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20 Gifts So Good You’ll Want to Keep Them for Yourself

updated Dec 20, 2020
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You know you’ve been there: You found a gift so thoughtful, smart, and stylish that you’ve thought, “Maybe I should keep this for myself?” These 20 picks are certainly contenders for holding onto, so stock up (at least on the inexpensive ones). Or maybe this is the year you just outright splurge on something for yourself?

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Uncommon Goods

Talk about a conversation piece; this sculptural candle negates the need for a holder. Gift it to an artsy pal looking to make dinner time a little more special.

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You don’t need much else to outfit an entry (or bedside table) beyond this smart valet, which is part wireless charger for all your devices and part tray for change and keys. This living saddle leather finish has a luxe look that’ll only get better with time, and you can personalize it with a monogram for free, too.

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Williams Sonoma
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Tamar Mogendorff

This luxe velvet pillow is definitely on your Insta-loving bestie's wish list. The only questions are what color(s) and which size(s) will work best on their sofa and/or bed.

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If natural light is at a premium in your place, Dyson’s Lightcycle Morph is the splurge that you might want to make for your own home this season. Yes, it’s pricey, but one light can take the place of four in a room, since it can deliver task, indirect, feature, or ambient lighting depending on how you configure it. Even better, it uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate the optimal color temperature and brightness of the light it’s emitting realtive to the time of day it is. Translation: it'll never interfere with your circadian rhythm.

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This handy tool comes with a bunch of smaller bits, making it great for little fixes around a living room. Buy one for a friend that just moved into a new place and snag one for yourself while you're at it. The carrying case makes it super easy to store in a drawer or toolbox.

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Up a sibling's at home massage game with this pocket-sized but powerful massage device. When business trips become a thing again, it'll travel easy for instant stress relief.

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Garnet Hill

Garnet Hill was the first company to bring traditional English flannel bedding to America in the 1970s, and their flannel sheets are still crafted using the same old-world techniques for unparalleled softness and durability. A set of their signature sheets would definitely be a cozy gift to give, but you may want to order a second set to treat yourself, too.

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Replacing your sister's entire set of dishes may be beyond the budget. But a stylish, low-profile shallow serving bowl that'll make her think of you every time she uses it? That's doable, and you might even snag your own to make you think of her, too. Best friend bowls are totally a thing.

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East Fork

This mug's almost always sold out, and yes, it really is that good—the colors, the hand feel, the weight. Do yourself a favor and order a pair for the coffee or tea lover in your life. No judgment if only one makes it into your friend's hands.

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File this one under stocking stuffer to stock up on. Philips has finally released a lower-cost, battery-operated toothbrush that's actually chic. Choose from four colors and gift a brush head subscription, too, if you really want to make them smile from ear to ear.

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West Elm

If they consider self-care a sport, then they're going to love this setup. A double-sided mirror sits atop a storage tray, providing the perfect spot to put on makeup or stash beauty loot.

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Finally, a breakfast spread that will literally last forever! If your pal likes puzzles, this 1,000-piece food-themed design, which is made out of recycled art paper, will provide hours of entertainment and look handsome on a bookshelf when it's time to store it.

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Turn your living room into Rainbow Road with this new hybrid racing game for Nintendo Switch, which marries on-screen gameplay with physical kart racing around a AI "track" right on your floor. Family game night just got a huge upgrade!

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Weighted blankets are still not a totally widespread phenomenon, probably because they can be pricey. Group gift one of Bearaby's breathable organic cotton designs to your parents and prepare to hear how often they fight about who gets to use it.

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Best Buy

If you know someone that could use a WFH upgrade, why not start with the hardware? The Microsoft Surface Laptop comes in three stylish shades, has a touchscreen, and is light and fast, boasting an Intel Core i5 processor. Sure, a computer's always going to be somewhat of a splurge, but the Surface is a gift the whole family can use, for work, school, gaming, and staying in touch with your people. So you'll definitely benefit from this one, too.

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They may have wanted a new kitchen island, but this renovation-free storage cart is the next best thing, ready to roll right out of the box. It'll become their sous chef—toting cookbooks, keeping utensils at the ready, and providing a little extra storage in a cramped cookspace.

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Who doesn't want to get a little more creative in the new year? This set of supplies, ranging from a huge sketchbook and colored pencils to a group of three journals and a collection of paper games, is everything your neighbors need to enjoy a few more months of staying at home. Everything from Knack comes in a special giftable box, but you could break up this set, too, and keep one or two things for your own winter hibernation.

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Cloth napkins can make an everyday dinner seem super fancy. Treat a friend to that fun suppertime feeling with this set of pretty linen napkins spun out of European flax.

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Boxes are the new trays, and anyone who's into organizing can never get enough of them. This polyresin mauve jewelry box is lined in faux suede, so it looks as stylish as the baubles stashed inside of it.