I tried Spoak, a platform for interior-design enthusiasts – here’s why I think it’s a must try if you’re moving into a new apartment

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A living room rendering created using Spoak.
  • Spoak is an online interior-design community that offers user-friendly interior design tools.
  • Members can use Spoak to create mock-ups, color palettes, and mood boards.
  • I tried Spoak for a few months, and it’s a great tool for those looking to decorate their space.

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If you’ve struggled to find helpful tools for mapping out your new apartment, you’re not alone. Spoak, an online interior-design platform, provides its members with powerful design tools; informative design classes; and a way to interact with other design enthusiasts in a safe, private space.

Founder and CEO Hilah Stahl created Spoak after being unable to find the proper tools to help her decorate and furnish her first New York City apartment with her now husband. At the time, Stahl was working in product management and used her background in tech and product development to build Spoak. “I wanted to basically combine both of these problems, the fact that there was no great tooling and also that there was basically no area to explore design as a creative pursuit or passion without taking an enormous financial and time leap,” said Stahl.

Spoak currently offers three membership tiers that range in price from $14.99 to $24.99. Each tier caters to people at varying levels of design interest, from beginners to those ready to start a career in the industry.

In addition to testing Spoak for several weeks, we also spoke with Stahl to learn more about Spoak’s creation and its best features.

Pricing and tiers

Image of the details of each Spoak membership tier

Spoak has three membership tiers, DIY, Growth, and Designer. Each is suited for members with different levels of design experience, with included features to match. All membership tiers offer unlimited project designs, mockups, floor plans, and mood boards, as well as access to a private Slack community, design club events, and the Thingology social-media-style feed.

The DIY tier is $14.99 a month and “is really for someone who is primarily interested in designing their own space,” said Stahl. It’s very functional and will work best for those who aren’t looking to explore interior design outside of decorating their own home. While this tier includes design tools and access to Spoak’s private Slack community, it doesn’t give you access to Spoak’s library of classes or many of the tools needed to earn money from designs.

The Growth tier is $19.99 a month and is an excellent fit for those passionate about design and who may have already helped friends or family design their spaces. “I think they would aspirationally want to make money off of interior design but not yet as their full-time job,” said Stahl. This tier includes full access to all BeSpoak School classes, which cover various interior design topics. While this tier was created to help facilitate building a career in interior design, it does not include access to Spoak’s earn features, which allow members to profit off of their designs. I tested the Growth tier for this review, as it is the most recommended membership option.

The Designer tier is $24.99 a month. “The Designer tier is for someone who’s really taking the leap,” said Stahl. “They’re either really trying to make this a side hustle that makes them a decent amount of money, or they are starting a design firm or a design practice or trying to become full-time.” The Designer tier offers members full access to all features, including a job board, inbound messaging, custom project branding, and more. The tools and resources available at this tier are built to help members get clients, build a portfolio, and launch or grow their design businesses.

Getting started

Image of sign-in page for Spoak account
My view when signing into my Spoak account.

After selecting your membership tier and creating your account, you’ll learn the platform’s basics. Spoak offers helpful instructions on how to use more advanced features such as Viz, the floor-plan tool. If you’ve opted for the Growth or Designer tiers, you’ll also get access to the entire BeSpoak class library. While maneuvering through the site for the first time, you’ll receive several onboarding tasks, such as starting your first design project and creating a color palette. Another fun onboarding task is the site’s Spoak Sign quiz, to determine your design style based on your personality and decor preferences.

You’ll also be able to join Spoak’s growing Slack community, where members communicate about all things design and can get in touch with the support team with any issues or questions.

Stand out features

Image of BeSpoak school course page on Spoak
A peek into Spoak’s BeSpoak school course offering.

One of Spoak’s main goals is to demystify the complicated and often gate-kept interior-design industry. “It’s not intended for people who have spent 20 years in the industry; it’s a consumer product,” said Stahl, who designed Spoak to combine the joy of the design process with easy-to-use tools and resources.

While testing Spoak, four main features immediately stood out to me: The BeSpoak School, Thingology feed, Viz mockup tool, and the community.

BeSpoak School: Stahl developed the BeSpoak School courses with the help of interior designer Lisa Galano, who has since joined Spoak as a formal advisor and mentor. Classes are assigned by goal, which you choose when you first set up your account. I found the courses approachable and easy to digest. I could revisit the courses after completing them and go through them at my preferred pace. Each course has an accompanying practice exercise that will help you apply the new skills you’ve just learned. Some classes that are currently available for members include Intro to Design Styles, Furniture Planning, Art Styling, Lighting, and more. The course library offers a great value, especially when compared to the costs of taking professional courses elsewhere.

Thingology feed: The Thingology feed serves as an in-house social media feed that allows you to see what other members are creating. I especially enjoyed scrolling through the feed when looking for inspiration and new design ideas.

Viz: Arguably the most essential Spoak feature, the Viz tool lets members create Vizi’s, or realistic floor-plan renderings. As someone who doesn’t have much experience using Photoshop, CAD, or other professional rendering tools, I found Viz very intuitive to use. While it does have a slight learning curve, I appreciated having immediate access to an easy-to-navigate tutorial library where I could find quick explainers.

Some of my favorite Viz features include being able to remove the background of any image; the ability to lock furniture in place while moving other elements of the rendering around; and the option to add furniture directly from store sites, Google, and Pinterest.

Community: Community is another central element of the Spoak membership. In the private Slack community, members connect about their current interior design interests, share new furniture finds, and plan in-person meet-ups. Outside of Slack, Spoak also hosts monthly Q&As, Wine and Designs, and member spotlights on its Instagram account.

“There’s an unbelievable joy in bonding with people over a shared passion,” said Stahl.

Final thoughts

Rendering of a bedroom using Spoak’s Viz tool
A simple rendering I made of my bedroom using Spoak’s Viz tool.

Overall, I had a very positive experience using Spoak and highly recommend it to anyone moving into a new space or looking to revamp their current home. With a combination of rendering tools, educational resources, and access to a community of design lovers, Spoak’s membership is well worth the monthly cost. You can also cancel your membership any time, which is great for those who just want to design a few home projects.

Pros: Great value, Membership offers multiple benefits

Cons: Learning curve, monthly membership cost can add up over time

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49 truly unique gift ideas available on Amazon, from lightsaber chopsticks to agate stone bookends

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  • Amazon stocks just about any product you can think of, including plenty of fun and unique gifts.
  • From handmade goods to funny finds, we found the best unique gift ideas on Amazon.

best unique amazon gifts

When looking for unique gift ideas with that extra personal feel, Amazon may not be the first place that pops into your head to look. But it turns out you can find great options if you’re willing to dig. Amazon handmade offers artisan products from small businesses around the country and Amazon has even curated gift lists and ideas catered to different hobbies, styles, and more. You can also shop Amazon’s portal to specifically support Black-owned businesses.

We’ve done the tough work for you and scoured Amazon to find truly singular and cool gift ideas.

Here are 49 cool and unique gifts ideas, all available on Amazon.

A calming bonsai growing kit

Bonsai Starter Kit

Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit, $29.99

An ideal gift for those with a nurturing spirit, the Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit is a great introduction to gardening and is a calming addition to their desk, nightstand, or entryway table. The kit comes with a learning guide, seeds stored in vials for germination, four biodegradable growing pots, one expanding-soil disc, four bamboo plant markers, and one bonsai clipper.

Lightsaber chopsticks for Star Wars fans

Chop Sabers Light Up LightSaber Chopsticks

Chop Sabers Light Up Lightsaber Chopsticks, $9.97

May the force be with them at every meal with these lightsaber chopsticks. A fun addition to any dining table, these LED chopsticks come in various neon colors to suit their mood.

A warmer to keep their coffee hot

unique amazon gifts - coffee mug warmer

Dimux Coffee Mug Warmer, $26.99

The Dimux coffee mug warmer is a necessary addition to any tea- or coffee-lover’s workstation and keeps beverages at a constant temperature of 131 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also work with their favorite candle to gently release the scent without the need to actually light it.

A wireless Bluetooth karaoke microphone for entertaining

BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Bonaok Karaoke Microphone, $30.99

Bring musical fun to their lives with this Bonaok karaoke microphone. A great accessory for any event or just to liven up a dull day, this Bluetooth microphone works as a speaker, plus records and plays music for up to ten hours.

A heated eye mask with music

RENPHO Eye Massager

Renpho Eye Massager, $48.95 

Help them unwind from a long day and mentally turn on their “do not disturb mood” with the Renpho eye massager. The built-in heating pads relieve eye strain and stimulate blood circulation via acupuncture points. It even features a Bluetooth music option so they can put on soothing music to further destress.

An original Tamagotchi

Unique amazon gifts - An original Tamagotchi in a purple box

Original Tamagotchi, $17.27

For those nostalgic for the ’90s, there’s nothing like playing an OG Tamagotchi. They’ll love getting to feed and play with their digital pet.

A snow cone machine

Woman using a shaved ice machine with snow cone cups and colorful straws on the kitchen counter

Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine, $39.99

There’s nothing like cooling off with a delicious snow cone treat. Now it’s easy to make them right at home with this handy and easy-to-use machine. Don’t forget to pair it with shaved ice syrups.

A soothing desk fountain

Unique Amazon gifts - a three-tiered tabletop fountain with candles

Alpine Corporation Tiered Tabletop Fountain with Candles, $29.95

Give the gift of zen with this soothing 11-inch tall tabletop fountain. Water trickles from each tier to mimic the sounds of a small waterfall and they can light the candles for an extra calming touch.

A Lego-style coffee mug

unique amazon gifts - a black Lego coffee mug with attachable Lego brick pieces

BOMENNE Build-on Brick Mug, $17.95

Brighten the start of any day with this fun coffee mug. It’s compatible with LEGO and most building bricks so they customize it and it’s available in six color options.

