With Christmas only days away, are you still searching for that one unique gift idea that will make Christmas morning extra special. Well, I’m certain you’ve perused gift lists that cover so many things that by now your head is simply spinning. That’s why I’ve decided to mix it up a bit here, giving you some perfect presents for travelers, gifts for around the house, bath and beauty gifts, and kitchen gifts that each offer something super fun and interesting, but none of which will blow your budget out of the water.
We’ve got cool techie gifts and gizmos, and even a small, just for fun kind of gift that you could get for a teacher, friend or distant relative. But there’s no doubt about it, quantities are diminishing so it pays to shop now, while you can still get free two day delivery with Amazon Prime. If you’re not a member, now is definitely the time to consider it. Plus, the gift of Amazon Prime is a no-hassle, great gift idea for anyone on your gift list. Don’t forget, December 22 is the cut-off day for two day shipping in order to get your gifts there in time for Christmas. And if you still can’t find the right present, even after all your searching, by all means, go for an Amazon gift card. There’s no question, that with millions of items available on Amazon, your giftee will find something absolutely perfect and you’ll be the hero who made it all possible.
Whether you’re looking for a few add on items, or the one really big gift that will make this year’s Christmas special, we found a lot of gift ideas that are sure to please pretty much anyone on your list. Here are our Top 26 Best Christmas Present Ideas for 2016.
Best Christmas Gifts – Gizmos & Gadgets
1. Mevo – Live Event Camera for iOS Devices
1. Mevo – Live Event Camera for iOS Devices
This Christmas can be the year you capture and share all your best memories with a pocket sized camera that virtually turns your iOS device into a full editing suite. Mevo is the new pocket-sized live event video camera, and the companion iOS app lets you edit while you film. Now you can share live events in real time with unprecedented production value. Turn your iPhone into your own personal video editing suite. Zoom, pan and cut with ease, all from a single camera and iOS app. Stream live to your customers, family and friends from virtually anywhere via Wi-Fi or LTE. Mevo supports Livestream and is the first camera to stream to Facebook Live. Now you’re in the director’s chair. From concerts to school plays to business events, Mevo delivers a new kind of video sharing experience. Be sure to get a protective case to safely take your Mevo to every event you want to share. And make sure they have plenty of memory cards to record, edit, share and save.
Price: $399.99 (15 percent off MSRP)
2. Tile Mate Key Finder
Keys and phones have an uncanny knack for disappearing, usually at the most inconvenient times and places. With the Tile Mate, you can avoid frustration and worry as you’ll always know how to track down your stuff. Use your smartphone to make your Tile Mate ring when it’s nearby, but out of sight. If your Tile Mate is within Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it. Tile Mate is perfect for hooking onto your keys, luggage, bags, or anything else you never want to lose. Or use the Tile Mate adhesives (sold separately) to stick Tile Mate to any flat surface. Now 25 percent smaller than before, Tile Mate easily loops onto key chains or attaches to anything you don’t want to lose, meaning you can find your stuff fast. Use your smartphone to make your Tile Mate ring when it’s nearby but out of sight. And if you can’t find your phone, just press your tile and it will ring your phone even if it’s on silent. A custom cover protects your Tile Mate from the weather and wear and tear. You can even get a custom dog or cat collar that holds your Tile Mate so you’ll never lose
your pets either.
3. Toymail Talkie: Bitsy a Bat
Now kids can stay connected with mom and dad, grandparents and friends, no matter the distance. With this super cool Toymail device, sending Toymail is a cinch! Kids simply cycle through their contacts and push a button on the back of the Talkie to message a grownup’s phone or another kid’s Talkie. It’s family voice chat that’s simple and safe whether you’re in the next room or halfway around the world. Parents can change the toy’s personality, filter recordings into silly voices, and unlock physical play to make the toy ‘weee,’ snore, and laugh. Kids can two-way voice chat with their friends and family. These toys check for new messages on a timed schedule, more often when they’re being played with frequently. The Toymail Talkie is all about bringing families together, connecting parents to kids, and kids to their friends, without putting them in front of another screen. Toymail tech goes beyond messaging into expandable content to keep the toys evolving as a child grows and their interests change. Hank a Dino is another popular Toymail Talkie. The Toymail Teensie Weensie is a silly noisemaker that clips on anywhere.
