I’ve noticed a lot of commenters talking about gift ideas (this thread is not to be missed!), but I thought we’d do our own take on it. List here the best thing you’ve bought THIS YEAR that you would heartily recommend to others who are looking for gifts in that category. So readers, thinking about things that YOU YOURSELF own, what are your raves in these categories? What would you heartily recommend for someone else brainstorming gift ideas for smart women like you? If you don’t have a strong opinion about the category, just skip it…
Best makeup/skincare/nailpolish product:
Best jewelry or accessory (scarf, sunglasses):
Best pajamas/lounge/athleisure item:
Best kitchen item:
Best pantry/shelf-stable food item: (recent thread from the readers)
Best wine, beer, or liquor:
Best shippable gift basket, flower delivery, etc., you’ve received:
Best home item (e.g., blanket, Roomba):
Best gift that took a lot of work on the recipient’s end but was great (e.g., Storyworth, 23 & me, etc):
Best thing you received or bought that you see all over social media but not necessarily stores (e.g., Away luggage, American Giant, etc):
Best restaurant meal or giftable experience (please note city):
Best play/musical/event experience (please note city):
Best hobby-related gift (e.g., a wetsuit for your love of kayaking):
If you have a guy in your life with Opinions (brother/father/partner), please share his favorite Thing this year that he already has:
Best $10 or under you’ve spent:
I’d love to hear your thoughts and raves! Here are my own answers…
Best handbag: Anything from AllSaints
Best cardigan/sweater: Barefoot Dreams circle cardigan (black or navy preferred)
Best pajamas/lounge/athleisure item: PJs from Soma
Best kitchen item: n/a, but I’ll ponder
Best pantry/shelf-stable food item: basic spices from Penzeys — I use onion powder and garlic powder all the time.
Best wine, beer, or liquor: Death’s Door gin
Best shippable gift basket/flower delivery/etc you’ve received: n/a, although I got one a few years ago from Mouth that was lovely
Best gift that took a lot of work on the recipient’s end but was great (e.g., Storyworth, 23 & me, etc.): I liked 23 & Me, but that was a few years ago (and not that much work); I just bought Storyworth for someone, so I’ll report back next year.
Best thing you received or bought that you see all over social media but not necessarily stores (e.g., Away luggage, American Giant, etc): Bombas (ack, I just realized Nordstrom carries them! heartily recommend)
Best restaurant meal or giftable experience (please note city): Commander’s Palace (New Orleans), Marea (NYC)
Best play/musical/event experience (please note city): Hamilton (NYC)
Best hobby-related purchase or gift (e.g., a wetsuit for your love of kayaking): n/a but I’ll ponder — if you know someone who often goes to water parks with their kids I heartily recommend Turkish towels like these or these.
If you have a guy in your life with Opinions (brother/father/partner) please share his favorite Thing that he already has: (I’ll ponder.)
Best $10 or under you’ve spent: Caudalie lip conditioner ($12), Tea Forte straining mug for loose tea ($20 but I paid $12 on lightning sale), Tervis mugs, Every Drop Makeup Spatula/Scraper ($7), colorful case for your Fire remote if you have multiple Fire Sticks in the house.
Best other: I’ll ponder — still love my 6-foot lightning charger and all the other little things I mentioned in our post on small purchases that make your life better. (Don’t miss the comments on that one also.)
Over to you guys: What things do you own that you heartily recommend?
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