It is that time of year again—when friends and family gather around the dinner table, tell stories about the past year, enjoy holiday decorations and festive treats, give and receive gifts, and share memories while creating new ones. This holiday season, use the Darling 2021 Holiday Gift Guide to relieve the stress of gift shopping and revel in the magic of the season. Curated with our favorite products found just for you, our gift guide makes it simple to find the perfect gift for every special person in your life. Celebrate the Dreamer, Hostess, Achiever, Confidant, Beautician, Stylist, and Explorer, with items that have been intentionally designed and chosen for each person on your shopping list. 

The Dreamer

MATE the Label Sleep Set

This Holiday season, give the gift of sleeping clean with MATE’s bestselling Sleep Set, made from a super soft blend of Organic Cotton & Tencel™ Lyocell. Sleep in peace knowing you’re not taking pesticides, microplastics, or toxins to bed with you. 

MATE is made sustainably in Los Angeles with non-toxic, natural, and Organic materials. Their mission is to provide people everywhere with essentials that are clean from seed to skin. Give the Dreamer just what she needs for sweet dreams at night with this set. 

Darling Journal

In need of a gift for the person in your life who inspires you the most? Give the gift of the Darling Journal. With the Darling Mission Statement on the inside cover, it is a simple yet meaningful way to say, “You are a work of art.” For those who are creative, passionate, and thoughtful, this journal will encourage them to not only dream big dreams, but to live them out loud. Crafted with high-quality lined paper, these pages are waiting to be filled with hopes and dreams.   

The Hostess

KORISSA Bread Warmer & Basket

Stuck on what to get the hostess who has it all? KORISSA’s special bread warmer is naturally insulating, and the basket itself has been handwoven from sustainably grown seagrass. It’s the best gift item for anyone who loves bread and it can be personalized!

KORISSA was founded with the intent to offer environmentally and socially responsible handmade goods and encourage the modern shopper to purchase consciously. The brand is committed to building up sustainable relationships with their indigenous artisans in Bangladesh and working together to preserve the culture and history while providing their artisans access to fair wages, broader markets, and secure, sustainable livelihoods. KORISSA is committed to consuming less and being more conscious about waste by using eco-friendly, sustainable materials and forms of production. Shop consciously with this brand that is focused on making a positive world impact!

Favor Pinafore Apron

Gift the hostess in your life with a gift they will use everyday! Co-founded by Anne England and her husband, Jordan, Favor came to life when the pair was seeking to expand the accessories line of their original home furnishing brand, Industry West. Anne connects with interesting artists and makers all over the world and wanted to shine a spotlight on these artists’ unique pieces in the shop’s growing collection. Together, Anne and Jordan decided that these smaller home goods and accessories deserved their own home on a sister site, Favor.

This minimalist Japanese-style apron doesn’t tie around the waist, but crosses in the back to stay put. Roomy pockets and an effortless, drapey style make this linen apron the perfect accessory for tasks in the kitchen, garden, studio and beyond. This eco-friendly apron is stonewashed to keep shrinking and wrinkles away. One size fits most, length hits slightly below the knee. This style is available in a variety of seasonal shades.

ChappyWrap Harborview Herringbone Beige Royal Blanket

Founded in 2006, ChappyWrap is a family-run business led by a mother-daughter team. Inspired by an old, cherished family blanket, the duo set out on a mission to produce high-quality blankets made from a plush, natural-cotton blend and high-performance fibers, versus those constructed solely of synthetic fibers like polyester or polar fleece. Their quest for perfection led them to factories in Germany and Poland, both known for heirloom-quality products (they hand-inspect each blanket before it ships!). And that’s where ChappyWrap’s unique jacquard designs are woven today.

 This Royal-sized ChappyWrap blanket is the perfect way to tell someone they deserve rest. Tuck it, layer it, share it —this is their biggest Chappy yet, in a go-to favorite print. With no shrinking, no pilling, no fuzz, and a reversible, Jacquard-woven design this blanket is just what the hostess deserves and needs (especially after a busy holiday season of hosting).  

