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    Updated on Feb 1, 2019. Posted on Dec 15, 2017

    25 Gifts That'll Basically Last Forever

    Smart investments like a prize-fighting grill, legendary tweezers, a wallet with a 100-year warranty, and more!

    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.

    Hey! While we try to keep our posts updated as much as we can, this post is actually from 2017, so we can't guarantee that the pricing and/or availability of the products featured are accurate. For our most up-to-date recommendations, check out the 2018 version of this post!

    1. A KitchenAid mixer. THE holy grail kitchen appliance they can pass down to their kids. Really.

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    My coworker uses the one her mom bought before she was born!

    This model includes a 5-Qt. stainless steel bowl with comfortable handle with enough capacity to mix dough for 9 dozen cookies or 4 loaves of bread in a single batch. Includes coated flat beater, coated dough hook, 6-wire whip and 1-piece pouring shield. The flat beater and dough hook are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I'm in LOVE with my mixer. Since I got this as a Christmas gift I have found that I use this at least four times a week! From everything to making bread dough, mashed potatoes to baking cookies and everything in between. Prep time cut in half due to the speed and quality of the motor, the ease of use is like none other — not sure how I managed without a KitchenAid for so long. Btw, the color is an AMAZING great accent color for my kitchen!!!! I'm looking forward to adding the different attachments to my collection, too." —Kristin Gustin

    Get it from Amazon for $259.99+ (44 color combos).

    2. A cast-iron skillet for whipping up all kinds of scrumptious recipes for years and years and years.

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    This one is pre-seasoned and ready to use. Check out our explainer on how to take care of cast-iron skillets here.

    Promising review: "I love this skillet! I've used it on the stove, gas and electric, as well as over fire outdoors. I've owned it for eight months now and it still looks as new as it did eight months ago. Make sure to research how to clean your cast-iron cookware and always heat them up to evaporate any surface moisture after cleaning before oiling. I've made many different foods in this, Utica Greens, bacon, eggs, steak, pizza...etc. All have come out perfect. Be aware this skillet is huge so make sure you have room to store it and it is also heavy...About 12 lbs., I think, so my wife does have trouble moving it, I also need two hands to carry the sucker, especially when it's loaded with food! I would say I would buy this again, but I see this skillet lasting for ever!" —Tinkerman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.92+ (10 sizes, varieties).

    3. A pair of comfy Soffee shorts to sleep, workout, lounge, or basically do most things while wearing!

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    I still wear three or four pairs I bought in middle school. That was 17 years ago. And now I'm in an existential crisis for doing that math.

    Promising review: "I wore these shorts when I was a cheerleader and I always loved them. Now that I am older I wanted something that had a similar fit and that were easy to workout in. I was scared that they would be too short or make me look ridiculous, but that wasn't the case. They fit me just as well as they use to, and if you order them in your correct size they look just like any other pair of athletic shorts. What I like most about these is that I can workout and my body and move loosely without the shorts sticking to my leg." —M. Williams

    Get them from Amazon for $4.85+ (39 colors, sizes XS-XL).

    4. A Hydro Flask that'll put all their other water bottles to shame and force them to send the OGs to a "farm upstate."

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    BPA-free, double-wall vacuum insulated stainless-steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours. Has a lifetime warranty.

    Promising review: "Before I invested, my husband had owned one of these Hydro Flasks, and he loved it. We took his bottle everywhere, but it never sufficed to have just one. I kept dropping and breaking all my other cheap water bottles, so I decided to take the plunge and buy a non-Walmart water bottle. I am so glad I did! We've filled these flasks with piping hot chocolate and taken them up our tall New Hampshire White Mountains, only to find when we reach the top hours later that we have to open the bottle and let the heat out for a bit before drinking! The bottle is sturdy, easy to clean, and comes in lots of fun colors. I especially love that the screw-on part for the top is on the inside, allowing for less dripping when you drink. Well worth the price and highly recommended!" —Ashleigh Mayhew

    Get it from Amazon for $20.41+ (available in 13 colors).

