The holidays are getting closer and closer by the day, and with this year’s supply chain delays, we’re recommending everyone start their Christmas shopping early. In fact, we firmly believe that it’s never too early to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts of 2021. And here at SPY, we take a lot of pride in connecting our readers with the best gift ideas for every occasion, whether they need help finding the best Valentine’s Day gifts, birthday gift ideas or Christmas presents. So whether you’re looking for the latest high-end tech gifts or need something thoughtful and unique for everyone on your Christmas shopping list (without totally blowing your budget), we’ve got you.
Christmas is the time of the year when you get to play Santa and really make someone’s holiday extra special. It just takes some patience, research and a bit of expert advice to fill up your shopping sleigh with the season’s must-have Christmas gifts.
The first half of 2021 already introduced some game-changing products to the market. Refer back to some of SPY’s Best of 2021 guides including the Top 65-Inch TVs of the Year, Best Gifts For Dads, Best Air Fryers to Buy and the Best Instant Cameras for some gift-giving inspiration.
But make no mistake, here is where you’ll find the most popular Christmas presents that your significant other, family members, siblings and co-workers are adding to their wish lists. An early anniversary gift, nice stocking-stuffer or Secret Santa surprise — we’ve got something for every person, occasion and price point. We’ve even got gift ideas for those impossible-to-shop-for guys in your life.
From elite smart home products to fancy footwear, home bar essentials to health and wellness enhancers, we present to you the 101 best Christmas gifts of 2021 as part of SPY’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.
Check back often as we will continue to update this list with new, high-demand releases as we get closer and closer to the holidays. Christmas is one of the best gift-giving occasions of the year, and we’re already excited to see what’s going to be under our trees. We hope you stick with us throughout the season and let us help you make shopping for everyone on your list easier.
Best Christmas Gift of 2021: Wireless Earbuds
We’re calling it. This year, wireless earbuds are the gift that everyone either wants or needs. They’re practical for going back to work, convenient for travel, the ultimate workout companion and useful pretty much no matter what your day-to-day life looks like. Whether you’re a podcast nerd, music lover or spend all day on the phone — a pair of earbuds will serve you well.
We’re also going to state the obvious. Everyone wants the new generation of AirPods this year, so just go ahead and grab a few pairs for everyone in your life. Apple recently announced the latest edition of their best-selling, fan-favorite, industry-altering buds. They’re built with spatial audio and dynamic head tracking so immersive audio follows you wherever you go. They’re also water and sweat-resistant. This gift is a slam dunk, so don’t overthink it!
Anker 10,000 Power IQ Portable Charger
A power bank isn’t the most exciting Christmas present you can find under the tree, but it’s one of the most likely to come in handy once Christmas has passed. It’s also one of our favorite affordable Christmas gifts. This 10,000mAh battery pack from Anker comes with high-speed PowerIQ charging and is compatible with the latest iPhone 12, the Galaxy S20 and it even provides up to 1.2 charges for the iPad mini 5. It’s one of the lightest and slimmest chargers on the market, and it’s got Anker’s MultiProtect safety system to guard against overcharging, short-circuiting and temperature fluctuations. These little gadgets are perfect stocking stuffers, too.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
The Brooklinen Super Plush robe is the kind of product women might not buy for themselves but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. So do yourself a favor and buy one of the best Christmas gifts for women (or anyone that loves feeling warm and cozy). Brooklinen makes the Super-Plush robe from 100% Turkish cotton for a luxurious spa-like feel that everyone will love. This is one of the most popular gift ideas ever featured on SPY, and we think anyone would be happy to find it under the Christmas tree.
Best Stocking Stuffers: 5 Surprise Mini Mystery Capsule
A present is already a surprise, and these mini mystery capsules take it to the next level by breaking open to reveal five different mini objects. There are miniatures from 70 different brands hidden inside 5 Surprise capsules including Lunchables, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, Babybel and more. Kids will love cracking these open Christmas morning and admiring the mini bundle of fun inside. There are even rare gold and glow-in-the-dark minis, as well as six different shopping accessories you can collect as well. Each pack comes with two different capsules, with five objects in each.
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Therabody Massage Guns
Therabody makes the best massage guns money can buy. At this point, the SPY team has tested so many massage guns, and Therabody is still the best of the best. For this year’s Christmas gift guide, we’re recommending both the Theragun Prime, as the more luxe, expensive option, and the Theragun Mini, as a more affordable, portable model.
The Theragun Prime has a QX65 motor with QuietForce technology so your percussive therapy doesn’t wake the neighbors, and it’s got 120 minutes of battery life on each charge. The Theragun Mini has a super portable design and a shape that’s easy to use on-the-go, whether you’re on the track, ski mountain or mid-yoga session. It’s got 150 minutes of battery life included, and the ergonomic grip is designed to reduce strain on your wrists.
Crocs were the fashion underdog story of 2021, and we are here for it! These fashionably ugly shoes are officially trendy, and whether you like it or not, they’d probably make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list. Not only are they the epitome of “boring chic,” they’re also waterproof, super lightweight and super breathable, so your feet stay dry and comfortable. They come with a pivoting heel strap that keeps your foot secure, and they’re very easy to clean. They come in every color and pattern imaginable, and the Jibbitz charms make them even more customizable. They also make Crocs for Kids, which are perfectly washable shoes for children who tend to spill, step in and stain everything.
Nulaxy A4 Cell Phone Stand
Everyone could use a phone stand on their desk, and this one has universal compatibility with all smartphones four to ten inches in length, as well as tablets and e-readers. It’s fully collapsible and can be easily adjusted to your designed position for reading, watching videos or making phone calls at your desk. It’s made of premium, sturdy aluminum and is case-friendly as well. Plus, at just under $10, this makes for an excellent affordable Christmas gift for anyone on your list.
Carhartt Men’s Knit Cuffed Beanie
The famous Carhartt beanie is almost a mandatory winter accessory at this point, given how stylish and popular it is. Seriously, this thing has a perfect rating on Amazon with more than 110,000(!) reviews. It comes in so many colors, you’re nearly guaranteed to find one you like. This beanie is also unisex and one-size-fits-all, which makes your job even easier. We love these beanies because they’re super-stretchy, cozy, and come in fun neon colors if your gift-ee really likes to stand out in the crowd. The best part? This is a gift they can use right away in their everyday life, and one that’ll keep them comfy all winter long.
All-New 2021 Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon released a brand new Kindle in 2021 for the first time in years, and we’re anticipating it’s going to be one of the hottest gifts of the year. The all-new Kindle has thinner borders and a larger 6.8″ screen. It’s got new and improved features like an adjustable warm light and 20% faster page turns, and up to 10 weeks of battery life on each full charge. The flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free screen are purpose-built for reading and look like paper, even in bright sunlight on the beach. It’s waterproof, built to be easy on the eyes even before bed, and has 8 gigabytes of storage for storing thousands of titles.
Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Finger Puppets
When it comes to Christmas gifts for kids, sometimes the simplest things are what work best. These finger puppets from the hit show Paw Patrol are great for kids aged 2-4 as the bright colors encourage curiosity and learning. They’re easy to clean, feature the friendly faces they’re used to seeing on the show, and each has a soft rubber opening that’s perfect for little hands.
Best Digital Christmas Gift of 2021: MasterClass Annual Subscription
MasterClass is the perfect digital gift if you’d rather avoid shipping a present this year due to supply chain delays. Not only can almost anyone find a class they’re interested in on the expert- and star-filled platform, but they also make gifting an annual membership super easy. They’ve got an online library with hundreds of classes spanning topics like culinary skills and public speaking, all the way to creative writing, business leadership and tennis technique. If you need a gift for your dad, mom or even boss, it’s a great option.
La Chatelaine 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream Trio
La Chatelaine makes decadent hand creams that come in affordable, festive sets that would make perfect gifts. This luxurious collection is made with 20% organic shea butter, vitamin E and argan oil. The creamy formula is made to deeply hydrate skin, absorb quickly and repair so your hands stay rejuvenated throughout the day. All their formulas are ethically-sourced, plant-based and make with organic ingredients, and this set comes with three scents so you’ve got variety.
Our Place Home Cook Duo
Last year, the Always Pan from Our Place dazzled SPY readers and quickly earned a cult following, selling out over and over again. This year, Our Place released the Perfect Pot, a counterpart to the all-in-one pan that’s made to replace your dutch oven, bread pot, roasting rack and more. This is the rare piece of cookware that will be appreciated by dedicated foodies and novice home chefs alike. Both pieces of cookware come in a bunch of beautiful colors and are equipped with non-toxic ceramic coatings that make cleaning and cooking easy. You can buy each of these pieces separately, but you can save $60 by buying them together, an excellent deal for savvy shoppers.
Rechargeable Electric Hand Warmer
What kind of Christmas gifts are cozy, convenient and stylish? You may not be thinking of an electric hand warmer, but just check out this chic little device. This product comes in a bunch of fun patterns, like multi-stripes and a geometric gradient, and takes just two minutes to reach toasty temperatures. The compact design is perfect for carrying in your pocket on a chilly day, and it’ll stay warm for 3-4 hours on a full charge. It’s also sized just right for the palm of your hand and comes with a wrist strap for added convenience.
Keurig K-Supreme Plus SMART Single Serve Coffee Maker
This is Keurig’s newly released smart coffee maker that comes with BrewID technology for a custom cup of coffee every time, and it’s bound to be one of the year’s hottest Christmas gifts. This coffee maker is designed to sense the exact brand and roast of the pod you put in, and it automatically adjusts factors like the temperature, strength and cup size. You can save all of your favorite customized brews via an app on your smartphone and set up automatic ordering so you never run out of coffee again.
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Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants
We named these the best men’s sweatpants of 2020 and 2021 (check out The 2021 Man, our annual end-of-year awards). We love these Mack Weldon sweatpants and are excited to recommend them as a great Christmas gift for guys year after year. They’re made from micro-sanded french terry and have just enough stretch. They taper around the legs for a slimmer fit and have pockets for running to the local corner store on a cold winter’s day. Any guy would be thrilled to find these under the tree.
Thankfully, we’re all getting out of the house a bit more in 2021, and for a park day, beach excursion or camping weekend, a YETI cooler is a must. YETI products tend to have heftier price tags than most coolers, but we don’t care. SPY editors have tested out their cooler backpack in the field, as well as their larger YETI Tundra 45 cooler, and we absolutely love them both. Whether you’re searching for a portable gift for your outdoorsy friend, or a high-quality cooler for your tailgating loved one, YETI is the brand to trust.
Whether you pick up their backpack, cooler, or both, you’re making the right choice this holiday season.
Kinetic Sand Sandbox Playset
For kids who are old enough, Kinetic Sand is a great Christmas gift that’s tactile, fun and easy to play with. We named Kinetic Sand one of the Top Toys of 2021, and we only wish it was available when we were kids. This moldable, magical flowing sand can easily shapeshift into anything you can imagine, and it never dries out. So even if your kids leave it out uncovered, they’ll still be able to use it over and over again. This playset comes with a crane with two different attachments for moving the sand around, and it’s got a dump truck with brick molds for constructing.
Rivet Surrey Modern Ceramic Planter Pot
A nice home for your loved one’s plant is a great Christmas gift, as every time they gaze at their plant thriving inside it they’ll think of you. This one comes in small, medium and large sizes depending on the size of the plant, and comes with a trendy wooden stand for a decorative spin. It’s made of 100% stoneware material with a wooden base and wipes clean easily with a dry cloth. It doesn’t have a drainage hole, so this planter is perfect for low-maintenance indoor or artificial plants.
Best Grooming Gift of 2021: Disco Starter Set
Disco is one of our favorite men’s grooming brands, and their Starter Set would make a great Christmas gift for any guy in your life who’s dedicated to the upkeep of their skin. The kit comes with three of their top-rated products including the Charcoal Face Cleanser Stick, the Exfoliating Face Scrub and a Hydrating Face Moisturizer.
The three products are made to be used in sequential order and form the perfect brief, manageable routine for men who want to take care of their skin without spending a ton of time over the sink. We’ve reviewed Disco products before and are big fans of their quality, ease of use and formulas designed specifically for men’s tougher skin.
Electric Wine Openers
Finding stocking stuffers for adults can be tricky, as most of these little gifts end up gathering dust come the new year. Fortunately, anyone that loves wine is sure to get plenty of use out of this handy electric wine opener from Secura. It’s just the right size — and price — for stockings. And if you’re looking for more small gifts, we have more than 75 great stocking stuffer ideas for you.
Everyone needs a quality house shoe or slipper. This is a non-negotiable point in 2021. And even if the work-from-home lifestyle ended, we’re betting these shoes will get plenty of use no matter what. From walking to grab the mail or lounging about the house, a quality pair of slippers is a must-have, and no one makes better slippers than UGG.
The Ascot slippers are our pick for men. From the suede upper to the rubber bottom, you can expect durability in this slipper. But don’t let that durability fool you; this thing is comfy as heck thanks to the inner wool lining. According to SPY’s Site Director Tim Werth, “Seriously, these slippers are one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received. I thought they were silly at first, but after I put them on I never wanted to take them off. (Thanks, mom.)”
For women, the Fluff Yeah slippers are perfect Christmas gifts. The slide design is trendy, and the plush sheepskin upper holds your foot in. They’ve also got a molded rubber outsole and come in a bunch of fun colors.
Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack
This trendy, minimalist backpack from Herschel is perfect for students and young adults alike, with its classic design that’s as functional as it is stylish. It’s got a signature striped fabric liner on the inside as well as a padded, fleece-lined laptop sleeve that fits up to a 15″ computer. It’s got a front pocket with internal mesh organizers and a key clip, and the zipper detailing is waterproof. It comes in a huge range of colors, but this black and leather combo is too classic to pass up.
