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Holiday gift guide 2023: Shop for every person on your list

Rely on these top holiday gift ideas to nail your holiday shopping this year. We’ve got the best presents for every age group and set of interests.

Updated Nov 20, 2023
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sniffany and co dog toy, harry potter squishmallow, coach bag, lego orchid and versace mini cologne set on coloured collage

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of ideas for holiday gifting, especially with so many people to buy for. But luckily for you, that’s where our editors come in. As shopping experts, there’s nothing we enjoy more than guiding you to make the best possible purchasing decisions — and creating fun and unique gift holiday guides is our jam.

Below, you’ll find a curated list of Christmas gifts for men, women, children, teens and pets — with top-tier presents at a range of price points. So whether you’re shopping for a parent, sibling, partner, or even a coworker's secret Santa gift, there is sure to be something for everyone on your list. 

Read on to find some perfect present ideas — and let the festivities begin! 

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Ultimate Chinos Straight Fit
$59.98 at Dockers
apple watch series 9 with storm blue sports band
Apple Watch Series 9
$349 at Walmart
wonderboom portable speaker in grey
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$79.99 at Best Buy
Pit Boss Pro Series Black Triple-function Combo Grill
Pit Boss Pro Series Black Triple-function Combo Grill
$849 at Lowe's

Best for men

model wearing dockers ultimate chinos in straight fit in pembroke blue
Shown in Pembroke - Blue. Photo: Dockers

Ultimate Chinos Straight Fit

You save $6.02 (9.12%)

Does the man in your life want (or need) to upgrade his wardrobe this winter? 

If so, we think upgrading to a sleek pair of pants can make all the difference — and a pair of Dockers trousers will do the trick. Ideal for casual or formal settings, these classic straight-fit chinos will instantly become a wardrobe staple.

Made from Docker's bestselling Smart 360 Flex material, these chinos boast a good amount of stretch, making them uber-flexible and comfortable for all-day wear. They also have a hidden security pocket to keep essentials safe, and a flexible waistband. 

Dockers carries an array of styles and colors to choose from — ranging from straight, skinny, slim and athletic fits. And they’re available in a wide range of sizes and lengths to suit the stature of most any man.

apple watch series 9 with storm blue sports band
Photo: Best Buy

An Apple Watch is the perfect gift for any active man constantly on the go. 

The latest version of the Apple Watch has advanced fitness, safety and activity features, including the ability to take an ECG (electrocardiogram) anytime. 

Additionally, this watch can track your sleep, heart rate and temperature easily from wherever you are, making it great for anyone who’s health-conscious. 

It also has fall and crash detection, which connects you immediately with emergency services if you experience a tumble or a car crash.

For many, a portable Bluetooth speaker is a must-have item for traveling, hanging out with friends and daily life. So why not treat the man in your life to this swanky WONDERBOOM one? 

With 360-degree bassy sound and 14 hours of battery life, this portable speaker would be a great addition under the Christmas tree. Also, the IP67 rating means it’s waterproof, dustproof and even floats. Needless to say, your pool parties are about to get an upgrade.

Got a grill-master in your life? This holiday season, treat him to this combo grill. 

With both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, this grill connects to smart devices, allowing you to precisely control your cooking experience Plus, two meat probe ports allow you to consistently check the temperature of your meat so as to not under- or overcook it.

The broiler can reach impressive temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit for a direct, crispy sear. 

For the devoted sports fan in your life, there’s no better place to get officially licensed merchandise from all their favorite sports teams, including the NFL, NBA, NHL and NASCAR. 

This jersey’s mesh side panels are perfectly breathable, so whether you’re playing a game of football with friends or just chilling at home, you’re sure to stay cool and comfortable. 

It commemorates two-time Super Bowl winner Travis Kelce, but Fanatics has jerseys for every player you want to have on your back. This is just the thing for superfans.

An aftershave is a great gift, but sometimes it can be tricky to know which brand or scent to buy. 

That’s why we love this Versace miniature set. It contains Eros Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, Man Eau Fraiche, Dylan Blue Pour Homme, Eros Flame Eau de Parfum — all iconic scents for men, which they can then pick their favorite from. 

We love that these mini versions come in the same iconic bottles as the regular ones so you don’t lose any of the luxury feel. 

For fans of the hit sitcom “The Office,” we can’t think of a better gift than this cool LEGO building set.

Build the office, place the 15 minifigure characters, and fill it with references to the show, such as Kevin’s bowl of chili on the floor, the stapler in jelly, and even a ‘Dundie’ trophy. 

With over 1,000 pieces, this LEGO set is sure to entertain even the most devoted LEGO fans. 

