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1.

A deck of affirmation cards for anyone who may have forgotten how awesome they are this year — we all need a friendly reminder every once in a while.


Amazon

Promising review: “These cards are phenomenal! I love allowing my friends to pull cards for a boost of motivation. The writing is witty and very inspirational.” —Addy G.

Get it from Amazon for $13.46.


Amazon

Promising review: “These cards are phenomenal! I love allowing my friends to pull cards for a boost of motivation. The writing is witty and very inspirational.” —Addy G.

Get it from Amazon for $13.46.

2.

A Bissell Featherweight Stick for anyone who can’t bear to sweep their hardwood floors one more time. This lightweight vacuum will allow them to ditch their brooms and dustpans for something a little less tedious.


Amazon

The best part about this bagless stick vacuum is it can easily be converted into a hand vacuum, with a removable floor nozzle and crevice attachment.

Promising review: “Where has this been my whole life?! It’s like a powerful Dustbuster with a long handle so perfect for little crumbs. I have hardwood floors throughout my house and only carpet in the kids’ bedrooms with one rug in the family room. I rarely brought out my old vacuum because it was big and bulky. I would sweep multiple times a day and still feel like the floors were still dirty. All in all, this is great for a quick run around the house and picks up crumbs, dog hair and snacks left behind by little ones!”—ACP

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


Amazon

The best part about this bagless stick vacuum is it can easily be converted into a hand vacuum, with a removable floor nozzle and crevice attachment.

Promising review: “Where has this been my whole life?! It’s like a powerful Dustbuster with a long handle so perfect for little crumbs. I have hardwood floors throughout my house and only carpet in the kids’ bedrooms with one rug in the family room. I rarely brought out my old vacuum because it was big and bulky. I would sweep multiple times a day and still feel like the floors were still dirty. All in all, this is great for a quick run around the house and picks up crumbs, dog hair and snacks left behind by little ones!”—ACP

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

3.

Or a Roomba for those of us who have given up on doing chores altogether. I personally never realized how much I hated cleaning my home until 2020 forced me to be here all day.

An Roomba vacuuming a hardwood floor


Amazon

This popular product from iRobot has been a bestseller for years, and the results seem to justify the price.

Promising review: “We have a 2,200-square-foot home. So we decided to get a second Roomba because we wanted one at both ends of the house AND we added a dog since our first purchase. We can’t do regular vacuuming with big vacs, and these little guys do a WAY BETTER job. Here’s a tip to all who want their purchase to last: We ALWAYS empty the filter and container about 45 minutes to an hour after turning it on. We do this EVERY time without fail so that it’s clean and ready for next time.” —Stillhunter

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

4.

Kate Somerville’s “Breakout Fighters” for adults whose skin took a turn for the worse this year. Including a three-part acne treatment and an oil-free cleanser, this grown-up acne solution might make them the envy of pimple-faced high school sophomores everywhere.


Sephora

Full set: EradiKate Acne Treatment, EradiKate Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment, EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser, Oil Free Moisturizer

Promising review: “If you’re on the fence about trying Kate Somerville, I really cannot recommend this set highly enough. It comes with enough products to last you a month, which is a perfect amount of time to judge if they’re right for you. A little goes a long way with these, which is key! I use the cleanser day and night, but use the acne solution every other night, and only use the acne treatment when I have a cystic acne flare up. I’ve had this set for over a week now and I think I have enough to last me for at least three to four weeks. I’m sure every skin type will have a different reaction to this, but with my cystic, hormonal acne, this set really helps.”—hannywithafanny

Get this four-piece set from Sephora for $55.


Sephora

Full set: EradiKate Acne Treatment, EradiKate Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment, EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser, Oil Free Moisturizer

Promising review: “If you’re on the fence about trying Kate Somerville, I really cannot recommend this set highly enough. It comes with enough products to last you a month, which is a perfect amount of time to judge if they’re right for you. A little goes a long way with these, which is key! I use the cleanser day and night, but use the acne solution every other night, and only use the acne treatment when I have a cystic acne flare up. I’ve had this set for over a week now and I think I have enough to last me for at least three to four weeks. I’m sure every skin type will have a different reaction to this, but with my cystic, hormonal acne, this set really helps.”—hannywithafanny

Get this four-piece set from Sephora for $55.

