Dwell’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Covers Everyone on Your List

Dwell’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Covers Everyone on Your List

By Samantha Daly
We’ve picked hundreds of gifts that are sure the please the cooks, kids, parents, adventurers, bibliophiles, design fans, and fur babies on your list.

At no more than $25 a pop, these affordable goodies are downright perfect for everyone you know.

Areaware Goober Candle
The Goober Candle is cast in unscented paraffin wax from playful forms originally created by Talbot & Yoon in their Brooklyn studio. Each Goober has a distinctive shape and character. Approximate burn time is 40 hours. Do not leave burning candle unattended.
East Fork Bitty Bowl
The smallest of the bunch, but the one we keep finding new uses for.
P.F. Candle Co. Sunset Candle - Golden Hour
5pm. Rustling grasses, baked earth, sun rays split between trees. Mellow, dry, tranquil. Bergamot, hay, and golden poppy.  Sunset candles are poured into custom-printed tin vessels donned with earth-toned motifs, sun shapes, and horizon lines inspired by the scenes of summer in California.

Spend a little, give a lot. These budget-friendly gifts are perfect for friends, family, and coworkers alike.

Best Made Co. the Carpenter Pen
With nine functionalities—including a level, ruler and screwdriver—built in, this ingeniously engineered pen is a multitasking must-have for everyday use.
Myrth Ceramics Handmade Porcelain Silhouette Mug
A mug and a kiss. Found: a nature-inspired mug that evokes the same sense of calm as your morning cup of tea. Each of these lovelies is hand-crafted from wheel-thrown porcelain clay and then kiln-fired with a house-made glaze to create that soft, satiny finish you see.
Otherland Rattan Candle
Sandalwood / Amber / Moss Signature Wax Blend  Hand-poured, soy/coconut wax blend  Made in the USA  Premium glassware, wick, and waxsourced from leading American factories  Developed with Master Perfumers  Each scent is crafted to bring its own transformative energy Photo...

Let them know you care without draining your bank account. These holiday gifts hit the spending sweet spot and work for just about everyone.

Aesop The Humourist Cleanser & Balm Set
What it is: A special pair of body care favorites including Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Rind Concentrate Body Balm. Set includes:  Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser (6.8 oz.): an invigorating body cleansing gel that leaves skin beautifully scented and refreshed.
Karimoku New Standard Berra
Berra is a paper holder made of solid oak wood and depends on gravity. Wooden counterweights loosely placed on a sloped wooden base slide by their own weight. Simply stick your papers or postcards in-between the counterweights and gravity will hold them in place.
HAY PC Portable Lamp
The freestanding PC Portable Lamp (2019) features robust ABS plastic construction with a scratch- and water-resistant matte finish, high-efficiency LED bulb and rechargeable battery, giving you the flexibility and freedom to move it anywhere.


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Book of the Month Gift Subscription
The gift they get to pick. The perfect present? Letting them choose their favorite books, every month.  Fun to give. Fun to get.  Gift members get their pick of each month’s best new books.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer
The new Instax Mini Link smartphone printer is a successor to the Instax share sp-2 smartphone printer. With its sleek and light body design, revamped app, fun social features, and Bluetooth capability, The Instax Mini Link will surely grab attention.
Thredup Gift Card
When you combine gifting with thrifting, you get something better than new. Endless adventure. Sustainable style. The fun of the find, non-stop. Skip boring and wasteful gifts. There are so many reasons why a thrift gift is better. Choose from five digital designs.

Help your loved ones settle into their new space with these heartwarming gifts that will make any house a home.

Arhaus Tilli Tealight House
Add warmth and light with this charming tealight house. Handcrafted of glass and brass, it opens on one side to easily slide in your candle.
Food52 x GreenPan Nonstick Covered Grill Pan, 11"
Smooth, stylish and professional grade, this grill pan is made with Magneto™ induction technology, using ferromagnetic particles reinforced with copper in the base for induction efficiency and heat retention.

Their creative confections may ruin our diets, but we’re happy to be their taste testers anytime. 