Beautiful bookends that double as decor

unique amazon gifts geode bookends

JIC Gem Agate Bookends, $28.99

These gorgeous geode bookends add a magical touch to home decor and come in a range of colors from teal to amethyst. You can also choose from various weights and they come with rubber bumpers to ensure bookcases and shelves don’t get scratched.

A drool-worthy cozy blanket

Under $25 CASOFU Burritos Blanket

Casofu Burritos Throw Blanket, $19.99

This whimsical tortilla blanket is both funny and functional. Many from a cozy flannel fabric, it comes in four sizes from 47 to 80 inches. And just in case they have a food obsession beyond burritos, you can also opt for pizza, waffle, or pie blanket options.

A fanny pack for hands-free organization on the go

Under $25 EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Pack Fanny Pack

EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Fanny Pack, $16.99

For hikers and day-trippers, this handy fanny pack has plenty of zippered pockets to keep essentials like their phone, keys, and credit cards organized while on the go. Made from a durable and water-resistant nylon, it even features a spot to keep their water bottle and the waist strap tightens to ensure a good fit.

A rainbow-hued vase

unique amazon gifts crystal vase

Magicpro Crystal Flower Vase, $34.99

With its eye-catching design and rainbow hues, this crystal vase makes for an elegant centerpiece or mantle addition with or without flowers.

A fun inflatable lounger

unique gifts amazon inflatable lounger

Wekapo Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa, $38.98

From a backyard hangout to a beach picnic, this inflatable lounger will come in handy as a comfy seating option. No pump is required, it comes in a handy carrying case, and it’s available in 16 different colors and patterns.

Decorative tealights to add some greenery

Unique Amazon gifts tea light candles

SanSeng Succulent Tealight Candles, $9.99

If even simple succulents seem like too much work to care of, these cute candle tealights are handmade in the shape of cacti and succulents are a fun touch of green decor for any space.

A cool planet lamp

Unique Amazon gifts Planet Lamp

UooEA Saturn Lamp, $23.99

You may be seeing trendy moon lamps popping up, but you can make your gift even more unique by opting for this Saturn lamp. The dimmable LED lamp has seven different settings and you can even set it to change colors to a bright hue. Easy to move from room to room, it lasts for up to eight hours after each charge.

A trio of flavorful honey

bees knees honey

Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Honey Sampler Gift Set, $49.99

If they can’t bear the thought of a meal without something sweet, upgrade their condiments with this set of funky flavored honey from Bushwick Kitchen. 

A cute reusable bag

Amazon gifts under $50 Baggu

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, from $12

Whether it’s used to carry their groceries or random knickknacks, everyone needs a good reusable bag. We love the original Baggu. It can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff, but can also be folded down to fit in your pocket. It also comes in tons of fun colors and patterns.

A calendar for the dog lover

Amazon gifts under $50 We Rate Dogs

WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $15.99

If you ask us, there is truly nothing better than 365 days of dogs. The calendar comes from the same brains behind WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.

A starry sky light projecto

unique gifts amazon star projector

IYUT 3-in-1 LED Ceiling Galaxy Light Projector, $32.99 

This fun light projector brings the night sky inside and features 10 lighting colors, three brightness levels, and three speed settings. It also includes built-in speakers and works with smartphones via Bluetooth or USB to play music as the lights twinkle around you. 

A diffuser disguised as a houseplant

cactus diffuser

Round A’round Cactus Room Scents, $32

A cactus is a fun way to add some color to your desk or countertop, but if you’re not ready to be a plant parent, go for this instead. It’s actually a diffuser — it’ll fill your room with a nice floral scent — but it looks like a cute potted plant. 

A keychain for hot sauce lovers

Unique Amazon gifts Tabasco

Tabasco Hot Sauce Keychain, $11.88

They’ll never have to endure a flavorless meal again. This mini bottle of Tabasco sauce comes with a keychain for spice that goes wherever they do. 

An easy attachment to make homemade pasta

unique amazon gifts kitchenaid pasta attachment

KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press Attachment, $179.99

If your giftee already has a Kitchenaid stand mixer, get them this attachment that lets them easily make their own fresh noodles. Six different interchangeable discs mean they can switch between noodle types, including spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, and large or small macaroni.

A solar power bank for on-the-go charging

unique gifts amazon solar charger

Solar Power Bank, $28.99

For outdoor and camping enthusiasts, this 10,000mAh wireless power bank works as a standard charger, but can also run via solar power as a backup option when outlets aren’t available. Its compact size makes it easy to pack and it also comes with dual flashlights and a compass kit.

A retro rice cooker

dash, $35

Dash Mini Rice Cooker, $19.99

This little gadget not only cooks rice but can make stew, oatmeal, soup, pasta, veggies and more. The style and colorful enamel coating add a retro look to their kitchen.

A bracelet with a hidden message

amazon unique gifts morse code bracelet

IEFWELL Morse Code Bracelets, $12.99

These beaded sterling silver bracelets aren’t just stylish — they also spell out fun messages in Morse code. Choose classic options like “BFF” or “I Love You” or fun phrases like “Tribe” or “She Did.”

A cute and practical phone holder

Unique Amazon gifts phone holder

Dinosaur Silicone Phone Holder, $9.99

This endearing little dino isn’t just a piece of decor, it can actually can hold their phone. It comes in over ten colors, so you can find one in their favorite color.

A hydrating face cream that the French swear by

embryolisse, $25

Embryolisse Lait Cream Fluide, $35

French pharmacies are known for their readily-available, high-quality skincare products. Gifting your buddy a ticket to Paris may be out of the budget, but you can still snag them some of these cult-favorite products, like this seriously hydrating face cream.

A little fan to deal with their unpredictable office temperatures

Unique Amazon gifts fan

Fred & Friends Little Big USB Fan, $18.99

Office dwellers know how unpredictable temperatures can get. To save them when their office (or home office) transitions from an icebox to a desert, gift them this little portable fan. It’s small, mobile, and plugs into any USB for a quick, cold breeze. 

A bunny-shaped speaker with good sound

Unique Amazon gifts Bunny Speaker

AEO Bunny Bluetooth Speaker, from $19.99

This compact Bluetooth speaker may not be the best around, but it’s surely the cutest. Shaped like a little bunny with floppy ears, you get your music and a fun piece of decor too. 

A punny apron that reminds them of their favorite show

got apron, $38

GOT “Dinner is Coming” Apron, $25

If you’re looking for the right gift for that special person who loves “Game of Thrones,” is always cooking, and has a great sense of humor — we think we’ve found it. 

A bright and colorful hamper

hamper, $71

Pehr Designs Pom Pom Hamper, $45.99

No one wants to see a giant pile of dirty laundry on the floor. Help them conceal their mess with this hamper, which is actually nice to look at and adds a pop of color to their room. 

Relaxing bath salts

Unique gifts Amazon Herbivore

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Bath Soak, $22

Everyone deserves some relaxation, which is why this calming bath soak makes such a great gift. Inside there’s dehydrated coconut milk, vanilla, and Himalayan coconut CO2 extract, which together help soothe the skin and calm the mind.

A candle that smells just like home

homesick, $30

Homesick Scented Candle, $29.79

One of our editors asserted that “candles are the most classic gift of all time.” We have to agree, and while there are many to choose from, we love the sentimentality and customization Homesick candles offers. They have candles made to smell like each of the 50 states, many cities, and even experiences like watching Friday night football or taking a road trip. No matter where they call home, one of these candles is sure to bring them a rush of nostalgia.  

An insulated pint glass that keeps your brew cool

Unique Amazon gifts BruMate

BruMate HOPSULATOR, $24.99

If they like their beverages ice-cold, they’ll appreciate this thoughtful bottle holder. It can hold 12 oz. cans, 16-ounce cans, or be used as a pint glass holding 16 fluid ounces, so it’s really a three-in-one gadget. When they need a break from beer, this is perfect for keeping their water bottles chilled too. 

A creative journal that’ll help them get some sleep

Unique Amazon gifts Nocturnal Journal

“The Nocturnal Journal” by Lee Crutchley, $16

A great night’s sleep is essential to our well-being, but getting those eight hours each night can be easier said than done. If you know any night owls who need to catch up on their sleep, this journal will make a great gift. It’s full of prompts, illustrations, and questions to put their minds at ease when they’re up in the wee hours of the night.

A cute purse for the wine lover

unique amazon gifts wine purse

Insulate Wine Clutch Bag, $24.95

For the wine lover in your life, this bag does double duty as a cute outfit accessory and an insulated bag to easily bring along a bottle of wine to that house party, backyard barbeque, or picnic at the park. It comes in numerous pattern and color options, including nautical stripes, black tweed, beaded patterns, and more.

A pack of sticky notes to keep them on track

Unique Amazon gifts Knock Knock

Knock Knock “To Accomplish” Sticky Notes, from $12.55

For the friend who likes to keep it really organized, help them stay on track with this thoughtful set of sticky notes. With categories like “To Ponder,” “To Remember,” and “To Buy,” they can keep track of everything they need to accomplish in the near future. 

The cutest hot chocolate mugs

marsh mugs, $38

Ceramic Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Mugs, $20.70

Imagine the warm and fuzzy feeling that you get sipping on a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows. These mugs embody that and all other kinds of cozy feels. 

A breakfast station with everything they need to make the most important meal of the day

Unique Amazon gifts Nostalgia

Nostalgia Breakfast Station, $99.99

If a classic American breakfast sounds like their perfect morning, give them this clever kitchen gadget that can do it all — crunchy toast, crispy fried eggs, and a hot cup of coffee. 

A fruity hand cream that’ll look great on their counter

Unique Amazon gifts peach cream

TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream, $9

This rich hand cream is made with shea butter and peach extract to moisturize seriously dry skin. We love the refreshing, light peach scent and the adorable container, which looks just like a peach. 

