Holiday gift giving can be a fun time, here are some ideas for everyone on your list!
If you're constantly stumped about how to give the perfect gift, here are some great gifts to consider for your list when asking "What do I want for Christmas."
Whether your loved ones like electronics, music, games, the culinary arts, workouts, or toys, there's something for everyone here. While we've categorized the groups by unisex, his, hers, and kids, most of these gifts are really quite appropriate for anyone.
Toys make great gifts for the young at heart, and gadgets that may be a favorite for guys can also inspire a daughter or girlfriend. So. Read on to find great ideas for just about anyone this holiday season!
Discover lots of great gift ideas below!
What makes a good unisex gift?
Unisex gifts are some of the most versatile gifts on the list. Items that are used by a whole household are considered here, or things that can be used as a group. If you're looking for something that's easy to share with everyone, this is the category for you.
Check out our first three recommendations below!
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
One of the most frustrating things when it comes to e-readers is the fact that you can't see them well on a bright summer day. This puts a damper on beach reading or a day by the pool. However, the Kindle has solved this problem with their Paperwhite technology, which is designed to be as easy to see in bright sun as it is when it is backlit.
This 6-inch tablet is a pretty stripped down piece of smart equipment. It basically exists for books and reads only in black and white. However, the 300ppi display is almost as crisp as a handheld book. A single battery charge can last weeks, which makes it a great space and weight-saving option for taking to the beach.
With the Kindle comes access to all books available through Amazon. Purchase titles for as little as 99 cents or even borrow books for free through Prime. Friends who have purchased favorite books can loan you books through Kindle's settings as well. Set your book to scroll as one continuous text or turn pages like a real book, depending on your preference.
Best of all, the book goes right back to where you left off, which means that there is no concern about losing your place. This is even true if you've been reading on another device and switch to your Kindle.
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In addition to just reading, you can use the Kindle for better understanding a text. Write in the margins with the annotation feature. Look up words that you don't understand and link to historical events that are described to read a bit more about the background of a historical piece. This offers the encyclopedia, dictionary, and novel in one.
If anyone in your family is looking to research a topic in-depth but hasn't found the time to get to a library, many libraries now offer e-book sharing services that you can work with, which makes it even more versatile. Take notes that you can keep in your kindle, write in the margins of your college or high school e-textbooks, and more.
Want to know the truth?
The Kindle is a great gift for just about everyone. Students and avid readers are the obvious choices. However, many Kindles offer magazine access, which makes it great for flipping through your favorite issue before it even hits the newsstand. DIYers can use it for recipes, crafting, and building tips, and parents can find an excellent new bedtime story for the kids on this tablet as well.
A better question should be who isn't this a good gift for?
What do you Meme? Adult Party Game
Fair warning, this is not a gift to use on family game night. This game offers adult themes and dirty humor as you decide which of your caption cards best represents the photo that is being displayed. The game rotates judges, who must choose their favorite saying from the options that are anonymously presented to them.
The game is designed for 2-20 players and can be hours of fun. When you get bored of the original set of pictures and caption cards, there are a number of expansion packs available to add even more spice to your game.
It's an excellent choice if you and your family like humor that's a little past G-rated. Adults with teenage or adult children can have a bit of fun on a different level with this game. Continue family game night long past the ages when your teens want something more exciting to do.
Humor is one of psychology's most important coping mechanisms, so engaging in a daily laugh, is a great way to stay upbeat, positive, and healthy. Game nights are a great way to keep friends and family close; they are more than just a way to pass the time.
Instead, games offer a chance to laugh together, build bonds, and keep the loneliness that is being spoken about in the age of takeout and social media away.
Make a splash and guarantee hours of comedic fun with this gift for adults with a bit of a love for dirty jokes.
Amazon Echo Dot
This smart little device gives you access to your own personal assistant, Alexa, anytime you need her.
This is a great first step into the smart home foray. You can control different temperatures throughout a house, use your app (connected to a smart home program of your choice) to turn up the furnace on your way home (which is perfect for individuals and families on irregular schedules), turn off that light that you forgot to leave on, get warnings that a door has been opened (giving you warnings about both burglaries and truant teens), move lights around when you're on vacation, open the garage door, preheat the oven, and more.
The Echo Dot can be used to:
At 1.3 inches high and only 3 inches across, the Echo sits unobtrusively on any surface you wish, like a table or a shelf. It comes in plain black, as well as a number of different fabric and leather wraps to complement your decor. You can listen to it quietly through a set of Bluetooth speakers or blare it so that the world can hear.
