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    25 Gifts That Are Inexpensive *And* Low-Key Life-Changing

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    1. An Amazon Echo Dot to turn their pad from a house to a ~smart home~. It'll be their little life assistant by helping them with their schedule, telling them the weather, playing music, and *so* much more!

    A round white Echo Dot ringed with a blue light sits on a wooden table with the phrase "Alexa, play study music." in a speech bubble below it.
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    The Echo Dot can set alarms, make shopping lists, play music, dim the lights, tell you about the weather...it's a little scary how much it's capable of!

    Promising review: "I have friends and family who have made fun of me for using the Echo Dot around my home. Well, I gave a few as gifts. 'Why would I ever need something like this' turned into love with it the first hour! The music, the information, and the whole Alexa experience made her a huge believer. The same thing happened with my sister and my niece. They loved it. Now we also 'drop in' to talk to one another. I'd say it was a huge hit and based on my personal experiences plus their enthusiastic acceptance, I have to give Alexa and the Echo Dot five stars." —Greg C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four colors).

    2. A Nalgene bottle so they can finally leave disposable bottles back in 2019 where they belong. They'll be weirdly emotionally attached to their Nalgene in no time at all.

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    Promising review: "You don't have to ask the quality of Nalgene bottles. They are simply durable, tough, and reliable. There's just something I like about the simple design of it and it's perfect. Unlike other fancy water bottles with flip-cap or whatever, Nalgene keeps their product simple yet usable. I personally love this cadet color and it was a steal when I got it. Keeps me hydrated all the time!" —Sena Narottama

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05+ (available in six sizes and 77 colors).

    3. Blue light–blocking glasses that'll help reduce the eye strain they feel after being on the computer for eight hours during the work day. Ending the day without that fatigue and fogginess? Miraculous.

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    Promising review: "These are exactly what I was looking for as I was getting horrible headaches from the computer screen. I wanted something that had a trendy look but also versatile as well. These glasses are lightweight and very sturdy. I have received so many compliments from my colleagues about these glasses as well. I will be buying a second pair to keep one at the office and one in my home office. I’m also on the hunt for a male version because my husband is jealous of my glasses." —Amy Carey

    Get them from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in four colors).

    4. A pair of satin pillowcases to keep their hair from getting matted in the night and give their lovely head somewhere dainty and glamorous to lay.

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    Promising review: "I love this SOOO MUCH! The hype for silk pillowcases is real! I have a FULL head of hair that is very long, which has also been processed to death. Since my hair is always so dry due to all of the color processes, I like to air-dry it to save it from being damaged further by the heat. Well, my hair would always look like a frizzy mess the morning after, even though I saturated my hair with leave-in treatments and treatment oils. Finally, I decided to try out a silk pillowcase and I'm obsessed! I can now rock my air-dry hair the next morning without looking like I have a rat's nest on my head. The only thing I wish this had is zippers. Since silk is slippery, the cover tends to fall off the pillows often. Other than that, this is perfect. I'm going to bring a pillowcase with me when I travel!" —Rubicant

    Get the set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in standard, queen, and king sizes and in 15 colors).

    5. A bag of Death Wish Coffee for finally getting them the JOLT of caffeine they crave with only one cup instead of a whole pot.

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    Folks who normally rely on constant refills of normal roasts find themselves only having a cup or two of this with the same results. You've been warned. Death Wish coffee is fair-trade and organic.

    Promising review: "Ok folks, words of warning, ration out your coffee. If you drink a 24 ounce Starbucks, you need an 8 ounce of this as your FIRST cup. I'm serious here, heed my warning or you could end up cleaning your entire house, doing all your yard work, making love to your partner, waxing your car, building a garage, or single-handedly raising the Titanic on your own, all in the first hour after drinking this wonderful coffee. You have been warned." —ItsTheXFactor

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    Learn more about Death Wish coffee in "This Super Caffeinated Coffee Is About To Make Your Sluggish Mornings So Much Better."

    6. A six-pack of velvet headbands, because honestly one of the most life-changing developments that can happen is becoming a Headband Person.

