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It seems there is always a holiday or special occasion creeping up on us, creating sheer panic as we scramble to find just the right gift. Moonlight Reviews is here to help. After spending hundreds of hours researching products, we compiled our research into one list representing the ten best gifts for you to consider in 2020.
Whether you are buying a gift for a birthday, anniversary, or major holiday, our list of top gifts is thoughtfully unique, and very relevant for the times. In fact, you might even find a gift for yourself. 2020 has been crazy, so you and your loved ones deserve to enjoy the best of what 2020 has to offer too.
The fact is we live in a consumerism based society, and sometimes that makes gift giving a stressful proposition. We worry whether our gifts will be liked, and try to avoid giving something anonymous that looks like we bought it last minute. The best solution for this problem is to give timely and relevant gifts that share thoughtful consideration.
Of course, that is easier said than done given the busy lives we all lead, and that’s why we compiled a list of our favorite products to help. Without further ado, let’s dive into a review of our favorite gifts for 2020.
Gift Number 10: Casca Avro - The Minimalist Shoe Fit For Any Situation
We absolutely love the Casca Avro shoe. It is a classic silhouette that will never go out of style, which is good because Casca expects their shoes to last a long time. In fact, they are so confident in the quality of their shoe that they offer a five year warranty. The Avros comes in a waterproof, yet breathable leather, as well as in a knit upper, so the Avros should work regardless of your climate.
The designers took the best elements of other technical shoes to create an incredible everyday shoe. For instance, the shoe utilizes the same durable and grippy outsole often found in hiking shoes, while also including the same comfortable technology in the midsole that cutting-edge running shoes utilize. For additional comfort, Casca allows you to add on their “FootB3D”, which is a 3D printed insole tailored for your feet.
The shoe is so luxurious that if Casca sold it through traditional retail outlets, the shoe would be listed for a retail price north of $400. Instead, the founders decided to sell Casca’s shoes direct-to-consumer via their website so that they can sell you an absolutely incredible everyday shoe at an affordable price (under $200). Once you start wearing Casca shoes, you may not want to wear anything else. For more information, see our comparison of Top 5 Minimalist Shoes.
It’s the perfect shoe for 2020, when you are more likely to be working from home and chilling with family then working in a traditional office setting. Regardless of the occasion, Casca offers colorways that can be dressed up or down, so you spend less money and time thinking about shoes, and more time focused on what really matters.
Gift Number 9: Sono Move - A Portable WiFi + Bluetooth Speaker
If there is a universal truth besides death and taxes, it is that music soothes the soul. When you and your loved ones are going to be spending a lot of time at home, it makes sense to have a top-notch portable speaker. The Sonos Move is our favorite.
The Sonos Move is battery powered, which means you can easily move it from room to room, or even to the backyard for some evening chilling. It is also weatherproof and drop-resistant, which means you can, which means you can confidently get the most out of your investment, without worrying about the speaker being fragile.
The Sonos Move is our favorite portable speaker because it is both voice controlled (working with Google Assistant and Alexa) and also automatically tunes its sound to fit the surroundings. When you purchase the Sonos Move, you are purchasing the ultimate entertainment companion.
The speaker is perfect for relaxed evenings in the hammock, and socially distanced dinner parties. It’s great for catching up on your favorite podcast while you clean, or jamming to your genre of choice. Use it to play lullabies and white noise to help your kids sleep, or to play classical music to help you focus while working. The Sonos Move capable of fitting any situation, and makes a great gift for yourself or your loved ones.
Gift Number 8: Warby Parker Blue Light Glasses
I work at a computer all day long, and for years my eyes would grow tired in the afternoon, and I would find myself uncomfortably squinting. Often I would find myself with a headache, leaning awkwardly toward my screen. I went to the eye doc several times, and nothing helped. That is, nothing helped until I tried blue light glasses.
So many blue light glasses look cheap or cheesy, but not Warby Parker’s blue light glasses, and that is why we love them. Warby Parker has a wide selection of both prescription and non-prescription glasses, so that you can find a pair you love regardless of your style. When you choose the blue light filtering lenses from Warby Parker you will benefit from reduced eye fatigue, reduced sleep disruption, and potentially a decreased risk of macular degeneration.
In the 2020 work-from-home world, more people are spending extended hours at their laptops, and if you are looking for a gift for someone that spends most of their time in front of a screen, we promise they will thank you. Warby Parker glasses have improved my life, and they might just do the same for you and yours.
If you personally are in the market for a pair of blue light filtering glasses, Warby Parker has an awesome at-home try on program. They will let you pick up to five pairs of glasses, and ship them to you for free. I used the at home try on program, and it was incredibly helpful. Glasses I thought would fit my face looked ridiculous, and the underdog glasses I included in my selection of five became the pair I eventually purchased.
