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17 Practical Yet Clever Gifts That Are Anything But Lame

Give 'em the stuff they had no idea they even needed.

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1. A *buzzy* electric toothbrush that won't break the bank and that their dentist will be very glad you bought for them.

They'll also be glad they're not getting yelled at every time they go in for a dental cleaning. The Quip won our budget category for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews. It's recommended by the ADA and on a subscription so they'll be able to get a *fresh* toothbrush head on the reg. (C'mon, how many times have you asked "Is this your tile-scrubbing toothbrush?" only to find out that haggard thing is what they put in their mouth!!!)Get it from Quip for $25+.
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They'll also be glad they're not getting yelled at every time they go in for a dental cleaning. The Quip won our budget category for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews. It's recommended by the ADA and on a subscription so they'll be able to get a *fresh* toothbrush head on the reg. (C'mon, how many times have you asked "Is this your tile-scrubbing toothbrush?" only to find out that haggard thing is what they put in their mouth!!!)

Get it from Quip for $25+.

2. Shittens, which is really just fancy talk for mitten-like cleaning wipes any new parent would really, truly appreciate.

This'll help them get into all the crevices during the messiest of diaper changes. They're also safe to use on adult humans and pets! Promising review: "After a few trials and tribulations with the "s***ten" I have found it to be a very durable product. Both forward/reverse and lateral wipes with the mitten achieve desirable results. Its durability stands up to even the most abrasive medias such as corn and oats. The amount of wiping area is also impressive, it allows the user to not only have detailed action with the finger tips but also utilize the anterior and posterior faces of the mitten for wiping. Of course all of this is subject the wrist flexibility of the user." —Justin P.Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $19.99.
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This'll help them get into all the crevices during the messiest of diaper changes. They're also safe to use on adult humans and pets!

Promising review: "After a few trials and tribulations with the "s***ten" I have found it to be a very durable product. Both forward/reverse and lateral wipes with the mitten achieve desirable results. Its durability stands up to even the most abrasive medias such as corn and oats. The amount of wiping area is also impressive, it allows the user to not only have detailed action with the finger tips but also utilize the anterior and posterior faces of the mitten for wiping. Of course all of this is subject the wrist flexibility of the user." —Justin P.

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

3. A brown sugar saver disguised as an adorable terra cotta bear that baking fiends *might* be sad they didn't know was a thing 'til now.

Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft, even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth, and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again! I have about 2 lbs. of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed with a gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosaGet two from Amazon for $10.50.
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Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft, even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth, and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again! I have about 2 lbs. of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed with a gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosa

Get two from Amazon for $10.50.

4. An iced tea tumbler so they can make their tea in a snap and then take it with them — and only have *one* thing to clean later.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $13.99.
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Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $13.99.

5. A wind-resistant umbrella that'll be worth hanging onto thanks to its easy-grip handle and double layer design to keep them dry.

Promising review: "I get so many compliments on this umbrella! It is cute, and it has stood up to every storm I’ve been through with it. Also, it’s a pretty cool perk that when I fold my umbrella down, the outside is dry! Didn’t even think about that when I bought it, but that’s pretty darn cool." —MelanieGet it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in eight styles).
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Promising review: "I get so many compliments on this umbrella! It is cute, and it has stood up to every storm I’ve been through with it. Also, it’s a pretty cool perk that when I fold my umbrella down, the outside is dry! Didn’t even think about that when I bought it, but that’s pretty darn cool." —Melanie

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in eight styles).

6. A kitchen scale with etched measurement conversions will have them scratching their head about why they didn't already buy this for themselves.

It measures grams, ounces, pounds, mililiters, and fluid ounces. Has a 11lbs/5kg capacity and requires one CR2032 battery (included).Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $17.49.
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It measures grams, ounces, pounds, mililiters, and fluid ounces. Has a 11lbs/5kg capacity and requires one CR2032 battery (included).

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $17.49.

7. A collapsible laundry tote anyone who lugs their dirty duds to the laundromat or up and down stairs is sure to greatly appreciate.

Get it from Amazon for $16.78+ (available in seven colors).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $16.78+ (available in seven colors).

