December 9, 2020

The best gifts of 2020

Getting started on your holiday shopping? Make it easy on yourself with this gift guide. We track consumer trends year-round, and these are some of the most popular items topping wish lists this year. We’re constantly monitoring these picks to connect consumers with the best in-stock options from the best retailers. 

 

*Prices and availability subject to change.

 

For the person who deserves a massage

theragun prime

Theragun Prime: $299 at Theragun

Powerful performance, quiet operation, and reliable results — Theragun’s premier percussion massager delivers the best that percussive therapy has to offer. This handy device is a great gift for anyone who needs quick muscle relief after exercising or hunching over their laptop. Also available at Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, and Amazon

For the person who loves all things cozy

bearaby

Bearaby Cotton Napper: $249-$279 at Bearaby

We love that Bearaby’s weighted blankets are made of layers of organic cotton, and so will anyone on your gift list who enjoys relaxing. Unlike many weighted blankets, it looks great displayed on a couch or bed, and it makes a nice addition to pretty much any décor.

For the DIYer

cricut

Cricut Explore Air 2: $229.99 at Amazon

If you’re shopping for an avid crafter, Cricut’s popular Explore Air 2 is a gift that keeps on giving. The user will be able to precisely cut more than 100 different materials for customized results. 

For someone who deserves help around the house

roomba

Roomba i7: $499 at Amazon (was $599)

Anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to tidy up will appreciate a machine that will do the work for them. This robot vacuum is made by the most popular brand in the industry and is powered by a three-stage cleaning system and reliable smart navigation. Also available at Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond.

For the tech-lover

ipad

Apple iPad (8th Generation): $395 at Amazon (was $429)

With an awesome Retina display, 10.2-inch screen, and huge storage capacity, Apple’s eighth-gen iPad is a techie’s dream gift. Up to 10 hours of battery life means hours of streaming, web surfing, and more. Also available at Best Buy

For the high-tech cook

breville

Breville Smart Oven: $399.95 at Amazon (was $499.95)

Looking for a special gift for the cook who has to have the latest and greatest appliances? Not only does this countertop oven feature smart technology, but it also works as an air fryer for crispy results without requiring a lot of oil. Also available at Best Buy.             

For the one who loves all things Apple

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro: $194 at Amazon (was $249)

Does someone on your shopping list love to listen to their favorite music, audiobooks, or podcasts on the go? AirPods Pro deliver excellent sound and noise-canceling technology. They pair easily with Apple devices and get impressive battery life with the included charging case. You’ll also find them at Best Buy and Macy’s

For someone who appreciates convenience

Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Slim Coffee Maker: $69.99 at Amazon

For the coffee drinker who appreciates convenience but doesn’t have a lot of extra kitchen space, the K-Slim is the gift that fits. It brews just like larger models by the brand and even has the water capacity for four cups before requiring. Also available at Best Buy

For anyone who loves spicy food

truff hot sauce

TRUFF Hot Sauce: $69.99 at Amazon

This variety-pack of gourmet hot sauces is sure to please any spice-loving palate. All three hot sauces are infused with truffle, so these add a gourmet kick.

For the Instant Pot-obsessed

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: $12.43 at Amazon (was $19.95)

Finding the right gift for an avid Instant Pot user is simple: A cookbook packed with recipes specifically for the appliance. This top-seller is available at Amazon as a hardcover or Kindle eBook.

For the serious home chef

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Wok

Le Creuset 5.25-Quart Cast Iron Wok: $299 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Every home chef needs a great wok. With durable cast iron construction and a stylish design, this one will perform perfectly while it looks great in any kitchen. Also available at Macy’s, Amazon, and Wayfair.

For the person in their first home

BLACK+DECKER 12V MAX Drill & Home Tool Kit

BLACK + DECKER 12-Volt Drill and Home Tool Kit: $76.43 at Amazon

Are you shopping for a do-it-yourselfer or a new homeowner (or apartment renter)? This tool kit is up for the challenges of numbers home projects, as it comes with a drill, lots of bits, and a collection of essential hand tools. 

For the campfire cook

Lodge Chef Collection 10 Inch Cast Iron Chef Style Skillet

Lodge 10-inch Cast Iron Skillet: $26.99 at Amazon

From the top brand that has been making quality cast iron products for more than 100 years, this 10-inch pan is a customer favorite. It’s durable enough to withstand the temperatures of a campfire or grill, so it’s an ideal gift for the cook that occasionally prepares outdoor cuisine. Also available at Kohl’s.

For the young gamer

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch: $199.99 at Best Buy

Young gamers love the Nintendo Switch because it makes it simple to turn compatible games into handheld versions for portable gaming. The trim, lightweight design is also easy to bring wherever they go, and many popular, family-friendly Nintendo games are available. Also available at Amazon

For the green thumb

Click and Grow Smart Garden

Click and Grow Smart Garden: $99.95 at Amazon

Looking for a unique gift for someone with a green thumb? The Click and Grow Smart Garden has everything needed to grow vegetables and herbs inside year-round, including built-in LED lighting and seed pods. You can also purchase it at Best Buy

For the bookworm

Kindle

Kindle eReader: $89.99 at Amazon

With its trim build, huge storage capacity, and excellent resolution, the new Kindle will excite anyone who’s enthusiastic about reading. The latest model features a front light to make reading in low-light settings easier. Also available at Best Buy.

