10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Person on Your List
See which presents HGTV editors can’t wait to give friends and family this year.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to focus on the few short weeks left to find holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Choosing the perfect present can be daunting, so the editors at HGTV put together multiple guides for nearly every interest. There’s even a guide for those who, no matter how hard they try, always give bad gifts.
As the editors carefully curated their items, a few stood out as particularly noteworthy and they’ve shared those below. So, make a list, check it twice and win the holidays by picking up these fantastic gifts.
Keri Sanders, Assistant Editor: 25 Cute and Thoughtful Gifts Under $25
I love these tea towels for an inexpensive stocking stuffer or addition to a gift basket. They are totally adorable as is, but you can actually go in and pick the dog that is most like that owned by the gift recipient and then write their real dog’s name in. And for only $9, I want one for everyone I know.
Katie Friedman, Editorial Intern: The Muggle's Guide to Magical Shopping
After seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I can safely say that I’d like a niffler for Christmas. However, since they’re currently banned by the Magical Congress of the United States, I’ll have to settle for the Funko POP! version ($9.95) instead. With a pouch full of gold, these mischievous creatures are the cutest way to spruce up your desk and show your love for the Harry Potter franchise.
Deanne Revel, Managing Editor: 21 Gifts That Give Back
If you’ve never checked out the Unicef Market, welcome to your one-stop holiday shopping site. Browse more than 8,000 beautiful, handmade items from around the world. Linens, knickknacks, jewelry. There’s something for everyone on your list.
Beth Rucker, Managing Editor: 11 White Elephant Gifts Under $25
I personally love the quippy magnetic coffee mug ($19.95). Before coffee, my mood can be a bit mercurial, so I could use the magnetic letters on this mug to give my co-workers a hint to what they can expect from me on a given morning. Maybe a message like, “It’s a good day for a good day” on the happier morning and a simple, “Go away” on the more, um, challenging ones.
Chelsea Faulkner, Assistant Editor: Bad Gift Giver Guide
I’m a terrible gift giver. Like, the worst of the worst. Last year, I gave my fiancé a really expensive name-brand watch because the one he wore regularly was looking a little worse for wear. When he unwrapped it, he was confused and disappointed because, in his mind, he already had a perfectly good watch. Turns out I’m an ‘all about me’ gift giver. Instead of choosing gifts my loved ones actually want, I buy items that I (key word here) think they need. Lesson learned.
Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor: 14 Experiential Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything
Experience Gifts for Travelers
Buy a gift from Tinggly, and your friend or family member can take their pick from hundreds of activities around the world. The company scours the globe to find inspiring, high-quality experiences in a wide range of locations, from rock climbing in Ireland to a traditional tapas meal in Spain to a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley. You pay a flat fee, and your gift recipient has two years to choose their dream adventure. Gifts start at $79.
For the person on your list who has everything, an experiential gift is a great alternative to a traditional gift. Tinggly is my favorite option for its flexibility: The company scours the globe for inspiring, high-quality experiences, from rock climbing in Ireland to a traditional tapas meal in Spain to hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley. You pay a flat fee (starting at $79), and your gift recipient has two years to choose their dream adventure. It’s the perfect present for the world traveler in your life.
