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29 Oooh-Worthy Presents That'll Probably Still Surprise You Even If You're Sick Of Scrolling Through Gift Guides

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What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. A 2022 Bubble Wrap calendar because they'll enjoy the daily thrill (and respite from the dumpster fire that is the world right now) of popping each bubble.

the calendar on a wall with each day being a bubble you pop
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Promising review: "This was a hit. I purchased this item as a gift and she loved it. All the major holidays are included and see-through stickers are provided. You can also write important reminders on the stickers before you place them on the calendar." —G

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

2. A spinning makeup brush cleaner to cut down the time it takes them to wash and dry their brushes (if they were even doing it all). Then they can spend all the time they've just saved telling you what a wonderful gift-giver you are.

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It comes with the brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars that securely connect the makeup brush to the spinner, and a glass bowl.

Promising review: "I use my makeup brushes daily, and they get filthy. I've used other cleaners and this product wins hands down. The wand and the cleaner itself takes all the hard work and does it for you, not to mention the brushes dry in seconds. This is the cleanest my brushes have ever been. Highly recommend." —Valerie

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

3. 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.

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Promising review (for the fruit box): "This is by far the cutest idea! I love that this Is a 'mystery box' and what you get is completely random. I think this was a melon type of hat and it fit puurfectly! My cat is rather small but the hat has a good stretch to it and seems decently made as well. If you're thinking about purchasing this just do it, you won't regret it!" —Daniele Pollock

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get the fruit box, the Kirby box, and the bear box from Amazon for $8.49.

4. A pack of Pulleez hair ties so they aren't ripping out hair every time they let down their ponytail. They simply pull their hair through the holder and then slide the toggle until the ponytail is secure. And when they want to take their hair down, they squeeze the toggle to release their hair.

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Promising review: "I just love these!! No matter how careful I tried to be putting my hair in a ponytail with a scrunchy or regular pony tail elastic I would still end up pulling out or breaking off several strands of hair. I have not lost one strand of hair as a result of using this product. It does take a couple of tries to get the hang of holding your ponytail AND the barrel clasp with the same hand, while you pull the ends to tighten, but then it becomes automatic." —K. Sparling

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.95.

5. Some blinged-out hair pins or rhinestone hair clips if you want your hair to match your lip gloss — aka it's poppin' (it's poppin', it's poppin', it's poppin!).

Mocha Mane

Mocha Mane is a Black-owned business founded by Helecia Williams, who was inspired to create hair accessories for kinky textured hair.

Shipping Info: Processing takes one to two days, and orders ship via USPS. Expedited shipping is available for an additional cost.

Get them both from Mocha Mane, the baby hair pin for $15 and a set of two rose gold rhinestone hair clips for $15.

6. A Stedi Pedi that'll convince them that a salon-worthy pedicure at home *is* possible (because who wants to pay $50 to get their toes done?).

Model with their painting their toes while using the foot rest
Amazon

It even comes with a built in LED light so they can see exactly where the polish is going.

Promising review: "With nail salons closed I ordered this to help me with my personal nail care. I have found it to be extremely useful and will most likely continue using it even with salons open. The money saved and the health benefit of taking care of my own nails is worth buying the Stedi Pedi! Great product!" —Jeff Marischen

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

7. A pound of cereal marshmallows, because they believe that the best part of Lucky Charms are the charms (and they're not wrong!).

Reviewer holding the one-pound bag
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Promising review: "Buying these charms was one of the best decisions of my life. The bag is twice the size of my head. The marshmallows are aesthetically pleasing and delicious. It's everything I ever wanted in a snack." —Amazon Customer

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

8. A spicy margarita kit to make their cocktails 🔥. The jar comes filled with dried ingredients — lemons, limes, hibiscus, damiana leaves, jalapeño, and organic cane sugar — so all they need to do is add the tequila. Then, just shake, strain, and serve!

the jar of dried ingredients next to a finished margarita
Lockwood

Lockwood is a queer-owned, woman-owned, and family-owned small business based in Astoria, Queens, and founded in 2013 by Mackenzi Farquer.

