Hey guys! I recently asked on Instagram if it was too early for gift guides and the overwhelming majority said to give the gift guides now! So here we are! While it might not be December, we are a month away from Christmas so now is the time to start the shopping. I have 20 different gift ideas that I’ve broken down into different categories. Obviously, the gifts are not exclusive to the categories but I thought the categories would be helpful. Let’s get into it!
For the girls in your life
These gifts are perfect for any feminine friends in your life, any girlfriends, sisters, cousins, etc. First I would recommend checking out my Sephora holiday sets post. I give so many suggestions, so if you know someone who loves makeup or skincare, check out that post!
The next recommendation is a jewelry box. I generally don’t recommend buying jewelry for someone unless you know exactly what style they like. If you get someone a piece of jewelry they don’t like then they won’t wear it! But if you know someone likes jewelry, getting them a jewelry box is a great gift because it shows you know their tastes. There are so many different options from small travel cases to small chests. Just take into consideration the size of their collection and their home decor tastes.
A great inexpensive gift is a silk pillowcase. A good silk pillowcase is not that expensive but it can have a great impact on someone’s life. Silk is known to be softer on the skin and hair. Silk also helps keep the pillow cooler longer. I got a silk pillowcase for Christmas last year and I love it!
If the person your shopping for is a homebody then getting them a nice blanket is a great gift. Getting a huge, queen size blanket is one great option because it allows them to have a huge blanket to themself or share with someone else. A weighted blanket is another great option to upgrade someone’s blanket game. Finally, getting someone a wearable blanket such as The Comfy is another great blanket option.
If you and the women you’re shopping for love sipping some wine or cocktails together, consider getting her some nice glassware. The great thing about glassware is that you can find it in a variety of price points. I’ve seen so much gorgeous glassware at antique and thift shops. You can also get decent glassware at Winners, Amazon or Ikea. I also think that Anthropologie has some nice and unique glassware options as well.
For the boys in your life
These gifts are perfect for any masculine friends in your life, boyfriends, brothers, cousins, etc. I always struggle with getting the men in my life gifts so I had to think about this one.
I know a lot of people got into making cocktails during the pandemic. If you know someone in who loves making cocktails, then maybe give them some upgrades for their bar kit. Get them full bar kit set if they don’t have one already. Get some new glassware like I mentioned above. You can get some interesting mixers or spirits. You could also get them a book to help them get more inspiration!
If you have a man in your life that loves working out, consider getting them a nice gym bag. I feel like every guy just uses the free bag they got when they opened their membership. You can get him one from his favourite athletic brand (Nike, Gyshark and Lululemon are all great options) or just a nice basic one if he’s not picky about brands. What’s great about getting him a gym bag is that it can also double as an overnight bag!
If he always forgets about this coffee or tea, then consider getting him an Ember mug. This mug is designed to keep the contents of the mug at a precise temperature. I’ve seen a few reviews of the mug and everyone loves it!
If they always forget their chargers, then consider getting them a charging station. This will allow them to charge their phone, smartwatch and headphones all at once. There are also charging stations that are meant for multiple phones and iPads – great for if he has a work and personal phone. There are also bamboo ones that are a little more aesthetically pleasing.
The final gift is perfect if they always ask for a massage – get them a massager! There is a neck and back massager which is more affordable but still does an amazing job! My mom has one and I borrow it all the time. A step up would be to get them a massage gun. They can use this all over their body and it packs a punch. You’ll probably be borrowing this from them haha!
For the parental figures in your life
These gifts are great for your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
The first gift is a nice pair of slippers. My parents wear slippers around the house so it would be great to give them an upgrade. You can get memory foam slippers or fuzzy slippers. Or you can upgrade them to some nice ones such as UGG slippers.
Getting someone a diffuser is such a great gift. There are so many different models nowadays. You can get them one with LED lights or cordless ones as well. You can also get them a sampler pack of essential oils so they can figure out which is their favourite.
If you always do family game night together, then consider getting them a new board game! Two that I recommend are Exploding Kittens and Coup. I recommend reading how the games work because it’s not short to explain. But I’ve had so much fun playing both of these.
If you have a family pet, it would be so nice to customize something for one of your loved ones. You can get a pet portrait, a necklace of the pet’s name, you could even get a blanket of your pet’s face. The options are unless of what you can put your pet’s face on.
If one of your loved ones is into cooking and gardening, consider getting them a Click and Grow. This is what they call a ‘smart garden’ where it has lights and a nifty watering system. My mom has one and she absolutely loves it. It’s a great way to have fresh herbs year-round. I would recommend getting basil because it has so far grown the best out of all the ones my mom has tried.
For the coworkers in your life
Finally, this section is for all the coworkers, bosses or Secret Santa gifts that you have to give. These are generic enough that someone would probably appreciate the gift even if you don’t know them well.
If you live in a cold climate, getting someone winter accessories is always a great choice. A scarf, hat or gloves in neutral colours. These are also easy to find under $25, which is often the Secret Santa gift limit.
If you know someone likes candles, then it’s a great gift because they will probably like and use whatever candle you give them. I recommend sticking to some of the popular scents such as vanilla, citrus and beachy scents. A candle is great because you can easily pick one up at Bath and Body Works or you can get one from Etsy. It’s a great way to support a small business! There are so many cool and unique candle brands out there that you can find something to fit the gift recipient.
If someone in your office is always drinking coffee or tea, get something related to that! A gift card to their favourite coffee shop works. You can always get them a cute mug or some nice quality coffee or tea! I recommend checking out some local coffee and tea shops for good-quality products.
If your office is anything like mine, it’s probably super dry. A mini desk humidifier could be a great gift! Humidifiers help add moisture back into the air. This is great for anyone who has dry skin or dealing with sinus issues. They can also add a little bit of heat to the space depending on which one you get. It can help improve someone’s quality of life at their desk!
My final gift recommendation is to get someone plants! Plants are a great way to liven and brighten up a space. Succulents are a great option for an office desk because they’re good in low light and don’t have to be watered often. You can get them some potholders online and then go to your local gardening centre and pick up a few. I would love it if someone got me plants for my desk.
And those are my gift recommendations!! I hope you found this helpful. Let me know in the comments which of these gifts are your favourite and you would like to receive during this holiday season!