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CHEERS to the holidays and the season of giving. I love this time of year as it seems everyone is just a little kinder and a lot more joyful. That said, picking out gifts can be stressful! To try and relieve some of that stress, I've rounded up 15 different gift guides with the hottest items tailored to the individuals you'll likely be shopping for.
Gifts for: the foodie, the baker, the bartender, the friend (under $50), the traveler, the dog mom, the food blogger, the workaholic, the wine connoisseur, men, the coffee lover, the adventurer, the yogi, the fitness fanatic, and white elephant.
I realize this is a long one. I don't expect you to read this entire post, but I encourage you to skip around as each of the guides are curated specifically for the people you love. I have a good feeling you'll to find a gift for everyone on your list. Happy shopping!
For the Foodie
Food is fuel, but to some it’s so much more. Rounding up the BEST food related gifts for that person who gets the excited about all things cooking.
AeroGarden- Give your foodie endless fresh herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, and even eggplants. The AeroGarden is SO easy to use and nothing beats a fresh harvest. You can also grow flowers if they're into that too.
Ninja Foodi Grill- MY #1 FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOL. Enough said.
Our Place Pan- The do-it-all pan. 8 traditional pieces of cookware in 1 single pan replacing a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. And did I mention you can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve, store all in this pan!?! Yeah, the foodie in your life needs this.
Dutch Oven- Perfect for baking, roasting, browning, searing, broiling, and deep-frying. And with soup season in full swing your foodie will get great use of this. The one I'm linking here is fantastic quality and is sure to be long-lasting addition to their kitchen.
Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel- Do you have your great grandma's lasagna recipe on a stained note card about to rip in half? Get your family's handwritten recipe printed on a dish towel. This is such a cool idea that'll preserve a recipe in a useful way.
Thrive Market Membership- Does the foodie in your life love specialty ingredients? A Thrive Market membership will give them access to these items all year long at an affordable price! And what's better is for every purchased membership, Thrive gives a membership to a family in need.
Sur La Table Gift Card- Surely the foodie in your life can easily find a way to spend a Sur La Table gift card, but they can also use this for a cooking class! Help them learn a new cooking technique with this gift experience.
Hello Fresh Gift Card- A fun way to get the foodie cooking items they may not have tried before and put dinner on the table at the same time.
For the Baker
You're lucky if you have a baker in your life who is whipping up treats all year long and you get to reap the benefits. It's time to pay them back this holiday season with one of these amazing gifts they're sure to love.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer- A baker's must have kitchen tool! This one is top quality and has 10 speeds for any and all of your favorite recipes. There's also a handful (I'm talking 10+) attachments that allow you to do so much more than mix including pieces for pasta, ice cream, juicing, sausages... the possibilities are endless!
Live Sourdough Starter- Such a unique gift that'll literally put bread on the table. This is a 1950's San Francisco sourdough starter. The seller is also super willing to answer any and all sourdough questions and help the baker in your life through the bread baking process.
Dutch Oven- If you're getting the baker a piece of the sourdough starter above, they're also going to need a dutch oven to bake it in. This one is top quality and can be used for plenty of other kitchen engagements outside of bread baking too.
Proofing Basket- While we're on the bread baking them, a proofing basket is another necessity. I love the shape of this one and it'll give a great texture on the bread the baker is making.
Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel- For the family cookie recipe that can't be lost. Print it on a tea towel for the baker in your life as a useful keepsake.
Personalized Apron- Keep the baker clean this holiday season with this adorable, linen apron with their name printed on it. Gift it now, and it'll be well utilized during all of the holiday cookie baking in years to come.
Cookie Press- This gadget will result in the cutest, most consistent cookies. Ideal for the baker who loves the visual aesthetics of a uniform batch. Comes with six different cookie designs and additional disks are also available for purchase.
For the Bartender
The entertainer in your life surely has some tricks up their sleeve when it comes to crafting delicious beverages, but help elevate their bartending practices with these fun gifts. Celebrate the holidays and raise your glass!
Cocktail Bitters Making Kit- If the bartender in your life would be horrified if you cracked open a seltzer in their presence, I'm sure they'd love this DIY bitters set. Let them concoct their own signature cocktail with the help of this kit that also comes with a wooden storage box that can be personalized.
Marble Coasters- Agate stone and brass plating; these coasters will bring sophistication to your bartender's creations. There are also multiple colors to mix and match that would make fun coffee table accents.
Cocktail Shaker- Customize one with their name, a quote, or personal message! Or check out this beautifully printed Tierra Cocktail Shaker from Anthropology. Either way this essential bar cart tool is sure to get good use by the bartender in your life.
