11 Delightful Items on My Personal 2023 Holiday Wish List


Kate's 2023 holiday wish list, featuring Madewell pants, adidas sneakers, cookbooks, pajamas, and more

Last month, I published one big holiday gift guide on the blog. Today, I’m sharing an even more personal version—my own 2023 holiday wish list. 

Most of the items on this list immediately caught my eye when I first saw them. They were an instant and resounding yes for me. I’ve been really intentional in recent months about saving links to the things that give me this kind of full-body yes reaction. Whenever I’m instantly drawn to something *and* it fills a gap in my closet, home, or daily routines, it’s the best kind of item to add to my wish list. I hope you enjoy browsing through this post, whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone on your gifting list.

My Personal 2023 Holiday Wish List

1. Veg-table by Nik Sharma


I love vegetables and there’s such a wide array of ways to prepare them beyond simply roasting or making a salad. I’m drawn to the creative approach of this book. It was highly recommended to me by multiple people.

2. Madewell The ’90s Straight Utility Pant

$88 select colors on sale for $70

I love this utility pant style—and that there are three great colors to choose from.

3. Flamingo Estate Roma Heirloom Tomato Fragrance Duo


This is the best candle I’ve smelled all year. It’s a perfect scent to burn in every season.

4. Officine Personalized Lip Balm


This lip balm case has been on my list for so long. One of my favorite little luxuries in life is having beautiful things I get to use every day. This would make such a wonderful, personalized gift. 

5. J. Crew Cotton Poplin Pajama Set

$118 on sale for $60

Pajamas are one thing I don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money on, but I spend so much time in them that it’s nice to have a few great pairs on hand. This set from J. Crew looks so comfy and stylish.

6. Pasta by Missy Robbins


Pasta-making is something I want to do more often, especially with the kids. I’ve done it enough times that I know it’s a practice that doesn’t have to be saved for rare special occasions. This book would take my hobby up a notch. 

7. adidas Samba OG Shoes


These shoes go with everything. I have this style in two darker colors and wear them all the time. A lighter-colored pair would fill a gap in my wardrobe and look great with so many outfits. 

8. Alex Mill Ashwood Fair Isle Cardigan


One of my absolute favorite creative people to follow is Lucy Williams. I’m often inspired by what she wears and think about how I’d interpret her style in my own way. This cardigan reminds me of her—plus, an Alex Mill sweater is always a good bet. 

9. COSRX Sheet Masks, Set of 10


I would love a restock on these sheet masks. I use them all the time and can never have enough! 

10. Simuero Ola Blue Ring


Every year I like to add one piece of special jewelry to my everyday collection. I don’t really have any pieces with color in them and love the organic look of these rings. 

11. Clarins Water Lip Stain

$30 on sale for $25

I have this lip stain in a barely-there pink (color 04). I love the way it looks and want other colors too!

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BY Kate Arends - December 6, 2023


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