The Young Professional Holiday Shopping Guide

The holidays are just around the corner and you've crossed everyone off your list. Well, everyone but one.

That pesky millennial.

They've got a steady job and disposable income that allows them to purchase the latest and greatest.

What could you get them that they don’t already have?

You've got a Starbucks gift card in the back of your mind for them. It's not a unique gift but you know they will use it since they always post pictures of their lattes to social media.

We’re telling you now...  DROP THE GIFT CARD.

We've compiled a list of gifts for that career-driven, jet-setting, young professional on your holiday shopping list.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. We truly believe in all the products below and if you choose to purchase, we will earn commission at not cost to you!

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  1. Airtight Cold Brew Coffee Maker - $29.99
    Cold brew is all the rage and this gift is sure to please for all the coffee lovers on your list… plus you’ll save them a few dollars (and time!) for not having to swing by the drive-thru on the way to the office.

  2. Breathable Garment Bag - $14.99
    Make all those travels for work, fun, and all the weddings for all those college buddies less wrinkly with these garment bags. Bonus: there is two in this set!

  3. Vegan Leather Laptop Sleeve - $16.99
    Keep those precious devices safe in this sleek (and vegan!) laptop sleeve.

  4. Spikeball - $55.99
    This Shark Tank favorite is a hit with those with a more active lifestyle.

  5. Organic Hemp Oil - $49.99
    There’s no controversy with this product… it’s legal everywhere and helps those down hours be pain & stress-free.

  6. Portable External Battery - $10.99
    The sleek design of this battery matches most electronic devices and holds a charge that will last for multiple devices.

  7. Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit - $39.99
    Bring some of the great outdoors inside with this zen-inducing bonsai starter kit.

  8. Hard Cover 12 Month Planner - $24.95
    A key to staying organized for any professional is a planner. Look for ones with a quality design, but can be personalized with the addition of stickers.

  9. Skincare Set for Men - $35.00
    They may be considered young now, but that won’t always be the case. This set of products is a favorite in our household.

  10. Jade Roller for Face - $23.95
    Facial rollers might be the biggest trend in skincare this year. In addition to reducing wrinkles and puffiness, jade in ancient Chinese times was used for protection and for increasing the inner energy.

  11. Passport Holder - $9.99
    Help the jetsetter who is always on the run keep the most important documents organized in this gender-neutral passport holder.

  12. “Think and Grow Rich” A Professional Development Book - $15.25
    A favorite in our house that gets re-read every year.

  13. Marble Stone Coasters - $29.99
    These swoon-worthy coasters will make the perfect addition to any minimalist’s home.

  14. Alexa Dot - $49.99
    A staple in most homes already but this tiny device makes a great addition to another room or even in the office to increase productivity.

  15. Gift Cards - any value
    If you have to grab a gift card, try to grab one from local restaurants, coffee houses, or bars. Subscriptions like Amazon Prime and HelloFresh can make great gifts as well.

    Think we are missing something? Let us know in the comments, we’d love your feedback!


Our Morning Routines

Over on the I Do, We Do podcast, we chatted about time management and how it is a myth. SPOILER: Time can’t be managed since it is finite, but you can manage yourself.

Talking about time and managing ourselves got us thinking about our morning routines. Since those are some of our favorites blog posts to consume, we thought we would share our own morning routines.

One thing you will not see in our routine is coffee.

Yes, we are *THOSE* people. We wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to start the day… without caffeine. You may never find “morning people” more ready for the morning than us.

We also wake up around the same time. And it’s not because we are both morning people even though we totally are. But since we share a car, our morning routines have to sync up in order to make that work.

On a good day, our morning goes like this...

6:00 AM

Ashley’s alarm goes off, no snoozing

6:00 AM to 6:20 AM
Ashley does hair, she has a lot of it so it takes some time to manage

6:20 AM
Billy’s alarm goes off, lights on in the bedroom

6:20 AM to 6:50 AM
Ashley puts on makeup & gets dressed

6:20 AM to 6:30 AM
Billy showers & gets dressed

6:30 AM to 6:50 AM
Billy checks the day’s schedule, his to-do list, and checks email

6:50 AM to 7:00 AM
Both pack breakfast and lunch

7:00 AM
Out the door (in our shared car)

7:00 AM to 7:15 AM

  • Billy drives Ashley to office while we both listen to The Bobby Bones Show

  • Confirm each others calendars and make travel arrangements for the day

  • Ashley checks emails while in car

7:15 AM to 7:30 AM
Billy drives to first client’s office … and changes radio to ESPN

7:15 AM to 7:30 AM

  • Ashley sets priorities for the day in her Bullet Journal

  • She drinks first Watermelon Waterloo of the day

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Ashley responds to emails requiring action while chugging a Yeti full of ice water, then eventually indulges in breakfast (Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness juice)

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
Billy preps for the day’s client meetings, updates to-do list, sends emails requiring action, and drinks breakfast (Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana juice)

8:00 AM
Begin Day!


Not every day looks like this. But a good, ideal morning follows this format. What is a key step for you to set your day off right?