It’s that time of year again where you may feel compelled to buy extended family Christmas gifts or your office has you stuck in some Secret Santa gifting pool. It’s often challenging to figure out what to buy someone – especially that friend who has everything or a coworker you barely know. Here are some of our favorite finds from $5 to $100+ to spark your holiday spending and satisfy everyone on your list.
Oryx Desert Salt for the foodie
For those who love to cook, you know the importance of salt. Oryx makes pure unrefined desert salt harvested from the Kalahari Desert in South Africa from an ancient underground brine lake. Founded by a single mom entrepreneur after an inspirational walk in the Namib Desert, the pure crystal salt is unrefined and unprocessed as it is procured from a sun-dried method, creating an exceptional taste.
Order a special Combo Set with wine salt and smoked salt. Recyclable glass bottles with a long-lasting ceramic grinder are part of the company’s mission to refill and reuse.
For every bag of salt sold, a percentage is donated to the Khomani San and Mier communities who own Ixaus Lodge in the Kalahari Desert. Find Oryx Desert Salt in Whole Foods or online at Amazon (with more options coming in January).
Digz Gardening Gloves for the plant fanatic
These durable gardening gloves come in many fun prints and are designed for novice gardeners and professionals alike. Comfortable, flexible, durable – some styles are great for yard work while others with extra padding and leather are perfect for tougher jobs. For those who can’t be without their phone, some Digz gloves come with touchscreen finger compatibility.
Digz can be found at Home Depot for $3.98.
Last Call, the best new drinking game for the social friend
Want to keep the party rolling at home? Maybe you want an ice breaker for a bachelorette party or birthday bash? Give the gift of this fun new adult card game perfect for parties and at-home laughter that features enough variety to play all night long! Answer ridiculous questions, compete in hilarious challenges, and yes, drink. Just shuffle the cards, go around the room drawing from the top of the deck, and follow the instructions on each card. This adult party game is super easy to follow along with — even for the tipsiest of friends.
Sijo Eucalyptus Sheets for the sleeping beauty
Make anyone smile with a silky sheet set from Sijo. The ultra-cooling soft eucalyptus sheets are 100% TENCEL™ created using sustainable materials certified by Oeko-Tex. This means there are no harmful chemicals – hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Give the gift of sound luxurious sleep on these buttery-soft sheets! Find them online at Sijo Eucalyptus Sheet Set or on Amazon.
FIX Linens for a whole house of good night sleep
These perfect white luxury linens are 400 thread count 100% long-staple cotton. Give the gift of a good night sleep with easy to maneuver duvet covers (one zip and snaps) and Simple Sort sheet sets with color coded tags that are designed to help make multiple beds easily. The sateen weave makes the linens ultra-smooth and naturally wrinkle-resistant.
Breadblok for the healthy house
This gluten-free bakery uses only the finest, purest ingredients to make artisan breads and pastries without sacrificing taste. They deliver both locally and ship nationally. The Chestnut Sourdough looks like a piece of art and with a deep, nutty flavor and a dark, hearty crust, the loaf pairs well with their refined sugar-free jams. For the sweet tooth lover, ship Lemon & Thyme Shortbread (perfect with tea), Cheddar Crackers (a better version of a Cheez-It), Croissants, Maple Brioche Donuts, and Mixed Berry Mascarpone Tartlets – all gluten-free! Find this gorgeous space also in Santa Monica on Montana Ave and soon, Silver Lake.
Olive and Linen Turkish Handwoven Essentials for the happy homemaker
Handwoven on manual looms by skilled artisans in a small town in Turkey, Olive & Linen offers a selection of flat woven and terry looped Turkish robes, towels, throws, and blankets that are both beautiful and functional.
So soft, choose from stylish Turkish cotton towels for the bathroom or pool or beach, which can double as a stylish chic body wrap, throw, scarf, shawl, or sarong. The premium fibers and the weaving techniques used result in super-soft, highly absorbent, and durable towels.
One of our favorite products is the lightweight comfy bathrobe with a hood available in two unisex sizes – perfect for lounging or drying off.
Find a throw with tassles to enhance a sofa or bed or style your home with the Turkish Terry Towel Sets that make any home feel like a hotel retreat.
A mom of four started the brand as an alternative to bulky towels for home and on the go since the quality of mass-produced items left much to be desired. She partnered with her brother in Turkey and began her journey toward decluttering her life and that of customers worldwide who delight in the brand’s versatility, quality, and affordability. The brand is proud to support families in Turkey whose generational craft has been largely replaced by machine weaving.
Lyda Beauty Twisted Stick Cream Eyeshadow for the beauty babe
The Twisted Stick will make any beauty diva happy as this new pigmented cream eyeshadow comes out with a twist. Stuff their stocking with these cream-to-powder new beauties. The built-in brush allows easy application and comes in 3 stunning colors – bronze-y gold hues like Sea Pearl, 1001 Nights, and Desert Sunset.
WILL, the new Will Smith memoir for the friend who craves inspiration
Gift an inspirational read like no other as Will Smith recounts his early years in Philadelphia, the 90’s rap and hip hop music scene, his time as The Fresh Prince with DJ Jazzy Jeff, his arrival to Los Angeles, his hit TV show and making it in the the movie business – all while showing us what it means to have the WILL to succeed. The book brings to light the power of connection and hard work, the importance of knowing what you want (and why), and the magic of L.A.
Vicarious Wines Virtual Wine Tasting Kits for the Gourmand
Choose your virtual wine tasting experience and decide whether you would like to order a tasting kit for one or two, or full bottles (4 bottles for $195). Order Vicarious “On Demand” with 4 Napa/Sonoma wines and 3+ hours of entertaining and educational videos that walk you through the wines. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves stellar wine and experiences. The videos are hosted by a Napa Valley winemaker who enlightens the viewers on winemaking, the wine industry, grape growing, food pairings, and wine tasting. If you order now through December 31, Vicarious is offering 20% off all purchases (of the tasting kits or bottles of wine) with code Cheers2021.