The Gigantic PBF Gift Guide

I think I had a little too much fun assembling this gift guide!

This PBF Gift Guide includes pictures and links to some of my favorite fitness and fashion products as well as some items I’ve been eyeing for some time now. Hopefully something will jump out at you and give you an idea for a special gift for a certain someone in your life!

Nothing is more than $100 and I tried to cover various price points.

Happy holidays!

Fitness Finds:

BIC Bands 

The perfect stocking stuffer! These workout headbands are super cute and actually stay in place. I love the sparkly and holiday-themed headbands!

Reebok CrossFit Jacket

I own this jacket in gray and red and it is one of my all-time favorite fitness apparel items. It’s stretchy, warm and form-fitting without clinging to the body in an unflattering way.

tshirt quilt

iphone 5 arm band pink

lululemon scoop neck tanktop

A classic for a reason. Flattering, feminine and just plain pretty. I adore this bright red color!

Reebok CrossFit Tight

I wore these during a long biking tour in Connecticut and they stayed up and kept my legs nice and toasty! The material hides lumps and bumps better than other compression tights I’ve tried in the past and they are much more flattering!

Fashion Finds:

sideways cross necklace

I saw something similar in one of the outdoor shops in Bryant Park in NYC last weekend and fell in love. So delicate and pretty!

Eternity Scarf Urban Outfitters

My friend Leah wore this scarf in NYC and I instantly fell in love with it! So cozy and I adore the coral color.

Semi Precious Stone Bracelet

A cute bracelet to wear on its own or stacked with a gold watch and gold bangles.

This Girl Loves Christmas

So cheesy and so great. I may have purchased this shirt for myself earlier this week. And bought the guy version for Ryan, too. We’re so cool.

Beauty Finds:

SmashBox Photo Finish Primer 

I started using primer about a year ago and I cannot believe I went so long without adding it to my makeup arsenal. This Smashbox primer goes on light and makes my makeup last 10,000 times longer. It’s amazing! It’s also pretty expensive, but I’ve had the same bottle for more than a year and I’m not even halfway through it.

Vera Bradley Hanging Organizer

Perfect for traveling! I pack my hanging organizer with travel-size shampoo and conditioner, lotion, hair ties, workout headbands and more.

  • Red LipstickLOreal-Paris-Infallible-Le-Rouge

Two price points: YSL Rouge (expensive), L’Oreal Infallible (cheaper, but still wonderful and long-lasting). I also love Revlon lip butter in cherry tart. It’s subdued enough for daytime but still adds a fun pop of color.

Jane Marvel Makeup Cosmetics Case

I bought two Jane Marvel cosmetics bags on super-sale through RueLaLa and love them! I keep a small one filled with lip gloss, mascara and concealer so I can easily throw my makeup into my purse. I think the glitter look of this bag is awfully snazzy!

More Fun Gift Ideas:

personalized stationary


  • Fun Holiday Socks or Slippers

women's holiday socks

These socks are only $5 at Target! I have a Halloween-themed pair and they’re comfortable and cozy without making your feet sweat!

  • Books!

happiness project

iphone5 003


Note: If you happen to be affiliated with a small company that makes gifts that give back in some way, please leave a comment with more information on this post! I’m hoping to do a gift guide highlighting gifts that give back, too!


  1. says

    I am actually decidedly NOT a Lily fan, but I have had that make-up case for literally years and have used the heck out of it!
    Despite the years and travel it is still going strong!


  2. says

    Oh I LOVE those Lululemon tanks. You’re right, they’re classic for a reason! Gonna have to start dropping major hints about those compression tights. I love tights especially living in the PNW and being a runner, but they’re RARELY flattering!!!


  3. Jennifer F says

    Great gift ideas! I really love the cross necklace. I checked out that shop on Etsy and I want everything! I will be going back after the holidays for a gift for me 😉


  4. says

    Great ideas! Thanks Julie!
    I just bought ‘The Happiness Project’ audiobook and its literally changing my life. I think it’s going to make a great gift for a couple of the wonderful women in my life. Happy holidays to you!


    • Dana says

      I’m actually not a fan of the sideways crosses either. I’m not even Christian (hey Julie – whatever happened to that Hanukah post you were talking about on Facebook? ;)), but as a religion major in college, I do know that the different placement of the cross means different things (eg, the upside down cross is often affiliated with the Satanic Church). I just think that if it were supposed to be representative of my religion and my savior, I’d want it right side up.


  5. Robyn says

    I personally do not have my own shop that give back, however, one of my favorite Etsy shops does! Brighter Day, run by Whitney Newby of, sells handmade bags, clutches and earrings. Everything is so dang cute and pretty affordable, too!

    She donates 10% of the proceeds that come from sales to the International Justice Mission, which works to secure justice for victims of modern-day slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.


  6. says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these gift ideas!! I’m going to treat myself to an Anthropology mug soon! Spoiler alert- BIC Bands is on my 12 days of giveaways leading up to Christmas 🙂

    I’m hosting a 12 days of giveaways starting today, come check it out!


  7. says

    My grandma made me a quilt like the one above with all of my old sorority shirts. I love it! Alot of the shirts I don’t wear anymore, but it’s fun having a blanket that memoralizes some of my best memories in college 🙂


  8. says

    I’ve been saving my kids favorite clothes and all their school shirts since they were little and plan on having one of those quilts made as a graduation gift. I LOVE that idea! You have lots of great ideas, but still nothing for my mother-in-law. I am really struggling this year on her gift. When I asked her what she wanted she said a face lift and tummy tuck! 🙂 My husband has no ideas either. ARGH!


