holiday gifts 2021

Every Holiday Gift Guide From the Strategist (So Far)

From still in-stock toys for every age to non-boring stocking stuffers.

Video: Joe Lingeman
Video: Joe Lingeman

Over the past several weeks, our team has been focused on helping you find the best holiday gifts for every person on your list — and even though December is just days away, you still have plenty of time to knock it out of the park. We have found guides for gifts under $25, discovered the best virtual gifts, and even asked notoriously hard-to-shop-for people — such as teenage boys and moms who say they don’t want anything — exactly what they want.

Here, we’ve pulled together a guide to the best Strategist-approved gifts for every single person on your list, whether you’re looking for something to gift your sister who started (in-person) college this semester, your world-traveling cousin (who is still stuck at home), or your child’s teacher. We will continue to update this with more gift ideas— but given all of the news of supply-chain issues (and everything else going on in 2021), we recommend that if you see something you like, you go for it sooner rather than later. As always, if you want to stay on top of our gift coverage, sign up for our newsletter so you won’t miss a thing.

The Strategist’s Supply-Chain-Proof Gift Guide

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If you’re worried about beating the supply chain, check out our careful curation of gifts you can shop for — and ship — right now. Each item — including Taylor Swift’s cat backpack, a record for your plants, and these trompe l’oeil coasters that double as trivets — was handpicked by a member of our team from our catalogue of stories across 12 categories, and our staff will be checking it daily to make sure that everything featured will get to your door and be under your tree in time for December 25. Find more supply-chain-proof gifts here.

The Best Beauty Advent Calendars for 2021

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Beauty advent calendars have become a cult-favorite gift, with options from Jo Malone and L’Occitane to Lush and Net-a-Porter. This one from ASOS is reasonably priced, and it includes 24 products, 15 of which are full-size, from brands including Dr. Paw Paw, Dr. Jart, and the Ordinary. If you’re thinking of gifting it, don’t dillydally: These are usually quick to sell out. You can find more beauty advent calendars here.

The Top Tech Gifts for 2021

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It’s hard to keep track of the newest tech gadgets in the best of times, and this year, supply-chain issues threaten to make it even harder to find the hottest tech gifts. If you’re really at a loss, try gifting this inexpensive and underrated smart plug that will let them control the lights, coffee maker, curling iron, and more from your phone. Find more tech gifts here.

The Top Kid Toys for 2021

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Much like gadgets, the most covetable kids toys are also experiencing supply-chain issues (and already, one of our picks for the hottest holiday toy — the Magic Mixies Cauldron — is only available from third-party sellers). But there are still lots of gifts that you can buy now, so you can avoid disappointment in December — like this gamified fidget toy. Find more kid toys for the holidays here.

The Best Gifts for Moms

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There’s no one-size-fits-all gift for moms. Some moms are finishing up college, while others are becoming first time grandparents. But everyone has to sleep — and these buttery-soft, wrinkle-free Eberjey pajamas should please even the hardest-to-shop-for mother. Find more gifts for every type of mom here.

The Best Gifts for Dads

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Dads aren’t just parents: Some are amateur sommeliers who’d appreciate a book on wine. Others are rock stars (in their own minds) looking to listen to the classics with these wireless headphones, and some are grillmasters who could make good use of this wireless meat thermometer. Find more gifts for every type of dad here.

The Best Gifts for Wives

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Getting the right gift for your wife shouldn’t be anxiety-inducing, but it probably is. According to the women we’ve spoken to, no wife will be able to resist a little something comfortable this holiday season — like these linen overalls. Find more gifts for every type of wife here.

The Best Gifts for Husbands

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Just because you live with your husband, doesn’t mean finding a gift for them is going to be easy. But for husbands who don’t have the time to work on good posture — or have spent the last 18 months in front of the TV — this ergonomically designed knee chair will force them to engage their core and keep upright. Find more gifts for every type of husband here.

The Best Gifts for Girlfriends

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