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Splurge-Worthy Gifts Worth Splitting With a Group

Splurge-Worthy Gifts Worth Splitting With a Group
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Augustinus Bader, SolaWave
October 21, 2022

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For the loved one on your list who enjoys the finer things in life, nothing says work smarter, not harder’ than going halfsies (or threesies) on a wow-worthy gift. Whether they’re into skincare, art, fancy litter boxes or something else completely — these higher-priced items take the guesswork out of your holiday shopping haul and are guaranteed to make ’em jump with joy. It’s a win-win. Want more holiday gifting ideas? Check out The Shoppes at Skimm Ave. for our recs for everyone on your list.

dyson supersonic hair dryer

A Dyson hair dryer to make their morning routines easier and protect their locks from heat damage…

Perfect for the person who loves to style their hair, this is truly the gift that’ll keep on giving. The futuristic-looking device works ultra-fast (trust us) to smooth strands, decrease frizz, and increase shine — no matter their hair type. Because everyone could use a few extra minutes saved in the AM. It’s also super lightweight and comes with a range of useful attachments that prevent flyaways, diffuse hair, and more. Hair for it. ($429.99, QVC)

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away rolling hard case suitcase

A chic and durable suitcase that will hold up for frequent flyers...

Away’s line of suitcases have a cult-like following for a reason. This medium-size version features an interior compression system fit for any notorious overpacker, four spinner wheels to make navigating through the airport a breeze, and a durable outer shell designed to last. Plus, Away suitcases come with a lifetime warranty, so you know your splurge is going a long way. ($345, Away)

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augustinus bader skincare
Augustinus Bader

A set that will make all their skincare wishes come true…

This pair of products belongs in your favorite skincare enthusiast’s routine. They hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus improve elasticity and firmness. For skin that looks and feels younger. Plus it comes in three sizes so you can pick the one that’s best for your group’s budget. Skin-win. ($160+, Augustinus Bader)*

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nordstrom barefoot dreams throw blanket

The coziest throw blanket to make any night in feel luxurious...

It’s hard to find a comfy blanket that also looks good displayed on the couch. Enter this super-soft throw, available in 15 colors to match any home color palette. (Even Olympian Allyson Felix is a huge fan of them.) A huge pro? It can be thrown into the wash without a risk of pilling. And it makes an ideal travel blanket too. ($147, Nordstrom)

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Lightbox studs

Head-turning, show-stopping, lab-grown diamond earrings…

Bling, bling, hello? It’s the perfect accessory, here to add a little — or a lotta — extra oomph to all your giftee’s holiday ‘fits. These lab-grown diamonds have a chic, 14K rose gold setting. And you can choose from three stone colors (psst…we’re loving the pink ones). Plus they come in five different carat sizes. So you and the squad can customize ’em to your giftee’s delight. (Prices vary, Lightbox)*

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solawave skincare wand

A highly rated red-light wand that will transform their skin…

For the skincare lover in your life, this advanced skincare wand — which uses four different technologies, including microcurrent vibrations and red-light therapy — will become their new best friend. The SolaWave Skincare Wand is designed to help reduce redness, acne, and discoloration, as well as target fine lines when used at least five minutes per day, three days a week. (Read our full review of the device here.) The head swivels from a T-shape to an elongated bar, so you can customize the experience for different parts of the face. And its price tag is just about the same as one traditional facial. Score. Psst…use code WAVE22 at checkout for 20% off sitewide. ($149, Solawave)

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nisolo chelsea boot

A closet staple they’ll appreciate for years to come…

These upgraded Chelsea boots are cute enough to go with every outfit. And comfortable enough to make that much wear a reality. Your giftee will sport them for work, play, and everything in between. Oh, and did we mention they’re sustainably made? Cuz they are. Psst…Skimm’rs get 20% off their first purchase with code SKIMMGG. ($200, Nisolo)*

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indoor putting mat

An indoor putting mat that will keep their golf game solid…

Whether their upcoming golf trip was canceled, or they’re trying to stay sharp this winter, this professional putting mat will satisfy their need for green. Fitted with an automatic ball return and two different-sized practice holes, it’s a perfect way to provide hours of stress relief and entertainment to the stuck-at-home golfer longing for the great outdoors. And for more great holiday gifts from Amazon, check out our storefront. ($219.99+, Amazon)

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kitchen knives with magnetic block

A knife set that’s chic, sharp, and an ideal size…

This highly rated trio of knives, made from Japanese stainless steel, comes with a sleek magnetic stand that makes a big statement without taking up a lot of real estate on their kitchen counter. It also comes in a range of colors to match any aesthetic. PS: We own these knives and love them, they’re incredibly sharp and can slice through various foods with ease. ($225, Material Kitchen)

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eberjay pajama set

A seriously soft pajama set they’ll want to live in…

Pajamas might not be the most innovative gift idea, but there’s a reason they’re so popular. Everyone could use a better pair of pajamas. So give them the gift of sheer coziness with this jersey-knit set from Eberjay. Its drapey, loose-fitting material and stretchy waistband will kick the giant old T-shirt they’re used to sleeping in to the curb. ($138, Nordstrom)

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le creuset dutch oven
Le Creuset

A Dutch oven that’s part kitchen staple, part home decor...

