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    29 Gifts Almost Anyone On Your List Will Be A Little Better For Owning

    Because practical gifts are low-key the best gifts.

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    1. A Two-Minute Mornings journal for anyone who has trouble sticking with journaling. A little daily prompt will help them along, and they'll be happy to have this artifact of their life for the rest of forever.


    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim from a BuzzFeed recommendation. I love it! Highly recommend! It's fast but also gets me thinking and intentional about my day." —Bones Gals

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26.

    2. A pair of agate bookends to class up their bookshelves and keep their precious volumes at attention.,

    Promising review: "I have a pair of agate bookends and love them so much I decided to buy a pair for a colleague who took a new job outside our building. She wrote her thanks, praised their beauty (no two pairs are alike) and said she'll think of me when she uses them. No higher praise!" —jsglowin

    Get them from Amazon for $25.69+ (available in three colors and four sizes).

    3. An electric kettle in a chic stainless steel finish so they can heat up water for their morning cuppa or French press in no time flat.

    Promising review: "This works great and heats up fast. We use it to make tea mostly and it makes the process go very quickly and smoothly. Cools fairly quickly as well for easy, prompt storage. The cord wraps around the base inset area for easy storage." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. A pet hair vacuum so the person in your life who got a new pet this year can reclaim their couch from The Big Fuzz. Pair with a cute chew toy for a lil' more gifting pizazz.

    The hand vac has a 16-foot power cord and comes with two nozzles for cleaning upholstery, carpeting, and the inside of your car.

    Promising review: "Holy crap! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! But I have four cats and a golden retriever, so I was getting desperate! A picture is worth a thousand words — check mine out! The 'before' picture was taken of my dog's bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left behind hair! The 'after' picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD!" —Luka Chan

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    5. Reusable Keurig cups to help them save on the cost of store-bought K-cups, create their own ~blends~, and keep from making more plastic waste. Win, win, win!

    Just put ground coffee into the cup and run it through the Keurig like normal! The cups are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Easy to use and brews a delicious cup of your own choice of coffee. We like a half-caffeine cup and do not like the only half-caff option widely available. With these cups we can brew to our taste. Easy to clean up as well." —M Hayden

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8.45.

    6. A Stasher bag for anyone who's down with lunch — so...everybody. This reusable silicone sandwich and snack bag will help them transport food safely and reduce their plastic waste. "Yum" to both!


    Stasher bags have so many uses! They are obviously great for storing and transporting food, but they can also be used to sous vide, marinate, and microwave. Also, they're dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "What's not to love about Stasher bags? They are so versatile, colorful, and easy to care for. Bonus: you are keeping plastic out of landfills! I use these for meal-prep and kids' lunchboxes. Easy to open and, again, so easy to clean. Stop browsing for environmental alternatives, and order these today!" —Drea_reviews

    Get a sandwich-sized bag from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes and nine colors).

    7. A subscription to Book of the Month to get them back in the habit of reading. They can choose between five bestsellers every month, so they can get *just* what they want. Picky bibliophiles unite!

    I adore my Book of the Month subscription! It keeps me sharp, researching the new titles and looking forward to a new read.

    What you get: Your choice of one of five titles a month with an option to skip a month and save your credit whenever you please.

    Get it from Book of the Month starting at $49.99 for a three-month subscription.

    8. A silicone earbud holder, because you've seen the Rat King–esque knotted ball they call their headphones. You know they'll lose AirPods, so just give them this little helper instead.

    Promising review: "My headphones fit perfectly AND I have the ones with the mic. Very simple to use, and it fits in my purse and pocket!" —Patutii

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available two sizes and four colors).

    9. A Tile Sport to put a stop to the endless game of Hide and Seek they always seem to be playing with their phone, wallet, and keys.

    The Tile Sport has a 200-foot range, rings when you need to find it, can make your phone ring even when it's on silent, and is waterproof.

    Promising review: "Finally went and got this after I was done with losing my keys all the time. Being able to literally ring my keys not to mention other items has proved invaluable and has saved me a lot of time not having to look for important things like this. Highly recommend." —Dave

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    10. A cold brew maker so they can save some serious dough on their favorite form of joe. It'll taste even better poured right from the fridge, saving five glorious dollars.


    The cold brew maker is BPA-free, has a non-slip handle, fits in most fridge doors, and produces four servings of the good stuff. The coffee stays good for up to two weeks.

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I bought this for a gift for my husband who drinks iced coffee all year long. He says it makes such a smooth-tasting and strong iced coffee. He gets two drinks out of each batch that he makes. It's easy to clean and can go in the dishwasher. It's durable — I know as I'm clumsy and have dropped it several times without an issue. We are considering getting a second one!" —rnnichole

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes).

    For a glowing review of this baby, check out "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker."

