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    21 Gifts You Hated When You Were A Kid But Would Actually Love Now

    10-year-old me had it so good and she didn't even know it.

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    1. A set of fuzzy socks so they never have to suffer the pain of putting their toes on an ice cold floor.


    Promising review: "They are so comfortable and warm. Couldn't ask for better and more fun casual socks!" —Chippy

    Get a pack of three socks from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 13 styles).

    2. And speaking of socks, a pair of wool socks to keep their toes warm and toasty even in negative-degree weather. (I'm sorry for always complaining about getting socks, Grandma!) These will literally change their lives if they've just been wearing regular old cotton socks.

    @darntoughvermont / Via

    Promising review: "I will never buy another sock again. This is THE BEST sock company. I love their funky colors and they are perfect for hiking boots, cowboy boots, and even walking sneakers (but I won't run in them). My feet are delicate flowers; they are too wide for my shoe size (I buy up in shoe size to fit my wide foot, but they're too 'big' in length). If I use thick socks, I'm back to square one: too narrow and now my foot slips. These are perfect for all my shoes — medium AND warm! I guess I got circulation problems too! HA I love these. I have a couple of other pairs and NONE of them are 'quitters,' yet. Also, as a bonus, they don't 'pill' like my REI brand, and they aren't itchy like the SmartWool brand. AH! I love these socks!" —Kermit

    Get a pair from Amazon for $18.91+ (available in sizes 4.5–11.5 and 10 colors).

    3. The Comfy, an oversized blanket sweatshirt you've probably seen on Shark Tank for anyone who hates being cold and loves a warm, fleecy hug. 10-year-old me was too young to appreciate how truly amazing it would be to curl up in this and do absolutely nothing.,

    Promising review: "I ordered this because I saw it on a shopping channel. So I checked Amazon and they had them also and I ordered a pink one. It's perfect for fall and winter. You can use it inside or outside. Great for football games, walking in the snow or curling up by the fireplace. A great gift for someone who likes to be cozy!" —Sticky one

    Get it from Amazon for $47.42+ (available in three styles and 19 colors).

    4. A notebook so they can finally get their lives in order. Plus, what better way to convey to the rest of the world that you're a big, grown-up adult than with a cute notebook.,

    Promising review: "Really adorable with nice colors and metallic accents. It's got a fairly modest number of pages and wide-ruled lines; if you're looking to pack in a lot of text, this isn't the most efficient way to do it. What I wanted was something for my mom to take day-to-day notes in, so she didn't have a million little scraps of paper floating around her desk. Works perfectly for that!" —riverrat01

    Get it from Amazon for $10.12+ (available in nine styles).

    5. A splurge-worthy knit sweater that'll keep them warm and cozy, because they refuse to be an adult and dress for the weather.

    Mott & Bow, Melanie Aman/BuzzFeed

    I know this sweater is $$$ but hear me out! It's 53% wool and 17% baby alpaca (!!!) and it is legitimately one of the warmest things I own. In fact, it keeps me so much warmer than the $20, $30, or $50 sweaters I normally buy and never wear after the season is over. Plus, it's a neutral shade that goes with anything and everything, and it's a classic silhouette so I know I can wear it for years to come.

    Get it from Mott & Bow for $225 (available in two colors and sizes XS–XL).

    6. A pair of pajamas to replace the sweat pants and free T-shirts they've been wearing since college. Also, is it really the holiday season if you don't pose for photos in flannel pajamas in front of a Christmas tree?,

    Promising review: "I cannot believe how much I like these pajamas. They were so inexpensive that I was concerned about the quality, but they are very nice. I've washed them several times (just a little shrinkage with the pants when I put them in the dryer, but they were just a tad big, so it was perfect). I have much more expensive pajama sets like this that do not fit as nicely as this one. I got the gray, and I really love them. Usually pajama pants lose their shape and drag the ground, but these fit just snuggly enough without being tight and they are long but don't drag the ground. Can't say enough about how much I like these pajamas. They are my new favorites." —dr weitl

    Get them from Amazon for $19.16+ (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors).

