During the holidays, some people make a big fuss about not wanting anything. "I already have everything I need," they say. And for overachieving gift givers, that's a challenge you're probably going to accept. If you've been searching far and wide, we've got you covered on unique and practical gift ideas for anyone on your list.
To make your holiday shopping easier, lifestyle expert Chassie Post joined the 3rd hour of TODAY to share a few fun and festive gifts that are bound to get everyone's spirits bright. From candles for your coworkers to personalized throw blankets for the homebody on your list, these gift ideas are so good that you might just want to grab something for yourself, too.
Kick off the official start of the holiday season and scroll to see all of Post's finds, plus even more unique gifts to shop now.
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Fun & festive gifts
For those who love to laugh
If they love a good joke, Post thinks these "cheeky" soaps and candles will be a hit. Whiskey River, a woman-founded business, coined the term "smells like" on its candles and soaps, a joke phrase that is bound to get people laughing.
Whiskey River soaps
Post says she personally loves the soap for neat freaks, which smells like "clean counters and spotless sneakers."
Whiskey River candles
Post's favorite? A candle for grammar police, which "smells like your annoying."
Trivia Card Game
Nothing brings the family together like a competitive game of trivia, right? This deck pits millennials and boomers against one another to see which group knows each other better. It contains over 200 cards that are meant to stump each group, with questions like "What does 'thirsty' mean?" for boomers and "What phone feature made getting a busy signal obsolete?" for millennials.
For those who are young at heart
Kids (and kids at heart) are sure to get a kick out of these straws, Post says. The brand allows you to create names or words up to 10 letters long (pricing is determined by the total number of letters) for a custom creation that is truly functional. According to the brand, all of the straws are made with food-safe plastic and are BPA-free. Plus, they are reusable and recyclable!.
Blake Lively is the mind behind Betty Buzz, a non-alcoholic sparkling mixer brand that took three years to launch (Lively insisted on perfecting the carbonation levels for a great-tasting sip). Not only does the packaging have a festive feel, but Post loves that anyone can enjoy a sip during the holidays since they can be enjoyed with or without alcohol. According to the brand, the mixers are also made without artificial flavors and syrups. While you can order the variety pack directly from the brand, you can also find smaller packs at Whole Foods, Total Wine, Kroger, Publix and more.
This retro-inspired gift is making a serious comeback! For the adult or teen who loves to snap pictures, this 35 mm point-and-shoot camera is the perfect gift. It features built-in flash and the film can be wound manually after every shot, to the delight of the budding film photographer.
For those who love to be cozy
Plaid blankets and the holiday season always pair so well together. Post says these plaid throws from Mark & Graham, which are made in Italy, are both festive and "amazing" for a number of reasons. From the "super-soft" fabric to their large size, there's a lot to love about them, according to Post. Plus, they can be monogrammed with the initials of your choosing and gift wrapped for just an additional $5.
Birkenstocks aren't just a trendy shoe for the warmer months of the year! The brand also makes slippers — and Post says they're just as comfy and cozy as the brand's signature style. They're lined with genuine shearling and an upper made from a soft wool. You can find them in both solid and patterned styles that can be worn both indoors and outdoors.
Don't forget about the kiddos! You can also find the Birkenstock slippers in smaller sizes, so the whole family can truly get in on the trend.
More expert-approved gifts
Lifestyle expert Amy E. Goodman stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to share her ultimate gift guide picks that anyone would love, including the young at heart and the man who has everything. Spoiler: You may have already spotted one on Oprah's Favorite Things list.
Holiday gifts for the young at heart
Goodman says this mini retro-inspired boombox is such a fun item, especially if you like to host karaoke. You can listen to FM radio, stream music through bluetooth devices and if you want to sing along to your favorite songs, you can purchase the matching microphone.
Kids can get in on the party and listen to their favorite tunes with this glitzy gold kid's boombox version.
Holiday gifts for her
This mini fridge is perfect for personal use and can be used at home, the office or car, says Goodman. It's not only the meant to store your favorite beauty products, but Goodman also says you can use this portable fridge for break-time snacks, beverages and it's even a great place to store breast milk and medicines. Plus, it has a heat mode option.
Instead of stressing over choosing the perfect purse, Goodman says this chic and roomy shopping tote makes a great gift for anyone who is always on-the-go. She also mentions it's an alternative to plastic bags.
Holiday gifts for him
Men could use a little self care too and the brand says this deep scalp massager imitates human fingers to relieve tension and even promote hair growth. The waterproof massager features four silicone heads and four speed settings.
Goodman says this is not only a practical gift for the business traveler but also makes the perfect weekender bag for anyone, and ensures all of your essentials fit in your carry-on. According to the brand, it unfolds like a garment bag to keep your clothes crisp while flying, plus it features small pockets to easily access your phone, wallet and more.
Holiday gifts for everyone
Featured on Oprah's Favorite Things list, anyone who appreciates a fine glass of wine will love this stemless wine glass chiller. According to the brand, it will keep your favorite rosé, white or red at the optimal temperature for up to an hour.
This portable speaker is designed to bring anywhere. Featuring up to 12 hours of playtime, the brand says its waterproof, dust-proof and features a loop so you can attach it to your bag and bring it along on all of your adventures.
More unique holiday gifts
From Star Wars–inspired make up to personal spoon rests, we found the innovative and unexpected — and most importantly, thoughtful — presents to give your most resistant grinch this year.
Now they can look out of this world with a limited-edition Baby Yoda–themed palette. Its gold, green and neutral tones are highly pigmented with a range of finishes from metallic to matte.
This top-rated yoga mat is usually available on Amazon for $60, but if you act fast, you can get it for $50 as part of an Amazon lightning deal that ends at 5:55 p.m. EST on Dec. 15. This 4.5-star product is great for those who practice hot yoga and are tired of slipping or readjusting their towel as they move into each pose. A towel is integrated into the mat so that yogis have a good flow every time.
We all know someone who never forgets the charcuterie board at every picnic. This set of three midcentury modern tabletops has holes that are the perfect size for wine bottle necks that can now double as table legs. They help save space in the picnic tableau and make a picture-perfect scene.
Every state has a self-proclaimed fame to a certain kind of food, though the jury's still out on whether St. Louis, Memphis, Texas or Carolina BBQ reigns supreme. No matter where the foodie in your life is from, you can help them show a little state pride in the kitchen with these hand-sculpted spoon rests.
This super chic cookware set looks expensive, but you get 12-pieces for under $120. Available in blue, gold and rainbow, this is sure to impress any of your friends who loves to cook.
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s 2022 Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list.