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From your kid’s teacher to your doorman, holiday shopping can be difficult. On the one hand, you are endlessly grateful for everything they do and want to get them something great. But on the other, you don’t know them that well. Here’s a roundup of great gift ideas that are universally appreciated and will make you feel better than handing them a $20 bill.

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For Your Neighbor: 'Wine Bites' Cookbook

She always invites you to her dinner parties. So why not gift her a recipe book that includes helpful wine pairing suggestions? 

Chronicle Cookbooks ($25)


For Your Doorman: Movie Theater Gift Card

Make their next night off a memorable one by paying for a trip to the see the latest blockbuster—candy and popcorn included. 

Fandango (from $25)

Urban Outfitters

For Your House Cleaner: Basil Making Kit

She’s always giving you delicious recipe ideas and tips for how to perfect that red sauce. Give her this neat gift and she’ll continue to reap the benefits for months to come.

Modern Sprout ($20)


For Your Deliveryman: Reusable Coffee Mug

Since they’re on their feet practically 12 hours a day, a reusable mug that keeps drinks hot for a full shift will be much appreciated. (Plus, you can always offer to top them off on their way through your neighborhood.) 

Hydroflask ($25)


For Your Coworker: Compliment Pencil Set

Whether it’s for the office assistant or your cubical mate, get them a fun desk treat that they’ll actually want to bring to those weekly meetings. ($10)


For Your Dog Walker: Carry-On Cocktail Kit

You follow his foodie account on Instagram and know he loves a good craft cocktail. So make his flight home for the holidays a little easier. 

W&P Design ($24)

Uncommon Goods

For Your Super: Morning, Noon and Night Coffee

He’s likely on his feet all day long, dealing with everyone from your cranky neighbor to those new tenants who have a million questions. Give him the gift of caffeination, without the risk of tossing and turning once it’s finally time for bed. 

Uncommon Goods ($12)


For Your Kid’s Teacher: Ultra Calming Spray

She needs this stress-reducing aromatherapy spray in her desk drawer ASAP.

Dermalogica ($11)


For Your Nanny: A Cookie Jar

Enlist the kids’ help for a thoughtful and delicious gift that she can enjoy all season long.

Kyle’s Point ($20)

Uncommon Goods

For Your Personal Trainer: Chakra Bath Salts

Each color is packed with a different essential oil to help them unwind and relax at the end of a long day.

Uncommon Goods ($22)

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