Holiday Shopping Tips, Tricks and Secrets

HI HI HI HELLO GUYS. Ho ho ho, the whole thing. Christmas, Hanukkah, the holidays, they’re coming. 

& it’s so much easier to get prepared online.

Ya ya ya, you know I like to keep it quick & efficient & always like to save time.

So here are 5 tips that are going to streamline things for you during the holidays.

If you’re anything like me you have a jam-packed schedule so anything you can discover online is the way to go ( bonus points if it’s a subscription service for your loved one ).

Finding unique, niche ways to talk about the holidays & finding something different for everyone is really fun for me. Like, let’s keep things different from what everyone else is doing, ya know? Your boyfriend doesn’t need another red flannel & Aunt Suzie has enough black sweaters. 

These are ways to help you keep it creative, FESTIVE, & stand out from boring presents that everyone gets year after year.

Also, you can order all of these with a click at your desk & feel good about them. I literally sit down one day out of the year & batch all my holiday ordering. So, these are some secrets that I can’t live without. 

Drum roll & jingle bells please….

The Skinny Confidential Holiday Shopping Secrets

♡ Verishop

Recently I was perusing on Verishop & I found the most major oversized coat. If you haven’t heard of Verishop, it’s this INSANE online retailer with so many new, cool brands. 

Anyway, apparently big black coats are all the rage in Korea right now. Mimi just got back from Korea & can’t stop wearing hers. & because Mimi has one, I needed one. 

I found one on Verishop & realized that not only was it affordably priced, it was THE ideal gift for the women in my family. You can wear this over an oversized hoodie ( so chic ), a bodysuit, a mini skirt, or with a boot, so fun right? 

I also found the perfect top & bottoms that make the best loungewear set. 

Here’s what I like about Verishop:

THE SHIPPING !! Shipping is a real bitch most of the time, but not with Verishop. Shipping is SO efficient. It’s lightening fast, they offer free one day shipping & free returns. It just doesn’t get better than that. 

Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than buying gifts online & not getting them in time. I really respect & love a company that puts an emphasis on easy shipping, ESPECIALLY when it’s the holidays. You can’t be screwing around, ya know?

With Verishop you know you’ll be getting your items quickly, & they have so many amazing black moments, you just can’t go wrong. If you want to stalk the items I got for my selfish self, here they are:

top & bottom for loungewear

oversized wool coat

turtleneck dress

♡ TSC Bombshell Body Guide

Get excited because The Skinny Confidential Body Guide is the perfect gift for someone who wants to get into shape for the new year. 

TSC BBG is a 28 week program full of 27 minute long workouts, and healthy & delicious recipes. The workouts can all be done at home, in a hotel room- no equipment necessary. It can even be done while watching Housewives LOL.

My trainer, Kim Kelly, of Kim Kelly Fit Studios is also adding a whole new section come the first week of January. So not only will you get all that, you’ll get even more of Kim Kelly’s secrets.

This would be so fun to order for a friend, then print it out & put it in a baby pink envelope decorated with fun puffy stickers. Throw in a bottle of pink champagne & you’re golden. 

♡ Audible Subscription

An Audible subscription is such a good gift for someone who wants to learn. I’m so obsessed with passive multi-tasking. This means learning while also doing something passive like cooking, cleaning, folding laundry, applying makeup- you get it. 

For those who haven’t heard of Audible, it’s an audiobook subscription through Amazon. There’s a deal right now where the first 3 months is $6.95 & $14.95 after that. 

Currently on my Audible is The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene, & Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins. Both of these are books that I’ve read too, but I always go back & use them as resources.

In fact, I just listened to Robert Greene’s book today while I made the bed. It’s so  nice to start your day with a book. When traveling, my favorite thing is to pop on my headphones & an audiobook while I wait to go through security. 

♡ Just Food For Dogs Subscription

This food has absolutely change my dog’s coat. Pixy was super coarse & now she’s as soft as French butter. I honestly cannot believe we haven’t been giving this food to our dogs their entire lives. It’s all made with USDA certified ingredients, no feed-grade ingredients, no fillers or by-products, no preservatives & no artificial anything. PLUS all their nutrient blends are developed by vets.

