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43 Gifts That'll Help Save People From Themselves

These fit into that perfect Venn diagram of "things they need" *and* "things they want."

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

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.

The figuring, plus the box and booklet
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And it comes with a 32-page, illustrated booklet all about goats, making this product the G.O.A.T. itself.

Promising review: "This little piece of screaming plastic has created an excellent outlet for resolving frustrations in our home. Every time a conflict or struggle arises we push the little goat, get a gratifying screech, chuckle and move on throughout our day. No regrets on purchasing this. When you get one, get four or five because you're going to want to share with family and friends." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.17.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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!

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It comes with a laundry bag to separate dirty clothes on your way back, and the cubes have mesh tops so they can see what's inside!

Promising review: "These packing cubes exceeded my expectations!!!! I was able to pack for a seven-day cruise: seven day outfits, seven evening dresses, six swimsuits and six swim cover ups. Along with 10 pairs of undergarments, four PJ sets, and three bras. I highly recommend! I used a Vera Bradly weekend tote to fit my packing cubes and then a separate bag for shoes, toiletries, etc. worked perfectly! Very happy with my purchase." —Elias Zuloaga

Get a set of four from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 20 colors and patterns).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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!

The cover of the book
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Including coloring pages, fun facts, word games, and more — all with a tongue-in-cheek spin.

Get it from Amazon for $11.66 or from Bookshop for $14.72 (to support local bookstores).

Shipping info for Amazon: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Shipping info for Bookshop: The last days to place an order to receive it in time for the holidays are: Hanukkah: November 19 (expedited) Christmas and Kwanzaa: December 6 (standard); December 10 (expedited)

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?

The charger
Amazon

This has enough USB ports to charge *three* devices at a time, and it holds enough juice to charge an iPhone 8 *3.6 times* — so it's ok if you forget to charge *this* bb all the time too.

Promising review: "This little gem is amazing! This year we were fortunate enough to do some local traveling and attend quite a few concerts this year. I take a ton of videos and pictures, often draining the battery. This power-packed product charged not only my phone when it was low, but my boyfriend’s AND the girl next to her!! Since you can only take small bags into venues, this slipped right into the pocket behind my phone! We had numerous comments on it because off the little paw charge indicator. The flashing came in handy a few times when were found ourselves in the dark! I will be buying more and giving them as gifts this year!" —Annetastic

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in blue).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

Aerogarden review photo full of herbs with five/five stars and text "fun and tasty! It's not often that my final result looks like the advertising photo, but the AeroGarden does"
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The grow lights are energy efficient (aka they turn on and off automatically), and it tells them when to water (and feed with the included Miracle-Gro plant food!) their baby greens, so these herbs'll basically grow themselves. The system comes with seed pods to grow Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, and Thai basil. Y U M! It can grow up to six plants at a time.

They can also swap out with other seed pods (hello salad greens and heirloom cherry tomatoes), or even get a grow-anything kit and use what seeds they like!

Promising review: "I am very happy with my Aerogarden. I had purchased a similar one for my mother, and she had a nice time growing veggies and herbs in her kitchen, so I bought one for myself, and I am happy with how fast my seeds sprouted and how fast they grow. It's nice to have a gardening option even when it's cold outside or when you run out of garden space, and you just want to have some nice little herbs for cooking or salad greens. I like the timer, and the set up was simple. This is a particularly good idea for people who live in an apartment or people who have a constant itch to garden even when the weather is not conducive. I was able to save my garden space outside for fruits and veggies and plant my herbs with the Aerogarden. This is a worthy purchase." —Primemama

Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in three colors).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

6. Or a planter to remind them to water the plants they *already* have, but in a cute way.

The white planter that says "water me daddy" in gold foil font
My Urban Crafts / Etsy

It has a drainage hole and saucer tray too!

Get it from My Urban Crafts on Etsy for $19.55+ (available in two sizes and in black, gold, and rose gold text).

My Urban Crafts is a California-based shop making tons of planters. If you don't like this one, be sure to check out their full selection!

