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29 Sensible AF Gifts On Amazon For The Boring People In Your Life

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While some people are drawn to the insanely weird items flooding Amazon's marketplace, others prefer receiving practical and functional items, instead. So even though the sensible gifts on Amazon might not be everyone's cup of tea, we all have friends and family members who opt for function over funky.

A personal preference for practicality might seem lame — after all, who wants socks and insulated water bottles when there’s a whole world of fitness trackers and 24 karat gold face masks? But these people are actually onto something, because, when your fascination with the latest gadget wears off, they'll still be keeping warm in their socks and commuting comfortably with piping-hot coffee. By putting rationality over fascination, these so-called "boring" loved ones end up with gifts that have a long lifespan and get used on a regular basis. Also, sensible products are an easy way to find a gift for your friends that are really hard to shop for.

So whether you want your sibling to have an external battery pack for their phone that's always dying or kitchen supplies for that new apartment they just moved into, here's a selection of the most useful gifts on Amazon. Just keep your fingers crossed that they'll never find out you got it from a list that called them boring.

1

A Reading Light That’ll Let You Flawlessly Catch Up On The Classics During Bedtime

Are you deep into a new book (or a Reddit thread) that you can’t put down, despite the fact that it’s late at night? You’re in luck — there’s a product just for situations like these, and it’s an LED neck reading light. You can get it in pink, lake blue, or gray, and you can easily recharge it alongside your other nighttime electronics. But, that won’t need to happen too often, as a full charge can make it last up to 22 weeks.

2

A Planner Designed To Boost Productivity

Help your loved one accomplish their New Year's resolutions with the productivity planner that thousands of users are raving about. The undated journal is divided into monthly, weekly, and daily templates to keep track of goals with detailed schedules that increase motivation. With enough templates to cover nine months, it also features two ribbon bookmarks, premium-quality paper, and a sturdy elastic closing.

According to one reviewer: "Bought as a Christmas gift for my sister. She loved it. With [three] kids and sports and school and parties, and activities she can now use this planner for everything."

3

A Hand Steamer That Heats Up Water In Just 30 Seconds

This handheld steamer heats up in 30 seconds to remove wrinkles, refresh clothing, and sanitize germs in a hurry. The removable 8.79-ounce tank holds enough water for 15 minutes of continuous use. Designed with a stainless steel faceplate that allows for a high output, it also comes with a detachable fabric brush and lint brush.

According to one reviewer: "First of all... I bought this steamer myself, and was not asked or paid to leave a review. I'm a tv wardrobe stylist, and I do A LOT of steaming. This is, hands down, the best steamer I've ever used."

4

These Smart Lightbulbs That’ll Add A Special Glow To Your Home

Take better control of your lighting with these smart light bulbs that you can control with Alexa. By downloading Kasa’s app, you can even dim and turn off your bulbs from a distance. Once you install smart bulbs, you’ll never go back to the standard type.

5

A Cordless Desktop Cleaner You Can Bring Anywhere

It’s always useful to have a handheld vacuum around the house, and this is a great one for a quick yet effective clean. Cordless and with a rotatable design, this desktop vacuum cleaner can pick up a lot of mess while staying quiet. It comes in white and orange.

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A Sanitizer & Deodorizer That Is Silent And User-Friendly

This sanitizer and deodorizer is great for plenty of situations, from trying to stamp out pet smell to freshening up a hospital room. This would be a great gift for new parents, especially since it’s so easy to use. Based on its design, there’s no need to clean or replace the filter.

7

A 3-Pack Of Motion Sensor Lights You Can Install Anywhere

You can stick these motion sensor lights literally anywhere, and they’ll light up as you walk by. They’re perfect for lining your way to the bathroom at night, illuminating dark closets, or for creating a basement path. The lights are easy to install and adhere with magnets and 3M adhesive. Once you’re no longer in the lights’ motion sensor range, they turn off automatically after 15 seconds to save energy.

According to one reviewer: "Bought this for a gift for my daughter. She loves these lights, especially in her guest room when company visits. No more stubbed toes at night."

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This Book Light That Clips To Whatever You're Reading

Help your loved one create the perfect reading environment with this clip-on lamp. It comes with LED lights and a flexible neck that gives the user complete control of where it's angled. It's also battery-operated, so you can easily bring it with you anywhere without having to remember a charging cord. Its simple design is so practical, it's won reviews from 14,000 Amazon users.

According to one reviewer: "Such a convenient light to have on hand while traveling or in a room without a lamp.I love that it is sturdy, but lightweight so that I can use it on paperback books."

9

This Bluetooth FM Transmitter That’ll Help You Have A Safer Car Ride

The Nulaxy KM18 Bluetooth FM transmitter would make a great gift for anyone who likes to make phone calls while driving. Using Bluetooth V5.0 technology, this transmitter is a great way to make sure your calls are as crisp and clear as possible. An all-in-one button will also help drivers handle calls safely by helping them keep their eyes on the road.

