The Best Actually Useful High End Kitchen Gifts for 2018
If you're going to splurge on something for a home cook this year, make it one of these.
Most of the time, when the holidays roll around, you're looking for reasonably priced gifts to give to family and loved ones, but sometimes you just want to splurge, to let someone know how much they mean to you. That's when you want pull out all the stops and get a big-ticket gift—but something that they'll actually use. Here are some of our favorite higher-end gifts to help you do just that.
The Best Actually Useful High End Kitchen Gifts for 2018
Breville Convection Toaster Oven
You already know that one of the best ways to make crispy, delicious food without frying it, is to use an air-fryer. But what you may not know is that a convection oven achieves the same effect—using heat and air flow to make things crispy and crunchy—while being versatile enough to do a lot of other kinds of cooking as well. This sleek device from Breville looks nice enough to leave out on your counter, and is flexible enough to handle a range of dishes, from simple toast, to avocado fries to—yes—donuts.
Hestan 11" Nanobond Stainless Steel Skillet
For true durability and versatility, nothing beats a solid stainless-steel skillet. It can go from the stove top to the oven (and back again), won't lose its seasoning from acids the way cast-iron does, and won't scratch or flake the way nonstick can. And this skillet has something called "nano-bonded" stainless steel! What that means is that it's extremely durable, resistant to any kind of scratching, and is so glass-smooth it even has some mild non-stick properties!
Vermicular Japanese Cast Iron Pot
If you're looking to give someone a cast-iron pot that stands out a little from the classic Le Creuset, consider these Japanese-crafted beauties. The distinctive double set of handles (on the pot and on the lid) makes it easy to hold and to keep secure, and the exceptional craftsmanship means that the lid will fit perfectly with the pot, reducing water loss as you cook, and preserving nutrients.
Breville Oracle Touch Espresso Machine
This is for the coffee aficionado whose regular need for barista-quality concoctions knows no bounds. If you know someone who is so dissatisfied with the poor quality of homemade cappuccinos that they've been considering flying to Italy and hunting around for a professional-grade La Marzocco, save them some time (and a considerable amount of money) and give them one of these. One of our editors tried it and it changed his life.
Shun Hikari 8" Chef's Knife
If there's one tool a person uses nearly every single time they cook, it's a chef's knife. Which is why a high-quality knife is an investment well worth making. And this knife by Shun is one of the only ones we've seen that folds several varieties of metal together all the way down the blade. The result? An edge that consists of hundreds of micro-serrations, meaning that it glides through tomatoes, cleanly cuts through breads and cheeses, and stays sharp enough to still cleanly bisect a vegetable or shave slices off a piece of meat.
Instant Pot Ultra
Though the much-ballyhooed Instant Pot Max has suffered from delays and poor reviews, the Instant Pot Ultra still enjoys plenty of customer loyalty—and for good reason. It's a versatile tool that cuts cooking project times down and has even won over culinary skeptics. If you still know someone that, for some reason, doesn't actually have one of these staples in their kitchen, now is the time to fix that.
Vitamix Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning Blender
Yes, you can buy a blender that's less than ten percent of the cost, but what you get from the hefty price tag is a machine that is powerful enough to blend practically anything, and nearly perfectly designed. The motor is strong enough that it will not only puree, but actually heat soup within just a few minutes of high-powered blending, the container is built to angle foods back toward the blades, so you don't end up with lumps, and their much-vaunted "self-cleaning" function—which just involves blending soapy water—works like a charm, due to the power of the machine.
The Perfectionist's Coffee Set
There are two kinds of people who love coffee: Those who want their caffeine fix to be as easy and uncomplicated as possible (in which case the right gift is easy to get), and those who enjoy the ritual process of crafting their morning cup. This second group will want to talk endlessly about the merits of natural versus washed beans, and compare the terroir of Ethiopia to that of Costa Rica. And for them, a coffee set must be equally fussy. But you don't need to nerd out about coffee temperatures in order to help upgrade their equipment! Here are a few items sure to make anyone coffee fanatic happy, and all available at Williams-Sonoma, so you can order them together if you like.
First, a Chemex 8-cup pour-over coffee maker ($44) and a set of pre-folded square filters ($10). The elegantly-designed minimalist pot and simple paper filters yield a clean, superior cup of coffee without imparting any flavors from plastic or bleached paper. Next, a Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle ($169) This fast-heating gooseneck kettle lets you choose the exact perfect temperature for brewing coffee, and allows you to get the water onto the grounds with extreme precision. Finally, the OXO On Conical Burr Grinder With Intelligent Scale ($200) will let you grind your beans to the exact right consistency, and the scale lets you grind no more or less than exactly what you need. Buy everything together and it comes to $423.
