SPY’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2018 [Updating]

Ultimate SPY Guide to Gifting
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* Don’t give generic gifts this year — pick out something special from our lists
* Choose something that appeals to the recipient based on their personality and interests
* You don’t have to spend a fortune — many of our picks are under $20

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you’re scrambling to buy presents that is.

Millions of people are expected to pack into malls and stories over the next few weeks as they finish their holiday shopping. To avoid the crowds — and the chaos — do your shopping online this year. We’ve found some of the best deals and the most unique items to gift, with something for every price point and personality.

A bonus perk of online shopping: the gifts can be delivered directly to your recipient (with gift wrapping options), saving you the hassle of having to wait for the package and wrap it yourself.

Check back often as we continue to update this list heading into the holidays.

LAST UPDATED: December 17, 10:40am PST

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SPY PICK: 5 Gifts From New Balance To Satisfy Everyone On Your List

While New Balance may be known best for its amazing collection of trainers and sneakers, New Balance is making inroads with some cutting-edge accessories and cool apparel for men and women as well. After more than 100 years in business, the company is still headquartered in Boston, where it was founded in 1906. And New Balance has been able to combine their years of experience with ongoing technical advancements, to deliver products that are among the best in quality, functionality, comfort and style.

We’ve found five unexpected gifts from New Balance that are sure to satisfy anyone on your list, whether they need some extra motivation to exercise, or just want some sartorial inspiration for the new year. (Spoiler alert: it’s not just shoes, either). The best part: New Balance is a brand that everyone is familiar with – meaning these are gifts that everyone will be thrilled to receive.

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SPY PICK: The 5 Best Gifts That Work For Everyone On Your List

Here’s a helpful holiday hint: the best gifts are the ones that people unwrap and want to show off right away. Think: handsome watches, chic jewelry and classic accessories. After all, you never see someone posting Instagram photos of their gift certificate.

This year, we’ve found five gifts from Fossil that are sure to please anyone on your list. The brand has completely revamped into a modern, on-trend brand that’s offering some great – and unexpected – pieces for both men and women. Here’s what to get.

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SPY PICK: 5 Unexpected Gifts Athletes Will Actually Appreciate

If you’ve got an athlete on your list this holiday season, skip the generic sneakers or basketballs or tennis racquet and get them something they won’t expect – but will actually put to use. (After all, if you’re already an elite athlete or fitness buff, chances are you’re super picky about sizes and specifications, so you’ll want to buy your own gear and equipment).

Our suggestion? Fill out your shopping list with these awesome gift ideas from Holabird Sports, a family-owned and operated specialty sporting goods shop with one goal: to help you fuel your fitness fire.

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SPY PICK: Get This Last Minute Gift Online Now And Have It Delivered In Seconds

Let’s be honest: your dad doesn’t need another tie. Your mom won’t want another sweater. Your sister probably won’t use that perfume you gave her. And your best friend is tired of “going dutch” on dinner as a holiday gift for the both of you.

This year, upgrade your gift-giving skills by surprising your friends and family with something they won’t expect – but will definitely enjoy and put to good use.

Ready for this gifting hack? It’s Rosetta Stone. And we think we’ve found gift ideas for multiple people on our list.

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Gifts For Her

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Gifts For Him

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Gifts For Kids

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Gifts by Interest

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Gifts by Price Point

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The Best Tech Gifts

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Gifts For Entertainment Fans

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Gifts For Foodies

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