Struggling with gift ideas this year? You’re not alone. Buying the best gifts of the year for people in your life would be a lot easier if everyone shared your taste in products — you could even purchase duplicates and squirrel one away for yourself. But there’s no need to suffer from gift-giving anxiety (which is a real thing, by the way). It may be a challenge to shop for others and predict what they’ll like when you don’t own a crystal ball. But we found the best gifts for every person in your life — and we have you covered.
Whether you’re attempting to score the perfect cooking gadget for your chef dad, searching for gardening accessories to appeal to mom’s green thumb, thinking up gifts for travel lovers like your BFF who constantly has wanderlust, or not sure what to buy the significant other who already has everything, this is the gift list that’s going to make your life way easier. Even better: it’s going to make you excited about buying gifts.
Your gift list probably consists of the usual suspects — parents, siblings, significant others, children — but we understand that there are plenty of other important people in your life who are just as difficult (or even more impossible) to shop for throughout the year. And that’s why we took care to find the best gifts for every person in your life — including mother-in-laws, bosses, co-workers, teachers, and that person you just started dating but aren’t ready to commit to yet. (In other words, none of these gifts will appear awkward.)
This list is filled with creative gifts, practical gifts, and luxury beauty gifts that will make makeup and skincare aficionados squeal with delight. Since no two dads, moms, or sisters are the same, most of the gift options on this list have universal appeal, which means you can bookmark this list and refer back to it for holidays, birthdays and special events.
With just a few good gift ideas under your belt, you’ll soon become a gift-giving pro.
For Mom: Moonlight Pajamas
Moms deserve to be cozy and comfortable when they're lounging around at home — and these adorable menswear-style pajamas feel as luxurious as they look. The long-sleeved top has classic contrast piping, a notch collar, and buttons down the front, while the mid-rise pants are roomy, soft, and flowing. The set comes in eight shades and prints, including whimsical polka dots, floral, stripes, and solid neutrals. These PJ's do run slightly large, so be sure to order one size down to be safe.
Shop the Moonlight Pajamas for $65 at Nordstrom.
For Mom: Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Tote
Busy moms need a spacious, classic tote bag like this incredibly popular option from Longchamp. The all-weather bag is made from water-resistant nylon and features an interior pocket and water-resistant lining. A top zipper and snap closure keep all of mom's possessions secure and in place, while embossed leather trimming lend the bag a sophistication that makes it the ideal accessory for a variety of outings.
For Mom: My Life Story — So Far
Your mom has a fascinating life story to tell — encourage her to jot down her thoughts and memories for herself and lucky generations to come with this journal, which includes helpful prompts that will inspire mom to reflect and think back upon her life. The journal is organized into nine sections that include childhood memories, thoughts about important relationships and friendships, and plenty of space to consider future goals. Handmade in Maryland, this is a sewn, clothbound journal that makes the perfect keepsake.
This is no ordinary pillowcase — it's a smooth, 100 percent silk beauty pillowcase that will make mom feel like she's sleeping on a cloud. It also boasts some serious anti-aging benefits, to boot. Far less absorbent than most fabric pillowcases, this silk dream won't soak up all of those amazing serums and moisturizers mom uses, and it doesn't cause friction with skin, which means less stretching and fewer fine lines and wrinkles. It's also less likely to create a bad case of bedhead — mom's hair will stay untangled throughout the night. Score this pillowcase in queen or king sizes and in one of eight shades, including gold, navy, and caramel (shown here).
For Mom: Runner's Light Gloves
If your mom is an avid runner or loves to go for long strolls in the evening, these smart runner's light gloves will keep her running safely at night. The lightweight, finger-less gloves feature reflective trim and are made with pockets that store bright LED lights that are so powerful they can last 10 hours before requiring a charge. Mom can even charge the gloves while she runs by simply slipping a USB cable into the glove openings. Adding to their practicality, small items like keys or money can be stored in the glove pocket.
For Mom: UGG Dakota Moccasins
These UGG Dakota moccasin slippers are the most comfortable shoe mom will ever put on her feet. With a warm wool lining and wool cushioned footbed, a water-resistant suede upper, and a supportive rubber sole, these are the perfect shoes for both indoor and outdoor activities. These slippers come in 12 colors (chestnut is shown here) and are only offered in whole sizes — be sure to order 1/2 size up if mom is in between sizes.
