This holiday season may look a bit different for many of us, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a big roundup with all of my favorite things – fit for anyone, at any price point. Whether you aren’t traveling because of the pandemic or you have a smaller budget due or you just want to focus on spending time with loved ones versus exchanging gifts, there is something for you here. We are keeping our Christmas smaller this year for various reasons – less family coming in town, a baby on the way, tighter budgets…and quite frankly, I feel a bit too old to ask for any gifts from family. I’d rather spend time together and save our money for a future vacation or dinner out together!
Stocking Stuffers, Gift Exchanges & Small but Thoughtful (all items under $25)
Often times the smallest category is the toughest. I find that sometimes people buy silly, impractical gifts that get repurposed or tossed because they’re useless. Just because this gift is at a smaller price point doesn’t mean that it can’t be thoughtful and wonderful! Below are some items that I have myself and have gifted myself. They’re wins, trust me.
- The cutest serving spoon set for under $25.
- Monogrammed coasters (also good hostess/housewarming)
- A cute personalized trinket dish, perfect for any nightstand.
- Simple, oversized gold hoops – any woman could use these
- An inexpensive ice roller for under $20 (a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift) – I use mine daily
- Who can’t use another cheese board? Here’s another option under $15 and one with utensils under $25.
- A chic black candle…or a holiday scented option and a gorgeous glass one.
- Such a thoughtful gift to keep family recipes alive (a similar, less expensive option).
- Chatbooks picture books are the best memory for anyone!
Solid gifts for him, for her and for you (all items under $100)
There are many wonderful, practical gifts that can be purchased within the $100 range. Many retailers are having early sales so don’t be a fool and buy something full price! I like to think of what is a functional, practical gift or what is something I know this person would love but they’d never spend the money themselves. If you can answer that question, your gift is a sure fire winner.
- This classic leather jewelry case rings in right under $100.
- A bar tool set for under $75.
- The world’s softest pajamas (come both short and long)
- A chic, classic chess set…anyone else inspired by the Queens Gambit?
- Given that we’re all at home more, who couldn’t use a Netflix subscription?
- Ugg slippers: for him and for her – get cozy together for winter!
- Who doesn’t love a classic throw for the home?
- Patagonia better sweater: for him and for her (I personally like the full zip)
- A beautiful leather vanity case that also comes in a set with two sizes.
Splurge-worthy, special gifts (all items well over $100)
This year isn’t the year that we’ll be splurging on holiday gifts (after all, we have a baby coming in a few short months!) but if you are – I prefer gifts with thought. Anyone can buy something expensive and slap a bow on it, but there is something extra special about a luxurious gift that with a strong intention behind it. After all, let’s not forget – it really is the thought that counts!
- I love the Yeti Cooler (portable soft shell and hard shell) because everyone can use a cooler but nobody wants to spend big money on one.
- We use our Hyperice and Normatech regularly – perfect for the fitness buff or ski lover.
- Every woman could use another pair of yellow gold hoops.
- A warm, luxurious faux fur throw for under $130 (or a coveted Hermes one if you’re feeling extra generous!)
- I use my AirPods pro daily – great for anyone who listens to music, podcasts or audio books.
- This icy blue KitchenAid mixer is a classic – and this stainless steel one is currently on sale.
- A beautiful, luxurious new set of sheets is always a welcome gift!
- Give the gift of technology – a Sonos speaker, a set of Nests, or some Echos for the home.
- Call me old but nothing says “happy holidays” like a new vacuum (or how about a house keeper for a year – what a dream!)
You can find my previous gift guides here.