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37 Products That Really And Truly Make Great Gifts

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication. 1. A three-cup stovetop espresso maker for an authentic cup of…

37 Products That Really And Truly Make Great Gifts

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1.

A three-cup stovetop espresso maker for an authentic cup of the good stuff for a lot cheaper than a whole trip to Italy.


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Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in five colors; also available in one-cup and six-cup sizes).

Promising review: “We ditched every fancy coffee/espresso maker years ago in favor or our Bialetti stovetop espresso maker. I get a hot, strong espresso in two minutes, and there is something hands-on satisfying about making an espresso with such simplicity. This is an inexpensive purchase, and they last forever. I had my first one for five years, and only replaced a rubber ring ($5) once. I have both the large and standard size, and when used with a plug-in milk foamer, I make killer lattes at home every day. If you like your coffee drinks hot, the Bialetti is the way to go. Stovetop temp, vs. the alternatives (pod machines) which never make a truly hot beverage, are a pain to clean and produce a lot of waste. I highly recommend this product — it’s my favorite kitchen item.” —Michelle Wheeler

2.

A purrfectly cute external battery that’ll be like giving the gift of an always-charged smart phone for years to come.


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This has two USB ports to charge two devices at a time, and it holds enough juice to charge THREE iPhone 8s — so it’s ok if they forget to charge *this* bb all the time too.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Promising review: “This thing is amazing & I’d give it 20 stars If I could!! You will NOT be disappointed! My phone was at 48%, I plugged this in, and in 45 minutes it was up to 100% with plenty of charge left in the charger bank!! I plug it in at night after I use it and it’s fully recharged in a couple hours — and it has awesome light to show you how much it’s charged. It’s flat and fits in my purse or pool bag perfectly. The quality is fantastic & better than any other bank I’ve owned!!” —shayk

3.

A (waterproof!) Kindle Paperwhite with a glare-free screen so they’ll feel like they’re reading an *actual* book — without having to have to schlep around a heavy 1,000-page volume (looking at you, A Song of Ice and Fire).


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A compact Shiatsu massager they can use on their neck, back, legs, and more to relax overworked muscles. Plus, it has an optional heat setting for even more pain relief. It’s like giving the gift of a portable spa!


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Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

Promising review: “Over the years I’ve bought and returned a few different massagers. The ones that attach to the chair are just too big. The smaller ones hurt or just vibrate. The sharper image ones are junk. So… I took a chance with this one. Wow! This really works. I like that it’s smaller so you can actually position it where you want. It turns in one direction for a little while and then it switches and goes the other way. When it turns, it really feels like a massage instead of that vibrating feeling. I really like how compact it is and how it doesn’t move too fast. It’s just a steady massage that’s hands free. I can use it on my calfs, legs, back, shoulders and neck. If this breaks I will definitely buy another one. This is the best massager I ever had.” —cbear

5.

A Two-Minute Mornings journal with just a few key questions they can fill out quickly (even before coffee) to focus their day and get it off to the right start.


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Get it from Amazon for $13.46.

Promising review: “Received this book as a birthday gift. It quickly became a favorite morning practice. It’s simple and quick and creates powerful intention and focus for my day. Because I’ve enjoyed it so much, I bought several copies to give to family and friends as holiday gifts. Highly recommend it!” —C LARA

6.

A pair of hexagonal cookie dough molds that’ll be allllllmost as good as the gift of unlimited cookies. Smoosh the dough in for perfectly formed shapes ready to bake. Or instead of baking, pop the whole container in the freezer, and they’ll ALWAYS have dough on hand for fresh chocolate chippers.


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It can also be used for foods/liquids other than cookie dough but……nah.

Get a set of two from Food 52 for $35.

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A copy of BuzzFeed’s Tasty’s Latest and Greatest cookbook filled with recipes from the most popular and delicious videos you’ve shared with each other, plus step-by-step photos to make sure everything looks how it’s *supposed* to along the way.