The perfect socks for pizza lovers

pizza socks, $26

Pizza Socks Box (4 pairs), $25.99

From pizza ovens to pizza apparel, there’s no shortage of gifts catered to pizza lovers out there. We’re partial to these socks for their packaging, which is made to look like an actual pizza in an actual pizza box. 

Simple illustrated prints to hang around the house

Unique Amazon gifts Dream Big Printables

Dream Big Printables Botanical Prints (set of 4), $19.97

Finding unique home decor that’s also affordable can be a tough feat, but these artistic prints check off all the boxes. The illustrations of plants make a great addition to their kitchen, or even their bedroom if they want to show off their green thumb.

Reusable lunch bags that they’ll actually want to use

Unique Amazon gifts Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags

Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags, $11.99

Plastic bags are an unnecessary expense when you could just have reusable ones. Their environmentally-conscious and frugal sides will thank you for these sandwich and snack bags, which are dishwasher safe and BPA free. They’ll save a ton of money and plastic waste by using these, plus the colorful patterns are much more fun than clear plastic. 

A travel pillow that actually works

trtl, $30

Trtl Travel Pillow, $39.99

We’ve sung the praises of the Trtl Pillow before — it’s an essential for any traveler. The cozy and supportive neck pillow is a great gift for any frequent travelers or anyone who’s about to head out on a trip. 

A cutting board of their favorite place

bamboo board

Totally Bamboo State Cutting Board, $29.99

Entertainers and those with state pride will love this cutting board. You can find a board shaped like any of the 50 states or Puerto Rico, each laser engraved with important landmarks, cities, and sights. It’s a fun, personal gift that they’re sure to love. 

A portable printer that lets them print instantly

hp

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, $98.33

Nowadays, most of our photos live on our smartphones and social media apps, but many of us still love getting to look through or hang up printed pictures. This portable printer lets them do that super easily and with no wires so they can print pictures in a snap.

A charging stand for all of their devices

elago

elago Charging Hub, $26.99

This gift is a no-brainer for loyal Apple users. Instead of dealing with a tangle of chords from charging all of their products, they can streamline with this singular hub, which has a designated spot for their iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch. 

A gift set made for an at-home spa day

unique amazon gifts bath salts

Live by Being Bath Salt Gift Set, $56

Your giftee will be saying “aah” when they use this set of three calming bath salts during their next deep soak. All three blends are made with Dead Sea salt and enhanced with essential oils to hydrate skin, relieve stress, and relax the muscles. 

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Brooklinen is having a 15% off sitewide sale right now as more retailers jump on the Prime Day bandwagon

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orange and white sheets from Brooklinen cover two pillows and a mattress

Brooklinen, an Insider Reviews-favorite place to buy bedding, towels, and loungewear online, is currently holding a surprise sales event to compete with Amazon Prime Day.

While Prime Day features two days of deals, Brooklinen’s sale runs for four days from June 20 through June 23. Right now, you can save 15% across the entire site (except for the Spaces collection).

Amazon offers tons of deals on various bed and bath products, but none are so highly vetted and loved by our team as Brooklinen’s.

We love its smooth Luxe sateen sheets, which are the brand’s original claim to fame and one of the best sheet sets we tested.

But many of Brooklinen’s other offerings are worth the buy, especially now that they’re 15% off. Brooklinen takes the top spots in several of our bed and bath guides, including the best down pillow, best weighted blanket, best comforter, and best bath mat. We also enjoy its fluffy bath towels and cozy loungewear and robes.

In short, you can’t really go wrong with any of the highly durable and comfortable products. If you’re having trouble deciding what to get, here are our recs:

The best Brooklinen deals to buy from the competing sale

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Shop all bed and bath deals at Brooklinen through June 23

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35 tactful gifts for your in-laws, whether you’re meeting them for the first time or have known them for years

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  • Gifts for in-laws can be tricky, whether it’s your first meeting or you’ve known them for years.
  • We rounded up 35 of the best gift ideas for your in-laws, from small thank yous to grander gestures.
  • For more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides here.

best gifts for in-laws

Depending on your relationship, their tastes, and a host of other factors, getting a thoughtful gift for in-laws can be pretty high pressure. Whether you’re meeting them for the first time or have known them for years and just want to show some appreciation, the right gift can go a long way.

You don’t have to go overboard, and there are plenty of unique gift ideas for in-laws that show you care about them. To ease your mind, we curated some great gifts that are sure to please any mother-in-law and father-in-law. We picked gifts that cover a wide range of prices, tastes and functions. Whether it’s a small gift like a bottle of bath salts or a bigger one like a tech gadget, what these all have in common is that your in-laws will love them.

Here are 35 of the best gifts for in-laws:

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A box of chocolates that features bold, global flavors

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection; gift for in-laws; chocolate gift

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection, $49, available at Goldbelly

If you’re unsure of where to start, you can always count on chocolate. But these truffles are special in that the unique flavors take inspiration from places all around the world. They’re in for a seriously sweet adventure with this exciting box of chocolates. 

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A digital picture frame for all their favorite memories

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame; gift for mom; gift for in-laws

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at Aura

In-laws can be sentinmental people, so there’s no better personal gift than a digital photo frame. They can view loads of family memories from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your in-laws can enjoy the photos you’ve carefully curated, all day long. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.

A last-minute bouquet of flowers

FTD Hello Sunshine Bouquet; gift for in-laws; flower gift; last-minute gift

FTD Hello Sunshine Bouquet, from $58, available at FTD

Sometimes, you might only have a day to put together a gift. FTD can help make your life easier since it offers same-day delivery for most of its arrangements. Your in-laws will appreciate a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers to display in their home. For more on our experience using FTD, check out our guide to the best online flower delivery services

An e-reader for their love of books

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

E-readers make flipping pages easier than ever. If your in-laws inhabit the library and bookstore pretty much all the time, get them this Kindle. It’s water-resistant, can be read in the sunlight, and has a long battery life. 

Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here

A coffee subscription box for trying new beans

Coffee Under $25 (6)

Whole Bean Subscription, from $22/month, available at Blue Bottle Coffee

If they love coffee, they’ll love getting the chance to try a bunch of new brews every month. Blue Bottle’s beans are high quality, packaged at peak flavor, and come in a range of unique blends.

An elevated serving board for your in-laws next dinner party

gifts for in laws serving tray

Bamboo Lotus Serving Board, $48, available at Uncommon Goods

If your in-laws like to do a lot of hosting, this lotus-shaped serving tray will elevate their next dinner party. It has built-in spots for dips, crackers, cheese, veggies, and more.

A chic succulent

best gifts for in laws succulent

The Winona, $55, available at Urban Stems

Add some greenery to your in-laws’ home with this elegant succulent that’s easy to care for and comes in a chic, gold-beaded vase. If you plan to see your in-laws in person you can send it to yourself and bring it along with you, or you can have it sent directly to your in-laws’ address for a sweet gift from afar. 

A bento box of floral candies for their sweet tooth

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Sugarfina Floral Bento Box, $28, available at Bloomingdale’s

A box of chocolates is well and good, but this candy bento box is much more unique. Anyone with a sweet tooth will love these fun flavors, which include gummies infused with rosé, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, and peach bellini gummies. The presentation will win you points too thanks to the beautiful blooms on the box.

A modern vase to brighten up any space

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Barro Vases, $35-$45, available at West Elm

These cute vases look great in any space and come in subtle but fun yellows and blues to add a pop of color.  If you want to go that extra mile, you could put some florals or dried plants in it too.

A cozy weighted blanket

Gravity Blanket

Gravity Blanket, from $195, available at Gravity Blankets

Weighted blankets have been widely praised for their calming effects, and after this year, we could all use some extra tranquility. This cozy blanket is great for curling up with at night in bed or by the fire. We’ve even mentioned this product in our guide to the best weighted blankets.

*Sponsored by Gravity Blankets

A photo book of fond memories with your in-laws

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Large Format Prints, available at Artifact Uprising, from $15

If you’ve spent holidays or vacations in the past with your in-laws, a sweet photo book to bring back good memories can be a great gift and way to show you appreciate family time with them. Artifact Uprising makes it easy with custom options at affordable prices. Or you can customize thoughtful cards for as little as $1 per card. You can also create a set of prints for $9.

An indoor garden for urban dwellers and herb lovers

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Click & Grow Smart Garden, $98, available at Amazon

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen or garden knows how much fresh herbs can upgrade a dish. While not all climates or spaces can sustain a full herb garden, this little indoor gardening kit can, so they can top every last dish with their favorite fresh herbs.

Playing cards with pups

Under $25 dog cards

Megan Carn Dog Playing Cards, $21, available at Megan Carn

Everything is better arguably with a dog, and such is the case with these playing cards. They’re not only a fun conversation starter, but they encourage getting to know each other through a game night. 

A gift for the father-in-law who’s a major baseball fan

baseball blueprint, $185

Baseball Stadium Blueprints, $185, available at Uncommon Goods

A little bit of history, a little bit of architecture, and a whole lot of team spirit — whether you support their favorite team or not, they’ll appreciate this thoughtful print that’ll quickly find a home on one of their walls.

A painting of the only thing your in-laws love as much as their children

pet portrait, $180+

Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, from $250, available at Uncommon Goods

The only thing they might love as much as your partner is their pet. Show them you, too, appreciate their furry friend with a custom portrait of it. 

A cozy gift for your mother-in-law to keep her feet warm

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Ballerina Herbal Warming Slippers, $48, available at Uncommon Goods

Pamper your mother-in-law with these fuzzy slippers featuring removable insoles filled with aromatic lavender buds and thermally conductive flax seeds. In the winter she can heat them up in the microwave for extra warmth, and in the summer she can throw them in the fridge for a refreshing cool down.