5.

An oversized sweatshirt that’ll feel like a warm hug all winter — because it’s cheaper than therapy and safer than actually touching someone these days.

a woman wearing a black and white oversized sweatshirt


Urban Outfitters

This vintage looking sweatshirt comes in one size. So, theoretically, the more petite the recipient is the cozier it’ll feel on them.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59.

6.

An Eloquii turtleneck sweater for anyone who needs to upgrade their Zoom attire.

a woman wearing the light blue turtle neck sweater with black pants


Nordstrom

Get it from Nordstrom for $64.95 (available in sizes 22–28).

7.

An essential oil stick that’ll FINALLY give them some much needed migraine relief. Let’s leave those stress headaches in 2020. Welcome to the future!

a hand holding a migraine stick


Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

Read our full review of the Migrastil headache relief stick!

Promising review: “The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I’ve taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need.” —Katy Herman, BuzzFeed Staff

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

8.

A “2020 dumpster fire” pin for anyone who wants to wear their misfortune with pride.

a hand holding the very small 2020 dumpster fire pin


GimmePins

Sure, this year was awful, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth remembering. This pin would make a meaningful addition to any collection.

Get it from GimmePins on Etsy for $9.74.

9.

Or a very clever “Purhell” sticker. Because pessimistic puns and hand sanitizer are both evergreen at this point.

the purhell sticker place on the corner of a laptop


Etsy

“Kills 99.9% of all hopes and dreams” is objectively hilarious.

Get it from VoiceBoxSentiments on Etsy for $4.

10.

A magnetic key cabinet so they’ll never lose their keys again AND won’t have to worry about forgetting them on their way out the door.

various keys hanging in the magnetic key cabinet


Bespoke Post

Take it from someone who recently locked himself out of his apartment while working from home — that sort of inconvenience is about as 2020 as 2020 can get.

Get it from Bespoke Post for $30.

11.

An inexpensive cold brew maker — because caffeine makes everything better.

A cold brew maker on a kitchen counter next to a glass filled with iced coffee and a small bowl of coffee beans


Amazon

Promising review: “I don’t know how I ever functioned without this. It’s my first cold coffee brewer. I’m usually a daily drive-thru cold coffee drinker. I haven’t purchased a coffee for two weeks since having this! I found it super easy to brew. I haven’t had a single coffee ground get through the filter, and I used fine ground coffee that I found on clearance just to try it. I usually just add milk and a flavored liquid creamer. I also made a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, and added in good vanilla extract when I removed it from the heat) and use that with a little milk sometimes. I haven’t made a single glass of iced coffee that I couldn’t drink. So simple! Don’t hesitate to try it!”—Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (it comes in two sizes).

12.

A NutriBullet — which would be a great gift any year, but seems especially clutch now that everyone is chugging their homemade, immune-boosting super smoothies.


Amazon

I own one myself, and wouldn’t trade this blender for any other brand in the world. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, lasts longer than you may expect for something so affordable, and you can pack it with just enough fruits and veggies to make two servings in one batch. But don’t just take my word for it. Other satisfied reviewers also agree.

Promising review: “Love it! Very efficient, even with ice, as long as you don’t overfill it. I would recommend it to anyone. I have a Vitamix as well and find myself using this more because it’s smaller and easier to clean.” —Morgan

Get it from Amazon for $49.88.


Amazon

I own one myself, and wouldn’t trade this blender for any other brand in the world. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, lasts longer than you may expect for something so affordable, and you can pack it with just enough fruits and veggies to make two servings in one batch. But don’t just take my word for it. Other satisfied reviewers also agree.

Promising review: “Love it! Very efficient, even with ice, as long as you don’t overfill it. I would recommend it to anyone. I have a Vitamix as well and find myself using this more because it’s smaller and easier to clean.” —Morgan

Get it from Amazon for $49.88.

