If you’re absolutely stumped about what to get the human on your list, Humans is undoubtedly a good choice. It’s a mostly inspiring, although sometimes uncomfortable, walk through the human experience on every corner of the globe, weaving readers through the existences of normal folks across a medley of cultures and continents. It’s an important read for those less prone to traveling, as well as an exciting addition to the literary collections of those often on the go. For friends and family who love the darker side of life, check out these 20 true crime books they won’t be able to put down.
We called this our best iPad for most people. It’s a small but snappy tablet, with enough power behind the screen to handle most common computing tasks. While tablets haven’t quite fulfilled their destiny of replacing laptops, they’re still plenty useful. The blend of portability and a large, 10.2-inch screen makes the iPad a joy to use, whether it’s checking emails on a plane or watching a movie while sprawled across the couch. It supports Apple's Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, too, making it more versatile than any of Apple's previous basic iPads.
Experts are predicting it's going to be colder than usual this winter. Help him stay warm with a knit beanie from Carhartt. According to its nearly 24,000 (!!) reviews on Amazon, this stretchy one-size-fits-all hat is equal parts comfy and cozy and has the durable quality that Carhartt is so famous for. Some of the colors will still arrive before Christmas, so browse around before buying.
Reach for real truffle-infused hot sauce from Truff, because this vegan-approved heat maker also delivers rich, too-good-to-be-true earthy truffle flavor with every drop. It’s a great gift for hot sauce lovers, vegans, the one who always adds a new flavor to omelets and pasta dishes, and the homemade soup fanatic. Find out which hot sauce is the royal family’s favorite.
If you’re buying for someone who really loves coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press is perfect. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it works for everything from frothed milk to hot chocolate, it's dishwasher safe, and it's the best French press we've ever tested. Best of all, it’s about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning it’ll feel like your gift cost way more than it actually does.
If he has a thing for furniture and interior decor then there is a unique gift idea that you won't see on a bunch of shopping lists this year, but that doesn't mean that it isn't insanely cool. The Globe Shaped Wine Bar is a fantastic gift that really stands out. This is something that he most likely wouldn't ever dream of asking for but if he is a fan of hosting parties and a fan of mixing a great cocktail or uncorking a nice bottle of wine then he is going to fall in love with it the second he lays eyes one it. This gift will be a conversation piece for years to come and will be something that he definitely keeps forever.
Take, for example, the D.I.Y. Laguiole Toothpick Knife Kit: Like a pocket knife, a traditional toothpick knife can be used for a wide variety of everyday tasks, from opening a package (video) to chopping fruits and veggies. (If your dad is so daring, he can even take its name literally and use it to floss.) With this knife kit, your dad will have all the parts necessary to make his own Occitan-style pocket knife (so it’s a mini assembly project, where building it is half the fun). This gift is craftier and requires a bigger time commitment than if you simply got your dad Wirecutter’s favorite budget pocket knife, the Sanrenmu 710 (aka 7010). But the 710 is a great choice, too, if your dad doesn’t have time for crafts.
The Montblanc 114607 Business Card Holder is an excellent wallet option for dads, but for a dad who loves to keep a collection of cards with no cash, the Montblanc business card holder is perfect. With nine credit card slots and a flap for added security, this business card holder tops the list of all others on the market; thus, it’s an ideal Christmas present.
People adore their Sonos systems, and the Sonos One SL is the best way to get in on the act. Just a single One SL can fill a room with beautiful music that is so, so much nicer than what you get from basic smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. The One SL can stream from all the most popular music services, works with Alexa, and can even be paired with a second One SL for wireless stereo sound.
Bring out the explorer in your favourite man this Christmas with the Suunto Core All Black Altimeter. This wrist-top computer watch can sense a drop in air pressure and track the weather conditions as well as the sun for you. This all-black watch is designed to suit all styles of the modern man so no matter what look he’s going for, there a Suunto to suit him perfectly. Combining a barometer and a compass with weather information, the essence of the great outdoors is distilled into Suunto Core; thus, it’s the best gift to unleash the adventurous side of any man.
While Bose’s excellent Quiet Comfort headphones have owned the noise cancelling space for years, Sony is the new champ in town, topping our ratings. Now widely regarded as the best all-around noise canceling headphones you can get, the Sony 1000XM4s offer superb sound quality, cancel out ambient noise beautifully, and are supremely comfy for long flights, train rides, or just working at your desk.