Guide For The Whole Family



When it comes to gifts, we are all about experiences and investments. These are all products we love and use ourselves and I’ve included our very own personal description with each one.
I hope you enjoy reading about a few of our favorite things!

Gifts For Her

These gifts listed below are great for the special lady in your life. Wives, moms, daughters, sisters, aunts or girlfriends...there's something for everyone.

  1. CHRISTINA’S ORGANICS SKINCARE - If you are looking for organic chemical free skincare, Christina’s Organics Skincare is your solution. Several years back, I couldn’t find a skincare line I could trust to be safe, so I formulated my own. We hope you love them as much as we do!
  2. SHYANNE WOMEN'S FLORAL EMBROIDERED WESTERN BOOT - For our daughters' birthdays this year, we let them pick out cowgirl boots. They had been wanting some for quite some time and I think they picked out some of the prettiest ones. These here are what my oldest daughter, Chanler picked out. Every girl needs a good pair of cowgirl boots!
  3. SHYANNE WOMEN'S WESTERN BOOT - My youngest daughter, Cheyenne picked out these boots here. I think they are beautiful and even though the brand name is spelled a little differently, we do love that name!
  4. L’ANGE HAIR LE VITE HAIR STRAIGHTENING BRUSH - My youngest daughter asked for a straightening brush for Christmas. I researched high and low for a good quality straightener and I am so very happy with this one. It has been wonderful and it's so great not having to worry about her burning herself with a traditional straightening iron. I highly recommend this for young girls that are just at the beginning stages of doing their own hair. I mean, this is great for anyone actually. My daughter loves to straighten my hair with it as well. It really is a high quality straightener that gets the job done. This was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I wish I would have had it for my oldest daughter when she was younger. I promise, it will make your life so much easier, especially mommies with little girls.
  5. LANGE (Curling Wand) - I finally listened to my daughter and tried out her styling wand. I was blown away and so happy with the results. Since using the wand, I now have the look I want as well as saving myself so much time. I stumbled across my absolute favorite styling wand last year…and I must say, it’s the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!
  6. HAND LETTERING GOD'S WORD (by Jenny Highsmith) - My teenage daughter told me she would love to have this faith inspired hand lettering book. And of course, I certainly wanted her to have it. Not only is she learning calligraphy, but think of all the encouraging scripture that is poured into her while learning the art.  Each letter is accompanied by a Scripture verse and devotional for practicing your lettering and meditating on God’s Word.  For those who want to learn how to hand letter and can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a class, this book will teach you all the basic strokes, the letters of the alphabet, style/composition and so much more on your lettering journey.
  7. YETI RAMBLER (Hot/Cold) - The BEST way to keep your drink hot or cold.  Need I say more…ok, prettiest way to keep your drink hot or cold. They come in so many colors.  I LOVE this pink one.   I don’t have to worry about my coffee getting cold anymore. 

Gifts For Him

Here are a few unique gifts that I have given my husband that he is still enjoying today.

