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Hanukkah is happening right now, and Christmas is not far behind. If you’re starting to panic that you won’t get your shopping done, let the product experts at Reviewed help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
We’ve spent the past three months researching which items will make the best gifts for anyone and everyone you might be shopping for. To help you shop by budget, we curated 50 of our favorite gifts at a variety of price points. If you want to browse even more ideas, don’t worry. We’ve got plenty. Let’s get started:
Gifts under $10
Whether you’re shopping on a tight budget, looking for stocking stuffers, or in need of a fun White Elephant gift, there are loads of fun buys at great prices. These are some of our favorites.
You can never go wrong with socks as a gift. Fuzzy socks are perfect for the colder months and make a great gift for anyone—yes, even kids, as long as they also get at least one toy.
Again, as someone who doesn’t have much hair, this was a suggestion from a co-worker. A fashionable hair tie that can either blend in or stick out, is cheap, and will hold up is always a good thing. I’ve been told it’s great for workouts since it stays put without leaving a bump when you take it out.
Some people like their Sudoku and coffee in the morning. Some like puzzles and crosswords. A brain teaser book is perfect for keeping anyone’s mind sharp, killing time while traveling, entertaining kids, or just relaxing on their own.
Disposable straws are so 2017. To help your friends, co-workers, and loved ones live in these more eco-conscious times, gift them a nice set of reusable straws. This set is our favorite affordable option, and it comes with a pipe cleaner so there’s no struggle to get them clean.
The world runs on coffee, especially home-brewed coffee and one of humanity’s biggest challenges has been how to keep the steamy beverage hot for as long as possible. We at Reviewed did some of the heavy lifting for you in figuring out which are the best travel mugs you can buy, and one of our favorites was very inexpensive. It’s a great and cheap gift for the coffee fiend in your life.
With New Year’s just around the corner, there’s no doubt someone on your list who has already started planning out their healthy lifestyle transformation for 2019. The show support and encourage them to reach their goals, get them the best vegetable spiralizer out there. It takes up so little room and is so easy to use, they’ll be thanking you in all their transformation posts on Instagram.
PopSockets have been popular for a couple years now and they serve two great purposes. They’re an extra grip on the back of your phone so you don’t drop it when FaceTiming or taking a picture, and they also serve as a great stand for lazy video viewing. They come in plenty of different designs and styles and fold right up so your phone still fits in your pocket. Easy, stylish, and practical are three great things when it comes to cheap gifts.
Earlier this year, we tested all the best liquid lipsticks, and despite its low price, Wet n Wild Was No. 1 by a large margin. It stayed on the longest, was easy to wash off, and didn’t leave marks anywhere. So for cheap, stylish, and strong lipstick that’s perfect for a gift, look no further.
Whether in print or on an e-reader or smart device, magazines are still a great go-to gift if you can pinpoint what the person likes. There are thousands of magazines from pop culture to sports, food, gardening, video games and much more. Subscriptions are typically priced like this one to Food Network magazine, and when the person gets their magazine every month or bi-monthly, they’ll always think of you.
It may not seem like much, but an Amazon gift card gives any recipient the chance to get something fun or take a few bucks off a bigger purchase they’ve had their eye on. No one would be upset to get this as a gift. It works great for coworkers, friends, family, postal workers, teachers, you name it.
Gifts for $10-$25
This section may be best suited for relatives you won’t see in person or holiday gift exchange with friends or coworkers. Or maybe you just want one more gift to make your Christmas tree look a little more impressive.
This is one of the hottest gifts of the year, if the sheer number of people buying them up on Black Friday is any evidence. It’s the most affordable Echo in Amazon’s smart speaker lineup, and it’s been on sale form its usual $50 since mid-November. It’s a no-brainer to give anyone on your list who loves tech (or just having someone at their beck and call).
If you’re the type of person who just read that and thought to themselves, “Fruit? As a gift? Really?” then clearly you haven’t experienced a Harry & David Royal Riviera pear.
Here’s what you need to know: These are life-changing pears. They’ll ruin pears for you. You’re not just buying someone pears, you’re robbing them of their ability to enjoy normal pears forever. After you eat one of these, every single firm, mealy, garden-variety grocery store pear will crush you with disappointment.
