There are several reasons to celebrate the new year, and all of them revolve around the intangible promise that the next year will be different from the previous one. If time is a construct, we may as well rejoice in its passing. Right?
We’re making commitments to ourselves in 2023 that we know we can keep. Leaning towards working from home and away from excessive and unattainable promises about how much harder we’ll work out. We’re being kind to ourselves. And we’re starting with modest but powerful gifts that will get us there.
- Classic 12 Month 2023 Daily Planner
- 2023 Soho Agenda
- Nuptse Slipper
- Johnstons of Elgin Ribbed Cashmere Fingerless Gloves
- Food52 Vintage-Inspired Etched Goblet, Set of 4
- MERIT La Fête Édition
- Saltaire Body Wash in Santal Bloom
- Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Set in Navy Breton Stripe
- Furtuna Skin Custom Discovery Set
- Kaleido Tray
- The Anti-Anxiety + Depression Journal Set
- Hoops Mejuri Dôme
- Customized Wood Cutting Board
- Timer for the Kitchen
- Herbivore Jade De-Puffing Face Roller
- Haitian Chocolate Bar Mix
- Puro Tobacco Box
- Tusk Siam Passport Cover
- Elevated oils
- Kikkerland Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker
- Atlas Coffee Club
- Recchiuti Confections Black Box
- Cuyana Easy Tote
- SodaStream Fizzi OneTouch
- Tall Stacking Planter by Chen Chen & Kai Williams
- Yeti Lowlands Blanket
- Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer
- Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520
- Graf Lantz Wool Coasters
- W+P Collapsible Popcorn Bowl
1. Classic 12 Month 2023 Daily Planner
It’s simple, yet it’s effective. Moleskine’s traditional hard-cover daily planner is a great present for anybody who has a to-do list and an overflowing Google calendar.
2. 2023 Soho Agenda
Nothing beats keeping journals in luxury leather agendas to appreciate your recollections while also really using the agenda. Smythson provides a good assortment of notepads ranging from pocket to desk size.
3. Nuptse Slipper
Work-from-home footwear is a must-have, and The North Face’s puffy slippers are the ultimate in inside-to-outside footwear.
4. Johnstons of Elgin Ribbed Cashmere Fingerless Gloves
These cashmere gloves will keep her wrists and hands toasty while yet allowing her fingers to be free to text, type, email, and scroll. You might as well acquire a pair for yourself.
5. Food52 Vintage-Inspired Etched Goblet, Set of 4
Upgrade her bar cart with these lovely cocktail glasses. The delicate flower-etched sippers are perfect for the vintage-loving woman in your life and will improve any dinner or at-home happy hour.
6. MERIT La Fête Édition
This beauty package has everything she requires for bright skin. This kit includes bold red lipstick (formulated to work on all skin tones), eyebrow pomade, glow serum, lengthening mascara, and highlight balm, as well as everything you need for a Christmas party.
7. Saltaire Body Wash in Santal Bloom
This body washes, with notes of rose, jasmine, and creamy sandalwood, will leave her skin smooth and nourished. Also, it’s vegan, paraben-free, and comes in a 100 percent recyclable aluminum bottle.
8. Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Set in Navy Breton Stripe
You can’t go wrong with this classic-chic outfit, which she may wear in or out of the bedroom.
9. Furtuna Skin Custom Discovery Set
Impress the beauty connoisseur in your life with this under-the-radar skincare brand’s personalized discovery set—select the four items you think she’ll like the most.
10. Kaleido Tray
A little something for the house is always welcome, and these geometric Hay trays serve as excellent catchalls. It’s modest but appealing.
11. The Anti-Anxiety + Depression Journal Set
Therapy Notebooks creates prompt notebooks that are intended to be beneficial rather than simply a random brain dump of material. “I’m sad, but I’m working on it,” states this Anti-Anxiety + Depression diary set.
12. Hoops Mejuri Dôme
These ultra-lightweight hoops are excellent for everyday use since they are subtle and modest.
13. Customized Wood Cutting Board
The most lovely New Year’s present for families and relatives, especially if you start the New Year by paying a visit to your parents or grandparents.
14. Timer for the Kitchen
For the individual pledging to finally master time management or to meditate for 15 minutes every day this year, an analog timer can help hold them accountable.
15. Herbivore Jade De-Puffing Face Roller
Perfect for puffy-eyed mornings, encourage her to keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling impact.
16. Haitian Chocolate Bar Mix
Give chocolate when in doubt. They’ll want to try these elegantly named packs of Haitian gourmet chocolate bars produced from quality beans: Paradis, Wanga Nègès, Minuit, and Perle Rare.
17. Puro Tobacco Box
No enthusiast can refuse these six excellent cigars infused with cocoa, cinnamon, oak, nutmeg, pepper, and honey, whether they’re blowing one out to the first midnight of 2023 or for the next 12 months.
18. Tusk Siam Passport Cover
Even someone with good baggage, a fantastic travel pillow, and TSA PreCheck may not have purchased a lovely leather passport cover. This two-tone number is available in 11 distinct color combinations, all of which pop out in a bag’s gloomy depths. Smaller inside pockets are also useful for storing real boarding cards and those annoying customs paperwork on overseas flights. Editor Hannah Morrill has been using this cover for over a decade and notes that it is still as flexible and handy as it was when she first used it.
19. Elevated oils
Extraordinary olive oil provides an excellent gift for novices and professionals in the kitchen: the newcomer who has been sizzling and dripping with inferior bottles will enjoy the change, and the connoisseur will embrace a delectable new acquisition. Brightland obtains its Arbequina and Arbosana olives from a California family farm and cold presses them 90 minutes after harvesting. The result? Bright and delicious oils that work as well in the background of a great salad dressing or as the star of a Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake. The “Awake” mix is spicier and excellent for infusing more flavor into roasted vegetables or stews; “Alive” has a gentle finish that goes well with salads.
