This guide covers TOP-30 best Christmas gifts for every member of your family, as well as for your friends and colleagues. These gift ideas are a good chance to show your dearest that you take care of them. What can you do for them? Give them gadgets that will make the food even more delicious, the house more comfortable and warmer, the bodies relaxed, entertainments more exciting and exercises more effective. In this guide, you will find unsophisticated gadgets and hi-tech devices, garments with built-in batteries and interesting other solutions to staying warm in the winter. There are products that will cost you some $10-$20 that can be given to anyone and gifts for your family members that come at a price of $50 and more. If your budget permits, choose a bit more expensive options for your dearest — within the range from $100 to $350. They will certainly appreciate them!
Many people do not think about the traditions of the gifts themselves. Most people just think about the traditions of decorating, making cookies, watching movies, and everything else around that. Of course, thinking about the tradition behind Christmas gifts can be one step closer to enjoying gift shopping.
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Christmas Traditions: What Gifts to Give?
There are so many different traditions out there and with Christmas ads running for months before the holiday is even close, it can be hard to choose the right gift for everyone. Some people buy a lot of one thing and give a little bit to everyone, like sweaters, mugs, etc. Others try to get something special for every person. The more popular of traditions is waiting for the best sales out there and getting what you can afford.
My family and friends have similar traditions with a twist: we always try to either get something someone needs or will use quite often. No one wants to buy a gift for someone that will only use it once or twice and store it away forever. To avoid that, we always ask a few weeks, or even months, before the holiday season. Then, we wait for the sales, sometimes we buy several of the same gifts, or we try to get it personalized for the person getting the gift.
How to pick the best gift?
My husband and I are pretty easy to shop for since we both like camping, being comfortable, staying healthy, and have our own little hobbies. So, naturally, every year, we usually get things that go along with our interests.
Before I learned that all you have to do is listen to the little details of things that they say about their everyday life, trying to figure out what to get the people I care about gifts was so painful and arduous that I wanted to pull my hair out. I couldn't wait to get the holidays over with.
For a group of people who are more different, like my family and friends, it can be a little more difficult.
My friends like technology, my parents hate it, and the kids of the family are too young to use it.
My parents are older and always say that they don't really want anything, which can leave me in a conundrum of what to actually get them.
That, to me, is the American tradition: letting the ones you love know that you are thinking about them, you know what they love and what they don't, and you want them to have and make their own happy memories with your gifts. Your traditions may be different, but in the end, it is all about making our loved ones happy and showing them how grateful we are to have them in our lives.
If you have a new view on the tradition and you still need some gift ideas for some of your loved ones, here are 30 different gifts that have been shared between my family and friends and our experiences with them.
Gadget Gift Ideas
That was when I started my own tradition to spend one or two days shopping for gifts for each person close to me. It helps me find a gift I know that they would love, one that they can make their own treasured memories with. It does take a lot of time, spending one to three hours every day for two or three months for all of my friends and family, but when I get to see their faces when they open up their gifts, either in person or through video, it makes it all worth it.
MOGA Hero Power — Electronic Games | PowerA
My mom got this for my brother last Christmas and, being the young teenager that he is, thought it was really cool. When I used it with my phone, I noticed there was quite a bit of lag and the controller felt like it was low-quality material in my hand. For children who do not really care about those things, it could still be a good, affordable gift.
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Nekteck Back Neck and Shoulder Massager with Heat
This was a gift from my husband who noticed how often I have neck and shoulder pain from sitting in my office chair as long as I do. In a few minutes during a break at work, I get to pull it out, relax, and reduce my muscle soreness. It can be used anywhere within 6 feet of a wall outlet for anyone who has chronic neck or shoulder pain.
Nekteck: Check the current price
Smart Speaker with Alexa | Echo Dot
Being able to play music, turn lights on and off, control your TV, access your electronic calendar and other office tools, make phone calls, and more, this is becoming so popular and so convenient to use in any room of the house that practically anyone can learn to use it within a few hours. That being said, this may not be the gift for people who repel technology.
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8-inch LED Selfie Ring Light
A must-have for anyone in social media, this affordable ring light is easily set up and adjusted, which my friend's daughter absolutely loved. While it isn't as bright as some of the higher-priced ones, it is definitely one of the brightest in its price range. Like most ring lights, it has to be plugged into an outlet and has a US power supply.
