Awesome Gifts Under $250
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Awesome Gifts Under $250
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A Little Extra Nice

Stuck for a great gift? We've got plenty of ideas under $25 and under $50 if you need to pinch pennies, but if you have a little more to spend, you're in the right place. Whether you're shopping for a techie, a chef, or someone else entirely, here are 30 holiday crowd-pleasers. (If you’re working with an even bigger budget, check out these 21 Luxury Gifts Worth the Splurge.)

Prices and availability are subject to change.

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer
Bed Bath & Beyond

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer

Price: $247 from Bed, Bath & Beyond
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If they’ve always yearned for a stand mixer but counter space is at a premium, consider this Artisan Mini, a scaled-down version of KitchenAid’s perennially popular Artisan stand mixer. It has a 3.5-quart bowl, 10 mixing speeds and a power hub that accommodates attachments like meat grinders and pasta makers.

Away Carry-On Suitcase
Away

Away Carry-On Suitcase

Price: $225 from Away
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Frequent travelers don't have to worry about wrangling a seat by the charging station in the airport when they have a durable polycarbonate carry-on from Away. They can plug their phone in right under the handle and juice up as many as five times. Don't worry if they need to check their bag — the battery is removable.

Nintendo Switch Lite
Amazon

Nintendo Switch Lite

Buy on  $199.99

Price: $200 from Amazon
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This handheld-only version of the popular Nintendo Switch is deal for any on-the-go kid. Scaled down for portability, it’s also lighter and features integrated controls. Choose from three colors.

Nordstrom Plaid Wool and Cashmere Ruana
Nordstrom
Samsung 10.1" Galaxy Tab A
Costco

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1"

Sale Price: $200 from Costco
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Regular Price: $300 ($100 savings)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a formidable iPad alternative for a fraction of the price. The high-resolution 10.1-inch screen offers a crisp, clear canvas for movies, games, productivity apps, and more. Get 13 hours of power on a single charge, and expand the 128GB memory up to 512GB with a micro SD card.

Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler
Amazon

Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler

Buy on  $199.95  $199.99

Price: $200 from Amazon
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There’s a reason people rave about their Yetis: They just do a great job of keeping their contents at the right temperature, even in extreme conditions. Features include heavy-duty rubber latches, extra-thick walls, commercial-grade insulation and an ultra-sturdy molded construction that can take a beating.

Amazon Echo Show
Amazon

Amazon Echo Show

Buy on  $169.99  $229.99

Price: $170 from Amazon
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Amazon’s most fully featured voice assistant includes premium Dolby speakers and a high-definition 10-inch display that’s ideal for entertainment, video calling, and simply seeing your day’s activities at a glance. As always, Alexa can control all your smart-home devices, tell you the weather, and answer all of life’s other pressing questions.

KidKraft Farm to Table Play Kitchen
Amazon

KidKraft Farm to Table Play Kitchen

Buy on  $199.99

Price: $200 from Amazon
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Sometimes bulky toys are eyesores, but this one might make grown-ups wish their own kitchen was this sleek. Kids get to play in this updated cooking space that not only looks great, but has a lights-and-sounds cooktop and faucet, ice maker that dispenses play ice cubes, and accessories including “choppable” carrots.

Lenovo 11.6" 2-in-1 Chromebook C330
Amazon

Lenovo Chromebook C330

Buy on  $218  $229.90

Price: $218 from Amazon
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For light tasks like browsing the web, watching movies, chatting, or word processing, a Chromebook can be just the ticket. This one works for up to 10 hours on a single charge and features an 11.6-inch touchscreen display for use as a tablet. The Chrome operating system is easy to use, even for computer novices.

Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame
Amazon

Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame

Buy on  $159.99

Price: Starting at $160 from Amazon
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What if you could frame favorite photos without going through the hassle of getting prints? The Nixplay Seed makes it possible. Connect it to Wi-Fi and send someone all of those great photos on your phone immediately, using the Nixplay mobile app.

AmazonBasics Vintage Retro Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon

AmazonBasics Vintage Retro Bluetooth Speaker

Buy on  $137.50

Price: $138 from Amazon
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Fuse their old-school sensibilities with new-school tech. This Amazon speaker has a sweet retro look, but the built-in Bluetooth means it can easily stream from a smartphone, computer or other device. Easy-to-use knobs control volume, treble and bass, and it has a USB port that can charge devices while they’re listening.

Eufy BoostIQ Robotic Vacuum
Amazon

Eufy RoboVac 11S

Buy on  $159.99  $239.99

Price: $160 from Amazon
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This slender robotic vacuum cleans for up to 100 minutes and is equipped with technology that automatically boosts suction in particularly grimy areas. It includes infrared obstacle and drop sensors, too.

Related: Best Robot Vacuums Under $300

Treat Tossing Furbo Dog Camera
Amazon

Furbo Treat Tossing Wi-Fi Pet Camera

Buy on  $169  $249

Price: $169 from Amazon
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Pet parents who can’t be with their furry pals all day can still check in using the Furbo — it comes complete with two-way audio, a wide-angle camera and a treat-tossing mechanism. Set-up is as easy as plugging it in, downloading the app and connecting to their home Wi-Fi.

Apple Watch Series 3
Amazon

Apple Watch Series 3

Price: $200 from Apple 
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There are newer, pricier versions of the Apple Watch, but the Series 3 still does nearly everything they could want at a fraction of the price. Features include waterproof casing, built-in GPS, Siri, and automatic activity tracking.

