You’ve had all year to think about it, but we still came up with a few ideas to help you get some of the things you really want for the holidays. Read our list—no more lousy gifts!
By Deirdre Goldbeck
The Scoop 2-Way Brewer
$90 • HamiltonBeach.com
Nothing’s more important than your first cup of morning coffee. The Scoop lets you brew it up two ways—by using the included travel mug, which is perfect for your daily commute, or the carafe that brews up to 12 cups—and in two strengths, either regular or bold. You can use your favorite ground coffee or convenient pods, and program it to start brewing up to 24 hours in advance.
$500 • iRobot.com
You have more important things to do than wash floors, so turn on the game and put up your feet while the Scooba 380 swabs the deck. It preps, scrubs, and squeegees tile, linoleum, and sealed hardwood floors. It can navigate its way under cabinet bases, tables, and chairs, and will have three to four rooms shipshape on one battery charge. Now, if only they made one that does windows….
$80 • Leatherman.com
If you ever had an Erector set as a kid, you’ll love the mechanical, stripped-down look of this multi-tool. It’s made of stainless steel, with a DLC (diamondlike carbon) coating to prevent scratching and corrosion. It has a 2.6-inch stainless steel premium blade, needle-nose and regular pliers, wire cutters, a large bit driver, a bottle opener, and a handy carabiner clip. It measures four inches closed, and weighs in at a mere five ounces.
20V MAX Lithium Ion Compact Drill/Driver Kit
$219 • DeWalt.com
You’ll drill your way from one project to the next with this powerful, lightweight drill. It’s compact, so it works well in tight spaces, has two speeds, an ergonomically designed handle for comfort, and comes bundled with two battery packs, a half-inch drill driver, a 30-minute fast charger, an onboard bit holder, and a kit box.
$479 • Weber.com
When it comes to grilling mouthwatering meals, Weber’s Q320 can handle it. It has two gas burners rated at 21,700 BTUs, with porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, an electronic ignition, 462 square inches of grilling space, a warming rack, a handle light for night grilling, removable work tables, and tool holders. The nylon frame is glass-reinforced, the lid and body are both made of sturdy cast-aluminum, and it runs on a 20-pound propane tank. It even comes with a recipe book, but you’re a grill master—you can wing it.
Italian Sausage Five-Pack
$130 plus shipping • FortunaSausage.com
Sure, it’s winter, but a true connoisseur knows that grilling meat is a year-round thing. This gift pack includes five different varieties of sausage: one-pound ropes of sweet, Calabrese, Tuscano, Sandgate, and Vermont maple. Let it snow. You’ve got sausage.
Flex Neck Utility Lighter
$20 • Zippo.com
Tired of getting burned? Then Zippo’s gooseneck lighter will come in handy. It’s perfect for firing up charcoal grills, lanterns, and fireplaces, and the flexible wand fits into tight, hard to-reach openings (like the pilot light on that crappy furnace in the cellar). Be sure to take it along on your next camping trip, because the wind-resistant dual-flame feature is sure to ignite even the most stubborn campfire.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
$220 • Philips.com
Keep your pearly whites healthy with Sonicare’s newest power toothbrush. The angled, diamond-shaped brush head is designed to reach your back teeth and provide a superior overall brushing experience. There are five modes (clean, white, polish, gum care, and sensitive), and the two-minute timer pauses at 30-second intervals for optimal cleaning. Charge it up by placing it in the exclusive charging glass, which you can also use for rinsing. If you’re traveling, just plug the USB travel case into your laptop or an electrical outlet. Now when she tells you that she likes your smile, you’ll know who to thank.
Five-Blade Wet/Dry Shaver
$500 ES-LV61-A; $600 ES-LV81-K • Panasonic.com
What could be better than shaving with four blades? Panasonic’s answer is its new five-blade shaver. The hypoallergenic blades are embedded in a wider pivoting head that’s gentler on your skin and reduces shaving time, whether you’re standing over the sink or in the shower; the Lift-Tech Foil technology helps lift and guide your stubble closer to the blades. When it’s fully charged, you’ll get two weeks of close shaves. You can’t ask for much more, but if you must, go for the ES-LV81-K with the automatic cleaning and charging system. You deserve it.