For Mom: Créme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream
Treat mom to one of the most nourishing and luxurious moisturizers on the market. A celebrity favorite, Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream contains a wealth of ingredients like seaweed extract, sesame seed oil, and lime extract that are designed to minimize fine lines, pores, and wrinkles and improve hydration for a healthier complexion. The notoriously extravagant cream is so sought after there are even conspiracy theories floating around about it — like the one about how La Mer scientists play songs for the cream as it is fermenting for an entire three months. Well, that one is true.
For Dad: 5-in-1 Tool Pen
If your dad loves nothing more than going all-in on a DIY project, he needs this 5-in-1 tool pen in his life, which features five tool functions in one compact and portable gadget that fits in his pocket. This is, of course, a ballpoint pen, but it's also a ruler, integrated bubble level, screwdriver, and touch stylus. Dad can keep it in his pocket or desk drawer and reach for it whenever an odd job or bigger project calls his name.
Shop for the 5-in-1 tool pen for $25 at Uncommon Goods.
Don't let the small size of this speaker fool you. Dad can stream his favorite music or podcasts through this clear-as-a-bell wireless Bose speaker from as far as 30 feet away and never miss a beat. The compact Bose SoundLink speaker weighs just 1.2 pounds but has Bluetooth capability, voice prompts, and speakerphone, and is compatible with Siri, Google Assistant, and the Bose Connect app. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and an 8-hour battery life. And it even comes in two colors: soft black or aquatic blue.
For Dad: Fitbit Watch
Dads can stay on top of their health goals and look sophisticated at the same time with this attractive and multifunctional Fitbit Watch. The tech-lover's dream accessory tracks workout performances and sleep and provides a helpful push to remind you to exercise. It can also store up to 300 songs and apps, features a top-notch heart rate tracker and an alarm, and is water-resistant up to 50 meters. With a wide screen and an option of three band colors, this may prove to be the only watch (and tech gadget) that dad chooses to use each and every day.
Shop for Fitbit Watch for $229.95 at Nordstrom.
If dad is still listening to the same old FM radio stations, give his car a major upgrade and make his commutes a lot more entertaining with this SiriusXM Onyx Plus Satellite Radio Receiver. The receiver opens up a universe of hundreds of channels with music and programs he'll love. This device can be used to create personalized music channels, and it even sends alerts when a favorite song is playing on another channel. You will still have to set up Satellite and Internet Radio with a separate subscription service, but this is the receiver that can be used in cars, homes, and on the go.
Shop for SiriusXM Onyx Plus Satellite Radio Receiver for $49.99 at Best Buy.
For Dad: Missoni Multi Stripe Socks
There are jokes about getting people socks as gifts — but they aren't referring to these luxury Missoni socks, which are designed from a soft blend of cotton and polyamide and feature the Italian designer's signature multi-colored stripes. These knitted socks have a reinforced toe and heel, comfortable elastic cuff band, and come in green or brown multi stripes. Dad will feel like a million bucks slipping these socks on under his favorite suit.
For Dad: The Heavyweight Overshirt
This is the perfect warm layer for dad to wear over undershirts, T-shirts, and sweaters. The heavyweight overshirt is a button-up shirt made from 8 ounces of 100 percent twilled cotton with a straight, relaxed fit. Depending on the weather, this shirt can take the place of a light jacket or serve as one of many layered pieces. It comes in six sizes (including XXL) and charcoal heather, navy, green heather, wine heather, or heather grey (shown here).
For Siblings: Microwave Popcorn Popper
Encourage your brother or sister to nurture their Netflix and chill addiction with this colorful and fun microwave popcorn popper, which is made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass and allows you to pop kernels in the microwave without a single pat of butter or spoonful of oil. If you do love buttery popcorn, this popper comes equipped with a special silicone lid that actually melts butter for you while your kernels are popping. And, of course, the popper doubles as a serving bowl, giving you everything you need for easier, breezier movie nights.
