GreedyRates' Top Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

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Last updated on November 17, 2021

While most of us look forward to the holidays, there’s no denying that it can also be a very stressful time. This is especially true in the time of COVID-19. Many Canadians will likely have to sacrifice visits with family, holiday parties and other beloved seasonal traditions due to the pandemic.

To help decrease the stress—and hopefully prevent a headache or two—we’ve compiled some of our favourite Christmas gift ideas for 2021. Spanning a spectrum of price ranges, ages and interests, there’s sure to be something just right for the special family members, friends and colleagues on your list this year.

1. DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Video Projector with Screen

DR.J Projector

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Many of us have been spending much more time at home—and a lot less time at movie theatres—due to the coronavirus pandemic, so why not make the most of all that togetherness by enjoying a movie-like experience in the comfort of your own house? This projector is compatible with a range of devices, including ChromeBooks, PCs, laptops, smartphones and more, and it also comes with a 100-inch screen. Come summertime, you can take it outside to enjoy a movie night under the stars.

2. Celestron 21049 PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope

Celestron 21049 PowerSeeker

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If you’re feeling a little caged-in thanks to COVID, why not set your sights on the stars and help your spirit soar by exploring the endless expanse of the universe. The telescope (which is good for beginners or amateur astronomers alike) has a magnification power of 300x and comes with an aluminum tripod and accessory tray. This gift is ideal for all the frequent fliers in your life who are temporarily grounded and who would appreciate feeling a little less earthbound.

3. TaoTronics TT-CL011 Light Therapy Lamp, 10000 Lux, White

TaoTronics TT-CL011

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If winter has you feeling blue, check out this UV-free 10000 lux light therapy lamp designed to offset the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. It features the same colour temperature of natural sunlight to help combat winter blahs. It is also reputed to help diminish the affects of jet lag and shift work. The light also has three brightness settings and comes with a timer that can be set for up to 60 minutes.

4. Dreamegg White Noise Machine for Sleeping & Relaxing

Dreamegg White Noise Machine

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If stress has affected your sleep, it may be time to give a white noise machine a try. This item features seven white noise settings, seven fan sounds and 10 relaxing natural sounds (including the sounds of crickets, birds and rain). Select the customized setting and get ready for your very own personalized sleep therapy! It’s also just the right thing for sending a newborn babe off to dreamland.

5. Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch

Fitbit Versa 2

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Motivate someone you love (or motivate yourself) to stick to their fitness goals with the Fitbit Versa. Fitbit will track a user’s heartrate, activity levels, daily steps and more. You can also synch it with Amazon Alexa to get weather updates, set timers and alarms and even control your smart home devices. This wearable will also analyze the quality of your sleep and will track the time you spend in light, deep and REM sleep stages. With the capacity to store and play more than 300 songs, it’s sure to keep you moving and grooving all winter long.

6. XPRIT Hoverboard w/Bluetooth Speaker

XPRIT Hoverboard

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There may have been many times this past year that you wished you were far, far away in another galaxy. Though intergalactic space travel is not yet an option, you could enjoy the next best thing on this futuristic hoverboard. It goes up to 6 miles per hour and lasts about 45-75 minutes on a single charge. It’s intended for kids age 7 and up and can support adults up to a weight of 165lbs.

7. Yum & Yummer: Ridiculously Tasty Recipes That’ll Blow Your Mind, But Not Your Diet!

Yum & Yummer

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Across the world, people seem to be cooking up a storm to get through the pandemic and we have all learned to appreciate an amazing home-cooked meal like never before. This award-winning cookbook is by Canadian bestselling cookbook author, Greta Podleski and is packed full of kid-and-family friendly meals, as well as gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options. Better yet, Yum & Yummer includes full-page food photos of every recipe, as well as easy to follow, 60-second, how-to videos for every single meal.

8. Aerobie 83R01 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker


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More time at home means more time to work on perfecting your cup of coffee. Coffee connoisseurs swear by the AeroPress, which is said to create the richest possible brew. The AeroPress will make American style coffee, as well as an espresso-style shot that goes well in lattes or cappuccinos. The item micro filters coffee for a grit-free drink and takes less than two minutes to brew up a delicious jolt of caffein.

9. Destination of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

Destinations of a Lifetime

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Yes, we will travel again someday so why not start planning your post-pandemic travel bucket list. This hardcover book by National Geographic features over 250 stunning photos that are sure to inspire at least one adventure of a lifetime. Whether you prefer sun-soaked islands, remote villages or snow-capped mountains the tome offers plenty of ideas for anyone’s must-see list.

10. Furbo Dog Camera


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Admit it. One of the best parts of the holidays is having an excuse to spoil our pets. Get something that’s as much a gift for you as it is for your dog with this Furbo Dog Camera. This nifty gadget throws your dog treats (which you control via an app) and features a pet camera with 2-way audio so you can prattle on with your pooch—just don’t let your boss catch you.

So no matter who you’re shopping for, these are great gift ideas that people are raving over this year. Whichever way you go, you can be sure your friends and family will put these unique gifts to good use and have you to thank for it all! Use a credit card that rewards you for shopping online and…Happy shopping!

Author Bio

Sandra MacGregor
Sandra MacGregor has been writing about finance and travel for nearly a decade. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications like the New York Times, the UK Telegraph, the Washington Post, and the Toronto Star. She spends her free time travelling, and has lived around the globe, including in Paris, South Korea and Cape Town. You can follow her on Twitter at @MacgregorWrites.

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