SHASHIBO Shape-Shifting Box Puzzle
This shape-shifting puzzle is sure to be the toy everyone wants to check out on Christmas morning. It’s made with 36 different rare earth magnets that can transform into 70 different shapes for hours of mind-twisting fun. It’s made of premium injection-molded plastic, so when you throw it across the room out of frustration it shouldn’t break. This little puzzle will stimulate your body and mind with its engaging, bright design.
Fellow Clara French Press Coffee Maker
Here at SPY, we love Fellow coffee products, and this french press is a recent addition to their arsenal of top-notch brewing tools. The carafe has coffee and water lines to take the guesswork of out french press making, and the stainless steel maker is insulated for proper heat retention. It’s sturdy, portable and made to be taken with you out the door if need be, and is made for producing clean, delicious coffee without sludge or silt. It’s got an all-direction pour lid, an agitation stick for easier extraction and a non-stick interior for easy cleaning.
Apple AirPods Max
Apple’s highly anticipated new headphones did not disappoint. In fact, they exceeded our expectations. The AirPods Max are definitely one of the best tech gifts of the year, and they’re also one of our favorite Christmas gifts despite the exorbitant price tag. They’ve got an Apple-designed dynamic driver that delivers high-fidelity audio and 360-degree Dolby Atmos surround sound with dynamic head tracking that moves with you. Elite-level Active Noise Cancellation blocks out the world, but these headphones also have the Transparency Mode everyone is used to with AirPods. To read more about why these headphones are worth every penny, read our full review here.
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Anker PowerWave Qi-Certified Wireless Charger
This top-rated wireless charger is an affordable Christmas gift that’s sure to get plenty of use in 2021. As a stocking stuffer or small gift for a coworker, sibling or friend, this reliable charger makes it easy to keep devices juiced up and ready to go. Wireless chargers are one of the best gifts of 2021, and you can’t go wrong with this device from Anker. It’s case-friendly, can charge a phone vertically or horizontally and is compatible with most iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.
COOL BANK 85-Piece Art Set
This 85-piece art set is very reasonably priced and includes sketching pencils, watercolor cakes, acrylic paints, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, a drawing pad and lots of other equipment as well. It’s a great Christmas gift for students, hobbyists, craft-loving moms and professionals alike. The whole set comes in a large wooden carrying case with a drawer so your supplies stay organized.
We couldn’t make a guide to the best Christmas gifts of 2021 without including at least a few Apple products, and the latest iPhone release had to top the list. This smartphone got a major camera upgrade, has a 6.7-inch super retina XDR display with ProMotion for more responsiveness and an A15 Bionic chip for super-fast performance. It’s got the longest battery life of any iPhone, a 12MP TrueDepth front camera with Night mode, as well as 4K Dolby Vision HDR recording. It comes with 5G for all those hours your giftee spends streaming, a durable Ceramic Shield and IP68 water resistance.
Mike’s Hot Honey
Remember TRUFF hot sauce? That stuff is still delicious, but if you’ve got a heat lover in your life, then this is the trendy hot condiment is the one to get them this year. Mike’s Hot Honey is your standard 10 oz. bottle of honey with a kick of infused chilies for some extra excitement. It’s the perfect sweet and savory/spicy combination that’s perfect on pizza, wings, a cheese plate, in a cocktail or smothered over your avocado toast. It’s made with 100% pure honey, real chili peppers and vinegar.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
With more than nine million copies sold and more than 50,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say Exploding Kittens is a fan favorite. The game is essentially a quirky take on Russian roulette and Uno, employing equal measures of chance and skill. Players draw cards from a central pile, and if you draw an exploding kitten, you lose! Learning the game is easy, but mastering it is no small feat, making this an amazing game to play with friends and fam over the holidays.
Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000
Do you have a bearded gent on your Christmas shopping list? With the popularity of beards among the male population of the world, we’re betting you do. Not only is the Philips Norelco Multigroom one of the best electric beard trimmers for sale in 2021, but it’s also one of the top-rated grooming products on Amazon. This shaver gets top marks from SPY editors and has more than 18,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating from Amazon customers. It’s no wonder this popular hair and beard trimmer has become one of the top Christmas gifts of 2021.
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Mejuri Metallic Sphere Bracelet
A nice piece of jewelry is a great gift for a special lady in your life, be it your mom, sister, girlfriend or wife. This one from Mejuri is elegant, simple and perfect for everyday wear and special occasions alike. It comes in silver and 18 karat gold vermeil, and is available in six and seven-inch lengths. It’s both bold and timeless, and built to last.
ESARORA Ice Roller
This might seem like a simple gift, but trust me when I say this thing works wonders on a puffy face, forehead suffering from a tension headache or tired morning when you’re struggling to wake up. The ice roller at the top glides over your skin, giving a cooling sensation and spa-like light facial massage. It’s designed for providing cold therapy, promoting circulation of the lymphatic system, relieving pain, tightening the skin and more. It’s a great gift for your skincare nerd friends or anyone who loves a good beauty device.
This luxe humidifier is made to clear sinuses, promote overall wellness and give you clear, healthy skin through the use of filtered moisture and proprietary technology. It’s nightstand-friendly, anti-mold and super easy to clean. It also boasts smart sensors that’ll let you know when it’s out of water, and the embedded UV lights are designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria, mold and viruses. Finally, it has a diffuser add-on you can use to diffuse soothing essential oils into your environment.
Nintendo Switch OLED
Nintendo just released their brand new Switch OLED console, and it’s sure to be a favorite amongst gamers of all ages this holiday season. This is an impressive device. It’s got a bright, vibrant 7-inch OLED screen made for vivid colors, and an adjustable stand for flexible viewing angles. You can play at home or take it with you on-the-go for one of the best mobile gaming experiences money can buy. The Nintendo Switch revolutionized what was possible for mobile gaming, and with a few minor improvements, this new console is even better.
Editor’s Note: Currently, the Nintendo Switch OLED is sold out everywhere, but keep an eye on Amazon and Walmart for restocks before Christmas.
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25-Inches
A Lodge cast-iron skillet can last for decades, making it a true heritage piece. Yet you can buy this popular heritage cookware for as little as $25 on sites like Amazon. This is the type of long-lasting kitchen gift that will be appreciated by young people still learning their way around an omelet. You can’t go wrong with their classic design that’s pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil and ready for unparalleled heat retention in the oven, on the stove or even over a campfire.
Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set – L.L. Bean
This year, give the gift that truly keeps on giving: high-quality flannel sheets. If that sounds boring, you’ve clearly never slept in flannel. Why are we so into flannel? Well, unlike sheets made of synthetic fibers, flannel keeps you warm without keeping you hot, which all hot sleepers know is a very important distinction. The key is breathability. So in the summer, you’re cool; in the winter, you’re warm. L.L. Bean is one of our favorite brands across the board and this set of sheets are truly tough to top. If you’ve been feeling stressed, you’ll love the feeling of slipping into your cozy flannel sheets at night, and so will anyone on your gift list.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
If you want a high-end cookware gift, then you can’t go wrong with Le Creuset. The French manufacturer’s dutch oven is unparalleled in quality and performance and comes with superior heat distribution with the enameled cast iron. It has 45% larger handles for handling and the sand-colored interior is resistant to wear and tear and clearly displays cooking progress. The composite knob on top can withstand temperatures up to 500ºF, and the sturdy cast iron design comes in a bunch of bright, vibrant colors. This is not a cheap gift, but it’s one that’ll last in the kitchen for decades to come.
LapGear Home Office Lap Desk
Working from home has become a new norm for many of us, at least a few days a week, and a lap desk means your giftee can work from anywhere in their home, even horizontally on the couch. This one comes with a comfortable, ergonomic cushion on the bottom that conforms to your lap. It’s also got a mousepad and a phone slot for keeping your smartphone vertical, and it comes in a variety of finishes, including the handsome Espresso Woodgrain pictured below.
MATERIAL Knife Trio + Stand
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A knife set is another great Christmas gift for cooks this holiday season, and this new Knife Trio set from MATERIAL is sleek, well-made and one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2021, so you know it’s good. All three are Japanese steel knives made of three layers of stainless steel and high carbon for strength and resilience. Each knife is heat-treated at 300 degrees Fahrenheit before being cryogenically tempered at -250 degrees Fahrenheit, changing the steel at a molecular level and making it even stronger than before. Each blade is full tang for balance, and the dual-sided magnet stand makes for easy storage.
Brümate Hopsulator Trio 3-in-1
Give the gift of never having to drink a warm beer ever again. Brümate specializes in can coolers designed to keep your drinks cold, fresh and carbonated while you enjoy the day in the sun. This one is designed for both 16 oz. and 12 oz. cans, and comes with an adaptor for an easy switch between both. It’s made to keep our drinks 20x colder than standard can coolers and doesn’t produce condensation on the outside, so your can won’t slip even during that contentious game of cornhole. It’s also made with a no-slip base so your can will stay in place if/when you put it down. This one comes in a variety of colors, including this bright orange you’ll be able to spot from anywhere in the party.
RoverTac Pocket Multitool
A good multitool is a great gift for dad, uncle, holiday no-brainer for your father-in-law or another man in your life. This one from RoverTac combines 12 different tools into one, and comes with pliers, a knife, saw, screwdriver, wire cutter, bottle opener and more. It’s made of durable stainless steel that’s rust-proof and resistant to corrosion, and it comes in a nylon pouch that makes it safer and easier to carry.
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Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station
Having a good generator definitely came in handy this year, what with all the power outages and apocalyptic weather we’ve been having. When it comes to an affordable, high-quality generator with a great design, the Jackery is it. It’s one of the best solar-powered generators and portable generators around, and it’s the perfect Christmas gift for your friend who always likes to be prepared.
We had the chance to test the Jackery Explorer earlier this year, and we were very impressed. Jackery makes models in a wide variety of sizes and wattages, but their Explorer 240 is the best introductory one for having an extra power source on hand. It’s easy to carry with the built-in handle, and comes with an AC outlet, two USB-A ports and a DC car port charger for road trip essentials. It can be recharged via solar panel (sold separately) and weighs only 6.6 pounds, making it perfect for car camping or other outdoor adventures.
Winmau Blade 5 Dartboard
A dartboard is definitely one of our top picks for Christmas gifts this year, since they’re so fun to play with and can be installed basically anywhere. This one from Winmau has excellent reviews on Amazon and an endorsement from the British Darts Organization. It’s got an enlarged scoring area with a 14% thinner wiring system for higher scoring potential, and there’s a 30-degree reduction in the razor wire angle for a reduced number of bounce-outs and less dart reflection in general. The Triple Wheel lock-and-level system attaches the dartboard to nearly any surface securely, and there’s carbon diffusion technology for increased durability.
Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot
This robot learning toy from Fisher-Price was just released and is already one of our favorite toy gifts for kids in 2021. It’s four toys in one and made to grow with children as they progress from infant to toddler to their preschool years. It can be taken apart into four distinct toys, or put together for an interactive robot friend that’s got three smart stage learning levels and over 120 songs, sounds and phrases. Any button on the robot will send it zooming forward playing music and lights to encourage crawling, and it’s got plenty of hands-on activities for babies including an antenna they can press, a ball popper, spinning arms and more.
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Beaded Lanyard Phone Charm 6-Pack
This pack of beaded phone charms is a perfect Christmas gift for a niece, younger cousin or family member you don’t know very well. They’re super trendy, and a fun way to dress up a smartphone and make it unique. This pack comes with six beaded charms all with different colors and patterns strung together with nylon rope. It comes with three charms that are 30cm in length and two that are 26cm in length, all of which can be used as a convenient wrist strap.
Bearaby Weighted Blanket
The end of the year, and holiday season, is a perfect time to de-stress. Weighted blankets are one of the best ways to do it, as they’re the furniture equivalent of a great big hug, and Bearaby makes some of the best ones in the game. Their blankets are made of natural eucalyptus fibers and silky soft TENCEL Lyocell fabric that’s cooling, so you won’t overheat under the weight. Their blankets are evenly weighted and designed to help you fall into a deep, peaceful sleep, and come in a bunch of great neutral colors like Rosemary, pictured below.
Bearaby blankets are great, they’re also pricey and might be out of the holiday budget for many folks. We’ve also included a link to the new Amazon Basics weighted blanket, which also boasts great reviews and a variety of weight sizes to choose from.
Personalized Family Mugs
Custom artwork depicting each family member? A gift for the whole family with one purchase?? Yes, please. Family Mug Shots are a must this holiday season. You get to personalize each family member’s skin tone, hair, clothing color and the individual mug owner’s name, and the backside of the mug includes your family’s name and year established. Whether you’re creating them for your immediate family who you share a coffee pot with every morning, or your extended family who you see only a few times a year, a personalized gift like this one carries a special touch.
Zen Laboratory Slime DIY Kit
Kids love slime; it’s just a fact of nature. And this slime kit from Zen Laboratory comes with everything they need to create 18 different slime colors plus cutting and shaping tools, colored glitter, beads, foam balls and more. A slime kit gives kids a chance to engage in sensory play, develop their hand-eye coordination and use their imagination to create the toys they play with. All the materials are safe, non-toxic, environmentally-friendly and the slime containers are washable and reusable as well.
JUDY Emergency Preparedness Kit
We’ve written about JUDY at SPY before, and we’re big fans of this emergency kit. We also feel a bit validated now that Oprah has officially named it one of her favorite things as well. It’s always best to be prepared for the unexpected, and this kit has taken that virtue and made it trendy. This kit is one of their biggest ones, and it comes stocked with everything up to four people would need for 72 hours of self-sufficiency. It includes six pre-packed kits inside for warmth, safety, first-aid, food and water. The waterproof bin is sturdy and compact so you can store it anywhere in your home easily. Give the potentially life-saving gift of emergency preparedness with this Oprah-approved kit.