Shipping info: Orders process in 1-3 business days. Check the listing for shipping estimates.

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!

The box, with the bags of beans and info postcards
Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

We're learning *and* we're caffeinating — it's a win-win!

Get a 3-, 6-, or 12- month subscription from Atlas Coffee starting at $50 (originally $60).

Check out our Atlas Coffee review for more gift-giving inspo!

Shipping info: You can choose the date of their first shipment, or for a last-minute gift, schedule an email with a gift note to let them know.

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.

A reviewer's grey coffee maker brewing an espresso
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It comes with a milk frother, so say hello to delicious lattes and cappuccinos, too. It makes your morning brew quick + delicious — ideal for pre-caffeinated brains! 

Promising review: "This is the best purchase I have ever made. I have not been to a coffee shop since I bought it. Pods are difficult to find in stores, but, you can order them here easily on Amazon." —Kristi

Get it from Amazon for $157.99+ (available in five colors, plus options bundled with accessories or coffee pods).

If you're looking to save on *more* counter space, I have the Vertuo Plus, which I use all the time and love — you can get it for $139.98. When I haven't made cold brew, I opt for a hot coffee make with my Nespresso Vertuo — it makes my mornings *SO* much easier. I'm currently ~subscribed and saving~ to the double espresso capsules!

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

A model holding the large
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And the cloths are super soft, so they won't have to resort to harsh scrubbing that can dry out their face.

Promising review: "I am surprised, nay, shocked at how well these work. I would use the disposable makeup wipes and would always have mascara rings under my eyes when I woke up the next morning that would require makeup remover on a cotton ball to clean off my face, so basically I had to use two separate products to remove waterproof mascara. THESE ARE AMAZING. Rinse then under hot water and then wipe my face a couple times, and done. No makeup on my face when I wake up in the morning AND it doesn't require chemicals or produce waste. I honestly didn't think these would work as well as they claim, but I'm happy to be wrong!" —Jennifer Smith

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two color sets and an eight pack — so you can keep some for yourself!). They also come in a gift basket set — with a bow terry headband (to keep hair out of their face), makeup wipes, and a clay mask stick — for $19.99.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

Me using the Luna 2 on my face with face cleaner lathered on, with text "makeup, dead skin cells, excess oil, grime, etc. All gone in 60 seconds", and me showing the device in my hand
BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

^That's me! I love this handy lil' device SO much. Check out my in-depth review for all the deets!

Promising review: "I really regretted this purchase at first, seemed like it was just a vibrator, the shape was weird considering the angles of a face, the two different sides felt the same. BUT THEN....... I dried my face with a white towel and there was not a speck of makeup left on the towel and I didn't have a drop of mascara raccoon eye look left on my face. This is the cleanest my face has ever been. I will keep using it" —hine0108

Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in five colors).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

A reviewer's Nikes next to a bottle of the cleaner
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Just add on a little bit of the concentrated cleaner and water to the included brush and scrub away — the blend of saddle soap, oils, and conditioners will gently banish dirt, grime, and even grease and grass stains.

Promising review: "It works great! I was a little unclear on what exactly I could use this shoe cleaner on when I ordered it, but I trusted the reviews and went for it. Turns out, this shoe cleaner works on just about anything. I cleaned up all my daughter's outgrown shoes to get them ready for consignment, and this stuff cleaned the whole lot! It worked on everything from Crocs and jellies to Uggs and Birkenstocks. I still can't figure out how something so powerful when cleaning canvas and rubber could somehow melt into suede and leather without leaving a trace. They should call it Pink Mystery Shoe Cleaner, if you ask me. I still have 95% of the bottle left, by the way. I definitely think I got my money's worth! Nice that they threw in the brush, too." —Beth C.

Get a bottle of the cleaner and a brush from Amazon for $18.97+ (available in two bottle sizes).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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. 🤔

The five different height candles and remote
Amazon

They can even control them with a remote!