13.

A framed print featuring some inspirational and uplifting words from the great Maya Angelou.

a framed maya angelou quote that reads i've learned that people will forget what you said people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel


Overstock

Any other year this gift may seem a little corny, but right now I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a daily reminder of the importance of human connection.

Get it from Overstock for $31.49.

14.

An undated productivity planner. This gift is perfect if you’re looking to inspire someone who needs to get their act together in 2021, while also encouraging them to move at their own pace.

an open productivity planner with one of its pages on display


Amazon

Promising review: “This planner is amazing! I’m a chronic procrastinator who bought this planner on a whim in hopes that it would help whip me into shape and it has totally transformed the way I tackle my day. The Productivity Planner helps you focus on the five most important tasks, which makes for a more structured day in my opinion. I find it more helpful than the typical endless ‘to-do list’ format that many other planners on the market seem to have. I also love the way the Pomodoro technique is implemented and think it is absolutely brilliant. If you are looking for one planner to keep you motivated and working towards completing your goals then give the Productivity Planner a try. You won’t regret it!” —Krystal Flowers

Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

15.

And a pack of colorful gel ink pens to go with their new productivity planner. It’ll make their self-improvement look a lot more interesting.


Amazon

Promising review: “Honestly, my family considers me somewhat of art and office supply hoarder (all in good fun) due to the amount of time I spend both shopping for the perfect utensils and using them in my makeshift art studio. As soon as these arrived on my doorstep, I ripped them open and tested out each color through a series of scribbles, doodles, and hand lettering just to immediately decide I have never had a pen set that writes so smoothly with such vibrant colors for such a good price! I already have them set aside in a wish list I use to refer back to my favorite purchases and they will be bought again!” —Emily Dibble

Get it from Amazon for $11.48.


Amazon

Promising review: “Honestly, my family considers me somewhat of art and office supply hoarder (all in good fun) due to the amount of time I spend both shopping for the perfect utensils and using them in my makeshift art studio. As soon as these arrived on my doorstep, I ripped them open and tested out each color through a series of scribbles, doodles, and hand lettering just to immediately decide I have never had a pen set that writes so smoothly with such vibrant colors for such a good price! I already have them set aside in a wish list I use to refer back to my favorite purchases and they will be bought again!” —Emily Dibble

Get it from Amazon for $11.48.

16.

A productivity timer that’ll help them compartmentalize their big, huge, overwhelming projects into much more manageable tasks.

a productivity timer photographed on a kitchen counter


Amazon

The bells and whistles include three volume levels (high, low, silent) as well as a flashing LED light for visual alerts. The countdown can be started or stopped by simply rotating the timer.

Promising review: “No joke, this timer is COOL! I never thought I’d be saying that about a timer, but it’s the truth. I bought the timer to help me focus at work. I tend to lose track of time and lose a lot of it. With this timer, all I do is flip it over to whatever time I want countdown. When time is up, it will beep to let me know and then even count up to show me how far past I went. It’s very stylish and cool looking, and all my coworkers asked me about it. I highly recommend this timer for anyone who needs needs help focusing and who loses track of time.” —Julia

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

17.

A fleece snood for anyone still complaining about how face masks keep ruining all their outfits. Now they can pull this warm accessory over their N95 and shut the hell up.

A woman wearing a black fleece snood over the collar of a black leopard print sweater


Old Navy

It comes in just enough colors to match virtually any jacket — so, again, tell them to shut the hell up.

Get it from Old Navy for $9.99 (available in one size and eight colors)

18.

A countryside gift basket with an assortment of snacks and treats. One of the kindest things you can do for someone who had a rough year is send them a holiday care package.

A bottle of wine arranged near an assortments of grapes meats crackers and cheeses


Gourmet Gift Baskets

This gourmet experience centers a very dry cabernet sauvignon, and offers a traditional spread of complimentary meats, cheeses, and crackers. The wineglasses aren’t included, but the wood serving tray is!

Get it from Gourmet Gift Baskets for $49.99.

19.

