The only thing better than a great gift is a great gift that’s affordable. Whether you’re shopping for your family, your friends, or yourself, you needn’t kneecap your savings with a series of highfalutin—and high-price-tagged—wares. In fact, you can keep things under $100 and not only get the job done but totally knock the socks off of whomever happens to be on the unwrapping end. From the suavest fashion and most sumptuous decor digs to cutting-edge tech and fun-filled games, here, meet your ultimate compendium for shopping this holiday season—all without breaking the bank.
An all-purpose umbrella
200th Anniversary Special Edition Navy Stick Umbrella, by Brooks Brothers
$80; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
Enough with the boring solid-color umbrellas. Brooks Brothers’ anniversary edition is done up with handsome, debonair navy patterning and sprouts from a handsome dark-wood handle. We’re head over heels for the navy version (which is available full-length and miniaturized), but it also comes in a regal gold.
A fashion-forward cosmetics bag
Le Pliage Cosmetics Case, by Longchamp
$55; buy now at bloomingdales.com
The makers of this cosmetic bag understand what every woman wants—to tote her most prized possessions around in an equally-glamorous fashion. This bag, made by Longchamp and featuring a travel-friendly handle, is the perfect gift for the makeup guru in your life.
A coffee maker for the busybody
K-Mini Plus Single Serve Coffee Maker, by Keurig
$99; buy now at keurig.com
A coffee maker is a necessity for most, and this one is small enough to fit in even the most cramped studio-apartment kitchen. And since it takes just minutes to brew a cup, it’s fit even for folks with the most cramped calendars, too. Just hit the button and carry on with your day.
Wine glasses meant for special company
Multicolor Ombre Stemless Wine Glass Set, by uncommongoods
$85; buy now at uncommongoods.com
These glasses, mouth-blown by Mexican artists and fashioned from recycled glass, provide the perfect ambiance alongside a night of wine and laughter. For the style-savvy person who loves accoutrements as much as wine, these ombre glasses will check all of the boxes.
On-the-go wireless headphones
Plattan II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, by Urbanears
$100; buy now at nordstrom.com
With an insane 30-hour battery life and an equally insane 30-foot range, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more effective wireless over-ears than these. The great design is just a bonus.
A pocket square starter pack
Trendy Light Blue Pack, by The Tie Bar
$45; buy now at thetiebar.com
These days, the savviest style move is to forgo the tie and instead rock a pocket square. Help any fashion-conscious guy in your life stay on trend by gifting a starter pack. Stick to muted, reserved blues, which are sure to slide seamlessly into any wardrobe.
A blanket for cozying up
Solid Basketweave Throw, by West Elm
$79; buy now at westelm.com
These blankets are the fool-proof gift for any woman in your life. Handwoven and inimitably chic, they’re a perfect decorative touch for any living area or bedroom—when they’re being used for cozying up.
An everyday watch for him
Commuter Three-Hand Leather Luggage Watch, by Fossil
$95; buy now at fossil.com
That’s right: a smart and timeless timepiece doesn’t have to cost three figures, let alone four. In fact, you can pick one up for under $100. Fossil’s luggage watch line features exemplary designs at mind-bogglingly low prices. We’re loving the blue-and-brown coloring (but it’s also available in more traditional, stainless-based schemes).
An everyday watch for her
Jacqueline Three-Hand Date Brown Leather Watch, by Fossil
$95; buy now at fossil.com
No matter what her style may be, this classic, clean-faced Fossil watch will blend seamlessly and artfully into any woman’s wardrobe.
A pleasing diffuser set
Reed Diffuser Trio Set, by Nest Fragrances
54; buy now at nordstrom.com
Turn any room into a bona fide spa with an amazing diffusers. The scents on this one are holiday-themed, making it a perfect season-appropriate gift.
A malleable pillow
Nap Bed Rest, by Brookstone
$100; buy now at brookstone.com
Give anyone in your life the gift of rest and relaxation with this bed rest, which allows for space to place a glass (of wine, of coffee, of anything), a tablet, and a book. Though, be warned: anyone who plops down might have a hard time getting back up again.
