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    37 Things To Gift People You Don't Know Super Well

    Fretting over what to gift this year? Well, fret no more.

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    1. An automatic pan stirrer so they don't have to sit there constantly stirring their homemade gravy and tiring out their arm.

    Uncommon Goods

    The stirrer requires four AAA batteries that are not included. Grab some here so it can stir its little heart out.

    Promising review: "A well-designed and easy-to-clean product that saves time and alleviates sore arms for those recipes which need to be constant attention by stirring." —Kathy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    2. A grooming set because you can truly never go wrong with self-care products that give skin some TLC. Or! You can give them a subscription for a gift that keeps on giving.

    Maxwell Grooming Kit

    Set includes a cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer.

    Promising review: "I stole my boyfriend's moisturizer! It smells and feels so good. He also loved getting the set as a gift and immediately started using it. The exfoliant was so helpful for ingrown hairs around his beard." —Melissa A.

    Get the set from Maxwell for $60, or the subscription for $51 that comes every three months.

    3. A Homebody scented candle that's handmade and crackles like a cozy fireplace. Featuring notes of peony, cardamom, pink pepper, and tea leaves — they'll never want to leave their house once they light this and cozy up under a warm blanket.

    the candle with a label that says "homebody"

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    Get it from Seeker & Slade for $29.

    4. An electric wine opener since no one should fuss over trying to get that pesky cork out of their wine and have the tragedy of the cork snapping in half (been there, done that.)

    Electric wine opener

    This opener can open up to 30 bottles in a single charge. It also feature a foil cutter for easy seal removal and is rechargeable.

    Promising review: "As a senior citizen, opening a bottle of wine can be a challenge using a manual corkscrew. This opener is great. You place it on the bottle with one hand while holding the bottle with the other and press a button. The corkscrew goes into the cork and will stop when it's fully inserted. Press the button again and it will remove the cork from the bottle and then continue until the cork comes off of the corkscrew. So much easier than doing it manually. I've used it at parties and the charge will last between 20-30 bottles." —CharmY2K

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A set of shea butter-infused fuzzy socks since moisturizing and keeping their feet warm are most likely priorities this time of year.

    Shea butter infused fuzzy socks

    Promising review: "Kohl's has the best Earth therapeutic socks! I recently purchased two more sets of these to replace some older ones I had for over a year! They are very comfortable on and not tight around the ankle. I always buy the cuffed ones as they come up taller and stay on. They also have the grips on the bottoms so you don't slip! I have washed and dried them many times and they hold their shape! I highly recommend these, you won't be sorry! I've bought these for years!" —Abby

    Get a pack of two from Kohl's for $9.75 (originally $13, available in four colors).

    6. A Game of Phones card game for a tech-geared scavenger hunt everyone will enjoy playing. Their phone is their most trusted companion so why not invite them to the game night?

    Game of Phones game
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I can't tell you how many times my family is sitting around staring at their phones, this game makes their phone a way to communicate with the family, a way to keep interacting together and still have their most important tool..their phone! This will travel with us and always be around!" —Adrienne

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $20.

    7. A marble pattern coaster set for keeping their wine and other drink glasses table friendly (no stains = no problems).

    Marble pattern coaster set

    Promising review: "Very satisfied with this set! Description is true and quality is great. Image is the same on all coasters. Image is clear and they have a matte finish. The set arrived in perfect condition and came in a box that makes it very giftable. Great value!" —Victoria Bosquez

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $16.99.

    8. An urban map glass featuring an intricate city map of choice created by Boston-based designer Brian Johnson. Pair these with a bottle of liquor for a classy gift.

    Urban Map Glasses
    Uncommon Goods

    Glasses are sold individually.

    Promising review: "I wanted something substantial that wasn't fragile. This is great glass, perfect weight, perfect size. I love reading the streets on the glass! You can put it in the dishwasher, what is not to love? One piece of happiness!" —Ravenhawk

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $16.

    9. A Home Alone-themed Bark Box because a gift for them is also a gift for their pup. This box features some of the cutest toys and treats fit for any "filthy animal."

    Home Alone Bark Box

    Each Bark Box are filled with an array of treats and toys geared toward your dog. The Home Alone box is available for new and current subscribers while supplies last. The Home Alone box features BARK original toys representing iconic characters and items from everyone's fave Christmas movie.

    Get a 12-month Bark Box subscription for $22/month.

    10. A Black + Decker Quiet Blender — great for blending smoothies, milkshakes, dips, or frozen adult bevvys they'll be obsessed with, because it doesn't cause a ruckus like typical blenders.

    Person uses blender

    It features three smart functions, three speeds, and comes with a 48-oz. glass blending jar, and a 24-oz. personal blending jar for on-the-go blends. Impatient for your smoothie to be done? This is 30% faster than other blenders so less time you have to wait!

