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    20 Things On Amazon Launchpad That Make Perfect Gifts

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    Launchpad is a section on Amazon featuring cool tech gadgets, interesting foods and drinks, and other innovative products created by startups. Here are some of the things you can find there right now that'll totally upgrade your life — and the lives of those you choose to gift these items to!

    1. A phone sanitizing case, because god knows how much trash we ingest by way of our phones — and now, thankfully, your germaphobe friend never needs to know!

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    Promising review: "I loved my purchase. This is so easy to use and very convenient — much easier than having to spray and wipe down my phone every day. It takes only 10 minutes, plus I can charge my phone at the same time. I think everyone should have one! Who doesn't have a cell phone these days? And when you find out how many germs you can carry around on your phone, this purchase just makes sense!" —Mary S

    Price: $59.95 (available in six colors)

    2. A temperature-controlled ceramic mug that'll put an end to their days of drinking lukewarm coffee (leisurely coffee drinkers, rejoice!).

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    Promising review: "This thing is my new best friend. I never realized how bad drinking lukewarm or cold coffee was until I bought the Ember. I've been waiting for years to get one because it was always too expensive. But the price dropped significantly recently, so I took advantage. Let me tell you: I'll never go back to a regular ceramic mug. I drink about half a pot of coffee every morning, which takes about two hours, and didn't realize that I was drinking cold coffee about half an hour in. It's so odd to have every sip of coffee be the perfect temperature, but I love it! The ceramic is a bit thinner than your standard mug and the bottom is thicker, I'm assuming to hold the electronics of the mug, so that takes a bit of getting used to." —Kyle Switala

    Price: $79.95 (available in black and white)

    3. A nine-piece mason jar fermentation kit, because they fer-meant to hop on this hobby ages ago but didn't know where to start.

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    Promising review: "I have tried many different ways to create an airlock for mason jar fermentation but this is the best. The seal is simple and effective. The weighting stones are really good solution to the problem of air exposure and they are quite effective at keeping the good stuff fully submersed in the brine. The 'kraut pounder' is exceptionally well-made. With this kit I was up and running in no time. I was quickly able to shred up some cabbage, cut up some vegetables, and start several batches of healthy fermented food. This kit is worth every penny!" —Timothy L. Brown

    Price: $49.99

    4. An Alexa-powered trivia board game, because Alexa has always been down to clown, but until now, hasn't had the proper stage to let her true comedic talents shine.

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    Promising review: "This is a really astonishing use of voice technology. Typically, we all glaze over at board games while having to read through all the rules... but Alexa guided us right through the setup without any issues at all — it's an extremely well-made experience. We're big trivia fans, and love the variety of the questions and voices in the game. Alexa has some extremely funny moments, and we all loved the back-and-forth between Alexa and the locals. The option to choose between easy and hard questions is a great touch, and means younger players can still contribute to their team, which has always been a problem with trivia games in our family. It's very affordable too, especially considering the quality of the pieces and board. This is definitely a game we're going to be showing off to our friends. If you have an Echo and like games, this is a no-brainer." —Kevin Marks

    Price: $29.99

    5. A sous-vide precision cooker so they can live in a world where perfectly cooked meats and veggies are possible with every at-home meal.

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    Promising review: "Picked this up as a gift for my wife and we've already had two chicken dinners with it. It's easy to set up over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi — just download the app from your device's app store, turn on the sous vide, and follow the prompts on the app. Within seconds we were heating up the water and were notified about an hour later via the app when the water reached the desired temperature. Once the cooking began, we again used the app's timer function and went about our business until alerted that cooking was complete. Very simple to use and certainly takes a lot of the guesswork out of managing temperatures for cooking protein! —Jon

    Price: $129

    6. A color cube sudoku, if number-based sudoku just isn't challenging enough for them.

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    Promising review: "You can't solve this unique puzzle by trying many random moves — some thinking will be required. It took me over an hour to understand a few clues that eventually helped me solve it. Perhaps my 8-year-old will be able to solve it faster. She is excited about the fact that we have a new colorful game in the house. It seems sturdy enough to withstand potential attempts by her younger brother to break it apart." —Roman

    Price: $19.99

    7. A bento box with an insulated thermos for the person who just got really into meal prep and needs a good take-to-work vessel.

