The holidays are still a way’s away, but we’re already counting down the days. Who couldn’t use a little bit of Christmas cheer in their lives right now? We firmly believe that it’s never too early to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts of 2021. And here at SPY, we take a lot of pride in connecting our readers with the best gift ideas for every occasion, whether they need help finding the best Valentine’s Day gifts, birthday gift ideas or Christmas presents. So whether you’re looking for the latest high-end tech gifts or need something thoughtful and unique for everyone on your Christmas shopping list without totally blowing your budget, we’ve got you.
Christmas is the time of the year when you get to play Santa and really make someone’s holiday extra special. It just takes some patience, research and a bit of expert advice to fill up your shopping sleigh with some of the season’s must-have Christmas gifts.
The first half of 2021 already introduced some game-changing products to the market. Refer back to some of SPY’s Best of 2021 guides including the Best Gifts For Dads, Best Air Fryers to Buy and the Best Instant Cameras for some gift-giving inspiration.
But make no mistake, here is where you’ll find the most popular Christmas presents that your significant other, family members, siblings and co-workers are adding to their wish lists. An early anniversary gift, nice stocking-stuffer or Secret Santa surprise — we’ve got something for every person, occasion and price point.
From elite smart home products to fancy footwear, home bar essentials to health and wellness enhancers, we present to you the best Christmas gifts of 2021 as part of SPY’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.
Check back often as we will continue to update this list with new, high-demand releases as we get closer and closer to the holidays. Christmas is one of the best gift-giving occasions of the year, and we’re already excited to see what’s going to be under our trees. We hope you stick with us throughout the season and let us help you make shopping for everyone on your list easier.
Top Christmas Gift of 2021: Wireless Earbuds
We’ve written about a lot of products on Spy this year, but if we had to recommend one Christmas gift for everyone on your shopping list, it would be wireless earbuds. Not only are earbuds the perfect tech accessory for commuting, traveling and returning to work in a noisy office, but there have also been a few dynamite pairs released in 2021. Sony’s brand new WF-1000XM4 earbuds were a favorite of ours this year, and they’re definitely a top pick when it comes to must-have Christmas gifts.
The Sony XM4 earbuds boast industry-leading noise cancellation and exceptional sound quality. On top of that, they have crystal-clear microphones for calls, speak-to-chat technology, all-day battery life, and are even IPX42 water-resistant for gym days. If the price tag makes you hesitate, there are plenty of high-quality wireless earbuds under $100, but Sony’s new XM4 earbuds are our top pick for 2021.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
The popular Brooklinen Super Plush robe is the kind of product women might not buy for themselves but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. So do yourself a favor and buy one of the best Christmas gifts for women (or anyone that loves feeling warm and cozy). Brooklinen makes the Super-Plush robe from 100% Turkish cotton for a luxurious spa-like feel that everyone will love.
Hypervolt Massage Guns
Hyperice just released a brand new line of massage guns including the Hypervolt 2, a brand new, upgraded version of their original massage gun. While we’re still in the midst of testing it, we can conclusively say it’s one of the best massage guns of 2021 by far. It’s perfect for very active individuals, athletes, or anyone that’s super stressed out this year. It’s got three speeds of powerful percussion and an improve ergonomic design that’s easy to hold and handle. It can also connect to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth and lasts 2.5+ hours on a single charge. If the price tag gives you pause, the Hypervolt GO is Hyperice’s smaller, more affordable massage gun, and it’s also an excellent Christmas gift idea.
Anker 10000 Portable Power Bank Charger
A power bank isn’t the most exciting Christmas gift 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 iPhone 12, the Galaxy S20 and it even provides up to 1.2 charges for the iPad mini 5. It’s one of the lightest and slimmest chargers on the market, and it’s got Anker’s MultiProtect safety system to guard against overcharging, short-circuiting and temperature fluctuations. These little gadgets are perfect stocking stuffers, too.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
If you want high-end cookware Christmas gifts, then you can’t go wrong with Le Creuset. The French manufacturer’s dutch oven is unparalleled in quality and performance and comes with superior heat distribution with the enameled cast iron. It has 45% larger handles for handling and the sand-colored interior is resistant to wear and tear and clearly displays cooking progress. The composite knob on top can withstand temperatures up to 500ºF, and the sturdy cast iron design comes in a bunch of bright, vibrant colors. This is not a cheap gift, but it’s one that’ll last in the kitchen for decades to come.
Best Grooming Gift of 2021: Harry’s Truman Set
Harry’s is one of our favorite brands for men’s grooming, and their Truman Set would make a great Christmas gift for any guy in your life who’s dedicated to the upkeep of their facial hair. The kit comes with the Truman razor handle, which has a weighted core and textured rubber grip, as well as three blade cartridges. You’ve also got their lathering shave gel and a travel cover so you can pack everything up easily.
Best Stocking Stuffers: Electric Wine Openers
Finding stocking stuffers for adults can be tricky, as most of these little gifts end up gathering dust come the new year. Fortunately, anyone that loves wine is sure to get plenty of use out of this handy electric wine opener from Secura. It’s just the right size — and price — for stockings. And if you’re looking for more small gifts, we have more than 60 great stocking stuffer ideas for you.
Keurig K-Supreme Plus SMART Single Serve Coffee Maker
This is Keurig’s newly released smart coffee maker that comes with BrewID technology for a custom cup of coffee every time, and it’s bound to be one of the year’s hottest Christmas gifts. This coffee maker is designed to sense the exact brand and roast of the pod you put in, and it automatically adjusts factors like the temperature, strength and cup size. You can save all of your favorite customized brews via an app on your smartphone and set up automatic ordering so you never run out of coffee again.
