It’s almost time to roast some chestnuts, hang the stockings by the chimney with care and get gift wrapping! That’s right, the 2022 holiday season is just around the corner. So, if you haven’t tackled your Hanukkah or Christmas gift list yet, now is the time to start shopping.
Keep reading to check out our top picks under $500 for Christmas and Hanukkah presents — many of which are even on sale.
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Fromto to , here are our picks for the best gifts under $500 to give this holiday season.
Best tech gifts under $500
Shop these great gifts from Apple, Samsung and more.
Apple AirPods Pro 2: $200
The latest Apple AirPods Pro 2 earbuds offer 30 hours of listening time with the included charging case. They have an upgraded wireless chip for improved audio functionality, a new low distortion driver for clearer audio and improved active noise cancellation. The Apple AirPods Pro 2 provide truly custom sound: You can use your iPhone’s camera to analyze your unique ear anatomy and find the perfect audio settings for you.
The design of the AirPods Pro 2 is fairly similar to the previous generation, but Apple has introduced touch control to the AirPods Pro 2 to help users more seamlessly control their AirPods. Users will also get a new extra-small tip with their AirPods. The case did get a notable design upgrade with a new lanyard loop and a built-in speaker to help track the location of your AirPods case.
Apple AirPods Max: $450
Apple AirPods Max use active noise-cancellation technology to block out unwanted noise and feature a transparency mode so you can hear what you need to. These headphones feature 20 hours of listening. They come in a variety of colors including blue, green, red and silver. They’re also compatible with Siri.
Apple AirPods Pro: $179
Looking to stay on budget this holiday season? You can save big if you you buy an older generation of the Apple AirPods Pro.
Compared to even older models, these AirPods fit active noise cancelation technology, water resistance and hearing health tracking in a more compact, better-fitting design. They’re also lauded for their great sound quality.
Samsung Galaxy Buds2: $110
Samsung’s highly coveted Galaxy Buds2 earbuds are an excellent gift for fitness enthusiasts or music lovers. Featuring active noise cancelation and ambient sound passthrough, the lightweight Galaxy Buds2 are built for users with an active lifestyle.
10.9″ Apple iPad 10th generation: $400 and up
The latest edition in Apple’s classic iPad lineup is the iPad 10th generation. This 10.9-inch tablet features a Liquid Retina display with Apple’s True Tone technology. It has Apple’s A14 Bionic chip, an upgrade from the iPad 9’s A13 chip. The iPad 10 is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G internet for fast performance. It also offers all-day battery life, so that you can easily take it to school, work or on your holiday travels without having to worry about plugging it in mid-day.
The new iPad 10 comes in four vibrant colors: yellow, pink, blue and silver. You can also choose between 5G cellular and WiFi-only models. The iPad 10 starts at $400.
Apple iPad Mini 6: $400
The iPad Mini 6 is a compact tablet with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display screen. Released in 2021, the Apple tablet is powered by an A15 Bionic chip. It features a 12 MP wide-angle back camera, and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It boasts landscape stereo speakers. Available in four colors.
Note that the Apple iPad Mini is not compatible with Apple’s external Magic Keyboard. It can, however, be used with other Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards.
Apple TV 4K (64 GB): $100
Need a new way to stream your favorite holiday movies this year? If you’re reading this on an iPhone, iPad or MacBook right now, you might want to consider taking advantage of this deal on Apple’s 4K streaming box in the larger 64 GB size.
The Apple TV 4K is equipped with Dolby Vision, a new-and-improved Siri-enabled remote and SharePlay, which enables you to enjoy the next NFL game or new movie you want to watch with a group of pals. After you’re done watching, you can also take advantage of Apple Arcade gaming.
Apple AirTags: $116
An Apple AirTag will help the recipient keep track of important items. It’s a great gift for anyone who loves to travel, as many people like to use AirTags to track their checked luggage. Stick one inside a suitcase, within a pocket or encased in a key chain. Then, use your , or other device to track the location. It’s also a fun stocking stuffer for pet owners as some people like attaching AirTags to their pet’s collars for tracking.
You’ll get the best per-AirTag price when you buy a four pack. But if you only need one, single Apple AirTags are also available on Amazon.
