December 7, 2020

Best staff pick gifts of 2020

At BestReviews, we track the market year round to stay up to date with what the best products are. Around this time of year, readers always want to know what we're buying. So here's that list:


Indoor cycling all year long

Saris Cycleops

Saris CycleOps Magnetic and Magnetic Plus Indoor Bike Trainer: $229.99 at Amazon

Help the avid cyclist in your life stay fit year-round with this bike trainer that allows them to cycle indoors when it’s too cold or wet to ride outside. Its magnetic resistance is quiet enough to use anywhere in the house without disturbing anyone, too. 

Wireless earbuds for a superior listening experience

samsung earbuds

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live: $139.99 at Samsung

Anyone who listens to music, podcasts, or audiobooks on the go will love these incredibly comfortable, ergonomically designed wireless earbuds. They also provide full, spacious sound and a noise-canceling feature for a top-notch listening experience. Also available at Amazon and Best Buy.

Robotic vacuum for hassle-free cleaning


iRobot Roomba i7+: $699.99 at Amazon

A super busy loved one who struggles to find time to clean the house will definitely appreciate this Wi-Fi-connected robotic vacuum. The connected app makes it easy to direct the Roomba to the exact spots where you need it to clean -- and it automatically empties its dirt cup in the base. Also available at Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Home Depot

For anyone who craves fried food

gowise air fryer

GoWISE USA 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer: $74.99 at Amazon

This easy-to-use air fryer is the perfect gift for a friend or relative who enjoys fried foods like French fries and chicken nuggets but wants to keep their calories down. It creates delicious, crispy food without any additional oil, but it can make cake and pizza, too. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s

Sore muscle relief

theragun pro

Theragun PRO: $599 at Theragun

The athlete or workout junkie on your holiday shopping list is sure to enjoy this handheld percussive massager that targets sore, tight muscles. It offers 300 minutes of battery life on a single charge and a customizable speed range to personalize your massage. Also available at Amazon and Best Buy.

For the wine lover on your list

naked wines

Highest Rated Wines Case: $232.88 at Naked Wines

Thrill your favorite wine aficionado with this wine sampler from Naked Wines. It contains a mix of 12 of the highest customer-rated red and white options that the brand offers, so you get wines that can please a variety of palates.

For Back to the Future fans

playmobil back to the future

Playmobil Back to the Future Delorean: $44.73 at Amazon

Kids can certainly have fun with this Playmobil playset, but adults who love the Back to the Future movies will get a kick out of it, too. Not only do you get the famous Delorean, but you also get Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and Einstein the dog figures plus various accessories. Best of all, the car lights up.

For a flavorful cup of espresso

bialetti espresso

Bialetti Venus Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker: $41.42 at Amazon

Coffee lovers who want smooth-tasting coffee that doesn’t require too much hassle to make will love this easy-to-use stovetop pot for coffee and espresso. It can make up to six cups at a time and is constructed with durable stainless steel that can last for years. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Dust off the vinyl records


Audio-Technica Direct-Drive Turntable: $249 at Amazon

If you’re looking for a gift for the audiophile in your life, this high-fidelity turntable will make their holidays. It allows you to choose between 33/45/78 RPM speeds and can even convert vinyl records to digital audio files with free software.

For the bakers on Santa’s list

HB bread maker

Hamilton Beach 2-lb. Digital Bread Maker: $69.99 at Amazon

This year, many people got seriously into bread making thanks to all the time at home, so this digital bread maker is an excellent gift for the bakers on your list. It offers 12 different settings, including gluten-free and even cake options, and makes both 1.5- and 2-lb. Loaves. The pan is non-stick and dishwasher-safe, too, so clean-up is a breeze.

Rangefinder for someone who enjoys golf

callaway rangefinder

Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder: $249 at Callaway Golf

Anyone who loves golf can get plenty of use out of this high-performance laser rangefinder. It measures the angle of inclines and declines and accounts for elevation changes for more accurate distance measurements. It's water- and fog-proof, too. Also available at Amazon.

Smart speaker featuring Alexa


Sonos One Voice Controlled Smart Speaker: $199 at Amazon

This speaker delivers excellent, robust sound that works well in any room. Amazon Alexa is built-in, too, so you can control settings with your voice or the Sonos app. It can also wirelessly connect to other Sonos speakers for audio that fills the entire house. Also available at Best Buy and Home Depot.

Whip up cookies, cakes, breads, and more

kitchenaid mixer

KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer: $699.95 at Amazon

Delight any home baker on your holiday list with this top-of-the-line KitchenAid mixer that makes quick work of any cookie, cake, or bread recipe. It comes with a generous 7-quart bowl, which is large enough for 14 dozen cookies, and features 10 speeds for total mixing control. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Food preservation at the touch of a button

vacuum sealer

Vacuum Sealer Machine by Mueller: $69.97 at Amazon

This vacuum sealer can help any practical-minded friend or relative save money and time by organizing food for the freezer. The device seals bags fully to prevent freezer-burn, and the fully automatic design means you only have to press a button when it’s time to seal. 

