The List of Gift Lists...or Where to Find a Present
The holiday season is well upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’re making your gift lists on the fly. How did it get to early December already? What should I get for the friend who likes modern design? What about the one who might have a sous vide maker but lives across country so you haven’t seen her kitchen since 2004? Deep. Breaths.
When I’m not panicking about what to buy, I’m soothing myself with all the beautiful gift lists that live online this time of year. The photography is gorgeous. The items are all so interesting, so covetable. Sure, I might not be able to afford a $500 cashmere throw made by Fair Trade workers, but aren’t they pretty?
Check out our favorite lists below. Maybe you’ll find a solution to your gift-giving conundrums.
Holy man. Browse by interest (cooking, stocking stuffers, Home and Design, to name a few) to price point ($5- $1500). I want everything in the cooking and the food categories, almost all from home and design, every stocking stuffer, and wouldn’t even mind a couple of the music sets. Bonus- many products come highly rated by Wirecutter, the consumer goods reviewing arm of NYTImes.
One thing about presents is they’re often defined by your relationship to the person. Your best friend gets a different present than your nephew than your Secret Santa from work. Cup of Jo has categorized lists by Sister, Mom, Husbands, Kids, and Best Friends. The gifts range from lovely little things like fancy chocolate bar, to pricier items, such as artisan cast iron skillets. Generally, the gifts have a bit of a Brooklyn hipster aesthetic but are charming and lovely enough for many people on your list.
Heidi Swanson also runs a pop-up online shop called Quitokeeto that stocks a whole manner of delightful cooking and kitchen products. Her holiday list follows right in line with her shop. Think hand-thrown pottery with minimalist glazes, single-source turmeric, and hand carved wooden objects from a father-daughter team. Not many budget options but plenty of heirloom-worthy choices.
Your dollar goes so much farther when you purchase from independent stores and designers. We liked this list because of the range of prices and products. Cheese pizza chalk, steel cocktail picks, or a duo of fantastic olive oil. Use this list for that special someone who doesn’t want you to support The Man. (Or someone who just likes unique, fun presents.)
Texas is the theme of this gift guide but sweetly so, with Neiman Marcus’ chocolate covered potato chips, Whataburger ornaments, and cookbooks. But you can find some other fun ideas, like colorful enamel cups from Pioneer Woman and a few ideas for the cat lover in your life. DNA test for your kitten, anyone?
Not a long list, but some beautiful items, including a stunning Ikea (!) bowl, and a great idea for snacking (Gardetto’s!) We loved the high/low mix of this list.
Fancy barrel aged fish sauce? Check. The practical but lust-worthy Parisian bread knife beloved by Ruth Reichl and David Lebovitz? Check. This list is a gold mine of gift ideas for the serious home cooks in your life.
Beth Kirby of Local Milk just put out an extensive 150 item gift guide just in time for the holidays. Beth’s work focuses on slow living and travel and she’s curated her list into subtopics like “Minimalist Home Gift Ideas” and “Gifts for the Intentional Kitchen”. She has gifts ranging from a moon phase brass trivet ($70) to a Soma pitcher with Oak handle from Food52 ($40). If your (or your gift recipient’s) aesthetic is minimalist, worldly and thoughtful you might really enjoy this list.
Who wouldn’t want a DIY mochi kit? This short but sweet list is packed full of gems like a Thai Iced Tea from a women owned company and a Mexican hot chocolate set with a handcrafted Mexican molinillo. We especially like that these gifts are small and easily transportable for friends and family who may be hopping on a plane after holiday activities.