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The season is upon us once more! Thanks to store marketing, Christmas and Hanukkah have been on our minds since September. As you begin compiling a list of individuals for whom you’d like to buy gifts, along with considering what they might appreciate, the task can seem daunting. Finding something that is both thoughtful, practical, and likely to be used can be a challenge.
This guide will help, with a little bit of something thoughtful for everyone! From the beauty lover to the person that has everyone and kids, we’ve got you covered.
1. The Easy Crowd Pleaser: A Heated Blanket
As the cold settles in, who doesn’t need some extra warmth?
A new standard of warmth, safety, energy efficiency, and cost savings with Beurer’s Nordic Collection of heating pads, pillows, and blankets that go under the mattress pad, thoughtfully engineered. Perfect for those cold nights!
2. Get in the Spirit: Small Batch Mezcal
Catedral Mezcal is a small family business co-founded by a 27-year-old woman and her dad!
Escape the sea of sameness with gifts of whiskey and wine, and give a bottle of Catedral Mezcal for the holidays. Sipping award-winning Catedral Mezcal will transport the booze lovers on your holiday list to the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, where they can taste the flavors of the earth, a light smoky undercurrent, and a smooth finish. Catedral Mezcal is a handmade, artisanal spirit made from 100% pure agave with zero additives (unlike it’s “cousin” tequila).
If you can’t bring your friends and family to Mexico for the holidays, bring Mexico to your friends and family with this fun and authentic mezcal-tasting experience!
3. Handcrafted Leather Moroccan Poufs for Extra Seats to Gather
Have a friend or loved one that needs a few spare seats? Try these cute options that double a decor!
These Moroccan Leather Poufs are handcrafted from genuine natural goat leather. Thanks to their classic design, these leather poufs look great in any living space, including your living room, bedroom, nursery, and office. Moreover, they can be a great addition to your patio. Choose from 4 different colors.
Use these poufs as a footrest, or a seat around the coffee table.
4. Have Fun Cooking with a Savory Pot
SavoryPot is not just any pot; it’s the heart of culinary communities dedicated to celebrating the flavors of the world. With its multifaceted features, SavoryPot fosters connections among food lovers, inviting them to experience diverse cuisines, share one-of-a-kind ingredients, signature broths, and exotic spices, and adopt pioneering cooking techniques to amplify their culinary explorations.
This all comes together in virtual savory parties and live cooking events, where acclaimed culinary masters share their insights from the kitchen.
5. For All the Cofee Lovers: A Volcanic Coffee Subscription
Volcanica Coffee subscriptions are the gift that gives year-round – perfect for the java lover. Choose from 150+ exotic coffees sourced from volcanic regions around the world. Simply choose a subscription at check-out and receive a 10% discount.
Volcanica Coffee has many other exotic and rare holiday gifts for the java lovers on your list, and a portion of the proceeds support charity: water, a non-profit on a mission to help bring clean, safe drinking water to every person on the planet. The company offers more than 150 exotic coffees sourced from volcanic regions worldwide.
6. For Tea Lovers: VAHDAM Indian Tea Calendars
This holiday season, VAHDAM India has something for everyone, whether you’re shopping for Christmas or Hanukkah, gifting a loved one or a client, looking to give something cozy and delicious, or something to help ignite someone’s love of cooking. An assortment of the brand’s teas, superfoods, and spices are available as festively packaged gift sets and advent calendars, starting at only $9.99!
VAHDAM India packages their teas and spices fresh from the farm and ships them globally, ensuring the highest quality products while maintaining an accessible price point. VAHDAM’s teas are so delicious they quickly earned a slew of super fans, including Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Nicole Scherzinger.
7. Capture the Best Memories with Photo Wall Decor
When it comes to customizing your memories through photography or art on lifelong and unique wall decor products, TilePix is such a solution.
