Unless you're one of the wild and crazy kids who enjoy planning gifts way ahead of time, you're probably just now starting to think about what you're doing to spend your $805 on for gifts this holiday season. Well, we thought it would be helpful for you to learn about the presents we editors bestow upon our friends and family each year, to rave reviews.
From natural incense from South America that allegedly possesses healing properties to one-of-a-kind art from Etsy, the gifts our editors turn to again and again are truly top-notch, and they elicit nothing but positive responses from their recipients. Keep scrolling to find out which no-fail gifts our editors give every holiday season!
"My go-to gift that never fails to delight is a monogrammed clutch from the great Clare Vivier. The personalization aspect makes it special, and the clutches are universal crowd-pleasers, so it's really a double win!"
"Palo Santo is a kind of South American tree with incredible-smelling wood. Shamans and healers have long burned Palo Santo wood for healing purposes, and whether you believe in the New Age benefits or not, I guarantee everyone will love the woodsy, smoky scent that comes from burning these incense sticks. If you're looking to give a small gift, they look beautiful tied in a little bundle with a velvet ribbon, but I also like to tie a few sticks to the top of larger gifts too."
"My go-to is always a pretty notebook set. It's easy, something everybody can use (hello—you can't show up to meetings without one), and it's generally something loved ones wouldn't buy themselves."
"I don't like the idea that any one gift could work for multiple people, because I prefer that my gifts are personal. I think it's far more meaningful to just get someone a simple, beautiful card and include a personal note inside, and I've always had success with this approach!"
"A candle with a hint of wood and spice is my go-to gift."
"My go-to gift as of late is a catchall. Both men and women love them, and you can use them in various rooms at home and at the office, so you can never have too many. If I have time, I'll get it monogrammed to make it a little more special."
"It sounds silly, but my girlfriends and I always gift each other with pretty bralettes. It's such an easy gift but a foolproof way to make someone feel more confident and beautiful. Plus, you can find an option at any price range, and it still feels like a luxurious present."
"I love buying people pretty coffee-table books based on one of their main interests—it's an easy gift but still thoughtful. For my friends, this tome about the history of Vogue is always a crowd-pleaser."
"A cute set of matches and a nice card! It's a simple gift but great for co-workers, your boss, or close friends. Plus, it's way chicer to whip out these guys rather than a cheesy lighter to light your office candle."
"Anything personalized. Whether it's simply an initial or a monogram, people always appreciate something personalized for them—no matter how affordable or expensive it was."
"One of my favorite fallback gifts is this TV Floorplan artwork from Etsy that I discovered a few years ago. I think it's really tough to find unique yet accessible art these days, but these quirky floorplans from famous shows like Mad Men, Sex and the City and Friends are exactly that! They're simple enough to blend into any decor scheme, such an awesome conversation starter, and more personal than my usual fallback: a candle."
What are YOUR go-to holiday gifts? Tell us in the comments below!