Not a fan of ‘The Office’? You could opt for this LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon, which comes complete with characters like Finn, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2 and more. 

Best for women

A pair of cozy pajamas are an essential Christmas gift. 

And we don’t think you can get much cozier than this snazzy set from Chelsea Peers. The soft satin material will feel luxurious against your skin, and the fun bold print will make you want to lounge around all day long (we won’t judge you!). 

Chelsea Peers has a bunch of cute designs and they’re available in a range of sizes from tall to plus size, petite and maternity fits.  So, you’ll find the perfect fit for everyone on your list. 

We wouldn’t be surprised if this cute purse is at the top of every woman’s Christmas list.

The monogrammed jacquard fabric has trendy Y2K vibes that everyone seems to be gravitating toward recently, and it's the right size, for a  day-to-day or night-out bag. 

Blue not for you? This bag is also available in pink, red and green, so you can choose the style that best suits your gifting recipient. 

Luxe Faux Fur Throw Blanket in turqouise
Photo: Anthropologie

A luxurious throw blanket always makes a great present, and this one from Anthropologie is an absolute must-have. 

This lovely jewel-toned turquoise blanket makes a perfect gift for anyone looking to elevate their bedroom or living room. Plus, it’ll make the perfect snuggly companion when hunkering down for a movie marathon during cold winter nights. And you thought the perfect Christmas gift didn’t exist?

If you’re short on gifting ideas, a cardholder makes a great option. Everyone needs one, and they’re often in need of an upgrade. 

 Shopping for a stylish gal? We think this one from Kate Spade is the perfect choice. The plaid pattern looks classy and Christmassy, and with enough space for four bank cards or IDs, we think it’ll make the ideal addition to every woman's purse.

This candle from Jo Malone is as iconic as ever, making it an ideal gift for anyone who likes their home filled with opulent scents. 

Scented with mandarin, basil and amberwood notes, it’s made from high-grade wax and will burn for an impressive 45 hours.

Don’t want to commit to the full size? You can get the mini one, making it a great stocking stuffer.

lego orchid
Photo: LEGO

Why not switch up a traditional flower gift with this stunning LEGO orchid? 

Unlike a real orchid, this doesn’t need meticulous care, which is perfect for those who can’t keep a plant alive!

Jokes aside, with 608 pieces, this is fun to build both alone and together, and will make an adorable home decor piece. What’s not to love? 

Best for children

We were all fans of ‘Where’s Wally’ growing up, but with this version, you can insert a cute cartoon version of the recipient into the story. 

This book comes with six illustrated universes, along with other fun puzzles and challenges to complete. You can choose your character's skin color, hairstyle, and hair color, allowing you to create a lookalike of every child in your life. 

Recommended for ages four to 10, this gift is a must-have for every child this Christmas.

Kids love cake pops, and with this cake pop maker, it’s easier than ever to make them at home.

Simply whip up your cake batter, pop it in the 12 convenient molds, and you’ll have cake pops in almost no time! We think it’s a great gift for children to ease them into the world of baking, and you’ll have loads of fun decorating them with Christmas-themed designs.

A tablet may be at the top of most children's wish lists, and one of the best models for kids is the Amazon Fire 10 Kids Tablet. 

With easy-to-navigate parental controls, you can rest assured that your child is accessing child-safe and family-friendly content and apps at all times. And you can even set screen time limits and educational goals. 

It includes a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids, which gives them access to thousands of books, games, videos and more. The sturdy kid-proof case also makes it super durable, ideal for even the most heavy-handed children.

We’d be surprised if your child doesn’t love Squishmallows — because they’re effortlessly adorable, super squishy and soft. . 

This Harry Potter one comes as a lion wearing a Gryffindor scarf, and you can get them for the rest of the houses at Hogwarts. 

Like many other ranges of Squishmallow stuffed animals, we wouldn’t be shocked if this sold out quickly, so we recommend snatching it up while stocks last. 

adjustable basketball hoop
Photo: Walmart

Is your child into sports? If so, this basketball hoop may just be the ideal Christmas gift for them. 

We love the adjustable height on this hoop, ranging from 6 feet 7 inches to 10 feet, so it can grow with your child. It’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy, too. 

This portable hoop is equipped with two front wheels, making it easy to move and store when not in use. 

Best for teens

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Photo: B&H Photo Video

Every teen wants Apple AirPods, there’s no getting around it. So why not make their Christmas extra special and add these under the tree for them? 

They’re water-resistant and have about 30 hours of total listening time after charging, which is perfect for teens on the go. They also have personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head-tracking that places the sound all around you. 

