SHUANGY’S 2021 holiday GIFT GUIDEs are here! THESE GUIDES WILL HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT GIFTs FOR THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE. these are curated gudes for the cooking enthusiast, the new parents, and all the men and women in your life. Happy holidays!

I’m so excited that the holiday season is officially here! All the food, cookies, lights and of course the Christmas tree. Everything makes me so happy! And let’s not forget the joy of giving and receiving the perfect gift.

I have put together holiday gift guides for the cooking enthusiasts, the new parents, and all the men and women in your life. In other words, there is a little something for everyone.

Most of these gifts I already have myself and couldn’t live without, or have gifted someone a previous year, or the gift is actually on my actual wish list. This means, according to myself, these are all amazing gifts!

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Holiday gift guide for the cooking enthusiast


My Vitamix is definitely one of the best investments I have ever made! I got mine 5 years ago, and I still use it at least once a day! It’s perfect for smoothies, soups, sauces, and now baby foods and purees as well. ($350)

Always Pan

One of my all-time favorite cooking pans! It has a beautiful design, the non-stick is AMAZING, and you can sauté, steam, or stew – pretty much anything. And do you see how gorgeous it is? It’s the perfect beautiful and practical gift! ($100)

Pepper Mill

There are so many fun pepper mills out there, but if you are looking for quality and a classic look, look no further. This Peugeot pepper mill is the way to go. This is a great gift for the home cook who hasn’t yet realized that pre-grounded pepper is nothing like freshly ground black pepper! It will elevate any dish in just a few twists. ($63)

Wok pan with lid

Every time I cook on my Instagram stories multiple people ask me what pan it is. And this is it! It’s fairly cheaper and the non-stick works AMAZING in this pan too! It’s a wok, but I use it for all kinds of cooking. ($40)

Branch Basics household cleaner

You might think it’s weird to put a household cleaner on a holiday gift guide, but I really don’t think so. These non-toxic cleaners are amazing and I use them all day every day in most rooms and surfaces in the house. And what’s nicer than gifting someone non-toxic items that they will love and use on a daily basis? ($4+)

Le Creuset Castiron DuTch Oven 

A Dutch oven had been on my wishlist for a long time! I finally bit the bullet and got myself one a few months ago and I can believe I didn’t do it sooner. This is the perfect gift for the home chef. ($175)


The Microplane grater is a game changer! Gift it to the pasta lover who grates Parmigiano over everything or the person who uses a lot of ginger and garlic in their cooking. The Microplane grates super thinly and creates big fluffy cheese clouds that no one can resist. ($15)

Waffle Maker

Who doesn’t dream about waffles for breakfast during the weekends? But honestly, would you buy yourself a waffle maker? Didn’t think so! That’s why this is such a great gift. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and easy enough to store. Include a waffle mix with the gift as well for extra points. ($60)

Food Processor

A food processor is a must in every kitchen! It’s perfect when making energy bites, hummus, fritters, pie crusts, and you name it. This one is a good size and easy to clean. ($100)

Instant Pot

I seriously use my Instant Pot several times a week. Some of my favorite recipes are made in it, and it makes cooking so much faster and easier. Print some of my Instant Pot Recipes on some nice paper and include them in the gift as well. ($119)

holiday Gift Guide for New Parents


This is the cutest play kit subscription that is designed and curated to help babies meet their milestones, inspire their plays, and learn tons of new things. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about doing all the research on what toys are good for them, they just appear at your doorstep every 2-3 months. ($80-120)

Joovy Walker

This walker was highly recommended to me by SO many of my mom-friends! And it’s just SO AMAZING. It’s well designed and sturdy, and you can put different toys on the table in front of the baby. Oliver LOVEs chasing our Golden retriever Biscuit in it too. Adorable! ($100)

Fisher Price Swing

This swing is honestly a lifesaver in so many ways. It entertained Oliver while Tom and I could cook, eat and just have some extra time on our hands. It also works great at the beginning to rock your little one to sleep. I love the little mirror on top which was probably the first mirror Ollie saw and learned different facial expressions from. We used this swing until Oliver was almost 5 months, which is when we switched him to the Fisher price bouncer. ($180)

Fisher Price Bouncer

Moving on! Once they can’t stand to be in the swing anymore, this will surely keep them busy! Oliver started using it at 4 months (I placed a pillow underneath his feet at the beginning) and he is still using it now at 9 months old. ($110)

As you can see, we are big on “play stations”. You really need many stations to keep your little ones entertained in different ways and these will also save your back.


