If you’re like me, you like finding unique gifts for people when you can, and try to avoid the same-old, same-old. That’s why each year I look for cool and unique gift ideas that I can share with you all for your own holiday shopping inspiration! In my 2020 gift guide I’ve got something for everyone on your list. I hope you discover something new and cool for your loved ones (or maybe even for yourself)!
Disclosures: I received some of these items as free samples for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience with the products. This post also contains some affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using the links, I may receive a commission. This does not cost you anything additional.
For the foodie
Delicious food with an Omaha Steaks holiday gift box. The gift that is guaranteed to please! Omaha Steaks has several different box options that are perfect for gifting. The Steakhouse Supreme Package, for example, will give someone the gift of a steakhouse experience at home! It includes 4 (5 oz.) Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignon (pictured above), Steakhouse Hash Browns, Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp, and a 6-inch Red Velvet Cake. The aged, twice-trimmed lean beef is tender and 100% guaranteed to satisfy.
Nourishment (Food Journal): A Five-Year Journal of Taste Memories. This is an interactive keepsake journal that allows you to capture food memories by tracking your favorite recipes, cooking stories, meals out, or dinner parties every day for five years. Look back on what you ate and who you ate it with to remember the comfort of nourishing food each day.
Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home. This accessible guide to making coffee explores multiple pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew techniques on 10 different devices so readers can make a better cup of coffee at home in no time.
Fortune Cookie Making Kit from Global Grub. This gift idea is all about experience – what families and friends can do together at home, in small groups. Global Grub DIY food kits make it simpler to tackle various global cuisines and create memorable cooking adventures with loved ones. Their Fortune Cookie Kit is brand new and SO fun! Use the pre-written fortunes or write your own delicious destiny with the included edible ink pen. This fortune cookie making kit makes 4 batches of a dozen cookies, so you can get creative again and again with different flavors and decorations. All Global Grub kits come with step-by-step cooking instructions so home cooks can successfully handcraft these specialty meals and treats.
For the person who just got an Instant Pot
Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Beginners. All about helping Instant Pot and pressure cooker newcomers to feel more confident using their device, the Pressure Cooker Cookbook for Beginners is your guide to everything you need to know about this culinary gadget―and how to make it work for you. Learn how your pressure cooker works and the foolproof ways to make a fabulous dish every time. Then set up your kitchen for success with pantry essentials and equipment must-haves. Enjoy step-by-step instructions for 75 different delectable recipes that help tackle meals during a busy week or create appetizing dishes for entertaining.
For the cohabitating couple
Mom vs. Dad: The Not-So-Serious Guide to the Stuff We’re All Fighting About. If you’re a fan of @lifeofmom or @lifeofdad, then you know the fun that’s in store in Mom vs. Dad: The Not-So-Serious Guide to the Stuff We’re All Fighting About by LoM and LoD founders Lucy and Tommy Riles. This is just the levity we need right now, and it’s so fun to see how much we can all relate to these hilarious day-to-day domestic disagreements.
Raddish Kids Cooking Club Subscription. One of my favorite things in life is cooking with my kids. I love teaching them kitchen skills and letting them experiment with flavors and seasonings, and the mess is always worth it. I’ve always felt that cooking involves art and science, and you get the benefit of eating your lesson after you’re done. If you want an easy way to introduce your kids to cooking skills, I have found the coolest thing: Raddish Kids, a cooking club and curriculum for kids! Raddish’s mission is to deliver culinary experiences that nurture kids’ confidence in the kitchen and beyond. Through monthly kits with different culinary themes, kids get a kid-appropriate cooking tool, recipe cards, shopping lists, and kitchen lessons that empower them to make and share a meal with their whole family. With my supervision, my boys made Chicken Parmesan, Garlicky Green Beans, and Family Fun Fondue for our family for dinner on their own! Raddish kits make great gifts and can be purchased monthly, or in subscription options of 6 and 12 months. You can even add sibling bundles for an extra $5/month per sibling (so the kids can get their own culinary tools and apron patches every month). Use code RADGIFT to save $15 on a 6 month membership or $30 on a 12 month membership.
Books to prompt family conversations. A Kids Book About is an innovative Black-owned children’s publishing company has been producing books that parents need for their children’s home library. Designed to help inform and empower kids, A Kids Book About books are a great resource for parents who want to have open and honest conversations with their children about topics that are trending in society. Covering issues like racism, depression, autism, disability, cancer, divorce, money, voting, Covid-19, gratitude, belonging, and so much more, this brand is dedicated to helping kids to make sense of the world around them.
TeeTurtle Reversible Pushies. These adorable plushies from TeeTurtle are a hit with both kids and teens and have been going viral on TikTok! Happy on one side, angry when reversed… show your mood without saying a word. This toy has gotten over 33M views on TikTok since April, #1 new release in plush toys, #1 in Amazon launchpad, Top 50 in all of toys and games, Over 1,300 reviews on Amazon with 4.8/5 stars.
