2018 ENCHANTED HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

2018 ENCHANTED HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

2018

ENCHANTED HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

 a visual brainstorm to help you discover the perfect gift for the conscious, empathic, aesthetically-driven human on your list


I am ridiculously excited to bring you the second installment of the Enchanted Holiday Gift Guide (find the first annual one, here. for even more ideas). It is super fun for me to put this together. I love including other artists’ work, products that I use daily, and special gems that I believe lend themselves to a lovely life or enhanced wellbeing.

Gift giving is such a fun tradition. I have enjoyed it from a very young age. It endlessly excites me to consider a person’s current state, their personality, style + lifestyle, how they’ve grown in months past, and how my own thoughtfulness + curation might generate an experience of joy for them via the act of receiving.

If the process I just described above isn’t something you would describe as ‘enjoyment’ — thats what this guide is for! Think of it as a moodboard/brainstorm experience for the conscious, empathic, aesthetically-driven human in your life. I hope you find it inspiring if you are stumped or still searching for something to give those on your list this season.

Sending you ample amounts of light and love — as it can be a time when many feelings come up via family, reflection, and the quiet stillness Winter begs of us. Giving is a wonderful way to not only express your gratitude to those who help you through the darkest of times, but also whoever generates a great source of happiness and support for you daily. Your generosity in any capacity is a gift. So please — whether it is something that is tied up in a bow or as priceless as a handwritten note or a listening ear that can hold space, know that whatever you have to give never goes unseen or unfelt.

Happiest of holidays lightbeams.

xx. claudia


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1.

MILK MINI HOLOGRAPHIC HIGHLIGHTING STICKS in supernova + mars

These highlighters are the perfect miniature, on-the-go glam product in my make up bag. When I’m running short on time, one swipe of these across the cheekbones instantly lights me up and leaves me feeling made up, even bare-faced.

2.

3RD RITUAL BEL MEDITATION CANDLE

I listened to founder, Jenn Tardif, at an event around the topic of sacred rituals back in November and this object she brought really stood out to me. She spoke on the topic of taking meditation analog. We need more analog in our lives. Our phones now even permeate something like our mindfulness practice — even if only serving as a timer. Bel measures time using fire, gravity, and sound.

3.

RMS EYE POLISH

This cream eyeshadow is another of my makeup staples! RMSbeauty is a clean beauty champion. [“…products are formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin.”] Conveniently, the line seems to be carried by just about anyone these days: Sephora, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Credo beauty, even Thrive Market now carries it!

4.

CARBON38 BEACH RIOT COSMIC KENDAL BRA + LUNAR LEGGINGS

*use code: CLAUDIAGER50

I love anything cosmic + mystical. This cream set features micro studded embellishments that embraces exactly that, from athleisure favorite, Beach Riot.

5.

SAKARA LIFE NATIONWIDE MEAL SUBSCRIPTION or DETOX PROGRAM

*use code: REF_CLAUDIALOVE15

If you follow along on IG, then you know I don’t have enough fantastic things to say about Sakara Life. This company walks the talk. They want you to feel transformed and empowered by what you’re putting in your body and do it in the most delicious, wholesome, and effortless (on your part!) way. IMO there’s not really a better gift going into the holiday season, which can be laden with chaos, foods that leave us feeling less than vibrant and overly indulgent, and traveling more than we have the rest of the year. Gift someone special a week of beautifully designed breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. All it takes is one week of eating this way to notice an unleveling in your mind, body, and spirit.

6.

FAUX SILKY SHEEPSKIN RUG

For the homebody in your life who is obsessed with the enduring hygee trend, loves to meditate, or just enjoys their home feeling luscious and cozy. One of my favorite and affordable additions to my studio apartment this year. I can vouch for it in terms of quality and texture!

7.

CAP BEAUTY BLUE MAJIK COCONUT BUTTER 

A classic pantry staple unleveled. This version of CAP beauty’s butter is laced with the naturally aquamarine hued superfood, blue majik — a form of microalgae spirulina that aids in digestion and fights inflammation due to its high antioxidant content.

8.

