Shop 30 of the Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Home Lovers and Hosts — Chosen by PEOPLE Editors!
"Home for the holidays" may look a little different this year, but gifting is still a go!
Morning Joy Co. Custom Recipe Cutting Board
The holidays are the perfect time to pass down a beloved family recipe. And what better way to immortalize grandma's legendary stuffing than by creating a new heirloom. The couple behind Fort Worth, Texas-based Morning Joy Co. make stunning, one-of-a-kind cutting boards laser engraved in your loved one's original handwriting. (Restock: Monday, Nov. 9, 5 PM)
Nest just dropped a new smart speaker and the stylish pillow-shaped design sounds as good as it looks (available in 5 colors!). Sync it with other Google Home products and endless apps to stream music, podcasts and more. Bonus: It’s 75% louder with 50% stronger bass than the original Google Home.
Buy It! $100; store.google.com
Eco Vibe New Plant Parent Package
Gifting a houseplant to an untrained carer may end in disaster for the foliage. EcoVibe's 5-piece first-time plant parent kit includes a spray sprinkler watering can; your choice of one of 5 popular plants; a copy of How to Raise a Plant (and Make It Love You Back) by Erin Harding and Morgan Doane; either pruning sheers or a moisture meter; and either a 30-minute facetime consultation with a plant care specialist or a pass to one their in-person workshops in Portland, OR.
Buy It! $60; ecovibestyle.com
Social Studies Friendsgiving Kit
Founded by two women with a passion for making entertaining more accessible, Social Studies allows you to rent out gorgeous tablescape sets — including dishes, table runners, candles and everything in between — for dinner parties. They recently teamed up with wine brand Campo Viejo for a Friendsgiving Set, which provides everything you need to host an intimate holiday gathering in style.
Buy It! Starting at $56, social-studies.com
Blueland Clean Essentials Kit
It might not be the most romantic gift, but Blueland's starter kit — complete with refillable bottles; and dissolvable tablets to mix up any cleaning solution you need — is perfect for the eco-conscious giftee making a resolution to use less plastic in 2021.
Buy It! Essentials kit, $39; blueland.com
Pura Virtual Air Freshener
You've heard of a smart TV and a smart speaker — but have you ever heard of a smart air freshener? Pura is a device which allows users to control the scent of their home using their phone: They can choose when they want the air freshener to run (so there's no wasted fragrance), and what scent they'd like it to emit (it can hold two fragrances at one time). Plus, the brand partners with popular fragrance companies like LAFCO, Capri Blue and NEST!
Buy It! $44, trypura.com
Perfect for the parent who's always making a list and checking it twice, or a friend who's taken up journaling over a tumultuous year, these hand-bound notebooks featuring the designs of Los Angeles artist K'era Morgan, are so pretty they don't require wrapping!
Buy It! $24; k-apostrophe.com
Game Night in a Can
America's game cabinets saw plenty of use this year as families hunkered down at home. This pack of 30 hilarious games in one is sure to refresh your repertoire for the season. It combines everything from drawing challenges to rowdy, indoor-friendly paper-ball sports sure to entertain your holiday bubble.
Buy It! $20; barryandjason.com
Nomad Noé Candle
With seven scents tied by international destinations from Bahia to London, Nomad Noe candles are sure to scratch that travel itch as many remain grounded for the holidays. Muse, a scent that recalls "wild rose bushes, fresh fields, fertile cedar, and sunshine," for example, is inspired by the wilds of Wyoming. Each candle is a blend of apricot and coconut waxes in a porcelain vessel and burns for 55 hours.
Buy It! $65; nomadnoe.com
Pepper Palm Handmade Pots
These decorative planters, handpainted in Nashville, are the perfect way to move the gardening obsession everyone developed during quarantine indoors for the colder months — especially in sun-soaked motifs like Desert Days, seen here. (Large pots are 7.5" x 6.20")
"All the Restaurants in New York"
It's been a long, strange year for dining out as restaurants and the people who work in and around them try to cope with ever-changing pandemic conditions. John Donohue's illustrations of eateries in New York City — from famous stalwarts to hole-in-the-wall dives — pays homage to pre- (and hopefully post-) Covid eating in the food-obsessed metropolis. Through the holidays, the artist is donating 50% of all print-sale profits to the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
We Are Knitters Blanket Kit
Two things have offered consistent comfort throughout this trying year: crafts and cozy blankets. With this kit from We Are Knitters, you can have both — it provides all the tools you need to make your own blanket. Pick your favorite color of wool, and they'll send you enough for the pattern you've selected, as well as the proper size knitting needles. If you know someone who loves a project you can tackle while curling up on the couch, this is the gift for them.
Buy It! Clyd Blanket Knitting Kit, $63; weareknitters.com
Estelle Colored Glass Stemware Set
Set yourself (or a friend) up for an even happier hour with a set of these bold hand-blown glasses, made by artisans in Poland. Founded by Stephanie Summerson Hall as an homage to her grandmother Estelle, the glasses are "jewels for your table." A mixed set will help to ensure everyone keeps track of their respective drinks during socially distanced happy hours, too!
Buy It! $175 for a set of 6, estellecoloredglass.com
Mumi Packing Cubes
Roadtripping and RVing were the go-to modes of travel in 2020, so space-saving packing is top of mind for those ready to head out on the highway in the new year. Mumi's pack of five nylon zippered cubes, corral all the essentials.
Buy It! $50; mumidesign.com
Posh Pretzels Gift Box
Send a little something sweet to friends and family you can't see in person this year. This 15-piece gift box features pretzels dipped in white, milk and dark chocolate, and dressed up with colorful candy for the holidays!
