Favorite picks for the 2020 holiday shopping season
The holidays will likely look a little different this year as we celebrate with family and friends — whether in person or virtually.
This season, it’s not about how much you spend or how much you get. It’s truly about the act of giving — thoughtful gifts or acts of kindness that bring a smile to someone’s face and joy into their lives.
If you’re looking to buy something special for someone special in your life, we have a few ideas.
Campfire Pottery’s Bowls (prices start at $28) are one-of-a-kind pieces crafted using Raku, a Japanese-style ceramic process. The Campfire Pottery production studio, nestled in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook, Maine, was started by husband and wife design team, Kristen and Joe Camp. Driven by a passion to create contemporary ceramic designs that bring people together, the entire collection consists of dinnerware, serveware, gifts and Yuiitsu muni, which means one-of-a-kind in Japanese.
“The DIRTY LAZY KETO Dirt Cheap Cookbook” ($13.99 paperback) offers more than 100 easy and affordable recipes for those adhering to the ketogenic diet. Most dishes cost less than $10 to make and have less than 10 grams of net carbs per serving.
MULXIPLY’s Pom Pom Felt Slippers Light Grey + White ($56) are hand-felted from start to finish, creating comfy wool slippers — perfect for cozy nights and lazy days. They’re available in six colorways. The brand’s coin purse ($36) makes for an excellent stocking stuffer with its minimalist design and classic features.
Karma and Luck’s Serene Reflections Jade Buddha Red String Bracelet ($59) brings the wearer luck, protection and serenity. The jade stone featured is a cleansing stone said to bring prosperity and abundance. The red string wrap is eye-catching and elegant — perfect for that special friend.
For the kiddos
“The Everything Kids’ Cookbook, Updated Edition” ($12 paperback) is the perfect cookbook for your child. All 90 recipes are simple to make, and this updated edition includes photographs to help kids follow along with easy steps, cooking tips, nutritional information and more.
Osmo’s Math Wizard Starter Kit ($149) for ages 6 to 8 provides a series of interactive learning games. The kit includes two games with two different gameplays for a well-rounded learning experience, plus an Osmo Base. Just attach your device to the base to begin your Math Wizard journey. The coding starter kit ($99) for ages 5 to 10 transforms the user’s tablet into a coding adventure. This starter kit builds coding skills through learning games — fully interactive and engaging.
The classic fashion icon
Fans of comfort will love KEEN’s Howser II ($85), which is available for men and women. Lined with microfleece, these shoes have a memory foam footbed for comfort and function. The water-resistant nylon upper makes rainy and wintry days seem like no big deal. Whether walking the dog or running errands, these shoes are the perfect fit.
Clayton and Crume’s Ladies Stitched Black Bridle Belt ($95) is a classic staple to add to her wardrobe. Made of premium, full-grain leather with robust stitching and solid brass hardware, this piece will last a lifetime, guaranteed.
Celebrate your four-legged friend
“I and love and you” Good News Box ($19) is a fun box that comes with everything needed to spoil your fur child this holiday season. It includes three bags of treats, a savory meal enhancer and a festive bandana. The company started in a pet food store in Boulder, Colorado, creating raw food for pets before real, whole, healthy pet food started trending. Driven by a passion to provide the highest quality pet food that is affordable for all, the company is still independent and employee-owned and believes in giving back by donating to animal shelters and animals in need.
Paw.com’s Faux Fur Orthopedic dog bed (prices vary) is made from human-grade memory foam and designed to ease joint pain and provide maximum support for your best four-legged friend. Along with a waterproof memory foam liner and plush faux fur cover that is removable and washable, the bed is guaranteed not to flatten for 10 years.
This Dog’s Life curates all the essentials your dog will need from boutique brands committed to quality, transparency and sustainability, making your life (and shopping) easier. One gift possibility: Vackertass Two-Tone Leather Collar ($58) and matching leather leash.
Worth the splurge
Canon’s PIXMA G6020 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One Printer ($269) makes printing not only easy, but also affordable. The MegaTank has the ability to scan, copy and print everything from flyers and forms to business reports and other projects with ease. With simple connectivity using Apple AirPrint 4 and Mopria Print Service, you can print from any device. The PIXMA G6020 is available at Staples and Best Buy.
Minor History’s Luna Belt Bag ($145) is the chicest fanny pack you can imagine. Lightweight and smartly designed with multiple pockets to organize, the adjustable belt strap can be worn multiple ways — as a short crossbody, fanny pack or shoulder bag. Perfect for everyday or travelling, the bag comes in six rich colors that are naturally vegetable tanned. Handcrafted without plastic liners or fillers, the lucky recipient will love carrying this around town.