Since strange and stressful holidays don’t seem to be going anywhere, good gift-giving is essential! Despite supply chain issues and shipping delays, there are lots of beautiful and budget-friendly gifts to give our loved ones. Here are 60 (yes 60!!) of my favorites:
Jewelry and Accessories
Jen Lesea Designs Birthstone Necklaces ($50 and up)
A pretty gift for the mama on your list, these delicate handcrafted necklaces come with genuine birthstones and/or initial charms with hypoallergenic sterling silver, 14K gold-filled, or 14K rose gold-filled chains. You can add one birthstone or initial charm for each child, for a unique necklace every time!
These unisex, adjustable bracelets are distinctive and stylish and are available in Vintage Gold and Vintage Silver. They add a little shine to any outfit but are neutral enough to be worn every day (I don’t take mine off).
For the adventurous coffee lover, this sampler includes a selection of tasty, seasonal Vietnamese pour-over coffees, like Churro, Pumpkin Spice, and Vanilla. Creamers are included as well. The coffees can be enjoyed at home, but they are also great for travel or at the office.
Bean Box Coffee Tasting Subscription ($16.95 per month)
Each month, your giftee will receive four curated coffees from new roasters and small-batch micro-lots around the world. Each 1.8oz tasting bag brews 4-6 cups of coffee; the perfect way to find new favorites, which can be ordered in larger quantities on Beanbox.com.
Death Wish Coffee Bundle ($34.99)
If “the stronger, the better” is their mantra, this bundle is the gift for them. Choose between two bags of Dark Roast, two Medium Roast, or one of each. Dark Roast is powerful with notes of dark chocolate and cherry, where Medium Roast is a blend of peanut, caramel, and apricot. The bags are boxed in a bold black box with skull and crossbones.
Ideal for the European travel buff who isn’t ready to get back out there, these beautifully-packaged, single-serve wines and wine map provide a taste and history of eight French and Italian wines, including a fresh Provence rosé and a rich Bordeaux.
An ideal self-gift if you love wines but not the calories. These California wines are made with a proprietary and natural winemaking process with high and low fermentable sugar grapes. They are lower calorie and lower sugar than traditional wines but do not lack in flavor. The gift box contains a Fresh Vine Wine Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.
For the cocktail fan who loves to mix things up, this box of ready-to-drink, creative Italian cocktails is a festive gift. Flavors include Walnut Old Fashioned, Cherry Manhattan, and Bianco Oro Negroni.
Choose any four fair trade, loose-leaf teas to include in this sweet boxed set of tins – a lovely little gift for organic tea-lovers. There are category-based options, like Four Green Teas, or Two Black, Two Green, or you can select each flavor individually.
Sips By Holiday Tea Advent Calendar ($75)
This 12-day canvas advent calendar holds four servings each of 12 teas in a variety of flavors from top tea brands, including Stash Empress Lady Grey, David’s Tea Cardamom French Toast, and Churchill’s Apple Cider. The calendar can be hung, but it also folds into a travel clutch so you can take it with you wherever you land this holiday.
Ritual Zero Proof’s Bar Cart Bundle ($99.96)
Looking for a booze-free beverage gift? The non-alcoholic category has become incredibly popular, and this tote of zero-proof Gin, Rum, Tequila, and Whiskey Alternatives will stock their bar cart for all their mocktails. Whole Foods Market just named the dialed-down spirits category and Ritual Zero Proof as a top 10 trend for 2022.
Whether they enjoy cocktails or mocktails, this cocktail kit will set them up for a delicious mixology journey. In fact, with this set, which includes a variety of syrups and fresh juices, like Honey Ginger Syrup and Cranberry Lemon syrup, they can make over 50 different kinds of cocktails!
This set contains four each of housemade, freshly-baked Blondies and Brownies. The fudgy brownies are baked with dark Belgian chocolate and topped with a sprinkling of sea salt, where the buttery Blondies are made with organic brown sugar. Delicious!
For the gluten-free sweet tooth on your list, these individually-wrapped, soft-baked, superfood cookies are vegan, paleo, and non-GMO, and come in flavors like Mocha Chip and Banana Bread. A healthy and tasty grab-and-go snack and a perfect add-on for packed lunches for the kids.
