59 thoughtful gifts for him that you can buy on Amazon

There’s no shame in buying all your gifts in one place. Especially if that place is Amazon. After all, it offers gift ideas in categories as diverse as home, kitchen, tech, clothing, grooming, and more. 

From cool new books to premium espresso machines, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for the men in your life – all from Amazon. They cover a range of prices and brands, including newer startups you didn’t even know about you could find on Amazon. Plus, many are Prime-eligible, which means you can make the most of that Prime membership and get last-minute gifts shipped fast. 

A camp mug he’ll carry with him everywhere

Gifts for Mom Yeti

YETI’s double-walled vacuum insulation keeps his cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot.

A grill set for the barbecue master

BBQ Grilling Tool Set

This stainless steel barbecue set has all the tools he’ll need to be a grill master, including brushes, spatulas, knives, steak forks, grip tongs, and more. 

An addictively fun set of miniature magnets

Amazon gifts for him under $100 Speks

Whether he’s naturally fidgety or he enjoys building things with his hands, he’ll love these tiny mashable toys.

Smooth and soft luxury sheets

Brooklinen set

It’s no secret that we love Brooklinen sheets. Treat him to the luxury of silky and satin-like sateen sheets this holiday season.

The “Goldilocks” pillow he’ll love sleeping on

Casper Pillow

The support and fluffiness level of this pillow is just right for many sleepers. It owes this perfect balance to a two-layer construction and cotton percale weave casing. 

A cast-iron skillet holder

Amazon gifts for him Lodge

This convenient skillet holder will allow for efficient cast-iron cooking without facing burns from the heat. It protects against up to 450 degrees, and it’s available in six fun colors.

A deluxe hardcover version of a bestselling sci-fi novel

dune

“Dune” is a true epic. If he’s already borrowed it from the library countless times, he’ll love having a special-edition version to keep for himself.

A sleek pair of wireless headphones

Soul headphones

The stylish, comfortable, and foldable headphones feature 40mm drivers that capture the satisfying sound of deep and low bass.

Amazon’s smart speaker

Amazon Echo 2020

The newest Echo speaker in the Amazon device family boasts Dolby 360° audio, dynamic bass response, and adjustable equalizer settings. Beyond taking song requests, the Echo can tell him the weather and news of the day, help him turn on smart home devices, and more. 

A protective AirPods case

Amazon gifts for him AirPods case

AirPods are precious cargo, and this silicone case adds an extra layer of protection along with its carabiner clip. Although not compatible with the AirPods Pro, the case can be used with all standard AirPods models.

A Monopoly board for the rule breaker

Monopoly Cheaters Edition

Take game night to the next level and indulge his inner rule-breaker with this Monopoly game specifically designed for cheating. There are tons of Monopoly editions out there, but this one might be the most fun for those with a competitive streak.

A cult-favorite, acne-banishing solution

Amazon gifts for men Mario Badescu

Just dab a bit of this lotion on a blemish to dry it out and reduce its appearance overnight.

A high-tech electric toothbrush

Oral B Pro 7500 Power toothbrush

Oral-B is known for making some of the best electric toothbrushes you can buy. This particular model has a smart pressure sensor that lights up when he brushes too hard. It can also connect to an app to give him other feedback on his brushing habits.

A professional-quality teeth whitening kit

SmileDirectClub

He might look a little silly with this appliance in his mouth, but the ultimate result is a brighter, whiter smile. The portable, mess-free process involves a fast-absorbing, minty brightening formula and LED light. 

A stretchy, lightweight shirt

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Basics are anything but when they’re as comfortable as the shirts from Mizzen + Main. The henley is durable yet breathable so it’ll keep up with his busy, active day.

Comfy joggers

Amazon gifts for men joggers

It’s vacation every day in these relaxed lounge pants.

Fuzzy house slippers

Ugg scuff slipper

Combine these furry slippers with loungers and a soft tee, and he has all the parts available for a cozy winter day in.  

A small and super effective soap bar

Amazon gifts under $50 Laundress

We swear by this fresh and non-toxic soap bar to take out all the stubborn stains on our clothing.

A tech-friendly backpack

incase bag

With separate compartments dedicated to his MacBook, iPad, and iPhone, this backpack is ready to keep him organized when he’s on the go. It’s also comfortable to wear and made from an ultra-durable nylon material.

A minimalist watch

tyler lauletta commerce reporter mvmt chrono watch

In addition to timeless automatic watches, MVMT makes minimalist chronograph watches that match seamlessly with his style. It’s not made for intense outdoor use, but it is weather-proof up to 50 meters. 

A well-designed leather wallet

Bellroy wallet

We love Bellroy’s thoughtful approach to wallet design, which is why the Slim Sleeve has remained our favorite men’s wallet for years. It manages to fit up to 12 cards, with two quick-access slots for his most-used cards and a pull-out section for the rest, while remaining surprisingly compact. 

A suspension trainer kit

TRX straps

The system includes everything he needs to train and challenge his body from the comfort of his home, including a free 30-day trial with the TRX app to discover smart and efficient workouts. 

A foam roller used by physical therapists and trainers

Foam roll

Foam rolling can change the way his body reacts to workouts. It keeps his muscles loose and speeds up recovery times. 

A soft, cloud-like comforter

buffy comforter

The fluffy comforter is covered by a soft, cooling eucalyptus fiber that always feels silky smooth against his skin. 

An organizer to keep his bedtime essentials close at hand

bedside organizer

Whether he chooses to wind down at night with a book or TV show, this handy organizer can store those nighttime ritual accessories. 

A quiet robot vacuum cleaner

EUFY

Weekend chore days just got a lot easier thanks to eufy’s popular robot vacuum cleaner. At less than three inches tall, it can squeeze into those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies to clean up dust and debris.

A smart bulb starter kit to add some ambiance to his space

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These smart LED bulbs can be dimmed and turned on and off from a smartphone or with the use of Alexa or Google Home. They install just like a regular lightbulb, too.

His very own espresso machine

 Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine

Breville’s machine is our top pick for the best espresso machine. It makes delicious espresso and bundles in important accessories so he doesn’t need to spend additional money on his coffee habit. 

The multi-cooker everyone knows and loves

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is efficient, versatile, and convenient, featuring seven different cooking functions that can help him make anything from a hearty stew to a sweet dessert.

A cookbook that gives him recipe inspiration

Amazon gifts for him Instant Pot Cookbook

The recipes are specifically designed for use with the Instant Pot, which means he can avoid any guesswork and uncertainty.

A slim yet durable phone case

Speck Presidio case

The cushioned phone case is also scratch-resistant, while the ridge design provides a no-slip grip. Visit Speck’s store page to find cases for other phone models. 

A kit to clean his dirty phone and glasses screens

Amazon gifts for him Whoosh

The kit isn’t the most brag-worthy gift in the list, but it might be the most practical. The alcohol- and ammonia-free formula cleans and polishes his screens with startling effectiveness. 

Apple AirPods

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The divisive earbuds are admittedly useful for iPhone users because they connect automatically to his phone and he can say Siri commands. The latest model delivers a faster wireless connection to your devices, and it’s on sale right now for $129.

A compact battery pack

Amazon gifts for him Anker

Don’t let him leave the house without a portable charger like this 10,000 mAH pack. It’s especially useful for traveling, giving him the peace of mind that he won’t lose his phone capabilities when he needs them most. 

A long and durable charging cable

Amazon gifts for him under $100 Anker

Anker says this cable lasts more than 30 times longer than other cables. And since it’s extra-long, he can charge his device far away from the outlet. 

A memoir from the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Amazon gifts for him flea

In this brand-new book, Flea recounts the tumultuous, hilarious, and inspiring experiences that ultimately brought him to start the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A personal water filter

Amazon gifts for him Lifestraw

No outdoors trip or travel adventure should take place without a LifeStraw on hand. The light and compact device removes more than 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and parasites.

A soft flannel

amazon mens flannel shirt

You can’t go wrong with a classic cotton flannel in the winter. Legendary Whitetails style comes in 13 attractive color options.

A snug beanie

Amazon gifts for him Carhartt

Gift the attention-grabbing neon-green beanie, or take the more subtle route with a neutral navy or white style. 

A pack of comfortable boxer briefs

Tommy John underwear

Though they don’t come cheap, Tommy John’s underwear consistently ranks among the best we’ve ever tried. The Second Skin fabric in particular — a blend of smooth micro modal and spandex — is a standout that’s always breathable and never pills. 

A pair of stylish boots

Thursday Boot Company Lace Up

It’s boot season and this handsome leather boot will be the star of his shoe lineup. The cork footbed and EVA comfort strip offer unparalleled, all-day comfort. 

A 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online

Amazon gifts for him Switch

The affordable membership works with compatible games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to let him compete against his friends, share his screen, or pass on a virtual controller. 

A water bottle that he’ll never tire of

Hydro Flask

He’ll always stay hydrated with a Hydro Flask in his bag. There are a variety of bright colors to choose from, as well as smaller sizes if you know he doesn’t like carrying heavy bottles.

A heavy-duty skillet

Le Cresuet skillet

The workhorse of the kitchen is the humble cast iron skillet, which lends its strong heat retention to baking, searing, stir-frying, and other cooking tasks.

A mouth-watering hot sauce

Amazon gifts for him Fat Cat

The savory hot sauce is the recipient of multiple awards. While created from one of the world’s hottest peppers, the mild sauce is more smoky than spicy.  

Fancy, infused salts

caravel gourmet infused salt sampler

Easily elevate his meals with flavor-infused salts such as Smoked Bacon Chipotle and Garlic Medley.

A cream that gives him a comfortable shave

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He can lather up with a rich and foamy cream that won’t irritate his skin or give him razor burn. For a fun seasonally appropriate option, gift him the peppermint-scented version.

