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The Best Gifts I Gave This Year

We all walk a fine line between being super original and wanting to fit in with our circle of friends. I know the line, you know the line; and we’re all individuals! In my quest to find the most original – yet not-so-oddball – gifts for my friends and family, I came across lots of pretty cool stuff.

Go to your room young ladyFor my sister, I didn’t want to get her another book and I wasn’t going to spend hundreds on a new purse (she ain’t worth that, yo), so this super cute print she can hang in her reading corner was perfect.

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What do you get the woman who has everything? Awesome pajamas.

And that’s exactly what I gave my mom this year.

My favorite PJs are from Soma. Every year after Christmas, Soma has a bigass sale, and I stock up with as many of the sets as I can. It’s a good time for me to get next year’s gifts for mom, too.

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If you haven’t yet had the chance to play Cards Against Humanity, you’re missing out on the funnest (totally a word) game this side of adulthood. (I gave this to a board game lover I know.) And if you do have the game, you’ve likely added to your arsenal with expansion packs, including the Bigger Blacker Box. But what good is a bunch of boxes when what you really need is a case with which to carry your horrible game.

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And on the opposite end of the spectrum, I gave my daughters this amazing new game. Gravity Maze seems to be winning every award possible, making it very easy to brag about how your kid has “Active Play” toys.

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Henri Bendel Striped Pill BoxOK, I have to admit I got myself something I didn’t think I needed, but now that I have it, I won’t be able to live without it. This little Pill Box from Henri Bendel not only keeps me looking less like a walking pharmacy, it shows off what little style I do have. Bonus: It complements my Michael Kors purse and wallet. SCORE!

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Know someone who likes a little flash to match her sparkling eyes? I do, and she got these beautiful Peacock Earrings from Betsey Johnson in her stocking from me.

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I was given this fun set of Always Sharp Eyeliners by SMASHBOX from ULTA Beauty. If you don’t already have a favorite eyeliner – and what girl doesn’t? – this should be the next one you try. I’m not usually a blue eyeliner kind of girl, but since I have it (and its cousin, purple) in my makeup bag, I tried it. Friend, it’s super fun to wear!

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Michael Kors Ballet FlatsI can’t get over these black patent-leather ballet flats at MichaelKors.com. Can’t. Get. Over. Pause. Pause. Pause.

Ballet flats are a staple in my wardrobe, so you KNOW I got these beauties are currently on sale for 50% off! Score ME for spending some of that Christmas money!

And yes, I’m mentioning yet another something I got for me. I’m completely shameless.

Share with us what your favorite thing to give is in the comments below!

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