Price: $52.11 (12 percent off MSRP)
4. Nest Learning Thermostat
Did you know that saving energy starts with your thermostat? It controls half your energy bill – more than appliances, or electronics. This Christmas, give the gift of true energy savings with Nest. In independent tests, the Nest Learning Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means that in two years, it can literally pay for itself. Plus, the Nest is happy to interact with its humans. With Farsight, the Nest lights up when it sees you coming and displays the time or temperature from across the room. But even if your giftee is away from home, they can control it using their phone, tablet or laptop, which means they’ll be saving energy 24-7. The Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is another highly rated home device that could be lifesaving. In the case of a fire, it sends alerts to smart phone devices. It also lights the way to safety in the dark. Nest also makes an indoor security camera that records activity and sends snapshots to your smartphone. With such good attributes, any of these three devices would make terrific Christmas gift ideas.
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5. Koolatron Coca-Cola Personal 6-Can Mini Fridge
There’s hardly anything more annoying than packing your favorite beverage to work, only to have someone snitch it from the office fridge. With this perfect Christmas gift, disappearing soda is a thing of the past. This handy desktop plug and play mini fridge keeps your cold drink chilled and at your fingertips. The Koolatron Coca Cola fridge is collector’s favorite. The Koolatron Coca Cola fridge cools up to 32-degrees below ambient temperature and holds 6 (12-ounce) cans. It also features a self-locking recessed door handle. Just keep your soft drinks and sparkling water cool and refreshing when you’re called into a last minute meeting. You could also stow other snacks in this fridge if soda isn’t your thing. This mini fridge would be a cool Secret Santa gift idea, or great for your teenager’s room as well.
Price: $29.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
Best Christmas Gifts for the Kitchen
6. Joyoldelf Silicone Wine Glasses
6. Joyoldelf Silicone Wine Glasses
Imagine having the kind of wine glasses you can take anywhere, from camping to the patio to the beach, without ever worrying that they’ll break and you’ll be cleaning up a mess of spilled wine and broken glass. Give yourself and the wine lovers on your Christmas gift list a set of these stemless silicone wine glasses. At 12 ounces each, they’re great for wine, beer or any other beverage of your choice. These fun, portable glasses are made of food grade silicone, so they’re stain-resistant, shatterproof and dishwasher safe. These little glasses will be the life of your next outdoor or indoor dinner party. For an impromptu picnic, pick up a handy grab and go kit with two silicone glasses, an unbreakable folding bottle that holds a full bottle of your favorite wine, and a handy carrying case. Silicone is such a versatile material, you can even find silicone bakeware and freezer containers, all of which are easy clean and unbreakable.
Price: $14.99 (63 percent off MSRP)
7. Müeller V-Pro 5 Blade Mandoline Slicer
With today’s focus on fresh food rather than fast food, people want to step up their kitchen game. This Müeller mandoline slicer is the perfect Christmas gift idea for foodies and anyone who wants to learn to create meals that will impress their family and friends. This wickedly sharp little tool can quickly slice a whole tray of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. Since we know that presentation makes food far more appealing, imagine how much easier it will be to convince picky kids to eat what’s good for them. This mandoline comes with an excellent four blade set, made of hardened surgical stainless steel. This kitchen essential is easy to operate, and even easier to clean because it’s dishwasher safe. With this mandoline, you can create veggie slices that are perfect for grilling. Keep them from falling through the grates on your barbecue with a set of non-stick grill mats. Whenever you’re using sharp tools, kitchen cuts area almost inevitable, but you can help prevent them with cut resistant kitchen gloves. Impeccably sliced veggies are also the key to a perfect stirfry. Why not consider adding a wok and stirfry cookbook to this affordable gift selection?
