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An 84-piece Qubits construction set perfect for any aspiring engineers, because it doesn’t have instructions or anything you’re “supposed” to build — so you can completely experiment and use your ~imagination~.
Promising review: “We bought this for our six-year-old grandson. Tiring of Legos! This was a huge hit with him. In fact, a neighbor boy was over for a playdate and they both played with these for hours. They are a wonderful break from iPad app games. They encourage dexterity and imagination. Would give it more stars if I could.” — lmg
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An infinitely-reusable silicone zip bag that’ll help them use less plastic every day, and could save hundreds (if not thousands!) of single-use plastic bags from ending up in the trash.
Of course, they’re totally dishwasher safe. (I have a couple myself and have used ’em for several years now — they’re in great shape and I run them through the top rack all the time!)
Promising review: “I’ve tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there all using a variety of materials. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren’t usually dishwasher safe. There are other silicone ones that need a separate rod to close them that you can easily lose. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean and I trust that they aren’t hiding gross crumbs in any of the crevices.” — Megan A.
Get them on Amazon: the snack size for
$9.99, the sandwich size for $11.95, a “stand up” nearly half gallon–size for $19.99, or the half-gallon size for $19.99.
A set of two miniature spatulas to stuff an aspiring makeup-artist’s stocking, because they make it easy to use each and every drop of primer, foundation, and other products.
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Of course it’s great for jars of mustard and peanut butter, too! BTW, these do actually work, like,
incredibly well — here’s one BuzzFeeder’s review.
Promising review: “So worth it! I’m so happy with it. You will definitely save money using this. I think about how much I could have saved if this was invented 30 years ago. I mostly use it for small makeup jars. I tested out the longer one on a 18oz lotion and it worked fine. Some reviews complain about not being able to get every curve and corner of their container. ..oh please.! You get so much more than you would without it.” — Liz
Get the set of two — one with a 6-inch handle, and another with a 12-inch handle (for different tasks!) — on Amazon for
The Comfy, a reversible blanket-slash-sweatshirt that’s perfect for pretty much anyone who likes to lounge around under a blanket, but wishes the blanket followed them everywhere they went.
It’s designed to be big enough that it covers you up completely, if you tuck your feet under you on the couch, and of course it’s machine washable and dryable.
Promising review: “I saw this on Shark Tank a while ago and thought I’d buy this for my teenage daughter because she’s always using my hoodies to keep warm while watching TV or reading. I was really surprised how well made it was. Super soft and well worth the money if you want something to lounge around that’s comfy. She loves it.” — Chaka
Get it on Amazon for
$39.99+ (available in adult and kids, and in 18 colors/patterns).
The Squatty Potty toilet stool (yup!) because A) it’ll be hilarious when they unwrap it and B) it really does align everything in a natural way to make pooping easier and faster.
We know it makes a difference because several BuzzFeeders own and love these — read one
Promising reviews: “Per my husband: “First time I used mine I was like “there’s no way the last three inches of that poop would have come out without the Squatty Potty.”” — m2
“Unbelievable that I’ve been performing a basic bodily function incorrectly my entire life. This is a wonderful product that is well worth the money. It allows one to adopt a natural, healthy position without giving up a western style toilet. You just have to use it to truly appreciate it.” —
Get them from Amazon: the
seven-inch high stool (for new squatters) or the nine-inch-high stool (for ~advanced~ squatters) for $24.99.
They also make a bamboo “flip” version that toggles between seven and nine inches for
$39.99, or the seven-inch clear acrylic version for $78.76!
A SmartGurlz coding doll that uses an iPad app to teach beginning programming concepts. Soon your kid will have their doll zooming everywhere on the scooter!
Promising review: “My daughter LOVES this doll. She has shown in interest in coding and this app brought together her love of dolls and technology. Its has been a struggle to find coding toys that are not implicitly marketed to boys. My daughter has some coding programs that she plays around with online but it has been really gratifying to see her make the connection between coding and tangible results that she can see and play with. The cute little scooter comes with a doll but you can also use any standard size doll with it. Don’t forget to order the rechargeable battery.” — sciencemom
Get the the doll and scooter from Amazon for
$58.89+, and the rechargeable unit from SmartGurlz for $19.99.
A racheting leather belt — instead of having holes every inch or so, it adjusts to precisely fit their waist every single time they put it on.
