10 Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Gifts

November is here which means I’m feeling the holiday spirit! I’m kicking off the season (it’s here, right?!) with 10 crowd-pleasing gift ideas! If your list is full of hard-to-buy-for loved ones, this list is for you!

My family hosts a white elephant exchange for the holidays which is what inspired this post. I was searching for gift ideas that anyone in our “circle” might appreciate. I always have so much fun thinking of gifts that could be appreciated by more than one specific person (it’s such a fun challenge!).

So, without further adieu – here are my top 10 recommendations!

Sustainable Gift Ideas

 1. KeepCup*

Everyone could use a sleek, chic reusable mug! I have this one* and I get complimented on it all the time so clearly it’d be a popular gift choice. 😉

My mother-in-law gifted mine to me last Christmas and it has been in regular use. In fact, I use it at work daily with my desktop mug warmer* (which would be a great gift pair with the mug!).

PS: The cork band is made from wine cork manufacturing waste! So sustainable.

 2. Reusable Sandwich Bags

Aren’t we all searching for a just-as-convenient plastic bag alternative? This set of silicone slider-top bags* might be the answer.

If the bags sound boring on their own (they kinda do), pair them with your favorite snack items for a basket of bag-worthy goodies.

 3. Dryer Balls

Not only are fabric softener sheets wasteful, but they can actually damage your clothes. Help your recipient go au naturel with a fancy set of wool dryer balls*.

Turn it into a gift basket with your favorite essential oil (mine’s lavender*!) and laundry detergent*.

 4. A Plant

I love gifting plants! If you aren’t sure about the recipient’s plant care expertise, succulents* are a safe choice. I like to propagate mine into thrift store teacups.

Here’s a neat guide with plant symbolism and another guide on how to gift a plant.

If you don’t have any tea cups to part with, these flowing glaze ceramic pots* are lovely!


Fun Gifts

 5. Games

This 80s & 90s Trivia Game* looks like it would be A LOT of fun!

 6. A Moon Lamp*

I can’t be the only one who thinks having your very own moon lamp at your bedside as you drift off to sleep sounds delightful.

7. A Wireless Speaker

This vintage-inspired wireless speaker* is adorable! In addition to playing music, the speaker can sync with your device for hands-free calls.

If pink isn’t your recipient’s thing (I can’t imagine!), there are other colors available.

 8. An Instant Camera

Who doesn’t miss the instant-gratification of Polaroid pictures?! This set* includes everything your recipient could need!

If you know they’ll love it (or need a future gift idea for the recipient), pair the set with this desktop calendar* to hold some of their favorite prints.


Practical Gifts

 9. A First Aid Kit

Part of being an adult is having a proper first aid kit. This set* has everything a home could need in case someone trips over your clutter while visiting 😉

 10. Light Alarm Clock

Wake-up light alarm clocks simulate the sunrise (with gradual light increases) for a more natural transition from sleep to wake. They sound fabulous.

This one* includes an FM radio, this one* includes 5 natural sounds and color changing modes, and this one* includes a clinically proven light therapy lamp.

Read more about how sunrise alarm clocks make waking up easier.

Do you have any cool crowd-pleasing gift recommendations to add? I’d love to hear them!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you use the link to make a purchase, I may receive a small compensation at no additional charge to you. 

Author: Jordan Slice-Metcalfe

My name is Jordan. I'm a full-time working mom whose coffee cup is always half full (and probably still in the microwave). I've got a weak spot for rescuing old dogs, pretending pizza is a vegetable, negotiating dessert with every meal, propagating more plants than any home needs, dreaming of sewing projects while my husband is talking to me, and loving my tribe too deep.

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