My must haves this shopping season

November 24, 2020

Hello my friends! I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday week planned. We were supposed to be in Disney World this week but had to cancel our trip...we are so sad not to be there. I'm looking at the bright side -- at least we are able to relax this week and I will get all of the Christmas decor finished earlier than usual. 

I have a tradition of sharing some of my favorite things on this week in preparation for holiday shopping -- which looks a little different this year for some! It's the same old for me because I haven't gone OUT to shop on Black Friday in...well, ever? ;) 

I have some of my "old school" blog friends joining in with me and you can see their lists by visiting their blogs (at the end of this post). We've all been blogging forever and have known each other for more than a decade!
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Here we go -- this is a round up of home, kitchen and personal items that I absolutely LOVE and use all the time! Some you've seen before here but most are new. 

This LED garage light is a game changer! I've used two of these in our garage so far and want one more. I want it as BRIGHT AS THE SUN in there: 
bright LED garage lights

Seriously, they give off SO much more light and probably use less electricity than a regular bulb. It's also more of a daylight effect. They are so helpful in there when I'm working on a project. (I'm thinking of adding one to our basement storage room too.) You just screw them in light a light bulb! 

I found this lighter at a friend's shop a few weeks ago and it is awesome! We get so frustrated when lighting candles with the regular click lighters. They seem to run out of butane so fast and I'm always searching for another one. 

This solves all of that! It's an electric lighter -- you charge it up and push a button: 
electric lighter with candle

I giggle every time I use it -- it's just so cool. (There's a safety by the way, it has to be switched on.) We used it for a week before it needed recharged and that took maybe 15 minutes. It turns on every time and lights the wick super fast. I LOVE this thing!!

These faux leather pillows are my new favorite thing in our family room:

faux leather pillow covers on sofa

I'm very pleased with the quality -- they are super soft and have already held up great to animal claws. And they just look great! You get two in the them!

I'm getting feet hurt all the time! Ha! I splurged on this foot massager because it had such high reviews and it. is. awesome!!: 
Belmint foot massager

It's really powerful and you can turn up the pressure to your liking. I love the setting where it squeezes my  feet. :) It even has a remote so you can control heat and the settings. My husband has basically stolen this from me already and uses it more than I do! 

Our Loloi family room rug (you can see a peek of it above) is another favorite -- I talk it all the time because it's just that good: 
Loloi Layla olive green rug

I talk more about it here (with more photos). It is super affordable and looks fantastic! I love that it incorporates so many colors but also stays neutral. 

These Seche nail products are game changers: 
fast drying top coat nail polish

The top coat is especially awesome -- I use it right after painting my nails and they dry incredibly fast. I ca  do normal stuff around the house within five to ten minutes no problem. I highly recommend if you like to paint your nails often!

I shared this adorable gingerbread house baking pan a couple weeks ago but it's worth mentioning again: 
Nordic village cake pan

It's the cutest and makes making a sweet little edible Christmas village with ease! See how cute it turned out (and a few tips for perfect cakes) here

A few years ago I shared some window candles we love, but over the years they've pooped out. About a third of them just won't light up anymore. I took a chance on these LED flickering candles and LOVE them!!: 
best window candles for holidays

They have a beautiful "flicker" option that looks like real candles and they run on a timer, so once they're set up you don't have to touch them again. I love that they come with suction cups so we don't have them sitting on the windowsills (the old ones would fall when we'd raise and lower the shades). 

These are a bit spendy but seem like much better quality than the other ones we had (and those were more!). They are so beautiful in our windows during the holidays! (I keep them up well into winter as well -- they use so little power the batteries last forever.)

I shared this black and gold cookware recently as well and I'm even happier with it now! I've used it quite a bit over the past few weeks and it still looks brand new: 
pretty black and gold cookware Walmart

And it's just so...PRETTY. I feel so fancy having matching cookware! Adulting. 

I'm a mascara snob -- I used to pay a pretty penny for stuff I liked. I was over paying that much though, so started researching to find other brands people love. I found this Essence brand and you can't beat the price: 
inexpensive essence mascara

It comes in waterproof as well. Only $5!! It covers so well and the applicator gets every single little lash so they look incredibly long and full. It's good stuff!

This next one is a biggie but I can't say enough about these sofas: 
large gray fireplace with cabinets built in

Radley sofa with chaise

They are the Radley sofas/sectionals from Macy's (27 percent off right now!) and I'm so impressed with how they hold up. We sold this one (at our old house) to the new owners and it still looks so good! (They are friends of ours and we see them often.) Food and drink wipes right off, the fabric doesn't get worn and the cushions don't get squished easily. 

We got super inexpensive sofas when we moved into our new house and they have worn horribly. 😔 I'm so disappointed. We've been watching to see when the Radley goes on sale and ended up ordering two of them a couple weeks ago. I cannot WAIT to get them!! 

I got these reusable grocery bags last Christmas and I use them constantly: 
reusable grocery bags

If you're an Aldi Nerd they are a must! :) But I use them everywhere. If I forget to bring them in to the store they are still helpful because I can throw a bunch of bags in each one and carry it all inside on one trip. They are great quality and hold up a lot of weight. 

And finally, one more home decor item that I love! Every time I share a photo of our family room I am asked about this lamp
cantilever lamp Target

It's from Target and I love the cantilever design. It's a classic design that would fit in with almost any decor, plus it has a built in dimmer! LOVE! 

I hope you enjoyed some of my favorites in this year's favorites round up! This is always a fun post. Hopefully it gives you some ideas for your loved ones (or...yourself) this year. 

Now you can take a little blog tour and see what my friends are sharing as well! I always find something I can't live without. ;) 

Sarah (me!) at Thrifty Decor Chick
Chris at Just a Girl
Myquillyn at The Nesting Place 
Brooke at All Things Thrifty 
Stacy at Stacy Risenmay

Stay healthy and happy my friends! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and I will "see" you next week!

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  1. What a great list. Several things added to my want list. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the great ideas! I got the lighter and the nail polish.

  3. Great list!! I am obsessed with electric lighters! They are the best find!

  4. Thanks for putting this list together. I'm interested in the foot massager, but I can't get the link to work. I'd like for you to get credit if I purchase it. Can you help me out? Thanks!

    1. You're so sweet! It's working for me so I'm not sure what the problem could be. Feel free to email me (thriftydecorchick at gmail dot com) and I'll send it to you.


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