15 Great Last-Minute Gifts That’ll Arrive Before Christmas

Choosing the perfect gift for loved ones, co-workers, and even those trickier recipients on our lists is a challenge we’re always happy to take on. But during a season packed with parties, travel, and baking marathons, presents can become a forgotten priority. In an effort to save you from the dreaded mall dash (looking at you dad), we put together this curated guide of thoughtful, last-minute gift ideas that are sure to be safely tucked beneath the tree come Christmas Eve.

“Last-minute” often connotes rushed, resulting in gifts that seem more like an obligation than a kind, loving gesture. But as someone whose love language includes giving cherished gifts, it was my pleasure and joy to shake the internet upside down and find the best last-minute gift ideas for your down-to-the-wire shopping needs.

15 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Procrastinator in All of Us

So let’s get to it—these are the foolproof last-minute gift ideas that everyone on your list will love.

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Casa Zuma E-Gift Card

I know gift cards can sometimes seem like a lazy-girl gift. But when it’s from a small business you love to support, the intention is clear. Plus, who doesn’t love a gift that comes with a built-in shopping trip?

Gourmia 2qt Digital Air Fryer

An air fryer is never a bad gift. It can be used for practically any food you could imagine and won’t leave your wallet shedding a tear. And because they’re bound to use it on the reg, it earns prime real estate on the kitchen counter. Minimalists, rejoice.

Casa Zuma Recycled Stemless Wine Glasses

A quality set of wine glasses is the perfect gift for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen inventory or who may have hosting plans on the horizon. We love their organic shape that adds a nice touch of wabi-sabi to the table. They’re satisfying to hold and safe for the dishwasher. Repeat after me: win-win.

Casa Zuma Linen Apron

We all know an aspiring chef in our lives, and for the kitchen connoisseurs among us, this linen apron is an aesthetic must-have. Both the marine and natural sand colors are equally beautiful for any neutral-themed kitchen.

Sézane Lurex Socks

What’s one gift no one will ever complain about receiving? Comfy socks. Bonus points if they’re as stunning as these ribbed pairs from Sézane. They’re a small touch of French style that anyone will be happy to keep in their dresser (and wear on the reg).

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 Bluetooth Speakers

This is one of the best speakers when it comes to portability and quality of sound. With a 14-hour charge, your backyard barbecue, kayaking trips, or low-key dinner parties will never be without a solid playlist.

Casa Zuma Coffee Ritual Bundle

A true tragedy in any house is running out of coffee just when you need it most. A coffee subscription is an easy way to ensure you’re never lacking caffeine (and it typically ends up being cheaper, too!).

Milo Classic Bag

Everything about this bag is the classy, timeless aesthetic I’m always striving for. As Sézane says, it’s the “pièce de resistance your wardrobe has been waiting for.”

Casa Zuma Handcrafted Wood Salad Bowl

From buttery popcorn to a crunchy table salad, this handcrafted wood bowl is the perfect vessel. With its understated style, it’s sure to blend beautifully with your current kitchen staples. Handmade in Michigan, this bowl is made for sharing good food with great friends. 

Figmint 6″ Enameled Cast Iron Skillet

A full-size cast iron skillet is a great staple kitchen item, but a smaller version is an easier entry for those just getting into the art of cast-iron cooking. This enameled cast iron skillet is great for everything from two-serving desserts and personal pizzas to tiny frittatas tailor-made for brunch.

Pottery Barn Enamel Teapot

Every tea drinker needs a high-quality teapot that will last for years. This enamel teapot brings a rustic, farmhouse aesthetic to any space.

Casa Zuma Reclaimed Wood Pedestal Tray

Use this reclaimed wood tray for your cocktail party charcuterie or simply to house your salt and pepper shakers. Either way, it’s a gorgeous addition to any kitchen or dining area.

Haven Well Within Sherpa Slippers

Good-quality slippers immediately elevate any routine. This pair is simple, comfy, and cozy—perfect for chilly mornings and low-key evenings.

Handmade Reclaimed Oak Cutting Board & Smartphone Holder

Fumbling around my kitchen trying to prop up a recipe book or keep my phone screen from going dark is one of my culinary pain points. A cutting board with a smartphone holder is the perfect gift for anyone from seasoned chefs to first-timers.

Avaline The Intro Set

While having a sober holiday is never a bad idea, this set of wines from Avaline is a thoughtful and totally delish gift for those who love to sip good organic wine. The nine-bottle set includes two Red, two Rosé, two White, 1 Pinot, 1 Cabernet, and 1 Sparkling. They’ll be set up for all their holiday entertaining—and well beyond.

This post was originally published on December 7, 2022, and has since been updated.

15 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides That’ll Make You the Star of Every Holiday Potluck

Let’s be honest, side dishes are the true stars of Thanksgiving. I load my plate up with mashed potatoes, green beans, and (two or three) dinner rolls. Every year, without fail. Thanksgiving is undoubtedly an indulgent meal, but it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. When my older sister first had to make dietary changes, we had two separate Thanksgiving buffets: one that was gluten-free and vegan and another that was traditional. However, after lots of research and recipe tasting, we’ve landed on a menu with vegan Thanksgiving sides that the whole family drools over.

15 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides Everyone Will Love

This list is full of both classic and creative recipes for all of your favorite Thanksgiving sides that no one will even know are vegan. Because between potlucks, Friendsgiving celebrations, and all the many gatherings you’ll host and attend this season, you’re bound to encounter a friend or family member who will appreciate creamy mashed potatoes (sans the cream).  And here’s my hot take: they might even be better than the real deal.

