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    23 Gifts To Get Just In Case Someone You Weren't Expecting To Gets You A Gift

    Don't get caught empty handed when Great Aunt Cheryl or Weird Tim from Accounting shows up with a gift for you and you didn't think to get them something.

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    1. A chunky cable-knit infinity scarf that'll keep any neck warm in chillier temperatures.,

    Promising review: “I bought this as a Christmas present for my mother. Although she resides in Texas, she gets cold very easily. Initially when she received it, she protested saying she was too old to wear something trendy (she is 63). Upon insisting that she at least try it, she did and a smile crept over her face. She said it kept her warm while also looking very flattering. My mother is a religious woman and was thrilled to note that she could also use this as a head covering if she needed to at a prayer meeting. We also noticed when worn around the neck in one loop versus two, it could also function as a shawl for a salwar khameez (Indian outfit). Overall, we both noticed this scarf not only does its job which is to keep the wearer's neck warm, but it is also customizable to where you can get some extra protection from the cold for your ears, shoulders, and head as well. I liked it so much I am ordering one (possibly two in different colors) for myself!” —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 40 colors).

    2. A copy of Cravings: Hungry for More because it combines two things that literally everyone loves: Chrissy Teigen and eating.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.99.

    3. A set of cat pens that write beautifully and are the ~purrfect~ thing to brighten up any desk or workspace.,

    Promising review: “These pens are super cute and I was very impressed with how well the ink flows out of them. I took them to work and have gotten so many compliments on them. Everybody knows which pens are mine since I am the resident cat lady and lover of all cute things in the office. I always smile when I see their little faces looking out at me from their pen holder. It's like they're saying, 'Come play with us and write wonderful messages.' I couldn't be happier with these little guys.” —Sandy Path

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $5.69.

    4. A pin set because anyone who doesn't want a tiny anthropomorphized pizza on their lapel is probably someone you don't want to be friends with.

    You could totally give these as a set, or split them up and give them to friends individually.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 18 different sets).

    5. A travel mug that combines that classic camping ~look~ with vacuum technology to keep drinks hot for five hours or cold for ten hours.

    Promising review: “Excellent. It is truly leak-proof, easy to use, keeps drinks hot and cold as long as promised, and is beautiful. The lip edge feels good against your mouth, very smooth. It is not heavy to hold full even though the cup is metal. The cork lining of the handle is very comfortable. There is a satisfying 'pop' sound when you slide the leak proof lid open. It also fits my car cup holders, a bonus I couldn't have predicted!” —India

    Get it from Amazon for $12.86+ (available in five colors).

    6. A hot chocolate mix, because it's a total crowd-pleaser (who doesn't like hot chocolate??) and a step up from the packets.

    Promising review: “I read that America's Test Kitchen rated this as the best hot cocoa mix in a taste-testing and so I ordered this. I made a mug of this alongside a mug of Swiss Miss and the differences were incredible:

    The Godiva Dark Chocolate looked like a cup of coffee when compared to that other stuff, and tasted like rich, dark chocolate and not like overly sweetened cocoa-milk. It costs more than other products, but you are definitely getting more REAL chocolate packed in there.” —Lewis Bailey

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in two flavors and three gift set options).

    7. A pair of smartphone gloves to forever save them from that tiny annoying moment when they have to suffer through a cold hand to actually use their phone. The Worst.

    J. Crew Factory

    Get a pair from J. Crew Factory for $36.50 for the women's version (available in sizes S-L) or $44.50 for the men's version (available in sizes S-L and two colors).

    8. A long-lasting soy candle with a range of gentle smells that'll please any nose without going overboard on sensitive sniffers.,

    Promising review: “Wanted to find a candle that would last longer than your average Glade candle from Walmart or a $22 candle from Bath and Body Works, so I Googled 'long lasting candle' and this is what I found. This is my first purchase of this candle. I wasn't sure what to expect with the scents so I picked the wild lemongrass. The smell is great! Not too strong but still makes a noticeable difference. I've never had a soy candle before so I've definitely noticed the difference in life. I can't remember a time I've had a candle last this long! This candle is said to burn for 40 hours so out of curiosity, I've kept a record of times of burning. It's at 33 hours already with about half an inch left, I see it lasting the full 40 hours, maybe even a bit longer. Very happy with this purchase, would buy again.” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in nine scents).

    9. A set of mermaid makeup brushes that'll be a fin-tastic addition to any makeup bag.


    The set includes a large powder brush, a cheek brush, a highlighter stippling brush, a domed shadow brush, and a pencil brush.

    Promising review: “These brushes are SO SOFT and really are eye-catching. I love seeing them they are just so gorgeous.” —ksemo22

    Get it from Tarte for $29 (originally $42).

