Master Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Life

November 8, 2020

Small Business Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday season is just around the corner! In the spirit of this year, it is especially important to support small businesses. Before you get started, there are a few notes about this post. I am writing this in late October/Early November. I hope everything stays in stock, but as you know, small businesses don't hold as much inventory. If anything, just use the linked items as a guide and shop wherever you want! As a friendly reminder, behind small businesses are people using this as a means to live. As a result, some prices might be higher than you wanted and you might think of shopping at Amazon or Walmart. While that is completely your prerogative and I understand budgets are all different during the holidays, think of your purchase at a small business like buying someone groceries or keeping their heat on this winter. With that being said, I tried to keep all of these items under $100. On the big graphics, I added the price next to the link to save you from clicking through a bunch of stuff. 

Want to skip all the reading? Here's each posts by people: Women's | Men's | Parents, Grandparents, or In-Laws | Gifts for Couples | Gifts for Hosts and Anyone Else

Gifts for Women

This could be a mentor, mama, step-mama, adoptive or birth mama, best friend, friend-enemy, sister, sister-in-law, girlfriend...basically any woman who has had a role in your life. What they have done for you goes beyond gifts, but here are some cute and creative ideas to gift this wonderful woman. The gifts provided are a majority of small and the occasional bigger businesses, as well as a mix of female and/or BIPOC owned businesses. Here is a link to my master list of gift ideas if you need more than just women.  

Lock Earrings ($20) | Old English Necklace ($32-34) | Floral Hair Clips ($9)
Coin ($26.50) and LV Necklace ($125) | Hoop Earrings ($15) and Ring ($13) | Tie Dye Beanie ($25)
Clay Earrings and Hair Clip ($15, $8) | Gold Hair Pin ($20-26) | Shorts ($29) | Purse ($45) | 
Phone Case ($25.80)

Choose Her Style:

This section is great for any woman you're shopping for. I have friends and family with a ton of different styles, so I thought this would be a fun section to shop with someone specific in mind. All you have to do is choose what you think their style is and read that section for some ideas!

Edgy & Trendy: Sweatshirt ($55) | Nike Crop ($48) | Chanel Drip Beanie ($30) | Lock Earrings ($20)
Simple & Classic: Phone Case ($26) | Gold Hair Pin ($20+) | Mama Necklace ($50+) | Simple Gold Necklace ($26)
Girly: White Earrings ($15) | Lavender Top ($28) | Floral Hair Clips ($9)

Edgy and Trendy Pieces

For your edgy or trendy styled people in your life, there are some awesome gifts out there. I love this sweatshirt (Death By Pizza) for someone with a grungy taste and love of pizza. That sweatshirt has been on my favorited items on Etsy for over two months now! It might turn out to be my gift to myself for Christmas. Other shops I love are Oatmilkvintage on Etsy (the Nike top) or ReeWorked Clothing (the Chanel beanie). They provide some really cool and unique pieces made out of reworked items. These pieces probably aren't for everyone, but your Y2K (Year 2000) loving friend would look so cool in that Nike crop top. 

Local to Atlanta, Kylee, of KN Jewels, creates super affordable and on-trend jewelry pieces. She even does custom if you have something else in mind. I got a dope chain necklace for myself from this shop, and I wear it a lot! I love her little lock earrings, which is pictured in the graphic above. She makes only a few pieces, which makes your purchase with her that much more unique and exciting!

I love the old English necklace pictured in the first graphic for more edgier people. If you want to make the gift a little bigger, the font would be killer with a simple layered necklace and/or a cool tie dye beanie like this one from Masha Apparel on Amazon. The necklace shop also does other languages and fonts, which I think is pretty unique!

Unique and Girly Pieces

AstraMeadow has gorgeous handmade hair accessories for your girly friend. This gift would be a great idea to give alongside some other items like a a candle with a gift card to your mom or friend's hair salon, Dry bar, or a local spa to really get into the "treat yo'self" mindset. It would be cute with some of the home and food options mentioned below. You can really make the gift all about self care! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I recently did a giveaway with NecessaryCreationsCo. They have awesome handmade clay polymer earrings and hair accessories. I think this is a great option for your artsy friend or your friends who appreciate handmade items - probably an enneagram 2.

