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Shop TODAY’s Holiday Hot List: Our ultimate picks for the season

Here are the buzz-worthy products you should know about.

With the holidays in full swing, we're back with our latest installation of Shop TODAY's Hot List: a selection of editor-curated, under-the-radar finds that we think our readers should know about.

We've done our research (think countless hours spent scouring social media, monitoring brand launches, trying buzzy new products ourselves and more) in order to deliver this trend report, which covers everything from chic fashion finds to the advent calendars you need to snag before they sell out. Shop TODAY editorial director Adrianna Brach stopped by TODAY to share six of our newest Hot List picks that should lend a hand in your holiday shopping (and celebrations!).

From a swift gift wrap cutter to a delicious hot cocoa blend, keep reading to shop the latest and greatest finds.

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Shop TODAY Hot List December 2023

The Original Little ELF Gift Wrap Cutter (2-Pack)

It's the season of giving — and gift wrapping! This gift wrap cutter makes cutting a straight line easier with just a swift hand motion. Place your gift wrap roll of choice inside the device while leaving your desired length unraveled, and let it work its magic without the rips or jagged cuts.

Deck of Scarlet Threeway Lip Oil

Unlike most lip oils, this option from Deck of Scarlet identifies as a 3-in-1 because it provides hydration like an oil, has the color pay-off of a lipstick and the shine of a gloss, based on its description. In fact, the results are so good that we even wrote a full review on it. "It's an easy stocking stuffer for the beauty lover in your life, but you're going to want to get one for yourself, too," suggests Brach.

Duderobe Luxury Men's Hooded Bathrobe

Duderobe says this isn't an ordinary bathrobe. Why? It's specially designed for the male silhouette so that you or the man in your life can enjoy the perfect fit. But, it also takes comfort to the next level with a hooded sweatshirt outside, and an absorbent inside. That way, it can be worn post-shower or just to lounge around in.

Brach mentions that this robe — which has been featured on Shark Tank — would make an adorable father-kid matching moment as it is available in both youth and adult sizes. And if you enter the code TODAY30 at checkout, you'll get 30% off your purchase.

West & Willow Custom Pet Portrait

This custom pet portrait earned a spot in our Gifts We Love awards because it adds a sentimental touch that you or your loved one will cherish for a lifetime. Upload a clear image of your pet (you're allowed up to three!) and select a background color, and West & Willow will print a hand-painted photograph of your furry friend(s).

Even better? You can now use the code TODAY25 at checkout to score 25% off your purchase. Talk about a win-win.

Toniebox Playtime Puppy Starter Set

This is one of Brach's favorite "low tech" toy finds. Inside the small audio box is a compilation of the most popular children's songs for your little one to listen to. They can tune into Baby Shark or Wheels on the Bus by just plopping the puppy figurine on top. The box itself is slightly cushioned so that it is soft enough to lay on, yet hard enough to be tossed around. You can purchase other figurines, such as PAW Patrol and Disney princesses, and select from a range of colors, too. For an extra 15% off your purchase, use the code TODAY15 at checkout on the brand's website.

Spicewalla Mexican Hot Chocolate

Now that winter is officially here, it's time to dig into some warm hot chocolate. This one from Spicewalla is a Mexican hot chocolate blend filled with cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and nutmeg for a sweet and spicy taste. Yum!

Instant Pot Magic Froth 9-in-1 Electric Milk Steamer and Frother

You can’t have hot chocolate without a hot chocolate maker, which is why Brach recommends this Instant Pot frother. Whip up a cup of hot chocolate for yourself or the whole family, and create multiple froth textures from light to silky. This device can even make other iced and hot beverages such as cold brews, lattes and cappuccinos.

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If modern-looking appliances aren't really your aesthetic, try this retro frother and hot chocolate maker. Witha 32 oz capacity and non-drop faucet, you'll be able to blend hot drinks seamlessly for the whole family.

Bellivera Faux Leather Jacket

Fall is the time to break out some quality jackets, and this faux leather pick comes straight from Brach's own closet. She says people constantly stop her and ask her where she got it — and are shocked to find out it's under $50. Brach loves the piece because it's a versatile, sleek style that goes with dressy clothes and casual outfits alike. Plus, it comes in a wide array of colors and goes up to size XXL.

