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Gift Ideas for Family and Friends (Holiday 2017) by

Gift Ideas for Family and Friends (Holiday 2017)

By Susan Wagner

Gifts for Grandparents

Spoil your child’s grandparents this year. They’ve earned it.

The Men in Your Life

Give your best guy the best gift. Here are our favorites.

Sisters of All Kinds

Treat your sisters — the ones who are family and the ones who just feel like it — to something lovely this year.

For Teachers and Caregivers

It takes a village to raise our kids — so this holiday season, do something extra special for your child’s teacher, babysitter or nanny.

For Resisters

Help your friends count down to 2020 with these resistance-minded gifts.

For Everyone, a little something (Stocking Stuffers)

Our favorite small surprises for everyone on your list.


Thoughts below on why we chose our holiday gift picks, listed above.

Gifts for Grandparents

Napa Wine: Napa’s vineyards were devastated by the recent California fires, but they’re still in business and still producing amazing wine. Help them get back on their feet by sending your child’s grandparents a bottle — or more — for the holidays.

Family Tree Platter: This stunning custom family tree platter is a lovely addition to the table (although it’s best for families who aren’t anticipating any more grandbabies).

Kid Quotes Custom Wall Art: Immortalize your kids’ adorable — and hilarious — words with these colorful hand-crafted art pieces.

Amazon Echo: The second-generation Echo is the next best thing to hiring a personal assistant for the grandparents. (Bonus: You can connect the Echo to the Ask My Buddy network, which allows users to call for help. Terrific for older adults or those with health problems.)

Gifts for The Men in Your Life

Game of Thrones Winter is Here Gloves: Winter is coming — but he’ll be ready for it with these Freezy Freakies gloves.

Stranger Things T-Shirt: For the guy who is planning to spend Christmas day binge watching Season Two. For the third time.

SKLZ 1st and 10 Flag Football Set: Let him relive his football glory days without risking a trip to the ER. (We hope.)

Whiskey Stones: Pair with a bottle of single-malt Scotch for a sophisticated evening cocktail — we recommend the slightly quirky but deliciously smooth Shackleton Whiskey.

Merkur Safety Razor: It’s time to shave like a grown up. Replace his disposables with a safety razor — he’ll get a much better shave for a lot less money, and with a lot less waste.

Play Station VR Headset + Camera Bundle: Who says video games are just for kids? Not us!

Gifts for Sisters of All Kinds

Patriarchy Refill Mug: Smashing the patriarchy is hard work. She’s going to need more coffee. Lots more.

Personalized State Necklace: Remind her where home is with this sweet customizable necklace. Add her initials — or your childhood area code — to make it extra personal. All 50 states available.

Ilia Love Buzz Lip Gloss: Some days all she has time for is lip gloss — so treat her to this luscious organic version. Available in six shades.

“Coffee Book Nap Repeat” T-shirt: This is the perfect lazy Saturday shirt. Wrap it up with a good book (we recommend Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI).

Fred the Obsessive Chef Bamboo Cutting Board: For the perfectionist cook who believes that appearance and taste go hand in hand (and who makes the most delicious dinners ever).

amour vert Mezi Large Hoops: Whether she’s dressing up for a night on the town or heading to school to get the kids, these hoops are an ideal finishing touch.

Lands’ End Suede Moc Slippers: Keep her feet warm this winter with these bright slippers. Choose from seven colors and two patterns — and add a monogram to make them extra luxurious.

GoWise Air Fryer: Can a countertop kitchen appliance really produce food that tastes fried without deep frying? Yes, yes it can.

Claire V Flat Clutch: We’re swooning over this fantastic clutch — it’s the perfect pop of pink, and she can toss it in her tote during the day or carry it on its own at night.

Gifts for Teachers and Caregivers

Personalized To Go Mug: No more confusion about which mug is whose. This personalized to go cup makes teacher’s lounge mix ups a thing of the past.

Maggie Louise Chocolates: Say “thank you for being so sweet” with one of these beautiful boxes of chocolates.

PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer: Help keep teachers and caregivers healthy this winter with a smartphone sanitizer — ultraviolet light zaps the germs while the phone charges. Brilliant.

Pep Talk Mug: Even the best teachers need to hear that they’re doing a terrific job every once in a while. Fill this upbeat mug with fancy hot cocoa mix or a gift card to a local coffee shop as an extra special thank you.

Lands’ End Canvas Print Handle Boat Tote: A roomy canvas boat tote makes carting papers and supplies easy. Add a monogram for a personal touch.

Sezane Farrow Bag: This leather bucket bag is big enough to hold everything and chic enough to go everywhere. Perfect for the nanny or babysitter who always carries a tissue and a toy for your kids.

Gifts for Resisters

“Resist Persist” Tee: We love Brave New World’s shirts (other favorites include the Maxine Waters and Justin Trudeau graphic tees). 20% of the  proceeds are donated to 22 causes supporting our democracy and humanity. (Use the code BNWUNICORN for a 15% holiday discount on your order).

Feed the Resistance Cookbook: An army travels on its stomach, so you’re going to need food. This delightful cookbook combines delicious recipes with tips for getting organized to change the world.

Stayed Nasty Pin: For that friend who is still #withher.

Sustaining Contribution: Make a donation in your favorite resister’s name to organizations like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center, who fight discrimination on a daily basis. Or arrange a one-year subscription to a legacy media outlet (NPR, local and national newspapers) and fund the journalists who keep us informed.

U.S. Constitution Highball Glass: Help them keep the constitution alive with these clever highball glasses.

My American Values Bag: A simple reminder of the things that really make America great.

Badass Babes Candles: Light a candle for the resistance — just make sure it’s a candle with a strong woman on it, one who is defending our democracy. Or better yet, three of them.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait: Revisit 44’s presidency in this stunning collection of images shot by Pete Souza, the Obama White House official photographer.

Gifts for Everyone (stocking stuffers)

Camping Headlamp: Got a kid who likes to read in bed? Get her a lightweight headlamp — it’s the perfect bedtime reading light.

Clicketty Walter Whale Ring Toy: Keep baby busy with this adorable striped whale toy. Bonus: It will look great in your holiday photos!

Leather Luggage Tag: Travelers will appreciate this distinctive bag tag. No more wondering which black suitcase is theirs!

Leatherman Sidekick Tool: No more hunting for a screwdriver or allen wrench or bottle opener — they’re all right here. The Leatherman Sidekick is 14 tools in one. Perfect.

PopSocket: Put a stop to dropped phones with a PopSocket, a convertible grip/stand that attaches directly to a phone case. Choose from available designs, or customize your own.

Every Man Jack Body Wash: Keep teens smelling good with these lightly scented body washes.

Anker PowerCore Portable Charger: On-the-go teens don’t always remember to charge their phones. Keep them connected with a portable battery charger — fits in a bag or backpack and holds up to three full charges.

amour vert Ball Vase: Brighten up a desk or table with this simple vase. Available in two colors.

About the Author

Susan Wagner