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You know you need gift ideas. Here are 44 of them.From ELLE Decor
Guilt-free gifts for the most important person on your list.
Everyone on your list will thank you.
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Since the last thing they need is another living, breathing kitty.
Mental health pros share the most meaningful "gifts" to set yourself up for personal growth in the year ahead.
Foolproof hoops, a classic watch, or modern pearls? Here's what jewelry lovers are coveting this season. From Town & Country
The holiday season always makes us feel nostalgic in the best way.
2020 hasn’t been normal, so why would the holiday season be? Many people are (wisely) not going home for the holidays. Others are opting out of giving gifts, whether because of financial reasons or general stress from, well, gestures broadly. As someone who takes great pleasure in picking out gifts for each person on my list every year and am fortunate to have a full-time job, I am not ready to give up the tradition. I am, however, shopping for fewer people this holiday season and making a point to only buy gifts from small businesses. Like many people, I have cleaned out my closet more times than I care to admit since the pandemic led to shelter-in-place orders. Despite yielding a giant donation bag each time, my closet doesn’t seem to be getting more space. Having come face-to-face with my own excess, in addition to realizing that I wear the same 10 items on repeat in quarantine, I have decided to give up fast-fashion, the culprit behind the majority of items in the bags. But my former lack of restraint isn’t the only reason I have stopped shopping from brands known for their cheap prices and quick runway-to-store turnaround. In 2020, small businesses have faced unprecedented challenges. With most forced to close their doors during shelter-in-place and lockdown orders in the spring, many are finding themselves still unable to make rent months later, let alone turn a profit. In the summer, after stores had reopened with limited capacity in New York City, I found myself walking past a children’s clothing shop around the corner from my apartment. An expertly-curated place I have often found myself running to for last-minute gifts for my niece, it has always been packed with people. It now stood completely empty. This may have been the first time I’ve witnessed that scene in New York, but, over the last few months, it, unfortunately, has not been the last. After seeing the struggle that so many local businesses, from restaurants to boutiques, are facing, it’s hard to justify spending the money — that I, too, am being very judicious with right now — anywhere else. I am not alone. According to a recent Visa study, 60% of U.S. shoppers plan to do at least half of their shopping at local retailers this holiday season. And while plenty of people have long shopped solely at small, independent businesses, for many, including me, the pandemic marked a turning point. As anyone who has experienced the thrill of a cheap fashion find knows, the hardest part of quitting the habit is not being able to buy something on impulse or as a form of retail therapy — especially after a long week… and a few glasses of wine. The convenience of getting something within two days can’t be denied either, especially now, when I can go days without leaving the house. But while it may seem like an inconvenience to have given up on Amazon, which I’ve come to rely on for everything from cleaning supplies to last-minute gifts, and fast fashion, it has also resulted in a closet that delights me. While I know that the only way to be a sustainable consumer is not to buy anything new at all, fashion brings me too much joy to give it up altogether. Instead, in addition to trying to buy secondhand items as much as possible (Thrilling, an online platform for independent vintage stores around the country, is my current go-to), I have become very conscious of where I purchase new things from. Since March, face masks aside, I bought a pair of yellow zebra-print knit pants from Victor Glemaud; a Victor Glemaud knit skirt; a bag from Telfar, the Brooklyn-based brand that counts AOC as a fan; and a letter charm from Lulu Frost, a New York-based jewelry brand which has since announced that it’s taking a break. None of these items were cheap, but they’re ones I will treasure for a long time. Sure, I still look at Zara’s latest collection and sales with my co-workers, and virtually imagine all the things I would buy if it were last year. But weeks after closing every one of my 10 tabs from the Spanish retailer’s latest blowout sale, I couldn’t even tell you the items I thought I had to have. Instead, after spending months waiting for Tombolo to restock its spaghetti alle vongole camp shirt, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it minutes after getting the back-in-stock alert. Now, it brings me joy every time I take it out. Just looking at Susan Alexandra’s shrimp cocktail earrings on the website has a similar effect. It’s been thrilling to pay attention to what others are buying, too. Since the pandemic began, it has been inspiring to see moments of solidarity and community during the hardest of days. Many in my circle are also supporting local stores and independent businesses. After complimenting my colleague on her printed face mask, I discovered artist and illustrator Naomi Alessandra’s cloth face coverings, which I would love to pair with a Second Wind chain. After another colleague brought my attention to Selkie, a line of unabashedly fanciful dresses, I bookmarked it for once I am (eventually back) to planning my wedding events. After hearing my old boss obsess over the fabrics of Brooklyn-based, sustainable brand Softwear, whose founder hand-dyes each tie-dye piece, I am now waiting for the arrival of what is promised to be the softest shirt I will ever wear. (If that turns out to be true, maybe there will be a lot of hoodies and sweatpants under the tree this year.) Every time one of my friends unveils their Brother Vellies Something Special delivery on Instagram, it sends me running to the brand’s website for a pair of Cloud Socks. And this is just in the fashion department; I could write a whole article on the life-changing powers of Burlap & Barrel spices if we were to move to my kitchen. With an eye on the holiday season, I’ve been keeping a list of all the small brands that have crossed my way since the pandemic. While the gifts will be smaller and less expensive than years past (with a lot of face masks made by independent artists and Cloud Socks), they have all been lovingly selected with each person in mind. Some, like gifts for the children in the family, are coming from the store around the corner from my apartment; others will be ordered online with ample time for shipping. On the latter point, you do need to get started right now if you’re planning on shopping from small businesses online. Not only will getting orders in now eliminate the holiday rush, but you’ll also be helping brands and stores that have struggled during the pandemic. According to an American Express study, 46% of small business owners are counting on above average holiday sales to stay in business in 2021; 64% say that Small Business Saturday, held the day after Black Friday to encourage people to shop small and local, is more critical than ever. And, if you’re anything like me, after eight months away from impulse-shopping late at night, I am more than ready to indulge in retail therapy — and support businesses that need most help while at it. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?8 Beauty Gifts To Buy This Giving TuesdayIt's Okay To Not Give Gifts This YearAn Ode To Not Going Home For The Holidays
With hundreds of products to choose from, you’re sure to find something the kid in your life will love — and use more than once.
