The Best Christmas Gifts for 2020
When it’s time to start shopping for the holidays—whether you’re getting it done early or making last-minute trips to the store—you may not always know what you want to get everyone on your list, but you know you want to get them the best Christmas gifts possible. But how are you supposed to predict the best Christmas gifts in 2020? Never fear: We’ve got you covered.
We’ve cut through the Christmas present clutter to pick out the very best gifts of the year. You can pick up stocking stuffers, White Elephant gift ideas, and other odds and ends to accompany the Big Gifts you’re planning to give this year almost anywhere; for the major gifts, this is the list to look at.
Some of these gifts are new in 2020; some are updates of tried-and-true classics from previous years. Still more are new-to-us finds that are probably new to you, too, and will have the lucky people on your shopping list asking where you found their gifts. Between relearning how to put lights on a Christmas tree and watching all your favorite Christmas movies on Netflix this holiday season, peruse these top gifts to start putting together your shopping list. That way, when it’s time to start clicking Add to Cart, you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for.
Find the best gifts for everyone here: Christmas gifts for brothers, parents, friends, and more are all in this guide. From the latest giftable smart home tech to cozy home accessories, this list has every type of gift at nearly every budget. (And if you still can't find what you need, there’s always smart gift card ideas.)
Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant
Fans of the long-running Stuff You Should Know podcast and trivia aficionados alike will be delighted by this 2020 release, which explores a new range of topics in the same depth listeners have come to expect from the podcast. With the addition of visuals—think illustrations, sidebars, and footnotes—this book is a must-have gift for any curious minds in your life.
Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener Gift Set
This genius new hair tool is the smartest hair straightener they’ve seen yet. It’s cord-free for styling on-the-go, and the flexing copper heat plates help gather hair for smoother locks with less damage. This gift set comes with a matching brush and comb, so they have everything they need for smooth, straight strands (with 50 percent less breakage, less frizz, and fewer flyaways!) whenever they choose to start doing their hair again.
Echo (Fourth Generation)
Upgrade their smart home game with the latest iteration of the iconic Echo from Amazon. New for 2020, this all-new smart speaker with the Alexa assistant comes with a built-in hub, so they can connect your smart lights, thermostat, oven, and whatever else they have. With a sleek new form, better-than-ever speakers, and refreshed privacy protections, this is the best Echo yet—and it’s sure to be a must-have Christmas gift.
Nintendo Switch Lite
It’s the gaming platform of the year, and if they don’t already have one and they like video games (or just easy entertainment in a year of too much free time), a Nintendo Switch Lite is practically guaranteed to be on their wish list. Pair this with a good starter game—we recommend Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the biggest game of the year—and they’ll be calling this their best Christmas gift of 2020.
Fellow Grey Stagg EKG Electric Kettle With Wood Handle
This one’s for the tea-lover with limited storage. With its matte gray finish and discreet, minimalist controls, this kettle looks great—even intentional—sitting on a counter or side table. A subtle screen displays the current temperature and set temperature, and a built-in timer counts down the necessary time for brewing coffee or steeping tea. They’ll be begging to put this kettle to work as soon as it’s out of the box.
Apple Watch SE
It’s bound to be one of the biggest gadgets of the year: The new Apple Watch SE offers most of the features of previous watches at a lower price point. Its processor is two times faster than that of the Apple Watch 3 and the display is slightly larger, giving the wearer a more dramatic time-piece. It launched with several new bands, too, so you can pick the most professional (or most workout ready) band to help them reach their goals in the new year, whether they’re professional, personal, or fitness.
Feat BlanketBlend Crewneck
2020 has transformed into the year of comfort and leisurewear, and nothing will help them feel comfy and leisurely like this sweatshirt, which doesn’t feel bulky but still offers plenty of warmth thanks to Feat’s signature BlanketBlend material. It’ll be the softest sweatshirt they’ve ever worn, and it’s designed to never shrink and get softer with every wash, so it’s a comfort gift that keeps on giving.
CamelBak MultiBev Water Bottle and Travel Cup
Help them along on their sustainability journey with this new bottle from CamelBak. Sure, it has the performance and durability we’ve all come to expect from CamelBak, but it also has a genius feature: a built-in travel mug for tea and coffee. They’ll have a ready-to-use mug (with a lid, cleverly stored in the bottle’s cap) with them at all times, whether they’re planning on stopping by a coffeeshop or making their own, plus a water bottle so hydration is never an issue.
Pottery Barn Faux Fur Tote Bag
Help them take their new always-be-cozy attitude on the go with this unbelievably fuzzy tote bag. (“Soft as a teddy bear,” if you can believe it.) Available in two winter-ready colors—and with monogramming available for $12 per letter—this is sure to be their go-to winter bag for errands, weekends away, and more.
Google Nest Audio
New from Google this year, this sleek, compact speaker has incredible sound quality that no one will believe comes from a speaker so small. It will look great on a bookshelf, side table, or dresser, appeasing anyone who dreads visual clutter, and the powerful sound will fill the room even from an out-of-the-way position. Best of all, it comes with the smart Google Assistant, so they’ll have a smart speaker they really love hearing from.
People Who Love to Eat Are Always the Best People: And Other Wisdom by Julia Child
This one’s for the food-lovers (and Julia Child fans) in your life. (But let’s be honest—isn’t that everyone?) This nicely bound book is a collection of Child’s best quotes, including some of her best lines about eating and food. At 160 pages and a neat, almost square shape, this is a compact, meaningful gift that they’ll love tucking next to their cookbook collection.
