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42 Cool Gifts To Give When You're Not Sure What To Get

When in doubt, consult this list.

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1. A deck of animal-themed playing cards they're sure to fauna over.


Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

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2. A pastel French press so cute, it'll have them ~beaning~.


Get it from Madewell for $15 or see more colors on Amazon for $20.99+.

3. A subscription to Winc, a service that sends them four or more bottles of wine each month. Monthly boozy presents? Yes please.


Read more about why Winc is a great subscription service.

Get it from Winc for $13+/bottle.

4. A cutting board sure to put them in a ~state~ of shock.


Promising review: "My mom does a lot of entertaining and I purchased this and a small knife set for her for Mother's Day. She LOVES the cutting board and it really looks nice in her small place. Perfect for about three cheeses with crackers for serving and when she's not entertaining it's a pretty decoration. If you're giving as a gift, realize that you'll need to package it nicer (or put it in a basket with other items). I can see it being a nice center piece to a creative wedding basket." —Weil

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in most states or the US).

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5. A book that finally answers why dogs eat poop, plus a ton of other useless animal trivia.


Get it from Amazon for $11.69, Barnes & Noble for $12.95, or from a local bookseller through Indiebound.


6. A shaker pendant necklace your recipient will be over the moon for.


Get it from SunAndStarsJewelry on Etsy for $42.

7. A rainbow maker they can hang in their window for a truly great-ient light show.

Reviewers say they also used this disc to take cool photos.

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

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8. A light-up sign board for all their best illuminating ideas.


The LED-powered sign comes with 90 letters and symbols.

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

9. A wine necklace that's ~grape~ for any vino lover.


Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two finishes).


10. A marble-ous dinnerware set they'll probably thank you for by inviting you over to dinner to show them off.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Get the 16-piece set from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99.99.

11. A bar of beer soap sure to put a ~hop~ in their step after each morning shower.


Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

12. A bag of color changing tea that's both beverage and entertainment, so it's basically two gifts in one.,

Butterfly pea flowers can be used to make tea, lemonade, cocktails, and more. It starts blue but turns purple when you add lemon or something else acidic. Reviewers say it tastes a little bitter but works well with honey.

Get it from Amazon for $4.63.

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13. A tortilla blanket, because anyone would love to be the beautiful fillings of a giant burrito.


Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

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14. A bottle of Drinkwel supplements to help ease their hangover woes — if you know anyone with big New Year's Eve plans, they need these.


Promising review: "I thought 'there's no way some pills can prevent a hangover. What a scam...that I'm going to try anyways.' I'm only 24 and when I was younger I never got hangovers, but now they're death. 'Spend all day in bed in the dark' kind of hangovers. I take three of these before drinking (like it says) and three before bed — and what the actual f***! They legit work. I wake up the next morning feeling like I didn't. Even. Drink. I took them for a solid four days straight when I was on vacation for an engagement party and they didn't fail me once." —KC

Get 90 pills from Amazon for $39.99.


15. The Cookie Book — a sweet tome to help them make treats so good, Santa will visit their home twice.


Get it from Amazon for $12.38, Barnes & Noble for $19.79, or a local seller through Indiebound.

16. An etched stemless glass so they can enjoy their favorite city's skyline, even if the view from their new apartment isn't quite what they were hoping for.


Get it from UncommonGoods for $24 (available in 28 cities).

17. A very official wax seal kit for the aspiring Hogwarts student in your life. Expect lots of letters written with a quill.


Each set comes with two wax candles and a stamper.

Get the Hogwarts, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff kit from Amazon for $29.50.


18. A mini wooden bowling game sure to help them strike up a conversation at work.


Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

19. A Pretty Patty enamel pin blind bag that won't make your giftee's tongue glow in the dark.


Get it from ClayGrahamArt on Etsy for $10 (available in eight possible colors).

20. A pair of hedgehog mittens they'll want to ~hog~ all for themselves.


Get them from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in eight colors).


21. A pack of Krispy Kreme jelly beans for the fried dough lover (ok, so everyone???) in your life.


The flavors are: original glazed, strawberry iced, chocolate iced with sprinkles, glazed blueberry cake, and cinnamon apple filled.

Get it from Amazon for $8.

22. A set of boozy ornaments to make their tree truly ~lit~.


These ornament shots come empty, so you can fill them with your giftee's favorite alcohol.

Get a set of six from Amazon for $13.99.

23. A limited edition green tea body scrub so they can have good skin in their future.

Frank Body

The scrub has green tea, avocado oil, and honey that can soothe, hydrate, and fight free radicals. Each bag comes with one of five collectable tarot cards.

