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29 Products That Really And Truly Make Great Gifts

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1. A three-cup stovetop espresso maker for an authentic cup of the good stuff for a lot cheaper than a whole trip to Italy.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in six colors; also available in a larger size).Promising review: "We ditched every fancy coffee/espresso maker years ago in favor or our Bialetti stovetop espresso maker. I get a hot, strong espresso in two minutes, and there is something hands-on satisfying about making an espresso with such simplicity. This is an inexpensive purchase, and they last forever. I had my first one for five years, and only replaced a rubber ring ($5) once. I have both the large and standard size, and when used with a plug-in milk foamer, I make killer lattes at home every day. If you like your coffee drinks hot, the Bialetti is the way to go. Stovetop temp, vs. the alternatives (pod machines) which never make a truly hot beverage, are a pain to clean and produce a lot of waste. I highly recommend this product — it's my favorite kitchen item." —Michelle Wheeler
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Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in six colors; also available in a larger size).

Promising review: "We ditched every fancy coffee/espresso maker years ago in favor or our Bialetti stovetop espresso maker. I get a hot, strong espresso in two minutes, and there is something hands-on satisfying about making an espresso with such simplicity. This is an inexpensive purchase, and they last forever. I had my first one for five years, and only replaced a rubber ring ($5) once. I have both the large and standard size, and when used with a plug-in milk foamer, I make killer lattes at home every day. If you like your coffee drinks hot, the Bialetti is the way to go. Stovetop temp, vs. the alternatives (pod machines) which never make a truly hot beverage, are a pain to clean and produce a lot of waste. I highly recommend this product — it's my favorite kitchen item." —Michelle Wheeler

2. A compact and useful external battery that'll be like giving the gift of an always-charged smart phone for years to come.

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These lil' guys have enough power when fully charged to recharge an iPhone 6 TWO TIMES!

Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in four colors).

3. A scented candle inspired by their home state for anyone feeling a little too far away from family or friends.

These are available in all 50 states, plus specific cities, too!Get them from Amazon or Homesick Candles for $29.95 each.
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These are available in all 50 states, plus specific cities, too!

Get them from Amazon or Homesick Candles for $29.95 each.

4. A Kindle Paperwhite with a glare-free screen so they'll feel like they're reading an *actual* book — without having to have to schlep around a heavy 1,000-page volume (looking at you, A Song of Ice and Fire).

Personal note: I love my Kindle Paperwhite so much. It's SO LIGHT that I keep it in my bag at all times — you never know when you're gonna have a spare 15 minutes for a chapter or two.Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in black and white).Promising review: "I am in love with my Paperwhite! I have always been a big fan of collecting paper books and have always dreamed of owning a massive library of books, but as someone with limited funds and who travels and moves a lot, carrying a library from town to town and state to state starts making your husband angry! So, from here forward I will be buying my books from Amazon and getting them in a digital version. I couldn't be happier about it. My last Kindle didn't have the backlight so I had to have a small lamp by the side of my bed (which my hubby wasn't the biggest fan of either). The Paperwhite has a gentle light in it that makes reading totally comfortable in all light settings. You can make it very dim or bright and the battery lasts forever!" —Stephanie N Hughes
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Personal note: I love my Kindle Paperwhite so much. It's SO LIGHT that I keep it in my bag at all times — you never know when you're gonna have a spare 15 minutes for a chapter or two.

Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in black and white).

Promising review: "I am in love with my Paperwhite! I have always been a big fan of collecting paper books and have always dreamed of owning a massive library of books, but as someone with limited funds and who travels and moves a lot, carrying a library from town to town and state to state starts making your husband angry! So, from here forward I will be buying my books from Amazon and getting them in a digital version. I couldn't be happier about it. My last Kindle didn't have the backlight so I had to have a small lamp by the side of my bed (which my hubby wasn't the biggest fan of either). The Paperwhite has a gentle light in it that makes reading totally comfortable in all light settings. You can make it very dim or bright and the battery lasts forever!" —Stephanie N Hughes

5. A compact Shiatsu massager they can use on their neck, back, legs, and more to relax overworked muscles. Plus, it has an optional heat setting for even more pain relief. It's like giving the gift of a portable spa!

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Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

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

6. A Two-Minute Mornings journal with just a few key questions you can fill out quickly (even before you have coffee) to focus your day and get it off to the right start.