A wireless iPhone charging dock
Logitech Powered Wireless Charging Stand, by Apple
$70; buy now at apple.com
Fact: cables are annoying. They break, they get misplaced, they get “borrowed” (and never return). For the iPhone owner in your life, solve all of those problems with a wireless charging dock.
The video game of the year
Red Dead Redemption 2, by Rockstar Games
$60; buy now at amazon.com
Eight years in the making, Red Dead Redemption 2 had video game fans of all stripes quivering in anticipation—and it sure didn’t disappoint. The player takes control of Arthur Morgan (a fictional composite of practically every lone star leading man of the past century) as he shoots, loots, and otherwise cowboys his way across a vividly recreated version of late 19th-century America. Currently, Red Dead Redemption 2 sits at a 97 on Metacritic, the gaming industry’s version of Rotten Tomatoes, where most big-budget games would be thrilled to receive aggregated scores in the high 80s. No two ways about it: The game is a tour de force. And any gamer in your life would delight in unwrapping a copy (if they haven’t already purchased one of their own, that is).
Bookends that are out of this world
The Emily & Meritt Brass Moon Bookends, by Pottery Barn
$69; buy now at potterybarn.com
Behold: the perfect gift for the bookworm or amateur astrologer in your life. Designed by savvy stylists and fashion designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, these crescent-shaped bookends are as whimsical as they are pragmatic, and they easily add style to shelves of all shapes and sizes.
The best e-reader around
Kindle E-reader, by Amazon
$80; buy now at amazon.com
Of course, some people you know may have entirely forgone physical books. But that’s no excuse not to read. And now, Amazon’s proprietary, best-in-show e-reader (the battery life is a whopping four weeks) is available for less than $100.
A robe for cold mornings
Waffle Hooded Fleece Robe, by Topshop
$50; buy now at nordstrom.com
A fleece robe that will keep her warm on cold winter mornings. This light pink color is girly and flirty, and the perfect choice for any woman in your life.
A surprise sock sub
Quarterly Sock Subscription, By Nice Laundry
$49; start subscription now at nicelaundry.com
Every quarter, the folks at nice laundry will mail a few pairs of socks to the recipient. (You can also sign them up for a more-expensive annual sub, which grants 19 pairs.) This way, a style-minded guy won’t lose points in the most important area: accessories.
An insulated jacket for her
Women’s Resolve 2 Jacket, by Northface
$90; buy now at thenorthface.com
This waterproof and windproof jacket from Northface is the perfect gift for the woman in your life who is unafraid to trek out into the elements. Also equipped with a fully adjustable hood and breathable mesh lining, she’ll be sure to overcome any obstacles she faces on the trails.
An insulated jacket for him
Puffer Jacket, by Red Fleece by Brooks Brothers
$98; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
For guys, the rule of thumb for buying quality outerwear is that it’s going to cost at least $200. The fact that—as this functional (it’s toasty, and machine-washable), fashionable (uh, just look at it) puffer shows—it’s possible to do so for half that boggles the mind.
Minimalist Bluetooth speakers
Crystal Bluetooth Speaker, by Anthropologie
$58; buy now at anthropologie.com
Accented with retro dials set against sleek and modern lines, this speaker is the perfect way for the minimalist in your life to turn up and tune out.
A serving dish for your favorite sorcerer
Harry Potter Sorting Hat Quadruple Snack Server, by Pottery Barn
$60; buy now at potterybarn.com
Harry Potter might have originally been marketed to a younger audience, but suffice it to say that J.K. Rowling’s magical fictional world is now enjoyed by people of all ages. Case in point: this tasteful sorting hat snack server, which no child would care about, but adults the world ’round are sure to swoon over.
A versatile top
Alicia Top, by Reformation
$68; buy now at thereformation.com
Any of your gal pals would surely appreciate receiving this feminine frock as a holiday gift. With its subtle blush color and sweetheart neckline, it’s simple enough to be worn during the day and then transformed later for a night out on the town.
An architectural wine rack
4-Bottle Wine Rack, by Foreside
$96; buy now at nordstrom.com
Functional yet decorative, this wine rack is the perfect present for any wine enthusiast you may know (so, everyone). The zigs and zags are a touch more inspired than your traditional on-the-side storage racks.
