Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is here! We have spent weeks researching top-rated brands and products for all ages, for the best Christmas gift ideas this year that accommodate all budgets, interests, and needs. You’ll find the gifts they really want all in one place with this list – Gifts for her, gifts for the guys, for college students, teens, tweens and grandparents, and even the most trendy Tiktok gift ideas!

Finding just the right gift for the special people in your life can be a daunting task. That’s why I’ve taken the guesswork out of it with this comprehensive list of over 185 top picks – you’re sure to find inspiration for the best holiday gifts for everyone in your life. And remember, when all else fails, everyone loves gift cards!

There are tons of shopping and planning tips in the next few sections, but if you’d rather skip ahead and get right to the products, open the table of contents below and click the section you’d like to visit.

Table of Contents
  1. Online Christmas Shopping
  2. Gift Giving 101: What is the Five Gift Rule for Christmas?
  3. Expert Tips for Gift Wrapping
  4. Expert Tips
  5. How to Shop Our Holiday Gift Guide
  6. For the Guys
  7. For the Fashionista
  8. For the Beauty Lover
  9. The Cozy at Home
  10. The Home Cook
  11. The Baker
  12. The Grandparents
  13. The Tweens (ages 10-13)
  14. The Teens (ages 14-17)
  15. The Young Adults (18-24)

The products you’ll see throughout our guide were curated with different personalities, styles, ages and budgets in mind. Our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is a labor of love and a family affair — I even enlisted the help of my BFF for ideas for the ladies, and my college student stepdaughter to cover the teens and young adults and my mom to offer unique gifts for grandparents!

Please note, while we do our best to ensure availability of the products we share, some items may become unavailable or sell out. So, shop early!

I’ve got tons of tips for your holiday shopping this year, but if you’re just here for the gift guides, use the links in the table of contents below to get where you want to go.

Online Christmas Shopping

Ready to start your holiday shopping this year? Grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea and wrap up under a cozy blanket. Maybe grab a plate of Christmas Cookies or a hearty bowl of Loaded Baked Potato Soup to keep your belly full while you shop!

More people are going to be shopping online than ever before, and they’re starting earlier, so why not get a head start on your gift list with this awesome 2021 holiday gift guide collection. There’s something for everyone here, including budget friendly options and some that are worth a splurge. So set a budget and start clicking!

Additionally, online retailers have said there will extra lead time this year. While they will do their best to keep up with demand, it’s likely that two day shipping becomes five days or more.

Gift Giving 101: What is the Five Gift Rule for Christmas?

The 5 Gift Rule is simple – instead of spending a lot of money on finding the perfect holiday gift, trying to fill up the space under your tree, commit to just five gifts per person! I love this idea for Christmas gifts for kids and teens, especially, since they tend to have a long list of wants.

  1. Something you want. This is usually their top gift they really want. Things like ipads and fancy headphones, video game consoles usually top the list for my teens.
  2. Something you need. Sports gear, bedding, new bike, personal care sets, makeup – these are things that your kids might need that you can gift them instead of just buying. Some parents have even wrapped up socks and underwear!
  3. Something you wear. Time for a new jacket? Maybe some new pajamas or a cute pair of shoes. These are all items that your kids can wear.
  4. Something you read. Books, magazines, kindle subscriptions.
  5. Something you do. The original list circulated with just the first four ideas, but more recently, activities as a gift have been gaining popularity. This could be anything from movie tickets to a trip to Disneyland.

Expert Tips for Gift Wrapping

  • Save money and purchase your wrap, bags, tissue, ribbon and gift tags at after Christmas sales where you can find discounts of up to 75% off.
  • Instead of purchasing gift tags, cut up old holiday cards. Write on the blank side, and tape to the package. This does double duty as the card acts as a package decoration.
  • Keep all of your supplies in a small box (scissors, tape, tags, etc.) and store with your gift wrap. That way you don’t have to hunt for them each time.
  • Wrap in batches. Don’t try to wrap all of your gifts on Christmas Eve. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, plan to have a few wrapping sessions to help break it up so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.
  • Purchase a gift wrap storage container to keep you organized.
  • Finally – and this may be my very best tip – you don’t have to be fancy. Brown kraft paper and a black sharpie looks the same as expensive wrapping paper when it’s torn off and crumpled on the floor!
All of the best gifts in one place with our huge Holiday Gift Guide - Fresh gift ideas for everyone on your list, from budget friendly to luxury splurges.

