new year gifts to help friends start on a good note

With 2020 just a few weeks away, many of your friends are undoubtedly already making New Year’s resolutions and thinking of all the things they want to do differently to start the year off right—but sometimes that’s easier said than done. In fact, according to U.S. News, 80 percent of people give up on their New Year’s goals within six weeks. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five tried-and-true gifts you can give a friend to help them usher in a happier, healthier New Year.

Cookbooks

new year gifts - instant pot cookbook

Get it on Amazon for around $10

There’s no better way to start the New Year off on a good note than by making a yummy homemade meal. And with the advent of the Instant Pot, it’s easier than ever to prepare a home-cooked dinner without sacrificing your entire evening. Whether your friend is a novice cook or a budding gourmand, a cookbook is a fun and practical present that can be used all year long. (Bonus points: They can take the leftovers for lunch the next day.)

new year gifts - betty crocker cooking basics

Get it on Amazon for around $20

From tried-and-true classics like the Betty Crocker Cooking Basics cookbook to quick and easy alternatives like Southern Living’s 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals: Delicious Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less, cookbooks are a fun way to inspire your friend to think outside the box when making meals. If you want something original for the chef who already has it all, you can even snag this 1930s aluminum Pillsbury cookbook.

In-Home Workout Equipment and Gear

new year gift - foldable exercise bike

Get it on Tophatter for around $135

Per a 2016 study about New Year’s resolutions published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 55 percent of resolutions are related to health — from eating healthier food to working out more regularly at the gym. But let’s face it: Many spur-of-the-moment, well-intentioned gym membership purchases quickly fall by the wayside and are never actually used.

new year gifts - womens leggings

Get it on Tophatter for around $10

So why not make it easy for your friend to embark on a happier and healthier 2020 from the comfort of his or her own home? If your friend has been hoping to get into better shape, why not gift them a foldable exercise bike? If yoga is more their speed, it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of leggings.

Plants

Studies have shown that plants remove harmful toxins from the air, reduce stress levels, and boost moods. So if you’re looking for a gift that is sure to brighten up your friend’s home and their day, look no further. Need a little help deciding which green gem is right for your friend? Consider this your go-to guide.

Subscription Services

new year gifts - meal kit subscription

Get it on Tophatter for around $10

Looking for a personalized present that your friend can enjoy all year long? Consider buying them a subscription service. Whether they’re a coffee connoisseur who would enjoy receiving coffee samples from around the globe or a busy individual who would benefit from a meal subscription service, a carefully tailored subscription service is sure to be a hit with your loved one.

Hobby Gifts

new year gifts - microphone

Get it on Amazon for around $44

Sometimes, the best gift to give is one that shows your support for your friend’s hobbies and talents. If your musically gifted friend has been talking about recording some music of their own, surprise them with a professional-grade recording microphone. If your artsy friend has been wanting to unleash his or her creativity, give them a drawing kit. And if your cinema-loving friend already has too many posters, why not opt for a popcorn maker or movie trivia game instead?

new year gifts - art set

Get it on Amazon for around $37

By using this carefully curated list as a starting point, you can find personalized gifts for every friend on your list and help him or her start 2020 on a good note.

Shop the gifts:

  1. Instant Pot
  2. Instant Pot cookbook
  3. Betty Crocker Cooking Basics cookbook
  4. 1930s aluminum Pillsbury cookbook
  5. Foldable exercise bike
  6. Smart Abs muscle and abdominal toning belt trainer
  7. Pair of leggings
  8. Meal subscription service
  9. Professional-grade recording microphone
  10. Drawing kit

Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

 

Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.

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