The Best Christmas Gifts for 2021 That Will Be on Everyone’s Wish List
The holidays are still a way’s away, but we’re already counting down the days. Who couldn’t use a little bit of Christmas cheer in their lives right now? 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 some of 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 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.
From elite smart home products to fancy footwear, home bar essentials to health and wellness enhancers, we present to you the 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.
Top Christmas Gifts of 2021: Wireless Earbuds
We’ve written about a lot of products on Spy this year, but if we had to recommend one gift for everyone on your list, it would be wireless earbuds. Not only are earbuds the perfect tech accessory for commuting, traveling and returning to work in a noisy office, but there have also been a few dynamite pairs released this year that we’re sure are on some of your loved ones’ Christmas lists. Sony’s brand new WF-1000XM4 earbuds were a favorite of ours this year, and are definitely a top pick when it comes to must-have Christmas gifts.
They boast industry-leading noise cancellation and exceptional sound quality with their V1 Integrated Processor. They’ve got a bone-conduction sensor that can clearly detect voices even in noisy environments as well as a crystal-clear microphone for top-notch call quality. These buds also feature speak-to-chat technology that reduces noise during conversations, and the battery lasts up to eight hours even with noise cancelling activated. They’re also IPX42 water-resistant for gym days and come enabled with Alexa as well. If the price tag makes you hesitate, there are plenty of high quality wireless earbuds under $100, but Sony’s new XM4 earbuds are our top pick for 2021.
Buy: Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds $278.00
Theragun Prime Massage Gun
Massage guns were still one of the most popular items with our readers in 2021, and no one makes them as well as Therabody does (formerly Theragun). If you want one of the best massage guns of 2021, then we recommend the Theragun Prime, pictured below. We know that these premium percussive massagers won’t fit into everyone’s Christmas shopping budget, so we’re also recommending the Sonic Percussion Massager as our budget pick.
While it can’t quite match the Theragun Prime on intensity or battery life, we were still satisfied with the Sonic’s power, battery life and features, and this has proven to be one of the most-purchased products ever featured on SPY. No matter which model you choose, massage guns are some of the best Christmas gifts of 2021, and they’re perfect presents for athletes and anyone that loves working out.Buy: Theragun Prime $249.00 Buy: Sonic Percussion Massage Gun $99.99
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
If you want a high-end cookware gift, 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.Buy: Le Creuset Enameled Dutch Oven $349.95
Best Grooming Gift of 2021: Harry’s Full Skin Care Suite
Harry’s greatly expanded their skincare options in 2021 and we’re here for it. We’ve gotten a chance to try their full skincare suite and it’s all top-notch. The Exfoliating Face Wash and Freshening Face Toner are the perfect way to start the day along with the Daily Face Lotion. The full suite also includes a Brightening Eye Cream, Hydrating Night Lotion and a Targeted Blemish Treatment for that zit that always seems to appear right before the big presentation. This kit covers all the basics of skincare, so if you’ve got a curious friend or want to treat yourself, this is one of our favorite grooming gifts for this holiday season.Buy: Harry's Full Skin Care Suite $51.00
Best Stocking Stuffers: 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 60 great stocking stuffer ideas for you.Buy: Secura Electric Wine Opener $24.99
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.Buy: Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station $199.99
Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
This popular single-serve coffee maker from Keurig may not be the most exciting gift on this list, but we guarantee you that it will get more use than anything else featured here. We promise that if you keep reading, we’ve got more great coffee gifts for those who prefer slow-drip coffee to K-cups, but for everyone else, this is a Christmas gift that’s sure to brighten up their morning long after December 25 has ended.