    7. A set of fun, funky underwear they'll open without groaning, "Mom, this is so embarrassing!"

    @parade / Via

    I'm a sucker for incredible Instagram branding, and that's exactly how Parade grabbed my attention. They only sell three styles so finding one you like is easy (spoiler: they're all incredibly soft and comfortable, even the thong). And they come in a wide range of sizes (from XS to 3XL!). I've worn and washed mine a couple times and they're still going strong; no rips in the mesh, no random strings, and the colors are still blindingly bright.

    Get them from Parade for $9 (available in sizes XS–3XL; five colors; and thong, cheeky, and boyshort styles).

    8. A spa basket, because your friends are finally stressed enough in their adult jobs to realize how relaxing a bath can actually be. More bubbles, please!

    Promising review: "So delicate and elegant; this set was the perfect Christmas gift for a dear friend. She said the body wash is incredible and made her skin very soft, and she loves her new bathtub. Highly recommended. Very good quality products." —Erik H

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. A board game or card game that'll entertain a group for hours, because we could all use a distraction from the crushing realities of being an adult.


    Promising review (for Unstable Unicorns): "I played with my wife and parents, now I am divorced and disowned. OK, OK, I'm joking. I'm not married. But in all seriousness this game is awesome. From Super Fertile Unicorn who gives you a baby unicorn to Fat Unicorn that plays as two unicorns, the cards are creative and entertaining. Definitely recommended." —Yaacob Azancot

    Get Sushi Go Party! from Amazon for $19.99 and Unstable Unicorns for $19.97.

    10. A moisturizing lip balm, because they always seem to be losing theirs.

    @nuxefrance / Via

    I swear by Nuxe's Rêve de Miel lip balm. Seriously, this is holy-grail status for me. It's thick and nourishing without being goopy and sticky. I apply it before bed and the next day my lips are soft and smooth, even if I'm outside in the wind and cold for hours.

    Promising review: "Recommended by a friend living in Paris. Happy to find it here at a good price :). This is an excellent product — softens and moisturizes lips very well with a great subtle honey scent." —Izzy

    Get it from Walmart for $16.

    11. A cat butt coloring book for anyone who's ~feline~ artsy or who just needs a good laugh. 10-year-old me: "Coloring is for babies." Me now: I am baby.

    Promising review: "Who wouldn't laugh at cat butts? I bought two of these. I sent one to my cousin. To start, she was having a bad day when she received it. She said it made her day much better, then she flipped through the book and laughed! Don't even need to color to enjoy this book!" —Patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. A daily calendar to cheer them up as they start yet another ~thrilling~ day of adulting.,,

    Promising review (for WeRateDogs): "6/5 would buy again. Quality doggo content." —Becky H

    Get the WeRateDogs 2020 daily calendar (#1) from Amazon for $10.42, Big Kid Problems 2020 daily calendar (#2) for $14.39, and The Little World of Liz Climo 2020 daily calendar (#3) for $14.39.

    13. A Book of the Month subscription so they can shut up about how much they wish they still read. No more waiting for months for new releases to arrive at your library (and then another few months of waiting after you put it on hold).

    Book of the Month

    Gift a three-month subscription to Book of the Month for $49.99 (also available in six- and 12-month subscriptions).

    Not sure what to expect? Read my colleague's review of Book of the Month to learn more.

    14. A set of cute pens that'll make them smile and think of you as they sit at their desk and hate their job.


    Promising review: "These pens write really well, are superfine, and pretty adorable. I didn't think I would like them so much and was worried they would smear really bad (I'm left-handed), but they don't. The caps stay on nice and tight and is easy to stick on the end of the pen while you're using it and won't fall off. My only recommendation would be to go EASY on the pens until you find the right grip and pressure for writing. The metal tips are very fine, so you want to be careful when writing as you can put indentation on your paper, or might even bend the tip. Now I just have to make sure people don't steal them from my desk..." —Laurabear

    Get a pack of six pens from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. A time-consuming 750-piece puzzle they can do with their family during the holidays because they finally grew up and learned to get along with their siblings.


