The WIRED Gear team has taken turns sporting the Trtl around the office (we’re cool like that), and we’ve determined that the makers have come up with a better alternative to the standard neck cushion. The Trtl is an adjustable, flexible neck brace with a super-soft fleece coating and a scarf that wraps around so it doesn’t look like, well, like you’re wearing a neck brace. You can wedge the curved side of it along your jawline and sleep with your head tilted to the side, or put it behind your head for extra cushioning. If Dad's a frequent flyer and regularly dozes off on flights, this will give him a little more comfort.
Cool is a word that you want to hear when you give the dad on your list his gift or gifts this year. If he opens the gift and says "oh, cooooool" then you know you have succeeded and can be happy with yourself for the next 365 days. Dads are pretty easy to please so the "cool" factor is relatively easy to obtain. That doesn't mean that searching for that perfect gift is any less fun and that the "cool" reaction is any less satisfying.
We’ve been wearing and recommending L.L.Bean’s Wicked Good Moccasins since 2017, and no other slippers we’ve tried have been as comfortable or kept our feet as warm as the Wicked Good Moccasins—making them the perfect gift for your dad. Their stitching is durable, and the suede shearling upper means he won’t have issues with the moccasins wearing thin or splitting open on top. And L.L.Bean backs these slippers with a one-year guarantee, if anything should happen in that time (although we don’t anticipate it).
Depending on who you're shopping for this holiday (say, your loving grandma or your tough-to-please teenager), classic gifts may be the best choice. But what happens when you realize that you've bought the same cashmere sweater for your husband for the second year in a row? Browse through this list of unique Christmas gifts to find something that'll surprise and delight him. While some may consider these gift ideas to be unusual, we think they're just more creative than the basic (read: boring) finds that you give (and re-gift) year after year. These gifts, which start as low as $10, are perfect for anyone (and everyone) on your list: your kids, mom, dad, significant other, friends, you get the idea.
If Dad needs a serious wallet makeover, the Ridge Wallet is a great choice. It clamps together with a unique elastic design to hold anywhere from one to 12 cards, plus some cash in a money clip on one side. A groove on one edge lets you press out the card or cards you want, and the frame is made of metal with a lifetime guarantee. If rigidness isn't of interest, try the Big Skinny Wallet. It's what I've used for years.
Philips Hue A19 smart light bulbs make it easy for Dad to create a relaxing environment for when he’s at home, and they’re even easier to control using Bluetooth and his smartphone. If your dad is particularly tech savvy, we recommend adding a Hue hub, which will allow him to set Schedules, as well as integrate the light bulbs with motion sensors and wireless switches from the Hue family of accessories. The White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit includes four bulbs (and a Hue hub) to get dad’s system off the ground and running.
With battery life that can last about a week, the Garmin Fenix 5S is an outdoorsy fitness watch made for a dad. It has an accurate heart rate monitor, GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning, workout tracking, and step counting. The 5S is particularly nice, because it fits a wider variety of wrists, both large and small, but there are plenty of other awesome fitness trackers if you're shopping for someone with particular needs.
This hefty set of chocolate-covered almonds is just what the peckish person on your list is craving—and you’ll both feel good about the layers of vegan, 73 percent dark chocolate the almonds are dipped in. It’s a superfood on top of a superfood, punctuated by a small amount of heavenly sea salt. They also make some of the most delicious road trip snacks.
This soft-sided lunch box from Carhartt is the perfect size lunch box to bring to work or the job site. The Carhartt Deluxe Dual Compartment Insulated Lunch Cooler Bag has a Dual insulated compartment which is large enough for a 6-pack and is used to keep fruits and veggies protected and keep food organised. A perfect front zippered compartment is provided for storing utensils and condiments. Carry your lunch bag with ease using its top handle and shoulder strap.
It may seem impossible to find a suitable gift for him when he already has everything. The simple solution to finding unique gifts for men is to think outside the box. Give him something really unexpected like a giant copper mantlepiece. If he’s stuck behind his desk all day, distinctive wall art and desk organizers make neat office stuff for guys. Never underestimate the power of a thoughtful gift for him, such as a lumbar pillow featuring his favorite skyline or an interactive movie game set.
Cooking—although a fun, collaborative, and often unifying task—can also be extremely laborious. How about you buy Dad a three-course dinner from the famed Katz’s Delicatessen, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, instead? Dishes include delicacies like homemade matzoh ball soup, hand-sliced pastrami, corned beef, and chocolate babka. The soups, meats, and knishes come frozen inside a cooler in the box; the soup is individually portioned and bubble wrapped, and the meats and knishes rest in vacuum-sealed bags. The bread, pickles, babka, and mustard are inside the same package but placed separately from the cooler. Although Katz’s claims the meal serves four people, we think you and your dad can probably finish it off yourselves, if you’re really hungry.
Our top-rated carry-on luggage, the Samsonite Flexis 21" Spinner features tough, nimble wheels that should last for years of hard use. It offers 2,520 cubic inches of packing space. The inside of the suitcase boasts a large open area with elastic retention straps for securing your clothes or packing cubes into place, as well as mesh stash pockets for organizing smaller items. On the inside of the bag’s lid, you’ll find a zippered, mesh compartment that’s perfect for jamming socks or underwear in. We were particularly impressed with the self-healing YKK Strong Grip Zip. If one of the bag’s zippers gets messed up (but doesn’t break), zipping and unzipping it should make it as good as new.
Pop open the luxe velvet box and a tiny light illuminates this diamond dazzler from Joie de Vive. Reviewers give the bestselling necklace, a bezel-set diamond on a solid 18K gold chain, all five stars for being “elegant and simple” and “excellent quality” with a “mesmerizing diamond” and a “chain that sparkles.” It’s made in the USA from ethical IGI Certified VS+ clarity diamonds and reclaimed metals to decrease the global demand for newly mined gold. One fan sums it up: “Definitely more than five stars!”
These Dearfoams women’s Mama Bear buffalo plaid slippers are definitely among the cutest holiday gifts for mom, and she’ll wear them just about every day. The cozy, cushioned foot bed is lined with plush faux fur, and the slide-in style means she won’t need to have a coffee before putting them on. They’re also machine washable, which any mom will tell you is the hallmark of good slippers.
If you’re shopping for a lady who seems to have everything, a gift subscription to GlobeIn is the pick for you. Every month she’ll get a box filled with handcrafted, artisanal goods from around the world. Everything from beautifully woven baskets and hand-blown glasses to tea kits and pottery is up for grabs in GlobeIn’s wonderful variety of products.
Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Air fryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best air fryers, excelling in most of our testing.