Real Simple is dedicated to making life easier for the modern woman, from helping her find the perfect outfit to helping her get dinner on the table faster. Kristin Appenbrink is the Senior Editor for RealSimple.com, where she oversees the Work & Life content, Simply Stated blogs, and social media for the brand. Originally from Kansas City, Kristin now lives in Brooklyn and likes to make things (namely ice cream and knitted scarves) on the weekend.
I started working on the Real Simple gift guide back when I was an intern for the magazine in the summer of 2006. So, even though I no longer help pick the gifts, it’s one of my favorite stories we produce each year.
I always strive to find those unexpected, but completely right gifts, which means that I frequently go for several small gifts — kind of like a care package — instead of buying one large gift for friends and family members. Somehow that seems to let me express how well I know them, and allows me to get a bit quirky with some of my choices.