My family has its ups and downs, but we’ll always be related. Although we all disagree on things, everything we do is tied to the family name. The holiday season is a time to visit family, eat a meal together, and share stories of the past, present, and future. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose to give them a holiday gift that shows you’ve been thinking of them.
Your Significant Other
1×1 Diagonal Stitch Crewneck Sweater ($250 at 1×1.la)
1×1 (pronounced “one by one”) creates timeless styles that work for all seasons using sustainable manufacturing in the Los Angeles area. This 100% wool sweater is incredibly soft and available for both men and women. That means you can nauseate everyone with your matching couples’ sweaters.
Aidan Gill for Men Grooming Supplies ($25+ at Aidangillformen.com)
Celebrities from Hunter S Thompson to Denzel Washington know of Aidan Gill – the New Orleans-based barber is an expert at curating quality products for men’s grooming. Now he also has his own line of high-end male grooming products that will have your man looking and smelling his best.
B Toffee ($6.95+ at Btoffee.com)
Made from premium ingredients in Newport Beach, CA, B Toffee mixes guittard and callebaut chocolates with pecans and toffee to create an indulgent candy that’s crunchy, crispy, smooth, rich, sweet, and delicious. Available in canisters or boxes, this toffee is sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth.
Christopher Elbow Holiday Collection (~$24 at Elbowchocolates.com)
Your childhood sweetheart may be impressed by that box of Russel Stover’s gas station chocolate, but that’s not going to cut it with your wife. She’ll be impressed with this collection of artistic, limited edition chocolates made by popular chocolatier Christopher Elbow. Each one is designed in small batches in winter flavors nobody can turn down. Flavors include winter spice, peppermint, gingerbread, mulled wine, and egg nog. Get them before they’re gone, exclusively at elbowchocolates.com.
Columbia Performance Cotton Boxers and Tees ($20.99+ at Columbia.com)
Columbia Sportswear Company has been making quality outdoor gear for over 70 years. Treat your man with comfortable undergarments that will keep him feeling cool, dry, and clean wherever he goes. If you’re going to get someone clothes for the holidays, Columbia is the brand to get.
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Dakota Grizzly Clothing ($34+ at Dakotagrizzly.com)
Dakota Grizzly makes clothing. Your boyfriend needs new clothes. Seriously – just get him some new friggin clothes.
Diana Ralys Glowing Skin Treatment ($74 at Drskinhealth.com)
If there’s one product that’ll dramatically change your skin, I’m told it’s the Glowing Skin Treatment from Diana Ralys and her Radiance Wellness Spa. You and your girlfriend can relive those exciting Santa Monica getaways every day for about a week with this all-natural cream made almost entirely of organic ingredients.
Experience Days Gift Card ($25+ at Xperiencedays.com)
Life isn’t about things – it’s about experiences, and Experience Days lets you give your loved one something more than just a new, shiny object. Travel the country together and take culinary, adventure, and sight-seeing tours in any city. Instead of just telling her you love her, bring her somewhere she always dreamed like a dinner cruise in Washington DC, chocolate tour of San Francisco, beer crawl in New York City, or flight lessons in Las Vegas. Whatever you choose, what’s important is you’re sharing your time and experiencing it together.
Les Lunes George V Robe ($148 at Leslunes.com)
Your girlfriend or wife looks amazing in nightgowns and robes. Treat her to the incredible softness of this George V robe by Les Lunes. It’s a classic, wrap-around style with waist clinching belt closure made from 95% Rayon/Bamboo and 5% Spandex. She’ll look even more beautiful in this.
Madi The Karen Bamboo Robe ($98 at Madiapperal.com)
For all Madi intimates purchased, the company donates a pair of underwear to a woman in need. The Karen Restful Bamboo Robe is designed by the founder and made in Kansas City. It’s organically sustainable, odor resistant, and dries super fast. Pick one up for the love of your life and make both her holiday and another woman’s.
Man Crates Exotic Meats Crate ($99.99 at Mancrates.com)
Man Crates provides the best gifts for guys, and your man will love one of these great boxes. The Exotic Meats Crate includes jerky and meat sticks in a variety of flavors, like venison, wild boar, biltong beef, elk, buffalo, alligator, pheasant, duck, and ostrich. It’s a great gift for the explorative eater you’re dating.
Maroxx Picnic Backpack ($99.99 at Maroxx.com)
Maroxx is dedicated to making luxury products that will make you feel like a millionaire without costing you millions. This picnic backpack is the perfect way to show your significant other you love them. It includes everything you need for a romantic picnic for two – just add some cheese, grapes, and a bottle of La Marca sparkling Italian wine.
