With the gift-giving season just about over, you’re probably sitting on at least one gift card to Amazon. But what should you spend it on? To help you decide, we’ve gathered up our favorite products from 2018. Whether you just want something small or need to make a big purchase more palatable, here are the things we’ll be spending our Amazon cards on this year.
1. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot
With all the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and more, anyone who cooks at home will love trying out new recipes on this popular kitchen gadget.
But those pressed for time, such as busy college students, will still love the fact they can whip up a tried-and-true recipe in an “instant” thanks to this electric multi-cooker’s speedy pressure cooking setting. It was one of the most popular gifts our readers bought this year, and it’s a perfect thing to gift to yourself.
2. An excellent all-around fitness watch
Whether you’re buying for a hardcore athlete or someone just trying to get up off the couch more, the Fitbit Charge 3 is the way to go in our opinion. It has 7-day battery life, activity tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and sleep tracking, as well as one of the better apps of any other smart fitness tracking watch.
Buying for someone truly hardcore? The Garmin Forerunner 235 offers much better activity and heart rate tracking as well as GPS for tracking your runs.
3. One of our favorite robot vacuums
Robot vacuums aren’t enough to keep your whole place clean, but they do a good job of keeping it looking neat on days where you just don’t have the time. This model from Ecovacs did well in our testing and it has some fancier features like compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant, customizable schedules, and a “max mode” that increases cleaning power temporarily—all despite being one of the more affordable robot vacuums around.
4. The Nintendo Switch you really wanted
The Nintendo Switch took a little time to get going, but it’s been out awhile now and there is a long list of new and classic games available for it. Whether you’re buying for a young gamer looking for family-friendly titles, a young person who wants to play the latest and greatest, or a classic gamer jonesing for a nostalgia fix, the Switch has it all.
Already have a switch? We highly recommend some newer games like Super Mario Party ($57.10), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ($59.99), our favorite Switch case ($19.99), and the best USB battery backup we’ve tested ($53.99) for extra battery life on the go.
Note: for a limited time you also get a $25 gift card if you buy a Switch, so you can get something else on this list, too.
5. An affordable Alexa-powered speaker
At Reviewed, we love voice-controlled smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, but the diminutive (and affordable) Echo Dot is a perfect way to bring that functionality to other rooms in your house. I use mine in the kitchen, where it’s perfect for streaming music while I cook, setting timers, or entertaining my kids.
6. Our favorite essential oil diffuser
People are obsessed with essential oil diffusers. And why wouldn’t they be? They transform your home with good smells and good vibes. Bring peace and happiness into your life after this holiday season with our favorite oil diffuser. We tested the most popular models a few months ago and found this one by InnoGear to be the best.
7. An amazing Sonos speaker
The all-new voice controlled smart speaker by Sonos was one of our favorite gift ideas for 2018. With Alexa built it, you can not only play music, but also check news and traffic and control other smart devices. If you’re just looking for a high-quality speaker, consider Sonos PLAY:1, the Sonos One’s predecessor.
8. The best Amazon Kindle ever made
The Paperwhite is Amazon’s best-selling Kindle, and for good reason. It’s just about perfect, with its own backlight so you can read in any setting. This new model is also waterproof and has two times the storage of the old model, making it a perfect gift for anyone who likes to read.
9. A USB battery pack for all your devices
The first thing this RavPower battery pack has going for it is its huge capacity, which can charge a smartphone several times over before needing to gas up again. The trade-off is that that capacity makes this pack a heftier than some of the smaller battery packs we tested
That said, the 13.4-ounce RavPower Turbo Series is still slim enough to slide into a backpack without taking up much space. The clincher, however, is the pack’s functionality: There are two USB ports—one that’s Quick Charge compatible, and a USB C port—giving this pack the edge over its closest competitors.
10. Noise-cancelling Bose headphones
Bose has a devoted following, and with a pair of wireless headphones like the QuietComfort 35 II, that’s not surprising. The active noise cancellation (ANC) Bose here works perfectly to cut out a wide range of noises—from the deep rumbles of subway trains to high-pitched HVAC humming. The 35 IIs are light enough to be worn for hours at a time, and provide about 20 hours of battery life on a single charge. Plus, their sound profile is relatively well-rounded, gently emphasizing bass and higher pitches.
The only real drawback is the price—around $350. But if you have a little disposable income and want an outstanding pair of travel headphones, this is the pair to buy…….Read more>>