The Best 2018 Holiday Gift Ideas


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Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

Super-cool earphones for a teen drowning out the world or an adult blocking office chatter. Plus, these require only a 5-minute charge for an hour of listening.

Buy: apple.com, $200

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NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA Pillow Covers

NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA Pillow Covers

Photo by David A. Land

Photo by David A. Land

Throw pillows for the sports fanatic in your house.

Buy: pbteen.com, $39


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Avvy Loafers

Avvy Loafers

Photo courtesy of Vionic Shoes

Photo courtesy of Vionic Shoes

Sparkly party shoes that look cute, but, better still, feel great.

Buy: vionicshoes.com, $139.95.


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Monogrammed PJ Pants

Monogrammed PJ Pants

Photo by David A. Land

Photo by David A. Land

These PJs are classic and comfy, just like dad.

Buy: markandgraham.com, $69


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A mix of cool picks

a selection of holiday gift ideas

Photo by David A. Land

Photo by David A. Land

1/ A color-block pillow can make any old couch look like new. burrow.com, from $39.

2/ No cloying scents with this candle—just pure smell heaven. nestfragrances.com, $42.

3/ For the gal who loves a good DIY mani-pedi. Essie House of Color Kit, Costco stores, $50 for a set of 12.

4/ Classic games made groovy. Hitchcock Domino Set, ofakind.com, $68.

5/ Now & Again by Julia Turshen is sure to hold your new go-to recipes, as well as answer the question of what the heck to do with leftovers. amazon.com, $35.

6/ An acrylic Jenga-like game for the minimalist. Deco Stacking Game, westelm.com, $129.

7/ The prettiest way to de-puff your face. Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller, herbivorebotanicals.com, $30.

8/ A bird your dog is allowed to catch. Pigeon Dog Toy, cb2.com, from $12.

9/ For cold brew, booze, whatever—no judgment! Odeme Oval flask, ofakind.com, $32.

10/ The coolest phone case of all? The one with their name on it. BaubleBar x Off My Case iPhone Case, baublebar.com, $78.

11/ You may never really understand why your cousin is so into triathlons, but this gift says you support it nonetheless! Also excellent for anyone else who cycles around town. Bicycle Repair Tin, kikkerland.com, $18.

12/ Thoughtful, practical and pretty! Kitchen Cloths, shop-foglinen.com, $15 each. 

The watch: A rugged, reliable watch for the outdoorsy person in your house. This one is water-resistant up to 100 meters and visible in low light, with large numerals for readability. Field Watch, filson.com, $350.

The record player: Set this block-like gadget down on a vinyl record and it spins itself around the surface, playing the track out loud. RokBlok Vinyl Player, westelm.com, $99.

The GoPro Hero: If they’re going to go bungee-jumping or white-water rafting, there needs to be Instagram evidence, right? GoPro Hero, gopro.com, $199.

Sweater: j.crew. ring: shane Co.


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Baublebar Earring Gift Sets

Baublebar earring gift set

Photo courtesy of Baublebar 

Photo courtesy of Baublebar 

Because everyone needs a little sparkle! Variety of options for shapes, sizes, and styles. 

Buy: baublebar.com, $46-$78


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Puff N Chill Slippers

Puff N Chill Slippers

Photo courtesy of Sanuk

Photo courtesy of Sanuk

Like a warm, snuggly winter coat for your feet.

Buy: sanuk.com, $80


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Dunder Mifflin Floorplan

Dunder Mifflin Floorplan

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

Your friend who always quotes Michael Scott will lose it over this floorplan or others from more than 150 TV shows.

Buy: fantasyfloorplans.com, from $36 


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My Perfectly Imperfect Life: A Year of Mindfulness, a Flow Calendar

My Imperfect Life: A Year of Mindfulness, a Flow Calendar

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

For someone who needs a deep breath.

Buy: Available at major retailers and online, $16 


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Cookbooks That Help Get Dinner on the Table

Cookbooks That Help Any Mom Get Dinner on the Table

Photos courtesy of Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Photos courtesy of Amazon and Barnes & Noble

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman, $35

The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, $18

Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal, $30

Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten, $35


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Seriously Good “Of the Month” Boxes

MistoBox Coffee Subscription

Photo courtesy of Misto Box

Photo courtesy of Misto Box

MistoBox Coffee Subscription, mistobox.com, $20 per month

MunchPak snack boxes, munchpak.com, from $13 per month 

Farm to People Food Critic Boxes, farmtopeople.com, from $50 per month 

Cravory Cookies, thecravory.com, from $13 per month for ½ dozen and from $23 per month for 1 dozen 

The Hop-Heads Beer Club, beermonthclub.com, $49 per month


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Culinary Totes

Culinary Totes

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

Bags that make casseroles cool again.

