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Christmas is about so much more than getting gifts, but it’s not not about the gifts. And here at SPY, we love playing Santa and making someone’s holiday extra special by picking out the perfect Christmas gifts. If the time has come to fill up your shopping sleigh with the best Christmas gifts of 2022, then you may need some inspiration to find the right gift ideas for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Thankfully, you’ve got SPY’s gifting experts on your side.
Every year, we take great pride in connecting our readers with the best gift ideas for every occasion, whether they need help finding the best Valentine’s Day gifts, birthday gift ideas or Christmas presents. We prepare all year long to bring you the year’s top Christmas gifts, and we’ve got gift guides for everyone on your list — Christmas gifts for him, gifts for her, the best presents for your wife, your Gen Z teen and even the best toys for toddlers.
The first half of 2022 introduced some game-changing products to the market. Refer back to some of SPY’s latest Best of 2022 guides, including the Top 65-Inch TVs of the Year, the Best Beard Trimmers and the Best Instant Cameras, for some gift-giving inspiration.
But make no mistake, this is where you’ll find the most popular Christmas presents that your significant other, family members, siblings and co-workers will be adding to their holiday wish lists. Whether you need Christmas gifts for the entire family, stocking stuffers or Secret Santa surprises, we’ve got something for every person, occasion and price point. We’ve even got gift ideas for those impossible-to-shop-for guys in your life.
With Halloween right around the corner, the holidays will be here before you know it, and we’ll be updating this gift guide weekly as new must-have products are released and the season’s top gifts go out of stock. From elite smart home products to fancy footwear, home bar essentials to retro toys for nostalgia-obsessed millennials, we present to you the best Christmas gifts of 2022 as part of SPY’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide.
Best Christmas Gift of 2022: Apple AirPods Pro 2
You likely know someone who wants to upgrade their AirPods this holiday season, so do them a favor and secure the new AirPods Pro 2. Apple’s latest earbuds were released on September 23 and come with an improved chip for better noise cancellation, ambient listening and acoustics. These buds have gotten a lot of buzz, and we believe they’ll be one of the top Christmas gifts of 2022. If you’re set on gifting them to someone (or a few people!) on your list, then we recommend purchasing them early in the season.
Magna Tiles 32-Piece Colors Set
If you’re the parent of a toddler and you don’t already own Magna-Tiles, we’re gently requesting you add them to your cart immediately. These magnetic building tiles are the ultimate educational toy for young kids, and they fuse together science, math, creativity and motor skills. You can build flat or 3D structures, and multiple SPY editors have enjoyed playing with them as full-grown adults — so you know they’re the real deal.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
The Brooklinen Super Plush robe is the kind of product that your recipient might not buy for themselves but would be thrilled to receive as a gift. Brooklinen makes the Super-Plush robe from 100% Turkish cotton for a luxurious spa-like feel. These robes are great Christmas gifts for women or the Impossible Man who already owns everything. This is one of the most popular gift ideas ever featured on SPY, and Brooklinen just released a bunch of new colors for the holidays including Striped Redwood, pictured below.
Best Stocking Stuffers: Crocs Jibbitz 5-Pack
Crocs have made a comeback (keep scrolling for more on that), so if you know someone who dons a pair on the daily, then chances are they will appreciate some Jibbitz as a Christmas gift. These popular Crocs charms are a fun way to personalize the classic clogs and come in a variety of themed packs including “Desert Sky,” pictured below. Because there are so many fun Jibbitz to choose from and so many ride-or-die Crocs lovers, we’re naming these the best stocking stuffers of 2022.
Make This Tonight Cookbook
Tastemade, an online video network filled with mouth-watering culinary programming, has created a cookbook designed to help chefs of all skill levels get dinner on the table faster. It’s got over 100 flavorful recipes for delectable meals including Whole Roasted Za’atar Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce as well as a Curry-Butter Roast Chicken. It’s designed for busy home chefs who still want to eat well during the hectic workweek, and it would make a great Christmas gift for almost anyone on your list with a passion for home-cooked food.
2022 All-New Kindle
Amazon released another, upgraded version of the Kindle this year, and we’re anticipating it’ll be one of the best Christmas gifts for book lovers this year. This is the lightest and most-compact Kindle to date, with a 16-gigabyte memory for storing thousands of books. Since we’re all addicted to our phones, why not give the gift of distraction-free immersion in the latest thrillers, self-help gospels and historical biographies?
