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If you must give gifts, give good ones! ARL’s Top 5 picks

My husband and I do not exchange gifts for the holidays. We decided a few years ago to be spontaneous with gift giving throughout the year and not focus on one day. It’s been working great for us. I do understand that this may not work for everyone so if you must give gifts, give good ones! Here are A Random’s Life’s top five picks for this holiday season.

1. Alex and Ani bracelets

Go authentic and grab some arm candy from Alex and Ani. Dubbed the new Pandora bracelet, Alex and Ani pieces can be purchased from a variety of retailers. I’ll be grabbing a couple from Amazon to take advantage of free shipping with Prime membership. The Alex and Ani Love III Expandable Rafaelian Silver-Tone Bangle Bracelet is one of my favs.

2. Watches from Michael Kors

Nothing says swanky better than a Michael Kors watch. My preference? Rose gold-tone stainless steel. You can’t go wrong with one of these beauties–a Michael Kors Women’s Blair Rose Gold-Tone Watch MK5613.

3. Gift cards

You can’t go wrong with a gift card mainly because it’s a reason to shop and every woman loves to shop! Gift cards are perfect for the person that has everything or is picky. I’d personally love a Target gift card–please and thank you!

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4. Vitamix blender

With so many riding the healthy train, a blender that makes smoothies, soups, desserts and more is perfect. The Vitamix blender is the way to go, and it will last years. I will take a Vitamix TurboBlend 3-Speed High Performance Blender (C-Series) – White with a side of banana nice cream.

 

5. Shop local, shop small

The cool thing about local vendors is many sell unique gifts that one normally wouldn’t find at a large retailer. It’s also an opportunity to support neighborhood entrepreneurs making products in their kitchens or garages. Last week, I picked up some Lavender goodies for a soothing bath and homemade chocolates. Definitely worth a trip to a market or pop-up shop.

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Good luck finding amazing gifts!

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