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30 Practical Gifts For The Friend Who Is Always Prepared

They'll thank you for adding new essentials to their survival kit.

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1. A trendy reusable shopping bag because you know their IKEA bag needs a rest, *and* they deserve to shop stylishly. Especially if they're shopping with you!


Plus, each bag can hold up to 50 pounds!

Promising review: "This is not your usual, flimsy eco-tote. The first time I used it, I carried three 12-can packs (10 pounds each) of soda and some other stuff from the drugstore. Any lesser bag would've torn. The nylon is substantial too — it's thick in the handles to make carrying heavy groceries more tolerable." —Frontier Psychiatrist

Get it from Amazon for $12+ (available in 38 styles and in packs of three).

2. A portable personal blender that's equally lightweight *and* functional. It even comes with an ice cube tray and funnel, so the smoothie of their dreams is one push of a button away (and not 30 bucks at that high-end juicery).

Plus, this is shatter-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and comes with an ice cube tray and funnel! ANDDD it's quiet, so you'll feel comfortable making your smoothie at work.

Promising review: "This blender is amazing! I am a yoga teacher and always on the run, which sometimes makes it hard to eat well. I bought this after reviewing quite a few different options and I am SO glad I did. It fits well into my gym bag, is surprisingly quiet when in use, and holds a charge really well. The blades are very efficient and I’ve had no trouble blending up ice or frozen fruit. Seriously cannot recommend it enough." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in four colors).

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3. A portable charger so small it'll likely fit in the same pocket as the very phone on 3% battery. And don't confuse this charger's size for its power because it can take their phone from 0% to 50% in only 30 minutes.


Promising review: "This is my first purchase from this company's line of batteries, and I am extremely thrilled. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9+ plus and finding battery chargers that consistently and reliably charge has been a hassle. But this little battery has been incredible. Plus, it says 10,000 mAh, but I swear it's much more than that. I have charged my phone two and a half times from 10% to full charge and this battery STILL has 38% charge remaining! I have bought many battery chargers in my life, and this is, by far, the best one I've ever used." —WestcoastJack

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two colors).

4. A discreet tampon pouch that can hold tampons *and* liners. All they have to do is fill it up, zip it up and toss it in their purse. They'll never be caught unprepared when they're out and about!

A black, polka-dotted tampon pouch storing three tampons and a few panty liners
Nani Styles

Promising review: "I absolutely love this privacy pouch. It holds a good amount of items; I've included a travel size bottle of Tylenol in one of the tampon slots. Zips and snaps with no problem." —AdornEBoutique

Get it from Nani Styles on Etsy for $17+ (available in two sizes).

5. A portable Bose waterproof Bluetooth speaker so they'll be able to start their day with an in-shower concert or TED talk. And since it's so compact, they'll be able to carry it to any place seriously lacking in good vibes and pump up the tunes!

The bose soundlink micro on rocky terrain with models sitting around it

Promising review: "I love how small but powerful this speaker is. It's Bose, so sound quality is never in question. The battery life is decent, and Bluetooth connect is simple. You can also pair these speakers together for more sound!" —matt steel

"Good for beach or other water activities. It can also strap on to bike handle bars." —J

Get it from Amazon for $99 (available in three colors).

6. A durable and roomy backpack for the friend who's always on the go (and always carries their whole life with them). With multiple pockets and compartments, this backpack will be able to hold all their essentials from laptop to an extra outer layer!

A model carries the Nike Elemental LBR in thunder grey over their shoulder

Promising reviews: "Perfect size for what I needed. Plenty of room and pockets." —Nike Customer

"Great backpack for a teenager going back to school. It's the perfect size and has plenty of pockets and storage. My teenager is happy with it." —Nike Customer

Get it from Nike for $36.97 (originally $40; available in three colors)

7. A rotating personal heater that'll keep them prepared for the upcoming seasonal changes. With this 1500-watt heater that fires up in three seconds, they'll know your love for them will never change.

Reviewer image of the space heater

Promising review: "This heater has multiple settings that are super useful. You can choose from two heating settings or just use the fan (with or without oscillating). The bottom also has a safety trigger that makes you place it on a flat surface in order for it to work properly. It will be the perfect heater to set up under my desk!" —C

Get it from Amazon for $38.39.

8. An illuminated pocket mirror so they can be picture perfect at every turn. With a built-in ring light, they'll be able to sharpen their cat eyeliner and adjust their tie like a true influencer.

Promising review: "It is compact in size and has an LED ring light that you can turn on/off with a button on the back. I’m surprised by how well-made it is for the price, and it’s honestly great to use while I pluck my eyebrows. The shine from the light lets me clearly see which stray hair I should pluck. I’ve been using it everyday!" —J

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

9. A rechargeable lighter that's also windproof because lighting a candle, campfire, or joint on a windy day shouldn't feel like an Olympic event.

Have a more traditional friend? Check out this matte Zippo lighter.

