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30 Products Our Readers Love That Would Make Perfect Gifts

Break out the heart eyes emoji for rainbow cake slices, light saber chopsticks, luxuriously plush throw blankets, and more.

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1. A custom ring inspired by their favorite cityscape (or the one they're currently living in now): Think spots like New Orleans, New York, Paris, or Prague being adorned on their digits.

model wearing silver ring with cityscape design
Caitlyn Minimalist / Etsy

You can even opt for much smaller cities than the ones listed above — simply let the seller know about the city you're thinking of, and they'll create a mock-up for you to approve.

Promising review: "I got this for my daughter as a graduation gift of Columbus, Ohio. It is really beautiful and I can't wait to give it to her!!" —Lisa Chaffin-Murphy

Get it from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $23.62 (available in three colors, 68 cities, and sizes 4.5-12).

2. Reusable glowing chopsticks because the force is with both them *and* the takeout meal they just ordered via Seamless. These BPA-free lightsabers are officially the only utensil they'll want to use at dinner. Knives and forks = boring.

Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Amazon

Promising review: "I purchased these for a friend's birthday present (he is a sushi waiter) and these are flippin' AMAZING. I ordered two sets by mistake, but I am totally keeping the second pair for another gift (or for myself!). These are sure to be great conversation pieces and attention-getters. Way to go!" —T. Redwood

Get them from Amazon for $10.97.

3. A calligraphy guide book for anyone looking to improve their penmanship and eventually create their own Etsy shop. These easy-to-follow instructions will turn their doodles and scribbles into a work of legible art. Da Vinci? We (we in this context = me and my eyebrows) don't know him.

the book
Amazon

Promising review: "I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a looooong time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills." —KHenderson

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

4. 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, aka so long bland and boring dinners that looked more appealing when the YouTube chef made it.

Amazon

This Paleo-friendly, gluten-free condiment is truly the cherry on top of any meal.

Promising review: "I'm in love with this! My entire family (with the exception of my husband, who doesn't like spice) reaches for this bottle of Mike's many times a week. We've tried it on biscuits, cornbread, fried chicken, bacon (AMAZING), and more. Mike's offers just the right kick of heat to balance the delicious sweetness of the honey. I plan on keeping this in my pantry." —MichiganTraveler

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

To learn more, check out "I Tried This Spicy Honey And It Changed How I Eat Every Meal."

5. A water-resistant Longchamp nylon tote so lightweight, it's hard to believe it's roomy enough to comfortably house their entire life. Seriously, don't be deceived — this thing can fit *a ton*. Think Grandma Aggie's purse except the portal to Halloweentown is sold separately.

Nordstrom

Promising review: "I've wanted this bag for years and finally decided to spend the money. It looks exactly as I imagined and is perfect. Love the color because it goes with everything. There is a ton of room to fit things, it is well-made, and I also like it for traveling since it zips at the top and you don't have to worry about anything falling out." —KAL23

Get it from Nordstrom for $145 (available in three colors).

6. A 50-pack of The Office stickers including their favorite characters and quotes from the series they have literally memorized line-for-line. A personal favorite: "The worst thing about prison was the Dementors."

the stickers
Amazon

Promising review: "These stickers are great! They are great to stick anywhere to show your love of The Office! I personally put them on my laptop, water bottle, and coffee mug. I must say I don't know how they will deal with being put through the dishwasher, but they have held up on the coffee mug during hand washing. Overall a great set of stickers for yourself or to send as a gift." —J. Ryan Wise

Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $7.99.

7. A Rifle Paper Co. monogram mug because there are three gifts we all hated as children but absolutely adore now: candles, socks, and mugs. This floral cup will bring a smile to their face every single morning.

Anthropologie

Promising review: "I adore this mug! The quality in the gilding and the printed flowers makes this mug stand out above all the rest! Definitely my new favorite mug!" —smoknjoeonthego

Get them from Anthropologie for $9.80 (originally $14).

