Wednesday

Your 2015 Christmas Gift Guide


I love e-shopping. It's comfortable, convenient, easy and will often help me find the best deals on the gift I'm looking for. When shopping from the comfort of my own home there won't be any lines holding me up, impatient people grumbling around me, or the stress of trying to find a parking space. 

That's why I'm super excited to share with you this awesome line up of companies who offer fantastic products and many of them are offering discounts for just my readers! (You'll find those discount codes under each shop's description below).
I like to publish this guide mid-October because it helps us all get a jump start on shopping and at the very least, helps us start forming a game plan in our minds so that we're not trying to pull everything together at the last minute.
I'm confident that this year's Christmas Gift Guide will give you some great gift ideas for everyone on your list. 

Let me give you a little information about the guide and you can take it from there. 

The shops are listed in alphabetical order. Under each business name I have a brief description of what they sell, links to a few specific items, discount codes (if applicable), price range of their products and shipping information.  This guide will be available for you from now until January 16 and will be posted at the top and side of my blog for easy access. 

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I'm thankful for the opportunity to present these companies to you and I hope they will help you choose thoughtful gifts for the people in your life. 

Alphabetical Quick Link (For more detailed information, please see individual shops below).

Bend Soap Company
B.Z. Botanicals
Homemaker's Depot
ItWorks!
Jamberry
Jenuinely Pure
Lilla Rose
Nick's Sticks
Norwex
Persimmon Prints
Redeeming Beauty
Redmond Trading Company
Stitch Hope
Sweetbottoms Baby
Wildtree
Younique






Bend Soap Company is a precious, family-run business based out of Bend, Oregon that makes Handcrafted, Natural Goat Milk Soap. The Bend Soap Company started when a husband and wife team, Dwight and Marilee, came up with a solution to help one of their sons who was struggling with severe eczema. 

After doing some research, they started making natural goat milk soaps and lotions with pure, wholesome ingredients. They saw a dramatic difference in their son's skin and before they knew it, others were asking to buy their soap! Their products are made with fresh goat milk from their farm and wholesome, nourishing oils and essential oils. Their products are fabulous!
I have used their soap off and on for over a year now and love that each bar smells so wonderful! 

In browsing the website, I couldn't help but notice the care put into the Essential Gift Basket. It comes completely ready to present as a gift since it includes one of two beautiful tins (your choice in style). Each gift basket holds 3 goat milk soaps and a Milk Bath in a Bag. (I've tried this and it is so relaxing!) Also included is an 8 oz. bottle of their velvety, moisturizing goat milk lotion in the scent of your choice, the wooden soap dish, lotion pump, and super lathering loofah. This is a gift anyone would love to receive!
 
The goat soaps would make wonderful teacher gifts. My favorite scents are the cinnamon sugar, lemon verbena and cranberry wassail. They smell so good! I love using these soaps not only because they smell great but because I can feel good about what I am putting on my family's skin. Be sure to check out the rest of their Holiday Scents, too!


Price Range: $4.95 per bar. Bend Soap Company also sells beautifully arranged goat milk soap gift baskets. The mini version is available for $20.95 and the essential version is $36.95. They also have a variety of soap accessories.  
 
Shipping: US, Canada and some International (Free Shipping in the US on orders of $50 or more.)
 
Discount Codes: Use these coupon codes at checkout: soap25 to save 5% on orders over $25, soap50 to get 10% off of your order of $50 or more, soap100 for 15% off of your order of $100 or more.







B.Z. Botanicals offers natural goodness for the body and home. This wonderful little Etsy shop was started by Amy out of her home. She makes natural potpourri, beard oil, spa salt bars, wax melts, bath salts, muscle rub balms and hand/foot balms. Sounds heavenly just writing about it!

Any one of these would make wonderful little gifts for someone or would even be lovely combined together in a gift basket. And although B.Z. Botanicals is not 100% organic, some things are and you can be sure that all of her products are natural and crafted with love!

Price Range: $10-$25

Shipping: USA

Visit B.Z. Botanicals Here




 


Homemaker's Depot is a Christian, on-line resource known specifically for it's
Homemaker's Planner. However, this past year their business has exploded with many more resources! Resources are available for homemaking, preschool curriculum, children's activities and inspirational books for preschool through adult.

Some of my favorite books come from the Keepersbooks series which are wonderfully geared towards many of life's issues whether it be infertility, pregnancy, motherhood, organization, finances and so much more. And while I haven't yet read any of the God's Miracle Series, I've had my eye on them for quite awhile because they look like wonderful "living" books that teach children about God's hand in nature. 