Best places to purchase gorgeous Christmas gift wrap

These are my top 5 favorite places to find a variety beautiful and unique gift wrap, gift bags and ribbon.

  • The Container Store – This is my number one favorite place to shop for wrapping supplies, and stocking stuffers, too.
  • Paper Source
  • Anthropologie
  • Paper Source
  • Hallmark

My Number 1 Holiday Shopping Tip: Organization is Key

For me, this means making lots of lists! Holiday gift lists help keep me organized and on track and keep me from getting overwhelmed. When you’re organized, crazed last minute shopping isn’t necessary! I make lists in Google Docs and spreadsheets, in notes on my phone and even on Amazon. I have an ideas list for every person on my gift list!

If you are the paper and pen type, be sure to download our free printable Christmas Planner that has tons of helpful lists for shopping and planning.

How to Shop Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our 2021 gift guide is broken down into categories. You can click on the table of contents above and go straight to the one you’re interested in or just leisurely scroll through and soak in everything. I highly recommend you take your time so you don’t miss a thing!

As you browse this guide, you’ll notice that the numbers on the images correspond to the link in the list below. Click the links to view details about the items, including sizes, color options and pricing. These are affiliate links and I may earn a small commission when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.

Best gift ideas for Christmas, comin’ at ya! Happy shopping!

For the Guys

  1. 100 Movies Scratch off Poster
  2. Lego Architecture Building Set
  3. Champion Socks
  4. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
  5. Drop Stop Seat Gap Filler
  6. Beard Care Kit
  7. North Face Salty Dog Knit Tech Gloves
  8. Yeti Cooler
  9. Half Zip Cotton & Cashmere Pullover (multiple colors)
  10. Boxing Ball Set
  11. Back and Neck Massager
  12. Wireless Charger Station
  13. Beer Cooler
  14. FPV Drone
  15. Fleece Jogger Pants
  16. Dopp Kit
  17. Beer Making Kit
  18. Smart Meat Thermometer
  19. Roku Smart Soundbar

Splurge gift: DJI FPV Drone Combo

For the Fashionista

  1. Marc Jacobs Canvas Tote
  2. Cotton Waffle Blanket Scarf (multiple colors)
  3. Quay Australia Clear Blue Light Glasses
  4. Ugg Ultra Mini Boot
  5. Slouchy Front Button Sweater
  6. Chain Link Bracelet
  7. Honeydew Intimates Pajamas (multiple designs)
  8. Faux Leather Tote
  9. Glitter Stud Earrings
  10. Nike Air Force Ones
  11. Belt Bag (multiple colors)
  12. Crystal Headband
  13. Alo Muse Sweatpant and Cropped Pullover Set
  14. High Waisted 90s Jeans
  15. The North Face Down Hooded Parka (multiple colors)
  16. Chanel Nail Polish
  17. Wool Fedora

Splurge Gift: Christian Louboutin Pumps, Saint Laurent Leather Wristlet

For the Beauty Lover

  1. Morphe Eyeshadow Palette
  2. Flash Patch Rejuvenating Eye Gels
  3. Unicorn Whipped Body Butter
  4. Dry Shampoo
  5. Rare Beauty Lip Balm Set
  6. Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
  7. Mini Beauty Refrigerator
  8. Gentle Pressure Sleep Mask
  9. Clinique Take the Day off Wipes
  10. Jo Malone Perfume
  11. Anastasia Brow Kit
  12. One Step Hair Dryer and Brush
  13. SuperGoop Glow Screen
  14. Bobbi Brown Creme Eyeshadow
  15. Olaplex Hair Essentials
  16. Dyson Air Wrap

