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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Gift “Bewilderment” by Richard Powers, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.91
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
Gift the “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.90
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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Express your gratitude and love for grandma with a thoughtful, useful gift.
Pair it with a phone or video call so she can see you and hear your voice.
Still looking for gifts for other people on your list? Check out more gift ideas here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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”).
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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”
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about corporate gifts and place a large order.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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”.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.