Smeg Stand Mixer
Based in Italy, Smeg is known for its retro and durable kitchen appliances. Featuring an energy-efficient design, this mixer is both fun to use and easy on the eyes.
JK Adams Baking Board With Rolling Pin Holder
Pastry’s new pal.  Coming soon to your counter: this pastry board with perks aplenty. It was designed by and for bakers, and we can tell. It’s got a built-in holder for your rolling pin, plus a lip on the edge that keeps it in place (go ahead and push and press—it’s not going anywhere).
Nordic Ware Prism Aluminum Baking Sheets
Crispy gets crispier. Sure, you know aluminum baking sheets are a homemade pastry’s best friend, thanks to its ability to conduct heat super evenly for a better bake.

In lieu of a casserole, we propose gifting these colorful toys, soothing balms, and adorable accessories to your family, friends, and acquaintances who are totally ready to rock parenthood—but could maybe use a little help.

Fridababy BreatheFrida 3-in-1 Humidifier
The BreatheFrida humidifier not only brings moisture back to baby's room; it is also equipped with an essential oil diffuser and a range of nightlight colors.
Snuggle Me Organic Infant Lounger
This lightweight and portable lounger snuggles your baby with a tight fit that keeps baby in place with a calming hugging sensation. Made of GOTS-certified organic cotton, this award-winning design is perfect for naps, tummy time and traveling.
Lalo the Daily Stroller
The stroller built for your everyday life. All accessories are included at no extra cost. The Daily is ready for your first stroll. The newborn bassinet and car seat adaptors make it easy for you to get out as soon as you're ready.

If they can't leave a used bookstore without copping at least three paperbacks at $1 apiece, we’ve got a gift they’re sure to love.

Areaware Reference Bookend
A metal bookend for keeping the heaviest books in place. The Reference Bookend is designed to be sturdy when in use and uses a rubber grip to keep your collection upright. Available in four colors.
Graphic Image Vachetta Leather-Bound Reference Books
Knowledge is power.  Remember the olden days, when, if you wanted to know the definition of a word or where Kalamazoo was, you’d look it up in a big, leather-bound tome? We’re going old-school and bringing back the reference book as statement piece.

Whatever their drink of choice, these gifts will satisfy anyone with a taste for mixology.

Picnic Time Complete Home Bar Set
This bar walks into a box...  Some might say you need a pool table, stools aplenty, and 30 different varieties of whiskey to own a bar. We beg to differ: This handsome cherry wood box is everything you’ll need to be your own favorite local hangout.
Alessi 870 Cocktail Shaker
Alessi is a family owned Italian design company, founded in 1921. Giovanni Alessi, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver.

Give the trekkers and travelers in your life a boost with new gear and inspiration.

Pendleton National Park Throw Blanket
Pay homage to your favorite national park while adding a cozy-chic element to your décor with a pure-wool throw blanket finished with a logo-stamped patch.
YETI Tundra Wheeled Cooler
The first-ever YETI cooler on wheels is the answer to taking Tundra's legendary toughness and unmatched insulation power the extra mile. And nothing was sacrificed in the making of this cold-holding powerhouse, ensuring the Haul lives up to the Tundra name.
EVERGOODS CPL 24
Streamlined for urban carry, inspired by the outdoors.  The CPL 24 is designed for the city and features the fit, access, and durability demanded by outdoor gear.

Educating us on what’s cool and what’s not is a gift unto itself—here’s what to give them.

Kinto Double-Walled To-Go Tumbler (17oz.)
Sip and take.  These bright buddies remind us of a day at the beach, and, hey, maybe that’s exactly where we’ll take ‘em. Each vacuum-insulated tumbler keeps your favorite drink cold or hot for six hours and is made from powder-coated stainless steel for an extra kick of durability.
Crosley C6 Turntable
Don't let those vinyl records collect dust when you can enjoy them on this classic two-speed belt-driven turntable with a built-in preamp.

Give them the tools to become the next great chef—or at least, get them cooking with gas.

Kinto Kakomi Ceramic Rice Cooker, 1.25QT
A petite pot for your fluffy grains.  This petite clay rice cooker is just the right vessel for about 4 servings of perfectly steamed rice.
Material The Trio Knife Set
The Trio. The Almost 4” Knife, The Serrated 6” Knife, and The 8” Knife—who needs a 12-piece set when you’ve got the holy trinity? All three offer the same superior strength, resilience to corrosion, and razor sharp performance that practically does all the cutting, slicing, and dicing for you.

