The Ultimate 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Regardless of where you live, winter is a time when things slow down. We stay indoors, bundle up with loved ones, and reflect on the times and experiences that got us here. It’s the holiday season, and giving gifts to others is a traditional way of showing how much you care. Picking the perfect gift for someone can be a pain, especially with so much changing around us so fast.
To make things easier, I reached out to PR reps and marketing agencies around the world with one simple request: send us the best gift you have for this year.
The response was overwhelming, and we curated everything to help you find a perfect gift for everyone on your 2017 holiday list. You can choose to purchase directly from the manufacturer or retailer’s website or support this site by buying on eBay or Amazon through our affiliate program.
Travelers and Adventurers
Some of us stay indoors, while others prefer a little adventure and variety of scenery in our lives. Whether by land, sea, or air, people scour the globe looking to experience new cultures or find remote, secluded treasures. These gifts are perfect for the people in your life that love to explore the world, from its biggest cities to its most isolated corners.
Altec Lansing Baby Boom Bluetooth Speaker ($39.99 at Alteclansing.com)
While it’s small in size, the Baby Boom is IP67 waterproof, snowproof, and shockproof. It even floats! Use the carabiner clip to attach it to your carry-on or keys to ensure you have music with you everywhere you go. With over 30 feet of wireless range and 6 hours of battery life, this is the perfect travel speaker to upgrade your phone’s default audio.
Component Navigator Sunglasses ($285 at Componentman.com)
Created this year, Component strives to make classic styles for the modern man. The Navigators may look like standard Aviator sunglasses, but they’re forged with nickel-silver alloy, plated in ruthenium, and have a CR39 UVA/UVB-protected lens with anti-reflective coating. These are sure to make you look stylish while flying thousands of feet in the sky.
Deuter Walker 24 Daypack ($89 at Deuter.com)
Deuter has been around since 1898 providing engineered products with outdoor sports in mind. The Walker 24 Daypack is a lightweight (780g) way to carry your laptop, tablet, books, snacks, and other valuables in a carry-on size that won’t hurt your back. Available in a variety of colors, this backpack is the perfect starter for the air traveler in your life.
Essentia Traveler Memory Foam Neck Pillow ($89+ at Myessentia.com)
Traveling can be a pain when you have to depend on what the hospitality industry provides. Whether you’re a car or plane passenger, Essentia lets you create a customized memory foam travel pillow to ensure you’re comfortable. Sourcing natural, organic ingredients, this do-good company does what it can to contribute more to the community than just a comfortable pillow. They’re environmentally friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand.
G-Ro 22" International Expandable Carry-On ($399 at G-ro.com)
This unique carry-on Victoria Beckham was recently seen with has large wheels to help traverse any terrain, including stairs. It also has an embedded power bank with dual USB ports, retractable handle, luggage strap for additional bags, and an included Tile Bluetooth tracker, so you’ll never have to worry about losing your luggage. It’s 14 x 22 x 9 inches on the outside, and expandable by another two inches to provide everything you need in a carry-on bag.
Huawei Watch ($299.99 at Huawei.com)
While the Apple Watch and Gear S3 get the most media attention, the Huawei Watch is widely regarded as the best smartwatch on the market. Compatible with Android 4.3+ and iOS 8.2+, it has an always-on HD AMOLED screen beneath scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and comes with a variety of premium casings and straps. Track your fitness and notifications while traveling using this great wearable.
Instavit Spray Vitamin Travel Kit ($45.99 at Instavit.com)
Traveling can introduce a lot of new germs into your system, and you’ll need to stay healthy while out and about. Instavit makes this easier with sprayable vitamins designed to help you sleep, wake up, build immunity, and more. The Ultimate Travel Kit has perfect sizes to get through airport security and its own carrying case.
JBL Everest Elite 750NC ($299.95 at JBL.com)
JBL has been delivering quality sound to consumers and professionals for over 70 years. The Everest Elite 750NC has active noise cancelling for up to 15 hours of runtime on a single charge. I love the sound quality and comfortable fit. It’s enough to get you where you’re going with music in your ears the entire time.
KnowRoaming Global SIM Sticker ($29.99 at Knowroaming.com)
Once you leave the U.S., you’re roaming internationally, and this can get expensive on some networks. Temporary phones can be an option, but who wants to set up a new phone and migrate data to it every other day during a globetrotting trip? KnowRoaming Global SIM stickers resolve this by allowing you to simply apply a sticker to your existing SIM for free WhatsApp usage and 4G LTE data available worldwide.
Latitu Venezia Weekender ($825 at Latitu.com)
Leather bags are typically thousands of dollars, released by luxury designers far above the reach of us normals. Thankfully, Latitu designed these leather bags to hold all your essentials while still looking stylish. The Venezia Weekender is a limited run design, so pick one up soon if you want to make your loved one’s day.
Nerium International Eye V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches ($40 at Nerium.com)
Jet lag is a real thing when you’re traveling on airlines. Moving between time zones while dealing with security and all the people will put wrinkles on your face. Refresh your tired eyes after a long flight with Eye V Moisture Boost by Nerium International.
Nifty Mobile USB Charger ($79.99 at Mynifty.com)
USB power isn’t always easy to find when flying from place to place and moving between hotels. Keep a spare battery on you that’s powerful enough to charge any Apple or Type-C products on the market today. Not only is it functional, the Nifty Charger is pretty stylish too.
Rebecca Minkoff Always On Power Tassel Keychain ($50 at Rebeccaminkoff.com)
Keeping your devices charged while on the go isn’t an easy task. Famed designer Rebecca Minkoff is changing that with the Power Tassel, a leather tassel that also has USB and iPhone cords built in so you can charge your device on the go without needing a heavy battery bank.
Roar for Good Athena ($129 at Indiegogo.com)
An unfortunately reality in the world is women aren’t always safe when travelling. Rather than debate the severity of the problem, the Athena wearable safety tech acts as a digital rape whistle to let loved ones know if you’re ever in trouble. Pick one up for the traveler on your list to give you both peace of mind.
Skyroam Solis 4G LTE Global Hotspot & Power Bank ($149.99 at Skyroam.com)
Keeping mobile devices charged and connected while globetrotting is a lot harder than it sounds. You can’t always find a WiFi network or outlet, and a lack of communications can ruin a trip. Relieve this problem for your jetsetting friends with the Skyroam Solis global hotspot, which provides unlimited, fast, and secure data worldwide for a low rate of $40 for 5 days.
The Red Twist Cashmere Wrap ($195 at Theredtwist.com)
Cashmere is the most luxuriously soft fabric. I own several cashmere sweaters myself, and they’re my favorite part of fall and winter. The Red Twist makes lavish, 100% cashmere wraps that look great and provide a donation to Room to Read, a charity dedicated to providing education to young girls in need.
Tile Sport and Tile Style ($35 at Thetileapp.com)
Luggage notoriously gets lost during air travel, and you don’t want to be just another statistic. Track your the location of your bags, keys, wallet, purse, or anything else with these stylish and sporty bluetooth trackers. One even comes with the G-Ro bag above.
Truefitt & Hill Sample Pack ($52 at Truefittandhill.com)
The TSA won’t let you bring regular sized bottles of anything on airplanes, but you still need to shave when you get there. Luxury shaving brand Truefitt & Hill provides this sample pack to ensure you have travel sizes of all their shaving creams and oils to look your best wherever you are in the world.
ZTE Axon 7 Smartphone ($399.98 at Zteusa.com)
If you’re going to travel, you’ll need a good phone. Axon 7 is one of ZTE’s first Daydream-compatible smartphones and has dual front-facing speakers and Dolby Atmos, making it the perfect phone to pair with your JBL headphones for an immersive audio experience.
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Brickell Leather Dopp Kit ($70 at Brickellmensproducts.com)
Brickell is one of the highest quality men’s skin care and grooming brands on the market. Combining organic ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, jojoba, and green tea with advanced science, these products make a man’s skin look and feel healthier. Grooming can be a pain on road trips, and hotels don’t have much to offer. This leather dopp kit fits Brickell’s essential travel products into a high-quality leather bag that can even carry extra hygiene products to stay fresh on the road.
Contigo Autoseal Chill ($22.99 at Gocontigo.com)
Contigo makes more than just your average thermal cup. Each product is carefully designed and engineered to provide value to each consumer. The Autoseal chill is vacuum-insulated and both leak and spill proof. The stainless steel body is sleek and easy to hand wash, making it the perfect way to keep your coffee hot wherever you decide to set up base camp.
Harman Kardon Traveler Bluetooth Speaker ($149.95 at Harmankardon.com)
Harman Kardon is known for premium audio, and the Traveler brings this down to a portable size. Connect your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.2 to listen to audio and make calls, or plug in to use as a USB powerbank. With up to 5 hours of listening time, Traveler is the perfect speaker to bring along on all your road trip adventures.
Jump 21” Hard-shell Carry-On ($150 at Jump.fr)
Fit everything you need for your entire trip, from your laptop to a change of clothes, water bottle, and whatever else into a convenient and stylish carry-on. Jump Paris is known for creating quality travel bags since 1979, and the map print lining is superb. If you know someone who hasn’t already bought one, this holiday season is the perfect time to gift it.
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Jump Paris Backpack ($65+ at Jump.fr)
A perfect companion to the carry-on, this timeless daypack from Jump is as rugged as it is chic. Buy them as a set to make the whole trip easier.
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Lever Gear Toolcard Pro Multitool ($19–35 at Levergear.com)
You never know what kind of tool you’ll need when you’re on the road. The Toolcard Pro from Lever Gear is a great 40-in-1 multitool that’s TSA compliant and fits in your wallet. You can also get it personalized to let your loved ones know how special they are to you.
Mediflow Floating Comfort Pillow ($41.99 at Mediflow.com)
It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep while on the road, especially when you’re stuck with lumpy hotel pillows. Even the guest pillows wherever you’re staying are much lower quality than they use for themselves. The Floating Comfort Pillow is a 300 thread count pillow that you fill with water for exactly the support you need. Best of all, it won’t wear down as fast as your ordinary pillow.
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Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 Two-Way Radios ($99 at Motorolasolutions.com)
Motorola has a long history with wireless communications. You’ve likely used their pagers or owned a Razer phone in the pre-iPhone days. Now you can stay in touch wherever you are in nature (even far away from cell towers) with Motorola’s Talkabout radios. The H20 series are also waterproof, weatherproof, float, and can be used as a flashlight. It’s the perfect gift for the camper in your life.
MyCharge AdventureUltra ($129.99 at Mycharge.com)
The AdventureUltra can keep all your gear running while driving anywhere. Small enough to fit in a backpack, but with output to power a 42-inch TV for up to three hours, this 13400mAh adapter will ensure you never lose power while moving between cities. Bring it with you in the car, at hotels, or on day trips at your destination.
Notion Home Sensor Starter Kit ($219 at Getnotion.com)
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your home takes care of itself. Even if you have a friend or neighbor keeping an eye on things, it’s always best to have data on hand wherever you are. That’s where Notion sensors come in handy, monitoring open doors, windows, water leaks, temperature, and smoke/CO2 alarms while you’re away.
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC Wireless Headphones ($379.99 at Plantronics.com)
Whether listening to music, taking calls, or relaxing with a movie in your hotel, a good set of noise-cancelling headphones can give you a break from your vacation, which is necessary more often than it seems. These Voyager 8200 UC headphones from Plantronics have active noise cancelling and smart sensors that adapt to you wherever you’re at with contextual intelligence.
Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites ($5 at Settonfarms.com)
Nuts are a great way to get sustenance while traveling. They’re packed with everything you need to find the energy for all your adventures. Pick some up for the person on your list who needs a taste of deez nuts while driving down those long, dusty roads.
Statgear SuperVizor XT Auto Escape Tool ($9.99 at Statgear.com)
Nobody expects an accident, but once you’re in one, all you need is to be safe. Designed by paramedics, the SuperVizor XT is an auto escape tool that fits on your car’s visor. It can be used to cut yourself free from your seatbelt and punch a window to escape perilous situations you may find yourself in while on the road.
TrapTap Wireless Traffic Ticket Device ($139 at Traptap.com)
While you may have a general idea of where traffic cams and speed traps are in your neighborhood, traveling around the country makes things a bit harder. With TrapTap, you’ll be connected to over 1 million data points across more than 60 countries to be aware of traffic cameras, school zones, and police traps.
Verizon Hum+ Vehicle Hotspot ($29.99 at Hum.com)
Just because you have roadside assistance, insurance, GPS, and other gadgets in your own car doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily have them in a rental. When you’re on a road trip, you’ll love having Hum by Verizon keeping WiFi connected, GPS activated, and monitoring your vehicle through the ODB-II port. Enjoy hands-free calls and all the benefits of a smart car in any vehicle.
Weego Jump Starter 22 ($99.99 at Myweego.com)
Regardless of how much you prepare, things can go wrong on a road trip. Even with AAA or other roadside assistance, a dead battery can delay things and leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. With a Weego 22 jump starter in your car, you’ll never have to worry about being stranded ever again. And you can use it to charge your phone and tablet batteries too!
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ZTE Quartz Smartwatch ($192 at T-Mobile.com)
A smartphone gets even smarter when paired with a wearable like a smartwatch. The ZTE Quartz has Android Wear 2.0 and is an affordable way to delve into the world of wearables without breaking the bank. Not only does it connect via WiFi and Bluetooth, but you can pair your number with it to leave your phone at home. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Campers and Explorers
Ariix Puritii Tritan Filtered Water Bottle ($114.27 at Puritii.com)
There’s nothing worse than being stuck drinking bad water. Sometimes it’ll just dehydrate you more with all the minerals, deposits, and parasites in it. Be sure to always have clean, filtered water wherever you go with the Puritii filtered water bottle.
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Chameleon Whole Bean Coffee ($14.99 at Chameleoncoldbrew.com)
Chameleon Coffee was created in 2010 in Austin, TX by two neighbors and coffee fans who wanted to create something special. Their cold-brew has been gaining popularity ever since, and they recently released a line of whole-bean coffees that are sure to please the coffee lover in your circle. With three blends to choose from and even a holiday gift set available online, these 12 oz packages of organic, ethically sourced coffees make the perfect way to wake up with nature.
Contigo Autoseal Chill ($22.99 at Gocontigo.com)
Contigo makes more than just your average thermal cup. Each product is carefully designed and engineered to provide value to each consumer. The Autoseal chill is vacuum-insulated and both leak and spill proof. The stainless steel body is sleek and easy to hand wash, making it the perfect way to keep your coffee hot wherever you decide to set up base camp.
Cotopaxi Taboche 55 Backpack ($189.95 at Cotopaxi.com)
A rugged outdoor adventure requires a rugged backpack that’s also large enough to fit all your gear. Cotopaxi’s Taboche has a highly adjustable suspension system and spacious main compartment, but that’s not all. It’s also filled with valuable knowledge printed inside, and the company is dedicated to creating gear for good. Pick one up for your next journey into the woods.
Crescent Moon EVA All-Foam Snowshoes ($159 at Crescentmoonsnowshoes.com)
Standard snowshoes are all pretty much the same. Crescent moon understands this, and introduced this innovative all-foam snowshoe at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. It’s easily the most unique snowshoe of the past century. Gift them to the explorer in your life to ensure they can hike any trails, even during the snowy months.
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Grand Canyon Global Eye Print ($29–72 at Pointtwomaps.com)
If you’re looking for a way to commemorate your greatest adventures, Point Two Maps has the answer. These colorful maps and aerial photos of national parks, architectural wonders, and cities around the world make a great gift for the explorer on your list.
Helle Arv Knife ($169 at Helle.no)
Of course, not everything needs to be new and innovative. Helle of Norway makes the best stainless steel knives using natural materials like curly birch wood, antler, and leather. The Arv continues this tradition with a deeply contoured wooden handle that’s perfect for carving whatever you need at the campsite.
Icebreaker Merino Wool ($40 at Icebreaker.com)
No matter what adventure you’re on, the last thing you need is either freezing your nuts off or sweat building up and creating swamp ass. Icebreaker underwear is made with Merino wool that regulates body temperature and lasts through even the roughest days you find yourself in.
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Kammok Wallaby Hammock ($65 at Kammok.com)
There’s nothing better than relaxing on a hammock tied between two trees out in nature. Weighing only 10 ounces, the Wallaby hammock is built for lightweight camping and can easily fit in with the rest of your gear. It’s silky soft and can hold up to 400 pounds with its reinforced 40D diamond ripstop fabric.
Kelty Horizon 2 Tent ($239.95 at Kelty.com)
Kelty has been creating top-notch camping gear for over 60 years. The Horizon 2 is its latest 3-season tent featuring double wall design, a mesh ceiling, and wall pockets. Pitching this tent is super easy and can be done alone. Best of all, it won’t take up much space in your backpack.
Midland X-Talker Two Way Radios ($29.99 at MidlandUSA.com)
Communication is important, especially in those far corners of the world where they don’t build cell towers. When a member of your party needs to head out to find a bathroom, extra firewood, or even chase down some fish or local wildlife, stay in touch using two-way radios from Midland, a leader in wireless communications.
Mug Scout Happy Camper Enamel Camp Mug ($16+ at Mug-Scout.com)
Mug Scout is dedicated to providing retro-style outdoors- and adventure-themed coffee mugs, enamel camp mugs, and travel mugs. Find your favorite design or create your own to make a statement along with your morning coffee at base camp.
