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    35 Gifts Your Partner Won't Want To Return Behind Your Back

    There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and your partner's adoration of these gifts.

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    1. A fill-in-the-blank book to woo your S.O. with sweet, sweet compliments. Oh, nice things about me? You shouldn't have!!!

    The book has 112 pages, and comes with a plastic sleeve for safe-keeping. Prompts such as "You deserve the ______ award," and "You have the greatest taste in ______," guide you towards some sweet sentiments. May I suggest, "You have the greatest taste in partners."

    Promising review: "For Christmas, I wanted some personal for my boyfriend. Sometimes I feel like there isn't enough time to show your appreciation for the one you love. After doing some researching, I decided on this fill in the blank book. Some of the questions were a bit goofy and a laugh for us both, but I loved being able to fill out and answer the questions. It was a gift that he definitely will remember and it made my day to see how much he appreciated hearing all the things I love about him!" —Jenna G

    Get it on Amazon for $10.40.

    2. An Ember temperature control mug, because their pickiness about beverage temperature is one of the things you love most about them.,

    The mug connects to an app that lets you set your ideal beverage temperature to an exact degree, and even alerts you when your drink has reached that temperature! It also comes with a charging coaster to keep the warmth goin'.

    Promising review: "I received both the Ember Ceramic Mug and Travel Mugs as Christmas gifts. I love my Embers. There's nothing like sitting leisurely with my coffee, reading the paper, and picking up my coffee mug 10 minutes later to enjoy perfectly hot coffee at my ideal temperature. The same with the Travel Mug, where 30 minutes into a commute, the coffee remains my ideal temperature. If you should ever have a problem, their customer care is second to none — quick, responsive and helpful. The companion app helps me set the perfect temperature and update the firmware. This is a very well thought-out and well-executed product and ecosystem, with equally great service, and an apparently a well run company. If you like your coffee hot, their motto says it all: Stay warm!" —YT Blue

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (comes in two colors).

    3. A go-anywhere table tennis set so they can totally crush your cousins in a tournament at this year's holiday gatherings. You've heard enough stories about playing table tennis at camp every year for 10 years to know they got this!,

    The net can attach to any surface up to 75 inches across and 1.75 inches thick. The set comes with the net, two paddles, and three balls, so you're all set for gameplay!

    Promising review: "This set is well made and adaptable. It fits tables with thin and thick wood (over an inch and a quarter) and is being enjoyed by children and adults alike. When 'investigated' by a 3-year-old it was strong enough to retain its shape! The portability is extremely useful, and unlike metal screw-on sets the strong smooth plastic ends have not scratched or harmed the table. Glad we ordered it! Also makes a great gift!" —iPad User

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A set of sushi socks that are o*fish*ally the cutest socks in existence!

    Promising review: "I got them for my husband who only wears white socks, because the presentation is adorable, and he LOVES sushi, so I couldn’t resist! It was a 'just because' gift and I’m happy to report he took the plunge and has already worn the tamago socks, in public. Once unrolled, they no longer look like sushi, obviously, but still fun colorful socks." —Valberg

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (available in women's size 5.5–9 a men's size 9.5–13).

    5. A Cableyoyo to manage their headphones. You see first-hand the horror-show of tangled, mangled ear buds that comes out of their pocket every day. This deserves its own spot on Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

    A magnet in the middle of the Cableyoyo keeps everything nice and tight without damaging the headphones. No more detangling!

    Promising review: "Excellent product! I bought it as a gift for my husband and he loves it. It keeps his headphones tidy and easy to use on the go. The magnet bit is also helpful to keep the earbuds in place. I bought the green color, lightweight and good quality. Very satisfied with this product!" —JeKa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.28+ (available in three colors).

    6. A jar opener for all the times they need a little extra elbow grease... even though they totally loosened it on their own. The gift that will make them say "where has this been all my life?"

    The jar-opener can expand and contract to accommodate lids from 1 to 3.5 inches. It's also dishwasher safe, just in case.

