Many dread the holidays due to gifting apprehension. And while we understand the worry that surrounds savvy budgeting and perfect purchases, we actually find the upcoming season to be the most liberating of all shopping occasions. Where gifting on other special days (like birthdays or V-Day) can call for particular goods sharply pre-groomed by recipients, during the holidays these strict shopping wheels come off. Meaning we get a creative license back on our buys.
In the spirit of embracing the season ahead as a festive gifting free-for-all, we tapped a unique shopping source for inspiration: Wayfair’s Hidden Gems. Much to our delights, the mega online home store contains a page dedicated solely to a slew of surprising and affordable finds. From whimsical kitchen gadgets to decor, furniture, and even goodies for furry friends, we pulled out the best giftable buys from the eclectic selection ahead. Instead of getting caught up in strict lists this season, scroll on to shop the hidden gems that your nearest and dearest won’t know they needed until they open (and love) them.
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The Gift: Cacti Shaker Set
Why We Love It: Kitschy, but in the trendiest way — the succulent-lovers in your life will adore a set of these cute green seasoners.
Global Amici Cactus Salt & Pepper Shaker Set, $13.99, available at Wayfair
The Gift: Metallic Pouf
Why We Love It: A chic conversation piece that statement-making pals can covet — move it from bedroom to living room for a pop of sleek, space-age style.
Zingz & Thingz Pouf, $102.99, available at Wayfair
The Gift: Gilded Turtle Tray
Why We Love It: Glamorous giftees won’t know what hit them with a good that’s a trifecta of fashion, function, and funky — fill this ample accent tray with everything from fruit to jewelry, remotes, and even keys.
Bay Isle Home Garvey Decorative Bowl, $47.99, available at Wayfair
The Gift: Soft-Serve Ice Cream Machine
Why We Love It: If the recipient of this childhood nostalgia-dream gift doesn’t weep with gratitude, then we’ve got heated words for them…
Cuisinart Mix It In Soft Serve 1.5 qt. Ice Cream Maker, $69.59, available at Wayfair
The Gift: Acrylic Jewelry Hand
Why We Love It: This gift makes other jewelry holders pale in comparison with it’s flashy neon color and statement meta-shape — it’s an ’80s style dream.
Evideco Eve Countertop Jewelry Holder and Organizer Hand, $16.98, available at Wayfair
The Gift: Chic Pet Tent
Why We Love It: Our beloved furry friends deserve chic home decor treatment, too — and this stylish sleeper fits the bill to a teepee.
Nooee Pet Striped Pet Teepee Hooded Dog Bed, $59.99, available at Wayfair
The Gift: Mod Vase Set
Why We Love It: This colorful set of sculptural vases are the ideal surprise for an artful friend with a taste for floral …read more