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Promising review: “Honestly, I had never heard of a ratcheting belt before I ordered this, so I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect. But I’ve had my Mission Belt for about a week now and I love it. The leather feels and looks like a great quality leather. The finish of the buckle looks great. My biggest concern was the how the buckle would function, but that quickly went away with my first use. This is in many ways easier than a classic buckle style. This type of buckle won’t stretch or scratch the finish of the leather. I bought this belt specifically to wear with dress pants, but have liked it so much, it has become my “go to” belt.” — Jbemt
Get them from Amazon: the men’s belt for
$36.95+ (sizes S/28″ through Custom/up to 56″, many color/buckle combinations) and the women’s belt for $36.95 (sizes XS/up to 25″ through XL/up to 42″, many color/buckle combinations).
A snug-fit undershirt for anyone who’s self-conscious about their sweat because it has built-in padding that soaks up sweat before it has even a chance of forming a ring on dress shirts.
Promising review: “I tend to sweat profusely and haven’t really found a solution. Figured I could try this but was a bit skeptical. Wore it to work the other day with a dress shirt and during several points in the day, I did a spot check. Dry as a bone. This works as advertised. My body tends to run warm and I worried that it might make me hotter; I did feel slightly warmer but nothing that wasn’t manageable. The ‘shield’ is a little bulky and initially, it does feel like you have a pad under your arm. I got used to it after a few hours. TBH, if I have to get used to that feeling for the sake of having dry underarms, that’s an easy price to pay.” — Amazon Customer
Get one on Amazon for
$33 (available in sizes XS–3XL and four colors).
A set of seat gap fillers so *you* can be the one that saves them from the frustration of dropping their phone down the crack of no return for the umpteenth time — or from their teenager accidentally losing a few pieces of popcorn leftover from a movie, never to be recovered.
Because it fits over the car’s seat belt holster, it moves along with the seat as they adjust it — which means they can stuff it in and forget about it, at least until it saves a half-eaten lollipop from disappearing into the abyss.
Promising review: “I have to admit, my expectations weren’t very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don’t know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it’s soft! It’s just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn’t another product that compares to this.” — Tessa Forbes
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A whole-grain, protein-packed pancake and waffle mix that you can either bake for everyone *or* neatly wrap for your friend who’s really into exercising but also loves to bake, because it works as a substitute for flour.
Last Christmas my family bought a few boxes of their buttermilk mix to make pancakes with, and they were genuinely really delicious! I’ve had them every once in a while since then, too, and enjoy them every time. They definitely keep me full for longer than regular pancakes do (thanks to the 14g of protein they pack per serving, 21g if you make ’em with milk and eggs, which I recommend anyway, for the texture).
Promising review: “You can’t tell these are whole wheat pancakes taste or look–wise, they don’t burn easily and are very dense and fluffy when cooked. Most importantly they will not spike your blood sugar! When I eat regular pancakes or any other protein mix blend I’m always hungry shortly after. This mix keeps me pretty full for about five hours after I eat breakfast and that’s with only one serving of 53 grams of batter as noted on the nutrition label. Great buy I’m happy I found these online. These are very yummy, have clean ingredients, and I recommend you purchase them!” — Court
Get six boxes of Buttermilk Flapjack Mix on Amazon for
$29.99, and have enough to try for yourself and give as gifts (also available in Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Flax, and Buttermilk & Chia).
Some high-fidelity, nearly-invisible earplugs designed to cut down on the decibels during all their favorite concerts so their hearing stays protected without completely muffling the music’s clarity and sound quality.
Reviewers say they also help people with
autism, PTSD, and sensory overload be more comfortable in loud environments! Supposedly they work because of special sound-cutting filters; when you order a set they come with three size options for comfort. Plus they’re reusable and hand-washable.
Promising review: “I am a hobbyist musician (drummer and guitarist) and am around loud music quite a bit. I also go to a few concerts. I tried these out at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert. I was very pleased with the results. They allowed me to hear the music just fine while blocking out a lot of the ear-splitting volume and unwanted overtones within the arena. I’ve tried similar ear plugs in the past and always felt like they were blocking out too much of the sounds I wanted to hear. Wish I had started using these years ago. If you are a performing musician or a regular concert-goer interested in preserving your hearing, I highly recommend giving these babies a try. I don’t think you will find a better value for an as effective product.” — Fudge13
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A pair (or two or three) of Bombas Socks because just like all your podcast hosts swear, they’re incredibly comfortable, fit really well, and are overall simply high quality.
