It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While the temperature drops, our public relations agency professionals from Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, and New York have been thinking about Christmas since July. Summer is when most long-lead publications (read: print magazines) begin conversations about their December issues. So, with all that time to think about the holidays, we put together a list of holiday must-haves, wish list items and gift ideas for everyone you hold dear (including, of course, yourself).
For Holiday Stress, and Beyond
To help the holidays suck a little less: Caliper CBD powder is the perfect gift for yourself if the season’s stress is hitting a little harder this year. Each single-serve packet contains exactly 20mg of dissolvable CBD you can add to just about anything (water, tea, coffee, cocktails, your aunt’s green bean casserole…).
– Katie R.
For my gals out there with demanding jobs and daily routines: Give your work wife/bestie a cute desk diffuser that will function as her own mini wellness retreat without ever leaving her desk. Trust me: a few lavender drops can turn even the most stressful day around.
Prioritizing sleep is a must, especially during the busy holiday season when stress is high and we are all exhausted from the hustle and bustle. Treat yourself to deep sleep all year long with the chiliPAD or OOLER from chili. From athletes to hustlers, chili wants to help every individual accomplish their dreams (pun intended). chili actively manages the body’s temperature to deliver magical deep sleep.
For the Pet Lover
Have a friend or family member who is absolutely obsessed with their pet? Give them a cozy blanket with their furry friend’s face on it from Pet Canva! My sister has the cutest dog, and I can’t wait to give her this adorable blanket for Christmas this year.
For the Winter Warrior
Spending your first winter in the Big Apple? Hey Dewy is the solution to your sub-zero skin and sinus problems. A portable humidifier that protects you from pollutants and gives you glowing skin, Hey Dewy was made to be your new BFF.
If you’re a person who appreciates the softer things in life, don’t go another day without the Barefoot Dreams cardigan. The Kardashians swear by it and you’ll become a believer in one wear. It is an absolute must for traveling, lounging and being your coziest self during the colder months.
For Stuffing Stockings
I love stocking up on lippy gift sets for the holidays! They include a shade for ever occasion and skin tone. You can gift the whole set or split them up for multiple gifts — one for my sister, one for my friend and two for me.
Working in Social Media/Digital Marketing, you always have to stay up with the latest trends. While scrolling through Instagram I love looking at what influencers are promoting. I’ve come across some fun shops I plan on sharing with my friends this year…Chvker shares fun jewelry, Finding Ferdinand shares custom lipsticks (I’ve actually purchased this for my Mom and best friend before!) and Red Dress Boutique always has cute clothing!
For all the fierce women in your life! A creative outlet of unapologetic Latinas, Hija De Tu Madre created a planner that suits all your planning needs. In addition to serving its purpose as a planner, it will keep you motivated and feeling like you can take on anything life throws at you with affirmations and self-care worksheets. You’re welcome.
Last year my mother-in-law gifted me a Stasher bag, and I love using it! The reusable silicone bags come in super cute bright colors and are just as handy as Ziploc bags — while being better for the environment. Plus, for all that holiday travel, these are also really helpful for carrying toiletries through TSA.
I’m a big concert-goer and when buying merch at a show, I usually pull out my debit card and ID wrapped up in a $5 bill. Yes, my wallet is occasionally a bill. Why? Because I hate lugging around a purse, jacket or bulky wallet. But, my $5-bill-wallet definitely poses a risk, hence why for Christmas I am asking for a Slim Minimalist Front Pocket RFID Blocking Leather Wallet. I’ll be able to put my essentials in one place, slip the wallet into my pocket and jump in that mosh pit or on stage comfortably. I could even throw my $5 in there, too.
For the Wine Enthusiast
To balance those heavy, sugary holiday dishes, FitVine’s limited-edition 2016 Holiday Red is the ultimate table topper. The Holiday Red is an iconic rich, bold, powerful blend of decadent black fruits, dark raspberry, with a touch of chocolate. It embodies a robust full-body character and ultra-smooth, ultra-refined tannins. The Best part: just .01g of sugar per serving.
For your Foodie Friends
Those who can cook, do; those who can’t, become besties with the new Ninja Foodi. This thing does it all – and all you have to do is fill it with the delicious food of your choice! It will bake, saute, dehydrate, roast, broil, crisp, keep warm – it may even raise your kids for you. As a busy publicist in Los Angeles, I love knowing my time can be spent on super important things, like binge-watching “Schitt’s Creek” instead of attempting to cook a delicious meal for my family. My new bestie’s got it handled. Thanks, Ninja!
My parents have everything so I try to give them useful joint gifts they would never buy for themselves. This fish delivery is great because my mom will love to cook it and my dad will love to eat what she makes. Win-win.
For the Adventure Junkie
I love to travel and document my experiences. It is always great to come back, look at photos from the city/country you visited and reminisce on your adventures. I recently came across The Adventure Book which allows you to cross visited countries off your travel bucket list and plan your next adventure.
For the Homebodies
To all the guys and girls working within PR, social media marketing, and/or digital marketing sometimes you just need a break from all of the computer screens and cell phone screens, this is why a gift like What Do You Meme is perfect! This game allows you to get a little competitive, have some laughs, and bond with friends and family.
– Katie M.
As an “Office” fan, I’m very concerned about “The Office” leaving Netflix in 2021. And as someone who likes to prepare and doesn’t want to pay for yet another streaming service once NBC Universal unveils theirs, I think the perfect gift this year is “The Office” Complete Series Box Set on DVD. Never have to deal with the judgment of the “Continue Watching” button on your 456th watch of the series again! The only downside could be that you may also have to gift your friend a DVD player…
Book of the Month is the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life. This subscription-based service offers a selection of five new hardcover books each month to its members. As an avid book lover, I’ve found that this subscription is convenient not only because it’s delivered right to your door, but also because I don’t have to spend as much time figuring out what to read.
I’m obsessed with candles, and they make the best gift for the holidays. Candles are perfect for any room in the home and a great addition to your office desk. I love the 3-wick candles at Bath and Body Works for an amazing holiday scent or the nostalgic scented candles from Homesick that remind you of the places you love.
From our food and beverage PR teams, digital marketing experts, franchise PR pros, lifestyle PR agency gurus and everyone at Konnect Agency, we hope you have a lovely holiday and that this gift guide provided some inspiration for your holiday shopping list!