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    26 Totally Thoughtful Gifts To Light Up Someone's Life

    They just might belly laugh, happy cry, or give you a big hug.

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    1. Fill-in-the-blank books for everyone in your life, to make it easy to talk about all the little reasons you appreciate and love them just the way they are.


    Promising review: "This was my first Christmas with my boyfriend, and I got this as a stocking stuffer. He ended up buying the "What I Love About Us" version and we had so much fun looking through them and seeing our similar/different answers. The prompts are really cute and simple but allow for a lot of creativity, and you can set the mood with each page whether you want to be funny or sweet. This was one of our favorite gifts." β€”Kerry C.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47+ (available in many versions).

    2. A cast iron skillet that looks like their home state because *clicks heels three times* there really is no place like home.


    Currently you can get four states on Amazon: New York, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Wisconsin. On their website, you can get Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Michigan, and a full USA shape in addition to those four.

    Promising review (for the USA shape that's currently unavailable on Amazon but $130 on their website): "These skillets are a true unique find. An honest-to-goodness heirloom quality skillet that I know I'll be passing on to my children. The quality of the cast iron is second to none. Not only do they look amazing, they cook wonderfully as well and are not meant to just be a kitchen decoration. I love these skillets and American Skillet Company has been wonderful to deal with." β€”G0Badgers

    Get one from the American Skillet Company on Amazon Homemade for $110+ or from their website for $130.

    3. Or a set of four home state drink coasters complete with their last name for something both practical and personal.

    SugarTreeGallery / Etsy

    The cherrywood engraved coasters come in *any* of the 50 states.

    Get a set of four from SugarTreeGallery on Etsy for $26.95.

    4. A lavender-scented heating pad made with a picture of their face β€” or your face, or any clear face β€” so they can get a warm (and hilarious) hug whenever they need one.


    Also good for your friend who's always cold! Just be sure to order by December 9th if you want it delivered by Christmas in the US.

    Personalize them on Firebox for $19.09.

    5. A life-size pet pillow perfect for anyone who always makes you put them on speaker phone so they get a chance to talk with their furry friend.

    MrPawsCo / Etsy

    They're five feet high! Note that it comes with just the cover (no inner fill β€” you can add cheap polyfill or beanbag beans) with a zip closure. The photo's digitally printed with water-based inks.

    Get one from MrPawsCo on Etsy for $76.90 (or a smaller, 12-inch size for $23.41).

    6. A pair of long-distance touch lamps to quite literally light up their day every time you think of them β€” touch one, and they both change to a different color.

    Uncommon Goods

    When there's just two lamps, they cycle through a rainbow of colors, but if you wanted to give them to more than one loved one, you can assign each person a specific color, so when they touch their lamp, yours lights up with their custom tone.

    Get a set of two from Uncommon Goods for $170 (or $85 each).

    7. A ring made with the skyline of their favorite city (or a city you visited together! or that you live in!) so they can think of you and your time together every time they wear it.

    CaitlynMinimalist / Etsy

    Get it from CaitlynMinimalist on Etsy for $31.50+ (available in silver, gold, or rose gold).

    8. A pack of affirmation cards for a little uplifting positivity without an ounce of cheddar, mozzarella, or gouda β€” AKA cheese.


    (You can click or tap on the images above to enlarge 'em if ya want to read what the cards say).

    Promising review: "I love these quirky cards. I work in a busy department in a hospital. I had these LESS THAN A WEEK when they mysteriously disappeared from by desk drawer at work. We enjoyed them so much, I didn't hesitate to order them again (waiting on second delivery now). These are great reminders for me and coworkers when we start the day. They also serve as a pick-me-up if someone is having a bad day." β€”keke

    Get the deck of 50 affirmations on Amazon for $12.71.

    9. An essential oil diffuser locket so they can enjoy their favorite soothing or invigorating aromatherapy scents wherever they go.


    Promising review: "I bought this for my mom, who is obsessed with thieves (a type of essential oil that is supposed to help prevent getting sick). When she is away from her diffuser she puts a few drops on a tissue and sticks it in the top of her shirt so she can smell it all day. She LOVES the necklace and doesn't have to use tissues anymore. It is effective and also stylish and discreet." β€”Lauren Finke

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99 (available in two finishes).

