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Failsafe Gifts for Anyone on Your List
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If your holiday shopping list is slowly getting longer and longer, then you might well know the feeling of wanting to throw your hands up and say, “EVERYONE IS GETTING SOCKS THIS YEAR.” Socks are actually a great gift, but we get it. That’s why we turned to three women with impeccable taste to find out their failsafe gifts they’d buy if they had $100 in their Venmo card balance. The combination of the easy payment with Venmo’s new debit card — you can easily track purchases and split costs with friends, evenly or unevenly so no one bickers over money — and the comforting nature of a good gift has the mental effect of a Shiatsu massage. Oh, come to think of it, that would be a good gift. Read on for more of their picks, including a mix of foolproof gifts to buy solo and treat-yourself experiences where you can split the bill with your Venmo friends.
Founder of Dormify, the “ultimate small space decorating destination”
Through her company Dormify, Amanda Zuckerman is helping the youths access beautiful home decor that’s right for their (often small) spaces and their (also often small) budgets. You can thank her for bringing neon signs to stylish dorm rooms across America. She weighed in on best one-size-fits-most gifts this season.
Dormify Marble Print Tray
Pair this stylish tray with a bottle of wine, cheese, and crackers for the hostess in your life. Or a candle and a coffee-table book for a home-design enthusiast. Either will be impressed and obsessed.
Student at The New School and founder of the online concept store Mahogany
Tatiana Glover is out here balancing the creation of a concept store with being a full-time student. Her store Mahogany has garnered praise for its commitment to uplifting young women of color. Glover crafted her list of holiday picks with three women in her life in mind: her twin sister, mother, and grandmother.
Framebridge Custom Framing
I love having reminders of special moments. This service allows you to design your own frames for your photos.
Some people just have all the luck, don’t they? When it comes to Laura Jung, that means the perfect mix of delicious food, great outfits, and scenic locations. Her account will make you hungry, want to buy a plane ticket, and ask, “where did you get that?” Lucky for you, she gave us some good recs on what to buy this season.
Imperia Pasta Maker Machine
My boyfriend gifted me with a pasta maker recently, and it turned out to be such a great gift for the two of us, pushing us to cook more and actually make one of our favorite foods ever. You’ll never want to eat store-bought pasta again.
Another candle! The candles in this collection are cozy, funky and perfect for those who appreciate a unique design. I only recently discovered this brand, and the packaging has seriously upgraded my room.
I dined at one of Chef Ross Florance’s dinners and to this day, it has been one of my most memorable meals. Ross has worked in some of the best kitchens in New York, so everything you look for in a fine-dining meal has been perfected in this one-of-a-kind, intimate, and personal dinner experience. Your date will be thoroughly impressed.
This brand makes home goods for the design-oriented in the most minimalist, thoughtful way. Nice plates are essential for every young adult making their foray into home entertaining, and these are the perfect start.
New York is a crazy place, and there’s no doubt that every New Yorker needs to take measures to calm their mind and spirit, whatever they may be. Aire Ancient Baths combines the centuries-old tradition of thermal baths (in a beautifully, historic building) with aromatherapy and massages. They have a range of experiences for one or two people, all of which make for a one-of-a-kind experience that will make one forget they are in the craziest city in the world.