Roasted Honeynut Squash with Hot Honey, Pecans, and Rosemary

Why We Love It: If you’re going for ‘wow’ factor in both presentation and taste, you have to make this side dish. Teeny and cute honeynut squash spends a little time in the oven getting caramelized and crisp. Layered on your favorite platter with radicchio, pecans, garlic, and honey (sub maple syrup to make it vegan), this recipe is my new Thanksgiving fave. Note: the recipe includes goat cheese, but you’re welcome to sub in a dairy-free option or skip it entirely.

Hero Ingredient: I have a thing for squash, and honeynut is my new favorite. Seriously, have you ever seen anything cuter? And they’re not just pretty to look at. As Camille notes, “Deep orange in color and slightly reminiscent of a mini butternut, the honeynut squash is packed with sweetness, nuttiness, and an undeniable charm that elevates any dish.” Now doesn’t that sound totally delish?

Honey Roasted Carrots With Spicy Citrus, Sage & Pepitas

Why We Love It: Even if you aren’t a cooked carrot fan, this recipe might win you over with its secret sauce. It has the perfect balance of acidity, sweetness, and spice finished with fresh sage that gives it major autumn vibes. You can’t say you don’t like cooked carrots until you try this recipe. 

Hero Ingredient: The pan sauce, because it can be added to any fall veggie in your fridge. 

Harvest Kale Salad

Why We Love It: Both fall and winter’s best ingredients shine in this side salad. It’s made with a simple olive oil and lemon vinaigrette, and it might just be your new favorite Thanksgiving item. Served as a side or an appetizer, everyone can enjoy this recipe. Just be sure to ditch the brie or swap in a dairy-free alternative to keep it vegan.

Hero Ingredient: It’s a toss-up between the pear and pepitas, but I’ll go with the former—because during the colder months, it’s my favorite fruit.

Sweet & Sour Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Dates & Pecans

Why We Love It: Instead of leaning on her typical method of roasting halved sprouts until crispy, Camille shreds these into thin little ruffly bites, then does a hard sear in a cast-iron skillet to get the perfect char. A quick toss in a sweet vinegar sauce with a secret ingredient (apple cider!) and a sprinkle of toasted pecans, dates, and chili flakes, and voilá. You have a killer vegan Thanksgiving side.

Hero Ingredient: Apple cider gives this dish major fall feels. 

Make-Ahead Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Why We Love It: You had me at make-ahead, but vegan too? Incredible. If you’re hosting the feast this holiday, these mashed potatoes are a must-make for your meal. With all of the craziness involved in cooking on Thanksgiving day, you’ll be grateful for the extra stovetop space these taters free up.

Hero Ingredient: Rosemary is the flavor-packed star of this vegan show. I love the aromatic, peppery taste the herb imparts.

Roasted Delicata Squash

Why We Love It: Like some of the other sides in this roundup, you’ll want to drop the crumbled feta and sub in maple syrup for honey to make it vegan. But beyond that, this no-fuss recipe comes together with ease and so much deliciousness. Delicata squash is seriously underrated, and it’s a fave this season as it requires zero peeling on your part. (I can’t say the same for butternut squash.) Key spices like cumin, coriander, and red chili powder help this recipe stand out, and thyme ties it all together beautifully. Points for gorgeous presentation, too.

Hero Ingredient: All the herbs, please. Cilantro, mint, and parsley are the trifecta of fresh flavor.

Vegan Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Why We Love It: Do you have mac and cheese at Thanksgiving? My family doesn’t, but this recipe makes me wish we did. I could seriously eat it every day. The dish comes together in 20 minutes and is made with an easy thick and velvety vegan cauliflower cheese sauce poured over macaroni noodles (which can easily be subbed for gluten-free pasta). 

Hero Ingredient: Cauliflower is a chameleon. 

Apple Walnut Salad

Why We Love It: This fall salad is so simple, but it’s the focus on minimal, flavorful ingredients that helps it shine. I love the peppery bite of arugula paired with crisp, thinly sliced apples. Drop the goat cheese to make it vegan, or make the most of my favorite dairy-free recipe that couldn’t be easier.

Hero Ingredient: As they say, an apple a day—and this salad is my favorite way to get my fill.

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Why We Love It: Soup might not be the most traditional Thanksgiving dish, but this vegan butternut squash soup pairs perfectly with the meal. It’s healthy, but it has so much flavor that you won’t even care. 

Hero Ingredient: Coconut milk makes this soup so comforting and creamy (without the cream).

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping from Jessica in the Kitchen

Why We Love It: Instead of covering your sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, you have to try this recipe that tops the dish with chopped pecans and plenty of maple syrup. The nutty streusel-like topping makes the dish vegan but also adds a delicious flavor that perfectly complements the sweetness of the base. 

Hero Ingredient: The finished product of the crumble topping is good enough to eat by itself.

Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls from Minimalist Baker

Why We Love It: Have no fear, vegan dinner rolls are here. And they are only seven ingredients and easy to make. Rolls are one of my favorite parts of the meal, so I truly believe that no one should have to turn them down. This is one of the vegan Thanksgiving sides that is a real show-stopper. 

Hero Ingredient: The vegan butter melts in your mouth.

The Best Vegan Cornbread from Rainbow Plant Life

Why We Love It: I’m a huge fan of cornbread in the fall. This simple vegan recipe requires only 20 minutes of prep and pairs perfectly with everything from Thanksgiving dinner to a warm bowl of chili. It’s also easily made gluten-free and refined sugar-free with just a few suggested swaps.

Hero Ingredient: What is cornbread without the yellow cornmeal?

