The ultimate holiday gift guide full of gift ideas for anyone and everyone. This gift collection has over 40 gifts that have been loved by both the one who gifted and the one who received it; this isn’t just a random collection of ideas from the internet.
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Sometimes I wonder if gift guides I find are just a collection of items that people have seen on the internet… and it makes me a little worried. I want to know if it’s actually a good gift!
So, this gift guide is not that! I have given or received (and loved, obvi) almost all of the ideas on this list. If I haven’t given or received it myself, then I’ve done extensive review reading or have a friend whose opinion I trust that has suggested it to be on here (and I make a note of it in the comments).
Gifts for the Beauty Lover
This pretty red gift box has three flattering, nude lip glosses that instantly elevate any look. Each understated shade gives lips a boost of conditioning, non-sticky moisture with sheer color, high-impact shine and just a hint of mint.
I always have at least one of these in my bag at all times because they look great on, they make your lips feel so soft, and they have a nice minty flavor. Plus, I love that Beautycounter products use safe ingredients, so you can enjoy these worry-free. Most of my beauty products are Beautycounter and have been for the past 4+ years because I believe in them so much. And every year, they are one of my favorite things to give and receive for the holidays.
There are few things more frustrating than trying to keep your hair from turning into a frizzy mess during a shower or bath when you’re not washing your hair. And let’s be honest, shower caps aren’t always the most reliable.
So when I saw this Shhhowercap, I was pretty excited despite its high price tag because it protects your hair and doesn’t give you an elastic mark on your head after using. Plus, it dries quickly and comes in multiple patterns and colors. It’s a really cute and fun gift to receive.
A set full of some of my favorite Beautycounter products including the Cleansing Balm, Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, No.1 Brightening Facial Oil, and No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask. These travel friendly sizes will hydrate, purify, brighten and balance the skin; they’re great to take with you wherever so your skin always feels its best.
This face mask duo is the ultimate pair: one is cleansing while the other is hydrating. One of my friends gave them to me for my birthday this year, and I am in love. I like to put the first one on while I run my bath. Then I wash it off when I hop in the tub, and I put on the second mask and rest for at least 20 minutes. It’s glorious and feels so indulgent to take at least 40 minutes to myself once a week. Plus, it makes my skin feel and look so nice!
I can guarantee whoever you are giving this to will delight in the idea of treating themselves to a little time of relaxation with these masks that’ll make their skin glow.
The perfect pick-me-up for dull, tired skin—or the ideal gift for that jet-setting special someone. Our Instant Awakening Trio is a must-have for revealing radiant skin, perking up tired eyes and creating an all-over glowing complexion.
I got one of these last Christmas, and I use it every single day. It gently scrubs your face without making it feel too dry, and it’s easy to clean, store, and travel with. Plus, the charge holds for 5 months. Yes, FIVE months.
It’s small enough to fit in your toiletry bag, and it comes in fun colors. Plus, it’s great for teens and tweens.
If your giftee is into trying new things or looking for a refresh, I highly recommend the Box of Style! The Box of Style is a seasonal subscription box curated by Rachel Zoe. Each Box of Style is anchored by an exclusive seasonal collab and includes at least 5 full-size items valued at over $400. [P.S. Use the code SELECTAFF15 to get $15 off your first box.]
I’ve received two boxes so far, and while I might not pick out some of the things for myself, I really love the value each box has and I’ve found some new favorite things like this Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Glow Moisturizer and Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. Plus, I am obsessed with the towel I got in my first box and a caplet I get in the fall box.
I use face mask weekly because it helps my skin to feel so clean yet not dry. Bonus: because it’s charcoal (and not super girly), everyone feels like they can use it. Great as a stocking stuffer, too.
Best Kitchen Gifts
Beautifully functional, this utensil set was hand carved then accented with a bright pop of color. Serve up any meal in style, whether you are entertaining or just enjoying some you time over a delicious plate of pasta.
I use the pot almost every single day, no matter what time of year it is. It’s durable, and you can practically make anything in it: soups, casseroles, tacos, roasted chicken, pot roast, and more. I could not live without this pot, and neither should you!
If I’m not using my Le Creuset, it’s because I’m using my Instant Pot. I cannot believe how much I love this contraption. I use it almost daily to make lamb curry, pho, salsa chicken, lentil curry, hard boiled eggs, spaghetti squash, and more!
Know someone who likes coffee but doesn’t want to make a whole pot? Or someone who doesn’t want to worry about waste when using a Keurig… or someone who wants hot coffee when it’s cold outside and iced coffee when it’s hot out? Enter this brew bottle which brews hot coffee (in a few minutes) as well as cold (overnight). It’s a double-walled glass, so your beverage stays the right temperature. [Note: The only thing to be careful of is dropping anything (like a spoon) into the glass or you run the risk of breaking the glass.]
Anything truffle sounds fancy in my opinion, but this isn’t insanely expensive. Truffle salt (any flavored salt) is a great gift because it’s something people will use but likely wouldn’t buy for themselves. It’s also a great stocking stuffer for someone who loves good food.
