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    41 Small But Wonderful Gifts That Will Leave A Big Impression

    You know what they say: The best gifts come in palm-sized packages.

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    1. Reusable glowing chopsticks because who says the force shouldn't be with both them and their meal? These BPA-free lightsabers are officially the only utensil they'll want to use at dinner. Knives and forks = boring.,

    Promising review: "My sister's and her girlfriend are huge Star Wars nerds, so I got the two of them this set and they friggin' love it. They bring it out all the time whenever we head out to have sushi or ramen. It's awesome." —JMC

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.97.

    2. A fill-in-the-blank journal so mushy, it's basically a foolproof way to put a gigantic smile on their face. Prepare to jot down your favorite memories, their best qualities, and how you plan on being when you ~grow old~ together.


    Promising review: "These booklets are the best. I bought one for my sister, mother, and two best friends. Each of them cherish this gift and felt it was one of the best gifts they have ever gotten. I must say it is a lot of fun to fill out too. My favorite thing to do was pour a glass of wine, sit in my recliner, and fill out these books while reminiscing about great memories!" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19+.

    3. Dishwasher-safe silicone cookie stamps perfect for their next Harry Potter movie marathon. All they'll have to do is lay out some pre-made cookie dough, give it a couple of stamps, pour themselves a glass of wine while said dough bakes, and voila! It now looks like they catered.


    This set comes with one wooden handle and five interchangeable stamps with Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, and Hogwarts crests.

    Promising review: "So much fun! I made these for a HP-themed party and everyone thought I was one of those creative Pinterest-y people after seeing these!" —Breanne

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.95.

    4. An I Dew Care peel-off mask packed with a generous helping of hyaluronic acid to reveal smoother, brighter, more hydrated skin. And the Instagram opportunities whilst wearing it? Endless, thanks to the holographic finish.


    Promising review: "One of the best peel-off masks I have used. Scent is really light and pleasant and not overpowering, and my skin definitely looks brighter and more radiant after use. Does not irritate my very sensitive skin, and it actually peels off very easily!" —Jennifer S.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    5. A 2020 History Channel boxed calendar for the person who has *only* true crime shows queued on their Netflix account. Each new day will reveal a brief summary of unsolved mysteries, weird occurrences, and inexplicable events.


    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. The Burn Cookbook by Jonathan Bennett and Nikki Martin, a wondrous collection of recipes and activities that will make any Regina George devotee cry tears of joy. They'll be whipping up Amber D'Allessio grilled hot dogs, "It's Like, All in Swedish" meatballs, JAMBO-laya, strawberry toaster doodles, face-smells-like-a-foot peppermint bark, and so much more with the help of this very fetch guide. / Via @jonathandbennett

    Promising review: "My daughter loves Mean Girls and we saw the Broadway show last year. I found this at the last minute for a Christmas gift and it turned out to be her favorite gift! She loves the recipes and the illustrations." —AndiesMom

    Get it from Amazon for $21.59.

    7. A pizza box with four pairs of cotton socks that are *le deep sigh* not edible. They do, however, promise to make their feet look delicious and are guaranteed to get several laughs when opened.

    Promising review: "Purchased these as a gag gift for my son and his fiancé who were eloping. Their ceremony was taking place at a local pizzeria. Needless to say, these were a hit. The packaging and presentation were well-done and very witty! The socks were cute. My daughter-in-law immediately claimed the Hawaiian pizza socks. So fun!" —Mary F.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    8. A wine bottle vacuum pumper that removers air from their ~vino~ to preserve freshness for up to a week. / Via @vacuvin

    Just insert this wine vacuum into the bottle, pump until you hear a click noise, and that's it! Just add in a bottle stopper (this set comes with two!) to prevent air from getting in the bottle again.

    Promising review: "Wow! I have had this for about 5 months now and it works great! I drink red wine quite a bit and almost always leave a glass or two in the bottle. Prior to buying this, that glass or two is basically vinegar within one to two days (depending on the type of wine). If you have a half bottle or more remaining, this pump will keep that half bottle tasting like it was just opened." —Red

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    9. A locket necklace so they can diffuse essential oils wherever they may go. This locket contains felt pads, so all they'll have to do is add a teeny drop of lavender to help feel more calm, cool, and collected on particularly stressful days.


    This necklace comes with three felt pads you can take out (or keep in) for however long you want. Pro tip: Use each pad to hold a different essential oil.