My parents gave me a few pairs of their wool quarter socks or Christmas last year and they have been game changers for me in the winter especially. My toes get cold quickly, even through thick boots, and these help keep them warmer for longer! Plus they make wearing my favorite pairs of ankle boots much more comfortable than the thinner pairs of socks I used to own. They’re, like, fitted to your feet: there’s plenty of room in the toes (and no annoying seam there, either!), slightly tighter (almost compression-like) in the arches, and almost feel cushioned in the heel.
Nearly a year later, they’re still in perfect shape — the cuff around the ankle doesn’t slip (or leave lasting marks from being too tight), and they fit like they did on day one. I know socks seem like a funny gift, but because they’re high quality and notably cozy, I’d say they’re the gift I appreciate the most out of everything I got last year! Oh, and for every pair you buy, the company donates a pair to one of their 2,5000+ giving partners in the U.S., so you’re doing good with your gift, too.
Get a pack of four women’s quarter socks on Bombas for
$53.20, or a single pair for $14. (Many styles, colors, and multiple sizes available in mens, womens, and kids; five different heights including no-show, ankle, quarter, calf, and knee-high/over-calf. They also offer easy gift sets.)
An acupressure back-and-body massager so they can get relief for the tension in their back (and shoulders, and feet, and legs) ~on demand~. It’s designed with a curve to give the person using it leverage so they won’t have to do a lot of work to get the pressure they need.
Promising review: “I am always looking for new solutions to help my chronic pain, and I had a feeling when I saw the Q-Flex on Shark Tank that I needed one ASAP. I used to do acupressure with a massage therapist but had to stop for financial reasons, and this is a great way to get the same relief for a fraction of the price. This has been so helpful for relieving the tightness in my neck, back, and shoulders and I’m so glad I bought it. Honestly this has been the BEST. PURCHASE. EVER. I even got one for my dad for Christmas since he has shoulder issues also. I seriously wish I had just bought it the day I saw it!” — Amelia
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A UV phone sanitizer because besides the holidays, it’s also cold and flu season, and it could lower their chances of getting sick, at least a little bit (and your chances too, if you live with them). It may not get rid of all the smears of grease on their screen, but it will annihilate a bunch of germies every night.
A few years ago, a BuzzFeeder
tested a bunch of our phones for germs, and the person with the cleanest phone used a similar product (everyone else, well, let’s just say it’s pretty gross).
Promising review: “I work in a large dental clinic with 50+ docs and even more assistants. Anyone who knows about dentistry knows that there are a lot of aerosols given out during almost every procedure. Since we don’t have a radio in the operatories, I’ve had to use my phone for music. Before phone soap I had to wipe my phone down every time with Cavicide wipes…not the best for your phone. Enter PhoneSoap! I’m able to sanitize my phone without destroying it with Cavicide! We’ve even tested and swabbed the phone for cultures before and after…this sucker works! Hands down, great investment. I’ll be buying another one for the home because this one is staying in my office.” — James
Get one on Amazon for
$79.95 (available in 10 colors).
A Monkey Mat — it folds up into an ultra compact pouch attached to the blanket, so it’s ready anytime you need a sheet to sit on. Oh, and it’s made of durable lightweight ripstop nylon, so you can simply shake any spills, grass, sand, and dirt right off the moment they happen (and…they will happen).
Of course, it’s machine-washable, too! The stakes are sold separately (and get so-so reviews), but it comes with weighted corners, so as long as it’s not
too windy you should be set!
Promising reviews: “I bought this to take to the beach on a trip to Costa Rica. We were staying on the Pacific side, a rocky beach that’s incredibly hot. This worked great. I put my towel on top of it to keep the hot sand away. Also, it is a very durable material and none of the rocks tore it whatsoever. Easy to shake the sand up and fold back up. :)” — Mark
“I love this monkey mat!
Perfect for travel and day trips with kids, And it really does all fit back into the little bag easily (which never happens)! I also love that the carrying bag is attached to the blanket so it’s impossible to misplace it. Smart product!” — SK
Get it from Amazon for
$34.86; also check out a version with a soft (still washable!) fabric layer on top of the waterproof nylon for $34.99.
