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    27 Gifts That Are So Great You'll Probably Use End Up Using Them Too

    Gifts from me to you (and also me).

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    1. A rechargeable ring light so they (and you) will never have to worry about finding good lighting — you already have it. This one clips on to your phone and has 36 LED bulbs so they can skip the embarrassment of asking you to shine your flashlight for their pic.

    Promising review: "OH MY GOODNESS! I am obsessed! I bought these for gifts for two of my teammates, but I'm keeping one for myself and ordering more. I was seriously shocked at how bright the lights are! I love that there are three settings. I compared it to my expensive ring light, and for the price and the size of this, it's so perfect!" —Nichole Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    2. An over-the-sink makeup mat to transform their tiny counters into a complete makeup station. Good thing you're the first one up in the morning, which means you get to use it before anyone else.

    This hard sleeve can sit over your sink and provide more flat surface for you to spread out your makeup and beauty products. It can support up to two pounds.

    Promising review: "It's nice and sturdy and holds my makeup spread out for me while covering my tiny sink to make counter space for me. Makes getting ready in the morning a breeze since I'm not worried about dropping lids/caps or small sponges into my sink anymore. Would highly recommend for any makeup lover, and its great for setting your hair tools on as well because it doesn't melt!" —ashtreebee

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A portable Anker battery pack that'll give them multiple charges on the go, which is great because you'll probably need to borrow it too. No more sitting in coffee shops just to charge your phones!


    This lil' guy will get you roughly 3.6 charges if you have an iPhone 8 and 2.2 charges on a Galaxy S8. Plus, it's teeny tiny so you can fit it in your purse for charging on the go.

    Promising review: "Initially purchased this for a trip to an amusement park where I would be using my phone heavily to take pics, video, track kids, and purchases. I was able to fully charge my phone twice and still had about half the power left on this battery pack." —Juan G. Urbaez

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).

    And check out our picks for best wireless chargers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    4. A blow dryer wall mount because they, unfortunately, do not have three hands. On the flip side, it's a gift for your roommate and you guys share a bathroom...are you seeing where I'm going with this?


    Promising review: "I LOVE this hair dryer holder. It used to take me 15 to 20 minutes to dry my hair in the morning. Now it takes me eight because I don't have to put my arms down to rest them anymore. I placed it high on my bathroom wall and tilted the arm down because I wanted to straighten my wavy hair. My hair was sleek and straight because I brushed it while drying, which was so much easier to do without holding the dryer. I'll tell all my friends about this — everybody needs to have one." —Jon Wagner

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    5. A cold brew maker if coffee is their lifeblood and they need at least a cup before work to function. And would you look at that — it makes enough for you to grab a glass too.


    It brews a quart (four cups), so you should have enough java to get you through the day (and maybe some left over to share with your favorite coworker).

    Promising review: "I've been telling everyone about this! I had another cold brew pitcher that worked but made super watered down coffee. Decided to try this one and I'm so glad I did! It's super easy to make and tastes SO smooth and delicious, even by itself. I love how it actually and completely immerses the coffee filter, and I *really* love the airtight seal as my daughters have accidentally knocked my old one down and spilled precious liquid. Definitely recommend!" —Kayla

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    6. Or, a HyperChiller for cooling their coffee, tea, and wine in 60 seconds. It's so fast that they won't mind if you use it too before tossing it in the dishwasher.


    Promising review: "My wife loves iced coffee, but of course, unless you make it and chill it beforehand, then you need to make it and try adding ice which never works well. I bought her this and she LOVES it. Make a hot tumbler of coffee, pour it into this, and in two minutes or less she has a great (not watered down) iced coffee. Rinse it out and throw it back in the freezer for the next time. Well worth the money." —JimD_NH

    Get it from Amazon for $26.65.

    7. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot so they can finally get some good food around here. This bad boy can whip up a lot of food in record time, and your friend will need your help getting through all the recipes they want to try.


    This do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer.

    Promising review: "This is my first Instant Pot and I love it so much. I use it often. My favorites are mashed potatoes, beans, lasagna, soup, baked potatoes, and rice. It really does lock flavors in and it’s so fast. It was extremely helpful for holiday dinners and the keep warm function is one of my favorite features. The best tip I have is to purchase a good cookbook featuring Instant Pots. I bought Kathy Hester’s The Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook, which has an excellent how-to section that walks you through each step. Having a good instructional cookbook was very helpful to me and helped give me confidence to use my Instant Pot." —Robin N.

    Get it from Amazon for $79 for six-quart Instant Pot (originally $99.95, also available in three sizes and three styles).

    8. Or a Turbo Pot that'll heat up 30% to 50% faster than regular stainless steel cookware because of the unique ridged base that absorbs heat better. That means less time between them and cheesy pasta that they'll inevitably make too much of — and that's where you come in handy.


    Promising review: "Liked that the handle didn't get hot. Heats quickly, minimum flame. Love this cookware. Makes a great gift." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.20.

    9. A bidet for the friend who wants to be pampered. With a bidet, they'll save on toilet paper and enjoy the feeling of a machine cleaning their bum. Sounds like we're moving in!