Promising review: "These are awesome flameless candles. They actually look like real flames with the way they have made them. They are a believable brightness and they flicker really nicely. The remote is easy to use and though each candle uses AA batteries, they last a very long time. I've had these for over 7 months, turn them on almost every night for 3-4 hours, and have not had to change the batteries yet. The candles are real wax and, overall, this is a high quality product. I would recommend (and have) to anyone looking for something like this." —Martin Richard Zefelippo

Get the set of five from Amazon for $26.99.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

The green dryer balls in a reviewer's pile of towels
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Promising review: "I don't know what kind of sorcery this is, but these things work. It used to take three cycles to dry my comforter and bed sheets. I'm one of those set-it-and-forget-it people, so I'd always forget to turn the dryer back on for round two and three, which meant that at midnight, when my husband and I were about to pass out from exhaustion, I'd remember the sheets and comforter were still in the dryer, undoubtedly damp because I didn't run them through the dryer another two times. So I finally bought these puppies and as usual, I dried the comforter and bed sheets once, and forgot to check on them. That night, my husband asked where our sheets were since they weren't on the bed at bedtime. Then he groaned, and asked if I remembered to really dry them. So I checked the dryer and lo and behold, they were dry! I have actually remembered to check the dryer once after drying the bed sheets and they were dry as soon as the first cycle was over. So, it's a miracle. These things work. TL;R: I'm bad at laundry; these make me good." —Gabby

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.50.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

The dryer balls with different colors of thread
Readhead n Blue / Etsy

And they're tightly felted so they won't come unravelled. To quote the seller: "I have customers from 6+ years ago who still haven't needed to replace their high performing set of balls, so expect longevity!"

Promising review: "This is my second purchase and love these wool dryer balls! I bought a second batch to work with the original ones I have! I pull my clothes out of the dryer and they are soft and not static. No more dry sheets for me! Thank you for your speedy service!" —Goldnted

Get them from Redhead N Blue on Etsy for $8 each (available in 25 scents or unscented).

Redhead n Blue is a Wisconsin-based small biz making all kinds of felted goodies.

Shipping info: Orders ship in one business day. Check the listing for shipping estimates.

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!

Hands holding the 12 squishies that look like sleeping cats
Amazon

Promising review: "So Soft. So squishy. So stretchy! These little guys are so satisfying to sit there and squish when you're feeling anxious or frustrated. The paint on their little faces is a little messy sometimes, but the way a stress ball looks isn't very important. I like that these are small enough to fit inside of your pocket, because so many stress balls are big and obvious and embarrassing." —So Soft. So squishy. So stretchy! These little guys are so satisfying to sit there and squish when you're feeling anxious or frustrated. The paint on their little faces is a little messy sometimes, but the way a stress ball looks isn't very important. I like that these are small enough to fit inside of your pocket, because so many stress balls are big and obvious and embarrassing." —Emma McConaughey

Get the set of 12 from Amazon for $8.99.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

BuzzFeed Shopping editor's before and after: frizzier, limper hair before and wavy, full-looking hair after
BuzzFeed / Bek O'Connell

*one reviewer says it's even BETTER than Olaplex (which is over three times the price!).* This is the same brand that makes the MIlky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask so many people swear by (and it looks damn cool).

Promising review: "I've been very careful when lightening my hair, but the straw feeling is sometimes inevitable when bleached. THIS PRODUCT IS MAGIC. I've always gone to my hairdresser when coloring so I've been fortunate to have my hair stay pretty nice but this made a world of a difference. My hair is like silk, or soft butter. So incredibly soft and shiny, I feel like a walking hair commercial. My hair feels so moisturized and healthy, just as soft if not softer than my hair was prior to coloring (been highlighting for 5 years now). Will be buying more before I run out, I will never stop using this product. FYI my natural color is the dark brown at the roots and my hair looks healthier than a natural blonde IMO :) ADD TO YOUR CART YOU WONT REGRET. After you shampoo, load your hair up and do the rest of your shower, heck have it be a long shower bc you deserve it, and rinse out with lukewarm water." —Meghan Davey

Promising review: "I have 4C hair and was looking for a protein treatment for my thin and fragile. I had recently used a product in my hair that had so much alcohol in it; that wreaked havoc on my hair, leaving it pretty damaged. I was very skeptical about this product because I have never seen anyone with my hair type use it. Boy was I wrong to doubt this product, it left my hair looking and feeling beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone natural or with curly hair." —Therese-Claire

Get it from Amazon for $8.70.