You can passcode protect your echo to avoid having your five-year-old request the world's biggest dollhouse be shipped to your doorstep. Overnight. From Belgium. This will let your kids continue to enjoy the media and smart house features of this piece without the ability to take an unlimited shopping spree.
You can also customize what kinds of purchases your teen can make. Give them access to pizza, but keep them away from online fashion and electronics purchases.
The echo can play songs that you like and help you to discover new loves. Similar to services like Pandora, you can ask it to play a new artist that is like the Rolling Stones. Or, run Pandora directly through your echo if you prefer.
This smart little assistant can do just about anything you need in the virtual world. Unfortunately, it can't cook and clean for you, though it can look up five-star takeout and cleaning services in your area and schedule them to come by.
The Echo is a great gift for anyone who is constantly looking things up on a smartphone and wants an assistant to do that verbally. If you like audio features like audiobooks and music, it can again be a perfect gift. Audiophiles can choose between options with Sony speakers and Logitech Harmony hubs.
Don't feel like speaking out loud to Alexa?
Simply connect to the dot on any smartphone through the Alexa App. You can do whatever you wish from there as well.
This smart little robot is a smart gift for quite a few people on your Christmas list.
What kind of gifts fit in this year's male category?
The gifts in this year's "For Him" category have a theme of fun, with and without the practicality. If there's a hardworking man in your life that needs a little more whimsy, there might be something here to do just the trick:
Check out these fun items for more great gift giving ideas!
DJI Phantom P3-STANDARD Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera
Channel your inner helicopter pilot with this powerful, functional quadcopter.
Drones have been up-and-comers in the world of technology for some time. Drones with cameras are excellent for taking aerial photos of real estate, for surveying issues during bad conditions (they were wonderful for showing where people were stranded in flood conditions during recent hurricanes), and for taking large group photos.
The aerial capabilities of a drone are as fun as that of a model airplane and even more versatile. You can view what the camera sees from a laptop below and always get the best shot possible.
This gift is a practical, perfect gift for a number of different professionals. Photographers can take their work to the next level. They can explore aerial photography or use it to discover great landscape shots.
Wildlife professionals can unobtrusively check on large animals from above without disturbing them or navigate rough streams without needing to set foot inside. Rescue workers can check a scene that's too steep or otherwise dangerous to scout.
And don't forget fun!
The best feature of this drone is that as handy as it is, it's ten times as fun. It's easy to use as your first drone to pilot, as you need only to drag your finger along a bar with a GPS map, and everything else, from takeoff to landing, is done by the drone. It's strong enough to withstand light breezes, though it can't take large winds.
Simply give it about a ten-foot landing radius to keep everyone safe from the blades, and discover all the reasons that you'll be finding every excuse to take your new drone out during the new year!
A toy for adults that's both practical and super fun? Sign me up!
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
A smartwatch that hides its capabilities!
This beautiful black watch just looks like a regular (but good-looking) timepiece when you see it on the wrist.
However, it has a superpower!
Turn the bezel to access apps and change the watch into a smart screen. While the face looks like an analog watch, it's simply a well-crafted digital version of the real thing, with details that the finest craftsman will love.
The watch offers fun items like a speedometer, altimeter, and sleep sensor. You can play music from your phone or streaming service to its speakers, or use the Bluetooth connection to bounce it to your wireless headphones. This makes it the perfect partner for a run with music.
The watch comes initially with a polypropylene strap that is plastic, durable, and easy to clean. You can upgrade it to leather, metal, or woven nylon if you prefer a different material.
This is the one gift in the "for him" category that really doesn't translate well to most women. While the function of the smartwatch is perfect for many women, the size of the watch itself is a bit too clunky for many women, and even younger boys and small-boned men.
This is a perfect gift for the man in your life who needs the capabilities of a smartphone but struggles to find a place for it during active times. The athlete who is listening to conference calls during a 10-mile run is a perfect example. It's a great choice for techies who are always looking to try out the newest, best technological advances and see how they stack up.
It's a wonderful gift for someone who may be borderline struggling with health issues and needs closer monitoring. Similarly, the GPS tracking can make it an unobtrusive watch for an elder with dementia that gives you a way to find them if they are prone to disappearing.
If your realm of play is the digital world, this is the smaller, smarter, handier version of a smartphone. It's all the essentials in one smart looking timepiece.
And our final item in the Men's category?
Fender Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Case
Unleash your inner rock star with this Fender starter kit. It includes everything you need to give yourself guitar lessons and care for your new musical instrument. Made by Fender, a legend on its own when it comes to musical prowess, this is the perfect way to help someone realize their inner dream of being a musician or to help them to rekindle it.
