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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing! I’m at present wearing my yoga pants, exited to see some friends for a bonfire later tonight, eat yummy leftovers and make s’mores. Did you guys go out shopping early this morning? I gave it up a few years ago in favor of relaxing with a steaming cup of coffee, enjoying time with family and scrolling through my favorite websites. In the past we had to wait for Cyber Monday deals but it seems like this year there are deals everywhere.  Amazon is offering new Cyber Monday deals starting today, adding new items for up to 75% off every five minutes so make sure you check out their “Deal of the Day” page.  Also, check your inbox if you haven’t alrleady.  Mine is filled with coupons and deals going on throughout the weekend. Shopping online is way less stressful than trying to beat the crowds and ride the aisles searching for a parking space!

As some of you know, our family is placing a big emphasis on gifts of service this year. I’ll have a date with my paintbrush for one sister and a date organizing closets with the other. It’s tons of fun to think of something creative, different or interesting to give each other and we almost always have some sort of theme. We’ve had themes ranging from, “I saw this and thought of you” with no budget limit to “Happy and Homemade”. One of my brother in laws made me a hairband to keep the whispies out of my eyes while running and I still wear it to this day. He taught himself how to sew and everything. Isn’t that so sweet?

At the beginning of October, my mom starts asking us for a Christmas list because “you’re never too old for Santa.” She is so serious about this list she gives a Starbucks gift card to the person that turns the list in first. While we celebrate and give to each other throughout the year, Christmas and birthdays have always been a special time to go the extra mile and make each other feel pampered.

My sisters and I have been dubbed “the girls” our entire lives which is mostly due to how close we are in age. That being said, our personalities are completely different. If I had a dime for every time someone said, “Your girls are like night and day” to my parents, I would have retired in my early 30s. Needless to say, we do have some similarities which you’ll see below in our holiday gift guides. There are a wide range of prices and picks for all the special ladies on your list including: the girly girl, the outdoorsy girl, the preppy girl and the sweetest girl (aka your mom). Here’s a look at what we’re loving this holiday season….(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

For the sister or friend who’s a bit more uptown than downtown and a total girly girl…


Amazon Echo, White

Jane Stone Statement Crystal Collar Necklace

Kate Spade New York Burgess Court Lacey Wallet

Bodum 8 Cup Chambord Classic Coffee Maker, 34 oz, Copper

IMAX 82511 Addy Marble and Wood Cheese Board, White

Jonathan Adler Pop Candle, Champagne

NuFACE Glam On-the-Go Mini Gift Set

Nike Women’s Flex Trainer 6 Cross Trainer

Bobbi Brown Women’s Luxe Mirrored Eye Palette

Linoto 100% Linen Sheets Bed Sheet Set

Zando Women’s Plaid Oversized Scarf

For the sister or friend who’s loves the outdoors and anything boho chic…


Succulent Living Wreath – 13″ Planted And Grown In Kansas Sun

Jane Stone Vintage Swallow Alloy Necklace Frontal Fashion Bib Statement Jewelry

Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Camera

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

11OZ Coffee Mug – Sorry I can’t, I have to walk my unicorn

Portable Smartphone and Laptop Speaker, Outdoor Speakers

Clarks Originals Desert Boot Women’s Suede Felt Chukka Shoe

DII 100% Cotton Chevron Herringbone Throw for Indoor/Outdoor Use

Timex TW2P89500 Unisex Indiglo Weekender Slip-Thu Plaid Fabric Strap Watch

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite Camping Pad

CobraCo SH101 Hand Hammered 100% Copper Fire Pit with Screen and Cover

59 Illustrated National Parks – Softcover: 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

For the sister or friend who loves a good mix of high and low end finds and thinks preppy is a state of mind…


Woolrich Women’s Motif Mohair Crew Sweater

Jane Stone Fashion Vintage Necklace

CAMIXA Women’s Gingham Checkered Casual Button-down Shirt

Michael Kors Watches Runway Watch

A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room by Liz Fourez

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote, Almond

Foster Grant Women’s Dialogue Polarized Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

American Atelier Bianca Bead Pedestal Cupcake Plates (Set of 4), White

OPI Nail Polish, Tickle My France-Y

Joules Women’s Welly Print Rain Boot

For the fashionable mom who supports, loves and encourages you every day even on your crazy days…


Jane Stone Statement Rhinestone Leaves Chip Choker Collar Bib Necklace

Xi ouli Women’s Women’s Wool Pullover Sweater in Camel

Michael Kor Women’s Parker Brown Watch

N Natori Women’s Cashmere Fleece Robe

L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath

Tarte Kissing Squad Limited-Edition Lip Quad

Refresh Women’s Shiny Glitter Ballet Slip On Flats

Soma 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher

Stout Bell Tent 100% Cotton Canvas

Herebuy Cool Animal Print Scarf Fashionable Women Scarves for Winter

FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker

Click ‘n Dig Model F6 Key Finder. 6 Receivers. Wireless RF Remote Item, Wallet Locator.

LifeSky Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Coffee Mug

I hope you all have a safe and fabulously fun holiday weekend. I know it’s crazy busy with shopping trips, traveling home and visiting loved ones. We plan to soak up every ounce of the season we can and I hope you guys do too. Remember to support local businesses on Saturday for Shop Small Saturday on November 26th and Sunday, November 27th is the first day of Advent if you’re planning to take part in the “Say Yes” Advent Calendar activities.

We have a great week coming up next week. I’ll share how Bliss Barracks will be decorated for Christmas this year with a traditional take on the season. Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. I love all of the pretty necklaces! I don’t often have a chance to go out because we’re usually home with the kids but they would be fun reason to dress up. Have a great day relaxing.

    1. I love these necklaces too, Sarah! It’s so much easier to get dressed with a basic outfit and a statement necklace, right? Hugs, CoCo

  2. I’m definitely in the outdoorsy girl category. These are all great ideas.

    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie! You’d be in great company with my sister Li, she loves the outdoors too. Hugs, CoCo

  3. I can’t decide if I’m part girly girl or part preppy girl, either way, this guide is really helpful! Thank you CoCo

    1. ha ha I know what you mean, Jenny! I feel like I could be a little bit from every list! Hope you have a great day, CoCo

  4. Hey CoCo – these gift guides are fabulous! We want a little bit from each list! We too gave up the Black Friday tradition. We much prefers to stay in our cocos, watching a holiday movie while shopping online! Thanks for your great ideas! Have a fabulous weekend!

    1. You guys are so welcome! I’m totally with you about staying home. Give me a hike or some great online sales instead of the crazy crowds any day :0 Big hugs, CoCo

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