For The Pet Lover (A.K.A. Nearly Everyone)
Here, we suggest going for the "aww" factor. An animal-printed pouch — options include English bulldogs, pugs, and tabby cats — is a crowd-pleaser that's both functional (as easy storage for spare change) and cute. Just look at that face. For a whole menagerie of pet-inspired presents, look no further.
For Your Workaholic Roommate (That You Never See)
Things like a 9-to-5 workday and sunlight are seemingly nonexistent in this busy gal's week (and maybe weekend) routine. To supplement all of your pal's indoor time (which is likely spent tied to a desk), look for little embellishments, like succulents, coffee mugs, and other quirky office accessories to spruce up that cube.
For Your Friend Group's Token Foodie
Gourmet cheese puffs, a Bon Appétit magazine subscription, and Le Creuset cookware are just some of the (obvious) signs you're dealing with a foodie. Should you draw this person's name, go with a gift that's less expected than artisanal chocolates or pot holders from that big-name kitchen store. A tote that's made for weekend farmers' market strolls definitely won't go unappreciated.
For That Always-Plugged-In Acquaintance
We all have one of these friends/coworkers/roommates — heck, you might be one yourself. Whether it's listening to Taylor Swift's latest album or the newest TED talk, this pal's day is not complete without a pair of buds — earbuds, that is. This gilded pair makes for easy listening, and an accessorized commute.
For The Beauty Queen
Beauty isn't only makeup, moisturizer, and nail polish. A thoughtfully illustrated desk calendar of all their favorite looks — full lashes and smoky eyes, for starters — is an affordable gift that doesn't involve you actually buying lip glosses and blushes the giftee in question may or may not actually use.
For Friends In Need Of Some R&R
So, you can't splurge on a fancy-pants massage treatment. That's okay; no one expects you to. But, if you're looking for a gift that conveys a similar sentiment, a soothing body scrub hits just the right notes. This one eases sore muscles and feet, which will come in handy after the holiday party dance-off.
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