We don’t mean to alarm you, but Christmas is officially less than two weeks away, which means the time has come to pick out and order the best Christmas gifts for your family to ensure they arrive on time. Christmas is about so much more than getting gifts, but it’s not not about the gifts, and we’re almost certain your loved ones will be disappointed if all they receive under the tree this year is a printed out copy of tracking info for the gift they’re slated to receive between December 28th and 30th.
We prepare all year long to bring you the year’s top Christmas gifts, and we’ve got gift guides for everyone on your list — Christmas gifts for him, gifts for her, the best presents for your wife, your Gen Z teen and even the best toys for toddlers.
The first half of 2022 introduced some game-changing products to the market. Refer back to some of SPY’s latest Best of 2022 guides, including the Top 65-Inch TVs of the Year, the Best Beard Trimmers and the Best Instant Cameras, for some gift-giving inspiration.
But make no mistake, this is where you’ll find the most popular Christmas presents that your significant other, family members, siblings and co-workers will be adding to their holiday wish lists. Whether you need Christmas gifts for the entire family, stocking stuffers or Secret Santa surprises, we’ve got something for every person, occasion and price point. We’ve even got gift ideas for those impossible-to-shop-for guys in your life.
Now that it’s mid-December, it’s important to double check that certain gifts will, in fact, arrive on time, as many brands have certain dates after which they can’t guarantee delivery by December 24th. We’ve marked gifts below that have a delivery date range on Amazon past December 25th with a “May Arrive After Christmas” tag, but these projections are constantly changing. If the gift you want isn’t guaranteed to arrive on time, we recommend moving on and ordering something else. We’ve also included a list of shipping deadlines by carrier, for reference.
Key 2022 Shopping and Holiday Deadlines
Wednesday, December 14: The last day to send FedEx Ground and Home Delivery for delivery by/on December 24.
Tuesday, December 20: The last day to ship packages via UPS with the “3 Day Select” option. The last day to shop FedEx express saver packages for delivery on December 24.
Wednesday, December 21: The last day to shop packages via UPS 2nd day air for delivery on Friday, December 23. The last day to ship FedEx 2nd day packages for delivery on December 24.
Thursday, December 22: The last day to ship via UPS Next Day Air for package delivery on Friday, December 23. The last day to ship FedEx overnight packages for delivery on December 24.
From elite smart home products to fancy footwear, home bar essentials to retro toys for nostalgia-obsessed millennials, we present to you the best Christmas gifts of 2022 as part of SPY’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
The Brooklinen Super Plush robe is the kind of product that your recipient might not buy for themselves but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. Brooklinen makes the Super-Plush robe from 100% Turkish cotton for a luxurious spa-like feel. These robes are great Christmas gifts for women or the Impossible Man who already owns everything. This is one of the most popular gift ideas ever featured on SPY, and Brooklinen just released a bunch of new colors for the holidays including Striped Redwood, pictured below.
Magna Tiles 32-Piece Colors Set
If you’re the parent of a toddler and you don’t already own Magna-Tiles, then we’re gently requesting you add them to your cart immediately. These magnetic building tiles are the ultimate educational toy for young kids, and they fuse together science, math, creativity and motor skills. You can build flat or 3D structures, and multiple SPY editors have enjoyed playing with them as full-grown adults — so you know they’re the real deal.
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This underrated Apple device lets you locate your most valuable items at a moment’s notice. They’re small, very easy to set up and topped our list of the best luggage trackers after traveling thousands of miles with them packed in our checked bags. Almost anyone on your gift list would benefit from one of these, and the affordable price tag makes these a winner in our book.
Best Stocking Stuffers: Crocs Jibbitz 5-Pack
Crocs have made a comeback (keep scrolling for more on that), so if you know someone who dons a pair on the daily, then chances are they will appreciate some Jibbitz as a Christmas gift. These popular Crocs charms are a fun way to personalize the classic clogs and come in a variety of themed packs including “Desert Sky,” pictured below. Because there are so many fun Jibbitz to choose from and so many ride-or-die Crocs lovers, we’re naming these the best stocking stuffers of 2022.
Go-To Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Ina Garten’s latest cookbook is almost certainly going to be on the wish lists of cooks and culinary enthusiasts in your life. Go-To Dinners is her newest volume centered on giving busy home chefs no-brainer recipes that’ll turn out great every time, even on a limited schedule and limited budget. The book includes easy weeknight meals like Chicken in a Pot with Orzo as well as “Two-Fers” that’ll guide you on turning leftovers from one night into something equally delicious the second night.
Bob Ross Chia Pet
Who doesn’t love a Chia Pet? This one in the shape of Bob Ross’s head is perfect for art and nostalgia lovers alike and makes a great Christmas gift. It comes with everything you need to grow lush green hair from its base in a few short weeks, and all Chia Pet planters can be washed and replanted indefinitely.
2022 All-New Kindle
Amazon released another, upgraded version of the Kindle this year, and we’re anticipating it’ll be one of the best Christmas gifts for book lovers this year. This is the lightest and most-compact Kindle to date, with a 16-gigabyte memory for storing thousands of books. Since we’re all addicted to our phones, why not give the gift of distraction-free immersion in the latest thrillers, self-help gospels and historical biographies?
Bluey Figurine 4-Pack
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When it comes to Christmas gifts for kids (and Christmas gifts for 1-year-olds and toddlers specifically), sometimes the simplest presents are what works best. These mini figurines of the beloved Bluey characters are posable and perfect for young kids’ imaginative play. They’re a great size for the small hands of preschoolers and would work great under the tree or in a stocking this holiday season.
Tozo W1 Wireless Charger
Wireless chargers are the best tech stocking stuffers under $15, and this ultra-thin wireless charger from Tozo is SPY-tested. It’s compatible with all the latest smartphones including the iPhone 14 and Samsung Galaxy S20. It’s also built with three different charging modes and LED indicator lights for maximum efficiency.
