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Ah, the impossible task of getting a gift for someone you don’t know well, whether it’s a friendly coworker, new neighbors, the host of a party where you’re the plus one, or your (relatively new) significant other’s parents. You know it happens every year around the holidays, but you still struggle to find the right gift because you don’t know their interests, hobbies, or history. This year, don’t go with a basic gift card. Shop for these easy go-to gifts that are neutral, thoughtful, and universally loved.

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Kiehl's
Because anyone and everyone could use the gift of self-care, this holiday gift set is festive and something your new friend will actually use.
Aldo Sohm
Who doesn't love wine? It's a pretty safe universal interest, and this guide is perfect for newbies and amateur sommeliers alike.
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Nordstrom
We could all use the gift of cozy, and these socks are that everyday luxury anyone will fawn over.
Milk Bar
PSA: No one will be upset about receiving food, especially cookies as beloved, famous, and delicious as Milk Bar.
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Blue Apron
If you don't know them well enough to personalize a gift, get a unique gift card (like for meal deliveries) so they can personalize for themselves.
La Marca
Wine is a good go-to for a host gift, but La Marca Prosecco feels a little more festive than your average white or red.
Amazon | Vinglacé
We've already established that everyone loves wine, and that also means they'll love keeping their wine at the perfect temperature for hours.
Pottery Barn
Throw blankets feel a little more thoughtful than your average gift, and you know they'll be used through the entire winter.
Etsy | Good Werk
For the coworker you got in the office gift exchange, give something a little more fun than ballpoint pens.
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Amazon
Everyone could always use another charger because they're so easy to lose, right? This one is extra long for any purpose and space.
Amazon | That's What She Said
The only thing you need to know about this person on your list is that they have a sense of humor.
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Knack
If you don't want to go the wine route, hot cocoa is the next safest bet—who wouldn't want an entire kit come holiday season?
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Russ & Daughters
For the new friend you're trying to impress, give them the gift that (literally) keeps on giving and they'll be your friend for life.
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For the new friend with a sense of adventure, give them the gift of a tarot card reading in whatever virtual means they prefer.
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Brooklyn Candle Co.
Instead of a basic candle, gift a beautiful set in scents reminiscent of famous spots around the world.
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Pottery Barn
An initial mug is the perfect way to personalize for someone you don't know very well.
Brooklyn Tea
For the coworker who always opts for tea instead of coffee, this special tea gift box will be a huge hit.
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uncommon goods
Turn your phone into a scavenger hunt tool for a hilarious game to play with friends.
Larq
Everyone needs to drink water and hates doing dishes right? This high-tech self-cleaning water bottle will be the gift they didn't know they needed.
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RTIC
Perfect for toting your on-the-go items to any picnic, sports game, or errands, this genius backpack is better than your typical cooler.
The Babe Shop
Get closer to the people in your life by giving them a beautiful, minimal sketch of their favorite picture.
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Byredo
Byredo is one of our favorite brands for high-quality, luxurious self-care products that will pamper anyone.
Amazon
You're going to want to buy these in bulk for everyone on your list because they're truly magic.
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Tyler Candle Co.
Because everyone does laundry but very few turn laundry day into a luxury.
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