Wow-Factor Gift Ideas That Are Worth Every Penny

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Want to go all out for that special someone this year?

When you give the best high-quality gifts, you’re sure to leave any of your friends and family smiling ear to ear. We’ve got something for everyone on your list so you can find the perfect one-of-a-kind splurge for that special someone!

1. Travel bags

favorite splurges — tumi backpack

Tumi Voyageur Carson Laptop Backpack

“I LOVE my Tumi backpack! It’s the BEST, it’s high quality, and will last me forever! It’s got the best storage for everything I need when working remotely (lots of pockets), traveling, etc. It’s pretty and it’s easy to clean.” – Amber

• Longchamp Le Pliage expandable weekender bag

“This bag is perfect! With the expandable zipper and shoulder strap options, it’s perfect for travel and not too much of a burden to carry.” – Cass

Briggs and Riley Verb 2 Activate Backpack

“The bags has compartments for everything! Computer, iPads, notebooks, lunch, and more. I love that it stands up on its own, and has small compartment for power chords. Really well made, and super padded and comfortable to wear.” – Jamie

2. Deluxe game sets


Scottsdale Croquet Set

“Such a high-quality set! Comes with everything you need and sets up very easily. Such a great gift for the person who has everything.” – Jeremy

Tailgating Pros Bean Bag Toss

“Finished boards, actual corn bean bags, and carry cases. This set is perfect for on the go and has been really durable so far. – Richard

Monopoly Luxury Edition Board Game

“This game looks even better in person than the pictures! Leather and gold-foil accents, plus the title deed booklet make the set ultra luxe. My in-laws loved it!” – Bryn

3. Subscriptions

best top quality gifts – box filled with wine, goodies, and beauty items

VineOh! Ho Ho! Box

“If you have a friend who could use some fun products and a couple bottles of wine delivered each season, you need to check out VineOh! Not only do their quarterly boxes feature 5-6 full-sized products, but they each come with TWO bottles of wine!” – Stacy

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FabFitFun Box

“I love FabFitFun for myself AND as a fun gift for friends! I’m always impressed at the quality and size of all the goodies that come in the box. It makes for a nice gift on your friends’ doorstep each season!” – Emily

Shipt Membership

“I LOVE my grocery delivery service! Makes my life a bit easier throughout year. Who wouldn’t want that!? I would for-sure recommend gifting this to that hard-to-buy-for guy or gal in your life!” – Amber

If Shipt isn’t in your area, check out similar services like Instacart, Peapod, or Amazon Fresh.

Amazon Prime Membership

“It’s an absolute must-have. I seriously don’t know what I would do without my Prime membership. From the FREE 2-Day shipping to all the FREE music and movies available, it’s SO worth it!” – Jackie

Need more convincing? See why we love our Amazon Prime Memberships so much!

4. Chef-worthy kitchen appliances

best top quality gifts – a young girl is hugging an ice cream maker

Whynter Ice Cream maker

“I LOVE this ice cream maker! Aside from oh so delicious ice cream, it’s so easy to use and only takes an hour or less from start to finish. It’s also perfect for those of us who eat keto (or have other dietary restrictions) since you can customize the recipes to use sugar alternatives etc. It definitely helps me keep my keto lifestyle and sweet tooth happy — by the way, you NEED to check out this yummy raspberry cheesecake keto ice cream recipe! Oh my… 😍” – Collin

Kitchenaid Artisan Series stand mixer

“Every kitchen deserves a KitchenAid. These mixers are super high quality, come in so many colors, and will be part of their kitchen decor for a lifetime.” – Emily

Philips Smokeless Indoor Grill

“This grill is the best I have seen to date. It cooks up steak, fish, veggies, or anything else you want. With fattier foods, there is a little residual smoke but otherwise, it works great in any kitchen!” – Stetson

