holiday gifts 2021

The Strategist’s Supply-Chain-Proof Gift Guide

An obsessively updated list of stuff that’ll make it there by Christmas.

Illustration: Kate Dehler
Illustration: Kate Dehler
Illustration: Kate Dehler

As Strategist editors, we’re no strangers to the supply chain. We sniffed out impossible-to-find essentials like toilet paper and hand sanitizer from unlikely sources during the first wave of the pandemic and pulled together a megaguide of supply-chain work-arounds when we noticed the first squeeze on inventory this past summer. This holiday season is no different with delayed shipping, low inventory, and higher costs making shopping a little more complicated than simply finding the perfect gift for your hard-to-please mother-in-law or finicky teen. But we here at the Strategist love a challenge.

So welcome to the Strategist’s Supply-Chain-Proof Gift Guide, a careful curation of gifts that are available to shop for — and ship — right now. Each item was handpicked by a member of our team from our catalogue of stories across 12 categories: home, toys, tech, beauty and grooming, food and cooking, outdoors and fitness, wellness, travel, pets, teens, stocking stuffers, and wild-card options. Our picks range from the sturdily practical (a hotel-worthy duvet cover and an indestructible pet bed) to the just plain fun (a pair of beginner roller skates and Taylor Swift’s favorite cat backpack).

This list will be checked and updated every day to ensure each one of the 60 gifts below can get to your door and under your tree in time for December 25.

A stock and shipping check for items in this post was last made by Kelsie Schrader on 12/22 at 11:00 a.m.




Beauty and grooming

Outdoors and fitness

Food and cooking


Stocking stuffers ($20 and under)




And some wild-card options

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

The Strategist’s Supply-Chain-Proof Gift Guide