23 Things From Amazon Launchpad That Make Perfect Gifts
And - if you order quickly - you still have time to get them before the big day!
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An levitating egg — jk, it's a speaker! A majestic, spinning
Bluetooth speaker with rich sound that will leave the room hoppin' and ~aglow~.
Don't mind me, I'll just be staring at this beauty for a few hours.
klutz-proof travel mug equipped with smart grip technology that simply doesn't budge from the sides but naturally lifts straight up like a normal ol' mug — y'all, this means no more coffee spills, damp keyboards, or stained shirts!! *sheds a tear*
Promising review: "I bought this for my younger brother, who has the knack for spilling drinks. This review is half a year late but I wanted to determine the durability of the suction at the bottom of the mug, and let me say that it still feels brand new. I have recommended this to everyone who is looking for a gift. Trust me, you will play around with this mug for a good ten minutes trying to knock it down; it is almost mesmerizing at times. It is a great conversation starter as well. I congratulate Mighty Mug for creating the ultimate mug." — Richard Gomez
Price: $16.99 (11 oz. black will arrive before Christmas!)
A teensy TSA-approved
sound "grenade" — seriously, we're talking ambulance-level noise — to ward off any and all potential meddlers.
You just pull off the top to activate it.
Promising review: "Got three of these for my daughters. I feel just a little bit better knowing they are carrying these as they walk across campus or in the mall parking lot." — Zibby
Price: $9.99+ (four colors / single or five-packs)
A genius elastic
buckle-free belt that doesn't dig into your flesh or uncomfortably squeeze your brunch food baby — hello, second helping!
Promising review: "I was surprised that this actually works to keep my pants up. It is so nice not to have a buckle digging in when I sit down. It has been a week and I still reach for that buckle, but I'm glad it's not there." — M. Ludwig
Price: $25.99 (sizes S 22"-40" and L 34"-50" / four colors)
A terrible and hilarious
build-your-own-comic card game from the creators of hit webcomic Cyanide & Happiness — think Cards Against Humanity but more graphic.
Anywhere from three to ten players (though you can add more people; the rounds will just go more slowly) build three-panel comics that are equally offensive and laugh-attack-inducing.
Promising review: "Such a fun game! We laughed our butts off playing it, so if you see a bunch of butts laying around somewhere, they are probably ours! Teeheehee, butts!" — Creeping Jennie
reading frames that are bendable but unbreakable, stylish but functional, credit-card-thin but prescription-strength — and they slide out from a compact keychain case (which is included) so even forgetful people have a hard time losing 'em.
FYI, the frames themselves are made out of ultra-flexible titanium alloy bridge made from nitinol and the lens are optical-grade polycarbonate (aka the same material as prescription glasses). And the independent-suspension nose pads fit all nose bridges (whether high or low) comfortably.
Promising review: "An extremely well designed product. Amazingly thin and flexible and the optics are sharp and crystal clear. It takes up little room in your pocket and is very convenient to use. I can't tell you how many times I wished I had a pair of reading glasses with me. This is about perfect." — Lone Star Proud
Price: $14.97 (1.00, 1.50, 2.00, and 2.50 strength / six colors)
A two-quart countertop
greek yogurt maker for easy, creamy, and no-additives greek yogurt anytime the craving hits!
All you gotta do is combine any type of milk and some store-bought yogurt, set the digital timer, and let it do its thing. Afterwards, strain your yogurt, refrigerate, and serve. It's also dishwasher-safe, so clean up is a total breeze.
Promising review: "For the price and ease of use, it is well worth it. I have made three or four batches so far and it is just so easy to do. I had made yogurt before without a yogurt maker but with no way to actually control the temperature. Though I was fairly successful then, this makes it so much easier!" — KC
A fast-heating, compact, and Bluetooth/Wifi-compatible
sous vide that maintains the perfect temperature with stunning accuracy, so beginners and experts alike can easily achieve the juiciest meats and most flaky fish filets possible.