    Promising review: "So happy with my blender. Very quiet and super strong, blends everything to perfection." —Lauris

    Get it from Walmart for $49.94.

    11. A Smart Squeeze stress relief ball for any anxious moments they may need to get out of their system. This syncs up to an app that lets them see how much their grip is strengthening as well as a variety of exercises they can do.

    Smart Squeeze Stress Relief Ball
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "You're getting exactly what you'd expect. I purchased this for my husband. He's been interested in his grip strength after working on pull-ups for a while. This device was easily paired with a phone app, and tracks grip strength. He's having fun with it, and said it feels like a game. Like I said, this is exactly what you'd expect. I'm very happy with it." —Natalie

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $40.

    12. A personalized notebook practically everyone will get use out of either for work, list-making, or as a personal journal.

    A5 personalized notebooks

    Each notebook can be personalized with a selection of letters, numbers, symbols and fonts up to four letters free of charge. Each book also includes 112 lined pages that are just waiting to be filled with their ~big~ ideas.

    Get it from The Daily Edited for $50+ (available in nine colors).

    13. A quirky jigsaw puzzle in case they need some mental stimulation and want to enjoy a glass of wine while making their puzzle that is also an image of...yep, wine.

    Wine jigsaw puzzle

    Promising review: "I've added this brunch-themed one to my collection, but all the Piecework ones I own are great. It's a fun, bright, and colorful way to get through quarantine." —Reviewer

    Get it from Food52 for $26+ (available in four patterns).

    14. A set of bath bombs that will fizz and foam in the bath for a self-pampering sesh they need after a long hard day's work. *Alexa play, "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles*

    The bath bombs, each wrapped in brown paper

    Promising review: "I didn't expect to like them as well as I do. We have used the Lush ones before, which are cuter (hey, they make them look like carrots for Easter), these are all white and round, but they do smell great and feel great in the water. At least the two boxes I used fizzed nicely, as I had hoped. They also DID NOT leave the bathtub slippery as some of the others I have used did." —C. Brennan

    Get them on Amazon for $19.89.

    15. A sherpa blanket sweatshirt so they can snuggle up on the couch with a hot bevvy in tow and watch their current can't-live-without show.,

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I wanted. It's super soft, large, the sleeves are tight at the end and the hood is oversized. I am super happy with this and have been wearing it every day since I received it." —Leigh

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in 15 colors).

    16. A coffee warmer — perfect to keep on their desk so their hot cup of joe doesn't turn into cold brew...

    Coffee cup warmer

    This coffee mug warmer can heat coffee up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit/55 degrees Celsius (ta ta cold, gross coffee). After plugging the adapter into an outlet, the warmer will work automatically once a mug is place on top and will also stop once the mug is removed #coffeemagic.

    Promising review: "My new favorite home gadget! Keeps my coffee warm but can also move it around the house to use as a candle warmer. It heats up the candle from bottom to top, the smell is much stronger than with a flame! I'll confess that the other day I had a cheese dip and thought, let me heat it up (I mean why not, right!?) so I placed in on the warmer and it warmed it up pretty fast and stayed warm for a good while. The warmer is very easy to clean as well. Best part is that it turns on when you place coffee mug, candle on top. When you remove it automatically shuts off. This would be a great gift and the price is awesome!" —REM

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A tabletop cornhole game to bring out their competitive nature after dinner (and after a few drinks).

    tabletop cornhole game
    Uncommon Goods

    Here's how to play: Players take turns catapulting bean bags in their team's cornhole board. The sturdy, tabletop-friendly game includes game board, launchers, eight mini bean bags, four score pegs, felt game board feet, Allen wrench to adjust launcher distance, and instructions.

    Promising review: "My nephew immediately set up the game as soon as he opened the gift, and he and his bride played a game at our family gathering. I couldn't ask for a better confirmation that they liked their gift!" —Anne

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $48.

    18. A pair of touchscreen leather gloves with cashmere lining for a cold weather accessory that's warm and functional. They'll love being able to use their smartphone without having to remove their gloves.

    Promising review: "I bought these for my husband because the weather is just getting cool here and I wanted him to have a good pair of gloves that he could use while driving. He has been so pleased with their performance. His hands have stayed warm while outside and the leather makes it much easier to maintain his grip on things. I am super please with this purchase and would absolutely recommend these to anyone looking for a versatile and WARM pair of gloves!" —Barbra

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three colors).

    19. Or a more colorful pair of gloves that are still touchscreen-compatible, but with a bit more ~fashionable flair~.

    pink and gold strip smartphone gloves

    These are made from a soft yarn knit with finger slit openings for easy texting access. The cold is no match for these little babies.

    Get them from Gap for $8 (originally $19.95, available in five colors).

