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32 Gifts For Anyone Who Still Doesn't Know What The Heck To Get Their Family Members

Ideas for your sister, brother, daughter, son, mom, dad, or first cousin twice removed.

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1. Underwater Dogs — a ~pawsitively~ adorable book filled with dogs under water. Like????!!!! The cuteness! Unless you have a dog-hater in your family, they're bound to adore this!

cover of Underwater Dogs

Promising review: "I love this book! It makes me smile and laugh every time I look at it. I first saw it at a University book store while waiting for my son and I think the people in the store thought I was crazy standing there by myself laughing. So a bit after that i saw it on Amazon and had to get it — this book is a great way to cheer up your mood!" —Candy Witcher

Get it from Amazon for $15.32.

2. A wireless phone charger that'll keep them from sneaking into your room and stealing yours.


Compatible with iPhones, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft.

Promising review: "Works with OtterBox Defender case! I have a Samsung Galaxy with an OtterBox Defender case. I didn't want to have to take my case off as this charger would be primarily used when I'm at work. I opted to stream music from my phone instead of buying and bringing a radio to my office, and I was using a standard charger but getting annoyed when I would have to leave my office and want to take my phone with me. I was so happy that I ordered one for my home as well!" —Karissa T.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

3. A sandwich maker able to whip up a morning meal in five minutes because we allll have a breakfast diva in the fam., Amazon

And this thing can do more than *just* make sandwiches! People have made little pizzas and pancakes with this handy gadget.

Promising review: ""I was quite skeptical of this little item. I received it as a gift and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS LITTLE GEM. As a matter of fact, I'm going to order a second one because we are a family of seven and it takes too long to wait for all of us to have our sandwiches. The cleanup of this machine is a breeze. It comes apart and you can wash the middle sections. I have made breakfast sandwiches and frozen them. I have made English muffin sandwiches, pancake sandwiches (using pancake batter), sandwiches with hash browns. I would highly recommend this little gadget. Saved us lots of money and is much healthier than buying breakfast sandwiches. I usually make them once a month to freeze for the kids to grab when they want them." —Tracey L.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in silver and red).

4. A charcuterie board that is what charcuterie board dreams are made of. IDK if you'll be able to give this gift away...

round charcuterie board with two layers that open up to provide more space

The set includes the four bowls and a matching knife set with four utensils.

Promising review: "It really is beautiful! The packaging is super elegant! The wood is nice and thick. The ceramic dishes are generous in size and four was really enough for the kalamata olives, pickled onions, roasted peppers and black olives. All three cheeses fit nicely in the center. The utensils worked very well and storing them inside was a nice touch. The magnetic closure worked well. Overall, we really liked it, and will use it each time we have an 'appetizer meal'. It is beautiful as well as practical!" —Mona Amer

Get it from Amazon for $57.99.

5. A hilarious and easy-to-play game to take family game nights to a new level of fun, all thanks to you. *Takes bow.*

Game of Things

My family-and-friend group are obsessed with this game. It's best to play when you have extended family over (the more people, the better it gets!), but either way, it makes for an incredibly fun night.

Promising review: "We spent hours playing this game over the summer with more people than the game suggests. I think we had 15 people playing it at one point during the family reunion. It was a great hit with everyone. I plan on giving it as a gift to fellow game lovers. We had to skip a few topics for the younger kids (7-8) for context, but they loved playing. We also had to supply a little extra paper because we played it with so many people. I highly recommend trying this for parties and gatherings. It's a great way to get to know people better while having a lot of fun." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

6. A 2-inch memory foam mattress topper perfect if you don't know what the heck to get them — ya know, because nothing beats the gift of a good night's rest!


Promising review: "I bought this mattress topper for my granddaughter who was off to college last year. She said it saved her life and that her friends said she had the most comfortable bed in the dorm. Dorm mattresses are like plastic-covered concrete slabs so this was such a great idea, I just ordered another one for my second granddaughter who's off to college in a few weeks. Not the most glamorous gift you can give but it turned out to be the most appreciated!" —J. Jennings

Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in sizes twin-California king).

7. A sleek French press coffee and tea maker that's as useful as it is pretty. And let's be honest here, most of our family members could use some good ol' caffeine in the mornings.

black French press

Promising review: "I recently converted to the French press. I was given the 36-oz. press as a gift and I love it. It is the perfect size for me. I had company coming and did not want to have to make multiple pots to accommodate everyone so I purchased this larger press. It worked beautifully and produced enough coffee for everyone! It is easy to use and to clean. I am extremely happy with this purchase." —Julie

Get it from Amazon for $17+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

8. AND! A bag of ultra-caffeinated coffee to give them the extra kick they need on sluggish mornings — and so they can't pull the "I'm tired' card when you ask them for a favor!

a bag of Death Wish coffee

I'd just like to casually mention that this coffee has over 15,000 reviews, and a 4.6-star rating. People REALLY love this coffee, so much so, that some of the reviews left are the best (and funniest) I've seen on Amazon.