  1. MUCK BOOTS (Chore Classic Steel Toe Work Boots) - For the hard working man in your life, these are the perfect boots. Whether working outside or for the serious hunter, these are hard to beat.  I wanted to give my husband a special birthday gift this past year, and oh how he needed a pair of new boots. It’s safe to say, he was very happy and impressed with his gift.
  2. WEED KILLER PROPANE TORCH - My husband has thoroughly enjoyed this propane torch. Everything from destroying fire ant mounds to killing weeds, it’s a fun solution...not to mention most natural, especially when you have chickens walking around and food growing on your property.  
  3. DELONGHI ESPRESSO MAKER - Several years back my husband bought me a cappuccino/espresso maker.  Let me tell you, it has been a wonderful investment for sure. We have saved so much by making our own coffee. Recently, I blogged about our coffee bar we put together. I meet my husband there every morning. It’s our favorite time together.  This machine is our favorite addition to the coffee bar. Check out our COFFEE BAR post here.
  4. KEURIG MINI (Travel Coffee Maker) - When it comes to traveling, I’m sure not a fan of hotel coffee makers. I’m the wife/mom who thoroughly cleans the entire hotel room before my family can enter…and I sure don’t trust the coffee machine to be clean. That is where the travel size Keurig saves the day. It’s the perfect solution. We take it on all of our trips.
  5. LUGGAGE 3-PIECE SET - Recently my husband and I decided it was time for a luggage upgrade. It had been years since we purchased a good set of luggage and with all the traveling we do, it was definitely time. The challenging part was just finding the time to shop and research for a reasonable set. I thought for sure, we could go to some of the department stores around and find really nice luggage at a good price and hopefully on sale. Well, we shopped at several stores and the few that we found were $400-$600 dollars, and that was just for ONE suitcase. We couldn't believe how expensive luggage is now. I went home and began researching for days. When I make a purchase, no matter what it is, I research and research and research before I make my decision. So after much looking online, I found a luggage set that was exactly what we were looking for. Can you believe that the whole set cost a 1/4 of what the one department store suitcase cost? So, I took a chance and purchased this beautiful gray luggage set hoping it was high quality made. Well, it exceeded our expectations. It is perfect and we couldn't be happier with our decision. We have taken it on several of our ministry trips this year and our family vacation. It was exactly what we needed. I've seen this luggage set at many other stores, but over $100.00 more. This is the BEST deal for sure!

Gifts For The Kids

I've included a few favorites that my youngest daughter has loved over the years, along with a few gift ideas for the older teenagers.

  1. KIDKRAFT MAJESTIC MANSION DOLLHOUSE - My youngest daughter decided she was going to build herself a Barbie house a couple of years back. Well, in the meantime, she stumbled across one almost identical to the one she envisioned and drew out on paper. It made sense financially and time wise to go with this one for her birthday. I’ve never seen a more perfect Barbie house, especially the size. I’m not a fan of the wimpy small expensive ones that you see the child growing out of after 4-5 years old. My daughter absolutely loves her Barbie house and I love the fact that she still likes to play barbies. She won’t be little forever. I’m so happy we got this when we did. I can tell she’s growing up and changing daily.
  2. KIDKRAFT LARGE PLAY KITCHEN (w/ Lights & Sounds) - A couple of Christmas' ago, my youngest wanted a play kitchen to be able to play cook along with me.  Just like the Barbie House I mentioned above, I didn’t want a wimpy expensive one.  This play kitchen met all of our expectations.  It is so beautiful and we even left it in the kitchen for awhile for my daughter to cook along with mommy.  We have lots of memories together that I will never forget.
  3. LINCOLN LOGS Collector's Edition Village 327 Real-Wood Pieces - Every child needs to experience Lincoln Logs. These have been a fun activity for the whole family. Lots of memories made for sure.  Hours and hours of play!
  4. AEROLATTE MILK FROTHER - My daughters, especially my youngest daughter has thoroughly enjoyed this milk frother.  She loves to make the whole family hot tea and the frother adds a special touch which allows her creativeness to come out.  This little tool is not only a great stocking stuffer, but inexpensive and fun to have around.
  5. CANON CAMERAS US POINT AND SHOOT DIGITAL CAMERA - If your kids are a little older like mine, they may just be interested in a vlogging camera. My youngest daughter has been begging for a YOUTUBE Channel for several years and saved up her own money to purchase this particular camera. This has been a great camera to start with and she has gotten lots of practice and experience with it for sure. Our girls now have a YOUTUBE channel together called Chanler & Cheyenne and there are many clips of the videos that are filmed with this camera.
  6. CANON POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA [G7 X Mark II]  - Our girls also use this camera when filming their videos. My oldest daughter recently purchased this particular one. This camera is what you see a lot of the YouTubers using these days. Both of these cameras are top notch professional, but this one is definitely at the top of the list. Check out Chanler & Cheyenne's YouTube Channel.
  7. HAND LETTERING GOD'S WORD (by Jenny Highsmith) - My teenage daughter told me she would love to have this faith inspired hand lettering book. And of course, I certainly wanted her to have it. Not only is she learning calligraphy, but think of all the encouraging scripture that is poured into her while learning the art.  Each letter is accompanied by a Scripture verse and devotional for practicing your lettering and meditating on God’s word.  For those who want to learn how to hand letter and can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a class, this book will teach you all the basic strokes, the letters of the alphabet, style/composition and so much more on your lettering journey.
  8. L’ANGE HAIR LE VITE HAIR STRAIGHTENING BRUSH - My youngest daughter asked for a straightening brush for Christmas. I researched high and low for a good quality straightener and I am so very happy with this one. It has been wonderful and it's so great not having to worry about her burning herself with a traditional straightening iron. I highly recommend this for young girls that are just at the beginning stages of doing their own hair. I mean, this is great for anyone actually. My daughter loves to straighten my hair with it as well. It really is a high quality straightener that gets the job done. This was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I wish I would have had it for my oldest daughter when she was younger. I promise, it will make your life so much easier, especially mommies with little girls.
  9. SHYANNE WOMEN'S FLORAL EMBROIDERED WESTERN BOOT - For our daughter's birthdays this year, we let them pick out cowgirl boots. They had been wanting some for quite some time and I think they picked out some of the prettiest ones. These here are what my oldest daughter, Chanler picked out. Every girl needs a good pair of cowgirl boots!
  10. SHYANNE WOMEN'S WESTERN BOOT - My youngest daughter, Cheyenne picked out these boots here. I think they are beautiful and even though the brand name is spelled differently, we do love that name!
  11. LANGE (Curling Wand) - I finally listened to my daughter and tried out her styling wand. I was blown away and so happy with the results. Since using the wand, I now have the look I want as well as saving myself so much time. I stumbled across my absolute favorite styling wand last year…and I must say, it’s the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!

