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These 40+ splurge-worthy gifts are actually worth the money — tech, home, style, travel and more

These 40+ splurge-worthy gifts are actually worth the money — tech, home, style, travel and more

So many people look forward to the holiday season as a reason to shop for items they otherwise wouldn't purchase during the earlier months. Whether you've been saving all year to buy that surround sound soundbar or the full-size version of that super long-lasting fragrance that gets you so many compliments or need the perfect luxury gift for a deserving loved one or friend, this guide to splurge-worthy gifts will help you decide what's actually worth buying.

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To make your shopping experience a bit easier and a lot more enjoyable, we've broken down the best splurge-worthy gifts into five categories:

  1. Tech

  2. Kitchen/Food

  3. Home

  4. Style

  5. Travel

You're sure to find something you or a loved one will treasure for years, from the best-selling and easy-to-stow KitchenAid Go Cordless System that starts at just $100 to the plush and soft Cashmere Throw by designer James Perkins that looks just as luxe as it feels.

If you're looking for the perfect suitcase that will last you a lifetime, the cult favorite Monos Carry-On Pro is the one to buy — and I can personally attest to this. For those looking for the absolute best men's heavyweight down jacket, this one from Vuori is worth the investment, and shoppers say it's even more insulated than similar offerings from The North Face. Also, just in time for Christmas morning (and beyond), LilySilk's 100% silk pajamas for both men and women are a life-long investment you'll be glad you bought.

Now is also the best time to shop for high-end home, kitchen and food items like the Brightland Essential Capsule set that comes with its best-selling olive oils and vinegars, this made-fresh charcuterie and cheese board that comes ready to eat with all the fixings and the cult-favorite ceramic-coated, non-stick Caraway bakeware set that comes with complimentary storage.

Check out our favorite splurge-worthy gifts below, and never have buyer's remorse again.

Tech

Finding a 3-in-1 nightstand charging solution isn't difficult, but finding one that's thoughtfully designed, has fast-charging properties and supports Apple's MagSafe technology is, and Nomad managed to check all of those boxes (and then some) with its newest release: the Stand One Max.

This space-saving charging solution simultaneously powers your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods in a single, timeless and robust design that feels just as luxe as it looks. Unlike most multi-charge products, this one doesn't feel cheap and flimsy. Instead, since it's made of high-quality metal and glass, it weighs almost 2 pounds — and this ensures that it doesn't budge from wherever it's placed.

After using it for the past few nights on my nightstand, I can confidently say that it's one of the most beautiful and seamlessly designed charging solutions I've used (and I've tested a lot). It supports Apple's nightstand mode, so you're able to see your dimmed clock in landscape mode during the night. It also supports Apple Watch fast charging and MFi MagSafe charging for the iPhone.

The Stand One Max comes in two colors (silver and carbide) and is the ultimate luxury tech accessory.

$180 at Nomad

Courant already has a cult following as it is for its tray that does double-duty as both a wireless charging pad and a holding tray. However, the brand recently launched a newly updated version called the MAG:3, which combines the latest MagSafe-compatible tech from its MAG lineup with its best-selling CATCH:3 charging tray profile.

If you're shopping for someone who absolutely hates the look of traditional wireless chargers, this one seamlessly integrates tech and interior design, especially with this new version's two material options: leather and linen.

It's perfect for a bedroom nightstand or a living room end table, and it's only $160! It's still a splurge, but it's worth it!

$160 at Courant

Dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush to get the most thorough clean when brushing your teeth. Several say the Oral-B iO Series 10 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is their personal and professional choice.

Though a bit of an investment, this electric toothbrush is among the best of the best, with Oral-B being one of the most trusted toothbrush brands on the market.

This electric toothbrush makes the perfect gift and is one of the best ways to treat yourself while reaping long-term benefits. Thanks to iOSense technology, it provides a personalized and superior toothbrushing experience at home between dental visits.

What sets this toothbrush above the rest is its ability to ensure that you cover every area of your mouth thoroughly, for the right amount of time and with the right amount of pressure. It also connects to the Oral-B app to provide real-time guidance to improve brushing over time.