Laughing is my favorite, and what better way to enjoy your time in the kitchen than to have a little laugh. These funny kitchen towels are great for your friend with a sense of humor.
Some are less offensive than others, so be sure to take into account who you are giving these to (and whether or not they have kids that probably don’t need to be using a towel with bad words on them).
This Weber Portable Grill was recommended to my by a friend, and she says it is her husband’s favorite. And the Philips Indoor Smoke-less Grill is on Oprah’s 2018 favorite things list, so it’s gotta be good right? 😉
This lovely cookbook is part memoir, part recipes, and it is wonderful! My good friend Rémy actual helped write this book; when I lived in New Orleans, we had a lunch club together so I know her cooking is legit!
This cookbook is so much fun!! It’s like Mad-libs for cooking. There are 20 fill-in-the-blank recipe templates to spark creativity and give you a little kitchen inspiration.
If you know someone who likes to experiment in the kitchen, they will love this! It is definitely a big one… It weighs at least 5 pounds and is over 600 pages of insightful kitchen wisdom. I find myself giggling at the author and consistently having lightbulb moments. There are in-depth explanations (without being boring or overwhelming) and tasty recipes.
Gifts For the Home:
I got an Amazon Echo Dot last year, and I still use it daily. I have a few plugs that my lights, TV, Christmas tree, and a few other things are attached to, and it is so nice to be able to ask Alexa to turn things on and off. I also use it as a timer which is so nice when you are cooking and don’t want to have to stop what you are doing to set a time. I ask it to remind me of things and more.
Blankets are one of my favorite things, and I have an overwhelmingly large amount of them. This Alpaca throw is the one I go to first time and time again. My sister, my mom, and I all have one and love them.
They are thin, lightweight yet extremely warm. Made from Peruvian Alpacas fibers, the throws are luxuriously soft and warm; making them a must have accessories for those chilly nights indoors.
I got a P.F. Candle Co. Diffuser this summer in the No. 21: Golden Coast scent, and holy moly it smells incredible! I am a huge fan of candles, but I don’t always want to light candles.
I really like how the diffuser keeps emitting scent without lighting anything, and it lasts for quite some time. It took almost three months to reduce to half the amount. But seriously, I cannot describe how amazing it smells. Plus, P.F. Candle Co. uses naturally harvested rattan reeds to absorb the scented oil infused with sage and palo santo essential oils.
Urban Stems sources responsibly grown blooms directly from their farms. Their prices are reasonable, and the friends that I’ve sent a bouquet from them really liked them. Plus they send you a picture of the bouquet when they are delivered.
Bonus: if you use this link to order, you get $15 off!
Slippers are the greatest things on Earth, and I honestly don’t think you can have enough pairs of slippers.
I continue to buy these TOMS slippers because they are cozy but not too hot, and I appreciate the business model where they donate a pair of shoes to someone with every purchase. These slipper socks are easy to travel with and keep your feet nice & warm. And my sister is obsessed with her UGG Slippers.
Unless your recipient drinks her coffee or tea immediately after pouring, she likely knows the woes of a lukewarm cup of joe. And it’s oh so sad. Instead of constantly microwaving the coffee (and then subsequently forgetting about it in the microwave), try this mug warmer.
It automatically turns on when you place your mug on it and turns off when you remove it. It doesn’t keep it super crazy hot, but it is nice and warm when you are ready to enjoy. It comes with a yellow mug, but you could also add a more personalized mug if you wanted. Etsy has tons of cute ones, and so does Amazon!
Gifts for Her:
This scarf is so lightweight yet cozy. It’s made of ultra-light cotton and accented with a subtle zari (metallic thread). The clean design makes it a versatile every-occasion accessory.
Bloom & Give is a great company because 10% of every purchase (about 50% of their profits) directly go to girls education programs. Each of these programs targets a specific obstacle in each community that prevents girls from going to school. I also have some of Bloom & Give kitchen towels that I love.
I love the simplicity of this watch and that it’s not insanely expensive (despite looking it). It looks great dressed up or dressed down with pretty much anything you’re wearing.
The Daniel Wellington website has gift sets that come wrapped for you & offer free shipping! Plus, get 15% off anything using the code MEMEINGE (bonus: you can use this discount on top of any other discount on the site! woohoo!)
My sister got me hooked on the FabFitFun box this summer, and the past two boxes I’ve gotten have been awesome!
I’ve found some new beauty, lifestyle & fitness faves thanks to these boxes, and I love that you get multiple full sized products for only $50. [Use the code SANTABABY to get $10 off your first box.]
I cannot believe some of the awesome stuff I’ve gotten that would have been more than $50 alone, and anything I do not love, I can always find a friend who is interested in taking it off my hands.
This brass cuff with a dainty little chain is not only a great accessory, $10 from every purchase is donated to The Adventure Project’s hunger program that supports rural farmers in Kenya with irrigation pumps and training.