10

This TV Backlight That They Can Customize To Any Color

This TV backlight instantly elevates a home television set-up to movie-theater level. This light can change from any of 32 vibrant colors and six different brightness levels, so it can truly be customized. It also comes with a remote control so it can be adjusted from anywhere in the room, and can even be synced to your music to pulse with the rhythm of your favorite song.

According to one reviewer: "This made my room/TV look waaaay better. You have the ability to choose any light you want. I also like the music (noise sensitivity) function, it goes with the beat of the music you are playing, it also goes well with any games you are playing."

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A Tactical Flashlight That Will Make Every Outdoor Adventure Easier

A lot of people enjoy camping, hiking, and the wilderness — and, it’s even more of an enjoyable experience with a solid pair of flashlights that’ll help navigate the night. These battery-powered flashlights are indestructible and have an LED lifespan of 20,000+ hours. When it comes to reliability, you couldn’t ask for anything more.

12

A Clothes Folder That Creates Uniform Drawers Of Laundry

For the friend who has everything but folding skills, the Ohuhu laundry folding bar is the easiest way to speed up and standardize the process. The durable, high-quality board uses three steps in just three seconds to perfectly fold trousers, shorts, sweaters, or shirts. Created with adjustable rings for fabrics with different thickness levels, it can easily be stored under the bed or tucked away in the closet when not in use.

According to one reviewer: "This little device is helping me organize my closet. It is sturdy, easy to use and folds everything uniformly so it stacks easily in a closet."

13

An Adjustable Dish Rack For Organizing

Save your friends from struggling through stacks of baking sheets with this adjustable bakeware rack. The rectangular base is ideal for pantries and lower cabinets, and the main base comes with non-slip feet and a natural curve that keeps round pans centered. Each rack comes with seven steel dividers that securely fit into the base, so they won't pop out or cause scratches, either.

According to one reviewer: "Loved it so much I bought a second one immediately! Works great for circular pans, 9x13 cake pans, heavier pans, jelly roll pans, awkward collapsible colanders, cutting boards, whatever you want. Non-skid feet is a big plus."

14

This Water Bottle That Tracks How Much Your Drink Throughout The Day

This genius water bottle counts how many times you fill it up, a proxy for how much water you've consumed that day. Every time you twist the cap another dot illuminates along the side, keeping track of how many 20 ounces of water you drink. The simple design is leakproof and BPA-free. What's not to love?

According to one reviewer: "I would say this bottle has been a game changer. I like the way I can keep track of my water intake. It really helps me to hold myself accountable."

15

A Bamboo Charging Station For Multiple Devices

Help your loved ones stop fighting over USBs with this multi-device charging station. This unit, which includes five charging cables, is perfect to place on a desk or universal space at home. "I really like this charging station. It came nicely wrapped and seems to be very sturdy. It currently holds my iPad mini, iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. It looks really nice and keeps everything organized and hides most of the straggly wires."

16

This Useful Wall Charger That Turns A 2-Plug Outlet Into A 6-Plug Outlet

This wall charger turns a standard, two-plug outlet into a six-plug outlet in seconds. It also has two USB ports in it for easy charging. Collectively, you can charge eight devices in this outlet extender. No matter who you're shopping for, there are few gifts as useful as this. It even has a built-in nightlight that can help you find the outlet in the dark. Over 17,000 Amazon reviewers have added this to their homes and the reviews are largely rave.

According to one reviewer: "We've been using for a month or so and it's been perfect. I hate seeing wires running all over the place and they can't be hidden. With this unit I have taken care of that problem. I couldn't be happier with my purchase."

17

An Ultra-Thin Adhesive Credit Card Wallet That Attaches To Phones

Friends don't let friends lose their credit cards — and this pack of adhesive phone pockets will help that mission. Stretchy and elastic, these pockets will give plenty of grip to the items you need to secure the most. These are also perfect for those who love to hit the gym but don’t necessarily love locking their items up for being too bulky. Now, everything you need can fit right in your pocket.

18

This Over-The-Sink Dish Rack That Saves So Much Space

This space-saving dish rack is a great addition to any kitchen. Simply roll it out over top your sink and it can hold multiple plates, cups, and silverware. It's made of a collapsible silicone-wrapped steel that's easy to roll up and store away, and it's also heat-resistant and food-safe.

According to one reviewer: "This would be a great gift for someone with a small kitchen. Love that it rolls up and I can put it away out of sight. No ugly, eye sore drying rack necessary. I highly recommend!"

19

Wildly-Popular Microfiber Sheets That Are Hypoallergenic

Once you try microfiber sheets, it may be hard to return to cotton — or even flannel. Ultra-soft, thanks to a double-brushed technique, they're resistant to fading, staining, shrinking, and even wrinkles, and as an added bonus, they're naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites. Sold in a standard set with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases, you can pick from 42 different colors. These sheets are also a cult-favorite to the tune of 172,000 Amazon reviews.

