Holiday Gift Guide 2018


Happy Holidays

The holidays are approaching, and if you’ve got friends from all walks of life, shopping for gifts can be like wandering in a strange land. You may have a friend who obsessively collects vinyl records, a parent who spends every afternoon woodworking, or a spouse who delicately prepares every meal like it’s the Sistine Chapel. How do you possibly satisfy everyone on your shopping list? We’ve traveled the world of tech, searching high and low for the best gift ideas — and charting a map to holiday success.

Audiophile

The audiophile is neither an easy person to shop for, nor a cheap one. For the person who maintains their entire music library in FLAC, who arranges their speakers so the tweeters line up within a millimeter of their ears, only the best will impress. These gifts will turn every room into a studio.

$249

Audio-Technica AT-LP120

When it comes to listening to music, everyone has a preference. If the rich tones of vinyl are what you're after, however, a turntable is exactly what you need.
$22.99/month

Orignal Vinyl Records Subscription

This awesome subscription sends you a monthly mystery box full of six vinyl records. If you can't get enough vinyl, then this subscription is exactly what you need.
$330

Aiwa Exos-9 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Headphones are a great way to take your music on the go, but only a portable Bluetooth speaker will let you share it with those around you.
$348

Sony WH-1000xM2

Whether you're traveling, at work, or just want to drown out the noise, these noise-canceling headphones should do the trick. Just be aware of your own volume when you have them on.
$40

DIY Synth Kit

This cool kit lets you construct three different synths to add a DIY element to electronic music. These make great gifts for any budding sound engineers.
$5.99/month

Hulu Subscription

More and more people are choosing to cut the cord in favor of streaming. Hulu has a great collection of current and past TV shows and movies, with a few awesome originals mixed in.
$70

Vinyl Styl Deep Groove Record Washer System

You need to have the right equipment to keep your vinyl clean and crisp. This washer system can help keep any collection pristine and in working order.
$270

Yamaha Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

Whether you're listening to music or watching a movie, the quality of sound can make all the difference. Life is too short to stick with the speakers built into your TV.
$50

Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset

A big part of gaming is sound, and for online gamers, communication can also be quite essential. This gaming headset should cover all of the bases at an affordable price.
$38

Personalized Mixtape Doormat

Although the way we listen to music has evolved for the better, nothing today compares to making cassette mixtapes for our friends to rock out to. This doormat will bring nostalgia to friends and family before they even step through the doorway.
$300

Epson VS250 Projector

Who needs a TV when you can just project? Whether you're building a home theater or just want that movie theater experience, a decent projector is a great place to start.
$130

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Listening to music on the go is hard enough without having to worry about the weather. This Bluetooth speaker is waterproof and can even float in the water!
$40

Amazon Firestick

Streaming your favorite shows and videos can be made easy with this streaming stick from Amazon. It even comes with an Alexa voice remote for hands-free navigation.
$20

Binge Watching Survival Kit

We've gone from watching an episode a week of our favorite shows to an entire season in a night! Have a little fun with this gift, perfect for the friend who binge-watches show after show until the sun rises.
$100

AudioQuest USB Plug-in Amp

This small adapter is packed with enhanced sound quality, allowing you to hear the richness of your favorite movies and music on any PC or Mac.

Foodie

Cooking is both art and science, and for the gourmet who always knows the right wine to pair with a porterhouse, or how to sous vide in a bathtub, you’ll need to buy the finest tools. Whether they crave a perfectly balanced cup of coffee or a brined turkey, these are the gadgets they’ll love.

$120

Breville Mini Smart Oven with Element IQ

You don't need a full-size oven for everything. With this compact smart oven, you can save time, money, and increase your baking capacity all at once.
$148

Smoking Gun Handheld Smoke Infuser

This tool will up your cooking game a couple of notches, allowing you to infuse that smoky flavor we all love into cheeses, meats, and even Bloody Marys.
$199

Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps

Used by countless professionals, a sous-vide is one of those awesome cooking inventions that have made their way into homes of amateurs. Cook delicious meals to perfection by soaking them in water!
$30

AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

A good French press can result in delicious coffee, but a good AeroPress can result in delicious coffee much faster. This handy little gadget is great for coffee lovers looking to save some time.
$99

Instant Pot Ace 60 Cooking Blender

You've likely heard of the Instant Pot, but did you know they have a blender? Sure, it blends, but it can also cook soups, heat up milk, and so much more.
$79

Vinebox - Wine flight box

Any committed wine lover enjoys trying new wines. This great sample box sends a whole flight straight to your door so you can test them out in the comfort of your home.
$90/class

MasterClass | Thomas Keller Cooking Techniques

The intricacies of cooking are difficult to master without at least a little bit of guidance. These great online courses will be helpful to any budding culinary artist.
$60