Promising review: "I'm sold. I bought this to keep me alert and focused at work. By my second cup I no longer needed a keyboard or mouse, as I was able to control my computer directly by thought. By the third cup I could hear colors and smell sounds. After my fourth cup, I decided to burn off some of the excess energy with a quick jog, and ended up finishing the Kessel Run in 11 parsecs flat! Seriously... Buy this stuff!" —Erick W.

Get a one-pound bag from Amazon for $19.96+ (available in three sizes).

9. A Michael Scott print if The Office is the only show your entire family can agree on.

Michael Scott print with a quote from "The Office"

Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this poster! I purchased a frame and put the poster in it and gave it to my brother to add to his collection of ‘inspirational’ posters he has in his office! This poster is so cute and unique! I wanted to keep it for myself. In fact my brother was so enthralled with the poster too, he can’t decide which room he wants to put it in!" —Chelsea

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

10. Spicy honey you better bee-lieve they can smother on all their favorite foods since it tastes amazing with everything.

bottle of Mike's Hot Honey next to ribs

Promising Review: "Saw this on a Food Network show and decided to try! LOVE IT! Great honey taste with just a bit of heat at the end. My husband loves 'hot' foods and even grows his own peppers to put on anything. He really likes this on his French toast and I like it with peanut butter. However, I just made baked beans and added a tablespoon of Mike's Hot in addition to the brown sugar (reduced amount) and they were the BEST baked beans ever!" —Ritakc

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

And read our full review of Mike's Hot Honey to learn more reasons why we love this stuff.

11. A felt purse organizer for their everyday tote that, sadly, doesn't have many pockets inside. Mom can't find her keys? Not anymore!


Promising review: "Perfect for my needs! THIS organizer allows you to put lots of things in their own pocket so that you can quickly retrieve it without wasting time digging around. Other items (perhaps, taller items) can be put in the main section that is the length of the organizer. I purchased one and am now purchasing two more as gifts for people who I know also own tall tote bags like mine. If you have a tall tote, you can't go wrong buying this product. I highly recommend it." —A. E.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes and seven colors).

12. A mystery subscription box featuring challenging puzzles, codes, and cryptic messages based around the month's theme — aka the perfect gift for the family still obsesses over National Treasure (mine).


Just think about how fun a family night in will be with this!

Promising review: "My husband, mother-in-law, and I completed the September puzzle as a group. It was fun to see how we all had different ideas and viewpoints. Combining our individual strengths helped us finish this month's puzzle journey. Unique and interesting!" —Desiree

Get it from Cratejoy for $25+/month.

13. A pair of trusty headphones you can *cough cough* give to your family's headphone thief.

Phillips headphones in different colors

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 figured for $8, I could afford to sweat up a few of these and replace them whenever I needed to. 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 $8.99+ (available in 15 colors, and with or without a mic), and don't forget to grab an adapter if they have an iPhone!

14. A vacuum insulated water bottle they'll actually want to carry around. It comes in tons of neutral and fun prints so you're bound to find one everyone in your fam will love.

Simple Modern stainless steel water bottle
Simple Modern

These bottles can keep liquids cool for up to 18 hours, and hot for up to five (and even longer with the larger bottles).

Promising review: "Love this water bottle. They are great! The opening is big enough to fit ice cubes but small enough to drink from the bottle without getting your entire face wet. Keeps things super cold and the ice lasts more than 24 hours!!! Ordered a bunch in different colors." —Kris

Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three sizes and 25 colors/prints).

15. A dictionary safe with a secret compartment for storing the goods they don't want to share with the world (aka their nosy siblings).

two review images showing safe discretely hiding on a shelf of books /

Promising review: "Very pleased with this book box! It fits in with the rest of my books beautifully. You wouldn’t know that it’s any different from the rest unless you picked it up and fiddled with it. The cover feels like a real book. The pages are kind of fake-looking, but you can’t see them while it’s parked in the bookcase. I ordered the small size and it fits cash perfectly. I’ve come back and ordered the large as well. I feel so much better about camouflaging some of my valuables among my hundreds of books rather than say, in my underwear drawer or someplace else that isn’t as sneaky. I love it and it is perfect for what I wanted it for." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in three colors).