Outdoor Research Women’s Plaza Down Hoody ($230 at Outdoorresearch.com)
Outdoor Research makes some of the best outdoor clothing and gear on the market. The Plaza Down Hoody is the perfect way to stay warm while camping. It’s a 100% polyester 50D body and hood with 100% nylon 44D lining, and 700 fill responsibly sourced power down. It’s sure to make the outdoor woman on your list happy.
Scosche Boom Bottle H2O ($79.99 at Scosche.com)
A rugged outdoor adventure requires a rugged outdoor speaker, and Scosche has the answer with the Boom Bottle H20, which can be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes without any damage. It also comes in a variety of colors and floats, so you’ll have no issue recovering it from the water if you drop it.
Sierra Designs Nitro Mummy Sleeping Bag ($299.95+ at Sierradesigns.com)
Whether you’re camping or homeless, a good sleeping bag makes all the difference. The Nitro mummy bag from Sierra Designs has 800 fill DriDown insulation, a 15d shell/liner, an ergonomic hood, and patented zipperless footvent. Available from 35–0 degrees, you can find the perfect bag for camping in any season just in time for the holidays.
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Sierra Designs Sweet Suite Tent ($369.95-$459.95 at Sierradesigns.com)
You can’t camp without a great tent, and this 2-door 2-vestibule tent from Sierra Designs is lightweight and has plenty enough room to fit all your party’s gear inside. Best of all, it weighs only 3 lbs 1 oz while still being constructed of sturdy, 20d nylon fabrics. Pick one up to make camping trips infinitely better.
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Sosken Studios Bright Black Raincoat ($295 at Soskenstudios.com)
No matter how much you check the weather, a surprise storm can pop up at any moment while you’re out exploring the wilderness. This oversized rain jacket from Sosken Studios comes with a coordinating drawstring backpack so it’s always on hand when you need it. Turn that inconvenient storm into a refreshing change of weather by protecting yourself and your gear.
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Sporto Agnes Duck Boots ($119 at Sporto.com)
Sporto makes the original duck boots, but that classic style isn’t all their design team does. Hit up their website to shop the 2018 lineup of footwear for the camper in your life.
Stabilicers Hike XP ($49.95 at Stabilgear.com)
Walking on ice and snow can be dangerous, and even if you have the right boots for it, there’s a change you can slip and fall. Stabilicers cleats fit over your shoes to provide stability and traction on even the roughest slippery surfaces.
The New Primal Grass-Fed Jerky (Price Varies at Thenewprimal.com)
While hiking and camping, jerky and meat sticks provide much-needed energy to refuel your body. Unfortunately, the preservatives and low-quality meat can cancel these benefits out. The New Primal makes jerky healthier while still staying delicious.
Yamaha RDS250 Seascooter ($475 at Yamahaseascooters.com)
Why stay on land, when you can also explore underwater? Yamaha Seascooters provide the perfect balance of run time and speed, and, at only 18 pounds, the RDS250 can pull you through a depth of up to 100 feet at 2.8 MPH for up to 2 full hours! Plus there’s a camera mount so you can capture all the action. Pick one up for the adventurer in your life.
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We all have different perspectives, and each of us uses a variety of tools and talents to express them. Whether through audio, visual, or text, we find a way to convey our ideas to the world. These gifts are for the person in your life who always strives to make the world a better, brighter place.
Addison + Lake Custom Art Prints and Framing ($36+ at Addisonandlake.com)
Perhaps your favorite artist is in need of printing or framing services. Addison + Lake creates custom art prints on a variety of materials, including fine art paper, canvas, metal, and wood. Add a professional touch to your favorite artist’s work with Addison + Lake.
Feit Electric Vintage LED Bulbs ($10 at Feit.com)
Feit Electric is dedicated to bringing innovative and creative lighting solutions to the market, and this lineup of vintage-inspired LED bulbs is sure to please even the most critical artist in your circle. Visually appealing without all the bells, whistles (and bugs) in modern smart lights, these LED bulbs use modern technology while still looking vintage and providing a style unlike anything else.
Fillamentum Timberfill Wood Composite Filament ($58 at Filamentum.com)
Once you get started with home 3D printing, it’s only a matter of time before you start wanting to experiment with different polymer blends to create different effects. Fillamentum makes a wide variety of polymers, and the Timberfill line is my personal favorite. It’s a wooden polymer composite filament that’s made from 100% biodegradable sources and makes your finished product look and almost feel like real wood.
Force1 F100 Ghost Drone ($179.95 at Force1rc.com)
Camera drones can get expensive, but they’re a dream buy for any photographer looking to get beautiful aerial shots. The F100 Force Drone comes with a 1080P camera and can accommodate most action cams so you can upgrade it to 4K, 360, or whatever your heart desires. Get up to 15 minutes of flight time per charge and extended use from the brushless motors that are ideal for holding steady and getting that perfect shot.
FujiFilm Instax Wide 300 and Share SP-1 ($180 and $120 on Fujifilm.com)
Smartphones put digital cameras in everyone’s pockets, but some of us still prefer the physical touch and feel of physical photographs. FujiFilm’s Instax series bridges this gap with two innovative products that allow for instant printers. The Share SP-1 connects to your phone via WiFi to print instant photos directly from it. Meanwhile, the Instax Wide 300 is an instant-print camera that makes taking and printing instant pictures a snap.
Gnarbox Portable Backup & Editing System ($299.99 for 128GB at Gnarbox.com)
Video and photo editing can be a pain, especially while on the go. Something as simple as transferring a file between devices can bottleneck production, which can cripple a creative professional’s business. Gnarbox makes this easier by allowing connections from any camera (and some memory cards). Files (even 4k and .Raw) can then be imported, edited, and shared directly from the Gnarbox app. It’s rugged enough to be used anywhere and small enough that you’ll want to.
Medium Photo Boards ($40 at Mediumphotoboards.com)
Wondering why the photos here look so good? It’s partly because I’m working with a great photographer. The Medium Granite Photo Board helps too. Make your social media and ecommerce pictures shine with these printed foam boards in a variety of textures. Perfect for the photographer, entrepreneur, or social media maven in your life.
Prismacolor Premium Soft-core Colored Pencils (Price Varies at Prismacolor.com)
Every artist loves to draw occasionally, and only the best art supplies will work. Nurture their creative side with Prismacolor’s premium colored pencils. These are capable of creating professional, sell-able artwork and will certainly put a smile on the face of the artist in your life.
Prismacolor Premium Pens (Price Varies at Prismacolor.com)
Prismacolor doesn’t just make colored pencils — the brand is a leader in a wide variety of artist-grade pens, markers, and more. Boost your skills on any medium with this premium set of pens. Or check out something else from their wide selection.
Robo R2 Smart 3D Printer w/ Wi-Fi ($1499 at Robo3d.com)
Of all the consumer 3D printers I’ve tested this year, most are only capable of 100 micron-resolution prints. This means even the expensive models are barely putting out anything more than hobbyist-quality prints. The Robo R2 is easily the best filament printer I’ve used so far, providing a 20 micron print, heated bed, and on-board camera so you can monitor your prints remotely. Help someone start their own home-based 3D printing business with a Robo R2 for the holidays.
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Vidbox Video Conversion Suite for PC & Mac ($89.99 at Vidbox.com)
Although most everything new is digital these days, it doesn’t mean we don’t all still own VHS cassette tapes, DVDs, and other analog media and playback devices. With Vidbox, you can transfer audio and video to your computer using any compatible video player with RCA or S-video outputs. Useful for the video engineer in your life.
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Vivitar 360-View Action Cam ($195 at Vivitar.com)
Virtual reality is slowly gaining acceptance, but there’s not much spherical content around when compared to traditional 2D video. With a 360 action camera, you’ll be able to make your mark in the VR world and gain a following inaccessible to others. Get on this bandwagon early, because it’s only a matter of time before our reality goes virtual.
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Blue Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone ($299.99 at Bluemic.com)
Blue redefined the microphone industry with its Yeti USB microphone, which is popular among podcasters, Youtubers, and web professionals. Studio musicians, radio DJs, and others, however, prefer the Bluebird SL, which uses the standard mic cable. This expertly designed mic captures crystal-clear vocals, piano, guitar, and more. On top of this, it’s simply breathtaking to look at. Honestly, there’s nobody you can get this for who won’t be immediately impressed with it.
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Master & Dynamic MW60 Over-Ear Wireless Headphones ($549 at Masterdynamic.com)
I’m lucky enough to have a lot of product knowledge and hands-on experience from all the products marketing companies and brands send me to review. Master and Dynamic is one of those products I kept for my personal collection, after having tested over 30 bluetooth headsets. That’s because as a musician myself, I appreciate their attention to using the best materials and bypassing all the extra electronic crap other companies add to remind me of that era before mp3s became so popular.
NewAir Portable Dryer ($279.95 at Newair.com)
NewAir is a name you can trust for appliances, and since musicians tend to travel a lot and live in small spaces, this compact, 26W, 2.6 cubic foot dryer is the perfect appliance for the musician in your life. It’s compact (weighs only 44 pounds) and works with a standard 120V, three-pronged outlet. Whether on the road, while couch surfing, or living in small houses and apartments without dryer vents, NewAir doesn’t sacrifice on quality to save space.
Spire Mobile Recording Studio ($349 at Spire.live)
Recording music, or any kind of audio for that matter, is an art form, and it’s a lot harder than it looks, especially when you’re on the go. The Spire Mobile Studio makes this easier with built-in Wi-Fi and an iOS app that lets you control everything from your iPhone. Don’t let your musician friend’s Stairway to Heaven go unheard — pick up a recording solution for them this holiday season.
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Ultimate Ears Boom 2 ($149.99–199.99 at Ultimateears.com)
The best portable bluetooth speaker from the 2016 holiday season remains the king of the crop among the 2017 holiday lineup as well. If you know someone who loves listening to music wherever they go, the UE Boom 2 is waterproof, tough enough to handle a beating, and can synchronize with over 150 Boom, Boom 2, and Megaboom speakers to provide the most immersive sound possible.
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V-Moda Remix Hi-Fi Bluetooth Speaker ($300 at V-moda.com)
Serious musicians demand serious equipment, and the V-Moda Remix is the ultimate hi-fidelity bluetooth speaker on the market. Making things even better, you can customize your speaker with 3D printing and even plug headphones into the first Bluetooth speaker with a built-in headphone amplifier.
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Zivix Air Jamz ($39.99 at Playairjamz.com)
Back in the day, we played Guitar Hero and Rock Band and pretend to rock out to our favorite tunes. Unfortunately the experience was limited and didn’t feel much like a real guitar. Thanks to Air Jamz, you can use a pick to air strum your way through Stairway to Heaven, Freebird, or whatever you favorite song is.
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Zivix Jamstik+ ($279.99 at Jamstik.com)
If air guitar isn’t your thing and you prefer the real thing, Zivix has the product for you. The Jamstik+ is a fully functional portable smart guitar that lets you strum real strings connected while connecting to your computer or phone as a Bluetooth MIDI controller. Now you no longer need to carry around that huge guitar, and it’s only a matter of time before we see a band popularize these great instruments.
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Readers and Writers
Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution ($19.95 at Megangiller.com)
There aren’t many people out there who don’t love chocolate. The journey from cacao pod into finished chocolate bar is actually an interesting story — one that author Megan Giller traces every nuanced detail of, while providing a plethora of pairings, recipes, and tips from chefs and chocolatiers around the world.
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Community Coffee Morning Coffee Set ($29.99 at Communitycoffee.com)
Community Coffee is a great way to get the caffeine kick necessary to be creative in the morning. It’s not only how I start some days, it’s how I extend them long into the night. Reading and writing can make your eyes droopy real quick, and this delicious pick-me-up keeps them open when work needs to be done.
House Jungle: Turn Your Home into a Plant-Filled Paradise ($12.95 at Storey.com)
Have you ever been to a friend’s house who could really use some color in their decorating? House Jungle is Annie Dornan-Smith’s illustrated and hand-lettered book walking anyone through each and every step necessary to grow your own houseplants. From selecting the perfect pots and plants for every corner to care tips, it’s the only manual you’ll ever need.
Panther Vision Lights ($14.99–49.99 at Panthervision.com)
It’s hard to read in the dark, not to mention the negative impact it’ll have on your eye health and sight. Panther Vision reading glasses have built-in flashlights to ensure you can read anywhere, even in the middle of the night. Pick up a pair for the bookworm on your holiday gift list.
ReMarkable Tablet ($599 at Remarkable.com)
Tablets are great for a lot of things, but reading and writing aren’t among them. Thankfully the Remarkable Tablet is a paperwhite tablet with stylus that feels like using a real paper and pen. If you know a writer like me, they’ll certainly love the feel of writing, sketching, and taking notes on Remarkable.
The Julia Rothman Collection: Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy ($50 at Storey.com)
We have a disconnect with food in the U.S., and most kids probably think pizza grows on trees. This collection of whimsical books from author Julia Rothman is a great way to learn about farming, nature, and food. It’s a great book set with fun illustrations that’s sure to impress the bookworm on your list.
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Ardell Pro Eyeshadow Palette ($14.99 at Ardellbeauty.com)
Ardell knows eyes — the company has provided the best fake lashes on the market for over 45 years, and they also provide a line of eye shadows that are to die for. With gritty names like “Limo Leather” and “Hot Night Out,” these eyeshadows will put a smile on the face of the beauty queen in your life.
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Bio Ionic Power Diva Hair Dryer ($150 at Bioionic.com)
Bio Ionic uses a nozzle infused with natural volcanic mineral in the Power Diva to microhydrate your hair and dry at a lower heat. This 1800W blow dryer is compact and provides a refined level of control over speed settings. It’s perfect for the traveler in your life who wants to keep his or her hair perfectly styled in any weather.
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eSalon Getting Rich Shampoo and Every Rich Way Conditioner ($15 each at esalon.com)
A lot of shampoos have sulfates that can wreak havoc on colored hair. Luckily, eSalon provides this affordable shampoo and conditioner that skip the sulfates to include moisturizing ingredients that’ll leave your hair smooth, untangled, and with vibrant color. You can also have products customized specifically for your hair and auto-delivered on your schedule.
L’Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($10.99 at Lorealparisusa.com)
With no ammonia and no mixing required, L’Oreal’s Colorista semi-permanent hair colors are a great way to touch up grays or just try out a new look. With 7 shades of blonde, 4 shades of brown, and bright colors like pink and blue, these hair color treatments will ensure the social butterfly on your list looks great wherever he or she goes.
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L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipsticks ($8.99 at Lorealparisusa.com)
Your natural lips won’t show up well on camera, and L’Oreal makes some great lipsticks at an affordable price to put a matte finish on your lips. You’ll notice an immediate difference in the way you look on social media and more. Pick some up for the Instaglam princess in your life.
Red Carpet Manicure Gel Pro Kit ($80 at Redcarpetmanicure.com)
Gel manicures are a long-lasting way to provide vibrant color to fingers and toes, and this professional kit with LED gel-curing light is the envy of every woman who doesn’t have one. Impress your favorite social media queen with a gel polish kit she’ll use for years to come.
Vanity Girl Hollywood Broadway Lighted Vanity Mirror ($399 at Vanitygirlhollywood.com)
If you’ve ever watched a movie about broadway or been on social media, odds are you’re familiar with the classic vanity mirror, surrounded by bulbs to light up your face and put makeup on with extreme detail. Vanity Girl Hollywood makes these mirrors available to the masses.
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Vanity Planet Blend Party Oval Makeup Brush Kit ($129.99 at Vanityplanet.com)
Everybody knows you can’t put makeup on with your fingers anymore, and we’re trending toward more professional solutions. These oval makeup brushes from Vanity Planet are styled after those found in the makeup bags of Hollywood’s most elite makeup professionals. Mimic their flawless style with these premium brushes.
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Smokers and Vapers
Astral Hemp Tinkers ($100 at Astraldesigns.com)
Cannabis is about more than just THC and CBD. Hemp is a useful fiber that has a variety of uses, one of which is as a textile for shoes. The Hemp Tinkers from Astral combine hemp with recycled polyester to create the ultimate outdoor performance and lifestyle shoe. Pick some up for the hemp lover in your inner circle.
CBD Medic ($69 at Healthyhemp.com)
Cannabidiol is one of the major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Used for relief of pain, nausea, and more, it’s a wonder drug whose potency and legality is still being determined by the DEA. CBD derived from hemp is still legal in most states, and Healthy Hemp’s CBD Medic topical is a great product for relieving pain on the spot. Pick some up to make your favorite stoner’s holiday a happy one.
Deviant Dabs ($30+ at Thadab.com)
Based in NorCal’s famous Emerald Triangle, Deviant Dabs provides handcrafted, small-batch wax, shatter, and rosin in compliance with California’s recreational marijuana laws. If you’re on the west coast, pick some up to let the pothead in your life get their head straight with a few dabs of cannabis concentrates.
Glassy Quartz Pipe ($54 at Shopglassy.com)
I’ve used a ton of pipes in my day, everything from homemade temporary one-hitter foil pipes to unbreakable glass, and everything in between. Quartz pipes are among my favorite, as the raw stone looks great and it’s durable, too. On top of all this, 10% of profits from each sale is donated to Planned Parenthood.
Happy Kit Deluxe ($29.99 at Thehappykit.com)
Traveling with weed isn’t easy, especially when you’re crossing borders. Each state in the U.S. has different marijuana laws these days, and it’s still federally illegal, so you don’t want to have your expensive paraphernalia confiscated. The Happy Kit provides basic smoking tools in a clearly labeled pouch, so you’ll be able to find, smoke, or toss your stash as the need arises, wherever you are.