Mauviel Copper Double Boiler
This handsome double boiler from Mauviel is a fantastic gift, in the true sense of the word—it's something few would purchase for themselves. But the cook in your life will thank you heartily for it—with even heat applied to the thick ceramic top, this little pan will completely change your sauce game. Dishes that would otherwise be intimidating —like sabayon—can be made with ease. If the cook in your life is always complaining about scorched chocolate or broken sauces, put one of these under the tree.
Champion Heavy Duty Commercial Juicer
Whether you know someone trying to up their vegetable intake, get more fresh cocktails in their life, or even just DIY nut milk, a juicer can be a must-have piece of kitchen equipment. Unfortunately, all too many of them are hard to clean, or end up burning out after a few years of regular use. Not so the Champion. This company has been making their juicers since 1955, and the product is basically unchanged. It's not uncommon for people to use them for 30 years or more. It's also simple, with just a few, easy-to-disassemble parts that can be quickly cleaned with a brush, and few crevices that tend, on other blenders, to hide bits of food pulp. Give someone special this juicer, and after a lifetime of use, they'll be bequeathing it to their grandkids.
Fuego Professional Gas Grill
Gas grills can be super efficient—especially for weeknight grilling, when you may not necessarily have the time or energy to drag out charcoal, paper, a chimney starter, etc, all just to cook a bit of chicken or some veggies. But a good grill can be expensive, and, well, they don't always look that great. They're boxy, and big, and covered in knobs.
The Fuego solves a number of problems. Its sleek design means it looks nice almost anywhere, and its small footprint gives you plenty of space. And yet it's got a lot of space for grilling—525 square inches—and the dual-burner system means you can crank it to 500 degrees in a matter of minutes. We also found it incredibly easy to assemble and a pure joy to cook on.
The 53 Best Kitchen and Cooking Gifts for 2020
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Calling this a food lover’s gift guide sells it short. Sure, it's perfect for the self-proclaimed gastronomes in your life, but also the audiophiles, gardeners, and aesthetes—anyone who finds themself in the kitchen at some point during the day.
The point is, there's no one kind of cook. This guide attempts to cover everyone on your list with gifts for enthusiastic bakers, avid home mixologists, and that one friend whose fridge space is dominated by condiments. Many of these ingredients, tools, and serving pieces are favorites in our own kitchens, while others are things we have been lusting over for the past year and would personally be thrilled to unwrap.
The guide is divided into categories so you can easily sort the best kitchen gifts for every type of cook. Read on for our picks in every genre if it's those classic kitchen gifts you're after (Dutch ovens, pretty spoons), don't worry—we've got those too.
Superfood Teething Toy
It’s never too early to teach your kids good eating habits. Or to try, anyway. Before you start on real solids, give baby a teether in the shape of your favorite superfood. Made from all-natural rubber, and painted with plant-extracted pigments, these green teething toys are soft on the gums and easy for tiny hands to hold. Choose from Kendall the Kale, Arnold the Avocado, and Brucy the Broccoli. Or get all three and let baby go to town on crudités in the crib.
Gifts for Gadget Lovers
6. This handheld food smoker to infuse food and drinks with natural smoky flavors.
Quite the opposite of the Searzall above, this smoking gun handheld food smoker, also recommended by Chef Madhu Menon, infuses foods and drinks with natural smoky flavors as an alternative to traditional smoking methods. Simply fill the Smoking Gun chamber with your choice of combustible, turn it on, and apply cool smoke to almonds, cheeses, sea salt, chicken, mixed drinks, and more.
40 Genius Kitchen Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed Until Right Now
We would just like to apologize to your wallet in advance.
We are total suckers for cool kitchen gadgets and gizmos. However, fun does not always have to mean frivolous. From an automatic pan stirrer that gives sore wrists a break to a singing pasta timer for perfectly al dente noodles every time, the kitchen gadgets we found below are quite literally game changers for home cooks.
Whether you're looking for a funny conversation starter or a time-saving tool that'll make cooking at home way more enjoyable, these kitchen gadgets are actually useful in addition to being delightfully quirky. Scroll through our picks, and remember that cooking should be fun.
It's happened to all of us &mdash we try to cut the kernels off the cob and they end up rolling off our cutting board all over the counter. A week later, we find little pieces of corn hiding behind our coffee makers. Don't be that guy. This corn stripper quickly and easily separates your kernels from the cob without making a mess.
Make pancakes with less of a mess. Simply add your ingredients into this bottle, shake, and squeeze onto a hot griddle.
Place all your salad ingredients in this bowl and slice through the grates. Twist and repeat, and you're left with perfectly chopped lettuce and veggies. Just transfer onto a plate and add dressing.
There's really nothing tastier than biting into a thick, gooey, cheese-stuffed burger, but they can be hard to make at home.
This burger press provides a perfect mold for your stuffed patties, with a top piece that compacts the meat around your filling.
Get over your fear of painful stovetop spills and splatters with a genius cone-shaped guard that'll surround your pan to keep contents contained and cooking.
