Gift Giving 2020: Williams Sonoma and Etsy top my list!

Gift Giving 2020: Williams Sonoma and Etsy top my list!


It’s that time of year where we start to think about gift giving for 2020. Our past shows that trending products have always caught our attention. Remember this craze?

Tickle me Elmo – how can this not make you giggle?

Christmas 1996, Tickle Me Elmo led the pack with the rush to find one. You were considered a rock-star if you were able to get your hands on one. Our first born was only 10 months old so there was not mad rush in our home.

In 1983, it was the Cabbage Patch Kids craze. Who didn’t want one of these toys??? Oh, I remember wishing for one at Christmas.

And last year? Oh….the Instant Pot! This products were flying off the shelf! If you have not heard the background story of this hot kitchen appliance, it’s worth the read! I think my favourite part of the article is how Mr. Wang describes the pain points for families in getting dinner ready.

Instant Brands CEO Robert Wang poses with two Instant Pot products.
Source: Robert Wang

As you may know, I’m a HUGE believer in giving gifts that actually mean something OR that can be used. I’m an even larger fan of giving the gift of experiences. Last year, I wrote a blog where I shared my holiday guide to giving the gift of experiences.

A little side note: my two adult kids did NOT end up liking their two experience gifts last year (a snorkelling trip and a zip line adventure in Maui). As I’m sure you are all aware, no one travelled last winter. We were not able to go on our Maui trip and their experience gift was never used. In their eyes, they got a piece of paper and last year was a total rip-off. This year….they’re getting all useable gifts!

So what’s in store for this year? What seems to be some gift giving trending products? I chose Williams Sonoma and Etsy to illustrate my top picks.

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Air Fryer

Many of us love a good fried piece of chicken, crispy chicken wings, or french fries. Unfortunately, those foods are not always easy on the waistline. In comes the air fryer. The air fryer is patented by Philips Electronics Company and is meant to mimic the results of deep frying with nothing more than hot air and a tiny amount of oil. Much better on the waistline and oh, so yummy!

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Williams Sonoma Gift Giving Trend

Artisan Gifts

There seems to be a greater shift in appreciation for small businesses, independent artisans and handcrafted products this year. As you may know, I have been pulling together items for my daughter’s new apartment and I have had a wonderful time exploring handcrafted items for her new home.

Some of the gifts I chose from Etsy may be a touch inappropriate for some while some may be the PERFECT customized gift for that someone in your life.

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Etsy 2020 Gift Giving Trend

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