Happy holiday shopping season, everyone! I have reports (I try not to leave the house overmuch) that Jesus is indeed back on the end cap at Costco, that light up and inflatable everything are available, and I know for sure my neighbors are wrapping every available surface in every possible light string. One house has Halloween lights in gold, brown, and orange on the front walk, followed by Christmas sparklers on all the windows and doors, then some blue and white (Hi fives, Hanukkah colors!) wrapped over the porch.
GAME ON, HOLIDAYS. WE SHALL CELEBRATE.
In the house.
This year, I thought about not doing gift guides, since putting additional stress on retail employees or shipping personnel seemed uncool. But with shops around me struggling, especially now that our local capacities and gatherings are restricted further, and with folks trying to bring on the cheer from an appropriate social distance, the team here at SBTB HQ have come up with a few sets of suggestions.
First: think local, and think gift cards.
I’ve been doing a lot of sewing this year, and I’ve placed a few orders at fabric shops in different parts of the US and from stores nearby. In both cases, the shipping took awhile, and I know for the holidays, shipping will be even more pokey.
So it might be a great idea to look around for local stores you want to support, and give gift cards to be spent in the new year. Once we’re into December and shipping is extra-more-whoa, I’ll be doing a whole Gift Guide post about shops to support via gift cards and gift certificates, so watch for that!
Other options: COMFY AF.
This has been the year of Heinous Eyebrows and Comfy Pants (and if you’ve been listening to the podcast, you know I haven’t had my hair cut since February, when it was a very short pixie cut, and now it’s growing out wavy and curly – TAF?! – so it’s also been a year of WHAT is my HAIR DOING?)
Keep everyone around you in the comfiest pants well into 2021. Here are some of our favorites:
Amanda: I’m obsessed with my Old Navy joggers!
I have these in the Dorian gray (LOLOLOLOL) but I’m tempted to buy the rest of the colors. POCKETS!
Elyse: Rich is a big fan of these ones from Jockey.
Sarah: I bought two pair of these sweatpants because they were ~$20 each. I now live in them and ordered two more pair because I felt crummy when my faves were in the laundry.
The pockets are really, really accommodating to my big honking phone, and I’ve been wearing them constantly since March with very few signs of wear. (I bought another pair of joggers elsewhere in March and they were falling apart and had holes all over by late June. ARGH.) I pretty much live in these pants now.
I also had to upgrade my slippers after a summer in flipflops or going barefoot left me with really upset tendons and some hella heel pain. My neighbor has the same plantar pain I do, and she recommended Spenco slippers. They make orthotic inserts, but also make slide slippers and they’re pricey but WOW do my legs and feet appreciate them.
One of my other neighbors has slippers like these and they’re toasty warm, have a very solid sole, and are extremely soft:
These are the slippers of choice of all three human dudes in my house:
And we have a number of blankets now that it’s getting colder out – everyone has a favorite!
Amanda: My roommate still has this electric blankets on the reading chair and we all love it. Especially Linus:
Sarah:: We also have one like this that’s fuzzy faux fur on one side and fleece on the other:
We’ll be back next Wednesday with more ideas for holiday giving! What’s on your gifting list this year?