Sometimes the little things have the greatest capacity to delight. That’s certainly true of these small wonders, from cheeky note cards to a silly wine stopper. Not having to scour the store shelves to find these winners? Now that’s huge.

Need gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list? We’ve got picks for men, womenkids, and the holiday host. Plus, great presents under $50.


With its see-worthy maritime-themed packaging (cute enough to leave out on the counter), fresh, faintly minty scent, and just-rough-enough salt flakes (embedded all the way to the very center), Swedish Dream’s bar would float just about anyone’s boat.

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK Photography by Jennifer Hughes; Styling by Kristi Hunter

If it can purify water in the wilderness, imagine what activated charcoal can do for your skin when it’s woven into a two-sided spa towel (one gentler, one coarser). We’ll tell you what: absorb oil and impurities, slough off dead cells, and generally give you that just-back-from-the-platza feeling in the comfort of your own home (no overzealous Russian spa attendants required).

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK Photography by Jennifer Hughes; Styling by Kristi Hunter

Distilled from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, neroli oil (said to have been prized by 16th-century princesses) gives this sunny yellow tube’s contents their romantic earthiness.

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK Photography by Jennifer Hughes; Styling by Kristi Hunter

What more dignified way to preserve a half-finished bottle of Nero d’Avola than with this jauntily attired porcelain bear stopper from Imm Living’s Victorian Manimal series?

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK Photography and Design by Thayer Gowdy

Made in Brooklyn by a husband-and-wife team, this plant-based cream forgoes floral notes in favor of a slightly spicy blend of sage and lemongrass.

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK Photography by Aaron Bengochea

A mouse with an artist-designed print pays homage to analog gear of old while maximizing the benefits of a wireless world. Buy it for your favorite amateur DJ, serious speakerhead, or hip-hop historian.


Men tend to get all the high-end shave swag, but this moisturizing rosemary, cedarwood and clay shaving soap is a gender-neutral answer for making a daily chore downright pleasurable.

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK Photography by Nathan Kirkman and Anna Knott; Design by Graham Kostic and Fran Taglia

Encourage an aspiring Ansel (Dominique, that is) with a set of microwave- and dishwasher-safe stoneware measuring spoons designed–worn rims and all–to resemble vintage tin. Don’t forget to call dibs on future next-great-cronut tastings.

So he’s not much of a writer? So what! On these gold-embossed note cards (that’s a silhouette of brass knuckles up top) even everyday communiqués pack a real punch.

Even grown men need to get spoiled sometimes. A super-luxurious pre-shave treatment made from six natural, non-pore-clogging oils, is a fine place to start.

Ideal for those creative, imaginative, future-Picasso types.

For the friend who sets an impeccable table and plates food like a pro: a salt that looks as lovely as it tastes. These craggy crystals—mined from the Himalayan mountains—can be poured into a clear salt grinder for serving.

Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

She’s got a case for everything: iPad, makeup, sunglasses. Add one for the pens and pencils to the list.

Bottle opener. Pickle. Mushrooms. Just 642 items to keep the young (or young at heart) doodling until next holiday. Ready, set, draw.


This is one lump of coal they’ll actually thank you for. Apotheke’s chunky, 5-ounce slab of bamboo-charcoal soap takes four weeks to cure in the brand’s Brooklyn workshop—and lasts nearly as long on the shower shelf. Avocado, coconut, and olive oils deliver the naturally rich lather.


The throwback red-and-white patterned packaging and nostalgic notes of cinnamon, orange, and clove evoke vintage recipe books and hot spiked drinks in equal measure.

Photography by Josh Leung

A pocket reference guide for the girl who is as obsessed with color (bright yellow! vibrant orange! neon pink!) as she is about Mercury retrograde.

Photography by Josh Leung

Spoil someone very special with these melt-in-your-mouth caramels made with whiskey, bourbon, and smoked salt.

Photography by Josh Leung

Note to self: Make someone’s day with a set of pencils bearing a few important points.

Photography by Josh Leung

An all-natural lip stain that gets its deep shade from a surprisingly powerful duo: beet root and hibiscus. The perfect little something for your makeup-obsessed nieces.

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