Who’s left on your holiday gift list? There are always a few people who are stumpers, so this week (on Instagram), we asked who you needed ideas for. Your answers: in-laws, teachers, and most of all tweens/teens. Here are a bunch of suggestions, most of which are under $30…


The timeless question forever and always is, what are teenagers into?! Curious, I asked six teens to divulge what’s on their wishlists. Their text replies came swiftly and included “anything Glossier,” “a Nintendo Switch,” and “CANDLES.” Gift cards for video games and sweaters were big, too. We love you, teens! You’re doing a great job.


For your favorite co-workers, consider treating them to fudge-y brownies for their 4 p.m. snack or sending them a dad hat to make them laugh out loud. Even better, make a donation in their name to the ACLU, which fights every day to make the world a better place.


Great teachers make the world go round. (I cried tears of gratitude during our Zoom conferences this year!) To show appreciation, “I love gift cards paired with thoughtful notes,” says a teacher named Whitney. “Also, emailing our bosses to let them know how much you appreciate us or sharing an anecdote about something we did for your child is THE BEST.” Keep in mind: “Teachers have allllll the mugs,” says Katie, as well as “millions of apple and pencil and other teacher-themed ornaments,” adds Heidi.


For those hard-to-buy-for family members, consider a gift certificate to a fun restaurant in their neighborhood, 100% pure dark maple syrup for Sunday pancakes, or supporting an organization in 56 cities that connects thousands of people to amazing nature experiences. And, if you’re in doubt, you can’t go wrong with socks

Thoughts? Are these helpful? Any other stumpers on your list?

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P.S. Last year’s hard-to-shop-for guide, and the complete 2021 Cup of Jo gift guide!

(Top photo from The Babysitters Club/Netflix.)