Holiday shopping can be stressful. Well, to be honest, that’s an understatement.

If you actually make it into a store, it’s typically packed, and then you run the risk of that extra special gift being out of stock or in the wrong color or size. If online shopping is your go-to plan, then you have to make sure that the gifts arrive well in advance and then quickly scramble to wrap them before the kids or your spouse goes snooping. But before you can even fumble through those challenges, you have to decide who do I really need to buy for and what will they really want?

There are nephews, nieces, neighbors and even cousin Eddie who you’re still not sure how you’re related to him. If you’re like us, you don’t get to see everyone as often as you would like, so picking out a gift that they will fall in love with is even more challenging.

However, if you’re working on a budget or just looking for a little extra something to toss under the tree, we’re here to help with some recommendations. Here’s our top picks:

Overhead view of Contigo Transit Travel Mug in White
Transit Travel Mug

Coffee Enthusiast

That coffee lover in your life will love the new AUTOSEAL Transit Travel Mug. It’s basically a Ferrari for your coffee. Spill and leak proof? Check. Hot for up to 5 hours? Check. “Sneezeguard” to help protect the drinkspout if they’re a germaphobe? Check. This travel mug really does have it all and it’s under $25 bucks. Just go ahead and get it, you know they won’t be disappointed. You can find it here.

Gym Rat

Do you have someone you have to buy a gift for whose second home is the gym? The AUTOSEAL Kangaroo’s “pouch” is perfect for holding keys, credit cards and gym cards, so the only thing they will have to worry about is staying hydrated…and not falling off the treadmill. This water bottle is currently on sale and under $12.

College Student

Have an upperclassman in the family that needs to keep a nice adult beverage cold for an extended period of time? (Well, let’s be realistic, it probably won’t be that long) The Ultimate Party Cup is perfect for keeping those drinks cold, whether they’re tailgating or have a long night of “studying” ahead of them. It will actually keep their drinks cold and their hands dry and warm for up to 8 hours. Bonus – it’s under $15.

Contigo AUTOSEAL pitcher with fruit infuser stick


To keep with the partying theme, grab a Pitcher Set and some Party Cups for the person who loves to host. Family get-togethers, friends over for dinner, kids’ birthdays- this is something that every host will come to enjoy. The AUTOSEAL Pitcher is designed to seal in delicious flavors and seal out odors that are chilling in the fridge. It also comes with an ice core so that drinks don’t become watered down. Add a fruit infuser to jazz any beverage.


It’s the wrong size. It’s the wrong color. Didn’t you know that hasn’t been cool for a month? Don’t worry about clothes shopping for tweens. Get them something that lets them stay hydrated without it falling out of style. We’ve got a whole slew of options, but we’d recommend starting with the AUTOSEAL Courtney Water Bottle. It’s spill-proof, has a clip to attach to a bag, and comes in a variety of tween approved colors. Not to mention, it’s under $12. Let someone else deal with clothes.

Gizmo Flip, a kids water bottle
Gizmo Flip

Little Tykes

Not interested in getting another toy that will be tossed in the toy box? Then go for something both the kids and parents will love – a spill-proof, reusable kids water bottle. We recommend the AUTOSPOUT Gizmo Flip Kids bottle because it has a cool pop up spout and is 100% spill-proof (even when it’s left open). And the icing on the cake is that it’s under $10! Check it out here.

As always, use your best judgement and trust your instincts when you are perusing the selection. You don’t want to end up on anyone’s naughty list next year.

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  • lynn frederickson

    we have the travel mugs and i seem to loose the lids…. how can i buy just the lids?

  • Kathy Martin

    I bought 5 Contigo travel mugs for myself and my sons for Christmas. I soaked my lid in hot water as instructed but it still has a very strong “plastic” taste. What is the problem? One of my sons began using his and complained of the same thing.

    • Contigo

      Thank you for contacting us. We apologize for the issue with your product. Our care and use guides ( outline the ideal method for cleaning and storing your product. In general, you should rinse the product after each use, and always store your product with the lid removed in a cool, dry place.
      We offer cleaning brushes through our online store, and you can also view a video that demonstrates the best way to clean your product. For stronger cleaning power, you can use lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda, or Polident® Retainer Tabs. It is not safe to use bleach or other toxic cleaners.
      I hope this information is helpful, and please contact us if we can be of further assistance.

  • Yen Shifflett

    This is the second set of coffee mugs I have.The first set I had to throw away because the leaking of the lids.The second set which I got for my birthday in June.Now one of the set the lid did not work, I could not drink coffee out of the mug, completely shut.I really love your products but I do not want to throw away the mugs just because the lids did not function .May I purchase just the lids.Last year I already get in touch with your company and no one answered me.

    • Contigo

      Hi Yen, sorry to hear about your issues with your lids. Please go to and fill out our warranty form. Make sure to include two images and a detailed description.

  • Evelyn Navarrete

    I am writing d/t problem with cleaning the top of the sports water bottle, stainless. There is a small tab on top the has to be removed with a dime. Under it was disgusting. I wash daily in the dish washer. Never noticed it before. What purpose does that tab serve? I also did not get the thing to clean it with in my package so have been using q tips and did not realize how much build up in the cap. Are there any similar products that do not have the tap that may be easier to clean? I buy these all the time at Costco for friends and gifts. Any suggestions?

  • Johanna

    I do not usually do this but I had to let you know how much I love your coffee travel mug. I fill it up in the morning and drink it all day. I don’t even us a regular coffee cup just because the coffee gets so cold so fast in them. And when I’m out the door I snap the lid closed and throw it in my purse not having to worry about it leaking. I recommend it to everyone.

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