Love it or hate it (we kinda love it) the Christmas holiday season is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to start thinking about what gifts to give our loved ones and, well, even some of those that we don’t consider our loved ones but more of the ones who we’re forced to gift. You know the ones. If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect present, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
This year (the 2022 into 2023 Christmas season) we’ve compiled a list of some pretty amazing and popular options. Most of these we’ve actually purchased for ourselves, for others, or even tested out on our own for the purpose of this gifting list.
We’ve also researched, reviewed, and consulted some of the top brands out there that come up with their own list to see what some of the most common themes are all about. The experts at sites like The Today Show (their televised gift selections for everyone on your list), VeryWellFamily (medically reviewed gift ideas for your kids and their developmental stages), CBS News (the gifts you should start buying early…like now), and T3 (some of the most sought-after tech gift this Christmas).
Overall, there really are so many types of people out there to shop for and it can be overwhelming. We’ve tried our best to make it as easy as possible and broke our selection down to include the perfect ideas for women, for the guys in your life, your kiddos, some ideas to stuff in their stockings, and even some gadgets that’ll put a candy-cane smile on their faces Christmas morning (or maybe that’s just the holiday mimosas?).
As far as themes go, we’re continuing to see some good old standbys like:
For the Fashionista In Your Life: You can’t go wrong with a designer handbag, purse, or personalized piece of (affordable) jewelry. This is sure to be a hit with any fashion-savvy friend or family member.
For the Beauty Lover: A luxurious skincare set. Pamper them with a high-end skincare routine that will leave them feeling refreshed and looking gorgeous without having to even leave the comfort of their own home for the med spa.
For the Homebody: Nothing beats a warm and cozy blanket or tufted throw pillow. These make great gifts for anyone who loves to cozy up at home with a good book or movie…or just likes to take some winter naps like we do.
For the Foodie: A gourmet food basket. This is a great gift idea for someone who loves to cook and entertain. Fill it with their favorite gourmet foods and kitchen tools or if you don’t have that creative gene there are plenty of online retailers that curate boxes for you and their food preferences (more on this below).
For the Jetsetter: You can’t go wrong with a travel voucher. This is an excellent gift for someone who loves to travel. Whether they use it to take a dream vacation or just to visit family and friends, they’re sure to appreciate it and maybe even take you along. And don’t sweat the price. They don’t expect you to pay for the whole trip – you can just put some money towards a trip with the appropriate gift card.
For the Tech Geek: Of course one of the most popular gifting themes is always tech related so you can’t pass up the latest gadgets. If you know someone who can’t get enough of technology, this is the perfect gift for them. Stay up-to-date on the latest trends and get them the hottest new gadgets – many of which are listed below.
For the Fitness Enthusiast: How about upgrading their Fitbit or other fitness tracker? This is a great gift for someone who loves to stay active and healthy. Help them track their progress and reach their fitness goals and, the best part? You don’t have to exercise at all? Leave it up to them!
Whether they fit into any of the above popular category themes or you’re just looking for something unique, check out some of our favorite Christmas gifts for this current holiday season that they’ll actually use all the way into 2023 (fingers crossed!)
1. Magic Mixies Magical Misting Cauldron
We are calling it as one of the biggest picks of the year! Magic Mixies allows kids to use some real magic, potions, and ingredients. Follow the book of spells, add everything in, tap the cauldron, say the magic words and wait for the mist to actually appear and then an actual Mixies Pet will appear in the cauldron. Which will they get? That’s part of the surprise fun!
• It has more than 50 sounds and reactions.
• The cauldron will actually create magical mist.
• They can play with this over and over again.
• Which pet you get is part of the magical surprise.
• You’ll eventually need to purchase refills if your kids use it a ton.
• If they love unboxings and surprises they’re going to love this cauldron, especially with all the magical “mist” that comes out. The best part is that they can perform the “magic” over and over again!
2. The 3-in-1 Apple Charging Station
• Keeps all of your devices organized in one place.
• It charges everything pretty quickly, which is great when they’re in a rush.