ON SALE NOW!Buy: Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker $139.99 Buy: SF Bay Eco-Friendly K-Cups Variety Pack $34.99
Top Digital Christmas Gift of 2021: HBO Max Subscription
If you’re going to stream in 2021, it should be with HBO Max. The streaming platform exploded this year with movie releases, original content and classic flicks from the production company that owns the rights to many of our favorites. Gift your loved one access to many of the blockbuster films being released in 2022 from the comfort of their couch, and streaming access to classic shows like Friends, Insecure, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and more. Plans start at just $9.99/month, and yes you can pay for a yearly subscription all in one go.Buy: HBO Max Subscription Starting at $9.99/month
Mixology Bartender Kit: 10-Piece Bar Tool Set
During the stay-at-home era of 2020, many of us have developed a newfound respect for the bartender at our neighborhood watering hole. Just because bars are open now, that doesn’t mean you still don’t want to mix up that cocktail you mastered during quarantine. This cocktail kit will help with that. And as with many things in life, you need the right tools to craft the perfect cocktail at home. This Christmas, one of our favorite gift ideas is this 10-piece cocktail kit, which comes with a stylish bamboo holder that will look beautiful on any bar cart or countertop. Spy readers bought hundreds of these bartending kits in 2020, and we think they’re ideal Christmas gifts for 2021, too.Buy: Mixology Bartender Kit $49.99
L’Occitane Hand Creams
L’Occitane is a French beauty company that makes Oprah-approved hand creams, and year after year they’re popular Christmas gifts for women. Their lotions are decadent, creamy and perfect for moisturizing dried out hands suffering through winter hand-washing season. This brand sells out fast, so if you come upon a gift from them that’s not sold out we recommend you jump on it.Buy: L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream $24.00 Buy: L'Occitane Rose Hand Cream $24.00 Buy: L'Occitane Butterr Hand Cream $29.00
Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug
According to one SPY editor, you can fill up this insulated coffee mug with hot coffee at 8 a.m. and still have hot coffee by the time 8 p.m. rolls around. An insulated and travel-friendly coffee mug is always a good idea for Christmas gifts, and this popular mug from Fellow Products is definitely the one you want. Buy one for yourself and pick up a couple extra to give as gifts.Buy: Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug $35.00
Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set
The holidays bring on plenty of stress, so what better way to heal the mind, body and soul than with some aromatherapy? This budget-friendly essential oil diffuser is one of the best Christmas gifts under $50 and is available now via Amazon Prime. This diffuser offers a stylish wood finish and ambient lights to create a soothing environment, and it offers a variety of timer settings. Even better, this product comes with 10 popular essential oils.Buy: Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set $39.95
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
The popular 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.Buy: Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe $98.00
Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants
You may have noticed by now that many of the top Christmas gifts of 2021 have a common theme: cozy products you can enjoy at home. When shopping for women, we love the plush Brooklinen robe featured previously, but for guys, we love the Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants, which we named the best men’s sweatpants of the year. The Ace cotton sweatpants are 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.Buy: Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants $78.00
Anker 10000 Portable Power Bank Charger
A power bank isn’t the most exciting Christmas gift 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 built in that guards against overcharging, short circuiting, temperature fluctuations and more. These little gadgets are perfect stocking stuffers, too.
Buy: Anker 10000 Portable Power Bank Charger $21.99
Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Squad Set
You might be entitled to a vacation every year, but your skin never takes a day off. To ensure your (and your partner’s) moneymaker looks radiant heading into the New Year, work on adopting the proper facial skincare regimen. This set from Kiehl’s has several of the brand’s best-performing products — each formulated to combat anti-aging, as well as cleanse and moisturize skin. And it’s unisex, perfect for any couple to share! Keep everything stored neatly in the accompanying psychedelic travel bag, as well.
Buy: Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Squad Set $68.00
Kinetic Sand Sandbox Playset
For kids who are old enough, Kinetic Sand is a great gift that’s tactile, fun and easy to play with. This moldable, magical flowing sand can easily shape shift into anything you can imagine, and 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. The playset box doubles as a construction-themed play space that’s easy to clean up and store once you’re done, and the sand itself is non-toxic, natural and hypo-allergenic.Buy: Kinetic Sand Sandbox Playset $22.04
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 rare kitchen gift that will be appreciated by both experienced home chefs and 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.Buy: Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet $17.90
Misen Chef’s Knife
A chef’s knife is another great gift for cooks this holiday season, and this one from Misen is one of our favorites and reasonably priced. Its design incorporates the best components of both Western- and Japanese-style blades, so it’s primed for cutting. It’s made of premium AUS-10 steel and has a sloped bolster that promotes a “pinch grip” for optimal control. The 15 degree blade angle makes for a much sharper cutting face and it comes with a lifetime guarantee.Buy: Misen Chef's Knife $65.00
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.Buy: Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set - L.L. Bean $99.00
Apple AirPods Max
