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    28 Practical Gifts The Person Who's Trying To Be A Good Adult

    🎵I'm not a child, not yet an adult 🎵

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    1. An Instant Pot to make cooking so easy and enjoyable that they'll probably stop making mac 'n' cheese three times a week.


    It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance. (Check out our full review of the Instant Pot!)

    Promising review: "I am a guy not too fond of cooking and cleaning up. I like working out and eating clean. I bought the 6-quart last weekend, and I can say my life is now on a different trajectory because of this product. Cooking and cleaning up are now a breeze. It cooks amazing foods. (I suggest getting a recipe book.) I can cook in large batches for the whole week without too much fuss. The best part is cleaning up. Due to the deep bowl, it doesn't splatter everywhere when cooking. I use it to sauté a lot. It has replaced my electric stove and even my microwave. I just ordered the nonstick bowl for it as the food seems to stick to the stainless steel bowl when searing or sautéing. It's an amazing product." —TK

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in three sizes).

    2. A ceramic planter with an encouraging message so they can start taking responsibility for something, even if that something is a teeny plant.


    Get it from ModCloth for $25.

    3. A set of stemless wineglasses that are seriously shatterproof — because accidents happen even if they're above the age when it's acceptable to yell "FRESHMAN!" whenever someone drops a drink.


    Promising review: "These are so fantastic. We keep these glasses and champagne flutes in our pantry for when we have larger groups of people over. They look just like real glasses, and they are heavy-duty. We always get tons of comments about them from friends who ask us where we got them." —PK

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $11.99.

    4. A stainless steel tea kettle because winding down with a cup of tea at night is a very grown-up thing to do.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $38.99.

    5. A woven basket to stash extra blankets, pillows, or other miscellaneous things they have that they want to keep out of the prying eyes of guests.


    The basket measures 15" x 13", is made from 100% organic cotton rope, and is washable.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    6. A kitchen towel with a truly inspirational message they'll appreciate (and maybe sing along to) as they cook.


    Get it from ModCloth for $10.

    7. A lemon squeezer that makes adding lemon juice to everything from a Bloody Mary to a salad 10 times easier — it's a small tool that makes a big difference.


    I got one of these a couple years ago and realized recently how much I use it. Whenever a recipe calls for lemon or lime juice, I bring this out and it makes squeezing fruits *so* much easier!

    Promising review: "I don’t like writing reviews unless an item is exceptional or horrible. This item is exceptional! It not only works great, but I have had it for several months and there is absolutely no corrosion or chipping. I had previously bought a mostly yellow and green one from that expensive kitchen store. It corroded and the surface peeled and chipped. This one is wearing excellently! It still shines and looks like new, and I use it almost everyday for lime in my seltzer. I highly recommend it!" —Pinkcrystals

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    8. A desk duster to will make cleaning no prob-llama and (maybe?) actually enjoyable.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This little guy is so cute! I used him for the whole year with no issues and it's really easy to remove the dust from him!" —canzobb

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $15.

    9. A six-port multi-USB charger so they can charge all their devices (phone, iPad, wireless headphones, etc.) at the same time and never be left with a dead device.


    Sorry, that "My phone died" excuse is no longer valid! I have something similar to this, and it is amazing — I love being able to charge all my devices as I sleep.

    Promising review: "This is small and perfect for a bedside table. I keep my watch charger and phone charger plugged in to it, and I charge my Kindle with it when needed. It's very light, but I haven't had any issues with it tipping over. Some of the reviews mention that it gets really hot, but I have monitored it closely over the past couple of months, and it does NOT get even remotely hot even when charging multiple devices (I've gotten up to four at one time). I'm really happy with the purchase, I would definitely buy it again and plan on gifting a few this year." —Randall & Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $16.88+ (available in six colors).

    10. A salt-and-pepper shaker set that'll make their meals truly dino-mite.


    Get it from ModCloth for $12.

    11. A coffee mug, because well, you know, coffee is important and essential, and they haven't approved coffee IVs yet.


    Promising review: "It's an amazing coffee cup that was purchased for a friend and I mean, it’s a mug, so there isn’t much to say about it. It does its job, and even after months of everyday use, the lettering still looks as great as it did on the first day it was purchased." —Kamran B

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    12. A 10-piece ceramic cookware set to help them become the Top Chef they never knew they wanted to be.


    Promising review: "I've been on the hunt for a set of pots and pans with no chemicals and easy cleanup. I've purchased several singular items (a fry pan here, a quart pot there) wanting to try different brands before sinking my money into the large set. Unfortunately, I haven't been pleased with any of their 'nonstick' durability over time. I decided to go out on a limb and purchase this set since the price was right and I liked the description of the product. So far, I love this set! They are sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and cleanup is super easy. I'm really happy with this purchase, and I'm hoping this is the last set I have to buy for a long time." —TukeeTracy

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $149.99.

    13. A set of dryer balls that'll make doing laundry suc a lot less.


    Promising review: "These cactus dryer balls replaced my plain little blue round dryer balls that I have had for a couple of years. These work even better! My clothes dry faster and don't tangle as easily. Plus, they make me smile when I see them. :)" —Annette Stevens

    Get it from Amazon for $8+.

    14. A throw pillow with an attitude they should adopt in their own lives.


    Get it from IdeasByArianna on Etsy for $34.29.

    15. A CouchCaster for the person who hasn't quite come to the realization that the couch arm isn't a steady surface and drinks shouldn't be placed there unless they want them to spill.


