10 Awesome Gifts for Very Specific People On Your List

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iStock, Milkos

We all have one—that friend or loved one who’s just really hard to shop for, either because they have everything they need or their interests are incredibly specific. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with this quirky but awesome list.

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1. Icebreaker Sheep Suit

Who It’s For: The person living their best hygge life (or who loves to ski)

Icebreaker has thought of everything when it comes to this onesie base layer: It’s 96 percent moisture-wicking and odor-resistant merino wool with Lycra thrown in for stretch. It has mesh for ventilation, gussets for movability, a hood for coziness, and a backflap or fly so you don’t have to take it all the way off to use the bathroom. It’s just as comfortable to wear under your layers on the slopes as it is on its own on your couch at home.

Find It at Icebreaker (in both women's, men's) for $220 and also at these other retailers:

2. Shark ION F80 MultiFlex Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum

Shark ION F80
Amazon

Who It’s For: The neat freak who lives in an impossibly small apartment

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a person who lives in a small apartment is in want of a vacuum that gets the job done without taking up a ton of space—but it can be tough to find a vacuum that’s both small and powerful. Enter the Shark ION F80: With two li-ion batteries, the compact device can run for 80 minutes, and has no trouble picking up pet hair and debris big and small from both carpets and hardwood floors. The bendable stick allows the vacuumer to get under the couch and other hard-to-reach places. That feature also means the vacuum can be folded in half and stored in a small space. Another bonus: The top part of the ION F80 detaches, turning it into a hand vac and creating two vacuums in one.

Find It at Amazon for $299 and also at these other retailers:

3. One Eleven Watches

An image of a One Eleven watch.
One Eleven Watches

Who It’s for: The person who never remembers to replace their watch batteries

There’s nothing worse than putting on a watch and realizing it’s no longer ticking. That’s almost guaranteed not to happen with One Eleven watches: The stainless steel, water-resistant watches, which have mineral crystal lenses, are solar-powered. (The face itself is a mini solar panel; it charges in natural and artificial light.) One Eleven is currently offering free overnight shipping with the code FREESHIP, so you’ll be sure to get the watch in time for Christmas.

Find It at 111watches.com (men’s, women’s) for $195.

4. Easy Egg Peeler

An image of the easy egg peeler.
Uncommon Goods

Who it’s for: The person who can never peel their hard-boiled eggs.

The crunch of a shell in egg salad is horrifying for the chef who has spent all day in the kitchen. If your recipient knows that horror, this is the gift for them. This device makes it easy to remove the shells from hard boiled egg: Put a quarter cup of water in the cylinder, add the egg, snap on the cap, and shake. The inside of the cylinder is equipped with bumps which help to loosen the egg membrane and shell. When the whites appear, stop shaking, pull out the egg, and pinch the shell—it will slide right off.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $18.

5. Injinji Outdoor Midweight Crew NuWool Socks

An image of Injinji's socks.
Injinji

Who It’s For: The person whose feet are ALWAYS cold

Sure, these socks are technically designed to make you run or otherwise perform better athletically; according to Injinji, they “[allow] your toes to splay naturally and align properly, enabling greater stability and more comfort.” Isolating every toe helps prevent blisters and wicks away moisture—but also, they’re like gloves for your feet, keeping every single tootsie warm and snug.

Find It at Injinji.com for $20.

6. Nautical Works

Who it’s for: The person who can’t stop reading about early days of exploration

Your exploration-obsessed recipient will love this “XL”—it’s 10.9 by 15.6 inches and contains 264 pages—reprint of Les premières œuvres de Jacques Devaulx. In the 16th century, sailors used the book, which is loaded with maps and illustrations, as a guide and an encyclopedia; your friend will use it as a conversation-starting showpiece on their coffee table.

Find It at TASCHEN for $150.

7. The Sill Plant Subscription

An image of plants from The Sill.
The Sill

Who It’s For: The person who fantasizes about living in the forest

Instead of buying a single plant for your loved one this year, give them the gift of a monthly subscription. They'll be able to pick from either low light, beginners, and pet friendly subscriptions, then update their planter color as they wish. They’ll receive the plants, pre-potted in a stylish planter and complete with care instructions.

Find It at The Sill for $105 for three months or $210 for six months (click on “I want to give a gift instead”).