CRYSTAL HAIR PINS **

Leave these babies out under the full moon, program them, and then bring them with you in a non-conspicuous way (why keep them in your pocket, when you can wear them in your hair?). I’ve outlawed hair elastics from my life, so any form of pin, barrette, or clip I can get my hands on is a welcome one.

9.

OUTDOOR VOICES FREEFORM UNITARD

Stand out while #doingthings. This subtle, ethereal yet functional unitard is sure to make sure you stand out while moving your body.

10.

PAIR OF YOGA BLOCKS

To make your loved one’s in-home practice as comprehensive as their in-studio one. I love the density of cork yoga blocks, but these foam ones from Lulu in Smoky Rose were too pretty to not include.

11.

OBE ONLINE FITNESS SUBSCRIPTION

Our Body Electric is the pastel-hued lightbox fitness streaming platform that has taken over this year. I wanted to make sure this guide was applicable nation-wide and not NYC-centric, so here’s the perfect fitness-fix from the convenience of your own living room. I am going to try out OBE while I’m home over Christmas, but some of my favorite fellow instructors are a part of this platform so I know you’ll be in the best hands should you want to gift a subscription to anyone on your list. Each workout is 28 minutes long, and they have a library of on-demand sessions in case you can’t make one of the live classes that day. And did I mention it’s under $30?

12.

WHOLE BEAUTY by SHIVA ROSE

Self care, holistic beauty rituals galore! Listen to Shiva speak on the Expander Podcast, and you’ll be clicking over to Amazon to grab all her secrets ASAP.

13.

KIEHL'S HYDRATING + BRIGHTENING FACEMASKS

use code: JINGLE for $20 off your purchase of $65+

A longtime lover of Kiehl’s products (their face oil’s made my gift guide last year) but this time we are back with a couple of my recently favorited masks. The first, Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque comes in a convenient travel size and layers on with a feeling of eternal, cooling, moisture. The second, Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque has more of the typical wet to dry effect. The cranberry seeds stick to your face, but wiping them off with a damp face towel leaves the skin with this brightened, utterly refreshed look. The first time I used it I was irritated that water didn’t take them off, and then obsessed with the glowing refreshed effect. It’s safe to say the days I don’t get to put them on my face are a tad disappointing!

14.

BALA BANGLES

For the fitness lover in your life whose walk or toning workout needs a cute, yet comfortable challenge. I love that this accessory is designed with aesthetic in mind. When I used to go walking or jogging more often I remember always feeling dumb wearing ugly ankle or arm weights — and Bala completely solves that problem.

15.

THRIVE MARKET ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

If you’re not familiar, Thrive Market is basically Amazon Pantry’s more sophisticated and sustainable cousin. They are committed to saving you money on your favorite organic pantry items, cleaning products, wine, and makeup! This place has everything (curated more healt + eco-centric) and saves you a TON! You can shop with your specific diet in mind or just browse by your favorite brands. It ships directly to your door and I adore the way they package everything - minimal plastic involvement. Gift a membership fee to anyone in your life and I guarantee they’ll be thanking you for how much they're saving within three months.

16.

ALL ROADS WINTER SUNSET THROW BLANKET **

Quirky, cozy, and statement making. Check, check, check!

All Roads design is a creative studio based in California that makes decorative and functional products. This piece is part of their collection with Anthropologie, but should you be curious about the other rad things they make, check out their online shop or order something custom from them.

17.

FELLOW PRODUCTS STAGG POUR OVER KETTLE in limited edition colors

Coffee snob, matcha latte, or tea lovers alike will adore something from Fellow Products. My favorite coffee shop in Williamsburg uses this brand for their pour-overs so besides aesthetic appeal I know they’re a winning choice. They have options for those who love electric or gas. Their kettles have thermometers built in, so it takes the guesswork out of the morning beverages where water temperature is crucial.

18.

LAKA LIVING SUPER ROOT DRIP **

Laka is brings the nourishment and healing Hawaii has to offer right into your kitchen. Their awesome ‘drips’ have healing adaptogens and superfoods whipped into a creamy butter that can be effortlessly added to hot water, smoothies, and more to create elixirs that are stimulating and nourishing for your wellbeing. Easy, breezy, delicious. The products are now available at Free People and they’ll be available to buy via the retailer on the 18th of December.

