20 splurge-worthy gifts everyone is obsessing over this year
These luxury gifts are expensive, but worth it
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‘Tis the season of giving means ‘tis the season of buying. This means investing in things for other people. However, the fear of giving a parent an expensive tablet that will collect dust in a desk drawer, or giving a granddaughter a pricey necklace she’ll never wear, is real. But this fear doesn’t have to lead to gift cards or less expensive items. You can still invest in the people you love over the holidays and make the right choice at the same time.
Luckily, my Reviewed colleagues and I are here to help. All year long, we review and research products—a lot of them on the expensive side. Using our knowledge, consumer reviews, and my expertise in all things expensive (don't tell my credit cards I said this), we've put together a guide of gift ideas that are worthy of their high cost. Here are 20 of the best and most popular luxurious (and expensive) products we think would make great gifts in 2019.
1. For the one who’s always traveling: Away ‘Set of Two’ Luggage
You've probably seen this trendy luggage on Instagram, as it is a travel blogger favorite. The brand is also one of our favorites at Reviewed. When we tested checked luggage, Away won as our best hard-sided suitcase. In addition to that, one of our writers swears by her Away carry-on. It comes in nine different colors and looks much different than your average suitcase. If you're looking for a great splurge gift this year, look no further than a trendy tested and approved luggage set.
2. For the one obsessed with all things Apple: Apple Watch
If they don't own it already, an Apple Watch would be a fantastic gift for the one who is always on their iPhone. Gift them the gift of our favorite smartwatch so they can have all of their notifications, music, and texts at her fingertips all the time. When we tested smartwatches this year, the Apple Watch Series 4 was crowned the best of the best. We haven't tested the most recent version of the Apple Watch, the Series 5, but there's always that option too.
3. For the home chef: Staub Dutch Oven
You’ve probably heard of, seen, or owned a Le Creuset dutch oven. They are one of the most popular wedding gifts for newlyweds and, like KitchenAid stand mixers, a kitchen staple for adults everywhere. However, when we tested dutch ovens at Reviewed, our favorite overall was not Le Creuset—it was Staub! We're not the only ones loving this brand, either. Their cookware is all over food blogs and Instagram. Trendy and luxurious, this is your best bet for a gift for home chefs this year.
4. For the one who enjoys when people do things for them: The best robot vacuum of 2019
Keeping a clean home is a luxurious thing when you’re not the one cleaning it. That’s why robot vacuums were created. If you have a good one, it will do the work for you, and the more room you have to splurge, the harder it will work. The absolute best robot vacuum we've ever tested at Reviewed is the iRobot Roomba i7+ and let us tell you—it is an ultra splurge. This Roomba can empty its dirt bin all by itself and then continue vacuuming. It is is truly the most luxurious robot vacuum we've seen, and we're sure anyone you buy it for will like it, too. If you're looking to splurge on a budget, you can always consider getting our best affordable robot vacuum, the Eufy RoboVac 11s. While it's significantly cheaper than the Roomba i7+, it still costs over $200!
5. For the one who likes to keep warm: Canada Goose Coat
For someone who lives in a place where the temperatures plummet to freezing cold conditions for part of the year, there is nothing more luxurious than a winter coat that actually keeps you warm. Canada Goose jackets are expensive, but the down filled coats are temperature-rated for below zero weather—and they really do make cold winters bearable. I used to refuse to go outside unless I absolutely had to on cold days, but investing in this Canada Goose jacket totally changed that. It feels like I am wearing a warm blanket whenever I go outside, blocking the frigid temperatures from touching my skin. I recommend any without fur on the hood. My personal choice for women is the Gabriola in black (I own this one) or the Kinley. For men, the Forester is a great option.
- Get the Canada Goose Women's Gabriola Water Resistant Arctic Tech 625 Fill Power Down Parka at Nordstrom for $825
- Get the Canada Goose Women's Kinley Down Park at Nordstrom for $850
- Get the Canada Goose Men's Forester Slim Fit Jacket at Nordstrom for $775
6. For the working commuter: Sony 1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones
We love Sony’s Noise Canceling Headphones at Reviewed. In fact, the WH-1000XM3 are the best noise-cancelling headphones we've ever tested. If you know someone who gets easily annoyed by loud co-workers or lives for peaceful subway rides, this luxurious gift could be the answer to all of their first world problems.
7. For the cool commuter: Apple AirPods Pro
Sure, AirPods may look bizarre when people wear them, but they’re wearing them for a reason. We deemed Apple’s cult-favorite headphones as the BEST true wireless earbuds when our experts originally tested them this year, and when the new AirPods Pro were recently released and we got to test them, we found them to be even better. If you’re shopping for a lover of all things Apple, they will adore a pair of these. For traveling, commuting, working out, and even listening to podcasts while loading and unloading the dishwasher, AirPods Pro make a great gift.
8. For the one who loves to bake: KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Give someone the gift of a luxurious kitchen countertop this year with our favorite stand mixer, the KitchenAid Artisan. They will not only love the way our favorite stand mixer looks, but they’ll love the treats they bake with it. Even if they’ve owned a KitchenAid for years, a new one would be a welcomed upgrade.
9. For the TV lover: 2019’s best TV
We review a LOT of televisions at Reviewed, and the best one we've ever tested is the LG C9. The quality of the OLED 4K/HDR smart TVs (available in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch sizes) is just as good as the competition, and it's almost the most affordable one in the lineup. If an LG C9 series television is in your gift budget for someone, you absolutely can't go wrong with this gem.
