40 Unique Gifts On Amazon
Picking the perfect gift for someone can often feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. If you're a last-minute shopper, it can get even more frustrating trying to figure out what to buy for that oh-so-picky person on your list. Luckily, there are insanely unique gifts on Amazon that let you deliver an amazingly thoughtful present without too much effort (and more importantly, make all the stress of in-store shopping disappear).
From a WiFi-enabled smart outlet plug that allows you to turn things on and off in your house remotely via an app to a set of extra-long silicone oven mitts that will keep your hands, wrist, and forearms from getting burned during a kitchen mishap, the list of brilliant and practical items you can gift from Amazon is basically endless. In fact, part of what makes these kinds of presents so fun to receive is that they help make everyday tasks simpler and less annoying to do, and who doesn't want that?
If you're scrambling to dream up the best gift idea for a friend or relative and you're feeling stuck, just consider this slideshow your own personal guide to the hottest, most innovative products people to buy on Amazon before they sell out.
1These Wash Cloths That Have A Major Cult Following In Japan
These wash cloths have a major cult following in Japan, and it's not hard to see why. They can do almost anything — from removing makeup to exfoliating skin to deliver a deep, penetrating clean — and all you need is water to activate them. Because they're also made with durable nylon cloth, they're known to hold up and can even be popped in the dryer without losing any of their mojo.
2Feel Snuggly On Cold Nights With This Heated Throw
Made with extra-soft polyester fleece, this heated throw blanket is essential for getting through the cold weather months. Equipped with a controller, which has three heat settings to choose from, this throw blanket allows you total control over the temperature so no matter what, you'll feel comfortable. Unlike many other heated blankets, this one also comes with an auto-off function, so you don't have to stress about it overheating. It's also machine washable and dryer safe, so taking care of it isn't a hassle.
3This Gel Seat Cushion For When You Want To Stay Comfy
This neoprene seat cushion is one of those travel essentials that you might not realize you needed until you're stuck on a flight for hours. Made with supportive gel that delivers firm yet comfortable support and fashioned with a forward slope that helps correct lumbar curvature, this cushion works to relieve pressure on the lower back and tailbone, which makes it a great companion for trips. It also comes with carry handles, making it easy to store and transport.
4Mount Your Smartphone For Added Convenience Using This Stand
If you're at your desk, you need your smartphone to likely be within arm's reach, but if you have a lot of clutter already, it can feel like your smartphone is just adding to the heap. This 360-degree rotational smartphone stand and holder can be adjusted to virtually any angle and includes a strong clamp with rubberized grip that can be fastened to your desk or another flat surface. An additional clamp holds your phone upright, and is wide enough to fit almost any smartphone up to 3 inches in thickness.
5This Super-Comfy Memory Foam Pillow That's Perfect For Sensitive Sleepers
Hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, this memory foam pillow is an amazing investment for those who struggle with allergies or are just sensitive sleepers in general. Because this pillow is made with bamboo fabric and shredded visco memory foam, it has a lot of breathability (which is great if you get overheated in bed) and it's fully adjustable, so you can mold the shape to best suit your body and sleeping style.
6Save Valuable Kitchen Space With This Collapsible Colander
This over-the-sink colander is a fantastic choice if you're looking for a strainer that won't clutter your countertop or stick out awkwardly in tight cupboards or spaces. Made using BPA-free materials, this colander expands to nearly 26 inches, will fit most sink sizes, and comes with non-slip handles, so sinks won't get scratched up during use. Ideal for rinsing off veggies and fruit, or draining pasta and canned food, this colander is a kitchen necessity. And, it will last for years, because it's also dishwasher top-rack safe and heat resistant up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit.
7Organize Your Days And Achieve Business Goals With This Weekly Planner
This weekly planner isn't like other planners: It will literally help you streamline your goals and become more productive in the process. It gives you the tools for you to break down eight steps to design your dream life, and comes with various guides for self-discovery, annual goal planning, feeling good, and establishing a life mission statement. Additionally, this planner is good for 12 months, is undated (so it's good to start whenever), has a monthly reflection page, and a weekly/monthly planning overview.
8Zoom In For A Flawless Look With This Lighted Magnifying Mirror
For all your beauty and skincare needs, this tri-fold lighted mirror has you covered. It comes with adjustable magnification up to five settings, so you can zoom in whenever you want — great for tweezing or removing hair. It's also equipped with built-in fluorescent lighting, which can be adjusted up with up to four different settings to suit your various preferences. Because this mirror also has a built-in 120-volt electrical outlet, you can plug in a straightener or other styling device for an all-in-one experience. Reviewers love that it's both lightweight and durable.