Into the AM Guy Fawkes Hoodie ($60+ at Intotheam.com)
Drugs are a culture, and that culture is closely tied to raves and other festivals. You’ll look good and fit in with this Guy Fawkes hoodie from Into the AM. Whether chilling with your friends or hitting the streets to make your voice heard, this stylish hoodie is sure to leave a lasting impression wherever you go.
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Kinin Breathable Aromatherapy Pens ($24+ Mykinin.com)
Launched this year, Kinin provides essential oil blends that help you relax, recover, or energize using pure essential oils like eucalyptus, kava, and cinnamon spice. Vaping is a lot healthier when using natural essential oils, and these pens will give you the feeling of vaping without drugs. Get them to help the smoker in your life get healthier.
Magical Butter Starter Kit ($174.95 at Magicalbutter.com)
There’s nothing more magical than creating your own homemade infused butters, oils, tinctures, soups, sauces, skin care products, and more. The Magical Butter Machine lets you infuse any herb (420 or not) into any base, which is why it’s one of the most successful companies to arise from the legalization of medical marijuana.
Vape Chemist Kold Blue e-Juice ($19.99+ at Vapechemist.com)
If you don’t already know, I’ve been contributing to the Vape Chemist blog for several years now. In that time, I’ve had the pleasure of vaping all their flavors and keep many in my personal collection. Kold Blue is a new flavor from the brand, mixing blueberry and menthol to create a bold flavor that’s sure to impress the vaper on your list.
Vape Chemist Philippine Mango CBD e-Juice ($49.99 at VapeChemist.com)
The Philippine Mango is one of my favorite vape flavors in my personal stash. Now they’re releasing a CBD-infused version of this popular flavor. Pick some up today to make the switch from nicotine to a healthier, more relaxing alternative.
VaporFi Vex 150 TC Mod & Vulk Tank ($74.99 & $39.99 at Vaporfi.com)
Vaping began as a fringe hobby, but it’s exploded over the past decade, and vape kits are now used by smokers and non-smokers alike. VaporFi’s Vex 150 TC Mod box uses removable 18650 batteries and produces 150 watts to ensure smooth vaping from start to finish. Pair with a Sub-Ohm Vulk Tank for the ultimate in portable vaping. Check out their Grand Reserv eJuices to find your favorite flavor.
VaporFi Atom Dry Herb Vaporizer ($139.99 at VaporFi.com)
Vaporizers aren’t just for eliquids and essential oils. You can vape dry herbs as well, and the VaporFi Atom is a sleek, portable, and easy-to-use device to allow vaping of cannabis and other herbs without attracting too much attention with smoke odors.
VaporFi Grnd Rsrv E-Juice ($17.99+ at VaporFi.com)
VaporFi’s grand reserve collection of e-juices are their premium collection of favorite flavor options like Cloud Candy, Catch Ya Latte, and Maui Menthol. Pick some up for the vaper in your life who always wants to try new flavors.
Wynd Personal Air Purifier ($199 at Hellowynd.com)
There’s nothing worse than hotboxing a car or room you didn’t mean to. Smoking can be stigmatizing, and the smell it leaves behind is gross, even to smokers. With a Wynd personal air purifier, you can keep the air around you clean by blowing your smoke into a personal air purifier that also tracks the air around you. Don’t be ghetto — ditch your toilet paper roll filled with dryer sheets and pick up a solution that actually works.
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Dremel 4000 Series 39-piece Rotary Tool Kit ($99 at Lowes.com)
Lowes is one of the top hardware stores around, and you’re unlikely to have a DIY project they don’t have the proper tools to get done. The Dremel 4000 series rotary tool is among my personal favorite tools, as it can be used to sand, cut, polish, grind, or drill even the smallest spaces. It’s the perfect way to finish your 3D prints to make them look professional before sending them out to customers.
Flir One Thermal Imaging Camera ($199 at Flir.com)
By turning your phone into a thermal imaging camera, Flir One is the ultimate DIY tool. Thermal imaging helps you find electrical problems, air leaks, unwelcome critters, and more night or day using thermal scanning technology and your smartphone. If you know a handyman who loves working around the house, Flir One is the perfect gift to he may not even know he wanted.
Earthstone Cleaning and Sanding Blocks ($4.95+ at Earthstoneinternational.com)
Paper towels, sponges, and copper brushes get dirty and need to be replaced eventually, adding more garbage to landfills. Earthstone is a green, US-based manufacturer of foamed glass products that turns recycled glass into useful products for cleaning your toilets, kitchen, grill, pool, and so much more. Get a few for the Danny Tanner in your life.
Formfutura Filament ($20+ at Formfutura.com)
Formfutura makes premium filaments for 3D printing from the Netherlands. Whether you’re looking for ABS, PLA, or specialty composites like wood, metal, nylons, and more, they have it in a variety of colors to suit your needs. Pick some up for the 3D printer enthusiast in your home.
Gladiator 3’ Wide Mobile Workstation ($299.99 at Gladiatorgarageworks.com)
It takes strength and utility to survive outdoor and garage work. Whirlpool’s Gladiator brand understands this and makes this heavy-duty steel and hardwood mobile workstation that’s perfect for the DIY expert, tool head, gardener, or anyone who wants quality furniture in and around their house.
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HumanScale Infinity Light ($599+ at Humanscale.com)
The Infinity light is a minimalist arm light with seemingly limitless moveable possibilities. Cables are hidden from view to provide a clean look and fluid movement in any position. Using the highest-efficiency LED chip on the market, it uses only 9 watts of electricity to provide 1500 lux illumination. It’s great for working on all your DIY projects.
Ledvance Sylvania Smart+ LED Full-Color A19 Bulb ($44.99 at Sylvania.com)
The biggest problem with most smart lights is they require a bulky hub, even if you use a smarthome hub like Samsung’s SmartThings or Wink. Sylvania partnered with Ledvance to create the Smart+ bulb series that’s now compatible with Apple HomeKit, which doesn’t require a hub. That means you’ll have hubless control over the lighting in your house — exactly what a DIYer would want for Christmas.
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill w/ One-Key ($120+ at Milwaukeetool.com)
Everyone’s making smart tools these days, and I had a chance to try the largest platforms and compare their features and apps this year. Milwaukee Tools M18 Fuel with One-Key outperforms them all because of one key feature. The sensors are built into the drill instead of the battery, so you can lock, track, and locate your tools, even control the speed, all from your smartphone.
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Mynt Universal Remote and Bluetooth Tracker ($19.99 at Mynt.slightech.com)
More than just your typical bluetooth tracker, Mynt can also be programmed to control your phone, presentation, music player, and more like a universal remote. Give your favorite DIY expert several to see what other uses they come up with.
New Matter Mod-T 3D Printer ($299 at Newmatter.com)
New Matter is a Wi-Fi-enabled PLA printer that’s affordable with a minimal design. Print resolutions up to 100 microns using non-proprietary filament puts it ahead of competitors in its price range, like the Da Vinci Mini. On top of this, the second generation printer is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter with 30% faster printing speeds, 2x Wi-Fi signal strength, and even more improvements.
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Plantogram Big Red Pomegranate Tree ($49.99 at Plantogram.com)
The ultimate foodie treat is to eat food you’ve grown yourself, and Plantogram makes it easy by shipping grown plants that save you months or even years trying to sprout from seed. Find exotic fruits, herbs, and flowers like vanilla orchids, mango trees, chocolate, coffee, and more for the foodie in your life.
Scribbler 3D Pen Duo ($129 at Scribbler3DPen.com)
Even if you have the most expensive 3D printer on the consumer market, there’s a good chance it’ll make mistakes or run into trouble printing certain things. While a 3D pen is no replacement for a 3D printer (trust me — you don’t have the stamina to layer it evenly), it’s a great way to perform touchups or add some color to your finished 3D print. It’s perfect for the lifehacker on your list.
Sharpie Ultimate Collection ($84.99 at Sharpie.com)
Doing things yourself requires a lot of marking, remarking, and marking again. Thankfully there’s Sharpie, the marker brand that’s coveted by street artists and creative professionals everywhere. The Ultimate Collection includes 115 fine, ultra-fine, neon, metallic, twin tip, and chisel tip markers in a wide variety of colors, so you’ll never find a surface you can’t make your mark on.
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SodaStream Power ($149.99 at Sodastream.com)
There’s nothing quite like taking control over your drinks and creating your own carbonated beverages. Simply attach the included CO2 cannister to carbonate water, then add flavoring of your choice. The SodaStream Power is the latest release from SodaStream and the perfect gift for the hacker in your life.
Pico Brew Pico Pro Craft Brewing Kit ($799 at Picobrew.com)
Home brewing can be a tough task, but with craft beer being such a craze these days, it’s hard not to be intrigued by it. Pico Brew makes it easier with a countertop home-brewing machine that lets you create award-winning beers from over 170 breweries around the world at home in 2 weeks with the Pico Pro. Give one to the craft beer lover on your list.
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Trackr Pixel ($24.99 at Thetrackr.com)
There’s nothing worse than needed a tool and not having it, and bluetooth trackers are the way to fix this. The Trackr Pixel is Alexa-enabled, meaning you can use it to find anything you need to track around the house by just asking out loud. Help your DIY expert find their things this holiday season.
Around the House
Home is where the heart is, and in today’s world, more of us than ever work from our homes. Regardless of how much time you spend in it, what you fill your home with gives insight into who you are. Whether they’re blocking out the world or inviting it in, these are the gifts for people who treasure their home.
Airthings Radon Detector ($299 at Airthings.com)
Radon is everywhere in the air around us, and studies from the EPA and American Cancer Society show it’s the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. In fact, Radon-linked deaths surpass drunk driving, drownings, and home fires. Keep an eye on your home’s radon levels with the Airthings Radon Detector, which is partnered with ACS Lung Force and the Norwegian Cancer Society’s Kreftforeningen to stop lung cancer where it starts.
D-Link Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera ($59.99 at Dlink.com)
D-Link has long been a trusted consumer and enterprise networking brand, and with all the advanced malware attacks plaguing IoT products, they’re one I’d trust with my security cameras. This Mini HD Wi-Fi camera has 120-degrees field of view, motion and sound detection, night vision, and 720p HD. Pick one up for every corner of your home to know what’s happening inside, even when you’re not around.
Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle ($54.95 at Hidratespark.com)
The Hidrate Spark 2.0 is a bluetooth-connected smart water bottle that connects to your Android or iOS phone to track water intake and glow to remind you to drink more. It also integrates with Fitbit, Apple, Google Fit, Under Armour Record, and Nokia/Withings fitness platforms. Pick one up for the IoT fan in your life.
LG Hom-Bot Turbo Plus ($999 at LG.com)
An upgrade from the company’s innovative Wi-Fi robot vacuum, the Hom-Bot Turbo Plus grants you full control over your cleaning experience. Connect your smartphone to see through the camera’s eyes, or schedule specific routines, map your house, and more.
Molekule Smart Air Purifier ($799 at Molekule.com)
Although the Molekule Air Purifier is stylish and compact, those aren’t its selling points. Instead, it’s the two-filter system and Photo Electrochemical Oxidation that eliminates air pollution at a molecular level. Keep your air clean of all sorts of harmful VOCs from dust particles to viruses and bacteria with Molekule, and replace filters using the $99/year subscription service.
Parrot Pot ($79.99 at Parrot.com)
Keeping a house plant alive can be impossible for some, and looking online will only tell you to either add more or less sun or water. What’s a noob to do? Order a Parrot Pot, and your favorite person can make their home gardening smarter with automated watering, routine soil checks, and smartphone notifications when your plant needs care. Never let another plant die on your watch with Parrot Pot.
PhIN Smart Water Care for Hot Tubs ($299 at Phin.co)
It sounds like it’d be fun owning a hot tub until you find out how much work it is to keep the pH balanced with chlorine and bromine, along with monitoring temperatures. Thankfully PhIN makes this easy by connecting sensors to your Wi-Fi network to notify you anytime something’s off.
PureGear PureSwitch Wireless Smart Plug ($49.99 at Pure-gear.com)
PureGear is changing the game by changing the way you think about your smartphone and other smart devices around your home. The PureSwitch lets you control any device or appliance you plug into it so you can monitor electricity usage and more. It’s a lot less bulky than competitors, making it a great way to start your friend’s smart home journey.
Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro ($400 at Simplehuman.com)
Of all the products in your home, you wouldn’t think the mirror can get any smarter. Simplehuman is changing that with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, up to 10x magnification, and built-in LED lights that can last up to a month on a single charge. Pick one up for your friend who’s always looking at their own reflection.
Singlecue Gen2 Remoteless Control ($139.99 at Singlecue.com)
Remote controls are so 20th century. Bring your home into the new millennium with Singlecue’s second generation gesture control device. Just stick out one finger and perform the appropriate gestures to switch sources, change channels, adjust volume, and more all without needing to search for a remote or touch anything.
Thiel Audio Aurora Home and Aurora Tour ($900 & $600 on Thielaudio.com)
Thiel Audio has been providing high performance audio products for over 40 years, and the Aurora line of speakers are beautiful, sound amazing, and You can connect up to 16 to create a whole-house audio experience. Bring that same amazing quality on the go with the Aurora Tour rechargeable wireless speaker.
Traeger Timberline 850 Wood-burning Grill ($1699.99 at Traegergrills.com)
Chefs don’t need to be restricted to the kitchen. With the Traeger Timberline 850, they can bring their culinary skills outside with a Wi-Fi connected, convection grill that can smoke or grill anything you put in it. Not only that, but it’s probably built tougher than your car, so you can keep grilling in any conditions.
Techies and Developers
Anonabox Pro ($119.99 at Anonabox.com)
Surfing the Internet these days is dangerous because you’re being tracked and monitored at every corner. The Anonabox Pro adds layers of protection by letting you browse behind a Tor Client, VPN, and hardcore encryption. The Pro model is the high-end, providing 128mb RAM, 64mb flash memory, and a 650mhz chipset to ensure you keep your web habits to yourself.
Cujo Smart Hardware Firewall ($249 at Getcujo.com)
With the Internet of Things in full swing, it feels like everything is connected these days. While you may have antivirus and firewall protection on your computer and mobile phone, hackers can still take over your smart bulbs, appliances, DVRs, security cameras, and more. Cujo works at the router level to encrypt and protect your entire network against advanced Internet threats.
Essential Phone 1 w/ 360 Camera ($499 + $179 at Essential.com)
When one of the founders of Android starts a company and releases a phone, all eyes are bound to be on it, and Essential Phone is that phone. The Android fan in your home will love this stripped down OS and the 360 camera accessory is just the icing on the cake. Only available on the Sprint network so far, the phone isn’t going to dethrone Apple or Samsung anytime soon, but first adopters will love having it in their collection as a Wi-Fi based secondary device. It’s also available in black or white.
iStorage Datashur 32 GB Encrypted USB 2.0 Flash Drive ($131 at istorage-uk.com)
Data security is a major issue, especially for techies and developers. It’s not because they’re more likely to be victims of cyber attacks — they just know it’s coming. Put them at ease with the Datashur flash drive’s AES 256-bit hardware encryption that’s guaranteed to protect any data on it. You can even personalize it with laser etching on the back.
Portal Smart Gigabit Wi-Fi Router ($148 at Portal.com)
On the outside it looks like just another sleek router with an intuitive app, but the Portal router is so much more. By intelligently monitoring and changing frequency channels to the most optimized connection, it keeps your home Internet running smooth, no matter how congested your neighborhood. It’s especially great for apartments and dorms, but works well in large houses, too.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($249 at Ring.com)
One of the most successful companies to fail getting an investment on Shark Tank, Ring, formerly called DoorBot, is now on the forefront of home security technology. The Video Doorbell Pro provides clear 1080HD video, two way audio, infrared night vision, and customizable motion sensors. It also works with Alexa. It’s the most advanced doorbell on the market and sure to impress the techie on your list.
Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment ($29.99 at Sideclickremotes.com)
Smart TVs and converter boxes are the new normal for watching TV. I have a Fire Stick, Roku Ultra, and Chromecast, and the biggest problem with them is needing to still use the TV remote for power, volume, and other vital functions. Sideclick removes these problems with a sleek remote attachment that lets your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, MiBox, and Nexus TV remote control any TV.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Mouse and Apex M750 Keyboard ($59.99 and $139.99 at Steelseries.com)
SteelSeries is known for creating great accessories for computers that gamers, developers, and any tech geek is sure to love. The Rival 310 and Apex M750 make a great gift for the computer owner in your home to feel like they have a brand new computer. These gamer-quality input devices are sleek, comfortable, and rugged enough to handle marathon computing sessions.
Hosting the Holidays
Aroma360 Holiday Essential Oils ($24.95+ at Aroma360.com)
Aroma360 makes both consumer and commercial essential oil diffusers, and they released new holiday oils just in time for Christmas. Gingerbread is a personal favorite, with a mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Pick some up to make your holiday party smell like a holiday.
Bissell Crosswave ($249.99 at Bissell.com)
Whether hardwood, tile, or carpet, the Bissell Crosswave can clean anything with its dual-action brush roll, swivel steering, and two-tank system. Get rid of that old, dirty mop and ineffective quick mop, and pick up an all-in-one cleaning machine. It’s small, lightweight, and powerful enough to clean even the toughest of spills and stains.
Bissell Pet Stain Eraser ($69.99 at Bissell.com)
If you have pets (or kids), you’re used to spills magically appearing all over the house. It’s not always easy to get a carpet cleaner in there, so this handheld carpet cleaner is what you need. Spot-clean carpets, upholstery, and furniture using the professional stain formula with Oxy. Whether urine, mud, or spilled drinks, the Pet Stain Eraser can handle any dirt and grime you throw at it.