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Get it from Amazon for $13.51.

Promising review: “So far the book is Amazing. I like that some of the recipes have step by step photos and that many of the recipes i remember from the legendary videos and many are new. The recipe I’ve made so far was the ‘Juciest Honey-Glazed Fried Chicken Ever,’ which was flavorful, juicy, and just delicious.” —Keiser

8.

A sleek black and gold scratch-off map for travel fiends and wanderlusters who haven’t started checking off their vacation bucket lists yet alike.


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It has flags printed on the bottom you can scratch off too!

Get it from Amazon for $22.79 (also available with a white background and a version with watercolor, rather than solid, colors underneath the gold scratch-off material).

Promising review: “I bought this as a gift for my dad. He is quite a traveler. He was really excited about it and impressed by the uniqueness of the gift. He had no idea the product existed prior to receiving it. If you want to dress it up a bit you could frame it if you’re giving it as a gift. I chose this one over the others because you could also scratch off individual states.” —Sharon

9.

A truly helpful Squatty Potty, because in the words of an iconic children’s book, “Everyone poops!


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If you somehow still don’t know what a Squatty Potty is, it’s a toilet stool that keeps your feet raised while pooping. ~Going~ in this position is supposed to fully relax your Puborectalis muscle, meaning you have an easier elimination, with no straining. And if you think that’s TMI, just try it and see.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

Promising review: “Oh Squatty Potty,

You fill me with endless joy,

Yet leave me empty.” —Wm. Jonathan Bradshaw

If you want a ~prettier~ one for your bathroom, Squatty Potty also makes a teak wood version ($65.06) and a Bamboo version ($84.97).

And if you want to check out a Squatty Potty review for all the deets, we’ve got you covered too!

10.

An Amazon Fire TV stick they can simply plug into they existing TV and stream all the shows, movies, and music they want.


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You can use the voice button to find shows, launch apps, search for type of movie (“Alexa find suspense thrillers”) OR EVEN ORDER A PIZZA from Dominos!

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

Promising review: “We have been getting steady increases in ourcCable TV bill with no increases in services. So we thought we would cut the cord and this device became the focal point for making that transition. We are very pleased with the performance of this device. It is easy to setup with prompts provided as you power it up. We then added our favorite apps, (also very easy), and have never looked back at the Cable TV being gone. We now save over $100 a month without those charges for Cable TV. If you are thinking of making the leap into cord cutting, this is the way to go.” —Stephen H. Jenkins

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An oh-so delicious-smelling room mist they can spray in the air, or even on their pillow and think of you (awww!). Its blend of orange blossom, woody mid-notes, and vanilla-amber base notes is calming and cozy, without being overpowering.


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Get it from Crabtree and Evelyn $25

Promising review: “The smell is very calming and not too strong or overwhelming which is great for a quiet night snoozing away….” —Leong

12.

Werewolf, a sneaky party game you need to order for your friend group ASAP — especially if you love the game Mafia.


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Everyone draws a card and play the role assigned to them (if you’re a werewolf, you’re trying to destroy the village; if you’re a villager, you’re trying to save it, etc.). You can play with up to *35* people, so it’s great for even larger gatherings — though warning, your friendships will be tested.

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

Promising review: “My group of friends love game night. We’ve tried all sorts of games, and when I brought this game out, everyone was skeptical. Now no one wants to play any other game but this one. Super fun! The fact that it comes in a simple deck of cards makes it so easy to carry around and bring to any party occasion just in case. With the different characters you can mix it up so no two games are ever the same. The witch character has truly tested some friendships already. The game also gives you extra cards for you to create your own characters with their own unique roles and powers. We are looking forward to creating some interesting new roles and throwing them in the mix. If you have a loud group of friends, this is the game for you!” —Amazon Customer

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An LED ring light that’ll clip right to their smartphone or any other device. And with three different brightness intensities, they can customize their selfie or foodstagram like a profesh photog.