While this is in the men's category, it really can be used by anyone and is a great choice for the teen in your life who is just discovering music. They can watch the instructional DVD and learn the basics, start lessons, or just begin figuring out how to play on their own.
Reviews on this guitar are almost universally high. You get a lot of things with it that are worth more than the value of the guitar, for a reasonable price. The guitar comes with a tuner but is well-tuned when you take it out, making it perfect to unwrap on Christmas morning and begin learning to play right away.
Though it's a learning guitar, it's a Fender, and they really don't know how to make anything halfway. It comes with their notorious quality, which makes it a great piece for anyone who loves music and wants to play guitar.
This is really the perfect gift for anyone who loves music and wants to discover a guitar. It's from a brand that is known for quality, but it's an introductory instrument that's offered at an affordable price. The guitar is full-size, so it offers both full sound and a full range of playability for anyone from a child to a large adult.
It's suitable for those who want to play folk, country, rock, and even classical guitar. This instrument is great for those who want to teach themselves by fooling around as well as by those who want to take lessons.
Though it's billed as a starter guitar, the quality of this Fender instrument will mean that as you improve and perhaps go to a higher-quality instrument, this will be the guitar you hang onto as your first and can pull from the closet at any time to reminisce, while you discover that it continues to keep perfect tune.
It will also work great if you want to learn and then pass it on to the next generation of musician, as your budding music career inspires others to also discover the love of all things musical.
A great choice for budding musicians. But what about gifts for the lady in your life?
What is the theme with women's gifts?
Many of the unisex gifts and the men's gifts could be perfect for the woman in your life as well, and perhaps you've already chosen the perfect gift for her before reading too far. However, if you're still looking, these three gifts are designed with the theme of self-improvement.
This is hardly a female theme. However, if you look at the market share of items geared toward women working to become fit, strong, and healthy, they are quickly overtaking men's fitness.
On that note, here are three choices for you to consider if the woman in your life is striving to compete in an athletic event, to better herself, or even if she's looking to squeeze a little more time out of her superwoman schedule:
Check out these three gifts for the superwoman in your life!
Fitbit Charge 2
The Fitbit 2 is a great way to keep track of your health. Though billed as a pedometer to help you to get your 10,000 steps, it's ever so much more.
This fitness technology will monitor your pulse and track calorie burn, monitor your sleep and give you a reading of how restless you are, and monitor stairs climbed and other factors for an even more accurate reading of the difficulty of your steps. It pairs with an app to give you the best information possible in an easy-to-read display.
Tracking devices like Fitbits are also good for monitoring for possible health problems. They are excellent for those who have borderline problems like prediabetes, heart conditions and more because they give you a baseline of normal function and a record of your daily activity and sleep levels.
You can bring your Fitbit log to the doctor with you during checkups so they can see the results of your efforts and possibly notice any sort of inconsistencies. If you're feeling constantly tired, showing your sleep records to the doctor can also give you a bit of information about how they can best help you to overcome the problem.
Fitbits like this are great for both men and women who want to get in shape, keep in shape, or monitor their health. It's an excellent choice for someone who wants both a smartwatch and a fitness monitor, as it functions as both.
Athletes, those who are working to drop baby weight, and busy women who are always on the go and want to see how much they walk in a day can all benefit from this watch.
Show the woman in your life how strong she is.
New Balance Women's WW928 Health Walking Lace-Up Sneaker
It's not a Jimmy Choo -- but what about this shoe?
If the woman in your life is always on her feet in a profession like teaching or nursing, this may be just the shoe to help her to keep her feet and legs from overtiring at the end of the day.
These New Balance shoes have been known as nursing shoes for some time because of the fact that they are able to keep your body walking and free of pain. The shoes are so well-known for this that they can sometimes be reimbursed through Medicare as medically-approved footwear.
The shoes aren't overly stylistic, but they are still nice looking. They come in all-white or all-tan and haven't changed much over the years. However, if you have diabetes, plantar fasciitis, arch problems, or just continuously painful feet or legs after a day of work, this might be just the ticket. If they're planning to start regularly walking in an exercise program, it can also be a good choice.
Unless your wife is a nurse or suffering from some medical foot problems, this might not be the choice for her.
However, a mother or elderly relative who is finding it more difficult to stay active will find these to be a great way to be mobile and pain-free. The gift of mobility in your loved ones who are beginning to lose it is one of the most precious things that you can offer, and these shoes are a great start.
A pair of New Balance walking shoes and an offer of a daily walk might be the best gift ever for a sister, mother, or grandmother.
