Ah, the holidays. My favorite time of year when my Super Power of Buying the Perfect Gift gets the most use. I love the look on their faces and the “How did you know?!” – AH it’s the best. Such joy on both sides.
If you’re around these people on a daily basis, it’s easier. You observe, and you listen. Then you make notes in your phone of what they said they needed, or were obsessed with, or remember loving at one time.
When you live far away from those you love this can be so hard. And there are some people who are just hard to buy for no matter your skills. You want to make sure you’re not wasting your money on something they’ll just throw to the side after 5 minutes.
I am here to help. Everything on these gift guides are under $100, and most are under $50. All things that can be ordered while waiting in the school pick-up line, or in the 15 minutes you would typically have left at night to scroll Instagram. No worries, I got you.
Gifts for Kids
While I do not have any children of my own, I am Aunt Mel. I have 5 nieces and a nephew and I will buy their love until the day when they can return the favor. And even then I’ll still send them things when it reminds me of their beautiful faces. So I think these are the coolest, most fun things around for the littles in your life. These gifts should get you to at least age 5. Also, my rules for kid gifts in the winter begin and end with “can they play with it inside?” because otherwise what’s the point? Sidenote: I don’t believe in giving things with licensed graphics unless it’s an exceptional circumstance. (That circumstance is usually tiny and cute.)
01 – SO MANY CRAFTS
02 – YOU WON’T HAVE TO HEAR BABY SHARK ANYMORE
03 – YOU CAN FIX IT, THEY CAN HELP
04 – THEY’LL THINK IT’S HILARIOUS WHEN YOU DO THE POSES
05 – SHARK FEET
06 – ALL THE COLORS
07 – THE SMILING FACE ON THIS KILLS ME
08 – TWIRL TWIRL TWIRL
09 – not new but classic for a reason, and that reason is silence
10 – I just love saying LLAMANOES
11 – INDOOR TOYS 4EVA
12 – a menagerie of pretend
13 – WAKKA WAKKA
14 – If they’re going to be on your iPad at least they should learn something
15 – BOT BOT BOT
16 – NOT A CROC I swear; buy their fav color
17 – because they can’t go outside and this is small enough for inside
18 – I love the quality of these dolls and the range of skin tones and genders, plus camping!
Gifts for Tweens & Teens
Listen, they’re way cooler than you at this stage – don’t fight it. Just buy something that’s a little older than their age or something that’s slightly extravagant. Also, gender is a construct – this generation doesn’t care if it’s for boys or girls or whatever. Just that it’s fire.
01 – EVERYBODY LOOKS COOLER IN AVIATORS
02 – NO ONE NEEDS MORE CONFIDENCE-BUILDING THAN AN ADOLESCENT
03 – “WHAT’S A RADIO” IS A GOOD CONVO STARTER
04 – GOOD FOR EVERYONE
05 – NO ONE CARRIES A BAG
06 – THIS PLUS YOUR FAVORITE 90’S ALBUM IS MAJOR
07 – WOO WOO STARTER KIT
08 – BOYS NEED SELF CARE TOO, TEACH EM YOUNG
09 – SUCH A BEAUTY
10 – WORK WITH YOUR HANDS AND YOUR BRAIN
11 – SLIGHTLY OFFENDED THAT THESE ARE ALREADY WRAPPED AND THE KIDS WON’T KNOW THE PAIN OF HAVING A HALFWAY BRAIDED BRACELET PINNED TO YOUR JEANS ALL THE TIME BUT O WELL
12 – BOOKS ARE A NOVELTY, MAKE THEM SPECIAL
13 – COMICS ARE BOOKS
14 – LET THEM RUN THE SHOW
15 – NEON CASHMERE? PERFECT.
16 – 90’S ARE BACK TO STAY
17 – FENTY IS BOMB, TRUST
18 – A GAME AND A PIECE OF ART
Gifts for Grown Folx
Then there are those people in your life that you know, but you don’t know, you know? Like the stylist who cuts your hair, the Secret Santa at your office, your child’s teacher, your next-door neighbor, your brother’s new girlfriend. You want to show your holiday spirit, but also, UGH gift cards….again? Fear not, there are cool things out there to solve that tricky problem.