Chef Al Dente is a waterproof timer that you drop into boiling water with your pasta. He serenades you when the pasta is cooked to a perfect al dente, so you never overcook your noodles.
Perfect your pasta-making skills with a smart spill-stopping tool that'll keep boiling water from overflowing and splattering all over your stove.
Its unique, two-tier lid effectively lets steam and pressure escape, so you're not stuck scraping off burnt-on spills long after your pasta is gone.
When it comes to cast-iron skillets, Lodge is the O.G. household brand. This 10.25-inch preseasoned cast iron skillet is a workhorse in the kitchen and is one of those adult purchases you'll thank us for later.
Strain your pasta with ease using this gadget that clips on to the side of your pot, eliminating the need for those bulky bowl strainers that never fit into the sink or your cabinet properly.
25 White Elephant Gift Ideas You'll Actually Want to Steal
From funny to functional, these presents are crowd-pleasers.
Everyone has their own fun set of traditions around the holiday season. Perhaps you participate in a typical Secret Santa gift exchange with your friends or get really generous and deliver gifts to all your loved ones. If you are involved in a white elephant gift exchange (also referred to as Yankee swap or Dirty Santa), you know that the rules seem to change and evolve every year. No matter what set of rules you follow, there's always swapping and stealing of gifts involved. You will probably have split emotions during a white elephant gift exchange because it's fun when people steal, but you also want to keep the best gift for yourself!
So, we came up with 25 white elephant gift ideas that all cost under $30 and most people will probably want. Obviously we included a few gift suggestions that are rich in shock value or just plain hilarious, but we also think that white elephant gift ideas that are useful, functional, and funny are really the best ones. For instance, someone opening up a Squatty Potty is great for a good laugh but also, those things come in handy. Below, you will find the best white elephant gift ideas ranging from ridiculous to really great. Happy swapping!
The Best Actually Useful High End Kitchen Gifts for 2018 - Recipes
Welcome to the holiday season! Pretty decorations, warm drinks, desserts galore and presents! Oh, the presents!
They are part of the reason why the Most Wonderful Time of the Year can start to feel like the Most Stressful Time of the Year. You want to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. But you can start to lose your holiday cheer as soon as you put on the pressure to find something unique, something special, something that says exactly how you feel about someone — and, oh, maybe fits inside a stocking.
But there is a point where you can overthink things. When it comes to the food lover in your life, go the practical route. (And yes, you can treat yourself!) Essential kitchen equipment is not only unlikely to collect dust or be recycled at next year’s White Elephant party, but it’s also guaranteed to make cooking easier, more efficient and more pleasurable.
The holidays are a prime time to stock a kitchen. Between flash discounts, Black Friday promotions and stores looking to clear out older models before updated ones arrive in the new year, you can often find great deals. Still, a good deal or even a good investment on a full-price piece of equipment is only as good as the use you’ll get out of it.
This guide from Voraciously and America’s Test Kitchen is designed to help you choose wisely and get the most bang for your buck. America’s Test Kitchen’s testing process will help you know which brand offers the best options for gifts that will stand the test of time and be here for many holiday seasons to come.
Here are our top picks for kitchen essentials that also make ideal gifts. You’ll find ATK’s top recommended products below each category, with a few best buys included as well.
If there’s one gift to give someone who has freshly moved into an apartment with a kitchen for the first time, it’s a Pyrex measuring cup. A Pyrex measuring cup can be microwaved, tossed into the dishwasher, and dropped on the floor and it will keep on ticking, so it’s perfect for someone new to the kitchen. You can find large ones for close to $5 – and it’s never a bad idea to throw a few recipes into the cup, too.
Many people, young and old, enjoy playing collectible card games. These are games where players not only collect the cards involved, but use them for a strategic game against each other. My son and I often play a number of these games against each other, and he’s an avid collector. The nice thing? It’s pretty much impossible to buy the “wrong” pack.
50 amazing gifts that women actually want
Gift shopping is hard. No matter if you’re shopping for a sibling, a longtime spouse, or a co-worker, the act of picking out the perfect gift can be overwhelming. What do they want? What do they not already own? What color would they want it in? Are they allergic to anything? Do they like to read? What is their favorite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.
To reduce your gift shopping stress, we’ve come up with a list of 50 awesome gifts for all the different types of women—or whoever—in your life. From the home chef to the wine lover to the one you don’t know that well, we have you covered. Here are Reviewed's picks for the gifts women want in 2021, including some of the best stuff we've tested, top-rated popular items, and things our editors own, love, and recommend.
1. For the one who deserves peace and comfort: Pajamas
Best gifts for women: Pajamas (Photo: Nordstrom)
Pajamas are always a great gift because people rarely ever buy them for themselves. Nordstrom sells pajamas that people—myself included—swear by. They are the Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas, and they have a 4.5-star rating from over 1,600 reviews. A few Reviewed editors own these, and we can confirm that they are comfortable and of great quality for the price.
