It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also one of the busiest times for American consumers. Before you panic about what to get your siblings for Christmas or whether you should give them anything at all — psst, you probably should — here are our picks for gifts as lovely and as quirky as the people in your life.
For the coffee aficionado:
Try this fun Bodum French Press for $25, sold exclusively through the Museum of Modern Art — which means you’ll support the museum as well! — or a bag of tasty, overpriced Handlebar coffee. If you’re looking to save some cash, give a coupon for a future coffee date!
For your friend who’s already watched all of “The Queen’s Gambit”:
Make their Netflix binges even cozier with this tortilla blanket — it’s slightly pricey at $33, but who doesn’t want to be a burrito?! For the one who always gets your “Gilmore Girls” references, there’s this Luke’s Diner mug for $18, and for the one who shares your deep love for Timothée Chalamet, there’s this Timothée-scented candle also for $18. Yes, it does exist, and yes, you might need one, too.
For the Trader Joe’s-Obsessed:
Order this sticker pack — the real fans will get the references — or pick up one of Trader Joe’s’ numerous gift sets, available in stores! While TJ’s spa products and chocolates are always solid options, we’re especially excited about their new seasoning set: five signature spices for $10! Including the Everything but the Elote and Everything but the Bagel seasonings! What could be better?!
For your outdoorsy friend/hiking buddy:
Try this comfy ribbed beanie from REI for $15 — it comes in a flattering copper color — or a mini collapsible lantern ($20) for camping or eating dinner outside at the DC. Of course, no hiker/camper/future forest ranger’s gear would be complete without a Nalgene, which REI has in a variety of designs ($12). For a free option, give a coupon for a future hike or picnic!
For your friend who’s always studying:
Spice up their desk with this pen that doubles as a wand ($9) or my personal favorite: the iconic, inflatable, wacky wavy tube guy — only $15 for a forever friend who will make awkward breakout rooms infinitely more enjoyable!
For the foodie:
Support local restaurants and expand your friends’ culinary palates with a gift card to your favorite local restaurant! Combine this with free babysitting, and you might have the perfect gift for your parents. If you’re nearby and looking to bring a taste of Santa Barbara home, Buena Onda — located near Milpas Street and also on State Street — is selling their irresistible empanadas frozen for you to take and bake at home, and yes, you can buy pints of McConnell’s in some grocery stores. If you’re looking for a more portable treat, try some artisan teas from Vices and Spices on upper State Street.
Best of luck in your gifting endeavors! If all else fails, remember you can always buy your friends’ love with Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s.