Or an assortment of wines delivered monthly by Wine Awesomeness — if their 2020 sucked, the least you can do is keep them drunk throughout 2021.

Three bottles of wine placed near a Wine Awesomeness pamphlet


Wine Awesomeness

Wine Awesomeness is more than just a subscription service, it’s also a wonderfully curated wine club! The site provides a communal space for folks to gather and share tasting notes, recipes to pair with particular wines, and stories behind their favorite bottles.

Some important notes: When purchasing this gift, you’ll be signing someone (or yourself) up for a monthly subscription which can be skipped, cancelled, or changed whenever you want. The three-bottle subscription is a great place to start, but there’s also a six-bottle option as well.

Get it from Wine Awesomeness for $49–$79.

20.

And an electric wine opener so they can add even MORE technology to their virtual happy hours.

A reviewer's wine opener displayed upright next to a bottle of wine on a kitchen counter


Amazon / Via amazon.com

Promising review: “This really is the best wine opener I have ever owned. The blue light stays lit (as I keep it plugged in all the time), so it serves as a kitchen night light as well. It has never pushed a cork into the bottle like my previous opener, and the foil cutter on the right side cuts through the wrapping every time. I’m actually thinking about gifting one of these to my brother.”—Suzanne Law

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

21.

A bitter but harmless clear polish that’s so unpleasant they’ll chew on a jean jacket before ever wanting to anxiously chomp on their fingernails again.

a before and after shot displaying nail growth


amazon.com

Promising review: “I have been biting my fingernails as long as I could chew. I grew immune to the taste of the no-bite nail polish you can buy at drugstores. I tried keeping a rubber band on my wrist and popping it every time I noticed myself chewing. This nail polish has been the only thing that has worked. I keep a bottle on my desk at work and another one at home just in case I slip up. I had the first manicure of my life a few weeks ago. Amazing product.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

22.

A honeycomb organizer, because we all know cleaning our bedrooms is oddly therapeutic. Plus, it’ll make their drawers so neat they’ll actually look forward to putting clothes away after doing the laundry.

a honeycomb organizer with each column filled and color coded


amazon.com

Promising review: “Okay, admittedly, I am a bit of an organization freak. I purchased two of these organizers (yes, you do need two PER drawer) to organize my underwear drawer. I agree that $20 seems like a lot to pay for a few pieces of plastic to organize a drawer no one else really sees, but… it’s totally worth it. The gratification I got from being able to see exactly what I had, neatly organized, easy to find… Wow. I definitely recommend this product. And the actual dividers are well-made and super easy to assemble. As a previous reviewer said, the number of times you will look at your drawer and be totally satisfied makes the price well worth it.” —Brigette

Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

23.

A pullover hoodie for anyone who doesn’t have a romantic partner to steal one from this winter — lonely people get cold too.

A woman wearing a dark purple pullover hoodie and an orange pair of sweatpants


Old Navy

Reviewers suggest sizing up on this one, as the sleeves tend to run a little short.

Promising review: “I took everyone’s advise and ordered in tall. OMG I love it!!! So soft and fits great. Will be getting more colors.”—Lisa Marie

Get it from Old Navy for $39.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and 10 colors)

24.

An Instant Pot for anyone who became an amateur chef during quarantine. This thing will make their new hobby so much easier.


Amazon, amazon.com

It’s basically a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all in one.

Promising review: “This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is ‘What can’t it do?’ I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two-person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!” —Stereoman

Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).


Amazon, amazon.com

It’s basically a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all in one.

Promising review: “This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is ‘What can’t it do?’ I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two-person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!” —Stereoman

Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).

25.

A Fitbit Inspire to remind them to stay active even if gyms close down again. It’ll also keep them motivated as they start to see tangible progress.

a person looking down at a fitbit watch on their wrist


Amazon

This device tracks more than just steps. It also monitors sleep, distance, active minutes, and calories burned. And you can even set call, text, and calendar alerts!

