Ok, this one is nothing new, but I thought it’s worth reminding you, me, everyone of literally the most no-fail gift on the planet. A quality candle is one of the most welcome sights inside a gift box—everyone uses them, everyone loves them, and they run out—all the time. Re-stock your giftee’s favorite Diptyque, Nest, or Otherland (they’re new, they’re so cool, look into this), and know that you’ve given them a gift they’ll 100% use.
Honestly, any excuse to wear tartan. You really can’t go wrong with a matching earmuff and scarf set at the holidays (also check out this cute set), I promise. We’re all hoping to wake up to fluffy piles of fresh powder (to then destroy in a massive family snowball fight, obvs), and wouldn’t it be a shame if frostbite showed up?
Alternatively, if your giftee has an office coffee supply on hand (or an amazing Nespresso machine), the Ember Mug is a must (and it also comes in a travel mug version). This mug keeps your coffee consistently warm the entire time. We truly live in the future. I’ve been told that parents of little ones are particularly fond of this item because kiddo shenanigans are famous for taking mom and dad away from their precious morning cup. This way, whenever they return, it’ll be just as hot as they left it.
I’m not sure why (and I’m not mad about it, either) but Target decided to come out with several sock advent calendars, each one on theme for various kinds of geekery. Harry Potter, Disney Princess and Game of Thrones fans will be delighted every time they look down at their feet. If you’re feeling something a little more seasonal, there’s a “Santa’s Sleigh” version, too.
Sounds weird, looks weird, is actually amazing. This is the umbrella you get for anyone (everyone) who hates soaking themselves while closing an umbrella as they get in the car. Before you say ‘thank u, next’ just watch this video (it’s super annoying, but showcases the functionality well). The umbrella’s genius design closes in reverse and keeps the water from dripping on you. Let’s hear it for the industrial design genius who came up with this one!
Today, in excellent discoveries, the Zeva pen is a cool addition to your beauty collection that applies cuticle oil (with no mess) and pushes back your cuticles, all in one step! I don’t know about you, but my cuticles are constantly cracked and peeling in the cold, dry winter months so this is a must for anyone with cuticles. I wholeheartedly endorse giving the gift of well-maintained claws this year. Perhaps this pen and a giftcard for a manicure would make the perfect gift for someone on your list?
These Good Day/Bad Day/Don’t Ask glasses allow your giftee to pour to the line that best fits their mood in any given moment. They also have the added advantage of communicating their current mindset to their significant other nonverbally, a real gift on those “don’t ask” days. They come in wine glass and whiskey glass versions, and I also love the glasses that have “Good Day — Bad Day — What Day?” etched.
Anyone who’s ever wished for a third arm while cooking, crafting, lounging, or trying to expertly copy a YouTube tutorial will love this one. This mountable arm holds your iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy tablet, Kindle, and more. Give the gift of an extra appendage. I have this and love it beyond words. Most often, I use it mounted to my bed so I can watch something while going to sleep.
Have you gifted this robe yet? Why on earth not!? I’ve mentioned the dreamlike luxury that is a Barefoot Dreams robe more than once, I do hope you’ll take these lessons to heart given that it makes a perfect under $100 gift. Other options include these faux fur robes from Pottery Barn, and while you’re at it, why not grab the matching slippers? (I certainly did, whoops.)
Is there a stocking stuffer on this earth more useful than a Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit? Designed for an array of accidents and incidents, these extremely affordable, extremely useful little pouches are equipped to handle anything life can throw at us at the most inopportune times.
I know sheet masks have commanded everyone’s attention (perhaps ad nauseum), but we can’t write off these classic, luxurious masks. Peter Thomas Roth’s mask collection includes masks across a variety of skin concerns and spa-like indulgences. They come beautifully packaged and have the added benefit of working really, really well. My face speaks from experience.
When we think about taking care of our skin and hair, admittedly the first thing that comes to mind is not a pillowcase—but maybe it should be? For the last two years, I’ve slept on the Slip pillowcase, and we need to talk. This silk pillowcase is anti aging, anti sleep crease, anti bed head, and an entire miracle. It’s recommended by dermatologists and hair stylists. It will not only prevent wrinkles, but it will extend the lifespan of your blow out. Need I go on?
We don’t wear classic sweaters often enough. Whew, there I’ve said it. Keep your giftee seasonally well-styled long after the holidays. This classic winter sweater from J.Crew is under $100, and it’s on sale now, too! Yes obviously I think you should get one for yourself. You have permission.
A luxe hand cream set is a really smart gift to stock up on. You’ll find more uses for these than you think. Host gifts, teacher gifts, coworker gifts, gifts for yourself when you’ve had a day, the list goes on. This very highly rated set comes with 12 hand creams, so you’re essentially gifting an entire year of soft skin. Nice work.
We all have a giftee who secretly wishes she were a DIY blogger and goes all-in on projects. Those projects might as well be able to keep them warm, right? These knitting kits from Anthropologie are obscenely cute and the end products they’ll create are nothing short of cozy-chic. Grab them while they’re on sale!