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3-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 USB Ports | AmazonBasics
One of the cheaper choices, this can be a pretty useful gift for someone expanding their office or just simply need a few more outlets in a room. That was the case for me and my husband. It's not the best for travel outside the country since it is a US plug, but we haven't had any power surge from using all the plugs at the same time.
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Waterproof Digital Action Camera | GoPro HERO7 and 50-in-1 Accessory Kit | Neewer
My mother-in-law got this for my husband who likes to make videos every now and then while he rides his motorcycle. He loves that he doesn't have to jerry-rig his phone, with a poor camera, into his riding jacket to get videos anymore.
With just some of the attachments from the kit, he can now ride with it on his helmet and get much better quality videos of his rides.
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Bluetooth Smart Weight Scale | RENPHO
I bought this for my husband, who has a new workout regime, because of how affordable it was and was surprised to find that it actually worked really well. It's still working as well as it did out of the box after 2 years of using it at least every week.
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Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband | Fitbit
This was actually a gift that I got about 2 years ago that I got from my husband. It was his way of getting me to track my health better and become more physically active, and it certainly did help.
My favorite features are the notifications while I'm doing a workout and the sleeping tracker with the vibrating alarm since it wakes me up far more kindly.
Fitbit: Check the current price
Omron 5 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
My parents both have blood pressure issues, one high and the other low, so I bought each of them one of these for Christmas one year since they were affordable and easy to use.
Both of them are not the most adaptive to technology, so they love that there are fewer than a dozen buttons to use it, and it's small enough to travel with.
Omron: Check the current price
N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster | Nerf
Even though it drove my sister crazy, my husband got three of these affordable toy guns for my nephew about 4 years ago, and there was a mini battle around the house shortly after opening them.
The only complaint was that there weren't enough bullets, but finding large packs is easy enough online. Note: to avoid broken things, make them use it outside.
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GPS FPV RC Drone with Camera Live Video | Holy Stone
My coworker got this last year and brought it with him on our yearly camping trip. When I, a novice to drones, flew it, I thought it was incredibly easy and fun to use.
He, a drone enthusiast, said it was one of the best ones he ever has flown, even in the woods, even though it should be used in fields.
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Shiatsu Back Neck Massager | Zyllion
I got this the same year I got the other massager as a 'bundle' from my husband. Using it on my lower back while I use the other one on my shoulders works wonders.
I also like how I can attach it to the headrest of my car if I need to relax while I'm parked.
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World's Best Boss Flask Gift Set | Palm City Products
A couple of years ago, my office had a secret Santa Christmas present and I got my boss. So after several days of searching, I settled on this set because he collects things like wine and shot glasses.
He later told me that he put it in his display case since it looked too good to use for casual drinking.
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I Drink and I Know Things Whiskey Glass | Desired Cart
My brother, a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy fiction, absolutely loves Game of Thrones, and since Tyrion is his favorite character, I had to get him this. He keeps it stored away until a party happens and he wants to show it off to everyone, ranting about the show and starting arguments in good spirit.
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Personal Space Heater | Lasko
Another gift that I got, I use this every winter in my office/crafting room when it gets around the singles. It heats up the entire room within an hour or so and keeps it a comfortable temperature. The only thing I wish I could change would be to add a temperature control.
Lasko: Check the current price
Portable Bluetooth 360-Degree Speaker | Bose
A gift for my husband last year, this was meant to be a backup speaker for when his main one needs to be charged, but it ended up becoming his new main one since it had a much stronger base and was louder. He uses it practically anywhere until it dies and needs to be charged.
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High-Capacity Portable Charger | Anker
Along with the speaker, I got him this portable charger since he always forgets to charge it before he goes anywhere with it. Even though it was more expensive than the speaker, it was definitely worth the cost with how many times it can charge the speaker or our phones on a single charge, and it can be taken and used anywhere.
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Stir Crazy Electric Hot Oil Popcorn Popper Machine
For both my niece and nephew, I got this for them since popcorn is their favorite snack. They thought it was so fun to watch it pop, and they use it nearly every week. My sister loves the fact that the lid is the bowel, causing fewer dishes.
