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    35 Cool Gifts You'll Probably End Up Keeping For Yourself (And You Should)

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    1. A hand-made candle you can gift to your bestie who's just as dead on the inside as you <3.

    Ember Candle Co. / Etsy

    These are 100% soy wax candles and you can pick between tons of scent and color options.

    Get it from Ember Candle Co. on Etsy for $10.61 (available in 22 scents and nine colors).

    2. A pair of in-style acrylic earrings, because friends help friends keep up with trends.


    Promising review: "These earrings are so cute!! They're comparable to jewelry you'd buy from Bauble Bar or a similar brand." β€”amazon_reviewer

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 15 styles).

    3. A golden retriever window decal that's *almost* as good as the real thing. They can consider this the pet they've wanted, but without all the responsibility.


    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE my adorable dog! It looks adorable on my car and people constantly comment when I’m in a parking lot or smile and laugh when they drive by. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this decal, who my kids have named Murphy!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.24.

    4. A bar of soap enhanced with crystals that's genuinely prettier than anything I think I have ever seen in my life. Seriously, if you're gifting soap, it *has* to be this? Just LOOK AT IT!

    Crystal Bar

    Get the Rainbow Moonstone (left) and the The Peace Bridge (right) from Crystal Bar for $14.

    5. A silk eye mask that'll help them get the best sleep of their life β€” and is there really a better gift than that?

    OK, LISTEN. I know this sleep mask is $50 and I would normally scoff at a price like that for something so simple, but people, this is no ordinary sleep mask. I didn't even know I *had* opinions on sleep masks until I tried this. It rests delicately on your eyes with minimal pressure so you don't feel like you're wearing anything, yet you can still gently feel the silk. I can't explain it but it's truly magic and I've already gifted one to my bestie (who loves it as much as I do!).

    Get it from Sephora for $50 (available in ten colors).

    6. A hand lettering beginner book so they can pick up a fun new hobby and pretend that the world isn't, you know, on fire and such. This guide includes detailed instructions for nine lettering styles and will teach them all the basics they need for some flawless penmanship.


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this book. So easy to follow along and practice. Love that there's a sample for you to trace and space to practice right after. Someone mentioned half the book is blank pages but in reality, it's space to practice and I actually like it. I like to compare my handwriting side by side with the example." β€”Lourdes

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69, and don't forget to grab a calligraphy brush pen for $4.88.

    7. A deck of cards with original illustrations of 54 trailblazing women to give to the badass woman in your own life.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    8. AND! Legendary Ladies β€” an empowering book filled with GORGEOUS illustrations of 50 incredible goddesses and a brief description of why they are so extraordinary. You know, for the super woman in your own life.


    Promising review: "Ann always smashes it with her illustrations. This book is packed with heart and soul. It's perfect if you are looking for a coffee table book with summarized information on goddesses from different areas of the world. It even gives you tips on channeling each goddess; I think that is my favorite detail. Incredible follow up to Bad Girls. She's a great artist to look up to." β€”Cherie Adan

    Get it from Amazon for $14.73.

    9. A deck of encouragement cards that'll let them leave sweet life reminders for themselves (or others). There's even space on the back for personal messages.


    Promising review: "I LOVE these little cards! I’m old school and actually handwrite letters, cards, and notes. I love adding one of these in them for a pop of color and as a keepsake. These are great to put in my lunchbox too as a pick-me-up during a hard week. Also super fun to leave for your servers or strangers. A little kindness goes a long way!" β€”Abby B.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three other categories).

    10. A 1-liter beer boot, because what could make someone ~hoppier~ than a giant vessel to drink more beer out of? I don't think there's much.


    Promising review: "I own two of these things and I tell you, these things kill it. They are built strong and well, easy to wash, and intimidate everyone at the party." β€”Nick Malone

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A National Park Homesick Candle to take 'em back to the days when they were a kid, exploring big forests with their family, without a care in the world β€” I am getting emotional!!!

    Promising review: "I searched high and low while in Yosemite for a candle/oil/something that captured the scent of the valley. After returning home, I ordered these on a gamble, since there was nowhere nearby selling them. I’m glad I did! This candle is my new favorite scent and takes me back!" β€”Kelly H.

    Get the Smoky Mountain, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, or Yosemite candle from Homesick Candles for $29.95 each.

    12. Tequila Mockingbird β€” an incredibly fun cocktail recipe book for the friend (*couch cough* you) who's obsessed with fine literature and even finer cocktails.


    Promising review: "Love the recipes, and the variety: simple, complex, sweet, tart, bitter etc. The literary puns were spot-on, and I liked the idea that the drink could match both the themes at work in the story, and sometimes even the literary criticism surrounding the novel. The suggested games at the end were very funny, and the illustrations also added to the whole presentation." β€”Spilt Over

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94.