Get it from Amazon for $9.25 or Barnes & Noble for $13.46.Promising review: "Received this book as a birthday gift. It quickly became a favorite morning practice. It's simple and quick and creates powerful intention and focus for my day. Because I've enjoyed it so much, I bought several copies to give to family and friends as holiday gifts. Highly recommend it!" —C LARA
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Get it from Amazon for $9.25 or Barnes & Noble for $13.46.

Promising review: "Received this book as a birthday gift. It quickly became a favorite morning practice. It's simple and quick and creates powerful intention and focus for my day. Because I've enjoyed it so much, I bought several copies to give to family and friends as holiday gifts. Highly recommend it!" —C LARA

7. A copy of BuzzFeed's Tasty's Latest and Greatest cookbook filled with recipes from the most popular and delicious videos you've shared with each other, plus step-by-step photos to make sure everything looks how it's *supposed* to along the way.

Get it from Amazon for $13.51.
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Get it from Amazon for $13.51.

8. A sleek black scratch-off map for travel fiends and wanderlusters who haven't started checking off their vacation bucket lists yet alike.

Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two sizes).Promising review: "This map is gorgeous and really fun to scratch off the places you've been. Great gift for a person who travels or wants to travel. The scratch off material is perfect, it doesn't come off super easy unless you use the tool they provide, which will save you from accidentally uncovering areas of the map." —Banu King
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Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two sizes).

Promising review: "This map is gorgeous and really fun to scratch off the places you've been. Great gift for a person who travels or wants to travel. The scratch off material is perfect, it doesn't come off super easy unless you use the tool they provide, which will save you from accidentally uncovering areas of the map." —Banu King

9. A truly helpful Squatty Potty, because in the words of an iconic children's book, "Everyone poops!"

If you somehow still don't know what a Squatty Potty is, it's a toilet stool that keeps your feet raised while pooping. ~Going~ in this position is supposed to fully relax your Puborectalis muscle, meaning you have an easier elimination, with no straining. And if you think that's TMI, just try it and see.Get it from Amazon for $19.99.Promising review: "Oh Squatty Potty,You fill me with endless joy,Yet leave me empty." —Wm. Jonathan BradshawIf you want a ~prettier~ one for your bathroom, Squatty Potty also makes a teak wood version ($79.99) and a Bamboo version ($67.57).And if you want to check out a Squatty Potty review for all the deets, we've got you covered too!
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If you somehow still don't know what a Squatty Potty is, it's a toilet stool that keeps your feet raised while pooping. ~Going~ in this position is supposed to fully relax your Puborectalis muscle, meaning you have an easier elimination, with no straining. And if you think that's TMI, just try it and see.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Promising review: "Oh Squatty Potty,

You fill me with endless joy,

Yet leave me empty." —Wm. Jonathan Bradshaw

If you want a ~prettier~ one for your bathroom, Squatty Potty also makes a teak wood version ($79.99) and a Bamboo version ($67.57).

And if you want to check out a Squatty Potty review for all the deets, we've got you covered too!

10. An Amazon Fire TV stick you can simply plug into your existing TV and stream all the shows, movies, and music you want.

You can use the voice button to find shows, launch apps, search for type of movie ("Alexa find suspense thrillers") OR EVEN ORDER A PIZZA from Dominos!Get it from Amazon for $39.99.Promising review: "Earlier this month, my TV entertainment included Dish 200+ channel satellite TV, 20Mbps turbo internet, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. After doing some research, I bought three Amazon Fire Sticks with the voice remote, cancelled Dish, upgraded to 30Mbps internet, added Sling 25 channels, added standard Hulu, and CBS All Access. Guess who still gets 96+% of the channels watched, added Prime Music and several hundred shows (that networks don't play) to all the TVs in the house, and saved over $700 per year compared to what I paid this past year? I did. I never thought of cutting the cord until I really looked into it all. Getting Amazon Fire Sticks are worth it and they work well....and once you get used to knowing what show plays where, it's a no-brainer. If you're like me, and you don't watch 80% of the channels you pay for, it's so worth it." —Amazon Customer
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You can use the voice button to find shows, launch apps, search for type of movie ("Alexa find suspense thrillers") OR EVEN ORDER A PIZZA from Dominos!