    Promising review: "Love this locket! I wrap it around twice so that it turns into a short necklace (and so that I can smell the essential oils even more). The felt holds the aroma for days if you use a good oil, the locket hasn't opened up on me yet, and chain is plenty strong. A great bang for your buck!" —smallfryvet

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three colors).

    10. Tiered chandelier earrings that have the witchy ability to turn their unintentionally ripped jeans and a wrinkled white tee into an ensemble suitable for champagne and caviar feasts. These beauties = the most gorgeous relic they can receive in their stocking this year.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely loving these earrings!! They are the perfect statement earrings to spice up any outfit and are truly stunning!" —Mallery King

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+.

    11. A 52-week guide to encourage a more positive and appreciative attitude (AKA = I need this). This self-exploration journal is packed with inspirational quotes and prompts that will have them jotting down what they're grateful for on a daily basis, making this the perfect dose of self-reflection to go along with their morning coffee., Amazon

    Promising review: "Just started using this journal after being in a bit of a funk at the start of this year. I researched many different journals but this was the only one that i felt was simple, that didn't make too many 'demands' on my time, that was straightforward, in short, exactly what I was looking for. It's a simple concept and I've only being doing it for a week but I find myself looking for things to be thankful for, find myself adding lines below the three provided and writing in the margins...all because I want to." —silkeymilkey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. 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.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love it! Bought to use as a radio/ambient noise device as I fall asleep, but now realize the capabilities FAR exceeded what I initially purchased it for, so I also use it as an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker for my iPad, personal assistant ('Alexa, add milk to my shopping list'), Amazon Music speaker (which I never used until buying this). The sound quality is really good, especially considering its small size and relatively budget-friendly price. I definitely recommend this to anyone, and if you’re a Prime member... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Don’t even 'add to cart,' just click 'buy now' and watch your life get simpler." —Dave S

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (originally $49.99).

    13. Silicone bookmarks because their green thumb may be nonexistent, but these little sprouts are an easy way to ~spruce~ up their life while noting their page in that thriller paperback they're reading.


    Promising review: "I love these bookmarks! And as a librarian, I'm picky about bookmarks. They're small, durable, and portable. They stay in books well and are downright adorable sticking up out of the pages. Plus, it's so small you can leave it in the book while you read it. And you don't have to worry about them folding and tearing like paper bookmarks. I just love them." —Caroline

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.73.

    14. A Wilton desert kit that includes 12 ~cute critter~ treats, three different fondants, black candy, a round cutter, a teardrop cutter, a fondant roller, and a project card. This is perfect for the pal who prefers activities to actual gifts but is also constantly busy/impossible to make concrete plans with — just have 'em come over and create these cute treats together.


    This kit is also available in mermaid, lollipop, and cupcake themes.

    Promising review: "I got this Wilton Cute Critters set for my kids and I to do together! It is so easy to use and the instructions included are easy and straightforward! Everything you need to decorate and make these Cute Critters is included. We used Rice Krispies treats as a base for our animals! So happy with this adorable kit!!" —goose

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    15. A Tequila Mockingbird cocktail kit to turn your book-obsessed pal into a professional mixologist. This inexpensive kit comes with two swizzle sticks, a bartender's jigger to measure out drinks, and a shortened version of the original book (which outlines15 drink recipes and notes about which books inspired them).


    Promising review: "I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my secret santa, who is an English teacher. She loved it! Such a unique idea with fun recipes." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    16. A leak-proof champagne stopper that will keep their favorite beverage as fizzy as the day it was popped. This built-in pressure pump preserves bubbles and therefore preserves the champagne, meaning it won't go to waste if they don't finish the entire bottle on the day it's opened. Now without further ado, can I get a mimosa please?


    This stopper is even equipped with a date tracker so you always know how long the bottle has been sitting in the fridge!

    Promising review: "I purchased this stopper after seeing one being used at a local wine tasting event. I enjoy sparkling wines, but either have to drink the whole bottle myself before it gets flat (ugh) or throw it out (terribly wasteful). This product was the answer to my problem! It is very easy to use and keeps my sparkling beverage fresh and bubbly! Definitely a must!" —MKC

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    17. A vegan and cruelty-free Essence mascara set here to up their lash game like whoa. Just a few swipes of the below formulas will have everyone asking them the most coveted compliment-in-the-form-of-a-question: are those your real lashes?


    This set comes with four mascaras — one waterproof, one curling, one volumizing, and one ~extra~ volumizing.

