The Verge Holiday Gift Guide 2021

The Verge Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Anker PowerPort III Nano Charger

If your friends are traveling this holiday season, a good-quality iPhone charger will be a much appreciated gift. This Anker charger is small enough that you can easily lug it around and is capable of fast charging some of the latest iPhone models – including the iPhone 13 lineup.


Price: $20

Amazon

Walmart

8BitDo SN30 Pro

Whether your giftee games primarily on a Nintendo Switch, PC, or smartphone, they’ll need a solid controller. 8BitDo’s SN30 Pro is tough to beat, both in terms of price and functionality. It stacks up to pricier models for less.


Price: $45

Amazon

Best Buy

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1

Not everything has to live on the ‘gram. With Fujifilm’s colorful Square SQ1, you can capture and print square portraits of your cat, friends, or anything your heart desires in a matter of minutes. The one-touch selfie mode and mirror just gives it a 21st-century twist on the classic Polaroid cameras your mom grew up with.

Price: $120

Amazon

Best Buy

Target

Nintendo Switch OLED

The latest version of the Nintendo Switch is also the greatest. The OLED model brings a larger, brighter screen to Nintendo’s latest handheld, as well as 64GB of built-in storage and a wired LAN port for the dock. Any gamer that has suffered through this past year will likely tell you how owning a Switch helped them retain their sanity, making this handheld an excellent upgrade for current Switch owners and newcomers alike.


Price: $350

Amazon

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

The first entry in novelist Marlon James’ Dark Star trilogy is not always an easy read. Yet, while his vision of a fictionalized Africa can be unsettling and visceral, it’s also utterly beguiling, an imaginative story that owes as much to African mythology and religion as it does the fantasy epics that came before it.


Price: $15

Amazon

Apple iPad Mini (2021)

The latest iPad Mini is the most powerful and feature-packed version yet. It has an elegant design, a fast processor, and might end up being your loved one’s favorite gadget.


Price: $500

Best Buy

B&H Photo

Snake plant

It’s always a good idea to make sure your home office has some greenery to keep the mood up. Snake plants are an excellent choice for budding plant enthusiasts, namely because they’re relatively easy to keep alive if you’re not the green thumb type.


Price: $40

The Sill

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 is the new version for which Surface fans have been waiting a long time. It combines a refreshed design with a fast, 120Hz variable refresh rate screen and a new stylus. It’s the ideal 2-in-1 computer.


Price: $1,100+

Best Buy

Deathloop

Essentially Groundhog Day by way of Quentin Tarantino, Deathloop is the latest hit from Bethesda game studios. It pairs a flashy, ’70s-inspired aesthetic with unique time-loop mechanics that have players learning from their mistakes and trying new paths with each new playthrough.

Price: $40

Amazon

Logitech C920S Pro HD

The Logitech C920S Pro HD is a webcam that’s practically become synonymous with the new work-from-home ecosystem. This no-nonsense webcam takes up very little space and simply needs to be plugged into an available USB port to work. Plus, the webcam’s 1080p, 30fps capture speed means it can even give some built-in laptop cameras a run for their money.


Price: $60

Best Buy

Puffin beverage vest

Arguably functional but definitely adorable, the Puffin beverage vest might be cutest coozie we’ve ever seen. This beverage accessory is available in a variety of colors and styles, including flannels, parkas, and life vests.


Price: $13

REI

Puffin

Aukey Basix 10,000mAh power bank

Where we’re going, we don’t need cables. Everyone should own a power bank, and the Aukey Basix wireless charging model is one of the most veratile, allowing you prop up your device while wirelessly charging it.


Price: $40

Aukey

Apple AirTag

Loved ones with iPhones will appreciate receiving AirTags as gifts while they travel this holiday season. You can clip the ultra wideband-ready Bluetooth tracker to your suitcase, backpack, keys, and other accessories and easily keep track of their locations on your smartphone. Note, however, you’ll need to buy a separate AirTag loop accessory to attach the AirTag to anything.