The pair of comfy and cute shoes? What could be better?
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
This is one of the most notorious word-of-mouth sensations in modern history. While pressure cookers have been around for a long time, especially as a stovetop version, they weren't a hit until the Instant Pot.
Today, you almost can't open a social media account without finding someone who has just "discovered" the power of this handy kitchen tool. Meals that took hours are ready in 15 minutes.
Pressure cookers work by applying a low heat and high pressure to food. This allows you to cook food quickly without burning it. It works extremely well with beans, grains, and tough cuts of meat.
Though it doesn’t give quite the same result as the long, slow cooking of a crock pot, it offers a reasonable facsimile at rocket speed. If you watch any of the cooking shows on TV, you’ll find that pressure cookers are a staple.
The pot has an onboard microprocessor to monitor temperature and pressure, time and heating intensity. The inner pot is made from 8/18 food-grade, uncoated stainless steel. The bottom is 3-ply for even heat distribution.
The pot is UL and ULC certified. It comes with a number of accessories, including a steam basket, condensation collector, rice paddle, soup ladle, measuring cup, and recipe book.
Instant Pots are great for cooking a number of different foods. Soup and stew, chili and chowder are obvious foods.
Roasts and steamed veggies, curries, pho broth, stocks, bone broths, beans, grains, and even breakfast foods like egg bakes and steel-cut oatmeal are a few button pushes and less than an hour away. If you’re not good in the idea department, the recipe book offers a number of great choices that range from home cooking to breakfast food to global cuisine.
Though the instant pot is in the “for her” category, it’s really for anyone in the family who likes to cook. This is a great gift for many different kinds of people.
Busy parents who don’t have a lot of time to prepare family meals, aspiring chefs who want to take their culinary arts to the next level, and new renters or homeowners who are just learning how to cook for themselves.
Crockpot aficionados whose kitchen appliances are ready to retire and Gordon Ramsay disciples will all enjoy these pots. Male, female, old and young, an Instant Pot may bring the best gift of all to a family: mealtime togetherness and family dinners.
A smart pot that does the cooking for you in 70 percent less time? What could be better?
What do we need to know about the kids' category for our Christmas list?
All three of the kids’ toys in this list can be enjoyed by ages from toddler to adult and require only imagination and wonder to use. Imagination and wonder are the two best gifts that you can give any child or adult, and in the spirit of this, all the gifts find ways to harness these wonderful traits.
Read on to discover the wonderful choices!
All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet
Tablets are great, portable devices that perform a wonderful range of functions for work and play. And there is a wide variety of apps designed just for little ones. If you’re finding that your own tablet gets commandeered too often by the kids, or if you have to play referee with a single kids’ tablet, it might be time to look into getting your child or children a tablet of their very own.
There are a lot of advantages to the Kindle Fire Kids’ Edition. They have the best guarantee around; if you can find a way to break it, they’ll replace it.
Drop it in the bathtub from out a second story window? No problem. Stick it in the toaster? Well, maybe that goes too far… But you get the point.
Kindle has overtested their machine to be as unbreakable as possible. If your kid can top that, they’ll reward them with a new machine, and then will probably go back and re-engineer the thing to be breakproof one more way as well. This warranty is good for two years from the date of purchase.
The bright, bounce-proof cases come in yellow, blue, and pink, which makes it easy for your kids to tell their devices apart from those of siblings. They can be used with corded or Bluetooth headphones and can connect to either Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, depending on the version that you decide to purchase.
Charge time is a mere 6 hours, which means that your device can be ready to go again the next morning.
What features does the Kindle Fire offer?
Who should I put on my wishlist?
This Kindle Fire is great for a child at any age you feel is worth monitoring to avoid curious or unintentional access to adult content. This can include toddlers who are just beginning to learn how to navigate devices and need a safe, educational menu of media.
Elementary-age kids who are looking for entertainment that is age-appropriate and targeted toward learning are also great for this. These tablets are great for school, downtime, road trips, and more.
Getting a smart device for your kids this Christmas might be super smart!
What do I Want for Christmas? - Perfect Gift Ideas for Everyone (2017 Holiday Season)
KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse
What makes this KidKraft dollhouse so special?
Discover fine living in a four-story mansion with this 4-foot tall scale model. It comes with eight rooms, 32 pieces of furniture, and is perfect to use with Barbie, G.I. Joe, or any other doll of your choosing. It offers an elevator that glides effortlessly between the second and third stories. It’s the perfect size for several kids to play at once.