01 – ONE OF THE NEATEST RECURRING GIFTS I’VE EVER RECEIVED
02 – USE THEM TO BAKE OR TO HOLD YOUR KEYS AND MAIL AT THE FRONT DOOR
03 – TRAVELLING WITH CORDS IS THE BAIN OF MODERN MAN
04 – WISE ADVICE FOR ALL OF US
05 – A MODERN TWIST ON AN OLD GAME
06 – MAKE YOUR OWN GIN
07 – MODERN CRAFT
08 – THIS IS INTENSE BUT WORTHY OF THE TIME
09 – PERFECT FOR THE THEME PARK OR YOUR LUNCHTIME WALK
10 – IS IT ART? IS IT A GAME? LET THEM DECIDE
11 – CLASSIC PAIRED WITH YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL BEANS
12 – BEACH, CAMP, PICNIC, EVERY 3 DAYS IN FL, WHENEVER YOU’RE OFF THE GRID
13 – GROW YOUR OWN NON CONTAMINATED SALAD
14 – STAY SAFE, FRENS
15 – SERENITY NOW
16 – PERFECT FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A PHONE
17 – MAKE THEIR DESK LUNCH A LITTLE LESS SAD
Gifts for the Host
Did they make you a meal? Have you slept in their house? Then you need to show them your thanks for putting up with you. Besides, if they managed to take care of another human with all that’s going on in their lives, they deserve an award. And you want to be invited back, yes? So you need a gift.
01 – BEAUTIFUL AND SLIGHTLY FRIVOLOUS
02 – TINY AND WONDERFUL
03 – EVERYDAY BEAUTY
04 – FANCY SALTS FOR FANCY PEOPLE
05 – WITH A BAG OF YOUR FAVORITE BLEND
06 – SOFT, COZY, USEFUL
07 – JUST GORGEOUS
08 – MAKES DISHES A PLEASURE
09 – WHO NEEDS TUPPERWARE?
10 – SEND THEM BEFORE YOU GO, OR AFTER YOU’VE LEFT
11 – GIVE THIS FOR THE PACKAGING STYLE ALONE
12 – WONDERFUL OIL IN A PRACTICAL JAR
13 – FOR NUTS, OR RINGS, OR KEYS
14 – A BEAUTY, EVEN IF IT’S JUST DECORATION
15 – SOMETHING EVERYONE COULD USE, BUT NO ONE BUYS
16 – BRING ONE OF THESE INSTEAD OF A BOTTLE OF WINE
Gifts for Males
My god, men are hard to shop for. “I don’t need anything” oh just hush your mouth. Let me buy something for you, man! Something that you’ll use daily, or enjoy, or something that will make you look good to whomever you’re attracted to. Sheesh. Here are some things that your husband, son, brother, dad, uncle, or grandpa should love.
01 – THIS IS JUST GOOD
02 – DUDE TUPPERWARE
03- A CLOCK THAT LOOKS LIKE AN ART INSTALLATION
04 – I DON’T KNOW A SINGLE MALE HUMAN WHO DOESN’T NEED A NEW WALLET
05 – MEN NEED TO STAY HYDRATED TOO, AND THIS ONE TELLS THEM WHEN
06 – WHERE TO NEXT?
07 – EVERYBODY COULD USE A NEW GYM BAG
08 – OKAY, CLOTHES ARE TOUGH BUT THESE ARE UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING, SO SO SOFT, AND LESS THAN $10, BUY IN BULK
09 – TINY FOOSBALL!
10 – HAVE YOU LOOKED AT HIS HEADPHONES LATELY? EW.
