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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 10, 2017

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A Taste of Koko Holiday Gift Guide

This time of year is when I start stressing over holiday gifts and what to get the friends and family. Trying to recall specific items that they might need or want is nearly impossible. There’s then the fear of gifting someone the wrong gift that they won’t use or worse, they hate. Gift cards have been my go-to when I’m in a pinch, especially when someone unexpectedly gives me a gift. Before you say, “Really, gift cards? That’s so impersonal.” The trick is to pick a retailer that you know they shop from and love so then they can pick out the item they really like. Confession, with the 10 percent off (details below), I’ll even be picking up a couple of gift cards for the post-holiday sales.

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In my holiday gift guide below, I’ve rounded up my favorite items from Nike, Bath & Body Works, Build-A-Bear, Groupon, and Sephora.



Everyone will be thinking about getting into shape when 2018 launches so a pair of new sneakers is on the wishlists. I love my Nike Free RN 2017 iD customized with KOKO on the tongue top. Also, have been eyeing this pair and this pair.



Once the temperatures start dropping, I break out the seasonal candles to warm up the house. Sweater WeatherMahogany Teakwood, and Stress Relief are my favorite candles at Bath & Body Works. The Stress Relief Eucalyptus & Spearmint sugar scrub is also amazing for hot baths.



One of my best friends is expecting in February and I’m so excited to spoil her little one. I always wanted a Build-A-Bear stuffed animal growing up so I’ve been checking on the website. Debating between the Personalized Happy Hugs Teddy or Traditional Cocoa Bear, personalized with the heartbeat effect and vanilla cupcake scent.


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Treat your friends to a local city experience on the weekends with a Groupon gift card. Wine tours and golf package? Craft beer and brewery tour? Pub crawl bike tour? I see a winery tour and 3-course meal with wine pairings calling my name.



Sephora is my go-to for everything beauty and skincare so I would love to receive a Sephora gift card this holiday season. My everyday staples include Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, Lancome Teint Idole Foundation, Lancome Génifique, Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, and SUPERGOOP! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45. Just got the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and it’s changed my life.

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Inclusion on this gift guide list is not an indication of an affiliation or endorsement by JPMorgan Chase.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.