    Promising review: "I worked this puzzle with a friend recently and it was a little tricky but lots of fun. This is a puzzle that you truly need some sorting trays for, because there are so many (750) pieces. Personally I like Buffalo puzzles because they include a picture of the puzzle, which is bigger than the picture on the box. The pieces are about one inch wide and have a nice thickness, plus they fit together very well. The box is sturdy also, so it will survive being passed around to several people. Also on the bonus poster, they show you the other puzzles in the series. With all that going for them, how can you lose?" —Susie Book Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    16. A set of nice bedding for the friend who takes sleeping very seriously. (My mom used to give us holiday bedding when my siblings and I were kids and now that I have to buy it myself, I realize how freaking expensive nice sheets are.)


    Promising review: "I normally do not give reviews, but I have to say, I love these sheets! They wash up nicely, fit the bed perfectly, and most importantly feel great!! My issue was that I would get hot at night and would wake up in the middle of the night sweating. No more being overheated at night! I am very please so I bought a second set! Great purchase!" —Perfect4me

    Get queen-size sheets from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection at Macy's for $79.99 (originally $115, also available in king size and two colors).

    17. A bottle of hand cream — it doesn't even have to be the fancy stuff — to help them conquer a case of winter-induced dry skin. I wish I could have back all those random tubes of luxe hand creams my relatives would send me for Christmas.

    Promising review: "I have suffered from splitting and cracking fingers every fall and winter for years. I tried Eucerin, Lubriderm, and Gold Bond creams, but none seemed to relieve the splitting from reoccurring. I tried O'Keeffe's Working Hand Cream and within two-and-a-half days, the splitting and cracking were no longer a factor. Since using the cream, I have not suffered any more cracking or splitting. I am on a busy schedule and only use it at night when I go to bed. It says it's non-greasy but you can definitely feel a slick texture on your hands once applied. That's why I use it at night before bed when I don't have to open door knobs, touch smartphones, or shake hands. It has the texture of cake icing, goes on smooth and works into the skin quickly. It has no smell I can detect. I am so glad I found this cream, it has ended years of split and cracked fingers/hands." —T.H.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29.

    Our deep dive into O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream goes into more details, so be sure to check it out.

    18. A cuticle oil that'll restore their shredded nails after a gel mani. A combination of sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and jojoba softens the cuticle and strengthens their claws so they'll be proud to show them off.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. I've always had acrylic or dipped nails because my real nails have always been brittle and always break and peel. I decided to give my nails a break and wanted to try and grow them out. I can't even believe the outcome! They are stronger than ever and growing! I really wish I had taken a before pic to show the difference!" —JOE D.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    19. A set of sheet masks so they can truly relax like an adult: with a sheet mask and a generous glass of wine.

    Promising review: "I’ve been eyeballing these but was skeptical because for the price they seemed too good to be true, but they had so many good reviews I went for it and I’m glad I did. The winter has not been good to my skin so far and even with daily moisturizing I was getting a lot of dry flaky patches. They are hard to see in the pics but after one mask for 15 minutes, the dryness was 100% gone and my skin felt really soft! I also think it got rid of some redness in my cheeks. It didn’t seem to do much for the acne blemishes I have right now, but they are advertised as being more moisturizing and restorative and since I have sensitive skin the fact that the mask didn’t make the breakout worse is still a huge win in my book. I plan to use these twice a week and will absolutely order more if they all work this well. Also, I don’t know if it’s the serum that’s on these or the material they are made of but this mask definitely stayed on my face better than some other sheets I have tried. I sat down but didn’t have to hold my head back to feel like it was secure whereas with other products I usually feel like I have to be lying down to keep it on." —Michelle P

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two styles).

    Check out our full review of Dermal Collagen Sheet Masks.

    20. A collagen-coating hair treatment that'll remind them of all the random hair product sets they'd get from their relatives (bet you wish you had those now that you've bleached and fried your hair!). It'll help them tame their bedhead overnight and is safe for all hair types.

    Bek O'Connell/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel dried it, worked about two quarter-sized dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinsed out. I went to bed with wet hair which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough looking but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I'm totally in love with this product, I have long fine hair but this doesn't leave it greasy or weigh it down. I'll definitely buy again." —Ellie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    Read our review of Elizavecca's CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment to learn more about why my colleague calls it, "the miracle product I've been searching for."

    21. A cute beanie, because they're a sensible adult who's grown out of only accepting clothes that are from Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I have the purple color and I love it! I always get a compliment when I wear it and it keeps me warm!" —hannah3340

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in 13 colors).

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