‘Tis the season of giving. Having a hard time finding perfect, unique, thoughtful gifts for all the people on your list? Fret not. Back by popular demand, our guide to good gifts for everyone on your list — boyfriends, girlfriends, mom, dad, tiny environmentalists, romantic dreamers, travelers, conscious fashionistas, party hosts, beauty junkies, hobby scientists, and more.
FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND: State Bralette + Undies Set
Show your lady some love with this adorable set of matching spinster undies and bralette by STATE. Founded in Seattle and now based in Brooklyn, the label embodies a Farm-to-Hanger ethos and celebrates responsible materials and innovative designs. All items are made by hand in New York, using sustainable, organic and recycled fabrics, reclaimed materials, and local fibers.
FOR YOUR BOYFRIEND: Nicholson Beanie by Nudie Jeans Co
Help your honey stay warm this winter with this soft wool mix beanie by organic denim label Nudie Jeans Co. Made using a cardigan stitch technique, it features a printed cotton patch sewn onto the fold-up and fits snugly. A bonus (a must for any gift for him, if you ask me) is that you can steal it too.
$59, Nudie Jeans Co
FOR MOM: Everlane V-neck Cashmere Sweater
A good cashmere sweater will never go out of style and will last forever if cared for properly, something moms are very good at. Everlane makes timeless basics and proud themselves on delivering high quality garments for reasonable prices, and having a transparent supply chain. V-necks are universally flattering, and this one is made with Grade A cashmere sourced directly from Mongolia. Because mom deserves nothing but the best.
FOR DAD: Fibre Tibet Reversible Cashmere Throw
Mom gets cashmere, so why shouldn’t dad have some too? We gave up on buying clothes for him long ago, which is why this insanely soft, reversible (charcoal and light grey) cashmere throw by Fibre Tibet is a great find. Made from 100% Tibetan cashmere sourced by nomads it will make a great armchair-companion. Just add a good book and glass of his favorite whiskey.
$300, Fibre Tibet
FOR THE CONSCIOUS FASHIONISTA: Bullet Talon Cuff by Pamela Love for Liberty United
Launched earlier this year by the founder of Ethos Water, Liberty United turns illegal guns and bullets into statement-making jewelry. Each piece bears the serial number of the illegal gun or bullet from which it is made. Twenty percent of proceeds from the sales of the Pamela Love Collection are donated directly to programs working to reduce gun violence by, for example, collecting and destroying illegal guns to remove them from circulation. (Note to the frugal: the collection features more affordable pieces too.)
$945, Liberty United
FOR THE TINY ENVIRONMENTALIST: OATies Biodegradable Baby Shoes
From OAT, the label who made the world’s first biodegradable shoes, comes OATies — the world’s first biodegradable babyshoes. Made from organic cotton, flax linen and organic hemp dyed with GOTS-certified dyes they’re made for 0-6-month-olds. When the little ones grow out of them, just plant the shoes together with seeds and watch their tree of life grow.
€39, Oat Shoes
FOR THE PARTY HOST(ESS): Lite+Cycle Bergamot Pillar Candle
A candle is a great gift for the person who has everything. It’s always a good idea to keep a few on hand as last-minute holiday part hostess gifts. Lite+Cycle candles are 100% made from plants and renewable, biodegradable materials. The scent is derived from Citrus bergamia, a fragrant citrus fruit with an effervescent and enlivening scent. The cold-pressed bergamot oil is cultivated in Italy without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Burns for a good 40 hours.
FOR THE CRAFT CONNOISSEUR: Klimt Cowl Scarf by Jessica Velez
Craft connoisseurs will appreciate the mix of beautiful yarns in this handmade scarf by Jessica Velez. The cowl style is easy to wear and the colors would look great with denim and simple basics.
$240, Young & Able
FOR THE NEWLYWEDS: Ours Decanter Set by Love & Victory
This decanter set is for those lovebirds who got hitched this year. Hand-engraved and classic, each set includes a decanter and his-and-hers low-ball glasses — available in same-sex couple versions (his-and-his and hers-and-hers) too. Because the couple that drinks together, stays together.
$98, Love & Victory
FOR THE NATURE CHILD: Giardinoblu Tiny Organic Red Collier
Giardinoblu is an independent label that works with organic, recycled and upcycling material and takes inspiration from Mother Nature. This unique necklace, part of the BeetleCollection, is actually made from natural grains of red rice. It’s meant to serve as a (beautiful) reminder for us to see the hidden magic in everyday things.
