2020 Holiday Gift Guide by Shaena Engle

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The holidays are upon us. It’s not too late for some last minute gift shopping. Whether it’s for a foodie, fashionista or someone hard to categorize, here’s a list of gifts for your significant other this holiday season compiled by Shaena Engle.

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Cosmetics, Hair and Body Care for the Beauty on Your List

Bodewell

Bodewell has a variety of products perfect for every skin type. They use plant based solutions for mild to moderate eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin, offering body washes, shampoos, creams and serums, offering monthly plans and one-time payments, $68 – $77 per month, https://bodewellskin.com. 

Tweezerman

Tweezerman has a variety of new Holiday Gift Sets that make great glamorous grooming gifts. Including a champagne shimmer gift set which includes an eyelash curler and slant tweezer, $36; Merry Mint Brow and Lash Set, $29; Hollygraphic Mini Tweeze Set, $28, as well as others, all at www.tweezerman.com.

Philosophy Holiday Sets

Philosophy offers a variety of gift sets making it easy to pick the perfect fragrance, moisturizer, cleanser, bath and body present for everyone on your list. Snow Angel, Shimmering Snowlace, Vanilla Velvet Truffle, Christmas Cookie and Candy Cane shampoo, gel and bubble baths are great stocking stuffers. Gift sets include All the Way Home ($55), Gingerbread House ($42) and Warm and Cozy Advent Calendar ($39) and feature shampoos, gels, bubble bathes, lotions, facial washes and moisturizers all at www.philosophy.com. 

Cymbiotika

Give the gift of health with Cymbiotika’s starter bundle of D3+K2+COQ10, for immunity and heart health; The Omega for brain health and muscle recovery and B12 for nerve and cell health and energy boosting, $167, Cymbiotika also offers an excellent Rumi herbal sleep tonic that naturally encourages muscle relations, $50, both at https://cymbiotika.com. 

Pipette Skin and Hair Products

Pipette makes a range of products to care for skin at any age. All products are dermatologist tested, pediatrician approved and hypoallergenic. Great for babies, but also for everyone in your family with special bundles like To Mama, With Love and Baby Essentials Kits, $4 and up, at https://pipettebaby.com. 

Face Place

Face Place’s original product line was developed for use in conjunction with the Face Place iderm Facial Treatment to address the skin concerns of Hollywood elite. Over the years the Face Place product line has evolved. It incorporates the latest in technological advanced ingredients for skin health, while continuing to provide a simple, yet effective home regimen for both men and women. Clear, clean, rejuvenated skin can be achieved at home with Face Place skincare formulations. visit https://faceplace.com/.

R+Co 

R+Co line of hair products are color-safe, vegan and gluten-free. Perfect for stuffing stockings, buy one at a time or in kits including shampoos, conditioners, creams and gels all with scents of pineapple, lavender and tangerine, prices vary, https://www.randco.com.

Lovely Libations

Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine

A great gift this season is the Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine, producing on demand bar-quality cocktails from the comfort of home. With a variety of classic drink sleeves including a whiskey sour, Long Island iced tea, margarita, cosmopolitan, old-fashioned and more, mixing the perfect cocktail is as easy as inserting a capsule and pushing a button, $349 at https://bartesian.com. 

101 Cider House Cider

101 Cider House produces delicious probiotic libations combining fresh raw fermented juice with zero sugar resulting in non-GMO, vegan and keto friendly beverages. Their Tis the Seasonal pack comes with four four packs of Juicy Roots, one four pack of Cactus Rose and one four pack of Pack Scrumpy, $89.94, https://101cider.com. 

Avaline Wines

Created by Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, Avaline Wines are free from sulfates, added sugars and pesticides providing a delicious clean taste with a foundation of organic grapes. Avaline offers white, rosé and red varietals, each $24 at https://drinkavaline.com.

Got Milk? Keggnog

These mini eggnog kegs are perfect for parties, dinners or just for sipping during December and January, https://www.gotmilk.com.