Polare Original Leather Weekender Bag
Amazon

Polare Original Leather Weekender Bag

Buy on  $179.99  $189.99

Price: $190 from Amazon
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This luxurious weekender made with genuine cowhide leather could easily become their new go-to bag for short trips. It includes a durable cotton lining, premium zippers, bronze hardware, and double stitching on the handles and shoulder straps meant to stand up to years of abuse.

Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds
Amazon

Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds

Buy on  $158.80  $189.99

Price: $160 from Amazon
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If they're over that wire tickling their neck on so-called "wireless" headphones, wireless earbuds are a must. Jabra's Elite 65t earbuds have four microphones and wind-noise protection, perfect for making crystal-clear calls. They're also compatible with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.

Philips Somneo Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp
Amazon

Philips Somneo Wake-Up Light Therapy Lamp

Buy on  $199.90  $199.99

Price: $200 from Amazon
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The ultimate gift for your favorite morning grump, the Philips Somneo helps make waking up easier with a simulated sunrise. There’s also a sunset mode for relaxing, plenty of soothing nature sounds and music options, and several light settings including nightlight and reading modes.

WS Game Company Scrabble Luxury Edition
Amazon

WS Game Company Scrabble Luxury Edition

Buy on  $219  $239.99

Price: $220 from Amazon
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Some families take their board games very seriously, so why not seriously upgrade their board games? This luxury version of Scrabble is the ultimate collector’s edition, housed in a wooden cabinet with metal plaques and a rotating faux leather playing surface.

Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Coffee Maker
Amazon

Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Coffee Maker

Buy on  $169.99  $199.99

Price: $170 from Amazon
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This way-more-than-the-basics Keurig is a gift any coffee lover is sure to covet. It can handle coffee, lattes and cappuccino, and users can add a coffee shot to specialty drinks. Other features include a strong-brew mode, dishwasher-safe frother and premium nickel-colored finish.

CoziRest Weighted Blanket
Amazon

CoziRest Weighted Blanket

Buy on  $119.97  $149.97

Price: $120 from Amazon
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Know someone who tosses and turns in their sleep? A weighted blanket may be just what they need for more restorative shut-eye. This all-cotton option has a removable, dual-sided cover: a warmer minky side for cooler nights and a cooler bamboo side for warmer nights.

Viper DS4+ Remote Start System
Best Buy

Viper DS4+ Remote Start System

Price: $240 from Best Buy
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A great cold-weather gift, this remote-start system lets them use a smartphone to start the car, turn on the heat, and unlock the doors remotely. A temperature sensor can even tell them when the engine is warm.

Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Inflatable Bounce House
Amazon

Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Inflatable Bounce House

Buy on  $159.99  $279.99

Price: $160 from Amazon
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Want to achieve hero status in the eyes of your favorite small child? Give them this bounce house and it will easily be one of the most epic gifts they ever receive. It can accommodate three kids at a time and comes with its own heavy-duty blower.

Pendleton Twin Wool Camp Blanket with Leather Carrier
Amazon

Pendleton Twin Wool Camp Blanket with Leather Carrier

Buy on  $99.50

Price: $179 from Amazon
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Anyone who thinks all wool blankets are itchy hasn't tried a Pendleton, owners say. And that's just the tip of the iceberg: It's also great at keeping the perfect temperature, whether in a tent or in a drafty bedroom, and durable enough for a lifetime of use. Bonus: It's made in the U.S.A.

Embark Dog DNA Testing Kit
Amazon

Embark Dog DNA Testing Kit

Price: $169 from PetCo 
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Enough with the DNA tests for humans — find out where Fido came from. Embark maps a favorite pooch's family tree, screens for more than 250 breeds, and helps test for common diseases and health conditions. It can even identify relatives that have also been tested with Embark.

Ugg Women's Ansley Moccasins
Amazon

Ugg Women's Ansley Moccasins

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Price: $100 from Amazon
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Reviewers say these ultra-soft, ultra-warm suede and wool slippers are worth the splurge, and they're practical to boot. The suede is water-resistant and the rugged rubber sole makes trips outside (and even quick runs to the store) totally possible.

Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5
Amazon

Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Buy on  $149.95  $149.99

Price: $150 from Amazon
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There are plenty of Lego sets that would please an adult as much, if not more than, a kid. This 1,295-piece set is definitely one of them. The mind-boggling details include front machine guns that pop out with a tug of the stick shift, a revolving license plate, and even a working ejector seat.

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Symfonisk Speaker Lamp
Ikea

Symfonisk Speaker Lamp

Price: $179 from Ikea
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Futuristic-looking lamps are nothing new at Ikea, but speaker lamps are. This is a mashup that's as functional as it is pretty, with a Sonos-compatible speaker standing in for a lamp base and a hand-crafted glass lampshade on top.  

Perfect Drink Pro
Amazon

Perfect Drink Pro

Buy on  $97.60  $99.99

Price: $100 from Amazon
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Amateur mixologists can perfect their craft with the Perfect Drink Pro, an app-connected smart scale and cocktail shaker that takes all the guesswork out of making favorite drinks. There are more than 400 recipes, and no need to measure — just start pouring until you hear the ding.

Schwinn Adult Shuffle Scooter
Amazon

Schwinn Adult Shuffle Scooter

Buy on  $146.66  $149.99

Price: $146 from Amazon
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Who says scooters are for kids? This adult-friendly version with a classic look will charm anyone into an afternoon of whizzing around the neighborhood. It includes a wide, sturdy deck and hand brakes for confident stopping.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite

Buy on  $129.99

Price: Starting at $130 from Amazon
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Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite is a treat for book lovers. With a 6-inch screen and a glare-free, high-resolution display, it's as close to paper as it gets. It's also waterproof, so they don't have to worry at the pool or the beach. Up to 32GB of storage makes it ideal for literary packrats.