• It has a pretty sleek and stylish design, which will look great on their night stand or at their desk.
• Your original wires/cables are required as this charging station doesn’t come with them.
• If they have all three Apple products, it’s definitely worth it. If they only have one or two you may want to find a charging station that’s only for one or two items. You really can’t beat the price though!
The Elago 3-in-1 Apple Charging Station is the charging dock that can charge their iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch all at the same time! It is made of aluminum and has a sleek, minimalist design. The charging station has three USB ports, one for each device, and comes with an AC adapter.
One of the great things about this charging station is that it keeps all of your devices organized in one place. You don’t have to worry about losing cords or having them tangled up. The charging station also looks very sleek and stylish and comes in a variety of different colors to choose from.
We love that it charges all three devices very quickly. If you’re in a hurry, you can just plug everything in and know that it will be fully charged in no time (and your teen will have a harder time losing them if they’re all in one place!).
3. The “You. Are. Enough.” Tote Bag
Minimalistic tote bags is where it’s at this season and this lightweight 16-inch by 16-inch tote bag comes with the reaffirming message that “you are enough.” Newly updated, this one has classic black strap handles making it easy to carry around their stuff – from food to books and everything in between.
4. K. Carroll Cross-Body Bag
This cross-body carrier is small enough to not get in your way, but big enough to fit all your essentials like your lipstick, credit cards, money, and more! We love the navy and yellow combo, but it also comes in a variety of prints as well as colors like black, red, green, pink, blue, grey, brown, and more! See all the colors here.
5. The Wordle Party Board Game
Uh, you may have heard of the online viral game, Wordle, that basically took over the world this year. You get 6 chances to guess the 5-letter “secret” word. Well, now Hasbro has teamed up with Wordle to make a “real life” party board game that can be played with anywhere from 2-4 people where you have to guess the word – but with this board game you can also play “beat the clock” or play as teams. This one is being released on October 1st, and you can pre-order it now!
• A great way for your kids to get off their electronics.
• Learning mixed with fun is always a good idea.
• The price is relatively cheap (under $20)
• It’s not really that much different from the online version, so you may find the free online version suitable instead of shelling out $20 for the board game.
• Wordle is where it’s at (still) this year so having a fun version where friends and family can play together is the perfect way to get them off of their phones and tablets.
6. The Online Masterclass Gift Subscription
This idea is so cool. Now they can take an online ‘Master Class’ with an actual expert/celebrity! Even better, you can quickly and easily gift them this! They’ll get to choose from over 80 different classes (and experts) based on their interests. Check out a cooking course from Gordon Ramsay, James Patterson teaches writing, Steve Martin teaches comedy, and so much more.
7. The “You Are Loved” or “You Are Enough” Tee
• These T-Shirts have positive and important messages for everyone to remember and live by.
• They come in more than 10 different colors to choose from.
• You can’t beat the price of a $20 tee!
• These are more body-fitting than super loose, so you may want to go a size up.
• In a world that seems to be a mess lately, we could all use some positive messaging to remind us and others what’s really important.
Simply stated, but a totally needed reminder that, no matter what, they really are loved and enough. This super comfy tee comes in a variety of colors and styles for guys and gals like navy blue, light yellow, light blue, black, light pink, heather grey, and more!
8. The Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Now he can make and bottle his very own special blends of hot sauces with his very own kit! It’s finally a DIY he can get behind! This one comes with all the ingredients you need (1o different ones!) and the special gloves, small funnel, 6 glass containers for packaging, bottle labels to make then unique, a small funnel, and more!
9. The Comfy Cloud Slippers/Slides
• These slippers/slides really are one of the most comfortable we’ve ever worn – truly like walking on a pillow or cloud (we assume).
• They’re really light-weight and pretty form fitting from the top of our toe to the back of our heel.
• You can wear them around the house, in the shower, to the beach – you name it.
• With more than 20 million video views on TikTok – these viral slippers really are a hit.
• There are a lot of little grooves in them, so if you go with a lighter color they may be a bit more difficult to clean and “get in there”.
