Holiday shopping and planning don't have to be stressful. We've spent countless hours researching, testing, and reviewing gear that will help make it easier to put together a holiday party, plus items that will make great gifts for family and friends. Whether you're shopping for a mom, a dad, kids, or grandparents, or even a teacher or coworker, we're here to help.
This holiday season we’ll be hosting a series of live-chat events with our experts. So if you're still stumped on what to give this year (or stressed out about other holiday planning), let us help.
We also scan tens of thousands of deals every holiday season to find the ones that are actually good and not just wastes of your money and time. Keep checking with us to stay informed about the best deals we can find.
The Best Christmas Tree Stand
Krinner Tree Genie XXL
After considering nearly three dozen Christmas tree stands and testing five in the past four years, the Krinner Tree Genie XXL
is the best due to its stability, simplicity, and ease of use.
The Best Christmas Lights
GE Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights Multi (50 lights)
After 60 hours of researching lights and testing 20 strands, we’ve decided that our pick is the GE Energy Smart Colorite LED Miniature Lights set (available in 50-bulb
Great Boozy Holiday Gifts
Holiday gifts for the beer geeks, the wine connoisseurs, and the cocktail enthusiasts in your life.
The Best Artificial Christmas Tree
National Tree Feel-Real Downswept Douglas Fir (PEDD1-312LD-75X)
After 30 hours spent researching artificial Christmas trees and seeing dozens in person, we think National Tree Company’s 7½-foot Feel-Real Downswept Douglas Fir
with dual-color LED lights is the best choice.
Special Gifts for Your Favorite People, 2016
Our picks make great gifts, but for the holidays we seek out the weird and wonderful for the people we love. We hope you’ll find inspiration in this list.
Our Favorite Custom Photo Card Service
Simply to Impress
is the best photo greeting card service for the holidays, with many paper and trim options, easy-to-use templates, and elegant packaging.
Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love
After testing dozens of learning toys and STEM toys, and visiting a school lab that specializes in their benefits, we’ve found more than a dozen
we recommend for a range of ages.
The Best Gear for Holiday Hosting
Having overnight guests for the holidays? Help them feel welcome with these affordable bed, bath, and kitchen essentials.
Great Gifts and Stocking Stuffers to Buy in Bulk
Save time, money, and stress this holiday season by purchasing bulk gifts and stocking stuffers for family and friends. These 10 gifts will each set you back $25 per person (or much less).
The Best Cold Weather Gear
We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching, testing, and choosing the best winter gear to help you face the sometimes-harsh conditions of the coming winter season. To help you manage the blowing snow and frigid temperatures, we’ve rounded up the best of our cold weather gear guides—from travel mugs to space heaters, and snow shovels to sleeping bags.
The Trick to Better Gifts: Thanksgiving Snooping
Good gifting starts with a little Thanksgiving snooping at the houses of your family and friends. If you want to get them gifts they’ll use and love, here are six places to start looking first.
The Best Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools and Tableware
After spending several hundred hours researching and testing supplies for a Thanksgiving feast, we found the best tools and tableware to make this holiday season a success for you and your guests.
The Elements of Brunch
We spent 25 hours of research, consulted entertaining experts for brunch ideas, and threw three meals to find the best kitchen, bar, and serving tools for brunch.
Great Gear for Parties
Whether you’re arranging a small get-together or throwing a call-the-cops dance party, you’ll need some supplies. After putting hundreds of hours into research and testing, we found the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party possible. A party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company—prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun.
The Best Champagne Glass
Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige
After considering more than 80 glasses and drinking from 10 different styles, we found that the Riedel Vinum Cuvee Prestige
is still the best Champagne glass for most people. Its tulip shape, formed of elegant leaded crystal, preserved carbonation better than any other glass we tested. Plus, it’s comfortable to hold.
The Best Holiday Cookie Baking Equipment and Gear
We spent 200 hours researching and tested 20 types of essential cookie-related items to find the best gear to make holiday baking fun and stress-free.
The Best Gear for Travel
We put in another year and tens of thousands more miles of travel to test the best travel gear—and we stand by last year's choices alongside a few new picks.
Easy Gifts for $30, $50, $100, and $200
Skip the gift card—we’ve made choosing a real gift just as easy. This list, taken from our favorite guides, has great gifts for almost any price.