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From birthdays to holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Lunar New Year and more, we’re always on the hunt for the perfect gift. Finding a thoughtful present can be the ultimate challenge, though, as there is no one-gift-fits-all option out there. Rather than settle for a gift card, consider a heartfelt gift based on their interests and hobbies.
It’s the thought that counts, and as long as you put in the effort, the special someone in your life is bound to appreciate it. The perfect gift doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet, either; there are plenty of affordable options that will land a smile on their face — while keeping you from worrying about the total cost when you check out.
With the holidays quickly approaching, you don’t want to miss out on finding the perfect gift for your friend, colleague or family member. Rather than a last-minute gift, get your holiday shopping started earlier and save time while taking advantage of Early Black Friday deals going on.
Need some inspiration? We put together our picks of the best gender-neutral gifts to surprise anyone with year-round.
The Sill – Hoya Hindu Rope
Plant parents new and advanced are sure to welcome a new earthy friend into their collection. The Sill offers a wide variety of plants and succulents to choose from, depending on their vibe. Gift them a pet-friendly Hoya Hindu Rope, or, if you really want to help build their collection, consider The Sill’s subscription service as a gift.
Avid readers can take a break from scanning pages when you help them indulge with an Audible subscription. The service provides a vast library of books — from romance novels to mysteries — ensuring something for readers of all genres. As a bonus, some books are even narrated by celebrities, so your loved one can listen to their favorite star read them a book before bed.
Tile Mate 1-Pack
If your friend or family member is prone to losing things, a Tile Mate is an essential for them. Once they attach it to their desired object (like headphones, keys or a wallet), it’ll use a Bluetooth tracking system of up to 250 feet to make sure they can always find their personal belongings.
Help feed their caffeine addiction with a tasty coffee subscription from Trade. Choose between a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription that’ll personalize their coffee to their unique tastes. Each month, they’ll receive a new bag of coffee from over 450 flavors offered by over 55 independent roasters.
Bedsure Fleece Throw Blanket
There’s nothing better than a cozy day at home, especially when it’s paired with a throw blanket. Bedsure’s fleece version comes in a variety of shades and sizes you can personalize to their liking.
Vinyl Buddy Ultimate Vinyl Record Cleaning Kit
Vinyl collectors will be full of thanks over this reviewer-loved record cleaning kit by Vinyl Buddy. It comes with everything they’ll need to keep their vinyls in pristine shape, including a velvet brush, microfiber brush, stylus brush and cleaning spray.
Lululemon – Everywhere Belt Bag Large 2L
Wherever their travels or day take them, make sure it’s done in style. Lululemon’s Everywhere Bag has garnered much attention for being fashionable yet functional (with many alternatives created to compete). The 2-liter opening provides enough space for all the essentials including sunscreen, chapstick, phone, wallet, keys and more. Plus, it comes in a different colors to choose from.
Papier – Classic Border Notecard Set
Whether they’re always organized or are very career oriented, spruce up their WFH or in-office desk with some personalized stationary. Papier’s Classic Border Notecard Set comes with a minimum of 10 cards that can have their name, address and more added to it.
Inkbox Semi-Permanent Tattoo
Are they on the fence about a tattoo? No matter if they’re inked or scared of commitment, Inkbox’s Semi-Permanent Tattoo comes in a mix of shapes and styles that, once applied, will look realistic but won’t be permanent.
Brooklinen – Super Plush Robe
When they take a self-care day, they won’t be able to resist cuddling up in Brooklinen’s Super Plush Robe. It’s not only made from 100% Turkish cotton, but comes with an adjustable belt they can fit it to their liking.
Malin + Goetz – Advanced Renewal Moisturizer
Keep their skin hydrated and nourished with this Advanced Renewal Moisturizer. If your loved one is a skincare lover, they’ll definitely adore the blend of vegan ingredients such as apple stem oil, meadowfoam seed oil and Neossance Squalane that’ll help firm and combat dehydrated skin.
cotsoco – Vinyl Record Player Turntable
Don’t let their vinyl collection gather dust! Instead, surprise them with a retro vinyl player like the model pictured above. Not only is it Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling audio and video turntable, but it has features like Bluetooth and three speeds to choose.
Aspiring musicians, cooks, actors and more can take advantage of online music lessons or skill teachings from a subscription with MasterClass. Just choose between the three tiered plans and they’ll have access to the entire library of classes for as long as many months as you want to gift it for.
Uncommon Goods – Create Your Own Reel Viewer
They can relive their favorite memories with you using this vintage reel viewer. Choose a mix of photos, whether it’s from the two of you growing up or that beach vacation the two of you went on. Either way, they can look back and think of you every time they’re feeling nostaligic.
Leatherology – Sunglasses Case
Keep their shades safe in a durable and fashionable case by Leatherology. The custom case can be monogrammed with their initials and is available in full grain leather material in shades of brown, black, pink, blue, red and more.
Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
Creating the perfect ambiance also requires a killer playlist, which can only be played best on a Bluetooth speaker. Anker’s is not only waterproof, but can play up to 24 hours of non-stop sounds on a full charge. The connection can also last up to 66 feet, allowing you to walk around without having to leave behind your smartphone.
Nirvana Gender-Neutral Graphic T-Shirt
Vintage T-shirts like this Nirvana Graphic Tee will never go out of style. Fans of trends or of the band are sure to love the versatile style that can be paired with ripped jeans and a leather jacket. or tucked into a maxi skirt.
Luke Combs x Crocs – Classic Clog
Combine their love of country music with a comfy yet trendy pair of Luke Combs-themed Crocs. These are a part of the many celebrity Crocs collaborations that the brand does, and comes with exclusive Jibbitz charms.
Encourage your loved one to take a vacation through one of Airbnb’s stays. Whether it’s a staycation or an adventure somewhere new, they’re sure to be excited to take a break, enjoy a dip in the pool or just take in the views of a new landscape.
JYX Karaoke Machine
For the friend that always wants to hit a karaoke bar, bring the concert to their home with their very own karaoke machine. This model comes with two microphones for duets and solos, has a side handle for portability and can connect to their phone for easier music listening and singing. It’s also rated a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon for karaoke portable systems — so you know it’s good.
Cozy Earth Plush Lounge Sock
You can’t go wrong with the basics like these plush socks from Cozy Earth. Each set comes with three pairs, and you can choose from five color variations and watch as your friend slips into a comfy bliss thanks to the soft polyester and viscose bamboo materials.
One of the more unique gifts you can surprise them with is this baguette-shaped candle — especially if their favorite food is bread. It’s handmade from a natural paraffin wax and has two wicks that they can light or keep on display for all guests to admire.
Classic Snake Chain Necklace
Top off their oufits with this classic gold snake chain necklace available in two lengths and three styles. They can layer it or wear it alone, it’s that versatile.
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