16 unique gifts for the book lover in your life, from this year’s bestsellers to beautiful prints of their favorite books

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From bestselling books to scented candles, here are some of the best gifts you can get for people who love books and reading.

  • Below, you’ll find 16 useful and thoughtful book gifts for the book lovers in your life.
  • While some are physical books, others are book-related – such as subscriptions or artwork.
  • Need more book gift ideas? Check out the best books of 2021 and the best books to read in your 20s.

The Insider Reviews team is full of readers, and we have strong opinions on the best books to gift – whether they’re bestselling self-help books, gripping YA novels, or short essay collections. If you’re here looking for literary gifts for the bookworm in your life, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether your bookworm likes to get lost in a Tolstoy tome or the latest science fiction or romance book, we’ve got you covered.

16 thoughtful and useful book gifts for people who love to read:

A subscription of exciting new books delivered each month

Stack of Book of the Month books; best gifts for book lovers

Gift Book of the Month subscription, available at Book of the Month, from $49.99 for 3 months

Book of the Month (BOTM)’s experts pick five new and noteworthy books every month, and members pick which one they’d like to receive. They get a hardcover of a vetted new read, and you get to give a gift that keeps going for a few months.

BOTM has also been known to pick titles before they become massively popular; you can find the best Book of the Month books of 2021 here.

A Kindle Oasis so they can read on the go

Kindle Oasis and drink by the edge of a pool; best gifts for book lovers

Gift the Kindle Oasis, available at Amazon, $279.99

If they travel or commute, a Kindle can be an extremely thoughtful gift. Books are often heavy and dense, and this Paperwhite can store thousands of books or 160 Audible audiobooks. It’s also water-resistant so they don’t have to be overly precious with it near water. We think it’s the best overall e-reader, and you can read a full Kindle Oasis review here

Plus, they can use Overdrive to borrow books for free on Kindle.

A customized embosser to personalize every book

An embossing tool and stamped piece of paper; best book gifts

Gift a custom stamp, available at Etsy, from $25

This unique, thoughtful gift embosses books with “from the library of [their name]” by pressing down on this device like it’s a hole-puncher. It makes each book feel personal — and can help them track down titles they’ve loaned out.

A framed print of their favorite classic’s first edition book cover

Framed wall art of "Pride and Prejudice" original book cover; gifts for people who love to read

Gift First Edition Book Cover Art Print, available on Uncommon Goods, $65

Gift the bookworm in your life their favorite book’s beautiful and ornate first edition cover in a frame. It’ll serve as a beautiful reminder of something meaningful and enjoyable to them — and that you remembered what they really love.

An Audible gift card for all the audiobooks on their wish list

Collage of books available on audible; best book gifts

Gift an Audible Gift Card, available at Amazon, from $15

If they love a good book — and might appreciate hearing someone else reading it — audiobooks are an excellent gift.

They get all the convenience of hands-free listening (so they can commute, exercise, fold laundry, take a luxurious bath, etc.), and they get to choose their own adventure with the titles on their mind. 

A cute novelty candle, they can light in their reading nook

Homesick "Book Club" and "New York City" Candles; best gifts for book lovers

Gift the Book Club candle, available on Homesick and Amazon, $34

Gift the Byredo Bibliothèque Candle, available on Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, $85

Homesick makes a candle for all the places and things you might feel nostalgia over — including a book club.

But if you’re looking for something more artisanal, atmospheric, and upscale for reading time, we recommend the popular scent “Bibliotheque” by Byredo. (It also comes in a perfume version.)

One of their favorite books, signed by the author

“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book cover; gifts for people who love to read

Gift an edition of “Americanah” signed by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, available on AbeBooks, from $400

You can find first-edition books, signed copies, and rare books online, too — specifically on AbeBooks or eBay. (Note: You’ll want to be cautious that the individual sellers and their reviews seem trustworthy to you.)

A virtual ticket to a lecture on eight books that changed the world

Graphic of laptop with One Day University logo on screen; gifts for people who love to read

Gift the “8 Books That Changed the World” lecture, available on One Day U, $35

One Day U has a streaming library of lectures from world-renowned professors on diverse topics. This two-hour talk, given by Joseph Luzzi from Bard College, tells us about eight books that changed the world — from the Bible to “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

A longtime book nerd will love the thoughtfulness of a niche gift that deepens both their knowledge and enjoyment of books. You can read a full review of One Day U here.

A collectible edition of their favorite book

Collectible Edition of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein book; best gifts for book lovers

Gift the Collectible Edition of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein, available at Barnes and Noble, $25

You can find ornate, collectible editions of beloved books at Barnes and Noble for under $50. Show them that you remember a book they love by giving them a version that will bring them joy just by being displayed somewhere in their home.

Books that could win major literary prizes this year

Book cover for "Bewilderment" by Richard Powers; best book gifts

Gift “Bewilderment” by Richard Powers, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.91

If they love high-brow literature, these are the easiest book lists you should shop from: The books in the running for the 2021 Booker Prize, the 2021 International Booker Prize, and the 2021 National Book Awards (in poetry, translated literature, fiction, non-fiction, and young adult books).

Looking for a crowd-pleaser? We recommend “Bewilderment” by Richard Powers. It was longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Powers’ earlier book, “The Overstory,” also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2019. 

A celebrity author-led writing MasterClass

Dan Brown in "Writing Thrillers" Masterclass course; best book gifts

Gift the Dan Brown Writing Thrillers course, available on MasterClass, from $15/month

Are they a fan of writing as well as reading? Have they mentioned a desire to write a hit TV show or had a rough outline of a thriller in their head for years?

Give them hours of enjoyment and expert instruction in writing from the best of the best. MasterClass in particular offers a wide variety of online writing classes led by celebrity authors, from TV writing taught by Shonda Rhimes to writing by Malcolm Gladwell. You can find a review of MasterClass here.

A cozy reading bean bag

A woman in a cardigan laying on a Moon Pod bean bag chair listening to headphones; best gifts for book lovers

Gift the Moon Pod, available at Moon Pod, $299

If you want to build a cozy reading nook for your loved one, we’d suggest a bean bag they can snuggle into and reshape to their preferences.

We recommend the Moon Pod as the best bean bag: It changes shape and its high-density beads are supposed to mimic the feeling of weightlessness in flotation therapy. Check out our other favorite bean bags here.

Any book on the Goodreads “Best of the Year” list

"The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah; gifts for people who love to read

Gift the “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.90

The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah made it onto a lot of high-profile “best of 2021” recommendation lists made by readers this year — from Goodreads to Book of the Month. If they haven’t read it yet, it’s probably on their wishlist.

The New Yorker cartoon literary playing cards

The New Yorker themed playing cards; best book gifts

Gift the New York Puzzle Book Lover Cartoons Playing Cards, available on Walmart, $9.95

Book lovers will get a kick out of these funny playing cards featuring literature-related cartoons from The New Yorker.

Cute socks inspired by their favorite read

Person holding "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone" book and wearin Out of Print Harry Potter socks; best gifts for book lovers

Gift the Out of Print Harry Potter Socks, available at Amazon, $12

Cozy book socks are the perfect amount of book-related flair. You can shop options from the Harry Potter universe to children’s classics like “Where the Wild Things Arehere on Amazon.

The Insider Reviews team’s favorite books

"The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion book cover; gifts for people who love to read

Gift “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.95

We love to give these 21 books away, including Didion’s searing personal memoir “The Year of Magical Thinking.” 

Personal finance executive editor Libby Kane said she regularly buys copies of “I Will Teach You to Be Rich” to give them away. “I’m often asked to recommend a personal finance book, and pretty much without fail I go straight to [this one].” 

Take a page out of our proverbial books and gift these titles to your favorite bookworms.

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24 great gifts for the fitness lovers in your life

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Fitness gifts Janji

Everyone has a fitness goal they’re trying to meet, whether it’s to build muscle, train to run a marathon, or increase their flexibility. No matter those goals or workout preferences, we’ve got a gift that’ll help them get there.

Maybe they need a new set of resistance bands that’ll help boost their workouts, or perhaps gifting them a long-sleeve workout shirt will keep them motivated throughout winter – there are plenty of gift ideas that work within your budget and their fitness level.

Since everyone’s fitness experience looks different from the next, we made our best effort to include a wide variety of apparel, gear, and equipment that can accommodate any and all fitness goals. Below are 24 of the best fitness gifts

Here are 24 gift ideas for the fitness enthusiast

A resistance band set


TB12 At-Home Looped Band Kit, $95, available at TB12

The TB12 At-Home Looped Band Kit is known for its versatility, which is why Insider Reviews has deemed it the best resistance band set for multiple exercises. With a selection of both long and short looped bands, an included carabiner, and a door anchor, this kit is well-equipped for all the variety that comes with your fitness routine. 

Running gear fit for cold weather

Person running in Janji jacket - best fitness gifts

Janji Thermal Zephyr Runner Jacket, from $188

The cold, wet weather of fall and winter doesn’t mean running outside is put on the back burner for a few months — it just means being better prepared.

Janji’s Thermal Zephyr Runner Jacket is the perfect addition to any runner’s cold temperature apparel closet; it’s comfortable, lightweight, and comes in a bright, vibrant color that greatly increases visibility. This is the winter running coat they’ll wish they always had. 

Training shoes fit for at-home workouts

Fitness gifts Under Armour

Under Armour Men’s and Women’s UA Project Rock 3 Training Shoes, $140, available at Under Armour

These training shoes are an excellent option for at-home workouts, complete with a compression mesh Energy Web that’s designed to give back the energy that they’ll exert throughout the workout. This pair is also included in the Project Rock collection, so it comes with a stamp of approval from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself.

A new pair of running shoes

Running shoe

On Cloudstratus running shoes, from $169.99

No matter if they’re training for a 5k or have their sights set on a full marathon, the Cloudstratus running shoes from On can help them get there. The Cloudstratus features horizontal and vertical cushioning, ample foot support, and a wide-fit design, making it a great shoe for runners of all types.

A grid-textured foam roller

Fitness Gifts TriggerPoint

TriggerPoint Foam Roller, $34.95, available at Amazon

The TriggerPoint Foam Roller is an excellent gift for those who’ll need to massage out knots or trigger points with several different surfaces during recovery. This foam roller is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), which absorbs impact, is resistant to water and other elements, and is also easy to clean.

An elliptical machine they can use at their desk

fitness gifts

Cubii Pro Seated Under-Desk Elliptical, $349, available at Amazon

This little elliptical machine easily tucks under a desk so even the busiest among us can remain active from home. From personal experience, it’s really quiet and actually kind of fun. It also syncs with Apple and Android phones, Apple Health, and Fitbit to track ongoing performance.

Grippy socks perfect for pilates or barre

Fitness gifts Gaiam

Gaiam Grippy Yoga Socks, from $9.98, available at Amazon

These socks have durable grips along the bottom for stability during pilates or lounging around the apartment. They’re especially great for the transition between working from home and working out from home. 

A mini massage gun

Theragun Mini

Theragun Mini, $199, available at Amazon

For quick pre- and post-workout muscle relief, the Theragun Mini is a handy, easy-to-use option that provides quite the punch in such a little package. This is Theragun’s most affordable model, so it’s a great starting point for anyone looking for their first massage gun.

Delicious and lean nutrition powder

Fitness gifts Huel

Huel Black Edition, from $75, available at Huel

If they’re not switching up their diet along with their workout regimen, all that cardio and weightlifting might just be going to waste. Encourage them to eat healthier with a single purchase or membership to Huel for delicious powder, which they can add to smoothies, harvest bowls, chia bowls, and more.

