If going to the mall during the holidays drove you nuts before 2020, then Amazon Prime will save your soul now more than ever before. Where else can you buy a wool Mackage coat, a sculpted bust of a greek god, a cardboard turntable for cats, and toilet paper? From the comfort of your couch. Naked.
Because there are millions of choices on Amazon and going through the results for even a single inquiry can be exhausting, we went through tens of thousands of items and put together a definitive list of the best gifts you can shop this year with Prime. Our non-negotiable criteria? Items had to be unique, high-quality, practical or chic, because nobody has time for anything else these days. Below, our top 49 picks on Amazon Prime to add to your cart now.
Scented Candle, France
Transport the Francophile you love to the promise land of baguettes, cobblestoned roads and boutiques through this France-scented candle. The scent profile is vanilla with subtle notes of tobacco and lavender.
14k Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings
Gold hoops go with everything and somehow always feel cool wearing. Here, a 14k gold pair made in the US that won’t slim down your holiday shopping budget.
Reversible Grey Zebra Bathmat
Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side… Not when you’re getting out of the tub though. That’s dangerous in an ER-kind of way. Anyway, here’s a cute, dryer-friendly bathmat.
Sherpa Trucker Jacket
Levi’s sherpa jackets have been worn by every fashion girl from Gigi Hadid to Zendaya. The denim staple is not only a godsend for complicated transitional temps, but a cozy piece to throw on at home.
Visual Feast: Contemporary Food Photography and Styling
Earning its moniker, Visual Feast is a coffee table fixture that explores food presentation in a myriad of Art forms. From witty jello dishes to painted lobsters, the foodie in your life will find the book’s photography drool-worthy.
Leather Touchscreen Texting and Driving Gloves
If you’re bougie on a budget, check out these Italian cashmere-lined leather gloves which boast over 1.7k ratings. As one reviewer put it: “They are great, and actually fit very well. Beautifully packaged. Could be a gift but I am keeping them!”
Nyundo Stacking Rings
Women-founded, Black-owned and sustainably sourced, SOKO makes some of the coolest, vintage-feeling costume jewelry around. Their pieces are handcrafted by artisans Kenya who use recycled brass, upcycled horns and traditional techniques.
Classic Greek Michelangelo David Bust Statue
Nothing subtly says ‘I’m an Intellectual’ louder than having a decorative bust of a Greek god on display in one’s home. Your loved one won’t see this gift coming, but they’ll love it all the same. (Editor’s note: This is the only item on our list where you have to pay for shipping, but it’s only $2.99.)
990 V5 Sneaker
Few dad sneakers are more iconic or podiatrist-loved than New Balance’s 990 V5 sneaker. (Yes, this is the sneaker you’ve been seeing all over Instagram since quarantine.) Zoe Kravitz, Kaia Gerber and Rosie Huntington-Whitely are just a few of the celebs who’ve been photographed by the ‘paps wearing the chunky anti-It shoe this year.
Women’s Natural Lace Trim Vest
White tank tops have defined Tik Tok-era fashion more than any other article of clothing. Gift a set for the culture.
Foil Printed Tall Band Leggings
Editor’s note: I’m normally not one to drop $100 on leggings, or anything really, but I have to say these are the most comfy and flattering leggings I’ve ever owned. Their camo design and foiled texture simply look (and feel) more pulled together than regular black leggings.
Esplar Low Sneakers
White leather sneakers defined the last decade in fashion and aren’t going away anytime soon. Gift her a pair from Veja, the sustainable brand she’s been trying to track down in her size these last few months.
Vague Shoulder Bag
$378.25 (15% off)
They say the best gifts are the ones you’d want for yourself. Elleme’s 90s-feeling shoulder bag is proof in leather form.
2021 Sheep Wall Calendar
Whether you’re shopping for the aunt that does her own thing or your friend with the ironic instagram aesthetic, this sheep calendar will just hit different.
Kindly sidestep the puddle of drool that formed while I gazed at this wool coat. That leather waist belt! The removable bib (!!!). The feminine silhouette that doesn’t sacrifice warmth! She’ll love this because how could anybody not?
Tie Dye Sweatpants
Don’t knock yourself if your quarantine tie-dye project didn’t turn out this cool. These sweats make for a cozy, practical gift that she won’t want to exchange.
Sally Mock Neck Pointelle Sweater
ASTR the label
A daydream of a sweater. The ruffled mock neck details will make any outfit look more Danish.
Squeaky Parody Plush Dog Toy
A fabulous squeaky toy for a fabulous pup. (Editor’s note: hi, Freddy!!)
14k Gold Linked Diamond Stud Earring
$408.00 (15% off)
This 0.13ct diamond stud earring (yes, it’s sold individually and I’m sorry) will be her new favorite earring if she has more than one piercing.
10k Gold Swarovski Crystal Pearl Birthstone Ring
To my left, a 10k gold birthstone ring with certified Swarovski crystals. Not only does this gift look far more expensive than its price tag, its birthstone element adds a personalized touch.
Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Made from bamboo with House of Marley’s signature Rewind fabric (a blend of hemp, recycled bottles and organic cotton), these eco-friendly bluetooth speakers deliver equally impressive sound and style. As one reviewer wrote: “I’m a music major and I use this to practice with orchestra backing… Sound quality is amazing across the board. You can hear every voice in the orchestra, but is not too bass heavy for Drake and Post Malone.”
WI-1000XM2 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
$198.00 (34% off)
These sleek headphones are guaranteed to enhance any user’s WFH experience with their noise-cancelling technology. They also deliver crystal clear sound, which will make listening to Drake on contemplative WFH walks feel more transcendent.