$400 at Oral-B

Everyone loves Theragun. From those suffering from muscle aches and occasional stiffness to people who just need a means to relax and soothe their muscles after a workout, these massage guns provide significant relief that leaves you feeling soothed and relaxed after just one use.

This year, the brand launched a series of new massage guns, and the Theragun PRO Plus saw them seriously step things up. The Theragun PRO Plus is Therabody's ultimate multi-therapy massage device, providing six cutting-edge treatments covering much more than simple muscle massages. It also helps with recovery and features percussive therapy, near-infrared light therapy, vibration therapy, heat therapy, cold therapy (sold separately), breathwork and more in one handheld device.

It's the perfect all-encompassing wellness device that works!

$599 at Theragun

Bevel is one of the leading authorities in men's grooming, and its newest product, the Bevel Electric Shaver, is one of the most innovative and effective I've ever seen.

Designed to give a close shave without irritating the skin, this shaver works in both wet and dry conditions. What makes it particularly impressive is its dermatologist-tested swivel head that adapts to your facial contours to minimize any skin pressure and ultimately prevent razor bumps.

My husband used the Bevel Electric Shaver to shave his bald head, and he achieved a shave that was as smooth if not smoother than a classic close razor. This shaver is the perfect gift for any man in your life as it works wonders both on the head and face.

$88 at Bevel

The product that put Bevel on the map, though, is its cordless trimmer that gives you the crispest lineup possible without any irritation — and best of all, there are no restricting wires!

If you're looking for a sleek trimmer that covers the basics and then some, this device is the one to buy. There are zero gaps, no blade switches, and it gives you a crisp and clean fade that lasts.

Right now, the trimmer comes in two standard colors (black and silver) and one limited-edition hue: gold! The original silver version's also available at Walmart.

$160 at Bevel

These headphones are the ultimate investment piece that will last you forever, and since they have the best noise-cancelation technology built-in, they'll always stay in style. I was initially skeptical about these when I saw the price. Still, after using and feeling them for myself, I can firmly attest that they're the most well-made headphones on the market, with a competitively impressive sound that beats the likes of Sony and Bose.

Bowers & Wilkins' Px8 Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones come in three gorgeous colors, but the Royal Burgundy (pictured above) is an understated yet incredibly luxe stunner. The Nappa leather finish makes these feel and look highly durable (and they are), and the aluminum details make the headphones hefty without being heavy.

The Nappa leather motif continues with the memory foam cushions and headband, but the unmatched sound quality is where these headphones truly sing. They offer the crispest sound I've heard in a pair of headphones in both noise-cancelation and Ambient Pass-Through mode. These will surely be the unforgettable gift for which people will thank you for years to come.

$699 at Bowers & Wilkins

I've tested so many premium soundbars over the years, and the Sonos Arc remains the best, year after year. I stand so firmly on this that I've used it in my living room for over a year.

Though it's a bit pricey, it's worth the investment as you literally feel like you're in a fully immersive movie theater every time you watch a series, a movie or even listen to music. Unlike most high-end, high-octane soundbars, the Sonos Arc seamlessly brings your entertainment to life through realistic audio that doesn't sound too scattered or overbearing.

It strikes the perfect middle ground just right for your living space thanks to the Trueplay tuning technology that adjusts to your room's size and the soundbar's placement.

This soundbar also has all the essential features that most soundbars should but only sometimes have, like Dolby Atmos, Apple AirPlay 2, touch and voice controls, Wi-Fi, TV remote sync, HDMI eARC and more. Choose from two colors: white or black.

$899 at Sonos

Every year, this ends up being one of the top-selling workout machines, and based on over 9,000 customer reviews, it's no secret that it's a top seller.

If you're looking for the best long-haul investment workout machine made for full-body exercises, the Hydrow Rowers is arguably the best machine to buy. The perfect gift for parents, a significant other, or yourself, this rower has patented technology that recreates the feeling of rowing on water.