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Oculus 32GB Virtual Reality Headset
Another gift that my coworker, the one with the drone, got for this last Christmas, this was one of the first times that I saw an Oculus Go for the first time in person.
It was a bit boring just standing still or sitting and using it since you obviously can't see where you're going, but still breathtaking visuals.
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USB Portable Juicer Blender | Shentianmei
A gift from my mother, this has become one of my necessary items when going camping/glamping. Part of my morning routine is to drink a fresh smoothie every morning, and now I get to keep sticking to that routine even while away from civilization.
It isn't as powerful as a regular juicer and I have to make sure it stays charged, but it still works like a charm.
Shentianmei: Check the current price
Artificial Christmas Tree | Senjie
My friend got this as a replacement for her tree which was starting to fall apart. The snow appearance on the branches looks so nice, especially with the lights and decorations on. However, because it's tall, it may be awkward to have in rooms with low vaulted ceilings.
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Gifts For Warming In The Winter
BedJet V2 Climate Comfort for Beds
My brother, who can not sleep in a warm bed on a hot day, got this from my mom and uses almost every day from spring to fall and then the heater in the winter. He likes the fact that he doesn't have to get up to turn it on/off or adjust the temperature.
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Heated Jacket Kit | Milwaukee
A gift I got for my husband, when we're out camping in the early spring or late fall, we were both surprised at how well this actually works.
After we considered the cost of it, it wasn't that surprising anymore. The only thing he would change is the need for the battery charger to be powered by an outlet.
Milwaukee: Check the current price
Body & Hand Super Warmers | HotHands
Another one of our camping gifts, we both use these hand warmers dozens of times every year, possibly even more than we do while we're camping.
Since they can be used anywhere and at anytime, we love them for their convenience and comfort. The low price is also a nice thing when they're in bulk packs like this.
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SNAILAX Seat Cushion with 3 Levels Cooling and 2 Levels Heating
I got this for my mom a few years ago who has leather car seats that get extremely hot in the summer sun. She likes how simple the controller is to use, and that it also has a heating function for the winter.
When she doesn't drive often because of her health, she takes it off and puts it in her favorite chair to relax comfortably.
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5-Pack Women’s Vintage Wool Socks | Women's Casual Socks
My mother, like many loving mothers, always gets me at least 3 pairs of socks every single year and got me this set last year, and she got the darker-colored set for my brother and husband too, which I found a little amusing what I found out that they're made for women. We all wear them when we go camping or for family gatherings as another tradition.
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Heavy-Duty BBQ Grill Tool Set | Romanticist
I got this for my brother since he loves to use his grill at least twice a week during the summer. He liked that it also came with a cooling bag since it meant he could keep his beers cool with him outside while he grilled.
When he's done, he keeps them stored in the fitted case on the wrack right underneath the grill cover, ready for the next use.
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Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headset | Fulllight Tech
My sister got this for her son since he loves listening to music almost 24/7 and doesn't wear a hat so that he can put in his earbuds. Needless to say, he liked that he could now have a warm head and music on his way to school. Then, once he gets to school, all he has to do is put it away until he goes out again.
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USB LED Clock Fans
This is one of my favorite gifts that I got from my husband. Somewhat as a gag gift, he got this for me, but the joke was on him because I use it almost all of the time because of the nice breeze. It is also nice to point it at my laptop when it gets too hot.
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Car Trunk Organizer | Starling's
Great for anyone disorganized, specifically my husband, who carries a lot of random things in their car, this was pretty affordable for the quality. In less than a few weeks, he finally started to learn what he kept in his car and where to find it.
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Comparison Chart of Christmas Gift Effectiveness
|Product||What is the point?|
PowerA MOGA Hero Power - Electronic Games
|An affordable gift for children who are fans of electronic gaming. |
Over 100 games are compatible with the controller.
Nekteck Back Neck and Shoulder Massager
|This item will be beneficial for those who spend a lot of time sitting in the office chair. |
8 Shiatsu massage heads help to relax muscles.
Echo Dot Smart speaker with Alexa
|Alexa will turn any home into a hi-tech house of the future. |
Plays music, answers questions, checks the weather, controls home devices.
8-inch LED Selfie Ring Light
|For those who are looking for a chance to become a star in social media. |
The 180-degree rotating selfie ring light with foldable arms.
