I may not be Oprah, but I do have a Favorite Things Christmas Gift List that I’d like to share with you. I used to love watching her Favorite Things show. People were so excited to get a pair of Oprah’s favorite cashmere pajamas and a fancy coffee maker. Well, cashmere makes me itch and I don’t drink coffee, so you won’t find either of those things on my list. And, sorry, I won’t be giving anyone a car. But I will share some of my favorite things with you. Perhaps my hubby will read this post and I won’t have to leave catalogs lying around with items circled in red ink this year. and, hopefully, the list will give you some ideas on what to get for your loved ones or maybe what to ask for yourself.
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Color, Paper, and Books
I have a problem with stationery supplies and books. I am a washi tape addict, a lover of good pens, and, as we’ve discussed before, I read books like most people breathe air. So it should come as no surprise that my Favorite Things lists has a few pens, books, and paper supplies on it.
1. Set of 9 micro pen fineliners
I am in desperate need of some new black fineline pens for my bullet journal. My old ones are well-used and at the end of their natural life. These pens are waterproof (less smearing) and archival quality. And they’re a great price.
2. Tombow Dual Brush Pens – Pastel Pack
I love my Tombow dual brush pens for my bullet journal, but the darker colors have a tendency to cause ghosting. I have been wanting a pastel set for a long time and it’s finally available.
3. Handlettering Guides
I dream of improving my handlettering. Maybe it’s only a dream, but that doesn’t stop me from buying guides on how to improve. Lately, my eye has been on this one.
4. New Reads on My List
Usually, I check out books from my local library, but there are always some that I’d prefer to own outright. I recently discovered that Fredrick Backman has a new book that is on my must have list. I also love a few others. Check them out below.
Let There Be Peace on Earth – I collect Christmas themed children’s books and this is the next on my want to have it list. It comes with a CD.
The Deal of a Lifetime
Fredrick Backman has become one of my favorite writers, and his latest work comes in the form of a holiday novella. Christmas book and Backman, I am sold.
It’s All Relative
I wrote about this new book by A.J. Jacobs in a recent post. It about searching for distant relatives through DNA and how we’re all related. I love family history and I love a good story, so this one is on my list.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
So, in case you haven’t noticed, I write a lot about happiness. This book is written by Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. It has a 5-star rating on Amazon and almost 900 reviews. I have read books by these men before and found them inspiring. I figure it is required reading for me if I want to continue to blog about happiness, and also if I want to have more happiness in my life.
Puzzles, Games, and Fun
I love puzzles: Jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, logic puzzles. My family likes games. Me, not as much, because it seems they often turn into arguments about who isn’t playing fairly. “You’re a cheater!” But I do enjoy doing fun things with friends and family, and, occasionally playing a fun, non-competitive game.
5. Dowdle Folk Art Jigsaw Puzzles
I love these puzzles. The illustrations are so cheerful and detailed. Eric Dowdle has traveled the world to create his folk art paintings. His collections include international cities, major U.S. cities, holidays, Major League Baseball, landmarks, and National Parks. I own at least 10 of these puzzles and have enjoyed all of them. I have a new one on my list. It;s he Vancouver 1000 piece puzzle. I often try to get Dowdle Folk Art puzzles of placed I’ve traveled to. I had a great trip to Vanvouver in October. You can read about it here.
6. Not Parent Approved Game
This looks like a lot of fun. It’s advertised as funnier than Apples to Apples, easier to learn than Exploding Kittens, and more family-friendly than Cards Against Humanity. The game has won all sorts of awards and is compact enough to take on roads trips and to family gatherings.
7. Craft Crush Felt Succulents
What could be more fun that a new craft kit? I try to keep one or two around for rainy days. I thought these felt succulents looked cute. Maybe I could even use them in a photo shoot for my blog or as gifts for someone.
Warm and Cozy
Everyone loves a warm and cozy Christmas gift. Some of my favorite things fall into the warm and cozy category: puppies, kittens, hot cocoa, warm blankets, cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks and slippers. I could go on and on. And with winter here, warm and cozy is even better.
8. Large Blanket Scarf
I like big scarves and I cannot lie. They are so versatile. You can wear it as a scarf, a shawl, or a lap blanket. Sure, Oprah would be recommending a cashmere wrap, but, unfortunately, I’m allergic. No wool or cashmere for me. This pretty, pink and plaid scarf is made of allergy-friendly acrylic, but is still oh-so-soft. And it’s way less expensive than cashmere too.
9. Cadbury Drinking Chocolate
A cozy reminder of my college days. I spent a semester in York, U.K. and fell in love with Cadbury hot chocolate. You can get it online here in the States. It’s a special treat. I hide it behind the American cocoa in the cupboard so the kids don’t use it all.
10. Slipper Socks
It’s the time of year for cold toes. What better gift than super soft slipper socks? I always try to get slipper socks with the non-slip bottom to avoid prat falls and injuries. There are tons of great slipper socks out there. I found these on Amazon and they come in lots of fun, cozy colors.
11. Rain Boots
What better way to stay warm than to keep your feet nice and dry? when my daughter and I were visiting the Pacific Northwest last spring, I saw several people sporting this style of rain boot. I love the Chelsea style boot and these come in several cute colors.
Did I ever tell you my mom owns an antique store? Like most antique-loving people, she’s a bit of a collector. And, yes, I’m putting that mildly. She collects all sorts of things. People who know her often ask me what I collect. Unlike my mom, my house is not full of my various collections. In fact, I really only collect two things: Christmas picture books and Nativities. My favorite nativities are those that represent different cultures. My collection includes figures from Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Germany, Poland, the United States, and Peru. I find the variety of styles and materials to be inspiring.
12. Kenyan Natvity
This nativity set is made from banana fibers! How cool is that?
13. Peruvian Wall Hanging Nativity
The problem with my nativity collection is that I am running out of space to display them. So this is a great alternative as I can hang it on the wall.
14. Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening
This is a new picture book. Susan Jeffers’ illustrations bring a magical holiday feeling to Robert Frost’s beloved poem. I saw this in a children’s bookstore a few days ago and wanted it for my Christmas book collection. So on my wish list it goes!
15. Christmas From Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber
Written by famous newsman Tom Brokaw, this is the story of Gail Halvorsen, a cargo pilot during the Berlin airlift when the U.S. parachuted supplies to Berlin citizens. The supplies were much needed because of the post-war Soviet blockade of the city. Halvorsen gathered chocolate bars from his fellow servicemen and began dropping them to children waiting outside the fence of the airfield. The book also includes a DVD of Brokaw telling the story and a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
So there you have it, but Favorite Things Christmas Wishlist Edition. Sorry I don’t have Oprah’s commercial power to give you one of each item. But I’ve tried to keep the prices low so you can get or two for someone special on your list. All but one of these items in less than $30. The rain boots are the only thing more than that.
What’s on your Christmas Wish List this year? Share your ideas in the comment section below.
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