The holidays are officially around the corner, and for those looking for gift ideas for Christmas it is difficult to procrastinate the moment of purchases any longer. But if the explosion of e-commerce in the last decade has made this task easier, buying online without being able to see live what you are going to give can still be a brake for many.
Here we come to the rescue : with all the gadgets we’ve come across this year and in years past, we thought we’d pick a few items that are perfect as gifts for every type of person – from work colleague to childhood friend to family members, anyone excluded and obviously passing through children and offspring of all ages.
How we choose the gifts
The articles in this and in the galleries that will see the light in these days are the result of the selection of the editors of Wired : products on which we have already got our hands on in recent months and have been impressed by them, or on which we have spotted particular discounts active in these days, or even gadgets that we thought we’d give away in turn and on which we obsessed with research. In the description of each item we also try to indicate who could be the ideal recipient – even if we know that when it comes to gifts there are no precise rules.
The best gift ideas for Christmas
For those looking for something more specific, we have actually created some in-depth galleries dedicated to Christmas gift ideas focused on particular product categories. The list is constantly updated: to find new ones, just come back here day after day, like in an Advent calendar made up of gift guides. The same goes for the gallery below, which will be filled with new products as Christmas approaches.
Board game The island of fire
It hasn’t become a timeless classic, but anyone who was a child in the 80s can’t help but remember this old title, now being offered to the new generations in a remake that takes advantage of the nostalgia effect . The real protagonist is the large 3D board that represents an island dominated by a fearsome idol ready to erupt fireballs on the fearless explorers. (Asmodee Editions, 2-4 players, 7+ years).
Logitech K380 keyboard
The Logitech K380 bluetooth keyboard is very thin, light and therefore ultra-portable , to be connected on the fly and wirelessly with smartphones, tablets or computers of any operating system. Characterized by round keys, this keyboard can be quickly connected to three devices with immediate switching from one to another. For those looking for alternatives, we’ve picked out 6 mechanical, wireless, and stylish options.
Board game The Chronicles of Avel
Complex, yet captivating; suitable for adults but also for children, and more generally for those who are willing to be kidnapped and dragged into a fantasy world in a family format. This title has just won the award for best board game of the year (here we explain why), but in reality we also have countless other tips for board game enthusiasts.
Oppo Band 2 smart band
The latest release in terms of smartband is dedicated to those who want to keep fit with sport and physical activity, and it’s not even too expensive in economic terms: for a small amount it provides a heartbeat and oxygenation sensor and sleep detection and of exercise. Autonomy, despite the larger than average display, is 14 days. For the most interesting alternatives there is our gallery.
Beurer Ts 26 mattress cover
A mattress cover in breathable fabric perfect for couples who feel cold , which can be fixed on any double bed (the dimensions are 140 x 150 cm) and can be heated thanks to the electric resistances sewn inside. Each of the two occupants can regulate the temperature on three separate levels with their own remote control.
Motorola Moto G22 smartphone
This economic model has at least a couple more tricks up its sleeve than its competitors in the same price range. First of all, it can boast a true dual camera , with a 50 megapixel main module flanked by an 8 megapixel wide angle one (the other two are dedicated to macro and depth information). In addition, the 1600 x 720 pixel front panel refreshes at 90Hz , which means it boasts smoother images than other gadgets of the same price. Even the amount of ram is greater than the average and allows it to juggle more easily between apps . For alternatives in the same price range, there is our gallery of the best 100-euro smartphones to give at Christmas.
The House of Marley Stir it Up turntable
Dedicated to vinyl lovers, but also original gifts : this belt-driven turntable connects to the bluetooth speakers already present in the house, but also allows you to record the audio played on a computer via USB output. The design then, based on the use of materials such as bamboo and fabric, is unique.
Classic Scrabble board game
A timeless classic in the panorama of board games, dedicated to those who are skilled and creative with words . The board works like a grid where the players have to arrange the letters they draw randomly to form meaningful words, crossing them with those of their opponents. A reflective game that can still ignite the competitiveness and spirits of those present. Publisher Games, 2-4 players, 8+ years.
Instant Pot Ip-Duo60 multifunction pot
One of the most welcome gifts in the kitchen comes from the best-known brand in terms of multicooker pans , in the form of a model that takes up the look of traditional pans, with a front panel that welcomes a myriad of settings for as many recipes: from roast to cooked slow to steamed vegetables, through homemade yoghurt, pressure cooking and more. The capacity is 5.7 litres, which is enough to cook for an average family or friends.
