gift guides

White elephant gifts people will actually LIKE (updated for 2019!)

In the next two weeks, thousands of White Elephant gift exchanges will unfold. There will be variants. Many people will completely forget to get a gift until the morning of the exchange, and many more will go home with weird combinations of stuff they don’t really want — one year I got a scented candle and a pack of cinnamon out of the draw, and knew my boss must’ve swung by Walgreens over lunch.

If you’re going to do something, why not do it right? Here are 10 ideas for random gift exchanges — five items under $20, five items under $10, and five items you can make or find in your home.

Hostess gift ideas: look past wine and go for handmade, locally-sourced, or unusual offerings

If wine just won’t cut it for your next hostess gift, we have new ideas. Carnivorous plants? Pineapples? Oh my!