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The 61 very best Christmas gift ideas in 2023 for absolutely everyone on your list

Here are 61 fun and thoughtful gift ideas for your mom, dad, wife, husband, best friend and everyone else on your list.

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Best Christmas gifts for absolutely everyone in 2023 (photos via Best Buy Canada, Indigo, Truff, Lululemon, Etsy, Amazon & Canada Goose)

There are two types of gift-givers in this world: pre-planners and last-minute shoppers. For pre-planners, Christmas shopping kicks off in the fall — we don't need the Starbucks holiday menu to alert us of what's ahead. For last-minute shoppers, Dec. 25 has a way of sneaking up on the calendar year, after year, after year.

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If you identify as a pre-planner or can be persuaded to change (join us! Less stress for all!), this is the Christmas gift list you'll want to bookmark.

Whether you're shopping for your mom, your dad, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your best friend or literally anyone else, we've rounded up the 61 best Christmas gift ideas in 2023. No matter your budget or gift recipient, there's something for everyone on this list.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and leave more room for what's really important — cheesy movies and Christmas markets — with these 61 holiday gift ideas.

Best gift for mom: Personalized Photo Ring Dish

This is, quite possibly, the sweetest gift we have ever seen. The custom trinket dish has earned praise from Etsy shoppers, with one reviewer writing, "[it's] absolutely beautiful! It came in a timely manner and the photo matched perfectly."

This memory keepsake dish is "stunning," according to Etsy reviewers.

$43 at Etsy

Best gift for dad: AncestryDNA + Traits Genetic Test Kit

Take it from someone who has given their dad an AncestryDNA kit for Christmas — it's a winner. This "Amazon's Choice" genetic test kit gives insight into your family's origins and ethnicities from over 2,600 global regions. Plus, the Traits add-on lets you discover 35+ of your most interesting traits.

This "Amazon's Choice" gift lets you discover 35+ of your most interesting traits and more. 

$89 at Amazon

Best gift for your wife: Love & Lore Tailored Pajama Pant Set

I truly believe that you can't go wrong with a gift of cute and cozy PJs. This pajama set is tailored from an eco-friendly fabric that's moisture-regulating and silky soft.

Shop this PJ set in three prints.

$90 at Indigo

Best gift for your husband: Canada Goose Arctic Mitts

Don't let freezing temperatures get the better of you this winter. These high-performance mittens from Canada Goose combine the superior protection of down-filled warmth with a quilt-through design for even heat distribution.

Canada Goose

These high-performance mitts provide superior warmth.

$250 at Canada Goose

Best gift for your girlfriend: Mejuri Bold Pearl Trio Hoop Earrings

Ariana Grande is a big fan of these Mejuri hoops, but she's not the only one. With a 4.8-star rating, Mejuri reviewers call the pearl and gold vermeil earrings "elegant" and "great quality."

These pearl and gold vermeil earrings are "beautiful" and "elegant," according to Mejuri reviewers.

$128 at Mejuri

Best gift for your boyfriend: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

If you can't trust Heather for a good book recommendation, who can you? A Heather's Pick and reviewer-favourite, this memoir gives a behind-the-scenes look at Nike and the decisions made by Phil Knight, Nike's founder and board chairman.

We always trust a Heather's Pick.

$25 at Indigo

Best gift for your sister: Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

Backed by more than 20,000 reviews on Lululemon, this viral belt bag is guaranteed to be a welcome gift this holiday season. The water-repellent bag has just enough room for your phone, keys and wallet, making it a great option for airports and running errands.

Shop Lululemon's Everywhere Belt Bag 1L in 12 colours.

$44 at Lululemon

Best gift for your brother: Yeti 20z Rambler

This best-selling insulated travel mug comes backed by a whopping 50,000 reviews on Yeti and 26,000 reviews on Amazon. Its double-walled vacuum insulation keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold and is dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up.

Shop Yeti's Rambler 591mL Tumbler in 10 colours.

