50 Wow Gifts For Everyone on Your Shopping List
Unwrap some happiness this holiday season.
There are good gifts—the ones the members of your inner circle giddily unwrap and claim to love—and then there are great ones. With the latter, it’s more than a matter of watching them happily peel back paper—there’s a palpable joy that spreads across someone’s face when you’ve gotten them the exact right thing.
If you want to take your holiday celebrations from enjoyable to exceptional this year, it pays to have the perfect gift in hand. And luckily, we’ve compiled a list of amazing gifts for everyone on your shopping list, from your hard-to-please boss to the little ones in your life. And for more ways to impress the people you love, check out these 33 Awesomely Creative Gifts You Never Would Have Thought Of.
Montague Navigator Folding Bike
$959; buy now at NYCeWheels
Give the biker in your life the gift of a great set of wheels this holiday season. Perfect for commuters and small-apartment-dwellers alike, this Montague Navigator folding bike is compact enough to be unobtrusive when tucked under a desk or in a closet, but sturdy enough for navigating the city streets on the way to your office.
L’Objet Scales Picture Frame
$185; buy now at Neiman Marcus
Those cheap picture frames you bought in college aren’t doing your grown-up home much justice. If you want to add some serious style to your walls—or allow someone special in your life to do the same—invest in this gilded L’Objet picture frame, sure to make any room look more sophisticated in an instant.
Pocket Video Drone
$89.99; buy now at Sharper Image
Just because your spouse is an adult doesn’t mean they need to stop playing with toys. With this drone, you can give your spouse the pleasure of pretending to do engage in adult habits, like checking out your roof tiles or taking aerial shots of the neighborhood, while indulging their inner child at the same time.
Saint Laurent Cassandra Calfskin Shoulder Bag
$2,590; buy now at Nordstrom
There are few things that can pull together an ensemble like an amazing purse. By adding this daring cherry red Saint Laurent shoulder bag to an outfit, even your significant other’s ripped and faded old jeans will instantly look like a million bucks.
Personalized Leather Camera Strap
From $34.50; buy now at Etsy
The shutterbug in your life deserves some great accessories to help them perfect their craft. And with this customized leather camera strap, your favorite photographer will not only reduce the risk of dropping their equipment, they’ll also look great taking those shots.
Skull Wallet on Chain
$1,095; buy now at Alexander McQueen
Give your spouse’s wardrobe an edgy upgrade by adding this skull wallet to their holiday haul. Rock-and-roll enough to wear to a concert, but subdued enough to use as a wedding clutch, this goth-inspired accessory might just become their go-to bag.
Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Boot
$319.99; buy now at Red Wing Shoes
There’s nothing like giving your spouse the gift of comfort to show them that you care. Not only are these Vibram-soled boots perfect for weathering ice and snow, they’ll also keep wearers plenty comfortable, even if they’re on their feet all day. And if you’re looking for more great boot options, see here immediately.
Bubbles and Rosé Wine Club
$59.99; buy now at Vinley Market
Rosé all day? More like rosé all year, thanks to the Bubbles and Rosé Wine Club from Vinley Market, perfect for that friend or family member who’s always entertaining.
Artis Elite Brush Set
$360; buy now at Dermstore
The makeup lover in your life will swoon at the sight of this Artis Elite brush set. Perfect for contouring and blending, these brushes will make even those drugstore products shine.
Bezel Diamond Crawler
$560; buy now at Etsy
The perfect mixture of a classic style and au courant trend, this diamond crawler is sure to stun anyone who receives it. And fortunately, since it’s from a small jewelry maker, you can rest assured its recipient won’t be seeing this gorgeous set on any of their friends.
Sadie the Fox
From $50; buy now at cuddle + kind
Looking to get the kids in your life a meaningful gift they’ll love? Then head over to cuddle + kind, where each handmade doll you purchase also provides 10 meals to hungry children in North America and beyond.