FLY BY JING Hot Chili Oil Sauce
Remember TRUFF hot sauce? That stuff is still delicious, but if you’ve got a heat lover in your life, then this is the trendy hot condiment to get them this year. FLY BY JING’s hot chili sauce is made to be put on everything from pizza to chicken, noodles of all kinds, and even ice cream. It’s made with premium, umami-rich flavors so that it’s packed with taste but not off-the-charts spicy.
Carhartt Knit Cuffed Beanie
The Carhartt beanie is a wardrobe essential no matter who you are or where you live, and much like a classic blazer or pair of white sneakers — it’ll never go out of style. This makes it one of our favorite Christmas gifts for teens in 2022, as it’s one-size-fits-all and comes in a bunch of different colors. It’s made with 100% acrylic rib knit material that’s stretchy and comfortable, and it’s the rare fashion accessory that is super-trendy yet will never go out of style.
Panel Sound Pickleball Paddle Set
Forget baseball, pickleball is America’s new favorite pastime, and this paddle set is the perfect gift for anyone who’s curious about this popular new sport. We recently named pickleball sets one of the top trending gifts of Christmas 2022, and we’re calling it now: With seemingly the entire country falling in love with this sport, we’re confident pickleball starter sets like this will be one of the year’s best Christmas gifts.
5 Surprise Disney Mini Mystery Capsule
A present is already a surprise, and these mini mystery capsules take it to the next level by breaking open to reveal five different mini objects. The original version of this capsule was one of our most popular Christmas gifts of 2021, and this year they’ve got a Disney version that’s perfect for children and Disney adults alike. There are 50 different Disney miniatures available to collect, as well as six accessories for storing and displaying minis.
Read More: The 75+ Best Stocking Stuffers of 2022
Bronax Cloud Slippers for Men and Women
Cloud slides are the new house slippers: you heard it here first. Not only are these super comfortable, waterproof and chunky (in the trendy way), but they’re also some of the best Christmas gifts under $30 for coworkers, cousins or anyone else if you’re on a budget this holiday season. They come in a bunch of fun colors including lavender, blue, red and lemon yellow, and they have a cushioned footbed molded for comfort.
Two SPY editors own these and swear by them for lounging pool or oceanside, doing yard work or running a quick errand on a sunny day.
Read More: SPY Bronax Cloud Slides Review
There’s nothing like a fresh, clean, crisp set of sheets to make your bed feel more luxurious. And if you’re going to gift bedding, it’s hard to go wrong with this Classic Set from Brooklinen. They’ve got a breathable 270 thread count of 100% long-staple cotton so you stay cool all night, and come in a ton of colors and patterns. We recommend gifting them to new apartment dwellers, college dorm inhabitants and even that girlfriend or guy friend of yours whose bedroom could use a refresh.
Best Athleisure Christmas Gifts of 2022: Vuori Joggers
Vuori is one of our favorite up-and-coming athleisure brands, and they also make the best joggers in the world, according to our product reviewers. Now that our work-from-home days are largely behind us, it’s time to upgrade those sweatpants and help your friends do the same. Vuori’s stylish, comfortable joggers give you an outfit to rock at home and while running errands. Each pair has a tailored fit with a soft stretch, plenty of color options and a grab-at-the-ankle design that doesn’t add too much bulk.
Best Travel Christmas Gifts: Cologne & Perfume Atomizer
This is one of our favorite Christmas gifts of the year for travel buffs and fragrance-obsessed folks who want to take their favorite perfumes and colognes on-the-go, minus the bulky fragile glass bottles, of course. An atomizer acts as a travel-sized bottle made for fragrances, with an easy-fill option that connects directly to your perfume’s pump and a base made to prevent the spillage and oxidation of your favorite scents. This handy travel gadget is also shatterproof, TSA-approved and 100% leakproof.
Best Splurge Gift: iRobot Roomba i3 EVO Robot Vacuum
Gift anyone in your life the ability to never vacuum again with this top-rated Roomba robot vacuum. It contains patented Dirt Detect Technology for cleaning especially messy areas of your home with precision, and it has Multi-Surface Rubber brushes that adjust to different floor types. It also syncs with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can start cleaning with just your voice.
2021 Apple iPad
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Most shoppers don’t realize that you can buy a new Apple tablet for under $300, and that makes the 2021 iPad 9 one of the year’s most giftable Apple products, even if it isn’t the newest iPad. One of the year’s best tech gifts, this iPad is a great pick for almost anyone on your list — from the news junkie dad to the dedicated graduate student. The Retina display is great for bingeing shows and the slim, compact body packs a powerful processor into a travel-friendly gadget.
2022 Gifting Trend: Retro Toys
Retro toys, and retro gifts in general, are one of our favorite gifting trends for 2022. Everyone loves a nostalgic throwback, and these retro toys are perfect for children and adults alike who love to play — without a screen. Beloved toys like Lite Brite, Etch-a-Sketch, Easy Bake Ovens and The Original Slinky are all still for sale and would make excellent Christmas gift ideas this holiday season. There’s a reason these toys have stood the test of time and are still being made: they’re high-quality, entertaining and make great vintage household decor when not in use.
Note: Lite Brite may arrive after Christmas
Bokksu Japanese Snack Box Subscription
Bokksu is a gourmet Japanese snack delivery service that sends a selection of goodies on a monthly basis, and you can gift 3, 6 and even 12-month subscriptions, making it a perfect gift idea for the holidays. Each box includes chips, crackers, candies and other Japanese treats, as well as a pamphlet explaining what each snack is, where it comes from and what’s inside it. Got a foodie in your life? Then this is one of the most unique Christmas gifts you can give this holiday season.