Kindle Oasis essentials bundle: $234
The super-thin and light Oasis has the most features of any of the current Kindle models. It has a larger screen, auto-adjusting light sensors, page-turn buttons and an automatic, rotating page orientation. Unlike the Paperwhite, it’s made of glass and aluminum. The Kindle Oasis is waterproof, too, making it the perfect e-reader for the poolside or.
The bundle includes a Kindle Oasis, a leather cover and a power adapter. It comes in 8 GB and 32 GB storage options.
Ring Alarm 8-piece kit with Ring Indoor Cam and Echo Show 5: Save over $100
This Ring Alarm set brings together three components: Amazon’s video-capturing Echo Show 5, the Ring Indoor Cam and an eight-piece Ring Alarm system featuring a Ring Alarm keypad, a base station, a motion detector, a range extender and four contact sensors. The bundle is rated 4.7 stars (out of five) by Amazon users.
As with other Ring DIY home-security systems, other (sold-separately) pieces can be added as your needs change or grow. And, yup, because of the Amazon-Ring connection, the Ring Alarm system works with Alexa (as do the Ring Indoor Cam and Echo Show 5, natch).
Best cozy gifts under $500
Pluto Pillow: $110 and up
Gift a custom-built pillow from Pluto Pillow. This personalized pillow company helps recipients design their ideal pillow with a questionnaire about their sleeping habits, comfort preferences and more. To give the gift of a pillow from Pluto, all you need is your intended recipient’s name and email.
Big Blanket Co. Premier plush blanket (10′ x 10′): $259
As its name implies, Big Blanket Co. makes some big blankets. The Premier Plush oversized blanket is made of a super cozy microfiber. It’s available in your choice of 13 colors.
Apotheke Votive candle gift set: $48
Stock up on soy wax candles at Nordstrom to keep things cozy this winter. This set of six candles from Apotheke includes a Charcoal candle, Earl Gray Bitters candle, Hinoki Lavender candle, Santal Rock Rose candle, Sea Salt Grapefruit candle and a White Vetiver candle.
Casper SuperSoft sheets set and duvet cover: $168
How soft can sheets actually be? As it turns out, very soft.
Says CBS Essentials writer Lily Rose: “I am delighted to say these are the most comfortable sheets I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping in. Not only are these sheets soft to the touch, they’re warm enough to snuggle in without overheating. These sheets are my new must-have for the colder months.”
Casper’s SuperSoft sheets are made with 100 percent brushed cotton. This sheets set comes with one flat and one fitted sheet, two pillowcases and a duvet cover. Choose from three colors.
Best fashion gifts under $500
Giftable styles from The Jacket Maker, Parker Clay, Ugg and more.
Unspun gift kit: $200
Unspun offers made-to-measure denim for maximum comfort and style. This gift kit includes everything your recipient will need to pick out their own perfect pair of jeans, with a selection of swatches, look book and gift card valid for any pair of Unspun jeans.
Note: Unspun requires shoppers to download an app to help take measurements; use of the app requires a smartphone with 3D-scanning capabilities.
The Jacket Maker custom-fit leather jacket: $250 and up
The Jacket Maker offers all their jackets made-to-measure for just $50 extra. So, you can find your ideal, size-inclusive (size XS to 4XL) leather jacket at a mid-range price point. The Jacket Maker is a direct-to-consumer company, which cuts out the middleman, storefront and marketing costs to make the product more affordable for you.
You can even schedule a consultation to customize a leather jacket’s leather type, color, print and embroideries. You can also make a custom bomber jacket, varsity jacket, embroidered jacket, jean jacket, windbreaker, trenchcoat, parka and leather vest on the site. Custom bags and shoes are available too.
Parker Clay Mari backpack: $398
At $398, the Mari backpack may be pricey — but it’s also made from premium, full-grain leather, which, on top of being naturally water-resistant and durable, will develop a beautiful patina over time. That means this bag will only get better with age.
The Mari backpack has a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve, two built-in water bottle holders and six pockets. The Mari backpack also includes stroller clips, making it a great gift choice for parents.
E’mar Meraki pointed toe pump: $376
These timeless heels come from podiatrist-founded footwear brand E’MAR. Equipped with a dual-layer memory foam anti-slip footbed and an elongated arch incline, these pumps provide the perfect balance of style and comfort. The Meraki heel is also available in a bold red.
