Last year I did a gift guide for 20-Somethings on my other blog. That blog has since died, but I figured it would be a good idea to revive the idea here! I might have missed the ball again there, as I'm sure most people have already completed their holiday shopping, but if you're like me and still plugging away, I hope this list helps!
Clearly since my "expertise" is those in the Millennial age category, like myself, it's a 20-Something Gift Guide. However, I'm sure they could apply to just about any age!
For the Booze-Enthusiast Friend
For a Long Distance Love
For the Cat Lover
For Any 20-Something With a Car
For Your Friend Who "Can't Cook"
Slow Cooker and Cook Book--ANYONE can cook. Especially if you have a slow cooker! If your friendly neighborhood 20-something does not have a crock pot, rest assured that this is probably the BEST gift you could possibly give them. Crock pots were made for those of us with busy schedules and tight budgets, and are super simple to use. Prep your ingredients the night before and throw in the pot insert, put in the fridge, and in the morning simply put the insert in the crock pot, set to low, and go about your day (work, school, whathaveyou) and when you return at night--viola! DINNER! Add in this awesome book by Judith Fertig, Slow Cooker Comfort Food, and you've probably given them the most useful gift of the season.
For the "Foodie"
Subscription to Lucky Peach Magazine--Hello? Friends? Family? Santa? This is SO on my list. This has got to be my favorite food publication out there right now. It's funky and fun and covers everything from new restaurants, personal essays (centered around food, of course), fiction, and so much drool-worthy photography and adorable illustrations. I pick up a copy whenever I'm on a long trip and devour it on the plane/train/whathaveyou. It's a gorgeous publication and such a fun read. Buying it by issue (as I tend to do) can get pricey, but you save a good amount buying the full year. Gift it to your favorite foodie 20-something and be their culinary hero for a year.
For the "Foodie" Who Also Loves to Cook
Boyajian Flavored Oils--If you have a friend who loves to cook or bake, Boyajian has you covered. All my Boyajian oils have been gifted to me, since I typically buy the "imitation flavorings" to save money. Now, I'm not sure I could go back. These oils infuse a rich flavor to whatever they're added to, whether you're baking or cooking. There are just SO many choices! My favorites I have are my Jalapeno oil (used to make hummus or to add zing to a stir fry) or my Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar (great for salad dressing or in a sauce). I also have a set of citrus oils that I can't wait to use in baked goods. They come in tiny sample packs or full bottles.
For the Instagram Addict
For the Glamourous Gal (or fella?) on a Budget
For Your Friend Who Just Moved to a New City
For Any 20-Something
A Gift Bag of "The Essentials"--Gift bags are always a lovely holiday gift, especially when you pick out the contents yourself! I think a gift box or bag made up of the essentials would be lovely. For example, I'm currently using a razor from a 99 cent pack because my usual Venus refills are way out of my unemployed budget right now. Also I am holding out on buying new socks and underwear, because the ones I have are working okay, even though I'd love to replace them. Think about little luxuries like these, that your friend or family member needs but might not be buying for herself. Maybe you're not close enough to be buying underpants, but some festive socks, a few choice beauty supplies (nice shampoo, razors, nice smelling soaps), festive socks, hair ties, bobby pins, etc. could go to good use here! Pop in a $10 Target gift card for anything you might have missed.
For Your Friend Who Just Entered Broke Adulthood
|Happy Holidays from my little Santa Paws!|