Holiday Favorites Gift Guide 2106.

Finally I’m getting around to creating this gallery with you all!  Life has just been way too busy but amidst me cooking – I’m taking a few minutes to work on this post which is long overdue.  I apologize.

I always love to share my favorites each holiday in case you are in need of some gift inspiration for either yourself or for people on your gift list.  This list is comprised of items I own and or gifted to special people in my life so I can attest to each of their awesomeness.  So let’s get started…

If you’ve followed me a long time, you know I’m a huge fan of Garmin Fitness (as well as an ambassador) and love my Fenix 3 HR.  The heart rate is built into the back of the watch so no more wearing chest straps to measure heart rate during running, hiking, skiing – well you get the point.  Click here to view their entire line of watches.

Now realizing I should’ve numbered my collage – we will move next to the Nike sneakers I wear every single run. These are the perfect running sneaker for neutral runners who wish to have a bit of cushion to protect their joints.  They can be found here.

My favorite running tights EVER are from Lucy Activewear.  They come in so many fun colors and let’s face it – aren’t only for working out anymore.  These are perfect under big flannel shirts, sweatshirts or sweaters paired up with tall boots.  You can find these all here.  I love both the capri and full lengths.

This monogram (according to product description) but I say initial necklace from Anthropologie.  I got this super sweet necklace for one of my dearest friends.  Classic styling but updated spin on the size and placement of the initial.  Plus classic gold tone is just perfect for everyday casual or holiday party attire.  This is a great gift for the hard-to-buy person on your list.

Oh this vegan crossbody bag is my favorite.  Over the past year I’ve sold all of my Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes bags to keep myself in line with my vegan lifestyle.  I couldn’t justify carrying leather if I refused to eat meat – so in that vain all the luxury bags had to go.  I’ve been really excited so find so many wonderful, fun alternatives to my leather bags.  Sole Society is one great resource for super fashionable bags that are insanely priced!  This is a great bag for that special teenager, fashionista or friend in your life.  I have one of these bags on my wish list too.  Plus at this price, you can buy all the colors 🙂  You can find this bag here.  And after owning several of their bags – no one can tell that these bags are not leather!

Le Creuset what can I say about you?  I got my first Dutch oven for a wedding gift 20 years ago!  I use it daily pretty much for sauces, soups and braising meats (yes, I still have carnivores in my family).  I’ve even made bread in it.  Definitely an investment but something that will last you decades.  From stovetop to oven to table.  This piece is a classic winner for the chef in your life.  You can find this piece here.

Truly vegan sneakers are hard to find.  Trust me… most old school sneakers to wear in your day-to-day life have suede or leather on them.  These are a favorite and the classic style works well with skinny jeans, leggings to shorts.  I have several pair and love these for your life, chasing kids, working or touring on vacation.  Fashionable and oh-so-cute and comfortable!  You can find these cuties in many colors here. Plus use the code: UNWRAP30 for 30% off.

Okay I had to include this blow dryer.  Seriously, I know your first response to me… that price!  Yes, I know.  I agree.  However, my birthday is one week before Christmas.  I never want anything for the holidays so when I saw this, and after copious amounts of research… I pulled the trigger on this with a 20% VIB Sephora coupon in hand.  I bought it and had my hair stylist try it on me.  We timed drying my hair and straightening it.  8 minutes total!  Ummmm hello, that normally takes 40 minutes. I have long and thick hair.  Now since then, I’ve tried it myself and it has taken time to get used to.  The whole technology is different than the blow dryer we all know and hate.  But it has only taken me about 10 minutes to do my hair from shower/soaking wet to dry – walk out the door!  CRAZY but totally worth it.  You can read reviews or purchase here.

Wishing you all the best of the season from my family to yours!

— Knead to Cook

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  1. I want everything on this list!! I’ve had my eyes on the Garmin Fenix forever now but have yet to pull the trigger. I was going to wait for my current one to die but it’s still going strong!

    That initial necklace is so pretty!! I have one from Tiffany’s but it’s super tiny and you can barely tell it’s a “c” – haha! Oh, and that blow dryer!! I NEED! I think I’m going to get a Dyson vacuum first though. That’s the only thing I asked Santa for this year…hope he has a big budget LOL.

    1. That necklace is lovely. Bought it for my bestie and she adores it. I have the Tiffany one too and agreed- way too small! You know how I feel about the watch and blowdryer. If I come across any discount codes I’ll send them along. oxo