Price: $29

Amazon

Apple

Krups Silent Vortex Electric Grinder

We admit the Krups Silent Vortex Electric Grinder isn’t silent, per se. However, multiple Verge staffers can attest that it is one of the quieter and more efficient coffee grinders we’ve come across, a no-frills model that consistently produces even grounds without waking up the whole household in the morning. The sizable, stainless-steel grinding bowl is also dishwasher safe, rendering cleanup a breeze.

Price: $57

Amazon

R2-D2 Tamagotchi

Take a double dose of nostalgia with the RD-D2 Tamagotchi. Your very own droid counterpart to clean, play with, and love. Help R2 learn new skills and unlock mini-games to play. Sometimes the real epic saga is the friend you make along the way.


Price: $20 to 30

Walmart

Sony WF-1000XM4

There’s a reason these headphones appear on numerous “best headphones” lists across the internet. These wireless headphones from Sony provide amazing sound quality, the ability to pair simultaneously with multiple devices, and industry-leading noise cancellation. These features and the ability to last for up to 30 hours on a single charge make these headphones well worth the sizeable investment.


Price: $248

Amazon

Sonos Roam

Sonos’ smallest speaker, the Roam, is a worthy addition in dad’s repertoire of gadgets. It’s a Bluetooth-ready speaker for on-the-go adventures, and it supports Wi-Fi connectivity, so it can fit right into a larger array of Sonos speakers.


Price: $179

Best Buy

Sonos

Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp

Stop having your kid carry around a flashlight with their hands and strap one to their head instead. This simple LED headlamp can be attached to a head, an arm, or wherever really. But the Black Diamond Wiz headlamp is a great, kid-friendly solution for illumination when a conventional flashlight simply won’t do.


Price: $20 to $30

REI

Backcountry

GaleForce 9 Dune board game

The new Dune movie has finally arrived — err, half of it anyway — and if you’re looking for a way to further experience Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic, there’s GaleForce Nine’s Dune. The 2019 version modernizes the 40-year-old strategy game, but you’ll still encounter plenty of deal-making and backstabbing as your faction vies for control of the most precious resource in the universe: spice.

Price: $44

Amazon

The Verge retro wordmark shirt

Verge merch is back, baby! Celebrate the recent 10th birthday of your favorite website with this retro-styled cotton shirt. The Verge spends each day exploring the crossroads of tech and culture, and this shirt is right at the intersection of comfort and style.

Price: $26

DFTBA

GoPro Hero10 Black

For loved ones who are more adventurous, GoPro’s latest action cam, the GoPro Hero10 Black, is a gift they’ll appreciate. It’s a versatile camera, one that’s even able to record underwater footage. What’s more, the 2021 version features a new processor that lets the camera shoot in higher frame rates while rendering it possible to upload videos to the cloud as you charge.


Price: $449

Amazon

2021 Apple iMac

Apple’s redesigned 2021 iMac makes a great gift for those looking for a computer. It’s sleek and stylish and comes equipped with Apple’s blazing-fast M1 processor, as well as a good camera, keyboard, mouse, trackpad, display, speaker system, and microphones.


Price: $1,249+

Amazon

Kiriko Classic Bandana

Proving that bandanas come in more than just paisley, Kiriko’s classic bandana comes in a wide variety of styles and prints that are classy as hell. With bandanas that look — and feel — this good, you’ll be finding new excuses to wear one every day.


Price: $45

Kiriko

HP Spectre X360 14

We once called the HP Spectre X360 14 the best 2-in-1 you can buy, and we stand by that statement. This beautiful touchscreen laptop offers amazing battery life and a brilliant display, and while these features certainly don’t come cheap, the flexible laptop is well worth the investment.


Price: $1,100+

HP

Purist insulated mug

We know: there are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a water bottle. Thankfully, Purist Collective’s bottles stand out in a couple of key areas. Not only are they vacuum-sealed and double-walled, but they feature interchangeable lids and a glass interior, meaning they’ll shed that bitter coffee taste when washed.


Price: $40

REI

Lego Space Shuttle Discovery set

If recent releases have taught us anything, it’s that Lego thrives on nostalgia. The new Space Shuttle Discovery set, built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch, is a 2,354-piece marvel, complete with a small-scale Hubble Space Telescope and two stands for displaying your creation once assembled. Needless to say, it blows that Lego coup your dad had as a kid out of the water.