20

A Spill-Proof Tumbler That Comes With 63,000+ Amazon Reviews

This stainless steel tumbler keeps coffee hot (for up to seven hours) or water chilled (for up to 18 hours). This 13.6-ounce thermos is made of durable stainless steel and is dishwasher top-rack friendly. This traveler mug is perfect for busy people, since it has a firm grip that’ll help prevent on-the-go spills or drops.

21

This Splatter Screen That Keep Stovetops Clean

The worst part of cooking is the mess afterwards, but this splatter screen will make it a bit smaller. It's heat-resistant to up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and fits pans up to 15 inches in diameter. Not only does it prevent oil splatters, but the screen also releases air and steam while cooking, and can even be used as a strainer for rinsing food. To top it off, it's dishwasher-safe.

According to one reviewer: "This very heavy duty and works as expected. Extremely good quality!! After I used my splatter screen for a while, I ordered two more as gifts. I will probably order more of them as gifts. I am very impressed with this product. "

22

Bamboo Cotton Towels That Are Super Absorbent

Everyone loves the feel of a fresh, fluffy bath towel, which makes these bath towels the ultimate gift. Made from a high-quality blend of bamboo and cotton, these are naturally anti-bacterial, lightweight, and resistant to mildew and odors. The addition of bamboo fibers also makes them three to four times more absorbent than standard cotton variety. Available in eight colors, each bath set comes with four premium-sized bath towels.

According to one reviewer: "Bought this for a gift for my daughter. She loves these lights, especially in her guest room when company visits. No more stubbed toes at night."

23

A Memory Foam Pillow That Can Be Customized

Give the troubled (or sweaty) sleeper in your life the best rest ever with this cooling memory foam pillow. It's machine-washable and can be customized by either adding or removing foam to create the perfect pillow for every sleep position. Each one is hypoallergenic and made with a bamboo-derived fabric that's designed to be breathable and not retain heat, keeping the body cool all night long. It's also super plush and comfortable.

According to one reviewer: "My neck pain is gone! This pillow gives the right amount of support, but if you need more there is extra filling you can add for even more support. I am getting a great night sleep with my new pillow."

24

A Bullet Journal That Has A Cult-Following On Amazon

This hardcover notebook is the Rolls-Royce of notebooks. Every detail of this journal has been thought out, from the table of contents to the thread-bound, flat-lay binding to the bleed-proof paper. The pages are dotted and numbered, it has an expandable inner pocket, as well as eight perforated sheets, and it even includes stickers for labeling and archiving. It's available in more than 15 colors, and this one is 5.75 by 8.35 inches.

According to one reviewer: "As we approached the end of [the year], I wanted to a new journal to WELCOME [the new year] in. This specific journal has been recommended a number of times so I found a color I loved and ordered it. I am so looking forward to my first entries of the New Year and to carrying it around with me...thanks for an awesome product and design."

25

A Heated Blanket Made Of Soft Flannel

There are few gifts as great as a heated blanket. It's the sort of home essential that people don't even realize they need until they have one. This 50"L x 60"W heated throw is special since it has a flannel face and sherpa (shu velveteen) reverse, making it cozy even without the added heat. The heat controller is also removable, making this blanket easy to throw in the wash.

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A Reusable Silicone Food Bag That Can Hold Liquid

Help your loved ones go green with a bundle of Stasher silicone reusable storage bags. This bundle comes in different colors, adding more fun to your food storage game. These are also environmentally friendly, as they can be reused for several items. They’re dishwasher and microwave safe, and can also be frozen.

27

A Best-Selling Humidifier Perfect For Winter

This small but powerful humidifier is a great home purchase that will hydrate the air around you to alleviate dry nose and skin. This humidifier can work for up to 24 hours and has a 1 gallon water tank that can cater to rooms up to 500 feet in size. This is a fantastic practical gift for anyone in your life living through cold weather months. It also has an optional nightlight and an automatic shut off.

According to one reviewer: "This is my second Pure MistAire and I'm really happy with this humidifier. It is smaller than other units I've owned, but it really does the trick. It's really quiet, it fits anywhere, and I'm surprised how long it lasts. I really like that the mist level is controllable."

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A Bamboo Drawer Organizer That Expands To Provide Extra Width

Home-It's expandable drawer organizer keeps even the most disastrous cutlery drawer clutter-free. Made of durable bamboo, it measures just under 18 inches long by 13 inches wide, making it the perfect fit for any standard drawer. It has eight total compartments and expands about 4 inches in width. It's easy to clean with soap and water, and can also be used to organize office supplies or jewelry.

According to one reviewer: "Love it! I purchased this for my brothers new apartment and am going to order one for myself too. It is easy to clean, easy to use depending on your utensils and really beautiful!"

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This Brush Kit That’s A Dream Come True For Curly Hair

Having curly hair can be a bit tough — but luckily, more products are coming out to help add definition and reduce tangles. This brush set from Patelai includes a 9-row cushion nylon bristle brush, a 1 piece 5-row travel hairbrush, and a 1 piece 200 ml hairdressing spray bottle. You can get this set in purple or red.

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