The Best Gift Ideas for 2022


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It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! As Christmas fast approaches, and the holiday craze begins to set in, you still have a few weeks to square away gifts for everyone on your list this year — no stress necessary.

Plus, companies are making it easier than ever (and dare I say, fun!) to make your way through your shopping list this year, thanks to bountiful Black Friday deals (which are already kicking online), and fun new gadgets across a wide array of categories that will excite everyone on your list.

From this Breville Espresso Machine to this Mandalorian Razor Crest Lego set to these unrivaled Bowers and Wilkins over-ear headphones, here are the absolute best gifts for every person on your list. 

For the Criterion Collector 

Pierrot le Fou (The Criterion Collection)

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Godard perfects the Pop Art color art scheme in his seminal 1965 film “Pierre Le Fou,” which follows two lovers on the run in the French countryside, played by Godard’s longtime collaborator Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. But the film is far from your typical romance, featuring a zig-zag tale of what Godard calls the “last romantic couple,” featuring a stylish mashup of comic-book illustrations and stunning landscapes courtesy of cinematographer Raoul Coutard. Check out more of Godard’s best films on Criterion here

Complete ‘James Bond’ Blu-Ray Collection (30% Off)

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If you’re craving more James Bond action following “No Time to Die,” you can revisit the franchise’s earliest films with this comprehensive box set that starts with 1962’s “Dr. No” starring Sean Connery all the way to 2015’s “Spectre.” Plus, the 24-film set is currently 30% off, slashing the price down to $79 for a limited-time deal you won’t want to miss. Other cinephiles in your life might appreciate something from the Criterion Collections’ newest Blu-ray offerings.

‘Accidentally Wes Anderson’

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This stunning photo book has remained a #1 bestseller on Amazon since coming out earlier this year — and for good reason. The 368-page coffee book is a celebration of the stunning imagery Wes Anderson is known for, packed with the most idiosyncratic and whimsical destinations across the globe that evoke the auteur’s masterful cinematography. Anderson himself helped Koval curate the destinations featured on every page, each accompanied by their enchanting histories. If you’re shopping for a real Wes Anderson buff, you’ll want to look through this definitive Wes Anderson Gift Guide, too.

For the Audiophile

Bowers and Wilkins PX8 007 Edition 

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The favored speaker system for recording artists around the world (famously used in London’s Abbey Road Studios), Bowers & Wilkins have just released a limited-edition 007 version of their luxe Px8 headphones, finished in a gorgeous Midnight Blue inspired by Mr. Bond’s famous coat in “Dr. No.” The over-ear, wireless headphones pack in the company’s unrivaled noise cancelling technology and powerful audio into an elegant design you won’t be able to find anywhere else. 

Sony Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones  (29% Off)

You won’t find a better deal for the best-selling headphones from Sony, which are currently 29% off, making it an affordable gift for the any techies and audiophiles you know. The new gadget’s headlining feature is its ANC (active noise cancellation), which uses microphones and speakers to reduce background and surrounding noises. While drowning out distracting noises like keyboard typing or office chatter, they also deliver crystal clear audio. They boast a powerful low-frequency response and an impressive lack of distortion at high volumes. Check out more of the best noise-cancelling headphones here.

For the Skincare Guru


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The Hollywood-approved Solawave is a unique, must-have gift for the skincare lover in your life. Celebrity makeup artist Sheika Daley says of the Solawave: “I like the way that it shrinks the pores and really gives the skin an additional contour, especially in the concaves of the cheekbones and underneath. That really helps when you put foundation on top, the skin is already highlighted and moisturized and it just makes for easy application.”

Glow Recipe Barbie Watermelon Glow Hydration Kit

Nothing will ensure a glow and shine through the dry, winter months like Glow Recipe, whose serums and moisturizers are packed with active ingredients that are clinically proven to make an instant difference to your skin. You get a bargain with this four-piece set, which comes with: Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner, Strawberry Smooth BHA +AHA Salicylic Serum, Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer and Watermelon Glow AHA Night Treatment.

Drunk Elephant The Evening Kit 

Drunk Elephant sells some of the pricier skincare products on the market, but I regret to inform you that they are worth every penny. But it’s also why their gift sets make for the best present for the skincare gurus in your life, who will no doubt appreciate not having to spend their own money on the brand’s miracle-working products.

K18 Leave-In Repair Hair Mask

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If you know someone who regularly dies or applies heat to their hair, then they’ll fall in love with this bestselling K19 hair mask, which has come a cult favorite over the past year. The leave-in molecular repair mask is infused with the brand’s patented K18Peptide to renew hair to its most youthful, healthy state. Again, this stuff actually works.

K18 Leave-In Repair Hair Mask $64.99 Buy Now

For the Fab Four Fanatics

Happy Socks x Beatles Collection

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A thoughtful gift for the Beatles fan in your life, this gift set includes four vibrant styles from the new collection. Two classic black socks are embellished with the band’s logo and a colorful image of the Abbey Road album art, while two feature abstract illustrations of each band member.