20. Kikkerland Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker
Your loved one’s home decor style may be flawless, but this subtle tiny light catcher will bring a welcome dose of fun to any environment. It’s suction-cup-attached to the window, and when the sun shines on its solar battery, the hanging prism rotates to distribute rainbows over the room. Humans like the lovely disco effect, but it is an even better present for cats, who will spend hours chasing the small moving rainbows.
21. Atlas Coffee Club
Your coffee user may already have a favorite French press or drip maker, as well as all the cups they’ll ever need. Instead, bring them some beans they haven’t tried before. Atlas Coffee Club is the most global-minded of our recommended coffee subscription services, sourcing not just from coffee-growing behemoths such as Brazil and Colombia; but also unexpected locations such as India and Peru.
Atlas can experiment with how the beans are grown since it works directly with local farmers; one recent effort involves employing anaerobic fermentation to extract more-complex tastes. Your lucky receiver may select their preferred roast and grind, and you can choose how many deliveries to support (one or two bags per month for three, six, or 12 months). Each shipment also includes a postcard with intriguing facts about that country’s coffee business, so kids can learn as they sip.
Even if your loved one has the most gorgeous, well-decorated home on the globe, a few flowers may make it even more lovely. UrbanStems is our favorite online flower delivery service for this purpose: in our testing, UrbanStems supplied the freshest and most fascinating flower arrangements. And, of all the firms we tried, we had the best ordering experience with this one.
23. Recchiuti Confections Black Box
Chocolate is the perfect present. However, for those with a more refined palate, Hershey’s or blasé Dove chocolates will not be enough. Instead, surprise your loved one with a unique collection. Recchiuti Confections Black Box emerged as the public favorite in our examination of 21 different brands for our guide to the finest boxed chocolates, owing to the high-quality, exquisite flavors and gorgeous packaging.
24. Cuyana Easy Tote
A tote bag that can fit everything is the ideal present for the person who has everything. The Cuyana Easy Tote, like Hermione’s charming bag, appears to magically expand to comfortably fit everything your recipient wants to tote. Interior ties change the Easy Tote into a bundled, bucket-style bag for days when they’re carrying less. Because of the bag’s buttery-soft leather and simple lines, it may be gripped by hand or draped over the shoulder (both of which look as elegant).
25. SodaStream Fizzi OneTouch
Your gift recipient will save money on store-bought soda by carbonating their seltzer with a soda maker (and they’ll also benefit the environment by producing less packaging trash). A soda machine is also useful for making fizzy beverages at cocktail parties or just delivering more interesting hydration. For all of these reasons, the top option in our soda-maker guide, the SodaStream Fizzi OneTouch, is an excellent present.
26. Tall Stacking Planter by Chen Chen & Kai Williams
Your favorite green thumb certainly has a lot of houseplants, but they’re probably in plain terra cotta pots or, worse, those drab plastic planters available at hardware shops. Areaware’s distinctive stacking planter will liven up your giftee’s plant section.
27. Yeti Lowlands Blanket
Give a loved one the most sumptuous picnic blanket we’ve ever tested to transform a dull outdoor lunch into an al fresco fête. The Yeti Lowlands are soft enough to put on a bed yet strong enough to protect you from the harshest grass and mud. It’s also waterproof, so whether your present recipient enjoys picnics in the mud or is simply prone to spilling wine, they’ll be dry.
28. Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer
The individual who has everything probably also has a variety of butter-warming devices at their disposal (a microwave, a saucepan). However, this cheerful, vintage-style enamel pot is the prettiest way to cook. The Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer contains 19 ounces and is ideal for little jobs like warming soup for one or a cup of hot chocolate. The wooden handle is simple to grasp, making the Kobenstyle vase ideal for ladling duties. This little pot would also look great on a kitchen surface.
29. Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520
You may not be able to offer your loved one the gift of a good night’s sleep, but you can give them the gift of a more beautiful and peaceful start to each day. Humans are genetically programmed to rise with the sun. The Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520 (our selection for the best dawn alarm clock) mimics that effect by beginning with natural, red-tinted light and gradually evolving into the brilliance of a bright day for around 30 minutes. Also, with five extra alarm sounds and a backup power source, your receiver will have plenty of reasons to grin when they wake up.
30. Graf Lantz Wool Coasters
These merino wool coasters by Graf Lantz are one of our favorite coasters because they look warm under wine glasses and coffee cups while still looking trendy when piled on a coffee table. Because the felt pads are absorbent, they are ideal for sweaty glasses. They are also extremely robust and completely biodegradable. Hannah Morrill, an editor who has used hers for six years, says the brilliant colors haven’t faded and that coffee spills and smoothie drips easily wash away. (These coasters can acquire dust, but that’s easily fixed with a quick lint roller pass.) The rounded-square design is our favorite, but they also come in a circular variant and several single-color or prismatic variations.
31. W+P Collapsible Popcorn Bowl
Just because someone appears to have everything does not mean they have everything great. If your recipient adores popcorn but has been relying on flimsy microwave bags, treat them to a dedicated popcorn dish. This microwavable silicone bowl is dishwasher-safe and shrinks to approximately 2 inches for simple storage, making it a favorite among the popping techniques we’ve explored. They can spark—er, pop—joy with their kernels and spice in this dish. Irish butter, extra virgin olive oil, or nutritious yeast will outperform the yellow Day-Glo stuff.
With the arrival of the New Year comes a rush of promises that we hope to keep with the aid of these simple objects. The New Year is a time to give presents to show respect and devotion. We’ve compiled a list of the best New Year’s presents for friends, clients, colleagues, coworkers, and families in 2023.