The Achiever

Machete Tech Watch Bands

Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but the Achiever in your life will probably beg to differ—watches are your achiever’s closest companion. These tech Italian acetate watch bands are beloved by celebrities + fashion editors worldwide. They are handmade with stainless steel and hypoallergenic hardware. Telling time just got upgraded!

Machete uses simple form and composition to create a clean, yet bold aesthetic through sculptural silhouettes and stunning color. Founded in Atlanta, GA, Machete is a line of eco-conscious, affordable jewelry & accessories for everyday wear.  

FlexiSpot Kana Pro Bamboo Standing Desk

Give the gift of good ergonomics this Holiday season! Not only is FlexiSpot’s Standing Desk efficient, but it also ranks high on the aesthetic appeal scale. The unique streamline of the legs helps lighten flats to add a sophisticated touch to any workplace. Despite its modern design, the standing desk is versatile and works well with both contemporary and traditional décor. The desk is also equipped with a dual-motor lifting system and easily lifts up to 275 lbs. The dual-motor also provides maximum speed and flexibility. Users can switch between different heights within seconds, thanks to the 3-stage frame.

FlexiSpot’s mission is to introduce creative solutions geared towards creating better working environments that promote efficiency, productivity, and wellbeing. The goal is to help their clients achieve new heights of wellness and strike the perfect work-life balance through innovative and ergonomic solutions. All of their products are carefully engineered using the best materials to boost health and performance. This gift is great for the person in your life who is still working from home!

The Confidant

Mimeo Photos Hardcover Photobooks

Need to buy a gift for the sentimental person in your life? Mimeo Photos turns your most hilarious, joyous, and meaningful moments into premium photo products you can touch, hold, or hang. Mimeo Photos enables everyone across the globe to create premium quality photobooks, wall and tabletop decor, cards, calendars, photo prints, puzzles, blankets and more through a wide variety of customizable themes, layouts, and sizes.

Turn this time stood classic into your next volume of memories. Mimeo Photo’s line of hardcover photobooks is entirely customizable at every step of the way, including personalized spine text and a full dust jacket for an elevated touch. The inner pages are equally magical with vibrant inks and thick, smooth paper held together by hand applied headbands. Each book is handcrafted by up to a dozen people at their facility. They are available in four sizes with up to 100 pages. Make memories tangible with these photobooks. 

Darling Compliment Cards

For the person you can always count on for good advice, encouragement, or even just a shoulder to lean on, give the gift of Darling Compliment Cards. These cards are an endearing way to express how much you care. With 12 flat cards featuring 12 unique messages to highlight the deeper, internal beauty of friends and loved ones, this is an intentional gift for any season. It offers the perfect message to encourage others and make them feel seen in a deeper way. Help the Confidant make someone’s day by gifting them these cards that they can write on and send to others. 

Inspired by Darling’s “Compliment Cards” on Instagram, these 12 images were some of our most liked and commented on from Instagram. Help bring the confidant’s favorite compliments to life this holiday season. Whether sent in the mail or pinned on a wall, these cards will brighten anyone’s day. 

The Beautician

NuMe Megastar Straightener

Give the beautician something she can use everyday! NuMe Megastar Straightener gives you salon-quality results without ever leaving your home! Their proprietary technology enables the Megastar to allow for a more gentle heat styling and will work on thin hair and thick hair alike, all while keeping hair smooth, shiny and healthy. The must-have NuMe Megastar Hair Straightener will make your daily hair routine quick and easy. With its 1-inch pure tourmaline ceramic floating plates and integrated far infrared heat strip, the Megastar gives you effortless styles that last!

