Gift Giving Guide

Holiday shopping might just be the most stressful and time-consuming part of the season. Although Christmas and Hanukkah shopping will likely be the most difficult, it can still be hard to pick out presents for other occasions (including host gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays or events). Because of this, we created this holiday gift guide to help you out!

We’ll share a variety of information and gift suggestions for all the types of people that you might be shopping for. In addition, there are inexpensive gift ideas and more particular, specific gift guides (such as gift guides for him) underneath the infographic. That being said, let’s jump right! 

Holiday Gift Guides 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Beauty Products

Although this is an enticing category because many women love makeup and other beauty products, it can be difficult to shop for these items. There are so many types of beauty products and different brands!

Examples: Gift sets from department stores or beauty stores, as well as beauty subscription boxes, are the safest beauty-related items to gift (unless you know exactly which product or brand they want).

Hobby-Specific Gifts

If you know of a particular hobby that she enjoys, then she’ll love a gift that supports this hobby!

Examples: Art supplies or sets, a gym membership, running sneakers, hiking gear, writing accessories such as a notebook or high-quality pen, a cooking set, photography equipment, crocheting supplies, and so on, are all great holiday gift ideas for her.

Still lost? If you want a simple gift for her that you don’t need to plan out extensively, we’d recommend a subscription box. Check out our list of the best subscription boxes for women to see our top picks!

Edible Gifts

You’ll find this category listed a couple times throughout our Christmas gift guide. These are some of the most popular gifts because nearly everyone loves food and drinks!

Examples: Coffee, tea, wine, champagne, chocolates, candies, snacks, sauces, spices, a gift card to their favorite spot, a gift basket with a few of the previous items, and so on.

Clothing + Accessories

If you thought beauty products were hard to gift, clothes are even more difficult. You need to get the right size, pick out the right styles, and be able to fit them within your budget. Clothing subscription boxes, accessories, or just gift cards are much easier than picking out specific items for people (unless you know their style very well).

Examples: Jewelry set, necklace, a pair of earrings, rings, cold weather accessories, hats, belts, scarves, clothing subscription boxes, gift cards, and so on. 

Side note: Baby clothes are a great gift, though, because parents always need more clothes for them, and babies don’t care about what they wear!

Bath Products

Another of the top holiday gift ideas for her are bath products. 

Examples: Bath bombs, soap, bath salts or soaks, and loofahs.

LUSH, in particular, has amazing gift sets that are already wrapped beautifully. Etsy is another great place to get high-quality, handmade bath products and gift sets.

Tip: These gift sets and holiday gift basket ideas can be spendy, so it’s also a great idea to gather various bath products and make your own gift basket!

Handmade Gifts

This is one of our favorite sections in this holiday gift guide. We praise you if you decide to make your girlfriend, wife, or even mom a handmade gift! These are so sweet and much more personal than just purchasing a gift from the store. Pinterest is the best place to find more ideas (you don’t even have to be the creative type to make a gift).

Examples: A photo album filled with memories, a hand-painted mug, a book listing the reasons you love them, a book that recreates your love story, a framed photo collage, a jar with a sweet daily note for every day of the upcoming year, and so on.

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Edible Gifts

Women aren’t the only ones who love to eat and drink!

Examples: Coffee, tea, wine, champagne, chocolates, candies, snacks, sauces, spices, gift cards for their favorite spot, a gift basket with a few of the previous items, and so on.

Tech Products

What’s one of the top choices in our holiday gift guide? Tech products. There are so many types of tech products these days, so there’s bound to be something that any type of guy would appreciate.

Examples: Portable charger, headphones, phone case, drone, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Echo, robot vacuum, Bluetooth speaker, electric toothbrush, electric shaver, watch, video games, game system, virtual reality headset, camera, and so on.

Still lost? Check out the best subscription boxes for men to find a few more ideas.

Hobby-Specific Gifts

If you know of a particular hobby they love, then it’s a great idea to get them something relevant to that!