AmazonBasics Surge Protector
|Keeps devices safe from excess voltage during a power surge. |
3 outlets and 2 USB ports.
GoPro Waterproof Digital Action Camera
|Those who love outdoor activities will certainly appreciate a camera delivering smooth footage. |
Captures stabilized time lapse videos.
Neewer 50-in-1 Camera Accessory Kit
|These attachments allow for making videos when riding a motorcycle or walking. |
360-degree rotation and reduced vibration.
Bluetooth Smart Weight Scale
|It is valuable for those who are trying to lose weight. Correct a diet strategy in accordance with the data the device displays. |
13 key measurements, including body fat, bone mass, and water.
Fitbit Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband
|Any sports loving person would benefit from using this device. |
Tracks heart rate, calorie burn, and sleep.
Omron Blood Pressure Monitor
|Take care of your parents. Timely blood pressure control will have a beneficial impact on their health. |
Omron is recommended by doctors and is a best selling blood pressure monitor.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
|This is perhaps the easiest way to make kids excited. |
Fires 6 darts in a row.
Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone
|A great drone to fly even in the woods. A high-tech gift for technogeeks. |
Built-in Return-to-Home function and a 1080P camera with a 90-degree angle.
Shiatsu Back Neck Massager
|Helps to relax muscles in the car or at home. |
Massage direction changes automatically.
World's Best Boss Flask Set
|A respectable gift for your boss. |
A stylish 10-ounce flask is made of stainless steel.
I Drink and I Know Things Whiskey Glass
|Feel like a real Lannister in Games of Thrones! |
The product comes with 3 whiskey stones.
Lasko Personal Space Heater
|With a weight of about 1.6 pounds, this compact heater is a perfect solution for those who travel a lot. |
Heats up the entire room within an hour.
Bose Bluetooth 360-Degree Speaker
|Music lovers will enjoy listening to their favorite songs wherever they are. |
Rechargeable and water-resistant speaker with 360-degree coverage.
High Capacity Portable Charger
|With this item, you will always keep your phone or any other device charged even on a trip. |
Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Electric Popcorn Popper Machine
|No movie is good enough without a bowl of popcorn! |
A motorized stir rod and a 6-quart bowl.
Oculus 32GB Virtual Reality Headset
|With 3D graphics, this headset feels like a personal theater. |
Built-in audio and easy control.
USB Portable Juicer Blender
|Healthy meal on an everyday basis. This is a valuable present for any woman and girl. |
Six blades and double heat dissipation.
Senjie Artificial Christmas Tree
|Spend more time on Christmas shopping and celebrations. This tree is installed within minutes and intended for both indoors and outdoors use. |
1000 pieces of tips with pine cones.
BedJet V2 Climate Comfort for Beds
|You will not have to get up during the night to adjust the temperature. |
Cooling and heating modes with a quiet motor.
Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket Kit
|Give it to your husband or dad. Even though they are not passionate campers, they will certainly benefit from this thing. |
Wind and water-resistant jacket with an 8-hour battery pack.
HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmers
|This is another way of hugging your sweetheart! |
Provides up to 18 hours of heat.
SNAILAX Cooling & Heating Seat Cushion
|A great thing for drivers. Cools in the summer and heats in the winter. |
3D breathable mesh with the ventilation and moisture management.
5-Pack Women’s Vintage Wool Socks
|Show your mother or your wife that you take care of them. |
20% wool, 35% cotton, 40% polyester, 5% spandex.
Heavy Duty BBQ Grill Tool Set
|This tool will help you to become a real grill master! |
Made of high-quality stainless steel.
Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headset
|If you have a teenage sister or brother, this thing is definitely for them! A good way of keeping them warm in the winter. |
Built-in 300mAh battery with 2-hour charging time.
USB LED Fan
|A perfect solution for hot summer days. |
The item has a real-time display function.
Car Trunk Organizer
|This organizer will be helpful for those who have a lot of random things in their car. |
Expands up to 2 feet long and has many compartments.
That's when I remembered that as a kid, I really did enjoy the holidays. Not because I got the gifts, some of them I really didn't play with, but because the ones that were meant just for me and my interests reminded me that the person giving me this art set, the sled that was my favorite color, and even my favorite movie was thinking about me. They knew me well enough to know what gifts I would love for years to come, that I could make treasured memories with.