Vegan Stuffing from Love & Lemons

Why We Love It: Stuffing is essential at my Thanksgiving table, and I’m obsessed with this vegan take. Onions, celery, and sautéed mushrooms fill it with so much savory flavor. And while other stuffing recipes lean a little on the beige side, this recipe features kale, dried cranberries, and plenty of sage on top for a picture-worthy presentation.

Hero Ingredient: Sage is non-negotiable in stuffing.

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Why We Love It: Homemade cranberry sauce has never been easier. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and delicious. The orange, cinnamon, and maple syrup give this classic Thanksgiving side a unique twist that your guests will love.

Hero Ingredient: The orange zest really is the best. 

Roasted Cauliflower & Parsnip Mash from Unbound Wellness

Why We Love It: My mom made this recipe for Thanksgiving last year, and it’s a new family favorite. The addition of parsnips to the classic mashed cauliflower gives it even more of the beloved potato flavor. It’s also paleo and Whole-30. Be sure to substitute ghee for olive oil or coconut oil to be 100% vegan. 

Hero Ingredient: Parsnips give it both the texture and flavor of potatoes. 

The Best Gifts for Parents (and In-Laws) That’ll Make You the Favorite

Every gift guide will tell you the same: <insert giftee here> is the hardest person to shop for. Don’t get me wrong, each year I spend weeks considering the possibilities. Whether it’s my partner, siblings, or co-workers—finding a gift they’ll love is no easy feat. But I know you’ll agree with me when I say: parents and in-laws? They’re impossible.

So, to make life easier throughout the busy holiday season, I shook the internet upside-down to craft the ultimate gift guide for parents. Because as kids of the very best people in the world, there’s a truth we all know well: when it comes to surprising and delighting someone this holiday, our parents rank high on the list.

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Gift Guide for Parents: 16 Gifts That’ll Save You This Holiday

From luxe blankets to cozy slippers and the number one gadget they’ll obsess over for years to come, this gift guide for parents will lead you straight to the perfect present.

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Camille Oversized Throw

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one can ever have too many blankets. I drape this softer-than-soft chenille throw over my bed, and when I can wrestle it from my cats, it’s exactly what the cozy season calls for. Plus, it’s a simple way to add a touch of texture and interest to the home.

L’Avant Collective Blushed Bergamot Dish & Hand Soap Duo

Dish and hand soaps are functional, sure, but considering how often we use them, the staples are key elements of our beauty routines. What’s more, this plant-based duo balances notes of bergamot, orange blossom, amber, and cedar for a sophisticated scent that delights with every wash. Bonus: The bottles are beyond gorgeous to display. Want to go all in for your parents? The Home Essentials Bundle includes a multipurpose surface cleaner and wipes as well for them to enjoy all throughout their home.

Casa Zuma Carrillo Vase

I love a vase that doubles as a work of art—and one that pairs perfectly with the beauty it contains. Handcrafted in creamy matte stoneware, this organic, sculptural vessel pairs understated with statement-making to perfection. Your parents will love displaying it on a bookshelf, the dining table, or anywhere in the home that could use a touch of the wabi-sabi aesthetic.

Haven Well Within Faux Fur Banded Slippers

Whether your parents live in a chilly climate or not, slippers are always a must. Help them kick every morning off on a cozy note with these soft, cushiony faux fur slippers that are best paired with a warm, seasonal beverage.

Solo Stove Bonfire

As I said, let me introduce your parents’ new favorite gadget. My mom gifted this to herself a few years ago and is obsessed—so much so, that my sisters and I each bought one for ourselves. (As a city gal, I have the smaller Mesa to tote along on camping trips.) With its innovative design, the Solo Stove puts out less smoke than standards fire pits. Because of that, it’s great to cook on, roast marshmallows over, or simply gather around with friends and family. The Solo Stove is also lightweight, making it easy to transport. Just be careful: your friends might find out and request it at every outdoor gathering.

Fazeek Two Tone Coffee Plunger

If your parents love a French press cuppa, why not make their morning coffee routine all the more enjoyable? This unique, two-tone coffee plunger streamlines the prep process—and for how beautiful it is, you’ll be surprised to discover that it’s also dishwasher safe.

Mongolian Cashmere Robe

A cashmere robe for under $200? Quince makes it happen. The 100% Mongolian cashmere feels like butter against your skin, providing warmth while also offering a flattering fit. It comes in four colors, giving you plenty of options to choose from—or making it all the more tempting for your parent to collect.

Caraway Linens Set

If you’re anything like my parents, their kitchen linens are an amalgam of mismatched pieces collected over the years. And while they’re more sentimental than functional, it’s time to clear ’em out. This streamlined set is sustainably produced of organic cotton and comes in three colors, making it an easy yes.

Our Place Wonder Oven

Will Our Place ever stop taking the culinary world by storm with its innovative and design-driven drops? A likely no—and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Their latest, the Wonder Oven, is beyond cute, building upon the brand’s love of multi-purpose gadgets that help you cut down on clutter in the kitchen. A 6-in-1 air fryer and toaster oven with steam infusion, it’s spacious while still ensuring your countertop stays streamlined and clear. We just got ours recently, and I swear—I’m addicted to air frying. I’ve even made it my go-to for our weekly roasted chicken.

Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven

Cooking gadgets are always a win when it comes to parent gifting. Because we’re all a little pizza-obsessed around here, Ooni pizza ovens are our absolute faves. (See how Camille used hers at a pizza party over the summer.) For restaurant-grade pies made easy at home, your Ooni will quickly become a pizza night game-changer. While this one is great for smaller spaces, Ooni offers an array of pizza ovens to help you find the perfect one for your parents.