ZOS Halo Wine Preserver

Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, had one glass, and tried to save the rest for later? It goes bad, right? This gadget easily solves that problem.
$60 - $239

Home Chef

Like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, this is a subscription service that will send fresh ingredients to your door each week. Home Chef lets you gift this experience to others.
$140

Customizable Family Recipe Cutting Board

Who needs a regular old cutting board when you can personalize one with one of your most sacred family recipes?
$30

SeedLip Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Not every drink has to be about the alcohol content. These non-alcoholic spirits let you experiment with flavors without worrying about getting tipsy.
$279

Berghoff Tabletop Grill

A charcoal grill that you can carry like a handbag is sure to make planning picnics and beach trips a lot more convenient.
$60

Mortier Pilon Kombucha Brewing Jar

If you're tired of the same kombucha flavors, whip up your own with this brewing jar to make them even more delicious.
$100

Pizza Oven for Charcoal Grill

Fire up your parties with fresh-baked pizza by converting your charcoal grill into a proper pizza oven.
$36

ThermoPro Wireless Meat Thermometer

As much as cooking is an art, it's also a science. With this thermometer, you can cook your meat with precise heat allowing you to have your steak just the way you like it.

Traveler

Life is a journey, and we all have that one friend who takes that idea to the extreme. The millennial Marco Polo, always wandering, striving for that perfect Machu Picchu selfie. Armed with all the tech you can fit in a backpack, they just might find what they’re looking for.

$60

Anker Powercore II 20000

Smartphones are a portal to just about anything you could ever want, right up until it runs out of battery. This supercharged power bank can give your phone the extra juice it needs to keep going.
$169

Parachute Merino Travel Kit

These soft, silky travel accessories are a great way to relax any time you're traveling. An eye mask and a comfy blanket are all you need to get some rest in transit.
$99

Foreo Luna mini

Keeping up with skin care can be difficult on the road. This sonic cleansing brush is an easy way to keep your face looking beautiful without having to pack a ton of lotions and creams.
$95

Moment Wide Lens

Turn your phone into a legit camera with one of these compact lenses. It may not be the DSLR of your dreams, but it will help take some gorgeous pictures.
$46

Eagle Creek Pack-It Starter Set

Want to pack like a professional? This helpful tool lets you fold clothing perfectly and without wrinkles. Being organized when packing can save you a lot of space.
$225

Away Carry-On

Not only is this really well-designed luggage, it's also a portable phone or laptop charger. Who needs to find an outlet when you have a suitcase?
$60

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Do you want instant physical photos you can share with your friends? This mini camera takes Polaroids to a whole new level.
$14.95/month

Audible Membership

Reading is great, but when you can't find a nice, quiet place to do it, a good audiobook can be a lifesaver. Audible lets you listen to your favorite stories anywhere you go.
$229

Stio Pinion Down Jacket

Lightweight and fashionable, but best of all, this down jacket promises to keep you warm and dry. A women's version is also available.
$49

Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll Up

Cords can get easily tangled when you stuff them into tight spaces. With this organizer, you can ensure they stay untangled and ready to use.
$35

Steam and Go portable Steamer

Keeping your clothes wrinkle-free on the road is nearly impossible without a little help. A portable steamer is a great way to avoid bringing an iron with you when you travel.
$65

Nixon Landlock Backpack III

Not all backpacks are created equal. This quality Nixon backpack with padded shoulders and reinforced back panel promises much-needed comfort and support. It's also designed to fit all your stuff, with places for things like your laptop, watch, phone, and water bottle.
$275

Fossil Q Explorist HR Smartwatch

This stylish watch can be worn with just about any outfit, but what's most exciting about it is its smart technology. The untethered GPS feature allows you to leave your phone at home and still track your distance and play stored music.
$17

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

One of the challenges with traveling is you don't get to take care of your body and skin as you normally would. This travel-size face mask will give your skin the attention it needs.
$30

TRTL Travel Pillow

Getting rest on a flight can be more frustrating than relaxing. This travel pillow will allow you to position your neck in the most optimal way to gain much-needed sleep on any plane.

Parents & Grandparents

Who says kids should have all the fun? Your parents or grandparents may have settled down, but they don’t need to settle for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Give them glowing screens and handy gadgets to transform their home into a high-tech palace, as cool as it is comfortable.