    10. A beautiful candle scented with all the essences of their home state, favorite city, or even treasured beach cottage for a dose of love and nostalgia each and every time they light it.,

    Get them from Homesick Candles for $29.95, or from Amazon for $29.95+ (many states, cities, and other scents available).

    11. A countertop herb garden for the home chef in your life who's always wishing they had time or space to actually grow basil, mint, and thyme outdoors.


    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This changed that for me. I made the best caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well." β€”FreshMom

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $129.99 (originally $189.99; also available in black at that listing, or white).

    Want to know even more about it? Read our full review of the AeroGarden.

    12. A pack of stickers made of their face, or their pet's face, or all your friends' faces, to commemorate a year of hilarity and only the best selfies.

    They're printed on durable matte vinyl with waterproof inks, so you can even stick 'em on a coffee cup (that you tell them to hand wash) to gift them their mug on a mug!

    Promising review: "I think this might be one of the best things I've ever bought on Amazon. I bought one sheet for my mom for Christmas and they just came. She hasn't seen them but I know they'll crack her up. They look fantastic. I'll definitely buy more!!" β€”Claudia

    Get them from My Sticker Face on Amazon for $17.99+.

    13. Or to go all-out with a set of face-shaped cookie cutters. They're basically guaranteed to laugh out loud when you present them with a plate of cookies that are so obviously them!

    Of course, they'll make 'em of pets, too β€” and if you check out the rest of the shop, they do Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Prince, Shakespeare, Ziggy Stardust, and other celebs, as well as logos, anatomical shapes (like brains and uteruses), flowers, military insignia...and many of those are much cheaper than the custom ones; around $6.50 or so.

    Get them from BoeTechLLC on Etsy for $40 per cookie cutter.

    14. A subscription to Lunarly for some nature-inspired self-care (and a candle or plant!) they can enjoy month after month, because subscription boxes = the gifts that really do keep on giving.


    Each box comes with your choice of a plant or candle, plus an assortment of other items to help create a positive space for intention-setting.

    Gift one month for $40 or three months for $110 (a $10 discount) at Lunarly.

    15. A gorgeous photo album you curate from Instagram, Facebook, or just photos you've saved for truly tangible memories you don't need a data plan or wifi to flip through.

    Artifact Uprising

    Get one from Artifact Uprising for $20+.

    16. A snowman doormat that will make your mom saw "aww" the moment she unwraps it from its box.


    You can choose from a variety of snow people in different outfits, with up to seven total. Note that reviewers say it's durable but kind of thin, and while it's technically could be used indoors or outdoors, it's probably best to keep it inside.

    Get it from Walmart for $11.99+ (two sizes available).

    17. A morse code bracelet for a fashionable way for them to wear a secret message from you each and every day.

    adorn512 / Etsy

    Well, your secret 10-character message. (Maybe try invisible ink if your message is more letter-length.)

    Get one from adorn512 on Etsy for $35 (12 cord colors available with gold or silver beads).

    18. A tea sampler box with 28 different loose-leaf gourmet blends in single-serve pouches to warm their chilly winter days.


    Promising review: "My wife drinks the same Twinnings English Breakfast pre-made tea every morning. I wanted her to branch out because I thought it would be fun for her. So I got her this box to try loose leaf tea last Christmas. She LOVED it! Each bag is pre-measured and the variety is incredible. It lasted her about three or four months and she was very upset when it ran out. So I bought it again for this Christmas and I'm sure she will love it all the same. Also, now she is in love with trying new teas and has really honed in on her favorite style, color, and flavor tea!" β€”Dalton F.

    Get it on Amazon for $24.94.

    19. And a nifty tea tumbler for anyone who's wished they could make single-serve, (nearly!) instant cups of iced tea out of any flavor of tea, and take it on the go.


    They simply brew a cup of hot tea in the bottom, then fill the inner cup with ice and press it down once the hot tea is brewed to their liking (the inner cup has a stainless steel filter to keep any tea leaves out of the drink). It works with both loose-leaf tea and teabags, and is dishwasher safe, of course.