Apple’s highly anticipated new headphones did not disappoint, and if anything they exceeded expectations. The AirPods Max are definitely one of the best tech gifts of the year, and 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. These over-ear headphones are designed with a knit-mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions so comfortable you’ll almost forget you’re wearing them. They’re also designed to seamlessly switch between different devices and have on-head detection. To read more about why these headphones are worth every penny, read our full review here.Buy: Apple AirPods Max $499.99
Day Owl The Backpack
This trendy, minimalist backpack from Day Owl is another one of our favorite Christmas gifts for the year. It’s super simple, functionally made and great for everyone from the high school senior to the daily commuter. It’s made of First Mile recycled canvas and comes with a 16″ padded laptop pocket built to protect your machine. It’s water and stain-repellent and comes with no-slack straps for a comfortable fit even when holding a large load. It also comes with a luggage strap for stacking on top of your suitcase and a spill-resistant bottle pocket that can fit up to a 750ml water or wine bottle.Buy: Day Owl The Backpack $149.00
Paint by Numbers Santa Claus Kit
You know those few hours in the afternoon on Christmas day between the gift opening and your big Christmas dinner? A.k.a the perfect time to sit down with a calming paint by numbers kit? This one of Santa Claus is perfectly holiday-themed, and comes with everything you need to create a memorable work of art including three brushes, acrylic paints and hooks. The instructions are very easy to follow, and the dense canvas is sturdy enough to hold paint well.Buy: Paint by Numbers Santa Claus Kit $7.99
Caldera + Lab The Good Serum
Caldera+Lab is a luxury men’s skincare brand that came onto our radar in 2021 and we’re in love with their stuff. All of their products are high-quality, well-made and eco-friendly. Plus, for a skincare product that uses wild-harvested natural botanicals, it actually works really well. The Good serum is made with 27 different active botanicals harvested in the Teton Mountain Range (yes, really), which are then infused for 4 weeks in their ECOCERT-certified facility. The Good Serum is designed to ease fine lines and wrinkles, moisturize your skin, improve your skin’s outer barrier and more. It’s a luxurious purchase, but it’s perfect for the skincare buff on your list who is always looking to discover the next thing.
Lemome Classic Journal Notebook
Some gifts are so universal they’re perfect for everyone on your list. And even in the digital age, who doesn’t need a journal? Whether you’re writing down your deepest thoughts or scratching out a grocery list, this is a practical and always-appreciated essential that’s a perfect Christmas gift for mom, dad, siblings and coworkers alike.Buy: Lemome Classic Notebook $16.59
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 serious business. The adults on your list are sure to love the Welly Adventure Kit or Travel First Aid Kit. 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 Welly Bravery Bandages, too.Buy: Welly Bravery Badges $6.94 Buy: Welly Bravery Bandages $6.94 Buy: Welly Excursion Kit $34.99
Herschel Novel Duffle Bag
When it comes to buying backpacks, bags or duffles, you can’t go wrong with Herschel Supply Co. They’re a favorite here at Spy, and have been for years. This duffle is a perfect weekender bag, and comes with plenty of storage including a shoe compartment. It’s made with reinforced handles, a removable shoulder strap and a waterproof zipper. It comes in a bunch of colors, including this Classic Sharkskin Enzyme Ripstop. If you’ve got a kid going off to college soon, someone who’s caught the travel bug or simply an appreciator of artisanal goods — this bag is a must-have.Buy: Herschel Novel Duffle $99.99
Exploding Kittens Card Game
With more than nine million copies sold and more than 44,000 ratings 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! However, if you have a defuse card (like a laser pointer), you’re safe. Likewise, depending on what’s in your hand, you can skip your turn, peek at the deck or even covertly place an exploding kitten for another player to find. 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.
Buy: Exploding Kittens Card Game $24.99
Philips Sonicare 4100 Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are popular Xmas gifts that many people don’t fully appreciate until they notice a brighter smile several weeks later. And even though there are a ton of smart toothbrushes available in 2021, the SPY team unanimously agreed that the Philips Sonicare line is the best option for holiday shoppers. The Sonicare 4100 toothbrush has a straightforward and user-friendly design. The long-lasting battery ensures your toothbrush is always ready to clean those pearly whites, and the built-in timer makes it easy to brush properly.
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Buy: Philips Sonicare 4100 $46.48
Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket
Who couldn’t use a little de-stressing at the end of 2021? Gravity blankets let you snuggle up and relax, and they’re always one of our go-to Christmas gift ideas. There are a lot of gravity blankets on the market, including many low quality options on sites like Amazon. While we love luxury Bearaby weighted blankets, your best bet for Christmas is this 15-pound gravity blanket from Quility. This top-rated gravity blanket will last for years with virtually no wear-and-tear.
20,000+ 5-STAR REVIEWSBuy: Quility 15lb Gravity Blanket $79.99
Jade Roller and Gua Sha Face Kit
For a beauty gift that won’t break the bank, this jade face roller and Gua Sha kit is designed to promote lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness around the eyes. The Gua Sha facial massager is also meant to be used to reduce facial edema and help your skin look firmer and fresher. Both are made of sturdy rose quartz and can be kept in the fridge or freezer for a pleasant cooling sensation whenever you want to use it. This is one of our favorite grooming gifts of the year for its simplicity and low price point.Buy: Jade Roller and Gua Sha Face Kit $16.99
UGG Ascot Slipper
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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 in 2021, 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, especially when they’re this nice. 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 hell thanks to the wool lining. We love the Ascot in Chestnut (pictured below) but if this color doesn’t do it for you, UGG makes the Ascot in four other attractive colors as well.