There is no piece of cookware more classic than a Le Creuset Dutch oven. But it’s more than just a centerpiece to keep on the stove. The enamel coating and tight-fitting lid make it ideal for cooking and baking just about anything. (Even lingering pandemic-era bread-making.) Plus, it somehow looks even better with a bit of use. And it will last forever. ($260+, Le Creuset)

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starling gold ring with jewel

A stunning signet ring with a personal touch…

Signet rings have gained popularity in recent years, but their classic design means timeless wear for years to come. This North Star ring also features a sweet touch — the option to pick their birthstone as the middle gem. It comes in three 14-karat metals and an impressive number of sizes (from 3–12) . So. Special. ($530, Starling)

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skateboard painting artwork

A Basquiat art piece with a twist…

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Skull” painting is worth upward of $90 million, so this recreation on a trio of skateboards can be considered a bargain. The original piece is reimagined in this bright and interesting piece of 3D artwork that will surely become a centerpiece in their home. ($550, Goodee)

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verlas diamond necklace

An elegant diamond necklace they can wear every day…

Jewelry isn’t always easy to buy for someone else — but when in doubt, diamonds are a pretty safe (and glamorous) bet. This gorgeous necklace comes in a white, yellow, or rose gold setting, is ethically sourced, and priced fairly (and transparently). We realize that it’s a big decision to make, which is why splitting it among family members may just be the perfect choice. They’ll love it. ($820, Verlas)

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cashmere sweater
Naked Cashmere

A perfect, goes-with-everything ribbed sweater…

Warning: You might end up fighting your sibling to keep this one. This ultra-luxurious, mock-neck sweater is the epitome of comfortably chic. It’s a winter wardrobe must-have, whether to keep in their freezing office or to layer under a coat for a night out. They’ll want to live in its loose-fitting, neutral-colored warmth. We feel cozy just looking at it. ($295, Naked Cashmere)

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A projector that is a movie lover’s ultimate upgrade…

Plain old TVs are so last year. This projector promises an at-home cinema experience with state-of-the-art visuals and colors and a built-in speaker. We love it because it also will work with all of their streaming services and is optimized for gaming, if that’s what they’re into. Plus, it pairs with their smart devices. Just add popcorn. ($1,790, Amazon)

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bearaby weighted blanket

A weighted blanket to help with (*gestures broadly*) all of this...

Weighted blankets are proven to be helpful in promoting better sleep and creating a sense of calm. This colorful cotton one comes in weights varying from 10 to 25 pounds and five color options. And unlike other blankets that use beads as filler, it’s made from a super-breathable knit and looks as cozy as it feels. Sweet dreams to them. ($199+, Bearaby)

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courant wireless charging pad

A charger that doubles as a tray for treasures…

What is it about a charging tray that feels so much fancier than just plugging your phone into a charger? This leather tray disguised as decor can charge multiple items at once and looks great on a nightstand. For 10 extra bucks you can even have their initials engraved. ($175, Courant)

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amazon kindle reading device

A waterproof Kindle, now with an adjustable light…

What’s better than having all their favorite books at their fingertips? Not worrying about lugging them along on vacation or losing them to their bathwater. Enter the waterproof Kindle Oasis. It still has a glare-free screen and holds twice as many items as earlier versions. The screen brightness is adjustable, aka it’s easy to read comfortably at night and outdoors. It also includes Audible, so they can pair the Kindle with their headphones via Bluetooth. Score. ($139.99, Amazon)

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branch daily chair desk chair

An ergonomic desk chair that will make them look forward to Mondays…

For better or worse, the home office is part of our new normal. This stylish chair, with a cushion built to withstand four-to-six hours of “comfortable work,” is the perfect addition to their WFH set up. Plus, it’s made with recyclable materials, and comes in three understated (but stylish) colors. ($249, Branch Furniture)

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robotic cat litter box

A self-cleaning cat litter robot that is exactly what it sounds like… 

Give them the gift of never having to scoop litter again. This smart litter box automatically disposes of waste, uses a carbon filter to prevent odors, and connects to a WiFi-enabled app to let them know when it’s time to empty the waste drawer. It’s cat ownership, simplified. ($549, Litter-Robot)

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seltzer maker

An at-home seltzer maker that isn’t an eyesore…

For the carbonated water lover in your life, upgrade their seltzer-making game with this chic and sleek machine that comes in five different finishes, carbonates water in under 10 seconds, and is electricity-free. So they could, technically, bring it with them wherever they go. Say hello to hydration station. ($259+, Food52)

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air fryer toaster kitchen appliance
Bed Bath & Beyond

An air fryer that’s so incredibly versatile…

Everyone wants an air fryer these days. But when something takes up that much real estate on the counter, the least it could do is have more than one function. This Cuisinart machine does everything from air-fry to toast bagels to dehydrate — plus it holds up to six bagel halves at a time. So you can come over and enjoy it, too. ($229.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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monthly shipment cheese board

A cheese plate that refills itself…

What’s better than a charcuterie board? One that automatically keeps coming. Give them the gift of endless cheese nights with this six month subscription. They’ll get three cheeses, two meats, crackers, spreadables, and accompaniments delivered right to their door each month. It’s the dinner party host’s dream gift. ($499/6 months, Platterful)

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