Ugg Classic Mini waterproof clear boot: $120
This pair of waterproof Uggs is available in three colors.
“I love Uggs, so comfy, but you cannot wear them when it is raining or snowing. These are perfect for that! Kept my feet dry and they stayed perfect!” a Nordstrom reviewer wrote.
Best beauty gifts under $500
Gifts from NuFace, Shark and more.
Revair hair dryer: $359
Revair’s patented reverse-air technology dries, stretches, and smooths hair three times faster than traditional methods by sending air down the natural direction of the cuticle. Reduce your drying time and heat damage with a Revair reverse hair dryer.
Right now, save $119 on this Revair bundle, which includes the Revair reverse-air base unit, hose, detachable wand rest, filter basket and weekender bag.
Nuface Trinity starter set: $339
The Trinity starter set is another great option for first-time NuFace users. The upgraded device comes in a kit which includes a charging cradle, power adapter and two ounces of hydrating leave-on gel primer.
Paragon by Initio Parfums Privés: $370
This elegant perfume has notes of Palo Santo, White Sage, Lavender, and Black Pepper.
Initio crafts perfumes with the help of a scent scientist to create combinations of notes that interact with brain and body chemistry to evoke physical and emotional responses.
Dermapore Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser: $79
This unique two-in-one ultrasonic device unclogs pores for clearer skin and infuses your face with your favorite skin care product.
Nordstrom reviewers give this pore extractor a 4.2-star rating. “I’m a licensed master esthetician and I personally LOVE this tool,” writes one reviewer. “If you are considering buying this product, please do. Honest.”
Shark HyperAir hot air brush with styling attachments: $170
Shark is best known for vacuum cleaners. But this fast-drying air brush has brought Shark into the beauty market. Reviewers report that the Shark HyperAir hot air brush is a worthy competitor to the Dyson Airwrap.
“This hair dryer is nothing short of amazing. I have a Dyson hair dryer and I have the AirWrap complete system. I like this Shark hair dryer much better than my Dyson now,” one Amazon reviewer shared.
Amika hair blow dryer brush: $100
The Amika hair blow-dryer brush is a great mid-range alternative to the Dyson Airwrap. It’s designed to add volume, increase shine and eliminate frizz. This dryer brush is designed for all hair types.
Best wellness gifts under $500
Wellness-focused presents under $500 from Theragun, Fitbit, Hyperice and more.
Theragun Pro: $400 (save $99)
Theragun Pro is a professional-grade device constructed for physical therapists, trainers and other professionals, but it’s also great for athletes, however amateur. Like the Theragun Elite, it is equipped with an OLED screen and a customizable speed range of 1,750 to 2,400 PPMs (percussions per minute) with three presets. However, instead of 40 pounds of force, the Pro boasts 60 and is the only model with an adjustable arm, allowing for easier use.
The Theragun Pro comes with six attachments: a dampener, standard ball, wedge, thumb, cone and super soft tip. A two-year warranty (compared with just one with the less expensive models) makes it more appealing for anyone who might use the gadget daily.
Theragun Elite: $298 (save $20)
The Theragun Elite is really simple to use — you control the intensity of the massage via an up or down press of a button and by varying the pressure you apply on your muscle. (We recommend, from first-hand experience, starting with a lighter touch.) The triangular design makes it really easy to reach all areas of your body on your own, at just the right angles — even those otherwise hard-to-reach spots on your back. It includes five attachments — a dampener, standard ball, thumb, cone and wedge.
It’s a high-end splurge, to be sure, but trust us — you’ll wind up getting a lot of use out of this massage gun once you know how good it makes you feel after a session.
AncestryDNA Traits + All Access membership: $149
Discover your roots this holiday season.
This on-sale AncestryDNA bundles includes a DNA testing kit and a three-month Ancestry.com All Access membership. Explore your origins and ethnicity, connect with DNA matches around the world and access everything Ancestry.com has to offer, including marriage, census, military records and more.
Core Meditation Trainer premium bundle: $159
The Core Meditation Trainer from Hyperice is designed to ease people into meditation and find a deeper focus and peace. Core is both an app and a handheld meditation device. The Core Meditation Trainer tracks heart rate and stress levels, and uses biometrics to encourage breath control and focus while you navigate meditation techniques with the help of the Core app. After each meditation session, Core displays feedback so you can see your progress over time.