Price: $29.99 (50 percent off MSRP)
8. Mason Jar Measuring Cups
Remember how collectible old blue canning jars are? These stylish Mason Jar measuring cups feature a design inspired by those same vintage canning jars. Use each layer of the jar is ready to measure liquids or solids in four sizes – one cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup. Because they’re dishwasher safe, they’re easy to clean. Then simply stack them back into their jar shape for a cute countertop display. Get the matching Mason Jar measuring spoons to go along with this cure Christmas gift. The Mason Jar Ceramic Cookie Jar is another adorable addition to any kitchen counter.
9. Chefcoo™ Eight Piece Kitchen Gadget Set
Prep work is the biggest chore in the kitchen, right? That’s what makes this beautiful gift box of kitchen gadgets a perfect Christmas present for anyone on your list who loves to cook. With colorful non-slip handles to brighten up any kitchen, these stainless kitchen tools include a peeler, paring knife, pie server, can opener, pizza cutter, grater, knife sharpener and a garlic press. Buying them as a set is much more affordable than purchasing each individually. Each tool has a useful hanger hole in its handle to allow for storage on a rack or hooks. If you’re looking to brighten up someone’s kitchen, check out the matching cooking utensils from Chefcoo. You can even find brightly colored cutlery to compliment the gadgets and utensils.
10. Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo Coffee & Espresso Maker
If George Clooney and Danny DeVito are convincing enough to make you buy a Nespresso machine, perhaps Christmas will compell you to give this awesome gift to someone on your list. As the pioneers of single-serve coffee, Nespresso, introduces the VertuoLine Evoluo with an all-new design. It offers freshly brewed coffee with crema as well as delicious, authentic espresso, and the Evoluo machine conveniently makes two cup sizes, an eight ounce coffee and 1.35 ounce espresso, at the touch of a button. The VertuoLine Evoluo coffee maker delivers a perfect cup of coffee time after time, thanks to Centrifusion, a patented extraction technology developed by Nespresso. The Evoluo also comes in a deluxe premium version with extra large water tank and capsule container and chromed details. To make kitchen storage convenient, get a Vertuoline storage drawer than can hold both the coffee maker and the coffee capsules.
Price: $130.22 (35 percent off MSRP)
Best Christmas Gifts for Travelers
11. Bloody Mary Carry On Cocktail Kit
11. Bloody Mary Carry On Cocktail Kit
If you’ve got a frequent flyer on your Christmas list, this nifty cocktail kit makes a perfect Christmas gift idea or stocking stuffer. It has everything they’ll need to make the perfect Bloody Mary on their travels. This kit includes the tools to craft two Bloody Mary cocktails mid-flight, including a flavorful small-batch bloody Mary mix. The carry on kit can pass muster with the TSA, making cross country cocktails and travel just that much more pleasant. These awesome kits are also available for other popular libations including Hot Toddys, and Gin and Tonics. And to make their pre-travel planning that much more fun, get them a hilarious packing list pad.
Price: $15.49 (35 percent off MSRP
12. AZMED Complete First Aid Emergency Kit
Accidents happen, especially when we’re traveling. Someone on the trip always manages to get some cut, scrape or blister, bug bite or bee sting that threatens to ruin everything. This Christmas you can pop this awesome first aid kit into their stocking to make sure they have the right treatment at the ready. This well-stocked little kit is the perfect tag along for camp outs or cross continent trips. It already contains a set of bandages for the usual scrapes and cuts, and features an extensive array of convenient and easy to use first aid supplies, from sting relief pads to alcohol wipes. Plus, if you add a few other items to your kit like Tylenol, Benadryl, Neosporin and Hydrocortisone, you’ll be set for any minor emergency that comes up, ensuring your travels will be full of fond memories no matter what happens along the way.