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    Promising review: "We've been using this for almost two months and we love it!! My son has always eaten lunch at home (even in pre-K), so I knew hot lunches were the way to go when we started kindergarten this year. After hours of researching online, I finally settled on the Omiebox as it met all my criteria: bento style for efficiency (they have less than 30 minutes for lunch), keeps food warm, leakproof, and easy for him to manipulate. Why bento? I wanted to have all his food laid out in one go vs. having to open various containers. Not only does this save time, but I also feel it's less wasteful (don't have to toss multiple baggies). I pack an Honest Kids juice box, which fits perfectly in one of the compartments. I use the side compartment to pack fruits and a sweet treat. The slider can be moved to divide this into two spaces." —NoVA Mom

    Price: $39.50 (available in three colors)

    8. An infinity travel pillow for the friend who's always traveling (and complaining about never getting a wink of sleep).

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    Promising review: "I am a person who has a hard time getting comfortable when sleeping on a plane, and traditional U-shaped pillows did not give me the support or comfort I needed. Because I was going on a 13-hour flight to Europe (with one stop) I went to a travel website to research pillows as I wanted to ward off jet-lag. Once I double-wrapped the infinity design over my neck I was in heaven! When sleeping on planes my head tends to tilt to the side or forward, putting a strain on my neck. No matter the angle, my head was supported with the right amount of firmness. I took it off to support my back while eating and propped it against the window so I could lie on it. It helped to cancel out white noise and kept me cozy during a chilly flight. I love this pillow so much that when I realized that the pillow in my hotel room was inadequate I augmented it with the Huzi." —RacerX CDG

    Price: $39.99

    And check out our picks for the best travel pillows on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    9. A Bluetooth turntable that lives inside a suitcase, so they'll never have to be away from their vinyl children again when they're traveling.

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    Promising review: "This is nostalgia at its best. What a fun piece, just as advertised. Played perfectly straight out of the package, the stylus seems sturdy, and an extra needle is provided just in case. It's also just beautiful to look at. The case decked out in Ol' Glory is stylish and bold. Throw in that it doubles as a Bluetooth speaker for your devices or a line-in receiver and there are tons of ways to enjoy music in this beautiful case! Would definitely recommend to anyone searching for a first-time record player, or to someone who has always loved playing vinyls! Great purchase!!!" —ecarter647

    Price: $37.99= (available in 19 colors)

    10. A trendy anti-theft helmet with a secret pop lock that they'll actually want to wear.

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    Promising review: "I bought this helmet specifically for multi-week touring. I was initially attracted by the little security pop-out that allows you to secure your helmet along with your bike (and that feature actually works better than I expected). What ultimately impressed me more was overall quality of the helmet, along with the comfort. It feels more substantial than the typical racing-style helmets. The exchangeable lining pads — along with having length adjusters on both straps — allowed me to fit the helmet precisely to my head." —Stephen C. Blagg

    Price: $85+ (available in seven colors)

    11. A sleek double-edged safety razor, so they can finally end their search for the perfect razor.

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    Promising review: "Without a doubt one of the best razors I’ve ever used! The fit and finish is top-notch and everything about it screams German precision. Blade angle is achieved easily and smoothly with a twist of the handle. The razor itself is not super heavy, nor is it a feather weight. It has some weight to it, which IMO is actually a good thing. Feels nice and solid in your hand. Blade changes are quick and easy and do not require any special procedures, gizmos, or tools. It’s not a cheap product but it also won’t break the bank if you consider it’ll probably be the last razor you’ll buy." —John K

    Price: $62.50

    12. A Foreo Luna Mini 2, the game-changing (and sensitive-skin-friendly) cleansing device designed to remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil on your face.

