Secret Santa gift ideas
Help your vino-sipping friend feel fancy even if she’s just cracking open a bottle of Two Buck Chuck with this smoky glass decanter, which helps red wines breathe and opens up the fullness of their flavor and complexity. Handmade in Turkey, it also looks pretty sitting on the shelf in the rare event that your pal isn’t in a drinking mood.
One of the rare traditions to survive into the digital age, there’s just something fun about hanging up a new wall calendar on the first of January. Any animal lover in your life will go loco for this one, featuring ridiculously adorable pairings of friends such as a kitten and a baby deer, a piglet and a pug, and our favorite: a baby goat perched on the back of a donkey.
Forget flimsy paper bookmarks and heaven forbid you even consider dog-earing a beloved book: this elegant triangle of sterling silver slips over the corner of a tome to hold your favorite literature-lover’s place. Reading has never been this fashionable.
We usually find hippie-chic clothing and accessory store Anthropologie to be a bit pricy, but we have to give kudos to their affordable selection of cute jewelry. Your fashion plate friend will love this versatile drop earrings, set into a delicate golden frame with a garnet drop and two smoky gray ones below.
Great cooks know that the key to keeping knives sharp is minimizing any friction on the blade; sliding them in and out of a traditional knife rack eventually wears them down. This ingenious knife block from German knife experts Messermeister stylishly solves that problem, anchoring knives to the outside of a handsome block of variegated acacia wood. Your home chef friend will love it (and hey, maybe you’ll even get a dinner invitation in exchange).
Although we’re all addicted to our phones, tablets and laptops these days, you might have that one friend who is super into technology. This nifty portable charger, which is slim, small and charges iPhones, iPads, Androids and more, will therefore be much appreciated.
For that one friend whose level of expertise goes way beyond gin and tonics, this home bartender kit will help shake up Manhattans, daiquiris and negronis with ease. With all the tools needed to make cocktails both classic and new—the eight-piece set includes a Boston shaker and pint glass, a hardwood muddler, a citrus juicer, a bar spoon, a double jigger and two kinds of strainers—this is the perfect gift for any amateur mixologist.
For the bleary-eyed coffee lover, this set from Portland, Oregon’s Stumptown Coffee is the perfect choice: it includes a half-pound bag of creamy, caramel-y Holler Mountain beans; a half-pound bag of dark, chocolaty Hair Bender beans; and a half-pound bag of the roaster’s fruity, floral house blend.
Give your backpacking, adventuring, frequent-flying friend a few, oh, hundred suggestions on places to go next with this exhaustive guide for the travel-loving spirit. With 600 full-color photographs and entries about places as far-flung as Lebanon and the Amalfi Coast, your peregrinating friend will never be at a loss for their next trip.
Author and illustrator Johanna Basford of uber-popular adult coloring book The Secret Garden is back with this “inky quest:” intricate, full-page black-and-white designs of magical woodlands (and their inhabitants) waiting to be filled in with colored pencils or watercolors. Would-be artistes will love it.
For the amateur birder or wanna-be safari-goer in your life, these affordably priced binoculars are the perfect gift. Lightweight, with an easy-to-use central focus knob and surprising optical clarity, they’re ideal for the nature lover who wants to take a closer look at her favorite flora and fauna.
We all know that one dude or dudette who can’t stop chasing the heat and has a fridge full of chipotle en adobe, sriracha and sambal. Feed their fiery addiction with this five-bottle set from Mo Hotta Mo Betta, featuring a range of versatile sauces: Red Savina Habanero; Jalapeño Classic; Cayenne Garlic; Chipotle Adobo and Sunny Serrano.
Beer enthusiasts can get pretty heady about their favorite suds, opining on tasting notes and stocking their homes with hoppy paraphernalia. Allow the IPA-lover in your life to take his obsession to go with this 64-ounce growler: insulated to keep brews cold and airtight to keep them fizzy, the sleek canteen is a perfect choice for BYOB hiking, camping or tailgating.
We’ve all got ‘em: those pals who just can’t step away from their work email/phone calls/etc. Encourage the stressed-out buddy in your life to put down the phone and get into the bath, to luxuriate in this kit’s calming, lavender-scented foaming bath gel. While they’re soaking, they can light the kit’s herbal candle, then moisturize post-bath with its rich hand cream.
When hitting the pricey clubs (or boring parties), it’s always a good idea to BYO nip of a lil’ something extra. Let your shot-taking pal do so in style with this matte black flask, which slides easily into a pocket or purse—and comes personalized with his or her initials.