10 Awesome Gifts for Very Specific People On Your List

iStock, Milkos
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.

Groupon Is Offering a Costco Gold Membership and Goodies Worth $150 for Just $60

Scott Olson/Getty Images
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Costco members have access to a long list of surprising perks, like bulk movie tickets, pre-negotiated car deals, and even cheap funeral accessories. If you've been looking for an excuse to commit to a Costco membership, now's the time: According to 9to5Toys, Groupon is bundling a Gold Star Costco membership with discounts and products from the bulk retail outlet—a total value of $150—for just $60.

The main draw of the promotion is a standard membership card—plus a household card you can share with someone who lives at your address—that's valid at all Costco locations for one year. Groupon is charging the regular rate for the membership, $60, but it's also also adding several bonus items to the deal that more than double its value.

With the $60 purchase, you'll get free Kirkland Signature laundry detergent packs, free Kirkland Signature Create-a-Size paper towels, $10 off fresh meat, and a $20 gift card. And when you're ready to test out your new membership, you can use the coupon to take $25 off an order of $250 or more from Costco.com. That's $90 worth of free perks included with the regular $60 membership fee. The same deal is also available through LivingSocial.

The offer does come with a few caveats: You have to sign up for auto-renewal of your annual Costco membership to receive the extra gifts, and you can't sign up if you're already a member or if your membership expired after May 1, 2019. The gift cards and coupons included in the promotion are valid now through December 31.

If you miss out on this deal, there are plenty of opportunities to save money at Costco. Here are some tips for mastering the art of shopping there.

[h/t 9to5Toys]

Celebrate the Holidays With a Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar From Target

Target
Target

Harry Potter Advent calendars are becoming a new Christmas tradition among wizards and witches at heart. For the 2019 holiday season, LEGO is launching an Advent calendar set of Harry Potter minifigures, and Funko is releasing its own calendar themed around the Yule Ball. Now, Bustle reports that Target is getting in on the action with four new Advent calendars packed with Harry Potter-themed socks.

No matter what type of Harry Potter fan you are, there's a batch of socks for you in Target's line-up. If you're someone who gets assigned a different house every time you take a sorting hat quiz, go with the first Advent calendar. It includes socks in men sizes 6 through 12 emblazoned with the crests and colors of all four Hogwarts houses.

The other three packs feature women's socks with a somewhat random assortment of designs. You'll find footwear branded with iconic Harry Potter imagery, like Hedwig the owl, the golden Snitch, and the Hogwarts Express. Other socks bear quotes from the books and films, like "Mischief Managed" from the Marauder's Map and Hagrid's famous one-liner, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Every Harry Potter Advent calendar from Target comes with 15 pairs of socks, working out to just $1 a pair. If you'd like to start planning the holiday season early this year, you can order them today from Target.com. And to make the holidays even more magical, don't miss out on this Hogwarts castle tree topper that plays "Hedwig's Theme."

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

Harry Potter sock advent calendar.
Target

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

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