Black & Decker Purifry 2L Air Fryer ($149.99 at Blackanddeckerappliances.com)
From chicken to Twinkies, there are no foods that don’t taste better when fried. Unfortunately deep frying in oil is expensive, dangerous, and bad for your health. Black & Decker’s Air Fryer replaces the oil with two convection fans that can easily fry up to 8 cups (2 liters) of food. With variable temperature control, a 60-minute timer, and non-stick parts, this is the appliance to get for your friend who loves fried everything.
Blueair Pure 211+ Air Purifier ($249.99 at Blueair.com)
The Blueair Aware is among my favorite air-monitoring devices from last holiday season, and Blueair continues to impress this year with the Pure line of air filters. Colorful prefilters are placed on the outside to personalize your style while removing smoke, dust, and pollen from your room at a rate of 5 air changes per hour. Give the gift of fresh air to the host or hostess on your list to ensure their home stays fresh, regardless of how many people they have over.
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Buzz + Bloom Honey ($2.99+ at Buzzandbloomhoney.com)
Bees are an important part of our ecosystem, and Buzz + Bloom Honey supports the American Community Gardening Association while providing some of the best honey on the market. Derived from lychee and citrus pollen, the honey is 100% pure and sourced from around the world. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way with organic, fair trade, spreadable, or craft honey that’s sure to bee the buzz of the holidays.
Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer ($99.99 at Charbroil.com)
Fried turkey has quickly become a staple of Thanksgiving dinner, but peanut oil is expensive and a major cause of holiday fires. The Big Easy changes all that by using TRU-infrared heat powered by propane to fry a whole turkey or chicken up to 16 pounds at 16,000 BTUs. A removable drip tray makes cleaning and collecting juices for gravy a simple task. Impress your holiday guests with a juicy turkey and crispy skin that won’t soon be forgotten.
Copper Chef XL Deep Dish Casserole ($69.99 at Copperchef.com)
Created by chef and product developer Eric Theiss, the Copper Chef XL is easily the coolest product you’ve seen on late night infomercials. They’re nonstick, PTFE and PFOA free, and have a cerami-tech non-stick coating to make all your meals delicious works of art. Copper Chef is the perfect gift for the professional cook in your life.
Coravin Model Two Elite Wine System ($349.95 at Coravin.com)
Once you open a bottle of wine, you’re basically required to finish it. This can be a pain when throwing a party with people who have different tastes in wine. Sometimes you just want to taste an expensive bottle and make it last. Coravin makes this possible with the ultimate wine lover’s tool that replaces wine with 99.99% pure argon gas to keep it preserved without popping the cork.
CucinaPro Flatbread and Tortilla Maker ($89.99 at Cucinapro.com)
Flatbreads, tortillas, and pitas are easy to make if you know how. If not, CucinaPro has a handy kitchen appliance to help out. Essentially two heated, non-stick, aluminum surfaces you press together, it’s a great way to make authentic homemade tacos, gyros, and other family favorite recipes. Pick one up for the baker on your list.
Epicurean Butter Finishing Butter ($4.99+ at Epicureanbutter.com)
Flavored butters are the perfect way to finish any type of meal, adding a zest of buttery flavor to meats, pastas, vegetables, and more. It’s often called finishing butter, and John and Janey Hubschman are Colorado’s masters of infusing sweet and savory flavors into premium butter. Flavors like Maple Syrup, White or Black Truffle, Pumpkin Spice, and Tuscan Herb can turn ordinary into extraordinary in an instant. Buy alone or in packs curated for corn on the cob, seafood, or steak to impress the discerning tongue in your house.
Giusto Sapore Foods (Prices Vary at Giustosapore.com)
Launched in 2010, Giusto Sapore has been importing fine Italian foods into the U.S. ever since. If you’re looking to create old-world recipes with authentic flavors, these are the products you’ll want to use. Make your holiday meals special with ingredients from Giusto Sapore.
LG 65” OLED 4K Ultra HDTV ($3499.99 at LG.com)
LG has been making quality consumer electronics for as long as I remember, so when I got a chance to check out their latest 4K Ultra HDTV, I salivated at the opportunity. It was worth it — this 4K Ultra HDTV is easily the thinnest, most beautiful TV I ever saw. No holiday is complete without watching a parade, football game, or movie, and with this TV, you’ll be the envy of the entire family.
Metis Ombre Wood Coffee Table Tray ($120 at Etsy.com)
The best gifts are those that are handmade, but unfortunately we don’t always have the time to make them. Thankfully Etsy is full of handmade items that you can pass off as your own. This wood serving tray has handcrafted charm and a rustic look that’ll make your family happy knowing you put in the effort.
Nancy’s Fancy Sorbetto and Gelato ($46.95+ at Nancysfancy.com)
Famed Chef and Author Nancy Silverton knows her desserts, and there’s no better way to learn that than with this collection of dreamy sorbets and gelatos from Nancy’s Fancy. Decadent flavors like Roasted Banana Gelato, Chocolate Fondente Sorbetto, and Frutti di Bosco Gelato w/ Greek Yogurt will make your mouth water.
T-Fal Color Luxe 12-Piece Cookware Set ($79.99 at T-FalUSA.com)
Everyone needs a reliable set of pots and pans, but not everyone can afford them. T-Fal bridges this gap by providing sturdy cookware that stands the test of time without breaking the bank. This titanium, nonstick cookware is PFOA free and uses a unique Thermo-Spot to ensure even preheating for reliable results.
The Real Dill Pickles ($10.99+ at Therealdill.com)
Pickles are a great way to feed a lot of people a snack with a lot of flavor. The Real Dill makes premium dill pickles with mouth-watering flavors like Caraway Garlic, Habanero Horseradish, and Spicy Caribbeans. Pick up a jar or two to add flavor to your holiday meal.
The Spice Lab Teas ($16+ at Thespicelab.com)
Holidays are a time to relax and reminisce with the family, and sometimes it takes a little bit of help from herbal teas to keep the peace. Started from a Christmas gift, The Spice Lab is one of the top 50 women-owned businesses in Florida, providing high quality spices, teas, and herbal blends to everyone’s table.
Valerie Confections Chocolate Bars (Prices Vary at Valerieconfections.com)
Founded in 2004, Valerie Confections have been serving toffees, chocolates, and other sweets to Los Angeles for years, and they’re upping their game by shipping these delicious confections all over the country for the holidays. Give some to the chocolate love in your life.
Vosges Chocolat Soiree Smash ($50 at Vosgeschocolate.com)
Dark chocolate hardly needs any introductions, but you can make it a more shareable event with Soire Smash. One full pound of super dark 72% cacao coconut ash and banana dark chocolate comes with a wooden mallet so guests can take turns smashing it and eating the delectable pieces that come loose.
In the Kitchen
We can debate back and forth about how, when, where, and what to eat, but there’s no denying food is an important part of our lives. From professional chefs to hobbyists and Food Network buffs, some people love to cook things up in the kitchen. Others have a flair for exotic drinks for all seasons. Impress your friends of all dietary needs with your flair for kitchen and bar essentials.
Chefs and Gourmet Cooks
Beekman 1802 Blaak Cheese ($48 at Beekman1802.com)
Based in upstate New York, the Beekman 1802 farm has been around since…well…1802, and it’s still cranking out handcrafted goods created by local artisans and farmers from around the area. Blaak is a world-famous artisanal cheese produced from the goats at the Beekman Farm. It’s a semi-hard cheese with an edible black rind that’s aged for 3 months in caves before being released in limited batches to the public. Grab one while you can.
Calphalon Premier Space-Saving Cookware ($377.99 at Calphalon.com)
Serious cooks need to save some serious space after their kitchens get filled with so many things. While the chef in your life already has pots and pans they love, you can’t go wrong giving them this 10-piece set of hard anodized nonstick cookware from Calphalon, one of the most recognizable brands in the industry. They take up 30% less space than competing brands, are rugged, and look absolutely beautiful.
Dreamfarm Garject ($37.95 at Dreamfarm.com)
Fresh garlic is a delicious and essential part of a lot of great meals. Unfortunately it’s also a bit of a pain to peel, press, and chop. Dreamfarm fixed this problem with a very simple device that grates, peels, and presses garlic in one motion. Pick one up for your favorite chef to shave hours off their prep time every month.
Emmi USA Swiss Cheese (Price Varies at Emmiusa.com)
Growing up in Europe, Emmi cheeses and fondues are as commonplace as Kinder Eggs, and I still appreciate the taste of them over most American cheeses to this day. If you know a professional chef, they likely have a taste for fine cheeses and will appreciate being gifted one of Emmi’s premium cheeses.
Hammer Stahl Electric Slow Cooker Base w/ 4-Qt Casserole Pan ($169 and $249 at Hammerstahl.com)
Hammer Stahl is a premier brand of New Era, one of the oldest cookware manufacturers in North America. The American Clad Cookware line continues the tradition with 7-ply stainless steel that makes for durable and professional level cookware. Odds are the chefs in your life already have pots and pans, but they’ll still appreciate these beauties.
Kamado Joe Classic II Ceramic Grill ($900 at Kamadojoe.com)
Of all the grills I’ve seen over the past few years, none can compare to the construction and quality of the Kamado Joe. These ceramic grills lock in smoke and moisture with a double-thick, wire mesh fiberglass gasket. The stones provide an unmatched flavor that would make even Hank Hill happy. If you have a chef in your life, this is the grill they want. It looks beautiful and works better than anything on the market.
Kettle Pizza Outdoor Pizza Oven ($119+ at Kettlepizza.com)
Whether you have a gas, wood, or charcoal grill, it would be nice to occasionally turn it into a professional pizza oven for fresh, homemade pizza. Kettle Pizza makes this happen, and that makes it the perfect gift for the foodie or cook in your life. Give a Kettle Pizza, and you’re sure to make up your investment in the form of delicious pizzas throughout the year.
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Omega Blend 6160S ($279.95 at Omegajuicers.com)
Professional chefs need a professional blender, and the Omega Blend 6160 is perfect for juice bars, smoothie spots, ice cream shoppes, and more. Or just bring that convenience home with you and mix up professional drinks for friends and family. Perfect for the bartender or chef on your list.
Le Trois Petits Cochons Pates and Charcuterie (Prices Vary at 3pigs.com)
For over 30 years, Le Trois Petits Cochons has been producing fine pates, mousses, sausages, smoked meats and more. Impress the Chef in your life with the gift of fine meats to make exquisite culinary creations or fancy meat and cheese platters for your next party.
Planches Labell End Grain Butcher Block ($78.49 at Plancheslabell.com)
A serious cook needs a serious cutting board, and this butcher’s block made from 100% premium Canadian maple hardwood is naturally antibacterial, eco friendly, and non-toxic. It can handle even the heaviest of meats and sharpest of blades, and still cleans up with ease.
Roth Grand Cheeses (Price Varies at Rothcheese.com)
Great chefs like quality ingredients, and Roth has been in the business of crafting premium, artisanal cheeses for over 150 years. Impress your chef friends and turophiles with your knowledge of flavorful, American-made cheeses that can stand up to anything you’ll find in Europe.
Smith and Wollensky Zwilling Steak Knife Set ($77 at SmithandWollensky.com)
Smith and Wollensky is a renowned steakhouse that’s been impressing patrons for decades. They’ve partnered with revered knife manufacturer Zwilling J.A. Henckels to provide this 4-piece steak knife set for the holidays. Pick one up for the steak fan in your life.
Thread & Whisk Grace Apron ($125 at Threadandwhisk.com)
Amazing cooks love amazing aprons, and Thread & Whisk provides quality handcrafted products fresh out of Portland, Oregon. With generous pocket sizes, swappable flounces, and a classic design, this apron is sure to please whoever you get it for this holiday season.
Winc Curated Wine Boxes ($50+ at Winc.com)
Wine lovers can be hard to please, especially if you don’t know their preferences. Winc makes it easier with a questionnaire to determine your flavor profile followed by a curated delivery of exactly what you’ll love from their deep archive of wines and accessories. If the thought of choosing a wine for someone else is overwhelming, a Winc gift card is the perfect way to show you care.
Work Sharp Culinary E5 Powered or M3 Manual Knife Sharpeners ($199.99 & $49.99 at Worksharpculinary.com)
Work Sharp Culinary has been providing world-class knife sharpeners for four generations out of its Southern Oregon manufacturing plant. These sharpeners are guaranteed to remove dullness from your expensive knives and keep you working hard. These are great for anyone in your life who works with knives, and whether a chef or Dexter.
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Meals Delivered to Your Door
Dartagnan Ultimate Wagyu Burger Recipe Kit ($89.99 at Dartagnan.com)
Dartagnan has been serving up free-range, sustainable, humane meat with no antibiotics or hormones, and they’ve provided the most premium burger you ever saw. Four 8 oz wagyu beef patties are filled with a medallion of black truffle butter before being cooked to perfection, then covered with 4 oz of grade A fois gras. Pick your favorite bun, and you’ll soon be eating the most extravagant burger of your life.
Dinnerly Meal Delivery Service ($5/person at Dinnerly.com)
Meal delivery services can be expensive. My personal favorite is Plated, but that’s because I didn’t have to pay to try any of them. If I actually did have to pay, Dinnerly is a much more affordable option. Although it does use canned goods (something I’m about to go off on Purple Carrot for, too), it’ll allow you to feed your family (especially kids) at an affordable price.
Purple Carrot Plant-Based Meal Delivery ($12/plate at Purplecarrot.com)
While most meal plans have vegetarian options, they’re typically bland and unfulfilling. Purple Carrot specializes in providing healthy, plant-based recipes on par with Plated. The only part I haven’t liked is the use of canned goods, which can rust when condensation builds in the bags. Other than that, they have great recipes and quality meals to please the whole family. Even meat eaters will be pleased.
Snake River Farms Wagyu Filet Mignon ($65 at Snakeriverfarms.com)
Snake River Farms has been providing sustainable, premium-quality meats since 1968, and their filet mignon is the best thing you’ll ever eat. Make your friends and family happy with the gift of the juiciest, best-tasting steak they ever had in their entire life. They’ll thank you.
U.S. Wellness Grass-fed Meats (Price Varies at Grasslandbeef.com)
Only the best meats will do for a serious chef, and you’re unlikely to find these at your local chain grocery store. If raising their own cattle isn’t an option, then perhaps your chef friends need some Grassland Beef and other premium meats from U.S. Wellness Meats.
Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day ($20 at Penguinrandomhouse.com)
John Currence is an acclaimed author and Top Chef Masters contestant who’s serving up the best holiday brunch and breakfast recipes around. This book is filled with southern-style recipes to make any breakfast you want from scratch. Not only that, but he has a great sense of humor sprinkled throughout.
1 celery stalk
2 green olives
1 pickle spear
The Real Dill makes one of the best Bloody Mary mixes on the market. Mix it with your favorite vodka over ice in a highball glass, stir, and garnish with vegetables of your choice. Take it up an extra notch with peppers or hot sauce. It’s the perfect drink to cure your holiday hangover.
Crown Maple Trio ($59.95 at Crownmaple.com)
Crown maple began at Madava Farms in the Hudson River Valley in 2010 with the goal of making the best syrup for your breakfast, cocktails, and whatever else you want the flavor of sweet maple on. This trio includes a full-sized bottle of three different flavors of premium maple syrup that’s sure to please the foodie on your gift list.
Krups Belgian Waffle Maker ($49.99 at Krupsusa.com)
Waffles are an essential part of a holiday breakfast or brunch, and they can even make for a great dessert at night. Krups knows breakfast and this waffle maker is a cost-effective way to make crispy, buttery, warm, gooey waffles for the entire family.
Champagnes and Sparkling Wines
Mix one part of your favorite champagne above with one part of your favorite juice (orange, pomegranate, pineapple, grapefruit, etc.). Stir and enjoy at your holiday brunch.
Maroxx Champagne Cooler and Stand ($299 at Maroxx.com)
Keep your champagne chill on the balcony, by the pool, or wherever the mood hits you with this luxury product from Maroxx. Its double wall stainless steel insulation keeps ice frozen longer so your drink will last. Also it makes you look classy.
Mouth Small Batch Subscription Boxes ($54/month+ at Mouth.com)
We all know a connoisseur whose life mission is to travel the culinary flavors of the world. Mouth makes this easy with a variety of subscription boxes that pair local, small businesses with customers around the country. Whether snacks or liquor, they’ve got the perfect gift for your hungry friends and family.
Mug Scout Champagne for Breakfast & Rise and Shine Mugs ($15+ at Mug-scout.com)
Mug Scout features retro-styled mugs of all types, featuring fun and witty slogans, designs, and characters everyone can enjoy. Check out their website for a wide selection of premade designs, or customize your own.
Drinks for Every Occasion
1 1/2 oz Ardbeg An Oa scotch ($60/bottle)
1/2 oz Drambuie Scotch
1 twist lemon peel
An Oa is the latest addition to Ardbeg’s ultimate range, featuring the peaty taste fans love with a smooth, silky butterscotch twist. Pour over ice in an old-fashioned glass with Drambuie, stir, and garnish with a lemon twist for a tasty drink straight from the 1960s. Without ice, call it a Straight Up Nail.
3 oz Bayou Spiced Rum ($20/bottle)
1 can cola
juice of 1 lime
2 lime wedges
Bayou rum is made in New Orleans and aged for 30 days in a blend of creole spices to give it a taste unlike any other rum. Squeeze a lime over ice, then drop two of the wedges into a highball glass. Add the rum, then fill the glass with coke and stir for a traditional drink from 1900s Cuba.
