‘Tis the season (to freak out because a. You’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, and b. Your mom keeps hounding you for your Christmas list).
Never fear… As always, I’ve got your back!
I decided to compile a list of some of my absolute FAVORITE items right now, whether it’s fitness, beauty, or lifestyle items, to either inspire a gift for someone else, or to add something special to your own list. May the holiday gift guide-ing commence!
Fitness: SlingShot Hip Circle Sport Pack
Y’all KNOW how much I’ve loved my full-sized Hip Circle over the years. It’s my ride-or-die for everything from monster walks to warming up for squats to making hip thrusts a little more hellacious. SlingShot recently came out with a new line of slightly less stiff, and also less wide, Hip Circles. I love that these have different levels of resistance (aka you can get more creative than you could with just one level), and the narrower cut allows for a bit more freedom of movement. I would definitely add these to the list for all of your booty-building pursuits.
Beauty: Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops
If you’ve been following along on any of my beauty videos on YouTube, you know I’ve been all about a dewy/glowy finish. I haven’t seen a full matte face in a LONG time. I have been LOVING these Marc Jacobs Dew Drops – they literally make me look like I have a fresh-off-the-beach glow, the shimmer is not chunky whatsoever, and it truly looks gorgeous on the skin. I either just pat some on with my ring fingers (you literally only need the tiiiiiniest amount), or I use a damp mini beauty blender to tap it on. Truthfully, if I could dip myself in a vat of it, I would.
Lifestyle: Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speakers
I’m normally not the type to post tech stuff, but this little speaker has literally been one of the best things to happen to me in 2017. I love being able to zone out and get in my work flow with some chill music, listen to a podcast while I get ready for my day, or have a hardcore preworkout dance party ft. Cher, and there’s just something about having that sound come through speakers as opposed to just hearing it on my iPhone. I wanted something small and wireless with solid sound quality, and these guys definitely fit the bill for that.
Fitness: Slingshot Power Wraps
I swear this blog is not sponsored by SlingShot… Lol. I just really love their products. They’re heavy duty and, in the case of these guys, have lasted me well over a year. I love the power wraps for heavy push days to keep my wrists stable. A good pair of wraps is also really helpful if you’re someone who does a lot of low bar squatting, which places more force on the wrist joints (While we’re at it, let’s just add in the Strong Sleeves, too. This is the closest a knee sleeve could ever get to a full on knee replacement).
Beauty: Cover FX Drops Mini Set
Y’ALL. I have been SO. ON. THE. FENCE. ABOUT. THESE. DANG. DROPS. FOR SO LONG. I’ve sampled them literally dozens of times and loved how they looked, but couldn’t justify spending that much money on illuminating drops… Until they came out with this set of minis! Man, I love a good holiday set. The beauty gods are truly shining down on us (or maybe that’s just the glow from these drops???).
Lifestyle: Bullet Journal
If you’ve been around for a while, you know I love living like a 90-year-old and prefer using a paper planner over an electronic one. This past summer, I started Bullet Journaling, AND I LOVE IT. This has been SUCH a game changer in my productivity, and what I really love is that Bullet Journaling allows me to use my own creativity as opposed to being locked into a planner’s layout or setup. I can set it up how I want to, and that freedom is EVERYTHING. If you’re looking to up your organizational game in 2018, I’d definitely suggest giving Bullet Journaling a go.
Fitness: Adidas ULTRABOOST Sneakers
I’m not saying I’m a hardcore sneakerhead, but I’m also not saying that I don’t have a sliiiiight shoe obsession. I work out a lot. I work out for a living. I have a dog that needs walked. I also find solace in the comfort of athleisure on a daily basis. Can you tell I’m trying to justify myself here? ANYWAY. I am ALLLLL for a solid pair of trainers to wear to-and-from the gym, running errands, trekking around on campus, walking Luna around the neighborhood, whatever it may be. And lemme tell ya, when I find a pair of shoes I love, they get the miles put on ’em quick. That’s how I feel about these ULTRABOOSTS. The ULTRABOOSTS are, in my opinion, THE comfiest sneaker that I’ve tried thus far. I’ve worn my white ones religiously throughout 2017, and the black ones currently have my heart (they really help complete a solid #PantherTuxedo). If you love a good sneaker, definitely give these a go (pssst – just remember not to squat or deadlift in these. Flat, stable, solid surface is best for those movements).
Fitness/Lifestyle: Tenacity. Intensity. Purpose Apparel
Ahhh-viously had to do a little shameless plug for my own brand. While most of our products sold out on Black Friday (PS – THANK YOU GUYS!!!), there are still a couple of items left, especially hats and headbands. There are a few sizes left in the tanks as well! I’m thrilled that you guys have been so excited about the apparel. If you didn’t have a chance to snag anything yet, now’s your chance. And don’t forget that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Silver Muzzle Cottage, a non-profit organization that provides elderly dogs a home, a shelter, and a place to be loved for the rest of their lives.
Lifestyle/Fashion: My Go-To “Leather” Jacket
I like to keep my personal life a bit more under wraps, but I can’t hide it from you guys any longer. I’m in a very serious, committed, and loving relationship… WITH THIS FRICKIN JACKET. I’m honestly a bit ashamed of myself, because if you look at my Instagram feed, if I’m not wearing gym clothes, I’m wearing this jacket. It literally looks like I don’t own another piece of clothing. While I assure you I do, now that I have this jacket, I have bee seriously questioning whether or not I need anything else in life. Like, I should probably just give it a name. I’ve had a ZILLION questions about this jacket from you guys on Insta, so I figured it would be the perfect item for my gift guide!
Lifestyle/Fashion: MVMT for her Cosmo watch
Y’all know about my deep love for MVMT watches. A beautiful watch can really change an outfit, and I definitely feel WAY more adult when I’m wearing one… The downside? Most nice watches break the bank (who can check the time when you’re busy checking your dwindling bank account), but not MVMT. They’re GORGEOUS annnnd affordable. I adore this new Cosmo style. It’s got a beautiful gold link chain with a white watch face, and it looks stunning mixed with a few bracelets and rings. You can also use the code “EMDUNC15” for $15 off your entire order on https://www.mvmtwatches.com/ .
Alright, there ya have it. Some of my top items for your gift guides this holiday season! If you end up snagging any of these, tweet me/DM me (@em_dunc on insta and twitter) and tell me what you get! Happy gifting me friends :). And of course, always remember: presence in your own life with those you love and cherish is the greatest present we could ever give or receive. And if you have any extra to go around this holiday season, think about donating warm clothes and/or food to your local homeless shelter, or simply make a donation to your favorite non-profit organization(s).