Price: $200

Amazon

Walmart

Target

iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro has the best camera for capturing stills and video, and its triple-camera array offers a plethora of options for a beginning YouTube or TikTok creator.


Price: $999+

Amazon

Walmart

T-Mobile

Dart Zone MK-3

The Dart Zone MK-3 scoffs at Nerf “blasters” and their “safety precautions.” This SMG-style dart gun features options for semi or fully automatic fire and even comes with different calibers of ammunition. Powered by a pair of AA batteries, the MK-3 puts so much foam down range that it even comes packaged with safety goggles.


Price: $130 to $168

Target

Instant Pot Duo

If you’ve ever seen a recipe and thought, “How do I make this with relative ease and without dirtying a ton of cookware?” the Instant Pot is your answer. This six-quart model — which can function as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, and other tabletop appliances — is the gift that keeps on giving, and you and everyone you know should have one.


Price: $89 to $90

Amazon

Walmart

Target

WD Black SN850 SSD (500GB)

If you haven’t invested in an M.2 SSD yet, it’s about time you did. The WD Black SN850 is one of the better options on the market, and its price reduction has made it far more accessible. M.2 SSDs are the easiest way to expand the storage on your PC and can even be added to your PlayStation 5, provided the model you purchase comes with a heatsink.


Price: $95 to $170

Amazon

Best Buy

Newegg

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership

Nintendo’s Switch Online service recently added Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to its offering (for an extra cost), and even better, it released modernized controllers to make playing them feel just like you remember them back in the day.


Price: $20+

Amazon

Best Buy

Target

Pokémon Celebration Express Electric Model Train

You’ll not regret all the “PikaCHOO CHOO” puns this holiday season with the fully functional, Pokémon Celebration Express Electric Model Train by Lionel. Celebrate Pokémon’s 25th birthday by taking Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, and Snorlax from Kanto to Galar and beyond. This train set includes the locomotive, tracks, terminal station, and smoke effects to get this express line up and running — you can even control it via an app.

Price: $400

Pokémon Center

Playdate

Panic’s forthcoming Playdate isn’t your typical handheld. It doesn’t feature an OLED display or a high-end processor, though it does offer plenty of charm and an inch-long crank that slots into the side for gaming. The developer claims that new black-and-white titles will launch weekly as mystery drops, and though there’s still a lot we don’t know, our hands-on impressions left us ready for more.


Price: $179

Playdate

Sculpd Pottery Kit

There is something undeniably attractive about making something with your hands in a world of increasingly intangible goods. The Sculpd Pottery Kit dares you to to channel your inner Patrick Swayze with this easy DIY kit. Handling a lump of terra cotta is always a good time, even if you end up with a bad piece of modern art.


Price: $65

Sculpd

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

If your loved ones are Android users, Samsung’s newest Galaxy Z Flip 3 phone is the perfect gift. The high-end phone folds in half, is water resistant, and boasts a bright OLED screen that’s absolutely great for watching videos.


Price: $925+

Amazon

Samsung

T-Mobile

The Electric State

Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag knows how to create the most inviting sci-fi dystopias. The ones on display in The Electric State, his excellent 2018 book, are hauntingly beautiful, centered around a runaway teenager and her robot companion as they flee across an alternative version of the American West lost to drought and war. Consider it a futuristic travelogue steeped in a heavy dose of nostalgia.

Price: $21 to $31

Amazon

Walmart

Target

Nite Ize Flashflight Light Up Disc

The end of daylight saving time means shorter days and, for some, less time to practice Ultimate Frisbee in the park. If you want to toss a disc after the Sun goes down, however, Nite Ize offers an array of durable, brilliant LED discs that are just as visible at night as they are during the day. Plus, they make great dog toys.


Price: $20

Amazon

Home Depot

Areaware Large Gradient Puzzle

The past year has made puzzle masters out of many of us, but who’s to say the trend can’t continue moving forward? Areaware’s clean, gradient puzzle represents a good middle ground for those looking for a challenge. The 1,000-piece jigsaw starts off relatively easy but becomes more challenging at the edges where the differences in hue become all but indistinguishable.


