Published on November 7, 2020

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It’s never too late to ask for help when it comes to holiday shopping, especially when you’re trying to nail down something for that friend who has everythingWhatever is stumping you, a recommendation from someone with naturally great taste is always welcome, which is why we went to the coolest people we could think of and asked them what they’ll be gifting to others this season.  

Ahead, EyeSwoon’s Athena Calderone, designer John Derian, Chillhouse founder Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, and more tastemakers reveal the finds they’re coveting. (Great news: Some of them shared multiple ideas.) Their stylish picks start at $16, so don’t sweat it if you’re on a tight budget. 

The Bathroom Amenity 

I’m always advocating for self-care, and it’s my hope that by gifting this handmade eucalyptus tray, it will encourage my loved ones to indulge and take time for themselves. I’ve lived with this beautiful product for quite some time now and use it regularly. Athena Calderone, author of Live Beautiful and founder of EyeSwoon

The Showstopping Accessory

I have been weirdly obsessed with lighting this year and eyeing a lot of Beldy’s table lamps. This striped one is my latest love. —Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, founder and CEO of Chillhouse 

The Host’s Must-Have 

I have been coveting this Melon soup plate from my collection with Astier de Villatte. It is as sweet as a melon and perfect for serving anything. John Derian, decoupage artist and owner of John Derian Company 

The Kitchen Staple 

For my friends who are avid entertainers, I’ll be gifting the Caraway Home Cookware set. It’s a true game changer, and the pieces come coated in stylish color options. Kelly Wearstler, designer

The Affordable Artwork 

I bought one of these posters for myself, framed it, and hung it in our hallway; it makes me so happy every time I walk past it. Courtney Adamo, cofounder of Babyccino 

The Feel-Good Present 

This year I’ll be supporting local restaurants with my gifting. I’ll be sending a bounty of cookies from Maman NYC. For local deliveries, they come in the prettiest little boxes, but they also ship outside the city. Young Huh, designer 

The Discreet Organizer 

I personally use this bowl every morning to burn palo santo, to encourage the cleansing of negative energy. It also makes a great catchall for jewelry, and the patina finish adds a sense of sophistication to any room’s aesthetic. Athena Calderone

The People Pleaser  

You can’t go wrong with a candleholder (especially simple clay ones). Everyone can use them. Courtney Adamo

The Stocking Stuffer 

Our newest Chill Tips collection, Keep Pressing On, is launching this month. The designs (the Yin Yang, Tie-Dye, and Checkered) are inspired by 2020’s biggest style trends. You can buy just one for the stocking or a full bundle for that extra-special friend.—Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

With most of us spending a lot more time at home these days, a MasterClass subscription is the perfect gift, with a variety of courses in different subjects from more than 80 experts. There’s a class for everyone. Kelly Wearstler

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