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

Promising review: "Earlier this month, my TV entertainment included Dish 200+ channel satellite TV, 20Mbps turbo internet, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. After doing some research, I bought three Amazon Fire Sticks with the voice remote, cancelled Dish, upgraded to 30Mbps internet, added Sling 25 channels, added standard Hulu, and CBS All Access. Guess who still gets 96+% of the channels watched, added Prime Music and several hundred shows (that networks don't play) to all the TVs in the house, and saved over $700 per year compared to what I paid this past year? I did. I never thought of cutting the cord until I really looked into it all. Getting Amazon Fire Sticks are worth it and they work well....and once you get used to knowing what show plays where, it's a no-brainer. If you're like me, and you don't watch 80% of the channels you pay for, it's so worth it." —Amazon Customer

11. A 36 LED ring light that'll clip right to their smartphone or any other device. And with three different brightness intensities, they can customize their selfie or foodstagram like a profesh photog.

Get it from Amazon for $9.86.Promising review: "I am really impressed with this light, especially for the price. It works very well on all three settings and is very bright. It photographs makeup perfectly. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a small, easy to use, affordable, quality ring light." —Amazon Customer
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Get it from Amazon for $9.86.

Promising review: "I am really impressed with this light, especially for the price. It works very well on all three settings and is very bright. It photographs makeup perfectly. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a small, easy to use, affordable, quality ring light." —Amazon Customer

12. A beautiful blank genealogy chart so they can trace their family trees for a custom piece of wall art.

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (also available in a colorful version).Promising review: "Chart is nice quality. I filled it out, put it in a nice frame and hung it in the hallway. It looks great, and is a nice conversation piece. I love seeing my husband's and my lineage at a glance!" —NotTheNanyIf you're interested in learning even more about your family history, you can also give a 23andMe DNA testing kit. Just mail in a saliva sample, and you'll get results delivered in 6-8 weeks!
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Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (also available in a colorful version).

Promising review: "Chart is nice quality. I filled it out, put it in a nice frame and hung it in the hallway. It looks great, and is a nice conversation piece. I love seeing my husband's and my lineage at a glance!" —NotTheNany

If you're interested in learning even more about your family history, you can also give a 23andMe DNA testing kit. Just mail in a saliva sample, and you'll get results delivered in 6-8 weeks!

13. Sparkly throw pillows to inspire their creative side — with reversible two-tone sequins, they can create whatever pattern they want.

Get it from Amazon for $8.92 (available in 11 colors).Promising review: "These pillows are so much fun! And addictive! It's very cathartic to sit and draw designs or just move back and forth between colors. It's like finding your zen place!" —Good.Day.SunshineP.S. If you need a pillow insert to go with it, you can get a top-rated 16x16 one from Amazon for $7.99!
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Get it from Amazon for $8.92 (available in 11 colors).

Promising review: "These pillows are so much fun! And addictive! It's very cathartic to sit and draw designs or just move back and forth between colors. It's like finding your zen place!" —Good.Day.Sunshine

P.S. If you need a pillow insert to go with it, you can get a top-rated 16x16 one from Amazon for $7.99!

14. A canister of Cadbury drinking chocolate ideal for curling up with during a Freeform (RIP ABC Family) Harry Potter weekend.

Get it from Amazon for $9.32.Promising review: "Without a doubt the best hot chocolate than can be purchased. I can't really articulate the flavor but will give it a shot: In comparison with American Hot Chocolate, this English Drinking Chocolate is slightly thicker (although not as thing as Mexican drinking chocolate), very rich without having the tang of dark chocolate, and exceptionally smooth. If you were to melt down a very high quality milk chocolate bar, mix it with milk, and then heat it, you would have this." —Matthew Taheri
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Get it from Amazon for $9.32.

Promising review: "Without a doubt the best hot chocolate than can be purchased. I can't really articulate the flavor but will give it a shot: In comparison with American Hot Chocolate, this English Drinking Chocolate is slightly thicker (although not as thing as Mexican drinking chocolate), very rich without having the tang of dark chocolate, and exceptionally smooth. If you were to melt down a very high quality milk chocolate bar, mix it with milk, and then heat it, you would have this." —Matthew Taheri

15. A challenging and cool-looking Rubik's cube-style puzzle that'll look even more art-like before it's completed.

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Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

Promising review: "This cube is great. It's very interesting to solve. The cube came stickered perfectly, the stickers are thick and seem sturdy. The cube turns very nicely and it quiet other than some minor spring noise when turning slow against the spring. A great addition to my collection." —Debbi

16. A set of six galaxy-print pens to prove fun school supplies aren't just for kids. You might even say these have ~universal~ appeal.

Get the set of six from Amazon for $7.99.
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Get the set of six from Amazon for $7.99.