    11. Tarte's Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer, a gel formulated with marine plant extracts, hyaluronic acid, and squalane to give their skin the hydration it needs. Moisturizing is key, and the best way to show someone you really care is by facilitating it.


    The moisturizer is phthalate- and paraben-, and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this moisturizer! It smells great and feels so cool on the skin. I have hormonal acne and this product doesn’t aggravate it. It’s my new favorite skin care treatment." —Brandy B

    Get it from Tarte for $29.25 (originally $39, enter code "MYGIFT" at checkout for 25% off).

    12. A cup holder car trash can, because, well, you've seen their car (read: crunched across the garbage on their floor to crawl into the backseat).


    Promising review: "It’s ridiculous how much I love these! The push part is on a spring so it stays closed when you aren’t pushing it, and of course it perfectly fits in the cup holder of our vehicles. Pro tip: a quart sized Ziploc is the perfect size to add as a liner and fold over the top to keep the inside clean!" —Chaos Coordinator

    Get it from Amazon for $5.09.

    13. An essential oil diffuser and humidifier to keep their space (and their skin!) from drying out during the long winter ahead. Pair with a starter kit of essential oils for even more gifting points.


    Promising review: "I am delighted with this diffuser. It came quickly, was packed securely and efficiently, with easy-to-open packaging. The specs say that it runs about three hours on the continuous setting (it can also run intermittently), but when filled completely, I've found it lasts through the night. I have it set on my nightstand and it's perfect for unwinding at bedtime (or with some sinus-clearing essential oils on a headache day)." —BookBelle

    Get them from Amazon: the diffuser for $15.99+ (available in four colors and finishes) and the pack of six oils for $9.99.

    14. A Touchland hand sanitizer if you're practicing radical honesty and think they could bear to scrub their hands a bit more. Or if they just appreciate pretty design for everyday objects.


    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in eight scents).

    15. A TubShroom or SinkShroom to prevent hair from getting down their drains and causing major backups. A practical little stocking stuffer for everyone except your bald uncle.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Clean up is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it." —Lawyer for Justice

    Get them from Amazon: the TubShroom for $12.99 (available in six colors) and the SinkShroom for $11.99 (available in three colors).

    For more on the TubShroom check out "This Mushroom-Shaped Hair Catcher Is So Gross, But Really Satisfying."

    16. A set of produce bags so they can easily bring home a cornucopia of fruit and veg without using all those flimsy plastic bags. A gift for them and ~Mother Earth~.


    Promising review: "I've been using these for a few months now, and am impressed with their durability. I've been really working on reducing the amount of waste I produce with my lifestyle, and this has helped a lot. Much less plastic being used unnecessarily! Canvas bags are step one, and these are step two to green-ifying your grocery routine. The bags are see-through enough that grocery store checkers can tell what's in them, which is also great. The size is good too — just slightly smaller than the typical plastic produce bag." —stormymonday

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. A honeycomb organizer for keeping their undies nice and cozy in their drawer. If your partner's side of the dresser is a hawt mess, this may be a passive aggressive gift, but it's NECESSARY!

    The organizer can be trimmed to fit in your drawers!

    Promising review: "Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but... it's totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find... Wow. I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well-made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it." —Brigette

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. A Porter Bowl so they can tote their lunch to work in style. Eating from a real bowl turns a sad desk lunch into a happy desk lunch, that's just a fact.


    I use my Porter Bowl basically every time I bring my lunch to work. The lid vacuum seals tightly, and I've never had a problem with leaks. It's both microwavable and dishwasher-safe which is obviously a huge win in my book. And it just feels nice to eat lunch out of a real piece of dishware, rather than flimsy plastic. I have the ceramic version and haven't had any problems with scratching. It's rubber coated, so it's easy to travel with and doesn't slide around. I would personally like more as gifts, please!

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in 10 colors in plastic and ceramic versions).

    19. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen — a makeup primer with SPF 40 whose red algae-, frankincense-, and meadowfoam seed-packed formula will protect their skin from harmful UV rays without ruining their ~lewk~., Sephora

    The sunscreen is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best sunscreen I have ever tried! I won’t be using anything else after trying this. It feels just like a silicone primer and is invisible on the skin — no more white cast! I tend to have oily skin and this doesn’t look or feel greasy at all. Love, love, love it." —Chelle2228

    Get it from Sephora for $32.

    20. An Instant Pot so they can finally try the famed 6-in-1 appliance themselves. They'll love the variety of dishes they can make, easy clean-up, and wealth of recipes available.

    The Instant Pot's 6-in-1 functions include: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, and warmer. What a multitasker!

    Promising review: "I've had this for only two weeks and I swear I haven't touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hardboiled eggs, rice and beans, and steamed vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instant Pot community is large, and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I've made anything from perfectly hard boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, to Mongolian beef, and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things." —yestfl

    Get it from Amazon for $49+ (available in three-, six-, and eight-quart sizes).

