the kalejunkie gift guide 2018


I am over the moon excited to share my 2018 KALEJUNKIE holiday gift guide. The reason I take the time to do this, is because the holidays are STRESSFUL. When it comes to gift giving, I’m all about the “it’s the thought that counts,” but sometimes you just don’t even know where to start. So I’m here to give you some ideas to kickstart your creativity. Or just buy everything you see here and call it a day (no shame). I’ve included some of my favorite things, as well as a few things that are on my own personal wishlist. I hope you find something for all of the loved ones in your life. So let’s get right to it.



One of my favorite product finds from 2018 has got to be the Almond Cow. This machine, which BTW, is actually a cute kitchen accessory, makes nut milks and seed milks in 30 seconds, with no straining and soaking required. I am OBSESSED. Make sure to use my code KALEJUNKIE to receive $15 off your order AND free shipping (a $15 value). This makes the perfect gift for anyone in your life, you’ll see. ($195)


If you are still using a Brita pitcher, it’s time to upgrade, if you can of course. The Berkey is one of the top rated water filtration systems in the world, and if you could invest in one item for your own home, or for someone you love, buy a Berkey, and I highly recommend purchasing the Big Berkey so that you don’t have to buy another one of these again. We are a family of 4 and it’s more than enough for us. The only accessories that I recommend purchasing is the stand, and the spigot. Other than that, you don’t need any replacement filters, because it comes with a few. Any questions on the Berkey, just email me, I am obsessed. ($258)


Getting a lot of backlash from friends because you drink your bevvies in a plastic cup? Well not anymore! I carry my Keep Cup in my bag and take it with me everywhere. When I pop in a coffee shop, I ask them to use my Keep Cup instead of a paper/plastic cup and I’m good to go. The best part is the spill proof top, which is perfect for bringing it with you in the car or taking it on walks. I ordered mine on Amazon prime and you can too! ($24)


You guys, I have wanted a Pendleton blanket in my life for YEARS, and finally pulled the trigger on the Glacier National Park blanket. It’s made of Merino wool, is super warm and cozy, and is the perfect gift for anyone that wants a beautiful blanket that will last a lifetime. And it’s the perfect home accessory. Consider me hooked. Next up on my own personal wishlist is the luxurious White Sands Blanket. ($219)


This book changed my life. Not in a woo woo way, but in its extremely practical advice on how to live a good life. It’s funny as hell, SMART as hell, and made me realize that I’ve been giving a f*ck about too many things, and I need to start giving less f*cks about too many things and give f*cks to the right things. Confused much? Just buy the damn book and thank me later. ($14)



If you are looking for a gentle, yet super effective face wash, the Ocean Cleanser from Osea is my personal favorite. I’ve been using it for over a year now, long enough to tell you that it’s worth the price. One bottle lasts me over 6 months, and I love that it also dissolves my eye makeup. It’s non-toxic, cruelty free, and an overall amazing product ($44)

If there is only ONE beauty product that I recommend more than anything in life, it’s Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. Yes, this is a total splurge and I completely get that. But if you do have the means, it’s worth every penny. One 30 mL bottle lasts me about 6 months, so at the end of the day, that’s how I rationalize it. What is it exactly? It’s a serum that I use twice daily, made with the most luxurious and high potency active botanicals in the world. I wear it in place of moisturizer, because to be honest, you really don’t need any other skincare product besides this. My skin is glowing these days and I attribute it ALL to this product. You can buy the 30mL size here, or indulge in the Limited Edition 50mL here. ($185-$305)


When was the last time you actually took a bath? A long time ago, I know. Treat yourself, or the person in your life that needs a little pampering, to my favorite bath soak. It smells delicious, and it’s made with glacial marine clay and activated charcoal, both of which literally suck the toxins from your body, AND it leaves your skin feeling soft. I hope someone buys me another bag! ($35)


The BEST mascara, nourishing lipsticks, smudge proof eyeliners, and more! I discovered this makeup and body care line a few months ago, and there’s no stopping me. It’s not some mainstream, mass produced crap, but rather an all organic, all natural, small batch, HIGH quality makeup that’s super pigmented, beautiful, and that lasts all day long. My go-to’s from this line are the long lash mascara, nourishing lipsticks (think creamy AF), and eyeliners. And if you have been trying to find a non-toxic mascara, you know that it’s actually hard to do. Everyone swears by one brand or the other, and I’ll save you the expense because I’ve tried them all, and I always end up looking like a big ole raccoon. But not with Toups long lash mascara! My lashes are nice and thick and super full with this mascara, and it stays put until I’m ready to wash it off at the end of the day. Get the black and you won’t be sorry. Make sure to use code KALEJUNKIE at checkout to get 10% off your entire order! ($18-24)


