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    33 Practical Gifts You Still Have Time To Get

    The best kind of gift is the one they'll actually use, not shove in a closet.

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    1. A bidet attachment — it could be just the thing for folks who use SO MUCH TOILET PAPER you can't believe.

    bidet attachment on a toilet

    SERIOUSLY. What the heck? We tested (yep, tested) to zero in on the best toilet paper for BuzzFeed Reviews and rather than suggest a super pricey disposable thing you use to wipe yourself clean, we recommended investing in this bidet attachment for the highest price point.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in two color combos).

    2. A wind-resistant umbrella that won't end up in the graveyard of warped umbrellas that failed them during soggy gusts.

    the umbrella with a leaf print pattern on the inside of the umbrella

    Promising review: "I love this umbrella! I purchased one earlier for myself and loved it so much that I purchased three more, one for each of my daughters and one for my granddaughter! This is the greatest invention in years! It is wonderful to be able to get into the car and close your umbrella and then bring it inside without getting drenched! This is a great product that is sturdy and fashionable!" —Alicia Gillaspie

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88 (available in 17 styles).

    3. An odor-neutralizing candle that'll be better than ANY OTHER candles for folks who live in multiple pet households. Or non-pet people who just like to cook smelly food!

    Amazon, Fiorella Alvarez

    You're thinking "A candle in a gift guide? Revolutionary, Elizabeth." But HEAR ME OUT. I used to live with an adorable but v slobbery English bullie named Cleo (pictured in her festive glory) and lighting one of these for 10–20 minutes annihilated any hints of eau de dog or roasting Brussels sprouts in our small apartment. And these smell like regular candles, (not your typical odor-neutralizing ones), so really they're the best. Check out my full review of One Fur All Pet House Candles.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.85 (available in 26 scents).

    4. And Poo-Pourri — it can APPEAR like a gag gift but will turn out to be the most useful thing in a bathroom (aside from toilet paper and indoor plumbing). Did someone say "stocking stuffer?"

    bottle of the product in a toilet with branches of lavender

    Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare — particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting now after he leaves." —Supa D

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in several sizes and scents).

    Also consider a Poo-Pourri travel gift set. I could go into detail about how I was very glad I packed one of these travel sprays when I visited my friend for a long weekend, but I won't.

    5. And a 3-in-1 plant moisture meter to help them better care for your plant babies, whether they're a plant newbie or a seasoned pro.

    the meter in a potted plant

    Promising review: "Used this last night, works well, have to let it sit for 10 minutes to get a correct read. Dial is easy enough to read, basic understanding of pH is needed but otherwise easy enough." —Nate

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    6. A MakeupEraser cloth to help them take off a full face without using tons of disposable cloths or ruining their nice washcloths. I should know, I swear by these things!

    person with half face bare thanks to MakeupEraser and other half of face with makeup

    I can personally attest that these things get off all of your makeup, unlike disposable wipes. I wear three(!) kinds of waterproof mascara, long-lasting liquid foundation, and a whole other mess of makeup every day, and I use these on the reg. But if my word isn't good enough for you, we tested and determined it as the mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in more colors).

    7. A tangle-taming brush any parent with a kid full of hair will love you for gifting because it'll turn the post-bath chore into something possibly even pleasant?!?! (But adults will appreciate it for themselves, too!) And in case you're wondering, reviewers with 4C hair love it!

    the brush

    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88.

    8. A tactical writing pen with a point that can break glass or serve as a weapon against an attacker if they need it to. This takes the pen being a sword to a whole other level. Hopefully they'll use it for writing considerably more often than breaking glass.

    the pen and parts

    Made from aircraft grade aluminum for superior strength and portability. Includes six ink refills.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.97.

    9. An iced tea tumbler so they'll serve up the tea *and* drink it while they're going on about their day. *And* it's dishwasher-safe!

    the tea tumbler shown with a tea bag or loose leaf

    Promising review: "Love being able to make fresh iced tea by the cup! Whatever flavor I’m in the mood for at the time and it’s sooo easy!" —Lynn Drong

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line on Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A minimalist planner for folks who are already overwhelmed by the mere mention of bullet journaling but still need to stay organized on paper.

    the planner

    I can't be the only one stressed by the thought of all the organization it takes to keep up a bullet journal.... This planner has 12 months of weekly and monthly pages, 68 ruled pages, calendar stickers, and in inner pouch.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.98.

    11. Or a budget monthly tracker that'll work in their Google sheets in case they like to keep it digital, are trying to be better about paying attention to where every (digital) penny goes.

    colorful budget monthly tracker
    BudgetGirlGoods / Etsy

    This Etsy shop is run by one of my favorite YouTubers Budget Girl, whom documented paying off $33,000 in debt (video here!) and has set up a net worth of $75,000 (video here!). So yeah, I think her advice is solid!

    Get it from BudgetGirlGoods on Etsy for $5.99 (you can also get an annual net worth spreadsheet).