8. Cotopaxi Libre Sweater

An image of Cotopaxi's Llama sweater.
Cotopaxi

Who It’s For: The llama lover

The “holly” version of this unisex sweater comes adorned with llamas—perfect for the friend who’s always telling you to “save the drama for your llama.” This is also a gift that gives back: Cotopaxi earmarks 2 percent of all profits to fund initiatives that alleviate poverty and to give “targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.” You can find out more here.

Find It at Cotopaxi for $140.

9. BioLite Headlamp

An image of BioLite's headlamp.
BioLite

Who It’s For: The person who’s always tripping over things when they walk their dog at night

In designing this headlamp, BioLite set out to make something both comfortable and functional. The light is thin, the band is made of moisture-wicking fabric, and the rechargeable power source is placed in the back of the headlamp to comfortably distribute weight. It has one-handed tilt, allowing the user to easily redirect the 330-lumen light (which has five settings including spot, flood, and strobe). It’s useful on a night hike or at a campsite, yes, but also when your loved one has to walk the dog outside in the dark.

Find It at BioLite for $50.

10. Velociraptor Garden Sculpture

An image of two metal raptor sculptures.
Uncommon Goods

Who It’s For: The Jurassic Park fan who also loves to garden

Cut from cold rolled steel in Arizona by Chris Crooks, this set includes one large and one small raptor. Crooks hasn't missed any details—including the iconic claw Dr. Alan Grant uses to terrify a mouthy kid in Jurassic Park. Your dino-loving friend will be muttering "clever girl" every time they head out to the garden.

Find It at UncommonGoods for $180.

The Best Deals You Can Still Get for Prime Day (Updated)

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Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Amazon

Shop Amazon's full Prime Day sale here. To see more of our favorite deals, check out our daily deals page.

Each July, Amazon celebrates its founding by throwing a massive sale, slashing prices to levels not seen since Black Friday. This year, Prime Day is actually two days—Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16. The sheer breadth of discounted goods can be overwhelming, so we're rounding up the best ones as we find them. Peruse our favorite sales below, and don't forget to check back in with us throughout Prime Day, because we'll be updating this post with flash deals as they appear.

Up to 35 Percent Off Kindle E-Readers

Kindle e-readers don't go on sale all that often, and Prime Day has some of the best deals we've seen this year. You can get a Kindle Paperwhite—which is waterproof for reading at the pool or in the bath tub—for just $85 (a $45 discount). The most basic Kindle is just $60, while the Oasis is $175 (down from $200 last month). Right now, you can get three free months of Kindle Unlimited and a $5 credit toward an e-book with all three models.

Shop: Amazon Kindle

Big Discounts on Electric Toothbrushes

A Sonicare toothbrush
Philips Sonicare

A number of high-end electric toothbrushes from both Philips Sonicare and Oral-B are on sale today, including some picks recommended by dentists Mental Floss spoke to earlier this year. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean, recommended for patients with sensitive teeth, is $35 off, while you can get Sonicare's all-around powerhouse, the DiamondClean, for $84 off. The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, which features a 3-minute timer for deep cleaning trouble spots, is $67 off. The HealthyWhite+ might represent the best deal, though—at just $49, it's almost 60 percent off list price right now.

Shop: Philips Sonicare, Oral-B

Almost 40 Percent Off Roomba Robot Vacuums

Prime Day is a great time to buy big-ticket gadgets and home appliances, so if you've been on the fence about buying a robot vacuum, go ahead and splurge today. The Roomba 891 vacuum features a 90-minute runtime, app-based controls, and the ability to tackle both hardwood and carpets with ease. Normally $450, it's just $300 today. The newer Roomba 980 is just $550, a $350 discount off list price.

Shop: iRobot

$20 Off Animal-Shaped Pool Toys

A woman lounges in a llama-shaped pool float
Poolcandy

There's plenty of summer left to spend lounging in the pool. Poolcandy's 48-inch, animal-shaped rafts are all on sale for just $20. Get an oversized floating narwhal, llama, giraffe, or unicorn.

Shop: Poolcandy

$75 Off the Gravity Blanket

Though many people find weighted blankets to be a calming respite for anxiety and sleeplessness, the hefty comforters usually come with a hefty price tag. Amazon doesn't usually have many weighted blankets on sale, which makes today's Gravity Blanket deal particularly exciting. You can get the 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound versions of the Kickstarter favorite for just $175 today—a $75 discount. The upgraded cooling version (in 15-pound20-pound and 25-pound options) is also discounted at $187.

