2018 Blissful Holiday Gift Guide

Last year I put together a list of gift ideas for the health nut in your life, and this year I decided to widen my scope a little bit and just give you a bunch of BLISSFUL gift ideas ✨ Blissful is a vague term, I know, so I’m breaking it down into four categories that personally bring me a lot of bliss: stationery, food, books, and fitness-related gifts.

I’ve included links and prices for each gift to make them easier to shop! Hope you enjoy!

For the one who is obsessed with stationery

1. Lavendaire Artist of Life 2019 Workbook
$38 for physical workbook, $20 for PDF download

Lavendaire might be my favorite YouTube channel of all-time. Aileen condenses her lifestyle and productivity lessons into a yearly workbook (not a planner). I have yet to purchase one but it has received many positive reviews and is a great way to help your recipient get the year started on the right note.

2. Stickii Stickers
$10/month + shipping

Give them a few months of the best subscription service I can possibly think of - sheets of adorable stickers delivered to your mailbox. Buy them a couple of months of the subscription for a gift that will last them long past the holidays!

3. Zebra Mildliners, Set of 15
$14.00

People are always asking me where I got my Zebra Mildliners because the colors just blow regular highlighters straight out of the water. I’ve never had problems with them bleeding through paper, AND they’re double-sided (chisel and fine-tip). Note-taking is 10x more fun with these.

4. Fringe Studio notebooks
$18.00

Get a beautiful faux leather journal from Fringe. You choose whether your friend would prefer the notebook to display an inspirational motto like “Be you. Do you. For you” or just a painfully relatable snippet like “I came. I saw. I made it awkward”.

5. Moleskine Classic Notebook
$14.95-$19.95

Never underestimate the power of a simple, good-quality notebook. There’s always something you can do with a blank notebook *wink wink*.

For the one who loves a good book

1. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
$12.74

When it comes to books, I love giving poetry books because the recipient can read them over and over, share little snippets with friends, and interpret it in a way that applies to their life. For this gift guide, I chose The Sun and Her Flowers because we all know that Rupi Kaur is a legend.

2. A Book That Takes Its Time (A Flow Book)
$19.25

The description reads “Take time to breathe. Take time to create. Take time to reflect, take time to let go” and I think that perfectly describes this book by the creators of Flow magazine. The subscription to the magazine is a bit pricey for customers outside of Germany and France, but this book version packs plenty of colorful illustrations, interactive activities, and little paper bits and bobs to play with.

3. Luminescence by Brandon Woelfel
$39.99

For the friend who is obsessed with Brandon Woelfel’s vibrant, light-filled photography (because who isn’t?). This book is filled with 218 full-color photographs, and reviewers say that his photography looks even better on paper than on a screen.

4. Things Are What You Make of Them by Adam J. Kurtz
$13.61

The tagline reads “Life advice for creatives”, but it’s really just good life advice. It’s delivered in little tidbits, handwritten on torn sheets of notepad paper on colorful backgrounds, so it’s the perfect coffee table book.

For the foodie

1. Pearl Butter
$24

These coconut butters just beg to be photographed for Instagram. They come in beautiful colors, and… interesting names like “Not Pot Butter”, “Fairy Berry”, and the newest flavor - “Orgasm”. Hm. A bonus - they have an impressive online library in which they explain the health benefits of each ingredient that they use, with links to the research studies that have proven/suggested those benefits!

2. Coconut Bowl
$12.95

Don’t underestimate the value of a pretty bowl. Just one unique bowl creates countless more photo combinations for their smoothie bowl Instagram posts. These coconut bowls are about as unique as it gets, and they’re eco-friendly. What more can you ask for?

3. Endangered Species Chocolate
About $3 per bar

Maybe I’m just biased (I’m a chocoholic), but you can never go wrong with chocolate.

4. Avocado pillow
$22.95

Placing this in the food category is a stretch, but it’s too cute to leave out.

For the one who loves to move

1. Bando Taco Gym Bag
$35.00

For the friend who has been toting their gym clothes in an old backpack for far too long, this colorful gym bag can also double as a carry-on for traveling.

2. Healthy Human Water Bottle
$28.99 for a 21oz stein

You need to hydrate before, during, and after every workout, and if your friend is always losing their water bottle *cough* me *cough*, a new water bottle might come in handy. These Healthy Human water bottles are reusable, BPA-free, and made of stainless steel.

3. VUP Running Armband
$15.99

Science might have brought us wireless headphones but we still don’t have phones that magically float and follow us around. That’s what armbands are for. This one fits a variety of phones (still be sure to check, though) and allows for 180-degree rotation to make your screen easier to access.