Cuisinart CompleteChef Cooking Food Processor
This all-in-one food processor—new for 2020—might be the last kitchen tool they ever need. Sure, it’s pricey, but it’s a food processor with chop, slice, shred, and dice functions and an automatic cooker with steam, sauce, soup, slow cook, and risotto features. The work bowl has an 18-cup capacity, and the tool comes with 200 built-in recipes: All together, this allows home chefs to cut and cook with the same tool, saving time, effort, and space.
Apple iPad (Eighth Generation)
The smartest iPad yet, this sleek tablet is the perfect Christmas gift for an on-the-go remote worker, a tech-savvy at-home schooler, or anyone who just loves the latest and greatest. With quicker speeds, better cameras, and more apps and features, it’ll make anyone happy—and keep them engaged with their new gift for the next few hours.
Infinite Objects Video Print
This gift is probably the closest you’ll get to one of the moving photographs in your favorite magical book series. Infinite Objects allows you to upload and edit a video, which it then “prints” and frames for you. Just like magic, you have one of your favorite videos in a frame so you can watch it over and over again. This is the best gift for anyone you have beautiful videos of or with—pick the right video, and you could bring your mom, spouse, or best friend to tears when they unwrap it.
Veritable Smart Indoor Garden
They’ll be able to grow herbs (and even small vegetables) inside, effortlessly, all year long with this smart planter. The clever layout allows them to grow four types of plants at once, and the built-in lamps use LED technology to provide an edible plant–specific color spectrum that helps plants grow faster. The lights are even automatic, so as light naturally shifts in the room, they’ll adjust accordingly to ensure the plants have optimal light. Give this to green thumbs, home chefs, or anyone looking to improve the quality of the ingredients they use—the ability to grow their own at home will make anyone happy.
Modernist X Gravity Weighted Robe
Forget weighted blankets—a weighted robe is their new stress-busting, self-care best friend. This supremely plush and fuzzy robe, new this year, has a three-pound weighted wrap inside the collar to put pressure (the good kind) on their neck and shoulders, using that stimulation to promote stress reduction and relaxation. Paired with the unbelievable comfort of slipping into a warm robe after a hot shower, they’ll be a little less stressed in no time: Consider this the best two-in-one Christmas gift of the year.
Echo Show 10 (Third Generation)
The new Echo Show from Amazon is about to be the technology at the heart of their home, and they’ll be doubly grateful for the smart home tech and ease-of-use this gift offers. With new swivel technology, the screen will pivot as they move around the room, keeping recipes, video calls, or shows always in-view, so they’re not chained to a single spot within their home. Beyond that, an upgraded camera and speakers and the always-learning Alexa voice assistant make staying in touch easier than ever.
Osprey Daylite Duffel
From hauling gear for an outdoor workout class to holding their essentials for a weekend getaway, this sturdy, dynamic bag can handle it all. They can carry it as a backpack, an over-the-shoulder tote, or a handbag, depending on where they’re going and what they’re bringing, and the smart two-opening system makes loading it up a breeze—it’s a Christmas gift they’ll use for years to come.
The Sleep Shirt in Blue Oxford Stripe
Roomy, dangerously comfortable, and unexpectedly dynamic, this is the Christmas gift they’ll wear over and over again. This 100 percent cotton garment is designed to be a sleep shirt (hence the name), but works fabulously as a beach or poolside cover-up, and all they have to do is add a belt to make it a cute sundress or leggings for an oversized tunic look. However they wear it, they’ll appreciate your sharp gift-giving every time.
AmazonBasics Espresso Machine and Milk Frother
Help them upgrade their at-home coffee game with this espresso machine and milk frother, which is probably one of the most affordable you’ll find. New this year, it’ll allow them to make lattes at home—and they might even find a few new favorite coffee drinks, too.
Queen Elizabeth and RBG Ornament Set
For a more classic Christmas gift, give them these ornaments, which celebrate two iconic women of the 21st century. They’ll be delighted to hang these colorful ornaments on their tree, showing off two role models proudly, and the hand-painted, mouth-blown ornaments will fit perfectly into their already-impeccable collection.
Ember Mug 2
Newly available in white, this smart mug is a must-have for people who love their hot coffee—but take hours to finish a mug. Instead of constantly reheating their brew, they can set the mug to keep it at the optimal temperature, so their coffee is always ready to drink. This larger size holds 14 ounces, too, so there’s even more to enjoy.
Piecework Meta Puzzle
If they haven’t gotten into puzzles yet in 2020, it’s long past time they start one. Puzzles are one of the best at-home, distracting, meditative activities out there, and these puzzles are particularly gorgeous, with high-quality art paper and random-cut pieces. At 1,000 pieces, this puzzle will keep them entertained for hours, and they’ll get a kick out of the meta imagery, which feels a little more 21st Century than standard puzzles.
If not wearing shoes while at home all day is wreaking havoc on their feet, help them out a bit—and reinvigorate their love for shoes at the same time. This adorable pair of slip-on mules is perfect for wearing around the house and yard, and when it’s time to go back to work, this pair is sure to be the most-complimented shoes they own.
You Need a Budget Annual Gift Subscription
2020 hasn’t been easy. If they’re taking it as an opportunity to rethink their approach to their finances or start moving toward new goals, help them out with a subscription to one of the most-loved budgeting apps out there. You Need a Budget (or YNAB) is a budgeting game-changer, with users starting to save money almost instantly—it’s the sort of useful gift they’ll appreciate right away and for weeks and months to come.
Hydro Flask Insulated Food Jar
If they’ve spent the last few months at home, they’ve likely developed a bit of a snacking habit, and you likely want to help them snack on the go without their food melting or becoming inedible—or worse, spilling in their bag. These clever insulated jars from the much-loved Hydro Flask brand will make all those things easier, whether they’re packing chips, fruit, soup, or something else, and they’ll look good doing it, too. Available in three sizes and four colors.