Luzdiosa Candle Warmer Lamp

Not only is this neat home decor item adorable as a lamp on a side table, desk or nightstand, but it can actually help extend the life of your favorite candles since it doesn't burn them down. Social media editor Kara Quill found this lamp candle warmer over a year ago, and says the candle she’s had in it since she first bought it is still basically full. The wax is heated from the top, so the scent fills the room more quickly than other candle warmers that typically melt from the bottom (meaning you would have to wait for the whole candle to melt before you can smell it).

Polite Society B.I.G. Mouth Plumping Oil Lip Gloss

This lip plumping oil is a major launch from a buzzy new brand that was started by the founders behind Too Faced Cosmetics. As the name implies, this "mouth lip plumping oil gloss" is a semi-sheer, hybrid lip product that does it all, combining the best features of a lip gloss, a lip oil and a lip plumper all in one. According to the brand, it is formulated with blueberry oil, pepper and ginger, which aid in delivering a plumping effect that may tingle for a few minutes.

Shop TODAY Editorial Director Adrianna Brach tried it and says she definitely felt a tingle for a few minutes, but it's great for photos.
Shop TODAY Editorial Director Adrianna Brach tried it and says she definitely felt a tingle for a few minutes, but it's great for photos.Courtesy Adriana Brach

SOMOS Salsa Macha Mexican Chili Crisp

Another new product, this launch hit shelves for the first time this summer. Brach says that chili crisp variations are a foodie must-have, and this new version reimagines the go-to topping with Mexican flavors. It pairs the heat of a classic chili crisp with the sweetness of dried mango and pineapple for a concoction that is "chef's kiss." Brach says people are ravenous for the pantry staple, which will — literally — spice up your appetizers when you're hosting this fall.

Bar Keepers Friend Powder Cleanser (Pack of 2)

Have you heard of Bar Keepers Friend? It's a restaurant industry secret that blew up on TikTok recently, but it's actually been around for over 100 years! Associate editor Emma Stessman used this viral cleaning product — and a little elbow grease — to give her old cookware a makeover. It completely got rid of the stains on her well-loved pan, but it can also be used on your stovetop, baking sheets and more cookware that's looking a little worse for wear.

Uncommon Goods Through the Window Puzzle Advent Calendar

It might feel a little early for advent calendars, since most people open them in December, but the internet is going crazy for the gifting calendars right now because the best ones tend to sell out by the time November rolls around. Now's your chance to snag a good one, like this puzzle option from Uncommon Goods, before it's gone.

See's Candies 2023 Advent Calendar

Also on our wishlist is this year’s version of the See’s Candies advent calendar, which is available for pre-order today and is full of tempting treats. Now is the time to snag this popular advent calendar before it arrives in stores on October 19 — at which point it will likely sell out.

Ugg Classic Ultra Mini Boot

Speaking of selling out, these Ugg boots were sold out for months last year — and we expect the same thing will happen again this season. This style is a modern spin on the classic Ugg boot you know and love, with a sheepskin upper — which you can winterize with a shoe protection spray — and the signature cozy, fluffy lining. Brach says the shorter ankle-height feels like a halfway point between a boot and a slipper, which is perfect for fall. Whether you're into a classic neutral, like beige or black, or a pop of color, like emerald green or hot pink, we suggest adding these to your cart before it's too late.

Uniqlo Round Mini Shoulder Bag

Editor's note: Our pick is now low in stock, but we found another similar option below.

Meet the fanny pack's Gen Z cousin: The crescent shoulder bag. It's a unisex trend that everyone can get behind because it is truly functional (and, deceivingly large), Brach says. This style from Uniqlo comes in eight different colors — though, some are so popular that they are now out of stock — and has a water-repellent finish that makes it convenient for travel.

Iets Frans... Crossbody Mini Sling Bag

This crossbody sling features an adjustable shoulder strap, so you can wear it multiple ways.

Suntrsi SD Card Reader for iPhone

Most of us use our phones to take pictures, but it usually doesn't take long for our devices to reach their storage capacity after snapping a few memories. This gadget features both a MicroSD and a SD card slot, so it can be used to transfer photos from your phone to the SD card and vice versa. Prefer to take pictures with an actual camera? This pick is an easy way to load those pictures onto your phone, too.

Chuangdi Spa Towel Wristbands

If you wash your face in the sink, you're probably tired of water running down your arms during the process. Take it from a passionate Shop TODAY editor: Your skin care routine is missing these microfiber wristbands, says associate editor Kamari Stewart. They're a simple but genius enhancement that will help keep you (and your counters) dry.

