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The holidays are a time for spreading cheer with thoughtful gifts. But sometimes, gift-giving is a lot harder than it seems. That is especially true when it comes to finding the perfect present for that loved one who has everything or for someone you don’t know well.
If you can’t decide what to get that hard-to-shop-for person, allow us to help. In The Know’s editors have insider insight into all the latest gifts and gifting trends. Over the years, our editors have perfected holiday giving — even when it isn’t easy. These go-to holiday gifts are the picks we return to again and again, especially when we don’t know what to buy someone.
From tech-forward notebooks to socks they’ll actually want, these gifts will make your holiday shopping a little easier — and become your new go-to holiday gifts, too.
Shop: Pinch Provisions Mini Emergency Kit, $16+
“My go-to gift for basically anyone are these little emergency kits. They contain essentials you never carry, but always wish you had, in a little pouch. You can select different kits depending on who you are shopping for, with options for the on-the-go femme, the adventurer and even ones with Covid-19 health essentials. They are super useful, but something you wouldn’t necessarily think to buy for yourself. And you can fill the pouch back up as you inevitably use all the hand sanitizer or that much-needed bandage.” — Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor
Shop: Vinglacé Wine Bottle Chiller, $90
“I love gifting a Vinglacé Wine Bottle Chiller along with a great bottle of wine. For those sparkling and white wine drinkers, this chiller is double-walled, vacuum-insulated, condensation-free and keeps a bottle cold for about four hours. Just pop a bottle into the base and screw on the top. It’s an especially great hostess gift, so you can keep the wine on the table and not worry about it losing its chill. Just look at it — it’s so chic and comes in several colors.” — Ellie Conley, Commerce Editor
Shop: Rocketbook Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook, $34.59
“There’s this reusable notebook my sister had in college that looks super tech-y, but is easy to use. You write your notes normally, upload them using an app and then wipe the page clean to reuse. I’m a Pisces and we tend to stock up a lot on stationery, but this is a sustainable solution (that’s also pretty cool) to keep rewriting. It includes a calendar, planner and task list template for easy organizing. Plus, it’s only $35.” — Ari Bines, Commerce Editor
Shop: Antique Monogram Journal, $12.36 (Orig. $12.99)
“I personally suck at gift-giving, mostly because I’ve always received money for major holidays. A few years ago, I started being more intentional with the gifts I give to people I love. Even though I don’t always get it right, one of my go-to items is a really good journal. I love to write every single thing down — it’s the writer in me. Plus, you can monogram the journal for an added personal touch. I love this antique-looking journal on Amazon because it’s customizable, pretty affordable and, honestly, very cool looking. Who is going to turn away a journal? Nobody, that’s who!” — Jamé Jackson, Senior Beauty Commerce Editor
Shop: Garnet Hill Classic Cashmere Socks, $44+
“My go-to gift during the holidays is always a pair of cashmere socks. They feel really fancy and luxurious, but they’re under $50. Plus, I feel like it’s something people would never to think to buy for themselves.” — Jeanine Edwards, Commerce Director
“For any holiday party, I love gifting the host with a festive tea towel and spatula set (like this one from Anthropologie), along with a fresh loaf of bread from a local bakery that they can have for breakfast the day after the party. Not only are the tea towel and spatula useful gifts, but anyone will appreciate receiving a great baguette or fruit loaf so that the next morning’s meal is already covered. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can add a bag of coffee beans to the gift, or you can make your own bread and wrap it in the tea towel for a sweet touch.” — Julia Webb, Commerce Editor
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