11 – PLAY WITH EM OR HANG THEM ON THE WALL
12 – THESE COULD REPLACE THE UBIQUITOUS PHONE IN HIS HANDS FOR LIKE 10 MINUTES
13 – ORGANIZE HIS TRUNK, OR HIS RANDOM CABLE COLLECTION, NOT JUST FOR TOOLS
14 – MAKE YOUR OWN HAWT SAUCE
15 – THIS IS BEAUTIFUL FOR THOSE TREASURED TOOLS NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED TO USE
16 – RETRO LITTLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER WITH GREAT SOUND
17 – KNIVES ALWAYS WIN
18 – DAPPER GENT, THAT
Gifts for Women, or those people holding your world together
There is no gift that can ever repay the emotional labor being done by literally every female in your life. This group of gifts are things for your wives, sisters, Aunties, Moms, Grandmas, her friends, the caregivers all around you. Things she’s not going to buy for herself. Probably because she’s too busy worrying about what to get you…
01 – I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO JEWELRY AS A RULE, BUT YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH KENDRA
02 – WHO DOESN’T WANT JOY?
03 – SHE IS NEVER GOING TO BUY THESE FOR HERSELF, EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDS THEM
04 – LITTLE AFFIRMATIONS & GENTLE REMINDERS
05 – SEND HER HER FAVORITE FLOWERS, RANDOMLY AND OFTEN
06 – MASKS, MASKS FOR EVERYONE! THESE ARE THE BEST
07 – LIFE IS BETTER WHEN IT’S LABELLED AND ORGANIZED
08 – MONOGRAM THIS AND FILL IT WITH GIFT CARDS TO HER FAVORITE PLACES
09 – HER FEET ARE ALWAYS COLD, AND CASHMERE IS NEVER THE WRONG ANSWER
10 – BEAUTIFUL LITTLE SCENTS, JUST FOR HER TO ENJOY
11 – THERE ISN’T A WOMAN ALIVE WHO GETS TO FINISH HER MORNING COFFEE WHILE IT’S STILL WARM
12 – 5 MINUTES IS ALL SHE’S GOT
13 – BUY HER A SUBSCRIPTION TO THAT MAGAZINE SHE ONLY TREATS HERSELF TO WHEN YOU GO TO THE BEACH
14 – DARK CHOCOLATE IS PRACTIALLY A HEALTH FOOD
15 – AGAIN, CASHMERE. NEVER A BAD IDEA, ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS IN THIS UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING COLOR
16 – TARGET, ON HER OWN, WITH MONEY TO SPEND AND NO LIST IS BASICALLY NIRVANA
17 – SHE WANTS TO SAVE THE PLANET AS MUCH AS ANYBODY
18 – THESE BEAUTIFUL FRAMES WITH YOUR SMILING FACE IN THEM WILL GIVE HER JOY ALL YEAR LONG
Gifts to stuff in the stockings or for all eight days
Stocking stuffers, advent calendars, a little something for no reason, maybe for Hanukkah whatever you’re celebrating these are the little things for everyone in your life.
01 – MINUTES OF FUN FOR EVERYONE
02 – COOLEST KEYCHAIN EVER
03 – A SHOPPING BAG THAT’LL FIT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
04 – SUNGLASSES ARE ALWAYS A WIN
05 – CREATIVITY ON THE GO
06 – EXCELLENT SCENTS
07 – IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL… ACTUALLY, NO IT’S JUST FUN AND GAMES
08 – BUBBLES ALWAYS PLEASE
09 – I LOVE SETS LIKE THAT THAT I CAN PUT ONE IN EVERYBODY’S STOCKING
10 – SELFIES ARE LIFE
11 – SUCH A PRACTICAL THING THAT EVERYONE CAN USE
13 – REMEMBER WHAT I SAID ABOUT NO PURSES?
14 – THE’LL BE SO PROUD THEY LEARNED TO USE THE CHOPSTICKS
15 – COLORING BOOK ON A ROLL
16 – IF YOU GIVE LOTION, GIVE THE BEST
17 – A FIRST AID KIT FOR OUR TIMES
18 – I HEAR GOOD THINGS
And that’s a wrap! Literally, I hope you find just what you’re looking for and can wrap it right up.
Happiest of Holiday Seasons to you all!!!