All you have to do is upload your personal images like of the whole family in their christmas pajamas or from special moment with a fiance or your grandma to the TilePix site, pick from their great selection of product options that include regular framed tiles, to full glass options, wood framing, posters, wallpaper, and large scale canvases, and have it shipped directly to your door or for pick up, same day at almost any Walgreens across America. Their price points are very accessible starting at $14.00.
8. Try a Fun New Game for All Ages
Founded by Veteran Jim Moran, Semper Smart Games, combines education and fun all in one, perfect for the whole family! Our current favorite is this dice game that encourages counting (our 5 year old loves it).
9. The Practical Gift: A Year of Car Washes
Share the gift of a clean car this holiday season via a carwash membership at Russell Speeder’s Car Wash or Waters Car Wash (located across the US). A great gift for teens, dad,s or anyone that likes to keep their car clean which is everyone, right?)
10. For the Entertainer/Bartender: Mixology Gift Set
Got a dad (or anyone) doubling as a mixologist? This is the gift for him at East Third Collective. Grab a Waxman apron, The Ultimate Book of Cocktails (shares over 100 recipes), coasters that are hand-painted ceramic tiles, and a wooden spoon that is hand-crafted from sustainable and locally-sourced wood in Guatemala.
11. For the Tech Savvy: A Laptop Table
Always by your side, BDI’s Bink laptop table is the perfect companion anywhere you work or relax. Ideal for college students, your favorite techie, or anyone who works from home, this versatile table can also double as a side table next to the couch, or outside by the pool. (Also great for dorms!) Currently on sale for $299!
12. A Practical Stocking Stuffer: Windshield Wipers
Windshield wiper blades might not be the most glamorous gift, but they’re a strong contender for most practical. Plenty of drivers forget to change their wipers as often as they should, but swapping in a fresh pair when needed is crucial for safe driving – especially when you’re regularly braving snowy conditions.
13. For the Snack Lovers: 12 Days of Popcorn
Amish Country Popcorn, one of the country’s most beloved popcorn brands, just launched their very first holiday Advent Calendar!
The super cute calendar ($24.99 – Amazon) features eight varieties of ACP’s most popular popcorn kernels ready to be popped– including Baby White, Rainbow and Mushroom (!), along with four different types of fun seasonings like Dill Pickle, Ranch and Cheddar Cheese.
14. Celebrate Big Achievements with Custom Designd Photos and Diplomas
The holiday season is the perfect time to deck the walls with favorite memories and family accomplishments. Church Hill Classics, a woman-owned company, handcrafts officially licensed frames for thousands of colleges and universities, professional associations, and the U.S. Military.
Best of all, they offer an array of customizable mat color combinations, wood moulding styles, and UV-protective glass options to suit any home or office decor. From autograph photo frames, varsity letter frames, K-12 school frames, medallion displays, keepsake shadow boxes, and graduation stole frames, you’re sure to find the perfect made-to-order gift for every family member on your shopping list.
15. For the Outdoors Lover: A Camping Light with All the Bells and Whistles
JORDILIGHT is the only multifaceted flashlight tool designed with a bendable U-shape that is attachable, wearable, waterproof in up to 164 feet of water (great for scuba-diving) and made with advanced technology like the built-in e-compass, navigation and app. Created with high-risk scenarios and emergencies in mind, JORDILIGHT detects if a user falls or needs help, and sends a help signal via the app to a pre-saved contact in their phone.
It was voted the best invention of 2022 by Time Magazine.
16. Bring Nature Inside with Beautiful Moss Air Filters
Moss Pure is the world’s only live moss air filter and stress relief device. No watering, sunlight, or maintenance is needed. All while being a modern and aesthetically pleasing decor piece in your home and office.
Each square foot of their live moss air filters capture 30% of carbon dioxide and toxic pollutants, including dust and allergens, within minutes. And the moss lasts indefinitely within a product design due to patent-pending biology and engineering.