It connects instantly to Bluetooth and heart rate monitors and, unlike most hi-tech machines, doesn't have a learning curve. Simply have a seat, strap your feet in, grab the handle and row.

The crystal-clear 22-inch display shows you your stats and metrics and even rotates for on-the-mat-action.

$2,495 at Hydrow

Kitchen/Food

If you're on the hunt for the perfect luxury drinkware, but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars, Our Place has some of the best selections and its new Party Coupes set is one of our newest favorites.

Giving luxury on a budget, these hand-blown glasses are just as beautiful as they are practical. What makes them super special, though, is their stackable design that makes them extremely easy to store — especially if you're running low on space.

Also, since they're naturally infused with colors, they won't chip or fade over time. They come in the classic, universal 11-ounce coupe shape and are currently available in three gorgeous colors.

$95 at Our Place

There are a few space-saving blenders on the market right now, but the Beast Blender is my personal favorite for so many reasons. Mainly, though, it ranks way above the rest simply because you get so much bang for your buck.

It comes with the fan-favorite Beast Blender and a matching tonal bottle — two products that anyone would actually use and won't leave to sit in the back of their kitchen cabinets. The bottle lets you create the perfect blends and easily take them with you on the go with the leakproof carry cap or straw cap. The all-new cap system also fits onto any stainless steel bottle or blending vessel.

Also, what I love most about the Beast Blender is that it's extremely easy to use. It only has one button — long-press to blend and simply press to quick-pulse.

Get the new Beast Blender Tonal today in pebble gray, carbon black (pictured above) or cloud white.

$166 at Beast

While the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer is undoubtedly one of those luxurious kitchen status symbols we all know, it doesn't align with a younger consumer's scope. Specifically, if you have a smaller kitchen with limited countertop space, there may be better options than a clunky stand mixer. However, the brand's new KitchenAid Go Cordless System perfectly aligns with this vibe — each item is cordless and easy to store.

Currently available at Target, the system includes six separately sold handheld appliances that are must-have kitchen essentials that you'll actually use. Included are the (all cordless) hand mixer, hand blender, chopper, personal blender, coffee grinder, kitchen vacuum and charging dock bundle.

You can also choose each handheld appliance with or without the battery. Remember, though, that if you plan on purchasing multiple products from the line, you just need to purchase one battery and use it for each, saving you money in the end!

While the entire bundle is splurge-worthy, each product is affordable, all retailing for just $100.

$100 at Target

We previously shared how much we absolutely love Our Place's tableware and these Gather Bowls may be in our top three all-time favorite picks from the best-selling collection.

This set comes with two generously sized bowls (one small and one large) that are perfect for serving huge salads, pastas and dips at your next dinner party or gathering. They're also ceramic with a glossy interior for scratch resistance and a satin exterior finish — so they're essentially giving luxury from every angle.

These bowls also stack neatly — a feature that comes in handy for those who don't have much space to work with. Choose from five classic Our Place colors (terracotta is my personal favorite).

$65 at Our Place

This is the perfect bundle to buy for rounding out any kitchen. It comes with Brightland's two high-quality extra virgin olive oils (the bold Awake and the smooth and grassy Alive) and its famous raw Balsamic vinegar and Champagne vinegar.

Perfect for the home cook in your life, this set is perfect to use with roasts, soups, stews, baked goods, greens and more. Plus, it looks fantastic on any kitchen countertop.

$112 at Brightland

After rising to fame on Shark Tank, Boardie became everyone's go-to destination for freshly made and beautifully packaged cheese and charcuterie boards. While there's an art that goes into creating and curating the perfect board, it takes a lot of skill and effort to make it look professional, and Boardie does all the work for you.

This particular board comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) and serves from two to 10 people, depending on your chosen size. It ships chilled, features artisan ingredients, and is made fresh when ordered.

The large board (pictured above) comes with 37 hand-selected artisan cheeses, meats, dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, olives and spreads. Also included are three full boxes of crackers (rosemary and olive oil, tart cherry and cacao, and everything spice). When it's all gone, the wood board is yours to reuse.