A machine-washable yoga mat

Fitness gifts Yogi Bare

Yogi Bare Teddy Yoga Mat, $69.95, available at Amazon

The Teddy Yoga Mat is our favorite washable yoga mat, and the machine-washable aspect is a true game-changer. In addition to easy cleaning, the Teddy is quite grippy, provides a soft surface for landing, and has a natural rubber bottom to avoid mid-workout slips.

A relaxed fit workout shirt

Fitness gifts Saxx

Saxx Aerator Workout Shirt, $50, available at Saxx

The Aerator is built for both high and low-intensity workouts, and its relaxed fit allows for a full range of motion regardless of their fitness routine. Plus, as the cold weather approaches, they can never have too many long sleeve workout shirts.

A colorful water bottle

FItness gifts Purist

Purist Maker Vacuum Water Bottle with Element Top, $40, available at REI

This insulated water bottle keeps their drink hot for up to 12 hours and cool for up to 24 hours while they work up a sweat, and the leakproof design means there are no stains or spills in their future. 

Wireless headphones

Fitness gifts Jabra

Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $179.99, available at Best Buy

This pair of wireless earbuds are noise-canceling, water- and sweatproof, and are able to hold a 28-hour charge. Whether for working out or simply listening to music on the go, they’ll appreciate this addition to their day-to-day.

A sweat-wicking headband

Fitness gifts Treadbands

Treadbands All Terrain Headband, $17.99, available at Amazon

No one really thinks about fitness headbands — that is, until their hair starts getting into their eyes and mouth as they’re doing burpees. This non-slip style from Treadbands is an easy way to combat that annoyance, and it comes in a variety of lovely pastel and neutral colors.

Our best overall biker shorts

Athleta Shorts

Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket Short, $59, available at Athleta

The versatility of Athleta’s Ultimate Stash Pocket bike short is what landed it the best overall slot in our buying guide, and they’re just as reliable while spinning or biking as they are while running or training. These shorts are highly comfortable and come with a few thoughtful features that make it one of our go-tos for breaking a sweat.

Versatile workout shorts


Ten Thousand Workout Shorts, from $58, available at Ten Thousand

Ten Thousand describes its workout shorts as “the only training shorts you’ll ever need,” and we agree. Ten Thousand’s fitness gear has been put to the test by various athletes and exercises worldwide, so you can be confident your gift will be durable and long-lasting. 

An upgraded jump rope


Crossrope Get Lean Set, $99, available at Crossrope

The Crossrope Get Lean Set elevates the average jump rope by including weighted ropes and ergonomic handles. Crossrope also has a companion app full of workout guidance, so it’s an especially useful gift if they’re looking to switch up their workout routine.

A smartwatch

Polar fitness watch - best fitness gifts

Polar Ignite fitness watch, from $229.95

A fitness watch is an excellent investment they’ll appreciate for years, and Polar’s Ignite is a great full-featured watch that’ll support them however they like to keep active.

It offers heart rate monitoring and integrated GPS, is water-resistant up to 30 meters, and even recommends daily workouts. The fact it’s comfortable and lightweight makes it the perfect workout companion, too. 

A health and fitness app subscription

Fitness gifts Centr

Centr App Subscription, from $10 per month, available at Centr

Centr was designed to be a one-stop-shop health and fitness app that’s made for nutrition, training, and overall lifestyle. They’ll be able to find meal prep and training materials from real coaches and dieticians right at their fingertips.

And lest we forget, this workout app and fitness plan come courtesy of Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor), so you know it’s expert-approved. 

A shaker bottle for easy protein drinks

Fitness gifts blender bottle

BlenderBottle Radian Insulated Stainless Steel Shaker Bottle, from $19.98, available at Amazon

If they make a protein shake after working out, they need a shaker bottle like this in their workout kit. The stainless steel whisk is great for mixing smooth drinks, and the copper shade is a style upgrade from the plastic one they’ve been using for years. 

Their own boxing gloves so they can stop renting sweaty ones at the gym

The best fitness gifts for all levels

Sanabul Boxing Gloves, from $21.48, available at Amazon

Sorry, but using boxing gloves that many, many other people have used before isn’t hygienic at all. Get your favorite boxer their own pair of gloves and choose from eight different colors for the one that matches their personal style best. If they’re looking to track their punches, we also recommend Hykso Wearable Punch Trackers.

A cult-favorite heavy bag

Fitness gifts Everlast

Everlast 40 lb. Heavy Bag, $54.99, available at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Everlast has a legacy in the fitness world for a reason, and its Heavy Bag lives up to the hype. The 40 lb. version is fit for lighter, more cardio-intensive workouts.

Additive-free protein powder

Fitness gifts Naked Whey

Naked Whey Protein Powder, from $21.99, available at Amazon

Insider Reviews chose Naked Whey as the best additive-free protein powder, most notably because whey protein is the only ingredient in the formula. If they’re looking for grass-fed, additive-free protein powder, they’re likely not going to find anything more “naked” than this.

Exercise resistance bands for arms


P.volve Exercise Bands, $29.99, available at Amazon

These resistance bands are great for at-home or on-the-go toning workouts. They’re lightweight so they’ll travel well, and because the stretchy bands are attached to fingerless gloves, they won’t dig into your skin like with the traditional ones that look more like giant rubber bands.

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32 sweet and caring gifts for your grandma this holiday season, from cute jewelry to unique gift boxes

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From swooping in to change your diaper while your mom had her hands tied to slipping you an extra piece of candy after dinner, a grandma is an important person in your life who you know always has your back.

Below, you’ll find thoughtful and useful gifts that you can give to make life a little more comfortable, efficient, and entertaining for her.

32 gifts to get your grandma:

A meaningful bracelet

Gifts for grandma Etsy bracelet

Gift the Grandma Bracelet, $17.60

When it comes to grandparents, it can be difficult to find gifts that provide meaning without feeling cheesy. This bracelet and its message strike this delicate balance well, and she’ll be especially proud to wear it.

Supportive gardening gloves

Supportive Bionic Women's Grip gardening gloves for arthritic hands

Gift Bionic Women’s Relief Grip Gardening Gloves, $39 

Gardening is a rewarding hobby, but it can be tough on your hands. A pair of sturdy gardening gloves can help grandma get back into the garden. We particularly like this supportive pair designed by an orthopedic hand surgeon or a $3 pair of rubber gloves that landscapers swear by.  

The next-in-command cookware after her trusty cast iron

8 inch HEXCLAD HYBRID PAN all time best insider reviews

Gift a Hexclad Hybrid 8-inch Pan, $89.99

She may have avoided nonstick so far, but the Hexclad 8-inch Pan is a great introduction to the material. It is dishwasher safe, compatible with every stovetop, and near-indestructible according to our tests, which is why it made our list of Insider’s top 100 products. The proprietary diamond-dust construction makes the pan nonstick without the use of PFOAs or Teflon. 

A spatula that gives back to charity

No Kid Hungry Spatulas from Williams Sonoma

Gift No Kid Hungry Spatulas, $10

If Grandma is always busy in the kitchen, she can never have too many spatulas. Choose from one of the sweet designs in the Williams Sonoma No Kid Hungry collection. Not only will she love the colorful images, but she’ll appreciate that 30% of the cost goes towards eliminating childhood hunger. 

A fun twist on a calendar

Gifts for Grandma The New York Times Crossword Puzzle Calendar

Gift The New York Times Crossword 2022 Calendar, $15.99

“The New York Times” daily crossword puzzles are iconic, and there’s a good chance that Grandma looks forward to them each morning. This calendar has a new crossword for each day of the year, and the answers can be found right on the back.

A customizable gift box

Greetabl Gift Box for personalized gifts

Gift a custom Greetabl box, prices vary

Choose a cute box design, personalize it with photos and a message, and fill it with a small gift like candy or a candle to surprise the grandma who insists she already has everything she wants.

A recipe box for old favorites

Floral Recipe Card Box, gift for those who love to cook

Gift a Jot & Mark Recipe Card Box, $30

Handwritten recipes are pieces of family history. Maybe your grandma keeps them all in her head or has a paper collection, but either way, a beautiful recipe card box will keep the delicious family legacy organized and intact. 

A comfortable weighted blanket

luna weighted blanket, the best budget weighted blanket

Gift the Luna Adult Weighted Blanket, from $59.99

If she’d appreciate better, deeper sleep or a way to combat some anxiety, we’d recommend a weighted blanket. While research is still limited, recent studies show positive indications that weighted blankets can help reduce insomnia and ease anxiety. 

Our staff consistently rank weighted blankets as one of the most impactful sleep upgrades we’ve made — and Luna is our top-rated budget pick. It’s breathable, machine-washable, Oeko-Tex Certified, and a great quality item for the price.

A lightweight, convenient Kindle

Kindle Paperwhite

Gift the Kindle Paperwhite, $174.99

The latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite is the thinnest and lightest yet, plus it’s waterproof and has a longer-lasting battery. She can read a good book anywhere now — and carry a whole library around with her.

A cute and quirky tea infuser

Genuine Fred Slow Brew Sloth Tea Infuser

Gift the Genuine Fred Slow Brew Sloth Tea Infuser, $8.99

If she’d appreciate something cute and quirky from you that she can use every day, try this tea infuser in the shape of a happy sloth. On top of making tea, it’s adorable. And if you’re looking for something that’s more practical than cute, we’ve got suggestions for that, too — like the Finum Brewing Basket.

An AncestryDNA kit to learn more about your family history together


Gift an AncestryDNA kit, $99

Curious about family history? This AncestryDNA test tells you more about your genetic ethnicity — and opens up rich conversations about family heritage and personal stories. We like Ancestry because it surveys an extensive population and links you with relatives.

A warm burst of fresh flowers

Photo of an UrbanStems flower delivery bouquet with an all-time best badge

Gift an UrbanStems Bouquet, from $45

A floral bouquet is a timeless gift, and a great way to show grandma you’re thinking of her from far away. UrbanStems is the best flower delivery service we tested — gorgeous bouquets arrived unharmed and fresh from Boston to rural Colorado. Since this service has gifts for as low as $45 and offers same-day delivery in some cities, it’s on our list of the 100 best products we’ve ever tested. 

Comfortable, long-lasting compression socks

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Gift a pair of Women’s Compression Socks, starting at $24

Bombas makes some of our all-time favorite socks; they’re soft and designed for next-level support, but they also last forever. We’d recommend any pairs from them, but compression socks may be especially thoughtful if your grandmother has ever mentioned swelling or achy legs.

A personalized cutting board with a handwritten family recipe


Gift an Engraved Cutting Board, $45

If your family has cherished recipes, preserve one in your loved ones’ handwriting on an engraved cutting board that’s as sentimental as it is practical. This takes from two to three weeks to arrive, so order in advance. 

A set of uniquely-flavored chocolate bars

Raaka Chocolate

Gift the Raaka 8-Bar Organic Chocolate Gift Box, $30-$50

This set of organic chocolate bars comes with flavors she’s probably never tried before, like cabernet sauvignon, green tea crunch, ginger snap, and more. Plus, the box has a booklet that lets her go behind the scenes and see how Raaka sources and creates its single-origin chocolate bars. If she has a serious sweet tooth, we have plenty of chocolate suggestions for her from subscriptions to bonbons

A cozy, lightweight robe

parachute robe

Gift the Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe, $99

This robe is lightweight, fluffy, and soft. It’s the perfect piece to make days spent lounging at home feel a little more comfortable. 

