18 Gift Ideas to Get You Through the 2018 Holiday Season

Holiday season is among us!  Its the most wonderful time of the year and spreading joy is one of the best parts of it all. If you’re similar to me, you absolutely love gifting things to people – but often times you aren’t sure what to get them. I created this gift guide to be a resource for you this holiday season on what to gift; whether it be your significant other, your neighbor, your boss, and so on. You’ll see items included from a variety of price ranges to hopefully include something that can help make your life a little easier this holiday season. Happy shopping!

1. Almond Cow – The Plant Based Milk Maker ($180)

Making homemade nut milks is a huge way to save money over time and tastes SO much more fresh. You don’t have to worry about any additives with the Almond Cow – you have complete control of what goes into your milk. The process takes about 30 seconds and requires no straining! This machine is typically $195, but by using the code ‘MATCHAANDMARGS‘ you can get $15 off plus free US + Canadian shipping (a total value of $30). You can use this link to get the discount as well. Watch this video to see how easy the process is.

My homemade vanilla matcha collagen cashew milk

If you’re shopping for the Almond Cow on Cyber Monday, they are $50 off today – the highest sale they have ever had! Click here to activate.

2. Healthy Human ($20-$36)

Healthy Human Life is one of my favorite brands of insulated water bottles. Their products keep your liquids super cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. Beyond helping make taking your drinks on the go easier, they offer a wide variety of super cute patterns. They also eliminate the use of plastic water bottles! I have a curved bottle with an added sports cap that I have been using to take with me to work out. I definitely recommend the sports cap to purchase alongside the bottle! You can use the code CORIFI10 for 10% off their website or products on Amazon.

If you are shopping for Healthy Human bottles on Cyber Monday, they are 30% off + free shipping!  Use code ‘CYBERMONDAY30’.

3. MZ Wallace Bag ($215-$245)

This bag is my favorite bag for daily use – it holds just about everything I need. It can serve as a gym bag, a work bag, etc. and is extremely durable. For an everyday bag, I think the prices for them are fairly reasonable. I’ve had mine for 6 months and it is still in incredible condition. I have the Medium Metro Tote in black shown below, but would also recommend their backpacks.

4. Personalized gift basket (price will vary)

One of my favorite things to gift to local friends and family are personalized gift baskets with some of my favorite items. You can definitely send these to people in the mail, but you don’t have as much control as how the basket will look, which is the fun part to me. Some items I like to include in mine are Georgia Grinders nut butter (Pecan butter and Maple Caramel Almond butter are fun seasonal flavors), Beeseasonal Honey, fancy olives and oils, Simple Mills baking mixes, and so much more!

5. Ceramics (Soft Earth Ceramics and Cord x Clay – prices will vary)

A question I get asked frequently is where I get my ceramics from. I absolutely love treating myself to ceramics from time to time – I really appreciate the earthy vibes they bring. Two of my favorite brands to buy from are Soft Earth Ceramics and Cord x Clay. Cord x Clay also has adorable hand woven coasters that would make a great gift. I’ve included links to both of their Etsy shops below!

Cord x Clay hand woven coasters

Click here to shop the Etsy shop by Soft Earth Ceramics
Click here to shop the Etsy shop by cord x clay

6. Avocado Green Mattress Organic Pillows ($79-99)

In my opinion, sleep is one of the most common pillars of health. It is something that I prioritize on the daily to ensure that I can be my most productive, happy self. Avocado Green Mattress’s organic pillows are extremely comfortable and have a fresh, medium plush feel. They are handmade and 100% worth the investment for a better nights sleep. Since I got these pillows for my bed, my sleep has improved drastically and I really don’t plan on ever going back. These pillows would be the perfect gift for just about anybody. Pro tip: get two for your partner so you can reap in the benefits as well 🙂 Happy snoozin’!

7. California Home Goods ($15-$19)

I recently discovered this company on Amazon and they seriously have the cutest kitchen gadgets and home goods ever! They sell these adorable plant holders that would make a great gift for any of your beloved plant parents! The products are also extremely affordable which is always a plus.

2 Small Decorative Geometric Hanging Planters Pot for Indoor Wall Decor
Macrame Shelf Planter Hanger for Indoor Plants with Wooden Shelf
4-Tier Hanging Plant Holder

8. Ugg Slippers ($85-$120)

The perfect cozy gift for guys and girls – these are one of my favorite warm pieces to wear when its cold! UGG definitely sells the most comfortable slippers that anyone in your life will be sure to love.