Price: $35

Amazon

Huckberry

Whiskey Peaks Mt. Fuji set

Whiskey glasses are a gifting staple, and Whiskey Peaks makes some of the most unique. Each 11.5-ounce glass is handblown and features a raised topographic impression of Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak. It’s a subtle reminder to get outside for those who’ve spent the better part of the last two years indoors.


Price: $30

Huckberry

Ilse Supernova Coffee

Everyone deserves a damn fine cup of coffee every so often, and Ilse — a specialty roaster out of Stamford, Connecticut — delivers exactly that. Many of its blends are sweet and subtle, whether sourced from Ethiopia or Honduras, with the seasonal Supernova blend representing that balance roaster Lucas Smith seems to strike so well.


Price: $18

Ilse

True Adventure Coffee

Loog Mini Electric

Kids have a knack for thrashing expensive gear, which is why Loog’s attractive line of miniature guitars is a godsend for myriad reasons. The company’s three-string electric guitar is about the size of a standard ukelele and features an integrated amp and speaker, along with flashcards and an accompanying app so your kid can rip through T-Swift’s catalog in no time.


Price: $150

Amazon

Loog

Apple Watch Series 7

Loved ones who are trying to keep tabs on their health will appreciate receiving the best smartwatch on the market. The latest Apple wearable also features a larger display, faster charging, and IP6X dust resistance. The screen even comes with a new miniature keyboard, and the watch itself comes in a wide variety of colors and configurations starting at $399.


Price: $399+

Amazon

Target

Apple

Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic

The Lite-Brite is a dazzling toy that encourages kids to embrace their creativity. Children can create mesmerizing artwork on a screen with bulbs that literally light it up. The set comes with color glow pegs and six templates with various designs kids can use.


Price: $12 to $13

Amazon

Walmart

Target

Gerber Shard

Stop opening your Amazon packages with a pen like a scrub and invest in this keychain tool from Gerber. You’ll never be without something to poke, prod, pry, or slice something open when the need arises.


Price: $8 to $13

Amazon

TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug

This adapter is a quick and simple way to add smart home connectivity to any device that uses a wall outlet. The TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug can pair with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, allowing you to toggle power states with simple voice commands.


Price: $10 to $18

Amazon

Target

B&H Photo

Sharper Image Word Clock

It doesn’t tell time, it spells it out for you. This LED clock from Sharper Image is a clever little conversation piece available in matte black or wood grain. Perhaps the best feature of this clock, however, is that it uses a USB-C port for power, making it easy to hook up without a dedicated outlet.


Price: $25 to $30

Amazon

Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Sushi Go!

Regardless of your feelings on raw fish, Sushi Go! is an adorable card game for anyone who’s played Uno to death and needs something with a little more character. Sushi Go! has players pass around decks of adorable chibi-style tempura, maki, and other sushi staples in an attempt to make the most delicious bento box.


Price: $7

Amazon

Target

HomePod Mini

Apple’s ball-sized HomePod Mini is an essential tool for anyone who has an iPhone and a goal of converting their abode into a smart home. With it, you can summon Siri to play music, answer questions, and control your HomeKit-compatible devices.


Price: $100

Best Buy

Target

Apple

Tile Mate

The now-ubiquiotus tracking device, the Tile Mate is a fantastic way to keep tabs on anything within 200 feet. This tiny Bluetooth tracker can be secured to just about anything, ensuring that your most important items never go missing.


Price: $20 to $25

Amazon

Walmart

Target

Music Genius Playing Cards

Music lovers will love this classic set of playing cards, with musicians like Freddie Mercury, Beyonce, Prince, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bjork, and more. The set even splits up genres into four suits: pop; rock; folk and country; and soul, blues, and R&B.


Price: $10

Amazon

Uncommon Goods

Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod

The cutest little tripod, the Pixi from Manfrotto gives you a stable shooting platform, whether it’s stationary or mobile. This featherweight tripod can easily fit in your back pocket and can even be adapted for use with smartphones.