And check out the BuzzFeed Shopping editor pictured above's Elizavecca hair mask review for her first-hand experience (it's #1 in the post)!

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

The diffiser hanging from a rear view mirror
Amber and Wood Co.

I personally love the smell of McDonald's in the car, but you do you. They can just refill when they've run out — the shop sells refills!

Promising review: "This is the cutest car fresher and smells amazing! Perfect balance of filling the car but not overwhelming." —indgot

Get it from Amber and Wood Co. on Etsy for $8.

Amber and Wood Co. is a mom-owned small business making candles and other scented goods with phthalate-free essential oils.

Shipping info: Current USPS transit times are 5 days for First Class Mail and 3 days for Priority.

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.

The blue notepad, with sections for categories of food, suggested items, and blank lines so you can fill in your own
Amazon

Promising review: "This is the best. I can't express how much better this has made my grocery shopping experience — faster, more organized, and more comprehensive. No more 'oh, what else do we need?' brainstorming sessions at home, and no more 'we have to walk down every aisle to make sure we didn't forget something' when you're at the store. It makes meal planning easy and generally hits on most of the things I need at the store. I only wish it were truly customizable for MY general shopping needs — that would be the perfect shopping list." —Reasonable Person

Get it from Amazon for $6.36 (available in four colors, plus versions for keto, vegan, and vegetarian diets).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

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Promising review: "This eye mask is fantastic! I love that it's cotton, so it's very comfortable and breathable. The back strap adjusts to fit your head so it stays put when you roll around at night, and there's a soft wire in the nose piece so that the mask can adjust to the shape of your nose to provide maximum blackout coverage. You can't beat the price for this eye mask — great quality and super comfy." —Paula

Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (also available in black).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

A hand holding the small steamer with text "this is a game changer"
BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

It heats up in 90 seconds, which for my snooze button–hitting ass, is basically a miracle. It's v lightweight (about one pound), and the water tank is the perfect size to thoroughly steam up to five-ish garments, making it a no-brainer for a quick pass over a blouse OR when steaming a whole bunch of clothes the night before a vacation. Tl;dr: I LOVE THIS STEAMER! This thing is legit one of the best things I've bought on Amazon — check out my travel steamer review for all the deets!

Promising review: "This product has changed my daily routine in THE most positive way!! I don't go ANYWHERE in clothing that is not crisp, clean and professional looking, but the time, and money, that I have to invest to look this way can be VERY time consuming and costly. NOT ANY MORE!!! I love the size, portability and ease of use. I can now lessen my trips to the dry cleaner (and the requisite hunting for dry cleaner coupons). If this pup even acts like it's getting ready to stop working, I'll be online ordering a new one to be delivered STAT!!" —Snowdenr

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

A scratched-up car door before (with remnants of another car's paint) and the same door after with only a few minor scratches left
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It buffs away scraped-on paint and minor scratches — if they can feel the scratch with your fingernail, they'll need to actually go to your local body shop.

Promising review: "Fast shipping and results! I turned too sharp in a parking ramp and my back door scrapped along a purple pillar in the ramp. This happened a good year ago, and I never got around to taking care of the ugliness. My husband gave me so much crap, and I came across to this product, read the reviews, and ordered. It only took me about 20 minutes to get my 'after' results. It did, however take a lot of elbow grease. Ladies, don’t waste your time and money at the dealership. This product saved me over $500!" —S.R.