A shaving set that takes care of his beard

Jack Black shave essentials

Cleanse, protect, moisturize, protect, and repeat with this three-piece set. The products contain natural, effective ingredients such as kaolin clay, macadamia nut oil, and blue algae extract. 

A wireless charging pad

belkin

It’s made for any Qi-enabled device (including AirPods!) and delivers speedy wireless charging speeds. It also looks more composed and stylish than a regular charger. 

A waterproof ebook reader

Kindle Paperwhite

The thin and light Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader has a crisp and glare-free display, and it’s now waterproof so he can read by the beach or in the tub worry-free. While he can buy ebooks, there are also a few ways to expand his reading collection for free. 

An Audible membership

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If he prefers to listen to his books while commuting, an Audible membership would be a more suitable gift. Each month, he’ll get access to one audiobook and two Audible Originals of his choice, plus 30% off any additional audiobooks. 

A travel pillow with a unique design

Gifts for best friend Trtl

Once he’s gotten used to the curious stares from his fellow passengers, he can settle into a long and restful nap. The soft and cushioned Trtl Pillow keeps his neck propped up and supported through the flight. 

Compression socks that don’t look like compression socks

Conrad socks

The socks look like ordinary socks, but they actually contain medical-grade compression technology to keep his legs comfortable on flights and after workouts. 

A small and portable cocktail making kit

Amazon gifts for men cocktail kit

Alcohol’s not included, but everything else is: recipe card, spoon/muddler, jigger, syrup, and coasters. Even if he’s squished into Basic Economy, he’ll feel like he’s flying Business Class. 

A Lego Y-Wing Starfighter kit

Lego Y Wing fighter

A Star Wars gift he’ll spend an afternoon playing around with is this newly updated Lego collectible. The details, like the opening cockpit and the accurate mini figures, are what really stand out. 

A fun word game

Amazon gifts for him Codenames

Rather than playing the same old games during game night, bring out Codenames, a challenge to figure out the secret identities of 25 agents. 

A box of Godiva chocolates

godiva holiday chocolates

Satiate his sweet tooth with this Godiva chocolate gift box that features an exciting assortment of gourmet milk, white, and dark chocolates crafted with classic Belgian fillings.

A streaming stick that gives him access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes

roku

Roku’s Streaming Stick+ is exceptional for its 4K, HDR, and HD streaming, and long-range wireless receiver. Installing it is an easy process and starts by plugging the stick into his TV. 

A gift card to use at your next movie night together

fandango

Despite the prevalence of streaming services, seeing a movie in theaters (once it’s safe to do so) is still an unbeatable experience.

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26 thoughtful holiday gifts ideas from Black-owned businesses

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  • If you’re looking to support Black-owned businesses while shopping for the holidays this year, you’ve come to the right place.
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The holiday season is officially here and gifts are on most people’s radar. This year, though, many of us are making a conscious effort to be more inclusive and supportive of diverse communities as we do our shopping. One way to do that during the holidays (and any other time of year) is to buy from Black-owned businesses.

In doing so, you’ll discover many new and interesting brands, and support under-represented small businesses that make some truly great stuff. Shopping from Black-owned businesses shouldn’t be the only effort you make to dismantle or address systemic racism, but it is one small choice that can have an impact. 

We rounded up 26 thoughtful gift ideas from Black-owned businesses ranging from small stores on Etsy to bestselling brands.

Take a look at some of our favorites, below. You’ll likely find something for everyone on your list – and yourself, too.

The 26 best gifts from Black-owned businesses:

Medium roast coffee beans

BLK & Bold Coffee

BLK & Bold Coffee, $12.99

If you’re shopping for a coffee lover, BLK & Bold’s fair trade coffee beans might be the perfect gift. The brand also donates 5% of its profits to initiatives that help sustain youth programming, enhance workforce development, and eradicate youth homelessness.

An indoor plant

The Nice Plant

The Nice Plant Blooming Energy Box, $43.99

Indoor plants are much more than an extra responsibility. They help purify the air, have been proven to reduce stress, and look good aesthetically. The Nice Plant’s Blooming Energy Box includes a small plant and a few other useful things, like a sage smudge stick, palo santo bundle, and room spray, to make their home more peaceful and relaxing. 

 

A satin-lined beanie

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Kink & Coil Satin-Lined Beanie, $35.99

Most people with naturally curly and kinky hair avoid wearing hats to reduce frizz, but Kink and Coil’s Satin-Lined beanie solves that issue. Just like a silk pillowcase or a bonnet, the inside of the beanie is designed to protect your hair from frizz and damage. On top of that, the pom-pom can be removed, if you’d prefer to wear the hat without it.

We spoke with a trichologist to learn more about how satin- and silk-lined beanies can benefit anyone with curly or high-porosity hair

A vegan leather cardholder

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Vegan Cork Leather Slim Cardholder by mindthecork on Etsy, $25.20

If their old wallet is tired and tattered, this cardholder made of vegan cork leather is a gift they can put to use right away — and use every day going forward.

A simple skincare regimen for men of color

Ceylon

Ceylon Skincare Set, $34.95

Including a detoxifying face wash, a hydrating toner, and a clarifying moisturizer, this three-step skincare kit was designed specifically for men of color. If he isn’t one for hoarding skincare products, this simple kit can help him achieve healthier skin.

A timeless watch

Asorock Watches

Asorock Monolith Watch, $135

Founded by Nigerian-American Ben Iroala and Zambian-American Andrew Mutale, Asorock specializes in making elegant timepieces — and the Monolith Watch is a unique design that can elevate any simple outfit. 

Yummy organic popcorn

Major's Project Pop

Major’s Project Pop Organic Kettle Corn 2 Pack, $31

Made using organic ingredients, Major Project Pop Kettle Corn is a healthy, tasty snack anyone will enjoy. 

Hydrating hair products

Briogeo

Briogeo Merry Multi-Masking Kit, $36

Briogeo is one of our favorite haircare brands, and their gift sets are always on point. This kit includes Briogeo’s bestselling Don’t Despair, Repair! Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask and sample size containers of two of the brand’s other masks. They’re designed to work on all hair types.

Spices made by a professional chef

Chef Max spices

Chef Max Signature Spices, $9 each

Created by professional celebrity chef Maxcel Hardy, these spices are the result of years of culinary experience. Gift these to your favorite cook and they’ll be able to incorporate them into many new recipes.

An all-purpose serum for skin and hair

Glow Skin Deep

Glow Skin Deep Glow Serum, $22

Founded in New Jersey by Marshay Monet, Glow Skin Deep was originally created to address uneven tone, blemishes, and acne scars in her own skin. Now available for everyone, the facial serum makes a great gift for skincare fans, and can also be used as a moisturizing beard oil.

Rihanna’s bestselling Fenty skincare set

Fenty Skin

Fenty Skin All Four One 4-Piece AM + PM Skincare Bundle, $112

Rihanna’s bestselling skincare bundle from her brand Fenty includes everything you’ll need to maintain healthy skin. The kit includes a facial cleanser, toner, two-in-one sunscreen moisturizer, and a nightly moisturizer. Read our full review of the Fenty skincare set here.

A hair and beard trimmer

Bevel Trimmer

Bevel Trimmer, $199.95

Designed for men of color, whose facial hair and skin tend to be slightly thicker, the Bevel Trimmer will help the one you’re gifting maintain a well-groomed look without the razor bumps that traditional trimmers can cause. Read our full review here.

A wine gift set

McBride Sisters wine

McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Wine, starting at $19.99

As the largest black-owned wine company in the United States, the McBride Sisters Collection is the perfect place to find a gift for the wine lover on your list. The Black Girl Magic collection in particular is inspired by the resilience of black women and includes varieties from Rosé to Merlot. 

An Afrocentric-patterned face mask

Upenyu masks

Cloth face mask by Upenyu, $13.50

Featuring Afrocentric patterns, Upenyu’s cloth face masks are a great gift for when you’re feeling tired of wearing boring, solid-color masks.

Catchy stationery

Effie's Paper

Effie’s Paper Stationery Sets, $18

During times where we can’t always see our loved ones in person, stationery can be very useful for sending letters and thoughtful notes. Created by Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Effie’s Paper takes something as boring as stationery and makes it fun with cute and catchy lines like “Joy is not Cancelled” and “Good Things are Coming.”

A holiday candle

Southern Elegance candle

Shop Southern Elegance Holiday Candle, starting at $16

Southern Elegance has an array of holiday-themed scented candles that make for great gifts, whether you’re spoiling someone else or indulging in something festive for yourself. 

A pair of designer sneakers

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Fear of God Blue Suede 101 Sneakers, $302

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One of the most popular streetwear brands in recent years, Fear of God by Jerry Lorenzo is known for its comfortable approach to casual style. These sneakers are a perfect way freshen up someone’s footwear rotation.

Stylish eyewear

Coco and Breezy Eyewear

Shop prescription eyewear and sunglasses at Coco And Breezy 

Founded by twin sisters Coco and Breezy, this Black-owned eyewear brand has a great selection of fashionable sunglasses and prescription glasses. Each style is designed to be gender-neutral, so everyone can wear them.

Weatherproof Chelsea Boots

Baxter Wood

Baxter Wood Chelsea Boots, $125

Delivering a futuristic take on classic Chelsea boot style, Baxter Wood is also helping preserve the environment by using recycled and natural rubber for its waterproof boots.

A tin of green tea

Golde Pure Matcha

Golde Pure Matcha, $32

If the person you’re shopping for is looking for a healthy, energy-boosting alternative to coffee, matcha might be a good fit. One teaspoon of Golde’s Pure Matcha features more caffeine than a shot of espresso and they won’t experience that awful crash.

Beautiful art prints

SBrownArt

African American Wall Art by SBrownArt, starting at $26

Released as part of artist Stacy Brown’s Urban City Life Collection, this work of art is a great gift for anyone in the process of furnishing a new space. It comes in a range of sizes that can be hung on a wall or framed for tabletops.