If you are shopping for True Grits on Cyber Monday, there are a couple on sale at Nordstrom.

9. Thrive Market Membership ($60)

If you have followed me for some time, you know my obsession with Thrive Market is real. It’s an online food store which sells healthier products at wholesale prices. It is my favorite place to stock up on all the pantry staples, and it has saved me over $1,000 so far. A one year membership to Thrive would be a great gift for someone in your life who appreciates a good discount on high quality products. If you want to see some of the products that they offer, you can check out my guide to Thrive Market. You can access my page through Thrive Market’s website which includes some of my top favorite products as well.

10. Outdoor Voices discounted sets ($95) or hats ($35)

This game-changing athletic wear brand has been taking over and it is for a good reason. I love their apparel – specifically all of the Tech Sweat line. Some of their stuff can add up like most other brands out there, but they have an option on the top of their website where you can pick out a set from the items they provide and customize your own set for $95. This is a great way to save a little money but gift someone an entire work out outfit! Click here to see what sets they have available. They also sell a really cute hat that says “Doing Things”, which would be a super fun present as well for a cheaper price of $35.

If you are shopping for Outdoor Voices on Cyber Monday, they are doing 40% off select items AND an extra 20% off sitewide! 

11. Yoga mat or classes

Gifting a yoga mat can be fun to gift to someone you love to practice with – I gifted one to my mom last year and now it always makes me smile when we go together! My favorite mat is the Reversible 5mm mat from Lululemon; personally I think the 3mm is too thin. I’ve also heard amazing things about the Manduka brand. Another great yoga-themed gift is private classes or sessions with a favorite yoga teacher. This is also a great idea for someone in your life who wants to start practicing yoga but may feel too timid in a public setting. You could do a solo or couples session!

12. Adidas Ultra Boosts ($180-$220)

These are my favorite sneakers of all time and truly make you feel like you are walking on a cloud. I don’t think I will be switching to a new type of sneaker anytime soon. These are a perfect gift for men and women alike. They come in a variety of colors and sizes too!


If you are shopping for Adidas on Cyber Monday, their entire website is 30% off! 

13. AWAY Gift Sets ($35-95)

These gift sets from AWAY were just way too cute not to include! The well known, fashionable suitcases and travel bags from AWAY just got really mini as they launched these gift sets for the holidays. They have a few different options for these cosmetic cases including a beauty set (pictured below; includes a jade roller). You can also just purchase the travel case and include different cosmetics in your gift!


14. 2019 Planner – Start Planner ($60)

Planners are super cute and useful gifts to give around the holiday season as we get ready for the new year! The planners by Start Planner are a game changer – they offer daily and weekly planners with a variety of information to track. From your budget, to your hourly to do list, to your food planning, and beyond – the Start Planners can really help you stay on track and organized in fashion. I’ve been using the daily one and have been loving how accountable its held me to complete a variety of different things each day.

Shop Start Planners here; if you are shopping on Cyber Monday, you can get the amazing founder, Kristy Dickerson’s, book on balance for free with your purchase! 

15. Cocokind Gift Sets ($28-$60)

Superfoods meet skincare with Cocokind’s amazing line of natural products. From face masks, to natural highlighters made with antioxidants and mushrooms – you’ll be sure to find something of their products that the skin will love. They offer gift sets around the holidays which would make for a super cute present. One of my favorite product of theirs is the Matcha face stick, it really helps protect your eyes from forming bags, especially when travelling.

16. Blue light filtering glasses – Pixel Eyewear ($85-$95)

We’ve all been told not to use screens and phones before bedtime because of the harmful blue light, but this is a hard habit to kick. Blue light filtering glasses have been all the rage as of recently for a great reason. I’ve been using mine for about a month now and can definitely tell that there has been a significant decrease in my headaches, etc. Pixel Eyewear sells a really cute line that won’t break the bank either!

If you are shopping for Pixel Eyewear blue light filtering glasses on Cyber Monday, you can get 20% off your purchase! 

17. An experience (local concert, cooking class – price will vary)

If I could gift an experience for every present, I totally would! There’s nothing better than getting to experience something special with your loved ones as a gift – especially around the holidays. I always look for local concerts, cooking classes (Sur La Table is great and has locations for classes all over the country), seasonal events, plays, etc.

