11 Gifts That Don't Require Wrapping

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Bean Box/Amazon

When the holidays sneak up on you, there's barely enough time to prepare for get-togethers, let alone assemble gifts. If you’re tight on time—or just want to save on wrapping paper—take a look at 11 Christmas gifts you won’t need to wrap.

1. Playstation Plus: 12 Month Membership; $59

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Give the gift of annihilating productivity all year with this 12-month subscription to the PlayStation Plus online gaming portal. Alongside enjoying a rotating selection of titles, gamers can also enjoy multiplayer sessions and exclusive deals on games.

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2. Amazon Prime Membership; $119

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The benefits of Prime are considerable, so in reality this present is like many gifts in one. Some perks Prime members can enjoy are free two-day shipping, a vast library of streaming content, Kindle reads, free PC games via Twitch, and other special deals. You can send the membership right to your gift recipient’s inbox, so no paper required.

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3. Wine Cork States; $35

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Whether celebrating with a bottle for a special occasion or just enjoying a day like any other, wine lovers can now keep corks with sentimental value thanks to this wall-mountable board. It’s a bit too unwieldy to wrap, but slipping it into a gift bag will make sure it stays a surprise until it’s time to exchange presents.

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4. Infloatables; $17

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If you have a fan of plush toys on your list, Infloatables make for a simple gift, because each one comes pre-wrapped in a gift bag. Choose from a whale or an elephant, both of which come with a dry-erase patch to write a personalized message. Or you can pick between a llama and a penguin, which don't come with the patch but do have their own unique accessories, like a blanket for the llama and earmuffs and a scarf for the penguin.

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5. Pizza Socks; $26

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Let your gift recipient think you’ve ordered them a pizza by handing them this delivery box. When they open it, they'll be greeted by three pairs of pizza-themed socks with different “toppings,” such as pepperoni, capricciosa, Italian, Hawaiian, and vegetarian, as well as one pair that looks like the fluffy crust.

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6. Paper Bag Recycling Bin; $58

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In this case, the bag is the gift. Coming in white or black and made from 100 percent recycled plastic, this bag-shaped bin looks unobtrusive and gives users a place to put their recyclables.

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7. Quiet Courage Necklace; $52

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This sterling silver charm necklace can help wearers remind themselves to pursue a positive mindset. Handmade and coming in its own attractive gift box, this piece isn't only easy to give as a gift, but it also comes with a card that explains the meaning behind each stone.

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8. Fire Escape Shelf; $99

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Surprise your gift recipient by installing this decorative shelf that resembles a fire escape. The 25-inch-tall shelf can hold plants, candles, photos, or anything else you’d like to display.

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9. Bean Box Three-Month Coffee Subscription; $68

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Indulge the caffeine fiend in your life with this subscription box that remits a variety of fresh Seattle coffee to their doorstep each month. Recipients get four blends with each box, and you can choose from a variety of roasts including dark, decaf, espresso, and more.

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10. Personalized Record Doormat; $35

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Take the vinyl lover in your life for a spin with this customizable 23-inch doormat that resembles a record. Alongside the recipient's name, you can add the title of a real or fictional album on the label.

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11. Amazon Gift Card Reveal; $15 and Up

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Gift cards don’t always make a big splash during gift exchanges, but they’re often the best choice for people who prefer to do their own shopping. With this gift box reveal from Amazon, the card is presented when the recipient pulls on the top.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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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.

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

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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.

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5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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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.  

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

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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.

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7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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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. 

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8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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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.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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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.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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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.

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Treat Your Feline This Holiday Season With Fancy Feast’s Cat Food Advent Calendar

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Fancy Feast/Chewy

In anticipation of the holiday season, many children and adults get to unwrap mini presents each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas day, during what's known as Advent. Though Advent itself dates back to the 4th century, the version we know today, complete with the chocolate-filled calendars, was popularized in the early 1900s. And apparently it's no longer just for humans, because Fancy Feast is letting your feline roommate in on the fun with this unique cat food Advent calendar, now available at Chewy for $23.

For the 24 days leading up to Christmas, your cat will get to enjoy a variety of different wet foods, including favorites like grilled salmon, chicken, and more. There is even a unique ornament included with each calendar featuring a cat in the shape of a heart that can go right onto your tree. (Also, don't be surprised to find your actual cat making its way into the middle of your tree; they're known climbers.)

Now while you enjoy your Advent calendars from brands like LEGO, Funko, and more, your cat will be able to join in on the fun as well. To learn more about Fancy Feast's Feastivites Advent Calendar, head on over to Chewy.

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