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The 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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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. With supply chain and shipping issues this year, we started thinking about presents even earlier than we normally do. We want to be sure that the treasures we know and love are all wrapped up in bows in time for Christmas day. Better to be safe than sorry! Plus who doesn't love an excuse to shop online? These days it feels harder than ever to gift things to people because there are a million and one options on the market. Whether it's the latest tech gadget or a new workout must-have, shopper paralysis is real! 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. Whether you're shopping for an imaginative little one, the guy who has everything, or your mom who says she doesn't need anything, we've covered all the bases in this gift guide. We even included a few gifts that you may want to give to yourself. The gift buyer should be allowed at least 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.

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Beauty Editor Patricia Shannon is gifting a gift that always delivers results. "I am obsessed with these bangle weights and love giving them to the workout warriors in my life – regardless of their sweat strategy," she says. "Strap them on for a barre workout, yoga session, or even while doing the dishes for amplified results."

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"I've had my eye on this new book on Bunny Melon's interiors with one of her grandsons as co-author," Brennan Long, Southern Living's social media editor, says. The book explores how Bunny Melon came to be an American style icon and how she developed her home and garden eye for design. You can pre-order the book now, which is currently scheduled to release December 7.

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

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"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," Jenna Sims, Southern Living's associate digital editor, says. "I love the idea of pairing it with a candle for a complete gift."

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Editorial Fellow Marissa Wu loves gifting this planner from Kindred and Co. Boutique for the holidays. "I think it's a nice gift for friends to stay organized, but I also loved the mission of this brand, which is to help people focus on becoming human beings and not human 'doings,'" she says. "There are always really insightful prompts that encourage the user to think about who they are and want to be!"

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"Something I've learned since becoming a parent is that the gifts kids will never get bored with are the ones that inspire them to use their creativity and imagination," Shannon says. "I'm picking up these little puzzle block tubes for all of my nieces and nephews."

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"I love gifting coffee table books. they're a little luxury you wouldn't necessarily buy yourself and choosing one to suit a person's specific tastes is a thoughtful way to show just how well you know them," Betsy Cribb, Southern Living's features editor, says.

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"Cleaning is truly a treat when using Capri Blue's Volcano-scented cleaner," Sims says. "It's a great gift for anyone you're shopping for, from coworkers to friends to holiday hostesses."

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"I also love gifting these bath bombs," Wu says. "They're generally a hit – whether people take baths or not, because they're pretty and can sit on a shelf as decoration otherwise."

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