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Last year for Valentine’s Day, I did a Creative Gift Guide for Women and it was a HIT!! It’s still one of my most-viewed blog posts to date!! So, as the holidays roll around, I’ve been brainstorming some of my FAVORITE products from the year that I just can’t live without. I’ve narrowed it down to my top 20 must-have products from the year, from beauty to photography to fashion and more, and I’m sharing them with you today!!! These products all vary in price range (from $5-$300!) and I’m hoping you find some amazing gift ideas for the women in your life from this post!! 🙂 Without further adieu:

Living Proof Dry Shampoo

YALL. I swear by this stuff and there’s a reason it’s up first. This dry shampoo is only $22 but it is a life-saver!! It makes my hair feel clean, adds volume and smells AMAZING without adding a powdered look to my roots. I swear I buy a new bottle every single month!

Fenty Beauty Lip Bomb

This little nugget has become a favorite in my makeup bag. It’s so moisturizing, and it looks amazing on it’s on or on top of any lip color. It adds just the right amount of sparkle and hydration! I love layering it over a matte liquid lip.


Hudson Blue Jeans

These jeans are on the pricier side, which is why I only own two pairs, but they last FOREVER. I’ve found that they are the best fit on me, they don’t stretch to become baggy and they are so flattering! I own one distressed pair and one dark wash denim and they’re both my favorite jeans in my closet.

Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette 

If you’re a makeup lover, just buy this – no questions asked. Jaclyn is an amazing Youtube makeup artist and a total rockstar (sorry if you start watching her videos – prepare to be sucked in). I’ve followed her for years and when she launched this palette, I got it the first go-around! It’s sold out THREE times now and I use it every. single. day.


Clinique 3-Step Face Wash System

I have used this skin care process for YEARS, ever since high school, and it’s never failed me. This system includes face wash, toner and moisturizer that I’m pretty sure I’ll use until the day I die!


Bauble Bar Earrings

One of my new obsessions at the end of 2017! I fell in love with these earrings at Monkee’s of Fredericksburg (which is where I purchase all of mine!) and I’ve already collected multiple pairs!! They are affordable, lightweight and absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I love that they make a statement and can dress up almost any outfit!

Love Your Melon Beanie

This company is AMAZING, ya’ll. They have a mission to put a hat on every child that is battling cancer. Their proceeds go towards pediatric oncology, which is something close to my heart. They sent me an adorable beanie this year and I fell in LOVE with it! So cozy and adorable (and for the BEST cause!)


Marble Watch

My mom gifted this watch to me earlier this year as a reminder to make time for MYSELF in 2017. The sentiment was so sweet, and the watch immediately became a staple in my wardrobe. I wear it with almost everything!

Michael Kors Perfume

My go-to for years! This perfume smells amazing on everyone and I just love it! I linked the largest bottle (because I promise you’ll fall in love with it) but there are much smaller sizes to try if you want to feel it out first 🙂

SUGAR Lip Balms

I’m pretty sure I’ve made all of my friends buy these. I have 3 in my purse at all times and I think I’d die without them at this point! These lip balms are so soothing and moisturizing, and they come in beautiful shades to add a pop of color to your lip (without caking on a lipstick). I love Rose and Petal!

Spektrum Glasses

This may be the NUMBER ONE question I receive in my Instagram DMs!!! These glasses block the blue light from your phone and computer screen to help relieve head aches while you work. They are LIFESAVERS. If I’m not editing, I’m wearing these, and I swear by them!!! Give them a try!

Cross Body Camera Strap

My new baby when it comes to the photography world! This strap allows my camera to hang at my hip so I can have both hands free while shooting. It keeps my camera safe and easily accessible, and also helps with my shoulder/back pain after a wedding day!

Marble Laptop Case

This is such an affordable and amazing gift! These cases typically range from $12-$15 and snap right onto the outside of a laptop. I love that it makes mine stand out from all of my friends (since we all have the same one – haha!!) and it also adds a layer of protection to my computer!

Kylie Jenner Lip Kits

Another beauty bag favorite. These liquid lips are moisturizing and come in so many amazing colors. Twenty, Koko K and Candy K are a few of my favorites!

CalPak Marble Suitcases

Another gift from momma Taylor!!! These suitcases were my birthday gift and I just LOVE them. I have the carry-on size and the larger sized suitcase and they are just so great. I can fit everything I need, the wheels are wonderful and easy to navigate on my own at the airport. Plus, they’re just pretty adorable 🙂


Magnolia Candles

If I had a space of my own to be decorating, I’d be talking ALL about the new Magnolia line at Target!!! But, because I don’t, we’re just going to focus on the candles. They’re amazing. You need them all.


Mantra Bangles

Another thing I purchase at Monkee’s of Fredericksburg!!! These bangles are affordable and can be worn every single day. I just purchased a stack of three and love them so much!

Kendra Scott Pendant

This is an everyday staple in my wardrobe! I have the white Iridescent druzzy and I adore it. It goes with everything!


Joie slide-on Sneakers

I purchased a pair of these last year…and then my dog ate them. I immediately went to get another pair because that’s how often I wear these bad boys!! They are so comfy and they’re my go-to for any day that I need a trendy outfit but will be doing lots of walking. Ive never gotten a single blister!

Vici Online Shopping

I don’t think this blog post would be complete without me mentioning VICI. We all know that I LOVE this online store and I shop there non stop!! They have amazing, trendy and affordable pieces for anyone and everyone. Use “HOPETAYLOR20” for 20% off of any purchase!!!

*Not all images in this blog post are my own*

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I'm Hope Taylor, an international Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer based in Charleston, SC. I'm also an educator, international speaker, and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year!



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