We live in a world where many of us are flush with a large number of clever things for the home. So, when seeking thoughtful gifts that people actually want (or things you actually want, for that matter), what is an intrepid shopper to do? Fear not, brave seekers. For, we also live in a world with a nearly endless array of unique and life-enhancing gadgets, doodads, and gizmos. The trick is to go clever-er. Regular cleverness can see its way out now, please.
I have traversed the deepest recesses of the Amazon-ian wilderness to come up with a list of items that are useful, unusual, downright transformative, and adorable — possibly all of these simultaneously. They’re sure to be welcome additions that enhance the lives of those who receive them. Meaning, they’ll go over well.
There’s a much-loved, full-size body pillow (at a smashing price) for anyone who loves building the snuggliest nest your side of the Mississippi. There’s a non-tipping can cooler for when cold beverages may need safety and temperature control outside the home. There’s a Bigfoot-shaped multitool that might help you snag that Sasquatch (actually, if you’re within multitool-striking distance, you should run).
But, whether the person you’re trying to bowl over with your gift-giving prowess is into nature, self-care, working from home, cocktails, or s’mores, there’s something fun and enjoyable for them below the fold. And, again, if that person is yourself, please scroll on — because you deserve to enjoy neat new toys that bowl you over, too.
1. This tool for making delicious dumplings at home
Enhance someone’s dumpling habit by putting this perfect tool for creating potstickers, won ton, ravioli, or even sweet little hand pies in their life. Use the rings to cut circles of dough, lie desired ingredients on top, and fold it closed to seal the goodies inside. They are easy and fun to use.
2. These insulated bowls so ice cream doesn’t melt
Scoop ice cream into this double-wall insulated bowl and it won’t be a race against melting to eat it. It will stay frozen for much longer, while hands remain comfy. If soup is your jam, this will keep it hot until you are ready to eat it — however long that takes. The shape is perfect for holding in one hand.
3. This buddy that wrestles beverages open
When opening a beverage, it can be done with a tool that’s boring — or with the skills of one of these Lucha Libre wrestlers. One of three — red, blue or black — luchadors put a lock grip on the bottle cap to get it off. They are designed by Andres Lhima as part of a Mexico design challenge and will brings flair to any kitchen.
4. A drink holder for your shower beer
Know someone for whom the best moment of the day is when they get home from work and have a beer in the shower? This is the cup holder that will make that even easier. It sticks to the shower wall and holds a beer within reach, while freeing up your hands and other surfaces for shampoo and soap.
5. These six tiny planters for coordinated succulents
These tiny planters are perfect for creating a window display of succulents or creating beautiful gifts by propagating sprouts from your own collection. Each one comes with a bamboo basin that catches any water overflow and fits the pot perfectly. Drainage in the bottom assures your plants will be happy.
6. A pair of helpful bamboo salad hands
Making a delicious salad is much easier if with the right tools for tossing it. These bamboo salad hands make it super easy to toss even the most complex salad because they give terrific control. They go right to the table, for serving, and have a little knob that stops them from sliding into the bowl.
7. An adorable koala tea infuser
Every cup of tea will be fun and full of koala charm when it’s brewed using this smiling koala tea infuser. It grabs the edge of the glass so it’s easy to remove from the mug while its belly keeps the loose tea leaves submerged. Tea never looked so darling.
8. An easy-to-setup wireless doorbell with a huge range
A wireless doorbell doesn’t have to break the bank. This affordable option can be customized with 52 different chines and four different volumes, making this a truly unique option for your love one’s entryway. An ideal housewarming gift, this doorbell has a range of 1,000 feet and doesn’t need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to work.
9. This insulated lunch tote with tons of space
Perfect for backpackers, travelers, and those who have to commute to work but hate to get takeout, this insulated lunch box is seriously spacious. It has a double decker design with two huge compartments, mesh pockets on the side, and two front pockets for small items. With a padded handle and comfortable fabric shoulder strap, this durable lunch box is easy to carry around.
10. These fun bookmarks that sprout from the pages
Anyone who is a serious reader is always looking for a bookmark — or their place in one of several books. These leafy silicone bookmarks will be a big hit. The slender stems hold a reader’s place while the leaves grow out of the top, reminding them where they left off. There are six leaves, in three shades of green.
