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An A-Z Guide To 26 Cool Gifts Worth Your Consideration

The holiday season is nothing if not overwhelming. Not only are there endless RSVPs to juggle, outerwear decisions to make and ever-shrinking travel budgets to negotiate, there is the often-herculean task of shopping for gifts. With more eye-catching and entertainment-providing presents on the scene than ever, it’s very easy to get lost in a sea of face masks, succulents, zodiac swag, and adult puzzles. (Which, by the way, all make for excellent gifts.)

So far, we’ve rounded up trinkets in a lot of categories: stocking stuffers, earth-friendly accessories, howl-inducing white elephant gewgaws, and self-care essentials for the harried holiday do-gooder. (We even have a fancy hub for the best of the best at every budget, based on what we’ve been scoping out all year long.) For this 26-item list, we used the alphabet as our guide, and sussed out the most impressive pieces we could find from alpha to omega. If you’re in need of a little respite from the weeds of shopping, click through for some levity — and maybe you’ll find what you’ve been looking for.

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A: Alpaca-in’ Heat

Suffering from cashmere fatigue this season? Oh — you’re not? While we recognize that it’s impossible to tire of the classic goat-hair fiber, we’re really partial to its alterna-teen cousin alpaca this season. It’s a hypo-allergenic, hyper-insulating wool-like substance that will keep you just as snuggly, and has a lower-impact footprint than most other wools.
Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Crew, $95.00 Buy
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B: Barrettes that Blossom

Sure, an ethereal, Midsummer Night’s Dream-esque hairpiece might not be for everyone — but you know just the person who’s going to flip for it. (Clip for it? Sorry, had to.)

& Other Stories Pearl Branch Hair Clip, $15.00 Buy
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C: Celestial Chandeliers

These prismatic, eye-catching Kendra Scott earrings are likely to disappear in a flash from Nordstrom Rack’s ever-changing inventory, so if you know someone who’s cool enough to pull them off, nab these danglers now.
Kendra Scott Charmian Drop Earrings, $80.00 $34.97 Buy
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D: Divining Dishware

Your tarot-obsessed bestie certainly has all the decks she needs, but does she have a set of pint glasses declaring her expertise in soothsaying?

Kaelin Tillery and Richard Duggan Tarot Card Tumblers, $16.00 Buy
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E: The Everyman Everybody Necklace

Unisex jewelry designer Ariel Neman just launched a group of link-heavy, borrowed-from-the-boys chain necklaces — exclusive to Urban Outfitters — that we’re eyeing for their strong layering potential. The sturdy, gold-plated designs have a timeless feel that will appeal to giftees both male and female.

R By Ariel Neman Culture Necklace, $58.00 $39.99 Buy
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F: Fluff The Haters

We don’t care what anyone says — Ugg reached icon status a long time ago. We love watching the brand riff on their tried-and-true (and sometimes vilified) designs. Who wouldn’t want a pair of cherry-red, foot-swallowing mules this holiday season?

Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slide, $99.95 Buy
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G: Gift You’ll Want To Keep For Yourself

The brand's iconic logo is more relevant — and comfier — than ever as part of this PJ set.
Gap Logo Pajama Set, $69.96 Buy
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H: Herbal Home Infusions

Described by one Walmart shopper as “a screaming deal,” this set of four framed illustrations (on sale for $32!) might just satisfy the decor needs of your aspirationally bohemian cousin.

Flower Home by Drew Barrymore Set of Four Botanical Prints, $64.00 $32.00 Buy
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I: In The Know

Yes, we know your plugged-in sister always hops on the limited-edition Vans collaboration before anyone else does, but does she know about the corduroy and fleece pair that are exclusive to Madewell? Knock her socks off this season with one of the latest cool-girl styles from this quick-to-sell out collaboration.
Madewell x Vans Unisex Classic Slip-On Sneakers in Corduroy and Sherpa, $65.00 Buy
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J: Jeweled Skin

For the millennial pink-obsessive in your life, the Dreslyn has assembled a warm-hued gift set complete with everything a beauty enthusiast might need to maintain their rosy outlook, including Herbivore Botanical’s exfoliating masque and a super-moisturizing “miracle” bar from Joanna Vargas.
The Dreslyn Home Nude Gift Set, $95.00 Buy
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K: Keepsakes à la Key Biscayne

Jonathan Adler’s cheeky, poppy home accents will brighten up any room or bedside table — we’re particularly drawn to the tropical, Art Deco tones of his “Miami” trinket box.
Now House by Jonathan Adler Miami Decorative Box, $38.00 $33.54 Buy
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L: Lengthy Layers

Thanks to strategically placed seams and an elongated silhouette, this Lululemon turtleneck will play nice with layering pieces or look elegant on its own. We love the extra-long sleeves and hem — we bet the recipient will, too.

lululemon Full Day Ahead Turtleneck, $88.00 Buy
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M: Medallions Colores

Sure, the locket is a classic gift, but why not mix it up this year with an opera-length style enameled in an eye-catching hue? Bonus for any Europhiles: these layerable ones from indie online boutique Beklina are made in France.

