26 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.
If you're shopping for someone who loves to set the mood in their home with aromatherapy, the Virtuvi stone diffuser is the ultimate splurge gift. Available in six gorgeous matte colors, this ceramic ultrasonic diffuser can cover a space of about 500 square feet.
Tell me this is not the same diffuser?! Sure, the Vitruvi diffuser does come in several more colors, but this Paddywax diffuser is a total dupe for the white version. Initially, I thought the outer shell was plastic, but nope, it's ceramic, too! If the person you're shopping for has the Virtuvi diffuser on their wish list or would just appreciate a nice diffuser but the price tag is out of your budget, gift them this budget-friendly alternative, and they'll love it just as much.
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 three different toys made of natural rubber and cotton that come in four aesthetically pleasing colors.
If the person you're shopping for has been dropping hints that they could use a weighted blanket, 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 ingenious combination of the Pivot Stopper and Device preserves the remaining bottle for up to four weeks, ensuring the last glass is just as amazing as the first.
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.
This 4-piece bundle offers one of the best values and would make the perfect gift for a couple or anyone who loves to cook with minimal cleanup required. Free of PTFEs, the cookware, which is Food Network's pick for best overall non-toxic cookware, consists of non-stick ceramic, aluminum core, & stainless steel handles and is safe to go in the oven up to 550 degrees! Plus, this bundle is available in fun trendy colors and comes with convenient storage for pans and lids for easy organizing.
Every good chef knows the value of good olive oil. Whether you're shopping for a beginner on a tight budget or a pro who can never have too much of this pantry staple, gift them a 500 ml tin of this organic olive oil, made by women from olives grown in California, from Pineapple Collaborative.
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 excited to make up for lost travel time, help them get back to travel in style by gifting them this quality suitcase that will last them years to come. The suitcase is available in several sleek 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. 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.
What's old is new again, which means that your kid would probably, not-so-secretly like a record player. Start them off with this Audio-Technica turntable, which boasts Bluetooth compatibility and comes in this sleek, black finish. You could even wrap the gift up with one of their favorite albums.
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