We’ve all got a thing. Whether it’s food, travel, art or literature, we all have obsessions to feed. In this year’s gift guide, we’ve organized some of the coolest and most interesting gifts to give by interest to help you pick just the right piece for every person on your list.
For the foodie
Chukar Cherries Happy Holidays Original Assortment
Show up to a holiday party with this, and you’ll instantly become the favorite guest. Chukar Cherries takes naturally dried cherries from Washington State and dips them in decadently rich chocolates matched to each fruit’s particular sweetness. This collection includes a variety of their bestselling chocolate-covered cherries, berries and nuts. Don’t miss the truffle cherries; our team couldn’t put them down.
Greater Goods Nutrition Facts Food Scale
Get the exact nutritional information for everything you eat in a day with a smart scale. Find the unique four-digit code for each ingredient you use in the free Nourish Perfect Portions app, then weigh the food to get precise calorie, fat and other nutrient information. This scale can save the data from each food and give you a running nutritional total by meal or by day.
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Because sometimes the stuff at the grocery store just isn’t hot enough. Combine the packaged peppers and vinegars according to the provided directions, or freestyle to create your own secret sauce. Start working on your puns now; the kit also includes customizable bottle labels.
Try the World Subscription Box
International flavors come right to you with Try the World’s two subscription boxes. The larger Countries box includes ingredients, drinks and snacks from a specific nation each month (think Spanish tapas, meatballs from Sweden and steak au poivre from France), while the smaller Snacks box gives you a tasty of healthy snacks from countries around the globe. Choose to send one, three, six or 12 boxes throughout the year.
For the traveler
Mark where you’ve been or plan your next voyage on this desktop globe. The kit includes 50 red pins and makes the perfect activity for a family holiday gathering.
City Map Cocktail Glasses
Take a mental vacation to your favorite city while sipping on a Manhattan in the New York City glass or an Irish whiskey in the Boston glass. Each glass is sold separately.
Handpresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Maker
Perfect for a quick espresso when you’re far away from the nearest coffee shop, this handheld device works a bit like a bike pump to create pressure and make the espresso. It holds 50 milliliters of hot water, and you can use your own espresso grounds or one of the included espresso pods.
For the entertainer
Agate Slice Serving Board
Crystals are in right now, and this serving board will give any spread an Insta-worthy upgrade. Made from natural agate, each board will be slightly different, making your gift completely unique.
Easily label foods and drinks on a buffet, or clip these mini chalkboards to napkins as a cute and simple place setting. Each set of four reusable clips comes with two pieces of chalk.
Harry and David The Favorite Royal Riviera Pears
Slice and serve Harry and David’s original pears (still grown in Southern Oregon) on a charcuterie plate for an easy appetizer or snack.
For the tech titan
Never waste time searching for your keys on your way out the door again. The Tile Pro tracker can be attached to just about anything, from suitcases to sports equipment to tools. When you inevitably lose your item, set off the Tile’s alert sound via app within 300 feet of the tracker. If your phone gets lost, do the inverse and press the button on your other Tile to make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent.
Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation)
Combining the functionality of a tablet and the Alexa-powered smart technology of the original Amazon Echo, the new Echo Show lets users stream video and TV, make video calls to anyone with an Alexa-enabled Amazon device, watch recipe videos and add to your shopping list hands-free, control smart home systems, and see who’s at the front door when connected to a smart doorbell.
Moodo Smart Home Fragrance Box
Create your home’s signature scent with this smart diffuser, controlled via app, Amazon Alexa-enabled device or Google Home. The box fits four aroma capsules, which are expected to last up to 60 hours before needing replacement. Choose from one of Moodo’s designed scent families, or get creative and pick your own combinations of scents in the app. The diffuser comes with the Fresh Vibrations scent family, with the other families and individual capsules available on Moodo’s website.
For the beauty guru
Maggie Louise Milk Chocolate Lipsticks
The perfect stocking stuffer for the lipstick lover (or the little one who dreams about her very own makeup bag), these treats are hand-painted by the team at chocolate maker Maggie Louise.
