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Unwrap Your 2022 Holiday Gift Guide From BigCommerce

Reed Hartman

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The holidays are a time for so many things. Togetherness, time spent with family and friends, charitable giving — these all play an important role in the most wonderful time of the year. Do you know what else plays an important role in the holidays? 

Gifts. Come on. Let’s not pretend like we don’t all love tearing open that shiny wrapping paper to see what kinds of goodies are hiding inside.

While getting gifts is one thing, giving them is a different story. Everyone has different styles and tastes that can change from season to season, even day-to-day. What if it’s the wrong color? What if it’s not the right size? Worst of all, what if they absolutely hate it?

Fear not, humble readers. I’ve compiled a list of gifts that will make even the hardest-to-shop-for person on your list bubble with glee. Here are some must-buy gifts for the 2022 holiday season: 

For the Traveler

27″ Leather Duffle Bag a.k.a. “The Adolescent Beast” from Saddleback Leather Company

Quality meets function in this handmade leather duffle bag from Saddleback Leather Company. This handmade bag will go with your loved one from A to Z and back again, and will look good for years to come. 

Filtered Water Bottle from LARQ

There are plenty of options for gift giving this holiday season. But you know what the coolest gift of all is? Hydration. And this LARQ filtered water bottle is one of the best H2O delivery systems out there.

You’re not just giving someone the gift of clean, fresh water. You’re also giving them the gift of saving up to 300 plastic water bottles over the life of just one filter. This bottle is going to be a hit with just about anyone on your list, especially someone who’s always on the go. 

For the Audiophile

Crusher® Evo Sensory Bass Headphones with Personal Sound from Skullcandy

There are headphones, and then there are Skullcandy headphones. These bad boys come equipped with features that are sure to please even the snootiest headphone fanatics, like 40 hours of battery life, flat folding for easy transportation and the skull-crushing power of Crusher Adjustable Sensory Bass. 

For the DIY-er

36” Aluminum Bar Clamp from Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop

Ask any woodworker what they need more of in their shop and the answer will be one of two things: pencils or clamps. Compact enough to fit into a small home workshop but large enough to help build small tabletops and cutting boards, this 36” bar clamp from Klinspor’s Woodworking Shop is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face (especially mine, hint hint).

For the Dapper Gent

Mazbow Plain Silk Bow Tie from Ted Baker

Sure, you could get dad another tie for the holidays. He’d smile and say, “Wow! Another tie!” Then he’d go add it to the “tie drawer” and it would sit there with all the other Father’s Day and birthday ties you’ve gotten him over the years. 

Or, you could change it up and get him a Mazbow Plain Silk Bow Tie from Ted Baker. Why?

  1. Bow ties are cool.

  2. Bow ties are comfortable.

Get him this and he’ll definitely stand out at the next office get-together. “But my dad doesn’t know how to tie a bow tie!” Neither does Sir Patrick Stewart, but that doesn’t stop him from wearing clip-ons like this one. 

The Cross Knurl Safety Razor from The Art of Shaving

The best gift I have ever received, hands down, is a safety razor. One of the great things about this gift is that it can work for anyone who shaves. Whether it’s your face, your legs or wherever you shave, there’s nothing like a single-blade razor gliding across your skin.

Not only are the shaves top notch, but it also saves a boat load of money in the long run. Five years ago I bought 100 razor blades for $10, and am a little less than halfway through the pack. I will caution that it does take a minute to get used to, but the fine folks at The Art of Shaving are always around to help you get the most out of your razor.

For the Beauty Queen

Plush Dragon Robe from Natori

Clothes can be a difficult thing to give. So much so that people usually try to stay away from them altogether. But I wouldn’t recommend a clothing item if I wasn’t sure they would love it. This plush robe from Natori is beautifully crafted and soft to the touch.

Here’s my partner’s review: “10/10. It’s definitely the most comfortable robe I’ve ever had.” 

Whipped Olive Face Butter from Jentri Quinn Makeup & Skin

Austin-based beauty influencer Jentri Quinn makes a number of beauty products that will keep your skin looking healthy and smooth, but this whipped olive face butter is a must have for anyone, even those with the lowest-maintenance skin care routine. Simply apply in the morning and your loved one’s skin will be glowing all day long. 

Haute Fragrance Collection Miniature Coffret from La Perla

Different occasions call for different scents, and this collection of mini fragrances from La Perla offers something for every event, from a classy night out to a day trip to the countryside. Eight handcrafted scents make up this gift box, so it’s perfect for someone who might be challenging to buy for. 

The A-Team Body Care Set from Bliss

Awaken their senses with this A-Team Body Care set from Bliss. This set comes with four planet-friendly, 100% cruelty-free products that will delight from head to toe. Plus, it already comes in its own blissfully beautiful gift bag. I pity the fool that would put these products into anything else.

Good Night Sleep Capsules from Dr. Barbara Sturm

We all need a little help getting to sleep now and again. That’s where the Good Night sleep capsules from Dr. Barbara Sturm come into play.

Instead of your usual sleep aid ingredients, these capsules contain ingredients like purslane, lavender flower extract and vitamins B-12 and B-6, all of which can help promote healthy, restful sleep that will have your giftee waking up energized and ready to seize the day.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer from Adore Beauty

About 10 years ago, I stayed at a hotel in San Francisco that had tiny trial-sized Peter Thomas Roth products in the bathrooms. I’ve never used another moisturizer since. There’s so much to love about these products, from the silky-smooth way it leaves your skin to the ingredients list on the back. 

