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Need ideas for holiday gifts? I’ve got you! Rather than splitting up my list into the typical his/hers (is anyone else tired of the suggestion of whiskey stones for men?), I divided up gifts into four categories: Eat, Move, Play, and Chill. Each category has both DIY and purchase options at multiple price points. $ denotes under $25, $$ denotes $25-50 and $$$ denotes gifts over $50. Enjoy!
Make Candy ($) – Chocolate bark is my go-to sweet to gift for the holidays because it is so easy to customize. Add nuts, coconut flakes, seeds, candied ginger, candied citrus, dried fruit, sea salt, or even rose petals to suit your tastes.
Make Granola, Spiced Nuts, or Flavored Popcorn ($) – Granola is an easy to make in batches, making it a great gift for co-workers or neighbors who stop by. Spiced nuts are simple and can be made with ingredients you likely already have at home. Flavored popcorn is a wonderful snack to have at holiday gatherings and you can bag small batches as party favors.
Give the Gift of Dinner ($-$$) – This is a great gift for anyone that is super busy. Offer to come over to cook their favorite dinner (and do the dishes). Nothing beats a home-cooked meal!
Cookbook – There is a cookbook for almost every food imaginable, making it easy to find the perfect gift. Take advantage this holiday season and customize it to your loved one’s favorite food by including ingredients for a recipe you think they will love. Some of my favorites to give are Plenty ($), The Flavor Bible ($), and Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker ($).
Lunch Box – Remember that feeling of getting a new lunch box at the start of the school year? Re-capture that feeling for both kids and adults. I love Baloray’s sleek designs ($) and this rose gold tiffin ($$) for adults. PlanetBox makes fantastic stainless steel bento boxes for kids that have fun magnets to decorate and customize them ($$-$$$).
Instant Pot ($$$)– If you have seen my posts on Facebook, you know how much I love this appliance. I use it at least once a week to make rice, stews, steamed vegetables, roasts, and even meatballs. It comes in 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart options. I prefer the 6-quart because I can fit a whole chicken into it, but the 3- or 8-quart may be better suited to your needs.
CSA Share ($$-$$$) – A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, share is a great way to give the gift of locally grown food all year round. Use Local Harvest to find a farm that delivers in your loved one’s neighborhood.
Olive Oil ($-$$$) – Bottles of olive oil have replaced bottles of wine as my go-to hostess gift. Many price points are available, and flavorful olive oil is even available at the grocery store, California Olive Ranch being my favorite. For a unique gift, Nudo Adopt has a program that allows you to adopt a tree in Italy and receive tins of olive oil from your grove throughout the year. You can even visit your tree, which would make a fantastic gift indeed!
Make a yoga mat cleaner ($) – Your favorite yogi will appreciate the thoughtfulness of this gift!
Gym Bag – I am forever on the lookout for the perfect gym bag, and I think I found it. Kenox ($$) has a medium-sized bag that includes a separate compartment for shoes. Perfect for keeping the rest of your gear clean.
Gift certificate to your local running store ($-$$$) – Find a running store that does custom fittings for shoes. Getting a proper fit is a great investment; it helps prevent injuries and lengthens the lifetime of your shoes. Local running stores are great ways to connect to the running community and can connect your runner with running groups and races.
Reserve a Campground ($-$$) – You can get the best campground in the park by reserving in advance. Make plans for warmer months or find a great spot for winter camping.
Board Games – This is a fun gift to give at family gatherings. Everyone will gather around to play after all the presents are opened. My favorites are classics like Uno and Yahtzee along with quirky games like Exploding Kittens ($) and Squarrels ($).
Go to a Trampoline Gym ($$) – Trampoline gyms have been popping up all over the country, and they are a blast. Many have programs for toddlers through adults, making this a great gift for the whole family.
Tickets to a Concert or Show ($-$$$) – Find tickets for their favorite artist or play and give an experience they will always remember.
Sign Up for a Class – Search your local community center for classes they may enjoy. Photography, yoga, martial arts, and dance classes are popular. If you can’t find classes nearby, try looking online. Teachable has a variety of options.
Make a Sleepytime Tea Blend ($) – Gift a jar of this tea blend with a mug and bottle of raw honey for a lovely nighttime ritual. Combine 2 tablespoons lemon balm, 1 tablespoon chamomile, 1 tablespoon nettle leaf, 1 teaspoon dried orange peel, and ½ teaspoon dried lavender and store in an airtight container. To brew, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of tea blend. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, strain, and enjoy.
Make a Lavender Bed Spray ($) – I spray this on my pillow every night, and the lavender scent helps me fall asleep in such a peaceful way. To make, combine 10 drops of lavender oil and 2 tablespoons of witch hazel. Shake to combine, then add 6 tablespoons of water. Funnel into a 4 ounce spray bottle.
Pajamas – Soft pajamas are one of my favorite things, and they make a great gift as many do not buy luxurious pajamas for themselves. ALAS ($$-$$$) and Sorella Organics ($$$) are two sustainable brands that make unbelievably soft pajamas from organic cotton.
Gift Certificate to a Spa or Salon ($-$$$) – This is a timeless gift for a reason. Facials and massages are lovely! Customize this to the recipient by finding out if they have a favorite spa, hairdresser, barber, or nail salon.
For even more ideas check out my Amazon wishlist. What is on your wish list this year? Let me know in the comments!