    Promising review: "This is the best mascara I’ve ever used and the cheapest! The volume it adds is so great that I’ve been asked where I got my fake eyelashes done. I don’t have any problems with clumping, the mascara just glides add volume, and color my super blonde eyelashes." —Summer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. A jade roller and gua sha set to give them the gift of an at-home facial massage. This facial duo is said to promote circulation, tighten skin, improve the effectiveness of their other skincare products, and help with lymphatic drainage to keep their face feeling glorious and de-puffed.


    Promising review: "I don't even really care if this is good for my complexion, it feels so good to roll it on my face I would do it if there were no other benefits! That being said, I do feel it's making my skin smoother and less puffy over time. I leave it in the freezer and roll it on my face with some coconut/lavender oil serum in the morning. The quality of the roller seems top tier, and the jade is absolutely stunning!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.77.

    19. A handheld milk frother that makes it easy to whip up their very own, typically very expensive drink at home. This stainless steel whisk truly has so many darn uses: Let your mouth water at the thought of cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, matcha, milk shakes, and more.,

    This frother has a ergonomic handle that makes it comfy to hold, is small enough to stash in your bag and bring to the office, and is battery-operated and comes equipped with two AA batteries.

    Promising review: "This frother was such a great deal! It came with batteries installed and perfectly packaged. I just made my first coffee with frothed evaporated milk and a tiny bit of sugar for a holiday season treat and it tastes just as delicious as an expensive ubiquitous franchise coffee! If you're considering a handy little kitchen gadget, I would definitely recommend this for yourself and it's also a great stocking stuffer." —R2

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. An Anker wireless charger one assumes could cost upwards of several trillion dollars, but is surprisingly less than $10. This gives battery power/life to their device (think everything from AirPods to Galaxy phones) and even works through tough external cases!


    Promising review: "I leave this on my dresser and drop my AirPods on it or occasionally my phone. It’s compact, lightweight, gets the job done, and even charges my devices through their cases." —Mitch

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A mini essential oil diffuser that will turn their bedroom into an aromatherapy oasis. They'll just have to add in a few drops of lavender, plug this puppy in, and get ready to relax.,

    Promising review: "I got this little guy because my office has no windows and it's a miserable dark hole. I was getting genuine nosebleeds from the overly-dry stale air. This diffuser has truly helped me feel less like I'm dying throughout the day. The air feels fresher and healthier, and I combine it with eucalyptus oil to odors and helps me feel refreshed. The perfect size for a small office." —Lucy H.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in four colors).

    22. A Corkcicle glass set to guarantee that their whiskey stays colder than cold: we're talking ice cold. This glass includes a silicone mold to form a perfectly proportioned ice wedge that will keep their drink chilled but *not* watered down.


    Promising review: "Purchased this as a gift and it was a huge hit. The packaging was really well designed and looked awesome. The product actually works too! It kept my whiskey drinks cold for the whole night without swapping out the cube. Suprisingly, the glass was actually really nice quality as well. The size, shipping speed, and quality were all as advertised." —Loladex

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    23. A trinket plate sure to have mom tearing up as soon as she carefully tears open the wrapping paper. This little piece of ceramic decor is also available with several different phrases,

    Promising review: "I purchased this to give to my mother as a gift. It is beautiful! The gold painting on it is very even and solid. The black writing is very solid as well, and it doesn't seem like it will wear. It's great quality and a sweet little sentiment to give to my mother." —satisfied in UT

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 21 styles).

    24. A mini skillet that looks like part of a larger, more expensive cookware set featured on many a bridal shower registry. This is large enough to make their favorite meal but small enough to easily store away, is perfect for cooking for a party of one, and won't take up their entire sink when they don't feel like washing it right away.


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this tiny skillet. I am a graduate student, and pretty much live and cook by/for myself. This is the perfect size for baking, and it's also a great cast-iron skillet to learn the feel of cast-iron." —MCP

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in eight sizes).

    25. A five-piece measuring spoon set to give their kitchen that air of "I only bake from scratch". These gorgeous copper spoons are both magnetic and stackable, meaning they'll become almost impossible to lose one of 'em in the mess that is their kitchen.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    26. A Fujifilm printerthat has bluetooth capability and can pair with their smartphone, meaning they'll be able to instantly print out all the photos that have been gracing their Instagram account — all with the push of an app.


    This printer comes equipped with a rechargeable battery and USB charging cable.