If you’re local to Atlanta, Scoutmob/Hand Picked is an amazing website and app that provides different local experiences as well from wine tastings to multi-course dinners with a pre-fixed price. The Cooking School at Irwin Street has amazing classes that I love to attend with my mom.

18. Madewell – candles + jewelry (prices will vary)

When in doubt, I love to gift candles from Madewell! They are really cute and have incredible scents. They also have a great line of jewelry where I get most of my pieces from at affordable prices. These star and moon studs are my favorite!

If you are shopping at Madewell on Cyber Monday, their site is doing 25% off almost all items!

Hope you enjoyed – happy happy holidays!!



All About Thrive Market + Product Guide

What is Thrive Market?

… so happy you asked! Thrive Market is an online grocery store offering a variety of healthy products from snacks, baking supplies, supplements to home and beauty supplies, all at wholesale prices. Think Whole Foods meets Costco – yet you don’t even have to go to the store and deal with the crowds. Sick of spending endless amounts of money on healthy products? Yeah, me too.

Similar to Costco and other wholesale memberships, you pay a $60 yearly membership fee in order to have access the online store. You are also eligible to start a 30 day trial with Thrive to see if you like it before committing. The company already saves you hundreds each year. In my first year with Thrive Market, I saved over $1000. I will also include some codes you can use to help you save even more:

Thrive Discount Links:

Note: I will update my codes as I get new ones and the guide as new products come to Thrive, which is pretty often! I have a story highlight on Thrive Market where you can find any new favorite recommendations and information.

Free Gifts & Promotions:

Almost every day you can count on Thrive Market to offer a free gift or promotion. For example, one day they had a free Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee pack and then had an additional 15% off the line! I’ve gotten so many free gifts from my orders that are always so awesome. (i.e. coconut oil, almond butter, Simple Mills products, Safe Catch tuna, etc.) Pro tip: do your orders on days that they offer a promotion! Being that they have them so frequently, this isn’t hard to do and you will love being able to try old and new products for free.


Happy to help. DM me (@matcha_and_margs) or email me at matchaandmargs@gmail.com. This post is not sponsored. I’m super passionate about finding ways to make healthy food more accessible and affordable to people and would love to help you learn more about one of my favorite ways to do just that! 


Product Recommendations:

