24 Splurge vs. Save Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Whether you need a splurge-worthy gift idea or an inexpensive, yet still thoughtful one, we've got your holiday gifting needs covered.
Maybe you're considering dropping the big bucks for your favorite people this holiday season, or maybe you're working with a tighter budget but still want to make your friends and family feel loved and appreciated. No matter your budget, we've curated a gift list for practically everyone on your shopping list, from gifts for the gardener to the wine lover. Check out our favorite high and low buys for the holiday season below.
Help them commemorate their big move with a custom hand-drawn house portrait they're sure to love and hang on the walls of all their future homes. Available in several sizes and for free shipping, this whimsical print from Latte Design features fun, playful colors, but the Etsy shop also offers a more minimal version featuring just one solid background color and an outlined house.
Another personalized gift any new homeowner would appreciate is a custom return address stamp. Choose from a woodblock stamp with or without a handle or opt for a self-inking option, plus pick from several different colors of ink. It'll make them smile every time they send mail.
This camera not only lets you see and talk to your canine companions, but it also allows you to toss treats to them when you’re not home. Used by over 5,000 vets and professional dog trainers, this camera is designed to help keep your pup safe and happy. It has night vision, a 160-degree wide-angle view, a barking alert that detects when your dog is barking, and it can record videos.
Whether you're shopping for a new dog parent or someone who just loves to pamper their pup, treat them to this gift set from the startup Wild One, which makes stylish, modern pet essentials. The gift set includes a food bowl, available in three colors, a unique chew toy, available in four colors, and a bag of organic dog treats.
If the person you're shopping for has been dropping hints that they could use a weighted blanket (honestly, couldn't everyone in 2020?), this weighted blanket from woman-founded, direct-to-consumer brand Bearaby is the one worth splurging on that they're bound to love. Unlike most weighted blankets, this one uses no fillers or beads; the weight comes from tightly woven, super-soft organic cotton fibers. It's machine washable and available in three sizes, plus a kids' version, and nine colors. Read our full review of Bearaby's weighted blankets here.
Weighted blankets can help reduce anxiety and stress and improve sleep, but if the $200+ price tag of most weighted blankets will stress you or the recipient out, you can still get a quality weighted blanket for less than $200. Baloo's cotton weighted blanket is a more traditional style that has stitched pockets filled with glass beads, but it's another HGTV editor favorite because it looks and feels soft like a quilt and is machine washable and cooling. It comes with loops for adding an optional linen duvet cover, which the recipient could always pick out in their preferred color down the road.
Weighted blankets help stimulate pressure points to naturally improve mood and relaxation. Add one of these weighted blankets to your home and start reaping the benefits.
For the best boss ever or a coworker who's had a tough year balancing working and parenting at home, make their day by gifting this sleek smart mug from Ember. They can use an app on their phone to set preferred temperatures for all of their favorite beverages so they can make fewer trips to the microwave to reheat their coffee or tea multiple times a day. It'd make a great gift to go in on with a few other coworkers, too.
If you're on a tighter budget or are buying gifts for multiple coworkers, you can't go wrong with a monogram mug. To add a personal touch, pair the mug with their favorite drink like coffee, tea or hot cocoa, stick a gift card inside or fill with office supplies like pens, a small notepad, etc.
Instead of defaulting to giving them another gift card to an outdoor gear store, consider gifting what Outside magazine calls "the Cadillac of outdoor blankets" for all of their cool-weather adventures. Like the materials found in premium sleeping bags and jackets, Rumpl's popular down blankets are constructed with sustainably-sourced duck down insulation and are packable and machine washable. Available in several colors and styles, From nights around a backyard bonfire to their next backpacking trip, a Rumpl blanket, available in several unique colors and styles, would make the perfect gift for any outdoor lover.
For the outdoor enthusiast who hates to skip their morning coffee on backpacking or camping trips, give them an Aeropress coffee maker. The compact, portable system makes on-the-go coffee a breeze.
Say hello to the ultimate splurge-worthy gift for wine lovers. The fan-favorite Coravin wine preservation system allows you to pour a glass or two without committing to the entire bottle. The system uses a tiny needle to lightly puncture the cork and allow the wine to flow into your glass. When you remove the needle, the cork will reseal naturally, preserving your bottle of wine for months to come. If you have twist-off wine tops, this Coravin system also has you covered with wine caps that preserve even twist-off bottles for months at a time.
Though it can't preserve a half-used bottle of wine, this innovative wine tool will make removing corks a whole lot easier. This electric corkscrew from Rabbit removes the cork from the bottle on contact, then automatically ejects it from the corkscrew. It can open up to 30 wine bottles on a single charge.
For anyone who loves to cook or bake, a KitchenAid stand mixer is a kitchen staple worth investing in that they'll use all the time and keep forever. This mixer features 10 speeds to thoroughly mix, knead and whip ingredients quickly and easily and is available in a variety of colors to perfectly match their kitchen design or personality. For even more versatility, they can use the power hub to turn the mixer into a culinary center with over 10 optional hub-powered attachments such as a spiralizer and ice cream maker, which are two included in the list of HGTV editors' favorite attachments.