    Promising review: "Do you love the look of Polaroids but suck at taking pictures on the instax cameras?? Well you're in luck! This printer minimizes the money you waste on blurry or overexposed photos because you know exactly what you're printing. Setup for the printer and app are really easy, and I love the customizable features it provides on your polaroids (like collages!!!!). This is the cutest way to decorate a dorm or apartment, save precious memories, scrapbook, and much more. I also love the size of the printer and the design. It looks very chic and sleek, and the gold or silver is a classic touch. I did find that you need to adjust your picture brightness to a few notches darker when printing because the photos do come out a little overexposed, but once you get the hang of it it isn't a problem. I love using this to print out vacation photos for my journal and scrapbooks!" —AdoraMeow

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    27. A Stila liquid shadow for a fantastic dose of ✨ sparkle ✨ that feels like luxury at first swipe. The formula itself is ultra blendable, lasts all day, and the shade options? Shimmery and stunning. / Via @stilacosmetics

    Promising review: "BEST GLITTER SHADOWS ON THE MARKET! I have five colors and all are gorgeous, it's surprisingly blendable for a liquid, and there's glitter fallout. The formula itself is great, stays all day, and you don't have to worry about using glitter primer." —Kaytlen

    Get it from Amazon for $24 (available in 14 colors).

    28. An activity journal filled with illustrations, blank pages, and prompts that will inspire them to embrace their inner weirdo. Suggestion: Write a note inside this book signifying that they don't need a lot of help in the weird department.

    Promising review: "This journal is not only great for kids, but for adults who want to embrace their their inner goofball. This is a playful workbook with quirky illustrations and fun exercises that help the reader explore what makes them unique. I especially enjoyed the pages that ask 'what were you taught about individuality growing up' and 'what kinds of weirdness are most important to you in a partner'. I really appreciate the notion that individuality and staying true to oneself should be valued and celebrated. Well done!" —Lori

    Get it from Amazon for $12.30.

    29. An ergonomic mirror cube puzzle to give them a piece of art that looks like it was sourced from an upscale modern art museum. They'll be using this on their long train commute from now until forever, because the puzzle itself is super challenging (but also super rewarding once completed).


    Promising review: "My son is obsessed with Rubik's, and is able to solve the regular cube very well. This was a great next step challenge to him: the algorithm is not different, but the mirror faces to the sides adds just enough difficulty to the solve, without creating excessive frustration. If your kid learned to solve the regular cube and is looking for another challenge, I'd say this is a great next step." —A. Sun

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    30. A ceramic trinket dish that allows them to both keep their favorite jewelry in one convenient place *and* pay subtle homage to their star sign. To my fellow sassy Scorpios, hello!


    Promising review: "Bought this adorable little dish as a gift for my daughter to put her rings on. She loved it!" —aprilthorn

    Get them from Amazon for $14.98 (available in 12 signs).

    31. A ceramic mug you can personalize with two different states on the front and a sappy message in the back to signify that while you may not be close geographically, you *are* in each other's hearts. For long-distance best friends, this is the perfect present.

    These dishwasher- and microwave-safe mugs come in two sizes, can be customized with nine different colors, AND come with a gift wrap option — because we all know that gift wrapping is a huge burden, okay? Let's just admit it.

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness. I am so, so, so very happy with my mugs! I would give it more than five stars if I could, and have recommended these to multiple friends who live away from their loved ones. The mugs themselves are absolutely beautiful, the gift wrap is beautiful, and the box itself is actually really cool, the states on mine are gorgeous...I am just so happy with this product." —Laura Ann

    Get it from Cupology on Amazon Handmade for $19.95.

    32. A digital watch that's high quality minus the high price tag. This nifty accessory displays time and date, plus is equipped with a stopwatch and alarm functions that perhaps you won't snooze through (*cough* unlike your iPhone every single morning).

    Promising review: "My brother saw me wearing this watch and asked if it was thew new Galaxy one. I told him it was actually a really cheap watch and he assumed it was $40! I bought this for work but literally wear this EVERYWHERE. It is super light and simple, yet doesn't look cheap." —mera yang

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    33. Kikkerland bag clips because true heartbreak is when they go to chomp on a chip just to realize that *begins to sob* it's gone stale. These cute critters will help their favorite snacks maintain fresh while also just looking really freakin' adorable.


    Promising review: "Terrifying symbols of relentless conquest. Strikes fear in the hearts of lesser warriors. Ruthless, battle hardened, bloodthirsty. Also furry. Keep the chips from going stale. Run for your life! (A+, highly recommended)." —kitana

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $3.99.

