Holiday Gift Guide 2021

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only 47 days away! This year I wanted to feature some of my favorite local small businesses and was so happy to be able to do so! As always, I hope these finds make your holiday shopping a little easier this year!

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Men’s Gift Guide

  • Cocktail Smoker– I gifted this to Joel for Father’s Day and it made such a fun date night! We need a bit more practice, but love that you can personalize this!
  • Google Hub– We have gotten SO much use out of our hub, great gift for any techie!
  • Sandbar Sauce– Local to Miami, a great way to support a small biz! These make a great gift since you simply just need to add your alcohol and you have a delicious hand crafted cocktail!
  • Nomad Charging Station– Joel is particular about his electronics and after a not so great charging pad, he invested in this one and uses it daily!
  • Cocktail tool set– Perfect gift to pair with the cocktail smoker and sandbar sauce!
  • Bose Sleepbuds– I gifted Joel a similar pair for Christmas a few years ago and these definitely seem like an upgrade!
  • Goldbelly Gift Card– Does the man in your life have a favorite dish that maybe isn’t a drive away? Check out goldbelly for some favorites all around the country, delivered to your door!
  • Buck Mason-This company makes Joel’s favorite t-shirts, I’ve actually been stealing them lately for myself!

Women’s Gift Guide

  • Pretty Girl Charm Necklace– If you’re a Miami local, you may have heard of this Women & Mom owned business making some of the prettiest jewelry pieces! I love that they have so many options that can be personalized like this necklace!
  • Charcuterie Book– Marissa Mullen, the author of “That Cheese Plate That Will Change Your Life” has always been one of my go-to for charcuterie board inspiration!
  • Cocette– Adding this to the list, because this piece has been on my wishlist for quite some time, hint hint!
  • GT Stitchery Mama Crewneck– Another Miami local and mom owned biz, GT Stitchery does beautiful embroidery! This crewneck is one of my favorites!
  • Eberjey PJs– I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Eberjey PJ’s will always be on my gift guides because they’re delicious and a little piece of luxury that pretty sure almost any woman would love! I’ve gifted Eberjey PJ’s myself, quite a few times!
  • Growing with the Pizarro’s Earrings– The story behind this mommy owned, small business is absolutely beautiful! I encourage you to check out their website and learn more about the Pizarro’s and make a purchase of one of her beautiful pieces!
  • Face Tools– Perfect for the woman in your life who is all about self care!
  • Wine Glasses– Every time I post a picture with these glasses, I get asked about them! They make a great gift!

Kid’s & Teen’s Gift Guide

  • Casa Viera Headband Holder– It’s hard not to want everything from Casaviera! This will actually be a piece I’ll be gifting Annabelle for Christmas!
  • Throw Throw Avocado Game– While we don’t personally have this game, it’s on my list for Thomas! –
  • Peppa Pig House– I can’t recommend this house enough for toddler’s, especially those obsessed with Peppa Pig. Although a little pricey, it will bring endless amounts of play! It was actually one of the most popular toys when I was working as a BCBA.
  • Love P & P– Chances are you know how obsessed I am with Love P & P and all their clothes! Love P & P is also a local woman & mom owned small business that provides some of the cutest clothes for kids! She’s also recently added bigger sizes which I’m so excited about!
  • Crazy Forts– I added this to the list because I would have absolutely loved this when I was little. What kid doesn’t love building forts?!
  • Pokemon Battle Academy– I got this for Thomas last year and it’s still one of his most played games!
  • Lovevery Block Set– While we never did a lovevery subscription, I am a huge fan of their products. As an early childhood educator, I cannot recommend a set of blocks enough! They encourage and foster imaginative play in ways you wouldn’t believe!
  • Piggy Bank– Another very popular toy from my BCBA days, I plan on getting this for Annabelle soon too!
  • Gift Card– While I know I said this was also a teen guide, honestly, I stick to gift cards for teens! Target makes it easy now being able to buy gift cards online!