A cocktail bitters set mixologists will love

bitters, $34.99

Cocktail Bitters Set, $35, available at Uncommon Goods

Turn their living room into a cocktail bar with this set of bitters. With flavors like smoked chili and ginger lemon, they can get creative with some new drinks or spice up the classics.

A pizza maker for home cooks and pizza aficionados

breville, $149.95

Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, $149.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Some might call this one life-changing. If they love cooking together, gift them a countertop pizza maker so they can enjoy homemade pies with the toppings of their choice in less than 10 minutes. 

A cozy and chic blanket

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Striped Alpaca Wool-Blend Throw Blanket, $159, available at Overland

Not only does is this blanket a lovely piece of home decor since it looks elegant draped over a couch or at the foot of the bed, but it’s also soft and warm. Your in-laws will surely appreciate you when they snuggle up in this wide throw during their next at-home movie night.

A touch lamp for in-laws who live far away

friendship lamp, $170

Long Distance Touch Lamp, from $85, available at Uncommon Goods

If your in-laws live far away, they’ll really appreciate this touch lamp. Keep one in your home and one in theirs, and whenever you tap it, their lamp will light up too. It’s a cute way to communicate and let them know you’re thinking of them every now and then.

Read our full review of the Long Distance Touch Lamp here

A decanter and matching glasses with a personal touch

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Etched Windowpane Decanter and Glasses, $139, available at Mark and Graham

Show them you mean business with this sophisticated decanter and set of four double old fashioned glasses. You can even add a monogram if you’re looking for a more personal touch.

A fun way to show off their cork collection

Gifts for in laws wine cork map

State Map Wine Cork Trap, $35, available at Uncommon Goods

For the bunch with a bunch of state pride, give them a fun way to use their leftover wine corks and show off their favorite place. This birch-wood display makes a nice piece of wall art that’s sure to start a conversation. 

A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country

mouth, $54+

Best of Mouth Subscription, starting at $54/month, available at Mouth

Foodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they’ll receive each month.

A wool throw they’ll want to wrap up in on chilly days

L.L. Bean, $109

Washable Wool Throw, from $209, available at L.L. Bean

Winter days spent with family call for cozy blankets made for snuggling. This one is just right and easily washable — just in case there are any unexpected eggnog spills.

An undeniably classy marble salt cellar

RSVP Marble Swivel Salt Cellar, $29.95, available at Amazon

RSVP Marble Swivel Salt Cellar, from $33.25, available at Amazon

If you want to make a statement with something small, go for this elegant salt cellar. It makes seasoning dishes easier, and the dual compartments provide a place for both fine and coarsely ground salt. Our editor swears by this one for her own kitchen.

A set of products to help them get some much-needed rest

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Calm Bath Salts, $18, available at Herbivore Botanicals

Parents always deserve some R&R. Bring them one step closer with this set of bath salts infused with ylang-ylang and vanilla.

A salt block that’ll up their grilling game

Gifts for in laws Himalayan Salt Plate

Himalayan Salt Plate, $7.24, available at Wayfair

This is more than just a pretty pink plate, it’s actually a block of Himalayan salt. Not only can it be used to serve food, but it can actually be used to cook food too. Cooking and serving with a salt slab will up the ante on plenty of their family-favorite meals.

A trio of unique condiments to spice up their meals

Bushwick Kitchen

Bushwick Kitchen Threes Knees Trio, $34.99, available at Bushwick Kitchen

Adventurous eaters and hot sauce lovers will definitely enjoy using this trio of spicy condiments. A spicy honey, spicy maple, and gochujang sriracha give them all sorts of new ways to spice up their favorite foods. 

A smart speaker to help them get started on a smart home

Nest Mini

Google Nest Mini, $34.99, available at Best Buy

If your in-laws are not really the techie types, start them out with this small smart speaker. Nest Mini is a subtle introduction to smart technology — plus they’ll get a kick out of communicating with Google Assistant. 

Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here.

A charging hub so they don’t have to fight for the open outlet

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elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, from $25.99, available at Amazon

If they’re always fighting for the last free outlet to charge their Apple products, or if they’re both big Apple fans, this hub will charge all their devices at once.

A new cookbook to add to their repertoire

ina garten, $20.99

“Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten, $17.20, available at Amazon

Ina Garten’s latest release is a great addition to any home chef’s cookbook collection. They’ll learn plenty of new recipes and cooking techniques — and you might even get to taste the fruits of their labor one day. 

A nice candle with a reusable vessel

Lafco, $65

Lafco Library Candle, $65, available at Bluemercury

A nice candle is always a welcomed gift. These ones are made to embody the scents of common places, including rooms in the house. The best part of these candles, though, is that they’ll be able to reuse the hand-blown glass vessel once the candle has burned down. All they have to do is put it in the freezer when the wax runs down, pop it out with a knife, and run it through the dishwasher. Our editor uses hers for everything from cotton swabs to serving snacks.

An Airbnb gift card for in-laws who love to travel

airbnb, $100+

Airbnb Gift Card, $100 – $500, available at Zola

A tangible gift is great, but so is the gift of an unforgettable experience. For the jet-setting duo, bring them one step closer to their next vacation (as soon as vacations are safe again) with an Airbnb gift card so they can explore someplace new together. You can find more hotel and Airbnb gift card options here.

A leather catchall for their keys

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Rustic Leather Catchall Tray, from $34.99, available at Mark & Graham

Your in-laws will love this chic catchall tray for staying organized. Place on a desk, nightstand, or entryway table to hold keys, wallets, headphones, and more. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. Choose from small, medium, large, or opt for a set of all three.

A coffee table book for book lovers

Bibliophile Under $25

“Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany,” available at Amazon, $15.99

If your in-laws love to read, they’ll enjoy this book from illustrator Jane Mount, who is known for the colorful book spines of notable works. Inside, they’ll find tours of the world’s best bookstores, quizzes to test book knowledge, and samplings of famous fictional meals — all illustrated in Mount’s fun and whimsical style. You can find more coffee table books for gifting here.

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12 pieces of furniture and decor that are perfect for a small balcony or porch

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  • Having a balcony is amazing, but it’s also not unheard of for it to be small and cramped.
  • Here are 12 furniture and decor ideas designed to help maximize your balcony or small outdoor space.

Having your own private balcony is a huge plus. You begin to dream of all the coffee and little croissants (in your robe, of course) or the intimate dinners you can enjoy, but having a small outdoor space means being super intentional with every square inch. It’s likely you won’t have room for both an outdoor sectional and an outdoor dining table.

Many balconies have exceptionally little wiggle room, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz it up tiny-house style with furniture designed for small areas and even decor that can hang from the walls or railings so it’s not taking up precious floor space.

Keep day dreaming because your little coffee and croissant date is about to come true.

Here are 12 pieces of furniture and decor for your small balcony:

A personal table that can attach to a railing

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This foldable railing-table can be used as an outdoor coffee table or desk.

Cropsey Wicker/Rattan Balcony Table, currently available on Wayfair for $102.99

This foldable wicker table attaches directly the railing of a balcony, porch, or deck to be used as a personal desk or coffee table. It can be folded down when it’s not in use, and is weather-resistant and waterproof so you won’t have to worry leaving it outside either.

A set of tiny wall planters

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Gigee 3-Piece Ceramic Wall Planter Set, currently available on Wayfair for $43.99

This adorable wall planter set can fit three plants however you want both horizontally and vertically. These small planters are perfect for potting herbs or flowers.

A compact table and chair set

A small white bistro set with two chairs and an end table from Wayfair

Long Bistro Set with Cushions, currently available on Wayfair for $185.99

This compact bistro set can easily fit on the smallest of balconies. All three pieces are weather- and rust-resistant.

An electric grill

George Foreman portable grill
This grill can be used with or without its stand, and be placed on a table or counter.

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, currently available on Amazon for $149.95

This indoor/outdoor grill is perfect for small spaces since it’s electric powered, meaning no need to worry about charcoal, propane, or fire. Its stand is removable so you can grill on the balcony floor, small table, or even countertop. 

Install a privacy screen

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Create the privacy you want and need with a privacy screen.

6.5 foot high by 3.5 foot wide Privacy Screen, currently available on Wayfair for $299.99

Chances are, if you have a balcony, there is another one directly next to you. A privacy wall or screen can help you get the most out of your tiny balcony. Each panel is scratch proof and weather resistant, so your space will stay beautiful overtime. 

A patch of grass for your dog

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Create a place for your dog to use the bathroom.

Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty with Real Grass, currently available on Amazon for $29

If your balcony is several stories up, chances are you’re far away from grass for your dog to easily relieve himself or herself. The Fresh Patch can fit in the corner of your balcony so your dog can use the bathroom whenever he or she needs. The entire product is disposable, so it can be thrown out after a few weeks and a new patch laid down after.

A railing planter

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Hang your flowers directly off the railing with this planter.

C-Hopetree Hanging Balcony Planter, currently available on Amazon for $59.99

If you don’t have any wall space to hang a vertical garden, try attaching this planter to your railing to liven up your small balcony. The metal frame and wicker basket is weather-resistant and is the perfect size to house small perennial flowers.

A balcony bar

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Enjoy drinks or dinner on this balcony railing bar.

Winston Porter Acacia Wood Balcony Bar Table, currently available on Wayfair for $134.99

Attach this mini balcony bar to your railing and maximize the small and narrow space you have. Enjoy drinks on the table top and store your supplies on the small bottom shelf until you’re ready for more.

Decorate with outdoor lights

Led Fairy Lights Battery Operated with Remote Control Timer
Add some delicate lighting around the railings of your balcony.

LED Fairy Lights Battery Operated with Remote Control Timer, currently available on Amazon for $19.99

These outdoor LED lights can be controlled via remote and are also waterproof. You can wrap them around the railing of your balcony to create a more cozy feeling without worrying about large glaring lights in your face.

