Last year I promised myself that I was going to start my holiday shopping before December in 2020 to make things easier. And then 2020 happened. You know how that story goes. So, like everything else, the way I’ve been functioning through the holiday season has changed, including the way that my family is exchanging gifts (and how I’m putting together this 2020 holiday gift guide for y’all.)
While we won’t be getting together for an IRL gift exchange this year we will be hopping on a Zoom call, all hands on deck. And because we’re trying to have some sense of normalcy, the only family tradition that’s holding up is our Secret Santa gift exchange. Meaning less people to shop for, it is a much more intimate affair this year after all.
But, as we were drawing names for our gift exchange I took it upon myself to peek at my family members’ wishlists (yay, technology) and noticed they all had some very 2020-esque items added to the list (no surprise there). I’m talking about comfy blankets, kitchen gadgets and things like books and boardgames. Coincidentally, all these things were on the APW staff wishlists as well, and I’m assuming yours too!
So let’s get to gifting. Gift the things that are going to bring small bits of joy, a little chuckle here or there, or something straight up luxurious AF. We could all use moments like that right now anyways, right?
2020 Gift Guide
Gifts $25 and Under
Keep the DIY extraordinaire busy with this high quality book of images to seriously level up their next collage masterpiece.
Practical and funny? Sounds like the perfect combo to us! For even more sassy kitchen accessories give Always Fits a browse, you won’t be disappointed.
For your BFF that tie-dyed their whole wardrobe as a kid but wants an updated take on it.
Yearly calendars are great, but a perpetual one? Even better.
Bring back the nostalgia with this reusable 35mm film camera!
Some subtle sass to add to their everyday wardrobe.
Sometimes you need a good laugh, look no further!
The perfect gift for the crafter in your life, they’ll have everything they need to unlock the magical world of embroidery.
Home bars are more popular than ever these days, might as well add mixologist to your newly acquired list of quarantine skills while you’re at it!
The perfect gift for you and your roomie (adds to list now)!
If you’re not scared by a good surprise snag this goody bag ASAP. You can’t beat that price!
Gifts $50 and Under
You may not be able to join them at happy hour so why not bring it to them? Albeit puzzle form.
I actually just sent this to my BFF for her birthday with her stage name engraved in it, 10/10 would recommend!
Get those wheels turning the this Great Thinkers book and game duo for the budding philosopher in your life.
No need to worry about cold, hard butter again with this butter crock from Le Creuset!
Attract all the bees to the yard with your very own bee barrel by Wildlife World.
Fancy olive oil, check. The only thing missing? A fresh loaf of bread!
This bath tray is perfect for small space dwellers, it’ll fit on any bathtub, large or small!
A sweet reminder to add to any charm or token collection.
A trip to Paris isn’t in the cards this year so opt for the next best thing. Fresh macarons from the famed Laurée Paris right to your doorstep!
Light it up in style with this modern portal lighter from Tetra.
We all have a friend that still talks about this being the best game ever. Surprise them with a nod to the classic by putting this under the tree!
Is it a soap dish or a catch-all? Use it however you want, no matter how you put it it’s guaranteed to look great on your nightstand.
For the budding mini master chef in your life!
Make them feel extra special with their monogram on this pouch, we all love a little sparkle too!
Take relaxation one step further with CBD infused bath salts from Vertly.
The cuties are sure to be a welcome addition to any WFH space.
Relaxation is the name of the game, my friends.
These gummy bear lamps lights might be sweeter than the real deal!
Home bakers, rejoice! Now you can get it just right every time.
This reusable tote is perfect for grabbing flowers at the local farmers market.
For your friend that can quote every word of Schitt’s Creek.
Gifts $100 and Under
There’s nothing worse than flat beer (yuck), but that won’t be a problem anymore with a carbonated growler from GrowlerWerks.
For the womxn in your life seriously crushing it.
Have a cousin that’s a budding astrologer? Read into the charts with a custom book all about them, they won’t be disappointed!
Feel like you’re floating on cloud 9 with this comfyAF robe from Parachute.
This DIY kit brings home crafting to a whole new level.
Gift one these leggings to bestie that wants to add some style to their workout routine.
Keep it simple with a plain gold bar or customize to your heart’s content with FREE engraving!
Give the gift of skincare with this sampler of all the goods from Drunk Elephant.
Add these to my list, please!
Nothing is easier than an all-in-one kit. Sign us up!
Sometimes you want a nice drink that isn’t on boozy side. Haus is your delicious answer to that with their flavorful low ABV aperitifs.
Make socially distanced hangouts or date night fancy AF with this custom monogrammed picnic set from Mark & Graham.
For your friend that would put a modern spin on The Queen’s Gambit vibe.
It’s getting cold, y’all. Life your best life with a towel warmer and you’ll have no idea it’s still chilly out!
One pan that does it all. Say what? Seriously, it does it all and will make washing dishes a whole lot easier.
Comfortable but stylish enough to throw on for Zoom meetings, that’s what we call practical.
Have you noticed more and more people taking up rollerskating in quarantine? Own the roller skating spotlight with this peach set from UO.
You’ll never spoil the good cheese with this cheese grotto ever again!
These are party pajamas are on my ~dream~ list. Just had to throw them in the ring.
And here we have the best of both worlds. Part weighted blanket (a 2019 gift fave) and part chunky knit blanket (a 2018 gift fave) and we’ve got this glorious love child of a blanket that’s all of the above plus, velvet. I’m 100% here for that evolution!
What gifts are you giving this holiday season? Do you find yourself purchasing items that aren’t physical (ie. gift cards) or are you sticking to the classics? Are your gift giving traditions changing this year? Let’s chat all things gifts, big, small and everything in between in the comments.