 

Organic hair products

Mielle Organics

Shop all Mielle Organics products here.

Founded by registered nurse Monique Rodriguez, Mielle Organics is a natural haircare brand that caters to types three and four hair. The brand will help you learn about your curl type, factors like hair porosity, and most importantly, provide you with all-natural products designed to maintain healthy hair.

A silk-lined hoodie to protect natural hair

Kin Apparel Silk Lined Hoodie

Kin Silk-Lined Hoodies, starting at $54.99

Kin Apparel hoodies feature a silk-lined hood to help protect natural hairstyles. Even if the person you’re gifting isn’t too concerned about their hair, the hoodies are so comfortable, they’ll want to wear them daily.

A puzzle for kids

Puzzle Huddle

Shop in-stock puzzles, starting at $12.95

Founded by a father who struggled to find diverse puzzles for his children, Puzzle Huddle offers a variety of kids’ puzzles that showcase children of color. The theme of the puzzles includes important values like education, achievement, and culture. 

Clothes from a popular streetwear brand

Alife

Alife Collegiate Hoodie, $138

Alife is easily one of the most iconic streetwear brands in fashion — and it happens to be Black-owned. The brand delivers timeless staples that anyone can work into their wardrobe, whether they consider themselves to be fashion-forward or more of a casual dresser.

A moisturizing body balm

Golden Grooming Co. Body Balm

Golden Grooming Co. Body Balm, $5.99

Made from a blend of natural oils and shea butter, Golden Grooming’s Body Balm is a great alternative to lotions that dry down too quickly. Golden Grooming Company donates 5% of sales to programs that foster entrepreneurship in youth of color from underserved communities, in addition to providing financial support for students at HBCUs.

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The 15 best Christmas movies on Disney Plus you can stream right now – from ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ to ‘Home Alone’

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  • Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus, offers a wide array of content from Disney, Pixar, 20th Century Fox, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic.  
  • Disney Plus also has an expansive list of Christmas movies available to stream for the holidays. 
  • Highlights range from nostalgic classics, like “Miracle on 34th Street,” to family favorites, like “The Santa Clause.”
  • For detailed Disney Plus impressions, check out our full Disney Plus review here.

Nothing can stop the cold weather from coming, but a classic holiday movie always makes the chill feel much cozier. Thankfully, Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus, has plenty of heartwarming holiday films to choose from.

Whether it’s a nostalgic nod to Christmas mornings years ago, a kid-friendly choice sure to become a new holiday tradition, or a wintry original exclusive to the streaming service, Disney Plus’ holiday movie selection includes options for every age range, genre, and level of Disney admiration.  

We’ve rounded up our top 15 holiday movies on Disney Plus below. Our picks have been selected to appeal to different audiences with a mix of animated movies, live-action films, specials, classic titles, and newer releases – but be sure to check out Disney’s full movie selection to choose your own favorites. 

If you haven’t purchased Disney Plus yet, we broke down everything you need to know about the streaming service here.

Here are the top 15 Christmas movies currently streaming on Disney Plus.

‘Home Alone’

Home Alone

Watch “Home Alone” on Disney Plus

Kevin may be forgettable to his family, but “Home Alone” is unforgettable to its fans. Watch the shenanigans that unfold when a young boy’s family accidentally leaves him at home during their family’s Christmas vacation. All three “Home Alone” films are available on Disney Plus: you can view “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” here and “Home Alone 3” here.

‘Noelle’

Noelle

Watch “Noelle” on Disney Plus

This Disney Plus original from 2019 is the perfect opportunity to start a new family holiday tradition. “Noelle” follows the story of Kris Kringle’s daughter (Anna Kendrick) as she searches for her brother (Bill Hader), Nick, in an attempt to save Christmas. 

‘Annie’ (1999 adaptation)

Annie

Watch “Annie” on Disney Plus

While the original film version of “Annie” may not be a Christmas movie, the 1999 edition follows everyone’s favorite redheaded orphan as she spends Christmas in Oliver Warbucks’ luxury mansion. I grew up watching this version of “Annie,” so I’m a bit biased, but dare I say it’s better than the original. Plus, this version features plenty of musical theatre stars, including Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, and Kathy Bates. 

‘The Santa Clause’

The Santa Clause

Watch “The Santa Clause” on Disney Plus

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if your dad turned into Santa? “The Santa Clause” has your answer. Just like “Home Alone,” Disney Plus also features “Santa Clause 2” and “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause,” creating the perfect movie marathon. 

‘Frozen’

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Watch “Frozen” on Disney Plus

Contrary to Elsa’s belief, the cold definitely bothered me anyway. However, “Frozen” is a heartwarming family film to remedy even the coldest of days. When Elsa’s powers unintentionally freeze the city of Arendelle, she and her sister Anna strive to save the city from an endless winter.

The 2019 sequel, “Frozen II,” is also available to stream, as is the 2017 spinoff short film, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” which takes place during the Christmas season.

‘LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special’

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Watch “LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special” on Disney Plus

Star Wars fans old and new will appreciate this walk down memory lane for the franchise. In an effort to learn more about the Force, Rey joins BB-8 on a journey that highlights epic moments of Star Wars history, along with the iconic characters that completed them. 

‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Miracle on 34th Street

Watch “Miracle on 34th Street” on Disney Plus

If Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade left you feeling nostalgic, “Miracle on 34th Street” is a great holiday movie fix. Kris Kringle’s stint as a Macy’s Santa Claus leaves everyone wondering — including the audience — how strong their belief in Santa Claus truly is. 

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

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Watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Disney Plus

Though some may say this spooky special is technically a Halloween movie, it does have Christmas in the title. Watch as Jack Skellington’s attempt to hijack Christmas goes awry in this Tim Burton classic.

‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special’

high school musical holiday special

Watch “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special” on Disney Plus

Last year, the ever-popular 2000s movie “High School Musical” was revived with a gen-z twist:  The Disney Plus series profiles fictional attendees of the infamous high school that’s home to the original film. The holiday special spotlights several of the key players from “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” as they discuss their own holiday traditions and perform their favorite songs of the season.

‘The Mistle-Tones’

The Mistle-Tones

Watch “The Mistle-Tones” on Disney Plus

Christmas movies are fun in any capacity, but especially so when Christmas music is involved! Watch along as two Christmas singing groups compete in a sing-off. 

‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Watch “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” on Disney Plus

It’s hard to be a Scrooge while watching anything that Mickey’s involved in. This version of “A Christmas Carol” sticks to the usual storyline, but the Disney twist makes it both fun and family-friendly. 

”Twas the Night’

'Twas The Night

Watch “‘Twas the Night” on Disney Plus

Disney Channel original movies are at the heart of Disney Plus nostalgia. Such is the case with “‘Twas the Night,” which profiles a boy and his uncle as they try to assume Santa’s role on Christmas Eve. 

‘The Ultimate Christmas Present’

The Ultimate Christmas Present

Watch “The Ultimate Christmas Present” on Disney Plus

This is the perfect Christmas movie for West Coasters who dream of a snowy holiday season. Two LA-based friends team up to create a snow day for their school, but they have to think on their feet when the machine goes awry. 

‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Watch “The Muppet Christmas Carol” on Disney Plus

The Muppet Movie” was a favorite of mine growing up, so I was thrilled to see the Christmas iteration available on Disney Plus. Similar to Mickey’s take on the classic, this movie takes the same plot as the original version of “A Christmas Carol,” but Kermit and Miss Piggy add a bit of extra fun. 

‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas’

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Watch “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” on Disney Plus

Nothing brings the holiday joy quite like Mickey, Minnie, and the whole Disney gang. Watch them reminisce on their favorite Christmas stories in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.” The sequel, “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” is also available for the whole family to enjoy. 

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We tried the beautiful bottles of Brightland olive oil you’ve seen everywhere and recommend it to everyone who loves to cook

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Extra virgin olive oil is the liquid gold of the food world. A quick drizzle of this rich and healthy oil over a slice of crusty bread or bowl of ice cream? *Chef’s kiss.* 

It’s easy to pick up some olive oil at your local grocery store, but as Brightland founder Aishwarya Iyer learned, not every bottle of EVOO is created equal. The industry is rife with rancid or adulterated olive oil, meaning it’s blended with cheap, lower-grade oils, and most of us don’t even realize it. 

She created Brightland, a direct-to-consumer olive oil company, to give home cooks the honest, high-quality olive oil they deserve. Though it only launched in 2018, it’s seeing huge success as a must-own food product that tastes as elevated as it looks. 

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How Brightland’s olive oil is different 

Brightland olive oil is made in California with hand-picked, organic heirloom olives. They’re harvested early in the process, giving them a slightly bitter, grassy taste, and milled in a certified organic mill. 

Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols, which are high in antioxidants and linked to health benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Brightland’s contain more polyphenols than the average EVOO (307-381 milligrams per kilogram, compared to 100-250 mg/kg). As a result, it’s healthy and also tastes extra sharp and peppery in the back of your throat. 

Brightland olive oil comes in UV-powder coated glass bottles that protect the contents from light damage. The all-white bottle, adorned with sleek and simple labeling, immediately differentiates it from the tall ochre and green bottles you’d normally hide away in your kitchen cabinet. 

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Review of Brightland olive oil

The brand’s two flagship products are the Awake ($37) and the Alive ($37). The Awake, with its herbaceous and grassy taste, is meant for hearty entrees and sides like pasta, bread, chicken, roasted vegetables, and fried eggs. Meanwhile, the Alive is smoother and nuttier, best enjoyed in salad dressings, baked goods, and desserts. 

Here are our thoughts on each. 

