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We’re getting closer and closer to the arrival of Saint Nick, which means you’d better get a move on in the gift-buying department. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to brave the cold weather and crowded malls when there are perfect gifts for everyone right on Amazon. To help you in your online shopping quest, we’ve gone ahead and picked out some of the best universal gifts out there for anyone on your list. So you can sit back, enjoy that cup of spiked ‘nog, and click your way through to Christmas.
A WIRELESS CHARGER
Cords can be so annoying, not to mention easily tangled. We love the sleek look of this wireless charger, which is case friendly and works on a variety of phone models. Whether you want to upgrade someone’s desk game or gift a universal charger that will eliminate the need for multiple wires, this one is a win.
The Anker Wireless Charger, $26 at Amazon.
Cold winter air translates into chapped lips, dry hands, and cracked feet. That means pretty much everyone and anyone on your list would benefit from this essential self-care kit. It’s loaded up with trial sizes of all our Burt’s faves, from lip balm and hand salve to coconut foot cream and body lotion. Now that’s how to pamper someone from head to toe.
Burt’s Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Gift Set, $33 at Amazon.
THE GIFT OF GENETICS
Everyone has a story, but not everyone knows the history behind their story. That’s what makes a personal genetic DNA test such a universal present. This kit allows tests for ancestry composition across 1,500 regions, while also letting you opt into their DNA Relatives tool to find and connect with those who share the same DNA as you. Game changing, right?
23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service, $103 at Amazon.
Most of us are prone to snapping pics on our phones and probably even posting them in our stories and feeds. But sometimes you just want a hard copy of a picture without the rigmarole of going to a photo centre. Enter this functional but handy portable printer, which not only prints your favourite Instagram pics but does so on sticky-backed paper.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, $145 at Amazon.
MUSIC ON THE GO
Music is the universal language, so isn’t it also the universal gift? This cute, portable speaker is small enough to make travelling with it a total breeze, and with 15 hours of wireless playtime and a 66-foot Bluetooth range, it’s guaranteed to be music to any gift recipient’s ears. Grab it in black or in this adorable pink version.
Anker SoundCore Mini, Super Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $36 at Amazon.
A REALLY HANDY POPCORN MAKER
By now we’ve heard just how bad microwavable popcorn is for you, and few of us want a clunky machine cluttering up the counter. This collapsible bowl is the perfect compromise because it pops up the best, chemical-free kernels around, doubles as a bowl, and then tucks away easily when not in use. Pair it with some gourmet kernels or pink Himalayan salts for the ultimate popcorn gift.
Collapsible Silicone Microwave Hot Air Popcorn Popper Bowl, $17 at Amazon.
A WARM WEIGHTY HUG
Weighted blankets sound like a strange idea. After all, who wants to wrap themselves in something that they can barely lift? But wearing one is like being enveloped in a warm hug anytime you want. It’s also one of those luxury items that most people are curious about but few have actually invested in (yet), so you’d be thoughtful and a trendsetter all at once by gifting this one.
CuteKing Weighted Blanket, $110 at Amazon.
Whether you’re sweating it out at the gym, slaving away at the office, or trudging out on another long commute, music or a podcast always make things better. Listening to your jams on headphones with wires though? So impractical. Everyone could use a wire-free set (or two, or three) in their lives, so we say this gift is practical and necessary.
Wireless Earbuds, $70 at Amazon.
A MASSAGE ANY TIME THEY WANT
The holidays can be a very stressful time, what with all that shopping, visiting and all-around merriment. So we’re pretty sure that anyone and everyone would appreciate a portable massager that also comes with a deep shiatsu kneading option. This device works on all the areas—back, shoulders, feet and legs—and has eight functions designed to relieve tension like an actual masseuse would. It also heats up to give you that little bit of extra relief, making this a great contraption to have in your life year-round.
Naipo Back Neck Shoulder Massager, $90 at Amazon.
A NETFLIX AND CHILL PILLOW
No one wants to deal with a floppy tablet case when they’re trying to get their binge-watching on. These pillows are designed to hold a variety of tablets and are sturdy enough that you can prop them up on a bed or couch; plus with a design this sleek and stylish, they make a fun addition to any room. Grab one in a variety of colours, like purple, blue or brown.
MoKo Tablet Pillow Stand, $38 at Amazon.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Lightboxes aren’t just a great way to up your Insta game, they’re also a cool way to stay motivated at home or at the office. This LED lightbox comes with 100 letters and numbers to spell out any message you want, but we think you’ll probably want to set it up with the most obvious message of all: Merry X-mas.
My Cinema Lightbox, $40 at Amazon.
THE SPICE OF LIFE
It doesn’t matter whether you love to cook or you order takeout five times a week—everyone needs a salt or pepper grinder at home. And a heavy duty, battery operated model that grinds coarse salt, pepper, or even herbs with the simple push of a button? Well that’s just giving someone the gift of instant gourmet, and we’re totally here for it.
Eparé Salt or Pepper Grinder, $20 at Amazon.
AN ARTISAN CANDLE
When all else fails, give the universal gift of scent. These stylish jars contain soy wax candles scented with a deep, woody aroma, which is exactly how we think Christmas should smell. Not a fan of Amber & Smoke? Go for one of the other unique combos, like Sea Salt & Sage or Vetiver & Cardamom.
Paddywax Candles Apothecary Collection Glass Jar Candle, $37 at Amazon.
FANCY TEAS IN FANCY TINS
Ten years ago, somebody might have looked at you sideways if you gifted them a set of loose leaf tea, but in 2019, assuming somebody at least has a soft spot for the drink is pretty safe. Especially when the teas you’re gifting are more dessert-like than the Queen might approve of. This set of four sweet festive tins (and one sparkly Perfect Spoon) includes such delightful delicacies as Hot Chocolate tea, Candy Cane Crush and Santa’s Secret.
DAVIDsTEA Merry & Bright Teas Mini Tin Tea Gift Box, $28 at Amazon.
THE GIFT OF SWEET DREAMS
We all know that person who can’t sleep without their fan on. Or who just loves the idea of camping because chirping bugs gives them a better night’s rest. Or how about that person who is constantly dreaming about napping oceanside? This sound machine recreates all of those scenarios and more, making it the perfect sleep or meditation companion.
White Noise Machine, $50 at Amazon.