Tozo W1 Wireless Charger
Wireless chargers are the best tech stocking stuffers under $15, and this ultra-thin wireless charger from Tozo is SPY-tested. It’s compatible with all the latest smartphones including the iPhone 14 and Samsung Galaxy S20. It’s also built with three different charging modes and LED indicator lights for maximum efficiency.
FLY BY JING Hot Chili Oil Sauce
Remember TRUFF hot sauce? That stuff is still delicious, but if you’ve got a heat lover in your life, then this is the trendy hot condiment to get them this year. FLY BY JING’s hot chili sauce is made to be put on everything from pizza to chicken, noodles of all kinds, and even ice cream. It’s made with premium, umami-rich flavors so that it’s packed with taste but not off-the-charts spicy.
Panel Sound Pickleball Paddle Set
Forget baseball, pickleball is America’s new favorite pastime, and this paddle set is the perfect gift for anyone who’s curious about this popular new sport. We recently named pickleball sets one of the top trending gifts of Christmas 2022, and we’re calling it now: With seemingly the entire country falling in love with this sport, we’re confident pickleball starter sets like this will be one of the year’s best Christmas gifts.
Best Athleisure Christmas Gifts of 2022: Vuori Joggers
Vuori is one of our favorite up-and-coming athleisure brands, and they also make the best joggers in the world, according to our product reviewers. Now that our work-from-home days are largely behind us, it’s time to upgrade those sweatpants and help your friends do the same. Vuori’s stylish, comfortable joggers give you an outfit to rock at home and while running errands. Each pair has a tailored fit with a soft stretch, plenty of color options and a grab-at-the-ankle design that doesn’t add too much bulk.
Best Travel Christmas Gifts: Cologne & Perfume Atomizer
This is one of our favorite Christmas gifts of the year for travel buffs and fragrance-obsessed folks who want to take their favorite perfumes and colognes on-the-go, minus the bulky fragile glass bottles, of course. An atomizer acts as a travel-sized bottle made for fragrances, with an easy-fill option that connects directly to your perfume’s pump and a base made to prevent the spillage and oxidation of your favorite scents. This handy travel gadget is also shatterproof, TSA-approved and 100% leakproof.
Best Splurge Gift: iRobot Roomba i3 EVO Robot Vacuum
Gift anyone in your life the ability to never vacuum again with this top-rated Roomba robot vacuum. It contains patented Dirt Detect Technology for cleaning especially messy areas of your home with precision, and it has Multi-Surface Rubber brushes that adjust to different floor types. It also syncs with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can start cleaning with just your voice.
2021 Apple iPad
TOP TECH GIFT
Most shoppers don’t realize that you can buy a new Apple tablet for under $300, and that makes the 2021 iPad 9 one of the year’s most giftable Apple products, even if it isn’t the newest iPad. One of the year’s best tech gifts, this iPad is a great pick for almost anyone on your list — from the news junkie dad to the dedicated graduate student. The Retina display is great for bingeing shows and the slim, compact body packs a powerful processor into a travel-friendly gadget.
Orastone Rechargeable Electric Hand Warmer
This chic, helpful accessory would make a great Christmas gift for a teenager in your life (or anyone who likes to stay warm and cozy). We’ve been obsessed with this product ever since we first tried it out. The Orastone hand warmer comes in fun patterns and takes just two minutes to reach toasty temperatures. The compact design is perfect for carrying in your pocket on a chilly day (or slipping into a stocking on Christmas Eve), and it’ll stay warm for 3-4 hours on a full charge.
2022 Gifting Trend: Retro Toys
Retro toys, and retro gifts in general, are one of our favorite gifting trends for 2022. Everyone loves a nostalgic throwback, and these retro toys are perfect for children and adults alike who love to play — without a screen. Beloved toys like Lite Brite, Etch-a-Sketch, Easy Bake Ovens and The Original Slinky are all still for sale and would make excellent Christmas gift ideas this holiday season. There’s a reason these toys have stood the test of time and are still being made: they’re high-quality, entertaining and make great vintage household decor when not in use.
Carhartt Knit Cuffed Beanie
The Carhartt beanie is a wardrobe essential no matter who you are or where you live, and much like a classic blazer or pair of white sneakers — it’ll never go out of style. This makes it one of our favorite Christmas gifts for teens in 2022, as it’s one-size-fits-all and comes in a bunch of different colors. It’s made with 100% acrylic rib knit material that’s stretchy and comfortable, and it’s the rare fashion accessory that is super-trendy yet will never go out of style.
Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts of 2022: Italian Cooking Masterclass
Food is a great gift, but gifting someone the ability to make delish pasta for themselves? Even better. Massimo Bottura’s Modern Italian cooking class is just one of the hundreds of classes you can take with a Masterclass membership, which is also one of our favorite last-minute Christmas gifts. You can give a 1-year Masterclass membership to someone in your life for a little over $100, granting them access to Massimo’s class as well as ones from Jane Goodall, Bob Iger and Steve Martin, among others.
Read More: SPY MasterClass Review
Bombas Socks Gift Bag
Socks might seem like a boring gift, but Bombas socks are the ultimate high-performance basic for your feet. We were skeptical that Bombas could actually live up to the hype, but our product reviewers are officially Bombas converts. This all-purpose set includes both ankle and calf socks and are made to feel comfortable during all types of activity, from running laps to running errands. They come in a fun gift bag, and the basic colors are neutral enough for everyday wear.
5 Surprise Disney Mini Mystery Capsule
A present is already a surprise, and these mini mystery capsules take it to the next level by breaking open to reveal five different mini objects. The original version of this capsule was one of our most popular Christmas gifts of 2021, and this year they’ve got a Disney version that’s perfect for children and Disney adults alike. There are 50 different Disney miniatures available to collect, as well as six accessories for storing and displaying minis.
Read More: The 75+ Best Stocking Stuffers of 2022
ChuckIt! Ball Launcher
Don’t forget about your four-legged friends when Christmas shopping! This popular pet toy launches balls across backyards, park lawns and even beaches so your pup can chase, grab and return to their heart’s content. It comes with a ChuckIt! branded ball, but any tennis ball will fit inside its top. If anyone in your life has a new dog, or an old dog that could use a new trick, this is one of our go-to Christmas gift ideas for pet lovers.
Read More: The Best Gifts for Pet Owners
Best Family Christmas Gifts: Hisense U6H ULED 4K Premium TV
Who would turn down a 4K smart TV with Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant/Alexa integration? Not us. Hisense’s latest line of ULED TVs comes outfitted with high-tech features and delivers premium performance at a relatively affordable price point. The SPY team believes 65-inch TVs are perfect family Christmas gifts, and our reviewers were surprised by how many features this new Hisense TV offers for the price. Just think about how great this will look wrapped up next to your Christmas tree.
Read More: Hisense U6H SPY Review
Bluey Figurine 4-Pack
When it comes to Christmas gifts for kids (and Christmas gifts for 1-year-olds and toddlers specifically), sometimes the simplest presents are what work best. These 2.5-inch and 3-inch figurines of the beloved Bluey characters are posable and perfect for young kids’ imaginative play. They’re a great size for the small hands of preschoolers and would work great under the tree or in a stocking this holiday season.
Wixology Candle and Whiskey Glass
Wixology’s candles are a great 2-for-1 Christmas gift for whiskey lovers, as after burning off the candle, the container doubles as a cocktail glass you can keep and reuse. They have a few different scents including their Bourbon, Neat, which has hints of vanilla, caramel and oak. They’re made with 100% plant-based wax and are made to burn for up to 36 hours. Perfect for anyone that loves candles, spirits, or both, we think Wixology candles are going to be one of the best Christmas gifts of 2022.
Kordes Marble Cheese Board
This year, with the stay-at-home era behind us, products for entertaining are in high demand. In particular, we think cheese and charcuterie boards will be one of the best Christmas gifts of 2022, and we love this two-tone wood and marble cheese board. It’s a good Christmas gift for mom who loves to host, as this cheese board is 12 inches in diameter and the perfect size for serving fruits, cheese and other snacks to guests. The marble helps control lingering odors and the natural wood surface is easy to wipe down after each use.
Revlon One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer Brush
This hot air brush from Revlon has a cult following because of its low price tag, passionate reviews and ingenious design, which combines two essential steps in hair styling. Taylor Galla, SPY’s Senior E-Commerce Editor, loves this brush for its fast-drying power, comfortable design and simple functionality. In our experience, this beauty product lives up to the hype, making it one of the year’s best Christmas gifts for women in particular.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Dad: Therabody Massage Guns
Massage guns are a great tech gift that’s also fitness-oriented and therapeutic, perfect for your hyper-active family member or your dad who loves the latest tech gadget. The SPY team has tested all of the best massage guns, and Therabody is still the brand to beat. For this year’s Christmas gift guide, we’re recommending the Theragun Prime, their introductory massage gun that comes with five different speeds, an easy user interface and a selection of four massage gun heads for targeting different pain points throughout the body.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
With more than nine million copies sold and more than 50,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say Exploding Kittens is a fan favorite. The game is a quirky take on Russian roulette and Uno, employing equal measures of chance and skill. Players draw cards from a central pile, and if you draw an exploding kitten, you lose! Learning the game is easy, but mastering it is no small feat, making this an amazing game to play with friends and fam over the holidays.