Samsung Freestyle Smart Projector
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In our review of the Samsung Freestyle laser smart projector, our Tech Editor John Velasco called it the “swiss army knife” of projectors. The unique design combines a projector, smart speaker and smart light into one device, which is why we named it a winner in the SPY Smart Home Awards 2022 and recommend it as one of the best Christmas gifts for techies in 2022.
It’s definitely an investment, but this smart projector would be a great gift for the entire family. To justify the high price tag, the Freestyle also comes with impressive 360-degree audio that can fill a room, while Auto Leveling and Auto Focus technology keeps the image as clear as possible.
Best Fitness Gifts of 2022: Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells
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Dumbbells are one of the best pieces of strength training equipment for home gyms, and adjustable dumbbells are even better. Not only are the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells SPY-tested and approved, but they’re often discounted during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. We love these weights because they’re super easy to adjust and save a ton of space, and once again, they’re our favorite fitness gift for 2022.
Kiehl’s Nourishing Beard Oil
Anything from Kiehl’s screams “good gift” and this beard oil is a perfect Christmas gift for your husband who has a beard, or anyone in your life with facial hair that needs taming. Whether they’ve got light scruff they like to keep minimal or a full bushy beard this oil is formulated to help hydrate the hair and moisturize the skin underneath.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Coworkers: Brümate Hopsulator Trio 3-in-1
Give the Christmas gift of never having to drink a warm canned beverage ever again. Brümate specializes in can coolers designed to keep your drinks cold, fresh and carbonated while you enjoy the day in the sun. This unique insulated coozie is designed for both 16 oz. and 12 oz. cans and comes with an adaptor for an easy switch between both. It’s a perfect low-cost Christmas gift for anyone that loves tailgating, and it keeps drinks 20x colder than standard can coolers.
Best Last Minute Christmas Gift of 2022: Italian Cooking MasterClass
Food is a great gift, but gifting someone the ability to make delish pasta for themselves? Even better. Massimo Bottura’s Modern Italian cooking class is just one of the hundreds of classes you can take with a MasterClass membership, which is also one of our favorite last-minute Christmas gifts. You can give a 1-year MasterClass membership to someone in your life for a little over $100, granting them access to Massimo’s class as well as ones from Jane Goodall, Bob Iger and Steve Martin, among others.
Read More: SPY MasterClass Review
Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Overhead Headphones
Sony’s top-selling XM4 wireless headphones got an upgrade in 2022, and we expect them to top many Christmas wish lists this year. These industry-leading headphones have been updated with two processors that control eight different microphones for improved clarity and noise cancellation. They’re also perfect for hands-free calling, and with up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge, the music never has to stop.
Read More: SPY Sony XM5 Headphones Review
BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Got a friend who craves a night out at a karaoke bar? This Bluetooth karaoke mic gives them the ability to sing any song anywhere and can easily sync up with music from their phone or various singing apps for a seamless portable experience. It takes the bulk of a full-scale karaoke machine and strips it down into a solo mic for easy listening, and it comes in a bunch of bright, fun colors.
Sondiko Butane Refillable Kitchen Torch
A blow torch is one of those kitchen tools that you don’t think you’ll use a whole lot, but fast forward three months from now and you’ll be melting the cheese on burgers, charring vegetables and smoking cocktails with this Christmas gift with the greatest of ease. This would make a great gift for your culinary friends who love experimenting in the kitchen, or for anyone who’s obsessed with The Great British Baking Show. It’s refillable easy to operate, has a safety lock for preventing accidental ignitions and has multiple settings so you can control the burn.
LEGO Bonsai Tree
LEGO building kits are always some of the top Christmas gifts for kids, but they’re also popular among adults who love to tinker with their hands and nurture their inner child. This kit lets you construct a beautiful bonsai tree and poses an intermediate challenge for older children and young adults. It has detachable pink blossoms with frogs hidden in them, as well as an elegant box base for display.
Bombas Calf Sock Gift Box
Socks might seem like a boring gift, but Bombas socks are the ultimate high-performance basic for your feet. We were skeptical that Bombas could actually live up to the hype, but our product reviewers are officially Bombas converts. This all-purpose set includes both ankle and calf socks and are made to feel comfortable during all types of activity, from running laps to running errands. They come in a fun gift bag, and the basic colors are neutral enough for everyday wear.
Crafts 4 All Paint Set
Have an aspiring artist on your hands? This is one of the best Christmas gifts for anyone interested in flexing their creative muscles. It comes with 24 craft paints, 4 blank canvases as well as 12 brushes of various sizes and styles so your creative gift-ee has options. This gift set even comes with starter canvases.
ChuckIt! Ball Launcher
Don’t forget about your four-legged friends when Christmas shopping! This popular pet toy launches balls across backyards, park lawns and even beaches so your pup can chase, grab and return to their heart’s content. It comes with a ChuckIt! branded ball, but any tennis ball will fit inside its top. If anyone in your life has a new dog, or an old dog that could use a new trick, this is one of our go-to Christmas gift ideas for pet lovers.
Read More: The Best Gifts for Pet Owners
Best Family Christmas Gift: Hisense U6H ULED 4K Premium TV
Who would turn down a 4K smart TV with Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant/Alexa integration? Not us. Hisense’s latest line of ULED TVs comes outfitted with high-tech features and delivers premium performance at a super affordable price point. The SPY team believes 65-inch TVs are perfect family Christmas gifts, and our reviewers were surprised by how many features this new Hisense TV offers for the price. Just think about how great this will look wrapped up next to your tree on Christmas morning.
Read More: Hisense U6H SPY Review
Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet
Wallets have become rather cliche Christmas gifts for men, but that doesn’t mean a high-quality wallet is a bad Christmas present. For guys who wait until their wallet is falling apart before replacing it, we love the award-winning Bellroy wallet. These minimalist leather wallets have just the right number of slots for cards and bills, plus two quick-access slots for his most frequently used cards.