A box filled with her favorite food


Gift a box of gourmet food with Goldbelly, prices vary

Whether it’s New York pizza, New England seafood, or cannolis from a famous bakery, Goldbelly carries delicious gourmet food gifts from eateries all over the United States. A Goldbelly box makes a great gift if she loves food. Just add a personal note and you have a thoughtful gift that fills her belly and soul. 

A yearlong subscription to online courses taught by celebrities


Gift an annual MasterClass membership, $180

MasterClass has over 80 classes taught by celebrities and industry leaders in subjects that range from cooking to architecture. With a subscription, she’ll have access to all of them for a year. She can keep busy, learn something new, and have something to pick up the phone and call you about whenever she’d like. If you’re interested, grab yourself a membership and take a class with her!

A luxurious yet affordable candle set

an image of Otherland's The Threesome, or three candles, one of Insider Reviews all time best products

Gift the Otherland Threesome Candle Set, $89

The same candle from a designer brand might cost twice as much, but we all know Grandma would never want you spending that much on a single candle. The brand is on the list of Insider’s top 100 products because Otherland provides reasonably priced alternatives that are still sophisticated and formulated with clean ingredients. Choose from soothing scents like rosebud, peony blossom, and pear water to build a set.

A subscription to the biggest book club in the country

book of the month subscription gift

Gift a 3-Month Book of the Month subscription, $49.99

Book of the Month offers five new book choices a month, and they’re always top-quality picks. The biggest struggle of being a Book of the Month member is deciding which one to read.

A pair of new glasses

zenni $25

Gift a Zenni Gift Card, from $25

Give her a gift card from this affordable and stylish glasses brand so she can pick out a new pair of frames for herself. Frames start at less than $10, and they’ll be on their way straight to her front door after she enters her prescription information online.

A set of art-inspired tea towels

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Gift the Siren Song Old Masters Cotton Tea Towel, $30

Tea towels don’t have to be boring. These artistic still lifes bring a beautiful and dramatic flair to her countertop. 

A cushion that provides back support whenever she needs it


Gift the Purple Back Cushion, $35

Purple Cushions feature the same Hyper-Elastic Polymer material used in its supportive, adaptive mattresses, so she can be comfortable whether sitting in a car, plane, or stadium. Unlike other pillows that might simply absorb weight, this one provides active support.

A comfortable slip-on shoe

Allbirds Wool Lounger comfortable slip-on shoes

Gift the Allbirds Wool Lounger, $98

The soft, cushioned, and lightweight Loungers are made for the grandma who’s always on her feet and needs to be comfortable. We loved wearing them.

A versatile, thoughtfully designed bag

Lo and Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote

Gift the Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote, from $123

A common problem — finding a bag that doesn’t hurt your back — inspired the founding of travel bag company Lo & Sons, so you know these totes will be comfortable for your grandma to carry. The canvas bag has a bunch of different organizational features, including a bottom pocket just for shoes and an expandable main compartment. 

A subscription-free way to watch live TV

Fire TV Recast DVR

Gift the Fire TV Recast DVR, $169.99

So you’ve convinced her to cut the cord, but she might still miss watching her favorite daytime shows as they happen. Amazon’s Fire TV Recast works with an HD antenna and Fire TV device to bring her live shows and events without the commitment of monthly fees.

Prints of your favorite moments together and a pretty stand to display them

Artifact Uprising brass display picture frame

Gift the Artifact Uprising Brass Easel & Prints, $57

The sleek brass display is a little different from the usual photo frame, and it weathers nicely over time. The set includes 12 prints printed on weighty, matte paper.

A pure silk sleep mask to help her fall asleep and stay asleep

Slip Silk Sleep Mask

Gift the Slip “Slipsilk” Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $50

Slip’s 100% pure Mulberry silk sleep mask is lightweight, super soft, and makes something as simple as going to bed feel luxurious. 

A subtle, personal necklace

Mini Gold Letter Charm Pendant

Gift the Mini Gold Letter Charm Pendant, $250

No need to get excessive or gimmicky with the Grandma gear — pretty and simple convey thoughtfulness even better, in our opinion. 

A Fitbit fitness tracker

FitBit Fitness Trackers

Gift the Fitbit Inspire 2, $98.95

This tracker is more affordable than Fitbit’s other models, but still gives her all the necessary info to keep tabs on her fitness and health. She can monitor her calorie burn, heart rate, sleep patterns, walking and biking activity, and other important stats.

A journal to record her life story

My Life Story So Far Journal from Uncommon Goods

Gift the “My Life Story – So Far” Journal, $30

You know that Grandma has an arsenal of entertaining stories and life wisdom up her sleeve. The best way to ensure they’re preserved and passed on to future generations is this journal that contains prompts ranging from the specific (“TV shows I watched while in school”) to the nebulous (“Some thoughts on love and marriage”).

A handmade stoneware sewing station

Uncommon Goods Sewing Station Set

Gift the Uncommon Goods Sewing Station, $60

Plastic sewing supply storage boxes may work, but this sturdy clay sewing station will actually get her excited to sit down with her tools.

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This candle brand makes gifting easy with its beautiful unboxing experience – and they just released new spring scents

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Does the world really need another fancy candle brand? Isn’t that market saturated enough?

Well, yes. But we wouldn’t be writing this article if we didn’t think this particular company was doing something special.

Otherland, a relatively new startup, is making some of the most beautifully packaged and scented candles we’ve seen in a long time. Compared to luxury brands like Diptyque and Byredo, they have an accessible price point ($36 each or $89 for custom three packs). The soy and coconut wax base burns for 55 hours. A selection of candles is also available online at Sephora and in its brick-and-mortar stores – the first direct-to-consumer candle startup to be sold at the beauty mega-retailer.

Previously the art buyer for Ralph Lauren’s stores and restaurants, Otherland founder Abigail Cook Stone created colorful candles that are both beautiful and fragrant.

In addition to their base offerings, Otherland often has special packaging for gifts and other occasions. You can assemble a gift box with one or three candles, a custom matchbox, and a sweet note for the finishing touches to the perfect gift. We’ve bought multiple sets as gifts for just about every occasion.

The brand also offers seasonal collections – and they never disappoint. For winter, the Gilded Collection has aromas of fir, plum brandy, and ginger.

Collections like the Manor House Weekend Collection appeal to cottagecore lovers with fragrances of corn, hay, lilies, and burnt maple. A collection inspired by the beach included notes like sea salt, cucumber, and even tennis balls.

When you open an Otherland candle, you’re met with bright pops of color. Just as stunning as the packaging are the delicious fragrance combinations.

Check out some of the scents Otherland has to offer below.

The Core Collection: Kindling

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Core Collection: Kindling, $36

The scent includes notes of wood, clove, and smoke.

The Core Collection: Canopy

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Core Collection: Canopy, $36

The scent includes notes of fig, ivy, and fresh greens.

The Core Collection: Rattan

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Core Collection: Rattan, $36

The scent includes notes of sandalwood, golden amber, and musk.

The Core Collection: Daybed

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Core Collection: Daybed, $36

The scent includes notes of rosebud, peonies, and florals.

The Core Collection: Chandelier

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Core Collection: Chandelier, $36

The scent includes notes of champagne, saffron, and leather.

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23 gifts your boyfriend will love – all available on Amazon

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The holidays are both great and terrible. The former, because they’re an opportunity to make the lives of your loved ones a little better, and the latter, because that knowledge can put pressure on you during an already hectic time of the year.

To make it easier, I’ve cherrypicked a few of our favorite tried-and-true gifts from Amazon that would work for most boyfriends, no matter how long (or short) you’ve been together. Check out 23 options available on Amazon below, and if you still need some ideas, you can find all of our holiday gift guides right here.

Below are 23 gifts for your boyfriend that you can find on Amazon:

A beard grooming kit

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Wild Willies The Rebel Set, $19.99

This manly beard kit helps to soften and strengthen their beard for better-looking hair that leaves their face looking even more handsome. The Rebel set comes with shampoo and conditioner, face moisturizer, and a bonus nail grooming kit plus a travel bag. 

A durable briefcase for work

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Samsonite Toploader Briefcase, $52.89

If he’s returning to the office, a sturdy briefcase for his work essentials is a great gift that he’ll appreciate during his commute.

A warm, high-performance sweatshirt

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Carhartt Quarter-zip Sweatshirt, $54.99

Give the gift of undeniably warmth and comfort with this Carhartt quarter-zip sweatshirt. The high-performance sweatshirt features moisture-wicking fabric and fast dry technology that’s suitable for any season.

A pair of timeless Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Ray-Ban Classic Aviator Sunglasses, $161

A classic pair of Ray-Bans are must-have sunglasses that you can go wrong in gifting. There are more than 15 color options to choose from to match his unique style and look suave. You can find our review of the best men’s sunglasses here

A water bottle that keeps his drinks hot for up to 12 hours straight

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Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle, from $44.14

Hydro Flask has become a cult favorite thanks to water bottles that keep cold drinks cold up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. 

The best travel wallet you can buy

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Bellroy Leather Travel Wallet, $129

Bellroy is one of our favorite brands for men’s wallets and they make the best men’s travel wallet you can buy. It’s designed around the size of a passport, and it holds everything in designated sections: travel documents, money, cards, passport, and a pen just in case. An RFID blocking material protects cards and passports from being skimmed. 

Really nice new sheets from a popular online startup

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Brooklinen Luxe 7-Piece Sheet Set, Queen, $256.5

We recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price, and most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds. Pick up the Luxe Sateen Set in a classic color and prepare for tougher mornings getting out of bed. 

A leather dopp kit that will age gracefully

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Leatherology Multi Pocket Toiletry Bag, $155

Leatherology is a startup we recommend for its affordable high-end leather goods, and you can shop it directly from Amazon now. This particular leather toiletry bag comes in a handful of classic colors and has compartments for pretty much everything. It’s the sort of gift that they’ll wind up using often, and that’ll age well with them. 

Smart outlets that let him control devices from the couch or his phone

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Amazon Smart Plug, $24.99

Amazon’s Smart Plug lets you control devices and appliances remotely or with your voice. He’ll be able to schedule lights and appliances to turn off or on through an app or tell his Alexa-enabled speaker to do it for him, so there’s no need to get up off the couch before movie night begins. 

Truly wireless and waterproof sport earbuds

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Jaybird Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Earbuds, $129.99

Jaybird makes some of the most trusted wireless headphones, and we think its Vista earbuds are the best version yet. They’re sweatproof and waterproof, and a quick charge of five minutes translates to an hour of play time. Fully charged, he’ll have six hours of audio play and, with the case, an additional 10 hours. 

The best pressure cooker you can buy

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Instant Pot DUO60, $89

The Instant Pot is another cult-favorite product that’s worth its hype. It combines seven kitchen appliances into one, from a rice cooker to a steamer. It makes weekday meals easier and helps maximize space. We’ve also ranked it the best pressure cooker you can buy

50 years of iconic photos and articles from “Rolling Stone”

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50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture, $33.99

If he’s into music, this coffee table book from “Rolling Stone” is a good candidate for something he’ll love to own but would probably never buy for himself. It distills the last 50 years of music journalism and cultural criticism into one volume with plenty of pictures from the 1960s to now. 

