Find the Perfect Present
When the holidays roll around, it's challenging to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. These top 10 holiday gifts include something for everyone on your list and help make sure your presents are the best gifts from Santa.
Kids of all ages adore stuffed animals, especially ones that can move and talk. Hatchimals are small stuffed animals that kids must care for as an egg before hatching. Once they hatch, you'll have to play and care for them and they'll interact with you.
The latest version, Hatchimals Surprise, features twins born from the same egg and costs around $65. These furry little creatures made The Toy Insider's Top 20 Hot Holiday Toys List and are suggested for kids over age six.
Lego Star Wars First Order Star Destroyer
Due to the release of ten Star Wars films over the past several decades, almost anything related to the movie franchise makes a great holiday gift, as evidenced by the fact that the Star Wars toy lines are the second highest selling lines during the season. When you combine this hot brand with another, Lego, you're sure to please.
The Lego Star Wars First Order Star Destroyer is recommended for kids ages 9 to 14, but collectors love it too, and will cost you about $160. This construction marvel made The Toy Insider's Top 20 Hot Holiday Toys list and features over 1,400 pieces, a carrying handle, working elevator, five mini figures, and two droids.
Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 isn't for everyone, but for those on your gift list who love tech and gadgets, it's a must. Using this unisex watch you can make and receive calls, dictate and send texts, browse apps, and organize daily activities. This latest version promises longer battery life and faster app speeds with various colors and styles ranging in price from $320 to $400. It's listed as the best smartwatch by techradar and Business Insider, but Series 4 is rumored to be released late in fall 2018.
Apple TV® is a PC Mag Top 5 pick for media streaming devices, and Wired gives it the title of "Best Interface" on its top list. It lets you stream or rent movies from the iTunes store or Netflix, watch YouTube, stream music, and view family photos. It also enables you to stream content from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to your HD television. The latest 4K, 64 gigabyte version costs approximately $200.
Adults are jumping on the funky sock bandwagon after realizing what teens and tweens have known for the last few years. Cosmopolitan magazine ranks these bright, patterned socks as the top gift for secret Santa exchanges, while NY Mag suggests them on their Top 25 gifts under $25. Available in kids, men's, and women's sizes, Happy Socks are typically the tall style to show off their designs, which average about $10 per pair.
Kids of all ages can play Candy Land and adults love joining them for a bit of nostalgia. This classic board game is still a Top 10 seller on Amazon and made The Spruce's list of the 13 Best Family Board Games to Buy in 2018. Opt for the Nostalgia Tin version for around $25 to keep with the traditional theme. This version comes in a square tin instead of a cardboard box and features graphics from the 1962 game board.
Kids and adults of all ages can't get enough of the Nintendo Switch, listed by Time as the number seven top toy in 2017 and by Google as one of the top ten most popular tech searches in 2018. The now iconic blue and red Joy-Cons and console will set you back about $300. Play video games using the console at home on your TV or take it out of the dock and play on the go like any other handheld gaming device.
Yeti Rambler Mug
Everyone you know has a favorite hot drink, from coffee to hot chocolate. Give the gift of eternal warmth with a Yeti Rambler Mug for just under $25. Choose from stainless steel, white, seafoam green, dark red, or black in this 14-ounce double-wall insulated mug with a lid. Yeti products promise to keep hot items hot or cold items cold for hours without transferring that temperature to your hand or producing sweat on the outside of the cup. Men's Journal lists the mug as one of the Best Gifts Under $50.
Indoor Smart Garden
Help your friends and family start their own indoor herb garden that requires virtually no work on their part. The Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden is rated the top indoor herb garden by BestProducts.com and For the Smart Home. The sleek, white planter looks great in any space and is self-monitoring when you plug it in.
The automated system can grow herbs, and even some produce like peppers or strawberries, for around $80. Great Performers Academy says indoor smart herb planting accessories are one of the hottest trends in online sales today.
When choosing a gift, don't just buy the first thing you see, even if it is a top option. Take time to consider the recipients' personalities and hobbies. They'll be grateful you put thought into their gift, and you'll feel good about giving something meaningful.