Dollhouses are a great way to build relationship skills through role-playing. Kids take their dolls through different life scenarios and learn about sharing, kindness, and basic socializing.
Playing dolls with other kids allows them a safe space to work out issues that are hard to vocalize in the term of themselves. Dolls are a favorite toy for many a girl, and there are lots of social benefits for boys who enjoy dollhouses as well.
Reviews of this dollhouse are very positive. KidKraft is known for items that are easy to assemble, high in quality, and very sturdy. They are made from wood and more eco-friendly than other companies who make their toys from plastic.
There are an impressive number of features on this fun dollhouse, including:
Of course, your daughter, niece, or other young girl in your family may love this huge dollhouse as well. Just make sure you have plenty of room in your playroom or bedroom, as this is as large as a piece of furniture. But they’re not the only ones who will want this dollhouse.
Think beyond the typical little girl. There are a lot of benefits to dollhouses. It comes disassembled, which means a great project to put together for young girls and boys alike. They can use it for dolls, as a makeshift shelf for books, as a model for interior decorating, and more. It can be a fun project for aspiring carpenters, dioramists, and more.
Even interior decorators who are looking for a fun way to show mock-ups in their office, businesses with kid-heavy waiting rooms, and fun little boutiques that are looking for a novel shelf concept for baubles can enjoy this building. Check it out today and discover all the possibilities for yourself!
Wow! Lots of great choices so far. And the final piece?
LEGO Pirates The Brick Bounty (70413)
Yo ho ho and a box of LEGOs! The perfect Christmas gift to all little boys out there.
Our final choice for great Christmas presents is a box of LEGOs. This Danish company has thousands of sets to choose from.
This is a great example of a fun set, but keep in mind that the company has a wide variety of sets that cover pop culture icons like Scooby Doo, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Elven Kingdom, Marvel Comics, Ninjago, and more. Each year, LEGO offers a certain number of limited-run sets, including this pirate ship.
Set 70413, the Brick Bounty, is a part of the LEGO Pirates series.
These playsets are great for so many things. LEGO bricksets are great for kids that range in age from 7 to infinity. This set is rated for ages between 7 and 14, but many adults who grew up with LEGO have kept them in their life as well.
Take this ship and work the many moving components. Sail the high seas and plunder your other boats, have a sea war and send the pirates to Davy Jones’ locker, then rebuild and have it return the next day like the Flying Dutchman.
Get this LEGO set on its own or create an entire world with the whole series of LEGO Pirates sets. You can add other non-LEGO toys or stick with the bricks. You can build the set as the instructions suggest or rebuild it and other sets in any way that your imagination shows.
Best of all, if a piece falls off, you can always pick it up and start again. Storage is also a snap- put it on display as a completed model or break it down into its parts and store it in its original box or a shared tote with other sets and instruction kits.
This pirate ship is a great gift for the pirate lover and the LEGO lover alike. Collectors will love the fact that all limited-edition sets gain value over time. Future engineers, builders, and hands-on DIYers will all love learning why the world of LEGO is one of the most popular kids’ toys of all times. Whether this is their first LEGO or their thousandth, they are wonderful toys to discover.
Girls and boys, adults and children are all great recipients of this pirate ship. Boaters who have collections of ships on their shelves may enjoy this model in their curio cabinet. Remember, if pirate ships aren’t your kid’s favorite thing, there are hundreds of different choices of sets to discover. Take a look for yourself and find the perfect LEGO for everyone in your life.
What a great gift!
So based on all this information, is there a best overall gift for everybody? Read on and discover our recommendations!
So what's the best gift overall?
Choosing the best gift overall was a hard one. We needed something that would fit everyone, would be useful despite different interests, ages, and genders. Based on this, one gift from this list clearly stood out as the winner.
While almost any of these gifts would be great for those on your list, our overall favorite was chosen because it's the most versatile. It will work for almost any age, can be shared by a family or enjoyed by an individual. It's smart, long-lasting, and offers endless hours of enjoyment in addition to a practical resource for everyone in the family. It's an easy thing for a household to share and comes in your choice of black or white.
That's right, the Kindle Paperwhite wins our favorite item of the season contest. Basically, it's small enough to go anywhere with you in a purse or backpack with the storage space to fit a library. We love that it's something that you can use in the bright of day or the dark of night, making it as versatile as your favorite book. Whether you're a nonfiction fan who just likes books for their instructive purposes, a budding novelist, a parent who's looking for more story hour choices, or a sucker for a good romantic ending, this is a great gift.
While you're picking one up for everyone on your "What do I want for Christmas" list, you may want to treat yourself as well, or add it to your own list!
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