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Christmas is a lot like Halloween: no one wants a toothbrush, even if they need a toothbrush.

But you know what, it’s actually a really thoughtful present. Holiday sweets are everywhere, and excess sugar means potential cavities. How do you prevent cavities? You brush your teeth.

Now, if you’re going to get someone something super-practical like a toothbrush, make sure it’s extra-special. Don’t just grab the sale brush at your local drug store, buy the Cadillac of oral hygiene.

Oral-B has an electronic toothbrush with a wireless SmartGuide called the ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000, which is said to better your overall brushing experience. How? Well, there’s a ‘Deep Clean’ mode that removes up to 99.7 per cent of plaque, a pressure sensor stops pulsations when you’re brushing too hard, and there are five cleaning modes to choose from: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage and the aforementioned Deep Clean.

If you’re doing a good job, there’s a smiley face on the SmartGuide screen. How’s that for some instant gratification first-thing in the morning? It’s like a child getting a sticker for a good grade, only mintier.

Who it’s for

No one and everyone. This extravagant (and yet essential) toothbrush fits the bill for ‘things you’d never buy for yourself, but you wouldn’t hate it if you got it as a gift.’

How much?

$214.99.

Where to find it

London Drugs, Walmart and Well.ca all carry it.

‘Tis the season to be jolly (and a bit stressed from shopping, list-making, cooking and more shopping). But don’t get yourself too worked up, because we’re here to help you cross those names off your list one day at a time, one gift at a time. From now through Christmas Eve, we’re wrapping up daily gift ideas, so you can get back to more important festive pursuits, you know, like drinking egg nog. We’re going to make this so easy, you’ll want to shop this way every year.