The Most Popular Gifts on Everyone's Christmas List
Need gift ideas and want to know what's popular this year?
You've come to the right place. The top trending gifts of 2017 include a lot of tech options, from wireless ear buds, to a fitness tracker, to a little robot ball. But cozy classics are always in style: a practical jacket, cool couch pillow, tea kettle, or slippers.
Fun items like skincare, makeup, or a gaming system are also winners! Find something for everyone on our guide to the season's hottest gifts, or add to your own list for Santa.
The New Apple Watch
The latest Apple Watch tops so many wish lists this year!
This handy piece of tech connects to your phone, allowing you to make calls and send texts with ease. You’ll also get alerts, use Siri, use GPS, track your activity, and stream music — all without your phone around. Choose from a variety of bands (including trendy pink) and different sizes.
Slippers are a classic holiday gift for a reason; they’re so useful! UGG is known for comfy winter footwear, and their new Koolaburra line is definitely comfy, and then some. Their slippers are also affordable!
The Margo is a suede moccasin slipper with faux-fur lining that’s bound to please any winter lounger. Plus the rubber sole means you can run outside without ruining your slippers (not that we have any experience with that).
Hands-free tech help is here with the Google Home. Powered by Google Assistant, this voice-activated speaker allows you to stream music, ask about the weather, or just look something up — Google Home is at your service. Just say “Ok Google” to begin your request. (Also available in a Mini version.)
A ton of great new family features are now available for the mom on your list — there are more than 50 games, stories, and activities that she can use to keep the kiddos entertained. That’s a gift in itself!
Casual Columbia Jacket
The cozy, retro-cool South Canyon Bluff jacket from outdoor brand Columbia is a hot ticket item that will keep you warm.
It’s a great all-purpose winter jacket with a soft flannel interior and water-resistant outer fabric. Throw it on to run errands or pack it on a camping trip — this jacket just works. Available in both men’s and women’s versions, there are multiple colors available, from black to truffle.
New for the holiday season, Polaroid has rolled out a fun new instant camera, the POP. She can toss this little camera in her bag, then take 3” by 4” white-bordered photos instantly.
Available in 6 colors, the POP has great features like a timer, built-in flash, video, and photo booth mode. Film is approximately $1.00 per exposure. A great addition to any holiday party — get those Santa selfies!
Le Creuset Whistling Tea Kettle
Available in a wide variety of vibrant colors (soleil, cherry, and marine to name a few), the classic whistling tea kettle from Le Creuset will last for ages, and it makes a lovely gift.
The enamel-on-steel kettle heats and boils quickly but the handle stays cool and comfortable. A whistle lets you know when the water is boiling. This a pretty piece for the kitchen as well as a useful tool! Get one for anyone on your list who loves tea, or anyone who appreciates classic Le Creuset.
Sphero Mini Robot
It looks like a ping pong ball, but it’s an app-enabled robot. You can even use new feature Face Drive and control the ball with your face! (Other modes through the app include Joystick, Tilt, and Slingshot.)
Sphero Mini is a fun gift for anyone who likes tech innovations or novelty gadgets. Various games and apps are fun to play with the Mini, which comes with 3 traffic cones and 6 bowling pins. An accessory set is available separately. There are five color options are available, but you can also purchase different shells to customize your Mini.
Sunday Riley Skincare
Sunday Riley is a hot new skincare company, and their products are in-demand gifts!
According to data from GiftNow, reports People, anti-aging skincare is one of the least-returned and most-wanted gifts — for men and women. No one will want to return this gift set!
The Bright Young Thing set is exclusive for the season and includes the Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, and Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream.
The Latest Fitbit
The latest slim profile Fitbit fitness tracker is the Alta HR (the chunkier Charge 2 is also popular). The wristband shows exercise, activity, and sleep tracking info, and it also gives reminders to move.
It comes in black, purple, or the special edition black with 22k gold plating for that fancy fitness tracker in your life! Plus smartphone notifications get sent straight to your wrist. The battery lasts up to five days without a charge and it’s really easy to use — just tap to display all your stats.
If you're someone who doesn't mess around with blow drys, you need this innovative hair dryer in your life. Dyson's Supersonic is beloved by beauty insiders, and it's pricey, but it's worth the cost.
Super-fast dry time thanks to Dyson technology, and air temperature measurement ensures your strands don't fry. The Limited Edition Holiday Bundle is an exclusive that includes a pretty purple storage box and platinum-colored blow dryer. The set also includes various attachments.
Many of the glazes that cover ceramic slow cooking vessels are known to have some level of naturally occurring lead. While the Food and Drug Administration says they’re safe, we understand that the possibility of lead leaching, no matter how small, is a risk that some people are not willing to take.
That’s why we’ve included the Instant Pot on this list. Not exactly a slow cooker—really a pressure cooker with slow cooker capabilities—the Instant Pot’s cooking vessel is made entirely of stainless steel, so no glazes or coatings that may give some people pause.
Best Gaming System
This uber-popular game system from Nintendo was released in March, and since then it’s become the fastest-selling home console in history.
Switch is actually a home system and a handheld unit. There’s a dock that connects to your TV at home, allowing for multi-player gaming. Then you can take the tablet out of the dock and on the go!
You can even share the controller and flip the stand to play with others while out and about. Its best-selling game? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Kids will love playing Zelda, Splatoon, and Super Mario on this system (and adults probably will too). Switch is available in various colors, from standard gray to neon pink.
Urban Decay Heavy Metals Eye Shadow Palette
Every year Urban Decay’s eye shadow palettes are a big hit for the holidays.
This year, the glam rock-inspired Heavy Metals limited edition set is a must-have. Included in this palette are 20 metallic eyeshadows, ranging from deep purple to red to bronze. Each shade is brand new and exclusive! The lavender metallic case also includes a large mirror.
Looking for a high-quality, 360-degree speaker that works great in any situation? Then check out the UE Boom 2, with its extended 15-hour battery life and its shockproof, waterproof (IPX7) design. It has a longer 100-foot range than the less expensive speakers on this list, and has both Siri and Google Now integration for say-it-to-play-it functionality. It’s a great multipurpose wireless choice for anyone with $180 to spend.
The Graf Lantz Hana tote is a stylish and practical bag that pretty much anyone will love. Your fashion-forward giftees probably already have it on their lists!
The Merino wool felt tote features an interior pocket, snap closure, and leather handles, and they’re roomy enough for everyday necessities (15 ½”W x 14”H x 5”D). But the best part is that the Hana tote comes in an array of bright colors, from teal to pistachio. Grab it for the special holiday price while you can!
AirPods Ear Buds
These wireless ear buds are pretty amazing, which explains why everyone wants them. Connect AirPods to your device, then pop them in your ears and listen.
No cords to get tangled, and they’re simple to set up. Keep them in their charging case and they’re ready to go the moment you take them out. Double tap to access Siri and change the song, make a call, or adjust the volume on the AirPods.