PAW Patrol: PUP-tastic! 8-DVD Collection. This holiday season, the PAW Patrol®, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, is on a roll with their biggest collection of rescues on DVD in a limited edition gift set, PAW Patrol: PUP-tastic! 8-DVD Collection. Fan-favorite pup Marshall lends his fire truck theme to this gift set and invites viewers to join him and the PAW Patrol for over 12 hours of heroic rescues. To add even more fun and action-packed adventures to the collection, for the first time, Robo Dog will get his very own DVD, PAW Patrol: Robo Dog Rescues!, which is all-new and only available in the PUP-tastic Collection! Just in time for the gift-giving season, this paw-some gift set will be sought out for the biggest PAW Patrol fan or even the newest little one starting their DVD collection.
For pre-teens and teen boys
Soap and Cologne from Outlaw Sundries. Every teen boy should smell like the great outdoors. Made in the wild and woody foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a small but diligent band of outlaws forge soaps, lotions, colognes, and other products that smell like an adventure. The Mountain Hideout has whiffs of pine, damp earth and campfire… this line of sundries will put some YIPPEE-KI-YAY in their day! Other scents include Blazing Saddles (warm leather, sandalwood, and sagebrush), Calamity Jane (clove, orange, and cinnamon), and Home on the Range (blackberries, fresh cut grass, sun-dried laundry). My husband has used Outlaw soaps for several months and loves them, so we decided these are great products to gift to our growing pre-teen and others like him.
For the outdoorsy one
Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You: A Wildlife & Bushcraft Survival Guide. Prepare for all the worst case scenarios mother earth throws at you with Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You—the only survival kit you need to overcome wildlife, natural disasters, and everything else outdoors. Featuring 52 challenges you can encounter in the wilderness, this survival guide is your year-long crash course for ultimate disaster management. Whether you’re preparing for a moose attack or a nuclear fallout, Mother Nature is Not Trying to Kill You enables you to confront the natural world with skill and confidence. This wilderness survival guidebook also includes: Pop culture examples like Jaws and The Revenant, Nature and science-packed stories and narratives, Diagrams, survival tips, and more!
100% Biodegradable TP Kits. What did that leaf ever do to you? TP Kits is the clean and sanitary way to finish your back country business without abusing innocent leaves in the process. Best of all they’ve created a toiletry pack that doesn’t impact the environment in the process. Meet the Kit with 5 Tissues, 2 Wet Wipes, Plenty of Features but Zero Waste: Comes in a resealable, water-proof package, Easy hold in your makeshift bathroom area, Contains 5 double-ply bath tissues, Contains 2 cotton blend sanitizing wipes, All contents are 100% biodegradable. Lightweight and compact, TP kits are portable to anywhere. They come available in single or 10-packs. Great for stocking stuffers!
For the crafty one
Creative Calligraphy Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Stylish Cards, Event Décor and Gifts. Learn the art of calligraphy with this approachable, inspiring step-by-step guide. Calligraphy is the key to creating stunning, customized cards, gorgeous hand-addressed envelopes, personalized stationery, unique gift wrap and more. Renowned calligraphy designer and instructor Karla Lim breaks down the complex craft into simple steps so you can get amazing professional results in your cards and gifts, while also enjoying this meditative process. With worksheets right in the book, you can practice forming and connecting letters in a variety of sophisticated modern calligraphy styles.
Mixed Fiber Macramé: Create Handmade Home Décor with Unique, Modern Techniques Featuring Colorful Wool Roving, Ribbons, Cords, Raffia and Rattan Baskets. Weave color and creativity into your macramé art with 24 fresh projects featuring on-trend techniques and fun fibers. Ribbons, raffia, roving and more bring an inspired twist to this ever-popular craft, and Chantel Conlon is your guide to this modern approach. She’ll teach you to macraweave eye-catching wall hangings, knot elegant plant hangers with pops of color and make your own stylish home décor, like pillows, rugs and more with step-by-step instructions. You’ll be amazed at just how simple it is to create incredible macramé pieces no one else has seen before.
For the eco-conscious one
Sustainability is Sexy Tee from Eco & Earth. Show off your support for the environment in a stylish and sustainable way with this women’s graphic organic cotton t-shirt. This super soft short-sleeve t-shirt is made of 100% combed ring-spun organic cotton and sustainably made in the United States. Available exclusively at Eco & Earth, the front of the shirt is printed with “Sustainability is Sexy” to remind you and those around you of the importance of making eco-friendly choices to protect our planet.
Low-Waste Lifestyle Jute Bag. Eco-friendly gift idea: Eco & Earth’s “Low-Waste Lifestyle” reusable jute shopping bag. It’s a great size to take shopping, it’s durable and stylish, and includes a fun checklist for livin’ that low-waste lifestyle on the back.
