Your 2020 holiday gift guide: EW's picks for the season's best presents
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, in the weirdest of years. The season of giving doesn't look the way we’re used to this time around, but we searched for the perfect presents for everyone in your life (virtual and otherwise) all the same. Let’s put the happy back in Happy Holidays.
Because your family has done all the puzzles.
Arcade1Up's Pac-Man 40th Anniversary Edition Arcade Cabinet
The pac, as they say, is back.
Lego the Mandalorian & Child
After your kids stream the entire second season of the Disney+ show, set them loose on this 295-piece Lego set. It totally counts as distance learning.
Cleverly designed to let kids control their own screen-free story time, this player is fun, educational — and helps parents get a sweet stretch of guilt-free peace.
$100, us.yotoplay.com (Use discount code EW10 for 10% off)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
April Soderstrom Name Game Bracelet Kit
Tie-dye is so 2020; 2021 is going to be the year of the quarantine bracelet. This box offers personalized letter options so you can spell out exact sentiments, like WTF.
Spin Master Games M.A.S.H.
The kids’ future-predicting game returns with an update for the times (well, not these times but, like, the modern era). In this version, one might be publicly humiliated on the internet or marry Tom Brady.
$20, mashgame.com (Use discount code GETMASH20 for 20% off from 11/13 to 12/31 — cannot be combined with any other offer)
Monopoly Friends Edition
A board game that will really be there for you during long nights stuck at home. It might take forever to finish, but that’s a moo point. You can always quit and make fajitas!
Elmo is always a holiday favorite, and this year he's here to keep your little one safe and snuggly in bed. He even has a flashlight — just to be make sure there isn’t anything hiding in the dark.
$35, gund.com (Use discount code EWGUND for 20% off from 11/13 to 12/31, plus receive free shipping when you spend $50 or more)
2020 Hess Ambulance and Rescue Truck
The classic toy gets a 2020 upgrade with a set of first responder vehicles: an ambulance and a rescue truck. Tiny pots and pans to bang in their honor not included.
Funimation's 25th Anniversary Chrome Funko POP! Collection
The anime lover in your life will flip for this special edition collection.
Get Up, Stand Up Book
The famous Bob Marley song is adapted for the kiddos in this beautiful and important book.
The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game
Because self-care is the best care.
Royal Jelly Harlem Adult Face Mask
This holiday season, masks are the new socks: Everybody needs them and nobody wants to buy them. Royal Jelly Harlem, Meghan Markle’s preferred brand, offers reversible prints in seersucker, velvet, and something called “Prince of Wales tweed” for much-needed aesthetic variety.
$15–$39 each, royaljellyharlem.com (Buy 5 for the price of 4)
Sephora Collection Wild Wishes Multi-Palette Blockbuster
A wheel of (makeup) fortune, with 60 eyeshadows and 11 lip glosses, plus eyeliners, highlighters, blushes, and brushes. (Also, it's a steal!)
Hum by Colgate
Be the dentist you wish you could visit (or, in extreme cases, the dentist you wish someone in your life would visit); this electric toothbrush is too chic for anyone to take any real offense.
Olive & June Winter 2020 Collection
This DIY mani-pedi set has everything, including the Poppy, the brand’s signature hand-steadying polish handle. (Lockdown bonus: Flimsy faux flip-flops not required.)
GoopGLOW Glowing Skin Best-Sellers Kit
By Humankind Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
Encased in recyclable bottles from a carbon-neutral company, this sanitizer comes in scents like eucalyptus and grapefruit, triggering memories of spa days past.
3 for $15, byhumankind.com
SJP x Sunglass Hut
Everyone loves a Carrie Bradshaw moment, and Sarah Jessica Parker has you covered with her trendy line of shades.
Dashing Diva Magic Press 3-Piece Sets — Festive Favorites Holiday Trio
If your manicurist skills are not quite up to par, let this kit solve all of your holiday color woes.
Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask
This hair dye’s fit for a pandemic-induced identity crisis (the seven colors are temporary!), or for anyone not quite ready to venture into the salon for a professional touch-up.
$28 each, moroccanoil.com
Lele Sadoughi Mixed Shape Crystal Knotted Headband in Red Plaid
If you want to look chic for your daily Zoom meeting, we've got the perfect statement accessory for you (that all your fave celebs also happen to be rockin’!). This stunner is perfect for the holidays, but check out the site for more styles.
$35 and up, lelesadoughi.com
Briogeo Merry Multi-Masking Kit
This female, Black-owned beauty brand has re-released this limited edition fan favorite so you can show your hair a little TLC this holiday season.
Saie Have It All Box
"Saie hello" to this year-old, ethically sourced, clean beauty line that has quickly become a cult favorite among beauty influencers.
$165, saiehello.com (Get 25% off Nov. 23-30)
Because we all need to eat our feelings.
Rock Juice Starter Pack: Natural Wine 101
If terms like “pétillant naturel,” “biodynamic,” or “skin contact” sound too overwhelming, let this San Francisco-based natural-wine sommelier service do the curating for you with a health-conscious (kind of) six-pack, featuring a surprise combo of red, white, and orange wines.
NYC misses you, and this scrumptious spread from beloved deli Russ & Daughters will take you back there, at least until plane rides are a thing again. Missing another city’s food? Chances are Goldbelly’s got it covered, too.
Levain Bakery Cookies Four-Pack
Oversize and perfectly baked, this is the perfect gooey cookie — truly as delicious as it looks. The four-pack boasts classic flavors like Chocolate Chip Walnut and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip.
