The Best (And Worst) Gifts, According To Ellen

You know that awkward moment when you open a gift from a distant relative and have to pretend to be excited? Well, Ellen Degeneres is here to help us avoid that exact scenario this year. Because, get this: In addition to cracking us up week after week and propelling us down endless video-watching black holes on ellentube, the queen of talk-show comedy now has an adorable line of accessories, apparel, and home decor, too.

To make shopping for the impossible people on your list a little easier (because, believe it or not, the holidays are nearly in full swing), we asked Degeneres to share some of her favorite pieces from the ED by Ellen line — as well as what she hates receiving as a gift. Her answer: "anything from the check-out aisle at Target. I'm on to you, people. And it's just lazy." We hear that loud and clear.

So this year, let's avoid the discounted DVDs and Mentos value packs altogether, and instead give presents our friends and fam will actually be excited to open — minus all the fake smiles. Ahead, Degeneres dishes on the items she can't wait to give this year. And don't worry: If you decide to gift everyone on your list that adorable penguin sweater, we promise not to tell.
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"Vests are one of my signature staples. I will definitely be gifting this versatile style this holiday season."

ED By Ellen Multi-Color Fair Isle Vest, $145, available at ED By Ellen.
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"A great, cozy gift with an important message!"

ED By Ellen Color Block Laugh Crew Socks, $12, available at ED By Ellen.
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"The best way to show your holiday cheer is surely wearing a penguin in a Santa hat!"

ED By Ellen Animal Embroidered Holiday Sweater, $79.50, available at ED By Ellen.
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"The most comfortable holiday gift. Perfect for lounging at home by the fire with your dogs, cat, goats, or pigs..."

ED By Ellen Waffle Sweater Pull-On Pant, $195, available at ED By Ellen.
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"Keep your loved ones warm with this luxe, matching scarf-and-hat set."

ED By Ellen Donegal Cashmere Knit Hat, $75, available at ED By Ellen.
ED By Ellen Donegal Cashmere Scarf, $125, available at ED By Ellen.