For the astrology enthusiast
Wise Skies Astrology Digital Calendar. “Astrology is one of the earliest attempts made by man to find the order hidden behind or within the confusing and apparent chaos that exists in the world.” – Karen Hamaker-Zondag. If you could glance at your phone and read the astrological ‘weather’ forecast for the day, would you check it out? If so, you need to check out Wise Skies Astrology Digital Calendar. Suitable for any level of interest in astrology, Wise Skies calendar descriptions clarify the significance of each astrological event to help you make the most of your day by getting in sync with the cosmos. The 2021 calendar is now available for purchase and download! The calendar files come in a universal ICS format, compatible with Google Calendar, iOS Calendar, or Outlook, and can be viewed on any device and in any time zone (and even switches with you as you travel!). The 2021 calendar includes basic planetary aspects, retrogrades/stations, ingresses, New and Full Moons, and Eclipses, Lunar Events such as 1st and 3rd Quarter Moons, Lunar Ingresses, Moon Void of Course periods, and Crystal Attunements. When you’re ready to get this for yourself or for someone as a gift, click here and be sure to use code FAB5 to save $5.
For dogs and dog lovers
Dog Macarons from Bonne et Filou. Bonne et Filou have made the cutest and healthiest dog macarons that any dog owner should give their pampered pooch. Their royal promise is 100% natural, no preservatives, no artificial colors, wheat-free, corn-free, and backed as well as endorsed by veterinarians. They use human-grade ingredients to make sure each dog is getting a great blend of nutritious foods in each treat. Bonne et Filou’s macarons will be the perfect holiday treat for your special pet.
Sock and dog gear combos from Wolfgang Man and Beast. Wolfgang Man & Beast offers American-made leashes, collars, and comfortable harnesses for pups plus outdoor-inspired gear for their loving owners. Match socks with dog gear and get ready to hit the streets in style while turning heads. Choose from an intensive line of designs and build a bundle for a great gift set (and get 15 percent off!).
For the influencer
Hashtag Charm Necklace from mazi + zo. Your influencer friend needs this! Not just hashtags, mazi + zo, who believes in bringing happiness to women’s lives, has great gift options whether you’re shopping for your BFF, sister, or looking for a matching/coordinating mother/daughter gift that you can both cherish for a lifetime. Their thoughtfully designed pieces work with every style. Their jewelry is designed by an award-winning, luxury jeweler in London and handmade in NYC. Available in solid 14k yellow gold or pure sterling silver, their pieces can be worn alone or layered seamlessly.
Gift someone a Lordship or Ladyship, and commission a portrait to commemorate it. I gifted my husband a plot of land in Scotland for his birthday (per the historic Scottish land ownership custom where landowners have been long referred to as “Lairds” AKA “Lord,” I purchased and dedicated a plot of land in Aberdeenshire so that he may go by the title). Naturally, I couldn’t just have him be a Lord without getting a plot for myself to be a Lady, as well. To commemorate our new status, I commissioned a portrait from Masterpiece Me, which turns you (or your family or pets) into high-quality art pieces. They have a wide variety of costumes and poses from different eras. Renaissance era royalty? Revolutionary War Admiral? Viking warrior? There are so many options, and it is such a fun gift idea! Check them out at masterpieceme.co and use code RAMONA15 to save 15% on your order.
Martini gift set and a bottle of King St. Vodka. If you are unfamiliar with Kate Hudson’s King St. Vodka, it is a delicious gluten-free, non-GMO vodka, crafted with alkaline water and distilled 7x for purity in Santa Barbara, CA. Hudson created King St. Vodka when she was unable to find the perfect vodka for her signature Dirty Martini and subsequently noticed a gaping lack of leadership in the spirits and vodka industries. It tastes delicious and comes in a beautiful floral bottle that’s perfect for gifting.
Oprah Journals from Write to Me. “I believe that you tend to create your own blessings. You have to prepare yourself so that when the opportunity comes, you’re ready. Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” – Oprah. If that isn’t exactly what I needed to hear today… and journaling your personal blessings gives you a place to look back on as a reminder of all you have to feel grateful for. Write To Me partnered with Oprah for Oprah Magazine’s 20th anniversary, launching four special journals so everyone can practice what Oprah preaches: gratitude, blessings, living your best life, and what you know for sure. These beautiful lined journals have a luxury linen hard cover and a gold embossed title. They are available individually or as bundles.
Simple Shui for Every Day: 365 Ways to Feng Shui Your Life. Feng Shui is a practice that prioritizes the energy of our surroundings in specific ways. Under its influence, we attract and hold onto chi that supports our happiness and well-being. Think of it as home improvement-meets-self empowerment! So, what you can expect in the pages ahead? There are 365 prompts. One for every day of the year. However, these aren’t specific to the time of year or prescribed in a specific order. All the suggestions are more of a grab-and-go, so have fun!
Happy gifting, and be sure to check out more holiday inspiration from Fab Everyday in these posts:
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