The Best Christmas Gifts for 2019
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 2019; 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 hitting the mall or 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 these smart gift card ideas.)
Washington DC Skyline
As a picture that says a thousand words—literally—an Art of Words print makes the best Christmas gift. Pick a print of their favorite city skyline, like this one of Washington, D.C. made out of the names of the places and people that define the city, or their favorite musical artist with lyrics used to make the print. Unique, thoughtful, and personal, it’s a gift they’ll really want to show off.
To buy: From $50; artofwords.com.
Kombucha Making Kit
If they’ve joined the kombucha craze, gift this brewing kit, which allows them to make their very own green tea kombucha at home. (If you’re lucky, they’ll even share a glass with you.)
To buy: $45; brooklynbrewshop.com.
Jiggy Puzzles Bathing with Flowers
For the person in your life who loves to stay busy but also could use a little more self-care, gift this beautiful jigsaw puzzle, which contains 800 pieces and is perfectly sized to be framed and put on display—or broken apart and done again—once it’s completed.
To buy: $48; jiggypuzzles.com.
Breville Precision Brewer Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
With a 12-cup capacity and the ability to perform craft filter brewing, it’s no wonder this sleek coffee maker is one of the top gifts of the year. It offers six different brewing modes, including one that allows any coffee-lover to customize brew temperature, bloom time, and flow rate for a distinctive morning cup.
To buy: $300; williams-sonoma.com.
Zappos x UGG Holiday Sweater Slipper
With a special-edition sweater-print design and the unbeatable softness, warmth, and comfort you’d expect from UGG, these slippers will keep any chilly toed friend or family member cozy for years to come.
To buy: $130; zappos.com.
Via Citrus Meyer Lemon
For the green thumb, gift this sweet lemon tree, which can thrive indoors and outdoors in warm climates. They can make all the puns about when life gives you lemons they want, and you can be confident that you’ve given something they’ll use and love for years to come.
To buy: From $65; viacitrus.com.
With three soft-toned colors and super-comfortable ear covers, these oversized headphones offer more than thirty hours of wireless music and high-quality sound—perfect for a frequent traveler or long-commuter.
To buy: $150; urbanears.com.
PUIK Rare Decanter
This crystal decanter looks beautiful with an alcoholic beverage of choice, sure, but it can also serve as a sleek container for lemonade, iced tea, or punch, making it a gift that can be used year-round.
To buy: $45; uniekliving.com.
Yeti Rambler 12 oz. Bottle with HotShot Cap
If they already know (and probably love) Yeti for its ability to keep drinks tasting fresh (and at appropriate temperatures), give this lightweight travel mug, which has room for plenty of coffee (or tea) and a leakproof lid that allows them to sip from any side—no more fumbling with their mug to spin it and drink while they drive or walk.
To buy: $30; yeti.com.
The Peanuts Papers by Andrew Blauner
Whether they’re big Peanuts fans or they barely know the stories of Charlie Brown and co., this book from the Library of America offers a fresh look at the beloved comics through personal essays from 33 writers and artists.
To buy: $22; amazon.com.
RovR RollR 45
This super-powered rolling cooler works for camping, tailgating, and parties alike. It can keep ice from melting for up to eight days and has plenty of add-ons (including a bike hitch) that make it customizable. Whether they’re hardened outdoorsy types or just looking for something to keep their beach refreshments cool and mobile, this great (and bear-resistant, if that matters) gift is sure to please.
To buy: $369; rovrproducts.com.
Zippo HeatBank 9s Rechargeable Hand Warmer
This handheld warmer will make chilly hands more manageable, whether they’re trekking outdoors or simply subjected to a freezing office. Even better, it doubles as a portable charger, so they can keep their devices charged and hands warm at the same time. The heat can be adjusted to six different settings, and the warmer can run for up to nine hours.
To buy: $50; zippo.com.
Timbuk2 Jet Set Book Bag Convertible Backpack
The sleek, buttery leather on this bag means it can go anywhere, and the option to carry it as a backpack or shoulder bag means they can wear it however. For older students wanting something just as practical but less scholarly than a standard backpack or office-workers hoping to protect their spines and shoulders, this bag makes the best gift—and with its lifetime warranty, they can carry it for years to come.
To buy: $299; timbuk2.com.
Supergoop Your Everyday SPF Kit
Whether they’re SPF fanatics or just beginning to use sunscreen regularly, this set of three essentials has everything they need for sun protection—plus some skin-hydrating and refreshing benefits. If you want to give something they’ll use every day, this is it.
To buy: $32; dermstore.com.
Riley Hooded Waffle Robe
With a luxurious waffle-weave and a hood for extra coziness, this cropped robe offers warmth and a little playfulness—perfect for chilly winter evenings or lazy mornings.
