We know what you're thinking: the holiday gift guide, right? While Halloween costumes and spooky decorations may be the top criteria, (believe it or not) Christmas is just around the corner.
This year, in addition to planning family celebrations and holiday parties, retailers are encouraging shoppers to start from their wish lists to avoid delivery delays. can happen. Avoid shipping delay: Delays are expected this holiday season due to supply chain constraints, backlogs at shipping ports, and an already depleted labor market.
So to make sure everyone on your list is taken into account, a handful of retailers, including Amazon, have released their 2021 holiday gift guides.
From electronics to home goods, Amazon's Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone on your list. Plus, since many of the best deals are expected to be exclusive to Prime members, there's no better time to sign up for the service to take advantage.
To shop our top picks from the Amazon Holiday Gift Guide and cross a few names off your list, scroll below. Over the past several weeks, our team has been focused on helping you find the best holiday gifts for every person on your list — and even though December is just days away, you still have plenty of time to knock it out of the park. We have found guides for gifts under $25, discovered the best virtual gifts, and even asked notoriously hard-to-shop-for people — such as teenage boys and moms who say they don’t want anything — exactly what they want.
Here, we’ve pulled together a guide to the best Strategist-approved gifts for every single person on your list, whether you’re looking for something to gift your sister who started (in-person) college this semester, your world-traveling cousin (who is still stuck at home), or your child’s teacher. We will continue to update this with more gift ideas— but given all of the news of supply-chain issues (and everything else going on in 2021), we recommend that if you see something you like, you go for it sooner rather than later. As always, if you want to stay on top of our gift coverage, sign up for our newsletter so you won’t miss a thing.
1. Holiday Electronics Gift Guide
Edit, customize, and print directly from your smartphone with this best-selling Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer. The perfect gift for any age, the pocket-sized device is available in five colors.
Thanks to the top-rated Tile Essentials, losing your keys, wallet, and the TV remote is a thing of the past. These innovative trackers attach directly to your personal items and connect to your smartphone so that you never lose track of them again.
2. The Strategist’s Supply-Chain-Proof Gift Guide
If you’re worried about beating the supply chain, check out our careful curation of gifts you can shop for — and ship — right now. Each item — including Taylor Swift’s cat backpack, a record for your plants, and these trompe l’oeil coasters that double as trivets — was handpicked by a member of our team from our catalog of stories across 12 categories, and our staff will be checking it daily to make sure that everything featured will get to your door and be under your tree in time for December 25. Find more supply-chain-proof gifts.
3. The Best Beauty Advent Calendars for 2021
Beauty advent calendars have become a cult-favorite gift, with options from Jo Malone and L’Occitane to Lush and Net-a-Porter. But this one from the U.K. department store Liberty is the one that started it all. This year’s calendar includes 25 items (including Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, and Le Labo Another 13 perfume) with a total value of $1,000 — but it retails for $295. If you’re thinking of gifting it, don’t dillydally: These are always quick to sell out. You can find more beauty advent calendars.
4. The Top Tech Gifts for 2021
It’s hard to keep track of the newest tech gadgets in the best of times, and this year, supply-chain issues threaten to make it even harder to find the hottest tech gifts. If you’re really at a loss, try gifting this inexpensive and underrated smart plug that will let them control the lights, coffee-maker, curling iron, and more from your phone. Find more tech gifts.
5. The Top Kid Toys for 2021
Much like gadgets, the most covetable kids toys are also experiencing supply-chain issues (and already, one of our picks for the hottest holiday toy — the Magic Mixies Cauldron — is only available from third-party sellers). But there are still lots of gifts that you can buy now, so you can avoid disappointment in December — like this gamified fidget toy. Find more kid toys for the holidays.
6. The Best Gifts for Moms
There’s no one-size-fits-all gift for moms. Some moms are finishing up college, while others are becoming first-time grandparents. But everyone has to sleep — and these buttery-soft, wrinkle-free Eberjey pajamas should please even the hardest-to-shop-for mother
7. The Best Gifts for Dads
Dads aren’t just parents: Some are amateur sommeliers who’d appreciate a book on wine. Others are rock stars (in their own minds) looking to listen to the classics with these wireless headphones, and some are grillmasters who could make good use of this wireless meat thermometer
8. The Best Gifts for Wives
Getting the right gift for your wife shouldn’t be anxiety-inducing, but it probably is. According to the women we’ve spoken to, no wife will be able to resist a little something comfortable this holiday season — like these linen overalls.
9. The Best Gifts for Husbands
Just because you live with your husband, doesn’t mean finding a gift for them is going to be easy. But for husbands who don’t have the time to work on good posture — or have spent the last 18 months in front of the TV — this ergonomically designed knee chair will force them to engage their core and keep upright.
10. The Best Gifts for Girlfriends
We’ve curated a list of gifts guaranteed to please every type of girlfriend, from a chic jigsaw puzzle to this Dame Fin vibrator that acts as an extension of your fingers, making it great for couple’s play or for them to use alone
11. The Best Gift for Boyfriends
If he has been tight-lipped about his wish list this year, this guide is for you. We found lots of gifts for all kinds of boyfriends — including a blender, shave beard oil, and this aesthetically pleasing Kinto Travel Tumbler that keeps drinks warm or cold for hours
12. The Best Gifts for Sisters
Shopping for your sister (or sisters) can be difficult, but it can also be fun figuring out what they like. And either coffee or tea drinkers will appreciate this temperature-controlled mug. It comes with a saucer that doubles as a charging dock and can be programmed to maintain your preferred drink temperature
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