7 Holiday Gift Ideas for People You Don’t Know Too Well

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The magic of the holiday season hinges on giving more than you receive—and that warm, fuzzy feeling that you get afterwards isn’t so bad either. However, gifting isn’t all sugarplums and candy canes. It can get tough, especially when shopping for people that you don’t know very well.

From co-workers to your significant other’s family, chances are you’ll be wrapping presents for some semi-acquaintances this season. Oh, and let’s not forget about finding gifts for a Secret Santa and that random person that unexpectedly sent you something and now you feel obligated to gift something back.

Whatever the case, here’s an affordable lineup of presents under $50 that are sure to impress the people you barely know—and maybe even spark a new friendship.

BKR Little 500 ML in Cash, $38

Sure, a water bottle seems like an ~obvious~ gift, but BKR’s glass design and leak-proof, BPA-free cap is the no-spill sipping vessel that all of your semi-acquaintances need. The deep green shade is sure to get them into the holiday spirit, simply add some red ribbon for a gift that doesn’t even require wrapping.


Kitsch Satin Sleep Set in Black, $36

This could be a fun gift for that diligent co-worker that deserves to catch up on some z’s. Complete with a silky pillowcase, eye mask and scrunchie, Kitsch’s sleek Satin Sleep Set promotes a luxurious, deep slumber that’s gentle on skin and hair.


Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker, $48

If you’re looking to wow, give this gift and earn the title of chicest gift giver. The perfectly packaged Jo Malone London Christmas Cracker houses three sweet-smelling treats: cologne, body crème and hand wash. Something tells me your mother-in-law is going to love this.


BY TERRY Twinkle Glow - Mini to Go Set, $30

This limited edition set carries mini versions of BY TERRY’s signature bestsellers, including Baume de Rose, Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, and a retractable kabuki brush. Plus, it doubles as a tree ornament, and who wouldn’t want to hang up this diamond-designed must have?


Caudalie Moisturizing Hand & Nail Cream Trio, $13

With hand washing at all time highs during flu season/COVID-19, the skin on your phalanges is taking a major hit. This year, give everyone you know the gift of soft hands with Caudalie’s Hand & Nail Cream Trio powered by reparative organic shea butter and antioxidant-rich grape polyphenols. Name a more thoughtful present to give this 2020, I’ll wait.


Stila Double Dip and Glitter & Glow Ornament, $24

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a little sparkle, and Stila’s Double Dip and Glitter & Glow Ornament delivers. The velvety duo features award-winning liquid glitter shadows that are lightweight and long-wearing—great for tweens, teens and the young at heart.


Vital Proteins Holiday Sampler Pack, $10

This holiday collagen sampler from Vital Proteins works for anyone who appreciates strong joints, skin, hair, and nails…so basically everyone. The pack comes with 4 sticks that deliver health and beauty benefits in delicious flavors. At only $10 per pack, these are great to stock up on so you always have gifts on hand.

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