Electric wine opener- Because the host doesn't want to spend time dealing with a fussy cork.
Liquor infusion DIY cocktail jars- Just add liquor and let the variety of dried fruits and sugars do their magic and the end result is a deliciously infused cocktail. A fun gift resulting in a beverage that is way better than a store bought seltzer.
Wine rack- A marbled base and elegant gold finish, this wine rack would make the perfect addition to any bar cart to showcase those reds and whites.
Shot glasses- Every bartender needs a few good shot glasses and these lustered ones with a beautiful gold rim from Anthropology will look so sophisticated on their bar cart.
Bar tool set- Uncorking, mixing, straining, measuring- it's got all of the things. Gift your bartender this set and they'll be concocting the best drinks in no time.
For the Friend (under $50)
Need a gift for a friend that won’t break the bank? Shop these items under $50 if you’re looking for a gift to show you care without spending a fortune.
Fur Slides- Who doesn't love a pair of fuzzy slippers. These ones from are extremely cozy and the open toe prevents feet from getting too hot. Plus, they come in a variety of colors!
Monogramed Pendant Necklace- This necklace is simple enough to be elegant, yet its chunkiness makes a statement.
Anecdote Candle- "Quarter-Life Crisis / Smells like all panic and no disco / Grapefruit & Mint"
Shower Steamers- Bring the spa home with these essential oil shower steamers. An aromatherapy assistant is a revitalizing experience that's impossible to not to enjoy.
Polaroid Camera- Picture the next girls trip now. When you gift this polaroid to a friend, they'll be snapping all the shots that'll last a lifetime.
Plush Robe- This affordable robe is ridiculously comfortable for the price. Once your friend receives this, they won't be taking it off.
Monogram Mug- A personalized mug is a cute gift that'll go to good use in the winter months ahead. And I love the charming tile on this one.
Customized Yeti- Yeti has it figured out when it comes to temperature control. Cold stays cold and hot stays hot. This tumbler is top quality and sure to be loved by friends in all walks of life.
For the Traveler
I thought about combining the traveler gift guide with the adventurer gift guide you'll find below, but I've come to the conclusion there's definitely a difference. When I think traveler I think of that someone who’s catching their flight in style. What better way to treat them this holiday season than with one of these gifts to keep them organized, comfortable, and stylish on their next trip.
Luxury Neck Pillow- The red eye is never pleasant, but the traveler can hopefully catch some Z's with this memory foam neck rest.
Packing Cubes- For the traveler who packs 4 outfits for each day. Help them save space and stay organized when packing for their next trip.
Jewelry Travel Case- The biggest pain is dealing with tangled necklaces, misplaced earring backs, or buried accessories at the bottom of a suitcase. This jewelry case is well designed with multiple compartments and a cushioned interior.
Passport Cover- An unnecessary, but oh so stylish passport cover made from Italian leather. It's the little things in life.
Cosmetic Pouch- Travel size shampoo, tooth paste, lotion, deodorant, perfume, you name it. There's too many products to take on a trip, but help your traveler keep them all in one place with this adorable, zip-closure cosmetic pouch.
UV Sanitizing Light- A trip in poor health is no fun. Help the traveler in avoid the germs on their next trip with this portable UV sanitizing light that kills up to 99% of germs and viruses.
Travel Duffle Bag- Lululemon bags in my opinion are underrated. The quality of these bags are incredible. This one has plenty of interior and exterior pockets, an adjustable/removable strap, a side pocket fit for a water bottle, an interior laptop sleeve. Sounds like the perfect travel bag if you ask me.
Airbnb Gift Card- Give the gift of hospitality... without having to be the host.
Statement Sunglasses- Sunnies that are light-weight and a STATEMENT for the travelers next trip. I always end up losing my glasses on trips and luckily these ones aren't too expensive so I don't feel like I'm losing an arm or a leg if a leave them somewhere.
For the Dog Mom
Because the obsessed dog mom likely wants gifts for their furry friend more than for themselves this holiday season. Shop some of these personalized items that will remind them of their pup everywhere they go, or go for a more practical items they can use everyday. Either way the dog mom in your life is sure to love one of these gifts.
Fanny Pack- Perfect for all of the dog walks. The ideal size to fit a phone, some treats, and doggy waste bags.
Ultimate Dog Water Bottle- For unforgettable adventures. This is both a 24oz water bottle and attached 12oz bowl as well as a compartment for treats. There's even an outside pocket that can fit a phone or keys too!
Dish Towel- "Every snack you make, every meal you bake, every bite you take, everything you eat, I'll be watching you" Seems like the most fitting dish towel for the dog mom if you ask me.
