Holiday Gift Guide | Winter 2020
Home for the holidays? You can say that again. While this season’s greetings may look different from years past, we know that there are still little joys to be found in what sits under the tree. In the spirit of giving, we’re offering our most coveted wish list items curated for any stocking. . . and we must admit, we really covered our bases here. Take a peek at what finds we’re putting on the top of our lists. Plus, in case you missed it. . . our editor’s top 15 picks are just a click away.
01 | Oak & Bean Coffee Liqueur — $29
A new take on your daily caffeine fix, Oak & Bean is the ideal gift for the coffee + spirits connoisseur. Brewed in small batches at Arkansas-based Fox Trail Distillery + bourbon barrel aged to perfection, this liqueur seamlessly transitions from AM to PM, bringing the coffee fix along with it.
02 | Beckon Ice Cream 6-Pack Sampler — $50
The treat we’re keeping stashed all year round. Premium pints by women-owned, Beckon, are lactose free while still being made with real milk + cream. For the one with a sweet tooth, send a 6-pack to be delivered straight to their doorstep.
03 | Xenia Altier Plate + Bowl Set — $40+
Tableware for all your on-the go occasions [think: camping or dinner al fresco] or simply sitting pretty at home. These colorful dishes are made of bamboo fiber x safe for your dishwasher’s top rack. Dishing out an aesthetically grabbing table setting has never been easier.
04 | Infusing Bottle — $35
These oil-infusing bottles are ideal for all your storing x pouring needs over the holidays. Designed by bartenders [we can tell], they create unexpectedly rich flavor. Each glass vessel has a screw-off bottom, allowing easy prep + clean. We are into garlic x rosemary olive oil at the moment, but are excited to try a jalapeño infused tequila for that spicy marg fix.
05 | Dusen Dusen Dish Towel Set — $32
Two-toned x reversible dish towels that add the needed touch of color to your kitchen when company is over, or just for when you’re feeling funky. These towels are 100% cotton, making them softer with every wash. Though the duo is sold out ATM, sign up to be first in line, or snag them individually.
06 | The Always Pan — $145
Top of our wish list, it’s the pan that keeps on giving. We can’t stop raving about this pan + half of our team has snatched one of their own already. This one-pot wonder claims to do the work of eight pieces of cookware, which justifies the splurge.
01 | Thatch Lumos Necklace — $165
We have found the missing link. Elegant x chunky, the Lumos necklace by our friends at Thatch makes a beautiful addition to your jewelry stack. Choose between 14k gold or rhodium plated to suit your look. Designed to wear layered or solo, this necklace provides style with ease. Looking to layer? We’re also into the Cora Necklace + Athena Hoops.
02 | BEIGE Magazine Issue 1 — $19
A limited-edition, physical archive of editorials, and inspiration, this first edition magazine by BEIGE is worthy to display on your coffee or bedside table. Each page contains intentional x personal interviews with a few top creatives + designers in addition to a curation of creative inspiration, sustainable efforts, and culture in the fashion industry. In full color + bound of recycled x uncoated paper makes these 113 pages worth every flip.
03 | Scoop Mini Crossbody Bag — $25
We’re deeming this one the perfect little black purse. Tiny enough to stay out of the way while making a statement, but roomy enough for your 2021 essentials [keys, phone mask, and hand sanitizer].
04 | Octaveo Paper Vase — $23
The tastemakers will tip their hats to this artful paper vase that’s Architectural Digest + Vogue revered. Simply slip the paper over your vase for an easy upgrade to your florals. For the color shy: this pop of color brings funkiness into the home without the commitment.
05 | Lisa Says Gah Denim Wine Tote — $25
It is time to dress up your wine. Lisa Says Gah has made it easy to tote your vino around in style. It comes in a print for every occasion [brown/black cow, floral, and warp check prints] + this tote doubles as a mini handbag as well. Cheers to chic wine.
01 | Le Bon Shoppe Boyfriend Socks — $12
A timeless treasure, The Le Bon Shoppe covers all your neutral, simple, and natural clothing needs. For an extra dose of cozy in the coming chilly months, these boyfriend socks are cushiony + ideal to wear with sneakers or that new pair of boots that need breaking in. We’re sourcing ours locally through woman-owned, Arkansas-based, Darcy Apparel.
