Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: What to Buy the Connoisseur Who Has It All

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It’s gift-giving season, and we’re getting into the spirit with a present for you: a curated selection of wellness-inspired picks for everyone on your list. We're taking the “what should I get her?” anxiety out of the holidays, and pretty much guaranteeing your BFF/family member/co-worker/[insert giftee here] will be healthier, happier, and awesome-er as a result. Consider it your gift-giving mic drop.

Shopping for that person on your list with impeccable good taste (we all have one) can be intimidating. Should you go classic or edgy? Leather or cashmere? Jewelry or kitchen gadget?

Answer: All of the above. For your friend who appreciates a home (and closet) full of exceptionally-crafted goods, we teamed up with Shinola to come up with a list of splurge-worthy essentials across the wellness and style spectrum. So relax, you've got this.

Keep scrolling to see the editor-approved picks your discerning BFF will want this year.

Graphic: Ems McCarthy


Shinola Soft Satchel, $795

A dependable bag that can get you through the day (cell phone pocket for the win!) and still look put together is a tall order, but this one checks all the boxes. The detachable key fob and hidden magnetic closure bring the function, and the shockingly versatile hue brings the style. 


Kaleni Stripe Throw, $350

The boho-chic indigo-dyed look is a home decor trend with no end in sight. Plus, this cozy number was designed in partnership with a women's cooperative in Mali, so your hygge-minded gifting goes toward a good cause. Win-win!


May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, $180  

This glow-boosting beauty balm is the multi-tasker of skin care, designed to moisturize, soothe irritated skin, and work aromatherapy magic with a blend of essential oils. Translation: She'll never go anywhere without it in her bag again. 


Fenty by Rihanna Varsity Letter Sweater, $200

It’s never too late to channel some back-to-school vibes, and Rihanna’s third collab with Puma—one of the big hits at Paris Fashion Week—will quickly become a staple of her winter uniform.


Carbon38 Blanket Scarf $275

Talk about a fail-safe gift: This luxe, 100 percent cashmere oversized scarf is a must-have for anyone who agrees that staying warm and looking good aren’t mutually exclusive.


Mud Australia Cereal Bowl, $75

Next time she Instagrams her homemade overnight oats or smoothie bowl, she can thank this photogenic dish (and its eye-swooningly minimalist assist) for all the likes. 


Shinola Coin Edge Signet Ring, $290

Skip over dime-a-dozen baubles for this keepsake gem with luxe mood-ring vibes. Bonus: The curved surface can be personalized with her initials.


Samadhi Sari Meditation Cushion, $175

Help her take her meditation habit to the next level with a gorgeous (and super soft) brocade exterior. Because when you’re in a fully in the zone, you should be comfortable too, right?


Chanel Sneakers in tweed, $800

Athleisure gets a designer upgrade in the form of these Chanel kicks, which she’ll want to wear every weekend. (And the knit fabric will keep her feet warm, even in frigid temps.)


Columbia x Opening Ceremony Whirlibird Parka $500

Waterproof and warm enough for winter hikes, but also stylish enough for her everyday commutes? Behold: The white whale of outerwear.


Shinola Runwell Backpack

Shinola Runwell Backpack, $995

Speaking of commutes, a leather backpack is a must-have to trek her belongings around town—and this Shinola version is the gold standard with classic American leather, pockets for your laptop and phone, and craftsmanship built to last.


Saje Aromoaart High Tide Limited-Edition Ultrasonic diffuser, $85

This beauty will diffuse her fave essential oils and count as table art, with an eye-popping design inspired by the healing powers of water. (Plus, a portion of the proceeds support DrawBridge, a nonprofit that provides art programs to kids in need.) 


Shinola ‘The Birdy’ 35MM Watch, $525

Shinola is known for its meticulous craftsmanship, and this stainless steel watch is made to last. Plus, the detailed construction takes this from standard timepiece to wearable art (that will go with any piece in her wardrobe). 


Luludi Living Art Moss Wall Art, $820

Terrariums are cool, but this living wall art is officially #nextlevel status. With the mossy green surface, it brings the outdoors inside for the ultimate conversation starter. 


SodaStream Penguin Sparkling Water Maker, $200

Finally: A sparkling water maker with a design that’s actually worthy of her kitchen counter (and her social feed). Don't let the cute penguin facade fool you, though—this sleek gadget is a pro at carbonating any wellness beverage she can dream up.


HigherDose At-Home Infrared Sauna Wrap, $695

Heading to a detoxing infrared sauna sesh after brunch is great—but having the experience at home is even better. If she’s serious about self-care (and you know she is), this do-anywhere wrap is an investment piece she'll have in constant rotation.

In partnership with Shinola

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