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29 Gifts For Others That Are Really Just For Yourself

I am talkin' about those gifts you can also use and benefit from. *wink wink*

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1. An apéritif sampler kit from Haus that let's them try four different flavors. These delicious apéritifs are made with natural ingredients (no refined sugars or artificial ingredients), fruits, herbs, and botanicals — and with four bottles, there's definitely an extra one there for you!

Four bottles of Haus styled on a table

They'll receive four 200ml bottles (that's about 2-3 drinks per bottle) with an 18% ABV so they can drink as is or create yummy cocktails.

Promising review: "I really enjoyed this sample kit. The packaging is lovey (I will definitely reuse the small glass bottles). I enjoyed all the flavors- citrus was my favorite. I think the clove flavor will be nice over ice during the cooler months. The Rose, Citrus, Lavender flavors are nice on their own with ice and are a fun addition to Prosecco. I really enjoy complex flavors, and these apéritifs are a wonderful way to mix things up." —Erica R.

Get the sampler kit from Haus for $40.

2. "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook" — their foolproof way to become the wizard they are in Hogwartz in the kitchen. Just make sure you're around so you can snag some of these magical treats for yourself.

Reviewer image of cookbook set up next to a dessert they made

Promising review: "I LOVE IT, I'm no master chef but this cookbook might change that. I might even become a master wizard chef! Anyways the recipes are phenomenal, especially the pies! It's pretty basic sometimes; it's more European type cuisine so if you don't like haggis, liver, lamb, or other English/Scottish dishes etc. then these recipes aren't for you. The book references are cute and I vaguely remember some of them. My younger siblings go crazy when I make anything from this book because they love Harry Potter." —Tigerlily

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

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3. An Instax camera so they can take cutie photos...of you, duh.

Reviewer image of Instax camera and photos surrounding it they took

Promising review: "Instant cameras are making a comeback and the Instax is a great little camera to buy. Great for parties, weddings and other social occasions. I’ve bought this as a gift for parents and friends. The novelty of it is a lot of fun! Easy to load, and start using right away. It’ll give you the lo-fi, saturated, vintage look people try to accomplish through filters on Instagram at the click of a button. Polaroid has even brought back their one-step design but for the price, Instax is the way to go." —Evahnsan

Get it from Amazon for $59.80+ (available in seven colors and added film options).

4. A deck of Dream Decoder cards and a coordinating dream journal for your friend (and you, let's be honest) who is constantly wondering why they keep dreaming about their teeth falling out.


Promising review: "As someone who vividly remembers each dream every night, my best friend got me these for Christmas. I use them ALL the time. There are so many explanations, twists and turns that your dream could be trying to get across, so I really enjoy these. The cards are well illustrated and there is certainly more than one explanation for each piece of your dream. I liked them so much, I bought them for other friends who also dream :)" —Kent J Broussard

Get the set of 60 cards for $16.89 and the dream journal for $14.59, both from Amazon.

5. A clip-on LED ring light that'll take incredible photos (read: selfies) that the two of you can share.

LED ring light clipped onto top of a phone

It's rechargeable via a USB cord and has three brightness settings. TL:DR; It's the perfect stocking stuffer!

Promising review: "Love this. Stays charged for a very long time, and the different settings really help you get the perfect picture." —Dee

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

6. A homemade gin kit for the gin to your tonic. You can expect a call from them saying, "Hey, do you want to come over and try the gin I made?" Um, yes please.


Promising review: "I've bought this kit in the past, and I was so satisfied with the results that I bought two this year. The gin came out delicious, and my friends and I enjoyed it very much. I love this gin kit, and I definitely will buy it again. It's so awesome to make your own gin. I even bought the refill packs that offer different flavors, too. Can't wait to see how good those come out. If you like gin, then I would definitely recommend the Homemade Gin Kit." —Reub

Get it from Amazon for $49.83.

7. And! The Ultimate Bar Book — a cocktail recipe guide with over 1,000 recipes and comprehensive how-tos so they can master their (and your) favorite artisanal drinks.

"The Bar Book" styled on a table with a whiskey barrel, shaker, and cocktail

Promising review: "This is a great book which is the perfect complement for your home bar. To start with, the book is a great size to keep tucked out of the way but substantial enough that it will last a long time; plus its hard cover looks good. There are so many cocktail recipes in here that you won't run out. Add to that there's a ton of information about the basic tools and drinks/mixers as well as what you may want for a pretty substantial home wet bar. The book also provides information about the history of the cocktails and the various types of alcohol." —Stevil310

Get it from Amazon for $16.45.

8. A gourmet beef subscription so they can skip the frantic trip to the store in search of high quality meat for dinner. Just a fair warning that their entire neighborhood (and, ugh, definitely you) might be stopping by once they get a whiff of this cookin' up in their kitchen.

