It’s that time of the year again! The time for showing appreciation to those who make your life possible or better. Every year, I curate my own list of what to give that special someone in your professional life, whether that’s your colleagues, clients or employees. Here’s my holiday gift guide from last year and a special edition mini gift guide for this year as well.
Here’s my 2020 list of the best holiday gifts. I am truly hopeful that you will find something for everyone on your list.
For the Kitchen Maven:
Tovala: The ultimate countertop oven for the busiest professionals. You can order a variety of Tovala meals or make your own. It steams, bakes, and toasts in one. It can replace the toaster and the microwave.
Hurom Slow Juicer: Hurom’s latest H200 Slow Juicer now has an even larger inlet that can fit whole-sized apples. Less prep and less cleaning means more time to enjoy fresh-squeezed juice. Yes, please.
The Tchibo Coffee Machine: German-engineering launches in America. It is a bean-to-brew machine. No pods needed. An excellent choice for a coffee enthusiast. You can also throw in some holiday blends from Coffee Chicks.
Jura E8 Coffee Maker: Flat white? Cappuccino? Macchiato? This is a beast of a coffee machine and it really does do it all. This is ideal for everyone in the office…or home office.
Blue Diamond Cookware: If they love to cook, you can’t go wrong with some great finds from Greenpan. These are loved by cooks all over the world. Also in the category is Proclamation Duo which minimizes with two pans and you can get a dozen cooking methods with zero clutter.
Taotronics Air Fryer: Great for someone in your life who is trying to eat healthier but still loves the deep-fried texture.
Espresso Machine by illy and cups: Bright red, this Y3.2 iperEspresso machine makes both espresso and coffee with one touch. It also doesn’t take up much space.
Viking Culinary: I recommend the teapot (comes in three colors) or a reversible wood prep and carving board. Makes prepping and cleaning a breeze.
Crate&Barrel Fellow Stagg Kettle: Perfect for pour-over style coffee or tea. Doesn’t take up much space and looks great. Also available in three different colors.
Jung Lee Pharos Tea Pot and Mug Set: Even if they are just entertaining for one, this is a lovely piece sure to delight. It has one teapot and comes with two mugs – inspired by the lighthouses of Portugal.
Smart Garden by edn: ēdn, a technology company has just relaunched the Wi-Fi powered SmallGarden after selling out three times. Perfect for someone who wants both design and function to help anyone bring nature inside – no green thumb required.
For the WFH Parent:
Our GreenHouse Custom Gift Basket: Choose from a variety of organic baskets for the parent on your list. They have lots of choices and you can build one that you know they will love.
Joolz Stroller: Very compact and perfect for the urban setting. Assembles with ease. Got more than one? Consider the Silver Cross tandem (they also have an adorable doll pram to match). Looking to gift a bassinet? Check out Simmons City Sleeper Bassinet for the latest addition to the family.
Wild Dough: When you want to give something to keep little hands busy – this is a great gift/stocking stuffer. Also check out The dough Project. Non-toxic dough that lets parents get more done – yes please.
Motorola WiFi Video Baby Monitor: For parents who need to keep an eye on the little one while on Zoom calls, this is an excellent monitor. Want to throw in something for when the diaper does need changing? Check out Diapertainment. All meant to make parent’s lives a little easier.
Wildkin Boots and Nap Mats: Plenty of great options at this little boutique from dinosaur rain boots to nap mats. Want to give shoes? Also check out Ten Little for shoes that fit little feet perfectly.
Baby Brew Portable Bottle Warmer: The first battery operated bottle warmer. Perfect for parents who enjoy the outdoors with their little one. For more baby gear check out Bokee (the perfect bottle holder), the Tranquilo Baby Soothe Massager (great for fussy babies) and the Busy Baby Mat to help keep them occupied.
TØY Organic Clothing: For 100% organic cotton clothes and accessories, this is a solid brand for gift giving. Need more ideas for those with newborns? Wubbanub for the perfect pacifier friend, and consider the Dreamland Weighted Blanket and WavHello SoundBub White Noise Machine for better sleeping babies (and happier parents.) Hatch also makes some
Lunni: Get that podcast bug early by helping children listen and craft their own stories. Also check out Yotto Player, a screen free speaker that lets them choose their story. Perfect for those parents who are hoping to limit speaker time while still encouraging technology.
Lansinoh Pump: Perfect for any nursing mamas as Lansinoh makes an array of items of expecting and new moms. Also on the list is UpSpring with its nursing tanks and more. Davin & Adley is another favorite for nursing mamas along with Kindred Bravely. Want a great gift for an expectant mother, check out the stylish and versatile Bumpsuit for apparel and the most minimalistic diaper bag by Kibou.
Steiff USA: The original teddy bear maker, there are many great plush toys and collectibles to pick from. In the realm of toys, also check out the HESS Toy Truck (a limited edition), Hat Not Hate Quick Knit Loom kit, and the Mellodees plush character.
Omakase Skateboard: Something for the big kids. Loaded Boards makes some great skateboards and electric skateboard conversion kits. Perfect for outdoor activities.
Weezie Robe: Work from home apparel and loungewear is sure to be a big hit with anyone on your list this year, and Weezie makes some great robes. Also, check out Towl for organic towels which is quickly becoming a celeb favorite. In the apparel category, I highly recommend Felina Loungewear, Terez Activewear, JJ Winks for loungewear and sleepwear, and you can’t go wrong with pajamas from Room Service or BedHead.
For The Outdoorsy Traveler:
Ogio Pace 25 Backpack: This backpack is made with luggage grade ballistic nylon, one of the most durable soft materials in the backpack and luggage world. Easy to go from #wfh to outdoor dining. Also, in this category, check out REI’s Beyonder Weekender Bag. Easy to carry and has a removable roll-top pouch for dirty clothes. Pack more in with packing cubes from Paravel.
