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Gift Guide: Favorite Things + What I’m Buying

Favorite Gifts 2023

It’s holiday shopping season!

Each year I love making my lists and finding the best gifts! I’m sharing my go-to’s for friends and family. This year I’m focusing on elevating everyday items! You know, the things we use all the time. Practical gifts, but finding the best versions of them. I think the best gifts are the ones we get to use or wear over and over again! For more ideas, I’m also sharing a few things on my personal wish list and my family’s wish lists… Click here to shop my favorite Joy Creative gift wrap, bags, and tags (pictured above) and use ANDREA10 to save on your order!

 Gift Guide Favorite Things

My Favorite Things to Give:

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Machine and Frother Combo– I get the most questions about this coffee set up! Makes the best coffee, espresso, and hot or cold frothed milk/creamer. It really saves a lot of money because I can make all my favorite coffee drinks at home for a fraction of the price.

The frother (30% off currently) is also great for heating any type of milk for hot cocoa or matcha. There’s even an attachment to control the level of “frothiness” for extra foamy cappuccino or just a light froth for the perfect latté! Most people don’t know that it also makes cold froth aka cold foam just like Starbs! I use it every morning and sometimes in the afternoon or evening too! Save $ when you get the machine and frother bundle! And there are so many types of coffee pods to choose from, to suit your taste! 

Boll and Branch Signature Hemmed Sheet Set– Buttery, breathable, and softer with every wash! A luxe gift that’s made of 100% organic cotton and comes in a beautiful gift box. Available in hard to find sizes like Twin XL and and Split King, too! 20% off with code HOME22.

Oral B iO Series 8 Toothbrush– Got this for Ryan last year and it’s so cool that everyone else wanted to upgrade too! I mean we all brush our teeth so why not do it with a super effective, tech savvy brush? Connect the brush to the Oral B app for 3D Brushing Recognition and AI Technology, to assess brushing in 6 zones of your mouth. There are 6 different modes, a timer, and a smart pressure sensor that tells you when you’re brushing just right. Comes with a premium Travel Case, 3 replacement brush heads, and magnetic charger. Lower priced iO models available too, starting at $59.99. 

Ninja 3 in 1 Blender System– Love this space saving system with one base and three attachments: large high speed blender jar, food processor bowl/blade, and smoothie cup. This system easily crushes ice, and other tough ingredients for the smoothest smoothies, frozen drinks, sauces, soups, and perfectly mixed doughs. 

lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag– Can’t go wrong with this popular little bag! Great gift for anyone, I’ve even gifted these to Andrew’s teachers to wear for field day and carpool duty. Perfect size to hold a phone, cards, cash, and keys. I love wearing mine for strolls with Duke or anytime I want to be hands free and not carry a handbag.  Also in an adorable sherpa fleece version (above). 

Riki 10 X Skinny Lighted Mirror + Folding Case– This mirror is a little splurge but totally worth it!! It offers the perfect lighting for applying makeup plus has a magnetic magnifying attachment and phone holder to use to make videos or get beautiful lighting for zoom calls! I always travel with it too…

Ugg Slippers – With options for men, women, and kids, these cozy slippers are an all time favorite gift to give! Can’t go wrong. sMy personal favorite is the scuffette style. I’ve think I’ve bought these for everyone in the family at some point! You can also find select colors/styles for agreat deal here

Candles and Candle Accessories– My personal favorites are from b happy (made in Dallas, White Tea is my absolute fave), Capri Blue, Le Labo, Voluspa, Diptyque, Jo Malone! Add a wick cutter and cute matches for a complete gift. 

Stanley Quencher 40oz Cup– All the rage for good reason! I mean…yes, it’s just a cup but there’s something about it that makes me want to carry it around all day and stay hydrated. Whatever works, right?! Now available in 30 oz size and soft matte colors. 

Yeti Coffee Cup– I drink my coffee in this insulated 10 oz mug every single morning. All time fave! Pair with a coffee shop gift card, easy gift! Love the handled version too. 