Anker 10,000 Power IQ Portable Charger
A power bank isn’t the most exciting Christmas present you can find under the tree, but it’s one of the most likely to come in handy once Christmas has passed. It’s also one of our favorite affordable Christmas gifts. This 10,000mAh battery pack from Anker comes with high-speed PowerIQ charging and is compatible with the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It’s one of the lightest and slimmest chargers on the market, and these little gadgets are perfect stocking stuffers, too.
Best Christmas Gift for Toddlers: Micro Kickboard Scooter for Kids
Looking for fun Christmas gifts for kids? Push scooters are a safe choice for kids of all ages. For toddlers specifically, we recommend the Micro Kickboard for its safe design and the endless entertainment it provides. This scooter has a smooth-rolling 3-wheel design that offers stability while helping kids practice their balance and coordination. There’s no assembly required, and kids can unwrap it and start playing right away on Christmas morning.
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple products are always on Christmas wish lists, and the brand-new Apple Watch Series 8 is a dream Christmas gift for a lot of folks. We’re betting pretty much anyone on your list would be happy to receive one of these. The Series 8 has an Always-on retina display that’s crack-resistant, IP6X dust-resistant and swim-proof. It also has a number of new health features including Crash Detection and Fall Detection, which can be reassuring for loved ones or older folks.
Shoes are another one of our top gifting trends of the year, and these sneakers from Cariuma are the perfect gift for anyone who needs comfortable and stylish footwear for the office, weekend, travel days and everything in between. Not only do we love the stylish design and comfortable fit of Cariuma shoes, but we also love that all of the brand’s shoes are made with eco-friendly materials in ethical factories. They even use carbon-neutral shipping so you can feel good about your gift purchase.
Finally, with every sale, Cariuma also plants two trees to help reforest the rainforest in Brazil, making this one of the top give-back gifts of the season.
Best Gifts for Parents: Welly Adventure Kits
No, we’re not talking about your parents, but rather any friends or siblings who are now parenting their own crew of kids. A first aid kit might seem like an unusual Christmas gift at first, but we love Welly, and we promise your recipient will, too. Welly’s Adventure Kits are full of all the ointments, bandages and OTC remedies you could possibly need for the bumps, burns, scrapes and little injuries that result from a life well-lived. Plus, kids will fall in love with the brand’s Bravery Bandages, and the fun designs will make boo-boos a little more bearable.
Welly Adventure Kits come in colorful and compact tins and are a perfect Christmas gift for parents. The brand also has smaller kits that make for great stocking stuffers for adults.
Christmas Gifts for Kids: Toniebox Audio Player Starter Set
This audio player is built for kids and made to reduce screen time, without limiting entertainment for youngsters. Toniebox provides a screen-free listening experience for children so their imaginations can run wild. It’s easy to use, built with tactile controls for little hands and has up to seven hours of battery life, so it can be used at home or on the go. It’s also made durable for rough play, and the charging station is easy-on, easy-off.
Best Friend Christmas Gifts: Our Place Mini Collection
You’re probably familiar with the Always Pan and Perfect Pot from Our Place. The Always Pan was one of the top Christmas gifts of 2020 and 2021, and the DTC brand has skyrocketed to success with high-quality, stylish and multi-purpose cookware designed to replace the most common pots and pans in your kitchen. This year, they’ve released a mini version of their most popular products.
You can purchase a Mini Always Pan, perfect for fried eggs, side dishes and cooking for one, as well as a Mini Perfect Pot, perfect for sauces, soups, grains and reheating leftovers. Your best friend who loves to cook but is lacking in storage space? Consider them gifted.
Editor’s Note: The Mini Perfect Pot is currently sold out, but we’re anticipating a restock during the gifting season.
Best Christmas Gift for Techies: Anker GaNPrime Chargers
Anker’s new GaN fast charger lineup relieves low battery anxiety by employing Gallium Nitride technology to speed up the charging process without overheating devices. Each charger takes a different form and has different outlets to power up everything from smartphones to laptops. Our personal favorite is the 733 Power Bank for its 2-in-1 capabilities; it serves as both a wall-charging solution and a portable charger. You can’t go wrong gifting any of these products to co-workers or friends who don’t want to remain lassoed to their charging cables.
YETI products are some of our favorite outdoor gear, and for a park day, beach excursion or car camping trip — their large cooler or portable cooler backpack are both some of the best Christmas gifts for outdoor enthusiasts we can find.