Cast iron cookware provides one of the most reliable and rewarding cooking experiences one can hope to have, but deciphering all of the marketing hoopla that comes with it can be a daunting task. That’s why we put them all to the test and compiled a list of the best cast iron pans you can buy right now. The winner? None other than industry-favorite Lodge.
Our only complaint about this 12-inch, pre-seasoned pan is that it doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty from Lodge. Fortunately for the person you’re gifting the pan to—and maybe for you—it’s such a durable beast of a pan that it’ll most likely stand the test of time and become a family heirloom.
If one of your loved ones is constant posting photos of their bullet journal online or always talks about wanting to start one, this journal is the favorite among us bullet journalers (I have one in magenta). The pages are good quality, the book is sturdy, and it’s even got an index and page numbers already in it. Plus, you can choose from lots of bright and fun colors. Any bullet journaler, doodler, note-jotter, list maker, or aspiring writer would be thrilled to unwrap this gift.
When we were testing and photographing several of the best essential oil diffusers on the market, our office smelled awesome.
Our overall pick for the best diffuser is also one of the most affordable, and it comes from InnoGear. We loved the colorful, customizable LED glow, as well as the diffuser’s locking top cover, which made it easier to move the diffuser without spilling water.
If the person you’re shopping for enjoys creating calming, relaxing atmospheres at home, there’s a good chance they’ll love the gentle bubbling of an essential oil diffuser.
One of our testers put his caffeine tolerance to the test earlier this year when he tried seven (yes, seven) online coffee subscriptions. When all was said and done, MistoBox topped our list. We loved the efficiency of MistoBox’s website, its blazingly fast shipments, and the responsive customer support he encountered throughout the process.
If you’ve got a friend who loves to drink coffee, why not give them a one-month trial run from MistoBox? As an added bonus, MistoBox was featured on Shark Tank (and they got a deal!).
If you’ve got a giftee who’s constantly using (and charging) their smartphone, the Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Pad is a great stocking stuffer (and our favorite wireless charger). Compatible with Samsung Galaxy phones, as well as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, and XS, and any Qi-rated smartphone, this fast charging pad will juice your handheld back up to full without the need to plug the phone into an AC outlet or USB port.
The best thing about a pad like this is that you can continue easily using your phone, picking it back up to text or take calls, and simply setting it back on the charging pad when you’re not using it. It’s a much more convenient solution than having to plug your phone into a cable whenever you need to charge it, and it’s pretty affordable to boot.
Slime is all the rage these days. If your kid likes playing with goop, you’ll want to check out this slime kit on Amazon. There are lots of recipes, so you can make everything from glow-in-the-dark to color-changing slime. You also get everything you need to make the slime like measuring cups, wooden sticks, and more all in one package that’s, perhaps most appealingly, under $20.
Earlier this year, we threw a handful of the most popular travel mugs in a good ol’ fashioned cage match. When the dust settled, this stainless steel mug from Zojirushi emerged as the champion on our list of the best travel mugs you can buy.
We love how easy the Zojirushi mug is to use, and its temperature-retention abilities absolutely floored our tester. The Zojirushi is available in a ridiculous amount of colors, too—perfect for the person in your life who’s always on the move.
Being an athlete comes with plenty of aches and pains. Instead of shelling out cash for a one-time massage, get the fitness fanatic in your life our favorite foam roller. It’s like having a masseuse constantly available in the living room, plus, they’ll finally stop asking you to rub their back “for just five minutes.”
Gifts for $25-$50
This, to me, is the sweet spot for most of the people on your shopping list. You can’t go overboard for everyone, but you can still dazzle and impress for less. These are some great mid-range options for everyone from kids to parents.
If you’re buying for someone who really loves coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press is perfect. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it works for everything from frothed milk to hot chocolate, it’s dishwasher safe, and it’s the best French press we’ve ever tested. Best of all, it’s about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning it’ll feel like your gift cost way more than it actually does.
Sorry, Blue Apron: Home Chef is the best meal kit delivery service on the market. Our kitchen and cooking expert spent three months testing all of these meal delivery services and was consistently impressed by Home Chef’s unique recipes and the delicious meals they helped her create.