    Promising review: "This is a very versatile jar opener that, unlike so many others, expands with a twist of the knob to accommodate larger jar lids. Once applied and tightened, the handle provides great leverage to open even the most stubborn of jars. I tried to open a wide-mouthed pickle jar by hand and no success after many tries which included running the lid under hot water and knocking it against a granite countertop. Opening the jar had to wait until this handy unit arrived. Once again, I tried to open the jar by hand without success. Then I applied the Kuhn Rikon to the pickle jar, tightened it against the edges of the lid, grabbed the handle and then......voila! It opened with one nudge." —Steven Arnold

    Get it from Amazon for $15.17.

    7. A pair of slippers, because up until now you have been the Official Foot Warmer of the house. Obviously, you've been happy to help those tootsies, but it's time to pass the title on to these cozy essentials.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these slippers. SO comfortable and warm with the memory foam. Love the thick rubber sole on the bottom, so there is no way you would slip. I bought these to bring the hospital when I give birth, but I am wearing these all the time. I wear a size 10 shoe. After reading some reviews that these run slightly small (I wear these with and without socks), I opted for the 11–12 size and so glad I did. They fit me perfectly. So, I would definitely size up!" —emily

    Get them from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in sizes S–XL and five colors).

    8. An electric wine bottle opener so they can keep poppin' all those bottles at their famous dinner parties without any risk of repeating the terrible cork incident of 2014.


    The bottle opener comes with a foil cutter, can remove a cork in seconds, and works on 30 bottles on a single charge! It also comes with a sleek charging station that will fit in on any home bar.

    Promising review: "Picture the scene: It's Saturday afternoon, you have discovered a fresh bottle of wine in the fridge and you have absolutely no responsibilities for the day. You go to the drawer to get your corkscrew and your osteoarthritis says, "OH HOLD UP! GO GET YO MAN TO OPEN THIS FOR YOU!" ...except your man is at a friend's house helping install a ceiling fan. The horror. The devastation. But wait! Enter the Oster electric wine opener. All my dreams came true. Simple and sleek design takes up little counter space. It works flawlessly and with ease. Be still, my wine-soaked heart. True love does exist." —Allison S.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    9. A bento lunchbox that will keep their lunch neat, tidy, and way more socially acceptable than that ziplock full of spaghetti they've been rocking lately.,

    The box also comes with two 20 oz food containers, a pair of chopsticks, and a cutlery set.

    Promising review: "I bought this bento box for my boyfriend as a gift for Valentine's Day, and he LOVES it! It's a really nice bento box and it came a lot faster than expected. He loves when I pack his lunch in it because then he can grab it before he leaves for work. I even bought a bento cookbook so I can make him different things to eat. I pre-make the cooked rice and proteins so then packing it is a breeze and takes no time at all. It has also saved us money because now instead oh him grabbing take out it has encouraged us to just pack a lunch!" —Kaitlyn

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+.

    10. A weighted blanket to help them relax and sleep sounder. Everyone deserves a good sleep, but especially your beloved!,

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my wife a few weeks ago —

    she was very skeptical when she opened the box and took it out, but since then she has used it every night and she absolutely loves it! It does help her relax and sleep better." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $63.50+ (available in 12 weights/sizes and 13 colors).

    11. A beautiful French press for brewing up a delicious cup of coffee as well as brewing up a conversation about how they ever enjoyed their morning joe out of anything less gorgeous.

    Promising review: "I have wanted a French press for a while now, since experiencing the superior coffee it makes at my cousin's house. This particular one has a really beautiful and simple design that makes it a little different than others you see on the market. Functionally it works just as it should, and is easy to clean. The price was also a winner for me. It was half the cost of other popular brands and works every bit as well. I would definitely recommend this French press to others. Oh yes, and the coffee is great!" —Pandora

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in two colors).