They also have a nice selection of Recipe books. If you're looking for one to get you started off on the right foot in the coming year, you might want to check out the Healthy Choices Cookbook for some fresh inspiration.  

Price Range: $1.80-$15.95

Shipping: USA, Canada and International (If shipping to the USA, AND your total is $49 or more, your order ships FREE! If your order is below $49 (USA only), flat rate shipping is available. Flat rate shipping is $3.50 up to $25 total order, and $5 between $25 and $49.)










It Works! is a naturally based, mess free option to help men and women contour their body. It is free of parabens and other unwanted toxins. Many people have had success firming, tightening and smoothing their skin after using It Works!

It Works! has a wide selection of options to help you look and feel better. As a busy mom, I often find myself worn out, but Confianza is a naturally based supplement that not only increases your energy levels but reduces your stress. This is a great option for men and women who are busy working hard for their family and need a little extra energy with the added benefit of helping to manage their stress.

With a new year just around the corner, how about working on a new you from the inside out with the New You product? For starters, it has shown to improve your sleep quality and also enhance endurance while exercising. It's overall benefit is that it helps give you an overall renewed feeling.

High up on my wish list are the body wraps which improve skin texture and tightness in as little as 45 minutes. These wraps can be applied on your area of choice.

Price Range: $23-$69

Shipping: USA, Canada, International
 





Jamberry Nails is a popular nail wrap design company started by three sisters who wanted the nail beauty that a salon has to offer but without the time and expense. After pooling their ideas together, they came up with the fun, versatile, mess-free options of Jamberry Nail Wraps. These nail wraps can be applied in the comfort of your own home and are a great alternative to expensive, time consuming appointments at the nail salon.

Kristin is this year's Jamberry Nails representative and she has partnered with us in this Christmas Gift Guide to help you get a little Jamberry under your tree this year. There are an incredible amount of nail wrap options available but the ones that caught my eyes were the Apple Cider Wraps, the Mommy/Daughter sets and the Mint Chevron. There are also several seasonal options to choose from for either the fall or winter. Since my daughter is a new fan of Jamberry Nails, I know she would love some of the junior sized nail wraps in her stocking this year!

Price Range: $15-$120

Shipping: USA, Canada, International







Jenuinely Pure is a family run business that offers natural, organic skin and body care products. Founded in 2008 by a full-time mom, Jenuinely Pure began with a vision for creating high quality, handmade, truly natural products at an affordable price.

There were several things that caught my eye when looking for gift ideas and one was the Basic Skin Care Gift Set. I think this would be a nice gift for any pre-teen or teen and it's one you can feel good about the ingredients that they are putting on their growing bodies. Or, you might even love the Deluxe Body and Face Gift Set which includes bar soap, lip balm, body scrub, toner or astringent and moisturizer. You even get to pick and choose which scents you want for each individual item.

A wonderful gift for the naturally minded homemaker would be the Home Gift Set which includes soap nuts (these have a variety of purposes but I have used them specifically for my laundry), all purpose cleaner, bar soap and a foaming hand soap.

If you're looking for stocking stuffers or little gifties for teachers, etc. check out some of the amazing foaming hand and bar soaps that Jenuniely Pure offers.

Price Range: $3.00-$97.00

Shipping:  USA, Canada, International

Discount Code: PURPHOME (15% off any purchase)







Lilla Rose is a resource for unique, comfortable and beautiful hair jewelry. They are most commonly known for their Flexi Hair Clip, but they also offer Hair Sticks, the Flexi Oh!, Hairbands, and fashionable Bobby Pins.

As I looked at what was available online, my eye definitely caught the beautiful Badge Clips. I think these would be a lovely gift for a working mom. The You-Pins are such an easy way to add a finishing touch on an Updo and I think the "Lucky" Bobby Pins and the Freestyle Tiara would look so nice in my daughter's hair. Lilla Rose has an incredible amount of options to choose from no matter what your hair accessory preference is.

Price Range: $9-$19 

Shipping: US, Canada and International

Discounts: Buy 3 items online from Melanie's site and she will send you one free. ($16 or less) *Restrictions apply. Contact Melanie to let her know you'd like to take advantage of this special.




http://www.nicks-sticks.com/



Nick's Sticks is a grass roots business that makes the best beef sticks ever. I first discovered them at our local health food store and we loved them. After that, we started getting Nick's Sticks for stocking stuffers every year and they are always a big hit.