O.P.I. Nail Polish ($5+ at Opi.com)
O.P.I. makes nail polishes that last in an array of brilliant colors. Your woman will appreciate being able to color-coordinate her nails with her outfit. Pick up a few bottles to keep her looking and feeling as beautiful as possible.
Qalo Silicone Wedding Rings ($11.95+ at Qalo.com)
Wedding rings can be a pain to keep up with – they get lost, stolen, and can even catch on things to rip off your finger. You certainly don’t want to wear one while working out or doing anything physical. Qalo silicone rings are stylish and durable, but you won’t be as devastated if you lose one or it’s ripped off.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Smartphone ($599 at Sonymobile.com)
Wouldn’t it be nice if your significant other had an extra phone just for the two of you to communicate? Sony’s Xperia XZ1 Compact has a Snapdragon 835 processor, HD display, enhanced Motion Eye camera system, and superior audio. This makes it the perfect phone for entertainment purposes.
White Rabbit Underwear ($49+ at Whiterabbitnyc.com)
Make your woman feel beautiful while also supporting a business that supports women. Not only that, but White Rabbit also uses sustainable materials and ethical production methods to ensure each garment makes the earth and our communities as happy as you are in the bedroom.
Your Friend with the Baby
Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller ($495 at Babyzen.com)
It’s not easy getting anything done once you have a baby, and the stroller is an essential part of any parent’s bag of tricks. Not only is this stroller extremely comfortable for your baby, it has UPF 50+ sun protection, rain covers, 4-wheel suspension and a ton of accessories to make life easier for parents, too. Best of all, it folds up to a tiny 52x44x18 cm to make carrying a breeze.
Belli Beauty Your Best Baby Bump Duo ($44.50 at Belliskincare.com)
Giving birth puts a heavy toll on a woman’s body, and Belli Skincare provides 2 ultra-moisturizing formulas that repair your skin from the stretching and dryness that comes with harboring a parasite for 9 months. This OBGYN-approved formula is the perfect gift for the new mom on your list.
Chandon Rebecca Minkoff Winter 2017 Collection ($26 at Chandon.com)
Sometimes what your kids need is to either stfu or go outside and play so mommy can have grown folk time. Keep it classy with a flute of this limited edition champagne in a bottle designed by innovative designer Rebecca Minkoff. Drink it alone or mixed with juice (check out the champagne bar above) to take the edge off your day, put a smile on your face, and get you back in the game.
EcoSouLife Husk Little People ($30 at Ecosoulife.com)
EcoSouLife makes all-natural dishes and products that are safe for both your baby and the environment. The Husk Little People set is a great way to feed your kids on biodegradable dishes that are a durable alternative to clay, porcelain, or glass tableware.
Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit Car Seat ($349.99 at Gracobaby.com)
Graco has been in the baby business since you were a baby, and this 4-in-1 car seat is the pinnacle of safety and convenience for kids from 4-120 pounds. Adjusting as your child grows, and capable of working in any position, it’s the only car seat you’ll ever need (unless, of course, you have another kid).
Kidbox ($98 at Kidbox.com)
Buying clothes for your kids is a pain. It feels like every day, they outgrow their old clothes, and we don’t always have time to run to the store for more. Kidbox makes things easier by letting you personalize your kid’s age and style preferences and sending a personalized box of clothing each month. You can choose to keep whatever you like and return the rest. If you keep the whole box, you’ll have bought $125+ worth of clothing for only $98.
Little Green Kids Hygiene Products ($6+ at Littlegreencares.com)
Little Green makes mild, tear-free formulas designed for the sensitive skin and hair of babies and toddlers. Pick up some of these products for the new parent in your life to help them keep their kids pretty enough to plaster all over Facebook.
Ninja Coffee Bar ($179.80 at Ninjakitchen.com)
You’ve likely seen the Sofia Vergara commercials for the Ninja Coffee Bar. It’s a great way to get your much-needed caffeine fix so you can wake up and get your kids to school. Buy one for the sleep-deprived parent on your list – you just may save their kid’s life.
Static Schmatic Anti-Static Spray Essentials ($35.95 at Staticschmatic.com)
Nothing ruins your day like static. Your hair frizzes, the dog becomes a timebomb, and everything gets out of place. Static Schmatic sprays are specially formulated to remove static from clothes, hair, kids, or pets. They’ll make the parents on your list feel much more put together.
Acton Blink Lite Skateboard ($299.99 at Actonglobal.com)
Weighing under 8 pounds, the Blink Lite electric skateboard is the world’s lightest. Still, it’s capable of traveling up to 5 miles at 10 mph with a 130-lb load capacity. That means kids and teens can ride around town with a bluetooth-controlled board experience better than anything Marty McFly ever had.