I love the pictured Lavender sweatshirt or this tie dye tshirt for a cute and cozy look. Both items are from Dress Up which certainly has blown up in the last couple of years, but I still consider them small! The colors are super girly and fun to brighten up someone's winter. I think these tops are great options for pre-teens, teenagers, or someone who loves loungewear (which...who doesn't??). 

Simple and Classic Pieces

We love our minimalist friends because they don't usually want much. Since you don't want to go overboard with trendy styles or an abundance of items, I think a simple designed phone case would be cute, personal, and functional. If your budget allows you, pairing a vegan clutch purse with a classic style would be a great combination. 

For my mom's birthday, I got her a simple necklace that says, "Mama." Her style is a little more bold, but I think this one is perfect for someone who likes their pieces to be a little more understated. Perfect for your mama or a mama to be. I think this necklace would be really cute pair with a simple necklace from It's Especially Lucky like the one pictured in the graphic. If you go with the layered necklace look, adding a handmade hair pin from TakenTwiceJewellry is a great addition to the gold jewelry.

Under $35 Section

Crewneck ($35) and Sunnies ($14) | Knot Earrings ($33) and Tortoiseshell ($25)
Dress ($35) | Hair Clip ($8) | Bracelet ($22) | Lounge Set ($34)

I understand that part of shopping small means paying a little bit of a higher price, but there are some amazing deals out there that still support small businesses! For example, these cat eye sunglasses are only $13.80. While you're already on the Citrus Husk website, pick up this homebody crewneck for $34.50 too! They're great gifts together or separate that anyone would love. If you wanted to do one of those options, you could always pick up a few cutie items from TJ Maxx or Target like a plain baseball hat (usually under $17) in a trendy color and/or the DW Home or Scentsational candles (a medium size is usually around $10-12) to go along with it. 

This dress has had the audacity to sell out a bunch of times, but Closetier keeps restocking it! Right at $35, a dress that's this popular is a gift I'd love to get (the inside joke is I actually bought myself one lol) PLUS it has pockets. Every girl loves a dress or jumpsuit with pockets and that's a fact. These tortoiseshell earrings or knotted style earrings are also a fab idea if you don't want to get too much for someone. Humans Before Handles (where the two earrings are from) have been featured on Milk and Essence, which is a fun thing to mention after they open the gift; it simply adds to the experience and excitement. While we're on the jewelry gifts, I love these bracelets. This option is not for everyone and that's because not everyone likes to wear bracelets. If you notice they wear a watch, then they are probably used to the feeling of having something on their wrist and would likely wear a bracelet. If that's the case, these are around $22 a piece and would look so cute layered. 

The ultimate deal of all of these gifts under $35 is this loungewear set. It is ONLY $34 for the tops and bottoms. I got a gray loungewear set from there (which is available in a small on sale for $12) from here and it is one of my favorite things to wear when working from home or simply lounging around the house. Plus, I cheered with the owner of this shop waaaay back in middle school, and she is the sweetest person ever! 

Although it's not under $35 like this section says, Dress Up advertises being everything under $50. This store has some awesome basics or super on trend items for a range of ages. If you check out their daily deals tab, those items are usually marked 50% for that day. Keep checking that section for a steal deal!

Home + Food

Flower Arrangement ($ based on size) | Tent | Let that Ish Go Magnet ($6) | Prints ($6)
Neon Sign ($88) | Cactus ($15+) | Crayon name sign ($20+) | GA Sticker ($8) | GA Magnet Puzzle ($13)
Earring Holder ($26.99) | Face Steamer Blend ($35) | Cleansing Oil ($38) | Candle ($38) | 
Peach Candle ($12) | Blanket ($120+)

Cozy Gifts:

Everyone loves a cozy gift! If you want to get some nicer items, I think this candle or this candle kit paired with this blanket is a nice combination. More affordable options is getting a tea or coffee blend and travel mug. Ivy's Tea is a great gift for tea drinkers since it's a homemade blend. Ivy's Tea has awesome references to classic Hip-Hop which is great for your chill friend. Pair it with a cute tea infuser and a good book for a cute and simple gift. From Ivy's tea, I suggest the blend called, "Blow." Once steeped, it creates a beautiful blue color. I love this idea for a chill friend who you know prefers to stay home to going out.

