2018 Gift Guide: Trending Products & Gift Ideas

We all love to give and receive gifts. As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to think ahead in order to select gifts everyone on your list will enjoy and appreciate.

Below, we discuss trending products in a variety of age groups.


urlIs your tween obsessed with Pokémon? One of the hottest gifts on the market for preteen boys and girls right now is the Pokémon Z-Ring, a wearable toy that links up with the new Pokémon 3DS games (Pokémon Sun & Moon) scheduled for release on November 18th.

The Z-Ring makes the game a real interactive experience, lighting up and vibrating when a player’s Pokémon uses a “Z-move.”

Hint: Don’t forget to pair the Z-Ring with the 3DS game and the Pokémon Z-Crystal 9 pack ($19.99 on Amazon). The Z-ring will be available for $29.99 on Amazon starting November 23rd.

Teen Girls

4160e055dffd24fe1b5159d08bd866b2Unicorn Tote Bag: She will just love this adorable “in unicorn we trust” tote bag by Sobigraphie. Find it on Etsy for $18.40 (made in France).

Adult Coloring Book: Coloring isn’t just for kids, and adult coloring books are all the rage right now.

We recommend Pattern + Design featuring the artwork of Jenean Morrison ($12), but the options are endless.

Hint: This is a great way to encourage creativity and get her off her cell phone.

Teen Boys

Ray Ban Junior Wayfarers: Check out junior Ray Bans for a great price if you’re shopping for someone with a smaller face. We suggest black wayfarers with green classic lenses ($69).

bēm Wireless Mobile Speaker: Teenagers love their tunes. These compact, brightly colored speakers will let him blast music in his bedroom for up to 8 hours on a single charge. You can find bēm speakers at Target starting at $44.

Product details:

  • Passive speaker for great bass
  • Single charge lasts between 6-8 hours
  • Wireless (optional wired connection)
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • 40’ working range

Young Women 

Givenchy Pandora Credit Card Holder: If she likes to stay organized, she’ll love this stylish credit card holder by Givenchy. This leather organizer features six card slots and a gleaming silver Givenchy logo; made in Italy.

Available in “orange fluo,” “oxblood red,” and “shocking pink” for $260 at Nordstrom.

Viktor & Rolf “Flowerbomb” Eau de Parfum Spray: Women of all ages will love this light, “good mood” scent. Heralded as a “floral explosion,” this full-bodied perfume features bergamot, orange blossom, rose, jasmine, cattleya orchid, and patchouli (Allure’s 2015 pick for “Best Classic Fragrance”).

S’well Watter Bottle: Stay trendy with a flashy metal water bottle by S’well (nearly every celebrity has been photographed with one). Available in countless colors and designs, these insulated stainless steel bottles are appropriate for hot and cold beverages.

Each bottle holds 25 oz. and is virtually indestructible ($25-45). A portion of the proceeds from each purpose is donated to UNICEF.

Young Men 

Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver w/ Cleaning Station: Many young adults can’t justify spending money on a “real razor.” Say goodbye to the disposables with 2018’s top-selling shaver.

Manscaping is totally in – and this bad boy can shave hair in nearly any direction. Plus, it’s waterproof so he won’t have to worry about dropping it in the sink or the tub. This cordless shaver is available for $251.99 on Amazon.

1250x625Warby Parker “Lowry” Sunglasses: Trendy men will love these “tortoise whiskey” framed sunglasses by Warby Parker. The Lowry style starts at $95 (including polarization).

Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones: Perfect for walking around campus or riding the subway, these upscale headphones provide fine tuned acoustics with natural clarity.

Solo2 pairs with Bluetooth devices for a cord-free experience. You can even receive calls and talk through the built-in microphone. One battery charge lasts up to 12 hours ($208.60).

Middle-Aged Women 

No doubt you’ve learned your lesson with the pots and pans in years past. Let’s face it: women can be difficult to please, and we could use a little inspiration.

Whether you’re buying for your mother, wife, sister, girlfriend, or aunt, check out our top picks for 2018:

img-thingKate Spade New York “Cedar Street – Maise” Leather Satchel: The trendy money-saver on your list will be overjoyed (and impressed) with this choice.

This simple but elegant purse is the bag everyone is talking about this season; available in “apple jelly,” black, “crisp linen,” “oyster blue,” “lake edge,” and “porcini.”

Find it at Nordstrom for $298

Birchbox of the Month: Sign her up for Birchbox and she will receive five deluxe cosmetic/beauty product samples in a fun package each month.

This is a gift that keeps giving year-round, and you can bet get she’ll enjoy testing out new products each month. Subscriptions begin at just $10/month.

Hint: She can set up a profile on Birchbox.com for personalized samples.

Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle Perfume: This sexy and spirited scent is the best-selling perfume of 2018. Coco Mademoiselle features notes of patchouli, orange, rose, jasmine, vanilla, and bergamot; available in the classic Chanel bottle starting at $94.

Middle-Aged Men

Avoid boring gifts like ties and tools this year. The following suggestions are perfect for brothers, husbands, sons, boyfriends, fathers – even cousins and coworkers:

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker: Fitness trackers have become incredibly popular among today’s affluent exercise enthusiasts. Among other stats, the Fitbit Alta tracks:

  • Heart rate
  • Workouts
  • Distance
  • Calories
  • Active minutes
  • Sleep habits
  • Floors climbed

With the Fitbit Alta, he can even receive calls, texts, and calendar alerts (from his phone). This smart wearable also tells time (of course) with a bright OLED display.

The Fitbit Alta is available in black, blue, teal, and plum ($129.86 on Amazon).

Stallworth2-1442-1Hint: You can personalize your Fitbit Alta with an interchangeable band (metal, leather, or classic).

To Boot New York “Stallworth” cap toe boots: The stylish man will adore these trending boots.

Available in black and “cognac” for $337.50 at Nordstrom, these boots are appropriate for officewear, parties, church, and other occasions.

Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette Spray: Let’s face it, some men just can’t be trusted to chose their own cologne.

This year’s best pick is Spicebomb, a masculine yet refreshing scent appropriate for any season ($110 at Neiman Marcus).


NOOK GlowLight Plus: The perfect gift for grandma or grandpa, this e-reader provides glare-free reading no matter what the outside light source.

Book lovers will enjoy weeks of use on a single charge. The newest NOOK model is enhanced with a higher resolution to make each page look just like paper ($129 at Barnes & Noble).

Clumsy? The GlowLight Plus is designed for durability with a scratch-resistant screen (it’s also waterproof and dustproof).

Hint: Pair the NOOK with a classic leather case.

Senior Women 

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey is an amazing individual who will go down in history as one of the most successful, influential, and wealthy African-Americans of our time.

What I Know for Sure is a book that focuses on enjoying and savoring life; it is a culmination of the life lessons and experiences Oprah has shared with readers in her “What I Know for Sure” column in O, the Oprah Magazine. 

Themes include:

  • Possibility
  • Joy
  • Resilience
  • Gratitude
  • Connection
  • Power
  • Clarity
  • Truth

This candid but humorous book is guaranteed to uplift and exhilarate. Find it on Amazon starting at just $8.


Whether you’re buying for a best friend or a boyfriend, for Hanukkah or a birthday, it’s important to select a gift that fits the recipient and the year.

Looking into the popular gifts above is a great way to start thinking about the holiday season and might even give you some ideas about what you want to receive this year from family and friends.

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