We’ve rounded up the best gift guides online so that you can find the perfect gift

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Your Guide of Guides

As if the holiday season isn’t stressful enough, open up any website or newspaper and they’re all screaming advice at you: It’s the perfect gift for the gluten-free, anime-loving, fitness fanatic in your life! No, declares Oprah with her “favorite things”, this is the must-have gift for that GFALFF!

We’re not going to presume to tell you how to shop for your (pretty weird) friends and family. We are, however, going to make life easier for you. We’ve hunted down more than 25 of the best gift guides out there to take some of the heat off your shopping to do’s.

The Techies

For young, budding techies, Purdue University assembled an excellent engineering gift guide. Sci-Tech Today also has a great run down of kiddie tech.

9to5Mac runs down Apple stocking stuffers at a variety of price points.

If it’s gizmos you’re after, New York magazine has you covered.

Edward Snowden types should check out DarkReading’s gift guide for security geeks.

For the design-centric gadget lover in your life, PSFK suggests gold vaporizers, brain stimulators, and more.

And if money is no concern, Wired offers up a gift guide for early adopters that features a very cool jetpack.

Do Gooders

If you’d rather do some good with your holiday budget (or placate someone else), this guide from CNN offers a breakdown on how to help.

Two guides from Harper’s Bazaar suggest that you can save the world with a $1,000 Stella McCartney bag.

W Magazine tracks down all the retailers who will make a donation with your purchases and Remodelista finds gift ideas that give back.

If you want to just give it away, New York has 101 charities worthy of a donation. And Truthdig offers a guide to vetting nonprofits before making a donation.

And Mother Nature Network serves up 13 design gifts with a sense of social good.

Media Junkies

This guide to great DVD box-sets from Cinemablend should have you sofa-bound for much of 2016.

The International Business Times covers great accessories for the gamer in your life.

TV junkies can rejoice in this guide from Paste Magazine, featuring a $250 “replica” of Jon Snow’s sword and more.

For more old school charm, check out the best in board games from Mashable.

Cinelinx assembles a wildly varied gift list for the hard-core fan boys and girls on your list.

The Generalists

Despite a level of interactivity that makes the guide difficult to navigate, The New York Times has a great look at the best of the best of the season.

But if you want a data-driven approach, Watson Trend uses the IBM supercomputer to locate the hottest gifts of the season.


Hillary Clinton fans on your list? Bustle has you covered.

The Cannabist finds the best gift ideas for the stoner in your life.

And if you’re as baffled by anime as we are, Kotaku’s anime gift guide should help.

Update 12/14

Jason Kottke published his Holiday Gift Guide to gift guides last week.

Buzzfeed’s Best Tech Gifts features a lot of the usual suspects, but it’s still worth a look.

And the ThinkProgress staff assembled 27 Holiday Gift Ideas for progressives of all stripes.

We’re going to keep updating this guide, so keep coming back.

Now go forth (and shop well).