Botanical Goods Pillar Candles
Candles are always some of the best Christmas gifts because of their affordable price point and extremely wide appeal, but picking out a candle that still feels like a thoughtful gift idea can be a challenge. Botanical Goods is one of our favorite Etsy stores, and they make unique, gorgeous candles for gifting to your aesthetically-inclined family and friends. We’re particularly fond of the Danish Pastel varieties, pictured below.
Carhartt Legacy Work Backpack
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Carhartt makes a lot of great everyday accessories, including this work backpack that’s both stylish and practical, perfect for the office, classroom or airplane. It has Carhartt’s signature rugged exterior that houses a 15-inch laptop sleeve, space for a tablet and a zippered exterior pocket for access to important items like your keys, wallet, etc. This bag packs a ton of quality and durability into the price and comes from a brand that’s all the rage with Gen Z’s utilitarian sense of style.
Therabody Wave Roller
The fitness fanatics in your life already have the basics like running shoes, sports earbuds, and a massage gun. But if you want to gain their respect, think outside of the box, and roll this underneath their Christmas tree. The Therabody Wave is a unique recovery tool for post workouts that releases tension across the body using 5 vibration settings. Silicone wave grooves apply extra pressure to muscles. Therabody’s companion app extends functionality by letting users personalize foam rolling routines based on their needs. Should this be out of your price range, consider the smaller, yet still effective, Wave Duo or Wave Solo for a bit less.
Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Maker
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An elevated coffee maker is a perfect gift for any java enthusiasts on your list who don’t need anything incredibly fancy, but love a well-made cup each morning. This one from Nespresso has a sleek, elegant design including Espresso and Lungo programs and an integrated milk frother. It has a rapid heat-up temperature that can reach the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds, and it comes in four different colors for matching kitchen decor.
Nespresso coffee makers are great Christmas gifts for your husband who’s java obsessed, coffee-snob in-laws, parents, grandparents and even your roommate who’s been complaining about your janky coffee maker for months.
Wixology Candle and Whiskey Glass
Wixology’s candles are a great 2-for-1 Christmas gift for whiskey lovers, as after burning off the candle, the container doubles as a cocktail glass you can keep and reuse. Wixology has a few different scents including their Bourbon, Neat, which has hints of vanilla, caramel and oak. Give them to anyone that loves candles, spirits or both, because we think Wixology candles are going to be one of the best Christmas gifts of 2022.
Kordes Marble Cheese Board
This year, with the stay-at-home era behind us, products for entertaining are in high demand. In particular, we think cheese and charcuterie boards will be one of the best Christmas gifts of 2022, and we love this two-tone wood and marble cheese board. It’s a good Christmas gift for the mom who loves to host, as this cheese board is 12 inches in diameter and the perfect size for serving fruits, cheese and other snacks to guests. The marble helps control lingering odors and the natural wood surface is easy to wipe down after each use.
Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer Brush
This hot air brush from Revlon has a cult following because of its low price tag, passionate reviews and ingenious design, which combines two essential steps in hair styling. Taylor Galla, SPY’s Senior E-Commerce Editor, loves this brush for its fast-drying power, comfortable design and simple functionality. In our experience, this beauty product lives up to the hype, making it one of the year’s best Christmas gifts for women in particular.
Christmas Gift Idea For Dad: Therabody Massage Guns
Massage guns are a great tech gift that’s also fitness-oriented and therapeutic, perfect for your hyper-active family member or your dad who loves the latest tech gadget. The SPY team has tested all of the best massage guns, and Therabody is still the brand to beat. For this year’s Christmas gift guide, we’re recommending the Theragun Prime, their introductory massage gun that comes with five different speeds, an easy user interface and a selection of four massage gun heads for targeting different pain points throughout the body.
Smallbirds Kids Wool Runners
Yes, these are Allbirds for kids — and they’re absolutely adorable. These teeny-tiny wool shoes are machine washable and come in a few colorways. Allbirds has sizes for 5T all the way up to 10T, elastic laces for easy on and easy off, and are made with temperature-regulating ZQ Merino wool.
Christmas Gifts for Her: ESARORA Ice Roller
This might seem like a simple item, but trust us when we say this beauty gift works wonders on a puffy face, foreheads suffering from tension headaches or tired eyes when you’re struggling to wake up. The ice roller at the top glides over your skin to provide a cooling sensation and spa-like facial massage. Affordable but practical, ice rollers are always popular Christmas gifts for women who love beauty products.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
With more than nine million copies sold and more than 50,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say Exploding Kittens is a fan favorite. The game is 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! 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.
Anker 10,000 Power IQ Portable Charger
A power bank isn’t the most exciting Christmas present 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 10,000mAh battery pack from Anker comes with high-speed PowerIQ charging and is compatible with the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It’s one of the lightest and slimmest chargers on the market, and these little gadgets are great stocking stuffers, too.
Seiko Men’s Essential Brown Leather Watch
Square, smaller watches are some of the trendiest watches for men in 2022, and we’re in love with this Seiko design as a gift this holiday season. It’s made with textured leather and golden steel for a polished look that’s imple enough to wear every day and decorative enough for date night. We know how hard it can be to pick out the best Christmas gifts for men, but we’re confident any watch lover would be happy to find this trendy square-face watch under the tree.
Read More: The Best Men’s Watches of 2022
Best Christmas Gift for Toddlers: Micro Kickboard Scooter for Kids
Looking for fun Christmas gifts for kids? Push scooters are a safe choice for kids of all ages. For toddlers specifically, we recommend the Micro Kickboard for its safe design and the endless entertainment it provides. This scooter has a smooth-rolling 3-wheel design that offers stability while helping kids practice their balance and coordination. There’s no assembly required, and kids can unwrap it and start playing right away on Christmas morning.
