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 25 holiday crowd-pleasers under $250. To really get a jump on holiday shopping, check out Holiday Gifts You Should Start Buying Right Now, Before They Sell Out.

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Amazon Echo Show
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Amazon Echo Show

Price: $90 from Amazon
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Amazon's latest voice assistant includes a compact display that's ideal for entertainment, video calling, and simply seeing the day's activities at a glance. As always, Alexa can control smart-home devices, report the weather, and answer all of life's other pressing questions.

Lego Hogwarts Great Hall
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Lego Hogwarts Great Hall

Price: $100 from Amazon
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It would be hard for any wizard in training, kid or adult, to resist this 878-piece Hogwarts Great Hall Lego set, complete with house banners, a spiral staircase, a potions room, and more. They'll also get 10 mini figures including Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.

CoziRest Weighted Blanket
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CoziRest Weighted Blanket

Price: $90 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.

Eufy BoostIQ Robotic Vacuum
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Eufy RoboVac 11S

Price: $186 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

Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
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Lodge 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Price: $60 from Amazon
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Why pay nearly six times the price for Le Creuset? This worthy alternative to that pricey splurge should satisfy all but the most brand-obsessed chefs. It's made of enameled cast iron and oven-safe up to 500 degrees. It will look equally classic on their stove while dinner bubbles away.

Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame
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Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame

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.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2
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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Price: $80 from Amazon
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Drop it, toss it in the pool, take it on a hike — the waterproof, shockproof Wonderboom 2 Bluetooth speaker can go anywhere and provide great sound the whole time. It's about the size of a soda can, and two can be paired for even bigger sound. The 13-hour battery life provides enough juice for any party.

Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag
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Carhartt Legacy Gear Bag

Price: Starting at $55 from Amazon
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Anyone who needs a sturdy bag for work or travel would welcome this rugged duffel. A heavy-duty base, water-resistant fabric, and triple-stitched seams help ensure it will be around for the long haul.

Tile Pro 4-Pack
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Tile Pro 4-Pack

Price: $99 from Amazon
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Tired of watching someone tear up the house in search of their keys, purse, or other important items? These Bluetooth trackers have a range of 200 feet, and they're waterproof. The Tile app can ring any lost item with a tracker. Lost phone? Pressing a button on any Tile tracker forces it to ring, even when it's on silent. A single Tile Pro with replaceable battery sells for about $28 on Amazon; a two-pack is about $52.

Instant Pot Duo Plus
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Instant Pot Duo Plus 8

Price: $140 from Amazon
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If you know someone who's been reluctant to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon, now's the time for them to try one out. This 8-quart kitchen workhorse makes cooking a breeze. It can function as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, food warmer, and sterilizer.

Homesick Candles
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Homesick Candles

Price: $30 from Amazon
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A thoughtful gift for anyone who lives far from home, these hand-poured soy wax candles are made to smell just like the place they love. For instance, a Colorado candle smells like spruce and cedar, while a Florida candle has notes of citrus and bergamot.

Embark Dog DNA Testing Kit
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Embark Dog DNA Testing Kit

Price: $189 from Amazon
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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.

Perfect Drink Pro
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Perfect Drink Pro

Price: $98 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.

Ugg Women's Ansley Moccasins
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Ugg Women's Ansley Moccasins

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.

Apple Watch Series 3
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Apple Watch Series 3

Price: $200 from Amazon
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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.

Monopoly Voice Banking
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Monopoly Voice Banking

Price: $24 from Amazon
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This new edition of the classic board game is updated for the times, allowing players to do their banking with their voice. No paper money is required, making game play quicker and less frustrating.

Lenovo 11.6" 2-in-1 Chromebook C330
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Lenovo Chromebook C330

Price: $245 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.

Anova Culinary Precision Cooker Nano
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Anova Precision Cooker Nano

Price: $99 from Amazon
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Sous vide cooking isn't just for professional chefs anymore. The Nano can be attached to any water-filled pot, with food inside in a sealed bag, and maintain a precise cooking temperature. It connects to a phone via Bluetooth and sends an alert when it's time to eat.

Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw Blanket
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Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw

Price: $100 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.

Razor E100 Glow Electric Scooter
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Razor E100 Glow Electric Scooter

Price: $130 from Amazon
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Even the most disaffected tween in your life won't be able to resist this sweet ride, suitable for riders up to 120 pounds. It runs for up to 40 minutes on a single charge, hits speeds up to 10 mph, and has LEDs on the deck that light up with every twist of the throttle.

Related: The Best Kids' Scooters

Sodastream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Bundle
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Sodastream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Bundle

Price: $150 from Amazon
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If they like their water bubbly, save them from buying expensive fruity, fizzy drinks. The compact SodaStream Fizzi can add carbonation quickly and easily — just clip a bottle into place. Best of all, no batteries or cords are necessary.

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
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Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

Price: $45 from Amazon
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Whether they complain of an aching neck, back, or legs, this compact massager is up to the task of relieving it. It has four kneading nodes, a heating function, automatic shutoff, and more.

Solo Reade Vintage Colombian Leather Backpack
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Solo Reade Vintage Colombian Leather Backpack

Price: $97 from Amazon
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An understated leather backpack holds plenty of appeal for both men and women. This one includes a laptop compartment, thickly padded straps, and a quick-access pocket in the front. It's also backed by a five-year warranty.

Alexander Del Rossa Women's Plush Fleece Robe
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Alexander Del Rossa Women's Plush Fleece Robe

Price: $60 from Amazon
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A plush robe is always a safe bet for anyone who wants a little extra pampering. This ankle-length option is made of an ultra-warm microfiber fleece, has a loose hood for extra warmth, and comes in more than a dozen colors.

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle
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Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Price: Starting at $45 from Amazon
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Hydro Flasks are the trendiest of all the pricey stainless-steel water bottles, but happily the spend is justified, reviewers say. The double-walled construction makes for ice-cold or piping-hot drinks; the powder-coat exterior doesn't sweat and resists dents and dings; and the wide mouth is compatible with several lids.