It’s hard to believe the holidays are approaching, meaning once again, it’s time to show your loved ones (and your coworkers and third-cousins) how much they mean to you. I think we can all admit that gift buying can be tough. Everyone has different interests and you don’t want to feel too generic.
1 Apple AirPods Pro
Last year, Apple AirPods were probably the most coveted products of the holiday season, but this year the upgraded AirPods Pro will be all the rage. They earned our pick as the best truly wireless earphones because Apple somehow managed to make the already amazing AirPods even better. They’ve been fitted with better sound, have incredible noise-cancellation, and are finally water-resistant. What more could your giftee want?
For a less expensive option, you can still gift the original AirPods, which we find to be a good option, just at a lower tier.
2. Echo Show 5
Smart assistants are still as popular as ever, but some seriously take up too much counter space. The Echo Show 5 provides a compact design with the bonus of a screen. It’s basically a smaller, more affordable affordable version of the full Show and the next level up from the Dot. The small screen makes it easy to see timers, get news updates, and make video calls, so you can chat “face-to-face” with your giftee.
3. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
If your special someone loves to bring the jams beach or poolside, then what they really need is a waterproof, high-quality Bluetooth speaker. When we tested the best affordable portable speakers for our roundups, we found the Anker Soundcore was offered great sound and playtime for a reasonable price. It’s also available in a wide color selection, for some extra personalization for your giftee.
4 Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
While a high-end hair dryer is a thoughtful gift, most beauty lovers (or anyone with long hair) will be excited to receive the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. This cult-favorite hair dryer brush has more than 75,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating on Amazon. It’s that popular. Our beauty expert tried it out to see if it lives up to the hype, and, boy, it does. Not only did it dry her wavy hair straight with some voluminous flips, but it did it in just 30 minutes. Plus, it only costs less than $50—a fraction of an expensive luxury hair dryer.
5. Kindle Paperwhite
Even if your giftee prefers the feel of a “real” book, they’ll still appreciate an e-reader to easily access books while stuck at home. The Kindle Paperwhite is still the best e-reader we’ve ever tested and makes for an amazing gift, especially for the bookworm in your life. It gives them a seemingly unlimited library at their fingertips and it’s waterproof, so they can read in the bathtub without fear.
6. iRobot Roomba
Give your loved ones the gift of a clean home with the iRobot Roomba. Our favorite smart vacuum is the Roomba i7+, which has a self-emptying dock along with smart mapping technology, both of which will make cleaning way less of a chore for your giftee.
7 Fitbit Charge 4
Fitness trackers are not slowing down in popularity and Fitbit just updated it’s popular Charge 3 and made it even better with a brighter screen and GPS-capabilities. It’s so good that we crowned it our new favorite fitness tracker, dethroning the Charge 3. It’d make a great gift for anyone who could use a little extra motivation and is obsessed with crushing new fitness goals.
8. Yeti Rambler Mug
The Yeti Rambler Mug is great for those times when you want the feeling of a mug but the steamy insulation of a thermos. Made of double vacuum-insulated stainless steel, it’s guaranteed to keep your giftee’s coffee steaming hot (or their water ice cold) for hours, which is why its earned more than 5,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating on the Yeti site. The best part? It’s just under $25.
9. Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones
Whether they work from home or are taking virtual classes, your giftee would appreciate a pair of noise-canceling headphones. The Sony WH-1000XM4’s are our new favorite noise-canceling headphones (dethroning its original flagship, the WH-1000XM3). They look nearly identical to their predecessor and have the same nifty feature of active noise-cancelation. But they have better sound and a more seamless Bluetooth connection that any audiophile will surely notice.
10. Ninja Fit Personal Blender
Most people don’t require an expensive, professional blender, but many could benefit from a personal blender in their life. They’re great for single-serving smoothies or small batches of sauces and salsa and are small enough to store in even the most cramped kitchens. The Ninja Fit is the best personal blender we’ve ever tested, and we love that it comes with tight travel lids, which means easy on-the-go smoothie sipping for your giftee.