The best travel pillow he can get

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Trtl Travel Pillow, $29.99

Whether he’s constantly traveling or just values good sleep above all else, Trtl is the way to go if you’re looking for the best travel pillow. A soft, lightweight fleece is wrapped around a plastic neck support on one side, so you can rest it on either shoulder or your chest to keep your head in a comfortable position. We also highly recommend the upgraded version, Trtl Pillow Plus ($59.99)

A weighted blanket for better sleep

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YnM Weighted Blanket, $39.80

YnM’s weighted blanket is an affordable loophole in a relatively pricey category, and it’s one of the more breathable versions out there. The idea is that weighted blankets create more restful sleep and can help decrease anxiety by creating the sort of comforting pressure used when swaddling babies or in thunder jackets for dogs. Pick up one that’s about 10% of his body weight.  You can find a full review here

Bose’s cult-favorite noise-canceling headphones with great sound

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $299

If you’re looking for one of the most useful high-end gifts you can give, this is a good place to start. Bose QuietComfort headphones have earned their reputation among audiophiles for their noise-cancellation and balanced audio performance. They’re also Alexa-enabled for voice access to music and information. 

An Echo Dot smart speaker

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Echo Dot, $34.99

The Echo Dot is Amazon’s most popular smart speaker precisely because of its small size and thousands of Alexa skills. He can hook up other smart devices to it, play music, ask it for information like the weather or news, and set alarms. 

A streaming media player

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Roku Premiere Streaming Media Player, $34.99

Turn a dumb TV into a smart one with a streaming stick that provides access to services like Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Now, Showtime, Sling TV, and more.

LEGO’s NASA Model Rocket

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LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn Outer Space Model Rocket for Kids and Adults, $119.99

Is he into NASA, or LEGOs, or any excuse to spend hours building a model (or adult toy)? Congratulations, your gifting journey ends here. 

Lavish shaving cream

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The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream Sandalwood, $19.60

Sometimes personal upkeep is the only ritual we have that’s just about us, and a little upgrade to daily grooming can make an outsized impact. The Art of Shaving makes a luxurious cream that softens the beard for a close, comfortable shave that protects the skin from razor burn. Even if he wouldn’t buy it for himself, he’ll probably like using this. 

Great soaps that support active-duty military members and veterans

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Duke Cannon “Great American Frontier” Men’s Big Brick of Soap Set, $27

Duke Cannon makes military-inspired grooming products that go beyond gimmicky. We actually really like using them, and the company supports active-duty military members and veterans by donating 5% of its net profits to causes that benefit them. In the past, that’s included K9s for Warriors and Fisher House. While we stand by the products and the mission, the branding can be pretty heavily macho and a little off-putting for some. If that’s not on-brand for your boyfriend, skip it. 

Leather touchscreen gloves

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Harrms Leather Touchscreen Gloves, from $19.99

Sleek and functional leather touchscreen gloves will let him use devices in the bitter cold. Plus, this pair has touchscreen tech in all ten fingers and palm rather than a couple of fingers on each hand.  

A beer-brewing kit he can use to make his own beer

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Craft A Brew Home Brewing Kit for Beer, $43.95

This is one of the highest-rated home brewing kits under $50 on Amazon, and it comes with all the essentials. The equipment is also reusable, so if he enjoys using it, he can brew another batch later on.

Bluetooth Tiles that help him locate missing items

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Tile Pro, 2-Pack, $59.99

If he’s been known to lose his keys, wallet, or other important belongings, Tile may be his favorite gift of the year. He can use a smartphone to ring his wallet or keys if they’re within 400 feet.

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28 fun and practical stocking stuffers they’ll actually use – all under $10

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Not everyone in your life, like your friendly neighborhood mailman or the kid cousins you only see once a year, is going to receive a fancy gift from you during the holidays. However, it’s always a nice gesture to give them a small token of love and appreciation and show that you’re thinking of them.

Before you tackle the big-ticket gift purchases on your list for your mom, dad, or significant other, it’s easier to start small with the stocking stuffers you can buy by the armful. Under $10 is just about as affordable as you can get with gifts, but this low price point doesn’t mean your stocking stuffers can’t still be useful, thoughtful, and unique.

Check out our full list of 25 affordable stocking stuffers:

A pocket-sized facial mister

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Super Dewey Nano Facial Mister, available at Urban Outfitters, $10

Whenever they’re on the go, this mini facial mister keeps their skin feeling revitalized and dewy for the long haul.

A moisturizing bath bomb

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Capri Blue Volcano Bath Bomb, available at Anthropologie, $8

Help them relax with this intoxicating bath bomb blended with coconut oil and shea butter that moisturizes as well as its fresh fragrances that soothe away stress.

“Schitt’s Creek” tinted lip balm

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Rose Apothecary Tinted Lip Balm, $8, available at Beekman 1802

For fans of “Schitt’s Creek,” it will be a fun surprise to get this limited edition, tinted lip balm branded to look like it’s from Rose Apothecary. It’s even scented to smell like Heirloom Rose. 

Cable clips that keep all your cables organized

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Shin top 6-Piece Cable Clips Set, $5.59, available at Amazon

These handy adhesive clips prevent cables from slipping around the table and control any cords that run along the wall. 

A stylish and reusable shopping bag

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Baby Baggu, $10, available at Baggu

The mini version of Baggu’s original best-selling bag is the perfect size for grocery store pick-me-ups or their daily lunch. 

An easy way to customize and protect their AirPods

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PodSkinz for AirPods, $4.95, available on Amazon

These handy covers will help protect AirPods and cases from scratches, bumps, and dust. They also add a fun customization element since they come in 11 different colors, from cobalt blue to canary yellow. 

A funny laptop sticker

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Pug Yoga Sticker by Huebucket, from $2.39, available at Society6

Find thousands of unique laptop sticker designs, from inspirational phrases to quirky illustrations, at art site Society6. 

Surprisingly high-performing earbuds that tens of thousands of reviewers love


Panasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbuds RP-TCM120-K, $7.99, available at Amazon

Panasonic proves you really don’t have to spend a lot on a solid pair of earbuds. The comfortable feel and balanced audio make them a great everyday model. 

Reusable glass straws

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Sephora Collection Hydrate! Reusable Glass Straw Set, $5, available at Sephora

Gift reusable glass straws so your friends and loved ones have little excuse not to reduce their plastic waste.

A tin of soothing seasonal tea

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Harney & Sons Herbal Tea, Peppermint, 20 Count, $6.89, available at Target

You can also choose from other warm and inviting flavors like chamomile and cinnamon spice. 

Scented erasers if they don’t want actual tea

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Kikkerland Tea Scented Erasers, Set of 5, $6.12, available at Amazon

The lightly scented erasers give the scents of various tea types so even if they can’t drink tea in the library or classroom, they’ll still feel relaxed. 

A long lightning cable

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Anker PowerLine 6-Foot Lightning Cable, $14.99, available at Amazon

Admittedly, they’re not the most glamorous stocking stuffer, but you can’t deny their usefulness. The long length is convenient and the cable delivers maximum charging speed to their device. 

Although this product was below $10 at its time of selection, prices on Amazon can fluctuate. It may go back down under $10, so if you have a hard cutoff for your budget, bookmark the link above and check back in later. 

A pack of flattering sticky notes

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Knock Knock Awesome Citation Nifty Note Pad, $9.49, available at Amazon

Help spread positivity with these funny and clever sticky notes that hand out citations such as “sunny disposition” and “blatant likeability.” 

A hydrating lip balm

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Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $8, available at Sephora 

Relieve winter-chapped lips with a best-selling lip balm filled with hydrating and nourishing ingredients like avocado oil and green tea extract. 

A small, beautiful candle

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Japonica Yashioka Gardenia Decorative Tin Candle, $10, available at Sephora

Featuring notes of gardenia, tuberose and Tunisian clove, this candle brings the scents of a garden indoors and has an impressive 25-hour burn time. 

A mini Rubik’s cube

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2×2 Rubik’s Cube, $7.99, available at Target

Help them exercise their brain by solving the iconic puzzle with this tiny Rubik’s cube that fits right in their pocket. 

Cute hair ties

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Invisibobble Power Hair Ring, $8, available at Ulta

Hair ties that don’t strain your head or leave marks aren’t easy to find, which is why your recipient won’t be able to thank you enough for this simple hair accessory. 

A nice bottle opener

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Stainless Steel Bottle Opener, $6, available at Target

The handcrafted bar accessory is made from stainless steel with a sleek gold finish, so it won’t rust or wear out easily.

High-quality, matte prints of your favorite memories together

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Everyday Print Set, from $9, available at Artifact Uprising

Physical prints are always thoughtful and appreciated. Artifact Uprising’s easy-to-use photo editor helps you check off your gift list in no time. 

Indulgent gourmet caramels covered in dark chocolate

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Sugarfina Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, $9.95, available at The Paper Store

Rich caramel, slightly bitter dark chocolate, and a zing of sea salt balance each other out in this treat that melts in your mouth. 

A fast-charging power bank

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heyday 4000 mAh Power Bank, $9.99, available at Target

This $10 power bank packs a lot of charge into a compact device, letting them fill up to a full battery around two times. Plus, it’s available in several eye-catching colors, from metallic gold to coral.  

A fast-paced party game for the whole family

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Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Card Game, $9.99, available at Target

The game is like a twist on slapjack, with the addition of fun characters and funny rules. 

A mini silicone spatula that home cooks swear by

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GIR: Get It Right Premium Silicone Mini Spatula, 8 Inches, Navy, from $7.95, available at GIR

If they bake at all, GIR’s well-designed spatula is a must-have tool. They’ll enjoy using the mini size to dig into small bowls and jars. 

Gel nail polish

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Essie Nail Polish, from $8.49, available at Target

Essie’s nail polishes boast rich color and long wear, so they can recreate the salon experience right at home. 

Cute lid lifts that allow steam to escape so their pots won’t boil over

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Tovolo Farm Animal Pot Lid Lifts, three for $7, available at Amazon

Add a little personality to their kitchen with these heat-resistant silicone lid lifts. They’re also available in sheep and smiley-face varieties. 

Shoelaces made from recycled water bottles

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Runner Lace Kit, $10, available at Allbirds

Be on the lookout for limited-edition colors of these popular laces. They’re an easy way to make their shoes look fresh and exciting. 

An affordable phone accessory that really lives up to the hype

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PopSockets Grip, from $8, available at PopSockets

We know — PopSockets Grips are everywhere. But there’s a reason why even naysayers have been convinced. They offer a strong grip on your phone, double as a stand, and come in many different colors and prints. 

A Disney+ subscription

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Monthly Subscription, $7.99/month, available at Disney+

Disney+ gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $6.99 a month after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.

And if they need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

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The best cookbooks to gift or buy for yourself in 2021

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26 cookbooks for every type of home cook update 4x3

To me, there’s no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed all interests from TV show cookbooks to comprehensive tomes on the science of cooking.

Every year, hundreds of new cookbooks make their way onto bookstore shelves. Here are our favorite cookbooks, new and old, to gift this year.

Here are 32 of the best cookbooks gifts for every type of cook:

For the locavore

New Native Kitchen by Bitsoie and Fraioli

“New Native Kitchen” by Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli, available for pre-order at Amazon, $40  

Before other cultures and their cuisines came to North America, indigenous people were cooking meals with accessible ingredients. In the “New Native Kitchen,” to be released in November of 2021, Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli explore American Indian recipes from coast to coast, like Chocolate Bison Chili and Prickly Pear Sweet Pork Chops. Bitsoie was the executive chef of Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and is a member of the Navajo nation, and Chef James O. Fraioli is a James Beard Award winner.

For the the vegan

The Korean Vegan by Joanne Lee Molinaro

“The Korean Vegan Cookbook” by Joanne Lee Molinaro, available on Amazon, $24.77

Becoming vegan was a big change for Joanne Lee Molinaro, having grown up with meat-based Korean food. However, it didn’t stop her from collecting recipes and recreating the dishes that were so connected to her family history. For Molinaro, the stories of her family’s immigration from North Korea to the United States are just as important as the recipes. Molinaro recreates childhood memories, like Jjajangmyeon, Korean-Chinese black bean noodles, and writes new recipes, like the Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake, in honor of the foods that saved her mother’s life. 