All you need is a phone (to download the app that controls everything), a pot, a ziplock-style bag, and water to get cooking. It's also Alexa-compatible!
Promising review: "One of the best purchases I have ever made; this was a breeze to use (both the app and the actual cooking process) and all my guests raved that it was the most perfectly cooked beef tenderloin they'd ever had. The app is very user-friendly and has lots of information and suggestions, and the machine itself is fast to heat up, small, and very quiet." — Sarah
Price: $178.96 (White/Stainless arrives before Christmas!)
tongue-twisting game for people who can't sit through deliberate, strategy-driven games to save their lives.
Hey, if this is one of
Ellen's games of choice, it's all of ours! Promising review: "Great fun. It is much more difficult than you would think. Seven to ten seconds would be easy, but five seconds is so difficult; that what makes it so much fun though. Brings out the racy side of people on quite a few occasions." — BKBLMN
Price: $15.59 (original version here)
LED light bulbs capable of dimming and turning different shades of white and color (including invisible infrared light for night) at a voice's command or touch of an app.
Promising review: "I’m hooked and now finding myself ordering about one a week; I’ve tried a few of the other brands and either the app ruins it or they don't come close being as bright. The night vision is the best: it lights up the living room and dining room like it's daytime for my cameras." — Farbeyonddriven1981
Price: $64.99 (one) or $259.96 (four-pack) / available in A19 or BR30 sizes
nut butters and dessert spreads in mouthwatering flavors such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cheesecake, and Brownie Batter — so you'll get one jar for your friend and three for yourself, right?
Promising review: "If you hate the taste of this, then you hate the taste of delicious things. This stuff is magical. Cookie Dough and Brownie Batter are my favorites. Seriously, eat it out of the jar with a spoon. It's caloric, but oh so good." — Michael Maly
Price: $13.49 (nut butter / four flavors) and $8.71+ (dessert spreads / two flavors)
stainless steel collar stays designed to clip onto and fit all traditional collared shirts, save money, and keep you looking effortlessly sharp.
Promising review: "I bought these for my husband and he LOVES them! They are durable and adjustable, and when he comes home from work he puts them back into their case, which is nice for me because I don't have a bunch of bent-up collar stays all over my countertop. We threw all the ones from the other brand away. This was a great Christmas gift and I plan to buy some for my father and brother-in-law as well." — Stacy
Price: $29.95 (set of four)
matte lippies with a ~whipped cloud~ texture that apply like a dream and give you saturated, all-day color that *doesn't* dry out your pout.
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Available in 16 colors. Check out Julep's entire collection
here! P.S. The It's Whipped Lip Mousse Limited Edition Vault is one of Oprah's Favorite Things! Promising review: "Now Ooh La La is the color I'm talking about. It's very close to my natural lip color, but it just gives them that oomph my lips are missing. I'd normally put on a clear lip gloss, but now that I have this, I'm sold and just use this instead. It applies so smoothly and it doesn't even feel like anything's there after it dries. I normally never spend this kind of money on my makeup, but this was well worth it!" — Nikki W.
Price: $20 each (13 colors)
light-up keyboard that syncs up with an app to guide you on what notes to play.
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So you can become the piano maestro your parents always wanted you to be (ok, maybe just mine?).
Promising review: "A fantastic product for newbies like me. It was always hard for me to learn music instruments, since I barely know anything about rhythm or sheet music. But with this keyboard, I can even play Beethoven's Für Elise after practicing for only half a day, thanks to the app and light-up keys. There are plenty classic sheet music and free video lessons in the app. I will definitely keep learning." — Kelps
Price: $259+ (three colors)
mint green microwave just perfect for small apartments *and* for leftovers lovers who want their day-old pizza slices to look at least a little classier.