FOR THE BEAUTY JUNKIE: Holiday Goodies from Lush
For the girl (or guy) who likes to spend time primping in the bathroom, there’s nothing better than a box of goodies from Lush. Their Buche de Noel cleanser is loaded with fresh ingredients for glowing skin — exfoliating ground almonds, softening almond oil, hydrating nutrient-rich seaweed hydrate, brigthening Satsuma oranges, and a shot of brandy (!) to cleanse and tone. Celebrate is a rich, creamy body lotion with an intoxicating champagne scent of orange flower, lime, benzoin and cognac oil that lingers for hours — the same fragrance as Lush’s popular Golden Wonder bath bomb. Products are made with fresh, natural ingredients, never tested on animals, and use a minimal amount of packaging. The only downside is the yummy smell will totally give away the contents before it’s opened.
$6.95 – $29.95, Lush
FOR THE TWO-WHEELED FOODIE: The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life
This first-of-its-kind cookbook by Anna Brones (a Swedish Portlander living in Paris) features gluten free and (mostly) vegan recipes and lovely illustrations by Johanna Kindvall. Also included are cheerful instructions for gracefully hosting a dinner party, gifting food, bulk shopping by bicycle, and two-wheeled picnics. It’s the perfect gift for the avid cyclist and devoted foodie (read: someone from Portland) in your life.
$9.95, Taking the Lane
FOR THE ROMANTIC DREAMER: MCMC Maine Gift Set
Made by Brooklyn-based perfumery MCMC, the Maine fragrance is an instant romantic escape. Bulgarian rose absolute, local clary sage, wild Somalian myrhh, and French seaweed absolute convey the fresh scents of sea, air, sun, pine, and the discovery of a perfect beach plum rose. This special gift set includes the eau de parfum in a special vintage-inspired bottle paired with a Maine-scented candle and a box of matches.
$99, MCMC Fragrances
FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN: Yellowsmith Hashtag Necklace
For that person who lives for social media and tweets and Instagrams every hour of the day, this 14-carat gold plated Instagood charm by Yellowsmith is the #perfectgift. Or, better yet, why not make them a custom necklace with their Twitter handle — #bestpresentever!
FOR THE MULTI-TASKING ADVENTURER: Dreamer Mitts by Ricefield Collective
These Dreamer Mitts offer warmth while giving wearers the freedom to move their fingers freely and explore the world. The mitts are handknit, using sustainably sourced fiber, by the indigenous women in the Philippines of Ricefield Collective who receive fair wages and a way to earn a livelyhood (and are also featured in the brand’s lookbook).
$29, Ricefield Collective
FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSICIAN: Piano Key Business Card Holder
For the musician who’ve recently embarked on a more entrepreneurial path, these business card holders strike the right note. Crafted from reclaimed piano keys, they’re made (in the US) by a Minneapolis-area non-profit that restores old pianos and makes them available to their community.
$12, Uncommon Goods
FOR THE HOBBY SCIENTIST/FOODIE: AquaFarm
Perfect for the friend who enjoys home science experiments, this self-cleaning fish tank actually grows food. The kit includes everything needed to get started, just add water, fish and plant seeds. The system is based on science of aquaponics — a closed-loop system where the fish feed the plants and the plants clean the water. Pretty clever.
$59.99, Back to the Roots
FOR THE FREQUENT (AIRBNB) TRAVELER: Karen Kimmel Knotted Key Chain
The person who travels a lot always needs a way to feel at home. This knotted keychain is made of natural cotton rope and easily clips onto any set of keys you’re carrying at the moment (frequent Airbnb-ers will know the feeling). Heck, you could even punch a hole in that hotel key card and clip it onto that. Or purse straps, zippers, key rings and belt loops — the possibilities are endless for such a simple object.
$36, Karen Kimmel Studios
FOR THE TRAVEL/PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIAST: Passage to Burma
Your friends who love traveling will love this new book by Scott Stulberg, who spent more than ten years making multiple trips to Burma to capture the country’s sense of magic with his camera(s). The result is this book, featuring a collection of images that display the heart and soul of this amazing place — from rock-carved pagodas and lake villages to Buddhist monks in distinct saffron robes. It’s a visual escape that will surely make you put Burma on your places-to-visit list.
$45, Skyhorse Publishing
FOR THE WORKAHOLIC: C6 Neoprene Zip Sleeve
We all know a few people who spend way too much time with their laptops. This Macbook sleeve by C6 will help brighten their day. It has a four-way stretch quality to keep your MacBook snug, offers excellent cushioning to protect laptops from everyday bumps and bruises, and is water and weather resistant. C6 products are made to last and the company gives part of their proceeds to good causes.
FOR YOURSELF: Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum
This moisturizing body oil is the newest product by Kahina Giving Beauty, a beauty brand that works with female Berber artisans to harvest and refine the argan oil which makes up the base of all their products. Rich in Vitamin E it helps replenish and restore dry skin. The exotic scent — courtesy of a sensual blend of essential oils of rose, orange blossom, citrus, patchouli, sandalwood and ylang ylang — will help calm even the most stressed-out holiday nerves.
$98, Kahina Giving Beauty