Best of all, it arrives fully arranged and ready to eat, so the recipient doesn't have to cut or organize anything. This one's the perfect gift for the foodie in your life or the person who loves to entertain.

$239 at Boarderie

Prep time doesn't get more streamlined (and chic) than this nine-piece set. It comes with mixing bowls, transparent lids, a grater, a juicer and a salad spinner equipped with a giant easy button that we're obsessed with.

The three-piece bowl set is the true star of the show. They're perfect for storing foods or for use as you cook or bake. Also, since the set's meant to be stored together, you'll end up saving space. It's also a lovely added touch that all of the bowls and lids are both freezer and dishwasher-safe.

And if you've broken or cracked a few bowls in your day, rest assured that these leak-proof bowls are just as sturdy as they are lightweight. Also, their nonslip base ensures that they stay put while in use.

Choose from four colors (including the iconic Our Place lavender).

$95 at Our Place

Caraway is known for its ceramic-coated, non-stick cookware, but its bakeware is genuinely where the brand sings. Available in a whopping nine colors (the black and gold colorway from the Iconics line is my favorite), this 11-piece set has everything a home baker would possibly need.

You get one 18-13" baking sheet, one 15x10" baking sheet, one 12-cup muffin pan, one 9x13" rectangle pan, one 18x13" cooling rack, one 9-inch square pan, a 1lb loaf pan, two 9-inch circle pans and two storage cubbies to store each piece.

What sets this set apart from others is its non-stick surface. Unlike other unsafe non-stick pans with chemicals, these are naturally non-stick and have a non-toxic coating that's safe and guilt-free.

$476 at Caraway

Home

The Harmonist's Hypnotizing Fire Eau de Parfum fragrance is one of my all-time favorites for its longevity and its woodsy, smoky, mysterious scent. The fragrance house knew it was a best seller and created a candle version perfect for the fall and winter months.

With notes of pepper tree, cloves, patchouli, Bulgarian rose and vanilla, this is the perfect warm and comforting scent that doesn't smell too holiday-forward. Instead, it gives off a sexy and slightly sweet aroma that spreads super far in a large room, which may come as a surprise for a candle that's not particularly huge.

This gift is one of those investments that goes a long way.

$98 at The Harmonist

I love artist and designer collaborations, so I was so excited when I saw that James Perkins, known for cutting across mediums with interesting installations and artwork, released an exclusive collection of home decor items on Lulu and Georgia.

One of my favorites from the warm and comforting line is this luxe throw blanket that's 50% cashmere and 50% wool, providing the perfect balance of warmth and wealth. This exclusive collaboration perfectly translates Perkins' work into a collection of textiles and wallpapers that are hard to come by, and this soft blanket is the ideal way to get a piece of the pie at a high-end but still approachable price.

The blanket comes in three neutral colors that complement any space beautifully.

$298 at Lulu and Georgia

The warm motif continues with this silk pillow, another standout piece from the collaboration between Lulu and Georgia and James Perkins. Made of 100% silk with a 100% cotton lining, this sophisticated and highly luxurious pillow serves as the perfect anchor piece to a couch or decorative chair in an apartment.

Also, its down insert makes the pillow extra dense, molding nicely to any shape or dent you make. The unique designs featured on both sides of the pillow come in lumbar and square styles.

Choose from three colors: red clay (my favorite), mudstone and dark moss.

$138 at Lulu and Georgia

High-quality sheets are, honestly, the ultimate practical splurge-worthy gift and these from the well-known brand Parachute are among some of the best you'll find. If you're looking for those five-star quality hotel sheets, these are the ones to buy.

The brand's best-selling Brushed Cotton Venice Set comes in six classic colors and one seasonal color and includes one fitting sheet, two pillowcases and one duvet cover. You also have the option to add a top sheet when adding the item to your cart. Parachute decided to make this optional since lots of sleepers prefer to sleep without a top sheet anyway.

This set is crafted in Portugal from 100% cotton and has a buttery soft finish. It comes in four sizes: full, queen, king and California king.