13. BAGSMART Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag
Looking for a compact, hassle-free way to tote your toiletries? The BAGSMART hanging travel toiletry bag is the perfect Christmas gift for travelers. The toiletry kit features multiple compartments in various sizes to accommodate everyday essentials. Unlike bulky, heavy bags that add to your burden, this space-saving bag issuper slim and lightweight so it can easily be stashed right in a suitcase or carry on. Three mesh pockets keep toiletries organized and accessible, five mesh pouches with elastic loops expand to store small supplies like toothbrushes and toothpaste, and four elastic loops hold combs, cosmetic brushes and more. Waterproof pockets with zippers keep items secure plus there’s no more worry about bottles spilling and leaking. Refillable travel containers make it easy to take small quantities of your favorite products with you.
14. The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel and the World
Want to know how to wear a kilt, kiss a stranger, prevent a hangover, get out of a sinking car, eat a lobster, greet an alien, predict the weather, play croquet and much more? The Book of Everthing has it all. Dive in and learn to travel in a whole new, more unabashed way. You’ll experience the world differently after reading this book, and once you’re mentally equipped for a world of smart, safe and exciting travel, you can use your witty know-how to make friends wherever you go. Since 1973, Lonely Planet has produced the world’s leading travel guides, but if you’re like me, you’ll also want to check out Fodor’s and Rough Guides as well as Lonely Planet guides for the cities you’re planning to visit.
15. Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Traveling exposes you to so much good stuff, and some not so good stuff, like people in the seat next to you who want to talk for hours on end. That’s when you slip on your Bose noise cancelling headphones and simply ignore them. Quiet Comfort 35 wireless headphones are engineered with world-class noise cancellation that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. These headphones connect easily to any devices with Bluetooth and NFC pairing. Volume-optimized EQ delivers balanced audio performance at any volume, while a noise-rejecting dual microphone provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments. Voice prompts and intuitive controls make communicating and controlling music hassle-free. A lithium-ion battery gives up to 20 hours of wireless play time per charge. In a situation where charging may not be possible, just plug in the included audio cable. Wired mode gives up to 40 hours of play time per charge. Premium materials make these headphones lightweight and comfortable for all-day listening. And the Bose Connect app creates a more personalized experience. This headphone set includes the Quiet Comfort 35 wireless headphones, a USB charging cable, a backup audio cable, an airline adapter and a carrying case. Bose also makes more portable wireless noise cancelling headphones.
Best Christmas Gifts for Around the House and Patio
16. Lemonbest Vintage Ceiling Chandelier
16. Lemonbest Vintage Ceiling Chandelier
A really cool Christmas gift for someone on your list who is a new homeowner is a light fixture featuring those vintage Edison style bulbs. Needless to say, this design might not fit every single home, but I’ve seen them in lots of modern, eclectic and country homes, and oddly, or miraculously, they seem to look great no matter what the home’s design or the owner’s personal style. This Edison style chandelier is a great buy and would definitely upgrade the look of any room in which it’s installed. Extra bulbs are always a great idea as a gift add-on. A simple Edison style fixture would really dress up any porch, patio or bathroom.
Price: $48.99 (51 percent off MSRP)
17. Hanging Clear Glass Prism Air Plant Terrarium
If someone on your Christmas gift list loves plants, but they’ve simply got a brown thumb or no time to take care of them, a beautiful air plant terrarium is a wonderful way to bring trouble free, easy care plants into their life. This pyramid-shaped glass terrarium adds modern style and classic elegance to a home or apartment. Made of clear glass and featuring a sturdy metal pyramid shaped frame, the hanging terrarium is perfect for adding a touch of greenery to any space. Simply hang the prism from a tree branch, eave, or ceiling, add some small stones to the base, and snuggle in some beautiful air plants that simply need a spritz of water to grow and prosper. This terrarium would also be beautiful with flickering tea lights inserted into the rocks. Consider LED tea lights if you’re worried about a fire hazard.