Easy to set up and connect to your iPhone and other devices,  these are a must-have teenagers.

What better way to jazz up your teen's room than with a custom neon sign? 

You can choose any name, emoji or design you want, making for a thoughtful and unique gift. They might look like traditional neon lights, but they’re acrylic plates backed with LED lights, making them safer and less noisy. You could even customize it to your zodiac sign — a favorite among teen girls! 

The maker even provides installation accessories, so you’re all set!

the covers of the throne of glass series laid out
Photo: Amazon

If your teen is looking for a new book series to sink their teeth into, we recommend the Sarah. J Maas’ epic fantasy series. 

Follow the main character, Celaena Sardothien, as she battles to become the king’s champion in a land without magic, and fights to protect the people and places she holds dearest. 

We also recommend Sarah. J Maas’ other series, 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' and 'Crescent City' if ‘Throne of Glass’ is already a firm favorite.

With the recent release of “Spider-Man 2,” there’s no doubt PlayStation 5 will be one of the most popular gifts this year.

The PlayStation 5 delivers unmatched performance in terms of speed, graphics and audio — and is our top choice for consoles this Christmas. In “Spider-Man 2,” you’ll play both Peter Parker and Miles Morales to keep New York City safe from enemies. 

As far as video game bundles go, this is the one to choose this holiday season.

With these trainers, your teen is sure to be the envy of the school hallway.

A reimagining of Jordan’s first shoe, we think the bright, block colorway trainers are sure to make any teen smile after unwrapping. They’re also made with at least 20% recycled materials. 

Not a fan of high-tops? No problem, they also come in a cool, white and black low-top version.

Best for pets

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Photo: Amazon

You can never have too many pet beds, so why not make them super cute and fun? For us, Squishmallow is one of our favorites and clearly it’s a cozy option for your pets.

It’s 24inches big, making it perfect for small and medium-sized dogs or cats — and they come in a range of adorable designs, from an octopus, an adorable sharkand pineapple.

How sweet is this nautical-themed cat tree? 

We love the cute seaside details like the seagull, life preserver and anchor, and while your cats probably won’t appreciate the aesthetic, we think making it fun for you is also important. Plus, the plush seats make it super comfy for your cats to perch and sleep.

The natural jute scratching posts will also (hopefully) stop your kitties from scratching the furniture.

Hunger for Words Talking Pet Starter Set
Photo: Amazon

While we wish we could cast a magic spell and gain the ability to speak to dogs, this talking button set is probably the closest we’ll get to communicating with them. 

It includes a step-by-step teaching manual, and four recordable buttons for your pooch to press. Use your voice to record commands such as ‘outside’, ‘play’ and ‘bed’ and soon enough, your dogs will be able to tell you exactly what they want. 

A cat never has enough plush toys — well, maybe they do, but that doesn’t mean we’ll ever stop buying them. 

These toys are made from recycled plastic and each pack you buy saves three plastic bottles from ending up in landfills or the ocean. Each toy also includes catnip, making them irresistible to all your feline friends.

If you like to live a life of luxury, why should your dog get any less? 

This gimmicky “Sniffany & Co.” plush toy is a fun take on luxury brand Tiffany & Co., making it perfect for any pooch who loves a soft exterior and squeaky surprise inside. 

Also, if you love the haute couture vibe for your dog toys, we recommend the “Hairmes" and “Chewy Vuitton" bones and the “Alexander MuttQueen" heel.

Our verdict: What are the best Christmas gifts?

We’ve got many  hot gifts in this roundup, but if you need it narrowed down, we’ll share our favorites from each category:

  • For women, our top pick is the Coach Demi Signature Jacquard Shoulder Bag. It’s super on trend (yet timeless), large enough for day-to-day use, and available in a range of stylish colors. 

  • For men, our top pick is the Versace Miniatures Pour Homme Deluxe Set. The array of different scents makes it the perfect gift if you don’t know what to buy for that special someone. A guaranteed winner in our eyes!

  • For kids, our favorite gift has to be the Amazon Fire 10 Tablet. The extensive parental controls and the addition of a year subscription to Amazon Kids make this a must-have gift if you’re looking for a children’s tablet.

  • If you’re buying for a teen, our top choice is the Sony PlayStation 5 Console Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Bundle. If they don’t own one already, we can guarantee it’s near the top of their list. 

  • Shopping for your furry friends? The Squishmallows 24-Inch Wendy Frog Pet Bed is simply too cute to pass on. It’s soft, plush and sure to brighten up any room. We think your pets will thank you as well. 

Happy holidays!

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