11. A spacious nylon blanket that folds up to a 4-inch square
Ideal for picnics and beach days, this durable nylon blanket is both sand-proof and waterproof. This outdoor blanket is roomy enough for two to four people to sit on, but it is easy to travel with because it folds up into a pocket that’s just 4 inches wide. This lightweight blanket is easy to toss in a backpack (or pocket), and once laid out, it’ll stay put thanks to four included stakes that can go into the ground.
12. A multi-color touch lamp that goes anywhere
This rechargeable table lamp is so versatile that it can be used for everything from a table lamp to a bedside lamp to a nightlight, or even a camping or emergency lantern. Just touch the top to cycle through its five brightness levels or choose the color (there are 13) or mode (there are 3) you prefer, using the remote.
13. This sleek wireless charging pad
This slim wireless charging pad does not look a bit like the piece of high-tech convenience it is. Plug it in and set a phone or other tech that’s capable of Qi charging down on it and it will charge it right up, while looking like a coaster from your favorite space opera. It comes in 12 colors, is capable of three charging modes, and works with most phones.
14. A pretty glass syrup dispenser that saves you from mess
The brunch fiend in your life is sure to love this glass syrup dispenser, which pours out the perfect amount of syrup with the simple press of a top button. Known for making a sticky mess on the table and in cabinets, this aesthetically-pleasing dispenser also comes with a cap and glass container, which catch any rogue drips.
15. This small nonstick pan that’s perfect for eggs
Fry up a perfect egg in this little nonstick pan and cut lots of oil and butter from your diet at the same time. The eggs won’t stick to the ceramic surface, so you hardly need any fat to cook your breakfast. You can use metal utensils with it and it won’t scratch, disintegrate, or leach toxins into your food.
16. A French press for quick & tasty coffee
Whether you take your coffee hot or cold brewed, this French press will deliver it to your mug, perfectly, every morning. Just measure the coffee into the thickened borosilicate glass carafe and add hot water. The glass can handle high temperatures and maintains the heat of the water. A few minutes later, plunge the double-filtered press into the water to settle the grounds. Your coffee — all 34 ounces of it — is ready.
17. The cup holder that fits any couch
This gadget makes lounging in an easy chair (or couch) even easier by neatly holding a beverage of choice within reach. This silicone cup holder slings over the arm of a couch or armchair, and the weighted arms hold it in place. Removeable cups in the cup holder portion accommodate most sized bottles, cups, glasses, or cans. A cutout in the holder even lets you sip from a mug with a handle. It comes in four colors.
18. This curtain of lights that transforms a room
Create an ethereal ambience by hanging this curtain of lights behind a bed, in a window, or wherever you want to place a lighting element that seems to be made of magic. There are eight modes — wave, twinkle, fade, and more — shine with a warm white color and are waterproof.
19. A mini grill for fast & easy breakfasts
This electric griddle is super small and sweet, but also very useful. Make a burger for one, a quick fried egg, a pancake, or even a single cookie on its hot surface. Close the lid and the dual non-stick cooking surface makes fast work of your meal. Cleanup is easy, too. Just wipe it down.
20. The macabre ice mold for all the scary drinks
Whether sipping whiskey and watching horror movies, or if your decor vibe is year-round Halloween, these skull ice molds are begging to be added to your repertoire. The silicone is flexible so it’s easy to get four two-inch tall skulls out of them and into your drink. Put on some creepy music and enjoy.
21. A sleek mirrored alarm clock
This slick alarm clock blends into modern decor so beautifully, you will wonder why you lived with that black plastic thing for so long. It displays the time on the mirrored face in your choice of three brightness levels, has two USB ports for charging devices, comes in five colors, and sits in the included stand or hangs from the wall.
22. These unbreakable wine glasses that keep the party going
Nothing delivers a record-scratch to the works like a delicate wine glass shattering — especially when full. Prevent that sort of misfortune before it even happens with a set of sturdy, stainless steel unbreakable wine glasses. They’re ideal for picnics, outdoor concerts, and the beach, and also help maintain chilled beverage temperatures.
23. A memory foam seat cushion for the car
Make the car more comfortable (and less sweaty) by installing this memory foam seat cushion on top of seats. It stays put because anchor hooks go between the seat and seat back to hold it in place. It’s soft and breathable, so you stay cool and comfortable no matter how long the drive.
