50 of Our Absolute Favorite Gifts to Give This Year

50 of Our Absolute Favorite Gifts to Give This Year

Bridget Mallon
Nov 2, 2018
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There are few constants in the world, but one thing I can always count on is my own inability to get any holiday shopping done early. I don't really know why, I actually love picking out gifts for the people I love and finding items I know will bring them joy. I just inevitably do that shopping about five days before Christmas (a.k.a. my Amazon Prime account really comes in handy). But not this year. Our Holiday Jumpstart has inspired me to shop early and shop smart, so I've already started scouring the internet for 2018's best gifts. And I'm here to share them with you. Happy Gift Guide season, everyone!

Over the next few weeks we'll be publishing our best holiday gift ideas for specific people in your life, but first up is a selection of stylish gifts that just about anyone will love.

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1. Terrazzo Coasters, $13 for 4

Terrazzo is one of the "it" trends of the moment, but decorating with it can feel like a big commitment. Ease your friends and family onto the Terrazzo train with this sleek set of coasters. The speckled pattern feels a lot more subdued in this black-and-white palette, but it still packs a stylish punch.

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2. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6, $130

Fujifilm's Instax cameras are a favorite of the Instagram generation, and for good reason. The retro-inspired cameras automatically print out tangible photos that you can put on display or share with friends. And the camera's stylish aesthetic doesn't hurt either. This year we're digging the versions that print out square photos instead of the mini rectangular images earlier editions were known for.

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3. Umbra Trigg Small Hanging Planters, $25

Help your friends and family join the hordes of other plant parents around the world with this on-trend set of two mini hanging planters. Their small size makes them perfect for succulents and other little blooms.

4. Custom Recipe Pie Pan, from $55

Looking for something a little more sentimental? We love the idea of personalizing a pie pan with a famous family recipe, and luckily this Etsy seller specializes in just that.

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5. "Cravings Hungry for More" by Chrissy Teigen, $21

Need a gift for someone without a treasure trove of family recipes? You can't go wrong with a cookbook. This year, we've got our eye on Chrissy Teigen's newest tome.

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6. Custom Family Portrait, from $24

Etsy really takes the cake when it comes to custom gifts, and we adore these cute hand-drawn family portrait illustrations (pets included!). This would make a great gift for parents, grandparents, or newly married couples.

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7. DIY Ukulele Kit, $39

If your gift recipient would rather do the customization themselves, a DIY kit is always a great option. This build-your-own-ukulele is perfect for music lovers with a crafty side.

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8. Marshall Stanmore II Wireless Smart Speaker, $400

Buying for someone who'd rather listen to music than play their own? Marshall's newest speaker could be right up their alley. It's a splurge, yes, but a great buy for real music lovers. It's Alexa-enabled and modeled after the brand's iconic amps.

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9. Himalayan Salt Lamp, $20

This handmade lamp comes with a dimmer switch so your friends and family can find the soothing glow that's right for them.

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10. Edna Embellished Throw Blanket, $128

Throw blankets are a go-to gift year after year, and honestly I can never have too many, so I don't mind at all. This throw from Anthropologie is as stylish as they come thanks to a subdued color palette and plenty of textural details.

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11. Eyes Cocktail Napkins, $48

They say cocktails are the windows to the soul, right? Oh wait, no. That's what they say about eyes. Either way, a set of these cocktail napkins will make an eye-catching addition to any dinner party.

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12. Custom Map Foil Art, from $115

Choose a city or state that's important to your gift recipient and memorialize it in gilded gold. You can even have it framed through Minted, so they can hang it up right after opening it.

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13. Greta Bourbon & Vanilla Candle, $29

What would a gift guide be without a candle? Well, still a gift guide, but candles and gifting are pretty ubiquitous at this point. I'm partial to spending a little more money on a candle that people would actually display, like this Bourbon & Vanilla option from Bijou Candles.

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14. Velvet Fringe Pillow, $25

Give the gift of glam with this luxe-looking throw pillow. It incorporates three of 2018's biggest home trends—emerald, velvet, and fringe—but doesn't feel over-the-top.

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15. If You Can Read This...Socks, from $10

Sometimes a small, cheeky gift is the option. They're memorable, make the recipient laugh, and won't break the bank. If you do want to spend a little more, just pair these with a bottle of wine.

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16. Rabbit Pura Decanting System, $60

If you're buying for someone who's a little more serious about their love of wine, why not consider a nice decanter? This version from Rabbit instantly aerates and filters your vino.

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17. Umbra Round Wall Mirror, $80

Mirrors may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about gifts, but it's basically my mission to change that. They're basically jewelry for your walls and jewelry is a great gift, right? Anyway, this round mirror is on-trend but simple enough that it would work with any existing decor schemes.

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18. Ryan Porter Custom Necklace, from $65

Speaking of jewelry, a custom nameplate necklace is almost a no-fail gift. You can always go with the recipient's name, or a word or phrase that speaks to their personality. One AT editor has one that says "hungry" and I am jealous of it everyday.

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19. Metal Beverage Serving Set, $82

Another favorite gift idea is something that elevates an everyday activity (think: your morning coffee or tea). Make those morning routines feel like a real treat with this gilded serving set.

