15 Gifts I Always Have Handy To Give

Don't get stumped the day before. Keep these ready to gift, and you'll never feel unprepared.

Published August 22, 2023
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15 Gifts I Always Have Handy To Give

I don't mean to brag, but I think most people who know me would agree that I'm an excellent gift-giver. I'm constantly trying to find the most unique and thoughtful gifts for the people I care about, and sometimes I'll just buy something that I think is cool with no idea who to give it to. And yes, I sometimes just end up keeping that thing for myself, but that just means I'm gifting it to myself, right?

If you're looking for a present for someone and have no idea where to start, keep scrolling. I've gathered a list of my go-to gifts that I've given to multiple people, and all of them were huge hits. From a mini donut maker to sushi-shaped socks, these 15 products are perfect gifts for any occasion.

There's a reason why I know that this robe makes such a great gift: I got it as a gift myself, and I just so happen to be wearing it right now while I write this. The built-in hood adds major coziness, and the 100% polyester fleece fabric envelops your body in softness. Oh, and did I mention that it has pockets?


I recently got this LED night light gadget as a gift for my sister-in-law's birthday, but after it arrived I was this close to keeping it for myself and giving her a gift card instead. I didn't, but I really wanted to. It's just that cool. It has a dimmable LED light, a wireless phone charger, a Bluetooth speaker, and a phone holder. Plus, it looks pretty on your bedside table.

Here's another item that I personally own and can vouch for its awesomeness: the Yeti tumbler. The 18/8 stainless steel construction is basically indestructible, and the vacuum-insulated design keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours. It's also dishwasher-safe, which is key, since giving a gift that needs to be hand-washed is basically like giving someone a chore.

I love giving cocktail-related items as gifts, mostly because I know that my family and friends will have all of the necessary equipment to whip me up a mixologist-level drink whenever I decide to stop by. These Moscow Mule mugs are handcrafted from 100% pure food-safe copper, and the handles have built-in thumb rests for added comfort. They even come in an elegant box for easy gifting.


Traveling is stressful enough, but when you're digging through your bag trying to find your passport with a line growing behind you, it can be downright traumatic. This passport holder solves that annoying problem, and it makes a thoughtful gift for the explorer in your life. It features durable faux-leather construction, an RFID-blocking design, secure snap button closure, and spots for all of your essential travel documents.

I'm a firm believer in bringing a host gift, and I've given this bamboo charcuterie board set to three different friends in the last year. I put a bit of a spin on it, though-I load it up with meat, cheese, and fruit first, so they get to enjoy it during the gathering and then keep it afterward. Clever, right? You can see now why I get invited to so many parties.

I brought this tortilla blanket to a white elephant party a few years ago, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that everyone wanted it. People were trading it for much more expensive gifts, and I honestly thought that a fight was going to break out at one point. I can't say I'm surprised, though. Doesn't everyone want to become a human burrito?


People always say that the best gifts are the things you'd want yourself, right? Well, I really want this skincare set from LANEIGE, so I assume that my BFF will love it, too. It includes everything you need to hydrate and nourish your skin, and the mini-sized bottles make them perfectly portable. The set includes hyaluronic serum, a lip sleeping mask, a cream moisturizer, a water sleeping mask, and a foaming cleanser.

Several of my friends have had babies in the last couple of years, and since I wore this set of long-sleeved pajamas 24/7 after my kids were born, I've been gifting them to my fellow mamas to help get them through the postpartum period. They're made from cotton and polyester blend fabric that's soft and breathable, and the classic style makes you feel more put-together when you're sleep-deprived and covered in baby puke.

Can you imagine opening this mini donut maker and not immediately squealing with delight? It's physically impossible, and I know this because both of the people I gifted to did this exact thing. It has a non-stick surface that makes it super easy to clean, and you can make seven donuts at once that can be customized with whatever toppings you can dream up. This is a fun gift for kids who are just starting to get interested in baking.


I got this shiatsu massager for my dad in 2019, and he still uses it every time I go to Minnesota to visit my family. He's always suffering from random aches and soreness, but the heated feature relieves a lot of his neck, shoulder, and back pain. It has an auto-shutoff feature and overheating protection for added safety, and the 3D deep-tissue massaging nodes are surprisingly intense.

I got this Echo Glow smart lamp for my 12-year-old nephew, and when his 10-year-old brother saw it, I realized after some fighting that I'd have to get one for him, too. They love using their voices to control the color and brightness of the lamps, and parents can use them to set alarms and "rainbow" timers. What's a rainbow timer, you ask? You'll have to get one for yourself and find out.

Give the film buff in your life the gift of authentic movie theater popcorn that they can enjoy from their own couch with this popcorn kit. It includes 16 ounces of popcorn kernels, eight ounces of butter-flavored oil, one jar of nacho cheese flavoring, one jar of white cheddar seasoning, and one jar of ranch seasoning. I got this for my friend Stacy, and we used it to make popcorn to eat while watching Avatar: The Way of Water. Highly recommend! (Both the popcorn and the movie.)


My son is in preschool, so we go to a different birthday party nearly every weekend. We've gifted this Crayola coloring kit to a few different kids now, and they're always very excited to open it. It has a treasure trove of art supplies, including glitter crayons, colored chalk, mini construction paper, and more. The best part? It makes zero noise and doesn't require batteries, which the parents always appreciate.

When you're a kid, getting socks as a gift is a huge disappointment. But as an adult, the idea of getting a nice set of socks sounds wonderful, especially if they're as adorable as these sushi socks. They're packaged to look like a to-go order of sushi and include salmon nigiri, tamago nigiri, and cucumber maki roll designs. I gave this set to my cousin Beth, who's a huge fan of sushi and speaks Japanese fluently. She loved them!

If you're looking for more gift ideas, here are 50 products that would make great presents for any occasion.

15 Gifts I Always Have Handy To Give