    Promising review: "Another item that I don't know how I survived without it. I can finally have fresh brewed ice tea whenever I want, and this cup works out wonderfully to take to the office. Generous sized, it carries me through my day. Because of the ability to use the loose tea I have been experimenting quite a bit and have found a few new favorite herbal teas. Highly recommend." β€”Christine

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99 (originally $28.99; also available in grey).

    20. If they're definitely more of a coffee person, a subscription to Atlas Coffee Club, which delivers freshly roasted beans from a different country around world once a month.

    Three-month Atlas Coffee Club subscriptions start at $60.

    Read our full review of Atlas Coffee Club.

    21. A soft blanket with a full-color photo of your choice printed on one side, which doubles as a lifetime keepsake and a cozy throw to cuddle under on a chilly day.

    Even if that cuddling includes spilled hot chocolate, you won't have to worry because the 80x60 throw's completely machine washable. And if you want, you can add a custom message to be printed right on the blanket along with the photo!

    Promising review: "I can’t say enough good things about this blanket. The picture turned out perfect. Our dog passed away this year and this was the perfect gift for my son. It's fairly light weight but warm and silky soft. So easy to send the photo and place the order." β€”CakeHussy

    Get from Personalization King on Amazon for $85.99 (or a smaller kids-sized blanket for $60.99).

    22. A scratch-off USA map poster or world map poster that will both help them remember everywhere they've been and inspire them to never stop exploring.


    Promising review for the USA map: "I saw this on Pinterest awhile ago so when I came across it on Amazon, I was super excited!! I've traveled most of the US while growing up so I am using this with my husband for the places we visit together. I've had no problems scratching off states so far, just be careful to not accidentally scratch places you haven't been (I noticed my fingernail made a couple little scratches on other states while I was scratching off the ones we've been to with a dime). I highly recommend framing this as it comes tightly rolled and is hard to get it flat." β€”CAK333

    Get the USA map on Amazon for $23.19 (not framed).

    Promising review for the world map: "The pictures online don’t do this map justice! The colors are vibrant and the paper is sturdy. I would recommend this map to anyone who wants to track their world travels." β€”Rachel Wolfe

    Get the world map on Amazon for $26.99.

    23. The Five-Minute Journal, which uses ~science~ to encourage a positive perspective on everyday life.

    Julia Reinstein / Instagram: @juliareinstein

    Basically, it takes a few questions that psychology knows help people out, and has you run through those each and every day, complete with an inspirational quote. Every morning, there's a space to jot down three things you're grateful for, three things that will "make today great", and a ~positive affirmation~ (which could simply be what one BuzzFeeder who reviewed the Five-Minute Journal called a "one-sentence pep talk"). At night, there are lines to write down three amazing things from the day, plus two things that would have made the day better.

    Promising review: "A friend sent me this book when I really needed it and then I purchased a second one when I filled it out. It's very simple... Just a few short prompts in the morning and a few more in the evening. I found that it really helped me focus on the positive but also recognize that I'm in control and can make changes. I liked when the book explained that the question about how today could have been better forces you to consider things you can control, not the things you can't (such as "the weather was bad")." β€”G24

    Get it on Amazon for $24.99.

    24. Or a 52-week gratitude journal so they can spend a few minutes each morning or evening jotting down all the wonderful things in their life.

    There's a spread for each week with a (secular) inspirational quote, then space to write down three things each day.

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

    25. Five pairs of Supima cotton socks embroidered with their name, your favorite inside joke, or just a sweet message β€” because basically every grown up adult needs and loves socks but they'd never buy anything so luxe for themselves.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I ordered these for my Dad. I put his initials on the ankle, and a favorite family phrase across the toe seam. He was SO moved by such a personalized gift!" β€”Margie

    Get the pack of five from Uncommon Goods for $50.

    26. A photo snow globe β€” you can add your favorite photo of the you and them (or of your family / friend group / pet) from this year so they have a festive and playfully elegant way to display and enjoy a very, very good memory.


    It stands 7.5" tall!

    Get it from Nordstrom for $49.

    27. An illustrated cameo portrait of everyone in your family that will make your parents sniffle with joy when you and your siblings give it to them at just the right moment.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $75+.

    Them to you, after opening one of these gifts:


    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

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