Welcome to this year's Gift Guide: dozens of great ideas for stocking stuffers, brain-hammers, mind-expanders, terrible toys, badass books and more. Amazon Affiliate codes are used where possible to help us make ends meet at the world's greatest neurozine

Glowforge Laser Cutter

Thirty minutes after taking the Glowforge out of the box, I was cutting complex shapes out of wood and making holiday gifts. This user friendly machine is pure magic. — Mark

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Apple Watch, Series 4

The best thing I did for my health this year was put on an Apple Watch. My Series 3 is a fitness tracker nonpareil, the new Series 4 improves on it. — Jason

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Philips HD9641/96 Avance Digital Turbostar Airfryer (1.8lb/2.75qt)

Really good airfryers have been around for a decade or more, but this year they're an especially popular gift. The airfryer is to this year's holiday season what the Instant Pot pressure cooker was to last year's. This is the one I use. — Xeni

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Hoberman Switch Pitch Throwing Ball

The Hoberman Switch Pitch Throwing Ball is a $12 toy that instantiates a dual polyhedron: every time you throw it, it turns inside-out. (previously) — Cory

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Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air Purifier with True HEPA and Eco Mode

If you're in fire country, you should own one. If someone on your gifting list is in fire country, they need one. Also terrific for just anyone who wants to breathe better air indoors. I own one and use it daily. Get the spare filters, and change them as directed— and more frequently, if a fire event or unsafe air from some other source occurs. — Xeni

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Crave Pocket Vibe

The Pocket Vibe sex toy, with 3 different silicone caps, was an Indigogo hit. It has five vibration settings, including a wave setting. — Mark

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iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

After the last round of California fires, I learned how useful a robotic mop could be in keeping ash and dust to a minimum indoors. I have also gifted one to new parents, and they make keeping one's home tidy so much easier. — Xeni

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ThermoPro TP18 Ultra Fast Digital Kitchen Thermometer

This digital thermometer handles all my cooking temperature checking needs. The ThermoPro covers a range of temperature useful for anything I might prepare in the kitchen or on the grill. — Jason

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Delsey Helium Titanium 19" Spinner Luggage

I love my Delsey spinner carry-on. These come in lots of sizes, but I've narrowed it down to the 19-inch model as my own personal go-to for pretty much any trip duration. Under $100 on Amazon. — Xeni

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ScanSnap iX1500

I own three gadgets that I would immediately buy a replacement for if they broke: my phone, my computer, and the ScanSnap iX1500 sheet fed scanner. Every scrap of paper that comes my way goes through this scanner, making it easy to find any receipt, tax return, bill, or other document in seconds. — Mark

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iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity

This is the model you want for a home that has dogs or cats or children under 5. It's a life-changer. None of the knockoffs or the lower priced Roombas are worth it if you have pets, after you try this one. — Xeni

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Leica Q 24.2 Megapixel Digital 35 MM Compact Camera (Black, Anodized, TYP 116)

If you really loved me you'd buy me this. That's what every amateur photographer is secretly telling you. You can spend a lot more on a Leica, and they do have a sub-$300 point-and-shoot, but this model hits a sweet spot. 24.2 MP Full-Frame CMOS, 28mm f/1.7 ASPH Leica lens, a 3.68 MP LCOS viewfinder, and a 3.0" 1,040k-Dot touchscreen LCD. — Xeni

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Chefstep's Joule

Steak, seafood, chicken, vegetables, eggs, and delicate sauces are all simple to prepare with my Chefsteps Joule. After my 100+ year old cast iron pan, Joule is my most used kitchen gadget. (review) — Jason

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Vitamix blenders

I'm a big fan of Vitamix. I have owned and used various models, and would recommend the sub-$300 Vitamix 5200 as a good place to begin. It's a pro-grade machine that should last even a serious user for many years, if not a lifetime. Higher and lower priced models exist in various colors. — Xeni

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Retina MacBook Air

Actually, no. It's the new machine and I'm sure it's lovely, but it's so similar to the cheapest MacBook Pro that you should consider either upgrading to that or looking at the far-lighter 12" MacBook instead. None of these are inexpensive machines. If you want a good inexpensive laptop, look no further than the next item. — Rob

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Google Pixelbook

At $825, this is a good value for what you get: a decent midrange laptop with really beautiful design and a simple, stripped-down operating system. The big caveat is that it's completely enmeshed with Google; switching it to linux is more of a rigmarole than, say, a nice practical Thinkpad. Just want something cheap? The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 will do and is just $300. Cheaper? The ASUS Chromebook is just $200 and if I had to I could do my job on it. — Rob

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Cuisinart WAF-V100 Vertical Waffle Maker

Why? Makes foolproof perfect Belgian waffles and takes up less space on your counter. There's a nice little batter spout, too. Under $50. — Xeni

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Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt

It's hard to argue against the Instant Pot's affordability. I own and use Fagor and Breville pressure cookers for everything the Instant Pot purports to do, and the truth is -- they're not that much different. The inner parts do wear out. I'm sticking with my Breville pro, but the holiday price drops on Instant pot make it an obvious choice. — Xeni

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BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser

This handheld pet hair vacuum boasts an affordable (under-$60) price tag, a 14V lithium ion battery, 3 step filtration, an easy-to-empty dirt bin to help get rid of pet hair easily, and comes with a motorized brush tool, upholstery tool, and crevice tool. — Xeni

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Hyperkin Smartboy

Turn your USB-C Android phone into a Gameboy Color with this inexpensive Bluetooth case. There's a slot that accepts genuine Nintendo cartridges and dumps the ROM for playing in emulators, but it works just fine with any apps or games you get elsewhere. Hyperkin makes lots of cool, inexpensive retrogame stuff. — Rob

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Bialetti Moka Stovetop Coffee Maker

This 6-cup model of Bialetti's classic stovetop Moka model is the one I enjoy using and sharing with others. It brews a little over 9 ounces of espresso coffee that's unlike machine-pulled shots. There are larger and smaller sizes available, and various colors. — Xeni

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Razer Blade 15

All the other game laptops would be humiliating to whip out in public or at work, but this is one of the most minimally attractive laptops money can buy. It's powerful and lightweight, too, compared to its stablemates. Note, though, that you will need quite a lot of money. — Rob

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