A surprising professional accessory
Washington Grand Leather Card Case, by Cole Haan
$85; buy now at bloomingdales.com
Face it: No one’s gonna connect with the person who hands out a bent-up business card. Help your friends keep theirs in tip-top shape with a handsome leather carrier that oozes class and composure.
A sleep-inducing herb
Lavender Blossoms Grow Kit, by uncommongoods
$34; buy now at uncommongoods.com
Give the gift of growing with this lavender blossoms grow kit. It’s a unique gift that will look (and smell) great in any home. And bonus: lavender is one of the rare scents to promote quality sleep.
A major throwback
Super NES Classic
$80; buy now at target.com
When Nintendo’s Super NES Classic first hit shelves, it instantly sold out. When it became available again, a few weeks later, it instantly sold out then, too. Now, it’s back. And with classic games—like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, and Super MarioWorld—all of which are available and pre-installed on this console—it’s the perfect gift for anyone who grew up on such fare.
A set of turquoise earrings
Turquoise Earrings, Set of 3, by Tai
$100; buy now at neimanmarcus.com
Leave her speechless with this set of Tai turquoise earrings—which, coupled with gold metal, are sure to fit with any woman’s style.
Mandatory suiting accessories
The Finishing Touches, by Brooks Brothers
$60; buy now at brooksbrothers.com
Remember: it’s the little things that count. This package of cherry-on-top accessories—two French cuff knots, two lapel flowers, and 24 collar stays, for a perfectly pristine look—can help turn any guy’s A-game in A-plus-game.
Funky flats that don’t destroy heels
Pointed Duo D-Ring Slingbacks, by & Other Stories
$95; buy now at stories.com
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the wonderful woman in your life, then look no further than these fashion-forward flats courtesy of & Other Stories. Not only are these shoes sleek, but because of their slingback closure, they can be worn all day without the risk of blisters.
Sunglasses to accessorize
Women’s High Key Brown Bar Aviator Sunglasses, by Quay
$65; buy now at bloomingdales.com
Yes, they’re technically women’s sunglasses. But come on—they’re aviators! It’s the one type of frame that goes with every person, any gender, any age. If you know anyone who doesn’t have a go-to pair yet, fix that. (This stylish all-black pair is about a third of the price of your traditional Ray-Bans, by the way.)
A next-level grooming kit
Starter Kit, by Bevel
$69.49; buy now at amazon.com
As one reviewer put it, “I just glide the blade on my skin and the hair disappears.” Tell us that’s not something any guy in your life who prefers a clean shave not only wants but needs.
A luxurious bookcase accent
Gardner Street Peony Bowl, by Kate Spade New York
$60; buy now at macys.com
Serving as the perfect housewarming gift, this crystal bowl by Kate Spade New York is adorned with decorative peonies and is sure to add dimension to her new space.
An automatic corkscrew
Automatic Electric Corkscrew, by Rabbit
$50; buy now at bloomingdales.com
Why should wine lovers have to waste their time manually opening bottles of vino? It’s 2018 (and may even be 2019 by the time your gift recipient opens this time- and effort-saving gizmo).
A five-star cookbook
The NoMad Cookbook, by Will Guidara and Daniel Humm
$62; buy now at amazon.com
Arm any budding chef with the secrets of the ne plus ultra of New York City grub with this cookbook, which features secret recipes from the exalted NoMad restaurant. Written by Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, the owners of the joint, this cookbook provides an intimate look into the best New York City dining has to offer.
Exfoliating cream for a fresher face
Gentle facial buffing cream, by Sisley Paris
$95; buy now at sisley-paris.com
Skincare brand Sisley Paris is the epitome of extravagance. Their buffing cream in particular is made with Bamboo micro-particles and German Chamomile extract that work to soften, smooth, and exfoliate the skin, making this the perfect gift for any guy or gal with a penchant for looking and feeling great.
Luxurious pajamas for a nightly eight hours
Moonlight Pajamas, by Nordstrom Lingerie
$39; buy now at shop.nordstrom.com
Made out of soft and airy fabric, this menswear-inspired pajama set will inspire the sweetest of dreams for days to come. Even better, this set combines effortless style and comfort, allowing her to relax alone or among company.