2. For the one who loves getting their hair done: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
Best gifts for women: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer (Photo: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser)
The Revlon hair dryer brush was arguably the most popular product people bought in 2020, aside from toilet paper. With over 167,000 rave reviews on Amazon (yes, 167,000), it has achieved cult status in the world of beauty products—and it's approved by our beauty editor, Jessica Kasparian. She tested the hairdryer and found that it absolutely does live up to the hype.
3. For the home chef: The Always Pan
Best gifts for women: Always Pan (Photo: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser)
You heard it from Reviewed's cooking writer, Valerie Li Stack, first: The Always Pan is a perfect gift. The influencer-approved kitchen item is not only stylish, but it does the job of eight pieces of cookware. It's a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Perfect for those who live in small spaces and those who love cookware and kitchen tools, the Always Pan is an ideal gift for anyone who loves to cook.
4. For the one working out at home: Lululemon Yoga Mat
Best gifts for women: Lululemon Yoga Mat (Photo: Lululemon)
The pandemic has led many people to exercise at home rather than at the gym or in fitness studios. If you’d like to give the gift of a home gym upgrade, consider a yoga mat. Perfect for virtual fitness classes, ab work, stretching, and of course yoga, a yoga mat is a must. Even if they already own one, our top tested pick from Lululemon would be a welcomed enhancement. The mat also travels well for those who are heading into gyms and fitness studios—or those who plan to again one day soon.
5. For the one who loves their couch: A cozy throw blanket
Best gifts for women: Throw blankets (Photo: Anthropologie & Nordstrom)
Doubling as home decor and personal comfort, throw blankets are a great gift for everyone. For a splurge, Barefoot Dreams sells a CozyChic blanket that Chrissy Teigen once recommended as the gift to buy in a tweet (she owns one and claims to use it '365'). Another great option is Anthropologie’s Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket, which has a 4.9-star rating from over 380 reviewers. For a less expensive blanket, this throw at Nordstrom is a wonderful option with a 5-star rating from over 2,000 reviews.
6. For the one still using wired headphones: Apple AirPods Pro
Best gifts for women: Apple Airpods (Photo: Apple)
Apple’s AirPods Pro are the best true wireless earbuds our experts have ever tested. If you’re shopping for a lover of all things Apple, they would adore a pair of these—even if they already own the original AirPods. Who wouldn't love an upgrade? For Zoom meetings, working out, and even listening to podcasts while loading and unloading the dishwasher, AirPods are a great gift for anyone.
7. For the fitness fanatic: Yoga pants
Best gifts for women: Yoga pants (Photo: Lululemon and Nordstrom)
There has never been a better time to give the gift of leggings now that most people are wearing them 24/7. We love Lululemon's Align leggings at Reviewed. They are the most comfortable leggings a couple of us have ever owned. When buying these as a gift, pay attention to sizing, as you want to get the right pair for your giftee. For example, I am 5"2 and wear the 25" leggings as pants. The 28" pants would be better suited for someone who is taller.
Another one of our favorites? Athleta's Ultra High Rise Elation Tight, which come in a wide range of sizes and performed super well thanks to their soft, breathable fabric. Not to mention, they have a 4.75-star rating from over 2,000 reviews, which shows just how much people love them.
8. For the jewelry lover: Kate Spade pendant necklace
Best gifts for women: Kate Spade Pendant Necklace (Photo: Nordstrom)
If the person you’re shopping for enjoys simple and timeless jewelry, this Kate Spade pendant necklace is a perfect gift. It can be dressed up or down and is personalized with the initial of their first name displayed in the pendant. This necklace has over 890 rave reviews and our readers can't stop buying it. Not to mention, necklaces with initials on them are very much on-trend right now.
9. For the book lover: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Best gifts for women: Kindle Paperwhite (Photo: Amazon)
The book lover in your life may already have a Kindle, but who doesn’t enjoy the latest and greatest technology the world has to offer? This is the best Kindle we've tested and over 94,000 reviewers on Amazon agree. It has tons of storage space, is glare-free, and is waterproof.
10. For the one who likes being comfortable: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan
Best gifts for women: Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (Photo: Nordstrom)
This cardigan has over 3,500 reviews on Nordstrom and a 5-star rating. I own this myself and can confirm it is actually a comfortable blanket disguised as clothing. When it comes to cardigans and sweaters, the limit does not exist for the amount one can own. They make great gifts—especially when they’re this cozy (and chic).
11. For the one who loves to cook: Staub Dutch Oven
Best gifts for women: Staub Dutch Oven (Photo: Staub)
You’ve probably heard of, seen, or owned a Le Creuset dutch oven. They are one of the most popular wedding gifts for newlyweds and, like KitchenAid stand mixers, a kitchen staple for adults everywhere. However, when we tested dutch ovens at Reviewed, our favorite overall was not Le Creuset—it was Staub! We're not the only ones loving this brand, either. Their cookware is all over food blogs and Instagram. Clearly, these dutch ovens are hot right now, so get one for the person in your life who loves cooking.