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple products are always on Christmas wish lists, and the brand-new Apple Watch Series 8 is a dream Christmas gift for a lot of folks. We’re betting pretty much anyone on your list would be happy to receive one of these. The Series 8 has an Always-on retina display that’s crack-resistant, IP6X dust-resistant and swim-proof. It also has a number of new health features including Crash Detection and Fall Detection, which can be reassuring for loved ones or older folks.
Bronax Cloud Slippers for Men and Women
Cloud slides are the new house slippers: you heard it here first. Not only are these popular slip-ons super comfortable, but they’re also waterproof and chunky (in the trendy way). For under $30, they’re some of the best Christmas gifts under $30 for coworkers, cousins or anyone else if you’re on a budget this holiday season. SPY editors swear by these cloud slippers for lounging poolside, running a quick errand on a sunny day, or simply walking around the house.
Read More: SPY Bronax Cloud Slides Review
Christmas Gift Idea for Parents: Welly Adventure Kits
No, we’re not talking about your parents, but rather any friends or siblings who are now parenting their own crew of kids. A first aid kit might seem like an unusual Christmas gift at first, but we love Welly, and we promise your recipient will, too. Welly’s Adventure Kits are full of all the ointments, bandages and OTC remedies you could possibly need for the bumps, burns, scrapes and little injuries that result from a life well-lived. Plus, kids will fall in love with the brand’s Bravery Bandages, and the fun designs will make boo-boos a little more bearable.
Welly Adventure Kits come in colorful and compact tins and are a perfect Christmas gift for parents. The brand also has smaller kits that make for great stocking stuffers for adults.
Men’s and Women’s Jewelry From Miansai
Jewelry is a popular gift any time of year, but the holidays are the perfect season to splurge on a little bit of bling for the man or woman in your life. Miansai is our recommended jewelry brand this year for both men’s and women’s pieces, as they make stylish, subtle and delicate pieces for all genders. The Metric Chain Bracelet and Totem Garnet Necklace pictured below are two of our favorite picks for their everyday wear designs, gold flare and simple constructions.
The brand has plenty of pieces to choose from, so we recommend giving their full website a browse if someone you love loves to accessorize.
Winter Jackets From The North Face
The North Face is one of those brands you can always count on for winter apparel. For the holidays, the brand has tons of high-quality and giftable men’s and women’s winter coats. Plus, they have plenty of options for children and plus sizes as well.
Toniebox Audio Player Starter Set
This audio player is built for kids and reduces screen time without limiting entertainment for youngsters. Toniebox provides a screen-free listening experience for children so their imaginations can run wild. It’s easy to use, built with tactile controls for little hands and has up to seven hours of battery life, so it can be used at home or on the go. It’s also made durable for rough play, and the charging station is easy-on, easy-off.
Aerogarden Black Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden
For the green thumb of the family, this indoor hydroponic growing system brings herbs from plant to plate. It comes with a 6-pod seed kit for growing all the must-haves — genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, thai basil and mint. With great reviews and easy-to-use features, the Aerogarden is a popular Christmas gift idea for a reason
J.Crew Cashmere Cable-Knit Sweater
If you’re looking to go a more traditional route with your gift, then a cashmere cable-knit sweater from J.Crew might just be the ticket. They’ve upgraded their cashmere to look and feel even softer while supporting sustainable cashmere production. This sweater is perfect for a holiday gathering and comes in a slew of on-theme winter colors including “Toffee,” pictured below.
Best Friend Christmas Gift Ideas: Our Place Mini Collection
You’re probably familiar with the Always Pan and Perfect Pot from Our Place. The Always Pan was one of the top Christmas gifts of 2020 and 2021, and the DTC brand has skyrocketed to success with high-quality, stylish and multi-purpose cookware designed to replace the most common pots and pans in your kitchen. This year, they’ve released a mini version of their most popular products.
You can purchase a Mini Always Pan, perfect for fried eggs, side dishes and cooking for one, as well as a Mini Perfect Pot, perfect for sauces, soups, grains and reheating leftovers. Your best friend who loves to cook but is lacking in storage space? Consider them gifted.
Best Christmas Gift for Techies: Anker GaNPrime Chargers
Anker’s new GaN fast charger lineup relieves low battery anxiety by employing Gallium Nitride technology to speed up the charging process without overheating devices. Each charger takes a different form and has different outlets to power up everything from smartphones to laptops. Our personal favorite is the 733 Power Bank for its 2-in-1 capabilities; it serves as both a wall-charging solution and a portable charger. You can’t go wrong gifting any of these products to co-workers or friends who don’t want to remain lassoed to their charging cables.
Best Tech Christmas Gifts for Kids: Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet
Amazon recently released its brand new Fire HD tablet for kids, and it gives young people instant access to more than 20,000 books, apps, games, videos and songs. Plus, the easy parental controls makes it easy to filter content and set screentime limits. It’s available in three colors and comes with a durable, kid-proof cover.
YETI products are some of our favorite outdoor gear, and for a park day, beach excursion or car camping trip — their large cooler or portable cooler backpack are both some of the best Christmas gifts for outdoor enthusiasts we can find.
YETI products tend to have heftier price tags than most coolers, but we don’t care. SPY editors have tested out their cooler backpack in the field and their larger YETI Tundra 45 cooler, and we absolutely love them both. Both have unbeatable temperature regulation and insulation, come in fun, bright colors and are built tough to last.
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Great Jones Dutch Baby
Great Jones makes beautiful, brightly-colored cookware that performs as good as it looks, and this dutch oven is SPY-tested, making it one of the best Christmas gifts for cooks this holiday season. This Dutch Baby is also a great Le Creuset alternative if you’re not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on cookware. It’s safe for all stovetops, including induction, and fits perfectly on top of one burner. It comes in four colors including Mustard, an excellent choice for fall and winter baking.
