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.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.

December 02, 2016
By: Ryan Reed

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

Photo by: West Elm

West Elm

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

Niffler Funko POP! Figure

Niffler Funko POP! Figure

Photo by: Funko POP!

Funko POP!

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

Photo by: Unicef Market

Unicef Market

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

Photo by: Paper Source

Paper Source

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.

Experience Gifts for Travelers

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.

Photo by: Tinggly


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.

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Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor: 18 Unique Gifts for Pop Culture Junkies

Photo by: Etsy


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.

Dog toy bin

Doy Toy Bin

Made from recycled plastics, this classic bin from Harry Barker is an elegant way to store your dog’s toys. The bin comes in two colors, blue and brown, and features laurel wreaths on the exterior. $18; Harry Barker

Photo by: Courtesy of Harry Barker

Courtesy of Harry Barker

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

Photo by: farima.alavi


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.

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