Maison Heart Locket Necklace I

Jewelry can be tricky, as it’s a deeply personal gift that needs to align with the giftee’s style and taste. That’s why, when I gift jewelry, I look for pieces with a sentimental touch. This 14k solid gold necklace lets you place a photo inside that they can keep close to their heart. It also comes with a complimentary engraving option, elevating it all the more. It’s an instant heirloom that’s destined to stay in your family for generations.

Column Marble Bookends

We’re passionate about shelf styling and switching things up with the seasons. These marble bookends add a modern touch that’ll stylishly complement any library of books.

Ogee Dew Kit

My obsession with skincare has rubbed off on my mom, and she’s now all ears to the brands and products I can’t get enough of. Ogee is luxury skincare at its finest, offering all the products you need for an intentional, pared-down routine. The Dew Kit includes four of my favorites that I consider daily must-haves. The Botanical Face Mist sits light on the skin while still offering deep and effective hydration. Apply the Jojoba Glow Face Oil to keep skin luminous, bouncy, and free of fine lines. The Face Stick is a multi-purpose makeup hero, acting as a bronzer, blush, and highlighter with buildable and blendable color. Finally, the Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil replenishes the lips while giving the a dewy sheen and plumpness. It’s everything you need to perfect the fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look.

Material The Trio of Knives

It’s non-negotiable: everyone needs a good set of knives. And we stand by the belief that, while you can certainly expand your collection, three do just the trick. This trio includes an 8″ chef’s knife, a small paring knife, and a serrated knife. For anything they need to slice, dice, chop up, and julienne, this collection has your parents covered.

Pigeon Toe Porcelain Butter Dish

I love sweet little gifts that not only fulfill a functional need, but that add a touch of craftsmanship to a space. This simple porcelain butter dish was handmade in Portland, Oregon, and will quickly become a conversation piece of any gathering your parents host.

Assouline Tuscany Marvel

Everyone needs more coffee table books in their life, your parents included. Assouline titles are easily recognizable thanks to their signature vibrant covers. Your parents will get lost in it as the pages perfectly convey the rich history, culture, and cuisine of the region. Who knows, it might even inspire a trip.

40 Things to Do in November That’ll Make It Your Coziest Month Yet

I live by Anne Shirley’s oft-quoted words: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Having grown up in New England, there’s nowhere better to solidify the truth behind this gratitude. The air turns crisp and the natural world is alight with all manner of autumnal colors. You spend Saturdays hiking and Sundays baking your comfort food faves (all the while, cozying up with the best books of the season). It’s why October has long been my favorite month, but having moved on to warmer horizons and the always-looming reality that is climate change, a new month has taken its place at the top. And boy, do I have a long list of things to do in November to help you fall hard for it, too.

The other day, I was joking with a friend that I have no aesthetic until fall. Though it might sound like hyperbole, there’s a truth to the claim. Summer sees me doing away with any attempt at sartorial success and embracing the beauty that is existing in your bathing suit at all times.

But thankfully, when fall (specifically November) hits, I can finally crawl under the coziest blankets and dive deep into the hobbies I could previously only do with the AC cranked up. In short, November—with its reintroduction of sweaters, slippers, soups, and stews—is perfect. And with that perfection comes a long list of things to do in November before my favorite month is up.

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40 Things to Do in November

It’s for all the reasons above (and my countdown until Thanksgiving) that I’m reminded of the many things there are to be thankful for this month. November is the ideal time to crack open a new cookbook (or two), embrace your crafty side, and prep with joy for the wonderful, winter wonderland weeks to come.

But that’s enough context—let’s dive into your ultimate list of things to do in November before the holiday busyness sweeps us away.

1. Pop something cozy in the oven. November marks the start of many baking marathons to come. These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a seasonal fave and this pumpkin loaf—complete with lighter-than-air cream cheese frosting—is a dream dessert. And if your hankering for pumpkin has come and gone, may we suggest getting a head start on your holiday cookie production.

2. Make a monthly Pinterest board. Think of it like a digital vision board. I love getting cozy on the couch, playing a comfort show (Gilmore Girls, Suits, etc.) and enjoying a cup of tea while I browse my favorite site for inspiration. Outfits, things to cook, décor ideas, and more. You’ll end your browsing feeling so energized to take on the month.

3. Prep for daylight savings. If you live in a state that observes daylight savings, be sure to mark this Sunday, November 5, on your calendar. The darker days are a reminder to embrace the coziness of staying indoors. If you work from home or in a flexible office environment, try to take regular walks throughout the day to get some fresh air. And be sure to check out our tips for treating seasonal affective disorder.

4. Learn a new craft. Try knitting, sewing, or sign up for a ceramics class! (Or join me in learning to make the prettiest pie.) Bonus: While the initial results might not be worthy of the ‘gram, they do make the best, most heartfelt gifts.

5. Brush up on your conversation skills. If you’re attending a big gathering for Thanksgiving, this couldn’t be more timely. Head here for guidance on making meaningful small talk.

6. DIY your holiday decor. These Scandinavian Dala horse gift toppers are a minimalist’s dream. I’ve gifted many of these clay mushroom ornaments and recipients are always impressed. Oh, and you’ll never guess what these sweet star ornaments are made of (hint: hold onto your recycling).

7. Shop Target’s holiday collection. As much as I love getting crafty, I also get giddy when I see all the holiday decor turn up at my local Target. You’ll catch these mini trees on my mantle among a village of these ceramic houses. And how sweet is this wreath?

8. Have your coziest weekend. This quiz from Food52 takes you through all the steps of having a cozy weekend. Whether you’re spending the weekend indoors with your family, are planning an adventure with your partner, or you want to chill and relax with the best company (yourself), this is the ultimate guide.