19.

FREE PEOPLE SERENA PULLOVER in GREEN **

I have this in the rosy, blush color and I have literally not taken it off since it came in the mail. It looks great done all the way up as a turtleneck, or more sporty and casual folded over as a collar. Plus, Afterpay is available which makes the steeper pricetag much more affordable.

20.

SLIP SILK EYE MASK **

Sleep hygiene is something I’ve been MUCH more committed to in the past months. And since the lights never go off in New York, eye masks have been crucial to creating the ample darkness involved for sound sleep. Gift this to anyone who’s in need of more beauty sleep — they’ll appreciate it being made of silk which is great for the skin, especially the delicate skin around the eyes.

21.

ANTHROPOLOGIE FARRAH COOKING TOOLS **

These are so festive, I don’t know what could make cooking more fun?

22.

VICTORIA EMERSON ZODIAC PENDANT

*use: ENCHANTEDBYSUNLIGHT

I wear my Capricorn necklace everyday + have gotten so many compliments on it. I love repping my zodiac sign, and the fact that this is a super affordable piece that does not tarnish like many other affordable jewelry options. Available in Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver.

23.

GRIP SOCKS FOR SLT + PILATES: these, these, and these

*use: CLAUDIAGER50

Socks with grips on the bottom haven’t meant much to me since the times of rainbow, knee-high toe sox… but that’s all change since SLT started requiring socks on the megaformer. To the pilates-lover in your life, these are a staple in their sock drawers - and as someone who has tried a bunch of brands (and tbh, prefers to be barefoot) I can recommend these ones knowing they will be solid, comfortable choices.

24.

SWEAT WITH BEC CAKE MAKER BOOTY BAND

Booty, booty, booty. That’s all.

25.

THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON by ELAINE N. ARON

Required reading for the empath in your life. This book is a total game-changer. And if you’re an empath, consider gifting this book to anyone important in your life to help them understand you better!

26.

FREE PEOPLE CERAMIC INCENSE HOLDER by artist YENCHEN YAWEN **

Exquisite much? I’m new to the luxurious ritual that is incense, but I think that this must be one of the most beautiful objects I’ve seen for burning it. The holder comes in three colors, all beautifully handmade by artist Yenchen Yawen in London from her elegantly conceptualized collection Landscape of Oxidation.

27.

ANTHROPOLOGIE SNOW DAY ROBE in BEIGE **

Who wouldn’t be thrilled to put themselves in this post shower? Wrap someone else up in this bundle of beige + fluff.

28.

AEROLATTE MILK FROTHER

use: FRIENDS

Save your elixir-mixing, chai or matcha latte whipping friend some extra dishes. No more need to blend in adaptogens, coconut butter, spices, or collagen using the blender. This baby is handheld, travel friendly, and simple to clean.

29.

MESQUITE TAROT DECK

So beautifully illustrated and soft in its color palette, The Mesquite Tarot cards feels like an enchanted woodland dream. Gift to the esoterically inclined in your life - especially since the artists have decided to not print another set of decks. The last of the batch are basically limited edition. 


*AFFILIATE

I am an ambassador for a few of the brands within this list and may receive a commission for your purchase with my link or using my specific code. I believe fully in the companies and products I suggest and only include them in the hopes that you will enjoy them and their quality as much as I do myself.

**AVAILABLE WITH AFTERPAY

Afterpay is an awesome feature that some of my favorite brands have started offering. It’s an interest free payment installment plan, making everything that’s higher quality (with an equally higher price tag) much more affordable since you can pay for it incrementally. Putting forward $30 every two weeks is much more manageable than forking over $120 on the spot. I’ve noted the items where this is available, since the holidays can be filled with a lot of financial pressure. And although it’s NEVER about what you’re gifting, but rather, the gesture of the gift itself… should you want to gift something special that feels out of budget I’ve found this feature to be particularly useful.