Here’s What the Shopping Team Is *Actually* Gifting Their Friends and Fam This Year
When your job is to find the best products and deals on the internet, friends and family have pretty high expectations when it comes to holiday gifting. After all, you're the expert. You sift through endless goods, becoming well-versed in what the highest-rated sneakers are, or which air fryer is on everyone's holiday wish list this year. Day in and day out, you recommend feel-good products that range from seasonal candles, to travel-friendly sex toys. You test out the latest in skin care, and probably own two dozen reusable water bottles you don't actually have storage space for (because not all water bottles are created equally, obvs).
This is why we, the commerce team at Well+Good, decided to put together a gift guide that contains actual products we'll be gifting our family and friends this year. We know what's good, we know what people like (no, really, we've got the numbers to prove it), and we want to share how we're navigating gifting season. As, ya know, professionals.
W+G Shopping Team-Approved Gifts
“My parents took a trip to Hawaii a few years ago and I’m shocked they came back, they loved it that much. I’m giving them these dreamy resort-style sheets from Cariloha, which weren’t technically founded in Hawaii but the company embraces the spirit of ‘Aloha.’ They’re made from bamboo, so they’re cooling, silky-soft, and sustainable which is just about everything you want in a sheet set.” —Frankie, Commerce Writer
Don’t tell my husband, but I’m buying this for him for the holidays. He’s a chef and stands all day long, every single day, sometimes two consecutive weeks in a row without days off. So, I found something that’ll help him unwind when he gets home, and I know he’ll love it. This top-rated (it has over 17,000 reviews on Amazon) foot massager features a heating feature that helps with relaxing the muscles, while the rotating massager nodes really work out those tired, tight arches and stiff heels. I know it’s not something he’d buy himself, so I’m excited to gift it to him this year (and obviously I will be borrowing it). —Gina, Sr. Commerce Editor
“I’m giving my BFF this sexy ‘All Night Long’ kit from Foria because true friendship is sharing the best-of-the-best in pleasure. She always comes to me for vibrator recommendations, so I’m stepping up my sexpertise with this gift set. It comes the brand’s CBD-based best-sellers, aka, the gift that keeps on giving” —Frankie
“As far as luxury candles go, Harlem candles don’t disappoint. The scent in this one was inspired by the legendary Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, which was a hub for nights of glamour and opulence. It contains rich notes of citrusy mandarin and ozone, as well as hints of jasmine, pear, and apple” —Taylor Bell, Sr. Commerce Writer
“Threw this in my sister’s gift bag this year because it’s the lip balm form of banana Laffy Taffy. It’s also heavenly on dried, chapped lips (she lives in chilly Boston, so she needs it). For $19, it’s an easy peasy stocking stuffer worth buying for yourself too.” —Frankie
“For my niece (she’s in high school), I’m giving her Olive & June’s Mani Box, winter edition. Not only does it come with gorgeous colors for the new season (she’ll love the dark purple “Velvet Pouf” and shiny dark red, “Ruby Shimmer,” most), but it has all the tools you need to give yourself a salon-worthy mani and pedi. Equipped with the Poppy (a handle that slides on the top of the bottle that gives you more control as you paint each nail without touching a cuticle or surrounding skin), an eraser brush (just dip the brush in nail polish remover and swipe the extra polish right off), buffer, nail file, a clipper, a nifty nail polish remover jar (dunk your nails in the jar, which is filled with a sponge that’s absorbed the acetone, and the polish comes right off—no need for cotton balls), and cuticle oil. I can’t wait to see her face when she opens this one.” —Gina
“Lord Jones CBD gumdrops are my go-to for anyone I don’t know super well. Most folks I know are super stressed right now, so something that can help promote calmness *and* is delicious (I love their seasonal sugarplum flavor!) is a CBD treat. Each gumdrop contains 20mg of premium hemp-derived CBD (unlike cannabis, CBD won’t get you high, just FYI), and each box contains nine each. Plus, the packaging is sure pretty.” —Gina
“If your dad is anything like my dad, he’s picky and doesn’t want anything. But I’ve found success over the years with gifting him with functional athleisure that can he use on his early morning trips to the gym. And this UA Rush Swacket checks all the right boxes, both atheistically and performance-wise. It has a special mineral-infused fabric that’s designed to reduce muscle fatigue and lead to quicker recovery time after a workout. Plus, it’s pretty versatile. You can use it as a lightweight jacket on a brisk morning or layer it under a heavy overcoat during the winter season” —Taylor
“This is for the friend who lives in leggings, but hasn’t bought a new pair since the beginning of 2020. I recommend Beyond Yoga’s Spacedye leggings for anyone who’s looking for buttery soft (seriously, *the* softest leggings I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried many), high-performance athleisure. Get them in a ton of different colors, lengths, and sizes.” —Gina
“I think what makes this gym bag a slam dunk for my yogi bestie is that it’s multi-functional and doesn’t take up too much space. For example, you can take it with you to work in the morning and lug it with you to your yoga session in the evening. It also has more than enough space to carry all of your standard gym essentials including your water bottle, a towel and headphones without looking too bulky” —Taylor
“If I’m going to treat someone to some non-homemade dessert, I’m going to get them Magnolia (home of their legendary banana pudding, which you can get shipped, too), and this one’s got my mother-in-law’s name written all over it. This special holiday pack includes gingersnap, sugar, thumbprint, snickerdoodle, chocolate crinkle, chocolate chunk, and spritz cookies, plus red velvet and banana pudding chocolate bars.” —Gina
“I’m gifting this one to the friends who love to go eat out with me. These dumplings by Fly By Jing taste like they were just served to you at a restaurant—but they’re frozen! And they’re delicious (no, really, there’s a reason why everyone on social media can’t shut up about this brand). Choose from pork, shrimp, and scallop; pork, shrimp, and mushroom; and pork soup dumplings (my favorite), and pair them with Fly By Jing’s Sichuan sauces.” —Gina
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