24. These 10 reusable straws in handy drink-identifying colors
Keep these reusable silicone straws handy when you’re handing out water and juleps and, in addition to being friendly to the environment, folks can ID their beverages based on straw color (provided they remember them). This set comes with a convenient cleaning brush to keep things flowing, and the soft silicone doesn’t clink on teeth like the metal ones.
25. This wearable blanket with sleeves
Pull this blanket on and curl up on the couch with a good book. Your shoulders stay covered, even when holding a book, and there’s a pocket in the front for a phone or remote. It’s also great for working at a desk that’s too cold because you can be warm and use your hands at the same time.
26. A gorgeous, relaxingly-scented candle with a 45-hour burn time
This handsome rose and sandalwood candle looks as elegant as it smells. The hand-poured candle is made of soy wax blended with essential oils — soft, floral notes of fresh-cut roses and soothing, woody sandalwood. It arrives in a lovely black and gold box that’s just begging to be gifted.
27. The easy way to make great kabobs on the grill
This stainless steel kabob rack keeps delicate veggies, fish, and meat from getting too close to the flames or sticking to the grate by keeping them neatly in a line. The foldable frame holds six steel skewers with handles (included) that make it easy to rotate those tasty kabobs. It comes with 50 bamboo skewers, too.
28. An insulated can cooler that won’t tip over
This double-wall insulated can cooler is designed so tasty beverages can travel into the wilder parts of life. It has a suction-cup bottom that is designed to stay strong against anything that wants to tip it over, but that lets go easily when lifted. So, you can sip a cold beverage for hours but the waves, dog, or accidents can’t tip it over and spill its precious cargo.
29. This fun collection of decorative fridge magnets
Stick notes, lists, or photos to the fridge or a metal bulletin board with this sweet collection of 12 refrigerator magnets that look like a diverse assortment of tiny cacti in pots. The super-strong magnets won’t slip or mar metal finishes. If cacti aren’t your jam, there are 14 magnetic options.
30. A charcoal soap bar that treats lots of skin issues & is better for the environment than bottles
This pair of charcoal soap bars is packed with bamboo charcoal along with organic tea tree oil, peppermint, eucalyptus, and other essential oils which work together to gently cleanse all skin types. The magic mix is said to help combat athlete’s foot, acne, blackheads, eczema, and psoriasis and soothe dry skin, all while smelling divine.
31. A six-pack of delicious nature-sourced soaps
These six soaps are not only delicious and beautiful, but they are also vegan, cruelty-free, cold pressed, and triple milled. They will fill your house or gift bin with cleanliness that is easy on the eyes and the skin. It will clarify and hydrate sensitive and damaged skin while smelling terrific. The collection includes African black soap, mud & green clay, activated charcoal, black tea & tea tree, Dead Sea mud and salt, and black coffee soaps.
32. A diminutive diffuser that fits in the car
When the air in a car, bathroom, or other small area is dry or stale, refresh it with a cool mist and a hit of your favorite essential oil using this tiny, USB-powered diffuser. It is sized to fit in a cup holder but looks nice on a desk or vanity. It works continuously or intermittently, serves as a night light, and will shut off automatically when out of water.
33. This LED light strip that elevates TV viewing
This simple hack transforms a TV-watching experience from ordinary to downright theater-like. Just peel-and-stick this LED light strip to the back of the TV and plug it into one of the set’s USB ports. When you turn the TV on, it will throw lights behind that enhance and expand your view to reduce contrast, beautify the room, and display a wide range of colors on the wall behind the TV. Choose from 15 colors and 10 brightness levels using the included remote.
34. A slick aluminum mouse pad
Do you think they’d take neoprene mousepads into space? No! Everyone will use aluminum ones like this slick disk with a smooth surface that allows the mouse to dance easily upon it. An anti-skid bottom keeps it connected to the desk, it comes in seven elegant colors, it’s water resistant, and it’s easy to clean.
35. These olive oil dispensers that make any kitchen fancy
Made of gorgeous amber glass, this set of two olive oil and vinegar dispensers are slim and sleek, so they’ll look great on any table. The pouring spouts allow you to control the flow of oil or vinegar, which makes them ideal for the chef in your life. When not using the pouring spouts, this set actually comes with two airtight lids too, which help lengthen the life of oils.