Self-Care Gifts:

Going with the staying home theme, self care is always a great gift idea! I love this one from Knack, but it retails around $100. Another option is a TheraBox. It's a self care box created by therapists, and you can get one box for $35. Not feeling those options? Create your own! This facial steamer blend looks heavenly, and you can add a pumpkin face maskbath milk from the same shop as the steamer or this cleansing oil from Seven Sisters in Portland, OR.

The Missing Home Bestie:

Cute home gifts for your friend who moved away are this Atlanta puzzle and this bestie candle. The bestie candle is just plain cute and they'll think of you every time they light it! I also like the little Georgia sticker and peach scented candle if you wanted to fluff up the gift more. These are sweet gifts for someone when they move because without a doubt they are going to miss home at some point. With these gifts, they can feel the comfort of loved ones all the way in their new state! This gift can be replicated for any state, there are a ton of location puzzles and candles to chose from on the internet.

Room Decor and Art:

I love giving gifts that brighten up someone's place. A fresh flower arrangement from JJ's Flower Shop is a great way to do that. You can pick the size and type of arrangement and have them sent (locally in ATL). If you're balling on more of a budget, watch a YouTube video on how to create an arrangement and make your own with Trader Joe's flowers or fake ones at Hobby Lobby (they do 50% off all the time) and purchase a vase that matches their decor. 

A flower arrangement would definitely brighten up their space, but so could plants! There are some super cute handmade potters and planters on Esty, and you could go to your local nursery to pick out a plant. If you don't want to go to the store or buy the plant and pot separately, The Cactus Store or The Sill can be sent right to their door. This is a great option to send to people if you aren't able to see this this year.

Another way to brighten up someone's home is literally. Get your bff or mama a custom neon sign! I thought this one was pretty inexpensive, but there are a ton on Etsy! If that's still not your budget, google "bedroom signs," "neon signs," or "cute room signs." A lot of bigger stores have cute signs for the room and Amazon has some neon signs too!

The gift of art can be tricky because everyone has specific visions for their spaces. However, if you're feeling confident, look for some fun prints and frames to gift.  Prints on Etsy run as low as $5 and all you have to do it print it out at Walgreens or Free Prints then frame it. I've found some great frames on Amazon for really affordable prices. If you don't want the hassle, some shops offer printing and/or framing together for an extra charge, of course.

Need something small? How about some fun graphic notebooks or magnets?
PeachyKeenByDesignCo has some funky and affordable options with fun saying on them. 

Gifts for Kids and Tweens

I love this crayon name set to gift a little girl because of all the colors! It starts at $20 and goes by number of letters for the rest of the pricing scale. A few ideas for the imagination could be this fun tutu or a play tent. If you want a more personal gift, a book with her as the main character, a box with her name on it filled with goodies she likes such as candy, magical fairy dust (glitter in a jar), or small toys. You could also do this pursewallet, or panda watch which can have her name on it as well. 

These next gifts have a theme. Can you guess what it is? UNICORNS! Gift her everything unicorns like unicorn perfume, a magical tumbler with her name on it, and an earring holder in the shape of a unicorn! It will be such a fun and exciting gift for her to open up. If you feel like that's too many unicorns, the earring holder comes in more classic styles like a circle or wooden tree.

As girls get older, there are a little less magical things they want. If they are in middle school chances are they have a phone! Loopy cases are a great gift idea because it's cute and functional. Another fun gift is a color changing speaker; this is great for any age and gender. If you don't know the girl very well and don't want to get something really big, a Christmas coloring book paired with a big pack of markers or a cute TJ Maxx tumbler paired with a gift card is a more simple and generic option.