Best Grooming Gift of 2022: Disco Skincare Set
Disco is one of our favorite skincare brands for men because they make simple, effective products that are high-quality without majorly breaking the bank. This Starter Kit is a grooming gift set for the guy in your life who wants a skincare routine but isn’t sure where to start. It comes with a cleanser, exfoliating face scrub and a moisturizer to help brighten and hydrate skin, and Disco comes with the option to subscribe so your gift-ee never runs out of the products they need.
Christmas Gift for Tweens: Nintendo Switch
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The Nintendo Switch is always a big hit around the holidays for young gamers, and we anticipate yet again it’ll be a popular present on Christmas wish lists this year. It’s the gaming system that revolutionized portable gaming and enables you to play games whenever, wherever you want via the flexible, switchable design. If you’re going to splurge on a new Switch for someone you love, make sure you get a Nintendo Switch carrying case while you’re at it.
Square Wine Glass Set
Need a gift for your girlfriend or a wine enthusiast in your life? These square wine glasses are a dupe for the much more expensive Crate & Barrel ones and are a chic spin on the classic design. The set comes with four glasses made with 100% lead-free crystal, giving you the sparkle you want without an exorbitant price tag. You can never have too many wine glasses, right?
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Men’s and Women’s UGG Slippers
You can’t go wrong with a cozy pair of slippers, especially around the holidays. These UGG Ascot Slippers for men are the ultimate cozy winter shoe, so go ahead and upgrade the dingey ones your giftee is still rocking. They’re made with water-resistant suede, warm wool and the rubber outsole makes them great for outdoor use as well.
For women, we recommend Ugg’s Tasman Slippers because they offer full coverage for cold feet, a stylish UGG trim and come in a bunch of colors. They have sheepskin lining as well as an UGG pure wool insole for comfort, and the Treadlite outsole gives you great traction for neighborhood walks.
Disney+ is a 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.
Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection
Dr. Seuss’s books are classics for a few reasons: they’re adorable, fun for children and adults and great for young kids just learning how to read. This beginner box set includes some of his best books for young readers just taking to the page for the first time — The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham, just to name a few. The set comes with five hardcover books in a portable set you can take with you on the road or keep at home for bedtime stories.
Best Christmas Gift for Mom: Vahdam Assorted Tea Gift Set
If you’re searching for Christmas gifts for tea drinkers, then we recommend checking out a company called Vahdam. This Indian tea company has gotten the Oprah stamp of approval, and this gift set comes with 12 gold tin caddies filled with luxurious tea flavors including turmeric ginger, Darjeeling and classic English breakfast. The loose-leaf teas are all sourced directly from India’s best gardens.
The Crocs Renaissance shows no signs of slowing down, and we are here for it! These fashionably ugly shoes are officially cool, and whether you love them or hate them, they’d probably make great Christmas gifts for someone on your list. Not only are they the epitome of “boring chic,” but they’re also waterproof, super lightweight and comfortable. You can even buy Crocs for kids, and they’re washable shoes for children who tend to spill, step in and stain everything.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
Looking for fun Christmas gifts for Gen Z or teenagers? The Instax Mini 11 camera from Fujifilm is the perfect antidote to screentime overload. Instead of spending even more time staring into a phone, this colorful instant camera lets you freeze a moment in time. SPY’s E-Commerce and Special Projects Editor Tyler Schoeber tested many instant cameras in 2022 and found Fujifilm’s Instax to be the best.
Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000
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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 beard trimmers, but it’s also one of the top beard grooming products we’ve ever tested. It’s no wonder this popular hair trimmer has become one of the top Christmas gifts year after year. If you want to make this gift even more special, combine it with a bottle of beard oil or one of our favorite beard brushes.
Furbo 360 Dog Camera
Furbo’s latest addition to their line of interactive dog cameras comes with the ability to rotate 360 degrees and monitor your pet from all angles with HD video quality. It gives you full room coverage while you’re away and comes with adjustable treat tossing so you can reward your good boy from afar. Newly updated for 2022, this is one of the top Christmas gifts for pet owners who hate being separated from their four-legged friends.
Gourmet Popcorn Tin
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The time between Christmas and New Year’s is basically a no-man’s land, and you’ll need plenty of good snacks to pass the time. Giant popcorn tins are always crowd-pleasing Christmas presents, and they’re one of our favorite Christmas gifts under $50 for coworkers, neighbors, mailmen, doormen and other important people who deserve a treat. This tin comes with 2 gallons of kettle corn, cheddar cheese popcorn and caramel corn, and the metal tin is perfectly festive.
Modern Mixology Bartender Kit
Year after year, we’ve seen mixology kits like this become some of the most popular gifts for Christmas among SPY readers. For any amateur mixologist on your holiday shopping list, this bartending kit is the way to go. It includes everything you need to create top-notch cocktails at home, including an 18-ounce shaker, a Hawthorne strainer, a double jigger and a stand for easy storage. Crafted from durable stainless steel, this set is one of our favorite Christmas gift ideas for spirits lovers.
Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station
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Having a good power station definitely came in handy this year, what with all the power outages and apocalyptic weather we’ve been having. When it comes to an affordable, high-quality portable power station with a great design, the Jackery Explorer line is our top recommendation. They’re also great Christmas gifts for dads who always like to be prepared.
We had the chance to test the Jackery Explorer, and we’ve been very impressed. Jackery makes models in a wide variety of sizes and wattages, but their Explorer 240 is the best introductory model. It’s easy to carry with the built-in handle, and comes with an AC outlet, two USB-A ports and a DC car port charger for road trips and camping.
Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
For a boss, father-in-law or cocktail lover who’s always looking to replenish their bar cart, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of bourbon. This bottle from Four Roses is one of our favorite whiskeys for the taste and price point. The Small Batch bottle has a mellow balance of flavors that’s ideal for mixing into cocktails or enjoying neat, and it was the silver medal-award-winner in the World Whiskies Awards in 2022.
