Disclaimer: Beautiful Touches has received items from some of the brands below to facilitate this publication, which is part of our Gift Ideas and Buying Guides series of posts. All info on products/services come directly from brands. Any opinions stated are those of the authors.
It’s that time….to be thinking about the holidays. Parties, friends and family visiting. Her are some things that you might just find helpful.
2021 Holiday Gift Ideas and Buying Guide Page: Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
For Stocking Suffers or Holiday Snacking…Old Trapper is a Winner
Be Ready for Meals and Appetizers with: TRE Olive
Quality, incredibly wonderful flavors, and the gift sets are awesome for gift giving!
“Our family has been making extra virgin olive oil in the Calabria region of Southern Italy for generations. In 1934, we opened our first olive mill, and local farmers have entrusted us with their harvest ever since.
The TRE Olive philosophy is simple: work hard, treat our customers like family, and create high quality, great-tasting, extra virgin olive oil from some of the finest hand-picked olives in Italy.
In 1970, members of our family left Italy for Western Massachusetts to accept better opportunities. We made sure to return frequently so that we would stay connected to our family and traditions. One thing we always brought back from our visits was our family olive oil – the exceptional extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown on our land, picked and pressed by our family. Made with love, no other olive oil could come close to that amazing taste.
In 2009, during a visit to the family groves, three (TRE) cousins discussed how we could avoid selling our oil to the large companies who often dilute olive oil with lesser-quality oils from around the world. We know the pride we feel when we share our olive oil with others and tell its story – our story.
From this proud tradition, TRE Olive was born.
100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil from olives grown in Italy, picked in Italy, pressed in Italy, and poured in Italy.
We bring our extra virgin olive oil to you direct from our groves in Calabria, Italy – We hope you enjoy.
TRE Olive – taste the difference love makes.”
Need Plant Based Meals for Yourself or Visitors: Veestro Plant Based Meals
I’m not vegan, but I have family members who are. It’s great to have these in the freezer when they come for a visit!
“Enjoy the best plant-based meals at home. Choose from 50+ chef-crafted, flavorful dishes. Made with organic ingredients, no preservatives & gluten-free options. We cook & deliver nationwide.
Gourmet plant-based meals & juices delivered to your door. just heat & eat to please your tastebuds, please your body & please your schedule.
When Mark was in banking, he daily found himself in the modern life dilemma: time-starved and hungry. The fast meals weren’t healthy. The healthy meals weren’t fast. To some, it’s a problem. To Mark, it was a business need.
So after he left the corporate world, he began putting his skills into a business people were hungry for. He raised funds, negotiated contracts, built a facility and called on the best marketing and sales person he knew. His sister, Monica. Together, they created Veestro.”
Baking Cookies will be a BREEZE with: One Smart Cookie
I’m a baker, and I can tell you…these truly are a game changers! Recipe is included.
“The no mess cookie cutter!
- We have re-invented the cookie cutter!
- From dough to oven in only 5 minutes.
- No chilling of dough. No guesswork for thickness or spacing.
- No flour. No Mess!
- It’s The Cookie Cutter Game Changer™”
Light the Way for You, Your Family, and Your Guests: Auvon
Don’t have friends and family stumbling in the night…use these awesome LED night lights throughout your home!
- 5 Levels Of Dimming: This night light can meet your different lighting needs in different places, 5 lumen levels from 0 to 120(0-30-60-90-120) provide you multiple choices so you can always enjoy the most suitable and energy-saving lighting mode. 1-30lm can well protect your child away from “monster”, 30-60lm can well light your way to the washroom, 60-90lm can prevent your loved one from falling off from the stairs, 90-120lm can light your garage when you are heading out by car.
- Motion Detector Included. In Auto Mode, if this motion activated night light detects a movement in the darkness, it switches on automatically and lightens your way for a total of 90 seconds after the last movement has been registered. Then it turns off again, making it possible to reduce unnecessary power consumption when you do not need them. According to our calculation, using this motion sensor light indoor can save up to 84% energy compared to those without motion sensors.