Buy: threadandwhisk.com, from $48 


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Linen Pinafore Apron

Linen Pinafore Apron

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

An apron so chic you’ll practically want to wear it as a dress.

Buy: gokellyandco.com, $78


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Kiss Me With Kiehl's Lip Balm Trio

Kiss Me With Kiehl’s

Photo courtesy of Kiehl's

Photo courtesy of Kiehl's

A set of ultra-moisturizing lip balms even your 16-year-old boy would use, and it gives back to Feeding America.

Buy: kiehls.com, $25, This purchase provides 205 Meals for Feeding America, and100% of net profits from the sale of this set benefits Feeding America,


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Fresh Roundtrip Ritual Holiday Set & Glamglow Superstar Set

skincare gift sets from fresh and glamglow

Photos courtesy of Sephora and and Fresh

Photos courtesy of Sephora and and Fresh

'Tis the season for beauty gift sets! The mother-daughter gift of good skin: A complete morning and night hydration regimen for moms (from Fresh) and funky face masks for teens from Glamglow.

Buy: 


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Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit Charge 3

Photo by David A. Land

Photo by David A. Land

The latest and greatest fitness tracker for the avid step-counter in your life.

Buy: fitbit.com, $150


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Liquid Bling Sneakers

Liquid Bling Sneakers

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

Seriously shiny kicks for the fashion-forward teen.

Buy: skechers.com, $65


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E. Tribeka SE sneakers

e. tribeka se sneakers

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

Skater-cool sneakers that even the pickiest teenage boy will like.

Buy: dcshoes.com, $95


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24 Piece Lip Smacker Vault

24 piece lip smacker vault

Photo courtesy of Lip Smacker

Photo courtesy of Lip Smacker

With nostalgic flavors like Coca Cola and Skittles, your teen may not want to share.

Buy: target.com, $20

 


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The Beetle Bag

The Beetle Bag

Photo courtesy of India Hicks

Photo courtesy of India Hicks

The makeup that goes inside is girly enough; this bag is edgy in all the right ways.

Buy: indiahicks.com, $35


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Zodiac Earrings

Zodiac Earrings

Photo by David A. Land

Photo by David A. Land

You want to give your daughter the moon and stars. These earrings make the latter doable.

Buy: taijewelry.com, $50


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Nosh Menorah

Nosh Menorah

Photo by David A. Land

Photo by David A. Land

Something so ancient has never looked so modern and chic.

Buy: modern-mensch.com, $200


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Tank the Shark

toy shark for your pet

Photo by David A. Land

Photo by David A. Land

Toys for your pet to destroy on Christmas morning while everyone else opens their gifts.

Buy: fluffandtuff.com, from $15


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Clyde Embellished Fair Isle Sweater

Clyde Embellished Fair Isle sweater

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

Holiday sweaters don’t need reindeer or blinking lights to be festive!

Buy: jcrew.com, $120


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Gold Dipped Pinch Bowls

Gold Dipped Pinch Bowls

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

Pretty little pinch bowls hold anything from snacks to safety pins.

Buy: food52.com, $58 for a set of 2


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Upgrade Their Gym Bag!

gym bag and accessory gift ideas

Photo by Peter Ardito

Photo by Peter Ardito

(clockwise from left)

A no-slip yoga mat that stands out in class. Gaiam Studio Select 6mm Premium Yoga Mat, dickssportinggoods.com, $30.

Funky leggings that give back: K-Deer donates a portion of each sale to a different charity, including Stand Up to Cancer, the National Park Foundation and St. Hubert’s Animal Rescue and Welfare. Cathy Stripe Leggings, k-deer.com, $98.

A towel to wipe off hard work—and it goes with your leggings. Mauve Track Quick Dry Hand Towel, aretecomplete.com, $24.

A water bottle with a storage compartment at its base that holds keys, cards and cash. 24 oz Bindle Bottle, bindlebottle.com, $39.

Sometimes the right gym bag makes it easier to get motivated! Walk This Way, solandselene.com, $100.


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A Novel Gift 

book gift sets

Yes, your teen has seen the movies—but did they read the books? Give them a collection that’s the basis of their favorite movies or TV series.

The Hunger Games 10th Anniversary Special Edition Boxed Set by Suzanne Collins, $39

The DC Icons Series Boxed Set by Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu and Sarah J. Maas, $56

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, $55

The Darkest Minds Series Boxed Set by Alexandra Bracken, $40

A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Throne Series) The Complete Box Set by George R. R. Martin, $53


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Star Wars Flexible Spatulas

Star Wars Novelty Spatulas

Photo by David A. Lands

Photo by David A. Lands

The force is strong with these kitchen tools.
 

