Best Winter Gifts
Whether you're looking for a friend's birthday or want to show a loved one that you care, it's only common sense that the best winter gifts pack style with utility. Don't make the mistake of buying items likely to be shelved till summer and in the process, forgotten – the ideal gift should be picked keeping in mind the time of the year. Luckily for you, we've done the dirty legwork. Ahead, 8 best winter gifts for your friends and lovers.
The Best Gifts to Get This Winter
If your loved one likes accessorizing, a beanie is one of the best winter gifts you could give them. Get the red polyester Nike beanie for men and women who like keeping it simple, and the shiny, sequinned GAP cap for the girl in your life who never shies from wardrobe experimentation (what's not to love about that pom-pom on top?) They'll remember you each time they reach out for your beanie – that's very often when it's freezing out.
A good perfume/cologne can make a gloomy day go from dreary to dreamy, making it one of the best winter gifts you can get. We recommended these flagship fragrances from Calvin Klein – Eternity for women who like floral-musky fragrances (Cucumber, Red Apple, Peony top notes; Jasmine, Gardenia, Magnolia mid notes; and musk base notes), and Obsessed for men (Blanco Grapefruit, Sichuan Pepper, Black Cardamom top notes; Cedar Leaves, Labdanum FirNat, Blonde Leather mid notes; and Patchouli Coeur, Black Vanilla Infusion, Ambrox Super base notes) who want to smell like vanilla and lemons. You can never go wrong with these, because who doesn't like variety in their fragrance collection?
If your loved one's a bookworm, no surprises here – a great book is one of the best winter gifts you could get them. We recommend this page-turner by Japanese author Murakami for lazy weekends. Curled up in layers of blankets, perhaps sipping on a cup of hot cocoa, they'll remember and thank you with each plot twist. Moreover, this is a versatile gift, perfect even for cheering up a friend or family member down with the flu (we're sure that's a crowd.)
This may sound boring to some, but it's one of the best winter gifts you could get for the hopelessly left-brained (hello, super dads of the world!) The Orpat OEH-1220 2000-Watt Fan Heater is ideal for small-to-medium rooms of up to 250 sq. feet, so if you know anyone with a moderately-sized room or study that needs a bit of warming, get this. The device's fan buzzes comfortingly at two settings that can be adjusted with just a twist of a knob – 1000 watts and 2000 watts.
A polaroid camera
Because winter's filled with sufficient occasions for celebration, a polaroid camera is one of the best winter gifts you could get for documenting memories with friends and family. This adorable Fujifilm Instamax Mini 8 prints images as they're taken and comes in 7 shades – get the yellow one for the merrymakers, the grape one for whimsical wonders, and the black one for those who like it simple and elegant. It's hard to go wrong with a present like this.
An aroma diffuser
If winter gloom gets your loved one down, give them aroma therapy – revitalize their mind, body and soul with this blue ceramic aroma diffuser. It comes with complementary candles and a little vial of lavender essential oil. Mix a few drops of this fragranced oil with a water base, pour it into the diffuser top and light a candle beneath for a room that smells divine. This is one of the best winter gifts you can get for loved ones suffering from sleeping disorders, anxiety issues or SAD.
3 Pairs of Ankle Socks!
Show your friends and family that you care with cute socks that will keep them snug. They're one of the best winter gifts to get if you're looking for low-key options. These set-of-3 ankle cotton-&-polyester socks from Adidas come in three classic winter shades – grey, black and white. They're perfect for keeping your loved ones toasty and warm, and will complement a wide range of outfits with their neutral bases.
In the sea of blacks, blues, plums and greys that dominate almost every winter wardrobe, Mango's Multicoloured Printed Scarf comes as a breath of fresh air. With its kaleidoscopic yellows, blues and reds, it's guaranteed to add cheer to any monochromatic/drab outfit. Made of cotton, it can be draped even on heavy-duty winter wear without stifling the wearer, making it one of the best winter gifts you can get. But if your loved one is not the biggest fan of bright prints, keep looking.