2016 Gift Guide: Editor's Picks 1

Editor’s Picks

I found some great stuff while searching for new, different and affordable gift ideas. Since y’all are my family, I’m happy to share some of the cool wares Santa has in store for the Searleses and Mitchells, along with some primo Stocking Stuffers! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

To make your home all merry and bright

Local Handmade Wreaths

DesignsByJoy.com specializes in making custom wreaths and gifts. Danika says, “I’ve been making wreaths for my family and my own home for about two years. However, with the encouragement from close friends and family to showcase my creativity, I officially stepped out into selling my work in April of this year.” It’s such a joy to support a local business! DesignsByDjoy.com

For a good cause

Beads for Africa

Turn heads and open hearts this season by giving stunning and conversation-sparking gifts from BeadforLife. Empowering hardworking women living in extreme poverty to change their lives, BeadforLife supports Ugandan women who create stunning bead jewelry made from recycled paper. Women here in the U.S. connect and empower the women by purchasing the beads. To top it off, the women in Uganda are creating much more than paper jewelry…behind each bead lives the woman’s dream of launching her own business. BeadforLife supports that dream by providing sophisticated business training and an opportunity to turn their vision into reality. BeadForLife.org

For anyone, from teachers to babysitters to your mailman

TOYT (Think Of Your Teeth) Mountable Dental Floss Dispenser

The answer to your dentist’s question about how often you floss, the TOYT (Think Of Your Teeth) Mountable Dental Floss Dispenser promotes flossing by acting as a constant reminder to do what the dentist is always telling us to do. The floss dispenser is designed to stick on the bathroom mirror or another flat surface via the suction cups on the back. Available in several colors, the TOYT is eco-friendly, keeping plastic cases and metal cutters from filling our landfills. Simply refill the dispenser with premium-grade dental floss in a choice of mint and bubble gum flavor. It’s “Dental floss where you need it, when you need it!” ToytDispenser.com

For my mom

My mom is the ultimate diva. She loves bling and sparkle, so a DiviniCo Sorority Tee is perfect for her! They have AKA and Delta shirts along with Spelman gear with some featuring inspirational quotes! I couldn’t resist buying a really cute one for myself as well, and the fit and quality are beyond compare.

DiviniCo is a luxury lifestyle brand committed to making you feel luxurious. No matter your age or size, their flattering rhinestone-encrusted creations speak without ever saying a word. Their products shine like you were born to. So this season, catch the fire, like so many women, and discover our one-of-kind collection, for someone special…including yourself. DiviniCo specializes in Affirmational, Collegiate, Sorority and Custom Designs perfect for every day, swag bags, fundraisers, reunions, corporate branding or that next haute event. “You were born to shine, so why not let us help you Sparkle!” Divinico.com

For my dad


My dad revels in being a grandfather. But when he lets AJ play with his phone, anything can happen. It can be dropkicked or covered in syrup. He needs this heavy-duty, masculine case! These military-tested drop-proof, waterproof cases for iPads, iPhones and Apple Watches are great for the rugged outdoor lifestyle and frankly perfect for families with kids to protect their devices! Dad is also an avid SCUBA diver and you will often find him at the pool or beach. The case is sure to keep out sand and splash. CatalystCase.com.

For my grandma

2017 Illustrated National Parks Wall Calendar

My grandma is old school. She appreciates the beauty of nature and a good old-fashioned wall calendar. Continuing the celebration of our National Parks centennial, Anderson Design Group has released 12 of their most popular designs. The calendar celebrates our heritage of wilderness and wonder and is the perfect gift for the nature lover, traveler, adventurer or family. When hanging on the wall, the calendar is 10″ wide by 26″ tall, with beautifully printed 9″ x 12″ illustrations. The large calendar grids have ample room for writing notes, important dates and things to do. The 2017 Illustrated National Parks Calendar is available at AndersonDesignGroupStore.com.

For my father-in-law


My FIL, aka Papa, is a great guy who loves to fish. Though his fishing trips with my son seem to be more about snacks and relaxing in nature than anything else, I don’t want to hear any more excuses. This gadget will keep y’all from coming home empty-handed. It even links to your cell phone with an app to track your catches! iBobber is a fun, moderately priced option for the fisherman who has (almost) everything, as well as for folks just getting into fishing. Using the latest in sonar and mobile technology, iBobber helps you find fish from docks, shore, kayaks, inflatables or anywhere else. Once the catch has been reeled in, use the free app to post pictures on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and log the date, time, location, water temp, conditions, type of fishing, lure, number and species of fish caught. iBobber is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled phones and tablets. ReelSonar.com

For my mother-in-law

Design Your Own Celebrity Fragrance

Who wouldn’t love to take a trip to Buckhead to design a custom fragrance and come home with their very own one-of-a-kind perfume? Can’t wait to take my MIL to Blend. Blend Custom Parfum offers an experience of a lifetime with their Mysterious Art of Fragrance packages. With over 137 French essences imported from Grasse, there’s a combination to please all. Design your own signature scent with master blending artists trained in the South of France. Also a great idea for holiday parties, a romantic date or to spoil that particular teen. Gift certificates are available for purchase. The quaint Buckhead shop is available by appointment only. BlendCustomParfum.com

For that special woman

Style Rx Pill Box Case

This is really cute! Designed to give women a modern, discreet way to carry daily medication, vitamins and prenatals with confidence, no matter where their day takes them. Vibrant designs and quality craftsmanship elevate the Style Rx pill box case to a luxe style accessory that women are proud to carry for their health and style. Invisible magnetic closures ensure pills stay put. Securely store an Epi Pen®. I have the cutest pink and green one for my multivitamins. It came in the cutest gift wrapping. Get your own. InspiredbyDawn.com

For my sister, 
the naturalista!

Puff Cuff!

My sister is a pharmacist with a photographic memory. Nothing shakes her except maybe trying to tame her curls. Puff Cuff! is a product I swear by to hold my locs in a high pony and make the perfect puff with my sister’s summertime curls. Comes in several sizes and can be used in combination to create some crazy cute styles! Added bonus: It’s also a locally made product! ThePuffCuff.com