The Core premium bundle comes with the Core Meditation Trainer and 12 months of premium app content, which includes thousands of guided meditation options, breath training and soundscapes.
Theragun Mini: $150
The Theragun Mini weighs just 1.43 pounds. It offers 20 pounds of force and three speeds — 1,750; 2,100 and 2,400 PPMs. While the three standard-size Theragun models are Bluetooth enabled, the Mini is not. The Mini may not replace the need for a full-size, full-powered massage gun, but it is a great supplementary option for anyone who travels often or wants to bring a massage gun to the gym.
The Mini is covered under a one-year warranty.
Apple Watch Series 8: $369 and up
Apple Watch Series 8, the latest addition to the Apple Watch lineup, features the new S8 chip for improved performance. It also includes an always-on display and new watch face options. The Apple Watch 8 will has a larger battery than previous models: Battery life can be extended to 36 hours when in low-power mode. The Apple Watch 8 features a durable design and is swim-proof, dust-proof and crack-resistant.
The Apple Watch 8 has a number of health-tracking features, including an optical heart sensor, electrical heart sensor for ECG, blood oxygen sensor and a new body temperature sensor.
The Apple Watch 8 is available in 41mm and 45mm sizing options. Shoppers can choose between stainless steel or aluminum casing and several different colors.
Fitbit Charge 5: $99
The latest incarnation of the popular Charge line from Fitbit, this well-equipped activity and health tracker packs advanced technology into a slender device and features a color touchscreen. The smartphone-enabled device helps you manage stress and stay on top of heart health and sleep.
Android users can even respond to text messages.
Best kitchen gifts under $500
Air fryers, gorgeous cookware and more great gifts under $500 for the burgeoning chef in your life.
Our Place Always Pan: $99
Designed to do the work of eight cookware pieces, the Always Pan can be used to braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil and serve. And it will look great in your kitchen while doing it.
Complete with a nesting steamer basket and beechwood spatula, this gorgeous pan is available in 12 color variations.
Our Place Perfect Pot: $165
The Perfect Pot from Our Place can be used to boil, crisp, bake, braise, roast, steam, strain, pour and serve. It’s meant to replace your stockpot, dutch oven, saucepot, roasting rack, steamer, strainer and braiser.
KitchenAid Professional 5 stand mixer: $250
What sets this KitchenAid stand mixer apart is its bowl-lift design. The bowl is held by two arms, providing sturdy bowl support when mixing heavy ingredients or large batches. The device has 10 speed settings and includes the accessories: power-knead spiral dough hook, flat beater and stainless-steel wire whip.
Right now, you can score a crazy good deal on this most-wanted holiday item. The KitchenAid stand mixer is currently $200 off as part of Best Buy’s sale.
KitchenAid Artisan Mini Plus 3.5-quart tilt-head stand mixer: $300
The KitchenAid Artisan Mini Plus is a great option for people with limited counter space. The device weighs less than the larger model, making it easier to move around your kitchen.
It features 10 speeds. According to the brand, its 3.5-quart bowl can mix up to five dozen cookies at once.
Cosori Dual Blaze smart air fryer: $150
The Cosori Dual Blaze air fryer is going to change your latke game. If you’re more of a frozen latke household, you’ll love that this kitchen gadget connects to your phone and can scan the barcode on the package of your favorite Hanukkah treat to get the ideal temperature and time settings for perfectly crispy potato pancakes.
“I love how easy it is to cook many different types of food in my new air fryer,” raved an Amazon customer who purchased the Cosori Dual Blaze smart air fryer. “[It has] extremely fast cooking speeds, and the model I chose makes shaking and turning foods over a thing of the past. The foods come out tender, crispy and browned perfectly.”
This smart air fryer can also be operated by voice command.
Cosori air fryer oven combo (5.8 quart): $85
The bestselling 5.8-quart Cosori air fryer features 13 different cooking functions that prepare your food at the best temperature and time for the most crisp and crunch this Hanukkah. The non-stick air fryer basket is removable and dishwasher safe. The top-rated air fryer comes in black, red and white.