Kari Gran Lip Whips are the holy grail of non-toxic lip balms. They are the creamiest glosses around, and the best part is that they aren’t sticky. I hate sticky lip glosses! They also don’t bleed on your lips, which means that it stays where it’s supposed to - on your damn lips! There are a variety of colors, and I have the entire collection, but if you are a newbie to this line, go with the duo set. Otherwise grab Rosie Gold, because it goes with errrrrrr-thing and errrrrrr skin tone. ($42)


Hands down, the BEST body soaps on the planet, and everyone in your life deserves one. My friend Holly got me one for my birthday this year, and now I want the entire collection. They come in delicious scents, and the next one on my own wish list is the Oh So Detox, which is made with extra virgin, organic olive oil, organic shea butter and cold-pressed, organic avocado oil. They also add organic, powdered coconut milk to make the suds creamy and delicious. Activated charcoal binds unwanted toxins, while the black clay replenishes depleted minerals. These soaps are made by a former ER doctor who turned her passion for plants into a business. I love this lady and I haven’t even met her! ($18)


One of my favorite non-toxic skincare lines is Primally Pure. They make amazing body butters, which I am ADDICTED TO, a Blue Tansy face cream, which I use when I want to save my Vintner’s daughter and it’s luxurious AF, and a baby oil, which I legit pour onto my boys because it’s so nourishing for their skin. Browse the Primally Pure website and shop. My discount code kalejunkie saves you 10% on your entire purchase! ($18)


By now it's no secret that the mastermind behind the best all-natural deodorant out there, Holly Tristan, is my best friend. This mama and I go way back, back to before our kids, and her idea to create an all natural deodorant that WORKS was just an idea. This woman is a TRAILBLAZER. Not only is she ridiculously smart about all things related to non-toxic living, she has meticulously crafted this deodorant, which lasts for HOURS without the need to reapply, that works. I challenge you to go take a hot yoga class and smell your pits after. Guaranteed you'll smell like a friggin rose. Go support Holly and order 1 or 10 jars of her deodorant for everyone on your wish list! ($13)

Remember back in the days with Rogaine and Viviscal were our only (SUCKY) options for strengthening our hair and preventing it from falling out? We now live in the times when there is a product that actually works. I am on my third bottle of Nutrafol and this product lives up to its hype. My hair is shedding a lot less (noticably less), and as someone that has always suffered from fragile hair, my hair has become stronger. This is a product that I don’t anticipate EVER stopping. Pick up a bottle for yourself, or treat someone in your life to their very first bottle of Nutrafol. There is a women’s version and a men’s version! Use code NICOLE15 to save $15 off your order (valid through 12/15) ($88)


Okay, okay, it might not be the most exciting gift in the world - it’s a probiotic for God sake. But I’ll tell you something, giving the gift of good gut health is EVERYTHING, and anyone who’s ever had digestion issues will thank you for this gift. I’ve been taking the SAME product for over 2 years now, and I go to the bathroom regularly, have minimal to NO bloating, and I no longer have to worry about constipation because that was a thing of the past. The Silver Fern Brand Ultimate Probiotic is a friggin’ game changer, so go ahead, order yourself a couple of bottles, homie! ($47)



If you are new to the MZ Wallace line, before you start investing in the other fun bags, you need to start with a staple. The staple bag that started my addiction to MZ Wallace, is this Medium Metro Tote in Black. It's lightweight, super functional, has lots of inside storage space, and doubles as a work bag, purse, gym bag, and diaper bag all in one! ($215)


By now, you guys all know that MZ Wallace is my absolute favorite brand of functional luxury handbags, backpacks, and travel pieces. They recently launched a limited edition ROSE GOLD backpack, and it’s the bomb shizzy. Everywhere I go, people stop me and want to know where they can get one. Don’t dig the rose gold? That’s ok, pick a color, any color. ($245)


If you like being stylish and you like being HANDS FREE, then welcome to your new favorite belt bag. I hesitate to call it a fanny pack, because I equate fanny packs with dork bags, and let’s face it, we ain’t no dorks. And mamas, this back is perfect so you can carry your money and your kid, and not worry about schlepping a bag around town with you. Not digging the silver? Then go ahead, be basic and grab the black. ($145)


I’ve recently become obsessed with designer Anine Bing. She’s known for her signature Bing t’s, and blazers, among other things. Once you take a look at her stuff, you will be hooked too. I have this t-shirt and it’s super soft, comfy, flattering, and uber stylish in a low key kind of way. Grab it, as I’m sure everyone else will this holiday season! ($99)


