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42 Cool-Looking Gifts That'll Light Up Pretty Much Anyone's Eyes

Their eyes will do a happy dance.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A strip of LEDs that'll wrap behind their TV to help with eye strain and also just make binge-watching look really cool.

a reviewer image of a tv with purple lights behind it
amazon.com

These are easy to apply, have 16 color options, and work for 40–60 inch TVs. They can improve image clarity, relieve eye fatigue, and create a sort of movie theater vibe. Oh, and they have over 1,200 positive reviews on Amazon!

Promising review: "I've had this LED strip for about two months now and I haven't had ANY issues with them. They made my work desk look so edgy and beautiful! Anytime I'm at my desk, I turn these on because I feel that they actually have a positive impact; as cheesy as that may sound." —Matt Zefi

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

2. Mystic Maze — a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that reveals a secret "magic trick" when they complete it. There are also 50 Easter eggs hidden in the complicated design so they're sure to be throughly entertained from start to finish.

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Fun fact: This was the most funded puzzle on Kickstarter, raising over $3 million.

Promising review: "Just got this puzzle for something to do at home over the holidays. Seriously... I have never seen a puzzle quite like this! It’s very impressive and exceeded my expectations already. The packaging is beautiful inside and out. Everything about it shouts quality. I particularly liked the envelopes inside for the puzzle pieces and mystery. Heavy weight and substantial. The one holding the 1,000 puzzle pieces stays closed with Velcro! How cool! And the secret mystery envelope has a cool string loop tie. Makes you remember you can’t open it until the puzzle is done. The whole vibe of The Mystic Maze is quality and fun, and also looks like a challenging puzzle. Looking forward to getting started on this. Certainly a good stay-home fun activity. Highly recommend!" —Kyle Fletcher

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in an island theme).

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

3. Or, if you want to challenge them, a transparent, iridescent acrylic puzzle that comes together to make a circle. Good luck!

completed clear circular puzzle
amazon.com

Promising review: "This was one of the best puzzles I have ever done!!! Yes, it was a challenge but I love that. The pieces are transparent so there's no way to tell front or back but it was captivating. You need patience. My daughter did it for awhile but her patience wore thin but I absolutely loved it!!I I plan to frame it because I love the color changing effect in different lighting! This one has 100 pieces and took a total of about 4–5 hours. If you love a challenge, this is for you!! It was a lot of fun and held my attention." —Crystalbluediamond

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

4. Neat-looking macarons shaped like tennis balls for sporty snackers or sloths for the animal lovers.

MacaronsbyAdri, CrumbsAndCrumbles

Get a pack of 12 tennis balls from MacaronsbyAdri on Etsy for $44 or six of the sloths from CrumbsAndCrumbles on Etsy for $22 (available in 16 flavors).

For tennis balls: All orders will be shipped USPS Priority Mail and will arrive to most destinations within 2–3 days after shipping.

For sloths: Upgrade to USPS Priority Express for expedited 1–2 day arrival after shipping, guaranteed.

5. A fairytale pop-up book sure to capture their imagination, no matter their age.

Uncommon Goods

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz even comes with emerald glasses!

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40 or Amazon $25.41+ (available in Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz).

Economy, standard, and express (1–2 business days) shipping options are offered at Uncommon Goods.

6. A color-changing showerhead so they can have a solo rave party in the shower.

light up shower head
Amazon

Promising review: "We got a new showerhead because our old one had such bad pressure I couldn’t even rinse my hair (which is really thick). I ordered this one and the pressure is AMAZINGLY POWERFUL. The lights work great and it was so simple to install." —DeAna Vargas

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

7. An Always Pan, which is angling to become the only pan they ever reach for when cooking. It has an ultra-slippery nonstick surface, a vented top, a mesh basket for steaming, and a high-quality spoon that hooks onto the handle.

Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, Our Place

I have and love this pan! It just feels really nice to hold. The nesting spoon is absolutely genius, everything cooks evenly, and food just glides right off with minimal effort. If you hate scrubbing, consider getting this! See our full review of the Always Pan.