Air Fort ($54.99 at Airfort.com)
Kids love pillow and blanket forts, and Air Fort is a specially-designed indoor fort that inflates within seconds using your household fan. At 77″ wide and 50″ tall, it can easily fill a room or fit outside to accommodate up to 5 kids or adults. Whether you’re with Fluffy Town or Pillowtown, you’ll always have the best fort in the neighborhood.
Anki Cozmo Liquid Metal Limited Edition ($179.99 at Anki.com)
Artificial intelligence company Anki impressed us last year with their Anki Overdrive set, which fused RC racing with Mario Kart-style gaming to form an addictive mixed reality toy. Cozmo, a programmable AI robot, is the latest AI toy from the company, and the limited edition liquid metal version is even cuter. If you know anyone who wants their own butter robot from Rick and Morty, Cozmo is your best bet.
Baking Class Cookbook ($14.99 at Deannafcook.com)
One of my favorite things to do as a kid was bake, and I used my Disney cookbook nearly every day. Deanna F Cook is a best-selling children’s author who recently released Baking Class, a fun cookbook for kids with over 50 recipes they can make themselves. Pick one up to help your children hone their own culinary skills.
Back to the Roots Garden in a Can Herb Set ($24.96 at Backtotheroots.com)
Back to the Roots started in a fraternity kitchen with the goal of connecting people with where our food really comes from. The Garden in a Can Herb Set lets you grow organic dill, cilantro, basil, and sage quickly and easily. It’s a great way to keep fresh herbs on hand year round while teaching your kids the value of growing their own food.
Creativ Craft Drawing Stencils ($25.90 at Creativcraft.com)
Art is important, especially for younger kids. We love drawing on everything, and Creativ Craft aims to inspire your kid’s artistic side with this travel set of colored pencils, paper, and stencils. It’s a reusable, washable, and non-toxic way to spark the creative fire in children, teens, and even adults. Check out their website for more creative crafting and stencil ideas.
Oregon Scientific Smartglobe Explorer AR ($129.99 at Oregonscientific.com)
Oregon Scientific has been making educational gadgets since I was a kid, and this Smartglobe combines augmented reality with a physical globe to allow kids to explore the Earth like never before. With over 20,000 fun facts and 42 games exploring over 220 countries, this is the ultimate globe for learning about our world. It even relates information about our planet in relation to the solar system.
SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset ($99.99 at Steelseries.com)
Kids love video games, and SteelSeries makes some of the best gaming supplies in the world. The Arctis 5 has 7.1 Surround Sound, RGD lighting, and a ClearCast microphone that produces amazing sound. It’s not a high-end headset, but it definitely sounds like one. It’s the perfect gift to keep your kids occupied while not having to listen to their games anymore.
Ultrasaber Custom Battle-ready Lightsaber ($300 at Ultrasabers.com)
Lightsabers have become part of our culture, but not everybody wants to mimic the characters on screen. Ultrasabers allow you to create your own custom lightsaber with any colors, sound effects, and styles you want. Whether single or double-bladed, you can choose from a variety of pre-builds or make your own. May the force be with your children this holiday season.
Wonderbly My Golden Ticket Personalized Willy Wonka Book ($28.99 at Wonderbly.com)
We all want to be the star of our own novel, and you can make your kids’ dreams come true with this personalized trip through Roald Dahl’s revered chocolate factory alongside Willy Wonka and even you.This hardback book will last a lifetime, as will your children’s memories of exploring it with you. Order today to get in time for the holidays.
Xtreme Fly and Drive Drone ($59.99 at Xtremecables.net)
R/C vehicles have certainly come a long way since I was a kid. For only $60, you can give your kid the ultimate drone that both drives and flies for up to 10 minutes while recording the ride in HD. With built-in multi-color LED lights and a 300-ft range, they’ll enjoy playing for hours.
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Actipatch 24-Hour Pain Relief 720 Hour Pack ($29.95 at Tryactipatch.com)
Using state-of-the-art electromagnetic pulses, Actipatch is a clinically-proven pain relief method that requires no drugs or other pharmaceutical ingredients. Unlike other relief bands that use electric pulses, you won’t feel any heat or vibration, just simple relief.
Andis Razr Pro Lather Machine ($303.51 at Andis.com)
Your Grandpa comes from an era where a clean shave was the start of a great day. Get him the gift he didn’t even realize he always wanted with a pro lather machine that creates hot, thick lather within 15 minutes for a close, comfortable shave.