Gifts For The Chef

I love being in the kitchen creating all of my favorite dishes. Here are a few of my top picks for the chef in your life.

  1. INSTANT POT - If you want to make your cooking experience quicker and easier, get you an Instant Pot. You can have dinner on the table in half the time. We actually have two and have given several out as gifts.  I use both of ours very often.
  2. KITCHENAID (Food Processor) - The ultimate multipurpose kitchen tool that is a must for every kitchen. From puréeing sauces and dips, to grinding nuts, making pizza dough and pie crusts, the possibilities are endless with a food processor. It’s been one of the most used appliances in my kitchen for sure.
  3. KITCHENAID (Mixer) - Last year for Christmas my husband surprised me with a Kitchenaid mixer. He knew I had been wanting one of these for months...a white one to be exact. I absolutely love it! It is a must for making perfect icing every time. My daughters and I enjoyed it so much last Christmas and beyond. It’s so beautiful as a decoration sitting on my kitchen counter, I leave it out all year long.
  4. STAINLESS STEEL MEASURING CUPS/SPOONS - If you like to cook, especially bake, these measuring tools are a must to have around.  I recently bought a couple of sets because mine were usually in the dishwasher when I needed them most.  
  5. LODGE CAST IRON - The best cookware in my opinion is cast iron. I can promise you this, you will have better tasting food for sure...and the best part, you don’t have to worry about chemical leaching from the pan like you do with nonstick skillets.  Lodge is the only brand of cast iron that I trust and allow into my home.  For one, it’s made in the USA and there is no competition when it comes to the craftsmanship.
  6. CUISINART (Ice Cream Maker) - One of my favorite desserts to make for my family is homemade ice cream. I whip up our favorite recipes in no time. I love it that I can control the ingredients and even make it dairy-free. An ice cream maker is definitely a fun activity to do with the kids.

Gift Ideas For The Home

Here are some great additions for the home. We've been in organization and decorating mode this past year and these items are what we have added lately.

