YR Media’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

12.18.23
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Christmas is days away. But are you still struggling to find the perfect holiday present for someone on your list? You've come to the right place. Here are some ideas for every type of budget curated by some of YR Media's writers.

Phone case and card holder

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Most people bring their phones everywhere, so having a case that reflects the user’s personality is like an extra accessory. And for those who don’t like to carry a wallet, card holders that stick onto phone cases are super handy. A great place to find artistic phone cases is Redbubble. Wildflower Cases and Casetify also offer fun designs for a higher price point.

Record player or vinyl records

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If you know someone who is sick of earbuds but loves listening to music, you may want to get them a record player. If you live with them, the record player can fill your home with music and allows for everyone to enjoy the songs and vibes together. Plus, you don't have to deal with ads! And if you know someone who already owns a record player, they'd likely love to have a new vinyl for their collection.

Gift Cards 

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Put away the guesswork this year and let them choose their own perfect gift with the most versatile offering of all — gift cards. While it may seem like a basic choice, there are a lot of ways to make a gift card thoughtful and special. Personalize it by selecting their favorite store or restaurant and pairing it with a heartfelt card sharing why you think they’ll love the experience there. Or bundle several small gift cards together around a theme they enjoy; coffee shops, boutiques, streaming services, local businesses, etc. Gift cards can show how well you know and care about someone while allowing them to pick their perfect present!

Online thrifting has also become very popular with apps like Depop, Mercari, Vinted, Poshmark and trusty ole eBay. Since most physical secondhand stores don’t offer gift cards, getting your sustainable, money-saving, fashionable friend in your life a gift card to a virtual secondhand shop is also a way to support their thrifting.

Household Essentials

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Holiday gifts don’t need to be flashy — functional can be even better! There’s nothing better than a gift that’s used on a weekly basis instead of collecting dust. For the person who just moved or is looking for upgrades, household essentials can make the perfect present. Cookware, recipe books and serving dishes can be great for cooking enthusiasts or are settling into their new place.

Something cozy and practical for the winter time

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Depending on where you live, the holiday season can be cold and dreary. Try gifting your friend something that will keep them warm, like a weighted blanket, fuzzy socks, a towel warmer or even a portable heater! Items like these will last for years and have practical uses for almost everybody.

YR Media writers Audrey La Jeunesse (she/her), Emma Schulman (she/they), Nina Thompson (she/her) and Shriya Dharmapurikar (she/her) contributed to this story.

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