    12. A kombucha brewing kit because your partner's kombucha bills are starting to add up! With all the money they'll save crafting their own, this gift is ~basically~ like giving them a check for a million dollars. It's also just really fun to make!


    The kombucha kit includes a 1-gallon brewing jar featuring a place to write brew notes, pH test strips, a temperature gauge, a 16-page post-brewing guide, organic sugar, an organic tea blend, and a kombucha culture and liquid starter. Find out more about why people are loving this kit in BuzzFeed's full write-up!

    Promising review: "It has everything you need to start a first batch of kombucha. It includes clear instructions on how to make, and continue your kombucha for the second batch. Now I’m making my third batch and loving it so far. After the first batch, you will need to find your own tea leaves and sugar but it’s fun trying different tea to see how differently it tastes. It’s also fun trying different fruits/spices for second fermentation. If you purchase this kit as your first kombucha investment, you can brew your kombucha forever only with additional tea leaves and sugar." —Meg

    Get it from Amazon for $46.95.

    13. A wedge pillow that your partner can really lean on to keep them comfortable while reading, knitting, gaming, or just chilling and watching Parks and Recreation with you all weekend.

    Promising review: "Sitting in the bed can be luxurious unless you are sliding down or pillows are going between the mattress and the bed. These pillows elevated me enough to comfortably knit for hours and kept any pillows from their normal disappearing act." —Williamettia Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $31.79+ (available in three sizes).

    14. A record player so they can listen to their favorite tunes in a timeless medium in their very own home. Bonus: It creates cute date opportunities to go vinyl shopping!

    Need some records to go with? I recommend the new boygenius EP for $15.98 or Miski's new LP Be The Cowboy for $19.99.

    Promising review: "I am so in love with this record player. My husband bought it for me for Christmas. It is the best gift ever! It is easy to use, the sound is fantastic. I especially love the color, all the color choices are terrific. If I could give more than five stars I would!" —Taryn and Jonathon

    Get it from Amazon for $44.18 (available in 20 colors).

    15. A classy gold bar cart for jazzing up their decor and giving their bar tools a nice place to live. The liquor bottles on top of the fridge will be so happy to have a home.

    Home Depot

    Promising review: "Very nice looking and very easy to assemble. We'd been looking for something like this for years, but didn't want to pay a huge amount. This looks very nice in our house, and fills an empty spot of furniture!" —K44

    Get it from Home Depot for $262.31.

    16. A mini Fjallraven backpack they've probably been wanting FOREVER. These cuties have yet to go out of style, and I'm convinced they never will!

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $70 (available in 10 colors).

    17. A personalized, engraved ring to remind them of a special name (ahem, yours), date (ahem your anniversary), or inside joke (ahem, soup snake).

    The stackable rings are made of stainless steel. Learn more about why people are ~loving~ this ring in BuzzFeed's full write-up.

    Promising review: "I have three daughters and I got each of their names engraved on a ring. I got one silver, one gold, and one rose gold. They are just beautiful, sturdy, and look like they must have cost a lot more than they did. My in-laws thought we went to a jewelry store and had them done." —sozohappy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in five colors and sizes 3–11.5).

    18. A hygro cotton pillow, because heaven knows you only sleep at your own apartment once in a literal blue moon, and this is a loving way to tell them their pillow game could use a little step up!


    The pillow is made of temperature regulating materials to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It is also moisture-wicking because #nightsweats are REAL.

    Promising review: "This Goodful temperature-regulating Hygrocotton standard pillow is all you need for a great night’s sleep. The weather is cooling down and this pillow keeps my head warm at night. It’s not too firm, but definitely not too soft. It’s like sleeping on clouds. I haven't experienced any headaches, neck aches, or shoulder soreness. I look forward to laying my head down each night with this terrific pillow." —Reb304

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $34.99 (marked down from $50 until November 24).

    19. What Do You Meme?, a card game that will make all that meme-sending finally pay off.

    During gameplay, you put a picture of a meme on a literal pedestal, and everyone has to play the descriptor card that makes the best match with the image. Def not for kids!