Popup cards that don’t just say just the right thing — they’re basically a little gift in and of themselves.
Promising review: “ The cards are ingenious, gorgeous, and of a quality rarely matched in the consumer world. On top of that, the people tending this enterprise are delightful, warm, and make you feel like they care about you as someone far more important than just a person with money to spend. They treat you like someone in search of a thoughtful way to embrace a loved one and are pleased and eager to help. With so much clutter and animus loose in our culture, it was a great treasure to find this small gem of affection.” — VerbRiver
Get the Christmas Tree Village card for
$13, the T-Rex Card for $15, or browse Lovepop’s full card selection, all on Amazon.
A set of two magnetic glasses holders so your dad will finally always know exactly where he left his reading glasses.
Promising review: “I can’t tell you how many reading glasses I’ve killed in the past few years, largely from jettisoning them from my breast pocket or hooking them awkwardly in my shirt collar. These clips are amazing. They’re discreet enough that I don’t look like a goon wearing one on my shirt all day, and when I hang my glasses from them I can tie my shoes without spilling them lens-first on the ground. What else can a fellow ask for?” — Phil Selman
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A silicone Frywall for the home chef who loves trying new recipes but detests the necessary cleanup afterward — they’ll be able to easily cook all kinds of food in oil without coating the entire stovetop.
It’s dishwasher safe, can withstand sustained temperatures of up to 450°F, and rolls up into a cup-sized sleeve for easy storage. Note that it’s designed for 10-inch pans, and it doesn’t work with downdraft stoves (i.e. stoves that have a vent that pulls into the floor, instead of the ceiling).
Promising review: “I used my Frywall for the first time tonight to fry sole filets. Worked like a charm. I was surprised by the amount of oil that accumulated on the Frywall. That’s grease that would have ordinarily gone onto the stove, counter and wall. It fit nicely in my 10.5-in All Clad saute pan which means it should also work in the All Clad saucepans since the lids are exactly the same. I washed it by hand and left it on the open dishwasher door to dry.” — ezreader
Get it on Amazon for
$21.95 (available in four colors).
A ~ water enhancer~ that says it optimizes the water (with certain minerals) for brewing the tastiest cup of coffee possible, no matter how they brew their morning cup.
Promising review: “If you have a reverse osmosis system this is essential for coffee. I love RO water for just drinking, however for coffee, mixing this in gives a very robust, aromatic coffee. The first cups I made with RO water tasted very bland/flat, nearly like nothing at all. This with dark roast tastes better than most cups I get at places that make you pay $4 for a cup.” — J. Press
Get a box of 12 capsules (which makes 12 gallons of water) on Amazon for
A silicone wedding band so your S.O. can leave their ring someplace safe while they do whatever, whether they’re a busy mom, a mountain climber, a Crossfitter, a hairdresser, or just want a super comfy everyday ring.
Multiple reviewers mention that it stretches some over time and recommend ordering a size down.
Promising review: “Very practical ring. I can wear this ring without it getting in the way or even really noticing it. I wear it in the shower, doing dishes, whatever. I got the white one and so far (approx. 1 month use) no discoloration, which I was worried about. I have an allergy to metal so this was a very good non-traditional solution for my wedding ring. (I still have my nice diamond ring to wear out when I dress up). It fits like a glove. I was worried that it would feel too tight at first and it would freak me out if I couldn’t get it off or it would cut off circulation. None of this happened. It was totally comfortable from day one. Very happy! Definitely recommend!” — WWoman6814
Get one on Amazon for
$12.49–$24.99 (available in sizes 4–9 and 18 colors).
A pack of fizzy cleaning tablets for your friend who’s always carrying around a giant metal water bottle or coffee mug.
All you do is fill your container with warm water, drop in a tablet (or two, if you’re cleaning something bigger than a water bottle), wait half an hour, and rinse. Also, based on the reviews it seems to work best on metal or ceramic, and not so well on plastic.