Finally, according to SPY’s managing editor 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.)”Buy: UGG Ascot Slippers $109.95 Buy: UGG Ascot Slippers $110.00
Buy: Ugg Men's Ascot Slipper $109.95
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.
Buy: Brümate Hopsulator Trio 3-in-1 Can Cooler $24.99
Carhartt Winter Gloves
Carhart has been around since 1889, but in 2020 it became one of the hippest apparel brands on the scene. The company’s beanies and work pants are all over the streets. If you’re looking for affordable Christmas gifts, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Carhartt gloves. The company makes practical winter accessories for men and women, from heavy-duty waterproof gloves to stylish sherpa gloves.
Buy: Carhartt Waterproof Men's Gloves $24.99
Buy: Carhartt Women's Iris Touchscreen Gloves $28.99Buy: Carhartt Women's Waterproof Gloves $22.99
Best Home Fitness Gift of 2021: Indoor Spin Bikes
We’re happy to say the indoor fitness trend has definitely continued into 2021. You can’t beat the convenience of at-home spinning, thanks to Peloton. Yet not everyone can afford a $2,000+ spin bike. If you can, the more power to you, but for the rest of us, there are plenty of affordable indoor spin bikes that are still worth the investment. For less than $300, the PYHIGH Indoor Cycling Bike is our top pick. This bike has more than 3,000 positive reviews from Amazon customers and makes an excellent alternative to the pricier options out there.
However, if you have the budget, our favorite luxury pick is definitely NordicTrack’s Commercial S22i iFit Studio Cycle bike. It’s got a 22-inch HD smart touchscreen that can stream in an extensive library of iFit classes, and a Quiet Drive belt that can fluctuate from -10% to 20% incline. All the workouts come with LIVE resistance and incline control, so you don’t have to adjust your speed or incline during the class, and iFit comes with off-the-bike content as well including strength training and yoga.Buy: PYHIGH Indoor Cycling Bike $249.99 Buy: NordicTrack Commercial S22i iFit Studio Cycle Bike $1,999.00
Polaroid Go Camera
Last year, we included Polaroid’s latest camera on our list of must-have Christmas gifts and this year is no different. The newest pocket-sized camera from Polaroid, the Polaroid Go, has already captured the hearts of Tik Tok influencers and Gen Z photographers aplenty, and we’re guessing it’ll be a slam dunk gift for your son, daughter, niece, nephew or anyone in your life who loves to snap a good shot for IG. It’s designed to be pocket-sized and easily portable, and has a 60-pack battery life so you’ll rarely be without the ability to capture a moment. It’s got an option for double exposure, a selfie mirror and a self timer so you can easily step inside the frame as well.Buy: Polaroid Go Camera $99.99 Buy: Polaroid Go Camera $99.99
UMAMI All-in-One Bento Box for Adults
Going back to the office means bringing your lunch to work every day, and there’s no better or trendier way to do that than with a Bento Box lunch box. This lunch box comes layered with multiple compartments, a cutlery set and a jar for salad dressing as well. The box is leak-proof and very easy to clean, and comes in multiple colors including this black and bamboo combo. It’s dishwasher-safe and designed with a split center compartment so you can easily plan meals and control portion size as well.Buy: Umami All-in-One Bento Box for Adults $26.99
Fulton & Roark Blue Ridge Solid Fragrance
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, simply ingredients that tie the whole experience together. With hints of sandalwood, sage and amber, this scent is warm, inviting and memorable — just like the gift.Buy: Fulton & Roark Blue Ridge Solid Fragrance $52.00
Nintendo Switch Lite
While Microsoft and Sony further escalate hostilities, Nintendo is quietly winning the console wars. Just when you thought Nintendo couldn’t make its home-gaming consoles any more portable, here comes the Switch Lite. This smaller and cheaper alternative to the popular Switch lets players enjoy numerous Switch titles on the go, along with hundreds of digital games in the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, it offers up to 30 percent more battery life than its predecessor and reintroduces the popular D-Pad to execute precise moves when playing 2D and classic NES games. In other words, expect Mario to stick his landings more often. Spoil the gamer in your life with one of three unique colors: Gray, Turquoise and Yellow.Buy: Nintendo Switch Lite $199.00
Buy: Nintendo Switch Lite $212.95
Veuve Clicquot Rose
Can’t decide what to get that special someone? Opt for a bit of bubbly. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like the rose-induced euphoria that comes after finishing a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose. Whether as an appetizer or dessert, this sparkling rose will go down smooth and bring a smile to all who partake. It’s not cheap by any means, but for the holidays, this ride is worth the cost of admission.Buy: Veuve Clicquot Rose $72.59
Audible Monthly Subscription
For the avid bookworm who prefers consuming their literature in audio form, an Audible subscription is the most rewarding Xmas gift they can receive. Subscribers are afforded three titles each month, as well as access to the largest number of audiobooks and original ad-free audio shows on any device through the free Audible app. Subscriptions are available in 1-month ($15.00), 3-month ($45.00) and 6-month ($90.00) packages.