16. Memory foam slippers, because the ultimate lounger in the family *needs* a pair of these to reach peak coziness. It's just a fact.

memory foam slippers

Promising review: "My mother moved into a house with hardwood floor this year, and with the weather getting cold for the winter, I thought she'd appreciate having some warm slip-ons to wear around the place. So far, after a month of wearing them, she loves them and wears them whenever she can. And she says the memory foam soles are very comfortable to stand and walk around in." —Jaden7

Get a men's pair from Amazon for $18.61+ (available in sizes S-XL and four two colors), and a women's pair from Amazon for $13.99+ (available S-XL and five colors).

17. A can't-go-wrong-with heavenly candle in possibly the cutest packaging — which, hey, makes gift-giving easier than ever. No wrapping here.

reviewer image showing candle and the gift-ready box it came in

Promising review: "I was quite skeptical since it's my firs time buying candles online, and I'm relatively picky with my scents, but I was so pleasantly surprised to receive these. I purchased the combination set so I got both Jasmine and Plumeria. As a Thai ethnic, I find these scents remind me so much of home. I knew I liked these the moment I took them out of the Amazon box because it was so fragrant that I was able to smell it before I even opened the packaging. Moreover, the packaging for these candles are AMAZING. They look like high-end candles but for such affordable price. I'm going to be purchasing more for gifts later on!" —chariya kaeomani

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in jasmine, plumeria, rose and fig scents).

18. A pocket-sized wireless photo printer that'll take their smartphone and turn it into an instant camera. Their fridge will thank you, trust me.

reviewer image of the printer next to a phone with a picture printed out

Just connect a smart phone (compatible with iPhone and Android) or tablet via the Instant Color app to print out digital pictures. You can even edit photos on the app, add backgrounds and borders, and decorate before you print. It's rechargeable, and one charge can print 40-50 photos!

Promising review: "I love this product. I often time take pictures from my iPhone but never spend the time to get the pictures printed out. No longer! The setup was easy, and the printing was almost automatic. I now have my fridge covered with pictures of our family which makes my day each time I walk past." –David E Zelazo

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

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

Person resting on the shrimp pillow on a table

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 you're 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." —McHoot

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

20. A movie scratch-off poster to keep track of all the flicks the fam bam watches during family movie nights.

Bucket list poster with 100 scratch-off films

Promising review: "I bought this poster as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! Great gift for anyone who loves movies. It lists dozens of classic and well-known movies, so makes for a fun activity to check off the ones you've seen and then watch those remaining." —Katia Graves

Get it from Amazon for $26.63+.

21. A set of 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).

planet plates

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

Promising review: "I am in love!!! These plates are so cute and reasonably priced. I got the matching bowls to go with the plates and I do not regret buying them. They work well for our needs and despite not being microwavable the plates are so worth it!" —Andie

Get the eight-piece set from Amazon $39.95 or ModCloth for $39.99.

22. A pair of touchscreen gloves so everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, in your family can stay active in the group chat, no matter how cold it is.

hand wearing glove touching a screen

Promising review: "Love, love, love these gloves! The picture does not do these gloves justice. The touchscreen fingertips are fantastic, the grips on the palms of the gloves are awesome (haven’t dropped my phone once while wearing these gloves), and they are so cozy warm! After wearing them for a week, I was totally sold on them and purchased another pair for my 95-year-old mother even though she doesn’t text, but her hands are always cold. Now she doesn’t leave the house without her gloves. Great bargain and a fantastic buy for anyone who texts or doesn’t own a cell phone and just wants warm gloves with driving grips. Fabulous product!" —C James

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

23. A set of smart dimmer switches and plugs they can control with the devices around their house because it's 2020, people — we shouldn't *have* to get off the couch to turn off the lights if we don't want to!

lamp plugged into a smart plug by Gosund

Promising review: "Love these! They have made my life so much easier ... I have three lamps and one fan connected to each and now I don’t have to get out of my comfy bed when I forget to turn off something downstairs! Wooo!" —Patricia

Get a set of four dimmers from Amazon for $39.99 and a set of four plugs for $29.99.

24. A small but mighty essential oil diffuser and humidifier that will keep their nose hydrated and their body relaxed all year long.


Promising review: "I have purchased two of these InnoGear diffusers and plan to make this my go-to gift item. Can't beat the price. It actually works better than one that I almost three times the amount for. I like this one because as a diffuser, it works perfectly. The plus is that with the lighting you have options — you can select a color, have changing colors, or turn the light off and just use the diffuser. My more expensive brand doesn't have these options. It's a no-brainer. It works better and cost way less. Oh, and it has auto shut-off." —troutlady

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three styles), and don't forget to grab an essential oil gift set for $11.99.

25. A giant shower head so they can start the day the right way: Under a calming waterfall.

waterfall shower head

Annnnd if you just so happen to share a bathroom with them, then so be it. You'll just have to use this, too *wink wink*. This is what we call luxury on a budget!!!

