22 cool gifts to give this holiday season

Because your friends and family don't need another gift card.
TODAY Illustration / Getty Images

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

Yes, you could gift your friends and family another Amazon or Starbucks gift card for the holidays again. But why not get a little more creative (and maybe put in a little bit more effort this year) and gift them something cool and unique that they’ll love? See below for 22 cool gift ideas perfect for this holiday season, no stress necessary.

To quickly jump to the category you're looking for click on the links below or keep scrolling to see more gifts.

When we release our 2020 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But prices change frequently, so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.

Cool gifts under $50

1. FLOWER by Drew Blue Light Computer Glasses

They’re super trendy, block blue light and were created by the one and only Drew Barrymore — is there anything more you could want in a pair of glasses?

2. Welly Expanded Adventure First-Aid Kit

For the friend or family member who loves to explore the great outdoors, this first-aid kit from Welly is a super fun addition to any traveler’s backpack. This kit includes flex fabric bandages, waterproof bandages, a roll of tape, triple antibiotic packets and more.

3. Cold Beer Coats

I’m sorry, but have you seen anything cuter in your life? Dress up your beer this winter with these cold beer coats, which come in two color combos.

4. Designer Stitch Happy Knitting Starter Kit

For anyone who needs to adopt a new hobby this winter, the beginner knitting kit from Designer Stitch is a perfect way to pass the time indoors while learning a new skill.

5. The Sill Plant Parent Set

This low-maintenance houseplant trio is great for anyone who wants to become a plant parent without putting in too much work.

6. Papaya Reusable Tea Towel

Being able to save the Earth while also adding some fun color to your kitchen is pretty darn cool. These reusable tea towels not only add vivid pops of color to your kitchen, but they're also zero-waste.

7. Black History Tote Bag

Looking to support a Black-owned business this holiday season? This vibrant tote bag from Houston-based designed Trini Gee is adorned with vintage buttons from the civil rights movement during the '60s.

8. Terrarium Candle

Not only do they smell incredible, but these candles are basically a centerpiece in and of themselves. They are a soy blend and their fragrances include premium fragrance oil in pine and vanilla (cactus) and jasmine and white tea (poppy).

9. Acupressure Ear Seed Kit

A longtime form of traditional Chinese medicine, these ear seeds are made from 24K gold and Swarovski crystal — basically bling for your ears, but with an added health benefit. Ear seeds can help with a number of different ailments including insomnia, stress and anxiety and chronic pain.

10. Balabangles Wearable Weights

Arguably the trendiest wellness brand on the market, the Balabangles not only help you maximize your workout to the fullest, but they just look really cool (kinda like jewelry) on your arms, too.

11. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

For the friend who loves to add heaps of hot sauce on almost everything, this fun Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit is a dream come true for their taste buds. The kit includes various ground and whole spices, distilled white vinegar, six glass bottles with lids and much more to create the perfect hot sauce for any and every dish.

Cool gifts under $150

1. Always Pan

I don’t think I’ve seen a cooler pan out there. This do-it-all piece can replace eight, yes eight, traditional pieces of cookware in just one handy pan. Whether you need to fry, steam, sauté, sear, boil or strain, this pan comes in six different colors and includes the pan, lid, stainless steel steamer basket and wooden spatula.

2. Sega Homestar Original Black Home Planetarium

This was by far my favorite purchase of 2020, and for good reason. The accuracy and detail this home planetarium from Sega offers is incomparable to other planetariums on the market for this price point. It’s great to both kids and adults, and comes with a cool “shooting star” function so you can make an endless amount of wishes.

3. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser

This super sleek Vitruvi Stone Diffuser not only works wonderfully to fill your room with delicious smells of any essential oil of your choosing, but it also just looks incredibly cool and chic on your nightstand, office desk or anywhere else you want to add a bit of modern flair to your space.

4. Embark Dog DNA Test

Ever wondered what your adopted dog’s breed actually is? This fun doggie DNA test from Embark screens for over 350 dog breeds, types and varieties, and also tests for 190+ genetic diseases, too.

5. Cityscape Rings

Whether they’re a current city dweller or are seriously missing their former skyscraper apartment view, these rings are a cool gift to give this holiday season. They come in seven different cities and are made from .925 sterling silver.

6. PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer

Covid-19 or not, it might just be a good idea to keep your smartphone as clean as possible during these unprecedented times. Not only does this handy device sanitize your phone, but it also charges it in the process.

7. Clearly Filtered Water Filter

For the clean water connoisseur on your life, level up their Brita filter with this fancy water filter pitcher from Clearly Filtered. It's been tested to remove over 230 contaminants commonly found in drinking water, and makes your water taste delicious and pure, too.

Cool gifts under $300

1. Thryve’s Gut Health Test

For the health nut who wants to know more on how to improve their specific symptoms from the inside out, this Gut Health Test from Thryve is a unique gift to help improve your microbiome. All you have to do is send in your stool sample and they will report back with personalized food and lifestyle recommendations, as well as custom probiotics to take to improve the good bacteria in your gut.

2. S13 Harper Longline Puffer Jacket

This may look like a plain old winter jacket, but it’s not. This Moncler-style longline puffer is made with a sleek sateen finish and a detachable hoodie. In other words, their style will be on fleek this season.

3. Theragun Prime

For the athlete in your life, the Theragun Prime is the perfect post-workout treatment to relieve sore muscles and recover more quickly. This kit comes with multiple attachments and the Theragun has a 120-minute battery life.

4. Watch Making Kit

Rather than gift a new watch to someone, why not have them make their own? This cool kit includes everything you need, including parts, tools, and a user-friendly guide, to create a super sleek watch at home.

Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but Shop TODAY's up to the task. Try our interactive gift finder to sort gifts by price, person and interest. And no matter who you're looking for, we've got gift guides for everyone on your list, including:

To discover more deals, shopping tips and budget-friendly product recommendations, download the new TODAY app and subscribe to our Stuff We Love newsletter!