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.Buy: Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charging Tray $175.00
Fitbit Versa 3 Fitness Smartwatch
Since the New Year always sparks fitness aspirations, give your workout partner an encouragement boost by strapping the Fitbit Versa 3 on their wrist. As expected, all basic functions remain intact such as all-day tracking (e.g., calories burned, step count) and heart-rate monitoring. Fitbit brings over standout features from the previous version like automatic exercise recognition for 15 exercises, and Alexa integration while introducing new ones like Active Zone Minutes which alerts you mid-workout to increase your tempo in order to get the most out of your exercise. This smartwatch boasts over six days of battery on a full charge as well as built-in GPS.
Billy Reid Travel Pouch
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 from Billy Reid is made of genuine leather and provides a neat, organized place to store everything from makeup to cuff links, toiletries and earrings. It comes in a few different sizes and is a thoughtful gift for the jetsetter in your life who rarely splurges on themself.Buy: Billy Reid Travel Pouch $95.00
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.Buy: Mirror Home Fitness System
Educational Insights Circuit Explorer Rover
If you’re shopping for a little one, give an educational STEM gift like this Circuit Explorer Rover a try. Great Christmas gift for kids ages six and up, this toy helps teach beginner circuitry while nourishing the imagination. Your young space explorer will have the ability to build two rovers and two towers while learning the basics of circuitry! All they have to do is follow the basic instructions, connecting circuits with every extra piece they add. It’s fun, educational, and perfect for keeping them occupied on Christmas Day while you prepare dinner festivities.Buy: Educational Insights Circuit Explorer Rover $21.99
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.Buy: JUDY Mover Max $180.00
Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Auto
With wildfire season becoming an even bigger and more consistent presence in lives across the country, and smog, haze and pollution all contributing to lower air quality, an air purifier is not only a nice gift this year, but a seemingly crucial one for health as well. Blueair is a new brand this year 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 super ability to clean smoke, pollen and dust as well.Buy: Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Auto $339.99
Growlight Frame Shelf
Every green thumb’s worst nightmare is having their houseplants die during the winter. This two-in-one steel frame is more than just a stylish décor piece that transforms an indoor garden into artwork. It keeps plants alive and thriving with built-in LEDs that produce sufficient light when the sun isn’t available. A timer with low-to-full light options can help manage horticultural projects when away from the house.
Buy: Growlight Frame Shelf $159.00
The Good Hurt Fuego: A Hot Sauce Gift Set
Hot sauce, anyone? This gift set is perfect for your friends and family who not only love a little heat in their food, but need it. This gift set comes with seven different hot sauces with exotic flavors from all over the world — from ghost peppers to chipotle, habanero and smoked bourbon. They range from mild and tamed to blazing hot and not for the faint of heart, and they’re perfect on nearly every kind of food. They come wrapped in a gift bag already so they require minimal effort on behalf of the gifter, and all of them are vegan and gluten-free.Buy: The Good Hurt Fuego: A Hot Sauce Gift Set for Hot Sauce Lover's $34.99
Best Christmas Gifts for Kids: Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
Parents have been under a lot of stress this year, and there’s no shame in parking your kids in front of a tablet for a little while so you can get a break. There are also tons of great educational video games and online learning apps that kids will enjoy. Amazon recently released the Fire 8 Kids Edition tablet, but the Fire 7 is just as good and costs far less. Savvy parents can save some money and provide the family with hours of entertainment — and peace and quiet.Buy: Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet $99.99
Hatch Restore Smart Light
An alarm clock might not seem like the most exciting gift, but this smart light from Hatch is the ultimate nightstand companion, and is designed to help streamline your wind-down and wake-up routine for better rest. The Sunrise alarm clock is designed to support healthy cortisol levels, and it’s got a library of soothing, relaxing sounds to create a mood anytime you need some chill time. There’s also an option to join Hatch Premium, and receive unlimited access to their library of meditations, sleep stories, soundscapes and more. You can control it through an app or touch, and it makes for a great unobtrusive reading light too. If you’ve got a friend who never turns down a smart device or someone who could use calmer mornings, consider this as a thoughtful gift they’ll use every day.Buy: Hatch Restore Smart Light $129.99
Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard
Last year we were focused on gifts that helped make that work-from-home life easier, and this year we’re all about that portable life. Since most of us are transitioning back into the office, or at least to a hybrid work model, having devices that can transition easily from home to your work desk, and back again, is going to make things way easier. This Bluetooth keyboard folds in half so it’s easy to transport to and from work in your briefcase or backpack, and it’s got Bluetooth 5.1 capabilities which can stably connect to up to three devices at once. It’s got a silent typing design and two hours of charging can give you up to 60 hours of continuous use, or two months of standby time. It also comes with a durable leather wallet-type case that’s protective and sleek.Buy: iClever Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard $29.99
HydroJug Water Bottle
Drinking more water is good for all of us, and this giant, 1/2 gallon water bottle from HydroJug will help anyone in your life accomplish their daily hydration goals come the start of 2022. They’ve got a wide mouth for easy refilling and are dishwasher-safe, so consistently cleaning your water bottle is easy. They come in a whole bunch of colors, so you can pick the one that suits your loved one the best, and come with accessories like sleeves, straw tops and carriers.Buy: Mint HydroJug $19.99
YETI Cooler Backpack
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 backpack is a must. These are made to be portable and keep drunks as cool as their bottles do at the same time, and they work. They’ve got a heftier price tag than other coolers do, but they’re very high-quality and come with numerous features that justify the expense. The Dryhide shell is made of waterproof, high-density fabric that’s resistant to damaging punctures and UV rays. The liner inside the bag is made of FDA-approved, food-grade material, and has ColdCell insulation made of closed-cell rubber foam for superior cold-holding. These bags are also made with an ultra-tough Hydrolok zipper that’s waterproof and leak proof as well.Buy: YETI Hopper Backflip 24 Soft Cooler $299.99
Levi’s Trucker Jackets
Some items of clothing are so iconic that they never go out of style — Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses, Doc Marten boots, Air Jordan sneakers. And at the top of that small list you’ll find the undisputed king of everyday men’s fashion, the Levi’s Men’s Trucker Jacket. This effortlessly cool denim jacket will be just as stylish in 2030 as it is in 2021, and Amazon has this menswear staple in a variety of colors and styles. For a fashion-forward look, go with a white denim Levi’s trucker jacket, although you can’t go wrong with classic blue or black denim. While this is probably better known as a men’s jacket, Levi’s Women’s Trucker Jacket is also a great Christmas gift for her.
Buy: Levi's Men's Trucker Jacket $58.17
Buy: Levi's Women's Trucker Jacket $55.65
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.
Buy: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote $39.99
DASH 3-Quart Air Fryer
You may recall that pretty much every list of the best Christmas gifts of 2019 featured a DASH air fryer. Well, here we are a year later, and we’re still recommending this trendy kitchen gadget to our readers. The 2020 model of the DASH air fryer trades the retro egg-shape for a more modern silhouette. Inside, you’ll find the same modern cooking technology that has made this kitchen gadget one of the top gifts in the world two years running. This device makes it incredibly easy to quickly prepare healthy meals and side dishes for two to four people, and it’s a simple way to shave some calories off of your french fries without sacrificing the taste. The DASH air fryer comes in several different sizes, but we recommend the 3-quart version, although large families would do better to order the DASH 6-quart air fryer instead.
Buy: DASH Aqua Air Fryer 3QT $68.00
Buy: DASH Aqua Air Fryer 6QT $99.99
Nike Killshot 2 Men’s Sneakers
These shoes were everywhere in 2021, and we don’t expect that to change in 2022. Nike’s popular Killshot 2 sneakers combine a white leather upper with the brand’s iconic swoosh symbol, and these casual shoes are as comfortable as they are stylish. 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 this trendy footwear.
Buy: Nike Killshot 2 Leather Sneakers $90.00
Google Pixel 4a
Google’s flagship phones get better with every new generation, and we named the Google Pixel 4a one of the top five smartphones of 2021. The new Google Pixel smartphone has a truly premium camera system (Google’s photo-processing is world-class) even compared to $1,000 flagship phones from Apple and Samsung. However, you can pick up the new Google smartphone for under $400. This is a great Christmas present for smartphone photographers and aspiring influencers.
