The Best Scissors
Best for Fabric
Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge
Solid and substantial, with thick, powerful blades that cut through multiple layers of cloth. Protective storage sheath included.
To buy: $35, michaels.com for stores.
Best for Haircutting
The finger rest provides excellent leverage, and snug holes offer a slip-free grip—great for trimming bangs. Turn the screw to disassemble for easy cleaning.
To buy: $40, amazon.com.
TUL Stainless Steel
Cuts both ways, so it’s ideal for families with lefties and righties. The sleek, mod profile is a plus for aesthetes.
To buy: $12, officemax.com.
Best for Kids
Westcott With Microban 5-Inch Kids
Antimicrobial handles prevent the growth of bacteria; nonstick blades make it easy to clean off glue and tape. And you can’t beat the price. Also in blue, pink, and orange.
To buy: $5, amazon.com.
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge
Effortless cutting, a comfy fit, and a guarantee of eternal sharpness make this the pair you yell at the kids about when they take it out of the kitchen.
To buy: $8, michaels.com for stores.
Tiny enough to stash in a purse or a suitcase for snipping loose threads on the go. It slides into a plastic sleeve.
To buy: $2.50, muji.us.
Best for Flowers
Gardena All-Purpose Garden
Thanks to a genius design, this pair slices through stems without crushing them. The section below the handle strips thorns.
To buy: $14, amazon.com.
Best for Gift Wrapping
Fiskars No. 8 Easy Action
The bottom rests on the table as you breeze through large sheets of gift wrap. Spring loaded, it requires little hand effort, so it’s great for hard-core scrapbookers and those who suffer from arthritis. Locks shut.
To buy: $22, fiskars.com.
Best for Lefties
Westcott 8-Inch Straight Left-Handed Elite
The southpaws on our staff liked this just-right, medium-size model for its ribbed handle that results in a nice, steady cut.
To buy: $18.50, leftyslefthanded.com.