The Best Christmas Gift Guide with Ideas for Everyone on Your List!

It is time for my annual Holiday Gift Guide.  Unique, interesting, pretty, fun and useful gift ideas for anyone on your list this holiday season.

An old fashioned Christmas tree with dried orange slices and antique balls withs in a room with worn wood floors and white walls.


If you’ve been following along with The Christmas Pledge you have no need for this post because all of your presents are purchased and you’re positively berserk on an accomplishment high. You people can just spend the next 10 minutes staring blankly at the computer screen. Or you could make use of this time and do something important like scroll through the list I’ve composed and pick out a perfect gift to give yourself.  

Before we get into it I have some guidelines on buying presents:

Christmas Present Buying Tips

  • If someone lives in a small space DON’T buy them a large present that’ll cause them stress and eye bleeds trying to find a place to put it.
  • Check to see where something is being delivered or supplied from. This is especially important on Amazon. If it’s being delivered from China then it’s going to be a month to get to you if you’re in North America. If it says “supplied and shipped by Amazon”, then you’re good. You’ll get it in a few days normally.
  • If you’re having trouble thinking of a gift for someone think of their hobbies, and then get them something for that, that they wouldn’t buy themselves. Very expensive knitting needles for a knitter for example. Or a signed copy of a book by a favourite author for a reader. That sort of thing. Hobbies are always the best place for inspiration.
  • Want to cut down on shipping costs if you’re shipping presents out of town? Change the shipping address in Amazon to ship directly to the recipient’s house and choose the gift wrap option.  The present will be gift wrapped with a personalized card and gift receipt inside the standard brown Amazon shipping box.

And to reiterate what I’ve said before: If you can shop local SHOP LOCAL.  This year it’s more important than any other year for the survival of your neighbourhood stores.

Ready?  Here we go, this year’s gift and stocking stuffer list. 

The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The items on this list contain affiliate links. That means when you buy a present for someone else, you give a present to me as well in the form of a commission from what you buy. The best part is it doesn’t cost you or the individual sellers a penny.  Amazon, Etsy and other stores pay the commissions.

If you’re in Canada and you’re having trouble with the right items coming up, just click here and search for the item on Amazon Canada. All other links should work fine for you.

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Something for everyone on your gift list this year.


          🎅🏽FUN STUFF🤶🏻


Sometimes we get a present and even if we love it, trying to find a place for it in our home can take 1 day and 4 Xanax.

These gifts are all things that are eventually used up or take up no space at all.

           🎅🏽POT STUFF🤶🏻

Yep. Because Canada, eh?



Gifts for the receiver and the earth.


If you don't know why masks are on the 2020 gift list then I'd love a quick letter from you describing what it's like to be a stuffed animal. These are just a few of my favourites.

           🎅🏽PRETTY STUFF🤶🏻


Before you say it, I know.  Christmas shouldn’t be about the presents.  We’d all live better, happier, more boast-worthy lives if we gave up Christmas presents and instead spent Christmas day in a sweat lodge hallucinating our way to a better world.

But I like getting presents once a year.  Don’t you?

Speaking of presents. I’m going to be updating this list a couple of times before now and the beginning of December! I’ll let you know when I update. 

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The Best Christmas Gift Guide with Ideas for Everyone on Your List!


  1. Robin Willoughby says:

    I bought myself a present! The birthstone ring with a garnet for each of my boys and a pearl in the middle for me.
    I’ve always wanted one and seems my sons have never gotten the hint…😊

  2. PegMinn says:

    Love your list, Karen! I ordered hair pins for my daughters with their long heavy hair and am thinking about a couple of other things.
    What do you all do with the dehydrators that makes them worth while? I don’t get it. :~?

    • Jane Woodman says:

      We grow tons of tomatoes, and once I learned that dehydrated, powdered tomato skins deliver deep flavor, I bought a dehydrator and stopped composting them. Since I don’t can, I’m also dehydrating potatoes for storage. And the dark tops of leeks, etc. oranges and apples to hang for the birds and squirrels…..

    • Petra says:

      I have a pear tree that produces more than I can use fresh. I dehydrate pear slices that I acidulate in a mild ascorbic acid solution. Keeps them bright and light. My grandaughter has declared the pear slices better than candy….