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    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 18 styles and combinations).

    7. A cast iron skillet that — if they're anything like me — will change the way they cook forever. Meat has never been so perfectly browned, vegetables so perfectly crisped, cornbread so perfectly crusted.

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    Promising review: "I adore this skillet. As long as you keep up with oiling and don't use dish soap on it, the non-stick surface holds up like a charm. It is heavy and I need to buy one of those cute things to put on the handle since it gets hot when you use it on the stove top, (as cast iron does), but it is everything I expected from my first cast iron pan. It has seen a few months of pretty consistent use and it is going strong. I love being able to pan sear and then pop things into the oven." —RDlenix

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in nine sizes).

    8. A whole bunch of undies from Aerie, because they're high-key 10-for-$25 right now, and that means *10* great gifts for anyone with a butt. Having all new underwear really makes you feel on top of the world.

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    Get 10 pairs of underwear from Aerie for $25 (enter code "BUZZFEED2019" at checkout to make the 10-for-$30 deal into $10-for-$25), including the brown pair here and the black pair here.

    Head to "Throw Out All Your Undies, Because Aerie Has A Great Deal Right Now" for more info and some highlights!

    9. An essential-oil migraine relief stick to help the frequent headache-sufferer in your life find a little relief.

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    Essential oils are concentrated plant essences — this stick has peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils to help calm raging headaches.

    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!

    10. A cold brew maker that will save them a whole lot of time and money running to the coffee shop for their morning cup of cold bean juice.

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    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 $17.99+ (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. A 12-inch foam roller they'll get a ton of use out of whether they're a monster in the gym or just need to ~loosen up~ their muscles after a long day of sitting at a desk.

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    Promising review: "My chiropractor recommended I buy the 36" version of this for some daily routine back stretching to do at home. This product has been amazing for stretching, and massaging sore muscles throughout my back and shoulders. I feel very supported by this roller and have had no issues with it thus far. I weigh 200 pounds and have yet to damage this roller after weeks of use. Overall very pleased with this product. And at such a great price, I honestly can't find a single negative remark to note about it." —Luke Marrs

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four sizes and seven colors).

    12. A password journal, because making *and* remembering unique passwords is an albatross we all must live with, and this will make it SO much easier for them.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this little book! What an awesome idea someone had when they came up with this! I have always had to write my passwords in some sort of notebook/journal since I have so many accounts and can never remember any of them, but this just made it SO much easier! It’s in alphabetical order which is super convenient and it’s discreet yet not boring enough to get shuffled away with other paperwork and notebooks." —Erika Gustafson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    13. A pair of cut-resistant gloves that will change the way the clumsy person in your life operates in the kitchen forever. Now they can chop with confidence!

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    Promising review: "Just used these gloves with a SHARP mandolin to make razor-thin shallots for a made-from-scratch green bean casserole for the holidays. I'm SO happy I bought these because they WORK exceptionally well! I set my mandolin to the thinnest setting and used these gloves to get the finest thinly cut shallots. Love, love, love this product. They fit like a glove! Haha. If you're culinarily inclined, it's a very practical item to have in your must-have culinary cutlery collection." —Anne

    Get them from Amazon for $11.49 (available in in sizes S–XL).

    For more, check out "These Cut-Resistant Gloves Are Actual Lifesavers If You Cook Or Work With Sharp Objects."

    14. A Squatty Potty, because this may be the single most life-changing technology their bowels could have dreamed of. Get ready for a heartfelt, TMI thank you.

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    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."

    15. A Two-Minute Mornings journal that'll prompt them to jot down a bit about their life every day. They'll appreciate having this little artifact of themselves for years to come.

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    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.

    16. A travel wallet so they can stay uncharacteristically organized while traveling. There's even a spot for a pen — always the most elusive when they need one to fill out customs forms.

