Let's be honest, as much as you love your friends and family, shopping for them is super stressful. It's so hard to pick the perfect present! Kristen completely understands this dilemma, which is why she rounded up a few items that are sure to be a hit with anyone on your gift list this year. From the practical parent to the creative cousin, she's got you covered. Oh, and have we mentioned? Everything is under $50!
Cuzen Matcha Organic Matcha Leaf Packets – Latte Blend
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For the caffeine addict looking to cut down on their consumption, this matcha from Cuzen is simply the best. How does Kristen kick-start her day? Instead of coffee, she reaches for a cup of flavorful matcha with hot flax milk. After trying many brands, she loves these packets of shade-grown Japanese matcha leaves. It's rich in antioxidants and is an excellent source of caffeine for a boost in the a.m. We're willing to bet that even the java lover in your life will be obsessed with this matcha! Yep, we know—that's a bold statement!
Shop Here ($17): https://bit.ly/3mbMFWs
Hello Bello Break in Case of Baby Kit
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For expecting or new parents, this bundle from Hello Bello contains a few essentials that can take care of little ones from head-to-toes. It features soft diapers, premium plant-based body care products, is hypoallergenic and pH-balanced. As much as soon-to-be parents think they're prepared, this kit will be much needed for those S.O.S diaper explosion moments.
Shop Here: https://bit.ly/3DMA3f5
Happy Dance Soul Reviving CBD + CBG Hand Cream
You can never go wrong with gifting high-quality hand cream. It’s one of those items people forget to buy for themselves, right? This holiday season, treat your friends to the newest Happy Dance™ product, Soul Reviving Hand Cream! Made with CBD, CBG (a rare cannabinoid that targets and fights oxidative stress*), Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and Kahai Oil, this restoring formula soothes and balances tired-looking hands. It's especially useful for when temperatures begin to drop. Wave goodbye to dry, cracked hands!
*Based on lab data.
Shop Here ($20): https://bit.ly/3DMA3f5
Preemptive Love Hand-Hammered Copper Candle
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These beautifully scented candles from Preemptive Love are one of Kristen's favorites to give to friends during the holidays. They're handmade, one at a time, by women affected by war in Iraq that are rebuilding their lives. Once the candle has completely burned, the copper vessel can be repurposed—they truly compliment any type of home décor. You'll feel good about giving this meaningful gift.
Shop Here ($45): https://bit.ly/2ZiYDoX
Okay, we know that receiving underwear may not be the most exciting present, but these absorbent undies from Thinx are incredibly useful for anyone that needs some period protection. They're leak-resistant, help control odor, and draw away any wetness. Kristen loves using these, even if she doesn’t love getting her period. Real talk, people!
Shop Here ($34): https://bit.ly/3HQuaju
For the person that's always on-the-go and needs their Starbucks fix throughout the day, have them ditch single-use paper cups for this 16 oz. double-wall, vacuum-sealed travel mug from byta. It comes in multiple colors, fits in car cup holders (Hallelujah!), and keeps beverages hotter for longer in chilly weather. For an extra $10, add a personalized touch by engraving your special someone's name on the side.
Shop Here ($29): https://bit.ly/3GXwJPx
Becoming Ms. Burton by Susan Burton and Cari Lynn
Becoming Miss Burton is a powerful memoir that will resonate in readers’ minds for years. Winner of the prestigious NAACP Image Award, it tells the life story of renowned activist Susan Burton. After losing her five-year-old son to a tragic police shooting, Ms. Burton struggled with alcohol and drug use, eventually leading her to prison. For two decades, she found herself trapped in the cycle of being released and then incarcerated. Wanting to help others in her position, she founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project. This L.A.-based, Black-owned organization offers housing, pro bono legal services, case management, and leadership development for women rebuilding their lives after prison. Today, A New Way of Life has helped over 1,000 women.
“One of the most moving and impactful books I've read. Becoming Ms. Burton is the life story of Susan Burton who picked herself up and made not only a life for herself, but for other women who needed support, after experiencing an amount of adversity that just seems like too much.” — Kristen Bell
“Susan Burton’s life and work are a testament to the power of second chances and the impact one person can have on the lives of others. Her book is a stirring and moving tour-de-force—a beautiful inspiration for all of us to continue to fight for justice.”—John Legend
“An amazing story.”
—Trevor Noah on The Daily Show
Kristen and Happy Dance™ are proud to partner with Susan Burton and her impactful organization—1% of profits from products sold are donated to A New Way of Life.
Shop Here ($14.75): https://amzn.to/3xk3lPz
Happy Dance™ CBD Body Butter
As much as the holiday season is fun, it's also a pain in the neck—literally. With shopping for gifts, cooking for family, and cleaning the bomb that went off in the kitchen, your friends will need a self-care moment. The Happy Dance™ Body Butter is packed with 200mg of CBD, and the whipped formula provides serious hydration for the skin. It's like a total body treat for anyone that wants to hit pause and just relax.
Shop Here ($30): https://bit.ly/3l4JvTz
Mate the Label Organic Cotton Beanie
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Keep your loved ones warm and cozy this winter with this stylish beanie from Mate the Label. This eco-friendly brand makes their clothing in Los Angeles, uses organic fabrics and low-impact dyes, and ensures their working environments are safe, comfortable, and fair. You'll feel good about gifting any piece from this brand.
Shop Here ($48): https://bit.ly/3GQtDwD
Tiny Chef Talking Plush
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For the home cook in your life that has all the kitchen gadgets in the world, there is something they're missing—the one and only Tiny Chef! With posable arms and legs, removable oven mitts, and iconic rainbow apron, this talking plush (which was totally approved by Cheffy himself), is the perfect piece for adding a bit of entertainment to any kitchen. For parents of picky eaters, Tiny Chef loves teaching kids how to make healthy meals on their own and uploaded easy recipes over on his YouTube channel for little ones to get inspired!
Shop Here ($38): https://bit.ly/3e0t0Eg
Butler & Hill Custom Hometown Map Puzzle
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During the pandemic, Kristen and her family turned to puzzles to unwind and relax. For those that need to take a breather during the busy holiday season or perhaps are far from family, this personalized puzzle from Butler & Hill is a gift to warm the heart. Each puzzle features a detailed map and a house-shaped novelty piece in the center. It's the perfect present to celebrate a special place.
Shop Here ($39.95): https://bit.ly/2ZhqC8m
What’s your favorite item from this list? Be sure to send this article to your friends and family so they'll get the hint!
P.S. For the 2021 holiday season, we recommend ordering your presents as soon as possible — and you might as well treat yourself to something special, too!