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

A box of Pizza Socks is pictured
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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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
Brisbane/Wayfair

- 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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