Best Christmas Gifts for Men: Minimalist Black Watch with Analog Date
When choosing the best Christmas gifts of 2021, we had to include at least one MVMT timepiece. SPY editors love MVMT watches, and we’re obsessed with this brand’s all-black watches. MVMT is known for minimalist and stylish timepieces like this sophisticated vintage watch, which features a black leather strap, red accents and an analog date reader. You can buy this for dad to make him feel cool and young again, or gift it to your favorite guy. This watch will go with just about any outfit you can imagine, and it’s the perfect men’s accessory for any season.
Buy: MVMT Black Minimalist Vintage Watch $98.00
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.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle
The Fellow Electric Kettle is the ultimate gift for anyone that loves a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a perfectly prepared cup of tea. We featured this brand’s popular insulated coffee mug earlier in our 2021 Holiday Shopping Guide, but you can spend a little more and put this nifty kitchen gadget under the Christmas tree, too. With the push of a button, you can start heating up water to enjoy the perfect pour-over coffee or tea. Fellow promises that its popular kettle “marries handsome design with flawless functionality for the ultimate brewing experience”, and this small but mighty gadget lives up to that promise.
Buy: Stagg EKG Electric Kettle $199.00
New Amazon Echo Dot With Clock (4th Generation)
In late September of 2020, 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.Buy: Amazon Echo Dot With Clock $59.99
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.
Buy: Rothy's Black Flats $125.00Buy: Rothy's Driving Loafer $185.00
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 CX 4K Smart OLED TV has everything you need to enjoy a movie theater-like experience at home — except for the popcorn. This smart TV is equipped with LG’s ThinQ AI technology that enables control via Alexa and Google Assistant, and it’s got Dolby Vision IQ that automatically adjusts the picture and sound for an optimal viewing experience.
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 $500. With a 4K UHD picture, the ability to stream an extensive library of over 500,000 titles and easy voice control, it would make a great addition to your living room.Buy: LG OLED Smart 4K TV $1,296.99 Buy: TCL 65-inch Class 4-Series 4K UHD Smart TV $599.00
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3
For the green thumb of the family, the Smart Garden allows for simple indoor gardening when time, patience and sunlight are scarce. It’s a self-watering system that employs soil inspired by NASA technology to grow healthy herbs and vegetables — no GMOs, pesticides or harmful substances needed. The LED light system is also an effective solution that provides plants with a strong source of light on days when Mother Nature keeps the skies gray.
Buy: Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 $90.00
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.
Buy: MOFADO Crystal Whiskey Glasses $25.00
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.
If you want to make this gift even more special, combine it with a bottle of beard oil or one of our favorite beard brushes.Buy: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000 $54.97
Buy: Baxter of California Beard Oil $28.00
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 top Christmas 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.
Buy: Anker PowerWave Wireless Charger $30.99
Blunt Metro Travel Umbrella
Umbrellas always make practical gifts and the Blunt Metro is one that every 9-to-5er wants by their side when inclement weather threatens their wardrobe. Compact, collapsible, and sturdy, each umbrella undergoes extreme testing to ensure the best quality; it can stand up to 72mph winds and heavy downpour. Durable UV protection coating also keeps powerful sun rays from hitting your skin, preventing wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.Buy: Blunt Metro Travel Umbrella $79.00
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 their 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. It contains hints of black pepper, light spice, plum, marmalade, light caramel and spicy grain. You can’t go wrong gifting this to someone who has an extensive bar collection, regularly experiments in the mixology department or never turns down a nightcap.Buy: Michter's US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey $47.99
GREAT GIFT FOR DADS
While this might seem more like a gag gift than a proper Christmas gift, it’s actually a super practical invention, and one that any sports-loving guy or gal is sure to appreciate the next time they sit down to watch the game. This weighted coaster holds your beer while you sit back and relax and can prevent all types of spills while you’re kicking back, making it one of the top Christmas gifts of the year.
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.
Buy: Diptyque Mimosa Scented Candle $36.00
Always Pan From Our Place
This cult favorite launched in 2020 and has been selling out with each new release ever since. It’s a do-it-all pan from a trendy, boutique cookware company whose aim is to minimize the number of pots and pans you need in your kitchen. This non-stick pan can fry, sauté, steam, act as a skillet and a saucepan all in one. It’s got a non-toxic coating and a sturdy, aluminum body for even heat distribution. It’s got convenient pour spouts for mess-free cooking and comes with a beechwood spatula and a built-in spoon rest. We love this pan, it truly is as good as it sounds and it’s definitely one of our favorite Christmas gifts for 2021.Buy: Always Pan $145.00
Tile Sticker Bluetooth Tracker
Your beau just unwrapped his brand-new iPad and the last thing you want is him “misplacing” it again before boarding a flight. Toss one of these sticker-based Bluetooth trackers on the tablet as a bonus gift before placing it under the Christmas tree. The Tile Sticker attaches to everything, can track items from up to 150 ft. away, and is waterproof. Amazon also has a special deal right now where shoppers can score a four-pack and an Echo Dot for only $60. These typically tend to sell out fast around the holidays, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate!