Porter sirloin steak on top of risotto with basil and lemon

Get a monthly subscription from Certified Piedmontese for $100 (originally $150), also available in other plans or you can shop for different types of meat for individual purchase.

9. A DIY mushroom ravioli kit even a novice cook can work with. And who will they share the finished product with? Their generous human who bought them the kit, obviously.

The DIY ravioli kit styled on a table with the tools and freshly made ravioli

The kit includes: 00 flour, porcini mushrooms, truffle infused olive oil, ravioli stamp, and cooking instructions.

Promising review: "You follow each step-by-step instruction, which makes the process easy and understandable. It will take you a good chunk of the evening to complete — perfect for a date night in. I bought one for myself first and loved it so much that I bought a second for a family gift exchange!" —Al The Baker

Get it from UncommonGoods for $30.

10. A Rosetta Stone subscription so you can both learn a new language together. A fun new activity that you get to reap the benefits from? Sounds like a great gift to me!

Phone screen with Spanish sentences next to a cup of popcorn

Get three months of Spanish courses for $35.97 (available in other plans and languages).

11. A 16-pack of sheet masks for some much needed R and R that you'll get to enjoy with them — you know, because there are so many in the set that they'll *have* to share.

Packages of the 16 Dermal face masks

Promising review: "I bought these to send to my daughter as part of a care package. I tried one and they are amazing. They make your skin texture noticeably smoother and hydrated. This is not a fake review, I am just a random 45-year-old mom." —Nina B

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

12. A cold brew carafe with a removable filter to gift to the coffee snob (could be you, who knows) so you can head to their place for coffee dates and save some $$$.

Person pouring coffee from the carafe into a glass with ice

Promising review: "Super easy to use and clean, and I'm very impressed with the quality of coffee it makes. It's a cute little pitcher that doesn't take up too much space in the fridge. It says you could also brew tea in it if that's your jazz. I also appreciate that it comes with a one year warranty!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes).

13. A technology guidebook for your parents and grandparents, so they can familiarize themselves with "all the stuff young kids use these days." Frankly, it's better at explaining stuff and being patient than you are. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Cover of "Is This Thing On?"

It covers both Macs and PCs, in case you're wondering.

Promising review: "Was a gift — my mom loved it and finally can use her 'interwebz' without calling me with questions!" —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

14. An airtight container that'll keep guacamole fresh for a long time which means there'll always be guac in the fridge — you know, for you to eat.

The Guac Lock container with guac inside

Promising review: "Because of this little gadget, I am enjoying making guacamole again. I hated the browning that always occurred, and I would end up throwing it away. Too expensive to waste. This thing really works! My batches are still appealing in color and taste four days later. It's always gone by then, so I can't vouch for any longer. I think it holds enough for a group of friends and an afternoon of football. I'm very glad I bought it." —Joyce M.

Get it from Amazon for $19.32.

See our full review of the guac lock.

15. Home Chef — a meal subscription service that'll send 'em everything you need for some stress-feel dinners. No more stress about going to the store, wasting food, or wondering what the heck to make, because this budget-friendly service does all the work for them.

A Home Chef meal with chicken, asparagus, and mushrooms

They can customize their box based off food preferences and any foods they want to avoid.

Meals start at $6.99 at Home Chef.

16. A DIY animal plushie kit the two of you can enjoy together because it's ~sew~ much more fun to craft in good company.


Promising review: "I first have to say that I am really impressed with the Klutz kits that I have ordered thus far. They are not only cute, but the instructions are really detailed and well written, unlike a lot of other craft kits that I have ordered in the past. This kit is the follow-up to their first felt plushies kit, Sew Mini Treats (which I also highly recommend). I have to admit, the animal plushies are a bit more challenging to sew than the food plushies were, and even though the kit says 'ages 8 and up,' I think that's a bit of a stretch. However, if you stick with it and realize that your first few plushies might turn out a bit lopsided, you will be greatly rewarded. I highly recommend this kit, and the company is amazing to work with if you have any questions at all. 5 stars." —Rooney Belle

Get it from Amazon for $17.05.

17. A pair of trusty, affordable earbuds with over 75,000 positive reviews on Amazon, because it's about dang time they stop stealing yours.

Panasonic ear buds in a variety of 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 $10.85+ (available in 15 colors, and with or without a mic).

18. A ski jacket for their pooch which, let's be honest, is really a gift for yourself because you'd like to think it's actually your dog.

Dog wearing the ski jacket with blue and gray accents

Promising review: "This is absolutely adorable!! I have a small Chihuahua and I bought a small, according to size chart, and it fits him perfectly. So well made, and the interior lining is super comfy and soft. This coat is so fashionable and perfect to keep my pup warm during cold weather. The hood is removable and you can also pull it back in case your dog don't need it. Great Deal! Great Coat!" —Katzz

Get it on sale from PetSmart for $13.99 (originally $39.99; available in sizes XS-M and in pink).

