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Holiday Gift Guide

For this Holiday Gift Guide, I asked on Instagram for your BEST gift recommendations, and you nailed it!

These are tried and true gifts that you’ve either received yourself and loved, or use as your go-to each year because it’s so well received.

I threw in a couple of my own recommendations, but most of these are the most popular results of hundreds of Instagram messages!

In order to try and make your holiday shopping as easy and stress-free as possible, I included links and tips.

FULL DISCLOSURE: this post does contain some Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases (at no extra charge to you). I’m also a Beautycounter consultant (safer skin care and beauty brand) so I’ve shared a few links that will take you to my Beautycounter consultant affiliate page. Thank you!


Teacher / Daycare Gifts

People’s Favorite – Gift Card:

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Restaurant
  • Spa/Salon
  • Ulta
  • Local Coffee Shop / Starbucks

Others frequently suggested:

      Postal Worker / Bus Driver

      People’s Favorite – Gift Card:

      • Amazon
      • Target
      • Restaurant
      • Movie
      • Starbucks

      Others frequently suggested (these would be great to go in on with a neighbor!):

      • Warm Weather Kit / Items
      • Homemade Goodies / Treat Box / Snacks
        • We are going to put out a basket of KIND bars for our delivery people over the next few weeks with a sign to enjoy a snack
      • Family Christmas Card and Beer / Wine 

          In-Laws / Parents

          People’s Favorite – Framed Family Photos, Family Book, Digital Frame, or Photo Session

          Others frequently suggested:

          • Customized Family Calendar ($10 at Costco) 
          • Ornaments, Magnets, Mugs, Blanket, Candle, Puzzle, with picture of grandkids
          • Gift Card to restaurant 
          • Portrait session for entire family
          • Nice slippers (like Ugg) 
          • Convert home movies to digital files (LegacyBox)
          • Plan an adult only event (sports, wine tasting)
          • Subscription to Butcher Box (affiliate link)

          Or grab them a copy of No Sugar, Still Sweet so they can bake healthy treats with the grandkids! (Use code HOLIDAY19 to get it for just $8.99!)

          Stocking Stuffers for Toddler / Preschool

          ***Pro-Tip – Lots of these items are at the Dollar Tree!!!

          People’s Favorite – Art Supplies, Coloring / Activity Book, Water Coloring Pads, Crayons, Jumbo Chalk, Kid Friendly Scissors 

          Others frequently suggested (with AMAZON LINKS):

          Toys for Toddlers

          ***Pro Tip – Check out to buy discounted toys (new and used)

          People’s Favorite – Books!

          • Dr. Suess
          • Wonderbly
          • Poke a Dot books are the BEST for toddlers!!
          • Little Blue Truck
          • Books with flaps
          • Interactive felt books

          Others frequently suggested (with AMAZON LINKS):

          Husband / Partner

          People’s Favorite – Night Out at restaurant or local hotel (night away from kids!!!)

          Others frequently suggested:


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              Hi, I’m Kacie!

              I’m a mom of two and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I offer e-guides and e-books (go to my Shop page), workshops, brand partnerships, and nutrition counseling. Check out my blog for nutrition and feeding tips for your little ones.


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