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your guide to awesome appreciation gifts

you might not know these people well, but you couldn’t get through the year without them. here, 15 gift ideas to show how much you appreciate the helpers in your life

These are the people on your list every year, but you tend to leave their gift buying until last minute because you’re never quite sure. We’re talking about your child’s wonderful teacher and your daily dog walker. Those reliable babysitters and the co-workers who make you laugh. The delivery person who gets it right every time and your always-smiling doorman. Sure, there’s the gift of cash, but it’s far from personal and always begs the question “how much?” We’re here to help with some affordable ideas that feel unique, useful, and best of all, thoughtful.

coffee & tea gifts

Start with a cute mug, then build on the gift from there with your favorite bag of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. A mug with their initials or a personal message always feels special, while a style in a modern design might just become their new go-to.

beer, wine & mixology gifts

Say “cheers” in the best way with a beautiful set of glasses, paired with a 6-pack of local craft beer or a hard-to-come-by vintage. Sets are another fun idea and there are so many great ones to choose from, including those for beer tasters, mixologists, and more.

pet-themed gifts

If they’ve shown you a pic of their furry friend, you can bet they’ll appreciate a gift in the same vein. Coasters or a set of tea towels will always be put to good use, and faux fur slippers are soft and cozy—just like their favorite companion!

candles & potpourri gifts

If you think candles don’t make great gifts, then it’s time to try the good stuff. Those without fireplaces will be thrilled with the magical ambiance of a wood-burning scent, while a long-lasting candle with three wicks is a total game changer. And pine-scented potpourri, preferably paired with a stylish little bowl, is the ultimate gift of cozy.

gag gifts

The holidays aren’t the holidays without a white elephant or ugly sweater party. Our advice? Stock up now and you’ll never be scrambling last minute. A funny twist on Monopoly is always a crowd pleaser, while notepads with ironic messages will make co-workers LOL.

and… always-welcome holiday gift ideas


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