43 Gifts That'll Help Save People From Themselves
These fit into that perfect Venn diagram of "things they need" *and* "things they want."
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1. A screaming goat figurine that'll help them release all that stress building up inside. Just press the button on the stump he stands on to hear those bleats that can't be beat.
2. A set of packing cubes to keep your favorite travel-enthusiast from shelling out cash on checking a bag when they can't quit their over-packing ways. These (and the tons of clothes compressed inside) fit right in a carry-on!
3. The Big Activity Book for Anxious People, a funny and relatable activity book for anyone who wants to take a quick break from their day and have a little chuckle about their worries — and remember they're not alone!
4. A handy dandy portable charger for your friend who never answers their texts because their phone keeps dying. All those times they leave the house without checking how much battery power they have. Oh, am I the only one who does that?
5. A countertop Aerogarden Harvest hydroponic garden so they can grow all the herbs they want, even after a track record of...many dead plants. No backyard required, and thanks to the LED grow lights, plus a watering-reminding system, no green thumb required either.
7. A gift subscription to Atlas Coffee Club for the easiest way to ensure they don't run out of coffee and succumb to a caffeine headache. They'll get beans (either a half bag, bag, or double bag) per month, each from a different region, with info about the tasting profile, brewing recommendations, and a postcard about that place!
8. Or a Nespresso Vertuo that'll save on counter space ~aNd~ the amount of money they spend at their local coffee shop on high-quality espressos and coffees. They're about to live their most caffeinated life *and* thank you every single morning they use it.
9. A set of makeup-removing cloths to remove every single trace of dirt and makeup (even waterproof formulas!) with just water. Them going to bed with a full face of foundation on? That can end now.
10. Or for a higher-end option, a Foreo Luna Mini 2, a silicone face-cleansing brush designed to totally remove makeup, dirt, and oil, AAAAND gently exfoliate their skin in just 60 seconds (I know, it's a gamechanger). It's like a quick little baby facial every day.
11. A borderline miraculous shoe-cleaning kit that's just good for sneaker collectors to have around, or to erase the damage anyone has inflicted on their favorite kicks, whether they're leather, nubuck, suede, canvas, vinyl etc. They *knew* they shouldn't have worn those shoes to that muddy festival.
12. A set of battery-powered flameless candles with moving "flames" that flicker realistically for a relaxing atmosphere or the *look* of a fireplace — without worrying about whether or not they left a candle burning. 🤔
13. A pair of cactus-shaped dryer balls whose prickles will ensure their laundry dries quicker and gets softer than ever...even if they forget to move the sheets from the washing machine to the dryer until....15 minutes before bedtime.
14. Or a couple extra large wool dryer balls available scented or unscented(!!) to also get their laundry done faster *and* be softer (and smell better) than ever before, without a single dryer sheet in sight.
15. A dozen squishy cat stress toys you can split up amongst recipients or shower your most stressed friend for when they just need to SQUEEZE something right MEOW!
16. A collagen-infused Elizavecca ~protein treatment~ for an intense at-home mask that'll help their strands look and feel less damaged in just five minutes, even after they've gotten *very* heavy-handed with the flat iron. It's basically a time machine for hair is what I'm saying.
17. A car air freshener reed diffuser you can customize with any of *23* scents to keep their wheels smelling fresh, whether they're carting around messy kids, keep their gym gear in the back seat, or stop for french fries and don't want their car smelling like McDonald's forever.
18. A grocery list pad (makes for a perfect stocking stuffer!) they can check off as they run out of items, making getting home and screaming, "Oh shoot, I forgot the eggs?!" a thing of the past.
19. A lightweight and breathable sleep mask so they can ~shut out~ annoying light that keeps them awake and finally get some shut eye, especially if they have a hard time staying off their phone. They might even forget they have this bb on, because reviewers note it's as soft as a T-shirt.
20. A mini fabric steamer that'll demolish wrinkles after they've left their clothes on The Chair (you know which one I'm talking about) for days on end. Sloppy dressing, you have met your match.
21. A scratch-removing car restoration kit for any car enthusiast who doesn't always do the best parking jobs — or the teen in your life who just got their license. It comes with a buffing pad and polish to make those door-scraping accidents a worry of the past.
22. A motion-detecting toilet light that'll glow any of 16 colors — so they don't miss the bowl no matter what, trip over cords in the dark, stub their toe, or make another 3 a.m. bathroom trip mishap.
23. A robotic vacuum sure to work hard while they just sit back and relax...picking up crumbs, pet hair, dust, and anything else that keeps their house from feeling fresh and clean — especially if they're not the best at keeping up with the mess.
24. An undated productivity planner so they can keep their goals ahead of them and their tasks organized starting TODAY, whether that's January 1st or not.
25. And a (also undated) habit calendar so they can track daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to get them on the right foot — whether they're going to make New Year's resolutions or not. If you're each other's accountability buddies, this is a great option!
26. A set of Rubbermaid containers for anyone setting up (or improving) a kitchen. These have lids that snap onto the *bottom* of containers, meaning they'll never have to go on a 15-minute hunt for the right pair while their leftovers are sitting out — or deal with the avalanche of containers that regularly rains down upon their head.
27. And/or a Rubbermaid Freshworks container to keep produce fresher for wayyyyy longer. Extend their budget — and the life of those strawberries they bought (::checks watch::) last week.
28. A travel-friendly wallet with Rfid-blocking material to keep their identity safe and their passport, credit cards, ID, and boarding pass neat and easy to access. We all have the post-security "where is my boarding pass" panic, but now they can be FREE of it!
29. Brightening and de-puffing gold and collagen eye masks to soothe their under eyes after writing that A plus–worthy paper in one night (and to remove all remnants that they pulled an all-nighter). Their professor will never know!
30. A sleek Philips Sonicare toothbrush (for *under $15*) for the under- or overbrusher in your life to improve their next dental checkup. At even that great price it has all the great cleaning benefits of an electric toothbrush, including Sonicare's Quadpacer (a timer that beeps to let them know when to move on to the next section of their mouth).
31. A sturdy but cute felt purse organizer with tons of pockets for their phone, earbuds, cosmetics, hand sanitizer, Kindle, and all the other *must-haves* they usually leave in the bag they used yesterday.
It comes in five different sizes to fit whatever purses, handbags, or totes you have.
Promising review: "For so may years I have been going into my purse trying to find something and especially when I am in a hurry to get to my wallet or keys, or whatever, it is sitting at the bottom. With this new purse organizer I can just put my hand into the purse and come right out with whatever I needed. Whoever invented these organizers should get a prize. No more jamming my hand into my purse and coming out with the wrong thing I was looking for." —Angie, Fallon, NV
Get it from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in five sizes and in 17 colors).
32. A Philips alarm clock that simulates sunrise so they wake up more naturally — aka more rarin' to go, less groggy, and ready to hit the day running.
33. A pill organizer with removable containers for each day of the week (and four sections per day) so they never miss a dose again or spend all afternoon thinking "did I take that today...or was that just yesterday blurring into today?"
34. An avocado tool to add some of that green goodness to every meal — without them struggling or accidentally cutting themselves trying to get that pit out. No "avocado hand" 2022!!
It'll slice open the fruit, painlessly (aka no knife needed) pop out the pit, and create perfectly Instagrammable slices.
Promising review: "I thought this was a unitasker, but it isn't at all! I eat avocado daily and this thing saves me from having to use three utensils. I finally gave in and bought it after I was trying to remove a pit and cut my hand. It was the last cut! Best purchase I made this year. Do your hands a favor and get two of these if you eat 'cados frequently like me." —JR
Get it from Amazon for $9.99.