This holiday season I wanted to give meaningful gifts. That's why I focused on finding timeless presents that will last forever and nostalgic items that ties back to the recipient's personal history. I love when a gift is unexpected or helps you to remember something you may otherwise forget about entirely, which is why my holiday shopping list is packed with unique wares and sentimental finds. From blankets modeled after the national parks to photo albums that display your favorite social media snaps, here are some gift ideas that I'm wrapping up for family and friends.
Fill your stockings with socks. Whether you are looking for a pair that recalls your honeymoon or wedding destination, a beloved graphic, or a favorite color, you'll be able to find just what you want at Jimmy Lion.
Jimmy Lion "Tropical Socks Pack," $40, jimmylion.com.
National Park Blanket
I was born and raised in Montana, so Glacier Park and Yellowstone both played a big part in my childhood. These blankets bring me home, but they're also statement pieces that people love to receive as gifts—when you see and feel them, you know how lucky you are to get one!
Pendelton "Yellowstone National Park Blanket", $199, pendelton-usa.com.
LEGO is one of the most inspiring and infectious companies, and everyone has a relationship with the beloved toy in one way or another, making a set a great gift for loved ones young and old. This winter-inspired train station scene is the perfect way to embrace the holiday season.
LEGO Winter Village Station Set, $79.99, lego.com.
Weber Grill and Accessories
Give a gift they'll treasure forever in the form of a red Weber grill. After all, grilling in the winter is the best. (Seriously, standing over a grill in snow boots, a winter jacket, and scarf beats cooking under the hot sun any day.) Plus, the accessories are unlimited. Gift your favorite guys the original kettle charcoal grill, but order fast, as this limited-edition red color is back specifically for the holidays.
Weber "Original Kettle Premium Limited Edition Charcoal Grill 22", $199, weber.com.
Wonderful things come to mind whenever I hear the word "linen." Based in Brooklyn, this cool company created clean, easy-going candles that make wonderful gifts for anyone on your list. Their new mineral-derived wax candle collection aptly named the AM to PM collection features four scents inspired by different times of the day. Dusk is my personal favorite for the holiday season.
Brooklinen Scented Candle in "Dusk", $59, brooklinen.com.
Turkish Towels and Throws
Turkish towels have become so popular, but my friends at Coyuchi take the trendy textiles to a whole new level. With the greater good in mind, their products are beyond chic, simple, and perfect for many design concepts. Even better, their color combinations cannot be beat—go for the gray and gold tones, you won't be disappointed.
Coyuchi Mediterranean Organic Towels, 48-$148, coyuchi.com.
I believe home technology should be made as simple as possible. But that doesn't mean I don't want it to be advanced. When I'm not home, I like to have a lamp turn on in a different spot in the house each day. Around the holidays, I want my outdoor lights to turn on at sunset and turn off just before bedtime. And I want to be able to control all this with an on/off switch on my phone. With Wemo's smart plug, I can. This gift gives so much more than just convenience, it can also give your recipient's peace of mind.
Wemo "Mini Smart Plug", $34.99, belkin.com.
Instagram-Friendly Photo Book
Remember that hashtag you poured over in the days after your wedding? You probably hardly think about it now, but there are probably countless photos you'd love to still have in front of you. After my wedding, a close friend gave us a calendar of images she captured on Instagram. With Artifact Uprising's Instagram-friendly books, you can choose images that are special to recipient and create a one-of-a-kind album of otherwise lost memories, no uploading required (it connects directly to your feed!).
Artifact Uprising Instagram-Friendly Books, from $15, artifactuprising.com.