5. High-end coffee machines

breville espresso machine

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

“I am obsessed with my Breville! It makes the best espresso and comes with so many features that I’ve started making my own lattes at home, too. It’s pricey but worth every cent, I swear!” – Angie

Delonghi DEDICA Espresso Machine

“I’ll never have to overspend at the coffee shop again! I can make my own fancy cafe drinks right at home now, and this machine has been surprisingly easy to use once you get the hang of it. Love adding frothed milk to all my coffee drinks!” – Alana

Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer

“It’s kind of unique looking for a coffee maker but it’s been a huge conversation piece in my kitchen. Plus it makes a delicious cup of coffee. And the warming plate never burns the coffee pot so no bitter coffee for me!” – Jim

6. High tech cleaning appliances

best top quality gifts – iRobot roomba 670

iRobot Roomba 670

“My Father-in-law gifted me this Roomba two Christmases ago and it has changed my life! I was spending so much time constantly cleaning up crumbs from my kids, and this is just the perfect addition to the family, we even gave it a name! My hardwood floors are forever spotless because of this genius product!” – Sara

iRobot Braava 380t Robot Mop

“To my surprise, the battery actually lasts a long time, and the mop is also pretty quiet. It’s been a game-changer in keeping my floors clean, especially in heavy traffic areas.” – Sandy

Dyson Air Purifier

“This thing is truly amazing. Perfect for allergies, and can even be used as a cooling fan in the summer. It looks super high tech too!” – Erica

7. Innovative beauty tools

best top quality gifts – T3 Twirl Trio wand

T3 Whirl Trio styling wand

“So cool! I love having different size options for the curling barrel and they’re easy to attach. It’s the prettiest curling iron I’ve ever owned!” – Liza

Drybar Brush Crush hair straightening brush

“I have thick wavy hair and I love this brush! It makes smoothing out frizz so easy just by brushing out my hair. It’s a higher price for a brush but it does the job of frizz fighting straightener too.” – Jami

Bio Ionic X10 Pro

“I can’t believe how healthy my daughter’s hair looked when I bought her this straightener. She said the vibration made each strand flatten straight so it didn’t take multiple passes. She loves it!” – Alyssa

8. Smartwatches

best top quality gifts – apple smartwatch

Apple Series 4 Smartwatch

“It does absolutely EVERYTHING! Not only can use it for texting and work-related stuff, but it also has AWESOME activity features like tracking steps! It’s also fun to see my heart rate during a high-intensity workout. Oh and not to mention the step competitions my hubby and I have! 😉” – Collin

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

“Such a good looking watch and it has awesome battery life. It keeps me connected to everything, but still just looks like a high-end watch on my wrist.” – Dave

Fitbit Versa

“While I admit a lot of Apple products outperform their competitors… the Fitbit Versa is LEGIT! I now have a product that’s not running on an iOS system that gives the Apple Watch a run for its money, and it’s A LOT cheaper!” – Jennifer (read her full review here!)

9. Headphones

best top quality gifts – Apple Airpods

Apple Airpods

“I love tuning out all the chaos with my Apple AirPods. I also tend to get really into my music, so having wireless headphones lets me rock out without getting tangled up with wires! And if I ever need to take them out to give someone my attention, my music automatically pauses so I never miss a beat.” – Collin

Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

“Unbeatable sound quality, easy storage, the connectivity to making phone calls. These headphones are amazing! And the battery life is phenomenal!” – Chelsey

Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones

“These headphones are expensive but worth every single penny. They tune out passengers on planes, at coffee shops, or just the noise at home. So glad I purchased them.” – Josh

10. Streaming devices

best top quality gifts – Apple 4K HDR Streaming device

Apple 4K TV

“We use our Apple TV every day! Since we got it, we were able to get rid of cable and still enjoy all our favorite shows. It’s even easy enough for our kids to use when they want to pick out a movie. It was so nice not having to pay for cable anymore, we will never go back!” – Sara

Amazon Fire Recast TV

“So glad I don’t have to pay for cable anymore! We record all our favorite shows still and can watch them in high-def so we’re not missing out on anything.” – Michelle

NVIDIA SHIELD TV & Gaming Console

“I bought this for my son and he’s been loving it! I knew he was a PC gamer so being able to stream his video games and now shows and movies as well, he has all his favorite content in one spot. Well worth it!” – Mary

Have a product that you think should be on this list?