Whether someone is trying to save time and avoid the grocery store, learn how to cook from scratch, or just wants to pick up some new techniques, a subscription to Home Chef is an incredibly useful tool and a gift they’ll be delighted to try.
It’s 2018, and we should know (or at least have a hunch) that skincare and self-care are not just for women. Gently let your dude friends know that it’s time to start (or continue!) moisturizing and grooming.
Ulta’s Grooming Essentials For Him ($30) is a great pick to cover all the bases. It features a variety of cleansers, shaving creams, and moisturizers by favorite brands including Jack Black, Clinique, Mario Badescu, and David Beckham. For the sensitive-skinned man on your list, a set of gentle skincare by Kiehl’s ($49) is also great.
You know your friend likes traveling—you just don’t know what else they could possibly need in their arsenal. In that case, a gift card that plays into his or her interests is your best bet. Airbnb lets you live like local with homes and experiences around the world. They offer gift cards from $25-$500 (depending on your generosity and bankroll), so you can help fund your friend’s next excursion.
The site is jam-packed with unique accommodations from houseboats to tree houses—and that’s without mentioning its newly launched experiences that offer tours, activities, and courses throughout the world. Don’t worry if your pal isn’t hot on the Airbnb fad: hotels.com has great deals on hotels, rental cars, and even flights, and they offer gift cards too.
If you’ve got a college student on your list, this sweet gift is something they’ll surely love. Whether they’re at school across the country or the state, college students always get a bit homesick no matter what they tell you. These Homesick Candles have scent profiles of different states so they can be reminded of the peaches and barbecues of North Carolina or enjoy the smells of apple-picking in Massachusetts.
If anyone on your list travels, this is the gift that will keep on giving. Allegedly, this scarf neck pillow can convert anyone into a bonafide plane sleeper.
Better than any U-shaped neck pillow, the looped Huzi neck pillow has an infinity design, so there is support at every angle. The flexible design also makes it possible to fold it into a traditional pillow, finagle it into a sleep mask, or prop it up as a back cushion. It’s a must for anyone who values their beauty rest.
For the wine drinker on-the-go. Kidding. This is actually great for ALL wine drinkers—not just busy ones. Keep her glass full AND cold this holiday season with Corkcicle’s stylish stemless wine thermos (that is a mouthful—also, no pun intended, again). It comes in many colors including one called “Unicorn Magic.” Now please excuse me while I purchase this in advance of the holidays, so I can attend all of my upcoming parties with it.
Gym bags straddle a dangerous line between “a great way to carry your workout clothes” and “glorified laundry bag”. Am I in the laundry bag side of this line? Possibly. That’s why this adidas duffel is perfect for people like me who carry around way too much smelly, gross stuff.
The large main compartment allows for people to be able to store their clean clothes, while the two end pockets act as compartments to store their sweat-soaked duds, ensuring clean and dirty clothes never have to mix. Do the gym goer in your life a favor and just treat them to a new bag, because we all know they’re way too oblivious to see how gross theirs has become.
Q: Will we ever really outgrow our childlike wonder for the holidays?
A: Thanks to grownup advent calendars, we really don’t have to. Philosophy’s Guide to Warm and Cozy has all the surprise and excitement of a traditional advent calendar, packed with the brand’s most-loved items for a complete, holiday-themed regimen.
Spoiler alert! Philosophy’s iconic Amazing Grace lotion and Purity face cleanser are behind a couple of the windows, as well as festive apple cider and peppermint scents. We’ll leave the rest as surprises.
Drinking enough water throughout the day can be a struggle for even the healthiest among us. What makes it easier is having a bottle with you at all times, and S’Well, one of the best water bottles we’ve ever tested, is the perfect option. The S’well comes in plenty of gorgeous patterns and will actually keep water cold throughout the day thanks to its insulated stainless steel material.
Gifts for $50-$100
Higher price limit for Secret Santa this year? Don’t worry we’ve got some great gift ideas that your loved one will adore unwrapping. And if you have a little extra left over, don’t call it quits! Check out some of the above ideas to take your gift to the net level.