  3. Mary W says:

    I got my Eat Here sign in the mail yesterday! So glad as it is perfect for my daughter. Every Christmas Eve, we play Bingo with prizes. I try to find really odd but cheap things to add to the pile of ‘pick or take someone else’s’ prizes. Now it seems I need Toot Pads! I gave a dried flower wall vase one time that was made from a bull’s bag. No one knew what it was for the longest time. I sure do enjoy Bingo.

  4. Jane says:

    I purchased one of the space heaters after your first post and hubby kept taking it to his office. Today I saw your post again and decided that we each needed one. The next one should arrive this week. Thanks for the great list!

  5. Cindy Courtney says:

    In 2016 my sister and I learned for the first time that we had a half sister born in 1944—9 years older than me. We never had a chance to meet her but we get together with her kids all the time. Niece Marleen found the Kicking Horse Three Sisters and sent me some for obvious reasons-/we are three sisters, not two. I love it that this is on your list.

  6. Beverly says:

    Oh man, I was all over that kindling chopper gizmo, thought hubby would love it. But it’s $282! Not to sound like a cheap bitch but that’s a bit too much $$ for me. It would be awesome though…..

    • Linda Robbins says:

      What?!? There are loads of these on line (Northern Tool, Amazon and more) for less than $100. We bought a couple from Amazon that were about $80. Maybe more in Canada, but surely not that much more.

      They’re great, incidentally.

    • Linda J Howes-Smyth says:

      You’d probably spend that on a good axe, that’s my reasoning. Can’t decide myself if I want it that badly or not. Do I even need a new axe? How big a piece can I fit in there?What if the piece has knots, will it just get all knotted up in there and impossible to split or get out of the whole contraption. Could end up being just one more thing to add to the pile of stuff. Then again, could be a big time saver. Hmmm, wonder what the 92 year old David thinks about this item?

    • Karen says:

      Uch. It must be a glitch with the link converting from American to Canadian. You can look at this one on I tried to find local smaller Canadian stores (even independently owned like Canadian Tire or Home Hardware) that carry something similar but didn’t have any luck. ~ karen!

  7. Michele says:

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks for this list! Did you tell David about the kindling cracker or did he tell you bout it?😉

  8. Jan in Waterdown says:

    My heart bear faster when I saw that Fire and Wine cowl neck thingie! Alas, just a tad too much $$ but it sure is putty!

  9. Steve Denvir says:

    New guy here. Loving the blog/site/whatever.

    Here’s a great local source for masks. (Local meaning Rockwood, ON)

    3 layer masks with separate polypropylene inserts. Apparently as effective as N95 masks.

    And literally hundreds of patterns/fabrics.

    • Karen says:

      Wow, they’re great (I haven’t even got to looking at the masks yet, just the leather goods, lol) how have I not known about them all my life?! ~ karen

  10. scott says:

    I bought an Eufy on your recommendation, I love her so I bought two. Thank you!

  11. Gael James says:

    Ordered a bag of Kicking Horse to be delivered tomorrow because I have a caffeine emergency on my hands, and then set up a monthly subscription (to join my cat food delivery.) Huzzah!

  12. Kristine Maskrey says:

    I ordered two of these items as gifts (one for me, one for them hehe) and already had them sent. Couldn’t wait for Christmas! Thanks for a great list of ideas!

  13. Louise Fortier says:

    Just tried to order the beautiful facemask on Etsy. The mask was $21 CA, but the delivery was $55!! No thanks.

  14. Kat O says:

    Soooo I had never heard of a “boot jack” before and have apparently been living my entire life in the dark ages of muddy hands and wet socks. I immediately bought that beetle boot jack for myself (and my husband will use it too so it’s like basically a gift right?).

    • Carole says:

      I immediately bought it too…. I am getting too old to wrestle with boots that don’t want to come off.

    • Deni says:

      I wanted one too, but they are no longer available! Lucky you for ordering quickly. The Canadian Amazon has one similar (a tad smaller) which I’ve ordered so we’ll see if it measures up. Arrives Thursday.

  15. LOIS M BARON says:

    Thanks, Karen, for another intriguing list of things I can tell people to buy me :-) Thank you, too, for urging people to buy local.

  16. Vikki says:

    I’m totally shopping small businesses and Etsy this Christmas. Thank you for the recommendations for Etsy–I’m skipping Amazon this year.