I also really love the Soko brand because the artisans that make the jewelry retain 25-35% of the profits compared to a measly 2-3% of standard markets. And the artisans use locally-sourced and eco-friendly materials whenever possible. If you like jewelry, definitely check out Soko!
Gifts for the Traveler:
I don’t think I can recommend these things enough. When I pack my bag for a flight, they are the second thing I make sure to pack after my license. They’ve saved my life on countless flights with screaming babies or loud neighbors. Plus, I appreciate that I can listen to the volume on a reasonable level without busting my eardrums.
I bought a pair two years ago and use them at least twice a week. I love listening to podcasts while I wash dishes and clean my apartment, and I don’t have to worry about water running or me moving around too much keep me from hearing my podcast.
The Skyroam is a super fast portable WiFi and power charging anywhere you go. This orange beauty gives you secure internet access in over 100 countries. Plus, you can connect up to 5 devices to the Skyroam, so everyone you’re traveling with can get internet access. And it’s $9 per day for unlimited internet access. Score! (because there is seriously nothing worse than internet troubles or spending tons of money on roaming charges)
You don’t have to be an international traveler to enjoy the Skyroam. It’s great to have in the airport, so you don’t have to spend a crazy amount of money on airport internet.
Use the code LIVINGWELL to get 10% off!
I know I know… this is nothing new. But it is an absolute must have for someone who travels. It’s lightweight, holds a number of books (and you can easily download more books as needed), easy to pack, and gives you no distractions (like an iPad would).
If the recipient frequents the beach or pool, you should look into their waterproof options that also have Audible to attach bluetooth speakers or headphones to hear your book if you’re not in the mood to read.
This is an inexpensive scarf that is actually quite handy to have especially when you are traveling. While I love bags, I really appreciate not having to keep up with a purse at all times, especially when I am traveling. This soft scarf is part polyester, part bamboo. There is a zipper pocket that is quite large. I can fit my iPhone X and a passport in there (plus some cash and credit cards).
To be honest, the phone makes the scarf a wee bit too heavy for my liking but it is doable if you arrange it correctly. But it’s so nice to have this as an option, especially for when you have a few bags to carry and you don’t want to constantly dig around them to find your passport or your wallet or your room key.
This travel-friendly collection of daily skin enhancers gently refines oily, uneven skin. You get a mini Facial Mask, mini Facial Mist, and mini Facial Oil infused with ylang-ylang. Featuring activated charcoal, the formulas absorb excess oil and refine skin texture to give you a smooth, polished appearance. Perfect for those concerned with clarity, calming, and balancing.
I almost exclusively use Beautycounter, and this is one of my favorite kits because it has all the essentials. The Facial Mist is nice to refresh your skin, the oil keeps you hydrated, and the mask helps your skin feel refreshed and clean. Plus, they are travel friendly sized. They are a must have in my toiletry bag.
Have a friend that is traveling internationally soon? They probably need an adapter, and this one is compact and works in 150 countries. It has great reviews on every website I’ve seen it, so while I haven’t actually used it myself, I’ll definitely be crossing my fingers Santa brings me one for the future.
This steamer is lightweight, not bulky, and works! It doesn’t sputter out steam, and you can even use it horizontally. It heats in less than 30 seconds, and it works like a champ. I also really like that it has an automatic shutoff, so I don’t have to worry about leaving it on accidentally.
And most importantly to the traveler, it’s small enough to fit in a carryon and saves you the agony of having insanely wrinkled clothes when you get to your destination. Plus, you don’t have to deal with the hotel iron or steam up your bathroom trying to release the wrinkles.
This steamer is a must have in my book, and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever travel without it again.
This set is a collection of supportive essential oils blends to carry with you on-the-go for everyday ailments
It includes 100% natural essential oil blends: Fortify Antitussive (cough suppressant) Oil Blend, Pain Release Topical Analgesic Oil Blend, Peppermint Halo Cooling & Soothing Oil Blend for the Head, Gutzy Soothing Belly Massage Blend and Stress Release Soothing Oil Blend.
The Peppermint Halo Cooling & Soothing Oil Blend is my personal favorite and makes me feel refreshed and relieves a minor headache. This brand is one of my favorites for essential oils, and this set is the perfect little package for a gift.
My silk eye mask is almost like a security blanket to me. It feels so lovely on my skin, and it blocks out light to help me adjust to a new time zone. Now, if I’m being completely honest, there are many mornings that I wake up and the mask has come off, but I just slip it back on and everything is good again.
For the past two years, I’ve been using this inexpensive silk eye mask. I’ve seen other fancier ones that cost $50, and I honestly do not notice the difference (plus this one has an adjustable strap to fit your head).
Staying hydrated while traveling is a challenge for me unless I remember a water bottle. And I love this S’well bottle because it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold.
Now that most airports have water bottle filling stations, you can bring your water bottle and save tons of money on overpriced bottles of water. Plus, I love that the brand not only uses the most eco-friendly, high quality materials but that they are also charitable — they support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, (RED), and UNICEP USA to provide clean and safe drinking water to the world’s most vulnerable communities0