The 25 Best Christmas Gifts
Take the guesswork out of holiday shopping with these presents that are sure to please even the hardest-to-buy-for people on your list.
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The best of the best
Still looking for those perfect presents? Well, you’re in luck. We scoured the Internet and culled all of our gift guides to bring you the very best Christmas gift ideas. These holidays, make the most out of your time and your wallet with these 25 items that are sure to please even the pickiest recipients. From personalized candles and must-have beauty products to hefty toolboxes and the latest gadgets, these gifts are sure to check off every last box on your holiday shopping list. And if you don’t need a physical present to put under the tree, check out these 15 experience gifts.
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For the jet-setter
Take the hassle out of packing for the return flight with an Aloha Collection waterproof travel bag. There’s no need to fear wet bathing suits or exploding toiletries anymore: These packing compartments will protect the rest of your bag from liquids and moisture. This colorful bag can also double as a toiletry tote. If the jet-setter on your list already has something similar, don’t worry—our travel gift guide has a bunch of other options for you.
For the boy you want to impress
Have you ever met a boy who hasn’t wanted his very own robot? We haven’t! That’s why the Artie 3000 Coding Robot, which comes with the Mensa for Kids seal of approval, is a great Christmas gift idea for kids 7 and up. They’ll have so much fun learning about coding, robotics, and STEAM that they won’t even realize they’re learning. For other ideas that teen, tween, and elementary-aged boys will brag about to their friends, check out this gift guide curated especially for them.
For the friend in need of pampering
If you know someone who’s had a rough go of it lately and would like to hide from the world for a bit, make sure she does it in the utmost comfort. This plush, velvety fleece PediPocket blanket, which comes in 21 colors, lets her get cozy on the couch—without fidgeting to make sure her toes stay warm. Its ingenious foot pocket makes sure of that! Our self-care gift guide is full of options that provide a little extra TLC this season and all year long.
For the men on your list
Got a handy guy on your list? Pick up this DeWalt Compact Lithium Ion Drill/Driver Kit, and he can finally tackle all of the repairs he’s been talking about for months. And if the special guy in your life has other interests, we’ve got every tricky-to-buy-for type covered in our gift guide for men that will make you look like a hero. The best part: There’s not a single boring tie in sight!
For a gift that keeps on giving
You’ll really put a smile on someone’s face if presents keep showing up at their doorstep even after the big day is over. That’s the beauty of a subscription service. This subscription box from KiwiCo is especially unique—and perfect for the curious kids in your life. A group of educators, rocket scientists, and engineers all got together to cull the best science and art products for children. You can pick a package based on the recipient’s age and have them learning all year long with their monthly deliveries. Check out the rest of the gift guide for more genius Christmas gift ideas that come in handy, little subscription boxes for everyone on your list.
For the techie
Having a techie in the family doesn’t have to mean endless hours scouring the Internet for a gift that will impress them. Our tech gift guide is full of fun options at various price points. For example, the Dyson Hot + Cool Link HP02 Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier is a gift they can get behind. It cools during warm months and heats when the temperature drops. It can also remove 99.97 percent of allergens and pollutants.
For the one who’s impossible to shop for
Some people don’t make holiday shopping easy. If that sounds like somebody on your list, we have the gift guide for you. Our Christmas gift ideas include everything from custom pet portraits to this Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2. With a 90-minute battery life, or all-day warming on the charging coaster, this smart gift will never let a cup of coffee get cold. Plus, it can be controlled with a smartphone!
For a hilarious gift
Stumped about what to take to the office white elephant exchange? This burrito wrap blanket should work! For other funny gifts—from cat-eating-pizza pants to reversible-sequin pillowcases featuring Keanu Reeves—check out this gift guide filled with gag gifts, which is also guaranteed to make you laugh as you look through it.
For the gift giver who’s obsessed with Amazon
Amazon has an endless assortment of products, but you have to know where to look to find the truly special ones. Case in point: This 23andMe DNA kit not only offers health and wellness reports—it also susses out your ancestry and helps you better understand your family tree. It has thousands of overwhelmingly positive customer ratings, so you can be sure the person receiving this gift will be a happy camper. You can also find useful items like warm slippers and raincoats on our Amazon lover’s gift guide.
For last-minute shoppers
Some years, the holidays come and go faster than you can say mistletoe. If time isn’t on your side, our last-minute Christmas gift ideas will have you covered. And better yet—they won’t cost you a ton extra in shipping. Items like this Keurig K-Classic Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker are a perfect addition to any apartment, home, office, or dorm. You can pick a color to customize the gift, and order it for the next day with free shipping from Walmart.com.
For the dog lover
Pet lovers are a special bunch who deserve a gift guide all their own. That’s why we rounded up the best gifts any dog lover would be over the moon to receive. One of our favorites is this fashionable PupProtector waterproof throw that will protect expensive furniture or a car seat while still looking great.