$45 at Yeti

Best gift for teenage girls: Shark FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System

Beloved by Yahoo Canada editors, the Shark FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System is likely at the top of any beauty lover's Christmas wish list. Thanks to its internet virality (470 million views on TikTok and counting), the Shark has been notoriously difficult to get your hands on. A worthy adversary to Dyson's iconic Airwrap, the Shark FlexStyle is half the price of the Dyson while offering equal styling value.

The Shark FlexStyle is a do-it-all tool for blowouts, curling and more. 

$350 at Sephora

Best gift for teenage boys: PlayStation 5 Console

Since first launching back in November 2020, getting your hands on a PlayStation 5 has been a challenge for many video game enthusiasts. Luckily, it's going to be a lot easier getting your hands on the highly-coveted gaming consoles this Christmas — at least according to Sony, the maker of the PlayStation. This holiday season, here's where you can buy a PS5 in Canada: Amazon, Best Buy Canada, The Source, Walmart Canada and GameStop.

Best Buy Canada

The PlayStation 5 Console gives you clear, vivid, and buttery smooth visuals in 4K and 8K resolutions with 3D audio and haptic feedback.

$650 at Best Buy Canada

Best gift for your mother-in-law: Pure Cashmere Gloves

Even the pickiest of mother-in-laws is sure to appreciate these 100 per cent cashmere wool gloves. The cashmere is "so nice and warm," writes one shopper.

Shop these cashmere gloves in eight colours.

$69 at Simons

Best gift for your father-in-law: MasterClass

Whether they're into cooking, music, business, tech or art, MasterClass covers every topic under the sun. Individual courses are taught by some of the most famous faces on the planet, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Curry, Serena Williams, Chris Hadfield and many more.

The perfect gift for the life-long learner.

From $13 at MasterClass

Best gift for your sister-in-law: Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

The bathrobe to end all bathrobes. Parachute's Cloud Cotton Robe features fluffy four-ply gauze, a snug waist tie and two hidden side pockets. The reviewer-loved robe is made from premium 100 per cent long-staple Turkish cotton and comes in seven colours.

Shop Parachute's Cloud Cotton Robe in seven colours.

$149 at Parachute

Best gift for your brother-in-law: Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charger

This sleek wireless charger allows you to organize accessories and charge your devices at the same time. According to one shopper, it's a "great gift for the guy who has everything."

Stay Courant

This wireless charger comes in five colours.

$175 at Stay Courant

Best gift for your grandma: Garden Kneeler Seat

To help reduce strain, this versatile gardening seat can double as a kneeler by flipping it upside down, with a detachable pouch to hold your trowel, gloves and more. The seat and kneeling pad are made from EVA foam, helping reduce the pressure on your lower back and knees.

This garden kneeler makes getting up and down easy and pain-free.

$58 at Amazon

Best gift for your grandpa: Fishing Tackle Advent Calendar

The perfect gift for any freshwater fishing enthusiast in your life, this 64-piece advent calendar includes an assortment of tackles, lures, hooks and more.

This unique gift supports a small business in Canada.

$125 at Etsy

Best gift for little girls: Kinetic Sand Ice Cream Treats Playset

My sister has four kids under the age of seven and she swears by Kinetic Sand. This particular play set comes backed by more than 11,000 reviews and a 4.6-star average rating. "My 2-year-old loves this," writes one reviewer. It's "a lot of fun" at a "decent price."

This "Amazon's Choice" play set has over 11,000 reviews.

$16 at Amazon

Best gift for little boys: LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Mighty Dinosaur Toy

A fantastic gift idea for dinosaur-obsessed little ones, this LEGO play set rebuilds into a Triceratops and Pterodactyl Dinosaur toy. The "Amazon's Choice" set has earned nearly 38,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.7 stars. "I bought this for my 6-year-old grandson." writes one shopper. "He absolutely loved it."

This "Amazon's Choice" LEGO set is backed by nearly 38,000 reviews.