Our Place was founded by Shiza Shahid, along with Amir Tehrani and Zach Rosner. She's a Pakistani social entrepreneur who also cofounded the nonprofit Malala Fund, which promotes education for young girls.

Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in nine colors).

Expedited shipping options are available at additional cost for ready-to-ship items.

8. A scratch-off poster so your loved one can keep track of their travels and feel encouraged to try new things. Choose from international food, destinations around the world, and national parks.

Amazon

There are A TON of other scratch-off maps to explore from this brand. Check out the whole collection here.

Get the international food, destinations around the world, and national parks posters from Amazon for $29.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

9. A Nintendo desk lamp that recreates Mario smacking a question block with his little jump move. It doesn't make any noise, but that's OK, they can provide their own.

question block lamp shade with mario charm on the pull cord
Target

Get it from Target for $34.99 or Amazon for $49.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

10. A sullen cat candle for your favorite grumpy pal.

pouting cat candle
KikiCandlesca

All candles are hand poured and handmade in Toronto, Canada.

Promising review: "I bought one of the cat candles from here for my friend’s birthday, and oh my gosh… I didn’t realize how adorable candles could be!! Beautifully made, lovely scent, and very cute packaging! I especially love the little freebie candle that came with my order; I’ll definitely be keeping that one for myself. 😉  Thanks so much! 💕" —Madison

Get it from KikiCandlesca on Etsy for $12.41+ (available in nine colors and nine scents). 

Ships in about two weeks. Check listing for accurate delivery date. 

11. Or a four-wick candle for fans of both spooky decor (Hand of Glory, anyone?) *and* offensive gestures. If they dare to light this thing, all but the middle finger will burn down.

the candle
Uncommon Goods

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $65

Economy, standard, and express (1–2 business days) shipping options are offered.

12. A tarot tapestry that sees tasteful and cool home decor in their future.

tapestry that says the sun with horse and moon and flowers
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

13. A bottle of ferrofluid to make spiky designs that move and change with just a magnet.

model uses magnets to make black liquid in glass bottle spiky
Amazon

It's magnetic liquid! Learn more about ferrofluid here or watch a cool video of it here.

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

14. A pack of bold hanging earrings that'll have all eyes on them, literally.

four sets of earrings shaped like an eye, hand, squiggle, and eye-lip-hand combo
Amazon

My friend has these and they look amazing IRL!

Promising review: "I am obsessed with these! They are all good quality and the pictures are accurate for sizing. The heaviest pair is the abstract pair, otherwise I forgot I was wearing the others. The colors aren’t as bright on the abstract pair as in the picture." —Maggiel

Get four pairs from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in four other styles).

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

15. A classic board game hidden inside a book so they can store it neatly on their bookshelf until it's time to humiliate the competition in a ruthless game of Candy Land.

Amazon

Get them from Amazon: Candy Land for $39.99, Scrabble for $39.99, Scattergories for $35.68, Boggle for $39.94, or a trio collection of Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue for $109.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

16. A pack of rainbow playing cards so every hand could be a great-ient one.

solid color cards placed in rainbow order to create gradient
Amazon

Fredericks and Mae is a queer-owned business that's been making visually wonderful things since 2007.

Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

17. A magical-looking music box they'll be over the moon for.

wood base with clear glass sphere and moon inside
Apollo Box

Along with the moon, there's other styles like a deer, galaxy, and bubbles. It projects a rotating image on the ceiling when playing.

Get it from Apollo Box for $82.98 (available in three styles) or Amazon for $43.99 (available in seven styles).

Delivery from Apollo Box about nine business days plus processing; sign up for free member shipping.

18. A peace sign vase sure to make their space feel more peaceful. That's just common sense. Peace sign in home = peaceful home.

matte mint vase shaped like peace sign
Jungalow

Jungalow is a Black-owned brand that started as a design blog by Justina Blakeney. Every time you place an order, the LA-based shop plans to plant at least two trees.

Get it from Jungalow for $68 (available in seven colors).

Orders may take up to 4–5 business days to process.

