11 Gifts That Don't Require Wrapping

Bean Box/Amazon
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

A PlayStation Plus advertisement is pictured
Amazon

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.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Amazon Prime Membership; $119

Amazon Prime shipping boxes are pictured
Amazon

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.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Wine Cork States; $35

The Wine Cork States display from Uncommon Goods is pictured
Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

4. Infloatables; $17

A whale made by Infloatables is pictured
Amazon

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.

Buy It: Amazon

5. Pizza Socks; $26

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Amazon

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.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Paper Bag Recycling Bin; $58

The Paper Bag Recycling Bin from Uncommon Goods is pictured
Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

7. Quiet Courage Necklace; $52

The Quiet Courage Necklace from Uncommon Goods is pictured
Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

8. Fire Escape Shelf; $99

The Fire Escape Shelf from Uncommon Goods is pictured
Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

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

The Bean Box coffee subscription box is pictured
Amazon

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.

Buy It: Amazon

10. Personalized Record Doormat; $35

The Personalized Record Doormat from Uncommon Goods is pictured
Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy It: Uncommon Goods

11. Amazon Gift Card Reveal; $15 and Up

The Amazon Gift Card Reveal Box is pictured
Amazon

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.

Buy It: Amazon

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Dominate Game Night With Godzilla-Themed Monopoly and Jenga

Usaopoly
Usaopoly

Competitive board games have a tendency to bring out players' monstrous sides, and later this year, you'll be able to embrace those destructive impulses with Jenga and Monopoly games inspired by Godzilla.

Both products featuring Japan's iconic mutant menace are a collaboration between games publisher USAopoly (also known as The Op) and entertainment company Toho International, CBR.com reports. The first one, dubbed Monopoly: Godzilla, is billed as a "city-terrorizing twist on the classic board game." The properties available for conquering include Monster Island, Goro’s Workshop, and Kitakami Lake. Instead of the classic game pieces, players use tokens of monsters like Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla to dominate the board.

The second game pairs so perfectly with Godzilla that it may rival the classic version. In Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition, the block tower resembles a skyscraper taken from downtown Tokyo, and it comes with a cardboard cutout of Godzilla unleashing a beam of atomic breath. With every role of the die, Godzilla moves along the "approach track," increasing the number of blocks removed each turn and hastening the building's destruction.

Godzilla Jenga.
Usaopoly

Monopoly: Godzilla will sell for $40, and Jenga: Godzilla Extreme Edition will cost $20. You can find them in select stores when they debut in the spring.

Are You a Friends Superfan? Then You Need This Friends-Themed Cards Against Humanity

The One With All the Cards/Amazon
The One With All the Cards/Amazon

For a seemingly simple show, Friends has continued to entertain fans around the world for more than 25 years. The ’90s sitcom allowed viewers to follow the lives of six tight-knit friends and—most importantly—quote many hilarious lines and references. Now, you can mix and match some of the show's best moments with The One With All the Cards game, which looks and plays a lot like Cards Against Humanity. You can find it on Amazon for $30.

While the game isn’t a Cards Against Humanity expansion pack, it’s quite similar. There’s a set of black question cards containing classic lines like “WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY SISTER?” to which players respond with white cards that feature answers like, “Feeling my bicep, and maybe more.”

When you’ve established who is the best at Friends quotes, you can see who the real superfan is with The One With All the Questions. This trivia game features more than 300 quiz questions and you can find it on Amazon for $33.

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