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BTB's Holiday Gift Guide

There are really two types of people when it comes to holiday shopping. The ones who plan, coupon, Black Friday brawl, and have everything ordered and/or bought before December hits. Or those who are frantically at CVS, Target, or Amazon Prime the night before, praying everything comes to together by the next morning. Ok, there are probably some in-betweeners as well. Since we are in the Holiday spirit, BTB wanted to lend a helping hand. We’ve accumulated a list of places to get some must-have items that are owned and operated by ladies within our inner circle. Check out this list and happy shopping:

For the kids:

The Little Ark: Nina Westbrook’s (@ninaamarie_w) boutique in Oklahoma City is magical. If you’re local, pop your head in and check out all the cute baby, kid, lifestyle items. Out of state? No worries, there is now an online store as well… thelittleark.com

Young’s Playhouse: Keonna Green’s (@keonnanecole) Young Playhouse has trendy and affordable fashions for girls and boys. Inspired by her daughter Navi, you’ll find anything from sets to outerwear to accessories. Your little ones will be dressed to impress… youngsplayhouse.com

Lyrically Luxe: Caasi Cofer (@iblondegenius) offers handmade satin bonnets, stylish sunglasses and cute headbands for any little diva. Her daughter, Lyric, was born with lots of beautiful hair that prompted the creation of these products. Take a look… lyricallyluxe.com

For the food lovers & chefs:

Level Foods: Elle Leonard (@elleleonard) was determined to find the best dietary & recovery practices for her husband and in doing so created Level Foods! Check out their story and products... levelfoods.com

Ayesha Curry Home Collection: Doubt Ayesha Curry’s (@ayeshacurry) cookware and bakeware sets need any introduction BUT the reviews are in and the items are user-friendly and bring more fun to the kitchen. Whether you’re a kitchen vet or want/need to start, check it out because you won’t be disappointed… available at Target, Macy’s, QVC, etc.

For the beach lovers:

NudeSwim: Daniela Rajic (@danielarajic) and Sarah Patterson (@_saaraahnasser) collaborated on this swim line. If fashion-forward and great quality are the standards, grab a suit then plan a trip! What could be better than a little getaway in the winter months… nudeswim.co

Strait Swim: Alyssa Mills’ (@missalyssa_michelle) swim line was inspired by the Torres Strait and combines the old traditional island design with a new and stylish appearance. With a variety of different fits, she has a suit for everyone... straitswim.com

For the fitness lovers:

Keep It Cute Fitness: This super fit mama of two, Alaina Anderson (@alainataughtyou), is taking fitness to the next level with her line of fitness essentials and athleticwear. Sprint on over to keepitcutefitness.com for functional and chic gym outfits!

Mama Cinch: Jan Hollins (@_jan_hollins) couldn’t find yoga pants that were both flattering and supportive, so she made her own! Check out her line of yoga pants that compliment all the curves our mama gave us… mamacinch.com

For the fashion & beauty lovers:

XO by Kamiah Adams: The gorgeous Kamiah Adams (@kamiahadams) knows luxury and it truly shows in her line of hair extensions, wigs and beauty products. Give the gift of luxury this year... XObykamiahadams.com

Lizz Aubrey Art: Not only will you find one of a kind paintings on her website, Lizz Hill (@lizzaubrey) will also custom hand paint and decorate a jean jacket of your choice. Who doesn’t love a unique team swag item to wear to the games? Hit her up on Instagram or visit... www.lizzaubreyart.com

For the home-bodies:

S&S Lux: Shivolli DaSilva’s ( @shib0lli23 ) boutique started with a dream to give everyone access to luxury blankets and now is a one-stop-shop for high quality and chic home goods. If you love to snuggle then you can’t go wrong with one of her products… ssluxonline.com/

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