Our family prefers to stay away from conventional beef sticks but these ones are made from 100% grass-fed beef (or you can get free-range turkey) and are seasoned with Redmon organic salt (which just so happens to be our favorite salt). Our kids love these beef sticks so much that they have come to expect Nick's Sticks in their stockings every year!

Price Range: $1.99-$3.25

Shipping: USA







                              


Norwex allows you to clean your home without chemicals and also offers home and body goods. When reading about Norwex, I was pleasantly surprised to find that using the Norwex Cleaning System could decrease my cleaning time in my home by 75% or more!

But what really resonated with me even more was learning that the average household spends about $600-$800 a year on chemical cleaning products and supplies. By switching to Norwex, you can save up to 90% on this portion of your budget. That's a great option not only for your pocketbook, but also for your health. A great gift to help someone get started with a healthy home is the
Household Package.

As I browsed the online catalog, I looked for things that I would personally enjoy using in my own home. Of course, I was instantly drawn to the kids' section and spied the
hand "towels" just for kids. These chenille microfiber hand towels are naturally antibacterial and are sure to end any hand-washing battles with your kids. I can hear the giggles now if my kids were to open a gift like this because it is cute and would mean they have their very own hand "towel."

If you're looking for natural cleaning options for your home or personal care, be sure to check out Norwex.

Price Range: $6-$60

Shipping: US and Canada







Photo Credit: Abra Clampitt


Persimmon Prints is a faith-based small business started by Kacie Feeney. Her products include prints for framing, an advent calendar and unique, trendy clothes for women and children. I absolutely love Kacie's style and her heart behind her business. In fact, each quarter, Kacie gives back a percentage of her earnings to organizations such as A21, Christian Aid Mission and her local Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Some of my favorite pieces from Persimmon Prints are the Strength + Dignity Cozy Wrap. I LOVE this and would wear it all the time! The other choice I'd make is the Love God and Serve Others cap sleeve tee (although I can't decide which I like better--the blush pink option or the black!)

I'm pretty selective about any kind of messages that are on my kids' shirts but I love every single one of Persimmon Prints' shirts for kids! Check them out: Spread Love to All, Oh! How He Loves Us, Be Fearless and Be Strong and Courageous.


Price Range: $10-$50
 
Shipping: USA
 
Discount Code: "PURPOSEFULshopping" for $15 off of a purchase of $75 or more (ends 12.31.15)
 
 


Redeeming Beauty offers natural, hand-crafted mineral makeup, sugar scrubs, perfume oils, dry shampoo and nail lacquer. For a list of what is NOT in Redeeming Beauty's skin care line click
here. Redeeming Beauty has so many beautiful make up choices to choose from and all of them are handcrafted by Emily, a stay at home mom. One of her newest product additions is the Crown Jewels Collection which includes seven of her fifty mineral powder eye shadow colors.

If you'd love to gift someone with products from Redeeming Beauty but aren't sure which colors to choose, then be sure to take advantage of her gift certificates. All orders come gift wrapped!

Price Range: $5-$25

Shipping: US and Canada ($5.75 Priority Flat Rate Mail to the USA or Military Bases, includes insurance and tracking number and $8.50 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada)

Discount Codes: Use PURPOSEFUL at checkout for 25% off any order of $50 or more 





Redmond Trading Company is a favorite in our home and is a company we support on a regular basis. We love their seasoned and non-seasoned Real Salt which is truly an all-natural sea salt.

Redmond's bath salts are therapeutic and help to detoxify and remineralize the body. They have two kinds to choose from and either would make a wonderful little gift for a teacher or neighbor. If you know someone who loves to cook, then the Organic Seasoning Gift Box that comes with regular sea salt and three varieties of seasoned sea salt might be just the thing. We use all of these in our home and I especially love the seasoned salts for extra flavor in cooking. This set truly would be a gift for someone you love because they can enjoy salt without the negative health effects of table salt. When we use Real Salt, it simple enhances the flavor of our food and in no way takes away from it. I highly recommend any of Redmond Trading Company's salts.

Redmond Trading Company is definitely a company our family has benefited from and we will continue to buy their products. I whole-heartedly recommend them.

Price Range: $1.99-$19.99

Shipping: USA (Orders over $50 ship free) Canada and International Shipping Rates Apply.

Promotions: PurposefulHome  This is case sensitive and the code will give you 15% off your entire order.





