My Brain Is Sick Of Gift Guides But These Presents Still Made Me Think, “Oooh”

My Brain Is Sick Of Gift Guides But These Presents Still Made Me Think, “Oooh”

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1.

A 2020 bubble wrap calendar, because they’ll enjoy the daily thrill (and respite from the dumpster fire that is the world right now) of popping each bubble.


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Promising review: “This was a hit. I purchased this item as a gift and she loved it. All the major holidays are included and see through stickers are provided. You can also write important reminders on the stickers before you place them on the calendar.” —G

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

2.

A spinning makeup brush cleaner to cut down the time it takes them to wash and dry their brushes (if they were even doing it all). Then they can spend all the time they’ve just saved telling you what a wonderful gift-giver you are.


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It comes with the brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars that securely connect the makeup brush to the spinner, a glass bowl, and a splash guard ring.

Promising review: “So far I really like this neat little gizmo. It’s got an excellent range as far as brush size goes. I have a pretty wide variety of brush types and there isn’t a single one in my extensive arsenal that I’ve not been able to fit! My main obstacle with brush maintenance was always setting them all up to hang dry and keep their shape. I grudgingly did this wash, scrub, dry, hang routine on 20 plus brushes because clean brushes are VITAL to get the best results! With this, it only takes a few minutes to wash AND dry, so now they go right back where they belong instead of sitting out where my kids can get ahold of a $40 foundation brush and use it to paint with toothpaste.” —fuzzypants

Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

3.

A mystery box of cat hats for the feline fan who adores dressing up their fur baby. Who knows, asserting your dominance and humiliating your cat into wearing a BANANA on his head may finally force him to accept your love.


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Promising review: “Cat hats are truly a godsend. There is nothing more adorable or silly than accessorizing your little furry friend with such captivating head pieces. Though I was hoping for the crab, the axolotl was probably the best one. I truly loved this product and had a blast with it. Unfortunately, Kitty probably didn’t share my enthusiasm or joy upon wearing the hood, though she was a good sport.” —Piiku

Get the aquatic box for $6.75 or the fruit box for $6.75 on Amazon.

4.

A pack of Pulleez hair ties so they aren’t ripping out hair every time they let down their ponytail. They simply pull their hair through the holder and then slide the toggle until the ponytail is secure. And when they want to take their hair down, they squeeze the toggle to release their hair.


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Promising review: “I just love these!! No matter how careful I tried to be putting my hair in a ponytail with a scrunchy or regular pony tail elastic I would still end up pulling out or breaking off several strands of hair. I have not lost one strand of hair as a result of using this product. It does take a couple of tries to get the hang of holding your ponytail AND the barrel clasp with the same hand, while you pull the ends to tighten, but then it becomes automatic.” —K. Sparling

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.95.

5.

The Wand, a mini handheld filter that may help reduce their wine-induced headaches. This lil guy is designed to remove the histamines and sulfites in alcohol that may trigger headaches and hangovers. It’s also supposed to revive oxidized wine so you don’t have to toss an open bottle.


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Promising review: “OMG!!!! This works. I love wine, but have terrible allergies to the histamines, sulfites, and preservatives in wine. I actually use one wand for two glasses of wine. I was very skeptical, but it works like a dream! Thank you PureWine. This is really a breakthrough for me.” —Penny Froh

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

6.

An instructional yoga mat so beginners aren’t looking around wondering what the heck is going on when the instructor says to get into Warrior 1. It’s also great for more experienced yogis who want to practice proper hand and foot placement.


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Promising review: “It’s pretty wonderful, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new yoga mat. I’m just a beginner, but I think the length of it is fantastic; you can really stretch out and do all the poses. I also like the thickness of it. It’s nice and cushy and it helps support my knees and back when moving from one pose to the other. I also do a lot of holding where I lay down for a pose. I’m not sure if this is totally correct, but I’m mostly trying to stretch out my back. So yes, definitely nice and supportive, way more so than most other mats.” —Jessica Rogers

Get it from Amazon for $56.

7.

A Stedi Pedi that’ll convince them that a salon-worthy pedicure at home *is* possible (because who wants to pay $35 to get their toes done?).