18. Sunbeam Electric Heated Throw Blanket
Imagine snuggling up under a sunggly, warm, cozy electric throw. No this isn’t your momma’s old electric blanket. This is intended for couch and recliner use, with a cup of hot tea and a good book or movie. This Christmas gift idea is perfect for anyone of any age. They can experience the luxurious comfort of this velvet plush heated throw as they wrap in warmth and pure pleasure on cold winter nights. This garnet red throw measures 50” x 60” and is made of luxurious, premium-soft velvet plush (100% polyester), with a Thermofine Warming System, which senses and adjusts heat to deliver consistent warmth. There are three heat settings and a three-hour auto off feature, plus this toasty throw is machine washable and dryable. In fact, if you get the Amazon Fire Stick streaming device, they can spend the who Christmas break cozied up and watching their favorite shows and movies.
19. BBQ Grill Tools Set
Every man loves his barbecue grill and all the accoutrements to go with it. This Christmas, you can class up his act with the gift of this beautiful grilling tool set. This handsome 16-piece set is made of sturdy stainless steel construction, which means they won’t rust when used outdoors. It comes with a chef spatula, grill tongs, a silicone basting brush, four pairs of corn holders, a grill cleaning brush, two skewers for grilling veggies, plus an extra cleaning brush head, all in a beautiful storage case. The elongated handles all have convenient rings for hanging nearby so he can keep his your tools close at hand. The aluminum storage case doubles as a travel carrying case, and keeps his BBQ tools safe from the elements during the off-season. For a great grilling experience, consider getting him some a remote grill thermometer to keep cook meats perfectly while he waits inside. And because it’s dark at dinner time, get your pit master a Grilluminator grilling light so he can see what he’s cooking and when it’s reached the perfect level of done.
Price: $44.99 (48 percent off MSRP)
20. Marineland Portrait Aquarium Kit
An aquarium can be a multi-faceted Christmas gift idea. Its beauty is undeniable, but the relaxing sound of the water, bubbles and the zen art of watching beautiful tropical fish is equally captivating. This awesome five gallon aquarium kit contains everything your giftee will need to get started on a new and addicting pastime. The kit includes Marineland’s three-stage hidden filtration with a Rite-Size Z Cartridge, Marineland Bio-Foam, and an adjustable flow filter pump. The bright white and blue energy-efficient LED light is hinged for easy access to the tank, and features a three-way switch to toggle between white and blue, off, and blue-only settings. The white LEDs create shimmering light in the water that mimics the underwater effect of sunlight, and the blue LEDs produce a relaxing moonlight glow. Also included is a base and a unique glass canopy that slides to the back of the aquarium for easy feeding and water care dosing. This easy-to-assemble kit is beautifully designed and easy to maintain. Beautiful aquarium plants add to the color display inside their aquarium. Aquarium sculptures make fun and interesting play structures for their fish.
Best Christmas Gifts for Bath, Body & Beauty
21. English Laundry English Rose Eau de Parfum Gift Set
21. English Laundry English Rose Eau de Parfum Gift Set
An English Rose refers to a woman who’s a bit of a darling. This Christmas, give your darling this perfume for women that’s a fruity and fresh sweet white floral. While it’s rose in color, the scent isn’t related to roses at all. Instead, this highly rated perfume from English Laundry is carefully composed with top notes of kiwi, red litchi and quince. At its heart are notes of white chocolate and jasmine with orris root, musk and precious woods at the base. This lovely perfume gift set includes perfume, body lotion, shower gel and a nifty English Laundry key ring. If your lady prefers a moe earthy, musky scent, the English Laundry Signature gift set is a great fragrance option. English Laundry Notting Hill Femme delivers more herbal and green notes and you can also get English Laundry Notting Hill for men.
