Gearing up for the holidays is stressful, but when you throw in trying to nail down the right gift for everyone on your list, it gets even crazier. How do you manage pulling off a successful festive season without completely losing your mind? Thinking strategically about your gift giving is a good place to start.
Allow us to introduce you to our 2019 gift guide. It’s all-encompassing, ranging from cozy Ugg slippers to an automatic neck massager, to flavorful gourmet snacks for the whole family. Basically everything you see here is pretty close to a safe bet for anyone on your list. As you're scrolling through, don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to pick up a little something for yourself, too.
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If your pals are late to the game, this is a gift that can't go wrong. This smart speaker is ideal even for the least tech savvy of people, but it’s just helpful enough to enhance their cool factor.
Shop: Google Home - Smart Speaker with Google Assistant, $99.99, available at Target
When it’s chilly out, gloves are a wardrobe staple. That being said, wouldn’t it be so nice of you to invest in an upgraded pair for your bestie? These aren’t cheap at just under $100, but they’re worth it. They’re leather, come in a few classic color options, are lined with super-soft cashmere and, yes, they’re tech-friendly (so you can easily use your cell while wearing).
Shop: Cashmere-Lined Leather Tech Gloves, $98, available at J.Crew
Weighted blankets are all the rage right now, but does your favorite human have one of their very own? It’s cold out, and these puppies are arguably better than having a S.O. around to cuddle with (at least that’s what we’ve heard). Anyway, do your friend a solid and wrap one up ASAP.
Shop: SensaCalm Economy Weighted Blankets, $169.95, available at Amazon
There’s no way around it: This time of year calls upon even the least hospitable of friends to open their doors and entertain. To make it easy on your pals, a gorgeous marble and wood cheese plate makes for the ideal gift. Bonus: This one comes with three specialty knives that’ll make anyone look like a pro.
Shop: Artisanal Kitchen Supply® Cheese Knife Set & Marble Serving Board, $49.99, available at Bed, Bath & Beyond
We’re going to let you in on a little winter wardrobe secret: men’s flannel shirts. Although not technically unisex, they work for everyone. Whether you’re going for the oversized look, the unbuttoned route or simply tied around the waist, it’s a cold weather option you’d be wise to take for a spin this season. And at this reasonable price, we’ll be giving ‘em out like candy. You feel us?
Shop: Men's Slim Fit Pattern Flagship Flannel Shirt, $27.48 available at Land’s End
Here’s something everyone needs but doesn’t necessarily know they need: a jewelry box. Men and women alike love sporting their gold chains, rings, and other mix-and-match accessories. When it comes to keeping track of them, well, that’s where most fall short. Enter this simple and chic wood case that’s about to turn them into an organizing pro.
Shop: Umbra Reflexion Storage Box, $42 available at PacSun
Hate or love them, UGG shoes are comfy. So, go on and shower your loved ones with fluffy wool-lined slippers they can joyfully wear around the house this holiday season. They come in this perfect neutral color and, more importantly, last forever. Trust: Your pal will thank you for keeping ‘em snuggly all winter long.
Shop: UGG Scuffette II Slipper, $84.95 available at Nordstrom
This is a gift set we’ve bought before, and we’d buy again. Whether you’re on the hunt for your beauty buff bestie, or someone who’s new to the product game, this masking set from skin-care guru Peter Thomas Roth is a home-run. You get six full-size tubs of all the favorites: the 24K gold mask, the pumpkin enzyme peel, the rose stem cell, the cucumber gel mask, the Irish moor mud, and the water drench. You’re only spending $75 total, and with a value of $218, it’s truly a can’t-lose situation.
Shop: Peter Thomas Roth Mix, Mask & Hydrate 6 Piece Kit, $75 available at Sephora
Some might say to reserve this gift for serious music lovers, but we say it’s an all-audiences-appropriate option. True, Beats are pretty pricey at $350 a pop but if that doesn't scare you off, we can say with confidence, the recipient will be pleased. Because really, wouldn’t want luxe noise canceling bluetooth headphones that are just as practical as they are stylish?
Shop: Beats by Dr. Dre Studio 3 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $349.95 available at Best Buy
Ah, we can’t forget your wino friend. They’re the one you call up anytime, any place when you need a shoulder to lean on. Show ‘em how much you care in the only way possible: by upgrading their stemware. No more mismatched cheap tumblers for your pal — only the best will do. Besides, this elegant 8-set piece is from Macy’s Hotel Collection, so you know it’s top tier.
Shop: Hotel Collection Stemware 8-Pc. Value Set, Created for Macy's, $67, available at Macy’s
We all have that one friend that is astrology-obsessed. (No judgement if you’re that friend). Regardless, it is the season of giving so give in and indulge your pal in their excitement. How you ask? With these personalized ceramic catchall trays they can put on their nightstand or in their bathroom. It’ll make ‘em smile and one’s only 14 bucks.
Shop: Lucky Feather Virgo Ceramic Dish, $14, available at PacSun
Who doesn’t love a massage? We get ‘em on the regular, but that gets expensive. Give your favorite person the gift of relaxation with this highly-reviewed massage therapy tool. It’s incredibly user-friendly, melts away tension, and increases blood flow. It may be an investment, but you might want to snag one for yourself as well. Can’t hurt to have this handy during this stressful time of year, you know?
Shop: Theragun Liv, $249, available at Theragun
It doesn’t matter who you are, no one on this planet is above wearing sweatpants. They’re comfy, they’re practical, and they're warm. Our suggestion: If you’re gifting a pair (we approve) take the classy approach with a sporty logo option. These Champion ones work for the boys and the girls, so you’re nailing it in the brownie points department.
Shop: Champion Script Fleece Jogger Pants, $30 available at Kohl’s
Now here’s a gift the whole family can enjoy. Whether that consists of you and your boo or an entire extended crew in town for the week, this popcorn set will please all palates, with flavors that range from white cheddar to spicy sriracha and more. And it’s only 15 bucks.
Shop: Urban Accents Movie Night Popcorn Set, $14.99, available at Cost Plus World Market
Classic white sneakers never go out of style — they just get worn in more quickly than most. That’s why your friend probably won’t mind one bit if you cash in on a pair of fresh Stan Smiths as a gift to them this season. What's great about these shoes? They match with anything — any color or style.
Shop: Stan Smith Shoes, $80, available at Adidas
You want to know something we’re not mad at? A limited-edition, just-in-time-for-the-holidays, old-fashioned Lip Smackers lip balm vault. Everyone’s favorite nostalgic lip balm had the genius idea to create this festive package, complete with 10 kissable OG flavors. If this isn’t cause for celebration, we don’t know what is.
Shop: Lip Smacker Millennial Lip Balm Vault, $10.50 available at Ulta