2 oz Codigo Tequila Rosa ($65/bottle)
1 oz creme de cacao
1 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp Grenadine
Codigo is made with old-world codes and customs in the Los Bajos region of Mexico to create a premium blanco tequila that’s then rested for 30 days in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels that gives it a pink hue and light floral finish. Mix it in a shaker with creme de cacao, heavy cream, grenadine, and ice and then pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a cherry and sprinkle of cinnamon to stay warm and cozy this winter.
1 oz Egan’s Irish Whiskey ($56/bottle)
1 tbsp mild honey
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup boiling water
For six generations, the Egan family has been making Irish whiskey, and a hot toddy is the perfect way to enjoy it during the cold winter months. Pour it in your favorite coffee mug with honey and lemon. Then top off with hot water, stir until the honey dissolves, and enjoy the warm feeling in your stomach.
Rum Egg Nog
2 cups Flor de Cana dark rum ($30/bottle)
3/4 cup sugar, divided
3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Nutmeg to taste
Flor de Cana’s Centenario tops my list of favorite rums, and their entry level rum fuels one of my favorite holiday drinks. Separate egg yolks from whites (and remove the umbilical cords) and whisk yolks vigorously, while slowly adding 1/2 cup sugar, rum, cream, and sweetened condensed milk. Refrigerate overnight. Prior to serving, whisk egg whites until foamy and gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla. Pour on top of eggnog and gently mix. Grate nutmeg on top, and enjoy.
Gin & Tonic
2 oz Hendrick’s small batch gin ($30/bottle)
3 oz tonic water
1 lime slice
3 slices of cucumber
Hendrick’s has been distilling gin since 1999 in small batches, and recommends garnishing a gin & tonic with cucumber instead of lime. squeeze lime slice over ice in highball glass. Pour gin and tonic in, stir, and garnish with lime slice.
2 oz Milagro Silver Tequila ($20/bottle)
3 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz fresh pineapple juice
A dash of Grenadine
Milagro is a premium tequila, and its barrel reserve has the most beautiful glass agave sculptures inside. If you can’t afford the good stuff, pour the brand’s entry-level tequila into a chilled highball glass. Add orange juice, then gently pour in pineapple juice and float grenadine on top. Garnish with a cherry and citrus slice of your choice for a refreshing drink.
The Elegant Spice
1 1/2 oz white rum
2 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1–2 dashes Scrappys Cardamom Bitters
Mix ingredients (add lime to taste) in a shaker, shake, and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit.
Christmas in Hollis
1 oz Benedictine DOM Liqueur
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 dash The Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
2 oz Orange Crush (or similar orange soda)
Pour ingredients in a tumbler glass over ice, stir, and enjoy.
Sometimes you need to just block everything else out and focus on you. Whether it’s splurging on an expensive cream or scent, cheating on your diet with a sweet treat, pwning your opponents, or just taking a nap, there’s nothing more luxurious than the occasional moment of self-indulgence. Treat yourself or a loved one to something sinfully extravagant.
August Smartlock Pro+ Connect & Doorbell Cam Pro ($279 and $199 at August.com)
There’s nothing worse than being balls deep in a game and having someone knock on your door. Your choices are to either walk away from your game and get reported by the raging teammates you abandoned or leave whoever it is on your doorstep. Thanks to the August Smartlock and Doorbell Cam, you can see who’s at the door, talk to them, and even let them in without ever leaving your couch.
D-Link Exo AC2600 Mu-Mimo Wi-Fi Router ($139.99 at Dlink.com)
Gaming requires a blazing fast internet connection, especially if there are multiple people streaming from multiple machines. D-Link is a leader in router technology, and the AC2600 Mu-Mimo Wi-Fi Router has everything you need to stay connected and reduce lag, including Mu-Mimo support, a dual-core processor, 160 mHz support, AC Beam, and 4x4 streaming. Pick one up for your favorite gamer.
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Kingston HyperX Pulsefire FPS Mouse, Alloy Elite Keyboard, Fury S Mousepad, and Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset ($30-$110 at Hyperxgaming.com)
Kingston’s HyperX brand is well known to professional gamers, and they’re bringing the same feedback, sensors, and customization to the masses. The gamer on your list will be thrilled with a gaming upgrade to their PC with a HyperX mouse, mousepad, headset, and keyboard to bring their game to the next level.
Parrot Mambo FPV Drone ($179.99 at Parrot.com)
Parrot has been making drones from the beginning, and the brand is known for innovations in the industry. The Mamp FPV is their foray into FPV drone racing. Download the app on your smartphone, put it in the included goggles, and get started with the fastest rising sport in the world. You’ll feel like you’re in the cockpit while flying over a distance of 100 meters in up to 10 minutes. Pick one up for the speed freak in your life.
Plantronics Rig 800LX for Xbox & PC ($149.99 at Plantronics.com)
The Rig 800LX is a wireless gaming headset that provides up to 24 hours of uninterrupted, lag-free, Dolby Atmos sound. It’s cushioned for marathon gaming sessions and has intuitive controls that are sure to please the gamer in your house.
Seagate 2TB Xbox Game Pass Hard Drive ($109.99 at Seagate.com)
Gaming takes up a lot of hard drive space, even on consoles, where Blu-Ray and high-capacity DVDs should store most of the data. Please the Xbox gamer in your house with an external hard drive from Seagate that comes with a free year of the Xbox Game Pass to provide access to more gaming both on and offline.
Toast Wood Grain for PS4 ($49 at Toastmade.com)
Gamers are everywhere, and we love our video game consoles. However, there’s no need to be stuck with generic-looking electronics in our homes. Upgrade the look and feel of your favorite gamer’s PlayStation 4 classic, pro, or slim with a customized, real wood grain cover that adds a touch of class to any gaming room.
Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist ($42.50 at Ahava.com)
I see prickly pears all the time in the desert, but miss the scent when I leave. Ahava is making the scent available to the masses with this fan-favorite body mist made from jojoba seed oil, dunaliella algae, sesame seed oil, and vitamin E. It strengthens the skin while battling the effects of aging. We could all use some of that.
Brooklyn Candle Studio Holiday Candles ($25+ at Brooklyncandlestudio.com)
No spa day is complete without luxurious scents and candle light. Brooklyn Candle Studio uses natural waxes, cotton wicks, and botanical perfume to create simple, minimal, yet elegant candles in a meditative, small-batch process. Start your meditation with the healing energy infused into these great candles.
Fernberry Replenishing Smoothie & Moisturizing Mousse ($30.70 and $35.80 at Fernberry.com)
Fernberry makes a line of all-natural skincare products that moisturize your skin thanks to Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, their “super-moisture” ingredient. The conditioning foot cream has the essential antioxidants and vitamins your feet need to look, feel (and smell) their best, while the moisturizing mousse uses ultra-fine sea salt to clean pores and scrub away dead skin. Buy some for anyone on your list who needs a spa day without leaving the house.
Gaiam Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband ($249.99 at Gaiam.com)
Gaiam has a long history working with meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practitioners, and Muse is the fusion of nature and technology. Using medical-grade EKG sensors to monitor brainwaves, the Muse app guides you through a variety of meditations that’ll awaken your inner chi. Reach self awareness alone or compare yourself to friends, and gamify the path to spiritual enlightenment.
Inkling Scents Earth Notes Natural Perfumes ($25+ at Inklingscents.com)
Essential oils are a great way to smell great without using artificial ingredients. Earth Notes, the new line from Inkling Scents, is a collection of five bottles that use natural oils and herbs to make small-batch perfumes inspired by Mother Earth. Scents include Forest Whispers, A Touch of Rose, A Hint of Lavender, Kissed by Citrus, and Mint Revival.
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-a-Holic Kit 2017 ($75 at PeterThomasRoth.com)
If you know a woman who’s ever been to Sephora or Ulta, then you found the perfect gift set they’ve had their eye on. Peter Thomas Roth makes the most luxurious face mask creams in the country, and these Mask-a-Holic kits are prized by anyone interested in looking younger, more refreshed, and beautiful.
Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa ($129.99 at Vanityplanet.com)
All the beauty and cosmetics products we use can wreak havoc on our skin, and even nature isn’t helping it. Harsh sunlight, winds, and even changes in temperature all have detrimental effects on our skin. The Ultimate Skin Spa from Vanity Planet is the facial cleansing system to get for the person you want to be healthy and beautiful.
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Venus Silk Expert IPL BD 5008 ($479.99 at Gillettevenus.com)
Hair removal is a pain, and nobody likes waxing or shaving sensitive areas. We haven’t had a chance to test each and every product yet, but Venus Silk Expert is one we know works. I’d personally recommend this hair removal system after seeing how well it worked on my ex. Pick one up for the sasquatch in your life.
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Addison + Lake Floral Monogram Mug ($15+ at Addisonandlake.com)
From Addison + Lake’s Monogram Collection, this floral monogram mug is the perfect way to sip your dreamy teas before bedtime. Pick up a standard design or personalize your own with this Chicago-based art website.
Casper Sheets ($120 at Casper.com)
The most popular bed-in-a-box on the Internet, Casper is more than just a mattress company. These Casper sheets are 400-thread count and made in a percale weave with Supima cotton grown in California’s Central Valley. The most crisp sheets you’ll ever own, they grow softer after each wash, and won’t pill or wear. Stay cool in warm weather and wake up feeling fresh every morning with these amazing sheets.
Cool-Jams Moisture-wicking Pajamas ($49+ at Cool-jams.com)
The older generations simply want their quiet comfort (minus the guy sitting in the Oval Office), and Cool Jams provides this with moisture-wicking pajamas that look basic, feel great, and will keep you feeling great all night. Give your dreamer friend something they’ll love to sleep in this holiday season.
Doie Lounge Sleep Masks ($20 at Doielounge.com)
Designer Sara Kirsner created Doie Lounge after having been a bridesmaid in a dozen weddings and learning what people respond to. This designer line of sleep masks and robes will keep your favorite dreamer comfortable wherever they lay their head.
Eight The Ultimate Pillow ($75 at Eightsleep.com)
You may be familiar Eight for their smart mattresses and covers that monitor sleep, warm your bed, and more. The Ultimate Pillow is the company’s latest release, and it features removable inserts to fit any size or style sleeper. On top of this, the shredded foam filling stays cool while you sleep to ensure you wake up every morning feeling well rested.
Happy Wax Signature Wax Warmer ($39.95 at Happywax.com)
Different scents can affect us in different ways as we start to fall asleep. While it would be nice to fall asleep to candlelight, you don’t want to wake up with your house burning down. Happy Wax warmers let you melt wax safely and make your room smell great. The icing on the cake is the wax melts are shaped like the most adorable bears you ever saw melt into a pool of liquid.
Jiu Jitsu Jammies ($89.99 at Jiujitsujammies.com)
Styled after a traditional Jiu Jitsu gi, Jiu Jitsu Jammies are actually a comfortable and durable set of pajamas. They’ll outlast anything you throw at it, from pillow fights to the kind of wrestling mommy and daddy were doing when you walked in on them as a kid. Walk around your house at night with confidence in these sport-styled pajamas.
Republic of Tea Citizen’s Favorites Assortment ($25 at Republicoftea.com)
Teas have long been used to soothe the body and soul, and Republic of Tea has been serving up premium teas for over 25 years now. Pick up this tin assortment with 25 of the best-selling teas to encourage sweet dreams at mimis time.
Sheex Performance Sheets ($111.99 at Sheex.com)
A fresh set of sheets can transform a bad day into a great one within seconds. Performance sheets from Sheex are made from 100% bamboo viscose and pull moisture away from your body while you sleep. Pick some up to provide all-season comfort to someone you love.
Sleep Number Ultimate Plushcomfort Pillow ($79.99 at Sleepnumber.com)
A good pillow is hard to find, and cutting corners can quickly lead to waking up with sore head, neck, and shoulders. Treat the dreamer on your list with the Ultimate Plushcomfort pillow from Sleep Number. Three removable inserts of down alternative microfiber can be adjusted to provide the perfect sleep for any position.
Pretty You London Ugly Me Jack Chocolate Slippers ($45 at Prettyyoulondon.com)
It’s hard to pinpoint much about Pretty You London. The slippers are shipped from Central Florida. On their US site, it mentions being in business in London for 35 years, yet the UK site says they’ve been in business since 2014. Whatever the real story is, these faux suede, faux fur slippers are comfortable enough to make your grandpa happy this winter.
The Company Store Company Cotton Monogrammable Robe ($59–79 at Thecompanystore.com)
Since 1911, The Company Store has provided the finest, most comfortable bedding, robes, and home goods. These classic robes are made of plush, absorbent Turkish cotton and styled with a cozy shawl collar. They’re perfect for sleeping in, and the dreamer in your life will love a monogrammed one with their initials.
Vizio Crave Go SmartCast Wireless Speaker ($199.99 at Vizio.com)
Vizio is known for creating affordable electronics that don’t compromise on quality. The Crave Go bluetooth speaker has Chromecast built-in (along with Vizio’s SmartCast), so you can stream any music you want. It also works with Google Home, and can be daisy-chained with other Crave speakers. Let the dreamer in your life play music without leaving bed.
Vitruvi Black Stone Oil Diffuser ($119 at Vitruvi.com)
I love evaporating essential oils to cleanse, brighten, and refresh my house. These oils are therapeutic and the scents take you to another place in your mind, letting you relax all the stress away. This ultrasonic ceramic diffuser is beautiful and lets you diffuse any oils you want with a runtime of up to 7.5 hours, and even the option of ambient light.
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Wamsutta Dream Zone 1000-Thread-Count PimaCott Sheets ($139.99+ at Wamsutta.com)
Wamsutta was founded in 1846 and has been providing comfortable and durable sheets ever since. Your bed will feel like it’s been upgraded once you add these to it. Don’t just make your bed — make it better with these fancy bedsheets made with DNA-verified cotton that ensures you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for.
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Wiz Wi-Fi Color Smart Bulb 2-Pack with WiZmote ($79.95 at Wiz.world)
I’ve written extensively on smart lighting and have the major brands (and quite a few startups) at home. What makes Wiz great is they don’t require a hub like Philips Hue and many others. Instead, you use an infrared remote, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home to control your lights and choose from 64,000 shades of white and 16 million colors.
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Babor Lifting RX Collagen Cream ($155 at Babor.com)
German skincare experts Babor create formulas based on decades of research. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, and Babor’s collagen cream was specially designed to improve our skin’s firmness and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles to leave smoother, younger-looking skin.
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Circcell Fresh Eyes Eyecare Travel Pouch ($155 at Circcell.com)
Our eyes are typically the first places on our faces that fatigue starts to show. Circcell is dedicated to skincare, and this bundle of Eye Serum, Collagen Eye Treatment Masks, and Eye Massage Tool will counteract your tired eyes and the signs of them aging by reducing puffiness and dark circles while refreshing your skin. Give your loved ones’ eyes the spa treatment with Circcell.
Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Sonic Cleansing Brush ($169 at Clarisonic.com)
Over 15 million people can’t be wrong. Clarisonic’s sonic skin cleansers are coveted among those who want their skin to look its very best. Although it feels like everyone has one, you can tell who still hasn’t used one. This waterproof and rechargeable brush has two speeds to accommodate all skin types, including sensitive skin. It’s a bit pricey for many younger people, so it’s a perfect holiday gift.
FixMD Skincare ($45–140 at Fixmdskin.com)
Developed by plastic surgeons, FixMD is a 4-step skincare solution to leave your skin looking smoother and younger. Activate eye cream tightens skin around your eyes, Detoxify removes impurities in your skin, Fortify moisturizes your skin, while Longevity recharges it so you stay looking younger longer. It’s a great gift for anyone in your life who wants to reconnect with their youth.
Jafra Royal Jelly Innovation Ritual ($169 at Jafra.com)
Royal jelly is appropriately named, as it’s secreted by nurse bees and fed to larvae to create queens. It’s also been long used as a health supplement, and Jafra is the industry leader in using royal jelly in skincare products. This kit includes 7 products like sunscreen, cleansing milk, and hydration serums. It’s the perfect gift for the friend in your life who wants to try something new.
Jouve Skin System ($90+ at Jouveproducts.com)
Our faces wrinkle as we age, and Jouve has a line of products meant to help fix that. Tightening serum instantly lifts, firms, and restores your skin, while brightening cream corrects, evens, and hydrates to leave you looking and feeling younger than ever. Night cream keeps things working even while you sleep. Pick up Jouve for the 30+ in your life who’s already dreading the way they’re aging.
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Twenty2Cosmetics Lipstick ($17 at Twenty2cosmetics.com)
Twenty2Cosmetics is dedicated to making women feel important and valuable, and these lipsticks are soft, creamy, and a sparkling gold reminder of that goal. If you want the woman in your life to know how much you love and respect her, Twenty2Cosmetics is the way to do it.
Being cooped up inside all day is no way to go through life. Every so often, even the most anti-social of us needs to get outside and experience sunshine and fresh air. Some of us enjoy challenging our bodies, while others just want to watch. And of course, all of us should be mindful of our impact on nature and our community. Here are the perfect gifts for people who enjoy living outside.
Tailgaters and Sports Fans
Buff Borae Hat and Knit Neckwarmer ($33 & $40 at Buffusa.com)
Buff has been making tubular headwear for over 25 years now, and they integrate technical fabrics into them for the most evolved innovations on the market. The Borae Hat has retro roots and modern looks with a 100% acrylic knit and PrimaLoft polar fleece liner. Pick one up with a matching neckwarmer to complete the look for your favorite tailgater.