Promising review: “I can’t say enough good things about this fitness tracker — Fitbit finally got it right with this model. It does everything I want and more. I have had several Fitbit models, some I liked, some I didn’t, and also an Apple Watch, but this is the fitness tracker that works best for me. Slim design that I can wear all day and night without irritation. I do take it off to shower but you don’t have to, as it is waterproof to 50 meters. To test that, I have been wearing it in the pool for my water aerobics classes and it works great! What I love best about this design is that it shows me the time and my step count…really all I care about. Bonus things are that it shows the date, my heart rate, calories burned, and a few other things I haven’t looked up yet, LOL; all by simply tapping on the face. It goes several days without needing to be charged and when it does need it, it recharges quickly. Really happy with this and recommend highly if you, like me, are on the road to wellness.” —SoozeSays

Get it from Amazon for $87.99+ (available in five colors).

26.

Essence-packed sheet masks that’ll make their skincare routine a bit more serene. With these masks and a glass of wine or (mug of tea), they’ll never skip a self-care Sunday again.

a grid of sixteen different facial masks


Amazon

Read our full review of Dermal Korea Collagen Essence facial masks!

Promising review: “They’re just so relaxing to use! Between balancing work and a social life, having an veryyyy long commute, and spending weekends running errands, I’ve truly come to love the half hour I can spend relaxing with my face mask on a Sunday night.” —Samantha Wieder, BuzzFeed Staff

Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $11.49.

27.

The Martha Manual — a “how-to” book that’ll teach them the life skills they never knew they needed to learn. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared for everything!

the book cover of the martha manual


Amazon

Promising review: “Literally tells you how to fix anything! I am an avid do-it-yourself-er so I wasn’t sure there would be anything in here that was new info to me. Shame on me for second guessing Martha Stewart! I spent the whole weekend working on projects from the book. Full of great ideas and helpful tips.” —Jared

Get it from Amazon for $24.17.

28.

A habit calendar to help them create short- and long-term checklists. It’s way less daunting than staring at a digital spreadsheet.

a hand filling out a habit calendar


Amazon

Promising review:This has been the most helpful tool for accountability to myself to accomplish my goals. It’s highly motivating! At first, I couldn’t justify spending $18 for it, knowing I could make my own spreadsheets and print them out. But I didn’t get around to it, so I ordered the calendar instead. Best decision ever!

It’s very durable and sturdy. The pages are thick and very high quality. No bleed-through. I don’t have to worry about my walls getting ruined. And I have it on my bedroom wall where I can see it every morning and every night to remind me to stay on track. Highly recommended!” —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $18.

29.

A white noise machine that’ll gently lull them to sleep at night. Hopefully we’ll all wake up and find out 2020 was just a bad dream.

the small round device next to bed


Amazon

Promising review: “Living in a turn-of-the-century home on the East Coast is fun, but you hear creaks and steps and noise from the neighborhood and more. This has really changed my life (and sleep).

This week, I packed Snooz in my backpack for an overnight business trip to NYC. Stayed at the Moxy in Times Square — nice little joint, but the street noise was a bit more than expected. (In fact, they leave little earplugs next to the bed). I thought, this is a perfect test!

This little guy smoothed out the city noise all night and I woke around 8 a.m. to my alarm — and only then did I notice some truck from the street beep beeping while backing up. The Snooz had muffled it enough that I didn’t notice it while asleep (and only heard it faintly once awake).

Definitely worth it. Looking to get a couple more for the house/office.”—Matt Smedley

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in two colors).

30.

A soothing candle inspired by one of their favorite Black songwriters.

the brown sugar scented candle


MĀKTUB Candles

This “Brown Sugar” candle contains notes of luscious fig, with an amber and dark musk base. But if your person isn’t into D’Angelo, you can judge them silently (but harshly) and instead buy them scents inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.”

Get it from MĀKTUB Candles for $13.50.

31.

A personal finance book for young adults in need of a crash course on budgeting, debt management, saving money, and investing for retirement. If you know someone who took a hit financially during the pandemic, this could help get them back on track.

the cover of the personal finance book


Simon & Schuster

Get it from Amazon for $10.29, Target for $10.29, or Bookshop for $15.63 (to support local bookstores).

Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

illustrated gift guide


BuzzFeed



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