8. A heat-resistant mat for hot hair tools so they'll be able to park their hot-as-heck curling iron without leaving a path of destruction.

AND as you can see, this curls up around your hair tool to create a protective barrier for travel!Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in gray, or in a travel pouch).
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AND as you can see, this curls up around your hair tool to create a protective barrier for travel!

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in gray, or in a travel pouch).

9. Poo-Pourri — they may THINK it's a gag gift but it'll turn out to be the most useful thing in a bathroom (aside from toilet paper and indoor plumbing).

Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare — particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting now after he leaves." —Supa DGet it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in several sizes and scents).
Amazon

Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare — particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting now after he leaves." —Supa D

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in several sizes and scents).

10. A tangle-taming brush any parent with a kid full of hair will love you for gifting because it can turn the post-bath chore into something possibly even pleasant?!?!

Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.Get it from Amazon for $10.77 (also available in black).
Amazon

Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

Get it from Amazon for $10.77 (also available in black).

11. A spinning makeup organizer that'll help clear their vanity and keep them organized. (But really, it's mostly for your sake.)

Get it from Amazon for $25.88.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $25.88.

12. A MakeupEraser cloth to help them take off a full face (even if they have sensitive skin!) without using tons of disposable cloths.

We tested and determined it as the mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews. Also, I use them and they're fantastic!Get it from Amazon for $20.
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We tested and determined it as the mid-price pick for the best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews. Also, I use them and they're fantastic!

Get it from Amazon for $20.

13. A drawer full of clothing essentials for the person who's constantly wearing holey undershirts and/or socks. Eep.

Your recipient can choose new ~premium~ socks, underwear, tees and joggers to suit their style.Get a gift card from Basic Outfitters for $70+ to put toward their custom drawer.
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Your recipient can choose new ~premium~ socks, underwear, tees and joggers to suit their style.

Get a gift card from Basic Outfitters for $70+ to put toward their custom drawer.

14. A highly rated Ninja blender can make their morning routine a cinch with its pulverizing abilities and easy-pour lid.

This is a solid blender for cocktail and smoothie lovers. Also, lots of parts are dishwasher-safe! If you aren't already sold, this won out in the budget price point for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.Get it from Amazon for $59.99.
Amazon

This is a solid blender for cocktail and smoothie lovers. Also, lots of parts are dishwasher-safe! If you aren't already sold, this won out in the budget price point for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

15. Gorgeous measuring cups with their hook-able handles and etched measurements that won't fade in the wash.

Includes spoons and cups for 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1-cup.Get them from Amazon for $21.95.
Amazon

Includes spoons and cups for 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1-cup.

Get them from Amazon for $21.95.

16. A coffee subscription delivered right to their door so they can stay deliciously caffeinated as the universe intended.

This coffee-of-the-month club includes a bag of coffee, postcard detailing the deets of the beans, and roasting tips. You can choose between whole bean or ground, three bag sizes, and two roast types. Check out some BuzzFeeders' reviews of the subscription service. Get a 3-month gift subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $55.
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This coffee-of-the-month club includes a bag of coffee, postcard detailing the deets of the beans, and roasting tips. You can choose between whole bean or ground, three bag sizes, and two roast types. Check out some BuzzFeeders' reviews of the subscription service.

Get a 3-month gift subscription from Atlas Coffee Club for $55.

17. And a bidet attachment could be just the thing for folks you use SO MUCH TOILET PAPER you can't believe.

SERIOUSLY. What the heck? We tested (yep, tested) to zero in on the best toilet paper for BuzzFeed Reviews and rather than suggest a super pricey disposable thing you use to wipe yourself clean, we recommended investing in this bidet attachment for the highest price point. Get it from Amazon for $34.50+ (available in two color combos).
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SERIOUSLY. What the heck? We tested (yep, tested) to zero in on the best toilet paper for BuzzFeed Reviews and rather than suggest a super pricey disposable thing you use to wipe yourself clean, we recommended investing in this bidet attachment for the highest price point.

Get it from Amazon for $34.50+ (available in two color combos).

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

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