YETI products tend to have heftier price tags than most coolers, but we don’t care. SPY editors have tested out their cooler backpack in the field and their larger YETI Tundra 45 cooler, and we absolutely love them both. Both have unbeatable temperature regulation and insulation, come in fun, bright colors and are built tough to last.
Read More: The Best Backpack Coolers of 2022
Best Grooming Gift of 2022: Disco Skincare Set
Disco is one of our favorite skincare brands for men because they make simple, effective products that are high-quality without majorly breaking the bank. This Starter Kit is a perfect grooming gift set for the guy in your life who wants a skincare routine but isn’t sure where to start. It comes with a cleanser, exfoliating face scrub and a moisturizer to help brighten and hydrate skin, and Disco comes with the option to subscribe so your gift-ee never runs out of the products they need.
Christmas Gifts for Tweens: Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is always a big hit around the holidays for young gamers, and we anticipate yet again it’ll be a popular present on Christmas wish lists this year. It’s the gaming system that revolutionized portable gaming and enables you to play games whenever, wherever you want via the flexible, switchable design. If you’re going to splurge on a new Switch for someone you love, make sure you get a Nintendo Switch carrying case while you’re at it.
Best Christmas Gifts for Girlfriend: Square Wine Glass Set
Need a gift for your girlfriend or a wine enthusiast in your life? These square wine glasses are a perfect dupe for the much more expensive Crate & Barrel ones and are a chic spin on the classic design. The set comes with four and is made with 100% lead-free crystal, for the sparkle you want without an exorbitant price tag. You can never have too many wine glasses, making this a perfect gift for those on your list who crack open a bottle just because.
Read More: The Best Gifts for Girlfriends of 2022
Christmas Gift Ideas for Dad: Men’s and Women’s UGG Slippers
You can’t go wrong with a cozy pair of slippers, especially around the holidays. These UGG Ascot Slippers for men are a perfect shoe for the winter, so go ahead and upgrade the dingey ones your dad is still rocking. They’re made with water-resistant suede, warm wool and the rubber outsole makes them great for outdoor use as well.
For women, we recommend Ugg’s Tasman Slippers because they offer full coverage for cold feet, a stylish UGG trim and come in a bunch of colors. They have sheepskin lining as well as an UGG pure wool insole for comfort, and the Treadlite outsole gives you great traction for neighborhood walks.
Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection
Dr. Seuss’s books are classics for a few reasons: they’re adorable, fun for children and adults and great for young kids just learning how to read. This beginner box set includes some of his best books for young readers just taking to the page for the first time — The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham, just to name a few. The set comes with five hardcover books in a portable set you can take with you on the road or keep at home for bedtime stories.
Best Christmas Gift for Mom: MacKenzie Childs Whistling Tea Kettle
MacKenzie Childs’ products like this tea kettle are some of the best Christmas gifts for mom and grandma. It has a heavy gauge steel underbody with white and black checks hand-painted on the exterior. The red accents pop and the curved handle will add pomp and polish to any stovetop. If you have anyone on your shopping list that’s obsessed with MacKenzie Childs, then this is the perfect Christmas gift idea. Pair it with a tea sampler set like this one from Vahdam Tea (an Oprah-approved brand) for a thoughtfully curated gift.
Crafts 4 All Paint Set
Have an aspiring artist on your hands? This is one of the best Christmas gifts for anyone interested in flexing their creative muscles. It comes with 24 craft paints, 4 blank canvases as well as 12 brushes of various sizes and styles so your creative gift-ee has options. This gift set even comes with starter canvases.
Crocs have officially made a comeback, and we are here for it! These fashionably ugly shoes are officially trendy, and whether you love them or hate them, they’d probably make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list. Not only are they the epitome of “boring chic,” they’re also waterproof, super lightweight and breathable, so your feet stay dry and comfortable. They also make Crocs for kids, which are perfectly washable shoes for children who tend to spill, step in and stain everything.
Fun Christmas Gifts: Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
Whether bringing it on a trip with friends or to a family dinner, this Instax Mini 11 camera from Fujifilm is perfect for capturing the silly moments in life. Not only does it take excellent photos, but it also gives everyone a little souvenir to take home with them after the gathering. SPY’s E-Commerce and Special Projects Editor Tyler Schoeber tested many instant cameras in 2022 and found Fujifilm’s Instax to be the best.