Beklina French Enameled Lockets, $98.00 Buy
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N: Neat Freak

Lo & Sons premium leather essentials don’t come cheap, but we spotted a sweet discount on a slim, elegant travel wallet that will satisfy the most organized, card-carrying minimalist.

Lo & Sons The Leather Wallet, $138.00 $82.80 Buy
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O: One In A Million

This sizeable cheeseboard measures almost 10” in diameter — big enough to accommodate your Humboldt Fog spread; or, as one satisfied Anthro customer pointed out, your crystal collection. Assembled from a composite of multi-hued agate slices, no two plates are exactly alike — perfect for that person in your life who is truly like no other.

Anthropologie Composite Agate Cheese Board, $78.00 Buy
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P: (The Most) Punderful Time Of The Year

Unfortunate Portrait’s cheeky play-on-words t-shirts are a longtime source of Shopping team entertainment, and we were very happy to see that they brought their pithy sense of humor to a deck of pop culture-themed playing cards, replete with references to everything that shaped us growing up, from Clueless to “Sk8er Boi.”
Unfortunate Portrait Unfortunate Portrait Playing Cards, $30.00 Buy
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Q: Quilt-y As Charged 

Give the gift of something totally unique with California-based Carleen’s patchworked tee. Each USA-made recycled cotton top is adorned with one-of-a-kind, vintage fabric — scraps from actual quilts that designer Kelsy Parkhouse salvages from flea markets.

Carleen Lavender Patchwork Boxy Tee, $119.00 Buy
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R: Restoration Hair-wear

This Art Nouveau-esque hair fork is made from reclaimed Indonesian wood, meaning no two combs are exactly alike. For every one purchased, Etsy seller Saya Designs will plant eight new trees in a local micro-forest.

Saya Designs The Barrette Hair Fork, $54.00 Buy
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S: Snowbird Stash

Know someone who’s sneaking off to the Sunshine State for a “working” vacation post-holiday? Help them maximize the perks of that panhandle timeshare with a place to stash their remote office gewgaws and their sunscreen.
Supergoop! The Tech Kit, $80.00 Buy
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T: Touchable Trousers

An on-trend alternative to the tried-and-true pajama pant, Herschel’s soft fleece loungers give off a cool-kid edge — even when thrown on for the early-morning dog-park run. 

Herschel Sherpa Pants, $90.00 Buy
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U: Under the Sea

A clean, California-made hand-soap and lotion set — created by Malibu-based Osea for luxe-linens brand Parachute — will satisfy the picky skincare nerd in your life.
OSEA Nourishing Hand Soap + Cream Bundle, $69.00 Buy
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V: Vinyl, Baby!

A gift both unique and utterly classic, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been the accompaniment to many a holiday season since it first aired on TV in 1965. Your music-snob bestie will appreciate the nostalgia-driven tunes and the throwback format.
The Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas LP, $25.98 Buy
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W: Weekend Warrior

Surprise the impulsive jet-setter in your life with a cute, roomy duffle to accompany them on all of their world travels in 2020.

ban.do Getaway Duffle Bag (Bonjour), $29.99 Buy
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X: Xanadu You Love It?

Lustrous, space-age color brings some roller-disco fever to a handbag essential from Coach.

Coach Metallic Colorblock Card Case, $50.00 Buy
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Y: The Yin to Your Yang

A kooky, cheerful layering piece that will impress any fashion nerd on your list. We’d layer the cropped sweater over a button-down now, Clueless style; and wear the top solo when the weather warms up, making this year-round sweater a gift that keeps on giving.

Staud Sleeveless Nat Top, $145.00 Buy
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Z: Zero Impact

Fjallraven’s universally-beloved Kanken backpack gets a sustainable update with a new recycled-polyester fabrication and a reduced-water dye process.

Fjällräven Re-Kånken, $89.95 Buy
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