The Best Gifts for Introverts and Homebodies – PCMag

The Best Gifts for Introverts and Homebodies – PCMag

These expertly curated gadgets can help your quieter friends and family create a next-level home sanctuary.
Not everyone likes receiving tickets to a show or going to dinner at the flashiest new restaurant. Some of us are most comfortable in our own peaceful, private sanctuaries.
For your contemplative, home-oriented friends and family, cozy relaxation warrants more than just Netflix and a fuzzy blanket. These gifts will help them get even more out of their happy place.
Skip Starbucks, Stay Home
Wait: So you’re telling me all I have to do is say, “Alexa, make coffee” or press a button on my phone from bed, and the coffee will start brewing? Yup. This swanky smart coffee maker is the ultimate morning luxury that just about any coffee drinker will enjoy, no matter what they’re using now. Not sure which one you want? Check out our full list of smart coffee maker recommendations.
Vintage Chic Decor, Immersive Audio
Handsome retro design meets modern features in these Bluetooth-compatible bookshelf speakers—perfect for sprucing up the pad you spend the most time in. They deliver clear, rich sound and come in a few different finishes: black ash, dark-brown walnut, white-and-brown walnut, or white-and-tan bamboo.
For Enhanced Security [Sponsored]
Ding dong! Your lunch is here. Or is it your nosey neighbor? With the Ring Video Doorbell Pro(Opens in a new window), you’ll always know who’s at your door. In addition to the standard Ring features like motion detection, HD video, night vision, and two-way talk, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro has dual-band Wi-Fi, and comes with Quick Replies, which is like an answering machine for your front door when you’re busy. With the Ring App, you can receive real-time notifications and control your connected Ring devices all from your mobile dashboard. Give gifts that bring peace of mind all year long with Ring.
For a Touch of Greenery
Homes with gadgets galore benefit from a houseplant or two to keep the zen vibes balanced. Bloomscape is a popular online plant store with loads of options and gift cards, in case you’re not sure which will fit their space.
For Gaming on the Couch
This beloved Nintendo device works as both a TV console and a Game-Boy-style handheld. It gives you access to a remarkably strong library of excellent games, earning some of our best gaming reviews with many options for kids. The Switch has been available for several years but still impresses.
For Visiting the Metaverse
If the Nintendo Switch feels too classic for your favorite introvert, consider the Meta Quest 2: It takes gaming to a new level. This second edition improves on its pricier predecessor in nearly every way, with a more powerful processor, a sharper screen, and a lighter design. It’s the best VR headset for newbies and experienced users alike.
Skip the Gym, Work Out at Home
If your giftee has an Apple Watch, Fitness+ is a compelling add-on they’ll love to explore even when working out at home. Fitness+ features a variety of studio-style classes with excellent music and instruction you can stream on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. If they haven’t experienced the wonders of the Apple Watch, check out The Best Apple Watch for 2022.
For a Smarter Home
This smart frame does a lot more than the corny digital frames of yesteryear: You can use it to video-chat, ask Alexa, display photos, keep an eye on who’s in your home for security, and more. That’s a huge value in one countertop rectangle. For another, slightly cheaper option, check out the Google Nest Hub.
For Undisturbed Listening
These amazing noise-cancelling headphones can help tune out the world for full focus and relaxation. Construction next door? No problem. Family member unloading the dishwasher yet again? Go ahead. Your giftee will be happily jamming out to their favorite tunes and podcasts in distraction-free bliss.
For TV Lovers
If someone you know doesn’t have Hulu yet, a subscription is a guaranteed hit as a gift. They’ll love checking out original shows and movies, like The Handmaid’s Tale, Only Murders in the Building, Pam & Tommy, The Dropout, and Dopesick. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, with the option to renew on their own if they love it. If not, cheers to a year of free content.
For Lifelong Learners
Helping someone learn new skills—maybe ones they’ve always wanted to—is one of the best things you can do for them. For $180, give a year’s worth of access to a trove of online classes with A-list instructors recruited by MasterClass. Examples: Natalie Portman teaches acting, Serena Williams teaches tennis, and Frank Gehry teaches design and architecture. MasterClass offers an awe-inspiring lineup with something for everybody.
For Home Chefs
Blue Apron can teach giftees a great indoor hobby with instant, delicious gratification. Meal services have been around for a while now, and they’re only getting more popular. But we love Blue Apron in particular for its great flavors, vegetarian options, wine add-ons, reliable delivery, and sample video tutorials. For that, it earned our Editors’ Choice award for the many meal services out there.
For Fresher Home Cooking
This hydroponic garden can grow basil, tomatoes, parsley, flowers, and more right on your kitchen counter. The ingredients are as fresh as though they were grown in soil and require almost no maintenance. You’ll feel like a professional gardener and farm-to-table chef all year round, with no green thumb required.
For Hands-Off Cleaning
For people struggling to keep pet hair, dirt, or kitchen crumbs under control, the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO is a lifesaver. It’s the company’s most affordable robot vacuum, and it can even empty its own dustbin for truly hands-free cleaning. Watching this little machine zoom around the house and do work for you will never get old.
For Lighting the Way at Night
Ah, the sweet satisfaction of a light automatically turning on right when you need it. This smart plug-in night light illuminates when you approach it. The LED can display in white or RGB colors; you create lighting schedules and control everything from either an app or with your voice. It’s sure to be an unexpected but much-appreciated gift that will last for years to come.
For Literary Immersion
Amazon-owned Audible has a wide library of audiobooks. With a monthly subscription, listeners can access all the titles they want to—a welcome alternative to podcasts and music, especially for those who go on long walks, commute to work, or are able to carve out time for easy listening.
For Candle Lovers
Everyone loves a candle, and LuDela’s remote-controlled pillars with real flames are sure to go over well. They burn on refillable liquid cartridges, not wax, and protect air quality by being soot-free and odorless. LuDela candles have been getting rave reviews across the board, cementing this new candle category as a fun one to explore this winter.
For Grocery Delivery (and Free Paramount+ Streaming)
Walmart Plus, an Amazon Prime competitor, comes with amazing benefits, much of which are oriented toward the home. The monthly subscription includes grocery delivery, Paramount+ streaming, free shipping on Walmart.com orders, early access to deals, and even fuel savings. It’s like giving a basket of gifts and services that will surely be used.
For more ideas on what to buy your friends and family, check out and bookmark PCMag’s full holiday gift guide.
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