We have this bathtub in blue and love it! It’s cheap and easy to adjust when the baby grows. This is the one we have been using since Ollie was a newborn, and now, he is 9 months old and still using it! It has a newborn sling and now he has a seat in the tub. ($40)

Baby BjÖrn carrier 

I highly recommend this baby carrier. It’s sturdy and versatile, and we still use it all the time. It’s great both at home while doing chores, but also when going shopping, walking the dog, or hanging out in the yard. ($100)

Olababy silicone suction plate

These sectioned-off plates are perfect when you want to serve a variety of items for the kid’s meal. The silicone makes it easier for the baby to grab food from since it’s not as slippery as plastic, and just trust me on the suction bottom. It’s genius. ($19)

Ezpz First Foods Set

This is my favorite set to start BLW (baby-lead weaning), and we are still loving it to this day! The tiny cup and tiny spoons are so well designed. They are perfect for your little ones to learn to drink out of an open cup and when learning to eat with a spoon on their own. ($38)

Large Playpen

This large playpen is such a fun and easy way to entertain your kid while still knowing where he is… And it’s big enough to host some adults too and perfect while trying to keep the dog out. ($120)

Holiday Gift Guide for the Women in your life

Pajama Set

You can never have too many super soft, cute, and classic pajama sets and it’s literally on my wishlist every year. This year, I want both long sleeves and legs. ($70)

Ceramic Coffee Mugs

I love the design on these mugs and it feels kind of luxurious with the gold details. Pair the cute mugs with luxurious tea or coffee from a local coffee roastery for a warming and thoughtful gift. ($50)

Fleece Shirt

Who doesn’t love a soft, warm, big, and fluffy shirt!? I got my eyes on this purple L.L.Bean one, but most brands got some cute ones these days. ($89)

Ring holder

There are so many fun and cute ring holders and jewelry dishes. This is actually on my which list since I tend to take off my engagement ring and wedding band everywhere. I kinda need one next to the bed, one in the kitchen, and one in the bathroom… ($7)

Fluffy Slippers 

Warm and comfy slippers are the perfect gift for anyone. They come in all models, colors, and prices, but I really like this fluffy and cute style. ($22)

Otherland Candle

I love gifting candles to my loved ones and this is one of my faves. It smells warm and cozy, and kind of like freshly baked buns! Perfect for wintertime. ($36)

2022 Planner

icalendar and google calendar are both great and basically essential for being on time and keeping track of things. However, there is something special about a physical planner! It doesn’t hurt when it’s super cute too. ($35)

String bag

This eco-friendly and stylish string bag is perfect for groceries but also as a pool bag. It’s small enough to fit in your purse, perfect when “accidentally” going shopping. ($14)

Perfume Sampler

Buying perfume for someone else can be hard, but with this sampler, the receiver can sample 8 luxurious perfumes and then pick out the favorite among them and use the included gift card for a full-size bottle. ($75)

Holiday gift guide for the men in your life

Nespresso Coffee Maker and milk frother

I love our Nespresso machine and both Tom and I use it every single day, multiple times a day. It’s one of the best purchases we have ever made. The milk frother is also a must-have. Makes the milk so fluffy! ($199)


Warm and comfy slippers are the perfect gift for anyone. They come in all models, colors, and prices, but I really like this classic style. ($52)

Yeti Travel Mug

If he doesn’t have one yet, now is the time! Perfect both at home, in the office, and for walking the dog (yes, it’s a thing!). We love this model with the handle. ($30)


Shh! Tom is getting a pair of these for Christmas. Comfy yet stylish enough to run some errands. ($89)

Weekend Duffle Bag

A stylish weekend bag is a great gift now when we can start traveling again. I got Tom this exact one a few years ago, and this is the perfect sized bag for a long weekend away. ($100)

Leather Gloves

Warm and handsome gloves are a classic gift that still delivers. Perfect for the chilly morning drive or stroll around town at night. ($100)

Ice Mold

These large ice cube molds are so cool and a fun gift for the whiskey and/or cocktail lover! It definitely takes the drinking experience to a new level, both visually and flavorwise. ($17)

Foam roller

The foam roller has seriously helped me out so many times when my back has felt tight or my legs have been sore after too many squats. This is the perfect gift for anyone who is looking to take care of their body. ($35)

Robe with monogram

Why don’t men were robes? Get him one and I’m sure he will realize how comfy and cozy it is on a chilly Sunday morning. This robe you can get monogrammed for a luxurious and personal gift. ($59)

I hope you find the perfect gift for all the people you love! Please feel free to share some of the gifts you are planning on giving this year, or maybe something that you have already bought.

You might find more inspiration from the 2020 year’s holiday gift guides as well.