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27 Amazing Gifts That Are Actually Useful

Presents that won't end up collecting dust in a corner.

Zoë Burnett

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1. A pair of platypus infusers for your grandmother who never starts (or ends) her day without a cup of Earl Grey.

Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

2. A soft pair of headphones for your cousin who never takes hers off (these will be a lot comfier than a typical pair when it comes to falling asleep at night).

Get them from Amazon for $34.53.

3. A yarn dispenser for the knitter in your life who's made you not one, not two, but THREE beautiful scarves over the years.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

4. Pencils that'll be sure to 🔥fire up🔥 your cubicle mate who always has the coolest shit on his desk.

Get them from Animi Causa for $15.99.

5. A gorgeous phone case for your friend who has a mineral collection that would rival Hank Schrader's.

Yeah, marble isn't a mineral, but here's betting that your mineral-adoring friend would *also* like this phone case.

Get it from Free People for $38.


Don't roll your eyes at me, Hank.

6. A planter that 1) makes plants look like they're floating (cool!) and 2) allows you to see the ~growing~ process more clearly...roots and all (even cooler!).

Get one from A+R for $25+.

7. A spray-paint-shaped shaker for your boyfriend who's turned making cocktails into an ~art~.

Get it from Amazon for $20.89.

8. A color-changing, USB-charging Bluetooth speaker alarm clock that'll make getting out of bed in the morning a *slightly* less terrible affair.

Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

9. An eyebrow essentials kit for your BFF at work who spends more time maintaining her arches than you do maintaining your actual on-top-of-your-head locks.

Get it from Anthropologie for $19.95.

10. A cactus jewelry stand for your bestie with an enviable accessory collection.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

11. A kitchen counter organizer that'll make cooking utensils look like they're part of a gigantic Swiss army knife.

Get it from Generate for $29.

12. A "minimergency" kit that'll help out your roommate who tends to be clumsy (and forgetful) AF.

The set includes a deodorant towelette, stain remover, dental floss, clear nail polish, breath freshener, a mending kit with a safety pin, double-sided tape strips, and more.

Get it from Anthropologie for $21.

13. A cold-brew maker for anyone who drinks iced coffee year-round.

Get it from Amazon for $17.78.

14. A petite sticker-maker for the mom who somehow (somehow!) manages to do 4,000 things every day and still find time to put together beautiful scrapbooks.

Get it from Amazon for $6.53.

15. A ~magical~ defrosting tray for the father who isn't a big believer in the whole "patience is a virtue" thing.

It doesn't use electricity or chemicals, and it works on steaks, pork chops, chicken breasts, and more.

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

16. And a microwave pasta maker for your brother who inherited your dad's "I ain't got time for that" mind frame.

It's so quick and doesn't cause noodles to get all mushy: just perfectly al dente and not stuck together.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

17. Puzzle cord keepers that'll save anyone who receives them from the dreaded cord-untangling process.

Don't let hours of their lives slip away due to earbud knots.

Get them from Anthropologie for $12.

18. An arm pillow for your cousin who is SO overworked that he needs to be able to catch a few winks whenever his schedule will allow it... even if that means on his desk.

Get it from Accessory Geeks for $16.99.

19. A miniature personal ceramic heater for anyone who's always cold.

They can plug it in and place it right on a desk, end table, or nightstand.

Get it from Amazon for $18.36 and check out more gifts for people who are always cold here.

20. A straining device for your aunt who always makes her own pasta sauce (or applesauce) from scratch.

Get it from Amazon for $55.

21. No-tie elastic laces to save everyone on your list from that loop, swoop, and pull nonsense.

Get them on Amazon for $14.99 (available in over 20 different colors).

22. A flask for golfers who need to take a few swigs to relax out there on the green.

Get it from All Modern for $33.99.

23. A wireless Bluetooth speaker for your friend who spends a lot of time hanging out at the park with his pooch.

Don't know a pug fan? These adorable speakers are also available in panda, pig, cat, mouse, and bear form.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

24. A foxy cheese grater that's as useful as it is cute.

Get it from ModCloth for $14.99.

25. A set of wear-resistant packing cubes for frequent travelers.

Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in seven different colors).

26. A handy headphone stand that also organizes cables and can charge up to three USB devices at once.

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

27. A dressing maker for your co-worker who actually *likes* eating desk salads.

It comes with a whisk-ball that emulsifies dressings as you shake up the bottle.

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.