    10. A set of cozy socks to make Dumbledore proud of your gift-giving prowess.,

    Promising review: “First let me say, I am a sock person in the winter time, hardcore. While socks do not touch my feet during the summer months, I have issues with anemia and once the snow begins to fall my poor toes get cold rather quickly. I happened to grab these on a lightning deal and they are FANTASTIC! Soft, warm, and the patterns are adorable! These shall be my 'go to' winter socks for years to come.” —Mombie

    Get a set of four pairs from Amazon for $10.99 (available in 17 styles).

    11. A gradient puzzle that's one of Oprah's favorite things this year, and really do I need to say anything else? Oprah likes this puzzle.,

    Check out the rest of Oprah's favorite things this year!

    Plus, at 500 pieces, it's tough enough to be a challenge but not so tough that it'll be taking up coffee table space for the next eight months.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.83+ (available in seven colors).

    12. A Pusheen blind box, because pretty much everyone loves that cute lil' cat, and if they don't like the specific one they get, well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ that's just chance, baby.,

    They get one of seven plush keychains.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.

    13. A set of hand creams that each come individually packaged so basically everyone in your life can fight off winter dryness and smell super yummy at the same time.

    Promising review: “I am super picky about hand lotion and I love these! They smell great — light and pretty. They are moisturizing without being slimy, love, love, love!!” —Gabe L.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98+ (available in 5-, 7-, and 21-packs).

    14. A tub of thinking putty for those with fidgety hands or anyone who just needs a pretty distraction in the middle of a long work day.,

    Promising review: “I saw this in a magazine and my inner child cried out for it. I'm so glad I did. I keep this on my desk and when I'm concentrating or sitting on conference calls I pick it up and play with it. It not only helps distract that part of my brain that needs to do something, but it really does help me think. The putty stretches, breaks, tears, can be shaped, and flattens on its own. It doesn't stain or lose color, at least it hasn't yet. I wouldn't let it sit on fabric or carpet or you may never get it out, but on a desk it's fantastic.” —Rob S.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    15. A set of agate coasters that are classy as hell, and will go with just about any kind of decor.,

    Promising review: “Ok... I don't often leave product reviews, but these are AWESOME!! I'm obsessed with them. I ordered the natural tan/brown. They are the most beautiful pieces of agate, one even has a patch of druzy quartz in the middle. IMO they appear as though they are worth far more than what was paid. I should mention, they have clear silicone bumpers on the bottom so there is no need to attach felt or worry about scratching. Since they do not have felt on the bottom, they look translucent and beautiful on a glass table. Each coaster is the same size and about 4.5 inches across making them plenty big enough for even large mugs or glasses.” —BrenPro

    Get a set of four on Amazon for $38.45 (available in eight colors and two sizes).

    16. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey to improve basically anything they can eat — pizza, salad, cheese, fruit, ribs, even ice cream.

    Promising review: “It's just the right amount of heat to make it interesting, but not so hot that it'll interfere with other flavors. One of my peeves about spicy versions of normally non-spicy items is that it's often all about the heat but the flavors imparted by the chiles aren't particularly noticeable or interesting. This honey has a great chile FLAVOR to it, in addition to the heat, but it doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the honey at all. I like it on buttered toast and on fried chicken equally well, and this has definitely become a staple 'sauce' for me!” —S. Ferguson

    Get a 12 oz. bottle from Amazon for $8.48.

    Read our full review of Mike's Hot Honey.

    17. A faux-fur blanket that will please cold people, people who love soft things, people who have pets, and people who love Game of Thrones, just to name a few.,

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's write-up of this blanket — trust me, it's worth it just for all the pictures of cute animals who love this thing.

    Promising review: “My boyfriend likes to call this blanket his 'Game of Thrones cosplay blanket.' It's a big, luxurious, and suuuuper soft blanket. Honestly, I use this more than he does and I bought it for him as one of his Christmas gifts! It's a heavy enough blanket to keep you warm while you're sleeping during the winter nights, but light enough to casually tow around the house when need be. The size of the blanket is perfect and my boyfriend and I both love that it has two different sides for texture. I prefer the sherpa and he prefers the other faux fur side. Would recommend this to anyone who is considering buying a perfect gift (for either yourself or a loved one!) because it is perfect!” —Scotty Bear!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.49+ (available in 6 sizes and 15 colors).

    18. A Bob Ross coloring book filled with outlines of actual paintings from the show — you can follow along exactly, or feel free to go wild!,

    Promising review: “I was amazed when I found this coloring book! I grew up watching Bob Ross with my dad on public television and I knew I just had to have this. The coloring book is beautiful and you can make it however you’d like. (Remember, there’s no mistakes, just happy accidents). It’s also filled with his own quotes, which makes it perfect.” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.46. Complete the set with oil pastels for $4.44 or colored pencils for $7.99.