4. Gaiam Yoga Mat
$29.98

Get them a nice, thick, cushiony mat that’ll come in handy for everything from yoga to pilates to at-home workouts on hard floors.


That’s all for this gift guide! I tried to include gifts for a variety of budgets, and if you’re subscribed to the Bliss Bean newsletter, you’ll also receive some free gift ideas in your inbox for today’s edition!

What is on your wishlist this holiday season?

Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
Beatrice x

DIY Printable Advent Calendar

Hello and happy Thanksgiving!

I’m not much of a Thanksgiving person, mainly because my family is Lithuanian (and Thanksgiving is obviously a very American tradition). We did try it for a couple of years, but time and time again we would end the evening with an absurd and overwhelming amount of leftovers. We realized it was hard to cook a fancy turkey dinner for a family of 4. From then on, we decided we would just take Thanksgiving Break to go on a quick vacation. That’s why, only a month since our last trip, I am currently in a car on my way to Chicago for 3 days, passing time watching Stranger Things.

So, with Thanksgiving playing such a small role in my family’s traditions, I’ve been looking forward to Christmas since the beginning of November. Also, my birthday is on December 21st. The end of December is a pretty exciting time for me.

I know some of you are in the “absolutely NO holiday music before Thanksgiving” camp (I respectfully disagree). But to you, YOU’RE WELCOME - I waited until Thanksgiving Day to post this advent calendar ;)

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So let me tell you about this cute lil’ thing. I came up with the idea 3 years ago and have been using it ever since. You see, my family has done those grocery store advent calendars every. Single. Year. You know, the paper ones with a festive illustration and 25 little doors with a cheap piece of chocolate inside each? One year, I decided that, on top of that, I wanted something bigger, better, and I wanted in my room. This idea was born.

And now, three years later, I have even more reason to appreciate this advent calendar. Now that I’m a bit more health-conscious, the idea of those chocolate advent calendars is a bit sketchy to me, and if you’re like me and would like to delay your candy eating to actual Christmas (bring on the Hershey’s Kisses candy canes), then this advent calendar is PERFECT for you. Gorgeously festive, cheap and easy, and absolutely no candy involved.

Although, if you really wanted to, you could totally staple a piece of candy to each tag or something, be my guest! I’d love to see how you make this your own :)

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You’ll need:
Paper
A printer
Construction paper
Hole puncher
String/twine/embroidery floss
Washi tape
Gluestick
Scissors
Optional but helpful: paper trimmer

Step 1: Open the Google Doc with all of the printables but DON’T PRINT YET. I need to tell you something. See how I’ve got a sheet of numbers, then a sheet of boxes, a sheet of numbers, a sheet of boxes, etc.? The numbers and boxes are supposed to go on opposite sides of the same sheet of paper so that the boxes act as guides to help you cut the numbers. Print the first sheet separately, then print the rest of the document double-sided.

Step 2: Cut out all of the little rectangles as well as the tag templates. Try to keep them in stacks, in order. It'll make the next steps a lot easier. A paper trimmer (I have this one, coincidentally I got it for Christmas) helps immensely.

Step 3: Place the templates on construction paper to cut out 25 tag shapes.

Step 4: Hole punch each tag shape as shown.

Step 5: Glue or use washi tape to attach a date label and a “days left” on opposite sides of each tag. I glued the “days left” label and used washi tape for the date label. I’ll help you out a little bit with matching because it’s slightly confusing.

Dec 1 - 24 days left
Dec 2 - 23 days left
Dec 3 - 22 days left
Dec 4 - 21 days left
...and so on, until…
Dec 24 - 1 day left
Dec 25 - Merry Christmas!

Step 6: Cut 25 pieces of string of the same length. I recommend 3-4 inches.

Step 7: Loop a piece of string through each hole and tie using a double knot. 

Step 8: Hang up tags on the wall. You have some options with this. If you have a bulletin board or something, tying the strings around pushpins might be cute. Otherwise, I find washi tape works best. It holds up the tags and doesn’t rip off any paint from the wall. As for arrangement, you can do a straight row, a grid, or a Christmas tree, like I’ve done. Check out one of the full pictures to see how I did it (It’s NOT just 1, 2, 3, 4).

Optional: Hang fairy lights around your new creation.

Not optional: Call someone over and show them how cute your advent calendar looks.

Step 9: Wait for the holidays and get started on your holiday shopping if you haven't yet. I've got tons of healthy gift ideas to help you out if you want!

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If you make this, make sure you post on Instagram and tag me @theblissbean. Wishing you all a wonderful time with your families and a very happy holiday season! What's your favorite part of the holiday season?

Beatrice x