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We’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving, so we don’t blame you if you’re thinking about Holiday gifts. Given the recent reports of supply-chain problems, it’s not too early to start holiday shopping. We’ve created lists of the Best Christmas Gifts, found the best virtual gifts and even asked famously difficult-to-shop-for individuals, such as teenage boys and mothers who claim they don’t want anything, what they really want.
So, whether you’re searching for a present for your sister who just began college this semester, your world-traveling relative, or your child’s teacher, here’s a list of the best Holiday gifts we’ve found so far. As the Holiday season approaches, we’ll keep adding new gift guides to this page. And, as usual, if you want to remain up to date on our gift coverage, subscribe to our email.
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Best Holiday Gifts List
1. Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)
Apple recently released a new version of the AirPods, and the redesigned earbuds are sure to be on many people’s Christmas lists this year. Spatial audio, a longer-lasting battery, adaptive EQ, and a redesigned design that looks more like the AirPods Pro are among the latest AirPods improvements. These new buds are great for easy, everyday usage, even if they don’t feature the active noise cancellation of the AirPods Pro.
2. Facebook Portal Go
Portal Go is Facebook’s first battery-powered smart-home gadget, and it simplifies the process of conducting video chats between families.
You can make or receive live video calls via Zoom, WhatsApp, or Messenger on the portable device. Its clever camera automatically follows you around so you’re always in frame, making video chatting with busy participants like kids easier and more enjoyable.
By saying “Hey Portal” or “Alexa” and connecting the Portal to an Amazon Alexa device, you can start and connect to calls hands-free. When the gadget isn’t in use, a physical privacy shutter may be triggered.
When you’re not hooking up with friends and family, you can use the Portal Go as a wireless speaker to listen to music from Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and Deezer. Plex, CBS News, and Redbull TV content are also available to stream.
If you’re looking for a present for someone who often says they want to stay in contact more, Facebook’s Portal Go is a perfect choice.
3. Sony Extra Bass Noise Cancelling Headphones
When it comes to giving, headphones are a safe pick because practically everyone might benefit from a good set. We’re opting for Sony’s new WH-XB910N wireless headphones this year. They’re extremely comparable to Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4s, with active noise cancellation, a lightweight, comfy design, 30 hours of battery life, and excellent sound.
However, with the WH-XB910N headphones, Sony has increased the bass quality. Do you require proof? To get pounding, deep sound, use the Sony headphones app to put the headphones in “extra bass” mode. This function is especially beneficial for hip-hop enthusiasts since it restores the low-end quality that is sometimes lost while listening to rap through headphones.
4. Hatch Restore
For everyone who stays up doomscrolling through Twitter past their bedtime, or chronic “snooze” alarm-hitters in the morning, Hatch Restore’s alarm clock is the best holiday gifts. At night, its soft-glow reading light and soothing sounds and meditations prepare you for sleep. Then, the custom Sunrise Alarm gently wakes you up without the harsh jolt of your smartphone alarm. Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this calming clock.
5. Theragun Prime
Consider giving a Theragun to a professional athlete or a recreational runner as a present. Percussive treatment is used in this best-selling massager to provide deep tissue muscular relaxation, reducing tiredness, stiffness, and tension. The gadget is whisper-quiet thanks to a unique brushless motor, making it ideal for a massage while watching TV or working without disturbing your family or roommates. The massager may also be set to one of five speeds and four different massage heads.
6. Oculus Quest 2
Shopping for a difficult-to-please gamer? Their minds will be blown by the Oculus Quest 2. This is a standalone VR headset, which means it doesn’t require a computer to function. Don’t worry, it’s still capable of providing immersive gaming experiences, and its game library continues to expand with games like Resident Evil 4 VR. The Oculus Quest 2 may also be connected to a computer and used with PC-only VR games, according to Oculus.
It’s simple to set up, but you’ll need a Facebook account. In approximately 10 minutes, you should be up and running. Because the Quest 2 can play any Oculus Quest game from prior generations, the game library already boasts hundreds of games.
7. Q Timex Reissue Diver Watch
Timex has been producing some great watches recently, feeding our passion for timepieces from the 1960s and 1970s. Take this Q Timex 1979 reissue, for example, it’s a remake of a classic diver with enough style to compete with watches costing 10 times as much. It’s also available in a variety of hues, making it the best Christmas gift for watch collectors and fashionistas alike.
8. Play Station 5
Many gamers are still waiting to get their hands on Playstation’s newest console, the PS5, due to supply chain difficulties and high demand. Needless to say, whether you’re buying for a gamer or a techie, a PS5 is arguably the nicest present you can offer – all you have to do is go via reputable re-sale sites like StockX.
The PS5 is a significant improvement over the previous generation, addressing issues such as fan noise while also enhancing performance. Plus, there are already a lot of great games to download.
9. Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Wireless Speaker
Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound A1 Bluetooth speaker is one of our favorite portable speakers on the market right now. It delivers on two fronts, as one would expect from a Danish brand: sound quality and design. The current domed design disperses sound equally in all directions for room-filling audio quality, so these two features truly function together. It’s also dust and water-resistant, weighs only 1.23 pounds, and lasts for 18 hours on a single charge, making it incredibly portable.
10. Fizzics DraftPour
The Fizzics DraftPour improves any beer by transforming natural carbonation into micro-foam, which gives it the fragrance and flavour that only a bar tap can provide. The beer dispenser is compatible with most beer cans and bottles, as well as lagers, IPAs, ambers, porters, and other styles of beer.
11. Apple iPad (9th Gen)
The new iPad has been praised for its lightning-fast capabilities, making it an best holiday gifts for gamers and on-the-go remote workers. It also has a sophisticated wide-angle front camera that can easily handle Zoom meetings. When you consider the added storage, this is an upgrade worth considering if you have someone on your list who is fascinated with their tablet.
12. Retro Wireless Mechanical Keyboard
Full-time remote workers, by this point, are likely to have a solid setup at home to get their work done. Skip the ultra-practical desk accessories this Christmas and upgrade the look of their desktop with this retro keyboard inspired by ancient typewriters but packed with current functions. Choose from five traditional wood and leather options and prepare to be surrounded by oohs and aahs.
13. Anker PowerWave QI-Certified Wireless Charger
This top-rated wireless charger is a budget-friendly Christmas gift that will be put to good use in 2021. This dependable charger makes it easy to keep gadgets charged and ready to go as a stocking stuffer or modest present for a coworker, sibling, or friend. Wireless chargers are one of the best gifts for 2021, and this product from Anker is a no-brainer. It works with most iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models, can charge vertically or horizontally and is case-friendly.