23 Clever Gifts You’ll Have a Hard Time Giving Away

Ask anyone in my family: I used to be notorious for my terrible holiday gifts. Christmas would roll around (and I’d roll out of bed, two hours before my flight home), and I’d have to scramble to find last-minute presents lying around my apartment to st…

Ask anyone in my family: I used to be notorious for my terrible holiday gifts. Christmas would roll around (and I'd roll out of bed, two hours before my flight home), and I'd have to scramble to find last-minute presents lying around my apartment to stuff into my luggage before hailing a cab to LaGuardia Airport: an old, itchy sweater from the back of my closet for my brother; another old, itchy sweater from the back of my closet for my father; maybe a free cookbook I had gotten from work for my mother (who doesn't even cook from cookbooks).

All of this changed when we entered the digital age. With same-day delivery in most cities, Christmas for me has become so much easier in the gifting realm. Being an online shopper, too, has meant that I spend the year discovering, one by one, perfect everyday products that become my own personal favorites. The best coffee tumbler I've ever owned, for instance, or the lightest, most comfortable bathrobe of all time (to pair with my latest habit, which is a nightly soak in the bathtub with a glass of wine and Netflix).

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The Best Way to Wrap Any Gift, According to a Professional Gift Wrapper

Do you dread the task of wrapping holiday presents every year? Are you guilty of cutting corners—literally and figuratively—when you wrap? Join the club! Wrapping gifts is an art form that takes practice to perfect, but there are several ways you can i…

Do you dread the task of wrapping holiday presents every year? Are you guilty of cutting corners—literally and figuratively—when you wrap? Join the club! Wrapping gifts is an art form that takes practice to perfect, but there are several ways you can instantly improve your wrapping skills, no master class necessary.

We chatted with Toronto-based gift stylist Corrina vanGerwen, whose job is literally to wrap presents perfectly, and she was kind enough to share her pro tips on creating awe-inducing holiday packages. She passed along pointers on her favorite materials, techniques, and special finishing touches, and we can already tell our gifts are going to look better than ever this year.

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9 Edible Gifts From Costco That We Want to Eat Right Now

If you’re like me, you spend half of December grocery shopping, half of it present shopping and half of it cooking. Yes, I’m aware that my math is flawed, but that’s pretty much how it feels. And while shopping online has pretty much become standard, …

If you’re like me, you spend half of December grocery shopping, half of it present shopping and half of it cooking. Yes, I’m aware that my math is flawed, but that’s pretty much how it feels. And while shopping online has pretty much become standard, sometimes you need something now, or just need a stash of gifts ready to be pulled out at a moment’s notice (like when your neighbor shows up with a Bundt cake, and you don’t want to look like a schlub).

There’s one thing we know to be true: pretty much everyone loves a thoughtful food gift. A treat to hoard, to share, or to bring out when guests come over, you can’t go wrong with giving something edible. Homemade is a great way to go, but there’s nothing wrong with a store-bought treat. And guess which of our favorite stores has a robust selection of food gifts? You guessed it: Costco. The beauty of it is that you can go grocery shopping and present shopping at the same time. Three cheers for efficiency over the holidays!

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13 Gifts the Food52 Team Would Love to Give—or Get—This Holiday

A few days ago, I slacked the Food52 team, asking what everyone’s most excited to give and get from our shop this holiday season. Innocent enough.
But the response was overwhelming. Gifts ranged from fun and funny to heartwarmingly-thoughtful; a few w…

A few days ago, I slacked the Food52 team, asking what everyone's most excited to give and get from our shop this holiday season. Innocent enough.

But the response was overwhelming. Gifts ranged from fun and funny to heartwarmingly-thoughtful; a few were luxurious, yes, but many of them were respectably sensible. (Shout out to Cody—our Data Scientist—for alerting us to the pan "capable of producing a calzone the size and heft of a human head.")

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