Promising review: "I just received this, and I have to say that I would highly recommend it to anyone. It has a highly functional design that allows for lighting a candle without trying to position it in silly directions due to the angle. Not to mention the nice-looking finish! It works smoothly, and I tested it out 20 times before writing this." —Frank Mollica

Get it from Amazon for $16.89+ (available in six colors).

10. A pair of reflective leggings made for cold weather training, so they won't freeze while working out on a brisk day. And since it's reflective, they won't have to worry about not being seen by drivers on their early morning runs.


Get it from Athleta for $109 (available in women's sizes regular XXS-XL, tall XS-XL, petite XXS-L, and plus 1X-3X).

11. A 70-piece portable first aid kit filled with everything they'll need for any knee scrapes, paper cuts, or any other small accidents that may occur.

The Johnson & Johnson Safe Travels Portable Emergency First Aid Kit

Promising review: "The perfect travel first aid kit! It comes with so many items. I also love the durable case everything comes in." —Stephanie0916

Get it from Walmart for $8.22.

12. A cold brew maker that'll help ready them to tackle Monday mornings in just four easy steps! And when they're done (or ready to move on to iced tea), they can just pop it in the dishwasher.

A reviewer image of their goodful cold brew maker filled with iced coffee

Promising review: "Easy to use, makes delicious, smooth cold coffee. Definitely recommend for iced coffee fans. I put my coffee in it, put in the fridge overnight, and in the morning I remove the coffee filter, add sweetener and cream and have yummy iced coffee. Definitely cost effective compared to buying ice coffee in the grocery store. Plus I can add any flavor I choose. If I could give a piece of advice, follow the instructions and only fill to the top window or else your coffee grinds will flow into the pitcher if you slightly tilt it." —Kim S.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $19.99.

13. A cute SpongeBob-inspired T-shirt made of soft jersey knit material, so they can go from a day out on the town straight to bed.

The spongebob i'm ready shirt displayed next to a pair of jeans and sneakers
Ciara Rose Art Designs

Promising review: "What an awesome shirt! It's of great quality and is very comfortable." —Peter Ferrara

Get it from Ciara Rose Art Designs on Etsy for $24.30 (available in women's sizes S-2X).

14. An attachable wine aerator that works by infusing air into their wine in order to release its aromas. They didn't buy a crate of wine *not* to experience each one's aromas!

A model pours red wine into a wine glass using the TenTen wine aerator

Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

15. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey they'll definitely keep in their bag to make sure they can spice up any meals presented to them.

A model pours Mike's hot honey onto a pizza pie

Read our full review of Mike's Hot Honey!

Promising review: "I tend to shy away from spicy foods, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try a new condiment to liven up snacks and recipes with. I was afraid the spice would be overpowering, but it’s actually quite mellow and smooth; just the right touch of heat. So far, I’ve enjoyed this on fruit salad (banana/strawberry/blueberry) with cottage cheese and drizzled on the original Chick-fil-A delicious!" —Sleeps in Rain

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

16. A personalized pitcher party kit for the hosts with the mosts who hate to have nothing to offer unexpected guests.

A complete personalized pitcher party crate
Man Crates

Each party-ready crate comes with: a personalized glass pitcher, a stainless steel barspoon, a Tom Collins cocktail mix, a jalapeno margarita cocktail mix, and a hurricane cocktail mix.

Get it from Man Crates for $79.99.

17. A quick-heating, stainless-steel electric kettle that'll get a lot of use from your tea-obsessed friend. Its charming precision pour spout means they'll get the perfect amount of hot water. Every. Time.

Reviewer image of the cosori electric kettle on a kitchen counter

Promising review: "We recently switched from a water boiler to this kettle. I love the gooseneck for our easy pour-over coffee system. The "buttons" are a flat touch-sensitive pad. The kettle takes just over four minutes to heat. When it reaches temperature it quietly beeps three times, and the tone of the beeps does not scare my extremely noise-sensitive dog! We have had to disable most appliance noises due to this but this one gets a pass. I drink all different kinds of tea and love the presets. I can't think of anything that would make this pot better." —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $59.49 (available in two styles and three colors).

18. A pack of rainbow stainless-steel straws so they're never caught off guard by paper straws that'll just dissolve in their iced coffee.

Reviewer immage of the vehhe reusable straws and straw cleaners

Each set comes with four bent straws, four straight straws, one cleaning brush, and a canvas pouch.

Promising review: "Got them to eliminate the use of plastic straws for environmental purposes, and they’re great, I love them! They’re beautiful and feel very durable and honestly make my cold beverage taste crisper." —STINAXOXO

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three color combinations).

19. A cozy 3-in-1 scarf perfect for keeping their head, neck, *and* hands warm.

A model wears the grey and white Bellady Soft Winter Warm Hooded Scarf

Promising review: "I gifted this to a friend because it is so soft and warm it makes you just want to cuddle it. The young woman I bought it for loved it and smiled so honestly and broadly that it made my day. It turned out to be two gifts for the price of one." —Marie Leone

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 13 colors).

20. A pocket Swiss Army knife to help them solve everyday issues from a rogue broken fingernail to a loose screw on their chair.