22. French Vanilla Bath Gift Set
This adorable bath set is like a two-part Christmas gift in one. The french vanilla fragrance spa set comes loaded with luxurious bath products including shower gel, bubble bath, bath salts, body spray, body lotion, and two bath bombs. But what makes this set extra special is that it comes in a natural, two tone wooden jewelry box, trimmed with antique leather looking accents. It features a mirror inside to give that final check on makeup and jewelry. You could also surprise your Christmas lady with some baubles to fill her jewelry box with after she’s done using up all the fun bath products like matching earrings and a necklace, or perhaps some bangle bracelets.
Price: $35.99 (45 percent off MSRP)
23. Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat
If the stress of the holidays makes it too busy for you or your man to get to the spa for a massage, why not bring the massage to your home this Christmas? This fun and relaxing Christmas gift idea allows you to enjoy a luxurious massage right in the comfort of your own bedroom or living room. Zyllion’s new Shiatsu pillow massager gives a fantastic Shiatsu-style massage anytime. The ergonomic construction fits perfectly in the small of your back or neck while its four deep-kneading rotating nodes work wonders to relieve aches, knots and muscle tension. All your giftee has to do is sit back, press the on button, and let their stress melt away. It provides fast-acting relief, with incredible convenience and affordability. If their feet are the biggest pain point, get them a Shiatsu foot massager, or consider a foot spa that uses both warm water and massage to relieve those aching dogs.
Price: $44.95 (44 percent off MSRP)
24. Remington Lithium Powered Grooming Kit
Men have to deal with hair, and usually they wish it was more on their head than their face, bodies, nose and ears. But this dandy grooming tool is the perfect Christmas gift idea for men. This grooming kit gives your man the power of precision with complete versatility for all of his grooming needs. The Remington grooming kit includes: a full- size trimmer; foil shaver; nose, ear and detail trimmer; hair clipper comb with eight length settings; three beard and stubble combs; and a storage/travel pouch. The lithium battery is rechargeable and delivers up to 65 minutes of powerful, cordless run-time. It’s self-sharpening, surgical steel blades stay sharp and last long. Textured grips fit firmly in his hand for ultimate control at any angle. And he can simply rinse all the attachments under a faucet for easy cleaning. If you guy is bald, and he’s looking for that special tool to keep his dome pristine, the Headblade is an easy answer to a smooth and shiny look. But be sure to get him some Head Slick shave cream, created specifically for immaculate head shaves.
Price: $15.97 (20 percent off MSRP)
25. Oreadex Face Massager
Looking her best year round is probably a priority for the lady on your Christmas gift list, whether it’s your mom, wife or girlfriend. This cool facial massager delivers LED phototherapy and tender vibration with heating to help skin absorb her favorite facial creams and lotions more effectively. It can also help to reduce wrinkles, increase skin’s flexibility and tighten the skin through massaging. The ergonomic design and special powder puff shape makes it easy and comfortable to use. There are also specific massagers to use in the sensitive eye area than can deliver real wrinkle reducing results.
Price: $39.99 (33 percent off MSRP)
Best Christmas Gift Just for Fun
26. Kikkerland Silicone Ice Trays
26. Kikkerland Silicone Ice Trays
I admit it. The more I shopped this Christmas season, the more addicted I was to the myraid of cool silicone glasses, cups and cooking utensils. But let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard not to fall in love with these funny and fun ice cube trays made from silicone. They easily freeze and pop out the cutest ice cubes that are guaranteed to be conversation starters. Grown-ups will love them just as much as kids, because there are so many designs to choose from. In fact, silicone is kind of the new kitchen sweetheart for it’s durability, flexibility and easy care. You can get silicone bakeware and glassware to go along with these delightful ice trays. Jam them in the most most crowded cupboard and never worry about breakage.
Price: $5.99 – $13.99
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