A magical mug
Ember Ceramic Mug, by Ember
$80; buy now at ember.com
When the temperature outside plummets, one of the few joys out there is a steaming warm beverage—but that relief is gone as soon as that hot drink cools off. That’s why all of your friends need the Ember ceramic mug this year. It’s built to keep drinks at the consumer’s preferred warmth, and it even comes with an app that will alert the user when a drink has reached their ideal, preset temperature.
Stylish pun coasters
Coast Coasters, by Reed Wilson Design
$32; buy now at food52.com
No matter what coast your recipients call home, these laser-engraved Baltic birch coast (get it?) coasters can instill a sense of coastline pride into their home decor. Plus, they’re done up in a moisture-resistant lacquer, so there’s no need to worry about spillage or condensation.
Killer throw pillows
St. Jude Faux Shearling Pillow Covers, by West Elm
$44 each; buy now at westelm.com
A perfect pillows to dress up any couch or bed, the understated color options are sure to match any fabric and provide a finishing touch to any room. Oh, and they’re also insanely soft and snuggly.
A minimalist modern piece
Antibes Print, by Peytil
$45; buy now at tictail.com
As it turns out, you don’t have to break the bank to give a piece of unique European art. Case in point: this piece, by Eitil Thorén Due, a Stockholm-based artist and fashion designer, is sure to inject an air of fashionable sophistication into any space.
A better gym bag
Novel, by Herschel Supply Co.
$85; buy now at nordstrom.com
It’s never a bad time for an odor-proof gym bag upgrade. This duffel from Herschel is lined with polyester, for industrial-grade stink protection. But the real selling point here is the extra shoe compartment: That way, sneakers (and their odor) can be kept far, far away from the rest of the gear within.
A watch box
Charcoal Stackers Watch Box, by The Container Store
$31; buy now at containerstore.com
For the watch enthusiast in your life, consider the watch box. It’s a surefire way to keep dust out of fragile mechanisms of automatic pieces. And, if leather watches are stored on so-called rounds (those are the bars), the bands will maintain their shape for longer.
A nicer pair of leather gloves
Sculpted Signature Short Leather Gloves, by Coach
$95; buy now at coach.com
Give her the gift of comfort this winter season with this pair of leather gloves by Coach, which are 100 percent lined with cashmere. Not only do these gloves have the power to shield hands from the harsh winter winds, they also look great, too.
A tech-storage kit
Marble Tech Kit, by Pinch Provisions
$26; buy now at bloomingdales.com
This year, give the gift that keeps on giving: organization. With this nifty, tiny bag, all manner of wired minutiae—chargers, headphones, that sort of thing—are sure to be kept safe and, more importantly, untangled.
A better pair of workout pants
Bleeker Hi Rise ⅞ Legging, by Gaiam x Jessica Biel
$95; buy now at bandier.com
Sure, your fitness-loving friend might have a loyalty to a certain culture-permeating athleisure brand. But that’s sure to change once you introduce her to the wonders of Gaiam. This workout brand offers high quality functional apparel in fashionable fabrics—and, unlike some other companies, most of their products clock in at under $100.
A signature scent
Eau de Lacoste Men’s L.12.12
$77; buy now at macys.com
Yes, fragrance is a personal thing. But this scent—a delicious mix of cedar and citrus—is sure, after one whiff, to instantly become any guy’s go-to.
A better eyeshadow
Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad, by Gucci
$66; buy now at saksfifthavenue.com
For the fashion daredevil in your life, this eyeshadow palette from Gucci will check all of her boxes: bold and unique colors, luxurious application, and a signature case that leaves no room for imitation.
A Hulk-worthy pull-up bar
Pull-Up Bar, by Titan Fitness
$69; buy now at amazon.com
Instead of the door-frame pull-up bars—which can easily fall out of place, causing injury—consider gifting the lifter in your life a sturdy wall-mounted one. The popular model from Titan Fitness can support up to 500 pounds, and is wide enough for any hand-grip placement, allowing exercisers to work out every muscle in the back.