    20. A cheeky mug that'll supply a good laugh for any person who's lived through the hellhole that has been 2020. Gift it with a nice hot chocolate mix for a yummy treat.

    2020 funny ceramic mug
    StudioYelle / Etsy

    Promising review: "Perfect for my tea at work! I own a music studio and this suits me just fine. Good quality mug with bright and fun design. Well packaged in arrival." —Shelley LaFleur

    Get it from StudioYelle on Etsy for $13.90.

    21. A stove top tea set so everything they'll ever need to brew the perfect batch of loose-leaf tea will be in this sleek and modern set. It's TEA-riffic.

    Stovetop tea set

    Set includes: glass teapot with removable stainless-steel strainer, loose-leaf tea sampler, and four double wall cups. All pieces included in this fab kit are also dishwasher and microwave safe!

    Promising review: "This is an extremely nice quality and durable glass. I like the cute look of it and it's very comfortable to pour and drink. My girls and I enjoy our tea time even more now." —Katie Cantelow

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    22. A luxury faux fur blanket — the gift of all gifts you absolutely cannot go wrong with. Everyone could use one of these cozy throws on their couch or on their bed.

    Customer using luxury faux throw blanket

    Promising review: "This faux fur throw blanket is super soft and comfy. My entire family has been fighting over it. And look, even the dog loves it! It’s double-sided with the same soft fur on both sides. One side is this Arctic blue tie-dye and the other is a solid light blue-gray. The washing instructions say to wash on the gentle cycle and air dry, no heat. It came out even softer after the first washing. This will be my new reading blanket!" —kerryanndunn

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in six colors).

    23. A wooden cheeseboard set for displaying cheeses, fruits, meats, crackers and anything their heart desires to make their dream charcuterie board.

    The wooden board with grooves for crackers and a knife drawer that slides out

    Promising review: "I got this for my girlfriend for Christmas. She loves getting cheese boards when we go out to eat, so I figured she would enjoy making her own. We've used it multiple times since purchasing, and she loves it. Not only it is big enough to fit a plethora of finger foods for a group of people, but comes with four cheese knives stored inside the board. It's a nice looking wooden board. The only issue we've had is cleaning the inside of the cheese board where the knives are stored. It doesn't come apart easily, making it difficult to clean. Other than that, it's been a wonderful gift and I would give it again to friends and family." — Dolmanet

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    24. A Corkcicle coffee mug featuring a nonslip bottom to minimize the amount of accidental coffee tip overs. This will also keep their hot beverage warm for up to three hours!


    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter's birthday and she loves it!! Keeps her coffee/tea hot for a long time. No need to constantly popping her coffee in the microwave to warm it up. The lid fits nicely with no spillage. The color is pretty as well. I’m going to order myself one." —Sassy S.

    Get it from Corkcicle for $34.95 (available in 10 colors).

    25. An interactive cat toy to keep their cat occupied for hours on end while they're not readily available. It can last around three to four hours on a full charge so their feline can frolic until they're tired.

    A cat biting at the feather attachment on the antenna sticking up from the two light-up wheels

    The LED wheels light up different colors and the USB-rechargable bot can rotate a full 360 degrees. Plus it comes with ball, feather, and ring attachments for the antenna so they can mix it up.

    Promising review: "WORTH EVERY PENNY! My little kitten is very, very rambunctious. Loves to play! Loves to bite (agh)! Loves to hunt and pounce! But I can’t always drop everything to play and feel bad when I’m busy or have to work. This lil’ gem keeps her entertained! Cats need the 'hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, sleep' cycle and I want to do what I can to make sure that I’m supporting this. She was a little hesitant at first but now she chases that thing like her life depends on it! She grabs it, chews on it, tries to beat it into submission, and generally just tries to catch it. The lights on the side come on when it 'wakes up.' And then it gives her a chase for about 15 minutes before going into sleep mode. My favorite thing is that it doesn’t need batteries but is USB charged. AND it comes with three attachments. Seriously buy this. It will saved me...and Christmas tree this year. LOL!" —Kiki

    Get it from Amazon for $34.90.

    26. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey — the perfect combo of sweet and spicy that they'll probs end up pouring all over everything.

    Mike's Hot Honey sauce used on a dish of chicken and waffles

    Read our full review of Mike's Hot Honey!

    Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

    Get a 10 oz. bottle from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A Hydroflask water bottle to keep their water cold for hours on end. These dishwasher-safe bottles make the perfect companion for workouts and traveling.

    A hydroflask water bottle in fog

    Promising review: "I’ve been a fan of Hydro Flask water bottles for many years. Sturdy, durable, long-lasting. Take care of it, wash out the straw and lid, and replace the straws when needed. Thank you to the seller for awesome delivery time." — C-Rae

    Get it from Amazon for $45+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).

