Holiday Gift Guide 2023: For Family & Friends

Let’s keep it real. The hardest people to shop for during the holidays is your extended family and friends. I usually have an idea of what to choose for my kids and husband, but when I’m shopping for aunts, neighbors, teachers, and holiday party hosts, I get a little stuck. That’s why every year I do my research and compile a list of great gifts for family and friends. These gifts are great for people with a wide variety of interests and are sure to be a hit around the holidays. Here’s my holiday gift guide for family and friends!

You can shop the full list on my Amazon Storefront.

Gifts Under $30

Since this gift guide is a little different from our lists for women, men, and kids, I’ve broken this guide down by budget. This way you can pick the best gift for the recipient and the occasion. This first set of gifts is under $30 and is a great selection for party hosts and stocking stuffers. This is the under $30 gift guide:

Folkessence Candles

I love getting candles as gifts. Candles are one of those little luxuries that can make every day feel a little more special. These Folkessence candles come in adorable packaging and have a wide variety of scents based on special ideas or moments. They’ve even got this incredible Holiday Cheer edition scented with lavender, myrrh, vanilla, and almond!


Folkulture on Amazon

Murdle: Volume 1

If you have a family member or friend that is true-crime-obsessed, this is the perfect gift for them! These daily puzzles help you use your powers of deduction and logic to solve mysteries. This is such a fun gift and will provide hours of entertainment!


Author G.T. Karber on Amazon

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits has sold over 15 million copies and is one of the most-recommended and most-gifted lifestyle books. The book helps readers learn how to make new habits, overcome a lack of motivation, and even design their environment to make success easier. This is a great gift for anyone, but especially anyone interested in a lifestyle change!


Author James Clear on Amazon

Table Topics Original Game

This is one of my all-time favorite gifts for party hosts. This cube contains 135 thought-provoking questions that inspire conversation at dinner parties, family gatherings, or any event! Topics like, “When you’re down, what makes you feel better?” and “If you could be any athlete for a single game, who would you choose?” can spark exciting conversations at any event.


TableTopics on Amazon

Gifts from $30 – $65

This mid-price gifts are great options for extended family and new friends. From home items to fun games, there is tons of variety at this price range.

Anomia Party Edition Game

In Anomia, players flip cards to make matches and race their opponents to collect the most cards. It might sound easy at first, but this party edition is fun, intense, and hilarious! So many reviewers say they’ve had an incredible time playing this game with family and friends.


Everest on Amazon

Large Canvas Tote Bag with Pockets

There’s definitely nothing wrong with a super practical gift. This heavy duty canvas tote is a really useful gift for teachers, nurses, moms, or anyone who has a lot to carry around! If you’re gifting a tote, try stuffing it with smaller gifts like candies, small lotions, notebooks, or stationery! This is a great holiday gift for a young adult or new professional.


Nicav on Amazon

Crystal Candles

These crystal candles are so much fun! They are three wick, soy candles with amazing scents. However, they’re special because they have meditation crystals embedded in the wax. As you burn the candle, the crystal emerges. These are a fun item that’s perfect for a holiday gift.


Inspireyes on Amazon

Scrabble Deluxe Edition

I’m a firm believer in the rule that every family should have a scrabble board. It’s the ultimate rainy day game and is a classic for a reason. This Deluxe Edition is much sturdier than the traditional cardboard board and has its own slide-and-store trays so you can keep the pieces together.


Hasbro Gaming on Amazon

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

If you’re looking for a gift for an avid baker, your search is over! This adjustable rolling pin helps you measure the thickness of pie crust, cookie dough, pasta, and more!


Joseph Joseph on Amazon

Thymes Frasier Fir Candle

Realizing I may have gone a little candle mad with this list, but who can blame me? This Frasier Fir collector’s edition candle is such a luxurious holiday gift. It has a beautiful fir tree scent, and even more gorgeous glass jar.


Thymes on Amazon

Hygge Book and Game

Hygge is the Danish idea of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. It’s about a cozy atmosphere and a content experience. The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to the concept, and The Hygge Game prompts you to have cozy conversations.

– The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking, $33

– The Hygge Game, $38

Natural Weave Blanket

Speaking of comfort, this natural woven blanket is great for yoga and easy to clean for outdoor activities like picnics or the beach.


Halfmoon on Amazon

Gifts from $65 to $100

These luxurious gifts are perfect for pampering your loved ones this holiday season! Here’s my holiday gift guide of gifts between $65 and $100.

Philosophy Fresh Cream Perfume

It can be difficult to buy perfume for people because it can be such a personal thing. However, this Philosophy fragrance is great for so many people because it has a soft, sweet, and neutral fragrance that has an amazing scent but doesn’t overwhelm.


Philosophy on Amazon

Ultimate Cheese and Butter Making Kit

This is the best cottagecore gift of 2023! This complete cheese making set has everything your loved one needs to make cheese and butter at home. It’s a really fun project and this kit makes it much easier to get started.


Standing Stone Farms on Amazon

Gifts over $100

If you’re looking to splurge this holiday season, these are some of my favorite luxurious gifts for family and friends!

Digital Picture Frame

A digital picture frame is the perfect gift for grandparents, extended family, or anyone who loves to celebrate their friends and family. This frame connects to an ap so anyone in the family can add pictures into the rotation instantly.


BSIMB on Amazon

Viking Clash Outdoor Game

Kubb is a traditional Nordic lawn game that’s growing in popularity around the world. Players toss batons to knock down the rival’s kubbs and king. This is a super fun gift for friends and family that host legendary barbecues!


GoSports on Amazon

Movie Night Mini Projector

If you’re looking to splurge on an incredible gift for family movie nights, this mini projector is an amazing option. It’s compatible with PS5, HDMI, iOS, and Android so families can play movies inside or outdoors from a wide variety of devices. This is a great gift to bring to big gatherings like family reunions or weddings as well as a great choice for the holiday season.


WiMiUS on Amazon

Furbo Dog Camera

This is the ultimate splurge for dog mums and dads. The Furbo dog camera allows dog lovers to see their fur babies while they’re away from the house and even throw them treats for good behavior! This fun way to connect with your pets is a huge hit and will be truly loved by the dog owners on your gift list.


Furbo on Amazon

Whether you’re a big spender or not, your loved ones will appreciate you thinking of them this holiday season! I hope this holiday gift guide has helped you plan the perfect gift for family and friends. Wishing you and yours the most amazing holiday season in 2023!

xoxo Fil

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