Away Luggage- I personally own and love this luggage! We each have the carry on and one large suitcase. Available in several sizes and colors in Away’s durable, lightweight shell. Thoughtful details like 360° spinner wheels ensure a smooth ride, and its interior compression system and water-resistant laundry bag make it easy to pack all of your essentials. The matching Everywhere Bag is a great carry on bag addition too. 

Joy Creative Shop Modern Classics Stationery &Outline Notepad – Give them something beautiful for their desk that keeps them on task! Available in several colors to customize for each recipient. Also available with full name instead of initials. Use ANDREA10 to save on your order. While you’re at it grab some gift wrap and tags too! The adorable styles pictured above are from JCS…

Big O Key Ring– For the busy woman on the go! I love the style and function of this item, I never leave the house without it! The silicone styles are a fab gift under $25 (rose gold confetti pictured above). Luxe leather options also available. Don’t miss their wallets and pouches too. My keys never get lost in my handbag! 

Taos Aer Organic Lip Balm– An ultra-hydrating, USDA-certified organic lip balm that nourishes and protects your lips! Super soothing, mildly pepperminty, everyone loves it…clean beauty at it’s best! Great stocking stuffer…

Julie Vos Windsor Delicate Necklace – Obsessed with this beautifully dainty reversible necklace…brilliant-cut clear crystal pavé CZ on one side and obsidian black pavé on the other side. A great jewelry gift under $120! 

Barefoot Dreams Blanket– Popular because it’s the coziest blanket around!! Several colors on sale here

What I’m Eyeing / My Wish List 

Luxe Cowboy Boots – Still obsessing over the beautiful Brooke Miron Crosby Star Style and the Heart City Boots with customized boot straps. Someday!! 

Apple Air Pods Pro and Marble Case– Haven’t upgraded to the Air Pod Pros and I think it’s time!! Loving these chic mother of pearl cases too…

Allie + Bess Every Stack– My love affair with Allie + Bess bracelet stacks continues!! So many great ones to choose from but I’mreally loving this mixed metal stack for everyday…so good! Use ANDREA15 to save on your order. 

UGG Ultra Mini Classic Boot in Chestnut– Obsessed with these ankle bootie uggs, so cozy with leggings and jeans! I’m keeping my eye on them because they keep selling out…

Lily & Bean Red Crossbody Handbag: I just got this in brown with gold hardware and I love it so much I want to order it in bright red! Such a great little bag under $150. 

On my Family’s Wish Lists 

For the College Girl / Marisa:

Sam Down Puffer Jacket – Eye catching, toasty, glossy jacket that comes is several colors! Beautiful slim fit. Wind resistant and water repellant, too! 

Barefoot Dreams Robe– She loves the cozy blankets so of course a cozy BD robe is next on her list! 

Skims Tops– Ultra comfortable, flattering tops for layering or wearing on their own. Tons of colors/styles! 

Moon Boots– Perfect for the snow, to wear in Taos this winter! Classic and cute…

For the Pre Teen / Andrew:

Something’s Off: Virgil Abloh Nike ICONS This sneaker book is filled with history and design behind the shoes! Always adding to his collection! 

Xbox Series X Gaming Console: At the top of his list this year…

Nike SB Dunk Polaroid Sneakers: Doesn’t have a pair of SB’s yet and he loves this colorful style. 

Nike Tech Full Zip Hoodie & Joggers: His favorite style lately! Available in several colors. 

For the Hubby who’s hard to shop for / Ryan: 

Vuori Kore Shorts: A current favorite style that’s lightweight, comfortable and functional! 

lululemon long sleeve shirts: The long sleeve button ups and City Sweat Hoodies are his go-to’s! They have such a great fit! 

On Cloud 5 Sneakers: A great lifestyle shoe for training or casual wear…

 
Welcome! Loubies and Lulu is a Dallas-based fitness, fashion, and healthy lifestyle blog by Andrea Overturf.

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