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It even comes with a built in LED light so they can see exactly where the polish is going. (The Stedi Pedi Pro comes with both an LED light *and* a fan.)

Promising review: “It’s awesome. It has a light so you can really see your nails, has space for your nail polish and application tools, and it felt real steady underneath my foot.” —Jocelyn

Get it from Amazon for $29.50.

8.

A wine bottle puzzle if they’re the type of person who likes to work hard for their gifts. Their reward for cracking the code: a delicious bottle of wine!


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Promising review: “So far only about 3 in 20 people have solved it, not including myself. In fact, I’ve put together the puzzle twice now and still can’t solve it with out directions! Moreover, there’s the excellent prize at the end of reclining in a living room and triumphantly downing an entire bottle of wine within 30 minutes of unwrapping it. This brain-bending puzzle has also been a great test of willpower for guests. Inevitably, people grit their teeth, scratch their head, and come back to this thing. Overall this would a be great gift for a wine or cider connoisseur in your life.” —Kelly + Tyler

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

9.

A coloring book that stretches 17 feet to occupy your chronically bored friend for the next 72 years, give or take a year.


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Promising review: “If you like intricate drawings with clean, clear lines this is the book for you. Intricate, yet, but not too much so. I like the whimsical art and the way the pages flow into each other. Paper is thick and gel pens do not bleed through. The only hassle is that the book can be a little unwieldy to work with.” —Margaret Ferguson

Get it from Amazon for $11.28.

10.

A retinol cream if your beauty-obsessed friend is always going on about how chemical exfoliants are better than physical ones (they’re right!). It’s earned holy grail status among some reviewers for its ability to eliminate fine lines and reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scarring.


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Promising review: “I’ve been using this along with Tree of Life Beauty retinol serum and it has helped tremendously with acne. It’s scent-free. It does have the consistency of Elmer’s glue and feels sticky when applied and slimy when washed off in the morning, but it has helped my acne out a lot in the past two months. In the last picture I am wearing foundation, but you can still see how much my skin has flattened out and how much less deep and plentiful acne I have. I did purge, but I know how retinol works (it gets worse before it gets better) so that wasn’t an issue for me.” —melissa

Get it from Amazon for $11.80.

11.

Or, a hyaluronic acid serum because it is really freaking cold outside and this will give their skin a much-needed boost of hydration. Reviewers with sensitive skin rave about this serum, saying it’s never irritated their skin and has reduced redness, pore size, and frequency of breakouts — aka the Triple Crown of skincare.


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Promising review: “I fell in love with a sample of this brand name serum that cost $90. I wanted it SO BAD. But then I woke up from the dream of not being a single mom of five who teaches high school and thought to seek out something else. THEN I FOUND THIS MAGIC IN A BOTTLE!!! I’m about a third of the way through it, and my skin literally glows. It’s soothed my rosacea better than any prescription has, blurred my forehead lines, and made my skin… just… LOVELY. It’s the first time in decades I’ve been confident enough to go in public without foundation and/or concealer. Serum, mascara, and GO. Bonus? It’s $80 less than the other stuff, so we get to eat this week! Hooray!” —Kate

Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

12.

A pair of statement earrings so they feel like they’re on vacation even if they’re trapped at their desk and the office manager refuses to crank up the heat even though it’s 40 degrees outside.


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Get it from Verishop for $38 (originally $95).

13.

An un-bee-lievably adorable beeswax candle with an impressive 70-hour burn time that I 100% guarantee no one else will buy them.


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Promising review: “This candle is nice and looks just like the pics. The bees can be a little difficult to get stuck on with the wings too, but not a game changer. It gets a lot of attention and conversation as it is unique. I almost hate to burn it but have done it some. Just have to remember to blow it out before it gets too close to the clamp. If not, the wax gets melted in the clamp itself some and you end up having to dig it out of the clamp. From what I know now, I will definitely be buying a replacement spiral when this one is use up.” —Tideman

Get it from Amazon for $32.92.

14.

A pet nose pendant kit for the friend who wishes they could take their pet with them wherever they go — and now they can!