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Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

Promising review: “I just received this a few days ago and I have used it so much. It has improved the quality of my photos and added brightness to my videos. It is still operating on the initial charge from when I first fully charged it. It is USB rechargeable which is a must for me. Very light and easy to stick into my work bag pocket or side of my purse. I was not disappointed. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to get ride of those harsh shadows when taking selfies, photos in low light, or videos on their —Connie

14.

A beautiful blank genealogy chart so they can trace their family trees for a custom piece of wall art.


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Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in a colorful version).

Promising review: “Chart is nice quality. I filled it out, put it in a nice frame and hung it in the hallway. It looks great, and is a nice conversation piece. I love seeing my husband’s and my lineage at a glance!” —Shizarla13

If you’re interested in learning even more about your family history, you can also give a 23andMe DNA testing kit. Just mail in a saliva sample, and you’ll get results delivered in 6-8 weeks!

15.

Sparkly throw pillows to inspire their creative side — with reversible two-tone sequins, they can create whatever pattern they want.


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Get it from Amazon for $5.29 (available in 22 colors and styles).

Promising review: “I got one of these for my niece last Christmas – then we had to get one for the four other nieces and nephews (yes, even the boys) because everyone wanted one. Even for the adults, brushing the sequins back and forth is really soothing. We draw letters on them with my toddler for fun too. And they’re so pretty! Love these!!! Just remember to get the insert separately as it’s just a case.” —Bria

P.S. If you need a pillow insert to go with it, you can get a top-rated 16×16 one from Amazon for $7.99!

16.

A canister of Cadbury drinking chocolate ideal for curling up with during a Freeform (RIP ABC Family) Harry Potter weekend.


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Get a pack of two (one for them, one for you!) from Amazon for $14.11.

Promising review: “We drink this almost nightly and we do it year round. When I die, cremate me and put me in a Cadbury Drinking Chocolate tin.” —Majombaszo

17.

And a Yeti tumbler mug for anyone who likes the feel of a classic handle, but hates when hot drinks don’t stay hot and cold drinks don’t stay cold. So whether they’re sipping drinking chocolate (above!) or a frosty beer, this’ll keep ’em happy.


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This holds a whopping 24 ounces!

Get it from Yeti for $29.99 (available in nine colors).

Promising review: “I usually make a huge cup of coffee in the morning. I’ve had bariatric surgery so i have to drink it slowly throughout the morning. By the time i would try to finish it, it would be ice cold. So i would end up throwing half the mug full away. Not any more! This mug keeps it nice and toasty for about five hours. Which gives me plenty of time to enjoy the whole mug! Plus the color is beautiful!” —Tomi H.


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Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

Promising review: “Super fun, but equally frustrating. I bought it for my dad who loves puzzles like this. He would try for five minutes, get frustrated and give up, then pick it back up 30 seconds later and try again 😆. If you can’t hack it, it makes a great desk ornament 😁”—laef

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A set of six cactus pens to prove fun school supplies aren’t just for kids. You might feel ~extra prickly~ when someone asks to borrow one, though.


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Get the set of six from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in six other shapes).

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A tabletop air hockey game, because who *doesn’t* want to procrastinate life’s daily chores with a quick round of this arcade classic?!


Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29 (also available in tabletop billiards and tabletop foosball).

Promising review: “You won’t even feel the hours go by as you play this with your friends and loved ones. It’s definitely worth the buy for avid game night hosts or those just wanting to have some quick fun.” —Reyrey26

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A pair of colorful, foil-lettered tumblers to make hydration of any kind more of a ~party~.


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These make super cute host and hostess gifts!

Get the set of two from Novogratz on Amazon for $16.90.

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A dressy plaid cashmere-feel scarf for looking put together while staying bundled up all winter.


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Get it from Amazon for $8.98 (available in 31 colors).