19. A sweet little ice rink with skating polar bears they can tuck under their tree.

flat polar bear figures ice skating in circular rink with christmas tree in the middle
Anthropologie

Get it from Anthropologie for $38

Expedited 1–2 day shipping options are available at additional cost. Standard shipping time is 4–8 business days.

20. A colorful patterned Baggu to help them cut down on plastic grocery bag waste and look good doing it.

Amazon

These things can hold A LOT and they're very sturdy. I love that they can fold up into tiny pouches so you can always have one on hand for shopping emergencies.

Promising review: "I received a Baggu bag several years ago as a gift, and I use it nearly every day! The things that sets Baggu apart from other bags: 1) Cute prints! There are a lot to choose from! 2) It folds and fits easily in my purse. You know those bags that you open up and can never fit it back in its original case? You will NOT experience that with these bags!! 3) Durability. I generally use my bags for canned goods and grocery shopping. The strap is also large enough to wear over the shoulder for ease of carrying. I'd recommend Baggu to anyone!!" —S T

Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in 32 colors and patterns).

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

21. A pair of fishnet socks with bow backs that are a-bow-t to make every outfit way more edgy and chic.

the socks
Amazon

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $15.38.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

22. A cool kit that lets them make slime they can legit draw on with chalk art markers. How cool is that???

KiwiCo

It comes with ingredients to make two types of slime: glow in the dark and chalkboard.

Promising review: "The chalkboard and glow slime were super fun to make and play with. Loved how easy it was to make!" —Jacqueline

Get it from KiwiCo for $19.95.

Item will ship out within 2 business days from our warehouse in California. Shipping time and price will vary by option selected and shipping location. 2-day shipping available.

23. A shark bookmark lurking just below the surface of a good read.

Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

24. A rainbow leash to make walking their dog an even more colorful and fun experience.

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Promising review: "Awesome leash. Does what it should and it's the perfect size for my Doberman. Also extremely pretty. Had a ton of people asking me where I got it from." —Carolyn Stark

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

25. Avocado Smash — a card game that'll be fun to play when your friend is feeling in the ~pits~.

the card game with a matching avocado shaped box
Amazon

You need at least two players to play but there is no limit to the amount of players. Whoever is most obsessed with avocados goes first. You start by putting down cards and saying what number turn it is. Once you hit 15, start over. If a player puts down a number card and it matches the number they say out loud, everyone needs to place their hands in the middle. Last person to put their hand down has to take up all the cards. There are also guacamole, smash, and reverse cards to keep things interesting. The first person to get rid of all their cards wins.

Promising review: "I bought this for my granddaughter. My granddaughters love to sit down and play board games every weekend and have a ball doing it. But this is a game changer. :) They got it out and were playing it in their room and I heard screaming and laughing and fun noises, coming from the room. It is a fast paced, easy to learn, very competitive game they absolutely loved. I have never heard this reaction from any game they played, and everyone of them had fun doing it. No exceptions. I think it is a great way to bring your family together for good quality time, and this will keep them off the devices for a while and bring everyone a bit closer together for moments of fun and memories. Get it! :)" —Millie The Writer

Get it from Amazon for $12.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

26. A vibrant rainbow beanie sure to warm both their head and their heart.

yellow, red orange, green, purple, and blue hates embroidered with a rainbow
Qweer

Qweer is a queer-owned clothing shop based in NY. 

Get it from Qweer for $25 (available in eight colors). 

Choose from 5–8 business days or 3–4 business days (for extra cost).

27. A blooming tea for anyone who expects a good show out of their beverages.

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The pack comes with 12 different flavors: Heart Bouquet, Jasmine Lover, Golden Oasis, Floral Passion, Sunset Love, Fairy Lily, Eternal Love, Rising Spring, Shooting Star, Fireplace Bloom, Dancing Leaves, and Enchanting Beauty. Pair it with a glass teapot or pitcher.