The Awake: Here are the only supplies you’ll need for a perfect breakfast: Brightland’s Awake olive oil, two large eggs, Made In’s nonstick pan, and a spatula from Material Kitchen or Potluck. With the exception of the eggs, it’s a D2C dream-kitchen set-up. Since olive oil has a higher smoke point than butter (Brightland’s is 410°F), the eggs get super crispy and turn a beautiful golden-brown. It’s my favorite way to enjoy eggs now that I have Awake on hand. The olive oil also brings out the flavors of proteins like a simply spiced steak, and it’s easier to attain a crisp exterior and soft interior for my roasted carrots and potatoes.

The olive oil makes every dish and meal feel like a treat. So, too, does the price, which is more than I’m ordinarily willing to pay for, but it does make Brightland a great treat-yourself, housewarming, or hostess gift. -Connie Chen, senior reporter

The Alive: Ina Garten, my personal goddess, taught me about the merits of using “good” olive oil for dressings and drizzles. For any and all uncooked or room temperature dishes that require a gentle coating of olive oil, I prefer a bright, crisp, just-shy-of-bitter flavor with a peppery finish, and that’s just what The Alive gave me. 

I used it most recently to dress a salad of thinly sliced celery, chopped dried apricots, toasted pecans, and crunchy Maldon salt, and splashed on a bit of white wine vinegar at the end for some acid. The oil coated everything so nicely and made a salad that had really just been a way to use up bits and pieces from the fridge and pantry feel like something truly special. -Sally Kaplan, senior editor 

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You can buy Awake and Alive separately, or together as The Duo for $74. According to the brand, three-quarters of Brightland’s customers go for The Duo to try out both varieties. If you want to save a bit of money, you can also subscribe to a delivery ($65) every one, two, or three months. Twenty percent of customers choose the subscription option, which includes an exclusive Text Concierge service for recipe advice and dinner party inspiration. 

Be on the lookout for limited-edition olive oils, too. There’s Ardor, a bold and spicy olive oil blended with a variety of peppers, and Lucid, the brand’s first flavored EVOO blended with lemons. Both cost slightly more than the usual at $40. 

Clearly, Brightland is a beautifully packaged olive oil, but it goes beyond it. It’s healthier and carefully made so you can taste the difference between dishes finished with Brightland and what you’re currently using. 

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Grafomaps’ custom map posters and T-shirts make great personalized gifts – here’s what it’s like to design them

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  • Grafomap is a website that lets you design custom map posters and T-shirts of any place in the world.
  • We went through an easy design process and created posters and a T-shirt of our favorite vacation spots – the finished products are really cool.  
  • Custom map posters start at $49 without a frame and can go up to $119 for metal frames, while T-shirt prints cost just $35.
  • Right now, you can save $15 on everything except T-shirts with the code “AFF15” through December 31.
  • Grafomaps makes great gifts, but you can read all our gift guides here for more holiday gift ideas.

I lived in my previous apartment for six months before I found wall art my partner and I both liked enough to hang in it.

We’re picky about what we should hang on our walls. Neither of us wants to decorate our space with Van Gogh reproductions and movie posters. Like a lot of people, we want to decorate it with wall art and photos that mean something to us.

What is Grafomap?

A few years ago, I stumbled across an answer to our problem in the form of a website called Grafomap that lets you design map posters of any place in the world.

You can make one of your hometown, your college town, your favorite travel destination, or the place where you got engaged or married – you’re only limited by your imagination.

Once you enter your desired location, Grafomap takes you to its poster editor where you can further customize your location down the exact address or coordinates. After that, you can continue personalizing your map by adjusting, panning, and zooming the map exactly to your liking, adding or removing text, and selecting the finish (paper, framed, or canvas), orientation, and size.

Additionally, Grafomap has 11 unique color themes to choose from (including Noir, Bourbon, Minimal, and Modern) that transform your map from just an ordinary map into a work of art you’ll love displaying in your home or wearing in T-shirt form.

Grafomaps also has a partnership with One Tree Planted to plant one tree for every map sold.

How does Grafomap work?

My custom map poster of Sint Maarten took all of five minutes to create, and the finished product is undeniably cool. It’s also very affordable. An 18-by-24-inch print sets you back $49.

If you want to get something that’s ready to hang right out of the box it’s shipped in, you can get an 18-by-24-inch framed print for $104, a print on canvas for $99, a print on metal for $119, or one with a hanger for $69. The T-shirts are the most affordable at $35 each.

I tested the service for free but other colleagues who’ve bought and created their own maps can attest to the easy design process and cool results. 

Learn more about how Grafomap‘s custom poster editor works below. And try it out for yourself here.

Start by selecting a location for your map poster. I chose Sint Maarten since my partner and I have been vacationing there together for years.

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Once you enter your desired location, Grafomap takes you to its poster editor where you can continue personalizing your map by adjusting, panning, and zooming the map to your liking, adding or removing text, and selecting the size, frame, and orientation.

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I most enjoyed toggling between color themes. My favorites were Wheatpaste, Modern, and Carbon.

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I ultimately went with Modern since I liked its colors and font best.

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Here’s a picture of the final product:

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Here’s a look at my colleague Malarie Gokey’s map of Stockholm. She chose Wheatpaste as her color theme.

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You can also choose to print your map on metal, a canvas, or a T-shirt.

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Malarie also tried Grafomaps’ T-shirt and Canvas options. The canvas map turned out beautifully and made an excellent birthday gift for her mom. The T-shirt print was well done and looked great, though the cotton wasn’t the softest. After several runs through the wash, it’s still doing well and has gotten softer over the past year.

Keep Grafomap in mind for a fun and memorable gift for family and friends.

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Create your own custom map poster and T-shirt at Grafomap here.

Read all our holiday gift guides here.

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42 thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100

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  • Not everyone asks for tech gifts around the holidays, but tech products can certainly bring your friends and loved ones a much-needed life upgrade.
  • Even on a budget of under $100, there are plenty of exciting and useful tech gift ideas to choose from.
  • If you’re on an even tighter budget, here are the best tech gifts under $50.
  • For more gift ideas and deals this holiday season, check out all of our gift guides for 2020 here.

Technology doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

There’s a surprising amount of excellent tech gifts out there – accessories, fitness trackers, tablets, and smart speakers – for less than $100. That is, if you know where to dig.

Fret not, however: there’s no need to trudge through the pages of Amazon, Target, and Best Buy to find the best affordable tech. We’ve done that hard work for you.

Through tough research and direct testing we’ve uncovered the very best tech gifts under $100. We included a number of gifts in every price range, so you’re bound to find the right gifts for your loved ones.

A smart speaker with Alexa

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Amazon Echo, $69.99, available at Amazon

The new Echo is the best smart speaker you can give as a gift this holiday season. Alexa can answer all your giftee’s questions, play music, and control many smart home devices. The brand-new fourth-generation model also features an updated design with a spherical shape that fits nicely in any decor.

Read our full Echo review here

A pair of wireless earbuds

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1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds, from $50.39, available at Amazon

These wireless earbuds are cheaper than AirPods, but they sound even better. They also last for 24 hours of total playtime and 6.5 hours of continuous use. 

A fitness tracker

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Fitbit Inspire 2, $68.95, available at Amazon

Fitbit’s affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to track your giftee’s fitness metrics. The tracker has a heart rate monitor that helps improve the accuracy of tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones. As an added bonus, buyers can currently receive a free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium.

A Philips Hut smart lighting starter kit

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Philips Hue White LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit, $69.97, available at Home Depot

Philips Hue smart light bulbs can be controlled remotely, set to go on at specific times, and controlled by voice commands if you have a smart speaker.

A swim-proof Bluetooth speaker

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, from $69.99, available at Amazon

The small-yet-mighty Bluetooth speaker can go swimming in the pool or ocean. It’s also dustproof and therefore suitable for hikes and other outdoor adventures. 

A PopSocket grip

PopSockets  Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets, $8.97

PopSocket Grip, $8 and up, available at PopSocket

PopSocket Grips stick to the back of your phone and can expand whenever you need a grip or a stand. Use one to take photos, text, hold a large device, watch movies, and video chat with ease and comfort. Many cost less than $10 and they come in a variety of colors and patterns to fit your personality.

An earbud organizer

Bluelounge Cableyoyo Earbud Cable Holders, $9.95

Bluelounge Cableyoyo (2-pack), $16.94, available at Amazon

The Cableyoyo is an affordable rubber and metal spool, around which you wrap your earphones (or any other smallish cable) for safekeeping.

A 4K streaming stick

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Roku Streaming Stick+, $49.99, available at Best Buy

Anyone who likes to stream video in 4K on their TV needs a Roku Streaming Stick+. Roku’s media streamers are the best in the business, and the Stick+ can stream TV shows and movies from all the major streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. On the downside, fans of HBO Max will have to look elsewhere for the time being.

The ultimate console for old-school Sega fans

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Sega Genesis Mini, $79.98, available at Amazon

Finally joining the mini retro game console craze is Sega, and it brought the big guns. This console packs 40 games inside pulling both from storied classics to games that were never released in the US. For the retro gamer in your life, this could be a no-brainer.

The best game machine for retro arcade fans

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Neo Geo Mini International, $45.97, available at Walmart

If the gamer in your life was more of an arcade nut, then consider this console that doesn’t even need a display. This contains 4o of the most popular Neo Geo arcade games ever, including the entire Metal Slug shooter series.

An ebook reader

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Amazon Kindle, $89.99, available at Amazon

The entry-level Kindle is a great gift for book worms who want to have a digital library of ebooks to take with them on the go. This version includes advertisements and lasts for weeks of reading on a single charge.

A smart herb garden

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Click and Grow Smart Garden 3, $99.95, available at Amazon

With the Click and Grow Smart Garden, your loved one can grow fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or thyme in a matter of weeks.

A phone case that’s built to last

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Otterbox case, $40 and up, available at Otterbox

Otterbox cases are built to protect phones and withstand a lot of drops, but that doesn’t mean the brand’s cases are ugly. In fact, Otterbox has tons of super fun cases with Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters on them as well as some stylish designs.