Ditto Wearable ($39.95 at Dittowearable.com)
The Ditto Wearable is more of an anti-gadget than a gadget. It syncs to your phone to notify you of calls, texts, alerts, alarms and more. Clip it to your clothing or wear on your wrist so you don’t have to worry about constantly pulling your smartphone out. It can also help you find your phone. It’s a gift your grandparents will certainly enjoy.
Felina Loungewear ($10+ at Felina.com)
Felina has been making cozy loungewear and lingerie for over 30 years. It’s stylish and practical enough to look good on females of all ages, but your Grandma will definitely feel at home in this buttery soft pajama set. It may light a fire in your Grandpa’s chimney too, if you know what I mean (hint: sex…your grandparents have sex).
Harry & David Deluxe Christmas Basket ($99.99+ at Harryanddavid.com)
Your grandparents have been around long enough to know that Harry & David is associated with quality. Put a smile on their face by splurging on one of the company’s most popular holiday orders. The deluxe Christmas basket is reusable and filled with holiday treats like traditional fruitcake, peppermint cookies, truffles, and those exquisite Oregon Bosc pears that make you feel like a king or queen with each bite.
Republic of Tea Holiday Gift Teas ($10.75 at Republicoftea.com)
Teas have long been used to soothe the body and soul, and Republic of Tea has been serving up premium teas for over 25 years now. The holiday gift teas are seasonal blends of gingerbread or peppermint to let your grandparents taste the holidays and warm up through the winter.
See’s Candies (Price Varies at Sees.com)
See’s Candies have been making high-quality luxury chocolates, caramels, and other confections for nearly a century. Your grandparents likely associate them with childhood memories, and you can bring them back to the good ol’ days with a selection of candies from See’s.
Slumbr Pillow ($60-225 at Slumbr.com)
We all have different ways of sleeping, and Slumbr understands this. That’s why the brand makes you take a sleep quiz before purchasing a pillow to learn what will work best for you. From the Orion Down Alternative to the Cassiopeia Down, these premium pillows will ensure you’re the first thing grandma and grandpa think of fondly when they wake up every morning.
The Company Store Company Cotton Monogrammable Robe ($169 at Thecompanystore.com)
Since 1911, The Company Store has provided the finest, most comfortable bedding, robes, and home goods. These classic robes are made of plush, absorbent Turkish cotton and styled with a cozy shawl collar. Get one monogrammed for each of your grandparents to make them feel like they’re royalty in their own home.
Amarula Fruit Cream Liqueur ($19.99 at Amarula.com)
One elephant is killed every 15 minutes, and Amarula is dedicated to helping to save them. This cream liqueur is made from the African Marula fruit and aged in French oak barrels for at least two years. It’s then infused with dairy cream to give it a rich, velvety texture your parents are sure to love.
Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream ($150 at Chudaskincare.com)
Chuda is the first skincare product to combine Remedea Compound with medical-grade actives. This formula is fast-acting and will restore your skin to its healthiest state. Your mom will love the attention you paid to keeping her looking young and beautiful.
Ela Smart Double Leather Wrap Bracelet ($195 at Elajewelry.com)
The biggest problem with most fitness trackers is they’re not very fashionable. Ela Jewelry is changing all that with fashionable wearables that track your health and fitness, provide alerts, and let you store files, all while still looking good. Your mom will love having the latest technology without compromising her personal style.
Fossil Q Marshall Cory Richards Limited Edition ($227.50 at Fossil.com)
Parents can be notoriously slow when it comes to adopting new technologies. However, there’s a good chance your dad grew up with a calculator watch in the 20th century and will still be impressed with a smartwatch, especially if it looks like a quality watch. Fossil’s Q Marshall Cory Richards Edition is that smartwatch, syncing with your Apple or Android phone through Bluetooth 4.1 to allow notifications, texts, alarms, alerts, and games.
Good Earth Peppermint Treat Tea ($9.99 at Goodearth.com)
There’s nothing like the smell of warm peppermint and white chocolate to make you feel warm inside. This tea from Good Earth provides all the spices needed to relax you and prepare for the gift giving season.
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Huawei MediaPad T3 ($145 at Huawei.com)
Dads love tablets – you should see the look on my dad’s face when he picks his up to find a song, read an ebook, or play a game. Impress your dad with Huawei’s new MediaPad T3. Weighing only 350 grams, it has an 8-inch IPS HD display, 4800mAh battery, and expandable SD slot to let him store all the family photos he wants.
McCrea’s Flavor Family ($14.95 at Mccreascandies.com)
Jason McCrea is dedicated to creating the best-tasting, most luxurious caramels in the world, and the flavor family is a great way to sample the varieties he’s created. Indulge on something sweet, smooth, and creamy this holiday season.