Canyon Cooler Scout ($169.99 at Canyoncoolers.online)
The Scout from Canyon Coolers is a 22-Quart, roto-molded cooler that puts those expensive Yeti coolers to shame. With 12 tie-down points and an innovative bungee net system, you’ll be able to keep your food both cold and secure while driving out to the big game. The HUNTX foam insulation retains ice for up to 72 hours and can even keep blood/plasma fresh for 40 hours in an emergency situation. It’ll for sure work on your coleslaw and beer, dude.
Char-Broil Comfort-Grip Meat Shears ($5.99 at Charbroil.com)
When barbecuing for the big game, you’ll need some tough tools to get the job done. These meat shears from Char-Broil are actually a multi-purpose tool with built-in bottle opener, nut cracker, flat head screwdriver, and more. They’re also dishwasher safe, so you’ll have no problem getting them clean after a messy day in the stadium parking lot.
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Crock-Pot NFL Cook & Carry Slow Cooker ($59.99 at Crock-pot.com)
Crock-Pot is the only reason you have a slow cooker, even if it’s not there’s you’re using. The Cook & Carry line makes it even easier to cook and share nacho cheese, chili, meatballs, wings, and other tailgating staples with the rest of your squad. An NFL license on top of that means you can show your team colors without having to say a word.
Doc Popcorn Popcorn Tubs ($15+ at Docpopcorn.com)
Popcorn is a universal snack for tailgating at any sport, whether football, baseball, soccer, or even watching them at home on TV. Doc Popcorn has a variety of flavors, like Apple Crisp, Cookies n Cream, and Cheesy Cheddar, to satisfy your craving for something sweet or salty. You can even get tins with your favorite NFL, NCAA, or MLB teams and reuse the tins for whatever you want.
Full Moon BBQ Ultimate BBQ Box ($30.99 at Fullmoonbbq.com)
No tailgate is complete without barbecue, and Full Moon has been pleasing southerners for over 30 years as the Best Little Pork House in Alabama. The Ultimate BBQ Box has full-sized jars of its award-winning bar-b-que sauce, southern seasoning, famous chow-chow, and Alabama white sauce to make the opposing fans literally drool with jealousy.
Kelty Linger Get-Down Chair ($149.95 at Kelty.com)
Just because you’re tailgating doesn’t mean you need to be sitting uncomfortably. If anyone knows how to make the outdoors more comfortable, it’s Kelty, and the Linger Get-Down chair is the ultimate in outdoor comfort and convenience. Bring it to your favorite games, festivals, and outdoor events to relax in style.
Kicker Bullfrog Bluetooth Speaker ($399.95 at Kicker.com)
Crank some tunes to get the tailgate started with the Kicker Bullfrog BF400 outdoor speaker. A built-in FM tuner, AUX jack, and USB charging station are just the start. This speaker has 360-degree sound, 20 hours of playback, IP66 weatherproofing, and multiple speakers can be daisy chained for even more powerful sound.
Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa ($3.95 at Renfrofoods.com)
Whether chips and salsa or full-on nachos, you can’t tailgate without these staples, and Mrs. Renfro’s salsas are the best way to spice things up at game time. With classic flavors like Black Bean, Craft Beer, and Toasted Garlic, along with holiday favorites like Pumpkin, you can’t go wrong.
Peggy Jean’s Pie in a Jar (Pricing Varies at Pjpies.com)
Peggy Jean’s Pies in Missouri serves up some of the best pies in America, and now they’ll ship delicious pies in a jar to your door anywhere in the U.S. Favorites like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, Dutch Apple, and even savory pies can be make anyone’s holiday brighter. Even the jars they come in are reusable for candles, jellies, and more.
Rumpl El Puffy Blanket ($129 at Rumpl.com)
Mexican blankets are a staple of the Southwest, and Rumpl is finally bringing a new dimension to them. The El Puffy is based on the traditional Mexican blanket design, but it’s actually a 20D Ripstop nylon and polyester blanket with 3D hollow fiber synthetic insulation. This traditional design on a technical blanket is the perfect way to stay warm while rooting your team on to victory.
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The New Primal Grass-Fed Jerky (Price Varies at Thenewprimal.com)
While hiking and camping through all those stadium parking lots in search of tickets, jerky and meat sticks provide much-needed energy to refuel your body. Unfortunately, the preservatives and low-quality meat can cancel these benefits out. The New Primal makes your parking lot journey healthier while still staying delicious.
Trinova Car Wash Bundle ($64.97 at Gotrinova.com)
You can’t show up to a tailgate with a dirty car. Nobody wants to be seen hanging out in a pile of dirt, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone starts writing on your windows. Make your vehicle shine with professional-grade auto cleaning and detailing supplies from Trinova.
2(x)ist Fitness Wear (Price Varies at 2xist.com)
Pronounced “to exist,” 2(x)ist has been developing stylish clothing since the late 20th century. These clothes push boundaries to keep you dry and pushing hard through your reps, whether you’re a man, woman, or something in between. Pick some up for the personal trainer in your life.
Arccos 360 Golf Performance Tracker ($249.99 at Arccosgolf.com)
Golf can be either the most relaxing or frustrating sport, depending on how good you are at it. To help improve your game, Arccos designed this set of 14 bluetooth trackers that can attach to every club in your bag to record and track every swing with Live Shot Tracking, GPS 2.0, and Tour Analytics to provide the best data possible. If you can’t get a Meeseeks box to shave a few points off your handicap, Arccos 360 should do the trick.
Beats by Dre Power Beats 3 Wireless Earbuds ($199.95 at Beatsbydre.com)
Ever since Apple bought Beats by Dre from Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, they’ve served as Apple’s premium headphone line. The Powerbeats 3 wireless earbuds are designed with fitness in mind, with an adjustable fit, crisp sound, and up to 12 hours of battery life. If you know a runner, they definitely have music in their ears, and Beats by Dre can make it sound better.
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Calia by Carrie Underwood Workout Clothes ($6.99+ at Dickssportinggoods.com)
Although Carrie Underwood is known for her voice and musical talent, she’s also in great shape. Calia is the fitness line endorsed and used by the singer to provide activewear that makes it easier for women to get or stay in shape with creative patterns and designs that support where it counts. Find the line at Dick’s Sporting Goods and put a smile on the face of the healthy woman on your list.
Ice Shaker ($29.99 at Iceshaker.com)
Shaker bottles are a staple for fitness fanatics, and the Ice Shaker is a premium offering that integrates your shaker into a stainless steel, vacuum-insulated bottle that’s odor free and keeps 26 ounces of your drink cold for over 30 hours. You’ve seen it in the Shark Tank this season too. Show your favorite gym rat you love them with a new shaker bottle in their favorite color and engraved with a special message.
Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds ($199.99 at Jabra.com)
You need music when working out, and Jabra has the only performance earbuds on the market that are truly wireless. Take calls, jam out, and more with up to 4.5 hours of playtime on each charge (and a charging case that can fully recharge them twice). On top of that, the Jabra Sport Life app lets you track heart rate, reps, and more using the built-in sensors.
Motion by Coalition Activewear (Price Varies at Coalitionla.com)
Coalition LA provides premier outerwear with PETA-approved vegan materials. The motion collection by Coalition brings this same business ethic to clothing for fitness. Pick up some clothes for the fitness buff in your circle who also cares about saving animals and the environment.
Nokia Steel Activity & Sleep Tracker and Body Cardio WiFi Scale ($129.95 & $179.95 at Nokia.com)
Keeping track of fitness data is getting easier than ever thanks to digital platforms that combine wearable sensors with smarthome technology. Nokia’s platform includes a wearable activity and sleep tracker, along with a connected scale. Combine the two to track in-depth and historical results.
Omega 8006 Nutrition System Juicer ($299.99 at Omegajuicers.com)
The best way to get nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into your body before and after workouts is by juicing. Omega makes the top-rated juicers on the market, and this 8006 model is the cream of the crop. Easily juice carrots, bananas, and everything in between, or switch things up by making nut butter, and even pasta. It’s the ultimate kitchen gadget for fitness freaks.
Polar A370 Fitness Tracker ($179.95 at Polar.com)
Another great way to track your progress toward fitness goals is with the Polar Fitness tracker, that monitors heart rate, GPS, and sleep in a waterproof design meant for rigorous workouts. Give the ability to keep track of notifications, calories burned, and benefits of their activities.
Pure Cycles Urban Commuter Bike ($449 at Purecycles.com)
There are few things in life that can compare to the workout and thrill of riding a bike through the city streets with headphones on and a breeze running through your hair. This 8-speed alloy bike is lightweight and rugged enough to handle whatever you throw at it. Give your friends the gift of speed this holiday season.
QardioBase2 Smart Digital Scale ($149.99 at Getqardio.com)
Smart scales are everywhere these days, but the QardioBase2 sticks out for its sleek design and great UI. Smart sensors keep track of weight, muscle mass, fat percentage, bone and water composition, and more for each individual in the family. On top of that, it only needs to be recharged once a year.
Rhinomed Turbine ($19.95 at Rhinomedshop.com)
Breathing is important when cycling, running, or do any type of sport. Even meditation and yoga centers around proper breathing techniques. Turbine by Rhinomed is clinically proven to increase airflow through the nostrils by up to 38%. Give the gift of better breathing to the fitness buff on your list.
Rollerblade Macroblade 80 ABT ($150+ at Rollerblade.com)
Although we’re decades behind the peak of Rollerblade’s popularity, they’re still a great alternative to roller skates to get around fast and burn calories. These are the perfect gift for your friend that’s into roller derbies.
Roxy Fitness Wear (Price Varies at Roxy.com)
What started as a female-inspired offspring of Quicksilver quickly became a recognized brand in women’s fitness clothing. Originally a swimwear line, Roxy is now a full line of clothing for all occasions. The fitness wear helps women feel beautiful while working out, making it a great gift for the health nut on your list.
Sticky Be Socks ($15+ at Stickybesocks.com)
Yoga is one of my favorite activities, and it doesn’t require much gear. A mat is great, but even that’s unnecessary when you can just put on a pair of Sticky Be Socks to get a grip (and a motivational message) on the floor during your yoga routine. Adding icing to the cake, they also donate socks to moms who have babies in the NICU, Cancer Survivor Classes, Baby2Baby Los Angeles and more.
Sweat Cosmetics Starting Lineup ($100 at Sweatcosmetics.com)
With everything you need for a flawless day, the Starting Lineup by Sweat Cosmetics includes a powder jar of mineral foundation, a twist brush mineral foundation, and 30 skin-balancing cleansing towelettes. In clinical tests, over 84% of women felt the product was still intact of an hour of workout. It’s perfect for the crossfit fanatic, yogi, or even dancer in your life.
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Ahava Mineral Body Lotion ($29 at Ahava.com)
Ahava makes natural products that moisturize and clean your skin without leaving residues that make your skin greasy or sticky. Perfect for daily use, this mineral body lotion has aloe vera, dead sea minerals, and witch hazel extract to leave your skin looking its best. Pick some up for the natural beauty on your list.
Ama.la Soothing Cream Cleanser ($32 at Shopamala.com)
Amala uses high-potency, organic plants to create natural skincare products that work without sacrificing the environment. Their soothing cream cleanser is made from organic desert fig seed, nopal leaf, and organic Moroccan chamomile that cleans your pores and leaves sensitive skin feeling soft, without the use of synthetic fragrances, dyes, surfactants, preservatives, and emulsifiers.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum ($24 & $69 at Jurlique.com)
Dr. Jurgen Klein and his wife Ulrike are passionate believers in the healing power of nature. That’s why they started farming and producing organic skin products that combine alchemy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy to create natural products that actually work.
Kerastase Aura Botanical Shampoo and Conditioner ($24+ at Kerastase-usa.com)
Part of L’oreal’s professional products division, Kerastase has been providing luxury hair care products to professional salons since 1964. The Aura Botanical line consists of natural hair products, including hand picked Samoan Coconut, Moroccan Argan oil, and Sweet Orange essential oil to leave your hair looking its best.
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Max & Madeleine Feel Better Gift Set ($62 at Maxandmadeleine.com)
Max and Madeleine create safe, non-toxic products that make a difference. The Feel Better Gift Set includes Lavender Rosemary Bath Salts, Boo Boo Stick, Healing Balm, and Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Rollerball. Pick some up for the person on your list who needs a spa day but still wants natural products.
SkinOwl Travel Kit ($75 at Skinowl.com)
Annie Tevelin is on a mission to provide skincare products that work without all those harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients. That’s why she created SkinOwl. The Range Travel collection includes all of SkinOwl’s essential products in a canvas travel pouch, like Beauty Drops, Mini Neck+, Mini Eye+, and a Turmeric Mini Beauty Bar.
Gifts that Give Back
Alter Eco Chocolate ($3.99+ at Alterecofoods.com)
Both fairtrade and organic, Alter Eco supports small-scale cacao, sugar, rice, and quinoa farmers in developing countries provide sustainable food products that taste great and do good for the environment. This chocolate comes in bars and truffles, with dreamy flavors like Dark Salt & Malt, Dark Brown Butter, and Dark Twist. They’re sure to please the chocolate lover in your life with a heart of gold.
Back to the Roots Self-Watering Tomato Plant ($29.99 at Backtotheroots.com)
Back to the Roots started in a fraternity kitchen with the goal of connecting people with where our food really comes from. For every product photo you post, the company will donate a ready-to-grow kit and custom curriculum to the elementary school classroom of your choice. Give one of these ready-to-grow tomato plants to someone who enjoys growing their own food, and give another to your local school. It’s a win-win for everybody.
Batch Discovery Box ($49 at Batchusa.com)
The southern U.S. is filled with amazing local business that handcraft high-quality products in small batches. Batch was started in Nashville, but has since spread to include local small businesses throughout the south. Make America great again by supporting local businesses that stand in the face of the Amazons and Walmarts of the world by giving Batch to a loved one this holiday season.
Beeswax Co Hamilton Jar Candle ($35.95 at Beeswaxco.com)
If scents aren’t your thing, then check out natural beeswax candles from Texas. This 100% pure beeswax candle has a light scent of honey when burned and lasts for 70 hours. On top of working hand-in-hand with bees, they donate candles to charities throughout the community.
Community Coffee Morning Coffee Set ($29.99 at Communitycoffee.com)
As you can probably guess from the name, Community Coffee is all about supporting everyone in the community, from schools to soldiers, the environment, and everything in between. If buying Community Coffee is that good for your karma, imagine what giving it is going to do. If Earl Hickey had friends that good, he wouldn’t have spent four years making up for all the bad things he did.
Cotopaxi Toliman Pullover Wool Hoodie ($139.95 at Cotopaxi.com)
Cotopaxi is a certified B Corporation that creates innovative outdoor products based on a belief of sustainability, doing good, and poverty alleviation. They are dedicated to providing health and education to those who need it, and they distribute grants to a plethora of nonprofit partners. The Toliman Pullover Wool Hoodie is made with Polartec’s lightweight Power Wool to keep you comfortable and warm in any weather.
LifeStraw Play Filtered Water Bottle ($39.95 at lifestraw.com)
The LifeStraw team is dedicated to bringing clean water to everyone, especially underdeveloped countries. For every purchase you make, a LifeStraw will be donated to a developing third-world school. Play is the latest release from the brand, and this small water bottle with a filter is great for anyone on your list who uses public water fountains or sinks.
MatchBack Subscription Clothing Box ($37/month at Matchback.org)
MatchBack is a subscription clothing company where you can buy monthly boxes of clothes ranging from shirts to hats, shorts, socks, sunglasses, and more. On top of this, for every box you buy, the same box is donated to a kid in need. Now you can look good while knowing you’re helping someone else.
Olukai Hawaiian-Inspired Footwear ($65–200 at Olukai.com)
Olukai is a certified B Corporation that has a passion for sustainability, is part of The Conservation Alliance, and has its own Ama Olukai Foundation to help preserve the Hawaiian culture. I’m part Hawaiian, and love both the functionality and style of this rugged footwear company. Pick some up to help preserve paradise.
Leesa Pillow ($75 at Leesa.com)
Leesa is committed to helping the planet. For every ten mattresses sold, they plant ten trees and donate one mattress to someone in need. They also actively participate in local charities. On top of all this charity, they actually create great products, and this pillow is filled with responsive, adaptive Avena foam that’s engineered to improve airflow and stay cool.
Zuri Dresses ($145 at Shopzuri.com)
The word mzuri is Swahili for good, and Zuri dresses are made using African textiles and sold with the hopes of creating a sustainable economy in Kenya. Support the cause while looking stylish in one of these colorful dresses that are sure to impress whoever you give them to.
Family and Loved Ones
My family has its ups and downs, but we’ll always be related. Although we all disagree on things, everything we do is tied to the family name. The holiday season is a time to visit family, eat a meal together, and share stories of the past, present, and future. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose to give them a holiday gift that shows you’ve been thinking of them.
Your Significant Other
1x1 Diagonal Stitch Crewneck Sweater ($250 at 1x1.la)
1x1 (pronounced “one by one”) creates timeless styles that work for all seasons using sustainable manufacturing in the Los Angeles area. This 100% wool sweater is incredibly soft and available for both men and women. That means you can nauseate everyone with your matching couples’ sweaters.
Aidan Gill for Men Grooming Supplies ($25+ at Aidangillformen.com)
Celebrities from Hunter S Thompson to Denzel Washington know of Aidan Gill — the New Orleans-based barber is an expert at curating quality products for men’s grooming. Now he also has his own line of high-end male grooming products that will have your man looking and smelling his best.