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Best Home Fitness Gift of 2021: Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells
Dumbbells are one of the best pieces of strength training equipment you can get, and adjustable dumbbells are even better. This pair from Bowflex adjusts from five pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds, in 2.5-pound increments for the first 25 pounds. They’re super easy to adjust, which makes it easy to transition from one movement to the next, and because you’re combining 15 sets of weights into one machine you’re saving space as well. the durable design, convenient product category and excellent execution makes this set our favorite fitness Christmas gift for 2021.
Polaroid Hi-Print Bluetooth Connected Printer
Last year, we included Polaroid’s latest camera on our list of must-have Christmas gifts, but this year we think their portable Bluetooth photo printer is perfect for the photographers in your life. We’ve all got excellent cameras built into the smartphones we carry around every day, we just need a way to print that doesn’t involve a trek to your local pharmacy or studio. Behold Polaroid’s Dye-Sub Printer, a portable device that can easily print 2×3 business-card-size prints that you can stick anywhere. Download the Polaroid Hi-Print mobile app to edit and customize your photos.
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Welly Adventure Kits
We love Welly! This year, we’re buying these first aid kits for everyone on our Christmas list. This brand makes bandages and first aid kits that will make you look forward to your next scraped knee, and they’re the perfect Christmas gifts for 2021. Don’t be fooled by the fun exterior; these adorable little kits mean business. The adults on your list are sure to love the Welly Adventure Kit or Travel First Aid Kit, and kids will love their new Welly Bravery Bandages.
Like all of the brand’s products, they come in a colorful and compact tin filled with everything you need to treat bumps, scrapes, scratches and all the little injuries that result from a life well-lived. The brand’s fun waterproof bandages are also a perfect Christmas gift for parents, and you just might want to trade your own boring Band-Aids for some Wellys, too.
Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Castle
Can you say dream present for a child? You can’t go wrong with Disney and a 4-foot tall princess castle? Forget about it. If you’ve got a spirited niece or daughter who’s obsessed with Moana or a nephew who dreams of Disneyland on the regular, this is a great gift. It’s got the iconic Disney castle silhouette and includes three stories and six rooms total. It’s got built-in music that can play as a brilliant mock fireworks show lights up the upstairs window, and it comes furnished. Included you’ll find furniture for nearly every room including a dining table and set of chairs, a bed, vanity mirror, luxurious bathtub, a sofa that turns into a swing and a magical chandelier.
Analog Alarm Clock
Good sleep is a real gift, and one of the best ways to cultivate peaceful mornings is by not waking up to the sound of a blaring phone and dozens of notifications. This analog alarm clock has a simple, old-school design that would make a great nightstand addition for college students, parents and children alike. It has a silent hand that doesn’t tick and a night light function so you can check the clock in darkness.
Fulton & Roark Blue Ridge Solid Cologne
Fulton & Roark makes solid colognes and fragrances for men, and we’re not saying this is an absolute slam dunk of a gift for the man in your life, but we’re also not NOT saying that. Their scents are both solid and highly concentrated, which makes them long-lasting and easy to put on smooth. They’re also more subtle than their liquid brethren, which means you’ll only share your scent with those you want to, rather than your entire office. This scent gets its name from one of the oldest mountain ranges on the planet and contains only high-quality, simple ingredients. With hints of sandalwood, sage and amber, this scent is warm, inviting and memorable — just like the gift.
LED Ring Desk Lamp
This IG-worthy desk lamp would make a great Christmas gift for a teen or gen Z-er who loves nothing more than a well-edited, artistic Instagram story (or, more likely, TikTok video). This “modern illumination element” comes with 168 different lighting combinations and has a slim shape so it’ll fit on even the most cluttered of desk surfaces. Its 300 lumens make it perfect for brightening up a space and it’s got six different dramatic effects including a static setting, a pulse, three-color chase and more.
Winc Wine Subscription
For some, there’s no better gift than a subscription for the sweet nectar of the gods that’s delighted humans for centuries, we’re talking about wine of course. If you like wine, you’ve probably heard of Winc — a subscription service that sends four tailored, delicious wines to your front door every month. All of the wines are made using minimal-intervention techniques and sustainable farming, and they’ve got a wide selection of blends from all over the world to choose from. You can gift a 1, 2 or 3-month subscription easily, or choose a customized gift card amount.
The Essential New York Times Cookbook: The Recipes of Record
A cookbook is always a great gift, and this one is the second cookbook by former New York Times food editor Amanda Hesser, whose updated version if perfect for home cooks. It includes 120 iconic dishes including Samin Nosrat’s Herbed Rice with Tahdig, Todd Richard’s Fried Catfish, David Eyre’s Pancake, a 1940’s Caesar Salad and No-Knead Bread. The recipes have been tested and adapted by Hesser herself, and she’s highlighted her favorite recipes with humor, wit and warmth. Gift this to the novice chefs in your life and those who can’t get out of the kitchen, as everyone has something to learn.
Star Wars Advent Calendar
May the force be with you this holiday season. This holiday Advent calendar is Star Wars-themed, and it’s packed with an entire galaxy’s worth of fun trinkets and daily surprises. It’s got greeting cards, paper ornaments, booklets, buttons and more, all spread out over 25 days. Whether you need a great gift for a coworker, or a fun holiday tradition to start with your partner, this Advent calendar is a great way to take your holiday season to an intergalactic level.
Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charging Tray
These charging trays from Courant have been trendy for years, and now that many of us have multiple devices equipped with the ability to wirelessly charge, they’re even more convenient. It’s not only a seamless charging device but a stylish accessory for your entryway table and nightstand as well. It’s got multi-coil, single device wireless technology and comes in a bunch of colors, including this sleek black look. It’s also equipped with a USB-A port for adding additional devices and there’s an option to monogram as well.
This product was just featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things 2021, but remember that you saw it here first!
KOMALC Premium Buffalo Leather Toiletry Bag
Now that travel is back, so is packing for a trip, a practice that feels impossible to do perfectly but becomes much easier when you’ve got the right luggage. This sleek travel pouch is made from the finest Full Grain buffalo leather that’s been handcrafted into a convenient, portable dopp kit. It’s made with high end YKK metal zippers for a classy look, and the interior lining is water-resistant and durable.
Mirror Smart Home Fitness System
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Yup, Oprah likes the Mirror, too! If you’ve been on the fence about whether this smart gym system is worth the investment, then you’ve got your answer. This incredibly unique workout streaming system features a library with more than 50 types of workouts from cardio to yoga, strength, boxing and more. You and up to five members of your household will get access to unlimited classes with the purchase, as well as the award-winning slim, sleek Mirror. The Mirror has advanced camera technology as well as machine learning that gathers information about you and your body so it can give real-time feedback based on the goals you set. In a world where working out at home is currently king, this is one of the best Christmas gifts of 2021.