A smart display

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Amazon Echo Show 5, $44.99, available at Amazon

The Echo Show 5 is an affordable smart display that has Alexa built-in. Your giftee can watch recipes and videos on it, see the time at a glance, and ask Alexa questions. It can also play music and control smart home devices.

The Echo Show 5 will be in stock on December 20.

A fun case for the Echo Show

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Otterbox Echo Show 5 Den, $19.96, available at Otterbox

If you are getting your loved one the Echo Show 5 mentioned above, you may also want to get them this hilarious Toy Story case.

A cleaning kit for your phone

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Whoosh! Cleaning Kit, $13.99, available at Amazon

Phones are breeding grounds for germs, so a good cleaning kit is both a thoughtful and practical gift. This one from Whoosh! leaves your phone clean without leaving any streaks behind.

An excellent pair of wireless headphones

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Sennheiser HD 4.40 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones, $79.99, available at Best Buy

Sennheiser makes some of the best over-ear headphones. Though not one of its flagship models, the HD 4.40 are still strong performers. They’re comfortable, deliver outstanding sound quality, and have a long battery life of up to 25 hours.

A waterproof phone case

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LifeProof Fré Case, starting at $42.26, available at Amazon

The LifeProof Fré iPhone case is perfect for people who love to be in or near the water all the time, and for those who always drop their phone in some kind of liquid. This case is fully submersible in water that’s up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep for 1 hour. It’s also fully sealed with its built-in screen protector and port covers, so it’s safe from the elements.

Tech-friendly gloves

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L.L.Bean Touchscreen Gloves, $24.99 and up, available at L.L.Bean

Protect your loved ones’ fingers when it’s cold outside and they still want to text their friends and family. These touchscreen gloves are super warm and work well on screens.

A custom-designed iPhone case

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Casetify Custom iPhone 12 Case, $45 and up, available at Casetify

Casetify’s easy to use tool lets you turn your favorite photos into a custom iPhone case. There are three case styles and dozens of templates, so you can turn your friend’s best Instagram photos into a unique way to protect their phone.

A durable, weighted iPhone charging cable

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Native Union Night Cable, $39.99, available at Amazon

Native Union makes some of the most attractive phone accessories around. The Night Cable is the best long lightning charging cable for the iPhone. It has a 10-foot cord and a handy weight to hold it in place while your phone charges.

A desk lamp with a wireless charger

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TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, $49.99, available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

If your giftee has a phone with wireless charging built in, the TaoTronics Desk Lamp is a great gift. It has a built-in wireless charger and a USB port so you can charge your devices wirelessly or with a cable. The lamp is also well made and fully adjustable. It has multiple brightness and color temperature settings so you can make it your own.

A sleek leather iPhone case

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Nomad Leather iPhone Cases, $49.95 and up, available at Nomad

Nomad uses genuine Horween leather to craft gorgeous, durable iPhone cases that age beautifully. We can’t recommend the brand’s cases enough. Nomad also makes a few Samsung and Google Pixel cases.

A set of screen protectors

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InvisibleShield Screen Protectors, $8.99 and up, available at Zagg

Smartphone and tablet screens are fairly fragile and often shatter or get scratched, so it’s a good idea to gift the klutz you love a screen protector from InvisibleShield. The brand makes excellent screen protectors that offer special features like blue light blocking and privacy shielding in addition to protecting your screen.

An Echo Dot

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Echo Dot, $29.99, available at Amazon

The all-new Echo Dot is a great way to incorporate a smart assistant into any home without spending a ton of money. Alexa can do everything from answer questions, play games, play music, and control smart home devices. The fourth-generation model features an updated design with a spherical shape rather than the traditional puck shape. 

A Google Home Mini

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Google Nest Mini, $24.98, available at Walmart

If your giftee isn’t into Amazon’s products but still wants a smart speaker, the Google Nest Mini is a great alternative. The smart speaker is reliable at answering queries, can control smart home gadgets, and play music with good sound.

Read our full Nest Mini review here

A beautiful wireless charger

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Native Union Drop Wireless Charger, from $49.99 and up, available at Amazon

Native Union always impresses with its stylish tech accessories. If your giftee hates boring black and white tech, get them Native Union’s attractive wireless chargers, which come in multiple colors, including rose, sage, indigo, and more.

An instant camera

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $69.99, available at Best Buy

Instant cameras are the perfect gift for shutterbugs who wish they’d lived during the age of the Polaroid. Fujifilm’s Intax Mini 11 comes in cute colors and takes fun, retro pictures that are printed right after they’re taken.

A light for better smartphone photography

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Lume Cube 2.0, $89.85, available from B&H

Any smartphone shutterbug will love having the Lume Cube 2.0 in their mobile photography kit. The little light helps illuminate the subject of a photo when the lighting is subpar.

An iPhone USB memory stick

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SanDisk iXpand and Flash Drive 128GB for iPhone, $45.99, available at Amazon

Even though iPhones now come with more storage built in, it’s still easy to run out of space. For people who take too many photos, download tons of music, shows, and games on their phones; the SanDisk iXpand is the perfect gift.

An iPhone dock

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Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe, $19.99, available at Amazon

An iPhone dock looks nice on any desk, nightstand, or table, and it gives your giftee a good place to charge their phone. The Twelve South HiRise 2 Deluxe comes with lightning and Micro USB cables. The device also features a handy design that holds your iPhone up off the base. This prevents your phone’s speakers and home button from getting blocked. 

A pair of blue-light blocking glasses

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Felix Gray Glasses, $95 and up, available at Felix Gray

Blue light can interfere with sleep patterns and cause eye strain, so your giftee is sure to love these blue-light-blocking glasses.

A set of Tile trackers

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One Tile Mate Tracker, one Tile Slim Tracker, and two Tile Stickers, $68.04, available at Amazon

Tile trackers are one of the most practical tech gifts you can give. This pack comes with one Tile Slim, which is thin enough to slip into a wallet, one Tile Mate, which has loops so it can fit onto key rings, and two Tile Stickers, which can be attached to a remote or other electronic. Once they’re paired with your giftee’s phone, the trackers will send them a notification when it’s lost contact with the tracker, and show them its last known location on a map.

Basically, you’re giving someone in your life the gift of being able to digitally retrace their steps.

A temperature-controlled mug

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Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug, $99.95, available at Amazon

It seems like everything is high-tech these days and a lot of it seems pointless, but this is not one of those things. Ember’s smart mug can keep your loved one’s drink at the perfect temperature so that they never burn their tongue again. It uses a smart heating coaster and an app to help you decide how hot you want your drink to be every time.

The Fire HD tablet

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Fire HD 8, $64.99, available at Amazon

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great tablet, and the all-new Fire HD 8 proves that. This 8-inch tablet has a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen, 32GB of storage built in, and room for expansion via a Micro SD card slot.

A light-up alarm clock

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iHome Zenergy Light Alarm Clock, $59.99, available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

No one likes waking up to a blaring alarm, so a light therapy alarm clock that tries to awaken you with a gradual, sunrise-like increase of light is a nice gift. The iHome Zenergy offers a number of great light alarm features, but it also has a pretty great Bluetooth speaker built into it, so your giftee can play music, too.

A waterproof Bluetooth speaker

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JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $89.95, available at Walmart

If you’re shopping for someone who’s planning on a warm vacation — or lives someplace nice all the time — this speaker will let them rock out without worrying about dropping it into the pool or ocean.

A phone sanitizer

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PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, $79.95, available at PhoneSoap

If your loved one hates germs, they’ll love this phone sanitizer. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that lead to E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, the flu, and the common cold — without harming their phone.

A high-end, clip-on smartphone lens kit

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Olloclip Lens Kit, $24.99 and up, available at Olloclip

Olloclip makes great lenses that you can attach to many different phones so that you can get a wide-angle, fish-eye, or macro effect on your photos. 

A 4K media streamer with HDR

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Roku Ultra, $99.99, available at Target

The Roku Ultra is the best media streaming device we’ve tested, thanks to its easy-to-use interface, 4K playback, Dolby Vision support, voice control, and simple remote. It can transform your so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The only notable downside is that it doesn’t currently support HBO Max.

Read our full Roku Ultra review here

A record player

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Audio Technica Turntable, $99.99, available at Best Buy

Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s getting into vinyl for the first time, or wants to resurrect a collection they haven’t touched in years, they’ll need a turntable. Audio Technica’s has an RCA output, so you can plug it into any pair of powered speakers or stereo receiver, drop the needle, and enjoy.

A kid-friendly Fire tablet

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $79.99

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, $69.99, available at Amazon

Kids love tablets, but they can also be destructive fiends when it comes to tech. Luckily, Amazon’s Kids Edition of the Fire 7 tablet is here to save the day with its protective case, warranty against damage, and tons of kid-friendly content.

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This AmazonBasics patio heater lets me enjoy socially distanced outdoor hangouts even when it’s below freezing outside

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As the weather cools and the novel coronavirus sticks around, I’ve been spending time with loved ones primarily outdoors. No family has set foot in my house for nearly a year except to make a quick bathroom pit stop (with a mask on) after enjoying several caffeinated beverages on the deck.

As we round the corner into winter, many patio heaters are still on backorder. I managed to snag one after an aggressive bout of browser refreshing in early September. The days were getting shorter and I was nervous about the prospect of cutting off social ties completely. I knew that if I wanted to see my mom before next summer, I had to find a way to keep us both warm while enjoying distanced breakfasts. 

I chose the AmazonBasics Commercial Patio Heater partly because it was the only one available and, at about $150, it happens to be fairly affordable. It also meets all the marks of what to look for in a patio heater from our guide to the best patio heaters: it’s from a brand I was familiar with, available on a site I shop at regularly, and had a good return policy should it not work.

In researching our guide to the best patio heaters, I also discovered that the higher the Btu, the better – 40,000 Btu is a good baseline, especially for cold-weather entertaining. At 46,000 Btu, the AmazonBasics heater is mighty powerful and meets that mark. I hoped it would extend outdoor socializing well into the winter. 

