Eight Days of Giving: Gifts for the Home

Eight Days of Giving: Gifts for the Home

Cool, cold or nasty weather is a natural for staying home and getting Hygge, or as I like to call it…cozy. They say our home is our castle but I prefer it to feel like a sanctuary. Part of what creates that feeling is having things that work efficiently, are a joy to use, and free up time for relaxing. Today, I have a gift guide for the home which includes things we’ve added to our home and love.

I’ll never forget the year I asked for a mop for my birthday…and got it. I won’t bother to wonder what I was thinking but I can assure you I’m much choosier about my gift requests now. However…

I spotted this cordless vacuum in a friend’s home and knew it was exactly what I needed…and wanted. This vacuum doesn’t hold a charge long enough to vacuum the whole house at one time but I ask you, who wants to do that anyway? Not me. I want to whip out a light, easy vacuum to clean up the kitchen and family room floors, then hang it up and get on with my day. I mentioned it to my husband and he jumped on it. I only hope he uses it more than me.

We ordered this Ring security system for our home and love it! It’s a wireless security system that alerts you when someone comes to your door. This simply replaces your existing doorbell and gives you the ability to see and speak to anyone outside your front door, even if you’re not home! Everything happens on your cell phone and it’s easy to use.

We also installed a motion detector with lights and cameras on the sides and back of the house. These light up when a person walks up to the house. We can see the side and back of the house any time we want simply by opening the free app on our phones. It even has a siren we can set off if we don’t like what we see. We’ve had alarms on our homes over the years, but nothing this sophisticated and this whole thing is affordable and wireless!

While we’re on the subject of front doors, how’s your welcome mat looking? I bought a new one for this house that I love. It’s nice and large and gets the job done with a motif I am particularly fond of. A Queen Bee:) I also love monogrammed welcome mats and Frontgate makes beautiful ones.

I’ve been a fan of London Fogs since my daughter introduced me to them on our trip to Tofino. A London Fog is made with Earl Grey tea, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk. I always order mine half sweet because I’m not a fan of that much sugar. I started making mine at home using unsweetened organic vanilla soy milk which tasted right but didn’t look right so we found this little frother which is amazing. Our afternoon “fogs” taste and look professional:)

I bought this pot and pan set many years ago and still love it! It heats up quickly and cooks evenly. I kept mine polished and shiny for many years when I displayed them on a pot rack. I’ve long since let them tarnish but it has no effect on how well they perform. When I have a place to hang them again, I’ll get them polished to look like new. You can pay a fortune for copper pots, but these are affordable and fabulous.


Last Christmas we bought ourselves an air fryer and I LOVE it! It really does make crisp food you’d think has tons more calories. Last week I “fried” asparagus spears that were awesome! You can pay a lot of money for an air fryer, but I can tell you, you don’t have to. I’ll start sharing some recipes here because I use it all the time.

What helps your home feel like a sanctuary?

Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. Susan Bartlett
    December 17, 2019 / 5:17 pm

    Great ideas and I could use them all! My son and D-in-law love their RING. Since they have young children, they especially like that it alerts them to an open outside door.

  2. Elizabeth
    December 16, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    I have the Dyson stick Animal and really like it as it is so light to handle especially for those quick clean ups..Also we have been using an air fryer for the past few years…Love them and I could finally eat fries again,as one tblsp of oil is ample, in fact I hardly ever use oil and they cook and brown up just fine..I usually give my hubby a list..I don’t like people giving me their preference of perfumed body lotions and I much prefer to pick and buy my own clothes so anything that makes life easier, well I am all for that…..Cheers….

  3. Lauren
    December 16, 2019 / 10:28 am

    Just looked at your picture of you on the Polar Express 🙂 That robe looks fabulous….you should sell them with your “@ATAWELLSTYLEDLIFE embroidered on them….we could all like we have attended your Spa 🙂

    • Jennifer
      December 16, 2019 / 5:57 pm

      LOL, you are hilarious, Lauren.

  4. Penelope
    December 16, 2019 / 8:35 am

    I’m content when things are working. The day before Thanksgiving our refrigerator went out and our food spoiled and had to be tossed out. A sweet friend shared his dinner with us and even gave me the left overs for my post thanksgiving turkey soup, so we had much for which to be thankful. . Services in our location are slow and slower so, since then, we have had a loaner fridge in the garage. Traipsing in and out for food items has been frustrating. Now that the fridge inside is finally repaired, it’s lovely to have the luxury again. ….. Something we all probable take for granted. No snazzy new appliances for me ; I’m just glad to have my old fridge back!

  5. Bea
    December 16, 2019 / 4:59 am

    The older I get, the more I appreciate making my home a comfortable sanctuary. To that end, this year I bought a super mattress topper (love how it feels as I drift off to sleep each night), a handheld, battery operated frother (perfect for my morning cafe latte – less than $20), and seasonal sheets & pillows for my bed. Also, I treat myself to fresh flowers all year round.
    Happy holidays!

    • Nancy
      December 16, 2019 / 7:27 am

      My brother is using the older I get excuse to the extreme. Men tend to buy what they want anyway. He calls it “I’m in my last trimester, so…” His old age could get very expensive! They have the air fryer and love it. We both have the milk frother, works very well.

    • Jennifer
      December 16, 2019 / 5:55 pm

      Happy Holidays, Bea

  6. Susan
    December 16, 2019 / 4:43 am

    MY husband loves the air fryer we were given for Christmas last year(I have yet to use it!)Great for all sorts of food.airfryer.com gives recipes on almost everything you might want to cook with it. Also I ‘ve noticed that Piterest has also been showing lots of air fryer recipes. Bon Apetite! Merry Christmas to all

  7. Melissa R.
    December 16, 2019 / 4:37 am

    Love our Ring! We have 2 doorbells and the flood light. We live on 7 Acres and Ring really helps us feel more secure in this day and time. I really like the feature that I can speak to someone that comes up to the house without opening the door. It can be annoying sometimes with false alerts when a bird flies by, a bug crawls across the camera or the wind blows hard. The alerts can be turned off very easily through my phone.

    • Jennifer
      December 16, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      We love ours too. I would rather get a false alert than no alert:)!

  8. Janet
    December 16, 2019 / 3:14 am

    I’ve thought about Ring but wondered if I could handle one more techy gadget. Looks simple though.
    I also wondered if the air fryer really did anything all my other appliances didn’t already do. Looking forward to any recipes you share.

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