Promising review: “Be sure to use hot water; it seems to do a lot better job. The first time I used these on a Contigo travel mug I used room-temp water, and it just came out okay. For the next travel mug I used boiling water and the results were terrific. It looks new again. Then I used two cubes (and boiling water) in a large old pressure cooker that had become brown inside from years of making vegetable soups, and I’m amazed how clean it came out. That pressure cooker stain persisted throughout dozens of scrubbing sessions and dishwasher runs, so I figured the Bottle Bright wouldn’t help either but it did.” — MisterPlow
Get a pack of 12 tablets on Amazon for
The Bug Bite Thing, a suction tool because it lets them gently extract at least some of the pesky venom that makes the bite itch, so even if the bite doesn’t go away completely, they don’t feel such an urge to scratch.
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Bek, an editor here at BuzzFeed, owns one of these and notes that while it doesn’t completely get rid of bites, it does put a halt to the itching. It works with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice! Note that some reviewers say the suction can be really strong, so try to use it gently; and the company doesn’t recommend using it on your neck or face, because it can cause bruising there. (Read the full directions before using it!)
Promising review: “I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical medicines with me at all times so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. When I woke up with a bug bite on my arm I used this little tool (three times per the instructions). Immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump and bite was gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!” — Rebecca
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A cute frog pacifier holder that they can attach to any baby carrier or car seat (with Velcro!) so the “I drop my binkie and you pick it up” game becomes a thing of the past.
Or at least, the frog’s the one who does the picking up. It can hold most pacifiers (including Nuk, MAM, Avent with handles, Avent Soothie, Playtex Binky, Tommee Tippee, Dr. Brown’s, and Nuby) as well as RaZbaby Teethers.
Promising review: “All parents need this product!!! Even before your baby can reach for a pacifier you will benefit from this because instead of digging around in a car seat (especially while driving) you can reach back and know exactly where the pacifier is! This is genius! Not to mention the cute animal keeps baby’s attention. And when they are old enough they can replace the pacifier themselves! It’s a win-win situation.” — cufan1987
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A pupper costume so your bestest furry friend in the whole world can try what it’s like to be a panda, lion, bear, or bunny for once in their lives.
(Let’s be honest, it’s really so you can laugh your butt off as they go running through the house). In addition to the panda and lion costumes, they also have bunny and teddy bear options.
Promising review: “Even tho it was a bit tough to get on my 16-week old (seven-pound) squirmy puppy (Size 1), and he wasn’t thrilled with running around in it (typical puppy), the photo opp was worth every penny! Lots of folks said it was the cutest thing they had seen in a long time!” — Sierra Meadow
Get one on Amazon for
$31.99+ (four sizes available based on your dog’s measurements).
The HoodiePillow, aka a memory foam neck pillow with a hoodie attached because sometimes it’s easier to doze of on an airplane or bus if they can just block out the rest of the world.
Promising review: “Comfortable neck pillow. Great for air travel, the hoodie is very easy to adjust over your face, it helps me block out the unwanted light and overall sights on the plane! I also use when riding as a passenger in a car to get a quick nap in. The memory foam is quite comfortable.” — TK
Get it on Amazon for
$29.95 (available in five colors).
A tacky or just plain funny sweater or tee from Tipsy Elves for anyone who you know will immediately keel over laughing the moment they open the package.
Reviewers for the sweater say it’s true to size; there aren’t as many reviews for the tee but they suggest the same, too.
The sexism here is somewhat disappointing, but FYI: they make a “mens”
version of the unicorn sweater where Santa’s carrying a sword; if you like the idea of the sword, then def order that one but in a smaller size than you’d order the “womens”. (If you don’t like the idea of a sword, order the “womens” in the appropriate size for you!)
Promising review (for the sweater): “This sweater is very cute and was a hit at my ugly Christmas Sweater party. But, more importantly, I was absolutely surprised and impressed by the quality of this sweater. It is very well made!” — Tipster
Get them on Amazon: the sweater for
$44.95 (also available in “ mens“) or the tee for $19.95 (both items available in sizes XS–XXL). Or check out the full Tipsy Elves product selection!
A bottle emptying kit because it will let them get every last drop out of their favorite shampoos, lotions, and even food products like honey or that gourmet salad dressing they’re always talking about.
The kit comes with six adapters (to make them fit a variety of bottle neck sizes) and six of the purple dispensing stands.
Promising review: “This is such a great tool for using up every last bit of product and reducing waste. We used this on a bottle of lotion that we thought was empty but got nearly six more months out of it when we put this on, we were shocked. I use this for my shampoo and anything else that I can think of.” — Felishia Rae
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