Editor’s note: we’ve seen this patio heater go in and out of stock many times over the last several months. If it’s not in stock at the moment, you can sign up for e-mail alerts for when it becomes available on its Amazon page.

Assembly and ease of use

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The sleek, stainless steel, dome-top patio heater arrives in pieces, so some assembly is required. As the not-so-handy one in my household, I enlisted the help of my husband – who regularly, eagerly volunteers to assemble other people’s IKEA furniture. Setup took about 40 minutes, thanks to the clear and easy-to-follow instructions. None of the pieces were warped or difficult to put together, either. 

Once assembled, getting the patio heater ready to heat is easy. Simply twist and lift the cover to load up a 20-pound propane tank using the included hose and regulator, which attach in the same way you’d hook up a propane tank to your grill. A single propane tank should last you around 10 hours in a heater running on high, and a bit longer if run on lower settings. We popped in a propane tank (we always keep one on hand just in case) and started it up. I was immediately impressed with the device’s heat output. I instantly felt warm on an evening where my exposed arms were dotted with goosebumps. 

Adjusting the temperature is easy, too. Although, I do have to stand on my tippy toes to reach the ignition knob and adjust the output from low to high. Bonus being that if you have kids, they definitely won’t be able to reach the knob and the taller height keeps the hottest part of the heater well out of reach.

Review of the AmazonBasics Commercial Patio Heater

Patio heater in the fall

Since the day we assembled it, I’ve used the AmazonBasics heater consistently for more than three months – on chilly evenings, during socially distanced outdoor dinners, and to keep warm while letting the dogs out to pee. More recently, I’ve tested its limitations in more uncomfortable, freezing conditions. Through it all, it’s allowed me and my pod of outdoor guests to keep warm when we’d otherwise much prefer to be inside. I’ve used the heater a lot. Mostly on days where it’s cold enough to need a sweater. A few times, I fired it up to enjoy breakfast with my parents on days with no sun and temperatures dipping below 50 degrees Fahrenheit – cold enough to need a jacket. Overall, I’ve spent way more time outside during the fall months than I have in any other year and it’s largely in part to having the heater on hand to keep me warm. 

To really test the boundaries of the heater, I took to my patio table on a day where snow was still on the ground and it was almost 32 degrees outside. I grabbed my trusty digital thermometer, fired up my laptop, and turned on the patio heater hoping that it would warm the air and prevent me from freezing while I tried to get work done. 

The 46,000 Btu managed to raise the surrounding ambient temperature of my 300-square foot deck to about 51 Fahrenheit. It’s a significant temperature difference when the air is that cold. It should be noted that it took a while for that temperature increase to occur – about two hours. 

Here’s the deal: In the deep cold of winter, a single patio heater won’t get you very far – especially if you’re sitting around a table. During this chilly test, the coldest part of my body was my lower half, which was tucked under my patio table. I could definitely see myself sitting out there longer with a jacket and a warm meal or coffee, but I’d be most comfortable with an additional compact heater, like the Mr. Buddy Patio Heater, on the ground heating up my legs. Of course, sitting directly under the heater makes for a toastier experience than sitting across the table from it. 

That said, the AmazonBasics patio heater is an excellent option for keeping your outdoor spot comfortable during chilly summer nights and cold fall evenings, so long as the temperature doesn’t dip too close to freezing. It’s also apparent that any kind of breeze – even a slight one – has a significant impact on heating performance, especially in cold weather. Over the many months I used the heater, I noticed I always felt more comfortable on a still day, rather than a breezy day, even if the temperatures outside were the same. Additionally, you’ll also feel warmer on a sunny day versus one that’s overcast. 

Durability and storage

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The heater has so far survived multiple rainstorms, one snowfall, a freeze, and windy weather. You can add sandbags to the bottom for added sturdiness, but we didn’t bother and it never once wobbled on stormy evenings. 

There’s no need to disassemble it to store it for the winter. You can keep it on your deck or patio. I did buy a cover for it, but I haven’t yet managed to put it on because, well, I am too short to reach on my own. I also love that it has wheels and you can roll it around. It’s easy to move it out of the way when not in use. 

Safety features

The AmazonBasics heater has a tip-over shutoff feature, which automatically turns the heater off if it falls over – I tested this by tipping it over while lit, and it works (I don’t recommend trying this at home, however). Despite its safety features, it’s always important to be vigilant around any heating appliances. These flaming patio accessories can warm you up nicely, but they can also do some damage if not used correctly. 

Matthew Griffith, Prevention Section Chief with the Montreal Fire Department, cautions people to keep patio heaters away from flammable materials, paying attention to low-hanging tree branches, umbrellas, wooden fences, and other obstacles. He also warns people to never use propane-powered appliances like patio heaters indoors, because they emit carbon monoxide, which can be deadly in confined spaces. 

The bottom line 

The AmazonBasics patio heater is now a permanent fixture on my deck. I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it when it’s regularly freezing outside, but it has helped me extend my outdoor social time during the pandemic. At a time when gathering indoors feels fraught, I’ve managed to occasionally see the people I love and maintain safe social distancing – even just for an hour.

But it’s not a perfect solution. Ideally, I’d outfit my patio with multiple heaters, but availability and cost limit my options. The heater isn’t capable of melting layers of snow, so there’s bound to be a moment in time when we’re stuck indoors and outdoor meetups are impossible. There’s also some trial and error involved in figuring out what feels acceptable and comfortable for you. Still, the heater makes me feel like I’ve won in some small way. I imagine that even when the pandemic is over, I’ll feel as if I’ve conquered the change of seasons with the help of my fiery, warming device. 

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28 of the best ‘Star Wars’-themed gifts for fans of all ages

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The Star Wars franchise has captivated and continues to captivate audiences of all ages around the world. Nearly everyone can identify at least one person in their lives who loves the epic space story and has watched each of the movies a dozen times. 

Thanks to the franchise’s long-lasting and universal popularity, there are more than enough Star Wars products to go around, from props and clothing to decor and books. Finding a Star Wars-related gift isn’t the hard part – finding one that’s creative and unexpected is. 

You can surprise them with one of these 28 last-minute Star Wars gifts they don’t already have. As you’ll see, there is a wide range of ways to incorporate new and interesting galactic fun into their lives. 

Many of the gifts below are available on Amazon with Prime 2-day shipping, but we would still recommend ordering ahead of time to ensure a timely delivery. Other stores featured such as Target and Williams Sonoma should also be able to deliver gifts within a timely fashion. Just in case, they do offer in-store or curbside pick up as a reliable backup option.  

Here are the best gifts for fans of the beloved ‘Star Wars’ franchise: 

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Loungewear featuring intergalactic dance party prints

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Star Wars Disco Collection, from $68, available at MeUndies

MeUndies’ limited-edition collection, available for its underwear, onesies, and lounge pants, come in three funky, dance-worthy “Star Wars” prints of Ewoks, lightsabers, and stormtroopers. MeUndies also has a collection inspired by Baby Yoda, and we love its soft and stretchy micromodal underwear so much.

A warm and fuzzy Chewbacca onesie

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Star Wars Chewbacca Pajama Suit, $42.99, available at shopDisney

Make sure to pause the gift-opening session to give them time to put on this ultra-soft Chewbacca pajama suit. It might not be durable enough for real space missions, but it works perfectly for cozy nights in. 

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Kids’ Crocs Fun Lab Darth Vader Lights Clog, $44.99, available at Crocs

You’re never too young to be a Star Wars fan, and these Crocs will leave the youthful, wishful members of the galaxy in awe. The recipient will likely be eager to rock Darth Vader graphics that light up with each step, and those taking care of them will appreciate Crocs’ comfort and safety.

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A plush toy inspired by the franchise’s cutest member

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The Child Plush, $24.99, available at shopDisney

The Child (more commonly known as Baby Yoda) has charmed the hearts of “The Mandalorian” fans and beyond. For more Baby Yoda-inspired gifts, check out our gift guide that’s entirely devoted to The Child.

The cheese board you bring out for all viewing parties

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Star Wars Death Star Cheese Board & Tool Set by Picnic Time, $38.24, available at Kohl’s

Everything falls perfectly into place in this cheese board you’ll want to bring out for your “Star Wars” marathon.

A tribute to the illustrator behind the iconic worlds and characters of Star Wars

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Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, $169.99, available at Amazon

Dive into the fascinating artistic process of creating the Star Wars universe. The never-before-seen-and-published illustrations and interviews paint the picture of the hard work of designer Ralph McQuarrie. 

A self-help book inspired by the rebellious personality of Princess Leia

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“Star Wars Be More Leia: Find Your Rebel Voice and Fight the System,” $9.99, available at Barnes & Noble

We can’t think of any mentor better than Leia to dish out advice on confidence, courage, and grit. This guide is both entertaining and helpful for anyone trying to become a more independent person.

An AR headset that allows them to enter the Star Wars world for themselves

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Lenovo Jedi Challenges AR Headset with Lightsaber Controller and Tracking Beacon, $136, available at Newegg

With the headset and app, they can fight their way through challenges in a world they only imagined they could access. The game provides hours of fun, plus an unexpected arm workout. 

Beautiful travel posters that may prompt them to pack their bags

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DanielleSylvan Star Wars 18″ x 24″ Retro Travel Posters (Set of 3), from $50, available at Etsy

If Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor were travel destinations (and we wish they really were), this is what their tourism ads might look like. 

A PopSockets grip

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Rebel Insignia PopSockets Grip, $15, available at PopSockets

This handy phone accessory is a subtle show of their allegiance to the Rebel Alliance and commitment to fighting for the cause. 

