Our staff reviewed a lot of products in 2019. These are some of our favorites.
Out of the Box
Give the gift of unboxing all year long with these unique subscription boxes.
Atlas Coffee Club’s World Tour of Coffee is a coffee lover’s passport to enjoying javas from around the globe—from Ethiopia to Costa Rica to Brazil. This buzzworthy subscription box includes fresh, single-origin coffee from a select country, plus a postcard, tasting notes, and brewing tips for smooth sipping.
$109 (six-month membership)/$199 (12-month membership). atlascoffeeclub.com
The savvy snacker in your life needs Universal Yums—a subscription box sure to feed international cravings all year long. This carefully curated cornucopia highlights snacks from a different country each month, plus an accompanying booklet with maps, recipes, games, and trivia to provide extra food for thought. Plans and prices vary.
Anyone with an inner Martha Stewart will love unboxing their quarterly Decocrated shipment. Focused on home décor, this stylish subscription box is overflowing with Pinterest-worthy finds and whimsical designs.
$79.99 (one box)/$287.99 (4x annually).decocrated.com
Warm It Up
Winter is around the corner, but these creature comforts have you covered.
Cold yet? Snuggle up in some unisex Pudus Slipper Socks, which come in more than 50 styles, from cat prints to cable-knit. Though the lining may look like furry sheepskin, no real fur here—just animal-friendly, vegan materials.
Hug it out
Better sleep and reduced stress, all via a cozy blanket? Bring it on with the Huggaroo, a 15-pound weighted blanket that can be especially comforting for anyone with restless leg syndrome, insomnia, autism, sensory processing disorder, or PTSD.
Too lazy to light the fireplace? Light up your world with a L’or de Seraphine candle. Encased in chic patterned ceramic containers and made with sustainably-sourced palm wax, these design-forward aromatherapy candles add a touch of warmth infused with worldly appeal.
Off the Wall
Hang in there with these eye-catching wall statements that make great gifts.
Score one for the home team with StadiumViews 3D Stadium Wall Art, which pays handcrafted homage to your family’s favorite college, MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL team with a hanging 3D stadium replica.
We are all made of stars
Who needs a telescope when you could own The Night Sky? Stargazing families will love this 18” x 24” custom print that captures a special moment in time as seen through a star map.
Now Hear This
If your teen is going to tune out, at least make it fun.
Say sayonara to wires with these iLive Truly Wire-Free earbuds, which feature a nifty sport-hook design to keep them securely in place through on-the-go phone calls, workouts, and Spotify sessions. A three-hour battery life also ensures your teen will be duly entertained on road trips and airplane rides.
Unicorns and penguins and pandas, oh my! The menagerie of My Audio Pet animal-shaped Bluetooth mini-speakers is sure to be a hit with any music-loving teen (as well as Oprah, who named My Audio Pet one of her “favorite things” two years in a row).
And Now for Something Completely Different
From quirky to sentimental, we love these one-of-a-kind gifts.
Stinks so good
From bacon to bubble gum and French fries to farts, the Stinky Candle Co. collection definitely ain’t your everyday scented candle collection. With 50+ scents—each more over-the-top than the next—you’re sure to find a handmade candle that your teen will love. After all, laughter is the best (aroma)therapy!
Just a touch of love
Long distance doesn’t have to mean lost connections, thanks to the Bond Touch bracelet pair. A simple touch of one app-connected bracelet causes the other, far-away bracelet to vibrate and light up for a new generation’s answer to the old-school “Thinking of You” greeting card.