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

A collage of toilets showing all the colors it can glow
Amazon

Promising review: "I am pregnant and get up to use the bathroom multiple times a night. This little gadget has been awesome. It provides a good amount of light but not too much to wake up my sleeping husband. It has multiple colors and the motion sensor is great. Plus it only lights up when you need it, unlike a night light. It is also really easy to set up. Love it!" —K. Adler

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

Amazon

Their new robot BFF has an infrared sensor to avoid obstacles in its bath and drop-sensing technology so it doesn't fall down steps. It comes with a remote control, charging base (it automatically recharges so it's always ready to clean), AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, and five cable ties. I purchased it myself a few weeks ago and watching it zoom around my apartment picking up the 500 strands of hair that end up on the floor everyday brings me...so much joy.

Promising review (a long one, but worth it!): "I've had my Eufy for one month and it has changed my life. My home has an open floor plan on the main level it's all hardwood floors. That is where I've set up the Eufy with a schedule to automatically begin vacuuming my house at 6:30am every day! That's right, I don't have to do anything, it just starts vacuuming all on its own at 6:30am. Our bedrooms are upstairs and we pretty much wake up between 6:30-7:00am anyway. The eufy is quiet. We can barely hear it from upstairs. I only hear 1 beep, and that's when it turns on. By 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m,-ish the Eufy finishes and docks itself back in the charging station. Every evening I empty the container of dirt, fuzz, pebbles, feathers from pillows, beads, pasta, pet hair, and whatever other stuff it sucks up. With how clean my floors already look from the daily cleaning work the Eufy is doing, I'm amazed everyday when I open the container to find bunch of gross stuff it has managed to discover and vacuum up. Once every week or so I've been cleaning the filters by just banging them out against the sink until all the dust is off of them. Really, I feel like this is the best purchase I've made all year and I have bought some cool stuff, but nothing as cool as this. To think, I've been a loyal Dyson customer for 12 years but the key to getting a clean home is 2 parts (1) owning a powerful vacuum. (2) doing the chore of pushing it around. I've found that pushing around the vacuum isn't something I was good at remembering to do each week, or even every two weeks and so this eufy is just an unbelievable product because now I don't have to remember. It has never gotten stuck. It has never been a nuisance. It has never failed at docking itself in the charging station. I don't have to do anything to have clean floors in my house any longer except emptying out the container. That takes 30 seconds. Truly, our Eufy is life changing. I highly, highly recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $189.99 (available in two colors).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

A model carrying the rose gold planner, and holding it open to show the layout inside
Amazon

It'll help keep track of their to-do lists, calendars, schedules, goals, and even will help them make and keep habits!

Promising review: "I love planners and every single one I have ever gotten fell short in someway. Not this planner. It has been so helpful and I love the order and flow of the pages...everything just simply makes sense and goes beyond what any average planner can do...completely and keeps me on track and sticking to my goals! Best planner I've ever purchased!" —Kelsey Dyer

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in 23 colors).

If this isn't quite right for the person you're shopping for, see our picks for best planners.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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!

The habit calender, with a page open to the nature section with activities and days ticked off
Free Period Press

It also has a brainstorming section so they can think up all the different things they'd like to be a little more accountable for. Each month has a different illustration and theme for suggestions too (for example, October is sleep-themed!).

Get it from Free Period Press on Etsy for $18 or from Amazon for $18.

Free Period Press is a queer-founded business based in Cleveland and available on Etsy, Amazon, and the Free Period Press website.

Shipping info for Amazon: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Shipping info for Free Period Press: Shipping prep takes 3-5 days; check the listing for updated estimated arrivals.

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.

The set of clear and red containers in multiple sizes with food in them
Amazon

Promising review: "This product ended my container mess! I was really tired of trying to organize my collection of containers of assorted shapes and sizes. No matter what I did it was always a kind of organized disarray! Sounds familiar? What a difference with this Rubbermaid set! These containers nest neatly when empty and stack beautifully in the refrigerator. The lids are easily organized as well. The whole set takes up a smaller space than my old collection. The various sizes have been useful. They are made of good quality plastic. Thank you Rubbermaid!" —Pink Ribbon 09

Get a 42-piece set from Amazon for $25.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

A BuzzFeed Shopping reviewer's image comparing a strawberry kept fresh in the Rubbermaid container with one kept in the original clamshell (significantly soft and mushy)
BuzzFeed / Natalie Brown

The vents regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide and keeps moisture away so produce tastes freshly-picked days and days and days... and days later.