Shop: Gravity Products

$80 Off a Keurig Cappuccino Maker

Keurig K-Cafe coffee maker
Keurig's K-Cafe single-serve K-cup coffee maker

K-cups make more than just regular ol' coffee now. The Keurig K-Cafe allows you to make lattes, cappuccinos, and other frothed milk drinks with any K-cup pod. It brews 6 ounces, 8 ounces, 10 ounces, or 12 ounces of coffee at a time, and its water reservoir holds about six cups' worth of water. The machine alone is currently $100 (44 percent off), or you can get a bundle with the machine and a 24-pack of K-cups for $110.

Shop: Keurig

Up to 67 Percent Off Method Cleaning Products

Stock up on hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and other household products from brands like Method, Mrs. Meyers, Air Wick, and more. The best deal is on Method's laundry detergent packs: You can get a two-pack good for 84 total loads for $13, a 67 percent discount. You can also get a six-pack of 28-ounce Method hand soap for $19, a 60 percent discount, as well as discounts on Hefty freezer bags, Reynolds plastic wrap, Mrs. Meyers candles, and more.

Shop: Household Products on Amazon

35 Percent Off KIND Bars

A KIND chocolate peanut butter snack bar
KIND

You can get 35 percent off boxes of KIND snack bars today. That includes 32-count boxes of KIND's new nut-butter-filled bars—available in almond butter or peanut butter—as well as 12-count boxes of classics like the Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt bars and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bars.

Shop: KIND

Up to 40 Percent Off Outdoor Gear From Marmot and CamelBak

A blue rain jacket
Marmot Magus men's lightweight waterproof rain jacket
Marmot

You can save big on pricey outdoor gear from brands like Marmot right now, provided you're willing to buy cold-weather gear—like a sleeping bag rated for 15°F or down jackets—in the middle of July. There's also plenty of lightweight rain gear to keep you dry this summer, including a women's rain jacket that's discounted almost $70, a men's rain jacket that's 40 percent off, and waterproof pants for $60. Plus, there are several CamelBak water bottles available for cheap.

Shop: Outdoor Essentials on Amazon

30 Percent Off a '90s-Themed BarkBox Package

A collection of BarkBox toys and treats
BarkBox '90s Throwback dog toy bundle
BarkBox

Prime Day isn't just for spoiling yourself. Give your dog a little love with BarkBox's supersized '90s Throwback toy box. The box comes with one bag of treats and four toys: Ko-Gnaw-Mi Code Controllers, a Pawlaroid Camera, a Smell-O-Vision TV, and a Squeaky Wonder Keyboard. It's just $25 off today, an almost $11 discount. Different versions of the bundle are available for both small and large dogs.

Shop: BarkBox

Great Savings on Wireless Headphones and Earbuds

There are a ton of wireless headphones, earbuds, and sound systems on sale during the last hours of Prime Day. Get Bose's true wireless earbuds for just $39 (a 22 percent discount) or get Anker's version for $60 (a 25 percent discount, but this is a Lightning Deal, so it may sell out soon). Beats Solo3 over-ear headphones are a steal at 53 percent off—they're $140 right now, or $160 off—while Bose SoundLink headphones are currently $159, or $70 off retail price. There are also a ton of wireless speaker deals, like 40 percent off these handsome AOMAIS bamboo speakers, now $48.

Shop: Headphones, Earbuds, Speakers

Up to 44 Percent Off Facial Cleansing Brushes

A blue facial cleansing brush
Foreo

If you've ever been tempted to make your face-washing routine more high tech, Prime Day is the day. You can get sonic exfoliating gadgets like the FOREO LUNA for 35 percent off, bringing the total down to a more palatable $90. Clarisonic facial cleansing brushes are available for even bigger discounts of up to 44 percent—the Clarisonic Mia Prima, normally $130, is also just $90.

Shop: Clarisonic and FOREO

20 Percent Off Just the Cheese Snacks

Crunchy cheese? Yes please. Just the Cheese (which makes 100-percent cheese snacks, as the name implies) is knocking 20 percent off the price of its variety packs, which come with 12 packs in four different flavors. Each pack comes with two bars, so technically you get 24 crunchy cheese snacks with each order. For your $22 sale price, you get four packs each of aged cheddar, mild cheddar, grilled cheese, and jalapeño cheese flavors.

