12 Ways To Upgrade Your Holiday Gifting This Season

It's that time of year again. You know the one: where you want to spoil the people you love, but you also have to stick to a budget. And on top of that, you're sick of gifting the same tired old options like quick-forgotten gift cards and dusty bottles of wine.

If your shopping list is as long as mine, then getting it all done can bring on a special kind of stress. But I'm here to tell you that you can skip all of that this year. When you're making your list and checking it twice, rest assured there are plenty of ways to level up on the gifts you give — without breaking the bank.

Bustle teamed up with WoodWick to put together an inspired list of luxe options for everyone on your nice list. They have all the makings of a good splurge — without the guilt behind the spend. Happy holiday shopping!

1. The Throw To End All Throws

This ultra soft throw has a high-end look at a just-right price, making it the ideal gift for friends who are always cold. With one side featuring soft velvet, and the other featuring plush sherpa, this blanket doesn't just offer the most comfortable experience ever — it also offers options. And who doesn't love options?

2. This Tumbler Is What Dreams Are Made Of

Travel mugs are a must, but the name brand price points are not. This tumbler keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for longer than other options out there, plus it comes in at a fraction of the cost. And seriously — what's better than giving your loved ones the gift of hot coffee that's still hot hours later?

3. Give The Gift Of The Best Candle Ever

WoodWick candles are pure, luxurious joy. No matter if you're shopping for a co-worker, a friend, or a family member, your giftee will love the indulgent fragrances and unforgettable sound of the crackling wick. I recommend the Fireside candle as a solid option: It features elevated notes of amber, vetiver, and musk. Hot tip: Buy a second one for yourself. You deserve it.

4. A Decanter Set That Screams Old School Glamour

This chic decanter set is Italian-made pure crystal with elegant cuts that set it apart from the rest. Not only does it give your decor-enthusiast friends a beautiful way to display their spirits, but the classic design will also seamlessly compliment any interior vibe.

5. Socks That Make Bedtime A Luxury Experience

These chanille socks are a sleeper hit for a couple of reasons. First, they're so soft and warm that they basically feel like your favorite slippers. Plus, they offer a name brand experience at a highly affordable price. What's not to love?

6. Upgrade Your Morning Cup Of Coffee

This French press is a best seller and it's easy to see why. It's super simple to use, the coffee is smooth, and it adds a dash of sophistication to any morning routine.

7. Get That Zen Feeling While Sitting In Your Own Home

There's definitely someone on your list who could use some serious R&R, so give it to them! While a spa visit isn't always possible, this luxe-smelling lavender eye pillow can still help you achieve that sought-after zen feeling you get during a relaxing spa treatment.

8. A Wine Bottle Opener That Works With Lightning Speed

This lever-pull design will open their favorite wine bottle in three seconds flat (yes, really). Even the most experienced server with their fancy white towel can't beat that.

9. A Designer Mug Makes Even Instant Coffee Feel Fancy

An elegant, oversized mug with an undersized price? Yes, please! This one's an easy choice for its Japanese-inspired painting motif and because honestly, it's big enough to double as a bowl. (Did someone say ice cream?) But the best part is that it's microwave- and dishwasher-safe, which means it looks fancy while still being totally suitable for real life.

10. This Vase Turns Living Rooms Into Art Galleries

Drip glaze is having a moment, mostly in art galleries and high-end stores. But this versatile vase comes with all the beauty at an eighth of the cost. Its soothing colors make it an easy selection for all different tastes, and its gorgeous shape makes it perfect for any room that needs a little sprucing up.

11. Fashionista-Favorite Sunnies With A Side Of Do-Goodery

The price of these on-trend sunglasses had me doing a triple-take, but when I learned that purchases also support children in need of glasses, I was all-in. Polarized, sturdy, and equipped with a satisfaction guarantee, go ahead and check your favorite fashionista off your list.

12. Earrings That Make A T-Shirt & Jeans Look Like Haute Couture

Another of-the-moment look for less, these statement earrings are totally on trend. From basic jeans and tops to equally bold printed dresses, they can take any boho outfit to the next level, without feeling heavy on the ear.

This post is sponsored by WoodWick.