8. 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
Amazon

Promising review: "I love this headband. The band is comfortable in the head. Super easy to set up and connect to your phone, even on iPhones. The earphone can easily be adjusted and place right by your ears. Charging port is located on the rear end of the headband but you wouldn't even feel it existing. The sound quality is good. And the controls are very satisfying to press. I'm in with love this headband!" —Nico

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

9. A National Geographic geode kit complete with 10 geodes and a 16-page learning guide to spark their interest in earth science (just typing that out gave me high school flashbacks... *shivers*). This STEM-approved present is fun, educational, and totally interactive.

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Promising review: "My 9-year-old niece gets these every year for Christmas. It is a new gift every time! She loves to put on safety glasses and swing that hammer! The geodes are always beautiful. She also loves the element of surprise! This is a wonderful gift that will engage even kids who are not into the sciences. Every year she takes pieces to share with her class. She also loves to give pieces away as little gifts or mementos. Nat Geo never disappoints!" —Kristin D.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (goggles are included).

10. A yoga beginner's kit that comes equipped with all the basics: a yoga mat, a yoga block, and a stretching strap. All they'll have to do is search YouTube for some free classes and voila! They'll be lounging in child's pose in no time.

the purple yoga kit
Gaiam

Promising review: "I have absolutely no experience with yoga and on suggestion from a friend came to Gaiam. This kit has everything you need to begin your path to wellness.The block and strap are almost essential for a first timer, they helped me understand the stability of each pose. One of the classes shows you how to use them and WHY. Important for some. Very helpful for first timers. Rodney Yee has a very calming and clear voice. His instruction is simple and concise. For those beginning or those unable to find good beginner classes nearby, this is an excellent start kit. The price can NOT be beat." —Syndria

Get it from Gaiam for $29.98 (available in three colors).

11. A dainty handmade bracelet presented in a gorgeous gift box, aka wipe your brow set because searching your entire house for scissors and tape won't have to happen this year. Just scan a picture of your signature, send it to the Etsy seller, and DONE: The person of your choosing will be walking around strutting your handwriting on her wrist.

Caitlyn Minimalist / Etsy

Get it from Caitlyn Minimalist on Etsy for $27.75+ (originally $37, available in gold, silver, and rose gold as well as in eight sizes).

12. Werewolf: A Party Game for Devious People – it's a fairly simple and straightforward game: discern the secret ~werewolf~ of the bunch. This is the perfect dek of cards for a virtual game night!

the game
Amazon

Promising review: "My group of friends loves game night. We've tried all sorts of games, and when I brought this game out, everyone was skeptical. Now no one wants to play any other game but this one. Super fun! The fact that it comes in a simple deck of cards makes it so easy to carry around and bring to any party occasion just in case. With the different characters you can mix it up so no two games are ever the same. The witch character has truly tested some friendships already. The game also gives you extra cards for you to create your own characters with their own unique roles and powers. We are looking forward to creating some interesting new roles and throwing them in the mix. If you have a loud group of friends, this is the game for you!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

13. A pair of Wi-Fi-connected touch lamps to send the best friend that had the *audacity* to move to another state. Who cares if you got a great job opportunity out there! Come back and LOVE MEEE! Kidding. Sort of. All jokes aside, simply tap your lamp and theirs will automatically brighten (and vice versa).

Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "This was a great Valentine's gift and makes us feel so connected even though we live in different states. There is nothing more exciting than seeing it light up and or watching the colors change! As long as you follow the steps and use your computer the setup was super easy and quick!! It's a little pricey, but definitely worth the smiles and feeling connected to someone far away. So happy it was purchased!" —KS

Get a set of two from Uncommon Goods for $170.

14. A mini Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy because their WFH setup is boring at best. Browse through a 32-page mini booklet that chronicles this little dudes origins, add in some batteries, and feel sheer joy as it dances ever-so-gracefully next to their laptop.

the red toy
amazon.com

Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the 9-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I have a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

15. A mini cross-stitch kit for a hobby that *isn't* Netflix. This includes everything they need to start on one of four The Nightmare Before Christmas designs: a tiny 32-page book with instructions, three pieces of cotton cloth, an embroidery hoop, and embroidery thread.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "OMG I love this set. It’s so cute to give as a gift or to keep for yourself. Easy to read and follow directions." —Kelly McQueen

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

16. Mini MatteTrance™ Lipstick Trio from Pat McGrath so they can trial three of the cult-favorite product (which is $38 for a full-sized tube) at the same time. An FYI that the formula is so lightweight, it feels like a second skin — as if their lips are naturally a deep burgundy.