NetAtmo Weather Station ($149 at Netatmo.com)
If your dad is anything like mine, he loves checking the weather reports. NetAtmo makes a ton of great products to monitor the weather, and the personal Weather Station has both indoor and outdoor modules to keep an eye on temperature, 7-day forecasts, CO2, and more updated every 5 minutes all from your smartphone.
Nixplay Iris Digital Frame ($199.99 at Nixplay.com)
Moms and dads love displaying pictures of their kids around the house, but that gets harder to do with everything digitized. Sure, you can settle for a Glamour Shot, but give them the option of putting their favorite smartphone pics on display however they want with this stylish, connected digital frame that connects to all social platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, and more.
Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99-9.99 at Pantene.com)
Show your parents how sensible of an adult you are with a practical gift that’ll make them feel good. Pantene Pro-V gold series shampoos and conditioners are a premium collection to help protect and moisturize your hair.
Panther Vision Lights (Pricing Varies at Panthervision.com)
Parents love gifts that have utility, and Panther Vision has a selection of gifts that are sure to light up their lives. From reading glasses to hats, utility lights, or even flashlights, you’ll give them the gift of sight at night, whether outside walking or inside reading.
Power Pressure Cooker XL ($99.99 at Powerpressurecooker.com)
As seen on TV, this is the ultimate pressure cooker to provide every type of cooking imaginable with a digital timer and one-touch presets for slow cooking, soups, jams, meats, vegetables, rice, and more. This sleek appliance is sure to satiate your mom’s need for the latest kitchen gadget.
Shinesty Ugly Christmas Sweater Suit ($99.99 at Shinesty.com)
Sometimes you just want to stick out, and Shinesty is dedicated to making the most outlandish clothing to make that happen. This Ugly Christmas Sweater Patchwork Suit is guaranteed to get the party started, and we both know it’s something your dad would wear while everyone else in the family shakes their heads.
T-Fal Optigrill ($115 on T-falusa.com)
The problem with cooking delicious steak, burgers, and other meals is they can be greasy and unhealthy. T-Fal makes this easier with an electric indoor grill that makes your old George Foreman grill look ancient in comparison. It also has one-touch settings, color-coded and audio notifications, and more to cook all your favorite meats to perfection.
Thompson Tee Sweat-Proof T-Shirt ($24.99+ at Thompsontee.com)
As seen on Shark Tank, the Thompson Tee is a sweat-proof line of t-shirts that have inserts in the armpits to absorb moisture and keep you looking clean and dry all day. Your dad will love wearing them under his work shirts to avoid unsightly pit stains.
Yala Cybill Wrap ($128 at Yaladesigns.com)
Based in Oregon, Yala makes comfortable, sustainable clothing. The luxurious fleece Cybill Wrap is made of 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester, using low-impact dyes. Your mom will love the sensibility of this clean and classic look. Also, it’s super soft and made for cuddling because yeah…your parents have sex too.
Your Best Friend
Back to the Roots Water Garden 2.0 ($99.99 at Backtotheroots.com)
The Water Garden 2.0 from Back to the Roots is an aquaponic, closed-loop fish tank where the fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants clean the fish tank. It’s the perfect combination of pet and house plant, and a great way to keep fresh herbs and spices on hand year round.
Catit 2.0 Shorthair Grooming Kit ($49.99 at Catit.com)
Cats are notoriously vain, and they love to have their backs, heads, and tummies massaged. Keep your cat looking his or her best and reduce shedding using this kit with everything you need to groom your shorthair cat. High-quality tools like a nylon slicker brush, metal slicker brush, rubber palm brush, fine grooming comb, and curved nail clipper are stored in a sleek canister that can also double as a temporary hair container.
HandsOn Grooming Glove ($24.99 at Handsongloves.com)
Cats, dogs, horses, and other animals can shed a lot. If not properly groomed, their fur can mat, tangle, and start to become a massive mess. HandsOn Gloves have scrubbing nodules all over to help you massage and groom your favorite furry friend for an overall pleasant experience.
T3 Patrol Leash ($99.06 at T3gear.com)
Your dog is your best friend, and you want to make sure he has the best gear possible. Trident Tactical/Technical creates high-quality tactical gear that’s rugged enough for use by Navy Seals. The T3 Patrol Leash makes it easy to quickly secure and release your dog under even the highest levels of tension. It’s a highly effective way to keep your dog with you while you walk.
The Honest Kitchen Holiday Treats ($11.99+ at Thehonestkitchen.com)
The Honest Kitchen is dedicated to providing human-grade food and treats for our dogs and cats. For the holidays, check out two great, traditional flavors: Pumpkin Spice Latte and Eggnog. Your cat or dog will love joining you in a flavor sensation. Or reward them with a grain-free, wild-caught white fish treat.
