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Gift Guide 2019: Here are 10 perfect gifts for anyone on your list

Have someone on your list that's hard to shop for? Consider these 10 gifts ideas — ranging from $20 to $200 — that might spark great gift-giving this holiday season
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Looking for an unusual holiday gift?

Something that screams: “I really know how to pick ’em!” Or maybe you’re just stumped and need a bit of inspiration for an awesome Christmas or holiday gift this year.

Not to worry. Here are 10 suggestions for great holiday gifts that range in price from $20 to $200 for anyone on your list.

10 Fun Holiday Gift Ideas for Anyone

1. Bathroom Guestbook ($20)

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The perfect housewarming gift is the one that you can bust out during the housewarming party! This Bathroom Guestbook, from Uncommongoods.com, is a cute way to have everyone leave their thoughts and best wishes right from the comfort of the best room in the house (since it’s the only one with a throne).

2. Streaming Stick (Chromecast or Roku) ($35)

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Homeownership comes with costs. Consider helping to cut the cable cord (and bills) by giving your friends or family members a streaming stick, such as the Roku, which starts at $65 or the Google Chromecast, which starts at $35.

3. Happy Home Gift Set ($55)

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Whether they moved in a month, a week, or even a day ago, this Happy Home Gift Set is exactly for your friends need to break in their new abode. Featuring a sage stick and matches, this is an easy way for people to purify their new spaces (in a way that makes for an easy conversation piece and aesthetic addition to any home).

4. Aesop Hand Wash ($51)

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If you can’t stand the smell of no-name eucalyptus soap, then get your friends a homecoming gift for the holidays that everyone can enjoy! This aromatic hand wash is like a statement piece all its own. Suited for any washroom it embodies the scents of the season (with a woody, earthy, smoky complexion).

5. Snap-On USB Outlet ($64)

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This outlet cover plate with a built-in USB charger is as easy to install as a regular cover plate. Just shut down the power, unscrew the old plate and screw in the new one. No receptacle replacement required. The USB port gets its power from two prongs that contact the screws on the sides of the receptacle.

6. Into the Wood Diffuser Set ($115)

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The best part about this diffuser is just how beautifully it can blend into any room! Compliments of Canadian-made Saje Wellness, this gift kit is perfect for winter. Featuring woodsy aromas, and an ultrasonic diffuser, this kit is an easy way to tell your friends that they need to re-scent their new place.

7. Amazon Alexa ($130)

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Who doesn’t want an assistant in their home? If you have a new homeowner in your life, an Amazon Echo is the perfect gift. Skipping over the smaller alternatives, this version of Alexa is powerful enough to run a whole home — with an awesome built-in speaker system that means never having to lug massive stereo speakers around ever again.

8. Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart ($100 to $130)

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Now that your friends are homeowners, they may not have as much time (or money!) to spend on lavish dinners out. Make it easier for them with a new Instant Pot! The Duo 6-quart is the most popular of the models — partly because it’s entry-level priced and partly because it does all the necessary tasks, such as slow cook, pressure cook and steam. Better still, buy this Canadian made product at a Canadian-owned store and you could give the gift of a Canadiana this holiday season.

9. Living Composter ($199)

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“Turning food scraps into fab fertilizer” is the major selling point of this amazing Living Composter. If you know someone who’s interested in living a green life, while saving on space, this piece is a great addition to any countertop.

10. Nespresso Machine ($200)

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Scraping together a down payment on a home is hard. Reward the new homeowners on your list with a Nespresso machine. This pod brewing system is considered the elite of the pod machines and, as George Clooney promises, delivers a rich cup of coffee.

Romana King
Romana King

Romana King is an award-winning personal finance writer and the current director of content for Zolo. King has contributed to business and lifestyle publications including CBC.ca, Toronto Sun, Maclean’s, MoneySense, Globe & Mail Custom Content Team, and Toronto Star. She is a passionate speaker about financial education and engages her audience on a variety of personal finance topics from kids and money, home buying and selling tips, and estate and investment planning. King won the 2015 SABEW Business Journalism award and is currently nominated for a COPA 2019 award, Best Service Article, for her annual project Best Deals in Real Estate. As editor of CI Top Broker, King guided her magazine to obtain its first KRW Business Journalism nomination, and she was part of the small team in 2011 that helped MoneySense win Magazine of the Year at the 34th annual National Magazine Awards.

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