Not all gifts can be selvedge denim or cordovan boots, and that’s exactly why we put together a list that is more home centric. Whether you’re looking for a blanket, apron, skillet, or french-press, we’ve got you covered. That said, this list is meant as a jumping off point—use it as the start of your search, and find the perfect token for all your friends and family. And remember, if you are in a position please consider donating to a charitable organization this year; we’re all in this together.
1) Tramontina: 2-Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set
There is nothing better than cooking in a well seasoned cast iron skillet, and Tramontina’s 2-Piece Cast Iron Skillet Set is a great gift-set. With both 10″ and 12″ skillets and two removable silicone grips, this set offers great cooking versatility: whether they’ll be used stove-top or in the oven. While there are many options for reasonably priced cast iron, this set just feels more complete and is hard to match in that regard.
Available for $30 from Costco.
2) Swedish Military Surplus: Knit Cotton Blanket
Everyone likes warm, comfortable blankets and military surplus blankets are a great way to source some fun, interesting throws. These Swedish Military Surplus Knit Cotton Blanket are a great option, and one of the few surplus options made from 100% cotton. These knit throws are quite sizeable at 6.5′ by 7′, making them ideal as both living room blankets and emergency bedding.
Available for $25 from Sportsman Guide.
3) Espro: Travel Press
Everyone is doing a fair bit less traveling than usual, but Espros Travel Press is sure to still get plenty of use from your favorite coffee (or tea) lover. Not only that, but the double-walled, vacuum insulated construction ensures this thermos keeps its beverages hot and toasty. Available in a a range of colors this press is a practical option across the board.
Available for $40 from West Elm.
4) Kukunochi: Handcrafted Wooden Mug
For the coffee or tea aficionado that works from home, Kukunochi’s Handcrafted Wooden Mug is a phenomenal choice. Let them enjoy their favorite morning beverage in style from the comfort of their own home with this made in Japan single-piece, wooden mug. While yes, it’s perhaps a bit pricey if you were buying a set or a single one for yourself it’s a great token for your loved ones that will get years of daily use.
Available for $49 from Blue Button Shop.
5) Glasswing: Charlie Pots
If you are looking for a gift that keeps on giving then Glasswing’s Charlie Pots are a great option. They’re inexpensive, durable, look great, and can house any number of plants for the home. Consider picking up a plant or some seeds from you local nursery to go along with it and you’ll have a great gift on your hands that also supports a small business.
Available for $12+ from Glasswing.
6) LC King Mfg: Shop Apron
If your giftee is a crafter or does a lot of work around the home then LC King Mfg’s Shop Apron might be just the ticket. Available in several different fabrics, these aprons are simple, functional, and slated for many, many years of wear. With two pockets these aprons might not be as feature packed as some others twice their price, but their great all-around pieces that will get tons of use from the right person.
Available for $20+ from LC King Mfg.
7) U-Mask: Model 2 Face Mask
We’re all tired of face masks but they serve an important purpose, and while we are neither medical professionals nor offering medical advice, U-Masks’ Model 2 Face Mask utilizes a filter certified by the Italian Ministry of Health to a level above N95 so that should offer some piece of mind. Available in three color with reusable filter, these masks will be appreciate by even the most avid breather (and we all know one). Stay safe!
Available for $69 from Division Road.
8) Winter Session: Dopp Kit
Winter Session’s Dopp Kit is a gifting classic. With two sizes available, these 20oz. waxed canvas travel kits are perfect for both the occasional and well-traveled traveler, and they look great to boot. While we can’t advise on which size is right for you or your giftee we know that either will be used and appreciated by whomever’s hands it lands in.
Available for $58+ from Winter Session.
Charitable Donation – The Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in America. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, over 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Every year, nearly 800,000 people worldwide die by suicide, according to the World Health Organization—that’s one person every 40 seconds. With more of us separated from our friends and family than ever before, it’s especially necessary to look out for each other. There are many organizations that focus on suicide prevention and you can help fight the epidemic in a number of ways. You can read about how to identify warning signs, volunteer at your local crisis center, and donate.
To learn more about how you can help and to donate, visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.