30 Crowd-Pleasing Holiday Gifts Everyone Will Love

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Colorful advent calendar design for 30 days of holiday gift ideas

Corinne Mucha

Finding the right holiday gift for every single person on your list is no small feat—but this list makes it as easy as possible. For our 30 Days of Gifting, we're counting down 30 of our very favorite holiday gift ideas of 2022. All priced under $100, these go-to gifts cover everyone from your sister, to your niece, to your friend who already owns everything, to your impossible-to-shop-for brother. Among the curated finds are Amazon bestsellers with five-star reviews, editors' go-to gifts, and Real Simple reader favorites. The products on this list are so dearly beloved, we have no doubt your sister, niece, friend, and brother will love them too.

Best Gift for Foodies: Dash Air Fryer

Dash Tasti-Crisp Electric Air Fryer Oven Cooker with Temperature Control Non-Stick Fry Basket


If you happen to know a foodie who doesn't happen to have an air fryer, it's time for them to join the air-frying trend. Trust us: one taste of air-fried potatoes, dumplings, or chicken tenders will make them a devoted convert to this cooking craze.

To buy: $60, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Your Friend With Great Hair: Hair Dryer Brush

Revlon Hair Dryer brush


Have a friend (sister? aunt?) who could use a few extra minutes in their morning routine? This multi-tasking brush and blow dryer will help. They'll have a professional-looking blowout and still get out the door in record time. Not convinced? This hair dryer brush is a top seller with Real Simple readers, and it has collected more than 37,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

To buy: $30, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Travelers: Minted Dopp Kit

Minted Dopp Kit


For that person on your list who's dedicated to their skincare routine, get them a dopp kit that will help them stash their serums in style. Discount alert! Between now and 12/31/2022, Real Simple readers get 15 percent off when they enter the code RSHOLIDAY22 at checkout. Happy shopping!

To buy: $52, minted.com.

Best Gift for Best Friends: Customizable Pendant Necklace

Customizable Pendant Necklace With Initial A on it

Kendra Scott

To make cherished loved ones feel extra-special, you can't go wrong with a personalized present. This reversible pendant necklace features 14K gold plate on one side, iridescent abalone on the other, and the lucky recipient's initial on both.

To buy: $80, kendrascott.com.

Best Gift for Pre-Teens: DIY Root Beer Science Kit

DIY Root Beer Kit

Uncommon Goods

Foodies and science buffs alike will have fun brewing their own root beer at home. Parents will love that the resulting brew is all-natural, crafted from sassafras extract and brewing yeast.

To buy: $18, uncommongoods.com.

Best Gift for Those Who Hate Ironing: Conair Handheld Fabric Steamer

Conair Handheld Steamer


Give the gift of never having to iron again. This handheld steamer gets clothes wrinkle-free, and it doesn't require lugging a cumbersome ironing board out of storage. Did we mention, in our handheld steamer product testing, this model came out on top.

To buy: $60, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Home Cooks: Material The Table Knives

 Material Kitchen set of 4 table knives


Never underestimate the power of a good knife set to turn a decent home cook into a great one. Choose from five different color handles to match your loved one's sense of style.

To buy: $90 for 4, materialkitchen.com.

Best Gift for Hydration Enthusiasts: Memo Water Bottles

Memo water bottle in orange silicone sleeve


Hungry, head pounding, focus off? You may actually be dehydrated. To help your friends and family members sip more water no matter where they are, give them a Memo water bottle. The slim design slips in to a work bag or backpack, while the silicone sleeve protects the bottle and adds a pop of color.

To buy: $28, amazon.com per bottle; $21 for silicone sleeves.

Best Gift for Neatniks: Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Cordless Handheld Vacuum Eufy


OK, a vacuum may not be the right gift for everyone, but for that person on your list whose home is always sparkling, this tiny, lightweight handheld vacuum will become their new favorite thing. With USB charging, this is the ideal mini vacuum to stash in the car to help clean crumbs off the back seats.

To buy: $36, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Avid Exercisers: Bala Resistance Bands Set

Resistance Band Set from Bala


They don't need a complete home gym to commit to their at-home workout routine. A set of stylish resistance bands and a couple light hand weights will step up their pilates sessions and HIIT classes.

To buy: $20, madewell.com.

Best Gift for Literally Anyone: Amazon Echo Dot 

Amazon Echo Dot


Because it can be tailored to their specific needs—reading audio books, playing music, turning on lights, setting timers—the Amazon Echo Dot is a gift made for everyone. Setup takes less than five minutes, meaning even your least tech-savvy relative won't get frustrated.

To buy: $25, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Devoted Dog Owners: The Game Kibble Dispenser

Kibble Dispenser Game

Fable Pets

Not sure what to get a pet parent? Something they and their furry friend can enjoy is always the answer. This kibble dispenser toy will keep Fido busy and their owner entertained. Designed to mimic the experience of hunting, this dispenser will keep a pet preoccupied for up to 30 minutes.

To buy: $55, fablepets.com.

Best Gift for Sisters: Seeing Stars Astrology Books

Seeing Stars Astrology Books


For the Taurus, Libra, or Leo in your life, these star sign books will keep you entertained as you read passages aloud. Gift them to all your siblings or your entire group of friends so everyone can see what the stars have in store for them. Consider this part gift, part bonding activity.

To buy: $12, anthropologie.com.