    13. An adorable cloud diffuser, because the best gift is the gift of relaxation. They can put in their best scents and then fly off to cloud nine.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it on sale from Urban Outfitters for $49 (originally $69).

    14. A set of Disney princess face masks and SERIOUSLY WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, slam that "add to cart" button immediately.


    The set comes with four masks: lavender, cucumber, green tea, and rose water.

    Get it from Firebox for $17.89.

    15. A neck pillow in the shape of a FREAKIN' SHRIMP. Why would they use a plain neck pillow when they could be sleeping on a shrimp one?!? This isn't up for debate, this pillow rocks.


    Promising review: "This pillow changed my life. Birthday for someone you're in love with? Wanna show your teacher you appreciate them? Does your hairdresser give you solid looks for solid prices and you need a Christmas gift for them? Does your neck need support late at night when your playing scary video games in the dark at 2 a.m. when you should be studying for finals? This shrimp neck pillow was the answer to all those questions. It's so comfortable. It's so fashionable. It's so iconic. No one will ever disrespect you with this on your neck. If you have doubts, take my word for it. This pillow is where it's at." β€”McHoot

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    16. A pillow cover they'll love more than bears, beets, and Battlestar Galactica combined!


    I will never stop putting this in gift posts! For one, I have this in my apartment and it never fails to start conversation. The fabric is great quality and has held up incredibly well. TL;DR: this is the best thing you could ever spend $8 on.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    Psst! The pillow insert is *not* included, but you can get one from Amazon for $8.45. I have this exact pillow insert and cover and I can confirm: It's all great quality.

    17. A tarot card set for beginners to give them a fun new hobby to pour their attention into. More hobbies in 2020!!!

    The essentials set comes with a 78-card deck and a book that explains the fortune telling elements of each card.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for one of my teenagers a year ago. Honestly, this is ideally suited for a rookie. It gives the beginner an idea of tarot cards in general. It's an affordable and nice starter set. Don't get me wrong...this kit is appropriate for beginners and seasoned souls. I only mean if you're looking for an introductory set this one is great. My 16-year-old loves it." β€”Oregonians

    Get it from Amazon for $14.65.

    18. A chili powder palette that'll ~spice up their life and the people of the world.~

    Marvling Bros. Ltd / Etsy

    The set comes with Carolina reaper, Bhut jolokia (ghost pepper), kashmiri, ancho grande, chipotle, guajillo, cayenne, habanero, de arbol, pasilla, Hungarian noble sweet paprika, and hot oak smoked paprika.

    Get it from Marvling Bros. Ltd on Etsy for $26+.

    19. A cozy tortilla blanket for taking their burrito game to the next level. Honestly, what more is there to say β€” a tortilla blanket is the best thing to exist.


    Promising review: "I never write reviews but thought I should after buying this funny tortilla blanket! Very surprised. It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy and super cozy. I think it's perfect. Washed it and still super soft. No pilling. It's holding up well, both in feel and in shape. The trim is sewed on well, so no problem there either. This is the BEST purchase I have ever made. I’m recommending this to everyone I know." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.80 (available in four sizes and 10 styles).

    20. A bathtub tray with compartments for bath time essentials (in order of importance): wine, books, iPads, phone, snacks, and soap.

    StephFL /

    The side trays are adjustable to fit a variety of tub sizes.

    Promising review: "Perfect gift for the bath lover, and great way to make a bath look more thoughtful and designed even when not in use. Our tub is deep and has handles that this tray fits perfectly on. The ability to slide it apart makes it easy to customize to the right width. When not in use the trays and holders are a perfect place to store bath accessories (bubble bath, candles, etc.) that keep the tub area from looking like a hoarders pile. The holder fits an iPad 12" in the vertical position, but not really horizontally, that's tough if you wanted to watch a show. It's possible to prop it up though using the grooves in the tray so overall this does the trick. It comes with removable soap/wine trays that can be reconfigured or removed entirely if your tub is not as wide." β€”C McA

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97.

    21. And! Some unicorn poo bath bombs to make their baths as bright, colorful, and magical as they are!


    Get it from Firebox for $9.99.

    22. A reel viewer (oh, I can feel the nostalgia now!) you can customize with YOUR OWN PHOTOS. My childhood self is screaming, and so will your childhood bestie when they see this.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I bought two of these to give as gifts to my mom and to my best friend. For my mom I filled the reel with pictures from her life leading up to her granddaughter being born! She absolutely loved it. My best friend recently lost her father so I made a reel in memory of him and she loved it! And it's great that once you have the viewer you can order as many reels as you want!" β€”Lauren

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $29.95.

    23. A set of GORGEOUS watercolor planet plates you should only gift if the recipient has fully accepted that Pluto is not a planet (...Pluto is not included in this set).

    These dishes are 10 inches in diameter, dishwasher safe, but *not* microwave safe.