Promising review: "We bought one of these just to try them out. We live in Montana and the veggies just don't seem to last as long as they did when we lived in AZ or WA. I put some baby spinach in one of the containers and nine days later the spinach literally looks as good as the day I bought it. I bought a three-pack from Amazon and just threw a bunch of mixed berries in one and broccoli in another. I am extremely happy with my purchase." —pettyolives

Get a set of three containers from Amazon for $54.99 (or shop individual containers here).

Check out our full review of these game-changing containers!

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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!

The gold metallic wallet open to show what it holds
Amazon

Promising review: "I bought this before traveling to Mexico for work, knowing that I would be carrying more cash than I normally would. I also didn't want to take my entire wallet with me. After making two trips with this, it has become my everyday wallet. It's like a Mary Poppins bag! Somehow it's compact enough to fit easily in my crossbody bag but can *discretely* hold a gazillion pesos, my passport, my receipts for every move I make traveling, my bank cards and airline tickets. My one and only complaint is that while my flight tickets fit nicely in the middle, there isn't a clip or anything to hold them there. If you slide them in the pocket, they stick out the top. But, let's face it-- you only need them readily available for a short period of time and then they can be discarded or tucked away somewhere else. I may just buy a few more of these as gifts because I love mine so much!" —Kristina Karbula

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 38 colors).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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!

Model with the gold undereye masks on
Amazon

The Amazon review before & after photos are LEGIT.

Promising review: "These eye masks are absolutely amazing! I have hereditary dark circles under my eyes, as well as slight bags from being a mother of four. Eye creams do absolutely nothing for me, and I gave these a try just on a whim, not really expecting much. But they really work! The results aren't permanent, but I put these on for about an hour in the evening while I relax and watch TV, and my under eyes are much lighter and less puffy. I absolutely love these eye masks, and I will never be without them again." —Kate Johnson

Get a pack of 12 pairs from Amazon for $16.99.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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).

Models using the blue and pink toothbrushes
Amazon

It also comes with a travel case.

Promising review: "My son has been telling me to get an electric toothbrush for years now. The one he has is rechargeable and was very expensive. I am really impressed with my much less expensive battery-powered toothbrush, in fact I've replaced my husband's and daughter's toothbrushes with these too. Of the 3 we have, there have been zero functional issues. They leave your mouth feeling so much cleaner than a regular toothbrush, it's unbelievable. If you buy one, in my opinion it's gonna be money well spent." —Angelica

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in seven colors)

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

The organizer filled with items, including makeup brushes, phone, beauty products, and more
Amazon

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).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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.

Model looking at the not fully bright yet round alarm clock
Amazon

It has 20 brightness settings that slowly increase over 30 minutes so they rise ~with the sun~, feeling energized and ready for the day. Once it's at full brightness, only *then* will the alarm sound go off. AAAAANNNNDDD it has a *reverse* sunset mode that slowly fades away, while they fade out of consciousness themselves.

Promising review: "I was having problems getting up in the morning on a daily basis and I read somewhere on the Internet that there were 'light' alarm clocks. I thought ok, that seems kinda crazy, but a lot of people raved about them so I finally purchased one. I am so glad I did. Not only do I feel more refreshed in the morning when I wake up, but I have no urge to hit the snooze button four times (which was my average before this light) or even one time for that matter. The light mimics the sunrise changing from a dim red light that fades to a brighter orange which gives way to a bright soft white light. It slowly wakes you up instead of a typical alarm which startles you awake. You can set how long the 'sunrise' will last. The light gets VERY bright at the end. It can easily light up your entire bedroom and it wakes me up every time before the audible alarm kicks in. Bottom line: This light really makes a difference in how you wake up which for most people sets the tone for the rest of their day. Somehow you wake up refreshed and in a good or at least neutral mood. I have never missed walking up on time since I've started using this. It's a winner in my book!" —Stephanie M.