Sephora

Promising review: "Aaaamazing. I never write reviews but I had to for this one. I haven’t had any issues with wax bloom or mold; my lipsticks came in perfect condition. The colour Elson is rich and velvety and even stayed put while brushing my teeth. Yes I brushed my teeth with lipstick on and it didn’t smudge! Mind you I was careful but no amount of water on my lips made it budge. It goes on creamy and doesn’t feel too dry as the day goes on. I definitely will be purchasing full-sized products." —milly bill

Get a set of three from Sephora for $25.

17. A Baby Yoda Bluetooth speaker for the person who has not stopped talking about The Mandalorian since it came out. This ~child~ has over four hours of music time with a single charge, plus it comes with a convenient carrying strap.

the speaker
Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

18. Or! An 11-inch plush designed with a cozy faux suede coat and squeezable fill perfect for cuddling up with. I have not watched a single episode of this show but 10/10 would be happy to receive this mini green bebe.

the Baby Yoda plush
Shop Disney

Get it from Shop Disney for $24.99.

19. A Baked by Melissa cupcake pack you'll be tempted to keep for yourself and, tbqh, I would not blame you in the slightest. Just envision bite-sized cookie dough, caramel cake batter, Oreo cheesecake, and triple chocolate fudge cupcakes. It's okay. I'm drooling too.

Baked by Melissa

Get a 25-pack from Baked by Melissa for $28.80+.

20. A Smoko heatable plushie filled with flax seed and dried lavender for a soothing teddy that can provide stress and cramp relief. It's also available in a ton of designs — think boba, koalas, dumplings, and (of course) sloths.

the sloth plush
Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "I got the sloth and he is just the cutest thing ever. He's a good size, not too big or too small, but perfect. It's so easy to remove the heating pack and put it back. Such a simple and easy-to-use product. I guess just don't get it if you don't like lavender." —giuliana v

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 (available in six styles).

21. The New York Times crossword puzzle packed with 50 brainteasers that range from easy to ~wow can I phone a friend~ difficult. It's even spiral-bound, aka no flat surfaces will be required.

the book
Amazon

Promising review: "NY Times crosswords are exactly what we all know them to be. I have four of these handy little books- they are the size and weight of a typical magazine making it easy to throw into a beach tote or carry-on." —Dee Cee

Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

22. A hiking logbook any nature buff would *love* to receive this holiday season. Packed with prompts that allow them to document each detail of each journey, this provides the ultimate way to encourage mindfulness — plus a keepsake they'll be able to re-read and reflect on.

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Promising review: "I recently joined the 52-Hike Challenge and I wanted to write down my experience each hike. This was the perfect journal for the challenge. I wish it had a section to put my pictures but I can always insert them or staple on the page. Something to look back later on when I finally completed 52 hikes!" —Margaux B.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

23. A luxuriously soft plush throw they'll genuinely use all 👏 the 👏 time 👏. Weekends spent watching all one million hours of Law & Order: SVU are about to get so much better.

the navy blanket
Nordstrom

Promising review: "Six of them are in my home because we all fight over them. The other five I bought as gifts. I think I might have a slight addiction to them, ha! I bought seven last year during the anniversary sale and four more this year. I have washed them over and over and they are still super soft. They are the BEST!" —Rose0614

Get it from Nordstrom for $39.50 (available in seven colors).

24. A rainbow arm-spinner toy that's basically a more ~sophisticated~ version of the fidget spinner — it stores flat and spins around in circles to give them a brief break from Instagram scrolling.

model playing with green toy
The Grommet

Promising reviews: "I bought several of these for my teenage grandchildren. They enjoyed it so much, their sister in college wanted one as well, it's very relaxing for her while studying." —Brenda

"I purchased this as gifts for the younger kids in the family at Christmas, but they were playing it with everyone, passing them from one arm to the next! Everyone loved it." —Janet

Get one from The Grommet for $12.95 (available in four colors).