Link AKC Smart Collar ($149 at Linkakc.com)
Approved by the American Kennel Club and winner of CES 2017’s Best of Innovation award, the Link AKC Smart Collar is more than just a GPS tracker for lost dogs. It’s also a smartphone-controlled fitness tracker, light, sound trainer, temperature alert, and more. Keep your dog safe in any condition with Link AKC.
Petcube Bites Treat Camera ($249 at Petcube.com)
Petcube Play is the innovative pet camera I reviewed last year that lets you essentially Skype with your pet, playing with them using a laser pointer and talking to them through the mobile app. With Petcube Bites, you can also throw a treat to your pet while you’re gone, helping you train them or just feeling the love no matter how much distance is between the two of you.
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Whiskas Temptations Cat Treats ($2+ at Temptationstreats.com)
Although I have nothing against dogs, I’ve always been more of a cat person. Every cat I ever had has fallen head over heels for Temptations cat treats. Made in a variety of mouthwatering (for your cat anyway) flavors, you’ll be your cat’s favorite minion if you start giving her these delicious treats.
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Whistle 3 GPS Dog Tracker ($79.95 at Whistle.com)
Losing your pet is heartbreaking. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve scoured the neighborhood with friends helping to track down a missing dog or cat that escaped the house. Whistle 3 makes the hunt easier by combining GPS, Wi-Fi, and AT&T’s cellular network to keep tabs on your pet throughout the day and pinpoint his last location in the event of dognapping.
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Ever been given a gift by someone you weren’t expecting? Now you have to run out and grab something random about someone you weren’t really thinking about. No worries – it happens to everyone. Growing up, my mom had a closet full of emergency backup gifts (and regifts) to hand out in awkward situations like this. These are the kinds of gifts you should always have on hand.
ApolloBox Moon Light ($33.48 at Apollobox.com)
Tired of shopping for the same boring products? ApolloBox curates gifts and products from around the world that are unique, practical, or creative in some way. This 3D-printed moon light is a great way to transform the boring lights in your house.
Bag Balm ($3.99+ at Bagbalm.com)
Discovered in Vermont all the way back in 1899, Bag Balm is a miraculous salve that’s used to soothe chafed and cracked cow udders. It’s not just for animals – it’ll work wonders on dry, chapped skin anywhere on your body, too! It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your gift list that has skin.
Belvoir Fruit Farms Ginger Beer ($2+ at Belvoirfruitfarms.com)
Ginger beer is a warm and spicy drink made from fresh root ginger. It’s great when mixed with sparkling water or incorporated as an ingredient in a Moscow Mule and a variety of whiskey drinks.
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Bliss Buttered Up Holiday Body Butter Set ($20 at Blissworld.com)
Bliss Spa provides amazing massage, facial, body and nail treatments and other spa services to satisfied customers around the country. This holiday gift set of moisturizing body butters used in these spa treatments is sure to make anyone on your list happy.
Block Island Natural Mineral Sunscreen ($19.99 at Blockislandorganics.com)
Located 13 miles south of Rhode Island, Block Island is one of the last great places to see preserved nature in the western hemisphere. A popular tourist destination, it’s also the home of Block Island Organics, which creates a natural mineral sunscreen that provides SPF 30 sun protection in a gluten- and nano-free, eco friendly, vegan formula that’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, and fragrances. Keep your loved ones safe from the harmful effects of the sun without harming the environment around you with Block Island Organics.
Bollinger Rose 2006 Champagne ($149.99 at Champagne-bollinger.com)
Of all the champagnes, wines, and sparkling wines we got in this year, Bollinger takes the cake with the most creative and prettiest design. Rose has been trending lately, although I’m personally more a fan of red wines. Pick up a bottle to fill the stocking of the most glamorous people in your life.
BuddhiBox Monthly Yoga Accessory Subscription ($15.95+/month at Buddhiboxes.com)
Yogis of all levels will appreciate BuddhiBox’s selection of healing crystals, guided meditations, jewelry, sage advice, and much more. Start a membership for someone you love to help them love themselves.
Chimay Beer Holiday Gift Set ($21.99 at Chimay.com)
If your friend is a fan of beer, he or she is going to love this gift set from Chimay. A selection of four great-tasting beers and two branded glasses let you feel like royalty while sipping. Upgrade your beer game with the Chimay Gift Set.
