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45 Gifts That Definitely Won’t Get Returned

Your holiday shopping starts and ends here.

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The holidays are actually, somehow, almost here, which means it’s time to start thinking about the gifts you need to buy for all of the very different people on your list: your mom or significant other’s mom, your best friend and her new baby, your tween niece, the recipient of your office’s White Elephant exchange, and so on.

For this year’s holiday gift guide, we handpicked 45 different products that’ll cover all your bases, from classic leather wallets and cozy flannels to the cutest, most cuddly stuffed animals. You can view everything all at once below, or use the filters to sort by person (broken into two groups: kids and adults), category, and price.

Everything here is available to shop online right now, but if you prefer to do your gift buying IRL, stop by New York City’s Canal Street Market during the first week of December. We’ll be hosting a week’s worth of holiday-related events and showcasing some of our very favorite presents, including a handful from this very guide. Happy shopping! —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director

Who Are You Shopping For?

An Adult A Kid

What Do You Want to Buy?

Beauty and Grooming Accessories Toys Clothing Jewelry

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Under $25 Under $50 Under $100 Under $200 Over $200

Make Silk Cream Lipsticks, $25

Make’s silky-smooth lipsticks come in a bunch of gorgeous shades, and because they’re super moisturizing, they’re perfect for the winter.

Siizu Rose-Infused Body Oil and Neroli Flower Water, $34 to $36

These all-natural floral-infused body and skincare oils smell great, and they'll look pretty damn cool in your giftee's bathroom or vanity.

Pat McGrath Mothership III Subversive Eyeshadow Palette, $125

The legendary makeup artist finally released her permanent collection earlier this year, so you’ll win big points from whoever you’re gifting this to.

Neon & Co. Shampoo and Conditioner, $22 each

This Australian beauty brand makes lightweight shampoos and conditioners that won't strip your hair of its natural moisture — in other words, they're perfect for the person in your life who hates washing their hair.

Context Nail Polish, $15

This cool indie line is making some of the best shades out right now. Buy them for your friend who makes home manicures look easy.

Glossier Body Hero Duo, $35

Glossier's body wash and lotion duo smell like neroli and grapeseed oil and feel light and hydrating.

Aesop Affiliation Travel Kit, $140

Choose from one of six themed kits, all of which include some of the brand's most popular (and fancy-looking) products.

Captain Blankenship Lime & Coconut Body Scrub, $32

Gift the joy of relaxation with this sea salt lime and coconut body scrub that'll exfoliate and soften up even the driest winter skin.

Dr. Jart Tarot of Masks, $36

What better gift for all of your dramatic friends than a box of face masks disguised as tarot cards? (Especially when they're some of Dr. Jart's most popular ones.)

The Greats Royale Sneakers, $169

These sleek, handmade Italian leather shoes will appeal to both advanced and entry-level sneakerheads, but they don't scream “hypebeast.”

American Design Club Rockwell Razor, Shaving Soap, and Shaving Cream, $80

Sometimes a practical luxury — like a nice shaving kit for everyday use — is the best (and easiest) way to go.

Marshall Headphones, $199

Treat someone who's been very good this year to these bluetooth headphones from a brand synonymous with rock 'n’ roll.

Warby Parker Sunglasses, $95 to $195

Sunglasses aren't just for summer, and Warby Parker isn’t just for optical lenses.

Craighill Open and Closed Helix Keyrings, $30

These clever brass key rings looks cool, and they save your fingers from fussing with those circular key rings; just unscrew the ends to slide your keys on.

Richer Poorer Holiday Sock Kit, $38

Since everyone needs socks, the ones you gift may as well be colorful and fun — not to mention soft and comfortable.

Best Made Co. Solid Brass Dice, $22

Best Made Co.'s machine-etched brass dice are perfect for any gaming table or mantel.

Best Made Co. Field Flannel Shirt, $128

Soft and lightweight but durable, this classic flannel is the type of gift you might end up borrowing to wear yourself.

Baxter of California Cleansing Bars, $17

This good-smelling, funky-looking bar of soap is a great replacement to the typical (boring) stocking stuffer.

Sophie Monet Rose Petal Earrings, $150

Your giftee will be very impressed that you “picked out” these unexpected pinewood and rose quartz earrings.