Once I selected a pair, I simply put the samples back in the mail. It took me a total of 30 minutes, most of which was me standing in front of a mirror. Warby Parker glasses look fantastic, and their customer service is world class. If you are looking for a thoughtful gift for the office worker, blue light glasses are an excellent option, and we recommend buying yourself a pair too.
Gift Number 7: Absolut Art
If you are looking for a gift that is both unique and inspiring, then look no further than Absolut Art. The company sells limited edition prints that are both signed by artists and framed. Their portfolio includes both emerging and established artists, and the platform provides the artists with a unique way to share their work with the world.
You no longer have to go to a stuffy gallery, where you feel completely out of place, just to pick up a new piece for your living room. On the other hand, because Absolut Art focuses on limited edition prints, you will find something unique, and avoid that embarrassing dinner moment when your guest says they purchased the exact same piece from Wayfair.
Some new artwork may be very timely for other reasons too. In a world where zoom is not the new norm, some nice artwork in the background provides a little sophistication to your calls. It can be a nice conversation piece too. If you doubt this, look no further than the Room Rater phenomenon on social media. Accounts like @ratemyskyperoom on twitter have built an entire following by rating video conferencing backgrounds!
If you or a loved one video conference much, some Absolut Art would be a worthwhile investment. The artwork is incredible too. These eye-catching pieces will be a fantastic addition to any home or office. What better gift could there be? When you choose to give artwork from Absolut Art, you are giving unique beauty that is thoughtful and inspiring.
Gift Number 6: Sheets & Giggles Eucalyptus Sheets
Most people have been sleeping in cotton sheets for decades, but it’s 2020, and it’s time for a change. Eucalyptus sheets have so many benefits, that sticking with cotton sheets doesn’t make much sense. Sheets & Giggles eucalyptus sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, unlike cotton, making them better for sensitive skin. They are surprisingly more breathable and moisture-wicking too.
All these benefits wouldn’t mean much without comfort on par with cotton sheets, but eucalyptus sheets are naturally softer (like scientifically softer) than cotton sheets. The sheets are so soft, you may not even believe it until you try the sheets yourself. Pure luxury.
It keeps getting better. Eucalyptus sheets are nicer to the planet too. Sheets & Giggles’ sheets are made from a sustainable process that uses 96% less water than standard with cotton sheets, and 30% less energy too. The trees used to make these Lyocell sheets are harvested from sustainably managed farms.
Sheets & Giggles eucalyptus sheets are available in your standard whites, pearls, and grays, but also available in bold colors such as a royal purple color and a mint green color. Since you are moving on from decades-old cotton sheets, you might as well add some color to your bedroom while you are at it. Once you try eucalyptus sheets you may never turn back, so it’s a good thing that Sheets & Giggles sells comforters, duvets, and blankets too.
While people are quarantined at home and feasibly spending more time in bed, Sheets & Giggles makes the perfect gift too. For all of the reasons listed above, giving these sheets will make you seem like quite the informed consumer, and make the person receiving the gift feel cozy and loved. Be bold and try something new. Try Sheets & Giggles.
For more information, see our comparison of Sheets & Giggles vs. Buffy vs. Cozy Earth hypoallergenic sheets.
Gift Number 5: Away Luggage
In a post-pandemic world, we are all going to need to get out of the house a little bit more. After being stuck inside my home office for months on end, I can’t wait to get out and explore the world. Reliable, go-to luggage is essential for easy traveling, and there is no better luggage on the market than luggage from Away.
Away’s luggage is thoughtfully designed to meet your traveling needs. The carry-on luggage comes with the option of a battery, which can charge your phone up to 4x while you are on the go. If you have ever crouched next to an airport outlet, you know this is a game changer. We also love the removable laundry bag in the larger luggage lines.
Stylistically, Away offers the most appealing luggage available on the market, and they have a line of totes, backpacks, and other travel bags which also mirror the minimalist design flare. It is also surprisingly affordable. If you plan on doing any traveling with friends, family, and other loved ones, Away luggage is a gift that will last a lifetime.
For more information, see our comparison of Away vs. Timbuk2 vs. Baboon To The Moon, our favorite luggage brands for any adventure.
Gift Number 4: Great Jones Cookware
If you and your loved ones aren’t ready to travel the world post-pandemic, then it might be time to learn new skills and create new memories in the kitchen. You will love Great Jones cookware because it is both beautiful and durable, but Great Jones is more than that. Great Jones is creating a cooking community where you return time and time again for stories and recipes, long after you purchased your cookware.
