The holidays are creeping up on us, and you know what that means: endless hours of in-store or online shopping in search of the perfect Christmas gifts. The thought alone calls for a double shot of tequila.
On the plus side, it’s also 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 2019 already introduced some game-changing products to the market. Reference several of SPY’s Best of 2019 guides including the Best Gifts For Fitness Buffs, Best Tech Gadgets to Gift Everyone on Your List and the Best Gifts to Give Your Wife on Any Occasion 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 — there is 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 2019.
Check back often as we will continue to update this list with new, high-demand releases heading into the holiday.
Wifey will be grateful to have this slim wine canteen come rosé season. Available in 18 colorful designs, the Winesulator stores a full bottle of vino and keeps it cool for up to 24 hours. A triple-insulated design and leak-proof lid guarantee that not one drop goes to waste.
Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4XL
Google’s flagship phones get better with every new generation. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL have what many critics are calling the best camera of any smartphone, producing sharp, vibrant photos that look even more stunning on the 90Hz OLED Smooth Display. Why is the screen such a big deal? Well, it refreshes 90 times a second to make all content (pics, videos, websites) look ridiculously smooth. Toss in solid battery life (primarily on the 4XL) and smarter features like the new Recorder app that transcribes speech in real time, and you’ve got two heavy hitters. If you need any more incentive, Amazon is giving away a free $100 gift card with the purchase of either phone.
Cole Haan ZeroGrand Wingtip Derby
Sitting somewhere between casual and dressy, Cole Haan’s contemporary twist on the wingtip is the ideal gift for the blazer-and-denim playboy. The ZeroGrand Wingtip Derby maintains the sophisticated silhouette of the classic dress shoe and incorporates Cole Haan’s signature Grand.OS technology, which utilizes energy-foam cushioning to increase support for all-day comfort. Be sure to gift him a color to match his premium watch.
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 4-pack and an Echo Dot for only $60.
Wall Chess Set
Chess players with very little time to hone their skills can at least stay active by having this chess set mounted on the wall. The vertical board is sturdy and cleverly designed to keep every block piece in place. There is a special marker that players can use to indicate the last move and continue games without losing track of progress.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum
Diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend, but so can an exquisite bottle of perfume. Chanel’s latest fragrance combines fresh oriental notes with sweet accords to produce a distinctive scent that exudes elegance and opulence — two traits that best personify the spirit of a young Coco Chanel. Housed in the signature Chanel bottle, it’s a delectable aroma that lends itself well to any casual or formal affair.
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.
These Cards Will Get You Drunk Game
If there was ever a card game to determine how well someone could hold their liquor, this is it. The concept of These Cards Will Get You Drunk is simple: draw a card, follow the rules, and drink. Each of the 100 cards presents a different drinking stipulation that will either work in your favor or leave you wasted halfway through the game; keep plenty of water and carbs on hand. The brave souls who survive can then press their luck by playing the expansion pack.
Fitbit Versa 2 Fitness Smartwatch
Since the New Year always sparks fitness aspirations, give your workout partner an encouragement boost by strapping the Fitbit Versa 2 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, while introducing new ones: Alexa integration is perfect for automating daily tasks and smart home devices, hands-free. What’s more, all biometric data is also shown clearly on the larger Always-On AMOLED display.
Bonobos The Boulevard Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets have experienced a renaissance over the past few years, and are currently more on-trend than ever, thanks to Barack Obama’s stylish taste. Bonobos has one of the hottest jackets out, trimmed with a traditional ribbed collar, cuff, and hem. Each of the four available colors (Lions Mane, Burgundy Stripe, Navy, and Burgundy) has its own swag, while the slim-fit design conforms to the upper body to highlight standout features such as your biceps and shoulders. This bomber keeps you warm and cozy as well.
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.
Herschel Supply Sutton Duffle Bag
Herschel might update its duffle bags every few months, but the aesthetics and quality always remain consistent. The newest 2019 Sutton Collection features a variety of unisex selections that are comfy to tote around during the year’s busiest travel season. Each bag has a spacious interior and slip pocket on the outside, providing plenty of room to pack your EDC, gym gear and overnight items. The Night Camo colorway is an attention-grabber, whereas other options like Picante Crosshatch and Pine Bar should appease minimalists.
On The Rocks Bottled Cocktails
Celebrations call for special libations. On The Rocks relieves the family bartender of their duties with tasty, ready-to-serve mixes that blend all-natural ingredients with signature spirits from popular brands. There are multiple options — traditional cocktails like The Aviation and The Old Fashioned are staples for mature sippers, while millennials will enjoy modern concoctions like the flavorful Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita. Each mix is offered in different sizes to keep home and minibars stocked.
