OUR HOLIDAY GRATITUDE GIFT GUIDE (PART 2)
POOR LESLIE KNOPE. SOMEONE MUST NOT HAVE READ OUR GIFT GUIDE BEFORE GIVING HER A HOLIDAY PRESENT. BROWSE OUR IDEAS BELOW FOR SOME GREAT WAYS TO SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE TO ANYONE ON YOUR LIST. WE'VE GOT SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. IF YOU MISSED PART 1, DON'T WORRY, YOU CAN READ IT HERE. GET YOUR GIFT WRAP READY...
FOR THE BOYS
Though it may be impossible to make any man as boss as Mr. Murray here, we like these items for spicing up an otherwise dull holiday gifting season. If the man in question has grooming needs, a subscription to Birchbox Man can help him find some new favorites. If he's got a beard to care for, introduce him to Dollar Beard Club (gifts start as low as $1/month!). Maybe he's more sartorial--in that case, we recommend some really great socks. We love Bombas (bonus, they donate socks to the homeless for every pair you buy). Give him an ultra-cool backyard with this bocce ball set, this gorgeous chef's knife if he loves to cook, or these cookies from NYC bakery Maman if he doesn't.
FOR THE SPORTS FAN
Has she blocked off every hockey game on the calendar before the season even starts? Or he can't meet with you for the next 17 Saturdays because he's got season tickets? No problem, we have you covered. See if you can upgrade them to box seats, score a meet-and-greet with the team, or other perk for their favorite sports team--You can get a behind the scenes tour of Fenway Park for only $18 per person!. Ebay is loaded with autographed keepsakes from revered sports heroes. Who doesn't love a dart board? Race an actual NASCAR around the track. If your sports fan is a kid (or someone who just acts like one) you can give them this very entertaining ceramic basketball hoop mug so they can score big with marshmallows in their hot chocolate or cereal into milk.
FOR THE ARTISTIC TYPE
This is the person you go to when you want to know what's new to binge-watch on Netflix or the hottest new band in town. They are into music, movies, art. They are lovers of all things creative and entertaining. Sure you could get them movie theater gift certificates, a subscription to Pandora or Spotify--but these people are usually ahead of the curve. These beautiful (and functional) headphones will let them listen to their favorite tunes in style, whether it's opera or hip-hop: choose from blinged-up, classic leather, or space-age silver. The Baltic Centre art shop from the UK has some of the most unique and innovative art gifts we've ever seen, from this pencil-shavings style carrot peeler to an array of uber-cool art posters. It will never go out of style to have a National Geographic subscription or lessons paid for to learn a new instrument. A membership to a local botanical garden or museum is another gift that keeps on giving--year 'round your recipient can enjoy blossoming flowers or new exhibits close to home.
FOR THE BIBLIOPHILE
Some people just prefer to sit around their house in the quiet and read books. Lots and lots of books. So for these smart cookies, nothing but the best will do. Sitting around a lot, especially in the winter, their feet might get cold so a pair of cozy slippers is de rigueur. These Wicked Good Slippers from L.L.Bean are totally unisex, keep even your ankles cozy, and they come with a lifetime quality guarantee. Favorite books getting misplaced or loaned out and never returned must be a worry for bookworms, so help them ensure their books are returned to them with these beautiful letterpress book plates or a more modern personalized rubber stamp for the flyleaf. A good lamp helps them have adequate light, a cozy throw to match those slippers, and a mug for their warm beverage of choice. If they need to take their books on the go, a Kindle makes a good travel companion, or get them a subscription to Audible.com and they can finish the next chapter while they take their afternoon jog.
FOR THE ADVENTURER
With a compass on their keychain and their passport in their back pocket, this adventurer will appreciate these thoughtful finds to enhance their experiences. Start by satiating their wanderlust with the Atlas Obscura guide to some of the coolest places for them to add to their bucketlist. This helpful emergency kit will let any outdoor enthusiast know you care about their safety. Any traveler needs to stay hydrated. S'well bottles are our favorite because they are light and ultra-durable. And no travel kit would be complete without a set of crystal clear binoculars to see the sights. If you're feeling really (really, really, really) generous, buy them a round-the-world airplane ticket to all of their dreamed of destinations.
FOR THE FAMILY
If the person you're buying for is especially family oriented, or you want to include children in your gift, we suggest getting something that will get everyone in the family in on the fun. Cuisinart makes an almost-instant ice cream maker. Pair it with this book of innovative recipes from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams for the ultimate dairy treats. Many a movie night can be enjoyed with this old-fashioned popcorn maker or game night with this personalized memory game from Pinhole Press. Help those tykes get their excess energy out with a backyard bounce house or trampoline. For foodie families, these kid safe kitchen tools encourage children to be part of meal preparation. Books are always a welcome gift for any family. Here is the New York Library's list of the best 100 children's books ever. Buy one or buy them all!
OTHER SMALL DELIGHTS
WE HOPE YOU HAVE GOTTEN SOMETHING ENLIGHTENING OR HELPFUL FROM OUR GIFT GUIDE THIS YEAR AND WE HOPE YOU FIND SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST. PLEASE COMMENT BELOW IF YOU HAVE GIFT IDEAS OR WANT TO LET US KNOW ABOUT SOMETHING WE MISSED. HAPPY GIFTING!