    12. A *waterproof* diaper bag that'll look like a regular ole (but v stylish!) backpack any expecting or existing parents will appreciate. You may have to buy this for all the adults without kids in your fam too. There are worse things!,

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this bag! It has made life with a toddler and newborn so much easier. Has every compartment you could possibly need in such a lightweight, comfortable, durable and fashionable design! Front pocket has tons of space and insulated bottle pockets. Main compartment has multiple zipper storage areas and mesh storage pockets which literally fits everything such as, pacifiers, wipes, diapers, bottles, snacks, clothes, toys, etc. it’s also super convenient for parents items as well like your keys, phone or sunglasses. When main compartment is open, it holds its shape and stands straight which makes looking for something so much easier. The back bottom zipper allows easy access to inside the bottom main compartment, I love this for getting a diaper or change of clothes without digging through the whole bag. This same zipper flap has an internal zipper compartment which is awesome for wet items or items you want to keep sealed separately. Side pouches can hold multiple bottles or items and on one side there is even a design with a slit to access wipes!" —Sarah Haas

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in 12 colors).

    13. A water flosser for anyone who has braces, crowns, or who just really hates flossing but is tired of being on the receiving end of their dentist's wrath.

    water flosser with tank on a bathroom sink

    This flosser was awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Has 10 pressure settings, 7 water flossing tips, and 90 seconds of water capacity.

    Promising review: "I purchased two of them for my daughter and husband and they love it. They both have braces and have a hard time flossing so their orthodontist recommended a Waterpik to help. I found this one and it had good reviews so I tried it. This product worked so well for them and it's so easy to use. Since using this their orthodontist gave both of them great reviews. On their last cleaning and checkup the dentist told them they see a huge improvement. She told them to keep using it because it's working well for them. I highly recommend it to anyone with braces. The only thing I don't like is that there is no case for the other attachments. I'd like to be able to put them up or hang them up." —Charles & Rosanna Kaelble

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in seven colors).

    And if they're short on bathroom counter space (I can relate!), consider a travel Waterpik for $48.66+ (available in two colors).

    14. A memory-foam cushion for anyone whose rear could use a real treat. So, arguably, everyone.

    reviewer's pic of the seat cushion on an office chair

    Promising review: "Thanks to this cushion, the second i get out of my chair or turn my back my cat jumps in my seat. He looks too cute to kick him out so i may have to buy a separate cushion for him. A+++ best cushion i've ever bought and cat-approved." —Thetortagirl

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    15. A cleaning pen to *gently* revive the look of their jewels. This is an amazing cheap but useful gift for any newly engaged person rocking a rock.

    reviewer pic of dirty ring, then bright gleaming ring thanks to the cleaner

    Promising review: "I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the Dazzle Stick from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a Diamond Dazzle stick of my own. It's the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go. I don't feel this product replaces the need to professionally clean your jewelry every now and then, but it does help with the maintenance of that new shiny sparkle." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.87.

    Check out our full review of Diamond Dazzle Stick here!

    16. A brown sugar saver disguised as an adorable terra-cotta bear that baking fiends *might* be sad they didn't know was a thing 'til now.

    bear shape terra cotta piece beside a jar of brown sugar

    Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft, even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth, and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again! I have about 2 lbs. of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed with a gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosa

    Get two from Amazon for $10.93.

    17. Blue-light-blocking glasses that'll help lessen eye strain for someone who looks at a computer screen all day... and then scrolls through Instagram for an hour before bed every night. (It me!) They won't need a prescription to wear 'em but they *will* have to tell passersby where they got 'em. The public deserves to know!,

    Promising review: "First of all, the glasses do provide the intended benefit of blocking blue lights from screens of cellphones, pads, and others. I have been using the glasses for several days, and the glasses did reduce greatly the discomfort and tiredness of my eyes. Furthermore, the glasses are wide and large enough to put on top of my existing eyeglasses, which is a big plus. Finally, it is really sturdy and light in weight." —Alan Chen

    Get them from Amazon for $14.97 (available in black or tortoise frames).

    18. A Ninja blender people who adore smoothies and other blended concoctions swear by... and they will too!

    pouring a smoothie out of the blender opening in the top

    This is a solid blender for cocktail and smoothie lovers. Also, lots of parts are dishwasher-safe! If you aren't already sold, this won out in the budget price point for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    19. A luxe-looking blanket they can use to protect their couch from the dog, or just snuggle up in for some serious winter hibernation!,

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in several colors and sizes, some of which will ship by Christmas).

    20. Stone drink coasters that'll be so pretty, guests will barely register that they're *even more* practical because they're absorbent!

    tabletop with flowers and the marbelized looking stone coasters

    Get six from Amazon for $17.99.

    21. A collapsible laundry tote anyone who lugs their dirty duds to the laundromat or up and down stairs is sure to greatly appreciate.

    person pulling stuff from the laundry tote to put in a washer in a laundromat

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six colors).

    22. A set of wool dryer balls that'll be a wonderful effective alternative to fabric softener sheets or liquid that can cause some serious buildup on machines.

    the wool dryer bars on a blanket

    Promising review: "I have been using these for over year now and I absolutely love them. I only use four in my dryer and they have reduced the time it takes to dry clothes. I did not add a scent to the balls so I sometimes throw a dryer sheet in with the balls. They make a soft thud sound while drying. I have given them as gifts to all of my sisters-in-law and they love them." —P. King

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. A kid-size Dyson vacuum that'll ACTUALLY suck up things. OK it won't work as well as the full-fledged adult version but talk about a practical addition to the toy arsenal.