Promising review: "I am completely hooked on blooming/flowering teas. I was raised by British parents, so I grew up drinking English breakfast tea (which is still delicious), but I found that the milk and sugar I added to it were not always pleasing to my body later on. The flowering tea is extremely refreshing to drink at any time of day and each bloom provides up to three steeps. I usually just fish my bloom out of the teapot with some small tongs and then place it in a little container in the fridge. I also enjoy the variety of teas in this set and just love watching the flower 'bloom.' Also, drinking this tea has given me an excuse to use some of my fancier tea cups so I can pretend I'm relaxing at Downton Abbey." —Sarah Johnston

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

28. A trendy transparent raincoat that comes with black outline details so they can feel like a cartoon every time it rains.

clear raincoat with black line embellishments
Amazon

Not whimsical enough for you? How about this one with RAINBOW LINES?

Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in three colors).

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

29. And a fishbowl bubble umbrella that'll be great for rainy walks outside. Water you waiting for? Buy it!

shopping writer mallory mower uses clear round umbrella with fish on it
Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

Promising review: "Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to 'swim with the fishes' but you didn't want to be thrown over a boat with cement tied to your feet? Say no more, fam. This umbrella is super quirky and durable. I named all of the fish already. Jedediah is my fave." —Amoré Monét

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

30. Gorgeous ombre press-on nails with subtle face designs for the friend who is a patron of the nail arts.

nails in various shades of brown with white minimalist face designs
ClawCollective

Claw Collective is a Black-owned business that sells custom nails that are made to order.

Get a set of 10 from ClawCollective on Etsy for $24 (available in 10 shapes and any size).

Ships in about two weeks; check listing for accurate delivery date. 

31. A cactus humidifier, because their desk place doesn't have to feel as dry as a desert, even if they'd like it to look like one.

cactus shaped humidifier
Amazon

Promising review: "This humidifier is absolutely adorable. I purchased it to put near my houseplants that needed some extra humidity. It looks adorable near them and I can already see a difference in my plants after just a week's worth of turning it on once a day." —MeganFromLV

Get it from Amazon for $12.89 (available in two colors).

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

32. A DIY miniature bookstore model so they can finally run their own (very) small business.

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Promising review: "This model has been such an enjoyable build. As of now, I am not completely finished. Having put around 20 hours into it, I'd say I have another eight hours more to go. The pieces are all vibrantly pre-painted, with the exception of one large base piece. The glue and tweezers it comes with are perfect for the job. The cloth I had gotten for the couch was not large enough, but I improvised by using another color cloth (that also came with the kit) for the seat. The attention to detail in this little study is just first class. I even recognized books that I have read/purchased in the past within this model! I am not experienced at all with building wooden kits and I was still able to do this one perfectly with minimal struggle. I will certainly be buying more Robotime models in the near future, the greenhouse one is next :)!" —B.R.J.G.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available as a loft).

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

33. A pack of space-themed notecards they'll be starry-eyed for.

pile of cards with moon designs on them
Amazon

Get a box of 50 designs from Amazon for $15.09.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

34. A pair of 3D coasters with tiny stadium inside for your favorite sports fan. They'll love showing these things off during game time!

clear coaster with tiny 3d stadium inside
The Grommet

Get it from The Grommet for $19.99 (available in teams from the NFL, MLB, or NHL) or Amazon for $14.29 (available in NFL, NHL or NCAA). 

Order before Dec. 13 for ground shipping, Dec. 19 for express 2–3 day shipping, or by Dec. 21 for overnight shipping for delivery before Dec. 24.

35. A pair of fish flops for fisherfolk, marine biologists, aquarium lovers, and anyone who appreciates a weird but cool accessory.

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Promising review: "Honestly, this is one of my most prized purchases. It draws admiration from people everywhere I go and people ask for my autograph. My 4-year-old insists I wear them daily, and I'm ordering a pair for her now so we can match and impress the adoring masses that already follow me around. 10 out of 10, I recommend. These will change your life. Also, they fit true to size and are quite comfy. They even have the fish print on the bottoms and 3D fins on the sides." —Lauren

Get them from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes 8T–15M and 10 colors).

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

36. An iridescent or ceramic vase so they have a nice place to keep their flowers or dried eucalyptus. These look nice enough to display empty as well!

Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed, amazon.com, Amazon

Promising review: "My love of Amazon vases is my worst kept home decor secret. There are SO many striking and affordable vases available that'll spruce up any space. The picture on the left is my side table, with both vases showing they were meant to be together forever." —Mal Mower, BuzzFeed Staff

Get the iridescent one for $29.97 and the ceramic one for $24.99 (available in nine styles), both from Amazon.

Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

37. A trio of Glossier's ultra-popular lip balm here to soothe cracked and dry lips. There are seven amazing scents to choose from so you're definitely gonna want to get them all three.

the tubes of semi sheer lip balm
Glossier

There are nine varieties — two are untinted and one is unscented.

Promising review: "I highly recommend. I love Glossier Balm Dotcoms! They’re so hydrating and protective on the skin/lips. If you would like to use the Balm Dotcom as a skin salve, go with one that doesn’t have a tint. I own the cherry and the berry ones and I absolutely love them! These two especially can work as makeup because they have a stronger tint. I use them every day because I love how they look natural, but add a little extra something to my look while giving me the hydration my skin desires." —Ariana

Get three from Glossier for $36.

Expedited 2–3 day shipping options are available at additional cost.

38. A holographic nail polish that shimmers so nicely in the sunlight, they might dump all their other nail polishes right in the trash.

holographic silver nail polish
Amazon

Promising review: "This is liquid rainbow for your nails. I've found that with ILNP holographic polishes, as long as I use a good base coat and base color, I only ever need one coat of the holographic polish for good coverage (which is nice since the bottles are $10 a pop). The color lasts at least a week (with a good topcoat) minimum, and the colors are truly lovely." —Nnanelle

Get it from Amazon for $10.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

39. A tiger bath mat so they can feel like an accomplished hunter every time you step on it — hunter of great products, that is!

tiger shower mat
Amazon

If you feel compelled to comment that a cutesy mat shaped like a cartoon animal pelt is cruel — don't! Donate to the WWF instead. 

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

40. A cute terrarium that looks like a mini greenhouse! Having a greenhouse has always been a dream for me, but as long as I'm renting an apartment, this will have to do.

glass box shaped like a greenhouse with a hinged lid on the roof
Amazon

Another use for it: I bought this as a card box for my wedding! I was looking for something that fit with my botanical theme and could be used again later. This is the perfect choice, because you can fill the bottom with fairy lights or flowers so the cards have a nice bed to sit on. The lid opens easily and has a little stand to keep it up. After the wedding, I plan to fill it up with humidity-loving plants and keeping the lid closed, so they get all the moisture they need. It's seriously such a beautiful box, you could use it for anything. 

Promising review: "Perfect home for my Madagascar hissing cockroaches. My mom said it made them look less like pests and more like some rare species displayed in a rich person's office." —Chanda Akles

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in three colors). 

Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

41. A raindrop cake making kit so they can try their hand at making this interesting dessert at home. They'll love feeling like a little bug taking a sip from a dewdrop. Or at least, I would love that.

clear large drop
Uncommon Goods

Promising review: "I've been wanting to try this trendy raindrop cake for a while and was excited to see it listed here. It was easy to make for my kids and we all loved it! Would buy again!" —Andrew

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $36.

Backordered until 12/9; economy, standard, and express (1-2 business days) shipping options are offered.

42. And a travel voucher promising a fun future trip, so you can have a much more dramatic reveal than say, just telling them about it.

HooHoo and Mouse / Etsy

HooHoo and Mouse is an AAPI-owned business that sells paint kits and crafts made from wood for hours of creative fun with family and friends.

Promising review: "This is such a cute product! Leah and team did a fantastic job on it. It is thick and high quality. They have excellent custom service and very quick turn around. They even generously threw in some extra stickers as a sweet touch. I’d definitely order from them again. I would recommend using a fine tip sharpie to write on the voucher. My standard size sharpie bled a bit." —Athena Craig

Get it from HooHoo and Mouse on Etsy for $14+ (available in two colors).

Ships in about two weeks; check listing for accurate delivery date.

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