An outdoor bean bag chair

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Morph a bean bag chair to fit your small space.

Outdoor Striped Bean Bag Lounger, currently available from Wayfair for $164.99

Not only are bean bag chairs comfortable, but they can be smushed and morphed to fit the space you have more easily than a metal chair. Each chair is filled with EPS beads and the cover is fade-, mold-, UV-, and weather-resistant. 

A railing cup holder

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Now you’ll have a place to put your drinks with these cup holders.

YOY Drink Cup Holder Clip, currently available on Amazon for $10.97

These cup holders can attach to any table or railing to maximize space without compromising function. Each can hold up to 30 ounces and cups or cans that are 3-inches in diameter, or any other object as a matter of fact.

Add wooden flooring

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Create a solid floor on top of a metal-grated balcony with these Teak wood tiles.

Bare Decor EZ-Floor Interlocking Flooring Tiles, currently available on Amazon for $77.99

These Teak wood interlocking tiles are perfect to give your small space some character. Because they connect to each other, you can control how large or small you want your flooring to be. Whether you want to create a solid floor for your metal grate balcony or create a separate section, these are a great solution.

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West Elm just released its outdoor furniture collaboration with REI and it may inspire me to actually get outside this summer

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  • West Elm and REI have collaborated on an outdoor gear collection for stylish beach and camp essentials.
  • The collection, which launched June 3, features modern takes on outdoor essentials like camp chairs and shade shelters.
  • You can shop the collection at both West Elm and REI. Here are five favorites from the launch.

Summer means more time spent camping or at the beach. To help with all your 2021 outdoor adventures, REI has collaborated with West Elm to launch an outdoor gear collection that blends style and function. The collection includes camp chairs, shade shelters, and outdoor dinnerware, all designed with the durability REI products are known for, combined with West Elm’s signature modern minimalist aesthetic.

It’s not REI and West Elm’s first collaboration: the retailers launched a similar collection last summer. For 2021, they’ve expanded the offerings with 10 new products, including an outdoor dining table, rope chairs in two different colors, and a patterned canopy shelter.

Below you’ll find our favorite products from the collection, which you can shop at REI or West Elm (though product selection may vary by store).

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38 thoughtful, work-appropriate gifts under $50 that your boss will love

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  • If you have a great boss, show them your appreciation with a thoughtful (but office-friendly) gift.
  • Below, we rounded up some of our favorite work-appropriate gifts, from tech to coloring books.
  • Looking for more gifts from Insider Reviews? Shop gift ideas for everyone in your life here.

Whether virtually or in person, you spend the majority of your day with your coworkers. If you like them enough, you might even plan on getting them a gift as a thank you for all the good times in and out of the office.

Giving a gift to a great boss – someone who makes a big difference in how you approach daily work activities and grow professionally – can feel a little tricky. Since they’re your manager, it’s important that your gift maintains professionalism but still gets the message across that you appreciate their hard work.

Below, we’ve rounded up 38 great gifts for your boss, from useful desk accessories to gorgeous notebooks.

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This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Crowd Cow. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

A fun desk toy

Gifts for boss Speks

Speks Unblocks, $14.95, available at Speks

The makers of our favorite magnetic desk toy have a new way to reduce stress and keep your boss entertained. With these colorful magnetic blocks, they can take a mental break or use the opportunity to refocus their mind as they build creative sculptures. 

Trendy olive oil that elevates any meal

Best gifts for boss - The Brightland Alive Olive Oil on a marble countertop with kitchen supplies

Alive Olive Oil, $37, available at Brightland

If they spend a lot of time in the kitchen, they probably already know the merits of high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish. Plus, the beautiful bottle will look great on display in their kitchen.

A relaxing adult coloring book

Best gifts for boss - Cover of The Art of Mandala Adult Coloring Book

The Art of Mandala, $4.99, available at Amazon

Studies focused on the benefits of adult coloring books often reveal mandalas are the most effective designs for relaxation and induction of a meditative state. Their complex geometric patterns can be traced back to both ancient Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

This affordable book contains 50 mandalas that vary in complexity and detail, so you can work your way up to the most challenging patterns slowly or you can work on a simple design when time is limited. 

A virtual helper

Best gifts for boss - A Google Nest Mini on a coffee table

Google Nest Mini, from $49.99, available at Walmart

The Google Nest Mini offers a compact, affordable smart speaker with Google Assistant built-in. They’ll love being able to dim lights, control the volume on their TV, check the weather, and more, all with just the sound of their voice. Read our full review of the Google nest Mini here.

This option is best for people who prefer Google’s tech ecosystem. You may also want to consider the Amazon Echo Dot for Amazon users.

A personalized video message from their favorite celebrity

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Cameo video, from $1, available on Cameo

If your workplace is less formal, you could get them a personalized message from their favorite celebrity. Whether they love a certain musician, reality TV star, comedian, or actor in a show you’ve both bonded over, there’s a good chance you can find them on Cameo. The price will depend on the star, but there are plenty of options.

A desk-friendly succulent garden

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Hoya Heart Plant, $20, available at The Sill

This heart-shaped succulent provides the perfect touch of greenery to any space. The miniature plant is pet-friendly and thrives in bright direct light. 

A debut cookbook from a Michelin-starred chef

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“My Korea” by Hooni Kim, $22.94, at Amazon

Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim’s debut cookbook is a crash course in the essentials of Korean cuisine. The book’s tagline of “traditional flavors, modern recipes” is exactly what you should expect — from its take on Dolsot Bibimbap to Budae Jjigae to Hanjan’s Spicy Rice Cakes. 

A face mask they can work out in

Best gifts for boss - A man wearing the black UA SPORTSMASK from Under Armour

UA Sportmask, $30, available at Under Armour

Under Armour’s Sportmask was designed with athletes in mind, as reflected in its breathability, water resistance, and UPF 50+ sun protection. Thanks to the Sportsmask, they won’t have to sacrifice their workout routine or their comfort.

Comfortable house slippers

Best gifts for boss - Everlane The ReNew Slipper

The ReNew Slipper, $50, available at Everlane

Most of us are spending a lot more time at home these days. And it’s more enjoyable to do that when you’re wearing some of the most comfortable slippers on the planet. We are big fans of the ReNew Slippers from Everlane — and they’re relatively inexpensive.

The best pens for their office

Best gifts for boss - Muji Gel Ink Ball Point Pen

Muji Gel Ink Ball Point Pens, $5.53, available at Amazon

Muji’s fine 0.38mm tip pen is a cult favorite — including among our teammates. According to the company, the water-based ink enables smooth writing, minimal bleeding, and a mechanism that helps keep the ink from drying out. If they write handwritten notes for work, they may have an outsized appreciation for this small but impactful upgrade. They’re sold out on Muji, but you can still find them on Amazon.

A set of notebooks with a bullet journaling system

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Word. 3 Pack Lined Pocket Notebooks, $10.99, available at Amazon

These small books are the perfect size for jotting down quick notes and to-do lists. Each page is printed with circles to help them set up an efficient, organized bullet journal. 

A custom book embosser

Best gifts for boss - A custom book embosser

Custom Stamp, from $15, available at Etsy

This unique, thoughtful gift embosses books with “from the library of [their name]” by pressing down on it like a hole-puncher — it’s the kind of thing most people would never buy themselves but will genuinely cherish if they receive it as a gift. They can use it on books as well as envelopes. 

Three months of great hardcover books delivered to their door

Book of the Month subscription

A Book of the Month subscription, from $49.99, available at Book of the Month

Book of the Month has been around for more than 90 years — and it’s credited with hand-selecting and helping popularize books that range from Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” to J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye.” With your gift, your boss will get to choose between five new hardcover options the book club suggests every month.

Their favorite food from across the US

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A meal from Goldbelly, prices vary

No matter where they’ve spent the year, you can send them their favorite foods from across the US by using Goldbelly — the company will deliver everything from Junior’s cheesecake to Lou Malnati pizza to their doorstep. Or, give them a gift card so they can pick out a treat for themselves.

A kit built for the work-from-home lifestyle

Gifts for boss WFH Survival

Pinch Provisions Work From Home Survival Kit, $20, available at Bloomingdale’s

If they’re getting tired of their office being in their living room, they’ll appreciate this kit that takes a bit of the strain out of working from home. A conference call bingo card, desk yoga guide, and fidget cube are just a few of the quirky (yet useful) items they’ll find in this set.

A desk sign with a hint of humor

Gifts for boss office sign

Desk Name Plates, from $14.99, available at Etsy

If you and your boss have a humorous rapport going, they could get a kick out of this witty take on the everyday office signage. Plus, the sleek wooden and gold design let the sign speak for itself without appearing as overly kitschy. 

A healthy snack subscription

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Gift a Love With Food subscription, from $8.99/month

Love with Food delivers organic, all-natural, or gluten-free snacks that serial snackers won’t feel guilty about eating. The better-for-you chips, candy, and bars come from new and trending food brands, so they’ll always be excited to fuel their work day. 

A comfortable travel-sized pillow

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Nap Pillow, $32, available at Casper

Not that we’re encouraging sleeping on the job, but this mini pillow does make spontaneous naps very tempting. It’s the smaller but equally comfortable and supportive version of one of our favorite pillows and even has its own pillowcase and travel bag. 

A leather business card holder

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Business Card Case, $45, available at Leatherology

First impressions matter, which is why they should be pulling out business cards from a handsome leather case. It has a no-fuss, invisible magnetic closure and can hold up to 20 cards. Choose from pebbled or smooth leathers in a variety of colors, or upgrade to premium leather. You can also add a monogram for an additional $10. 

A soft throw to fight freezing office temperatures

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Eddie Bauer Sherpa Throw, $39.99, available at Kohl’s

Owners of this large, cozy throw only have good things to say about it. It’s plush and warm, with one side made of micro-fleece and the other made of sherpa fleece.

