20 Gifts Our Editors Are Ordering Now To Give This Holiday Season

From the can’t-keep-it-in-stock items to the trusted treasures that are a hit year after year, here are our editors’ top picks.

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Capri Blue Volcano Candle


We're (for the most part) a bunch of planners here at Southern Living, so we like to make sure all our ducks are in a row when it comes to holiday shopping. We want to be sure that the treasures we know and love are all wrapped up in bows in time for Christmas day. These days it feels harder than ever to gift things to people because there are a million and one options on the market. So why not pull inspiration from others? We thought it best to ask our editors, who see and hear about so many amazing products daily, to learn about their go-to ideas and add-to-cart-ASAP gifts this season.

These presents are a mixture of those gotta-have-it-now items, plus a few staples that are clever ideas to have on hand. We even included a few picks that you may want to buy for yourself. (The gift buyer should be allowed a little fun while browsing, right?) Put on your Santa hats and get in the holiday spirit to order these in-demand gifts ahead of time. You'll thank us later.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

“My favorite 'little happy' to give my closest girlfriends is this luxurious lip mask by Laneige that makes your lips feel so soft and moisturized,” says Associate Digital Editor Kaitlyn Yarborough. “Plus, they all smell amazing, especially the limited-edition holiday scents!”

Price at time of publish: $23

Auger Drill Bit for Planting 

"A couple of the guys I'm shopping for this year love their power tools as well as spending time in the garden," says Digital Editor Jenna Sims. "This drill bit that can be used for planting is the perfect gift for them."

Price at time of publish: $18

Capri Blue Volcano Candle

Capri Blue Volcano Candle


Senior Special Projects Editor Katie Rousso is relying on a tried-and-true gift this holiday season. “I don't think there's a holiday season that goes by without a Capri Blue Candle from Anthropologie making its way onto my gift list somewhere—and if I just so happen to buy one (or three) too many, my husband can't get enough it of around our house either. It's a classic!”

Price at time of publish: $36

PhoneSoap Phone Sanitizer & Charger

“Everyone I love is getting one of these phone sanitizers,” says Senior Staff Writer Meghan Overdeep. “Our phones are so much dirtier than we realize and this winter is shaping up to be a germy one!”

Price at time of publish: $50

Set of Four Customized Photo Coasters

Customized Photo Coasters


Editorial Fellow Hallie Milstein’s pick is a set of personalized photo coasters.  “I love getting people custom gifts and I feel like coasters are always a safe bet. You can never have too many and they're great for personalizing with photos that are meaningful to both of us from the year.”

Price at time of publish: from $24

Artifact Uprising Photo Books

Artifact Uprising Photo Books

Artifact Uprising

“I recently got married so we're making our close family members photo books using Artifact Uprising,” says Overdeep. “And it's not just for weddings! This service is good for all sorts of things, including baby books for grandparents, prints, and other framed mementos.”

Price at time of publish: $62

Custom Personalized Photo Pet Face Socks

Continuing with the personalized gift trend, Deputy Editor Lisa Cericola is gifting custom dog socks to everyone on her list this year.

Price at time of publish: $14

LAKE Pajamas

Lake Pajamas Long Sleeve Set


“Every year I buy a pair of pajamas for my grandmother,” said Editorial Fellow Mary Alice Russell. “She loves her Roller Rabbits, but this year I got her some LAKE pajamas that I just know she will love!”

Price at time of publish: $124

Daysie Certified Organic Syrup Trio

Homes and Features Editor Betsy Cribb recommends skipping the bottle of wine, and treating your holiday hosts to one of Daysie's simple syrups instead. “They're equally delicious in coffee or a cocktail, plus, they come in a 3-pack for $42, so it's an easy way to take care of gifts for three people on your list at once,” says Cribb.

Price at time of publish: $42 for set of three

Collapsible Cutting Board with Colander

Collapsible Cutting Board and Colander

"The men in my life are really into their smokers these days and this collapsible cutting board has been a hit," says Associate Digital Editor Mary Shannon Hodes. "It pops out into a tub for applying seasonings without the mess and just as easily flattens for storage, cutting, or carving."

Price at time of publish: $17

Sand & Fog Taper Candles

Sand & Fog Taper Candles


“I bought a few of these taper candle sets from TJ Maxx! Each comes with a set of 4 candles already wrapped in Christmas paper, so it's an easy grab-and-go gift for holiday parties, etc.,” says Assistant General Manager Anna Price Olson. “My thought is a hostess can never have too many candles!”

Price at time of publish: $10

Ice Cream Sleeve 

Travel and Culture Editor Tara Massouleh McCay recommends Homakover's Neoprene Ice Cream Sleeves for fun yet surprisingly handy stocking stuffers. She loved them so much, she even bough a set for herself.

Price at time of publish: $10 for two

Graza “Drizzle” & “Sizzle” Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Graza “Drizzle” & “Sizzle” Extra Virgin Olive Oil


“For my friends who like to cook, I'm ordering this olive oil set. It has an all purpose cooking olive oil and a finishing oil, which they call the Drizzle and Sizzle set,” says Assistant Food Editor Alana Al-Hatlani. “I love the squeeze bottles for easy use, and the cute label that's stylish on its own, no need to decant it into an olive oil dispenser.”

Price at time of publish: $35

Match Cloche

"As soon as I saw this beautiful match cloche, I knew I wanted to gift it this holiday season because it's practical and pretty," says Sims. "I love the idea of pairing it with a candle for a complete gift."

Price at time of publish: $38

Piecework Puzzles

Flower Feast Puzzle


“I've given these Piecework Puzzles to friends, neighbors, and cousins,” says Senior Social Media Editor Brennan Long. “It's easy to find a design to fit specific tastes, and they add a super fun element to cocktail night!”

Price at time of publish: from $32

The Truffliest Truffle Honey

“My family also loves gifting this honey! It's so good and perfect for charcuterie boards,” says Milstein.

Price at time of publish: $22

Sand Cloud Beach Towels

Sandcloud Beach Towel


McCay is also gifting Sand Cloud Beach Towels to all of her fellow beach bums. "They're light, packable, and quick-drying beach towels with 10% of each purchase going towards marine conservation so you can feel good about your purchase, too!"

Eberjey Long-Sleeve Knit Sleep Set

Eberjay Sleep Set


“I also have a bunch of girlfriends with newborns this season, so I'm always keeping an eye on pretty and soft PJs to make their first few months at home as comfy as possible,” says Rousso. “Eberjey's button-down sets are as cozy and cute as you can get!”

Price at time of publish: $138

Louis Sherry Chocolates

Louis Sherry Chocolates

Louis Sherry

“I love giving friends these pretty tins of chocolates,” says Olson. “They come in different sizes and colors so I can pick a price point and style based on the recipient. The chocolates are delicious, and the box makes for a cute trinket or table accessory after they're gone!”

Price at time of publish: from $11

Cariuma Canvas Sneakers

Cariuma Sneakers


Senior Digital Food Editor Kimberly Holland is gifting Cariuma's Canvas Sneakers to a friend who needs sneakers in every color.

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