Read More: SPY Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera Review
Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 7000
SPY AWARD WINNER
Do you have a bearded gent on your Christmas shopping list? With the popularity of beards among the male population of the world, we’re betting you do. Not only is the Philips Norelco Multigroom one of the best electric beard trimmers for sale in 2022, but it’s also one of the top beard grooming products we’ve ever tested. It’s no wonder this popular hair and beard trimmer has become one of the top Christmas gifts year after year. If you want to make this gift even more special, combine it with a bottle of beard oil or one of our favorite beard brushes.
Christmas Gifts for Her: ESARORA Ice Roller
This might seem like a simple item, but trust us when we say this beauty gift works wonders on a puffy face, foreheads suffering from tension headaches or tired eyes when you’re struggling to wake up. The ice roller at the top glides over your skin, giving a cooling sensation and spa-like facial massage. Affordable but practical, ice rollers are sure to be popular Christmas gifts for skincare nerd friends or anyone who loves a good beauty device.
La Chatelaine 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream Trio
La Chatelaine makes decadent hand creams that come in affordable, festive sets that make perfect gifts. This luxurious collection is made with 20% organic shea butter, vitamin E and argan oil. The creamy formula is made to deeply hydrate, absorb quickly and repair dry skin so your hands stay rejuvenated throughout the day. All their formulas are ethically-sourced, plant-based and made with organic ingredients, and this set comes with three scents so you’ve got variety.
Gourmet Popcorn Tin
The time between Christmas and New Year’s is basically a no-man’s land, and you’ll need plenty of good snacks to pass the time. Giant popcorn tins are always crowd-pleasing Christmas presents for the food-motivated folks in your life, and they’re one of our favorite Christmas gifts under $50 for coworkers, neighbors, mailmen, doormen and other important people who deserve a treat. This tin comes with 2 gallons of kettle corn, cheddar cheese popcorn and caramel corn popcorn, and the metal tin is perfectly festive for the holidays.
Modern Mixology Bartender Kit
Year after year, we’ve seen mixology kits like this become some of the most popular gifts for Christmas among SPY readers. For any amateur mixologist on your holiday shopping list, this bartending kit is the way to go. It includes everything you need to make top-notch cocktails at home, including an 18-ounce shaker, a Hawthorne strainer, a double jigger and a stand for easy storage. Crafted from durable stainless steel, this set is the perfect gift idea for spirits lovers.
Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station
SPY AWARD WINNER
Having a good power station definitely came in handy this year, what with all the power outages and apocalyptic weather we’ve been having. When it comes to an affordable, high-quality portable power station with a great design, the Jackery Explorer line is our top recommendation. With solar panels, these power stations become solar-powered generators, and they’re perfect Christmas gifts for dads who always like to be prepared.
We had the chance to test the Jackery Explorer, and we’ve been very impressed. Jackery makes models in a wide variety of sizes and wattages, but their Explorer 240 is the best introductory one for having an extra power source on hand. It’s easy to carry with the built-in handle, and comes with an AC outlet, two USB-A ports and a DC car port charger for road trips and camping.
TeeTurtle The Moody Reversible Octopus Plushie
This reversible, moody, adorable octopus is a #1 best-selling toy on Amazon and is a great Christmas gift for young kids (or adults) just learning to express themselves this holiday season. It’s become a very trendy toy on TikTok and now you can purchase one for every kid on your list just in time for Christmas. It’s a sensory fidget toy that can be flipped inside out to reveal two different octopi with very different feelings. It comes in 15 different colors and emotions, and the brand makes plushies of other animals as well.
Solo Stove Mesa + DIY S’mores Kit
Just because your summer camp days are behind you doesn’t mean you have to go without s’mores. Solo Stove recently released their smallest portable campfire yet, the Mesa, and we’re already betting it’ll be one of the best Christmas gifts for outdoorsmen and s’mores lovers alike. With its compact size, it’s perfect for roasting marshmallows anywhere. Pair it with a set of marshmallow roasting sticks and you’ve got yourself chocolatey, gooey dessert just a few steps away at home.
Bearaby Weighted Blanket
The end of the year, and holiday season, is a perfect time to de-stress. Weighted blankets are one of the best ways to do it, as they’re the furniture equivalent of a great big hug, and Bearaby makes some of the best ones in the game. Their blankets are made of natural eucalyptus fibers and silky soft TENCEL Lyocell fabric that’s cooling, so you won’t overheat under the weight. Their blankets are evenly weighted and designed to help you fall into a deep, peaceful sleep, and they come in a bunch of great colors.