12. For the one who should cook more: Home Chef gift card
Best gifts for women: Home Chef (Photo: Home Chef)
For those who have busy schedules and order more takeout than they probably should, a meal kit delivery service would be an excellent gift idea. Our favorite meal kit delivery service at Reviewed is Home Chef. Cassidy Olsen, who tested meal kits for Reviewed, summed up the service perfectly: “High-quality ingredients, well-written recipes, and fantastic flavors make the Home Chef experience one you’ll want to integrate into your weeknights.” If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys home-cooked meals, but lacks time in their week to prep and cook, give them the gift of easy weeknight dinners with a Home Chef gift card.
13. For the home entertainer: Capri Blue Volcano Jar Candle
Best gifts for women: Capri Blue Candle (Photo: Anthropologie)
If you're shopping for someone who loves home décor, you can never go wrong with a trendy candle as a gift. We love Capri Blue’s Volcano scent at Reviewed. Not only does the scent smell amazing, but the chic jars double as pretty home decor. Anthropologie sells tons of styles for Capri Blue candles, but my go-to's are the jar candles in blue and white. I have them all over my home.
14. For the one who has a lot going on all the time: Gravity Blanket
Best gifts for women: Gravity Blanket (Photo: Gravity)
Weighted blankets are great—and not just because they’re warm, but because they can help you relax. The best weighted blanket we tested is the ultra popular Gravity Blanket. Gravity claims their blanket is like wearing a hug. If you're shopping for someone who could use a hug, or another blanket to lounge on the couch with, consider getting them a gravity blanket. It's great to sleep with at night, too.
15. For the photo lover: Heart Custom Photo Art from Minted
Best gifts for women: Minted Heart Photo Frame (Photo: Minted)
For the person who loves memories, consider creating an adorable piece of custom photo art that they can hang up on the wall for all to see. Whether it's pictures of a newborn, snapshots of grandkids, or photos from college for a recent graduate, this heart-shaped photo collage wall art is a sweet and sentimental gift they will truly appreciate.
16. For the one obsessed with all things Apple: Apple Watch
Best gifts for women: Apple Watch (Photo: Reviewed)
If they don't own one already, an Apple Watch would be a fantastic gift for the one who is always on their iPhone. We tested the brand new Apple Watch Series 6 and it is the best smart watch we've ever tried. Give the gift of our favorite smartwatch so they can have all of their notifications, music, and texts at their fingertips all the time.
17. For the homebody: UGG Slippers
Best gifts for women: Ugg Slippers (Photo: Nordstrom and Ugg)
You can't go wrong with the gift of slippers—especially during a time where many people are spending the majority of time at home. Not only are Ugg slippers and boots trendy again, but the popular Ugg Scuffette II Slippers are the best slippers we tested at Reviewed. It's worth noting that these slippers are backless, so if you're shopping for someone who might prefer something they can wear inside and outside, our best full-coverage slipper is the Ugg Ansley Water Resistant Slipper. For the trendy one, the Ugg Fluff Yeah Sandal slippers are perfect. These cult-favorite slippers have a nearly perfect 5-star rating from just about 5,000 reviews, are celebrity-approved, and our tester loved them too.
18. For the music lover: The best portable Bluetooth speaker
Best gifts for women: JBL Flip 5 Speaker (Photo: Reviewed/Betsey Goldwasser)
If you're shopping for someone who loves listening to music or podcasts, consider giving the gift of our favorite portable bluetooth speaker, the JBL Flip 5 speaker. It's the best portable Bluetooth speaker we've tested, and it's waterproof, meaning it can be used anywhere, rain or shine. A portable speaker is always great to have to bring on hikes, use at home, or listen to outside. They're especially great for outdoor socially distant gatherings.
19. For the one who keeps asking about air fryers: Air fryers
Best gifts for women: Phillips Airfryer (Photo: Philips)
Air fryers have been one of the trendiest kitchen gadgets for a while now, as they offer a way to make home-cooked fried food that’s healthier than regular fried food. The Phillips Airfryer XXL is the best air fryer we tested and would make a great gift for anyone who likes to cook and eat semi-healthy, and of course, has extra kitchen counter space.
20. For the one with a few too many credit cards: Michael Kors Tri-Fold Leather Wallet
Best gifts for women: Michael Kors wallet (Photo: Michael Kors)
A new wallet is a no-brainer gift for men and women alike—and this one has a designer label to boot. This slim trifold envelope wallet from Michael by Michael Kors comes in a sleek back leather with classic gold accents, including the “Michael Kors” logo printed across its front. The back has a zipper pocket for additional storage, and the interior has room for all her cards, cash, and change. Close to 500 shoppers claim its a must-have for any gal.