A leather jewelry case
Mckenna Leather Travel Jewelry Portfolio, by Pottery Barn
$79; buy now at potterybarn.com
The jewelry aficionado will now have a way to carry all of her treasures on every awaiting adventure with this leather travel portfolio from Pottery Barn. With an abundance of storage space for her rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and extra delicate keepsakes, she won’t have to leave behind those special items that make her truly shine.
Sweet, sweet sleep (for the kid)
Toddler Travel Bed, by The Shrunks
amazon.com$67.79; buy now at
Ask any parent of a newborn: the thing they want most in the world is for their kid to sleep (so, in turn, they can). That’s where this inflatable travel bed comes in. It’s so comfortable, any baby will want to sleep on it all the time.
A trendy pair of mules
The Day Heel Mule, by Everlane
$86; buy now at everlane.com
Block heels and mules are trendier than ever in today’s world of fashion, and this shoe by Everlane cleverly combines both—all for under $100.
A charming tea set
Hemby 11 Piece Vintage Blue Rose Porcelain Tea Set, by Lark Manor
$99$92; buy now at wayfair.com
From a milk creamer to cups and saucers, this vintage-inspired floral tea set features every dish a hostess could ever need to entertain guests for afternoon tea.
Bond-worthy martini glasses
Martini glass, by Schott Zwiesel
$59.95 for 6; buy now at amazon.com
No guy can attain Bond-levels of style without glassware worthy of the super-spy’s beverage of choice. Bonus: these crystal glasses are 100 percent dishwasher safe.
Festive Candle Trio Set, by Nest Fragrances
$64; buy now at nestfragrances.com
These limited edition Nest Fragrance candles are the perfect gift for anyone hoping to host a holiday party. With hints of birchwood pine, blackcurrant, and sharp peppermint, the trio of candles perfectly capture the smells of the season.
Underwear he’d actually wear
Boxer Briefs, by Mack Weldon
$24; buy now at mackweldon.com
Calling all grandmas: with this pair of underwear, you can both stick to your annual staple and get your grandson a gift he’d actually life. Mack Weldon’s undergarment offerings are made with a proprietary moisture-wicking fabric, for maximum scent control, and available in 26 different colors, making it the perfect base layer for any modern man.
Stylish slip-on sneakers
Superstar Slip-On Shoes, by Adidas
$80; buy now at adidas.com
Comfortable and casual, these Adidas sneakers are a great addition to any on-the-go gal’s wardrobe. Plus, a simple design and neutral colors makes it possible to match these shoes with pretty much any outfit.
A portable charger
Anker Power-Core Charger
$49.99; buy now at bestbuy.com
Few things are more frustrating than running out of juice as you go about your day. The solution: a portable charger. This one, from Anker, can charge a phone up to seven times before needed to be reenergized itself. There’s only one (minor) downside: cables are not included.
A better bath and body gift set
Soap & Glory Bath And Body Gift Set, Soap & Glory
$10; buy now at target.com
For the woman who likes to dabble in scents, this four-pack of body washes from Target can provide an endless list of options, packed with moisturizing properties and adorned with sassy beauty inspiration.
A tech-enhanced blender
Professional Touchscreen Blender, by Ninja
$99; buy now at jet.com
Thanks to an innovative touchscreen—imbued with Auto-iQ presets—and blades that run up the entire agitator, blending has never been quicker, easier, and more effective.
A decorative cheese board
Sicily Cheese Board with Knife, by Williams Sonoma
$50$40; buy now at williams-sonoma.com
You might not be able to afford to whisk a friend away to Paris, but you can afford to give them the next best thing: a cheese board and knife set, which they can use to host a wine and cheese night and at the very least pretend they’re in the City of Lights.
An elegant layered necklace
Bead Mix Layer Necklace, by Madewell
$34; buy now at shopbop.com
Simple and yet sleek, this beaded Madewell necklace is a great go-to gift for any gal on your shopping list, no matter what her preferred style is. And at just $34, you’ll have plenty of room left in your budget to go all-out on extravagant gift wrap and an over-the-top card (which she’ll no doubt love).
A screen-free smartphone
Relay, by Relay
$99; buy now at relay.com
It sounds counterintuitive: a smartphone with no screen? But make no mistake: Relay’s cutting-edge product is equipped with games, tunes, and even built-in Google Translate functionality (perfect for a trip abroad). The most important use, however, is to help kids develop healthy habits: according to the company’s research, kids who use Relay significantly slash the amount of screen time they get each day.
