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    Updated on Jul 30, 2020. Posted on Jul 26, 2020

    41 Practical Gifts They’ll Probably Be Really Excited About

    Whether they like skincare, home decor, or useful everyday items, these gifts are *chef's kiss* perfect.

    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.

    1. An Amazon Fire TV Stick to give your not-so-social sweetheart an active social life full of friends...who they're able to turn off whenever they feel like it.

    Amazon Fire Stick
    Amazon

    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 $39.99.

    2. A scratcher lounge you can give cat parents who feel like finding sleek cat furniture has been an itch they can't scratch.

    A cat standing on the curved scratcher. There is space inside for the cat to sit and play.
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Our house is decorated in more contemporary decor and this scratcher sits nicely next to our Noguchi Table and doesn't miss a beat. The item is reversible and I expect to get a good lifespan out of it. At very least four times what I would have with the cheaper cardboard scratchers. At that point, they have more than paid for themselves." —Diana de Avila

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in three colors).

    3. An indie wine gift with selections that feel almost endless. We're talking red, white, rosé, sparkling, etc. with the option to choose from style, price, and country. Give this gift and everyone is gonna ~wine~ about how they can't ever keep up with your present skills!

    A line of different wine bottles all placed in a row on a table
    instagram.com

    My BuzzFeed coworker goes into detail about how Nakedwines.com works, be sure to read up so you can drink up!

    Get a gift case from Nakedwines.com for $39.99 (available in 11 gift options).

    4. Or a pour-over kit for coffee connoisseurs who have ~bean~ needing a good pour-over option in their place.

    The coffee kit with a cup, filters, a bottle, and instructions
    Blue Bottle

    This has a dripper, 30 filters, one carafe, and one pour-over brew guide.

    Get it from Blue Bottle for $59.

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

    A lifestyle shot of the mattress uncovered on a platform bed
    Casper

    Promising review: "Nothing helps you sleep better than this mattress. Nothing. Night one it was comfortable, firm, cool to the touch, and felt like a hug. Night two I realized that the edge was not as firm as a standard mattress, but then again it was not hard on the edge. I realized that I have been sleeping on the edge of my mattress and it was not doing me any favors. The Casper changed my body alignment in the bed and I am glad it did. After a week we both agreed it was a good mattress. After a month we decided to keep it and discarded our original mattress. It has been over a year now and I would not trade the Casper for anything. I played college football, weigh over 300 pounds, have bad knees, hips, shoulders, and back, but this mattress allows me to get out of bed without any pain.

    Now lets discuss the cooling effect. I used to sweat every night in my old bed. The Casper breathes, period. I do not sweat at night any more. It is cool in the summer and adjust perfectly to your temp in winter. And then there is the motion of the mattress. Ask my wife and she would tell you that I never get up in the middle of the night anymore. It is not true, but she just does not feel it. I don't feel her get up in the mornings either. If you took the time to read this review, then do yourself a favor and try this mattress." —David Lopshire

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

    6. A No7 Triple Action Eye Cream firms up under-eye skin using hyaluronic acid and hibiscus and works on dark circles with brightening vitamin C. ~Eye~ can only imagine how much they're gonna love something this luxe in their skincare routine!

    model applying white cream under eyes
    No7

    Promising review: "I love this eye cream! It has made a real difference in the fine lines and bags under my eyes! I suffer with allergies so this time of year, I need the extra boost!" —Dea

    Get it from No7 for $22.99.

    7. An opalescent shimmer lip gloss that'll be a whole new world in their makeup routine and have their lips shining, shimmering, and splendid.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "This is the best lipgloss I've ever tried. It's not sticky yet it's so glossy! WOW." —s

    Get it from Glossier for $14 (available in three colors).

    8. A mystical elements print sure to spruce up their living space if they can barely stand their rental's bare walls.

    A print inside a hanger frame with abstract eyes, a moon, a leopard, a snake, and other mystical symbols and shapes.
    Emma Make Studio

    This is a Black woman-owned business! If you love the way the artist displayed this piece, grab a hanger frame to complete the look!