21. For the coffee lover: The Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer
Best gifts for women: Moccamaster (Photo: Moccamaster/Facebook)
Here at Reviewed, we've tested all sorts of coffee makers. Drip, pour-over, cold brew, espresso machines, the list goes on. Because of this, we can safely say that if you're looking to splurge on someone who loves their coffee, look no further than the best drip coffee maker, the Moccamaster. Not only does it make a great cup of coffee, its mid-century, retro design looks fantastic on countertops. Not sure if they'll love the Moccamaster or looking for something a little more affordable? Check out our list of the best coffee makers we've ever tested.
22. For the one who is always cold: Canada Goose Jacket
Best gifts for women: Canada Goose coat (Photo: Samantha Matt & Nordstrom)
If you're looking to splurge on someone who lives in a place where temperatures plummet to below freezing, a Canada Goose jacket is a great choice. Yes, they are expensive, but I can confirm that they are worth the price. I used to refuse to go outside unless I absolutely had to on extremely cold days, but my Canada Goose totally changed that. I purchased the Gabriola parka two winters ago and not only is it the warmest jacket I've owned, but it fits well and is comfortable to move around in. While my coat is low in stock, two popular options at different price points are the Shelburne parka and the Ellison jacket.
23. For the one with fabulous hair: The best curling iron
Best gifts for women: GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand (Photo: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser)
The one who loves beauty products and having fabulous hair would love the GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand. When we tested curling irons, it came out on top as our favorite. Our beauty expert Jessica Kasparian says "it's intuitive, heats up quickly, and makes the sometimes painstaking process of styling my hair all-around easier."
24. For the neat freak: Dyson Vacuum
Best gifts for women: Dyson vacuum (Photo: Dyson)
If you want to splurge, look no further than a Dyson stick vacuum. Best for people who keep a clean home, or at least try to (whether they like doing it or not), our favorite vacuum—the Dyson V11 Torque—would make for the ultimate gift. I got a Dyson vacuum as a wedding gift and owning one has been a game-changer.
25. For the lazy neat freak: Robot vacuums
Best gifts for women: Robot vacuum (Photo: Eufy)
We love robot vacuums at Reviewed and so do our readers. In fact, one of the things our readers continue to buy over and over is robot vacuums. The Eufy RoboVac 11s is the best affordable robot vacuum we’ve ever tested and would make a great gift for anyone, whether they enjoy cleaning or not. While the Eufy is definitely more of a splurge at over $200 in price, the best robot vacuum we’ve ever tested is a splurge multiplied by 10. For $799, you can give the gift of our favorite robot vacuum—the iRobot Roomba i7+. No matter what your budget is, a robot vacuum is always a good choice.
26. For the one who uses too much plastic: The FinalStraw
Best gifts for women: The FinalStraw (Photo: tai kerbs)
Give the person you’re shopping for the gift of a reusable straw—and give the environment the gift of one less person using plastic straws. Look at you, doing good things for humanity! Our favorite reusable straw at Reviewed is the FinalStraw. It's easy to use, carry, and clean, and would make a perfect gift for the person who is still asking for a straw at Starbucks even though they have literally banned them (this is me I am this person).
27. For the one looking forward to future travel plans: Away’s The Carry-On
Best gifts for women: Away's The Carry-On (Photo: Away)
You've probably seen this trendy luggage on Instagram, as it's a travel blogger favorite. The brand is also one of our favorites at Reviewed. When we tested checked luggage, Away won as our best hard-sided suitcase. In addition to that, one of our writers swears by her Away carry-on. It comes in multiple and looks much different than your average suitcase.
28. For the binge-watcher: Roku Ultra
Best gifts for women: Roku Ultra (Photo: Amazon)
The Roku Ultra is our favorite streaming device. If you know someone who is addicted to binging television shows, give them the gift of an enhanced Netflix viewing experience.
29. For the one who lives where it snows: Winter boots
Best gifts for women: Winter boots (Photo: Nordstrom & L.L.Bean)
If you’re shopping for someone who lives where it snows, a new, warm pair of winter boots would make for a smart gift. Ugg sells a fantastic pair of boots named Adirondack III that I own, love, and recommend. They’re warm, comfortable, easy to put on and take off, and they go with just about every outfit. I'm not the only person who loves them, either. They have nearly a 5-star rating from over 870 reviewers on Nordstrom's website. Other great options for winter boots include the extremely popular Sorel Joan of Arctic snow boots that have a 4.5-star rating from over 775 reviews and of course the cult-favorite Bean Boots from L.L.Bean.
