Sometimes the people we know the best are the hardest ones to shop for. It's easy to get into a rut of socks and ties, lingerie and jewelry—which is exactly why you'll find none of that on our list.
This year it's time to get creative. And by creative, we don't mean a d*ck in a box, because that joke's now a decade old. Below we've rounded up the best gifts for every relationship, no matter how long (or not-so-long) you've been in it.
If You're in a Brand New Relationship
Are you dating a lumberjack? A hipster barista? A Zach Galifianakis look-alike? Whoever it is, this beard oil, distilled from plants found in the Mojave Desert, is the gift he didn't know he needed. Using it will smooth, soften, and shape those whiskers. Plus, it's manlier than wrestling a grizzly bear—and way safer.
Available at jackthreads.com, $35.
If You've Been Together for Less Than a Year
If your romantic, home-cooked dinners include cans of SpaghettiOs, let your partner know it's time to kick it up a notch with this beautiful book containing recipes from some of today's best writers and artists. Bonus points if your partner learns to recite poetry from said writers while cooking.
Available at amazon.com, $22.50.
If You've Been Together for Over a Year
Family? Politics? Religion? Check, check, and check. At this point in your relationship, you’ve covered the important stuff. Now give your partner what he or she really wants: a stiff drink. It’ll make discussing the aforementioned topics with family over the holidays a tiny bit easier.
Available at mouth.com, $44.
These unisex kicks are made from a super-soft breathable wool, so they’ll keep your partner’s toes warm when temps drop (which is great if you share a bed with this person. Sayonara, icicle feet!). It’s tempting to nab a pair for yourself too, but do you really want to be that couple who wears matching footwear?
Available at allbirds.com, $95.
If You've Been Together for Practically Forever
Launched in January by a local Philly food writer, Spoonful celebrates cooking and entertaining. The quarterly zine is the perfect way to give a gift that keeps on giving—and to let your partner know you’re still totally hip and tapped into the underground indie food scene, obvi.
Available at spoonfulmag.com, $80.
Your partner’s Little League days are long gone, but if a plastic gold trophy on the mantle persists, we offer this as a sleek and sophisticated upgrade: a black leather baseball in homage to the glory days of yesteryear—that you don't have to hide when you have people over.
Available at killspencer.com, $109.
Still searching for that perfect present? We’ve got tons more gift ideas up our sleeves.