TeeTurtle The Moody Reversible Octopus Plushie
This reversible moody octopus is a #1 best-selling toy on Amazon, a SPY toy award winner and a great gift for young kids (or adults) just learning to express themselves. It’s become a very trendy toy on TikTok, and now you can purchase one for every kid on your list just in time for Christmas. It’s a sensory fidget toy that can be flipped inside out to reveal two different octopuses with very different feelings, and it comes in dozens of different colors and emotions.
Blink Outdoor Wireless HD Security Camera
Remember the old saying — “I’ve got eyes in the back of my head?” — this camera enables you to do just that with a weather-resistant, wireless design that watches over your property day and night, even when you’re not there. It’s made with infrared night vision for clear pictures even when it’s dark out, and the long-lasting battery life can run for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries alone. It automatically stores photos and video clips in the cloud and is designed to be set up in minutes. Gift peace of mind and protection with this well-designed security gadget.
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Shoes are another one of our top gifting trends of the year, and these sneakers from Cariuma are the perfect gift for anyone who needs comfortable and stylish footwear for the office, weekend, travel days and everything in between. Not only do we love the stylish design and comfortable fit of Cariuma shoes, but we also love that all of the brand’s shoes are made with eco-friendly materials in ethical factories. They even use carbon-neutral shipping so you can feel good about your gift purchase.
Finally, with every sale, Cariuma also plants two trees to help reforest the rainforest in Brazil, making this one of the top give-back gifts of the season.
Solo Stove Mesa + DIY S’mores Kit
Just because your summer camp days are behind you doesn’t mean you have to go without s’mores. Solo Stove recently released their smallest portable campfire yet, the Mesa, and we’re already betting it’ll be one of the best Christmas gifts for outdoorsmen and s’mores lovers alike. With its compact size, you can now roast marshmallows anywhere. Pair it with a set of marshmallow roasting sticks and you’ve got yourself chocolatey, gooey dessert goodness.
Bearaby Weighted Blanket
The holidays can be so stressful, which is why it’s important to spend the days after Christmas de-stressing. Weighted blankets are one of the best ways to escape the weight of the world, and they’re the emotional equivalent of a great big hug. Bearaby makes some of the most gitable weighted blankets, and they’re made of natural eucalyptus fibers and silky soft TENCEL Lyocell fabric that’s cooling, so you won’t overheat under the weight. Their blankets are evenly weighted and designed to help you fall into a deep, peaceful sleep, and they come in a bunch of great colors.
Personalized Hobby Tumblers
Personalized Christmas gifts really show how much thought you put into your gift, and these tumblers come with the ability to customize each one with a friend or family member’s name and favorite hobby. You can pick their skin and hair color as well as a favorite pastime from choices like golf, reading, pets and more.
National Geographic Slime Kit
Who doesn’t love a good ball of slime to squish around? This slime kit from National Geographic is a perfect gift for kids who love a good hands-on science project, bright colors and making a gooey mess. It comes with eight different varieties of slime including a DIY glow-in-the-dark recipe, and there are storage tins to make cleanup as easy as possible.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer
Having photos saved to your iCloud account is nice and all, but having physical prints of them feels more meaningful. Add new memories to family albums using Fujifilm’s portable smartphone printer, one of the best Christmas gifts for those sentimental folks in your life. It’s easy to carry around, the setup and user experience are basic, and there are a host of features that make framing stills fun. The companion app has editing tools to customize shots, and cool features like InstaxAir let you create light-painting-style images by moving the printer in the air like a motion controller.
3D Doodler Start+ 3D Pen
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This is a 3D pen designed specifically for children, with no hot parts and a nozzle that can be touched without a burn risk. This makes it a great Christmas gift for middle school kids who love to tinker, experiment and build. It’s designed to print small structures and lets inventive kids create 3D art at home. It’s also a screen-free tool for the young kids in your life and comes with 72 color strands so they can get started right away.
Best Digital Christmas Gift: Winc Wine Subscription
For some, there’s no better gift than a subscription for the sweet nectar of the gods that’s delighted humans for centuries, we’re talking about wine of course. If you like wine, you’ve probably heard of Winc — a subscription service that sends four tailored, delicious wines to your front door every month. You can gift a 1, 2 or 3-month subscription easily, or choose a customized gift card amount. SPY editors reviewed Winc’s wine subscription service and loved the quality of the wines and the flexibility of the shipments.
The Mirror Smart Home Fitness System
If you’ve been on the fence about whether this smart gym system is worth the investment, then you’ve got your answer. SPY editors reviewed a bunch of the top-selling fitness mirrors in 2022, and The Mirror from lululemon Studio was one of our favorites. This incredibly unique workout streaming system features a library with more than 50 types of workouts from cardio to yoga, strength, boxing and more. 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 still king, this is one of the best Christmas gifts of 2022.
Right now, you can save $700 off the Mirror’s original price with code LLSTUDIO700 at checkout.
TreeBuddees Christmas T-Rex Dinosaur Ornament
A funny, festive Christmas ornament can make a great affordable gift for anyone on your list who loves a decorated tree. This T-Rex is wearing a Christmas scarf and Santa hat — not very holly jolly but on-brand for this beast. It’s made from hand-painted glass and brings whimsical, festive fun to any Christmas tree.
Echo Show 8
Another great gadget from Amazon that makes life easier, and therefore makes a great Christmas gift, is the Echo Show 8. It’s got an 8 inch HD touchscreen with stereo speakers for bringing content to life. It’s got a new camera built-in that’s perfect for video calls, and you’ve got full Alexa capabilities inside including a calendar, reminders, to-do lists and smart home management.