NuMe believes in designing professional-quality hair styling tools and hair care products that are accessible to everyone and enables you to replicate salon results at home. For over ten years, they have designed and manufactured hair styling tools and hair care products, using the highest quality ingredients and materials that are cruelty-free and eco-friendly. With every NuMe release, their key focus is healthy hair backed by extensive laboratory and production research. Their process is this: they listen, they create, and they empower women around the world.

Sundays Polish Box of 5

A thoughtful and customizable box, spoil your beauty queen with some non-toxic holiday color that will have their nails looking chic and feeling completely put together this festive season. One can select one of their favorite colors along with the best selling top coat and base coat or choose three personalized colors in total. 

Sundays was built on the values of individuality, simplicity and wellness. Founder, Amy Lin, felt strongly about creating a non-toxic, salon-quality product and service that was safe for both clients and employees. She spent a year after she graduated from Columbia University with an MBA, working with a chemist to study the nail care products on the market and to create her own non-toxic nail polish formula, which is sundays’ signature product. Sundays is so much more than nail care products — they are a community.

The Stylist

Laude the Label Cropped Crew Sweater

Laude the Label empowers women around the world to find financial freedom through safe and meaningful employment at living wages. As a company, they measure success by impact, not profits. Laude’s model of slow, conscious fashion crafted from organic and upcycled materials is moving the industry toward a more humane approach, where the Earth and the maker are valued equally to the consumer. 

A sweater to live in all season long. The best-selling, sustainable Cropped Crew Sweater is the closet staple that every stylist needs. This piece features a full sleeve with ribbed cuff, classic crew neckline, and the perfect lightly cropped length. Available in Black, Ivory & Mocha. Each of their sweaters are handcrafted in Peru from ethically-sourced alpaca, preserving age-old Peruvian traditions. They are made in beautiful, family-operated studios under fair working conditions for fair wages.

Easy Clothes Ecru Brinda Jacket

For the friend whose style is just as beautiful as her personality, this European clothing brand makes it simple and fun to create a wardrobe that keeps up with the latest fashion. Even with ever-changing trends, Easy Clothes releases a new collection every two weeks, allowing clients to select high quality yet affordable European-French fashion. This ecru oversized, sherpa fabric jacket is a great addition to any closet. This is a go to look, and perfect for the colder temperatures approaching. 

Arriving in the United States after eight years in Belgium, Easy Clothes is now expanding worldwide. It is easy to accomplish a flawless and unique outfit with Easy Clothes, building a wardrobe one article at a time. Give the gift of a curated closet to a friend or family member today! 

The Explorer

Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender 

Do you know someone who is always looking ahead to their next adventure or getaway? Lo & Sons creates versatile travel bags for the friend who loves to explore, whether they are an adventurous jetsetter, roadtrip enthusiast, or destination traveler! This weekender bag is thoughtfully designed for a smart and stylish traveling companion. It is durable, features an adjustable suitcase sleeve, and comes in two eco-friendly options made with high quality sustainable materials. The signature bottom pocket design even keeps shoes and dirty clothes from the rest of the items in the main compartment.  

Committed to making the world a better place, this Lo & Sons weekender is perfect for the friend who wants to see it all. Driven by the desire for sustainability, integrity, and having a positive social impact, Lo & Sons goes beyond business goals. 

Darling French Market Bag

For the experienced traveler who seems to have all of the essential travel items, give them a gift they do not know they need. Suited for roaming the streets of exciting far-away places and exploring quaint local towns, these French market bags are a great addition to any packing list. The beauty of these bags are their simplicity in addition to their versatility. They grow and shrink to fit the needs of the explorer. Whether they are going on a day trip or preparing for an adventure, these bags are an on-the-go-necessity. 

Inspired by vintage net bags made popular in French markets, these bags have a fun nod to the 70s with their contrast color detail, ensuring that there is a color for everyone. These bags even come with a handy drawstring dust bag, making it perfect for those on the go to toss it in their bags.

What gift are you hoping to receive and what gift are you excited to give this Holiday season?


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