30. For the bag lady: Madewell Leather Transport Tote
Best gifts for women: Madewell Transport Tote (Photo: Madewell, Nordstrom)
I have owned Madewell's zip-top leather tote for a few years now and recommend it as a gift for any woman who is ever on-the-go. The classic tote is big enough to hold belongings for work and long weekends, and it's stylish enough to use even when there's not a lot in it. It's especially great for traveling because of the zip-top—and the fact it fits way more than you would think. The bag comes in a few different colors, but the English Saddle color is the most popular.
31. For the one who still doesn't have an Instant Pot: Instant Pot
Best gifts for women: Instant Pot (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)
For the past couple of years, Instant Pots have been all the rage for both advanced home chefs and beginners. What is an Instant Pot, you ask? It’s a multi-cooker, meaning it does all the things. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, the list goes on. If they don't yet have an Instant Pot (or they have an older model), consider giving them the best multi-cooker we've ever tested, the Instant Pot Ultra.
32. For the plant parent: A plant from The Sill
Best gifts for women: Plants from The Sill (Photo: The Sill)
The Sill is an online shop for both live plants and faux plants. If you're shopping for someone who loves greenery, a plant from The Sill would make a great gift, whether they have a green thumb or not. Our editor, Meghan Kavanaugh, reviewed the service and loved it.
33. For the sentimental one: Printed pictures or a photo book
Best gifts for women: Custom photo gifts (Photo: Artifact Uprising & Shutterfly)
Nothing says "thoughtful gift" more than a book of meaningful photographs. Shutterfly is our favorite online photo printing service at Reviewed. We love its high-quality prints and the wide variety of photo-themed gift options that are available, including photo books. For high-end wedding and baby albums, modern custom calendars, and frames, Artifact Uprising is also incredible. After our wedding, my husband and I made our parents their own layflat wedding albums as gifts on Artifact Uprising, and they were stunning.
34. For the one who is always dehydrated: Yeti Rambler Water Bottle
Best gifts for women: Yeti Rambler (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)
Yeti products have a cult following, and this popular water bottle would be a welcomed gift for anyone who is good or bad at staying hydrated (I am bad I guess I need a Yeti Rambler). When we tested water bottles, the Yeti Rambler was our top pick for the outdoors.
35. For the one who walks a lot: Birkenstocks
Best gifts for women: Birkenstocks (Photo: Nordstrom)
Birkenstocks slowly made a comeback over the last couple of years, and now they are once again a summer footwear staple. I own three pairs of Birkenstocks (see my review of them here), and they are so comfortable that I no longer wear other shoes during summer. I recommend the Arizona sandals, as well as the less expensive Essentials Arizona sandals. Both are fantastic.
36. For the carb lover: A pasta maker
Best gifts for women: Marcato Atlas Pasta Maker (Photo: Sur La Table)
If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys cooking and loves Italian food, a pasta maker would make for a fun gift. It’s not just a gadget. It’s also an experience! How fun would it be to learn to make your own pasta in the comfort of your own kitchen?! Our favorite pasta maker at Reviewed is the Marcato Atlas 150.
37. For the makeup aficionado: A lighted makeup mirror
Best gifts for women: Lighted makeup mirror (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)
If you’re shopping for someone who's into makeup, it can be hard to get them actual products if you have no idea what they use and love. Something easy to get the makeup lover in your life, though, is an accessory that enhances the experience of putting makeup on: a lighted makeup mirror! The Deweisn Lighted Makeup Mirror is the best value makeup mirror we tested, as it provides perfect views and lighting for optimal makeup application. For under $25, you can help her look flawless every day with this unique gift idea.
38. For the one who is always on-the-go: Fjällräven Backpack
Best gifts for women: Fjallraven Kanken Backpack (Photo: Nordstrom)
The Fjallravenn backpack is not only trendy and useful (with hundreds of 5-star reviews on Nordstrom), but they are also functional and of great quality. The brand makes our favorite casual use backpack out of all the ones we tested, so we can safely say this is a great gift. No matter their age, a backpack is always nice to have, for school, work, traveling, and commuting.
39. For the runner: Garmin Forerunner 245 Running Watch
Best gifts for women: Garmin 245 (Photo: Reviewed/Betsey Goldwasser)
After testing running watches, the Garmin Forerunner 245 took the top spot as the best one. Whether the person you're shopping for Is training for their 10th marathon or just casually enjoys running, this watch would be welcomed with open arms—I mean wrists.
40. For the one who hates jeans: Madewell Jeans
Best gifts for women: Madewell Jeans (Photo: Nordstrom)
I thought I hated jeans until I discovered Madewell jeans. They’re comfortable, they’re slimming, they never rip, and they’re a great price. Madewell also has sizes for all—petite, tall, curvy, etc. If you're not sure what kind to get, I recommend the perfect vintage jeans or a classic 10-inch (not too low-waisted, but not too high, either) in a solid color dark wash, like Hayes Wash. Read more about why I'm obsessed with Madewell jeans here.