$18 at Amazon

Best gift for teething tots: Sophie The Giraffe Teether

A tired, teething baby is heartbreaking on all fronts. Provide at least a little bit of relief to your teething little one with this Sophie The Giraffe teether. It’s made of 100 per cent natural rubber and food paint and has nearly 15,000 reviews on Amazon.

This Sophie The Giraffe Teether is ideal for little ones ages 0-12 months.

$30 at Amazon

Best gift for your best friend: Morgan Coupe Glasses

Drinks just taste better in pretty glasses, it's a fact of life. These stunning couple glasses are available in nine colours and come in a set of four.

Shop these Morgan Coupe Glasses in nine colours.

$62 at Anthropologie

Best gift for new moms: Ember Smart Temperature Control Mug 2

As any new parent or child-minder can attest: drinking piping hot coffee is a rarely-experienced luxury. The solution (other than a babysitter) is Ember's temperature control smart mug. This high-tech mug can keep tea, coffee and hot chocolate hot for hours on end so you don't have to keep running to the microwave to reheat your brew.

This 295ml (10 oz.) smart mug will retain the heat of your coffee, tea, or other drink for up to 1.5 hours or all day on the charging coaster.

$170 at Best Buy Canada

Best gift for new dads: Kangaroo Hoodie

This innovative men's hoodie features a zip-on carrier pouch that's designed to fit comfortably over a baby carrier. When your little one gets too big or it's time to move to the stroller, the pouch zips off again, leaving you with a high-quality, comfortable hoodie.

This dad-friendly hoodie is made from a thick sweatshirt cotton blend.

$145 at Etsy

Best gift for teachers: Burt's Bees Essential Kit

Understatement of the century: teachers work hard. Say thank you this holiday season and treat the educators in your life to this five-piece Burt's Bees set.

This "Amazon's Choice" gift set has over 36,000 ratings.

$17 at Amazon

Best gift for dog parents: Treat Puzzle Dog Toy

A bored puppy is a naughty puppy, and a naughty puppy is a destroyer of all that is fragile and expensive. Dog puzzles are great for mental stimulation and beating puppy boredom. Challenge their brain and save your stuff while you're at it with this top-rated dog puzzles.

This "Amazon's Choice" dog puzzle has nearly 30,000 ratings on Amazon.

$24 at Amazon

Best gift for cat parents: LitterLocker

I, admittedly, do not have a cat (allergies); however, according to one cat-obsessed friend, this LitterLocker is "so worth it." This litter disposal system makes litter box cleaning easier and eliminates daily trips to the outside bin. Runner-up cat gift idea: an automatic cat water fountain. "Cats don’t drink enough water and this helps them drink more," according to my friend.

The LitterLocker Cat Litter Disposal System has over 3,000 reviews on Amazon.

$18 at Amazon

Best gift for your neighbour: Wine Aerator

Make every bottle of wine that much nicer with this "Amazon's Choice" wine aerator. The aerator fits all wine bottles and is engineered to improve flavour and provide more bubbles than competitors.

This wine aerator easily attaches to any bottle.

$16 at Amazon

Best gift for the office: Lakrids Liquorice Winter Selection Gift Box

Give your office treat stash a luxe upgrade this holiday season with the Lakrids liquorice gift box. The set includes both seasonal flavours and popular Lakrids classics.

Lakrids Liquorice Winter Selection Gift Box includes both popular classics and limited edition seasonal flavours.

$45 at Well.ca

Best gift for the at-home chef: Chef’s knife

I, for one, am not a chef (or anything even close to resembling one). However, my partner is and if there’s one thing he always brings over to my apartment: it’s his own chef’s knife. Practical and thoughtful, it might even inspire a gourmet meal or two for you to enjoy.

This "Amazon's Choice" knife has over 11,000 reviews. 

$60 at Amazon

For the person who hates waking up: Philips Sunrise Alarm Clock

Waking up at the crack of dawn is never easy, especially when you live in Canada and the sun doesn’t come up until you’re on your way to work. This sunrise simulator helps you wake up naturally using a combination of light therapy and sound. When it’s time to go to sleep, the alarm clock also features a nighttime sunset option, gently sending you off to dreamland.

