Today I’m riffing on that question, sharing a healthy round-up of gifts I have loved to receive over the years, and my go-to gifts for giving.
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Regular readers know I’ve become a plant lady these past few years, and my wish list reflects that.
Plants are easy and versatile: you can go big (like I did a couple of years ago, when I got a giant monstera and mature fiddle leaf fig), or very small, picking up a $4 philodendron at Home Depot. You can find something unusual at your local nursery or plant shop, or an online place like The Sill, which I’ve used to deliver gifts to far-away friends. I also love Succulent Studios as another fun option for fun-to-grow, hard-to-kill plants.
A beautiful planter.
I love adding plants to my collection, but HATE choosing planters, so I’m especially delighted when someone else does the choosing. There are so many options but I’m especially drawn to these Ceramic Storage Bookends, because they combine two things I love—books and greenery.
A book about houseplants, or flowers, or their favorite hobby.
From my shelves: Hilton Carter’s Wild At Home: How to style and care for beautiful plants, Igor Josifovic’s Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants, Lauren Camilleri’s Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms.
During the winter months, we always have a puzzle going. Some we get as gifts, some we gift ourselves. Your favorites will depend on what you like, but I’m particularly fond of this Floret Farms puzzle that we’ve worked it over and over. (A warning: after loving the flowers we thought this succulent puzzle would be fun, but it was way too hard for my taste!)
I’ve found that independent bookstores often have an amazing selection of puzzles, both literary and otherwise. Take a peek next time you visit the bookstore and see what you can find.
I received one of these as a gift a few years ago and loved it, and have since found a beauty box makes a great gift for the person who seemingly has everything. These boxes make it fun and easy to experiment with new products. This year my teen is getting the Allure Beauty Box (don’t tell!); I’ve also enjoyed Birchbox and Sephora Play in the past.
Birthdays and holidays are a great time to load up your loved one with snacks they LOVE but wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves.
Diffusers and essential oils.
If you know someone hooked on essential oils, you can always replenish their stash. For years, we used this inexpensive diffuser, and bought oils from Plant Therapy, which are low-cost and easy to order.
I recently upgraded and ordered my first diffuser and oils from the Canadian company Saje and I’m loving them. (The Bliss diffuser blend is my favorite.)
There’s nothing better than a snuggling under a cozy blanket during the cooler months, book and beverage in hand. Whether faux fur or chunky cabled fleece, you can’t go wrong with the gift of comfort.
A stash of great candles feels like such a luxury, and most of my favorites were well-chosen gifts.
I always love to receive (and give) the ones from Anthropologie, and I’m currently burning the Jane Austen library candle I got in my Page 1 box (see above)—it’s currently sold out at Paddywax but they have a whole Library Collection to choose from.
Lipstick or lip gloss
We’ve found giving quality sets—whether small, like the one pictured above, or large, like the huge (and discontinued) Clinique lip gloss set we gave our daughter last year—is a hit with teens and tweens experimenting with makeup.
I love this Clinique Almost Lipstick mini-duo in subtle pink honey and the universally flattering black honey for a small gift or stocking stuffer.
I didn’t realize how much it rained in my town until I received great quality rain boots—and quickly noticed I wore them all. the. time. If you want to give a nice, practical gift, for young or old, these classic rainboots are a good bet.
What’s on your wish list this year? What are your favorite gifts to give? We’d love to hear more ideas in comments!
P.S. Need more gift ideas? Check out these posts:
- The MMD 2019 gift guide for book lovers
- 15 bookish gifts for kids who love to read
- Book gifts are the BEST gifts (literary matchmaking)
- 4 easy gifts for the men in your life
- Book gifts for your hardest-to-buy-for loved ones (more literary matchmaking!)
- 100 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated, don’t feel like a waste of money, and won’t be broken/forgotten/destroyed by New Year’s.