17. A dressy plaid cashmere-feel scarf for looking put together while staying bundled up all winter.

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.Promising review: "Love this classic scarf. Perfect length. Matches everything. Exactly what I have been looking for at a fraction of the cost." —Grandma in Grand Rapids
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Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

Promising review: "Love this classic scarf. Perfect length. Matches everything. Exactly what I have been looking for at a fraction of the cost." —Grandma in Grand Rapids

18. A book of RuPaul's Drag Race paper dolls to gift the person you've watched every season with. Or give it to yourself, because "if you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?"

It includes 10 punch-out paper dolls plus 64 pages of outfits!Get it from Amazon for $12.88, Barnes and Noble for $17.06, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
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It includes 10 punch-out paper dolls plus 64 pages of outfits!

Get it from Amazon for $12.88, Barnes and Noble for $17.06, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

19. Hedgehog or pufferfish dryer balls for anyone who just loves fresh and fluffy laundry — aka everyone.

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::opens dryer, takes a big whiff of laundry smell::

Get them from Amazon: hedgehogs for $8 and pufferfish for $8.

20. A pair of cushiony inserts that'll transform any pair of shoes into Uggs.

Get them from Amazon for $14.83+ (available in sizes 5–12).Promising review: "These are the best. I discovered these insoles about four years ago when I was desperately trying to find a way to keep my feet warm in my Sorel boots, I had thought at first that my boots were leaking because my feet got so cold in them it seemed like they had to be wet, but it was literally just the cold of the pavement coming up through the soles of the boot. OH MY GOODNESS these made all the difference. Now I buy these for any cold weather boots I buy. They are true to size and have fit perfectly in any brand of boot I've purchased, so long as that boot has a removable insole that can be replaced with these. Brands I have used them in thus far Ugg (Obviously), Sorel, L.L. Bean, and Kamik." —S Wingo
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Get them from Amazon for $14.83+ (available in sizes 5–12).

Promising review: "These are the best. I discovered these insoles about four years ago when I was desperately trying to find a way to keep my feet warm in my Sorel boots, I had thought at first that my boots were leaking because my feet got so cold in them it seemed like they had to be wet, but it was literally just the cold of the pavement coming up through the soles of the boot. OH MY GOODNESS these made all the difference. Now I buy these for any cold weather boots I buy. They are true to size and have fit perfectly in any brand of boot I've purchased, so long as that boot has a removable insole that can be replaced with these. Brands I have used them in thus far Ugg (Obviously), Sorel, L.L. Bean, and Kamik." —S Wingo

21. A set of toaster-friendly bags perfect for whipping up an ooey gooey grilled cheese when you can't really manage the whole stove thing. Plus they're dishwasher safe, so you don't need to do any washing up by hand!

Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.49.Promising review: "These things actually work. I was skeptical about how effective they would be. I was expecting the cheese to pool at the bottom or for them to be extremely hard to clean. Neither is the case. They take a little bit of experimenting to figure out what the right toaster setting is for good toasted bread with just the right amount of cheese being melted. Supposedly you can make 150 sandwiches using this set of three bags. Definitely worth the purchase given the low cost, ease of use, and ease of storage." —Franklin Hood
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Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.49.

Promising review: "These things actually work. I was skeptical about how effective they would be. I was expecting the cheese to pool at the bottom or for them to be extremely hard to clean. Neither is the case. They take a little bit of experimenting to figure out what the right toaster setting is for good toasted bread with just the right amount of cheese being melted. Supposedly you can make 150 sandwiches using this set of three bags. Definitely worth the purchase given the low cost, ease of use, and ease of storage." —Franklin Hood

22. A guide to the best pizza anywhere in the world. Nuff said.

Get it from Amazon for $17.43, Barnes and Noble for $26.96, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.
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Get it from Amazon for $17.43, Barnes and Noble for $26.96, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

23. Cozy slipper socks with a thick sherpa fleece lining and rubber soles so you don't go skidding on shiny floors.

Price: $10.39+ (available in 11 colors and patterns, both toddler and adult sizes).Promising review: "My wife's feet are always cold. She has worn alpaca slippers to bed for years. Then I saw these Pudus and decided to try them. They are superior to anything we've ever found. They are snug and the warmest socks/slippers ever. The rubbery stuff on the bottom serves as a non-slip surface without being solid like a shoe sole. They are simply perfect for lounging and sleeping." —Richard Mann
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Price: $10.39+ (available in 11 colors and patterns, both toddler and adult sizes).

