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Shopping season is upon us, and today I’m excited to share a handful of our favorite gift ideas in the annual Holiday Gift Guide! Whether you’re adding items to your own wish list or picking out the perfect gifts for your family and friends, I hope that you find plenty of fun options gathered right here. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
I’ve pulled together the ultimate list of holiday gift ideas in every price range, from both large online stores and smaller boutiques, in order to help with your shopping this year. Whether you’re looking for options to add to your own wish list, or trying to find that perfect, unique gift for the loved one who “has it all,” something in this collection is sure to grab you. Crank up the Christmas music, and let’s get started!
1. Ugg Classic Ultra Mini
During the cooler months, shearling-lined Ugg boots are my favorite “slippers.” I received the Ugg classic ultra mini boots for my birthday this year, and they are just as cozy as it gets. While the Ugg slippers are nice for a more traditional option, I appreciate that these boots are easy to slip on, but can also be worn outside with the dog or to the mailbox — and I don’t look like I’m in my pajamas! The Ultra Minis are one of the top gifts for 2022 and are selling out quickly at most stores, so don’t wait to buy them!
While we’re on the subject of cozy loungewear, let’s talk about pajamas! This set from Lands End is some of the softest jersey knit material I’ve ever worn. For a less expensive option, the Stars Above pajamas from Target are also great. I’ve owned many sets in the past and recommend the notch collar top and pants set. And finally, for the elevated, higher-end option, you can’t beat beautiful LAKE pajamas. They have shorts and tees, long sleeves and pants, nightgowns and sleep shirts, and lovely robes. The perfect gift!
A new handbag is always fun to give or to receive! I love the simplicity of this foldover crossbody from ABLE, as well as the interesting woven textures in this checker midi Clare V. sac and this Clare V. messenger bag.
4. Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
These bags are so convenient! I got a Lululemon Belt Bag last summer to bring with us on travel, and it’s been the best alternative to a purse when we’re out and about. I love a hands-free option that holds my wallet, keys, and phone. It’s perfect for sight-seeing, hiking, shopping, and more. As one of the top gifts for 2022, these bags are constantly selling out, but they come back in stock all the time in different colors and styles. Right now, the fleece belt bag is the only one available, but be sure to check out Lululemon’s belt bag page regularly to see if any others are back in stock!
5. Ooni Pizza Oven
Ooni pizza ovens are extremely popular right now. I’m guessing they’ll be on many holiday gift guides this year. I’d love to snag one of these for Keith! Perfect for the pizza-lover who’s looking to up his game. I recommend the Ooni Karu 12 Pizza Oven.
6. Backpack Cooler
Another great gift for the guy in your life — a cooler that he can wear on his back! Ideal for concerts, ball games, picnics, and more, this convenient option keeps your hands free for toting chairs, tents, and other equipment. Splurge on the Yeti Hopper, or try the more affordable Tourit version, which Keith has.
7. Southern Tide T-Shirts and Polos
8. Clayton & Crume Belts
Another practical, classic gift for the guy in your life. These beautiful belts, which are available with or without the monogrammed bridle nameplates, will soon become a wardrobe staple.
9. AirPod Cases
A great stocking stuffer for the older kids (and adults)! Did you know that there are endless varieties of customized AirPod cases available? Not only are they fun, but they help to distinguish one family member’s AirPods from another! There are simple leather options, NFL football teams, floral designs, and just about anything else that you can dream up — most in the $10 range.
10. Apple AirTags
These genius little discs stick onto anything that you don’t want to lose! From keys and phones, to dog collars and luggage, each AirTag connects with your iPhone or iPad. You’re able to track the tag’s location so that you never misplace your most important items! And if you’re looking for a less expensive stocking stuffer, the AirTag leather key chain is a nice option.
Now that so many of us have returned to travel, nice luggage is a must! My mom and I both have the monogrammed Paravel medium Cabana Tote, which always receives compliments. It’s spill-proof, comes in a variety of colors, and is sustainably crafted from recycled bottles! If you’re looking for a more traditional suitcase, I love my Terminal 1 Carry-On from Mark and Graham.
These extra-large, soft jacquard weave, easy-to-care for cotton blend blankets have a cult following! From the beach to the bedroom, strollers, to shawls, they go anywhere. The blankets also come in dozens of patterns and colors, so they’re sure to make anyone on your list feel loved!
13. Mr. Beast’s Feastables Chocolates
The only stocking-stuffer that my “tween” boys have requested. The chocolate actually tastes delicious, is made with just a few simple, natural ingredients, and is now available on Amazon. You can also get single bars at Walmart.