Price: $23 to $42

Amazon

B&H Photo

Animal Crossing x Monopoly

Perhaps the most wholesome evolution of this capitalism-driven franchise, the adorable veneer of Animal Crossing might just be enough to prevent any board flipping tantrums when you land on Boardwalk for the eighth time. Animal Crossing Monopoly replaces all the properties with adorable fruit, fossils, and bugs. Even the classic tokens have been replaced by chunky Animal Crossing personas.

Price: $20 to $26

Amazon

Walmart

GameStop

Comfyable slim protective laptop sleeve

A classy sleeve for any 13- to 16-inch laptop, this slim, waterproof, faux-leather cover comes in a variety of colors. The inside lining is also covered in microfiber to prevent scuffs and scratches, making it a great accessory for anyone who wants to add a little professional flair to their laptop.


Price: $24 to $29

Amazon

NYT Crossword subscription

For the truly classic gamer in your life, it’s tough to beat a subscription to New York Times Games. Not only do you gain access to more than 10,000 of the legendary New York Times crossword puzzles for just $40 a year, but you can play several other fun and devious logic games. While it’s tough to beat the rainy day appeal of the classic crossword, our personal favorite has been “the mini,” which had several Verge staffers and their partners racing each other every day to see who could finish first.

Price: $40

New York Times

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K gives your loved ones access to more than a million movies and TV episodes from major streaming services in 4K Ultra HD. It also offers support for Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10 Plus, as well as the ability to search and launch content with your voice, thanks to its Alexa-powered voice remote.


Price: $25 to $50

Amazon

Best Buy

Target

Logitech K380 Bluetooth keyboard for Mac

Mac users embedded in the Apple ecosystem might find this compact keyboard from Logitech to be useful, which is identical to the standard K380 but sports a macOS-specific layout. It’s also compatible with iOS and iPadOS, comes in two colors (off-white and rose), and features circular keys that are a joy to type on.


Price: $36 to $40

Amazon

Best Buy

Newegg

SpaceTime Coordinates art print

Using NASA’s data, SpaceTime Coordinates creates a picture of what space looked like the moment you were born, got married, or whatever other special occasion you choose. These pictures can be delivered as digital files starting at $29 but also as posters, shirts, hoodies, necklaces, home decor products, and more at various price points.


Price: $29+

SpaceTime Coordinates

Shure MV7 Podcasting Microphone

The Shure MV7 is the younger, more versatile, USB-capable sibling to the legendary SM-7b that you see used on all the biggest podcasts.


Price: $220

Amazon

Best Buy

Target

This Is Fine Dog Funko Pop

Your desk should have the occasional tchotchke to keep your sanity, and there’s no better way to laugh in the face of stress than with KC Green’s “This is fine” dog.


Price: $13 to $16

Amazon

Gaiatop space heater

At first glance, Gaiatop’s ceramic space heater doesn’t seem all that capable given its small stature. Nonetheless, if your giftee is someone who tends to throw on an oversized parka while working from home, this retro-looking device can kick out a surprising amount of heat or function as fan, if needed. It even automatically shuts off when tipped over — a common occurrence if you have pets.


Price: $36

Amazon

2021 MacBook Pro

Apple’s new M1 Pro processor and conventional ports with MagSafe have finally returned the MacBook Pro to form, especially for content creators who need portable horsepower.


Price: $1,999+

Best Buy

B&H Photo

Apple

Fender Mustang LT25 amplifier

For the at-home guitarist who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on pedals and other audio equipment, the Mustang LT25 digital amp offers some fun tones and effects to color your sound, along with a USB interface that allows you to easily record on a computer.


Price: $180

Amazon

Adorama

Fender

Mooas Cube Timer

The Mooas Cube Timer is a simple, fun way to help keep yourself more on task. All you need to do is drop in a couple of AAA batteries, flip it to the desired time interval, and allow it to count down the next 10, 20, 30, or 60 minutes.


Price: $15

Amazon

Elgato Game Capture HD60 S Plus

Elgato’s higher-end capture card connects to your PC or Mac for streaming console gameplay to Twitch or YouTube. It can also enable webcam use with most mirrorless cameras.


