Here Are the 22 Best-Selling Products of 2020...All of Which Make Great Gifts
The number one question on everyone’s mind right now: What on earth do I get so-and-so for the holidays?! We know, because we’re asking ourselves the same question. This year has been stressful enough, so we’re just going to lay it out for you: These are the 22 best-selling products on PureWow from the past year and they just so happen to make amazing gifts. Consider this list your ultimate shopping guide and get to work.
1. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
For the Beauty Queen
Developed by Professor Augustinus Bader, one of the world’s leading experts in stem cell research, The Rich Cream is formulated with a combination of natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and synthesized molecules to activate the body’s natural regeneration process. In other words, it fades fine lines, plumps, adds a glow and actually makes skin look more youthful. Even Victoria Beckham and Priyanka Chopra are fans.
2. Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cord-Free Stick Vacuum
For the Neat Freak
If you’ve ever used a traditional vacuum with a cord, you know just how annoying it can be to maneuver around tight corners or across large living rooms. And that’s precisely why the clean freak on your holiday list (hi, mom) needs this luxury cordless model. But that’s just the half of it—there’s also the digital motor which has twice the suction of other cord-free vacuums, the whole-machine filtration system that captures 99.97 percent of microscopic dust particles and the High Torque cleaner head, which detects and adapts to different floor types on its own. Come to think of it, we might need one for ourselves, too.
3. Our Place Always Pan
For the Budding Chef
PureWow’s food editor, Katherine Gillen sings this pan’s praises, so you know it must be good. The Always Pan is made of cast-aluminum; the inside has a ceramic nonstick coating while the outside is finished in matte silicone, available in five Instagrammable color options (we’re particularly partial to the new lavender hue). But the best part? It also comes with a steamer basket insert and a custom wooden spatula that nests into the built-in spoon rest. It’s everything a recent college grad could need for a home cooked meal, all in one convenient and easy-to-store bundle.
4. Nintendo Switch
For the Title of “Coolest Aunt”
Remember Game Boys? The Nintendo Switch is kind of like your fave toy from the '90s, but much more high tech. It’s a handheld gaming system when you want it to be (like when you need the kids to keep quiet in the backseat of the car), but it also includes a dock that connects to the TV for a more conventional home console experience. Plus, the removable Joy-Con controllers allow you to share with a friend for two-player fun. Kids these days have it all, huh?
5. Ruggable Plush Moroccan Diamond Rug
For the New Homeowner
There’s simply nothing worse than getting a new white rug and spilling a glass of red wine on it one week later…unless you can throw it in the washing machine, like this one. How? The innovative Cling Effect technology, which allows the rug cover to be detached from the rug pad, tossed in the washer and dryer and then reattached without losing its grip. Genius. Don't know their decor style? A gift card will do the trick.
6. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
For the One Who’s Always Late
We all have that one friend who always shows up 30 minutes late for everything. OK, that friend is usually us, since we usually leave our hair until the last minute and then wind up misjudging how long it will take to style. But this Revlon hot air brush shaves at least 30 minutes off our getting ready time. It has the ability to take freshly showered hair from wet to blown-out in approximately five to ten minutes—regardless of how thick your mane is. It’s a total game changer (trust us).
7. Charter Club V-Neck Cashmere Sweater
For the Comfort Seeker
Last year, PureWow readers must’ve bought nearly everyone on their list a Charter Club’s cashmere sweater. And who could blame them, especially when this knit is perpetually on sale. It comes in 16 different colors and multiple styles—from V-neck to turtleneck to cardigan—and is woven from the softest lightweight cashmere. Our biggest tip for shopping these universally-adored sweaters: Score a few styles ASAP, before they inevitably sell out.
8. The Container Store Large Drop-Front Shoe Box
For the Shoe Addict
This may seem like an odd gift, but hear us out. Not everyone has a fancy walk-in closet with tons of storage and display options. But you don’t need a giant space to make it feel luxurious. Stack a few of these mega-popular clear shoe boxes in the bottom of the closet, and not only will they protect your shoes from dust and offer a chic storage solution, but they’ll also make it easy to see your whole collection at a glance. If you really want to do something special, hide a pair of new shoes inside.
9. Kosas The Soft Glow Set
For the Clean Beauty Advocate
It seems like everything Kosas creates is an instant hit (ahem, The Big Clean Mascara). But these blush, highlighter and lipstick combos are the most giftable of them all. With four different sets to choose from, there’s a flattering color palette for every skin tone. Oh yeah, and did we mention everything from the brand is made with clean, non-toxic, high-performing skincare ingredients?
For the Eyelash Extension Lover
Every time this eyelash serum goes on sale, it sells out instantaneously, thanks to its addicting results. We’re talking full, fluttery natural lashes, which take nothing more to achieve than a simple swipe of serum across the lash line before bed. In a world where we can’t run out every two weeks to get an eyelash extension refill, it more than makes up for the results. Meghan Markle just so happens to be a major fan and if it’s good enough for a royal, it’s definitely good enough for us.