“I like the fact that, in addition to the nine pre-set temperatures and times for various foods and tasks, you can also manually adjust times and select a temperature right up to 230℃, which is close to the ‘Max Crisp’ temperature setting offered by one of the leading models in the market,” enthused one Amazon customer who purchased the Cosori air fryer.
Be sure to apply the coupon before checkout at Amazon to get the best price on this 4.7-star-rated air fryer.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp 11-in-1 with air fryer lid (8 quart): $139
The Duo Crisp is the Instant Pot Duo, but with the ability to air fry. It comes with a multi-level, air-fryer basket.
If you’re keeping count, the 11-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp can do all of these things: air fry, pressure cook, slow cook, bake, broil, roast, steam, sauté, proof, sous-vide cook and warm food.
Instant Omni Plus Air Fryer: $245
Right now on Amazon, you can save money on this higher-end Instant Pot model.
As you can see from the picture above, the Instant Omni Plus is not exactly a pot. In fact, no, it isn’t a pot. The Instant Omni Plus is a countertop convection oven that, in true Instant Pot fashion, has a bunch of tricks up its sleeves. (And, yes, we know, the not-a-pot doesn’t have sleeves — just go with it.) This 10-in-1 appliance can be used to air fry, broil, bake, roast, dehydrate, reheat, toast and warm. And, as noted, it works as a convection oven and a rotisserie.
Best coffee gifts under $500
Shop these top-rated gifts from Keurig, Nespresso, Starbucks and more.
KitchenAid semi-automatic espresso machine: $330
This quality, sleek espresso machine from KitchenAid heats water to the perfect temperature in just 40 seconds, so you can quickly make lattes, cappuccinos and more cafe drinks at home.
“I LOVE this little red machine,” raves one Wayfair reviewer.
Instant Pot dual pod plus: $200
Can’t decide between Keurig and Nespresso? Instant Pot makes a dual coffee and espresso maker, the 4.4-star-rated Instant Pot Dual Pod Plus.
This kitchen gadget is compatible with K-Cup pods, Nespresso capsules and ground coffee when used with the included reusable pod. It lets you brew up to 12 ounces of coffee and up to six ounces of espresso at a time.
Nespresso Essenza mini coffee and espresso machine by De’Longhi: $179
This Nespresso mini coffee and espresso machine is perfect for small countertops. The Essensa mini single serve espresso maker heats up in under 30 seconds. Its 19-bar high pressure pump creates barista-like coffee. It features two programmable buttons for single-serve espresso and lungo beverages.
Each machine includes a Nespresso Original capsule welcome kit with variety of Nespresso capsule flavors.
Keurig K-Elite coffee maker: $120
The Keurig K-Elite coffee maker makes a single cup of coffee at a time but features a 75-ounce water reservoir so you can make cups of coffee for everyone in your family.
The device features a strong brew button, an iced coffee setting and hot water on demand perfect for making tea and hot chocolate this fall.
Nespresso Vertuo Plus: $182
This Nestle coffee device adapts its pressure, temperature and brewing time to make you the perfect cup of coffee and espresso.
The on-sale Nespresso Vertuo Plus includes a complimentary starter set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules.
Best under $500 gifts for gamers
PlayStation consoles, gaming chairs and more gift ideas for the gamers in your life.
If you’re trying to get a PlayStation 5 console, head over to the Walmart website right now. Several previous restocks have been limited to Walmart+ members, and the units generally sell out quickly. You can sign up for Walmart+ now to prepare for the next restock event (and )
Otherwise, you can try tapping the “check stock now” buttons below to try and catch a surprise restock. Walmart is only selling the PS5 online.
Vonesse gaming chair: $190 after coupon
The Vonesse gaming chair is a high-back gaming chair with a footrest. It has a massage feature with three different massage settings. It also reclines up to 160 degrees.
The chair is available in seven colors. Prices vary by color.
100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts
Theseries is our list of the most buzzed-about holiday gifts of the season. We’ve based our top 100 gift picks on our own bestsellers, owner reviews, product analysis and extensive research into holiday 2022 bestseller predictions. New articles are published daily to round out our 100 picks. These have already been released:
Holiday gift guides
As always, check back to CBS Essentials for holiday gift guides for every special someone in your life. Check back for more throughout the season.