12 Gifts That Don't Suck: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE giving gifts. There's no better feeling than figuring out the perfect present to bring a smile to the face of a friend or family member that you love. 

Gift giving isn't always easy - and if you're doing it right, it takes some time and effort. The saying, "It's the thought that counts" really is true, people. 

So many gift guides that I peruse during the holiday season seem so uninspiring. A $50 Kate Spade keychain tassel? A marble rolling pin? So impersonal and over the top. 

In my opinion, the perfect gift strikes the perfect balance between practicality, usefulness, indulgence and uniqueness. 

Here are some of my favorite finds that might make the perfect present for someone in your life this holiday season (along with savings galore and even a giveaway!)

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1.) Homesick Candles 

$35

Do you have a friend who grew up in a different state or moved away from home? These candles offer unique scents based on different states. I think these are simply adorable.

2.) The Curated Carrot 

$11-$50

If you have a friend who can get behind ~essential oils~ then this is a unique gift that keeps on giving. Fill these gorgeous pieces of jewelry with essential oils and reap the benefits whenever you're wearing it!

The Curated Carrot offers a variety of oil diffusing necklaces, bracelets, earrings and keychains. 

And from now until December 16, when you spend $20+ at Curated Carrot and use the code PBBF10, you can receive 10% off your order!

3.) Chart Metalworks 

$85-$200+

Is there a specific place close to your friend or family members heart? Are they really into all things nautical? Chart Metalworks makes beautiful jewelry using nautical charts and maps. 

Not only are there pre-made pieces on the website, but you can work directly with an artist from Chart Metalworks to create a piece of jewelry with any location you can imagine! 

Aside from bracelets, necklaces and earrings, Chart Metalworks creates belt buckles, wine stoppers, money clips, key chains, bottle openers, cuff links and more so you can create a gift for anyone.

4.) Lo & Sons 

$275-$294

A year ago, I wrote a post about my search for the perfect gym bag. A bag that could go from my apartment, to the office, to the gym, to happy hour, to a coffee shop, to the airport. I ended up buying the Lo & Son's OG Overnight bag and it CHANGED MY LIFE. If you have a friend who often looks like a bag lady, or just a friend who always has a jam-packed schedule, this bag could change her life too. 

5.) Book Of The Month Club

$45-$150

I'm not a huge fan of monthly subscription programs - I've been skipping deliveries on Blue Apron every week for a year, essentially. But one that I can get behind is a subscription that gifts you with one new, hardcover book each month of the year. 

I have a friend who absolutely adores this monthly service which allows users to pick between a variety of book offerings each month. 

Since starting Book of the Month Club, my friend has loved almost all of the books and many of them have become quite popular!

There are many different plans, including a 1-month plan, 3-month plan and year plan. 

6.) Witty Tea Towels 

$5-$30

Giving the gift of a dish rag might seem a little odd, but not if they're cute and clever enough to bring a smile to someone's face as they slave away in the kitchen or do their dishes! Whether they're a celebrity chef or microwave master, everyone needs a dish towel. Plus, it's an interior design piece as well. 

Here are a few of my favorites - I really like food puns, if you couldn't tell! 

The Decal Shoppe Inc. - Now through Friday, you can save 10% on your purchase from The Decal Shoppe Inc. with the code PBismyBF10
A2D Creations
Sudds and Stuff
Kings Custom Design
Moonlight Makers - You can get 20% off your purchase at Moonlight Makers when you use the code PEANUTBUTTERBOYF at checkout!
The Neighbogoods - From now through December 20, get 15% off your order from The Neighborgoods using the code PBISMYBF

And are you ready for some MORE exciting news? Jill from Kings Custom Design will be giving away towel sets to TWO lucky winners! See the end of this post for more details and your chance to win! 

7.) Stamped Utensils

$16-$25

Alright, this might sound even odder than dish towels, but I am in love with these personalized utensils from Etsy! Have an ice cream loving friend? One who eats oatmeal every morning? One who smears butter on everyyything? They need a stamped utensil dedicated to their favorite dish. 

If none of these clever little utensils remind you of your special person, then you can also custom design your own.

These are great because they're something that most people wouldn't spend the money on for themselves, even though they might really want one (OK, I'm talking about myself here, clearly!) 

8.) Erin Condren Lifeplanner

$55+

The other day, my group of friends and I had an extensive group text conversation about our favorite planners. If you've got some type A friends and family members who are constantly busy and still like to write things down instead of depending on their iPhone calendar, consider giving them one of the best-rated planners on the market - the Erin Condren Lifeplanner.

I'm so excited that there is going to be one sitting under my Christmas tree this year (thanks Mom & Dad!) 

The best part is how customizable it is. I know I like a vertical layout - and it's so easy to make that choice while creating your own Lifeplanner. There are tons of fun accessories you can add on as well. 

And if you use this referral code, you'll get $10 off your first order! (And full disclosure, I'll get some credits on the Erin Condren site as well!) 

9.) Misheard Lyric Glasses

$14.50 

When my friend brought these glasses to my attention, I couldn't stop laughing! These are more of a funny gift, but everyone uses glasses, right? 

My personal favorite is: 

This is the dawning of the age of asparagus

10.) Letterfolk Letter Boards 

$50-$250

I think these vintage letter boards are the coolest idea for interior design. They would look great in a kitchen, living room, foyer, bedroom, or even at someone's desk! 

These boards can be used for quotes, menus, lyrics, to do lists, blogger photograph props, parties and a million other things.

I love following Lettefolk on Instagram, too. Their pictures are so visually appealing with great quotes. 

 

11.) Eat Healthy Designs Punny Shirts 

$5-$50

Like I said - I love nothing more than a good food pun, and my friends seem to share my sense of humor. I can think of a handful of friends who would love nothing more than to enjoy Sunday brunch in a shirt reading, "Everyday I'm Brusselin'." 

Eat Healthy Designs has tons of cute, clever, culinary, chic cotton tees and tanks. And as the creator of Peanut Butter Is My Boyfriend, I think it's about time I treat myself to the "Peanut Butter Is My Spirit Animal" shirt, yes? 

I also really love their food pun pencils! 

Save 15% when you use the code PB15 :)

12.) Punderdome: A Card Game 

$20

I'm smitten with this idea for a board/card game - you get two completely unrelated cards and need to come up with some sort of pun relating the two! 

Games like Cards Against Humanity, 5 Second Rule and Balderdash are my favorites - they're funny and creative and often leave me crying tears of laughter.

Buy this for your friend who entertains regularly and have them break it out at the next girls night! 

To be eligible to win a set of tea towels from Kings Custom Design, please subscribe to my email list below! You should also sign up because 2017 is the year of the PB IS MY BF Newsletter - or at least it's a 2017 resolution ;) 

Then, leave a comment telling me your most genius gift idea this holiday season and I'll pick two lucky winners!