For Siblings: Atari Flashback 7 Classic Game Console
Challenge siblings to a classic video game and enjoy hours of fun with this old-school Atari Flashback 7 console, which comes with 101 built-in games and can be connected to and played on any television set. The console comes with two wireless Atari controllers (designed to resemble those used in the 1980s) and popular games that include Frogger, Centipede, Millipede, Asteroids, Super Breakout, and more.
For Siblings: Vitruvi Black Stone Essential Oil Diffuser
Fill rooms with the healing scents of essential oils with this handcrafted porcelain diffuser, which uses ultrasonic technology to help lavender, eucalyptus, orange, and other oils retain their quality. With an attractive minimalist design, an auto turn-off function for peace of mind, and a 6-foot power cord, this is one aromatherapy diffuser your sibling can use in any room.
For Siblings: PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer
If you think about how much bacteria and germs a smartphone accumulates on the average day — and how simple it is to transfer those germs to your mouth and skin — it's enough to make you order this smartphone sanitizer for every single person you know, including your phone-obsessed siblings. The UV phone sanitizer fits all smartphones and comes with a micro USB charging cable, phone polish, and two microfiber patches. Rest your phone in the case and wait for a light to shine on the lid that indicates it is completely clean and ready to be used again.
For Siblings: iHome Star Wars Episode 8 Bluetooth Headphones
Star Wars siblings, unite: these bluetooth headphones celebrate Episode VIII with a subtle design, a wireless capability of up to 30 feet, and a 12-hour battery life. These audio headphones have a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and an adjustable headband to fit anyone. If your brother or sister is more of a superhero guru, great news: The Wonder Woman Over-Ear Headphones are as equally amazing and cost the same price.
For Siblings: FJÄLLRÄVEN 'Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack
Adventure-seeking siblings will find a million ways to use this water-resistant, durable Scandinavian-designed backpack. The gender-neutral backpack has a two-way zip around with a rain flap closure, top carry handles that snap together, and adjustable shoulder straps. With exterior zippered pockets and enough space to hold a 13-inch laptop, this lightweight backpack is functional and attractive. It comes in 18 modern colors like peach-pink, black-ox red, and glacier green (shown here).
For Long-Distance Friends: Homesick Candles
Got a BFF who is miles away from home? Give her these long-lasting, hand-poured, soy wax candles as a remedy for her homesickness. Each candle can be customized to represent a different state, and each state's candles contain scents that are specific to that place. If you're from Florida, that means plenty of citrus and vanilla, while Kentucky contains just a hint of bourbon, and Minnesota is a delicious blend of baked apples, puff pastry, and cypress.
For Long-Distance Friends: Long-Distance Friendship Lamp
Whether your friend is in another state or town, these genius long-distance lamps serve as a sweet reminder that you're never too far away. The lamps are in synch with one another and can be set up with WiFi so that, when one person touches a lamp, their friend receives a light-up message via their own lamp. You can even set the lamps to display different colors.
For Beauty-Loving Friends: Birchbox Best-Sellers Set
If your friend is obsessed with all-things beauty, give them the ultimate beauty-lovers gift: this surprise box of Birchbox's best-selling products. The random box of goodies includes Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara, Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick, M.A.C. Cosmetics Cremesheen Lipstick in Crosswires, Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter, and too cool for school All-in-One Egg Mellow Cream 5-in-1 Forming Moisturizer. Your BFF will have everything needed to achieve flawless skin and makeup.
For Beauty-Loving Friends: LORAC Pro Palette 2
This palette includes 16 eyeshadow shades that range from sheer pink to royal blue — plus primer. It's worth picking up one for yourself, as well!
For Beauty-Loving Friends: Drybar The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush
This Drybar heated straightening brush truly is one tool you can use on all hair types, thanks to its adjustable heat settings, which can be set as high as 450 degrees to straighten thick, coarse hair. This paddle brush has gentle bristles that glide through hair and ionic technology that reduces frizz and locks in shine. Your BFF won't have to worry when she leaves the house, either: a 60-minute auto shut-off feature ensures peace of mind.