A blue-stone ring
Timeless Elegance, True Blue Crystal & Clear CZ, by Pandora
$75; buy now at us.pandora.net
If you’re not exactly ready to say “I do” (or if you already have), then this ring by Pandora can be a further reminder of the love you feel for that special woman in your life. Not only that, but the blue stone provides an endless shimmer and bright quality sure to impress any woman who appreciates a little bold sparkle.
A silk eye mask for a sleeping beauty
Silk Eye Mask, by Slip
$50; buy now at bloomingdales.com
Not sure what to gift her this season? Give her the gift of rest with a silk sleep mask courtesy of Slip. The company spent more than ten years perfecting their mask in order to create the perfect combination of durability and comfort—and protection against light pollution.
A wireless speaker
H2O Bluetooth, by Altec
$69.99; buy now at target.com
Perfect for picnics and pool parties (it’s waterproof) alike, Altec’s speaker offers crystal-clear sound quality and an astonishing 10 hours of continuous play.
A punk rock luggage tag
So Connected Luggage Tag with Cable, by Rebecca Minkoff
$60; buy now at shopbop.com
With studs that look straight out of CBGB, and built-in cables for on-the-go charging, this very well may be the world’s coolest luggage tag. Now, all that’s needed is a plane ticket to somewhere grand…
An eccentric vase
I-Scream Vase, by Jonathan Adler
$68; buy now at jonathanadler.com
This Jonathan Adler vase has all the appeal of a cone of ice cream without any of the calories. Anyone on your shopping list with an insatiable sweet tooth will appreciate this subtle nod to their cravings, as it’s both delicate and deliciously decadent.
A plaid poncho for dashing through the snow
Plaid Hooded Poncho, by Express
$60; buy now at express.com
This plaid poncho from Express has everything that a girl could ever ask for—and it clocks in at just $60. It’s fashionable, it’s warm, and it even features a hood for those days when rain or snow threatens to ruin a freshly done ‘do.
A museum-worthy fruit bowl
Satellite Decorative Bowl, by MoMA
$50; buy now at wayfair.com
Gift your friend with an eye for fine art a little art of their own. Unlike a painting or sculpture, this decorative bowl from the Museum of Modern Art is as functional as it is pretty, and its simplistic design will look great as the centerpiece of any dining or living room.
Earrings with more flair than care
Henna Drop Earrings, by Baublebar
$38; buy now at baublebar.com
For the queen of unique baubles, this pair of earrings from Baublebar can be an inexpensive way to tell her that you admire her style. The crisp color of the earrings can be easily transitioned from her day to night look, adding an air of bold sophistication to all of her favorite wardrobe staples.
A polka dot colander for the chic chef
Kitchen Deco Dot Colander, by Kate Spade
$35; buy now at bloomingdales.com
Though most people who love to cook already have a colander for their straining needs, any stylish woman would happily replace their boring metal colander with this fabulous spotted one from Kate Spade. When it’s not in use, this colander is so aesthetically pleasing that it could even be left out on the counter as a kitchen decoration.
A modern day Polaroid
Snap Instant Digital Camera, by Polaroid
$77.99; buy now at amazon.com
Like the Polaroid cameras of yore, just point, click, and bam: you have a printed photo of the moment. But this camera has been updated for the instant-gratification age. Instead of being forced to wait a few minutes for the photo to settle, it’ll instantly print in full fidelity.
A cozy sweater
Cable Knit Sweater, by Tommy Hilfiger
$99; buy now at tommy.com
In the throes of winter, you can never go wrong with a cable-knit sweater. This one, from Tommy Hilfger, the maestro of Americana chi, offers up university-style preppy looks at a bargain-bin price.
A simple cashmere sweater
The Cashmere Crew, by Everlane
$100; buy now at everlane.com
Cashmere sweaters: comfortable, chic, and easy to pair with any winter get-up. And at $100, this one in particular from Everlane is a bargain that’s simply too good to pass up.
