Govalo Gift Guide 2021 - Kristen’s wishlist

It isn’t always easy shopping for those closest to you. No matter how well you know someone, you may still struggle to think of what to buy for the holidays. 

So, we asked our team to give us their top wishlist items for this year. With an eclectic, diverse mix of people from all over North America - and some even further afield - we’ve got a list packed with great ideas. 

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a foodie, a present for an eco-minded friend, or a bit of skincare TLC for a beauty lover, today’s wishlist might give you the idea you’re looking for. Today’s list comes from Kristen Burgess. 

Kristen Burgess

Kristen is a Staff Engineer at Govalo, based in the Nebraska Sandhills. Fun fact, she’s actually based on a cattle ranch! She loves travel, and food - eating it, making it, baking, everything - as well as anything related to horses and rodeo. Her favorite thing about the holidays is everyone cooking together. She loves having all her friends and family in the kitchen in their coziest holiday sweaters - some chopping up veggies, others rolling out cookie dough, and some just drinking their wine entertaining the chefs.

#1 - Made In Cookware - Professional cookware for home chefs

Creating delicious food starts with high-quality tools. Inspired by their familie’s 100 years of kitchen expertise, Made In partners with the best raw material suppliers and family-owned manufacturers to create high performance, quality cookware, bakeware, and more. They’ve designed professional quality tools for the home chef, so you can use the same tools as a Michelin-starred chef right in your own kitchen. The perfect gift for the foodie or aspiring chef in your life.

Made in cookware copper rondeau

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#2 - Tentree - Earth-first comfortable clothing

Big change starts small, sometimes just with choosing to buy your hoodies from a more sustainable brand. Tentree is an “earth-first” clothing brand that designs everyday essentials using sustainable and comfortable materials. Every time you buy one of their products, they plant ten trees - hence the name! They’re always looking for new and innovative ways to create and manufacture their clothes to ensure they have the smallest footprint possible, and put a lot of emphasis on ethical manufacturing. Their clothes are super comfortable, well-made, and would make an ideal gift.

Tentree Banshee Hoodie

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#3 - Kith - Stylish curated apparel and footwear

Founded by prominent footwear figure, Ronnie Fieg, Kith is a multi-functional lifestyle brand that stocks an array of curated apparel and footwear for men, women, and children. They stock not just their own in-house brand, but also a wide range of some of the world’s most renowned brands from Commes des Garcons, to Birkenstock, Moncler, and more. Kith partners and collaborates with designers to create special release lines, as well as capsule collections and seasonal pieces. The one-stop shop for the more fashion-forward friends and family in your life.

Commes des Garcons converse hi tops

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#4 - Bombas - Comfortable clothes with purpose

Bombas make clothes so comfy you’ll never want to take them off. They believe that everyone deserves to wear clothes that make them feel good, that’s why they put a strong emphasis on R&D to pinpoint common complaints with everyday items and figure out how to improve them. Everything is tested for maximum comfort and durability, so you don’t need to worry about t-shirts or socks only lasting a few wears before you see issues. Plus for every item you purchase, they donate an item to someone affected by homelessness.

Bombas socks

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#5 - Kylie Cosmetics - Cruelty-free, vegan make-up and skincare

We’re sure that Kylie Cosmetics really requires no introduction, but let’s give them one anyway. Brainchild of Kylie Jenner herself, Kylie Cosmetics was created so that her fans could use the same high-quality make-up used to create her famous looks. She later also developed a line of skincare - Kylie Skin - to take care of your skin in between making use of those lip kits and eyeliners. All of Kylie’s products are cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, and are free of parabens and sulfates.   

Kylie Skin Rose bath collection

Click here to shop - Kylie Cosmetics