Favorite Things Gift Guide
No one wants to get or give a gift that they won't use. Am I right? In this “favorite things gift guide” we're dishing on our own personal favorites we actually own and use every day. These are items that we've either purchased or received from loved ones as gifts and they all things that make our lives easier and better.
Let's not waste time talking about it. Let's just dive right into Dashboard Living's favorite things. And, just in case you'd rather watch or listen to our opinions and nonsense, here's yours truly, gushing about each item on this list in real life!
1. Local Spirits | 2. Bose Sound Link | 3. Essential Oils | 4. S'well Bottle | 5. Our Favourite Books | 6. Local Food Gifts | 7. Local Coffee | 8. JORD Watches | 9. Tartan Scarves | 10. Jewelry | 11. Blundstone's | 12. SPA ANYTHING | 13. Map Art | 14. Shaving Kits & Manscaping | 15. Bose Sleepbuds | 16. Charging Station | 17. Gratitude Journal
Favorite THINGS GIFT GUIDE
1. Local Spirits
Unless the people on your list don't drink (or entertain those who do), local spirits, wines and craft beers are always a great gift idea. Not only does this kind of gift support local business but it also elevates any gathering to have local products on hand!
2. Bose Sound Link
This Bose Sound Link Mini was a gift that totally wasn't on my wish list but that I received a couple of years ago. Since then, I'm sure I've used it every single day! The sound is spectacular, it's small enough to travel with but robust enough to be durable and it holds a charge for a long time.
3. Essential Oil's Kits
I know what you're thinking… “Um, Sara – why are essential oils in all of your gift guides?”. Because I take them everywhere with me and I would be lost without them! Seriously, essential oil kits that are tailored to someone's lifestyle are the perfect gift. Like this Athlete's Pack from Amy's Essentials!
PRO TIP: Contact someone who knows what they're talking about (like Amy) and make sure you're getting what you need!
4. S'well Bottle
There are plenty of super cool water bottles out there now but S'wells are still my favorite because they're effective (keeping things piping hot or icy cold for full days) AND they're just so darn cute. I love all the patterns but my current obsession is with the marble varieties (hint, hint… in case anyone's reading who's got this girl on their list).
5. Our Favourite Books
We read a lot. All different genres. But, one of the most impactful things we've done in our business and our lives has been to take personal development and self mastery very seriously. This past year, we committed to reaching at least 12 personal development books. We did that, and more. Here are some of our favourites.
Personal Development Books We Loved
Other Books We Loved This Year
6. Local Food Gifts
Another easy choice for those “hard to buy for” folks on your list. Who doesn't love something sweet under the tree? Particularly if it's a locally produced or handcrafted product. Appleton Chocolates are always part of our gift-giving strategy!
7. Local Gift Box's
OK, there are a LOT of local makers that we're head over heels for and many of them now make gift boxes! Brilliant! One we're digging at the moment is the Sandy Toes Lobster Box ($45 CAD). Inside you'll find a Homard Bound T, toque or apron and a pinchy little lobster pin. We love Crystal (the babe behind this brand) and her swag! Bonus, you can have these shipped to loved ones that aren't near you.
8. JORD Watches
We actually just had these delivered in the mail and haven't even worn them yet. But, they're on this list anyway because they are STUNNING. Watches are a classic gift but handcrafted timepieces as unique as these JORD watches take things to another level. They even come in a humidor wooden watch box!
9. Tartan Scarves
No joke, every time I wear my Nova Scotia tartan scarf I get loads of compliments on how beautiful it is. This beauty came from My HOME Apparel last year and it's seen it's fair share of events but still looks (and feels) beautiful.
There are two pieces of jewelry I wear all the time. This necklace from last year's collection at Beck & Boosh and these little gold hoops from Inglis Jewellers (shown in the video). Both work with almost everything (together or separate) and both are my go-to pieces for every occasion. The little hoops are particularly special because they were my first Christmas gift from Mr. Dashboard **swoon**
I saw someone selling their husband's Blundstones yesterday and actually screamed out loud at my computer screen, “WTF…why would you ever get rid of them?”. This doesn't make any sense to me! They are actually the best things ever. They're crazy comfortable, waterproof and the more you beat them up the better they look. What else could you possibly want?
12. SPA ANYTHING
Fella's, listen to me! Never again say these words in reference to any woman in your life: “She's so hard to shop for”. NO. She. Is. Not. Follow these simple steps and you'll be the hero of the holidays:
- Go to your local spa
- Buy any service or package
- Put it under the tree
13. Map Art
To me, if I'm going to go to the effort to construct a gallery wall or poke holes in my gyprock then it has better be meaningful. Map Art is huge at the moment and I, for one, love it. SaltWreck sent us these two beautiful pieces to add to our growing collection and we're thrilled with them. What a perfect gift for the travellers in your life!
14. Shaving Kits & Manscaping
Unless your dude doesn't grow facial hair, this is a no-brainer. Ladies, you know how we struggle with hair removal in delicate areas? Well, imagine if that were your face! Razor burn, in-grown hairs, and never-ending stubble would totally suck to deal with on your face (IMHO). So, why not ditch the disposable razors and treat the men in your life to something a little more elevated like a luxury shaving kit?
I've already gone on and on about these sleep buds. You can read my full review (after two years of using them) here and make up your own mind. The point is, if you've got someone on your list who struggles with sleep – this will change their lives! They're pricey, yes (so don't say I didn't warn you) but they're worth every penny (at least to me they were).
16. Charging Station
We get SO many comments on this. My Dad (shout out to my pops) gave us this last year and we thought it was just brilliant. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that having a zillion chords and plugs all over the house for all of your devices is just annoying. This charging station is awesome and lets us keep everything organized (and charged) in one place. We love it.
You may have noticed we've been talking more about personal mastery and growth on the blog as of late. That's because it's a topic we both take very seriously and also one that has transformed our lives. This gratitude journal was a lovely gift from Brent last year (for no particular reason) and is also a very simple place to start in your own life. It's quick, easy to use and creates a scenario where you walk through your day EXPECTING good things to happen. And guess what? They do! I think this would be a super thoughtful gift for anyone on your list this year.
We hope this guide of some of our personal favorite things helps you find meaningful gifts for the people in your life too! Let us know in the comments below if this was helpful!
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