7 Items on My Christmas Wish List

You know those five love languages?

Gifts are 100% not mine.

Like . . . clear bottom of the list for me.

And it’s not just that I’m bad at giving gifts to OTHER people. I also don’t care that much about getting gifts, which means I can rarely think of anything I really want or need.

Plus, I have a strong, deep practical streak, so I’m that fun person who’s always like, “Hey, we need a new adaptor for our dryer – how about we get one for Christmas?” (It’s such a mystery why I’m not the fun parent).

Basically, if your love language is gifts, we should probably not be friends (because I will disappoint you every time) and also teach me your ways.

But I had such a fun time putting together my own wishlist last year and it made Bart’s life so much easier (and my Christmas morning extra delightful!) that I figured I’d share my wishlist again this year.

Here are 7 things I wouldn’t be sad to see  under the tree come Dec 25th:


My Christmas Wishlist

Winter Boots
When we lived in Arizona, there was one winter that I legit wore sandals the entire year. It just never got that cold and except for a couple of days where I pulled out sneakers, I just kept wearing sandals until real summer arrived again. Utah is . . . not sandal weather all year long. I’ve had my eye on these boots to keep me from losing my toes to frostbite. These ones are a cute (much) less expensive alternative.


Sherpa Pullover
These are crazy popular this year and since my goal is to really embrace winter this year (pray for me), I think I’d get a ton of wear out of this. I love this one with buttons instead of a zipper and I like this one too.




Self-Inking Address Stamp
My mom bought me a self-inking address stamp last year and I LOVED it. It was SO convenient and looked 1000x better than my handwriting. I’m so bummed that it’s now useless (if someone named Janssen Bradshaw ever buys our Arizona house, I’ll happily send it to them) and I’d love a replacement for our new home.


Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
I picked this up at Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago when I was there with the girls and flipped through a few pages before I was called away to read a board book. I’m dying for my own copy (and she’s the opening keynote speaker at Alt Summit next year, so that makes me extra-anxious to read it) – it’s so beautiful!



Enamel Colander 
I have one colander but it’s a mini one and our family is finally starting to outgrow it (also, I’ve had it for at least nine years and the screws that hold the handles in place keep coming loose so it’s probably a health hazard too). I love the white one because I never get tired of white dishes.


Real Gloves
I own one entire pair of gloves and they were $1 at Forever 21, I think. They’re just little knit ones and soak through immediately. Might be time to upgrade. These ones are only $10, come in a bunch of fun colors and work with your phone’s touchscreen.


Wireless Charger
I sometimes feel like I have SO MANY CORDS in my life and the idea of just being able to set my phone down and have it charge? Basically feels like magic to me. This one is less than $15 and comes in several colors.


Christmas wishlist

And on the stocking stuffer side:

Box Cutters
I learned a love of the right tools from my dad and this is one of those things that does its job so nicely. Wouldn’t it be amazing if I wasn’t destroying my fingernails every time the postman showed up with a box?

Mascara Primer
I mentioned on the $5 Gift Guide this year that Merrick gave me a tube of this a few years ago and I LOVED it but never replaced it. Time to fix that. While I’m at it, I’m asking Santa for a new tube of mascara too.

Sugarfina Chocolates
I am obsessed with their dark chocolate sea salt caramels but when I looked through all their chocolate options, I decided I probably need a taster pack of SEVERAL of these. And I don’t promise to share.

Waterproof Cell Phone Case
My amazing assistant told me about this and I think it’d be so fun to finally be able to take underwater photos and videos! Plus, you can’t beat the price or the reviews.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Bart got a sample of this somewhere and gave it to me over the summer and I am OBSESSED with it. It’s seriously the best lip product I’ve ever used – it doesn’t flake off or give you those weird white lines.

What’s on your wishlist this year? I’d love to hear!

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Photos by Heather Mildenstein

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  1. My love language is Acts of Service, but I’m fairly good at giving (and getting!) gifts. I guess those two love languages go hand-in-hand! Love your gift ideas. Homebody is totally on my list, too. And, I’ve been thinking about getting my parents a new address stamp since they moved a couple of years ago. I’m finally going to follow through on it this year!

  2. You and I would be GREAT friends!! I am so practical too. I love your list. Are you a Costco member? About 3-4 years ago, I got these amazing boots from Costco that look like Uggs and go up to just under my knee. They are SOOO warm and still look good after crazy Wisconsin winters. Merrick got me using the primer too. It’s AMAZING!

  3. Thanks for the ideas!! I am basically the same as you with gifts…my husband was appalled our first Christmas when new windshield wipers were at the top of my list ??‍♀️

  4. My love language is DEFINITELY not gifts either, I’m right with you. I had to put making a gift list for myself on my to-do list yesterday because I really had to sit and think about it!
    I love that colander and now I feel super old for saying that. But it is super cute. We’re in the Midwest and the gloves I wear most of the winter are getting worn out and so I might be adding those on your list to mine too!

  5. So I love buying gifts for others, but getting gifts is tricky for me. I tend to purchase whatever I want/need and am left with no ideas to share (such problems, I know). And I also love a good deal so I end up doing the actual buying of what I want my husband to give me for Christmas so that he doesn’t overspend. It sounds less than exciting, but I’m happier with the savings than being surprised ??‍♀️

    PS I hope Santa brings you the first pair of boots you linked- they are on fire!!!

  6. Good winter boots are not a place to cut corners. I like to have a good solid boot like a Sorel in my closet at all times. It is your go to for deep snow, cold snaps and play time with the kids. My preference is something that comes up to at least mid calf. Then I supplement with insulated or lined casual boots for most of my day to day running around. But you will be so thankful for that back up pair of quality boots when temps dip. And they last for years. Completely worth it.

    I also like to have a good pair of leather gloves in my wardrobe, but to be completely honest, I mostly wear the cheap ones from the dollar store because I have a pair in every bag and coat pocket so they are really just what is handy.

  7. Now I’m very curious about which love language you are.

    Also… you should look into a really solid winter pair of boots like sorels, the target ones won’t cut it. Although warmth/everyday winter I have the target universal thread Danica Boots and they’re fantastic! I wouldn’t wear them on an outdoor outing like hoggle zoo lights or temple square but great for running errands.

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