Price: $136 to $200

Amazon

Best Buy

Apple AirPods Pro

There’s a reason why many Verge writers and editors use these iconic wireless earbuds while working from home and commuting. The AirPods Pro offer excellent sound and noise cancellation, as well as deep integration with iOS and a transparency mode that lets ambient sounds in.

Price: $190 to $250

Amazon

Walmart

Apple

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

With TriggerPoint’s Grid foam roller, you can give your muscles a deep tissue massage, helping them recover after a strenuous workout. It’s designed to specifically target muscles in your upper and lower back, upper and lower legs, and hips. You can also choose from a variety of subtle and vibrant colors, including pink, orange, black, and mint.


Price: $35

Amazon

Target

REI

Wooden etched tweet

Forever enshrine a viral moment that brings you or your giftee joy, and make it a beautiful desk accessory that will (hopefully) be less fleeting than the late-night thoughts Elon Musk sends into the Twittersphere when the sun goes down.


Price: $50

Laser Tweets

Ergodriven Topo standing desk mat

Standing desks can be the best, but you need to relieve the pressure on your feet if you intend to stand upright for hours on end. Thankfully, the Topo mat is comfy and provides you with ideal positions to stand in, encouraging some small but vital movement.


Price: $69 to $99

Amazon

Ergodriven

Nanoleaf Elements Wood Look Hexagons Smarter Kit

Creative and fun smart lighting when they’re on; elegant wood accents when they’re not. Nanoleaf’s natural-looking panels are one of the most unique pieces of wall decor you can get if you’re looking to dress up your space and add your own touch.


Price: $230 to $300

Best Buy

Target

Home Depot

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 18

The Verge‘s Becca Farsace loves the Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 18 backpack and thinks it could be a good fit for anyone in need of a comfy companion that offers plenty of room for a laptop, camera, lenses, and other various gadgets.

Price: $78 to $125

Amazon

Moosejaw

Backcountry

Bote Breeze Aero SUP

Standup paddleboarding (SUP) has seen a meteoric rise in recent years, partly because it’s a soothing, low-stakes affair and a good form of exercise. And if you’re tight on space, inflatable SUPs like Bote’s budget-friendly Breeze Aero make the sport even more convenient by allowing you to stow a durable, full-size board in your closet or trunk when the water is better suited for skating.


Price: $584 to $649

REI

Bote

Audio Technica LP120XUSB

It’s easy enough to find a record player, but for a high-quality model that doesn’t cost a ton, check out Audio Technica’s LP120XUSB turntable. Your giftee can use it, of course, to play records through whatever speaker system they might have, but its USB connectivity also lets them digitize their aging, fragile collection of vinyl.


Price: $299

Adorama

Sweetwater

Joyce Chen carbon steel wok

As techies know, it’s great to have the right cable when you need it. Likewise, it’s just as ideal to have the right kind of pan for whatever you’re cooking up. If you’re making a stir fry or deep-frying some food, Joyce Chen’s carbon steel wok is an affordable kitchen gadget worth getting.


Price: $28 to $45

Amazon

Wowstick electric screwdriver

This electric screwdriver from the Wowstick is just the kind of thing that’ll likely make the dad in your life wish they’d had it earlier in life, and thankfully, it’s not too pricey.


Price: $50 to $74

Sears

Leatherman tool

For odd jobs in, around, or outside of the house, everyone could use a Leatherman multitool. After all, it’s no fun to be stuck without the right tool for the job, so let’s just not let that happen in the first place, okay?


Price: $30

Amazon

Walmart

B&H Photo

2021 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite e-reader might be a perfect fit for a anyone who can’t get enough reading time in. The 2021 model features a USB-C charging port, better battery life, and a bigger, 6.8-inch screen that makes text easier to see.


Price: $140+

Amazon

Best Buy

Target

Twelve South AirFly Duo

Bluetooth audio transmitters can be finnicky, but one of the best is Twelve South’s AirFly Duo. It has a rechargeable battery with USB-C charging, and it can plug into any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. It supports pairing up to two sets of Bluetooth headphones, too, making in-flight entertainment much easier to listen to.