Shipping Info: Orders ship for a flat rate of $6.95 (free shipping on $75+). If you need an item rushed, reach out to shop@lockwoodshop.com for help. In-store pickup is available from their Astoria, Greenpoint, Jackson Heights, and Williamsburg locations.

Get it from Lockwood for $29.95 or send a gift card if your order won't arrive in time.

9. A pet nose pendant kit for the friend who wishes they could take their pet with them wherever they go — and now they can!

Reviewer wearing a necklace with the print of their dog's nose
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Each kit comes with all the ingredients you'll need to get an imprint. Then, you'll send the cast back to the seller who will craft a one-of-a-kind sterling silver pendant of your doggo's or catto's snoot. The entire process takes between three and four weeks.

Promising review: "I am so in love with my pendant. It’s absolutely perfect and I recognized my cat’s nose the minute I opened the box. Not only did Grant and his team do an amazing job on my pendant but he was also so helpful throughout the whole process. I was so nervous that the kit wouldn’t arrive in time to make the impression since my cat has been very sick. Grant responded to multiple emails so quickly, advised me what to get at the craft store to start making the molds and even reviewed my pictures before I mailed them in. The finished product is perfect and I highly recommend Precious Metal Prints. You definitely won’t regret it! The shipping was super fast as well." —Pearl

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

10. An instructional yoga mat so at-home yogis aren't looking around wondering what the heck is going on when the instructor says to get into Warrior 1. It's also great for more experienced yogis who want to practice proper hand and foot placement.

The mat, which has yoga posts and hand placements mapped on the mat
Amazon

Promising review: "It's pretty wonderful, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new yoga mat. I'm just a beginner, but I think the length of it is fantastic; you can really stretch out and do all the poses. I also like the thickness of it. It's nice and cushy and it helps support my knees and back when moving from one pose to the other. I also do a lot of holding where I lay down for a pose. I'm not sure if this is totally correct, but I'm mostly trying to stretch out my back. So yes, definitely nice and supportive, way more so than most other mats." —Jessica Rogers

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $56.

11. A TikTok-famous 1,000-piece puzzle from The Magic Puzzle Company if they love twist endings. Not only is the illustration so beautiful that they'll probably glue and frame the puzzle when it's completed, but it also features 50 Easter eggs throughout *and* a magical twist that reveals itself once the puzzle is finished.

close-up of a section of the puzzle showing its whimsical illustration style
Amazon

Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my husband because he absolutely loves puzzles and magic, so it was a no-brainer! I was honestly way more excited to finish putting this puzzle together than a normal puzzle because I couldn’t wait to see the end result. Blown away. I’m super impressed and will be purchasing a different version. Oh, and they weren’t kidding about the no dust in the box...very pleased with this purchase!" —Nlbrimberry

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

12. Or a 1,000-piece murder mystery puzzles that'll keep the whole family occupied for hours. And it's basically two gifts in one! Once you put together the puzzle, read the included booklet and try and figure out whodunnit.

the puzzle, which features a chaotic outdoors scene of people and lots of random junk
Amazon

My parents bought these puzzles at the beginning of quarantine and sent me one. I forgot how enjoyable puzzles are, y'all! Space is limited in my small apartment so I actually put it together on my living room floor. It was nice to take a short break during work and work on the puzzle a bit. My partner and I also enjoyed having a shared activity since we usually go do our own thing after dinner; this was a nice way to bond even though we spend basically 24/7 together.

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

13. A handy puzzle board because they're big on puzzles but small on space. It has four drawers to store puzzle pieces and provides a large enough flat surface to put together a 1,500-piece puzzle.

The wooden board
Amazon

Promising review: "My husband and I recently purchased this as a Christmas gift for ourselves! During the winter we puzzle in place of gardening! We just finished a 1,000-piece puzzle on it and loved it! The drawers slide right out for sorting and the puzzle table is easily moved. A great gift for retired folks!" —Karen G.