Snack Shack Playhouse
$119.40; buy now at Crate and Kids
Give your kids an amazing gift they’re sure to love for years to come with this snack shack playhouse from Crate and Kids. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor play, this little shop set up will have your favorite rug rats honing their entrepreneurial instincts in no time.
Faux Fur Hooded Robe
$79; buy now at Pottery Barn
For the teen in your life who’s just outgrown the Elmo-print bath gear they once loved, there’s this adorable faux fur hooded robe. Stylish, comfortable, and the perfect accessory for slumber parties, this present will definitely have you dubbed “the cool aunt” by its recipient.
$74; buy now at Pottery Barn Kids
Give your favorite kiddos the gift of imaginative play this year with this Farmington dollhouse from Pottery Barn Kids. Adorable, well-made, and unobtrusive, this beautiful dollhouse is one of those rare toys that will be passed down from generation to generation.
Sterling Silver and Enamel Flower Charm Bracelet
$31.50; buy now at Ross Simons
Want to wow the accessory-loving kid in your life? Then give them this adorable sterling silver and enamel flower charm bracelet. While wallet-friendly and sized for a kid’s wrist, it’s just fancy enough for your kid to feel a little grown up every time they put it on.
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses Customizable Book
$34.99; buy now at Put Me In the Story
Whether your kid’s a reluctant reader or a bibliophile, reading a book that’s all about them is sure to knock their socks off. Luckily, with this customizable edition of Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses from Put Me In the Story, your kid will get a great book with a protagonist you both already know and love. And for more kids’ books you’ll enjoy, check out these 40 Books You Hated in High School That You’ll Love Now.
Vintage Play Kitchen
$129.99; buy now at KidKraft
Indulge your kids’ inner Alton Brown by giving them this adorable KidKraft play kitchen this year. With stunning vintage-inspired design and lots of parts to play with, including a stovetop, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer, this is one toy that’s sure to amuse any kid for hours at a time.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
$399.99; buy now at LEGO
The Harry Potter fan in your life is sure to be dumbstruck by this amazing LEGO set. Better yet, with so many pieces to assemble, you might just get a chance to put Hogwarts together with them.
753 Piece Roller Coaster Building Set
$48; buy now at FAO Schwarz
The future theme park engineer in your family will love creating their own roller coaster with this fun-to-build kit. And unlike some other STEAM toys that rely more on problem-solving than play, this one is just as educational as it is fun.
$149.99; buy now at Best Buy
Custom Pet Pillow
From $39.95; buy now at Etsy
The pet lover in your is sure to howl when they unwrap a custom pillow of their furry friend. And better yet, unlike some other pet-centric gifts, this one is actually as useful to humans as their four-legged pals.
Whole Foods Gift Card
From $5 to $500; buy now at Whole Foods
Give your friend the gift of an epicurean adventure this holiday season with a Whole Foods gift card. While they may already shop at the store with frequency, a gift card to the food mecca will allow them to buy all those treats, from hot honey to fancy soap, that they wouldn’t necessarily load their cart with otherwise.
Wellesley Expanding Desktop Organizer
$79.95; buy now at Improvements
To your disorganized pal or coworker, provide the gift of a beautifully-organized desk this year with this expanding desktop organizer from Improvements. It might even be the key to finding that pen they “borrowed” months ago and still haven’t given back.
Nordsjø Sweater Crew Neck
$140.47; buy now at Devold
Often imitated, but never duplicated, this warm, rugged sweater is perfect for braving the colder months in not only comfort but also in authentic, early 20th-century sailor style. If you recognize it, it may be because this sweater also served as a prop on a young Prince Philip in Netflix’s The Crown.
Gem Water by VitaJuwel Wellness Glass Water Bottle
$78; buy now at Neiman Marcus
Your friend who practically lives at the gym could use an upgrade from that cracking college-era water bottle they’ve been toting for years. Enter: The Gem Water bottle. With amethyst, rose quartz, and clear quartz at the bottom, this bottle promises to up your water’s alkalinity and oxygenation, making the recipient a little healthier with every sip.