Price: $33 to $45

Amazon

Target

BioLite FirePit Plus

Built-in fire pits can be hard to come by, which is why the totable build of BioLite’s FirePit Plus is so convenient. The device’s clever design and battery-powered fans also allow it to emit less smoke than your standard fire pit, regardless of whether you’re burning charcoal or deadfall.


Price: $250

REI

Dick’s Sporting Goods

The Disney Bundle

People contain multitudes, and thus, cannot be satisfied by just one streaming service. If your friend or family member is not already overwhelmed with subscriptions, the Disney Bundle is a go-to offer that packages Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus in a single service.


Price: $14

Disney Plus

UE Wonderboom 2

Nobody should be without a solid Bluetooth speaker, and the UE Wonderboom 2 is an excellent option. This waterproof, orb-shaped speaker is remarkably loud, can last up to 13 hours on a single charge, and can pair with two Bluetooth devices simultaneously.


Price: $100 to $110

Amazon

Best Buy

Target

Herman Miller Aeron chair

Herman Miller’s Aeron is the longstanding, ergonomic desk chair of choice for many a working professional. It’s pricey, but the mesh backing and seat will keep you cool during the summer months or times when you run hot. It happens to the best of us.


Price: $1,095+

Herman Miller

Peloton Exercise Bike

Peloton’s indoor bicycles were all the rage during the early days of the pandemic, and they remain popular for good reason. The Peloton Bike offers an intense cardio workout from the comfort of your home, where you can access both live and on-demand classes on a 22-inch, Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen. These classes also come with opportunities to compete with others, making it a fun fitness gift for those willing to splurge.


Price: $1,495

Peloton

Chemex glass coffee maker

For many, coffee is a necessity if there ever was one. Thankfully, Chemex’s glass pour-over carafe is capable of churning out six cups of balanced, flavorful coffee in a single go. It’s even included in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. How’s that for classic?


Price: $44 to $45

Amazon

Williams Sonoma

VanMoof S3 electric bike

VanMoof’s latest, pedal-assisted e-bike is both better and cheaper than prior models, and it sports a sleek and elevated design that doesn’t scream “e-bike” at first glance. It can also hit a top speed of 20 miles per hour with its four-speed electronic gear shifter, helping make it one of the best e-bikes you can buy.


Price: $2,298

VanMoof

Asus Zephyrus G15 gaming laptop

Easily our favorite gaming laptop of the year, the Asus Zephyrus is a 15-inch laptop that pairs an RTX 3070 graphics card with a Ryzen 9 CPU for unmatched gaming performance in its class.


Price: $1,550+

Best Buy

Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

You don’t need to spend much to get a decent electric water kettle. But if you, or whoever you’re buying for, has exquisite taste in both gadget design and in hot beverages, Stagg’s luxe EKG Electric Kettle might be a solid match.


Price: $159

Amazon

Williams Sonoma

Samsung The Frame (55-inch)

The Frame is a sight to behold. Sure, its 120Hz refresh rate looks silky-smooth at 4K resolution, but it’s the clever design that truly helps it stand out. Samsung’s TV can double as home decor, displaying gorgeous artwork when it’s not in use.


Price: $998

Amazon

Walmart

Samsung

Turtle Beach Battle Buds

These unique earbuds from Turtle Beach are some of the only earbuds that come with their own boom mic. Becuase they use a 3.5mm audio jack, the Battle Buds are also compatible with any console, and they come packaged with a number of ear tips to ensure a comfortable fit.


Price: $18 to $30

Amazon

Best Buy

Target

Oculus Quest 2

For a long time, the Oculus Quest 2 was the closest many of us got to going outside. While we’re spending a little more time outdoors now, this standalone headset is still one of the best ways to experience VR. The Oculus Quest 2 doesn’t require external sensors or even a standalone console like other headsets — everything is self-contained — making it feel like a truly futuristic device.


