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Hello friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And if you’re like my family then the holidays are a time to put on some soft clothes, get under cozy blankets on the couch, and watch all of the Christmas episodes of the Office together. As we get older the holiday season becomes so much more than just giving and receiving stuff. I wanted to share some ideas that will help you create awesome memories. I want you to relax, recharge, laugh, and enjoy some quality time with your family this year!
My sister, my brother-in-law, and myself all live in California and the rest of our family is still in Florida. This will be our first #ChristmasInCalifornia together and we want to celebrate with new traditions. I figured new coordinating cozy pajamas would be the first step!
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Nordstrom is also known for their quality and premium brands so you know the gift you’re giving won’t disappoint. This is why I was ecstatic that Nordstrom wanted to partner with me on this post this holiday season!
The Nordstrom Gift Guides will help you find a gift for anyone. I knew “The Comfort Seeker: Prefers dressing for downtime-and dreamtime” was the place to start shopping for my family!
First we needed coordinating Christmas pajamas. I chose the Make + Model Flannel Girlfriend Pajamas in Burgundy Berry Annie Plaid because I thought the colors would compliment both of us.
Plus the detail on the collar where they say “Night Night” umm how freaking cute is that!?!?
For my brother-in-law Josh I got the Polo Ralph Lauren Flannel Cotton Jogger Pajama Pants in Highland Plaid/Cruise Navy because I thought the colors of the two flannels coordinated well together. I also needed to pick something that wasn’t too cutesy so he wouldn’t rebel against the inevitable Instagram photo shoot lol.
You might notice that while these pajamas both give you a hint of a Christmas vibe, they’re not full on “These are my Christmas Pajamas.” I wanted something we could look cute in all year long and I think I found the perfect pieces!
A few other options that I considered were from PJ Salvage. Last year my boss got me a Nordstrom gift card for Christmas and I got the softest PJ set ever from PJ Salvage that I still wear and get compliments on! They’re like the best travel PJs- cozy, warm, not see through, makes you look like an adult that owns pajamas, etc.
This PJ Salvage Thermal Pajama Pant in Natural would be the perfect gift for the beauty lover whose collection is stocked already.
This Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover looks SO comfy and like it could take you from the couch, to the grocery store (to re-stock snacks) and back to the couch again. Plus it’s on sale!
Christmas Slippers and Cozy Socks
I’ve purchased these UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slippers for my step mom for Christmas a few years ago and she loves them! They’re water resistant which makes them great for going to the driveway to get the Nordstrom package that just got delivered and then you guessed it, back to the couch.
My sister got my brother-in-law the UGG Classic Mini Boot in black for Christmas a few years ago and it’s his go-to for lounging and quick errands. He’s a surfer so they’re good on the beach on chilly days. You can see them in my Thanksgiving Just the Three of Us Vlog YouTube video.
My sister asked for UGG boots last year and I thought my little boot ornament I found and added to it was a pretty adorable touch!
I had already felt the Nordstrom Butter Crew Socks in store, so I knew I needed a pair to complete my cozy Christmas outfit. These socks are insanely soft!! This is another great gift at a great price.
Christmas Cozy Accessories
Almost every gift guide I see always includes the Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw by Nordstrom at Home so I figured it was time I tried it out to see what all the hype was about! I chose the vanilla color to match with my pink and white winter wonderland holiday decor– plus it will work year round! The price really is great for gifting too. The quality and softness level did not disappoint!
I was also tempted to get the Sheared Stripe Faux Fur Throw by Nordstrom at Home which is also priced right at under $50. I love a faux fur moment.
Am I the only weirdo that likes to have a lip balm on hand while binge watching TV? I needed to stock up on my new favorite the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy. This stuff tastes amazing, it’s great on it’s own or over or under lipstick, and it actually sinks in and moisturizes your lips. I thought this Kopari Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe Set looked super cute and I wanted to see what this Coconut Lip Scrubby was all about!
Games and Puzzles
My family is full of competitive gamers so summers at the lake and holidays at home include lots of board and card games. These are awesome for creating great memories. My siblings still won’t let me forget how terribly I hummed the 007 theme song in a game of Cranium 8 years ago. We even went old school and played 20 Questions on a long car ride recently.
I love that Nordstrom sells one of my new favorites – Catan! If your family is all business and loves a good negotiation then this game is for you. I thought it was for nerds and I was right, but I was just in denial about how big of a nerd I am. I even downloaded this game on my phone after because I couldn’t get enough!
If your family is more active or a bunch of sports lovers this ‘Football’ Bean Bag Toss Game by Oniva aka Cornhole. This is such a great price too you get 2 boards, 6 bean bags, and a travel case for under $100!
If your family is the trivia type this I Should Have Known That Party Trivia Card Game would be a great stocking stuffer. I love games like this that are easy to travel with and bring to parties as well.
Another family favorite activity- a good old fashioned puzzle. This Women in Science Jigsaw Puzzle is so freaking cute!! I just got the corresponding book off my friend’s baby registry for her. Puzzle’s are awesome because they allow you to dip out of awkward political conversations with relatives or just give you something to do when all of the eating and sitting getting boring.
My sister went to a holiday party at a friend’s house last year where they did a puzzle competition and I thought that was such a fun idea!
Another favorite memory maker for get togethers- a karaoke machine! This one connects via bluetooth to any device. My karaoke faves? Will Smith “Miami” and more recently Dolly Parton “9 to 5.”
Last year I had my family play a game I found online. For it, you wrap a gift up as many times as possible with the paper overlapping. It’s a great way to use up wrapping paper scraps. You get in a circle with everyone playing and one person is given 2 dice to roll. The person to the right of them is given the present and they try to unwrap the present using oven mitts. When the person rolling the dice gets doubles, the person unwrapping the gift must hand over the oven mitts and pass the present. Whoever finishes opening the present gets to keep it. I used fireworks so that it would be fun for everyone!
Shows and Movies to Binge Watch
Once you’re in your soft clothes obviously it’s time to settle in with a good series! I’m loving The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime and 90 Day Fiance which I watch on the TLC Go app. Saturday Night Live and The Office are 2 shows my whole family is always down to watch.
For Thanksgiving we watched Crazy Rich Asians which was amazing and made me want to read the next 2 books. I also forced them to watch Troop Beverly Hills which is a hilarious campy movie from the 80s and the ultimate story of resilience, being yourself despite what others think, and bringing a little glam to everything you do.
For Christmas movies my favorites are National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and Scrooged. Growing up we’d usually watch action movies (i.e. Batman) or Jaws on Christmas Eve, anyone else do that?! Is my life incomplete because I haven’t watched Die Hard on Christmas? I also watched and loved Planes, Trains and Automobiles last year if you’re looking for a good classic Christmas comedy.
My favorite terrible Christmas movies are 12 Dates of Christmas, Holiday in Handcuffs, and Christmas Cupid.
Cozy Christmas Couch Snacks
If you saw my Trader Joe’s Haul & Reviews Winter 2018 YouTube video then you know I think the ultimate store bought holiday treat is Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle.
I also love a salted caramel hot cocoa or peppermint hot cocoa. Are you team whipped cream or team mini marshmallows?
What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments! @nordstrom#nordstromby