Some years, you think you’ve found your friend the perfect gift—only for it to show up in the next year’s White Elephant circle. Don’t worry, that won’t happen again, because we’ve already done the work of identifying nine gifts your friends will not only keep but actually want to use. What do all of these gifts have in common? An ideal combo of practicality, aesthetics and of course, a strong dose of thoughtfulness.
9 Items Your Friends Are Guaranteed Not to Regift
2. Lula’s Garden Succulent Gift Box, Bliss Garden
For the plant lady in your life. This fresh succulent comes adorably wrapped in a planter gift box than can be customized for a whole bunch of occasions. Each garden is hand-planted and assembled in L.A. and includes a plastic water dropper.
3. Ketel One Botanicals
Your friend has been taking her newfound interest in mixology seriously, so gift her a bottle of fresh-tasting Ketel One Botanicals (that just so happens to have 40 percent less calories than a glass of white wine). She’ll love that it’s distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences for a delicious taste without any sugar, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors. Pick whichever varietal best suits her taste preferences for a gift that feels extra personal: There’s Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint and Grapefruit & Rose.
KETEL ONE BOTANICAL. Made With Vodka Distilled With Real Botanicals And Infused With Natural Flavors. 30% Alc/Vol. © Double Eagle Brands, B.V. Imported by Ketel One USA, Aliso Viejo, CA. Per 1.5 oz.: 73 Cals, 0g Carbs, 0g Protein, 0g Fat
4. Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix Kit
Olaplex is the holy grail of haircare. Indulge your friend with this complete system that contains a full-size of the beloved hair-repairing pre-shampoo No. 3 Hair Perfector, travel-friendly sizes of the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner and a full-size of Olaplex’s latest hit—the No.6 Bond Smoother that ensures frizz-free straight hair or curls for up to 72 hours.
5. Olive & June The Pedi System
Brand new from healthy polish brand Olive & June, this pedi system will transform her at-home spa days for good. It has everything needed for the perfect pedicure: a foot file, nail polish remover pot, large flat edge clippers, a nail file, cuticle remover, cuticle pusher, mini buffer, foot serum, silicone toe separators, the clean up brush and the posey. Whew. The tool box itself costs $60, but for $70 you can throw in one bottle of nail polish in their favorite shade, and for $100 you can throw in six.
6. Wthn Ear Seed Kit
What a year, right? A gift that offers some relief is guaranteed to be hit, and these ear seeds—which utilize a technique that's over 2,500 years old—will give just that. They provide continuous compression on ear and body points to help alleviate a variety of conditions like pain, insomnia, anxiety, digestive disorders and hormonal imbalances by sending signals to the brain’s reflex center. This pack includes gold-plated tweezers and a how-to map of application points, 20 gold ear seeds, 20 Swarovski Crystal ear seeds, meaning they’ll not only feel good, but look good, too.
7. Papier Writing Paper Set
This watercolor stripe writing paper set was created by NYC designer Rosie Assoulin, whose evening wear is loved by the likes of Beyonce and Karlie Kloss. Customize it with your friend’s name or initials up top for a truly personalized gift that’ll encourage her to put pen to paper—just like she’s been meaning to do anyway.