    • Siete Foods: lime, plain and nacho chips
      • Siete chips are a nutritious, grain-free tortillas chips that are great to dip in guacamole, to make nachos with, to crumble on chilis and soups – the list could go on.
      • Favorite flavors are the lime and the nacho chips.
    • Hu Chocolate: Paleo chocolate
      • Delicious, creamy chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar that you can use for baking, snacking, etc.
      • All flavors are amazing; I love the Cashew Butter & Pure Vanilla Bean Chocolate Bar and the Salty Chocolate Bar.
    • Lesser Evil: Paleo puffs and popcorn
      • Their new paleo puffs are my absolute favorite! I also love their super clean popcorn. One of my favorite snack brands in general.
      • Favorite paleo puff is the “No Cheese” Cheesiness and favorite popcorn is the organic Himalayan pink salt popcorn
    • Chomps: turkey and beef jerky sticks (10 packs)
      • Super clean jerky sticks – the turkey is free range and the beef is grass fed. I love having these on hand as a high protein snack.
    • Cybele’s Free to Eat: veggie based rotini pasta
      • Another one of my favorite pasta alternatives with super clean and minimal ingredients. My favorites are the white rotini (made with green lentil, cauliflower, and parsnip only) and the green rotini (made with green lentil, kale, spinach and broccoli).
    • Primal Palate: organic spices
      • All of their spices are amazing, but my top three are the Meat and Potatoes seasoning, Adobo seasoning and the New Bae seasoning (a healthier, organic version of Old Bay).
    • Cocokind: organic skincare line
      • A natural, all organic skincare line that is centered around using different superfoods in their products. Think: a matcha stick to apply under your eyes to reduce bagginess and a turmeric spot treatment stick.
      • Favorites are the two sticks listed above and the chlorophyll mask.
    • Barnana: banana based snacks
      • They are on a mission to end food waste; they up-cycle any organic bananas on their farm that would otherwise go to waste.
      • I love their ridged plantain chips (salt and vinegar, Himalayan pink salt or Acapulco lime) and the organic peanut butter chewy banana bites.
    • Beekeeper’s Naturals: high quality honey
      • I love this brand and their super innovative honey products. They also use sustainable beekeeping practices, which is super important to me.
      • I love the superfood honey with cacao, the bee pollen, the B.Chill hemp raw honey (infused with CBD) and their regular raw wildflower honey.
    • Mina: Moroccan sauce company
      • I love using their shakshuka sauce to make shakshuka – it is super clean and has amazing flavors.
    • Smartsweets: low sugar, high fiber gummy candies
      • These healthy gummies are an awesome option for your sweet tooth! I really love all of the flavors and haven’t found a product quite like this one. So good!
    • Om Mushrooms: superfood mushroom powders
      • High quality, organic and gluten free mushroom powder varieties that are highly functional
      • Sneak these into lots of my recipes for added health benefits
      • Love using Lions Mane (helps with focus), Cordyceps (help with energy levels), Reishi (helps you feel more calm), and Chaga (great for your immune system)
    • The Real Coconut: coconut flour chips
      • These chips are awesome and a little thicker than Siete chips.
      • My favorite flavors are the salt and vinegar and the Himalayan pink salt.
    • Stasher: reusable silicone bags
      • Love these dishwasher-friendly, reusable bags for on the go meals and food preservation in the home
    • The New Primal: Paleo marinades and cooking sauces
      • They have great clean sauces and marinades free of refined sugars that I love to cook with. They are super flavorful and help make prep a little bit easier!
      • The sauces and marinades are all great, but I think my favorite is the Mustard BBQ one – it’s so unique.
    • Sir Kensington: high quality condiment brand
      • Their mustards (spicy brown + dijon) are all a MUST.
      • I also love using their dairy free buffalo ranch dressing. Especially dipped with pizza!
    • Yellowbird: clean hot sauces
      • They are all super tasty, but the Habanero one is my favorite. It is made with organic carrots, onions, garlic, tangerine juice concentrate, salt, lime juice, habanero peppers, distilled vinegar and a small touch of organic cane sugar.
    • Raos: marinara sauces
      • Amazing, high quality marinara sauce. One of the only brands of sauce I buy – its totally worth it. If you like a little heat, I definitely recommend the Arrabbiata sauce.
    • Sejoyia: coconut macaroons and cookies (Coco-Thins)
      • Their products are super clean and great to snack on. They have a lot of flavor varieties as well.
      • I love the meaning behind their brand – the name Sejoyia means “See Joy in All”. How cute?!
      • My favorite product of theirs are the vanilla Coco-Thins! These cookies are only made of organic coconut, cashews, organic coconut sugar, cassava flour, sea salt, natural vanilla flavor, and organic natural almond flavor.
    • Jackson’s Honest: sweet potato chips, purple heirloom chips, grain free puffs, etc.
      • The sweet potato chips are similar to Terra chips but without the additives. They are the perfect alternative to eat if you don’t have time to meal prep sweet potatoes – the only ingredients are sweet potatoes, coconut oil, and salt.
      • They now have grain free puffs as well! I like the plain sweet potato ones.
    • Plant Snacks: original yuca root chips, vegan cheddar and vegan beet and goat cheese varieties
      • Really good paired with healthy dips and the new vegan cheese flavors are awesome! They taste like real cheese and this is the first product I have ever tried with vegan goat cheese – so good.