Top Digital Christmas Gift of 2021: HBO Max Subscription
If you’re going to stream in 2021, it should be with HBO Max. The streaming platform exploded this year with new movie releases, original content and classic movies and TV shows. Give your loved one access to many of the blockbuster films being released in 2022 from the comfort of their couch, and streaming access to classic shows like Friends, Insecure, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and more. Plans start at just $9.99/month, and yes you can pay for a yearly subscription all in one go.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
With more than nine million copies sold and more than 49,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say Exploding Kittens is a fan favorite. The game is essentially 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.
Mixology Bartender Kit: 10-Piece Bar Tool Set
This Christmas, one of our favorite gift ideas is this 10-piece cocktail kit, which comes with a stylish bamboo holder that will look beautiful on any bar cart or countertop. During the stay-at-home era of yesteryear, many of us developed a newfound respect for the bartender at our neighborhood watering hole. Just because bars are open now, that doesn’t mean you still don’t want to mix up that cocktail you mastered during quarantine. This cocktail kit will help with that. This was one of our most popular Christmas gifts of 2020, and we think they’re ideal Christmas gifts for 2021, too.
L’Occitane Holiday Hand Cream Indulgences Trio
L’Occitane is a French beauty company that makes Oprah-approved hand creams, and year after year they’re popular Christmas gifts for women. This trio pack comes with three different hand creams, all made with shea butter for lasting moisture and silky smooth skin. The scents include Bergamot and Verbena Mandarin, and they come in a festive holiday box.
Instant Pots are still just as useful, efficient and multipurpose as they were a few years back when they first emerged on the culinary scene, and they’re still one of our favorite Christmas gifts. It’s the ultimate 7-in-1 appliance that can be your pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker and food warmer all in one. It’s got 13 different smart touch programs that include foods like poultry, rice and soups, and the inner pot is made of food-grade stainless steel for even cooking.
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Welly Adventure Kits
We love Welly! This year, we’re buying these first aid kits for everyone on our Christmas list. This brand makes bandages and first aid kits that will make you look forward to your next scraped knee, and they’re the perfect Christmas gifts for 2021. Don’t be fooled by the fun exterior; these adorable little kits mean business. The adults on your list are sure to love the Welly Adventure Kit or Travel First Aid Kit, and kids will love their new Welly Bravery Bandages.
Like all of the brand’s products, they come in a colorful and compact tin filled with everything you need to treat bumps, scrapes, scratches and all the little injuries that result from a life well-lived. The brand’s fun waterproof bandages are also a perfect Christmas gift for parents, and you just might want to trade your own boring Band-Aids for some Wellys, too.
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Everyone needs a quality house shoe or slipper. This is a non-negotiable point in 2021. And even if the work-from-home lifestyle ended, we’re betting these shoes will get plenty of use no matter what. From walking to grab the mail or lounging about the house, a quality pair of slippers is a must-have, and no one makes better slippers than UGG.
The Ascot slippers are our pick for men. From the suede upper to the rubber bottom, you can expect durability in this slipper. But don’t let that durability fool you; this thing is comfy as heck thanks to the inner wool lining. According to SPY’s Site Director Tim Werth, “Seriously, these slippers are one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever received. I thought they were silly at first, but after I put them on I never wanted to take them off. (Thanks, mom.)”
For women, the Fluff Yeah slippers are perfect Christmas gifts. The slide design is trendy, and the plush sheepskin upper holds your foot in. They’ve also got a molded rubber outsole and come in a bunch of fun colors.
Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug
According to one SPY editor, you can fill up this insulated coffee mug with hot coffee at 8 a.m. and still have hot coffee by the time 8 p.m. rolls around. An insulated and travel-friendly coffee mug is always a good idea for Christmas gifts, and this popular mug from Fellow Products is definitely the one you want. Buy one for yourself and pick up a couple extra to give as gifts.
Apple AirPods Max
Apple’s highly anticipated new headphones did not disappoint. In fact, they exceeded our expectations. The AirPods Max are definitely one of the best tech gifts of the year, and they’re also one of our favorite Christmas gifts despite the exorbitant price tag. They’ve got an Apple-designed dynamic driver that delivers high-fidelity audio and 360-degree Dolby Atmos surround sound with dynamic head tracking that moves with you. Elite-level Active Noise Cancellation blocks out the world, but these headphones also have the Transparency Mode everyone is used to with AirPods. To read more about why these headphones are worth every penny, read our full review here.
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YETI Cooler Backpack
Thankfully, we’re all getting out of the house a bit more in 2021, and for a park day, beach excursion or camping weekend, a YETI cooler backpack is a must. Like all Yeti products, it has a heftier price tag than most coolers, but we don’t care. Spy editors have tested out this cooler backpack in the field, and we absolutely love it. That’s also why it’s such a good gift — while your loved one might not buy this for themself, we’re guessing they would love to get it as a gift.
COOL BANK 85-Piece Art Set
This 85-piece art set is very reasonably priced and includes sketching pencils, watercolor cakes, acrylic paints, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, a drawing pad and lots of other equipment as well. It’s a great Christmas gift for students, hobbyists, craft-loving moms and professionals alike. The whole set comes in a large wooden carrying case with a drawer so your supplies stay organized.
Fly By Jing Hot 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 sauce to get them this year. It’s made with tongue-tingling Sichuan peppers and a blend of Erjingtiao chilis that are known for their mild heat, intense aroma and addictive flavor. It’s good on everything — from pizza to noodles and even ice cream — and is made using only all-natural ingredients.
This luxe humidifier is made to clear sinuses, promote overall wellness and give you clear, healthy skin through the use of filtered moisture and proprietary technology. It’s nightstand-friendly, anti-mold and super easy to clean. It also boasts smart sensors that’ll let you know when it’s out of water, and the embedded UV lights are designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria, mold and viruses. Finally, it has a diffuser add-on you can use to diffuse soothing essential oils into your environment.
Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpants
These sweatpants were one of our most popular gifts for men in 2020, and ended up winning one of our 2020 Spy Man Awards for their quality, look and general coziness. We love these Mack Weldon sweatpants and are excited to recommend them as a great Christmas gift for guys in 2021 as well. They’re made from micro-sanded french terry and have just enough stretch. They taper around the legs for a slimmer fit and have pockets for running to the local corner store on a cold winter’s day. Any guy would be thrilled to find these under the tree.
Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Finger Puppets
When it comes to Christmas gifts for kids, sometimes the simplest things are what work best. These finger puppets from the hit show Paw Patrol are great for kids aged 2-4 as the bright colors encourage curiosity and learning. They’re easy to clean, feature the friendly faces they’re used to seeing on the show, and each has a soft rubber opening that’s perfect for little hands.
Our Place Home Cook Duo
Last year, the Always Pan from Our Place dazzled Spy readers and quickly earned a cult following, selling out over and over again. This year, Our Place released the Perfect Pot, a counterpart to the all-in-one pan that’s made to replace your dutch oven, bread pot, roasting rack and more. This is the rare piece of cookware that will be appreciated by dedicated foodies and novice home chefs alike. Both pieces of cookware come in a bunch of beautiful colors and are equipped with non-toxic ceramic coatings that make cleaning and cooking easy.
Kinetic Sand Sandbox Playset
For kids who are old enough, Kinetic Sand is a great Christmas gift that’s tactile, fun and easy to play with. This moldable, magical flowing sand can easily shapeshift into anything you can imagine, and it never dries out. So even if your kids leave it out uncovered, they’ll still be able to use it over and over again. This playset comes with a crane with two different attachments for moving the sand around, and it’s got a dump truck with brick molds for constructing.
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 10.25-Inches
A Lodge cast-iron skillet can last for decades, making it a true heritage piece. Yet you can buy this popular heritage cookware for as little as $25 on sites like Amazon. This is the type of long-lasting kitchen gift that will be appreciated by young people still learning their way around an omelet. You can’t go wrong with their classic design that’s pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil and ready for unparalleled heat retention in the oven, on the stove or even over a campfire.
Hedgehog Plastic Dryer Balls
These dryer balls are simple, affordable stocking stuffers — they’re also totally adorable. They’re designed to tumble in the dryer with your clothes, absorbing moisture and helping clothes dry up to 25% faster. They’re made of hypoallergenic plastic that softens without the use of a dryer sheet or fabric softener and will serve as an adorable laundry companion.
Misen Chef’s Knife
A chef’s knife is another great Christmas gift for cooks this holiday season, and the new Misen Chef’s Knife is one of our favorites for it sharp design and reasonable price. Its design incorporates the best components of both Western- and Japanese-style blades, so it’s primed for cutting meat, veggies and more. It’s made of premium AUS-10 steel and has a sloped bolster that promotes a “pinch grip” for optimal control. The 15-degree blade angle makes for a much sharper cutting face and it comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Anker PowerWave Qi-Certified Wireless Charger
This top-rated wireless charger is an affordable Christmas gift that’s sure to get plenty of use in 2021. As a stocking stuffer or small gift for a coworker, sibling or friend, this reliable charger makes it easy to keep devices juiced up and ready to go. Wireless chargers are one of the best Christmas gifts of 2021, and you can’t go wrong with this device from Anker. It’s case-friendly, can charge a phone vertically or horizontally and is compatible with most iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.
Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set – L.L. Bean
This year, give the gift that truly keeps on giving: high-quality flannel sheets. If that sounds boring, you’ve clearly never slept in flannel. Why are we so into flannel? Well, unlike sheets made of synthetic fibers, flannel keeps you warm without keeping you hot, which all hot sleepers know is a very important distinction. The key is breathability. So in the summer, you’re cool; in the winter, you’re warm. L.L. Bean is one of our favorite brands across the board and this set of sheets are truly tough to top. If you’ve been feeling stressed, you’ll love the feeling of slipping into your cozy flannel sheets at night, and so will anyone on your gift list.
Day Owl The Backpack
This trendy, minimalist backpack from Day Owl is another one of our favorite Christmas gifts for the year. It functional, stylish and great for everyone from the high school senior to the daily commuter. It’s made of First Mile recycled canvas and comes with a 16″ padded laptop pocket built to protect your devices. It’s water and stain-repellent and comes with no-slack straps for a comfortable fit even when packed full with books. It also comes with a luggage strap for stacking on top of your suitcase and a spill-resistant water bottle pocket that can fit up to a 750ml bottle.
SHASHIBO Shape-Shifting Box Puzzle
This shape-shifting puzzle is sure to be the toy everyone wants to check out on Christmas morning. It’s made with 36 different rare earth magnets that can transform into 70 different shapes for hours of mind-twisting fun. It’s made of premium injection-molded plastic, so when you throw it across the room out of frustration it shouldn’t break. This little puzzle will stimulate your body and mind with its engaging, bright design.
Lemome Classic Journal Notebook
Some gifts are so universal they’re perfect for everyone on your list. And even in the digital age, who doesn’t need a journal? Whether you’re writing down your deepest thoughts or scratching out a grocery list, this is a practical and always-appreciated essential that’s a perfect Christmas gift for mom, dad, siblings and coworkers alike.
Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station
Having a good generator 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 generator with a great design, the Jackery is it. It’s one of the best solar-powered generators and portable generators around, and it’s the perfect Christmas gift for your friend who always likes to be prepared.