36. These travel bottles that make every flight easier
If every flight you take is preceded by a mad dash to the sample size aisle at the drugstore, these squeezable silicone bottles are the perfect life upgrade. Each of them holds three ounces and has a flip top for dispensing, along with a wide-mouth screw top for easy filling. They come with their own transparent bag to make the trip through airport security go without a hitch.
37. The hands-free drink dispenser that makes refills a breeze
Whether your giftee loves to host parties and gatherings, or is a homebody that likes to treat themselves during Netflix marathons, this clever, automatic drink dispenser is ideal. It’s a cinch to use since all you do is press your cup to the sensor, plus it’s battery-operated, so they can enjoy it anywhere.
38. This weird magnetic wristband that holds nails and screws
If there’s a DIY-er in your life, they’ll love keeping this best-selling magnetic wristband on hand (pun intended) as a convenient and clever addition to their tool set. Made of nylon, it boasts serious holding power thanks to the 10 strong, sewn-in magnets, and it’s adjustable for an easy fit on most adult wrists.
39. A personal blender for smoothies anywhere
If your mornings would go better with a smoothie, this little blender is here to help. Not only is it simple — with just one button — and easy to clean, but you can drink right out it. It easily travels with a lid designed for sipping, and is sized to fit in your car’s cup holder.
40. This three-in-one cable for all the gear
This super strong cable has three plugs ends so can be used to charge USB-C, micro-USB, or Lightning devices with a quick reconfiguration. And the cable is so durable that Anker gives it a lifetime warranty. So, this could be the last cable you ever buy. It’s three feet long and comes in white or black.
41. A car phone mount that clamps to your closest air vent
This convenient phone mount positions right onto car air vents, keeping devices within reach. The secure clamp holds phones safely, and the silicone bumpers help to absorb rattles from the road. Plus, with a full 360-degree tilt, it can be adjusted to the best possible angle. Multiple brands and styles fit, so no matter what phone your recipient prefers, it’ll almost certainly suit this mount.
42. This mortar & pestle set made from solid marble
Not only can this mortar and pestle grind spices and herbs, it will also look darn good on the counter. Made from 100% marble, this set is just so pretty. Beyond that, it can help you take your guacamole, pestos, and dressings to the next level.
43. A multitool that looks like Bigfoot
This multitool is handy. It clips to a keychain or backpack with the included carabiner, and has a multitude of tools built in. There are several hex wrenches, a bottle opener, a cord cutter, a 1-inch ruler, a flat-head screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a butterfly wrench, and a can opener. Obviously, though, the best part it that it looks like a silhouette of Sasquatch. If Bigfoot is not your obsession, there are 31 other options. You just hit gift-giving mecca with this one handy, inexpensive, tool.
44. A selfie ring light for near-perfect lighting anywhere
No matter where you like to be for chats or streams, this selfie ring light will elevate your lighting situation. You can attach it to your computer, phone, or to a separate stand, and it runs on battery or with the included USB cable. And, it has three lighting modes (daylight, white, and warm), and 10 brightness settings.
45. A set of telescoping roasting sticks for tastier campfires
When you have a campfire — in the back yard, at the beach, or at your campsite — what’s the first thing you want to do? Cook over it, right? And these telescoping forks make that clean and easy. They hold a hot dog or a couple of marshmallows a safe distance from your hands, won’t catch on fire, and store in their own zippered pouch so they’re easy to find next time.
46. These handy cutting boards in 3 convenient sizes
For home cooks, this set of best-selling cutting boards is ideal. The durable plastic is practical and easy to clean, yet still simple and sleek in appearance. The clever design includes built-in handles, and notches along the outside edges catch liquid to curb spills and messes. Five different accent colors are available.
47. A pair of comfy memory-foam slippers
There’s nary a more useful item — for yourself or someone else — than comfy slippers. This pair has a memory foam footbed with a plush lining to make them deliciously comfortable, and a rubber sole so they stand up to a quick run outside to get the mail. They come in 16 colors and you can throw them in the washer if they get dirty.
