If the thought of trying to figure out a holiday gift for everyone on your list, particularly those people who are hard to buy for (cousin Emma, I'm looking at you) triggers heart palpitations...fear no more! From unique accessories to old standbys to quirky novelties you've never thought of before, here's our guide of failsafe gifts for every person on your list—at every budget.
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Who doesn’t need a pink decorative candle of Marie Antoinette modeled exactly after her portrait in The Louvre? Fun fact for history buffs—the storied brand, Cire Trudon, was founded in 1643 and created candles for Marie Antoinette herself.
This glossy set of salt & pepper shakers is well-suited for various personalities: the cousin who tolerates humans but loves dogs, the newly-engaged couple on a mission to take over your Instagram feed, and the parent who makes the world’s greatest comfort food.
These plush slippers will provide more than just a respite for her frozen toes: With fashion-forward celestial beaded designs, all of her roommates, guests, and visitors will be green with loungewear envy.
Gift the quirky maximalist in your orbit a small porcelain box to house their nifty finds.
The perfect gift for any mini jewelry lover in your life. The set—which includes a necklace, two adjustable rings, and two sets of clip-on earrings—has all the sparkle without the accompanying price tag, so it's safe for parties and the playground.
Here, a vibrant turtleneck in an electric zebra pattern that looks chic on its own or layered beneath a chunky sweater.
For your loved ones who woke up at 6 a.m. for the royal wedding last year, this royal bingo set features monarchs from all over the world. Fun for the whole family—royal or not.
This chic, cozy, and minimalist pillow from Bella Freud’s homeware collection is ideal for the tastemaker who makes you feel fuzzy inside.
This creative Kama Sutra from London-based architect Miguel Bolivar is for cultured significant others only. Each sex position is inspired by a famous building or furniture design with detailed data and annotated scale drawings.
Let’s be real...a more defined butt is the gift that keeps on giving. For the gal who loves boutique workout classes, P.volve’s starter set includes everything she’ll need to have a game-changing low-impact workout right from home: a P.ball, 2 lb hand weights, and light ankle weights.
For that special someone who’s always wanted to learn an instrument—and you don’t share a tight space with—gift a smart ukulele. Connected to an app full of lessons, the Populele has 72 built-in LED lights that’ll show the singer/songwriter-to-be where to place their hands on the instrument’s frets. They'll be seated in front of their laptops and performing their songs in no time.
No-rinse hand wash is a dream come true for anybody who commutes on public transportation. It smells like roses and is effective like Purrell without leaving hands feeling sticky either.
The recipient of this creative and colorful Andy Warhol domino set doesn’t even have to be into gaming. It's a fun gift for a family, grandparents, and art lovers alike.
Shopping for a sentimental content maker? The updated version of Polaroid's classic OneStep camera will be a huge hit for capturing special moments (...or great outfits).
This handmade acrylic cactus sculpture is another smart art gift that looks way more expensive than it actually is. Standing 5.5 inches high, it'll bring a punchy splash of modernity into your loved one's home.
Who doesn't like looking at pictures of cute pups? This tome is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for hipsters, grandparents, and city-goers of all ages alike.
If my boyfriend is reading this...please look at how beautiful this textured wallet from Chloé is! With four card slots in the back, it would hold all of my credit cards, random small bills, and business cards exchanged at networking events. Its sleekness is reserved for a sophisticated woman (cough cough) like me.
Send this stress-relieving standard-sized pillow to the loved one you don't get to see as much as you'd like. It features a soothing blend of cinnamon, clove, and lemon essential oils, and feels exactly as its name suggests.
Presented in a nifty set, this DIY chocolate truffles kit includes everything you need (sans kitchen appliances and cream) to make 36 truffles.
Add a splash of color to your loved one's home with a decorative vase that looks fabulous with or without flowers.
Heart jewelry has come a looong way since season six of The Office when Pam insinuated that women wouldn't ever buy heart-shaped jewelry for themselves. Kitschy and playful, these hoops made from Swarovski pearls will add a fashion-forward spin to all of her looks.
The recipient will want to keep this retro-style electric kettle on their kitchen counter 24/7 because of the design cred it brings. Plus it's actually useful: It can boil water in just over three minutes, making it one of the fastest kettles on the market.
Containing all of the toiletry essentials you need when you're on the road, this carry-on approved travel set from Malin + Goetz will introduce your loved one to his or her new favorite unisex grooming brand.
Including a precision brush designed to deposit the perfect amount of polish in a single sweep, Dior's Nail Lacquer is a savvy gift for even the least-skilled manicurist in your life. The first couture nail polish of its kind, expect gel-like shine for manicures that will last at least two weeks.
Give your boyfriend a distinguished cologne with a dapper name and dreamy aroma. This evocative and sophisticated scent features a woody base of black amber and white cedar wood with notes of neroli flower and mandarin leaves.
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Anybody else catch those photos of Kaia Gerber looking like a goddess in this dress while on a date with Pete Davidson recently? Fitted on top and loose from the waist down with a flattering leg slit, this dress is perfect for the gal whose social calendar is always full of events and parties. Available in sizes ranging from 0 to 14, it'll be her new go-to.
When it comes to shoe trends right now, snakeskin knee-high boots are the hottest thing since toast. Up her shoe game with this stylish pair.
This boxy sweater is the softest thing I own and sharing this with the world feels like giving away a secret. I own two different sizes that I wear different ways. My mom and work wife have recently ordered their own because of the shockingly low price point.
Not to brag or anything...but if you're shopping for a sister, co-worker, friend, or neighbor who loves being in the know of the latest fashion trends, career tips, and issues facing women around the world, gift her a one-year print subscription to Marie Claire.