    Promising review: "This is such a FUN game! And it makes a unique gift that works for everyone. If you have someone in your life that is difficult to buy for — meaning they pretty much have everything they need or just buy it for themselves if they want something — this is the PERFECT gift! As a hostess gift, housewarming gift, birthday, or holiday gift. Great for college kids, parents, and neighbors. Works for both close friends/family and the new people in your life that you aren't sure about what to give as a gift. Our typical go-to gift was a nice bottle of liquor. Now it's this game!" —Mel S

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    20. A set of artificial succulents with vases so they can benefit from the beauty of having plant bbs without the grueling work of having to water them a little bit once a month.

    Promising review: "Looooove these little guys. They look incredibly real and give some life to the apartment. I have these on my coffee table and a few in the bathrooms. I get compliments on them all the time — just bought more for my sister!" —Lee A.

    Get a set of four on Amazon for $24.99.

    21. A Birchbox subscription with beauty or grooming products to give them a perfectly curated box of cosmetics without having to wander around Sephora for hours on end, pick things up in endless combinations, and eventually leave after having an existential crisis.

    Get it from Birchbox for $10/month for beauty and $10/month for grooming.

    22. A stainless steel pocket tool, because no task is too big for this little instrument. It's basically 11 gifts in one!

    The multi-tool includes a can opener, bottle opener, 4-position wrench, 2-position wrench, butterfly screw wrench, direction ancillary wrench, knife edge, saw blade, screwdriver, ruler, and keychain hole.

    Promising review: "I rarely use tools, but on the rare occasion that I need one, I groan thinking that I need to go buy the respective tool which, again, I'll rarely use anyway. This multi-use pocket tool is just what a gal like me needs! The best thing about it is that unlike other multi-tools, it is flat and fits in your wallet! They also provide a carrying case so you can store it in your bag. They advertise a keyring hole, which is the one thing I would advise against, because the knife edge and saw blade are sharp and I wouldn't want this tool hanging around my body. But on the bright side, with the stainless steel material, the tools are actually sharp — a pleasant surprise. This won't break with average use." —Johann Christine Alcaraz

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98.

    23. A mushroom growing kit that puts the ~fun~ in fungus and lets you cultivate your very own pink oyster mushrooms! A perfect gift for any mushroom lover. (The food kind, not the other kind.)

    The kit comes with an all-in-one already colonized block as well as a spray bottle for keeping your bb mushrooms nice and hydrated.

    Promising review: "This kit worked extremely well! My family and I were shocked at how full and quickly the mushrooms grew. They're delicious as well. The directions that come with the kit are very simple and clear but I HIGHLY recommend watching the short video online. These would be great for the classroom because of the ease of growth and ability to see the whole mushroom (mycelium). Can't wait to try the brown oysters next!" —J. Dochtermann

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    24. A desktop corgi calendar for adding a little puppy love to their desk. Who could return this paper pup to the paper pup pound? Nobody.


    Get it from ModCloth for $15 or Amazon for $18.65.

    25. A pot of Tarte moisturizer, because the only gift greater than your affection is the gift of hydrated skin.


    The moisturizer is formulated with marine plant extracts to smooth and soften skin. It's also vegan and is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten!

    Promising review: "This is probably the best moisturizer I’ve tried. It leaves my skin feeling light and bright and I can go to bed without making sure that it dries because it absorbs into my skin right away." —Caitlyn B

    Get it from Tarte for $39.

    26. A Lunarly subscription so they remember to practice self-care and set intentions for the month. Boxes come with either a plant or a delightful candle, but ALL boxes comes with ~good vibes~.

    Lunarly, Rachel Dunkel

    ^That's my face with my new plant from a Lunarly subscription, and YES it is still alive thanks to their care instructions! Can confirm from personal experience, great gift!

    Get it from Lunarly for $40/month.