9This Convertible Travel Pillow That's Great For Side, Stomach, And Back Sleepers
This four-in-one convertible pillow doesn't just work well when you're traveling — it's actually an amazing pillow to have all the time if you're a person because, regardless of if you sleep on your back, stomach, or side, it provides much-needed support. Made with super-soft microbeads, this pillow also comes with an adjustable strap and can be moved around seamlessly as you adjust this pillow into different configurations based on comfort. The outer case — which comes in a variety of colors — is machine washable. It also comes with a bag for easy storage and transport.
10Organize Clothes Easily With This Brilliant Folding Tool
This three-step clothes folder is going to change your life if you're messy by nature and dread having to sort through and fold clothing after you've done laundry. Whether it's a shirt, pair of trousers, shorts, or giant sweater, this folder ensures everything comes out folded in three seconds. Durable and easy to maintain, this folder comes with a hanging hole, so you can store it on your laundry door. One reviewer writes: "I finally bought this one and I love it. My dresser drawers and closet shelves have never been so tidy before. And it's so much easier to find what I'm looking for."
11Whiten Teeth On The Go With This Innovative Spray
EverSmile WhitenFresh On-The-Go Teeth Whitening Spray, $19 (2 Pack), Amazon
This funky little spray can actually whiten your teeth with the same amazing effectiveness that you'd expect from whitening strips or powders, but with added convenience. Made with hydrogen peroxide, this spray helps remove yellow stains, while also killing bacteria that causes bad breath. It's flavored like spearmint, and helps remove stains from things like wine, tobacco, and coffee.
12This Convertible Hanger That Works Horizontally Or Vertically
These multi-purpose hangers can be used for anything from pants to scarves, belts, and towels. It's got a convertible design that allows it to work as both a horizontal or a vertical hanger — just hang it from both hooks for it to hang horizontally, or hang it from a single hook and it'll cascade downward.
13Add A Pop Of Color To Your Drinks With These Eco-Friendly Straws
This set of six reusable straws made from BPA-free silicone are a great, eco-friendly alternative to normal straws, which are usually one-use only and made from plastic. Using more straws can also help prevent teeth erosion and tooth decay from sugary, carbonated beverages. Durable enough to be put in the dishwasher, these colorful straws come in a range of sizes and colors, and come with a brush that you can clean the inside of them with.
14Control All Your Home Appliances With This Smart Plug
This mini smart plug, which is compatible with iOS and Android and is super easy to set up, allows you to have remote access to your home's appliances and control everything via your smartphone. It also responds to voice control with Amazon Alexa and Echo, and one reviewer raved: "I always forgot to turn off lights when I left my house. This plug helped me. Also, in the winter, I don't have to get out my bed to turn off the light, it is amazing."
15Take Professional-Quality Selfies With This Camera Lens For Your Smartphone
You can't really rely on your phone's camera lens to take perfect pictures every time, which is why this three-in-one camera lens kit is so great if you snap a lot of pics. Compatible with most smartphones, it comes with three detachable mini-lenses, is equipped with 230-degree fisheye lens screen capture, and has a 15x macro lens quality and wide-angle capabilities.
16Brighten Skin And Helps Sore Muscles Relax With This Ice Roller
This ice roller is meant to put in the freezer and be applied anywhere you need some cooling action — use it on bug bites to stop the itch, under the eyes to reduce puffiness, on the face if you have redness or irritation, or roll on the neck to tighten and firm skin. It's got a detachable stainless steel head that can stay cool for up to two hours, and is easily cleaned with alcohol. Some even use it post-workout on sore muscles.
17Remove Blackheads And Acne With This Activated Charcoal Face Mask
If you're looking for a mask that can help you get rid of blackheads, this peel-off activated charcoal mask works because it absorbs toxins and removes stubborn oil spots, while also exfoliating away dull cells for better skin clarity. While it may not be ideal for people with sensitive skin because charcoal is abrasive, those with oily skin can apply a thin mask layer to the T-zone area for super effective results. It's also made with gentle, natural ingredients like bamboo charcoal, aloe, and rosemary extract.
18Everything Your Kitchen Needs Is In This Four-In-One Blender Tool
This hand blender is a kitchen must-have — it's got a sturdy food processor to make things like cauliflower rice and salsa, and a jar with a hand blender that lets you create creamier dressings, hummus, and smoothies. There's various settings so you can create the perfect mix every time, and it's also got a whisk attachment and splash guard so food won't splatter everywhere. It's dishwasher safe, too.