    5. A pair of L.L.Bean boots that'll make many winters to come *much* more bearable.

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    My parents have had theirs for years. Actually, DECADES! I'm pretty sure they're older than I am. Granted, North Carolina isn't known for its awful winters. But still!

    Promising review: "My husband has the same boots and he's worn them for 10 years so far. Just took them back to Bean to have them resoled (so they can last another 10 years!). That convinced me to buy myself a pair, wore them through a hurricane and several rainy days so far, and I've only had them for two weeks. They are waterproof and comfortable, I have no problem wearing them all day. Much better than my Hunter rain boots." —hannabean

    Get them from L.L.Bean: women's for $129 (six color combos, sizes 6-11) and men's for $129 (two color combos, sizes 7-14, three widths)

    6. A Bodum French press to make them feel *so* fancy when you throw in a grammable bag of coffee.

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    I ADORE my Bodum copper French press! And I use it all the damn time. And you can easily take apart all the parts for cleaning.

    Promising review: "Bought this French press coffee maker along with a small Krups coffee bean grinder. Now I can have an excellent cup of fresh coffee from freshly ground beans with little mess and minimal effort. I think the French press concept makes the best coffee available, and this unit is the best I've come across. A bit pricey, but looks as if it will last a lifetime." —James Pitre

    Get it from Amazon for $20.90+ (available in five sizes).

    7. A budget-friendly pair of ear buds they'll definitely lose before they stop working. But they're cheap, so that's fine.

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    Promising review: "Compared to MANY other earbuds that I've had that cost $75, $100, $150, these sound as good as any of them. I'm astounded! I use these for running and I've attached them to my sunglasses along with my iPod Shuffle. I'VE RUN 1,500 MILES WITH THESE in the last year and a half!! I've gone through four pairs of New Balance shoes, two iPod Shuffles, three pairs of sunglasses and am on the SAME set of earbuds!! And, THEY STILL SOUND GREAT!" —Gene Goodell

    Get them from Amazon for $11.89+ (nine colors).

    8. An Urban Decay Naked palette OR *four glorious palettes* for the makeup fiend whose face always looks like a work of art.

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    I have three of these and they last foreverrrrr. But before you get grossed out about makeup germs, read our guides on cleaning your eyeshadow here and makeup brushes here.

    Get the Naked3 (shown) from Sephora for $54 or the Naked 4some (four palettes) from Urban Decay for $185

    9. A pair of ~legit~ tights that'll cost you, but will last them for MANY brutal winters.

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    Promising review: "In 2008, I bought my first pair of Wolford Matte Opaque 80 Tights, and my fiercest brand loyalty was born. The next winter, I bought two more pairs. And...that was it. I have worn the same three pairs of black tights for six cold New York winters and two teeth-chattering Iowa ones. I don't take it easy on tights, either. I have limited spacial awareness, which often leads to grazing rough surfaces, like brick walls and and unfinished wood. I also lived with a rambunctious cat for a few years; the most damage she did to the tights was give them a healthy coating of hair." —Jessie Gaynor

    You can read the ~full~ review here.

    Get them from Amazon for $50.12+ (available in three colors, sizes XS-L).

    10. A Magic Bullet to keep them whipping up green smoothies past the first week of January.

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    Can chop, mix, blend, whip, grind, and more. Cups and lids are top shelf–dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "This is Magic Bullet number two. The first one lasted over eight years. Actually the motor was still going strong when I gave it to charity. The plastic cups and blades — I wore them out. I used my Bullet every morning with frozen fruit. It has plenty of power and the blades on the spread out blender were still working and sharp after so much use. One day the gears just sheered off on the blender blade. After that long and that many smoothies, I give it thumbs up. The only reason I bought a new system was due to the cost. It was a better deal for me to buy a whole new package than all the parts due to shipping. Super happy with the red color, too." —Handygal

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in four colors).

    11. A pair of Adidas pool slides. If you gave them some back in the '90s, they'd still wear them today!

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    Promising review: "These are my fourth pair. And for good reason. Classic adidas soccer flip-flop with a punch of summer color. They are great for the beach, boat, walking around town or going to class. I wear them with or without socks and there is nothing bad to say about them. Been wearing them for 20 years. I had one pair that lasted 13 years and I forgot them in Puerto Vallarta 🙃" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $11.80+ (available in men's sizes 4-15, 14 color combos).

