Best Holiday Gifts of 2019

Last Updated October 2020

Feeling stressed about your holiday shopping? Don't! You can get all your shopping done from the comfort of your coziest chair with these BestReviews-vetted, top-rated gifts that will likely be useful and cherished for years to come.

*Prices and availability may change

For someone who hates to clean

$179.55 at Amazon (was $299.99)

All you need to do to vacuum your floors with this RoboVac is to set it up and turn it on – or program it to clean at the pre-scheduled day/time you want. It might not be a glamorous gift, but it’ll be the most useful thing under the tree. And the prices drop considerably during holiday sales, so now is the time to buy one.

Gorgeous cook & serve-ware

Enameled cast iron cookware not only helps you prepare delicious dishes, but it also looks good in your kitchen. Collect pieces from the Martha Stewart Collection while they’re on sale at Macy’s.

Best of the best laptop

$699.95 at Amazon (was $999.00)

If you’ve been considering a new MacBook, you’d be silly not to buy one right now, as Amazon is offering it for the lowest price we’ve seen.

Luxurious cashmere sweater

$39.99 at Macy’s (was $139.00)

A simple cashmere sweater is a winter wardrobe staple. This crew-neck sweater from Macy’s will be a go-to piece for years to come, and you can pick from a handful of colors to best match your aesthetic.

For the notoriously busy

$99.00 at Amazon (was $139.95)

Instant Pots remain at the top of everyone’s wish list – especially for those who hate to cook. Why? Because Instant Pots can complete just about any cooking task in a fraction of the time. All of our favorite models will be available at great deals throughout the holidays.

Stand mixer bundle

This top-of-the line kitchen tool is a must-buy for any new homeowner or avid baker who doesn’t yet own one. A KitchenAid Stand Mixer makes many baking and cooking tasks easier, and it’s an appliance that will last for years and years to come.

Top-rated digital camera

$399 at Amazon (was $749)

Save an incredible $350 on a great camera for anyone looking to take more impressive snapshots of the things they treasure, from landscapes to their loved ones.

Great for the snowy months

$41.24 at Backcountry (was $54.99)

Winter boots are a necessary cost, but it never feels great shelling out big bucks year after year. And you don’t want to skimp on quality because then they might not serve their purpose when it matters. So jump on these from Columbia while you have a chance.

Functional and attractive

We love this shirt for how versatile it is. Use it to layer or wear it on its own — it really doesn’t matter because it’s made from soft fabric that is warm and becoming. It’s a great way to get someone you know a name-brand shirt without breaking the bank.

All-you-need cookware set

Whether you need a more complete set or are gifting this to someone who is moving into their first home, this set is too good a deal to pass up.

For pampered pets

If your cat is more social, she might appreciate a throne to stare at – and inevitably judge – anyone in sight on this kitty sofa.

For a mattress upgrade

Take $300 off any mattress at

If your mattress is old or you wake up stiff, you need a new foundation for your bed. A Puffy mattress can make mornings so much better after a good night’s rest.

For outdoor fun

Soon that snow will be a distant memory. With a trampoline to look forward to, milder weather and sunshine will be all the more sweet.

For stubborn pet hair and dander

$343.59 at Amazon (was $499.99)

As convenient as robot vacuums are, they sometimes can’t get all the deeply tangled hair and dander pets leave behind. This vacuum gets it all!

For the jetsetters on your list

$129.99+ at Amazon (was $239.99)

A decent set of luggage is the first priority for anyone who likes to get out of town. This solid set is one of the best values we’ve spotted.

For the new parents

$130.99 on Amazon (was $199.99)

Fresh air does everyone good, and a stroller comes in handy for everything from errands to a morning jog.

For your furry feline friend

$89.99 at Chewy (was $129.99)

Give your fierce companion a cozy place of their own to escape to when stranger danger abounds during the holidays.

Laser tag fun

$49.99 at Amazon (was $99.99)

Whether it’s already on your kid’s wish list or you need an excuse to get everyone out of the house, a laser tag set is a winning gift.

