Being an adult during the holidays can get complicated. The days of playing carefree giftee, dressed in snuggly footie pajamas with painstakingly penciled wish lists, are gone (RIP my L.L. Bean flannels and sparkly Lisa Frank note pad). And instead, we are left budgeting, ideating, and buying everyone we know a "thoughtful" present — or a weak one because we couldn't think of anything better. In short, the giftee becomes the gifter, and our lists only get longer.
But before you throw the towel in on spreading the cheer this season, we've compiled a helpful (i.e. affordable and easy) list of gifts. And what is the
most affordable and easy gift category of all, you might ask? Food. Because everybody's got to eat — especially during the holidays.
So simplify your life and tell your S.O. exactly how you feel with a jar of hot honey. Or surprise your work wife, who loves smoothies, with a subscription for a week's worth. Have a friend who hates everything? No problem, a Seamless holiday gift card will cover that.
Scroll on through to take the tiresome thought out of thoughtful — and that just leaves ful(l).
Safe-to-eat-raw cookie dough can be purchased online and shipped to your front door. (This one's for you. Self care, people!)
Ho Ho Dough Gift Box, $25 for 5-pack, available at
Edoughble Cookie Dough
Champagne and chocolate are such a played out combo — but chocolate-covered champagne gummy bears? Now that is some sweet gifting sophistication.
Dark Chocolate Champagne Bears®, $26, available at
Gift this jar to the hot-honey lovers in your life.
Hot Honey, $16, available at
Why give a tea-lover just one tea, when you can gift them an entire box filled with the best blends from 2017?
Best of 2017, $26, available at
Sourced from tree trunks in northern Maine, these toothpicks are then infused with notes of white oak and whiskey.
Whiskey Toothpicks, $8, available at
The art of cocktail making can seem like a daunting task — Owl's Brew makes it easy and delightful.
Little Black Cocktail Kit, $21.99, available at
Have a friend who is classy but also lives for Chipotle? This lovely salt potion will do the gifting trick (Note: actual
Chipotle gift card
The Chili Lab
Chipotle Chili Salt, $14, available at
Dean & Deluca
Gift to that person in your life who prefers to sip cold brew year round.
DIY Cold Brew Kits, $15.25, available at
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For that extra friend who's always poppin' bottles.
Brut Reserva Heredad Cava, $24.99, available at
Popcorn is a lifestyle — and this spicy-sweet seasoning kit will kick up the snacking game.
Popcorn Kernel and Seasoning Sets, $35, available at
These legendary cookies are pricey, but also guaranteed to charm any recipient (ahem, your boss).
Assortment - Gift Box of 4 Cookies, $27, available at
Have someone in your life who won't stop talking about how much they love smoothies and juices? Yeah, this gift will show that you get them.
Smoothie Subscription, $7.99 per smoothie, available at
Now your everything-bagel-loving friends can play an active role in their weekend go-to.
Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Kit, $24.95, available at
The gift that keeps on giving — just make sure you're around to reap the benefits of that latenight pizza order.
Holiday Gift Card, $10-$1,000, available at
For when you've exhausted every other doughnut-themed gift — or any time doughnuts and coffee in the form of a chocolate bar sounds like a good idea (all times?).
Donuts & Coffee Milk Chocolate Bar, $9.95, available at
Sometimes a sleeve of macarons is all you need to show someone how much you care.
Macaron Gift Box, $23 for 12, available at
Who needs normal whiskey when chocolate whiskey is an option?
King's County Distillery
Chocolate-Flavored Whiskey, $26, available at
A great gift for those looking to get in touch with their inner cheesemonger.
Mozzarella & Ricotta DIY Cheese-Kit, $26, available at
This single-serve iced coffee brewing contraption is sheer genius — and will delight the caffeine-obsessed.
BRU, $39.99, available at
These Wild Ophelia chocolate bars come in an assortment of delightfully wacky flavors to satisfy the most daring of sweet eaters.
Mix & Match Bars, $14, available at
Similar to a first aid kit, you never know when you might be in dire need of emergency s'mores supplies.
Whimsy & Spice
S'mores Kit, $18, available at
Whimsy & Spice
Sure, you could gift the tired travel-sized pack of cologne this year — but wouldn't you rather it be a trio of pure maple syrup?
Bobo's Mountain Sugar
Trio of Half Pints, $28, available at
Bobo's Mountain Sugar
Can't settle on one chocolate bar in particular? No worries — Chococurb offers a monthly bites subscription.
Nano, $10 monthly subscription, available at
New York City's Bread's Bakery is home to the
chocolate babka — anyone who receives a loaf of this stuff will be #blessed.
Chocolate Babka, $44.95 for 3-pack, available at
Tie a ribbon around the stick and stuff it in a stocking.
Black Pig Meat Co.
Bacon Toffee Pig Pop, $5.75 per pop, available at
This gift is thoughtful, humorous, and also an ironically ideal additional to cocktails.
"Hair of the Dog" Hangover Tonic — Cocktail Bitters, $18, available at
These caramels are smooth, creamy, and wrapped in delightful little gifting satchels.
Big Picture Farm
Goat Milk Caramels Gift Satchels, $25, available at
Big Picture Farm