Meet the Sullivans: Holiday Gift Guide: for your Girlfriends

November 4, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: for your Girlfriends

Every year my girlfriends from high school and I have a little Christmas celebration and gift exchanges. It's a tradition we started together was back in 1996 and over the years we've had a few different kinds of gift exchanges.

holiday parties of year's past: 2010 & 2012

(PS I'm an awful blogger for only having blogged 2 of these parties in the last 4 years of blogging)

Over the year's we've done..

Secret Santa - each person is randomly assigned a person to whom they anonymously give a gift.
Favorite Things Exchange - each person brings their 'favorite thing' (i.e. a beauty product, book, etc.) for each of the other people.
Christmas Cookie Swap - everyone bakes a few dozen of their favorite cookies and everyone swaps cookies at the party, taking home a variety of cookies.
Themed White Elephant Exchange - Instead of bringing a gag gift we pick a theme and everyone brings something they think falls into that category (i.e. glitter, cozy, red, etc.) then we swap gifts according to the standard rules of a White Elephant exchange.

No matter what the theme is I'm often stumped for what to buy for my friends. As much as we all love a Starbucks card or body lotion / bath wash set I like to make my gifts a little more special and thoughtful. Here are my ideas for what would be a great Holiday gift for any friend...



What are your favorite gifts to give to your friends?

13 comments:

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Ooh I just love your picks! Especially that scarf, lounge pants, & pillow! Nordstrom always nails it! We need a blogger gift exchange for the mamas... enough with only the kids getting all the goodies! :-)

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

I love all your picks and will be adding some of these to my own wish list!

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

I love that idea!

Jess Scott said...

I agree with Laura!! Kiddos get all the lovin' ;). I do love this list, though!! Those pajamas look so comfy, and I can always use another yummy candle!!

Jess Scott said...

YES!

April Lynn | Our Little Loves said...

I love this. I always end up getting my closest ladies a Victoria Secret gift card. I also like to bake cookies and buy pretty tins for other smaller gifts. Fancy tea bag sets are fun too.

E Hayes said...

great picks :)

Annie {Home of Malones} said...

Love these ideas!! So cute. A festive Philosophy bath wash might be my go-to this year!

erin vancura said...

just the name of that candle has me running to anthro. for reals. these ideas are PERFECTION. and i shall be stealing one (or 5) of them!

Meg O. said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to do a favorite things party!!!!!! And you never say no to Kendra Scott :)

Elizabeth Birenbaum said...

I agree with Laura! The kiddos always get all the goodies :)
Love all your choices! Especially the scarf. I'm a sucker for a good scarf :)

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

I think I want everything on this list. SUCH a good gift guide!

Life as a Mrs. said...

Oh my gosh...I just discovered Kendra Scott a couple of days ago and I didn't realize how popular those drop earrings are! I need a pair of orange ones for football games!! I am loving your list. :)