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Looking for a gift for a new mom or new set of parents? A subscription or single gift box from KiwiCo is one of the best Christmas gifts you can give parents of young children. They deliver monthly activity crates for all age groups complete with science and art-focused activities. Each crate is themed, and they’re got three different lines of crates including the Yummy Crate focused on cooking, the Atlas Crate focused on geography & culture and the Kiwi Crate which focuses on science and art. They also make it very easy to gift a single crate, a 3-month, 6-month or even 12-month plan.
Victrola GO Portable Record Player
You might know Victrola best for their retro suitcase turntables. However, the Revolution GO portable record player is their most innovative and appealing product to date. While it won’t replace any traditional turntable setup, it’s designed to let music lovers play their vinyl records anywhere. Best of all, the great-sounding Revolution GO doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
BEARDAMENTS Beard Lights
Come on, aren’t these just too festive, but in exactly the right way? Seeing as most guys these days have facial hair, beard ornaments are an excellent (and silly!) gift for anyone in your life with enough facial hair to rock them. This pack comes with 10 original ornaments, three red light-up ornaments and three green light-up ornaments for extra flair. Each Beardament has a mini clip at the end for a firm, hair-safe attachment.
Hatch Restore Smart Light
This smart alarm clock from Hatch is built to mimic a sunrise every morning to help regulate cortisol levels and start every day as peacefully as possible. It’s the best Christmas gift you can give your friend who’s always oversleeping, or hates their intrusive phone alarm. It’s got a library of sounds and lights for creating the perfect mood at any time, and you can build a personalized sleep routine to help you fall asleep on time, stay asleep and wake up actually well-rested.
NBA 2K23 Video Game
A video game is an excellent gift for anyone in your life who already owns a PlayStation or Xbox, and this NBA 2K23 is the one we recommend for gamers and sports fans alike. It’s made with the latest in ultra-real gameplay animation technology for an immersive experience and includes nostalgic throwbacks to the Michael Jordan era. MyTEAM and MyCAREER features allow you to track your progress over time, and it’s available for both PlayStation and Xbox X gaming consoles.
Nike Low Blazer ’77 Sneakers
A new pair of Nikes is an excellent Christmas gift both for your stylish friends and practical friends who could use a pair of sneakers that aren’t from Costco. The Blazers have a classic design and simplicity that’ll match most wardrobes including a low-profile, suede detailing and retro Swoosh underneath the soft collar. If you’re going to gift a sneaker this year, we recommend these as a safe yet trendy bet.
Smeg Retro Toaster
This retro toaster from Smeg is both an effective kitchen appliance and a cute Christmas present that’ll class up the counter with its rounded edges and mid-century modern aesthetic. It’s got two extra-wide slots, anti-slip feet and a crumb tray for minimizing mess, but more than that, it’s got a design that’s withstood the test of time. It’s a perfectly trendy gift for someone in a new apartment, a lover of nostalgia and a collector of cute, retro goods.
Marshall Willen Bluetooth Speaker
A Bluetooth portable speaker is something almost everyone can use, whether they’re a frequenter of their local park or love a good beach day. Marshall just released a new Willen Bluetooth portable speaker that has a stylish, sleek design that’s classically Marshall and capable of producing big sound. It comes with 15 hours of playtime, IP67 water resistance for outdoor use and fits in the palm of your hand, so it doesn’t add bulk the way other machines do.
Tuddrom Store Throw Blanket
When in doubt, a fuzzy blanket can work wonders around the holidays when temperatures are brisk and everyone is looking to get cozy. This one has a reversible design, is made with ultra-soft mink fleece and is made to not shed fibers all over the couch.
Amazon E-Gift Cards
We’re gonna go on record and say that gift cards aren’t bad gifts. They get a bad rap, but sometimes they really are the right choice. Amazon has plenty of Amazon-specific gift cards available, as well as gift cards for other top brands you can purchase instantly and send to anyone on your gifting list. This one comes in a ready-to-gift box with an ornament attached to the front, and it’s a festive and instantly usable gift anyone on your list will love.
Frequently Asked Questions About Christmas Gifts
This busy, hectic time of year is bound to bring up a lot of questions about gifting best practices, shipping logistics, where to find the best deals and more. SPY’s gifting experts are here to answer them all and help you get through this season in one piece.
What Are The Best Christmas Gifts?
SPY’s favorite Christmas gifts this year include the Apple AirTag and Carhartt beanie, Vuori joggers, Brooklinen’s Super Plush Robe and a Pickleball Paddle set, among others. The “best” Christmas gifts, of course, have everything to do with who you’re gifting to and what the best gift is for them.
How Much Should I Spend on a Christmas Gift?
A good Christmas gift doesn’t need to be expensive, and we’ve tried to include a variety of price points in all of our gift guides. Depending on what your budget is you can spend anywhere from $5-$500 on a great Christmas gift for someone on your list, but if you want more specifics we’re broken down ideal price points based on your relationship to the gift-ee. Your Long-Term S.O: If you’ve been together and committed for at least a year, somewhere in the $50-$80 range is ideal. If it’s been longer, the price goes up. Couples that have been together for years and can afford it should be gifting north of $100, and making sure it’s something your person actually wants.
Your Immediate Family: Your immediate family also falls under the pricey gift umbrella. $40-$70 each is more than enough, or you can gift a higher ticket family gift and hit them all in one fell swoop.
Your Coworkers: You don’t need to spend a lot on your coworkers, $20 is the max in our book. $40 if it’s your boss. This will vary depending on how close you are, but spending too much on a colleague can easily get inappropriate, we recommend referencing our secret santa gifts under $25
When Should I Order My Christmas Gifts?
The sooner the better is definitely our policy when it comes to Christmas gifts. Shipping delays and supply chain strains are still present as a result of the pandemic, and as we get closer to the holidays the demands on these systems are only going to mount further. Create your Christmas wish lists now, get your orders in and enjoy a more relaxed holiday season. We’ve included a list of specific holiday shipping and ordering deadlines above, but a general best practice is to have everything done by the second week of December.