48. A long-spouted watering can for hard-to-reach roots
It can be a messy challenge to get water to the roots of succulents and other big-leaved potted plants, but this watering can has a long, needle-like spout. It pours from the bottom of the pitcher so all you have to do is tuck the spout under the leaves and tip slightly, and water effortlessly flows onto soil without spilling. It holds almost 34 ounces and comes in three colors.
49. This collection of fine-point markers in beautiful colors
The 18 colors in this collection of fine-point markers takes journaling, note-taking, sketching, or planner rituals to the next level. They deliver a fine and precise line and don’t bleed through the paper. The price can’t be beaten either, which is probably why they get almost 57,000 five-star reviews.
50. A bird feeder that sticks to the window
Suction this clear acrylic bird feeder to the outside of the windows and watch as the birds sidle right up close to feed. A tall roof keeps the birds and seed dry, while letting larger feathered friends inside, and a padded grip gives them a comfy place to perch. They’re basically pets without the nighttime squawking.
51. A faux leather journal that comes with a velvet bag
This faux leather journal is seriously so sophisticated, not just because of its luxe feel but because it also comes in a drawstring velvet bag that makes this stylish and easy to carry around. The lined interior pages have a thick feel, and this primo journal is complete with a bookmark, pen loop, and large rear pocket.
52. An ergonomic, professional-level wine key made of elegant rosewood
This classic wine key has all the features that make it a tried-and-true bar essential. Built with an elegant handle that feels good in the hand, this durable, stainless steel corkscrew wine opener is said to remove natural and synthetic corks in 5 twists or less. A built-in, serrated edge foil cutter lets you get into uncorking with a quickness.
53. This toiletry bag to organize your away ablutions
This lightweight, flat-packing toiletry bag has a plethora of pockets to organize everything from your shampoo and lotions to your cosmetics and toothbrush, all in one bag. It’s a cinch to grab and take into the bathroom when traveling. It hangs from a shower hook or door, has an easy to grab handle when closed, is big enough for all your gear, and has a flat base so it can sit up on its own.
54. These premium steak knives that look like a million bucks — but cost less than $20
Add a little elegance (and function) to the kitchen with these sleek, professional-quality steak knives. Each knife is forged from a single piece of high-carbon, German stainless steel, resulting in a razor-sharp blade with a balanced weight. These non-serrated knives are chic enough to complement any other silverware on the table.
55. This unique bug zapper for indoor and outdoor use
Sure, this conversation-starting electrical fly swatter might have the same shape of a tennis racket, but does your sporting equipment have a 4,000-volt grid? Available in three sizes, and possessing a built-in battery that charges via USB cable, it’s lightweight, ergonomic and — most importantly — efficient.
56. This brilliant battery holder that stores an entire collection
No more lost batteries at the bottom of a junk drawer when you gift this handy battery organizer and tester. With room for 93 batteries, the clear lid keeps all batteries visible so owners know immediately what they have in stock, and a built-in tester allows opened sets to be checked for power.
57. This handy bib that keeps your bathroom counter clean when you shave
Set up this lightweight, waterproof beard apron and prevent whiskery messes before they start. Secure the collar around your neck and adhere the suction cup hooks to the mirror, and trimmings are caught before they reach your counter or sink. Five styles in three different colors are available.
58. A water-, sand-, and sweat-repelling towel that packs up tight
If you’re backpacking to set up camp for the night or heading to yoga on the beach (or studio), this quick-drying travel towel makes a handy companion. It packs down compactly into its included carrying bag, and has a suede-like feel that’s soft, absorbent, and durable. Choose from five sizes and four colors.
59. A contoured pillow for a comfortable night’s sleep
Side sleepers, this one’s for you. This memory foam knee pillow is uniquely shaped to provide comfort and relief by easing pressure on joints. It’s also ideal for pregnant people and folks recovering from surgery or injuries. It’s available in both standard and large sizes, and each pillow comes with a washable cover and a travel case.
60. These reusable silicone lids that can cover most food containers
A set of these reusable silicone lids can save so much trouble in the kitchen. They promise to be leak-proof, they can replace multiple sizes and styles of container lids, and they’re safe for the fridge, freezer, and microwave. And the best part? You can pop them in the dishwasher for quick and easy washing.
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