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The 20 Absolute Best, Wirecutter-Approved White Elephant Gifts Under $25

by Dorie Chevlen

These funny items (all under $25) will be the most coveted at the party, whether it’s called a white elephant gift exchange, a Yankee swap, or Dirty Santa.

Deals We Love

Price drops on products we already love

Something for everyone

Every year we like to challenge ourselves to come up with gift ideas for every situation. Maybe it’s a mister for the green thumb in your life, a smart speaker for a tech-adverse parent, or a new toy for the furry friend next door.

Gifts

  • The Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

    The Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    The best gifts for 2-year-olds challenge their fine motor skills and let them bounce, scoot, and wiggle out their abundant energy.

  • The Best Kids Scooters

    The Best Kids Scooters

    by Katharine Gammon

    We had six kids test seven scooters and found that the Micro Maxi Deluxe gives kids a great ride over the widest age range.

  • The Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

    The Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

    by Ingrid Skjong and Wirecutter Staff

    Whether Santa’s idea of the perfect stocking stuffers is traditional, practical, or whimsical, the little gifts on this list are chosen to delight.

Electronics

The Best Qi Wireless Charger for iPhone and Android Phones

The Best Qi Wireless Charger for iPhone and Android Phones

by Nick Guy

We’ve spent over 800 hours testing Qi wireless chargers, and we recommend the RAVPower Wireless Charging Stand (RP-PC069) for the fastest charge without cables.

  • The Best Laptop Under $500

    The Best Laptop Under $500

    by Thorin Klosowski and Kimber Streams

    Asus’s Chromebook C425TA is the best laptop that costs less than $500. It has a comfortable keyboard, a responsive trackpad, and good battery life.

  • The Best Android Phones

    The Best Android Phones

    by Ryan Whitwam

    Google’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL cost half as much as most high-end Android phones, and they have great cameras, good screens, and fast-enough processors.

  • The Best Lenses for iPhone Photography

    The Best Lenses for iPhone Photography

    by Erin Lodi

    We’ve found that Moment lenses are the best accessory lenses to expand the capabilities of your smartphone’s camera.

Home & Garden

  • The Best Smart Garage Door Opener Controller

    The Best Smart Garage Door Opener Controller

    by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy

    A smart garage-door controller lets you open or close your door remotely—some will open it when you arrive home. The Tailwind iQ3 is our pick for most everyone.

  • The Best Floor Lamps Under $300

    The Best Floor Lamps Under $300

    by Gregory Han

    After spending 30 hours researching hundreds of floor lamps and testing 15, we recommend five affordable, stylish options for task and ambient lighting.

  • The Best Smart Locks

    The Best Smart Locks

    by Jon Chase

    The Yale Assure SL Connected by August is fast, convenient, and widely compatible, making it the best smart lock for most people.

Kitchen & Dining

The Best Coffee Grinder

The Best Coffee Grinder

by Liz Clayton

After over 70 of research and testing, we think the reliable, consistent, no-frills Baratza Encore is the best home coffee grinder.

Money

Travel

Our Favorite Laptop Backpacks

Our Favorite Laptop Backpacks

by Wirecutter Staff

Seven Wirecutter staff members tested 44 backpacks to find a myriad of functional, stylish, and comfortable bags for taking your laptop to work.

Office

Appliances

The Best Microwave

The Best Microwave

by Michael Sullivan, Tim Heffernan, Ganda Suthivarakom, and Jessie Kissinger

After over 100 hours of research and testing, we think the Toshiba EM925A5A-BS is the best countertop microwave for most kitchens.

Health & Fitness

Baby & Kid

The Best Kids Scooters

The Best Kids Scooters

by Katharine Gammon

We had six kids test seven scooters and found that the Micro Maxi Deluxe gives kids a great ride over the widest age range.

  • How We Optimize a Morning Routine for Kids

    How We Optimize a Morning Routine for Kids

    by Joanne Chen

    Mornings can be a challenge, especially if you have young kids. Here are some of our tools and strategies for getting everyone up and out the door on time.

  • The Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

    The Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    The best gifts for 1-year-olds encourage open-ended play. And embrace the unwrapping as part of the joy of gift-giving.

  • The 16 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

    The 16 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

    by Caitlin Giddings and Wirecutter Staff

    Many of the best gifts for 3-year-olds encourage role-play and make-believe—or help teach cooperative play.

Outdoors

  • Gear for Car Camping

    Gear for Car Camping

    by Kit Dillon

    When the Wirecutter outdoor team goes car camping—as opposed to backpacking and carrying gear into the wilderness—this is the gear they bring.

  • The Best Running Gear

    The Best Running Gear

    by Wirecutter Staff

    After 90 hours of research and testing with the most passionate runners on our staff, this is the running gear we’d recommend.

  • The Best Hiking Baby Carriers

    The Best Hiking Baby Carriers

    by Caitlin Giddings

    After hiking almost 100 miles in 10 different baby carriers, we’ve found that the Deuter Kid Comfort is the carrier we’d choose for our kids (and our backs).

Pets

8 Cheap, Unexpected Cat Essentials We Love

8 Cheap, Unexpected Cat Essentials We Love

by Wirecutter Staff

These unexpected accessories probably weren’t the first thing you bought when you got a cat—but they can make your day-to-day chores that much easier.

  • Want to Gift Someone a Pet? Here’s What to Do First.

    Want to Gift Someone a Pet? Here’s What to Do First.

    by Kaitlyn Wells

    Gifting a pet to a family member can be a bad idea. Here's how to do it the right way, from consulting everyone in the home to giving a voucher.

  • Gifts for Good Dogs (and for Cats)

    Gifts for Good Dogs (and for Cats)

    by Christine Ryan

    We’ve gathered the best pet gifts worthy of your favorite cat or dog, because the holidays aren’t just for human friends and family members.

  • What to Buy Before Adopting a Cat

    What to Buy Before Adopting a Cat

    by Kaitlyn Wells

    If you’re adopting a cat, you’ll need more than just a litter box and some food—here are the things you should have before you bring your kitty home.

Hobby & Crafts

  • The Best Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite Accessories

    The Best Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite Accessories

    by Wirecutter Staff

    We’ve researched and tested dozens of cases, controllers, stands, docks, and other accessories for the Nintendo Switch to separate the good ones from the junk.

  • The Best USB Microphone

    The Best USB Microphone

    by Melanie Pinola and Kevin Purdy

    Through six years and testing of more than 25 mics, the Blue Yeti is still the best USB microphone that’s an easy and noticeable upgrade over built-in mics.

  • The Best Beginner Board Games for Adults

    The Best Beginner Board Games for Adults

    by Anna Perling and James Austin

    Our board game picks include great options for new gamers, more-advanced players, and those looking for party, travel, cooperative, and two-player games.