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    Promising review: "This is my new go-to travel wallet! It has slots for everything you need. The color is great and it's not bulky. If it had more than three credit card slots I would use it as my everyday wallet because that's how much I love it. My pen kept falling out so I would suggest using a pen that has a clip in it. The inside flap came in handy for my plane boarding passes." —Tee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 35 colors).

    17. A slim external battery so they're never up a creek without a charge — one of the worst feelings of the modern world.

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    Promising reviews: "I bought this during the height of the Pokemon Go release craze, and it worked great for keeping my phone alive so I could try and find something other than Pidgeys. I don't play anymore but it still works as a good life extender while on long flights between my two work offices." —Kim Dee

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. A Quip electric toothbrush to change their oral hygine routine for the better. Quip gently vibrates and will cue them to change quadrants of their mouth ever 30 seconds until they get the two-minute brush the dentist begs them for.

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    I have Quip and absolutely love it. Each set comes with the Quip brush, travel cover mount, a large toothpaste, and a travel-sized toothpaste. For $10 every three months, they’ll be sent a new brush head, AAA battery, and two different-sized toothpastes, the subscription is optional, so they can just keep the toothbrush set if they'd rather.

    Get the plastic version from Quip for $25 (or $40 for the metallic version).

    Quip is our budget pick for the best electric toothbrush on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    19. A page holder so they no longer need to struggle to keep their previous volumes open while trying to casually read.

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    Promising review: "This little piece was sanded so well that it feels like velvet on your thumb! It's nice to be able to hold a book open without the hassle of using an extra hand. It hasn't done any damage to my pages or bothered my thumb while reading. I hesitated to buy this because it seemed like a want more than a need, but now that I have it, I see that I really needed it." —Daniela Pimentel

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in two sizes).

    20. A digital kitchen scale with a handy conversion chart on the surface so they never have to look up how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon with flour-covered hands again.

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    Promising review: "I love it. What's also helpful are the measurements that's on top of it. It's very easy to use. I simply lay scale on a flat surface, add my bowl/plate, tare and add my food. It allows you to change measurements unit as the item sits on the scale. I'm buying one for my mom when it's on sale again." —SheridaH

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $13.93 (originally $35.99).

    21. A dog feeding tracker so they never have to think too hard about their most important chore — something they currently spend about five minutes considering every morning and night.

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    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if not I feed them and indicate it, we all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    22. A clip-on ring light to take their selfies to a whole new level. Who care if Instagram is taking away likes? Still gotta look fresh.

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    Promising review: "Right out of the box it was easy to use and I was taking amazing pictures with my iPhone like I never had before. A lot of power in a tiny package; it's easy to slip into my purse or pocket and I take it with me everywhere my phone goes so I'm always ready to grab the perfect shot. Love it!" —Allison C.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    23. A jade roller for upgrading their skincare routine and help them *and* their skin destress. It's said to help promote circulation, tighten skin, help with lymphatic drainage and overall ~de-puff~ — what more could you ask for?

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    Promising review: "This is the first jade roller I’ve ever used I’m loving it. The back of the box also gives you tips on which sides of the roller to use on different parts of your face, which is perfect since I’m new to these!" —Leah Renee Caskey

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    24. A rolling foot massager so their dogs can finally stop barking at the end of a long day. Ahhhh, the gift of relaxation.

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    Promising review: "I have had this product for a few days and used it several times a day for up to two minutes each time. The product is absolutely fantastic! Comfortable, easy to use — just sit, relax, and gently move your feet back and forth. Now, as for results, WOW! My feet feel so relaxed where before they always felt tight. Nerve endings are soothed. More than this, there have been all body reaching effects. For instance, I carry stress in my shoulders and neck. After a session with the massager, that area feels relaxed. When I use it briefly after a meal, my digestion seems greatly improved. I experience overall relaxation throughout my body. Thank you for this great product!" —Caro

    Get it from Amazon for $19.75.

    25. A makeup remover towel for encouraging them to actually take off their makeup every night since they'll just wet with water and wipe instead of having to do the usual cotton round and makeup remover routine.

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    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple of swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    Gifts: Purchased! Lives: Changed!

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

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