Hahn Bruts

Hahn’s Blanc de Noir Brut has aromas of pear, cherry and raspberry with flavors of red fruits and cherry ($55) and their Blanc de Blancs has floral notes and flavors of cantaloupe, strawberry and peach ($50) at https://www.hahnwines.com.

Dano’s Dangerous Pineapple & Jalapeno Tequila

Made with fresh fruit and Blue Abave Blanco tequila, this tequila blends flavors of pineapple and jalapeno for a smooth finish, perfect for mixing, sipping and drinking, $35.99 at https://www.totalwine.com.

Weingut Brundlmayer Pinot Noir

Perfect to pair for holiday game, grilled meats and duck, Weingut Brundlmayer Pinot Noir has a bouquet of cherries and red berries, $25 at https://www.bruendlmayer.at/en/.

Ciroc Limited Edition White Grape

This French made vodka is distilled five times and finished in a tailor made copper pot still. Infused with white grape and other natural flavors, it has citrus notes with a silky finish, $24.99 at https://www.totalwine.com. 

Don Papa Rum

Don Papa Rum is aged for 7 years in American oak barrels and produced in the Philippines. It houses flavors of vanilla, oak, honey with notes of candied fruits, $34.99 at https://flaviar.com. 

Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port

This port from Portugal has ginger and citrus notes with a dried cherry, plum and raspberry flavors, perfect for drinking after a holiday dinner, $21.97 at https://www.totalwine.com. 

Baileys Seasons Treating Original

Baileys original blend of fresh Irish dairy cream and aged Irish whiskey with a unique chocolate blend all wrapped up in a special holiday package, $28 at https://www.baileys.com. 

Tolago Hard Seltzer

This tasty hard seltzer has only 100 calories and two carbs. Made with 100 percent agave nectar, flavors include cherry rose, ginger pear, guava mango and agave lime. Also available is a variety 12 pack, sold via Drizly and Amazon, $26.99, at https://drizly.com. 

Teas and Coffees for Cold Winter Nights

BLK & Bold Coffee

BLK & Bold micro-roasts a variety of specialty coffee and loose leaf teas. The company also dedicates 5% of their proceeds toward issues including youth homelessness and food insecurity, a great way to give a tasty gift that gives back, $12.99 for a 12 ounce bag of beans, https://www.target.com. 

Clio Coffee

Clio Coffee roasts their beans in Northern Italy to ensure a deep rich flavored coffee. Their machines use high pressure to extract more flavor from every bean. A perfect gift for any coffee, espresso or tea lover, $129 for brewer and $9.99 per 10-pod sleeve, at https://www.cliocoffee.com. 

L’OR Espresso

Created in France, L’OR Espresso produces coffee/espresso capsules that fit in Nespresso Original espresso machines. Blends feature both Arabica and Robusta beans and come in seven flavors ranging in boldness, also available are special holiday packs, $30.50 for a 50 pack, https://loreespresso.us. 

Tea Forte

Tea Forte has dozens of gifts for any tea lover including a fall tea tasting assortment and pumpkin spice and warming joy teas. They also have great gift sets with infusers, cups, trays and other accessories, prices vary at https://www.teaforte.com. 

Tealeaves 

Tealeaves holiday collection has something for everyone on your list. Their big collection is a tea lovers dream with 30 teabags, and smaller Grey collection, Winter Wellness and Happily Ever After gift sets include tins and pouches of tea and stainless steel infusers, $23.95 to $46.95 at www.tealeaves.com.

Gifts of Sobriety

My 12 Step Store

My 12 Step Store West Hollywood is a recovery gift and book store that specializes in 12-step literature, medallions and other sober celebratory gift items. Whether it’s addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex. Love, food, meth or codependency to list only a few, they have something for everyone in recovery. Specializing in the most unique gifts for loved ones, the store the largest collection of meeting chips and the splashy medallion styles, fun apparel, silver and gold 12-step jewelry including the exclusive Beverly Hills Surrender Collection, along with prayer bookmarks, unique gifts and inspirational recovery cards. To learn more, or to shop online, visit: www.my12stepstore.com.