• They don’t really “break in” so be sure to get the size that feels best for you. If you wear them right away and they hurt a bit, you should go up a size because they won’t “get better.”
• 100% worth it! We barely mentioned the price, but you can’t beat it (some sizes are only $10!) and they’re so comfortable and hit that minimalist trend you could get them in a variety of colors for different outfits.
Walking on a cloud is now officially possible! These are the pillow slippers that have gone viral on TikTok, bringing in more than 20 million video views. They’re so comfortable, mainly due to their thick ultra-rebound soles and really lightweight materials they’re made from. People are wearing them everywhere – from just hanging around the house, to the beach, their official “shower shoes” and more. We love the buttery yellow color but you can choose from more than 12 other eye-catching colors like avocado green, watermelon red, pink, baby blue, pure white, and more.
10. The Mr. Rogers Figurine
Because it really is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Everyone should have a little Mr. Rogers in their life. This top seller from Funko Pop measures in at only 3 3/4 inches tall. He’s basically the cutest figurine we’ve ever seen and will look great on your nightstand, desk – you name it.
11. The Comfiest Turkish Cotton Slippers
These are the slippers (for both men and women) that are made of 100% cotton, have a rubber sole so you don’t have to worry about slipping and sliding all over the place, and come in a bunch of really nice unisex sizes and colors like stone, blush, white, mineral, and their new dusk color. Socks and hairy legs sold separately.
12. The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug is the world’s first temperature control mug, designed to keep your beverages at the perfect temperature from the first sip to the last drop. Ember’s precision temperature control presets let you choose your ideal drinking temperature for hot coffee, iced coffee, tea, and more, and the 10-hour battery life means you can enjoy your drinks all day long. The Ember app lets you customize your presets, set a timer to remind you when your drink is ready, and see how much battery life you have left.
Ember’s patented smart mug technology uses precision temperature control to heat your drinks evenly from the first sip to the last drop. The mug’s double-walled ceramic construction keeps your hands comfortable while you drink, and the lid seals tightly to prevent spills. Ember’s app lets you choose from a variety of preset temperatures for hot coffee, iced coffee, tea, and more, or you can create your own custom presets.
Helpful Review: “I have now had this cup for 3 months. I have a pour over every morning, but often found myself reheating in the microwave because I drank it over the course of a few hours. This cup is amazing and still surprises me when I take a drink hours later and it’s still warm. The battery does last a max of two hours, so I bought an extra charger so that I can have one at my desk and one in the kitchen.” – A Grelak
13. The Super Cozy Luxury White Bathrobe
Yes, this is the bathrobe is seems like everyone on the InterWebs has been freaking out over all year. And now we understand why. First off, it’s super comfy. Like, for real, really comfortable. It’s made of 100% long-staple cotton, is really plush, and has a super comfy shawl collar.
14. The JIMU Astrobot Coding Kit Series
The JIMU Robot Astrobot Series: Cosmos Kit is a great way to get your kids into robotics and coding. The kit includes everything you need to build your own robot, including a controller, motors, and sensors. Overall, the instructions are pretty easy to follow and the whole process is very user/kid-friendly. If you have smaller kids, a parent may need to help them out – while the older kids could probably handle this one themselves.
This cute and fun little robot is capable of performing a variety of tasks, such as moving around, picking up objects, and avoiding obstacles. You can also program it to do more complex things like playing music or controlling other devices! There are over 387 different parts so sky is the limit when it comes to what they want to build and what they’ll want it to do.
This kit is a great way to learn about robotics and coding, and have a lot of fun at the same time!
15. The Monogram Letter Necklace
They may have seen Alexis sporting her “A” necklace on Schitt’s Creek, so now they can get their own with their own initial! Anthropologie has created a really affordable (under $40) and pretty brass letter pendant that actually sells out pretty regularly. The chain runs 16-inches long and the pendant itself runs 1.75-inches long. More reviewers say that this is their everyday necklace and haven’t even taken their off in years!
