Trendy gifts that should be on your holiday list


Tribune News Service

Have a reader on your holiday shopping list? We have some ideas.

Jessie Gesund, Associate Editor-In-Chief

It’s the time of year for gift-giving, and many are writing down lists for what they want to receive. With Hanukkah starting on Nov. 28, Christmas on Dec. 25 and Kwanzaa starting on Dec. 26, people are scrambling to find the perfect presents for the holidays. Here are some commonly asked for items and ideas of what people should purchase for family and friends.

A gift that is written on almost every person’s list is a pair of new shoes. Converse are a top choice, seeing as they never go out of style and can be customized for any occasion. Another top rated pair of shoes this season are Uggs. Perfect for the winter, Uggs come in many classic comfort styles including boots, slippers and slides.

Books often end up on a person’s list, whether it be a cooking book or a sappy romance novel. The uprising of #booktok on TikTok, a social media platform, caused novels to be a highly requested item this year. Popular books like “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover and “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid are great gifts for readers who want to expand their library.

Jewelry is one of the top gifts on everyone’s holiday lists. People of all ages and genders can appreciate the stylish accessory. The options are endless when it comes to earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces. They can range from extremely cheap to extremely expensive, depending on how much people are willing to spend on an individual.

At the end of the year, numerous people need to upgrade their phones, and to receive one would be a perfect gift. Just in time for the season, Apple has come out with the new iPhone 13. With a variety of colors and an advanced dual-camera system, the phone is undoubtedly going to be one of the most sought-after items for the holidays.

If people happen to get a new phone for the holidays, they’re going to need a new phone case to protect it. There are thousands of designs to choose from for all types of phones. Some of the trendiest cases come from Wildflower Cases or Casetify. Both brands sell protective, limited edition designs that are frequently seen covering celebrities and influencers’ phones.

With boredom in quarantine, many people started collecting vinyl records again and they are making their official comeback. Dedicated music fans are eager to get their hands on limited edition vinyls from their favorite artists. These can be purchased from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but it is strongly recommended to visit your local record store. This opportunity allows people to get a gift for a vinyl collector and support a local small business at the same time.

For anyone who is considering revamping their bedrooms, room decor will be at the top of their list. Inexpensive and an expressive way to make the four walls of a room come alive, posters are a great gift for those looking to redecorate. Another decoration item that is becoming popular is a sunset lamp. This perfect holiday present will give a room a golden glow that people can only get at a certain hour of the day.

Clothing is the easiest gift to find and purchase for anyone. Many are hoping to receive clothes to expand their wardrobe, and possibly have a fashion refresh for the upcoming season. Pacsun, Hollister and Urban Outfitters are great stores for anyone wishing to receive stylish clothes to add to their closet.

Many people are indecisive about what they wish to be gifted to them for the holidays. If this is the case, gift cards are a simple and easy route that gives the recipient time to choose what they want.

The holidays are arriving quickly and items are selling out quickly to those in need of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa presents for their friends and family. Whether it’s a five dollar Starbucks gift card or a pair of Air Jordans, any gift will be appreciated and will bring a smile to someone’s face.