We have to admit that picking favorite gift ideas from our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is sort of like picking a favorite kid; it was really hard to do!  But, we somehow managed, and we had a lot of fun doing it.

Whether you’re smack in the middle of your holiday shopping or you’re just getting started, take a listen to this fun new episode of our Spawned podcast, in which we pick our (many!) favorites from the hundreds of gifts in our gift guide.

Listen to episode 96 right here, right now! And make sure to subscribe to our podcast so you never miss an episode.

Some of our favorite Holiday Gift Guide picks

Skate helmet add-on mohawks, the shark blankets, and an awesome Appaman leather bomber jacket (don’t miss the huge exclusive discount) from our list of edgy-cool preschool gifts for kids who rock the playground.

The Not Parent Approved card game, Krispy Kreme flavored jelly beans, and the DribbleUp smart soccer ball, along with custom Chuck Taylors and an Apple Music gift card from our picks for the coolest tween and teen gifts of the year.

The Dreidel Helvetica shirt and Menorahsaurus Rex from our Cool Hanukkah gifts for kids of all ages guide.

A cool Girl Power necklace, Ilse Valfre’s amazing artwork, and the DIY Malala cross-stitch pattern from among our Empowered girl gifts for fierce young females of all ages picks — right along with the cool superhero action figures from our sponsor of that guide, I Am Elemental.

Shinola watches, a New York Times photo reprint, the Brooklyn distillery tour, the new Pete Souza book of Obama photos, and the Women of SCOTUS tee in our guide to 20+ cool mens gift ideas that don’t suck.

The Vintage yellow phone, hand-stamped Friends Don’t Lie bracelet and a whole lot of Eggo references (ha) from our list of Strangers Things gifts for your obsessed friends.

The NSFW Beyonce embroidery art, Cyndi Lauper in one of our favorite shirts supporting two favorite causes, and a hilarious Emily McDowell mug in our guide featuring 30 + feminist gifts supporting women makers and women-run shops.

The 4 things tote and a personalized t-shirt from your own artwork in our guide featuring the coolest personalized gifts — just a few of many we love there.

We found the coolest mother-in-law gifts for the toughest person to shop for, including cool candles that give back, a fab macaron cookie subscription, and goodies from sponsor for this guide, To The Market, who we’ve loved for years because of all the good they do for women in need around the world.

In our guide to Glam gifts for your BFF that you’ll want to borrow, we are coveting that hot floral skull diamond ring, the sassy RuPaul ornament, cool sunglasses from an indie shop, the new Dyson hair dryer, and OneHope wines that give back. (Clearly we love this category!)

And don’t forget to check out more gift ideas in our Holiday Tech Gift Guide and our Cool Mom Eats Holiday Gift Guide!

This week’s awesome sponsors 

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It makes a smart holiday gift for kids who have everything. 


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