B Toffee ($6.95+ at Btoffee.com)
Made from premium ingredients in Newport Beach, CA, B Toffee mixes guittard and callebaut chocolates with pecans and toffee to create an indulgent candy that’s crunchy, crispy, smooth, rich, sweet, and delicious. Available in canisters or boxes, this toffee is sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth.
Christopher Elbow Holiday Collection (~$24 at Elbowchocolates.com)
Your childhood sweetheart may be impressed by that box of Russel Stover’s gas station chocolate, but that’s not going to cut it with your wife. She’ll be impressed with this collection of artistic, limited edition chocolates made by popular chocolatier Christopher Elbow. Each one is designed in small batches in winter flavors nobody can turn down. Flavors include winter spice, peppermint, gingerbread, mulled wine, and egg nog. Get them before they’re gone, exclusively at elbowchocolates.com.
Columbia Performance Cotton Boxers and Tees ($20.99+ at Columbia.com)
Columbia Sportswear Company has been making quality outdoor gear for over 70 years. Treat your man with comfortable undergarments that will keep him feeling cool, dry, and clean wherever he goes. If you’re going to get someone clothes for the holidays, Columbia is the brand to get.
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Dakota Grizzly Clothing ($34+ at Dakotagrizzly.com)
Dakota Grizzly makes clothing. Your boyfriend needs new clothes. Seriously — just get him some new friggin clothes.
Diana Ralys Glowing Skin Treatment ($74 at Drskinhealth.com)
If there’s one product that’ll dramatically change your skin, I’m told it’s the Glowing Skin Treatment from Diana Ralys and her Radiance Wellness Spa. You and your girlfriend can relive those exciting Santa Monica getaways every day for about a week with this all-natural cream made almost entirely of organic ingredients.
Experience Days Gift Card ($25+ at Xperiencedays.com)
Life isn’t about things — it’s about experiences, and Experience Days lets you give your loved one something more than just a new, shiny object. Travel the country together and take culinary, adventure, and sight-seeing tours in any city. Instead of just telling her you love her, bring her somewhere she always dreamed like a dinner cruise in Washington DC, chocolate tour of San Francisco, beer crawl in New York City, or flight lessons in Las Vegas. Whatever you choose, what’s important is you’re sharing your time and experiencing it together.
Les Lunes George V Robe ($148 at Leslunes.com)
Your girlfriend or wife looks amazing in nightgowns and robes. Treat her to the incredible softness of this George V robe by Les Lunes. It’s a classic, wrap-around style with waist clinching belt closure made from 95% Rayon/Bamboo and 5% Spandex. She’ll look even more beautiful in this.
Madi The Karen Bamboo Robe ($98 at Madiapperal.com)
For all Madi intimates purchased, the company donates a pair of underwear to a woman in need. The Karen Restful Bamboo Robe is designed by the founder and made in Kansas City. It’s organically sustainable, odor resistant, and dries super fast. Pick one up for the love of your life and make both her holiday and another woman’s.
Man Crates Exotic Meats Crate ($99.99 at Mancrates.com)
Man Crates provides the best gifts for guys, and your man will love one of these great boxes. The Exotic Meats Crate includes jerky and meat sticks in a variety of flavors, like venison, wild boar, biltong beef, elk, buffalo, alligator, pheasant, duck, and ostrich. It’s a great gift for the explorative eater you’re dating.
Maroxx Picnic Backpack ($99.99 at Maroxx.com)
Maroxx is dedicated to making luxury products that will make you feel like a millionaire without costing you millions. This picnic backpack is the perfect way to show your significant other you love them. It includes everything you need for a romantic picnic for two — just add some cheese, grapes, and a bottle of La Marca sparkling Italian wine.
O.P.I. Nail Polish ($5+ at Opi.com)
O.P.I. makes nail polishes that last in an array of brilliant colors. Your woman will appreciate being able to color-coordinate her nails with her outfit. Pick up a few bottles to keep her looking and feeling as beautiful as possible.
Qalo Silicone Wedding Rings ($11.95+ at Qalo.com)
Wedding rings can be a pain to keep up with — they get lost, stolen, and can even catch on things to rip off your finger. You certainly don’t want to wear one while working out or doing anything physical. Qalo silicone rings are stylish and durable, but you won’t be as devastated if you lose one or it’s ripped off.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Smartphone ($599 at Sonymobile.com)
Wouldn’t it be nice if your significant other had an extra phone just for the two of you to communicate? Sony’s Xperia XZ1 Compact has a Snapdragon 835 processor, HD display, enhanced Motion Eye camera system, and superior audio. This makes it the perfect phone for entertainment purposes.
White Rabbit Underwear ($49+ at Whiterabbitnyc.com)
Make your woman feel beautiful while also supporting a business that supports women. Not only that, but White Rabbit also uses sustainable materials and ethical production methods to ensure each garment makes the earth and our communities as happy as you are in the bedroom.
Your Friend with the Baby
Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller ($495 at Babyzen.com)
It’s not easy getting anything done once you have a baby, and the stroller is an essential part of any parent’s bag of tricks. Not only is this stroller extremely comfortable for your baby, it has UPF 50+ sun protection, rain covers, 4-wheel suspension and a ton of accessories to make life easier for parents, too. Best of all, it folds up to a tiny 52x44x18 cm to make carrying a breeze.
Belli Beauty Your Best Baby Bump Duo ($44.50 at Belliskincare.com)
Giving birth puts a heavy toll on a woman’s body, and Belli Skincare provides 2 ultra-moisturizing formulas that repair your skin from the stretching and dryness that comes with harboring a parasite for 9 months. This OBGYN-approved formula is the perfect gift for the new mom on your list.
Chandon Rebecca Minkoff Winter 2017 Collection ($26 at Chandon.com)
Sometimes what your kids need is to either stfu or go outside and play so mommy can have grown folk time. Keep it classy with a flute of this limited edition champagne in a bottle designed by innovative designer Rebecca Minkoff. Drink it alone or mixed with juice (check out the champagne bar above) to take the edge off your day, put a smile on your face, and get you back in the game.
EcoSouLife Husk Little People ($30 at Ecosoulife.com)
EcoSouLife makes all-natural dishes and products that are safe for both your baby and the environment. The Husk Little People set is a great way to feed your kids on biodegradable dishes that are a durable alternative to clay, porcelain, or glass tableware.
Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit Car Seat ($349.99 at Gracobaby.com)
Graco has been in the baby business since you were a baby, and this 4-in-1 car seat is the pinnacle of safety and convenience for kids from 4–120 pounds. Adjusting as your child grows, and capable of working in any position, it’s the only car seat you’ll ever need (unless, of course, you have another kid).
Kidbox ($98 at Kidbox.com)
Buying clothes for your kids is a pain. It feels like every day, they outgrow their old clothes, and we don’t always have time to run to the store for more. Kidbox makes things easier by letting you personalize your kid’s age and style preferences and sending a personalized box of clothing each month. You can choose to keep whatever you like and return the rest. If you keep the whole box, you’ll have bought $125+ worth of clothing for only $98.
Little Green Kids Hygiene Products ($6+ at Littlegreencares.com)
Little Green makes mild, tear-free formulas designed for the sensitive skin and hair of babies and toddlers. Pick up some of these products for the new parent in your life to help them keep their kids pretty enough to plaster all over Facebook.
Ninja Coffee Bar ($179.80 at Ninjakitchen.com)
You’ve likely seen the Sofia Vergara commercials for the Ninja Coffee Bar. It’s a great way to get your much-needed caffeine fix so you can wake up and get your kids to school. Buy one for the sleep-deprived parent on your list — you just may save their kid’s life.
Static Schmatic Anti-Static Spray Essentials ($35.95 at Staticschmatic.com)
Nothing ruins your day like static. Your hair frizzes, the dog becomes a timebomb, and everything gets out of place. Static Schmatic sprays are specially formulated to remove static from clothes, hair, kids, or pets. They’ll make the parents on your list feel much more put together.
Acton Blink Lite Skateboard ($299.99 at Actonglobal.com)
Weighing under 8 pounds, the Blink Lite electric skateboard is the world’s lightest. Still, it’s capable of traveling up to 5 miles at 10 mph with a 130-lb load capacity. That means kids and teens can ride around town with a bluetooth-controlled board experience better than anything Marty McFly ever had.
Air Fort ($54.99 at Airfort.com)
Kids love pillow and blanket forts, and Air Fort is a specially-designed indoor fort that inflates within seconds using your household fan. At 77" wide and 50" tall, it can easily fill a room or fit outside to accommodate up to 5 kids or adults. Whether you’re with Fluffy Town or Pillowtown, you’ll always have the best fort in the neighborhood.
Anki Cozmo Liquid Metal Limited Edition ($179.99 at Anki.com)
Artificial intelligence company Anki impressed us last year with their Anki Overdrive set, which fused RC racing with Mario Kart-style gaming to form an addictive mixed reality toy. Cozmo, a programmable AI robot, is the latest AI toy from the company, and the limited edition liquid metal version is even cuter. If you know anyone who wants their own butter robot from Rick and Morty, Cozmo is your best bet.
Baking Class Cookbook ($14.99 at Deannafcook.com)
One of my favorite things to do as a kid was bake, and I used my Disney cookbook nearly every day. Deanna F Cook is a best-selling children’s author who recently released Baking Class, a fun cookbook for kids with over 50 recipes they can make themselves. Pick one up to help your children hone their own culinary skills.
Back to the Roots Garden in a Can Herb Set ($24.96 at Backtotheroots.com)
Back to the Roots started in a fraternity kitchen with the goal of connecting people with where our food really comes from. The Garden in a Can Herb Set lets you grow organic dill, cilantro, basil, and sage quickly and easily. It’s a great way to keep fresh herbs on hand year round while teaching your kids the value of growing their own food.
Creativ Craft Drawing Stencils ($25.90 at Creativcraft.com)
Art is important, especially for younger kids. We love drawing on everything, and Creativ Craft aims to inspire your kid’s artistic side with this travel set of colored pencils, paper, and stencils. It’s a reusable, washable, and non-toxic way to spark the creative fire in children, teens, and even adults. Check out their website for more creative crafting and stencil ideas.
Oregon Scientific Smartglobe Explorer AR ($129.99 at Oregonscientific.com)
Oregon Scientific has been making educational gadgets since I was a kid, and this Smartglobe combines augmented reality with a physical globe to allow kids to explore the Earth like never before. With over 20,000 fun facts and 42 games exploring over 220 countries, this is the ultimate globe for learning about our world. It even relates information about our planet in relation to the solar system.
SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset ($99.99 at Steelseries.com)
Kids love video games, and SteelSeries makes some of the best gaming supplies in the world. The Arctis 5 has 7.1 Surround Sound, RGD lighting, and a ClearCast microphone that produces amazing sound. It’s not a high-end headset, but it definitely sounds like one. It’s the perfect gift to keep your kids occupied while not having to listen to their games anymore.
Ultrasaber Custom Battle-ready Lightsaber ($300 at Ultrasabers.com)
Lightsabers have become part of our culture, but not everybody wants to mimic the characters on screen. Ultrasabers allow you to create your own custom lightsaber with any colors, sound effects, and styles you want. Whether single or double-bladed, you can choose from a variety of pre-builds or make your own. May the force be with your children this holiday season.
Wonderbly My Golden Ticket Personalized Willy Wonka Book ($28.99 at Wonderbly.com)
We all want to be the star of our own novel, and you can make your kids’ dreams come true with this personalized trip through Roald Dahl’s revered chocolate factory alongside Willy Wonka and even you.This hardback book will last a lifetime, as will your children’s memories of exploring it with you. Order today to get in time for the holidays.
Xtreme Fly and Drive Drone ($59.99 at Xtremecables.net)
R/C vehicles have certainly come a long way since I was a kid. For only $60, you can give your kid the ultimate drone that both drives and flies for up to 10 minutes while recording the ride in HD. With built-in multi-color LED lights and a 300-ft range, they’ll enjoy playing for hours.
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Actipatch 24-Hour Pain Relief 720 Hour Pack ($29.95 at Tryactipatch.com)
Using state-of-the-art electromagnetic pulses, Actipatch is a clinically-proven pain relief method that requires no drugs or other pharmaceutical ingredients. Unlike other relief bands that use electric pulses, you won’t feel any heat or vibration, just simple relief.
Andis Razr Pro Lather Machine ($303.51 at Andis.com)
Your Grandpa comes from an era where a clean shave was the start of a great day. Get him the gift he didn’t even realize he always wanted with a pro lather machine that creates hot, thick lather within 15 minutes for a close, comfortable shave.
Ditto Wearable ($39.95 at Dittowearable.com)
The Ditto Wearable is more of an anti-gadget than a gadget. It syncs to your phone to notify you of calls, texts, alerts, alarms and more. Clip it to your clothing or wear on your wrist so you don’t have to worry about constantly pulling your smartphone out. It can also help you find your phone. It’s a gift your grandparents will certainly enjoy.
Felina Loungewear ($10+ at Felina.com)
Felina has been making cozy loungewear and lingerie for over 30 years. It’s stylish and practical enough to look good on females of all ages, but your Grandma will definitely feel at home in this buttery soft pajama set. It may light a fire in your Grandpa’s chimney too, if you know what I mean (hint: sex…your grandparents have sex).
Harry & David Deluxe Christmas Basket ($99.99+ at Harryanddavid.com)
Your grandparents have been around long enough to know that Harry & David is associated with quality. Put a smile on their face by splurging on one of the company’s most popular holiday orders. The deluxe Christmas basket is reusable and filled with holiday treats like traditional fruitcake, peppermint cookies, truffles, and those exquisite Oregon Bosc pears that make you feel like a king or queen with each bite.
Republic of Tea Holiday Gift Teas ($10.75 at Republicoftea.com)
Teas have long been used to soothe the body and soul, and Republic of Tea has been serving up premium teas for over 25 years now. The holiday gift teas are seasonal blends of gingerbread or peppermint to let your grandparents taste the holidays and warm up through the winter.
See’s Candies (Price Varies at Sees.com)
See’s Candies have been making high-quality luxury chocolates, caramels, and other confections for nearly a century. Your grandparents likely associate them with childhood memories, and you can bring them back to the good ol’ days with a selection of candies from See’s.
Slumbr Pillow ($60–225 at Slumbr.com)
We all have different ways of sleeping, and Slumbr understands this. That’s why the brand makes you take a sleep quiz before purchasing a pillow to learn what will work best for you. From the Orion Down Alternative to the Cassiopeia Down, these premium pillows will ensure you’re the first thing grandma and grandpa think of fondly when they wake up every morning.
The Company Store Company Cotton Monogrammable Robe ($169 at Thecompanystore.com)
Since 1911, The Company Store has provided the finest, most comfortable bedding, robes, and home goods. These classic robes are made of plush, absorbent Turkish cotton and styled with a cozy shawl collar. Get one monogrammed for each of your grandparents to make them feel like they’re royalty in their own home.
Amarula Fruit Cream Liqueur ($19.99 at Amarula.com)
One elephant is killed every 15 minutes, and Amarula is dedicated to helping to save them. This cream liqueur is made from the African Marula fruit and aged in French oak barrels for at least two years. It’s then infused with dairy cream to give it a rich, velvety texture your parents are sure to love.
Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream ($150 at Chudaskincare.com)
Chuda is the first skincare product to combine Remedea Compound with medical-grade actives. This formula is fast-acting and will restore your skin to its healthiest state. Your mom will love the attention you paid to keeping her looking young and beautiful.
Ela Smart Double Leather Wrap Bracelet ($195 at Elajewelry.com)
The biggest problem with most fitness trackers is they’re not very fashionable. Ela Jewelry is changing all that with fashionable wearables that track your health and fitness, provide alerts, and let you store files, all while still looking good. Your mom will love having the latest technology without compromising her personal style.
Fossil Q Marshall Cory Richards Limited Edition ($227.50 at Fossil.com)
Parents can be notoriously slow when it comes to adopting new technologies. However, there’s a good chance your dad grew up with a calculator watch in the 20th century and will still be impressed with a smartwatch, especially if it looks like a quality watch. Fossil’s Q Marshall Cory Richards Edition is that smartwatch, syncing with your Apple or Android phone through Bluetooth 4.1 to allow notifications, texts, alarms, alerts, and games.
Good Earth Peppermint Treat Tea ($9.99 at Goodearth.com)
There’s nothing like the smell of warm peppermint and white chocolate to make you feel warm inside. This tea from Good Earth provides all the spices needed to relax you and prepare for the gift giving season.
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Huawei MediaPad T3 ($145 at Huawei.com)
Dads love tablets — you should see the look on my dad’s face when he picks his up to find a song, read an ebook, or play a game. Impress your dad with Huawei’s new MediaPad T3. Weighing only 350 grams, it has an 8-inch IPS HD display, 4800mAh battery, and expandable SD slot to let him store all the family photos he wants.
McCrea’s Flavor Family ($14.95 at Mccreascandies.com)
Jason McCrea is dedicated to creating the best-tasting, most luxurious caramels in the world, and the flavor family is a great way to sample the varieties he’s created. Indulge on something sweet, smooth, and creamy this holiday season.
NetAtmo Weather Station ($149 at Netatmo.com)
If your dad is anything like mine, he loves checking the weather reports. NetAtmo makes a ton of great products to monitor the weather, and the personal Weather Station has both indoor and outdoor modules to keep an eye on temperature, 7-day forecasts, CO2, and more updated every 5 minutes all from your smartphone.
Nixplay Iris Digital Frame ($199.99 at Nixplay.com)
Moms and dads love displaying pictures of their kids around the house, but that gets harder to do with everything digitized. Sure, you can settle for a Glamour Shot, but give them the option of putting their favorite smartphone pics on display however they want with this stylish, connected digital frame that connects to all social platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, and more.
Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Shampoo and Conditioner ($5.99–9.99 at Pantene.com)
Show your parents how sensible of an adult you are with a practical gift that’ll make them feel good. Pantene Pro-V gold series shampoos and conditioners are a premium collection to help protect and moisturize your hair.
Panther Vision Lights (Pricing Varies at Panthervision.com)
Parents love gifts that have utility, and Panther Vision has a selection of gifts that are sure to light up their lives. From reading glasses to hats, utility lights, or even flashlights, you’ll give them the gift of sight at night, whether outside walking or inside reading.
Power Pressure Cooker XL ($99.99 at Powerpressurecooker.com)
As seen on TV, this is the ultimate pressure cooker to provide every type of cooking imaginable with a digital timer and one-touch presets for slow cooking, soups, jams, meats, vegetables, rice, and more. This sleek appliance is sure to satiate your mom’s need for the latest kitchen gadget.
Shinesty Ugly Christmas Sweater Suit ($99.99 at Shinesty.com)
Sometimes you just want to stick out, and Shinesty is dedicated to making the most outlandish clothing to make that happen. This Ugly Christmas Sweater Patchwork Suit is guaranteed to get the party started, and we both know it’s something your dad would wear while everyone else in the family shakes their heads.
T-Fal Optigrill ($115 on T-falusa.com)
The problem with cooking delicious steak, burgers, and other meals is they can be greasy and unhealthy. T-Fal makes this easier with an electric indoor grill that makes your old George Foreman grill look ancient in comparison. It also has one-touch settings, color-coded and audio notifications, and more to cook all your favorite meats to perfection.
Thompson Tee Sweat-Proof T-Shirt ($24.99+ at Thompsontee.com)
As seen on Shark Tank, the Thompson Tee is a sweat-proof line of t-shirts that have inserts in the armpits to absorb moisture and keep you looking clean and dry all day. Your dad will love wearing them under his work shirts to avoid unsightly pit stains.
Yala Cybill Wrap ($128 at Yaladesigns.com)
Based in Oregon, Yala makes comfortable, sustainable clothing. The luxurious fleece Cybill Wrap is made of 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester, using low-impact dyes. Your mom will love the sensibility of this clean and classic look. Also, it’s super soft and made for cuddling because yeah…your parents have sex too.
Your Best Friend
Back to the Roots Water Garden 2.0 ($99.99 at Backtotheroots.com)
The Water Garden 2.0 from Back to the Roots is an aquaponic, closed-loop fish tank where the fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants clean the fish tank. It’s the perfect combination of pet and house plant, and a great way to keep fresh herbs and spices on hand year round.
Catit 2.0 Shorthair Grooming Kit ($49.99 at Catit.com)
Cats are notoriously vain, and they love to have their backs, heads, and tummies massaged. Keep your cat looking his or her best and reduce shedding using this kit with everything you need to groom your shorthair cat. High-quality tools like a nylon slicker brush, metal slicker brush, rubber palm brush, fine grooming comb, and curved nail clipper are stored in a sleek canister that can also double as a temporary hair container.
HandsOn Grooming Glove ($24.99 at Handsongloves.com)
Cats, dogs, horses, and other animals can shed a lot. If not properly groomed, their fur can mat, tangle, and start to become a massive mess. HandsOn Gloves have scrubbing nodules all over to help you massage and groom your favorite furry friend for an overall pleasant experience.
T3 Patrol Leash ($99.06 at T3gear.com)
Your dog is your best friend, and you want to make sure he has the best gear possible. Trident Tactical/Technical creates high-quality tactical gear that’s rugged enough for use by Navy Seals. The T3 Patrol Leash makes it easy to quickly secure and release your dog under even the highest levels of tension. It’s a highly effective way to keep your dog with you while you walk.
The Honest Kitchen Holiday Treats ($11.99+ at Thehonestkitchen.com)
The Honest Kitchen is dedicated to providing human-grade food and treats for our dogs and cats. For the holidays, check out two great, traditional flavors: Pumpkin Spice Latte and Eggnog. Your cat or dog will love joining you in a flavor sensation. Or reward them with a grain-free, wild-caught white fish treat.
Link AKC Smart Collar ($149 at Linkakc.com)
Approved by the American Kennel Club and winner of CES 2017’s Best of Innovation award, the Link AKC Smart Collar is more than just a GPS tracker for lost dogs. It’s also a smartphone-controlled fitness tracker, light, sound trainer, temperature alert, and more. Keep your dog safe in any condition with Link AKC.
Petcube Bites Treat Camera ($249 at Petcube.com)
Petcube Play is the innovative pet camera I reviewed last year that lets you essentially Skype with your pet, playing with them using a laser pointer and talking to them through the mobile app. With Petcube Bites, you can also throw a treat to your pet while you’re gone, helping you train them or just feeling the love no matter how much distance is between the two of you.
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Whiskas Temptations Cat Treats ($2+ at Temptationstreats.com)
Although I have nothing against dogs, I’ve always been more of a cat person. Every cat I ever had has fallen head over heels for Temptations cat treats. Made in a variety of mouthwatering (for your cat anyway) flavors, you’ll be your cat’s favorite minion if you start giving her these delicious treats.
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Whistle 3 GPS Dog Tracker ($79.95 at Whistle.com)
Losing your pet is heartbreaking. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve scoured the neighborhood with friends helping to track down a missing dog or cat that escaped the house. Whistle 3 makes the hunt easier by combining GPS, Wi-Fi, and AT&T’s cellular network to keep tabs on your pet throughout the day and pinpoint his last location in the event of dognapping.
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Ever been given a gift by someone you weren’t expecting? Now you have to run out and grab something random about someone you weren’t really thinking about. No worries — it happens to everyone. Growing up, my mom had a closet full of emergency backup gifts (and regifts) to hand out in awkward situations like this. These are the kinds of gifts you should always have on hand.
ApolloBox Moon Light ($33.48 at Apollobox.com)
Tired of shopping for the same boring products? ApolloBox curates gifts and products from around the world that are unique, practical, or creative in some way. This 3D-printed moon light is a great way to transform the boring lights in your house.
Bag Balm ($3.99+ at Bagbalm.com)
Discovered in Vermont all the way back in 1899, Bag Balm is a miraculous salve that’s used to soothe chafed and cracked cow udders. It’s not just for animals — it’ll work wonders on dry, chapped skin anywhere on your body, too! It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your gift list that has skin.
Belvoir Fruit Farms Ginger Beer ($2+ at Belvoirfruitfarms.com)
Ginger beer is a warm and spicy drink made from fresh root ginger. It’s great when mixed with sparkling water or incorporated as an ingredient in a Moscow Mule and a variety of whiskey drinks.
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Bliss Buttered Up Holiday Body Butter Set ($20 at Blissworld.com)
Bliss Spa provides amazing massage, facial, body and nail treatments and other spa services to satisfied customers around the country. This holiday gift set of moisturizing body butters used in these spa treatments is sure to make anyone on your list happy.
Block Island Natural Mineral Sunscreen ($19.99 at Blockislandorganics.com)
Located 13 miles south of Rhode Island, Block Island is one of the last great places to see preserved nature in the western hemisphere. A popular tourist destination, it’s also the home of Block Island Organics, which creates a natural mineral sunscreen that provides SPF 30 sun protection in a gluten- and nano-free, eco friendly, vegan formula that’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes, and fragrances. Keep your loved ones safe from the harmful effects of the sun without harming the environment around you with Block Island Organics.
Bollinger Rose 2006 Champagne ($149.99 at Champagne-bollinger.com)
Of all the champagnes, wines, and sparkling wines we got in this year, Bollinger takes the cake with the most creative and prettiest design. Rose has been trending lately, although I’m personally more a fan of red wines. Pick up a bottle to fill the stocking of the most glamorous people in your life.
BuddhiBox Monthly Yoga Accessory Subscription ($15.95+/month at Buddhiboxes.com)
Yogis of all levels will appreciate BuddhiBox’s selection of healing crystals, guided meditations, jewelry, sage advice, and much more. Start a membership for someone you love to help them love themselves.
Chimay Beer Holiday Gift Set ($21.99 at Chimay.com)
If your friend is a fan of beer, he or she is going to love this gift set from Chimay. A selection of four great-tasting beers and two branded glasses let you feel like royalty while sipping. Upgrade your beer game with the Chimay Gift Set.
Crane and Lion Yoga Clothes (Price Varies at Craneandlion.com)
Crane and Lion celebrates women by creating stylish designs that motivate and inspire. The yogi in your life will be happy to wear this fun getup during her next routine. Pick one up today or shop from their entire holiday collection of outerwear, cashmere, and more.
Dollar Shave Club ($5+ at Dollarshaveclub.com)
Dollar Shave Club is the leading men’s grooming supply company online, and for good reason. The brand’s shaving, bathroom, and hygiene supplies are high quality while staying much cheaper than the brands you’ll find at the grocery store. Even if your man loves his facial hair, there are plenty of skincare, hair, and shower items to keep him looking and smelling so fresh and so clean.
Droga Chocolates Money on Honey ($7.95+ at Drogachocolates.com)
Droga chocolates use natural wildflower honey and caramel to create Money on Honey in copper kettles for a creamy, dreamy candy that’s sure to please anyone in your family. The packaging looks great, and it’s something different from the usual Russell Stover’s chocolates you’ve been getting.
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Enevu Cube Light ($29.99 at Enevu.com)
Light is important wherever you go, and the Enevu Cube Light is an elegant solution to shed light on any situation. Multiple settings and an Ikea-like modern simplicity makes it perfect for use at home and on the road. Fill someone’s stocking with the gift of light.
Foreo ISSA Hybrid Sonic Toothbrush ($149 at Foreo.com)
Foreo is known for its vibrating facial cleansing brush, and it’s bringing that technology to your teeth with the ISSA Hybrid Sonic Toothbrush. Pick one up for anyone you know who has teeth. It won’t just put a smile on their face, but it’ll make that smile look better to the rest of us.
Frisky Britches Panty Subscription Service ($14/month at Friskybritches.com)
If you don’t know what underwear to get for your woman, there’s a way around it. Just give her a panty subscription from Frisky Britches. She’ll feel loved as she gets two new pairs of panties every month, while you’ll get a free fashion show of all her new undies. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Face Masks ($2.99 at Garnierusa.com)
Garnier’s SkinActive face masks come in a variety of moisturizing and hydrating formulas for every type of skin and situation. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, it leaves your skin looking and feeling softer, more refreshed, and helps clear your pores and sooth your face. Give this gift to someone who can use the stress reduction.
Graeter’s Ice Cream Pints ($12 at Graeters.com)
The Graeter family has been churning out premium French pot ice creams for four generations, and it shows in each delectable bite of these pints. Handcrafted flavors include black raspberry chocolate chip, butterscotch latte, and salted caramel chocolate chip. The cheese crown is an especially creamy flavor that was a favorite in the office. For a more seasonal flair, try cinnamon, pumpkin, or just classic Madagascar vanilla bean to delight the senses.
Grand Trunk OneMade Freedom Hammock and Trunk Straps ($99.99 and $29.99 at Grandtrunk.com)
Grand Trunk makes some of the best hammocks on the market, and the OneMade Freedom Hammock lets two people enjoy the comfort of Grand Trunk hammocks while also displaying their patriotism. Couples can lounge together or a single person can ride solo with extra room to stretch out. It’s a great gift for any holiday year-round.
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Haagen Dazs Trio Ice Cream ($5.29 at Haagendazs.us)
Haagen Dazs makes the creamiest, richest chocolate and ice creams on the planet. Trios, the new line released just in time for the holidays, mixes decadent chocolate with two flavors of ice cream. Flavors include salted caramel chocolate, triple chocolate, vanilla blackberry chocolate, and coffee vanilla chocolate. It’s the perfect gift for date night.
Lavazza Coffee K-Cups ($9.99-$12.99 at Shoplavazza.com)
Starbucks is so 20th century — Lavazza handpicks the best coffees every year from plantations all over the world to create the perfect balance of flavor and quality. These K-cups are a great way to stuff anyone’s stockings this winter.
Rok and Wud Real Rock and Wood Phone Cases ($19.95+ at Wudlife.com)
Your smartphone is already an expensive item, and you can make it look even classier with a phone case made with real wood and rock. A variety of artist designs are available to give a classic, yet elegant look.
RunLites Wearable Lights ($17.95–24.95 at Gorunlites.com)
RunLites are an easy way for the entire family to carry lights with them at night. Running, walking, biking, and exploring is made easier and safer with them. It’s also a fun way to compliment a superhero costume or create visual effects for pics and videos. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for any holiday.
Secret Spirits Rums Revenge 1st Edition (Price Varies at Rumsrevenge.com)
The rum lover in your life is going to flip over this pirate-themed booty and collection of artisanal rums from Canada…yes, you read that right. Not just content mimicking U.S. bourbons, Canucks also want to dominate the rum market. With this gift set, it’s clear they’re on the right path.
Softsoap Frosted Wish and Iced Kiss Hand Soaps (Prices Vary at Softsoap.com)
Softsoap is my go-to brand for hand soaps, and these limited edition holiday soaps are simply delicious. A hint of sweet cherry mixes well with peppermint to leave you smelling like Santa Claus himself. Pick some up before this limited run is gone.
Trump Troll ($9.95 at Buytrumptroll.com)
The 45th President of the United States of America is a divisive and charismatic leader. Love or hate him, he’s easily one of the most recognizable faces to ever occupy the White House. This Trump Troll doll is a great gift for anyone political on your list, whether they’re for or against him.
Vienne Milano Italian Thigh High Stockings ($25+ at Viennemilano.com)
There’s something undeniably sexy about a woman in thigh-high stockings, and Vienne Milano is the first luxury hosiery brand and online boutique dedicated to them. Turn your ordinary woman into a walking work of art with these beautifully crafted leggings made of durable materials, premium yarns, and the finest laces.
Office Christmas Parties
Aviators & Co Custom Travel Art Prints ($36+ at Aviatorsandco.com)
Nobody wants boring corporate art. Bring memories of your last adventure with you to your cubicle with Aviators & Co custom travel art prints. Choose from one of their original travel-themed designs printed on a variety of materials, and get it framed to put on your desk and show coworkers all the cool places you’ve been.
Bluelounge Sanctuary 4 Charging Stand ($99.95 at Bluelounge.com)
Sometimes we just have too many devices to charge, especially when work issues you a phone and tablet. The Sanctuary4 from Bluelounge lets you charge up to four devices at one time, all of which can be stored in this clean-looking design. Pick one up for your favorite coworker to see the smile on their face.
Coffee Cookie ($12 at Squareup.com)
Recent MIT graduates Victoria Gregory and Gabe Alba left school with an idea to create the selfie stick for coffee, mass producing a cup-sized coffee warmer that buys you some time before your coffee gets cold. It’s the perfect gift for pretty much any coworkers who have to deal with Karen in Accounting constantly gossiping while their coffee gets cold. Don’t let Karen in Accounting ruin your coworker’s coffee. Get them a Coffee Cookie.
Dymo MobileLabeler ($129.99 at Dymo.com)
Dymo is a leading manufacturer of label makers and other office supplies. The MobileLabeler brings things to the modern age, with Bluetooth connectivity that lets you use your Android or iOS phone to create and print labels wirelessly. It also makes a great gift for those office Christmas exchanges.
Krups Savoy EC414 Turbo Coffee Maker ($79 at Krupsusa.com)
Coffee is an essential part of working in Corporate America, and the Krups Savoy Turbo Coffee Maker brews 12 cups of coffee up to 35% faster than competitors. It’s also programmable to ensure there’s always a fresh cup ready.
Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear Earphones ($149 at Libratone.com)
Libratone’s Q Adapt earbuds have a lightning connection that provides a quality digital audio signal. On top of this, they’re the first earbuds to feature CityMix, an adjustable noise cancellation that adjusts to the city around you. They’re exactly what your coworkers need to listen to great tunes while keeping an ear out for management.
Mug Scout World’s Okayest Coworker Mug ($15 at Mug-Scout.com)
As mentioned above, Mug Scout sells personalized mugs. This is one we found funny. Buy it.
Press Coffee Roasters Festivus Holiday Blend ($16 at Presscoffee.com)
Press Coffee Roasters is dedicated to providing the best coffee products, accessories, and knowledge possible to the community. The Festivus Holiday Blend is the perfect coffee for the winter festivities, tasting of sweet chocolate, red berry, and holiday spices. It’s sure to get your coworkers in the holiday mood.
PureLyft Clean Caffeine Energy Stir Sticks ($2.06 at Purelyft.com)
It takes caffeine to get through most weekdays in a cubicle. Nothing’s worse than going to the break room for some to find you’re out. With PureLyft Stir Sticks, you can add both caffeine and flavor to any drink, from your morning water to your happy hour cocktails.
Rumba Watches ($55–85 at Rumbatime.com)
Designed in, and inspired by, NYC, Rumba watches are quickly becoming popular for providing sleek and elegant designs for an affordable price. Watches are commonly given at offices, and by bringing one of these to your White Elephant gift exchange, you’ll help a coworker be on time for once.
Solo New York All-Star Backpack Duffel ($79.99 at Solo.net)
I work from home now, but when I worked in an office, I always had a backpack with me. Unfortunately, as comfortable as a backpack is, it doesn’t look as professional as a laptop bag, briefcase, or duffel. Solo New York’s All-Star Backpack Duffel strikes the perfect balance of comfort and aesthetic.
And now for some wine to celebrate the end of your holiday shopping…