My Pocketful of Joules 2016 Handy Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone

I know, I know… EVERYONE is doing a holiday gift guide. I’m pretty much sick of looking at pretty pictures of a bunch of random “cool” stuff that someone is telling me that I have to buy. However, this one is different. I promise!

Like last year’s guide (My 2015 Handy Holiday Gift Guide), I went through every single blog post that I wrote in 2016 and picked my absolute favorites. If you have some people on your shopping list who are particularly tricky to shop for, feel free to use this as a cheat sheet. And yes, I kept a few suggestions on from my 2015 list because they are THAT great.

For the Beauty Product Lover: Birchbox {Find it here}
I’ve subscribed to Birchbox on and off for the last couple years and I really like getting a monthly grab bag of beauty products. Sometimes I find a product that I absolutely love and other times I don’t, but it’s always a fun mail day. A Birchbox subscription is only $10 a month, so this could be a great gift for a girlfriend or sister to try out. Click here to check out all my Birchbox Reveal posts.

Wallis Designs 2For the Jewelry Lover: Wallis Designs {Find them here} & Simply Chic Jewelry {Find them here}
I had the pleasure of working with Nancy from Wallis Designs a few months ago and her necklaces have been in heavy rotation ever since. You can read my post about her here: Introducing you to Wallis Designs. If you have someone who loves handmade jewelry, click around on Nancy’s etsy page and I’m sure you’ll find something perfect! Shop her website here: Nancy Wallis Designs.

If dainty, minimalist designs are your jam, you might just love Simply Chic Jewelry. I personally love the vertical bar necklace, but she has some dainty little rings that have been calling my name too! You can read my post about Simply Chic here. Shop their etsy page here: Simply Chic.

For a Preschooler who Loves Games: Count Your Chickens {Find it here}
It can be difficult to find a kid’s board game that works for a preschooler. I mean, they can’t really read yet, but they really, really, really want to play with the grownups. We love Count Your Chickens because it is age appropriate and everyone works together as a team. You can read my full review here: Kid Fun: Count Your Chickens. It’s only $15, so it could be the perfect gift for a young niece or nephew!

For the Bookworm: Kindle Unlimited {Find it here}
I started my Kindle Unlimited subscription in May 2015 and it is still going strong. For the reader in your life, nothing is more exciting than UNLIMITED books for their Kindle. {swoon} You can read my review here.

For the Clotheshorse: Trunk Club {Find them here}
Did you know that Trunk Club has gift cards? You can buy them here: Trunk Club Gift Cards. You can choose the amount that you want to give ($50 and up, or you can do your own custom amount) and send a gift card by mail or email. It is a great chance to give someone the gift of a personal stylist – whether it be for a specific event or just a wardrobe refresh. You can check out all of my Trunk Club reviews here.

Red Door Spa - after facial - Pocketful of JoulesFor the Spa Lover: Red Door Spa {Find them here}
If you’ve got a spa lover on your hands, you can’t go wrong with a Red Door Spa gift card or service appointment. I have had the pleasure of trying their services over the last couple years as part of their GalSquad Ambassador program. Some of my favorites are the: Signature Stress Melter Ritual and the Mint Julep Spritzer Pedicure, but you can see all of my Red Door Spa posts here.

Right now they have a great little ‘give a little, get a little’ deal where you can get a gift up to $100 this holiday when you purchase a gift card or gift certificate for $150 or more. Deal options: spend $150 get $25; spend $250 get $50; spend $350 get $100. Plus receive free shipping on all orders of $150 or more. (Limited time offer. Promotion ends January 2, 2017. To get your promotional gift certificate, your gift order must total $150 or more and it will be attached to your purchase confirmation email.)

For the Amateur Chef: Hello Fresh {Find them here}
We’ve been using Hello Fresh’s food delivery service for two years and we still love it. You can check out my first review here. We end up ordering a box about once a month or so, based on our availability and the recipes (you can check them out before your box ships to decide if you want to skip that week’s order). Here are some of my favorite tips for getting the most out of your subscription. You can purchase a gift card off their website for either a Classic Box ($79 for 2 people) or a Veggie Box ($69 for 2 people) and they will even give you a cute pdf that you can print off when giving your gift! Quickie link for a promo code: use ETXYKD at the checkout to get $40 off your first box.

For the Kid Who Loves Getting Mail: Koala Crate Subscription Box {Find it here}Koala Crate - project 2
We’ve been getting Koala Crate, a craft subscription box specially designed for kids ages 3 – 4, for over a year and Jack loves coming home to a yellow package JUST FOR HIM! Each month the crate has a different theme with 3 different projects for your child to do (with your help). You can check out the post I did on the Arctic Crate here. They also have Kiwi Crate (ages 5 – 8), Doodle Crate (9 and up) and Tinker Crate (9 and up). I could probably switch Jack to the Kiwi Crate, but he still needs a little help with the Koala Crate projects so we will stick with that level for now.

A subscription costs $19.95 per month, or if you purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription the price goes down a bit. I can tell you that I would absolutely love it if I could get family members on board to give Jack a subscription for Christmas. I’d so much rather spend time with him on projects and learning about different themes than get yet another cheap plastic toy that he plays with for 5 minutes! Quickie link for a promo code: use this link to get $10 off.

For the Gal who Likes Surprises: The FabFitFun Subscription Box {Find it here}
I’ve tried a bunch of different subscription boxes, but this quarterly box from FabFitFun consistently surprises me with the most interesting mix of stuff. The Fall box was one of my total favorites with TONS of goodies for the price, including a blanket scarf that I wear all time time now. You can check out all of my FabFitFun reviews here. Quickie link for a promo code: Click through here to get $10 off your first box order.

Wolf Face - Pocketful of JoulesFor the Whole Family: Visit the Great Wolf Lodge {Find it here}
We did an overnight trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg for Jack’s 4th birthday and loved it so much that we are considering another visit for this year.

You can read all about our adventure here: Our Visit to Great Wolf Lodge. It can be a bit pricey, but we were able to keep it on the more reasonable side by visiting on a Friday – Saturday, instead of over the entire weekend. If you are looking to give a family gift that will result in everyone having a great time, this would be the perfect treat!

Is there something on the list that you’ll be adding to your wishlist?


Disclosure: I received some of these items for free to review on my blog. All thoughts, opinions and whether I decided to recommend them to you in this snazzy holiday gift post are totally mine! Some of the promo codes in this post are also referral links that may earn me money or products. That is TOTALLY not why I recommended them… I just thought it might make your life easier to save a little moola!

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