A cookbook is always a welcome gift for home chefs. For Ina Garten fans and anyone in need of new recipes to try after months of cooking at home, gift a copy of Modern Comfort Food, the Barefoot Contessa's latest cookbook in which she shares 85 new recipes that will feed their deepest cravings.
Whether they're a longtime DIY enthusiast or someone who's taken up crafting during quarantine, a Cricut Joy machine will make all of their crafting dreams come true. This compact smart cutting machine connects to a laptop, tablet or phone via Bluetooth, and with a Cricut Access subscription (a free trial is included with this machine), they can choose from a plethora of templates or make their own creations in the brand's proprietary Design Space software. Whether they want to cut vinyl decals for custom water bottles or wall decor, make labels for spices and office supplies or customize a just-because card for a friend, the craft project possibilities are truly endless.
Maybe they've tried painting, knitting and macrame, but have they done punch needle? Gift the crafter in your life their next project with this cute floral design punch needle kit that's great for beginners. You won't have to worry if they have the correct tools because this affordable craft kit comes with all of the necessary supplies to complete the project: a 7-inch embroidery hoop, punch needle tool, measured yarn, monk's cloth and printed instructions.
Want to get in on the smart cutting craze but not interested in dropping a lot of money? Keep reading. You’ll jump for (Cricut) joy.
If you really want to splurge and help your loved one start making barista-worthy lattes and espressos at home, pull out the big guns by gifting Breville's Barista Pro Espresso Machine. This all-in-one machine has an integrated grinder, cup warmer and frother, so they'll have absolutely everything needed to make a kick-ass cappuccino every morning without leaving their house.
A $700+ espresso machine not in the budget this year? If they have a basic coffee machine without any bells and whistles, even a budget-friendly handheld milk frother can help elevate their daily at-home cup of coffee with frothed milk for lattes and cappuccinos.
If your daily mantra is "but first ... coffee," these coffeemakers, accessories, mugs and more will help you be your own barista and start each day on a caffeinated kick. Plus, they make great gifts, too.
There's a reason why The Away Carry-On has such a large cult following. On the outside, this suitcase is undeniably sleek, with a durable polycarbonate shell, two buttery-soft handles and smooth, 360-degree spinner wheels. Crack the shell open, and you'll find two roomy, central compartments separated for shoes and clothes, as well as a hidden waterproof laundry bag. For the person still mourning canceled and postponed trips, gift this popular suitcase so they'll be ready to pack their bags and travel in style as soon as they can. The suitcase is available in 15 classic and trendy colors and comes with a 100-day-no-questions-asked-return policy, too.
Spark their wanderlust for future trips with an Airbnb gift card for $25, $50 or any custom amount within your budget they can put toward their next trip, whenever that may be. To make this gift more personalized, you could create a few curated Airbnb Wish Lists of unique rentals of a certain architectural style they love or stays in an exotic destination you've talked about visiting together to share with the recipient when you give them the gift card.
Trust us on this: When your teen falls asleep every night, they dream of owning a Nintendo Switch. Although you could shop the Switch Lite, which is about $100 cheaper, we suggest sticking with the original model. It not only boasts three different play settings (TV mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode), but it also comes with the neon blue and neon red "joy cons" too. And given that the device will keep them entertained for hours on end, it's definitely worth the investment.
For a different kind of game teens will love and the whole family can enjoy, gift this Marvel board game. In this asymmetric card game, each player takes the role of one of five Marvel Villains: Thanos, Hela, Ultron, Taskmaster or Killmonger. Each Villain has their own powers and goals. Face off against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from a shared Fate deck: Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain America and more.
Some people say that teens are difficult to shop for, but we beg to differ. Grab any one of these gifts, and we guarantee you'll get plenty of smiles and "thank-yous" from your kid.
Gardening has never been more popular. Whether they're a master gardener wanting to extend their growing season or a beginner who's interested in gardening thanks to the pandemic, Lettuce Grow's self-watering, self-fertilizing Farmstand makes it easy to grow veggies, herbs and leafy greens at home. Available in five sizes, the kit works outdoors or in (with the addition of their grow lights) and uses 95 percent less water than traditional gardening. For more information on how this innovative, well-designed system works, check out our full review from Kelly Smith Trimble, HGTV's senior editorial director and master gardener.
Maybe they already grow herbs and veggies, but have they tried growing mushrooms? Help the new gardener experiment and grow crops of delicious, edible mushrooms with this innovative, giftable log. Each hand-cut hardwood log is inoculated with spores that will sprout organic phoenix oyster mushrooms — a sweet, mild variety perfect for stir-fry dishes, risottos, and pastas. Start the growing process by soaking the log in water, and you’ll be able to grow multiple crops for up to 3 years