18 splurge-worthy gifts that will stand the test of time

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So many look forward to the holiday season all year to shop for items they otherwise wouldn’t purchase during the earlier months. Whether you’ve been saving all year to buy a quality soundbar or down jacket or need the perfect luxury gift for a deserving loved one or friend, this guide to splurge-worthy gifts that actually last will help you decide what to snag this year.

To make your shopping experience a bit easier and a lot more enjoyable, we’ve broken down the best splurge-worthy gifts into five categories:

  1. Tech
  2. Kitchen
  3. Home
  4. Travel
  5. Style

You’re sure to find something you or a loved one will treasure for years to come, from the best-selling Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker — a vintage staple on so many people’s shelves — to Rothy’s premium and machine-washable handbag and carryall.

Tech

1. Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth Speaker, $379.99

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Marshall is known for making some of the best high-end speakers that double as premium home decor pieces, and the Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth speaker ranks No. 1 on everyone’s wishlist.

Boasting a luxe and high-grade professional outer design with its textured vinyl covering and brass plating, this is one you’ll want to display front and center on a bookshelf or entertainment center. Outer aesthetics aside, this one’s also a monster with sound.

One of the most versatile and robust speakers you can buy, this perfectly executes both larger-than-life, room-shaking sound and softer, more contained emissions with ease. Also, this is a piece that complements any space with that luxurious vintage touch Marshall has mastered for decades.

2. Nixplay 13.3-Inch Smart Digital Photo Frame with Wi-Fi, $299.99

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While nothing beats the nostalgia and classic aesthetic of a standard framed photo, a digital picture frame is both a more sustainable and space-saving alternative that actually gives you more bang for your buck.

Unlike regular single-photo frames, the Nixplay 13.3-Inch Smart Digital Photo Frame stores tons of photos and video clips and displays them in a slideshow. What’s even more impressive is that several users can send photos to the device from their smartphones no matter their location in the world. This is a wonderful gift for your parents, best friends or long-distance partners.

3. Denon Powerful and Compact Home Soundbar 550 with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, $599

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If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the techie in your life, the person who already has everything or just yourself, this compact and powerful Dolby Atmos soundbar is the ideal option for so many reasons.

The Denon Powerful and Compact Home Soundbar 550 boasts a 4.0 driver configuration and a slim 26-inch design that saves space while easily delivering floor-to-ceiling surround sound without additional bulky speakers or gadgets.

When this one burst onto the scene in January 2021 to rival the best-selling and more expensive Sonos Arc soundbar, shoppers were impressed and pleasantly surprised by its power and clarity. It’s a definite must-have for movie nights and Netflix binges.

4. Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera Bundle, $609

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DSLR cameras are definitely an investment, but purchasing the camera as part of a bundle is the best way to get the most bang for your buck.

This Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera Bundle comes with a three-lens kit, a lithium-ion battery pack, a neck strap, camera bag, tulip lens hood, a three-piece filter kit, a memory card, a portable and steady tripod, a camera and lens cleaning kit and so much more.

5. FlexiSpot Comhar All-in-One Standing Desk with Glass Top and USB Charging Ports, $429.99 (Orig. $499.99)

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With so much of today’s workforce still working from home, standing desk and sit-stand desk sales have skyrocketed. This made it almost impossible to find one that wasn’t massively inflated in price or sold out.

The FlexiSpot sit-stand desk is one of my top recommendations due to its premium quality, functionality and size. It features a tempered glass top that’s easy to wipe clean when needed, smart height presets that the desk remembers, plus two USB-A ports and one USB-C port.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect standing desk to make working from home more productive and comfortable, this FlexiSpot option is, without a doubt, the one to buy.

6. Sennheiser HD 820 Over-Ear Audiophile Reference Headphones, $1,799.95 (Orig. $2,399.95)

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High-end headphones can cost a pretty penny and, according to shoppers and several trusted tech reviewers, the Sennheiser HD 820 Over-Ear Audiophile Reference Headphones are the absolute best on the entire market.

Sennheiser is among the leading brands in premium audio products, and these headphones are one of the brand’s best-selling releases to date. They’re arguably the best closed-back headphones around, plus they’re stylish, durable and, best of all, comfortable.