The holidays can feel like a gluttonous time of year when everything is all about gifts, food, and even more gifts. But what if you had the opportunity to buy something for someone else that also helped save the planet, change a child's life, or give back in another charitable way? This season, you can do just that by shopping from beauty companies that donate a portion of proceeds from your purchase to great causes across the country. Whether their passion is animals, feeding those in need, or planting more trees on our beautiful planet, there are gift options out there that will make everyone on your list feel good. Gifts with a charitable component have the power of making both the giver and the receiver feel like they're making a difference - it's the definition of gifts that keep on giving. Keep reading to find out which brands are giving back, so you can touch more than one person's life this holiday season.
Whether it's your dad, brother, friend, or S.O., shopping for guys can either be really easy... or really hard. If you ask what he wants to see under the tree (or menorah or Festivus pole), he'll probably tell you he doesn't want anything or that he already has everything he needs. Well, in the spirit of giving, 'tis the season to treat the most important man in your life to a little self-care — a step up from the default dad present of a Home Depot trip IOU card.Short of convincing the man in your life to spend an entire Sunday in a spa (which really isn't even possible this year anyway), the next-best present would be to upgrade his grooming routine as we enter 2021. Whether he maintains his beard better than Jon Snow or doesn't know the difference between shampoo and body wash, there's an ultra-giftable holiday kit with his name on it.Ahead, eleven grooming gift sets to shop this holiday season.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Baxter Of California On The Go Essentials KitStaying fresh on the go has never looked better. Give the guy in your life this chic essentials kit, which comes with a daily facial wash, exfoliating body bar, and aluminum-free deodorant. Baxter of California On the Go Essentials Bundle Travel Size Kit, $, available at Ulta BeautyAesop Montreal City KitFor the person in your life that loves a fancy product and also enjoys traveling (in the future, of course), we recommend this kit from Aesop that literally has everything he could ever dream of: Classic Shampoo, Nurturing Conditioner, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser & Body Balm, Fabulous Face Cleanser, B & Tea Balancing Toner, Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque, and Rosehip Seed Lip Cream...we told you, it has EVERYTHING.Aesop Montreal City Kit, $, available at VerishopHard Days Work KitEveryone could use a little TLC after a long day of work. Treat him with this handmade and all-natural spa day in a box, which includes charcoal soap, a shampoo bar, evergreen hand and body cream, nontoxic evergreen deodorant, creamy pomade, moisturizing lip balm, and a bath soak.Marit Aagaard & Jeff Lovett Hard Day's Work Kit, $, available at Uncommon GoodsThe Art Of Shaving Facial Hair Maintenance SetTransform his facial hair routine into a bonafide ritual with this fancy set from The Art Of Shaving, which includes everything he needs to keep things neat and tidy.The Art of Shaving Facial Hair Maintenance Set, $, available at The Art Of ShavingNivea Men Dapper Duffel Gift SetThis Amazon Prime gem includes everything a man needs to take care of his skin from H2T: Shaving gel, post-shave balm, cleanser, lotion, and even a full-size shower gel.Nivea Men Dapper Duffel Gift Set - 5 Piece Collection, $, available at AmazonJack Black All Jacked UpFor the well-traveled man, there's this TSA-friendly three-step routine that has everything he needs to wash that stale plane air off his face.Jack Black All Jacked Up, $, available at SephoraKiehl's Men's Groom-On-The-Go SetIf your hubs hasn't washed his face with anything other than lukewarm water and a bar of soap from the shower in a decade, then giving him the gift of Kiehl's is the move. Snag this skin-care starter kit, which includes not just a face wash, but body scrub soap, shave cream, and moisturizer.Kiehl's Since 1851 Men's Groom-On-The-Go Set, $, available at NordstromHarry's Holiday Gift SetMake 2020 the last year that your boyfriend uses disposable plastic razors. This affordable set from Harry's includes a limited-edition handle colorway, full-size shave gel, and 3 replacement cartridges.Harry's Holiday Gift Set, $, available at WalmartDior Sauvage Eau de Perfum Set If your dad doesn't go anywhere — not even Trader Joe's — without his signature scent, then he'll love this luxe Dior Sauvage gift set filled with two bottles of crisp cologne. (One for home, one for business trips.)Dior Sauvage Eau de Parfum Set, $, available at SephoraULTA Beauty Supercharge Your Skin Men's Sampler KitThis 7-piece Dopp kit comes stocked with a