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34 Of The Best Last-Minute Practical Gifts To Give This Year

Huzzah for gifts that won't be re-gifted.

What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. A W&P Porter ceramic mug as gorgeous as it is useful (I mean, this screams Pinterest board). This is reusable, has a protective silicone sleeve, and comes with a secure lid press that makes this the perfect companion for daily morning strolls.

the black mug

2. A 3-in-1 OXO avocado slicer that can pit, split, and slice avocados like there's no tomorrow. I guess you can say that this time-saving tool truly ~guacs~ at turning their avocado toast breakfast dreams into a reality.

3. A pack of laundry soap sheets for their next trip because have they packed 13 maxi dresses? Yes. But have they packed an ample amount of basics (white tees, underwear, etcetera)? Absolutely not. They can simply grab a sheet, turn on the faucet, and hand-wash away.

the sheets

4. Reusable silicone straws so they can guzzle down their iced coffee with gusto. The secret perk of this particular set? Cleanliness! Snap closures mean they can open the straws in half to ensure they're dry and gunk-free! They'll just have to give 'em a good wipe down. No more "cleaning" brushes required.

5. Nine pairs of soft knit socks they can rock with Chelsea boots and a miniskirt, where they peek through ever so slightly to tell the world, "Yes, I look put together, but I am also incredibly cozy."

Reviewer photo of a person wearing orange socks under their tan boots

6. Claw clips because it's about time they bid adieu to the damaging hair ties of updo's past and embrace the tool that TikTok has been telling me to buy for the last 13 months. These securely hold back their mane without tugging or pulling, meaning breakage and headaches = no longer an issue.

7. Fleece-lined leggings described by one reviewer as a magical furry leg dream and wow, what a compliment. These babies will keep them warm in freezing temperatures best described as "I can see my breath."

reviewer wearing the black leggings

8. A bottle of La Tourangelle white truffle oil because read my lips: homemade salads that don't suck. A light drizzle of this luxurious White Alba truffle blend adds a flavorful punch to any meal they make... because they thought baguettes were good before? Get ready to alter their life forever.

the oil

9. Antique-inspired picture frames available in multiple sizes, styles, and finishes that all pair together perfectly. If they've been dreaming of a kitschy gallery wall but don't have the patience required for curation, they can let out a sigh of relief upon receiving this gift. You've just done the work for them.

10. An acupressure and pillow mat set for a spa experience that doesn't actually require, well, going to a spa. These are intentionally designed to target sore muscles and reduce built-up tension, very much a necessity if they spend 10+ hours a day hunched over a laptop.

Model lies down on pink and white acupuncture mat and pillow

11. A desktop metal clip tree for displaying up to 18 photos, postcards, and other mementos. This is also fab for storing receipts and important slips of paper that will inevitably get lost (no offense to them).

the metal photo tree holding photos and strips of paper

12. An I Dew Care wash-off mask that smells (and looks!) as delicious as a Funfetti slice. Sending them birthday cake skincare with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and squalane > an actual birthday cake, and I mean that with every ounce of my being.

the mask with positive reviews pasted on top

13. A Bed Head ceramic waver to give them the tousled beach mane they've been saving to their Pinterest board for ages, no sea salt spray necessary. They simply have to separate their hair into sections, clamp down for a few seconds, and that's it — no twirling strands around a large barrel necessary.

14. A pair of wireless sleep headphones for anyone who can't fall asleep in less-than-perfect conditions. This plays a steady ~stream~ of white noise or music of their choice in soft headband form, which means even side sleepers won't have to wake up with sore ears.

A model sleeping with the headphone band around her ears

15. A Vanicream clinical strength anti-perspirant free of dyes, parabens, and formaldehyde. For anyone with sweaty pits *and* sensitive skin, this stuff is proof that magic exists.

hand holding Vanicream anti-perspirant deodorant

16. Korean Exfoliating Bath Washcloths described by one reviewer as a solution for back-of-the-arms bumps. It's about time they retire that mesh loofah and move on to greener pastures — the pastures in this context being a green washcloth capable of revealing a smoother, softer surface with a simple few swipes. They are about to shed so much dead skin.

17. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey to take their taste buds on an all-expenses-paid adventure. This all-natural honey, chili pepper, and vinegar mixture add the perfect touch of spicy and sweet to any meal, which means they can say so long to bland and boring boxed dinners.

pizza with the honey on it

18. Cake Beauty The Curl Friend Defining Cream – it delivers glossy, frizz-free curls on second (or third or fourth or tenth) day hair. A blend of shea butter and lightweight natural oils provide a ton of moisture but thankfully none of the weigh-down, which means their tresses will look salon-quality even though it's been...several days since they last washed it.

19. Handmade Heroes 100% Natural Vegan Sleeping Lip Mask repairs their pout whilst they snooze, cc: a mango butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil blend that'll have them humming "Miracles Happen" from that iconic princess movie.

the lip balms

20. A geometric tray with four interchangeable and stackable pieces that look like they were sourced from a modern art museum. Plus, these gorgeous pieces of art (ART, I tell ya) are perfect for everything from jewelry storage to breakfast in bed.

the interchangeable tray with yellow, green, orange, and white pieces

21. Essence Lash Princess Mascara guarantees the most coveted compliment of all time: "Are those your real lashes?" This jet-black lengthening formula won't smudge by lunchtime, plus costs less than $5 which...I'll have about eight tubes for myself and a few for my friends, please.

22. A third-generation Echo Dot that can do everything from play music and make calls to read the news and set alarms — all at the sound of their voice! Having the ability to send texts and shuffle playlists (all hands-free!) is about to completely change their life for the better.

the echo dot

23. A color-changing LED string for extra lighting if their room is best described as dungeon vampire chic. This has six levels of brightness ranging from warm to light, takes minutes to install, is 32 feet long, and adds a bit of oomph to any WFH corner.

Reviewer using the light string in purple to line a corner of the room

24. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Base genuinely keeps their smoky eye and cat-inspired liner in tact all 👏 day 👏 long 👏. That's right, folks! No creasing, smudging, fallout, or crying under the watch of this cruelty-free stocking stuffer.

25. A toucan pitcher that makes something as boring as, oh, milk seem exciting. For everything from water and OJ to fresh-squeezed lemonade, this is the perfect functional-but-fun item to keep in their fridge at all times. *pours milk from toucan pitcher over bowl of sugary cereal with similar toucan ties*

the yellow and blue toucan-inspired pitcher

26. A silicone popcorn maker capable of making 15 cups of popcorn in under four minutes. They'll just have to add in some kernels, ~pop~ it in the microwave, and their movie marathon feast is now ready to be devoured.

27. A USB-powered cooling pad for anyone with a computer that overheats so often, their lap feels permanently warm. This can easily remedy that problem: It's equipped with three fans and is so lightweight, it feels like it's not even there.

reviewer photo of the cooling pad emitting blue light

28. Jumbo silicone ice molds that guarantee a better cocktails-at-home experience. Fancy looks aside, these perfectly shaped chunks of ice take forever to melt — aka, so long, diluted negronis, and hello, beverages that look like something out of a mixologist's handbook.

29. A Wilton cooling rack for the pal who either a) has a food Insta or b) has come very close to creating one. This tiered tool is collapsible and can fit up to three dozen cookies (aka the exact amount I'd like to eat in one sitting).

the cookies on a cooling rack

30. A 6-quart Vortex air fryer for making all of their favorite comfort foods — we're talking everything from wings and glazed donuts to charred Brussels sprouts and sesame chicken — *without* having to use hot oil. It's even great for crisping up leftovers!

31. Reusable twist ties that will let them put all "this charging cord is tangled beyond help" situations to rest. These simple pieces of rubber are an easy (but genius) stocking stuffer that keep everything from chargers to USB cables in check.

32. A "Did you feed the dog?" sign for anyone who lives with a partner or roommate who shares dog duties. If there have been multiple days in which their pupper has scarfed down two breakfast due to human error...get this ASAP.

device with sliders for two meals each day of the week

33. A durable water bottle that I own and have dubbed my personal "emotional support tumbler." If they're not sure what to say in that Zoom meeting? Take a sip. Hydration and hiding their awkwardness will have never gone hand-in-hand so *ahem* fluidly.

reviewer holding pink tumbler

34. A tiny milk frother that makes it easy to whip up their very own, typically very expensive PSL at home — and quickly. This stainless-steel whisk truly has so many darn uses: Their mouth can water at the thought of cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, matcha, milkshakes, and more.

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