For the no-fuss foodie

Cooking at Home by David Chang and Priya Krishna

“Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave)” by David Chang and Priya Krishna, available for pre-order at Amazon, $25

You won’t find frozen vegetables in Momfuko, but that doesn’t mean David Chang has anything against them. In this new book, available on October 26, Chang and co-author, Priya Krishna, explain how they use fine dining principles to make fast, easy, and unpretentious meals at home. For the home cook, it seems like the professional chef can take any ingredients and produce a full, delicious meal. In “Cooking at Home,” Chang and Krishna teach you how to do just that. 



For the traveler interested in culture and cuisine

Cook Real Hawai'i

“Cook Real Hawai’i” by Sheldon Simeon, available at Amazon, $24.95

A finalist in two different seasons of “Top Chef,” Sheldon Simeon co-authored a cookbook with Garrett Snyder, transporting readers to the tropical islands of Hawaii. The book dives into stories of Simeon’s family, as well as the state’s history and cultural traditions. With 100 recipes throughout the book, this personalized guide to Hawaiian cooking has something for beginners and advanced cooks.

For the friend who cooks with the seasons

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“My Shanghai” by Betty Liu, available on Amazon, $31.79

This debut cookbook from Betty Liu (who somehow found the time to author it amid her general surgery residency) is an homage to seasonal cooking and her family’s roots in the Chinese regions of Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. I picked up this cookbook up in my local bookstore and couldn’t put it down (and ended up bringing it home with me). The chapters are organized by season and explain the influence the weather, holidays, and traditions have on the recipes prepared throughout the year. I love the stories Liu relates about the inspirations behind her recipes, like climbing a mountain to eat Double-Mushroom Noodle Soup at a temple, foraging spring bamboo shoots for Oil-Braised Spring Bamboo, and the bowls of breakfast noodles her father would make her before test days. I’ve already made the Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes four or five times, and I can’t wait to dive into more of the recipes as the seasons progress. 

For the cook who wants to master their grill

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“Rodney Scott’s World of Barbecue” by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, available on Amazon, $17.77

My best friend (and fellow cookbook collector) recently texted me raving about this cookbook and the genius of Rodney Scott’s Loaded Pork Skin “Nachos,” Pit-Smoked Turkey, and whole-hog approach to Carolina barbecue. Scott’s positivity and passion shine throughout the book, and you’ll learn lots about southern foodways and the history of Carolina barbecue along the way.  

For the parent planning their next trip

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“Dishoom” by Shamil Thakrar, available on Amazon, $17.29

Whether it’s London or Bombay that is your giftee’s next destination, “Dishoom” is required reading before they jet off. The popular Dishoom restaurants in London are inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay and serve “tipples,” snacks, and mains like Mango Kulfi, Pav Bhaji, and Roomali Roti. In “Dishoom,” you’ll learn to cook the restaurant’s entire menu, and be taken on a tour of Bombay’s cafes (complete with a map) along the way. 

For the coworker who has *opinions* on babka

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“Jew-ish” by Jake Cohen, available at Amazon, $15.79

At Insider Reviews we have lots of opinions, especially about food, and a recent debate centered around the merits of cinnamon versus chocolate fillings for babka. I like Jake Cohen’s philosophy in “Jew-ish,” which is that babka is delicious no matter what you fill it with. “Jew-ish” is a thoughtful collection of recipes centered around Cohen’s Ashkenazi heritage, his own self-discovery in the kitchen, and the Persian-Iraqi traditions of his husband. Cohen celebrates the origins of Jewish dishes, while also putting his own twist on the classics. You’ll see this in action in his recipes for Cacio e Pepe Rugelach, Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies, and yes, You Can Go Your Own Way: Babka Edition.

For the family member intimidated by their new Instant Pot

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“The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook” by Jeffrey Eisner, available at Amazon, $10.78

Insider Reviews reporter, James Brains, is currently testing Instant Pots and other multicookers for an update to our guide to the best electric pressure cookers. He’s been using recipes from this cookbook and reports that they’re easy to follow, have plenty of photos, and are delicious to boot. The book features more than 750 photos detailing step-by-step how to make the 100+ recipes, and makes a great gift for anyone who is curious about Instant Pots but hasn’t taken the plunge yet.

For the history buff

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“Jubilee” by Toni Tipton-Martin, available on Amazon, $20.07

Toni Tipton-Martin’s personal collection of African-American cookbooks spans more than 400 titles and her knowledge of American food history is on full display in “Jubilee.” Through recipes and stories, she relates the history of Black folks who shaped American cuisine into what it is today, from those who cooked under the confines of brutal enslavement to the chefs who ran White House kitchens. “Jubilee” is a masterful work of American history, as told through food.

For the person who loves pie but fears making it

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“Pie Academy” by Ken Haedrich, available on Amazon, $17.99

A compendium of 255 pie recipes, “Pie Academy” is likely the last pie cookbook you’ll ever need. It has nearly a dozen recipes for different types of pie crust, a troubleshooting section for when things don’t go as expected, and chapters organized by seasonality and filling type. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with the pie lover in your life, especially one who is interested in making pies but has always found them a bit daunting. 

For the home cook that also loves to read

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“Black, White, and The Grey” by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, available on Amazon, $15.69

While not a cookbook, “Black, White, and The Grey,” tells the story of one of the most celebrated restaurants in America: The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. Mashama Bailey, who is Black, and John O. Morisano, who is white, relate the story of how they turned a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into an award-winning restaurant. The dual memoir touches on race, community, and friendship, with some delicious food anecdotes along the way.

For the friend who wants to master the essentials

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“My Korea” by Hooni Kim, available on Amazon, $21.99

Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim’s debut cookbook is a crash course in the essentials of Korean cuisine. The book’s tagline is “traditional flavors, modern recipes,” and that is an accurate summation of what you can expect to find in this cookbook — from Dolsot Bibimbap to Budae Jjigae to Hanjan’s Spicy Rice Cakes. When I first laid my hands on this cookbook, I wanted to make (and eat) every single recipe. If you’re looking for some solid foundation recipes, “My Korea” delivers.

For the friend who knows all the words to “Lady Marmalade”

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“LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About” by Patti LaBelle, available at Amazon, $20.99

Patti LaBelle is not only the Godmother of Soul and a musical icon, but she is also a New York Times bestselling author for her cookbooks. Her newest cookbook, “Labelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About,” has recipes centered around LaBelle’s family’s Southern roots. With comfort-food favorites like potato salad and peach cobbler, she showcases a variety of her recipes that are full of personal touches. 

For the person with quarantine cooking fatigue

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“Indian-ish” by Priya Krishna, available on Amazon, $18.29

In her debut cookbook, Priya Krishna (contributor to Bon Appetit, New York Times, and others) offers up beloved favorite recipes from her Indian-American family, including Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Malaysian Ramen, and what her dad calls Indian Gatorade (Shikanji). The recipes are largely vegetarian, creative, fun, comforting, and guaranteed to inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut with their cooking in 2021. 

For the cook always on the go

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‘The Full Plate” by Ayesha Curry, available on Amazon, $15

Ayesha Curry and her husband, basketball star Stephen Curry, have three children and busy schedules. She created her newest cookbook with her energetic household in mind, and it features 100 recipes that take under an hour to make. “The Full Plate” is perfect for anyone who wants to spend less time cooking while still ending up with delicious meals.  

For the person who can’t get enough of Disney

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“The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook” by Ashley Craft, available on Amazon, $11.99

Technically unofficial, this cookbook will transport you directly into Disneyland. You can replicate a variety of food found in Disney theme parks. It features 100 recipes of iconic Disneyland treats and snacks, including the famous Dole whip, beignets, and more. 

For the person who spent 2020 mastering sourdough

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“New World Sourdough” by Bryan Ford, available on Amazon, $14.77

This was the year of the sourdough starter, and few people are as well-versed in fermented breads as Bryan Ford, blogger and baker. We’re not just talking about your classic sourdough boule; Ford is well-known for demonstrating the breadth of what you can do with a sourdough starter: from Sourdough Pan de Coco to Sourdough Discard Battered Fried Chicken.

For the cousin who’s just learning to cook

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“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat, available on Amazon, $16.67

In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking, from when to salt your chicken to how to make the perfect focaccia. All the information is presented in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations you’ll want to frame and hang in your kitchen.

For your family member who loves “Emily in Paris”

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“La Buvette” by Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy, available on Amazon, $14.25

“La Buvette” is part cookbook, part guide to French living. Interspersed with recipes from the cookbook’s namesake cafe are beautiful pictures of Paris, tips about shopping in France’s vintage markets, and instructions on how to dry flowers. The cookbook is a lovely escape into Parisian living, perfect for any Francophile dreaming of a visit to the City of Lights. 

For your friend who knows all the best restaurants

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“Xi’an Famous Foods” by Jason Wang, available on Amazon, $22.51

Xi’an Famous Foods started as a small family-owned market stall in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. Its hand-pulled cumin lamb noodles have become so loved that there are now 14 locations all around New York City. In this cookbook, the son of the family and CEO of the business Jason Wang divulges some of the recipes that made his family business famous, as well as other classic dishes from Xi’an in western China.

For the fan of the ‘Great British Baking Show’

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“Baking with Kim-Joy” by Kim-Joy, available on Amazon, $14.89

Contestants of the Great British Baking Show have come out with several cookbooks, including series nine runner-up Kim-Joy. She is best known for her adorable and creative bakes, like her giant chocolate planet filled with “space turtles,” or her “Silke the vegetarian mermaid” pie. Kim-Joy brings the same color and fun to her bakes in her debut cookbook, which includes Pigfiteroles in Mud, Tazhong Cat Buns, and a version of her Space Turtle Cake. 

For the person experimenting with a plant-based lifestyle this year

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“Vegetable Kingdom” by Bryant Terry, available on Amazon, $17.39

James Beard Award-winning chef and food activist Bryant Terry offers 150 vegan recipes in his most recent cookbook. Instead of trying to imitate meaty dishes, Terry’s book celebrates the vegetable and all its parts: skin, husk, flowers, roots, and all. You’ll find recipes for Pea Shoot and Peanut Salad, Grilled Spring Onions with Lemon-Thyme Oil, Cornmeal-Fried Oyster Mushroom Po’Boys, and more. A special hallmark of Terry’s books is that they often contain a playlist to listen to while you’re cooking, and “Vegetable Kingdom” is no different, featuring recommended tracks by Duke Ellington, Santana, Björk, and more.

For the friend who likes to Instagram all their food

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“Ottolenghi Flavor” by Yotam Ottolenghi, available on Amazon, $23.39

Yotam Ottolenghi is owner and chef of some of London’s most beloved cafes and restaurants. His recipes are some of the most colorful and beautiful out there, and his latest cookbook is no exception. “Flavor” is filled with mostly vegetarian recipes that not only pack a punch visually but flavor-wise, too. Ottolenghi and his co-authors expound the building blocks of flavor in three sections: process, pairing, and produce. The result is more than 100 ‘gram-worthy recipes from Spicy Mushroom Lasagna to Iceberg Wedges with Smoky Eggplant Cream.

