The holiday season has arrived and some of us (okay, most of us) are scrambling to come up with gift ideas for everyone on our list. Peruse our 2016 Solo-ish gift guide for fun, original ideas on what to get your single friends, all for under $200. You might even find something that catches your fancy. So go ahead, treat yourself and your friends. ’Tis the season!
$14 or less
The adult coloring craze may be cooling off, but Color Me Swoon, a coloring book chock full of fun illustrations of attractive male celebrities, will have your temperature rising. Forget boring landscapes and abstract doodles; instead, channel your creativity into coloring Channing Tatum’s chiseled abs or highlighting Harry Styles’s locks. And, not to worry, if neither of those men inspire you, perhaps one of the other 58 Hollywood lookers depicted will ($14, amazon.com).
A small but colorful homage to the musical genius, god of sex and cultural icon Prince, lost earlier this year. His songs addressed lust, love and heartbreak, and tapped into the human condition ($10, etsy.com/thefoundretail).
A modern-day cross-stitch for the Hill staffer who spends more time on Capitol Hill than at home ($6 for a PDF of the cross-stitch pattern, etsy.com/shop/DespicableWe).
Feeling “Helpless” or ready to “Burn” things after a recent breakup? This Hamilton-inspired mug will leave you feeling “Satisfied” ($15, etsy.com/BlueLionDesignShop).
If you are looking for a simple, straightforward gift to extend to a single friend, consider giving them a gift card for a ride-hailing service like Uber or Lyft. It’ll save them the hassle and, who knows, they might meet and mingle with a future date using the ride-share option ($5+, uber.com/gift-cards/or lyft.com/gift).
Wear these colorful socks when you want to feel like a boss from head to toe ($12, feministapparel.com).
This charming, colorful and motivational notebook from Kate Spade is a perfect place for a planner to jot their goals and achievements ($14, nordstrom.com).
Last year, we recommended beard baubles. This year, it’s time to raise the stakes and go full-on glitter. Use this beard kit to achieve an Instagram-worthy beard at your next holiday party. I promise, it won’t go unnoticed ($19.50, firebox.com).
Online dating messages often result in some excellent — and repugnant — one-liners. Why should we let those tactful, or more often tactless, real dating messages go to waste? Inspired, Etsy shop owner Sarey Tales has transformed them into forms of art, including coasters, posters and greeting cards ($20 for a poster or set of 4 coasters, etsy.com/shop/sareytales).
Taylor Swift and her team of celebrity friends may have made headlines this year, but let’s not forget about the original posse that started it all: the Golden Girls. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia are the definition of #squadgoals. ($22, etsy.com/shop/AlisonWunderlandAcc).
Chasing concerts beats chasing boys. The emergency kit comes with, among other gear, temporary tattoos, earring backs, deodorant and facial tissues ($22, nordstrom.com).
Relationships may come and go, but your love for the city is unwavering. Show off your D.C. pride, and encourage others to spread the sentiment as well, in this locally designed graphic tee from ön.us.tees ($26, onustees.com).
To quote Beyoncé, “Who run the world?” Answer: “All the single ladies.” New York magazine writer Rebecca Traister delves into the significant role and impact of unmarried women in modern history ($27, amazon.com).
Regardless of whether you’re Team Logan, Jess or Dean, most “Gilmore Girls” fans are Team Lorelei. Pick up Lauren Graham’s new memoir, “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)” for behind-the-scenes tidbits on the addictive show, as well as insight from the leading actress on dating in Hollywood ($28, amazon.com).
Step up your bar game in 2017 with Cocktail Courier, a New York-based service that delivers artisanal cocktail kits directly to your doorstep. Kits include all the fixings (pre-measured ingredients, liquor and garnishes), along with step-by-step directions, which are great for new or lazy mixologists. Your house guests will appreciate the step up from vodka screwdrivers, and you’ll save yourself a late-night, chilly liquor store run ($40, cocktailcourier.com).
Gentleman can wake up flawless, too. This sturdy, dopp kit is a great purchase for the dapper dude on the go ($48, izola.com).
When relationships give you lemons, buy this bold and Bey-utiful cropped sweatshirt and to let him know you’re (1) not sorry and (2) not thinking about him ($58, shop.beyonce.com).
Yes, this Christmas sweater is cheesy, but it’s bold and clever enough to earn you a right swipe on Tinder ($65, tipsyelves.com).
$100 or more
Aer’s sleek and functional duffel pack will get you from point A (work) to point B (the gym) without any fuss. There’s even a separate shoe compartment that is water-resistant and ventilated, to help sneaks stay dry and smelling fresh ($150, aersf.com).
While the city may be your consistent bae, the Metro is certainly not, especially with the single-tracking this year. Instead, invest in a portable, collapsible bike for easy storing and commuting around town. The Tokyo Bike from Citizen Bike is 30 pounds, has six speed-index gears and can fold down to 16 inches ($199, citizenbike.com).