the best fall gifts buying guide

The Best Fall Gifts: The Buying Guide  

Fall is charming. Less hectic than summer months, its appeal lies in the nostalgic quietness of parks, colourful but fading scenery, coziness of heavy knits and layers, chilling mornings and warmer afternoons. Fall has its own aesthetic with contradicting nature of grey skies and yellow leaves, the festivity of holidays and slow evenings at home. Perhaps that is exactly why so many people claim this season as their favourite.   

Whether you are looking to treat yourself to a new autumnal addition to your home or wardrobe or have special people in your life whose birthdays come between September to November, we prepared a list of the best fall gifts.   

For those who are into decorating their houses for Thanksgiving and Halloween, we included candles and door wreaths. If you are looking for small, but meaningful gifts for your loved ones, you will find the best fall gift for a pastry chef, a gift for someone whose feet are always cold, for friends who are obsessed with fall-inspired drinks and more.   

Why Trust Us

We selected the best fall gifts based on several factors.

First, we researched what people say about their favourite items to receive from September to November. As many of them mentioned that they are pleased with scented candles, anything pumpkin-shaped, and cozy textures, we made sure to fill up our selection with items that would make anyone feel warm.

Second, we only included items that earned at least four stars on Amazon and other online retailers.

Third, we analyzed what other buying guides (Taste of Home, Cosmopolitan, Mozie) had to say about the best fall gifts.


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Whether you are choosing a Christmas, birthday or seasonal gift, the best place to start is to consider the lifestyle of the receiver. Think of interests, hobbies, and preferences of the other person.  

Your father might not be impressed with a pumpkin-shaped coffee mug but would be happy to receive wool socks. A friend who associates fall with a pile of new books or a list of movies to watch could be surprised with a cozy throw-on to cuddle under, while another one might appreciate a full cookbook of healthy recipes.   

Personalized gifts:  

Besides considering the lifestyle of the other person, think about whether a gift would promote good health or contribute to a good cause. Example? A friend who is trying to eat healthier and lose weight might not be impressed with maple syrup but perhaps would like a pack of spiced chai tea.    

Creative gifts:  

Although we prepared a whole list of the best fall gifts, if you want to add a little touch of creativity arrange a few of those items into a gift basket. Who would not find a combination of fuzzy sleepers, a lip mask, a mug and a candle the most pleasant gift during colder months? 

The Best Fall Gift for Candles Collector

Cheena Harvest Gourmand Pumpkin Spice & Black Walnut Glass Pumpkin Candle

Anthropologie is known for its unique and eclectic seasonal home décor. This Cheena Harvest Gourmand candle is not an exception. Placed into a pumpkin-shaped glass jar, the candle smells like walnut, warm spice, honey, orange zest and roasted pumpkin.   

As one reviewer noted, the scent is heavenly and transports you into the fall season. Usually, you get one or the other with candles, a great scent or a great look, but rarely both, she continued.  

However, keep in mind that (as per some reviewers) the scent was too sweet. Hence, if you prefer a lighter, fresher smell, then go for eucalyptus, sandalwood or linen notes.   

Cheena Harvest Gourmand is a fairly large candle, so when you burn it for the first time make sure to allow the wax pool to melt to the edge. In that way, it will prevent the pool from unevenly melting when you light the candle again.  

Note: contains nuts. 

  • Sophisticated design.  
  • Autumnal scent.  
  • 21-hour burn time.  
  • Some reviewers complained that the smell is too sweet.  

The Best Fall Gift for a Skincare Enthusiast

Lip Sleeping Mask Intense Hydration with Vitamin C

Laneige lip sleeping mask is an ideal gift for anyone in your life who is enthusiastic about skincare or complains about lip dryness during the cold season.   

This leave-on mask is filled with berry fruit complex, Shea butter and Murumuru seed that provide intense moisture and fill up lips with antioxidants.   

As one satisfied reviewer noted, the Laneige lip masks are so hydrating and smell amazing, however, the smell of Vanilla is the best of all. 

