353: Happier Gift Guide: Great Gifts to Help People Get Happier. Plus a Gratitude Hack.


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I mention my new app! Check out the Happier app in the Apple App store or in Google Play. Use the early-access code: HAPPIERNOW. We mention that the Fantasy Island two-hour holiday special, “Welcome to the Snow Globe,” airs December 21 on Fox.  

Try This at Home

Consider this Happier gift guide if you’re stumped on holiday gifts. We asked listeners for their suggestions, and added a few of our own.


Barnaby and his bark box

Personalized gifts

Personalized pillows of Liz's son Jack's face

Intangible gifts:

  • Holmes Letter – Get Victorian-era mysteries mailed to your door” 
  • Embark – dog DNA test
  • Spotify subscription
  • Flying in a family member or friend to visit
  • Photoshoot – Elizabeth and Sarah discuss this idea in the Happier in Hollywood episode 14
  • Family memberships to a museum
  • New York Society Library e-membership – this membership is great for people who want deep access to electronic databases, e-booksdigital magazines, or audiobooks
  • Cameo — Elizabeth and Sarah discussed receiving a gift from Cameo – which allows you to send a personalized message from a celebrity – in episode 226 of Happier in Hollywood
  • The Happiness Project Experience 2022 – For more happier gift suggestions, check out episode 231 of Happier in Hollywood, as well

Happiness Hack

Give praise to people doing a tough job to give them—and yourself—a boost of happiness and gratitude.

I mention a story that I love, about an acquaintance’s experience in Harrods department store. You can listen to that two-minute story in “A Little Happier: I Love to See Virtue Rewarded. For Instance, in Harrods.”

Gretchen’s Demerit: Ironically, with all this discussion, I haven’t done much holiday shopping, and I haven’t kept a list of what I’ve already bought.

Elizabeth Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to the Fantasy Island writers who have hit the ground running and have been flexible about meeting at Elizabeth’s house twice a week.


  •  If you’re giving one of my books as a gift, or you’d like to personalize your own copy, you can request personalized, signed bookplates. Feel free to ask for as many as you want. U.S. and Canada only, alas; mailing costs.

What we’re reading

  • Elizabeth: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (AmazonBookshop)
  • Gretchen: At Mrs. Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor (AmazonBookshop)




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