You’ll be there in spirit when you send this classic NYC bagel brunch from the beloved bagel shop, Zucker’s. The box includes hand-rolled bagels, fresh cream cheeses, hand-sliced smoked salmon, a jar of everything seasoning, and your choice of Christmas or Hanukkah cookies. My friends and I tested this and enjoyed it thoroughly!
For cheese-lovers, this basket contains a broad assortment of award-winning Wisconsin cheeses and complimentary savory snacks. This basket includes crackers, popcorn, cheddar, Diamond Marble, Colby, and cheese slicer, and more. Ready for entertaining!
For someone who loves variety, this beautifully-packaged gift basket includes a well-curated selection of tasty and sweet treats, including Tate’s Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, hand-baked seed crackers, dried mango strips, sweet and salty black lava sea salt caramels, smokey maple bacon mustard, sweet hot pepper raspberry preserves, and rich hot fudge.
iGourmet Truffle Lover’s Gift Box ($89.99)
There’s something so decadent about truffles! For your truffle-obsessed loved one, this box is a must. It contains a slew of truffle goodies, including White Truffle Infused EVOO, Black Truffle Butter, Truffle Infused Honey from the Yarra Valley, Moliterno Black truffle Pecorino, Boschetto al Tartufo Bianchetto, and Artisan Pairing Flatbread Gallette in a kraft box, ready for gifting.
Sweets and holiday decor, all in one! This collection of six beautiful ornaments comes in a gift-ready tube. Each ornament contains a different and scrumptious Sugar Plum sweet, including milk or dark chocolate truffles, Christmas tree-shaped pretzels, milk chocolate cookie, peppermint snowflake bark, and holiday-themed hard candies.
Does he run hot at night? These luxurious PJ’s are airy and silky soft and will keep him cool all night long. They’re so comfy that you may need to remind him to get dressed every day.
These Ski Pajamas are so cozy – perfect for sleeping or lounging on chilly days. They are made of super-soft cotton flannel and available in three plaid patterns – so cute!
You can’t control the temperature everywhere you go! This wrap is a stylish mid-weight layer in a textured knit – perfect to toss over any outfit or dress up a casual outfit.
Give him the scarf he’ll love but would never treat himself to. These incredibly soft 10″ x 66″ scarves are available in six colors and crafted from Italian cashmere from the Portolano mill.
He may not be ready to ditch his hoodie after all this time working from home! This ultra-soft, moisture-wicking Hooded Henley with 4-way stretch will elevate his look for Zoom calls, yet be comfortable enough for downtime.
A fun and colorful gift for your favorite sock fanatic, this gift box contains your choice of four pairs of Able Made’s wonderful socks, made with certified organic cotton, cruelty-free Merino wool, and upcycled and deadstock materials. The ribbon-wrapped box arrives ready to give, and every purchase benefits city youth health and empowerment via Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation.
On the Go
BioLite Alpenglow 250 ($59.95 on Amazon)
This light is a must-have on camping trips, but it’s also handy for backyard gatherings and power outages. It glows in a variety of colors – shake it to change colors – and the rechargeable battery doubles as a power bank to charge phones and other electronic devices.
D3 Products Liddle Speaker ($29.99 on Amazon)
This award-winning magnetic Bluetooth speaker pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled device and comes with a magnetic adhesive ring that allows it to attach to any surface. For its size, it provides excellent sound and you can link more than one Liddle for broader sound.
Oddict Ear Buds ($99)
For someone looking for a cool alternative to the ubiquitous air pods, these stylish aluminum earbuds (the world’s first, according to the brand) pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device, and offer distortion-free sound and fast wireless charging in a cool metal case. Listening preferences can be set in the free app.
Ili New York Organizer on a String ($72.95)
Perfect for a day in the city or for travel, this slim, colorful crossbody organizer holds the necessities, from her phone to credit cards, passport, cash, and more. Available in a variety of single and multi-colors.
A more minimal option for travel or when they’re out and about, this compact crossbody bag has multiple internal pockets for tech devices and a power bank, plus a quick-access front pocket for keys, earbuds, credit cards, and more. Ideal for a guy or gal on the go.