11. Hanacure The All-In-One Facial Starter Kit
For the Skincare Obsessive
This mask gained popularity thanks to the way it dries on skin, making you look super old (here’s a video to prove it) before washing off to reveal the softest, glowiest skin of your life. The multi-action treatment is formulated with the Hanacure’s age-defying CO2 OctoLift technology, which fights the most common skin concerns for a firmer, smoother, more even toned and lifted appearance. Just a heads up: this is the kinda gift they’ll want to test out ASAP on Christmas morning.
12. Cariuma IBI Knit Sneaker
For the Environmentalist
These eco-conscious sneakers racked up a wait list of over 5,000 people thanks to their comfy, lightweight, minimalist aesthetic for both men and women. But it’s the commitment to sustainability that really has us obsessed. They’re made from self-regenerating bamboo and recycled plastics and for each pair purchased, Cariuma plants two trees in the Brazilian Rainforest to directly aid reforestation and preserve natural habitats.
13. Nordstrom Zella Live-In High Wait Leggings
For Your Workout Buddy
When a pair of workout leggings are so incredible, they inspire more than 7,000 people to write a glowing review, you just have to try them. We’ve put these Zellas to the test and we can attest to their butt-lifting, body-contouring, sag-proof abilities. They’re made with moisture-wicking fabric and a no-slip waistband that doesn’t have to constantly be pulled up—all for less than $60. Take that, Lululemon.
14. KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer
For the Quarantine Baker
In our opinion, this OG stand mixer needs no introduction. But for those of you who need a little extra convincing, here goes: It features a convenient tilt-head design, which allows easy access to the bowl for adding ingredients and a locking mechanism when in mixing mode; It’s sturdy and built with a durable, all-metal construction to last and last; Planetary mixing action reaches every part of the bowl so all ingredients get incorporated; It has 10 speed settings for utmost control; And five rubber feet that help protect countertops while stabilizing mixer during use. Oh yeah, and it also comes with a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip and pouring shield. Plus, you can buy all sorts of different attachments for it (like a pasta maker, food processor and spiralizer).
15. Crave Vesper Vibrator
Who are we kidding—we’re typically at the top of our gift list, and 2020 is no different. This year, we’re treating ourselves to a vibrator, all in the name of self-care. This Vesper model is insanely popular for a reason: it’s a vibrator that doubles as a super unassuming necklace, with four speeds and two modes (pulsing and constant) that don’t make a peep. The entire thing is made of high polish stainless-steel and finished in silver, nickel-free plating. Yup, it looks just like a piece of minimalist jewelry, so no one will be the wiser (except for maybe your partner, wink wink).
16. Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle
For the Coffee Snob
There are those who go to Dunkin’ for a quick cup of Joe, and then there’s the pour-over coffee crowd that patiently waits for their freshly ground Colombian beans to steep to perfection. This kettle is for the latter, with its super-thin, easy-to-use spout for optimum control over the scalding hot water inside.
17. Winc Wine Subscription
For Your Roommate
Winc was our favorite quarantine subscription service, and it’s now one of our favorite gifts—especially when we can reap the benefits from living with said giftee. Bottles are discounted from their original price and start at just $13 for members. And there’s something for everyone’s taste, from vegan to low sugar, organic varieties and more. Each month, they’ll get a certain amount of credits that can be used to purchase the wines of their choosing or the ones the pros at Winc recommend based on their unique flavor profile. Everyone wins.
18. NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device
For the Facial Addict
Our aunt has said that if she ever becomes a millionaire, getting a weekly at-home facial would be high on her list of non-negotiables. Until that dream turns into reality, we can gift her the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device. This baby uses microcurrent technology to stimulate the muscles deep within the face to help tighten, tone and lift for a more sculpted appearance. Users will notice the difference right away and continue to see results over time, so it’s perfect for your anyone who seeks the instant gratification of a facial.
19. Madewell Denim Jacket
For the Meghan Markle Fan
When you think of Meghan Markle, denim jackets probably aren’t the first thing to come to mind. But the duchess just so happens to own and love this very one from Madewell. It’s on this list for so many more reasons, though, including the classic indigo hue, the rose gold hardware and the option to monogram it with up to eight characters on either the front or back.
20. Tory Burch Robinson Convertible Shoulder Bag
For the Girl on the Go
Somehow, even during a global pandemic, there’s always one person who still seems to be going nonstop. This bag, in all its structured, minimalist, multi-use glory, can most definitely keep up. It’s made of scratch-resistant leather and finished with an adjustable chain strap that can be worn long as a cross body or doubled up as a shoulder strap. It fits all the essentials with separate compartments for phone, mask and lipstick.
21. Brooklinen Luxe Move-In Bundle
For the Recent College Grad
Brooklinen is known for its quality sheet sets, and this is the king of them all. It has literally everything he needs for a new bed setup including sheets, two pillows and a comforter from the brand’s recently relaunched line of down and down alternative options. It’s basically like gifting someone the gift of a good night’s sleep, every single night.
22. Louis Vuitton Key Pouch Monogram Brown
For Your Bestie
Last, but certainly not least, you’re going to need something good for the person who has listened to all your gripes about moving back in with your parents as an adult. And for that, there’s Louis Vuitton. This key pouch is a best-seller thanks to its price and functionality—it fits a few cards and an ID in the zippered pouch and has a short brass chain that easily hooks onto a set of keys. Since her phone is always in her hand, she truly won’t need anything else.