- Ultra Bright. Compared with other bright night light (80lm to 100lm), The LED night light comes with lumens up to 120, which is quite suitable for dark places where more light is in need, such as hallway, bathroom, garage, kitchen, bedroom, stairs, basement and laundry .With the dimmable design, you can adjust the hallway light to your desired brightness simply by long-pressing or tapping on the top button for a wide range of lumens choices from 1lm to 120lm.
- Safe For Indoor Use. The nightlights with light sensor are with superior V-0 fire resistant casing and over-current protection design to guarantee your safety.
- Save Energy at Home. In Auto Mode, if this plug in night light detects a movement in the darkness, it switches on automatically and lightens your way for a total of 60 seconds after the last movement has been registered. Then it turns off again, making it possible to reduce unnecessary power consumption when you do not need them. According to our calculation, using AUVON motion sensor night lights can save up to 84% energy compared to those without motion sensors.
- Comfortable and Adjustable Lighting. You may feel relaxed and comfortable when you see its warm lighting in the darkness. With the two brightness modes design, you can also choose your desired brightness from the High or Medium for different occasions by simply pressing the round button at the top to give you the best experience.
- 3 Useful Modes. A simple switch at the top of the plug-in nightlight allows you to choose among three lighting modes (ON, OFF and AUTO). If the Auto Mode is chosen, its motion sensor will be activated to provide you a detection angle of 120 degrees and a range of 3-5 meters.
- Safe to Use. The plug in night lights are with superior V-0 fire resistant casing and over-current protection design to guarantee safety.
Perfect Bags for Shopping and Beautiful Storage: Maria Victoria
Sturdy, functional, and oh so beautiful!
“Handcrafted Handbags by Mexican artisans. Each piece is unique and made one by one to detail. Limited pieces of original designs.
We are a couple of friends, an architect and an industrial designer, and we’ve shared a profound passion for art and design since the moment we met.We are proud to be Mexican and we felt the need to show the world why Mexico’s art is considered to be one of the most interesting, as can be seen by admiring art-lovers worldwide.Every corner of Mexico is rich in traditional artistic handcrafts that go from wood and plastic to textiles and jewelry. We offer a unique selection of Mexican handcrafts, each individually made by hand by dedicated Mexican artisans.
Our commitment is to show how artistic and beautiful our culture is.”
Set you Table with: Neutrall
These are gorgeous in their simplicity. I love the green to go with one set of dishes that I use often. I am for SURE going to be ordering more!
“Carbon-neutral upcycled drinkware you can be proud of! Cups made in America from rescued bottles ♻️ Help the 🌎🌳 Check us out👇
Why switch to Neutrall glassware?
- You’re helping the environment: upcycled glass doesn’t reach landfills
- You’re supporting American manufacturing: our supply chain is 100% American
- Your purchase mitigates any net carbon emissions: we invest in carbon offsets
- You’re helping make sustainable glassware the norm in our economy
- Your guests will love them! Our cups are functional, beautiful and dishwasher safe”
Their offerings smell so good, and they are great for the environment. So many things to choose from for you and your home.
Info from Sea Witch Botanicals
“Sea Witch Botanicals aims to keep the world’s water healthy by providing natural home and body products that are good for you, and the environment.
We are a home and body company committed to keeping the health of your body and the environment in mind. Our best-sellers include incense, candles, and vegan cosmetics.”
Decorate Your Place with Indoor/Outdoor String Lights from: Quntis
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – and I love using lights inside and out to make my home festive!
“Extra Long &Warm White Christmas Lights: Christmas is coming, do you want to create a romantic and warm feeling in the darkest and coldest days of the year? Our Christmas decoration lights is a good choice. Its soft and warm white fairy lights will add a welcoming glow and change dark night into a bright daylight. Besides, the flexible and soft copper wire of icicle lights can be easily bend and wrapped around Christmas trees, porches and patio, allowing you DIY your festival as you like.
Cover that Unsightly Dog Bed with: LAYR
Our first collection is built for small to medium dog beds. Since our custom fabric blend includes Lycra, you can stretch your sheet to fit a variety of shapes and sizes as well as a sofa cushion. The S/M sheet will stretch up to 36x36x5.
A percentage of profits are donated to Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operating the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals. They provide adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs.”