    • Purely Elizabeth: Reishi powered grain free granola bars, vibrant oats, and granola
      • All of their products have clean ingredients, taste delicious, and are sweetened with low glycemic coconut sugar. The grain-free granola bars are powered by Reishi, an adaptogenic superfood whose benefits include aiding the body’s response to stress and supporting healthy immune function.
      • Favorites are the original granola and the chocolate grain-free granola bars.
    • Eating Evolved: Paleo chocolate
        • Delicious, healthy chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar that you can use for baking, snacking, etc. 
        • Cashew milk chocolate varieties taste very similar to milk chocolate; they are so creamy and melt easily.
      • Buy their Midnight cacao bar if avoiding sugar and dip in unsweetened almond butter to add flavor and offset the bitterness of cacao.
      • All flavors are good; love the Almond Sea Salt Bar, the Caramel Sea Salt Coconut Butter Cups, and the Cashew Milk Chocolate varieties.
    • Simple Mills: almond flour crackers, pizza dough, bread and pancake mix, paleo cookies and baking mixes
      • Love all of their products; Sun-dried Tomato and Basil is my favorite cracker flavor and pecan is my favorite cookie flavor. Their pizza crust also turns out incredible.
      • I love using this tip from one of my friends, Cory (@tinycleankitchen), to buy two of the almond flour bread mixes and bake together in a bread pan according to the package directions to make a loaf of paleo bread for the week.
    • Banza: chickpea pasta
      • One of my favorite healthy, plant based, versions of pasta. Tastes very similar to regular pasta and the main ingredient is chickpeas.
      • Comes in a lot of fun shapes, I love the wheels and Cavatappi!
    • Lily’s: stevia sweetened dark chocolate chips
      • Use in baking recipes for a low sugar chocolate alternative if you are not sensitive to stevia.
  • SeaSnax: seaweed based snacks
    • Addicting snack if you like the taste of seaweed
    • Favorites are lime flavored seaweed snacks and all of the Chomperz
  • Safe Catch: tuna (plain and flavored varieties) and salmon
    • One of the only canned fish brands I will eat; each can is tested for mercury levels and it is super safe to eat. You can truly taste the Safe Catch difference.
  • Jilz Crackers: Paleo/gluten free crackers
      • Love pairing them with Safe Catch tuna and sauerkraut or on salads to add carbs.
    • The on the go packets are great to bring with you for a quick, nourishing snack.
  • Primal Kitchen Foods: avocado oil, dressings, mayonnaise, new condiments (ketchup and mustard)
      • One of the only pre-made dressings I eat with super clean ingredients. All of them are avocado oil based and taste great. The honey mustard dressing is my favorite.
    • I’m not a big mayonnaise fan, but this brand is one I can stomach! Has minimal, good for you ingredients. I love to mix it with Safe Catch Tuna and various seasonings.
    • The new condiments are truly amazing – this is the first unsweetened ketchup recipe I have really loved. I always have some on hand.
  • Birch Benders: Paleo pancake and waffle mix
    • Super versatile mix and has a great taste
    • The mix is low in sugar and sweetened with monk fruit
    • Put a little less water than the bag calls for to make fluffier pancakes
  • Bob’s Red Mill: flours, seeds, baking mixes, etc.
    • All of Bob’s products are truly amazing and very high quality. I use the almond flour the most frequently.
    • Love using them for all of my baking, etc.
  • One Degree Organic Foods: sprouted brown rice cereal
    • Great vegan and sprouted cereal sweetened with coconut sugar
    • Love making vegan crunch bars or topping my smoothies with this cereal
    • Their chocolate flavor is my favorite one to eat plain and I like to bake with the plain flavor.
  • Chosen Foods: avocado oil spray
    • Awesome avocado oil cooking spray that I use for almost all cooking
    • Does not contain additives similar to other kinds of spray oils
  • Thrive Market // Sprouted Garbanzo Bean Flour:
    • Great vegan flour substitute with protein
    • Sprouted variety so it is better for your digestion
    • Make my favorite cookie recipe by Ambitious Kitchen here with Eating Evolved cashew milk chocolate chunks 🙂
  • Amazing Grass: green super-food powder
    • Love starting my day with a glass of coconut water, a scoop of this powder, and lemon juice. The combination instantly makes me feel great, especially when I feel I may have something coming on.
  • Artisana Organics: coconut butter
    • Love their coconut butter, I use it in a lot of recipes.
    • Their coconut cacao bliss is an awesome treat too.

Additional Brands Thrive carries:

    • Acure (I use their shampoo and conditioner)
    • Four Sigmatic
    • Charlotte’s Web (CBD products)
    • Dr. Bronner’s
    • Gaia Herbs (I take the ashwagandha pills every day)
    • Milkadamia (macadamia nut milk)
    • Larabar
    • Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour
    • Enjoy Life
    • Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener (zero glycemic index) 
    • Living Intentions (love their probiotic salsa verde popcorn)
    • Mary’s Crackers
    • Paleonola
  • Thrive Brand
      • Bulk nuts
      • Nut butters
      • Flours
      • Baking powders 
      • Non-toxic cleaning products (use almost all of these around my house)
      • Turkey and beef jerky (sweetened with coconut sugar)
    • Nut milks (love the oat milk)
    • Paleo banana snack mixes… and SO many more!

If you have any further questions, don’t be shy! I’d love to help you figure out if a membership would be a good fit for you. Happy shopping!