$100

Click and Grow Indoor Garden

This indoor garden is a great way to ensure you have fresh herbs year-round. It's also incredibly easy to use and requires very little attention to make things stay green.
$35 - $100

Tile Pro Series (2-Pack)

Keeping track of your things is difficult for everyone, but with these handy little devices, you can ensure you never lose your phone or your keys ever again.
$150

HoMedics Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager with Heat

Feet take a beating. Whether it's from walking, running, or just standing for way too long, your feet need a little TLC. This massager can provide some with ease.
$180

Nixplay Seed 10-inch (Wi-Fi)

You can always hang hundreds of pictures on your wall, but none of those frames will be as versatile as this one. A digital photo frame is a great gift for anyone who loves to reminisce.
$50~$500

Spafinder Gift Certificate

This great gift certificate lets you give the gift of a spa without actually choosing which one. It actually lets you choose between a huge variety of spa and salon options.
$69

23andMe DNA Kit

This DNA kit is a great way to understand where you and your family came from. Your best traits were passed down from generation and generation, so why not find out who gave them to you?
$130

Instant Pot Duo

Instant Pots are great for anyone looking to make amazing home cooked meals in a fraction of the time. It's basically a pressure cooker and slow cooker all rolled up into one.
$80

iHome Zenergy

This all-in-one Bluetooth speaker offers an easy-to-use relaxation hub. It utilizes smell, sound, and light to provide a relaxed, calm atmosphere.
$50~$300

Cloud 9 Living: Food & Drink Experience

Looking to give the gift of an experience? Cloud 9 lets you choose a city from the drop-down menu and gives you a wide offering of experiences to choose from.
$60

GermGuardian Compact Air Purifier

Avoiding allergies and illnesses can depend heavily on the quality of air within your home. A decent air purifier can help obliterate the sniffles.
$48

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Making your own cold brew doesn't have to be hard. Any coffee lover who enjoys the smooth, rich flavors of cold brew will love this helpful machine.
$175

Courant Catch 3 Wireless Charger

When it comes to charging devices, we have moved out of the era of cords and into a world without wires. A wireless charger is a great gift for people of all ages.
$100-$140

Custom NYT Birthday Book

This personalized album of NY Times front pages lets your mom or dad look back at what happened in history on all of their birthdays.
$79

Fellow Raven Kettle & Tea Steeper

Turn to this tea kettle to make your favorite herbal tea perfect every single time.
$10

Instant Pot Mini Mits

Instant Pots have helped even the most intimidated cooks impress guests with simple, yet flavor-packed meals. Handling a piping hot pot or slow cooker, however, is a challenge in itself. That’s where these mini mitts come in handy.

DIY-ER

Even in the digital age, many of us have that friend or family member who prefers to do things the analog way. Toolbelt sagging on their waist, a blueprint in their mind, the world is their workshop, and these are the gadgets they’ll need to build their dreams.

$66

Monogram Apron

A personalized apron is a great gift for anyone who likes to get a bit messy in the kitchen. Just choose a color, an initial, and voila, you've got an instant customized gift.
$85

DIY Terrarium Kit

Create your own living, thriving ecosystem with this crafty little kit. It's great for desks, garden enthusiasts, and anyone who loves anything and everything green.
$99

Dewalt Cordless Compact Drill Driver Kit

It only takes one or two DIY tasks to realize you’re wasting valuable time and energy without a quality power drill. This compact 3-speed drill driver kit is heavy duty and high powered to help you perform any job efficiently.
$249

Abode Essentials Starter Kit

If you're worried about protecting your home, installing your own personalized security system can be a great way to keep you and your loved ones safe.
$23

Zircon StudSensor e50

Finding a stud in your wall is important for a lot of different things. Hanging pictures, shelves, and many home renovation projects require the help of one of these handy tools.
$15

Milwaukee Fastback Flip Utility Knife

You won't always have the right tool at your disposal, but you can at least always have a versatile knife. This specialized knife was made for productivity and special projects.
$38

Stanley 65-Piece Tool Kit

This classic tool kit is great for college students, first-time home owners, and just about anyone who doesn't already have one. Life requires tools, and this 65-piece kit has them.
$90

HP Sprocket Photo Printer

Bring those beautiful and meaningful Instagram posts out of your phone and into the physical world with this pocket-size, on-the-go printer that syncs with any smartphone.
$39

Lomography Konstruktor F 35mm Film SLR Kit

It's easy to buy a camera, but what if you could make one yourself? This awesome kit gives you the pieces and the instructions to build your very own camera.
$30

Ryobi Drill and Drive Kit

A lot of folks own an electric drill, but not everyone has all of the drill bits they need to tackle any project. This 90-piece kit should cover just about anything you're looking to use a drill for.
$98

Scrimshaw Knife Kit

Etching isn't just scratching your initials into something, it's an art form. With this great knife set, anyone can start etching like a real pro.
$133

Oakley M Frame Safety Glasses

Starting a new project? Place your trust in a quality pair of safety glasses that promise to last a long time.
$45

Sneaker Customization Kit

Express yourself and bring out your artistic talent via your footwear with this sneakers customization kit -- because we are all unique after all.
$15

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer

The cold weather can take a toll on our skin, so a quality lotion to prevent chapped hands can be life-changing.
$230

Monoprice Maker Select Printer

Take your ideas from paper to tangible 3D printed figurines. Maker Select 3D Printer is easy to assemble and includes everything you need to begin printing right out of the box.

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