Promising review: "I talked for years about how much I wanted a rain shower head after staying at a hotel that had one, and holy cow I cant believe I waited this long to pull the trigger! This shower head is amazing, it truly makes taking a shower an enjoyable and relaxing experience. It seems well built and solid. The nozzles where the water comes out seem durable and easy to clean for when my hard water eventually clogs some of them up. I did buy an 11-inch extension arm so that I could have it hang out a little farther from the wall, so if your existing shower head plumbing is short or close to the wall, I would recommended an extension. I can't say enough about this shower head. I typically only review things I absolutely love or that are truly terrible, and this is definitely an it's an amazing product moment. If you're on the fence: go for it, you will not regret it." —kim zinda

Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in two sizes).

26. An AeroGarden so they can *finally* have the herb garden of their dreams, without the looming fear that it could die at any moment. This smarty gadget waters, feeds, and emits lights on schedule so there's no forgetting to water here, folks.

the AeroGarden styled on a counter with tons of leafy greens growing

Promising review: "I travel a lot for work and the Aerogarden, despite its price, has actually saved me a lot of money. I love fresh herbs and lettuce but I tend to throw so much away. With this I pick what I need which I love. The leaves are lush and huge compared to store bought bagged/boxed mixes which are great for sandwiches and burgers. I have three of these, two with herbs and this one with various lettuces. The company is great too, I had a seed pod that didn't sprout and they sent me a new one." —Vanessa MS

Get it from Amazon for $124.32.

27. A wireless Bluetooth karaoke mic that is basically a portable party to snag for the person that is also essentially a portable party. It's compatible with any smartphone or tablet and can jam for 5 to 10 hours on a single charge.

reviewer image of two mics (black and pink) standing next to each other

It can also connect to their device via cable. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this karaoke mic.

Promising review: "Oh my gosh, I love this! I got mine in the mail yesterday and ended up playing with it for about five hours last night LOL. It connects via Bluetooth so you can connect it to your phone — the music and your singing comes out of the microphone's speaker. It has a volume control for your voice and for the music and also an echo feature. You can put an SD card into the bottom of it and record yourself, or connect it with an audio out to record on one of those karaoke apps on your phone. Between this and being able to find just about any song on karaoke via YouTube, you could easily have your own karaoke parties at home!" —Ferretocious

Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in 11 colors).

28. A bamboo cutting board in the shape of their home state so cute they could hang it up as wall decor.


Promising review: "My mom does a lot of entertaining and I purchased this and a small knife set for her for Mother's Day. She LOVES the cutting board and it really looks nice in her small place. Perfect for about three cheeses with crackers for serving and when she's not entertaining, it's a pretty decoration. If you're giving as a gift, realize that you'll need to package it more nicely (or put it in a basket with other items). I can see it being a nice centerpiece to a creative wedding basket." —Weil

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in most states).

29. And! A soy wax candle featuring their favorite place that'll wind up being the best gift they receive because A) it smells delightful, B) it's thoughtful, and C) it's pretty.


Promising review: "I got this as a surprise for my boyfriend. He moved to my state from Texas for college. I wasn't sure about how it would smell but I figured even if he wasn't a fan it would be neat as a decoration for his room. When I surprised him with the candle and he smelled it, he actually got very emotional and started crying because he said the smell instantly brought back so many memories of home. I don't know how they did it, but Homesick Candles managed to replicate the smell of home so well in this candle that it took my boyfriend back home immediately. Definitely worth my money:)" —Bailey K

Get it from Homesick Candles for $34 (available in most states).

30. A funny sweatshirt only the true Grinch in your family will appreciate — which, BTW, is the best Christmas movie. I will not budge on that.

person wearing sweater with quote from "The Grinch"

Get it from Femetti on Etsy for $26.60+ or on Femfetti for $26 (available in sizes S-5XL)

31. A four-in-one phone lens kits complete with a 12x zoom, manual focus telephoto lens, fish-eye lens, macro lens, and wide-angle lens so they can take Insta-worthy photos...of you.


Oooh you– I mean their Instagram grid is going to look so good.

Promising review: "Let me tell you how much this kit is loved! We bought it as an early gift for my son's birthday. He loves using his phone for photos. He adored it and our son was obsessed with it from day one of our trip, and the photos he took were pretty good! He particularly liked the macro and wide angle lenses." —Enchanted Artist

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in other kit styles).

32. A critter catcher to help them catch bugs and other crawlies while keeping a very, VERY safe distance.


The gentle bristles pick up bugs without hurting them so they can be safely chucked outside. Everybody wins!

Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry little guy your GPS brought you into my house, I will help you find your way back outside :)" —Crystal R

Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in five colors).

It's not a competition, but you will be handing out some of the best gifts.


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

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