Kitty Espresso Coffee Maker
Stainless steel espresso coffee makers don’t get any chicer than the Bialetti Kitty.
Modern Glass Globe Table Desk Lamp
This sculptural table lamp injects instant modernity and warmth. It includes an LED bulb too, so the design lover you gift this too will be able to set it up and enjoy right away.
Enameled Cast Iron Signature Dutch Oven
Le Creuset is the gold standard of cookware and their dutch ovens are the lightest on the market. Here, the legendary brand’s signature enameled cast iron Dutch Oven in a gradient motif that brings to mind sunsets and Prada’s fall-winter 2018 collection.
Pom Pom Apron
This apron is so fashionable, the chef in your life might be tempted to wear it even when they’re not cooking up a feast.
The Original Mini Maker
What makes a waffle maker machine so good that 63,000 different people feel compelled to rate it on Amazon? According to the hundreds of reviews I scrolled through, it boils down to ease of use, retro design and tasty results.
Drinking Animals Coloring Book
Each page in this delightful coloring book opens up to a different animal and new cocktail recipe.
Friends: The Official Advent Calendar
Amazon’s #1 best-selling advent calendar is a must-have for any Friends fan. ‘The One With Surprises’ advent calendar contains 25 pockets with over 40 keepsakes and trinkets, such as themed ornaments and recipes inspired by the show. Note that this hits shelves mid-October but can ordered in advance on sale.
BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX
It’s hard to come by a list of best robot vacuums online (written by experts who actually tested hundreds of models) where eufy’s RoboVac 15C MAX isn’t included as a budget-friendly mention. The RoboVac 15C MAX has wifi and Alexa voice connectivity, which makes it easy breezy to set up and use. Reviewers love how it delivers an impressive clean with strong suction and self-charges after a clean.
There’s no such thing as too many coasters, though there is such thing as really tacky coasters. Trust me, I went through over 200 before finding this cool geometric set. These have a cork-lined base which further helps to protect furniture.
Speechless Polarized Sunglasses
For $71, this flattering polarized pair of sunnies is a steal.
Echo Dot Kids Edition
Child-aged techies (and their parents) will be fans of this kids edition Echo Dot. Besides being able to play music and answer questions, the nifty device includes a free year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which has over 1k audiobooks. Parents will also appreciate its multiple layers of privacy protection and parental settings.
The Rihanna Book
$100.88 (33% off)
Men’s Figaro Chain Necklace
In case you’re still thinking about how hot Connell’s chain was in Normal People. Same.
Grand Court Sneaker
If you’re shopping for a boyfriend who’s an amazing person but just not the best dresser, start with his shoes. Prince Harry has been photographed in a similar pair (Sdidas’s Gazelle trainer) in a similar grey, suede color on countless occasions. This color looks sharp with everything.
Gift a good man in your life the slippers he’d never treat himself to that will change his life. (Or at the very least, keep his toes warm for all winter long.)
Sierra Peak Jacket
Despite being lightweight and easily packable, this jacket’s detailed sleeves and tailored fit render it a sharp and timeless piece.
Essential Crewneck Sweater
Editor-loved brand State Cashmere makes 100% pure hypoallergenic cashmere for a fraction of what I see a lot of other brands charging. Here, a failsafe crewneck he’ll have for years to come.
Starter Shaving Kit for Men
Intro him to his new favorite grooming brand with a set that includes everything from a shave brush to priming oil to a safety razor and more. This shaving kit boasts over 400 reviews, with several mentioning how Bevel’s products help prevent razor bumps.
Hidden Comfort No-Show Socks
Runners swear by the support and durability of Balega socks. Take it from the 7k reviews this no-show unisex pair has, these will be a hit.
Peppermint Foot Cream
Footnanny was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things back in 2018, though the foot-care brand is loved by many, many more. This travel-sized cream helps with repairing and soothing feet, which isn’t sexy, but important and too often neglected.
DiamondClean Classic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Rumored users of the prestigious DiamondClean toothbrush include Beyoncé and Kim K. Per Philips, this luxe toothbrush removes up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush, whitens teeth after 1 week of use, and improves gum health in only 2 weeks.
Clear Acrylic Bookends (Set of 4)
If you’re after a gift for a book lover that isn’t books, this top-rated set of acrylic bookends works for any decor style.
Pet Cardboard Turntable & DJ Mixer
For the cat person who loves a good RAC remix. To quote an epic review on Amazon: “By 9pm, DJ Kitty was in beast mode as the rave kicked off in the living room. As the sun came up, DJ Kitty refused to part with the deck… Yes, a bit expensive for [sic]carboard, but we are considering selling tickets to the next show to make up the difference.”
To give you a sense of how beloved TriggerPoint’s GRID foam roller is, it has 11.4k global ratings and an average score of 4.7 stars. It comes with free online videos so users can learn the best ways to utilize it for stretching and relieving tension.
Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Diffuser
Shopping for a dedicated yogi or someone who could use a little serenity right now? Meet VicTsing’s popular essential oil diffuser that boasts 11.3k ratings and counting. The diffuser offers 2 modes, 4 different timers and 7 different color lights, which makes for a personalized zen experience.
Jenga is fun whether you’re 6-years-old or 42.
Grippy Non-Slip Socks for Kids
The story behind this cheerful sock brand will move you (and the recipient). Resilience Gives was founded by Jake Teitebaum, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor who was frustrated with poorly-made socks during his stem cell transplant, and is co-owned by Andee Wallace, whose father survived non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. For each pair of socks purchased, the brand donates a pair to a child with cancer who’s undergoing treatment in a hospital. (Women’s and men’s sizes are also available in case you also want to get yourself a pair.)
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