A gift card to a popular women’s workwear shop

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Gift Card, from $50, available at MM.LaFleur

Popular women’s workwear brand MM.LaFleur makes excellent pants and blazers that are definitely an investment, but totally worth the price. Its Bento Box contains these stylish and comfortable wardrobe staples to take the headache out of getting dressed in the morning. 

A phone dock that also holds flowers

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Bedside Smartphone Vase, $32, available at Uncommon Goods

It’s a pretty vase that pulls double-duty, holding both the fresh bouquet that brightens their day and the electronics that keeps them productive. There’s a groove at the bottom of the stand to keep unsightly charging cords out of the way, too. 

A lightweight portable keyboard

Gifts for boss Logitech

Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard, $34.99, available at Best Buy

With a slim Bluetooth keyboard, your boss can leave the laptop at home and still get work done while traveling. We like this one because it’s quiet and comfortable to type on. 

Their new favorite way to make delicious cold brew

Blue Bottle, $35

Hario Cold Brew Bottle, $35, available at Blue Bottle

If there’s anything that can power them through a long workday, it’s cold brew. Just combine water and ground coffee (not included), and stick the bottle in the fridge for a refreshing caffeinated treat. 

A box of Korean sheet masks

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Seven Lux 1 Month Gift Subscription, $19.90, available at FaceTory

The Korean sheet masks in this box are sure to bring some much-needed relief to any stressed-out boss. The brands, which often use out-of-the-ordinary ingredients, are usually difficult to find outside of Korea, but FaceTory makes them both accessible and affordable

A delicious and unique food gift

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Make-Your-Own Four Preserve and Butter Sampler, $27.99, available at Harry & David

Mix and match jars of fig preserves, triple berry preserves, apple butter, pumpkin butter, and more to create a sweet breakfast starter kit. The size is also perfect for their desk if they ever want a small and sweet afternoon pick-me-up. 

*Note: This is currently out of stock.

A key cable they can bring anywhere

native union $29.99

Native Union Key Cable, from $29.99, available at Amazon

This portable cable charges up Apple devices quickly and claims to be six times stronger than the standard lightning cable, boasting a 10,000-bend lifespan. The knotted cable also looks great and makes it easy to fish out the charger from their bag. 

A versatile toiletry bag to bring on their travels

dagne dover $35

Small Hunter Toiletry Bag, $35, available at Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover’s durable and quick-drying neoprene is most notably featured in the brand’s popular backpacks and gym bags, but it’s also well-suited for this small bag that organizes your boss’s life on the go. It includes a removable air mesh pouch and is available in a range of dusky colors and camo patterns. 

A durable suitcase

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The Mini, from $65, available at Away

Away’s highly popular mini versions of its internet-famous suitcase are back. The light and stylish polycarbonate accessory can store and protect your boss’ essentials like jewelry and accessories — and it’s nowhere near as expensive as a real suitcase. 

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Desk cable clips that keep cords neat and organized

Shintop Cable Clips, Desk Cable Drop

Shintop 6-Piece Cable Clips Set, $5.69, available on Amazon

This small but practical gift will sort out their jumble of cords for good. If you’re worried that the set doesn’t look significant enough, you can pair a few of these cable clips with a nice card and some candy. 

An insulated tumbler

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Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Travel Tumbler Cup, $26.21, available at Hydro Flask

The ergonomic comfort of a classic tall cup plus Hydro Flask’s signature double-wall vacuum insulation makes this a coffee or tea vessel they’ll always keep on hand. It keeps their beverage hot for up to six hours and includes a press-in lid to prevent spills. 

A luxurious candle

otherland $36

Otherland Candles, $36, available at Otherland

With its beautiful packaging, unique scents, and special matchbox messages, Otherland turns the otherwise ordinary candle into a cherished gift. Take advantage of its limited-edition scents while they last, or find a suitable match in its diverse Core Collection. 

A way to celebrate the end of Q1

Gifts for boss Moose Munch

Moose Munch Premium Popcorn Classic Tin, $49.99, available at Harry & David

Send them this assortment of sweet and savory popcorn to get the new quarter started. This particular edition contains four decadent flavors of Moose Munch: classic caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate s’mores. 

A decorative trinket tray

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Jonathan Adler Hollywood Tray, $49.30, available at Bloomingdale’s

A sturdy and stylish stoneware tray from Jonathan Adler comes in handy for holding jewelry, accessories, and stray trinkets. 

A protective cover for their AirPods case

podskinz $7.95

PodSkinz AirPods Case Protective Silicone Cover, $4.95, available at Amazon

Apple AirPods: incredibly convenient, but also incredibly easy to lose and scratch up. A silicone cover is a cheap and attractive way to protect the case protecting their beloved earbuds. 

The newest smart home device

Amazon Echo Dot 2020

Echo Dot (4th Gen), $49.99, available at Target

Amazon’s newest version of its bestselling smart speaker has an improved sound and look. Whether they want to coordinate a smooth-sailing smart home experience or enjoy music out loud, the Echo Dot can keep up. 

A reusable utensil kit that helps them cut down on waste

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Utensil Kit, $24, available at United by Blue

When they leave the office to grab lunch (or if they’re into camping and hiking), they can use these stainless steel utensils instead of plastic or paper options. It folds up conveniently so it can go with them anywhere. 

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42 truly unique gift ideas available on Amazon, from a burrito blanket to a Morse code bracelet

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  • Amazon is the “everything store” and stocks just about any product you can think of.
  • That includes plenty of truly cool and unique gift ideas if you’re willing to do some digging.
  • We scoured the site to find the best unique gifts, from handmade goods to funny finds.

best unique amazon gifts

While Amazon may not be the first place that comes to mind when looking for unique gift ideas that feel extra personal, you can find great options if you know where to look. For example, Amazon handmade offers locally made and artisan products from small businesses around the country and Amazon has even curated gift lists and ideas catered to different hobbies, styles, and more. You can also shop Amazon’s portal to specifically support Black-owned businesses.

We did the tough work of scouring Amazon to find truly singular and cool gift ideas. And with a little digging, there are plenty more unique gifts to be found.

Here are 42 cool and unique gifts ideas, all available on Amazon.

Beautiful bookends that double as decor

unique amazon gifts geode bookends

JIC Gem Agate Bookends, $29.69

These gorgeous geode bookends add a magical touch to home decor and come in a range of colors from teal to amethyst. You can also choose from various weights and they come with rubber bumpers to ensure bookcases and shelves don’t get scratched.

A drool-worthy cozy blanket

Under $25 CASOFU Burritos Blanket

Casofu Burritos Throw Blanket, $19.99

This whimsical tortilla blanket is both funny and functional. Many from a cozy flannel fabric, it comes in four sizes from 47 to 80 inches. And just in case they have a food obsession beyond burritos, you can also opt for pizza, waffle, or pie blanket options.

A fanny pack for hands-free organization on the go

Under $25 EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Pack Fanny Pack

EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Fanny Pack, $16.99

For hikers and day-trippers, this handy fanny pack has plenty of zippered pockets to keep essentials like their phone, keys, and credit cards organized while on the go. Made from a durable and water-resistant nylon, it even features a spot to keep their water bottle and the waist strap tightens to ensure a good fit.

 

A rainbow-hued vase

unique amazon gifts crystal vase

Magicpro Crystal Flower Vase, $34.99

With its eye-catching design and rainbow hues, this crystal vase makes for an elegant centerpiece or mantle addition with or without flowers.

Gourmet popcorn for movie night

Unique Amazon gifts movie night

Urban Accents Movie Night Popcorn Kernels and Seasoning Variety Pack, $22

Take your next Netflix night to the next level with this popcorn pack. It includes three types of kernels, plus five seasoning options that range from Spicy Chili Lime to Cheezy White Cheddar for a customizable treat.

A fun inflatable lounger

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Wekapo Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa, $38.98

From a backyard hangout to a beach picnic, this inflatable lounger will come in handy as a comfy seating option. No pump is required, it comes in a handy carrying case, and it’s available in 16 different colors and patterns.

Decorative tealights to add some greenery

Unique Amazon gifts tea light candles

SanSeng Succulent Tealight Candles, $9.99

If even simple succulents seem like too much work to care of, these cute candle tealights are handmade in the shape of cacti and succulents are a fun touch of green decor for any space.

A cool planet lamp

Unique Amazon gifts Planet Lamp

UooEA Saturn Lamp, $23.99

You may be seeing trendy moon lamps popping up, but you can make your gift even more unique by opting for this Saturn lamp. The dimmable LED lamp has seven different settings and you can even set it to change colors to a bright hue. Easy to move from room to room, it lasts for up to eight hours after each charge.

A trio of flavorful honey

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Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Honey Sampler Gift Set, $49.99

If they can’t bear the thought of a meal without something sweet, upgrade their condiments with this set of funky flavored honey from Bushwick Kitchen. 

A cute reusable bag

Amazon gifts under $50 Baggu

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, from $12

Whether it’s used to carry their groceries or random knickknacks, everyone needs a good reusable bag. We love the original Baggu. It can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff, but can also be folded down to fit in your pocket. It also comes in tons of fun colors and patterns.

A calendar for the dog lover

Amazon gifts under $50 We Rate Dogs

WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $13.83

If you ask us, there is truly nothing better than 365 days of dogs. The calendar comes from the same brains behind WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.

A starry sky light projecto

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IYUT 3-in-1 LED Ceiling Galaxy Light Projector, $32.99 

This fun light projector brings the night sky inside and features 10 lighting colors, three brightness levels, and three speed settings. It also includes built-in speakers and works with smartphones via Bluetooth or USB to play music as the lights twinkle around you. 