9. Learn to wrap the perfect present. Once you start rounding up your holiday gifts, peep our guide with tips for wrapping the perfect present. And if you’re looking for more inspiration, we have you covered.

10. Read the best fall books. From BookTok to the best new releases to the ultimate fall reading list, we have you covered.

11. Brush up on your farmhouse skills. Preserving food, creating natural cleaning supplies, and making your own dried herbs—there’s plenty of creativity to be found in a DIY way of life. For credible info all in one place, Julia Watkins’ book Simply Living Well and blog are great resources. Or, if you prefer a class, be sure to check out the School of Traditional Skills.

12. Plan your future country house. Is there anything more inspiring than (mentally, wistfully) designing your ultimate dream home? Head here to find all our favorites and be sure to follow along as Camille shares her journey in transforming a 1950s beach bungalow in Malibu into a dream retreat.

13. Get to know the biggest design trends. From Japandi to Barbiecore, we’ve been tracking the biggest, most influential design aesthetics of the year. Whether you’re looking for guidance in designing a complete renovation or simply want to feel inspired for small changes down the road, consider brushing up on these trends (and looking ahead to what the winter has in store).

14. Prep for holiday guests. Because we knew this moment would come, we did the work in advance of asking one of our favorite designers how to create a comfy and cozy guest room. With tips from what essentials to stock to ideas for designing a soothing environment, get ready for a stress-free visit.

15. Reconnect with your gratitude practice. Don’t just give thanks on Thanksgiving this year. Develop the art of practicing gratitude daily this month with these simple habits that can have a big impact in your life.

16. Watch all the best fall movies. They’re comfy, cozy, and totally nostalgic. Make your way through them before it’s time to break out the Christmas classics!

17. Make pasta from scratch. It’s way easier than it seems. Camille’s sweet potato gnocchi is a great place to start.

18. Prepare the perfect Thanksgiving table. Whatever your vibe, we have all the holiday table inspiration you need. Your guests will have plenty more to gush about than just the pies this year.

19. Host a football Sunday. I’ll admit, I don’t know all the rules, but there’s something so cozy about gathering with friends to watch the Sunday games. Make a big pot of chili and ask your guests to bring snacks. It’s such a low-key way to get together.

20. Help your kids practice a morning routine. Are the AM hours hectic in your house, too? We get it. Learn to curate more mindful mornings with your kiddos. Trust us, they’ll love these ideas.

21. Create a cycle syncing planner. IYKYK—our menstrual cycles shift how we feel all throughout the month. Pair your energy levels with the appropriate activities and supportive meals to help you feel your best. Use this cycle syncing planner to start your journey.

22. Host a girls’ night. If you haven’t heard, they’re back—and we have all the girls’ night ideas you need to ensure your evening doesn’t just end up another wine night.

23. Become a morning workout person. It can help reset your circadian rhythm and boost your energy all throughout the work day. Get started with our favorite YouTube workouts tailor-made for AM movement.

24. Experiment with our new favorite squash. You’ve probably seen honeynut squash turn up at your local grocery stores and farmer’s markets. They’re not just cute—they’re absolutely delish. Roast ’em with hot honey, pecans, and rosemary for your go-to November side dish.

25. Get Shira Gill’s new book. Organized Living, written by our favorite professional organizer, is the guide you need to transforming your home. (Without having to do a full-on Marie Kondo edit.) Get more of Shira’s tips and insights here.

26. Get a head start on flu season. Immune-boosting soups for the win! 15 recipes that are soothing and oh-so-cozy. Is there anything better?

27. Visit Vermont. Because is there anywhere more beautiful to be in November? We’re booking this chalet, stat.

28. Order your holiday cards. It’s never too early to get these started. By prioritizing them earlier in the month, you can ensure they’re still a joy to write and send out.

29. Curate the perfect charcuterie board. They’re the easiest way to feed (and wow) a crowd. Try our favorite fall charcuterie board and invite everyone over.

30. Make a simmer pot. Cozier than a candle and so simple to make. We love the combo of sliced apples, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and a little maple syrup to sweeten the deal.

31. Drink coffee outside in a cozy blanket. I love feeling the fresh November chill while my mug keeps me warm. It’s the perfect way to get a little sunlight first thing. Bring your book with you for even comfier vibes.

32. Watch Gilmore Girls all the way through. It’s now or never, folks!

33. Host Friendsgiving. Keep the vibes casual and chill. Do it potluck-style and invite everyone to bring their favorite dish for the holiday. It’s so fun to learn about everyone’s unique traditions.

34. Sign up for a Turkey Trot. If you’re a runner, more power to you. But most races also include a walking option, which I’ll definitely be doing.

35. Write gratitude cards. Share them with all the people in your life who make your days a little lighter, easier, and brighter. Just writing them will make you feel warm and cozy inside.

36. Shop locally. Not just on Small Business Saturday, but as you start going through your holiday list, make an effort all throughout the month to purchase from local stores.

37. Buy yourself a new fall sweater. Because you deserve it. I have my eye on this striped turtleneck and this stunning fair isle cardigan.

38. Collect all the new holiday magazines. Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple—the list goes on. I love cozying up on the couch ready to plow through a stack brimming with inspiration.

39. Invest in a new pair of pajamas. Stay warm all winter in this cozy set. And of course, slippers are essential.

40. Watch a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Nothing beats a classic, right?

This post was originally published on November 3, 2019, and has since been updated.