    Promising review: "We bought this great set of plates for our son-in-law. His oldest son is 'into' space and they love to eat off these dishes. He had great success getting his youngest to eat something by saying, 'Lets see how ___ tastes on Mars!' The child actually ate this food item he had been avoiding like the plague. It seems to be an adventure to eat lunch on Jupiter or dessert on Pluto. Great fun to be had with these very well made plates." β€”Nelson G. Proctor

    Get the eight-piece set from Amazon for $39.95.

    24. Cat gel roller pens that are A) stupid cute, B) work incredibly well, and C) waaay better than boring ol' pens. Show me a cat person who wouldn't adore these, I will wait.


    Promising review: "These adorable pens are a hoot! I can now ensure the pen thieves stay away from my desk. The point is very fine. It writes smoothly with black ink. The colors, and the tiny faces are too cute. My favorite part is the little tail on the cap." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $5.99+.

    25. And! A pack of cat butt magnets that they'll obviously use to hang up photos of you on their fridge.


    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $8.85+ (available in five animal sets).

    26. A pair of extremely cute mirrored sunglasses you should probably order two of, otherwise you'll wind up stealing them for yourself.

    Amazon, Amber McClean /

    Promising review: "These are my third pair of SOJOS sunglasses and every purchase I think I won't find another pair I love as much! They are very catchy and I always getting compliments on them. Each pair comes with a carrying bag and lens cleaner cloth, which is great in itself might I add :) You cannot go wrong with SOJOS!!!" β€”Josie C.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in 11 colors).

    27. An actually cute lunch tote that juuuust might convince them to start bringing food to work every day.

    Anita /

    Promising review: "Awesome! I left this in my car in the hot Houston heat one day with an ice pack, and my yogurt was still cold and I did not get food poisoning. It can hold a decent sized ice pack, two Chobani yogurts, a bag of mini cucumbers and half a sandwich. It’s also super cute." β€”Hwang

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    28. A '90s quiz game for anyone who has yet to move on from the greatest decade ever... But I am not biased or anything.


    Get it from Firebox for $21.29.

    29. A family cookbook that'll keep their best passed-down traditions in one place. This book comes with templates for over 80 recipes and places to add personalized photos.


    It's like a scrapbook met a cookbook and made this! It's so cute, and I literally just bought it for my stepmom since she loves to cook.

    Promising review: "Gave this to my lovely wife for her birthday. She had been looking for a cookbook to write down recipes she loved or invented. The quality of this book and slipcover are such that someday our children or grandchildren will inherit the family recipes. Neat layout, with options that other books don't have." β€”Bladesmith

    Get it from Amazon for $30+ (available in two colors and four other styles).

    30. A huggable llama cooling and heating pad filled with natural buckwheat grains and lavender to help with cramps, swelling, and other body ailments β€” or just to hug for comfort!

    Urban Outfitters

    All you have to do is pop this lil' guy in the freezer or in the microwave!

    Promising review: "I'm a night shift nurse and coming home from work this adorable llama is waiting to take away the sore shoulders and women's monthly cramps. So cute, and a great find from my awesome boyfriend. 10/10 reccommend." β€”MindyRN

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    31. A dainty, goes-with-everything choker to gift to someone you love β€” and by that I mean yourself.


    Promising review: "This is such a beautiful necklace! It’s choker length but it is so elegant. It’s perfect for stacking with longer necklaces. It came in a small zipped plastic bag inside of a small box, very well packaged. It’s also so great that the company works closely with charities. I definitely recommend this necklace and this company." β€”Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26 (available in silver and gold).

    32. An initial wax stamp for the peeps in your life who still love to send letters β€” which should be all of us, people! *Chants* bring back the joy of snail mail!

    Sweet Zakka House / Etsy

    Get it from Sweet Zakka House on Etsy for $12.95+ (available in two styles and all letters).

    This Etsy listing also has the option to add wax and make it a kit, or you can get wax from Amazon for $9.98.

    33. A modern jewelry box that's compact but mighty. It features multiple compartments lined with a soft linen fabric for all their small pieces, plus a ring roll for ultimate organization.


    Promising review: "This looks great on top of my dresser! It was a little pricier than I intended to spend on a jewelry box but it does seem very sturdy and good quality and I absolutely love the simplicity and elegance of it. I also think the side drawer is pretty cool!" β€”Anna T

    Get it from Amazon for $30.06+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    34. A Nicolas Cage sequin pillowcase anyone would be truly blessed to receive. Like, this is an actual *treasure*.

    Memeskins / Etsy

    No, I am not over this pillow nor will I ever be.

    Get it from Memeskins on Etsy for $24.47+ (available as a pillow cover or as a pillow).

    35. And lastly, an LED cactus light that'll be the ~sharpest~ looking thing on any table or nightstand.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    Now if only someone would gift me a puppy...


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