The Philips Wake-Up Light Coloured Sunrise Simulation has over 13,000 reviews on Amazon.

$160 at Amazon

Best gift for 20-somethings: Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera

If there’s one age group that feels like they lost out during the pandemic, it’s high school graduates and college-aged kids. While you can’t bring back the memories, you can help them document new ones. Make sure to add a few film packs to the gift so they can document on Christmas Day!

Shop the Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera in five colours.

$100 at Indigo

Best beauty stocking stuffer: Cuccio Milk and Honey Cuticle Revitalizing Oil

Dry, cracked hands — meet cuticle oil. This milk and honey cuticle oil is formulated with a rich blend of oils to moisturize, protect and nourish dry, brittle, cracked cuticles, nails and skin. Oh yeah, one more thing: it has more than 99,000 ratings on Amazon.

This viral revitalizing oil moisturizes and strengthens nails and cuticles.

$16 at Amazon

Best gift for readers: Personalized Book Stamp

Gift a truly unique gift this Christmas and celebrate the book lover in your life with this custom "from the library of" stamp. It's "absolutely perfect," writes one shopper, who called the quality of the stamp "amazing."

This custom book stamp is a unique gift they never knew they needed.

$28 at Etsy

Best gift for new homeowners: Candle Warmer Lamp

While a candle is a great gift idea, it’s not the most foolproof — especially if you don’t know the recipient's scent preferences. A workaround is this Candle Warmer Lamp. The decorative lamp allows users to melt their candles at their preferred speed while still enjoying the scent.

This candle warming lamp has a timer and dimmer function.

$50 at Amazon

Best gift for the carnivore: Digital Meat Thermometer

If meat is their main food group, it’s probably for the best that it’s cooked through. Avoid any food poisoning mishaps and enjoy tender, perfectly-cooked beef, pork, chicken and more with this top-rated meat thermometer.

The ThermoPro Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer has 120,000+ reviews on Amazon.

$13 at Amazon

Best gift for vegans: Craving Vegan

To all of the vegans out there: thank you for saving our planet. Give the veggie in your life a little food inspiration this holiday season with the "Craving Vegan: 101 Recipes to Satisfy Your Appetite the Plant-Based Way" cookbook.

This cookbook is "filled with scrumptious vegan dishes!" writes one shopper.

$25 at Indigo

Best gift for the person who needs a skincare routine: The Ordinary The Daily Set

This affordable set provides the building blocks of a healthy skincare routine. It includes everything you need for daily care, including The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5.

The Ordinary

The building blocks of a healthy skincare routine.

$17 at The Ordinary

Best weed gift: Sackville & Co. Signature Grinder

Quite possibly the most elegant grinder on the market, this four-tiered grinder includes a mesh screen and diamond-sharp teeth for a perfectly fluffy grind. Shop the grinder in black or gold (pictured).

This grown-up grinder comes in gold and black.

$40 at Bespoke Post

Best gift for the person who has everything: Personalized Slim Card Case

With just enough room for your everyday cards and cash, this slim leather card case is available in more than 15 colours and can be made uniquely yours with a monogram debossed into the leather.

What to get the guy who has everything? A custom card case.

From $50 at Leatherology

Best gift for your kind-of-close friend: Multi-Peptide Lash and Brow Serum

This fan-favourite brow and lash serum promotes a thicker, fuller and healthier look and comes backed by more than 1,300 five-star reviews. "A fantastic serum," writes one reviewer. "I have used it for fourteen days and it already made my lashes fuller. It is easy to apply and there has been no irritation. I love it."

This way to longer, thicker lashes.

$12 at The Ordinary

Best gift for a university student: Metro Backpack

Take it from a shopping editor who actually owns this backpack: It is worth the price tag. Whether for work, play or travel, this airport-friendly accessory is worth its weight in gold. Shop the "incredibly functional" backpack in 10 colours.