02 | We’re Not Really Strangers — $30
We can vouch firsthand that this card game is truly the best medicine to add a layer of intentionality + depth to a gathering [however small it may be this year]. Ease your way in with more light-hearted questions or dive straight into the deep end — either way, this card game has been known to deepen bonds + spur some meaningful conversation.
03 | Little Puzzle Thing — $15
The optimal size for stuffing stockings, it’s all the things we love about puzzles, in a fraction of the time. Whether you’re traveling or staying put, these minis are low-commitment [and fun] enough to bring everyone around the table. In 20 minutes or less, you’ll have a mini piece of art.
04 | Resident Dog — $33
For the design x dog lover alike, this coffee table book by aussie photographer, Nicole England, captures the mutts of the world + the stunning homes they live in. This coffee table book is ready to grace your space with the most gorgeous homes + model pups.
05 | Electric Lighter — $16
We are over having to hide our not-so-chic candle lighters out of sight + burning ourselves with matchsticks. This sleek electric lighter has fixed our frustration. Wind x splash proof, and battery charged with no more harmful chemicals, this tiny wand is magic. The lightweight design makes the lighter easy to carry x is ideal for camping, BBQ, hiking, indoor and outdoor activities. Hello, perfection.
01 | Oribe Beautiful Color Travel Set — $25
Whether you’re traveling home for the holidays or opting for a staycation, give your hair some extra love x keep your color fresh. This duo is specifically formulated to provide ultra-gentle care that extends your color while correcting damage. Looking to source small x female-owned? We’re picking ours up from LUXE. Oribe never fails to fancy us.
02 | The Ordinary Peeling Solution — $7
In 10 minutes [no longer], this exfoliating facial peel reverses sun scars x acne blemishes without breaking the bank [under $10, gasp]. This powerful mask works like sorcery in bringing to the surface a fresh, smooth, radiant face at a fraction of the cost of a chemical peel.
03 | KLUR Gentle Matter — $22
You saw our reco for KLUR’s Skin Soil + now it’s time to brag on the sidekick cleanser. Thoughtfully formulated to work magically with Skin Soil, this non-foaming gel is optimal for even the most sensitive skin to both cleanse x hydrate your skin.
04 | Static Nails — $14
Not your mom’s press-ons, these are the next generation of nails, and they actually get it right on look, feel, quality + price point [under $20 for a kit]. In less than 15 minutes, you’ll score an at-home manicure for less than half of the cost of a salon x none of the damage.
01 | beardedgoat Hakuba Jacket — $148
Your newest winter staple has arrived. This button-up jacket is a fresh take on the classic puffer. Inspired by a personal piece of artwork by Raney Von Gremp, the design on this outerwear is truly unique — bringing in angled lines and a modern fit. Sport it all day, from a hike straight into your evening plans.
02 | Bala Weighted Bangles — $49
These weighted bangles took Instagram by storm during quarantine, as they quite literally make the world your gym. Add a comfortable resistance to your workout with versatile options, while still looking chic. They can be worn on your wrist or ankle and come in a variety of colors and weights. Go ahead, flex on ‘em.
03 | Matcha Turmeric Latte Blend — $29
Beauty is an inside job. The female-founded, Brooklyn-based Golde makes all-natural, superfood-boosted products that look good, taste good and make you feel good. This latte will provide sustained energy that will get you through all the holiday chaos without the crash. Add it to your smoothie, drink it as a tea with hot water or blend it with warm oat milk for a frothy treat you can feel good about, inside and out.
04 | The Qi Floral Tasting Collection — $36
This floral tea by The Qi is a full-blown sensory experience. The Sampler Box offers a variety of flavors with unique benefits tied to each; whether it’s soothing stress relief [Blue Lotus], an immunity boost [Royal Chrysanthemum], or a moment of zen for a more restful night of sleep [Shangri-La Rose]. Each serving consists of organically grown, single-origin flowers from small, family-owned farms that yield a fragrance that will lift your spirits. It is such a beautiful ceremony and definitely a gift of wellness.
01 | Plissé Folder — $35
Plissé by HAY is a functional + colorful archival folder that serves as a stylish way to sort x store important papers. This folder features an accordion-style design that opens like a pop-up book and closes securely with an elastic band. Elevate everyday tasks with style, like paying bills or organizing documents, and add a bit of joy to adulting.
02 | Heng Mini Balance Lamp — $25
Form x function — we’re placing our bets on this minimalist piece to be one of the most noteworthy gifts of 2020. The Heng Balance Lamp brings inspiration to the table with its sleek design to delight any room in the home.