16. The Putt-and-Play Wooden Golf Set
FAT BRAIN TOYS
Four! More like three! Get them into the golf game early with this really cute and pretty fun wooden golf set. You can set up the game any way you’d like to make it easy for them or more challenging the better they get. It comes with five wooden obstacles, two holes with flags, two golf balls, two putters, and score cards. They’ll have a blast playing like the pros and it’ll really help them with their concentration skills and coordination skills too.
17. The Customized Photo Heart Framed Wall Art
You’ll be able to quickly and easily personalize and customize this really pretty framed print by uploading your own special photos right to Minted and it’ll create your custom heart-shaped print. A great choice for your parents to stroll down memory lane every time they pass it! Plus, choose the kind of frame you want (or choose no frame at all). This is one of their best-sellers of the year.
18. The Bouqs Flower Delivery
Sending them some of the most beautiful flowers ever will definitely put a smile on their face whenever they get delivered and, plus, you’ll totally lock in that you’re their favorite child. From the super popular Bouqs Company, you can even upgrade to double or triple sized flowers for a super small fee.
19. The Meta Quest 2 VR Headset
We all want to escape our actual reality and head out into the virtual reality world, even if it’s just for a bit. The Meta Quest 2 comes with everything you need to enter into the VR-scape with the headset and controllers. There are even more than 250 titles (and counting) to choose from in the VR world of fitness, gaming, social, entertainment, and more. Overall it’s pretty lightweight, making it easy for you (or your kids) to take with you just about wherever you go.
Helpful Review: “It’s so immersive. I was in outer space and I was able to push planets around; I was in a black hole for a moment. It was incredible. In another game I was in a real story about a man who has schizophrenia and in another, a fitness game, takes you all over the world while you workout. I’ve also watched short vr videos in the library where I was auditioning to join Lego Batman lol and in another video I was on a roller coaster. Overall, I am very impressed with the Meta Quest and have absolutely no regrets with the purchase.” – Michael
20. The New LEVO C Infuser Machine
We’ve covered herbal infuser machines in detail around here for the past couple of years and time and time again, LEVO comes out on top. One of their latest versions allows you to infuser butter, oil – you name it – with your favorite herbs, including “that herb” too. Make yourself some pot-brownies, cookies, cakes, gummies, and so much more. The biggest win for this version is that it’s finally dishwasher safe.
Helpful Review: “We used to use the Magic Butter to make about 20 small jars of CBD butter a week to sell at our local food club. The process would take all day and was super messy! We heard of the LEVO C and thought we would give it a try because of how easy and clean it looks. Well we have been playing with it for about a week now and I’ll say it has been very successful. It doesn’t take nearly as long and it doesn’t stink up the house. Plus it’s fun to watch!” – Jodi Trog
21. The Furbo Dog Cam & Treat Tosser
You and your pup are going to love this gadget! It’s the 2-way audio pet cam for your dog and, even better, it will even toss treats his way based on your command, programming, and settings. Furbo has even added in a “bark alert” that will message your phone when you pup starts barking so you can check in on him, talk to him via the audio option, and even give him a treat no matter where you are at the time.
Helpful Review: “Pro – Being able to rain down treats after we leave the house, helps our dog associate us leaving her with good things. We Like being able to visually check-in on our pup, too. Con – Occasionally, the machine fails to dispense a treat. In fact, it happens about 2 out of 10 times. I don’t know if that’s a result of the machine not loading a treat or, if the treats themselves are the issue.” – Patti’s Girl
22. The Bartesian At-Home Cocktail Maker
Get ready to start mixing cocktails like a true pro at your next party or just when you get home from work (or once it officially hits “noon” during the week). Think if the Bartesian like a Keurig, but for adults who want bar-worthy drinks made for them from their own personal bartending machine. Add the liquor of choice, toss in the “drink mix” pod, press start and get the perfect mixed drink each and every time. You can make margaritas, daiquiris, old-fashioned, gin martinis and so many more.
