Take A Peek At Our Senior Associate Editor's Gift Guide
'Tis the season to be gifting.
Oh the holidays... While some scrooges might complain how it's an overly commercial season, I see it as an excuse to throw a good party and give back. After all, 'tis the season to get together with friends and family, celebrate the past year, engage in charity, and find meaningful gifts for the folks who matter most.
There's something so rewarding about picking out an absolutely perfect present for everyone on your list. Not only does it feel great to give it, but it's a sign of actually understanding the tastes and needs of the people you're closest to. While I admit to the sin of re-gifting at times (gotta stay on budget, after all!), I'm really working hard this year to find items that feel specific to each person. While it may dip into my fête fund, I know investing in my friendships is what matters most.
When approaching holiday gifts, it's best to go through a multi-step method to find the ideal item. First, if there is an inside joke between you and a friend, you have to get them something related to that. The more obscure, the better. If not, it's good to think about what someone loves and what they need. Get something that fits in both categories and you'll have a winner.
After careful deliberation, I have finally picked out presents for everyone on my list. Want to take a peek?
For My Parents
Finding the perfect gift for my parents is always my most important task. They are Santa after all! Normally, I just call each of them to ask what the other person needs. After giving my fair share of socks, polos, ties, and pajamas, I decided that this year I would think outside the box (and get them a box).
With 23andMe, I can not only give my parents the gift of learning about their ancestry (and by proxy, my own), but also a lot of important health facts about themselves. As we're all getting a bit older, knowing how your genes work can keep you on the dance floor for many more holiday seasons to come.
23andMe Health + Ancestry Service, $139, 23andMe.
For My Brother
My big bro just moved into a brand new place in San Diego and as the resident design mag editor in the family, it's my duty to help him shape up his pad.One item that always makes a house feel like home? Art, of course!
Since my brother is a huge surfer, I thought it would be appropriate to find him a piece that captured his SoCal spirit and could also add some color to his space. So I took a look at Society6 and found this lovely little photo. With a simple white wood frame, I'm sure it will cheer up his walls.
Paul Fuentes Photo Venice Beach Framed Art Print Small, $73.99, Society6.
For My Roomies
If anyone has ever had roommates before, they would know that cleaning is the main topic of the group text. If there is anything close to a magical wand to make your home spotless, it's a cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner.
While it does cost a pretty penny, this baby will diffuse any disasters in an instant. Plus, it works on both rugs and hardwood floors, making it the perfect complement to our apartment.
Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, $349.99, Dyson.
For My Co-Workers
The lean and mean Lonny team are my favorite people to hang out with every day. While it's great to work with these ladies, there's no denying that we can get a little stressed out (especially around the holidays).
While we have tried lighting candles in the office before, I wanted to give each of our editors something to help them relax. Enter True Botanicals Stress Relief Aromatherapy. With a calming mix of tarragon, frankincense, and sandalwood, this blend will definitely be appreciated after a long commute or day full of meetings.
True Botanicals Stress Relief Aromatherapy, $36, True Botanicals.
For My Friends
Giving candles is a bit of a gifting cliché, but they are a mainstay for a reason. The selection from P.F. Candle Co. has always been one of my faves and I really love how they have options at good prices.
I'm definitely stocking up on these minis to give to all my faves. At $11, it's a total steal.
P.F. Candle Co. Mini Soy Candles, $11, P.F. Candle Co.