  • Vitamin C, Shea butter, Berry Mix complex infused mask  
  • Free of parabens  
  • Reveals smooth looking lips  
  • Some reviewers notes that container is too small for the price  

The Best Fall Gift for Someone Who is Always Cold

Cozy Bliss Luxury Super Soft Striped Faux Fur Throw Blanket

As per one satisfied reviewer who bought two of these Cozy Bliss Faux Fur throws, if you sit at desks a lot during the day whether that be for work or gaming purposes, and you like having a blanket with you during that time, this one is perfect. Keep in mind though you are not getting a super heavy or filled-up blanket, she added. The Cozy Bliss throw is two-sided and very lightweight.  

Another reviewer loved that Cozy Bliss is soft to the touch and ideal for wrapping up when reading a book. Considering that is it a lightweight blanket, Cozy Bliss can be easily carried around from the living room to a bedroom or even taken along on a road trip.   

The 50×60 size is fairly small, and that is another factor to keep in mind. It is enough for one person only, however, there are larger sizes available.  

  • Luxurious dense fur.  
  • Machine-washable.  
  • Lightweight but cozy and warm.  
  • Depending on a size, it might be enough for one person only. 

The Best Fall Gift for Someone Who Struggles with Fall Blues

Silk & Snow Hand Knitted Weighted Blanket

Compared to the Cozy Bliss throw-on, Silk & Snow came up with a heavily weighted blanket. They promise the stress-relief comfort of a traditional weighted blanket without any synthetic components touching your skin.   

As one user of the blanket noted, he has struggled with generalized anxiety his whole life and had heard of the benefits of a weighted blanket. However, he did not like the idea of an oppressive synthetic blanket making him hot and uncomfortable. So, when he found Silk & Snow’s cotton weighted blanket with an open weave, he immediately purchased it.    

The same reviewer added that the blanket can be folded to add more weight to a part of the body: put it on the chest area to reduce anxiety.   

The Silk & Snow blanket is knitted with 100% cotton that promotes better airflow and allows you to cool off and warm up quickly, at the same time reducing stress and anxiety and helping to relax and sleep deeper.   

  • Reduces stress.  
  • Several weights options.  
  • Available in many colours.  
  • Sustainably produced.  
  • Natural materials.  
  • Expensive.  

The Best Gift for Someone Who Loves to Host Dinners

Marin White Ceramic Pumpkin Serving Bowl

The Marin serving bowl is a perfect gift for someone who loves to host parties and gather friends and family around the table during holidays. This ceramic pumpkin bowl is suitable for serving creamy soups, pasta, rice-roasted vegetables and other festive sides.   

The Marin bowl is glazed with a soft white colour that creates a natural and antique-like look. Several reviewers noted that the bowl keeps food warm longer than other serving dishes, due to a matching lid. Others appreciate how charming it looks on an open kitchen shelving from the fall to Christmas season.   

  • Hand glazed texture.  
  • Made in Portugal.  
  • Dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe (not higher than 300F).  
  • Festive design.  
  • As per some reviewers the lid does not align perfectly  with the bowl. 

The Best Fall Gift for Someone Obsessed with Autumnal Scents

Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Shower Gel

Whether you want to indulge yourself with a new shower gel or give it as a gift, Philosophy Cinnamon Buns is an ideal choice for fall. The formula moisturizes and cleanses skin making it feel soft. It is infused with the scent of freshly baked cinnamon buns, making your skin smell like a sweet sugary treat.   

Besides, there is a cinnamon bun recipe on the bottle, and if you feel like baking after taking a bubble bath, simply follow Philosophy’s steps.   

  • Comes with a recipe.  
  • Moisturizing formula.  
  • Rich foaming lather.
  • The scent is too sweet, as per some reviewers.  

The Best Fall Gift for a Fashion Addict

H&M Oversized Cashmere-Blend Sweater

An oversized sweater that your friend or a loved one could wear throughout fall and winter is a thoughtful and stylish gift. This H&M sweater comes from their Premium collection (available online only) and is made of cashmere and wool blend.   

The sweater features a high rib-knit collar, long, wide sleeves and dropped shoulders.   

A satisfied reviewer noted about the sweater’s good quality, and stylish and modern shape. However, for her height she found the sweater falling on the shorter side. (Something to keep in mind if you are taller than 5.2 ft. and hope this sweater would cover your hips.)  

The style is versatile and can be worn with skirts, jeans, or leggings in various combinations, either as a top layer or underneath a coat.  