    21. A set of silicone straws so they never have to go through the public disgrace of forgetting their reusable straw and having to ask for *shudders* a plastic one.,

    This comes with 10 straws, a carrying case, and a cleaning brush. They're also dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I originally started out using the stainless steel straws — but I lived in this relentless, looming anxiety that I would chip my tooth on the point where I dreaded using my straws. Which defeats the point! I thoroughly enjoy that you can chew on these. 😂 Five stars all around, they come with simple baggy to take them for travel, AND a cleaner utensil. They're super low maintenance, because they give you the proper care and cleaning tools. They also donate to the OCEANA campaign effort to save the ocean!" —Amy Marquez-Vincent

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.95.

    22. A Squatty Potty that — to put it simply — will help them poop better. That's it. That's the tweet.


    Promising review: "I've bought one of these for myself, my parents, and my friends. I'm not kidding. You may think I'm just some made up spam account, but I honestly have bought multiple squatty potties. Not to get too graphic, but when I'm doing my business I'll think almost nothing came out based on the amount of pushing I did. I'll turn around and the bowl is full. I've never seen so much come out of me so easily before. As long as you are also getting an appropriate amount of fiber in your diet, this will work better than sitting on the toilet normally. I almost don't want to use a toilet for number two unless there's a Squatty Potty." —Ludlum

    Get it from Amazon for $24.23.

    Check out a full review of the Squatty Potty in "I Tried The Squatty Potty And I Will Never Poop The Same."

    23. A pack of aerating wine decanters so they can unleash the ~bouquet~ of the red they're drinking. Perfect for cheapest-bottle buyers and connoisseurs alike.


    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.95.

    24. A carry-on suitcase to upgrade their travel game. That old, smelly duffel needs to go!


    Can confirm: This is a good gift! I would know, since it was once gifted to me. I used to travel a lot for work and this was the only bag I ever reached for. It easily fits a week of clothes/toiletries and it sooo easy to roll around the airport. 10/10.

    Promising review: "I purchased this after reading ALL the Amazon reviews for carry-ons. This one always came out on top and had the best recommendations on the flight crew blogs. My husband is a pilot and we travel A LOT! This bag is great quality and just the right size. You can cram a lot of gear in it without it getting busy or too heavy. The rollers are smooth and it is easy to drag through the airport. I liked the black and added a colorful luggage strap so I don't get it mixed up with other similar bags." —Shaunna Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $108.49 (available in six colors).

    25. A Lifestraw personal water filter for them to keep on-hand, ensuring they always have fresh, clean water. The perfect thing to give to the serial-adventurer in your life.

    Promising review: "Used it on a hike recently; tried different configurations as shown, with the drinking straight out of the river, and out of a wide-mouth bottle. The flow-rate through the LifeStraw is a little reminiscent of drinking a really thick milkshake, which is understandable considering the filter basically gets everything. When I filled up my Nalgene with water from the stream, I could see the sediment start to settle; I even made sure to get some with the straw just to see. Worked like a charm. You just need to remember to blow into it afterwards to clear out the straw." —Kingston

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Check out "Nature Lovers, Members Of The Military And Emergency Personnel All Swear By This Filtering Straw" for more rave reviews of this straw!

    26. An infusion pitcher so they can keep their thirst quenched literally all the time. A refreshing blend of tempting fruits is sure to encourage them to drink a few more glasses a day.


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

    27. An essential-oil stick that makes for a thoughtful add-on gift for the frequent headache-sufferer in your life.

    Katy Herman / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "OMG, finally something that works! I've had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I've tried everything: over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I've only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I've already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it's phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Check out "Attention, Headache Sufferers: This Essential Oil Stick Will Change Your Damn Life" for more info!

    28. Touch screen leather gloves lined with a cashmere blend so they can not only stay warm and feel like they're living the life of luxury, but *tweet* about their gorgeous gloves even while they're on their hands.


    Promising review: "Like most other reviewers, I am EXTREMELY PLEASED with these gloves. They are as soft as butter and warm to boot! I am so impressed with these that I'm planning on purchasing another pair for my Mother-In-Law for Christmas." —Liz G.

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 14 colors).

    29. A strong umbrella to protect them from the sky's vitriolic tears. This one won't turn inside-out on them, just when they need its protection the most.


    The umbrella is automatic, lightweight, and has nine ribs to hold strong against the wind.

    Promising review: "This is the best umbrella I have ever purchased or used. As soon as I get home or get to the office, I shut the umbrella and brush the excess water and wow — there is almost no water on the umbrella. It is also fast-drying and very sturdy. I tried it on a windy day recently, and it held up very well. Amazing product and I highly recommend it!" —Nadir Durrani

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    Ohhhh the transformative power of practical gifts!


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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