The holidays are almost here, and if you’re like most of us, you still have shopping to do. Whether you’ve procrastinated shopping or just aren’t sure what to get your pickiest friends and family members, you’re not alone — but the clock is ticking.
At ShipBob, we’re passionate about supporting independent ecommerce businesses. Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or main event gift, here are 20 of our favorite gifts this year from up-and-coming online brands for everyone on your list.
(A quick note: While we don’t love gender-normative gifts, these are products that the men and women we know love, own, or have on their wishlists. They make great gifts for people of all genders.)
Best holiday gifts for men
Still need something for your dad, brother, husband, boyfriend, son, or friend? We’ve got you covered. From socks to supplements, here are five products from ecommerce brands with men in mind.
These aren’t your stereotypical gift socks. Created by investment banker Steve Staffan, In addition to sock sets and briefs, Brummell offers a quarterly sock subscription service for men who value their time and convenience, understand that loud socks don’t always add personality, and love the feeling of new socks.
Best of all? They’re not crazy expensive like other classy-yet-practical socks.
Give this next gift with caution (and a sense of humor). Part novelty, part utility, BAKBlade is the world’s best DIY back and body shaver. Simple to use and clean, BAKBlade has been featured on Business Insider, on the Today show, and in the Chicago Tribune — just to name a few.
(Bonus: during their holiday sale, you can save 15% off a BAKblade bundle and get a Travel Kase and Klean Soap for free.)
Designed for athletes and founded by football icon Tom Brady, the TB12 Method is Tom Brady’s holistic approach to wellness and athletic performance.
Whether you’re shopping for a Brady fan or a fitness fanatic, TB12’s gear, apparel, and supplements offer something for athletes of every level. You can check out their holiday gift guide here, including gifts for athletes of all genders.
Pajamas are a classic gift for the winter holidays. Made from Pima cotton in Peru and printed with adorable yet subtle animals, comfy pajamas are just one item in Roller Rabbit’s collection of tops, bottoms, sleepwear, and accessories for men.
Perfect for the handyman (or handywoman!) in your life, gear Infusion’s product line of electro-mechanical products spans a variety of categories, including home improvement tools, exercise equipment, construction, and pet products.
Take the Indiegogo-backed, best-selling EverRatchet, for example: it’s one tool with a 1/4″ ratchet, fire flint, pry bar, 7 wrenches, a bottle and box opener, scraper, and more — all on a handy keychain.
Best holiday gifts for women
Ecommerce has made it possible for independent businesses to thrive and grow — especially in the apparel and beauty industries. Here are five gifts for the moms, sisters, wives, daughters, girlfriends, and other ladies on your list.
Birdies slippers and flats occupy the intersection of haute couture and loungewear. Their holiday gift guide offers something glamorous for every style, from trendy metallics and camouflage to classic solids and animal print.
(Added bonus: they’re the slippers of choice of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.)
Getting your hands on Wone activewear isn’t easy. Their couture athleticwear is available in limited stock. To members only.
And membership is granted on an application-by-application basis.
That said, if you’re lucky enough to snag a spot on the membership list for Wone’s Collection Two, you’ll have the opportunity to give the gift of activewear made by the world’s best manufacturers and that leverages patented technology. (Or keep it for yourself.)
Created by a self-proclaimed chemistry nerd, Stratia’s skincare products rely on science, not gimmicks. They help with everything from preventing signs of aging and healing dry skin to adding Vitamin C to smooth and brighten skin.
Choose from their six science-backed products, or let your gift recipient choose for themselves with a Stratia gift card. They also offer free shipping on orders over $50, so you can stock up on products for the skincare addicts in your life.
4. FLEO Shorts
FLEO Shorts creates strength training apparel for CrossFitters, weightlifters, powerlifters, runners, and other fierce women. Designed in-house and manufactured in the US, their shorts come in nearly every print imaginable and make a great gift for the athletes in your life.
Shop their holiday collection for some extra seasonal cheer.
This herbal hair care line is made using nine different herbs proven to cleanse, protect, nourish, and revitalize the hair and scalp while supporting existing hair growth. They also offer all-natural body lotions, body wash, and serums.
Want to splurge on natural, high quality ingredient shampoos, conditioners, and oils? Check out their holiday bundles for great gift sets.
Best holiday gifts for kids
The emergence of niche products are one of the most exciting parts of ecommerce, and products geared towards a younger crowd are no exception.
Want to give something other than typical toys and dolls? Here are some great gift ideas for your kids, nieces, nephews, and the other children in your life.
For kids of all genders, the Rebel Girls line of children’s books brings famous historical women and their achievements to life through storytelling and illustrations. The Rebel Gift Box holds 200 stories of history’s bravest, most daring, and creative women, from Serena Williams to Marie Curie.
Or let her tell her own story through the I Am A Rebel Girl Journal, filled with 224 pages of activities and stickers.
Imagine a child’s stuffed animal that transforms into a plush, comfortable hoodie. That’s Cubcoats. They partner with Marvel, Disney, Trolls, Star Wars, and Despicable Me to bring kids’ favorite characters to life (and make them wearable).
They’re also running different promotions every day leading up to Christmas, like 25% off sitewide.
In addition to adult clothing, Roller Rabbit also offers a great range of handmade clothes and accessories for kids, including matching pajama sets for the whole family, baby bedding, and gorgeous patterned stuffed toys.
There’s also free shipping on US orders over $150.
As seen on the daughters of Chrissy Teigen, Serena Williams, Khloe Kardashian, and Tia Mowry, iloveplum is where high fashion meets tutus. With tutu dresses in every color and for any occasion.
They also sell jackets, jewelry, and other glamorous gifts for the girls on your list. (Plus free US delivery on orders over $45.)
Best holiday gifts for employees, coworkers, and friends
Last but not least, here are some gifts that everyone can enjoy — no matter what puts them on your holiday list.
Blankets are a warm winter gift, but My Calm Blanket takes it to the next level with ultra-plush weighted blankets proven to aid with anxiety and stress.
Their blankets come in weighted increments of 15, 20, and 25 pounds, and ship for free anywhere in the US, making them a cozy gift for anyone on your list.
Developed for photographers, by photographers, the MagMod range of flash modifiers makes photography easier by simplifying the technical wizardry involved in creating amazing photographs.
The Starter Flash Kit includes all the basics you need to make flash photography fast and easy.
Rainbow Optx’s range of colorful sunglasses feature colored lenses to boost moods and brighten perspectives. Every color is associated with a mantra, chakra, element, and focus, making these glasses a truly personal gift.
They offer sunglasses for every style, plus free shipping on orders over $49.
If you have a horror movie or Halloween fan in your life, Creepy Co. has the answers. With collectibles like Goosebumps blankets and Michael Myers pillows, Creepy Co. has gifts for the more macabre members of your circle.
Kickstarter-backed Satisfye makes premium Nintendo Switch accessories that take the gaming experience to the next level.
With an exclusive slim case, USB-C to USB-C cable, and gaming grip, their holiday bundle is almost sold out, so go ahead and buy for the Switch addict in your life.
Holiday shipping deadlines are coming up
If you’ve procrastinated getting gifts for friends, family, and coworkers on your list, it’s time to get started.
Christmas is just three weeks away, and the deadlines for guaranteed holiday shipping are coming up fast — especially if you don’t want to pay for shipping via overnight air. Luckily, many of the brands above have free shipping deals over a certain spend and/or offer 2-day shipping. Happy holidays!