19Protect Your Hands With These Silicone Oven Mitts
These heavy-duty, extra-long oven mitts will protect your hands and forearms from getting burned when you're cooking in the kitchen. Featuring a cozy quilted liner, these mitts are heat-resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and are made with flexible, waterproof silicone that's textured to create a non-slip grip. They also provide some breathability because the inside is made of cotton, and you can even put it in the washing machine or the dishwasher.
20This Solar Charger That You Definitely Want For Camping Trips
"Power outages happen all the time where I live...it is a very solid unit and seems like it will hold up well in any environment and can take lots of abuse," wrote one reviewer of this solar power bank, which functions as an external backup power source if you need to charge your phone in case of emergency. The exterior shell is made from silicone and other materials, and is basically built to survive all the elements, including water. This device also features built-in dual LED lights and a USB cord. With this solar bank, you can even charge two phones at the same time, and it has different light settings that even can do SOS in Morse Code for you.
21This Specially-Designed Set Of Tongs That Will Stay Off Your Countertop
Unlike regular tongs, these "clongs" (click-lock tongs) are designed to lock into place and sit up off of dirty kitchen countertops, thanks to their innovative curved metal design, which keeps the tips of the tong from touching surfaces. Made from stainless steel, these creative tongs have silicone at the tips, which means they're easy to clean, safe on non-stick cookware, and heat-resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also use the grooves to rest the tongs on the edge of your pan.
22Sort All Your Scarves And Belts In One Place With This Hanger
Whether you're organizing scarves, belts, or ties, this 19-loop hanger is a stylish way to do it and keep from cluttering up your closet or drawers. Featuring an elegant chrome finish, this organizer doesn't require any added assembly and can go right from the shipping box to being hung up right on your door or closet rack. One reviewer writes: "I love this thing! The construction is sturdy with tight welds and heavy duty chrome. All of my loops have been smooth and I have not noticed any snagging."
23This Extra-Long Charging Cable That's Tough Enough To Withstand Anything
This extra-long charging cable has a 10-foot range and is significantly stronger than other lightning cables on the market. Compatible with most Apple products, including older iPhone models, and MFi Certified by the company, this is a great backup cable because it's flexible and designed for extra durability. It's got a leather strap to easily store the cord when not in use, and it's made to be bent and pulled without breaking or fraying like others tend to do.
24Keep The Air Around You Clean With A Portable Air Purifier
This portable air purifier is easy to bring everywhere with you and helps remove particles that dirty up the air you're breathing. It eliminates the smell of secondhand smoke and any other unpleasant odors, is USB rechargeable (but doesn't need a charge for 80 hours) and completely quiet when in use. It can help to keep your skin and hair healthy, too, and, bizarrely enough, you can even wear it as a necklace.
25This Weird AF Massage Glove That Really Works
This strange massage glove might look like a monster paw, but what's really amazing about it is how well it helps relieve sore muscles and tension. You can use it all over the body, and thanks to the nine rolling, 360-degree metal balls in the design, you can get all-over relief. Designed to be primarily worn on the hand, you can also place this on the floor or in bed to apply much-needed pressure after exercise, or as part of physical therapy to improve blood circulation to targeted areas.
26Get Dry Hair Faster With This Bamboo Hair Towel
Want to cut down on the time it takes your hair to dry? This fast-drying towel, which is made from ultra-luxurious and organically sustainable bamboo, can help reduce the need for blow drying because it powerfully absorbs moisture. In the process, this machine washable towel helps reduce the risk of split ends and damaged hair, while an elastic loop inside the towel keeps hair snug and in place while drying. It's especially great for air-drying curly hair, but works on all hair lengths and textures.
27Get A Quality Night's Rest With These Affordable Bamboo Sheets
These bamboo sheets are an affordable option for those looking for sheets that are super-soft, won't fade, are more breathable than Egyptian cotton, and naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Because of how durable bamboo is, these sheets will never wrinkle, and they're a great investment especially if you struggle with night sweats, because bamboo helps wick away moisture. The set comes in a variety of colors and come with the sheets and two pillow cases.
28A Multifunctional Pillow That's A Traveler's Dream Come True
29Block Out Everything While You Snooze With This Mask
If you're a sensitive sleeper, these 3D eye shades are a great way to block out noise and light. Made from high-density memory foam, this mask is comfortable and feels soft against skin. The cavities are deeper than the average mask, so you can wear it without putting too much pressure on your eyes — and it'll save your makeup, too. It's got a velcro adjustable strap that won't mess up your hairstyle, it fits easily onto most head shapes, and it comes with two earplugs, so even noise disappears as well.
