Christmas is supposed to be the season dedicated to everything merry and bright. But, let’s face it. Sometimes, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Between shopping for ugly sweater parties, cooking for family potlucks, and planning all the cocktail parties in between, there’s always so much to do in so little time—especially when it comes to shopping for holiday gifts that are unique and thoughtful.
It’s likely that you have a long list to shop for, whether it’s because you have a massive family or are just a social butterfly. But outside of that, most of us also have roommates, bosses, significant others, in-laws, neighbors, and more to cross off our holiday shopping list too.
Of course, it’s not just about gifting for the sake of saying you did so. You want to do your best to find a unique, thoughtful present they’ll truly love and be able to use for whatever passion or interest they have. Before you put a ton of pressure on yourself, this list has got your back. Below is our list of the best Christmas and holiday gifts of 2021 (though they fit for every occasion from birthdays and anniversaries to “treat yourself” presents!).
From a mini citrus tree for your gardening-loving mom to a Fenty lip balm for the sister who’s always stealing your makeup, an Olympian-authored cookbook for your partner who’s training for their Masterchef audition, and even a PSL-scented candle for that coworker you don’t actually know very well, this list has something for any and every person on your list, no matter your budget.
Read on for the 80 best holiday gifts to give all of the people on your shopping list in 2021.
Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Instead of those single-use hand warmers, this one is rechargeable. Keep your fingers from freezing with this amazing cold-weather accessory.
Meyer Lemon Citrus Plant
Do you have a citrus lover in your life who loves starting their day with some fresh-squeezed OJ or lemon water? Let them grow their own citrus fruits (from Meyer lemons to key limes to kumquats) indoors to enjoy all year-round.
Polaroid 2×3 Pocket Photo Printer
Having a packed photo album is cool, but there’s something about physically holding a picture, especially when it’s a photo of good times with your friends and family. This mini photo printer connects to your phone to print out any photo in just minutes.
Lofus Fuzzy Faux Fur Weighted Blanket 15lbs
This soothing weighted blanket is perfect to snuggle up under. Plus, it’s still chic enough to proudly display on any couch, too.
The Original Buddha Board
This Buddha Board will allow the recipient of your gift to indulge in some drawing therapy. You dip the brush in water to paint and watch your drawing to come to life, but as the water evaporates, so does the painting, and you’re back to a fresh canvas.
iFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker
Take the jams into the shower with this waterproof Bluetooth speaker that has five watts of powerful sound and up to 10 hours of charge.
Custom Face Photo Wrapping Paper Sheets
Take a second look—this isn’t your typical gift wrap, but you’ll definitely want to stock up to buy it in bulk for the holidays.
Technically, it isn’t an actual gift, but just think about all the smiles you’ll get out of your giftees when they see their gifts wrapped with pictures of your (or their!) face.
Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
You can personalize this cute garden kit according to the recipient’s birthday month. They’ll receive all the tools they need to plant their birth month’s flower—carnations for January, violas for February, and so on.
Morning Person Sweatshirt
Give this to the person on your list who sets their alarm for 5:30 a.m. without a second thought. They’ll wear it with pride as they brew their morning pot of coffee.
TRUFF Best Seller Pack
The foodie in your life will be obsess with these best-selling TRUFF sauces and oils, which includes: the Signature Black Truffle Hot Sauce, and Black Truffle Oil. They’re sourced with the freshest ingredients and savory spices to add tons of flavor to any dish.
HonestBaby Holiday Family Pajamas
This customizable family pajama set comes in five different patterns and colors and is made of 100 percent organic cotton. They’re the perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas Eve.
Portable French Press Coffee Maker
If you know someone who’s obsessed with coffee, they will love this portable and insulated french press. It makes bold, fresh coffee with a minimalist design.
Smart Jump Rope Rookie
Jump rope lovers, unite! This device may look tiny, but it does a lot. It keeps track of how many times you jump, which will totally help you when you’re really amping up the reps in your cardio workout.
Plus, it comes with an app that has tons of interval workouts and challenges you can try, too.
Sun Canvas Wall Art
Add some unique art to their walls with these simple, modern canvases. They feature sunrise, sunset, and moon phases for a peaceful and chic vibe that’ll go with mostly any aesthetic.
The ideal present for the reader in your life, the Kindle Paperwhite will let your giftee read without straining their eyes. Plus, it’s totally waterproof if they want to take it into the tub.
Three-In-One Bronzer Stick
Oh she’s small, but she’s mighty. This vegan and cruelty-free bronzer stick comes in an adaptogenic herb and avocado oil-infused formula to lend lips, eyelids, and cheeks a natural glow. Throw this in your low-maintenance friend’s stocking and call it a day.
Luxe HD Smart Digital Picture Frame
Straight from Oprah’s list of favorite things, this smart picture frame allows you to share photos straight from your phone. The resolution is amazing, and the frame will go with any type of decor, too.
So, you’ve definitely heard of the Theragun hype. Want to get this elite-level muscle recovery treatment without dropping tons of money? Understandable. Lucky for you, the brand has a “mini” version of their classic percussive device, so you can reap all this technology for under $200 in a conveniently portable package.
Microcurrent Facial Toning Device
The Foreo Bear is an FDA-approved microcurrent facial toning device that will tone your skin and get it glowing. The recipient can massage their face with five different intensities for an at-home skin refresh.
Echo Show 10 Third Gen.
This device has a ton of functions from allowing you to video chat with fam to playing some of your favorite TV shows, and it’s enabled with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa.
“With a simple voice command, I can throw on my favorite Spotify playlist or a Youtube cooking tutorial to try something new in the kitchen. It’s especially handy when my hands are too tied up to physically press any buttons.” —Jasmine Gomez, associate lifestyle editor
Run Fast. Eat Slow. Nourishing Recipes for Athletes
This cookbook is the perfect gift for the person who loves experimenting in the kitchen, athlete or not.
“All my fave recipes, like sweet potato waffles, zucchini carrot muffins, and banana endurance bites come back to one of these cookbooks written by pro marathoner Shalane Flanagan—and no actual running is required to enjoy them.” —Jennifer Nied, associate editor
Galaxy Watch 4
This gorg, high-tech watch is packed with features that include GPS, sleep cycle monitoring, and even a virtual running coach that any data-obsessed health junkie will love.
Professional Whipped Cream Dispenser
Once you have the real deal when it comes to whipped cream, there’s no going back. Ditch the canned stuff and make your own at home with this professional grade whipper. Hot cocoa nights just became more fun and delicious.