Now that the holidays are here, you might be looking for gifts that celebrate the end of this long, long, long year. This holiday season though, you might be struggling to think of a gift to give that someone will actually use during these strange times.
For the friend who has been eagerly checking off the last days of 2020, this "Best Year Ever" calendar promises a much more colorful 2021. It comes with a sticker page to mark all the good things to come. Find it for $19 at Ban.do.
A no-touch tool to use in public
The perfect pandemic product, this no-touch tool can slide right on to a keychain. It can be used to press buttons, pull levers and open doors — just the thing you need in our social distancing times. Get it with a nano stylus to sign signatures without using your fingertips. Find it for $34 at Food52.
A pair of texting gloves to not touch anything
Keeping up with the no-touch theme, get these gloves for the person who can't take their eyes off their phone. These gloves let you text while keeping your hands warm from the cold. Find them for $60 at J.Crew.
While you might have gathered together for social distanced outdoor outings, the cold might mean you're staying apart instead. That doesn't mean they can't start a fire still. This personal fireplace can be used indoors — and offers clean burns that don't create soot. Find it for $95 at Huckberry.
A mug warmer so that their coffee doesn’t get cold
If they've been missing their morning mug from the coffee shop near the office, this mug warmer just might help them feel a little better. And the base also can act as a wireless phone charger — a win-win in our book. Find it for $75 at Nordstrom.
The ultimate hair styler for those who miss going to salons
Okay, so this is a splurge for someone truly special: The fan favorite Dyson Airwrap is designed to work on different hair types and works with actual air to style hair — no extreme heat necessary. This version includes barrels for curls, a smoothing brush, volumizing brush and more. Find it for $550 at Dyson. Or you could opt for the Dyson Supersonic, which is $399 at Nordstrom.
A hand sanitizer that’s actually hydrating
Remember when you couldn't find hand sanitizer anywhere? It's become such a big part of our daily lives now — but, as you probably know all too well, it can be rather drying. This hand sanitizer isn't, infused with "skincare-inspired ingredients" like hyaluronic acid, prickly pear oil and glycerin. As a bonus, the packaging can be completely recycled. Find it for $8 at Anthropologie.
A set of face masks with their own pouch to put them away in
An activity book for anyone who has felt anxious this year
Of course, this year has brought with it a lot of anxiety. For the friend who's going through a bit of a tough time, this activity book just might take their mind off things for a little while. They can draw in it and even learn "soothing facts about hand sanitizer" with it around. Find it for $16 at AlwaysFits.
Wool and cashmere sweatpants for someone who stored away all their jeans
A splurge-worthy gift, these wool and cashmere sweatpants would make anyone would gave up on wearing jeans this year happy. These sweatpants are meant to be cozy with a ribbed cuffs and a drawstring waist — so no more shivering during the cold winter nights. Find them for $95 at SummerSalt.
A candle in honor of all those canceled plans
2020 has, unfortunately, been all about canceled plans. But they can light up with this candle that smells like aloe, agave and chrysanthemum — the candle itself is made from coconut and apricot wax, too. Find it for $32 at Nordstrom.
A set of correspondence cards to write everything by hand in style
The Met Store
There's nothing like a handwritten note. For the traditionalist, this set of correspondence cards can fit on top of their desk. And the cards help support the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Find it for $28 at The Met Store.