A spatula with the face of an iconic villain

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Star Wars Flexible Spatula, Darth Vader, $16.95, available at Williams-Sonoma

Keep your food from going over to the dark side (by burning, of course) with this Darth Vader spatula. A Storm Trooper, Chewbacca, and R2D2 are also available.  

A Disney+ subscription

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It gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $69.99 a year. Star Wars fans in particular can enjoy new big-budget shows in 4K quality, along with iconic classics. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.

And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

A slim, protective phone case

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Star Wars iPhone Story Case, from $44.95, available at OtterBox

OtterBox’s rugged phone cases have strong drop protection but aren’t excessively bulky. The cases are an easy and practical way to express their love for Star Wars. 

A welcoming doormat

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Welcome You Are Doormat, from $13.40, available at Etsy

For those who are no stranger to Yoda’s words to the wise, this welcome mat pays homage to a “Star Wars” fan favorite. The mat is available in various colors and sizes, so you can customize it for a gift that feels extra personal. 

A toy that helps kids learn the basics of coding through fun and engaging games

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Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit, $54.97, available at Amazon

The Kano kit has them creating different-colored lightsabers, levitating stormtroopers, and discovering costumes for their avatar. They can also share and “remix” their creations with the Kano kids coding community at large. 

The best running shoes for space missions

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Adidas Ultraboost 19 Star Wars Shoes, $109, available at GOAT

Adidas’ famous Ultraboosts get the “Star Wars” treatment. Like the other shoes in the line, this pair features a second-skin fit, stretchy and supportive comfort, and a bouncy, responsive midsole. Learn more about the Adidas and “Star Wars” collaboration here

Storm Trooper socks

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Stance Trooper 40th Socks, $19.99, available at Zappos

The Storm Troopers look imposing on these socks made by an NBA player-favorite brand. The lightweight socks are cushioned, supportive, and comfortable. 

A book profiling the notable women in the galaxy

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Star Wars: Women Of The Galaxy, $26.95, available at Barnes & Noble

Rediscover all the strong women in this franchise through this book of 75 characters from the films, comics, games, and more. Each profile is accompanied by a beautiful illustration by a female or non-binary artist. 

Pancake molds in the shape of their favorite character

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Star Wars Pancake Molds, Set of 4, $19.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Pancakes taste way more delicious in the form of Yoda and R2-D2. The hassle-free silicone molds make it difficult to mess up your recipient’s Star Wars-themed breakfast. 

A realistic lightsaber

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Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber, $54.99, available at Amazon

Their special day is no time to settle for a basic lightsaber. The included accessories allow for multiple configurations, and the final product simulates lights and sounds for a realistic (yet non-destructive) playtime experience.

A popcorn popper they’ll use while watching their favorite movie

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Star Wars Popcorn Popper, $20.20, available at Amazon

The reusable, collapsible popcorn bowl will be the constant through the many hours spent watching old movies and new series like “The Mandalorian.” 

A double wall-insulated water bottle

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Star Wars Rule The Galaxy Water Bottle, $9.99, available at Williams Sonoma

Intergalactic adventures quickly lose their fun when your recipient isn’t properly hydrated. Gift them this leak-free stainless steel bottle emblazoned with an inspiring message. 

A special vinyl edition of ‘The Force Awakens’ soundtrack

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hologram Vinyl, $27.95 available at Walmart

Vinyl brings out the best of this exciting and beautiful soundtrack, composed of course, by John Williams. They’ll immerse themselves in the rich renderings and be taken back to the first time they watched the movie. 

An umbrella that provides protection from the twin suns of Tatooine

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Oniva Star Wars Portable Beach Umbrella, $69.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

While everyone else at the beach lounges under brightly colored rainbow umbrellas, you’ll be enjoying the warm weather with an umbrella only a dedicated fan would own.

A toothbrush that makes brushing their teeth feel as exciting as a battle

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Oral-B Kids Star Wars Electric Toothbrush, $4.89, available at Amazon

The rotating brush head and gentle bristles clean their teeth thoroughly, but they’ll be too busy enjoying the character theme. Available characters are Yoda, Darth Vader, and Stormtrooper. 

An intensive Lego Star Wars kit

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Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon, $159.99, available at Target

This model is a beast containing 1,350 pieces, but as the many positive reviews confirm, the final feeling of satisfaction is priceless. Plus, it includes a crew of Minifigures. 

Editor’s note: This gift is only available in-store.

A remote-controlled droid

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Hyperdrive BB Unit, $99.99, available at Target

Kids and adults alike can have their very own piece of the galaxy with this remote-controlled droid. Lights and sound effects are built in to provide a completely immersive experience. 

Editor’s note: This gift is only available in-store. 

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41 unique and fun gifts that both dogs and their humans will love

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  • We rounded up the most unique and thoughtful gifts for dog lovers and their dogs.
  • Show your favorite dog lover you care by having socks, cufflinks, a dog treat maker, and other tokens customized with their dog’s image.
  • Find the perfect dog gift from this list of exceptional toys, treats, and beds.
  • You can check out all of our 2020 holiday gift guides here to shop for everyone on your list.

To a dog lover, the best gift of all is, well, a dog. But second best? Anything made for or reminiscent of the canine companion that stole their heart.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable yet meaningful token of appreciation like custom dog stickers, a sweatshirt they both can share, or a mind-blowing gift they’ll never forget like a GPS dog tracker, custom pet portrait cufflinks, or a matching bandana and face mask set, you’ll find what you’re looking for with this list of unique gifts for dogs and their humans.

Shop the 41 best gifts for dogs and dog owners below:

A food puzzle to work the canine brain

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Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Puzzle, available at Chewy and Amazon, $17.27

For smarty pants dogs that need a job to do, these food puzzles are a great way to both entertain and work the brain. Pop treats or kibble into the compartments and tap into their dog’s under-utilized scavenging instincts. 

A book that takes them inside the inner workings of their dog’s brain

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“How Dogs Love Us” Hardcover, available at Barnes & Noble, $26

Ever wondered what your dog is thinking? If they dream of you? If they miss you? In this fascinating read, neuroscientist Gregory Berns shares the science behind the human-canine relationship.

A pet camera that lets them interact with their pup

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Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera, available at Chewy, Furbo, and Amazon, $133.99

For those who can’t stand to be away from their dog, it’s the Furbo dog camera to the rescue. With the free Furbo app, they can monitor their pet from afar with a 160-degree wide-angle view, speak to them through voice chat, and toss them a treat anytime they want. 

A way to finally remember if the dog actually got fed

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The Original “Did You Feed The Dog?” available at Chewy and Amazon, $9.95

Did you feed the dog? Can’t quite remember, can you? But this simple little device, it knows. Just move the button at feeding time and they’ll never get taken by their pup’s second-dinner-desiring hungry eyes again.

Sweet long johns for a winter full of pajama parties

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Pet Johns in Organic Cotton, available at Hanna Andersson, $13.99

Dress up their pup for the world’s cutest pajama party in this festive holiday top by Hanna Andersson. Made from a soft organic cotton rib knit, the outfit comes in eight patterns and six sizes so that even the big boys can let their snuggle flag fly.

A homemade dog treat maker

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Dash Express Dog Treat Maker, available at Amazon, Target, and Kohl’s, $24.99

Treat your favorite chef to a pup-approved kitchen addition. Fill the waffle iron-like Dash with one of the recipes from the included cookbook (think: peanut butter pumpkin or cheddar bacon) for fresh bone-shaped treats hot out of the oven. 

A squeezable dog water bottle for instant hydration

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Dog Bowl Water Bottle, available at Chewy and Uncommon Goods, from $15

Offer the dog a drink single-handedly with this unique dog water bottle. Just squeeze the leak-proof canister to fill the attached dish with water. When they’ve had their fill, the leftover liquid drains back into the bottle for the next time they’re thirsty.

A hoodie with a kangaroo pouch to keep their pup close

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Roodie Pet Pouch Hoodie, available at Amazon, $99

Cuddly pups and the humans who love them never have to be apart with this soft cotton-polyester hoodie. The zip-up 14-inch by 9-inch by 4-inch pocket supports pets up to 15 pounds and comes in six colors.

A ball launcher for supercharged games of fetch

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Chuckit! Launcher, available at Chewy, $7.95

It’s almost impossible to tire out a fetch-loving high-energy dog before tiring out your throwing arm, that is, unless you have the Chuckit! With just a flick of the wrist, this simple plastic launcher sends the ball farther than puny human muscles alone and is guaranteed not to quit halfway through the game.

A matching bandana and face mask for twinning with their dog

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Goodboy x Sock Fancy Bandana & Mask, available at Goodboy, $33

Social distance in style with this dog bandana and face mask duo. The pair comes in four machine-washable custom cotton prints and the triple-layer mask has adjustable ear loops and a 3D chin design.

A pair of fur-sonalized silver cufflinks

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Custom Pet Portrait Cufflinks, available at Uncommon Goods, $260

They’ll wear their heart on their sleeve with these pet portrait cufflinks by designer Erin Harris. The engraved sterling silver accessories arrive with a bonus gift, too: a rubber stamp of their dog to use on anything that needs a bit of puppy love.

A collar for tracking their dog’s location and activity

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Fi Series 2 GPS Tracker Smart Dog Collar, available at Chewy, $149

Like a FitBit for the canine set, this smart collar will not only help them keep tabs on their dog’s daily activity (and compare it to other pups in the neighborhood) but on their location, too. Using GPS tracking technology, this little device sends alerts anytime a door-dashing escape artist is on the move.

Their dog in sock form

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Tribe Socks Personalized Pet Face Socks, available at Chewy, $20

Wrap their barking dogs in puppy love with a pair of customizable socks. Chewy will pattern a pair with the face of their furry friend using just a photo. Choose from four styles: holiday, tie-dye, mosaic, and dog paw.