    Promising review: "Oh my sweet mercy hallelujah. It was heaven. A bit startling at first, if you have never used a bidet, but I have never felt cleaner in my whole life! It also has been helpful to those of us who have hemorrhoids (THANKS CHILDBIRTH) because it is a bit gentle and less abrasive than toilet paper tends to be. We haven't bought toilet paper since we bought it (March, so, four months) and I haven't missed it a bit. My husband and I now fight over using the downstairs bathroom, because the upstairs bathroom is lacking the glorious invention that is the Luxe Neo 120. I should take off a star for wrecking my marriage, Luxe Bidet Neo 120! THANKS." —Jordan

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95 (also available in white).

    10. A jewelry-cleaning pen to make their jewels sparkle. So yeah, you're definitely going to need to borrow this to polish your favorite earrings before that big date next Friday.

    Promising review: "I bought this after reading a BuzzFeed list and now I literally I sound like an infomercial talking about this thing. It’s incredible. First you dispense a little product, and you don’t even have to take your ring off!!! Then you scrub for approximately three seconds, rinse, and BAM!!!! Holy sparkles, Batman. My precious stones have never looked better. Even rings that looked pretty good before, I couldn’t believe how sparkly they were after this. Dazzle is right I guess. Consider me a lifetime customer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.78.

    Check out our in-depth review of the Diamond Dazzle Stick to learn more about why we love it.

    11. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey for anyone who enjoys the sweet and spicy side of life. Drizzle it on pizza, ice cream, waffles, wings, cheeseboards, and even in cocktails to create something un-bee-lievably delicious.


    Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    12. A 5-in-1 wine stopper to instantly elevate that $7 bottle of wine you split every girl's night in. It's also an aerator, stopper, pourer, filter, and re-corker.


    Promising review: "I wouldn't consider myself a wine connoisseur by any means, but I typically have a bottle or so float through my house each week. This wine corker takes the hassle out of pulling the original cork out, it is easy to clean, it makes the wine taste better, and hello it's $5! It would make a GREAT cheap gift for a wine drinker. At the moment, I only have the one, but I'm planning to grab a few more to keep on hand." —jason lebeda

    Get it from Amazon for $5.56.

    13. A memory foam seat cushion with cooling gel to support their bum and relieve pressure on the tailbone. Get ready to play musical chairs with this blue boy.

    Promising review: "I'm new to having a desk job. Sitting for many hours made my bum burn, and my back ache. My bum doesn't burn, back doesn't ache, it seems to hold its shape well and it appears well made. I'm ordering one for my husband." —Marla

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    14. A practical knife sharpener so your favorite chef friend can hone their blades — and you can cut through a hunk of cheddar at midnight with ease. Dull knives tend to lead to more accidents and that's the last thing you want.


    Promising review: "I have been using this sharpener for three years know and it is PERFECT for a quick sharpen in a pinch. It may not provide the edge of an electric sharpener or a full stone grind, but when you're prepping a meal for some hungry kids or rushing to prep Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family, a couple of swipes through this manual sharpener and your favorite knife is up to the task once again. I even used this sharpener on some of my pocket knives when a quick touch up was needed and had good results! For the price this little sharpener is an excellent addition to any kitchen!" —Katrina Delgado

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    15. A do-it-all Echo Dot that'll tell them how many cups are in a quart when their hands are covered in flour. It can also provide a soundtrack at a holiday party, call their partner to remind them to pick up butter at the store, or turn lights on and off with a simple voice command.


    Promising review: "This is my fourth Echo Dot. We have one in every room. They make it easy to communicate with other family members who tend to forget their phones in another room. I use the Echo to add items to my grocery list, listen to music, set timers while cooking, and for routine alarms and reminders. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my Echo Dots." —CKRawls

    Get it from Amazon for $22+ (available in four colors and multiple styles).

    16. A heated back and neck messager so they finally stop complaining about their aches and pains (and so you can steal it whenever they're not using it.),

    Promising review: "Don't wait to get this like I did. It's fairly priced and great to have. I'm a nurse so I work 12-hour shifts plus an hour and a half commute each way on the train. I get back pain. I use this when I get home or randomly while watching TV. It gives you that perfect little massage you need. It gives off heat too. I love it and highly recommend it." —tracy

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    17. PhoneSoap, a handy gadget with disinfecting UV light for your germaphobe friend. Prepare to have many fights over who gets to use the smartphone sanitizing station first.


    Oh, and it also charges your phone!

    Promising review: "Actually I did a lot of research on this type of sterilization of phones before I bought this. Everything I found by scientists or electronics reviewers said that it does in fact kill all those gross germs that are ALL OVER our phones. You can’t see it — the phone doesn’t look any different when you take it out, but I’ll trust the experts who say this light is working. It makes me feel better after I clean it so I guess that’s a win." —SCole

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    18. A fabric shaver so their clothes look like they're straight from the store instead of worn and pilling. They'll be so impressed with the results that they'll practically beg you to try it — not suspecting at all that you've planned this whole thing just so you can use it too.

