Gift Guide No. 01: Thoughtful & Economical

We’re getting really close so it’s time for our annual series of ultimate gift guides. Check with us each day to find something truly special for everyone on your list, all available right here in Alexandria! First up, Thoughtful & Economical. These are the gifts any teacher, co-worker, book club buddy, babysitter, you get the idea, would love. In the next few days, we’ll share more guides: For Her, For Him, Splurges, and next week, in case you still need some inspiration, Last Minute & Stocking Stuffers.

No. 01: It’s five o’clock somewhere so there’s no reason to wait. Start your best friend’s day off with a smile and a little snark with this fun coffee — or wine — mug(Available at Penny Post, $24)

No. 02: These adorable Bella Il Fiore Sleep Masks will make sure that early morning sun doesn’t wake you before your alarm does. (Available at Bellacara, $28)

No. 03: Help your favorite teacher or friend start 2019 off by being really well organized with one of everyone’s favorite planners. Rifle Paper Co.’s 17-month planners include weekly and monthly calendar pages, three pages of stickers, and sections of notes, celebrations, and your important contacts. (Available at Penny Post, $40)

No. 04: Deep conditioning masks like Absolue Keratine by Rene Furterer will keep those winter tresses tamed. (Available at Bazzak Hair Salon, $32)

No. 05: These petite hoops are beautifully understated and perfect for everyday wear. They’re so comfortable, she’ll forget she’s even wearing them — but their 14k gold quality make them an elevated choice for anyone. In 14k white, yellow, or rose gold. (Available at Alx&Co., $49)

No. 06: Cheers to good health! Toast that great workout with an Ascend Cycle Wine Glass(Available at Ascend Cycle $8)

No. 07: Your favorite dog lover is going to howl with happiness when they receive this thoughtful gift. Send them out to walk the dog in style with this fun and funny cap. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $34)

No. 08: Start their year off right with a 2019 resolution-themed workshop: Sweat & Reset: Vision & Intention for the New Year(Available at Mind the Mat, $30)

No. 09: Have they been “thinking about starting up yoga…Pilates…or something like that?” How about a gift certificate for a New Client Intro Pack at Mind the Mat? At only $40, they can take four classes to experiment with a variety of methods from stretching to Pilates to hot yoga. (Available at Mind the Mat, in person or online, click here to print or email it, just make sure you choose your date if you’d like it to arrive in their inbox on Christmas Day.)

No. 10: These Mini Emergency Kits contain everything a gal needs, and it all fits in the palm of your hand! Nail polish, band-aids, needle and thread, deodorant towels: this gift minimizes the number of “oops” in life. (Available at Kiskadee, $22)

No. 11: Give the gift of head-to-toe hydration with this beautifully boxed Kiehl’s Mighty Moisture Gift Set of Kiehl’s favorites. (Available at Bellacara, $30)

No. 12: Keep your fingers warm as you text. The perfect gift for the phone-obsessed person in your life, which, aren’t we all: Texting Gloves by Hat Attack. In Black, oatmeal and gray. (Available at The Shoe Hive, $43)

No. 13: This USB Candle Lighter is rechargeable and butane free. (Available at TSALT, $35)

No. 14: Track your travels with a handsome scratch-off-where-you’ve-been map that charts globetrotting in a fun, colorful, and innovative way. Scratch off the areas you’ve visited to reveal adventurous pops of color that turn traveling into a treasure hunt and on-the-fly geography lessons. (Available at Kiskadee, $25)

No. 15: Whether you want to learn what your friends really think of you or deal in useless trivia and knowledge, these games by Hyggee will be a true holiday hit! (Available at Kiskadee $26)

No. 16: There’s nothing more thoughtful than the perfect card, and these Paperlove Cards are just that, perfect. (Available at TSALT, $4)

No. 17: The festive and adorable Jouer Lucky & Charmed Lip Care holiday cracker includes a lip scrub and lip balm, perfect for keeping lips in shape during the cold winter months. (Available at Bellacara, $25)

No. 18: These sturdy but soft cosmetic bags are great for organizing toiletries and tools, and come in a variety of patterns. They’re large enough to stash all of your essentials and small enough to toss in your purse. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $20-$24)

No. 19: These Blue Q Socks have fun little one-liners on them to inspire you everyday. (Available at TSALT, $10)

No. 20: Everyone needs a good mascara and Stila’s Huge Extreme Mascara is a customer favorite. As an added bonus, a black waterproof liner is included in the shiny gold Stila Big Shots Redux gift box. (Available at Bellacara, $25)


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