I’m Amy, a self-proclaimed Christmas enthusiast. I love buying gifts for others more than myself, and I’ve bought some incredible ones over the past decade with the help of Amazon. If you’re looking for gifts for him, her, kids, or yourself, you can follow along with this guide as I list some of my favorite picks for the holiday season that have helped me win Christmas each year.
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When I’m stuck for a gift idea for family, a friend, or a teacher I haven’t bought for yet, I almost always end up gifting this digital photo frame. It’s simple for non-techie people to set up and start using as soon as they connect a USB or SD card. Plus, it’s a gift that anyone can enjoy daily.
This year, I’m gifting a few families this smart hand soap dispenser that connects to a compatible Amazon Echo device. Why? First off, it’s touch-free, so families with germy kids will love it. But it also can join in your Alexa Routines to play songs or share daily news while you wash, which might encourage everyone to keep those hands clean.
I found this dog shaver on Amazon when I first got my puppy three years ago to give him quick trims in between his grooming appointments. Unlike others I’ve bought, this one doesn’t snag his hair and make him skittish about cuts. This set is the only one I’ll gift to my fellow dog parents.
I dislike braving freezing cold temperatures just to go outside and turn my Christmas lights on in the evening. I bought this outdoor timer for myself last year, and now I can set the timer to sense when it gets dark to trigger my lights or turn them on manually with the remote. LIFE. SAVER.
I bought this teeter-totter for my son when he was a toddler because he could never sit still. I figured it was a safer alternative to him climbing my furniture. Turns out, it’s still a hit 7+ years later, and I’ve since bought it for several other mom friends for their on-the-move kiddos.
The Apple Watch is a must-have for people on your list with an iPhone. View and respond to texts, set alarms, track all your health goals, and more. If you have some extra room in your budget this year, this is absolutely the way to go. “Santa” can’t wait for my daughter to open hers this year!
I wish I was kidding when I said it’s taken me about three years to find a water bottle I actually love that doesn’t leak. And, after talking to a couple of my other health-conscious friends about it, I found out I’m not alone. I landed on this stainless steel water bottle, and I haven’t looked back since — and neither have those I’ve bought it for. It never leaks, its colors don’t fade or wear, and it comes with both straw and open-mouth caps so you can choose how you want to drink from it.
Rushing to get dinner on the table isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. That’s why this Instant Pot is an absolute lifesaver for busy families. I toss in my ingredients, and it pressure-cooks our dinner to perfection in minutes. Plus, its slow-cook setting and other features make it a multifunctional, all-in-one appliance.
Two years ago, our family elf brought back this reindeer so she could have a friend through the season. Now, the reindeer and the elf do all kinds of fun things together until it’s time to head back to the North Pole. It definitely became a hit in our home with my kids who adore our elf.
Perfect for a baby or toddler’s stocking, this toothbrush banana both cleans teeth and massages the gums to satisfy teething mouths. The only thing I dislike about it is that it wasn’t available when my kids were babies, but at least newer parents can benefit from this miracle product.
I hate buying gift cards for people because they feel so impersonal. This Amazon Explore gift card is completely different, though. Your recipient can use it to book a virtual experience, like touring through ancient Rome or learning to make jewelry with a Parisian artist.
If your holidays must include that pesky Elf on the Shelf every year like mine do, at least make the situation better for yourself. This upgrade kit is one of the best Christmas purchases I’ve ever given myself. Now, I can move our elf wherever she needs to go and keep my youngest believing for just a little longer.
The weather’s getting colder, but teenagers will still fight their parents tooth and nail about wearing a coat (seriously, why is this a thing?). I gifted this vest to my friend’s teenager last year hoping it would be a good compromise for her hatred of coats. To my surprise, she wears it without her mom having to harp on her about it. Apparently, it’s cool to not cover up your arms when it’s cold.
A perfect stocking stuffer for a teen or friend, these blue-light-blocking glasses are both adorable and functional. I even added magnification to them for my friend who needs a little help in the vision department.