Happy Socks x Beatles Collection $72 Buy Now

George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Box Set (22% Off)

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The iconic Beatle George Harrison arguably created one of the best solo albums following the band’s split with “All Things Must Pass,” which features classics such as “My Sweet Lord,” “What Is Life” and “Beware of Darkness.” The sprawling triple-set was released last year in a brand new boxed set in celebration of the album’s 50th anniversary. If you want more, check out our comprehensive Beatles merch guide.

George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass Box Set $89.98  $69.99 Buy Now

For the Deaux Moi Follower

Celebrity Memoirs

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In this No. 1 bestseller, Jennette McCurdy gets candid about the struggles she faced as a child actor on “ICarly,” such as eating disorders, OCD and her infamously strained relationship with her mother, who died in 2013. Check out more best-selling celebrity memoirs that came out this year, such as Viola Davis’s “Finding Me” and Constance Wu’s “Making a Scene.”

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy $17.28 Buy Now

‘I’m Dreaming of a Chris for Christmas’ Coloring Book

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If you know someone who has a crush on a Chris (whether it’s a Hemsworth, Payne or Pratt), then this is the adult coloring book for them.

I’m Dreaming of a Chris for Christmas Coloring Book $14.95 Buy Now

For the Deadhead

Pact Wharf Rat Tee

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A subtle tie-dye look for the fan who doesn’t need all eyes on them. The “Wharf Rat” tee is made of GOTS certified organic cotton and comes in all sizes from small to extra-large. The style is also available as cute, little muscle tank, too. Check out more Grateful Dead gifts for Deadheads here.

Pact Wharf Rat Tee $58 Buy Now

Hedley & Bennett x Grateful Dead Apron

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It was just last month that “Top Chef”-loved cookware compan Hedley & Bennett teamed up with the Grateful Dead for a two-piece psychedelic apron collection. The louder of the two features blue and purple tie dye, in addition to dancing bears holding culinar tools. Both aprons are 90% Cotton, 8% Polyester and 2& Spandex. And are machine washable! Check out more “Top Chef”-inspired gifts for chefs here.

Hedley & Bennett x Grateful Dead Apron $105 Buy Now

For the Toker

Block Table Lighter

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Courtesy of Coming Soon

With Houseplant, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have succeeded in making weed paraphernalia an accessory that you want to show off rather than stash away. Their Block Table Lighter, one of the company’s most popular products, is a minimalist decor piece at first place but packed inside its aluminum exterior is a high powered butane lighter — perfect for lighting up a late-night jay without the fuss. Better yet, the lid doubles as an ashtray. Check out more weed accessories here.

Houseplant Block Table Lighter $220 Buy Now

Edie Parker Glass Fruit Pipe

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No one makes smoking paraphernalia with more taste than Edie Parker, whose offshoot brand called Flower brings the boutique clothing store’s sophisticated style to a wide range of weed-friendly accessories. The luxury brand’s hand blown pipe is made out of borosilicate glass and can even be paired with their other fruit pipes as a collector’s items.

Edie Parker Glass Fruit $95 Buy Now

For the Gamer

Nintendo Switch

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If you’re shopping for a gamer this year, then you’ll probably already have the Nintendo Switch on the top of your list this year. But you’ll want to shop fast as the coveted console is likely to sell out fast this holiday season. The device is known for its lightning-speed processing and stunning graphics. Each joy-con with a gyroscope and accelrometer and advanced HD Rumble for an immersive experience. If you’re already fitted with a Switch, check out the best video games to buy this year (and more of the best gifts for gamers here).

Nintendo Switch $299 Buy Now

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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Any Xbox player will appreciate the company’s Game Pass, which includes hundreds of high quality games toplay on a console or PC, in addition to new games on day one such as “Starfield” and the “Halo” franchise. Check out more of the best gifts for gamers here.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate $44.99 Buy Now

For the Chef

Truff Best-Seller Pack

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There’s a reason Truff’s best-selling hot sauce has been on Oprah’s Favorite Things list for three years in a row now. Any sauce lover will go crazy over these premium blends, which pair well with everything from sandwiches and burgers to scrambled eggs and potatoes. If you haven’t tried the sauces yourself then you can’t go wrong with the bestseller pack, which comes with the brand’s three most popular flavors: Signature Black Truffle Hot Sauce, White Truffle Sauce and Black Truffle Oil.

Truff Best-Seller Pack $75 Buy Now

Great Jones Little Sheet

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A sheet pan that looks as good as it bakes. This half-sized sheet pan has a custom nonstick ceramic coating for a quick and easy cleanup, not to mention for vibrant hues to choose from.

Great Jones Holy Sheet $40  $30 Buy Now

For the Coffee Aficionado

Breville Duo Temp Pro

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Become a barista with the Breville espresso machine, which lets you create third wave specialty coffee from home. The Duo Temp Pro (currently $100 off) features low-pressure pre-infusion that helps ensure all the flavors are drawn out evenly during extraction, while the stainless steel water path accurately controls water temperature.

