While the coronavirus pandemic has made navigating the holiday season quite difficult, I hope there is still enough joy and holiday spirit to get us through 2020. The biggest piece of advice I have for this season of gifting is to shop small! Many small businesses have suffered through this pandemic and are struggling to stay open. With that in mind, please try your best to support your local businesses this holiday season. While this gift guide is mostly for shopping online, try to shop small and use this guide for possible gift ideas this holiday season.
The Perfect Gift for…
For the sentimental Mom: A custom photo-calendar. Personalize a calendar for your mom with her favorite pictures with the family. Start the new year off right! Get it here for $27.99: Shutterfly Custom Calendars
For the Mom who thinks you can never have too many candles: Who doesn’t love to curl up in you favorite blanket on a cold night with a good candle? Anthropologie has a great collection of candles that look good and smell good for a great price! Check them out: Anthropologie Candles
For the Dad who loves to travel: While I advise everyone to travel as little as possible right now, this Travel Kit is perfect for the dad on the go! The Thule Crossover2 Travel Kit is perfect for storing travel essentials without worry. Dads can be hard to shop for but this travel kit is super useful and a great price! Get it here for $24.99: Thule Crossover2 Travel Kit
For the Dad who loves to grill: These OXO Good Grips 16-inch Grilling Tongs are the perfect gift for the dad who loves to grill. These tongs are USAToday’s number one find in their list of best grill tools and are available on Amazon for only $15.99. Check them out: OXO Good Grips 16-Inch Grill Tongs
For anyone who was “born in the wrong generation” or still loves to spin some vinyl: This Crosley Cruiser 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable is the perfect gift for the teen that just discovered vinyls or the grandparent who just dug up their collection! This record player is currently available online from Walmart (sold out on Amazon) for $45 and comes in 10 colors! Crosley Cruiser 3-Speed Turntable
For the environmentalist: This sustainable, 15oz mug is great for the eco-friendly coffee/tea drinker! This mug is 40% bamboo fiber, 30% Corn powder and 30% food grade melamine as a binder and designed with an adorable floral pattern! Get it here for $20! Sustainable Bamboo Mug
For the Star Wars Fan: This set of Star Wars characters rubber spatulas is a great gift for a culinary-inclined Star Wars fan! This set includes a Yoda, Chewbacca, and Millennium Falcon rubber spatula. This set is available only at Williams Sonoma for $32.95! Set of 3 Star Wars Spatulas
For anyone currently in a pandemic…: Create your own DIY Pandemic Survival Kit with a few supplies from your local convenience store! Gather all the essentials (hand sanitizer, face masks, gloves, headache medicine, and some snacks, etc.) and put them neatly in a cute bag or basket for the useful and easy gift!
One final reminder: The winter holidays may look different this year but one thing still stays the same, not everything is about material gifts. Show someone you love them by giving them a phone call or writing a nice hand-written letter. Spending money on gifts is common during this time of year but also take time to think about those who are unable to spend time with family this year and do not have the resources to purchase gifts.