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20. Atlas Coffee Subscription, prices vary

Or you can make sure their caffeine supply never runs out by signing them up for a subscription that will deliver coffee from around the world straight to their doorstep.

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21. Blush and Ice Mug Set, $16

And hey, if you're getting them a coffee of the month subscription, why not go a step further and add in this adorable set of coffee mugs?

22. Very Big Hug Throw, $108

A hug is a great way to remind your loved ones that you're always there when they need you. And this blanket ensures they'll know that even if you're far away.

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23. Leopard Silk Eye Mask, $49

Give the gift of a great night of sleep with this limited edition print sleep mask. The silk material is key to helping hair and skin retain moisture throughout the night.

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24. Brass Easel & Calendar, from $55

Create a one-of-a-kind gift by personalizing a calendar with your loved one's favorite photos. They'll be able to relive one of their most beloved moments with every new month.

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25. Eye-Shaped Mirror, $30

This eye mirror is unexpected, yes. But would make a great gift for decor lovers with a whimsical side.

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26. Fire HD 8 Tablet, $80

The holidays are an ideal time to pick up tech items your loved ones have been eyeing. And this tablet from Amazon comes in under $100.

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27. Google Home Mini, $49

Or help them hop on the smart home trend with this mini Google Home. It's available in several colors and small enough that it can blend in with the rest of their decor.

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28. Wool Felt Laptop Backpack, $108

But if you're shopping for someone who prefers to buy their own tech items, why not pick up a sturdy bag to help keep them safe?

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29. Crescent Moon Neon Sign, $129

Light up your loved one's nights with this cool neon sign. It will add the perfect amount of kitsch to their space.

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30. Monogram Candle, $24

Anthropologie's monogram mugs have been popular gifts for a while, but this year we're loving these candles as a more decor-based alternative.

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31. Cactus Marble Ring Dish, $19

Cactus motifs continue to be popular, and this gilded guy is the perfect place to keep rings safe. It would also look cute as an objet on a bookshelf or mantel.

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32. Spirit Animal Notebook Set, $45

For the writers or doodlers in your life, consider this set of notebooks with a powerful mantra on the cover.

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33. Fa La La Llama Oven Mitt, $13

For the baker with an appreciation for whimsy, this oven mitt adorned with holiday-themed llamas is a great, easy gift.

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34. Owl Cocktail Shaker, $79

Who wouldn't love to display a metallic owl in their home? If you don't want to use it as a cocktail shaker or barware, this little guy would look great set out on a bookshelf or side table too.

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35. Gin And Tonic Botanical Mixer Gift Set, $20

This collection of different botanicals will give the budding mixologist in your life the chance to infuse their own gin to use in their own craft cocktails.

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36. Scratch Off Map, $20

The travelers in your life will love this interactive map on which they can scratch off the locations they've visited throughout the world. Happy wanderlust!

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37. Wallet with Removable Crossbody Strap, $17

For the gift recipient who's not afraid to make a statement, this wallet pairs animal print with a bright red strap, all for under $20.

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38. Nudo Flavored Olive Oil Trio, $44

A trio of different flavored olive oils is an ideal gift for people with a flair for cooking. This set also makes for a great unexpected hostess gift.

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39. Snake Bar Towel, $24

This embroidered bar towel is a great way to let the Slytherin in your life show off their house pride.

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40. Crosley Gig Shelf Turntable System, $180

This minimalist turntable comes with two side speakers, making it a great piece to display on a shelf. It's also bluetooth-enabled so you can play digital music as well as vinyl.

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41. Self Cleaning Water Bottle, $95

Yep, you read that right, this bottle cleans itself and the water inside thanks to digital purification from a UV-C LED light, all at the touch of a button.

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42. Away The Everywhere Bag, $195

Ideal as a carry-on or weekender, this sleek bag is water-resistant thanks to the performance nylon, and comes in gray, black, navy, and a limited edition camouflage leather.

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43. Wine Cork State, $35

Winos can show off the corks from their favorite bottles with this state-shaped wall hanging, available as any state of your choosing.

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44. Welcome Goodbye Doormat, $43

Help your friends and family make a great first impression with this cheeky, Instagram-friendly coir doormat.

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45. Agate Coaster, $14

Available in a range of eight colors, these agate coasters make for a gorgeous update for a coffee table. They're sold individually so you can create a mix and match set.

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46. Hanging Medallion Wall Art, $69

This geometric wall art is a modern take on those macrame wall hangings that have dominated boho spaces for years. It also comes in four different colors.

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47. Stainless Steel Reusable Cup, $35

Help your friends and family cut down on takeout coffee cups by gifting them a customized stainless steel cup. You can choose the color for the base, the lid, and the top button to create something they'll really love.

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48. Luxe Chenille Throw, $79

Move over faux fur throws, there's a new cozy contender in town. Chenille is super soft and luxurious, but lightweight and easy to layer.

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49. Calligraphy Starter Kit, $40

Help your friends and family harness their creative side with this beginners-friendly calligraphy kit.

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50. Rifle Paper Co 2019 Wall Calendar, $26

Help get their 2019 off to a stylish start with this calendar full of travel-inspired illustrations that are sure to make anyone smile.

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