    I'd be lying if I said I hadn't considered buying this for myself to use as an actual vacuum....

    Promising review: "Our 1.5-year-old son is OBSESSED with vacuums and carpet cleaners. He has nearly broken my vacuum a few times because it's a bit too large for him to maneuver. We got him this for Christmas, and it was the only gift he cared about. He wouldn't open any other gifts after getting to it. His sister had to do the rest of them. He has been 'vacuuming' for four days straight. When I vacuum, he follows alongside me with it. It is a lot quieter than I expected. The sound doesn't get annoying. I love it! If it ever breaks, I'll buy him another." —Kelsie

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+.

    24. Death Wish Coffee (yep, that's the name!) anyone who loudly and proudly talks about how they can never get enough coffee will be intrigued by and adore.

    hand holding up the coffee bag with a skull and cross bones design on the bag

    Your caffeine content will still depend on how you brew, but if you use these beautiful beans you'll get about 660 milligrams per 12 fluid-ounces. Just listen to the Dethklok coffee jingle while you brew up this stuff. Trust me.

    Promising review: "OK folks, words of warning....if you have heart conditions, ration out your coffee. I'm serious; heed my warning or you could end up cleaning your entire house, doing all your yard work, making love to your partner, waxing your car, building a garage, or singlehandedly raising the Titanic on your own; all in the first hour after drinking this wonderful coffee. You have been warned!" —ITsTheXFactor

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    25. Or if they're a lil' less extreme, a coffee subscription delivered right to their door so they can stay deliciously caffeinated as the universe intended.

    person opening the shipment of coffee

    This coffee-of-the-month club includes a bag of coffee, postcard detailing the deets of the beans, and roasting tips. You can choose between whole bean or ground, three bag sizes, and two roast types. Check out our full review of Atlas Coffee Club.

    Get a 3-month gift subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $50.

    26. Dishwasher-safe spoon rests for the chef who's tired of waiting on the wash cycle for a novelty spoon rest to be ready for saucy messes once again.

    three coloful spoonrests

    Includes four spoon rests made of 100% food-grade silicone that's heat-resistant, non-toxic, BPA-free, durable, and flexible.

    Get them from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in two sizes).

    27. A heat-resistant mat for hot hair tools so they'll be able to park their hot-as-heck curling iron without leaving a path of destruction.

    pink textured mat with a curling iron on it

    AND this curls up around your hair tool to create a protective barrier for travel!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (also available in gray).

    28. A bright (but great!) razor you can subscribe to on their behalf so they'll never be forced to use an irritating, dull blade in desperate times.

    person looking at the billie razor

    I use Billie razors (and shave cream and lotion), and love them. The razors feel nice in your hand and are bright enough to spot in the shower before I put in my contacts. (My vision is bad.) Oh, and they can mount the magnetic handle to their shower wall!

    Get a starter kit from Billie for $9 (includes the razor handle, magnetic holder, and two five-blade razor cartridges).

    29. A nail and cuticle oil anyone who's tough on their hands or just routinely gets gel manis (give those poor bbs a break!) will appreciate and come to swear by.

    reviewer's before, after of using the cuticle oil

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. I've always had acrylic or dipped nails because my real nails have always been brittle and always break and peel. I decided to give my nails a break and wanted to try and grow them out. I can't even believe the outcome! They are stronger than ever and growing! I really wish I had taken a before pic to show the difference!" —JOE D.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in three sizes).

    30. A holy grail Instant Pot to please people who love to cook or people who swear they can't even boil water.

    open instant pot on a chicken counter

    It works as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out a BuzzFeeder's review and Instant Pot recipes that'll basically cook themselves. Still unconvinced? Look at all the yummy Amazon reviewer photos.

    Promising review: "There are so many people who say the can't cook, but I swear I'm on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu and I Have learned to do so much with it. I will sum up in a nutshell, I love how easy it is and how I throw everything in it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I still don't love it for meats (which I don't eat much of anyway), but I think that's just a matter of needing to experiment more with them. I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" —Aundrea

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes).

    31. Slow-cooker liners could be the perfect companion gift for the IP. Or be a total lifesaver for anyone who uses the appliance on the reg.

    slow cooker with two liners splitting up the container space to two types of dips

    I adore my slow cooker but hate cleaning up after using it. So I use these handy lil' bags. Read my full review of Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners (#4).

    Get a box of six liners from Amazon for $2.98.

    32. Plus! A set of Instant Pot magnets that'll help answer those questions (sorry, Siri) about how long everything cooks in that incredibly helpful appliance.

    the two magnets

    Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter. She is thrilled with them — just what she needed for her Instant Pot." —KerrieS

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    33. And an Amazon gift card to buy the toilet paper they're too embarrassed to put on their wish list.

    amazon card

    TBH, I would not mind getting toilet paper for Christmas. It's something you KNOW you'll use.

    Get a gift card from Amazon for $25+.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!


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