For gaming versatility

nintendo switch

Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition: $299.99 at Best Buy

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Nintendo’s popular Animal Crossing game, so this console is a hit with young and old alike. Best of all, the Switch functions as both a handheld device and a TV gaming console, which allows the whole family to get in on the fun.

Science-based cooking

food lab

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science: $20.92 at Amazon

Foodies and home chefs will adore this unique cookbook that examines classic recipes in a new way. It covers all the basics you need for successful cooking, but it focuses on the science behind the techniques to show which ones work and which ones don’t. It includes over 1000 color photos of the included recipes, too.

A casserole lover’s dream

lodge casserole

Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Casserole: $94.94 at Amazon

Every kitchen can use a durable casserole dish for baking, broiling, braising, and roasting in the oven. This cast-iron model is heat-safe up to 500 degrees and can also be used on the stovetop for sautéing, frying, and simmering.

Easy-to-use bidet attachment


Tushy Classic Modern Bidet Attachment: $89 at Hello Tushy

We all remember the panic that ensued when toilet paper was in short supply earlier this year, so you probably have a loved one who would appreciate this convenient bidet attachment for the toilet. It doesn’t require any electricity or plumbing connections but still features a self-cleaning nozzle and pressure and angle controls to target its spray for fuss-free use. Also available at Amazon.

For the selfie addict

HP photo printer

HP Sprocket Select Photo Printer: $149 at HP

For that loved one who can’t stop taking selfies, this portable printer can print photos directly from a smartphone with seamless Bluetooth connectivity. It even allows you to add stickers and doodles to photos before printing them, so it’s a definite hit with kids and teens. Also available at Amazon and Best Buy.



Convenient spice storage

simple houseware spice gripper

Simple Houseware Spice Gripper Clips Strips Cabinet Holder: $8.87 at Amazon

This practical spice organizer makes a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who does a lot of cooking. The strips are customizable to fit any cabinet and can hold up to 30 bottles, which makes organizing spices as easy as can be.

For the Star Wars collector

lego star wars

LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Kit: $51.49 at Amazon

The Star Wars enthusiasts in your life will definitely enjoy the challenge of putting together this set that resembles the infamous bounty hunter’s helmet. It features all the authentic details reproduced in LEGO bricks and even includes a lovely base with a nameplate for display.  Also available at Best Buy and Kohl’s.

For the pooch that loves to play

nina ottosson

Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Interactive Puzzle Game for Dogs: $19.99 at Amazon

Remember the furry friend -- or pet owner - in your life this holiday season with this fun, interactive puzzle for dogs. It allows you to hide treats within the compartments that the pooch has to find, which can alleviate boredom, reduce destructive behavior, and soothe anxiety. Also available at Chewy.

Get fit anywhere

fitness gear tubes

Fitness Gear Pro Level 3 Resistance Tube Kit: $69.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods

This exercise tube kit makes an excellent gift for a loved one who’s interested in getting fit but doesn’t have room for bulky equipment. It includes five tubes that offer between 10 and 50 pounds of resistance and are designed for both upper and lower body workouts. The set travels easily, too.

For the tea drinker

le creuset tea kettle

Le Creuset Demi Tea Kettle: $69.99 at Amazon

Tea drinkers will certainly appreciate this durable carbon-steel kettle from a premium cookware brand. It features a single-tone whistle to let you know when the water has reached a boil and works on electric, gas, ceramic, halogen, and induction stovetops. Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Sur la Table.

An innovative way to increase your water intake


SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit: $89.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you have a loved one who’s trying to drink more water, this handy machine can transform regular water into sparkling water within seconds. It has a sleek, compact design, too, so it can fit in nearly any kitchen. Also available at Kohl’s.

For movie buffs of all ages

pvo projector

PVO Mini Projector: $69.99 at Amazon

This mini projector will thrill the kids in your life by allowing them to watch their favorite cartoons and movies on a large screen. It’s small and portable, too, so the family can have movie nights in the backyard, on camping trips, or anywhere the mood strikes.

Fitness tracker for kids

fitness tracker for kids

Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker for Kids: $49.95 at Amazon

If your children are jealous of your fitness tracker, this kid-friendly Fitbit is the perfect holiday gift to help them lead a more active lifestyle. It tracks steps and active minutes and allows them to earn virtual badges when they hit goals. Also available at Macy’s and Kohl’s.

Toasty hands on cold, winter days


Hotsnapz Hand Warmers: $21.88 at Amazon

Any friend or relative who spends time outdoors in winter will love finding these convenient hand warmers in their stocking. Once they’re “snapped,” the packets heat up to 130 degrees and provide 30 to 60 minutes of warmth depending on their size.

For eyes that pop

BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics Naughty 30 Color Shadow Palette: $29 at Ulta

Beauty junkies will delight in this jumbo-sized eye shadow collection that offers both basic neutrals and sumptuous jewel tones. The fun, winter-themed packaging makes it even more fun to unwrap for the holidays.

Smart mug for coffee that stays hot

smart mug

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2: $99.95 at Amazon

Save your loved one from ever drinking cold coffee or tea again with this amazing smart mug. It allows you to choose a preferred temperature between 120 and 145 degrees, and the battery keeps your beverage warm for up to an hour and a half.  Also available at Best Buy.


Jennifer Blair 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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