2022 Holiday Gift Guide

November 22, 2022

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As we near the end of 2022 I thought I’d take the opportunity to curate a Holiday Gift Guide of some of my favorite products that I use and love, along with gifts that I’m keeping my eye on this season. From photography and tech to beauty and home, you’re getting my list of favorites. To top it off I’m also adding an experiences list, of some fun ideas locally, and really anywhere, that can be given to a loved one this season.

Section Guide:

Beauty & Wellness

Fashion & Home

Photography & Tech



Holiday Experiences & Gift Cards

Donation Guide

A Few Other Gift Ideas

Beauty & Wellness:

Ranavat Fortifying Hair Serum



Lipsticks/Lip Gloss in Stone

Clinique Almost lipstick in Black Honey

Ogee Contour Collection

Frenshe Perfume set

Glossier Perfume – really is worth the hype

Mario Badesqu Face Mask

Caudilie Face Mask

Josie Maran SPF Tinted Moisurizer

Everlywell Test Kits

Fashion & Home

Charlotte Stone Conway Sneakers in Pier

Clare V Cross Body Bag

Comfy Slippers

Cozy Robe – I have been hit with the ad for this robe so many times. It looks insanely soft. It is on my list.

Aesthetically Pleasing Hot Water Kettle

I currently have a circa 2015 kettle that hitting beyond repair. This is my true adulting moment that I feel I can upgrade a hot water kettle and it will make me so incredibly happy.

Nespresso Vertuo Machine

Stacher Bags

I love these and use them extremely often for everything under the sun. They’re a perfect gift for the holidays and they’re also currently 25% off storewide.


I’ve been looking to upgrade my current towel set, and I love a good waffle.

Neva Round Daybed

Because I adore big comfy chairs and just LOOK at this!

Lulu and Georgia Checkered Rug

Had my eye on a checkered taupe and white rug for so long. Love this one from Lulu and Georgia.

Anthropologie Candles

Who can go wrong with a pumpkin Anthro candle, let me know. The classic gift.

Chamberlain Coffee

I have been loving these different coffees. I’m an Early Bird gal, but if you haven’t tried them out I definitely reccommend the sampler pack as a gift. There are seasonal holiday flavors too!

Electric Corkscrew

I just bought this for someone as a gift. Great functionality.

Pinch Bowls

I use these personally with cooking and a ton when I’m shooting food and recipes. Great for salt and pepper and the like.

Photography & Tech:

Hard Drive

Just got myself some of these, they are great. Especially on the go.

Adobe Lightroom Subscription

I have an Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription, but if you’re looking for just photo editing, Photoshop and Lightroom are the way to go.

SD Card Holder

This keeps me organized beyond belief.

On-the-go Hip Pack Camera Bag

Sling Camera Bag (for one camera and one lens)

Great for a a quick shoot.

Full Sized Camera Bag

Something for larger shoots or to move everything together at once. I previously had a Brevite bag and have been wanting to upgrade.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Incredible for the everyday but even better for working from coffee shops or travel. Probably one of the best things I’ve purchased for myself in the last year.

Air Tags

Great for the wallet, keys, bags, car, etc.

Canvas Recording Lamp

I’ve had my eye on this for months. Excited to gift one to myself this year.

Background Photography Boards

I use these types of surfaces all the time. Truly almost daily. They’re great because they wipe clean and come in a million different colors and textures. (Check out some of them in action in my own work here)

iPhone mag-safe case & mobile charger

I own both of these things. Their design and funtionality are 10/10.

Pipdeck Storyteller Tactics Deck

“Storytelling recipe cards”


Masterclass – https://www.masterclass.com/plans

Creative Live – https://www.creativelive.com/#?page=1

Skill Share – https://join.skillshare.com/

Wine – https://wineinsiders.com/curators/martha-stewart-wine-collection?referrer=MSW

Audible – https://www.audible.com/

Lightroom (2nd mention for good measure) – https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html

TV subscriptions – Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, ESPN+ – https://www.disneyplus.com/welcome/disney-hulu-espn-bundle


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

How are you, really? by Jenna Kutcher

Atomic Habits by James Clear

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Holiday Experiences & Gift Cards:

The Margo Market – Hoboken – https://themargomarket.com/

Lil Dove Cafe – JC Heights – https://www.instagram.com/lildovecafejc/

Bwe – Hoboken – https://squareup.com/gift/CBGEMQVE9G01E/order

The Hive – Hoboken – https://www.thehivemarket.com/gift-card

Corto – JC Heights – https://squareup.com/gift/5REXGJ652MCRB/order

Bread & Salt – https://squareup.com/gift/4NGEGY4JBXK2K/order

Riverview Wines – https://www.riverviewwinejc.com/

Tipsy Tie Dye – https://www.tipsytiedye.com/

A Reiki Session (with the awesome Lindsay Monal) – https://smilinginsavasana.com/

Facial – https://noyskincare.com/what-we-do



Hot air balloon ride – https://www.adirondackballoonfest.org/

Concert Tix (anything but Tswift) – https://www.stoneponyonline.com/

Eat-in Movie theater date – https://nitehawkcinema.com/

Spa Day – https://www.sojospaclub.com/

Museum Day – the Met, the New Museum, Moma, the Whitney, Art Tech House, The Guggenhiem

Massage – https://www.massageenvy.com/

Golf Pass – https://www.skywaygolfcourse.com/

Bowling + Live Music – https://www.brooklynbowl.com/brooklyn

Rock Climbing – https://gravityvault.com/locations/hoboken-nj

Broadway show – https://www.todaytix.com/nyc/category/all-shows

Donation Guide:

Clothing to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, American Red Cross – Google “clothing donation near me”

Food – Personally I’ve donated to The Hoboken Shelter

Hoboken Family Planning – https://secure.givelively.org/event/hoboken-family-planning-inc/fhfpc-9th-annual-fundraiser/fhfpc-9th-annual-holiday-gala

A Few Other Gift Ideas…

Vineyard or Brewery Trip

Yard Work

Headshots (with yours truly)

Oil Change – These can be expensive! Honestly, super nice gift.


Professional Organizer


House Cleaner – Personally, would love this.

Car Wash – I know in places like where I’m from there are subscriptions to local car washes, so a great option there.

Dance class

Theme Park ticket

Trampoline Park – like PLEASE, my inner child needs this!

Painting, Art or Pottery Class – https://choplet.com/ – Took this class with friends. One of the only ones in the area that you can make it and get what you make fired in one class.

Online courses, mini courses or masterclasses on something they’re passionate about.

Scuba diving certification classes

I hope all of these have gotten your gift-giving gears turning! If these ideas helped you out I’d love to hear in the comments below or DM me on instagram! Or if there is something you think I’m missing out on, of course.

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  1. Tom Guignard says:

    Love the gift ideas

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Originally from upstate New York, I grew up in a town that not-so-famously has more cows than people. My parents owned a flower shop until I was in high school. At 18-months-old, I was standing on the counter asking customers, "How can I help you?". You can say without a doubt, that design and customer service are entwined in the very fiber of my being.

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