Hydration is the foundation of any good skincare routine, so this Peter Thomas Roth hydrating moisturizer is a great gift for anyone on your list, whether you’re buying for a low-maintenance hubby or a diva who spends three hours getting ready for a night out on the town.

For the Foodie

15-Count Mystery Box from Bon Bon Bon

Two words: Chocolate bonbons. 

Alright, well if you need more convincing, Bon Bon Bon has something for everyone, and I mean everyone. Whether you’re gifting to someone who’s gluten free, nut free, vegan or just wants chocolate injected straight into your veins, there are options to please even the pickiest of pallets. I’d go with the mystery box just to keep things interesting, but there are tons of gift sets to choose from, or create your own for a personalized touch.

Snack Attack Salt-Free Mini Pack from Spiceology

From rib rubs to signature spice blends, Spiceology should be the first place you go for a gift for any at-home chef. Personally, I love these mini packs of their signature salt-free seasonings, especially the ranch. We’ve used it to add some southern flavor to potato salads, mixed it in with yogurt for an easy dip for chips and crackers, and even sprinkled it on top of popcorn. 

“Taste of Texas” Four-Pack Sampler Set from Con’ Olio

High-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar are a must-have in any kitchen. This four-pack from Con’ Olio highlights the best of Texas flavors with savory oils paired with sweet and citrusy southern-style vinegars that are sure to delight. 

Pure Vanilla Extract from King Arthur Baking

If you’ve got a baker on your list and are scratching your head as to what to get them, this high-quality pure vanilla extract from King Arthur Baking is the answer. While vanilla is a staple in most pantries, it’s not too often that we splurge on the good stuff for ourselves. Instead, splurge on it for someone else and they might give you a delicious bite in return. That’s what I call a win-win. 

The Victoria Decanter Gift Set from Z Gallerie

Everyone — and yes, I mean everyone — needs a nice decanter. Whether you’re adding it to an extensive collection or just trying to class up your holiday dinner party, this Victoria Decanter Gift Set from Z Gallerie is a great option. The set comes with four glasses that match the gold-rimmed decanter and work perfectly with any oak-aged liquor. 

Your giftee doesn’t drink alcohol? I guarantee you that you’ve never had a glass of apple juice as classy as one that’s poured out of a gold-rimmed decanter. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.

For the Outdoorsy-Type 

The Bengal Beanie from Black Diamond Equipment

If you don’t happen to have the knitting or crochet skills to make a hat for a cold-weather outdoor enthusiast, this is the next best thing. The Bengal Beanie form Black Diamond Equipment pairs an old-school look with the ultimate in cranial comfort. Plus it comes in a variety of colors to match any style. 

Solo Stove Mesa Portable Fire Pit

When was the last time you sat around an open fire with family or friends? If you live in the city, it might have been a while. While Solo Stove offers plenty of awesome fire pit models, this one is a personal favorite. It’s small enough for a patio but still mighty enough to get your marshmallows nice and toasty. This gift is sure to please anyone looking for a little warmth on those chilly winter nights.

And while we’re on the subject of marshmallows, I want to clear something up. The right way to toast them is to catch them on fire, then immediately blow them out. A good s’mores marshmallow should be crisp on the outside and cool on the inside. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

For the Remote Worker

The UPLIFT Standing Desk

Whether you know someone who’s been working from home for the last decade, or if they’re newer to the remote-work scene, it’s probably time they got a desk upgrade. Enter: the UPLIFT Standing Desk.

Its sleek, modern style paired with its unparalleled functionality makes this desk a no brainer. If the price tag is a little too steep, check out UPLIFT’s standing desk mats, boards and footrests. These are a must-have for anyone with a standing desk, and can drastically improve quality of life.

For the Environmentally Conscious Consumer

Laundry Detergent Sheets from Sheets Laundry Club

Plastic waste is a serious problem in our homes: in the kitchen, in the bathroom, and especially in the laundry room. While these laundry sheets from Sheets Laundry Club may not be the solution to ending plast waste altogether, it sure is a great start. These sheets go in just like your normal detergent, but are mess-free and come in environmentally friendly packaging. Of all the gifts on this list you could give, this is probably the most simple, but also one of the most impactful.

For the Holistic Healer

Cool Relief CBD Roll-On from Green Roads

This CBD roll-on is a perfect gift for anyone who experiences pain after a workout, from over exertion or even occasional pain from day to day activities. Plus, if they love it, Green Roads offers a subscription so they can keep the relief coming as often as they need it. 

Holiday Bonus! For the New Year’s Eve Host

The Unicorn Box Fireworks Sampler from Red Apple Fireworks

What better way to tie a bow around the holiday season than by shooting colorful controlled gunpowder explosions up into the air? This Unicorn Box Sampler from Red Apple Fireworks is filled with fountains and snaps that are an absolute blast. 

The Final Word

The holidays are coming — and fast. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting around the table with your friends and family and be knee deep in latkes, turkey and green beans. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your gifts. Start shopping now so you can relax and enjoy the season.

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Reed Hartman is a Content Marketing Manager at BigCommerce, where he uses his years of research, writing and marketing experience to help inform and educate business owners on all things ecommerce.