Super-powered blender

$524.95 at Amazon (was $699.95)

Vitamix blenders are the gold standard, and this model not only has superior performance, a self-cleaning mode, and a 64-once mixing container – it’s one of the best deals out there.

Parent-approved kids’ tablet

$89.99+ at Amazon (was $129.99)

Now’s the time to get your kiddo a tablet at a super great deal. No matter how rough they are, this durable tablet will be just fine.

Shine like the star you are

$549.00 at Macy’s (was $1,500)

Be the holiday hero this year by gifting your shining star these sparkly diamond earrings… and don’t spend anywhere close to what they are worth.

Huge savings on a great TV

$297.99 - $997.99 at Amazon (was $429.99 - $1,097.99)

The holidays are a wonderful time to upgrade or add a new TV to your home, and this is one of the best sales we’ve seen.

For better snapshots

$447.99 at Amazon (was $799.99)

Smart phones can’t complete with the image quality you’ll capture on a nice digital camera like this one, which is a steal right now.

For fitness fanatics

$217.25 at Amazon (was $399.99)

Get a head start on your fitness resolutions… even if this simply collects dust until January, you’re wise to buy now with this major discount on a top-selling rowing machine.

For computing on the go

$169.99 at Amazon (was $219.99)

A Chromebook is an excellent option if you’re not a fan of Mac or just need a simple yet solid budget-priced laptop.

Everyone needs a fleece

$29.99 at Backcountry (was $60.00)

This jacket can be used for a significant portion of the year. It can be used for layering or will be all you need on chillier nights during the warm months. And for $29.99, it’s extremely hard to pass up.

Make them smile big

$112.86 at Amazon (was $149.99)

Save yourself or the recipient of this gift from dentist visit anxiety in 2020 – electric toothbrushes get teeth cleaner with less effort.

Big sound, small speaker

$138.90 on Amazon (was $199)

Pair this speaker by a brand known for its audio quality and streamlined design with your smart home and you’ll take your entertainment experiences to a new level.

Food prep helper

Make your meal prep a breeze with this powerful food processor, that chop veggies and whips up dressings and sauces in seconds.

A solid streaming option

$34.99 at Amazon (was $39.99)

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, more affordable streaming device than this, which works with all streaming services but is especially handy for Amazon Prime Video subscribers.

Posh, versatile slippers

$85.00 at Amazon

Comfy enough for lounging but sturdy enough to wear when you head to your mailbox or take out the trash. Plus, they’re cute.

For mood lighting anywhere

$29.99 at Amazon

This cute, colorful Alexa-enabled lamp works well in any child’s bedroom, in dark closets, or anywhere you need a touch of illumination.

Get crafty

$199.00 at Amazon (was $299.99)

Elevate your artistic projects with a Cricut machine – usually a substantial investment, but there are plenty of great deals on them right now.

Off-road RC fun

$169.97 at Amazon (was $249.97)

RC cars are still hugely popular (with lots of features your childhood models lacked). This model is a solid option for kids and parents alike.

Hair dryer upgrade

Powerful, fast, frizz-free hair styling, a great price, and a lightweight design makes this hair dryer a winner.

Pack more in less

$245.00 at Away

Beat cabin fever post-holidays with a fun escape. This carry-on fits everything you need, even for a week+ trip.

Christmas tree

If you don’t have a tree yet or want a bigger, better, one, this tree has it all – bright, twinkly dual colored lights, realistic needles, and easy setup.

Beauty junkies’ most-wanted

$99 at Nordstrom ($316 value)

This makeup set has everything you need to create both natural daytime looks and bold, dramatic evening out looks.

Aerial adventures

$59.99 at Macy’s (was $150)

Take aerial photo and video, or just have fun racing this drone around. 

The softest blanket ever

Take cozy to a whole new level when you wrap yourself or a loved one up in this premium, plush blanket that comes in nine color choices.

