Gifts I Love to Give

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Welcome to this special edition of the Friday 5 (on Thursday)! 😉 I just finished this post, so I figured I’d hit publish a little early!

With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll likely see all sorts of gift guides pop up on your favorite blogs. I’ve created a number of these over the years, but I decided to switch things up and write just one with my ultimate favorite gifts to give for the holiday season.

This round-up includes gifts that I give again and again to family and friends, and they’re ones that always well-received. I hope they give you some great ideas for your own gift giving this year!

1. Chatbooks

You guys might remember me professing my love for Chatbooks in the past, and I’m even more in love now that we’re ready to print another year of memories.

Their hardcover books are really beautiful, and Chatbooks makes it SO EASY to create them, especially if you have an Instagram account. I have a personal account for family photos that we turn into a Chatbook every year, and I also created an Instagram account for Murphy just so we could easily print his photos in like 25+ years when he goes to doggie heaven.

You just load all of your Instagram photos right into their system, select the photos you want, pick a cover, and place your order. Easy as that! (I have no affiliation with the brand at all – just really love their product – but I do get credit if you end up signing up.)

2. New York Times Custom Birthday Book

I love giving this birthday book! The recipient has always LOVED it! It’s a book of front pages from the New York Times from each year since the recipient’s birthday. The customized book is preserved in library binding and personalized with name and date of birth. Isn’t this a fun and unique gift idea?

New York Times Custom Birthday Book

How cool is this (especially for a history nerd)? This book also makes an amazing gift for a birthday as well as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Watch a video that I took of the one that I purchased for my mom for Mother’s Day last year.

3. Fullstar Cutter-Veggie Spiralizer + Vegetable Pro-Food Chopper and Dicer 

I love this kitchen tool so much, and it’s great for a foodie friend, family member, or anyone who wants to get healthier in the new year. It also makes a fun Yankee Swap gift! 🙂

Rewind to a few months ago… I didn’t think I needed yet another kitchen gadget, but my friend convinced me I needed this chopper – and, honestly, it’s been the best $20 I’ve spent in a while. It is a game-changer for meal prep, cutting the time it takes to cut veggies by more than half! You can see it in action in this video.

An air fryer is also a gift that I’ve given a couple of times now, and it was a BIG HIT with its recipients! I mean, you can use it for everything!

4. Beautycounter

Beautycounter always does holiday so well. Their 2019 Holiday Collection is the best yet. There are so many amazing clean skincare and makeup sets, many of which are under $40 and can be split up to mix and match with other gifts. They even have something for the men in your life! I love gifting Beautycounter because the products are high quality, high performing, and the packaging is beautiful as is. Some of my favorites from this year’s collection include: The Jellies (fun for women and girls of all ages!), Glow Getters Trio (including my favorite Overnight Resurfacing Peel), and Lemongrass Body Set (smells heavenly!).

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  1. I don’t have a specific gift I love to give but in general I really do enjoy buying and giving gifts. I like the creative aspect best I think.

  2. I love to give baked goods! It really started with my grandma giving everyone homemade jerky, jams and jelly for Christmas. Shows the love even though everyone recieved the same gift. This year I’m going to try to make homemade caramel sauce for everyone!

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