Gifts for Him

"Him" means, your boyfriend, brother, brother-in-law, dad, grandpa, step-dad....ANY DUDE! Men get their own section because they are *typically* incredibly hard to shop for during the holiday season. I tried to come up with some thoughtful and useful ideas since the men in my life usually want practical gifts or say they don't need anything. It's great that they are this way, but that gives me nothing to work with!! I like the idea of sticking to a theme. If he's into books, get him accessories that accompany books like tea, a bookmark, reading lamp, etc. This can give you more options to add on to the main gift.

Dino Socks ($15) | Cheese Socks ($12) | Blue Hoodie ($93)| Sweater ($48)
Gourmet S'Mores ($17)| Fire Starter ($29) | Green Hat ($30) | Wool Beanie ($50) | 
Leather Notes Case ($50)
Xbox Gift Card | Gamer Headphones ($110) | Catch All stand ($39) | 3D Photo Light ($45+)

Simple, Casual Gifts:

Let's start off with some solid gifts you can get just about any man. If you have a cozy dude in your life, get them some fun socks like the dinosaur or cheese ones pictured above. Not his style? No problem! Go for a classic style like this holiday inspired pack from Bombas. Every purchase you make from Bombas also means a donation is made to someone affected by homelessness. Since it's the season of giving, that's a great way to give to more than just the people in your life. They have great pieces for both men and women, so check them out! Another company doing good is One432 who made the blue hoodie in the sustainable options. I found them through Made Trade, which has shopping options like female owned, BIPOC, fair trade, sustainable, and more. This is a great resource if you are being more deliberate about your shopping choices this year. I love these options for someone you are casually dating and you aren't sure if they're getting you something or not. It can be somewhat personal but not too serious! 

Nature Gifts:

Shopping for an outdoorsy guy has a lot of potential. If he likes to camp, some higher end roasting sticks would be a purposeful gift. Since those marshmallow sticks are a little bougie, here is a more affordable version. While I was browsing on Etsy for the roasters, a gourmet s'mores came up as related items. Each kit makes 8 s'mores, and it comes in 5 different flavors. IMO, camping is best in the fall. For those cool nights, a hand knitted wool beanie would come in handy. You can customize the colors and not to worry, his head will definitely stay warm. Since staying warm came up in the conversation, a fire is a very useful tool for anyone out in the wilderness. Etsy has fire starters that you can engrave. Don't go crazy with the engraving, though. Keep it simple and just put his initials. He doesn't need and likely doesn't want his entire name on it.

So...What is the point in all of that camping stuff if he doesn't have a trip planned? You should go ahead and book him a camping trip (after confirming his availability)! If you're into the outdoorsy stuff, you can join him for some unplugged, quality time OR you can text a few of his buddies to coordinate a surprise trip for him. Camping locations vary in price depending on what you're wanting at each site, but standard campsites costs about $20-30/night. Just type in "your state nation parks" and you'll be able to see what's available to you!

Coffee Gifts:

Coffee lovers would appreciate this monthly subscription of coffee for a Christmas or other holiday gift. The prices range from $60 for 3 months to $200 for one year. If you want to physically give them something instead, these coffee samplers from Bean Box for $90 or this sampler from Le Colombe for $30 are options as well. Le Colombe has a ton of different coffees, accessories, and apparel, too if you're shopping around for some other ideas. 

If you're really trying to keep prices low, go to TJ Maxx or Home Goods and check the food section. There are always different coffees and syrups there that you could buy along with a nice mug. 

Travel Gifts:

Most people enjoy travelling. This can typically be a safe gift to give someone because even if they don't like to travel, they still need to from time to time. A personalized toiletry bag is something easy to gift and you don't have to really worry about them liking it since it's so simple. The one linked above is leather and costs $46 with initials and $38 without. If that's a little too high for your price range, here is a less expensive option. It still offers engraving, but it isn't leather and it appears to be smaller. Prices for this bag start at $18!