For the cat lover
If you’re buying for someone whose kitty loves to snuggle into the coziest of corners, check out this Petmaker Sleep & Play Cat Bed. It’s lined with super soft sherpa, which covers a comfy memory foam bottom. The teepee is removable, so the bed washes easily and travels well. Find more Christmas gift ideas for cat lovers—or your cat!—in the link below.
A person can’t ever have too many lip balms, which is why balms are the perfect stocking stuffers. This Dr. Paw Paw Tinted Ultimate Red Balm, which is made with actual paw paw, moisturizes and adds a natural glow to lips and cheeks. For more small gifts that won’t break the bank, check out our list of 100 stocking stuffers under $10.
For the beauty lover
Lashes are where it’s at for any makeup aficionado! This eye-catching set from Tarte creates dramatic lashes with its bedazzled (but comfy) lash curler and the brand’s Big Ego vegan mascara. For more luxurious Christmas gift ideas she’ll adore, check out our beauty stocking stuffer guide.
For a gift with a personal touch
If you have a jewelry lover on your list but you want to add an extra special touch, check out this horizontal bar necklace from Capsul Jewelry. Available in brass, sterling silver, or gold, it can be personalized with your own handwriting. Thoughtful presents are easy to find with our gift guide that’s full of personalized Christmas gift ideas—from candle sets with their name on it and engraved cutting boards to custom pictures of their pups.
For the hard-to-please teen girl
Getting your ears pierced is a rite of passage for many teenage girls. This earring subscription box is a great way to commemorate the occasion and have the teen in your life feel special all year long. It includes everything from a journal to a reusable pouch and earring stands. If the teen on your list isn’t a fan of earrings, our shopping list has a few dozen more ideas for you to pick from.
For your coworker
Coworkers are tricky to shop for. You don’t want to spend too much, but you don’t want to look like you skimped on their gift either. You also need to pick an item that keeps it professional. Speks’ Super Oilslick set checks all of those boxes. The three magnetic balls can be therapeutic and diffuse stress. Bonus: All of our thoughtful Christmas gift ideas for colleagues are $25 or less.
For your Secret Santa
This cheeky ornament from Anthropologie lets you capture all the Christmas feels in one small phrase. And check out the rest of our Secret Santa gift guide, which has tons of practical ideas for under $20 that you’ll want to shop for immediately.
Dad always says you don’t need to get him anything, but you can’t help but want to pamper the old guy. The Philips Norelco Shaver 9000 Prestige Rechargeable Wet/Dry Electric Shaver will do just that. Its premium storage case includes a trimmer attachment that your dad can use all year long. If he’s got a beard, the other options in our gift guide for dads will have him smiling from ear to ear.
For the board game lover
If a particular person on your list is always hosting game night, this is the gift guide to shop. It includes hard-to-find items like this award-winning Catan board game. Players get to settle and develop their own civilization. It’s perfect for any board game nerd.
For a gift you need delivered fast—and free
Shipping costs can quickly add up. In those instances, Amazon Prime can come in the clutch to help you reduce your holiday shopping bill with free two-day delivery. Game Night in a Can, which is under $20, is a great Christmas gift idea for a host or for anyone who loves to play games. If you’re looking for more Amazon Prime money-saving ideas, check out our full gift guide below.
For your best friend
If you want to give your BFF a gift that will last for years to come, splurge on T3’s Cura hairdryer. This high-tech gadget cuts drying time and reduces frizz by pumping negative-ion-enhanced air to leave hair shiny and dry. Plus, this hairdryer is so pretty, she won’t mind leaving it out on the counter. And this is just one of our perfect gifts for every type of friend.
These days, it seems even harder to shop for kids. But YouTube star Ryan is here to help. He’s made a career out of opening toys, and now he has his own line. The Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe, which features 30 surprises to unlock, will make the pint-sized people on your list very happy. For more to put under the tree, check out our toy gift guide…but make sure you place an order before these super popular items sell out!
Never underestimate an easy-to-layer piece. Mom will be over the moon when she receives this chic tunic. She can jazz it up with jewelry or dress it down with sneakers. Either way, it guarantees she’ll have a warm and cozy Christmas. While you’re at it, order an extra one for yourself, along with some of these other Christmas gift ideas that you won’t be able to resist.
To keep his brain sharp, get Grandpa this pocket-friendly edition of 299 On-the-Go Games & Puzzles to Keep Your Brain Young: Minutes a Day to Mental Fitness. He can flip through the pages during a long car ride or while he waits on line at the grocery store. And don’t forget Grandma—we’ve got another 48 items to make both of them happy (and easy to shop for) in this gift guide.
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