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    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with my Burt's Bees mild cleanser. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Price: $139 (available in aquamarine, fuchsia, black, pearl pink, and sunflower yellow)

    Read our full review of it here.

    13. An Alexa-compatible smart LED light strip, so they can have control over the mood lighting in their home at all times — and when I say control, I mean, the choice of literally 16 million colors.

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    Promising review: "These strips output amazingly bright lights! They are very responsive with my Apple Homekit setup and Philips Hue Motion Detector. I get lots of compliments from people who visit me and see how professional-looking these strips are. I highly recommend getting these!" —Carlos R

    Price: $89.99 for 2 meters of strip

    14. A pair of ultra-thin folding reading glasses for the person who hates lugging around a bulky case with them.

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    Promising review: "These are well worth the price just for the convenience. I must have 10 pairs of reading glasses sitting around but often find myself without them, particularly in a restaurant. These stick to the back of my iPhone and are unnoticeable." —StitchyWoman

    Price: $19.95 (available in four sizes and 12 colors).

    15. A Greek yogurt maker that'll help save them big bucks at the grocery store with their endless at-home supply.

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    Promising review: "I am now a Greek yogurt pro thanks to this fairly simple device. For a couple months now, I have made a batch two to three times per week. I no longer need a thermometer and have it down to a personal science in my kitchen. I add fruit or nuts, but it can be eaten plain. Everyone at my house is on a low-carb, high-fat diet, and this is a perfect component. No more store yogurt with low fat and sugar." —Beverly J. Leach

    Price: $25.49+ (available in pink, blue, and white/blue)

    16. A natural deodorant stick with activated charcoal, a gift you should probably make clear has no subtext.

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    Promising review: "Love this stuff! I used to sweat through even clinical-strength antiperspirant. I finally decided that if I was going to sweat either way, I didn't want to keep poisoning my body with all the chemicals and aluminum in most antiperspirants. I decided to try just deodorant and found this stuff (after a fairly convincing video I saw on Facebook, to be honest). Flash-forward about a week, and I can wear light-colored shirts again because I don't sweat through 95% of the time." —Kaylinn

    Price: $16.99

    And check out our picks for the best natural deodorants on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    17. A retro microwave for that friend who can't go through life without at least one Trader Joe's frozen meal in their freezer at all times.

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    Promising review: "First off, this microwave is adorable. I bought this microwave to replace my very large microwave. It saves so much space. I do not have much counter space and I have many kitchen devices so the size of this microwave was just right for my needs." —Jennifer

    Price: $79.99 (available in cream white, mint green, and red)

    And check out more products for anyone whose cooking level is "microwave" here.

    18. A compact electric air fryer, if they want a healthier alternative to eating fried food, as this gadget reduces added fat by 70-80%.

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    Promising review: "Bought this on a whim and so happy to have it. Tried a small batch of sweet potato fries. Wow!! This thing is fast. Roasted some green beans lightly tossed with olive oil and spices. Came out perfect in 10 minutes flat. I highly recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

    Read a full review of this product here (#1).

    Price: $57.04+ (available in aqua, gray, red, and white)

    19. A three-in-one personal evaporative air cooler for the person who can never seem to get comfy at work.

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    Promising review: "Great portable desk AC fan. I have been using it for a week and it definitely gets the job done. My apartment's AC consumes too much energy, so I had to start using it less. I mainly purchased Evapolar to use it in my home office where I spend most of my time, and it works exactly how I expected it to be; it keeps my room cool while consuming very little energy. I would definitely recommend this device!" —dmitry

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    20. And a cast-iron bread pan if they love bread almost as much as Oprah and want to start making their own.

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    Promising review: "I am very happy with this product and I bought two of them. I am now cooking bread and other foods with them better than ever before. I have no regrets and will not be returning anything. Foods that I have cooked with this product come right out of the pan without sticking so far. Very little cleaning was needed for me. My bread is better than ever. Very happy." —m.r.h.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.35.

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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