Brainstorming gift ideas by specific holiday, specific size, or specific relationship is fine and dandy, but another fun way to land on a great present is by pondering what personal news the people you love would be (or already are) posting about. Whether they spontaneously quit their job, miraculously quit coffee, put down a down payment, or created a whole new human, here are some holiday gift ideas based on super-specific life phases that at least one person on your list is probably going through right now.
For the friend who got into a new relationship,
For the friend who is going to get engaged soon
This pretty kit that nourishes, strengthens, and boosts nails’ natural shine is a good thing to have handy if ring pics are in the near future.
For the couple who just got married
Wish the happy couple an eternity of the deepest, most temperature-controlled sleep with this breathable weighted blanket that’s a great size for sharing.
For the friend going through a breakup
Help them clear their head by breathing in good vibes and snuffing out the bad ones with these smoke-free incense sticks.
For the friend embarking on her natural-hair journey
For the friend who just made a drastic hair-color change
For the friend who is newly sober
For the friend who finally quit coffee
Save them from excruciating headaches with matcha from Japan and a handheld, rechargeable whisk that will froth their less-caffeinated lattes to satisfaction.
For the friend who is cutting out caffeine altogether
This incredibly chic kettle comes with an LED temperature display and built-in brew stopwatch so they can pour a cup of jitter-free tea.
For the sister-in-law who is very pregnant
This silky, skin-loving set is not only a thoughtful splurge, but can easily travel to the hospital, where it’s hard to get quality shut-eye.
For the sister who just had a baby
Keep her as comfy as possible with this super-plush robe that comes in colors other than bright white, which is begging for stains.
For the sibling who just became a pet parent
For the sibling who just became a plant parent
A stylish watering can should ensure they keep their new herbage alive.
For the sibling who is openly smoking plants now
These adorable pipes double as decor they’ll feel fine leaving strewn about.
For the sibling who just landed their dream job
Help them look not only bright-eyed but pretty cool for their first day of full-time Zoom.
For the sibling who is going back to office in 2022
These lunch boxes come in a rainbow of colors cheery enough to cancel out the commute dread.
For the sibling who is working remotely, forever
The best WFH desk accessory is piping-hot coffee that doesn’t require repeat trips to the microwave.
For the friend making a big career change
These poppy planners are full of prompts and open-dated calendar pages that’ll help them track and quite literally follow their dreams.
For the friend who just quit their job to Eat-Pray-Love
These compact, colorful, and travel-friendly binoculars are a nice accessory for whatever adventure they’re going on next, be it camping, stargazing, or posing for personal photo ops.
For the sibling making a big cross-country move
Never let them forget where they came from with a scented candle that smells a hundred times better than your actual hometown probably does in real life.
For your 20-something sibling
Surprise! These Insta-friendly pimple patches make the unexpected breakouts a little more bearable.
For your sibling going through their Saturn return
For the cousin heading to college
This curated kit takes care of cleansing and smoothing from head to toe, and it comes in a cute, convenient caddy that cleans up nicely.
For the cousin who just graduated from college
This multitasker takes the place of eight different pieces of cookware, which makes it ideal for small spaces and chefs who are just starting out.
For the 40-something friend
This pocket-sized massager melts away all those mysterious muscle aches and weird hip pains that were never there before.
For the parents who are retiring
Help them hit every destination on their bucket list in style with the brand’s best-selling carry-on, leveled up with a striking aluminum shell.
For the friend who just signed a new lease
Give their new sink bougie-hotel vibes with this fancy hand wash that smells so good, visitors will actually want to wash for the full 40 to 60 seconds like they’re supposed to.
For the friend who just bought a house
Help them scent every corner with the cordless version of the cult-favorite diffuser that can easily move from coffee table to couch to clawfoot bathtub.
For the couple who recently renovated the home
Put the finishing touch on an updated bathroom with these aromatherapy mists that make regular shower steam feel spa-worthy.
For your friend who just got into wellness
Perfect for stress, sleep, and pain, this mat is a go-to for anyone looking to up their wellness routine.
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