This season, satisfy the Frank Lloyd Wright devotee in your life with these gifts that honor the work of the legendary American architect.

Galison Frank Lloyd Wright Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Set
A great activity while socializing around the coffee table, the Frank Lloyd Wright Wood Puzzle Set by Galison belongs next to your favorite art books. Wood puzzle pieces and box feature the colorful iconic designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
LEGO Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Discover the architectural secrets of Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This accurately detailed LEGO model faithfully recreates the curves and distinctive lines that have made this building an architectural icon for the last half-century.
Frank Lloyd Wright Saguaro Throw Pillow Cover
This modern pillow cover, inspired by the work of icon architect Frank Lloyd Wright, marries form and function with a beautiful printed pattern that elevates home comfort with a modern elegance.This collection modernizes some of Frank Lloyd Wright's quintessential designs, bringing his celebrated...

Charles and Ray Eames joyfully fused work and life, and the couple’s unbridled creativity is apparent in their stylish, functional, and lasting designs. Bring the influential duo into your home through accessories, books, wall decor, and more.

Vitra Eames Mobile, Model A
The Eames Plywood Mobile models by Vitra are replicas of the original mobiles, designed in 1941 by Charles & Ray Eames.
Vitra Eames House Bird
The Eames House Bird rose to stardom in the 1950s when Charles and Ray Eames pulled it from their own living room and positioned it with a group of Eames® DKR chairs for a poster.
Eames Hang-It-All
Charles and Ray Eames brought a sense of play to all their work, including the Hang-It-All. It took the everyday coat rack to a new place that was inventive and fun. More than just a conversation piece, the Hang-It-All holds anything that slips over its 14 hooks.

If their everyday mantra sounds something like "reduce, reuse, recycle," these eco-conscious gifts won’t weigh on their conscience.

Bamboozle Bamboo Compost Bin
A modern compost bin that eliminates food waste and looks damn good in the process. For nearly everyone, food waste is an inevitable part of daily life.
Why Materials Matter: Responsible Design for a Better World
This visually stunning investigation of natural and man-made materials will change the way you look at the world around you, while offering hope for the future of our planet.  What does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our...
Soma 10-Cup Pitcher
Designed to look stunning on your table and fit perfectly in your fridge.

Encourage your imaginative niece, nephew, neighbor, sibling, or child to grow their creativity and curiosity with these fun-filled gifts.

Tender Leaf Toys Life on Mars Set
Reach for the stars with this Life on Mars Set. Mini astronauts will love this realistic space station with its communication towers, astronauts and UFOs. This set can create interest for astrology and science, as well as endless fun and creative role play.
This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
Never has humble paper had such radical ambitions.  Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a...
Petitfelts DIY Felted Animal & Plant Kits
Animal, vegetable, felt.  Make this afternoon a craft-ernoon with a felting kit that makes an adorable creation.

Pamper your favorite pet parent—or your own fur baby—with these fun, design-forward gifts.

MYZOO Spaceship Alpha Pet Bed
For the past few years, we’ve been studying and designing the coziest bed for cat. After series of designing, field-testing, and remodeling, we are proud to present one of our finest piece of work, Spaceship Series.
Wild One Triangle Tug
Two shapes, two textures, and perfect for tug-of-war. If you’re in a multi-dog household or if you’re at the other end of your pups tug-match, the Triangle Tug is built for you. The triangle is 100% natural rubber with a reinforced core for added strength.
Jax & Bones Piano Pillow Dog Bed
After a day of play, let your pup rest on this comfy overstuffed bed designed with channel inserts to prevent flattening or condensing.

For most, the airport is the last place to find efficiency or relaxation. But with the right gadgets and accoutrements, anybody can fly with peace of mind.

Arlo Skye X Dusen Dusen Zipper Carry-On
Meet our new limited-edition zipper collection, created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen. Available in two carry-on styles (one with a cleverly designed hard-shell front pocket) plus a check-in.
Flight 001 5-in-1 Universal Travel Adapter
Don't be without this must-have travel adapter on your next trip overseas! With five different plugs, including a USB port, finding the right plug for the right location (works for more than 150 countries!) is as simple as matching the colors.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II with Google Assistant
Eliminate noise and distraction with premium wireless headphones featuring a cushioned design and built-in Google Assistant for comfortable, hands-free use.

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