We had the chance to test the Jackery Explorer earlier this year, and we were very impressed. Jackery makes models in a wide variety of sizes and wattages, but their Explorer 240 is the best introductory one for having an extra power source on hand. 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 trip essentials. It can be recharged via solar panel (sold separately) and weighs only 6.6 pounds, making it perfect for car camping or other outdoor adventures.
Philips Sonicare 4100 Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are popular Christmas gifts that many people don’t fully appreciate until they notice a brighter smile several weeks later. And even though there are a ton of smart toothbrushes available in 2021, the SPY team unanimously agreed that the Philips Sonicare line is the best option for holiday shoppers. The Sonicare 4100 toothbrush has a straightforward and user-friendly design. The long-lasting battery ensures your toothbrush is always ready to clean those pearly whites, and the built-in timer makes it easy to brush properly.
Herschel Classic XL Backpack
Herschel makes excellent luggage, and their Classic Backpack is one of our favorite practical and stylish gifts for Christmas 2021. This bright red color is perfectly on-brand for the holidays, but will also conveniently stick out in the crowd all year round. It comes with two water bottle holders, a sturdy front storage pocket and a laptop sleeve as well.
Beaded Lanyard Phone Charm 6-Pack
This pack of beaded phone charms is a perfect Christmas gift for a niece, younger cousin or family member you don’t know very well. They’re super trendy, and a fun way to dress up a smartphone and make it unique. This pack comes with six beaded charms all with different colors and patterns strung together with nylon rope. It comes with three charms that are 30cm in length and two that are 26cm in length, all of which can be used as a convenient wrist strap.
Bearaby Weighted Blanket
The end of the year, and holiday season, is a perfect time to de-stress. Weighted blankets are one of the best ways to do it, as they’re the furniture equivalent of a great big hug, and Bearaby makes some of the best ones in the game. Their blankets are 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 come in a bunch of great neutral colors like Rosemary, pictured below.
Bearaby blankets are great, they’re also pricey and might be out of the holiday budget for many folks. We’ve also included a link to the new Amazon Basics weighted blanket, which also boasts great reviews and a variety of weight sizes to choose from.
Jade Roller and Gua Sha Face Kit
For a beauty gift that won’t break the bank, this jade face roller and Gua Sha kit is designed to promote lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness around the eyes. The Gua Sha facial massager is also meant to be used to reduce facial edema and help your skin look firmer and fresher. Both are made of sturdy rose quartz and can be kept in the fridge or freezer for a pleasant cooling sensation whenever you want to use it. This is one of our favorite grooming gifts of the year for its simplicity and low price point.
Brümate Hopsulator Trio 3-in-1
Give the gift of never having to drink a warm beer 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 one is designed for both 16 oz. and 12 oz. cans, and comes with an adaptor for an easy switch between both. It’s made to keep our drinks 20x colder than standard can coolers and doesn’t produce condensation on the outside, so your can won’t slip even during that contentious game of cornhole. It’s also made with a no-slip base so your can will stay in place if/when you put it down. This one comes in a variety of colors, including this bright orange you’ll be able to spot from anywhere in the party.
Carhartt Winter Gloves
Carhart has been around since 1889, but in the last few years it’s become one of the hippest apparel brands on the scene. The company’s beanies and work pants are all over the streets. If you’re looking for affordable Christmas gifts, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Carhartt gloves. The company makes practical winter accessories for men and women, from heavy-duty waterproof gloves to stylish sherpa gloves.
National Geographic Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab
Kids love slime; it’s just a fact of nature. This slime kit from National Geographic would make a great Christmas gift for any kid who loves playing with brightly-colored goo or who needs a new project after school. The kit comes with eight different pre-made slime and putty varieties including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, liquid slime and more. All of them come with tins for keeping the slime organized, and they’ve all been quality-tested and rated non-toxic, so they’re safe to play for kids and adults alike.
Crocs are making a comeback. These fashionably ugly shoes are trendy again, and whether you like it or not, they’d probably make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list. Not only are they the epitome of “boring chic,” they’re also waterproof, super lightweight and super breathable, so your feet stay dry and comfortable. They come with a pivoting heel strap that keeps your foot secure, and they’re very easy to clean. They also happen to come in every color and pattern imaginable, and the Jibbitz charms make them even more customizable.
Best Home Fitness Gift of 2021: Indoor Spin Bikes
We’re happy to say the indoor fitness trend has definitely continued into 2021. You can’t beat the convenience of at-home spinning, thanks to Peloton. Yet not everyone can afford a $2,000+ spin bike. If you can, the more power to you, but for the rest of us, there are plenty of affordable indoor spin bikes that are still worth the investment. For less than $300, the PYHIGH Indoor Cycling Bike is our top pick. This bike has more than 3,400 reviews from Amazon customers and makes an excellent alternative to the pricier options out there.
However, if you have the budget, our favorite luxury pick is definitely NordicTrack’s Commercial S22i iFit Studio Cycle bike. It’s got a 22-inch HD smart touchscreen that can stream in an extensive library of iFit classes, and a Quiet Drive belt that can fluctuate from -10% to 20% incline. All the workouts come with LIVE resistance and incline control, so you don’t have to adjust your speed or incline during the class, and iFit comes with off-the-bike content as well including strength training and yoga.
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Polaroid Go Camera
Last year, we included Polaroid’s latest camera on our list of must-have Christmas gifts, and this year is no different. The newest pocket-sized camera from Polaroid, the Polaroid Go, has already captured the hearts of Tik Tok influencers and Gen Z photographers aplenty, and we’re guessing it’ll be a slam dunk gift for your son, daughter, niece, nephew or anyone in your life who loves to snap a good shot for IG. It’s designed to be pocket-sized and easily portable, with tons of cool little features to help you snap the perfect picture.
