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

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?

These are the softest slippers that will ever touch your feet, trust me.

This is the cool-girl version of a holiday candle, and it smells as good as it looks.

This does-it-all serum is my favorite new beauty product of the year, you can quote me.

The perfect little plant for a kitchen windowsill.

I wear these house shoes outside too, don't @ me.

The rare eye cream that's nourishing enough for nighttime but lightweight enough for daytime.

'Tis the season for this deliciously festive sparkling wine.

Why give them a basic fleece when you can give them this cool fleece?

Matcha is my go-to stocking stuffer.

These go with everything but they're far from boring.

This was my best pajama purchase of the year, hands down.

I tell everyone to buy these compression socks. They'll change your life.

Full disclaimer: I don't actually own this mug but it's too perfect not to include.

This new lip balm will make any beauty junkie sequel with delight.

My jaw dropped when I discovered these and I immediately ordered three sets.

Can you belive how good of an Amazon find this is?!

I can't stop talking about this coffee concentrate, it's so good.

These bras have a cult following for a reason.

This is a staple in my WFH wardrobe.

I actually received this coffee table book last Christmas and it's a beauty.

One more pair of excellent, pillowy slippers for good measure.

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