Our Top Splurge-Worthy Gift Picks for 2020
From top-notch kitchen tools to luxe self-care essentials, these splurge-worthy gifts are perfect for everyone on your list (including yourself).
Christmas is the perfect time to splurge on that one gift they’ve been eyeing all year. Whether it’s a high-quality weighted blanket, luxe wool slippers or AirPods to make working — or learning — from home more efficient, our top splurge-worthy gift picks are perfect for just about everyone on your list, from teens to adults. Here's what everyone will be asking Santa for this year — guaranteed.
You’ve probably seen the Always Pan from Our Place pop up on your Instagram feed. And if you haven’t, well, let me introduce you. This pretty pan claims to be a do-it-all wonder tool designed to replace eight different traditional pieces of cookware, including a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer and more. Perfect for newlyweds, new homeowners and budding home chefs, the Always Pan is guaranteed to be a winning gift.
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Brightland’s best-selling olive oil duo — AWAKE and ALIVE — are paired together to balance and round out your kitchen arsenal. Not only are the 12.7-ounce glass bottles beautiful, but the oils inside are lovingly made from heirloom California olives and harvested in a certified organic mill.
My Fabulous Food's luxe sea salt gift set contains the perfect pair: Black Lava Sea Salt and Alaea Sea Salt. Black Lava Sea Salt takes its color from activated charcoal from coconut shells and is a perfect finishing salt on salads, eggs, avocado toast and fish. Alaea Sea Salt is infused with Hawaiian alaea red clay from Kauai Island. This beautiful finishing salt is ideal for grilled vegetables, fish, meats or chocolate desserts. The duo comes in a beautiful, glossy-black gift box with a golden seasoning spoon.
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Harlem Chocolate Factory's Golden Brownstone Gift Set is the perfect gift for any chocolate lover or fan of New York City. Individually packaged in boxes decorated with iconic Harlem images, the set can be gifted in whole or shared across several chocolate lovers in your life. Each set features an assortment of six chocolate bars crafted in the shape of a Harlem Brownstone and dusted in gold with two dark chocolate bars, two milk chocolate bars and two white chocolate bars for even the most discerning palates.
This is the ultimate work-from-home essential. HGTV editor Laura James says, "As a daily coffee drinker who frequently reheats my coffee, I couldn't help but be intrigued by Ember's temperature-controlling smart mug … After testing the mug for three months, we're convinced one of the mugs would make the perfect gift, even if it's one for yourself."
MORE: Read Our Ember Smart Mug Review
No kitchen is complete without a Dutch oven. Le Creuset's Signature collection of enameled cast-iron cookware seamlessly blends classic form with ergonomic innovations. Optimized for steady, even heat, this Dutch oven is the perfect buy for expert and novice chefs alike. And with 20 stunning hues and eight sizes, there's truly a Le Creuset for everyone.
Another kitchen must-have? A KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Capable of mixing ingredients, kneading dough and so much more, this mighty appliance will be a major staple in their household.
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Why waste drinking time (or even the drink itself) when you could use this clever system to pour a glass? With a specially-designed thin-wall needle, this device gently penetrates the cork, allowing you to pour faster than the original needle. This gives wine enthusiasts the freedom to pour any wine, in any amount, without removing the cork.
This high-tech, small-space hydroponic garden features an LED lighting system that fosters photosynthesis and plant growth even in dark rooms and winter. It's easy to use, it looks good and it really works.
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If you know an overly-protective pet parent (or if you are one), then this is the perfect gift. Furbo sends real-time alerts when your dog moves and barks or when another person comes into view. You can even record a message for your pooch or speak to him when he's looking lonely.
MORE: Read Our Furbo Review
Need a house-cleaning assistant? The Roomba i3+ Robot Vacuum takes cleaning off your mind, and your to-do list, for months at a time. (The Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal system allows it to empty itself for up to 60 days.) Plus, it will learn from your cleaning habits and offer customized schedules and extra cleanings when pollen count is high or during pet-shedding season.
Bearaby's ultra-cozy Velvet Napper harnesses the power of deep touch pressure to reduce stress and deliver a deep, satisfying rest. This new, luxe weighted blanket is made of 100-percent earth-friendly fabric, so when you give the gift of much-needed restorative rest to your loved ones this holiday season, you’re giving back to Mother Nature, too.
MORE: Read Our Bearaby Napper Review
From Chrissy Teigen to Kerry Washington, celebrities love Slip and for good reason. Slipsilk, Slip’s proprietary material, ensures the ultimate combination of shine, thickness, softness and durability. This luxurious, hypoallergenic silk sham is basically an eight-hour beauty treatment, as it helps protect delicate facial skin and minimizes hair breakage and loss.
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The founders of Brooklinen launched these now-internet-famous Classic Core Sheets with the goal of providing luxury hotel-style sheets at an affordable price. Available in 14 colors and patterns, these 100-percent long-staple cotton percale sheets are Oeko-Tex certified and come in six sizes. Lightweight and soft on the skin, they feel like a crisp, button-down cotton shirt and remind us of the feeling of getting into a perfectly made luxury hotel bed after a long day in the sun.
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The Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light allows the user to personalize their sleep and wake-up experience through sunset and sunrise simulation. Unlike a traditional alarm clock, it's designed to wake in a more natural way, using a unique combination of light and sound. It can also be customized with five natural wake-up sounds.
MORE: Read Our Sunrise Alarm Clock Review
A Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for the on-the-go bibliophile in your life. It’s thin, lightweight, waterproof and comes with up to 32 GB of storage to hold even more books, magazines, comics and audiobooks. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks for endless reading.
This double-insulated self-cleaning water bottle ensures you meet your daily dose of H2O with confidence using a built-in, purifying UV light that self-activates every two hours. The powerful UV light technology combats any harmful germs or bacteria looming in your water, and the insulated stainless-steel body keeps your beverage icy-cold for up to 24 hours at a time.
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If your teen or partner doesn't have AirPods yet, it's probably on their holiday wish list. Perfect for remote learning, neighborhood walks, Zoom meetings and late-night chats, these wireless earbuds are a must-have for keeping things efficient at home.
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Alo’s rigorously tested Warrior Mat is roomy, perfectly cushioned for joint support, antimicrobial, dry-wicking and slip-free. It’s also 100-percent formaldehyde-free, non-toxic and PVC-free, perfect for a clean practice and a peaceful savasana for the yogi in your life.
There's a reason why The Carry-On has such a huge cult following. On the outside, this suitcase is seriously sleek with a durable yet flexible polycarbonate shell, two buttery-soft handles and smooth, 360-degree spinner wheels. Crack the shell open and you'll find a generous, central compartment intuitively separated for shoes and clothes with a hidden waterproof laundry bag tucked between them. Plus, we love that it's available in 14 classic and trendy colors.
When your teen falls asleep every night, they dream of someday owning a Nintendo Switch. Although you could shop the Switch Lite, which is about $100 cheaper, we suggest sticking with the original model. It not only boasts three different play settings (TV mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode), but it also comes with the neon blue and red "joy-cons," too.
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