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  • Writer's pictureHannah Applequist

Countdown to Christmas!

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.... a Christmas countdown! I am excited to share a new project of mine! In true advent calendar fashion, I am counting down each day until Christmas with a fun and festive look AND a gift idea! Instead of doing gift guides this year, I wanted to make my posts more unique and simple. 2020 is an overload as it is! My gifts won't necessarily be the normal items that you might think of..(a sweater here and some headphones there).. but a mixture of traditional and unique ideas. Stay tuned for more each day this month!

Day 25- Subscription Boxes!

Subscription boxes are nothing new BUT there are hundreds of different ones. From satisfying a sweet tooth to something cute for your furry friends, you can find a subscription box for just about anything!

Here are a few of my favorites (click the pictures or links below to shop):

Day 24- Personalize Something!

Everyone loves to personalize things, and Etsy is always my go-to shore to find the most amazing personalized gifts! I have linked some of my favorites below and also on the app (theemeraldslipper)! There are so many great ideas so make sure you do some digging!

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Day 23- Make a Memories Book!

I feel like a memory book is something special, especially this year, when we can't see people we love or travel to different places. This gift is great to give to family and friends to relive past get-togethers or trips! I actually made a memory photo album of photos and memories for my mother in law after our cabin was destroyed in a fire a couple of months ago.

Shutterfly is a great resource for this type of project! They have great templates to use/ customize or you can create your own book! I have used it countless times to make my Christmas cards and to make picture books for various reasons!

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Day 22- Something Sweet!

2020 has definitely appealed to my sweet tooth and what a better day to share this gift idea than National Cookie Day! Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially one made from scratch by a loved one. Take some time to bake your friends/family their favorite sweet treats, gift them a gift card to a local restaurant/bakery, or, if short on time, find some yummy hot chocolate bombs for something unique!

Click the Pictures/Links Below to Shop! I am also including a chocolate chip cookie recipe below!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies!


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 package (12 oz) semisweet chocolate pieces

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)


-Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

-In a large bowl, stir flour, baking soda, and salt.

-In a medium bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and creamy (about 3 mins.) Beat in egg and vanilla until blended.

-Stir in flour mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate pieces and walnuts. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.

-Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden. Cool baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.

Day 21- Cozy Winter Essentials!

Baby, it's cold outside! Cozy winter essentials like socks, scarves, and blankets are always a great gift, especially for those people who are super hard to shop for!

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Day 20- Vintage!

Today's gift idea is vintage! One of my favorite things to do (pre-Covid) was to go to antique stores to just look at all of the fun things and wonder about the history behind them. Each piece seems to have a deeper story and meaning than something you buy new from the store! Last Christmas, I gifted my brother a neat vintage clock that he actually fixed and uses today! Jewelry and old fashion magazines/books are also some of my favorites. Etsy is a great shop for vintage items as well and you don'e have to go in a store!

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Day 19- Selfie/Polaroid Kit!

For today's gift idea, I thought a selfie/Polaroid photo kit was fitting since I was posting a selfie myself! This is such a fun gift, especially for younger relatives, but would work for anyone! Photos are super fun and important for memories, so they are always a great option.

Below, I linked a Polaroid camera and photo album, as well as a mini photo printer that connects to your phone! I love this because you can just print photos instantly off of your phone and display them! I also linked a couple small photo albums to go with it and a fun way to display either photos.

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Day 18- Post Covid Travel Kit

Of course, we can't travel right now given the state of things. However, it never hurts to dream and to plan for the future! Dreaming about where I will travel to when this is all over has helped get me through this so far! I have been itching to just leave my home and thought it would be a fun gift to make a post-Covid travel kit. It never hurts to plan ahead, right? Include a luggage set/carry-on, some travel accessories, and a fun travel book and/or journal, and you have the beginnings of a great trip for when it is safe to leave our homes again!

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Day 17- Covid Supplies Gift!

Give the gift of health this holiday season and prepare your loved ones for the winter with some immune support! We are in crazy times right now with a pandemic on top of cold and flu season, so we all could use some extra help. I am partnering with Oliphenol to share its amazing capsules that harness the power of olives to strengthen your immune system and minimize the effects of free radicals! Use code: HANNAH20 for 20% off!

I also linked a few of my other favorites (I have almost all of them!) like some immune boost syrup to add to any drinks, some great hand sanitizer (in a HUGE bottle), and some appropriate gifts to lighten the mood.

Use code:theemeraldslipper when shopping the Goli ACV gummies for a discount as well!

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Day 16- Hygge

I have been living in this amazingly comfortable nightshirt from Cool-jams! I don't know about you but I sleep HOT and Cool-jams are my solution for a great night's sleep. Cool-jams wicking technology keeps skin cool and comfortable all night long. The y are perfect for all year round, especially for warm summer nights or when the heater is cranked a little too high. Give your loved ones a great night's sleep this Christmas with Cool-jams!

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Today's gift idea is everything hygge (pronounced hoog-ga)! Hygge is a Danish word that means coziness. It is the ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures and making the ordinary more meaningful, beautiful, and special. I was introduced to this by my husband, who is Swedish American, and is obsessed with all things Hygge. Try gifting cozy items like candles, comfort food, blankets, etc!

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Day 15: Grow a Garden Kit!

I am so excited about today's gift idea! While everything was shut down last spring, Gus and I built our own standing garden! We loved having our own little garden this year. While ours was a much bigger project, you can use smaller pots/porch planters, or even find indoor herb gardens. Gift one of these are you're good to go! The supplies to have fresh fruit and vegetables are a fun and unique gift option!

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Day 14: Self Care Items!

Self care items, like this amazing deodorant from Honestly Phresh, are the perfect stocking stuffers! I absolutely love their new winter scent, Festive Forest. It smells like pine, which is my favorite scent for this time of year! This prebiotic deodorant is free of aluminum, baking soda, and parabens AND is certified organic, cruelty-free, and vegan! The Honestly Phresh formula works with your body to regulate pH levels and get rid of unwanted bacteria. Use my code: HANNAH20 for 20% off your order!

Below I also included several other options of self care items for men and women that would be great gifts/stocking stuffers!

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Day 13: Patio Gifts!

Today's gift idea was inspired by my favorite place to back porch! This year especially, I have been trying to spend more time outside and have had a lot of fun making my patio area an outdoor sanctuary. There's no reason that cold temperatures should ruin the fun! Gift a friend or loved one some fun patio/porch items like string lights, an outdoor projector, heated blankets, etc., for year round patio enjoyment!

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Day 12: Journals/Life Story Books

My day 12 gift idea is a journal/life story book! I stumbled on these kinds of journals this year and love this idea! These books make it super easy for you or a loved one to tell their live story by asking great questions and giving you space to write. There are also options for couples that are fun!

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