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Each kit comes with all the ingredients you’ll need to get an imprint. Then, you’ll send the cast back to the seller who will craft a one-of-a-kind sterling silver pendant of your doggo or cattos snoot. The entire process takes between three and four weeks.

Promising review: “I am so in love with my pendant. It’s absolutely perfect and I recognized my cat’s nose the minute I opened the box. Not only did Grant and his team do an amazing job on my pendant but he was also so helpful throughout the whole process. I was so nervous that the kit wouldn’t arrive in time to make the impression since my cat has been very sick. Grant responded to multiple emails so quickly, advised me what to get at the craft store to start making the molds and even reviewed my pictures before I mailed them in. The finished product is perfect and I highly recommend Precious Metal Prints. You definitely won’t regret it! The shipping was super fast as well.” —Pearl

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

15.

A bath bomb, because this is basically the adult version of those 25-cent games where you’d spin the wheel and get a plastic carton with a surprise toy inside. There’s a ring hidden in the bath bomb, and each one is valued between $15 and $5,000!


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Promising review: “These are amazing! I loved the smell and it will last! They fizz up really well and the ball with the ring pops right up, they change the water color — mermaid daydream is a teal to blue color and the love potion is a nice pink rose color. The rings were also nice; they both were apprised at $15. I have also had no issues with either ring changing my finger colors as this normally would happen with cheap jewelry.” —Haye_Life

Get a set of two bath bombs from Amazon for $24.95 (available in sizes 6–9).

16.

A robot window cleaner that’ll do the dirty work for them so they can spend their time doing things they *actually* enjoy — like congratulating you on such an awesome gift. Reviewers also use it to clean their shower walls and even their floors!


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The Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner uses AI to clean every inch of your windows and is especially handy if your can’t reach the tops of your tall windows. It comes with an app so you can control it from your phone.

Promising review: ” This product is sooooo cool! I live in the desert and my windows need constant cleaning to keep the dust away. I don’t even need to spray my windows with cleaner unless there are fingerprints — and even then it’s not always needed. I sit the Gecko on the window while I vacuum or do laundry. It beeps when it’s done and then I move it to the next window. Extremely simple!” —Karen Kline

Get it from Amazon for $169.95.

17.

A screen magnifier so their lazy butt can watch movies from their phone and still see every detail. (I mean, the TV is right there but OK, you do you!)


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Promising review: “I bough this magnifier for my mom when she complained about cannot see clearly on her phone anymore with her aging. Instead of the regular handheld magnifier, this magnifier has a bigger screen, is hands-free, and he image quality is very sharp. Very convenient. Worth the money!” —Customer Y

Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

18.

A pro lens kit to help them capture every ‘gram-worthy moment in high definition, which will basically make up for you not getting them an iPhone 11 Pro.


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It comes with both a 15x macro lens (for close-up shots) and a 45x wide angle lens as well as a rechargeable LED light clip, a charging cable, a lanyard, a cleaning cloth, and a case. Both lenses are compatible with all single and dual-camera phones (this includes all iPhones, Samsung Galaxy and Note phones, the Google Pixels, Huawei, and more).

Promising review: “GUYS. I FINALLY FOUND THE PERFECT WIDE LENS. I got a cheaper one and the quality was so bad and the edges were black, BUT XENVO IS PERFECT. Easy to put on the phone (I have the iPhone XS) and they give you the macro lens, a light (it comes in handy!) and a freaking travel kit with a lanyard. I actually lost my lanyard but I emailed them and they will be sending me a new one for free. I’m so happy I made the choice to buy it. I was a bit skeptical, but it was completely worth it.” —Judith

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

19.

A self-watering planter if they’re the forgetful type. The long tongues soak up water that feeds the plants, which means watering their green bbs is one less thing they need to remember.


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Promising review: “Super cute! The little felt tongue takes the water up to the plant. I still water it a tiny bit to just make sure but it seems to be working nicely! I even have a little sprout coming up. The little frog is definitely a plus because once I need to transfer the plant, I can use the cute frog for other things. Highly recommend!” —Tatem

Get it from Amazon for $13.59+ (available in frog and dog).

20.

A pound of cereal marshmallows, because they believe that the best part of Lucky Charms are the charms (and they’re not wrong!).