    Get it from Emma Make Studio on Etsy for $26.12+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A brown sugar keeper – a practical gift that'll keep brown sugar soft. Will you get some appreciative homemade pastries after giving this gift? Who's to say? It certainly isn't your intention, of course!

    A clear storage container filled with brown sugar. The airtight lid is open to show the brown sugar keeper placed at the top.
    The Container Store

    To use, soak the terra cotta disc with water, place it back on the lid, and seal it closed. This keeps juuust enough moisture around to keep brown sugar soft!

    Promising review: "I was gifted with one of these amazing little storage containers and now my brown sugar, which had dried out and hardened up, is loose and naturally moist. I don't use a lot of brown sugar and I am so glad to not have to buy new brown sugar on the occasions I do need a bit. No more waste, and the size and shape fits perfectly in my pantry with my other dry goods. I plan to buy all of my friends one for their birthdays! This is my new favorite thing." —practicalCindy

    Get it from The Container Store for $11.24.

    10. A pom pom throw so you can give them a cozy, smooth gift that shows you appreciate them dealing with all your rough edges.

    Three blankets in different colors with pom pom edges tossed across white bedding
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is an extremely soft blanket. The color is spot on. I gifted to my mom for Mother’s Day and she loved it. She loves how soft it is. It’s big enough to cover her body. This is a very comfortable blanket. I would love to order more if they come out with light grey or white." —Isis Cazares

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 16 colors and two sizes).

    11. A happy faces and wordy tote for reminding your best friend that you both are, in fact, still best friends. Even if your BFF bracelets broke years ago.

    Shop BuzzFeed

    Get the happy face and the word one for $21.99, both from Shop BuzzFeed.

    12. A pair of ceramic vases that'll add a striking statement to any home's aesthetic. Throw in their favorite flowers and you'll have yourself a grade-A gift almost everyone would love.

    Two abstract vases with large holes in the center and flowers coming out of the opening at one side
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We love these. They go so well with our modern/boho/Scandinavian home aesthetic. The texture is not smooth but like chalk board. I was surprised by that but it doesn't affect how much I love these vases." —Andy Washington

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    13. A vintage floral shower curtain so lovely they're gonna wanna shower botanic-all the time just to look at it more often.

    A white shower curtain that's covered in large poppies, tulips, and wildflowers of different shapes and colors. It is held up with traditional shower curtain rings.
    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I am very happy with this shower curtain. I researched shower curtains for a long time and finally decided to buy this one online. It is so beautiful in my bathroom that is black/white with splashes of color. It has a really nice pattern." —MontanaGal2

    Get it from Anthropologie for $88.

    14. A light saber umbrella that changes colors, allowing the receiver to decide if they're leaning toward the light or feel forced to chose the dark side on a cloudy day.

    A person holding up a black umbrella with the pole shining bright blue
    Amazon

    This requires three AAA batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "This is the most fantastic umbrella ever! I'm very glad I bought it. It's very durable, even in high winds. It slides open very smoothly and doesn't catch when I'm taking it down. The carrying case is very helpful and allows you to have your hands free when not in use. It can cycle through all of the colors constantly, or it can stay on just one. It has the options of red, green, blue, purple and white. There's also an LED flashlight on the bottom of the handle. It takes three AAA batteries and they seem to last quite a while. The lights are bright enough to see even during the day time. I was very surprised and pleased at the quality and durability. A great buy." —SM

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in four colors).

    15. A pack of unique Montessori wooden teether rings – you can leave them in a drawer and snag some when baby fever hits your friends and your life is officially filled with baby showers each weekend.

    Several animal shaped teethers in a natural wood finish with small black dots for eyes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The wood is sanded nicely and they're perfect sizes for baby hands. These are a good price for a quality product." —Parker S.