Pavoi 14K Gold Plated Eternity Band

This time of year is all about accessorizing and this dainty eternity band is an easy and affordable way to make any outfit feel elevated. Brach says stackable rings like this one, along with necklaces, are all the rage right now, so it's worth snagging a solo piece or set of three in either a white, gold or rose gold-plated finish to pair with pieces you already own.

NYDJ Blake Slim Flared Jeans

Now is the perfect time to break out your white jeans! If you are struggling to find the right pair, associate editor Danielle Murphy found a perfect pair that taps into the flare jeans trend we're seeing everywhere right now. They're made with the brand's signature "Lift Tuck technology, which is designed to sculpt and slim, according to the brand. Despite their shaping capabilities, Murphy says they're not tight or uncomfortable and instead are stretchy and flattering.

Allbirds Women's Risers

Shop TODAY editors and readers alike have come to love Allbirds for their comfortable footwear options, and this latest style from the brand is giving us even more to love. They're made with an organic cotton canvas outer that comes in both classic and limited edition colors, lined with moisture-wicking Merino wool and boast an insole that is made from Allbirds' signature SweetFoam material.

Small Axe Peppers Habanero Mango Hot Sauce

Shop TODAY senior SEO editor Jess Bender has a knack for hot sauce, and this is one that she always keeps in her pantry. The brand, Small Axe Peppers, utilizes ingredients from community gardens and urban farms across the United States — and each sauce is given a name inspired by the city from which the ingredients hail from. Heat levels range from medium to spicy hot, and Bender's favorites are Bronx Green and The Detroit.

Owala FreeSip Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Sometimes, the littlest things make all the difference — and we believe it with this pick! Whether you've got wellness goals to reach or never leave home without a reusable water bottle in one hand, this pick is one you'll want to add to your cart ASAP. Brach says it has all of the "bells and whistles" of an insulated bottle (including multiple size options) but takes it up a notch thanks to the number of ways you can drink from it. You can sip upright through the built-in straw or remove the cap and take a swig; the lockable leakproof opening can help prevent spills after you've hydrated.

Youthforia BYO BLUSH Color Changing Blush Oil

Brach is calling this pick the "mood ring" of makeup. Blush has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years and Brach says this liquid blush oil is an even hotter take on the trend since it has a "customized" feel. You can apply it just like you would a skin care product and then let it work its magic: The color will change according to your body temperature, so you'll get the perfect shade every time.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote

A reliable tote bag is another must-have on our list and this sturdy option from L.L. Bean fits the bill. According to the brand, it was originally designed to carry ice from your car to the ice chest (back in the 1940s) but its functional design is keeping it relevant as one of 2023's hottest fashion statements. The price is reasonable for a bag of its stature and if you want to truly make it yours, you can get creative with it and have it embroidered for just an additional $8. Short on inspiration? Check out this social media page Brach found for some hilarious insight.

Sheertex Classic Sheer Rip-Resist Tights

Something we consider to be a winter essential? The perfect pair of tights. One Shop TODAY writer has owned these Sheertex tights for several years and swears by them — and got the whole Shop TODAY team hooked! They're designed to last ten times longer than the average pair of tights, according to the brand (hence why they're a bit more expensive than your usual buy) and they're made from a nylon-blend material with a polymer that is typically found in climbing equipment. Because of this, Brach says you won't have to purchase new pairs as frequently as you used to. Plus, you can find them in sizes XS-3XL.

Olaplex No. 4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo

This is not a drill! Olaplex launched its first-ever dry shampoo last week and Shop TODAY editors got a sneak peek at the brand new formula. Not only can it be used to absorb excess oil on your hair and scalp, but the brand says it can also be used to volumize your hair without leaving residue or a greasy feel behind. Unlike most powdered dry shampoos, Olaplex's formula can be massaged into your hair to clean your scalp too, says the brand.

Kizik Slip-On Shoes

If you're like us, you probably don't believe in compromising fashion for function. So, you can imagine our excitement when we found a pair of sneakers that combine the best of both worlds. These hands-free kicks have the sleek look and feel of your favorite footwear but are designed to slip on and off easily, which makes them convenient for those with limited mobility, little ones or anyone who is often crunched for time. Plus, you'll never have to worry about your laces untying!

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