27 Items I Tried This Year and Loved Enough to Give As Gifts


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As much as I like giving gifts, shopping for them is hard. Figuring out what they want, don't have, will use, is the right price, etc., is a challenge, to say the least. And during the holidays, we have to do it for a lot of people at the same time. It's truly overwhelming, but I got you. As an editor and avid shopper myself, I try out a lot of products throughout the year. Being able to make personal recommendations is something I love about my job, and another thing I love about my job is making gift guides. It may seem bizarre, but putting together a big list of gift recommendations brings me so much joy, so here we are.

2020 has been an exceedingly difficult, strange year, and gift-giving is pretty unusual as a result. Many things we'd typically use or want are pretty irrelevant this year, but I came up with 27 things that are quite useful/will be much appreciated this year, and they're all things that have made me happy over the past year. So let's start ordering some last-minute gifts, shall we?

Next up, the 30 best gifts for the homebody in your life.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.