My Favorite Christmas Gifts And Stocking Stuffers

Hello, Darlings! Today’s post is My Favorite Christmas Gifts And Stocking Stuffers. I will be honest, I haven’t done a bunch of shopping this year. Except for my many Kettlewell Colours purchases (love their clothing), I have been working on pairing down my wardrobe, makeup, and beauty items.

With the holidays fast approaching and the need for gift ideas, I decided to jump on board and give you my list of favorites.

My Favorite Christmas Gifts & Stocking Stuffer Ideas

My Favorite Christmas Gifts-Kettlewell Colours Clothing

As this is my “Year Of Color” I discovered, quite by accident, Kettlewell Colours Clothing. A UK company that specializes in creating basic wardrobe pieces according to the seasonal color palettes created by House Of Colour.

Betty Cowl Neck Top in Deep Claret  from Kettlewell Colours is my new favorite for the season
Betty Cowl Neck Top in Deep Claret from Kettlewell Colours is my new favorite for the season

Do you know what colors look good on you according to your skin tone and hair color? I had my “colors” done back in the ’80s by Color Me Beautiful. Knowing your colors helps you make better choices in selecting pieces for your wardrobe and makeup. With everything going video/pictures this year with COVID restriction, knowing how to look your best is a huge WIN!

Unfortunately due to COVID issues at their factories, Kettlewell Colours stock level is low. Okay… maybe I cleaned them out! But they are expecting a new shipment of colors in Feb/March just in time for Spring. Check out my Fashion Over 50- Kettlewell Colours post for more pics.

Great Gift Idea- Riki Lighted Make Up Mirror

I purchased the Riki Loves Riki Lighted Make Up Mirror during the Nordstrom Sale. WOW, I have really enjoyed being able to “see” my face and get rid of those chin and wild eyebrow hairs. It also helps me put on my makeup better. It also has a bunch of features like taking selfies and recording videos that I will check out in the future. But for now, it is a great, but expensive mirror.

Riki Lighted Make Up Mirror for Christmas Gift Idea
Riki Lighted Make Up Mirror

The Eccentric Necklace From Chicos

I am always looking for statement necklaces because as a pear-shaped body I want attention up towards my face. Chicos always has great accessories and jewelry. Not much in the gift section this year for the holidays, but I picked up this necklace earlier and have been wearing it like mad.

The Eccentric Necklace From Chicos is now a wardrobe staple. This necklace has matching earrings, but I felt that was a bit too much.
The Eccentric Necklace From Chicos is now a wardrobe staple. This necklace has matching earrings, but I felt that was a bit too much.

A New Handbag- Brighton Barbados Zip Top Hobo Bag

Handbags are hard and very personal. I do not change out my handbags on a regular basis, too easy to lose stuff. Because of my petite pear shaped body, I have had trouble for years finding the right one. For me, the handbag can not be too long (no cross bodies) too big (no large satchels or shoulder bags). The hobo style seems to fit the bill, perfect size and hits me in the right place.

This year my big Christmas gift is the Brighton Barbados Zip Top Hobo Bag in Black. My old one (same style/same brand) had become worn and inside stained. I looked for something different, but in the end, decided I loved my old style best. So glad it was not discontinued!

My fall/winter everyday purse is the Brighton Barbados Hobo Bag.  Love the zip-top and outside pockets. But most of all, it fits my petite frame.
My fall/winter everyday purse is the Brighton Barbados Hobo Bag. Love the zip-top and outside pockets. But most of all, it fits my petite frame.
My spring/ summer bag is the same Brighton Barbados Zip Top Hobo Bag in Pewter.   Great metallic look that goes with all my brighter clothes.
My spring/ summer bag is the same Brighton Barbados Zip Top Hobo Bag in Pewter. Great metallic look that goes with all my brighter clothes.

Add To The Animal Collection With A Zebra Print Scarf

I love my cheetahs, leopards, and even some tiger stripes. This year ZEBRA print is hot.

Black and white are always a classic look.  Have fun with the INC International Concepts Zebra Print Scarf from Macy's.

Black and white are always a classic look. Have fun with the INC International Concepts Zebra Print Scarf from Macy’s.

Make Up Products For Christmas Gifts

This time of year is always a great time to do some decluttering and purging in your makeup drawer. Yes, makeup does go bad, especially mascara and lipsticks. With the “wearing of the masks” lipstick sales have fallen greatly, but if you are doing video conferencing for work you need to wear lipstick or you will look washed out.

My Favorite Lipstick

I have olive skin and need to wear lipstick with a lot of bold pigment to show up. I also wear/line my lips with a lip pencil in order to get better coverage and staying power.

My Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes

Tarte Eyeshadow Palette is a HUGE Fan Favorite with bloggers.
Tarte Eyeshadow Palette is a HUGE Fan Favorite with bloggers.

I love eyeshadow palettes because they travel so well and have all the colors you need for adding depth and blending in one place. My favorite eye palette, Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics has been discontinued. Here are some other recommendations

Travel Make Up Brushes

IT Brushed For Ulta Your Superhero Full Size Travel Makeup Brush Set
IT Brushed For Ulta Your Superhero Full Size Travel Makeup Brush Set

Too many times I have forgotten my make up brushes while traveling. Let me tell you, it is hard to put on eyeshadow with your finger. Now I have a travel set of brushes that I always keep in my travel bag.

Air Brushed Foundation

With all the blog pics I shoot, I have become addicted to the “airbrushed look”. I discovered Dior Airflash Spray Foundation, on the expensive side, this foundation gives you a flawless look. To apply you will need a foundation brush such as Sephora’s Pro Foundation Brush. Spray makeup on the brush and then pat it onto your face, blending with Beauty Blender sponge for a photo-worthy look. Perfect for wedding photos.