  1. NEARLY NATURAL 82” OLIVE TREE - My absolute favorite tree for my home is the olive tree. I saved up and finally purchased one for our home this past year and it looks absolutely beautiful. In fact, there was an issue with my order, so I was blessed with not only one, but two. This tree adds so much to the rooms where I have them sitting.
  2. 5' FIDDLE LEAF TREE (Artificial) The Fiddle Leaf Tree is another one of my favorite trees for the home.  I love the way this looks sitting in our living room.  It gives any room a cozy feel and adds an extra special touch.  My girls and I actually purchased a real fiddle leaf tree before this one and what they say is really true, (it’s very hard to keep the leaves from browning).  Keep in mind, my girls are the ULTIMATE plant care takers, so I knew it was gonna be challenging taking on a real fiddle leaf tree.  The only solution was an artificial one. This fiddle leaf tree is just as beautiful and the best part, maintenance free.  I bought a natural woven basket to sit it in and it complements any corner of a room.
  3. ADJUSTABLE DROP PENDANT FLOOR LAMP - I love this lamp that I purchased last year to go behind our couch, slightly hanging over the back. It matches our modern farmhouse look, but would be beautiful no matter what style you are going for. It is very classy and would look great in any home.
  4. 4-DRAWER WRITING DESK, RUSTIC OAK - This past year I finally found an office desk and I absolutely love it! I spend a lot of my time at this desk and it helps keep me organized. It is such a beautiful piece as well.
  5. NATURAL WOVEN HYACINTH STORAGE BASKETS - This past year has been the year of organization here at my house.  From closets, to the washroom and pantry, we set out to organize the whole house.  I wanted the containers we chose to be beautiful, so I went with natural woven baskets.  I can now say I LOVE opening up my closets even if it’s just to peek in there to see how beautiful they look.  Check out our LINEN CLOSET MAKEOVER.
  6. EUCALYPTUS ARTIFICIAL POTTED PLANTS - We LOVE these eucalyptus potted plants.  It’s amazing how much they add to a room or space.  I have them sitting in my kitchen, in my office and on our coffee bar station.
  7. ORGANIC PLANT THERAPY ESSENTIAL OIL SET - This is my favorite organic essential oil set for cleaning and making my house smell so fresh and clean. Just add a few drops to a cup of baking soda and sprinkle on your carpet, rugs and upholstery before vacuuming. You will thank me later.❤️ Make sure to check out my blog post about how I keep our clothes and linens smelling nice and clean using essential oils.

Our Favorite Health Investment Gifts

  1. BERKEY WATER SYSTEMS - When people ask me what's the most important thing to start with to have a healthy home...I say water, water, water!! And not just any water, but water that has been filtered using a high quality filtration unit. My absolute favorite is the Berkey Filters line of water filters. We actually have two now, Big Berkey and Royal Berkey. You especially need to filter your water if you drink city/county tap water that has been chemically treated. With all the uncertainty lately, I sure wouldn’t want to be without one of these. This is one of the BEST gifts you could ever give! It is my number one top pick that I think should be in EVERY home.
  2. AIR DOCTOR - The air inside of your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air. After months of researching air purification systems, I finally made the decision to go with Air Doctor Pro. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. It is remarkable the difference it makes.  My house is smelling so fresh and clean, not to mention the peace of mind that it gives.  We enjoy a lot of inside cozy fires at our house, and I for sure do not want to be without one of these.

Best Gift For The Dog (Gift Of Health)

ZIGNATURE (Grain-Free Dog Food) - We believe the best gift we can give our furry friends is the gift of health and a longer life.  We spent hundreds of dollars at the vet on health/skin issues for our Westie until we discovered Zignature Salmon Dog Food.  Not only did it help his skin clear up, he is living a fuller life…not to mention adding a few extra years to his lifespan.  With all the terrible reports on most store-bought dog food lately, I wouldn’t trust any other brand.  And trust me, I’ve searched the world over and no other compares or is made with clean ingredients like Zignature. 

These gift guides are always fun to put together and we hope you enjoy reading about a few of our favorite things. Most of all, we hope you have the ULTIMATE gift of all...our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is The ONLY true gift that brings peace and joy to your life.


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