The Best Self-Help Books That’ll Inspire Change, Growth, and Transformation

While I’m always looking for the best self-help books to inspire my journey, in certain circles, I’ve found that the genre gets a bad rap. I, for one, have always been a firm believer that when we seek out and surround ourselves with inspiration, it’s that intention itself that can have a transformative effect. Of course, growth also happens when we take in concrete tips that can help us gradually and consistently move in the direction of positive change.

But as we all know, getting started is usually the hardest part. When I’m stuck, deciding to move forward can take all my energy. We worry about doing the wrong thing and obsess over inconsequential details because we’re afraid to just do something.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Image by Michelle Nash

50 Self-Help Books to Change Your Life

So what’s the solution to this super-glued feeling all of us experience in our lives? Well, we have to take action. According to this article, “taking action is proactive. It values forward motion and momentum over wondering and worrying. Taking action puts you firmly in the driver’s seat and helps give you the confidence you need to tackle whatever is holding you back.”

Once we get the ball rolling on a task, the momentum to complete that task comes naturally and pushes us to the finish line. Something that seemed so impossible before is now achievable. Sounds pretty simple when you put it that way.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered a list of our favorite self-help books that’ll inspire you to get your ball rolling toward a more productive future. These motivational self-help books are perfect for reading any time there’s an area of your life where you’re feeling a little stuck.

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The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin

I had this book recommended to me no less than 10 times before I finally picked it up. Rick Rubin, the famed record executive and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, compiled all of his most potent creative wisdom into a single (admittedly hefty) book. It reads like poetry, and you’ll be inspired to share snaps of the pages to your Instagram story. Plus, when you’re done, it makes for a stunning coffee table book.

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

This book dives deep into the psychology behind experiences—why certain moments impact us more than others and how to create these memorable experiences instead of leaving our lives to chance. It’s a fascinating study of free will and autonomy over our lives, putting us in the driver’s seat to make every moment count.

Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson

This has to be the most insightful behavioral science book I’ve read to date. Thomas Erikson presents an insightful study of the communication patterns that divide all humans into four categories: Reds are dominant and commanding, Yellows are social and optimistic, Greens are laid back and friendly, and Blues are analytical and precise. By understanding ourselves—and those we interact with—in this way, we can speak more effectively, persuasively, and compassionately to everyone in our lives.

Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier by Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey

It’s a fact that any self-help book with Oprah Winfrey as co-author is an immediate yes. Build the Life You Want is a perfect example of the rule, breaking down the journey of building a happy life into a science. If feeling content and satisfied has always felt like an abstract pursuit, this is the guidebook you need. It’s the perfect read if you’re feeling stuck, as the pages provide you with actionable steps to improve every area of your life—from family to friendship to work and faith.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

This Is How You Heal details the art of healing. While that process can possibly be ignited by a tragedy or disruption, it’s not a moment in which one becomes all-knowing or aware of their new path. Instead, healing is a journey, one that releases beliefs we may have once held close to start to uncover our best and most authentic selves.

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

One of the most challenging aspects of interpersonal relationships is accepting when your ideas or beliefs may not be shared by those around you. The Courage to be Disliked encapsulates. It uses nineteenth-century psychology to develop a narrative between a philosopher and a young man who aims to see beyond society’s expectations and define his life’s direction. 

The Power of Fun: How To Feel Alive Again by Catherine Price

Many of us go through life hyper-focused on success and power, so much so that we forget to enjoy the lives we’re given. The Power of Having Fun teaches us to simply have fun, despite the common belief that fun itself may be “indulgent, even immature and selfish.” 

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron

Hypersensitivity is a trait that’s often met with a negative perception. However, The Highly Sensitive Person teaches readers to embrace their sensitivity and work with it to flourish in an overwhelming world.

Quarter-life by Satya Doye Byock

Quarter-life is an excellent reminder that so much in life changes between our twenties and thirties. However, the so-called “mid-life crisis” is inevitable. Staying grounded can keep us stable and successful when everything moves at 100 miles a minute. 

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat In Difficult Times by Katherine May

Wintering recounts a lonely and disheartening period in Katherine May’s life. Containing both lived experiences and references from mythology and ancient literature, May details how accepting your circumstances and finding solace during hard times may be the best way to care for our minds and souls. 

The Power of Self-Discipline by Peter Hollins

Do you know the Reels sound explaining that discipline is more powerful than motivation? Yep, I’m fully on board. This book breaks down the science behind that truth and provides you with the practices and habits to keep committing to yourself, day after day. We all know that willpower is a limited resource and one that depletes faster the more we have to exercise it. But The Power of Self-Discipline helps make will-power habitual, helping you say no to what doesn’t align and yes to what really matters.

The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard by Ollivier Pourriol

May I present the idea that perhaps success doesn’t require all the hustle our society says it does? The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard encapsulates this idea by referencing French philosophers who believed that letting go may be the answer to heightened creativity and a more fulfilling life. 

The Self-Care Year by Alison Davies

Nature is a cycle of change and rebirth, and caring for ourselves throughout the seasons calls for different ways to feel our best. This novel does a stellar job of teaching us how to realign ourselves based on the time of year and how to live more presently and connect with ourselves.

The Clarity Cleanse by Habib Sadeghi, DO

Dr. Sadeghi’s Clarity Cleanse is a journey of self-discovery to unlock the unresolved emotional issues hurting your health and success, and how to live with greater self-awareness. An advisor to Gwyneth Paltrow, Emily Blunt, Tim Robbins, Stella McCartney, and others, Dr. Sadeghi shows you how to turn obstacles into healing and energizing opportunities through a liberating 12-step guide to recognizing the emotional issues that hold you back. 

