The A To Z Guide To Holiday Gifts

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 week of the year, 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. Ahead, find 26 goodies that'll make anyone smile.
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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. Spice up your giftee's place (or skateboard collection) with a colorful addition to their home.

Skaterdoom x Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat Triptych Skyll, $500, available at MOMA Store.
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— PAID —

Because a one-size-fits-all gift is the best gift to give.

Gap Marled Beanie, $29.95, available at Gap.
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Cool It Down (Or Warm It Up!)
'Tis the season for cold weather, but that doesn't mean coffee has to get cold on their commute. Get them a bottle that'll keep their beverages temperature appropriate, regardless of the season.

S’well Metallic Collection, $42, available at S’well.
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Do More
I know, the last thing anyone wants to hear is "do more." But, we all have that one person in our lives who wants to be more active. Help them out: Instead of a run-of-the-mill fitness tracker, try a designer version, like this collaboration between Public School and Fit Bit.

Fit Bit x Public School Axis, $295, available at Fit Bit.
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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.

Le Specs The Last Lolita, $119, available at Le Specs.
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Festive & Fancy
Going the jewelry route this holiday season? 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, $315, available at Wild and Woolly.
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Game Time Decision
Sometimes when we're shopping for holiday presents, we have to make don't have time to weigh tons of options. This year, make your game time decision a rad pair of sneakers that any sports fanatic (or fans of athleisure) will love.

Jordan Horizon Low, $145, available at Nike.
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Holiday Cheer
Sometimes, a really good card is all you need (and maybe a couple of 20s stuffed inside).

Light Up The Tree, $5, available at Tayham.
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Ice Ice Baby
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.

Jiwinaia Crystal Cross Hoop Earrings, $240, available at Nordstrom.
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Just For Fun
Know a sneaker lover who already has way too many pairs? Instead of adding to the chaos, show them how to snazz up some of their existing kicks with tie-on glittery shoe fringe.

Raoulle Glitter Shoe Fringe in Gunmetal, $38, available at Raoulle.
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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.

The Anthology of Rap, $1.99, available at Barnes and Noble.
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Let it Grow
Put a little life in their lives with a cute as hell, low-maintenance potted plant. Leave it up to them to decide whether they should leave it at home or spruce up their desk at work.

The Sill The August with Low Light Plants, $55, available at The Sill.
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Major Key
Having trouble getting your friend a meet and greet with DJ Khaled? No problem. Instead, make their keys look major with a fun and quirky keychain.

Autumn CPH Pineapple Mink Keychain, $450, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Not Your Average Knit
Sure, gifting knitted scarves is practical. But, it's not always the most exciting present to open. If you are going to go for a scarf, make sure it's not boring: This option has an image of Amelia Earhart on it, and is part of a collection that features other inspirational women, like Mae Jemison and Katherine Johnson.

Slow Factory Amelia Earhart Scarf, $140, available at Slow Factory.
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On Fire
Candles set all of the moods, whether it's a dinner party...or something a little more intimate.

Comme Des Garcons Perfumes 2 Scented Candles, $52, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Portable Party
They can bring the party everywhere they go — even underwater. This JBL speaker is super-loud for its size, meaning the fun never has to stop.

Charge 3, $149.95, available at JBL.
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Quilted Throw
Throw blankets have so much utility; they keep you warm and they spruce up any room. Get your loved ones something with a pop of color that will make their sofa or bed look that much better.

West Elm Marled Basketweave Throw, $79, available at West Elm.
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Rock On
Got a musician or writer on your gift list? Even if you don't, get them a chic notebook that tells them how much of a rock star they are. Self-reflection is a good thing.

Sloane Stationary Rock Star Notebook, $16.12, available at Sloane Stationary.
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Say My Name
Personalized jewelry is having a moment right now (and kind of always). Get them a classic signet ring engraved with their initials, and they'll wear it every day.

J. Hannah Pinky Signet, $268, available at J. Hannah.
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T-Shirt Time
Designer logo tees are all the rage. If you're not sure what to get someone on your list, you can't do them wrong with a cool, retro-looking T-shirt that they can wear all year round.

Gucci Washed T-shirt with Gucci Print, $420, available at Gucci.
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Up To Date
Time is of the essence. If you have a friend who is always late, give them the gift of this sporty band: 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.

Timex Archive Weekender Chrono in Black, $130, available at Need Supply Co.
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V Cozy
Snuggle up to a fuzzy pillow. They'll be thinking of you and thanking you every time they plop down on the couch to rest.

Restoration Hardware Ruched Faux Fur Pillow, $70, available at Restoration Hardware.
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Weekend Away
Okay, so maybe you don’t want to buy an entire weekend away, but you can give a weekender that will help facilitate things whenever they do take a quick trip.

Lo and Sons The Catalina Weekender, $120, available at Lo and Sons.
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X-tra Volume
Help them turn up the sound and drown out the noise from that crying baby on the plane with a pair of solid over-ear headphones. These are for situation where those little buds just won't do the trick, because they work.

Master & Dynamic Wireless Over-ear Headphones, $549, available at Master & Dynamic.
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Yearly Planner
Do everyone a favor and help them get their year in order. 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, $28, available at
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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.

Morgan Lane
Starry Eyed Sleeping Mask Set, $109, available at Pop Map.

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