If he's really into travelling and experiencing new cultures, this gift is really unique. It is a Japanese snack box subscription. If he's already been to Japan, this would be even better! This may be too funky or out there for the men in your life, so a simple leather passport holder is just as good of an option. This gift might look a little lonely, so add either of the toiletry bags above or this carry-all leather envelope (on sale for $85) to make it a "set."

Another gift you could give is a scratch off poster of places all over the world. It's a fun gift that also sets a goal for the traveler. Also, it can serve as decor since I've noticed men don't typically decorate their spaces. This frame from Amazon is ideal because it leaves the poster open for him to still scratch it off, not to mention it's only $6 right now! 

Beer Gifts:

For men who like beer there are a ton of options. You could get them a $10 Kroger gift card for them to get their own assorted 6-pack or if your budget allows, you can buy them a beer subscription. The one I linked runs about $45/month for a minimum of 2 months including shipping. Here is a master list I found of all beer subscriptions for you to explore. If you decide to go with the Korger gift card option but want to get more, here are some funky beer glasses you can pair with it.

Gamer Gifts

Men who are gamers have so many options for gifts when it comes to this genre. Though this is not small business related, there is usually a newly released game that you could purchase. If that seems too risky for you, you can always pick them up an XBox, GameStop, or Steam* gift card so they can buy it themselves! If you don't want to stop at just a new game or don't know if that's the right choice, some new headphones are always a good option too! 

*According to Google, Sam's Club has a Steam $20 gift card for $18.95. 

The Guy who has everything:

If the guy you're shopping for has a simple style, I love the pictured sweater in the graphic from UpWest. It's pictured in the graphic as a sustainable option and it's under $50! I also think the word manly and leather go hand in hand, so picking up a leather good like a wallet from this little shop is another safe option. 

A gift perfect for your dad or boyfriend would be this Bluetooth custom photo lamp. I'm thinking of doing a picture of my dad and I from my brother's wedding. Since he always says he doesn't want anything, this would be a great sentimental gift to give him that isn't a repeat of anything he already has. If you already have your dad covered, a picture of you and your boyfriend would be just as cute. Realistically, you can give this to anyone, but men just happen to be the hardest to shop for and this is something different. 

Gifts for Parents, In-Laws, Grandparents

A lot of the items that appear on the graphic also are great for just about anyone.
Tea Blend and HoneyMilk Bar (Varies) | Herb Box ($60) | Cookbook ($19)
Flower Arrangement ($ based on size)

Some ideas for your parents, family members, or grandparents are this sign from TheHollyHugs or a big print of your family like the one pictured from VanessaChristinne. I gave the house number sign to my mom for her birthday and she loved it! You can change the stain color, font type, and font color for a personalized gift. This is great for a new home owner, parent, or business owner. If you have a huge family, it might be cute to get everyone together for a picture or use an old picture to give to the head of the family. It's sentimental to have everyone in one spot and modern for it to be a print style. These ideas can easily work as a joint gift if you're strapped for cash, so keep that in mind, too! 

Since these two gifts aren't super personal, they are good options for your in-laws you don't know too well. I think an Herb Box for someone who likes to cook would be simple yet exciting. As a cooker myself, I love having fresh herbs to turn to for my recipes, and they will too since it's a gift that keeps giving. Milk Bar offers a variety of sweets for just about any price and occasion. It doesn't scream anything too fancy, but it is something for them to enjoy.  

To get a little more personal, but still safe, gift your parents or in-laws a virtual class. It's easy since you don't have to physically give them anything, which is perfect for people unable to see each other this holiday season. Here is a list of virtual classes that local ATL chefs and bartenders are offering. If you want to go above and beyond, you can send them the ingredients for the class or some wine to accompany their meals. 