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Comments 24

  1. J. Sweet

    My husband bought me amazon prime for Christmas last year…I just asked if he would do it again…just the savings in shipping alone has been invaluable…It has been fun to “gift” people stuff without having to pay an arm and a leg for shipping!!

    • Lisa72

      I agree with the Tumi backpack! I have 2 and use one daily! Worth every penny IMO as well!

      • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

        Yay Lisa! This is my life splurge on myself!

  2. Sara

    No offense or anything, but most of these gifts are super expensive. We buy gifts for each member of our family, that’s 8 people, I can’t afford $200+ a gift for each person. My limit is $50 for most everyone except my son, who is spoiled. I also save up my Target gift cards I earn throughout the year to help with the cost of gifts at Christmas time.

    • R

      I’m definitely in the wrong family! 😂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Sara! We totally understand where your coming from! This is meant to be a helpful idea list for those who want to SPLURGE on just one gift for a family or individual! Hope that’s helpful!

    • Elizabeth

      Darn $50 a person! I need to get in your family!

      I do splurge on my husband , so this was a nice list to think about for him.

  3. Val

    Love these splurge ideas!!! Thank you for this post!!

  4. Pat Goff

    We have a limit of $20 each on presents. There are 8 of us and I am th eonly one working so that is all I can afford this year. LOL

    • Dealzgurl

      I love posts like this! I want a Tumi anything, lol. I’ve heard so many good things about the brand. That laptop bag is awesome!

  5. Tammy

    Love the box that says “spoiler alert, it’s socks again”. It has a picture of the grinch on it. Where can you purchase this box?

    • Amy

      Me too! Where can I get this box!?!!

    • Dkbh4

      It’s a amazon box… they ship your items in it for disguise!

  6. Mios3

    I just wanted to say I’m a little disappointed that with all my amazon ordering this year I have not received a single grinch box 😂

    • Jennifer

      Me either!!!! Just told my husbands these exact words!

    • shop

      ditto and i’ve had a package nearly everyday for a month

    • Sarah

      Same complaint here! Lots of amazon orders but no grinch boxes 😢

    • Parla4

      I haven’t gotten one either. I guess you just had to order items that would specifically fit into those boxes. I’ve mostly gotten padded envelopes. My cousin posted pictures of three different ones that she got.

    • AJ

      Lol. I’ve gotten a lot of Grinch boxes. I wonder what that saying about me!

    • C

      No Grinch box here either. I have been hoping for one with each Amazon delivery. We have gotten plenty or orders in all different sized boxes. I wonder if every fulfillment center has them?

  7. Gayla Patterson

    The same here. No Grinch boxes. 🙁

  8. justinepaige

    Wow, I didn’t know they made Monopoly games that fancy – perfect for the family that likes to play games. I agree with the Headphones and earbuds . If you like music – sound quality and comfort is essential. Not all earbuds and headphones are created equal. Definitely not buying dollar store earbuds again, lol.

  9. Danielle

    Stumbled on this post and wondering if you’ll do something similar this year. My big wow factor gift was going to be a popcorn machine under the tree, all set up…like the one with the cart and wheels, but, my awesome hubby heard me mention it and ended up gifting me one for my birthday last month so I am drawing a blank! My kids are older now, teen and preteen and I always try to have something big unwrapped and set up, but gone are the days of dollhouses and the like 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I know what you mean! It can be difficult to think of new and exciting gifts as the kiddos get older. Thanks for the request, Danielle! I will be sure to pass this along to the team!

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