Promising review: “Looks just like the pictures. Beautiful color and super soft, like cashmere on your skin, which I love. It’s medium-heavyweight so not too heavy and annoying and not too light where you would still be cold. Love this scarf and I have one in the neutral colors as well. Glad I purchased them and I can’t believe I got them for under $10, great purchase.” —Rhonda H.

23.

A book of RuPaul’s Drag Race paper dolls to gift the person you’ve watched every season with. Or give it to yourself, because “if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”


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It includes 10 punch-out paper dolls plus 64 pages of outfits!

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

Promising review: “I bought this for a friend for a gift and he loved it! I was very happy with the high quality of the paper. I had worried they would be like the paper dolls of my youth, sturdy doll and flimsy clothes. If you could bring yourself to cut into this beautiful artwork though, you’d be able to dress and undress Bianca Del Rio over and over as much as you want (and who DOESN’T?!).” —sassette00

24.

A weighted blanket designed to simulate the comforting pressure of a hug. If they have trouble relaxing or getting to sleep, this might help!


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Get a 14-pound blanket from BuzzFeed’s Goodful Collection, exclusively at Macy’s for $167.99 (originally $280).

25.

Hedgehog or pufferfish dryer balls for anyone who just loves fresh and fluffy laundry — aka everyone.


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::opens dryer, takes a big whiff of laundry smell:: These’ll actually help soften clothes and help dry things faster too!

Get them from Amazon: hedgehogs for $9.50 and pufferfish for $9.50.

Promising review: “I’ve used these several times for different laundry types. It did speed up the drying times for towels. My clothes were softer after using these. I even tried leaving out the fabric softener and my clothes were still soft. My husband is highly allergic to wool, so I can’t use the wool dryer balls. These work well without the allergens. They don’t have any smell. I was worried they might have a plastic or silicone smell, but they don’t even when they’re hot. They look adorable sitting on top of my drying waiting to be tossed in again.” —B. Blunt

26.

A pair of cushiony inserts that’ll transform any pair of shoes into Uggs.


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Get them from Amazon for $19.95 (available in women’s sizes 5–12). They’re also available in men’s sizes 7–15 for $19.95.

Promising review: “Move from slippers to loafers to boots — cannot be without. Just bought a second pair and will probably get a third pair. I use them in my Ara loafers & sneakers, my well-worn UGG slippers and boots, anytime I want to feel dreamy, soft comfort. They can be trimmed if needed, you know; and you can remove the existing insole to use as a pattern.” —Frozenaddict

27.

A Blue Bottle pour-over coffee starter kit for the caffeine newbies (looking at you, college freshmen) and bean snobs alike. Talk about a high-energy gift!


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It has everything they need to get started on that pour-over life: a coffee dripper, a pack of 30 filters, a pretty glass carafe, three packets of Blue Bottle coffee, and a guide to perfecting the art of pour-over.

Get it from Blue Bottle Coffee for $59.

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A set of toaster-friendly bags perfect for whipping up an ooey gooey grilled cheese when they can’t really manage the whole stove thing. Plus they’re dishwasher safe, so they don’t need to do any washing up by hand!


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Get a set of three from Amazon for $16.56.

Promising review: “These things actually work. I was skeptical about how effective they would be. I was expecting the cheese to pool at the bottom or for them to be extremely hard to clean. Neither is the case. They take a little bit of experimenting to figure out what the right toaster setting is for good toasted bread with just the right amount of cheese being melted. Supposedly you can make 150 sandwiches using this set of three bags. Definitely worth the purchase given the low cost, ease of use, and ease of storage.” —Franklin Hood

29.

A guide to the best pizza anywhere in the world. Nuff said.


Phaidon Press

Get it from Amazon for $19.78.

Promising review: “I bought this book for my fiancé – he had seen it in a museum, but the prices were super high. I ordered it, and when I picked him up a couple of days later, he was overjoyed. On our way home from the airport, he found a pizza place in a neighboring town next to where we live, and this pizza was amazing! We are looking forward to trying more pizza in the NYC area.” —dsj0102

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Cozy slipper socks with a thick sherpa fleece lining and rubber soles so you don’t go skidding on shiny floors.


