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    27 Last Minute Gifts I Wish I Didn't Want, But I'm An Adult, So I Do

    I am now old enough to rent a car and old enough to genuinely want an Instant Pot for Christmas. Santa is shook.

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    1. An Amazon fire stick that'll give the anti-social sweetheart in your life a whole world of new friends...who they're able to turn off whenever they feel like it. Sure, Lorelai Gilmore's banter is small doses.


    Promising review: "Wish I would have bought this before anything else after cutting cable. It makes any monitor or digital TV a smart TV and even gets some local news channels using their apps. I would highly suggest to anyone to buy and it's worth every penny. User friendly, so easy setup, and you can take it with you while traveling as long as you have internet service and Wi-Fi wherever you stay. I plan on buying a few more for other TVs in our house." —Scott Stinchcomb

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    2. A makeup brush cleaner – they're too responsible to go to bed with their makeup on, but they're still gonna be shocked when they realize how much cleaner their brushes (and face) get after using this thing.


    This set includes a USB charging station, brush spinner, eight rubber collars, a glass bowl, splash guard ring, a manual, and a bottle of makeup cleaning solution. To use, dip the brushes in cleaning solution, spin them in the water, and then spin them to dry (there are three different speeds to accommodate different types of brushes).

    Promising review: "This is seriously the best purchase ever! This is a life saver!!! It took me less than 10 minutes to clean all my brushes." —Pen Name

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    3. A tea pot for the grown-up in your life who puts the ~kettle~ to the metal and races toward that 9pm bedtime like their life depends on it. Nothing gets me in the mood (to snooze) quite like a big cup of camomile.


    BuzzFeed Shopping & Products editor Elizabeth Lilly owns this kettle and loves it!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $27.99.

    4. A pair of frames so they can start 2020 with 20-20 vision and be in the right ~frame~ of mind in the new year.


    P.S. with GlassesShop you get your first pair free! You can also upload a photo of yourself to see what the glasses would look like on. Soothe your anti-social soul and skip the over-eager retailers! You can get their frames with a prescription, as sunglasses, or with blue light safe tech.

    Get them from GlassesShop for $19.95 (available in five colors).

    5. A 23andMe DNA ancestry or ancestry + health kit – both break down percentages of ancestral roots with nothing but some snail-mailed spit! Grab this for your family history-loving grandparents and you just might realize how much you have in common.,

    Maybe *too* much. Pass the prune juice?

    Promising review: "I'm a sperm donor baby. I followed the instructions, spit in the vial, and found my genetic father. Life is weird but good. Thanks, 23andMe." —A. Roos

    Get the ancestry test for $79 or ancestry and genetic health risks for $129, both from Amazon.

    6. An Instant Pot they needed in their kitchen, like, yesterday. This contraption can basically replace half of their appliances! Look, my cooking is fine. But this thing's cooking is finer.


    The Duo Plus replaces nine common kitchen appliances. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and egg cooker, with the ability to sauté, steam, warm, sterilize... and oh, it makes cakes too. Read all about why the Instant Pot is changing how we cook in my BuzzFeed coworker's review.

    Promising Review: "I deliberated about buying one of these for so long (over a year). I regret all of this deliberation, because now that I have it, I'm not sure how I lived without it. Rice turns out perfectly every time. It's amazing. I push a button and walk away and end up with edible rice every single time. I love that this has so many uses in our combined vegetarian/omnivorous household. This Instant Pot produced the only pork dish that my husband has ever liked. I made an amazing vegan curry. I've made soy milk, almond milk, and cashew milk yogurts, and they've all been fantastic. I'll never 'boil' an egg any other way ever again. Eggs turn out perfectly every time and they are so easy to peel. Stop deliberating and buy this now!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).

    7. And a simply packaged pack of zesty seasoning (from BuzzFeed's Tasty) that'll be a stocking stuffer everyone will love. Especially if they're into spice rack organization as much as they *should* be by now.


    If there's anything more satisfying than an organized spice rack, I haven't found it. By the way, my BuzzFeed coworker wrote all about the entire Tasty spice kit line, be sure to check it out!

    Get a pack of four from Walmart for $5.57.

    8. An eyeliner stamp for people like me who, despite years of daily eyeliner application, still can't manage more than a smudge. It's as if my Jr. High goth phase never even happened! I'm sorry to have let you down, Gerard Way.

    This includes two waterproof and smudge-resistant stamps (one for each eye) with an eyeliner pen on the opposite end for any sharp lines or touchups. Be sure to read my BuzzFeed coworker's post about why hundreds of people swear by this stamp.

    Promising review: "I struggle with makeup in all aspects. Eyeliner is no exception. If I get one side to look good, the other side never matches. I was skeptical that this little eyeliner pen would help me, but it does. It goes on smoothly and only needs some minor filling in. There are two double-ended pens. One with a left stamp and one with a right stamp. The other end on both is a regular eyeliner tip. It dries quickly and stays on all day. I’m very happy with this purchase." —Rebecca

    Get two stamps from Amazon for $9.97 (available in two sizes).