Sephora Favorites – Scouted by Sephora
Try out mini versions of some of Sephora’s top skin care products without dropping the full-size prices from brands like Sunday Riley, Saturday Skin and Farmacy Beauty. Sephora’s holiday collection includes similar variety sets of lip colors, fragrances, highlighters, mascaras, face masks and hair care products.
DIPTYQUE L’Ombre Dans L’Eau Solid Perfume
Best known for their wildly popular candles, Diptyque translated four of their signature scents into a solid perfume perfect for tossing in a purse or carry-on.
For the fashionista
Set of three Chanel hardcover books
Glam up your coffee table with this anthology of the house Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel built. Each 80-page book covers a different side of the legendary brand — fashion, jewelry and fragrance.
Urban Outfitters Aimee Jewelry Storage Hanging Mirror
Save on space with this two-in-one mirror and storage piece. The wood and metal finishings will complement just about any decor, and nearly 20 hooks will hold all your necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
The Met Daily Dress Wall Calendar 2019
If you know someone who is glued to their Instagram feed every year on the first Monday in May, look no further for the perfect gift. Each day features a piece from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, from gowns to shoes to handbags.
For the book worm
PaddyWax Library Candle
Set the mood for curling up a good book with these candles inspired by famous literature. Themed after authors including Louisa May Alcott, Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare, each votive features a quote from one of their well-known works. And no, the John Steinbeck candle does not smell like grapes.
“I Put the Lit in Literature” Mug
Even Shakespeare couldn’t have done it without coffee. This mug is the perfect gift for a favorite teacher, student or lover of literature, and the design can be put on a wide range of Human’s products (like the sweatshirt above).
For the artist
Wacom Intuos Pro
Sketch, illustrate and manipulate tiny details in Photoshop or InDesign with this upgraded Wacom tablet. The new pen increased sensitivity and tilt response, and frequent users can program their own shortcuts directly into the device.
3Doodler Create+ 3D Printing Pen Set
Bring 3D printing home for your own small projects — or just for fun. This set includes colored filaments that the pen heats up and ejects to be molded according to a template or your own freehand design. 3Doodler recently updated the pen to give users better control over the speed and steadiness of the device.
For the chef
Thermomix TM5 with Cook-Key
The Thermomix promises to replace 12 of your kitchen appliances with just one. This device weighs, mixes, chops, mills, kneads, blends, steams, cooks, whisks, precise heats, stirs and emulsifies. The attached smart key connects to the Cookidoo app to pull up recipes, weekly meal planning, and create a shopping list.
Hedgehog Measuring Cups
These cups are functional and fun. The set includes a 1 cup, ½ cup and ¼ cup, which can be used for baking or as small serving dishes for nuts or candies.
For the old soul
Upcycled Record Coasters
Put your records on — the table underneath your cold drink, that is. Each six-pack of coasters is made from the center of actual LPs by a variety of artists in different genres.
AZIO MK RETRO Typewriter-Inspired Keyboard
Get the feeling of the typewriter you had growing up with all the advantages of the digital age. The keys are handcrafted with mechanical switches to click as you type and include the shortcuts you’re used to on a desktop computer. The MK Retro is available in seven colors, though as of this writing, only the black and silver version is in stock.
Cards Against Humanity ’90s Nostalgia Pack
Nineties kids, rejoice. The popular party game Cards Against Humanity has added a 1990s-themed expansion pack to its lineup, with 30 totally tubular cards to take your competition up a few slime-covered notches.
For the photographer
AMIR Phone Camera Lenses
Get professional quality effects without the cost of professional quality equipment. These lenses clip on to the back of your smartphone to snap photos with a wide angle, fisheye effect and close zoom.
GoPro HERO7 Black Action Camera
The latest version of GoPro’s HERO camera series includes a few high-tech tweaks meant to improve video quality and usability. Videos are smoother and photos are automatically HDR, while you can connect to your phone to post to your Instagram story or stream on Facebook Live directly from the GoPro. If you’re deep into an adventure, the camera will also respond to select hands-free voice commands.