  17. Deanna says:

    Karen – Thank you so very much for including our (Homestead and Chill) organic sourdough starter on your gift guide this year! I am honored and tickled and SO very appreciative. Thank you for supporting our small business, and cheers to healthy homemade bread! (and we do ship to Canada too!) I also concur on the Excalibur dehydrators; we use ours non-stop. Anyways, you’re the best!

  18. SF says:

    I love to read your gift list every year. It helps me think of things I’d like people to buy me. ;)

    My husband and I ended up talking about holiday gifts the other day when he mentioned that something he liked was currently on sale on Amazon. I asked if a local store we like would carry it, and he thought they might; I told him I’d rather pay twice as much and buy local this year. This evolved into us discussing how we would like to kindly suggest to gift givers in our life (namely parents who ask for “ideas”) that they shop for us at local retailers or make charitable donations.

    Thanks for adding your voice to support the shop local movement!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for noticing it SF, lol. Some people missed it. And I just did that very thing. I wanted some 8″ bannetons but before I ordered any online I contacted my local kitchen store to ask if they had any. They did and I went and picked them up this afternoon. ~ karen!

  19. DALENE K. says:

    While I found the list interesting, I am disappointed that you neglected to talk about shopping local.

    You hit on that important point so hard previously but when it came to your list, it seems linking to online purchases was your go-to.

    As you have previously said, if we don’t ship local this holiday season, local businesses will fail, employees will lose their job, people’s lives will be negatively impacted.

  20. Laura Bart says:

    Better than Oprah, seriously and I love Oprah. Many socially distant hugs to you from me!

  21. Christine says:

    I also love Kicking Horse coffee, but Amazon charging $108 for 3 packages?!?! And that’s for a 10 oz. bag. You can buy 1 lb bags of this in the grocery stores in BC for $16.95 per package, and it often goes on sale – I have seen it as low as $9.99!

  22. Heather Y says:

    Oh what a help this list was! It even helped me to think of a few gifts that weren’t on the list! As usual, Karen, you rock! By the way…I got my son-in-law the hot sauce kit last year and he loved it! Thanks for all you do for your readers!

  23. Patti says:

    What a great list! I’m also in Canada but can’t seem to order the Under Armour face mask. It’s not on but won’t ship it here. Any suggestions?

  24. Susan says:

    I love you dearly, Karen, however why are we supporting the monolithic Amazon when so many of our local stores are going bankrupt? This is where we should be spending our money.

    • Carla says:

      It was a small paragraph in the middle so perhaps you missed it but Karen did say “And to reiterate what I’ve said before: If you can shop local SHOP LOCAL. This year it’s more important than any other year for the survival of your neighbourhood stores.”
      You could always google where to find these products through a different (maybe even local) company. But Karen does need to make a living doing this and she gets a wee commission through the Amazon and Etsy links “The items on this list contain affiliate links. That means when you buy a present for someone else, you give a present to me as well in the form of a commission from what you buy. The best part is it doesn’t cost you or the individual sellers a penny. Amazon, Etsy and other stores pay the commissions.”

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan. I think I’ve talked about shopping local quite a bit. Even in this very post “And to reiterate what I’ve said before: If you can shop local SHOP LOCAL.  This year it’s more important than any other year for the survival of your neighbourhood stores.” I’ve also recommended Etsy and other small online sellers. The reason most bloggers recommend things on Amazon is because a) it’s part of our income through commissions and b) because it’s available to everyone. It isn’t possible for me to recommend things that are available in your local stores because … well I don’t know what your local stores are. Hope that clears things up. ~ karen!

  25. Jofuri Bobagu says:

    More please

  26. Mary W says:

    I MUST get that eat here sign but can’t find how to get it in Florida. It only shows Canada. But I am Betty’s twin and it hasn’t helped to yell at the screen. What do I do?

  27. Carla says:

    Hey Karen – for Canadian readers Lee Valley Tools has a Canadian made brass beetle boot jack. I don’t think it’s as pretty as the one you picked but made closer to home and from a company that has a pretty good reputation re conditions and pay for its employees.

  28. Linda J Howes-Smyth says:

    So I’m thinking the e-lighter is kinda like a mini taser and might have even more applications than lighting a candle, fire or cigarette of choice.

  29. KimS says:

    I just thought of a 2020 addition to your list! A phone tripod (for zoom calls). This link probably doesn’t work, but we have one like this, only 13.99, and it works great.

  30. Beth Bilous says:

    Thanks, I got a few ideas from you. This was great. Recommend more useful or not wonderful stuff.

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