For the perfect, flawless look for photos, Dior Airflash is the #1 choice.
For the perfect, flawless look for photos, Dior Airflash is the #1 choice.

Because this makeup is so expensive, I suggest you get professionally matched at a local department store or Sephora Store. Sephora has their own airbrushed foundation, Perfection Mist Airbrush. It is a great way to try out the product to see if you like the look (at a much lower cost). Airbrush foundation is very drying so you will need to make sure you use a moisturizer and primer.

My Favorite Stocking Stuffers

Need some ideas for a stocking stuffer (for you or the girls)? I don’t like to wear “house shoes” or slippers but can’t stand for my feet to be cold. Each year I add these Black Textured Chenille Socks from Target as stocking stuffers. At $3 you can choose from 5 colors.

Keep your feet warm with chenille socks from Target
Keep your feet warm with chenille socks from Target
Keep your lips protected with Peppermint Flavored Chap Stick
Keep your lips protected with Peppermint Flavored Chap Stick
I love a good at home spa day using these Hydrating Sheet Mask From Burt's Bees.
I love a good at home spa day using these Hydrating Sheet Mask From Burt’s Bees.
With the stress of the holidays, I like to relax in a warm bath with Soothing Lavender Epsom Salts.  After this at-home spa treatment, you are ready to jump in your warm bed for a nice winter's nap.
With the stress of the holidays, I like to relax in a warm bath with Soothing Lavender Epsom Salts. After this at-home spa treatment, you are ready to jump in your warm bed for a nice winter’s nap.
With all the extra hand washing this year, my hands are super dry.  A great stocking stuffer is the Burts Bees She Butter Lavender and Honey Hand Cream
With all the extra hand washing this year, my hands are super dry. A great stocking stuffer is the Burts Bees She Butter Lavender and Honey Hand Cream
Start making plans for a better, less COVID restrictive new year.  I love the At-A-Glance large Monthly planners.
Start making plans for a better, less COVID restrictive new year. I love the At-A-Glance large Monthly planners.
These silicone Air Pod straps have saved my expensive air pods more than once from death by water.  Easy to use and comes in many colors.  I have little ears and my Air Pods (which I love the quality) seem to slip out of my ears at random times.  Now, no worries, they are strapped in.
These silicone Air Pod straps have saved my expensive air pods more than once from death by water. Easy to use and comes in many colors. I have little ears and my Air Pods (which I love the quality) seem to slip out of my ears at random times. Now, no worries, they are strapped in.
Not a stocking stuffer, but one of my favorite gifts of the year, Apple Wireless Air Pods are easy to use and great to have on hand if you need to listen to any of your blue tooth devices in silence.
Not a stocking stuffer, but one of my favorite gifts of the year, Apple Wireless Air Pods are easy to use and great to have on hand if you need to listen to any of your blue tooth devices in silence.

What Is Going On In My Home

My Christmas Cactus is blooming mad this year again. A great hostess gift- if you have parties to go to.
My Christmas Cactus is blooming mad this year again. A great hostess gift- if you have parties to this year

My house is all decorated and I am working on some small organizing projects. Unfortunately several of the annual Christmas parties have been canceled this year. I am not a big party person, but this year I really miss the opportunity to get out of the house and meet with people. Even this introvert is getting antsy.

Keeping it simple this year.  I usually put up multiple trees, but this year I have this need to declutter and keep Christmas decor to a minimum.
Keeping it simple this year. I usually put up multiple trees, but this year I have this need to declutter and keep Christmas decor to a minimum.

Check out my gift guide from last year- Holiday Gift Guide For Her, Holiday Gift Guide For Men, and Holiday Gift Guide For Pets for more ideas. Many of the products are still available this year.

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Christmas Gifts And Stocking Stuffers

  1. Regan. You are looking Great. Love your outfits!! Love the stocking stuffers. Your tree is Beautiful. I need to scale down on my decorating also. We are getting older and it’s a lot to unpack and pack. Plus my husband is always after me to throw away stuff. Lol!! Love your blog!! Hope you and your husband have a Wonderful Christmas!! Hope you get to see some of your family!! It’s limited here. But we have a small family anyway!! Take care and Be Safe!!❤🎄🎅⛄❤💚

    1. Thank You Linda! Yes, last year we did a HUGE purge of stuff. Giant dumpster. It was almost liberating to get rid of so much “stuff”. This year after cleaning out my mom’s and grandmother’s houses I realize, I never want to burden my kids with so much stuff. Plus, I just got finished doing a massive cleaning in my house, it smells amazing, and now clutter-free with a hint of Christmas.

  2. I am in the process of doing the same thing, cleaning out and cleaning up. Sometimes it’s just overwhelming. With back problems I have had to start and stop do much to rest. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get done!! Thanks for replying. Hope you have a Wonderful Christmas season. 🎄🎅

  3. Regan-your tree is beautifully decorated. It’s amazing that so may of us have felt the need to pare down and simplify this year. I’ve been doing the same. I’ve changed my need for tons of makeup and allowed my dyed blonde hair to transition to grey. It’s as if the Universe is showing me that simple is better at this time.

    I, too, share a love of Kettlewell and have been switching over my wardrobe to new colors and styles all year. I’ve loved your posts on that site.

    So, Merry Christmas and see you in Colour Club.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, several people have reached out to me to acknowledge a downsizing of Christmas this year, whether it be by cost, lifestyle change, or COVID. I am really enjoying the “less is more” mentality. Great to see a fellow Kettlewell fan! Love their products so expect to see more post featuring their clothes in the future. As a matter of fact, I just got a message that several of my backorder items just shipped!

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