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Gift Guides (ish)

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? We spent some of our weekend in Knoxville because Hayden ran in the AAU National Championship race. Then, we spent Sunday doing all the things like church, grocery pick up, shopped for Angel Tree gifts, chores around the house, and then watched the Chiefs game.

Anyway, I know that many Instagrammers and bloggers share gift guides this time of the year which can be both helpful and and sometimes overwhelming.

In my own little twist on “gift guides,” I’m sharing Enneagram gift guides because I love the ones that @ashton.creates shares on her page.

Again, I don’t live or die by Enneagrams, but I do think it’s interesting. I’m a 5w6 and here are the gift guides for both of those:

5 (Investigator)

  • Camera: Well, I haven’t owned a camera in ages thanks to my iPhone, but I do love taking pictures.
  • Candle: Yes! I love candles. I used to pretty much only buy my candles at Bath and Body Works, but this past year, I’ve ordered quite a few from Antique Candle Co., and I’ve loved them all.
  • New mug: I love coffee mugs. While I switch them up season to season, I pretty much stick with my fave most mornings.

6 (Loyalist)

  • Weighted blanket: I cannot live without my weighted blanket. I’ve had one for a couple of years, and it’s hard to sleep without it!
  • Membership: Memberships are a great idea. We always gift Netflix to my dad every year.
  • Letter board: Crafty things are so fun.
  • Slippers: I have a couple of pairs of favorites slippers, but these are my fave.

Another favorite Instagram account I follow is Her gift guides are fun too!


  • Blue light blocker glasses: When we were online for school, I snagged a few pairs of glasses; they were fun to wear.
  • Collectors book set: I always ask for a couple of books every year. Since I rarely buy books, I usually keep a list on Amazon that I share with family as gift ideas for me.
  • Comfy sweaters: Yes to a sweater! The best part about winter is sweater weather. This is my favorite Amazon sweater (I have it in three colors), and this one is a recent purchase that I love.
  • Book marks: I love a good book mark!
  • Add to their coffee station: K-cups in my stocking, please.
  • Home thermostat: This is a practical idea.
  • Reading chair: I dream of having a big enough bedroom one day to have a reading corner.


  • Comfy sweaters: See above!
  • Personalized jewelry: Etsy always has so many cute options. I’ve gifted and received so many good and thoughtful pieces through the years.
  • Cute storage: Organizing is always a great idea!
  • Water bottle: Besides a water bottle (which we don’t need ANY more!), I love personalized tumblers and skinny can coolers.
  • New vacuum: This I do not need 🙂
  • Home security: Again, practical!
  • Purse organization: see “cute storage” above

What’s on your “wish list” this year? If you know your Enneagram number, you should check out their posts!

Teens (and others!)

Now, these aren’t Earth shattering ideas, but I never shared what I got the kids for their birthday.

I try to do “want, need, wear, read” to keep it a somewhat simple shopping list.


This book caught my eye and I knew they’d love the Homer socks!


I hope they’ll let me buy them Christmas pjs until they are 18. I don’t buy the cute little kid ones anymore, but bottom line is in the winter months, they need warmer pjs…so why not buy for birthday?

Hayden prefers the jogger style for sweatpants and pajama pants, so I turned to Old Navy to get both of their pjs. Both of my kids now fit in adults sizes (what the what?!), so that’s what they got. Travis ordered this set of football cards for Hayden, and he was excited.

We also got Hayden a Nike UK hooded sweatshirt, jogger sweatpants, and basketball shorts.


I wanted to get Hadley something special for her 13th birthday, and picked out the Elisa pendant necklace at Kendra Scott. I wasn’t sure what stone she’d want, and I ended up choosing her birthstone.

Besides flannel pj bottoms (and t-shirt), I got her a Kentucky sweatshirt, leggings, and this sweater.

Honestly, I feel more behind than ever on my shopping. As the kids have gotten older, they understand that money and gift cards go a long way, but of course, I want to pick up them up other things as well. In some ways it was easier when they loved Legos and Barbies!

I’d love to hear any ideas you have for my teens! Bonus points if I can order on Amazon. haha

I hope you have a great start to your week.

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15 thoughts on “Gift Guides (ish)

  1. Those Enneagram gifts are right up your alley for the most part!
    I still do pj pants for mine. They live in the fleece type pants on the weekends and over winter break, so they always need an update. It’s weird when your kids stop growing! They have been the same sizes for a few years now. I think ON is a great place for fun socks, pjs, fun t-shirts, etc. I always gravitate towards warm and cozy for Christmas gifts. Also, blankets! How many blankets can I give my kids? But, we always seem to use them all. Plus, they have half of them at college. I get new chargers, long charger cords, things for their room here or at dorm. I think as they get older I have gotten more practical.

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      1. I know! That has been my wish list since I was very young. I loved clothes and a good book. I could read anywhere and ignore anyone and look cute doing it in my latest trend. Lol! I know – my new white Costco one is the new favorite and gets stolen and I get the subpar one. Blankets and chargers!

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  2. In some ways I think it was easier when they wanted Legos and toys too but I did finish up my shopping over the weekend. We ended up getting our youngest two tickets to see Cirque since we couldn’t come up with anything else for them other than books and little things. I think they’ll like it and best of all the show is coming near us in January so they won’t have to wait long for it either.

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    1. That’s a great gift! I’m all about experiences when I can…but it’s usually “smaller” things like UK basketball game or cookie decorating class. I hope to finish up by the end of this week 🙂


  3. I went and followed her on Instagram after reading this post. How cool! I’m a 1w9 as my own Enneagram, and while I’m like you and don’t live by it, lots of my own things were spot on. I’m always fascinated reading about it! Good luck on shopping…I know as a young girl, I loved getting makeup, clothes, books and electronics…I also sometimes think it would be fun to have a Polaroid camera. I loved a Kaboodle too- remember those? And things for my closet or room to make it more of a cool hangout spot. My boys loved getting things like bluetooth speakers for their rooms and bathroom, rechargeable battery packs to take with them on the go, cool lights or light up signs for their rooms, cologne/body wash…things like that. I have no idea how helpful that is, but maybe it’ll spark another idea for you!

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    1. These are so helpful. Hadley has a kaboodle. I was so excited to give that to her a couple of years ago 😂 I love the light up sign idea and blue tooth is on my list too. Thank you!


  4. Teen girls are really into the mini fridges (the ones that hold only 6 cans of soda) for keeping their face masks, creams ect…in them. I know color changing lights for bedrooms are super popular too.

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  5. This was such a fun (and not overwhelming) way to do a gift guide. I agree that the kids’ gifts can get harder to buy as they get older. I still want them to have gifts to open, but usually they just have one big item on their wish list.

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