MIRROR is also offering $500 off plus free shipping in November with the code HOLIDAY21.
MYNT3D Super 3D Pen
We’ve ranked this as one of the best toys of 2021, and think it would make an excellent Christmas gift for any child or young teen looking to tinker and create. It turns regular drawings into 3D works of art you can hold and play with. The ultrasonic sealed nozzle is clog-proof, and it comes with three different colors of ABS plastic filament to choose from.
AirPods Pro Case
Sometimes, it’s the little, practical gifts that mean the most, especially for people who don’t like Christmas presents. An AirPods Pro case is something someone will use every day to protect a gadget they use every day, making it one of the most useful gifts on this list. This one is super affordable, made of scratch-resistant silicone and comes in a ton of color choices. It’s made to give your AirPods Pro a snug fit, and has a cutout on the bottom that gives you easy access for charging. There’s also a carabiner included for clipping the case onto your backpack, purse or briefcase.
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Best Seasonal Christmas Gift of 2021: Winter Jackets From The North Face
The North Face is one of those brands you can always count on. Their winter gear can’t be beaten, and they’ve got many options when it comes to men’s and women’s winter coats and jackets. This stretch down jacket for men is a slim, comfortable warming layer you can rock solo in late fall and pair with a heavier shell in the winter for full coverage. It’s made with 700-fill down for lightweight warmth and the stretch-woven fabric allows for unrestricted mobility.
The women’s ThermoBall Eco Jacket from North Face has a quilted pattern as well as updated insulation for a warm, lightweight and similarly layer-able coat that’s great for fall and winter. It’s made with all recycled fabrics and can easily be bunched up into its own chest pocket for easy travel.
Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Auto
With wildfire season becoming an even bigger and more consistent presence in lives across the country, and with smog, haze and pollution all contributing to lower air quality, an air purifier is not only a popular Christmas present this year, but also a seemingly crucial one for health as well. Blueair is an in-demand brand that’s caught our attention for their high-quality purifiers that are simply designed and pleasing to the eye. This one is made for large rooms and is designed to filter the air in spaces up to 550 square feet every 12 minutes, or five times per hour. It’s made with HEPASilent technology that delivers cleaner air using less noise and energy, and it’s been third-party tested for its ability to clean smoke, pollen and dust.
KiwiCo Crate Subscription Service
KiwiCo is an amazing delivery service that brings science and art projects home to kids of all ages, and it’s one of the year’s best Christmas gifts for parents who are looking for a project they can complete with their kids. The company has a variety of “crates” you can choose from for ages 0-16+, and each monthly delivery comes with everything your child needs to create and learn at the same time. You can easily gift a subscription to a child or parent in your life, and the first crate will ship out in just 2 days. All the kits are kid-tested and approved, and the project changes every month.
Audio-Technica Fully Automatic Bluetooth Turntable
For any vinyl-loving friends or family members, a Bluetooth record player is one of the top Christmas gifts of 2021. In our opinion, one of the best current best Bluetooth record players is this one from Audio-Technica. It’s got high-fidelity audio with Bluetooth wireless technology built inside. It can easily connect to external speakers for better sound and has fully automatic operation at two speeds — 33-1/3 and 45 RPM.
Bloomscape Fiddle Leaf Fig
When you gift someone a plant, you’re really gifting them a brighter, happier home with more oxygen in it. Sounds pretty good to us! This fiddle leaf fig from Bloomscape is a tall, sculptural plant that’s moderately difficult to take care of. It needs water and plenty of sunshine, but the big, bright leaves that’ll sprout year-round are worth it. You can pick the color for the pot it comes in and there’s a saucer included as well for easy watering.
Best Christmas Gifts for Kids: Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet
Amazon recently released their brand new Fire HD kids tablet with a 1080p HD display, dual cameras and up to 1 TB of storage. Kids gain access to more than 20,000 books, apps, games, videos, songs and more, and easy parental controls give you the power when it comes to filtering content and setting time limits. It’s available in three colors and has 2,500 5-star reviews and counting.
Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
This Philips SmartSleep wake-up light is designed to simulate a sunrise in the morning and sunset in the evening to keep your bedtime routine as peaceful as possible. This sunrise alarm clock has smart features, a built-in FM radio, a dimmable display and 10 different brightness settings. You can even use it as a calm reading light. (Yes, it also makes wake-up sounds.) The Philips SmartSleep is a smart nightstand companion that’s also available at a very reasonable price, making it one of the best Christmas gifts of 2021.
Echo Show 8
Another great gadget from Amazon that’s excellent for making life easier, and therefore makes a great gift, is the Echo Show 8. It’s got an 8 inch HD touchscreen with stereo speakers for bringing content to life. It’s got a new camera built-in that’s perfect for video calls, and you’ve got full Alexa capabilities inside including a calendar, reminders, to-do lists and smart home management. You can even watch TV shows and movies on this little speaker, making it perfect for gadget lovers and skeptics alike.
Simple Joys by Carter’s Toddler Pajamas 3-Pack
New family pajamas? They’re almost a Christmas Eve essential at this point. This toddler 3-pack is perfect for parents of young kids looking for new cozy getups to doze off in as they wait for Santa Claus to come down the chimney. Each one has a zipper closure for a secure fit and the polyester/fleece blend is free from chemical treatments. They have grippy feet and come in fun patterns and colors.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
A Hydro Flask has been on our gift lists for years, and it’s probably going to stay on them for a while longer. These water bottles are fantastic. The double-vacuum seal really works, keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold throughout the day. The straw lid makes sipping anywhere very convenient, and the durability of the powder coating on the outside makes this water bottle perfect for adventures.
Nike Challenger OG Sneakers
We’re loving this trendy, modern remake of one of Nike’s most popular shoes from the 70s. Made for comfort and style, these men’s sneakers come in a variety of colors. We know that some guys are impossible to shop for, but if you need more Christmas gift ideas for men, then you can’t go wrong with these trendy Nike sneakers.
Men’s and Women’s Outerwear
Everyone could use a style refresh with the seasons shifting, and a nice jacket is a great way to gift someone a new look during the holidays. We’ve pulled two of our favorite looks for men and women this year — a bomber jacket for men and a sherpa jacket for women. Both are warm enough for blustery days while still being stylish.
The fully lined bomber jacket has a classic style with a ribbed collar, cuff and welt hand pockets with a snap closure.
The women’s sherpa jacket from Madewell is made of recycled sherpa material and a corduroy exterior that’s great for mild winter days. It’s got notched lapels and side pockets, and an overall 70’s vibe that’ll add new groove to any wardrobe.
