We have a large extended family on my side, so several years ago, we adopted the tradition of drawing names and buying for one person each for Christmas, rather than buying gifts for every person in the family (though, my two daughters are the only little ones in the family and, in the past, have been joyously showered with gifts from all). This makes the holiday so much more manageable. I highly recommend this system! This year, the budget is $50 per person. If we’d like, we may create a wish list and pass it on to the gift exchange coordinator to share with the person who drew our name or we can leave it up to the person buying for us to come up with their own ideas. We keep who has who a secret until Christmas Day, as we take turns opening gifts.

This is my honest-to-goodness wish list for this year, which I will pass along to my secret person through the gift exchange coordinator (my sister-in-law, this year)—a mix of fifteen items that appear lovely or useful to me. Perhaps this curation will lend inspiration, if you’re gift shopping, or provide a momentary respite, if you’re simply in the mood for a little window shopping.

Dove Grey Weekly Binder Planner Appointed $44


Mini Rose & Cardamom Gift Set Marble & Milkweed $32

Gift Set

Stainless Steel Colander Williams-Sonoma $20


Constellations Wall Calendar Amazon $28

Constellations Wall Calendar

Schoolhouse Electric Gift Card to go toward reading lighting or dining table lighting.

Schoolhouse Electric Gift Card

Cedar & Rose Perfume Oil OLO $45

Cedar & Rose Perfume Oil

SmartWool Socks Amazon $20

SmartWool Socks

Bayberry Beeswax Candles Food52 $48 ($20 off your first $50 Food52 purchase, here.)

Bayberry Beeswax Candles

Blown Glass Tumblers (Set of 4) Zeal Living $45


Mug Brookfarm General Store $19 (a pair would be lovely)


Grace Eyeshadow Kjaer Weis $45

Grace Eyeshadow

Heritage Loaf Pan in Ocean Le Creuset $50


Orange Blossom Butter Marble & Milkweed $18-$36

Orange Blossom Butter

Olive Watch Cap Bridge & Burn $28


Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers Amazon $34

Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers

(All photos sourced from links provided.)

I’m curious to know—do you buy gifts individually for everyone in your family or do you draw names? Do you enjoy the shopping or creating process of giving gifts to all of your family members or would you prefer to simplify?

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