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 2019.
Check back often as we will continue to update this list with new, high-demand releases heading into the holiday.
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 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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+
The ongoing battle for the best smartphone is heating up. While waiting on Apple and Google to announce their next major flagship handsets, Samsung has already come out of the gate strong with the all-new Galaxy Note 10 series. Better cameras, improved features, S-Pen functionality, and upgraded design, these big-screen Android goliaths are programmed to deliver the high-end performance and productivity we all seek from a $1,000 smartphone. We encourage splurging on either one, especially if your Christmas bonus sees a few extra c-notes this year.
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.
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.
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.
Herschel Sutton Colorblock Duffle Bag
Herschel’s latest collection of duffels is the company’s most colorful to date with unisex selections that are comfortable to lug around during the year’s busiest travel season. Each bag features an extra-large interior and slip pocket on the outside, providing plenty of room to pack your EDC, gym gear and overnight items. The Regal Orchid/Black colorway should appease minimalists, whereas the Mid-Volume version carries a charming festive presence that blends well with most ugly Christmas sweaters.
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.
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% 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.
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 political climate.
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 the top-self 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.
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 swaggerific 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 appreciate finding the Elite Active 65t in their stocking.
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 NASA-technology-inspired soil to grow healthy herbs and vegetables – no GMOs, pesticides or harmful substances. 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 darkened.
Philips Norelco S9000 Prestige Electric Shaver
Any man with facial fur is bound to express gratitude when unboxing this high-end electric shaver. Philip Norelco’s latest flagship device makes beard and mustache maintenance a seamless chore with NanoTech precision blades that slice through coarse threads for a close and comfortable shave. The SkinComfort rings on each shaving head allow for swift glide action across your face. A click-on precision trimmer also comes bundled to personalize your facial style and sideburns.
Michael Kors Ava Strappy 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 Ava Strappy Sandal. Streamlined curves combined with a thin, adjustable strap and sultry red suede finish (also available in Sandy Snake Print) give these heels a runway look that demands attention in the boardroom or bedroom.
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.
Nomad Wallet with Integrated Tile
Noticed your hubby’s billfold looking a bit raggedy? Upgrade him to something nice and high tech like this smart wallet, which is composed of sturdy Horween leather and has a Tile Slim Bluetooth tracker built in to easily locate it when misplaced. Inside are two cash pockets and seven cardholders to better organize valuables. The clean, minimalist design also develops a handsome patina over time for a more personalized look.
Fitbit Versa Smartwatch Lite Edition
Since the New Year always sparks fitness aspirations, give your workout partner an encouragement boost by strapping the Fitbit Versa Lite on their wrist. All basic functions remain intact such as all-day tracking (e.g., calories burned, step count) and heart-rate monitoring. The smartwatch even comes programmed with 15 exercise modes to record and share training stats in real-time. Its lightweight and swim-proof design mean anyone can comfortably wear it in the pool without worrying about water damage. Not to mention, it’s nearly one-third of the price of the Apple Watch Series 4, calculates more biometric data, and has in-app period tracking for women to log their menstrual cycles.
BrüMate Insulated Beer Growl’R
Nothing is less refreshing than warm, flat beer. BrüMate comes to the rescue with a triple-insulated growler that keeps your brew carbonated and chilled for up to 48 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 the Mister and Misses can use before hitting the sack. Each mask is designed to detox, hydrate, and soothe skin for glowing results.
Batman 4-Film Collection 4K Blu-ray
You may be tired of the MCU 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.
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.
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.
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 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.