Shop: Just the Cheese

50 Percent Off One Item From Amazing Baby

If you're in the market for a swaddle, plush toys, or other baby product, Amazing Baby is offering first-time customers half off any one item with the promo code 50Welcome. If you're buying for someone else, go with the three-piece gift set.

Shop: Amazing Baby

Competing Deals From Other Retailers

Amazon's competitors are determined to get in on the Prime Day shopping madness, so you can get big discounts at other retailers right now, too.

At Macy's, you'll want to use the code SHOPIT to get 25 percent off Black Friday in July deals. You'll also want to check in on Target's daily deals for July 15 and 16, because they're even more dramatic than usual right now—especially on Target-exclusive brands and products.

If you're heading to the great outdoors this summer, pop into Igloo's cooler sale: You can get 50 percent off the brand's Sportsman waterproof coolers (they come in bag or backpack form) with the code SPORT50.

And if you're in the market for a new mattress, Allswell's wildly popular mattress options are 15 percent off through Wednesday with the code JULY15. For bedding, check out Brooklinen's sitewide 20 percent off sale—no offer code required.

To see all of Amazon's current deals, head to the site's Prime Day landing page.

Expired: 20 Percent Off Neato Botvac Robot Vacuums


A Neato robot vacuum next to a smartphone open to the Neato app
Neato

In one of Monday's Lightning Deals, the Neato D7 robot vacuum is on sale for 20 percent off from 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time/10:15 a.m. Pacific to 7:15 p.m. Eastern/4:15 p.m. Pacific on Monday, July 15. It's now just $530, or $300 off the retail price. Note: This deal has now expired.

Update: Now, the Neato D4 is on sale as well: For Monday night, it's 20 percent off from 6:35 p.m. Eastern/3:35 p.m. Pacific to 12:35 a.m Eastern/9:35 p.m. Pacific. It's $320, compared to a retail price of $530.

Shop: Neato

Expired: Up to 38 Percent Off SodaStream Bundles

An SodaStream Fizzi with two extra bottles, two carbon dioxide cylinders, and two flavor bottles.
SodaStream

SodaStream is offering discounts on several of its models for Prime Day. You can get the most basic SodaStream, the Jet, for $50, or upgrade to a bundle with three carbonating bottles, two carbon dioxide cannisters, and two Fruit Drops flavor bottles for $80. You can get SodaStream Fizzi electric sparkling water maker with three carbonating bottles, two carbon dioxide cannisters, and two Fruit Drops flavors for $120. Meanwhile, outside of the Amazon ecosystem, Target is offering its own limited-time SodaStream deal: You can get a Fizzi with one carbonating bottle and one carbon dioxide cannister for $90, a discount of 25 percent. (Note: The Mental Floss office in New York City has its own Fizzi, and it's well worth the upgrade for the one-touch electric carbonation.)

Shop: SodaStream

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Keep Your Kitchen Clean With This Spoon Rest That Clips Straight Onto Your Pot

Amazon
Amazon

No matter how clean you keep things between meals, your organized, tidy kitchen can easily turn to chaos when it's time to start cooking. You can take steps to mitigate this, like setting up a mise en place and cleaning as you go, but some messy kitchen habits are hard to avoid. One of them is resting a dirty spoon on the counter while making stews, sauces, or anything else that requires lots of tasting and stirring as it cooks on the stove. If wiping off your spoon after each dip is an unrealistic goal, there's another way to stay neat.

The Trudeau flex pot clip, currently available on Amazon, is a spoon rest that keeps utensils raised off clean surfaces. It's made from tough stainless steel and silicone that stays cool to the touch even when attached to a pot of boiling water. The opening is big enough to hold bulky cooking tools like wooden spoons, tongs, and pasta forks. There's also a small divot for securing smaller items, like regular silverware.

Spoon in a spoon rest attached to pot.
Amazon

Strong enough to withstand temperatures of up to 482°F, the pot clip is a great tool for stovetop cooking. But even if you're not cooking with fire, the accessory can help you maintain a clean kitchen. Clip it to the side of your bowl before mixing cookie dough, or use it as a spot to hold the ladle for your punch bowl. And when you're no longer using it, you can toss it in the dishwasher for easy clean-up.

You can purchase a Trudeau flex pot clip for $8 on Amazon. If you're looking for more tools to round out your kitchen inventory, here are some affordable basics to consider.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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