This year, one of my goals was to get into Oprah’s Favorite Things gift guide. Unfortunately, I didn’t know the final day for submissions is July 15th! Now that I know, I will submit a little earlier next year. But this year, I decided to create my own gift guide. Maybe, someday, mine will be as popular as Oprah’s. ;)



Let’s start with something that is awesome, but not really suited for a Christmas gift, because it is a Christmas planner. Maybe a Thanksgiving gift? This perfect little gem makes it easy to plan for the holidays. Even better, it helps you capture all of your special memories. Cara also makes planners that are not holiday themed and which do make fantastic Christmas gifts. I just really love the idea of planning and remembering in one step. Multitasking, people!

Plan and remember in one book

Plan and remember in one book

Cara ‘the Hooting Pirate’ on Etsy



People love to give and receive beautiful photographs as gifts. Here is a lovely photo displayed in a most amazing way. This is my friend Sarah. She is a photographer and she also has an amazing blog about adventure.

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Sarah Shotts on Etsy



This sassy little flask would make a great stocking stuffer for the bad-ass on your list. Great for Groomsman gifts as well. Paul also takes custom orders

small enough to slip into a jacket pocket

small enough to slip into a jacket pocket

Paul Heurich on Etsy



If money were no object, I would SO be buying one of these for my darling husband. Gorgeous custom guitars made from repurposed materials. What is not to love?

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KochelGuitars on Etsy



Very near and dear to my heart are these fabulous pink cushions stitched by Scavenger Annie. She has lots more custom embroidered goodies in her shop but for some reason, these are my faves.

We're all mad here...

We’re all mad here…

Scavenger Annie on Etsy



Very dainty and perfect for slipping into the stocking of the fancy lady on your list. Trish makes pretty and classic jewelry, and she specializes in fleur-de-lis, which I love because as you may know my motto is “Laissez lez bon temp rouler!”

And check out Jewels by Trish’s holiday gift guide here.

For the girly-girl on your list

For the girly-girl on your list

Jewels by Trish at



What a cute idea for a stocking stuffer! A special ornament that you will love to hang on your tree every year

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BabyBooGifts on Etsy




One gift that is sure to be well received is a spectacular calendar. Everyone needs one of those, and they need it right after Christmas, so, perfect. I am a little biased, but in my opinion this is the best one out there. I have had one of these hanging in my office the past two years and I am very much looking forward to this year’s.

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ShadoanPhoto on Etsy



Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity for shameless self promotion and steer you towards my owns Etsy shop, Red Scorpio Handmade, where you can buy bold, dramatic statement jewelry.


Or, if you prefer, you can give someone a truly special and meaningful gift; personal photo jewelry made with a treasured photograph. Or photographs. Order before December 10th for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

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Any fabulous gifts out there I missed? Please let me know in the comments!