Duluth Trading Company Canvas Bag: Water-resistant bottom and a cotton canvas make it ideal for any type of trek. For something more custom, check out Rafi Nova where the no two bags are exactly the same. Want a laptop bag which combines leather and canvas, Yaya & Co may be more your speed. On the spectrum of even more chic, you can check out options from Gale and Hayes and Ora Delphine.
MoonShade: A portable vehicle awning that’s perfect for the person on your list who loves camping and hiking. Throw in a GroupHug solar panel which lets them keep their phone charged no matter where they go. Or, a Voormi blanket for keeping warm and dry outdoors.
For The Fitness Enthusiast:
Lifepro Treadmill: This is the perfect gift for your client who has been missing the gym and wants to workout from home. Equipped with a built in speaker system and digital interface that tracks speed, time, distance and pulse as well as auto incline features, this apparatus is a sleek addition to any home. To maximize floor space, Pacer is built with a hydraulic mechanism that allows the machine to fold almost completely in half while remaining upright. Want something more mini? Lifepro also makes an awesome massage gun ideal for training and muscle recovery.
Cubii Pro: A seated compact elliptical ideal for your work-from-home employees. It features 8 levels of resistance and is bluetooth-enabled with the Cubii app to track stats, share, and compete with other Cubii users (also syncs with Fitbit, Apple Healthkit and Apple Watch). Minimal assembly required (27lb unit can be assembled in under 5 mins; screwdriver included).
Backbridge: An invisalign for the spine, this has five levels to ease posture back to normal by decompressing the spine and improving circulation. Great way to get some stretches in. Also, check out The Back Thing, a simple but functional chair cushion made to provide lumbar support.
FitFighter: A steelhose which combines a dumbbell, kettlebell, sandbag, and sledgehammer in one. It comes with an iOS training app, and you can even customize with your logo.
Spryng Active Compression Therapy: A wireless, pneumatic compression wrap that relieves aches, speeds recovery, and improves performance. It doesn’t matter if they spent hours in a cubicle or just finished a marathon, it is bound to be a gift they use and appreciate.
HidrateSpeak Steel Smart Water Bottle: The perfect gift for someone who has trouble getting enough water in their day. It has an LED smart sensor which flows to remind you when it is time to drink and for the very data minded, you can even track how much water you’ve had using the Hidrate app.
For the Insomniac:
ChiliSleep: ChiliSleep promotes achieving restful sleep through a temperature-controlled sleep system. It comes with a reversible, hydro-powered Chili Cool Mesh™ Pad, thermal regulating control unit(s) and a remote to conveniently adjust bed temperature. Utilizing hydropower, this sleep solution lets the user set their ideal temperature. They can even use the app to auto-set the temperature before getting into bed.
NuWave OxyPure Smart Air Purifier: This is a great gift for any allergy sufferers or anyone who struggles to breathe easy. The purifier has a HEPA/Carbon filter and traps allergens, odors, and airborne bacteria. Your recipient will definitely sleep better.
Layla Weighted Blanket: An easily washable blanket that still delivers the comfort you’d expect from a weighted blanket. They also make a great pillow from copper fibers. For more weighted blankets, this time with removable covers, check out Luxome. In the pillow category, also check out Pluto Pillow, which lets you gift it, and the recipient gets to customize what works for them.
Hatch Sound Machines: Hatch Restore actually combines a smart light, sound machine, sunrise alarm, wind-down meditations, and an alarm clock all into one easy-to-use bedside device. Like a soothing sound machine – but for adults. Throw in some deep sleep pillow spray by ThisWorks to round it out.
Bubbly Belle: An aromatherapy diffuser with plenty of essential oils to choose from. Ideal for clients and vendors alike.
For the Home Office Dweller:
Yeedi K650 Robot Vacuum: This robot vacuum is designed expressly for busy, work-from-home pet owners and families in need of an effective and convenient automated cleaning solution. It features a unique “Quiet Mode” that can be activated at the touch of a button, so they can hop on important conference calls or let the baby sleep without sacrificing on cleanliness. A tangle-free silicon main brush eliminates the need to clean out messy pet and human hair tangles. Also in this category, the Roomba i3 automatic dirt disposal which self-cleans and empties itself for up to sixty days.
The EdgeDesk: A really unique desk which looks and functions more like a massage chair and canvas in one. To be more precise, it is an all-in-one chair, desk and easel in one. It is designed for small spaces ranging from urban apartments to outdoors. It is lightweight, fully adjustable, comes fully assembled, sets up in less than 30-seconds and folds down to just six inches for easy storage without any tools.
Como Audio Duetto: Perfect for your colleague who loves music. This is a two channel speaker system which lets you stream music, listen to internet radio and to your files on a smart device, all in one simple system. It looks as great as it sounds.
BISSELL SpinWave Robot: Wet and dry robotic vacuum which provides two ways to clean. Use it in dry vacuuming mode to collect pet hair, dirt and other debris on carpet, area rugs and hard floors. When used in wet mopping mode, the mop pads and cleaning solution work together to scrub floors clean. For those with pets, they also make a Pet Stain Eraser PowerBrush Portable Carpet Cleaner. Perfect for your colleague who just got a new puppy.
Elephant in a Box Sofa: A functional piece of furniture makes a great gift and this one is actually a working sofa where a desk pops out from the armrest. This is perfect for your partner who is trying to do more with less space.
JWDA Concrete Table Lamp: A very chic and sure to impress lamp for any desk. TRNK NYC has some other great office accessories as well, including the perfect pinboard for vision boarding a better 2021!
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