Helpful Review: “For me it means no more stocking mix bottles, or pre-making mixes, no time-consuming making drinks and best of all NO MESS! And I no longer throw away a bunch of expired mixers. These expire too. You can refrigerate to double their life. But it’s all more manageable. Does it makes sense for you financially? You need to figure that out. But it’s like having a bartender at home.” – XA Einstein
23. Coco Chanel ‘Mademoiselle’ Perfume
It’s officially one of the best-selling perfumes of the year! Mademoiselle is a beautiful blend of floral and citrus notes that is both feminine and sophisticated. The top notes of orange blossom and bergamot are fresh and inviting, while the heart of jasmine and rose give it a romantic edge. The base notes of amber and musk add a touch of mystery and depth, making Mademoiselle perfect for an evening out.
Whether you’re a diehard Chanel fan or just looking for a new signature scent, Mademoiselle is definitely worth a try. It’s elegant, timeless, and sure to turn heads. Trust us, once you try it, you’ll be hooked.
Helpful Review: “This is only the second perfume I have loved. It is so soft and bold, people have stopped me and asked what the name of my fragrance is. Perfumes are something you should fall in love with and even spray on bedding, etc. If you care enough about yourself, don’t spend cheaply, spend wisely. It will pay you back in wonderful smells and feelings.” – Jill P
24. The Lululemon ‘Align’ Best-Selling Yoga Pants
She loves to workout in her yoga pants and, well, she loves to lounge around in her yoga pants. The Lululemon Align yoga pants have quickly become a favorite among yoga enthusiasts and casual wearers alike. With their comfortable fit and flattering silhouette, it’s no wonder why these pants are so popular. But what makes the Align pants really stand out is their construction.
Made with Lululemon’s signature Nulu fabric, the Align pants are designed to stretch and move with your body. This makes them ideal for yoga or any other activity where you need a full range of motion. The Nulu fabric is also incredibly soft, making these pants a pleasure to wear even when you’re not working out.
Another great feature of the Align pants is the hidden waistband pocket. This is perfect for holding your phone or keys while you’re on the go. No more worrying about where to put your things when you’re in downward dog!
Helpful Review: “On the sonic pink, i am loving the double lined. I am usually a size 4 and sized up to a 6 and they fit great. Sonic pink might be my all time fav color Lulu has brought out!” – Skye
25. The Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Because, yes, she totally deserves moments of zen all throughout the day. This is one of the best-sellers (and affordable) essential oil diffusers this year. It currently has more than 62,000 reviews! It’s super quiet, has automatic shut-off, and is really easy to use. She’ll be calm, cool, and collected before she even knows it!
Helpful Review: “This diffuser has a small footprint and would work well at a work space. I have used it in a couple of different rooms in the house and a larger room (obviously) needs a bit longer to have the scent of the essential oil throughout the room. The changing colors of the lamp are quite nice. Very happy with this product.” – DJB
26. The ‘Not Parent Approved’ Game for Kids
Not Parent Approved
Everyone is obsessed over this one! It’s like ‘Cards Against Humanity’ but for children and 100% family friendly. You’ll have have fun using the different cards to come up with some truly funny answers that will appear a little naughty, but still within normal parent boundaries. At last look it even has more than 12,000 reviews on Amazon. That’s major.
27. Clocky the Rolling Jumping Alarm Clock
Because you’re totally over trying to wake them up each morning. Now it’s in Clocky’s hands. It won’t stop jumping and rolling around their room until they get out of bed and shut it off. Good luck.
28. The Joanna Gaines ‘Magnolia Table’ Recipe Book
If she’s missing her daily dose of Joanna and Chip Gaines from Fixer Upper, this should tide her over until their new show debuts. She’ll love seeing and, of course, trying Joanna’s famous and yummy recipes.
29. The Tangle NightBall Light-Up Basketball
The Tangle Nightball Basketball is a unique and innovative basketball that lights up when in use. The ball itself is made of durable rubber and has a textured surface for improved grip. It also comes in a bright, eye-catching color that makes it easy to see in low light conditions.
One of the best features is its built-in LED lighting system. This not only makes the ball easy to see at night, but also makes it easier to track its movements. The ball will stay lit for up to 50 hours (with batteries) making it perfect for long games or practices.