Crane and Lion Yoga Clothes (Price Varies at Craneandlion.com)
Crane and Lion celebrates women by creating stylish designs that motivate and inspire. The yogi in your life will be happy to wear this fun getup during her next routine. Pick one up today or shop from their entire holiday collection of outerwear, cashmere, and more.
Dollar Shave Club ($5+ at Dollarshaveclub.com)
Dollar Shave Club is the leading men’s grooming supply company online, and for good reason. The brand’s shaving, bathroom, and hygiene supplies are high quality while staying much cheaper than the brands you’ll find at the grocery store. Even if your man loves his facial hair, there are plenty of skincare, hair, and shower items to keep him looking and smelling so fresh and so clean.
Droga Chocolates Money on Honey ($7.95+ at Drogachocolates.com)
Droga chocolates use natural wildflower honey and caramel to create Money on Honey in copper kettles for a creamy, dreamy candy that’s sure to please anyone in your family. The packaging looks great, and it’s something different from the usual Russell Stover’s chocolates you’ve been getting.
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Enevu Cube Light ($29.99 at Enevu.com)
Light is important wherever you go, and the Enevu Cube Light is an elegant solution to shed light on any situation. Multiple settings and an Ikea-like modern simplicity makes it perfect for use at home and on the road. Fill someone’s stocking with the gift of light.
Foreo ISSA Hybrid Sonic Toothbrush ($149 at Foreo.com)
Foreo is known for its vibrating facial cleansing brush, and it’s bringing that technology to your teeth with the ISSA Hybrid Sonic Toothbrush. Pick one up for anyone you know who has teeth. It won’t just put a smile on their face, but it’ll make that smile look better to the rest of us.
Frisky Britches Panty Subscription Service ($14/month at Friskybritches.com)
If you don’t know what underwear to get for your woman, there’s a way around it. Just give her a panty subscription from Frisky Britches. She’ll feel loved as she gets two new pairs of panties every month, while you’ll get a free fashion show of all her new undies. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Face Masks ($2.99 at Garnierusa.com)
Garnier’s SkinActive face masks come in a variety of moisturizing and hydrating formulas for every type of skin and situation. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, it leaves your skin looking and feeling softer, more refreshed, and helps clear your pores and sooth your face. Give this gift to someone who can use the stress reduction.
Graeter’s Ice Cream Pints ($12 at Graeters.com)
The Graeter family has been churning out premium French pot ice creams for four generations, and it shows in each delectable bite of these pints. Handcrafted flavors include black raspberry chocolate chip, butterscotch latte, and salted caramel chocolate chip. The cheese crown is an especially creamy flavor that was a favorite in the office. For a more seasonal flair, try cinnamon, pumpkin, or just classic Madagascar vanilla bean to delight the senses.
Grand Trunk OneMade Freedom Hammock and Trunk Straps ($99.99 and $29.99 at Grandtrunk.com)
Grand Trunk makes some of the best hammocks on the market, and the OneMade Freedom Hammock lets two people enjoy the comfort of Grand Trunk hammocks while also displaying their patriotism. Couples can lounge together or a single person can ride solo with extra room to stretch out. It’s a great gift for any holiday year-round.
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Haagen Dazs Trio Ice Cream ($5.29 at Haagendazs.us)
Haagen Dazs makes the creamiest, richest chocolate and ice creams on the planet. Trios, the new line released just in time for the holidays, mixes decadent chocolate with two flavors of ice cream. Flavors include salted caramel chocolate, triple chocolate, vanilla blackberry chocolate, and coffee vanilla chocolate. It’s the perfect gift for date night.
Lavazza Coffee K-Cups ($9.99-$12.99 at Shoplavazza.com)
Starbucks is so 20th century – Lavazza handpicks the best coffees every year from plantations all over the world to create the perfect balance of flavor and quality. These K-cups are a great way to stuff anyone’s stockings this winter.
Rok and Wud Real Rock and Wood Phone Cases ($19.95+ at Wudlife.com)
Your smartphone is already an expensive item, and you can make it look even classier with a phone case made with real wood and rock. A variety of artist designs are available to give a classic, yet elegant look.
RunLites Wearable Lights ($17.95-24.95 at Gorunlites.com)
RunLites are an easy way for the entire family to carry lights with them at night. Running, walking, biking, and exploring is made easier and safer with them. It’s also a fun way to compliment a superhero costume or create visual effects for pics and videos. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for any holiday.
Secret Spirits Rums Revenge 1st Edition (Price Varies at Rumsrevenge.com)
The rum lover in your life is going to flip over this pirate-themed booty and collection of artisanal rums from Canada…yes, you read that right. Not just content mimicking U.S. bourbons, Canucks also want to dominate the rum market. With this gift set, it’s clear they’re on the right path.