    Get a pack of 11 from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A bodysuit and full bust bra so they can finally enjoy wearing underwear that's *actually* nude.

    Nubian Skin

    Shop here to support a Black woman-owned business worth bragging about!

    Get the bodysuit for $49.50 (available in four colors and sizes XS–XL) and the bra for $46.80 (available in four colors and sizes 30E–40G), both from Nubian Skin.

    17. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot – a practical gift that'll basically replace their entire kitchen, saving them space and money.

    A lifestyle shot of the cooking device making soup
    Amazon

    This gem has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer. And be sure to check out my BuzzFeeder coworker's rave review!

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

    18. An ultra-nourishing moisturizer with ashwagandha, schisandra, and mushroom that together to make a woodsy rose aroma anyone ~wood~ love to open up.

    Moon Juice Cosmic Cream
    Moon Juice

    Promising review: "I have been doing research on various face lotions that will support collagen and have good ingredients, less fillers. This lotion is beyond what I was hoping for, it smells fantastic and feels decadent. I am super stoked with this purchase." —Tara T.

    Get it from Moon Juice for $58.

    19. A tissue box cover – a sentimental gift you can give your roommate if they get teary-eyed when thinking about home.

    A house-shaped tissue box where the design make the tissues look like smoke coming out of a chimney
    Amazon

    This works with square tissue boxes, 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 $4.93.

    20. A pair of animal protection or LGBTQ support socks from Conscious Step – a gift that'll "give an ordinary purchase, extraordinary purpose."

    Conscious Step

    Conscious Step is POC-founded, and Fairtrade America gives them a solid stamp of approval. There are 16 different causes currently: build homes, conserve rainforest, educate kids, end poverty, fight hunger, treat HIV, fight malaria, plant trees, prevent breast cancer, protect endangered animals, provide disaster relief, protect oceans, provide water, save cats and dogs, save LGBTQ lives, and stop violence against women.

    Get the wild animal pack for $44.95 and the LGBTQ pack for $39.95 (available in two sizes), both from Conscious Step.

    21. An inflatable punching bag for the family members you've been lovingly annoying since you've been home – give them something to punch after all your pranks to keep you from getting kicked out.

    An adult using the inflatable punching bag in their living room. It is almost as tall as they are.
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has been a game-changer for me and my teen girls during the quarantine. It's a great product that’s provided lots of workouts and it's fun to boot. It's easy to fill the base with sand or water. This is a great product at a reasonable price. It’s gotten a lot of use already and no signs of wear." —Elizabeth Leitko

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in five styles).

    22. A rosewater jelly cleanser, an all-natural cleanser that's low-foaming, non-drying, and nonfragranced with a perfectly balance pH formula that'll cleanse and hydrate their skin.

    Herbivore

    One dollar of every purchase from Herbivore is donated to Black Lives Matter through the end of 2020! You love to see it.

    Get it from Herbivore for $24.

    23. 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.

    A set of geometric trays that fit inside each other or can be pulled out. All are small enough to hold jewelry, coins, lipstick, and some watches.
    Amazon

    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 $9.89.

    24. A cheery floral face mask – a timely gift that's gonna be cute and genuinely useful, considering the fact that changing your mask daily has become as important as changing your underwear.

    A person wearing the mask above. The design covers their chin, has straps around the ears, and an arched design to fully cover the nose.
    Hip Fruit

    Get it from Hip Fruit on Etsy for $11.97+ (available in 11 colors).

    25. A cold brew maker that'll give your lightweight BFF the only kind of shots they're actually able to stand, those of the espresso variety.

    A set of three images showing coffee being placed into the maker, the maker soaking the coffee, and the coffee being poured
    Amazon

    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 $21.99.

    26. A terrazzo water bottle so lovely you may actually convince your S.O. to drink something other than soda for a change.

    A pair of water bottles with speckled primary colors and rounded caps
    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $35 (available in two colors).