The one toy every dog needs

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Kong Classic, available at Chewy, from $7.99

Whether they’ve got a puppy who’s learning the ropes, an adult dog who loves a good game, or a slow-moving senior, the Kong Classic is a must for busting boredom and tapping into a dog’s scavenging instincts. Just pack the heavy-duty rubber cone with treats, kibble, or peanut butter (among other things) and that big, slobbery tongue will do the rest.

An elevated bed to keep their dog cool in the heat

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K&H Mocha Self Warming Crate Pad, available at Chewy, from $33.74

Make the dog days of summer a little more bearable for their pooch with this elevated cot. Made from waterproof nylon with a mesh center, the raised design promotes airflow that helps keep dogs from overheating when the mercury rises.

A sleepy puppy hamper to snuggle their dirty clothes

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Fankang Dog Hamper, available at Amazon, $10.99

Add a dose of cute to laundry day with this dog hamper. The folding, pop-up basket made of waterproof-coated cotton fabric with handles for ears also makes a great storage bin for toys, whether they belong to a dog or to a dog-loving kid.

A dog sticker that’s (almost) as cute as the real thing

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Premier Pups Custom Dog Stickers, available at Etsy, $16

Give the gift of sticky immortality with these customizable pet stickers. Just send in a photo of their dog and they will create a spot-on illustrated version made from premium waterproof paper they can affix to anything that needs a puppy pick-me-up.

A dog DNA test

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Embark Breed Identification Dog DNA Kit, available at Chewy and Embark, $115

Embark Breed and Health Dog DNA Kit, available at Chewy and Embark, $149

The Embark Dog DNA test is for any rescue parent who’s ever struggled to answer the question “What kind of dog is that?” From a simple cheek swab, this kit designed in partnership with Cornell University scientists can identify a dog’s breed heritage and even locate their living relatives. The breed and health kit also provides information about genetic health conditions and traits. 

A fresh meal delivery service to fill their dog’s belly

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The Farmer’s Dog meal service, available at The Farmer’s Dog, from $2/day

Forget canned food and kibble. The Farmer’s Dog uses fresh whole meat and veggies to produce nutritious canine meals just like grandma used to. The preportioned, customizable food is delivered right to their door ready to serve. 

A bucket list activity journal for dog lovers and their canine compatriots

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“Chew This Journal” by Sassafras Lowrey, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $16.95

Drawing from 20 years of experience, certified trick dog trainer and doggy writer extraordinaire Sassafras Lowrey’s “Chew This Journal” is jam-packed with fun activities for both dog and human. From urban agility and tips on setting training goals to dog-friendly crafts like DIY treat puzzles and tug-toy-making, this book will encourage them to never stop seeking out new adventures.

A bag of delicious treats with a minimal carbon paw print

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Jiminy’s Chewy Cricket Treats, available at Chewy and Amazon, $9.95

Maybe dog treats can’t save the world, but Jiminy’s cricket treats are doing their part to help our pups live more sustainably. These tasty morsels are hypoallergenic, probiotic, and produce 740% fewer greenhouse gasses than those made with beef. Choose from two chewy flavors, sweet potato and peas or pumpkin and carrot, or crunchy peanut butter and blueberry cookies.

A people-approved mattress made just for dogs

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Dog Mattress, available at Casper, from $113

Mattress company Casper takes dog bed comfort next level with a memory foam model that rivals those they make for humans. The result of 110 prototypes and 460 hours of lab testing, with this dog bed they’ll rest assured their best friend will be getting a good night’s sleep

A dog-splattered dish towel that really sees them

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Dogs Tea Towel, available at Blue Q, $12.95

Anyone who’s ever loved a dog knows the best people are the fluffy, four-legged kind. And this canine-covered tea towel, it’s not afraid to speak the truth. Short-haired, curly-haired, little-legged, and big, they’ll be ready to go anytime a dish needs drying. 

A custom cookie cutter for making edible puppy portraits

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Custom Pet Portrait Cookie Cutter, available at Etsy, from $12.05

If they think their dog couldn’t get any sweeter, Bakers Street Cutters begs to differ. Send in a photo and they’ll 3D print a custom cookie cutter that makes a perfect impression of their pup every time.

A blueprint of their favorite breed’s best qualities

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Dog Blueprints, available at Etsy, $44.99

These vintage-inspired blueprints by canine architects Wet Nose Wiggly Butts break down the characteristics that make different dog breeds unique. Each 16-by-20-inch print features picture-perfect representations of 54 of the most popular pups, from chihuahuas to Newfoundlands. Choose to add their dog’s name to the drawing for a personalized touch.

A yoga mat covered in stretching Frenchies

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Huebucket Frenchie Yoga Mat, available at Society6, $34.30

Flexible Frenchies show off their yoga skills on this adorable yoga mat. Their favorite pose? Downward-facing dog, of course.

An honest mug that works as hard as they do

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“I work hard so my dog can have a better life” mug, available at Etsy, from $17

For anyone with lingering doubts about where a dog parent’s disposable income goes, this fully customizable mug spells it out in plain English. No one needs to know that dogs work hard to keep us happy, too. Sloppy kisses and dog hair may not pay the bills but they’re worth their weight in gold.

A lickable mat for anxiety-reducing enrichment

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Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mat 2-pack, available at Amazon, $14.95

Licking a flavor-filled surface doesn’t just release calming endorphins in a dog’s brain, it gives them something to focus on when their stress levels become elevated. Spread these dishwasher-safe rubber mats with a soft-and-creamy favorite like yogurt, pumpkin, or peanut butter for a snack that will last and last.

A flirt pole for tough tugging thrills

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Outward Hound Tail Teaser, available at Chewy and Amazon, $14.89

Release the hounds — or their energy, at least — with a doggy flirt pole. Like a beefed-up cat wand, this canine version features a squeaking, rattling faux-fur tail strung with durable nylon cord to a long, flexible pole that can be swung around for a high-speed game of chase, jump, and tug. 

A collar from a company that supports and empowers Kenyan artisans

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Triangle Dog Collar in lavender, pink, teal, or cobalt blue, available at Ubuntu Life,  $59

Yes, this fashion-forward collar produced by Maasai women in Kenya’s Ngong Hills looks good, but it does good, too. Ubuntu Life is a public benefit corporation that provides sustainable employment, education, and healthcare to its workers and artisans, as well as pediatric health and special needs education throughout the region. The carefully crafted, highly resilient collar is made from leather and glass beads and comes in three sizes and four colors.

A playful seat cover to brighten up the car

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Molly Mutt Multi-Use Seat Cover, available at Chewy and Amazon, $59

Protect their car from doggy dirt and slobber with a fun toile-like dog patterned seat cover. The versatile cotton canvas can be draped over the back seat (the design features seatbelt slots, nonskid backing and adjustable headrest straps), converted into a car hammock or layered over the cargo hold.

A 2-in-1 tool to make bath time less stressful

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Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, available at Chewy and Uncommon Goods, $25

Speed up bath time with this flexible water sprayer and massaging scrubber. The tool slips over the palm, leaving their fingers free to reassure their pup or toggle the built-in on-and-off switch.

A smiling bouncy ball that doubles as a puzzle toy

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Rogz Grinz Treat Ball, available at Chewy, from $9.55

This durable ball will put a maniacal grin on their pup’s face. Bounce it on the ground, float it in the water, or fill it with treats or kibble for extended play. It comes in four bright, impossible to lose colors and three sizes.

Classy barware featuring classic canines

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Plymouth Dog Double Old-Fashioned Glasses, available at Williams Sonoma, $29.99

Cocktails get the canine treatment with this set of four old-fashioned glasses, each with a different portrait of a handsome hunting dog and a hand-painted gold rim. At 9.75 oz., they’re the perfect size for their next Salty Dog, Greyhound, or Regal Beagle.

A vet play set to inspire young animal lovers

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Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set, available at Amazon, $24.99

Encourage the little animal lover in your life with a play set that lets them practice pet care and the empathy and compassion that comes along with it. This kit comes packed with all they’ll need to make a house call, including a stethoscope, syringe, bandages, and a cone of shame, as well as two plush pets to practice on.

A gallery-worthy portrait of their beloved pet

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Custom Pet Portrait, available at West & Willow, from $59.95

Immortalize their fur baby with a custom portrait they’ll cherish for years to come. Choose from a handful of backgrounds and hardwood frames. Each gallery-quality image can include up to three pets.

A cashmere turtleneck for cold weather walks

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Fido Turtleneck, available at The Barkers, $89

The beatnik vibes are on point with this cable-knit turtleneck from The Barkers. Made from 100% cashmere, this luxurious dog sweater will have them wishing for a human-sized version all their own.

A pack of dogs who love a relaxing bath

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Dog Shower Curtain, available at Etsy, $55.20

Add a touch of canine couture to their bathroom with a dog print shower curtain patterned in artistically arranged black-and-white pups. The polyester, water-repellent coated 71-by-74-inch curtain comes with 12 buttonholes for easy hanging.

A combination backpack and airline approved carrier for versatile adventures

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Sherpa 2-in-1 Travel Backpack, available at Petco, $52.99

Up in the air or on the trail, their dog can go anywhere they do with Sherpa’s 2-in-1 travel backpack. The cozy, well-ventilated go bag has removable straps that convert it from a backpack to a traditional airline approved pet carrier that fits under the seat in the cabin.

A boho bed cover to rest their weary head

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Amani Sea Dog Bed, available at The Foggy Dog, from $65

Upgrade their naps with a mud-cloth inspired, upholstery-grade cotton bed cover. The durable, zip-up doggy duvet can be fitted over an old bed, pillow, or pile of blankets, or you can purchase a new memory foam or “Sustainafill” insert for maximum comfort. It’s machine washable and sold in three colors.

A book for youngsters about a dog’s most valuable superpower

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“What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition” by Cat Warren, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $7.99

In the young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller “What the Dog Knows,” Cat Warren uncovers the science behind the amazing canine nose. If you know a kiddo with a love of dogs, this book full of photos and illustrations is sure to intrigue, surprise, and delight.

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