8 Big-Ticket Holiday Gifts for You and Your Boo

Le Creuset Star Wars
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Don't fall for the seasonal romantic-comedy hype: holiday shopping for your significant other isn't fun. It's stressful and self doubt-inducing and, all too often, a waste of money. So this year, instead of hunting in angsty solitude for a present that could never possibly express how much that person means to you, why not pool your resources and go in on something you both know you want? Read on for some suggestions for big gifts that will make life together that much sweeter.

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You spend a third of your life there; you deserve a bed that's both a design statement and a life hack. The generous lines and luxe upholstery will instantly turn your bedroom into a modern sanctuary, while the ingenious under-mattress storage means less fighting over closet space.

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A washer and dryer set might not be the obvious pick for the top of your wish list, but here's why it should be: With a large capacity drum and super efficient steam-cycle settings, you can do fewer loads of laundry, which means more Q.T. with your S.O. and less time stuck in cleaning mode. And what's better than the gift of quality time?

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So what if you guys spent last weekend re-bingeing season two of Botched while not bathing? You'll still feel like a grownup when you invest in your very own first piece of original fine art. Saatchi Art is such a great place to get started: the platform features amazing emerging artists and their beautiful, one-of-a-kind work at entry-level prices.

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Some people are bound together by their mutual love of EDM or Crossfit. Some people are lame. You two are united in Star Wars, and yours is a love forged in the mysterious crucible of The Force itself, where darkness and light meet, clash, and resolve in an archetypal synthesis that brings true balance to the universe. Which is why this new line of Le Creuset Star Wars cookware is perfect for you. The hand-painted Tatooine Crock Pot, pictured here, is a very limited-edition product (only nine were made!), but the rest of the collection is more widely available.

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Ever notice how flatware seems to come in just two tiers — the one where you can get a big box of 12 place settings for, like, $20, and the one where it costs $20 for a single fork? Yeah. No one knows why that is. But if you happen to be ready for that quantum leap into tier two, may we recommend the Muir flatware from Heath Ceramics? The masters of the Cali-cool humble-brag have once again nailed the art of simple, modern design, and the result is deeply satisfying.

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Rugs are expensive. Good rugs are really expensive. And they're not the kind of thing you bring home without getting your partner's enthusiastic buy-in. Especially this one, which is highly specific, totally wonderful, and worth every penny.

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You guys already know you're the cutest couple in the world. But does the world? It will once it's seen you pedaling about town on this retro-fabulous tandem bike. Perfect for light Saturday errands, leisurely joyrides, and Instagram.

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A new couch is the epitome of the big-ticket item, and the Inside's Clare V. collaboration is possibly the best place to start. Choose from an array of the beloved designer's signature prints — or, if solids, boho patterns, or Scalamandre are more your speed, check out the wide assortment available on the site.


Eve Epstein

Eve Epstein

Eve Epstein is the VP of content and editor-in-chief of Hunker. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014) and "The Scratch and Sniff Book of Weed" (Abrams, 2017).