Nixon Escape Duffel ($100)
This versatile travel tote can be carried as a duffel or backpack and has compression straps for when you’re tight on space. It comes in three colors and it’s made from Repreve Our Ocean fiber, which uses bottles from the world’s oceans and repurposes them into fabric.
A go-to bag for trips to the market or for when you need extra storage when you’re traveling, this Ripstop bag, which is available in 5 bright colors, is made with recycled plastic bottles. When not in use, the bag packs down into its own pouch for easy transport. Glob donates 1 percent of sales to CoalitionWILD, an organization that teaches kids about sustainability.
Ignik Week-Long Warm Pack ($27.99)
This variety pack contains an assortment of high-performance hand, toe, and foot warmers, ideal for keeping warm while enjoying winter sports or when gathering safely outdoors with loved ones. The contents of the warmers are all-natural and biodegradable, and the AirBarrier™ pouch keeps more air out than the competition.
Verilux HappyLight Lumi Plus ($39.99 on Amazon)
In my opinion, everyone needs one of these on their desk. Turn the UV-Free LED light on for a few minutes to chase away the winter doldrums, plus, it’s a very flattering light to use for Zoom meetings (I’ve received many compliments since I’ve been using it!).
We all struggle with where to put those tiny things, like earrings or cufflinks. These minimal and modern vegan leather trays help keep your nightstand, dresser, or desk tidy and organized. The set of three nesting trays is $49.99. Also sold individually.
Novica Undiscovered Artisan Box ($59.99 per box)
With every beautifully-packaged quarterly box, your recipient can explore the culture and traditions of a new region through artisan products, like a batik robe, a handmade wooden bowl, a bracelet, and more. They can customize their boxes to include five exceptional fair trade treasures valued at over $200.
Pilgrim Soul The All Ages Creative Thinking Journal ($23.50 on Amazon)
An ideal gift for someone who is a bit creatively stuck, this guided journal is filled with fun, clever challenges meant to get their creative juices flowing and rethink the way they see themselves and the world around them.
This gorgeous coffee table book contains iconic photographs of the first 21 years of this century. A beautiful visual reminder of what we and others around the world have experienced since the turn of the century.
Amrita Sen Designs Throw ($35 and up)
Possibly the prettiest throw blanket around, these luxe blankets feature artist Amrita Sen’s hand-drawn and mixed media art on one side and the softest fleece on the other. Several gorgeous designs are available in 30″ x 40″, 50″ x 60″, and 60″ x 80″.
Unhide Lil’ Marsh blanket ($65 and up)
For a more minimal style, this thick, luxurious faux fur throw blanket has some weight to it, providing the comfort of a weighted blanket without the bulk. Available in several colors, including Silver Fox and Emerald Kitten. Made from 90% recycled materials.
Did someone on your list have a rough year? Encourage them to CTR+ALT+DEL 2021 away and start fresh. This beautiful, minimal candle will work well with any decor and the fresh white sage fragrance will help to “smudge” their space while lavender will encourage calm.
FEBE Candles Man Cave ($25)
This vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free candle collection comes in glam gold jars, which alone will add zing to any space. Layer in one of their gorgeous fragrances, like Man Cave, and you’ve created a real atmosphere. Man Cave is a unisex scent, a blend of earthy citrus, coconut, wood, moss, and vanilla.
A little whimsy for any kitchen, this handcrafted spoon rest made from buff stoneware clay features a fun forest illustration and an adorable fox. We love ours!
Elevated Craft 750ml Cocktail Shaker ($69.99 on Amazon)
For the mixologist on your list, this shaker is several cuts above the average, with a patent-pending measuring system, built-in strainer, no stuck or leaking lids, and no frozen fingers! Backed by a lifetime warranty.
BloomsyBox Preserved Bouquets ($59.99 and up)
These statement-making bouquets will brighten any room and cannot be killed by a black thumb. They are 100% natural, long-lasting and stylish, available in a variety of colors.
Bloomscape ($39 and up)
This modern garden center delivers a broad variety of carefully-packed, high-quality houseplants directly from the greenhouse right to your home. The plants come in XS to XL sizes and can be filtered by difficulty, light level, pet friendliness, and air cleanliness. The company can provide ongoing tips and advice to help the plant thrive.