For the hummus lover


“Falastin” by Sami Tamimi, available on Amazon, $31.50

Longtime Ottolenghi collaborator (and co-author of “Jerusalem,” another of our cookbook picks), Sam Tamimi, crafted his latest cookbook as an homage to Palestinian food. The book is rich in recipes, from multiple variations of shakshuka and hummus, to verdant salads, and colorful dips. Along the way, Tamimi tells the culinary history of Palestinian food — from the home cooks feeding their neighbors in refugee camps to the restaurateurs cooking for tourists in Bethlehem.

For the person who recently moved


“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, available on Amazon, $24.25

Molly Yeh is the star of Food Network’s “Girl Meets Farm” and winner of the Judges’ Choice IACP Cookbook Award. “Molly on the Range” explores home, family, her Jewish and Chinese heritage, and Yeh’s Midwestern farm life. You’ll find recipes for Sufganiyot, Chicken Potstickers, Challah Waffles, and more.

For the pint-sized cook in your life

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“The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs” by America’s Test Kitchen, available on Amazon, $11.49

I worked for America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) for seven years and was privy to the care its team puts into each and every one of its cookbooks. ATK’s series of cookbooks for kids is the epitome of that detail and care; every one of the recipes in this volume was tested by pro chefs and kid cooks. The recipes are specifically designed with kids in mind, outlining when to get an adult for help with handling hot ingredients or sharp tools. This is the book I wish was available to me when I was a child, and I’ve gifted it and the kid’s baking book to every kid I know. I love getting reports from their parents about a new recipe they cooked or discovered.

For the person always posting pictures of their cheese board

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“Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion” by Shelley Westerhausen, available on Amazon, $15.38

In her best-selling cookbook, author and food blogger Shelley Westerhausen shares 40 casual yet chic spreads (complete with meat and drink pairings) that anyone can make and enjoy. It’s also a visual cornucopia that’s just as satisfying to flip through as to use when hosting get-togethers when it’s safe to do so. And if you’re looking for a board of your own, we recommend any of these five options

For the self-described dessert person

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“Dessert Person” by Claire Saffitz, available on Amazon, $22.24

Claire Saffitz may be known for her wildly popular Gourmet Makes series on YouTube, but she’s a pastry chef at heart and her affinity for baked goods is out in full force with her new cookbook “Dessert Person.” In this cookbook, you can find creative recipes for Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, and Malted Forever Brownies. It’s sure to please the dessert lover in your life.

For the person who had to cancel their vacation last year

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“Pasta Grannies” by Vicky Bennison, available on Amazon, $18.99

Each episode of the “Pasta Grannies” YouTube series is an escape to a different region of Italy, where local grannies (or nonne) teach the audience to prepare and cook a regional dish — from classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara to a pasta shape from Sardinia only three women know how to make. This cookbook takes some of the most popular videos from the series and turns them into tangible recipes you can cook at home. Between watching the video and cooking from the book, you can transport yourself to a little corner of Italy without leaving your home.

For the person homesick for their grandma’s cooking

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“In Bibi’s Kitchen” by Hawa Hassan, available on Amazon, $18.69

This cookbook centers around grandmothers (or bibis) from eight south and east African countries. Throughout the book, we get to know the women whose recipes are featured and learn about their personal history and the history of their country. Along the way, you’ll find recipes for Eritrean Doro Wat, Tanzanian Date Bread, Kenyan Kachumbari, and more. It’s the kind of cookbook that makes think about your grandmother.

For the person who lives by a cookie-a-day philosophy

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“100 Cookies” by Sarah Keiffer, available on Amazon, $20.76

A good ol’ chocolate chip cookie never goes out of style, but if you have a cookie lover in your life, consider gifting them this homage to baked goods. You’ll find recipes for the classics (including four different variations of chocolate chip cookies) as well cookies you’ve probably never had before, like Banana-Espresso-Cacao Nib cookies.

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36 corporate gifts for your coworkers and employees will actually love, from personalized totes to delicious sweets

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If you’re looking for coworker, employee, or client gifts, we’ve listed dozens of good corporate gift options below – from olive oil to home office upgrades.

A company is nothing without its employees. Whether you manage a lean team of five or oversee thousands across offices nationwide, you know that your employees are invaluable to the success of your business – and perhaps deserving of a thanks beyond simply paying their salary.

Skip the tired and cheap corporate gifts and surprise your employees this year with these elevated, thoughtful, and actually useful options instead. Some come from our favorite startups, while others are just a click away on Amazon. Go the extra mile by customizing them with company colors, a logo, or a personal touch that truly shows your appreciation.

Whether or not your company is working from home, it’s our hope that these gifts will allow you to stay connected to both your business – and each other.

Here are 36 corporate gifts to thank your employees:

Engraved spirits from ReserveBar

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Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, $85, available at ReserveBar

Consider a bottle of their favorite spirit from ReserveBar’s corporate gifting guide. Choose from a wide variety of champagnes, tequilas, and cocktail gift sets based on your employee’s preferences.

If you’re looking to make this gift even more special, you can opt for a custom bottle engraving.

To make a large ReserveBar order of 12 bottles or more, just fill out this form.

Famously delicious sweets from Milk Bar

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Milk Bar Treats, from $26, available at Milk Bar

Milk Bar, the cult-favorite bakery based in New York, delivers its decadent cakes, cookies, and truffles to gift recipients’ doorsteps.

Olive oil they’ve been meaning to try from Brightland

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Brightland Awake Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $37, available at Brightland

California brand Brightland makes extra virgin olive oil and vinegar that we’ve found to be full-bodied and sharp. Its recognizable white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage — and also look really nice displayed on a countertop. Find a full review here

A Hydro Flask mug that regulates their drink’s temperature


Hydro Flask 12 oz. Insulated Coffee Mug, $24.95, available on Hydro Flask

This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Reviews team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company’s proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous.

This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold for up to 24. Read our full review of it here.

An Atlas Tea Club subscription to some of the world’s best teas and coffees

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Atlas Tea Club 6 Month Gift Subscription, $109, available at Atlas Tea Club

This subscription sends your giftee single-origin teas from the best tea-growing regions in the world for six months. You can also opt for coffee

A small Tile Pro that helps them find misplaced items

Tile Pro Tracker

Tile Pro, $34.99, available on Amazon

The Tile Pro button helps you find misplaced items like keys and phones. You attach one to an item, that if lost, can be tracked through a free app or by pushing a button to create noise. We’ve found them especially useful lately!

Starbucks gift cards

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Gift cards, from $5, available at Starbucks

 Since there are Starbucks all over the country, its gift cards are great if you have employees spread across many locations. Starbucks’ corporate sales program also has options that range from physical gift cards, branded gift cards, or digital gift cards delivered directly to your recipient’s email.

You can set the value of the gift cards to anywhere between $5 to $500. Learn more about Starbucks’ corporate sales program here.

Plants and flowers from BloomsyBox

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Cape Town Orchid, $34.99, available at BloomsyBox

Bring some life into your employee’s home office setup by gifting them a beautiful flower arrangement or plant from BloomsyBox. The retailer offers a wide variety of floral arrangements and plants and even offers subscriptions so that you can send your employees flowers on a consistent basis.

Customized snack boxes from NatureBox

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Bestsellers Box, $33.99, available at NatureBox

Many folks are missing the company snack bar now that lots of offices are closed, and nothing says “I appreciate you” quite like a box filled with delicious treats.

NatureBox’s SnackPass box allows employees to choose their preferred snacks and get them sent directly to their houses. It also offers a wide selection and its corporate gifting program allows you to send a customized snack box after simply providing some basic information.

Mashable magnet toys from Speks

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Speks Original Magnetic Balls, $29.95, available at Speks

We loved these tiny magnet toys a lot more than we expected to. Less obnoxious than fidget spinners, they’re immensely satisfying to play with and build with as you work through a problem or concentrate on a task. The set includes 512 rare earth magnetic balls, a metal building base, a plastic splitter card, a 16-page starter guide, and a carrying case. 

A box of customer favorite coffee blends from La Colombe

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Greatest Hits Gifts Box, $40, available at La Colombe 

If they don’t live near one of La Colombe’s 30 locations, send them a gift set filled with the brand’s fan-favorite blends instead. La Colombe’s Coffee for a Crowd program allows you to mix and match different products from its vast selection and receive 20% off any order of 20 or more boxes of coffee, making it a great gift for your coffee-loving employees.

Decadent chocolates from Vosges

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Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library, $25, available at Vosges 

Our pick for the best chocolates you can gift, Vosges offers gift sets that are sure to impress your employees with both the high-quality chocolate and the beautiful packaging.

The Chocolate Bar Library is a great gifting option as it includes nine unique chocolate flavors — including banana coconut, matcha, and raw honey — in a keepsake box. Aside from this very giftable set, the Hazelnut Praline Bonbons set is a great gifting option, too.

Vosges also offers a corporate concierge which can help guide you through personalizing your chocolate selection with your company’s branding and help coordinate shipping to multiple addresses. 

Bath & Body Works gift sets

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Eucalyptus Spearmint Gift Set, $13.50, available at Bath & Body Works

With all of the handwashing and sanitizing we’re all doing due to the pandemic, there’s no better gift than this set from Bath & Body Works, which includes a hand sanitizer, hand lotion, and hand soap.

While you can order quantities up to 25 directly from the site, Bath & Body Works’ corporate gifting program allows you to order larger quantities of gift sets as well as gift cards. Use this contact form to get more information about Bath & Body Works’ corporate gifting program or to make large gift orders.

Bombas socks

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Men’s Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at Bombas

Women’s Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at Bombas

Part of Bombas’ appeal, other than the obvious differences in fit and feel, is that it donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter every time someone buys a pair, which also applies to its corporate gifting program. It can work with your company’s current charity partner, or help you find the perfect donation recipient. You can fill out a corporate gifting form at Bombas here.

Flowers from UrbanStems

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Flower bouquets, from $45, available at UrbanStems

Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day aren’t the only occasions where a bouquet of flowers is appropriate. Welcome new employees (and remind current ones) they’re appreciated with beautifully arranged flowers from our favorite flower delivery service.

Business customers can get up to 25% off regular prices. You can learn more about corporate gifting at UrbanStems here.

Away suitcases

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The Carry-On, $225, available at Away

Business travel, so long as it’s done safely, has never looked so cool. With an Away suitcase, they’ll be organized and stylish as they fly from destination to destination.

You don’t have to gift a piece of luggage, either — you can choose a backpack, luggage tag, or Away’s very useful travel wellness kit. Submit a corporate gifting form here for orders greater than 25 units.

A variety of Sugarwish candies

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Sugarwish Candy or Snack Gift Box, from $22, available at Sugarwish

If your employees prefer sour, sweet, or even chocolate candy, Sugarwish’s wide offering of sweets and snacks has them covered. Plus, Sugarwish’s corporate gifting program allows businesses to customize candies with branding and logos. 

Succulents from Lula’s Garden

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Urban Garden, $95, available at Lula’s Garden

A dash of greenery on their desk or in their room will make them happy — make it low-maintenance and nearly impossible to kill, and they’ll be even happier. You can learn more about custom gifting at Lula’s Garden here.

Gourmet gummies from Sugarfina

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Clementine Bears Candy Cube, from $8.95, available at Sugarfina

Give your employees a sweet treat they’ll remember with a Sugarfina Candy Cube. Thoughtfully packaged in clear acrylic boxes, these candies were made for gifting.

You can also design a custom Bento Box, candy cube, or taster packet with your company logo. Submit a corporate gifting request here for Sugarfina

A set of spa-worthy bath products from Nécessaire

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The Body Essentials, $60, available at Nécessaire

If you’re looking to gift employees bath and body products they’ll actually want to use, Nécessaire offers luxurious products free of toxic ingredients. With three set options, multiple scents, and even a fragrance-free option, you’ll surely find something they’ll love. To participate in the brand’s corporate gifting program, simply fill out this contact form.

