Holiday Gift Guide: From Elephant Conservation to Football Enthusiasts

by Joshua Brown
Holiday Gift Guide

Navigating through a long list of holiday gifts? Rest assured, there’s something for everyone.

Handcrafted items are always in demand. Visit Etsy.com for a selection of artisanal gifts reflecting the latest trends, such as “grandpa chic.” This style, contrasting previous “granny chic” trends, incorporates deep burgundy, olive green, and tobacco brown hues, complemented by dark wood, plaid, and leather materials.

Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson emphasizes the growing preference for adding texture and depth to home decor.

If you’re short on time for gift shopping, consider these options:

PROTECT ELEPHANTS: The Elephant Project, founded by women, dedicates 100% of its proceeds from plush elephant sales to organizations combating poaching and aiding injured or orphaned elephants. Select from four individual plush toys or a three-piece set, priced between $39 and $105.

SUN PROTECTION HATS: Wallaroo Hats, understanding the importance of UPF protection, offers a variety of hat styles for everyone. Prices range from a $35 visor to a $71 wide-brimmed hat.

KITCHEN FUN: Ototo brings the mythical Loch Ness Monster to life with a stand-alone soup ladle available in green, turquoise, or purple, priced at $17. They also offer a tea infuser and a colander spoon for $16.95.

CYCLING ADVENTURES: National Geographic’s “100 Bike Rides of a Lifetime” book provides travel tips and stunning visuals for bike enthusiasts, covering various regions and skill levels. Priced at $35.

Y2K FASHION REVIVAL: Kimora Lee Simmons has reacquired her iconic Baby Phat brand, now featuring velour, low-rise jeans, and graphic T-shirts with her signature Siamese cat logo, available exclusively on Babyphat.com, with prices from $40 to $100.

QUEER FASHION INSIGHTS: “dapperQ Style: Ungendering Fashion” by Anita Dolce Vita, editor in chief of dapperQ magazine, explores LGBTQ+ style narratives. Available from Harper Design for $35.

PAW PATROL MERCHANDISE: Gund introduces plush toys of Chase and Skye from “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie,” priced at $12 and $16.

FOOTBALL LOVER’S READ: “The Football 100” by Mike Sando, Dan Pompei, and The Athletic NFL staff dives into football history and profiles, with a highlight on Tom Brady. Published by William Morrow, priced at $40.

SAKE EXPERIENCE: The Sakurai family’s Dassai Blue 50 premium sake, brewed in New York and available in 30 states, is priced at $28.99 for a 720ml bottle.

CREATIVE COLORING: Crayola’s HD Coloring Kit includes pre-shaded images and 30 color pencils, suitable for all ages 8 and up, priced at $19.99.

TINY HOUSE GETAWAY: Getaway offers tiny cabin rentals near 29 U.S. cities, with gift cards for three-night stays ranging from $350 to $400.

DATE NIGHT CARDS: “It’s a Date!” cards provide 40 scratch-off date ideas, suitable for various budgets and ages, priced at $17.99 on Amazon.

CHILDREN’S FURNITURE: Masaya’s “Little Ones Collection” features hand-woven teak lounge chairs for children, available in six patterns for $345 each.

PICKLEBALL PADDLES: Proxrpickleball.com offers high-end paddles, including a $209.99 signature model designed with player Zane Navratil.

PLENTIFUL PLAYSTATIONS: Sony confirms availability of the PS5, with standard and digital editions, starting at $499.99.

For more 2023 holiday gift ideas, explore AP’s guides on music, movies, books, gardening, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Holiday Gift Guide

What are some unique holiday gift ideas for 2023?

Handcrafted items from Etsy, plush elephants supporting conservation, sun protection hats from Wallaroo, kitchen gadgets by Ototo, National Geographic’s bike adventure book, Y2K fashion by Kimora Lee Simmons, LGBTQ+ fashion insights from Anita Dolce Vita, PAW Patrol plush toys, football history book “The Football 100”, premium sake from the Sakurai family, Crayola’s coloring kit, tiny house getaways with Getaway, creative date night cards, children’s furniture from Masaya, and high-end pickleball paddles.

Where can I find handcrafted holiday gifts?

Etsy.com is a great marketplace for handcrafted gifts, featuring a wide range of artisanal products and this year’s “grandpa chic” trend in home decor.

Are there any gifts that support animal conservation?

Yes, The Elephant Project offers plush elephants, with 100% of proceeds going to organizations fighting poaching and supporting injured or orphaned elephants.

What gift options are there for football enthusiasts?

“The Football 100” book by Mike Sando, Dan Pompei, and The Athletic NFL staff, covering the greatest football players and offering in-depth profiles and history.

Are there any thoughtful gifts for book lovers and travelers?

The “100 Bike Rides of a Lifetime” by National Geographic provides a comprehensive guide for cycling enthusiasts, covering routes in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

What are some fashion-related holiday gift ideas?

Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat brand offers Y2K-inspired fashion items, and “dapperQ Style: Ungendering Fashion” by Anita Dolce Vita offers insights into queer fashion.

What are some creative and fun kitchen gifts?

Ototo’s Loch Ness Monster soup ladle and other colorful kitchen gadgets offer a whimsical touch to kitchenware.

Are there any interactive and creative gifts for children or adults?

Crayola’s HD Coloring Kit features pre-shaded images and color pencils, suitable for adult coloring book fans and young artists.

What gifts are available for outdoor enthusiasts?

Wallaroo Hats offers a range of sun protection hats for outdoor activities, and Getaway provides tiny cabin rentals for a unique outdoor experience.

What are some exclusive and luxury gift options?

Dassai Blue 50 premium sake, high-end pickleball paddles from Proxrpickleball.com, and hand-woven children’s furniture from Masaya offer luxurious gift choices.

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Dave R. November 21, 2023 - 6:19 am

National Geographic’s bike book sounds awesome for my cycling buddies. But $35 for a book? Hope it’s got some really good routes in it.

Jenny Smith November 21, 2023 - 10:32 am

Love the idea of helping elephants with those plush toys, great to see gifts that give back, but hey, $105 for a stuffed animal? Seems a bit steep…

Rachel M. November 21, 2023 - 11:15 am

Those date night cards seem like a cute idea! but are the activities actually doable or just cheesy stuff? don’t want to end up with a dud date night.

Tom H. November 21, 2023 - 12:09 pm

The football book sounds cool but putting Tom Brady at the top? C’mon, there’s gotta be some bias there, right?

Sarah Lee November 21, 2023 - 10:14 pm

Baby phat’s back? that’s so cool, takes me back to the 2000s! not sure about those low-rise jeans though, weren’t they kinda uncomfortable, lol.

Emily K. November 21, 2023 - 11:10 pm

A little skeptical about the ‘tiny house living’ gift idea, seems like a niche thing, not everyone’s cup of tea… and $400 for 3 nights? might as well book a regular hotel.

Mark Johnson November 22, 2023 - 12:27 am

Those kitchen gadgets sound fun, especially the loch ness ladle, haha. Might pick one up for my sis who loves quirky stuff in her kitchen. But, is it really durable? dont wanna gift something that breaks in a week.


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