Whether or not we realize it, every holiday season we tend to fall into a gift-buying routine. Unless we know
exactly what someone wants, we hit up the same stores and buy the same safe, often snoozy, presents. But, not having an idea of what to get someone for the holidays doesn’t mean you should default to something lackluster. Gone are the days of holiday socks your friends will only wear for one time, or buying another pair of tree-adorned pajamas — this year, it’s time to flex those creative muscles.
Gift-giving should be low-lift, high reward for both you and the person on the receiving end — and it shouldn't take tons of time, hemming, or hawing. To remove the stress from the equation and help put the magic back in, we’ve rounded up an easy-to-follow A to Z guide that offers a little something for everyone. Here's 26 goodies that'll make anyone smile.
Artful Decor When we're spending wisely, art is unfortunately one of the last things we buy for ourselves. That being said, a great print, statue, or other pice of decoration makes for a great gift.
Bling Bling While taking someone skating is a good gift on its own, this holiday season, we're talking a different kind of ice. Help your friends bling out with some jeweled earrings, a necklace, or a ring.
The Bunny Ring,
Comfy & Cozy Beanies are cute, but who doesn't already have one or two of them in their closet? This unexpected, pastel yellow, faux shearling cap is sure to impress.
Faux Sherrling Hat,
Do Good The holiday season is equally as much about giving as it is receiving. For an easy way to give even more this year, find gifts and brands that help a charitable cause. Westward Leaning is selling a special limited-edition holiday pack that benefits the Snow Leopard Trust. For every unit sold, the brand will contribute $25 towards sponsoring the adoption of a wild snow leopard.
Limited Edition Galileo,
Eye Spy I spy with my little eye, a pair of sunglasses so good you'll want to give them to someone on your list, and to yourself. No shame in that.
— PAID — Fuzzy Fleece Keep your best friend looking trendy AF all season. Start with this seriously cozy teddy coat to give 'em just the right dose of winter white, plus a warm layer to snuggle into. Gap Sherpa Coat, $168.00, available at Gap.
Generation Of Nostalgia Add a little throwback to your gift with the newly released Sega Genesis. And you won't have to worry about tacking on any additional costs for game cartridges, either: This console comes pre-packed with games ready to play.
Sega Genesis Classic Game Console,
Home Is Where The Chic Bathmat Is Bring a little character into someone's home with this smile inducing boob bathmat.
It's Lit Candles set all of the moods, whether it's a dinner party...or something a little more intimate.
Sunday Forever x Surf Lodge
Just In Time Time is of the essence. If you have a friend who is always late, give them the gift of time...keeping, that is. It's on-trend, can be worn day and night, and will subtly hint how much you hate waiting for them at the coffee shop.
Classic Petite Bondi in 32mm Rose Gold/White,
Knowledge Is Power What's better than a really good book with a really good-looking cover? It's a learning material and a piece of living room decor in one.
Yale University Press
The Anthology of Rap,
Let it Grow Put a little life in their lives with a set of cute as hell, low-maintenance succulents. Leave it up to them to decide whether they should leave 'em at home or spruce up their desk at work.
Miniature Succulent Assortment,
Mini Bag Skip the heavily logo'd tote bags this time around. The best bags now come in mini form. A top handle clutch will get them through every event for the next year.
Grace Bag Dusty Rose,
Not Today, Boys Help a girl out by gifting them a do-it-yourself "Smash the Patriarchy" embroidery kit. Once they finish, it'll be the ultimate decor piece.
Smash The Patriarchy Cross Stitch Kit,
Oversized Scarf Keep them warm this winter with a cozy and chunky knit scarf. For extra brownie points: Michelle Obama's been spotted wearing this exact one.
Igby Oversized Wool Scarf,
Portable Party They can bring the party everywhere they go — even to the campground. This UMA speaker is half 360 degree surround sound fun, half practical lantern.
UMA Sound Lantern,
Quick Getaway For someone always on the go, a chic carry-on is a must. The roller bag from Raden comes with optimal interior space, USB charging ports, and boasts TSA-approved dimensions (a.k.a you'll never have to check your carry-on at the gate again).
Roll Bounce Want to gift them something super memorable? Look no further than these vintage inspired roller skates.
Moxi Leather Roller Skates,
Sock It To Me We'd like to take back all the years we thought receiving socks was the worst possible outcome during the holidays. With socks as cute as these collection, we're putting them at the top of our wishlist.
Hansel from Basel
The Accessory Everyone Wants Every few seasons, we see a cult product appear that just won't quit. To be the champion for your giftee's Instagram game, give them the ultimate 'It' bag.
Unicorns, Duh We all have a few unicorn-obsessed friends who own one too many bubblegum pink plushies. Gift them a horned friend that's actually useful like this 2-in-1 ramen bowl.
Elodie Unicorn Ramen Bowl,
— PAID — Velvet Booties Inspire your giftee to take more style risks this year by offering up these velvety boots. The maroon color delivers a subtle but game-changing alternative to standard black ones. Not to mention, they'll look good on anyone. Gap Velvet Ankle Booties, $118, available at Gap.
What's Gucci? The Holy Grail of presents. While you won't be gifting this to everyone this year, we're sure there's someone special who's deserving.
Oversized Appliquéd Printed Cotton-terry Sweatshirt,
X-tra Fuzzy Try something exciting and unexpected that will also be the finishing touch for all their fancy holiday party outfits.
Wild And Woolly
Rendezvous Mink Hoop Earring,
Yearly Planner Do everyone a favor and help them get their year in order. The famous Ban.do planners are the best out there and give you a multitude of ways to personalize them. Before you wrap it up, don't forget to mark your birthday and a couple of other "holidays" that involve you two going to dinner.
17-month Medium Agenda,
ZZZ, Goodnight If you're buying a gift for someone who lives in a city and the bright lights creep in (even through black-out shades), this is the gift for them. Everyone needs their beauty rest.
Sleepy Lids Cashmere Mask Set,