Door Mat- Printed with "I hope you like golden retrievers". If you know someone with a golden, this door mat announces their pup's presence before you enter their home... seconds before you'll be greeted by plenty of doggy kisses.
Slippers- When the dog's gotta go, he's gotta go! These slippers are perfect for the dog mom who needs to throw on some slippers and let out the pup at all hours of the day .
Fur Roller- This is the ultimate pet hair remover and easily gets fur off clothing, couches, beds, blankets, and more. No cords involved making it convenient to use and it is super easy to clean.
Personalized bandana- We love a fashionable scarf in the winter. Why not get one with the pup's name on it? The bandana I'm linking here is super soft and good quality that won't irritate the doggo's neck.
Custom Printed Pet Mug- Send in a photo of your furry friend and it gets digitally hand drawn on a mug of your choice. The artists from the page I'm linking here do a great job bring your pet print to life.
For the Food Blogger
If you’re reading this, I’d bet there’s a chance you know a food blogger or two who deserve a gift to take their blogging experience up a level. They likely have it all in the kitchen, so take it another route and give one of these gifts to help with content creation or a personalized gift to fuel their blogging passion (And no, I’m not hinting at gifts for me. I promise;)).
iPhone Tripod- The food blogger wishes they had a third arm when filming all those cooking videos, but this tripod is a great gift that'll at least take the filming out of their hands. This one is adjustable from 16 inches up to 54 inches.
Photography Backdrops- Countertop not the prettiest? No problem. These backdrop board surfaces. The one linked here are easy to clean, very durable, and come with legs to stand them up. There are plenty of design options and each one is double sided with a different color on each side.
Light Diffuser- A must have for the perfect shot. The one linked here has 5 different reflectors (silver, gold, white, black, and translucent fabric) and a convenient storing case.
Camera- This is the camera I use to shoot all of my content. It's a bit pricy, but has all the functions I could ask for and has really taken my food photography game to the next level.
Remote Camera Switch- Shooting from a distance? This remote switch is great to help get the perfect shot and helps reduce blurriness in photos due to shaky hands. *Disclaimer: this item pairs with my Nikon camera. Check camera type before purchasing*
Personalized Apron, Personalized Camera Strap, Personalized Cooking Utensils- A custom gift speaks louder than a typical purchase. It shows your thoughtfulness in the gift giving process and these items will be well utilized by the food blogger.
For the Workaholic
We all know that person who spends wayyyy too much time at the office. These gifts are perfect for those we know seriously need a vacation but won’t take one. Help them take a bit of the edge off with one of these fun or practical items that’ll surely go to good use.
Sunlight Desk Lamp- Leave in the dark, come home in the dark. Sound like a common occurrence? If so, the workaholic in your life needs this full spectrum sunlight desk lamp to get the rays they need when they can't (or won't) leave the office.
Essential Oil Diffuser- If they're in the office all day, at least give it a spa-like ambiance. This diffuser with continuous and mist settings will help soothe the mind and body during the workday. Linking my favorite calming lavender essential oil too.
CBD Balm- When work is piling up and anxiety is setting in, the workaholic is going to want some CBD balm to relieve those cramped typing fingers. The one linked here is great quality and super affordable. I also like this brand but it often goes out of stock.
Blue Light Blocking Glasses- The workaholic in your life probably has a screen time they don't want to admit. If they can't inch away from their desktop, at least help them protect their eyes with these blue light blockers.
Anecdote Candle- "Adulting / Smells like early nights and steady paychecks / Fig & Cashmere"
Travel Mug- The morning commute just got that much better. This travel mug is insulated keeping their morning beverage toasty and has a heavy duty seal that doesn't allow leakage even if thrown inside a bag.
DIY Cocktail Kit- Happy hour without all the effort. Just add alcohol of choice, leave to infuse on its own and the workaholic in your life has a cocktail ready as soon as they walk in the door after a long day.
Purple Seat Cushion- From the Purple Mattress company, this seat cushion is a dream. If the workaholic is glued to their desk chair all day, why not make it a throne?
For the Wine Connoisseur
Sip, sip, horray! You may have found a gift from the bartender gift guide above, but the wine lover deserves some special recognition. Think outside the bottle this holiday season with these creative gifts your wine connoisseur didn’t know they needed.
Winc Subscription- Buy wine online! For a true gift that keeps on giving, this wine subscription makes the perfect present with monthly wine deliveries.
Wine Bottle Serving Tray- These trays are made from recycled wine bottles. Charcuterie and a glass of Pino anyone?
