37 Genius Gifts I Received From Friends & Family This Holiday Season

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37 Genius Gifts I Received From Friends & Family This Holiday Season

Sometimes, your friends and family just hit the nail totally on the head when gift-giving. This holiday season, I am so grateful to have experienced a lot of that! I have the best people around me, who understand how useful things such as this multi-tool that fits right in your wallet are. Honestly, there are things on this list that I didn’t realize existed until a few weeks ago, but now I could never live without them.

From the classic gifts like these beautiful gold pillar candles to the weird yet wonderful like this cheese storage paper that will transform charcuterie leftovers, I have been a very lucky girl this year. Particular highlights include the presents that have made post-Christmas clean up the smoothest it has ever been, such as this holiday lights storage bag (I mean, why has no one ever told me that was a thing before?)

We hope you find these products as awesome as we do. Just an FYI: We are a participant in the Amazon affiliate programĀ and we may have additional affiliate relationships with some of the products featured here – as such, our company may receive a share of sales from links on this page. Prices on Amazon fluctuate so anything mentioned below might change as soon as we publish it!

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This Drywall Knife Is a DIY Essential

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You may think this is a totally random gift, but as someone who loves a good bit of DIY, this drywall knife is a super great tool to have around! Reviews say: “This tool made for quick work of my project. But best of all was the comfort of the handle. Will be purchasing some of the other sizes.”

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This Angled Tool Will Save You So Much Hassle

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Make the job easier for yourself by investing in one of these corner trowels. This is honestly one of the best holiday gifts I have ever received – it makes the final moments of your task go so much smoother. Just buy one, and thank me later, OK?

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This Bamboo Blanket Is So Thoughtful

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Don’t you think it’s time to refresh that ratty old beach blanket in the back of your car? That is definitely what my mom was thinking when she gifted me this bamboo blanket, which comes with a drawstring bag attached that makes it so easy to pack away.

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This Comforter Is the Ultimate Christmas Gift

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One of the highlights of my gift collection this year is this comforter. Made with a luxurious alternative to goose down, both I and other reviewers are obsessed. It is also reversible, so I get my pick of burgundy or grey depending on what color scheme I want!

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This Espresso Maker Is a Game Changer

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Making espresso at home has never been easy, until now! This stovetop gadget will change your coffee routine forever, with reviewers saying it ‘pulls out the richness and flavor of the beans beautifully’. Plus, it comes in a super trendy copper color too!

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This Monitor Stand Is Perfect for Working from Home

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As the world has changed over the past couple of years, our homes have to adapt too. This stand for your desktop monitor is absolutely essential for anyone who works from home – the difference in your posture is astounding!

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These Vacuum Bags Save So Much Space

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This year, I am on a mission to be an organizational queen, so these vacuum bags were the absolute perfect gift to receive this holiday season. This pack of 6 will help me to get up to fifty percent more packed away.

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This Christmas Tree Bag Might Be the Best Holiday Gift Ever

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So, this Christmas tree storage bag might not be a particularly exciting gift, but it is a ridiculously practical one to receive for the holidays! The bag will help to protect your tree from any moisture, dust, or pests that might be lurking wherever you store it. Trust me when I say this is one that you will be grateful for over and over for years to come.

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This Light Storage Bag Matches Perfectly

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This light storage box is a genius (and cheap!) gift idea that matches fantastically with the tree bag. One reviewer writes: “We love it! There is enough space for some decorations too along with our lights! Thinking about buying a second just for more storage space. Plus, it keeps my lights organized and not in a tangled-up mess!”

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These Floating Shelves Have Finished Off My Home Renovation Beautifully

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Just look at how gorgeous these floating shelves are! This set of 3 adds a perfect touch of the rustic to your home, whilst also giving you more space to decorate with your favorite belongings.

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Pick Up This Roll of Resistance Band

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This roll of resistance band is how the professionals do it – whether you use it for physical therapy or for home workouts, it is sure to up your game. Reviewers say it is ‘very durable at a fraction of the cost’ of other leading brands.

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It’s Not the Holidays Without Some Candles

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These pillar candles are an absolute holiday gift essential – these ones are particularly festive thanks to their gorgeous gold color. They will be perfect for bringing some glamour to this January.

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These Stick-On Baseplates Make Playtime Much Simpler

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Thank you to whoever bought these stick-on baseplates for the kids in my life – no longer will I have to do the special tip-toe walk whenever the building blocks come out because playtime now takes place on the table. Absolutely genius!

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This Bathroom Organizer Is Brilliant and a Bargain

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This is one of those ‘I can’t believe I lived without this before’ products – this hanging bathroom product holder is made out of mesh, so there is no chance of it getting all moldy thanks to the drainage this provides. Whether you are in college dorms or are just a person who showers, this product is a life changer!

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You Will Love This Jumbo Chopping Board

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This professional-sized chopping board will be one of the best things you buy all year, I promise you! It makes preparing meals for the whole family a million times easier, thanks to its huge proportions, which even helps save on washing up too, thanks to the amount you can fit on here.

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Customers Rave About This Mesh Bag

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This mesh bag is handy for all sorts, but it is particularly handy when it comes to doing laundry. One reviewer says: “Love this mesh bag. Got tired of losing our cloth face masks in the washing machine and this solves the problem. Has held up beautifully through numerous washings so far. So well priced that I will order other sizes for different purposes in the future.”

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Get Ready for Summer with This Expandable Hose

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There is nothing worse than your hose is too short, which is why this expandable one is a brilliant purchase to make. Reaching lengths of up to eighty-five feet, pick this up now so that you are ready for the heat.