Stojo Collapsible Bowl
Going back to the office means bringing your lunch to work every day, and there’s no better or trendier way to do that than with a collapsible lunch box from Stojo. This 36 oz. bowl is made for commuters who want a sustainable, space-saving option for transporting food. This bowl comes with a four-clasp lid with a spill-proof seal, is dishwasher-safe and comes in a bunch of different colors. This gift definitely falls under the “practical” category, but it’s so well-designed that anyone in the market for a new lunch box will love it.
Fulton & Roark Blue Ridge Solid Fragrance
Fulton & Roark makes solid colognes and fragrances for men, and we’re not saying this is an absolute slam dunk of a gift for the man in your life, but we’re also not NOT saying that. Their scents are both solid and highly concentrated, which makes them long-lasting and easy to put on smooth. They’re also more subtle than their liquid brethren, which means you’ll only share your scent with those you want to, rather than your entire office. This scent gets its name from one of the oldest mountain ranges on the planet and contains only high-quality, simple ingredients. With hints of sandalwood, sage and amber, this scent is warm, inviting and memorable — just like the gift.
Nintendo Switch Lite
While Microsoft and Sony further escalate hostilities, Nintendo is quietly winning the console wars. Just when you thought Nintendo couldn’t make its home-gaming consoles any more portable, here comes the Switch Lite. This smaller and cheaper alternative to the popular Switch lets players enjoy numerous Switch titles on the go, along with hundreds of digital games in the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, it offers up to 30 percent more battery life than its predecessor and reintroduces the popular D-Pad to execute precise moves when playing 2D and classic NES games. In other words, expect Mario to stick his landings more often. Spoil the gamer in your life with one of three unique colors: Gray, Turquoise and Yellow.
Whether someone on your gifting list is a wine lover, a wine connoisseur or a newbie in the world of fermented grapes, VINEBOX would make an excellent gift. It’s a delivery service that brings you a sampling of fine wines from around the world by the glass. That way, you don’t spend a ton of money on a “high end” bottle you end up hating, or get stuck with a bunch of cheap wine you have no intention of drinking. You can send a one-time box or gift a quarterly membership, and they’ve got a variety of boxes you can choose from including Fresh Reds, which features a bunch of newly released red wines.
Analog Alarm Clock
Good sleep is a real gift, and one of the best ways to cultivate peaceful mornings is by not waking up to the sound of a blaring phone and dozens of notifications. This analog alarm clock has a simple, old-school design that would make a great nightstand addition for college students, parents and children alike. It has a silent hand that doesn’t tick and a night light function so you can check the clock in darkness.
Audible Monthly Subscription
For the avid bookworm who prefers consuming their literature in audio form, an Audible subscription is the most rewarding Xmas gift they can receive. Subscribers are afforded three titles each month, as well as access to the largest number of audiobooks and original ad-free audio shows on any device through the free Audible app. Subscriptions are available in 1-month ($15.00), 3-month ($45.00) and 6-month ($90.00) packages.
Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charging Tray
These charging trays from Courant have been trendy for years, and now that many of us have multiple devices equipped with the ability to wirelessly charge, they’re even more convenient. It’s not only a seamless charging device but a stylish accessory for your entryway table and nightstand as well. It’s got multi-coil, single device wireless technology and comes in a bunch of colors, including this sleek black look. It’s also equipped with a USB-A port for adding additional devices and there’s an option to monogram as well.
Fitbit Versa 3 Fitness Smartwatch
Since the New Year always sparks fitness aspirations, give your workout partner an encouragement boost by strapping the Fitbit Versa 3 on their wrist. As expected, all basic functions remain intact such as all-day tracking (e.g., calories burned, step count) and heart-rate monitoring. Fitbit brings over standout features from the previous version like automatic exercise recognition for 15 exercises, and Alexa integration while introducing new ones like Active Zone Minutes which alerts you mid-workout to increase your tempo in order to get the most out of your exercise. This smartwatch boasts over six days of battery on a full charge as well as built-in GPS.
KOMALC Premium Buffalo Leather Toiletry Bag
Now that travel is back, so is packing for a trip, a practice that feels impossible to do perfectly but becomes much easier when you’ve got the right luggage. This sleek travel pouch is made from the finest Full Grain buffalo leather that’s been handcrafted into a convenient, portable dopp kit. It’s made with high end YKK metal zippers for a classy look, and the interior lining is water-resistant and durable.
Mirror Smart Home Fitness System
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Yup, Oprah likes the Mirror, too! If you’ve been on the fence about whether this smart gym system is worth the investment, then you’ve got your answer. This incredibly unique workout streaming system features a library with more than 50 types of workouts from cardio to yoga, strength, boxing and more. You and up to five members of your household will get access to unlimited classes with the purchase, as well as the award-winning slim, sleek Mirror. 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 currently king, this is one of the best Christmas gifts of 2021.
CoComelon Nursery Rhyme Plush Book
This plush nursery rhyme book is an adorable, affordable gift young kids will love. Cocomelon is a popular children’s television program that has many well-known songs they can bop along to at bedtime. The book plays music and features five clips of popular nursery rhymes including “Old MacDonald” and “Yes Yes Bedtime”. The book comes with a tethered JJ figure that children can play with and the educational songs will keep kids engaged while enlightening them at the same time.
JUDY Emergency Preparedness Kit
We’ve written about JUDY at SPY before, and we’re big fans of this emergency kit. We also feel a bit validated now that Oprah has officially named it one of her favorite things as well. It’s always best to be prepared for the unexpected, and this kit has taken that virtue and made it trendy. This kit is one of their biggest ones, and it comes stocked with everything up to four people would need for 72 hours of self-sufficiency. It includes six pre-packed kits inside for warmth, safety, first-aid, food and water. The waterproof bin is sturdy and compact so you can store it anywhere in your home easily. Give the potentially life-saving gift of emergency preparedness with this Oprah-approved kit.