For tech-savvy kids

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Fire 7 Tablet Kids’ Edition: $99.99 at Amazon

Most kids love tech, so there’s no doubt that a tablet is on many wish lists this year. The Fire 7 Kids’ Edition is made for them, with kid-friendly content, parental controls, and a drop-resistant case. Also available at Best Buy

For the aerial photographer

DJI Mavic Air 2 - Drone Quadcopter

DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone: $799.99 at Best Buy

Drone hobbyists love a gadget that will take crisp clear images, and this model is built to impress with its high-resolution camera. It comes with a comprehensive accessory kit that includes a remote control. Also available at Amazon

For the health-conscious

Fitbit Sense Advanced Smartwatch

Fitbit Sense: $329.95 at Macy’s

Chances are you’ll be shopping for someone who is taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. The Sense — one of the newest wearable fitness trackers in the Fitbit family — monitors numerous health metrics including heart rate, sleep patterns, and even stress levels. It also has built-in GPS and Alexa compatibility. It’s available at Amazon, Kohl’s, and Best Buy too.

For anyone who’s hard to shop for

Amazon Gift Card

Amazon gift card: $10+ at Amazon

Not sure what to buy for someone on your list? Don’t underestimate the power of an Amazon gift card. Electronics, clothes, beauty products, and winter must-haves — you’ll give the gift of endless possibilities with a card that has the spending limit of your choice. 

For those who love sustainable fashion

Cariuma

Cariuma OCA Low Sneakers: $79 at Cariuma 

Versatile styling and comfortable wear make Cariuma’s low-cut sneakers a great choice for the person on your list that loves to sport a laid-back style. The fact that the company makes its products using sustainable practices is a bonus for the eco-conscious. 

For the sentimental person

Portrait Puzzles

1,000-Piece Custom Photo Puzzle: $59.99 at Portrait Puzzles

If you’re going for a thoughtful gift, consider something customized — like a Portrait Puzzle that turns a favorite photo into a jigsaw puzzle. The 1,000-piece option is challenging, but also provides a relaxing way to spend a winter afternoon. 

For someone who’s into self-care

Night TriSilk

NIGHT TriSilk Pillowcase: $99.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Crafted of Mulberry silk, this pillowcase is the perfect luxury gift for a good night’s sleep. It’s great for self-care enthusiasts, as sleeping on silk promotes healthy skin and hair. 

For someone who needs a voice assistant

Echo Dot

Echo Dot Smart Speaker: $29.99 at Amazon (was $39.99)

A smart speaker is a versatile gift. The Echo Dot is a top-seller for good reason — it’s portable, easy to set up, delivers excellent sound, and can be controlled by voice command via Alexa. It’s also available at Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s

For cats

Go Pet Club 62-Inch Cat Tree

Go Pet Club Cat Tree Condo: $69.99 at Petco (was $218.99)

Finding the right gift for your favorite feline is easy because all cats love to play and hide. This cat tree has numerous tiers for perching, plus a cozy condo for nap time. You’ll also find it at Amazon and Chewy

For dogs

FurHaven  Dog Lounge

FurHaven Ultra Plush Luxe Lounger Dog Bed: $18.99-$59.99 at Petco (was $26.99-$69.99)

Give your best four-legged friend a soft place to relax. The Luxe Lounger is contoured for comfort and constructed of plushy yet supportive foam. Choose from several sizes. Also available at Chewy and Amazon

For anyone interested in genealogy

ancestry

Ancestry.com subscription: $49.99/month at Ancestry.com

Tracing family roots is a fun hobby for those interested in genealogy. A subscription to Ancestry.com will provide important resources for the person on your list who is compiling a family tree. 

For the outdoorsy person

Yeti

YETI Tundra 45 Cooler: $299.99 at YETI

There are lots of reasons to love the Tundra 45 Cooler: solid build, excellent insulation, a spacious interior, and a handy drain, to name a few. The camper, tailgater, or backyard entertainer on your shopping list will love it, too. Also available at Backcountry and Amazon

For the budding photographer

Canon EOS

Canon EOS Rebel T7: $499.99 at Best Buy (was $599.99)

For the aspiring photographer, taking photos with a smartphone isn’t enough. Not only does this kit include a digital camera by one of the top brands in the industry, it also comes with a few key accessories for taking and sharing beautiful pictures and videos. It’s available at Amazon and Kohl’s too. 

For salon-quality hair at home

T3 Lucea Flat Iron

T3 Lucea 1-Inch Professional Flat Iron: $150 at Sephora

The beauty enthusiasts on your list will enjoy salon-quality results from the T3 Lucea, thanks to its state-of-the-art technology that produces targeted heat. The trim design makes it easy to handle, too. Also available at Amazon

For the person (re)decorating their home

Welhome Franklin Towel Set

Welhome Franklin 6-Piece Towel Set: $39.99 at Amazon (was $44.99)

From newlyweds to new homeowners, a towel set makes a great holiday gift. This set is crafted of soft, thick cotton and looks great. You can choose from several colors to match the recipient’s décor. It can be bought at Kohl's and Macy’s too. 

For anyone who misses going to the bar

Viper Stadium

Viper Stadium Cabinet and Shot King Sisal Dartboard Bundle: $112 at Dick’s

This year has brought about many unexpected changes, including fewer trips to favorite gathering spots. This premium dartboard set will bring back fond memories of hanging out at the bar, and it has all of the essential accessories for some friendly competition at home. Also available at Amazon

For the person who always wants to play Monopoly

Christmas-opoly

Late for the Sky Christmas-opoly: $24.99 at Macy’s

A board game can make a great gift for any member of the family. With a festive holiday theme, this one has a twist on Monopoly that makes it perfect for winding down Christmas Day with some family time. You can also buy it at Amazon or Kohl’s

For anyone with a makeup collection

clear makeup case

Sephora Collection Clear Makeup Organizer Set: $40 at Sephora

Anyone with a large makeup collection will appreciate a way to keep it organized. This organizer may not take up a lot of space, but it features numerous compartments for storing lipstick, eyeshadow, beauty tools, and more. The transparent design makes it easy to find items, too. 

 

Jennifer Manfrin is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 

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