    27. A pack of five goat's milk soap bars – a plastic-free gift for anyone who isn't ~kidding~ around when they say they're trying to keep Mother Nature clean.

    Five bars of soap in different colors
    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    I actually own these! I prefer using bar soap for just about everything (I hate plastic bottles) but it took me a really long time to find a bar that smelled nice and wasn't drying. Zum Bar made all the difference! These are so moisturizing and smooth I'm able to use them instead of shaving cream. I've tried just about every scent and they all smell amazing. Because they're natural, even when I have them all stored together the smells complement each other. My bathroom smells amazing and my skin is soft, smooth, and clean!

    Get them from Amazon for $29.34.

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

    Amazon

    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).

    29. A cowrie necklace so stunning you can confidently ~shell~ out the extra cash on this extra-special gift. Plus it goes with everything. Practical accessories FTW!

    A model wearing the gold necklace. It has two cowrie shells in gold on either end and a long chain that can be worn around the neck or cascading down the chest
    Omi Woods

    This Black woman-owned business is filled with striking statement pieces you won't wanna miss!

    Get it from Omi Woods on Etsy for $128.

    30. A pedicure sample pack for giving their hard working feet the very best an at-home pedicure can buy.

    Farmhouse Fresh

    BTW, all purchases from Farmhouse Fresh help fund the rescue and care for abused farm animals by supporting their animal sanctuary!

    Promising review: "After so many five star reviews and being on the 'O' List I had to find out about this stuff for myself. Now I know! I have used the three products and my feet feel and look so much better. I am a runner, a cyclist, and I take several cardio classes a week. My feet take a beating. These three little products have brought my feet back to life." —Tandemrider

    Get it from Farmhouse Fresh for $19.

    31. An end grain cutting board made with high quality acacia wood, so they can ~cut it out~ with those flimsy cutting boards and hold onto one that lasts forever.

    Cheese board styled with bread, cheese, and meat
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This board is SO BEAUTIFUL, the colors are very contrasting and there is even a bit of a luster within the wood! Not only that, it's also sturdy, a good size, and comes with clear instructions to care for it. I struck gold with this. It's super high quality and I definitely recommend. it" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.30+ (available in 10 styles).

    32. An LED nail dryer for fashion-forward folks in need of ways to keep their nails looking sharp without draining their wallet.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is awesome and very pretty! My daughter and I had such a fun girls' night doing our nails with this lamp. I was impressed and wowed when we found out it had an auto detect sensor. It's so simple to use and I love the white pearl finish. It's beautiful and works well. We used it for 30-second intervals for each coat of polish and sealed the top for a minute and half. No regrets here. I love that a whole hand fits and it's still not nearly as bulky as the ones at the nail salons." —Starkiss22

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in three styles).

    33. A Kindle Paperwhite sure to make reading so convenient, they just might find electronic books the ~write~ way to read from now on.

    A person reading the Paperwhite inside their car
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've owned and enjoyed most Amazon readers over the last 10 years and have never had any complaint with any of the devices. The last generation Kindle Paperwhite was a superior device, as was the Kindle Voyage. This Paperwhite seems to take the best of both and create a master device that exceeds the expectations for both. I've had my new Paperwhite for several weeks now and I've come to the conclusion that Amazon may have great difficulty finding a way to make it better next time. Is it really that good? I think it's nothing short of a masterpiece." —R. Dennis Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors and two storage sizes).

    34. A Tula baby carrier for parents who know that carrying their baby is more than a handful.

    A pair of parents both holding children in the carriers. One parent has their child on their chest and the other is carrying their child on their back.
    Amazon

    This little thing is the Ferrari of infant carriers. Made of 100% cotton, its innovative design adjusts in three width settings and two height settings to allow for an ergonomic position for newborns, infants, and early toddlerhood. The carrier can adjust to carry your child on your back or chest, and uses a wide bottom strap for ultimate comfort for both parent and child.