BAGGU’s iconic nylon tote bags

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BAGGU Nylon Tote Bag, from $12, available at Amazon

As eco-friendly practices become more than a passing trend, you’ll only see more of BAGGU’s stylish yet functional bags out on the streets. These waterproof nylon totes hold 50 pounds of stuff, fold down to a fraction of their size to fit in your back pocket, and can be customized to let your employees flaunt where they work.

You can request a custom quote at BAGGU here.

Sweet treats from Baked by Melissa

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Latest & Greatest Cupcake Pack, 25 count, from $32, available at Baked by Melissa

There’s a reason that these bite-sized but flavorful cupcakes are a go-to gift for many. Baked by Melissa’s Latest & Greatest pack includes customer favorites such as red velvet and cookie dough as well as new seasonal flavor additions.

Purchase these cupcakes in large quantities directly from the product page, or if you would like a more customized experience for your giftees, check out the brand’s corporate gifting information here.

Face masks from Vistaprint

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Custom face masks, from $13, available at Vistaprint

In our current times, face masks are an incredibly useful gift. Vistaprint, typically known for its customizable business cards, clothing, and more, has added masks to its extensive product lineup.

Customize masks for your staff with your company’s logo or choose from one of many pre-existing designs. Submit a request for orders of more than 1,000 masks here.

Custom pencils from Shutterfly

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Custom Pencils, $11.95, available at Shutterfly

Something to write with can always come in handy, be it for to-do lists, doodling, or anything in between. These custom pencils come in a set of 12, are available in four colors, and the message can be anything from a company name to a fun joke that coworkers share.

Custom L.L.Bean jackets

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Custom jacket, from $89, available at L.L.Bean

When it comes to gifting clothing, one size does not fit all. Luckily, L.L.Bean’s business gifting site offers a wide range of inclusive sizes, from XS to 3X. Its fitness fleece quarter-zip jacket is available in five colors and can be customized with a logo.

The retailer also has a selection of other customizable products such as beanies, blankets, and duffle bags. You can place a corporate order here.

Delicious baked goods from Goldbelly

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Baked goods, from $29, available at Goldbelly

You can never go wrong with baked goods. With an option to narrow your search by region, Goldbelly’s corporate gifting program allows you to send local eats to your employees no matter where they’re located.

It offers everything from organic mixed fruit baskets, to Magnolia Bakery’s World Famous Banana Pudding. Plus, every order also helps support small or minority-owned businesses. For bulk orders of 15 recipients or more, you can email concierge@goldbelly.com.

Chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries

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Gourmet Drizzled Strawberries, $39.99 to $69.99, available at Sharri’s Berries

Peak indulgence is a box of strawberries dipped in rich milk, white, or dark chocolate, and maybe even sprinkled with nuts or chocolate chips. Shari’s Berries are our favorite chocolate-covered strawberries and they might just become your employees’ favorite too.

You can request a business gift quote at Shari’s Berries here.

YETI tumblers

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Rambler 20 Oz. Tumbler, $29.99, available at YETI

Whether you’re sipping on a hot or cold drink, YETI’s stainless steel, double-wall insulated tumblers never fail to keep your beverage at the optimal temperature. Employees can keep them on their desks or bring them along to the trails on their days off.

You can fill out a corporate gift form at YETI here.

Custom sticky notes from Zazzle

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Post-It Notes, from $6.95, available at Zazzle

Sticky notes are a productive gift that you know they’ll make great use of, whether jotting down assignments for the day or using them for out-of-office tasks and grocery lists.

Add a custom touch to this office staple with a team photo, company logo, or personal text. Zazzle allows for orders of up to 500 packs at a time, and bulk ordering can save up to 60%.

Patterned socks from Happy Socks

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Big Dot Gift Box, $48, available at Happy Socks

Regardless of your office dress code, fun socks will always be appreciated. You’ll have difficulty narrowing down the final choice from Happy Socks’ large selection of colorful, quirky patterns and prints.

Custom designs with the company colors or logo are also available for orders of 6,000 pairs or more. 

Leather accessories from Leatherology

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Bifold Wallet with Flap, $90, available at Leatherology

Send employees a beautiful, full-grain leather accessory like a luggage tag, business card case, or keychain. For an extra special touch, add a debossed monogram or logo.

Though leather goods sound like a premium gift that could be out of your budget, Leatherology sells its bags and accessories without the markup, so customers don’t have to spend so much for a touch of luxury. You can fill out a corporate gift inquiry form at Leatherology here.

Hatch Idea notebooks

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Hatch Ideas Notebook, $25, available at Etsy

A well-executed idea doesn’t happen overnight. Help your employees hatch the next big idea with this cloth-bound notebook that’s organized into three sections: Conceive, Incubate, and Hatch.

Although there’s no automatic option for bulk purchasing, the Etsy shop owner typically responds to messages within 24 hours and should be able to accommodate larger orders.

Phone grips from PopSockets

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Rose Gold Aluminum PopGrip, $15, available at PopSockets

PopSockets PopGrips are the small, simple, and affordable phone accessories that your employees will wish you had gifted them earlier. These round buttons stick to the back of their phone and expand whenever they need a grip or a stand. They can take photos, text, and hold their phone without worrying about dropping it, or prop it up to stream content and video chat.

You can order custom PopSockets PopGrips here.

Candles from Otherland

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Chandelier Candle, $36, available at Otherland

There are plenty of candles out there, but few quite as giftable as Otherland’s. These premium candles are available in many scents to suit the different personalities of your employees, and they look great on any tabletop (office, bedroom, or otherwise).

You can email hello@otherland.com to inquire about corporate gifts and place a large order.

Wine from Vinebox

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Vinebox Wine Gift Boxes, from $65, available at Vinebox

Instead of gifting them a bottle of wine you’re not sure they’ll like, let them personalize the selection themselves.

Vinebox takes the intimidation and pressure off by delivering wine flights in unique bottles and helping budding wine enthusiasts discover their favorites. You can learn more about corporate gifting at Vinebox here.

Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut

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Polo Ralph Lauren Sunglasses, from $77.50, available at Sunglass Hut

Sunglasses are a common gift or employee freebie, but they’re rarely worn because they’re usually plain or low-quality.

Sunglass Hut offers top brands and stylish options that everyone will actually want to wear. A perk of ordering through Sunglass Hut is that anyone can go to a store to receive a free personalized adjustment if the glasses don’t fit well. You can learn about corporate gifting at Sunglass Hut here.

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29 quirky White Elephant gifts under $50 that make great gifts year-round

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When it comes to gift-swapping games like White Elephant, Yankee Swap, or Nasty Christmas, the master gifters must first forget everything they know about gifting. Instead of cashmere scarves or Belgian chocolates reserved for birthdays or big holidays, gift swaps typically reward the niche, novel, and irreverent, with bonus points going to those who can check the boxes of funny and useful. Think: quirky cookbooks, personalized pillows, and card games that immediately break the ice.

What is White Elephant?

White elephant is a humorous gift exchange of the most unique and obscure items that’s a fun break away from traditional gift-giving. The Christmas game is played with a set price range and theme with gifts varying from used household objects, unopened gifts from the past, to new gifts with a comedic edge.

How to Play White Elephant

To begin, players draw numbers to determine the order of unwrapping the gifts. Each subsequent person has the option to unwrap a present or steal another.

Check out all 30 White Elephant gifts below:

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A set of golf-like stainless steel barbecue tools

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Golfers BBQ Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $34

This golf BBQ set is a game-changing gift for the grill master of the friend group.  These stainless steel barbecue tools come with soft insulated handles that resemble golf grips.

A whimsical b

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Bluetooth Banana Phone, available at Uncommon Goods, $40

Give the comedic friend an extra excuse for another dad joke with this humorous banana phone. This Bluetooth phone eases any tension or awkward silence with the help of your phone’s voice assistant too.

A reversible sequin pillow cover

Jeff DIY Sequin Pillow Cover - white elephant gift

Jeff DIY Sequin Pillow Cover, available at Amazon, $10.99

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A device that makes a whole breakfast sandwich in one go

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Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, available on Amazon, $24.99

This wildly popular breakfast sandwich maker surprisingly works. It speeds up the process and makes a delicious, consistently warm sandwich with meat, cheese, eggs, and bread.

A reusable tote that looks like the iconic plastic design

Uncommon Goods Embroidered Thank You - white elephant gift Tote

Embroidered Thank You Tote, available at Uncommon Goods, $38

Quirky, nostalgic, and practical — this tote is one of the sweet spot gifts. Inspired by the 2007 plastic bag ban in San Francisco, it’s made from recycled taffeta and is machine-washable and reusable.

A weird but comfortable prawn neck pillow

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Shrimp Neck Pillow, available at Amazon, $16.99

Comfortable but unabashedly bizarre — the perfect White Elephant gift.

Tequila shot glasses made out of salt

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Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, Set of 4, available at Uncommon Goods, from $28

These salt glasses give a mezcal or tequila shot a nice salty kick.  

What’s been called the world’s strongest coffee

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Death Wish Ground Coffee, available at Amazon, $19.43

Death Wish claims to be the world’s strongest coffee, with about double the caffeine of your average cup. The added kick is attributed to a unique blend of Arabica and Robusta beans and a slow roasting process. It’s Fair Trade, has no additives, and makes a pretty good cup of coffee!

Mini tabletop cornhole that they can play whenever and wherever

Tabletop Cornhole - white elephant gift

Tabletop Cornhole, available at Uncommon Goods, $50

Have a hankering for games that fit inside your home these (cold, distanced) days? This Tabletop Cornhole game is easy to store and not at all weather-dependent. Enjoy it wherever! 

A gimmicky present they’ll actually wind up using

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Tweexy Wearable Nail Polish Bottle Holder, available at Amazon, $9.99

If you’ve ever painted your nails, you can sympathize with the hassle of finding a safe spot for an open bottle of gooey, brightly colored polish. This $10 nail polish holder looks gimmicky, but it’s actually useful. 

A bucket of the best sea salt from England

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Maldom Salt, available at Amazon, from $13

This isn’t just any random bucket of salt. Malton’s is revered by cooks as their preferred sea salt — and it’s been harvested along the coastal town of Malton, England since the mid-1800s. 

An adult coloring book full of swear words

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Maybe Swearing Will Help: Adult Coloring Book, available at Amazon, $6.99

Adult coloring has had a resurgence in recent years as a great de-stressor (Kate Middleton was one notable fan). But before then, humans used swearing as the next best thing. Why not pair the two together for a truly balanced catharsis?

A plug-in that lets them control the TV and lights from the couch without getting up

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Amazon Alexa-Enabled Smart Plug, available at Amazon, $24.99

Give couch potato people what they want: the ability to control the lights, TV, stereo, and other appliances without needing to get up from the comfortable spot they fell into. 

A saint candle with your friend’s face on it – or their pet’s

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Custom Prayer Candle, available at Etsy, from $20

You tell your friends you love and respect them, but what have you done to prove it lately?

An aesthetically pleasing wine holder for a glass at bathtime

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Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder, available at Uncommon Goods, $38

Despite being a simple vehicle for enjoying wine in a bathtub, you can feel proud of this holder: it’s accented with hand-picked beach stones, and the ash wood looks nicer than transparent plastic. It’ll also come with a BPA-free plastic wine glass for safety.

