35 Obsessively Specific Gifts for Every Person on Your List

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This hyper-tailored shopping list has something for everyone you know, including your very sophisticated chicken.

1. For: THE ASPIRING CHEESE WHIZ

With the Charted Cheese Wheel, $28, there’s no excuse for confusing Muenster and Manchego ever again.

2. For: OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE GADGET HOUNDS

The Nerd Herder Gadget Wallet, $29, corrals your cash, cards, phone, and other odds and ends in cozy felt and even cozier math equations.

3. For: YOUR ’80S-LOVING CUBICLEMATE

Tidying up your desk is a lot less puzzling with this Room for the Cube organizer, $20.

4. For: ASPIRING DOCUMENTARIANS

The iPhone Boom Mic, $40, practically guarantees YouTube fame. 

5. For: THE METICULOUS MIXOLOGIST

Until you build that cyborg bartender, the Perfect Drink, $70—a clever scale that connects to your tablet and guides you through recipes step by step—should do just fine.

6. For: TECHIES WHO NEED SOME SPACE

Feel tethered to your tablet? Get some distance while keeping your playlist within ear’s reach with the Zooka bluetooth speaker, $20. 

7. For: LITERATE PACIFISTS

This pouch, $15, holds a handful of pens. Or one tiny sword.

8. For: SUMMER CAMP NOSTALGISTS

These smoldering sticks, $13, make that campfire smell portable.

9. For: CRAFTY SMOOTHIE ADDICTS

This clever Cuppow lid, $8, turns any ordinary canning jar into a Portlandia-worthy to-go cup.

10. For: COMFORT-ZONE CAMPERS

You may not be a bear, but you can still feel at home going in the woods with Alite’s Twig Pod kit, $39.

11. For: ASTRONOMERS WHO KNIT

Make your calendar sparkle with the Stitch Upon the Stars 2014 calendar, $24. Each month, you sew a new zodiac with the kit’s glow-in-the-dark floss.

12. For: INTROVERTED KARAOKE STARS

Sing badly anywhere with a karaoke home system, $299.

13. For: ANTIGRAVITY GARDENERS

Move over, Babylon. Boskke’s sky planters, $75, can turn that drab office ceiling into a hanging garden.

14. For: TENDERFEET

Adventure is afoot with Keen’s ultra-durable, odor-resistant, blister-proof, strong-as-steel, foot-specific Olympus socks, $19.

15. For: CLUMSY SKIERS

The butterfinger-proof Dakine Skye jacket, $300, features a phone tether, so you’ll never drop your cell from the ski lift again. (Also available in the men's Clutch jacket, $430.)

16. For: VEGAN ASPIRING TAXIDERMISTS

If your bare wall is begging for an animal-free hunting trophy, $27, here you go. (Also great for hunters with bad luck.) 

17. For: PEOPLE IN THE CHEAP SEATS

Forget the zoom button! The Easy Macro Cell Lens Band Wrap, $15, makes every shot look like it was taken from the front row.

18. For: PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS

Illustrator Ali Graham interprets every one of Jay-Z’s 99 problems on limited-edition art prints, $20. 

19. For: STYLISH TYPISTS

Unlike its ancestor, this bracelet, $40, won’t give you carpal tunnel.

20. For: WANNABE JAMES BONDS

With a 4GB USB drive, these cuff links, $110, make fashion functional.

21. For: Sorta-Smelly Monster Lovers

This Mary Shelley-inspired perfume, $17.50, could make even Frankenstein's monster smell sweet in no time.

22. - 26. GIFTS THAT RAISE THE BAR

They say print is dead, but until you can hide a flask in a Kindle, we’ll keep hitting these books, $55.

Highland Park’s complex 15-year-old single malt, $77, pulls off the toughest Scotch trick: It’s both smoky and subtle. 

Pour a man a liqueur and he’ll drink for a day. Teach him to make his own with this book, $14, and he’ll live on DIY limoncello all year.

Nothing says “I’m not a sucker for a fancy label” like a milk jug of Vaso di Marina, $28, an easy-drinking California red.

Embrace your inner Viking by turning boring old honey into a jug of delicious mead with this kit, $60. Pairs well with reindeer!

27. - 30. GIFTS FOR YOUR PET

Turtle cozies are perfect for chilly weather … and the country club. $15, MossyTortoise.etsy.com

The wine barrel dog bed, $299, fit for a medium-bodied pup with a nice nose.

Does your cat think it’s the center of the universe? There’s a hat for that, $30.

Go meta with the Nogg chicken coop, $3,155, a handmade cedar egg in which hens happily ... lay eggs.

31. - 35. GIFTS FOR BIBLIOPHILES

The irascible Pippi Longstocking makes a comeback in this striking comic book, $15.

Help your friends learn to love long and prosper thanks to this book of dating tips, $15, from fanboy Eric Smith.

For every Jane Eyre Bookshelf Bandit Tote, $18, sold, a book is donated to a community in need.

Julian Montague’s field guide, $16, is a must for naturalists devoted to spotting carts in the wild.

Timeless classics, now in spiffy noir outerwear; $13 each. And we happen to have a set to give away. Tweet your favorite badass Jane Austen fact @mentalfloss #pulpclassics and we’ll choose a winner on December 17.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

Wayfair/Weber
Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
Letsfit/Amazon

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
Eclipse/Amazon

According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
JALL/Amazon

Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
Philips/Amazon

If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
Baloo/Amazon

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
Philips/Amazon

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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