2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Hello internet friends!
We both love giving gifts. If gifting was an Olympic sport, catch us on that winner's podium. But holiday shopping looks different this year, and it's not as simple as walking through a store and touching everything our sparkly little eyes light upon until something sings to us. With more shopping happening online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the race is on to get gifts picked out and ordered for our family & friends. Let us be clear: shopping and consumerism are the least important parts of the holiday season, but this year we're excited to send thoughtful surprises to those who we haven't been able to see in person since earlier this Spring. If that's something you're excited about too, then have we got the list for you! Welcome to our Christmas think tank.
Embarrassingly, we're online approximately 24/7, but in this case, that's actually a good thing. We've had plenty of time to scrounge up some unique gift ideas across different categories and price ranges.
[imagine us lovingly holding your face in our hands and making gentle eye contact for this next part]
If you are shopping online this holiday season without taking advantage of coupons and rebates you sweet, sweet summer child...welcome to our crash course. Our mom raised us to appreciate a good deal and ALWAYS hit the sale rack first. Now it is our turn to pass this knowledge onto you.
- Rakuten (Ebates): FREE. CASH. BACK. Rakuten works almost anywhere and is super simple to use. Just login to your account, select the online retailer you'll be shopping with, and click the link to the retailer's website from the Rakuten portal (this is how your purchase will be tied to your Rakuten account), and you're golden. Once you complete your purchase, the cash back will be added to your Rakuten account, and they'll cut you a check every 3 months. It's like getting a tax refund 4 times a year. If you use our link to set up an account, you'll get $40 cash back added to your account after making your first $40 purchase. (not sponsored, just passionate about the #dealz)
- Honey: Honey is a free browser extension that immediately searches for and adds coupon codes to your online carts. Just download the extension and start saving! Easy peasy.
- Cash Back Credit Cards: Don't forget to use your cash back credit cards when making online purchases! It's a great way to pick up some extra change here and there. We've liked the Discover It cash back card, but there are tons of cards out there to choose from, if that's your cup of tea.
Without further ado, we present the First Annual Artsy Affirmations Gift Guide!
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The Bindle Bottle is, quite honestly, a must have for anyone who frequents the beach and park. With a stainless steel body and secret compartment for keys & cards, this gift is perfect for your high-adventure friends. We got sent a Bindle Bottle to review and honestly, genuinely, truly, I'm so sad I didn't make the switch to this bottle sooner. As a bonus, my ice was still cold over 24 hours later.
image from positivestatementco.com
Positive Statement Co Clay Earring Kit
Our friend Hope (@positivestatementco) designs the classiest clay earrings, and has put together a kit with supplies and all the tips and tricks you would need to make your own earrings. We think making clay earrings will be the baking banana bread of the second wave of the pandemic, so this kit would be a gift that keeps giving.
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The brief moment of joy you get when you catch a whiff of your amazing-smelling hair? That’s the kind of excitement you can give with this beachwaver shampoo, conditioner, and strengthening mousse kit. Plus, it makes hair silky smooth, and is sulfate, paraben, and cruelty free. We were sent this product to try out before adding it to the guide, and it has honestly done wonders for our hair. Hot boys welcome to come over and feel the difference.
image from Verma Farms
Have a friend in your life who just won’t chill? (Me, I’m that friend). Gift these CBD infused gummies for a present that’s sure to be a hit. We were sent the Island Apple to try (delicious, as suspected), but Verma Farms also has other fun flavors like rainbow ropes and peach rings. As a refresher, CBD comes from the hemp flower (different from marijuana) and doesn’t contain THC, so it won’t give your mother-in-law a high. It’s also non-habit forming and non-toxic, so you can feel safe knowing you’re helping your body and mind without negative side effects.
image from Revel Nail
Revel Nail Dip Powder Starter Kit
An at home manicure is something that can actually be so personal. Dip powder is a great way to get professional looking nails at home, and Revel Nail has every color the lucky people on your gift list could possibly desire.
image from Beach Waver
Ladies, prepare for scrunchies like you've never seen before. These silk scrunchies are a must for your hair-obsessed friends (or really just any friend with hair..). Perfect, gentle scrunchies that don't crease your hair when you take them out!
image from Casper
This one’s for everyone on your list who hasn’t had a good night’s rest in ages. A pillow is something people don’t often like to splurge on, but would make an awesome gift. Casper pillows are soft, supportive, and machine washable. Fancy without being fussy? Can’t go wrong with that.
image from Old Navy
I want to shout my love of these pajamas from the rooftops. It’s a real “...just one more pair” situation. The pattern combinations are endless, and the comfort level is top notch. (Not that it matters, but they also seem to have semi-magical properties to make one’s butt look good, but you didn’t hear it from me) If I unwrapped another pair of these on Christmas, I might just shed a single dramatic tear.
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These slippers mean the world to me. They’re microwaveable, so all your warm-toed Christmas movie-filled dreams can come true in 1:30 (or less if you have, like, one of those super powerful microwaves). They sell out super quickly but I have high hopes for snagging a new pair on Black Friday.
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Our lovely friend Lauren makes the best shirts, sweatshirts, and stickers for book lovers everywhere. Our pick? She's Reading Again, How Novel
You may remember us posting about the earrings our friend Sydni sent us - the adorable sweaters?? She makes cute and colorful accessories, and we can guarantee anything from her will be a hit under the Christmas tree this year.
image from Etsy
This shirt? So soft. This message? So true. This gift? So much win. Emi creates the most fun, colorful, wonderful art and products, and anything from her shop is sure to smash this season.
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Everything Liz creates is my new favorite thing and this pin is no different. I put pins on everything (my backpack, my jean jacket, my belly button), and this one would brighten up any one of those places.
What's a gift guide without a little self promo? We designed this collection of phone grips with Love Handle and, between you and me, you're gonna want to snag one of these up. I love having it on my phone, and it's handy for even the least accident prone among us. Plus, I have a code that lets you get 15% off your purchase! Use code artsy15, on me 😉.
Find anything you love on this list? Accidentally purchase 8 gifts for yourself and now out of budget for all of your family? Let us know which you're snagging for your friends, or drop the links to your favorite gifts down below!