  • High quality content.  
  • Versatile style.  
  • Oversized silhouette. 
  • Make sure the receiver of the sweater has no wool allergy.  

The Best Fall Gift for Someone Who is a Homebody

7 VEILS Long Bathrobe

There is no other feeling like stepping out of a bathtub, wrapping yourself in a bathrobe and sitting down with a cup of hot tea. 7 Veils bathrobe is soft and fluffy yet does not add unnecessary bulk and weight.   

The bathrobe is made of poly-microfiber boucle yarn knit that provides enough warmth and breathability and keeps you comfortable whether you wear it on bare skin or layer with loungewear.    

The 7 Veil bathrobe also features two front pockets that are stable enough for you to carry a cell phone and other frequently used items without sagging fabric.   

As one reviewer who is 5’6″, weighs 180 and is curvy, noted that the robe is just long enough to provide that cozy “Sweater feeling” she wanted for fall and winter seasons. “I feel so pampered and the robe feels so expensive,” she added.  

  • Unisex style.  
  • Soft and cozy material.  
  • Warm and breathable.
  • As per some reviewers they wished for more colours available.  

The Best Fall Gift for Someone Who’s Staple Drink is Pumpkin-Spiced Latte

Antropologie Pumpkin-Shaped Mug

For any drink that has an autumnal taste, whether a pumpkin spiced latte, chai tea or apple cider, this Anthropologie cup is an ideal addition to any cupboard, whether in your kitchen or as a gift to a friend.   

“If you love fall, you need these,” said a satisfied reviewer. They are well-made and more special than lower-priced dupes.  

Another one noted the online photos do not do it justice: the mug looks much better in real life. The only downside she mentioned is that the mug does not keep liquids hot for a long time, which can be good for some but not so good if you forget to drink your tea.  

The hand-crafted cup is made with glazed stoneware and is unique in its appearance, which makes it a thoughtful, heartwarming gift.   

  • Hand crafted.  
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe.  
  • Large capacity.
  • As per some reviewers the black mug is a dark chocolate colour with a pearlized glaze, instead of expected black.  

The Best Fall Gift for a Vivid Tea Drinker

Davids Tea Cinnamon Rooibos Chai Tea

Rooibos and cinnamon are a classic and favourite fall combination among many tea lovers. Besides, aromatherapy specialists say that cinnamon enhances the brain’s ability to concentrate. Meanwhile, rooibos is bursting with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and antioxidants.   

This David’s Tea comes with seventy-five ready-to-steep sachets, which is, unlike loose-leaf tea, much faster to make: useful for those mornings when you are in a rush.  

A satisfied reviewer noted that she adds a splash of silk vanilla almond creamer to the tea which makes an amazing drink.  

Another one loved the mix of chai and cinnamon; it has a spicy and strong taste. “I like to have it hot with a little bit of milk and sugar or t cold with honey,” he added.  

  • Seventy-five sachets.  
  • Caffeine-free.  
  • Comforting autumnal taste.  
  • As per some reviewers the tea is weak.  

The Best Gift for a Cook or a Baker

Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals

Half Baked Harvest is a bestselling cookbook with more than 120 recipes of wholesome, comforting meals that you can cook throughout the cold season. Tieghan Gerard’s recipes are inspired by the Colorado mountains, her big family and ingredients that feed both body and soul.   

The author believes that feel-good food does not restrict one from enjoying hearty meals, but is about finding a balance between satisfying a craving and not compromising your health. That is why this collection of recipes is packed with ideas of plant-based favourites that are both tasty and healthy, such as Pesto–Stuffed Butternut Squash, Chipotle Cheddar Corn Chowder, Crispy Carnitas Taquitos and more.   

  • Over 120 recipes.  
  • Includes plant-based recipes.  
  • Aesthetically pleasing images. 
  • As per some reviewers, certain editions are missing pages 216 to 240, so make sure to double check those sections when you receive the book.  

The Best Fall Gift for Someone Whose Feet are Always Cold

UGG Scuffette II Women Sleepers

UGG Scuffette slippers do not only look cozy and soft. Due to real sheep or lamb fur sourced from New Zeeland, they provide ultimate warmth and are ideal for slipping your feet in when coming back home after a long cold day.   

The sleepers are crafted with responsible materials and production that focuses on including at least 40% recycled natural materials.   