Shop the Metro Backpack in 10 colours.

$280 at Monos

Best gift for the Pickleball pro: Personalized Pickleball Paddle

Yes, you can absolutely buy cheaper Pickleball sets (these, for instance). However, no one can deny how cute these paddles are. These personalized Pickleball paddles can be customized with your name and favourite colours.

For the Pickleball pro nearest and dearest to your heart.

From $72 at Etsy

Best gift for knitters: Yarn Bowl

This oh-so-cute yarn bowl is a unique and innovative gift for those who always have their knitting needles close by. Designed to make knitting or crocheting easier, the thread of the ball of yarn is fed through the opening and helps avoid tangling.

This handmade bowl is the perfect storage place for your yarn.

$33 at Etsy

Best gift for road trippers: Car Phone Holder Wireless Charger

Listen to your tunes and keep your charge with this handy car mount charger. A must-have for long road trips, this charger is compatible with most Qi-enabled phones.

This wireless phone charger and mount has nearly 19,000 reviews on Amazon.

$56 at Amazon

Best gift for the frequent flier: Away The Medium Flex Suitcase

Even if your ticket isn't first class, your luggage can be. Away's The Medium Flex suitcase has a flex feature that allows for an additional 1.75" (4.45 cm) of space and includes interior organization and 360-degree spinner wheels. Shop the suitcase in seven colours.

Away Travel

Shop Away's The Medium Flex suitcase in seven colours.

$530 at Away Travel

Best gift for the scatterbrain: Tile Mate

Never lose your keys, wallet, or luggage again with the reviewer-loved Tile Mate. Attach the Tile Mate to everyday objects like your keys, backpack or bag and keep track of where they end up, whether in Bluetooth range or far away.


Never lose your stuff again (or at least, find it easier) with the Tile Mate. 

$35 at Amazon

Best gift for the scatterbrain who prefers Apple devices: Apple AirTag

Same, same but different: The Apple AirTag helps keep track of important items and find lost objects. Whether you stick the AirTag to your remote, keep it inside your luggage or attach it to your four-legged friend's collar, Amazon shoppers say the AirTag has "saved" them when they needed it the most.

Make lost luggage a thing of the past with Apple's fan-favourite AirTag.

$39 at Amazon

Best gift for hockey bros: GearHalo Fresh Scent Pods

The inside of a hockey bag is no one’s idea of a rose-scented paradise. These innovative deodorizer cubes can be used inside sports bags, running shoes and more to eliminate odours and moisture.

These easy-to-use deodorizer pods are designed to effectively eliminate odours and moisture.

$20 at Canadian Tire

Best gift for germaphobes: WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner

It’s often said that the average cellphone is dirtier than a toilet seat (ew). Therefore, a screen cleaner may help bring peace of mind. This "Amazon's Choice" cleaner is specifically designed to clean and polish any cell phone screen and electronic device.

The WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner has nearly 15,000 reviews on Amazon.

$20 at Amazon

Best gift for a better night's sleep: Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set

Give your sleep situation a major upgrade this winter with these incredibly soft bamboo sheets from one of Oprah's favourite brands, Cozy Earth. The set has earned a near-perfect 4.9-star rating from more than 6,100 reviewers and been dubbed the "very best sheets in the whole world."

These sheets were one of Oprah's Favourite Things in 2018.

$560 at Cozy Earth

Best gift for the audiophile: Apple AirPods Max

Now, I don't know about you, but I sure would not mind finding these Apple headphones under the tree. Apple's top-rated over-ear headphones provide active noise cancellation, spatial audio with dynamic head tracking and transparency mode for interacting with the world around you.

These Apple AirPods Max have over 10,000 five-star reviews.

$690 at Amazon

Best Secret Santa & White Elephant gift: Foot Peel Mask

Say bye-bye to dry, cracked heels with these "Amazon's Choice foot peeling masks. The masks remove dry dead skin to reveal baby-soft feet. They're the "best I've used," writes one shopper.