The red Victorinox Tinker Swiss Army Knife

Promising review: "This model has the right number of functions for most needs. Each tool option is durable and reliable. I was looking for a knife of this type which was slender enough to fit easily in my pocket or purse. I use it all the time. Great little knife." —BlueQuillNymph

Get it from Cabela's for $24.99.

21. A lined journal with a watercolor cover created by fashion designer Rosie Assoulin. Help them track their notes, ideas, and goals, and you might just make it to their list of fave people!

The watercolor plaid notebook
Rosie Assoulin/Papier

Promising review: "Beautifully crafted and obviously made with love." —Papier Customer

Get it from Papier for $20.99+ (available in softcover, hardcover, with pages lined, dotted, or plain, and in 18 designs).

22. And a European fountain pen to make those lists even more fun for them to write! With six ink cartridges, they'll likely be writing several ancient scrolls' worth of info.,

Promising review: "This is by far my favorite pen. Lamys are durable, lightweight and very forgiving. Their ink dries very quickly, which helps prevent smearing as you write. Also, one cartridge of ink seems to last much longer than cartridges for other pen brands. A great bonus. I have written with the pen nearly every day, and so far it has shown no signs of wear. If you are looking for an every day fountain pen, this is an excellent choice." —Partida

Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

23. A stainless steel water bottle from S'well so they can handle any dehydration emergencies that ~emerge~. Made of stainless steel, this bottle will keep their cold drinks cold and be super easy to clean!

The S'well water bottle in calacatta gold

Promising review: "This is my favorite water bottle! It's great at keeping my water at a cool temperature, and I can keep track of how many ounces of water I drink a day!" —Alisha J

Get it from S'well for $25+ (available in three sizes and 100+ colors).

24. Add a S'well stainless-steel to-go snack container to that gift bag, so they can get rid of their ziplock bags full of homemade trail mix. Help them snack in style!

Two s'nack containers on top of a map

Promising review: "I absolutely love this delightful design and the generous size. The materials feel as though they're very good quality, and the handle is sturdy. The only problem for me is that it hardly keeps my food warm enough, although I am definitely stretching its limit with the six and half hours I use it for." —Agnes D

Get it from S'well for $24.99 (available in 20+ colors).

25. A heavy-duty wine opener with a steel lever for easy cork removal. And it'll fit perfectly in their purse or pocket so they'll be the hero that's able to open wine anywhere it's presented to them!


Promising reviews: "I could use this to open a wine bottle. One-handed. During rotator cuff surgery recovery!" —Rob T

"Sturdy construction!! Works very well" —Oldcrow

"Best wine bottle opener ever! Five stars!" —Hardcorps

Get it from Amazon for $74.01.

26. A wearable leather phone case so they can easily access their phone and wallet without digging through their purse.

A model wears the emma pebble leather wearable phone case

Get it from Bandolier for $95 (available for iPhones SE to 12 Pro Max).

27. A pair of touchscreen gloves that'll provide a great grip for driving or biking and also let them use their smartphones without sacrificing their fingers to frostbite.

Reviewer image of their hand in the isotoner touch screen gloves

Promising reviews: "Love these gloves. Not too thick, but still kept my hands nice and warm. Loved that I could still access my phone without having my hands freeze." —Sarah C

"These have just a little compression and do provide just the right amount of warmth. My hands get freezing during doctor visits, and these are perfect for wearing in the car and in the waiting room. I highly recommend them if one has temperature-sensitive hands or Raynaud's. I'm very happy with these!" —Anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in sizes S-XL and in 13 colors and patterns).

28. A set of two secret booze umbrellas because they take BYOB *and* their privacy very seriously. They just have to unscrew the "umbrella handle" top for easy access to the contents of this cute flask.


Promising review: "These flasks are great. They look real, and they work well. They even have a tag on them that says 'rain or shine' which just adds to the effect that they're real umbrellas. It's totally worth it." —Haley

Get it from Wayfair for $10.99 (originally $15.99).

29. A compact and collapsible water bottle for the person who *hates* things taking up space in their bag if they're not being used. This BPA and PVC-free bottle is lightweight and durable, so it'll last for many adventurous hikes!

Promising review: "I like these bottles for travel. Lightweight. Collapsible. Don't leak. Perfect size. Won't break when dropped. I will fill one up with filtered water, then, for extra protection, use a SteriPen to sterilize the water. Good for CPAP and other medical uses. The bottle can be compressed into the two end caps, which are then snapped together." —Kirk

Get it from Amazon for $16.74+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

30. And a pack of pretty thank-you cards they'll be able to keep handy for any people or situations they may need to express gratitude for. But you can also get them for yourself so you can thank them for always being prepared!

Five thank you cards with different watercolor designs
Joy Jen Studio

Promising reviews: "High quality cards made with high quality colors. Plus, it comes in recyclable packaging." —AngelaDubb

"Beautiful modern prints! And such great quality." —emily harmon

Get it from Joy Jen Studio on Etsy for $13.60+ (available in seven pack sizes).

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