The holidays are the perfect time for love. Someone to curl up with on a cold night, to go ice skating with, or, if you’re from Chicago, the perfect date for Zoo Lights and Christkindlmarket. But it can also be a stressful time trying to figure out the perfect gift for the one you love. No matter your budget there are great gifts you can get that aren’t an over-the-top cliche. Whether for him, for her, or a gift for the two of you to enjoy together, below are my picks for the love of your life.
Gifts For Him:
Personalized Money Clip Wallet | Mr Holmz, $19+
I got the idea for this present after my friend got one for her boyfriend. The finished product looks fantastic, and because it can be personalized it is a one-of-a-kind gift that is not only high-quality, but also very functional. The wallet is made of cowhide leather and includes a magnetic money clip closure, so it holds up well throughout its use. And the shop is extremely helpful throughout the purchase process. When my friend received her first money clip there was a minor dent in the leather, and after contacting Mr Holmz she was able to swap it out for a brand new one immediately. Talk about amazing customer service!
Record Player + Records | Audio Technica AT-LP60 $89 (on sale from $99), Records TBD
I absolutely love the idea of getting your significant other a record player and records because it is a timeless gift with a personal touch. By providing the record player you are giving a gift that can be used for a long time, but by personalizing the records to go with it you are adding a loving, “I know you and your taste” touch to the gift. Have a first concert you went to together that was memorable? Grab them a record from that artist. Have a song that means a lot to you? Perfect to include. My boyfriend and I each own a record player and love not only buying our own music, but getting each other records during holidays, birthdays, when we’re out at a show together, or whenever seems like a good time to give the gift of music. As for a starter record player, I recommend the brand Audio Technica. My record player was relatively inexpensive, looks nice, and plays my records well. It’s also extremely easy to set up and use (though you will need speakers for it). While the Crosley record players at Urban Outfitters are adorable (I admit I think they are some of the cutest inexpensive record players on the market) they are not known for being kind to records and the sound quality isn’t up to par with some other brands. So while they may look cute, you’re doing yourself and your records a favor by going with something else.
Men’s Starter Kit | Kiehl’s, $43
This starter kit is perfect if your man travels often. This starter kit is full of travel size products with him in mind. The travel-pack includes a body scrub soap, facial moisturizer & cleanser, hand salve and shave cream so that he has everything he needs on the go. Love someone who doesn’t love travel? This kit isn’t only for jet setters! It’s the perfect way to introduce your man to some new products without having to commit to full-sized bottles. This is one self-care kit your man is sure to love.
Gifts For Her:
Classic Petite Melrose Watch | Daniel Wellington, $159
I absolutely love Daniel Wellington watches. Ever since I saw one on an Instagram story I have been eyeing this piece. This rose gold watch (HELLO! Who doesn’t love rose gold?!) is absolutely stunning, and perfect to dress up or down. No matter her style, the timeless elegance of this watch is something she will love. As soon as I’m ready for my next watch I can assure you this one will be top of mind.
Blooming Beautiful Gift Pack | Lush, $27.95
Who doesn’t love a good bath bomb? And when you think of bath bombs one of the first brands that comes to mind is Lush. Not only are their products fabulous, but they’re also eco-friendly, handmade, vegetarian, and don’t test on animals (among some other amazing things). The Blooming Beautiful gift pack includes three sultry bath bombs that scream “I love you!” Inside you’ll find the Sakura, Tisty Tosty, and, my personal favorite, Sex Bomb bath bombs. While I admit I have yet to try Sakura and Tisty Tosty (though knowing how the rest of their products are I can only expect great things), the Sex Bomb is my favorite bath bomb they sell. It is a romantic blend of sage, jasmine, ylang ylang and more, and includes rose petals that emerge as the bath bomb dissolves. Does it get any more sexy than that? Show your love how loved she really is with this amazing gift pack.
Meaningful Necklace | TBD
While I cannot even begin to tell you how memorable the right piece of jewelry can be, I cannot pick that perfect piece out for you. That’s because this has to be something from the heart that means something to you as a couple. Let me explain.
One of the greatest gifts my boyfriend ever gave me was a necklace for my birthday. We always tell each other “I love you to infinity and beyond” and it have been a meaningful phrase to us since we first said I love you. For my birthday a few years ago, he found a jeweler that had a Disney collection that included a Toy Story Buzz Lightyear infinity necklace. Not only is the necklace an infinity sign with a gold star and a gold rocket ship on opposite ends, but the bottom is engraved with “to infinity and beyond” on it. It is the perfect necklace I could have imagined.
And while if you and your love have a similar “I love you” to Atticus and I this may be the perfect necklace for you, this isn’t the right gift for every couple. Which is why I can’t give you the right answer as to what a meaningful necklace is to you. I can only say that if you find it, she’ll love it.
Couples Massage | Allyu Spa, $220 – $535
A couples massage is the gift that keeps giving – your loved one gets a romantic present, and you’re still in on the massage. It’s a win-win for both of you! I absolutely love the idea of a couples massage, especially if your significant other is an avid gym-goer. Nothing relieves sore muscles quite like an amazing massage. While most spas offer a couples massage option, if you’re in Chicago I recommend the Allyu Spa. They have a wide variety of couples services ranging from Massage Therapy in a Couple’s Room ($220) to a full on Couple’s Retreat including massage, pedicures, private sauna and shower rooms, and more ($390 – $535). Not looking to spend quite that much? Groupon is one of my go to ways to book spa treatments. You can search for couple’s massages in your area and find the perfect spa to fit your budget.
Swiped Right Tinder Coffee Mugs | Bumble and Bustle, $29.90
These mugs are a Tinder couple’s dream. I mean, with how often people find love just by swiping right now a day what’s not to love about this coffee mug set. There’s nothing better than ending your holiday with a cup of hot cocoa (or warm spiced wine) out of a “swiped right” matching mug set with your significant other. While they’re technically listed in the Etsy shop as a wedding present, they make the perfect holiday gift as well. So celebrate those no longer needed Tinder (and all other dating profile) accounts by celebrating what got your relationship started in the first place.
Have someone special on your mind this holiday season? What are you getting him or her this holiday season?