Skip To Content
    Updated on Dec 3, 2019. Posted on Nov 25, 2019

    36 Gifts Your Partner Won't Secretly Want To Return

    Nothing in this world is certain except death, taxes, and your partner's love of these gifts.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    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!

    Amazon

    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 $6.47 (available in 15 subjects).

    2. A Hydroflask travel coffee mug, because their pickiness about beverage temperature is one of the things you love most about them.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The stainless steel mug keeps beverages hot for up to six hours or cold for up to 24 hours while using the lid! It's BPA-free and phthalate-free.

    Promising review: "This is my best coffee friend. I had no idea how lacking I was until I purchased it. I can get busy and forget I have coffee (I know, blasphemy!) but this thing keeps it warm FOR HOURS! No joke, HOURS! I will buy another one for the person I love in this world, because they deserve this type of coffee happiness! And so do you! Buy it — you are welcome." —Ari Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $21.81+ (available in five sizes and 12 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!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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 $14.99.

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

    Amazon

    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.

    amazon.com

    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 $9.95 (available in three colors).

    6. A rock climbing mug so your adventurous mate can practice their grip over their morning cup of joe. They'll be filming their own Free Solo in no time!

    Climbergoods

    Promising review: "I got this for my husband as a birthday gift. He thought it was so cool and would help him practice his grip. Really cool, overall." —Katherine Suarez

    Get it from Climbergoods on Etsy for $29.50+ (available in 10 colors).

    7. 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?"

    Amazon

    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 $17.95.

    8. 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.

    A downward photo of someone's feet in tweed and shearling slippers with open backs.
    amazon.com

    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 wear these all the time." —emily

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and five colors).

    9. 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.

    Amazon

    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.

    10. Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains — a book of architectural renderings any movie aficionado (or simply a purveyor of no-good) will love flipping through while cackling menacingly and wringing their hands.

    Amazon

    The book is printed entirely in black and silver and has entries on Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Star Wars, The Incredibles, Blade Runner 2049, You Only Live Twice, The Ghost Writer, Body Double, North by Northwest, and more!

    Promising review: "Great idea, stunning design. Perfect holiday gift for movie and architecture aficionados." —Francine

    Get it from Amazon for $67.50.

    11. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $19.95+ (available in two colors).

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

    instagram.com, instagram.com

    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 $42.99+ (available in 14 weights/sizes and 22 colors and patterns).

    13. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $19.99 (available in two colors).

    14. 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!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    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.

    Promising review: "It has everything you need to start a first batch of kombucha. It includes clear instructions on how to make it 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 $44.99.

    For more on the kit, check out "This Kombucha Brewing Kit Has A Cult Following On Amazon And Will Save You So Much Money."

    15. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $31.99+ (available in three sizes).

    16. 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!

    amazon.com

    Need some records to go with? Try some favorites of the decade available on Amazon like Solange's A Seat at the Table ($20.47), Bon Iver's 22, A Million ($23.59), or Lizzo's Cuz I Love You ($19.59).

    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 $39.96 (available in 27 colors).

    17. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It looks exactly like the picture does when assembled. It was fairly easy to put together, only taking about 20–25 minutes. It is what I would call a more muted or almost greenish gold versus a more yellowy/orange gold. It has a fairly matte finish and isn’t shiny or mirror-like like brass. It is sturdy enough to hold a fair amount of bottles and looks great. Would recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $123.99.

    18. A 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

    Promising review: "This backpack is expensive but the price is worth the quality you are getting. It looks super cute and good size to fit your laptop and folders for school. Can also use it for traveling!" —Joey258

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in 60 colors) or Urban Outfitters for $80 (available in 10 colors).

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

    amazon.com

    The stackable rings are made of stainless steel and can have up to 35 characters of customization. They're from Amazon Handmade and can take one or two days to create and ship.

    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).

    Head to "These $15 Engraved Stacking Rings From Amazon Make The Perfect Gift" for more info!

    20. A hygro cotton temperature regulating 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!

    Macy's

    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 $24.97+ (originally $50+, available in two sizes).

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

    instagram.com

    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 and recommended for ages 17+.

    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 $29.99.

    22. A state fish print if you took a chance, swiped right on someone holding a fish in their Tinder photo, and it actually worked out! The fish are designed out of vintage maps and are sure to ~reel~ in a lot of attention wherever they hang.

    WoodenPencilCo, WoodenPenilCo

    Get it from WoodenPencilCo on Etsy for $41+ (available in two sizes) — explore all of the states available here!

    23. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $19.99.

    24. 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.

    instagram.com

    What they get: For beauty, four to six deluxe beauty, hair, and makeup samples based on their preferences and for grooming, five sample-size grooming supplies customized to their preferences.

    Get it from Birchbox for $45/three months for beauty and $30/three months for grooming.

    25. A pop icon calendar to give their desk more flair, panache, and star quality.

    ModCloth

    Get it from ModCloth for $18.

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

    Amazon

    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 $5.52.

    27. A custom New York Times front page puzzle to commemorate a special day of theirs. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or special event they'll love remembering a significant moment with a bit of leisurely fun.

    UncommonGoods

    The puzzle can be customized for any date on or after September 18, 1851.

    Promising review: "If you know anyone who enjoys puzzles this is perfect for them. It's challenging and sentimental as it will forever be a memento for them." —Jls82

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $49.95.

    28. 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.)

    amazon.com

    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 $23.99.

    29. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $9.99+ (available in three colors).

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

    Anthropologie

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

    31. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $24.99 in classic white or $78.76 in a modern, clear version.

    Learn more about the Squatty Potty in "I Tried The Squatty Potty And I Will Never Poop The Same."

    32. A cable-knit sherpa 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This blanket has fast become the family favorite for snuggling up on the couch! The cable knit is beautiful and the fleece backing makes it super warm and cozy." —A. Sherwood

    Get it from Amazon for $51.99+ (available in five colors).

    33. A copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 choc-full of facts so they can have the satisfaction of being right at least every once in a while.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The Farmer's Almanac is a staple. It gives you heaps of useful information and tips on nearly everything domestic from gardening and cooking to advice and trivia. We buy one every year." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.18.

    34. A Mistletoe candle that comes with an extra gift — a smooch from their sweetheart!

    Homesick

    Get it from Homesick for $29.95.

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

    Amazon

    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 $25.99+ (available in four colors).

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This made an awesome present for an Office fan. It's been placed on a high traffic pillow and none of the sequins have come off! The value for the quality received is excellent. It made such a great present that I am considering buying a few more for Christmas." —Finding Joy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90 (available in nine colors) and get an insert for $8.49.

    TFW you give that perfect gift:

    NBC

    Searching for some great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

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

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    Shopping Newsletter
     

    Find great products and the best-money saving deals around, delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form