11. Airomé Essential Oil Diffuser
These days we’re all looking for new ways to relax and unwind, which is why an aromatherapy diffuser is a great gift for 2020. The Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser is the best essential oil diffuser we’ve ever tested because not only is it stunning to look at, but we also found it to be easy to operate and clean. It also provides an even scent for up to six hours and is available in several designs to suit your giftee’s decor style.
12. Nintendo Switch Lite
If you’ve been on the hunt for a Nintendo Switch this year, you’re all too aware that it’s been hard to find. The popular gaming console—which was a top-selling gift last year, as well—as skyrocketed in 2020 as people sought at-home sources of entertainment (hello, Animal Crossing!). You can still find the Switch Lite on Amazon but stock continues to be limited, so you’ll want to scoop one up while you can.
13. Indoor Ball Pit
If you’ve spent any time at indoor playgrounds you know that the ball pit is the hot spot for the toddler set, but it’s also a cesspool of germs. You can create your very own— less germy—version at home with a Play Tent and Pop-up ball pit. Toddlers and pre-walkers will love exploring the two tunnels, and it comes with a carrying case so you can fold it up and store it when not in use. One thing worth noting: The balls do have to be purchased separately and come in batches of 200.
14. Amazon Coat
Help your giftee stay warm all winter long with this cult-favorite (and affordable) down jacket. According to its more than 12,000 positive reviews, this windproof and waterproof winter coat is lightweight enough that you can move around freely, yet insulated enough to keep you warm on cold days.
15. For the book lover: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
The book lover in your life may already have a Kindle, but who doesn’t enjoy the latest and greatest technology the world has to offer? This is the best Kindle we’ve tested and over 65,000 reviewers on Amazon agree. It has tons of storage space, is glare-free, and is waterproof. Since it really is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to read, it’s already on backorder for a few weeks. Be sure to grab one now to ensure you can give one (or more!) as a gift this holiday season.
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16. For the bag lady: Madewell Leather Transport Tote
I have owned Madewell’s zip-top leather tote for a few years now and recommend it as a gift for any woman who is ever on-the-go. The classic tote is big enough to hold belongings for work and long weekends, and it’s stylish enough to use even when there’s not a lot in it. It’s especially great for traveling because of the zip top, and honestly, it fits way more than you would think. The bag comes in a few different colors, but I recommend in the English Saddle color.
17. For the makeup aficionado: A lighted makeup mirror
If you’re shopping for someone who’s into makeup, it can be hard to get them actual products if you have no idea what they use and love. Something easy to get the makeup lover in your lfie, though, would be an accessory that enhances the experience of putting makeup on: a lighted makeup mirror! The Deweisn Lighted Makeup Mirror is the best value makeup mirror we tested, as it provides perfect views and lighting for optimal makeup application. For under $25, you can help her look flawless every day with this unique gift idea.
18. For the one who brings the shade: Quay sunglasses
Quay sunglasses have become popular for a reason: the brand offers stylish lenses at a reasonable price. They’re so cool, they’ve even partnered with Lizzo, who created her own shades. Sunglasses start at just $55, making them more affordable than brands like Ray-Ban, and you can find a range of styles for both men and women.
19. LG C9 OLED TV
With all the binge-watching your recipient has probably been doing these days, they’ll probably want a shiny, new TV to do it in style. And they deserve the best, right? The LG C9 TV is the best TV we’ve ever tested for its crisp OLED picture quality, 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision specifications, and LG’s friendly webOS smart platform. Seriously, it’s like a mini movie theater. It costs a pretty penny, but for any avid movie-watcher, it’s completely worth it.
20. Laugh & Learn Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen
Gardening has been one of the hottest hobbies of quarantine and kids can join in on the fun with this garden kitchen from Fisher-Price. Recommend for kids 12 to 36 months, this adorable playset has a garden side and a kitchen side, so kiddos can cook what they “grow.” Our parenting editor, Anna Lane, believes this will be a hot item amongst younger kids this year and will probably sell out.