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28 Genius Gifts If You're Still Haunted By Ghosts Of Bad Christmas Parties Past

These gifts will get you a Keanu Reeves thumb up instead of a Hide The Pain Harold smile.

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1. A Jeopardy 2022 daily calendar (RIP Alex Trebek) for testing your trivia-loving giftee's knowledge (and yours too!). Alex, what is "the best gift ever?"

question for february 4 2022 that asks "blank in a product from V8, it follows the words 'bloody mary'"

2. A book of only the New York Times' Monday crosswords (the easiest day of the week) if they like a little challenge...but not too much.

The book

3. A Rosetta Stone subscription so your S.O. who's always saying they want to learn a new language can actually do that...and by language we don't mean the gibberish and baby talk you use when no one else is around.

two people talking and one showing the other their phone screen

4. A gift box of cozy goodies to warm their heart with a collection of artisan-made treats: a hand-painted mug from Morocco, a scarf from Thailand, cocoa powder from Ghana, and a palm leaf basket from Mexico.

the kit laid out

5. The new AirPods Pro for Dad, who is constantly on work calls and who swears you're breathing too loud even though you're in the other room. These'll block out the distracting noise of roommates, nearby construction, downstairs neighbors, and more with active noise cancellation. And there's Transparency mode when he wants to still be able to hear what's going on around him — like when Mom screams that it's time for dinner.

the airpods in their case

6. A 2022 Bubble Wrap calendar because you shouldn't underestimate the daily thrill they'll experience of popping each bubble.

the calendar on a wall with each day being a bubble you pop

7. A customizable care package that'll bring a tear to their eye when they see you picked all their favorite things: Sriracha cheddar popcorn, snickerchurro cookies 🤤, a sheet mask, and a lavender-scented candle. Happy Box allows you to create your own box so you can send all or none of the products I just mentioned. And they'll even handwrite your card so the gift feels extra special.

A gift box open with a lip balm, candle, chocolate bar, another candle, and gummies inside

8. Hand Lettering 101 if you want to improve your penmanship. Also, Meghan Markle did calligraphy before she met Prince Harry, and I'm not saying that this book will help you marry your own prince, but I'm also not saying that that is outside the realm of possibility.

9. Mario Party Superstars so you can secretly get yourself a gift too. Use multiplayer mode (up to four players) and race your friends and family to collect the most stars. And with Superstars, you can play using five classic boards from the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games.

10. A mystery box of cat hats for the feline fan who adores dressing up their fur baby. Who knows, asserting your dominance and outfitting your cat with a BANANA hat may finally force him to accept your love.

11. A pound of cereal marshmallows, because as much as you love them, you've tolerated them eating the marshmallows from your box of Lucky Charms for far, far, far too long.

Reviewer with the bag of cereal marshmallows

12. A popcorn popper that'll be put to use literally the same day they open it as they curl up on the couch for their annual Christmas day watch of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

13. An immersive Oculus Quest 2 if they've been itching to give virtual reality a try. It'll take gaming, exercising, and even just movie-watching to a whole new level.

two models in active poses wearing the white headset over their eyes

14. A cookie tin so you don't show up to the party empty-handed. Buttercream-frosted sweet treats? How could anyone be mad about that?

the open cookie tin with festive red and green cookies

15. A classic and cozy flannel to earn you brownie points with your giftee. It's made of a special yarn that's hand-knit in Turkey at a family-run factory and offers the softest, comfiest, snuggliest fit.

model wearing a blue and cream flannel tucked into blue jeans

16. A foam maker because it turns their boring old cleanser into a luxurious, creamy, marshmallowy foam.

17. A screaming goat that'll accurately portray their mood 99% of the time. It sits on a tree stump and shrieks whenever you touch it, and all I can say is "same."

The screaming goat and a mini booklet of screaming goats

18. A pair of fleece-lined joggers if they constantly complain about being cold. Well, not when when they're wearing these!

19. A Chi automatic curling iron so their clumsy fingers are protected from burns. All they have to do is insert their hair into the chamber and the curler will automatically wrap it around the heated rod. It'll beep when the curl has set and that's it!

20. A Baby Yoda Bluetooth speaker with a built-in strap to ensure The Force (and the beats) are always with them.

21. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara for the beauty-obsessed friend who's tried just about every mascara but hasn't found one that won't flake, fade, or streak. Spoiler: this is the one!

22. A fiery Southeast Asian flavor sampler because it serves up all the flavors they love: spicy, sweet, salty, and tart. The starter packet contains all the sauce and seasonings they need — they'll just add meat (or vegetarian protein) and veggies to complete the meal.

23. A National Geographic geode kit that'll make for a ~smashing~ gift. Now hand me those goggles, please!

24. A handmade cactus flower exfoliant if they love both smooth, flake-free skin *and* the zingy scent of citrus. This cactus and oil scrub gently buffs away dead skin while leaving the skin soft and moisturized but never greasy.

25. A Bluetooth sleep mask so they can lull themselves to sleep with the soothing sounds of their favorite song, podcast, or ASMR video. Each charge lasts up to eight hours, so it's also great for long road trips (as long as they're a passenger and not the driver!). Plus, they're wireless meaning no more untangling cables!

Reviewer asleep wearing the mask

26. A Revlon hot air brush to gift them a magical tool that creates a shiny, salonworthy blowout in minutes.

27. A compact under-desk bike for fitness enthusiasts as well as the folks who want to be a bit more active but never seem to have the time. Now they can spin while building spreadsheets, answering emails, and even taking conference calls. It offers different resistance levels and is a great way to get in a workout during a regular 9–5.

28. A Tamagotchi Pix that'll keep them busy as they raise a Tamagotchi pet, find new virtual friends, go on play dates, earn Gotchi points, and even take pictures — a brand-new feature.

the pink Tamagotchi

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