Achea’s Favorite Things: 5 Amazing Holiday Gifts For You & Yours

Okay, everyone—here it is! I’ve put together five of my all-time favorite things to give (or to keep!) this holiday season. Each of these gifts holds a special place in my heart, and I hope it does for your loved ones, too. While many of these presents are $25 and under, I snuck in a couple that you can certainly use to splurge on those very-special-someones in your life.

So, without further ado, check out my top 5 favorite Christmas gifts this year!


1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, Michelle Obama chronicles the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to balancing motherhood and work, to her time spent at The White House. With honesty and humor, she describes her celebrations and her disappointments on her own terms. You and your loved ones will LOVE this book. Buy it here! Psst…I used Audio Books where Michelle Obama actually narrates.


2. The Five-Minute Journal

New Year’s resolution, anyone? Just five minutes out of your day—that’s all you need. Fill out this journal right before bed, it’s easy! Each day is filled with prompts like “I am grateful for…” and “How could I have made today better?” Trust me, you’ll be hooked (and you’ll feel so much better, too). Buy it here!


3. Sur la table Gift Card // Cooking Class

You all know I love to cook! Sur la table is stocked with all the cooking utensils and appliances you’ll ever need, and more. For the ones in your life who cook like the pros, a gift card is the way to go! Or, if you know someone looking to sharpen their skills, sign them up for a cooking class here.


4. Tickets to Hamilton: An American Musical

If you want to splurge on someone special, Hamilton is coming to Columbus this February, 2019! With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this unbelievable musical is inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Using hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, show tunes, and color-conscious casting of non-white actors, Hamilton has achieved both critical acclaim and box office success. Aka, A MUST-SEE! But hurry, grab your tickets here before it’s sold out!


5. The Calorie Counting Wine Glass

This gift is for all my wine-lovers out there: a wine glass that counts your calories in 2-ounce increments (but let’s face it: we’re all going to hit the “who cares” limit, anyway!). Perfect to give, or to keep, pair this glass with a bottle of wine, and you’ll be the best gift-giver at the party. Buy it here!


Have a favorite on my list? Leave a comment below sharing your very own holiday picks!

Achea Redd

Achea Redd

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Achea Redd is a mental health advocate, author of “Be Free Be You” and founder of Real Girls F.A.R.T. — a space to empower and equip women with the necessary tools to use their voices and become their best, most authentic selves.

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