Promising review: "Best little microwave EVER! Simple functionality, zero power usage until actually turned on, and roomy enough for a dinner plate. I use a microwave for three things only: reheating, defrosting, and popcorn. So glad to have one without all the clutter. AND it's cute as a button to boot!" — U.P. WannaBe
pup-activated ball launcher that allows 'em to control the pace of the game and put the ball back in at their leisure.
Comes with three distance settings: not that far, far, and really far. JK, it's 10, 20, and 30 feet.
Price: $114.99 (comes with three balls, but you can buy an additional set of five for $15)
P.S. iFetch Too, the version for larger dogs, might arrive after Christmas, but it's available for
smartphone car mount with a telescopic arm that extends an extra inch, so you can get reallll close and personal with your navigation system (and more importantly, teeny tiny road names).
Promising review: "I stuck it on my dashboard without a mounting plate because I lost the one they gave me and it still sticks like glue. I drive construction equipment that's always bouncing around, but the holder doesn't shake or move at all." — Mike LC9
ergonomic mouse for possibly the most comfortable gaming marathon ever.
Promising review: "This mouse beats the hell out of every other mouse I've ever owned, and I've owned plenty of mice in my day: wired, wireless, gaming, track ball, etc. None have come close to the way this mouse fits in my hand. It's like my hand becomes part of it! The button pressure is perfect for my taste too — I prefer a slightly firm press, rather than too soft. It isn't a loud click either because that can be very annoying, especially if the person in bed next to you is trying to sleep." — W. Roush
Chewable coffee cubes for a mid-afternoon boost without the hassle of getting up and brewing a cup.
Each cube packs half a cup worth of caffeine (50 mg) with additional nootropic supplements to reduce the "oh my god, I'm so jittery" feeling one might typically feel with normal joe and up feelings of ~alertness and focus~.
Promising review: "Such a convenient product. I don't always want to make a fresh pot of coffee during that mid-afternoon dip, and these go cubes hit the spot. They work almost immediately, but effects are subtle enough you don't even notice until you realize how productive you've been for the last hour. They are yummy too!" — Chris Wiles
Price: $38+ for 20 packs (three flavors or assorted)
An addicting (and transparent!)
card game that helps develop and challenge spatial intelligence — the goal is to stack cards so that the same-colored hoop and ball match up.
Promising review: "This is a great game for working on visual spatial skills. I am an occupational therapist who works with school-age kids with visual and perceptual impairments. Games are the best way to do my job and this particular game allows kids to manipulate the cards in their mind's eye to match shapes and the empty spaces in relation to orientation on the card. The competitive aspect also gives the players a little push." — Diane
Zero-calorie, gluten-free, and sugar-free
cocktail mixers for the hostess with the mostest (drinks, that is). ::mixologist kissing fingers emoji::
Promising review: "The Be Mixed Ginger Lime mixers are great for making delicious cocktails! I typically do not put much time/effort into making a drink and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy some of the recipes are! The basil beach smash and pumpkin martini have been two of my favorites. A great addition to any bar and a great gift for anyone hosting around the holidays." — Alex Gilman
Price: $33 for three bottles (three flavors or variety pack)
in-ear headphones with a five-directional button that lets you make calls, activate voice control, adjust volume, and change tracks effortlessly and seamlessly — hello, rich and uninterrupted sound.
Promising review: "It is like I'm listening to my favorite music for the first time. The clarity of the music and the words are almost unbelievable. They transport me to an ethereal music place. I never realized how much I was missing and I also never realized how wrong I was about many of the words in the songs I listen to. Makes me like my favorite music even more." — Shirley J. Burgess
Price: $92.27+ (available in titanium and black)
And all-natural foot odor
powder for the friend, partner, or parent you're not afraid of maybe low-key offending. 😬 Or last-minute White Elephant present?
Promising review: "This powder works wonders. My husband wears dress shoes all day and the smell from his feet after a long day at work is unpleasant. After the first day of using this powder, the odor was gone. His shoes no longer smell and his feet have no odor at all. The powder itself has no smell either, at least nothing strong. I will continue to buy this!" — Evca
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