A diffuser disguised as a houseplant

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Round A’round Cactus Room Scents, $32

A cactus is a fun way to add some color to your desk or countertop, but if you’re not ready to be a plant parent, go for this instead. It’s actually a diffuser — it’ll fill your room with a nice floral scent — but it looks like a cute potted plant. 

A keychain for hot sauce lovers

Unique Amazon gifts Tabasco

Tabasco Hot Sauce Keychain, $11.88

They’ll never have to endure a flavorless meal again. This mini bottle of Tabasco sauce comes with a keychain for spice that goes wherever they do. 

An easy attachment to make homemade pasta

unique amazon gifts kitchenaid pasta attachment

KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press Attachment, $129.99

If your giftee already has a Kitchenaid stand mixer, get them this attachment that lets them easily make their own fresh noodles. Six different interchangeable discs mean they can switch between noodle types, including spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, and large or small macaroni.

A solar power bank for on-the-go charging

unique gifts amazon solar charger

Solar Power Bank, $28.99

For outdoor and camping enthusiasts, this 10,000mAh wireless power bank works as a standard charger, but can also run via solar power as a backup option when outlets aren’t available. Its compact size makes it easy to pack and it also comes with dual flashlights and a compass kit.

A retro rice cooker

dash, $35

Dash Mini Rice Cooker, $19.99

This little gadget not only cooks rice but can make stew, oatmeal, soup, pasta, veggies and more. The style and colorful enamel coating add a retro look to their kitchen.

A bracelet with a hidden message

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IEFWELL Morse Code Bracelets, $12.99

These beaded sterling silver bracelets aren’t just stylish — they also spell out fun messages in Morse code. Choose classic options like “BFF” or “I Love You” or fun phrases like “Tribe” or “She Did.”

A cute and practical phone holder

Unique Amazon gifts phone holder

Dinosaur Silicone Phone Holder, $10.99

This endearing little dino isn’t just a piece of decor, it can actually can hold their phone. It comes in over ten colors, so you can find one in their favorite color.

A hydrating face cream that the French swear by

embryolisse, $25

Embryolisse Lait Cream Fluide, $35

French pharmacies are known for their readily-available, high-quality skincare products. Gifting your buddy a ticket to Paris may be out of the budget, but you can still snag them some of these cult-favorite products, like this seriously hydrating face cream.

A little fan to deal with their unpredictable office temperatures

Unique Amazon gifts fan

Fred & Friends Little Big USB Fan, $17.38

Office dwellers know how unpredictable temperatures can get. To save them when their office (or home office) transitions from an icebox to a desert, gift them this little portable fan. It’s small, mobile, and plugs into any USB for a quick, cold breeze. 

A bunny-shaped speaker with good sound

Unique Amazon gifts Bunny Speaker

AEO Bunny Bluetooth Speaker, from $19.99

This compact Bluetooth speaker may not be the best around, but it’s surely the cutest. Shaped like a little bunny with floppy ears, you get your music and a fun piece of decor too. 

A punny apron that reminds them of their favorite show

got apron, $38

GOT “Dinner is Coming” Apron, $25

If you’re looking for the right gift for that special person who loves “Game of Thrones,” is always cooking, and has a great sense of humor — we think we’ve found it. 

A bright and colorful hamper

hamper, $71

Pehr Designs Pom Pom Hamper, $81.99

No one wants to see a giant pile of dirty laundry on the floor. Help them conceal their mess with this hamper, which is actually nice to look at and adds a pop of color to their room. 

Relaxing bath salts

Unique gifts Amazon Herbivore

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Bath Soak, $22

Everyone deserves some relaxation, which is why this calming bath soak makes such a great gift. Inside there’s dehydrated coconut milk, vanilla, and Himalayan coconut CO2 extract, which together help soothe the skin and calm the mind.

A candle that smells just like home

homesick, $30

Homesick Scented Candle, $33.19

One of our editors asserted that “candles are the most classic gift of all time.” We have to agree, and while there are many to choose from, we love the sentimentality and customization Homesick candles offers. They have candles made to smell like each of the 50 states, many cities, and even experiences like watching Friday night football or taking a road trip. No matter where they call home, one of these candles is sure to bring them a rush of nostalgia.  

An insulated pint glass that keeps your brew cool

Unique Amazon gifts BruMate

BruMate HOPSULATOR, $24.99

If they like their beverages ice-cold, they’ll appreciate this thoughtful bottle holder. It can hold 12 oz. cans, 16-ounce cans, or be used as a pint glass holding 16 fluid ounces, so it’s really a three-in-one gadget. When they need a break from beer, this is perfect for keeping their water bottles chilled too. 

A creative journal that’ll help them get some sleep

Unique Amazon gifts Nocturnal Journal

“The Nocturnal Journal” by Lee Crutchley, $16

A great night’s sleep is essential to our well-being, but getting those eight hours each night can be easier said than done. If you know any night owls who need to catch up on their sleep, this journal will make a great gift. It’s full of prompts, illustrations, and questions to put their minds at ease when they’re up in the wee hours of the night.

A cute purse for the wine lover

unique amazon gifts wine purse

Insulate Wine Clutch Bag, $24.95

For the wine lover in your life, this bag does double duty as a cute outfit accessory and an insulated bag to easily bring along a bottle of wine to that house party, backyard barbeque, or picnic at the park. It comes in numerous pattern and color options, including nautical stripes, black tweed, beaded patterns, and more.

A pack of sticky notes to keep them on track

Unique Amazon gifts Knock Knock

Knock Knock “To Accomplish” Sticky Notes, from $11.47

For the friend who likes to keep it really organized, help them stay on track with this thoughtful set of sticky notes. With categories like “To Ponder,” “To Remember,” and “To Buy,” they can keep track of everything they need to accomplish in the near future. 

The cutest hot chocolate mugs

marsh mugs, $38

Ceramic Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Mugs, $20.99

Imagine the warm and fuzzy feeling that you get sipping on a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows. These mugs embody that and all other kinds of cozy feels. 

A phone case for Disney lovers

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OtterBox Symmetry Series Disney Classic Case (iPhone 7/ 8), from $25.50

There are plenty of Mickey-themed gifts for the Disney lover in your life. We love this phone case because it not only has a cute design but the signature durability of OtterBox, too.

A breakfast station with everything they need to make the most important meal of the day

Unique Amazon gifts Nostalgia

Nostalgia Breakfast Station, $79.99

If a classic American breakfast sounds like their perfect morning, give them this clever kitchen gadget that can do it all — crunchy toast, crispy fried eggs, and a hot cup of coffee. 

A fruity hand cream that’ll look great on their counter

Unique Amazon gifts peach cream

TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream, $10.20

This rich hand cream is made with shea butter and peach extract to moisturize seriously dry skin. We love the refreshing, light peach scent and the adorable container, which looks just like a peach. 

The perfect socks for pizza lovers

pizza socks, $26

Pizza Socks Box (4 pairs), $25.99

From pizza ovens to pizza apparel, there’s no shortage of gifts catered to pizza lovers out there. We’re partial to these socks for their packaging, which is made to look like an actual pizza in an actual pizza box. 

Simple illustrated prints to hang around the house

Unique Amazon gifts Dream Big Printables

Dream Big Printables Botanical Prints (set of 4), $19.97

Finding unique home decor that’s also affordable can be a tough feat, but these artistic prints check off all the boxes. The illustrations of plants make a great addition to their kitchen, or even their bedroom if they want to show off their green thumb.

Reusable lunch bags that they’ll actually want to use

Unique Amazon gifts Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags

Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags, $11.99

Plastic bags are an unnecessary expense when you could just have reusable ones. Their environmentally-conscious and frugal sides will thank you for these sandwich and snack bags, which are dishwasher safe and BPA free. They’ll save a ton of money and plastic waste by using these, plus the colorful patterns are much more fun than clear plastic. 

A travel pillow that actually works

trtl, $30

Trtl Travel Pillow, $39.99

We’ve sung the praises of the Trtl Pillow before — it’s an essential for any traveler. The cozy and supportive neck pillow is a great gift for any frequent travelers or anyone who’s about to head out on a trip. 

A cutting board of their favorite place

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Totally Bamboo State Cutting Board, $29.99

Entertainers and those with state pride will love this cutting board. You can find a board shaped like any of the 50 states or Puerto Rico, each laser engraved with important landmarks, cities, and sights. It’s a fun, personal gift that they’re sure to love. 

A portable printer that lets them print instantly

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HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, $95.99

Nowadays, most of our photos live on our smartphones and social media apps, but many of us still love getting to look through or hang up printed pictures. This portable printer lets them do that super easily and with no wires so they can print pictures in a snap.

A charging stand for all of their devices

elago

elago Charging Hub, $26.99

This gift is a no-brainer for loyal Apple users. Instead of dealing with a tangle of chords from charging all of their products, they can streamline with this singular hub, which has a designated spot for their iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch. 

A gift set made for an at-home spa day

unique amazon gifts bath salts

Live by Being Bath Salt Gift Set, $56

Your giftee will be saying “aah” when they use this set of three calming bath salts during their next deep soak. All three blends are made with Dead Sea salt and enhanced with essential oils to hydrate skin, relieve stress, and relax the muscles. 

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9 red chairs you can find on Amazon

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Belleze Leather Accent Chair, Red
  • Bold red is an eye-catching color that exudes strength, power, and energy.
  • If you’re looking to make a statement with furniture in your home, red options will help you do just that.
  • We picked out 9 unique red chairs we love on Amazon to make it easy for you to up the ante in your space. Keep reading to see our picks.
  • If you prefer a different color, check out this collection of blue chairs we found on Amazon.

There’s a reason the saying goes “let’s paint the town red”. Bright, bold red is energetic, passionate, and fun. When used in interior design, fiery red can bring a whole new energy to your space. Depending on the shade you choose, red can make your room feel contemporary or traditional.

