As a child, the holidays were always a magical time for me, full of family, food, sparkle lights, Santa, and presents. But as I grew up, and mostly when my parents split up 10 years ago, the holidays became trickier, and new emotions crept in along with the excitement. I still love the holiday season but certain aspects of it can be overwhelming at times.
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Earlier this month, when I asked for your feedback on what gift guides you wanted to see, a gifts for guys was at the top of the list... by far. I enlisted Anel's help on this one. He's very particular about his things and is a true loyalist with brands and products he loves. He doesn't love to be surprised with gifts so I always ask for a list from him.
The last two weeks have been really intense for me with anxiety. I can't 100% put my finger on one specific thing that triggered it but I think it's a mix of the holiday season (I always get anxiety around this time and I actually went back to read this post from last year about how to combat holiday anxiety) mixed with cloudy weather mixed with a fall that Amalia had on our staircase that scared the crap out of me, made me feel like the worst mom in the world, and had me shaking for hours all at the same time.
My second gift guide is here and every single thing on this list is a sustainable product in one way or another. Whether it's a cashmere sweater made ethically and sustainably or reusable shopping bags that will replace your wrapping paper (and make a cute gift), or a self-cleaning water bottle, I've got all of my favorite sustainable gifts of 2019 on this list.