Examples: Golf clubs, a gym membership, basketball shoes, hiking gear, books, biking helmet, and so on

Handmade Items

Any men’s holiday gift guide should include handmade gifts. Women aren’t the only ones who love these—men love them just as much! They’re perfect for guys who aren’t materialistic or insist they don’t want you to get them anything.

Examples: A photo album filled with special pictures, a hand-painted coffee mug, a book telling them how much you love them or that recreates your love story, a framed photo collage, a jar with a sweet note for every day of the upcoming year, a favor coupon book, and so on.

Humorous Gifts

Any guy will appreciate a gift that makes them laugh. These are also inexpensive gifts that make for great holiday gift exchange ideas—they’re the best gifts at the party!

Examples: A mug or piece of clothing with a silly saying on it, a shirt with your face on it, underwear with a fun print or phrase, something that sparks a funny memory, a prank gift, and so on.

It could even be something funny that they’ll also use all the time! For example, there are websites where you can purchase custom printed sports accessories (such as balls, sports apparel, gloves, and so on). Surprisingly, they’re not too expensive. You can put whatever picture or phrase that you’d like on them!

Clothing + Accessories

Men are easier to shop for when it comes to clothes and accessories. 

Examples: Clothing subscription box, watch, belt, underwear, socks, T-shirts, sneakers, ties, and so on. 

Holiday Gift Gift Guide for Mom + Dad

Tech Products

Although some parents aren’t very tech-savvy, some love keeping up with the newest trends. You can find tech gifts that are as spendy or as budget-friendly as you’d like.

Examples: A Tile Mate that keeps track of your phone or keys, smart home devices, a smartwatch, baby monitor, electric toothbrush, wireless headphones, Amazon Echo, kindle, and so on.

Handmade Gifts

These Christmas gift ideas will be loved by parents as well! If you want to get crafty and creative, you could look up DIY coasters, soaps or other bath products, jewelry, candies, or anything else you might be able to craft! As mentioned before, there are millions of ideas on Pinterest. 

A few more ideas: a book listing why you’re thankful for them, photo album filled with memories, and so on. 

Edible Gifts

Let’s face it, everyone loves gifts they can devour.

Examples: Coffee, tea, wine, champagne, chocolates, candies, snacks, sauces, spices, gift cards for their favorite spot, a gift basket that combines a variety of their favorite edible items, and so on.

Relaxational Gifts

Every parent deserves to relax!

Examples: Relaxational bath salts, bubble bath, a massage chair, a foot massage machine, a foot soak machine, a spa gift card, or even a gift basket with a few of these items mixed together!

Gift Giving Guide Tip: Adding a personal touch to a gift goes a long way. This could be as simple as remembering their favorite type of candy and getting them a bag of it! Something like this makes a gift seem much more thoughtful and memorable.

For Dad

Although you may have found a few ideas in the holiday gift guide for men above, gifts for dad are still a necessary section to include—they’re some of the hardest people to shop for!

Examples: A new set of tools, a coffee mug, a wallet, a watch, cigars, a bag of his favorite type of coffee, a new coffee maker, a prank gift, one of the best subscription boxes for men.

Home Items

Do your parents love to decorate the home? If so, it might be a good idea to get them some more fun stuff for the house!

Examples: Products for the kitchen (bakeware, dishes, utensils, silverware, kitchen devices like a crockpot), candles, decorative pillows, vases, plants, an art piece, and so on.

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids + Teens

Luckily, younger kids are pretty simple to shop for. Toys, candy, more toys! There are also plenty of subscription boxes for kids that they’ll love to receive every month.

Teens, however, become much more difficult to shop for.

Examples for teens: An art set, a beauty gift set or subscription box, headphones, phone cases, a music subscription service (such as Spotify), a gift card to their favorite store, video games, a set of their favorite chocolates, or candy.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Coworkers + Neighbors

Baked Goods

Nobody can resist delicious, homemade cookies or treats (however, this might not be a great idea if you don’t know anything about their dietary restrictions or allergies).