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Promising review: “Buying these charms was one of the best decisions of my life. The bag is twice the size of my head. The marshmallows are aesthetically pleasing and delicious. It’s everything I ever wanted in a snack.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

21.

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, a delightful book written by a funeral director that’ll satisfy their morbid curiosity and answer questions like, “Will my hair keep growing in my coffin after I’m buried?”


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Promising review: “This is a fun and fascinating little book that answers many of your questions about death. From ‘Will my cat eat my eyeballs?’ (yes, maybe) to ‘What happens if I eat a bag of popcorn before I die and get cremated?’ (quite anticlimactic), it’s all here for you to pore over with your children. Written in a way that is entertaining, educating and not too morbid, this is a great little read for older kids and adults. Plus, you get to display a book called Will my Cat Eat my Eyeballs? on your bookshelf! Come on, that’s worth the price of admission alone!” —El Chupacabra

Get it from Amazon for $14.29.

22.

Or, an equally terrifying (OK, I kid) book called Microwave Cooking for One for anyone who needs to step up their dinner game with recipes like chicken parmesan, asparagus soup, and chocolate custard.


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You may remember that Mindy receives this as a birthday gift during an episode of The Mindy Project.

Promising review: “I turn on the microwave as my main source of heat. The cats hate the microwave and scurry whenever I turn it on, all seven of them. My greatest joy is choosing what frozen meal I get to fire up for my dinner. Then I discovered this book and things changed. I am now making delicious spare ribs and seafood muffins (see page 141) and having a banquet with my cats. The other day I made a wonderful rhubarb pudding cake (see page 211) and had a birthday party for Mr. Pawly Shore. I don’t know when his birthday actually is so I just go by the date that I got him from the shelter. I’ve learned to double up and even triple up on the ingredients so that I can make extra servings for myself the next day. When you know you’re going to be eating alone tomorrow again…might as well make extra!” —Khoa Tran

Get it from Amazon for $15.42.

23.

A set of stackable coasters so they can enjoy a water ring-free table *and* their own cactus creations.


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Promising review: “The only house plant I can’t kill! 😉 It’s an adorable addition to my place and all my guests love it. I love that it’s cute and it also has utility! Awesome product! The foam material had me a bit worried at first but it’s as durable as any other coaster. They get stained quite easily but better these than my wood coffee table!” —Jamie Lee

Get six from Amazon for $10.49.

24.

A USB Wi-Fi adapter to speed up their internet — because heaven forbid they can’t get their memes to load — so they can find the perfect gift for you!


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Promising review: “I carry a couple in my bag all the time now. Having been in IT for over 20 years I have come across several weird situations where a laptop/PC just doesn’t like the WiFi radio it’s connecting to. Add one of these little monsters, turn off the built in radio, and problem solved.” —Chris in Virginia

Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

25.

A chic electronic word clock that’s *almost* as sleek and sophisticated as they are.


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Promising review: “I gave this to the “guy who has everything.” He didn’t have one of these! Overall, this is a great quality clock and he was pleased with the gift.” —Erin Hanna

Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two finishes).


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Promising review: “This was bought for a dear friend and former roommate who would show me what various diseases and other grossness she had learned about that day. In this book she not only saw a picture she had seen in one of her course books but she said eww multiple times! Extremely pleased to have given her a very gross yet creative gift.” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $9.86.

27.

A No Face AirPods case with a handy keychain for the Spirited Away fan who’s also always losing their stuff.


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Promising review: “He watches over me with his tiny arms and kindred spirit. Most importantly, he fits perfectly in my hand. Such a happy guy.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

28.

A Keanu Reeves sequin pillow that can only be described with one word: breathtaking.


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Promising review: “I bought it as a gift and they LOVED it. I even started to love it. My mother got jealous and now wants one. Looks like I know what I’m buying myself and my mother for Christmas.” —JULIET R

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors).

29.

A mini desktop pup park so they can take a break from work every now and then to socialize with their ~dawgs~.


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It comes with five mini resin dogs, one itty bitty fire hydrant, a felt lawn, and a mini book.

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $9.95.

Tfw you discover gifts you’ve never seen before:


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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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