The holidays are still a way’s away, but it’s never too early to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts of 2021. You want to find the perfect gift ideas for your loved ones without destroying your bank account in the process. 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.
Christmas is the time of the year that you get to play Santa and make someone’s Xmas 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. Reference several 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 this year’s best Christmas gifts as part of SPY’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide of 2021.
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: Massage Guns
We’ve featured a lot of products on SPY in 2021, but none have been as popular with our readers as massage guns. If you want the best massage gun of 2021, then we recommend the Theragun Prime, pictured below. However, we know that these premium percussive massagers won’t fit into everyone’s Christmas shopping budget. Fortunately, there are a ton of great budget massage guns, such as the Sonic Percussion Massager, that won’t completely break the bank. We were impressed 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.
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 $15 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. Our favorite Lodge cast iron skillet at the moment is this new Rosie the Riveter skillet, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. Best of all, this ultra-durable cookware was Made in America.
Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset
Feeling the need to escape? Yeah, so are we. Fortunately, virtual reality technology is better than ever, and the immersive Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset will transport you to a new dimension of home entertainment. Better yet, the Oculus is more affordable than your typical gaming console, making this the perfect Christmas gift for gamers ready to try something new. Oculus, a Facebook company, has seriously upped the ante with the Quest 2, which boasts incredible image quality, a host of exciting games and plenty of free apps to get the most of your VR experience. With experiences and games for kids and adults alike, this VR headset will provide endless entertainment for everyone in your family.
Best Grooming Gift of 2021: Caldera + Lab The Good Serum
Caldera+Lab is a skincare brand that entered our radar in 2021 and we’re in love with their stuff. It’s high-quality, well-made and for a skincare product that’s “natural” and contains a lot of “botanicals” it actually works very well. The Good serum is made with 27 different active botanicals harvest in the Teton Mountain Range (for real) that are infused for 4 weeks in their ECOCERT-certified facility. It’s 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.
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.
Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker
CURRENTLY ON SALE!
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Top Christmas Gifts of 2021: Fire Pits
Fire pits have become a backyard necessity for their casual warmth and ability to bring people together. And since outdoor heaters are impossible to find right now, fire pits are emerging as one of the top Christmas gift ideas of 2021. There are a ton of great options, from budget fire pits on Amazon to portable fire pits you can take anywhere. But if we had to pick one fire pit, we’d go with this fun option from L.L. Bean. The wildlife cutouts will glow from the inside as the fire builds, and your party will love roasting smores under the stars.
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.
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.
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.
RAVPower Portable 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 15,000mAh portable charger offers universal compatibility with Apple, Samsung and Google devices, and it can charge your device of choice multiple times. With thousands of positive reviews on Amazon and a stellar 4.7-star rating, it’s going to be one of the best-selling Christmas gifts on Amazon this year. Plus, since it measures in at just 5.5-inches x 2.8-inches, these little gadgets are perfect stocking stuffers, too.
Drunk Elephant The Littles 4.0 Kit
If someone on your list puts proper skincare above all else, stop what you’re doing and pick up this kit from Drunk Elephant. Featuring nine different products, from their Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser to their C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, this cute and colorful kit will help your giftee’s skin shine all the brighter in 2021. What’s more, the kit is devoid of what Drunk Elephant calls the “Suspicious 6” aka Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS. So regardless of your giftee’s skin type, he or she will love The Littles kit.
The Child Plush
At this point, you should be well familiar with the adorable internet phenomenon that is Baby Yoda. Featured in the Disney Plus show The Mandalorian, this tiny green alien has captured the hearts of many, and for good reason. Just look at those eyes! If you know someone who loves the show or just loves Baby Yoda, this 11-inch plushie makes a great gift. It’s fuzzy, super squishable and cute as can be. Plus, it won’t cost ya much. And we’ve got plenty more Baby Yoda gifts where that came from!
Lume Cube Video Conference Light
Tired of dimly lit Zoom calls and FaceTime chats with far-flung family and friends? Then you’ll want to give them this powerful LED light, which will instantly brighten up video conferences. This mini lamp easily clips onto a laptop or monitor and will create professional-level lighting for both work and social video calls. We promise that video conferences have never looked so good.
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.