Get it from Frank Body for $19.95.


24. A sushi bazooka that'll blow away all the competition this gift-giving season.


Open this bad boy up, line with sticky rice, layer on fillings, close, and then pop out a perfectly created sushi roll.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

25. A straight up PLANT FERRIS WHEEL for the greenery-obsessed friend in your life.


It fits six plants!

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

26. A sampler pack of tea drops — loose tea and sugar pressed into fun shapes that they can just just drop right into their mugs. Easy peasy!


Expect some sediment on the bottom of each cup. There are 25 drops in each large box.

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.


27. A DIY miniature bookstore with tiny, printed books. Read all about it! You're about to be the best gift giver in town.,

It comes with everything they need to build a tiny bookstore, along with LEDs, pigment, glue, tweezers, a brush, and other tools. The project takes about 20 hours to assemble.

Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

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28. A kit so they can make their own gin and stop being snooty about the Seagram's you try to serve them when they come over.


The kit has a flask, steel funnel with strainer screen, botanicals, spices, vintage glass bottles, labeling stickers, and a recipe guide.

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

29. A vintage clothing subscription service to help your favorite indie friend get one step closer to Mac DeMarco-chic.


Each box has one or two items of clothing, along with two to three accessories from brands like Levi's, Pendleton, L. L. Bean, Nike, Champion, and more.

Get it from Cratejoy for $35+/every three months.


30. A big thing of Jenga so the next time they need to settle something they can say, "let's take this the Jenga court."


The game has 19 levels of pieces and can be up to five feet tall.

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

31. Bokksu — a monthly box of tasty artisanal snacks and teas sent straight from Japan.


The service comes in two sizes. The tasting box has 10 to 14 snacks and, and the classic box has 20 to 25 snacks. They both come with a tea pairing, and each delivery has a different theme.

Get it from Cratejoy for $23.50+/month (available in two sizes).


32. A candle making starter set so when they get stressed out, they can do what Jan does and smell all their candles.


The kit includes two pounds of wax, scents, dyes, wicks, a melting pitcher, and tin containers.

Get it from Amazon for $49.

33. A set of charmingly illustrated tarot cards that'll make any reading feel positive.

Urban Outfitters

This set is from Adam J. Kurtz, who you might know for One Page at a Time. It has all 78 major and minor arcana.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $30.


34. A portable photo printer to turn Instagrams into stickers.


Promising review: "Look, I never write reviews. However, I was pleasantly SHOCKED by how clear my photos came out. This is my third try at portable printers, and it's BY FAR the best. My family travels a lot, my kids like to do smash book style scrap booking on the go, but now we don't have to rely on crappy Instax instant pictures! Plus, the sticky back makes them easier to get in your smash book!" —KamiB

Get it from Amazon for $99.95 (available in four colors).

35. A festive llamacorn planter, complete with a fairy castle cactus. Do I even need to explain why this is the perfect gift?


The hat and pom-poms come off, so your giftee can enjoy the gift all year round. The cactus in the planter is a fairy castle cactus, a super chill, low maintenance friend.

Get it from ProFlowers for $29.99.


36. A one-year planner in a classy faux leather cover for your most professional friend, who like, wears a tie to work.


Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

37. A colorful multi-tool they can whip out whenever something needs to be fixed — or just when they want to show it off.


There are seven Allen keys, including a flat, Philips, and star head screwdriver.

Get it from Amazon for $20.

38. A Homesick candle that smells like their favorite or birth state, which is the closest thing we have to teleportation technology at this point.


These candles will take your recipient right back to their state of choice. For example, the New York candle smells like apple peels, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin, hay, and river — pretty much upstate apple picking trips distilled into one scented candle.

Get it from Amazon or Homesick for $29.95.


39. Coffee and a Classic — a subscription service that delivers everything they need for a cozy night in.


Each box includes one book (choose from classic literature, nonfiction, and children's books), something to sip on (choose from coffee, tea, and hot chocolate), and some bonus items to get them in the reading mood, like a mug, snack, and bookmark.

Get it from Cratejoy for $27.54+/month.

40. A "miracle bud" set with a little pot leaf that can determine their mood. Will they be buzzed, blazed or zzzzzz? Only the herb knows.

Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $5.95.


41. A corduroy backpack in a trendy mustard color with heart-shaped buckles.


Get it from Valfré for $68.

42. Or if all else fails, a plant from Bloomscape, like this cool silver satin pothos. Who could say no to another leafy pal?


Pothos are easy to keep alive, easy to propagate, and just look really good in any home. And they have cute heart-shaped leaves, so your recipient will know you love them.

Get it from Bloomscape for $35.

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