Tis the season for gift giving, and with so many amazing products out there, it can be hard to know what to buy. So with that, a list of seriously cool gifts that will help you win the holidays.
To make things easy and relatively pain-free, all of these gifts are available on Amazon and all are under $50.
Get shopping, and thank me later.
For The Techie – Echo Dot ($49.99)
You know that person in your life who can’t wait to get their hands on the latest and greatest new tech? They’ll love the latest generation of Amazon’s Echo Dot.
The mini-sized Dot is just as smart as its predecessor at half the price, and it hears you better to boot.
In addition to providing a sleek home for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, the Echo Dot’s wi-fi speaker works as a speaker for music too. It doesn’t have the best audio quality, but it’s the only Echo product you can connect to an existing audio setup.
The Echo Dot is arguably the best smart home assistant on the market wrapped in an ultra-affordable package. Put a bow on that.
For The Music Lover – OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker ($33.99)
For that cousin of yours who has a playlist for every party, get them a quality portable speaker.
This one from OontZ puts out high quality sound from its precision dual drivers, richer bass from its downward facing passive bass radiator, and boasts a 30-hour continuous play battery life.
This thing is even water resistant, wirelessly connects to any smartphone, tablet, or computer, and weighs in at just under 1lb, making it highly portable.
For The Foodie – Grubstick Intro Kit ($22.46 through Monday)
This isn’t your average roasting stick that breaks after one use. Grubstick is a telescopic roasting stick with a range of attachments for everything from s’mores to bratwursts to burgers to bacon cups. Yes, bacon cups.
I’ve put this fun product to the test and not only can you use it to roast just about anything, but it’s dishwasher safe too making clean-up a breeze. The intro kit comes with the telescopic handle, the s’more cage (so you can roast the marshmallow and melt the chocolate all in one without the mess), and the fork for hotdogs or veggies, and is perfect for the foodie and/or outdoor adventurer on your list.
Grubstick calls itself a revolution in open fire cooking, and it doesn’t disappoint.
For The Inventor – Makey Makey Invention Kit ($49.93)
You know someone who’s always tinkering with things? Get them this invention kit.
According to Makey Makey, there are a thousand possibilities with this kit, and some of the highlights include a banana piano, your own game controller, or even a cat selfie trigger.
The Invention Kit was designed by MIT PhDs to foster project-based creative learning, and is seriously cool.
For The Child Who Loves Make Believe – Seedling Littles Magical Hero Capes ($29.99)
Have a kid on your list who loves to play dress up? Get them one of these customizable capes from Seedling.
This cape comes in two versions, the “Magical Hero” cape that comes with a unicorn print, and the “Galaxy Rocket” cape that looks like a rocket ready to launch and comes with detachable flames and a plush rocket they can fly around the house.
For The Big Kid That Hates Standing In Lines At Disneyland – SitGo Portable Stool ($22.53)
Is your sibling on their way to Disneyland for the fourth time this year? Get them the SitGo.
The collapsible SitGo is the size of your average water bottle, and at 1.5lbs is just as easy to carry around an amusement park, or even to concerts, hiking, or camping. Then when you need a seat, just pop it open and lock it in place and you have a seat within 10 seconds.
SitGo comes with a carabiner that easily attaches to a bag or belt loop. It can hold up to 300lbs, and the fact that it’s height adjustable makes it perfect for everyone from kids up to large adults. Really, the best justification for the SitGo is that no one likes to stand in line, so why not send them off on their next adventure with a seat they can use anywhere?
For The Pet Parent – Whistle 3 Pet Tracker ($49.95)
I’ll be honest, I put the Whistle Pet Tracker on this list for selfish reasons.
My dog is the most important thing in the world to me, and knowing where he is at all times is priority #1. With the Whistle Pet Tracker, I can simply attach the tracker to his collar and get alerts on the corresponding app when he’s left the “safe place” I’ve designated in app.
The Whistle Pet Tracker uses GPS and cellular networks to pinpoint your pet’s location at any point in time, and is built to be durable and even waterproof, so you’ll be able to track them down regardless of what kind of shenanigans they’ve gotten into. And as a bonus that I’m particularly excited about for my lazy dog, the Whistle also tracks your pup’s activity level to help you make sure they’re staying in shape.
For The Coffee Lover – Grady’s Cold Brew Iced Coffee Kit ($27.80)
I’ve got a few people in my life that are rarely without a cup of coffee in their hands, and I’m going to get each of them a Grady’s Cold Brew Kit.
Cold brew has been all the rage for a while now, and Grady’s is said to be the best out there. This kit comes with enough to make about 36 cups of coffee, making each cup under $1 each, which is a better value than that Starbucks gift card you might be thinking of purchasing for the coffee addict on your list.
For The Neat Freak – Bluelounge Quick Peek ($9.95)
Your aunt that is super proud of her tidy storage system? Quick Peek will help her organize her home more intelligently.
All she’ll need to do is take a picture of what’s inside a storage box, and then put one of these stickers on the box. Then inside the companion app, scan the sticker and add the photos, and in a year or two all she’ll have to do to remember what’s in the box is scan the sticker on it and she’ll see all of the contents in the app. Simple as that.
For The Sleep Deprived – Badger Sleep Balm ($9.17)
The perfect stocking stuffer for the sleep deprived person on your list. This lavender and bergamot balm is completely free of any artificial ingredients to gently and naturally lull them to sleep.
How do I know it works? I’ve used this magic balm every night for years, and I can tell you from first hand experience that not only does it work, but also that these 2 ounce tins last for months.