Apple Watch Series 6 GPS Smartwatch
Every year, Apple makes some of the best tech gifts, and the company recently unveiled a bunch of exciting new products just in time for the holidays. Already, the Apple Watch Series 6 is topping lists of the best Christmas gifts of 2021, and we’d be thrilled to find this under the Christmas tree (hint, hint). There are a lot of great smartwatches and fitness trackers for sale today from brands like Garmin, Fitbit and Samsung, but the new Apple Watch Series 6 puts them all to shame. This smartwatch boasts a large always-on Retina OLED display that makes it easy to take calls and answer texts on the go. As a fitness tracker, the swim-proof Apple Watch SE offers heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, GPS tracking and advanced fitness tracking features. Simply put, it’s the greatest smartwatch and fitness tracker ever created.
You Do It… Candy Bracelet Kit
You might now know the name Roxanne Assoulin, but there’s a good chance the fashionistas on your gift list do. The designer is known for those brightly colored enamel bracelets, but why buy it when you can build it, right? Right. If you’re looking for a good gift for the crafty, DIYer in your life, you can end your search with these trendy bracelet-building kits from Roxanne Assoulin. Recently named one of the best gifts of the year by The New York Times, it’s a gift that’s both fun and stylish. Each kit features 30 enamel beads, two gold-tone plated end caps and a tan string, the style and look of the bracelet is completely up to your giftee! Be it complex or simple, your giftee will know that their creation is uniquely theirs.
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.
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.
Herschel Supply Co. Miller Backpack
When it comes to buying backpacks, you can never go wrong with Herschel Supply Co. The Canadian brand has consistently churned out some of our favorite bags over the years, and their latest Miller bag proves Herschel hasn’t lost its step. The exterior is clean and simple, with a large main pocket for storing books, a 15″ laptop and other large items, while the front zippered pocket is sizeable enough to stow daily essentials. The Miller comes in an array of attractive and clean-looking colors, though this Navy with the white accent is our favorite.
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
“A collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook! In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings.” If you’re looking for a no-brainer gift for mom or your favorite home chef, then Ina Garten’s newest cookbook (released on October 6, 2020) is the perfect Christmas gift idea. After the year we’ve had, who couldn’t use a little more comfort food in their life?
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.
Philips Sonicare 4100 Electric Toothbrush
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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.
Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket
20,000+ Five Star Reviews
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.
Harper + Ari Exfoliating Sugar Cubes
Harper + Ari exfoliating sugar cubes were one of the top Christmas gifts of 2020, but if anything they’ve become more popular among Christmas shoppers in 2021. As Christmas gifts for mom, your wife or any other woman on your shopping list, these beauty products are sure to be appreciated. Harper + Ari sugar cubes are enriched with shea butter, aloe vera and relaxing fragrances for some much-deserved rest and relaxation. Choose from scents like Peach and Rosé, and as you rub them against your arms, legs and body in the bath, they exfoliate and moisturize at the same time for a spa-like experience at home.
UGG Ascot Slipper
SPY EDITOR FAVORITE
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.)”
SUNWILL Vaccum Insulated Wine Tumbler
Any wine lover will be grateful to have this sleek wine tumbler for the park, beach and lookout point come rosé season. Available in plenty of colorful designs, the SUNWILL wine tumbler stores nearly half a full bottle of vino and keeps it cool for up to nine hours. A sturdy 18/8 stainless steel design guarantees regular bumps and drops won’t wreck their new favorite tumbler.
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.
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 just $370, the Cyclace Exercise Bike is our top pick. This bike has more than 1,100 positive reviews from Amazon customers and makes an excellent alternative to the pricier options out there. (If you have the budget, we also love the Bowflex Velocore Spin Bike.)
Polaroid Originals OneStep+
For the last several years, the popular Fujifilm instant cameras have topped lists of the best Christmas gifts. But SPY’s e-commerce editor and photography expert Tyler Schoeber swears by this Polaroid camera. Because while cheap instant cameras like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 still make great gifts, the Polaroid OneStep has so much more to love. That’s why it’s one of our top gift ideas for photography buffs, social media savvy teens and old-fashioned Baby Boomers alike. Instead of printing those itty-bitty photo strips, the OneStep prints on classic instant Polaroid photo prints. Plus, it has a ton of nifty features like double-exposure photos and a portrait lens. This camera is already backordered and likely won’t arrive until after Christmas — but a camera is a great way to ring in the New Year so if it’s the perfect gift for someone on your list go for it.