If you’re intimidated by the idea of adding so much bold color to your space, start small. A red chair is a simple way to ease in to experimenting with more color. Whether you go for a fuschia, wine, or ruby red, you can be sure red furniture will make for an awesome statement piece. We rounded up 9 red chairs that work for all different design styles and budgets. Find our picks for the best red chairs on Amazon below.

A subtle red office chair

Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair, Red

Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair, $1,036

Bring a bit of confidence to your zoom meetings while sitting on this tomato red office chair.

Check out our guide to the best office chairs.

A modern set of dining chairs

2xhome Contemporary Molded Chairs, Red

2xHome Contemporary Molded Chairs, set of 2, $176

These easy-to-clean plastic chairs are ideal for bringing a modern touch to your dining setup. Choose from a vibrant red or a deep maroon.

A set of patio chairs

Novogratz Poolside Collection, Red patio chairs

Novogratz Poolside Collection, set of 4, $217

These durable, resin chairs are made to withstand the elements. The persimmon color looks seriously chic next to a pool or around a dinner table on a patio.

Check out our guide to the best places to buy patio furniture and outdoor furniture.

A glam velvet accent chair

Tina's Home Modern Velvet Fabric Chair, Red

Tina’s Home Modern Velvet Upholstered Chair, $164

Bring on the glamour with this pinky-red velvet chair laden with shiny gold legs.

An elegant vanity chair

Duhome Modern Accent Velvet Dining Chairs, Red

Duhome Modern Velvet Accent Chair, $102

This uniquely-shaped accent chair in a rusted red velvet is a classy, subtle way to bring some red to your space.

A set of retro stools

Jersey Seating Bar Stools, Red

Jersey Seating Bar Stools, set of 2, $180

We’re getting major 70’s diner vibes with these shiny red bar stools. The adjustable height makes it easy for everyone to get their own spot at the counter. 

Check out our guide to the best bar stools.

A foldable accent chair

Urban Shop Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Red

Urban Shop Faux Fur Saucer Chair, $57

It can be difficult to find ways to add seating to a small space. This saucer chair is a great choice, as it can be easily folded up and hidden when not being used. 

A chic accent chair

Belleze Leather Accent Chair, Red

Belleze Mid-Century Modern Accent Armchair, $135

This wide club chair is a cozy place to chill out. The faux leather and studded detailing make it look just as chic as the real deal.

A big comfy reading chair

Goujxy Accent chair, red

Goujxcy Accent Upholstered Club Chair, $200

This bright red upholstered chair, with its studded trim, brings a more funky feel to an otherwise classic silhouette.

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24 unique gifts from Uncommon Goods they haven’t seen before

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Uncommon Goods State cheese boards

  • We highly recommend shopping Uncommon Goods for any gifting occasion.
  • Its unique products are made by independent makers from around the world, saving you from generic gifts.
  • Uncommon Goods is one of the few places we know we’ll always find something cool for our loved ones.

Shopping is time-consuming and stressful, so it’s no wonder many of us often default to buying generic, unmemorable gifts just to get the whole process over with. We’ve all been guilty of it, and part of the reason is the lack of unique options that live in one, easily shoppable place.

Uncommon Goods, an online shop inspired by the founder’s experiences roaming craft fairs and trade shows, highlights the best of independent makers from around the world. Selling thousands of unique products, it’s one of the few places we know we’ll always find something cool for our loved ones, whether they’re hungry home cooks, die-hard sports fans, or classic old souls.

If you see a lot of gifts from the site that you like, or you think you’ll shop Uncommon Goods for other gifting occasions, sign up for its Uncommon Perks shipping program. Shipping prices ordinarily start at $4.95 and depend on your order value and desired shipping speed, but this $19.90 annual membership will get you free standard shipping on all US orders, regardless of order value. You’ll also get two $5 credits every year and first access to new products and sales.

If your desired gift is backordered or might not make it to your recipient on time, you can send a “Thinking of you” card, email, or text to let them know it’s on its way.

Before you dive into the treasure trove that is Uncommon Goods, check out our 24 top gift ideas from the site:

A family-friendly backyard game

Uncommon Goods Tabletop Cornhole

Tabletop Cornhole, $50

Entertain your family for hours at a time with this easy to follow tabletop game. The game includes everything you’ll need to play, including detailed instructions and eight mini bean bags.

A candle inspired by their birth month

Uncommon Goods Birth Month Gemstone & Flower Candle

Birth Month Gemstone & Flower Candle, $30

If you’re looking to gift them something special, this candle features the flowers and gemstones of their birth month. Each candle is hand-poured and uniquely scented with different flowers, herbs, and essential oils.

A useful tool for achieving perfectly grilled kabobs

Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

Kabob Grilling Baskets, $17

Step up their grilling skills with this set of kebab grilling baskets that eliminate the need for wood skewers. The baskets are made with steel wire and a hardwood handle and are sturdy enough to last through several grill seasons.

A cocktail grow kit

Uncommon Goods cocktail grow kit

Cocktail Grow Kit, $12

If they enjoy making cocktails, this grow kit will allow them to grow ingredients for their cocktails from scratch. This kit comes with everything they’ll need for growing, including starter soil, growing instructions, and of course seeds. With fun ingredients like thyme, lavender, and Thai basil, they’ll be able to whip up innovative and fun cocktails.

A tea sampler for the tea lover in your life

Uncommon Goods tea set

Tea from Around the World Set, $55

Perfect for any tea enthusiast, this set comes with ten tubes of tea leaves from around the world. Accompanying the set is a guide book that shares information about each tea and gives tips on how to best brew each one. 

A flannel to keep their beverages cold

Uncommon Goods can flannel

Chill Beer Flannel, $14

Help them keep their beverages cold with these adorable can flannels. Each flannel contains two layers of waterproof insulation, ensuring that they’ll be able to enjoy cold beverages for hours to come.

A pair of kissing mugs

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The Kissing Mugs, $65

These mugs fit together effortlessly and provide a sweet start to the morning.

A pair of lamps made for long-distance relationships

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Long Distance Friendship Lamp, $85-$170

Everyone is busy these days, and it’s not as easy to keep up with loved ones as much as we all wish. With the ongoing pandemic, meeting them in person may also be impossible.

A set of paired lamps, one of which lights up when the other is touched, lets them know you’re still thinking of them even when you don’t have time to talk or can’t physically visit them. One of our editors uses them to keep in touch with her parents.

A beautiful and unconventional puzzle

geode puzzle

Geode Puzzle, $65

If regular puzzles just aren’t challenging enough for them, these nature-inspired ones exercise their brain in new and exciting ways. 

A cheeseboard shaped like their home state

new york board

USA and State Serving Board, $48

State pride and an excellent cheese and charcuterie spread go hand in hand with these beautiful bamboo boards.

A portable microphone that lets them sing their heart out wherever they are

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Karaoke Microphone Speaker, $50

For better or for worse, everyone in the vicinity is going to hear your recipient’s voice, thanks to this fun and easy-to-use microphone.

Soap that looks like gemstones

gem soap

Birthstone Mineral Soaps, $20

They almost won’t want to use these pretty soaps that look like birthstones. The handcrafted soaps are made with safe vegetable-based dyes and vitamin E oil. 

A personalized print to commemorate a couple’s first dance

dance poster

Wedding Waltz Personalized Art, $300-$500

Aside from playing the song over and over, another way to remember their first dance is with a sophisticated, classic print that incorporates personal details like location and dates.

A poster fit for movie buffs

Uncommon Goods 100 Movies

100 Movies Scratch Off Poster, $15

Cinephiles will rejoice at the opportunity to document their knowledge with this creative poster. A hundred classics like “Casablanca” and “Jaws” have made the cut.

An embroidered mask made by local artists

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Embroidered Hummingbird Face Mask, $20

These days, there are fewer gifts more practical than PPE. These cotton masks are also beautifully embroidered with colorful hummingbirds and flowers. 

A jar that looks deceivingly similar to a plastic bag

glass zipper bag

Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag, $17

Only upon closer inspection do they realize that this ordinary bag is in fact made from glass, not plastic.

A chess set for anyone who loves New York

nyc chess

NYC Skyline Chess, $120

All the NYC buildings they love, from the instantly recognizable ones like One World Trade and the Empire State Building to the brownstones they walk by every day, make up this novelty chess set.

A case that sanitizes dirty phones

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PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, from $80

Most of us carry our phones with us everywhere — and we mean, everywhere. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that can lead to e. coli, salmonella, staph, flu, and the common cold.  

A Pantone chip ottoman for artists and designers

pantone storage stool

Pantone Storage Stool, $80

This storage stool lets them appreciate the iconic Pantone system and adds a pop of color to their living room or bedroom.

Soothing eye stones made from Finnish bedrock

eye stones

Orbits Eye Stones, $20

Help them bring the spa day experience to their home with these cooling stones. When they’re feeling stressed or suffering from puffy eyes, they can use this gift to decompress and relax. 

A build-it-yourself light sculpture

light blocks

Sound-Activated Light Blocks, from $30

There are no guides to this set of light-up, sound-activated play blocks. Be prepared for the room to light up with creativity. 

A DIY root beer kit

Uncommon Goods gifts Root Beer Kit

Root Beer Science Kit, $16

If they’re a fan of the classic root beer, gift them a fun science experiment that will end with their favorite drink. If they’d prefer a cocktail, another soft drink, or a snack, Uncommon Goods has quite a few DIY food and drink kits to choose from.

A watch that runs on regular tap water

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Revolutionary H2O Powered Watches, $40

Fill the backs of these watches with water and they become fully functioning time tellers. 

Delicious lollipops that can then be grown into herbs or flowers

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Blooming Lollipops, $20

After consuming one of these eight delicious lollipops (flavors include lavender-lemongrass, strawberry-basil, and peach-marigold), you can plant the stick to grow the lollipop’s ingredients.

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