    9. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with a glare-free display, up to 32 GB worth of storage, a built-in adjustable light, and a weeks-long rechargeable battery so avid readers can have dozens of books at their disposal. Those Agatha Christie novels won't read themselves!


    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote a comprehensive breakdown of all the benefits you get from this li'l reader.

    Promising review: "Love this product! The fact I can read at night without disturbing other people is a big plus for me. The screen, although small, is sufficient for me, and it is easy to change fonts if needed. Another advantage is that the word dictionary is very handy, and you only have to press the word that you want to search and it will bring up the explanation. Overall I'm very pleased with this device. To top it off, this the price is very affordable!" —Cervantino

    Get it on sale from Amazon for $99.99+ (originally $129, available in two storage sizes).

    10. A question card game that's sure to create engaging conversations with your S.O. if they've started wanting to know more about you than "U up?"


    This includes 135 question cards and is intended for anyone 12 and up.

    Promising review: "Have you taken the same long road trip back to see the folks time and time again? If you'd like to pull the teenagers away from phones and actually speak to each other, this is the product for you. Some of the topics are fun and fast, others strike a nerve. Good way to pass the miles." —Adult Woman

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    11. A palm leaf kitchen mat that'll work botanic-all over your home: the bathroom, kitchen, backyard, etc. It's also machine washable, which is my kinda Christmas magic.


    Promising review: "This is awesome. It looks super fun, it's great quality, and it really brightened up the room." —Erin

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $53.51.

    12. An inflatable wedge pillow sure to add some in-flight personal space (albeit, minimal) and help them sleep soundly even when they're stuck in the middle seat. Remember the good old days when your parents paid for flights? Me neither.


    Promising review: "I used this on four international flights last month and it made all the difference in the world. It's compact, easy to inflate/deflate, very versatile in how you can position it, doesn't rely on the tray table, and works well for bulkhead seats as well as those with someone in front of you. I can't sleep with my head back without snorting myself awake, so this is a perfect alternative. I can very comfortably lean forward in my seat and sleep almost like I can in a bed. I'm 6'2" and this pillow is plenty tall enough to just rest on my lap and let me lean forward into it without feeling crunched over. This pillow will easily let me get enough comfortable periods of sleep on a 9-hour flight that I don't feel completely drained upon arrival. My wife tried mine out before we left on vacation and loved it so much she had me order her one. We both wouldn't travel without them now." —Still Chilly In Colorado

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A KitchenAid stand mixer, the hype-beast of kitchen appliances, for when you've outgrown spending your paycheck on streetwear but would put down some real ~dough~ to upgrade your kitchen tools.


    Promising review: "It blends so well, even with thicker batters that are so hard on the hands and arms. Being older, my hands and wrists hurt sometimes when baking, as I do all the hard stirring. This machine has taken my baking from a long, sometimes sore process to a quick, absolute delight! I don't know why I waited so long!" —Verge1

    Get it from Amazon for $279 (available in 44 colors).

    14. A hand-held mini clothing steamer so they can enjoy a luxury in life only adults seem to properly appreciate: wrinkle-free clothes.

    Maitland Quitmeyer,

    Our faces on the other hand? Psh, gimme all the smile lines!

    Promising review: "It's very 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. IT WORKS!!!" —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on Amazon for $25.97.

    15. An electric toothbrush for anyone who knows they'd brush better if their toothbrush was more buzz-worthy. BRB, I think I hear my dentist crying with joy.


    Quip won our budget category for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of getting an electric tooth brush but after the first day of use I was hooked! The sleek design and the carrier that sticks to the mirror is very aesthetically pleasing. I'm also one to stick to routine and the 30 second quadrant interval buzz helps feed to that. My gums were sensitive the first week but after using this more they are sparkly clean! My dentist said my teeth and gums are extra healthy and clean! I definitely recommend it!" —Mosancz

    Get it from Quip for $25+ (available in multiple plans).

    16. A cold brew maker that'll give them the only kind of shots they're able to stand these days, those of the espresso variety.


    One of my BuzzFeed coworkers wrote a review about why she thinks you need this cold brew maker.

    Promising review: "I love cold brewed coffee! The biggest problem with making iced or cold coffee was the watered down taste that I had when I added ice to freshly brewed coffee. Takeya solved that problem! This product is incredibly easy to use, and the coffee is delicious! All it takes is some coarsely ground coffee, water and time to brew. In less than three minutes, I had the Takeya loaded and set it in the fridge to brew overnight. While I missed the smell of fresh coffee brewing the next morning, I got over it pretty fast when I tasted the cold brew. So happy to be able to enjoy my favorite hazelnut brew without the acidic taste. I am thinking about buying a second one so that I can have a cup or two in the afternoon." —Tennis Vol

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A Casper mattress with a top layer designed to minimize excess heat and high-density memory foam. Get them a Queen or King, because adulthood is hard and they deserve to sleep like royalty.