The suede upper and non-slippery outer sole make the Scuffette sleepers durable, and suitable to wear outdoors on a dry, warm day.  

  • High quality.  
  • Classic versatile design.  
  • Durable materials.  
  • Responsible production.
  • Fur flattens over time.  

The Best Fall Gift for an Active Walker

L.L. Bean Adults’ Merino Wool Ragg Socks

Speaking of keeping feet warm during fall and winter, another gift idea (a more affordable one compared to the UGG sleepers) is merino wool socks.   

As one reviewer noted, those L.L.Bean socks had become the only socks he wears in all seasons. Even when they are several years old and a bit stretched out, they are comfortable and still wearable. Worth the price because of their comfort and longevity, he added.  

The socks are made with a heavyweight blend of merino wool, stretch nylon and Lycra elastane. The combination makes them machine washable and durable (they won’t wear out as quickly as 100% wool socks tend to, and do not itch as much).   

  • Heavyweight blend.  
  • Machine washable.  
  • Itch-free merino wool.  
  • Sold as a set of two pairs.  
  • Make sure the receiver does not have wool allergy.  

The Best Gift for a Homeowner

My Gift Tree Artificial Autumn Harvest Garland Grain Flower Wreath

One of the best fall gifts for that person who is constantly scrolling through Pinterest for house décor inspiration is a seasonal wreath.   

This elegant wreath from My Gift Tree features harvest grain decoration for indoor or outdoor. It is lightweight yet showcases high quality and can be used year after year.   

(As per some reviewers they also use My Gift Tree wreath as a wedding or party decoration.) Whether you are decorating your patio for summer dinner with friends or pulling out the wreath once a year for the Thanksgiving season, simply wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any dust.   

  • Sophisticated versatile design.  
  • High quality materials. 
  • Ideal for party decoration. 
  • Might not be an ideal choice as outdoor wreath in a rainy climate.  

The Best Gift for a Pastry Chef

8 Pieces Fall Leaves Cookie Cutters

Someone who surprises guests with the best pies made with seasonal fruits would be pleased to receive the eight-piece set of fall leaves cookie cutters. Those shapes come in various sizes which is more than enough to be creative when decorating a pie crust or baking cookies.   

The cookie cutters are made of quality plastic which has smooth edges and is durable and non-toxic. Involve your kids in the baking process without worrying they might cut their fingers.    

As some reviewers noted, they also use those fall leaves molds as cheese cutters to arrange a festive charcuterie board.   

  • Complete set for Thanksgiving pie decorations.  
  • Durable and non-toxic plastic.  
  • Various of shapes and sizes.  
  • As per some reviewers, the moulds feel fragile.  

The Best Gift for Those Who Love Pancakes in the Morning

Whisky Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

There is something autumnal about maple syrup. Must be shining liquid brown colour, sweet smell and gooey texture that reflect the warmest and sunniest October afternoon. This Prince Edward County maple syrup was aged in whisky barrels to achieve a robust, smoky flavour—not something you find at a grocery store.   

The syrup is not only the perfect gift during fall season or Christmas holidays, but a great addition to ice cream, pancakes or festive cocktails.   

As one reviewer noted, this syrup has a consistent flavour and is of very high quality. She uses it in salad dressings, marinades, desserts, pancakes and waffles and even in certain cocktails.  

  • Made in Canada.  
  • Unique taste.  
  • Sophisticated bottle design.  
  • Make sure the receiver of the gift does not mind whisky flavour.  

The Best Fall gift for a Foodie

Remy Olivier Brie Baker

Baked brie cheese with some nuts and honey sprinkled on top is one of the best holiday appetizers. Give this brie baker to a friend who adores comfort food and watch him or her getting excited about preparing a delicious comforting dish.   

The Remy Olivier brie baker is made of 100% stoneware that is not only heatproof but also looks sophisticated and trendy as a serving dish. 

  • Ideal for a whole round of brie cheese.  
  • Classy design.  
  • Hand-wash only (as recommended per Remy Olivier).  

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Updated date

December 22nd, 2023

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Maria Kossman

Maria Kossman is an essayist, and content specialist at Her writing appeared in a variety of fashion magazines. When she is not focused on reviewing and writing, she spends time exploring coffee shops, English literature and antique malls.
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