    12. A hairdryer that people swear by for the person who's always asking to borrow yours.

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    And by people, I mean *I* swear by it. I've owned this for about five years and that's longer than I've owned ANY hair tool.

    Includes a diffuser for textured styles and concentrator for smooth styles.

    Promising review: "A great dryer. The last one lasted six years. The wife liked it so much, she ordered another." —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A set of Pyrex containers they can bring to your pot lucks a decade from now because you have to drop them *just so* to break them. (I somehow have never accomplished that yet.)

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    Includes 1 3 qt. oblong, 1 8" square baking dish with blue plastic lid, and 2 1 c. storage dishes with blue plastic lids.

    Promising review: "My husband purchased me this set after he accidentally broke my favorite Pyrex serving dish that I had for over 10 years. I actually thought about purchasing one of the cheaper brands that give you more pieces for less money, but you can't go wrong with the Pyrex brand. I do a lot of traveling with my Pyrex and it has never let me down, unlike my husband. The lids fit securely and all my goodies bake beautifully in it. Don't be fooled into buying another brand, this is the one to last." —melanie

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A legendary Leatherman multitool that's going to be on their person 24/7 because something always needs fixing.

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    Before I worked at BuzzFeed I worked at This Old House and I heard about this multitool *pretty* often there.

    Includes spring-action needlenose and regular pliers, spring-action wire cutters and scissors, wire stripper, knife, package opener, ruler, can and bottle openers, wood/metal file, Phillips screwdriver, and medium and small screwdrivers.

    Get it from Lowe's for $29.98 or Amazon for $34.50.

    15. A Tweezerman tweezer for annihilating soooo many tiny hairs with precision — and they can have it sharpened by the company FOR FREE!

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    I always lose and then find these suckers. I have about four floating amongst my belongings that are still going strong. I've never actually had mine sharpened by Tweezerman, but beauty fiends on the Internet are very adamant about it.

    Promising review: "My previous Tweezerman lasted me about eight years and it was still going strong! It was dropped plenty of times, squished, bent....you name it and still works like new. By far, the best tweezers ever!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    16. A felt succulents kit that'll outlast the read deal. Yep, THOSE can die, too. (I know.)

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    Kit makes 18 "succulents" with 3 chalk pastels, 20 felt shapes, 26 rubber bands, 6.5" square paperboard frame, and 13 pieces double-sided adhesive.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my granddaughter for Christmas, and was so intrigued I bought one for my self. I showed my visually impaired sister who was totally delighted, and is sharing my box. She is buying two for her granddaughters. Easy to construct, can be customized with the included color chalks." —Bonnie

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    17. A pair of Wrangler jeans my big and tall, horse-riding dad SWEARS by. They're sure to become their go-tos, too.

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    But really though, my dad is super tough on his jeans. He does all kinds of outdoorsy things I don't (like ride horses on a Western-style saddle, work around the farm, etc.). These hold up longer than any other brands he buys.

    Promising review: "I've worn these jeans for years, used to be able to buy them at Target stores. No more. I walked probably a mile or more through two of those giant stores only to find that though Wrangler jeans were on sale, the quantity was very low and there were none to fit me. So, this is the first time I've bought wearing apparel on line, and it was a success story. Many thanks." —Stanleigh H. Jones

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (14 washes, a wide range of sizes). And check out more Wrangler jeans here.

    18. And while we're on the subject of my dad's fashion choices, he thinks Carhartt coats are the bee's knees and one would well serve your fave person by keeping them warm and fashionable for years.

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    My dad has like five of these coats and they work pretty well for his farm aesthetic, but they're neutral enough to look good on anyone no matter their style! And more importantly for him, they keep him toasty during not-awful North Carolina winters. Recently they've become a street style thing and my dad couldn't think it's funnier.