Get it from Amazon for $99.95.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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?"

Amazon

Promising review: "Absolutely love this organizer! I'm a huge vitamin buff but have horrible memory so I either forget to take all my vitamins or I double dose. So the fact that these are not only organized by timeframe but also by day, is a game-changer!!! Super lightweight, compact, convenient, affordable, and durable. What else could you ask for?! It comes assembled and pretty self-explanatory. I'm able to fit about 11 vitamins in each pack, they range in size." —Aby A.

Get it from Amazon for $8.19.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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!!

The tool in front of a bowl of guacamole
AMazon

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.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

35. A waterproof, smudge-resistant eyeliner stamp with two sides: a triangular stamp on one end and a felt-tip eyeliner on the other to create the perfect winged liner look in no time flat, i.e., they'll never be late again!

amazon.com, Amazon

Promising review: "I loved the product. I usually take 15 mins to do my eyeliner perfectly for my dance recitals which include cleaning and re-doing multiple times. But with this eyeliner, I took only five mins to do it in a single go. It lasted really long even in burning hot weather. It looked so beautiful even from a long distance. I loved the product. It's a must-have for all those who love eye makeup." —rasu

Get a two-pack from Amazon (one for the left eye, one for the right) for $14.99 (available in three sizes).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

36. A PhoneSoap sanitizer to kill 99.9% of germs on the toilet seat that is their phone. It fits almost all phone sizes (including larger iPhones), demolishes bacteria with UV rays, AND can charge their device at the same time (thanks to the handy dandy cord-sized opening).

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Yes, the photo on the right IS from a reviewer who tested the bacteria levels on their daughter's and husband's phones before and after use. W O W.

Promising review: "I work in a large dental clinic with 50+ docs and even more assistants. Anyone who knows about dentistry knows that there are a lot of aerosols given out during almost every procedure. Since we don't have a radio in the operatories, I've had to use my phone for music. Before phone soap I had to wipe my phone down every time with Cavicide wipes...not the best for your phone. Enter PhoneSoap! I'm able to sanitize my phone without destroying it with cavicide! We've even tested and swabbed the phone for cultures before and after...this sucker works! Hands down, great investment. I'll be buying another one for the home because this one is staying in my office." —James

Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in six colors).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

37. A durable Tile Pro they can attach to their keys, bag, wallet, or whatever they lose a *bit* too often. Just pair it with the accompanying app to make the Tile ring. And vice versa, use the Tile to make your phone ring so you can find it, even if it's on silent.

Tile

It has a 400-foot Bluetooth range, replaceable battery, and their loudest ring yet to make sure things get found *fast*.

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

38. A set of five stainless steel mixing bowls with silicone non-stick bottoms, so they can whip together their world-famous brownie batter without 1. the bowl spinning uncontrollably 2. the bowl slipping off the counter and spilling ALL OVER THE FLOOR!

A model whisking eggs in one of the bowls, with other ingredients in the others
Amazon

They have measurements printed on the sides, and LIDS for marinating (or letting their cookie dough chill) and storing ingredients!

Promising review: "Went on vacation to an AirBnB and saw and used these bowls. Once at home, ordered them and use them everyday. Love love these bowls. tThe silicone base is awesome and the way they fit into each other for storage is fantastic!!! Buying them as Christmas gifts!!!" —Inspectorz

Promising review: "I've had this set for a week and I love it. The clean up is effortless, no scrubbing needed. The non-skid silicon bottoms actually work, and the nesting saves storage space. There's a perfect size for every job and enough pieces that I don't need to wash and reuse bowls to get a job done. The biggest one made mixing my double batch of cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving a breeze." —AmyBeth Fitzpatrick

Get a set of five from Amazon for $40.99.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

39. A set of Shoe Slotz for any Carrie Bradshaw with way too many pairs of pumps to fit into an NYC-sized closet. Just put one shoe on the shelf, top with a ~Shoe Slot~, and stack the other shoe on top. You just DOUBLED your storage space.