Best Gift for Pet Parents: Dog Water Bottle

Dog Water Bottle


At Real Simple, we consider ourselves experts when it comes to "clever items"—so when we find one that impresses us, we don't forget it. This dog water bottle is truly innovative. Rather than having to pour water into a bowl for your pup to lap up, this portable container is a bowl and bottle in one. Genius!

To buy: $12, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Those Who Stress-Clean: Cordless Power Scrubber

Cordless Power Scrubber


Cleaning aficionados on your list will get a kick out of this stocking stuffer—but once they try it out on their bathroom grout, it will become a new favorite tool in their cleaning kit.

To buy: $17, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Those Who Sleep Hot: Classic Starter Sheet Set

White classic starter sheet set


There's no present more priceless than the gift of a good night's sleep. For loved ones who sleep hot or are dealing with night sweats, these cooling percale sheets are the answer.

To buy: $88, brooklinen.com.

Best Gift for Makeup Lovers: Too Faced Natural Matte Palette

Too Faced Neutral Eyeshadow Palette


This versatile eyeshadow palette is a favorite among Real Simple editors. A neutral mix of browns and beiges, this palette looks good on everyone and is appropriate for every occasion, from a work conference to a dinner date to a friend's wedding.

To buy: $35, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Amateur Chefs: Immersion Hand Blender

Immersion Hand Blender


An immersion blender checks all the culinary boxes: It's a cooking tool they might not think to buy for themselves, it makes it easy to whip up soups, drinks, and salsas, and it doesn't require much cabinet space. Hint: Gift this blender along with a soup recipe you want them to make for you.

To buy: $35, amazon.com.

Best Gift for All Your Friends: Ribbed Mohair Blend Beanie

Blue ribbed beanie hat

& Other Stories

Keep them warm and cozy this winter with an adorable knit hat. The best part: it comes in eight different colors, so you can select the hue that matches each friend's personality or sense of style.

To buy: $49, stories.com.

Best Gift for Those Who Could Use a Spa Day: Spa Escape Bath & Body Gift Set

Spa Escape bath and body set with minis


The new mom who barely has time to shower, the overworked teacher at your kid's school, the mail carrier who's been working overtime this holiday season—they could all use a set of mini spa essentials. This kit comes with travel-size versions of lavender bath gel, a mud face mask, and more.

To buy: $15, target.com.

Best Gift to Get For Yourself: Cooling Pillow + Pillow Protector

Cooling Pillow and pillow protector set in white


For that loved one who has trouble falling asleep, get them a pillow that's designed to stay cool. Crafted from cotton with an antimicrobial shell, this machine-washable pillow set is ideal for that friend or family member who hasn't replaced their pillows in way too long.

To buy: $89, brooklinen.com.

Best Gift for That Friend Who's Always Cold: Rechargeable Hand Warmers

Amazon rechargeable hand warm in diamond shape


Have a friend or coworker who's famous for always being cold? This rechargeable hand warmer will keep their fingers toasty—even in your icebox of an office.

To buy: $24, amazon.com.

Best Personalized Gift: Elisa Gold Pendant Necklace

Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace with sparkly stone on gold chain

Kendra Scott

A bestseller among Real Simple readers and Kendra Scott shoppers alike, this gemstone pendant necklace has got to be one of the most crowd-pleasing pieces of jewelry around. Choose from more than 20 different stones to match their birth stone, favorite color, or mood.

To buy: From $55, kendrascott.com.

Best Gift for Creative Kids: Personalized Name Crayons

Colorful name crayons that spell Olivia


Creative, colorful, and customized just for them—these personalized name crayons are sure to be a hit. Gift them alongside a giant roll of kraft paper so the kids can get to coloring right away.

To buy: From $5 per letter, etsy.com.

Best Gift for Brothers: Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Uncommon Goods

For that family member who has watched every single episode of Hot Ones, let them craft their very own hot sauce with this DIY kit. The fun's not over once the sauce is made—then they get to name it, design the label, and taste-test it on everything from chicken wings to tacos.

To buy: $42, uncommongoods.com.

Best Gift for Binge-Watchers: Weighted Blanket

Gray Weighted Blanket


Snuggly and comforting, this weighted blanket is the perfect present for loved ones near and far. Gift it to your partner so you can cuddle together, or send it to a far-away friend so it feels like gifting them a warm hug.

To buy: $59, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Those With Busy Routines: Microfiber Hair Towel

Microfiber Hair Towel in Blue


Save your hair from heat damage and shave minutes off your get-ready routine with this absorbent microfiber towel that dries hair quickly. Order one for yourself and one for your friend, sister, mother, aunt, brother—basically, anyone with long hair.

To buy: $45, amazon.com.

Best Gift for Newlyweds and New Parents: Everyday Photo Book

Photo Book with Gray cover

Artifact Uprising

No matter if they just had a baby or just got back from a big trip, a customized photo book is a thoughtful present for anyone with an overflowing camera roll on their phone.

To buy: $62; artifactuprising.com.

Best Gift for Coffee Lovers: Blue Bottle Coffee Blend Box

Blue Bottle Coffees

Blue Bottle

If caffeine is their love language, then this gift set from Blue Bottle will show them exactly how much you care. Packed with three different blends, they can test out the flavors to find their new favorite.

To buy: $40, bluebottlecoffee.com.

Best Gift for Night Owls: Bluetooth Sleep Headphones

Bluetooth Sleep headphones in black


Have a friend who listens to nature sounds as they fall asleep or binge-listens to murder mystery podcasts late into the night? They're sure to appreciate this comfortable Bluetooth-connected sleep mask that delivers great sound quality without having to wear earbuds all night.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

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