Good Housekeeping’s Perfect Holiday Gift Guide for Each Price PointTop of the List
Part of the reason holiday shopping is so stressful is that it’s hard to buy the perfect gift – but it’s surprisingly easy to buy a lousy gift. That’s why gift guides come in handy! So to bring gift-giving down to size, The List spoke with Laurie Jennings from the Good Housekeeping Institute who shared her top picks in three categories and price points.
Let’s start our gift guide with the investment pieces – bigger ticket items that get cheaper over time because they last. For example, the Vitamix A3500 which comes with a ten-year warranty. “This is a Bluetooth-connected blender – one of the newest products from Vitamix,” shares Laurie. “We love it because it tests so well in our institute…It’s a real workhorse – it looks beautiful on the counter and it’s gonna last you for a very long time.” This baby goes for $550, and the hope is that you’ll never have to buy another blender in your life!
2. Stocking Stuffers
Now let’s get into some stocking stuffers. Good Housekeeping has a practical recommendation! “It’s getting cold outside, and people are dealing with dry skin or rough patches,” says Laurie. “This really does the job quickly…It’s one of the things our beauty lab recommends to winterize your skin.” You can find Eucerin for around $12.
Another stocking stuffer that doesn’t stink? Poo-Pourri! Just spray this stuff into your toilet bowl to create a protective coating on the water’s surface. The end result? A fresh-smelling bathroom! But don’t just take our word for it. “Poo-Pourri has had the GH seal for five years,” informs Laurie. “It’s not an obvious gift, and at the same time, it’s one of those things that people appreciate so much. [I]t really works, and we stand by it with our Good Housekeeping seal.” Prices start at $8 on the Poo-Pourri website.
Finally, you’ve heard of “re-gifting”, right? Welp, get ready for a little me-gifting when you go out and snag a little something for yourself – like a Erin Condren-designed 2019 planner. “These are top-quality paper products with beautiful design and inspiring messages,” advises our expert. “This is for your ‘me time,’ whether you’re someone who likes to journal or just keep lists.” It’s $57 on the GH Lab page on Amazon, which is filled with products all carrying the Good Housekeeping seal. “There’s over 140 tested products,” adds Laurie. Their expert recommendations can help bring the enormity of online shopping down to scale this holiday season.
If you need a little extra help with our gift-giving this year, now you’ve a few ideas at every price point. Happy holidays!