There's a time and a place for a real show-stopper of a gift but, really, many of the gifts we give these days are for neighbors, teachers, and coworkers who could use a little love.
So this year, our team put our heads together to come up with our favorite affordable gifts to delight everyone on your list. And let's admit it, when it comes to fancy chocolate bars or truffle honey, it's always tempting to pick up an extra for ourselves, too.
Electric Water Kettle
Summer, our Senior Editor, fell in love with this electric kettle while visiting her aunt and uncle in Colorado. It helps make tea and cocoa in a jiffy, and the price justifies having one at your desk, too!
Buy it: Amazon Basics Electric Hot Water Kettle, $28 from Amazon
AeroPress Coffee Maker
Our Art Director, Andy, can't live without his AeroPress and it just made the under $30 cut this year! It makes a great, smooth, single cup of coffee with low acidity and very little time. We're sold.
Buy it: AeroPress Coffee Maker, $29 from Amazon
Editor in Chief, Emma, is always down for fun socks, and these food-themed numbers are perfect for stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, or office gift exchanges!
Buy it: Food-Themed Socks, $9
Jacobsen Finishing Salt
Finishing salt makes the most ho-hum meal sing, and this deluxe Jacobsen salt is a great gift for ... anyone who loves food! We snag these for stocking stuffers and, because they come in a pack of two, you can easily justify keeping one for yourself (we won't tell!)
Buy it: Jacobsen Pure Flake Finishing Salt, $14Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Ice Cream Scoop
A great ice cream scoop is a sweet gift for the dessert lover in your life and OXO never lets us down. If you're giving a gift to a local friend, grab a pint of ice cream, put a bow on your scoop and head on over to catch up over a treat. What better gift is there?!
Buy it: OXO Ice Cream Scoop, $10 from Crate & Barrel