Black Friday is almost here, but you don't have to wait till then to start shopping. We've found the best holiday gifts on Amazon to kick the season off right. Best of all, most of our finds are under $100. We think that's something to be merry about.
How do I order Christmas gifts on Amazon?
Ordering Christmas gifts on Amazon is super easy. In fact, it's like ordering anything from the retailer. Simply find the item you want, add to your cart, and then checkout. Simple, right?
We will say that the sooner you purchase your holiday gifts, the better. Unfortunately, shipping delays and product shortages tend to be part of the holiday shopping experience, so it's also better to get an early jump on things.
If you're still getting your list together or prefer waiting till closer to the holiday to grab items, consider becoming an Amazon Prime Member. One of the perks of being a Prime Member is same day, one day, and two day shipping. Membership is $139 a year, which is roughly $11 per month, pre-tax. There's a 30-day free trial to see how you like it. Personally speaking, once you starting receiving orders in a day or two, it's really hard to accept anything else.
What are the 5 gifts of Christmas?
The five gifts of Christmas is a template for holiday shopping to help families save money. It follows the rule that each person on your list can only receive five gifts, one per the following categories:
Something the person wants
Something the person needs
Something to wear
An experience and/or something to do
Obviously, this is more of a game or personal challenge, and you're not breaking any holiday rules of etiquette to follow it. However, if present shopping (regardless of what holiday it's for) overwhelms you, selecting items from one of the five categories can be helpful. Here are some suggestions:
Something to read: Go-to-Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
It's only $20.98, filled with gorgeous food photography and deliciously simple recipes that culinary newbies and experts will love flipping through.
Something someone wants: Ruko U11S Drone ($229.99)
Help a loved one indulge their artistic aspirations. Along with just being fun, the drone has a 90-degree adjustable 4K camera to take amazing videos from above.
Something to wear: Amazon Essential Cotton Pajama Set (starting at $19.05)
Everyone needs a new pair of PJs, and this set from Amazon is under $20! They come in several different colors, and are made from a blend of cotton, modal, and elastane.
Something someone needs: hum by Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush Kit ($27.41)
Everyone should be switching out their toothbrush for a new one every three months, and the electric variety are better than manual. What we like about the one from hum is that it has a timer to keep you brushing for the right amount of time. The brush vibrations are also customizable, so if you have sensitive gums, you can adjust the pulse strength.
Something to do: Gotrax LIL CUB Hoverboard For Kids ($109.99)
This is one of the best holiday gifts on Amazon for children, ages 6 to 12. It has self-balancing controls for stability, front LED lights to light the path, and goes up to 2.5 miles on a single charge. More importantly, it keeps kids active (and gives you a break).
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.
What are the best holiday gifts on Amazon?
This entry-level drone comes with lots of bells and whistles. It has GPS positioning — great for indoor flying, an intelligent battery for a 20 minute flight time, and a 90-degree adjustable 4k camera. UHD images can be saved directly to a smartphone, and the transmitter can be charged directly, so the battery doesn't need to be swapped out. Two batteries and case are included.
The Golden Gourmet Gift Basket from Gift Tree makes a fantastic gift for your child's teacher, a co-worker, or the family. Yes, you should definitely gift this to the family, because there's no way you're not going to want to try the goodies it comes with. Thirteen decadent treats come in the gift basket, including a Giving Tree Sea Salt Almond Dark Chocolate Bar, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and Everything Bagel Cashews. A note card with your personal message is also included!
Why is everyone so wild about Beats Studio Buds? Because they give a custom acoustic experience! Along with providing up to 8 hours of listening time, the ear buds have an active noise-cancelling option — perfect when you're stuck in an airport terminal or some other loud setting. Users can select transparency mode when they need to be more aware of their surrounding — like when running outside — and they also have built-in microphones, are sweat-proof, and can be activated by your voice. Available in five colors. Charging case and three different size ear tips included.
Shop for the iRobot Braava Jet M6 (6110) Ultimate Robot Mop- This Robot Mop connects to wi-fi, has smart mapping capabilities, and a precision jet spray to make sticky messes tremble. The self-charging device is great for seniors with limited mobility, busy folks, and anyone else who'd rather be roasting chestnuts than cleaning their floors.
What's nifty about the hum by Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush Kit is the timer. Did you know you're supposed to brush your teeth for two whole minutes? Now you do, and it's easy with hum. Download the app, and the electric toothbrush will map your unique brushing pattern, and show which areas to target. Do you need all that for a clean mouth? No, the brush can be enjoyed without it but the built-in timer is nice — especially for kids, and a case, and another brush head are included in the purchase.
