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Best Gifts for 2023 – CNET


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While it’s true that most of us tend to shop most heavily during the holiday season, there are plenty of times when you may want to buy someone the perfect gift — and you that’s true even when there’s no particular “reason” to surprise your friends and loved ones with something special.

From a “thinking of you” token to something a bit more meaningful, there are a lot of great times to buy somebody a present. Figuring out the best gift to give can be difficult, depending on the recipient, but we’ve gathered a bunch of our favorite options here to make things easier for you when it comes to birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and any other big celebrations. From top tech to classic gift ideas and made-to-order gifts with a personal touch, you can find our picks for the best gifts 2023 has to offer for any occasion down below.

Best gift ideas under $25

No one likes a warm beer or seltzer, right? BruMate has a whole line of insulated koozies that are designed to keep your favorite beverages colder longer, so you don’t need to rush through drinking them or risk them getting warm. You can find ones that work for slim cans (like White Claw and Bud Light), bottles, mixed drinks, pint cans and more.

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Best gift ideas under $50

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Whether you know someone who just moved into a new home or have some new friends who are always hosting parties, a charcuterie platter is a great gift. This one has slots for crackers and nuts, and an area for the fruit and cheese. It comes with four stainless steel knives that hide away when they aren’t in use.

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Best gift ideas under $100

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Air fryers are extremely popular this year and there are a ton of choices out there. Instant (the company that makes the Instant Pot) has a 4-quart air fryer that has a nonstick basket and a digital touchscreen for under $100. That’s a large enough capacity to cook fries, chicken, veggies and much more with ease.

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Best gift ideas over $100

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Tired of reacting differently to foods and not understanding why? Everlywell’s food sensitivity tests can help you figure out exactly what’s happening by testing up to 96 different foods to show you how your body interacts. 

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A great chair can really make a huge difference, especially if you work from a desk for most of the day. Mavix makes a variety of great chairs that can be partially customized to make them look and feel like your own. You can add massagers, change the wheel colors and more.

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Best personalized gift ideas

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Want to make your phone really stand out in a crowd? Carved makes unique cases for a variety of phones. That means when you buy the one you like from the site, it’s gone and the company will list another new design in its place. They’re more expensive than other traditional case options, but to have something unique is priceless.

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Casetify offers a wide variety of cases for iPhones, Android phones, MacBooks, headphones and more. You can pick from one of many designs the company offers or you can opt to customize a case of your own with a name, initials, favorite colors and so on.

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Best electronics gift ideas

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Grid Studio

While it may not be a traditional “electronics” gift, any tech enthusiast should love to have one of these framed gadgets on their wall. Grid Studios takes apart old devices and frames them with their insides laid out for everyone to see. There are previous-gen iPhone models, Android phones and even some retro handheld gaming consoles. Grab one now, before it’s too late.

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Best subscription service gift ideas

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KiwiCo

KiwiCo has specialized “crates” that are designed for children of various ages. You’ll want to pick the kit that’s closest to your kid’s age to ensure they have the best experience with it. The company has arts, early learning, science, design, culture, tinkering and more involved in the crates, so they should absolutely keep the kids in your family having fun.

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