A stylish water bottle
17oz Calacatta Gold Water Bottle, by S’well
$35; buy now at swellbottle.com
These fan-favorite water bottles from S’well keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and often come with eccentric patterns that are designed to make heads turn on a dime.
A funky wallet with an edgy flair
Essential Wallet, by Loeffler Randall
$75; buy now at shopbop.com
For the classic girl in need of a fashion-forward thrill, give her the gift of edge with this funky wallet by Loeffler Randall, a husband-and-wife design duo who are dead set on bringing to life their own version of the “downtown cool” look.
A beer-making kit
Everyday IPA, by Brooklyn Brew Shop
$33.28; buy now at amazon.com
Drinking beer is cool. Making beer is even cooler. With this kit, designed right in Brooklyn, the heart of craft-beer land, any beer lover in your life can try their hand at opening a mini brewery. If they succeed, sweet. If they don’t, hey, that’s just an excuse to go out and buy some good stuff.
A meat smoker
Charcoal Bullet Smoker, by Masterbuilt
$59.95; buy now at amazon.com
Fact: smoker meat is just better. And the good news is it’s not necessary to head out to find quality goods. With this dual-racked smoker, it’s possible to get the job done right from the comfort of a (spacious) backyard.
Lively Floral Notebook Set, by Rifle Paper Co.
$15; buy now at riflepaperco.com
You never know when inspiration is going to strike, which is why this set of notebooks à la Rifle Paper Co. is a foolproof gift. And hey, if the recipient happens to be in the midst of a writer’s block maelstrom, the curious designs might trigger some high-minded inspiration.
A collared shirt with trumpet sleeve flair
Eyelet Sleeve Shirt, by Scotch & Soda
$138$97; buy now at scotch-soda.com
This feminine frock from Scotch & Soda adds a fun flair to the timeless striped shirt that women have been wearing for decades. And because this cotton shirt is free-flowing and not form-fitting, it will look good on whomever you purchase it for.
A pair of plugged-in earmuffs
Power Puffs Bluetooth Earmuffs, by Pottery Barn
$30; buy now at potterybarn.com
Have you ever tried making a phone call while wearing earmuffs? Let’s just say that it’s no easy feat. And if you have a friend who’s constantly on the move, then they probably also understand this struggle, too—and therefore would get great use out of these bluetooth-lined earmuffs from Pottery Barn. Whether they want to make a call or just listen to music, these earmuffs are the tech-inspired answer to their winter problems.
Essential shoe care
Leather Shoe Care Set, by Red Wing
$39.95; buy now at nordstrom.com
Sure, a paper-in-hand professional shine is great. But sometimes, a guy just wants to do it himself. This kit from Red Wing (the makers of the world’s most indestructible yet stylish boots) is sure to start him off on the right foot.
A patterned scarf with versatility
Amelia Kerchief Scarf, by Anthropologie
$38; buy now at anthropologie.com
Any woman with a passion for fashion will enjoy the adaptability of this adorned accessory—and your wallet will appreciate it too, seeing as it sells for just $38.
Colorful makeup brushes
Brush Strokes Luxe Makeup Brush Collection, by Laura Mercier
$78; buy now at neimanmarcus.com
Elevate her makeup game with this set of high-quality makeup brushes from Laura Mercier, packaged in a travel-friendly case and featuring a wide array of brushes for every look, including a fan brush, cheek color brush, smoky eyeliner brush, all over eye color brush, and eye crease brush.
The gift of language
$60 for the year; buy now at busuu.com
The prices of language classes can cause one’s head to spin. But learning a language doesn’t have to be a costly effort. With Busuu, which promises to teach anyone a language (the app currently offers a dozen) in three months with just ten minutes of work per day, it can be done for less than five bucks a month. It also double as a social network of sorts, where native speakers can correct and offer feedback on each other’s lessons.
Holiday Reindeer Slipper, by KENSIE
$25$10; buy now at DSW.com
Quite frankly, there’s no woman in the world who wouldn’t enjoy receiving a pair of seasonal slippers for the holidays. Not only do they keep feet nice and cozy, but they’re also the perfect exemplification of holiday spirit.