Wood Burning Fire Pit
Bring a little warmth to your loved ones this holiday season, literally, with this wood-burning fire pit from Sol 72 Outdoor that’s got a simple, sturdy, weather-resistant design. It’s trendy enough to match most outdoor decoration schemes, and it’s perfect for setting the ambiance for any backyard gathering. It’s made of rust-resistant, powder-coated steel and is lightweight enough to move around if need be. It’s also weatherproof for years of use and comes with a spark screen, log grate and fire poker for stoking the flames.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote
The holidays are the perfect time for binging your favorite films and TV shows. Allow Amazon’s newest streaming stick to anchor your entire viewing experience with crystal-clear, 4K visuals and faster streaming capabilities. As expected, you’ll gain access to tens of thousands of channels, Alexa skills, and apps including Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu, just to name a few. The major difference here is that you gain full control of content and your HDTV using voice commands, making Netflix and Chill nights even more chill.
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Fresh Clean Tees Crew Neck T-Shirts
Socks as a Christmas gift? Boring, and sort of unnecessary. A solid crew neck tee your giftee can rock all year long? Great idea. We recently named Fresh Clean Tees the perfect t-shirt, and their crew neck is a go-to for many of the guys on the SPY team. They’re made of super soft fabric and have a sleek side seam so they can be worn on their own for a casual look or easily layered underneath a blazer or sweater. This five-pack comes with five neutral colors including Slate, Military, Garnet, Sand and Olive, so your guy will be set up no matter outfit he’s going for.
Sondiko Butane Refillable Kitchen Torch
A blow torch is one of those kitchen tools that you don’t think you’ll use a whole lot, but fast forward three months from now and you’ll be melting the cheese on burgers, charring vegetables and smoking cocktails with the greatest of ease. This would make a great gift for your culinary friends who love experimenting in the kitchen, or for anyone who’s obsessed with The Great British Baking Show. It’s refillable easy to operate, has a safety lock for preventing accidental ignitions and has multiple settings so you can control the burn.
Best Christmas Gifts for Men: Timex + Todd Snyder Marlin Date Watch
When choosing the best Christmas gifts of 2021, we had to include at least one sleek watch for men. This Timex x Todd Snyder watch is evocative of the Mad Men era with its Art Deco style and classic brown leather strap. The sleek face has unique detailing and only shows the “12” and “6” hours for an even more unique look.
Looking for more great men’s fashion and accessories? We’re equally obsessed with the Todd Snyder x L.L.Bean Winter collection, which has colorful fleeces, cozy sweaters and stylish winter coats for guys.
Baggu Reusable Bags & Totes
We love, love, love Baggu’s reusable shopping bags, and some of our favorite designs are perennially out of stock due to high demand. We’re confident your gift recipient will love these tote bags, too. By eliminating the need for single-use plastic bags, these totes are practical and eco-friendly Christmas gifts. Baggu customers can choose from a variety of styles and designs, and we’re guessing it will be hard to choose just one. So go ahead and head to Baggu to find a bag that speaks to you.
Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens
From the makers of Exploding Kittens comes the world’s first dodgeball card game — Throw Throw Burrito. This card game has a nearly perfect Amazon rating after 24,000 reviews. Your objective? Collect matching sets of cards faster than any other players while simultaneously ducking and not getting hit by the burritos that are flying through the air. This simple game is perfect for adults and kids alike and would make an excellent Christmas Day board game for the whole family.
Smeg 50s Retro Style Electric Kettle
This adorable electric kettle combines kitchen convenience with a great retro 50s design. Tea lovers are sure to appreciate the soft-opening lid, auto shut-off feature and 7-cup capacity. The 3D logo separates it from other electric kettles, and it comes in a bunch of cute colors. The design, both aesthetically and functionally, is top-notch, making it one of our favorite gifts this year.
Squishmallow Maui The Pineapple 12″ Plush Toy
Looking for a squishy, adorable gift for your niece or nephew who loves nothing more than a good stuffed animal? This particular pineapple has a 5-star rating after more than 1,500 reviews, and is the perfect soft companion for young children this holiday season. It consists of 12 inches of cuddly fun, and is machine washable and dryable so it’s easy to keep clean. They make a whole bunch of cuddly animals, fruits and vegetables, but the pineapple is our favorite.
New Amazon Echo Dot With Clock (4th Generation)
Last year, Amazon revealed a whole new generation of Echo products, including the new Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker. Featuring a spherical design, this smart home hub looks like a futuristic piece of home decor — and that’s exactly what it is. This Alexa speaker is a perfect addition to any nightstand or countertop and offers superior sound quality compared to previous models.
Rothy’s Washable Shoes for Men and Women
The comfort trend definitely stuck around in 2021. Well, comfort and versatility, and no two words better describe these flats from Rothy’s. Made from recycled water bottles (no, really), these flats will be the go-to shoe for your lady in 2022. From casual trips to even fancier dates, these black flats can do it all. And the best part? They’re machine washable. So if they get scuffed or even the least bit dirty, toss ’em in the wash and they’re as good as new.
Rothy’s also introduced men’s shoes in 2021 and we’re really into them. They’ve got a sneaker and driving loafer, and we’re guessing more styles are on their way. Not only are their shoes stylish, they’re also convenient to take care of and comfortable to wear. All of this would make any of their styles and designs great Christmas gifts in 2021.
Best Family Christmas Present: A New 65-Inch TV
Looking for a present for the entire family? Then you can’t do better than a brand new 65-inch flat-screen TV, which will bring a smile to everyone’s face from the moment they see the giant box underneath the Christmas tree. And after it’s unwrapped, your new TV is sure to bring endless entertainment to everyone in the clan.
So which model should you choose? The best 65-inch TVs are an investment, as these pieces of technology will be the centerpiece of your living room for five years or more. While it’s not the most affordable option, LG’s C1 Series 4K Smart OLED TV has everything you need to enjoy a movie theater-like experience at home — except for the popcorn. This smart TV has both Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, making it an extension of your smart home network of connected devices. The LG CX was our top TV of 2020, and this is LG’s updated version. If you’re interested in purchasing the best of the best in television technology, you can’t go wrong with an LG OLED TV.
For a more affordable option, we also highly recommend the popular TCL 65″ Class 4-Series 4K Roku Smart TV, which we recently named the best 65-inch TV under $600. With a 4K UHD picture, smart TV features and easy voice control, the 4-Series will also make a great addition to your living room.
Best Budget Fitness Gift of 2021: Gaiam Yoga Mat
Another great, no-brainer fitness gift is a Gaiam yoga mat. You can’t go wrong with a solid mat, since nearly everyone, no matter what type of movement they do, needs one. This Gaiam yoga mat is thick enough to provide sufficient ground padding but also lightweight enough to carry from home to the gym, studio or park session. It’s got a sticky, non-slip texture for holding downward dogs, and comes in a ton of colors and patterns. This is a super easy gift for a college student, fitness novice or anyone who could use a little more zen in their life.