Best Seasonal Christmas Gift of 2021: Winter Jackets From The North Face
The North Face is one of those brands you can always count on. Their winter gear can’t be beat, and they’ve got many options when it comes to men’s and women’s winter coats and jackets. This stretch down jacket for men is a slim, comfortable warming layer you can rock solo in late fall and pair with a heavier shell in the winter for full coverage. It’s made with 700-fill down for lightweight warmth and the stretch-woven fabric allows for unrestricted mobility.
The women’s ThermoBall Eco Jacket from North Face has a quilted pattern as well as updated insulation for a warm, lightweight and similarly layer-able coat that’s great for fall and winter. It’s made with all recycled fabrics and can easily be bunched up into its own chest pocket for easy travel.
Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Auto
With wildfire season becoming an even bigger and more consistent presence in lives across the country, and with smog, haze and pollution all contributing to lower air quality, an air purifier is not only a popular Christmas gift this year, but also a seemingly crucial one for health as well. Blueair is an in-demand brand that’s caught our attention for their high-quality purifiers that are simply designed and pleasing to the eye. This one is made for large rooms and is designed to filter the air in spaces up to 550 square feet every 12 minutes, or five times per hour. It’s made with HEPASilent technology that delivers cleaner air using less noise and energy, and it’s been third-party tested for its ability to clean smoke, pollen and dust.
KiwiCo Crate Subscription Service
KiwiCo is an amazing delivery service that brings science and art projects home to kids of all ages, and it’s one of the year’s best Christmas gifts for parents who are looking for a project they can complete with their kids. The company has a variety of “crates” you can choose from for ages 0-16+, and each monthly delivery comes with everything your child needs to create and learn at the same time. You can easily gift a subscription to a child or parent in your life, and the first crate will ship out in just 2 days. All the kits are kid-tested and approved, and the project changes every month.
Bloomscape Fiddle Leaf Fig
When you gift someone a plant, you’re really gifting them a brighter, happier home with more oxygen in it. Sounds pretty good to us! This fiddle leaf fig from Bloomscape is a tall, sculptural plant that’s moderately difficult to take care of. It needs water and plenty of sunshine, but the big, bright leaves that’ll sprout year-round are worth it. You can pick the color for the pot it comes in and there’s a saucer included as well for easy watering.
Best Christmas Gifts for Kids: Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet
Amazon recently released their brand new Fire HD kids tablet with a 1080p HD display, dual cameras and up to 1 TB of storage. Kids gain access to more than 20,000 books, apps, games, videos, songs and more, and easy parental controls give you the power when it comes to filtering content and setting time limits. It’s available in three colors and has 2,500 5-star reviews and counting.
Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
This Philips SmartSleep wake-up light is designed to simulate a sunrise in the morning and sunset in the evening to keep your bedtime routine as peaceful as possible. This sunrise alarm clock has smart features, a built-in FM radio, a dimmable display and 10 different brightness settings. You can even use it as a calm reading light. (Yes, it also makes wake-up sounds.) The Philips SmartSleep is a smart nightstand companion that’s also available at a very reasonable price, making it one of the best Christmas gifts of 2021.
Mike’s Hot Honey
This IG-famous foodie condiment would make a great Christmas present for a coworker, casual friend or anyone looking for the latest in deliciousness. The 100% pure honey is infused with chiles for just the right kick of spice. It’s great on pizza, wings, cheese or even in tea, if you’re feeling adventurous. This foodie gift makes for a great stocking stuffer or gift for a college kid looking to spice up dining hall meals.
Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard
Last year we were focused on gifts that helped make that work-from-home life easier, and this year we’re all about that portable life. Since most of us are transitioning back into the office, or at least to a hybrid work model, having devices that can transition easily from home to your work desk, and back again, is going to make life way easier. This Bluetooth keyboard folds in half so it’s easy to transport and has Bluetooth 5.1 capabilities that can connect to three devices at once. Finally, the keyboard comes with a durable leather wallet-type case that’s protective and sleek.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
A Hydro Flask has been on our gift lists for years, and it’s probably going to stay on them for a while longer. These water bottles are fantastic. The double-vacuum seal really works, keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold throughout the day. The straw lid makes sipping anywhere very convenient, and the durability of the powder coating on the outside makes this water bottle perfect for adventures.
Nike Challenger OG Sneakers
We’re loving this trendy, modern remake of one of Nike’s most popular shoes from the 70s. Made for comfort and style, these men’s sneakers come in a variety of colors. We know that some guys are impossible to shop for, but if you need more Christmas gift ideas for men, then you can’t go wrong with these trendy Nike sneakers.
Levi’s Denim Trucker Jackets
Some items of clothing are so iconic that they never go out of style — Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses, Doc Marten boots, Air Jordan sneakers. And at the top of that small list you’ll find the undisputed king of everyday men’s fashion, the Levi’s Men’s Trucker Jacket. This effortlessly cool denim jacket will be just as stylish in 2030 as it is in 2021, and Amazon has this menswear staple in a variety of colors and styles. For a fashion-forward look, go with a white denim Levi’s trucker jacket, although you can’t go wrong with classic blue or black denim. While this is probably better known as a men’s jacket, Levi’s Women’s Trucker Jacket is also a great Christmas gift for her.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote
The holidays are the perfect time for binging your favorite films and TV shows. Allow Amazon’s newest streaming stick to anchor your entire viewing experience with crystal-clear, 4K visuals and faster streaming capabilities. As expected, you’ll gain access to tens of thousands of channels, Alexa skills, and apps including Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu, just to name a few. The major difference here is that you gain full control of content and your HDTV using voice commands, making Netflix and Chill nights even more chill.