Books (and books and books)
Book of the Month
$10 monthly; buy now at bookofthemonth.com
For just ten bucks a month, recipients can receive a book each month. (They choose from five preselected options.) It’s the ideal gift for someone who says they want to read, but, with all the options out there, just doesn’t know where to start.
A floppy hat fit for the beach
Out And About Striped Sun Hat, by Kate Spade New York
$88$53; buy now at bloomingdales.com
If you know that one of your gal pals is planning a relaxing beach vacation for the holiday season, then gift her the perfect oceanside accessory in this floppy sun hat from Kate Spade New York. Plus, once summer rolls around and this hat gets a renewed purpose, your comrade will appreciate your generosity all over again.
A necklace featuring her kindred spirit
Spirit Animal Necklaces, by Britta Ambauen
$85; buy now at uncommongoods.com
For the woman in your life who’s one with the animal kingdom, artist Britta Ambauen has created the perfect token of your appreciation in this spirit-animal-adorned necklace. Simple and tasteful, this necklace will allow her to channel her spirit animal, whether that’s a hard-working bee or a graceful deer.
A clutch that will make her starry-eyed
The Leather Pouch Clutch: Star Embossed Edition, by Madewell
$60; buy now at madewell.com
Give her the courage to make a real power move with this leather clutch from Madewell. This maroon bag is adorned with stars and features a compartment for cards and anything else a girl may need to conquer any obstacles in her way.
A light vest for in between the seasons
Ultra Light Down Vest, by Uniqlo
$50; buy now at uniqlo.com
On those days when the seasons still haven’t made up their mind, she’ll be thankful that you gifted her this sleeveless puffy vest from Uniqlo. And if precipitation decides to rear its ugly head, this vest has a water-repellent coating that can stylishly withstand both rain and snow.
A storage space for rings
Ring Cone, by Various
$19; buy now at clementinestore.myshopify.com
Give her rings a resting place with these ring cones by Various. Handmade out of porcelain, every ring cone comes in a unique color and shape, allowing its owners to store a number of rings, no matter what their size, around its glossy ends.
A portable record player
Exclusive Corduroy Cruiser Record Player, by Crosley
$99; buy now at urbanoutfitters.com
Ideal for the on-the-go music aficionado, this compact record player from Crosley (exclusively via Urban Outfitters), has all the bells and whistles for on-the-go listening: an RCA jack, Bluetooth connectivity, all three standard speeds, et cetera. The fact that it’s all done up in a handsome vintage corduroy is just icing on the cake.
A do-it-all tote
Glen Faux Leather Tote, by Pixie Mood
$70; buy now at nordstrom.com
Every woman struggles to find a modish tote that can carry all of her gadgets and gizmos, so the lady in your life will be pleased to find this expandable tote by Pixie Mood under wrapping paper. Thanks to a neutral color and basic design, this bag will match any get-up that your gal puts together.
A throw pillow that’s joyful and jolly
Merry Christmas Y’all Camper Throw Pillow, by World Market
$30; buy now at worldmarket.com
Help her ring in the holiday season with this camper throw pillow by World Market. Though it’s small, this merry accessory will infuse enough cheer into her cozy space to last all through the season.
A French press
Stainless Steel French Press, by Secura
$28.98; buy now at amazon.com
Because everyone knows French press coffee is the best coffee.
A plugged-in backpack
Laptop Backpack, by Mancro
$28.99; buy now at amazon.com
Perfect for students with jam-packed schedules, this bag, from Mancro, can fit up to a 17-inch laptop, and is equipped with USB charging ports, to ensure every bit of on-the-go tech is completely juiced up.
A video doorbell
Ring Wi-Fi Smart Doorbell
$99; buy now at bestbuy.com
Home security should always be a priority. This plugged-in video doorbell can let people know who’s at the door, even if they’re not home. It’s an amazing gift for anyone who happens to live alone.
A smart scale
Body Composition Scale, by Weight Gurus
$59.99; buy now at target.com
A scale that merely reads weight doesn’t do the trick. This Bluetooth-enabled smart scale uses fancy technology to ID numbers on all manner of metrics, including BMI, bone mass, muscle mass, and water weight. Oh, and a portion of every purchase is donated to the human rights charity Love146.
Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?