Henry Rose Eau De Parfum Discovery Set
Henry Rose is Michelle Pfeiffer’s fragrance company, which is making major waves in a fragrance market usually dominated by the same names year after year. Henry Rose was based on a simple yet radical idea: instead of jealously guarding their ingredients and formula, the company is 100% transparent about its ingredients, and that means customers always know what they’re putting onto their body. We recently reviewed the brand’s new fragrance Smyth, but if you’re looking for the best Christmas gifts, then we’d recommend either the Henry Smith Discovery Set or the award-winning Queens & Monsters perfume. Queens & Monsters features notes of violet leaf and jasmine, along with bottom notes of vanilla, coco musk and sandalwood. Remember, Henry Rose is a unisex fragrance brand, so this isn’t just a great gift for her, but also for him, them, and anyone in your life who isn’t concerned with trivial matters like the gender binary.
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.
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.
PhoneSoap UV Sanitizers
We love PhoneSoap products here at SPY, and the company makes the best UV sanitizers for sale in 2021. We named this the best tech gift of 2021, and it’s the perfect Christmas present for germaphobes. (And after 2020, who isn’t a germaphobe?) These compact devices bathe your phone, keys, watch or other small items in 360-degrees of UV light, which destroys more than 99.99% of germs on the surface of your devices. In just 5-10 minutes, you can pick up your phone without worrying about viruses and bacteria. PhoneSoap makes several different models of their popular UV sanitizer. PhoneSoap 3 is the most affordable model, but we like PhoneSoap Pro, which sanitizes your devices in just five minutes and has an expanded chamber that can fit the largest smartphone models.
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.
Mirror Smart Home Fitness System
OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS 2020
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.
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 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.
JUDY Emergency Preparedness Kit
OPRAH’S FAVORITE THINGS 2020
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.
Monoki First Aid Kit Survival Kit (241 Items)
It’s no secret that 2021 has been a very stressful year, and natural disasters are naturally on the mind. That’s why the best emergency survival kits actually make for a perfect Christmas present for the safety-obsessed members of your tribe. If the JUDY kit featured above seems like overkill, then we’ve got a more economical option for safety-minded folks. This First Aid Survival Kit includes all of the medical supplies you might need in an emergency situation, along with survival tools such as a compass, emergency whistle and flashlight.
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.
Jot Ultra Coffee
You may have seen ads for Jot Coffee on Facebook or Instagram recently. To satisfy your curiosity, we tried this “ultra coffee” on your behalf, and we absolutely loved it. This coffee extract is 20x more concentrated than regular coffee, and a tablespoon is all you need to whip up your own iced coffee, Americanos, lattes and cafe con leche at home. Here in New York City, we’ve really been missing our morning visit to the coffee shop, but Jot Ultra Coffee lets you be your own barista. Jot is brewed from organic and fair-trade coffee beans, and it’s a great alternative to single-serve coffee pods. Taste-tested and approved by SPY editors, Jot is a great present for the coffee lovers in your life.
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.
Miroco Light Therapy SAD Lamp
A SAD lamp is always a great idea in the winter. If someone on your shopping list is feeling blue this winter, give them this light therapy SAD lamp. Bring the warm light of the sun indoors this winter and try to chase away those winter blues once and for all. With easy touch controls and an adjustable stand, this seasonal affective disorder lamp can be set up anywhere in the home or office. There are tons of light therapy products for sale right now, but this lamp has more than 8,000 5-star reviews and is available via Amazon Prime. Better yet, it’s on sale.
Logitech Work-From-Home Gear
It may not be super exciting, but you can’t go wrong buying wireless keyboards and mice for the WFH Warriors on your Christmas shopping list. SPY’s tech editor picked out these two Logitech devices as affordable and reliable tools for the home office. The stylish wireless keyboard has a dock for your phone or tablet, and the mouse features customizable buttons and an ergonomic design. Both are Bluetooth friendly, and they’re sure to make your recipient’s work life a little bit better.
LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
A water bottle is more than just an ideal present that comes in handy when someone feels dehydrated. It shows that you care for their wellness. Dropping the LARQ in a loved one’s stocking should earn you plenty of cool points, as it eliminates all of the hard work that comes with maintaining a water bottle. The bottle has a self-clean mode that purifies water every two hours while keeping beverages cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12 hours). An integrated UV-C light helps neutralize up to 99.9999% of bacteria, making the LARQ a great hygienic solution for avid water drinkers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are a must-have gadget, and no one does it better than Sony. Last year we were deeply impressed by Sony’s XM3 headphones, but the Mark 4 headphones are even better. Seriously, these are the world’s best noise-cancelling headphones as far as we’re concerned. The Sony XM4 wireless headphones offer peerless noise-cancellation, a sleek design and seamless Bluetooth connectivity. The price might give you pause, but anyone should be thrilled to find these under the Christmas tree in 2021.