Buy: williams-sonoma.com, set of 3 for $49.95


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Letter Board

Letter Board

Photo by David A. Lands

Photo by David A. Lands

Perfect for quirky quotes in a teen’s room or family messages in an entryway.

Buy: store.moma.org, from $50 


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Monogrammed leather coasters

monogrammed leather coasters

Photo by David A. Lands

Photo by David A. Lands

For the hostess who has everything.

Buy: celinamancurti.com, $36 for a set of four


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Your Recipe As a Foil Art Print

Your Recipe as a Foil Art Print

Photo by David A. Lands

Photo by David A. Lands

Aunt Edna’s cure-all chicken soup recipe is now literally a work of art—printed on gold foil for everyone to admire.

Buy: minted.com, from $104 framed


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We Are Knitters Dinka Scarf Knitting Kit

We Are Knitters Dinka Scarf Knitting Kit

Photo by David A. Lands

Photo by David A. Lands

Think of knitting as a form of meditation—the nice chunky scarf that comes out of it is just a bonus.

Buy: weareknitters.com, $55


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Fancy-Pants Advent Calendars

advent calendars

Photos courtesy of Sephora, Vosges Chocolate, Heritage Distiling, Amazon

Photos courtesy of Sephora, Vosges Chocolate, Heritage Distiling, Amazon

Perfume: Tocca Ten Days of Tocca, sephora.com, $50

Chocolate: Vosges Haut-Chocolat Refillable Advent Calendar, vosgeschocolate.com, $140

Booze: Craft Spirits Advent Calendar, heritagedistilling.com, $60

Jam: Bonne Maman Advent Calendar, amazon.com, $30 


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Panasonic Wireless Retro Headphones

Panasonic Wireless Retro Headphones

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Noise-cancelling headphones that drown out office chatter or a kid’s garage rock band.

Buy: amazon.com, $100


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Porcelain Paper Plates

Porcelain Paper Plates

Photo courtesy of Food52

Photo courtesy of Food52

These have the same casual vibe of the plates at the local pizza place, but they’re sturdy and stunning.

Buy: food52.com, from $36


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Tabletop Neon Signs

Tabletop Neon Signs

Photo courtesy of Oliver Gal

Photo courtesy of Oliver Gal

There’s likely no trendier gift than a neon sign (yes, we’re serious—ask your teen).

Buy: olivergal.com, $99


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Luggage Tags

Luggage Tags

Photo courtesy of flight001.com

Photo courtesy of flight001.com

Luggage tags that scream “Hello! This is your bag!!”

Buy: flight001.com, from $6


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Icon Wall Light inspired by PlayStation

PlayStation x PBteen wall light

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn Teen

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn Teen

Décor to match the intensity of your teen’s video game obsession.

Buy: pbteen.com, $199


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Benefit Gorgeous Beauty Organizer

Mirrored acrylic beauty organizer

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn Teen

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn Teen

If your daughter is starting to explore makeup: Hip beauty brand Benefit collaborated with PBteen to create this chic cosmetics organizer she’ll love.

Buy: pbteen.com, $129


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Lion + Wolf Cloudburst Dog Bed in Coral + Gold Metallic

Lion + Wolf Cloudburst Dog Bed in Coral & Gold Metallic

Photo courtesy of Shop Dog and Co

Photo courtesy of Shop Dog and Co

A dog bed that rivals their human’s.

Buy: shopdogandco.com, $175


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IZIPIZI dog sunglasses

IPIZI dog sunglasses

Photo courtesy of Shop Dog and Co

Photo courtesy of Shop Dog and Co

For the dog mom in your life who absolutely needs sunglasses for her pup.

Buy: shopdogandco.com, $35


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Go Nutz mixes

Clif Family Nut Mixes

Photo courtesy of Clif Family

Photo courtesy of Clif Family

Let’s just say, if you found these nut mixes at a bar before dinner, you might just forgo the main course and get refills of these instead— they’re that good.

Buy: shop.cliffamily.com, 5 bags in set for $40.


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Use Your Noodle

Use Your Noodle

Photos courtesy of Walmart

Photos courtesy of Walmart

You know your teen is going succumb to the college-ramen phase, so give them a functional way to keep calm and slurp on with this handy cup. Plus, squash your “is my kid eating?” fears by pairing it with this handy cookbook.

Buy: 


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Domenica Fiore Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

domenica fiora organic extra virgin olive oil

Photo courtesy of Domenica Fiore

Photo courtesy of Domenica Fiore

For the foodie in you life—Domenica Fiore’s oils are 100% traceable, and each bottle is hand-signed, numbered, and dated so you know exactly where your oil is coming from. The Olio Veritas is described on the site as "crisp and fruity."

Buy: domenicafiore.com, $39.95/500ml