The holidays tend to be a labyrinth of complex shopping decisions:
Do you want to splurge or save? Go unique or stay safe? Impress or is it the thought that counts?
We wanted to give you a little inspiration, so we looked around and compiled some of what we think are the coolest gifts you could be on the receiving end of this year.
GIFTS FOR YOU:
Homemade Gin Kit – Sometimes there are folks in your life that don’t really need anything. For them, get them this homemade gin kit, fully equipped with glass bottles, a sieve, funnel juniper and other botanicals. Giving the gift of learning a new skill is what’s truly unique.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack – If you’re looking for an ultimately helpful and useful gift, the Everyday Backpack from Peak is one of the most versatile and adjustable on the market. Endlessly configurable, this bag features, expandable pockets, FlexFold dividers, dedicated laptop sleeve, internally padded pockets, tuck-away strap system and so much more. All while looking like the sleekest thing in your life.
Stud Ear Crawlers – Want to impress the lady in your life? Diamonds. As Marilyn puts it, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Well, they’re anybody’s friend, really. If you want to punch up the quintessential, but kind of stale gift of jewelry, try these showstopping ear crawlers. A modern, glittering assortment of stones to impress with.
Camel Leather Gloves – If you’re truly seeking out a gift that’s the epitome of “essential” try these men’s gloves for winter. This is the reinvented dress glove with the sleek sophistication of premium leather, combined with the seriously convenient touch-screen conductive thumb and index finger so you can always stay connected.
Odeme Flasks – A nice little gift or stocking stuffer for anyone this holiday season could be one of these good-looking Odeme flasks. Sleeker than your traditional flask, these stainless steel little buddies come in a variety of styles, from royal gold to a bold red and a very trendy minimalist white. It’s a gift that will surely be appreciated and put to good use.
Vooray Gym Bag – Can you think of a better way to encourage someone to tackle their New Year’s resolutions? We all have that person in our life that insists they’ll be more active if they just had the right gear. Well, make sure they do with this loaded duffel bag, It features a pullout bag for dirty laundry and a secret compartment specifically for shoes! And it doesn’t hurt that the chic flower print looks a lot fresher than what’s inside.
Hagen Connected Hybrid Smartwatch – The combination of innovative technology and classics design, Skagen’s variation of the trendy smartwatch offers you the ability to stay connected without looking like a slave to your personal devices. Snap a photo, control your music, check notifications – all with the push of a button on your wristwatch. Watch the fascination on the faces of those you gift this year.
GIFTS FOR THE HOME:
Alfie – This is Kenmore’s answer to smart home solutions. You’ll easily make someone very happy this holiday season by making life easier for them. With the tap of a button Alfie runs everyday errands, researches products, learns your taste – just set the Alfie where you want and let it take care of your families needs.
Humans of New York Coffee Table Book – Even if they’re not familiar with the critically-acclaimed blog of photographer Brandon Stanton, they’ll be pleased to have this in their home. Stanton captured portraits of complete strangers in the streets of New York, asking each to tell a story about themselves. Every page you turn is a new story, a new perspective of the world and makes for a deeply enlightening gift.
New Mac Candle – It’s hilarious, but you know you want one. Who doesn’t want to re-create the smell of the first time they opened a brand new Mac Book Pro? For anyone that’s a fan of nostalgic aromas – like new car smell, new library book smell – this is your 21st-century answer. Plus, it’ll get a laugh.
The Barisieur – It is now possible for you to personally help that sleep-addicted person in your life out. The one that can’t get up on time for work, that can never make an appointment on time because the comfort of their bed is just too sweet – this functioning coffee alarm clock brews a fresh cup of joe when you need it the most. It even charges your phone or tablet!
Tumbling Blocks Cutting Boards – For reasons unknown, cutting boards are the one surface in the home that people obsess over. Having a chic, well-made set of wooden cutting boards is actually a great gift for that kitchen-accessory lover in your life. These will be a beautifully crafted addition to someone’s home – for everything from cooking to serving.
St. Judes Gilded Gold Box – The gift that gives back. This is a simple item of home decor that adds a bit of style and function, while supporting St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. West Elm is donating 50% of proceeds directly to the hospital, so you can give the gift of a keepsake box knowing that it did some good for families around the country.
GIFTS FOR THE KIDS:
Design Your Own Headphones – Any kid would love to be occupied with creating. Especially if that creation is something they’ll wear and use every day. Actually, plenty of adults would love that, too. This headphone set comes fully equipped with stencils, paints and other fun accessories to make their headphones their own.
Microscope – This gift makes it easy to encourage education, what’s better than that?! Your kid will have endless discovery and learning by inspecting florals, insects, geometric patterns and more. The kit comes with various slides, tools and so much more to make sure your kid will never be bored. It also comes in a variety of colors.
Superhero Cape – What child doesn’t dream of being a superhero? You’ve witnessed your kids running around with towels and blankets tied around their necks, saving the day, right in the living room. How many cool parent points do you think you’d score when they unwrap this handmade reversible cape? Probably a lot.
Fuji Film Instax Mini – In the spirit of Aaron Huey – National Geographic photographer – getting an easy-to-use instant camera for your kids can be a hugely rewarding experience. Huey’s son, known as HawkeyeHuey on Instagram, get’s his work featured by his dad, an incredible assortment of polaroids from a 6-year-old’s perspective. Gifting kids a camera they can use this holiday season might just be just the key to learning more about them.
A Teepee to Call Your Own – Kids will make forts no matter what. Since we can’t stop that force of nature, we should encourage it by simply bringing the fort to them. Land of Nod’s unique patterned and dip-dye teepee tents make for a great reading/relaxing/hiding nook for the kids. They’ll feel they have a place of their own while you always know where they are. Plus, it’s not exactly an eye-sore, as it punches up your living space immensely.