Clementoni Science & Play-Mecha Dragon kit
This kit will delight a good percentage of children aged 8 to 12 : it allows you to create a mechanical dragon capable of interacting with the environment and people thanks to its 96 components to be assembled, including microphone, speaker, motor and servomotors and infrared sensors . It can also be controlled by app.
Logitech Mx Keys Mini Combo for Business Keyboard and Mouse
The ideal kit for those who often work away from home or the office but want a mouse and keyboard that live up to the highest expectations: very few accessories for tablets or PCs guarantee such precision and versatility in a small space. Perfect to be slipped into any bag or backpack, they have only one problem: an unaffordable price.
Educational game Lisciani Bing Baby Colors
The most classic of the classic educational games for children , revisited with original voices and music from the world of Bing and his friends. Stimulates memory and the ability to learn and recognize colors.
Plush Otter Fisher Price
A soft plush with a washable casing and specially designed for newborns . Designed to facilitate sleep in the first months of life (and therefore also useful for adults), it uses a multi-sensory mix of lights, white noise and realistic breathing simulation. For the older ones we have collected many other white noise generators.
Invospa JC-668 massager
A gift that will please almost everyone over 30 : this massaging band designed for shoulders and neck can warm up and carry out a pleasant automatic treatment for the rest of the body as well, including legs and feet. It can be used at home, but also when traveling thanks to the practical carrying bag.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphone4
Samsung’s foldable smartphone is renewed in the hardware proposal but not in the design . The look and feel remain the tried and true of its predecessor, with an intelligent mechanism that transforms a generously sized phone into a stylish pocket gadget. The power comes from the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor , the display is excellent and the camera is of a good standard (even if it lacks a zoom lens). To get paid, of course, is that folding screen that makes the gadget almost unique. Here is our review.
Risk board game
Perhaps Risk has outlived its time compared to more modern and dynamic board games, but it is also true that by now everyone knows it and anyone can start a game right away, without having to read the instructions . For those looking for a breath of fresh air, there is also an expansion dedicated to Antarctica and a special edition that has the city of Naples as its backdrop. Publisher Games, 3-6 players, 14+ years.
JBL T750BTNC bluetooth headphones
Suitable for those looking for a good pair of unpretentious headphones of pure audiophilia, this over ear proposal from Jbl is designed not only for listening to music with the benefit of an active background noise cancellation system, but also in combination with vocals like Alexa or Google. The battery has a standard duration, about 30 hours, and thanks to the multipoint function it is very easy to switch from one connected device to another instantly. The other models are in our gallery of the best cheap but good noise canceling headphones.
Medisana MG 500 massage gun
The medisana Mg 500 Pro massage gun can stimulate even deep muscles with an action at three power levels and with four possible interchangeable heads for self-massaging shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks and other parts of the body. Also included is a bag for easy transport.
Taboo board game
Over time it has become the most classic of party games , impossible not to have at home to liven up any evening – with friends or relatives. The rules are simple: have your team guess the hidden words by describing them without using the taboo words shown on the relevant cards. The pace is frenetic and fun is guaranteed. A winning formula for decades.
Apple Watch Series 8 smartwatches
Dedicated exclusively to those who already have an iPhone , it is without a doubt the best smartwatch around for versatility and user experience. The apps are countless, the detection of sleep, physical activity, heart rate and ECG is impeccable and the display is large, defined and clearly visible. It’s not cheap, but you can save a lot with the SE model or earlier.
Aoc Gaming Monitor C27G2ZE
A welcome gift for any self-respecting gamer : this curved monitor boasts a 27-inch diagonal and an image refresh rate of 240Hz, perfect for not missing a single frame in the fastest graphic transitions. The resolution is still at full hd , but the quality-price ratio is among the best. We have gathered the other solutions in our dedicated selection.
Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphone
The larger and more expensive of the two smartphones presented in October by Google is also one of the most valid on the market in terms of photography , with a 50-megapixel main sensor which is flanked by a wide-angle and zoom. The photos are flawlessly processed by the artificial intelligence algorithms of the Mountain View house, which also govern the numerous extra functions present in the phone. At the base are a powerful processor designed in-house by Google and a 6.7-inch display that is a show . All of this is offered at a much lower priceto that of the other top-of-the-range products, but for those who want to spend less, we have also highlighted all the differences with the more affordable Pixel 7 model.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo camera
Perfect for lovers of vintage photography , it’s one of the best instant cameras out there. Features are a compelling design and a hybrid analog/digital system that gets the best of both worlds. The sensor and memory can store images even without printing them immediately, a rear screen acts as a viewfinder to view the captured image in advance and a dial allows you to select ten effects and combine them with as many film styles, for a total of one hundred types of filters to apply to the shots. The photo cartridges are of the Instax Mini type.