If you're at the point in your relationship where you can buy your boyfriend a new coat that he probably wouldn't get for himself (even though it'd look great on him!), act fast on this Italian wool coat from Samsøe Φ Samsøe that's currently on sale.
If you're shopping for a man whose face touches yours a lot, this vibrantly packaged set of shaving and grooming essentials from Acqua Di Parma will be a gift for yourself too. The set includes a refreshing after-shave that leaves skin feeling moisturized and smooth without any greasy residue, a soft shaving cream, the brand's Colonia cologne, shower gel, and deodorant spray.
Upgrade his weekend wardrobe with a smart-casual basic. Made from super soft merino wool, this hoodie will be tempting to borrow...indefinitely.
For the bae, bro ,or friend you love who wears his heart on his sleeve, gift him a timeless wardrobe staple featuring Comme des Garçons PLAY's signature heart.
Whether he's an outdoorsman or a Brooklyn native, these brown leather hiking boots are sure to be a hit.
This lightweight water repellant jacket has adjustable cuff closures and an interior drawcord at the waist that gives it a customized fit. The topper can easily be rolled into a backpack too, making it a hero for long weekend trips.
This game-changing suitcase is favored by MarieClaire.com editors for good reason: It provides ample space, contains an ejectable battery, and comes with multiple storage compartments.
Stay cozy this winter with a fuzzy reversible throw blanket. It's a gift sure to be appreciated by anyone on your list when the snow starts to fall.
Whether you're shopping for an art lover or a lipstick fanatic, this decorative plate from Seletti and Toiletpaper Magazine will become the most cherished item in your loved one's kitchen.
Layering necklaces can be a complicated endeavor, so I love this chic gold vermeil set from it-brand Missoma for eliminating the struggle. The set includes a gold cameo pendant and a square snake chain that can be worn on their own or with each other (without getting tangled!).
This season, Diptyque and Mr & Mrs Smith have collaborated to create the dream gift set for globe-trotting culturati: a trio of travel-sized candles that comes with a hand-illustrated gift card preloaded with £150 to spend on any hotel or retreat in the Mr & Mrs Smith collection within the next 12 months.
Oh no, did I accidentally order this denim jumpsuit in my size?? This relaxed black denim jumpsuit is a look that's chic as hell and easy breezy for women of all ages.
Few things in this world rival the playfulness of a leopard-print waist belt with a gold-tone heart buckle. It's fitting for the friend who’s as wild as she is lovely.
If she loves running or monitors her daily step count, gift her a pair of stylish hassle-free running shoes that'll add a kick to her workout wardrobe.
Have a cute toddler on your shopping list? This huggable bunny lights up in nine soothing colors.
Teach them about inspiring women while they're young with this adorable book set that highlights major accomplishments by female artists, pioneers, leaders, and activists.
Admittedly, I furrow my brows at people who blare their music in public spaces, but if your loved one can be trusted to use outdoor speakers responsibly, gift them these wireless Bluetooth-enabled speakers from LG. With 18 hours of playback, they will solve all of their portable audio needs next time they hit the beach, the slopes, or assemble a crew around a cozy bonfire.
As far as I’m concerned, few things in this world are more luxurious than Aesop’s soap. Here, a beautifully packaged quartet consisting of hand wash, hand balm, body cleanser, and body balm.
Give the modern man in your life a one-year print subscription to Esquire if he fancies award-winning journalism and conversation-starting articles. From interviews with iconic actors to style tips to political deep dives with legendary columnist Charlie Pierce, this is the most impactful $6 gift for men out there.
For the jewelry lover who needs to up their organization game, this sleek jewelry box will do the trick. Available in six different colors, this box features faux-suede interiors and storage compartments for rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Gift a decorative storage basket to a slightly disorganized roommate and watch both of your lives transform.
This beautiful leather unisex cardholder will carry all of your loved one’s money.
Didn't have time to knit a homemade gift this year? (It's okay, same.) This soft chunky woven hat has you covered. Peruvian Connection is legendary for its long-lasting knits made from baby alpaca and merino wool, so this hat won't look gross by the end of the season.
This grippy yoga mat is self-rolling and pairs with Women's Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa. It'll make practicing easier for the yogi in your life who may be running late to a class after work or practicing at home.
Intoxicating without being NSFW, this new scent from Kilian is well-suited for the friend who's the most fun to go out with. Seductively packaged in a bottle inspired by contemporary art, this fresh fragrance features key notes of blackcurrant, lychee, and rose.
This Gucci crystal and metal necklace is the stuff of Logomania daydreams. You're guaranteed to win Christmas by gifting this special and vintage-feeling piece.
This limited-edition holiday makeup set from Chanel—complete with Chanel's iconic waterproof Stylo Yeux eyeliner in an intense black shade, a priming mascara base, and Le Volume De Chanel mascara—is equal parts luxe and practical. The beauty feen in your life will be able to incorporate the set's essentials for every occasion.
Blow a kiss goodbye to wasteful plastic bottles of seltzer from the grocery store. Set in a sleek monochromatic design, this SodaStream kit includes everything you need to make seltzer at home, including a carbonator.
Available in four sleek finishes, the iPhone 11 Pro delivers a major battery life upgrade and a super high-quality camera. With a 5.8-inch display, the 11 Pro can be easily held and operated with one hand, making it a truly failsafe gift for anybody on your list.
La Mer's paraben-free, sulfate-free, and phthalate-free moisturizer is legendary for good reason. It's soothing without feeling heavy or greasy, and leaves skin feeling softer right after use. Gift this to the person on your shopping list who's most deserving of a skin care regimen upgrade.