Canon IVY Portable Mini Photo Printer
Turn all those photos taking up space on your phone into tangible keepsakes. The printer connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone and can print from your photo albums, Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive, Dropbox and iCloud via the Canon app. Images are printed on 2”x3” sticky-backed paper for easy mounting.
For the handyman
Kikkerland Handy Man Gift Set
Every handy person — man or woman — could use a set of always-needed tools and utensils. This collection, which includes a hammer multi-tool, bug pliers (with pliers, a flat screwdriver, file, Phillips screwdriver, knife and wire cutters), pens, a wooden fold-up ruler and a notebook. Plus, removing the plastic cover turns the package into its own gift box — the bottom becomes the lid.
DIY Gin Making Kit
This is not your grandpa’s bathtub gin. Grab a bottle of vodka and add the included spices to make a one-of-a-kind gin in just a few simple steps — no password required.
Kinetic Gear Key Holder
This key holder may not do anything different than any other key holder, but it sure looks cool. As you turn the gears, more hooks appear to hang additional keys.
MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband
Hobbyists and DIY-ers can always use a handy way to keep their tools close as they work. This wristband will hold screws, bolts, nuts and small metal tools and can even stick to metal ladders to prevent unsafe reaching.
For the coworker/boss/workaholic
PhoneSoap 3.0 Phone Sanitizing Device
Your phone is one of the dirtiest things you own, yet one of the most difficult to clean (a wet iPhone is no good). The PhoneSoap uses UV light to kill bacteria on your phone and its case, with open ports to allow for simultaneous charging and audible alarms and notifications. Cleaning takes only 10 minutes, and the device will shut off automatically.
Kate Spade “Let’s Do Lunch” Business Card Holder
Make a great first impression when you pull out the business card holder, complete with a sweet slogan on the front. While this particular holder is currently only available on Amazon, Kate Spade carries a variety of additional designs on the company’s website.
Shinola 18 Month Runwell Planner
For that person who lives and dies by their planner, this 18-month version will get them through the end of this year and all the way through 2019. The sewn binding will keep it intact for longer, while the optional monogram gives the book a personal touch.
For the animal lover
Furbo Wifi Dog Cam
This dog camera is the closest you can get to being in two places at once. This device streams 160-degree angle 1080p video to an app on your phone. Within the app, you can speak to and hear your dog through the camera’s two-way microphone, get alerts if your dog begins barking, and order the camera to toss Fido a treat from the built-in dispenser.
GoBone Interactive App-Enabled Smart Bone for Dogs
Dogs can still get some good play time in, even if they’re home alone. The GoBone is app-controlled and will move around for designate periods of time (up to eight hours) for pups to run, chase and fetch. At home, you can drive the bone around yourself to keep your dog on his toes. The bone’s components can be taken apart to clean or replace if they become worn out.
For the coffee & tea lover
OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Slip this under the tree for someone who went a little overboard at Starbucks this year. The OXO cold brew maker steeps grounds and water overnight to prepare fresh iced coffee with no mess or work on your part. Prefer iced tea? It can make that, too.
So you forgot to set up the cold brew last night, or you only occasionally enjoy an iced coffee. The stainless steel drink chiller is kept in the freezer until needed, when it can cool any beverage (even hot ones) by 130 degrees in one minute without diluting the drink with ice.
Baby Nessie Tea Infuser
A cute stocking stuffer for the tea lover in your life, this infuser is shaped like a baby Loch Ness monster and will help you make a mythically good cup of Earl Grey.
Palais de Thes Le Nomade Tea Maker on the Go
Take your loose leaf tea with you wherever you go with this infuser-slash-travel mug. Tea leaves go in the lid for a controlled infusion into the hot water in the mug below. A convenient drinking spout is right in the lid, and the insulation should keep tea hot for hours.