Holiday Gifts: Detroit Mom’s Favorite Things!

Have you ever attended a “favorite things” party? Each guest brings multiples of their favorite thing(s). Conversations are had, snacks are eaten, and a swap ensues for holiday gifts. At the end of the night, you head home with someone else’s favorite thing(s)–they might become some of your favorite things, too!

With holiday gifts, it’s inevitable that there’s usually one person on your list you will struggle to shop for. Maybe it’s your best friend, a friend who is hosting everyone for dinner, or even yourself. Yes, YOU! I feel like every year we see gift guides for those hard-to-shop-for people, and it’s always so interesting to see what other people recommend for gifts.

If you’re feeling stuck when it comes to ideas for holiday gifts, you’ll want to keep reading. We’ve put together an amazing list to share our favorite things with YOU, to help you with gifting this holiday season (or even for birthdays or anniversaries)!

Here are a few of our favorite things:

Amanda F.

Belt Bag
Easy and convenient for on-the-go moms!

Coffee Warmer
No more microwaving your coffee multiple times every morning! This mug warmer is a must-have for coffee lovers.

Amanda O.

Park Pack
If you see me out and about there’s a 90% chance I’m wearing this. Perfect size and goes with everything. Adjustable to wear around your waist or as a crossbody.

I was in the market for an everyday casual boot that was easy on/off, cute, and comfortable. Have been very happy with these!


Any fun, cute planners! I like to pretend I have it all together!

I’m loving simple, easy sneaks!


This frother is the best thing ever!

Hand Sanitizer
This hand sanitizer is a go-to for me. I keep it in my purse and it helps to not get so dry because I wash my hands all the time.


Luna Rose Candles
I’m obsessed! They are infused with Reiki healing energy. If you are all about manifesting and energy healing, these are amazing. The smell always lingers throughout my home. Not to mention they are beautifully made and finished with crystals. And, local to metro Detroit!

Jess J.

Bon Bon Bon
Hands down the most delicious and creative chocolates I have ever tasted. They are my most favorite decadent treat and I love that they are locally made in Hamtramck.

Caran D’Ache Colored Pencils
I’m a casual artist and usually only can find small chunks of time to draw and color. I love this set of colored pencils because of the rich pigments. Plus, the tin case keeps them organized, safe, and perfect to throw into my purse.

Darn Tough Socks
When the weather starts to get chilly, I always reach for my Darn Tough hiking socks. They keep my feet warm without too much bulk. Plus, they come in fun colors and are made in the USA.


Waterproof Shower Bluetooth Speaker
My husband gifted me this a while back and it’s easily become one of my favorite things. I use it in the shower and listen to podcasts! With little kids around most of the time, I have to get creative where I can get my listening time in. Great sound quality, light weight, don’t have to charge often. It’s great!

Wax Warmer
(I couldn’t find my exact one, so I tried to find a similar one.) I was never into these until my husband suggested one, but I love it! It’s fun to pick out and try different scents. And as someone who loves candles but has kids running around most of the time, this has been so nice. Plus it doesn’t hurt when someone comes over and mentions how nice your house smells!

Katie J.

Detroit Rose Candle
The absolute best candles!

Katie P.

32 Ounce Hydroflask Water Bottle
This is my absolute favorite water bottle of all time. Will it fit in your cup holder? Absolutely not. But it does keep your water insanely cold on even the hottest days of the summer. Perfect for anyone who works or plays outside a ton. I like it with the straw lid for easy drinking.

Blenders Eyewear North Park Sunglasses
Lightweight and polarized, these sunglasses are a steal at only $50. They come in a ton of colors and are flattering on just about everyone’s face. 

Lilly Pulitzer 17 Month Large Agenda
This planner has the perfect amount of space to write down daily tasks, appointments, and notes, but also includes a monthly at-a-glance calendar as well. 


Carpet Rake
Do you feel like there’s still pet hair stuck in your carpet? Or you can’t get into all the nooks and crannies on the stairs? This carpet rake is perfect!

Extra Fine Chalk Markers
These are the perfect chalk markers for writing those millions of activities on the family calendar.

iPhone/Apple Watch Charger
This is a great item to keep in your bag. This two-in-one charger charges both your phone and watch simultaneously.

No-Show Socks
These are the perfect no-show socks. They have a rubber backing at the heel to prevent them from slipping down in your gym shoes.

Polarized Sunglasses
The perfect mom sunglasses. They come with a case, are quite durable, come in so many colors and styles, and are cheap enough to toss when the kids break them.


Electric Wine Opener
Love my electric wine opener! So simple to use and the cork never breaks.

Lip Mask
The BEST for dry winter lips. Also a great stocking stuffer!

Santa Greeting Card Holder + Photo Wall Display
This is my favorite holiday decoration that I put up. It holds all of the seasonal cards we get, instead of putting them on the fridge. 


This is the tea that keeps me going all year long. In the summer I make it iced, in the winter I keep it in my trusty thermos cup for travel. I don’t do coffee, but still need the boost that caffeine provides like so many of us. This is my go-to every morning.


Makeup Palette
My favorite daily/travel face palette. It has everything you’d need for a full face–bronzer, powder, two highlighters, contour, and a neutral blush shade. These also easily double as eye shadow so truly an all-in-one perfect quick mom face/travel palette. Comes in two shade options and is on sale right now but I’d gladly pay full price for it!

Packing Cubes
These packing cubes are my absolute favorite and a MUST for organizing your and your kids’ luggage. They make finding items inside your luggage so much easier as well as repacking when it’s time to leave!

Soap Dispenser
This adorable soap dispenser dispenses MICKEY MOUSE-shaped soap! Plus, it’s guaranteed to get your kids to wash their hands!

Travel Makeup Brush Case
This travel makeup brush case holds a TON of makeup brushes and doubles as a brush cup/holder at your destination since it rolls down. It’s also waterproof and easy to clean!


Foot Massager
Perfect escape after a long day on your feet. My husband even loves it! Plus it has heat!

iWalk Portable Charger
Small, compact, and fits easily in your purse!

Rechargeable Book Light
Love that it is rechargeable and small. It was great for reading in the car on long trips!


Love the candles at Bath & Body Works. Delicious smells that last long after you blow them out. And great as gifts as well. Also a great assortment of fragrances.

Instant Pot
Also love my Instant Pot! I seriously use it most days of the week. As a busy mom, I love to throw ingredients in during the day, then turn it on, and have something almost ready by the time evening rolls in. It’s a lifesaver!

Oversize Throw Blanket
We love these throws from Sam’s Club. The perfect blanket in our family room for chilly nights when we need an extra layer on our laps and toes. It’s soft and warm.


Cordless Hand Mixer
I love this cordless hand mixer for baking. It’s compact, easy, and works great!

Neck Massager
My husband gifted me one for Mother’s Day and I love how it relaxes me after a long day.


Affirmation Cards
Not only are the phrases meaningful and beautifully written, but they’re paired with Morgan Harper Nichols’s breathtaking artwork, too. Plus, they come with a wooden stand so they are more like a picture and frame that can also decorate your work space.

Sleep Mask
My absolute must-have when I go to sleep! It’s so comfortable and blocks out all of the light. I bring it with me whenever I travel. And, it’s machine washable!

We hope you feel inspired to shop after checking out some of our favorite things. And, maybe you’ll even cross a few people off your gift list! Happy Holidays!

Need more ideas for holiday gifts? Check out Jess’s list of experience gifts!

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