    Promising review: "After spending two years on a free memory foam mattress I got from a friend who was moving out of town, I decided that I'd had enough of tossing and turning, waking up tired and in pain. This Casper mattress was delivered on time, set up in a snap, and on the very first night I actually slept through without waking up. I had a couple of questions that I texted to the company, which were immediately answered. I have arthritic hips. And while this mattress is very supportive, it 'gives' at those pressure points. For this reason, I am not having to turn over a lot to relieve the pressure on my hips. I'm not getting out of bed in the morning sore and hobbling. No more waking up! No more fatigue. No more having to nap to fill up my sleep tank. Best of all, I had the assurance of the 100-day no-hassle return policy." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $536+ (available in six sizes and three densities).

    18. A marble cheese board that will step up their serving game. Something that shouldn't be hard if they, like me, still eat mac and cheese straight out of the pot.

    Snowe Home

    It tastes better that way and I will take that opinion to my grave.

    Get it from Snowe Home for $70 (available in three colors).

    19. A tissue box cover – a sentimental gift for anyone who has moved away and occasionally gets teary-eyed when thinking about home.


    This works with square tissue boxes, so be sure to grab ones that fit!

    Promising review: "I'm in a dorm room and wanted to keep my color scheme going throughout the room (white/blush/gold), and multi-colored tissue boxes can look chaotic in such a small space. It's cute and functional." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    20. A pack of 16 hydrating skin masks I know I need because my aging skin is getting as dry as my father's humor. Give them these and they'll get to enjoy the soft skin of their youth, without the hormonal acne.


    Promising review: "I sort of love these masks. I was worried about them but I haven't had a bad one yet. The eye flaps are so you can put them on your eyelids and totally relax! They're amazing if you have the time. So far they all smell amazing. These are very much worth the money." —Kathleen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. The Lawn Mower 2.0, a waterproof electric razor that's sure to be a ~cut~ above the plastic razors they've been using since their first shave.


    Promising review: "This is the best thing to ever happen to man. Whoever invented this deserves the Nobel Peace Prize." —Kristopher

    Get it from Manscaped for $49.99.

    22. A set of four trinket dishes so the knickknack collector in your life can keep their tiniest treasures in a safe and stylish spot. My porcelain babies deserve a golden throne, but this will suffice.


    Promising review: "This tray is cute, modern, durable, and is a great compliment to many rooms in my home. I find that having four individual trays is convenient, and I also like that I can combine them together if I do not need to have everything separate. Having the ability to customize the pieces is handy for creativity, as well as complimenting the space I want to use them in. I sometimes have random trinkets that quickly clutter up a space and this tray is a great way to visually add division and organization." —Kimhoay

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. A roll-up blanket with a nifty handle they can easily carry with them when they start thinking every outdoor adventure sounds too chilly.


    This blanket is soft enough to snuggle in, but it's also really useful as a picnic or beach blanket!

    Promising review: "I love it so much! This is perfect for park, beach, or anywhere! It's really soft and easy to wrap back up. 🙌🏼 A must have!" —Melanie Smith whatdoesnotexist

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in two colors).

    24. A collapsible strainer that'll also work as a steamer or a lid. Am I literally drooling over the extra storage space I could have? No, because I'm an adult and don't use "literally" lightly. But I am very excited about it. Maybe too excited.


    Promising review: "This works great as a strainer but is also great to remove a hot plate from the microwave as it’s big and has great handles. It can be used as a pot lid too and folds small for easy storage. This is soo useful!" —Goldie99

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $21.99.

    25. A pair of rainbow drip candles they can put inside a vase, wine bottle, or candle holder. These colorful candles will brighten up their room even better than the flame they light 'em with!


    Promising review: "These have to be the coolest thing I have ever purchased. I have them in an empty wine bottle. I will be buying many more to cover the entire bottle in wax." —Bre

    Get them from Amazon for $6.70.

    26. A handmade rib knit pouf for sprucing up their living room space with a unique and natural seating option.


    Promising review: "This is well made and so pretty. It is the perfect size and will go with just about any furniture preferences. It is firm and sturdy and I don't think it will flatten out, as so may pouf ottomans do. I couldn't be more pleased. Highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $74.29+ (available in three colors).

    27. And finally, a mini skillet so your friends are able to make a single-serving dish without having to clean out a massive pan. Apartments with dishwashers are like narwhales, I know they *technically* exist, but I'm still not totally convinced they're real.


    Promising review: "This is a great skillet. It fits one egg and leaves it shaped perfectly for an egg sandwich." —Sarah C

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 15 sizes).

    When I take a good, hard look at my wish list:


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    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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