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The Best Holiday Gifts to Buy This Year

All the presents we recommend, in one place.

Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Retailers
Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Retailers
Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Retailers

If you’re not able to see loved ones in person this holiday season (or even if you are), you can show them you care with a thoughtful present. Not sure what to buy? We curated some of our favorite Christmas gifts (and Hanukkah gifts and nondenominational winter-solstice gifts) for everyone on your list. Whether you’re looking for ideas for Mom, Dad, the foodie, the beauty lover, or the man in your life, we have you covered. Scroll down for some of our favorites (including stocking stuffers!), and keep visiting this page from now until Christmas — we’ll keep updating it as we publish new guides.

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Gift Ideas From Black-Owned Businesses

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If you’re looking to shop small, locally, and consciously, this is the guide for you. These Black-owned businesses not only have a great selection of gifts, they’re run by entrepreneurs who are creating spaces to foster the next generation of creators. From cozy winter clothing to matcha kits to experiences, check out these 25 Black-owned businesses to shop and support.

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Gifts for the Dad Who Doesn’t Want Anything

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No two dads are exactly alike, but all dads have something in common: They always claim they have everything they could possibly want. Obviously, this makes them impossible to shop for, so this holiday season we’ve collected 46 gifts for dads who absolutely “don’t want anything.”

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Gifts for Beauty Lovers

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Nothing says treat yourself (and/or someone else) quite like a beauty gift. Whether you’re shopping for someone who is fluent in face acids or a person who simply likes to smell good sometimes, here are the best 2021 beauty gifts that’ll hit everyone on your list.

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Gifts for Any Kind of Mom

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Whether you mom has picked up a new hobby like indoor gardening during quarantine or whether she’s just looking for a something fancy and pretty, you’ll find the perfect present on our list of gifts for moms.

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The Splurge-Worthy Gift Guide

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Luxury isn’t a word we like to use lightly, and given the price point, buying luxury pieces isn’t something to take lightly, either. Cut style director Jess Willis has curated her favorite splurge-worthy gifts, right here.

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Gifts for a Bunch of Super-Specific Life Phases

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A 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. Here are 30 holiday gift ideas based on super-specific life phases that at least one person on your list is probably going through right now.

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The ‘Ask a Boss’ Employee Gift Guide

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If you’re the boss, finding the right gifts for your employees can be fraught with questions: How much do you spend? Should you spend the same amount of money on each person? And if you don’t know someone well, how do you make sure they like the gift while still keeping it professional? Don’t worry — our guide’s got you covered.

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Gifts for People Who Love to Cook (or Eat)

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To ease the process of shopping for the foodie who has everything, we’ve rounded up a handy list to shop and refer to. We have picks from the kitchen to the grill and even options for lovers of fancy coffee. See all 26 suggestions here.

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Tastemakers Share What’s On Their Holiday Wish List

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Some of our favorite tastemakers reveal what’s on their holiday wish list, from puffer slippers to tinned fish, to help you with those exceptional people in your own life this holiday season. Find the complete guide here.

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Gifts to Buy Literally Any Man in Your Life

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So you need to buy a man a gift, and you’re stumped. Maybe you haven’t known him for long and you’re not sure of his taste; maybe you’ve been dating him for a decade and you’ve run out of creative ideas. Regardless of the man or the occasion, here are 35 of the best gifts for men.

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The Scent-Obsessed Gift Guide

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Gifting someone else a fragrance can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. To keep you from wandering the aisles, wafting in the different scents until you’re light-headed, we have here 17 good-smelling gifts (and not just candles, though, yes, candles too). See the complete guide here.

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If You’re Shopping for a Gen-Zer (or Just a Gen-Zer at Heart)

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While this gift guide is Gen-Z-themed, you don’t have to belong to the age group to wear or own any of these products — just embrace being cool, independent, and confident. Find the complete guide here.

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If You’re Looking for Cozy Gifts

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We could all use a little make that a lot of comfort right now. Remind your loved ones that they deserve some rest and relaxation by gifting them something cozy and warm. See the complete guide here.

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If You Want to Know What We’re Giving

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Much of the time, we can rattle off a list of things we want. Then the holidays come along, and our minds seem to go blank. Sound familiar? In need of inspiration? Here’s what the Cut team is giving this season. Find the complete guide here.

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If You’re After Stocking Stuffers

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Maybe you’ve got stockings hung by the chimney with care that need filling; maybe you’re not looking to splash out on a pricey big-ticket item. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered with 43 small, funny, practical, and delightful options. See the complete guide here.

The Best Holiday Gifts to Buy This Year