Catbird Assorted Stacking Rings, $28 to $64

For the friend with a ring on every finger, get them a few more — and a place to keep them all, like this Avandi Toss Ring Holder ($60).

Machete Earrings, $36 to $48

These fun tortoise acetate earrings come in at under $50, so you can grab a pair for yourself too.

Laura Lombardi Alta Earrings, $140

Made from vintage brass, these box-chain drop earrings are a great way to jazz up a friend's wardrobe.

WKNDLA Cor Necklaces, $60

These Japanese braided cord and gold-plated brass tubing necklaces make for a lightweight, playful statement accessory.

Alibi Mismatch Balance Earrings, $150

Got a friend who's into the mix-and-match trend, but doesn't know where to start? These Alibi earrings are a good way to dip a toe in.

TER Engrained Memories Ring, $340

These rings look simple, but upon closer inspection are wonderfully unique and special.

Charles & Colvard Circle Studs, $229

You can wear these delicate studs three ways: as a single moissanite circle, or with the second white gold circle in front of or behind your earlobe.

Initial Signet Cuff, $596

For the really (really!) special person in your life, these gorgeous signet bracelets will last a lifetime and can be engraved with an initial.

Vejas Kids Leather Magenta Sneakers, $82

What's cuter than a pair of little kids' sneakers? A miniture version of the same ones you'd buy yourself, but in pink glitter.

Global Goods Knit Alpaca Stuffed Animal, $34

These plushes are handmade by women artisans in Peru through an organization called Manuela Ramos and come in a variety of cute creatures, including this ocean crew.

Lite Brite Magic Screen, $15.29

Fun fact: Target actually sells a bunch of old-school board games and toys in “retro” packaging, which means this Lite Brite looks exactly like it did when you were young.

Mini Boden Girl's 7 Pack Sock Box, $34

Foxes and rabbits and frogs, oh my! This sock pack also comes in a transportation theme for budding motorists and bike riders.

Crewcuts Glitter Star Bag, $39.50

While this is *technically* a kid's bag, we'd say it also works just as well for adults — especially if a goal this holiday season is to be a walking Kirakira+.

State Bags Ryder Lunch Box, $30, and Lewis Carry-Case, $27

Ditch the boring brown paper bags in favor of a lunchbox or carry-case that kids (might) think is cool.

Mini Rodini Dog Leggings, $41, and Shirt, $43

This cotton PJ set isn't cheap (the entire thing clocks in around $80), but it sure is sweet.

Mini Rodini Rose Puff Coat, $121.80

It's never too early to teach a child about the importance of a statement jacket. This puffer will get the job done.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, $69

Curb the iPhone addiction early and introduce today's youth to the beauty of film. If they don't get it, just tell them it's like Instagram IRL.

Cuyana Leather Coin Pouch, $45

These circular pouches are a perfect gift for a friend who’s always losing track of her headphones. They also double as on-the-go earring storage, a pill case, a holder for loose change...

Club Monaco Leather Gloves, $98.50

These super-soft cashmere-lined leather and calf hair gloves are functional, sure — but they're also very fun.

Everlane Long Zip Wallet, $120

Everlane's zip-around wallet is pretty perfect. It's made of smooth Spanish leather and has enough slots for all your cards, receipts, and then some.

Slip Sleep Mask, $45

For the person in your life who loves sleeping and staying in on the weekends (also known as: cancelling plans).

Norden Candles, $55

These handmade ceramic candles look and smell great, and they keep on giving: Once the soy wax is burned, use the holder as a planter or a mug.

Hysteria Socks, $18 to $24

Whoever said socks are a boring gift definitely hasn't heard of Happy Socks’ new Hysteria line.

Assorted Komono Sunglasses, $120

Sunglasses so cute, your giftee will actually try a bit harder not to lose them.

Of a Kind x Lingua Franca Sweater, $360

This uber-soft hand-embroidered cashmere sweater is the ultimate warm-and-fuzzy gift; all proceeds go to Her Justice, an organization benefitting NYC women living in poverty.

Neely & Chloe Travel Case, $138

A jewelry case, a makeup bag, an adorable purse — your giftee can use this leather case however they choose.

Editors: Tiffany Yannetta, Cory Baldwin, Tanisha Pina. Photographers: Tropico Photo.


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