Stitch Hope sells beautiful, handmade, African inspired products. Ultimately, Stitch Hope is a sewing project that is designed to teach skills, produce income, and give hope and a second chance to girls who are slaves in the sex trafficking trade.

The mission of Stitch Hope is to produce enough income in order to establish a place in Liberia, Africa where these girls have another option other than the slave trade they are trapped in. Once the girls are there, they are taught a skill so that they have a way to generate income for their family and ultimately receive one of the greatest of gifts – Hope. You can read more about Stich Hope's ministry hereAll proceeds go to building a Stitch Hope house in Liberia, Africa.

There are so many beautiful gift options to choose from Stitch Hope, but some of the ones that caught my eye were the essential oil bags, infinity scarves, and zippered pouches.  However, the ones I absolutely LOVED were the handbags! Super cute and stylish, these handbags are a great addition to any wardrobe.

Price Range: $10-$59

Shipping: USA, Canada, International




Sweetbottoms Baby is your one stop shop for natural parenting products such as furniture, eco-friendly toys, cloth diapersbaby carriers, gorgeous amber necklaces and bracelets and more. This boutique has been a personal favorite of mine over the years!

Sweetbottoms Baby has a great selection of practical as well as educational items to choose from. They are all "green" so you know that you are choosing the best option for your child whether it is alcohol-free hand sanitizer to toss in their back pack or rattles, teethers or educational toys for your baby or toddler. Sweetbottoms Baby make sure your choices are healthy and stylish!

Price Range: $1+

Shipping: Sweetbottoms® offers FREE shipping on all US orders, including orders shipped to a military address. International shipping and Canadian quotes are available through their site.

Discount Code: PURPOSEFUL for 10% off $35+. Sale items excluded, manufacturer exclusions apply, one code per order.






Wildtree offers all-natural, organic herb and spice blends, oils and mixes to help make your cooking easier but without unhealthy fats, salts and preservatives found in most packaged foods. Wildtree is a company founded by a mom who was desperate to find good foods and flavorings that her children with food allergies could eat and enjoy. After coming up with various products, she and her mom began selling at local cooking fairs. The enthusiasm caught on with her customers and home show requests started coming in. From that point on, Wildtree became a nationally known home-based business.

As a mom to a child who has struggled with food allergies, I can definitely appreciate the value of this company. Having healthy mixes, oils and blends ready to go can be a huge sanity saver for those responsible for the bulk of meals in their home.

When browsing the Wildtree website I couldn't help but notice the all-natural Grapeseed Oil since that is one of the oils I use in my skin care routine. I also feel inspired to start using Grapeseed oil in my cooking now after seeing the Butter Grapeseed Oil and the Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil. These would be lovely little gifts for the cook in your life.

Specialty Jams and Jellies and even syrups are great gifts for teachers, neighbors or anyone that you want to pass on a little gift to. I also love the idea of breads and doughs as little gifts because many people want to make their own bread but lack the time and know-how. With a gift like this they can finally have a special treat like this in their home.

Price Range: $0-$50

Shipping: USA
 
Visit Kristin's Wildtree Website Here
 
 




Younique is a Vegan, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, natural based makeup and skincare line. Younique is probably most well-known for its 3D Fiberlashes+. Any time I have met someone that uses Younique, they always mention the mascara and how much they love it.  Since it's Hypoallergenic, it would be a great option for anyone who wears make up and is definitely a product that I want to try.

If you're looking for a really awesome gift set, you might consider the Cloud Nine set. It includes the latest products from the September 2015 catalog and is everything you need from lips to lashes. For someone that's on the go, the Shine Makeup Remover Cloths are a great option. (They even remove waterproof mascara!) I think a college student or someone who travels a lot would love something like this in her stocking!

Price Range: $15+

Shipping: USA, Canada, International 

Discount Codes: Purchase any of the 6 collections and receive a free gift from Kate, our Younique Gift Guide Presenter. Also, you can contact her if you are interested in hosting a free online party so you can earn free Younique products.  

Visit Kate's Younique Webpage Here



And that's a wrap as they say in the film industry. I hope you found this guide helpful and inspirational. Happy shopping!

 

Our Sponsors:

BZ Botanicals--Natural Goodness for Body and Home
 
Homemaker's Depot--Homemaker's Depot is an online store that provides resources to encourage, enlighten and help the Christian Homemaker enjoy her calling.

It Works!-naturally based, mess free option to help men and women contour their body.

Jenuinely Pure-natural, organic skin and body care products

Persimmon Prints- faith-based products for the home and clothing for women and children

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