Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also the most fretful. Ticking off shopping lists for family and friends can be super stressful and fraught with indecision. Especially today when instant purchasing ability for all makes buying for those who have “everything” even more tricky. Still, there are some gift ideas out there—from the very basic to the absolute eccentric—that might surprise. To help, we’ve categorized our holiday gift guide by the types of folks you might be buying for and a roundup of uber special selections. Happy shopping!

For the foodies

For those always in the kitchen, by the barbecue or researching the latest restaurant

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker This device connects to your phone, so you can cook amazing meals with the touch of a button. anovaculinary.com; $129

The Chef’s Portable Multi-Tool With 12 kitchen tools tucked into a neat wood rectangle, it’s a gift no chef should be without. uncommongoods.com; $32

The Cravory Cookie Box A monthly subscription box of these small batch cookies will please any cookie monster on your list. thecravory.com; from $1

For the travel bugs

Before they head off again, get them the gift to help them get there

World Scratch Map
World travelers get a bonus when they get home—rubbing off the latest country where they’ve been to see it spring to colorful life. serengetee.com; $35

Try the World
True travelers get a sense of a spot by getting to know its food. This company aids in that by curating a selection of iconic snacks, ingredients and drinks from a country every month. trytheworld.com; from $19

Jet Set Candy Charms
How cute are these? Delicate on a necklace or chunky on a charm bracelet, these “airport tags” come in gold and silver and will satisfy wanderlust—at least for the moment. bloomingdales.com; from $68

For the style icons

Guys and girls alike appreciate on-trend additions to their grooming and fashion regimen

Jaxon Lane Bro Mask ”
This face mask is designed for busy men with stressed skin. urbanoutfitters.com; $7

Derek Rose Luxury Pyjamas
True fashion forwards like to look good in and out of the house. Stylish PJs are a must—and these selections for men and women are ah-mazing. derek-rose.com; prices vary

Rent the Runway Membership
Your giftee gets unlimited rentals from more than 450 brands. renttherunway.com; from $69/month to $159/month

For the technofiles

From your kids to farflung friends, gearheads will love these

Google Cardboard
This affordable device allows you to experience virtual reality by using your phone. vr.google.com; $15

Friendship Lamp
No phone necessary, just set these stylish lamps on wifi and when you touch yours it lights up anywhere else in the world to let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them. amazon.com; $180 for set of two

PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer
After a 10-minute stint in a UV-C light technology case, phones are 99.99 percent bacteria free. phonesoap.com; prices vary

For the fitness/sports fiends

These ideas work before, during and after a workout

ICEWATER 3-in-1 Smart Water Bottle
This water bottle glows to remind you to stay hydrated, has a bluetooth speaker and even includes fun dancing lights. amazon.com; $20

Acupressure Mat and Pillow
Potentially a number one item to buy two of from this holiday gift guide. One for you and one for them. You’ll need it after all the shopping! A mat and roll pillow with hundreds of pressure point nodes so you simply lie down while any sore spots fade away. gaiam.com; $30

Pursoma After the Class Bath Soak
Part of the best self-care practice, this aromatherapy soak is made to treat a body right after a workout. net-a-porter.com; $35

For the do-gooders

Gifts that give back are the best kind

Bombas Sock Company
Since socks are the most requested clothing item in homeless shelters, for every one pair of socks sold, Bombas donates one pair to a homeless shelter. bombas.com; prices vary

Gifts for Good
This company sells gifts that support the work of more than 40 nonprofits and social enterprises in 19 states and 65 countries around the globe. giftsforgood.com; prices vary

Fire Dept. Coffee
This joe is sourced from eco-friendly farms and made by true life firefighters. The goal is to be good for the planet and people as a portion of every sale is donated to firefighter, military and veteran assistance programs. firedeptcoffee.com; from $12

Let us know your favorite from this holiday gift guide!

 

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