This 2-pack of foot peel masks have nearly 41,000 reviews.

$23 at Amazon

Best gag gift: Custom Face Socks

I will never not find these custom face socks funny. Whether you get them printed with their face, your face, their dog's face or anyone else's, these custom socks are too good to pass up.

My Face Socks

Most unique gift award goes to...custom face socks!

$18 at My Face Socks

Best gift for foodies: Truff White Truffle Gift Set

Not only is Truff’s famous hot sauce one of Oprah’s Favourite Things, but the gourmet hot sauce has won praise from thousands of shoppers. This set includes the brand's White Truffle Oil and the fan-favourite White Truffle Hot Sauce.

Truff's White Truffle Gift Set was named one of Oprah's Favourite Things.

$65 at Truff

Best gift for nurses: Beautycounter Triple Quench Body Butter Set

Nurses and health care workers are used to washing their hands several times a shift, if not an hour. These clean beauty body butters are formulated with a rich and deeply hydrating blend of shea butter, mango butter, and peptide-rich acacia seed extract for long-lasting hydration.

This three-piece body butter set is valued at $113. 

$88 at Beautycounter

Best gift for coffee lovers: Nespresso Winter Wonders Cocktail Vertuo Set

Perfect your espresso martini at home with this curated gift set. The set includes two limited-edition cocktail glasses, a barista shaker, an ice cube tray and 3 x 20 Nespresso pods.

The perfect gift for coffee and cocktail lovers. 

$150 at Nespresso

Best gift for food prep: Vegetable Chopper

Look, no one likes chopping onions; they just don’t! Luckily, that’s where this “Amazon’s Choice” vegetable chopper comes in. Beyond onions, this handy device can chop peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini and whatever else your veggie stir-fry requires.

This vegetable chopper has earned nearly 90,000 reviews.

$45 at Amazon

Best gift for campers: LifeStraw

If your gift recipient is the type who likes to get lost in the woods to "find" themselves, we suggest giving them this $24 LifeStraw for Christmas. The personal water filter eliminates 99.99 per cent of waterborne bacteria and waterborne parasites.

The LifeStraw has earned 86,000 reviews on Amazon. 

$24 at Amazon

Best airplane gift: Perilogics Universal In-Flight Phone Mount

Asking for a friend: Where did all the TVs in airplanes go? This adjustable clamp attaches directly to your tray table so you can enjoy downloaded movies or your flight’s entertainment system without having to hold your phone.

This multi-purpose phone mount has 13,000 reviews on Amazon.

$24 at Amazon

Best family board game: Ticket to Ride

My family and I love a good board game night, and I would bet we aren’t the only ones. This “Amazon’s Choice” board game has over 24,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating. "Honestly, this game is fantastic," writes one shopper. "It's expensive, but worth it."

This board game is easy to learn and offers hours of play.

$60 at Amazon

Best gift for your carry-on bag: Cadence Travel Containers

These travel containers are, admittedly, on the pricier side but take it from someone who owns them: they’re worth the investment. The leak-proof, TSA-compliant magnetic containers help you maintain your routine and safeguard your stuff when you’re away from home.

Build your customizable, magnetic, and leakproof bundle by selecting labels and colours that suit your routine and preferences.

$136 at Keep Your Cadence

Best gift for your boss: Raphael Balme Hand Painted Mug

If you have the kind of boss who you would want to buy a gift for, you’re already winning. Win the "best employee" award and sweeten your odds for a year-end raise with this cute mug.

"Love these mugs!" writes one shopper. "They are adorable, sturdy, and hold a perfect cup of coffee."

$14 at Anthropologie

Best gift for content creators: Portable Selfie Light

This lightweight portable selfie light can be attached to your phone, laptop or wherever else you need good lighting. Amazon shoppers say it "definitely enhances your picture quality" and give it 4.6 stars.

This selfie light has a front and back phone clip.

$47 at Amazon

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