Kayla Wooden Dollhouse
A dream for little ones (but not necessarily just for little ones) this 115cm tall wooden mansion is perfectly scaled to become the ideal home for Barbie and other dolls of similar proportions. It is part of the discounted products for Christmas offers on Amazon, which we have collected here.
Kobo Clara 2E e-book reader
The gift of reading is one of the most appreciated every Christmas, and with an ebook reader, those who love to devour books have life even easier. This model combines excellent text rendering quality, a 4 million volume catalog and a price that is hard to beat, but for those who prefer to explore the Kindle ecosystem of Amazon’s rivals we have a guide with all the models.
Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set educational game
Those who want to make curious and ingenious boys and girls happy can safely bet on this marble run construction kit, which leverages the interaction between gravity, magnetism, switches and other mechanisms. The only limit to building is creativity, and when the pieces run out you can expand the game board with additional kits. For those who want to look further with other games with a geek soul, we have collected many other proposals for all ages.
Nubia Redmagic 7 smartphone
By now the older brother has also arrived on the market, but the basic version of the new Nubia Redmagic remains among the most desired products by hardened gamers. At the base is the very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 gen 1 processor , the most powerful chip in the Android landscape, cooled by a turbo fan cooling system. The 6.8-inch 120 hertz AMOLED display is large and lively and above all the touch sampling frequency is high, from 960 hertz. The price is not even prohibitive.
Shark Anti Hair Wrap electric broom
In our selection, one of the most desired products by those who want a clean home without too much effort could not be missing . This model of the American Shark is powerful and effective, it doesn’t get tangled in hair and above all it doesn’t cost a fortune. Those who want to spend more can look at the Dyson models, while for those who want to stay under 300 euros there is our special gallery.
Board game The Settlers of Catan
Second in popularity only to the classics of generations past, Catan redefined board games . The boom of modern board games started here, and for many this is still the perfect title to approach board games. By rolling the dice you collect resources to build cities and roads; the merchant who can build the most efficient network (and get richest ) will be the winner. But watch out for brigands! (United Games, 3-4 Players, Ages 8+).
Garmin Edge 530 bike computer
A laptop dedicated to all avid cyclists who want to keep track of their progress while pedaling. Inside there is everything: from cartography to altimetry, passing through a dashboard that hosts everything you need to know about the current training session in a single screen. The touch screen is large and comfortable to use, and the battery lasts a hell of a time. We have gathered the other models, in all price ranges, here.
Braun Beard Trimmer 7 beard trimmer
Inevitable in every gift guide, a multipurpose beard trimmer that comes to the rescue of anyone who has to keep facial hair at bay several times a week. This model is among the most versatile and appreciated online: it can take care of beard and hair with 39 length levels and five accessories for every type of style and need: from the precision comb for finishing to the module for sideburns and details. The battery is long lasting, up to 100 minutes of autonomy . The alternatives are in our guide to the best beard trimmers of 2022.
Dvb-t2 Dcolor HEVC Glowny 10 decoder
It’s not exactly the most inspired of gifts, but it could prove to be one of the most useful for those who find themselves with a television incompatible with the new digital terrestrial system being switched on in December. This model is one of the most compact and cheapest among those we’ve come across in these months of transition, but for a more complete catalog there’s always our in-depth analysis.
Telephone Gpo 746 Rotary
For those who already have almost everything but love style : a telephone with a retro look , but which works perfectly even when connected to today’s telephone lines, in copper or fibre. This rotary dial model sends you straight back to the 1970s, but for more suggestions there’s our collection of vintage phones from across the decades.
Mouse Trust Green
A best-selling mouse in online stores, suitable for giving a little relief in front of the computer to those suffering from tendon and joint problems . The vertical grip requires a little getting used to but allows you to use the peripheral for a long time with less stress on the wrist: it is part of the 5 vertical mouse models that we liked the most in recent months.
Amazfit Bip U Pro Smartwatch
Functional, cheap and also beautiful to look at, Amazfit’s waterproof smartwatch boasts 10 days of battery life with heart rate and oxygen saturation sensor, GPS and a good 1.43-inch and 320×302 pixel display. The price, especially these days, is particularly interesting and makes it an undemanding gift for those who don’t yet have a smartwatch but would like to try one.