By Rachel Besser

Published on December 2, 2017

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We’ll admit it, even the best of us are guilty of giving someone a lackluster gift at some point in time. But we’ve learned from our mistakes. That’s why we’ve put together a guide of our no-fail tips to help ensure you get that “cool girl” vibe with every gift you give. Click through the slideshow ahead and get ready to give everyone on your list gifts they’ll love. With the picks ahead, chances are you’ll want to get yourself one of everything, too.

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Make It Personal

Custom Silver Signet Ring, Vanessa Lianne, $98

The thought really does count, especially when you’re struggling to find an awesome present you know they’ll love. One way to ensure a thoughtful, meaningful, and downright cool gift is with something customized. While customizing isn’t necessarily a new idea, there’s a way to make it feel different: Instead of personalizing the gift with their initials, try the initials of an inspirational phrase or their favorite mantra. Just like that, your gift will help keep them in a good mental state every time they wear it.

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Give Them Something Coveted

Herbarium Bee Incense Burner, Gucci, $195

Gifting something from a coveted brands like Gucci will make a statement this holiday season. While most luxury items can have high price tags, there are super cool options that won’t break the bank. For example, this incense burner is a great statement piece that will also have their home smelling good, too. Sounds like a win-win!

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Upgrade Their Home

Thank You Woven Throw Blanket, Chinatown Market for UO, $99

There’s nothing better than getting someone a luxe gift that they’d never get themselves; like a fancy planter, stylish glassware, nice candles, or a downright cool throw blanket. Next time you’re at their house, take a note of something that could use an upgrade and get them the coolest version you can find. They’ll be impressed that you spotted their need without having to ask.

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Get Into Their Skin

Korean Skincare Regimen: Oily/Acne Prone Skin, peach and lily $260

We look to our coolest friends for intel on new, must-have skincare products. And since nobody is ever mad at a new luxurious and effective skincare regimen (especially when the products come in cool packaging) why not utilize Peach and Lily, a trusty source for curated Korean skincare regimens. These skincare regimen packs have everything they’ll need from toner, to eye cream, to face oil, and are curated by skin type. All you have to know is their skin type, which won’t be hard to find out without spoiling the gift.

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When In Doubt, Tech It Out

Phillips Hue White Smart Bulb Starter Kit, Phillips, $93

If you’re still absolutely lost, go for a tech gift. Seriously, this is one of the easiest ways to get someone a super cool gift that they’ll actually use. The best part is you don’t have to splurge to find something great. An Amazon Echo dot is under $100. If your giftee already has a smart home, then another great option is a Phillips Hue starter kit. That way, even the worst rental apartment can have custom lighting complete with dimming options and voice command activation. If your giftee is scared of tech, make sure that helping them with set up is a part of the gift, too.

 

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