25. A scratch paper art set because I don't miss the braces, but I do miss middle school art class. While these are intended for (*wrinkles nose in Winnifred Sanderson fashion*) children, they're also a fab de-stressor for adults as well.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "I bought these to help entertain children at a big dinner party, and they were a huge hit! Ages 3-10 loved them! You can use them easily to make a small, simple design or something more elaborate. The kids loved them and I will purchase again. Great purchase!" —Rachel Castlen

Get it from Amazon for $7.46.

26. A six-layer vanilla cake by Carlo’s Bakery (*cough* the one from Cake Boss *cough*) piled high with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles for the only dessert that matters, honestly.

The cross section of the cake, which shows rainbow layers. The outside of the cake is covered with rainbow confetti
Goldbelly

This 6" cake serves 6-8 people.

Promising review: "The cake was amazing. The flavor and presentation was everything. The cake was moist with rich flavors. My boyfriend said this was the best cake he ever had and will order from you guys again." —Victoria P.

Get it from Goldbelly for $69.95.

27. A garlic chopper inspired by Dracula because it's not just the vampires that the stench of garlic annoys. This ironic gadget quickly cuts, dices, and minces cloves without permanently coating your fingers in the smell.

the garlic chopper next to garlic bread
Amazon

You can also use it to chop nuts, fruits, and veggies!

Promising review: "I purchased this as a gift for my friend who is a fantastic cook — she uses fresh ingredients almost exclusively — but pressing fresh garlic is a task usually delegated. No longer — Gracula is there for her. She uses him nearly every time she needs garlic (which is basically daily) and months later still makes a point of saying how much she enjoys the gift. I'm pretty sure she likes it better than other gifts I've gotten her which were more expensive/thought out, and I'm fairly certain it's what took me from 'good friend' to 'best friend,' but it be that way sometimes. Anyway, definitely recommended for people who cook with garlic and have a sense of humor." —L

Get it from Amazon for $18.90.

28. A compact Shiatsu massager lauded by over 20,000 reviewers for relieving sore, tired muscles. This simply tool is lightweight, portable, changes directions every 60 seconds, and can be used on their neck, back, and legs.

amazon.com

Promising review: "Over the years I've bought and returned a few different massagers. The ones that attach to the chair are just too big. The smaller ones hurt or just vibrate. The sharper image ones are junk. So... I took a chance with this one. Wow! This really works. I like that it's smaller so you can actually position it where you want. It turns in one direction for a little while and then it switches and goes the other way. When it turns, it really feels like a massage instead of that vibrating feeling. I really like how compact it is and how it doesn't move too fast. It's just a steady massage that's hands-free. I can use it on my calfs, legs, back, shoulders and neck. If this breaks I will definitely buy another one. This is the best massager I ever had." —cbear

Get it from Amazon for $64.95.

29. Mini macaron cases that look delicious enough to eat, but alas — no egg whites were used in the making of these teeny tiny containers. These are perfect for storing dainty items (think your favorite earrings) in a way that won't get lost in the shuffle of an overflowing jewelry box.

the macaron storage cases in different colors
Amazon

Promising review: "These are so cute and just the right size for storing pills that I need to carry with me in my purse. I use two of them, and the different colors let me use one color for each type of medication so I can tell which one I've grabbed easily. I've used the others for carrying small amounts of medication while traveling. They don't seal well enough for liquids, but might also be useful for small necklaces and earrings." —Nini

Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.99.

30. A birthstone bracelet that can be customized with up to 10 stones, symbolic of *all* the important people in their life.

model wearing the gold bracelet with three stones
Silveristic / Etsy

Promising review: "I ordered a bracelet for myself and was so happy with mine that I ordered another one for my sister. Perfect chain length, quality material, decent shipping time, dainty, classic, simple. Will for sure reorder." —Megan Martinez

Get it from Silveristic on Etsy for $31.50+ (available in 10 sizes and 32 styles).

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

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