One Amazon reviewer even said he “never felt as many goosebumps with any other headphones,” so it’s safe to say that this is a top-of-the-line pick if you’re looking for the best of the best.

Kitchen

7. Viking Tri-Ply 11-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set, $699.96 (Orig. $1,500)

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Viking is one of the leading brands in high-end cookware, and its new Tri-Play 11-Piece Cookware Set is a must-have for anyone who loves to cook and needs quality pots and pans that will last for years to come.

The luxury set comes with two skillets, two saucepans with lids, a sauté pan with a lid, a stockpot with a lid and a steamer insert. Each piece also features copper handles for a stylish, heirloom-quality touch that complements any kitchen or stovetop.

This set’s aluminum core conducts heat evenly and quickly while the stainless steel cooking surface is non-reactive, easy to clean and delivers excellent browning and searing on meats and vegetables. The heavy-duty glass lids are also a premium touch as they lock in heat and moisture to keep food warm until you’re ready to serve.

8. Instant Precision 6-Quart Dutch Oven, $149.95 (Orig. $229.99)

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This is a splurge relative to how much you’re willing to spend on a smart appliance. The folks who created the No. 1 best-selling Instant Pot recently launched the new Instant Precision Dutch Oven and it’s already Amazon’s No. 1 new release.

Currently $80 off on Amazon, this beautiful new kitchen gadget features five-in-one functionality. It braises, slow-cooks, sears/sautés, warms and serves as a cooking pan. This is ideal for those who easily over- and undercook food, as it precisely controls cooking time and temperature for you.

The elegant, heavy-duty enameled cast-iron pot is removable, as well as oven- and stovetop-safe. So you can use it on its own or as a unit with the device. It cooks up to six servings and is great for entertaining and family dinners.

9. Misen Essentials 5-Piece Knife Set, $250 (Orig. $310)

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A quality knife set is an absolute kitchen essential, and this five-piece option from trusted brand Misen is one of the best you can buy.

This set includes a chef’s knife, serrated knife, paring knife, Santoku knife and a utility knife. This minimalist five-piece bundle also maximizes versatility and minimizes countertop clutter, eliminating the need for a bulky 15-piece set.

Each knife is made from premium high-carbon Japanese stainless steel and is thoughtfully designed to feel good in your hand and last a lifetime.

Home

10. Proscenic 2-in-1 M7 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $200 with Ticked Coupon (Orig. $499)

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The Proscenic two-in-one M7 Pro Robot Vacuum Cleaner has been an Amazon best seller for over a year, with thousands of shoppers even saying it’s “miles ahead” of the Roomba.

Unlike most robot vacuum cleaners, this one both sweeps, mops and features a smart navigation system that learns your home as it cleans. Also, best of all, it’s currently on super-sale on Amazon. Get it for $200 cheaper when you tick the coupon.

11. Honeywell HPA300 HEPA Air Purifier, $168.55 (Orig. $249.99)

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After you’ve used a quality air purifier, you’ll wish you’d joined the bandwagon a lot sooner. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests adding air purifiers to indoor living spaces to “help reduce airborne contaminants,” and shoppers say the Honeywell HPA300 HEPA Air Purifier is one of the most thorough options on the market.

The EPA also stressed that high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter products work best for combatting airborne pollution. This Honeywell pick fits the bill perfectly as it boasts a certified HEPA filtration system and four cleaning levels, including Turbo Clean to capture dust, pollen, pet dander, dust-mite debris and smoke.

Perfect for large to extra-large rooms, this option captures up to 99.97% of microscopic airborne allergens and particles to help provide cleaner, fresher air.

12. West Elm Faux Fur Ombre Throws, $60 – $120 (Orig. $100 – $200)

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A faux-fur throw blanket is the perfect accessory to elevate your living space while providing unprecedented warmth in the colder months as you’re lounging on the couch. Anyone who’s owned a cheaper faux fur throw knows they’re not all made equally. Budget options tend to shred and thin over time, but West Elm’s standard and oversized faux fur throws are premium, plush and long-lasting.

Made from long, silky fibers, these throws are thick, hefty and feel like a warm hug when draped across your body. (I can personally attest to this). They also come in two rich colors that look like real fur. These are currently on sale for a limited time, but they won’t last long, so shop now while supplies last.