30. The Yeti ‘Hopper’ Flip Portable (Soft) Cooler Bag
This is a must-have and best-seller as far as portable coolers go. It’s pretty light so he can bring it just about anywhere. It can hold up to 16 cans of your favorite beer, soda, or seltzer water (but, who are we kidding, it’ll be 16 beers). This makes it perfect to take out with you to the park, on the boat, or just to that BBQ you’ve been dragged to. This one is 100% leakproof, waterproof, and is resistant to gross mildew.
31. Burgon & Ball Gardening Kit
Not only is this gardening set a great gift idea, but it’s also super stylish and, dare we say, comfortable? The knee pad has some extra cushion in it so you’ll be able to stay out in your prized garden until the sun goes down!
32. The Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite is the fun must-have handheld gaming device that’s part of the Nintendo Switch family – and is a cheaper, smaller alternative to the original Nintendo Switch. It can only be used in handheld mode and does not come with a dock or Joy-Con controllers – it has integrated controls instead, which makes it perfect for playing on the go, but some of the Switch’s best features are absent.
Despite its limitations, the Switch Lite is still a great choice for gamers looking for a dedicated handheld device. It comes with all the same features and games as the standard Switch, just without the ability to play them on a TV or use motion controls. Some of the best games for the Switch Lite include “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” “Super Mario Odyssey,” and “Pokémon Sword and Shield.” These games all make great use of the Switch Lite’s portability and offer hours of fun gameplay.
33. The Hookey Indoor/Outdoor Ring Toss Game
Because they really are kids at heart! This is one of the newest best-selling indoor/outdoor games that’s pretty addictive and super fun for them to play with their buddies, the fam, or even by themselves.
34. Corkcicle Stemless Insulated Wine Glass
This wine glass will keep your favorite drink cold when it should be and warm when you need it to be. It also comes in a variety of other awesome colors like copper, rose quartz, turquoise, stainless steel, matte black, and more.
35. The Allobebe Balance Bike For 1 Year Olds
It’s never too early for your 1 year old to want to escape you! All jokes aside, this cute balance bike allows them to buzz all around your home (it won’t damage your floors) while also helping them build up their confidence, independence, motor skills, and coordination. Currently, these balance bikes come in a bunch of different colors to choose from like blue, green, black, light rose, orange, red, pink, and yellow. Something for everyone!
36. The Champion Hoodie Sweatshirt
They’re at the age where they’re kind of starting to care about what they wear, but one thing is for sure – the trend of the hoodie is still in full effect. Especially when it comes to anything from Champion. This one comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns, but our favorite is the hint of camo.
37. Glamourpuss Mittens
Are you ready for some of the most stylish and coziest mittens you’ve seen in a long time!? These will keep you hands nice and toasty warm, are knitted of faux fur, has an adjustable cuff, and comes in great color options like black, purple, rose-gold, and oatmeal. See more colors here!
38. The “Yasss Queen” Candle
Here For The Burn
Let’s be honest, how often do you two yell out “yasssss queeeen” to each other or randoms on the street when just about anything happens?! A funny gift, but one that’s fully functional and smell amazing too. This 9-ounce soy candle has a burn time of up to 60 hours and comes in a few different amazing scents like mango guava, Moroccan amber, spices and evergreen, and musky amber and rose.
39. The “Be the Person” Phone Case
If you’re looking for a simple, but important message to remind them every day, check out this cute iPhone case that says, “Be the Person You Needed When You Were Younger.” It has a whimsical rainbow across a pretty sky-blue background. This one is available for all different versions of the iPhone, starting way back with the iPhone 7 and going to some of the most recent iPhones.
40. The GQ Subscription Box
If he’s into some of the coolest and most sought-after fashion, skincare, and amazing accessories – he’ll love the subscription box from the editors at GQ Magazine. He’s going to receive about $200 worth of merch from top-rated brands and you’re only going to have to spend just $50, which is really great.
41. The Official “Guncle” Tee
Simply stated, this comfy tee is a great way to honor the guncle in your life or the perfect way to ask that special guy to officially be the guncle to yo