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    27 Unique Gifts They Probably Didn't Even Think To Put On Their Wish List

    Holiday shopping with peace of mind they're not going to receive the same gift from someone else is a major win if you ask us.

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    1. A Friends puzzle perfect for the person in your life who can look at all the images in this collage and identify the episodes they're all from.

    Promising review: "It's pretty advanced, which I like. With all the different scenes, it makes it harder and more fun! And it's waaay bigger than I expected (I didn't check the measurements). Overall, perfect for a Friends fan!" —Amina

    Get it from Amazon for $14.44.

    Free one-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

    2. A pancake art kit complete with a griddle, batter bottles, and nonstick template to help them bring breakfast time to a whole new level of fun. 

    griddle with four squirt bottles filled with colorful batter
    colorful pancakes characters shaped like sonic, mickey, and dog man

    Don't forget to also get them some food coloring so they can really bring their creations to life. 

    Promising review: "I was highly impressed when it came in. It's well made, sturdy, can be used to cook other things (as it is a griddle), and the templates made it super easy. We had a blast making them. All you need is batter and food coloring." —jessee

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

    3. blind date with a book for the best blind date they'll ever go on without having to leave their house. They'll receive a beautifully packaged mystery book (you can request a specific genre for them or leave it up to the seller to pick), and all they have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy their date, I mean, err, book. 

    individually wrapped books
    Mar De Luna Arts Co. / Etsy

    Mar De Luna Arts Co. is a small biz that sells cottagecore-themed knickknacks, art, and decor.

    Promising review: "Best blind date I’ve ever been on and one of the greatest purchases I’ve ever made. The packaging is adorable and creative. I bought this for a friend's birthday, and it was the perfect gift. I love it so much that I’m going to gift one to myself sometime soon!! 11/10 would recommend. Customer service is really great, too. Super friendly and understanding!!" —Brooke

    Get it from Mar De Luna Arts Co. on Etsy for $12.

    Check the listing for estimated delivery window.

    4. A Christmas light charging cable so they can juice up their phone in the most festive way possible. 

    string light charging cable
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love it! They work great and are so cheerful! I don’t really care if they stop working in a month, they’ll bring my endless delight until then!" —Gertrude Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available for USB and USB-C).

    Free one-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. 

    5. A board game inside of a book that'll look great on their bookshelf and will make a welcome addition at future game nights with family and friends.

    6. A 4-in-1 makeup pen for an eyeliner, brow liner, lip liner, and highlighter all in one fabulous little tool reminiscent of those retractable pens they may have used in their school days. 

    A GIF of a hand pressing down to release the slim eyeliner tip
    model wearing a full face of makeup with the help of the pen
    Alleyoop

    This is cruelty- and paraben-free and vegan! Plus, it comes in recyclable packaging. Alleyoop is woman-owned and sells a wonderful assortment of beauty products.

    Promising review: "I love the ease of this product. It’s so perfect and the colors are great for all looks — casual, fancy, quarantine extra, everything! I love how effortless it is and how easy it is to use. I’m serious that as a makeup novice, these colors are impossible to mess up. I love it! " —Stephanie H.

    Get it from Alleyoop for $25 (available in three shades).

    Allow 1–2 business days for processing. Standard shipping takes 3–5 business days and expedited shipping (available at an additional cost) takes 2–3 business days.

    7. A Lego Super Mario 64 question mark block that might just be the one and only thing that gets the gamer in your life to take a few seconds away from their console and play with something that doesn't involve a screen. 

    person holding the block
    lego figures of princess peach and mario with a castle in the back
    Lego

    Promising review: "So many good things to say about this set. Most satisfying build to date of any Lego I have constructed. Lots of hidden surprises and the way the mechanism works is just fascinating. Looks great on the shelf too. I spread out the build over one week. Doing one or two bags per day. Very enjoyable build and you’ll love it as much as I do. A must-have!" —Moebius

    Get it from Lego for $199.99.

