It’s that time of year!

This is the point when most of us start hunting for the perfect Christmas gifts for our loved ones. I know that sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, so I thought I would give you a leg up on your shopping this year (especially since Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner). This is a list of items that I handpicked just for you! It is chock-full of goodies for the Christian women in your life, and is guaranteed to be a big hit. In fact, I think you’re going to love these so much that you might just decide to buy them all for yourself!  

Disclaimer: While Amazon does pay me for referrals, I only recommend products I personally believe in. So, I can confidently say that these products are 100% worth the money, and would be great gifts for the Christian women in your life.

Hope Cuffs’ Skinny Leather Wrap Bracelet

https://createhopecuffs.com/collections/shredded-leather-wraps

Mary (my mini) ADORES her purple Hope Cuffs bracelet so it’s the PERFECT thing to put at the top of this list!  We met Danielle from Hope Cuff at an event a few years ago and we absolutely fell in love with her and the lovely products she creates. AND if buying a great product from a fellow Christian sister’s business isn’t enough motivation, Hope Cuffs also has vegan and cork products and donates a portion of their sales to bring literacy to children in Swaziland, Africa. Seriously cool, right? 

While the skinny is my fave, there are hundreds of options on their website AND Hope Cuffs was generous enough to give us a special code. If you order by December 4th and add ANGELA to the discount code box at checkout and they’ll cover your shipping costs!

Natural 'Mama Bear' Leather Wrap & Silver Bar Bracelet, adjustable  Be Still & Know Teal Leather Wrap & Brass Bar Wrap, adjustable Fresh Double Shredded Wraps

https://createhopecuffs.com/collections/shredded-leather-wraps

 

God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America by Lyz Lenz

OK – So it might  seem like I’m a little biased on this one, because I’m actually IN THIS BOOK, but hear me out. God Land is a beautifully written book about coming to terms with being a Christian woman in the heartland during the 2016 election. It’s messy and that’s why it’s so good. I’m rereading it now because I believe it’s even more relevant now as the 2020 election winds down. Lyz is witty, honest, and crafts an enticing story that is hard to read without being changed. 

Clever Fox Planner PRO Schedule

I am SUPER excited about this new planner I ordered a few weeks ago. It has everything I need, and includes a two page spread for each week with hourly slots. (Which is CRUCIAL to a super visual person like me to keep this crazy busy life organized.)  As a coach who is always looking for ways to easily work personal development into my routines, I’m also excited about the monthly review pages that include a Life Balance Wheel. The only bad thing about this planner is trying to pick a color, and that I couldn’t find the dated version with the hourly layout. 

Olaf with Fire Salamander Funko Pop

This one’s for all of the Frozen fans out there who need an extra reason to smile. My daughter ordered this adorable Olaf Funko pop with a giftcard she was given and it’s ADORABLE in person. The little fire salamander is an extra touch that makes me smile every time I see it. Maybe if we all had one of these next to our computers (and phones) social media would be a kinder place! How can we be cranky when looking at these two smiling faces?

Skullcandy S2IMY Headphones with Mic

Am I the only person who is really, really hard on headphones? I’ve learned quickly that I can’t buy the cheap ones if I want them to last for very long. These Skullcandy earbuds have proved to be the most resilient ones I’ve  ever purchased. The sound is good. The earbuds are soft and fit tightly and they come in funky fun colors that makes them easy to find on my desk! I use them for my coaching calls, training videos, and webinars.

Letz Talk Conversation Cards for Kids

Hungry for deeper conversation and connection with your kids? These conversation cards are going to be your best friend. Each set comes with dozens of cards geared towards asking questions that improve confidence and self esteem in your kids. You can make a game out of it or work them into your daily routines. Ask your kiddos one of the questions and then listen fully to their responses. Then switch and let your kids ask you! There are multiple sets available based on age and one designed for kids with Autism.

Lance Gluten Free Crackers (Original)

I know crackers are a strange thing to put on a holiday gift list but if you try to avoid gluten you know ‘normal’ tasting crackers are hard to find. These are like Ritz and have a buttery, salty taste. They even crunch and crumble when you bite into them, like a good cracker should. So do yourself a favor and order some! These are PERFECT for holiday snack trays, a steaming bowl of soup, or a big blob of peanut butter.

