By: Sarah Schuh
We’re a sucker for a good holiday gift guide — they always have the best ideas! But if we’re being honest with ourselves, the shiny trinkets and toys they showcase always seem a bit out of reach (getting a fancy jade gua sha or temperature-controlled travel mug for everyone can really add up).
So, we’re here with our own roundup that features items at or below $35. From a sleek leather AirPods case for the tech guru to Vital Proteins Holiday Sampler Pack for the wellness-obsessed, you’ll find a little something to impress your crowd without hurting your checkbook.
Vital Proteins Holiday Sampler Box
Sip your way to a festive mood by sending your BFF our fan-favorite collagen products. Think of this Stick Pack sampler as the ultimate tasting menu! Each Holiday Sampler Box includes our OG Collagen Peptides, along with our seasonal Gingerbread Collagen Creamer™, Vanilla Collagen Creamer™, Tropical Hibiscus Beauty Collagen™ and Original Matcha Collagen. It’ll be hard not to walk away with a favorite after trying them. Pinkies up!
Holiday Sampler Box, $16; vitalproteins.com
This Chicago-based company nailed it when it comes to unique gifts. Their pre-curated sets, like this one, include comforting items for your next cozy night in. Here, your recipient will enjoy a spruce bamboo grow kit, pine and cedar-scented soy candle and a sweet, laser-cut ornament for some much-needed R&R.
Gather Live Well Gift Set, $35; store.modsprout.com
The boss lady in your life will appreciate having this cheeky mug placed front and center on her desk. Even better, at a $5 price tag, you can afford to buy a couple for your coworkers to spread the sentiment as you "hustle" your way through the season.
Threshold Hustle Juice Mug, $5; target.com
Treat ‘em to our latest Vital Proteins debut — Collagen Bars™. Perfect for travel, taking to the gym or to the office, they make upping your daily collagen intake easy. Each bar contains 12g of collagen, 16-17g of protein and 4g of sugar or less per serving for a feel-good fix that’s also delicious.
Collagen Bars™ Variety 6-Pack, $18; vitalproteins.com
Meet the world’s most adorable Bluetooth speaker. At just under 2x2 inches, it can travel wherever your plans take you while projecting clear audio quality along the way. The opportunities to play your favorite playlists, podcasts and snap on-the-go selfies — yes, there’s a control for that — are endless. Rock on, my friend!
MINO Glossy Bluetooth® Speaker, $30; shop.nordstrom.com
The cult-favorite brand brings you a stylish travel case with all the amenities. This includes an internal mesh storage sleeve, convenient leather pull, waterproof zipper, classic Herschel label and 33 hues to choose from. For the traveler, or the dude who really needs a toiletry bag for the gym, this is our pick.
Chapter Travel Pick, $35; herschel.com
Reach your hydration goals on the go, courtesy of our Collagen Water™ Sampler Pack, which features all 6 refreshing flavors — Lemon Slice, Lemon Ginger, Blueberry Mint, Blackberry Hibiscus, Strawberry Lemon and Peach White Tea — in a festive carrier, which may or may not be this season's coolest BYOB accessory. With 10g of collagen and 3g of sugar or less, each serving is here to help you uncap your potential this holiday season.
Collagen Water™ Variety 6-Pack & Carrier, $20; vitalproteins.com
Package their favorite AirPods in the safety of this sleek genuine leather case. With a brass carabiner and four leather tones, it’ll make their musical buds stand out from everyone else’s. Plus at $20, it’s a deal so good you might want to snag one for yourself.
Elago Leather AirPods Case, $20; anthropologie.com
Introduce them to the world of wireless charging and they’ll never go back to the corded route. By resting their phone on the slim, aluminum surface, their battery life will be restored. Beyond that, we love this one for its minimalist design and LED lights to indicate when the charge is complete. With over 2,000 reviews, and the ability to accommodate most models of Androids and iPhones, it’s a no-brainer!
TOZO Wireless Charger, $17; amazon.com
Nama-slay with this gift that’ll help them take their yoga practice to new heights. Reputable brand Gaiam designed this mat to fold up for easy packing or transport. Plus, with attached straps and a handle, it’s super easy to tote around. It’s the ultimate accessory for a no-excuses approach to the meditative practice they’ll soon come to love. (Even if it is from the confines of their hotel room!)
Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat, $25; gaiam.com
Calling all decor lovers! These chic white marble coasters with monograms are sure to be a hit at their next dinner party. Perfect for in-laws, bosses and friends with an eye for design, it’s a special one-size-gifts-all present tailored to them.
Alphabet Marble and Wood Coasters, $15; potterybarn.com
Know someone with an affinity for whiskey? Consider this set. With sleek chilling stones and two rocking tumbler glasses (for an extra cool effect), it’ll make their moments of kicking back with their favorite libation feel all the more perfect. (Pro tip: Pair it with a bottle of the actual stuff if you really feel like going all out!)
Whiskey Tumblers & Drink Stones, $23.10; shop.nordstrom.com