The winter holidays are creeping up on us, and some of you may be thinking of starting your gift shopping early. Our advice? Start small. It’s easy to put off shopping for the little things that typically fill Christmas stockings, are handed out during Hanukkah, or fit the bill for Secret Santa and white elephant exchanges. But why add unnecessary stress by procrastinating?
Treat your friend who loves to host a cocktail hour to an electric corkscrew or give your game-obsessed niece a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. Here are 13 small-but-meaningful presents to get that gift-shopping ball rolling.
If the person you’re shopping for is a homebody who prioritizes being cozy, it doesn’t get much better than these wool slippers. They’re super soft, absorb moisture and odors, and are the perfect at-home accessory.
If someone you love is always up for a challenge, surprise them with a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle in Champagne Problems, Disco Queen, Gone Fishin’, or Tickled Pink themes.
3. Flower Salad Servers, $55
Whoever receives this gorgeous serving set will surely be making their favorite fall and winter salads until spring.
If you’re shopping for someone who’s always on the go, they’ll love this insulated travel tumbler from Kinto. It’s perfect for keeping any coffee or tea (or soup!) at the right temperature on the go.
Who doesn’t love a gift you can eat? Each box of this non-GMO popcorn set comes with kernels for popping, oil for drizzling, and salt for sprinkling (spicy or herby, your choice).
6. French Wood Electric Corkscrew, $130
Anyone who hosts often (or just enjoys a nice glass of wine at home) has probably grown tired of their manual corkscrew. This electric alternative is easy to use—just press it onto the top of the bottle and it’ll automatically do its thing—making it the perfect gift that’s thoughtful, useful, and cute.
Speaking of cute, it doesn’t get much cuter than Quail Ceramics’ whimsical salt shakers, egg cups, and other tabletop accessories. This panda set is a perfect gift for anyone who loves a unique design piece or one-of-a-kind accent.
Drawn, embroidered, and sewn together by hand, this exclusive napkin set from St. Frank features a beautiful botanical print perfect for adding a pop of color and texture to any dining table.
9. Dreamfarm 2-Piece Citrus Set, $30
Anyone who loves to bake, cook, or make cocktails at home needs a juicer and zester they can rely on. Even better, this set from Dreamfarm is small enough to subtly slip into any stocking.
10. Farmhouse Pottery Barware, $20+
Fitting a full bar set into a stocking might be tough. But break up the pieces into individual boxes or different nights of gifts, and anyone who enjoys cocktails at home will be pleasantly surprised. The set—which can be purchased a la carte—includes a long mixing spoon, a cocktail beaker, a jigger, a julep strainer, and a cocktail shaker.
11. St. Frank Havana Scented Candle, $55+
Candles are gifts that are easy to love. This one from St. Frank has notes of mint, basil, and lemon and was hand-poured into a glass vessel handblown in Hidalgo, Mexico.
Danish brand Lyngby is known for rediscovering heritage Scandinavian styles, and the Rhombe collection does just that. These candle holders are inspired by archival pieces and feature colors that were developed in collaboration with design duo Stilleben.
Inspired by Southern Italy’s rustic countryside, these handmade bowls make for an adorable addition to any kitchen collection. Choose from six vibrant colors and animal motifs to find the dish that’s right for the person in mind.
More gifting inspiration from Food52
Have you started your holiday shopping? Let us know what you’re buying below!