VanGogh Starry Night Washi Tape

I can’t take credit for finding this one. My youngest sister found these because she knows how much I love all things Vincent. These rolls are GORGEOUS and bright, and just make me happy. Even the box is cute, so I have it sitting right here on my desk for a little extra inspiration as I work. If you love him like I do, these might be one of those little stocking stuffers you sneak into your own stocking!

Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul by Clarissa Pinkola Estes Ph.D.

This is one of those lovely books I pick up and put down a lot. I read one story and then chew on it for weeks, or even months. The description states it is CPE’s “invitation to come together under the shelter of The Mother”. I appreciate her ability to weave a story that speaks to my soul as  much as it speaks to my ears. I did not grow up in the Catholic tradition and have enjoyed learning about the traditions surrounding Jesus’ mother. Plus, the book is actually beautiful. The artwork and poetry are lovely companions for a quiet morning in your favorite reading spot. 

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

This is the only item on this list that I haven’t personally used. I ordered it for my daughter after reading the description because I am trying to be really intentional about bringing diverse voices into our home. As a white woman raising white children, it’s crucial for me to make sure they’re surrounded by other people telling their own stories. Representation matters. 

She devoured it in a few days and because she RAVED about it, I’m including it without actually reading it. 

TENZI Dice Party Game

Need a quiet game to play with a few friends? This ISN’T IT but holy moly it’s fun! Imagine everyone rolling 10 dice at the same time over and over until they get ten of the same number. You wouldn’t think trying to get all your dice on the same number would be this much fun, but it is. We have a big family and I love that we can all play this one at the same time. We also added a few house rules and tried to get all of our dice on the same number for a longer game. It was hilarious and a little rowdy (and may have included a little trash talking, LOL).

 

Catan The Board Game

I have to admit we were a little late jumping on the Catan train but it quickly became one of our favorite games. It’s a great game for a slow Sunday afternoon. It’s like Monopoly because you never know how long a game will take, so be sure to have snacks on hand! We usually set out a table full of snacks, cheese trays, and veggies and graze while the game unfolds. If you have more than four players be sure to grab the set with the extra pieces so you can adapt the board to more people. 

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You by Jen Hatmaker 

I was on the launch team for this book and read it early. And GUYS… It knocked my socks off. If you have walked (or are walking) through a season of deconstruction, please get this book. It brought me so much comfort to know that the questions I asked and the challenges I faced in my own questioning were not unique. I wasn’t alone, and I wasn’t a heretic (as some mean-spirited FB users had suggested). Even in my questioning, I am a beloved child of God. And I’m not crazy for asking why so much hostility and toxicity have crept into the American church.  Even if you’re not in a season of deconstruction, I’d recommend reading this. You just might see your sisters who are in a different light.

The Message Canva Bible by Eugene Peterson

This is the translation that invited me back into God’s Word after burning out a few years ago. While some (understandably) criticize The Message as being difficult to exegete or do serious word studies, it holds a place in my heart because of the everyday language that feels more personal than academic. For those who have experienced church hurts, this is a great tool for exploring God’s Word without many of the painful words that toxic religious culture spoke over you. This particular version also has wide margins for notes and coloring sections sprinkled throughout the pages to invite further engagement. 

Living Landmarks of Chicago by Theresa L Goodrich

One of the best things to come out of my super short stint as a travel blogger was meeting Theresa. She has become a friend who is also passionate about travel, history, and Chicago….Which brings me to her latest project that combines all three of those things!  I’ve (virtually) watched her research and explore these stories over the last several months and CANNOT WAIT to curl up with this book very soon. Instead of going to Amazon for this one, I’m going to make a personal request that you order directly from Theresa’s site because, let’s be honest, COVID has demolished the travel industry (including travel writers). Buy this one from the source and support a small business owner! 

Order yours here: 

https://theresalgoodrich.com/product/living-landmarks-of-chicago

Artifacts & Allies subscription box by Emily Bailey

This is one of my new fave things. Emily has been my coach for years and has become an amazing friend along the way. She recently launched this subscription box that is a monthly delivery of creative discovery, earth medicine, and nourishing purpose. It’s based off of her ReWilded coaching experience but is also a fabulous stand alone product if you’re interested in learning more about fostering a deeper connection with mind, body, soul, and surroundings.

Order yours here: http://www.wholeandwild.com/rewilded-box

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