The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor’s Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age by Gladys McGarey

What does it take to look back on your life without regret? The Well-Lived Life sets you up with transformative secrets to do exactly that—from someone who already has. Written by a centenarian, still-practicing doctor, this book is required reading. You’ll learn to embrace your life fully, move your body with passion, feel grounded in your purpose, learn from all of those around you, and most importantly—love openly and honestly.

The 5 Am Club by Robin Sharma

Romanticizing your morning routine is one of the best ways to up-level your life. The 5AM Club couldn’t do a better job of reiterating the importance of morning rituals. The book tells the fictional story of four characters who use the first hour of their day to get ahead and seek inspiration.

Hunting Discomfort by Sterling Hawkins

As the title suggests, this book encourages us to never shy away from discomfort, but rather to embrace it. Hawkins explores this idea of utilizing discomfort to fuel us on the most direct path to our goals—as successful athletes, entrepreneurs, and company founders do.

Free Time by Jenny Blake

In her book, Jenny essentially redefines what a successful business looks like. She takes a step-by-step approach to transforming your life from one full of work and stress to one enriched by simplicity and joy. As an entrepreneur, Jenny points out that even in the smallest of businesses, you can’t do everything yourself, which is why she discusses the importance of building a small team to help you along the way.

Good Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner

If you were fascinated and enthralled by Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, I can’t recommend this book enough. Therapist and author Catherine Gildiner reflects on her work with five patients—a group she calls the “most heroic and memorable.” Their stories couldn’t be any different, and they cover a large swatch of the innumerable challenges people face throughout their lives. The book touches upon everything from narcissism to abandonment to unpacking the deeply-rooted trauma of childhood experiences.

Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski

When it came out in 2015, Emily Nagoski’s breakthrough bestseller Come As You Are was a favorite and much-discussed topic among me and my college friends. Nagoski, a sex educator and researcher, channels that same expressive and explosive energy into her latest book, Burnout. Inspired by the recommendation of a friend who was part of my Come As You Are book club, I picked this up four years later. Having just entered the professional world, I was confused, stressed, and overwhelmed navigating this new stage of my life. And while your experience may be different, this book boasts universal takeaways bound to transform anyone’s life.

The Wisdom of Your Body by Hillary L. McBride

A Vancouver-based therapist, researcher, speaker, and feminist writer, Hillary McBride is revolutionizing the way we think and speak about body image and empowerment. I first discovered McBride’s work when I read her second book, Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image. Like many women, learning to make peace with my body (a part of myself I’ve been taught to vilify since I was born) has been a journey fraught with complexity. But through McBride’s writing, research, and compassionate approach, I’ve learned to create a healthier relationship with my body, my appearance, and myself.

Home Body by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur is a poetic force. You’ve likely seen her work take social media by storm over the past several years. Grounded by the unique, but often universal, challenges and traumas countless people face, Kaur’s words are vulnerable, illuminating, and awe-inspiring. With home body now in my collection,I make sure to keep all three of her books within arm’s reach at all times. The lines provide a nearly-tangible comfort and inspire a strong sense of self-acceptance.

Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker

The desire to explore a sober-curious lifestyle has grown significantly over the past few years. As the pandemic made some of us reflect on and reconsider our relationship to alcohol, we’ve become more aware of its ubiquity. In Quit Like a Woman, Whitaker unpacks our world’s obsession with drinking—pointing out its presence at just about every social gathering and function we attend. She shares her own personal journey toward sobriety while tracking the larger ways alcohol companies target women. 

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

This book was recommended to me by a close friend, who said that the stories within helped her to heal from heartbreak and face the reality that everything in our future is unknown. In her ad hoc memoir, Cheryl Strayed teaches the lesson that all things in life have immense meaning, and the potential for rescue and growth is within everything that happens.

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull, President and Co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios and Disney Animation, brings you centerstage to the world of creativity in business and provides the tools necessary to help guide you and those around you to reach their full potential. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their company and its employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation.

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabriele Bernstein

New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and spirit junkie, Gaby Bernstein teaches you how to transform fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in The Universe Has Your Back guides you to release the blocks that are holding you back from what you long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide you back to your true inner power.

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith

This is a short book you can pick up when you have a question and get an answer for what needs to be done. Seize the day? Wait and ponder? Whether it’s your job or a relationship, there are four simple answers to your millions of questions. The Stuck Book is full of easily digestible wisdom.

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

“As you look back over the last ten years, were there times when a different decision would have made your life radically different from today, either for better or for worse?” Tony Robbins, the nation’s leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s most famous lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

“The decision to pursue what sparks joy extends far beyond its first application in home tidying: it often opens the door for greater self-discovery and fulfillment. After a thorough tidying session, one of Marie’s clients quit her job and started a new business. Another client shared that she felt comfortable inviting friends to her home for the first time. Another client declared she had moved on from a destructive relationship that no longer sparked joy – and that it transformed her entire life.”

Originals by Adam Grant

Originals re-defines what being creative means by using specific examples of how persistence, transparency, critical thinking, and perspective can be brought together to change the world. What you’ll get is a self help book that feels like sitting down with a really smart older friend, who tells you countless stories of how creative people tackled seemingly impossible problems and solved them.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero is ridiculously hilarious and takes on a no-nonsense attitude to provide you with direct instructions for how to change your perspective on life to reach your dreams and convince yourself that not only do you deserve it, but you will get it if you try hard enough. Jen takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career, and general all-around awesomeness you so desire.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now has sold over two million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. “Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes you on an inspiring spiritual journey to find your true and deepest self. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces you to enlightenment and its natural enemy: the mind. He awakens you to your role as a creator of your pain, and shows you how to have a pain-free life by living fully in the present.”