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $84.98.

14. A pro lens kit to help them capture every 'gram-worthy moment in high definition, which will basically make up for you not getting them an iPhone 13.

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It comes with both a 15x macro lens (for close-up shots) and a 45x wide angle lens as well as a rechargeable LED light clip, a charging cable, a lanyard, a cleaning cloth, and a case. Both lenses are compatible with all single and dual-camera phones (this includes all iPhones, Samsung Galaxy and Note phones, the Google Pixels, Huawei, and more).

Promising review: "GUYS. I FINALLY FOUND THE PERFECT WIDE LENS. I got a cheaper one and the quality was so bad and the edges were black, BUT XENVO IS PERFECT. Easy to put on the phone (I have the iPhone XS) and they give you the macro lens, a light (it comes in handy!) and a freaking travel kit with a lanyard. I actually lost my lanyard but I emailed them and they will be sending me a new one for free. I’m so happy I made the choice to buy it. I was a bit skeptical, but it was completely worth it." —Judith

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

15. A pack of squiggly line nail wraps for the friend who's obsessed with this nail art trend but whose attempts look like a 3-year-old did it. These wraps don't need to dry, last forever according to reviewers, and come off with just water.

pale pink nail wraps with black squiggly abstract lines on them
Pretty Fab Nails / Etsy

Pretty Fab Nails is a Florida-based small business founded by Nicole.

Promising review: "I absolutely love these. They were easy to apply and exactly as described. Wore them for about two weeks and they held up really well!" —Melanie Neff

Shipping Info: Processing takes one to two business days and orders ship via USPS from Florida so delivery time varies by your location.

Get it from Pretty Fab Nails on Etsy for $6.99.

16. The Adventure Challenge: Couples Edition — a book of scratch-off dates so you can add some spontaneity to your relationship. Each activity is a surprise until you scratch it off. You'll also get an instant camera so you can snap a pic of all the fun you have during each challenge.

The book with a photo of a happy couple
The Adventure Challenge

Promising review: "I was gifted this and LOVED it! This is something truly SPECIAL and MEANINGFUL that I would purchase as a gift for any occasion. Not only was the whole experience freakin FUN and memorable; we really enjoyed reading the introduction to The Adventure Challenge! It made my boyfriend and I realize A LOT about life! From the packaging to the intricate details of the product...this is something you won't regret purchasing. Love what this company represents and was honored to be a part of the experience! Keep up the great work!" —Monique S.

Shipping Info: Items typically ship in one to two business days, and expedited shipping is available for an additional cost. Your last day to order to ensure delivery before Christmas is Dec. 15 for Expedited. See The Adventure Challenge's full shipping information here.

Get it from The Adventure Challenge for $147.99 or send a gift card if your order won't arrive in time. (Just note that gift cards cannot be applied to The Adventure Box Subscription).

17. A adorable pencil pouch if their massive collection of pens and pencils is messily strewn across their desk. This will keep their expensive stationery pens and other art supplies neat and tidy. And if they just like cats, it's also great for holding makeup and phone accessories like a charger cable and earbuds.

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Promising review: "It’s super cute and sturdy. I was able to fit a pair of scissors, an eraser, a glue stick, 25 colored pencils, and 10 thin markers with a little wiggle room left." —Lauricorn1013

Shipping info: Will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five styles).

18. A limited edition Glossier makeup set and makeup bag that'll surprise them with three of Glossier's best-selling makeup products: Boy Brow, Cloud Paint, and Lash Slick.

Glossier

Promising review: "This set was my first intro into Cloud Paint and it's amazing! I knew I loved the Lash Slick and Boy Brow. The bag is very cute and the perfect size to fit all the essentials! I will definitely be taking this traveling thanks to the compartments on the inside." —tbartlett

Shipping Info: For standard shipping, place your order before 1 p.m. EST on Dec. 16! Expedited two- to three-day shipping options are available at additional cost.

