This year’s Highsnobiety Gift Guide is all about the presents that’ll make a difference in these new and strange times. From gifts that encourage connection with loved ones, to self-love suggestions you entirely deserve at the end of 2020.
Who’d have thought this time last year that one of our 2020 gift guides would center on quarantine holiday survival? But as we've had to begrudgingly come to terms with, 2020's holiday season will be one unlike we’ve ever experienced. Social interaction is limited, bars and restaurants are under strict curfew rules, and the same old repeats are on the TV. OK, no change there, but instead of clinging to days off before going back to work, most of us are counting them down.
Enough doom and gloom, though. It’s time to embrace the sheltered life and the extra time it affords. Think of it as an excuse to indulge in you, yourself, and, er, you. This quarantine holiday survival guide is all about making this unusual holiday period as easy on the mind and body as possible.
Whether it’s 2020-escaping tech on the agenda or self-gifting spa products that'll help you unwind, this is a shopping list you wholly deserve at the end of what has been a terrible year. In fact, you'd be forgiven for never wanting to go outside again after copping some of these.
Scroll on for our guide to quarantine holiday gifts
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Your sibling's newborn just entered the fifth hour of crying, while dad is still berating the fact that no-one listened to his hints for a new mortar and pestle. The sounds of the holiday season can be testing. Even more so when under lockdown conditions. Samsung's wireless Galaxy Buds give the gift of truly immersive sound and ultimately, much-needed escapism. The noise-canceling Buds will let them get lost in a favorite album or podcast, whether chilling at home or enjoying that new quarantine-made-me-do-it running regime.
Woolrich Rough Rider Iconic Blackwatch Blanket
Standing at a size of 50 by 60 inches, Woolrich's Rough Rider Blackwatch Blanket is the product of 200 years of blanket perfection.
The Nordic Baking Book by Magnus Nilsson
We're all fucking sick of banana bread, let's be honest. But if you insist on baking your way through the lockdown holiday, take things up a notch with this baking book by Swedish food maestro Magnus Nilsson.
UGG Tasman Slipper
Lined with fur, this pair of Tasman Slippers is the pinnacle of lazy home footwear. Whether you're a socksman or barefooting it, the cozy levels are high.
Lululemon Yoga Mat
Yoga has blown up again this year, thanks to a new-found need to exercise from home. OK, you can have December 25 off, but then it's back to it, alright?
Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset
A book is good, and everything, but if you want to take your escapism to the next level, then look to a VR set like this one from Oculus. Huge range of immersive games and access to streaming platforms like Netflix and YouTube.
Samsung Air Purifier
A quarantine kit kinda needs some practical stuff too. Samsung's air purifier removes dust, allergens, and more from that air you're going to be spending a hell of a lot of time in
Le Labo Face Masque
I might just home-spa my way through lockdown 2. If you're doing the same, it's wise to invest in top products like Le Labo's. Also good for terrifying carol singers.
KINTO Coffee Carafe Set
We've got time on our hands. A lot of it. So right now, it's smart to make the most out of the small rituals of life and appreciate them more. Making coffee is a good place to start.
Mellow Ceramics Totem Mug
There's going to be a lot of tea and coffee going around this season, so it'd be smart to invest in a mug you're proud of. This matte-glazed, checkerboard choice from Mellow Ceramics makes the grade. When you're done with the soft stuff, fill it with gin and see out the rest of the quarantine holiday.
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