Buy: Tile Sticker (2 Pack) $39.95
Buy: Tile Sticker (4 Pack) with Echo Dot $94.98
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.Buy: Disney+ Subscription $12.99/Month
Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Portable Bluetooth speakers are popular all year round but rarely are you able to take studio-worthy sound and bring it with you to a darty at the park or beach, until now. This Bluetooth speaker from Marshall Emberton is built for the rich, loud, clear sound the artist intended, and is built for 360° sound no matter where you are. It’s got 20+ hours of playtime on each charge and has a silicone exterior that’s tough and durable. It’s got a multi-directional control knob that you can play, pause and skip tracks with, and the Bluetooth 5.0 technology makes connectivity easy. Plus, it looks super cool. Whether you’re shopping for an audiophile or someone who just loves to blast it, this speaker is a must.
Buy: Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker $149.99
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.Buy: Bellroy Hide and Seek RFID Wallet $89.00
Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker
Coffee is what gets our engine running in the morning. Return the Starbucks gift card and surprise your favorite java lover with the Nanopresso. It’s designed to brew coffee in less than 5 minutes and requires very little force to pump. This will save coffee sippers some time and deliver a much-needed boost before taking on the world.
Buy: Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker $69.50
You’re asking if it was really necessary to publish a book based on the phenomenally popular Instagram account? Yes, it was. The webcomic series still delivers the laughs with hypothetical jokes that continue to poke fun of today’s social behaviors and norms. It’s a must-own for any of the 4.8 million followers of the witty IG page.Buy: Strange Planet $9.31
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.
Buy: Everlasting Comfort Neck Pillow and Sleep Mask Set $19.95
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.Buy: MOFT Laptop Stand $24.99 Buy: MOFT Laptop Stand (Non-Adhesive) $24.99 Buy: MOFT Tablet Stand $29.99
Stanley Classic Easy-Pour 64oz Growler
Nothing is less refreshing than warm, flat beer. Stanley’s Easy-Pour Growler is made to keep beer not only fresh and cold, but carbonated as well. It’s got double-wall vacuum insulation and the hinged lid makes it perfect for warm drinks like coffee or tea as well. It can store up to 64 ounces, or 4 pints, 2 quarts or 1.9 liters of your beverage of choice, and it’s got a heavy-duty handle so carrying it, refilling it and pouring it is easy. It’s also got a stainless steel, leak-proof lid that’s designed for ensuring you enjoy every last drop.
Buy: Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler $54.98
Fluance RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player
For any vinyl-loving friends or family members, a Bluetooth record player is one of the top Christmas gifts of 2021. In our opinion, the current best Bluetooth record player is currently the Fluance RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player. It’s equipped with a diamond elliptical stylus that’s designed to track the record grooves with accuracy and precision, so you get the audio the artist intended. The aluminum S-Type tonearm ensures the stylus is resting deep inside the record’s groove, and the wood plinth has a walnut finish for a sleek look in addition to the top-notch audio capabilities.Buy: Fluance RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable $249.99
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 damn, does Brooklinen make a stellar option. They come in your choice of eco-friendly material, from pure wool and lambswool to baby alpaca or a cashmere and lambswool blend. Regardless of your choice, you’re getting a throw that redefines cozy. Add some popcorn and the latest trending Netflix show and you’ve got yourself (or your giftee) a perfect weekend.Buy: Brooklinen Throw Blanket $206.10
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 elegant Chicago Metalic S’mores Maker; however, you’ll need to buy 2.5-ounce chafing fuel separately. For bonus points, buy some marshmallows and graham crackers at the grocery store, or buy the Hershey’s Chocolate S’mores Caddy.Buy: Chicago Metallic Smores Maker $49.89 Buy: Hershey's Smores Caddy $28.00 Buy: Sterno Chafing Fuel $15.93
Zippo Rechargeable Hand Warmers
Keeping warm in the colder seasons does require more than a pair of gloves, a scarf and a trapper hat. That is where these hand warmers come into play. Rechargeable and reusable, Zippo integrated its patented HeatBank technology into these tiny heat-emitting gadgets, along with six different heat settings to generate efficient, dual-sided warmth for nine hours. They’re suitable for any and every cold situation, be it camping outdoors in low temperatures or shivering underneath the office AC vent. They also double as power banks to charge USB devices like smartphones, tablets, cameras, and MP3 players — pretty cool.Buy: Zippo Rechargeable Hand Warmer $39.55