For Practical Friends: KitchenAid Pro Line Electric Kettle
Your busy, practical friend doesn't have a whole lot of time to sit and wait for water to boil for pasta, coffee, or tea — help move things along with this 1,440-watt electric kettle, which heats up water in minutes and has a helpful temperature gauge and dual-wall construction that retains heat better than most kettles. You can remove the kettle from its power base to pour water into a cup or pot, and its 54-inch power cord gives you freedom of movement.
For Practical Friends: SodaStream Source Starter Kit
Practical people love saving money — and this SodaStream Starter Kit provides a way to quickly and efficiently make as many seltzer and carbonated flavored drinks as you want, without having to drop tons of money at the grocery store or carry and store dozens of bottles in your home. This kit includes everything you need to get started: a soda maker, one reusable carbonator, and one reusable 1-liter bottle with a secure cap.
For Your Boss: On The Rocks Set
Give your boss a thoughtful, practical gift that will encourage him or her to unwind and enjoy their time off from the office. This set of six granite disks were pulled from New England beaches and take the place of ice in beverages like cognac and whiskey so that your boss can sip a chilled drink without worrying about it becoming diluted. These rocks come packaged in a hardwood tray that can be safely stored in the freezer until they are needed.
For Your Boss: Desktop Golf
We're not suggesting your boss loves to goof off at work, but gifting the head honcho this desktop golf game is an amusing way to say, "You do so much. Why not have a little fun?" Unlike actual golf outings that take place outside the office, this game gives everyone at work an opportunity to test their skills against the boss.
For Your Boss: Hawaiian Isles Kona Classic Coffee
What to get the boss who has everything? The one thing you can never have too much of: coffee, of course — the more flavorful, the better. This ground "Kona blend" includes beans from Hawaii's Kona coast mixed with aromatic arabica beans. The medium roast brew has a perfect rating, and reviewers say it's "smooth," "flavorful," and simply delicious.
For Your Significant Other: The Heavyweight Cashmere Hoodie
If you've been dating or married for a while and have already gifted each other everything on the planet, it doesn't get better than this comfortable, soft cashmere hoodie, which sends your partner the message that you just want him to be as cozy as possible. This hoodie has a relaxed fit, reinforced ribbing at the hood and cuffs, and it comes in five sizes and six colors. If you're searching for a women's cashmere sweater with a similar laid-back feel, check out Everlane's Cashmere Shrunken Sweatshirt, which retails for $100.
For Your Significant Other: Monster Mushions
The couple that has fun together stays together. If your idea of a great gift involves pranking and being pranked by your significant other, look no further than this hilarious cushion, which you can have personalized with your photo, your partner's photo, or any other random picture that you know will crack each other up. The pillow itself is described as colossal and comfortable.
For Your Significant Other: Past Present Future Necklace
A sweet reminder to your partner to live for the moment (with you!), this necklace was handmade in Nashville and features an oxidized circle to represent the past, a sterling silver ring wrapped in silver wire for the present, and a gold-filled ring for the future. The rings are positioned on an 18-inch silver chain.
For Your Significant Other: Ray-Ban Standard New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Few sunglasses styles come close to the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer, which features 100 percent UV protection and comes in black or dark tortoise.
For Your Significant Other: Lovebox Spinning Heart Message
Be a hopeless romantic and gift your partner this modern-day love note in a box. Whenever you're far away from your loved one, write them a sweet note via the Lovebox app. Your partner will know you're thinking of them when the heart on this box begins spinning — and they can then read your note on the mirrored screen inside of the beechwood box.
For Someone You Just Started Dating: Jo Malone Orange Blossom Scented Home Candle
You like each other and you're excited about this new relationship — but you just started dating and don't want to gift that person anything that might come off as awkward. A Jo Malone candle is the perfect high-quality, low-commitment gift — one that can help create an intimate atmosphere without coming off as too obvious. This 7-ounce candle arrives in a box tied with a ribbon and can burn for 45 hours, so expect it to last a long time (but not as long as your relationship, we hope).
For Someone You Just Started Dating: Blue Tile Terracotta Tagine
Instead of giving someone you just started dating an intimate gift, think about their interests and come up with a gift idea that you can both share. Amateur chefs will have a blast trying out new recipes together in this beautiful tagine, which is crafted from terracotta, safe to use in the oven, and incredible at cooking moist meat, veggie, and grain dishes.
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