10 Awesome Gifts for Very Specific People On Your List

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iStock, Milkos

We all have one—that friend or loved one who’s just really hard to shop for, either because they have everything they need or their interests are incredibly specific. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with this quirky but awesome list.

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1. Icebreaker Sheep Suit

Who It’s For: The person living their best hygge life (or who loves to ski)

Icebreaker has thought of everything when it comes to this onesie base layer: It’s 96 percent moisture-wicking and odor-resistant merino wool with Lycra thrown in for stretch. It has mesh for ventilation, gussets for movability, a hood for coziness, and a backflap or fly so you don’t have to take it all the way off to use the bathroom. It’s just as comfortable to wear under your layers on the slopes as it is on its own on your couch at home.

Find It at Icebreaker (in both women's, men's) for $220 and also at these other retailers:

2. Shark ION F80 MultiFlex Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum

Amazon

Who It’s For: The neat freak who lives in an impossibly small apartment

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a person who lives in a small apartment is in want of a vacuum that gets the job done without taking up a ton of space—but it can be tough to find a vacuum that’s both small and powerful. Enter the Shark ION F80: With two li-ion batteries, the compact device can run for 80 minutes, and has no trouble picking up pet hair and debris big and small from both carpets and hardwood floors. The bendable stick allows the vacuumer to get under the couch and other hard-to-reach places. That feature also means the vacuum can be folded in half and stored in a small space. Another bonus: The top part of the ION F80 detaches, turning it into a hand vac and creating two vacuums in one.

Find It at Amazon for $299 and also at these other retailers:

3. One Eleven Watches

One Eleven Watches

Who It’s for: The person who never remembers to replace their watch batteries

There’s nothing worse than putting on a watch and realizing it’s no longer ticking. That’s almost guaranteed not to happen with One Eleven watches: The stainless steel, water-resistant watches, which have mineral crystal lenses, are solar-powered. (The face itself is a mini solar panel; it charges in natural and artificial light.) One Eleven is currently offering free overnight shipping with the code FREESHIP, so you’ll be sure to get the watch in time for Christmas.

Find It at 111watches.com (men’s, women’s) for $195.

4. Easy Egg Peeler

Uncommon Goods

Who it’s for: The person who can never peel their hard-boiled eggs.

The crunch of a shell in egg salad is horrifying for the chef who has spent all day in the kitchen. If your recipient knows that horror, this is the gift for them. This device makes it easy to remove the shells from hard boiled egg: Put a quarter cup of water in the cylinder, add the egg, snap on the cap, and shake. The inside of the cylinder is equipped with bumps which help to loosen the egg membrane and shell. When the whites appear, stop shaking, pull out the egg, and pinch the shell—it will slide right off.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $18.

5. Injinji Outdoor Midweight Crew NuWool Socks

Injinji

Who It’s For: The person whose feet are ALWAYS cold

Sure, these socks are technically designed to make you run or otherwise perform better athletically; according to Injinji, they “[allow] your toes to splay naturally and align properly, enabling greater stability and more comfort.” Isolating every toe helps prevent blisters and wicks away moisture—but also, they’re like gloves for your feet, keeping every single tootsie warm and snug.

Find It at Injinji.com for $20.

6. Nautical Works

Who it’s for: The person who can’t stop reading about early days of exploration

Your exploration-obsessed recipient will love this “XL”—it’s 10.9 by 15.6 inches and contains 264 pages—reprint of Les premières œuvres de Jacques Devaulx. In the 16th century, sailors used the book, which is loaded with maps and illustrations, as a guide and an encyclopedia; your friend will use it as a conversation-starting showpiece on their coffee table.

Find It at TASCHEN for $150.

7. The Sill Plant Subscription

The Sill

Who It’s For: The person who fantasizes about living in the forest

Instead of buying a single plant for your loved one this year, give them the gift of a monthly subscription. They'll be able to pick from either low light, beginners, and pet friendly subscriptions, then update their planter color as they wish. They’ll receive the plants, pre-potted in a stylish planter and complete with care instructions.

Find It at The Sill for $105 for three months or $210 for six months (click on “I want to give a gift instead”).

8. Cotopaxi Libre Sweater

Cotopaxi

Who It’s For: The llama lover

The “holly” version of this unisex sweater comes adorned with llamas—perfect for the friend who’s always telling you to “save the drama for your llama.” This is also a gift that gives back: Cotopaxi earmarks 2 percent of all profits to fund initiatives that alleviate poverty and to give “targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.” You can find out more here.

Find It at Cotopaxi for $140.

9. BioLite Headlamp

BioLite

Who It’s For: The person who’s always tripping over things when they walk their dog at night

In designing this headlamp, BioLite set out to make something both comfortable and functional. The light is thin, the band is made of moisture-wicking fabric, and the rechargeable power source is placed in the back of the headlamp to comfortably distribute weight. It has one-handed tilt, allowing the user to easily redirect the 330-lumen light (which has five settings including spot, flood, and strobe). It’s useful on a night hike or at a campsite, yes, but also when your loved one has to walk the dog outside in the dark.

Find It at BioLite for $50.

10. Velociraptor Garden Sculpture

Uncommon Goods

Who It’s For: The Jurassic Park fan who also loves to garden

Cut from cold rolled steel in Arizona by Chris Crooks, this set includes one large and one small raptor. Crooks hasn't missed any details—including the iconic claw Dr. Alan Grant uses to terrify a mouthy kid in Jurassic Park. Your dino-loving friend will be muttering "clever girl" every time they head out to the garden.

Find It at UncommonGoods for $180.

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

Amazon

Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

Amazon

Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

Amazon

Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

Amazon

The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

Amazon

Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

Amazon

This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

Amazon

Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

Amazon

What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

Amazon

Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Feel Nostalgic With the New Hello Kitty-Themed Tamagotchi

Bandai America/Amazon
Bandai America/Amazon

Back in November 1996, Bandai released the cult favorite Tamagotchi, a tiny virtual pet that users could feed, play with, give medicine to, and more. The name itself is actually a combination of two Japanese words, tamago and tomodachi, meaning egg and friend—and it was the toy's egg shape that was key to its distinct design. They could fit in pockets, on keychains, and inside the backpacks of any kid who wanted a distraction during the school day.

According to NME, more than 82 million of these egg-shaped digital pets have been sold since their initial release in the ‘90s, with 10 million of those coming within the first year alone. Now, the handheld pets are back again in the form of a collaboration with another famous Japanese creation, Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty first took over hearts starting in 1974 when a Japanese company called Sanrio put the design on a vinyl coin purse. More than 45 years later, Hello Kitty (her real name is actually Kitty White) has been developed into video games, cafes, hospitals, wine, and more. This new Tamagotchi is the perfect mixture of two of Japan’s most famous brands, both of which have reached a global audience.

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In these new editions, Hello Kitty will help you raise your Tamagotchi. You’ll be able to feed them Hello Kitty’s favorite foods, like apple pie or milk, and play a balloon game and piano game. Based on how well you raise your Tamagotchi from an egg to an adult will determine which of the seven surprise characters you receive.

These new Tamagotchis will be released on December 1, 2020, and are available to pre-order in red and white on Amazon for $20.

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