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24 Strategist-Approved Gifts for Everyone on Your List (That You Can Buy at Macy’s)

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To help you get a handle on holiday shopping this year, we’ve been curating gift guides for every person in your life, from your mother to your boss to your BFF — even your furry friends. You’ve probably noticed that some of those guides feature things you can buy from the same retailer — because, as we’ve said, there is something truly satisfying (and savvy) about getting all of your shopping done in one place. Here, we’ve gathered a bunch of Strategist-approved gifts from Macy’s — the department store your grandparents love for its role in Miracle on 34th Street, and your younger cousins know better as that place that sponsors the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Read on for our 24 favorite gifts, from cozy clothes to culty kitchen appliances to expert-recommended skin care. (If your household is a Nordstrom Household — we’ve got you covered; and if you think your recipients would prefer gifts from Urban Outfitters or Everlane, we can help there, too.)

For the dad who always has a pot of chili ready when you visit

This cult-y pressure cooker is here to stay, and if you want to show your dad what the fuss is all about, here’s your chance. It’ll cut down on the time he has to stand around the stove stirring the pot — giving him more time to spend catching up with his favorite kid.

$71 at Macy's
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For the mom who doesn’t mess around with her coffee


While it’s on the pricey side, this expert-recommended coffee grinder “is a worthwhile investment if you want to dramatically improve the quality of your coffee at home,” according to Mike Jones, the director of retail at Variety Coffee Roasters. Your mom will be impressed.

For the spouse who prefers a spot of tea

You can’t beat the convenience of an electric kettle like this retro-y one from KitchenAid. It shuts off automatically once the water is boiling, leaving more time to actually enjoy a cuppa.

For the best friend that asked you to be her maid of honor

This mascara that gets lashes “thick, long, and separated” was deemed the best clump-proof mascara by a panel of makeup artists. It’s also waterproof, which means that she (and you) can go about her wedding activities without worrying about smudged eyes from your tears of joy.

For the boyfriend who’s still wearing college-era underwear

Nothing says cool and confident like a pair of classic Calvin Klein boxer briefs — the go-to choice among menswear experts. “The shape is exceptional, not too tight, and it’s very low maintenance,” says Phillip Wong, the co-founder and creative director of Hawthorne, a direct-to-consumer men’s personal-hygiene company.

For the husband who wants to get back into shape

He can track his runs with this entry-level GPS watch from Garmin that not only checks pace, distance, and heart rate, but also offers the ability to pre-program interval workouts. It topped our list of the best gifts for runners.

For the grandma who has trouble falling asleep at night

Rated one of the best overall weighted blankets to gift by senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson, the Baloo stands out from the rest for its thoughtful design. It’s available in 15 or 20 pounds, and, according to Adelson, “gives you that soothing, grounded sensation while still being aesthetically pleasing” — features your nana will love.

For the grandpa who’s always down for a board game

This compact faux leather backgammon set is “high quality,” according to Lauren Bilanko, the owner of Brooklyn’s Twenty Sided Store. It also zips up so gramps can easily take it with him when he heads to Florida for the winter.

For the sister-in-law who starts putting up Christmas decorations in July

Someone that serious about décor will love this balsam-and cedar-scented candle from Yankee Candle, which is undeniably the people’s candle maker (if you’re looking for something a little more status-y, go here). The bigger size means she can light it all year-round for a quick dose of holiday spirit — if she doesn’t burn it all right away, that is.

For the brother who’s always at the gym

This 64-ounce insulated water jug from Takeya is a beast (and a favorite of Amazon reviewers for its convenient spout lid), ensuring that your gym-rat brother won’t ever go thirsty. (It’s also big enough to be a growler.)

For the college-age sister who’s also a VSCO Girl

She’ll adore how cute and tiny this backpack is even if it doesn’t fit a laptop, because she basically lives on her phone. It’s one of the most popular backpacks on college campuses, according to RAs, a fact that she will also appreciate.

For the niece experimenting with makeup

This “cult favorite” eyelash curler from Shiseido was dubbed the best for round eyes in our list of the top-rated eyelash curlers on Amazon. It will go a long way toward helping her achieve that full-on smoky eye look she’s watched countless influencers create.

For cousin who always posts fit pics

These are very similar to the New Balances that our Resident Cool Guy Chris Black swears by (these are V5; his are V4). They will have your New GQ-reading cousin feeling fresh, whether he’s “sashaying through the Delta terminal at JFK,” as Black says, or walking to class.

For the cousin who’s also a new(ish) parent

This easy-to-learn game for 3-year-olds falls in the “Educational/Reasonably Priced” quadrant of our massive Toy Matrix.

For the sporty aunt

If Strategist writer Hillary Reid were to replace the beloved Denali North Face fleece she’s had since she was a teenager, she would go for this “more modern,” slightly cropped version — which we think your aunt would appreciate on her early morning hikes.

For the stylish aunt

She’ll appreciate this cleansing oil that celebrity aesthetician Joomee Song says is simply the best for removing makeup — even waterproof mascara. And, of course, that it’s from Chanel.

For the older sister who’s about to have a baby

The Chit Chat from new stroller brand Larktale is “really cool,” according to Tot Squad’s Jennifer Saxton, and weighs just 14.5 pounds. It would make a great back-up stroller for when the baby gets old enough for trips to the zoo, for instance.

For the wine-drinking mother-in-law who’s a bit of klutz

These less precarious stemless wineglasses were deemed the very best in their class by restaurant owners for how thin the glass is (the better for smelling the wine) — and for how closely they replicate they experience of drinking from a traditional stemmed glass.

For the father-in-law who always wants perfect grill marks on his steak

Lodge Grill Pan

It’s no secret that we’re fans of Lodge cast-iron pans here at the Strategist, and we’re confident that your carnivorous father-in-law will love this ribbed one that lets you bring the experience of cooking on a barbecue grill inside.

For the momma’s boy who likes to be cozy

He’ll never want to get out of these wool-lined slippers from Ugg (a brand that has surprising staying power) and may even be tempted to leave the house in them.

For the daddy’s girl who wants to be cozy, too