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2023 Gift Giving Guide

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Courtesy photos by Seattle Candle Company, Atlas Coffee Club, Babeland
Courtesy photos by Seattle Candle Company, Atlas Coffee Club, Babeland

Well, somehow it's already mid-November! If you're anything like me, that means you're mentally preparing to break the bank on gifts for family and friends.

But what should you buy? While I can't give you personalized ideas for everyone on your list, hopefully at least one of these gifts is the perfect one for a loved one.

Consumables under $15
If you're the kind of person who's scared of giving a bad gift, I recommend choosing consumable products this year. The glory of the gift is you'll never know if the receiver consumed it or gave it away or even threw it out, because it is meant to be used until it's gone. These products can also make great stocking stuffers because of their small sizes!

For those who love to snack and don't have a nut allergy, I recommend HBAF, a brand based out of Korea that is guaranteed to make your loved one's taste buds ecstatic. While the signature flavor is honey butter, there's also hot and spicy chicken, garlic bread, wasabi, baked corn, salted caramel, tteokbokki, and much much more. You can find its products online at Olive Young's global store for $7, as well as on Amazon for $10. If you ever find yourself in Korea, I recommend buying a bunch, because they sell for roughly $3.75 over there.

For those who like good smells, I recommend grabbing a candle from Seattle Candle Company. All are hand-poured in small batches using 100% soy wax, coconut oil, and cotton and paper wicks. The top-selling fragrances are evergreen and cedar, coffee, vanilla and sandalwood, and grapefruit and mint. The cost of a 4 oz. candle is $12, but larger sizes are offered as well.

For the chocolate lover, I recommend buying some from ROYCE, a luxury brand that started in the Hokkaido region of Japan but has since moved its operations to the United States. The cheapest is a basic-style bar for $8.99, but the company also sells more unique creations, such as chocolate potato chips, marshmallow chocolate, and an assortment of matcha products.

Subscriptions under $100
Everyone has a subscription to something these days, so why not get someone another?

For those who spend all of their money on books, I recommend getting a subscription to Book of the Month. Subscribers get to choose from five to seven new hardcovers or audiobooks each month. If your giftee doesn't read fast or wants to skip a month, it won't cost them more money. They also get to choose books featured in previous months if they don't like the current selection. A three-book membership costs $59.99.

For those who are addicted to caffeine, I recommend a subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club. Every month, it includes fresh coffee with information and pictures of the country it came from. The country cards even include a history of the coffee about to be consumed, so you know the whole story before drinking. Coffee comes in whole beans, ground, or as a Keurig-compatible pod. Atlas is currently holding a Black Friday sale in which you can get a six-month gift for $94 as opposed to $120.

For the wannabe bartender, I recommend a Cocktail Courier subscription. Each shipment comes with full customization based on taste preference, plus recipe cards, ingredients for 6-8 cocktails, and booze. For the classic-sized package that includes the alcohol, it costs $64.99, but subscribers can save an additional 20% by purchasing multiple months.

Gifts for the naughty person in your life
Looking to stuff something other than stockings this holiday season? Check out Babeland Seattle's hottest sale of the year! Through Black Friday weekend, the store has exclusive online deals (though maybe search these on a private browser). The Life Is Utopia Bundle includes the Utopia Silicone Bullet Pleasure Kit, a Wicked Sensual Aqua water-based lubricant, and Wicked Foam n' Fresh Cleaner for $47.50, which is 50% off the usual price.

Select BDSM items are also up to 70% off for anyone looking to please their favorite ho-ho-ho this December. Saffron-brand acrylic paddles and Hog Tie and Cuff sets are 50% off the usual price, while the Saffron Love Strap is 45% off, and the Gauntlet Bondage Cuffs are a whopping 75% off.

No partner this season? No problem! Babeland is also offering special online deals on vibrator packs. The One Gold Standard Play collection, which includes the viral One Rose clitoral stimulator, One Wand Vibe, and One Rabbit G-Spot Vibe, usually $270, is on sale for $150.

Being nice is overrated. Check out these deals and more for all those on your naughty list.

Happy holidays!