By Candlelight

Paulo Anthony Grayson Atelier

The Paulo Anthony Grayson Atelier collection features curated scents made from non-toxic, soy-based wax enriched with perfume oils. Visit https://pauloanthonygrayson.com/.

Cande Delirium

Airy shop stocking a wide selection of high-end, scented candles in an industrial-chic space. Candle Delirium is the #1 online candle store destination for designer and luxury scented candles in the world. Whether you are a candle lover, fancy-candle admirer, or candle addict, Candle Delirium has everything you will ever need. Browse our huge selection of designer candles online to find the, best candle brands, gift sets, perfumed candles & sprays, and expensive candles that you deserve. Visit: https://www.candledelirium.com/.

Chocolates for Your Better Half

Venchi

This Italian chocolate maker has a variety of delicious holiday gifts for every sweet tooth on your list, including a huge 1.7 lb $80 dark chocolate maxi bar with hazelnuts, at https://us.venchi.com.

See’s Candies

Everyone loves a box of See’s Candies, especially their special holiday sweets. Choose from a festive Christmas tree box, Santa’s list box, milk chocolate Santa’s, Christmas lollipops, butter treats, ornaments gift pack, assorted peppermints and marshmallow trees, also available special pumpkin pie truffles and pumpkin lollipops, prices vary, www.sees.com.

Ethel M Chocolates

This Las Vegas chocolate legend has dozens of choices for holiday gifts or to buy for yourself. Their Holiday Classic Collection Tin features a limited edition 16-piece assortment ($35) or go for their Merry & Bright Custom Collection Copper Box with 40 – 70 pieces ($75). In celebration of their 40th anniversary in 2021, Ethel M has done a major packaging redesign with a new modern look inspired by the warm hues of desert rock formation and the cool tones of cacti and desert blooms, https://www.ethelm.com. 

La Maison du Chocolate

La Maison du Chocolate new decadent holiday products including their Effervescence Gift Box of 20 dark and milk ganache flavored sweets with champagne, $65, and their glazed chestnuts from Turin, $86 for 12 pieces, available at www.lamaisonduchocolat.us. 

Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups

Justin’s has a wide variety of tasty goodies for holiday snacking and stocking stuffers. Their new dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups ($2.19) include a crunchy crispy quinoa topping and their mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups are perfect for a small sweet treat ($5.49), both at local supermarkets.

Ferrero Rocher Holiday

Ferrero Rocher has a wide variety of special holiday gifts featuring their signature hazelnut chocolates. Their 24 piece box, 12 piece tree and huge grand Rocher are perfect hostess gifts and desserts, prices vary, https://www.target.com.

Foodie Favorites

Boudin Bakery Monthly Bread Clubs

Bread lovers will love Boudin Bakery’s monthly sourdough bread clubs. They offer a three-month holiday bread club ($24.95) with themed loaves including two 1.5 lb. sourdough pumpkins, a pull apart turkey full of dinner rolls and two holiday trees as well as their 12-month seasonal bread club ($25.95) offering a wide variety of special loaves and their 12-month specialty bread club ($23.95) offering sourdough plus specialty breads, all prices per month, at http://boudinbakery.com. 

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook

Perfect for any Disney fan, this new cookbook has 100 magical Disney-inspired recipes. Readers can recreate the classic Dole Whip and Mickey Pretzels and new items like the Star Wars blue milk, $13.19 at https://www.amazon.com. 

Bottega Lougie

Bottega Louie is a Restaurant, Gourmet Market, Patisserie and Café. Full bar service is available. The Gourmet Market and Patisserie offer an extensive selection of sweet and savory products for your enjoyment. They will be accepting all oders over the phone. Gift card options available. To view pastry menus and gifting catalog, visit. https://www.bottegalouie.com/.

