20 gifts you should buy yourself over the holidays—because you deserve it
It's okay to be a little selfish.
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Everyone knows that it's virtually impossible to go Christmas shopping without buying at least one (or two...or three...) things for yourself. A fancy air fryer? Sure. Some Lululemon leggings? Of course. A new espresso machine? Why not!
Because spending money on yourself is bound to happen this holiday season—and because you totally deserve it—we've found the top 20 gifts that are worth buying for your own benefit. Here are the things you don't have to feel guilty scooping up for yourself, from our favorite noise-canceling headphones to the trendy luggage everyone loves.
1. The best Instant Pot
Home chefs everywhere are obsessed with the Instant Pot—and we don't blame them. The beloved appliance makes cooking dinner easier and quicker with its "set it and forget it" functionality. Of all the Instant Pots we've tried, we like the Ultra the best. It has 10 different cook settings including slow cooking and pressure cooking and has an updated display that even shows your food's progress as it cooks.
2. These expert-approved earbuds
This Christmas is the perfect time to finally jump on the AirPods bandwagon. The tiny white buds may look a little ridiculous but they're the number one wireless earbuds right now. Our experts rave that AirPods have amazing sound quality, great battery life, and a big range so they stay connected to your device. And if you want to splurge, we believe the AirPods Pro are the best earbuds Apple has ever made.
3. This smart speaker to make your life easier
If you don't have a smart speaker yet, what are you waiting for? The 3rd-Generation Amazon Echo—which we dubbed the best smart speaker out there—can do everything from play music to control your thermostat to turn off the lights. The latest Echo model has great sound quality and uses far-field voice recognition so you can even talk to Alexa when you're in another room.
4. The number one robot vacuum
A vacuum may not seem like the most exciting gift but it's certainly one of the most useful. Especially if you get our favorite affordable robot vacuum. The Eufy RoboVac 11S picked up the most dirt per run of all the vacuums we tested and was so quiet that it didn't even interrupt our conversations as it worked. A.k.a you can kick back and relax while your new robot does all your cleaning for you.
5. Our favorite meal kit delivery service
Like to cook but hate to grocery shop? Then you could benefit from a meal kit delivery service like Home Chef, which beat out the other 11 meal kits we tested. With Home Chef, you'll get fresh, high-quality ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes delivered right to your doorstep so you never have to brave the after-work grocery crowds again.
6. This top-rated Kindle
Just when you thought the Kindle couldn't get any better, the Paperwhite arrived. Lightweight and waterproof, it's perfect for toting around on the go and has an improved display that's even clearer and brighter so you can read anywhere, anytime. The Paperwhite also offers a lot more storage and can be used with Bluetooth or headphones to listen to your favorite audiobooks or podcasts.
7. This cozy weighted blanket
Regular blankets are great, but weighted blankets are even better. Known to relieve anxiety and help you sleep better, they're one of the hottest gifts of 2019. We especially like the Gravity Blanket because it has a velvety cover that's soft to the touch and it provides just the right amount of pressure (not too heavy, not too light).
8. The most comfortable sneakers you can buy
Walk down the street and you're sure to see at least one person sporting this year's most popular sneakers: Allbirds. One of our writers put them to the test and found that the machine-washable wool sneakers are just as comfortable as everyone says. They're lightweight and fashionable yet provide enough support that you can wear them all day long.
9. This water bottle to help you stay hydrated
Hydro Flasks have soared in popularity this year, and even our own experts chose it as one of the best reusable water bottles you can buy. When we tested the Hydro Flask, it kept our water ice cold for over 24 hours. Plus, unlike some stainless steel bottles, it didn't alter the taste of our water and can be customized to your liking with plenty of interchangeable caps and straws.
10. This luggage that everyone is obsessed with
Meet the luggage that has been all over Instagram in 2019. But are the trendy suitcases really worth the hype? According to one of our writers, yes. She says that Away luggage is as fashionable as it is functional, with a built-in charging station, a compression panel that's perfect for overpackers, and a durable hard shell that holds up well during travel.
11. This coffee maker to replace your daily Starbucks
Behind every good cup of joe is an even better coffee maker. And there are few more sleek, stylish, or efficient as the Moccamaster. It's our top-rated drip coffee maker because it brewed better-tasting coffee than any other machine and is super speedy (a must for busy mornings!).
12. This must-have for relieving stress
Cozy up your home this season with an essential oil diffuser, which is one of the most wished-for gifts in 2019. Our top pick is this InnoGear one because it has such a large capacity, it can run for 11 hours straight. Plus, it has a locking lid that makes it easy to carry from room to room and has changing color lights for added ambiance.
13. This gadget to stream all your favorite shows
Your next Netflix binge-watching session is about to get a lot better if you snag a Roku Ultra for yourself. Our favorite streaming device, it offers all of the major services like Netflix, Hulu, and even Apple TV and has an easy-to-use remote (that you can control with your voice!). Bonus: It supports almost every TV setup including 4K and HDR so you'll be watching those Friends reruns in no time.
14. This Fitbit with tons of cool features
Want to treat yourself to a Fitbit but not sure which one to get? While we love the Charge 3, one of our editors (who has tried almost every fitness tracker out there) swears that the Versa 2 is the [best one she has ever used(https://www.reviewed.com/lifestyle/features/fitbit-versa-2-review-is-it-worth-it). It has all the activity-tracking capabilities you love (from steps to heart rate to sleep) but also has voice controls and Amazon Alexa integration, essentially making it a smartwatch.
15. This tiny but mighty portable blender
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat healthier, the Nutri-Ninja Fit can help. We chose it as the number one personal blender because it's the perfect size to carry around and has just the right amount of blending power. One of our experts has been using hers for months and can attest to how versatile and amazing it is.
16. This service that delivers wine right to your door
Talk about the most "treat yourself" kind of gift—it's like a meal kit delivery service but for wine. One of our editors tried out three different wine subscriptions and liked Blue Apron's the best in terms of variety and customer experience. You'll get six bottles per month along with full information packets on each wine, perfect for vino-drinking beginners.
17. These splurge-worthy slippers
Imagine the most comfortable slippers you could ever own—and these UGG ones should come to mind. With the super soft sherpa lining that UGG is known for along with a high-quality sheepskin exterior, they're on a lot of wishlists this winter. Bonus: The slippers have a rubber sole that can also be worn outdoors so you can run errands without ever taking them off.
18. The only noise-canceling headphones you need
We love Bose as much as the next person, but when it comes to the best noise-canceling headphones, our vote is actually for these Sony ones. Not only are they comfortable and effective at drowning out any volume of noise, but they also have customizable noise-cancelling technology so you can control how much of the outside world you hear.
19. This kitchen appliance with a cult following
You never knew you needed an egg cooker until this one from Amazon took the world by storm this year. We decided to try it for ourselves to see what the fuss was all about—and now we're hooked. It's great for mass-producing eggs without making a mess so you can save time during your busy weekday mornings.
20. This 'smart' coffee mug
Cold coffee will be a thing of the past thanks to this smart coffee mug, which you can control with your phone. The popular Ember mug keeps your beverages at the perfect temperature (136 degrees, apparently) for up to two hours before it needs to be recharged, according to our e-commerce editor who says that the mug is definitely worth buying. After all, there's no price too high for a good cup of coffee.
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