A cozy night in isn’t complete without a warm cup of tea. If you know someone who loves tea but is still boiling water on a stove or in the microwave, this gift will upgrade their life. Believe me, heating up water in the microwave is for peasants and you just end up burning your hand on the mug anyway. Plus, different teas require different temperatures, which our favorite electric kettle can handle.
Whether you’ve got a messy or destructive kid on your hands, the Amazon Fire Tablet Kids Edition is great for the accident-prone, and our top choice for the best tablets for kids. Not only does the case protect against bumps and drops, but the parental controls are robust as well. You can set daily limits and educational goals and even block access to games. There’s also a two-year, no questions asked guarantee, meaning Amazon will replace the device for free if anything or anyone happens to it.
If your loved one often gets paged to security to reclaim their forgotten belongings, or has had to ask the owner of a bar to turn the lights on to find her phone during a night out (you know who you are), for the sake of everyone in your friend group, consider getting them a Tile tracker.
We love the Tile, a small tracking device that you can attach to your most important—or most often forgotten—personal items (think: keys, wallet, purse, luggage, laptop bike, etc.) You can use an app on your phone to track your Tiles—but you can also use the Tile to track your phone if (read: when) you lose it. One main user gripe has been that its battery life gives out after a year—but luckily, Tile just released replaceable batteries for these little lifesavers.
We all have the friend who can’t stop buying lipstick she doesn’t necessarily need (if you don’t have this friend, sorry: it’s you). For your beloved lipstick addict, Give Me More Lip is perfect. The gift set has 14 lipsticks from brands Anastasia (our top-rated liquid lipstick!), Huda, Kat Von D, Nars, and more—in an array of liquid, gloss, and solid formulas in deep ruby reds to barely-there nude tones.
If your child likes Hatchimals or other similarly interactive toys, they’ll probably love Furby. If you don’t know about Furby, it’s a nostalgic toy from the ’90s, and it’s having a moment right now with this generation of children.
This new version can learn songs via an app on your phone and it comes with a “sleep” mask that can turn it off when it gets to be too much. User reviews are strong on Amazon with over 4 stars and over 1,000 reviews, despite the fact that these things can eat through batteries. If you go this route, make sure to check out our guide to the best rechargeable AA batteries so the fun never stops.
Give any teen or young adult on your list a super fun reason go outside with Spikeball. This unusual game is kind of like volleyball, except you’re hitting the ball on a net that’s on the ground. Trust me, it’s both challenging and fun. It’s the perfect game to bring out on the quad or to a tailgate for a quick competition.
We all know someone planning to get a jump-start on their health goals in the new year, and this blender is for them. With a powerful, 900-watt motor packed into a compact machine, Ninja’s pro-style personal blender can whip up any smoothie or health shake in seconds—or maybe an icy cocktail, if it’s been a long day. I’ve been using mine for a year and love it.
The Wahl Clippers Stainless Steel Beard Trimmer won our roundup of the best beard trimmers, with its top-notch battery life, trimming ability, and professional-quality build. It’s not waterproof, but it is easy to keep clean, so if you’re buying for someone with a beard, they’ll appreciate this one.
Okay, so, I’m pretty sure this play kitchen is better than my actual kitchen. Between all the storage and counter space, I’m a little jealous. There’s also a row of hooks for hanging up cups and utensils. It even comes with a tiny recycling bin. How cute is that? According to the wise folk on Amazon, the set is very sturdy and doesn’t take up too much space. It’s also not too expensive, as these plays sets typically cost well over $100.
A clever combination of real tech gadget and fun diversion, the Instax Mini hearkens back to those halcyon Polaroid days of yesteryear, but is a surprisingly tech-forward and robust little device.
The Instax Mini 9 is our best value pick among the best instant cameras, owing to how easy it is to use, the wide range of fun colors it’s available in, and the unique, ingenious “selfie mirror” it comes equipped with. This device is a great way for kids, teenagers, and entry-level instant photographers to dip a toe into instant photogratification.
Gifts over $100
If you want to wow someone special with something extravagant, we’ve got some great ideas for luxury gifts that might just be perfect.