Travel

13. Troubadour Generation Vegetable-Tanned Leather Weekender, $1,095

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Troubadour is one of the leading brands in luxury travel bags and accessories. Its pieces are luxe without being over-the-top or flashy, and the Troubadour Generation Weekender is the perfect example of this aesthetic.

Described as “the travel bag you will use for decades,” this beautiful bag is lightweight and crafted from waterproof Italian vegetable-tanned leather. Available in black and brown, it features a zipped external pocket to keep your essentials handy and a padded pocket that fits a 16-inch laptop. There’s also a zipped pocket perfect for storing valuables while you travel.

The beautiful minimalistic bag also comes with a detachable non-slip shoulder strap for comfortable, hands-free carrying and a trolley sleeve that slides over luggage handles. As a cool bonus, when the trolley sleeve isn’t in use, it zips up at the bottom to create an extra pocket.

14. Monos Carry-On Pro, $275 (Orig. $324)

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Today, traveling can be stressful, especially with the ever-changing carry-on parameters and rules. With this in mind, it’s important to have a carry-on suitcase on hand that fits the bill and isn’t too big or too small for the overhead compartment. The Monos Carry-On Pro is the best overall pick.

By far the most user-friendly and stylish carry-on suitcase you can buy, the Monos Carry-On Pro measures 22 x 14 x 19 in., making it the perfect size for overhead storage on a flight. It also features a built-in front compartment for easy access while you travel. There, you can store your passport, headphones, wallet and more.

The front compartment also fits a 15-inch laptop and keeps it protected under the same aerospace-grade polycarbonate as the rest of the suitcase. In fact, the shell is actually unbreakable. Get it while it’s on sale for $49 off.

Style

15. Rothy’s The Handbag, $425

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There’s nothing worse than investing in a luxury handbag only for it to get so dirty that it has to be professionally cleaned. To make this more manageable, Rothy has designed a classic Handbag that’s not only stunning but fully machine-washable.

It’s also knit with 100% recycled materials and crafted with a blend of ocean-bound marine plastic and Rothy’s signature thread. Like all of the brand’s products, when it gets dirty, simply toss it in the wash. It comes in six colors (four classic and two limited-edition) and is the perfect everyday handbag.

16. Rothy’s The Carryall, $395

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In September 2021, Rothy’s expanded its men’s collection with four accessories perfect for everyday use. While each piece was pretty impressively designed, The Carryall was, by far, the standout for a few reasons.

Available in four signature colors and prints (Forest Black, Slate Brown, Woodland Camo and Desert Camo), this bag fits seamlessly into everyday life. Use it as a tote or shoulder bag and never worry about convenience again, thanks to its adjustable and detachable strap, several concealed storage pockets and substantial build.

This is the ideal replacement for that pile of canvas bags you grab while running errands or commuting to work.

17. Buck Mason Down Expedition Jacket, $495

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Contrary to popular belief, now is the perfect time to shop for winter jackets and coats. If you’re looking for the best pick that covers all bases — warmth, style, insulation and comfort — the Buck Mason Down Expedition Jacket is the one to buy.

Buck Mason is known for its premium quality knitwear and outerwear, and this jacket is one of its best overall releases to date. This jacket feels like a warm hug, as it covers every exposed area between your chin and hip and features a detachable hood that snaps into place all the way up to your nose.

The jacket’s also cut from a recycled nylon shell with a durable, water-resistant coating and is packed with 650 fill-power traceable duck down. If you’re concerned about fit, this one boasts a relaxed silhouette through the chest and sleeves with a slimmer waist. It also features quilted channels, an internal pocket and hand-warmer pockets lined with cozy fleece. 10s across the board!

18. Koio Fuori Mule, $168

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Last up is this “Obsidian” leather mule from Koio. Mules are currently having a major moment in fashion, but a lot of those on the market are honestly flimsy or downright ugly and unflattering.

The Koio Fuori Mule features a leather upper and gold buckle great for pairing with a casual or more semi-formal look. Handcrafted in Italy, it’s fitted with a cushioned footbed for all-day comfort and set on a cork midsole that molds to your natural foot shape over time. To further personalize the fit, simply adjust the buckle. This is a must-have that you can wear all year-round.

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