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30 Gifts for a Bunch of Super-Specific Life Phases

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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,

These candles not only set the mood but warm up a silky, skin-softening massage oil that can be poured directly onto skin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca” style.

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

Set them up for success with this stylish satin-lined cap they can wear to bed, on Zoom, and out and about to keep strands soft and safe.

For the friend who just made a drastic hair-color change

Show your support with this kit that contains the two repairing products colorist Tracey Cunningham told the Cut are musts, plus a microfiber scrunchie and a silk scrunchie to cradle extra vulnerable hair.

For the friend who is newly sober


This biting, botanic-filled aperitif makes seltzer feel special and is a beautiful addition to a budding alcohol-free home bar.

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

Jen Atkin’s newest shampoo ensures furry first-borns smell as good as an A-lister’s pet and show off hair as shiny as a Kardashian.

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

While they’re questioning their existence and purpose in life, the wax from each candle will gradually melt, revealing tarot readings that will hopefully shed some light on it all.

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

Theragun Mini

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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30 Gifts for a Bunch of Super-Specific Life Phases