Nintendo Switch Lite
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.
Anker PowerWave Base Pad
We all know that one person who carries their charging cable and wall adapter EVERYWHERE. Pull them into 2019 by dropping Anker’s newest wireless charging solution in their gift bag. The PowerWave looks cool on any desktop, charges smartphones 10 times faster than other models, and has temperature-cooling technology to keep devices from overheating. That is a lot of performance for just $20.
Nike Joyride Run Flyknit Sneakers
Whether for marathon training or weekend wear, the new Joyride Run Flyknit is one of the freshest and most versatile pair of runners created by Nike. The soles encompass foam beads engineered to deliver the comfort, stability, and shock absorption one requires to easily maneuver through rugged terrain. The patented Flyknit upper keeps sweaty feet cooled in moist climates. We’re also fans of the clean and vibrant colorways available for both male and female sprinters. Unboxing them on Christmas Day might inspire the giftee to sign up for their first 5K.
Ember Smart Travel Mug
Not many people function properly in the mornings without their caffeine fix. Do a solid for the groggy person of the household by presenting them with this temperature-controlled smart mug. The Ember Travel Mug lets users adjust the heat of their favorite beverages (e.g., coffee, tea or a Hot Toddy) using the rotating dial at the base. Once it reaches the proper temperature, they’ll receive a notification via mobile app that gives them the OK to sip away.
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
Noise-canceling headphones are a travel essential these days, as much as luggage sets or portable chargers, and nothing is currently more highly recommended than the Bose 700 headphones. These gorgeously-designed cans boast intuitive smart controls, stellar sound quality, and sleek aesthetics that complement their svelte, ultramodern frame. But what you’re really getting here is best-in-class active noise cancellation — up to 11 different levels that can be adjusted on the Bose Music app — perfect for silencing airplane engines and crying babies on the flight home for the holidays.
Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer
This versatile veggie slicer should give your mom the extra help she needs in the kitchen. Cucumbers, potatoes, squash, and even ginger root can be transformed into pasta thanks to the Spiralizer and its five Japanese stainless-steel cutting blades. Effortlessly slice through food for faster meal prep this year. But more than just fun, Spiralizing fruits and vegetables can help promote healthy weight loss, too.
Kiehl’s Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites 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 Nordstrom-exclusive 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.
Quip Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are Xmas gifts that many people don’t fully appreciate until they notice a brighter smile several weeks later. Quip simplifies oral hygiene with its compact, sleek toothbrush, which uses timed sonic vibrations to guide users through each quadrant of the mouth for a thorough cleaning. Each head has a tongue scraper on the back to remove unwanted bacteria. A travel cover mirror mount is also bundled to store the toothbrush when on the move. A subscription to Quip will also save the recipient money and time by sending brush head refills automatically to their front door.
Quay x Chrissy Teigen After Hours Sunglasses
Those who follow Chrissy Teigen on social media know she can do no wrong. This collaboration between Aussie sunglasses creator, Quay, and Mrs. John Legend is a steal for any woman who likes her shades like her personality: fierce. Design elements like the ombré palette and slightly winged temples show off the shades’ authenticity and style. You won’t find another stocking stuffer for her that looks this chic at that price tag.
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.
Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden
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 a strong source of light on days when Mother Nature keeps the skies gray.
Lucky Shot Handmade Whiskey Glass
Every spirits lover should have their own signature piece of glassware — something they occasionally grab to enjoy a nightcap after a long, rough day. How about a whiskey glass with a real .308 bullet embedded into the design? Gift your favorite boozehound one of these specialty glasses to give their home bar some edge next to all of that top-shelf liquor.
Kendall + Kylie Plaid Brushed Wool Coat
The perfect wool coat can upgrade a woman’s wardrobe. True to form, the youngest Kardashian/Jenner sisters offer up one of the season’s most fashionable options. The navy plaid design is a style that works with any denim and v-neck top getup, while the one-button closure makes wearing and removing the coat seamless. The coat also extends short dresses into the colder months.
Skagen Signature Nylon Strap Watch
Watches are a cool gift-swapping idea for couples who share similar taste in jewelry. If the budget doesn’t allow for a fancy Movado, we recommend looking at some of the affordable and appealing wrist candy from Skagen. For under $100, each person can get a reliable timepiece with a 22mm silicone strap built for everyday use and unique details (e.g. dual-colored subdial) that accentuate one’s style. Those familiar with Danish horology know that premium craftsmanship comes guaranteed.