$389 at Parachute

Brooklinen is another bedding brand that always meets the market when it comes to quality bedding. What I love most about the brand, though, is that you get everything you need in one set (including four pillowcases instead of two).

Its best-selling Luxe Sateen Hardcore Sheet Bundle is the perfect pick for the person who loves softer sheets and a duvet cover that pillows. These sheets are also made with the highest quality threads and have a silky soft material and a luminous sheen that only gets better with each wash.

This set comes with a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, four pillowcases and a duvet cover.

It also comes in a whopping 16 colors and six sizes ranging from twin to California King.

$231 at Brooklinen

If you're looking to make a serious splurge that's sure to last forever, this is the best purchase to make. This gift is the new-age cabinet to your great-grandma's antique passed down from generation to generation. With its clean lines and minimal design, the Sundays Easy Edge Oak Bar Cabinet screams quiet luxury, and with its super spacious interior, it's as practical as it gets.

Inside, you'll find 11 compartments with room for bottles, glassware, bar utensils, tableware and so much more. There's also a mirrored wall inside the cabinet to add to that luxurious, high-end aesthetic.

It comes in two colors (white oak and black oak) and is the perfect solution for those with limited kitchen storage space. Its slim design lets it fit easily in tighter apartment spaces without looking out of place.

$1,890 at Sundays

Real flowers are beautiful, but let's face it — they die, and some people are allergic. If you're shopping for someone who loves the look of fresh flowers but doesn't want to deal with the hassle, this faux bouquet and glass vase (complete with a water illusion) is the perfect gift.

Created by Diane James, a brand known for its realistic faux florals, this bouquet comes with faux peonies, dahlias, and ranunculus. These instantly add a fresh and elegant touch to any room, and you never have to worry about changing the water or them dying, especially given their luxury price point.

What's most impressive about this arrangement, though, is the pink glass vase with illusion water that's impossible to discern if it's real or not.

$795 at Ashley Stark Home

For those who prefer gifting real flowers, Winston Flowers will always be my top recommendation for an elegant, full and one-of-a-kind arrangement that's sure to give you your money's worth.

While the likes of 1-800-Flowers and Pro Flowers are practical and excellent in their own right, Winston Flowers takes the labor and amateur element out of the process. Unlike other flower delivery services, Winston Flowers delivers each fully assembled arrangement (which looks exactly like the picture).

I received a bouquet from the brand during the summer and was amazed by its massive volume and freshness. Also, they lasted extremely long — much longer than those from other companies.

Currently part of the brand's Holiday Collection, the Crimson Classic Deluxe bouquet features a mix of rich red blooms, including amaryllis blossoms, red roses, spray roses and berries. It doesn't get more romantic and festive than this!

$225 at Winston Flowers

Though this high-end photo book is on the most affordable side, its original $90 price tag definitely makes it a splurge. However, thanks to the holiday season, it's currently on sale for as low as $51!

Available in two sizes (medium and large), two formats (square and landscape) and three beautiful neutral colors, this photo book lets you fill up to 100 pages with your favorite memories. Both the medium and large sizes fit one to four photos per page and each size comes with a premium hardcover with a smooth finish.

If you're looking to create the perfect inexpensive custom photo album that looks so much more expensive than it is, this one from Papier is my top recommendation.

$77 at Papier

Looking for a more premium photo book, this one from Artifact Uprising is my absolute favorite!

If you're shopping for someone who's always capturing life's fondest memories on their phone or camera, then this beautiful leather photo book makes the perfect gift. As Artifact Uprising's most premium and personalized luxury photo album, it has ultra-thick, seamless page spreads, heirloom-quality construction and customizable cover materials, designs and details all the way down to the fonts and page colors.

What I love most about this particular photo album is its one-of-a-kind, artisanal marbled end sheets that make it look and feel so luxe. Also, you get to choose between linen and leather for the photo book's cover — both of which are extremely long-lasting.

Choose from seven sizes to make this the perfect gift for the sentimental person in your life. They'll be surprised when they open it to find their beautifully captured photos perfectly displayed all in one place. This is one of those gifts that's passed down for generations.

$258 at Artifact Uprising

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