10. For the shoe enthusiast: Golden Goose Sneakers
Sneakers are having a moment right now. Not that sneakers have ever NOT been in style, but today, they are very much a fashion staple whether you're dressing down or dressing up. So much so, that people are dishing out hundreds of dollars for trendy sneakers. Golden Goose sneakers to be exact. These stylish sneakers have a perfectly worn-in look to them and trendy details.
11. For the homebody: Faux fur blanket
Other than flying first class to Fiji, a faux fur blanket is just about as luxurious as it gets. I’m not exaggerating. Doubling as decor and something to keep you warm, throw blankets are great for everyone. For a splurge, Barefoot Dreams, the brand that makes the amazing, comfortable CozyChic cardigan, has a CozyChic blanket! It comes in trendy animal prints and has a 5-star rating from over 275 people. Another option is Anthropologie’s Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket, which is loved by reviewers.
- Get the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic In the Wild Throw Blanket at Nordstrom for $180
- Get the Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket at Anthropologie for $98
12. For the one into movie night: Nebula Portable Projector
Having a movie theater in your home sounds pretty luxurious, but you probably aren’t giving someone a home remodel or expansion for the holidays. Well, what about a projector? With the Nebula, which is loved by one of our editors, you can binge watch Netflix in 720p on your own DIY big screen. It’s just like having your own theater.
13. For the one who has everything: La Mer Moisturizing Crème
La Mer is an expensive moisturizer with a cult following—and also a perfect gift if you want to ball out on someone. La Mer moisturizing cream has over 60,000 hearts at Sephora and over 1,800 reviews at Nordstrom with a 5-star rating. That is a lot of love. Why not spread it? (Pun not intended.)
14. For the one with all the latest and greatest tech: Nanoleaf Rhythm Edition
Coined by one of our editors as AMAZING (in all caps), these lights are THE gift for anyone you know who is into tech gadgets. Whether they’re a college student looking for an awesome way to dress up their dorm or a smart home enthusiast who could never own enough gadgets, this rhythm smarter kit is perfect. The panels light up and change colors to the beat of your favorite songs.
15. For the one still building their dream kitchen: Zwilling J.A. Henckels 18-Piece Knife Block Set
It’s true what they say: You don’t know you’re in need of a good knife until you’re in need of a good knife. I’m just kidding. They don’t say that. But in my experience, it’s true. And isn’t luxury having everything you need at your fingertips? (I do not apologize for the knife humor). When we tested knife sets, this 18-piece set by Zwilling J.A. Henckels ended up being our favorite. It includes pretty much every knife you will ever need for a great price.
16. For the one who will never have enough bags: A luxurious bag
If you're looking to splurge on someone who is into fashion, consider a chic designer handbag. This particular Chloé bag is stylish, chic, and calling my name through its calfskin leather material. With 4.5 stars from over 150 happy people, you’ve got a winner here. For a smaller, crossbody bag, a fantastic option is Gucci’s GG Marmont 2.0 Bag. With a 4-star rating from just about 100 people, we can safely say this a trendy, well-made, stylish bag.
- Get the Chloé ‘Medium Marcie’ Leather Satchel from Nordstrom for $1,990
- Get the Gucci GG Marmont 2.0 Matelassé Leather Shoulder Bag at Nordstrom for $980
17. For the neat freak: Dyson Vacuum
Okay, so a vacuum might not scream 'luxury,' but attach the word 'Dyson' next to anything, and all of a sudden, you have a luxe product on your hands. If you're looking to splurge on someone who loves to clean, look no further than a Dyson stick vacuum. Our favorite vacuum, the Dyson V11 Torque, would make for the ultimate gift. If you're looking for a splurge that isn't as expensive, we also love the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. I got a Dyson vacuum as a wedding gift, and it has been a game-changer. Both because it’s really good at cleaning, and because I feel extremely sophisticated owning a coveted Dyson product.
- Get the Dyson V11 Torque Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner at Home Depot for $499
- Get the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner on Amazon for $488.98
18. For the old-school business person: A personalized cross-pen
A luxurious pen? Bet you didn’t see this one coming. My husband is obsessed with cross-pens. He says, “a cross-pen that is personalized with someone’s initials or name is a classy, timeless gift for pen lovers.” I cannot provide you with any tips on finding out if you are in the presence of a pen lover, but I can tell you they make a great gift for such people.
19. For the fitness enthusiast: The Peloton Bike
Last year, I got the Peloton bike to test, and it was life changing. So much so that my husband and I bought it, leaving it to sit proudly in our living room and up a gigantic area of our small apartment, but we don’t care. We love it that much. The Peloton is a cycling bike with a tablet screen that displays live and on-demand classes. As a former Soul Cycle addict, I can tell you that after taking Peloton classes, I no longer consider Soul Cycle a legit workout. It’s a fun party compared to every single Peloton class I've ever taken. If you’re shopping for a fitness studio enthusiast and you're looking to go big, this is a perfect gift. You feel like you’re in a studio surrounded by others, but you’re AT HOME. And the whole family can use it. Working out does not get more luxurious than this.
20. For the home décor enthusiast: Gray Malin Artwork
Gray Malin is a popular photographer and New York Times bestselling author. His colorful photos of beaches and artistic shots of llamas (my favorite) are loved by celebrities and regular people alike. The shots have been featured on a line of Sperry Top-Siders and inside Away luggage (one of our top-tested suitcase makers!). If you know someone who would obsess over these photos, give them the gift of fun fine art this year with a framed print from Gray Malin.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.