Splurge Gift: Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

The Cozy at Home

Splurge Gift: Dyson Pure Humidity + Cool Air Purifier

The Home Cook

  1. Always Pan
  2. Wood Serving Bowl
  3. Woven Dishcloths Set
  4. Olive Oil Mister
  5. Spice Spinner
  6. Ice Cream Maker
  7. Wood and Lacquer Salad Servers
  8. Oxo Prep Bowls
  9. Stainless Steel Splatter Screen
  10. Dash Egg Cooker
  11. Charcuterie and Cheese Board
  12. Air Fryer
  13. Garlic Infused Oil
  14. Bagel Slicer
  15. Oxo Good Grips Silicone Utensil Set
  16. Hand Powered Veggie Chopper
  17. Meal Planning EBook
  18. Mandy’s Salads: Recipes for Lettuce and Life
  19. Smart Meat Thermometer
  20. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Splurge Gift: All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware Set

The Baker

  1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  2. Cakelet Pan
  3. Marble Rolling Pin
  4. Pretty Pie Dish
  5. Silpat Silicone Baking Sheets
  6. Cookie Scoop Set
  7. Cookbook/Tablet Stand
  8. Cake Stand
  9. Silicone Spatulas
  10. Apron
  11. Glass Mixing Bowls
  12. Sourdough Starter Kit
  13. Copper Measuring Cups and Spoons
  14. Mini Toaster Oven

Splurge Gift: KitchenAid Pro Line 7 Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer

The Grandparents

  1. Slippers for women or men
  2. Digital alarm clock (with charging ports)
  3. Zen Garden Kit
  4. Glasses Chain
  5. Friendship Lamps
  6. Cozy sweaters for women or for men (multiple colors)
  7. Electric Tea Kettle (multiple colors)
  8. Hydroponics Growing System
  9. Custom Photo Coasters
  10. Barkbox Subscription (dogs) or Kitnip Subscription (Cats)
  11. Smart Plug
  12. Flannel sheets
  13. Souper Cubes (for freezing leftovers)
  14. Quilted Tote Bag
  15. Golden Girls Puzzle
  16. Sherpa Throw Blanket
  17. Indoor Banzai Tree

Splurge Gift: Cashmere Throw Blanket

The Tweens (ages 10-13)

  1. Mini Helicopter Drone
  2. Karaoke Microphone
  3. Light Up Basketball
  4. Moon Lamp
  5. Nintendo Switch
  6. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  7. Tie Dye Throw Blanket
  8. How to Code book
  9. Lightning Reaction Game
  10. Gaming Chair
  11. DIY Tie Dye Kit
  12. Lego Dots
  13. Hair Chalk
  14. Solo Drawing Game
  15. Felt Letter Board (tons of colors)
  16. Ukelele
  17. Ravensburger 3D Globe Puzzle
  18. Charli D’Amelio Pure Vida Bracelets
  19. Kitchen Science Kit
  20. Sleuth and Solve
  21. Blank Comic Book
  22. Kids Cookbook

Splurge Gift: iPad Mini

Stockings: Stocking Stuffers for Kids

The Teens (ages 14-17)

  1. Bath Bombs
  2. Ring Light
  3. Alex and Ani Bracelet
  4. Cereal Milk Candle
  5. Bubble Tea Kit
  6. Dumpling Light
  7. Lego Ironman Helmet
  8. Personalized Tumbler
  9. Milk Makeup Set
  10. Nike Socks
  11. Over the Door Basketball Hoop
  12. Drone
  13. Dash Mini Waffle Maker
  14. Vans Checkerboard Slip Ons
  15. Desktop Skee-Ball
  16. Tortilla Blanket
  17. Madden 22 Video Game
  18. Gaming Monitor
  19. Tie Dye Sweatshirt
  20. Beats Headphones
  21. Nintendo Switch Lite
  22. Brixton Flannel
  23. Dr. Marten Boots

Splurge Gift: Apple Airpods Max

Stockings: Stocking Stuffers for Teens

The Young Adults (18-24)

Splurge Gift: Apple iPad Pro

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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