Personalized Hobby Tumblers
Personalized Christmas gifts really show how much thought you put into your gift, and these tumblers come with the ability to customize each one with a friend or family member’s name and favorite hobby. You can pick their skin and hair color as well as a favorite pastime from choices like golf, reading, pets and more.
National Geographic Slime Kit
Who doesn’t love a good ball of slime to squish around? This slime kit from National Geographic is a perfect gift for kids who love a good hands-on science project, bright colors and making a gooey mess. It comes with eight different varieties of slime including a DIY glow-in-the-dark recipe, and there are storage tins to make cleanup as easy as possible.
Best Fitness Gift of 2022: Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells
SPY AWARD WINNER
Dumbbells are one of the best pieces of strength training equipment you can get and a top-rated, SPY-tested pair of adjustable dumbbells like the Bowflex SelectTech 552 is even better. This pair from Bowflex adjusts from five pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds, in 2.5-pound increments for the first 25 pounds. They’re super easy to adjust, which makes it easy to transition from one movement to the next, and because you’re combining 15 sets of weights into one machine you’re saving space as well. the durable design, convenient product category and excellent execution makes this set our favorite fitness Christmas gift for 2022.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer
Having photos saved to your iCloud account is nice and all, but having physical prints of them feels more meaningful. Add new memories to family albums using Fujifilm’s portable smartphone printer, one of the best Christmas gifts for those sentimental folks in your life. It’s easy to carry around, the setup and user experience are basic, and there are a host of features that make framing stills fun. The companion app has editing tools to customize shots, and cool features like InstaxAir let you create light-painting-style images by moving the printer in the air like a motion controller.
3D Doodler Start+ 3D Pen
This is the only 3D pen designed specifically for children, with no hot parts and a nozzle that can be touched without a burn risk. This makes it a perfect Christmas gift for middle school kids who love to tinker, experiment and build. It’s designed to 3D print small structures and is perfect for inventive kids looking to create 3D art at home. It’s a perfect screen-free tool for the young kids in your life and comes with 72 color strands so they can get started right away.
Best Digital Christmas Gift: Winc Wine Subscription
For some, there’s no better gift than a subscription for the sweet nectar of the gods that’s delighted humans for centuries, we’re talking about wine of course. If you like wine, you’ve probably heard of Winc — a subscription service that sends four tailored, delicious wines to your front door every month. You can gift a 1, 2 or 3-month subscription easily, or choose a customized gift card amount. SPY editors reviewed Winc’s wine subscription service and loved the quality of the wines and the flexibility of the shipments.
The Mirror Smart Home Fitness System
If you’ve been on the fence about whether this smart gym system is worth the investment, then you’ve got your answer. SPY editors reviewed a bunch of the top-selling fitness mirrors in 2022, and The Mirror from lululemon Studio was one of our favorites. This incredibly unique workout streaming system features a library with more than 50 types of workouts from cardio to yoga, strength, boxing and more. The Mirror has advanced camera technology as well as machine learning that gathers information about you and your body so it can give real-time feedback based on the goals you set. In a world where working out at home is still king, this is one of the best Christmas gifts of 2022.
Botanical Goods Pillar Candles
Candles are always some of the best Christmas gifts because of their affordable price point and extremely wide appeal, but picking out a candle that still feels like a thoughtful gift idea can be a challenge. Botanical Goods is one of our favorite Etsy stores for unique, gorgeous candles that are perfect for gifting to your aesthetically-inclined family and friends. We’re particularly fond of the Danish Pastel varieties, pictured below.
TreeBuddees Christmas T-Rex Dinosaur Ornament
A funny, festive Christmas ornament can make a great affordable gift for anyone on your list who loves a decorated tree. This T-Rex is wearing a Christmas scarf and Santa hat — not very holly jolly but on-brand for this beast. It’s made from hand-painted glass and is roughly 3.5 inches large, perfect for Christmas trees of all sizes.
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Looking for a gift for a new mom or new set of parents? A subscription or single gift box from KiwiCo is one of the best Christmas gifts you can give parents of young children. They deliver monthly activity crates for all age groups complete with science and art-focused activities. Each crate is themed, and they’re got three different lines of crates including the Yummy Crate focused on cooking, the Atlas Crate focused on geography & culture and the Kiwi Crate which focuses on science and art. They also make it very easy to gift a single crate, a 3-month, 6-month or even 12-month plan.