Price: $299

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Razer DeathAdder Essential

On the surface, this parsed-down version of Razer’s storied DeathAdder gaming mouse is virtually indistinguishable from its more expensive counterparts, and it shares the same curved, snakelike chassis and responsive buttons as other models. The only true difference is the 6,400 DPI sensor, which is less sensitive than Razer’s cutting-edge mice but is still extremely capable. This mouse is a great way to upgrade your gaming setup without spending a ton of cash.


Price: $23 to $34

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Root

A long-standing top dog of BoardGameGeek, Root is a game that’s best described as something like Game of Thrones meets Disney’s Robin Hood — yes, the one with the animals. The game has you leading factions of woodland creatures portrayed by equally adorable wooden figures. The world of Root is also brought to life thanks to remarkably evocative board art and illustrations. We understand that gathering friends for board games right now isn’t particularly easy, but if you can manage it, Root won’t disappoint.

Price: $42

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Ikea Symfonisk picture frame

Ikea’s Symfonisk picture frame lets you fill your home office with your favorite jams without sacrificing precious desk space. The Sonos-connected smart speaker comes in two styles, both of which are pseudo-incognito, yet it still manages to deliver the excellent sound for which Sonos is known.


Price: $199

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Bombas ankle socks

Nothing tops comfort, whether you’re out and about or just getting cozy at home. And while the holidays are often referred to as sweater weather, you can’t forget about comfy sock weather. The Bombas ankle socks bring the right combination of warmth, flexibility, and durability, complete with extra arch support.


Price: $12 to $13

Bombas

Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series

The perfect primer to get you up to speed on the world of Cowboy Bebop before diving into the live-action Netflix series, this four-disc collection of the classic anime is arguably the best way to experience the animated series. The collection contains both language tracks in 5.1 surround, as well as commentary tracks and interviews with the original voice cast. The entire series has been upscaled to 1080p but is still only viewable in a 4:3 aspect ratio, so don’t freak out if you’re greeted by a black void on either side of your 55-inch TV.

Price: $29 to $33

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The Drunken Botanist

Author Amy Stewart knows a thing or two about plants — and alcohol, for that matter. Her fun and informative sixth book examines some of the most common alcoholic staples throughout the world through a horticultural lens, delving into the natural ingredients that make drinks like the Manhatten, well, a Manhattan. It even includes 50-odd cocktail recipes, making it a great gift for the self-proclaimed mixologist in your life.


Price: $14 to $25

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8BitDo Pro 2 controller

If you’re looking for another Switch Pro controller but don’t want to buy Nintendo’s first-party model, the 8BitDo Pro 2 controller is a fantastic choice. This controller has roughly all the same features as the Nintendo Pro controller but costs roughly $20 less. While this controller can pair with more devices via Bluetooth, it can’t turn on your Switch remotely and lacks Amiibo support. Even with those small omissions, our review still wholeheartedly recommends this gamepad for Switch enthusiasts.


Price: $50

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Theragun Mini

The Theragun Mini is a powerful yet quiet massager that offers relief for your muscles wherever you go, given it’s small enough to carry around. It comes in two colors – black and red – and is a great gift for those who are either very active or simply in need of some R&R.


Price: $200

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Kubb yard game

An outdoor game that’s equal parts cricket and lawn bowling, Kubb is undeniably eccentric; the perfect alternative for anyone who has played too many games of cornhole. If flinging small bits of wood at bigger bits of wood until to you knock them down sounds like a good time, then we reccomend Kubb.


Price: $50 to $79

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AfterShokz Aeropex

Biking with earbuds in can be dangerous, especially if you’re using a noise-canceling model designed to drown out sound. Open-ear headphones are a great solution, however, with the AfterShokz Aeropex being some of the best you can get. The bone-conduction headphones offer decent sound quality and eight hours of playback, not to mention a waterproof exterior for when your ride gets a little wet.


Price: $160

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Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party is one of the easiest ways to settle a grudge out of court. Mario Party Superstars expands the field of honor with a fun collection of over 100 mini-games featuring Nintendo’s iconic mascot and cast of characters. The latest version of this storied franchise brings back five classic boards from the N64 and GameCube era, and it allows for online play as well.

Price: $57 to $60

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