The holidays are here! Amidst all the festive fun, we have so many people to shop for and so little time. No need to stress, though, I’ve found 20 fabulous gifts under $150, for the home, for travel, and more.
FOR THE EARLY BIRD
Do you like to give early gifts that last for days? Consider one of these 12-day advent calendar gifts.
This ready-to-gift box, which sold out in 2021 and 2022, makes mornings more fun with 4-6 mugs worth of 12 delicious coffees (whole bean or ground) from roasters around the globe. Five lucky winners will receive a golden bag of coffee in their gift, which will entitle them to a free one-year Bean Box subscription worth over $200.
For the person who is on the hunt for their next go-to wine, this advent calendar provides 12 100ml vials of tasty wines from Italy, Spain, France, and California, curated by sommeliers. Available in 2 styles; The Chill Collection contains a mix of whites, roses, and chilled reds, whereas the Cozy Collection includes a variety of robust reds.
Indigo Collection 2-pack: Monopoly & Scrabble by WS Game Company ($79)
We all know Scrabble & Monopoly, but they’ve never looked this good! The Indigo Collection version brings a chic upgrade of these classic games hidden in what looks like 2 books that are beautiful enough to display on a coffee table! Other games in the collection are Chess & Checkers and the Taboo Vintage Bookshelf Edition.
This San Diego-based interior design house has a brand of functional and stylish housewares items. A favorite is this tray, which is made from seagrass and bamboo and is ideal for serving breakfast in bed to a special someone, or to hold a collection of chic decor items on a table. I also really like the Stella Stoneware Pitcher ($32), which is a beautiful pitcher/vase with an unusual shape that will surely be a conversation starter.
Beddley Easy-Change Duvet Covers ($129 and up)
Let’s face it, changing duvet covers is a pain! The Beddley, with its continuous zipper around three sides, makes changing a duvet cover a breeze. The Beddley is a time-saving gift for a college student (who might actually wash their duvet cover now!) or time-strapped parents.
I love this ornament as a gift from newlyweds to loved ones or a gift to a newly married couple featuring a photo that you captured at their wedding. The frame ornament has a gold-knotted design with a 2023-year stamp.
Colsen Fire Pits ($74.96 and up. On sale now for $34.96)
These smokeless firepits can be used indoors or out. Rubbing alcohol is the fuel, so there is no need for firewood! The “pits” come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are made from temperature-resistant concrete. Perfect for creating instant ambiance and fun for indoor s’mores.
ON THE GO
This powerful 2800-lumen lantern can light up a campsite or an intimate backyard gathering. There are lots of different settings and outputs for charging other devices, and it can sense when someone is nearby, automatically brightening or dimming accordingly. There is a built-in rechargeable battery and solar panel, and it’s compatible with dry-cell batteries. It can run for dozens of hours on a single charge, making it handy for power outages as well.
This well-organized trifold pouch offers a handy way to keep precious baubles organized on the go or at home. The transparent compartments make it easy to see what items are stored where, and the pouch’s exterior is an easy-to-clean basic black with a soft microsuede lining to protect the contents. There’s also a handy hook for hanging on a door back. Also available in Large ($89).
Glocusent Tri-Head Book Light ($18.99)
A thoughtful gift for a reader, this enthusiastically-reviewed, tiny T-shaped light has 3 colors and 5 brightness levels and can switch from one vertical light to a wider, T-shaped light to suit their reading preference. The light clips onto a book and has an adjustable gooseneck and a high-capacity 10-hour battery (on the highest setting) that can be recharged via USB-C.
BOTE Highwater Belt Pack ($99)
For the outdoor adventurer on your list, this fanny pack is 100 percent waterproof, submersible pack that holds all their small essentials, like a phone, earbuds, charger, bug spray, SPF, and more, in two compartments. It also has molle loops, d-rings, and cam straps for attaching external supplies. Available in four colors.
This multi-functional, TSA-approved carry-on travel bag is the only duffle they’ll ever need. It has carry handles and a shoulder strap for weekend travel, as well as a luggage sleeve for rolling with a suitcase. I love the way it’s organized inside, too. It has a spot for a laptop, laundry, and travel essentials, and it lays flat for easy packing. And because a charged phone is essential for travel, the bag also comes with a mobile battery with a USB port.
If you’re trying to encourage a special someone to keep their hands off their phone while driving, this is the perfect gift. The unit mounts on the dash and plugs into the cigarette lighter to wirelessly charge most modern smartphones while holding the phone in place to view GPS directions. There’s a built-in fan that prevents the phone from overheating, even in direct sunlight. It also opens and closes with the wave of a hand.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Not just any gin, the Empress 1908 is a naturally vibrant indigo and makes wow-worthy cocktails! This gift set contains a 750 ML bottle and beautiful flutes, and you’ll have an option to include a personalized message and gift wrapping. If you’re looking to gift yourself, try the Indigo or the brand’s new ruby-colored Elderflower Rose Gin, which is equally as delicious.
Creekside Mallow – S’mores Kit (18.99)
Perfect for a bonfire or a gathering around the fire pit, this elevated campfire classic is sure to please! These gourmet s’mores kits include a bag of 6 Creekside vanilla marshmallows, 6 pieces of chocolate, and 6 2-packs of graham crackers. New holiday flavors are coming soon, like sugar cookie, orange chocolate, peppermint, and caramel apple. A perfect gift-pairing? See Colsen Firepits above for making s’mores indoors.
Spiceology Marley Kitchen Variety Pack | Mini Jars ($21.95)
I am already a fan of this spice brand, but I recommend this trio of spice blends for gifting this season. The set includes One Love, One Heart, and One World, which are Caribbean-inspired blends ideal for home cooks who enjoy healthy cooking, especially with whole foods, grains, and vegetable-forward dishes. The brand has lots of other bundles for the foodies on your list, including salts, rubs, and more.
This Asheville, NC, woman-founded small-batch popcorn brand never disappoints! I have tried many of their flavors over the years and they are all delicious. This trio contains the brand-new Christmas Confetti, along with classic Salted Caramel, and Butter Almond Toffee, which are all made with simple, all-natural ingredients (including non-GMO corn). The beautiful cylinders don’t even need gift wrapping, and you can separate the trio and give each cylinder individually (although, you may want to keep at least one for yourself!).
Asheville Tea Company Winter Trio ($45.00)
Yet another woman-owned Asheville, NC brand, the Asheville Tea Company introduces this trio of botanical and herbed teas, The set includes Snow Day, Winter Wonderland, and Spiced Apple Butter, packaged in 100 percent compostable packaging, including the boxes and tea bags. Snow Day’s notes are Hot Chocolate, Soothing Mint, and Earthy/Sweet. Winter Wonderland’s notes are Wintergreen, Sweet Thyme, and Woodsy. Spiced Apple Butter evokes Warm Cider, Apple Pie, and Brown Butter.
This pretty bracelet, which is available in gold, silver, or rose gold, is substantial enough to be worn on its own, but it also looks fab in a bracelet stack. Bonus – it’s waterproof, so if she likes to live in her bracelets like I do, the bracelet can be worn indefinitely.
This well-cut, super soft tee fits both men and women and it’s available in light grey, light blue, and black. All Simply Soft items have a lifetime guarantee, so your recipient can launder the tees to their heart’s content! I also really like their joggers and sweaters, which are equally soft.