19. A suuuper cushy bath pillow to ensure their bath time is even more relaxing. Tip: this makes for a great gift for someone who lives *with* you so you can *also* use it.


Promising review: "I was very happy to find this bathtub pillow. This pillow and a bath bomb are a match made in heaven! It has great support for the head and shoulders! What makes this even more incredible is that it dries quickly, is particularly soft, and feels like lying on the cloud, lol!" —Midboss42

Get it from Amazon for $25.98 (available in two styles).

20. Aaaaand, a bathtub tray with compartments for all of their (*whispers* and your) bath time essentials in order of importance: wine, books, iPads, phone, snacks, and soap.

Reviewer image of the tray laid across a large jacuzzi with wine, plants, and a book set up on it

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." —C McA

Get it from Amazon for $44.97+ (available in seven finishes).

21. A sloth cooling and heating pad filled with lavender because nothing beats the gift of comfort — especially when it's for your roomie whom you can steal it from when ya need it for yourself.

Model holding the sloth pad over shoulder
Urban Outfitters

Promising review: "I’ve had this lil buddy for over a year and he still works perfectly. I microwave it for a minute, then flip it over and do a minute on the other side. It’s super soothing for cramps, but I’ve also used it for muscle pain and it brings immediate relief. Plus he’s so cute look at that slothy smile." —chichai

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 (also available in a cute llama).

22. A set of in-sync lamps they can simply touch to light up when they're really missing their person (you). After they turn theirs on, yours will light up and you'll know they're thinking of you.


Promising review: "My friend, who lives long distance, bought me this for my birthday. At first I thought nothing of it, but then we set it up the magic happened. It has a super nice design, very good quality. It definitely brings a smile to my face every time he presses his and mine lights up." —Cyan Fish

Get it from UncommonGoods for $85/each.

23. A Tuft & Needle Mint mattress made with three different foam layers to provide breathability, comfort, and support. Give the gift of better sleep to your partner and *nudge nudge* you.

The Mint mattress styled on a bed frame
Tuft & Needle

Promising review: "Purchased the Mint mattress based on reviews as I am a side sleeper. I highly recommend the Mint mattress!! Hip and shoulder pain are GONE and I can sleep all night. Sides are firm so you don’t slide off. I don’t ‘sink in’ like I did on other foam mattresses. Sleeps cool, too." —Sleeping well in PA

Get it from Tuft & Needle for $595+ (available in sizes twin-Cal king).

24. Spicy honey they (and you since you'll be at their house every day) can smother on all their favorite foods since it tastes amazing with everything.

Mike's Hot Honey drizzled over pizza

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.

Read our full review of Mike's Hot Honey.

25. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat — a wildly popular cookbook that'll take them from amateur cook to professional chef once they're finished with it. Dinner at their house!


The book covers the basics and how learning about seasoning, balance, and proportions is the key to becoming a better cook. The book is so beloved, that Netflix made a show based off of it!

Promising review: "Best text about cooking I've ever read. It's both logical and fun so the lessons will stick. I'd call it perfectly balanced, like a great meal. After reading the first several pages, I went poking around, only to discover that I was invited back to the beginning. You see, the book is about the 'journey, not the destination'. It's clever, witty, helpful, intuitive, and altogether a pleasure to read." —Pamela

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

26. Himalayan salt shot glasses you will *both* love when you're shooting tequila.

Salt glasses styled on a table with salt, limes, and tequila

These are greeeaaat! I have a set at my house and every time we use them, my guests want a set of their own. I typically fill them up and let the tequila sit for about a minute before shooting with a lime. The tequila becomes a little salty and makes the entire experience tastier. Just keep in mind, it *is* salt and will eventually dissolve but while it lasts, it's a good time. TL;DR: It's a fun gift that not only makes spirits taste better, but adds so much charm to a bar cart!

Get a set of four from UncommonGoods for $28.

27. A 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.


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 $21.21 (available in other kit styles).

28. A fruit soft-serve maker capable of turning regular old fruit into a delicious ice cream alternative. Let 'em know now you'll be over for dessert.

Soft serve machine next to a bowl of fresh fruit and a bowl of soft serve

Promising review: "I bought this as a present for my partner and he was ecstatic! He said that he had always wanted one but had never pulled the trigger and actually bought one so it was the perfect gift. I'm looking forward to having frozen strawberry treat dessert after dinner. It was a very inexpensive but fantastic present!" —Thomas A. Walsh

Get it from Amazon for $44.94.

29. A pair of lightsaber chopsticks so you two can have a pre-meal chopstick duel to determine who does the dishes afterward.

Two hands holding the light saber chopsticks

Promising review: "I bought these as a present for my dad. He loves them a lot, and I love them, too! They are super fun to eat with and are affordable!" —Annika Mosser

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.97+ (available in three color sets).

Here's to reapin' the benefits from your great gifts.


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