41. For the one who wants to upgrade from iPhone photography to actual photography: Panasonic Lumix LX100
Best gifts for women: Lumix Camera (Photo: Lumix)
Recommended by one of our tech experts, this camera is perfect for beginners. If you're shopping for someone who is pretty good at taking smartphone photos, consider giving the gift of real photography this year. Though there is an updated model, the LX100 is still a great choice given the price.
42. For the artsy one: Jiggy for Anthropologie Puzzle and Glue Set
Best gifts for women: Jiggy for Anthropologie puzzle (Photo: Anthropologie)
Not only have puzzles become a trendy activity, but so have the options of puzzles to buy. Jiggy's puzzles are works of art—literally. After your complete them, they become pieces of wall art you can proudly display in your home. For anyone who has been occupying time spent at home with puzzles, a Jiggy puzzle would be a perfect gift.
43. For the wine lover: Corkcicle Insulated Stemless Glass
Best gifts for women: Corkcicle Wine Tumbler (Photo: Corkcicle)
Corkcicle’s stylish stemless wine thermos is a perfect gift for wine drinkers. With over 1,500 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, this cute little thermos will keep their drink cold during socially distant outdoor gatherings and anti-social outdoor gatherings, in which a person spends time alone outdoors. It comes in a variety of colors, including one called “Unicorn Magic.”
44. For the health nut: Skinnytaste cookbooks
Best gifts for women: Skinnytaste cookbooks (Photo: Skinnytaste)
As a WW (Weight Watchers) member, I almost exclusively cook recipes from the Skinnytaste website and cookbooks. As a longtime follower of Gina Homolka's blog, I can confirm her recipes are both healthy and amazing. Any of her cookbooks would make for a great gift alone, together, or with a kitchen gadget or small appliance that can be used with the cookbook.
- Get the Skinnytaste Meal Prep Cookbook on Amazon for $17.99
- Get the Skinnytaste One and Done Cookbook on Amazon for $20.69
- Get the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook on Amazon for $18.87
- Get The Skinnytaste Cookbook on Amazon for $23.08
45. For the one who loves being cozy: Lou & Grey Loungewear
Best gifts for women: Lou & Grey sweats (Photo: Loft)
Lou & Grey sweats are crazy popular and crazy comfy. I purchased a matching set back in March and have since ordered two more. While they are fantastic together, both the sweatshirt and sweatpants are great on their own, too. The fleece lining is comfortable and has remained that way after countless times in the wash. If you're looking for a gift that screams comfort, look no further than a Lou & Grey loungewear set. Perfect for all ages and style preferences, you can't go wrong here.
46. For the girl who has everything: La Mer Moisturizing Crème
Best gifts for women: La Mer Moisturizing Cream (Photo: Sephora)
La Mer is an expensive moisturizer with a cult following—and also a perfect gift if you want to ball out on someone. La Mer moisturizing cream has over 79,000 hearts at Sephora and over 1,900 reviews at Nordstrom with a 5-star rating. That is a lot of love. Why not spread it? (Pun not intended.)
47. For the one you live with: Peloton (. because then you get to use it, too)
Best gifts for women: Peloton (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)
If you're looking to splurge, a Peloton is truly an amazing gift if you're shopping for someone who loves spinning. We recently tested exercise bikes and found the newest version of Peloton's bike, the Bike+, to be the best one on the market. However, the regular bike is still great if you're not looking to spend that much and want to join the Peloton club. As a proud owner of a Peloton (you can read my review of the original bike here), I think it is a perfect gift if you have the money. An important note: While Peloton bikes are expensive, they can be financed for a monthly price lower than many gym memberships (especially if you'll be splitting the cost with someone!).
48. For the one who is always smiling: Sugarfina candy
Best gifts for women: Sugarfina candies (Photo: Sugarfina)
Sugarfina candies are not like regular candies. They are cool candies. But really. With flavors such as bourbon, rosé, and champagne, it doesn't get much fancier than this.
49. For the one you have no idea what to buy: Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler
Best gifts for women: Sephora Perfume Sampler (Photo: Sephora)
If you ever get stumped on what to give your wife, sister, girlfriend, mom, friend, etc, my go-to gift recommendation is a Sephora perfume sampler. Many years ago, my grandmother bought this for me as a gift. I knew nothing about perfume at the time, but I was able to dabble in a few best-sellers thanks to this kit. When I was done, I picked my favorite and redeemed the coupon in the gift set for a full-sized bottle. Even now that I know about perfume, I would still welcome this gift, as it's not every day I get to try new fragrances.
50. For the picky one: Gift cards
Best gifts for women: Gift cards (Photo: Amazon)
Shopping for some people can be hard. I get it. I am a person who is hard to shop for. Being this type of person, I can tell you first hand that gift cards are the way to go when shopping for a gift critic. If you're looking for a gift for someone who loves to spend money, I guarantee they will love the gift of spending someone else's money.
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