    27. A massage oil candle for bringing a little ~flame~ back in the bedroom.


    The candle is formulated with soy wax, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil. It melts into a pool of luxurious massage oil perfect for setting the mood and using during a ~sexy~ massage.

    Get it from Lelo for $34.90 (available in three scents).

    28. A pair of over-ear headphones to replace all those earbuds they've lost this year alone! These have great sound quality, won't make your ears ache, and are decidedly difficult to misplace.

    Promising review: "Wow! I've owned a lot of headsets far more expensive over the years yet this product can hold its own against any of them. The sound quality exceeds my expectations and the fit is very comfortable. Shipping was fast as well." —me

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    29. A monogrammed mug that has (the first letter of) their name written alllll over it.


    Get it from Anthropologie for $10 (available in letters A–Z).

    30. A Squatty Potty, because the ultimate sign of true love is knowing each others' poop schedules. And trust me, once they try a Squatty Potty, they'll never look back.,

    The squatty potty str8 up changed my life. Find out more about why EVERYONE loves the stool for stool in BuzzFeed's full review.

    Promising review: "I bought this about a month ago for my wife and I, and really wanted to get some good time in with it before I wrote this review. We are pretty healthy people, work out when possible, and have no problems when it comes to #2. That said, this is by far the best bathroom accessory you can buy. I like to poop. It's literally the first thing I do in the morning. This will make it that more enjoyable. Sit down, pull it out from the toilet, put your feet up, and bombs away! It feels like a straight pipe coming from your colon. Remember those difficult to push out BMs? No more! With just a slight push, you are done. Gravity takes over, and out she comes. This is how the human body was designed to poop. We literally pooped like this for thousands of years! I recommend this to all my friends, who laugh at me till they try it. Stop making it hard on yourself when you poop. Buy a Squatty Potty!" —jjl1911

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 in classic white or $82.57 in a modern, clear version.

    31. A chic cable-knit throw big enough that you can both snuggle up under it and pretend you're wearing one *giant* sweater. Now that's a date night.

    J. Crew

    Get it from J. Crew for $99 (available in 11 colors).

    32. A copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac 2019 choc-full of facts so they can have the satisfaction of being right at least every once in a while.

    Promising review: "Like many, I purchased the Old Farmer’s Almanac for weather predictions but it’s so much more! Do you want to know how to make your own pickles or sausage at home? Or grow plants by the moon phase? Did you know there was a total Lunar Eclipse in January the whole USA can see?! Or maybe you want to try the award winning recipes of 2018. Whether you are a buff for obscure scientific facts, a homemaker, a farmer or, like many of us, none of these but just want to dabble in the old-timey arts, this OFA is for you. Really, something for everyone. Interesting and so much fun." —Sally B.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.18.

    33. An external battery for always keeping in touch, especially if your partner tends to go rogue when it comes to phone charging!

    My partner got this for me, and I truly use it every day. It holds three FULL charges for an iPhone and is an essential, especially considering I'm lost 100% of the time.

    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my wife before we went overseas for two weeks. She was able to charge her phone during the day for four or five days before it needed to be recharged. I was actually very impressed with it." —Ray Detwiler

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49+ (available in three colors).

    34. A silicone electric toothbrush to keep their breath fresh as can be. Even though you love them when their breath is stinky, you can find room in your heart for some minty breath, too.


    See BuzzFeed's full review of the Foreo toothbrush.

    The toothbrush is made of silicone, which makes it super resistant to bacteria and build-up while also combatting gum recession and damage to enamel. It's also USB rechargeable, meaning there's no bulky charger taking up all of the coveted sink space.

    Get it from Foreo for $149 (available in three colors).

    35. And, of course, a Dwight sequin pillow that you will both cherish until the end of time, and is basically your son now.


    Promising review: "I was kind of expecting a low quality pillow case but it is amazing!! Hilarious birthday present. I am very pleased :)" —Melanie Polo

    Get it from Memeskins on Etsy for $24.66 for the case and $35.08 for the case and pillow.

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