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

Everyone I’ve talked to has either recommended The Body Keeps the Score to me or entered into a (sometimes) hours-long discussion about how truly life-changing this book was. Historically, our culture has had a limited understanding of trauma. Thankfully, the past decade has seen a shift in trauma becoming more widely discussed and less stigmatized. But there’s still so much we have to learn on a personal and community level about how trauma affects us. 

How to Change by Katy Milkman

PSA: Change isn’t inherently a bad thing. Sure, if external influences (family, trends, people on social media) are causing us to change in a way that’s not in alignment with our inner truths, it’s time to pull back and reassess. But when change means you’re working toward something that’s on the path to where you want to find yourself, that’s a healthy sign of growth. How to Change does an effective job of pointing out what’s standing in the way of reaching your goals.

Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer

As someone who experiences occasional anxiety myself, I can say that no other book has influenced the way I look at and understand anxiety quite like this. And while I’d take incremental growth over quick fixes any day, Dr. Brewer maps out the life-changing “hacks” that are not only easy to adopt but possible to sustain.

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover

Raise your hand if you could set better boundaries. Historically, our culture has had the idea that setting boundaries are a bad thing. But in reality, learning to communicate your feelings and express your limits with others is an incredibly powerful tool. With friends and family a DM or phone call away and the idea of work-life balance being seemingly impossible to achieve, it’s more important now than ever to be able to say “no” and unapologetically express what you need.

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies by Tara Schuster

I read this book when my confidence was at an all-time low. A friend had just finished it and passed along her copy, sharing how much it had changed her life. While I’m admittedly skeptical about buzzy reads and wellness trends that are supposed to fix all of my problems, this was one of the most transformative books I’ve ever cracked open. Schuster doesn’t mince words. Her tone is brutally honest throughout, but she pairs her direct and honest language with kindness, compassion, and empathy.

8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go by Jay Shetty

From the author of Think Like a Monk, Jay Shetty’s latest book seeks to make practical sense of love—a concept that for so many of us feels abstract and impossible to understand. He lays out specific and easy-to-apply tips to help you cultivate love and nurture stronger relationships. I love that he also takes the reader through the entire relationship cycle—from the first date to breaking up and starting over. It’s the roadmap you’ve always wanted but didn’t think was possible to put into words. Luckily, Jay Shetty has.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

Isn’t it a good sign when the title of a book pulls you in immediately? Time management has always been something I’ve struggled with. I’ve bought all the planners, used all the apps, and blocked all of my social media when I need to focus. But truly, I haven’t found anything more effective than the advice shared in this book.

Your Time to Thrive by Marina Khidekel

In our mile-a-minute world, it can seem like the only way to succeed is by sacrificing our wellbeing for work promotions, praise, and productivity. But to thrive means something completely different. Instead of encouraging you to grind through the unending cycle of stress, Your Time to Thrive draws upon scientific research to help you make lasting, positive changes. The key? It’s all about taking micro steps.

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington points out that, more than that, a chronic lack of sleep negatively impacts everything from our relationships to our emotional wellbeing. Well-researched and truly transformative, this is the wake-up everyone needs to help you fall into restful, restorative sleep.

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. She tells us that Rising Strong is about getting to the heart of the most painful and uncomfortable moments we’ve ever experienced, getting honest about the way in which they’ve made us feel, and being bold enough to hold ourselves accountable to get up and grow from the past as we move into the future.

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

David Goggins’s inspirational story reminds us to never settle into a pattern of unhappiness. It reveals how we can become comfortable with discomfort as fuel in bettering ourselves and achieving our goals. Motivated to become a Navy SEAL, Goggins details his story of living his life depressed and overweight, to becoming one of the world’s most successful marathon runners and triathletes.

10% Happier by Dan Harris

Dan Harris’s journey to silence the nagging voice in his head, which was also the root of his untamed anxiety, is one that I feel is highly relatable as a chronic overthinker. Meditation, Harris found, was the answer to rewiring his brain and releasing the feeling of anxiety from his daily life.

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron

I picked up Comfortable with Uncertainty during one of the most significant transitions I have experienced. I’m so grateful that I found this gem amid change, heartbreak, and loss. This book explores Buddhism and its teachings which detail many essential life lessons, including that nothing in life will ever be certain. Coming to terms with that idea through mindfulness, meditation, and self-awareness is the key to finding happiness in the unknown. 

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Your morning rituals and habits may have more impact than you think. James Clear took the world by storm with his book Atomic Habits, which teaches several important lessons, including the effect of “marginal gains” and that whether you win or lose, your goal stays the same, but the ability within yourself to reach that goal you is what you must evaluate.  

Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

This book preaches a similar narrative as Atomic Habits but from a highly-disciplined military background. Drawing inspiration from his commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin, Admiral William H. McRaven uses the slogan “What starts here changes the world” to share his experience with Naval Seal Training and how it helped him overcome challenges throughout his life.  

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Based upon the traditional practices of the Toltecs, an indigenous tribe of Mexico, The Four Agreements tells us how to break out of the mundane and controlled lives that we have been living to decide for ourselves what is possible and how to live life unattached to the agenda of any other authority. 

What A Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue

What if being alone wasn’t viewed so negatively? What if it was an empowering and enlightening experience? Well, surprise! It can be. “The Sumflower,” will be your guide to understanding just how much you can gain from simply enjoying your own company.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown states, “Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.” This idea helps us reach the point of “less is more” in every area of our life to minimize stress and effort toward many daunting tasks. 

This post was originally published on August 10, 2019, and has since been updated.