La Brea Bakery

La Brea Bakery now has online ordering to make bread ordering easy this holiday season. Their Take & Bake breads provide hot, fresh from the oven delicious loaves at home. Choose from cranberry and walnut, French dinner rolls, multigrain, ciabatta, French baguette and Tuscan loaves, prices vary, at https://www.labreabakery.com. 

Omaha Steaks Offers Holiday Gift Packages

Omaha Steaks is now offering three special holiday gift packages, perfect as gifts or to use for creating the perfect holiday meal. They include a Whole Basted Turkey Feast ($189.99, available through 11.23); a Holiday Spiral-Sliced Ham Feast ($169.99, available through 12.25) and their Tasteful Gift ($179.99, available through 12.25), visit https://www.omahasteaks.com to order.

Little House Confections

Little House Confections is offering up their Bomb Ass Olive Oil Cakes for pickup at Platform in Culver City and at 8022 W. 3rd Street in WeHo. To order or for more info, visit https://www.littlehouseconfections.com.

Pots & Co Comes to Costco

London based dessert company Pots & Co is now offering their signature chocolate fudge lava cake at Costco’s throughout Los Angeles, $14.69 at https://www.costco.com. 

OM Caviar

Made with sturgeon roe and salt, OM Caviar is perfect for appetizers, as a final touch on dishes and for anytime you want a taste of Ossetra or Kaluga Hybrid caviar, https://omcaviar.com.

Porto’s Bake at Home

Enjoy your favorite Porto’s oven from the comfort of your own kitchen with Port’s Bake at Home. Delivered to your door unbaked, frozen and ready to bake in your oven, items include potato balls, chocolate twists and a holiday milk and berries cake, prices vary, order at https://store.portosbakery.com. 

Eataly

Give the gift of Italy with Eataly’s variety of delicious holiday gift boxes. The Everyday Italian features both sweet and savory delicacies designed to delight any Italophile ($149.90); The Ultimate Olive Oil includes peppery and buttery olive oils ($99) and the Emilia Romagna ($79.90) includes Bologna favorites such as cherries, fresh pasta, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste and Bolognese ragu ($79), all at www.Eataly.com. 

Harry & David

Harry & David have gift boxes to match any craving. From Moose Munch bars and popcorns to huge sleighs of chocolates, coffee and truffles, anyone receiving a gift from Harry & David will feel special. They also are featuring a 24 chocolate advent calendar and a Limited Edition 9 pound Chocolate Mocha Yule Log,  prices vary, https://www.harryanddavid.com.

CBD Gifts

CBD FX

CBD FX offers a wide variety of CBD products for sleep, pain and overall wellness in gummies, capsules, tinctures, edibles, topicals and vape products. They also have pet CBD tinctures for pets, $39.99 – $169.99, at https://cbdfx.com. 

Kiva

Kiva makes a full range of edible CBD and THC products, including Lost Farm Gummies & Chews, Kiva chocolate THC/CBD infused bars, Camino Gummies, Petra mints and Terra chocolate covered bites. Products include locally grown cannabis, sustainably sourced cacao and all natural flavors. Whether choosing chocolate, gummies, bites or mints, all are delicious and have just 5MG THC or less per serving so everyone can easily find their sweet spot, prices vary per prodcut, check them out at https://www.kivaconfections.com.

Leune

This LA based brand makes easy to carry cannibis products including vape pens and pre-rolls, $7 and up, www.leune.co.

Sunday Scaries Holiday Scaries CBD

These CBD gummies with vitamins are perfect for helping you survive the holiday season. 20 chewable gummies with 10 mg of CBD, vitamin B12 and D4 per gummy, $31 at https://sundayscaries.com. 

Martha’s Stewart CBD

Martha Stewart has released a 15-flavor CBD Wellness Gummy Holiday Sampler Box in collaboration with Canopy Growth Corp. and Marquee Brands. This 60 count sampler includes flavors such as quince, passionfruit and calamondin. Her line also includes Citrus Medley and Berry Medley gummies, oil drops in Blood Orange, Meyer Lemon and unflavored and soft gels, products range in price and available at www.marthastewartcbd.com. 