Quattroporte Extended Trip Case
$695 • Tumi.com
Talk about a mashup made in heaven. Tumi, makers of premium business and travel accessories, and Ducati, producers of some of the most stylish and successful motorcycles, have joined forces and designed a bold and sporty collection of travel bags. There’s a total of six pieces, but if you have to choose, we say go big. Check out the roomy four wheeled case that measures 31 by 20 by 12 inches. The polycarbonate blend makes it sturdy and lightweight, and there’s a spacious, nylon front panel for easy access. The handle grip is similar to that of a motorcycle, and there’s an add-a-bag strap—handy if you pick up one of the smaller bags, too.
$345 • BooqBags.com
If you’re leaving town for the holidays and you’re a workaholic, this bag will hold your laptop or iPad, your folders, accessories, and anything else you can’t leave home without. It’s made of 1680-denier, water-repellant ballistic nylon, and has leather trim. Inside you’ll find a quilted compartment for your laptop with a weatherproof zipper, as well as compartments for your files, chargers, and other electronic devices. Use the shoulder strap with the nonslip pad, the nylon carry handles, or just loop it onto your luggage handle and you’re ready to go.
Carbonated Drink Bottle
$28 • Stanley-PMI.com
Leave it to Stanley to create a high-pressure bottle that’ll keep your beverage cold and carbonated. This 32-ounce vessel is specially designed to keep the suds in your beer or the fizz in your soda. The wide-mouth opening makes it easy to add ice, and the removable insulated jacket will help keep the contents cold (without getting watered down) for three hours. It’s totally leakproof, so toss it in the trunk of your car, your backpack, or your girlfriend’s tote. You finally have a way to keep your beer fresh when you can’t leave it in the bottle.
Victorinox Slim and Slim Duo USB Flash Memory
$40 to $450 • SwissArmy.com
Lighten your load with a flash drive that has data-encryption technology and password protection. The Slim USB is available in 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 gigabytes, and the Slim Duo stores a whopping 128 gigs. They’re waterproof, shockresistant, and come in five different colors. They even resemble the Swiss Army Knife, but they’re flight friendly.
Full-Blooded Black Skull
$170 • Store.Swatch.com
This Swiss-made chronograph features time and date, and a killer face. The case is black aluminum, like the adjustable bracelet strap, and it’s water-resistant up to 98 feet. It also comes in white—if you’re into the his-and-hers thing.
$725 • TissotShop.com
You’ll have both time and style on your side with this striking timepiece from Tissot. It has a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Swiss-made quartz movement, and a 316L stainless-steel case and bracelet with butterfly clasp, plus it’s water-resistant up to 330 feet. But be forewarned—wearing this watch might cause you to upgrade your entire wardrobe.
$120 • CatWatches.com
When you think Caterpillar, heavy-duty outdoor equipment should come to mind (not the fuzzy little insect). Now you can add the rugged, Swiss-created CAT watch line to the list. The Camden Date has a scratch resistant crystal, a stainless-steel case, and Citizen precision movement; it’s also water resistant up to 655 feet. Choose either a black- or brown-leather strap, or a stainless steel bracelet.
Jeep Wrangler Pedal Go-Kart
$999 • BergToys.com
Remember that go-kart you had as a kid? Relive and improve upon those glory days when you coast along in this adult version. It drives in reverse, boasts a hand brake, an adjustable seat, an automatic freewheel, and pneumatic tires with sealed bearings in each wheel. It’s rugged like a Jeep and comes with a one- to five-year warranty. And if you never had a go-kart, remember, it’s not too late to find out what you missed.
$249 • Revo.com
These sunglasses are titanium strong, so they’re lightweight and flexible, yet sturdy enough for all your outdoor activities. The Serilium lenses are polarized and can withstand flying gravel. The insides are specially coated to eliminate reflected light, and the outside coating prevents dirt, moisture, and oil from impeding your vision. The Motion-fit design, adjustable nose pads, and spring hinges let you position the frames for optimum fit.
$150 • Scott-Sports.com
You don’t have to be a runner to sport these shades. The sleek, fusion-frame design makes them a comfortable fit for medium to large faces, and the easy-change lens system lets you select the OptiView lenses (light-sensitive or polarized) that best suit your needs. And, if you have to chase down that hottie across the street, the rubber temple ends will keep the frames on your face where they belong.