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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is underway with colorful lights, hot cups of cocoa, blazing fires and lots and lots of presents. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give this year, Google might just have the answer. Google has recently released its Holiday 100 gift guide, which compiles the top 100 most-searched product categories of the holiday season.
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While informative, a list of 100 ofanything can be overwhelming, so we’ve picked the 15 best products from Google’s holiday guide that are sure to make great gifts. We’re here to share our favorite brands for each so that you can cut through the fluff and buy only the best for your friends and family.
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1. Weighted blanket
While winter doesn’t officially start until the 21st of December, temperatures are already beginning to drop across the country, making a weighted blanket the perfect gift to give. Weighted blankets not only provide warmth but relaxation, too, thanks to the comforting pressure one feels when using them—the sensation of a weighted blanket has been likened to a warm embrace. If you’re looking to buy a weighted blanket, we highly recommend the Gravity Blanket. We found it to be the best weighted blanket in our testing thanks to its evenly distributed weight, ease of cleaning and durability.
2. Electric kettle
The perfect gift for someone who loves a cozy, hot beverage is an electric kettle. Google indicates that gooseneck kettles are the most popular shape, which makes sense as they allow for more control (not to mention poise) when pouring water for tea, hot chocolate or coffee. When it comes to gooseneck electric kettles, our favorite is offered by Cosori, which is sleek and offers many presets that make the kettle easier to use.
A laptop is a highly useful gift to give—even if someone has a laptop already, a new one can be the upgrade they need but aren’t willing to buy. That said, there are several different preferences and uses for a laptop that can make buying one a little tricky. If your giftee prefers a MacBook, we recommend the Apple MacBook Air, which is our pick for the overall best laptop thanks to its superb battery life, quality build and incredible performance. For those who prefer Windows, we recommend getting them the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14 which sports a comfortable keyboard and trackpad, as well as a responsive touch screen that comes with a stylus. For gamers, we recommend getting the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which is sleek, performs excellently and has great battery life.
4. Massage gun
With a massage gun, you can bring the relief of a massage to your home. It’s the perfect gift for those who want to soothe aching muscles. Out of all the massage guns we’ve tested, we found the Therabody Theragun Elite to be the best. It has a comfortable handle and Bluetooth functionality that allows you to use various presets that make this massage gun well worth the price.
5. Bath bombs
For those who take their baths and self-care routines very seriously, we recommend gifting a bath bomb set. After taking manypainstaking baths to test various bath bombs, we determined the best to be the LifeAround2Angels bath bomb set. These bath bombs are delightfully fragrant without being overpowering and they color your bath water without staining your tub. Even more impressively, they’re moisturizing, which isn’t something all bath bombs can boast.
6. Air fryer
Have a home chef or foodie on your gift list this year? Consider getting them an air fryer, which might be the most versatile kitchen appliance you can buy. Thanks to the power of convection, this compact appliance can bake, roast, defrost, of course, fry, all without a drop of oil. After conducting many tests, we determined the Ninja Speedi to be the best air fryer—it boasts a huge capacity and intuitive controls that help you to make full meals quickly and efficiently.
7. Waffle maker
In our expert opinion, we believe that waffles are superior to pancakes — they come with butter and syrup pockets, after all. If you know someone who feels the same way, gifting them a waffle maker is sure to brighten up their day. Cuisinart is known for its quality kitchenware and the Cuisinart WAF-V100 proves it. We found it to be the best waffler maker thanks to its intuitive design that eliminates overflow spills and is easy to fill. More importantly, the waffles come out consistently delicious.
8. Vanity mirror
A vanity mirror, also known as a makeup mirror, is a highly popular gift for someone who has a passion for cosmetics. Mirrors with lights have an advantage over those without because make it easier to see how makeup looks when applied. Our favorite makeup mirror with lights is the Glamcor Riki Skinny. The Riki Skinny is easy to charge, has a conveniently large surface area and is angle-adjustable to ensure full coverage. It provides even lighting and comes with Bluetooth functionality to connect with phones, allowing for picture-perfect photos and videos.
A quality bathrobe is a gift that keeps on giving. Whether you’re just using it for short stints after stepping out the shower or you’re wearing it for hours as you lounge around the house, Eberjey Gisele Robe’s luxurious, buttery soft cotton makes it our favorite bathrobe. It’s sure to be a hit for anyone because of its breathable fabric, snug fit and stylish design.
10. Foot spa
A foot spa is an excellent gift to make someone feel pampered. Our favorite is the Ivation Foot Spa Massager, which features many adjustable features such as heating and massage jets that ensure each bath is catered perfectly to the individual.
11. Pizza oven
It’s hard to go wrong with the gift of pizza. For the one who’s in love with the cheesy, saucy goodness that is pizza, consider gifting them a pizza oven. They’ll be able to cook up their own, restaurant-quality pizza just the way they like it, all from the comfort of their home. The best outdoor pizza oven we’ve tested is the Solo Stove Pizza Oven. This lightweight oven can run on either gas or wood, it heats quickly and it cooks pizza evenly. Whether they like New York, Chicago or Detroit-style pizza, your gift recipient will be preparing the perfect pie in no time.
12. Bluetooth speaker
A good Bluetooth speaker is a must-have, whether your giftee is the life of the party or just prefers listening to music on something a bit louder than a phone or laptop After conducting various tests, we determined that the best waterproof Bluetooth speaker is the Sonos Roam. Don’t let the size fool you—this speaker is a beast with great sound and has a stylish, yet rugged design. It’s great for use both indoors and outdoors.
13. Essential oil diffuser
Many people love diffusers because of the relaxation they provide. Others love them simply because they can make a room smell incredible. Whatever your reasoning may be, we recommend gifting the Saje Aroma Om this year, which we found to be the best diffuser. It’s easy to operate, made of high-quality materials and features a cool design.
14. Hairdryer brush
The REVLON One-Step Volumizer has been a top-selling gift for years now and we can see why as we found it to be the best hairdryer brush on the market. It dries hair in a pinch and provides salon-like blowout quality. Beyond that, its quality materials ensure that this gift will be one that lasts.
A good pair of headphones is a gift that anyone can appreciate. Whether listening to a song or the voices of a zoom video, quality headphones enhance the listening experience. When it comes to quality, it doesn’t get much better than the Sony WH-1000XM4, our pick for the best headphones. Thanks to its excellent audio quality and impressive noise-canceling capabilities, once someone puts on the Sony WH-1000XM4, they won’t want to take them off.
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