What Do You Give the Person With Everything? Something Even Better
Just because some people lack for little doesn’t mean what they have is necessarily worth keeping. So if you’re stumped for gift ideas for the person with it all, consider splurging on tricked-out versions of the things they already own.
Bent and broken knives drain the joy out of dinner prep. BergHOFF’s Neo set features seven sleek, beautiful, forged slicers, dicers, and a chopper; and it comes in one of the chicest blocks we’ve ever seen. Upright and tipped it looks like a sculpture, but when folded properly it neatly tucks into a drawer, freeing up prime counter space.
The Sound of Music
Audiophiles typically have the latest and greatest sound system. The rest of us? We rely on the same bulky speakers that got us through college (Hey, they still work, right?). Today’s models are mini but mighty, packing killer sound into petite packages that wirelessly connect to phones, tablets, turntables, and more. Some display changing disco colors. Others elegantly slip into the background. We even saw one that doubles as a shelf. But this one, from PlanterTech, looks like a colorful houseplant—a classic gift with a twist.
Everyone loves a caffeine jolt in the morning, but an ancient coffee maker doesn’t make anyone feel especially perky—especially when relatively basic models are pretty, programmable, and feature-packed compared to yesteryear’s offerings. For the ultimate upgrade, look no further than De’Longhi’s do-it-all brewer of classic coffee, frothy cappuccinos, creamy lattes, and potent espressos. It’s like giving someone their very own café.
A New Spin
You know why people pay 10 bucks for a smoothie when they actually own a blender? Because antiquated models make DIY exhausting (all that scraping) and messy—which is fine for mixing daiquiris once a year, but definitely not practical if protein drinks, homemade nut butters, stove-free soups, farmers market jams, and other healthy foods are daily indulgences. This amazing, pro-level, ruby-red model from Vitamix does all of the above with ease and clean ups in 60 seconds, no breakdown required.
Fairest of Them All
Zoom view is a must for primpers and pluckers. Simple Human’s sleek, movement-sensing 5X vanity mirror does more than just magnify—it’s also cordless and buttonless, and lights up whenever a face comes in view. Plus, its ring of sunlight-like LEDs shines for a full five weeks with a recharge via a USB cord. Can their old one do all that, magic mirror?
Is there anything less attractive than a clunky vacuum cleaner? This is why it’s usually relegated to the back of the closet. This holiday, replace someone’s ugly suckling with a swan—specifically, a Dyson, the most soignée of soil suckers. Its top-of-the-line, multi-purpose, V6 Absolute cordless vacuum masterfully makes haste of all types of dirt, converts from a floor model to hand model in seconds, and looks darn good doing it.
You can’t just gift a bathroom scale to anyone (What are you saying, I’m fat?). But for self-quantifiers working toward a better bod, a Withings smart scale is fantastic. It calculates body fat, heart rate, and air quality, along with weight. And it syncs wirelessly to a free app so the stats can be analyzed on the go. Unlike scales that can be jiggled into giving a lower weight, this one’s accurate.
The Gift That Gives
Of course, one man’s trash may still be his treasure, and it’s not always obvious when someone’s hunk of junk is actually a beloved keepsake. In that case, a gift card may be a “better” bet. This way your lucky recipient can upgrade whatever they think has seen better days—and really have it all, thanks to you.