Rothy’s Black Flats
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.
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, the new Samsung Q90T QLED TV has everything you need to enjoy a movie theater-like experience at home — except for the popcorn. This smart TV has an easy-to-use OS that lets you access streaming apps like Netflix and Disney+ at the push of a button (or with the sound of your voice). Plus, it boasts a 120hz refresh rate that’s perfect for gaming and watching movies in stunning 4K.
For a more affordable option, we also highly recommend the popular Vizio V-series, which we recently named the best 65-inch TV under $500. With more than 21,000 positive reviews, a 4K LED display, a fast refresh rate and a smart TV interface, the V-series packs a lot of great features.
Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
Books open the door to many priceless lessons and this one keeps its message simple: “Don’t hope for better…Just be better.” The follow-up to author Mark Manson’s critically acclaimed The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck serves as a counterintuitive guide for Negative Neds/Nancys and doomsayers in dire need of positive energy. As expected, Manson shares entertaining and thought-provoking insight on how to live a more meaningful life during the worst of times, which already speaks to a large audience, considering the current status of the world.
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.
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.
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.
RAVPower Fast 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, which has more than 5,000 reviews on Amazon.
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.
Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey Blenders’ Select
If your giftee is a fan of brown liquor, gift them this exquisite bottle of bourbon. We already listed Bulleit as one of our top choices when it comes to bourbon, but this Blenders’ Select is a refined version of the award-winning spirit. Make sure they enjoy it neat in one of those classy whiskey glasses you just picked up for the ultimate post-Christmas dinner pairing.
PERFECT GIFT FOR DAD
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.
Tushy Classic Bidet
Handing someone a bidet as a Christmas gift sounds a bit sh*tty, but not every bidet is the Tushy. This unique accessory fits on most standard toilets, has customized pressure and angling to spray water at their desired intensity, and saves them money on toilet paper; it actually cuts down usage by 80%. Not to mention it’s also a clever way of poshing up one’s bathroom. If white is too plain, look into bolder colorways like Blue/Bamboo, Pink/White or Noir/Gold!
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!
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.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Portable Speaker
ALMOST SOLD OUT!
Portable Bluetooth speakers are popular all year round but rarely do you find one that is waterproof and can blast music louder than your HDTV. Those are voids the Wonderboom 2 satisfyingly fill, pumping out crisp sound and booming bass that will rattle listeners off of their pool floaties. At under $100 each, you might feel compelled to gift a set of two since they can be paired together to enjoy 360-degree stereo sound in any setting. Hurry! Most of the speaker’s available colors are sold out and there are only a few left of this peach!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds
True wireless earbuds are all the rage right now, and if your gift recipient isn’t already rocking Apple AirPods, then we’ve got the next best thing. The Jabra Elite 75t is one of the best noise-cancelling wireless earbuds on the market and one of the best Christmas gifts of 2021. These earbuds easily connect via Bluetooth with two devices at once, and the noise-cancelling feature works as well as any premium audio product. With a long battery life, quality microphone for phone calls, a comfortable fit and easy-to-use controls, this product has everything we’re looking for in the best wireless earbuds.
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.
Yukon Growlers Insulated Beer Growler
Nothing is less refreshing than warm, flat beer. Yoke Growlers comes to the rescue with a triple-insulated growler that keeps your brew carbonated and chilled for up to 24 hours. No more settling for the bottom of the keg. Bring it along on camping trips or tailgating parties to enjoy 64 ounces of craft beer goodness.
Audio-Technica Bluetooth Stereo Turntable
For any vinyl-loving friends or family members, a Bluetooth record player is one of the top Christmas gifts of 2021. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who think so, and the best Bluetooth record players from Sony and Audio-Technica are currently sold out. That’s why we recommend the Urban Outfitters version of Audio-Technica’s top-rated record player, which is still in stock. This turntable comes in an attractive rose gold and has all of the features and quality you need in an expensive audio product like this. This record player is easy to use and features big sound with crystal clear clarity. Yes, there are cheaper Bluetooth record players for sale right now, but many of these cheap suitcase-style record players are known for scratching vinyl, and so we recommend spending a little more for a higher quality product like this one.
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 Queen’s Gambit and you’ve got yourself (or your giftee) a perfect weekend.
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.
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.