Another holiday season is upon us, and it’s inevitable that at least a few people on your list will be tough to shop for. It’s no secret that picking out gifts may be one of the most stressful things about the holidays. But fear not! We’ve spent a lot of time compiling this list just to help you. The gift items run the gamut of geeky and techie to pampering and practical. We hope you find something for you and your friends, family, and colleagues! (And maybe a little something for yourself!)
Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband– Shopping for someone who’s into meditation or wants to be? Muse provides you with real-time audio feedback on what’s happening in your brain when you meditate, letting you know when your mind wanders so you can regain focus (Yes, it’s that smart!). Check out the product website and read about more awesome features!
Cost: On sale for $199.99 (originally $249.99)
Away Luggage– This luggage brand features unbreakable shells, interior compartments, and built-in USB chargers. Each piece is functional, minimal, and reasonably priced. Best of all? Each piece comes with a 100-day trial and a lifetime warranty. They guarantee to fix or replace your bag if there’s ever a problem, making this an incredibly sound investment for any traveller.
Cost: Pieces range from $45.00-$450.00 for an entire set
Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max– Similar to last year’s pick of Amazon Echo, the Google Home collection is made of voice-recognition speakers that incorporates the Google Assistant. They do everything from play music, launch Netflix, read your recipes, and control your smart home. What’s the difference between the regular, mini, and max versions besides price? The max has superior sound quality and only comes in black and white (our pick for the music lovers in your life). The regular size is similar to that of a standard oil diffuser and allows you to change up the base for a pop of color. The mini is a little less conspicuous and comes in three color options. So many choices!
Cost: Google Home Max: $399.00 Google Home: $129.00 Google Home Mini: $29.00
Touchscreen Gloves– Live in a cold climate and can’t put down your mobile device? Rather than having to rip off your gloves to send a text, you can purchase touchscreen gloves that allow you to work your phone or tablet without getting frostbitten fingers. With a wide assortment of colors and styles for both men and women, it’ll be easy to pick up a pair for a stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa gift.
Cost: $6.99 and up
Kindle Paperwhite Bundle– For the avid reader, consider a Kindle Paperweight (Amazon’s best-selling Kindle model.) This well-priced bundle comes with a Kindle Paperwhite ($119.00), an Amazon leather cover ($39.99), an Amazon 5W power adapter ($19.99) and a $15.00 credit to the Kindle eBook store.
A Coffee Subscription– For the highly-caffeinated, a Blue Bottle coffee subscription is a fantastic gift. The company (Blue Bottle) is a great startup from California that sends coffee to subscribers around the world. You can choose the category, blend, size, and frequency that your coffee gets delivered. All of the coffee is sourced directly from farmers and is vetted for quality. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Cost: $8.00 and up per shipment
BetaBrand Dress Yoga Pants– These uber-comfy crowdfunded pants combine the sophistication of dress pants with the soft stretch comfort and performance of (you guessed it!) yoga pants. The company boasts that “they’ll be the most comfortable pants you ever wear to work.” And they’re not just for women: You can also purchase flex pants for men!
Cost: $29.00 and up
A PopSocket– This little knick-knack is another stocking stuffer. What the heck is a PopSocket? It’s a collapsible grip and stand for your phone that you can reposition easily. There is also a mount accessory that will allow you to attach your phone to your car dashboard, mirror, fridge, wall, or virtually any other flat surface for hands-free viewing. There are a ton of designs to chose from, and you can even create your own!
A Gratitude Glass Jar– “The more grateful you are, the more present you become, the more joy you bring into your life.” This gratitude glass jar made “Oprah’s 2017 Favorite Things List” and we think it belong on our list, too! It’s a beautiful glass jar that includes 365 cards so you can jot down the things that you appreciate each day. At the end of the year, you can re-read the cards and reflect on what truly made you happy. It’ll do wonders for your attitude and help you celebrate the joy of being alive.