Can't-miss gifts

Last Updated August 2020

Take the guesswork out of buying around the holidays. We have identified the perfect gift for (almost) every kind of person on your list. If they already have something close, good news: If it’s on this list, it will be better than what they may already have.

For the person who's always in the kitchen

There’s a reason why air fryers have become a hot kitchen item; they’re a way to create crispy fried foods without the heavy amounts of oil necessary for deep frying. That’s why an air fryer could be the ideal gift for those who love french fries and chicken fingers but who also prioritize their health and diet, as this appliance allows them to prepare healthy food without sacrificing their favorite comfort foods.

For the casual tech lover

$149.99 at Amazon

A tablet makes an ideal present for all types of people; whether you’re buying for a book lover, a movie lover, a music lover, or a game lover, they can find a worthwhile use for a tablet. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 offers seamless streaming with detailed resolution, Dolby audio for a rich listening experience, and plenty of storage for eBooks, episodes, and apps. This is especially useful for those who spend a lot of time on public transportation or traveling.

For the busy professional who likes to eat well

For the working parent or the busy home chef, an Instant Pot provides an easy, convenient way to bring a meal together in a fraction of the time. This kitchen appliance will save a significant amount of time that would otherwise be spent hovering over pots and pans, trying to get dinner on the table after work. Gift the recipient more opportunities to relax or spend evenings with family while also preparing healthy, home-cooked meals.

For the sentimental types

This is perhaps one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give: captured moments of memories you both cherish. A digital frame makes a lovely addition to any side table or mantel, and the recipient is sure to be touched by the photos you choose to highlight. It’s sure to be a conversation piece both during the holiday season and after.

For those who want a smart house

It seems like everyone has a smart home assistant these days — but if there’s someone on your list who has yet to join in on this modern technology, consider giving them a nudge with Amazon’s smart home starter kit. It includes an Alexa-enabled Echo Plus speaker with a Zigbee hub that makes it easy to set up and control any other smart home appliances they may want to add, and it also comes with a smart lightbulb.

For those who would rather buy for themselves

From $25 at Amazon

While a gift card isn’t necessarily the most personal gift option, it is a solid pick when you’re not sure what to buy for someone on your list. Not only will you avoid gifting something they’ll return or never use, but you’ll ensure that they can get themselves exactly what they wanted. This takes the stress out of gift-giving and is a win for both the giver and receiver. 

For those who just want something practical

Everyone on your list, no matter who they are, needs to hydrate. A Hydro Flask is a trendy and functional way to bring any drink on the go, whether it’s hot or cold. If you want to encourage the recipient to drink more water or you’re hoping they’ll stop using so many disposable coffee cups, this bottle is convenient and attractive, meaning it’s likely to be used for its intended purpose. 

For those who want something really cool

$249.95 at Amazon

Though Apple’s Airpods seem to dominate the truly wireless headphones market, these Powerbeats are more practical for exercising and also cater to those who refuse to follow trends or who tend to avoid Apple products. Beats is a top name in audio quality, and these offer a reinforced design for sweat and water resistance during workouts in any conditions.