variety of men's grooming essentials, ranging from Clinique to Jack Black to Sunday Riley. (And did we mention it's on sale for just $15?)Beauty Finds by ULTA Beauty Supercharge Your Skin Men's Sampler Kit, $, available at Ulta BeautyGilletteLabs Heated Razor Starter KitIt's almost as good as a hot towel shave – but in the comfort of your own bathroom. Pro tip? Split the cost of Gillette's newest innovation with your sibling(s) to make this splurge-worthy gift an affordable option that dad will truly love — and actually use.Gilette Heated Razor Starter Kit, $, available at Bed Bath and BeyondAnthony Starter KitAnthony products are almost too chic to use, which is probably something your dad will tell you when he's bestowed this Sephora treasure. Cover the bases with a glycolic acid-infused face wash to keep pores clear, while a two-in-one hair and body wash keeps things easy for a guy on the go.Anthony Starter Kit, $, available at SephoraMaison Margiela Replica Jazz Club FragranceYes, you could restock the same cologne he's been wearing since '95, or you could force him to be a little adventurous with this fragrance that smells like cigars and whiskey.Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club Fragrance, $, available at Violet GreyNuFace Mini Facial Toning DeviceJust in case your dad wants a touch-up between his Botox appointments — yes, dads get injectables, too — there's this face-lifting micro-current tool. It's so no-fuss that he can do it while he lays in bed and watches another Law & Order: Special Victims Unit rerun.NuFACE mini Facial Toning Device, $, available at NordstromBarber Pro Gentlemen's Sheet Mask DuoSelf-care could easily be putting a sheet mask on while taking a nap on the couch — and this facial hair-friendly mask is perfect for exactly that.Barber Pro Gentlemen's Sheet Mask Duo, $, available at NordstromBaxter Of California Barbe(RED) KitRestock your dad's grooming kit with this shave gel, styling clay, and beard oil combo that doesn't just look good, but does some good, too. With every purchase, 20% of the retail price goes directly to the fight against HIV/AIDS in partnership with (RED).Baxter of California Barbe(RED) Kit, $, available at NordstromWay Of Will Muscle Soak Bath SetWhen you start hearing your dad's knees crack every time he stands up, it's time to get him this two-piece set for relieving minor aches and pains.Way Of Will Muscle Soak Bath Set, $, available at NordstromBaxter Of California Body Bar TrioIf he doesn't care about how he washes his face, combs his hair, or trims his beard, then there's always chic bar soap, which fits right into his comfort level.Baxter of California Body Bar Trio, $, available at NordstromLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Lil' Stocking Stuffers With BIG 2020 EnergyFamily Pajama Sets That Are Too Cute For ChristmasThe Best Gifts For The S.O. Who Has Everything
It's already pretty crazy to think about how quickly this year has flown by, but what's even crazier is that it's already time to start holiday shopping again. This time of year can be a pretty stressful (and expensive!) one for a lot of us, but the good news is that holiday shopping for the beauty lovers in your life doesn't have to be a burden on your bank account. There's an affordable beauty gift out there for everyone, and some of our favorite ones even happen to be below $50. No matter where they fall on the spectrum (novice or pro), there's a good chance you'll be able to find a budget-friendly beauty gift for all of your loved ones. If your bestie's idea of a productive weekend is spiraling deep into an Instagram beauty feed, or if you know someone who really needs some old-fashioned R&R, there's a gift to suit. And with this mix of options that are as bomb as they are cheap, you may even have a little left over to pick something out for yourself. Holiday happiness starts right here. - Additional reporting by India Yaffe
Armed with our picks, you can simultaneously “Add to Cart” and watch The Princess Switch 2—true holiday magic.Originally Appeared on Glamour
The products you need in order to have a happy holiday season.From House Beautiful
Wanna know the only thing more cringe-worthy than your Uncle Joe telling the same dirty joke over latkes during the holiday season? Watching someone feign delight after unwrapping a gift they hate . . . especially if it's from you. (Pro tip: the person in your family who geeks out over skin care and makeup probably doesn't want an air fryer.) To help keep the awkward level down to a manageable 2 - and because it's hard to offend anyone on the other end of a fancy Diptyque candle or Tatcha skin-care set - we've asked POPSUGAR editors to share the foolproof beauty gifts they'll be giving (and also, most likely keeping) this year. As for how to deal with inappropriate relatives? Well, you're on your own there.
Do a little extra good with your gifting this season.
Just too good to pass up.
All under $20. From Esquire