14. Good & Well Supply Co. National Parks Candles
You can’t have a holiday gift guide without candles! Candles always make great gifts for teachers, friends, moms, and even guys. This particular line features different scents representing the various National Parks. Of course, I’m partial to the Shenandoah variety, since that’s our local park here in Madison, but you can find so many others — from Yellowstone to Lake Tahoe, Acadia to Bryce Canyon.
Other favorite candles to gift at this time of year include: the Sweet Water Decor “Warm + Cozy” scent, with notes of orange, cinnamon, vetiver, clove, and pine; the Twisted Cork Candle Company’s “Southern Christmas” scent; Farmhouse Pottery’s Cultivate & Garden Clove Candle; and Pare Candle’s “Main Street” scent, which is Southern hospitality wrapped up in a single jar!
15. Tuckernuck Leather-Trim Funnel Neck Piper Poncho
You can dress this cozy piece up or down, depending on your needs. Pair it with jeans and flats for an easy, put-together look all season long. I have the navy version with white leather trim, but I also love the ivory and camel colors! These complete an outfit in a slightly unusual, but classic, way.
16. Carolina Honey Bee Company Honey
This would make a nice stocking stuffer or a lovely hostess gift for something a bit out of the ordinary. We love good honey drizzled on biscuits or cornbread most often, but it’s also a nice ingredient to have on hand for salad dressings, tea, baked goods, marinades, and more.
17. Colleen Rothschild Discovery Kit
I’ve been using these facial products for about a year now, and it’s a splurge that I find worthy of the investment. As we age gracefully after 40, taking care of our skin becomes even more important. This discovery kit is the perfect way to introduce yourself or your favorite gal to the luxurious products.
18. L.L. Bean Winter Lined Pom Hat
One of my favorite beanies, these are warm, soft, and not itchy at all!
19. L.L. Bean Fleece Sherpa Jacket
The warm, plush sherpa fleece and soft taffeta-lined sleeves have me reaching for this option on the regular! I have the Emerald Spruce color, but there are many other nice options, too.
20. Fleece-Lined Coat
For an even warmer winter option that’s still ultra-flattering, this fleece-lined Primaloft coat from L.L. Bean fits the bill! It comes in a shorter length as well, but you can’t beat the longer coat for maximum comfort.
21. Cozy Sweatshirts
Cozy sweatshirts that look a little bit more dressed up than the basic old hoodie are wardrobe staples around here. Favorites include the softest print-trimmed sweatshirts from Orvis, as well as the quilted snap sweatshirt.
22. Dudley Stephens Park Slope Turtleneck
It doesn’t get more comfy than this warm fleece turtleneck. They come in a variety of colors and lengths, but the “Park Slope” is my favorite. A classic staple that you can dress up or down!
23. Reading Pillow
A great gift for my fellow bookworms! This is the reading pillow foam wedge that I have in our bed, and the kids have asked for their own this year as well.
For those recipes that don’t require a big stand-mixer, this is my favorite hand-held mixer. It has so many features that other models don’t, including a rubber Scraper Beater that maximizes contact with the bowl while minimizing sound, to ensure you incorporate all ingredients for more thorough mixing. There are 9 speed settings, a digital timer on the top that tells you how long you’ve been mixing, and a detachable storage compartment that houses all of the attachments. Any home cook or baker would enjoy this gem!
25. Le Creuset Dutch Oven
A dutch oven is a wonderful, useful gift for anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. I’m a big fan of my Le Creuset enameled cast iron Dutch ovens in the 5.5-quart and 7.25-quart sizes. These are heirloom pieces — investments that will last a lifetime and beyond. That’s why they are one of the top gifts people love each year!
26. Cookware from Smithey Ironware Company
27. A Nice Casserole Dish
28. Souper Cubes
These are on my list! I’ve had many folks recommend these handy silicone trays as a convenient storage solution for leftovers, stocks, sauces, and soup. They come in a couple of different sizes (1-cup, extra-large 2-cup, 1/2 cup, and 2 tablespoons), so that you always have exactly what you need — and nothing more. Sounds like a great way to avoid food waste, and an ideal option for small households of one or two!
29. Dog Toys
Don’t forget about your furry friends! These animal squeaky toys from Orvis are the best of the best. In fact, they’re now officially the only toys that I buy for Teddy, since my little terrier loves nothing more than de-stuffing and destroying a toy. These actually hold up!
30. Dog Coats
Vineyard Vines recently launched a line of dog gear, and I’m pretty sure that Teddy needs a puffer vest!
So there you go, friends! I hope that I’ve inspired a handful of unique holiday gift ideas for the season ahead. Leave a comment below and let me and the other readers know what’s on your holiday shopping list this year, too!