    28. A Dylan's Candy Bar Chocolate Swatch Stack so aesthetically pleasing, it's basically a treat for the eyes and for the stomach. Each pack features 30 squares of Belgian chocolate in color-coded assorted flavors. ~YUM~

    Rainbow colored candy stack
    Dylan's Candy Bar

    This also makes for a fab stocking stuffer as well that can be gifted together or separately to share the chocolatey goodness!

    Flavors include Dark Raspberry, S'mores, Milk Toffee Crunch, Hazelnut, Dark Espresso, Almond, Caramel, and Milk chocolate.

    Get it from Dylan's Candy Bar for $25.

    29. A collapsible coffee cup set they can transport with them wherever they go and that won't take up any unnecessary space when packed up post use.


    Promising review: "I was reluctant to use re-useable cups but this is collapsible and so easy to carry when exercising. Fits easily into a jacket pocket. Perfect! I use mine every day." —Geraldine

    Get a set of two from Food52 for $36 (available in eight colors).

    30. A vintage bird cage glass ornament so intricate and stunning it'll probably be placed right on the tree after unwrapping.

    Old world christmas vintage bird cage ornament

    This ornament is crafted using a carefully mouth-blown glass mold that’s filled with liquid silver. Each ornament is hand painted with brightly-colored lacquer and glitter for a stunning piece to *perch* on their tree.

    Get it from Chewy for $24.99.

    31. A Byredo Gypsy Water Body Wash that'll upgrade shower time with its soft and silky cleansing abilities featuring notes of bergamot, vanilla, sandalwood, and juniper berries.

    Byredo Gypsy Water body wash

    Promising review: "Best fragrance ever there’s nothing better than the fresh smell of the Gypsy Water." —Mary H.

    Get it from Neiman Marcus for $50.

    32. A cozy scarf made from recycled polyester to make conquering the chilly weather stylish and functional. Picking a neutral color will also make this a more versatile accessory that'll go with practically every coat they own.

    Recycled cozy scarf

    This is made from 100% recycled polyester and is machine-washable (yay to sustainable clothing!)

    Get it from Gap for $15 (originally $29.95, available in nine colors).

    33. A Scunci hair tie gift set because losing hair ties is a rite of passage as common as losing socks. They can never have too many so this gift gets an A+.

    Scrunci spirals gift set

    I swear by these hair ties especially since I have super thick and wavy hair that can get a bit out of control. These make my messy buns stay in place all day and don't give me headaches from being too tight. I keep these with me always because honestly they're the only hair ties that work for me.

    Set comes with 20 spiral hair ties that won't leave dents, bumps, or give headaches from them being too tight.

    Get it from Target for $10.

    34. A Whisk Wiper that is multi-functional for saving every last drop of batter and will also keep their whisk from falling into the bowl when leaned against the side.


    Promising review: "Excellent little attachment!!!! Love this. I usually don't worry about the mess from the whisk for egg whites — they come right off. But for batter and cakes?? I used this and my whisk was the easiest cleanup in years. Hey, the hubby is not always around to run off with that whisk after I scrape the bowl of every last drop. I needed something to help with cleanup and this item does it. Easy to clean, easy to store. wow!!! I am going to buy a few for my friends. They have kids and grandkids who will love cooking with this!" —LadyZana

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in seven colors).

    35. A denim tote bag to take the place of wasteful shopping bags when they run errands. It also has a large exterior pocket to drop their phone and wallet in for easy access.

    BDG denim tote bags
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I got this bag in pink/red and it's so amazing, I’m totally in love with it! It's bigger than I thought it would be but it’s perfect for going out and I would totally recommend!!" —izzyy12

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $24 (originally $29, available in three colors).

    36. A dual-sided laptop cleaner — a cute and compact brush that will help them get rid of smudges and fingerprints on their screen, as well as crumbs in their keyboard.


    Promising review: "This is the second one that I have purchased because I LOVE IT! I love the fact that it is small and compact enough to either sit on my desk at home or fit in my desk at work. I also enjoy the fact it is dual-sided — one side to wipe the screen and the other to brush away dust, dirt, and food crumbs from my keyboard. It is a great buy and worth it." —Kiki.L.G

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    37. And a Tribit StormBox portable speaker because it's attachable to a slew of items like bike handlebars, backpacks, an exercise machine, or hanging in the shower. This waterproof and dustproof speaker is crazy durable so they can take it literally anywhere.


    Promising review: "Tribit StormBox does indeed live up to its name. The power-packed speaker boasts of an incredible design along with a strap that can be used to attached it to almost anywhere. It goes well with my bag or table or the fan stand. The sound quality is top notch that I stopped using my TV speakers and connected to Tribit StormBox for the sound! The charge stays for a great deal of time in terms of battery life and the sound quality is top notch. Had no issues with the Bluetooth connectivity. It connects like a charm." —Sebin Pullukatt

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in two colors).

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