It’s the small touches that will really impress you, such as measurements laser-etched into the interior of the cookware. They also offer optional engraving, so when you give Great Jones cookware as a gift, you can do so with a more personal touch.
Great Jones cookware is also PFOA- and PTFE-free. Some cookwares release harmful chemicals when exposed to extreme temperatures, but Great Jones stands as a non-toxic cookware alternative. Great Jones cookware is a gift you can proudly give, because it communicates in more ways than one that you truly care.
For more information, see our comparison of Calphalon vs. Great Jones vs. Le Creuset Non-Toxic Cookwares, our favorite cookware brands.
Gift Number 3: Molekule Home Air Purifier
If facemasks tell us anything about 2020, it is that people are much more aware of the air they breathe than they might have been before 2020. What you may not realize is that inside air (inside your house, office, and even your car) is significantly more polluted than outside air. Molekule has multiple solutions to help with this problem.
There are a lot of air purification systems on the market, but they aren’t all created equal. Most use some combination of HEPA filters and Carbon filters to capture both particulate matter and gases respectively, but the Molekule air purifier uses the PECO system developed by the founding family. You can read a more detailed review of our favorite home air purifiers, as well as a more detailed explanation of the differences between HEPA and PECO at our comparison of Dyson vs. Molekule vs. Wynd at-home air purifier systems.
The bottom line is this: Molekule’s PECO system actually destroys pollutants rather than capturing them. When we stop to think about it, isn’t the goal to create a cleaner environment without pollutants, rather than just capturing the pollutants? I would have never considered it before researching Molekule in depth, but Molekule’s PECO system actually destroying pollutants is a game changer.
Molekule offers their system in multiple sizes, so that you can appropriately place their air purifiers throughout the house. If you aren’t ready to take the plunge buying multiple air purifiers (which are discounted when bought in bundles), the Molekule air purifiers have a convenient strap-like handle which makes them easy to move from room to room.
If you or a loved one struggles with allergies or asthma, or if you are concerned that the air in your house has 5x more pollutants than outdoor air, then purchasing a Molekule is a must.
Gift Number 2: Ruggable Machine Washable Rug
Rugs are a great addition to any room. Not only do they protect flooring, but they also add a little punch to your interior design, while also being pleasing for your feet. Traditional rugs are frustrating because they are difficult to clean, and if you have pets or kids in the house then keeping a rug clean can feel hopeless!
I personally disposed of a rug after a pet accident, so I was incredibly excited to find out about Ruggable. Ruggable developed a two piece rug system, including a pad which stays in place, prevents slippage, and provides cushioning. The rug cover (the second piece of the system) is thinner than a traditional rug, but as beautiful as any rug on the market. Because the rug cover is so much thinner than a traditional rug, even their largest rugs are machine washable.
Ruggable sells both indoor and outdoor rugs in beautiful designs, and even has a licensing agreement with Disney to satisfy big kids and children alike. For more information, see our comparison of Ruggable vs. Lorena Canals vs. Natural Area Rugs.
Gift Number 1: Unagi Electric Scooter for Adults
The Unagi electric scooter is number 1 on our list for a reason. Unagi refers to their scooter as the “world’s first luxury scooter for adults,” and while that is a very subjective statement, we also have a hard time disagreeing with them. The scooters are sleeker and more innovative than any other electric scooter on the market.
We like to say the Unagi scooters look like they were designed in Cupertino at Apple HQ, but others have said their electric scooter looks and performs like it was designed by Tesla. While these comparisons don’t tell you much about Unagi itself, it should give you some insight into Unagi’s quality and design features.
The scooters weigh less than 27 lbs., which is substantially lighter than several competitors, and have a top speed around 17 mph. With a max range of 15.5 miles, Unagi’s electric scooters are a great option for commuters, and the lightweight and fast-folding allow you to quickly hop on public transportation when needed. Electric scooters are an eco-friendly option to traditional commuting, and a great gift for anyone fun-loving friend or family member.
Rideshare scooters showed us all how fun and convenient electric scooters can be, but rideshare scooters have their downsides too. They aren’t always available when you need them, and infamously have a low charge or insufficient power. In a post-pandemic world, we can’t ignore the fact that you don’t know where those ride-share scooters have been, or who has used them. Investing in an Unagi electric scooter solves these problems.
The bottom line is electric scooters are awesome. They are fun during a night out with friends, and convenient for commuting. Unagi electric scooters top our reviews, and would be a fantastic gift. For more information, see our comparison of Unagi, Segway, and Apollo electric scooters for adults.
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