Holiday Gift Guide | The Giving Series

Where has this year gone?! It seems like it was just summer, and now, Christmas is just a couple of weeks away. In the spirit of the season, over the next few weeks, Miranda and I will be doing a blog series on giving. Today, we're kicking it off with the most obvious way of giving - the kind of gifts that end up under the Christmas tree.

If you're like me and a bit of a procrastinator, you're still working on whittling down that shopping list. The older I get, the more gift giving becomes about the thoughtfulness of the present, no matter how big or small. In the chaos of the holiday season, it can be difficult to find the perfect gift, especially on a budget (hello financial freedom voices in my head telling me not to spend $$$). That's why I've put together a holiday gift guide of some of my favorite things to give and receive for under $30 (plus a little giveaway!):

  1. For the entrepreneur going in 15 different directions: Passion Planner ($25)
    Give a friend something to look forward to with this planner shipping in January 2015. Young designer Angelia Trinidad has created a place to keep track of your weekly schedule, while also providing tools to live your days with intention. Complete with a goal setting guide, motivational quotes, and a designated area for positive thoughts, it doesn't get any better than this.
  2. For the homeowner with a few empty walls: True Cotton prints via Etsy ($15 for 8x10)
    I am so obsessed with these local North Carolina made prints that I gifted them to my wedding clients this year, and I pretty much want to buy the entire store. Arin's watercolor quote prints are the perfect gift to pop into a frame and give to someone who could use a little dose of daily positivity. In fact, I love this print so much, that I'm giving one away! See details below.
  3. For the young reader who loves a good adventure: The Little Prince ($10 - paperback)
    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    Y'all - this is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE books. Adapted from the French tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this book is filled with nuggets of wisdom on love and life, for both older children and kids-at-heart.
  4. For the lifelong learner with no time to read: The Gifts of Imperfection ($9 on MP3 CD)
    According to my fellow featured contributor Miranda, this book by Dr. Brene Brown is a must read. Brown inspires readers (or listeners) to love ourselves just as we are. What better way to spend the daily commute than with a little pep talk?
  5. For the brother or sister with the epic t-shirt collection: Sevenly tees ($24+)
    Not only are these some of the most comfortable shirts on the planet, but they're also for a good cause. Each week features new designs to support a specific charity - such as this week's campaign for Girl Up, funding bicycles for girls in Malawi so they can get to school safely. For each item purchased, $7 benefits the featured charity of the week.
  6. For your friend who never takes time for herself: Paris Tea and an ABD mug ($30)
    Nothing motivates me to curl up on the couch under my Pottery Barn blanket and just relax like a good mug o' tea. These tea sachets by Harney & Sons are my favorite - they make your tea seem so fancy, and I just love a great mug, like this motivational one by Ashley Brooke Designs.
  7. For the sleep-deprived, love-filled new momma: Lara Casey's Life Handbook ($16)
    I can't imagine giving an adult child anything more thoughtful than this treasure. The Life Handbook provides places to write advice for your child, letters to them for specific occasions (such as a graduation or wedding), and little tips for navigating life.

To enter the giveaway, simply comment below (or on Facebook or Instagram) with the most thoughtful gift you've ever given or received. Entries must be received by 11 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The winner will receive a 5x7 gratitude print by True Cotton!