TheraOne CBD

TheraOne CBD is scientifically formulated to harness the restorative benefits of CBD and bring bodies back into balance, easing soreness and stiffness and soothing inflammation. Perfect use for before and after workouts, $49 and up at https://www.theragun.com. 

B Great

This 100 percent full-spectrum hemp works with your body’s endocannabinoid system to rebalance health and a sense of well being, Offering focus and relax shots, gummies, capsules and creams, $16 and up, https://www.bgreat.com. 

Upsy

Upsy offers CBD topicals, tinctures and beverage blends perfect for easing stress and anxiety and relieving aches, pains and inflammation, $49 and up, https://www.upsy.com. 

Sweet Reason

Sweet Reason’s newest collection, Evening Blend, is an all-natural combination of CBD, herbs and adaptogens, available in citrus spice, plum blush and peach jasmine, perfect for winding down during the holiday season, $44.99 at https://drinksweetreason.com. 

Something for the Fashionista

Brahmin Handbags

Brahmin’s holiday collection of totes, cross body bags, satchels and handbags includes their signature embossed leathers, animal prints and their new lady bag shape, available in a variety of shapes, colors and prices, https://www.brahmin.com/home/.

Life is Good

Life is Good is the perfect choice for casual wear during the holidays. Shop for shirts, hats, sleepwear and socks in classic or holiday styles, prices vary at https://www.lifeisgood.com. 

Scout Bags

Scout has a wide range of stylish bags, boxes, coolers and accessories. Their Deano bags are great for the farmer’s market or a trip to the beach and stylish enough to use as a handbag and their storage bins and food carriers are upscale and chic. They also carry great travel accessories like make-up, jewelry and toiletry bags, prices vary, visit https://www.scoutbags.com.

Vionic Adela Sneaker

Vionic’s Adela sneaker is so plush and glam you can wear it anywhere and look stylish while staying comfortable, $139.95 at www.vionicshoes.com.

Home Goods

Home Goods has a huge variety of holiday themed items to get your house holiday happy. Some items include a red and green plaid and leather barware set with a cocktail shaker and icebox, “Home for the Holidays” cotton tea towels, as well as cookie jars, light fixtures, candles, kitchenware and decorations, prices vary, https://www.homegoods.com.

Sheets & Giggles

These Eucalyptus moisture-wicking sheets are perfect for everyone, including hot sleepers, and are softer than cotton. They are available in a ton of colors, twin sheet sets start at $99.95 at https://sheetsgiggles.com. 

Ninja Cookware

The gift everyone will use and love this season is Ninja Cookware. Their saucepans, sauté pans and stockpots never sticks, chips or flakes. Each pan and pot is oven safe up to 500 degrees and is dishwater safe, $29.99 up to $299.40, at https://www.ninjakitchen.com. 

WAITTKIT

Be prepared for any situation with WAITTKIT. Each WAITTKIT includes protective supplies such as face masks and shields, gloves and sanitizers; while donating to charity partners who support frontline workers, such as Frontline Foods, Project C.U.R.E. and The National Council for Behavioral Health, through its Impact Fund, $39.99 at https://weareinthistogetherkit.com.

Danjor Linens

These luxury soft bed sheets are wrinkle free, fade resistant and hypoallergenic and will fit perfectly on all beds, $59.99 at https://www.walmart.com.

Glad’s Flex’n Seal Bags Help Keep Holiday Leftovers Fresh
Looking for a way to stretch leftovers? Glad’s Flex’n Seal stretchy storage bags are perfect for leftovers as well as portable snacks and holiday baked goods. Glad also has helpful YouTube videos with recipes for all your leftovers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B1OHB4Hf9g&feature=youtu.be.

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Shaena Engle
Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.
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