A funny choose-your-own-adventure cookbook

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What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?: The Answers to Life’s Everyday Question, available at Amazon, $14.49

This popular cookbook was derived from the website of the same name, and it’s a choose-your-own-adventure book of 50 solid meal ideas for the nights when they have no clue what to make. 

A binge-watching survival kit for the deep Netflix rabbit holes

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Pinch Provisions Binge-Watching Survival Kit, available at Pinch Provisions, $20

This binge-watching survival kit is especially perfect for the friend who’s always complaining about the thinly-veiled disapproval in Netflix’s “Are you still watching?” notification. 

A card game that has you anonymously answer the question “who’s the most likely to…” out of your friends

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The Voting Game Adult Card Game, available at Amazon, $24.95

This card game basically asks you to anonymously answer “Who’s the most likely to…” out of your friends — perfect for the next low-key night or pregame. You may also want to check out “Who in the Room” or the card version of “Never Have I Ever”

A punny and entirely functional umbrella

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Raining Men Clear Bubble Dome Umbrella, available at Amazon, $17.95

The perfect accessory for days when it’s “raining men.” 

A to-go sriracha sauce keychain for the hot sauce friend

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Sriracha Sauce Keychain, available at Amazon, from $9.99

Perfect for the friend who asks for hot sauce before even tasting the food.

A Bob Ross Chia Pet

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Chia Pet Bob Ross with Seed Pack, available at Amazon, $20.99

Just because they’ve never asked for a live plant in the shape of an angelic cultural giant doesn’t mean they won’t love growing one. 

All the moods of Nicolas Cage on a T-shirt

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Nicholas Cage Mood T-Shirt, available at Headline Shirts, from $28

A national treasure in its own right. 

A cocktail recipe book that pairs good music with good drinks

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Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, available at Amazon, $21.92

Combine two great pastimes into one with a guide of 70 albums from the ’50s through the ’00s, paired with an A-side and B-side cocktail for each one. They’re organized by mood, so they’ll know just what pairing to use.

A Tile Mate to ring their keys or phone wherever they lost them

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Tile Mate with Replaceable Battery, available at Amazon, $24.99

For the friend who has invested far too much money in key duplicates. 

A funny cookbook made especially for hungover, demoralizing mornings

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The Hungover Cookbook, available at Amazon, $6.36

This cookbook was built to handle hangovers — six types of them to be exact. Recipes are tailored to the specific hangover and are bookended by insights into hangover science, quizzes to see if you’re maybe just still drunk, and witty jokes. 

A device that stirs ingredients for you

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Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer, available at Uncommon Goods, $25

Like the wearable nail polish holder, this is another product that arguably shouldn’t exist. And yet … it’s a great way to make sure everything is perfectly cooked, without hovering over the pan and stirring continually. Funny, weird, and — according to its 43 reviews and 4.8-stars — actually very useful.

A wine glass that fits an entire bottle of wine

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BigMouth Inc Ultimate Wine Bottle Glass, available at Amazon, $19.99

This “wine glass” fits an entire bottle of wine as a single-serving.

A crowd-pleasing gag gift mug

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BigMouth Inc Toilet Mug, available at Amazon, $14.99

This ceramic gag gift mug has become a bit of a mainstay in the genre, and it holds up to 12 ounces of their favorite drink. 

A Slothmas sweatshirt

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RAISEVERN Unisex Funny Print Ugly Christmas Sweater, available at Amazon, from $13.99

Merry Slothmas to all and to all a 20-hour sleep cycle, goodnight.

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24 creative gifts for your sister this holiday season – especially if she’s hard to shop for

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The holiday shopping season starts earlier every year, and with expected shipping delays across the board, it’s a good idea to get a head start on gifting. We’re prepared with plenty of gift guides that cover everyone on your list – from coffee lovers to your in-laws. Shopping for gifts doesn’t have to be stressful pursuit.

Here, we’re talking about sisters – those that have been your built-in-best-friends since birth and the ones you’ve found and chosen for yourself. No matter what, they’ve seen you through your highest of highs and lowest of lows, and they still love you – that deserves something special.

Here are 24 creative gifts your sister will love:

A hand-painted dish for her jewelry or change

Abstract cat trinket dish from Anthropologie

Marcello Velho Folksong Trinket Dish, $16, available at Anthropologie

If your sister loves animals and abstract design, she’ll also love one of these handcrafted Marcello Velho stoneware plates. The 6-inch dish is a perfect size for rings, stud earrings, or loose change, but the abstract bird or cat designs are so beautiful she may not want to cover them up.

A pair of tech-friendly gloves to keep her hands warm

Isotoner Fleece Gloves

Isotoner’s Stretch Fleece Gloves, $18.46, available at Amazon

There’s no need to get frostbite just to send a text — protect your sister’s fingers with these tech-friendly fleece gloves. The gloves come in four muted colors, and we found them to be surprisingly elegant and warm. 

A keychain to declare her Hogwarts house allegiance

Gryffindor Crest Key Chain with gift tag under $10

Gryffindor Crest Key Chain, $7.75, available at Amazon

This diecast metal and enamel key chain is a great way for your sister to claim her Gryffindor pride or Hufflepuff roots. All four houses are available and officially authorized by Warner Brothers, so make sure the sorting hat agrees with your choice. 

A textured tote bag so she stays trendy on the go

BDG Patchwork Corduroy Tote Bag from Urban Outfitters

BDG Patchwork Corduroy Tote Bag, $49, available at Urban Outfitters

Your fashion-forward sister will love using this patchwork tote to add neutral accent tones and texture to any outfit. The bag has a magnetic snap closure, an inner and outer pocket, and a lined interior. 

A brightly colored planner

The Happy Planner Live Life in Full Color water color cover

2022 12-Month Planner, $18.95, available at The Happy Planner

The Happy Planner is one of our favorite sites for calendars, stickers, and desk organizers. The 2022 Classic Planner has 12 dividers and both weekly and monthly views. There are plenty of designs for you to choose from, matching your sister’s vibe to the cover. 

A fun way for her to spice things up

hot sauce, $35

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $42, available at Uncommon Goods

If she loves her food extra spicy, there’s no better way to get her perfect flavor than trying to create it herself. This DIY hot sauce kit comes with lots of spices and dried peppers, as well as bottles, labels, and other tools to help her concoct her very own blend. The process is pretty straightforward and makes for a fun activity. 

A book to fuel her wanderlust

the bucket list book

The Bucket List, $35, available at Anthropologie

This book has almost 500 pages of straight-up travel inspiration. With beautiful pictures and lists of scenic beaches, culinary destinations, and more, you can be sure this book will give her the travel bug. 

A ravioli mold and roller

ravioli, $26.95

Ravioli Mold with Roller, $26.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Ravioli everyday — that sounds pretty good to me. Making pasta is a lot easier than you might think, and this ravioli mold and roller makes it even simpler to get her favorite shape just right. 

A fun set of coasters for the hostess

bar games, $12

Bar Game Coasters, $25.98, available at Cost Plus World Market

If she loves to host, help her keep her counters clean and her guests having fun with these coasters. Each of the 30 coasters has a drinking game, puzzle, or quiz for a surefire good time.

A super-plush robe that rivals the one she’d find at a spa

snowe, $98

Classic Bathrobe, $100, available at Snowe

If she loves lounging, she’ll love to wrap up in this plush bathrobe. It’s pricey, but it’s super absorbent, soft, and one of our reporters swears by it.

A pair of leggings from a sustainable startup

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Compressive High Rise Legging, $78, available at Girlfriend Collective

Whether she wears them while running miles or running errands, every girl needs a good pair of leggings. The high-rise from Girlfriend Collective are one of our favorite choices. They’re flattering, come in a sea of colors, are relatively affordable, and they’re made from recycled water bottles

An easy-to-tend-to herb garden to spruce up her space

Gifts for sister mason jar herb garden

Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, $22, available at Uncommon Goods

If she’s a foodie, she knows the power of fresh herbs. If she doesn’t have space, time, or particular interest in growing a real herb garden, these adorable mason jars will do the trick. They’ll look great in her kitchen and, by using a passive hydroponic system, are a foolproof way to grow herbs.

Super soft slippers for lounging around


Chesney Slipper, $49.95, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

Whether you live in a wintry climate or not, everyone could use a cozy pair of slippers. With a sole that’s thick enough to brave the outdoors and a furry lining inside, these will be her go-to for lounging around. 

A toiletry kit that can hold everything she needs

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Hunter Toiletry Bag, $40 – $75, available at Dagne Dover

You probably know how many toiletries she takes with her whenever she travels. Consolidate everything in all of her little travel bags to this big one. It’s made out of waterproof neoprene, has plenty of pockets, and even has a removable pouch that she can use on its own.

A set of soaps and bath products for some true relaxation

etsy, $30

Little Flower Soap Co Relaxation Set, $35, available at Etsy

She loves her me time, so help her make the most of it with this set of super relaxing products. She’ll find soap, lip balm, bath salts, skin and muscle rescue balm for those days when she needs a little extra R&R.

A really nice face mask she’s been waiting to splurge on

fresh, $92

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfect Mask, $92, available at Sephora

If she’s a skincare fanatic, she’s probably thought about trying this mask, known for leaving skin smooth and dewy. The $92 price tag may be holding her back, but if you want to splurge on a gift for her, this will make a great one. 

A mini instant camera to capture little moments

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $70, available at Target

She doesn’t have to be a photographer to love this little instant camera. She’ll have fun snapping away and watching her pictures develop — it’s always a fun surprise to see what they turn out like. 

A chance to try coffee from all over the world

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Atlas Coffee Club Subscription, from $50, available at Atlas Coffee Club

If she loves coffee and culture, a subscription to Atlas Coffee Club can give her a little of both. Each month she’ll get a bag of beans (ground or whole) from somewhere new, along with postcards from the country, and some information on how to best brew the coffee.

A pair of shoes from a cult-favorite startup


Women’s Wool Runners, $98, available at Allbirds

While wool socks are pretty common, you probably never thought about wearing wool sneakers —  that’s until Allbirds came out of course. These shoes are so comfortable and soft, she’ll want to wear them everyday. Plus, they’re machine washable, so she actually can. 

A candle that reminds her of your favorite shared memories

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Homesick Candles, from $29, available at Amazon

If she just moved away from home or is a sucker for nostalgia, she’ll love receiving a Homesick candle. These candles are made to smell like cities, states, or experiences — like watching Friday night football or going to summer camp. The reviews team described the New York candle as smelling like Macy’s in Herald Square. 

A nod to her obsession with memes

what do you meme, $29.97

What Do You Meme?, $29.99, available at Amazon

She tags you in memes everyday, and you’ve got to admit, her humor is pretty on point. This game will keep her laughing for hours — and hopefully you’ll get to play, too. 

A speaker that’ll introduce her to smart home devices

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Echo Dot (4th generation), $34.99, available at Amazon

If she’s new to the world of smart home technology, ease her in with the Echo Dot. It’s affordable, easy to use, and small enough to fit just about anywhere. If you think a different version would suit her better, check out our guide to finding the best Amazon Echo for all people and budgets.

An adorable set of makeup towels


Weezie Makeup Towels (Pair), $40, available at Weezie

These might just be the cutest towels she’s ever seen. Not only are they an adorable addition to the bathroom, but they’re dark navy so they conceal makeup grime. 

A gift card to try out some new fitness classes

classpass, $50

ClassPass gift card, choose your amount, available at ClassPass

Boutique workout classes are all the rage (whether by social distance or at home), but there are so many to choose from. Give her the ability to try them all with a ClassPass gift card. You can choose how much you want to give and each amount will correlate with a certain number of credits she can put towards trying new classes.

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