The holidays are in full swing and that means it’s crunch time for gift giving. I’ve rounded up some ideas for those hard-to-shop-for people on your lists that all ring in under $75.
1. Toast Made (PlayStation 4 cover: $59) – Toast makes real wood covers for your laptops, phones, and gaming devices, so if you’re like me and had a less-than-attractive gaming console in your living room, they can help make it look much more appealing. Plus, not only are they customizable, but they also donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental non-profits and plant one tree seedling for every product they make. So not only are they making your electronics look cooler but they’re doing good for the planet in the process – win/win.
2. UGG (Classic Slipper: $69.99) – I know, I know, UGGs are “basic”, but there’s a good reason for that – they’re so freaking comfortable. This slide-on style comes in chestnut and black and would make a great around-the-house or errand running shoe that feels so luxe no one could resist. Not to mention it clocks in under $70 making it a great gift that won’t break the bank and will make the recipient feel like a million bucks.
3. Pura Vida (Blush Crush Pack: $60) – Pura Vida is Spanish for “pure life” and these simple, yet stylish bracelets are meant to remind the wearer to slow down and celebrate the little things in life, which is something we could all use a little reminder of these days. The bracelets start at $5 and many of them are linked with specific charities, donating a portion of their sales, but all of them help provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. The company also donates 1% of their annual revenue to environmental organizations worldwide so you can look good while you feel good about supporting good causes.
4. Aveda (Limited-Edition Hand Relief™: $26) – During the cold winter months it’s amazing how dependent we become on a good hand cream, which makes getting a really good one as a gift a welcome surprise. This one smells like lavender and softens even the driest hands, but more than that, it also donates $4 of every purchase to cruelty-free research through The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. The kind of gift that does good for the body and soul.
5. Pinch Provisions (Stud Muffin Minimergency Kit: $18) – These mini kits are not a new thing, but they still make great little gifts. You can get a kit for any number occasions, for any recipient, filled with all the little things you might need in any situation. (Seriously, they even have them for pets.) I like the classic kit filled with bandaids, safety pins, breath freshener, a sewing kit, lip balm, stain removers, and about 10 other things. But if you’re looking for something more specific, they have teacher kits, hangover kits, camping kits, and many, many more.
6. Cold Weather Gear (American Eagle men’s scarf: $11.99 + gloves: $5.99 and women’s scarf similar: $14.97 + hat similar: $11.99) – Cozy scarves, hats, and gloves are timeless classics to get everyone through chilly months, and while most may already have a set from last year, it’s probably time for an upgrade. That’s what makes this a can’t-go-wrong kind of gift that is a trusted standby for the person on your list that you don’t know what to get.
7. Wine Bag and Bottle – The prices will range based on what you choose to put inside, but whether it’s sparkling cider, champagne, wine, or their favorite beer or liquor, this is another no-brainer gift. And with all the options for packaging, you can go the furry, funny, or rustic with your presentation.
8. Homemade Cookies – No matter your budget homemade cookies are always a great gift. You can customize anyway you like, baking family recipes, classic favorites, or trendy new flavors to add your own personal touch. Wrapped up in a cute little package (I like this rustic star box or snowflake box that comes in large and smaller sizes) they make a great little gift for everyone from Grandma to your coworker.