Teacher’s Gift Guide

  • Trelles Cottage Mug– I love just about everything from Trelles Cottage, another local small business! This mug would make such a cute teacher’s gift!
  • Casaviera Teacher Wooden Sign– This wooden sign would look gorgeous on any teacher’s desk!
  • Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card– I can’t tell you how much I would have loved this as a teacher back in the day. I’ve dropped a pretty penny on that site!
  • AirPods Case– For the teacher with some AirPods, I love this customizable case!
  • Izzy’s Creation Teacher Pouch– As a teacher you can never have enough bags, this pouch from Izzy’s creation is so cute!
  • Pura– This would make a great addition to any classroom, to cover up any funky smells!
  • Laneige Lip Masks– The holy grail of all lip masks, this makes a sweet little treat just in time for winter break!
  • Desk Phone Holder– Love this little holder that looks so sleek on any desk!

Boss’s Gift Guide

  • Casaviera Personalized Wine Box– Love that you can pick out a favorite wine and present it so beautifully!
  • Travel Mug-Insulated and spill proof, perfect for any type of morning commute!
  • Truff Gift Set– I have been hooked on all things from Truff after discovering them last year. Definitely makes a great gift giving a sample of a few of their products!
  • Apotheke Diffuser– I actually use a few of the Apotheke scent’s in our Pura at home! This diffuser is beautiful!
  • Still Flower Coasters– Another local small business, Still Flower uses real florals and resin to create these beautiful pieces.
  • Amazing Graze Co.– One of my favorite local business for all your grazing needs! Who doesn’t love an edible gift!?
  • Business Card Case– A timeless gift, they have tons of different leather color options to choose from!
  • Pearls & Twine Personalized Matches– I collect matches anytime I can. These personalized matches make a fun, unique gift!

In-Law’s Gift Guide

  • Google Hub-This makes a great gift for in-laws because you can link it to family photos and it acts like virtual picture frame!
  • Casaviera Cafecito Tray– I plan on gifting this myself, but this goes perfect in any Miami household!
  • Instant Pot– I’m obsessed with my Instant Pot and if I can pass on that joy, I’m happy to!
  • Courant Catch All– I love that this catch all also provides charing, perfect for any nightstand.
  • Bottle Stopper Garden Kit– If your in-laws enjoy wine, but also gardening, I found this gift to be so clever!
  • Soul Shine by Yem Personalized Dispensers– A local-mom-owned business, she creates a bunch of personalized items, but these would make a great addition for in-laws who love their kitchen!
  • Cork Chaos Wine Tasting– I recently came across this local small business and love the idea of gifting a wine tasting!
  • Pearls & Twine Personalized Candle– This would pair great with the personalized matches, but would look beautiful in any home!

Christmas Morning

Sure, Christmas morning is about presents, but what about the food?! We’ve started a few Christmas morning/Christmas day traditions in our house, depending on which house Thomas is waking up in! This year, he’ll be waking up with us so we’ll have his cousins and Joel’s family over so we can all open presents together and enjoy that breakfast you see pictured above!

That gorgeous casserole you see above is actually the unbaked version of what I’ll be baking Christmas morning. I found the original version of this everything bagel casserole recipe quite some time ago and have made it a few times, but in true #livelovefinds style, I wanted to make some changes and make it my own. My favorite part of this recipe and what makes it perfect for Christmas day is that you can make it up to a day or two before and leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake! Can’t wait to dig into this!

Everything Bagel Casserole

Ingredients (10 people)

  • 5 everything bagels, cut into small cubes
  • 2 boxes of Taylor Ham*, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups of Gruyere Cheese, shredded (I like a thicker shred for this recipe)
  • 8 oz of Cream cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • Salt*
  • Pepper*

*Note: As always, I guesstimate my seasoning! This recipe originally called for bacon, but I LOVE Taylor Ham. If you know, you know. If not, educate yourself here. When I discovered that my usual Publix sells Taylor Ham right next to the Canadian Bacon, I never looked back.

Directions

  1. Grease a 13×9 casserole dish
  2. Add 1/2 of the following ingredients: everything bagels, Taylor ham, Gruyere cheese and cream cheese
  3. Repeat with the other half of following: everything bagels, Taylor ham, Gruyere cheese and cream cheese
  4. In a bowl, combine eggs, heavy cream and preferred seasoning. Whisk until combined.
  5. Pour heavy cream and egg mixture evenly over bagels making sure all are covered.
  6. Tightly cover dish and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to two days.
  7. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 °
  8. Bake casserole with aluminum foil for 40 minutes, remove foil then continue to bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!

Let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe and what your thoughts are!

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!