Okay, it’s been a little tricky to write this week. This season is always bit hectic. So today we’re doing a little female Christmas shopping – some fashion, but other stuff too!
Y’all, I’m a simple girl. So my family asks me what I’d like, and I have answered with everything from “give to your favorite charity,” to “I don’t need anything,” to “all the Starbucks you want to give me.”
But I was looking around and decided to offer a few thoughts for your final weekend of Christmas shopping for your sister, daughter, best friend, etc.
1. Books – I highly recommend these two books which are on pre-order only right now:
- For the Momma who wants generous kids – Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. Kristen is doing amazing things through Mercy House here in Houston and we all need, especially at Christmas, to read these words about what we really should be focusing our kids on in this culture.
- For the Overwhelmed Woman – Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington. Alli is the COO of Propel Woman, Christine Caine’s leadership ministry for women, and is funny, relatable, and practical in her insight.
She’ll be super excited because she’s guaranteed not to already have them, but this will give her something fun to look forward to coming in January.
2. Home Goods – if you have a girlfriend that has never been married or has been married 8 or more years and has young kids, here are some great (simple) ideas. (The reason for the caveats is these are typically things you get for bridal showers but if you’ve not had any showers or if your young kids have trashed your pretty things, it’s nice to have a lovely home item):
- A new set of every day wine glasses. Her set has probably broken by now and it’s all mismatched when company comes. If you have one of the ubiquitous 20% off coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond (if you don’t, your neighbor does), then you can get this clean and elegant set of four Riedel red wine glasses for $40.
- An entertaining item, I’m particularly fond of table decorating – this could be a set of candlesticks, a simple tablecloth, or my collectible favorites, a set of napkin rings which easily dresses up a table when you have family or friends for dinner.
(The reason I’m particularly fond of napkin rings is they’re the equivalent of cuff links for men. If you know her interests, you can incorporate them here. Musical note rings for the musician, floral rings for the gardener, crystal fleur-de-lis rings for your Louisiana friends…)
3. Shoes or Accessories – For the woman who has everything (as well as a relatively easy to fit foot) a cool on trend pair of shoes could be a surprise she’ll never see coming. If you don’t want to wander into the foot fitting business, there are so many places that will deck a woman out AND give back to a community in need.
- In the shoes category, I’m in love with these faux fur trimmed wedge booties – perfect for this season’s fashionista.
- In the category of looking beautiful and feeling beautiful too, there are amazing companies that really make an impact in communities in need. I love these gold necklaces from RwandaMade which helps Rwandan families stay together and flourish as well as these gorgeous knit scarfs from Noonday Collection which supports talented artisans in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Or, if you’re just out of time, or need a hostess gift on the fly, then show up with a beautiful poinsettia or Christmas floral candle arrangement to give her just the shot of Christmas cheer she needs.
Have fun and tell me what you buy for the women on your list.