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Hottest gifts this holiday season, from Squishmallows to the Sony PlayStation 5

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Snag the hottest gifts of 2021 while they're still in stock. TE YAPR / Getty Images

With the nation facing port backlogs and shipping delays this year, you may run into trouble getting your hands on the hottest gifts of 2021 in time for the holidays. But if you start shopping now, you stand a far better chance of finding everything on their wishlist -- even this season's most wished-for gifts.

Find the hottest gifts of the season for all members of the family below, curated by CBS Essentials. Each item on the list is a best-seller, whether it's popular with your fellow CBS Essentials readers, Amazon shoppers or shoppers visiting one of our sister sites, such as ET Online. Whether they're a beauty junkie or workout enthusiast or hardcore gamer, there's a popular gift still available for them from Amazon, Nordstrom and more. 

Gift for beauty junkies: House of Huda Advent Calendar

House of Huda 12-Door Advent Calendar
Huda Beauty

Update their beauty stash with Huda Beauty's advent calendar that comes in a reusable rose quartz-inspired box. It holds a Nude Light, Haze Sand or Nude Rich eyeshadow palette, as well as 11 other makeup and skincare favorites. 

House of Huda 12-door advent calendar, $175

Gift for tech lovers: Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro
Apple via Walmart

If they don't have AirPods yet (or want to upgrade to the latest generation), find the Apple AirPods Pro on sale at Walmart. They offer noise cancellation and a wireless charging case. They're also sweat and water-resistant and offer quick access to Siri.

Apple AirPods Pro, $180 (reduced from $219)

Gift for the workout addict: Colorfulkoala leggings

Colorfulkoala Buttery Soft High Waisted Yoga Pants

These yoga pants, with more than 22,000 five-star reviews, are a similar style to the cult-favorite Lululemon Align leggings. These uber-affordable, high-waisted leggings come in 15 colors and are moisture-wicking and buttery soft.

Colorfulkoala buttery soft high-waisted yoga pants, $23

Gift for kids who believe in magic: Fairy Finder

WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder

Collect fairies in a mason jar with the Got2Glow Fairy Finder. Find more than 30 virtual fairies and even trade them with friends. You can "hug" your fairies, "feed" them and much more.

WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder, $40

Gift for any guy: Ugg Scuff slippers

Ugg Scuff Slipper

A new, cozy pair of slippers is a classic holiday gift. Ugg's men's Scuff slippers come in four colors and have either a genuine shearling or UGGpure lining (a textile made from wool but shaped to feel and wear like shearling).

Ugg Scuff slipper, $80 

Gift for collectors of all things cute: My Squishy Little Golden Dumpling

My Squishy Little Golden Dumpling

Squish this tiny dumpling to watch its personality come to life. And check out those 24-karat sunglasses and crown it comes with -- super cool. Dart the dumpling also makes sounds, lights up and more.

My Squishy Little Golden Dumpling, $15

Gift for the at-home manicurist: Olive and June mani system

Olive and June

This kit includes everything you need for an at-home manicure, plus six easy-to-wear polish shades from Emily Schuman of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Olive and June the Cupcakes and Cashmere mani system, $80

TikTok-approved gift for kids: Squishmallows

Squishmallows Aqua the Sloth

Adults and kids alike can find stress relief in the uber-collectible, TikTok-famous Squishmallow plush toys. Consider Aqua the Sloth, or one of the other adorable cuddly characters, for a holiday gift.

Squishmallows Aqua the Sloth, $14

Gift for new homeowners: Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell Wired

Whether you own or rent, the new Ring Video Doorbell Wired can help you feel safe and sound. It uses your existing doorbell wiring for around-the-clock power. It also offers two-way talk, advanced motion detection and real-time notifications sent to your phone.

Ring Video Doorbell Wired, $60

Gift for gamers: Sony PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5

The new PlayStation 5 is tough to get your hands on, but check stocks now to see if one is available for the gamer in your life. It offers support for haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and 3D audio technology.

Sony PlayStation 5, $499 (retail) or ~$750 (third-party sellers)

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