COSORI Air Fryer Max XL
Air fryers are definitely a great kitchen appliance gift for foodie loved ones who love a new toy to play with in the kitchen. The COSORI air fryer is critically acclaimed and boasts more than 48,000 (!!!) 5-star reviews on Amazon. It’s got 13 one-touch cooking functions for frying food to ideal crispiness without oil, and it’s got a large 5.8-quart capacity that can fit an entire 5-pound chicken if need be. The removable basket inside is dishwasher-safe and the surface of the machine is fingerprint-resistant.
Best Christmas Gifts for Men: Timex + Todd Snyder Marlin Date Watch
When choosing the best Christmas gifts of 2021, we had to include at least one sleek watch for men. This Timex x Todd Snyder watch is evocative of the Mad Men era with its Art Deco style and classic brown leather strap. The sleek face has unique detailing and only shows the “12” and “6” hours for an even more unique look.
Baggu Reusable Bags & Totes
We love, love, love Baggu’s reusable shopping bags, and some of our favorite designs are perennially out of stock due to high demand. We’re confident your gift recipient will love these tote bags, too. By eliminating the need for single-use plastic bags, these totes are practical and eco-friendly Christmas gifts. Baggu customers can choose from a variety of styles and designs, and we’re guessing it will be hard to choose just one. So go ahead and head to Baggu to find a bag that speaks to you.
Smeg 50s Retro Style Electric Kettle
This adorable electric kettle combines kitchen convenience with a great retro 50s design. Tea lovers are sure to appreciate the soft-opening lid, auto shut-off feature and 7-cup capacity. The 3D logo separates it from other electric kettles, and it comes in a bunch of cute colors. The design, both aesthetically and functionally, is top-notch, making it one of our favorite gifts this year.
New Amazon Echo Dot With Clock (4th Generation)
Last year, Amazon revealed a whole new generation of Echo products, including the new Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker. Featuring a spherical design, this smart home hub looks like a futuristic piece of home decor — and that’s exactly what it is. This Alexa speaker is a perfect addition to any nightstand or countertop and offers superior sound quality compared to previous models.
Rothy’s Washable Shoes for Men and Women
The comfort trend definitely stuck around in 2021. Well, comfort and versatility, and no two words better describe these flats from Rothy’s. Made from recycled water bottles (no, really), these flats will be the go-to shoe for your lady in 2022. From casual trips to even fancier dates, these black flats can do it all. And the best part? They’re machine washable. So if they get scuffed or even the least bit dirty, toss ’em in the wash and they’re as good as new.
Rothy’s also introduced men’s shoes in 2021 and we’re really into them. They’ve got a sneaker and driving loafer, and we’re guessing more styles are on their way. Not only are their shoes stylish, they’re also convenient to take care of and comfortable to wear. All of this would make any of their styles and designs great Christmas gifts in 2021.
Best Family Christmas Present: A New 65-Inch TV
Looking for a present for the entire family? Then you can’t do better than a brand new 65-inch flat-screen TV, which will bring a smile to everyone’s face from the moment they see the giant box underneath the Christmas tree. And after it’s unwrapped, your new TV is sure to bring endless entertainment to everyone in the clan.
So which model should you choose? The best 65-inch TVs are an investment, as these pieces of technology will be the centerpiece of your living room for five years or more. While it’s not the most affordable option, LG’s C1 Series 4K Smart OLED TV has everything you need to enjoy a movie theater-like experience at home — except for the popcorn. This smart TV has both Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, making it an extension of your smart home network of connected devices. The LG CX was our top TV of 2020, and this is LG’s updated version. If you’re interested in purchasing the best of the best in television technology, you can’t go wrong with an LG OLED TV.
For a more affordable option, we also highly recommend the popular TCL 65″ Class 4-Series 4K Roku Smart TV, which we recently named the best 65-inch TV under $600. With a 4K UHD picture, smart TV features and easy voice control, the 4-Series will also make a great addition to your living room.
Disney+ is the 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. This is one of the best Christmas gifts for parents, but you don’t have to have kids to appreciate this deal. Buy a year-long subscription for $70 or pay for the first three months for your gift recipient.
Aerogarden Black Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden
For the green thumb of the family, this indoor hydroponic growing system is perfect for raising herbs from plant to plate. This Aerogarden also comes with a 6-pod seed kit for growing all the must-haves — genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, thai basil and mint. The control panel tells you when you need to water, and the LED grow lights keep photosynthesis on track. With great reviews and easy-to-use features, the Aerogarden makes for a great Christmas gift.
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Every spirits lover should have their own signature piece of glassware — something they occasionally grab to enjoy a nightcap after a long, rough day. But in our eyes, you don’t need to go crazy fancy. The idea is to have a quality, sturdy rocks glass to dump a few fingers of liquor into when it’s been a day. Gift your favorite whiskey fan this set of crystal glasses to give their home bar some class to go along with all of that top-shelf liquor.
Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000
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 electric beard trimmers for sale in 2021, but it’s also one of the top-rated grooming products on Amazon. This shaver gets top marks from SPY editors and has more than 18,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating from Amazon customers. It’s no wonder this popular hair and beard trimmer has become one of the top Christmas gifts of 2021.
Michter’s US-1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
If your giftee is a fan of brown liquor, gift them this exquisite bottle of whiskey. We’ve featured Michter’s extensively in our whiskey content here on Spy, and this is one of Michter’s best bottles. This specific rye is made from premium American rye grain that’s been sheared for a more saturated flavor during the fermentation process. Whiskey lovers will notice hints of black pepper, light spice, plum, marmalade, light caramel and spicy grain.