  9. Alexandra says

    My family owns a unique flower shop in Melbourne, FL called The Ultimate Rose and Fiesta Roses – – we have farms in Ecuador where we grow roses and have a special process to stem-dye them, For Christmas we have Red, Green and White roses where each petal is a different color. We also have Hanukkah roses! We would love to donate $5 from every order sold from your website to a charity of your choice for Christmas! We host an Christmas party called “Christmas in a Pack” for the homeless in Brevard County every year and have used this as a way to raise money for this cause in the past.


  10. Casey says

    Hi Julie! I’m affiliated with Headbands of Hope (–for every headband purchased, one is donated to a girl with cancer and one is given to St. Baldricks to raise money for cancer research. We would love to be featured! Shoot me an email if you’d like more info! 🙂


  11. says

    I just got my first BIC band and I’m obsessed! I’m pretty new to the whole blogging world, and I absolutely LOVE your blog. It’s really inspired me to amp up my healthy lifestyle, thanks a bunch! 🙂


  12. Kate Vaughn says

    I love your gift ideas! Have you ever been to They have the sideways cross necklace and about 1,000 other adorable necklaces, bracelets, etc all for a great price. I’m addicted to the website. They have free shipping right now…perfect for Christmas gifts 😉


  13. Cara Murphy says

    Hi Julie!

    Thanks for your gift guide- I love the stylish and yet practical work out wear (with prices actually in my budget). I write for an online magazine that is all about highlighting brands and companies that give back- we call it living inspired. We just put out a holiday gift guide for men ( and women ( that gives back 🙂


  14. Alyssa Loper says

    I would highly recommend any of Emily Giffin’s novels for a best friend or sister. I’ve read all of them and by the end of each one you get that devastating feeling where you don’t want the story to end because you fall in love with her characters.


  15. elizabeth says

    This came in SOO handy. I ordered a “J” mug with scrabble style letters (and the points in the corner) for my Grandma but just found out it was backordered 🙁 Anthropologie to the rescue!!!! Just ordered her the “J” mug…she will love it. Thanks!


  16. says

    I use my monogrammed mug from Anthro every week. I love it.

    If people are looking to give a gift that is fun, but could ultimately change someone’s life they could check out the Soccket. It is a soccer ball that generates electricity. I spent some time working in Africa and a gift like this would make such a difference in a family’s life in a country like that. 🙂


  17. Andrea Danz says

    I work for an organization called Food for the Hungry (FH). Each year, the organization produces a gift catalog that allows people in the developed world to give a much needed gift (i.e. de-worming medicine, a goat, chickens, etc.) to a person in need in one of the 26 countries we work in across the globe. The gift catalog can be viewed at: Check it out!


  18. Kathryn J says

    This is my soon to be brother-in-laws company! It’s an amazing company where with each item they sell, it funds 1 pound of trash to be removed from our ocean’s waterways. They were just featured on The Today Show’s “gifts that give back” segment over Thanksgiving break too! They have items for men, women, and kids, and a ton of really cool gear like backpacks, purses, and even ipad covers! Definitely check them out 🙂


  19. Jackie B. says

    As a college senior about to graduate next week, I have tons of sorority t-shirts and other clothing I was going to pass down…but I think a blanket might be a better idea! I had no idea these were available on Etsy, thanks for the heads up. I’m definitely going to look into having one of these made. I also have a ton of fitness instructor shirts to get rid of, but I think they might create the world’s smelliest blanket, haha!


  20. says

    My birthday is on Christmas day and I love that t-shirt! Not to be a copy cat, but I love it!! I wish they made it in other colors too 🙂 Quite a few items on the list I like – the makeup primer, organizer traveler, and of course the workout gear 🙂


  21. Gretchen says

    I love your gift guide! perfect to send to my husband for ideas that are reasonably priced!
    I volunteer for a non-profit organization that educates and trains women in India who are survivors of human trafficking. iSanctuary has an office in CA and also helps survivors of human trafficking in the US. The jewelry is all hand made and signed by the women who made it. The price points are fantastic and their slogan is “purchase with purpose.” I have given these as gifts to aunts, neices, sisters, moms, neighbors, teachers….they also have stationary, mens jewelry and jewelry for children.


  22. says

    Julie, this is such a great post!

    I design jewelry, including some sideways cross pieces 😉 This month, for every piece I sell off my Etsy site I am creating and donating a piece of jewelry to Strings for Hope.

    Strings for Hope is a non-profit based in the one and only Music City, Nashville, TN. Designers, such as myself, create one of a kind pieces out of guitar strings. These designs range from Christmas Ornaments, Pendants, Earrings to bracelets. All proceeds go to feeding the hungry! Now how great is that!?

    To learn more about my work with this great organization, check out my post:

    Don’t forget to shop the Etsy Site Lively Happenings to get great jewelry for yourself and have a piece donated in your honor to Strings for Hope!


  23. Elizabeth says

    Kauzbots are perfect gifts for kids! There are 10 different handcrafted, colorful and lovable Kauzbots robots, each created to inspire kids and adults to change the world. 10% of the retail price of robot plush toys is donated to the kauz (aka cause) close to the robot’s heart. I work for a nonprofit that provides vital services to those living in povery – we’re proud to have Karissa the Kauzbot on our team! Kauzbots are not only totally cool and fun, but they are great way to teach kids about important causes.



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