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The gift giving season is approaching, and it’s time to think about friends, co-workers, neighbors, and others you want to acknowledge with something that will please them, feel personal, and let them know how much you appreciate them all year long. And you want to do all that without “breaking the bank.” After all, it’s also a time of entertaining, presents for family, perhaps travel, home decorating, and holiday events.
We have searched for ideas and convenient sources of unique gifts that might fit your recipient’s interests, rather than seeming generic. Cooks will enjoy a new magazine or colorful dish towel, and there’s an especially elegant gardening set for someone with a green thumb and an easy to keep succulent plant for someone who is not similarly gifted. A fun game with wide appeal and a party activity for Prosecco fans will be entertaining presents.
A few other ideas, both practical and just pretty, will be just right for others on your list. A quality candle is always welcome, as are delicious breakfast treats that might even lead to re-orders and grateful thoughts of you. On the practical side, tiny lightweight reading glasses in a keychain case will be appreciated by some on your list, and a handmade wood cheese board always comes in handy for entertaining.
Most of these gifts can be ordered for direct delivery, or if you order soon, you’ll be able to wrap and present your gifts personally. As you explore our suggestions, you just might discover additional ideas for others on your gift list. Our goal here is to provide some inspiration that will encourage you to get started so you can enjoy the holiday season and the pleasure of giving.
Picasso Bud Vases
These white ceramic bud vases would make a whimsical addition to a room when filled with blooms or greenery. Choose the five inch tall or four inch round vase, each with its own facial expression. Add a few flowers to add some color and complete the gift.
To buy: guggenheimstore.com, $20
FITS Medium Hiker Socks
Dedicated to offering the best fitting, comfortable socks for daily wear and sports like hiking, skiing, running, cycling, and more, FITS uses the highest quality yarns and construction. The Medium Hiker, made of super-fine Merino wool, provides cushioning and stays put for all-day foot protection and comfort.
To buy: fitssock.com, $23
Skyline Etched Wine Glass
The cityscape wraps around the dishwasher-safe stemless wine glass for a personal gift recognizing someone’s hometown, favorite city, or special vacation spot. With nearly 30 cities available, you’re likely to find the right one for your gift.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $24
Leather Luggage Tag
An attractive and practical leather luggage tag adds a bit of class as well as security on a travel bag. In full-grain pebble leather in assorted colors, this heart-shaped tag can send a subtle message. The luggage tags come in rectangular and square shapes as well.
To buy: leatherology.com, $25
Olivewood Cheese Board
Each of these serving pieces is uniquely grained and crafted from sustainable olivewood for an appetizing presentation. Add a wedge of good cheese and perhaps a matching olivewood spreader for a welcome gift.
To buy: crateandbarrel.com, $17
ThinOptics Glasses & Keychain Case
For a little help with the fine print, a pair of reading glasses comes in handy. These are so small and light, they’re convenient to keep handy in a purse, golf bag, or pocket. They’re available in various strengths and frame colors.
To buy: thinoptics.com, $24.95
Metal Picture Frame
Everyone has a photo that deserves to be displayed with a bit of bling. This frame, for a 4”x 6” print, has just the right amount of sparkle to show off a great shot. Glass protects the photo, and the frame comes individually boxed.
To buy: jossandmain.com, $18
Sugarfina “But First, Coffee” Tumbler
The reusable 12 ounce coffee tumbler comes filled with Iced Vanilla Latte and Cold Brew Bears infused with Alfred’s caffeinated coffee blend. This fun gift is perfect for fans of both coffee and candy—a sweet gift set.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $19
National Geographic Destinations of a Lifetime
This hardcover book is filled with spectacular images by National Geographic’s renowned photographers, along with descriptions and details on each location. Whether it’s for planning a vacation or just enjoying one vicariously, it will make a thoughtful gift and prized possession.
To buy: amazon.com, $22
Fork and Trowel Set
Beautifully boxed and adorned with “Bower” floral wallpaper print created by designer William Morris for the Victoria and Albert Museum, this set will please the gardener on your list. These lightweight tools are practical and almost too pretty to use.
To buy: worldmarket.com, $24.99
Origins Ginger Hand Lotion
More than just a pretty bottle to keep in your powder room, this aromatic lotion leaves hands soft and smooth, just in time for the cold winter weather. Scents of bergamot, lemon, and lime combine with sultry ginger in a gold decorated pump bottle.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $21
Prosecco Pong Party Game
Beer lovers invented the game, but Prosecco fans want to get in on it too and maybe even class it up a notch. The kit has everything—except the Prosecco—to get a game started. Add a bottle of your favorite Italian bubbly for the perfect gift.
To buy: papersource.com, $24.95
Three-Wick Candle by Voluspa
These beautifully scented candles come in a variety of attractively patterned metallic covered tins, perfect keepsakes when the candle is finished. Made in California, the coconut wax blend is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates with 100% cotton wicks.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $22