1. A Cricut Cuttlebug die cutting and embossing machine.
Promising review: “LOVE it! It is quick and easy to set up and use and the best thing is: it’s manual (requiring no power outlet). It’s light and safe to teach a child to use. Also, when folded up, it only takes up a small footprint of space on a storage shelf.”
2. Your foot’s “solemate” (AKA, a bar that cleanses and exfoliates).
Promising review: “I bought this product for my wife and she absolutely loves it so much so that I had to buy two more for my mother and mother-in-law after she raved about it to them. There’s nothing better than a product that does what it says it will do and provides a solution to a problem.”
3. A collection of recipes based on World of Warcraft.
Promising review: “Being an avid WoW fan for years, I finally get to bring the world to life. I’ve been cooking these recipes like crazy and they are all delicious.”
4. A chair your child will be able to use as an infant *and* as a toddler.
Promising review: “Out of any infant rocker/chair I have ever had, this has been the best, It looks nice, it feels comfortable, and most importantly: my baby loves it.”
5. A kit for making brightly-colored paper airplanes.
Promising review: “I bought this kit as a birthday present for a 9 year old and it was perfect. The instructions were easy to follow, and it came with a lot of perks (like stickers and different colored paper). I would say this kit would be great for kids ages 5 to 100 . Hey, there are some adults who enjoy making paper airplanes.”
6. A shovel you should definitely invest in before the snow starts to fly (you can break it down into smaller pieces to store in your car).
Promising review: “Amazing little shovel!!! I just used this to dig out my car after snowstorm Jonas. While it’s a bit smaller than a standard shovel (both the scoop and the arm), it’s aluminum and extremely sturdy! I was able to lift lots of wet, heavy snow with no problem at all. The fact that it comes apart and can be easily stored makes it convenient to keep in the trunk or in a closet in your home (I live in an apartment and lack storage space, so this is huge!).”
7. A book that’ll teach you how to be a better cook… through science.
Promising review: “What can I say? This book blew my expectations out of the water! First off, I wasn’t expecting it to be over 900 pages long. When it arrived in the box, I couldn’t figure out what I had ordered that was so heavy. I bought this book as a surprise for my husband who loves everything about cooking. Since I have given it to him, he has spent hours checking things out and just being generally happy to have it. I like how they author has taken the time to add so many illustrations (so that the average person can understand what he is talking about). This book covers everything about cooking and the tools and techniques for cooking.”
8. Boot shapers that’ll fit any size (or style) of boot you own.
Promising review: “These definitely keep boots upright and protect their shape in the process. My closet floor went from cluttered to organized in a pinch.”
9. Leaf scoops for making fall yard work a bit easier.
Promising review: “They are easy to use, and make short work of a huge pile of leaves. Good idea… AND they’re made in the USA!! Yay!”
10. A cozy cave for your cat to happily lurk in (and cuddle up to).
Promising review: “Best product and best price for cat caves. My cat LIVES in this! He absolutely loves it! It’s stiff and holds its shape, but when he wants to sleep outside of it, he climbs on top and it collapses so he can use it like a traditional cat bed. My cat is a hairless cat, so he gets cold easily and this is like a little oven! “
11. A seat protector to keep your car free from baby and toddler footprints.
Promising review: “We have gone through multiple seat covers that don’t last. These are very durable and easy to clean.”
12. An inexpensive puffy jacket with hundreds and hundreds of positive reviews.
Promising review: “Totally worth the money. I can tell I’ll be wearing this jacket for years to come. Huge pockets, huge hood, long enough to cover your butt if you’re wearing leggings. Also, while the body part of the jacket is puffy, the sleeves are much more fitted… so you don’t look huge while wearing it. The hip area is a little snug, but there’s a zipper to adjust it and give yourself more wiggle room. Really warm, while feeling very lightweight at the same time. Seriously, my new favorite jacket.”
13. A wooden trinket box for elephant lovers.
Promising review: “I bought this for my grandmother for Christmas and she quickly put her jewelry in it.”
14. A stroller organizer that would make a ~perfect~ baby shower gift.
Promising review: “This works great on our 2015 Uppababy Cruz stroller! It attached easily and securely to the handlebar with plenty of room to carry drinks, a snack, burp cloth, phone, and much more. It does not interfere with access to the handlebar or the ability to fold the stroller. I’m so glad I found this organizer!”
15. “Ultra-calming” makeup removing wipes designed for sensitive skin.
Promising review: “Removes my entire face of makeup with just one wipe (primer, concealer, foundation, blush, shadow, eyeliner, waterproof mascara, lipstick!). The most gentle wipe I’ve used. I purchased these on a whim and I’m glad I did. I like them even more than my Neutrogena wipes, because they don’t burn my sensitive eyes.”
16. A fun chair stacking game that’ll help kids improve their hand-eye coordination.
Promising review: “This is a fun ‘pick up and play’ family game, especially if you have little kids. There are no confusing, extensive rules and instructions, no aggravating assembly (I’m looking at you, Mouse Trap). The objective is simple: stack with out toppling. Everybody takes turns. It’s a similar concept to Jenga, but with chairs.”
17. Super comfortable, lightweight running shoes that are less expensive than similar styles from Nike.
Promising review: “I’ve put about 18 miles on them. They are not only durable, but comfy too. These fit more like Adidas than Nike (they have a deeper footbed and wider toe-box). I typically have trouble finding a shoe that is wide enough, but my wide forefoot fits right in there. They are not at all mushy like cheap copies: they’re stable and won’t cause your ankle to roll. This is nice when you are 220 pounds, LOL. They have that intangible feel in the toes… you can feel every ripple on the road, but it’s insulated. I like it. I will buy another pair. I hope they don’t change a thing.”
18. An alarm clock with tons of cool features (a white noise generator! a wakeup light! USB charging ports!).
Promising review: “A great alarm clock with a bunch of cool features. It replaced the boring alarm clock I was using.”
19. A set of felt tip pens for note taking, coloring, or even just doodling.
Promising review: “These are perfect for writing on your calendar as they don’t bleed through to the next page. I love the ultra fine point and the different colors.”
20. A book that will make you want to dig out your old LEGO collection and start building for the first time in years.
Promising review: “I flipped through this book before wrapping it for Christmas and am so excited we made this purchase. It has tons of good ideas, but not really step-by-step, do-it-exactly-this-way kind of stuff. Which is why I love it. Legos are supposed to be a toy you must use creativity to use. I don’t mind the booklets that come with the bricks showing how to make things exactly, but I love this book of ‘you can do something like this’ ideas.”