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2019 Gift Guide: For Her My favorite goodies & gift ideas!

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YAY! It’s that time of year again! It’s time for GIFT GUIDES!!! And, if I’m being honest…these guides weren’t even on my radar this year! I don’t consider myself a “lifestyle blogger”, so sometimes I feel like things like gift guides are a little bit out of my comfort zone or typical content. But, you guys requested these SO many times…I’ve gotten tons of messages asking then they were going live this year. And that makes me so happy because I LOVE doing things like this!!! You can see all of last year’s guides HERE – but it’s time for the 2019 version, ya’ll!!!

These gift guides include things I have sourced from my Instagram DMs, my most frequently asked questions and some of my own favorites things! They are of varying price points (some would make great stocking stuffers, while some would be a much larger gift!) but my hope is that you can find some things you LOVE to buy for a loved one, or to add to your own wish list this year! *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning I make a small commission if you purchase the item from that link. But, I never share items with you that I don’t personally use and recommend – so it’s just an added bonus 😉

Cozy Lounge Sweatshirts

There is NOTHING I have more of in my closet that crewneck sweatshirts. Truly. I freakin’ love them. And there are SO many good ones out there as gift ideas this year! Some of my fave brands are Gift & Garnish, Hey Friendss and Two Cumberland!

Simply Jessica Marie Phone Cases

I have an obsession with pretty much everything Simply Jessica Marie does, but I discovered her phone cases this year and I am IN LOVE. I ordered 3 at once because I couldn’t choose just one pattern! Her entire online shop is worth a scroll (Her CHARLESTON Collection is another one of my fave things for my local friends!)

Michelle Boyd Custom Commission 

I worked with Michelle on a custom commission piece for my home earlier this year and I am in LOVE with it! All of her pieces are absolutely beautiful – and you can shop her prints online if you aren’t interested in a custom piece right now! But, my custom painting hangs above my bed and it’s the most beautiful part of my entire bedroom!

Jeni’s Ice Cream

If you aren’t from the south, then you may not know about Jeni’s Ice Cream…but it is the freaking BEST. And, the coolest part about it? You can SHIP IT anywhere you want! It’s shipped in a temperature-controlled box and the branding is SO cute – it’s such a fun gift to receive in the mail! They have holiday flavors that are perfect for this time of year (white chocolate peppermint and gooey butter cake are my personal faves – both are gluten free friendly!)

Jordan Connelly Prints

Another one of my FAVORITE artists! She has a gorgeous section of “prints and gifts” in addition to her commission pieces – and I’ve worked with her on both! The Southern, Charleston inspo that she uses for her work just blows me away time and time again! We gifted my mom a custom piece for her birthday this year and it’s now the statement piece in the entry of our home!

Replica “Under the Lemon Trees” Perfume

This is one of my FAVORITE things on the entire gift guide! Giving perfume as a gift can feel basic, and I NEVER get excited about perfume – but, ya’ll, these are AMAZING!!! The entire Replica brand is my favorite, and my current scent is “Under the Lemon Trees”. I’ve also worn “Beach Walk” in the summertime, and they have incredible scents for guys, too!

Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose

I think this will make the gift guide every single year…because it’s truly one of my absolute favorite things! I go through 4-5 each year and it is ALWAYS in my purse and readily available. It’s a lip balm that is slightly tinted pink and is such a beautiful, natural pop of color on your lips while still being SUPER moisturizing! My favorite is the “ROSE” shade – but they also have the BEST gift sets for stocking stuffers that include multiple colors!


Chick-Fil-A Peppermint Milkshakes

This one may seem kind of funny to include, but if you want to make a girl’s day around the holiday season…just bring her a peppermint milkshake from Chick-Fil-A! They are one of my FAVORITE holiday treats that are only available for a few weeks! I get mine with no whipped cream or cherry 🙂

“It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst

This book was one of my FAVE reads this year! It is such a great read for any woman – I absolutely loved it! It talks all about how to manage your life with things don’t go the way you were expecting, and Biblical references to cope with hard seasons. It was wonderful!

Away Luggage 

My new favorite luggage of all time! I have the “large” suitcase for when I travel internationally, and my dad has the carry-on size that he also loves! It is pricey, but holds up SO well!! I also love the color options!! They are so fun!!

Kendra Scott Gold Link Bracelet 

This was on my gift guide last year…but it is still one of my every day staples! My dad got this for me for my 21st birthday and I wear it every single day. It is such a simple piece but SO beautiful, and adds the perfect amount of sparkle to any outfit. It’s definitely a higher priced item, but perfect for someone special!!

Farmgirl Flowers 

I felt like I needed to include a traditional flower option!! Farmgirl Flowers are my absolute FAVE – I give them as gifts often, and receiving them is even more fun! Their packaging, branding and product options make them one of the best choices to up your flower game!

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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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