Get it from Glossier for $60 (mascara, brow gel, and blush are available in a variety of shades).

19. A long-wearing lash trio mascara because this 3-in-1 product lengthens, volumizes, and curls — the trifecta! The mascaras can be used on their own or together for dramatic lashes.

model with bare lashes on one eye and the three mascaras on the other
Sephora

Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this product!! It’s so good at everything: prepping, volumizing, thickening, and lengthening! Plus such a cute bottle!" —Lolasbeauty

Shipping Info: Expedited shipping for an additional cost. Members get free two-day shipping. Same-day delivery and in-store pickup are available for select products.

Get it from Sephora for $28.

20. A FabFitFun gift subscription to treat them to goodies all year long. Each box comes with fashion, beauty, wellness, and fitness products worth $200+.

A box and its contents laid out, including a robe, eyeshadow, mugs, pimple stickers, a body brush, and more
FabFitFun

FabFitFun offers two subscription levels: Seasonal Subscription ($49.99 per box, delivered every four months) and Annual Subscription ($179.99 up front for four boxes).

Shipping Info: The e-gift card will be delivered immediately if you enter their email at checkout. Or you can email yourself the gift card and either print it out to hand deliver or send it to them yourself at a later date.

Send them a FabFitFun gift card for $25+ (available in six amounts) or start your own FabFitFun subscription for $49.99.

21. A KiwiCo activity crate for helping little (and not-so-little!) learners create, design, and solve. KiwiCo offers kits for ages 0–104, delivering science and art projects each month that'll keep their hands busy for hours.

Child working on felt succulent kit
KiwiCo

Shipping Info: Crates ship on the first of the month. You can choose to have the crates shipped directly to the recipient or to you if you want to hand deliver.

Gift the Doodle Crate for $17.50+/month and check out the rest of the kits here.

22. An Atlas Coffee Club subscription so they don't wake up one morning to make the horrifying discovery that they're out of java. They'll receive freshly roasted single-origin beans or grounds every two or four weeks, ensuring they're always properly caffeinated.

Bags of coffee and mugs of coffee artfully arranged
@atlascoffeeclub / Via instagram.com

My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague Bek O'Connell said:

"The coffee itself was phenomenal! The amazing smell hits you as soon as you open the box. My roommates and I have varying levels of snobbery when it comes to coffee. For example, I'm cool with some Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee, but one of my roommates only buys his coffee from a fancy beanery in Williamsburg. Despite our different palates, we all loved and raved about Atlas's coffee. We used an electric grinder and tried making it with both a normal coffee maker and a French press. The Colombian coffee was very smooth and chocolatey, with an almost creamy texture even when taken black. The Peruvian coffee was more bitter and fruity, but also exceptional."

Read the rest of her Atlas Coffee Club review here.

Shipping Info: Select email delivery at checkout and schedule the email delivery date that works for you. If you choose to have the coffee delivered to them, you must order by Dec. 16 for the order to arrive before Christmas. 

Gift a three-month subscription to Atlas Coffee Club for $55.

23. A retinol cream if your beauty-obsessed friend is always going on about how chemical exfoliants are better than physical ones (they're right!). It's earned holy grail status among some reviewers for its ability to eliminate fine lines and reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scarring.

