As we grow up we all lose the magic that was once gift getting. It loses the fun because we start getting "practical" gifts as opposed to things that are fun. Well, here's a list of things that are both! Things you'll finally enjoy receiving again, as well as, things you'll actually use-better yet-enjoy using! So check out the list below for fun and functional gift ideas for your birthday or even holidays.
If you have a friend who is still using the same pots and pans from college, it's time for an upgrade. Odds are, the ones they purchased for their apartment back then weren't the greatest. So even if you can only upgrade one or two, look for some nonstick options. This one is also scratch-resistant, and it can be put in the oven, too. It comes with a glass lid for steaming and boiling water. Plus it's retro and mint green, so you can't really beat that.
An organized desk space will often lead to higher productivity levels (at least it does for me). This desk organizer is great because you can keep all of the papers for things you need to get done today in one slot, the ones you don't need to do until tomorrow in another, and all your supplies in the top level. The tray comes in really fun colors like pink, orange, red, white, navy, and aqua.
If you have a friend who loves to entertain at her new apartment, then you should get them a cool serving board. It's probably time to stop using paper plates and upgrade to platters. Invest in a cool-looking serving board and cheese knife, so they can create some beautiful spreads for their guests.
Some of the best gifts are unexpected ones that someone might not buy themselves. If you know someone who loves the outdoors, and loves to go on hikes, picnics, to the beach, or even to just hang out in a park, this pocket blanket is a great gift. You can fit two people on it if they are sitting, or one person, if they are laying down. It folds up into a tiny little rectangle and can be tossed in a purse or backpack. It's also waterproof and sand-proof, so they can always use it, no matter the conditions.
Everyone should have a reusable water bottle at this point. They're better for the environment, and there are some pretty cool ones available now. This one keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and your drinks hot for 12 hours. It's made with triple-walled stainless steel, and it's BPA-free. Because it's vacuum sealed, you won't have to deal with annoying condensation. S'well bottles come in all different colors, patterns, and sizes, too.
If you have a friend who is always late for everything, you should get them a cool clock to keep on their desk or by their bed. Sure, everyone has their cellphone to keep track of time, but there's just something about a tabletop clock. This one is awesome because it's a flip clock, and the numbers flip as time goes on. Set it for them (five minutes fast) before you give it as a gift.
A First Aid kit is actually a really great housewarming gift. They are good to have around the house or in the back of your car, just in case. This one is fully stocked with Band-Aids, iodine wipes, alcohol pads, first aid tape, an emergency blanket, a burn gel pack, safety pins, medical scissors, blister pads, a CPR mask, and so much more. It's something that people don't often think to buy for themselves and is incredibly useful to have.
If you have a friend who loves to read, you should definitely gift them the new Kindle Oasis. It's the thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, and it features an ergonomic design that makes turning the page a lot easier. Perhaps the coolest feature, though, is that it has the longest battery life ever for an e-reader (with the leather cover with built-in battery, it can last for months).
I have a friend who is obsessed with drinking tea. She literally always has a cup of tea in her hand. This electric kettle would be the perfect gift for her because it heats up water a lot fasterthan a stovetop version. All you have to do is fill them with water, flip the switch, and wait a few minutes for your water to boil. The adorable kettle comes in pistachio, stainless steel, empire red, hot sauce, black, and blue.
I'm a big believer in agenda books. I bring mine everywhere with me. It's the only way I can make sure that I'm getting everything done, and I'm where I'm supposed to be, when I'm supposed to be there. This one is great because it goes through December 2017 ( a lot of them only go through June before you have to get another one). It's so beautifully designed and it features yearly views, monthly views, and weekly views.
A lot of young people don't put effort into taking care of their skin. That's why this cleansing brush kit makes such a great gift. It's something I wouldn't buy for myself, but if someone bought it for me as a gift, I'd totally try it out. It comes with three different brushes and removes makeup, dirt, oil, and dead skin without irritating your face. It comes in a great little carrying case, so, it's good for travel, too.
Do you have a friend who loves drinking wine? If you do, you should get them a high quality corkscrew that makes opening a bottle of wine a breeze. This one has a removable foil cutter, and only uses two motions toremove the cork from a bottle of wine. One user said, "This is the best wine bottle opener we have ever owned...It's very easy to use, you can open a wine bottle in seconds!"
If you know someone who lives in a small apartment and doesn't have a lot of closet space, you could totally get them this dustpan and brush set. The dust pan is actually really big and can hold a lot of dirt in it at once. The brush is made with horse hair and picks up dirt, dust, and hair with ease. The whole set has a nice little leather strap attached to it, so it can be hung up on a hook, instead of taking up a lot of space like a big broom might.
This fun mug is the perfect gift for any coffee connoisseur in your life. It's practical because it's a thermal ceramic mug with a rubber lid, and it will keep coffee hot, but it's also fun because of the message, "GET SHIT DONE" written in pretty and colorful font. Plus it comes in a fun gift box, so it's actually an easy present. One user said, "Love this mug!! It's cute and funny... I love the packing--it's very giftable."
I love little notes like this. They're so helpful, and I would love to get them as a gift. The colorful sticky notes create a great system for keeping track of everythingthat you need to get done during the week. The pad comes with days for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and the weekend.
Instead of picking up a large, statement-making piece of furniture that you think your friend needs, why not snag this smaller shelf that absolutely anyone could use? Never misplace your phone or keys again.
This is the kind of gift that my dad would give me. He would think it's the coolest thing ever that this toothbrush connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth to tell you how hard you're brushing, or if you're not spending enough time on certain parts of your mouth. It comes with a timer, two different brush heads, the base, and a place to charge it.
Remember the Disney Channel movie Smart House? It was definitely one of my favorites, and I recently watched it on Netflix. This smart lock will make you feel like you're living in that house. It gives you safe keyless entry into your home, and it's battery powered, so it will always work, even if the power goes out.
I have this one friend who drinks wine all of the time, but she keeps her wine in a box in the closet. I don't understand it, but I know what to get her for her next birthday. She would probably love receiving this cool wine rack that can store up to ten bottles of wine. In the past she always complained that her wine was taking up space in her kitchen, but if she had this rack, she could place it somewhere and it would become a part of the decor in her home.
I told my friend I could tell she was a grown-up when she got a doormat for her apartment. She thought I was nuts, but I just think it's one of those things we don't think to buy, but it makes all the difference when you have one. Having a doormat kind of shows that you care about your home, and you don't want people tracking dirt inside. This one is funny because it says, "Hi. I'm Mat." It's a great doormat to keep inside or outside.
If you have a friend or family member who loves to cook but doesn't have a lot of cabinet space to keep the supplies, this nesting food prep set is perfect for them. It comes with two mixing bowls, colander, five measuring cups, and a sieve. And the nice thing is is that they all fit compactly inside of each other, so they won't take up valuable cabinet or countertop space.
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