6 Gift Ideas Based on the Top Products on Amazon's Wish Lists

Sony / Nintendo / Amazon
Sony / Nintendo / Amazon

For those of you who have put off holiday shopping until the very last minute, we get it. Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can seem like a daunting task. So why not go for what's the most popular? Amazon's "Most Wished For" list is updated every day with the most popular items that shoppers are going after. With toys, Quentin Tarantino movies, games for all different systems, and more, there's something on this list for everyone.

1. Top Toy: Scratch Art Box of Rainbow Mini Notes; $7

Scratch art
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At first glance, it looks like just 125 sheets of black paper. But scratch the matte coating away with the included wood stylus and you'll find a rainbow surface that's perfect for doodling and notes. You can check out all the other top picks for toys here.

2. Top Movie: Once upon a Time…in Hollywood; $23

Once Upon a Tie in...Hollywood
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Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt, was the must-see of 2019. The movie follows an actor and his stunt double making their way through the changing film industry in 1969. If you already own it, Amazon has plenty of other top picks available.

3. Top Electronic: Echo Dot; $25

Amazon echo
Amazon

Alongside being able to stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and other services, the Echo Dot Generation 3 can read the news, check the weather, and much more. If you’re in the market for something else, check out Amazon’s other top electronics.

4. Top Book: Good Days Start with Gratitude; $7

Good Days Start with Gratitude Book
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform / Amazon

When caught up in the craziness of day-to-day life, it’s easy to forget that we have a lot to be grateful for. But Good Days Start with Gratitude aims to help you remember. This 52-week journal has inspirational quotes, a section for each day to write three things you’re feeling thankful for, and more. Alongside this journal, Amazon has plenty of other popular books to choose from.

5. Top Video Game: Luigi’s Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $50

Luigi's Mansion
Nintendo / Amazon

Luigi isn’t known for his bravery, but he’ll have to find a way to save Mario and the others after they go missing in the haunted Last Resort hotel. Luckily, he has a lot more tools at his disposal in this edition. Check out the other games that made Amazon’s list.

6. Top home and Kitchen: Instant Pot; $60


Instant Pot

It's a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and more, all rolled into one. The Instant Pot has become a household staple in recent years, and it's still the most sought-after kitchen appliance on Amazon. You can check out the other top home and kitchen products here.

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Put Shakespeare's Best Insults On a Poster, Coffee Mug, or Even Some Bandages

Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Curious Charts Commission/Three Rivers Press/Amazon

If you’ve ever struggled to find the words to describe how angry or frustrated someone is making you, perhaps William Shakespeare, iconic writer and master of insults, can help.

Adorned with 100 insults from the Bard's many works, this poster from Curious Charts Commission (Amazon, $25) is the perfect reference piece to hang in your home or office for when you're struggling to think of the perfect takedown for anyone who crosses you. To help you get started, the 18-inch-by-24-inch poster is broken up into sections that include food and drink; types of individuals; inanimate objects; bodily qualities; creatures; and—of course—personal attributes and traits. Once you’ve decided the optimal route to take, you have a wide array of put-downs to choose from, ranging from “Were I like thee, I’d throw away myself,” to slightly simpler ones like, “You egg!”

The only drawback to the poster is that you can't take it everywhere with you. But the 14-ounce Shakespeare insults mug ($16), on the other hand, is the perfect choice for snark on the go. So next time a chatty co-worker tries to tell you about their weekend before you've even had your Monday morning coffee, you can simply look up and call them the "anointed sovereign of sighs and groans."

A mug decorated with Shakespeare insults.
Shakespeare insult mug from Unemployed Philosopher's Guild.
Unemployed Philosopher's Guild/Amazon

If, after all that, you’re still struggling to find the words, Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit ($12), a book of 5000 slights pulled from 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, can be of assistance. Or, you can help heal a physical wound by dishing out an emotional one with these Shakespearean insult bandages ($6). You get 15 in a pack, and each box comes with a prize inside. 

Shakespeare Insult Bandages.
Shakespeare insult bandages found on Amazon.
Accoutrements/Amazon

Beyond a repertoire of insults, Shakespeare also coined many words we still use today. Check out the full list here.

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These Eco-Friendly Bags Are Organic and Break Down in 18 Months or Less

A-Zero
A-Zero

If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics in your life, then reach for these fully compostable organic bags.

The A-Zero bags (which are available on Kickstarter here) may look a lot like their plastic counterparts, but they’re actually made from vegetable starch. According to the campaign, these totes are 100 percent organic, are harmless to nature, and can break down in a matter of 18 months—unlike plastic bags, which take hundreds of years. Each bag also features unique designs created by different artists from all over the world.

When it comes to sizes, you have a few different options. The smallest bag, ideal for snacks and sandwiches, is leak-proof and freezer-friendly, and can even be used in the microwave. A-Zero also makes leak-proof trash bags, grocery bags that can hold up to 18 pounds of food, and a refillable bag dispenser that can hold 20 or more grocery bags and can clip onto a backpack or purse.

You might be thinking that you already have a reusable tote at home, but unfortunately, these also have a detrimental effects on the environment. A 2011 British government study [PDF] estimated that with all the water and energy it takes to create a cotton bag, each one has a carbon footprint of 598.6 pounds of CO2, compared to a plastic bag’s 3.48 pounds.

With $22,522 raised, A-Zero bags already surpassed its original $8000 goal. But you can still help bring the project to life and get your own eco-friendly bags by heading here. Pledge tiers start at $29, and the campaign will be live until April 11.

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