Fornasetti Wooden Ortensia Incense Box
$230; buy now at Farfetch
That friend who’s forever burning incense will be thankful for a burner nicer than the one they got at that headshop a decade ago. Fortunately, this Fornasetti incense box and burner is the perfect mix of form and function, turning their recreational smudging into a more elegant ceremony in no time.
ClassPass Gift Certificate
Any amount; buy now at ClassPass
Fitness fanatics who can’t quite commit will flip when they find a ClassPass gift certificate waiting for them under the tree. Not only does this take the expense out of taking classes off their plate, it also means the recipient can find a routine they love and might not have otherwise known about.
Tile Mate Key Finder
$25; buy now at The Tile App
That pal who’s always losing things will thank their lucky stars when they peel back the wrapping paper to reveal a set of Tile Mates. These app-connected tiles can be attached to anything from keys to a cell phone, making it easy to find what you’re looking for without emptying every purse and cabinet in your house.
3D LED Gala Essential Oil Diffuser
$65; buy now at Urban Outfitters
Your essential-oil-loving friend will have a lot of thanks to give after receiving this stunning essential oil diffuser. Not only is the diffuser a stunning statement piece on its own, but its LED elements also make it a great addition to any room you’re looking to brighten.
Coin Edge Charm
$490; buy now at Shinola
Show your love and appreciation for your best friend this year by getting them a piece of jewelry they’ll wear forever. This opal-and-gold number from Shinola is subtle enough to wear to work, but definitely won’t go unnoticed, either.
Customized Whiskey Decanter
From $34.99; buy now at Etsy
The boss who loves nothing more than to remind you that it’s 5 o’clock somewhere might just be convinced to give you that promotion after seeing this customized whiskey decanter. Not only is it an elegant addition to any bar cart, but it’s also the kind of heirloom piece that they can pass down to future generations. And when you want to play bartender, start by mastering these 20 Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to Make.
Meisterstück Doué Geometry Classique Ballpoint Pen
$670; buy now at Montblanc
Your boss deserves more than your average drugstore pen to write those performance evaluations (and sign those paychecks) with. If you’re eager to impress the guy or gal in charge this year, skip the paperweight or gift card and give them this elegant Meisterstück Doué Geometry Classique Ballpoint Pen from Montblanc.
Attach Binaire Tie
$180; buy now at Hermès
If your boss still wears ties to the office, why not get him one that reminds you of what a dedicated employee—and thoughtful gift-giver—you really are? Better yet, Hermès’ classic patterns never go out of style.
World Coffee Tour Box
$89; buy now at Bean Box
Know someone who can’t get out of bed without a cup of coffee brewing? Give them the gift of the world’s best brews with this World Tour Coffee Box from Bean Box, featuring 16 gourmet coffee samples, from Seattle to Sumatra.
Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones
$169.99; buy now at Best Buy
Help your boss drown out the din in the office by giving him or her a set of great headphones this year. These Bose SoundSport headphones are great for keeping all the chit-chat in the workplace to a dull roar, and since they’re wireless, they’re the ideal gym accessory, as well.
$79.99; buy now at Harry & David
Even if your boss doesn’t have much of a green thumb, you can infuse their office space with a little life by giving them this collection of succulents. While it may add some instant charm to their space, these low-maintenance plants won’t add an ounce of stress to their day.
$125; buy now at J.W. Hulme
For when your boss needs a break from the bad karaoke and fawning praise at the office party, this J.W. Hulme flask will definitely come in handy. Bonus points if you get them a bottle of their favorite booze to go with it.
Weekly Trifold Desk Calendar
$32; buy now at Macy’s
Is your boss always forgetting those weekly meetings? Give them the nudge they need to keep on top of those important plans (as well as a thoughtful gift) with this trifold desk calendar from Macy’s.