No matter how corny people think it is, matching pajamas are a must for family photos. I get the kids, cousins, grandparents, and everyone involved in a memorable themed photo with these matching pajama sets for babies to adults. Oh — and there’s even a bandana for my furry family members.
Sending out Christmas cards seems to be a thing of the past with social media taking over. I still love doing them, though, especially with this set. These diamond-painting cards bring crafting into the mix, making the somewhat tedious task of writing cards a lot more fun.
Last year, my kids’ top gift request was more board games, so Santa dropped Blokus off, and it’s been their favorite ever since. It’s easy to understand and quick-moving, so even the little ones can jump in and play along without getting bored.
Electronic devices are everywhere nowadays, and something always seems to need a battery top-up. That’s why this wireless charging station tops my gift-giving list for any tech-obsessed person I’m struggling to find a gift for. This is going right under the tree for my daughter this year to keep all her Apple devices powered.
During the pandemic, my kids both attended school remotely. With their teachers sitting for hours behind a computer screen, I figured they could use some back and backside relief. So, I sent them these seat cushions to rest their weary behinds, and they were beyond grateful.
When my daughter was learning remotely for the 2020 school year, she received this monitor as a gift to give her an extra display for Zoom calls and schoolwork. She loved it so much, that I gifted one to myself, too, to boost my work productivity. This Christmas, I’m sending one along to a family member who also works from home.
In my opinion, men are really difficult to shop for. Unless they have a beard. In that case, I simply send this beard grooming set along to the guys on my list. There’s something about a good grooming kit for beards that hairy-faced men are drawn to. Trust me.
Since my dad’s admission into a nursing facility last year, I’ve tried to make his room as functional and comfortable as possible for him. He absolutely loves this mirror, which he keeps on an end table and can adjust to any angle he needs for shaving, brushing his hair, etc. It’s been a go-to daily-use item for him.
I bought these treats for my aunt’s dog a few years ago when she struggled to give her pooch medicine, which started a yearly tradition after hearing how much they saved her sanity. I’ve even stuck them in my own dog’s stocking
I don’t know what it is about our heads, but my daughter and I can’t seem to keep wrap-around headbands from sliding off them. I bought us both this pack of headbands headbands, which have wires for easy twisting and adjusting, and — lo and behold — they stay put all day. It’s a super stocking stuffer item for anyone who loves accessorizing their hair..
I make my own wreaths for holidays, so I’ve ended up with quite the collection of festive Christmas wreaths. These wreath hangers have made it easy for me to hang wreaths from doors and windows around my home. But I’ve also found them handy for hanging stockings and other Christmas decor, like signs and garland.
If you have a child, younger cousin, or niece or nephew who loves animals and scientific facts, then this book set will be a beloved gift for years to come. My son has read them over and over again, and he loves sharing his reasons on which creature he thinks will and should win each battle.
I don’t love wrapping gifts. There, I said it. Christmas is great, but the wrapping gifts part can go. This gift tag dispenser makes me not hate it as much, though, because it keeps the labels tidy and ready to store again for next year.
My best friend and I exchange Christmas gifts every year. I bought her this hair straightener because she gets irritated with her wavy hair. She raves about how smooth her hair looks and feels when she’s done and how quickly it works.
When I was Christmas shopping for this year’s goodies, I lit up with joy when I found this LEGO Marvel advent calendar. My son collects LEGO Marvel stuff, and there’s nothing better than finding a little surprise each day as he counts down to Christmas.
About 10 years ago, I gave my daughter an older version of this friendship bracelet maker for Christmas. I swear, she didn’t stop playing with it for months. I still have a collection of bracelets she made for me tucked away in my jewelry drawer.
This tummy time mat is a go-to gift for me to give new parents in my life. My son had a similar one when he was a baby and it was literally the only thing that would prevent him from screaming when he went on his belly. Do your pregnant or new-parent friends and relatives a favor and buy it for Christmas.
Every Christmas morning, I looked forward to getting the brand-new Guinness World Records under the tree to share with my brothers. Now, my two kids look forward to it, too (and, yes, I still get just as excited to skim through it).