Provide Working Space with a Laptop Stand from: Quntis
I love this for myself, and to have for when guests are visiting. It makes it possible for them to work from MY home!
“Broad Compatibility: This universal laptop stand can compatible with all laptops from 10 to 17 inch, such as MacBook, MacBook Air, Macbook Pro,Microsoft Surface, Google Pixelbook, Dell XPS, HP, ASUS, Acer, Chromebook, Alienware and more laptop notebooks. It can also be used as a Cell Phone Stand, or for tablets, kindles and books.
Need Extra Towels or Blankets – Look no Further than: The Bali Market
These really do dry so much more quickly. Great for home and poolside or at the beach!
“We are a home good company selling primarily Turkish towels and other Turkish cotton goods. We believe living a more intentional and joyful life starts with the home we create for our families. We believe in living with less, but better, and enjoying and appreciating the mundane.
Clutter-free homes make room for calm childhoods, connected relationships, and relaxed days. Your home should be a respite that reflects your style and ethos.
Live comfortably in your home. The Bali Market is about removing the junk from your home and the environment.
Why Turkish Towels?
- First grade 100% Turkish cotton
- Dries quickly
- Classic style and natural fibers
- Versatile for bath, beach or travel
Why Turkish Blankets?
- Double thickness provides weighted warmth and versatility
- Oversized and folds compactly
- Machine washable
- Warm in the winter, cool in the summer
Keep a Pair or Two of Reading Glasses on the Bedside Table in Your Guest Room: Cheeterz Club
These are super high quality and the price means that you can buy multiple pairs without breaking the bank!
Look good. See better. Rock readers that don’t look like readers
Realizing that you need reading glasses shouldn’t be a moment of embarrassment. Here at Cheeterz Club, we offer sylish frames that look nothing like readers. Whether your style is cute, sexy, sleek, or elegant, there’s something in our hand-crafted collection for you. Both our frames and lenses are superior to the rest of the industry: Comfort, durability, and visual clarity top our list of priorities. Our 100% acetate frames hold anti-reflective lenses that repel water and oil and offer 100% UVA/UVB protection. When it comes to readers, blue light glasses, and reader sunglasses, you deserve to feel good about what you wear. Treat yourself to quality and cheat on price.
Keep Your Leftovers Fresh: Nature Bee Beeswax Wraps
I’m very familiar with Swedish Dishcloths (love them), but I’ve never had any so pretty as the ones from Nature Bee. Now I’m learning to love beeswax wraps too!
Info from Nature Bees Beeswax Wraps
“This incredible small business is changing the landscape in helping to reduce single-plastic usage and they’re doing it in the most beautiful way. The all-natural and reusable beeswax wraps and dishcloths are made from 100% cotton, Vancouver Island sourced beeswax, pine tree resin, and jojoba oil, each wrap is handcrafted, folded, and packaged right on the island. All products are sustainable and food-safe, perfect for meal prep, snacks, lunch, and kitchen cleanups.”
Wildflower Variety Set
- Inspired by the beauty of wildflowers that provide critical habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife
- Includes a small, medium, and large beeswax wrap
- The small size is great for snacks such as carrots, crackers, cookies, apple slices, oranges, and more
- The medium size is best for half-cut peppers, cheese, cut veggies, and covering leftovers
- Large is ideal for sandwiches, lettuce and herbs, covering containers with no lid, and bundling items together like loose veggies
- Note: that you will not get the exact images shown as the brand cuts the wraps at different parts of the pattern
- A cheerful dishcloth that makes kitchen chores more fun 🙂
- You get all 4 of the dishcloths shown in the photos!
- Swedish Dishcloths are the perfect addition to your Nature Bee Wraps because they are lint-free!! They are also perfect for any kitchen cleaning.
- Use a Swedish dishcloth to wipe any residue off of your beeswax wrap and keep it clean. They can absorb up to 15 times their own weight- no need for a paper towel!
- Made from 70% wood cellulose and 30% cotton. They are compostable.
- With proper care they will last between 7-12 months:
- Size: approx. 17 cm x 20 cm dry (approx. 6.7′ x 7.9″)
- Pre-Order for Mid November Shipment.