We love this as a stocking stuffer! The Burt’s Bees Christmas Gift Set includes Cuticle Cream, Hand Salve, Res-Q Ointment, the Original Beeswax Lip Balm, and Hand Repair Cream & Foot Cream. The tin is super cute too!
Anyone who's really into their hair has heard of Olaplex, and its patented Bond Building Technology. Those who need to give locks some TLC will love the Ultimate Essentials Kit, which includes the Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment, Hair Protector, Bond Maintenance Shampoo, the hydrating Bond Maintenance Conditioner, and the Bond intense Moisture Mask. It's basically like gifting someone a trip to the salon, but far more affordable.
I'm jealous of anyone receiving the Sunday Riley Wake Up With Me Skincare Set. It's loaded with beauty cult-favorites, including Good Genes, CEO Glow serum, and Auto Correct eye contour cream. The complete skincare collection comes with seven products, and has a 4.5 rating on Amazon.
A pajamas set is a good gift option for a daughter, sister, aunt, or mom, and the ones from Amazon Essentials are so affordable that a few can be added to your cart. The long-sleeve top is lightweight but gives some extra warmth for the chiller months, and the relaxed fit pants are super comfy. Also available in plus size, the set comes in nine different colors, including coral pink and black with white trim.
Skip the socks, and slide around the house in these! The sheepskin footbed and wool-blend lining will keep those tootsies warm. The suede boots are practically a winter staple at this point, and they're available in 18 different colors. Eligible for free shipping and returns.
This coat has everything a guy needs to meet the sleet and snow. Its resistant soft shell shields from the wind, and the adjustable velcro cuffs with stretchable glove with a thumb cutout blocks cold, while allowing movement. The storm hood detaches, and the jacket is also waterproof. Sizes go up to 3X, and it's available in 20 different colors.
The Koolaburra by UGG Men’s Tipton Slipper is a great choice for a dad or husband. They're sure to love the comfort and design of the suede shoe. The interior is lined with faux fur for softness and warmth, when they step outside to fetch your latest Amazon delivery.
Give the gift of play with this hoverboard designed for new riders. Ideal for kids ages 6 to 12, it has a self-balancing mode for stability and thick tires for a smoother ride. Featuring a dual 150W motor, the hoverboard goes up to 6.2 miles per hour and has LED front lights to illuminate the path ahead. It's available in blue, as well as purple, and is tested and approved by UL2272 Safety Certified.
The Shaving Kit from Leponix has everything a man needs to keep his beard looking right. The kit has seven grooming essentials, including pre-shave oil, a shaving apron, sandalwood scented shaving cream, and a safety razor blade with a long, ribbed handle for easy gripping.
It has almost 3,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, and one happy customer reported that her husband "loved it."
These unisex gloves make a great stocking stuffer. The fingerless design features a leather split thumb and is perfect for when you need to use your phone. When not scrolling, the mitten flap flips forward to keep the entire hand toasty. Coming in one-size fits all, they're available in several different colors.
This stylish coat from Columbia is a total steal. Although lightweight, it's lined with fleece and has the brand's mid-weight 100g Microtemp XF II insulation. The hood is also lined, and two gusseted and zippered hand pockets provide storage for keys or frosty hands. Available in 17 different colors. Goes up to 3X.
The Instant Milk Frother is one of those things no one thinks they need until they try it. The handy dandy machine takes that morning cup of java to an entirely new level with its four froth settings. It can warm milk, froth it while keeping it cold, make the foam light, or my personal preference, thick. It's a great "oh, that's clever" type of gift that is sure to please!
The La Rochelle Ceramic Bakeware Set looks like it was handmade by a stoneware artisan but is budget-friendly, and has all anyone needs to whip up some memorable dishes. The pans and ramekins are non-stick, making for an easy clean up. They can be used for soufflés, lasagnas, brownies — whatever a tummy desires.
For that person on your list constantly saying they need to drink more water, the Arc Bottle will be a hit. First off, its sleek design is too pretty to forget to carry. Secondly, it has clever time markers on the front to indicate where they should be in they should be in their agua consumption. The 32 ounce liter has the look of glass but is made with BPA-free plastic, so it's drop-proof too. One bottle comes in an order.
Although you may be thinking this would be top choice for a hubby, brother or son, women — as we already know — are handy too. I'd be lost without my tool set kit, and see this 148-piece set as an ideal choice for a daughter who's just moved away from home. It has the basics, like a hammer, several wrenches, tape measure, and a whole lot more. The case makes storage simple, and it can easily be tucked away in the corner of a closet or beneath the sink till it needs to be used.
Who doesn't love the Barefoot Contessa and her delicious recipes? They're so simple, and yet so impressive. Even if you don't have any culinary artists on your gift list this year, this book with its gorgeous food photography may awaken someone's inner chef.