Buy It! Confetti Collection, $40; poshpretzels.com
West & Willow Custom Pet Portraits
Immortalize your fluffy family member and deck your walls with a custom pet portrait! Choose your frame color and background design (they even have holiday themes) and then select your favorite photo of your cat or dog that you'd like painted. Perfect for the friend or family member who became a pandemic pet owner! Bonus: West & Willow recently partnered with North Shore Animal League America, so your gift will give back to animals in need.
Buy It! $60 and up, westandwillow.com
UV Clean Portable Sanitizer Wand
There's no denying that this holiday season will be a little different thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the anxieties it brings. This new tool from the scientists at HoMedics can take some of that stress away, as it was designed to kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses using UV-C germicidal LED lights. Turn it on and wave it over a surface — whether it be a doorknob, phone screen or grocery cart — to sanitize in seconds. Learn more about the science behind the wand here.
Buy It! $60, homedics.com
Best of Saje Kit
Saje is known for its chic self-care products, and this kit has three of the company's most popular creations: their Aroma Om diffuser, the Liquid Sunshine essential oil blend (to be used in the diffuser) and their Peppermint Halo rollerball, which was designed to ease headaches and promote relaxation — something we all need this time of year.
Buy It! $100, saje.com
SimpleHuman Touchless Soap Pump
An item that may have seemed too sterile for a holiday gift in the past is suddenly at the top of every wishlist. The rechargeable hands-free soap dispenser (available for foam or liquid, pictured) helps keep everyone germ-free and is fun and easy for little ones to use. Bonus: It comes in five colors including rose gold and brass!
Buy It! $60; simplehuman.com
Layla Sleep Weighted Blanket
The holidays can weigh you down — but a weighted blanket can help! This one from Layla Sleep is double-sided — one side features plush, faux fur while the other is 100 percent cotton — so you can choose what you want to feel against your skin.
Buy It! Starting at $99, laylasleep.com
Neon Lace Unicorn Oven Mitt
Before your loved ones start in on their holiday baking, be sure to gift them one of these hand-dyed rainbow watercolor oven mitts. The best part: each sale benefits someone else who loves to cook: $2 from every Unicorn mitt will be donated to the Okra Project, an organization that supports black trans chefs and their community in New York City.
Buy It! $25, neonlacecompany.com
Just Add Ice Orchid
Plants and flowers are an easy way to freshen up a space — but for those who aren’t #blessed with a green thumb, it can be frustrating to try (and fail) to keep them alive. Just Add Ice solves that problem with their elegant orchids, which — you guessed it — you just add ice to, once a week. It’s really that simple!
Buy It! $34.99 and up, justaddice.com
The Little Market Candles
What better way to bring in that holiday feeling than with one of The Little Market’s signature holiday candles? The coconut soy blends, created by women artisans living as refugees in the U.S., come in yummy flavors like Gingerbread Cookie, Pie Crust, Apple Cider and Peppermint. Plus, each purchase from this non-profit online marketplace goes back to the artisans who created the products.
Buy It! $36, thelittlemarket.com
The Laundress Aromatherapy Gift Set
If you have to do the laundry, why not make it a blissful experience? Luxury soap company The Laundress recently teamed up with Aromatherapy Associates to create a pair of detergents featuring two of the essential oil brand's signature scents: Deep Relax and Forest Therapy. Every load makes your laundry room smell like a spa and your clothes hold the scent long after. (We also love these oversized bottles!)
Buy It! $90, thelaundress.com
Google Nest Hub Max
2020 was the year of the Zoom, and, let's face it, we'll be video calling our way into 2021. The new Nest Hub Max from Google makes virtual meet-ups simple — the large, propped-up screen makes it easy to see what's going on, and the camera has a 127-degree field of view that adjusts to the light and color in your home. Who knew you'd actually want to join another virtual happy hour?
Buy It! $230, bestbuy.com
Cashe 'Ida' Two-Piece Set
As we've learned over the past several months, you can never really have enough cozy loungewear. When it comes to treating yourself — or a loved one — to some comfort this holiday season, skip the sweats and opt for an elevated set, like this cashmere tank-and-shorts combo from Cashe. It's luxuriously soft, and most importantly, ethically sourced from local vendors across Nepal. 10% of all proceeds are donated to Nepal Youth Foundation, which aims to provide nutrition and education to underprivileged youths.
Buy It! Ida Square Neck Tank Top: $90; Ida Knitted Shorts: $115, shopcashe.com
Maharindee Face Serum & Moisturizer
Inspired by ancient Indian wisdom and infused with broad spectrum CBD, this serum and moisturizer combo are true glow-getters. The serum, which is beloved by celebrities including makeup artist Bobbi Brown, smells particularly divine and imparts an instant glow — not to mention, a percentage of every purchase is donated to organizations that advocate for girls and women across the globe.
Buy It! The Change Maker Serum: $70; The Believer Moisturizer: $65, maharindee.com
Mumm Napa Brut Rosé
Since we're skipping the holiday parties this year, it feels important to still celebrate from afar. Remind the friend who usually hosts how much you appreciate and miss their festive fêtes by sending over a bottle of rosé bubbly, and raise a glass to them over video chat.
Buy It! $24, mummnapa.com
Chillhouse Chill Tips
An easy way to get festive at home? Chillhouse's press-on manicure, which is available in a variety of playful patterns and comes with all the accoutrements you need to get the job done yourself. The long-lasting designs will have you (or a friend) looking like you just stopped by the ultra-hip nail salon IRL.
Buy It! $16, chillhouse.com
Whether they're for a loved one or your loverboy, these sparkling spritzes — thought up by Summer House's Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula — are a great way to spread some holiday cheer. Not to mention, they look delightful on a bar cart! The variety pack lets you try some of the brand's best-selling, fruit-forward flavors.
Buy It! $69, sold in cases of 3 4-packs, drinkloverboy.com