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I told you last year how stockings are the biggest deal in the Downing household. I’ve picked up a few things already, but collecting those bits and baubles for my family is so much fun! This year for friend gift exchanges, why not try putting together a little stocking rather than one big gift? I find that tiny surprises can be the most fun! And all of these gifts are Secret Santa approved under $25!

  1. Remember when you were a kid and socks were, like, the worst Christmas present ever? NO LONGER! Get these Doughnut Socks 20% off with the code thecarolove20.
  2. I love a good dupe. These earrings look so much like Kate Spade but they’re under $10!
  3. A chronic ruiner of sunnies, I can’t help but love the fact that the Marina shades are budget friendly for when I inevitably step on or scratch them.
  4. Anyone else use over-ear headphones as earmuffs?
  5. My friends and I are, for the most part, a little extra and would at least try this rainbow highlighter (I know I would).
  6. I have no idea how this works but this lip gloss is so pretty and apparently the color changes depending on who’s wearing it!
  7. I actually have quite the collection of ornaments and I could have a whole box of baubles inspired by sweet treats like these  Kurt S Adler Xmas Claydough Macaroon Ornaments.
  8. I’m such a sucker for mixing metals and, actually, the rose gold ring in this set of three rings is the style I want for my wedding ring!
  9. Bring the sparkle and stay cozy with this Mixit Jeweled Pom Beanie And Glove 2-pc. Cold Weather Set.
  10. I like the idea of a perfume bar because it won’t spill in your travels. Plus I mean how stinkin’ cute?
  11. I honestly think if I HAD to pick a favorite color, Candy Shop by Deborah Lippmann would be it.
  12. Fun fact: instead of using a wallet I just usually carry a change purse attached to my keys with my ID and important cards in it.
  13. For the friend who is always losing her keys, a big ole fluffy key chain should do the trick.
  14. Kendall and I had concert ticket save the dates for our wedding. Along with that theme, loving the Kate Spade New York Women’s Admit It iPhone 6 Case.
  15. Can totally vouch that Sugarfina Baby Champagne Bears are SUHGOOD!
  16. The best part of the Old Dutch DuraCopper Heart Hip Flask Set is that it allows you to be classy while still doing shots.
  17. Anyone else adore milky pens when they were younger? These gel pens are for the girls with the planners that want to take them to the next level.
  18. I don’t think one can possibly have too many little treat trays.
  19. Coffee is awesome but merlot flavored coffee is in another stratosphere! I mean how perfectly cozy does a cup of that sound on a Sunday?
  20. Keep your favorite gal hydrated in a glam and eco-friendly way with a Kate Spade New York Glitter 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle.
  21. I dare you to tell me that the description for this candle isn’t scrumptious: Prosecco Rose contains notes of brut rose champagne, chilled and poured over cassis berries and edible white rose petals.
  22. Totally fangirled over this Moonrise Kingdom journal. Anyone else catch this adorable Wes Anderson flick?
  23. A fashion dictionary would be the sweetest gift for your chic chick.
  24. A fitting tribute to all things British, this Royal Albert mug features the girly Cheeky Pink pattern in a Union Jacket design.
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It was our turn, ladies, earlier this week, but I actually really enjoy putting together gift guides for guys. It’s a little refreshing to do something different- plus I love shopping for other people and this year I get to shop for my own guy.

I’m also thinking that because I’ve never pulled a male in my office Secret Santa, this might be the year and I should be prepared. Like my gift guide/ stocking stuffers for her, these goodies for him are all under $25, so they could be perfect for those office gift exchanges with a spending cap!

the carolove Gifts for him stocking stuffers under $25

1.Undercover – Recycled Leather Notebook Lined||2.18oz Cropped Bottle Candle||3.W&P Design Carry on Cocktail Kit – Moscow Mule||4.Polaroid Foldable Headphones||5.Happy Socks Camo Print Cotton Blend Socks

6.Flight 001 Man Things Pouch||7.Ox and Bull Trading Co. Blue and Yellow Polka Dot Tie Bar||8.Lord & Taylor Glass Santa Driving a Car Ornament||9.Jack Black Wax Pomade||10.Original Penguin Monahan Check Tie, Pocket Square, & Lapel Pin

11.Plaid Flannel Fringe Scarf for Men||12.Bioworld Men’s Home Alone Merry Christmas T-Shirt||13.Whitening Mint Travel Toothpaste||14.Royce Leather Deluxe Manicure Set

15.John Allan’s Men’s Sport, Conditioning Shampoo||16.The North Face TKA 100 Gloves||17.Beard Wash, Beard Control & Brush Set/ 3oz.||18.Ernest Supplies Men’s Charcoal Bristle Bamboo Toothbrush||19.Prospector Co. Men’s Burroughs Shave Cream

20.Accessories Engravable Black Business Card Holder||21.His Saffiano Luggage Tag||22.ICUP National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Ceramic Coffee Mug||23.Starbucks Holiday Blonde Roast – K-Cup Pods – 16ct||24.Gerber Dime Micro Tool – Black

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Stockings are HUGE in the Downing household. Literally. My grandma knitted giant, personalized stockings for most of the family, and my mom has found a few places over the years that make similar ones for family members who don’t have the originals. They’re such a big part of our Christmas morning routine, too. Wake up, tea + coffee, stockings, breakfast, the rest of the presents, and then we’ve recently started a tradition of a Christmas day movie and sushi. I love it. My dad and I fight over the real estate in my mom’s stocking, and last year he “forgot” to sneak in the gifts I got her. Yea, right, Daddy! My mom is the stocking expert though- it’s usually a nice mix of practical and little fun gifts, leaving the stockings overflowing onto our brick hearth. I’ll be sure to take a picture of the absurdly idyllic scene this year because it honestly just warms my heart that we have such a strong tradition.

My department at work also has a really nice tradition- we do a Secret Santa for whoever wants to be involved and then we go out for a lunch together. The gifts are all supposed to be capped at $25, and people are supposed to fill out a wishlist to help coworkers who aren’t sure what to get. Like my family, the small gifts tend to be a mix of sweet an practical.

Disclaimer: this may or may not be my submission for the accounting department’s Secret Santa wishlist. hehehe

Gifts for her stocking stuffers under $25 the carolove

1.Back Me Up! Mobile Charger||2.Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance – Vanilla Grapefruit||3.xox Trolls Glitter Cup with Straw||4.xox Trolls Have a Glitter Day Notebook||5.Square Stud Earrings

6.ban.do Back Me Up! Charging Cord||7.Kate Spade New York Porcelain Nutcracker Ornament||8.5-pack Hair Elastics||9.Jacquard-weave Scarf||10.Donut Face Socks

11.Fringe Studio ‘Sparkle’ Faux Leather Zip Pouch||12.I am Freaking Cold sweatshirt||13.Fringe Hello Love Candle||14.Marvis Jasmin Mint Toothpaste||

15.OPI 4-Pc. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Nail Lacquer Mini Set||16.Philosophy ‘pink Frosted Animal Cracker||17.Merkury Innovations Radiant In-Ear Headphones, White/Rose Gold||18.FOREVER 21+ Sleepy Face Mittens||19.Makeup Brushes Set – 8 PCS

20.Luxe Ribbon Crystal Necklace||21.Glass crystal pins||22.Popcorn Luggage Tag Set||23.Coffee Pods Original Donut Shop K-Cup pods 18ct||24.Rainbow highlighter

 

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