03 | Do It For Yourself Guided Journal — $13
Start off the new year with a journal to guide you through mental fog + creative blocks with its five stages of creativity + productivity. We’ve personally been inspired by the thought-provoking prompts x graphic design throughout. Just what we need to enter into 2021 with renewed intentions.
04 | Onyx Coffee — $17
Onyx Coffee Lab is our tried + true roaster of choice — you won’t go wrong stocking this daily staple under the tree. Notable: they’re looking extra fresh this year with brand new packaging with embossed designs that are smooth to the touch x will look tasteful in any home.
05 | SONOS One Speaker — $199
We’re going for it this year with the powerhouse smart speaker the world has been raving about. With more time at home than ever before, it’s time we invest in rich, room-filling, high-quality sound. Bonus: you can control it with your voice, the SONOS app, Apple Airplay, and more.
01 | Drive Coffee National Parks Collection — $60
We’re snagging Drive’s National Park Collection inspired by Zion, Yellowstone, and Yosemite National Parks for the outdoorsmen in our lives. Their thoughtfully sourced coffee notes are paired with the history x beauty that each park emotes. We suggest trying the Teddy Roosevelt inspired Yellowstone blend; a honey processed Brazilian coffee that fits right in with any morning adventure.
02 | Peak XL Ice Cube Tray — $14
We suggest, you impress. This XL ice cube tray dresses up any drink + will have you dubbed ‘bartender’ by the end of the night. These cubes melt slower, keeping your cocktail colder, longer. Plus, the provided lid blocks pesky flavors from your freezer, while an internal steel frame makes filling and transporting the tray a breeze.
03 | Theory 11 Provision Playing Cards — $10
We’re upping his game. Featuring custom artwork, gold foil card boxes, and premium embossing, these timeless cards offer a subtle way to make your man feel sophisticated when playing poker with the guys.
04 | Timbuk2 Toiletry Kit — $39
Transport your dailies with respect. Premium twill on the outside + wipeable on the inside, the Essentials Kit is sized to carry all the products you need when away, or just to keep organized at home.
01 | Drive Coffee Nitro Cold Brew — $24, 6-pack
A canned, single-origin cold brew inspired by the endurance racing + the 24 hours of Le Mans. We’re sneaking a can in each stocking.
02 | Bagnet Handbag Clip — $25
No hook? No problem. A small accessory that magnetically attaches your handbag to any commercial grade metal, saving you from those awkward ‘where can I put my bag that is the least gross?’ moments.
03 | Matcha Sticks — $13
Your favourite plant-based caffeine fix [in mini form] to take with you on the go or overnight.
04 | The Laundress Sweater Comb — $18
De-pill delicate knits x refresh your OG sweaters with ease.
05 | Maude Coconut Milk Bath Soak — $18
Relax + unwind with this bath soak. Coconut milk powder softens + hydrates while pure, hand-harvested salts increase circulation x detoxify the body.
06 | Wild One Twist Toss Fetch Toy — $18
The ultimate fetch toy for your mutt. It bounces unpredictably x even holds chews for a post-play treat.
07 | On The Rocks Cocktails — $10
Consider this your own at-home bartender. Simply open, pour, and enjoy.
08 | E.L.F. Hydrogel Under Eye Masks — $8
Wake up your under eye with these cooling gel patches + give skin the nourishing it needs.
09 | LENIGE Lip Sleep Mask — $23
Indulge in a spa treatment for your lips, for under $25. With our staff’s vouch, this buzzed-about lip mask is worth the hype.
10 | Tattly Temporary Tattoo Set — $15
Ink without the investment. These temporary tattoo sets are the perfect stocking stuffer for littles x bigs alike.
11 | Dress-Me Notepad — $12
The perfect sized notepad to inspire self-expression in your little one. Great stocking stuffer paired with a set of markers or crayons.
12 | Kikkerland Fish Magic Soap — $13
Scrub away onion x fish odors in the kitchen in a pinch — smells disappear, the soap doesn’t.
13 | Sisal Dry Brush — $13
Add this one to your 2021 self care routine. Dry brushing provides an all-natural detox for the skin – flushing toxins, increasing blood flow, reducing cellulite + relieving stress.
14 | Scrub Daddy — $4
Adding a little cheer to your kitchen sink with each wash.
15 | Silicone Face Mask Brush — $5
Our go-to tool for upgrading the at-home facial experience.
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