Happy Socks Mix Socks Gift Box
Colorful socks can be a trendy way of showcasing a man’s personality. This assorted batch from Happy Socks brings together some of the brand’s exceptional offerings in bold and striking patterns that are sure to catch any fashion savant’s eye. Options are bountiful with over 30 curated gift boxes available featuring several distinct styles.
Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds
True wireless earbuds are all the rage right now. The Jabra Elite 65t is a well-balanced performer across all major categories including audio, battery life, call quality, and connectivity. Its compact charging case fits snugly into denim pockets and provides extra juice, while storing the buds safely. Using the Jabra Sound+ app lets listeners customize the EQ settings to create their own sound profile. Fitness freaks who want to enjoy the same perks in a sportier design will love finding the Elite Active 65t in their stocking.
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.
Michael Michael Kors Simone Sandal
Just because Manolo Blahniks aren’t in the Christmas budget doesn’t mean you can’t bless your woman with some classy, sexy heels. Michael Kors knows all about designing attractive stilettos for modern women, which is clearly exhibited in the Simone Sandal. Streamlined curves combined with a thin, adjustable strap and sultry black finish give these heels a runway look that demands attention in the boardroom or bedroom.
Gillette Heated Razor
For those who prefer a more traditional shave, Gillette’s latest innovation offers just that in a cutting-edge package. The handle is programmed with four intelligent heat sensors that activate with the push of a button to warm up the blades, so they can plow through thick hair and provide smoother strokes across the face. Look at it like performing a hot-towel shave, minus the hot towel. It’s as seamless to shave off stubble as it is to operate. The premium design and bundled magnetic wireless charging base also make the Heated Razor a hot décor piece for any bathroom.
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.
Ted Baker London Accessories Set
Noticed your hubby’s billfold looking a bit raggedy? Don’t just upgrade him to something much more refined — swag him out with a suite of fashionable accessories to elevate his EDC game. This Ted Baker bundle consists of a genuinely crafted card case, collapsible coin tray, and a keychain flask to give him a nice “pick-me-up” when putting in long hours at the office. It’s a great gift for sophisticated gents who appreciate leathery goods.
Diptyque Blissful Amber Candle
One way to liven up the mood at Mom’s house is with a scent-filled candle. Surprise her with something special like this limited-edition candle from Diptyque. Once lit, it releases invigorating notes of amber and musk into the air that should keep spirits high around the fireplace.
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.
Peter Thomas Roth Mask Mash-Up Set
Peter Thomas Roth products are some of the priciest and most coveted skincare solutions that money can buy. Luckily, the company has released this affordable 6-piece kit featuring its most popular face masks that couples can use before hitting the sack. Each mask is designed to detox, hydrate, and soothe skin for glowing results.
Growlight Frame Shelf
Every green-thumb’s worst nightmare is having their houseplants die in the colder seasons. This 2-in-1 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.
UGG Bliss Fuzzy Throw
Cuddling up with your lover in the colder months is extra pleasurable with UGG’s soft-touch throw blanket. It’s generously sized to keep two people warm simultaneously with a velvety finish on one side and a lush, fuzzy surface on the other. You’ll want to keep it near when watching reruns of A Christmas Story in front of the fireplace. Choose from eight different color options.
Batman 4-Film Collection 4K Blu-ray
You may be tired of all the Marvel films at this point, particularly re-watching Avengers: Endgame for the umpteenth time. Rather than going through the entire DC Universe next, make your movie nights special by celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Dark Knight’s first major big-screen outing with the Batman 4-Film Collection. Not only can you watch the first four original films in 4K presentation, but you’ll gain access to hours of bonus features as well.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Portable Speaker
Portable speakers always make practical gifts, 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.
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.
LSA Ship Decanter
Dad’s favorite scotch deserves a fancier home than the crowded liquor cabinet in his drinking quarters. Take that bottle of Macallan 12 you gave him last Christmas and transfer it to this beautiful decanter. The chess-piece design looks fantastic and will sit beautifully on his bar cart.
Moodo Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser
The holidays bring on plenty of stress, so what better way to heal the mind, body and soul than with some aromatherapy. Here we have a smart home diffuser that lets home-dwellers fill their rooms with aromatic scents, which users can customize and adjust the intensity levels of using their smartphone or voice commands (Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri). The Moodo holds four capsules, each one filled with scent-infused beads that stimulate the nose with olfactory pleasures. No gas, oil, or wax to worry about.