Samuel's Sweet Shop 'Paul's Favorite Sampler'
Teremana Small-Batch Tequila
Phillip Ashley FW2020 Attaché Gift Set
The Memphis chocolatier created this box — stocked with handcrafted chocolates, pecan-and-caramel turtles, and Veuve Clicquot — just for EW readers. Isn’t that sweet?
$250, phillipashleychocolates.com (Use discount code EW2020 for free standard shipping)
Salt & Straw Best-Sellers Pints Pack
How cool is it that you can send this six-pack of decadent, Portland-based ice cream to anyone on your list? Flavors include Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Sweet Laurel Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cake
This seasonal sweet is completely Paleo, but we promise it doesn't taste like it at all. This bakery is beloved by Los Angeles locals but ships nationwide.
Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum
Because you (and your loved ones) deserve more than Captain Morgan's. Use code ENTERTAINMENTWEEKLY for 10% off.
Big Spoon Roasters Winter Nut Butter Variety 4-Pack
Almond butter is so last year — try flavors like Chai Spice and Maple Cinnamon.
$26, bigspoonroasters.com (Use discount code EW10 for 10% off)
19 Crimes Snoop Cali Red
Get merry with the rapper's new vino, which is a blend of Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, and Merlot.
Prime Party Golden Girls Party Collection
Maison No. 9
Star Wars x Corkcicle
Corkcicle teamed up with Star Wars for some stunning canteen, tumbler, and stemless cup designs that are... well, out of this world.
2018 Kutch McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Dream of being on the Sonoma Coast this holiday season? Well, we’ve got the next best thing: This incredible bottle of Pinot Noir, so you can enjoy a mini-vacation from the comfort of your own home.
Tipsy Scoop Holiday Cheers Holiday Kit
What’s better than boozy ice cream? A kit to make boozy ice cream sundaes — delivered directly to your door, of course!
$84, cocktails.tipsyscoop.com (Use promo code EWHOLIDAY for 15% off)
Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
Share a virtual toast this holiday season with Conor McGregor's whiskey, inspired by the former UFC champ's love of Ireland, its people, and, well, Irish whiskey.
Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liqueur
If you prefer gin, look no further than this contemporary liqueur, which harkens back to the heyday of gin — and celebrates women and their role in the history of spirits. The bottle is almost too pretty to open!
Because you can't gift work-life balance.
A24 x Joya Movie-Genre Candles
An open flame: prohibited at the office, encouraged at home. Choose from any of the movie-themed scents (we like Rom-Com, Musical, and Sci-Fi), burn with abandon at your desk, and remember what movie theaters and offices were like.
Buy it! $48, joyastudio.com
Mophie UV Sanitizer with Wireless Charger
A stocking stuffer for the germophobic age: This UV sanitizer is a quick, easy way to rid your cell phone — a.k.a. your lifeline to the outside world — of the bacteria we’ve come to fear so much.
Buy it! $80, verizon.com
Sunpak Ultimate Vlogging Kit
The next step in the WFH glow-up: the lighting your loved ones deserve. We recommend this for formal presentations, on-camera meetings, or beefing up a burgeoning TikTok career.
Buy it! $150, bestbuy.com
Logitech Pebble Wireless Mouse and K380 Multi-Device Keyboard
There was a time when working from home felt temporary — don't let denial get in the way of comfort anymore.
$30 (mouse), $40 (keyboard), logitech.com
Corvo EKG Electric Kettle
Few people would buy themselves a $150 electric tea-kettle, but anyone would be thrilled to get one as a gift, especially one as efficient (super quick heat time!) as it is aesthetically pleasing.
$150, fellowproducts.com (Use discount code THATSTHETEA for 20% off from 11/13 to 12/18)
Birkenstock Teddy Arizona Sandals
The shoe version of a security blanket, meant to be worn while remembering, wistfully, what dress shoes felt like. Embrace the new normal by pairing with thick camp socks.
Mazi + Zo Hashtag Charm Necklace
Don't wear your heart on your sleeve, wear your hashtag around your neck! For anyone who works in media, or anyone who spent the bulk of 2020 glued to Twitter, this necklace is the perfect amount of irony.
The World Wonders Register Print
Since we probably won't be able to travel anytime soon, let this beautiful print and its 50 landmarks whisk you away to foreign lands and provide inspiration for when you are ready to plan your next trip.
Bala Classic 1-lb Bangles
Is anyone still exercising? Give up on the living-room-floor workouts and slip on these stylish weighted bangles instead. You can actually tone up while repeatedly reaching into a bag of chips.
P.volve The Ultimate Set
For the full-blown home workout enthusiast, this kit boasts weights, gliders, ankle bands, and more.
My Hand in Yours Comfort Pillow
Jamie Lee Curtis started My Hand in Yours as a way to offer comfort and connection during the pandemic, so when work is stressing you out, grab this super soft handmade pillow for emotional support — and know you're doing some good in the process. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Because they’re the only IRL friends you have these days.
Christian Cowan x MaxBone Jumper
Someone should get to dress up around here, even if that someone has four legs. Adorn the pet in your life in this adorably over-the-top knit sweater that will make them the trendiest dog (or cat!) in the neighborhood.
West and Willow Custom Pet Portrait
The pandemic has allowed pet owners to thoroughly indulge in their furry obsessing. This is a safe space now, so go ahead, commission a painting of your dog (or cat!).
Found My Animal Rope Leash
This ombré lead can be worn around the waist — along with a quarantine-walk fanny pack — or fashioned into a handled leash, because, options! A portion of the proceeds go to animal-welfare groups.
Dash Express Dog Treat Maker
Yes, this is a waffle iron for dog treats. Because those charm bracelets and Monopoly games are going to take up only so much of your time.