Progression shot showing a reviewer's red, angry cheek acne disappearing over time
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Promising review: "I've been using this along with Tree of Life Beauty retinol serum and it has helped tremendously with acne. It's scent-free. It does have the consistency of Elmer's glue and feels sticky when applied and slimy when washed off in the morning, but it has helped my acne out a lot in the past two months. In the last picture I am wearing foundation, but you can still see how much my skin has flattened out and how much less deep and plentiful acne I have. I did purge, but I know how retinol works (it gets worse before it gets better) so that wasn't an issue for me." —melissa

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

24. A drone because your nieces and nephews have managed to bring up in conversation how much they want one practically every time you talk.

hand using a white and black remote to control the drone, which has blue and green LED lights
amazon.com

Promising review: "An awesome and easy-to-use-and-learn drone that entertains me and my 2-year-old for hours. Very steady, fast, and with two long lasting batteries with two chargers. I bump it into walls, and sometimes drops from 10 feet plus without issues. It goes pretty high outside without issues but I think it's intended as an indoor drone. Very sturdy. Bottom has soft plastic rubber pieces for soft landings and bumpers around blades help protect it. Love it!" —Laura Pena

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

25. A rock climbing mug for challenging your giftee's grip strength. This'll ~hold~ a special place in their heart *and* in the front of their cabinet so it's always the first mug they grab.

Climbergoods / Etsy

Climbergoods is a Pittsburgh-based small business run by climbing enthusiast Nathan and their wife.

Promising review: "The coolest mug! I got this for my partner, and he was so happy, as was I. Super easy to grip in whatever way suits you, even with a full cup of coffee." —kacey borin

Shipping Info: Order by Dec. 16 (with first class mail) or Dec. 17 (for priority mail) to ensure delivery by December 25.

Get it from Climbergoods on Etsy for $29.99+ (available in eight colors).

26. A pack of PS4 or PS5 controller thumbsticks so their game is never ruined by a misclick or slippery, sweaty thumbs.

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Promising review: "Game-changer for sure! I didn’t believe that these little guys could change the game for me! Since they are so reasonably priced I figured what the heck and gave them a shot! Wow! Money well spent! I wish I’d found them earlier!" —Amazon Customer

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

27. A pair of fleece-lined joggers if they're always complaining about being cold. These'll keep their legs nice and toasty.

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Promising review: "I'm very happy with these warm pants. My house is very cold in the winter, and I am very cold in the winter. A few reviewers commented that the fit is weird. It is not. These are sweatpants, and with a thick lining; what did you expect? They are very comfortable and warm. They are stiffer than regular sweatpants because of the lining. But they are sweatpants — meaning they were never meant to make you look like a fashion queen. Just imagine curling up on the sofa with hot chocolate and a friendly cat during polar vortex in your fleece lined pants. Nice and cozy!" —Angela Thompson

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

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

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It comes with 10 geodes of varying sizes as well as goggles and a display stand.

Promising review: "My 9-year-old niece gets these every year for Christmas. It is a new gift every time! She loves to put on safety glasses and swing that hammer! The geodes are always beautiful. She also loves the element of surprise! This is a wonderful gift that will engage even kids who are not into the sciences. Every year she takes pieces in to share with her class. She also loves to give pieces away as little gifts or mementos. Nat Geo never disappoints!" —Kristin D.

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

29. A soil-free AeroGarden Bounty for gardeners who are embarrassingly bad at keeping their plants alive. Good thing this hydroponic system is Alexa-compatible, meaning they can turn grow lights on/off or check their garden's status via their phone or Amazon Echo device.

The black AeroGarden with a full tomato crop growing
Amazon

This comes with the heirloom salad seed kit: Black Seeded Simpson (2), Deer Tongue (1), Parris Island (1), Marvel of 4 Seasons (2), Rouge D'iver (2), Red Sail (1), and a three-ounce bottle of plant food.

Promising review: "Figured I'd give this a try as I'm not home much to run my aquaponics setup. So here I am delving into hydroponics. First I must say it's a bit pricey, but actually well worth it. I chose this Bounty Basic and it has really done well. Granted I am using filtered tap water. The salad and herbs pods are doing really well. I'm amazed at how fast the salad greens grew. In just two weeks after planting I was able to begin harvesting on a daily basis. Since it's just me, it has kept up really well. I'm starting to do a full harvest on each pod so I can rotate in new seeds and not lose my daily harvest. We will see how well I do with that." —Kindle Customer

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will arrive by Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $239.99.

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