Wine Decanter- If the wine lover in your life is all about the quality of their vino, this is a great gift that'll aerate and filter their wine to unlock the flavors that were dormant during the bottling process. This one is also made of beautiful hand blown Borosilicate glass and stainless steel with an ash wood base.
Marble Coasters- Agate stone and brass plating; these coasters will bring sophistication to your already sophisticated glass of wine. There are also multiple colors to mix and match that would make fun coffee table accents.
Marble Wine Cooler- For the wine lover who's always topping off glasses, the bottle needs to stay on the table. Keep it chilled right on the table in this beautiful marble cooler that can double as a center piece. Because let's be honest, the wine should always be the center of attention.
Wine Cork State- Let those corks become keep sakes. This is such a cool way to display old corks into a piece of art.
Wine Holder Bluetooth Shower Speaker- Because there's never a bad time to have a glass of wine and why not jam out to your favorite tunes while you do so?
Dad, brother, boyfriend. You name it. You likely have a male that is ridiculously difficult to shop for. Hopefully this gift guide can help and you’re able to find something unique that he’ll love.
Shinola Wallet- A bifold wallet with plenty of slots keeps money and cards organized. This top quality wallet (American made!!) is the men's gift you didn't know you were looking for.
Mini Golf Pool- Putt-putt turned pool. A fun way to combine the two games especially during the snowy months when the golf lover can't be hitting the course.
Customized Yeti- For the morning commute, drinks on the patio, or to take out on that dog walk, the yeti is the perfect gift for the man in your life. The personalization option will designate this as their mug that they may never put down.
Heated Razor- This is a better experience than you'd expect. A heated razor gives the sense of a hot towel shave every morning. Give the gift of self-care to your man this holiday season.
MLB Ball Park Puzzle- Is the man in your life a baseball lover? This is such a unique puzzle of the MLB stadiums for the super-fan who dreams of making it to all of the ballparks.
Custom Cuff Links- Some men are more into accessories than you'd expect. Help them hit the office in style with these personalized cuff links.
DIY Whiskey Making Kit- As I've gotten older I've realized men and whiskey seem to have a pretty strong relationship. Build that bond and give this gift that lets them create their own flavorful whiskey at home.
Golf Shirt- Every man has a plethora of polos, but the quality of this one is unbeatable.
Joggers- Lulu joggers are top quality and 100% worth the price. The ones linked here are Warpstreme fabric with four-way stretch that is extremely comfortable. This style is also so versatile and could totally be dressed up or down.
For the Coffee Lover
Take that coffee lover’s morning cup of joe to the next level with these amazing gifts. If they’re having a cup of coffee each morning (or multiple), why not get them something that can improve their everyday.
Pour Over Coffee Maker- A pour over coffee maker has the power to highlight great beans. If the coffee lover in your life is also a coffee snob, they'll love the fresh brew they get rom this pour over.
Electric Kettle- If you're getting your coffee lover the pour over coffee maker from above, they're going to want this electric kettle too. And I love the beautiful, minimalist design of this one.
Milk Frother- To become a true barista at home. This milk frother is incredible and does both hot and cold foam for endless coffee creations. Whether you want a cozy latte or an iced cappuccino, this frother will get you there.
Heated Mug- This Ember Mug is super popular right now, and for a good reason. No one likes a lukewarm cup of Joe and with this mug it'll never happen again! It allows you to set an exact drinking temperature so the last sip as as perfect as the first.
Wood Coffee Clip and Scooper- We love a multi-purpose tool. This little wood clip keeps a bag of beans fresh and conveniently also serves as a scoop those beans out.
Around the World Coffee Beans Sampler- Give your coffee lover a coffee tour around some of the best coffee regions of the world. Featured on the Today Show including 16 different carefully curated coffees!
Coffee Syrups- A sample pack of 10 different flavors to spice up their typical brew. Inspire the barista in your coffee lover and watch tasty lattes come to life.
Coffee Around the World Poster- I bet you've seen some impressive latte art. Why not take the coffee and make it wall art. This would be super cute above a coffee bar or in a simple frame on the kitchen counter next to the coffee pot.
Tinted Glass Mugs- A pretty mug makes the contents inside just that much better.
For the Adventurer
Adventure awaits! Especially for that nomadic friend always seeking their next voyage. Shop these gifts to help the outdoor enthusiast spend more time outside!
HydroFlask- Every adventurer's water bottle of choice. Sure to keep their water cold from the first to the final step of their hike. Stainless steel and BPA free!
GoPro- 'Shot on iPhone' --> 'Shot on GoPro'. Portable, durable, and wearable. A GoPro is the perfect way to document all of the amazing trips taken by the outdoor enthusiast in your life.