30This Unique Measuring Device That's Actually For Spaghetti
This pasta measuring device is made from stainless steel and has convenient holes that let you easily measure pasta servings out — so you're never left guessing if you'll feed all your guests. It also has a fork at the tip, which is perfect for serving and mixing up pasta when you're done cooking it. It's also heat-resistant and dishwasher-safe.
31Go Hands-Free With This Adapter/Receiver For Your Car
This adapter for your car comes with built-in Bluetooth and makes it easy to make hands-free calls from your smartphone. It has a range of up to 33 feet, can connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time, and is compatible with most smartphones and Bluetooth electronics. Powered for up to 10 hours of playing time, this device only needs an hour and a half to charge. It automatically turns on when you leave it plugged in, too.
32This Adapter That Turns Their Car's Cigarette Lighter Into A USB Charger
This adapter plug into any car's cigarette lighter and transforms it into a USB charger. It quickly charges any device, from phones to tablets, cameras, and MP3 players. And, Maxboost designed this adapter's circuit to protect their devices from over-charging, over-heating, and over-circuiting.
33This Makeup Brush Cleaning Duo Any Makeup-Lover Will Adore
This makeup brush cleansing duo comes with every a makeup-lover needs to keep their brushes free of product buildup. The Quick Color Change brush cleaner instantly gets product off of brushes — without any water — so they can switch between shadows, lip colors, and other color cosmetics without unintentional blending. The silicone heart-shaped brush cleaner is the perfect texture for deep cleaning. All they have to do is wet their brushes, add a little brush-cleaning solution, swipe them along the surface of the brush cleaner, and rinse.
34This Two-In-One Smartphone Holder And Selfie Ring Light That You Can Position Anywhere
Flexible and completely adjustable, this 360-degree rotating phone holder is the convenient way to take photos or shoot videos with your smartphone because it allows you to go totally hands-free. Designed to fit any phone size, this holder is study and made with durable metal that won't buckle under the weight of phones. This also comes with a selfie ring light, which has 10 adjustable brightness options and three LED light options to choose from, so the perfect selfie is just a click away.
35This Rotating Brush That's Great For Applying Foundation And Powder
Designed to rotate at 190 rpm, this makeup brush is like having a professional makeup artist blend your foundation for you. The ultra-soft head ensures even blending and glides easily on skin, so it won't leave lines or streaks. Ideal for using with powders, bronzers, blushes, and even liquid foundations and concealers, this brush works wonders during the application process. Reviewers love that it's also great with mineral and cream foundations.
36This Pouch That Works Like Magic For Storing Cosmetics
37This Wonder Tool That Mashes, Chops, And Blends Virtually Anything
This multi-functional hand tool is about to become your new secret weapon in the kitchen. Nylon and dishwasher safe, this easy-to-clean tool makes chopping and stirring up ground beef, turkey, scrambled eggs and more beyond convenient. Made with curved blades, which help create consistent-sized crumbles, this tool shortens cook time and ensures seasoning is evenly distributed for every dish.
38This Three-In-One Kitchen Utensil That's Great For Dinner Parties
This three-in-one butter knife is great for a lot of reasons. Because it has four beveled edges, it works as a slicer, grater, and spreader, which is great when you're trying to get smooth, even strands of butter or fancy cheese. Because it's stainless steel and has a comfy ergonomic handle, it's built to last, and it slides into cold products with ease. But the best reason to get this is it makes fancy curls (aka what you see above) super easy to get, so you'll impress people with presentation, especially if you're having a dinner party.
39This Deep Tissue Massager That You Can Use To Get Rid Of Aches And Pains
For targeted pain relief, this lightweight and portable manual massager is a must-have. It mimics the feel of a therapists hands thanks to two gentle yet effective silicone balls, which provide penetrating relief along trigger points in the neck, shoulder, legs, and other spots that ache. Because this is a manual massager, you can control every aspect of this — including the intensity — and because the handles are ergonomic in design, you'll feel relaxed during use. This massager is also great for fatigue and tension relief because it helps boost circulation and blood flow.
40Relieve Lower Back Pain With This Shiatsu Massager
If you struggle with lower back pain, this rotating massager can provide intense penetrating relief and make you feel like you're with a masseuse — but at half the cost. Designed with eight massage nodes, this heats up to about 113 degrees Fahrenheit, has an ergonomic design, and can also help improve blood circulation while getting rid of tight knots in the lower back (or other areas of the body where you need to unload tension).
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