Victrola GO Portable Record Player
You might know Victrola best for their retro suitcase turntables. However, the Revolution GO portable record player is their most innovative and appealing product to date. While it won’t replace any traditional turntable setup, it’s designed to let music lovers play their vinyl records anywhere. Best of all, the great-sounding Revolution GO doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
BEARDAMENTS Beard Lights
Come on, aren’t these just too festive, but in exactly the right way? Seeing as most guys these days have facial hair, beard ornaments are an excellent (and silly!) gift for anyone in your life with enough facial hair to rock them. This pack comes with 10 original ornaments, three red light-up ornaments and three green light-up ornaments for extra flair. Each Beardament has a mini clip at the end for a firm, hair-safe attachment.
Hatch Restore Smart Light
This smart alarm clock from Hatch is built to mimic a sunrise every morning to help regulate cortisol levels and start every day as peacefully as possible. It’s the best Christmas gift you can give your friend who’s always oversleeping, or hates their intrusive phone alarm. It’s got a library of sounds and lights for creating the perfect mood at any time, and you can build a personalized sleep routine to help you fall asleep on time, stay asleep and wake up actually well-rested.
Read More: SPY Hatch Restore Alarm Clock Review
Furbo 360 Dog Camera
Furbo’s latest addition to their line of dog cameras comes with the ability to rotate 360 degrees and monitor your pet from all angles with HD video quality. It gives you full room coverage while you’re away, 24 hours a day, and comes with adjustable treat tossing so you can award your good boy from afar. It’s got a barking sensor, 2-way audio and can give pet owners peace of mind while away from their furry companion. Newly updated for 2022, this is one of the top Christmas gifts for pet owners who hate being separated from their four-legged friends.
NBA 2K23 Video Game
A video game is an excellent gift for anyone in your life who already owns a PlayStation or Xbox, and this NBA 2K23 is the one we recommend for gamers and sports fans alike. It’s made with the latest in ultra-real gameplay animation technology for an immersive experience and includes nostalgic throwbacks to the Michael Jordan era. MyTEAM and MyCAREER features allow you to track your progress over time, and it’s available for both PlayStation and XBox X gaming consoles.
Sondiko Butane Refillable Kitchen Torch
A blow torch is one of those kitchen tools that you don’t think you’ll use a whole lot, but fast forward three months from now and you’ll be melting the cheese on burgers, charring vegetables and smoking cocktails with the greatest of ease. This would make a great gift for your culinary friends who love experimenting in the kitchen, or for anyone who’s obsessed with The Great British Baking Show. It’s refillable easy to operate, has a safety lock for preventing accidental ignitions and has multiple settings so you can control the burn.
Smeg Retro Toaster
This retro toaster from Smeg is both an effective kitchen appliance and a cute Christmas gift that’ll class up the counter with its rounded edges and mid-century modern aesthetic. It’s got two extra-wide slots, anti-slip feet and a crumb tray for minimizing mess, but more than that, it’s got a design that’s withstood the test of time. It’s a perfect gift for someone in a new apartment, a lover of nostalgia and a collector of cute, retro goods.
Marshall Willen Bluetooth Speaker
A Bluetooth portable speaker is something almost everyone can use, whether they’re a frequenter of their local park or love a good beach day. Marshall just released a new Willen Bluetooth portable speaker that has a stylish, sleek design that’s classically Marshall and capable of producing big sound. It comes with 15 hours of playtime, IP67 water resistance for outdoor use and fits in the palm of your hand, so it doesn’t add bulk the way other machines do.
Read More: The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Bellroy Hide and Seek RFID Wallet
Upgrade him to something nice and high-tech like this security-friendly wallet. The Bellroy Hide and Seek is composed of “premium, environmentally certified leather” and has RFID protection to keep personal information safe from wireless identity theft. Inside are two cash pockets and four cardholders to properly organize valuables. The clean, minimalist design also develops a handsome patina over time for a more personalized look.
Tuddrom Store Throw Blanket
When in doubt, a fuzzy blanket can work wonders around the holidays when temperatures are brisk and everyone is looking to get cozy. This one has a reversible design, is made with ultra-soft mink fleece and is made to not shed fibers all over the couch.
Amazon E-Gift Cards
We’re gonna go on record and say that gift cards aren’t bad gifts. They get a bad rap, but sometimes they really are the right choice. Amazon has plenty of Amazon-specific gift cards available, as well as gift cards for other top brands you can purchase instantly and send to anyone on your gifting list. This one comes in a ready-to-gift box with an ornament attached to the front, and it’s a festive and instantly usable gift anyone on your list will love.
Updates: This Christmas gift guide was last updated on October 19, 2022. At that time, we added new Christmas gifts based on recent SPY reviews and new releases from Apple, Kindle, Victrola, Fujifilm and Anker. Prices have also been updated throughout the gift guide.