Get more help from Alexa

$79.99 at Amazon (was $129.99)

The Show lets you watch TV, scan over your calendar, make calls, and follow along with recipe tutorials – plus much more.

Status face cream value set

$90.00 at Nordstrom ($122 value)

This super-moisturizing cream is a cult classic amongst the beauty elite. This set comes with extras, too, at a value price.

For family movie night

$599.99 at Amazon (was $899.99)

Whether you want to project the latest blockbuster on your living room wall or you want to share a slideshow of photos at your next party, this projector won’t disappoint.

Trendy kitchen appliance

$179.99 - $249 at Amazon (was $249.99 - $279.99)

See what all the fuss is about with this multi-cooker that can do just about everything.

To learn about your roots

$129.00 at Amazon (was $199.00)

Learn all about yourself, from your ancestry to your health tendencies with this deluxe DNA test.

For top-notch wireless sound

$234.98 at Amazon

If someone on your list doesn’t already have AirPods, the latest Pro model has great sound, comfortable fit, and noise cancelling technology.

For dog owners

Keep an eye on your pup when you aren’t home, and reward that good ol’ boy with treats, too

Crowd-pleasing gaming console

$299.00 at Amazon

Nintendo fans will rejoice when they unwrap this top-rated console which will make cabin fever a lot less miserable this winter.

For the home cook

$30.95 at Amazon (was $31.99)

Every home kitchen needs a versatile set for stovetop cooking, and this simple set is all you need.

For improved sleep

$44.99 at Amazon (was $89.00)

This blanket will keep even the worst tossers and turners snug and settled.

Lowest price ever on a Kindle

$99.99 at Amazon (was $129.99)

If you’ve ever considered buying a Kindle Paperwhite, do so now! This is the lowest price ever on a solid e-reader that has twice the storage of previous models and is waterproof. You even get a credit for some new e-books with your purchase.

Save huge on previous generation

$199.99 at Amazon (was $229.00)

The Apple Watch is a leader in modern wearable tech, and the 3 series makes a great, affordable gift for anyone who loves Apple products. You can do just about everything you can do on your phone or tablet on this sleek watch, and because it’s an older model, you can snag a great deal on one this holiday season. Right now, it's priced lower than we've ever seen.

For the home cook

$145.99 at Amazon (was $199.00)

Air fryers are the latest craze, bumping Instant Pots and sous vides out of kitchen appliance dominance. They appeal to both those who are trying to eat healthier and those who want one powerful appliance that can cook up food fast and doesn’t take much effort to use or clean.

For brainy kids

If you have a kid who loves learning, get them this toy set this holiday season. It will give them an opportunity to feel like a real lab scientist. Also, it’s marked down significantly for Cyber Monday.

For someone always on the go

$29.95 at Amazon

Plastic water bottles and throw-away coffee cups are out. A standout brand in eco-friendly drinkware is Hydro Flask, which offers a wide range of tumblers, flasks, and mugs in just about every size, shape, and color. They keep your drink of choice the original temperature – hot or cold – for hours. 

For those new to modern tech

$149.99 at Amazon

Book lovers looking to make the switch from print to digital, and cinephiles looking for a way to watch movies on the go need a tablet. At several steps above  the basic e-reader, tablets offer the functionality of a computer in a compact, elegantly designed package. And it can fit inside your purse, or maybe even your back pocket. We love the impressive image quality, huge storage capacity, solid audio, and streaming speed of the Amazon Fire HD 10.

For your sentimental friend

Who doesn’t love sharing photos of happy memories, or displaying recent vacation photos for others to envy? If your loved one is particularly fond of their snapshots, giving them a digital photo frame will be much appreciated, especially if it’s loaded with your favorite shared experiences.

For smart homeowners

If you have someone on your list who grumbles about losing the remote or who wants to improve their home security system, a smart home starter kit will make their life that much easier. Once it’s set up, they may never have to leave the couch to change the channel, turn on the lights or see who’s knocking at the door ever again.