A Field Guide
Wildsam sells curated field guides for specific American cities or regions. The guides include the essential stops for food and drink, historical anecdotes, hand-drawn maps, local interviews, album suggestions by bands from that city, literary memoirs and much more. A field guide would make the perfect gift for someone who has a trip planned and wants to get to know a city better before visiting. $18; Wildsam
Framed Push Pin World Map
This world map with a reclaimed wood frame from Wayfaren would simply be a beautiful art piece to hang on a wall, but the ability to add push pins to places you’ve been or want to go makes it a unique, purposeful gift for the wanderluster in your life. Starting at $130; Wayfaren
Compression socks make a great practical gift for the frequent flier in your life. Getting sufficient blood flow to the legs and feet is difficult on flights, especially long ones. Compression socks can help with circulation, and Rejuva Health offers several styles that are actually fashionable, too. $29.99; Rejuvahealth
Surprise 3-Day Weekend Trip
For the person who values experiences over gifts, the company Pack Up + Go has the perfect gift. Pack Up + Go plans surprise trips. They allow you to pick your dates, budget and some destination preferences, and then they handle the rest. They send you an envelope right before you leave with the name of your trip destination on it. A spontaneous trip would also make a great gift for that person "who has everything." Gift trips start at $100; Pack Up + Go
For the traveler who is also a photographer, a good camera bag is an essential. ONA sells leather and canvas bags that are both stylish and sturdy. This classic leather one, called The Bowery, would make any photographer happy. This year, $10 from every bag purchased on our website supports grants for emerging storytellers through ONA's Storytelling Fund. 249; ONA
Staying hydrated while traveling is important, and this Klean Kanteen insulated water bottle can help any traveler do just that. This bottle is especially ideal for outdoor lovers who need liquids to stay hot or cold for long periods of time. This one keeps contents hot for 24 hours or iced for 90 hours. $36.95; Klean Kanteen
Off-the-Grid Communication Device
Perfect for trips where cell service is limited, such as remote camping locations or crowded festivals, goTenna is a new device that allows you to message with other travelers and use GPS on your smartphone even when you don't have cell service. Originally $149, the 2-pack is currently on sale. $124; goTenna
From Gobi Gear, The SegSac Traveler, formerly known as The Hoboroll, is a compression sack that has five internal segments to keep all of your belongings organized. It can convert to a day bag with the clip of a shoulder strap (sold separately). It'd be perfect for someone who loves hiking, camping, festivals or beach trips. $39.99; Gobi Gear
City Map Print
Whether the recipient has hometown pride or a favorite city to visit, one of these minimalist map prints from Native Maps would make the perfect wall art to showcase their love for a particular place. Available in a range of colors, the maps include the specific neighborhoods within that city that natives will surely recognize. $30; Native Maps
When on-the-go in winter weather, taking gloves on and off can create a hassle. For the traveler who likes to stay connected, consider giving touchscreen gloves like these neutral gray ones from Glider Gloves. $29.99; Glider Gloves
Subscription to Try Food Around the World
Try the World offers a subscription that allows you to discover the world through food without leaving the house. Each month, they send a box of curated gourmet food products, including ingredients to cook with, drinks and snacks from a certain location, such as Italy (pictured). Prices vary depending on the length of description. $39 (single box) or $35/each (three boxes over three months); Try the World
4-in-1 Attachable Lens
For the travel photographer on-the-go, lugging around a full-sized digital camera, plus different lenses can be cumbersome. For some trips, smartphone photography is the way to go. To help maximize your phone's camera, Olloclip offers a variety of attachable camera lenses. This 4-in-1 lense has options for fisheye, wide angle, 10x macro and 15x macro lenses. $79.99; Olloclip
For the business travelers in your life, this portable iron will keep them wrinkle-free and stress-free. This Collar Perfect iron is compact and adjustable, allowing for easy touch-ups. $34.95; Collar Perfect
Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor: 18 Unique Gifts for Pop Culture Junkies
After my BFF’s Harry Potter-themed bachelorette party this summer, my love for the wizarding world was reinvigorated. Now I want ALL THE HARRY POTTER THINGS. Luckily, my friends are the same. So, if I bought one of them this “Lumos” cuff (starting at $20), they would know immediately how and when to use this charm.
Jordan Lawson, Online Editor: 10 Gifts for Every Milestone
My favorite gift? The gift for the new grad, a home bar set ($59.95). It’s got absolutely everything you need to make the perfect drink right in the comfort of your own home. Plus, the mixing glass has recipes in case you need some classic cocktails to kick-start your mixology career.
Ryan Reed, Editor: 10 Purrrfect Gifts for Cats and Dogs
I have three dogs so it should come as no surprise when I tell you that nearly every room of my house has a bone or some plush toy hidden in a seat cushion or laying on the floor. The dog toy bin from Harry Barker ($18) solves that problem. Not only is it a great place to store all of your dog’s toys, but it’s stylish and made from recycled plastics too.
Farima Alavi, Assistant Editor: Gifts for the Sports Fan in Your Life
This gift idea combines two of my favorite things of the season: ugly holiday sweaters and the NFL (starting at $49.99). They have a collection for men, women and children, so you can get one for every family member.