Promising review: "My wife's feet are always cold. She has worn alpaca slippers to bed for years. Then I saw these Pudus and decided to try them. They are superior to anything we've ever found. They are snug and the warmest socks/slippers ever. The rubbery stuff on the bottom serves as a non-slip surface without being solid like a shoe sole. They are simply perfect for lounging and sleeping." —Richard Mann

24. A baby Groot-shaped Chia Pet they'll definitely need to put some music on for when they're not home. He loves to dance.

Get it from Amazon for $17.52.Promising review: "This item has been awesome! Gave as a gift to my wife, she had never had one as a child. Totally loved watching it grow. Enough seeds for 4-6 plantings." —Mark M.
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Get it from Amazon for $17.52.

Promising review: "This item has been awesome! Gave as a gift to my wife, she had never had one as a child. Totally loved watching it grow. Enough seeds for 4-6 plantings." —Mark M.

25. A corgi butt throw pillow to make the couch look even more inviting than it already does. Great for scrolling through dog butts on Instagram while cuddled up with this lil' buddy.

Perfect for apartment buildings that aren't exactly pet-friendly.Get it from Amazon for $15.88.
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Perfect for apartment buildings that aren't exactly pet-friendly.

Get it from Amazon for $15.88.

26. A sword-shaped cheese grater for reenacting your favorite bit of Arthurian legend before digging into a delicious bowl of Parmesan-topped pasta.

If they're lactose intolerant, this also works great for grating ginger or garlic — no more pesky mincing!Get it from Amazon for $13.90.Promising review: "You know why you're spending $13 on a tiny sword cheese grater. It works fine but it's the 'cool' factor that has you even considering buying this. So rest assured, it's cool! You'll be stoked to wield this while shredding parmesan on the plate of the one you love. Got some money to spare? Go for it!" —Tiffiny Karoll
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If they're lactose intolerant, this also works great for grating ginger or garlic — no more pesky mincing!

Get it from Amazon for $13.90.

Promising review: "You know why you're spending $13 on a tiny sword cheese grater. It works fine but it's the 'cool' factor that has you even considering buying this. So rest assured, it's cool! You'll be stoked to wield this while shredding parmesan on the plate of the one you love. Got some money to spare? Go for it!" —Tiffiny Karoll

27. A screaming goat figurine that'll help them release all that stress. Just press the button on the stump he stands on to hear those bleats that can't be beat.

And it comes with a 32-page, illustrated booklet all about goats, making this product the G.O.A.T. itself.Get it from Amazon for $6.84 or Urban Outfitters for $9.95.Promising review: "I got this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he looks at it more than he looks at me. So i highly recommend this as a gift for anyone, or yourself. The goat has a beautiful figure and a flawless jawline. And the scream, oh the screaaaammm. 10/10" —Ceciliab123
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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.

Get it from Amazon for $6.84 or Urban Outfitters for $9.95.

Promising review: "I got this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he looks at it more than he looks at me. So i highly recommend this as a gift for anyone, or yourself. The goat has a beautiful figure and a flawless jawline. And the scream, oh the screaaaammm. 10/10" —Ceciliab123

28. A 10-pack of sheet masks packed with vitamins, minerals, and Icelandic glacier water to refresh and hydrate your skin after you've been thoroughly stressed.

You get two of each of the five kinds: peach (for moisture), papaya (for exfoliation), litchi (for brightening), mangosteen (for calming), and almond (for nutrients).Get the set of 10 (plus the silicone puff) from Amazon for $10.98.Promising review: "I bought these on a whim and I fell in love. I have really dry skin and these soften and hydrate my skin. I have turned all my girlfriends to these masks as well!" —Christine Sunny
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You get two of each of the five kinds: peach (for moisture), papaya (for exfoliation), litchi (for brightening), mangosteen (for calming), and almond (for nutrients).

Get the set of 10 (plus the silicone puff) from Amazon for $10.98.

Promising review: "I bought these on a whim and I fell in love. I have really dry skin and these soften and hydrate my skin. I have turned all my girlfriends to these masks as well!" —Christine Sunny

29. The Extraordinary Book of Useless Information, a fun fact–filled volume of only the best (and least useful) tidbits for small talking like a champ and winning every single pub trivia night.

Get it from Amazon for $12.90, Barnes and Noble for $15, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.Promising review: "How did they manage to marshal all these factoids without including any that you've heard 50 times before from less capable researchers? Buy all ten in the series!" —Minnesotan
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Get it from Amazon for $12.90, Barnes and Noble for $15, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

Promising review: "How did they manage to marshal all these factoids without including any that you've heard 50 times before from less capable researchers? Buy all ten in the series!" —Minnesotan

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