Ok, you guys, these are a real SPLURGE, and every once in a very blue moon I splurge on something I absolutely love - that’s timeless - and that I can wear for years to come. Around my birthday, I finally broke down and purchased my first (and last!) pair of Chloe Suzanna boots. I’m sure you’ve all seen them in my Insta photos. They run true to size, are super comfy, and can totally dress up even the most casual outfit. This is the kind of Christmas gift that you give to yourself, from yourself (or from Santa). Just do it. ($1380)

pendleton jacquard cape, the kalejunkie gift guide 2018

This cape isn’t going to go in and out of style. It’s a one time, larger purchase that you are going to wear, year after year, and be in style year after year. Not to mention toasty. I just got mine and I’m living in it! It’s a wool and cotton blend and handmade in the good old USA! Support local! ($366)

Giving the gift of a good night of sleep is priceless. One of my favorite discoveries of 2018 has to be this Sleep Mask by Slip. It's a complete GAME CHANGER. Why? First, it feels luxurious on your face. It sits nicely on your face - it's not tight, and it blocks out all of the light, ensuring a quality night of sleep every single night. Slip uses the highest grade (6A) long-fibre mulberry silk, and enforces the strictest quality guidelines, including non-toxic dyes, and its machine washable. Trust me when I tell you that you need to splurge a little and get a high quality sleep mask. ($50)


I was recently gifted something special - the Fortune & Frame Drips Necklace. If you don't know what that is, please click and check it out. This is a woman-owned company that hand crafts jewelry that tells a message. They have several locket styles, in various price ranges (the Drips one is their priciest piece at $295, but you can pick one up for under $100. What's so special about them? You can have a custom saying or inscription written inside your locket. Mine says, "My past doesn't define me. The quality of my character does," which is a great reminder that I carry through me every day. What would you want yours to say? ($98-$295)



Georgia Grinders nut butters are my favorite nut butters on the market. I am obsessed with their regular almond butter, maple caramel almond butter, creamy cashew butter, and pecan butter (it’s award winning!). On their website, you can even put together a little gift package for the loved one in your life. My code “kjfreeship” will get you free shipping off orders > $25 from the Georgia Grinders website. (6-$15)


If you are looking for a pumpkin spiced coconut butter that isn’t too sweet, then look no further. I have been adding this to my coffee, my smoothies, and eating it straight from the jar! It’s packed with MCT oil (bye bye brain fog), and it’s not too sweet (sweetened with monkfruit extract). Order from their website. ($10)


to know me is to know that I am OBSESSED with Hu Kitchen chocolate bars. I post about them all the time, I bake with them all the time (though I do secretly cringe a little inside every time I bake with one because they are pricey, but they totally take dessert to the next level). My favorite flavor is the Cashew Butter & Vanilla Bean, so splurge a little and take the plunge. ($10+)


give the gift of imperfect produce! This company is on a mission to save produce that has been rejected from retail grocery stores, and bring it to consumers at a fraction of the price. You can get weekly deliveries, bi-weekly deliveries, monthly, etc., and you can totally customize what you want in your box (fruit only, veggies only, organic only), and you can skip weeks. It’s awesome! If you sign up, be sure to use code KALEJUNKIE to get 50% off your first box. With the discount, a medium organic box is about $11! Such a deal! ($11-$43)


If you are looking for a non-dairy creamer for your coffee, that’s packed with collagen and is MOCHA flavor, I highly recommend the one from Vital Proteins. Unlike other non-dairy creamers that clump in your coffee, I haven’t experienced that with this one. And, the taste is great. Get one for mom, sis, friends, they will all thank you! ($29)


Who doesn’t love olive oil? Find that person and report back to me. I recently discounted Pure Evoo and I am so glad I did. Their olive oils are from greece, hand picked and bottled within hours of being picked, and no pesticides or herbicides are used. The taste of this olive oil is just incredible and unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Treat the olive oil connoisseur in your life to a bottle, you will be their best friend forever, guaranteed. ($26)



I am intentionally only adding one item to my kids section this year, and it's because every child has different interests, I didn't want to list every toy known to mankind. I did, however, want to share just ONE thing, that Gavyn, my 3.5 year old son, looks at, FOR HOURS, every single day. And that is this children's encyclopedia. It's a big, thick hardbound book, with lots of different pictures and descriptions. It's not too complex, but super informative at the same time. In fact, Gavyn actually prefers looking at his encyclopedia in the morning over a TV show, and you mamas know, the struggle can be real. Give the gift of learning to any toddler you know. Or heck, any adult in your life that acts like a toddler - we all know one :) ($17)