    34. A dual-ended eyeliner stamp because, IN SPITE OF THEIR BEST EFFORTS, achieving the perfect cat eye is hard and this easy-to-use tool makes it about 1000x easier. All they'll have to do is apply the stamp to their lash line and their wing will be done in mere seconds. They won't even have to use/waste 10 makeup wipes and several years of their life in order to achieve it.


    Promising review: "Okay, so I am as shakey as shakey gets when it comes to putting eyeliner on...but this is a miracle sent from above! It honestly is the most amazing eye makeup product I own at the moment. It is as easy as it sounds. Literally. I like that it is double-ended and you have two pens: one for the left eye and one for the right. The opposite end on both is just every day liquid liner pen, but it goes on soooo much smoother than any other liquid liner I've tried or owned." —ˑMerkuryˑVolkanicˑ.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in three colors).

    35. A Jack and Sally ceramic shaker set they actually may not want to receive. It's rumored to be an absolute nightmare, especially before Christmas.


    Promising review: "These are super cute! If you are a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, you NEED these! They are great as salt and pepper shakers, but also make great decor if you’d rather not fill them. They are sturdy, came well wrapped and protected, detailed, and functional. We love them!" —Cherry B

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    36. A Wilton pan to help them make the only dessert they want this holiday season: cookie and milk shots. This non-stick, dishwasher-safe tool will have 'em saying bottoms up in no time.


    It even comes with a recipe card to make sure your cookie shots come out just right.

    Promising review: "These are so amazing! I followed the included recipe and they came out perfectly the first time. Fun to put ice cream in and serve for a special dessert." —Dana S.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    37. A portable massage ball that can provide quick stress relief, improve circulation, relieve stiffness, and just feels really darn good when run over sore muscles. It also provides 360 rotation and is comfortable to hold, which means giving your partner a massage will have never been so easy.

    Promising review: "Amazing. Seriously, buy this. It is the best back massage I’ve ever had. I have trouble with my wrists and hands and can’t massage my husband’s back for very long. This is small and easily fits in my hand. I can give him a great massage without pain. He massaged my back with it as well and it’s phenomenal!" —Mifflinpartyofthree

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    38. A silicone ice cube tray to give the Scrooge in your life that prefers Halloween to Christmas (#me). These molds make four giant ice skulls to ~liven~ up any mixed drink, and the molds themselves are microwave-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe.


    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my cousin and he loved them. The ice molds turned out great and are super easy to use." —Sarah Stinson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in two styles).

    39. A magical Thomas Kinkade coloring book featuring their favorite Disney characters: Mickey, Cinderella, Belle, those ridiculously adorable dwarves, and more.


    Promising review: "This book is extremely nice for a coloring book, and looks more like a collectible art book. The coloring pages are very detailed, but they provide a reference page for each which also serves to prevent bleeding from the previous coloring page. This book is a great gift for any artistic Disney fan." —Tom

    Get it from Amazon for $11.69.

    40. An Act+Acre scalp "detox" because the amount of built-up dry shampoo that has become permanently lodged into their scalp = yuck. This cold-processed blend of moringa oil, basil leaf, amaranth oil, and baobab oil will remove impurities while promoting faster hair growth, reversing UV damage, and delivering some much-needed, non-greasy moisture that their mane will thank them for. / Via @actandacre

    All you'll have to do is apply a few drops to different sections of your hair, let it sit for about 15-20 minutes after massaging it in, and voila! Follow up with shampoo and conditioner and prepare to be amazed at how freakin' healthy your scalp feels.

    Psst, Act+Acre products are vegan, toxin- and chemical-free, and the bottles are made from recyclable plastics that are significantly more eco-friendly.

    Promising review: "I never really think about my scalp. It did itch here and there, but nothing major...but throughout the past winter, my scalp has been very dry, flaking, and constantly itchy. Often when I scratch it'll leave flakes under my nails (ew). I tried this product after it was recommended to me by a friend, and oh boy, this scalp detox is life-changing. I have been using it religiously once a week and my scalp has never felt so clean. No more flakes and scratches." —Siyana Tabita

    Get it from Amazon or Act+Acre for $42.

    41. A lightning cable bracelet for the pal who's phone is always on the verge of dying. This versatile accessory ensures they'll have a charging device on hand at all times, preventing them from panicking whenever the low battery message pops up on their iPhone.


    Promising review: "If you are looking for products that help minimize travel bulk, while also not looking like a tourist, this product is for you. This bracelet looks lovely. The braided leather is tasteful and does not appear to be anything more than a nice fashion accessory. The charging component works perfectly and is very easy to use, albeit it is a very short cord." —Melissa G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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