17. For Star Lovers: Zodiac Art Blocks (Constellations)
These handmade, eco-friendly Zodiac art blocks make wonderful gifts for anyone in the family because they celebrate each recipient’s unique star sign with artwork that will compliment any decor (they’ll even look great in a teenager’s room…and THAT’S hard to find)!
They’re priced under $40 so they are budget-friendly. Every 5×5 art block features original artwork celebrating each special constellation, plus they use only salvaged wood and salvaged library book pages for a truly one-of-a-kind piece of art. They can also stand alone on a desk or night stand too.
18. For Beauty Lovers: Portable Light Therapy Skin Renewal Wand
Put a gentle but powerful treatment in the palm of your hand and take it wherever you go. Affectionately called the “lumi,” this low-level light therapy (LLLT) tool features the breakthrough LED technology first introduced in Sunlighten’s 3 in 1 infrared saunas. Get on-the-go treatments from one hand-held wand with four LED options—near infrared, red light, near infrared/red light combo and blue light.
This type of light therapy stems from nature’s age-old process of stimulating growth. LLLT uses specific light rays to deliver gentle energy to cells in the skin. The process is called “photobiomodulation,” which involves using specific light wave energy to initiate positive photochemical changes. Our cell’s mitochondria (our body’s “battery”) absorb this energy and initiate biochemical responses like cell growth. It’s a safe and intensely studied light science.
19. Handmade Leather Weekender Bag
This beautiful custom Bohemian Travel Bag will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. Due to its huge storage capacity, the EL RAKAN kilim weekender bag is a perfect choice for carrying all your clothes and other personal items you need for a getaway or road trip.
Made from premium-quality genuine goat skin and tear-resistant handstitched lining on the inside. Adjustable shoulder strap with 2 pockets on the outside. A perfect size for airplanes or the car!
20. Eco-friendly Clothing for a Cause: Kid’s Animal Sweatshirt
What child won’t love a sweatshirt with their favorite jungle animal on it? WHen it’s also for a good cause, that’s just a no brainer.
Through each purchase of Voice of the Vanishing’s sustainably sourced, ethically manufactured activewear apparel, customers support reputable organizations on the front lines of species preservation. Voice of the Vanishing specializes in women’s, men’s and vintage kids’ styles with all the staples, from tees to hoodies and accessories.
21. Philanthropic Beauty: Hand Made Purpose Jewelry
PURPOSE Jewelry is the perfect gift as there is a purpose behind every piece. Each beautiful piece is handmade and hand signed by a survivor of human trafficking. Gifting PURPOSE Jewelry not only supports these artisans with fair wages, education, and holistic care, but makes the recipient feel great about coming alongside a woman in her journey to true freedom.
One of their bestsellers is their North Star Ornament, which is handmade in Uganda by women escaping human trafficking. Each purchase provides one day of care for these women.
22. MADE51 Ornaments to Support Refugees
MADE51’s products are crafted by refugee artisans and encompass a wide range of items.
Among the ornaments, you’ll find an embroidered butterfly skillfully crafted by Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, which serves as a metaphor symbolizing transformation and rebirth, and sheds light on the vibrant culture refugees contribute to their host communities. Additionally, it includes a snow leopard crafted by Afghan refugees living in India. The snow leopard is the national animal of Afghanistan, where it is revered for its bravery and beauty.
23. For the Young Detective: Metal Detector Treasure Hunting
Discover the thrill of treasure hunting with Minelab’s advanced yet easy-to-use technology at your fingertips! As a legacy brand for over three decades, Minelab has made the leading metal detectors for the core consumer for years, with new innovations for a generation starting to discover the joys of metal detecting.
Minelab’s broad range of metal detectors finds metal materials on all terrain and through magnetic minerals, iron-rich soil, deep water, and snow. These metal detectors provide a great motivator to start exploring. You never know what treasures your kiddos will find.
