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Janika's 30 Elegant Gifts for the Holidays

- Written by Janika LeMaitre -


Every year you may come across the dilemma of choosing an appropriate and highly coveted gift. Perhaps rushing to check every top gift recommendation that Google has to offer. And when the time comes, it can be a daunting task! Allow me to help you choose pieces wisely so you can check off your gifting list quickly for clients, colleagues, friends, or perhaps family. My list below is curated for all types of people, ranging from $67 to $500.

Drumroll, please........... Starting at number one:

#1) Build a Gift Box by BOXFOX

Still at my top spot is building a box with Box Fox. This service allows you to create your own elegantly themed gift box tailored to the likes of your gift recipient. Appropriate for someone who may like opening lots of small surprises and, you may spend as little or as much as you like.

#2) Hostess Gift Basket by Stonewall Kitchen

Gift baskets by Stonewall Kitchen are often warmly welcomed, especially by a New England hostess/host. The assortment includes their popular Hot Pepper Jelly, Honey Mustard Dip, Dipping Pretzels, and my personal favorite, Ultimate Spicy Bar Mix. Who could want more?

#3) SoundLink Flex Bluetooth Speaker by Bose

Tech gifts are often a sure thing for most generations. Especially ones you can travel with and that connect to Bluetooth. But, SoundLink also has a stylish design. It's portable, classy, and the perfect size for travel.

#4) Tea Chest Herbal Assortment by Tea Fortē

If you know someone who is an avid tea drinker, this is the type of gift that would be graciously received. The gift box provides a selection of over 40 flavors that are caffeine-free and nicely presented in their signature pyramid boxes.

#5) Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks, Coffee Table Book

An incredibly thoughtful idea for the world traveler, interior design-savvy, or a stylish dresser. Coffee table books are not usually purchased by oneself but are usually a welcomed gift.

#6) The Signature Cabinet by Hotel Chocolat

If you really want to make an impression on a chocolate fanatic, this is the perfect gift. It's certainly for someone who likes European-style chocolate. However, there are many types of gift sets available at all price points. This box happens to be a super special treat for the holidays!

#7) Polaroid Lab Starter Set

Polaroid's brilliant high-tech product release allows your gift recipient to print their digital pictures on polaroid style film. There's something to be said for published photos; memories in physical form. So why not give a nostalgic gift with a modern twist to help people organize their favorite pictures?

#8) Sugarfina Candy Bento Box

Making it to this year's list again is Sugarfina for there are candy-obsessed people everywhere! Select a mix of candy and chocolate with a childlike or adult theme. These boxes are beautifully presented in Robin's egg blue box and you can easily spend as much or as little as you please.

#9) Timeless Three+ Wine Preserver by Coravin

A highly appropriate gift for the wine connoisseur. If you'd like to really WOW someone, this device helps to seal out oxygen from the wine bottle to ensure it doesn't go bad, should they not be able to finish the whole bottle.

#10) The Tucci Cookbook + The Tucci Table

Whoever you know maybe into Italian food and perhaps are also a fan of Stanley Tucci, this collection of cookbooks is a great pair to give.

#11) Mirage Reed Diffuser by the Ritz-Carlton

Reed diffusers make wonderful gifts for a hostess/host! This particular scent has a luxurious feel and it's an accessory for the home which can be placed in any room.

#12) Annual Membership to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Regardless of which city your gift recipient may live, there may be a museum that caters to their taste. I suggest the Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. The MFA boasts the most extensive collection of Dutch Masters and Egyptian artifacts in the United States, while the PEM recently expanded its property to showcase the incredible Asian artifacts that have been archived and continuously have fantastic exhibits. Such as Iris Apfel's wardrobe, which she generously donated to the PEM a few years ago.

#13) Soundcore Life P3 Noise Cancelling Earbuds by Anker

Regardless of age or gender, this gift is cool for someone you know who likes music, and tech and appreciates great sound. One can always use an extra pair of earbuds and these are a great price point at under $100.