Softsoap Frosted Wish and Iced Kiss Hand Soaps (Prices Vary at Softsoap.com)
Softsoap is my go-to brand for hand soaps, and these limited edition holiday soaps are simply delicious. A hint of sweet cherry mixes well with peppermint to leave you smelling like Santa Claus himself. Pick some up before this limited run is gone.
Trump Troll ($9.95 at Buytrumptroll.com)
The 45th President of the United States of America is a divisive and charismatic leader. Love or hate him, he’s easily one of the most recognizable faces to ever occupy the White House. This Trump Troll doll is a great gift for anyone political on your list, whether they’re for or against him.
Vienne Milano Italian Thigh High Stockings ($25+ at Viennemilano.com)
There’s something undeniably sexy about a woman in thigh-high stockings, and Vienne Milano is the first luxury hosiery brand and online boutique dedicated to them. Turn your ordinary woman into a walking work of art with these beautifully crafted leggings made of durable materials, premium yarns, and the finest laces.
Office Christmas Parties
Aviators & Co Custom Travel Art Prints ($36+ at Aviatorsandco.com)
Nobody wants boring corporate art. Bring memories of your last adventure with you to your cubicle with Aviators & Co custom travel art prints. Choose from one of their original travel-themed designs printed on a variety of materials, and get it framed to put on your desk and show coworkers all the cool places you’ve been.
Bluelounge Sanctuary 4 Charging Stand ($99.95 at Bluelounge.com)
Sometimes we just have too many devices to charge, especially when work issues you a phone and tablet. The Sanctuary4 from Bluelounge lets you charge up to four devices at one time, all of which can be stored in this clean-looking design. Pick one up for your favorite coworker to see the smile on their face.
Coffee Cookie ($12 at Squareup.com)
Recent MIT graduates Victoria Gregory and Gabe Alba left school with an idea to create the selfie stick for coffee, mass producing a cup-sized coffee warmer that buys you some time before your coffee gets cold. It’s the perfect gift for pretty much any coworkers who have to deal with Karen in Accounting constantly gossiping while their coffee gets cold. Don’t let Karen in Accounting ruin your coworker’s coffee. Get them a Coffee Cookie.
Dymo MobileLabeler ($129.99 at Dymo.com)
Dymo is a leading manufacturer of label makers and other office supplies. The MobileLabeler brings things to the modern age, with Bluetooth connectivity that lets you use your Android or iOS phone to create and print labels wirelessly. It also makes a great gift for those office Christmas exchanges.
Krups Savoy EC414 Turbo Coffee Maker ($79 at Krupsusa.com)
Coffee is an essential part of working in Corporate America, and the Krups Savoy Turbo Coffee Maker brews 12 cups of coffee up to 35% faster than competitors. It’s also programmable to ensure there’s always a fresh cup ready.
Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear Earphones ($149 at Libratone.com)
Libratone’s Q Adapt earbuds have a lightning connection that provides a quality digital audio signal. On top of this, they’re the first earbuds to feature CityMix, an adjustable noise cancellation that adjusts to the city around you. They’re exactly what your coworkers need to listen to great tunes while keeping an ear out for management.
Mug Scout World’s Okayest Coworker Mug ($15 at Mug-Scout.com)
As mentioned above, Mug Scout sells personalized mugs. This is one we found funny. Buy it.
Press Coffee Roasters Festivus Holiday Blend ($16 at Presscoffee.com)
Press Coffee Roasters is dedicated to providing the best coffee products, accessories, and knowledge possible to the community. The Festivus Holiday Blend is the perfect coffee for the winter festivities, tasting of sweet chocolate, red berry, and holiday spices. It’s sure to get your coworkers in the holiday mood.
PureLyft Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks ($2.06 at Purelyft.com)
It takes caffeine to get through most weekdays in a cubicle. Nothing’s worse than going to the break room for some to find you’re out. With PureLyft Stir Sticks, you can add both caffeine and flavor to any drink, from your morning water to your happy hour cocktails.
Rumba Watches ($55-85 at Rumbatime.com)
Designed in, and inspired by, NYC, Rumba watches are quickly becoming popular for providing sleek and elegant designs for an affordable price. Watches are commonly given at offices, and by bringing one of these to your White Elephant gift exchange, you’ll help a coworker be on time for once.
Solo New York All-Star Backpack Duffel ($79.99 at Solo.net)
I work from home now, but when I worked in an office, I always had a backpack with me. Unfortunately, as comfortable as a backpack is, it doesn’t look as professional as a laptop bag, briefcase, or duffel. Solo New York’s All-Star Backpack Duffel strikes the perfect balance of comfort and aesthetic.