2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Adults

The holidays are here, which means it’s time to give gifts and love to those you care about most. Whether you’re looking for the hottest piece of technology today, a perfect present for the book lover in your life, the music aficionado or fitness guru, we are here to make the hunt for the best gift a little easier!

Find something for anyone, even if you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend. Make someone smile this holiday with one of these 22 gifts for adults. 

1. iPhone 7 (or iPhone 7 Plus)

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be a hot gift this holiday season. The battery life is enough to upgrade to these smartphones, and the water and dust-resistance is a show-stopping feature. Apparently you can take these iPhones one meter underwater for 30 minutes. So don’t have a heart attack when you drop this one in the toilet by accident. 

Price: iPhone 7 - $649 / iPhone 7 Plus - $769

2. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

“Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust,” according to its website, Atlas Obscura features over 600 different strange and fascinating places to visit all over the world. From abandoned subway stations to endless oddities’ museums, all of these are necessary adds to your bucket list.

Price: $21

3. Fitbit Charge 2

The Fitbit Charge 2, a fitness tracker worn on the wrist, offers a user-friendly system to track heart rate, breathing exercises and even syncs with a smartphone for notifications. The FitBit Charge 2 comes in a variety of colors and has swappable wristbands. This small, touch screen smartwatch is perfect for the fitness junkie.

Price: $149.95

4. Amazon Echo Dot (Second Generation)

This smart device has the answer for everything. With voice recognition technology, tell the Amazon Echo Dot to play music, set an alarm or even read the news. If you have smart home devices, control your lights, thermostats and other switches with the Echo Dot.

Price: $50

5. Thinkgeek Star Wars R2-D2 Coffee Press

Please the Star Wars geek and the coffee lover with this awesome R2-D2 coffee press by ThinkGeek. Four cups of coffee can be made in this beloved robot. Waking up with R2-D2 is sure to put a smile on the face of any Star Wars fan.

Price: $40

6. Cards Against Humanity

A more adult-themed version of “Apples to Apples,” “Cards Against Humanity” is for mature crowds only (or immature, given its silly inappropriate content). This party game requires users to fill in the blanks using their hand of cards with generally offensive and bathroom-talk words and phrases. Pop open a bottle of wine or beer and laugh the night way with your friends.

7. Stelle Audio Wireless Speaker

This Stelle Audio Wireless Speaker offers 360-degree sound, Bluetooth and speakerphone. Its sleek appearance is sure to match any home style. If you couldn’t care less about the look, the speaker’s 15-hour rechargeable battery is a practical touch.

Price: $300

8. Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones

Looking for the best in-ear headphones around? Well the Bose QuietComfort headphones give us what not many headphones do, which is an option to cancel noise or to hear our surroundings instead. With the touch of a button, go from noise cancelling to “Aware” mode so you can stay alert to the outside world. 

Price: $249

9. PlayStation VR Launch Bundle

No gamer should go without PlayStation VR. This virtual reality experience allows gamers to step into a virtual world, and step into the gaming world of the future! PlayStation VR works with PlayStation units and Xbox One.

Price: $657 for Bundle

10. Amazon Fire TV Stick

The best gift for TV fanatics is the Fire TV Stick, requiring no satellite or cable. The Fire TV Stick works via WiFi and features 7,000 apps, including Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Disney and YouTube. The Fire TV Stick also has a voice remote that responds instantly.

Price: $40

11. Impossible Project’s I-1 Analog Instant Camera

This modern marvel has a retro look but with features that could impress the camera snob. This instant camera from Impossible Project can connect to your smartphone. All skill levels can produce an instant image from this incredible camera.

Price: $299

12. Amazon Gift Card

Statistics show that Amazon has about 244 million customers. You can get pretty much anything you need and anything you can think of on Amazon, so what gift is more practical than an Amazon gift card? Be as generous as you’d like with the amount, but with an endless range of options offered by the site, your gift receiver will not be disappointed.

13. Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2

The Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 are hot gifts for this holiday season. The Series 2 has all the features of Series 1 but is water resistant to 50 meters and has a brighter display screen. Enjoy all the original features of the Apple Watch, such as built-in GPS and exercise tracking. The dual-core processor in both Series 1 and 2 is also a nice touch and is sure to make any techie happy.

Price: Varies, starting from $269 and $369

14. GoPro HERO5 Black

The adventurer in your life will be pleased with the GoPro HERO5 Black. This camera features 4k video, voice control and waterproof design even without a casing. The touch screen is great to make playback, preview and even editing easier all from the camera. Auto upload photos and videos to the cloud for easy sharing.

Price: $400

15. Mixology Dice Pouch

For your friends and family over 21 looking to dabble in drink-making, these mixology dice are a way to start. The pouch includes eight, laser-engraved wooden dice with over 1.5 million combinations. You won’t be running out of interesting drink combinations any time soon.

Price: $24

16. DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone is an incredible flying machine and camera. Get the best shots with this stable drone that makes flying it so easy. GPS makes it nearly impossible to lose track of the drone. This drone makes flying truly worry free, as it uses sensors to process its location.

Price: $799

17. ENO SingleNest or DoubleNest Hammock

ENO’s hammocks have grown in popularity in the outdoor community. These light, durable and easy-to-setup hammocks are perfect for a backcountry adventure or just lounging in the backyard. Anyone that likes to spend a little bit of time lounging outside, or inside, would really covet ENO’s SingleNest or DoubleNest Hammocks.

Price: Starts at $60

18. Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB

inyl is back. Actually, it never went away. From chain music stores to lesser-known, family-owned joints, you can find vinyl records stocking the shelves. Go into just about any electronics store, or even a place like Urban Outfitters, and you’ll fine record players available. But if you really want to go all out for your old school music lover, get them Audio Technica’s AT-LP120-USB. This is one of the best on the market.

Price: $299.00  

19. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

The book lover on your holiday gift list would definitely approve of Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader. With a high resolution, adjustable light and no glare, this e-reader is great for any environment and any time of day. A single battery charge can last a week!

Price: $120

20. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

Awarding-winning Beats Solo3 Headphones will undoubtedly be a top gift this holiday. The battery alone is an impressive feature with 40 hours of battery life and only needing five minutes of charge for three hours of play. These stylish headphones come in a variety of colors that are sure to please any music lover.

Price: $299

21. North Face outerwear

Some regions of the U.S. can get frigidly cold during the winter months, so for a highly practical present for the holiday season, why not gift your loved ones with one of the best coats on the market? North Face has been very successful in producing outerwear that keeps everyone warm, all season long. From the classic fleeces to their well-insulated down jackets equipped for harsh outdoor weather, you can’t go wrong.

Prices: Varying 

22. MIRA Insulated Double Wall Vacuum Water Bottle

Everyone is always searching for that next perfect bottle to keep your favorite drink hot or cold. There’s nothing worse than getting to work and sipping your to-go mug only to find that your coffee is lukewarm. Or attempting to quench your thirst on a hot summer day with a steamy bottle of room temperature water. But don’t worry! MIRA brings you a solution to that fluctuating drink temperature problem with a bottle that can keep cold drinks chilled for 12 hours.

Price: Starting at $19 

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