    Promising review: "I like the pockets and ruggedness of the coat. It's very stiff when new, but that's OK with me. I'm thinking it will loosen up a bit the more I work in it. I have lots of chores around the home, some inside but most outside. If your winters are cold, you might want to consider a warmer work coat; however, I live where winters are moderate so it keeps me comfortable. I would recommend this coat for folks who do a lot of work outside or in a workshop-type environment. If most of your work is inside the home, you should shop for something less bulky." —Rusty

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (two colors, sizes S-2XL). Check out more Carhartt items here.

    19. A pair of Hunter rain boots as an excuse to trudge through the mud to "test" them.

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    Promising review: "I've been wearing boots like these for many years, a pair originally owned by my mother and handed down to me. This new pair is exactly like the previous pair which lasted for over 30 years!" —Linda G.

    Get them from Amazon for $95.40+ (19 colors, women's sizes 5-11).

    20. A George Foreman grill they can give to a loved one once they've upgraded to a new, sexier model that the brand is always releasing.

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    My roommate and I have one of these that her mom had for YEARS but donated to us when she upgraded to a model with removable plates.

    This model has removable plates and a non-stick ceramic coating for easy cleanup. Its fat-removing slope and dishwasher-safe drip tray takes care of excess fat and grease for you.

    Promising review: "For two people this is a superlative cooker. We have owned several Foreman grills (generally the larger sizes) over 20 years and all have lasted at least 10 years. Most longer. We have retired them only after we have consumed the last shred of teflon coating. The new white ceramic removable plates are spectacular in the way they cook and cleanup afterward. Far better than the older black teflon. We look forward to many more years of Foreman grilling." —Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $48.17.

    21. A Nalgene water bottle that'll become their #1 adventure buddy.

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    BPA-free with a wide mouth for ice cubes and easy hand washing.

    Promising review: "We've had one of these, which I bought at a sporting goods store, for around 10 years now. It is still in perfect condition minus some minimal scuffs from the dishwasher or being inside a backpack. The ones on Amazon are much cheaper and the quality still looks the same. We're glad we made the switch to BPA-free years ago." —RickDeckard

    Get it from Amazon for $8.76+ (variety of colors).

    22. An Anastasia Beverly Hills brown pencil with a cult following that'll keep their arches looking gorgeous for long stretches of time.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely cannot live without this product — whoever came up with this idea is the wiz! It's the most perfectly narrow brow pencil with this amazing brush on the end, so you can blend the pencil in for a really natural look vs. that severe (and dark) hard edge you often see. Come on, we all know what I am talking about. If you can't keep your fingers off your brows, use the Brow Pen as a foundation. It may seem strange at first, but this duo together is genius!!!" —soupasta

    Get it from Sephora for $21 (available in 10 colors).

    23. A gorgeous Le Creuset Dutch oven to completely transform their meal-prep game for decades.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for a wedding shower present for my husband's daughter. I have the same pot, given to me nearly 50 years ago! Indispensable and simply the best." —MJS

    Get it from Amazon for $369.95 (available in 11 colors).

    24. An RFID-blocking Saddleback wallet for lasting protection in a classic style that even the pickiest person will adore.

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    *And* it comes with a 100-year guarantee!

    Promising review: "Had a different size for years, and that one has been used and abused. It has been soaking wet several times and is still in great shape — these things last. Old one has been relegated as a business card holder (Its original design), and this one is a nice size for bills and a few cards. It breaks in after a month or so and fits nicely in front pockets." —C. Roos

    Get it from Amazon for $59 (available in four colors).

    25. And an Otterbox Commuter phone case that'll for SURE outlast your fancy new phone.

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    Promising review: "I have bought an Otterbox case for every one of my phones over the years and still stand by their products!! This Commuter Series case for my iPhone 7 Plus is no exception!! In the past, I've literally pitched my phones against the wall and had NO issues AT ALL with any of my phones afterward!! I would HIGHLY recommend you buy yourself an Otterbox case for ANY phone you want to protect!!!! THANKS AGAIN Otterbox for another FINE PRODUCT." —Fly Gambino

    Get it from Amazon for $37.46+ (iPhone 7 plus and 8 plus, seven color combos). Check out more Otterbox phone cases here.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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