    Promising review: "I honestly never even knew this type of device existed. I am so happy I found this and I don’t have to throw away my favorite sweater/jacket. The shaver worked great and went over zippers, seams, and even the little leather loops — and didn’t damage a thing. This is probably my favorite Amazon purchase ever!" —morningfield

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A practical Squatty Potty that'll get them in and out of the bathroom quicker than they can read all ingredients in their shampoo, which means the bathroom is all yours again.,

    Squatting opens up the anal canal so things can pass through quickly and easily.

    Promising review: "What can I say? The process of excretion can only be compared to a real life exorcism where it feels, pleasantly if I may add, that the devil himself is trying to burst out of your gut. Needless to say, the stool changed my life. I found myself creating excuses to run to my magical place and discharge whatever little portion of food was left inside me; I was hooked. Soon people started wondering why I've become so distant; the stool had taken over my life. It would have taken over your life too if you would have experienced the kind of pleasure that I was now enjoying; it was my high." —Dino

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    20. A handy and minimalist charging stand that'll juice an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch simultaneously. The tag definitely said it was for them but for some reason all your tech stuff is on it...weird.

    It's compatible with iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, X Max, XS, and 11, as well as iWatch Series 4/5 (sizes 40mm and 44mm) and iWatch Series 3/2/1 (38mm and 42mm).

    Promising review: "Great looking product. Everything sits perfectly and the cable management at the bottom is wonderful. However the new lightning cable for the iPhone 11 Pro Max doesn’t fit its designated space; it is too chubby. I had to use the cable from an older model and since the other end of the new cable is USBc I also couldn’t use the original charger for the 11 Pro Max. The seller reached out to me and was super nice. Gave me an upgrade for a charger compatible for the iPhone 11 Pro Max." —Roberto Gomes

    Get it from Amazon for $35.97+ (available in two colors)

    21. A handheld steamer for the perpetually late friend whose clothes always look like they've been sitting in the dryer for a week. It's only fair that you get to use it too as payment for getting them such a great gift.

    Promising review: "We love this and no longer use an iron in our household. We bring this when we travel and also use it for general use on fabric at home. Love it! Leaves my clothing wrinkle free and compact." —Johnny & Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    My colleague tested and reviewed the PurSteam Elite Mini Steamer, saying, "wrinkles, you have met your match!"

    22. And a shirt sleeve ironing tool so their button-downs are perfectly ironed, from collar to cuff. Looks like we're going to need it too for our big interview next week.

    Promising review: "Ironing sleeves was driving me crazy. I kept thinking I needed something to hold them while I pressed so the underside didn't wrinkle. Came to Amazon looking for a sleeve board when I ran across this. It is perfect. Better than a sleeve board. Doesn't take any storage space. Allows me to iron both sides of sleeves at the same time with no wrinkles. Saves a ton of time. So glad I found this. If you're on the fence, try it. You won't be disappointed." —DRM-TX

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    23. A Jeopardy! 2020 daily calendar to test their knowledge (and yours too!). Get it for your desk neighbor at work and you'll always get to play along.


    Each question has a different wager so you can track your winnings for the year.

    Promising review: "This is a hit at my office and brings us together every day as we go through the answer/question of the day. Accept no substitute!" —Nicholas Trujillo

    Get it from Amazon for $11.76.

    24. A classic book that you can read and reread when they're done with it.


    Promising review: "I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude in my Latin American Literature course and I've been hooked on Gabriel Garcia Marquez ever since. The plot and timeline move quickly and fold in on themselves, making each page interesting, but a little tough to chew on. This is not a light read. If you blink you'll miss something. It's definitely one of my favorite books and I'll read it time and time again. This book is the pinnacle of magical realism." —Korbin Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $12.15.

    25. Capri Blue's Volcano candle so their house can smell like Anthropologie — aka the best scent in the world. Fortunately, as their roommate, this means *your* room will smell amazing too.

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    Promising review: "SO WORTH IT! It's hard for me to pull the trigger on such a pricey candle, especially when I don't like to actually LIGHT them because of the smoke. But wow. This candle smells so amazingly strong and fresh that I've never even lit it! I kept it in my panties drawer until it smelled so strongly that I then moved it to a closet, which is now smelling awesome! I realize it's not meant to be an air freshener, but it works perfectly for that purpose and it is such a light, airy fragrance that smells so fresh and clean! Reminds me of the scent of Dendrobiums! I LOVE this candle and it looks great next to my orchid by the bath tub!!" —Sj773

    Get it from Amazon for $14.80.

    26. A cozy fleece throw for your roomie that's — wouldn't you know it — big enough for the both of you to share when you're bingeing Netflix.

    Promising review: "This blanket is comforting and just the right weight for us. We have them on every bed and in the family room for TV watching and cuddling. The dog will steal it every chance he gets." —Maryland Mom-Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four sizes and 20 colors).

    27. Codenames, a word association game that requires multiple people, and yes, I am free, thank you so much for letting me join your team!


    Each team has a spymaster who gives one-word clues that relate to multiple words on the board. But you want to give clues that only your team will be able to guess.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic party game. I have played with as few as two and as many as 10 people and it worked great with any size group. The rules make this game seem very simple but that is where it deceives you. You'll have a blast trying to think of clues to link the words you're given." —Jolene

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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