The Nintendo Switch is the latest family-friendly video game console from Nintendo (you know, the company responsible for Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Kirby, and all the other games most people have actually heard of). The Switch combines the power of a full home gaming console with the ability to “undock” the smaller screen and take it on the go like a tablet, which kind of makes it like two gifts in one!
If you don’t wanna spend three-hundred smackers, though, I don’t blame you. You can get the Super NES Classic Edition—a miniature version of one of the best Nintendo consoles ever, loaded with all the best nostalgic games—for just $80.
The book lover may already have a Kindle, but who doesn’t enjoy the latest and greatest technology the world has to offer? The Paperwhite is Amazon’s best-selling Kindle, and this one is brand new for 2018. Now waterproof with two times the storage, this is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to read.
Robot vacuums aren’t enough to keep your whole place clean, but they do a good job of keeping it looking neat on days where you just don’t have the time. This model from Ecovacs did well in our testing and it has some fancier features like compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant, customizable schedules, and a “max mode” that increases cleaning power temporarily—all despite being one of the more affordable robot vacuums around.
If you somehow haven’t already heard, Instant Pots are really, really popular. The magical multi-cookers can make rice, steam vegetables, slow-cook meat, and pressure cook whatever you want—not to mention make yogurt and even bread.
We loved the DUO Plus 60 6-quart 9-in-1 when we tested the best multi-cookers, but the 7-in-1 version is more affordable and widely loved, with over 23,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. If you know someone who is looking to save time and energy in the kitchen, get them an Instant Pot and become their favorite person.
A good hair dryer can go a long way. It’s true. This is exactly what we found when we tested hair dryers earlier this year. We used all sorts of hair dryers ranging from $10 to $400 in price and found that investing in a good hair dryer is actually a game-changer. The best hair dryer we’ve ever tested is the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000. For $250, it’s pricier than something you could get at the drugstore—but the results are worth it. If your loved one blowdries their hair but wouldn’t necessarily splurge for themselves, this would make for a great gift.
Whether you’re buying for a hardcore athlete or someone just trying to get up off the couch more, the Fitbit Charge 3 is the way to go in our opinion. It has 7-day battery life, activity tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and sleep tracking, as well as one of the better apps of any other smart fitness tracking watch.
Buying for someone truly hardcore? The Garmin Forerunner 235 offers much better activity and heart rate tracking as well as GPS for tracking your runs.
Let’s be honest: Once everyone opens up their gifts, eats a bunch of cookies, and tells their family how much they care, the next step in the holidays usually involves gathering around the TV for some quality movie time (or a parade!). This 55-inch TCL is the one you’ll want to watch: With built-in Roku functionality, awesome performance (that we meticulously measured ourselves), and a sleek, angular design, this is the TV to upgrade to (note: video game fans, this means you).
Oh, and did we mention 4K resolution, great HDR, huge color saturation—okay, just go read our TCL 6 Series review if you need more convincing.
If you or someone you know someone commutes every day, you probably also know that there are two essential ingredients to a stress-free commute: packing light, and mitigating the sounds of honking horns, squeaking breaks, and “Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.”
Apple’s Airpods perfectly complement both situations: They’re true wireless earbuds (meaning the two pods simply sit in your ear holes, literally no strings attached), and they sync so flawlessly with an iPhone you’d think the same company designed both—oh, right. Even one of our most discerning writers couldn’t deny his burgeoning, burning love for these earbuds—why should you?
The KitchenAid brand is synonymous with “stand mixer” for a reason—their timeless, high-performing mixers are simply better than the competition. The 5-quart Artisan stand mixer remains No. 1 in our roundup of the best stand mixers on the market thanks to its powerful, quiet motor and user-friendly design. Hobby bakers and professionals alike adore this model, which has almost 8,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. Oh, and it comes in 20 stunning colors—but if you’re not sure what color your giftee would love, you can never go wrong with Empire Red.
Give the gift of luxury sound this year with the Sonos One Smart Speaker. This all-new voice-controlled smart speaker by Sonos is one of our favorite gift ideas for 2018. With Alexa built it, you can not only play music, but also check news and traffic and control other smart devices. If you’re looking for something a little less expensive specifically for playing music, consider Sonos Play:1 speakers.
Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.
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