There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of finding that perfect holiday gift for a loved one and then watching them unwrap it with delight. Here are 10 awesome items I either own and love and plan to give, or would be ecstatic to receive this year. Which of these would you be most excited to unwrap?
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1. Compassionate Cuisine
OK, so I’m a little biased because I actually worked on this book, but I can honestly say it has quickly become one of my go-to’s for plant-based recipe inspo. In it you’ll find everything from freezer-friendly breakfast burritos to weeknight dinners to the most indulgent dairy-free cheesecake you’ll ever taste. Order directly through the Sanctuary or via Amazon.
2. The Five-Minute Journal
Research shows that actively practicing gratitude in our everyday lives is associated with more joy, optimism, and generally more positive emotions. (Keeping a gratitude journal has personally worked wonders for me!) The Five-Minute Journal is a guided handbook that helps you live with intention and feel more grateful, all in just five minutes per day.
3. Missoma Jewelry
Missoma is a London-based company that specializes in stylish and stackable, yet affordable jewelry. The pieces range from dainty to statement-making, and are perfect for everyday wear. I recently got myself this bracelet as a birthday gift and haven’t taken it off since.
4. The Small Fry from Great Jones
Great Jones made a splash last year with the launch of the Dutchess, a modern Dutch oven in an array of maximalist colors. Recently, I’ve been eyeing the Small Fry, their non-stick ceramic skillet that’s perfect for small jobs like cooking eggs and pancakes, or toasting nuts and seeds.
5. The Kaloh Collection from West Elm
I strongly believe that the plates and silverware we use to eat have a huge impact on the experience of our meals – just imagine eating lasagna from a disposable paper plate versus a beautiful glazed bowl. I’m a sucker for anything powder pink and this stoneware dinnerware is no exception. I’m particularly fond of the mugs and pasta bowls.
6. Strange Planet
This adorable book of comic illustrations brings the @nathanwpylestrangeplanet Instagram account to life. It offers a funny yet poignant look at the odd behaviors of human beings, and will make you both laugh and weep.
7. A Masterclass Subscription
If you’re looking for an experiential gift instead of a tangible one for someone who already has plenty of “stuff”, check out Masterclass. It features over 75 digital courses taught by industry leaders on everything from screenplay writing to make-up to ballet. Instructors include Natalie Portman, Dominique Ansel, Bobbi Brown, and so many others. I recently purchased a subscription and can’t wait to start the David Sedaris course!
8. The Little Book of Lykke
This tiny tome by the CEO of Denmark’s Happiness Research Institute offers a look at exactly what makes the world’s happiest people so damn happy (spoiler alert: it’s not fame, money, or good looks). The author looks at the communities all around the world who report being happiest and explains how their lifestyles affect their emotional wellbeing. It’s a quick read with lots of illustrations, and you’ll walk away with tons of tips for how to bring more joy into your life.
I am obsessed with this cult-favorite French clothing brand! All their stuff basically makes up my dream wardrobe. I know it’s not easy to buy clothes as a gift, but pretty much anyone would appreciate a cozy knit or leather wallet.
10. Savage Feast
I just started reading this memoir and can already tell it’ll become a favorite. It’s written by a Soviet émigré who’s lived in the US with his family from a young age. Part comical and part heart-wrenching, the book explores the tension between nostalgia for the past and the desire to assimilate into the present. The subject resonates with my own experience closely and I highly recommend the book for any immigrant and/or food lover in your life.