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I have these in ~llama pink~ and let me tell you — they are TOASTY! I run very cold (especially my feet) and these are one of my favorite Amazon buys!

Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 65 colors and patterns, adult regular and large sizes).

Promising review: “My wife’s feet are always cold. She has worn alpaca slippers to bed for years. Then I saw these Pudus and decided to try them. They are superior to anything we’ve ever found. They are snug and the warmest socks/slippers ever. The rubbery stuff on the bottom serves as a non-slip surface without being solid like a shoe sole. They are simply perfect for lounging and sleeping.” —Richard Mann

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A baby Groot-shaped Chia Pet they’ll definitely need to put some music on for when they’re not home. He loves to dance.


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Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in 12 other characters from pop culture).

Promising review: “This item has been awesome! Gave as a gift to my wife, she had never had one as a child. Totally loved watching it grow. Enough seeds for 4-6 plantings.” —Mark M.

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A scented candle inspired by their home state, city, or country for anyone feeling a little too far away from family or friends.

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A corgi butt throw pillow to make the couch look even more inviting than it already does. Great for scrolling through dog butts on Instagram while cuddled up with this lil’ buddy.


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Perfect for apartment buildings that aren’t exactly pet-friendly.

Get it from Amazon for $14.85 (also available in purses, keychains, large pillows, and more corgi butt variations!).

Promising review: “This is not only cute but very comfortable and ‘snuggable’. Had to get a second one because my son stole this one.” —Minnesota Transplant

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34.

A sword-shaped cheese grater for reenacting your favorite bit of Arthurian legend before digging into a delicious bowl of Parmesan-topped pasta.


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If they’re lactose intolerant, this also works great for grating ginger or garlic — no more pesky mincing!

Get it from Amazon for $13.89.

Promising review: “You know why you’re spending $13 on a tiny sword cheese grater. It works fine but it’s the ‘cool’ factor that has you even considering buying this. So rest assured, it’s cool! You’ll be stoked to wield this while shredding parmesan on the plate of the one you love. Got some money to spare? Go for it!” —Tiffiny Karoll

35.

A screaming goat figurine that’ll help them release all that stress. Just press the button on the stump he stands on to hear those bleats that can’t be beat.


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And it comes with a 32-page, illustrated booklet all about goats, making this product the G.O.A.T. itself.

Get it from Amazon for $6.76.

Promising review: “This little piece of screaming plastic has created an excellent outlet for resolving frustrations in our home. Every time a conflict or struggle arises we push the little goat, get a gratifying screech, chuckle and move on throughout our day. No regrets on purchasing this. When you get one, get four or five because you’re going to want to share with family and friends.” —Amazon Customer

Learn more about the brilliance of this in If You Need A Quick And Easy Gift, This Screaming Goat Is The Answer.

36.

A 10-pack of sheet masks packed with vitamins, minerals, and Icelandic glacier water to refresh and hydrate your skin after you’ve been thoroughly stressed.


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You get two of each of the five kinds: peach (for moisture), papaya (for exfoliation), litchi (for brightening), mangosteen (for calming), and almond (for nutrients).

Get the set of 10 from Amazon for $10.98 (also available in a 20-pack).

Promising review: “I bought these on a whim and I fell in love. I have really dry skin and these soften and hydrate my skin. I have turned all my girlfriends to these masks as well!” —Christine Sunny

37.

The Extraordinary Book of Useless Information, a fun fact–filled volume of only the best (and least useful) tidbits for small talking like a champ and winning every single pub trivia night.


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Get it from Amazon for $11.65.

Promising review: “How did they manage to marshal all these factoids without including any that you’ve heard 50 times before from less capable researchers? Buy all ten in the series!” —Minnesotan

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