    Promising Review: "Thissssss! This carrier is saving my sanity! My baby is so happy whenever he is in it! He immediately passes out as soon as he goes in. It's glorious and an essential in my life. The panel has snaps to adjust from a newborn to a 45-pound toddler. It's easy to adjust, breathable, and lives up to the Tula name. Where was this for my other kids? I love it!" —Chris and Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $114.17+ (available in six colors).

    35. A pronoun pin, a fashion-savvy pin everyone can wear, because normalizing pronouns is totally the new black.

    A set of three pins. One says They Them, another She Her, and another says He Him.
    Dissent Pins

    Get it from Dissent Pins for $14.95 (available in three styles).

    36. An inflatable couch for outdoor adventurers who love hiking into the middle of nowhere specifically for the prime nappin' places nature provides.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the best purchase I have made. I'm in love with my Chillbo Baggins. It comes with a matching bag to hold it. It's so easy to set up and the instructions are simple. I love the durability and quality. I used it at the pool and it was great! Then my neighbor had a backyard BBQ and I brought it with me to lounge on lawn and everyone loved it. If you don't have one already I highly recommend you get one." —Maribel Jimenez

    Get it from Amazon for $44.90 (available in 12 colors).

    37. A cast-iron pot sure to help make all their meals masterpieces food hero, Guy Fieri, would applaud.

    A pot cooking food with the lid closed over an open flame oven
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been experimenting with beef and pork roast meals with this. I LOVE it. There are no scorch marks on the bottom after cooking. The cast iron spreads the heat out so effectively that your entire contents are at nearly the same temperature with no hot spots. Indeed, this device is very heavy. That is what makes it work so well. I have used it on my gas stove in the oven and on a top burner, both methods have worked very well." —quiet bells

    Get it from Amazon for $59.90+ (available in 10 colors and three sizes).

    38. A travel wallet with a crossbody strap and a helpful handle on the side, so you can confidently give a useful gift you know is ~clutch~.

    FreePeople

    Promising review: "This wallet is perfect for those who are tired of lugging around a purse. There is a place for everything and keeps stuff perfectly organized. Great for travel as well as everyday use. I purchased the wallet about five months ago – I use it every day and it is holding up very well!" —dlweber

    Get it from Free People for $68 (available in six colors).

    39. A smooth satin pajama set that'll feel sinfully silky on their skin and make them question how they ever fell asleep before slipping into these.

    A model wearing a pink pajama set with buttons up the front
    Amazon

    I have always preferred to wear, ahem, nothing to bed and finally decided I needed to step up my sleep wardrobe for when family and friends visit. After trying these out I officially switched – I'm a pajama person now! They are so smooth I slide around in my sheets, which I love.

    Promising review: "These are the best pajamas I've ever purchased. I'm completely hooked. The quality is amazing and they're super comfortable. I will be ordering all the other colors." —Mandie

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 13 colors and sizes S–XL).

    40. And a mulberry silk pillowcase sure to help them fall smoothly into slumber, while keeping their hair smooth at the same time. Bedhead, be gone!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic product for a fair price. Silk pillowcases have always been one of my go-to gifts for anyone – they can be expensive, a luxury item that some people find it hard to invest in for themselves. As a result, I've probably tried and/or purchased almost every mainstream brand out there today. This is by far the best product and somehow also one of the most reasonably priced. The silk is the highest grade and, with the standard at 25mm, they are just as thick, if not thicker, than most products out today. As a result, they remain silky and smooth for many more washes. Other options out there will be disappoint compared to this." —Mark Sarlitto

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in 11 colors and three sizes).

    41. And finally, a complete travel product kit, because the kind of things you may never think to splurge on yourself make for the *best* useful gifts for others!

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I have curly hair and typically only co-wash. I can use every product in this kit and still have bouncy curls. I especially love the way everything smells! I do like the deodorant but it doesn’t stop you from sweating if you’re working out. It is good for daily use though. I love it." —frecklieface

    Get it from Sephora for $49.

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