    Promising review: "This is the best coaster I have ever had. No more spilling drinks on chair or floor. The coaster is thick rubber with heavy weights to keep in place. I used it on a recliner with wide arms, and it works very well. I like the option of being able to use different size cups, glasses, or cans. This will cost you more than average coaster, but it is well worth it. It's well constructed and should last forever." —Susana

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95+ (available in five colors).

    16. A magnetic sleepy animal key hook so clever you've got to be kitten me.


    Promising review: "This is a fun and handy item. The magnet is strong enough for a large bunch of keys, and the sticky back does the job right!" —Alex

    Get it from Firebox for $19.99 (available in cat, dog, and panda).

    17. A mermaid tail blanket that's at least 10 times better than a regular blanket, especially for the person who hasn't given up on their dreams of becoming a mermaid and escaping the adult world forever.,

    Promising review: "This blanket is absolutely adorable! It's a generous size and very soft. I ordered one for a gift, and just ordered another two for my daughter and her friend!" —Shopalot

    Get it from Amazon for $12.85+ (available in eight colors and two sizes).

    18. A doormat with a helpful reminder, because there's nothing like the panic of realizing you may not have turned off your hot tools when you're hours away from returning home.


    Get it from BeThereInFive from Etsy for $45 (also available in pink and black lettering and with the phrase 'Turn Off Your Straightener').

    19. A set of measuring spoons with an attached egg separator they'll think is a thoughtful gift you cherry-picked just for them.


    Promising review: "This is so cute! Everything arrived as described and as promised. I enjoy using it, and I am so glad I purchased it." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.70.

    20. A bar cart they'll be wheely excited about opening and using during their very ~adult~ get-togethers.


    Promising review: "This is an incredible nice-looking and sturdy piece especially considering the price point. I don't know of any store you could get anything of a better value!" —Jonathan

    Get it from Target for $119.99.

    21. An electric bottle opener that uncorks bottles in seconds, no struggling required ('cause that just makes you look like a newb).


    This removes corks in seconds, can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

    Promising review: "OMG! I LOVE this wine opener. It opens with ease. I don’t post many reviews, but this is definitely worth the money. I can't say enough good things about this wine opener. It comes with an awesome charging stand and foil cutter. Don’t waste your time on other electric wine openers. This is the one! I love it! The blue light is really cool too!" —Allison Parks

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A tote bag they can fill with all their stuff once they realize how "fun" adulthood really is.


    Get it from MoonlightMakers on Etsy for $12.

    23. An 18-piece glassware set so they can replace the mishmash collection they've accumulated from bars throughout college.


    The set includes 11-, 12-, and 16-ounce glasses that are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I love these glasses. It’s very cool how there are three different size options. The medium size and small size can fit the same amount of liquid. The small ones work well for cocktail glasses too. I also really like how they aren’t bottom heavy, so no tipping over easily in the dishwasher. Plus, for the price it’s a great deal in my opinion. I bought two sets." —Ifft

    Get it from Amazon for $24.78.

    24. A set of measuring-cup conversion stickers because cooking shouldn't be a test and this is so much easier than turning to Google or calling mom and asking, "How many ounces are in a cup?"

    Promising review: "I put these on my kitchen cabinets to add a little spunk to my kitchen, and they turned out wonderful! I get so many compliments from my friends and family! And they’re helpful to boot! The application was easy, and they stay on very well!" —sophia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. A night-light lamp they can put in the bathroom because you're never too old to use a night light, especially if you don't want to turn on the light when you have to go to the bathroom in the wee hours.


    Promising review: "These solved all our 'can't see in the dark' problems at night. They are light-sensitive and turn off automatically. You just plug them in and voila! They have offset plugs too, so they do not block access to the other plugins. I read even if they were on 24/7, they only would cost 31 cents per year. We have installed them in several rooms in our house, and they are worth their weight in gold." —Terry S.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    26. A tool that splits, pits, and slices all the avocados they're buying instead of a house.


    Promising review: "I can't believe I finally spent $10 on this tool...but it totally works and is worth the money. I thought it would be a waste since I am completely able to do all of this with a knife and spoon, but this tool really speeds up the process and gets the meat out of the avocado better than a spoon does. It's worth it!" —Jason Steen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A Dyson V7 cordless vacuum because you're not truly an adult until you ask for a vacuum for Christmas and are excited about it.

    Yi Yang / Via BuzzFeed

    I would know. It was the top item on my list this year. #Adulting. Read our full review on the Dyson V7 vacuum here (#4).

    Promising review: "After using it for a few months, I have to say, this is truly a different kind of vacuum. It has the power of a corded vacuum, but is quieter than any corded vacuum I've used, and obviously way more portable. From the unique hum that it makes, I feel like I'm in the future when I'm using it. Additionally, I really like the trigger system, so you have fine control over the energy consumption. Furthermore, I initially thought the bin-emptying mechanism was a silly gimmick, but it turns out to be really genius, because it scrubs any debris from the filter interface, so you'll never have to manually clean the bin." —V.L.

    Get it from Amazon for $237.79.

    28. And a book that confirms that even if they don't have their life together yet, it doesn't mean they're any less of an adult. We're all out here struggling to figure this ish out.


    Promising review: "I absolutely adored this book. I got it for my best friend for her birthday. We both just graduated college and are officially in the adult world. Never have I read something more relatable. It reassured me that I’m not the only one struggling and not the only one with weird quirks." —marie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+.

    The only appropriate reaction to any of the gifts on this list:

    3 Arts Entertainment / Comedy Central

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / Via BuzzFeed

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