You won’t find anything here that I was paid to endorse. I’ve personally bought, own, use, and love every single item in the 2018 Grownup Dish Holiday Gift Guide. After all, if it’s not something worth spending my own money on, I shouldn’t be recommending it, right?
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer– Yes, it’s expensive and a splurge, but if you blow dry your hair, it is the gift that keeps on giving. I’m grateful every time I pick it up and I can dry my hair so much faster. Dyson is such a high quality brand! I also like the Dyson Airwrap Styler, but if you can only buy one I’d opt for the blow dryer first.
Simple Human Lighted Mirror – This is another product I use every single day. You charge it via a USB (about once a month) and the mirror has a sensor so that it automatically lights up as your face approaches and then turns off as you walk away. The Tru Lux light simulates natural sunlight allowing you to see subtle variations in your makeup color so you’ll always know when your makeup is color-correct and flawless. It has 5x magnification providing exceptional detail while still allowing you to see your entire face at once. It’s also fully adjustable so you always have a clear, comfortable view — even while standing up. And, it comes with a 5-year warranty. (This mirror is actually selling for $20 less now than what I paid for it 3 years ago.)
Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad – This keyboard is amazing and if you have an iPad, you NEED one. It’s a full sized keyboard that is integrated with an iPad cover. When the cover is closed it looks exactly the same as my old iPad with the cover on it. But when you open it … it’s magic! The cover flips into a stand and the keyboard makes it so easy to type, even in really tight spaces.
The best part? No bluetooth to connect. No need to charge the keyboard/cover (it pulls its power right from your iPad). Once you snap it on there for the first time, you just charge your iPad like normal and the keyboard is always available if you need it.
Monat Blow Out Cream – I love this product so much I wrote a whole review about it. All of the Monat haircare products are terrific but if you forced me to pick just one, this one would be my favorite (followed closely by this and this and this.) Monat’s Blow Out Cream gives my hair a silky, smooth feel while restoring softness and shine. It contains Dermafeel Sensolv, a silicone alternative that is 100% natural in origin. The Blow Out Cream also reduces styling time and conceals signs of damage. I’m a HUGE fan. If you want a Monat recommendation for your specific needs, message me or take the Monat Hair Quiz.
M-Salt – If you’ve been following my recipes you know that I discovered this spice blend a few months ago and now I’m completely obsessed with it. I use it on everything from grilled meats to roasted veggies to eggs. It’s a super simple mix of kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder. It has no MSG, it’s non GMO and gluten free. I bought sample bags to my girlfriends the last time I saw them. It would make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite foodie.
Kleen Kanteen Reusable Straws– I’ve tried a bunch of reusable straws and these are my fave because (confession) I’m a lifelong straw biter. To me, part of the “joy” in drinking from a straw is being able to bite on it and control exactly how much liquid is entering my mouth. This habit means that nobody usually wants to share a drink with me. I know it’s gross, but it’s what I do.
The plastic tip of the Kleen Kanteen straws comes off for cleaning and the rest of the straw is made of aluminum. The set comes with a specially designed small brush for cleaning. I’m still using the same package of six straws that I bought over a hear ago and they’re holding up beautifully.
Blender Bombs – This is another life-changing product for your favorite smoothie lover. Little healthy bombs of goodness that you drop into your blender to give your smoothies a nutritional boost. Check out my full review and order a bag (or two) of these today.
Essential Oil Diffuser and Essential Oil Variety Pack – This is one of my favorite gifts to give as it’s inexpensive and super useful. I have this diffuser next to my bed and I use it every night. It has a bunch of settings so you can adjust the lights and now often it mists. I bought this for my niece last year and I’ve already ordered a few more to give as gifts this year. You can get both the diffuser and the oils for around $30. Or you could split the oils into several gifts.