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The Red Pen Travelers Guide to Shopping Small for the 2017 Holiday Season

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I’ve curated this list of items to help make your gift-giving easy this year. Each one made this list because I can personally recommend the maker or I use the item myself (sometimes both!). This list includes some affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase from someone I recommend, I may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you).  Happy shopping!

Need even MORE ideas for creative gifts? Take a peek at two more holiday shopping guides: this one from The Perpetual You, and another from The Rising Tide Society


Grace your walls with delicate and detailed watercolor and calligraphy by Hope Helms at Sons & Heirs Art

My friend Beth of Cakes and Kettle offers one-of-a-kind artwork and home decor, including custom pet portraits (how perfect would that be for the dog-obsessed person in your life?!). Use code MERRY17 for free shipping.

Spell out your surname or a special word or phrase with letter art from JA Photography and Design. Jenn is offering free shipping from Black Friday to Cyber Monday on all letter art prints, and discounted shipping on notecards (no code needed). PLUS, take an additional 15% off all orders with code 15off.

Oto Kano creates some of the most engrossing and vibrantly expressive art I’ve ever seen. One day, I’d like to have her work in every room of my house!

If fantasy is more your style, pay a visit to Joanna Marie Art for imaginative and humorous drawings and paintings.

Lose yourself in the new worlds formed by large-scale mixed media art created by Karen Phillips.


Embellish your child’s nursery and foster a love of books with reading nooks by Blue House Joys.

Celebrate with stylish party supplies and holiday decor created by Tiffany of Empty Nest Home Goods.


Inspired by farm life? You’ll enjoy the rustic stickers and notecards created by Jenny at Scratchy Pixel.

Decorate your notebooks with durable, reusable stencils from delightful mother-daughter duo Janae and Jenn at Journal This Now.

Make your writing (and your Instagram photos!) sparkle with dazzling Pen Gems.

Store all the daily necessities in your travelers notebook with sturdy fabric wallet inserts made of fun fabrics right here in Austin by Angie.


Appreciate rose gold and a delicate touch? Join me in admiring Martha’s sparkling natural stones and bridal jewelry.

Embrace your free spirit with gorgeous gemstones from Ellen.


Stuck on Jane Austen? Enjoy sipping tea? Indulge both interests with a monthly shipment from Pembertea.

Check out this appealing greeting card and stationery box from Danielle at Pretty by Post. Use exclusive code REDPEN to get free shipping!


Ever since my dear Steph started soaping a couple of years ago, I haven’t bought soap anywhere else. The handmade bars are beautiful, and perfect for gifting.

Melissa’s candles and body care from the Lush Collection smell amaaaazing.

Do you sleep under piles of blankets? You might need a weighted one, handmade just for you by Lora.


Inkwell Press makes some of the best and prettiest planner systems around, and the quarterlies are perfect for a travelers notebook.  

In 2017 I’ve been challenged to invest in my business and level up in entirely new ways, and huge chunks of my new knowledge and inspiration have come from coach Lisa Jacobs. Right now I’m absorbing what feels like a gushing fire hydrant of information that’s exploding out of Your Best Year 2018.  If you like to have worksheets and step-by-step guidance through crafting your strategy for success, you should grab the inexpensive download here or get a printed copy from AmazonThere’s the business version as well as a life version, so just about anyone can use this workbook to get their goals on track.

This is my fifth year using a massive wall calendar from Neu Year, and I’m trying out the Week Dominator as well.

I also love incorporating the free moon planner from Lunar Abundance (the 2018 version JUST dropped!).


Learn to design and sew your own clothing with my friend Andrea at Fair Fit Studio.  Maybe use some lovely organic fabric from Teresa!

Get handmade bow ties (for your man or your pup!) from Allison at Baton Rouge’s own ReHaberdashery.


My signature red pens  :-)

Leuchtturm 1917, the classic choice for bullet journals  

Scribbles That Matter (I’m liking this one more and more!)  

I’m appreciating this inexpensive set of lined A5 inserts.


Don’t forget our own handcrafted leather travelers notebooks! ;-) Take 33% off your order this weekend with discount code BUFFALOPLAID.

Need a printable? Here's a pdf version of the whole guide. 

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