Our Holiday Gift Guides for 2020Posted by Whole Earth | 11.18.2020
Our Holiday Gift Guides for 2020
How do you choose a gift? Is it a spur of the moment decision when a certain item catches your eye and you know in a flash it would be ‘perfect’ for that special friend or family member? Do you listen closely throughout the year and mentally note when someone makes a wish that you can later transform into a present for the holidays? Or do you take the direct route and ask for suggestions?
However you decide, our Whole Earth stores have long been a favorite holiday shopping destination for everything from the Big Gift to stocking stuffers. We’ve been making gift guides for many years. They used to arrive via snail mail to your home; now they’re just a click away on the web. Once again we’ve gathered some of our favorite gift ideas for men, women and kids to help you find great gifts for everyone on your list.
Finding the perfect gifts for the men in your life can be a challenge. It often requires close observation to get a sense of what they might need or want. The direct approach can occasionally yield a solid lead, but often you’re on your own. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions that might be just what he’s looking for even if he doesn’t know it yet.
The Maple Grove Canvas jacket was made for work, for the ranch and for everyday wear. The tough stretch canvas shell is lined with ¼ inch polyester fleece and has shoulder pleats that allow for a wide range of motion. The cut is boxy so there’s room to layer for extra warmth on cold days. The jacket is weather resistant and has slightly longer sleeves which help to keep gloves in place while working. No gloves? Use the snaps for a tighter fit at the wrist. This is a Patagonia Fair Trade certified item.
Looking for a pair of men’s slippers that don’t look like slippers? The Moloa is an excellent choice. They have the look of a men’s casual shoe but are lined with shearling to keep toes toasty. The waxed nubuck upper has elastic gore panels for a more customized fit, and OluKai’s Drop-In Heel makes it possible to wear the Moloa as a slip-on or as a shoe. There’s a gel insert in the footbed for extra comfort and gum outsoles that are quiet and stable. And like all OluKai shoes, they’re made with quality materials and craftsmanship.
This is a cookbook for your backyard chef to take his skillset to the next level. Eric Werner cooks over a wood fire at his restaurant in Tulum. He offers information on the how-to of grilling as well as DIY instructions for making the perfect fire grill. However, a “hacked” regular grill or cast iron on a stovetop can also be used. Werner has enticing recipes for meat, fowl, seafood and veggies with rubs, sauces and condiments that create memorable dishes with complex flavors. There are even desserts and cocktail recipes to try.
For the women in your life, the goal is to find gifts that delight and will be used. No one wants their gift relegated to a high shelf or the back of the closet. So combine your observational skills with intuition. What kind of clothing does she like to wear? What are her favorite colors? What does she like to do for fun? Is there something she needs? With the answers to these questions, you’ll be on track to find a great gift.
Pendleton has been making classic woolen blankets and clothing for over 150 years. The name is synonymous with quality and beauty that can last a lifetime. This beautiful merino wool scarf shows off the Journey West pattern. The hooks inside the large diamonds are symbols of luck and prosperity. So wrap your loved ones in warmth and good fortune for the holidays and beyond!
The woman in your life may not know that she needs this vest, but trust us, she does. The Better Sweater Vest combines comfort and practicality. It’s versatile, keeping the core warm and offering freedom of movement for the arms. This vest is an excellent choice for both layering outdoors and staying warm in a cool house or office. It also has deep interior pockets for a phone and more. And, since it’s made by Patagonia, you know it’s Earth friendly and Fair Trade certified.
Do you have someone in your life who always has a cup of coffee or tea within arm’s reach no matter the time of day? May we suggest that a YETI Rambler bottle with a HotShot cap would be just the gift for them. It would banish cold, lukewarm coffee or tea from their life. AND the HotShot Cap is leak-proof so it can be carried along in the car or a bag and sit on a desk without fear of spills. It’s a YETI so you know it’s tough and, unlike many insulated bottles, it can be cleaned in the dishwasher!
We love shopping for kids’ gifts. The operative word is fun! And we can hope for an element of learning as well. Even young children are developing interests that can be encouraged. If dinosaurs, ballet dancers, trucks of all persuasions or pets are an important part of your child’s world, a gift that expands their love and knowledge is sure to be a hit. An important question to ask: is the toy age appropriate for your child? A toy rated for a child of seven and up may not be fun for a three year old, though there are always exceptions. We’ve included some fun kids’ clothing and shoes in the collection, just in case, like…
Dinosaurs and tacos! Definitely a winning combination. Let your child represent two of their favorites at once while wearing this fun t-shirt made of soft, soft cotton. There are no pesky collar labels to scratch or annoy, and the shirt is made of heavy duty cotton for a long life. This shirt is soft enough for bedtime and tough enough for a kid’s active life. We suspect it will be a favorite!
Let your budding artist add a touch of sparkle to their creations with this set of 15 glitter markers. The nibs deliver medium width lines in a range of vibrant colors for both drawing and adding highlights. Add a sketchpad along with the markers and step back as creativity unfolds before your eyes. And these markers are not just for kids. Add a personal touch with a shimmer of color and fun to your own journals, planners and cards.
Do you have a marble run lover in the family? A budding engineer? GraviTrax is a marble run set made for big kids who enjoy building and problem solving. The set comes with 122 pieces that can be combined for all sorts of tracks and challenges. Plans for several tracks are included and there’s even an app for phones or tablets with more plans and a kiddie version of autocad to virtually test out designs before building. GraviTrax is a stealth learning tool that’s great fun for kids and adults.
The holidays are a special time for enjoying the company of family and friends. Let the gang try out new puzzles or board games that may become favorites for gatherings all year long. Perhaps you’d like to give a gift that can be used by the whole family? A new hammock for the porch or yard, or an outdoor game or toy to get everyone moving will be appreciated by all. Giving a gift for fun can be a springboard to happy memories that will be treasured for years to come.
A Rainbow World is a puzzle for the whole family where even younger children can join in finding and locating animals.
Living things of every hue
Are gathered here to challenge you:
Mammals, insects, fish, and birds!
This puzzle’s worth a thousand words!
As you puzzle, please consider
The wonder that is every critter!
Mark the holiday with a hammock for the yard or porch. It’s a gift that the family can enjoy almost all year long. There are few things as relaxing as stretching out for a restful read or snooze in a cool breezy hammock. We’ve been selling Yucatan hammocks for years. They’re colorful, strong and made for sleeping in a very hot and humid climate. And they can be hung indoors as well as outside. Think of it as an extra guest bed should the need arise.
Here’s a way to get the kids outdoors and give them a physical challenge they can work towards mastering. The Slackers Ninjaline presents a series of obstacles for kids to overcome crossing from one side of the line to the other. Once you’ve found trees of the appropriate size and distance, it’s easy to install and to take down so the Ninja show can go on the road to friends’ backyards or campsites. Hang the line lower without the obstacles attached you have a slackline to help develop and improve balance.
These are just a few of our gift suggestions. We’ve put together Collections for Him, Her, Kids and Fun for your browsing pleasure. Our website and stores are full of gift ideas for everyone on your list. Have fun exploring and finding gifts that will delight this holiday season. You can shop online for delivery or take advantage of curbside pickup in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Have questions? Our knowledgeable staff or customer service will be happy to help.