Grandparents can be hard since they typically don't want anything. Here is a speed round of ideas for them: Matching mugsGrandparent printNecklace for GrandmaT-Shirt for PawPawFamily Necklace, or Wedding Song Lyrics Sign

Gifts for Couples

Couple's gifts are a great idea if you don't know what get one of the spouses or if you're more on a budget and don't want to get separate gifts for each person. Think about their lives and what sort of gifts would work best for them! 

Thoughtfully Curated Boards ($40+) | Cheese Picks ($22) | Olive Picker ($12) |
Healthier Together Cookbook ($19) | Date Night Cookbook ($8) | Shmore boards ($65+)
Couch Print ($15) | Wedding Print ($20) | Ornament (18)

Okay. We all have the couple in our lives who love to entertain, so why not treat them with goodies like they have for us? A charcuterie board and a charcuterie board or box from Shmore boards or Thoughtfully Curated Boards are the way to go! It would be cute to pair the two with cheese knives, fondue/cheese picks, mini bowls, or olive picker on the side, too. 

Cooking together or more at home is something people probably weren't anticipating for this past year. However, more couples are having to eat at home for Covid concerns. To help them from being in that cooking rut, purchase them a cookbook filled with new recipes. I own this cookbook by Liz Moody and really love it for eating more clean. It has some unique recipes, but this option is also great for a date night! To help with making the date night, get them a gift card to a grocery store near them and a bottle of wine or 6-pack.

Newly weds are still a thing in 2020. To help them commemorate their marriage, why not gift a print? I love the faceless prints that are popping up lately like ClayCustomDesign on Etsy, this wedding print, or you could do an ornament like this one! If you go with the print, go ahead and frame it! This will make it look a lot nicer and saves the couple the hassle of having to buy something else (like a kid opening a present with no batteries- you can't use it yet!).

Last Christmas, I tricked my brother and sister-in-law by asking for a few local restaurants they like to eat for me to suggest to a "friend visiting Portland." In reality, I wanted to get a bunch of gift cards to some of their favorite places so they could have dinner on me a few times! This is a great couples gift because it treats both of them to a nice meal and provides them with a date night. If you want to go further, look up some fun attractions near them and get a voucher to that. This would make the perfect date night, especially for younger couples, because it's going to be mostly free! I also like this idea for your parents. They might not be able to get out as much because of their schedules, but having their kid treat them to a date night is definitely bonus points for you!

Gifts for Basically Anyone

There are a lot of fabulous other ideas on my couples gift guide which can be pretty generic if that's what you're needing. Hosts during the holidays put in a lot of work in preparation and during the gathering. Make sure you treat them, too! Here are some great ideas for someone you may know super well or hardly at all! 

I know some people in the world do not like drinking, and that's okay! However, for the people who do like it, the gift of alcohol is always welcomed! InBooze on Etsy has the cutest margarita mix options, and you can buy a set of marg glasses and a bottle of tequila to go along with it! The mix is sugar free and spicy which makes a great holiday party hostess gift or a great gift for someone you know likes to host. From another brand there is also a pumpkin spice option or a unique Pineapple Chipotle mix from InBooze.

Let's say the person your shopping for doesn't like drinking. Do they like coffee? Chances are it's a yes. This coffee sample pack from OldTownSpiceShop on Etsy can be a great alternative! Pair it with a cute mug that matches their style and you have an easy and affordable gift! If they have a quirkier style and like enamel pins, a coffee bean and cup like this one or this silly one would also make the gift so cute!

The flower arrangement mentioned above from JJ's Flower Shop is another cute and simple gift that's great for family or the person hosting a holiday party or the family event. It's also perfect for the situation where you don't know whether or not someone is getting you something. I suggest looking for your local florist, making one from YouTube, or checking out online flower delivery options. The gift of flowers can always be a cheerful and safe one!

The gift of sweets is also a reliable and simple gift. For Atlanta people, Gigi's Goodies is it!! Let me tell you...her ish is GOOOOD. She delivers within reason and can make just about anything! I love this for someone you don't know as well, another host's gift, or for a little gift to friends you aren't as close to. If you aren't local, Milk Bar is a great alternative. They have a plethora of sweet options and prices available for delivery!

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