Left: A set of shelves with 16 pairs of shoes taking up the whole space / right: the same shelves, but the shoes are taking up only half the space thanks to the stacking shoe slotz
Amazon

It works with men's, women's, and kid's shoes — heels and flats!

Promising review: "I will spare you the horrific 'before' picture of the complete nightmare that was my closet floor. Just imagine a dusty mess with shoes thrown all over each other in a sad attempt at giving some appearance of order, and you will have a good idea of why buying this shoe organizer was one of the best ideas I've had this year. The floor now looks so neat and tidy I can't believe my eyes every time I open my closet doors." —Veronica, just an average reader, you know?

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $26.95.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

40. A new version (it has a built-in light now!!) of the original basic Kindle that'll really help with their book-collecting ways. Do they tend to buy more books even though their shelves are filled with unread books? This'll help.

The black Kindle with text "holds thousands of books"
Amazon

It's glare-free, and has an adjustable front light so they can read in ANY lighting condition — including outside and in the dark!

Promising review: "I chose this kindle based on the features I was looking for. So far so good. I like that you can adjust the font, size, and backlight brightness. My other kindle did not have a backlight so I could only read it while sitting under a bright lamp. This one I can read anywhere - even at the beach. And so easy to download books from my public library. I highly recommend." —Golfer2002

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

PSST! Right now, for the same price, you get three months of Kindle Unlimited included! As a personal note, I love my Kindle SO MUCH. I get books immediately downloaded from the library, and I bring it with me *everywhere* I go. I'm literally reading 10 times as many books a year as I was pre-Kindle.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

41. A compact Shiatsu massager they can use on their neck, back, legs, and more to relax overworked muscles after hunching over a computer all day or going super hard during a workout. Plus, it has an optional heat setting for even more pain relief. It's like giving the gift of a portable spa!

A model using it on their calf, plus images showing it working for necks, arms, backs, feet, and legs
Amazon

Promising review: "Over the years I've bought and returned a few different massagers. The ones that attach to the chair are just too big. The smaller ones hurt or just vibrate. The sharper image ones are junk. So... I took a chance with this one. Wow! This really works. I like that it's smaller so you can actually position it where you want. It turns in one direction for a little while and then it switches and goes the other way. When it turns, it really feels like a massage instead of that vibrating feeling. I really like how compact it is and how it doesn't move too fast. It's just a steady massage that's hands free. I can use it on my calfs, legs, back, shoulders and neck. If this breaks I will definitely buy another one. This is the best massager I ever had." —cbear

Get it from Amazon for $59.95 (available in three colors).

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

42. And a Kevin Malone (with his pot of chili) Funko Pop, because even if something goes wrong at work, they can comfort themselves with the thought that at least they weren't up the night before, pressing garlic, dicing whole tomatoes, and toasting their own ancho chilies.

The Funko Pop
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

43. *Or* a t-shirt version they can wear that'll make every not-so-good day feel a teeny bit better.

Brian Baumgartner wearing the tee with an illustration of Kevin and the spilled chili on it
Super Emo Friends

Get it from Super Emo Friends on Etsy for $25 (available in unisex sizes S–2X and women's sizes S–2X and five colors).

Super Emo Friends is a Latinx-owned Etsy shop based in Los Angeles. Artist J Salvador is inspired by pop culture and kawaii — and truly, everything in the shop is just *so* cute!

This was one of the brands featured in BuzzFeed's 2020 Mercadito — I highly recommend you check out all of them!

Shipping info: Check the following deadlines for US shipping: UPS Ground: Dec 1st; USPS First Class Mail: Dec 3rd; USPS Priority Mail: Dec 4th, and USPS Express Mail: Dec 10th.

Me bringing my Secret Santa gift into the office every year:

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