I’m not usually a fan of “planners” because everyone’s needs and tastes are different. These simple notebooks will help any disorganized person stay on track in the way that works for them. Available in softbound or spiral in plain or colorful styles. The planners can also be personalized to the user.
I think every home needs one of these handy, lightweight dustbusters! It’s small and slim and only 2 pounds, but has 3x more suction than the leading Black+Decker handheld. It has 11 minutes of cordless runtime, an adjustable extra-wide nozzle, and an easy-to-empty dustbin. Perfect for someone with limited space or who has trouble wielding a full-size vacuum for smaller messes.
Laura Ashley Ornate Collection ($15.99 and up at Amazon)
If a simple frame simply won’t do, uplevel your framing game with this collection of ornate frames from Laura Ashley. These affordable, lightweight, and sturdy frames look incredibly luxe are available in a variety of patterns and colors.
With this power strip, your favorite control freak can control and manage their devices from anywhere via the Wstein app. Did they forget to turn out the light or turn on the holiday decorations? Handled. The strip has 3 3-prong outlets and 2 USB ports, making it a perfect strip for any device in the home. Also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant devices.
Elevate their morning coffee routine with this well-designed 24oz. Fresh Press. No need for measuring; simply load grounds up to the coffee line and hot water up to the water line for the perfect brew. The insulated body keeps coffee hotter longer than a traditional glass press.
Kodak Moments Photo Gifts (prices vary)
Love photo gifts? Kodak Moments has upgraded its in-store kiosks, making it easier than ever to order affordable personalized photo products for same-day pickup. Gifts include 8”x8” Wall Tiles (which I’ll be ordering for my mom’s new apartment), canvas prints, acrylic magnets, and more. Use their kiosk locator to find a location near you, like your local drug store chain.
Fun & Games
LottoLove ($20 and up)
Is someone on your list on a mission to do good? These lottery-style scratch tickets make giving back easy and fun. Instead of scratching off to winning money, recipients “win” a charitable prize for important causes, like clean water, solar energy, mentorship, leadership training, and more! Each gift includes 2 scratch-off tickets, your choice of greeting card, and info, all tied with a gold ribbon for easy gifting.
No Filter Game ($12.99)
This fun get-to-know-you game is perfect to get the conversation flowing at awkward family gatherings or new friend get-togethers. Players roll the dice to see who gets to answer one of 200 thought-provoking questions. Easy to play! 3+ players, ages 12 and up.
ESPN Trivia Night ($19.99)
This exciting trivia game will be a huge hit with the sports fan on your list. Players draft sports categories, participate in Instant Replay challenges, Sudden Death, and more. 2-10 players, ages 10 and up can play.
This brand new company was founded out of a love for vintage puzzles. The extra-thick puzzles feature the founder’s quirky collectibles like glow-in-the-dark 3D printed Venus De Milos, glass eggs, and miniature slippers. All of the puzzles are random cut, printed on sustainably-sourced paper, and feature a fun game on the back. For every puzzle sold, Le Puzz donates $1 to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
This set of 12 wellness patches includes a trio of The Good Patch’s best-selling patches, B12 Awake, Dream, and Rescue. B12 Awake will give them a boost, Dream will help them get some shuteye, and Rescue is the perfect remedy for post-holiday partying. The patches are packaged in a festive envelope.
Giften Market Self-Care Gift Box – Lavender ($28 and up)
This Self-Care box is an inexpensive option for the person on your list that needs a little TLC, with a bar of soap, cedar soap dish, a lip balm, and a hand & cuticle salve. Giften Market carries a wide selection of gift boxes for men, women, and even babies. Many of the products are handmade, eco-friendly, and have a charitable give-back. There is a whole range of pre-made boxes or you can build your own box.
Tohfa Box Goodnight Box ($45)
Tohfa Box creates curated gift boxes for those hard-to-please people on your list. One of my favorites is the Goodnight Box, which contains a variety of items to help them relax at night and feel rejuvenated in the morning, including an aromatherapeutic candle, a mindfulness book, and Restoring Eye Gels.
Your favorite CBD user will love this trio of gummies, which includes formulations for balance, energy, and sleep, with a mix of CBD and helpful ingredients, like Vitamin B and melatonin. Two of the formulas have an enhanced CBD level of 50mg for even more benefits, and the tins are handy for when they’re on the go.
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