I would recommend giving this by doing a 6 month or 1 year subscription. Every dog owner wants the best for their dogs so the best of the best food is something they will love. Give this to any dog owner & it will be put to good use.  

♡ Beauty Basket

What’s cuter than a curated beauty basket? Instead of a basket you could even use a cute makeup bag. You do you here.

Verishop’s beauty section is very much full of some favorites.

Beauty favorites to include:

Supergoop! SPF 50 mist

This mist is ideal for touching up throughout the day- one that you can throw in your bag & GO. Of course I like to use sunscreen first ( not a mist ), then apply the makeup, & go. But later in the day around 2 pm- the mist is IDEAL. In fact, it’s perfect. You can even mist your neck, chest, shoulders- you know I go crazy & even do my arms.

stainless steel tongue scraper

Tongue scraping is just something that needs to happen. Everyone should do it. It’s just as important as brushing your teeth. Simple as that. Think of all the food you eat & all that bacteria just sitting there at the back of your tongue. The tongue is an easy place for all this bacteria to attach & GROW.

So when you’re talking to someone or French kissing, all that bacteria is just sitting there like a nasty rat.

I like to use my tongue scraper in the morning & at night. Very first thing in the morning is ideal because I want to scrape all the bacteria off before I have anything to drink ( like my morning spa water or fiber-filled coffee ). Like, I’m not trying to swallow tongue bacteria over here. I do it again at night for good measure. I actually HIGHLY recommend this goes in the stocking of every single person you know.

Tata Harper floral essence mist

Do you mist? IF YOU DON’T MIST- WHAT IS HAPPENING?! WE NEED TO GET EVERYONE ON BOARD WITH A MIST. Why? Because duh, there’s nothing better.

This mist smells so good & is SO refreshing.

What’s better than that?

Well, misting yourself mid day while you’re walking to grab coffee- there’s something excessive about it. But like, excessive in the best, bougie way. & you’re getting hydration so it’s a real win win.

Bioderma Micellar Water

Micellar water is all the rage in France. Seriously ALL the French girls use it. I couldn’t believe how popular it was, especially in Paris. The reason people love it so much is that it’s super gentle & doesn’t strip the skin. I’m not a fan of over-cleansing in general, so if you want to use something that won’t irritate your skin, this is your best bet.

It’s made of these small oil molecules that draws any & all grossness out of the skin. Also it really attracts dirt, oil & makeup. You should also know there’s no alcohol in it so you can use it around your eyes too AND you won’t be squinting for half the day. This is for the girl who wants super supple skin & who wants to avoid clogged pores because it removes makeup sooooo well.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

When I was introduced to this, I immediately fell in love.

First of all, this makes your hair smell amazing. I swear even when I’m not wearing deodorant ( ….LOL ) people will comment about the light, fresh smell. It’s not attributed to anything but this texturizing spray.

The best thing about this product though is that it sort of gives waves with that chic, edgy vibe. It’s hard to explain but it takes the 4-year-old curl out of the equation. Basically makes the curls less precious? My waves DO NOT LOOK the same without this product. After waves are added to my hair I add this thick dry finishing spray to complete the look. I spray it about 6 inches from my hair & kind of shake up the hair.

Some other gift ideas:

♡ Uber gift card

♡ Postmates gift card

♡ Dry bar gift card

All of these save people TIME. Everyone is trying to save time these days. 

Oh, & also, The Daily Stoic is ALWAYS good gift to give. There is a page to read for every day of the year & Michael & I both love to gift this book. 

Anyway, these are 5 holiday shopping secrets. Out of all of these I think you guys will be obsessed with the coat from Verishop. It’s honestly SO good. I haven’t stopped wearing mine- it looks so cute with white tennis shoes. 

Do you guys have any secret holiday shopping tips? Let me know below.

Happy shopping,

x, lauryn

+ if you’re in a festive mood, scope my mulled wine recipe.

++ my grandma’s pecans is always a great gift if you’re on a budget too.

* this post is in collaboration with Verishop. as always, all opinions are my own.

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