Diptyque Mimosa Scented Candle
No holiday shopping guide would be complete without an option from Diptyque. One way to liven up the mood at Mom’s house is with a scent-filled candle. Surprise her with something special from Diptyque. Once lit, this candle releases invigorating floral notes of velvety blossoms and honey into the air that should keep spirits high around the fireplace. If one isn’t enough, spend a little extra on a few products from this super-popular candlemaker.
JBL FLIP 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Portable Bluetooth speakers are popular all year round, and it’s hard to beat the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker. This portable speaker can wirelessly connect to up to two smartphones and tablets at once, and it has a built-in 3000mAh rechargeable li-ion battery that can support up to 12 hours of playtime. Thanks to the IPx7 waterproof rating, the JBL Flip 4 can handle rain and spills no problem.
Bellroy Hide and Seek RFID Wallet
Upgrade him to something nice and high tech like this security-friendly wallet. The Bellroy Hide and Seek is composed of “premium, environmentally certified leather” and has RFID protection to keep personal information safe from wireless identity theft. Inside are two cash pockets and four cardholders to properly organize valuables. The clean, minimalist design also develops a handsome patina over time for a more personalized look. There’s a reason we named this the best wallet of the year, and so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of our top Christmas gifts.
Mueller Double Insulated French Press
This isn’t your regular french press. The Mueller French Press is thicker, heavier and made out of professional-grade stainless steel that’ll keep your coffee hot for 60 minutes longer than the average glass model. Inside, you’ll find four stainless steel filters to keep grounds out of your brew, and the 34-ounce capacity is generously sized. If you’ve got a java lover on your Christmas shopping list, then definitely consider this high-quality and affordable gift.
Everlasting Comfort Neck Pillow and Sleep Mask Set
A comfy neck pillow and eye mask should help Bae get the necessary beauty sleep they require when returning home for the holidays. This two-piece travel set was designed with convenience and relaxation in mind; the pillow features gel-infused memory foam that enhances comfort for both the head and neck. The ultra-plush velour cover also feels serenely soothing on the skin. There’s even a cellphone pocket designed into the pillow to safely store an iPhone when escaping to dreamland.
Matching Family Pajamas Collection
Matching family pajamas? They’re almost a Christmas Eve essential at this point. This striped set is perfect for rocking on a cozy Christmas morning alongside your gifts, homemade breakfast and pot of hot coffee. Target makes pajamas for mom, dad, kids, toddlers and even babies — so no matter what your family looks like, you can all match. They’re made of 100% cotton for lasting comfort throughout the night, and are available in a variety of other colors and patterns as well.
MOFT Slim Laptop & Tablet Stands
We get pitched a lot of Kickstarter projects here at SPY, but MOFT is one Kickstarter success story we’re happy to share with our readers. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, MOFT laptop stands are now one of the best Christmas gifts on Amazon. These nifty stands quickly fold up and down depending on your needs and posture, and their super-slim design makes them easy to take on the go. You can even buy an adhesive version that sticks to the bottom of your laptop, giving you a built-in laptop stand wherever you are.
Stanley Classic Legendary Vacuum Insulated 24oz Food Jar
This old-school food thermos from Stanley is still trendy all these decades later, and if you’ve got a frequent camper on your gift list, then it’s a great option. Made of high-quality 18/8 stainless steel, the Stanley Classic thermos has a wide mouth opening for easy refilling. It also has a leak-resistant cap made to prevent spills, and the double vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot or cold for up to 15 hours.
Audio-Technica Fully Automatic Bluetooth Turntable
For any vinyl-loving friends or family members, a Bluetooth record player is one of the top Christmas gifts of 2021. In our opinion, one of the best current best Bluetooth record players is this one from Audio-Technica. It’s got high-fidelity audio with Bluetooth wireless technology built inside. It can easily connect to external speakers for better sound and has fully automatic operation at two speeds — 33-1/3 and 45 RPM.
Pendleton x Brooklinen Throw Blanket
When it comes to bed, bath and other home goods, Brooklinen is tough to top. It seems whatever they make, they make with quality fabrics. It’s no wonder their robes and comforters grace nearly every Best Of list year in and year out.
An often overlooked item every household should have is a throw blanket, and Pendleton’s blankets have a cult following. Now, the two brands have teamed up to offer consumers a comfortable, top-notch blanket that’s also machine washable. Add some popcorn and the latest trending Netflix show and you’ve got yourself (or your giftee) a perfect weekend.
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DIY S’mores Maker
Have you ever been to a restaurant that offers a table-side s’mores dessert? If not, then take our word for it: it’s totally awesome. For anyone that loves s’mores, and what kind of person doesn’t love s’mores, give the ultimate Christmas present — a s’more making kit. There are a lot of overpriced s’mores makers for sale in 2021, but we like this one from Nostalgia that comes with large trays for storing graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and more. It uses an electric flameless heater so it’s safe to use indoors, and it comes with two stainless steel roasting forks for getting that perfect toasted mallow every time.
BEARDAMENTS Beard Lights
I mean come on, aren’t these festive? Seeing as most guys these days have facial hair, beard ornaments are an excellent gift for nearly 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 one has a mini clip at the end for firm, hair-safe attachment.
When All Else Fails: Go With a Gift Card
Sure, it’s not super exciting, but gift cards are classic Christmas gifts for a reason. No matter who you’re gifting to, an Amazon gift card is always a safe bet. You can send them in e-gift form, pick a festive envelope or deck them out in a full-on gift box if you’d like. You can load on any amount and even add funds later if you want it to be the gift that keeps on giving.
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