My Favorite Things: Treat Yourself Gift Guide

Favorite Things Gift Guide to Treat Yourself

I know there are so many holiday gift guides floating around Blogland that I really hesitated to do one myself. So, this year, I’m doing something a little different that I’m calling it a “treat yourself” gift guide with a list of some of my favorite things to suggest for treating yourself. While these items would also be great gift ideas, someone out there needs YOUR holiday wish list.  These are some little luxurious suggestions to either put on your wish list or treat yourself!  


Beauty Products

If you’re not familiar with Fresh beauty products, you absolutely need to familiarize yourself! It’s really amazing stuff!  I’m obsessed with pretty much anything made by Fresh (affiliate links) and I have found myself pretty much switching to the whole line as I keep trying new products.  

If you try anything from Fresh, I highly recommend the their Soy Facial Cleanser. This is how I discovered Fresh because of this face cleanser.  It’s the only face cleanser that I have been able to find that gets my makeup completely off, while seriously hydrating my face (but not in an oily way). It feels so luxurious to use. While it is more expensive than other cleansers, a little goes a long way and my face looks so clear and fresh!

Fresh Soy Facial Cleanser

If you really want to treat yourself, the Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish is seriously life changing. The combination of brown sugar and citrus smells amazing and works wonders. I always buy the big tub here but there is a much smaller size as well here.

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish

For the last two years, I have stopped wearing lipstick and all I use now is Fresh Sugar Lip Therapy Lip Tint. You guys all probably know about this but if you don’t, it’s hands down the most amazing and hydrating lip tint out there! While the colors look like they would be so bold, they’re not at all because they are sheer.  However, you can intensify the color by layering. So don’t let the bright colors scare you. 

Fresh Lip Tint

I have used almost all the Fresh Sugar lip therapy colors and they are all so gorgeous on. On my Christmas list this year is this set of colors. Poppy, Berry, Rose and Ruby will look beautiful on anyone. Just a little color and a lot of hydration! 

Fresh Sugar Lip Tint Set


I have several favorite candles that I just love.  My favorite holiday candle I mentioned when I shared Oprah’s Favorite Things here is the Nest Holiday Candle that is also the #1 bestselling candle on Amazon! It’s pretty much the most amazing scent ever! 

Number one best selling scented candle on Amazon and one of Oprah's favorite things.

My favorite everyday candle for the rest of the year that I use throughout my home are those made by Voluspa . I have tried pretty much every scent and they are all so incredible (I love the tins too!) Right now, my favorite is Persimmon

Voluspa Candle


For travel, everyday and organizing, I have been collecting the signature striped Henri Bendel bags for several years now. They are heavy-duty well made bags that are beautiful and surprisingly inexpensive.  All the bags can be monogrammed as well, which I always do. I love giving the monogrammed laundry bags as gifts because it’s something we wouldn’t necessarily buy for ourselves. 

Mini Ring Box • Henri Bendel • $48
Henri Bendel Laundry Set • Henri Bendel • $58
Centennial Stripe Zip Around Continental Wallet • Henri Bendel • $178
Henri Bendel Stripe Canvas Dog Tote • Henri Bendel • $98
Centennial Stripe Card and Coin Purse • Henri Bendel • $48
Signature Stripe Canvas Magazine Tote • Henri Bendel • $68
Henri Bendel Packable Reversible Tote • Henri Bendel • $48
Brown & White Large Hanging Weekender Bag • Henri Bendel • $68
Centennial Stripe Round Coin Purse • Henri Bendel • $48

As you can see, the prices are great on the Henri Bendel bags and I can tell you that the quality is very heavy duty, which is what I need for travel. Every year, I add a new bag/striped accessory to my collection. 

In the Kitchen

I’m not the best chef in the kitchen but I do love to cook, bake and make fun treats.  A few months ago, I shared my baking pantry cabinet with the free printable labels we created here. (By the way, this year, I’m printing off all of the free pantry labels and slipping clear storage containers as gifts!)  

Free Printable Pantry Labels hand lettered by Zuer Designs. Print on clear sticker paper

I also shared all of the product sources of all my favorite things in my pantry/baking cabinet and kitchen. Treating yourself with a gift of organization is a year-round benefit for sure! 

Organizing a baking cabinet with free printable hand lettered labels.


1) Set of 4 long storage bins (10″) (I use these everywhere in my home)
2) Set of 3 ceramic bowl set with bamboo lids
3) Set of 10 OXO Pop up lids clear storage containers (obsessed with these!)
4) Set of 3 Silicone whisks in pink 
5) Free Printable Watercolor Recipes Cards
6) Free Printable Hand Lettered Pantry Labels (45 different pantry items)
7) OXO Pop up angled clear storage container
8) Set of 13 kitchen towels (the best deal and they come in other colors too!)
9) Kitchen Aid 5 Qt. Mixer in pink (comes in other fun colors too)
10) Set of 3 stainless mixing bowls with silicone handles 
11) Kitchen aid measuring cups and spoon set
12) Set of 3 OXO Pop up round clear canisters


I hate to admit this but I don’t read novels much anymore.  I’d rather read a great design books and I devour them any chance I get.  In fact, I always find myself re-reading them all the time.  

My all-time favorite design book is from Erin Gates called Elements of Style.  It’s really so amazing and inspiring! Again, I’m sure most of you have Erin’s book but if not, trust me, it’s a special treat and you will devour this as well. I love her list of her favorite paint colors.

Elements of style design book.

These are all my favorite go-to design books that I could not live without!

Best design and decorating books for styling and choosing paint colors. The Creativity Exchange

 1)Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life
2)Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy
3)Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style
4)The Houses of VERANDA
5)House Beautiful Colors for Your Home: 300 Designer Favorites (House Beautiful Series)
6) Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections
7)Jeffrey Alan Marks: The Meaning of Home
8)The Things That Matter
9)Sarah Style



I’m not much of a fashionista these days but I do have some favorite things that I LOVE and wanted to be sure and share with you.  I’m SO obsessed right now with these Zanzea lightweight sweaters. I have bought them in almost every color and they are so inexpensive! Like $15.00! They are great for dressing up or down and so comfy. I wear them religiously with my capri leggings.

Be sure and go one size smaller because they run big!

Zanzea Lightweight Sweater

And lastly… If you treat yourself to one thing on my list today, I would HIGHLY recommend adding these life changing Ugg slippers to your list for santa! They are the ultimate treat in comfiness! They even have rubber bottoms so you can run and pick up the kids with them on! I pretty much wear them everywhere and when they’re on, they just look like cute loafers. 😉

Ugg Slippers


I hope there is something here that is the perfect treat for yourself!  Ok, so now it’s your turn!  I would love to know your one or two favorite luxurious things! Speaking of favorite things, if you missed my post highlighting Oprah’s favorite things that just came out this year, you’ll for sure want to check that out.  You can get to my post by clicking the image below:

Oprah's Favorite Things on Amazon. Holiday Gift Guide

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

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One Response to My Favorite Things: Treat Yourself Gift Guide

  1. Virginia Knibb says:

    Thanks! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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