    19. A real leather journal that'll make even their to-do lists seem like an important historical artifact.,

    Promising review: “This is seriously THE most beautiful notebook I have ever seen in my life. The leather is undoubtedly real and is so soft to the touch. It has a subtle earthy, leather scent that sets the mood for your journaling or writing time! The wrap around closure string on this notebook gives off really retro vibes. Just looking at the notebook makes me want to write! The pictures don't do it enough justice. The paper on this journal is of unbelievable quality. They are thick and borderline cloth-like, and writing in them makes me feel so inspired. They are a more cream color than straight-up white like the pictures show, which I personally prefer because it looks so much more vintage and romantic. The only con I can think of is that now, I will never be able to purchase any other journal because it will never compare to this one. I'll probably end up with a bookshelf of these by the time I retire.” —AdoraMeow

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in two sizes and two gift sets).

    20. A double-walled water bottle because practically everyone needs to be better hydrated, and absolutely no one deserves to have to deal with a puddle of condensation on their desk at 4 p.m.,

    Promising review: “I primarily use this bottle for water and occasionally for my morning coffee. The first time I added ice with my water I was shocked that the ice remained even in a hot car. The bottle didn't sweat at all and my water was icy cold. What prompted this review was my using it for coffee yesterday. I'm not sure what kind of black magic these things are made with, but my coffee remained too hot to drink all day. Now, roughly 24 hours later my coffee is barely cool enough to drink. I'm completely floored at these bottles' ability to maintain temperature. I currently have two that I've covered in custom vinyl stickers and will likely purchase more in the future. These bottles are top shelf for quality and completely reasonably priced. If you're on the fence, BUY IT. You'll be coming back to buy more in no time.” —Joel

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in five sizes and 43 colors).

    21. A binge reading kit that'll be sure to delight any reader, and give them the perfect excuse to stay up late with a favorite book.

    J. Crew

    The handy tin contains three bookmarks, two coasters, two facial cleansing towelettes, tissues, earplugs, lip balm, hand lotion, a microfiber cloth, a decision coin, a reading light, and a thumb page holder.

    Get it from J. Crew for $22 or from Barnes & Noble for $20.

    22. A pack of sheet masks to help them de-stress and moisturize, and look mildly terrifying in the process.,

    Promising review: “I have been using these face masks for about two weeks now. A friend of mine recommended that I try these for my acne prone skin. I have never tried any Korean skin care products before. I've only used drug store and Sephora skin care but it has done nothing for my skin. I decided, why not? It's cheap, I have nothing to lose. After my second mask, I felt a difference in my skin. It was so soft and smooth. My acne has been clearing up. I can't say that it is because of these masks alone (because I simply don't know) but if you are considering it, just buy it! It's fun and easy to do. Also a good way to de-stress and just chill out for 20 minutes or so.” —Mai

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $9.57.

    23. A set of succulents (yes, real ones!) that'll please the plant and animal lovers in your life.,

    These succulents come from a company that donates a portion of their profits to local animal shelters, so you'll be doing some good with your gift giving.

    Promising review: “I was slightly wary about how buying succulents online would turn out. These arrived today and I am completely impressed with how well they shipped. Each and every succulent was intact and beautiful. They also included one extra in the case that any of the plants were damaged during transit. The care guide included is very thorough and is very useful for someone just getting started with plants.” —Eileen

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $15.95.

    24. A set of playing cards so gorgeous they might totally forget to play a game and just end up admiring the pretty artwork.,

    Promising review: “I find myself distracted by the intriguing and intricate artwork both on the front and backs of the cards. They are soooo interesting. I bought them as a gift for my husband who collects cards but have found these may be my favorites of all and now my cards. They are also coated so very easy to shuffle and deal. LOVE THEM!!!!!” —KM

    Get a pack from Amazon for $9.97.

    25. A microwave popcorn maker that'll instantly improve any movie night and open the door to a world of flavor possibilities.

    Promising review: “Initially I was going to buy a hot air popper but then I saw this and bought it instead. It is so easy, just put the popcorn kernels in the bowl, set the lid inside and pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. When the popping slows down take it out and you are done. Add butter and salt or whatever you like on your popcorn. No more splattered oil and greasy pan to clean up. Less expensive than prepackaged microwave popcorn and I control what goes on when it's done.” —Bill G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (available in seven colors).

    And (bonus!) if you don't end up with any surprise gift-givers, you just got some great stuff for the most important person on your list: You.


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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