Holiday gift giving is often a source of great stress for many of us. What seems like a very simple task can soon become tangled in a series of increasingly complex calculations. “How close am I to this person? What did they get me last year? What are they even into?” And most importantly, “How can I deliver the dopest gift that will create the most joy, at a price I can easily afford?”
This gift guide is here to greatly reduce the risk of giving your best bud a well-intentioned but ultimately vanilla gift. No one needs another sweater! All of the items here are either sexy, savory, stimulating or some combination of the three. Read on, and—if you can pardon the dad joke—shop it like it’s hot.
FOR YOUR FOODIE FRIENDS
The accounting team might be bland, but the office kitchen is guaranteed to get a lot more flavorful thanks to this handmade hot sauce from reggae DJ/hot sauce master Queen Majesty, which will please friends and coworkers alike. Stock up on the Queen’s three pack and be sure keep one or two for yourself. And if your hot passions extend beyond the realm of sauces, there’s always room for a kick of something special from legendary spice masters La Boite.
FOR COOL AF PARENTS
Hamburgers might not be healthy to eat, but they are definitely fun to play with. If you have friends with little ones running about, we recommend getting them this beefy collaboration between fast food kingpens Shake Shack and venerable hipster toymakers Kid Robot. And if they have twins, there’s also an adorable french fry companion piece.
FOR THE WILD ONES
Get weird and bless your friends with the power of nails beautified by the likeness of pop culture phenomenon Cardi B. Cardi is all about making money moves and for less than $50, you can make your all female (or male, or non-binary) besties feel like the queen of their block.
FOR YOUR STRAIGHT-EDGE BUDDY
If you have any friends who were “nailed to the X,” this incredibly well-reported oral history of the straight-edge hardcore movement is going to go over like a circle pit on steroids. And even if the recipient enjoys a little spliff or pilsner now and again, the book’s super stylish imagery—which, for the record, pre-dates every current in trend in streetwear by 25-plus years—is well worth the price of admission.
FOR YOUR TECHIE GUITAR HERO
Even if you’re not Jimmy Page (you youngsters know who that is, right?), it’s always fun to plug in, get loose and bust out some saucy riffs. Thanks to this intelligent, Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled Mustang GT 40 digital amp from Fender, your favorite shredder will have hundreds of digital effects and amp simulators to choose from—all for less than $300.
FOR YOUR LOCAL WITCH
Mystical? Check. Beautiful? Check. Sex-positive? Most definitely. The amazing Slutist Tarot reimagines classic archetypes and brings a much-needed feminine and playfully transgressive edge to the world of divination. Who knows what kinky stuff will be in the cards for the lucky recipient?
FOR YOUR REFINED BRO
Art books are dope because if the cover is cool enough, they can also double as furniture. In the case of Object and Display, an art book showcasing the work of Haim Steinbach—a dude famous for putting mass produced products on his own homemade shelves—it’s also a killer manual on how to spruce up your space.
FOR THE CANINE ENTHUSIAST
Gifting your own or someone else’s beloved pooch a beautiful yet sturdy handmade dog leash is always going to be a loving gesture to the canine community. This handsome collab between music and lifestyle mavens Ghostly International and rescue-focused doggy accessories brand Found My Animal promotes all kinds of awesome values: generosity, kindness to animals and the beauty of elegant simplicity.