I wanted to do a post of my favorite little items that I carry around, in case you are in need of stocking stuffers for your friends and family.
I picked up this adorable microfiber eyeglass cleaner in a little bookshop at the San Francisco Ferry Building. It made me smile, and it still does a year later. They don't currently sell that color, but if you click this link you will see the new color they do sell, that is BLOWING MY MIND!
Next up are these Love Bags "Stash It" bags. I love love love these bags. Aside from how cute they are, they fold up super small and fit right in my purse. However what pushed these into SUPER LOVE, is the drop length of the handle. If I'm at the farmers market, or just shopping around the mall acquiring a lot of items, I love that I can switch this bag to a cross body style so it doesn't tug on my shoulder. You can see here the various ways it fits.
This cell phone case. Let me tell you a story about this. About five years ago I was at the post office paying for my stuff. For some reason I glanced over at the exact moment the lady next to me slid open her phone and pulled out her debit card. I loudly shouted, "WHAT IS THAT??" She excitedly told me the brand name, and where to find it. I bought it off Amazon before ever leaving the parking lot, and I've since had three of them (I get a new one with each phone). I realize a lot of companies make phone case wallet type things that flip open, but that wasn't what I wanted. I didn't want to have to open a wallet thing each time I wanted a photo, and I didn't want an open wallet in my selfies. The reason I really love this, is when I go running, I can take just my phone and always have my ID and debit card. That means if I ever run too far and need help, food, snacks, etc, I always have my debit card handy. If your wondering, who runs too far and needs a snack, it's me. Once I left for a run, got mid way up Mt. Rose highway when the worst cramp ever hit. I ran to a gas station thinking I could Apple Pay a Gatoraid or something, but they didn't use Apple Pay. I knew I needed a sodium replacement ASAP but I had no funds. The store didn't have any individual salt & peppers, so I couldn't just add salt to my water. I was about four seconds from downing a packet of mustard, when the gas station attendant felt bad for me, and gave me a cup of Poweraid from the soda dispenser. I felt relief almost instantly and went on to run 7 more miles. After that I never went on a run without my debit card. Apple Pay has helped a ton with that too, but this phone case makes life so easy. I can leave the house with just my keys and phone. If I go to a concert, my ID, debit card, and phone are all in one spot. I don't need a small handbag, and it's very slim in my pocket.
I'm obsessed with this chapstick. I have to order it online, but I'm not allergic to it, it tastes good, and the ingredients aren't toxic.
Something I have always traveled with, that they no longer make, is this little box of mini nail files. However I found something similar by Sally Hansen sold on Amazon. I know, it's a weird item, but I can't tell you how many times I've broken a nail traveling, and then proceeded to snag it on my shirt all day long driving me slowly insane. Having a tiny file ready to go is amazing.
I always always have tweezers with me, and these are my favorite by far. I don't actually know what to do with my eyebrows. I had them waxed about 4 years ago, and try to maintain that, but I'm not great at it. HOWEVER, my son has managed to fall into a cactus, and kick a cactus before, and I sure was glad I had tweezers ready. To be honest I also have a set of these in my car. In total I have one in my purse, my office, my car, and my bathroom at home. Besides cacti, I've had several run-ins with splinters too.
I got this little razor on Amazon years ago, and it has been great. It fits in my purse, but I also have one in my gym bag and office. Why do I have several little razors? Nothing drives me crazier in summer, than getting to work and realizing I missed a huge spot while shaving. Inevitably I spend the rest of the day staring angrily at the spot, while simultaneously rubbing it to see if it's still there. Now, I have this tiny razor in my desk, I grab it, make a quick swipe, rinse and I'm done.
Along with that I have this tiny deodorant ball in my purse. I work at a gym, and I work out a lot. I never know when I'll need to freshen up. This little ball has made it so easy to always have deodorant on hand without carrying a big stick around. I think they are cheaper in the store than on Amazon though.
I keep this ear warmer with matching gloves in my bag. (Actually the ear warmer is in my bag, but the gloves are always inside my coat). It's pricey, but I love it, and a lot of young girls would too.
While we are going down the Lulu rabbit hole, let me show you the other thing I have that I LOVE.
I have this vest. It seems like a normal vest, except it packs down into a tiny bag and fits in my purse, carry on, or center console. This vest is crazy soft, super warm, and fits perfect.
That's all that comes to mind for now. These are a few of the little things that make me happy daily.