For those who’d rather pick out their own gift

from $25 at Amazon

Thoughtful? Maybe… if your gift recipient is notoriously picky and unappreciative. Take the guesswork off your to-do list and let them buy what they want. Amazon sells just about everything, and their gift cards come in all sorts of fun designs, including cute gift boxes so it’s not obvious what’s wrapped up inside.

For those who like to tune out the world

$249.95 at Amazon

Whether you are shopping for someone with a long commute on noisy public transit or a teenager who simply refuses to take out their earbuds, gifting them this set of top-notch headphones will help them create their own sanctuary of sound. Maybe they will even take them off the next time you want their attention.

Stay warm, look cool

The North Face is famous for making some of the best products for braving the elements. These boots will keep their feet warm and dry, even in the snowiest of conditions.

For the ultimate music fan

$399.00 at Amazon

Know someone who loves to blast their favorite songs but doesn’t have the space for a bunch of bulky speakers? This tiny Bluetooth speaker packs some impressive punch and you can take it anywhere. It has Alexa built in so you can use voice commands, and it’s waterproof so it can withstand a little rain or splashes from the pool. 

For old-school audiophiles

Record players are in again. But this modern version includes a Bluetooth enabled turntable that delivers an impressive sound from vintage vinyl. We love just about everything this model has to offer, including its affordably and available colors.

For developing young minds

$29.99 at Amazon

What if you could give a child a gift that is really fun and prepares them to succeed later in life? STEM toys do just that. STEM is short for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We love the ThinkFun Marble Run Logic Games, which come in three different versions (circuit, gravity, or laser mazes).  

For the environmentalist

By now, we all realized that we need to do our part to cut down on waste like plastics and other chemically-based products. Wax food wraps allow you to stop relying on toxic materials like cling wrap and flimsy plastic bags to store your food. Plus, they come in cute designs, making meal prep all the more fun.

For the harried hair stylist

If you have long, flowing hair few things make you feel more polished and pretty than a good blowout – but who has the time, patience, and money for that? This brush may seem too good to be true, but it really does work. It styles voluminous hairdos from damp to smooth in under 15 minutes – no flat iron or curling iron needed.

For the TV binge-watcher

$81.71 at Amazon (was $99.99)

Here is a Roku model that syncs easily with just about any modern TV, delivering all sorts of streaming content to the viewer. This gift is ideal for anyone who loves all-day movie bingefests. It’s also a nice gift for someone who wants to ditch their cable TV. We see significant price drops through the season, too.

For the gamer who needs a new console

$169.99 at Amazon (was $249.99)

This is a no-brainer gift if someone on your list has been dropping hints about wanting a new Xbox. This all-digital version is great because they won't have to buy discs; instead, they'll be able to download all their games directly to the console through the Xbox All Access platform.

For the grill master

If someone on your list gets sad when grill season is over (or who freezes their butt off grilling outdoors in the snow), get them this solid indoor grill. It doesn’t smoke and give off heat like a traditional, bulky outdoor grill does. And it will chars meat and cooks up meals for a crowd with ease.

For some peace of mind

$99.99 at Amazon

Security is a big concern for most of us. If someone on your list is especially concerned about neighborhood crime or packages disappearing off their porch, a Ring doorbell is a great gift. It lets them see who’s at the door on their smartphone, no matter where they are. If it detects motion, you'll get an alert and can record images or live video. You can even talk through it!

For the outdoors adventurer

$11.99 at Amazon (was $17.47)

Gift the good sense of being prepared with this top-selling product from the past year: a straw that filters any water to be safe to drink. It’s a small item that fits in any pack, and while it might not be used daily, when it’s needed, it’s really needed.

Cuddly dog toy

$4.62 with additional 30% off with first Autoship at Chewy (was $10.99)

Dogs who love playing with squeaker toys can always use more squeaker toys. This version will give your dog something to keep itself entertained for hours and it’s cute enough that you won’t mind having it lie around your house.

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