24. For the Imaginative Builders: Clixo Magnetic Building Toy
Clixo is a first-of-its-kind, multi-sensory, magnetic building toy that can be built in both 2D and 3D unlocking everyone’s imagination and creativity. The flexible pieces combine the magic of origami with the power of magnets to let kids build an infinite number of creations. With its stackable packing design and magnets keeping the pieces together with a click, Clixo is the perfect toy for kids – it’s mess-free, screen-free, and lets them explore creativity anywhere!
Clixo just launched its first two themed packs for ages 6-10 for the holiday season too! The Mars Rover Pack and Ocean Creatures Pack will take kids’ imaginations to new heights! They’ve both been nominated for Toy of the Year awards already and the Wheel Creator Pack was named to Good Housekeeping’s Best Toys of 2023 list.
25. Thoughtful Personalized Dinnerware for Kids
Unwrap the magic of the holiday season when you gift the little ones in your life a personalized dish sets. Watch their faces light up when they open their unique gift made just for them! These personalized dish sets are hand-illustrated by Kelly Hughes and personalized with the child’s name. With over 50 designs, our personalized dish sets include a plate, bowl, mug, and placemat. Purchase a single item or a full set. Parents will appreciate the durability of the dinnerware that’s made in the USA.
26. Wooden Board Puzzles for Kids of All Abilities
Creative Beginning offers a unique selection of boards for kids. It was founded by a mom of two – one with special needs (Autism)- who created a concept that is now reaching children of ALL needs and abilities!
Their chalkboard based puzzles have been a hit around the holidays for a practical gift to give children of many needs and abilities!! Bridging the gap between mainstream and special needs – advocating along the way!!
27. Garden Activity Kit for Kids That Love to Explore
As parents, we have a responsibility to love + nurture + protect our kids. We love this gift for parents with young children from East Third Collective because it includes all these characteristics.
The Curious Garden book gives mom or dad the opportunity to read to their child, helping to develop the child’s language and literacy skills while enjoying some good cuddles. We love that the finger paint is made with food-safe, non-GMO ingredients (including potatoes, rice, and beans) to provide an all-natural, fun-filled, and creative adventure for the youngest artist. And, we are inspired by so many things about sidewalk chalk. Chalk itself helps with sensory development and holding the chalk helps young kids with their dexterity. We love that this chalk is half-egg shaped to accommodate children’s hands and the edge makes for easy line drawing. This unique gift offers so much for the parents and their children.
28. A Fun Family Read: The Girl Dad Book
This book is for dads to read with their daughters- and can be a thoughtful gift for them both.
The Girl Dad is a book about the special relationship between daddies and daughters that highlights the positive role that fathers play in the lives of their daughters. What’s unique about this book is that every illustration in the book is taken from actual family photos of the author’s husband and their daughters.
From mending her tiny “boo-boos”; to delightful trips to the toy store, imaginative dress-up adventures to enchanting tea parties, this story beautifully captures the magic of their everyday adventures. Together, they paint tiny nails with vibrant colors, brave the great outdoors on camping escapades, and practice tossing a ball, side by side.
29. Affirmations Cards for Raising Confident Kids
Metta Play, a mom owned business, offers bilingual yoga and affirmation cards. And should be on every kid’s wish list! It’s an easy gift idea from parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. Highly recommended by parents and teachers, as it empowers kids to learn yoga, mindfulness and culture through play.
30. Celebrate Each Child with a “Me is All I Want to Be” T-shirt
The tee that says it all! “Me is All I Want To Be” is not only the StereoType tagline but also a way of being. Wear this tee and feel empowered to embrace your individuality! Made from 100% cotton, this tee is soft, comfortable and tagless. Each logo is screen printed with water-based, non-toxic inks in San Francisco, reflecting StereoType’s commitment to sustainability and supporting local manufacturing. Whether worn alone or as part of a stylish ensemble, this tee serves as a powerful reminder that every child has the right to be celebrated for who they are.
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