The kids will be alright—as long as you keep them entertained, stimulated, and happy! It may seem like, well, child’s play to pick out presents for the teeniest in your bunch. But in reality, kids can be some of the toughest customers come holiday time. The best strategy: Forget the trendy toy of the year, which the tots will see right through. Instead, go for gifts that’ll charm them with their uniqueness, keep their hands and minds busy, or speak specifically to them (thank you, personalization!).
Distance really can make the heart grow fonder. We all have those special people who never leave us—no matter how far away they are. But what to send to show you cherish staying in touch? Whether it’s for your beloved niece who’s moved abroad, your brother from another coast, or your college bestie who just had a baby—in Brazil—we’ve gathered 11 terrific tokens to keep your past ever present. Your love goes the distance; now you can be be sure your gift does, too.
What they say: “I don’t want anything this year.” What you hear: “BUY ME SOMETHING AMAZING.” We all know someone who claims they have enough, but do they really? Not when these crowd-pleasers are still out there. We’ve collected 18 of our best bets for folks who say “no gifts, please” right here, complete with reviews from real satisfied customers. Take a gander—and happy gifting.
Here’s to all the extra plates of cookies, extra comforting hugs, and extra helpful advice we get from our grandparents. Now it’s your turn to show those holders of infinite wisdom (and, it seems, infinite candies) that you care. We put together a list of presents that’ll guarantee a good face-smush or cheek-pinch in appreciation.
These days, brewing and distilling industries are experimenting constantly, so it’s hard to keep track of a beer or whiskey lover’s favorites. Today, it’s this saison beer and that high-rye bourbon—but next week it’s that single-hop IPA and this small batch Islay single malt. The last thing you want to see at gift-giving time is that polite smile that says the hooch you chose is so three weeks ago. Surprise them with a gift they didn’t see coming instead. Something to elevate their drinking experience, or express their passion for their beverage of choice—like the 14 beer and whiskey lover gifts below.
Red and green? We’re campaigning to change Christmas’ official colors to red and white. Show the wine lover on your list that you appreciate their generosity—and their generous pours.
Whether you’re meeting the parents for the first time or the twenty-first, it’s never easy to know what, exactly, you should present as your holiday offering. A bottle of wine, while delicious, can be impersonal. A matching set of holiday sweaters? Too personal. To hit that yuletide sweet spot, look for something that’ll bring tidings of comfort and joy to their home. Wrap it up, present it with confidence, then gather around the table or fireplace to enjoy the reason for the season: loved ones coming together.
Good news, super Santas! You don’t have to go broke nabbing gifts that your loved ones will appreciate this holiday season. Here at UncommonGoods, we’ve got plenty of impressive wares priced at $50 (or less), and we’ve collected 14 of our favorites here. Whether you’re on the lookout for something edible, play-with-able, or merely functional, we’ve got a good that fits the bill… and then some. Read on for more.