2023 Holiday Gift Guide


Each year I put together a small gift guide post full of things that I think make great gifts and are a lot of fun to give or receive for the holidays. Everything on the list is something I’ve used and enjoyed and recommend. I have recommendations posts for software, headphones, and miscellaneous stuff around the house, so the things on this list will be more focused on stuff not included in those posts and geared toward things I’ve come across in the past year or so and think would make good gifts.

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Under $25

Where Are Your Boys Tonight?: The Oral History of Emo’s Mainstream Explosion
A great book detailing the history of emo and pop-punk from 1999-2008.

Holiday Funko
I recommended these in 2020, but there’s even more now! There’s a bunch of new super-hero and Star Wars Funko Pops in various Holiday costumes that are lots of fun if you’re into that sort of thing.

Under $50

EUFY Home Security Camera
I know some people have had issues with Apple Secure Home Video, but it’s worked great for me. Knowing the video is secure and only records when we’re not at home gives me peace of mind.

Nomad MagSafe Compatible Charger
Hannah’s new phone going to USB-C this year meant I could finally upgrade our old docks on the bedroom side tables. These have the benefit of matching our bedframe and look great. I’m a big fan of standby mode during the night and love how these look.

MIIR Drinkware
We have multiple products from Miir and they’re all fantastic.

Vinturi Wine Aerator
I’m not saying I can tell the difference when it’s used, but all my wine nerd friends swear by it.

Band Hoodies
During the winter I spend almost every day in Mack Weldon sweatpants and a band hoodie.

Under $100

Grovemade: Desk Accessories
From their planters (I have two on my desk) to various desk accessories, I love everything they make.

Website Subscriptions
These days there are a bunch of websites and newsletters that have membership programs. The holidays are a great time to gift one of these memberships to a friend or family member, and trust me, as someone that runs one, it goes a long way to helping your favorite website as well. Some of the websites I recommend checking out their membership packages include: MacStories, Relay.fm, SixColors, Popular.info, Last.fm, and ATP.

Over $100

Bearaby Weighted Blankets
Hannah asked for one for her birthday this year and has given it rave reviews.

On Running Waterproof Shoes
My go-to shoe for navigating the city during the fall/winter season. I love how easily they slip on, and the waterproofing is greatly appreciated in Oregon.

I still think streaming services are a great yearly gift. Apple Music, Disney+, or one of the services you don’t have is a great way to gift a year of entertainment.

Any Amount

Ask your friends and family to donate to the ACLU, National Bail Fund Network, EFF, or other non-profits of your choice.

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