    8. An indoor mini golf green to keep the kiddos (or the kiddos at heart) entertained on days it's simply too snowy or cold to fathom leaving the house to go mini (or real) golfing. 

    Promising review: "The surface is large, but it can be rolled up and stored away in two minutes! The holes are slightly elevated (to create the holes) but negligible; unlike the one I had a long time ago that returned the ball. I like the shape of the mat (looks way more natural than a rectangular long strip) and the surface is soft and comfortable, yet it feels durable. I have no doubt I can make things more challenging by elevating certain areas underneath if I so desired. The 'sand trap' is also an excellent inclusion as it stops the golf balls from escaping the mat and keeping me from chasing down golf balls. Hopefully it can interest my kids to get off the electronics for a few minutes now and then, and if so, it will deserve an extra star. —Oniomaniac

    Get it from Amazon for $34.12.

    Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

    9. A British Cadbury chocolate bag or an assortment of Japanese candy and snacks that'll bring their tastebuds on a trip abroad — no passport or plane ticket required!

    10. Who Do the Stars Say You Are? — a book to help guide them through and better understand their sun sign in the most fun way! From unpacking the basics like their strengths and weaknesses and compatibility to the important stuff like which ice cream flavor is actually their favorite to their perfect TV show (helpful if they're contemplating their next binge-watch), and so much more!

    the cover of who do the stars say you are by syd robinson
    Amazon

    This book is written by BuzzFeed's very own Syd Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99/Kindle and $13.49/hardcover or Bookshop for $13.94.

    Free one-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. Standard Bookshop shipping takes 4–10 days. Expedited shipping options are available at an additional cost.

    11. A Baby Yoda night-light that'll make a great stocking stuffer for those who'd rather not sleep in a pitch black room every night.

    a gif of the baby yoda night light in the light and dark
    the night light
    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "So cute and I love that it turns on when it senses it is dark. Would also make a cute gift! Could be brighter, but it is perfect for what I was looking for and adds fun to my home." —Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

    12. A super cool geode kit complete with 10 breakable rocks geology enthusiasts are sure to have some fun with — or anyone who just really wants to break rocks. That's cool, too. 

    Promising review: "We’ve only opened the first rock but I’m already impressed. Normally these end up being duds but this one was really spectacular and large! My son is 4 and he’s excited to open the rest for his collection." —Heremeow

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    Free one-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

    13. A smaller version of the cult-favorite Always Pan because this baby boasts all the great features of the larger version (it's a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest all in one), and the nonstick coating is a true game-changer. This is ideal for anyone who lives alone (one-pan meals coming through) or has limited kitchen storage space. 

    the mini always pan in blue
    Our Place

    Get it from Our Place for $115 (available in six colors).

    Expedited 2–3-day shipping options are available at additional cost.

    14. A ceramic colorful vase that'll add rainbows and happiness and sunshine to any room in their home. 

    three different styles of the colorful ceramic vases
    Sun Sprinkles Shop / Etsy

    Sun Sprinkles is a small business based in Saint Johns, Michigan that sells vases, earrings, stickers, and more! 

    Promising review: "Excellent quality and super fast shipping! It's such a gorgeous and unique piece. As other reviews mentioned, please make sure you note the sizing before buying — this vase is for baby flowers, which I LOVEEE!" —jferro93

    Get it from Sun Sprinkles Shop on Etsy for $49 (available in five styles).

    Check listing for estimated delivery window. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost.

    15. A paint-by-sticker book so they can channel their inner artist in a cool way that's significantly less messy than paint. I personally think they should hang this book in the Louvre.

    16. A trio of window planters that'll make a wonderful piece of decor in their living space. AND since it'll be near the window, they'll have peace of mind their new plant babes are receiving ample sunlight. 

    three white planters held up by a black bar
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This assembled in a jiffy and looks great in my window. So glad I chose it for the future home of my herb garden. The pots are a good size and the cord looks sturdy and is generously sized (you can just wrap around the bar a few times to shorten). Note that there are no holes in the pots, if you're looking for drainage. But of course, that's why baby Jesus made power tools." —Cautionary Tales

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

    Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.

    17. A condiment fork they can attach to the side of the pickle jar, so they can enjoy their crunchy, salty snack without dipping their hand in a pickle juice bath beforehand.

    This is top-rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite kitchen gizmos and it doesn't take up room in the drawer! I eat lots of olives and this keeps me from having to wash or get a clean fork when I'm in the middle of making a salad or just want a snack, and it makes spearing the olives easier too. It comes with two sizes to fit any jar (even though if you need this I feel like you probably get the big jars right?). They are stretchy and easy to get on and off. I usually just rinse it between uses and then wash the whole set up when I open a new jar (which is about weekly)." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    Free one-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. 

    18. A tie-dye kit for an activity that gift recipients of all ages can enjoy — because a tie-dye shirt is so much more exciting than a plain white shirt. 

    a shirt that's just been tie dyed
    reviewer wears tie dye mask

    Promising review: "Bought this for an activity for my daughter's 10th birthday!! OMG!!! You would have thought (enter your favorite celebrity here) showed up!! The kids loved it! It was easy to do for the kids...but make sure YOU COVER EVERYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TIE-DYED!! Great product!!" —Dani Josh lane

    Get it from Amazon for $15.91.

    Free one-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. 

    19. A vintage Apple monitor stand they simply slip their iPhone into and bam — it's like a time machine transporting them back to the simple days of dial-up internet and making pictures on Kid Pix.

    Vintage apple monitor stand
    Amazon

    This is compatible with iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 8, XS, and 11 Pro.

    Promising review: "This is the cutest iPhone stand I've ever seen. It's perfect for a vintage Apple fan. It is fun and functional!" —Kate Spayed

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Check the listing for estimated delivery window.

    20. A cat DNA test that'll allow them to learn more about their feline friend's breed and health. If you're also a cat-pawrent, you may be tempted to buy one for yourself too and we say... DO IT!

    Promising review: "It was so easy to get my kitty to chew on the saliva sample and his results came much quicker than I anticipated. I loved learning all about his breed and felt so good knowing that he doesn't have any health conditions that may affect his longevity. Excited to get more updates as the systems improve. 10/10 would recommend for any kitty parent!" —Jennifer S.

    Get it from Basepaws for $159.

    Samples mailed via USPS Priority Express Mail will arrive at Basepaws' facilities in ~1–3 weeks.

    21. A set of miniature embossed rolling pins for taking their baked treats to the next level. Perhaps they'll thank you by making you a big batch of beautiful sugar cookies.

    three rolling pins
    rolling pin next to a sugar cookie
    Amazon

    Algis Crafts is a family-owned small business that sells handmade embossed rolling pins, personalized cutting boards, and more!

    Promising review: "I actually purchased these rolling pins for making designs in clay/pottery so that is what I am using them for. They make beautiful designs in the clay!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of three from Algis Crafts on Amazon Handmade for $37.90 (available in eight styles).

    Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate. 

    22. Tarte eyeshadow palette featuring bright, bold, and fun colors so they can create the rainbow makeup lewks of their dreams. 

    the eyeshadow palette
    photo showing what the different shades look like on three different skin tones
    Tarte

    Promising review: "Love this palette! The colors are bright, long lasting, and go on smooth." —Laurie D

    Get it from Tarte for $30.

    Expedited 2–3 day shipping options are available at additional cost.

    23. The Book of Unusual Knowledge if they're someone who loves learning tons of random facts, telling their loved ones about all the cool tidbits stored in their brain, or excitedly parking themselves in front of the TV every night to watch Jeopardy!

    Promising review: "My best friend is always telling me new facts about the most random things so when I saw this, I knew it had to be added to his bookshelf. And let me tell you the list of random facts keeps on coming. Yeah, yeah, I know...the internet...but sometimes it’s nice to disconnect from technology and read a real book. Couldn’t be happier with this purchase." —Gregory

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    Free two-day shipping for Prime Members; check the listing for delivery date estimate.