Coffee + Tea

Coffee and tea are more versatile gifts that most people can enjoy. Gift baskets for these are a great idea! 

Home Items

Coworkers or neighbors more than likely have a home or apartment that they enjoy decorating, so a gift for the home is a great idea! 

Examples: Products for the kitchen (bakeware, dishes, utensils, silverware, kitchen devices like a crockpot), candles, decorative pillows, vases, plants, an art piece, and so on.

Subscription Box Gifts

We had to mention subscription boxes in our gift guide of 2019. You don’t even have to know much about someone to give these as a gift! If this interests you, we also have a more detailed section below about the best subscription box gifts.

Examples: Food subscription boxes are a great type of gift that they can most likely share with their family as well.

Budget-Specific Gift Ideas

Inexpensive Gifts Tip: Don’t purchase cheap versions of items that usually cost more (for example, a drone under $15). Odds are, these are terrible quality and will fall apart or break. Instead, stick with items that you can easily find high-quality versions of within your price range. 

Gifts Under $50
Although this might still be on the high end for some people, we wanted to include it for those who are looking within this price range. There are plenty of options!

Examples: A pair of shoes, a dishware set, Bluetooth speaker, a large beauty or skin care set, a slow cooker, food or treats gift basket, bath set, a cocktail set, a coffee maker, video games, and so on.

Gifts Under $25
It’s true—even some of the best gifts of 2019 can be found in the $25 and under price range!

Examples: A laptop case, a water bottle, wine glasses, a teapot or tea set, a couple bags of coffee or tea, flowers, a handmade gift, a large box of chocolates or candy, a wallet, a purse, used video games, headphones, shower speaker, an art set, and so on.

Gifts $15 and Under
With gifts this inexpensive, it’s important to be pickier than you might be in the previous categories. You don’t want to give someone a cheap gift that falls apart within a week!  

Examples: Candles, journal, planner, a phone case, accessories, jewelry, water bottle, teapot, bag of coffee or tea, small beauty set, nail polish, book, small set of spices or sauces, box of chocolates/candy, handmade gifts, or one of our top cheap subscription boxes.

Subscription Boxes: Holiday Gift Guide

Before we sum up our gift guide, we have to include a few of the best subscription boxes to gift! Subscription boxes make for fantastic gifts because, for one, they’re curated by professionals who know what the best products are.

They’re also very simple to purchase but are still more personal than a regular gift card because the recipient can go on the website and customize their box to fit their desires. Or if you want them to be completely surprised, you can have it sent to your home and wrap it yourself. No matter how they’re presented, subscription boxes simply must be included in our gift giving guide.

Subscription Box Gifts for Women


Full-size beauty products (nail polish, skincare, or makeup).


Inexpensive beauty box with sample products to try each month.

Stitch Fix

Stylist subscription box to find the perfect clothing to fit anyone’s style.

Need more choices? Check out our list of top subscription boxes for women

Subscription Box Gifts for Men

Dollar Shave Club

Useful, inexpensive subscription that provides high-quality razor replacements every month.

Bespoke Post

Subscription box for men that makes a great gift because there are plenty of box options to choose from.

Watch Gang

A watch subscription that allows one to choose a monthly watch that fits their style!

Need more choices? Check out more of our top subscription boxes for men!

Other Subscription Box Gifts


Inexpensive and healthy snack subscription box with perfect packages for on the go.

Bean Box

For the coffee connoisseur—you can choose a sampler or coffee-of-the-month box.


Sack subscription box that has vegan, gluten-free, low calorie, or classic boxes.

Need more options? Check out the best food subscription boxes

Bottom Line
That almost sums up our holiday gift guide for 2019! We hope you were able to find fantastic gift ideas within your budget for every type of person you might be shopping for. 

However, we’re not done yet—check out our infographic below to indulge in a few more important gift-giving details!

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