Breville Duo Temp Pro $599.95 Buy Now

Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker

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Know someone in their pour-over era? They’ll need this Chemex glass coffeemaker, which every coffee aficionado says is on their wishlist this year. Pair it with a coffee delivery subscription for a personalized touch.

Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker $46.98 Buy Now

For the Fitness Freak

Theragun Mini (25% Off)

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The smallest, lightest Theragun yet is 20% smaller and 30% lighter than earlier models. Despite its portable size (which is small enough to fit in a purse, backpack or gym bag) it still comes with three attachments for more personalization, including the gentle Dampener, the firmer Standard Ball and the pointed Thumb

Theragun Mini $199  $149 Buy Now

Bala Bangles (18% Off)

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If you know someone who’s quietly become swole, these Bala Bangles might have something to do with it. This at-home workout essential will help you majorly step up your exercise routine. Designed to be worn on the wrists or ankles, the set includes two one-pound weights that fit everyone. They’re an easy way to add resistance to yoga, running, aerobics, Pilates, walking, core training or even when you’re just out and about, making them a smart alternative to dumbbells, since they’ll never limit your range of motion. They come in a range of colors. Check out more “Shark Tank” gifts here.

Bala Bangles $55.00 Buy Now On Amazon

For the Reader

Kindle Paperwhite (21% Off)

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The reader in your life will absolutely love the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, heralded as the best e-reader on the market. Aver several generations of the kindle, the latest iteration has outdone itself with a waterproof surface, and a slimmer and lighter design. Each Kindle is also equipped with either 8GB or 32 GB of storage at varied prices.

Kindle Paperwhite $139.99  $109.99 Buy Now

‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert

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There’s no better time than the holidays to dive deep into an epic sci-fi series. Following Ridley Scott’s star-studded adaptation last year, “Dune” is a timely choice. The six-book series sees the protagonist Paul Atreides, played by Timothee Chalamet in the film, leads nomadic tribes on a distant planet in the future as he takes over his family’s business empire. Check out more books turning into movies and TV shows this year.

Dune Saga – Boxed Set $58.99 Buy Now

For the Lego Adult

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Measuring over 28 inches, the “Mandalorian”-inspired Razor Crest includes huge engines that lift off for easy viewing, a detailed interior, a removable cockpit that allows access to the sleeping quarters. Plus, it has side hatches and a cargo compartment with a weapons cabinet, a mini-figure sized freezing chamber and a detachable escape pod. Check out more Star Wars gifts here.

The Razor Crest $599.99 Buy Now

Infinity Guantlet Set (20% Off)

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The all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet sold out almost immediately when it was first released last year, but it’s fully restocked on Amazon for any of the Marvel-loving Lego-builders you know. The 590-piece set is simple enough for even the youngest of Groots to play with this holiday season, and is even complete with Infinity Gems for a gorgeous decor piece for any play room or kid’s bedroom once complete. For more, check out this roundup of fun, pop-culture Lego sets, featuring set designs from “Friends” and “Seinfeld,” to a mega 9,000-piece Titanic ship.

Infinity Gauntlet Lego Set $79.99  $63.99 Buy Now

For the Hygge Seeker

The Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater

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Nothing makes a more versatile piece than cozy zip-up sweater, a can’t-go-wrong gift for moms and siblings alike. This one from Everlane is relaxed and refined for any type of style but comes. in a wide range of fun colors for those with a brighter wardrobe.

The Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater $145 Buy Now

Parachute Waffle Robe

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Perfect for the shower or day-long lounging, this waffle robe brings the spa experience to the home. The classic silhouette is made out of the lightweight and ultra-soft textures that Parachute is known for, featuring two hip pockets and a simple waist tie.

Parachute Waffle Robe $129 Buy Now

Ugg Tazz Slippers

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Channel your Bella Hadid in these platform Uggs, which have taken the tIkTok girlies by storm. What’s great about the Tazz style, which are a brand new update to the Australian brand’s classic slippers, is that they double as ultra-comfy outdoor shoes (that make any errands fit effortlessly chic).

Ugg Tazz Slippers $130 Buy Now

For the Lifelong Learner

MasterClass Subscription (Buy One, Get One Free)

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Courtesy of MasterClass

MasterClass’s expert-taught courses run a swath through every industry, meaning you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your list this year, from chefs and musicians to filmmakers and novelists. Film buffs can take a class taught by James Cameron and Spike Lee, while composers can learn from the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Alicia Keys. For more class options, check out Variety’s roundup of the best MasterClass courses.

MasterClass Subscription $20/Month Buy Now

Headspace (38% Off)

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If the new Netflix series inspired you to prioritize mindfulness, then there’s no better place to start than with the best. There are few people. who wouldn’t do well for some meditation and stress relief after the past two years. Headspace is one of the best ways for beginners to get into meditation, with hundreds of meditation guides and courses, sleep hacks, wake-up routines and more. If you know someone who could clear their mind, a Headspace subscription is the perfect gift, especially with their special holiday promo that knocks down the annual price by $30.

Headspace Subscription $79.99  $49.99 Buy Now

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