Disney+ is the family-friendly streaming service that also has a lot to offer adults. Kids of all ages will love the movies and TV shows available for streaming, while mom and dad can enjoy their favorite Marvel movies, every film and TV show in the Star Wars universe, National Geographic documentaries and classic movies from childhood. Even better, you can bundle in Hulu and ESPN for just a few extra dollars per month. This is one of the best Christmas gifts for parents, but you don’t have to have kids to appreciate this deal. Buy a year-long subscription for $70 or pay for the first three months for your gift recipient.
Aerogarden Black Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden
For the green thumb of the family, this indoor hydroponic growing system is perfect for raising herbs from plant to plate. This Aerogarden also comes with a 6-pod seed kit for growing all the must-haves — genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, thai basil and mint. The control panel tells you when you need to water, and the LED grow lights keep photosynthesis on track. With great reviews and easy-to-use features, the Aerogarden makes for a great Christmas gift.
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Every spirits lover should have their own signature piece of glassware — something they occasionally grab to enjoy a nightcap after a long, rough day. But in our eyes, you don’t need to go crazy fancy. The idea is to have a quality, sturdy rocks glass to dump a few fingers of liquor into when it’s been a day. Gift your favorite whiskey fan this set of crystal glasses to give their home bar some class to go along with all of that top-shelf liquor.
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Happy Socks Big Dot Gift Box 4-Pack
Socks don’t have to be a boring Christmas gift, especially if you buy a 4-pack gift box from Happy Socks. This brand is reinventing how we see the barrier between our shoes and our feet, with bright colors, fun patterns and complementary pairs. This set comes with four of their most-loved styles including stripes, polka dots, an Argyle print and a faded diamond pattern as well. All of them come with contrasting warm and cool shades, and they’re made of combed cotton for a comfortable feel. Men’s and women’s sizes are available.
Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
If your giftee is a fan of brown liquor, gift them this exquisite bottle of whiskey. We’ve featured Michter’s extensively in our whiskey content here on Spy, and this is one of Michter’s best bottles. This specific rye is made from premium American rye grain that’s been sheared for a more saturated flavor during the fermentation process. Whiskey lovers will notice hints of black pepper, light spice, plum, marmalade, light caramel and spicy grain.
Diptyque Mimosa Scented Candle
No holiday shopping guide would be complete without an option from Diptyque. One way to liven up the mood at Mom’s house is with a scent-filled candle. Surprise her with something special from Diptyque. Once lit, this candle releases invigorating floral notes of velvety blossoms and honey into the air that should keep spirits high around the fireplace. If one isn’t enough, spend a little extra on a few products from this super-popular candlemaker.
JBL FLIP 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Portable Bluetooth speakers are popular all year round, and it’s hard to beat the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker. This portable speaker can wirelessly connect to up to two smartphones and tablets at once, and it has a built-in 3000mAh rechargeable li-ion battery that can support up to 12 hours of playtime. Thanks to the IPx7 waterproof rating, the JBL Flip 4 can handle rain and spills no problem.
Bellroy Hide and Seek RFID Wallet
Upgrade him to something nice and high-tech like this security-friendly wallet. The Bellroy Hide and Seek is composed of “premium, environmentally certified leather” and has RFID protection to keep personal information safe from wireless identity theft. Inside are two cash pockets and four cardholders to properly organize valuables. The clean, minimalist design also develops a handsome patina over time for a more personalized look. There’s a reason we named this the best wallet of the year, and so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of our top Christmas gifts.
Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus
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A pasta maker is a perfect Christmas gift since it’s a little too decadent of a device to buy for yourself, but it’s an appliance that any home chef would love to add to their kitchen collection. This Philips pasta maker was featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2021, and it’s designed to make fresh, flavorful pasta in a variety of shapes including spaghetti, fettuccini, penne and even a dumpling-style shape. You choose the exact ingredients that go into your pasta, making it healthier than store-bought options, and it’s made with dishwasher-safe parts so cleanup is easy.
Everlasting Comfort Neck Pillow and Sleep Mask Set
A comfy neck pillow and eye mask should help Bae get the necessary beauty sleep they require when returning home for the holidays. This two-piece travel set was designed with convenience and relaxation in mind; the pillow features gel-infused memory foam that enhances comfort for both the head and neck. The ultra-plush velour cover also feels serenely soothing on the skin. There’s even a cellphone pocket designed into the pillow to safely store an iPhone when escaping to dreamland.
MOFT Slim Laptop & Tablet Stands
We get pitched a lot of Kickstarter projects here at SPY, but MOFT is one Kickstarter success story we’re happy to share with our readers. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, MOFT laptop stands are now one of the best Christmas gifts on Amazon. These nifty stands quickly fold up and down depending on your needs and posture, and their super-slim design makes them easy to take on the go. You can even buy an adhesive version that sticks to the bottom of your laptop, giving you a built-in laptop stand wherever you are.
Stanley Classic Legendary Vacuum Insulated 24oz Food Jar
This old-school food thermos from Stanley is still trendy all these decades later, and if you’ve got a frequent camper on your gift list, then it’s a great option. Made of high-quality 18/8 stainless steel, the Stanley Classic thermos has a wide mouth opening for easy refilling. It also has a leak-resistant cap made to prevent spills, and the double vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot or cold for up to 15 hours.
Pendleton x Brooklinen Throw Blanket
When it comes to bed, bath and other home goods, Brooklinen is tough to top. It seems whatever they make, they make with quality fabrics. It’s no wonder their robes and comforters grace nearly every Best Of list year in and year out.
An often overlooked item every household should have is a throw blanket, and Pendleton’s blankets have a cult following. Now, the two brands have teamed up to offer consumers a comfortable, top-notch blanket that’s also machine washable. Add some popcorn and the latest trending Netflix show and you’ve got yourself (or your giftee) a perfect weekend.
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DIY S’mores Maker
Have you ever been to a restaurant that offers a table-side s’mores dessert? If not, then take our word for it: it’s totally awesome. For anyone that loves s’mores, and what kind of person doesn’t love s’mores, give the ultimate Christmas present — a s’more making kit. There are a lot of overpriced s’mores makers for sale in 2021, but we like this one from Nostalgia that comes with large trays for storing graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and more. It uses an electric flameless heater so it’s safe to use indoors, and it comes with two stainless steel roasting forks for getting that perfect toasted mallow every time.
BEARDAMENTS Beard Lights
I mean come on, aren’t these festive? Seeing as most guys these days have facial hair, beard ornaments are an excellent gift for nearly anyone in your life with enough facial hair to rock them. This pack comes with 10 original ornaments, three red light-up ornaments and three green light-up ornaments for extra flair. Each Beardament has a mini clip at the end for a firm, hair-safe attachment.
When All Else Fails: Go With a Gift Card
Sure, it’s not super exciting, but gift cards are classic Christmas gifts for a reason. No matter who you’re gifting to, an Amazon gift card is always a safe bet. You can send them in e-gift form, pick a festive envelope or deck them out in a full-on gift box if you’d like. You can load on any amount and even add funds later if you want it to be the gift that keeps on giving.
*This gift guide was last updated on Friday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. EST.