Polaroid Camera- Picture the sunset shot over the grand canyon now that you'll receive with a the post card they send from Nevada. The adventurer's camera roll is likely loaded with amazing photos, but there's something special about a printed polaroid.
Pocket Blanket- Spontaneous picnic anyone? This light-weight, easily carried pocket blanket is going to be the first item packed before heading out on the next voyage.
Vest- This is called the "Down For It All" vest and I think thats the perfect description for the piece of clothing the adventurer in your life needs.
Airbnb Gift Card- Because sometimes a tent just won't do it.
For the Yogi
Don’t bend over backward trying to find a gift for a holiday gift for the yogi in your life. Leave the bending to them and grab one of these items that will help them zen out during their practice.
Yoga Mat Strap- A yoga mat can be awkward to carry, especially when you also have your keys, phone, and water bottle in hand as you walk into the studio. This strap allows the mat to conveniently be thrown over a shoulder and also has an outside pocket.
Yoga Wheel- Aids in reducing tension and improving flexibility. Place this under your back to open up the front body and get that true surrendered feeling.
Yoga Blocks- Lightweight, ideal firmness. These yoga blocks can upgrade the yogi's practice and stabilize them as they learn new poses.
Yoga Towel- The sweat is real during an intense yoga practice and this towel fits a yoga mat perfectly to soak up all that moisture and prevent a slip 'n slide situation mid yoga class.
Yoga Mat Spray- This detox spray is exactly what the yogi's mat needs. Restores and refreshes the mat and can be used on yoga props as well. Comes with three scents including calming citrus, uplifting eucalyptus, and peaceful lavender.
Five Elements Glass Water Bottle- Wood for growth, water for reflection, earth for grounding, metal for strength, and fire for passion. The gems in this water bottle, chosen with a focus on Chinese Medicine practices, are known to boost pH and oxygenation of the water.
For the Fitness Fanatic
The gym goer in your life has had their eye on these workout and recovery gifts, but won’t buy them for themselves. Run, don't walk to get these items now!
Massage Gun- A deep tissue massage in the power of your hand. Relieves aches and pains while also increasing blood circulation. A noteworthy tool for shortening recovery time.
Foam Roller- Help the gym rat in your life relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation after the insane workout they just crushed with this foam roller. A well loved post-workout tool of all fitness fanatics.
Resistance Band- A simple too that'll quickly intensify a workout. Can be used in a variety of different workout types and the ones linked here come in three different resistance levels.
Align Leggings- To this day, I've never found more comfortable leggings. When it comes to workout clothing, lululemon knows what they're doing.
Long Line Sports Bra- Sometimes you just really don't to wear a shirt during a hot and sweaty workout. This is the perfect workout sports bra made of a fast drying material and extra length for a bit more coverage.
UltraBoost Sneakers- The. Best. Sneakers. Ever.
HydroFlask- A mainstream water bottle, but mainstream for a good reason. This is a quality water bottle that'll keep water cold for hours. Gift this and keep the fitness fanatic hydrated through all of their workouts.
For White Elephant
Heading to a white elephant party this holiday season? I’ve found the best white elephant gifts are ones that are unique, creative, practical, and a bit quirky. Here's some of my favorites that are sure to be the most stollen gifts of your exchange.
White Elephant Mug- The most literal white elephant gift. This mug is perfect for tea with the little compartment it's got for a tea bag.
THE COMFY- The original blanket sweatshirt. Make this weekend couch attire or your next work-from-home uniform. Either way, as the name suggests, it's comfy!!
DIY Cocktail Kit- A hand-crafted cocktail, without all of the work. The perfect gift for white elephant because no skill is needed to make a delicious drink. Just pour your alcohol and let it infuse.
Adult Coloring Book- "Holy Mother Forking Shirtballs" clean swear word coloring book.
Fuzzy Slippers- Slippers may be a 'basic' gift, but there's a reason they are a go to gift. Everyone can use 'em. These ones come in tons of patterns and are super soft.
Throw Blanket- This amazon find is luxury quality and super affordable. I'm just saying, I would not be mad to open this as my white elephant gift.
Immunity Kit- Stocked with all the hangover necessities. May be necessary if your white elephant party goes a bit awry;)
DIY Hot Sauce Making Kit- A fun and unique gift that will highlight the flavors in each of the included chilis. This kit helps make a sauce that can be described as more than just 'hot'.
OK, and thats the gift guide. If you want something specific and use one of my links, it directly supports me. Feel free to share this post with anyone!! Sharing is caring this season.