DBS 1 M6A
$999.00; buy now at Drive Coffee
That ancient coffeemaker in your office’s break room isn’t exactly the right device for making a great cup of Ethiopian dark roast. If you want to give the coffee lover in your life something a bit more stylish to help them satisfy their coffee cravings, look no further than the racing-inspired DBS 1 brew system from Drive Coffee.
Mizu + Finisterre Flask
$56.73; buy now at Finisterre
Of course, not all great cups of coffee are meant to be savored at a desk. For those times when a loved one is on the go, this insulated Finisterre flask will keep their preferred brew piping hot.
Utility Woodsman Pack
$124.95; buy now at Jones Golf Bags
Let’s face it: your dad’s 80s camping gear could use a serious upgrade. This holiday season, give him an amazing gift by purchasing this Utility Woodsman Pack from Jones Golf Bags, rugged enough to hold all his camping gear, but stylish enough to use as a weekender, too.
Sonos Play: 1 Speaker
$149; buy now at Sonos
That oversized sound system your parents are still using to listen to music with is undeniably outdated. This year, upgrade their speaker quality while giving them back some of the space their oversized speakers once occupied by giving them this beautifully-crafted Sonos speaker. This nifty little gadget even happens to be humidity-resistant, meaning it’s perfect for those nights spent grilling in the backyard, too.
Cloud Agate Coasters
$39; buy now at West Elm
Don’t let another cup ring mar the otherwise unblemished surface of your mom or dad’s favorite table. With these beautiful cloud agate coasters from West Elm, party guests won’t think twice about putting their drinks in the right spot, every time.
OptiShot 2 Home Golf Simulator
$1199; buy now at Rain or Shine Golf
If your parents are golf fanatics, they’ll flip for this at-home golf simulator. And while it’s not exactly cheap, can you put a price on never having to caddy for your parents in the rain again?
Saddle Leather Luggage Tag
From $13; buy now at Pottery Barn
In a sea of black suitcases, this custom leather luggage tag will help your parents’ bag stand out. Even attached to a backpack or gym bag, this stylish tag never looks out of place.
Ian Buxton’s 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Tasting Set
$84.95; buy now at Master of Malt
If your folks love nothing more than sipping a single malt after coming home from work, they’ll be wowed by this Ian Buxton-designed gift set. The set not only comes with a copy of Buxton’s 101 Whiskeys to Try Before You Die, it also packs 10 different sample whiskeys, from a Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey to an 18-year-old Glenfiddich.
Personalized Docking Station
$35.94; buy now at Etsy
Is your parents’ house essentially the Bermuda Triangle of cell phone chargers? Well, no more, thanks to this handsome personalized docking station, a stylish desktop or nightstand accessory, and a practical one, too.
Laser Projection Keyboard
$29.95; buy now at NewEgg
Give your mom or dad the gift of some new tech this year with a laser projection keyboard. While inexpensive, this little device packs a big punch, making it easy for users to type anywhere within the laser’s reach—a blessing for anyone whose fingers cramp up using a traditional keyboard. And for more techie fun, check out these 25 Awesome Tech Gifts You Must Have.
Baccarat Mille Nuits Champagne Flutes
$320; buy now at Horchow
Let your folks toast the new year in style with this set of Baccarat champagne flutes. Made of lead crystal and far sturdier than your average flute, these handcrafted pieces are sure to get a prime position in your family china cabinet.
Peony and Hummingbird Ceramic Lidded Jar
$199; buy now at Williams Sonoma
Elegant design pieces don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Case in point: While it looks like a priceless antique, this gorgeous peony and hummingbird ceramic jar is just under $200, making it the perfect present for any design-loving parent, spouse, or friend. And for more ways to instantly elevate your home’s aesthetic, discover the 30 Best Stylish Home Upgrades.
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