To buy: $109, plus $10 for optional personalization; rileyhome.com.
Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-up Light Therapy Lamp
This light therapy lamp and sunrise alarm clock offers a better going-to-bed and waking experience—and now updated with a bedroom sensor that can measure their room’s temperature, noise, light, and humidity levels, it can even share suggestions for a better sleep environment. With this gift—which can also connect to an app for even more customization—you’re giving the gift of better sleep.
To buy: $220; amazon.com.
Postmates Gift Card
Give them a gift they’ll use, happily, as much as possible with a gift card to their favorite meal delivery service. With the Postmates gift card, they can get their favorite meals and treats delivered straight to their door; they’ll think fondly of you with every bite.
To buy: From $25; postmates.com.
Rifle Paper Co. for Anthropologie Bon Voyage Passport Holder
This playful, durable passport holder makes a great gift for a consistent traveler or friend planning worldwide adventures in the coming year. The case holds passports safely in place, and a spare pocket leaves plenty of room for plane tickets, train passes, and more.
To buy: $28; anthropologie.com.
Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Complete with a sturdy handle, this portable speaker offers 20 hours of music on a single charge, and the stereo-sound construction emits music in all directions, so everyone can hear. It’s water-resistant, and the classic look will please any music fan.
To buy: $200; amazon.com.
Logan + Lenora Daytripper
With plenty of function—waterproof pockets, a stain-resistant exterior, strong shoulder straps—and fashion, this oversized bag is great for travel, trips to the beach, commuting, and more. Gift it this year, and expect to see it used often in the months to come.
To buy: $150; loganandlenora.com.
4id The LED Lite Up Leash
Keep four-legged family members a tiny bit safer with this light-up leash, which stretches between the dog and its walker, making both more visible and ensuring no pedestrian or biker crashes into the leash. The lights can be set to glow continuously or flash for enhanced visibility; early morning or late-night walks have never felt more festive.
To buy: $20; thegrommet.com.
Mark & Graham Travel Jewelry Case
Available in 16 different colors and made of a vegan leather with a soft linen lining, this compact travel jewelry case has pockets and layers to hold all sorts of jewelry while on the road. Add in a monogram, and they’ll be packing this top gift (and thinking of you fondly) for years to come.
To buy: $69 plus $10 each for optional monogramming; markandgraham.com.
Women: The National Geographic Image Collection
This large-scale, colorful collection of images from National Geographic depicts the lives of women around the world. The photographs are paired with interviews and portraits of contemporary trail-blazing women. Displayed proudly on a coffee table or floating shelf, this tome will draw comments from any and all guests.
To buy: $30; amazon.com.
Nintendo Switch Lite
Great for all ages—from kids to adults—this handheld game system is one of the top gifts of 2019. It has all the entertainment of the Nintendo Switch, just in a smaller size (and without the console gaming options) and works with all Switch games that support Handheld mode.
To buy: $200; amazon.com.
Google Nest Wifi
Combine smart home convenience with a more powerful overall wifi network with this tech gift. Pick up enough points to spread the wifi signal evenly across the home, and the recipient will never complain about the wifi being slow ever again. (Chatting with the Google Assistant included in each device is just a bonus.)
To buy: From $169; store.google.com.
Kammok Mountain Blanket
This outdoors-friendly blanket is lined with an ultra-plush fleece interior on one side and a water-repellent shell on the other. It can serve as a picnic blanket or cold-weather camping comfort, so it’ll get plenty of use, no matter the season or weather.
To buy: $135; kammok.com.
Garden Glory Watering Can
If they have a green thumb and sophisticated tastes, give them this diamond-inspired watering can, which will look beautiful next to their plant collection—and serve as a display-worthy reminder to water the plants.
To buy: $59; gardenglory.com.
If they love refreshing their home but have a hard time picking out the knick-knacks and decorative accessories, give them a gift card to this subscription service, which delivers a box packed with home goodies—think throw pillow covers, tabletop accessories, wall art, and more—each season.
To buy: $80 per quarterly box; decocrated.com.
Amazon Echo Show 5
This most-recent iteration of the Amazon Echo line has all the Alexa features, plus a slim, compact shape reminiscent of a classic alarm clock and a dimmable screen that can show weather updates, videos, and more.
To buy: $90; amazon.com.
Menu Salt & Pepper Bottle Grinders
For those constantly asking someone to pass the salt or pepper, give this polished set of seasoning grinders. Available in muted tones in a variety of shades, these grinders will look great on any tabletop or counter—plus the powerful ceramic grinder can handle all kinds of dried spices or nuts, not just salt and pepper.
To buy: $82 for a set; food52.com.