A Very 2020 Gift Guide

Something for everyone on your list!

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

collage book

Extraordinary Things to Cut Out and Collage by Maria Rivans via Amazon

Keep the DIY extraordinaire busy with this high quality book of images to seriously level up their next collage masterpiece.

vegetarian oven mitt

Hot, Hot Vegetarian Action Oven Mitt via Always Fits

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.


indigo dye kit

Indigo Kit by The Love of Colour via Etsy

For your BFF that tie-dyed their whole wardrobe as a kid but wants an updated take on it.

mondrian perpetual calendar

Mondrian Composition Perpetual Calendar via The Met Store 

Yearly calendars are great, but a perpetual one? Even better.

simple use 35mm film camera

Lomography Simple Use Color 35mm Camera via Urban Outfitters

Bring back the nostalgia with this reusable 35mm film camera!


Estella Bartlett Badass Gold Necklace via Nordstrom

Some subtle sass to add to their everyday wardrobe.

men to avoid book

Men to Avoid in Art and Live by Nicole Tersigni via Chronicle Books

Sometimes you need a good laugh, look no further!

embroidery kit

Caydo Embroidery Kit via Amazon

The perfect gift for the crafter in your life, they’ll have everything they need to unlock the magical world of embroidery.

set of cocktail recipes

The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes (Set of 8 Books) via Urban Outfitters

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!

patriarchy card game

Reductress Presents Play The Patriarchy: A Card Game via Chronicle Books

The perfect gift for you and your roomie (adds to list now)!

goody bag graphic

Goody Bag by ban.do

If you’re not scared by a good surprise snag this goody bag ASAP. You can’t beat that price!

Gifts $50 and Under

champagne happy hour puzzle

Disco Queen Puzzle via Anthropologie

You may not be able to join them at happy hour so why not bring it to them? Albeit puzzle form.

custom lipstick

Custom Engraved Lipstick by YSL

I actually just sent this to my BFF for her birthday with her stage name engraved in it, 10/10 would recommend!

great thinkers card and book set

Great Thinkers Set by The School of Life via Trouva

Get those wheels turning the this Great Thinkers book and game duo for the budding philosopher in your life.

blue butter crock

Le Creuset Stoneware Butter Crock via Amazon 

No need to worry about cold, hard butter again with this butter crock from Le Creuset!

bee barrell

Mason Bee Barrel by Wildlife World via The Grommet

Attract all the bees to the yard with your very own bee barrel by Wildlife World.

olive oil

Ardor Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Brightland

Fancy olive oil, check. The only thing missing? A fresh loaf of bread!

bath caddy

Swivel Bath Tray via Uncommon Goods

This bath tray is perfect for small space dwellers, it’ll fit on any bathtub, large or small!

the light token

The Light You Shed Token by Catbird Jewelry

A sweet reminder to add to any charm or token collection.


Jardin Bucolique, Box of 12 Macarons from Ladurée Paris via Gold Belly

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!

modern lighter

Portal Lighter by Tetra

Light it up in style with this modern portal lighter from Tetra.

oregon trail handheld game

The Oregon Trail Handheld Game via Always Fits

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!

mosser bathing lady tray

Bathing Lady by Mosser Glass via Coming Soon New York

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.

kids chef kit

Opinel Le Petit Chef Kids’ Knife Set via Food52

For the budding mini master chef in your life!

monogram beaded pouch

Embellished Leather Pouch via Anthropologie

Make them feel extra special with their monogram on this pouch, we all love a little sparkle too!

cbd bath salts

Vertly CBD Infused Bath Salts via Standard Dose

Take relaxation one step further with CBD infused bath salts from Vertly.

plant duo

The Sunny Duo by The Sill

The cuties are sure to be a welcome addition to any WFH space.

green silk face mask

Washable Silk Sleep Mask via Lunya

Relaxation is the name of the game, my friends.

gummy bear lights

Squishy Gummy Bear Light via Uncommon Goods

These gummy bear lamps lights might be sweeter than the real deal!

adjustable rolling pin

Adjustable Rolling Pin by Food52

Home bakers, rejoice! Now you can get it just right every time.

flower tote

Reusable Cotton Flower Tote via Terrain

This reusable tote is perfect for grabbing flowers at the local farmers market.

rose apothecary shirt

Rose Apothecary T-Shirt via Always Fits

For your friend that can quote every word of Schitt’s Creek.

Gifts $100 and Under

GrowlerWerks Keep-It-Carbonated Growler To Go via Food52

There’s nothing worse than flat beer (yuck), but that won’t be a problem anymore with a carbonated growler from GrowlerWerks.

glass ceiling

Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace via Uncommon Goods

For the womxn in your life seriously crushing it.

custom birthdate book

The Birthdate Book by Birthdate Co.

Have a cousin that’s a budding astrologer? Read into the charts with a custom book all about them, they won’t be disappointed!

parachute purple robe

Cotton Cloud Robe by Parachute

Feel like you’re floating on cloud 9 with this comfyAF robe from Parachute.

stained glass kit

Szklo Glass Mosaic Kit via Free People

This DIY kit brings home crafting to a whole new level.

metallic leggings

Marvel Leggings by Carbon 38

Gift one these leggings to bestie that wants to add some style to their workout routine.

gold bracelet

Bespoke Wilder Tag Bracelet by Gorjana

Keep it simple with a plain gold bar or customize to your heart’s content with FREE engraving!

skincare set

Drunk Elephant Glowy the Night Kit via Sephora

Give the gift of skincare with this sampler of all the goods from Drunk Elephant.

asymmetric earrings

Asymmetrical Statement Earrings by Tsunja via Etsy

Add these to my list, please!

bicycle kit

Gentlemen’s Hardware Anatomy of a Bike Kit via Anthropologie 

Nothing is easier than an all-in-one kit. Sign us up!

haus beverages

The Spiced Duo by Haus

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.

Luxury Gifts

monogrammed picnic basket

Newbury Picnic Basket by Mark & Graham

Make socially distanced hangouts or date night fancy AF with this custom monogrammed picnic set from Mark & Graham.

acrylic chess set

Acrylic Chess Set via West Elm

For your friend that would put a modern spin on The Queen’s Gambit vibe.

towel warmer

Zadro Ultra Large Luxury Bucket-Style Towel Warmer via Amazon

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!

always rose gold pan

Always Pan by Our Place

One pan that does it all. Say what? Seriously, it does it all and will make washing dishes a whole lot easier.

alpaca blanket scarf

Alpaca Blanket Scarf by Cuyana

Comfortable but stylish enough to throw on for Zoom meetings, that’s what we call practical.

peach rollerskates

Moxi Beach Bunny Roller Skates via Urban Outfitters 

Have you noticed more and more people taking up rollerskating in quarantine? Own the roller skating spotlight with this peach set from UO.

cheese vault

Cheese Grotto via Terrain

You’ll never spoil the good cheese with this cheese grotto ever again!

black feather pajamas

Party Pajama Set with Double Feathers in Black by Sleeper 

These are party pajamas are on my ~dream~ list. Just had to throw them in the ring.

velvet weighted blanket

Velvet Napper by Bearaby

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.

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