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Everyone Loves a Journal

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This journal comes with dotted pages, so it is perfect for having a go at bullet journalling, where you can design your pages to fit your own needs. This always makes a genius holiday gift, as a fresh diary is the best way to begin a new year.

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These Storage Cubes Are a Life Saver

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One customer writes about these storage boxes: “I was so excited to find these for the price they were offered! Usually, at $6 each, and I needed at least 5, I wasn’t ready to pay that much to organize. But these are exactly what I was looking for, and I’m glad to see they don’t collect the dog hair like the cloth bins we once had.”

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You Can’t Go Wrong with Fluffy Socks

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These fluffy socks are, first of all, incredibly soft. Secondly, they come in the cutest packaging, shaped like a cupcake! They were the most delightful gift to receive this holiday season, and I think I might have to pick up some more to gift to all of my friends for next year.

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Up Your Gaming Setup with These Lights

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This set of stick-on LED lights will make your room look fit enough for a gaming king, thanks to the funky colorful options they give you. These ones are also remote-controlled, so you can really make the most of the brightness options too!

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The Perfect Box for Vinyl Storage

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Once your vinyl collection gets to the point where you can no longer display them all, it is time to invest in some of these storage boxes. One review says: “Sturdy design and nice capacity. We used this box to gift our niece part of our vinyl collection now that the kids have discovered LPs, and she loved it!”

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This Bowtie Was a Holiday Highlight

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This bowtie comes pre-tied, so it made a really wonderful gift for my partner this holiday season. He definitely would not have admitted defeat and bought one of these himself, so I am super grateful someone else saved him the hassle of having to learn how to tie one himself!

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A Tote Bag to Last for Decades to Come

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A good tote bag is an item to be treasured, and this one has it all for a bargain price. With an extra-deep external pocket and a zippered top ensuring that all of your belongings are secure, this bag is also made of 100% natural and recycled cotton, so it is good for both you and the planet.

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Protect Yourself with These Bands

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These bracelets are both mosquito repellent and kid-friendly thanks to a little help from the Disney branding. They are completely free of DEET, and instead use a combination of citronella oil, geraniol oil, and lemongrass oil to protect from those pesky bugs.

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One up That with This Mosquito Net

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If the bug-repelling bands aren’t enough for you, then pick up one of these mosquito nets too. Whether you use it over your bed, or when relaxing outside, there is no bug that will manage to penetrate this!

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These Leggings Have Almost 50,000 5-Star Ratings

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Customers are absolutely raving about these leggings from Amazon! One reviewer writes: “Once I tried these leggings on I did not want to take them off, they are so buttery soft it feels like you have nothing on. After wearing all day they were not stretched out and there was no bagging at the knees or anywhere else.”

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This Cutting Mat Is Amazing for Crafts

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If you’re a sewist like me, you will know just how annoying cutting fabric is. However, this cutting mat will transform the experience from being tedious to being your favorite part! This was definitely one of my top gifts this holiday season.

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This Cheese Storage Paper Is Genius

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This cheese storage paper has been a serious game-changer over the holidays. Avid cheese lovers like me will know the pain of leftovers having gone rapidly downhill due to not being stored correctly, so invest in some of this paper so that you never have to chuck your cheese again!

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This Keychain Will Last a Lifetime

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This keychain may look a little boring, but it is actually made out of super-strong marine materials. Reviewers say: “Really well made. Worth the price for a good chain that you can expect to have for a long time.”

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This Tea Tree Oil Hair Mask Works Great on My Hair

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This tea tree oil hair mask that I was gifted this holiday season has rescued my hair this month, after too much product and styling in December. One reviewer writes: “After two treatments I could feel the better texture in my hair, it was much silkier than before use. The product has a nice smell that is pleasant, subtle, and fresh.”

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Everyone Needs a Multi Tool

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This multi-tool is so clever – because of its shape, it is super easy to always have on you in your wallet. With uses ranging from opening bottles to repairing your bike and standing up your cell phone, this one certainly won’t disappoint.

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An Apple Peeler and Corer That Will Make Picky Eaters Rejoice

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The only way I’ll eat an apple is peeled. For the picky eaters in your life, here’s the one tool that does it all. It peels, it cores, it slices. And the suction cup bottom ensures this apple peeler and corer will stay in place while you work.

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This Pizza Stone Makes the Best Pizza Ever

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This professional grade pizza stone will take your homemade pizza making to the next level to produce a crispy crust every time. One reviewer says ” You have won the pizza lottery because this darn thing is what you need to cook the perfect pizza! Basically get this.”

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Guaranteed Smiles With This Waffle Cone Maker

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With this waffle cone maker, you can make your own homemade ice cream cones to put a smile on every face. It as little as 2 minutes! The nonstick plates make cleaning a breeze, so you can do more eating instead of cleaning.

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It’s Party Time With This Tabletop Grill

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CucinaPro’s dual cheese raclette grill is the perfect tool for entertaining guest, whether it be for a dinner party, happy hour, or fun family dinner. Similar to fondue, the raclette grill makes it fun for everyone around the table to cook meats, seafood, and vegetables while cheeses and sauces are warmed below.

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Smoke-Infused Goodness Anytime, Anywhere With This Portable Smoke Infuser Kit

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Add natural smoke flavor to meats, cheeses, fish, vegetables, and cocktails without using heat with this smoke infuser kit. Because it’s portable, this smoker is perfect for both indoors and outdoors.

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